Ginrich's Devotional Blog

June 17, 2013

As Children

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Matthew 18:3. and said, “I tell you the truth, unless you turn around and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven!

To understand this statement we must look at how little children think. Little children are trusting. They trust their parents will provide all their needs. They trust their parents will protect them. They watch their parents to imitate what the parents do. They copy what the parents say in the same tone of voice. We all know where this takes us. Our question is are we being God’s little chid? Do we really trust His provision, His protection? Do we try to imitate what Jesus did when He walked this earth as the Son of Man? Do we speak what God says in His written word, the Holy Bible? I don’t know about you but I must admit I act more like a teenager sometimes being rebellious, disobedient and self-centered.

January 15, 2013

Little Children

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1 John 3:18. Little children, let us not love with word or with tongue but in deed and truth. 

John is not writing to little children here.  He is writing to adults who are acting like little children.  Before we judge these adults too harshly we must look at ourselves.  How many times have we verbally expressed  concern, sympathy or love for someone while thinking they are getting what they deserve?  John writes if we only express love with our words we are not speaking in truth.  Love is a verb of action.  If we only talk about verbs there is no action and the verbs become subjects.  A word of love must be followed with an action to be love.  Our question is are we willing to put action on our words of love?  We and do this by asking God hat it is He wants to do through us to express His love in each and every situation.

September 23, 2012

Last Wills

Galatians 3:29 And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abrahams descendants, heirs according to the promise.

Many of us have made wills. These wills are to let our heirs know who gets what of our precious possessions.  Sometimes we are very specific in our instructions.  We have a possession that is worth more than all others we have accumulated and named in our wills. This possession is our relationship with God, the Creator through His Son, Jesus.  It is only through Jesus that we have the promise of being a joint heir with Him in sharing all that is in eternity in the Presence of the Father, God.  I wonder how many wills mention this possession and encourage our heirs on how to welcome this possession into their lives. The greatest gift we can leave our heirs is the gift of the wisdom we have gained from our relationship with God. To leave this out of our wills, our last chance to impart the knowledge of God to those we love, is a tragedy. I have written love letters to each out our children, in-law children and grandchildren. Every so many years I re-write them as situations, ages and maturity changes. I share the good and bad I’ve learned in my walk with God and encourage them in theirs. I pass my most valuable possession to them. I cannot give it to them. It only come from God through Jesus. I can give the directions to lead them to the greatest treasure they can be heir to that will take them through all eternity. I can pass it on.

August 10, 2012

Love Begins at Home

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1 Corinthians 13:7 It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

This ia a verse which seems easier to apply to the general public than it is at home with the ones closest to us.  So many of today’s homes seem to be full of strife and discord.  Each family member seems to be in their own little world without much communication with the others.  We were at a restaurant and noticed a family of four at a nearby table. Each one had a cell phone and were texting.  The entire meal hardly a word was spoken to each other.  I found it very sad.  Communication and transparency fosters deeper love and commitment.  We are good at noticing the irritations of our famiy members without noticing our own irritations that disturb them.  Children fight with each other, lie about each other and strive to hide their activities or thoughts from the parents.  Parents don’t help by their own failure to be transparent with each other.  The divorce rate continues to climb as our lack of acting in love declines.  Our misconception of love and our self-centeredness grows.  Emotions of love come and go. We would find them more in the come state if we would act out in love by the standard set for us in this chapter through commitment and obedience to God.  Our question is are we willing to act in obedience to God’s word or do we choose to go with our ever changing emotions? 

May 13, 2012

Mother’s Day

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2 Timothy 1:5 I have been reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and, I am persuaded, now lives in you also. (The Holy Bible, New International Version)

So many of us look to Proverbs 31 as an example of a good mother. Here Paul is writing Timothy. He gives credit to Timothy’s mother and grandmother for Timothy’s faith. It appears not only did the teach Timothy about Jesus and God, they also showed him through their lives. As mothers and grandmothers we have an important role in the lives of our children. We start teaching them about God’s love the first time we hold them. As they grow they watch us. I’m sure Lois and Eunice did more than teach and demonstrate faith to Timothy. I’m sure they did a lot of praying for him. The question of teaching and demonstrating is fairly obvious. Our question today, on Mother’s Day, is are we praying for our children and grandchildren with the intensity of God’s love? Pray for at least one child today and have a blessed Mother’s Day.

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