Ginrich's Devotional Blog

June 16, 2019

Father’s Day

Filed under: Christ,Father,God,Gospel,image,love,troubles,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 12:33 pm

Ephesians 6:4 4 Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.  (NIV)

Today is Father’s Day.  It too much longer for our culture to recognize the importance of fathers than it did recognizing mothers.  Fathers are very important.  Fathers stand as a symbol of our heavenly Father.  For those who had abusive fathers, it is hard for them to believe that our Father, God, could ever be loving.  They picture God as judgmental, angry or over-bearing.  It is so very important for every child to have a positive father-figure in their lives.  It might be their birth father, a step-father, a grandfather, uncle or even a close family friend.  On this day, let us take time to pray for the fathers we know that they will nurture, train and instruct their children in the way of our Lord, Jesus Christ.  Let us also thank God (and if still walking on this earth, our own father figure) for their part in helping us learn to know the love of God.

May 29, 2019

Physical Limitations

Filed under: God,Holy Spirit,image,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:09 pm

Genesis 1:27 27 So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. (NIV)

We are confused as to what the image of God is.  We think His image is our physical bodies.  Our physical bodies are just the temporary container of God’s Image.  Our creation wasn’t complete, wasn’t in God’s image until God breathed His breath of life into us.  How does the image of God look?  For that we must looks at the fruits of the Spirit in Galatians 5:22. Take time right now to look them up and work on memorizing those verses.  Our physical bodies, the containers for God’s image, can be in any form or shape but we must be sure we allow the image of God to show through our bodies.  Jonnie Erickson Tata is a prime example of the image of God.  She is a quadriplegic yet she displays the image of God in spite of the condition of her physical body.  Yes, we are to take care of our container, our physical bodies, so they can house the image of God within them.  Our physical bodies might limit what we can physically do but, when we belong to God, His image in us cannot be limited by our physical limitations but only by our willingness to allow His image to show in and through us or choosing to be full of physical self.  Let us remember Whose we are and allow Him to shine forth through our words, actions and attitudes.

April 27, 2019


Filed under: Father,fire,God,image,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:07 pm

Mark 9:49 49 Everyone will be salted with fire. (NIV)

We know God created us in His Image.  However, sin distorted God’s image in us.  We are also familiar with the verses about God being the potter and we being the clay.  In order for the clay to be formed into the image the Potter desires, it must remain flexible.  We must consider how flexible are we?  Do we hang on to an idea so hard that we refuse to listen to others or be corrected when it might be wrong?  As long as the clay is flexible the potter can mold and remold the clay until the right image is seen.  But the potter doesn’t stop with the shaping.  In order for the shape to be useful, the image must go into the fire.  As the image is painted, the process of being fired must be repeated with each coat of paint.  In the process of God reshaping us into His image, we go into the fire furnace many times.  Let’s not look at those times with dread.  These are productive times when different aspects of the Image of our Father are being set into us.  As the sinful aspects of our image are burned away, the righteous aspects of God are burned into existence in us.

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