Ginrich's Devotional Blog

June 5, 2013

Facing Giants

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1 Samuel 17:37 David went on to say, “The Lord who delivered me from the lion and the bear will also deliver me from the hand of this Philistine!” Then Saul said to David, “Go! The Lord will be with you.”

The entire Israeli army cringed in fear at the challenge of Goliath. Not one man, regardless of size or strength. would face the giant. David was only a young teen. Though he was young he knew His God. When he heard Goliath defame the name of God, David became angry. He knew Goliath should be silenced. He knew God was on his side and would give him the ability to silence the giant. David did not depend on the armor made by man. He depended on the armor of God, picked up his stones and went forward to face the giant. We all have Goliaths in our lives. Sometimes we cower and let the giants taunt us and tempt us. We fear we cannot face them and defeat them. Sometimes we try to used worldly ways to defeat the giants in our lives but these ways fail us. We need to be like David. We need to depend on God’s armor and protection. We need to pick up our stone which is our sword which is the Word of God. This takes action on our part. The stones did not go to David, David went to the stones and picked them up. Then David, by his will and actions, walked forward and faced the giant. Our questions is will we be like David and face our giants with the power and protection of God or will we be like the Israelite army and cower and listen to the taunts of our wordly giants?

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May 27, 2013

Imitators

Filed under: Bible,Christ,devotion,God,Jesus — by ginrich @ 1:10 am
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Job 42:5. I had heard of you by the hearing of the ear, but now my eye has seen you.

Job obeyed God’s commandments because he was taught to do so. We can also obey through teaching. God wants more than obedience. God wants our fellowship, our love and our worship. Our question is do we think if we live good, moral lives we will have eternal life with God? God says our good works are as filthy rags. We sinful beings cannot be good enough on our own. It takes seeing God with spiritual eyes given us by His Holy Spirit. We don’t see Hod in a physical sence but we see Him in a spiritual sence. We see His love, power, forgiveness and character. When we see God this way we realize how really filthy we are. How do we get clean enough for fellowship with God? There is only one way. The way is through the shed blood of God’s only Son, Jesus Christ. When we accept Jesus as our Lord ans Savior our filthyness is covered with His blood and our sins cleansed through forgiveness. Then, with the help of His Holy Spirit we can learn to imitate the way He walked on this earth. We learn to become “little Christs” which up is what the word “Christian” means.

April 8, 2013

Bold Faith

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Matthew 8:26. But he said to them, “Why are you cowardly, you people of little faith?” Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the sea, and it was dead calm.

Some of our college students wanted to be baptized so we went to the beach.  There was a storm surge so they were baptized many times on the way out to be baptized.  Those of us on the beach were quietly praying for the ocean to calm.  None of us spoke the words out loud.  Nothing happened.  The waves kept ragging.  On the way back to our house we talked about the lack of power.  Our youth minister ask is any of us had spoken out loud.  Out quietness showed a lack of faith.  While heading home the girls decided they wanted to be baptized also.  We furnished them with swim suits and headed back to the beach.  The storm surge was still present.  As the girls went into the ocean we spoke in a loud voice for the waters to be calm.  The waves calmed in a semi-circle following the girls out.  After they were baptized in calm waters an were coming in the waves followed behind them.  When they were back on the beach the storm surge was back in full furry.  We learned true faith must be outwardly displayed.  We have experienced His power many times since then as we speak out with boldness.  The question is will you trust God enough to speak His word with boldness?

November 19, 2012

Boldness

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Ephesians 3:12 in whom we have boldness and confident access to God because of Christ’s faithfulness. 

It is awesome that we are allowed to give boldness to approach God.  When we consider who God is and compare it to who we are it is really beyond comprehension that  He would allow us to speak to Him, let alone ask Him for anything.  It is because of His love  for  us and His sending His Word, Jesus, His only Son to come to earth in the form of us sinful beings.  Jesus showed us how to walk without sin, died for total and permanent payment for our sins and rose to return to heaven to show us we, through Him could also rise from human death to live with God through all eternity.  That, by itself is more than wonderful.  Yet God doesn’t stop there.  He allows us to come before Him with our praises and requests with complete boldness – that is complete confidence that through Jesus we have full right to approach God.  Our question is are we making use of the right Jesus has given us?  Let us as come with praises and petitions before God’s throne of grace throughout all our days.

August 22, 2012

Wake Up

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Matthew 24:36 “But as for that day and hour no one knows it- not even the angels in heaven a- except the Father alone.

Every day brings us 24 hours closer to the time Jesus comes for His Bride, the Church of believers.  Every breath brings each one of us closer to our last breath on this earth.  None of us knows when either will take place.  We need to wake up to the importance of this.  As Christians we have no fear of either taking place.   But what about our family memberes, our friends, our neighbors and others who do not know Jesus.  These people will be denied the Presence of God for all eternity.  These people will be condemed to the fires of hell.  What are we doing to prevent this?  Our question is are we willing to wake up to their plight and tell them about Jesus and His salvatioin for our sins, our separation from God?  This is not a “get around to it sometime” thing.  We need to understand the urgency of the plight of those who have not received forgiveness of their sins through the blood of Jesus, God’s only Son.  There is no other way into the very real Presence of God, the Creator of all that was, is or will ever be.  Will someone miss out because we didn’t take the time tto tell them?  I pray not.

August 6, 2012

Make It Personal

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1 John 4:10     In this a is love: not that we have loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins.

So often we think generically.  We think of Jesus taking on the sins of all mankind.  That He did but He also took on our own individual sins.  We don’t like to think about that.  We seldom really personalize the cross and Jesus dying on it for ourselves.  It’s a painful thought.  Imagine anyone going through such pains just for me.  Put  yourself there.  It’s hard to even think about our own sins, let alone adit them and confess them to God.  We would rather just confess, “Forgive me of my sins this day.” and not be specific. We are told to confess our sins in order to receive the forgiveness Jesus paid for on that cross.  We must ask His Holy Spirit to reveal to us each day the sins which mar our fellowship with God so we can confess each and every one to Him receive forgiveness and move on to a deeper fellowship with Him.  

August 3, 2012

The Dove

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Luke 3:22 and the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven, “You are my one dear Son; b in you I take great delight.” 

The dove is an international symbol of peace.  Jesus said He came to give us peace, but not the peace of the world   He came to give us God’s peace.  We cannot experience this peace, the dove cannot come on us, if we are not a lamb.  To receive the Holy Spirit we must humble ourselves before God.  We must admit we are sinners and through His Son, Jesus, ask for forgiveness and accept the cleansing of the blood of the Lamb of God, Jesus.  Jesus humbled Himself by taking on the form of a man and substituting Himself on the cross for our sins  He didn not have to do this but chose to out of love for the Father and love and cmpassion for us.  The question is are we willing to give up our false sence of independance and our pride and walk humbly with our God? 

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. 

August 1, 2012

Offence

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Jeremiah 29:13 When you seek me in prayer and worship, you will find me available to you. If you seek me with all your heart and soul, 

I watched a little of the Olympic fencing.  I don’t understand much about that sport but i did observe the one on the offense was at the advantage.  I appeared once you are in a defensive mode it is difficult to get back into an offensive mode.  The same is true with our spiritual lives.  As long as we stay fully “armed” with God’s Holy Spirit and His Word we can stay on the offensive mode against all the firery darts and temptations of Satan.  Once we allow one to get through to us and we must then defend the struggle against the sins of this carnal world becomes harder.  Our question is how do we stay on the offensive?  We stay current with our confessions, current in an attitude of forgiveness for others (as well as ourselves), our minds full of  God’s written Word and maintained fellowship with God through prayer, meditation and obedience.  Once again, the choice is ours.  It doesn’t happen automatically.  It takes our time and effort.  No one can give it to us.  We must work for it.   God says we must seek Him with our whole heart, mind and soul.

July 22, 2012

The Gift of Choice

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Galatians 1:4 who gave himself for our sins to rescue us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, (The Holy Bible, New International Version)

Jesus gave Himself for us. No one else gave Him. He chose to give Himself for us. He did this both for love for us and to be in the will of His Father. He was not forced to do this. Because He gave Himself for us we no longer need to pay for our own sins, our own choice of separation from God. When we receive the gift of Jesus and we confess our sins God forgives us and no longer holds us accountable for them. Because of Jesus there is no end to God’s forgiveness. God’s forgiveness brings us back into fellowship with Him but it doesn’t remove the consequences on this earth from our sins. We still must walk out the worldly consequences of our choices. God has given us directions for our walk on this earth in His written Word, the Holy Bible. When we follow it we find our walk with God less interrupted by sin. Our question is will we choose to walk according to God’s instructions?

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