Ginrich's Devotional Blog

February 21, 2012

Unity

Filed under: Bible,Christ,devotion,God's Word,Jesus — by ginrich @ 1:56 am
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Ephesians 4:1-3 As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. (The Holy Bible, New International Version)

So many of our problems are related to these 3 verses. As sinful humans we find it quite a challenge to be completely humble, gentle, patient and loving. We seem always to want to put our own thoughts, feelings and desires first. We seem to think we are in the right and anyone who has other ideas is wrong. Marriages break up over this. Churches divide over this. Voters riot over this. We often think we’re only one and might as well not bother with these scriptures because one person can’t make the difference. We are so wrong. When we are one with God we have all the power of God. Paul might have written the verses but they came from God. It is God’s instruction that we live our lives this way. He wouldn’t command us to do what we can’t do. It is through His Holy Spirit that He enables us to follow through on this command. Our question is do we want Him to enable us to live this way or do we prefer to continually put ourselves first. This takes us back to Matthew 6:33. May I suggest you look it up and memorize it if you haven’t already? Let us realize God is God and we are accountable to Him.

February 3, 2012

God’s Temple

Filed under: Bible,Christ,devotion,God's Word,Jesus — by ginrich @ 1:41 am
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Ephesians 2:21-22 In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit. (The Holy Bible, New International Version)

Most of us have been raised to be independent and self-dependent. God tells us our bodies are His temple. He goes on to say all of our (the believers) bodies join collectively and are built together through His Holy Spirit into the dwelling for God’s Holy Spirit. When part of the building is damaged the entire building is damaged. When part of the building is missing, the entire building is affected. Many think it doesn’t matter if they don’t actively participate in a church with other believers. By not coming or by not being active in a local church they are damaging the strength of God’s dwelling. Just as a physical body doesn’t function completely with a missing part, the Body of Christ cannot function complete when some of the parts of missing or not working correctly. Next time some of us think it won’t matter if we don’t attend a church service or it doesn’t matter if we sit back and hope someone else will do the needed service let us remember it is the Body of God’s Holy Spirit we are hurting. Let us do our part to make His Temple whole and powerful.

January 19, 2012

Vision

Filed under: Bible,Christ,devotion,God's Word,Jesus — by ginrich @ 1:56 am
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Ephesians 1:18 I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, (The Holy Bible, New International Version)

Paul’s prayer is that the eyes of our hearts are enlightened. He states his reason for wanting that is for us to know the hope (the close relationship with God) that God has called us. God has called us to avail ourselves of the riches of inheritances we have through His Son, Jesus. How do we do this? First we must be believers and followers of Jesus Christ, God’s only Son. When we accept Jesus into our lives we receive His gift of His Holy Spirit. We need to be open to learn to use this gift. We learn to use this gift by studying and immersing ourselves in the written Word of God, the Holy Bible. As we learn more about God and learn to apply His principles to our lives our vision improves. As our vision improves we will see more and more of the glorious inheritance available to us through the grace of God. Our question is where are our eyes looking? Do we focus on God and His principles or do we focus on the world and culture around us? The choice is ours.

December 11, 2011

Advent 15

Filed under: Advent,Bible,Christian,Christmas,devotion — by ginrich @ 1:49 am
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 Ephesians 5:10 and find out what pleases the Lord

 hen we love someone we want to please him or her.  We want to make them happy.  Do we think about pleasing the Lord?  Most of us are more consumed with pleasing ourselves, the maybe others and finally we might think of pleasing God.  In Ephesians we are told we can find out what pleases God.  How do we do that?  We read and study and meditate on His written word, the Bible.  It is full of ways to please God.  Most of us are more concerned with offending another person than we are of offending God.  We fail to witness to God’s goodness to us and His mercy because we fear another person may not agree or want to hear what we have to share.  When our children do something good we are quick to share it with others.  How much more should we share God’s goodness to us with others.  Advent is a good time to develop the habit.  I’m sure there is at least one thing every day you can share with at least one person to attest to God’s goodness and mercy.  Let us be pleasing to God.

November 18, 2011

Understand God’s Will

Filed under: Bible,Christian,devotion,God's Word,Jesus — by ginrich @ 1:42 am
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Ephesians 5:17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.

If we don’t know and understand God’s will for us we are to be considered foolish.  How do we know God’s will?  We find it in the Bible.  He wants us to walk in love and obedience being imitators of His Son, Jesus Christ.  To understand this we must be into His written word – the Manufacturer’s Manual – The Holy Bible.  It is through prayer and meditation that we are led to understanding what and how our Lord wants to use us.  He doesn’t need us.  He can do all He wants on His own.  He is allowing us to be joint heirs with His Son, Jesus Christ.  As joint heirs, we have joint responsibilities.  We must grow in our understanding, put our foolish ways of self-indulgence, and prepare this world for the coming of Jesus for His Bride – the Church of believers.

November 17, 2011

Every Opportunity

Filed under: devotion,Jesus — by ginrich @ 1:32 am
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Ephesians 5:16 making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.

Wow.  Making the most of every opportunity.  I don’t know about you but I know I waste many opportunities.  There are so many times I could have told someone about Jesus and yet only talked about the weather.  I am more afraid of offending other people than I am of offending God.  There are so many time I watch a TV show rather than reading the Bible to learn more of God.  We must learn to keep our ears open to the gentle prompting of God’s Holy Spirit making full use of every opportunity to witness for His glory.  I had a dear friend who, at the age of 101 said any day she didn’t learn something new about her Lord and Savior was a day wasted.  This had a major impact on me.  I don’t know how much time God has allotted me to work on this earth but I don’t want to waste any more of it.

November 16, 2011

Living with Wisdom

Filed under: Bible,Christian,devotion,Jesus — by ginrich @ 1:21 am
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Ephesians 5:15 Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise,

This is a warning.  We are to live carefully with wisdom.  Where do we get wisdom?  James 1:5 says,” If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.  Wisdom comes from God.  He gives it to us through the study of His written word, The Holy Bible.  He also gives it to us through His Holy Spirit.  Many times we think something is our idea when in fact the idea came to us as a gift from God.  The carefulness comes in slowing down our decisions long enough to check them out with God.  We can’t really see where our decisions will lead us in the future but God does.  God has given us precepts to base our lives on.  Obedience to them is wisdom.  The question is are we following all His laws?  I know I’m not and that is pure folly for me.  What will I do about it?  I will ask Him to help me overcome the areas where I am weak.

November 2, 2010

Grace Alone

Eph 2:8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith —and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast.

 

We are saved by the grace and mercy of God through His Son, Jesus.  Nothing we can do can save us.  We can never be good enough.  We can’t buy or earn our way to heaven and eternal life.  We must accept God’s Son, Jesus Christ, as our Lord and Savior.  When we allow Him to enter our heart, when we learn to love Him, our actions will reflect our love for Him.  First comes our commitment to Him.  Actions will gradually follow. Our words are meaningless if we don’t have the love in God in our hearts.  Grace is given to the undeserving.  We are undeserving.  Ours is to receive His grace and allow His Holy Spirit to work within our hearts and minds.

 

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