Ginrich's Devotional Blog

August 10, 2020

Both Testaments

Psalms 102:18 18 Let this be written for a future generation, that a people not yet created may praise the Lord:  (NIV)

So many Christians don’t read the Old Testament portion of the Holy Bible.  It seems they don’t know the above verse.  The words, all the words, were given by God to obedient believers in Him for the purpose of all future generations.  They are there to instruct us, to encourage us, to teach us how to pray, to teach us how to worship, to teach us how to serve and probably teach us in many other ways that I’m not able to list right now.  It is important for us to know how God dealt with those who have gone before us.  We see the consequences of their disobedience as well as the beautiful and often miraculous results of their obedience.  In the Old Testament we7 are told of not only the power of our prayers, we are told that are prayers are a sweet aroma in heaven and that they are in God’s very own treasure chest.  If nothing else does, that should make us all want to be continually in prayer and praise to our loving Father, God.  For every paragraph we read in the New Testament portion of our Holy Bible, let us also read equally in the Old Testament.  I guarantee we will all grow stronger and be fully in love and appreciative of all the words God has led others to record for us.

July 30, 2020

Hearing Us

2 Chronicles 7:14 14 if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land. (NIV)

Before we can say we are doing what this verse says, we must really look at it.  Not just the first part of it.  We must look at each part of the verse.  The first thing, the verse is for the people who are called by God’s name.  We are only called by God’s name through His Word, His Son made flesh, Jesus Christ.  If we haven’t asked Jesus into our hearts, minds and lives, we are not called by God’s name.  Second, we must humble ourselves.  That means we must admit we are sinners and are nothing without the love of God in us.  Without God, through His Holy Spirit within us, we are just sinful beings.  We must pray.  Prayer is a 2-way conversation between our Father, God and ourselves.  When we pray, we must seek His face.  We seek His face through knowledge of the words He has recorded for us in what we call the Holy Bible.  We seek to know Him through those words, through our conversations with Him and through the experiences He allows in our walk on this earth.  We can’t seek His face without turning from our wicked ways.  We all have wicked ways.  We’ve made habits of many of our wicked ways.  It might be gossip, judging others, putting other people down or even many things we don’t do that we should be doing.  We must actively make the effort to turn from those ways and incorporate the things we should be doing in our lives.  When we actively do these things, we have the assurance God hears us, forgives us and will, through our own healing, heal our land.  We must each ask ourselves are we really doing all this?

July 29, 2020

Made to be Sin

2 Corinthians 5:21 21 God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.  (NIV)

God the Father made His Word, His Son, to be sin for us.  Up until that moment Jesus was without sin.  He had no sin in Him.  Yet, though His Father loved Him, He also love us who were full of sin so He made His son sin for us that we might become the righteousness of God through the righteousness of the Son, Jesus Christ.  Remember Jesus praying in the garden, “Father, if it be possible, remove this cup from me.”  Jesus wasn’t just asking not to experience the pain of the cross, He was asking not to be made sin.  But, since the time of Adam and Eve, the Father had this planned for the love of mankind whom He created.  Jesus was still without sin when He was nailed to the cross.  He still knew no sin and hadn’t been made sin.  It was while on the cross and the Father turned His head that Jesus was made sin for us and cried out, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken me.”  This was the first and only time that the Father and the Son experienced separation.  The Father remains without sin but the Son, Jesus, now bears our sin.  There is no greater love than the love given by the Father and the Son to us who were born in sin which separated us from God.  When we invite Jesus into our minds, hearts and lives and confess we are sinners and ask forgiveness, we are forgiven and covered with the righteousness of the Son, Jesus.  Since God the Father and God the Son love us so very much, how can we, who are constantly in need of forgiveness, not love our fellow sinners.

July 25, 2020

Can’t Stagnate

2 Peter 1:5-7 5 For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; 6 and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; 7 and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love.  (NIV)

Galatians 5:22-23 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control.  *=(NIV)

Compare these verses.  Peter is telling us to make every effort to grow the fruit of the Spirit within us.  For things to grow, they need food.  Food is found in the written word of God, the Holy Bible.  Without daily intake of the food furnished by God there is no growth.  We, as living beings, have only 2 choices.  We can grow or we can die.  We can’t be stagnating.  The choice is entirely up to each individual.  We are the only ones responsible for the choices we make.  We can’t blame our past.  At this time, it is still legal for us to own, open, read and study the Holy Bible.  We better take advantage of the freedom we still have.  The time might well be coming when we must hid our Bibles for there are already many who are trying to make the Holy Bible illegal.  We have it at our fingertips.  We have it in paper form, on computers, tablets and even on our phones.  There is no excuse.  Let us own up to our responsibility for our own growth.  Let us grow the fruit of the Spirit so much within us that the world we not only see the fruit but will desire the fruit for themselves.

July 24, 2020

Exciting Bible

Filed under: believe,Bible,ears,Father,God,Holy Spirit,Jesus,spirit,spiritual,Uncategorized,Word — by ginrich @ 7:11 pm

Isaiah 6:8-11 8 Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I. Send me!” 9 He said, “Go and tell this people: “‘Be ever hearing, but never understanding; be ever seeing, but never perceiving.’ 10 Make the heart of this people calloused; make their ears dull and close their eyes. Otherwise they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts, and turn and be healed.” 11 Then I said, “For how long, Lord?” And he answered:  (NIV)

We must notice God said people would be spiritually deaf an spiritually blind.  Isaiah understood this and note his question, “For how long?”  I hope you will continue to read the above passage for God’s answer but be sure to ask the Holy Spirit to give you understanding.  People who don’t have the Holy Spirit in them (all who come to Jesus, God’s Son, are full of the Holy Spirit) are spiritually blind and deaf and not only refuse to hear and see spiritually, they are unable to for they are only physical and haven’t been born spiritually.  When we read with our spiritual eyes and listen to the Holy Spirit with our spiritual ears, there is so much exciting information in the Holy Bible.  I find it hard to put down.  What is going on in the world today is already recorded in the Old Testament.  It is exciting as we see what is unfolding reminding us of the word of the Father so long ago.  Pray for your self that you can understand an enjoy the excitement of immersing yourself in the exciting and informative words God has spoken to us for wisdom, direction and comfort.

July 23, 2020

Interpreting the Bible

Filed under: believe,Bible,Father,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,mind,Uncategorized,Word — by ginrich @ 7:48 pm

Revelation 22:18-19 18 I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this scroll: If anyone adds anything to them, God will add to that person the plagues described in this scroll. 19 And if anyone takes words away from this scroll of prophecy, God will take away from that person any share in the tree of life and in the Holy City, which are described in this scroll.  (NIV)

These verses apply to the entire Bible.  We don’t have the wisdom to interpret the words in the Bible.  The Bible is God’s words and only He has the wisdom to interpret it.  For non-believers the Bible is nothing more than a collection of words.  The Bible is a spiritual book and to read and understand it, we must be spiritual.  To be spiritual we must be born again.  To be born again, we must confess we are sinners and welcome Jesus, the Son of God, into our hearts, minds and lives and welcome the Holy Spirit to dwell in us.  It is the Holy Spirt Who gives us the meanings of the words in the Bible.  When someone asks us how we interpret a verse in the Bible we can only tell them what the Holy Spirit says to us in that verse.  To be sure it is the Holy Spirit telling us the meaning, it must agree with the entire Bible.  The Bible doesn’t contradict itself.  We can’t understand what the Bible is saying without first asking God to give us the meaning and show us how to apply that meaning to our lives in the here and now.  There were 39 men who penned the words in the Bible but there was only one author, God the Father through His Holy Spirit Who put the Father’s words into the minds and hearts of those He called to pen His words for all of us to be able to read.  Each passage must be read in line with what all the other passages say.  The Bible is full of symbols and to understand the symbols we must be familiar with the entire Bible.  A very common example of symbolism is the word “sheep.”  We, the believers in Jesus are referred to as sheep.  When we pick up the Bible to read, let us remember it is God speaking to us and ask the Holy Spirit to give us the meaning of what we read for us in our time and place.

July 17, 2020

Light Dispels Darkness

Filed under: Bible,God,God's Word,heart,holy,immerse,Jesus,light,meditation,mind,Uncategorized,Word — by ginrich @ 7:43 pm

Psalms 119:105 105 Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.  (NIV)

Think about what a light does.  It dispels darkness.  If we would attach a light on our feet when we get up during the night we wouldn’t stumble and probably stub our toes.  Darkness cannot struggle against light.  The moment there is light, darkness disappears.  In this verse the light comes from a lamp and the lamp is God’s word.  Jesus is the word of God.  He supplied us with His written word in the Holy Bible.  When we read, study and meditate on the words in the Bible and get them deeply in our minds we have light to dispel any darkness.  The light shows us the way to walk.  The darkness, the deceit and lies of Satan, have to go away.  They can’t stand in the light of God’s word.  In Luke 11:33-34 “we read, No one lights a lamp and puts it in a place where it will be hidden, or under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, so that those who come in may see the light. 34 Your eye is the lamp of your body. When your eyes are healthy, your whole body also is full of light.  We are to look at the Light.  We are to keep our focus on Jesus.  We are to keep our eye on the Word of God and also the words of God recorded in the Holy Bible.  The question we must ask, how much time do we spend reading, studying and meditating on the written word of God, the Holy Bible and on the Word of God, Jesus?  Let us make sure we keep our minds and our hearts immersed in the Light of God and thereby reduce our stumbling.

July 14, 2020

Necessary Trials

Filed under: faith,God,Jesus,trials,trust,Uncategorized,Word — by ginrich @ 7:56 pm

James 1:13-14 13 No one undergoing a trial should say, “I am being tempted by God.” For God is not tempted by evil, and He Himself doesn’t tempt anyone. 14 But each person is tempted when he is drawn away and enticed by his own evil desires.  (NIV)

When a fiendish murderer takes a knife to slash the flesh of his victim, it is for the purpose of destroying the person. But when a skilled surgeon uses a blade to cut the flesh, it is for the purpose of healing. Satan is the murderous tempter. Our Lord is the skilled surgeon. In other words, Satan tempts us to bring out the bad (James 1:13–15). God tests us to bring out the good (James 1: 2–12).  Hebrews 4:15-16  tells us we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tested in every way as we are, yet without sin. 16 Therefore let us approach the throne of grace with boldness, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us at the proper time.  (NIV)  God does not save us from temptations—He sustains us in the midst of them (Heb. 2:18; 4:15–16).  No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it. (1 Cor. 10:13)  So, all this leads to us not blaming others or circumstances for the things we do or don’t do.  We are each responsible for our own actions or inactions.  We have a choice.  We can stand true to the word of God or we can be lukewarm, fluctuating along with the present culture in our words and actions, but the responsibility is ours and ours alone.  We can’t blame we were raised, we can’t blame genetics, we can’t blame education.  Temptations will always be there.  They are the building stones for our spirits.  They are the means of exercising our faith and trust in God.  Trials aren’t fun but they are a necessary exercise for our spirits.  Jesus, Who is perfect, had to experience them; we need them even more in order to become a reflection of God.

 

July 13, 2020

Each Word Important

Filed under: believe,Bible,God,God's Word,Jesus,truth,Uncategorized,Word — by ginrich @ 7:41 pm

31 To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. 32 Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” (TLV)
When we read we often skip over little words. Little words are important. They can chanage the entire meaning if omitted. Look at the first word in verse 32. “Then” is a conditional word. Then says what will happen if the thing before then is done. What is before then? We must hold to the teachings of Jesus and only then will we know the truth and only after knowing the truth are we set free from sin. As we read God’s written word, the Holy Bible, let’s read it slowly and pay attention to each and every word. Each word is important for us to understand and apply.

June 26, 2020

Know His Name

Filed under: Bible,bless,Christ,God,Jesus,knowledge,sin,trials,troubles,Uncategorized,wisdom,Word — by ginrich @ 7:29 pm

 

Proverbs 30:3-4 3 I have not learned wisdom, nor have I attained to the knowledge of the Holy One.4 Who has gone up to heaven and come down?  Whose hands have gathered up the wind?  Who has wrapped up the waters in a cloak?  Who has established all the ends of the earth?  What is his name and what is the name of his son?  Surely you know!  (NIV)

I really enjoy the book of Proverbs in the Holy Bible.  Not only is it full of wisdom for every day’s problems and trials, it is also prophetic.  Here the writer is expressing his yearning to know the name of the Son of God.  He knows the Son hold the key to knowing God.  He knows He was always with God and knows He would come down to earth.  He also knows that He would be known throughout all the ends of the earth.  He only doesn’t know what His name is.  We are blessed and privileged to know His name.  His name is Jesus Christ.  I am so glad God put me on this earth after Jesus came and died and rose so I could be forgiven for my separation through sin from God and be adopted into His family as His child and a co-heir with His Son, Jesus.  Do you know Him?  If so, are you actively introducing the Son of God by name to those around you?

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