Ginrich's Devotional Blog

July 21, 2013

Free From Past

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Isaiah 44:22. I remove the guilt of your rebellious deeds as if they were a cloud, the guilt of your sins as if they were a cloud. Come back to me, for I protect you.”

We are so good at quitting when we don’t quickly achieve quick success. This shows in diet plans. It shows in fitness rooms. We don’t achieve the results we want in the time we want and quit. It also shows in the spiritual realm. We pray for something and when we don’t see the answer we want in the time we want we quit praying. Churches jump from program to program for the same reasons. We tend to carry this thinking over to our disobedience and sins. We don’t see success in witnessing so we say we can’t and quit trying. We repeat something we’ve confessed and been forgiven for and think we’ll never get it right. We keep confessing the same thing over and over to God and maybe to others. God says what we confess is over. It is no longer with us. He wants our focus on being with Him not on our past sins. Our question is will we choose to move on with God or feel sorry for ourselves telling everyone how bad we’ve been and feeling hopeless about a victory? Let us believe and trust God and keep moving forward.

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May 20, 2013

The Tongue

Filed under: Bible,Christ,devotion,God,Jesus — by ginrich @ 1:10 am
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James 3:8-9 But no human being can subdue the tongue; it is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. With it we bless the Lord and Father, and with it we curse people made in Gods image.

Our tongues are amazing. They are not very big but they can do many things. Without them we could not taste, swallow or talk. We use them to make faces. We can use them to move food off of our teeth. Our question is, when we use our tongues to talk, what are we allowing them to say. Many times I tend to let my tongue move and shape words along with my lips before I put my brain and heart into gear. Once the tongue lets out a word it can not be taken back in. Our question is how do we keep our tongue trained for the good rather than the bad that would hurt others? First we must desire to give our tongues over to God to be used for His glory and His purpose. When it becomes our desire we ask God’s Holy Spirit to help us listen to Him before we use the tongue to speak. When we mess up (and we will) we quickly ask God’s forgiveness. We might have to ask the forgiveness from another person as well. The hardest one to forgive is ourselves. Let us remember if God forgives us who are we not to forgive ourselves. Let’s just recommit the use of our tongue to God and move on. May our tongue taste well and as we use it to speak may the words we speak taste well to our God.

April 16, 2013

Total Welcome

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1 Corinthians 15:6. Then he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers and sisters at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have fallen asleep.

Paul was not a disciple when Jesus walked this earth.  In fact he was a persecuted of the believers.  Yet, after his experience on the Emmaus road the believers evidently testified to Paul of the appearances of Jesus after His resurrection and before His ascension.  Their testimony was enough for Paul to write about it as a fact.  It must have been difficult for those believers to testify to Paul, a well-known and dangerous enemy of the past.  They had to have forgiven him the past persecutions before he came to know and believe in Jesus for himself.  Sometimes we have trouble accepting a new believer; especially if we know their past.  Out question is since God forgives them and welcomes them into His family, who are we to do less?  Let us take greater effort to accept and love those who enter the new life in Christ.

April 14, 2013

Forgiving Love

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John 21:13 Jesus came and took the bread and gave it to them, and did the same with the fish.

This is the 3rd time Jesus confirms His identity through the breaking of bread.  After they ate Jesus addresses Peter.  (John 21:17). “Jesus said a third time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” Peter was distressed that Jesus asked him a third time, “Do you love me?” and said,  “Lord, you know everything. You know that I love you.” Jesus replied, “Feed my sheep.”   Peter was hurting and grieving over his denials of knowing Jesus.  For each denial Jesus asked Peter if He loved Him.  Jesus used the word “agape” for love which means unconditional love as God loves us.  The first 2 times Peter responds with phileo which means brotherly love.  Finally he responds with agape.  We have trouble with the English language in that we have only one word for love.  We use that word to describe our feelings about food, events  entertainment, people and other occasions.  The love God commands us to have is not limited or always exclusive to the emotion of phileo.  It is a love of choice.  Our question is do we have the love of choice for God and for all His creation?  If we do we must be feeding His sheep.  Feeding brings growth which builds up.  Let all our words and actions build up others.

August 5, 2012

No Defence

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Mark 6:61 But he was silent and did not answer. Again the high priest questioned him,

He was standing trial for nothing that He did.  He said nothing.  He did not try to defend Himself.  How quick we are to defind ourselves.  We don’t like to be told we’re wrong.  We’ll defend most all of our words, actions or even inactions.    Quite often, when we are defending ourselves there is anger in our voice.  In college our choir director said “Sing loud enough to recognize your mistakes.”  In his wisdom he knew insecure college students would be resentful of another student correcting them.  It seems we are slow to “outgrow” our insecurity.  Our question is where is our security?  Is it in our own abilities or is it in our relationship with God through His Son Jesus?  The best responce to someone else’s correction or criticism is to thank them for their concern, take it to God in prayer and allow the Holy Spirit to bring us into His Truth.

June 26, 2012

Betraial

Filed under: Bible,Christ,devotion,God's Word,Jesus — by ginrich @ 1:47 am
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Luke 22:48 but Jesus asked him, “Judas, are you betraying the Son of Man with a kiss?” (The Holy Bible, New International Version)

We all understand what it feels like to be betrayed. We’ve had friends turn their backs on us, gossip about us and tell lies about us. We’ve had family members who won’t speak to us even though they can’t remember why their mad. There are many ways and forms of betrayal. Jesus was betrayed. He was betrayed by on of His select 12 disciples, a disciple who held the trusted position of treasure for their small group. Jesus knows how it feels to have a close, trusted friend betray you. Yet Jesus did not get mad at Judas. He questioned why he chose a kiss to betray Him but never did Jesus say anything harsh to Judas. Peter also betrayed Him, not just once but three times in a row. Jesus’ response is to ask if Peter loved Him and gives Peter a position of responsibility. Our question is how to we react when we are betrayed? Actually we should not react but should respond. Do we respond in love and compassion with forgiveness? Jesus knew God was using Judas to complete His ministry. If not Judas someone else would have been used. When we are betrayed there is always a lesson and growth in our relationship to God to gain. Next time we are betrayed let us look to God, forgive the betrayer and move on with God’s plan for our lives.

February 14, 2012

Confession

Filed under: Bible,Christ,devotion,God's Word,Jesus — by ginrich @ 2:54 am
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blood of JesusPsalms 32:5 Then I acknowledged my sin to you and did not cover up my iniquity. I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the LORD”— and you forgave the guilt of my sin. (The Holy Bible, New International Version)

Confession comes from the Greek word “homologeo.” “Homo” mans the same and “logeo” means to speak. When we confess to God we are agreeing with God. We cannot blame others or confess for others. We are admitting to God our separation from Him through actions, words or inactions. We are coming clean with God and getting a clean heart and mind. To do this we must admit to ourselves our rebellion to God. With the confession comes the request for God’s forgiveness. God looks to see if the blood of His Son, Jesus Christ, covers us. That blood covers us if we have accepted Jesus as God’s Son and asked Him to be our Savior and Lord (boss). When God hears our confession and sees the blood of His Son He forgives us and remembers (no longer counts against us) the sins no more. This is hard for our finite minds to in-capture. We are so good at remembering the injustices or presumed injustices of others against us. We are so slow at forgiving. Once we realize Jesus said we are forgiven AS we forgive others we will find it easier to forgive others as well as ourselves. Let’s not let a day go by without ending it with confession so we can start each new day with a clean heart.

October 11, 2011

Remember No More

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 1:45 am
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Heb 8:12 For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more

I had this conversation with God.  “Oh God, I blew it.  I feel so bad for what I did.  I feel I must keep asking Your forgiveness over and over.  Please forgive me.”   God’s reply, “What did you do?  Don’t you know, My child, when you ask for forgiveness I no longer remember your sin?  When I look at you I see the blood of My Son.  I do not see what that blood covers.  Each sin confessed is blotted out by My Son’s blood.”  This is a hard concept for us to understand.  We remember most all the wrongs done to us and the wrongs we’ve done.  Sometimes we remember them by choice.  God wants us to move on with Him.  Once we’ve confessed a sin and received His forgiveness it is over and done with.  We are not to keep whipping ourselves with it.  If God can forgive us, who are we not to forgive ourselves.  Also, if God can forgive others, who are we not to forgive others.  The question is are we walking around as wounded, sick people or are we choosing to walk uprightly with our God?

September 1, 2011

Perseverance

Phil 3:14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.

 

We humans are impatient.  We lack perseverance.  When things don’t happen when they should or when they become more difficult than we think they should be we give up.  We move on to something else.  I’m so glad Jesus had energy of His will, steadfastness.  He had a fire of love in His heart for God’s will.

Just read about Christ’s struggle in Gethsemane.  Read His last words on the cross when He cried out to His Father about being forsaken.   What willpower in the midst of severe anguish.  If He, through His love, had not remained strong we would not have the forgiveness of our sins.  We would have empty, meaningless lives on this earth. Jesus even showed concern for a criminal, concern for His mother and forgiveness for the ones who crucified Him in the midst of severe pain.  He trusted His Spirit to His Father.  We need to think about this the next time we feel discouraged in prayer or in ministry or anything else.  We need to remember our goal is to help prepare the people on this earth for the Kingdom of God, which is to come.  We will never experience what Jesus went through.  Praise God, He did it so we wouldn’t have to.  Let’s be determined to run our race until all have the Prize.

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