Ginrich's Devotional Blog

December 20, 2012

Time

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Acts 1:7. He told them, “You are not permitted to know the times or periods that the Father has set by his own authority.

Someone asked me if December 25 is the real date of Jesus’ first coming to the earth.  We don’t know the exact date.  We know the time of the census but don’t know exactly when during that time Joseph and Mary arrived in Bethlehem nor the exact date Jesus was born.  The pagans have been celebrating a winter festival to break up the tedium of winter weather for quite some time.  As Christianity grew a group of Christians decided they would like to take the emphasis off the pagan festivities and honor Christ.  They began the celebration of the birthday of our King.  We don’t need to know the exact day to celebrate His first coming.  Nor do we need to know the date of His return for His Bride, the believers.   We only need to know He is coming and we are to do our part to tell others that they won’t be lost.  As we near our celebration of His birth let us proclaim what He did on that cross for us.  Let not one we know be lost. 

November 18, 2012

Authority

Romans 13:1 Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except by Gods appointment, and the authorities that exist have been instituted by God.

Some United States citizens are disappointed by the elections results.  Some are not.  Some Christian denominational members are disappointed or upset by the rulings of their denominational leaders.  Some are not.  We cannot pick and choose what verses we will follow in God’s written word and what ones we will say are wrong or not important.  We are to accept His entire words.  This verse tells us to be subject, to be under the governing authorities.  Though we, in the United States or in our Christian denominations nominate and vote for them it is by God’s appointment they serve.  We might not like them.  We might not agree with all they say or do.  There is nothing about that in this verse.  We are to be subject to them.  We are to pray for them.  We are to pray for God’s way and will for them and for us.  There is a higher law we are to obey over man’s law but we must be sure man’s law is in direct conflict with God’s higher law.  Our question is are we doing our part by praying for instead of complaining about those in governing authorities?  We have no right to complain against God’s written word.  We have no right to complain about anything we are not lifting up before God’s throne of grace.  Are we praying, really praying every day?

September 2, 2012

Church Member or Christian

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John 3:16-18 For this is the way God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world should be saved through him. The one who believes in him is not condemned. The one who does not believe has been condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the one and only Son of God.

Our oldest daughter was 11.  She and her sister accepted Jesus as Lord and Savior shortly after my husband and I did.   They were baptised in our swimming pool.  A few months later she told a playmate across the street the girl was not a christian. The girl told it to her mother who was levied and came over screaming at me.  I asked the mother what a christian is.  She replied “a white, gentile American who iives a good moral life.”  I explained to her about Jesus and asked if she believed He is the only Son of God who came to earth in the form of a baby, grew and lived among us without sin, died on the cross for our sins and rose in 3 days to give us eternal life in the presence of God the Father.   She said no and then I said she is a good, white, gentile American who tries to live a good moral life but she is not a follower of Jesus Christ therefor is not a Christian.  We have people in our churches who believe salvation is through acting “good.”  Our problem is we cannot be good enough.  God said the only way to establish a relationship with Him. the only way to be adopted into His family as His child is through Jesus, His only begotton (not a created being as we are) Son.  There is nothing we can do to earn our way into His Presence.  It is a gift of grace and love.  Our question is are we a church member who tries to act the good we perceive we should be or are we a child of God through His Son Jesus and know that we are just a bunch of sinners saved by God’s grace?  If we are really God’s children we wll not turn that blessing on and off according to where we are and who we’re with.  We will be consistent in our reoationship with the Father and the Son.  Are we consistent?

July 16, 2012

WWJD – What Would Jesus Do

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Ephesians 5:1-2 Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. (The Holy Bible, New International Version)

In the 1970’s the big thing in the Christian circuit was WWJD, “What Would Jesus Do.” We were these letters on our jewelry, our belt buckles, our car decals and anything else we could put it on. Most of us did not really understand what it means. We thought about applying it in the way Jesus walked this earth in His time and culture but mostly it didn’t have a real application on our time and culture. Things just don’t work they way they use to work. What it really means is what would Jesus be doing if He were in your situation in our time and space. The answer is different for each person and in each situation. We are each called to God’s purpose and pleasure for our walk on this earth. Each of us is called to do different things in different ways. What we so often fail to do is ask God how He wants us to act in a situation or what it is He wants us to do on this day. Sometimes we don’t ask because we don’t want to know; we want to go about with our own plans in our own way. Sometimes we just don’t think about asking. Our lives would be so very different and would so glorify God if we would always try to live and do as Jesus would do in the situations and culture we find ourselves. Our question is do we really want to glorify God through our lives even if it requires inconvenience or suffering or do we prefer to coast through life with our accustomed comforts? Once again, the choice is ours.

May 24, 2012

Out of Love

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1 Corinthians 13:3 If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing. (The Holy Bible, New International Version)

My father was a career military officer and I was raised to obey. I obeyed because of not wanting the discipline I would face if I didn’t do as told. Many Christians work hard to obey God’s written word. Some think the measure of being good Christians is gauged by good deeds and following the commands in the Bible. Reasons are as different as people. Some do it to look good. Others do it because they think doing good is the key to God’s blessings. We are told in the 13th chapter of 1 Corinthians the real key is love. If love is not our motivating force we work in vain. Yes, God does want us to do good but He wants us to do good out of love. God is Love. Whatever we do without love will parish. Love goes into eternity. Our question is are we reaching out to others in love? The more of God’s love we pour out the more room in us for His love.

May 9, 2012

Wordly

1Co 3:3 You are still worldly. For since there is jealousy and quarreling among you, are you not worldly? Are you not acting like mere men? (The Holy Bible, New International Version)

This is a question we must each ask ourselves at regular intervals. Jealousy is just one symptom of sin. Comparing the material possessions we have with what others have, desiring passions enough to get us into debt and not giving from what we possess is all part of the sin of jealousy. Quarreling also includes many symptoms. Leaving a church because we don’t get our way, avoiding someone who thinks differently from us and complaining and muttering under our breath are all part of quarreling. If our actions are no different than those who are not Christians we are worldly rather than set apart for God’s Kingdom and glory. A Christian is not defined as a person who does good things and lives a moral life. A Christian is a believer and follower of Jesus Christ, God’s only Son. None of us can ever be good enough. It is only through the grace of God through Jesus we have forgiveness for our self-centered sinning. It is only through the power of His Holy Spirit we can obey and fight against the influences of the world while giving way to the control of the Holy Spirit. Our question is are we really different than those who are not believers?

April 26, 2012

Voices

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John 10:27 My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me (The Holy Bible, New International Version)

I have a couple blind friends. When we are in a crowd and I walk up and say, “Hi” then greet me by name. They know the sound of my voice. I have other friends who call me on the phone and don’t identify who they are. The expect me to know their voice. Sometimes I am distracted when I answer the phone and I don’t recognize my friend’s voice. God speaks to us in many ways. The Bible describes some of the different ways God’s speaks to us. Learning to hear the way God’s voice sounds within you takes a lot of practice. You start hearing by reading and studying the written Word of God, the Bible. As you grow in that knowledge and faith you learn to hear through circumstances, through input from others, and finally through that still, small voice of His Spirit within you. At first you need times of quiet and meditation to hear that voice, but, as you practice and mature in your faith you learn to always be listening for that voice, regardless of what is occurring around you. It is important, once you learn to hear His voice, that you follow through in what He says or you will find your hearing will become dim. Our question is do we really want to hear His voice? Sometimes we don’t want to stop what we are doing to listen. Sometimes we are just too distracted. Practice listening and your joy will be even more abundant.

March 28, 2012

Listening

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Luke 12:12 for the Holy Spirit will teach you at that time what you should say. (The Holy Bible, New International Version)

Where it might be against the law to worship God through Jesus would there be enough evidence against us to convict us of guilt? What kind of evidence would they need? We would have to have a consistent life between our words and our actions. Many give lip service to Christianity. Many go through some outward actions like attending a Christian church service several weeks of the year. This is not enough evidence. Besides always believing with our words and our actions we must be willing and able to believe in hard times. There is no room in heaven for a “fair weather Christian.” If we really believe we will walk through storms with our faith in tact. Jesus tells us that when we walk through storms, even the storm of being put on trial for our faith, He will be with us through His Holy Spirit. If we don’t learn how to hear Him speak to us during our times of prayer and meditation when all is well we will probably not be able to hear Him during times of struggle and stress. Our question is are we listening every day? Are we learning to recognize His voice within us in all situations? Let’s practice listening.

December 20, 2011

Advent 24

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Isaiah 2:3 Many peoples will come and say, “Come, let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob. He will teach us his ways, so that we may walk in his paths.”

Many peoples (all races and cultures) are called to come to the mountain of the Lord through His Son Jesus.  Jesus came to teach us God’s ways so we could walk in the way God designed for us.  All people are called but not all hear and not all who hear respond.  Those of us who have responded have a job to do.  We are to lead others to the mountain of our Lord – Jesus.  As we learn His ways for us we are to share what we learn with others.  Our question is are we walking in the ways He has taught and is teaching us?  We cannot help others if we are not walking it ourselves.  Let’s check our walk and then share with someone else today.

December 14, 2011

Advent 18

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2 Corinthians 4:6 For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.

There is a lot in the Bible about light.  The light shines in our hearts for a reason.  Light reveals things.  It shows whether a path is clear or there are obstacles in the way.  More crime is committed in darkness because they don’t want their crimes to show.  Sin seeks to hide in darkness.  Darkness is not always physical.  We can be in darkness spiritually, emotionally and mentally.  God’s light is to shine within our entire being – spirit, mind and emotions.  As we allow more and more of God’s light to shine within us we gain knowledge of God.  We do this through prayer, meditation and Bible study.  As we walk in obedience more light will shine in and through us.  Today is a good day to ask God to shine His light into the areas of our lives and reveal to us where more of His light is needed.  We want to be fully prepared for His coming.

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