Ginrich's Devotional Blog

July 31, 2012

One Flesh

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Mark 10:8 and the two will become one flesh. a So they are no longer two, but one flesh.

Today is our 48th wedding anniveresary.  It amazes us how God makes His plans come about.  We were both raised going to church but neither of us understood the Lordship of Jesus nor that God does  not have grandchildren.   Our first ten years were very stormy.  We were taught divorce was never an option so we each decided a bad relationship was our “lot” in life.  Just before our 10th anniversary I was introduced to Jesus as my Lord and Savior and my husband followed a few days later.  Before this we thought we would just raise our children and grow old. Life has been a wonderful adventure ever since.  We took a fantastic marriage course created and taught by some good friends of ours.  Later we used their course and taught other couples.  The only way two can become one flesh is if Jesus is the head of the marriage.  If you have already been through a divorce you can experience God’s forgiveness and healing when you ask Him.  If you are in a shaky relattionshp, turn it over to God.  If we can’t learn to be as one with our mates how can we learn to be one with God.  I thank Him for the endurance of my husband and thank my husband for a fantastic adventure with Him and with God.

July 30, 2012


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Psalms 100:3 Know that the LORD is God. It is he who made us, and we are his ;we are his people, the sheep of his pasture. (The Holy Bible, New International Version)

Old Car

A friend of ours just started getting well from one problem when another problem with his body occurred. It made me think about old cars. It seems when one part goes out on an old car and is repaired another part goes out. Many times the old cars have had multiple owners. Our “old car,” our bodies have had multiple owners. We start out thinking our bodies are ours. Satan tries to turn them into belonging to him. When we finally realize our bodies, our minds, our emotions and our spirits belong exclusively to God Who has wonderfully knitted them together we can rest in His Ownership. Our question comes in when we forget Who owns us and try to act as we are the owners. The decision is ours and is on-going on a continual basis. With the Holy Spirit dwelling within us we are empowered to resist the ploys of Satan. Resisting our own self-indulgence is a choice we must make in and throughout each and every day.

July 29, 2012

Gold Medal

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Hebrews 12:1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us runwith perseverance the race marked out for us.

The hpye of the Olympics brought back to mind this poem I wrote years ago.

Gold Medal

They give their all to win the gold
No matter what the cost
Their chance is slim so few can win
Yet they still pay the cost
And when they’ve won they’re glory’s sung
They find it ever brief
For though they did the best that time
There’s someone right behind.

I’m in a race to win the gold
That also has a cost
My chance is great for Christ did win
He paid the greatest cost
When I have won,
God’s glory’s sung
It will not end with time
But do I give my best for Him
Or do I lag behind?

My God, help me desire You
More than they long to win
Help me keep the laws You’ve made
To keep me safe from sin.
Help me keep my eyes on You
So my goal I can win
And when I win they’ll be no end
You will have brought me in.


July 28, 2012

Stiff Neck

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James 4:10  Humble yourselves before the Lord and he will exalt you.

Dose your neck hurt?  It should.  We are all a very stiff-necked people.  We became that way in the Garden do Eden.  It is hard for us to bow our heads before anybody, including God.  We constantly fright the temptation and carnal desire to put ourselves first. Mew bow our head before God when we first realize we are sinners and Jesus, God’s Son, took our sins on Himself but it is a continual struggle to keep them bowed.  We think we have a right to be mad, resentful, unforgiving and self-indulging when others hurt us.  We fail to continually remember without God in us we are nothing and have no rights.  It takes continual confessing and continual refilling of God’s Holy Spirit to keep our heads bowed befor Almighty God and fellow man.  Our question is are we willing to continually humble ourselves before God and man and recognize we have no rights to anything except through the grace and love from God? Let’s give our stiff necks a rest.

July 27, 2012

Faulty Equipment

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Hebrews 7:25 Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them. (The Holy Bible, New International Version)

I have just finished programming my 4th Droid phone. This one was ordered in less than 24 hours after my last replacement. It seems the company doesn’t thoroughly check out the returned phones they use for warranty replacements. Though it has been incredibly inconvenient and tried my patience and taken my time it reminds me how I am faulty equipment. Even though I am faulty, can rejoice because I have God’s only Son, Jesus, constantly interceding for me. No matter how I might break down, sin, or miss program my life,, He is standing the gap and His Holy Spirit in me is gently steering me back into the best path God has chosen for me. This puts all of life’s little irritants and inconveniences into proper perspective. Our question is where is our life, our eyes, our minds and our hearts centered? Do we choose to look at the earthly things that will soon pass away and allow them to interfere with the peace that can only come from God or do we choose to keep our focus on God and the preparation of His Kingdom coming on this earth?

July 26, 2012

Royal Alert

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Matthew 24:42 “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come. (The Holy Bible, New International Version)

The summer Olympics is still several days away yet there is a lot of hype. The are doing biographies on the athletes, showing the event places, interviewing potential spectators, guessing about results and on and on. They are even on what they call “royal watch alert.” We have an even more event coming. We have a more “royal watch” to be alert for. The event we are waiting for will be the greatest event that ever was, is or will be. The royal One is the most royal Who ever was, is or will be. We are told to watch for it. We know what day the Olympics will start. We do not need to be on the alert. The athlets have done their work to be ready. We have work to do to be ready for the greatest event. We are told we must speak the Gospel to the ends of the earth. We are told all the world must hear of what Jesus did for us. Some of us think we must leave our neighborhoods and go to some remote country. Some are called to do that. But it may be our very next-door neighbor who has not heard what Jesus has done for them. Our question is are we sitting back and just waiting or are we working for God’s glory in obedience while we allow His Holy Spirit to “get us into shape” and watch for His return?

July 25, 2012

Who’s Next to You?

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Luke 18:10 “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. (The Holy Bible, New International Version)

When we are in church who is our neighbor? Many people have just one place they sit; one place they are comfortable and one group of people they want to sit with. Luke tells us about two very different people who went at the same time to the same place to pray: one was a highly respected religious leader and the other a “turn-coat” Jew who used the law of the Romans to his own selfish advantage against his own people. The first made sure he pointed out to God how good he is and how bad his praying neighbor is. The second acknowledge how bad he is by his own doing and asked for God’s mercy. The first man forgot that in God’s eyes, it’s not what we do or don’t do that makes us sinners but who we are. We like to think we are doing better than another. We think others are worse sinners than we. We like to boast of our “goodness.” We like to be with others of the same mind. Our question is do we make God out to be a liar or do we accept that, no matter what we do or who we are we are still just sinners – all of us equally sinners? It is only through the grace and love of God through the precious blood of His Son, Jesus, that we are given the privilege of addressing God the Father. Let us choose not to be so wrapped up in our own smugness or that of our “friends” that we shun others. Let us see the sameness of each and everyone who crosses our path and reach out to them. This Sunday, if you don’t have a ministry in the service that makes you be in a certain place, choose to change where you sit and get to know someone else – maybe someone without a friend.

July 24, 2012

Our Way

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John 21:21-23 So when Peter saw him, he asked Jesus, “Lord, what about him?” Jesus replied, “If I want him to live until I come back, what concern is that of yours? You follow me!” 

We are pretty good at comparing the way we do things to the way others do them. Sometimes that comparison makes us feel very insecure.  But what about comparing the way others do things with the way we do.  Sometimes we think our way is the only right way.  We criticize others when the don’t do things the way we do.  God has made each one of us different.  He wants to do different things through ech of us in different ways. It is not for us to judge or criticise how anyone else allows God to work through them.  It’s hard enough for each of us to allow God to speak and work within and through us. Our question is do we choose to think we and our ways are the best or only way or will we choose to trust God’s unique way with each one of His children?

July 23, 2012


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John 17:20-21 “My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. (The Holy Bible, New International Version)

Love is the embodiment of two souls into one. Jesus and God are One. Jesus prayed that we would be one in Him and in each other. Our concept of love is self-gratification and self-fulfillment. In our conception of love there is always a “what’s in it for me” attitude. As sinful beings we are incapable of loving purely. When we accept Jesus into our hearts, minds and lives He dwells in us in the form of His Holy Spirit. As we allow His Holy Spirit to become one with us and us one with Him we gradually learn to love: love for God, love for ourselves and love for our fellow man. The question is are we willing to learn to give way to God’s perfect love or choose our own self-seeking, self- gratifying love? As with all things the choice is ours. On our own efforts this desire to be and love as one is impossible. Sin of self will always stand in our way. With our choice of giving God’s Holy Spirit the power to rule in us we will gradually give way to God’s calling of Oneness in Love.

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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