Ginrich's Devotional Blog

November 30, 2019

Presented

Filed under: believe,Christ,God,Jesus,Righteous,trust,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:41 pm

Romans 3:25-26 25 God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of his blood—to be received by faith. He did this to demonstrate his righteousness, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished— 26 he did it to demonstrate his righteousness at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus  (NIV)

God presented Christ.  He presented Christ to all in the world.  He presented Christ for Christ to demonstrate His righteousness.  The word “present” is being used as a verb.  It means “to deliver something.”  What was it God was delivering through presenting Christ?  He was delivering a way to righteousness.  It is only through righteousness (a right relationship with God) that we can have any kind of relationship with God.  Jesus Christ is the only one who is righteous.  Without receiving God’s delivery through Jesus Christ of His righteousness we have no relationship with God.  It is the righteousness of Jesus which justifies us, but only if we have faith in Jesus.  Faith is defined as complete confidence or trust in someone or something.  Trust is believing in the reliability of someone or something.  Throughout history, God has proven He is true and reliable in His word.  God isn’t a man that He could lie.  God can’t lie.  God is truth.  For us it is a matter of choice.  We can choose to believe and come under the covering of Jesus and His righteousness or we can choose to ignore what has been proven throughout history.  God, through Jesus Christ, is the only way presented freely to us.

November 24, 2019

Spiritual Blessings

Ephesians 1:3 3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.  (NIV)

There are a couple things to understand about this verse.  One, God will only bless us through His Son, Jesus Christ.  It is only through Jesus that we can approach God.  The other is, because of Jesus, God blesses us with every spiritual blessing.  Notice the word “every.”  Every spiritual blessing is there, waiting for us to receive and incorporate in our lives.  What are the spiritual blessings?  They are recorded throughout the written word of God, the Holy Bible.  So often the word, “promise” is substituted for the word “blessing.”  As we read, meditate and study the words in the Holy Bible, let us pay attention to the promises or blessings recorded, receive them and incorporate them in faith into our everyday life.  We can only do this through faith and trust that God is true to His word.  Faith and trust is a choice.  The Holy Spirit enables us to choose to believe and trust.  Let us study and incorporate at least one promise/blessing each and every day.

November 21, 2019

Starting the Day

Filed under: Father,God,trust,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:17 pm

Psalms 143:8 8 Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you.  Show me the way I should go, for to you I entrust my life.  (NIV)

How do you start the morning?  What is the first thing on your mind?  What is the first sound you hear?  This verse shows the best way to start the morning.  Starting listening to God before anything else sets the tone for a wonderful day ahead.  Asking Him for directions for the day and trusting Him to lead us produces a day of fulfillment and a day that brings glory to God.  Being woken up by an alarm is a harsh way to wake up.  With a regular schedule alarms won’t be needed.  Setting the alarm for a several minutes latter than we need to wake up will put our mins at rest about starting our day in time for necessary things like dressing and getting to work or school on time.  Hitting a snooze rather than getting up and opening our minds and hearts to God just produce a rushed day.  Let us learn to start our mornings saying, “Good morning, Father.  Show me the way You have for me today.”

November 14, 2019

Our Choice

Filed under: Bible,Holy Spirit,Jesus,trust,Uncategorized,walk — by ginrich @ 7:41 pm

John 4:50 50 “Go,” Jesus replied, “your son will live.”  The man took Jesus at his word and departed.  (NIV)

We must compare our faith with that of this man.  Read the preceding verses.  This man was a royal official which means he was probably a Roman.  He first asked Jesus to go with him to heal his very sick son.  Jesus said people didn’t believe anything they couldn’t see.  This man chose to believe Jesus.  There was no way for the man to know what was happening with his son in another town.  He just chose to trust and believe Jesus so, instead of arguing or begging Jesus, he headed back home to his son, trusting and believing.  Even before he got home, he was met with the news his son was completely well.  Just to confirm, the mans asked when his son got well.  It was at the same time Jesus told the man to go home that his son was healed.  We must ask if we always choose to believe the words of Jesus over what we see with or physical eyes or even what we hear from the world.  We can’t say Jesus doesn’t talk to us.  He gave us the words He spoke when He physically, in human form, walked this earth in what we call the Holy Bible.  He also speaks to us through the Person of the Holy Spirit Who resides in each and every believer/follower.  The choice is ours.  We can choose to always believe or we can choose to go to the limited vision of our physical eyes and the limited hearing of our physical ears.  What do you choose?

October 13, 2019

Choose to Wait

Filed under: God,Lord,trust,Uncategorized,wait — by ginrich @ 7:44 pm

Psalms 27:14 14 Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord. (NIV)

Isaiah 64:4 4 Since ancient times no one has heard, no ear has perceived, no eye has seen any God besides you, who acts on behalf of those who wait for him.  (NIV)

We live in a world of instant.  We speak before we think.  We act before we think.  We get upset when the internet works slower than we think it should.  We blow our horns at drivers that don’t take off the moment a light turns green.  We don’t like to wait.  God instructs us to wait for Him.  We mistakenly think if our prayer isn’t answered the way we want it answered right away, God didn’t hear our prayer.  We don’t trust God enough to really believe He has our best interest in His mind.  God has no time.  He sees the past, present and the future all at the same time.  He knows what our future holds.  Whether we choose to wait for His direction or go on our own is our choice.  We are told to take heart and be strong as we wait for the Lord.  Taking heart is believing God is true to His word.  The only thing God is incapable of is lying.  God is truth.  When He has us wait, He has a very good reason.  The be strong is to choose to believe regardless of circumstances we see or timing of God’s answer.  Let us choose to wait on God’s direction before we act or speak.  He is faithful.  He is all knowing.  He will always lead us in the path of righteousness.  We need only choose to wait and believe.

September 7, 2019

Storms

Filed under: faith,God,Holy Spirit,Jesus,peace,prayer,scriptures,trust,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:34 pm

Psalms 55:8 8 I would hurry to my place of shelter, far from the tempest and storm.”  (NIV)

We are visiting our son and his family and find ourselves preparing for a category 5 hurricane.  Many of us have been praying for God to turn the storm east out to sea where no one and no property can be damaged.  We know scripture says there will be more and worsening storms as we proceed through the later days of this present, sinful earth yet it is not wrong to ask Him to delay for the sake of those who are yet to enter into God’s family through His Son, Jesus.  But we submit ourselves to God’s plans, whatever they are and prepare to secure ourselves as safe as possible.  We know we’re in the hands of God and need not be anxious or worried.  We do our part like boarding up windows and removing anything from outside that might be a projectile in the wind, yet we are at peace.  When we know our Creator God, it matters not when storms assail us.  His peace stays deep within.  Storms aren’t always weather related.  There are financial, emotional, sickness and various other storms of life.  They serve to deepen our faith if we will only choose to trust God and listen to the Holy Spirit for directions in walking through the storms of life.  There is a chorus that summarizes it.  “Peace, peace, wonderful peace.  Looking down from heaven above…)  Peace is always looking down but we must look up to God to receive it.

August 12, 2019

David

Filed under: faith,God,heart,sin,trust,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:08 pm

1 Samuel 16:7 7 But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”  (NIV)

I really enjoy reading about David.  I relate to him.  He was the youngest son.  He was considered as inconsequential and relegated to tend seep – a lowly and menial job.  He was so unimportant to his family he wasn’t even called to come with his other brothers when Samuel came to anoint one of them to become the future king.  After going through all the brothers assembled and God telling Samuel no each time Samuel had to ask Jessie if there wasn’t yet another son.  Jessie reluctantly called for David to come.  From there we trace the life of David.  God considered David to be a man after His own heart.  Wow.  I want God to feel like that about me.  What was it about David that caused God to feel that way?  Look at David’s trust in God.  Though still a young and small boy, David had absolute faith in God’s faithfulness.  I know of no one else who would ever face a giant in full body armor with nothing but a slingshot and a stone.  Yes, David disobeyed God and fell into sin several times.  What was good was he would admit it as soon as it was brought to his attention, confess and repent.  David recognized his nakedness before God and his absolute dependence on God.  Thank you, David for showing me an imperfect person can be one who God calls a person after His own heart.

August 6, 2019

Greater Works

Filed under: faith,Father,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,Time,trust,Uncategorized,Word — by ginrich @ 7:18 pm

John 14:12 12 Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.  (NIV)

This statement came from the very mouth of Jesus, the Son of God.  So, why do we seldom see works greater than Jesus did in our time and space?  There are several reasons.  The major reason is lack of belief.  In and of ourselves we are inadequate but we forget we have the same Holy Spirit in us as believers that Jesus had in Him.  It is the Holy Spirit in us that makes us one with the Son and the Father.  It is the Holy Spirit that does the works greater even than He did through Jesus.  Peter displayed this first in that on the day of Pentecost, right after the disciples received the infilling of the Holy Spirit, Peter spoke through the power of the Holy Spirit and we read in Acts 2:41 41 Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number. We must admit that was indeed a mighty work.  Because of our lack of faith that Jesus really meant what He said, we don’t speak His word with boldness.  Let me repeat an example I wrote about some time ago.  We had a group of college students in our home, sharing with them the word of God.  The boys decided they wanted to be baptized.  Since we lived only 3 blocks from the ocean, we loaned them bathing trunks we kept for house guest and drove them to the beach to be baptized.  It was storm surge which means the waves were really big.  The boys were baptized many times before they got out far enough for prayer and baptism.  While they were going out being dunked many times those of us staying on the beach, unknown by each other, were praying that the water would be calm.  Nothing happened.  Storm surge continued.  On the way back to our house we discussed what we were each secretly praying.  We realized it was a lack of faith that kept us from speaking to the ocean to be still.  We didn’t really believe it would happen and didn’t want to be embarrassed.  While this discussion was happening, the girls decided they wanted to be baptized also.  We also had enough suits for them so they dressed and we returned to the beach.  This time we united together and spoke confidently to the ocean saying, “In the name of Jesus Christ we command you waves to be still.”  There appeared right away a semi-circle that followed the girls out to be baptized and, as they came in the semi-circle gradually closed behind them, returning to storm surge.  It is up to us to speak the word with boldness.  It is up to the Holy Spirit to fulfill what we speak.  We needn’t fear being embarrassed if what we speak doesn’t happen.  We might speak amiss.  It is better to speak amiss than not speak at all.  Let us learn to be bold in our faith but let us be sure what we speak is in total agreement with God’s word and His will at that time and place of our speaking.  One other reason for not seeing works of God is our failure to notice them.  The Holy Spirit is at work 24 times 7.  We only need to be aware along with being willing to be a part of His working.

July 31, 2019

Child-like

Filed under: Bible,God,trust,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:39 pm

Genesis 22:2 2 Then God said, “Take your son, your only son, whom you love—Isaac—and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on a mountain I will show you.”  (NIV)

Luke 18:17 17 Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.”  (NIV)

Little children believe everything a parent tells them. Some are told of and Easter Bunny or Santa Clause or the Tooth Fairy and the children believe.  Abraham is a good example of believing God with a child-like faith.  God promised Abraham he would have multiple heirs through his son and Abraham believed God.  When God told Abraham to sacrifice his only son, Abraham obeyed with the confidence God would keep His promise.  He knew that somehow God would work all things out.  Not knowing how God would do it didn’t keep Abraham from obeying.  There are many times what God says in scripture seems at odds with what our own finite logic says in certain situations.  Our question we must answer is do we have the child-like trust and faith in our Father that all He says to us is true and will come about in His timing?

July 28, 2019

Hated

Filed under: Bible,Christian,Church,faith,God,Jesus,love,sin,trust,Uncategorized,Word — by ginrich @ 7:20 pm

Mark 13:13 13 Everyone will hate you because of me, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved.  (NIV)

I was asked why Christians are so hated and persecuted around the world today.  Jesus told us.  His world hated Him.  Evil hates the righteous.  Sin desires the company of sin and cannot stand the light of love.  We will be hated as long as we reach out in God’s love to others because evil fears the love of God.  That we are hated and persecuted should be no surprise but Jesus tells us what to do about it.  We are to stand firm in our belief, faith and trust in God and continue to reach out in love of all mankind as Jesus instructed.  Love doesn’t hate.  We hate the sin but pray for the one who is led astray.  There is so much deception created by Satan and his fellow deceivers.  The deception is even infiltrating the Christian churches.  That is why it is so extremely important for us to really study and know what is in the written word of God, the Holy Bible.  Let us not fall into deception as so many have.  Let us stand firm to the end.

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