Ginrich's Devotional Blog

February 8, 2014

Fellowship

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Phil 2:1 If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion,

Fellowship is defined as a group of people who share a common interest and/or purpose. When Christians fellowship together they are sharing their common purpose of praising and loving God and their interest in growing closer to Him and to each other. So many come to church without interacting with other believers or in the service. They come out of duty of conscience. When we come together we are to share with each other: share our love of God, our successes during the week, our struggles during the week, and as we do this we encourage each other to continue to grow in His love and for His glory. Our question is are we really in fellowship with other believers? Are we really in fellowship with God? If we are not sharing which is giving and receiving we are not in fellowship. This is another area where we can grow in unity and therefore in the power of God to make disciples for His glory.

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September 20, 2013

Fellowship

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1 Corinthians 1:9. God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

We fellowship with people who share the same interest we have. God has called us to share in the fellowship of His Son, Jesus. To do that we must know what is Jesus’ interest. His interest is in doing the will of His Father for His Father’s glory. Our question is how much do we share in that interest? Everything Jesus did while walking on this earth was directed to this interest. What do we direct our thoughts and actions to? Do we have other interests more important that desert us away from the interest of Jesus? When we fellowship with people of like interest we talk with them, learn with them and pursue with them our shared interest. Let us do so with Jesus.

November 21, 2012

Where Are You

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Genesis 3:9  But the Lord God called to the man and said to him, “Where are you?”

God still asks the same question of each of us.  “Where are we?”  God created us to have fellowship with Him.  He walked in the Garden of Eden to be with Adam and Eve.  They disobeyed Him and tried to hide from Him.  God sent Jesus to walk this earth to re-establish our fellowship with God.  We still try to hide from God.  We hide through our lies, our deceit, our pretence to be what we are not.  We hid in our failure to admit our failures.  We hid through work, through business, through efforts to look like more than we are.  In our hiding we only deceive ourselves and maybe some of those around us.  God sees us as we really are.  In spite of seeing us this way He still loves us.  He already knew what Adam and Eve did before He took His walk in the garden.  He wanted them to realize what they did.  He wanted genuine confession.  Instead of confession each one pointed blame somewhere else.  We are good at finding excuses or naming others as reasons for our failures.  God wants us to take responsibility for our own lack of fellowship with Him.  He sent Jesus to show us this.  Jesus stretched out His arms on the cross to take us into Him.  Our question is where are we with God and with ourselves?  As we prepare to celebrate the upcoming holidays let us also celebrate truthfulness with ourselves and with God.  We have nothing to lose by being trruthful as God already knows the truth and we have everything to gain.  Let us each ask God’s Holy Spirit to reveal our disobedience in thought, word and deed every day and start each day new with God in continual restored fellowship through His Son, Jesus, Christ.

November 7, 2012

Thirsty

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Psalms 42:1-2. As a deer a longs for streams of water, so I long for you, O God! I thirst for God, for the living God.  

Have you ever been so thirsty for water that you would do anything to get some?  When we’re that thirsty we find it hard to talk.  Our mouths are dry and without saliva.  We find it hard to think about anything other than the water we desire and so desperately need.  This is how the Psalmist felt about God.  He knew He could not survive without God.  He knew God was at least as much-needed as water if not more so.  That is one reason God has given us the tool of prayer.  It is a tool through which we actively reach out to Him.  It is a tool which opens our hearts and minds and eyes to hear, feel and see Him.  We don’t see the water after we take it into our selves but we do feel the benefits of it; we do see how it hydrates our skin; we do experience how it returns saliva to our mouthes and enables us to talk.  Our question is how dry must we become before we seek our God, the living God, the creator of all that is or will every be?  Prayer is not so much for asking for things we think we need.  Prayer is for fellowship with God, for having a 2-way conversation with Him by seeking Him and allowing ourselves to experience Him throughout our being.  He already knows our needs and has promised to give us all we need.  We need to realize our biggest need is fellowship with the One Who made us.  This fellowship is only possible through His Son, Jesus Christ, Who willingly left His Father and came to earth to show us God’s love and desire to fellowship with us and then died on the cross to restore that fellowship.  Matthew 6:33 says to seek first the Kingdom of God and His Righteousness (Jesus) and all else will be given to us.  Will we seek Him first?  Do we desire Him above all else?

October 29, 2012

Water

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John 7:37-38 On the last day of the feast, the greatest day, Jesus stood up and shouted out, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me, and let the one who believes in me drink. Just as the scripture says, ʻFrom within him will flow rivers of living water.ʼ”

My first two years in college were in a town where they purified their water with sulfur.  The smell was not very present nor was the taste.  I managed to go for several weeks without drinking.  Then, suddenly, I realized I was very thirsty.  I gulped down the water.  We are sometimes that way with drinking of the living water of God’s Holy Spirit.  He is in us but we choose or forget to drink of Him.  When we become very thirsty we sometimes look too the wrong places for our water; we tend to look at the enticements of the world around us thinking these will satisfy our thirst.  When God created us He put in us a thirst to fellowship with Him. Nothing else can fill that place no matter how hard or in how many ways we try to fill it.  Our question is will we choose to drink of Him through prayer, meditation, Bible study, gathering with other believers and sharing His love with others?  All these things help us to drink of His water and as we drink His water lives in us and spills over to others.  Let us drink.

September 4, 2012

It Takes Blood

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Genesis 3:7 Then the eyes of both of them opened, and they knew they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves.

Adam and Eve knew they sinned; they knew they disoeyed God.  They tried to hide their sin behind a fig leaf.  The fig tree was a symbol of peace, protection and security.  It was big and wide spread and offered shelter and shade.  They took off some leaves trying to hide their shame.  They knew God would soon be walking through the garden looking for them to fellowship with them.

God found them and said the fig tree could not cover their sin.  Their sin could only be covered by the blood of a lamb.  God killed a lamb and covered them with the hide of the lamb.  Their sin was covered by the slain blood of the lamb but they would still bear the consequences of their sin even though they were forgiven by the lamb’s blood.  Lambs had to be continually sacrificed for man’s continual sins.  Finally God sent His only Son, Jesus, God’s Lamb without sin, spot or blemish, to be the one time blood sacrifice for all our sins.  We still must carry out the consequence of our sins but we are forgiven and restored to fellowship with God each time we confess.

Our question is are we just going to complain about the consequences of our own sins as we walk them out or are we going to confess our sins to God, receive His forgiveness and be able to walk in fellowship with Him as we walk out the consequences of our sins?

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. 

July 22, 2012

The Gift of Choice

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Galatians 1:4 who gave himself for our sins to rescue us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, (The Holy Bible, New International Version)

Jesus gave Himself for us. No one else gave Him. He chose to give Himself for us. He did this both for love for us and to be in the will of His Father. He was not forced to do this. Because He gave Himself for us we no longer need to pay for our own sins, our own choice of separation from God. When we receive the gift of Jesus and we confess our sins God forgives us and no longer holds us accountable for them. Because of Jesus there is no end to God’s forgiveness. God’s forgiveness brings us back into fellowship with Him but it doesn’t remove the consequences on this earth from our sins. We still must walk out the worldly consequences of our choices. God has given us directions for our walk on this earth in His written Word, the Holy Bible. When we follow it we find our walk with God less interrupted by sin. Our question is will we choose to walk according to God’s instructions?

June 10, 2012

Never Tire

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Matthew 6:33 seek first God’s kingdom and righteousness and every thing else will fall into it’s proper place.  (my translation)

Nature never tires of doing what God created it to do.  The ocean tide keeps moving.  Birds keep flying. The earth keeps rotating.  God created man to have fellowship with Him and worship Him.  Yet sometimes we act like it’s too hard or we’re too tired.  Sometimes we forget why we’re here and mistake our priorities.  When in church many of us are clock watchers.  Our priority is to get out of God’s house of worship as fast as we can and be first to a good table at our favorite eating establishment.  We get so tired because we’re not doing what we were created to do.  Instead of being our first love and priority it get’s lower on our list with each distraction.  What are we to do about this?  We turn to God, our Creator, and ask Him to open us up to an all consuming love and devotion to Him.  Our question is, do we really desire for God to be first In our hearts, minds and lives?

April 27, 2012

Little Things

Mt 10:30 And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. (The Holy Bible, New International Version

We took a day off and went to a National Wildlife Preserve and a State Park to hike some trails. The scenery was beautiful and I enjoyed taking a lot of pictures. I found myself more interested in taking photos of insects. I was especially drawn to a beautiful blue dragonfly. Most of the time we don’t notice the little things. Often we don’t pray about what we consider to be a little thing. God does notice the little things. Jesus said He even knows exactly how many individual hairs are on our heads. If you can count your individual hairs you might not consider it to be insignificant but most of us don’t think about exactly how many we have. In taking photos of the dragonfly and a wasp on a dead log I got to thinking about how much I miss in not paying attention to the little things. We need to talk with God more often about more things – even what we consider to be insignificant. That is part of fellowship and fellowship is why God created us. Next time we are talking to God and thinking about ignoring something, let’s talk to Him about it. It might be a simple thank You, God for creating such a beautiful blue dragonfly. I did thank Him that one of the food sources of dragonflies is a mosquito. I also thank God for creating mosquitoes for food for beautiful, little dragonflies.

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