Ginrich's Devotional Blog

November 15, 2013

No Pain, No Gain

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Romans 8:18. For I consider that our present sufferings cannot even be compared to the glory that will be revealed to us.

There is a saying, “no pain, no gain.” This is said about exercise to improve muscle tone and lose weight. So many are willing to experience this. Yet, when we meet trials and sufferings in our lives we are so quick to complain or become depressed and discouraged. We fail to look at the big picture. Not only are our sufferings on this earth extremely brief when compared to all eternity and the glory of being in the presence of God, they are also working to increase our spiritual muscles and reduce the weight of sin. Our question is what will we choose to consider, the ultimate goal or the temporary pain in coming to the goal?

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February 4, 2013

Grow In Faith

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2 Peter 1:5-7. For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith excellence, to excellence, knowledge; to knowledge, self- control; to self- control, perseverance; to perseverance, godliness; to godliness, brotherly affection; to brotherly affection, unselfish love. 

We’re probably all familiar with the saying, use it or lose it.  This applies not only to our muscles bit to most everything.  I was fluent in German when I was little but had no place to use it so I lost a good bit of it.  Our brains need continual stimulation to learn new things and remember old things.  It is no different with faith and trust.  These go hand in hand.  As trust builds, faith grows.  As faith is exercised trust grows.  Life is full of opportunities for growth.  The book of James starts outwits how faith grows when experiencing the trials of life.  Why do not all grow in faith?  Read the verse again.  The Greek word for “excellence” is virtue or morality.  We must choose to live a life by the moral commands of God.  Knowledge comes from hearing and reading the Holy Bible.  Self-control is a choice.  It grows through a choice of perseverance.  Even though we may mess up we choose to keep trying.  All this will lead us to grow into a reflection of God’s love.  Our question is do we want to grow In faith that leads to growth in love enough to make the effort and perseverance necessary?  Gyms are full in January but empty as the year progresses.  Churches are full at Christmas but fade in numbers as the year progresses.  Let us choose to persevere in our growth, faith, love, obedience, worship and praise of our God.

May 10, 2012

Lies

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Acts 5:4 Didn’t it belong to you before it was sold? And after it was sold, wasn’t the money at your disposal? What made you think of doing such a thing? You have not lied to men but to God.” (The Holy Bible, New International Version)

This is the event involving 2 of the new Christian Church members in Acts. The church was living in community and those who wanted were selling everything and giving it all to the church community. All would share in all needs and all would contribute. This was not a requirement but a choice. Ananias and Sapphira, a married couple in that church community decided to sell their property but the decided to keep a goodly portion for themselves but not say anything. They agreed on an amount to claim if they were asked. Both of then ended up dead. Read the entire account. God doesn’t lie and He expects us not to lie. There was no need for that couple to lie, as nothing was required of them except the truth. The lie was to themselves, to those in the church and to God. In our culture today we tend to live with a lot of lies. Before we judge anyone else to harshly we must look at ourselves. We lie about the amount of food we eat, exercise, time management and so on. Many of our lies are to make us appear different than we are to other people. All of our lies deceive ourselves. God knows the truth. We cannot hide anything from Him. Our question is do we choose to live open and honestly with God, others and ourselves?

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