Ginrich's Devotional Blog

February 18, 2014

Cain’s Problem

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Genesis 4:8. Cain said to his brother Abel, “Lets go out to the field.” While they were in the field, Cain attacked his brother Abel and killed him.

What was Cain’s problem. Cain thought Abel was his problem. He thought Abel was standing between him and God. After Eve and Adam first disobeyed God love turned into self-love. Mankind decided it was up to self to be sure self had all self needed and wanted. Anemone who stood between self and desires was (and is) considered a threat. Cain lashed out at his perceived threat and killed his brother. We still do this. Many times we don’t physically kill someone’s body but with our words or actions we do kill their spirit. This is all because we presume Thea are standing between us and something we want. It might even be because we think they are looked upon be others as being better than we are. Our willingness to sacrifice ourselves and reach out in God’s love is missing. God’s love wants the best for each person. Let us rejoice over the victories and accomplishments of others. Let’s be encouragers not defeat ears. Let’s love fellow mankind with the love of God.

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February 17, 2014

For Sinners

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Matthew 9:10. As Jesus was having a meal in Matthews house, many tax collectors and sinners came and ate with Jesus and his disciples.

So many times Christians try to avoid the people who are without God. Many things drive us away like vulgar language or strange looks. Jesus didn’t avoid the sinners. Those deep in sin are the very ones He came to save. Our question is do we spend most of our time in our comfort zone around people who speak, act and dress like us? We are to follow the example of Jesus and love those we consider to be un-loveable into the Kingdom of God. The next time we want to turn away let’s pray and then open our hearts and mouths to spread the love of God and bring someone into His Kingdom.

February 16, 2014

Fully Alive

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Romans 6:4. Therefore we have been buried with him through baptism into death, in order that just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too may live a new life.

Being crucified with Christ and having our sins buried into death does no good unless we are risen with Christ. Through the power of God’s Holy Spirit we our spirits are resurrected when we come to God through His Son, Jesus. We don’t come to life for our own good but for God’s glory. Our question is are we fully showing and living that resurrected life God so lovingly gives us? Is whatever we do and say giving glory to God? Let us fully live for Him.

February 15, 2014

Crucified With Christ

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Galatians 2:20 I have been crucified with Christ, and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So the life I now live in the body, I live because of the faithfulness of the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

We are to live in Christ. To do this we must participate with Him in all He did. We must be crucified along with Him. This doesn’t mean we must be physically nailed to a cross. Jesus did that once for all and the debt to sin and separation from God has been severed forever for all believers. We must be crucified to our own self-centered desires. We must now live for the glory of the Father as Christ showed us. Our own glory must die on the cross of confession, redemption and repentance. Our question is are we willing to crucify ourselves and live in, through and for our God?

February 14, 2014

Breathing

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Matthew 16:18. And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades a will not overpower it.

If we look at this with our human intellects we would question Jesus saying Peter is a rock. To sY he is a rock is to say he can stand hard and fast for his beliefs. Peter was the disciple who denied knowing Jesus 3 times. How can someone who acts like a coward be praised so highly? The difference in Peter before the crucifixion of Jesus and after the resurrection of Jesus is great. Before the Holy Spirit was not free to in dwell in the believers. After the Holy Spirit was released on what we call Pentecost all believers have access to God’s love, power and faithfulness. Being filled with His Hoy Spirit is not a one time event in a believer’s life. We are to be continually filed with the Hoy Spirit. We do this by exhaling our sins through confession and inhaling God’s forgiveness each day. Our question is are we doing our daily breathing exercises and staying filled with God’s Holy Spirit?

February 13, 2014

Transforming Power

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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.

We could have all knowledge about God, all knowledge about His written word (The Holy Bible) and all knowledge about His Word in flesh, Jesus the Christ, and not be a Christian. Knowledge doesn’t make us a believer IN Jesus. It takes being transformed by a spiritual birth to be a true believer and follower of Jesus. We can imitate the life but are only an imitation without the transforming process. The transforming is made possible through God’s Holy Spirit Who in dwells us as soon as we receive Jesus into our hearts, mind and life. When we do this our lives will reflect the love, peace, joy and power of our God. Our question is are we allowing the Holy Spirit to transform us?

February 12, 2014

The Little Things

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Mark 12:42. And a poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, a worth less than a penny.

It is human nature to look for the big things to do. A good bit of that nature comes from our fleshly desire to look good and be the best. We think it’s the big things that count. This poor widow had nothing big. She gave out of worship and love for God from what little she had. So often we don,t give or do because we’re looking for the big and are blind to the small. Let’s ask God’s Holy Spirit to open our eyes to the smallest of needs and service. Out of the small will come the big. His widow has been remembered down through the centuries.

February 11, 2014

Fully Living

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John 6:57. Just as the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father, so the one who consumes me will live because of me.

Jesus was fully living because of the Father God. We can only be fully living if we are consumed with Jesus. How are we to consume Him? It is only possible through the in-filling of a His Holy Spirit. We are consumed (fully living) in proportion to how much we allow His Holy Spirit to fill, use and work through us. The Holy Spirit endows us with all the tools we need to be fully alive and living in God. To live fully as a Christian we must participate through the activity of God through His Holy Spirit. If we are not active in Him we are not truly living. Our question is how much are we living? God didn’t create us to mark time but to live in and through Him as we participate in His creation.

February 10, 2014

Typos

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Philippians 3:13. Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself to have attained this. Instead I am single-minded: Forgetting the things that are behind and reaching out for the things that are ahead,

All too often I find typos in my already published devotions. Each one goes through 2 different spell checkers but in transferring files sometimes things happen. This is true in life. We may think we have everything lined up right but after the event we find ourselves rehashing what we said or did wishing it was different. Paul learned what was past was past and not worth rehashing. If we did something wrong, hurt someone or were disobedient to God, we confess, make atonement if needed, accept forgiveness and move forward. We learn from our mistakes but don’t keep wallowing in them or beating ourselves up over them. Continuing to go to the past is a waste of time and energy. God gives us enough to do each day and we need to use all of our being pushing on in following and obeying God. Let us move forward making disciples for our God.

February 9, 2014

After the Prize

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1 Corinthians 9:24. Do you not know that all the runners in a stadium compete, but only one receives the prize? So run to win.

I really enjoy the Olympics. I enjoy the different venues nu I enjoy the bios on the athletes even more. They share how they are of single mind and single purpose, using all that is within them and availing themselves of any help from others to have a slight chance of winning the prize. The prize they are after will be outdone by another in a few years. As believers and followers in God’s Son, Jesus Christ, we are also in a race for a prize. This prize will be ours for all eternity. We must ask ourselves how single-minded and single purpose date we in attaining this prize from God? Are we availing ourselves of all within us? Are we taking advantage of help and support from those around us?

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