Ginrich's Devotional Blog

July 21, 2013

Free From Past

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Isaiah 44:22. I remove the guilt of your rebellious deeds as if they were a cloud, the guilt of your sins as if they were a cloud. Come back to me, for I protect you.”

We are so good at quitting when we don’t quickly achieve quick success. This shows in diet plans. It shows in fitness rooms. We don’t achieve the results we want in the time we want and quit. It also shows in the spiritual realm. We pray for something and when we don’t see the answer we want in the time we want we quit praying. Churches jump from program to program for the same reasons. We tend to carry this thinking over to our disobedience and sins. We don’t see success in witnessing so we say we can’t and quit trying. We repeat something we’ve confessed and been forgiven for and think we’ll never get it right. We keep confessing the same thing over and over to God and maybe to others. God says what we confess is over. It is no longer with us. He wants our focus on being with Him not on our past sins. Our question is will we choose to move on with God or feel sorry for ourselves telling everyone how bad we’ve been and feeling hopeless about a victory? Let us believe and trust God and keep moving forward.

July 20, 2013

Jesus in Us

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Ephesians 3:17. that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith, so that, because you have been rooted and grounded in love,

I’ve been putting off writing this because God is at work in me about this in a mighty way. The other day I had several children, all siblings, with me. They were fighting and being unkind to each other. God reminded me about what He’s been trying to get into me. I asked the children where Jesus is. They pointed to their hearts and said He’s in their heart. I said since Jesus is in us that means the way we treat each other is the way we are treating Jesus. I don’t know about you but I have to say, “ouch.” It’s not so hard to treat strangers nicely but it seems the closer the relationship the more relaxed we are to the point of hurting, arguing and being thoughtless to one another. I find myself asking forgiveness over and over. The good news is I realize what I’m doing or saying faster and almost immediately tell my Lord I’m sorry. With the help of His Holy Spirit I hope to need fewer apologies to my Lord and more loving interactions with others. The question for all of us is how do we relate to those who have Jesus in their hearts?

July 19, 2013

Action

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Acts 9:33-34. He found there a man named Aeneas who had been confined to a mattress for eight years because he was paralyzed. Peter said to him, “Aeneas, Jesus the Christ heals you. Get up and make your own bed!” And immediately he got up.

There are many ways to be paralyzed. So many of us are spiritually paralyzed. To respond to God’s power takes action on our part. Aeneas got up. He could have laid in his bed and say he can’t, but he responded and got up. Our question is what has God been wanting to do in or through us? It could be inviting a friend or neighbor to go to church with us. It could be making a phone call. It could be getting into the Bible more and praying more. We tend to get in habits that create ruts. Ruts are paralyzing. Let us ask God where we are paralyzed a d allow His Holy Spirit to move within us. Then let us get up and carry out God’s will.

July 18, 2013

Present Tense

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Exodus 3:14 God said to Moses, “ I am that I am.” And he said, “You must say this to the Israelites, I am has sent me to you. ”

God said, “I Am.” We say, “God is.” These 2 verbs, “am” and “is” are in the present tense. There is no past of “was” nor future of “will be.” God is. He never changes. We use both past and present tenses for ourselves. We are in a continual state of becoming. As finite creations we either move forward or we die. There are no freeze-dried people. Our question is what are we becoming? We have a choice. We can become into a oneness with God as He originally created us or we can become further away until we can no longer see, hear or call on Him. We become into oneness with God through His Son, Jesus Christ. The tool He uses to re-mold us is His Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit shapes us through worship of God, meditation on His written word, the Holy Bible, prayer and circumstances we experience. Which direction do you choose?

July 17, 2013

Faith and Works

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James 2:17. So also faith, if it does not have works, is dead being by itself.

We cannot work our wy into eternal life with God. But faith in god without good works to demonstrate the faith is dead. Faith leads to works. Works don’t lead to faith; they only demonstrate the faith. We must have balance in our lives. We build everything on faith. Faith grows through the practice of private prayers and in-depth meditation on the written word of God. These will lead us into using our spiritual eyes and increasing our love for others. This increases our desire to serve God through our serving others. All this service is good as long as we are looking at God as we serve and not ourselves. Our question is why are we serving? If it is to look good or because we want thanks we aren’t serving God. Let us look upward as we serve outward.

July 16, 2013

Missed Blessing

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Numbers 20:8-11. “Take the staff and assemble the community, you and Aaron your brother, and then speak to the rock before their eyes. It will pour forth its water, and you will bring water out of the rock for them, and so you will give the community and their beasts water to drink.”…..Then Moses raised his hand, and struck the rock twice with his staff. And water came out abundantly. So the community drank, and their beasts drank too.

Read all of this selection from your Bible. God told Moses to speak to the rock. God wanted the people to see it was by His power that the had water; it was not through the power of Moses. Moses was tired of the complaints of the people and spoke in anger. This anger led him to disobey God and strike the rock with his rod. God loved the complaining people and blessed them with water despite Moses’ disobedience. Moses was the one who paid the consequence of his disobedience. He was not allowed to enter the promised land. He was still God’s servant and went to heaven but he did miss a blessing. The same is true for us. When we disobey God we don’t lose our salvation but we do miss out on blessings. Our question is what can we do to be sure we don’t miss the blessings God has for us? Learn to walk in obedience to God. Pray before we act or speak.

July 15, 2013

Only By Grace

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Titus 2:11. For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all people.

All religions except Christianity believe they approach God by their own merits. It is what they do and what they don’t do that brings them before their god. Christians know we, in our own strength cannot work our way into salvation. It is only possible through God’s grace in the death and ressurection of God’s Son, Jesus Christ. Grace also shows itself another way. When a child does something wrong the loving parents discipline the child. It is the same with God. When go our own way through comission or omission God disciplins us, allowing us to walk out our bad decisions because He loves us. In His loving grace He won’t let us stray to far as long as we choose to respond to His correction. Our question is when we reap the results of wrong choices do we get mad, frustrated or complain? Let us instead acknowledge the grace of God which lets us see the error of our choices as He lovingly bring us back into Him through His loving grace?

July 14, 2013

Spiritual Bodies

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John 17:3. Now this is eternal life – that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you sent.

We experience eternal life as we experience God. We tend to think of life as our physical bodies. Our physical bodies are not us. They contain us. God is Spirit and we were created in His image which makes us spirit. Our question is are we willing to stop being so consumed with our physical bodies and feed and tend our spiritual bodies? This is short but meditation. The reality of this needs to be deep until it becomes a reality in our minds. Take one extra time today meditating on some scripture and open yourself up to His Holy Spirit helping you see the scripture you’re meditating on in a new way experiencing the love and wisdom of God.

July 13, 2013

Banquet

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Luke 14:23. So the master said to his slave, Go out to the highways and country roads and urge people to come in, so that my house will be filled.

All people are called to come to God’s banqueting table but not all respond and many do not know they’re invited. We, as God’s servants are told to go out to the highways and the country roads and give God’s invitation to His banquet. We actually have the opportunity to practice what we will be doing at His banquet. We practice our worship, rejoicing and praise when we gather together in our church services. Our question is are we practicing for the banquet and are we going out to bring the invitation to others? When is the last time you brought a friend or neighbor without a church to your church? Let us be obedient. Let us bring them in to our little banquets to prepare them for the big banquet and make them disciples of our Lord, Jesus.

July 12, 2013

We Are Spirit

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John 17:3. Now this is eternal life – that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you sent.

We experience eternal life as we experience God. We tend to think of life as our physical bodies. Our physical bodies are not us. They contain us. God is Spirit and we were created in His image which makes us spirit. Our question is are we willing to stop being so consumed with our physical bodies and feed and tend our spiritual bodies? This is short but meditation on the reality of this needs to be deep until it becomes a reality in our minds.

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