Ginrich's Devotional Blog

July 15, 2013

Only By Grace

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Titus 2:11. For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all people.

All religions except Christianity believe they approach God by their own merits. It is what they do and what they don’t do that brings them before their god. Christians know we, in our own strength cannot work our way into salvation. It is only possible through God’s grace in the death and ressurection of God’s Son, Jesus Christ. Grace also shows itself another way. When a child does something wrong the loving parents discipline the child. It is the same with God. When go our own way through comission or omission God disciplins us, allowing us to walk out our bad decisions because He loves us. In His loving grace He won’t let us stray to far as long as we choose to respond to His correction. Our question is when we reap the results of wrong choices do we get mad, frustrated or complain? Let us instead acknowledge the grace of God which lets us see the error of our choices as He lovingly bring us back into Him through His loving grace?

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February 24, 2013

Knowledge in Unity

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Ephesians 4:13. until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God – a mature person, attaining to the measure of Christs full stature. 

The Church as we know it today is far from unity of faith.  We quibble about so many things.  Some play, ” if you don’t agree with me I’m taking my ball and playing somewhere else.”  We are more centered on our own desires and interpretations than we are on the unity of faith in the k owl edge of Jesus, the Son of God.  When asked about their belief or religion many name a specific denomination or church name rather than saying, “I’m a Christian, a follower of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.”  Christianity is not a religion, it is the way of life.  Religion is man trying to reach up to God through works.  Christianity is God reaching down to man with love, grace and forgiveness.  All we can do is accept and receive then allow Him to grow us in knowledge of Him.  Our question is are we willing to unite in God’s way of love and grace?

October 3, 2012

Not Religion

John 16:27  For the Father himself loves you, because you have loved me and have believed that I came from God. 

There is a big difference between Christianity and religion.  Religion is man trying to reach up to a god, trying to earn his or her way to an after life.  Christianity is God reaching down in love to mankind, to offer mankind eternal life.  It cannot be earned because mankind is incapable of being good enough or doing enough to earn eternal life with God.  It is only possible through the grace and love of God through the death and resurrection of His only Son, Jesus Christ.  This is something our finite minds cannot really understand.  It is hard to accept  there is something we cannot earn or deserve by our own actions.  It is something religions try hard to achieve but never can.  God reckons us forgiven and considers us children rather than created creatures because His Son, Jesus, died for us and our relationship with Jesus brings us by adoption into God’s family with all the privileges of Jesus.  Our question is do we want all the privileges of Jesus?  These privileges include the privilege of obedience to the Father.  Look at how Jesus passed God’s love to all He met.  Look how He shared God’s plan of salvation.  Look at how he drew apart with the Father to talk with Him – not talk at Him.  We need to put more of ourselves into following the example of Jesus than religions spend trying to earn their way.  They do it from fear of not making it.  We do it for the love of Jesus, though our love is incomplete and imperfect, it is a fruit God fillls us with His Holly Spirit that can grow as it is exercised.

September 19, 2012

School or Drop-out

John 20:17 Jesus replied, “Do not touch me, for I have not yet ascended to my Father. Go to my brothers and tell them, I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God. ”

From the words of Jesus His Father is also our Father and His God is also our God.  If we really meditate on this it will blow our mind.  Jesus is saying we are equal in our relationship through Jesus with God.  There is one catch to that.  The only way this can be is for us to accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior.  Jesus said He is the only way into God’s family.  We cannot work our way.  We cannot find our way alone or through any other form of religion.  We must humble ourselves, acknowledge and confess we are sinners, accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior, accept His atonement for our continual sins on the cross and desire to walk as He walked on this earth in obedience to God and love for mankind.  When we do this He fills us with His Holy Spirit Who empowers us to walk in obedience and love.  We get very impatient and upet when we find we still disobey and find we still don’t love mankind.  It takes time and growth.  It takes going to school – the school of life experiences, the study of God’s written word (the Bible) and the school of 2-way prayer and meditation.  This school makes life very exciting and full.  Our question is are we willing to go to school and stay in school are will be be drop-outs?

September 20, 2011

Seed of Faith

Gal. 2:20 “I live, yet not I but Christ lives in me. For the life I live now in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me”

To have faith we must be in Christ because He is the Author and Finisher of faith.  Religions of the world do not have faith, only belief.  Believing something does not necessarily make it real or true.  Faith is Christ.  It lives in Christ.  When we except Christ Jesus as our Lord and Savior He gives us the gift of faith.  Faith follows belief and acceptance.  Christianity is not a religion.  Religion is man’s attempt to reach up to some higher power.  Christianity is God reaching down to man through His Son, Jesus Christ.  Through His gift of faith it becomes a way of life, not an off and on religion.  Paul understood this when he wrote, “nevertheless it is not I who live but Christ lives in me.”  Through faith Christ lives in us in the form of His Holy Spirit.  It is His gift of faith that unites us with God.  Without faith we are lost from God.  We cannot work for it nor earn it nor do we deserve it.  It is only through the grace of God and His love for us.  Let us let Christ live in us through the faith He gives us.  Faith is described as a little mustard seed.  Seeds can grow as they are nourished.  Let us feed on God’s Word and nourish the seed of faith He has given us.

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