Ginrich's Devotional Blog

February 28, 2014

Wasted Energy

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Matthew 6:34. So then, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Today has enough trouble of its own.

So often we create our own difficult and unpleasant situations. Then we waste our time worrying about why these things happen. Instead of dealing with them constructively we waste much energy on the worry. Following Christ doesn’t exempt us from the mistakes and problems of life on this earth. Though we must deal with a variety of issues, our main purpose on this earth is to go and make disciples of Jesus Christ. We are to introduce others to the transforming power of Jesus from sinner to redeemed. Our business of worrying is a sign of lack of faith, loss of energy and lack of looking to God for all our situations. Our faith is not in our ability to do right but in God’s power to help us fulfill His purpose for us. Our test is not what happens to us but how we deal or handle what happens. Let’s practice kicking out the wasted energy of worrying and unite with God’s power to deal quickly and rightly with all situations and move quickly to making disciples for our God.

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February 27, 2014

The Judging Game

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2 Peter 1:5-8. For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith excellence, to excellence, knowledge; to knowledge, self- control; to self- control, perseverance; to perseverance, godliness; to godliness, brotherly affection; to brotherly affection, unselfish a love.

Are you working to grow in your relationship with God and with other believers? In order to grow physically we must work to grow and/or buy food. We can’t just sit and watch the food. We must prepare it and eat it. In order to grow strong physically we must exercise our muscles. We can’t just sit and look at weights, we must pick them up and use them. In order to grow spiritually we must do more than glance t the written Word. We must pick it up, read it and study it. In order to grow in our relationships we must have more than knowledge. We must take time in that relationship to communicate, to share in work, to give and receive, to persevere in growing in that relationship through the good and the bad. We end with the same question, are you woe king to grow in your relationship with God and with other believers?

February 26, 2014

Working to Grow

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2 Peter 1:5-8. For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith excellence, to excellence, knowledge; to knowledge, self- control; to self- control, perseverance; to perseverance, godliness; to godliness, brotherly affection; to brotherly affection, unselfish a love.

Are you working to grow in your relationship with God and with other believers? In order to grow physically we must work to grow and/or buy food. We can’t just sit and watch the food. We must prepare it and eat it. In order to grow strong physically we must exercise our muscles. We can’t just sit and look at weights, we must pick them up and use them. In order to grow spiritually we must do more than glance t the written Word. We must pick it up, read it and study it. In order to grow in our relationships we must have more than knowledge. We must take time in that relationship to communicate, to share in work, to give and receive, to persevere in growing in that relationship through the good and the bad. We end with the same question, are you woe king to grow in your relationship with God and with other believers?

February 25, 2014

Titles

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Matthew 23:8-12. But you are not to be called Rabbi, for you have one Teacher and you are all brothers. And call no one your father on earth, for you have one Father, who is in heaven. Nor are you to be called teacher, for you have one teacher, the Christ. The a greatest among you will be your servant. And whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.

I don’t like to call or be called by a title. Titles separate people from each other. Titles are descriptions and not names. Calling people by titles not only separates them from those with other titles or no titles, it also tends to feed their pride. People tend to want to be known by what they do rather than who they are. Jesus is the Father God are the only Ones Who should have titles. They alone are worthy to be set apart from us. Yet, because of their sacrifice, we are given grace to come before Them and speak with Them. Our question is, if we want others to refer to us by a title, why is that?

February 24, 2014

Incarnate

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1 John 3:14-15. We know that we have crossed over from death to life because we love our fellow Christians. The one who does not love remains in death.

When we accept Jesus into our life we become incarnate in Him. That means our embodiment in us is the life of God. This gives us the personal relationship with God and eternal life with Him. We live in the power of our relationship with God through His Word, Jesus Christ. God is love so we must also become love. Our relationship with God is shown by our love for all His creation. Therefore if we don’t show love for each other we are showing our lack of love for God. God measures our love for Him by our love for each other. Some time take a search through the Bible on the word love. A good place to start is 1 Corinthians 13. It is a good description and what love is. Read it every day putting your name in place of the word “love” and see how you measure up to the description. If you’re like me you’ll see God has a lot of work to do in the incarnation process.

February 23, 2014

Birthday Blessings

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1 John 3:11 For this is the gospel message that you have heard from the beginning:that we should love one another,

Today is a very dear friend’s birthday. She had a lot to do with my learning to love myself and others. We haven’t seen each other in a very long time, nor spoken on the phone but I can still feel her presence and hear her voice as if we were together. She embodies to me the kind of love God desires to have for each other. How did she do this? She was always accepting of me through any mood or action I did. She never pushed me away, never made me feel like an inconvenience. She just loved me as a sister. So often we push God away. We think we’re not good enough for Him to love us and we wallow in our sin and worthlessness. We also push others away. We need to learn not to be pushers but to be givers and receivers. Our question is which are we, pushers or givers and receivers”. Please, readers, join me in a prayer blessing for this beautiful sister. Happy Birthday, Cinda.

February 22, 2014

Love Is More Than Words

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1 John 3:18. Little children, let us not love with word or with tongue but in deed and truth.

This verse is not speaking to little children as we know them. It is speaking to adults acting like little children. We tend to say things that will bring us what we want. A little child will say “I love you” when they are caught doing something they shouldn’t, hoping their words of love will absolve them from punishment. We are so quick with our words of love like: “God bless you. I’ll pray for you.. I”m so glad you won all that money.” And so on. But do we really care or do we forget to pray for them nd re we jealous we didn’t win? We are usually careful to express the appropriate words of love and acceptance to a person without really following through. In fact, often we can be heard later complaining or criticizing that same person to someone else. How can we change this and truly love others with our words and tongue as well as in deed and truth? This is only possible through God’s gift of His Holy Spirit and comes through prayer. I have found the more I pray for individual people the more my love grows for them and the less critical and judgmental I become. Let us pray for those we have trouble loving and love them and ourselves into the love God has for us.

February 21, 2014

Judge and not Condemed

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Romans 8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus

We know that we will all stand before the throne of God and be judged, but we also know we are not condemned. Jesus took our place when He was condemned to the cross for our sin. It is God’s love for us, as His children through belief in His Son, Jesus that judgment and forgiveness are given to us. Because of His great love we feel repentance after confession and forgiveness. We want toe free for everything unworthy of His love. It is His love that shows us our sins ad Akers us want to be transformed into His image. Our question is do we fully belong to Jesus so we are free from condemnation?

February 20, 2014

When Trouble Comes

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2 Corinthians 1:4. who comforts us in all our troubles so that we may be able to comfort those experiencing any trouble with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.

So many think if they walk rightly with God they will never experience trials or troubles. Jesus walked perfectly with God yet He experienced lots of trials and troubles. These took Him all the way to the cross. Our faith and ability to walk rightly with God is not for us to do right but for God to see us through the difficult times that life on this earth brings. Many of our difficult situations are created by us. As we work through these hardships we allow God to reveal more of a Himself and are better able to share what He reveals to us to others. So when walking king through difficult times let’s not waste time and energy complaining but be quick to seek and praise God through them. Our testing isn’t in what happens to us but in what we do with what happens

February 19, 2014

Sparrows

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Matthew 10:29. Aren’t two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them falls to the ground apart from your Fathers will.

One of our lay speakers used this text. He described watching birds in his back yard. The blue jays got his attention because of their color. The woodpeckers got his attention by their noise and kept his attention by their color. Sparrows don’t make much noise nor have much color. They come into his yard in groups but fail to get his attention. God pays attention to the un-colorful, quiet and least significant. How much more does He pay attention to each of us. He knows every part of our being and nothing about us escapes His attention. He knows us better than we know ourselves. He loves us more than we love ourselves. But God will not force us to receive His love. This choice is up to us. If you’ ex seen the painting of Jesus knocking on the door you might have noticed the door has no handle on the outside. God will not open the door of our heart. Have you opened the door to allow God in your life? Jesus is the door through Whom God enters.

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