Ginrich's Devotional Blog

January 15, 2020

Change

2 Corinthians 3:18 18 And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.  (NIV)

I have a high need for change.  Maybe because I was a military brat and moved to a new place most every year.  My need for change even carries through in the house.  No one in the family would get up in the night without a flashlight because I might have been up re-arranging the furniture.  My desire for changing things is alike to God.  He is continually changing us.  His desire is for us to be like His Son, Jesus so we can be one with Him, one in the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.  This requires change.  Though our salvation is instant the moment we ask Jesus into our mind, heart and life, the change in our heart, mind and life takes time.  As we read, study and meditate on the written word of God, the Holy Bible, we get to know God better and gradually, through the Holy Spirit working in us, we become more and more like God.  When I think back on how I was, spoke, acted and thought, years ago I am amazed at the person I have become today.  Yet, as I look at who I am today and think about who God will make me be tomorrow, I’m even amazed.  My goal is the same as God’s goal for me – to become truly one with God in thought, heart and action.  Change isn’t easy for us – even those who like me like change.  Change occurs not only through reading and meditating on scripture, change comes through walking through trials.  So, when trials come our way, let us praise God for He is in the changing process to make us more one with Him.

January 12, 2020

Recognize Satan

Ephesians 6:12 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.  (NIV)

There are Christians who don’t believe Satan really exists.  So many think their struggles are because of others or the culture or their own mistakes.  They are their own mistakes in that they don’t recognize the deceptive voices of Satan.  Satan would have us believe the lie that the Holy Bible is outdated.  He would tell us to get with the times.  He is the one encouraging Christian denominations to accept same-sex marriages and gay and lesbian lifestyles.  These are strictly forbidden by God.  God created male and female.  He did not create a third category of gender.  One of our problems is we confuse the sin from the sinner.  Because of our verbal attacks on the sinner rather than the sin, we are producing more enemies of God.  Notice when Jesus turned over the money tables in the temple He didn’t attack the money changers, only what they were doing.   There are many other lies of Satan that we tend not to recognize.  That is another reason why it is so important for us to really make God’s written word, the Holy Bible, an active part of our minds.  Let us really know God’s word and ask the Holy Spirit to help us distinguish the voice of Satan so we can stand firmly against him.

January 9, 2020

Ask, Seek, Knock

Filed under: Bible,God,Holy Spirit,prayer,Uncategorized,Word — by ginrich @ 7:06 pm

Matthew 7:7 7 “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.  (NIV)

All 3 of these components need to be in our prayers.  First, we must ask.  We ask for our needs, our desires and the needs of others.  After we ask, we must seek.  We seek to know God’s will.  We find His will through careful reading and meditating on the written word, the Holy Bible and through the gentle whisper of the Holy Spirit within us.  After seeking God’s will we must knock.  When we knock on a door we stand and wait for the door to be opened.  We tend to rush ahead of God.  We must learn to wait on God’s timing in answering our prayers.  This is an easy verse to memorize.  Let us not only memorize it.  Let us also apply it in our day-to-day living.

January 3, 2020

We Choose

Filed under: Bible,God,God's Word,Obey,Righteous,scriptures,Uncategorized,Word — by ginrich @ 7:01 pm

Romans 6:16 16 Don’t you know that when you offer yourselves to someone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one you obey—whether you are slaves to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience, which leads to righteousness?  (NIV)

We have a choice as to whether we will offer ourselves to the culture, be politically correct, or offer ourselves to God.  Every word we say, every act we do is a choice.  We are accountable for what we choose.  God has given us freedom of choice.  One choice leads to separation from God and one choice leads to righteousness through Jesus Christ.  No one can make us choose one way over another.  We can’t say, like Flip Wilson used to say, “The devil made me do it.”  Satan can’t make us.  He can only encourage us.  God has give us a sword to cut through the temptations satan, our culture or anything else brings our way.  The sword is the written word of God, the Holy Bible.  Let us choose to make ourselves very familiar with the words in the Holy Bible.  Let us keep the sword of the Spirit sharp and ready to use at a moment’s notice – at anytime we have a choice to make.

December 14, 2019

Fully Human

Hebrews 2:14 14 Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;  (NIV)

Hebrews 2:14 14 Since therefore the children share in flesh and blood, he himself likewise partook of the same things, that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil, (ESV)

I also added the English Standard Version to help us understand this verse.  Many people claim Jesus wasn’t really human.  Scripture tells us differently.  The Word of God took off His God nature and became fully human, born from a woman’s egg but fertilized by God’s seed.  He was flesh and blood.  He needed to eat food, drink water and He bled, just as we do.  He had moments of exhaustion, He could laugh with His disciples and He could cry with Mary and Martha.  We can’t say He doesn’t understand how we feel or how hard it is to resist temptations.  He experienced all we experience except sin.  He had to be totally flesh and blood to conquer death for us.  When Adam and Eve ate of the tree of knowledge of good and evil the image of God that was in them died.  God had to put on the image of man, had to become man, to let the image of man die and the image of God resurrect within man.  His image will only come into us through the Word made flesh, Jesus Christ.  Without our coming to the cross on which Jesus died for us, confessing our separation from God and asking Jesus to dwell in us we cannot be in the Image of God and will have to face spiritual death for eternity.  Praise God for His making a way for us to be united with Him, conquering death for all time.

December 13, 2019

B.C. and A.D.

Matthew 1:23 23 Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.  (NIV)

Isaiah 7:14 14 Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.   (NIV)

It is amazing how this prophecy in Isaiah was fulfilled through a young virgin.  What’s even more amazing is that the entire world calendar is built around the birth of this child, Jesus Christ, the Word of God made flesh.  The calendar is marked with the years before Christ (B.C.) and the years after the year of the Lord (A.D.)  Even those who deny the existence of Jesus agree with and use the calendar.  Notice the real translation of A.D. isn’t “after death.”  The Latin word are translated “After the Lord.”  Even though there is an attack on those who believe and accept the fact of God made flesh to demonstrate His love in a tangible way and take on our sin of separation, it doesn’t change the fact.  Let us continue to say with strength and conviction along with Peter, Jesus is the Christ, the Messiah, the Son of God, the Savior of the world.  As we celebrate with our friends and families, let us remember the amazing miracle we are celebrating.  In spite of our self-love and indulgences, God loves us so very much that He became human flesh and blood to bring us into right relationship with Him.  No religion believes in God.  Only Christians, not a religion but a way of life.

December 12, 2019

Negative Words

Filed under: believe,God,scriptures,Uncategorized,Word — by ginrich @ 7:48 pm

Proverbs 18:21 21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof. (NIV)

God is life.  Satan is death.  We have a choice.  Will we agree with God and life or will we agree with Satan and death?  The words we use and the words we agree show who it is we believe and agree.  Do we live and speak expecting the worse to happen?  If we do, it will happen.  When we hear negative words about us we must break the power of those negative words.  We must also be sure we don’t say negative words to or about others.  Not only do those words put others in bondage to negativity, they also will come back to us.  The negative words will grow in our thinking and we will come to believe them as truth. God is truth.  God isn’t negative.  Just re-read Numbers 13 where 10 of the 12 spies brought back a negative report and 2 brought back a positive report.  The Hebrews believed the negative and had to wander until that generation had passed before they could go into the promised land.  Let us quit believing the lying, negative words and side with God and the written words of promised He has given us.

December 11, 2019

Bring to Remembrance

Filed under: Bible,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,scriptures,Uncategorized,Word — by ginrich @ 7:27 pm

John 14:26 26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.  (NIV)

The Holy Spirit can’t bring things to our remembrance if we don’t have the things in our brains and hearts.  We must read, study, meditate and memorize scripture in the Holy Bible each and every day.  One way I’ve managed to memorize is by putting a verse on my cell phone as the wall paper.  It comes up every time I turn on my cell phone and I’ve made the habit of reading it every time before I use the phone.  Another method is to put the verse on a card on the bathroom mirror.  It is the first thing we see every morning and the last thing we see at night.  May I urge you to find a method that best suits you and really be diligent in memorizing scripture.  A day is approaching when our Holy Bibles will be hard to find, if not illegal to own.  We must put God’s word into our brains so the Holy Spirit can bring up the verses we need at the time we need them.

December 5, 2019

Truth on Display

2 Corinthians 4:1-6   Since God has so generously let us in on what He is doing, we’re not about to throw up our hands and walk off the job just because we run into occasional hard times.  We refuse to wear masks and play games.  We don’t maneuver and manipulate behind the scenes.  And we don’t twist God’s Word to suit ourselves.  Rather we keep everything we do and say out in the open the whole truth on display, so that those who want to an see and judge for themselves in the presence of God. (The Message Version)

Please reread the above verses.  So many main-line denominations are twisting the scriptures to say what they want them to say.  It seems the goal is now to appeal to the desires of the current culture even when it means changing definitions of words and changing what God’s written word, the Holy Bible, says.  We see government officials twisting words to suit themselves.  It is up to us, followers of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, to speak truth.  But in speaking truth we must do it in love, not in judgment.  We are in the Advent season of the Church Calendar.  This is a time of preparation for the celebrating of the physical coming of God’s Word, Jesus Christ, as a flesh and blood human creation, to show us the love of God, the Father.  Let us determine to do at least one thing each day to show His love through us to some stranger in whatever way the Holy Spirit leads us.  Let us demonstrate Christians aren’t judgmental or hateful but are people who speak God’s truth in love.

November 27, 2019

Thanksgiving Eve

Filed under: Bible,God,God's Word,thanks,Uncategorized,Word — by ginrich @ 7:12 pm

1 Corinthians 14:17 17 You are giving thanks well enough, but no one else is edified.  (NIV)

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving.  It was intended to be a day we set aside to thank God for the freedom we have at the present in our country to worship God and tell of His glorious works.  Yet, for most, this day has become a day to edify our favorite sports team.  It is also now a day when many stores open in the afternoon to get a jump-start on what has become known as Black Friday.  We can’t wait to buy more stuff.  As we prepare for tomorrow, let us be sure to take time to thank our God for the freedom we still have but are in danger of losing.  Let us also spend some time in intercession for those elected to lead our country.  Let us also spend some time in intercession for those who want to deny us the right to worship and express our beliefs and hold fast to the precepts in God’s written word, the Holy Bible.  Let our thankfulness outweigh the time and enthusiasm we spend on watching our favorite sports team or the good price we might be after for more stuff.  Let us truly be thankful and give thanks.

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