Ginrich's Devotional Blog

May 31, 2011

Rejoice and Be Glad

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Mt 5:12 Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you

 

Rejoice and be glad?  Under times of persecution?  You’ve got to be kidding.  Why and how could we rejoice and be glad while being persecuted?  Look at the reason: because great is our reward in heaven.  Our time here on this earth and in whatever circumstances we must walk through is so fleeting compared to eternity.  We tend to focus only on what is right in front of us.  We fail to see what is ahead – the glorious gift of God, salvation from our continual sins and the promise of being in His very real physical presence for all eternity.  I use the phrase, “this too shall pass” when I’m confronted with a trying time.  I seek God’s wisdom in how I’m to walk through the challenge and recognize the challenge, though at times seems never to have an end, is really just fleeting in line with the eternity God has for me.  For this I can truly rejoice and be glad.  I have the assurance that nothing can separate me from God’s love.  It is God’s love I cannot live without.  All else lasts for just a moment.  Let us turn our complaining and “woe is me” into rejoicing and assurance of our future with God.  There is no greater reward for our walk than the privilege of being in the very real presence of our God.

May 30, 2011

Accusations and Insults

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Mt 5:11 “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me.

Oh how hard we try to appear right and without fault.  If you think not, think of how you responded the last time someone claimed you did or said something you didn’t do or say.    Not only do these kind of accusations cause us to defend ourselves, quite often it leads us into the trap of trying to turn the accusations against others.  This leads to resentments and bitterness and far away from peace.  God’s Word says to respond with a simple yes or no.  Our Lord, Jesus, never uttered a word to His accusers.  He was certainly more innocent than we can every be.  Our most important tool against falling into the trap is prayer.  When false accusations are made against us we can depend on God, through His Holy Spirit to give us wisdom in our response.  Note the insults are given against us because of our faith in God.  We must be sure there is enough evidence against us to find us guilty of our faith in God trough Jesus Christ.

May 29, 2011

Persecution

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Matt. 5:10 Blessed are they who suffer persecution for justice sake,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven
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This kind of persecution is not for things out of God’s commandments but for things that are true to God.  Quite often we think of persecution as what is happening to so many Christians in various anti-christian countries around the world.  That is definitely persecution.  But we are under persecution in democratic countries.  More and more governments are attacking prayer in public places.  More and more we are told we cannot use the name of Jesus in ear-shot of others.  Christian holy days are being crowded out by retail and sports events.  Our question is, when we are denied the freedom to share our faith, what is our stance?  Jesus said He would confess us before His Father if we confessed Him before men.  Are we consistent in our confession?

May 28, 2011

Peacemakers

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Mt 5:9 Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God.

Here are two options.  We can choose to be peacemakers or we can choose to be troublemakers.  Most of it comes from our mouth.  We cannot be peacemakers without functioning in the previous beatitudes.  To be a peacemaker we must desire to share the peace of God we have with others.  We must love others enough to be willing not to have our own way.  We do not seek peace in things that are against God’s commandments.  We do seek to bring peace through salvation to those who stand against God.  The only way to pace is through God’s Son, Jesus Christ.  A peacemaker shares Christ.

May 27, 2011

Pure Heart

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Mt 5:8 Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.

Wow.  A pure heart.  That is certainly not my heart.  My heart so often puts me first before God and before others in my life.  My heart is so quick to want to retaliate rather than forgive.  How do I gain a pure heart?  I gain it through the grace of God.  As I grow in Him through His written word, prayer, meditation and the trials He guides me through, He will cleanse my heart to be come more and more a reflection of His pure love.  As I grow in Him and His love I find myself gradually wanting His best for all those around me.  Yes, all those including the homeless I see walking the streets and the criminals I hear about on the news.  Gradually I recognize more and more God’s love for each and every individual in His created world.  He wants all to know and love Him.  I want to want all that God wants.  Purify my heart, Oh God and thank You for Your Son who gives me eternal life with You.

May 26, 2011

Hunger and Thirst

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Mt 5:6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.

We are to be hungry and thirsty for righteousness.  Only God is righteous.  Are we truly hungry and thirsty for Him.  Doe we seek Him at least as much as we seek food and drink for our physical bodies?  How do we seek Him?  We seek Him through Bible study, through meditation, though prayer and through the assembly of other believers.  We also seek Him through sharing Him with others.  He says if we hunger and thirst for Him we will be filled with Him through His Holy Spirit.  Pray for a big appetite for God.  Pray for a big thirst to really be in His Presence – for His presence to be in you.  He promises if we seek He will fill.

May 25, 2011

Merciful

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Mt 5:7 Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.

I find this a hard one.  I know God shows me great mercy.  He is continually forgiving me from my sins, even when I repeat them.  Yet, I find I am slow to show mercy.  I have to have God remind me that except for His grace I would be doing the same thing as those whom I am criticizing.  God is quick to forgive me but sometimes I am slow in my forgiveness of others.  But I also have trouble shown mercy to myself.  I am by far my own worst critic.  This makes me slow to accept God’s grace and forgiveness.  As I pray for God’s mercy on me, I must have mercy for myself and for others.

May 24, 2011

Blessed Are the Meek

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Mt 5:5 Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.

The opposite of meek or humble is proud or self-sufficient.  After we’ve recognized our need we must recognize the fact that there is nothing we can do to earn our way to God.  The only way to God is through the grace of His Son, Jesus.  We can never be good enough.  We can never do enough good.  We can never live a perfect, sinless life.  Jesus did.  Then He gave Himself over to be crucified on the cross for our sinful lives.  The Greek word for meek referred to domesticated animals – tame and obedient, not wild or unruly.  Jesus is referring to us being under the control of God, obedient to God.  We inherit the earth because we see God in everything we think, say, see and do.  We see God in the creation around us and the people around us.  We desire to be under the control of God, not under the control of our own sinful nature.  We recognize we can do all things through God.  It is God Who is our strength.  Apart from God we have no strength and fall easily into our old, sinful lifestyle.  Let us walk each day in meekness – obedience and dependence on God.

May 23, 2011

Blessed Are the Poor in Spirit

Mt 5:3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Blessed are the poor in spirit. That is a very hard state for the human psychic.  We are so afraid to admit our own worthlessness, our own lack of self-sufficiency.  We are so full of false pride and the idea we can do whatever we need to do ourselves.  We want to do it our way and in our time.  What is God’s reward for the poor in spirit?  It is the kingdom of heaven.  Until we admit we have no goodness in us apart from God, until we admit we have no capacity to love, no capacity to even breathe with the grace of God, until we admit we must have God to have life, we have no part in the kingdom of heaven.  We must recognize we are born poor in spirit by the very natural of sin.  It is only when we recognize our need for God that we can respond to God.  Have you recognized your need for God?  Have you responded to His call for you to come and receive Him and all He has for you?  If not, you can do it right now.  Just admit you are in need of Him and ask His Son, Jesus into your heart.

May 22, 2011

The Beatitudes

Mt 5:1-2 Now when he saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, and he began to teach them, saying: _

The next 8 days or so we’re going to look into what is known as “the Beatitudes.”  First we must look at the word “beatitudes”.  The Latin word for blessed is beatus.  To be blessed is to be happy.  These are the 8 attitudes every Christian should have.

These are the 8 steps to happiness and joy in God.  These are the attitudes that should be part of each one of us.  Jesus taught these.  He taught them to His disciples, the ones who walked with Him and followed Him.  He taught them as blessings.  These blessings are to grow in each and every follower.  As we look at these 8 beatitudes we need to look at them and see how we measure up; how much do we reflect each one of the attitudes Jesus said should be a part of us.  Let us prepare our heats and minds to look with open honesty at our own thoughts, hearts and actions as we look at each of these 8 beatitudes.

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