Ginrich's Devotional Blog

November 30, 2014

Who We Are

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1 Timothy 1:5 The aim of our charge is love that issues from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith.

In the Greek translation the words “pistis anupokritos” are used. Their accurate translation is un-hypocritical faith. We tend to water down the word “sincere.” This brings us to who we really are behind closed doors. Many of us wear many different masks. We wear one at work, another at church, another with family and so on. God sees us when no one else is around. That is the person He knows, not the one wearing the masks. We must examine what is in the thoughts we hide from others. These are the thoughts God hears. Is our devotion to God as intense as it appears when we are in church or with other Christians? Do we make a practice of giving to others when no one else can see, hear about it or know? Who are we in secret? That is who God knows.

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November 29, 2014

Why Good Works

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

Ephesians 2:10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

We can’t save ourselves by good works but we are God’s workmanship and He created us not only to worship and fellowship with Him but also to do good works as we live in His Son, Christ Jesus. God’s plan is for us to continue the good works Jesus began while He walked this earth. For us to know what good works we are to do we must study the Bible to see what good works Jesus did. He healed the sick, fed the hungry, consoled the confused, eased the grieving among other good works. Our question is are we active in fulfilling one of the purposes for which God created us?

November 28, 2014

Keeping the Flame through Encouragement

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Hebrews 10:25a not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some

We hear so many claim they don’t have to go to church to be a Christian. That is true but that is also disobedience to God’s word. We are not to avoid the gathering of the saints. We are to meet together In the last half of this verse we read, “but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near..” We are to meet together not only to worship together but to encourage each other in our faith walk. After a hard, stressful, trying week coming together with other believers is like a vitamin shot. But this can only happen if we remember we are to come to encourage and worship, not to come and gossip, criticize or complain. Let us make a habit of being encouragers of others and in the process we will also be encouraged.

November 27, 2014

Keeping the Flame of Faaith: Public Confession

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

Hebrews 10:23 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful.

The next few days we will look at how we can keep the fire of faith going. First we must be steadfast in our confession of faith. Part of holding fast is public confession. We must openly and often confess Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. We must confess in public for there are no closet Christians. Jesus said He would confess us before the Father only if we confess Him before men. Our question is do our families, friends, neighbors, co-workers and acquaintances know our confession?

November 26, 2014

Timing Promises

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Deuteronomy 2815. 22-24 “But if you will not obey the voice of the Lord your God or be careful to do all his commandments and his statues. The Lord will make the pestilence stick to you until he has consumed you off the land that you are entering to take possession of it. The Lord will strike you with wasting disease and with fever, inflammation and fiery heat, and with drought and with blight and with mildew. They shall pursue you until you perish. And the heavens over your head shall be bronze, and the earth under you shall be iron. The Lord will make the rain of your land powder. From heaven dust shall come down on you until you are destroyed.

Why could Elijah pray for draught for so long with absolute faith? He was merely asking Go to go ahead and do what God said He would do if the king and nation did not turn back to Him. We, like Elijah, if we are walking in obedience to God and know His promises can pray His promises. Sometimes the Holy Spirit will prompt us to the timing but, like Elijah, sometimes we must continue in the prayer of faith until we see the promise come about in our time and space. Our prayers must always be in line with the word of God and in patience for His perfect timing

November 25, 2014

Promises Delayed

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James 1:17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.

Let’s take time to reflect what promises we have already received and experienced from God. If we have received Jesus into our hearts, minds and lives we have already received the promises of forgiveness of our sins and eternal life with God and the indwelling of God’s Holy Spirit. If these were the only promises we would ever receive it would be more than enough. Yet there are other promises in God’s written word, the Holy Bible. What promises are we desiring? Let’s take time, after thanking God for what we have already received to think about what promises God has or is placing in our heart. What has been the delay in their fruition? The Holy Spirit will show us our lack, our stumbling block that is separating us from those promises coming to life within us.

November 24, 2014

Promises

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2 Peter 1:4 by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire.

God gives us promises for a reason. The promises combine to lead us back into the divine nature of oneness with God as man was originally created before sin entered. As long as we entertain or seek after the worldly things which are full of corruption we are separated from the divine nature of God. As we turn to seek God above all else we, through the power of His Holy Spirit come into more and more of the promises and more and more into the nature of God. When we seek the promises for our own comfort and/or enjoyment rather than for being closer to God we find the promises unreachable. Let us remember to seek God above all else.

November 23, 2014

Fortune Cookie

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Matthew 4:4 But he answered, “It is written,” ‘Man shall not live by bread alone,
but by every word that comes from the mouth of God. ‘”

We can’t pick God’s promises out of the Bible like a fortune cookie. All promises must be taken in context of where they are given. Promises match situations. God told the Hebrews in the desert to go into a country and kill all the residents and He would give them the land. That doesn’t mean we are to go into a country, kill all the residents and the land is ours. We must learn to combine God’s written word with the leading of His Holy Spirit by prayer and meditation. This applies to all promises in the Bible. We have the promise of salvation IF we believe IN Jesus not if we just believe Jesus came to earth. Satan knows Jesus is God’s Son yet doesn’t believe IN Him. Let us be sure to speak our words and prayers in faith founded on an understanding of the promises and the leading of God’s Holy Spirit.

November 22, 2014

Faith Isn’t

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1 Corinthians 1:22 For Jews demand signs and Greeks seek wisdom,

Faith has little to do with seeking signs, miracles or wisdom. Faith is knowing all God says as absolute truth, trusting God’s Word (Jesus is the Word of God) because of Who God is, not because of what we see, and living like we really do trust Him living. We may need to read and meditate on this statement we just read. We must ask about where our faith is planted. Faith is given to each and every believer the moment we invite Jesus into our hearts, minds and lives. But, like any physical muscle, faith must be exercised to grow strong. We exercise it by choosing to believe and learning to walk in that choice. We study God’s precepts for living contained in His written word, the Holy Bible and practice obedience to those precepts. This is possible through the indwelling of God’s Holy Spirit Who dwells inside us at the same time faith comes into us. Let us be diligent in reading, meditating and obeying the written Word of God and praying (talking and listening) to Him through the guidance of His Holy Spirit.

November 21, 2014

Shining Light

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Philippians 2;14-15 Do all things without grumbling or disputing, that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world.

It doesn’t take much listening to the news or reading the paper to know we are living in a crooked and twisted time. Our question is does the light of God in us shine brightly showing the love of God to those around us? How often do we let it shine? We read of and hear the crooked and twisted things people do in our day and time. We are to do everything without grumbling or disputing. We must reflect on how we do things, especially the things we find we must do but would rather not. Brother Lawrence in “Practicing the Presence of God” always did the lowliest of chores as unto the Lord. We need to remember all we do should be for God’s glory and pleasure. Doing things in this way will help God’s light shine through us brightly.

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