Ginrich's Devotional Blog

October 31, 2013

Righteousness

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2 Corinthians 5:21. God made the one who did not know sin to be sin for us, so that in him we would become the righteousness of God.

Jesus was and is righteous. God made Him to be sin for us so through Jesus we could be made righteous. We of ourselves are not righteous. We are sinners. Jesus knew no sin but in obedience to the Father and in love for us agreed to take on Himself what He never experienced so that we who are very experienced at sin could be counted as if we are righteous. Our question is do we make room for His righteousness in us by confessing our sins? Let us do what I call spiritual breathing; exhale sin through confession and inhale His righteousness.

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September 1, 2013

Course Correction

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1 John 1:7. But if we walk in the light as he himself is in the light, we have fellowship with one another and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.

How do we know if we are walking in God’s Light? This says we have fellowship with one another and we are cleansed from sin when we are in the Light. Being cleansed from sin means we have confessed our sins and repented. To repent we must turn away from that we were doing or thinking and turn toward God, our Light. When we see our fellowship is broken with someone it is a sign we are not walking in the Light. It’s time for a course correction. I know when I face God and see the path I have walked on this earth I’ll see it zig and zag through Light and darkness.
Our question is when we slip into the darkness will we choose to make the necessary course correction and face the Light of our God?

August 23, 2013

New Every Morning

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Lamentations 3:22-23. The Lord s loyal kindness never ceases; his compassions never end.
They are fresh every morning; your faithfulness is abundant!

The Manna was fresh every morning. God’s kindness and compassion for each of us is also new every morning. Each night we confess our sins of the day to God we are forgiven. The morning comes with a clean slate. Our question is, after we confess our sins do we choose to carry that extra baggage the next day? What is behind is behind. Each day is new. Each morning God will fill us anew with His Holy Spirit, His love and His power. All we need do is ask each morning then accept and walk in God’s abundant faithfulness.

July 30, 2013

Be Ready

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1 Peter 3:15. But set Christ apart as Lord in your hearts and always be ready to give an answer to anyone who asks about the hope you possess.

Always be ready. Be ready to bring Christ to all you meet. How can we always be ready? We must continually confess anything that would separate us from God; any action in-action, thought or word. After each confession we must ask for a refilling of God’s Holy Spirit. We must also know what is written in God’s word, the Holy Bible through study and meditation. Our question is are we willing to be honest with ourselves in confession to God and willing to spend the time learning His instructions for living? If our living doesn’t show the reflection of Christ Jesus we won’t be asked. Let us be sure to be ready to encourage a struggling believer or help someone into God’s family.

March 25, 2013

Clean House

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Luke 19:45. Then Jesus entered the temple courts and began to drive out those who were selling things there, 

Jesus was very busy during His time between the triumphal entry with palms and His crucifixion. One of the things He did was to cleanse the temple.   It had been changed from a house of worship to a house of money profit.  As we approach Good Friday we must remember our bodies are temples in which His Holy Spirit dwells.  We must be sure we cleanse through confession things that have come into us for self-profit.  Sometimes it’s hard to be really honest with ourselves and admit wrong words, actions and attitudes.  It’s also hard to admit the things we ought to have sais or done but chose not to.  God already knows what these things are.  Let’s allow His Holy Spirit to reveal them to us and have a clean house.

October 30, 2012

Hearing

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Mark 4:12 so that although they look they may look but not see, and although they hear they may hear but not understand, so they may not repent and be forgiven.” 

I was tired of repeating twice everything I was saying to someone.  I ended the conversation saying I didn’t want to repeat everything twice so I left.  I no sooner got up when I heard God say, “I often must repeat things to you.  Should you do any less for others?”  There are many reasons we don’t hear.  Sometimes our minds are so occupied with something else we are not aware of someone (or God) speaking to us.  Sometimes we just choose not to really hear what is being said.  Sometimes our hearing is blocked by an ear problem or, with God, an confessed sin problem.  There are many reasons why we don’t hear what is being said.  With God, we must stay up to date on our confessions and pray that the Holy Spirit will always make us sensitive to His voice.  Our question is do we want to hear Him at all times?  Sometimes we choose to ignore what God has to say because we desire to do our own thing.  Let us learn to be totally committed to hearing God say whatever He wants us to know and whenever He wants to tell us.  

October 16, 2012

Tempations

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Galatians 5:9  A little yeast makes the whole batch of dough rise! 

Sometimes we think, “Just this one time won’t hurt.”  We buy a boat and are too busy on Saturday to put it in the water.  Just one time on Sunday won’t hurt.  Before long we find we are in the water every Sunday.  Maybe it’s what we call a “white lie.”  This one little like won’t matter.  Before long we have to tell another lie to cover up the first lie.  Temptations, given a chance, soon become habits.  God cautions us about what we consider “little things”.  Just as yeast will blow up a ball of dough, giving in to a little things we know is not pleasing to God grows into multiple little things and soon big things.  We need to be on our guard.  At the end of each day it is good to take some time with God and ask Him to show us any “little things” we’ve allowed to slip into us.  I like to call it spiritual breathing.  We exhale the things we did during the day through confession to God and we inhale His forgiveness and refilling of His Holy Spirit.  Nothing is more refreshing than a big breath of fresh air.  

August 7, 2012

Peace Is a Sign

Let the peace of God rule (or arbitrate) in your hearts” (Col. 3:15   

A good test on whee we are in our fellowship with God is where we are with peace.  Are we at peace with all those around us?  Are we at peace with those closest to us?  Are we at peace within ourselves?  If we can’t answer “yes” to all these questions we re not at peace with God.  God is peace and we cannot be in God without His peace.  When we re not in peace we are in sin — unconfessed sin.  We lack peace because sin breaks our fellowship with God until it is admitted, confessed and forgiven.  When we feel peace slipping away it’s time to draw apart and ask the Holy Spirit to show us what we did or didn’t do to cause that peace to slip away.  Our question is do we show any signs of lack of peace” anxiousness, worry, concern, fretting, fear, unbelief. hopelessness.  When any of these symptoms start to appear let’s not waste any time but get on our knees and set our relationship right with  God. 

August 6, 2012

Make It Personal

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1 John 4:10     In this a is love: not that we have loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins.

So often we think generically.  We think of Jesus taking on the sins of all mankind.  That He did but He also took on our own individual sins.  We don’t like to think about that.  We seldom really personalize the cross and Jesus dying on it for ourselves.  It’s a painful thought.  Imagine anyone going through such pains just for me.  Put  yourself there.  It’s hard to even think about our own sins, let alone adit them and confess them to God.  We would rather just confess, “Forgive me of my sins this day.” and not be specific. We are told to confess our sins in order to receive the forgiveness Jesus paid for on that cross.  We must ask His Holy Spirit to reveal to us each day the sins which mar our fellowship with God so we can confess each and every one to Him receive forgiveness and move on to a deeper fellowship with Him.  

July 21, 2012

Sin

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Psalms 32:5 Then I acknowledged my sin to you and did not cover up my iniquity. said, “I will confess my transgressions to the LORD”— and you forgave the guilt of my sin. (The Holy Bible, New International Version)

The word “sin” is in the Bible at least 420 times. We don’t like to use the word “sin.” We would rather say: made a mistake, messed up, goofed, erred, etc. Sin is anything that separates us from God’s will for us. We say there are big sins and little sins but sin is sin. We might disguise it or cover it up from others or from ourselves but we can never cover up or disguised sin from God. We live such a fast paced life we fail many times to notice when we are separated from God. We fail to notice when we no longer feel the amazing peace of God. There is no room in us for God’s peace when we have unconfessed sin in us. I like to do what I call “spiritual breathing” every day. I exhale my sins by asking the Holy Spirit to reveal them to me and confessing them as sin to God then I inhale God’s forgiveness and His peace. We have no room for air in our lungs if we are holding in old air. We must exhale the old to inhale the new. Our question is are we willing to admit to ourselves any and all things that are not in God’s perfect will for us? God already knows. Nothing can separate us from His love but sin does separate us from His peace.

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