Ginrich's Devotional Blog

May 31, 2013

We become Less

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John 3:30. He must become more important while I become less important.”

We are very important to ourselves. Our natural trait is to put our needs, our wants and our desires before those of anyone else. Maturing spiritually is a slow, day by day process. Our goal is to be one with God. To get there we must learn to put Him before us. He must become greater to us than we are to ourselves. John the baptizer had the right idea. He knew he must fade into the background as Jesus increased in the lives of people. How do we fade when His Holy Spirit works through us? Our question is do we take the credit or do we give the credit to God? Do we seek to follow God’s directives and timing or do we only follow His after we find ours don’t work? God is far greater than we are. Let us remember and acknowledge.

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May 30, 2013

Not Everyone

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Matthew 7:21. “Not everyone who says to me, Lord, Lord, will enter into the kingdom of heaven-only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven.

You can be a church member all your life and still not know God. I know. I was. I never missed church. I served on all sorts of committees. I directed many events and ministries. I served as a paid employee. Yet I didn’t know God personally. I did believe Jesus came to this earth as God’s only begotten Son but I had no concept of Him as Lord. He was basically my insurance policy for eternal life. I would pray for situations then work hard to bring them around in my own strength. I was taught I had the ability to do anything I wanted and if I wanted it done right I must be the one to do it. What an amazing change took place in my life when someone shared with me the meaning of Lordship. Now Jesus is my director through His Holy Spirit. My heart aches for so many church members who think membership and attendance is all that is required. My heart aches for God when Jesus has to tell Him a person is not His. The question is do you really know Jesus as your Lord? Do you let Him direct your life? If so, are you sharing this with others around you? Through God’s Holy Spirit we have the power to let others know. Oh that all will come to really know Jesus as Lord.

May 29, 2013

Clothed

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Matthew 6:30 And if this is how God clothes the wild grass, which is here today and tomorrow is tossed into the fire to heat the oven, wont he clothe you even more, you people of little faith?

Our Easter lily just started to bloom. It is late but beautiful. Looking at it reminded me how beautifully God clothed His creation. Man chose different clothing. Mankind chooses the clothing of sin. When we follow Jesus we are given new clothing-the clothing of His Holy Spirit. We have a choice. We can put this clothing on each day or we can choose our old clothing of sin and disobedience. We also can choose to change our clothes during the course of the day. It is our choice. Our question is what do we choose? We cannot wear both sets of clothing at the same time. They are skin-tight and one will not fit over the other. Let us look into our inner mirror throughout the day and make sure we are clothed in the righteousness of Jesus through His Holy Spirit.

May 28, 2013

Grow Fruit

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Galatians 5:22-23. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self- control. Against such things there is no law.

Most fruit trees bear only one kind of fruit. The fruit tree of the Holy Spirit bears 9 different fruits. When we accept Jesus and receive His Holy Spirit we become a tree with little buds of the 9 different fruits. Our goal is for all of the fruits to grow. For fruits to grow they need sun, water and fertilizer. Our tree also needs the Son (Jesus), water (the Holy Spirit) and fertilizer (God’s written Word, the Holy Bible). Our question is are we letting our tree in the Son or are we shading it in sin? Are we allowing it to be watered or do we say the Holy Spirit was for a different time? Are we fertilizing it daily with style and meditation on the written word or are we too busy with temporal, earthly things? God has planted the fruit seeds and given us the tools to bring all 9 fruits into full ripeness. The choice is ours.

May 27, 2013

Imitators

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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.

May 26, 2013

Spiritual Bresthing

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Ephesians 5:18. And do not get drunk with wine, which is debauchery, but be filled by the Spirit,

If you check the Greek word used for the word “be” you would find it is in the continual tense. Our correct translation (grammatically) should be “be continually filled by the Spirit.” This is a daily or a multiple times daily necessity. As we allow the Holy Spirit to work through us we must allow more of Him in us. I like to call it spiritual breathing. I exhale the power or love of the Holy Spirit and inhale more in filling. But in order to inhale more of the Spirit I must be sure I have also exhaled (confessed) my sins of commission or omission and inhaled God’s forgiveness. This makes more room for the in-dwelling of His Spirit. When we don’t give out through love and service there is no room within us to take in more of God’s Holy Spirit and reflect more of His love. Our question is are we willing to develop the discipline of practicing these breathing exercises? I was taught as a child anything worth while takes effort and the more worth while it is the more effort it takes. I can’t think of anything more worth while than reflecting the love of God to those around me.

May 25, 2013

Always Available

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Romans 5:5. And hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.

Our question is when do we avail ourselves of the gifts and power of God’s Holy Spirit who resides in us? Do we just count on Him when we pray? Do we just count on him when we need to know what to do? Those Re good and appropriate times but God gains us his Holy Spirit to be in and used by us 24 times 7. He is with us as we sleep, giving us peaceful rest. He is with us throughout our days assuring us of God’s continual love and presence with us. He is with us to enable us to converse with the Father throughout our day. Our goal is to become aware of His continual presence. It may not always be appropriate to speak to him aloud but we can carry on a conversation within our minds. God wants us to be one in Him as Jesus is. Let us become more aware of His Holy Spirit within us and allow him to move us into that oneness

May 24, 2013

Holy Spirit Walks

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Acts 1:8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the farthest parts of the earth.”

After Jesus died on the cross, rose from death and ascended to the Father in Heaven God sent His Holy Spirit to walk this earth in and through the believers in Jesus, His Son, His Word. We receive the Holy Spirit in us the moment we invite Jesus into our hearts and minds as our Lord and Savior. It is the Holy Spirit Who gives us the power to walk as Jesus did-in full and continuous fellowship and obedience to God the Father. Our question is do we really want to walk that way? We are so intent on our own comfort and desires that we tend to choose not to hear and obey the gentle nudging of the Holy Spirit within us. How did Jesus do it? He spent hours drawing apart from others to talk things over with the Father. How much time do we spend in conversation with the Father? We are good at telling Him what we want but how about listening to what He wants? We have one mouth and 2 ears. Let us talk half as much as we listen to our God.

May 23, 2013

The Word

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John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was fully God.
John 1:14 Now the Word became flesh and took up residence among us. We saw his glory-the glory of the one and only, full of grace and truth, who came from the Father.

This earth went a very long time without God’s physical presence. Finally He sent His Word to walk this earth in the same physical characteristics we share. His Word, His Son, Jesus left the side of His Father to humble Himself as a baby of a poor couple to walk where we walk and experience the temptations we experiences. He was fully God as He walked this earth but also, at the same time, fully man with the same physical needs and emotions we experience. The big difference is He walked and experienced life on this earth in the way God originally designed. Jesus walked with God the Father and without sin. He showed us we are to walk on this earth in complete fellowship with the Father, speaking and living His love and peace to all we meet in our walk. Our question is are we willing to expend the time and effort to read and study how Jesus walked and talked on this earth? He is our example. He is the One we are to imitate. The word “Christian” means “little Christ’ A little girl will imitate what she hears and sees her mother do when the girl plays with her dolls. Will we imitate what we read Jesus did and said?

May 22, 2013

Walking in the Garden

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Genesis 3:8. Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God moving about in the orchard at the breezy time of the day, and they hid from the Lord God among the trees of the orchard.

When we create something we like to look at and admire it from time to time. God is the same. He moved about in the Garden of Eden in a way that could be seen and heard by the people He created. He apparently enjoyed His walks and visits with them as He called out to them. But sin had entered into His creation and God cannot be in the presence of sin. Actually, sin cannot stand in the presence of God. Sin must try to hide itself from God’s Light. God no longer walked or moved in His creation in a way mankind could hear or see. Generations of mankind would come and go with just but a few being able to hear God. Our question is what sin are we trying to hide from God? As He knew where Adam and Eve were and what they had done, God already knows what sin we are hiding in our hearts and minds. Let us be open and honest with ourselves and confess to ourselves our sin so we may be cleansed and forgiven. As we’ll read later, we no longer need by away from the Presence of our God.

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