Ginrich's Devotional Blog

July 19, 2019

Sin or Sinner

Filed under: Uncategorized,Christ,Jesus,God,love,sin,forgive — by ginrich @ 7:36 pm

Jude 1:16 16 These people are grumblers and faultfinders; they follow their own evil desires; they boast about themselves and flatter others for their own advantage. (NIV)

Recognize these people?  Our world is full of them.  We find them in our governments, our corporations, our legal systems, our schools, our churches—everywhere.  We even find ourselves, believers in God through His Son, Jesus Christ, tempted into these characteristics.  Praise God, Jude doesn’t stop there.  He goes on to tell us who to stay away from those natural, sinful temptations. 20 But you, dear friends, by building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit, 21 keep yourselves in God’s love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life. (Jude 1:20-21) Just because we do our best through the power of God’s Holy Spirit to keep those sinful characteristics out of our own lives doesn’t mean we’re better than the others. In verses 22-23 we read, Be merciful to those who doubt; 23 save others by snatching them from the fire; to others show mercy, mixed with fear—hating even the clothing stained by corrupted flesh.  As we often sum up, hate the sin, not the sinner.  It is in our mixing up the sinner with the sin that is one of the things that adds to the persecution.  In hating the sinner, the love of God through us is missing.  Since God loves the sinner (and we are still sinners even though forgiven through Jesus Christ) who are we to hate someone God loves?

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July 18, 2019

Selfies

Filed under: Christ,Father,God,Holy Spirit,Jesus,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:19 pm

Jude 1:1 1 Jude, a servant of Jesus Christ and a brother of James, To those who have been called, who are loved in God the Father and kept for Jesus Christ: (NIV)

We must notice this heading of Jude’s letter.  Even though Jude was a half brother of Jesus, he only mentions he is the brother of James.  What humility.  The normal human tendency would be to boast about being the half brother of Jesus.  We like to make known our connections with the great and famous.  We see people taking selfie pictures of themselves with the famous every chance they get.  This show the normal insecurity we have of who we are.  We tend to get our identity from who we know.  We, as believers in Jesus Christ are children through Him of God the Father.  The Creator of all that was, is or will ever be.  What better identity can one have than being a child of God?  Knowing our identity is in Him we must learn to reflect that identity to others.  Our “selfie” with God the Father should show through the fruits of the Holy Spirit listed in Galatians 5:22.   Let’s take time to look them up and see how our “selfie” reflects each one.

July 17, 2019

God Is Love

Filed under: Bible,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,love,scriptures,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:14 pm

1 John 4:8 8 Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. (NIV)

God is love.  Without God there is no love because God is love and love is God.  People say they love someone because that someone make them feel good or needed or something.  It is because of how someone else makes them feel.  That isn’t love.  Without God in us through His Holy Spirit it is impossible for us to love anyone.  We are, by nature, full of self.  Jesus demonstrated love by the way He walked this earth.  The scriptures, the Holy Bible, the written word of God, is full of examples of love – the love of God.  Love and God are one and the same.  We can only love when we allow God to love through us.  Let us allow God to love through us.  Let us immerse ourselves in the Holy Bible so we can recognize how God’s love is worked out through His children.  God is Love.

July 16, 2019

Walk This Way

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

Isaiah 30:21 21 Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.”

When we walk properly, our heal must hit the ground before our toes hit the ground.  Our heal doesn’t determine the direction we will go.  It is our toes that determine our direction.  But we must place our heals down first.  It is the same with God giving us the direction in our decisions.  We must first choose to make a step.  We must not only choose.  I can choose to put my heal down but, if I don’t put it down, nothing happens.  We must choose to go a direction, choose an answer to a decision we must make and then, when we have addressed the question, God will confirm through peace within us or open other doors for us to go.  We need not be afraid of making a mistake as long as we are submitted to God.  God is bigger than any mistake we could ever make.  I once had a choir director that said sing loud enough to hear if you’re in tune or not.  If you can’t hear yourself make a mistake, how can you correct the mistake.  We need not fear heading the wrong direction as long as we are listening for God’s gentle correction and willing to change directions in mid-stream.  He will tell us, “This is the way, walk in it.”

July 15, 2019

Ask Anything

Filed under: gender,God,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:21 pm

1 John 5:14-15 14 This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. 15 And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him.  (NIV)

We can’t read verse 15 without first reading verse 14.  So many want to just interpret verse 15 without the 14th.  Many get upset when they ask for things from God yet don’t receive them.  Sometimes it weakens their belief.  We are to ask according to God’s will.  His will is for our motive for anything we say, do or want be based on love for God and love for our fellow people.  This rules out self-indulgence.  God hears us when we ask in the right attitude—the right motive.  Whatever we ask, according to His will, we can have absolute confidence it will be done in His perfect time.  We must remember God’s time is different from our time.  We must also remember God sees all time whereas we can only see the present.  How wonderful it is, as children of God, that we can trust His wisdom and His timing for all things.

July 14, 2019

On Our Account

Filed under: body,Christ,Christian,God,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer,repent,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:37 pm

2 Peter 3:9 9 The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.  (NIV)

I used to pray for Jesus to come quickly until I realized how selfish that is.  I know quite a few people that don’t acknowledge Who Jesus is.  They have no relationship with God.  I’m glad God is what seems slow to us in keeping His promise of Jesus coming for His Bride (the body of believers).  I’m glad He is patient with me.  I’m glad He doesn’t want anyone to perish.  But just being glad is not enough.  Just wanting others to believer is not enough.  We must take an active part in showing them the love of God so they will want to believe.  We do that through our words and our actions.  When they see us driving in traffic what do they see?  When they see us standing in a long line at a store, what do they see?  As believers we are to act as Jesus did when walking this earth.  Let us learn to take this seriously.  In the 80’ the big thing was “What would Jesus do?”  Before we act or speak, let us ask the Holy Spirit within us what Jesus wants us to do or say.”  Let none be lost on our account.

July 13, 2019

Filed under: Holy Spirit,prayer,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:28 pm

Daniel 10:12-14 12 Then he continued, “Do not be afraid, Daniel. Since the first day that you set your mind to gain understanding and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come in response to them. 13 But the prince of the Persian kingdom resisted me twenty-one days. Then Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, because I was detained there with the king of Persia. 14 Now I have come to explain to you what will happen to your people in the future, for the vision concerns a time yet to come

Some times we wonder why our prayers don’t seem to be answered.  We are impatient people.  We live in a world where we want everything right away.  Quite often when we don’t see our prayers being answered someone will quote the verse about one day being a thousand years and a thousand years being one day to God.  That is true but there is also the events we can’t see in the spiritual world.  The above verses explain this.  This is why it is important for us to keep praying until we receive the answer to our prayers.  Though God doesn’t need us for Him to act, He has chosen to have us unite with Him in the spiritual battles.  As we pray the power of the Holy Spirit within us unites with the angels in heaven.  Satan will pull out all his power to discourage us in our prayers.  He knows how powerful our prayers are.  Let us never given into his discouraging our prayers.  Let us perceiver in joining the angels of heaven and defeat the angels of darkness.  Pray without ceasing

July 12, 2019

Two-Way Conversation

Filed under: Christ,faith,Father,God,Jesus,trust,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:12 pm

Habakkuk 1:2 2 How long, Lord, must I call for help, but you do not listen? Or cry out to you, “Violence!”
but you do not save? (NIV)

A good example of how a conversation can go between mankind and God is this book of Habakkuk.  Though it has a prophecy, it is basically the account of a conversation Habakkuk had with God.  Habakkuk wanted to understand why it appeared God wasn’t doing anything.  At first Habakkuk couldn’t understand.  He didn’t give up.  Habakkuk kept asking questions until he understood God is God and God has His way.  Most often we believers in God through His Son, Jesus Christ, go to other believers or other sources with our questions.  We think asking God those questions is a sign of lack of faith or unreverent.  God is our Father.  Fathers want us to go to them with their children’s questions.  I encourage you to prayerfully read all of Habakkuk.  It’s a very short book.  Besides being an example of how to have a conversation with God, it is also an example of how God uses something that is very evil and against God to correct and bring back into fellowship believers who have appeared to lose their way.

July 11, 2019

Blendin

Filed under: body,Christ,gifts,God,ministry,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:43 pm

1 Corinthians 12:12 12 Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. (NIV)

Being in a choir, orchestra or band is a good training ground for how to function in the Body of Christ.  As believers, we are all members of one body.  In a choir or orchestra or band we are each part of one group.  We are to sing or play as one.  There are times when one particular part is to stand out above the others but, for the most part, all parts should blend as one.  We, as sinful humans like to shine out as individuals.  We want to be the one who is noticed.  We want to be known as better than other at what we do.  This is contrary to the body of Christ.  There are times when certain parts of the body of Christ believers are to stand out more than other parts but, for the most part, we are to blend our ministries and gifts.  Our purpose is to glorify God through Jesus Christ.  That is the purpose of each and everyone of us.  Through that glorifying we are to encourage others to come into the family of the body of Christ.  It is not a contest to see who can bring in the most people.  It is not a contest to see who has the most important “job” or position.  It is not a competition to see who shines the most.  We are a family of blended voices, talents, gifts in order to glorify God as the Bride of Christ.  Next time we find we want to be noticed, lets remember we are part of the Bride of Christ and it is the entire Bride of Christ to be noticed.  Yes, we are each a unique part of His Body, yet in our uniqueness we are to blend with the others parts (members).

July 10, 2019

James and the Church Family

James 1:1 1 James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, To the twelve tribes in the Dispersion:
Greetings. (NIV)

I like the introduction to James in “The Message” translation of the Holy Bible.  James was a half-brother of Jesus.  He grew up with Him.  As per normal human behavior, we tend to think more critically of those closest to us even though we love them.  James grew up not believing Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God.  Jesus showed Himself to James after His resurrection.  We all must believe in the resurrected Jesus to be a Christian believer.

When Christian belivers gather in churches, everything that can go wrong sooner or later does.  Outsiders, and labels them a such, the church collects sinners. Many of the people outside the hospital are every bit as sick as the ones inside, but their illnesses are either undiagnosed or disguised.  It’s simiar with sinners outside the church. (The Message Bible)

James deals with the various problems pastors have in discerning, confronting and dealing with the normal problems of sin in the body of believers.  Each of us, from time to time, are part of those problems.  Let us look to our own words and actions rather than judging the words and actions of others in our church family.  Let us be an active participant in the gathering together for worship which includes encouraging others and helping others rather than judging and criticizing.

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