Ginrich's Devotional Blog

May 31, 2014

Reality of Sin

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1 Have mercy on me, O God,
according to your steadfast love;
according to your abundant mercy
blot out my transgressions.
2 Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity,
and cleanse me from my sin!
3 For I know my transgressions,
and my sin is ever before me.
4 Against you, you only, have I sinned
and done what is evil in your sight,
so that you may be justified in your words
and blameless in your judgment.
7 Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean;
wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
8 Let me hear joy and gladness;
let the bones that you have broken rejoice.
10 Create in me a clean heart, O God,
and renew a right spirit within me.
11 Cast me not away from your presence,
and take not your Holy Spirit from me.
12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation,
and uphold me with a willing spirit.

Commenting on God’s word sometimes helps others grasp deeper meanings bit His Word stands nest on its own. We tend to bask in our forgiveness of sins through Jesus. We often don’t even realize the filthiness of our sins in God’s eyes. We become smug. May I recommend we read these portions over and over until we realize the should come from the bottom of our hearts as they did the psalmist. May we be truly humbled by the truthfulness of these words for each one of us.

May 30, 2014

Entwined

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2 Corinthians 13:14 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.

Fellowship of the Holy Spirit with us. How do we fellowship with someone we don’t know, whose face we can’t see? The word “spirit” is ambiguous. It is a hard concept for us physical, finite thinking people to relate. We must study to learn Who the Holy Spirit is. We are told He is the Spirit of grace, of holiness, of glory, of son-ship and many other things. In John 14-16 Jesus talks about the Spirit and said the Spirit will be everything to us that He Himself is (and was while walking on this earth.) Jesus calls the Spirit the “Helper.” Though each aspect or person of the God head is distinct, all 3 (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) are entwined as One. Each one has different functions. The Father is the head, He has the timing of all creation in His hands. The Son is the Word of the Father. The Father spoke through the Son creating all that is. The Son came in the form of man to reunite man through forgiveness of sin so many could again fellowship with all of the Godhead. The Holy Spirit is the guide, counselor and comforter of man while man walks on this earth. The Spirits does this by indwelling in our spirits from the moment we receive the Son, Jesus into our hearts, minds and lives and receive His forgiveness for our separation and sins. Our question is are we availing ourselves of all the Holy Spirit would do in and through us?

May 29, 2014

Individual Gifts

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Romans 12:6-8 Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith; if service, in our serving; the one who teaches, in his teaching; the one who exhorts, in his exhortation; the one who contributes, in generosity; the one who leads, with zeal; the one who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness.

We are bombarded with envy and jealousy. We hear a great musician and wish we could do that. We hear a gifted speaker and wish we could speak eloquently like that. We see a beautiful painting or photograph and wish we could do that. We seem to always be wanting some else’s gift or ability. God gives each one of us gifts unique to us. He doesn’t want us to waste time wishing for someone else’s gift or trying to imitate a gift we don’t have. He wants us to work at the gift He gives us and become proficient and comfortable using what He has chosen to give us. It’s just like our body. We have one body but our body has many parts. I am so glad my toes don’t say they want to see like my eyes do. My head would have a lot of bumps if I had to depend on my toes for sight. Let us choose not to envy the gifts of others but learn to flow in the gifts God has chosen for us as individual members of His Body.

May 28, 2014

Breathing

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John 20:22 And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit.

Jesus breathed on the disciples and told them to receive the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is the very breath of God. Breath is life. Without breath there is no life. In breath is manifested presence, revelation, knowledge, provision and communion. Our physical bodies can do nothing without breath. Our spirits are dead without God’s breath of life – the Hoy Spirit. As with the physical breath we take we must inhale and exhale continually to maintain that life. We must do the same with God’s Holy Spirit. It is not a one time big gulp. It is a continual breathing in His Holy Spirit and breathing out His love, joy, peace, power, forgiveness and on and on to those around us. As Jesus infuses us with His Holy Spirit we can share that Spirit with those around us. We can direct them to “the breath of life.” Our question is are we continually breathing or holding our breath? If we are breathing are we sharing it with those around us?

May 27, 2014

Our Action

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John 11:44 The man who had died came out, his hands and feet bound with linen strips, and his face wrapped with a cloth. Jesus said to them, “Unbind him, and let him go.”

Jesus spoke the word of life but Lazarus has to take action himself. He had to respond to Jesus’ word and get up to receive that life. Jesus is still speaking the word of life to us. In order for us to have that life we must respond. It takes action on our part. First we must hear it. Next we must receive it into ourselves, accepting it as truth. Then we must apply it with our action. We must get up and live out that new life God which Jesus speaks to us. We live it out through the Holy Spirit which comes into us as God’s breath of life. We inhale the Holy Spirit every day, exhaling our sins through confession and inhaling through accepting forgiveness. The we have His power to walk through the day letting His life and light shine through the darkness of others.

May 26, 2014

By Name

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And when he thus had spoken, he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth.
John 11:43

Jesus delayed His coming to Lazarus. He wanted all to know without a doubt that Lazarus was dead. When He did get there He didn’t just say, “Come forth.” He used the name of Lazarus. The instructions to come forth, to come back to life in a physical form on this earth were given specifically to Lazarus. If they had been generalized instructions all the dead would come forth. Jesus was showing He had the power over death. He showed He had selective power over death as well. Jesus calls each one of us individually by name to come forth. We can begin living the eternal life in His presence the moment we answer His call. The moment we answer He puts His Holy Spirit in us to begin that eternal life with Him. Our question is have we responded to His call? If so, are we living that eternal life in His presence?

May 25, 2014

Miss-led

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Be not carried about with divers and strange doctrines. For it is a good thing that the heart be established with grace; not with meats, which have not profited them that have been occupied therein.
Hebrews 13:9

We are continually bombarded with opinions. Most of them are stated with assurance that they are the only right opinion. It’s amazing how easily we can be convinced something is true without checking out the facts for ourselves. Usually it’s because we don’t want to take the time and energy to do our own research. In one of my sermons I misquoted a verse by leaving out a small word. I asked the congregation if they agreed with my quote and they said yes. Then I asked them to open their Bibles and read the verse as I quoted it to them the way I first quoted it. They were surprised. It is so very easy to be misguided. This is why we must get into the Bible for ourselves, study, pray and meditate on what God’s Word says to us for our life in our time. This devotional blog is only meant to be a jump-start into a more in-depth study and meditation for each reader on their own. The only answer I can give anyone is to look to God and listen to Him. Let us be sure we are well grounded in God’s Word, not letting the opinions of others blow us around.

May 24, 2014

Unchangeable

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Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
Hebrews 11:1

This chapter of Hebrews is known as “the faith chapter.” Stop a moment and take time to read the entire chapter before continuing with your jump-start devotional time. Faith is given to us by God in times past. It is practiced by us in the present and in God’s hands of the truth of His promise in the future forever. Faith is illustrated to us by those of the past and is fully illustrated through Jesus, the author and finisher of faith. Before Jesus people had only the example of faulty men and women of faith. Now we can fix our eyes on Jesus and walk in faith with the assurance of His promise. We can walk in faith with assurance because Jesus is always the same (reference Hebrews 1:8, 12). It doesn’t matter how changeable our circumstances might be, the life of Jesus, His love, holiness, grace, justice, truth and power are always the same. Where will our focus be: on our changeable circumstances or on the changeless power, love, grace, justice, truth and holiness of Jesus?

May 23, 2014

Availing Ourselves

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And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;
John 14:16

Before Jesus rejoined His Father He promised He would give us another Comforter Who would abide with us for ever. This Comforter is His Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit contains all the love, power and truth of God thee Father and God the Son. He is available to all believers. Our question is are we availing ourselves of the love, power and truth God has made available to us? The instructions on how to avail ourselves of His Holy Spirit are in the Holy Bible. There is no way to escape the need for diligent study of the Holy Bible and receiving insight and understanding through prayer and meditation on what we study. Many put a lot of effort in learning how to play a sport well or cook well or learn all they can about some other activity. When it comes to the spiritual realm, the most important realm that will last through all eternity, we become lazy. Let us keep our priorities right. Let us learn to proportion our time and efforts in line with the lasting effects of our choices.

May 22, 2014

The Race

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Hebrews 121-2 Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.

Modern life seems like a race. We seem to have so many things we think we must accomplish. This is not the race Paul is writing about. We are in a race where we are running away from self and to Jesus. Most all sin arises out of a desire to please our own self. We are full of self. What’s in it for me? Why me? We see self rise up in rush hour when drivers don’t want to delay by the few seconds it takes to allow someone in front of them. We see self everywhere we look. We especially see self when we look into a mirror. We can only escape the over-active love of self by keeping our eyes on Jesus. He had His eyes on us when He died on that cross. Let us not be lazy. Let us do our warm-up exercises for the race we must run. We warm-up through prayer, meditation and Bible study. Let us congregate with other believers who will cheer us on as we run our race. Are you ready to run? Are you warming-up every day? Make sure you are headed the direction of the gold crown, the cross of Jesus.

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