Ginrich's Devotional Blog

October 31, 2014

Adoption

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Ephesians 1:5 he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will,

We are not God’s children by birthright. We are His creation. God loves His creation so much that, regardless of His creation’s sin, He sent His only Son to this earth in the form of His creation to shed His own blood for our redemption. Because of this, when we receive His Son into our hearts, lives and minds, God adopts us as His own children. This adoption gives us all the privileges of the Son. The Son was obedient to the Father in all things. We are also to be obedient to the Father in all things. So often we revert to our sinful ways of self-indulgence rather than obedience to the great love the Father has for us. He indwells us with His Holy Spirit to empower us in His love. Let us avail ourselves of that power.

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October 30, 2014

Still a Choice

Filed under: Bible,Christ,devotion,God,Jesus — by ginrich @ 1:00 am

Ephesians 1:4 even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love

7 In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses,

When God created mankind, He created them to be holy and blameless. He wanted them to make the choice to be that way, not to be forced. Mankind chose to put self-indulgence ahead of obedience. God knew mankind would make that choice and provided a way for redemption. Blood represents life. It would take blood to return mankind to life in, through and with God. When the time was right for mankind, God sent His Word, His Son, Jesus to shed His blood for the redemption of mankind. God still gives mankind a choice. We can choose redemption through the blood of Jesus or we can still choose to be self-indulgent. Our question is what is our choice?

October 29, 2014

Differrent Yet One

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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.

How different our churches would be if we would understand and believe this verse. How much more influence we would have in the world for the glory of God if we respected the Christ dwelling in each other and got along together. We may hear in different ways, interpret verses in different ways, but no one person has all the right answers or insights. The world calls it “choose to disagree.” We should call it one in God and one in purpose. Let us realize we may all be different but the Christ in each believer can unite any differences we have. Let us be one in the Spirit and one in the Lord.

October 28, 2014

Changed Direction

Filed under: Bible,Christ,devotion,God,Jesus — by ginrich @ 1:00 am

Galations 2:2020 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.

When we accept Christ into our hearts, minds and lives and are indweled with His Holy Spirit our lives change direction. We no longer live for our own self-centered desires. Our desire becomes a desire for more and more of Christ in us. This leads us to seek His path for our walk on this earth. As we mature in His love we no longer seek to please ourselves or fellow people, but we seek to please God. Our question is are we growing into this desire for Him to live in and through us or are we still living for ourselves?

October 27, 2014

A Clean House

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John 15:4. ” Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me.”

So often we limit our meditation on this verse to our abiding in Christ, in the Vine. We tend to glance over that He also abides in us. Let’s think of our bodies as a home for our Lord. What condition do we want our home to be in when He is in it? We want it clean. We must co-operate with His Holy Spirit and His lopping shears to be rid of all sin, all bad habits and thoughts. We also want our bodies, the place for His abiding, to be strong and healthy. We want strength in faith, obedience and commitment. We want health through eating correctly and exercising. Our question is what condition is our home in for our Lord’s abiding?

October 26, 2014

Left-overs

Filed under: Bible,Christ,devotion,God,Jesus — by ginrich @ 1:00 am

1 Kings 17:13. ” And Elijah said to her, “Do not fear; go and do as you have said. But first make me a little cake of it and bring it to me, and afterward make something for yourself and your son.”

We are so concerned with taking care of our own needs and wants first. We are number one. When we have that attitude we don’t have room for God to be number one in our hearts, lives or minds. We can have only one number one. Elijah instructed this widow to put God first by feeding His servant. He promised her God would supply her needs after she put Him first. So often we give to God through offerings in our churches from what is left over after we pay for our own wants and needs. We don’t give of our ‘first fruits’ but of the last fruits, if we have any left over. Through the years we have learned when we give to God first there is enough left for all our needs. Let us trust God and give to Him our first fruits rather than our left-overs.

October 25, 2014

Abide in His Love

Filed under: Bible,Christ,devotion,God,Jesus — by ginrich @ 1:00 am

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

We are not only to abide in Jesus through obedience we are to abide in His love. To refresh ourselves on what love entails re-read 1 Corinthians 13. All of these attributes are in Jesus and all of them are to abide in us. Jesus told us to love one another. This love must have all these attributes to be abiding in His love. Our question is do we show all these attributes to all who God puts across our path?

October 24, 2014

Together

Filed under: Bible,Christ,devotion,God,Jesus — by ginrich @ 1:00 am

Matthew 22:37-39 ” And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”

Matthew 28:19. ” Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,”

These 4 verses must go together. We can’t live God and our neighbor if we don’t go to all people to make disciples (followers) for Jesus. We can’ take disciples for Jesus if we don’t love God and others with all our heart, soul and mind. Neither command is possible without the other. The love these verses refers to is the love of commitment and trust. It is not necessarily an emotion though the emotion might be present. We are to want God’s best for all others and love God enough to do our part to see not one of Hos creations remains separated from Him. .

October 23, 2014

Abiding

Filed under: Bible,Christ,devotion,God,Jesus — by ginrich @ 1:00 am

John 15:7. ” If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.”

We can’ t abide in Christ without His words abiding in us. His words can’t abide in us if we don’t prayerfully read, study, meditate and obey them. His words won’t be real to us if He is not real to us. When we see our prayers not being effective we need to do a self-check on where we abide. When we are abiding we will pray according to His will and connect with His power to see His word come into being in our time and space. Let us learn to abide.

October 22, 2014

Grow or Wither

Filed under: Bible,Christ,devotion,God,Jesus — by ginrich @ 1:00 am

John 15:2 “Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit.”

We are also one in Christ as a branch is one with a vine. As long as a branch remains healthy by getting its nourishment from the vine it will grow and produce fruit. If it doesn’t take its nourishment from the vine it will wither and be lopped off. We are to get our nourishment from Jesus. We get it from Him through studying the Holy Bible, praying, meditating and looking to Him through His Holy Spirit as we walk through this life. We can either take nourishment through Him or we can wither away. We can’t stand still. Our question is are we growing or withering?

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