Ginrich's Devotional Blog

July 27, 2017

More than Representatives

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Ephesians 4:3-4 3 Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. (NIV)

 Colossians 3:14-15 14 And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. (NIV)

 There are many people who never will have a personal encounter with Jesus.   The only way these people can see Jesus is when they see Him through a believer.  Jesus dwells in us, the believers.  We must remember we are possibly the only Jesus others might ever see.  When they look at us, are they able to see the love and peace of Jesus?  Since He is in us, are we allowing Him to show through our expression and speak through our words?  We are more than His representatives.  Since He dwells in us, we are Jesus to others.  It is important for us to connect closely and be real with others. What led me to Jesus was a smile on a lady when she looked at me (this is in one of my older devotions). We might never know the effect we have on someone else. Let’s be sure the effect is a result of Jesus in us.

March 12, 2017

Division

Matthew 12:25 25 Jesus knew their thoughts and said to them, “Every kingdom divided against itself will be ruined, and every city or household divided against itself will not stand.  (NIV)

 Our country is divided against itself.  Our churches have division within them.  Families have division within them.  This is seen in the divorce rate.  There is only one thing that can unite any of them.  That one thing is the love of God.  That love is connected to us though prayer.  Love is only realized through communication.  We tend to try to solve divisions in our own finite wisdom.  Divisions can only be solved through God’s wisdom and love.  Our part is to pray and to ask His Holy Spirit to enable us to show and share God’s love.  We don’t have to agree with each other on the interpretation of various aspects of scripture.  Scripture is a living word and says different things to each of us at different times according to our circumstances, relationship with God and openness to understand.  We only need agree that Jesus is the Son of God come in flesh of man to demonstrate God’s love and take our sins away; to reunite us with God, the Father though His death and resurrection.  Let us demonstrate His love and share His love.

February 7, 2017

Seek

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Matthew 6:33 3 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well (NIV)

 This has been one of my major guiding verses.  It’s among the first few verses I memorized.  Jesus said the kingdom of God is within us when we accept Him into our hearts, minds and lives as our Lord and Savior.  Since His kingdom is within us we must make every endeavor to seek it, nurture it and let it grow more and more within us.  We do this through worship, prayer, meditation and studying the Holy Bible.  We are also to seek the righteousness of Jesus.  Jesus is righteousness.  We seek His righteousness the same way we seek the kingdom of God.  These are first in our hearts, minds and lives.  Everything else will fall into order if we keep God as our priority.  Our question is, what are we most seeking?  Let’s take some time out today to check our priorities.

January 19, 2017

Anger

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Matthew 5:21-24 21 “You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘You shall not murder, and anyone who murders will be subject to judgment.’ 22 But I tell you that anyone who is angry with a brother or sister will be subject to judgment. Again, anyone who says to a brother or sister, ‘Raca,’ is answerable to the court. And anyone who says, ‘You fool!’ will be in danger of the fire of hell.
23 “Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother or sister has something against you, 24 leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to them; then come and offer your gift. (NIV)

 Jesus equated anger and murder together.  When we display anger towards someone we are murdering their spirit.  This anger is not the righteous anger Jesus had when He turned over the money tables in the temple.  His anger was directed against the tables and what they represented, not the people.  When we are angry with someone we tend to say derogatory things to them.  These things can penetrate their spirit.  As long as we are harboring anger against someone our gift of praise or tithe is unacceptable to God for while we carry anger we are out of fellowship with Him.  We are to make peace before we can get back into fellowship with God.  Anger usually comes from our own pride.  We don’t like to be wrong.  We want what we want when we want it.  Let us be sure we recognize anger quickly, deal with it immediately and stay in fellowship with God and with those around us.

January 17, 2017

Light

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Matthew 5:14-16 14 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. (NIV)

 There is a song I sang as a child. “This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine.  Hide it under a bush, no, no.  I’m gonna let it shine.  Won’t let Satan blow it out.  Let it shine til Jesus comes.”  Those are some of the words of the song.  It is based on the above verses.  Our light is the love of Jesus within us through His Holy Spirit.  God’s love shines through all who really love Him and serve Him, following His precepts.  There are many things that can keep our God’s light in us from shining to others.  We can be too busy an too involved in our own little world, we can be too distracted, we can be disobeying His word, we can be out of fellowship with God and many other reasons.  We must remember our purpose on this earth.  We are to love God with all our heart, mind and strength and our neighbor as our self.  When we do this His light shines through us.  Our question is where is our heart, our mind and our eyes?  Are we loving, fellowshipping and looking to God and others or are we looking to ourselves.  Let’s be sure we allow God’s light to shine in and through us.

January 15, 2017

Persecurted

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Matthew 5:10 10 Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven (NIV)

 This is hard for our finite minds to understand.  That’s because we don’t really have a concept of eternity.  We are locked into a 24-hour day, a 7 day a week and on and on according to our clocks and calendars.  Eternity is hard to grasp.  We do grasp persecution and we don’t like it.  Some like to be on the giving end of it but no one likes to be on the receiving end.  Persecution takes many forms.  We can be persecuted verbally, socially, financially or physically.  We don’t feel blessed when we are persecuted Many times we respond in anger.  Sometimes persecution is not because of our righteousness in Jesus.  But, when we are persecuted because we stand with Jesus and we won’t back down, we are blessed because we are assured by Jesus that we will be in the kingdom of heaven.  Stephen is a good example.  As he was being persecuted by stoning he saw heaven open up to receive him.  This doesn’t mean we don’t pray for the Christians around the world who are being persecuted.  We pray for them for protection, for strong faith, for release and for the strength of God.  We also pray that their faithfulness will have an impact on those persecuting them and will turn their persecutors to God through His Son, Jesus.

January 14, 2017

Peacemakers

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Matthew 5:9 Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God (NIV)

 Peacemakers are children of God because to be full of peace we must be full of God’s Holy Spirit.  To be full of God’s Holy Spirit we must be forgiven and forgiving.  Without forgiveness, there can’t be peace.When peace is within us we carry it with us and show it to others by our words and actions.  Quite often a peacemaker is an arbitrator helping others come to terms with issues and come into God’s peace.  We all seek after peace.  It is our nature to seek peace.  God is peace so when we seek peace we are seeking God.  As we allow more of God into our lives, our families, our neighborhoods, our cities, our states, our nation and the world, we will find peace.  We can’t just pray for peace.  We must embody it in us, our words and actions through the Holy Spirit.  Our question is are we at peace with God, with ourselves and with others?  Let us ask God to show us any area within us where we haven’t allowed His peace to enter.

January 13, 2017

Pure Heart

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Matthew 5:8 8 Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God (NIV)

 Only the pure in heart will see God and spend eternity in His presence.  In Psalms, we read, “Create in me a clean heart and renew a right spirit within me.”  We are asking God for a pure heart.  To have a pure heart doesn’t mean we are without sin.  It means we have given our heart to God through His Son, Jesus Christ, as our Lord and Savior.  It means we have chosen to obey His word as given to us in the Holy Bible.  It means we confess our sins and repent, choosing to turn away from sin and walk in His Light and His righteousness.  It is only by following Jesus that our heart can be pure.  We cannot do enough “good works” to purify our own heart.  Only through Jesus and the infilling of His Holy Spirit can our hearts be purified.  They are purified by God’s mercy and grace through His Son.  With a pure heart we confess our love for God.  With a pure heart, we repent and walk anew in the forgiveness God gives us.  Let’s keep our hearts pure through Jesus by meditating on His word and fellowshipping with Him through each and every day. 

January 10, 2017

Meek

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Matthew 5:5 5 Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth (NIV)

 eek is the opposite of proud.  When you are meek you quietly submit to God and do not feel you must work to impress others.  When you are insulted, you follow the example of Jesus and keep silent allowing God to be your defense.  Your speech is kind and you are patient.  All this makes you a happy person living in the presence of God and full of His Holy Spirit.  You enjoy your intimate fellowship with Him throughout each day.  You are quick to confess sin to God and quick to receive His forgiveness.  You are also quick to forgive others.  Our question is, does this describe us?  Let’s take time to reflect on each of these chrematistics and ask God to show us in what areas we need more help.

 

January 8, 2017

Poor in Spirit

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Matthew 5:3 3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. (NIV)

 To be “poor in spirit” means to be humble, not to think very highly of yourself.  It means to know you are needy.  Without being poor in spirit or humble one can see no need to depend on or look to God.  Those not humble are prideful and think they are all sufficient in themselves.  They either ignore the vacuum God placed inside them for His Holy Spirit or they try to fill it with themselves, other people or other things.  God blesses those who are humble and seek after Him for His love, wisdom and direction.  We must ask ourselves are we “poor in spirit?”  Do we recognize apart from God we are nothing?  Do we look to Him for all our needs and for all our directions in this life?  Let’s take time to reflect on what areas in our own lives where we are not humble and ask God’s Holy Spirit to come into those areas.

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