Ginrich's Devotional Blog

December 31, 2014

Resolutions

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Matthew 7:17 Neither is new wine put into old wineskins. If it is, the skins burst and the wine is spilled and the skins are destroyed. But new wine is put into fresh wineskins, and so both are preserved.”

Grapes were pressed them put into vats for a few days. Then they were put into clay jars if they were staying local or put into wine skins if they were going to travel. The fermentation process wasn’t finished. The fermenting gases would continue to expand. As they expanded the new goat wine skins would expand. Old wine skins were already expanded to their fullest so, if new wine was put into them the old skins would burst and the wine would be lost. When we make resolutions we make them in our old nature with our old habits. Our intentions are good but if we don’t change our old nature or habits the resolutions will fail. For a resolution to succeed we must have a new nature and put off the old habits to develop new habits. This is only possible through prayer and with the power of God’s Holy Spirit. A resolution made without prayer will fade. If we choose to make a resolution for the New Year let us pray first and seek God’s wisdom on what His Holy Spirit will help us change.

December 30, 2014

Rules

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Colossians 2:21, 23 “Do not handle, Do not taste, Do not touch” These have indeed an appearance of wisdom in promoting self- made religion and asceticism and severity to the body, but they are of no value in stopping the indulgence of the flesh.

Obeying all of God’s rules for the sake of obeying them or looking good is not a substitute for true devotions and love of God. It is our devotion and love of God that leads us to obey His rules. We are constantly at war with indulging our flesh. Just observe the obesity rate in our society. I’ve had to fight legalism for a long time. I was raised to obey for the sake of obedience. Now I choose to obey out of my love for God. I choose to obey His rules not to look good to others or show how “devoted” and “religious” I am but because I want to please the One Whom I love. Let’s always choose to put God before all else in our lives.

December 29, 2014

God or the World

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1 John 2:15-16 Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world— the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life —is not from the Father but is from the world.

We always have choices to make. Our priorities are shown through our choices. Choosing a sports event over fellowship with other believers in worship to God, fighting for the one to make a purchase of something instead of helping others, not giving to others over wanting to buy more and more stuff for ourselves, and on and on. We cannot love both God and the things of this world. We can enjoy the things of this world but, if we’ve given our lives to God, if we say we love Him, we put Him first above all things. This is more than lip service. This shows in our choices, our actions, our inactions and in our words. Where is our heart? What do our actions and words show about where our heart is?

December 28, 2014

Repeating Sin

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1 John 3:9 No one born of God makes a practice of sinning, for God’s seed abides in him, and he cannot keep on sinning because he has been born of God.

We aren’t putting sin to death if we keep sinning. If we don’t recognize sin we will keep repeating. We learn to recognize sin as sin through studying and meditating on the Bible. As we learn and grow in the Holy Spirit and recognize our sins of actions, words and thoughts and ask forgiveness we must be sure to turn our backs on those particular actions, words and thoughts and not keep repeating them. Continuing in them means there are areas in our lives where we do not allow God’s Holy Spirit to dwell. As we recognize the sin we must ask the Holy Spirit to fill us in that area and help us overcome that temptation. Our question is do we want God’s Holly Spirit in those areas or do we want to continue in the familiar area of our sins?

December 27, 2014

Admitting Sin

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Romans 6:12 Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, to make you obey its passions.

Our biggest problem that keeps us from coming against our sin is the unwillingness to call sin by the name sin. We choose to say things like, “I messed up; I are a mistake; I goofed”. When we don’t recognize our misdeeds and hurtful words and thoughts as sin, when we fail to recognize the seriousness f them we fail to ask God for forgiveness, we repeat them and we start to feel comfortable with them as a normal part of our lives. Let us learn to be honest with ourselves. Let us call sin, sin so we can put it to death on the cross of Jesus and get it out of our hearts, minds and lives.

December 26, 2014

Present

Filed under: Bible,Christ,devotion,God,God's Word — by ginrich @ 1:00 am

Colossians 3:3 For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.

Our life is hidden with Christ in God. Contemplate on this. If we could actually see Jesus standing next to us would we do what we are doing? If we were acutely aware He could hear what we said would we say it? If He was sitting at a table with us would we eat what we’re eating? If we were aware He could “read our minds” would we keep thinking what we’re thinking? He is standing next to us. He does hear all we say. He is always at the table with us. He does know every thought in our minds. How does this change what we say, do and/or think? When temptations come to say, do or think something that does not fit the attribute of love remember Who it is we want to please and change our focus onto Him.

December 25, 2014

Happy Birthday, Jesus

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Luke 2:11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.

Today we celebrate the first coming of Jesus. He humbled Himself and came in human flesh as a baby completely dependent on 2 sinful humans. He came into a smelly animal manger. Yet He was surrounded by worshiping shepherds and heralded by angels. As we celebrate let’s make sure He has come into our lives and the lives of those around us. Let us celebrate His coming and remember the cost. Let us share the joy with those around us and let us be ready for His returning to unite His family of believers before the throne of God, the Father. Happy Birthday, Jesus, Thank You for coming.

December 24, 2014

Encouraged

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Hebrews 10:25 not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.

Another way of resisting and/or recognizing temptation is the encouragement of meeting with other believers. When others share like temptations and share how they resisted it helps us to learn ways to resist ourselves. It helps us with the guilt of succumbing so we can move on to forgiving ourselves and allow God’s Holy Spirit to rekindle and renew us to resist the next time that temptation comes our way. We are usually our own worst enemy. We are much harder on ourselves than others are. We need to learn self=forgiveness. Since God forgives us who are we not to forgive ourselves. Let us not wallow in self-condemnation or self-pity and move on, learning as we go.

December 23, 2014

Enthuisiasm

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

Psalms 86:12 I give thanks to you, O Lord my God, with my whole heart, and I will glorify your name forever.

I saw people cheering enthusiastically when asked about their favorite team. They couldn’t rave enough about the team. I saw people shouting and waving joyously as floats and people passed by in a parade. I saw people standing in long lines for long periods of time in hopes of buying something they were coveting before someone else bought it. I don’t see lines in churches waiting to get in to get a seat. I don’t hear cheering loud praises and thanks to God. There is something very wrong with our priorities and where we put our allegiances. We seem less enthusiastic about where we will spend eternity than we are about a moment’s thrill that might pass in front of us. Let’s think about our priorities.

December 22, 2014

Running the Race

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Hebrews 12:1-2 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.

Life is a race. It is either a race to an eternity spent in the presence of God or a race to spend eternity away from God with Satan in hell. We are surrounded with witnesses who have tasted a little of both sides. The witness to the love of God are so much more inviting. To follow those witnesses we must look to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith. With Him we are able through His Holy Spirit to run the race with endurance. As we study the written Word, the Holy Bible, we are given directions and wisdom on how to run a good and successful race. The thrill of the promise of the finish line keeps racers running long after their bodies scream for them to stop. The Holy Spirit within us will continually encourage us to keep headed for Jesus even when circumstance around us say life is hopeless. Let us join forces with Jesus and His Holy Spirit to continue running the race to eternity with God.

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