Ginrich's Devotional Blog

January 31, 2013

Belonging

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John 17:16. They do not belong to the world just as I do not belong to the world. 

Everyone needs and wants to belong to something.  We want something or some group to confirm our identity.  When we introduce ourselves to others or are introduced by others our names are usually immediately followed by our professions or some other identifying title.  In the 17th chapter of John we are  privileged to read a prayer of Jesus.  He knows we need a feeling of belonging and prays we can find that feeling not with a sinful world but with God.  One way we can help our need of belonging is through a local church where God is worshiped and Jesus is acknowledged as His only Son and the way to God.  When we try to stand alone our need for belonging becomes     open  to all types of competition.     What others see us as belonging to confirms to them who we are.  Our question is do our associations with groups confirm our identity in Christ?

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January 30, 2013

No Reruns

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2 Corinthians 3:18. And we all, with unveiled faces reflecting the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another, which is from the Lord, who is the Spirit.

From time to time I am tempted to copy a devotion I wrote several years ago or re-preach a sermon from years past.  Who remembers what they read in the past or what was preached?  But I can’t.  Each day I am being changed or transformed into a new image.  Each day I open up to the glory of God more of Him shows through me.  What I wrote or spoke a week ago has been altered to what god would have me speak or write today.  It is the same for each one of us.  We either grow or we die.  Living beings, just like all living things, cannot stay stagnant and live.  Our question is are we willing to allow God to change us each and every day or do we choose to shrivel up?  He changes us through prayer, Bible study, circumstances, what we see, hear and speak.  There is a chorus that sums it up
“From glory to glory He’s changing me, changing me, changing me.  From earthly things to the heavenly, the love that God’s shown to the world.”  May we each always be pliable for God’s continued work in and through us. 

January 29, 2013

It Takes Two

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John 4:9. So the Samaritan woman said to him, “How can you – a Jew  – ask me, a Samaritan woman, for water to drink?” (For Jews use nothing in common with Samaritans.) 

As we read of Jesus in the Bible it’s hard not to notice He had two-way conversations.  He didn’t speak to others but spoke with others.  They had two-way conversations. Our question is what kind of conversation do we have with Jesus?  Are we the ones doing all the talking (called a monologue)?  Do we give God a chance to have His input when we pray?  It doesn’t matter if our prayer is one of praise, intercession Ora need of our own all prayer needs to be a two-way conversation.  Let us be willing to listen.  God wants to speak with us not just listen to us.

January 28, 2013

The First Step

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Matthew 14:28.  Peter said to him, “Lord, if it is you, order me to come to you on the water.”

When we read about this event with Peter and Jesus (please read the entire event in your Bible), we tend to latch on to when Peter took his eyes off Jesus.  When he did that he began to sink.  He looked at the circumstances instead of keeping his eyes on Jesus.  But the event does not start with Peter sinking below his circumstances.  The event starts with Peter responding to Jesus’ indentation to come and Peter taking the first step of courage out of the boat.  Peter wanted to be with Jesus enough to be willing to step into unknown territory.  Our question is are we willing to step out into the unknown with Jesus or do we choose to remain in our familiar zones?  It may not be a physical change of location.  Maybe Jesus is calling us to learn to use a new gift from His Holy Spirit.  Maybe He is calling us into a different ministry.  We become so comfortable in our habits it becomes hard to step out and do something out of our norm.  Let us pray with Peter, “Lord, if it’s You, bid me to come.”  Then let us be sure to lift our leg over the boat, our comfort zone, and step into the new keeping our eyes on Jesus and our ears on His instructions.  He is calling but we must take that first step.

January 27, 2013

Jesus Calling

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John 11:28. And when she had said this, Martha went and called her sister Mary, saying privately, “The Teacher is here and is asking for you.” 

Lazarus, Martha and Mary’s brother, had become critically ill.  The sisters sent word to Jesus to come quickly.   Lazarus died and was buried.  Four days later Jesus arrives.  Martha is at the gravesite with the mourners but Mary remains in their house grieving alone.  Jesus calls for Mary. Jesus is calling for each one of us to come.  We, like Mary, may think our pleas to God aren’t being heard or answered but God promised He would never leave us alone.  God knows when, where and what we need.  It is not for us to sit in self-pity wishing things were different.  Jesus is calling us to a faith of action.  Take time to read all of John 11.  Our question is will we trust God?    

January 26, 2013

Fear

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2 Timothy 1:7. For God did not give us a Spirit a of fear but of power and love and self-control.

I get a lot of comments but, as I wrote in the “About me” page, I do not post any comments for that would divert attention from the devotions.  The comments are very much appreciated for the encourage me to keep writing and posting.  Every day I fight fear: I may not have anything to write, I may not hear God correctly, I may write what I hear in a way others will misunderstand.  How do I get passed those fears?  I remind myself God is bigger than any mistake I can ever make.  I pray over each devotion that each reader will receive only what God wants for that day.  God spoke through a mule and He can speak through each and every one of us.  Be it open our mouths or take pen or keyboard in hand, God wills us to pass His words to us on to others.  Our question is are we willing to trust Him to speak through us?  Are we willing to acknowledge He will use us in His way and will override our mistakes?  I once had a choir director who said, “if you don’t sing loud enough to hear you won’t know if you’re making a mistakes.”  Let us be willing to speak or write in the faith of God.

January 25, 2013

Co-heirs

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Romans 8:17. And if children, then heirs (namely, heirs of God and also fellow heirs with Christ) – if indeed we suffer with him so we may also be glorified with him.

What a wonderful promise.  When we receive Jesus, God’s Son, into our we become joint heirs with Jesus.  What is it that Jesus is heir to?  He is heir to all God has.  As joint heirs we share equally in all Jesus has.  We like to think that only includes what we consider to be the riches and what we consider to be the plush benefits.  As heirs we must partake of all that comes which includes responsibilities we might not consider as being pleasant. When we become heirs we have responsibilities to be good stewards.  We must do whatever is necessary to care for and ensure the continuation of what God continually gives.  What is it He gives?  God gives love, forgiveness, eternal life and the fruits and power of His Holy Spirit.  When we don’t make use of what God gives we are turning our backs on our inheritance.  How do we make use of the heritage God gives us?  We make use of it in the same way Jesus showed us as He walked this earth.  Our question is are we willing to take the responsibilities along with the blessings?  Let us choose to showing God our love and thanks by welcoming all He brings our way.

January 24, 2013

Joy

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Romans 15:13. Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you believe in him, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

It was difficult to settle on just one verse about joy.  The Bible is full of verses on joy. So many of us think my is a monetary emotin.  We think’s it through outside stimulation like food, drink, money, entertainment and any form of self-gratification.  These things can bring a brief experience of emotional elation but as they fade away so does our elation.  The joy the Bible talks about is the joy given us by God through the fruits of His Holy Spirit.  This joy is more than an emotion.  It is part of God’s character and when we receive God’s Son, Jesus, into our being we receive His joy.  Our question is do we recognize and receive His joy?  So often we give our mouths and thoughts over to complaints.  We take the attitude of “woe is me, life is so hard.”  How do we plug into God’s joy? It is through the power of His Holy Spirit.  If we have received Jesus into our being, we have His Holy Spirit and the seeds os all the fruits: (Galatians 5:22). But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,   We can choose to allow God to bring growth to these seeds of fruits or we can choose to keep our minds set on our sinful selfish desires.  It’s our choice.  We can choose to walk in His joy which is eternal or walk with sinful and fleeting imitation of joy.  Hs joy is great and eternal.  Let our mouths, thoughts and actions reflect His joy.

January 23, 2013

Lay Down Our Life

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1 John 3:16. We have come to know love by this: that Jesus laid down his life for us; thus we ought to lay down our lives for our fellow Christians.

Lay down our life?  That’s a heavy statement.  We usually think that only applies to being willing to die for someone else to live.  Jesus died so we could live eternally in the presence of God.  There are other ways to lay our life down for someone else.  How many times have we responded to someone’s née with “I’m sorry, I don’t have time.” Or maybe we’ve said, “It’s too inconvenient for me.”    There are many excuses we find to keep our own life as we want it.  Our question is are we willing to acknowledge our lives aren’t really ours?  Without God there is no life.  It is by His love and grace we take our next breath.  Why is it so hard for us to lay down something that really isn’t ours?  It is sinful pride and selfishness so much a part of our human nature.  How do we get over this attitude?  The only way is to allow the example shown us by Jesus to grow in us through His Holy Spirit through prayer, Bible study and obedience.  With time and practice we will gradually demand less for ourselves and be willing and ready for God to give more to others through us.

January 22, 2013

What We Can Give

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Acts 3:6. But Peter said, “I have no silver or gold, but what I do have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, stand up and walk!”

How often have we heard or said ourselves, “I wish I could give or help but I don’t have anything.”  Peter had no money but He was open to God’s Holy Spirit wanting to give through him.  So often we think money will make everyone’s problems go away.  There are many needs besides money.  We need to learn to allow God to show us the need and be willing to allow Him to meet the need through us.  The possibilities of what He can do through His obedient children are endless.  I will not suggest any so each of us can remain open without preconceived ideas on how God wants to use us in helping others. Our question is are we willing to listen with an open mind and be obedient with a loving heart?

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