Ginrich's Devotional Blog

January 11, 2013

Anger Without Sin

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Jonah 2:5 LORD said, “Are you really so very angry?”

It is so easy to get angry when things don’t go the way we think they should.  Hurt, disappointment and not understanding quite often lead to anger.  As self-centered people most of our anger is because our needs, our desires or our emotions are disagreed with, ignored or, in our opinion, abused.  When that happens we become angry at a person or group of people.  Jesus displayed anger in the temple and turned over the tables of the money-changers.  People could only use temple money to buy the needed animals for sacrifice and the money-changers were charging a big mark-up for the service.  Jesus was angry at what they were doing not at the people doing it.  He even said in Ephesians 4:26. Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on the cause of your anger.  It is right to be angry at a sinful act but not at another person.  We are also not to let our anger spill over into another day.  How do we do that when we hear or see the hateful cruelty to fellow people?  We take them before the throne of God in prayer and intercede for both the doers and the receivers.  We pray for the love of God to descend, heal and work within all lives involved.  We become willing to ask God and listen to see if we are contributing to the action or if He would have us be part of the healing.  We are commanded to love all people regardless of who they are or what they do.  Jesus interceded for Those who nailed Him to the cross.  Our question is can we do less?

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October 5, 2012

Made Sin

2 Corinthians 5:21  God made the one who did not know sin to be sin for us, so that in him we would become the righteousness of God.

This verse is talking about Jesus Christ.  He did not know sin.  He walked this earth without any sin.  We are very familiar with sin.  I doubt that a day doesn’t go by without us sinning in thought, word or action.  Not so with Jesus.  But notice it says God made Jesus to BE sin for us.  It was on the cross that Jesus took on each and every sin for all mankind for all eternity.  Without Jesus doing that for us there is no way we could ever be in the presence of God.  Sin cannot be in the presence of God.  Since we are sinners we need Jesus to take on our sin and through Him we become righteous with the righteousness of God – a sinless righteousness.  That righteousness was Jesus until He took on our sins to enable us to be free in His righteousness.  The question is do we admit that we are sinners and we cannot do anything about it on our own?  The only way to be free from the burden and debt and separation from God because of our continual sinning is through His Son, Jesus.  Do we thank God each and every day for such a gift of love?  Think how we hold others in this world accountable for the wrongs they do.  How much more should God hold us accountable?  Yet, because of His love for us He sent His Son to pay the price – to account for our sins.  Have you opened the gift package of God’s righteousness through His Son?  Have you acknowledge Jesus paid for your sins?  If not, do so now.  Just admit to God and to yourself that you are a sinner (as we all are) and can do nothing to atone for it.  Ask Jesus to come into your heart, mind and life and fill you with His Holy Spirit.  The allow the Holy Spirit to grow in you though Bible study, meditation, prayer and gathering with others to worship, praise and learn more of Him.

August 2, 2012

Lamb of God

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John 1:29 On the next day John a saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God b who takes away the sin of the world!

Jesus is presented as the “Lamb of God.”  One reason is lambs were used as sacrifices for sin offerings to God.  Another is what the lamb represents.  A lamb is a meek, humble animal.  It is very submissive. It goes where it’s master tells it to go.  It listens for it’s master’s voice, recognizeing it from all other voices.  Jesus not only gave Himself over the the cross as a sis offering for all mankind, He knew and listened for His Fathere’s voice.  He did all His Father asked Him to do and sought no credit or glory on His own.  All glory and thanksgiving and praise went to the Father.  If we are to be like Jesus we mustt be like a lamb.  Our question is are we willing to be humble as a lamb?  Are we willing to learn to recognized the voice of our “Master” over and above all other voices, listen to Him and obey Him?  Once again we have a choice.  God loves us so much He wants our love and obedience to be voluntary on our part.  He wants us to give ourselves to Him like Jesus did.  Are we willing?  His Holy Spirit will make us able. 

June 3, 2012

God’s Promise

Filed under: Bible,Christ,devotion,God's Word,Jesus — by ginrich @ 1:48 am
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Hebrews 7:25 Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them. (The Holy Bible, New International Version)

I’ve heard others say, “I have done too any bad things for God to save me.” At one time I thought this myself. Here we are told anyone and everyone who comes to God through His only Son, Jesus Christ, will be completely saved. Why is that? Jesus took our place on the cross and shed His blood for the forgiveness of our sins. Only He could do it as only He was without sin. Before He went to the cross He knelt in the Garden of Gethsemane and prayed for us. It is my favorite prayer in the Bible because it is Jesus praying for me (and each one of us). “My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message. (John 17:20) Take time to read all of John 1 When you come to the part that is quoted here substitute your name for the word “those.” It’s amazing what it does for you when you read the Bible like it was intended – a person love letter and instructional letter to you specifically. If no other prayer were every to be answered I know the prayer of Jesus is answered. That means if I allow God, through Jesus, to save me and to sanctify (make me holy as He is holy) He will do it. He will do it for you also if you ask. The question is have you asked? If so, walk in confidence God will do what He says. If you haven’t asked yet I invite you to do so. All you need to do is talk to God saying you recognize you are a sinner, that you want Jesus into your heart, mind and life as your lord and savior and then thank Him. You will probably not feel much emotion at the time. Emotions come later by degrees. Emotions are not the sign. Faith, trust and belief are the signs.

May 28, 2012

Consecrate for Sanctification

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1Thessolonians 5:23 May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ (The Holy Bible, New International Version)

Leviticus 20:7 “ ‘Consecrate yourselves and be holy, because I am the LORD your God.

God tells us to consecrate ourselves. To consecrate means to set aside or dedicate. This is man’s action to God. It is our surrender to Him to have His way with us. Man can only consecrate. It is God Who must sanctify. Man cannot sanctify himself no matter what he does or how good he is. Sanctification only comes through the cross of Jesus. Sanctification cannot happen without consecration. We must first yield thoughts, our actions, life, and ourselves to God. We must be open to the infilling of God’s Holy Spirit. Then the act of sanctification can begin. Our question is are we willing to yield our entire beings to God and allow Him to sanctify us? Many are unwilling because they don’t want to be different than their cultures. Many are afraid God will want something of them they can’t do. We either believe or accept God’s love for us, which leads to total trust, or we don’t. The choice is ours. What do you choose?

April 4, 2012

Unexpected

Filed under: Bible,Christ,devotion,God's Word,Jesus,Lent — by ginrich @ 1:19 am
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Luke 21:34 “Be careful, or your hearts will be weighed down with dissipation, drunkenness and the anxieties of life, and that day will close on you unexpectedly like a trap (The Holy Bible, New International Version.).

So close to the cross and feeling the antagonistic atmosphere around Him Jesus still teaches and gives warnings about places and things which can cause us separation from God. From time to time we find our minds and hearts full of the anxieties of life. We live in the “what ifs” and “when this then this” mentalities. We fail to pay attention to the spiritual. We stay distracted. Jesus will return at an unexpected time. No man knows when. No man knows when he or she will draw their last breath on this earth. Jesus warns us to be careful. As He said in Matthew 6 we are not to be anxious about tomorrow. We are to live in the here and now. We only have our present time. What is past is past and we cannot revise it. What is ahead is ahead and we can’t mold it to come to us at our liking. If our hearts are to be weighed down it is to be with God’s sadness over loosing one soul. What are we doing to prevent that? We have the power through His Holy Spirit to live and example of the joy of God and to speak of Him to those around us. Will they believe us? Not if our lives show worry and anxiety over the future. Our question is what do others see when they look at us? Do they see the love and peace of Jesus or do they see more of the worry and anxiety of the worldly life? It’s our choice. What do you choose?

March 21, 2012

Inconvenience

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Luke14:27 And anyone who does not carry his cross and follow me cannot be my disciple. (The Holy Bible, New International Version)

We are a people of convenience. We want what we want when we want it the way we want it. We don’t like to have our scheduled plans interrupted. We want an easy, peaceful life. Jesus expects us to carry a cross when following Him. That does not mean we are to tote a big, wooden cross around or even that we need to wear a cross around our neck. What it means is we are to be willing to be different from the world. We are to be willing to speak and act differently. We are to be imitators of the way Christ Jesus walked on this earth. We will find many times that is not the way of convenience. As Jesus was walking the last time to Jerusalem He had multitudes of interruptions on the way. He did not waver from His destination but was mindful of all the needs as He went. I’m guilty of having blinders on when I must go shopping. Shopping is on my least favorite list of to-do things. When I’m in a store I tend to have eyes on what I need to get so I can get out of there. I fail to notice even the closest of friends. It is good to know our goals but not at the expense of ignoring the walk to them. The times I’m more observant around me I’ve been blessed by being able to stand in the middle of a store holding someone’s hand and pray for them. In the United States we are usually not physically assaulted for our attempts to walk as Jesus did. In other countries believers are being assaulted or killed. Yet, we resist the cross of inconvenience. Our question today is, are we willing to be more observant to what and who is around us as we walk to our scheduled goals?

November 2, 2011

The Curtain

Mt 27:51 At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook and the rocks split.

 

What a privilege it is to enter into the presence of our God.  When they worshiped God before Jesus died on the cross there was a heavy curtain separating the Holy of Holies from all mankind.  The only one who could enter was the priest who was chosen for that year.  He could enter only once in the year under very stringent conditions.  When Jesus died on the cross for our sins, that curtain was torn from top to bottom.  The only way that could happen was by the hand of God.  It is because of Jesus’ death on the cross and the tearing of the curtain that allows us into God’s presence.  We have that access any time, any place, under any conditions and as often as we would like.  The question is how often do we want to be in God’s presence.

September 18, 2011

The Cross Daily

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Lk 9:23 Then he said to them all: “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.

Going to the cross of Jesus is not a one-time event.  We must go to His cross daily.  We tend to get distracted with things in and of the world.  We tend to get distracted with self.  We tend to forget the desires and commands of God and go off on our own ways.  Every day we must come to His cross, confess, ask and receive forgiveness and receive a new infilling of His Holy Spirit.  Without His Holy Spirit we cannot follow.  Just before Jesus went to the cross He told His disciples, (Jn 14:6.)  Jesus answered, “I am the wayand the truth and the life.No one comes to the Father except through me.   We cannot know the way except through His cross.  We cannot understand the way except through His gift of the Holy Spirit.  Let not let one day pass without going to His cross.

September 15, 2011

Pacemaker

 

Ps 19:8 The precepts of the LORD are right, giving joy to the heart.

 

Due to damage from chemo and radiation I have a pacemaker that controls my heart.  Because of it my heart is usually able to beat at a steady pace.  God also has a pacemaker for our spirits.  His precepts (His commands) are His pacemaker for our lives.  Living in obedience to His precepts keeps our spirits beating (flowing) in the right rhythm with Him.  Just like I had to have surgery to put the pace maker in, we need God’s surgery of forgiveness through the cross of Jesus, His Son, to bring His Holy Spirit and His precepts into our hearts and minds.  From time to time I must endure more surgery to change the batteries.  We also need to continue in confession of sins and refilling of forgiveness and His Holy Spirit to keep our batteries (spirits) charged.  Let us take time to see how our heart spirits are doing.  It may be time for recharging.

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