Ginrich's Devotional Blog

February 28, 2010

In His Image

Ge 1:2-27 Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.” So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. Ge 2:7 the LORD God formed the man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.

Amazing. We are created by God in His Image. What kind of image is that? God is a Triune God: God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. God the Father is the Creator, God the Son is the Word, the action of the creation, and was given a body of the created to help the creation see God. God the Holly Spirit is the breath of life of God. Where do we stand within this image? Man decided to draw apart from the image of God by withdrawing from the Holy Spirit, the breath of life. Since then, man had been struggled on his own. But, through accepting Jesus Christ and the grace of eternal life and being completed once again in the image of God with the infilling of His Holy Spirit, we can once again be in the image of God. We display God’s image in the amount and ways we allow His Holy Spirit to indwell in and through us. During this season of Lent, reflect on your relationship with the Holy Spirit, His part in and through you. Start paying attention to the “breath of life” God would fill you with daily that you may live, walk serve and have the fellowship God wants to have with us.

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February 10, 2010

Valentine’s Day

1 John 4:16  God is love and all who live in love live in God, and God lives in them.

 Sunday is Valentine’s Day.  I will be preaching on the book of 1 John.  It is the “Love Book” because it has the word “love” in this short book more than any other book in the Bible.  There are many meanings of the word “love.”  1 John uses two forms of the word.  “Phileo” means to love in an impulsive ways such as between brothers and sisters.  “Agape” means affection, benevolence, good-will, high esteem and concern for the welfare of another.  This love is deliberate and purposeful.  This is the type of love commanded in scripture.  Emotions cannot be commanded but the aspects of “agape” love can.  This type of love is a choice of action. 

 This week, in celebration of Valentine’s Day, I am writing a love letter to God.  I encourage you to try this.  We all like to receive word of love from those we love.  God is no different.  He likes to hear our words of love for Him.  Take time to write Him about the love you have for Him grown in your heart.

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