Ginrich's Devotional Blog

June 21, 2014

Natural or Spiritual

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1 Corinthians 2:14 The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned.

It doesn’t matter how intelligent someone is, or how educated, or how religious. None of these attributes can bring understanding to the things of God’s Spirit. It is only by re-birth through Jesus, God’s only Son, that spiritual rebirth can take place. Only after we receive the in-filling of the Holy Spirit will it be possible to understand the written word of God or have the direction of the Holy Spirit. Until then all we can do is try to explain away the word we read in the Holy Bible or make guesses as to what and why things happen. God keeps things hidden from the natural person but seeks to draw every natural person into Himself through His Son. God will use those who have already come into Him to draw others to Him. Our question is are we letting use us to draw others into Him?

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June 20, 2014

It Takes Three

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John 3:6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.

We are born of the flesh. We are born without the spirit in us. When man first chose to eat from the tree of knowledge he separated himself from God putting his own knowledge over that of God’s so God withdrew His spirit from mankind. But God still loved His creation of mankind and mad provisions to reunite with mankind as one in spirit again. He did this through His Word, His Son, Jesus the Christ, the Messiah. Jesus came down in the fleshly form of man in the same way man must come, in the flesh through a woman. Jesus shed the light and knowledge of God with mankind then made the ultimate sacrifice and died on the cross. When he took our sins on Himself the Father, God had to depart from for by His own design, He cannot and will not be in the presence of sin. After 3 days, Jesus brought Himself back to life and walked this earth teaching about the Holy Spirit Who would once again come into mankind, but only the mankind who would come into Jesus, our arbitrator before the Father. Now we can be elevated from creations of God to adopted children of God. Thank You Father, God for allowing Your Son, Your Word to do this. Thank You Jesus for being willing to leave Your Father and do this for us. Thank You Holy Spirit for coming into us and giving us the Light of God and guidance.

June 19, 2014

Recreation

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2 Corinthians 4:6 For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

Think about this: the very same God who spoke the word to form light out of darkness is the very same God Who sent His only Son, Jesus to shine God’s light in our hearts and give us the knowledge of God’s glory through Jesus. Thai very thought amazed Paul as he wrote his second letter to the Corinthians. It amazes me also. The light God first formed was a new creation. It took recreation to form that light within us. This lighting was very costly to God. He had to separate Himself from His loving, obedient Son while Jesus took on the sins of all mankind for all eternity. Let’s not forget He did this for all mankind so we must respect those others for whom God gave His Son.

June 18, 2014

Inheritance

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Romans 8:17 and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him.

When we accept Jesus into our hearts, minds and lives we are adopted into God’s family and no longer considered to be creations of God but adopted as children with all the benefits and responsibilities of children. Our only part was accepting the grace and gift of God through His Son, Jesus. Jesus did all the work to make our inheritance possible. Because we are now part of God’s Son’s inheritance we have been given Hi Spirit and the right to use His name. Satan cannot stand in the presence of the name of Jesus. When we use His name in vain or just as an expression of frustration or anger it waters down the power our using it has. It is so important to be careful with our inheritance, careful with using the most powerful name in all creation. Along with the power of His name and the right to use it, as joint heirs we have access to all things that are His, the world or life or death, or things present or things to come are all ours to share with Jesus as joint heirs. We must be careful with our inheritance. We mustn’t squander it away. We must study the life Jesus walked on this earth and learn how to use all that He used while on this earth

June 17, 2014

Stewards of Our Bodies

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1 Corinthians 6:13 “Food is meant for the stomach and the stomach for food”—and God will destroy both one and the other. The body is not meant for sexual immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body.

Our bodies belong to God. We are merely stewards of our bodies. We are to care for them a God’s possession. The industrial countries of this world are having an epidemic of obesity. The commercial industry is bombarding us with non-nutritious food which looks so very good. Our physical senses cry out for satisfaction. This kind of satisfaction last for only a short moment. Then, as with all sin of self-indulgence guilt slips in. Guilt is magnified with our busyness’ of the day. We don’t really like to take the time to work off the extra calories we self indulge in. The problem is there because we have forgotten Who it is our bodies are for. Let us offer our bodies as a living sacrifice to our God. This entails getting enough sleep, exercise, eating the right foods and whatever else we need to do to promote good health. Let us not see this as self=denial but as an offering unto our God.

June 16, 2014

Temples

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Colossians 3:11 Here there is not Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave, free; but Christ is all, and in all.

All Christians are the temple of Christ. How are we treating the temple of Christ?
Christ dwells in each and every Christian. When we judge a fellow Christian, when we talk about a fellow Christian, we are judging or talking about the temple where Christ dwells. It doesn’t matter gender, race or creed of the temple where Christ dwells. Each and every temple must be respected as the dwelling place of Christ. The container may be fallible but the Spirit within the container must be respected and treated with tender love. The next time we start to criticize or judge a fellow believer lets remember the Holy Spirit dwells within that believer and will clean house in His time and space and manner.

June 15, 2014

Battleground

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Galatians 2:20 I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

Before we accept Christ into our minds, hearts and lives our lives are dominated by sin. After we receive Christ we are to learn to have our lives dominated by the Holy Spirit. We no longer need to strive to prove ourselves worthy and earn our way to acceptance. We know there is no way for us to ever do that. God has given us His Holy Spirit to guide us in the way of Jesus Christ, His Son. The more we allow the Holy Spirit to indwell in us, the more we allow Him to possess all of our being, the more we become like Christ. While He works in us we are a battlefield. Satan doesn’t want to lose us. This is not because Satan wants us but because he doesn’t want God to have us. God has given us His written word, the Holy Bible, and prayer to battle Satan’s demons of temptation. Because of this battle it is important for us to really know God’s word. Satan cannot stand against the word of God. Jesus used the written word of God to battle Satan during His temptations in the wilderness. How much more do we need to know and use the word of God.

June 14, 2014

Function of the Holy Spirit

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Romans 8:26 Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.

The Holy Spirit is a being in and by Himself. He was with God the Father and God the Son from the very beginning. They each know each other intimately. Though they are 3 beings they are entwined in One. God wants us entwined with Him. He sent the Son, Jesus to show us the love of the Father. The Son sent us the Spirit to direct us to the Son so through the Son our sins could be forgiven and we can approach and be with the Father. The Holy Spirit is the Son and the Father indwelling in us. His function is to turn our hearts, minds and eyes to the Son and through the Son to the Father. He does that by teaching us all things. As we read the Bible He interprets it for us for our time and space and needs. As we pray, He prays through us encouraging us in our payers. As we make choices if we would listen, He instructs us in the way we should go. Our problem is we are in too much of a hurry to listen. Let us take time to be aware of His presence within us and learn to listen to His directions.

June 13, 2014

Aware of Oneness

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John 17:23 I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me

I used to think how wonderful it would have been if I had been on this earth when Jesus was walking on it. How wonderful it would have been to walk with Him, eat with Him, listen to Him and see Him work. Then I realized how more blessed I am now. If I was with Him when He was physically here I would only be next to Him. I would not be with Him when He would leave everyone to go be by Himself to pray of if He went somewhere I couldn’t go. Now He has sent His Holy Spirit to live in me. I never need be apart from Him. I can now experience being one with Him and one with the Father through the indwelling of His Holy Spirit Who is One with Jesus and the Father. Now we can all be one. This is only realized in me when I am aware of it. I must be listing to His Holy Spirit for guidance as I read the written Word, the Holy Bible, pray, meditate and go through my days. The more I listen, the more I become aware of His presence in me, the more we become One. This is in answer to the prayer Jesus prayed in John 17. I know His prayers are in the Father’s will and are answered but I also now I have a part in that answer by being willing, open, receptive and aware of His Holy Spirit Who Jesus sends into me the moment I accept Him in my mind, heart and life a my Lord and Savior. This is a wonderful gift for all who come to Jesus. Have you come? Do you realize the potential for oneness in you through the Holy Spirit Who dwells in you and wants you to be aware of His presence in you and desire to be one with you?

June 12, 2014

Abide in Love

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John 15:9 As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love.

We abide through grace. We abide through obedience to the Word. We also abide in love. When we love someone we want to spend time with them. We want to talk to them about everything. We want to hear what they have to say about everything. We want to express our love to them and hear them express their love to us. Our question is are we doing all this to and with the One we confess to love? Love is not a thing we turn on and off. Love is a commitment. Love is true, loyal, and consistent. Take time to read the love chapter, I Croatians 13. Everyplace the word love appears, let’s insert our own name and see how we stack up in our relationship to loving God.

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