Ginrich's Devotional Blog

September 10, 2013

Show the Doorway

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Matthew 24:33 So also, when you see all these things, you know that he is near, at the very gates.

It’s hard not to hear the news. We are surrounded by media talking or writing about fires, floods, earthquakes, wars, rumors of wars, family members killing other family members and on and on. They even discuss if the earth is about to end. Jesus said only God the Father knows when the earth will end; Jesus doesn’t even know. But He did say we can recognize the coming season of the ending. We don’t know how long it will take. We do know it will come. The end of this earth will come as will the end of each life. We can’t change it but we can change the outcome for others. There is only one way God has provided for the eternal continuation of our lives. This is through coming to Jesus, God’s only Son, confessing we are sinners and receiving His forgiveness as we make Him The Lord of our lives through love and obedience. We can share this with others. Our question is are we sharing this news? Do we really care about the future of others? Do we care that God cries over any lost soul? We may not be in a position where we can decide what to do about a group that kills people with chemicals but we each have the power to share the doorway to eternal life with God.

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November 15, 2012

Burning Hearts

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Luke 24:32 They said to each other, “Didnt our hearts burn within us while he was speaking with us on the road, while he was explaining the scriptures to us?”

Luke is not referring to heart burn but to a burning heart.  A heart that is warmed and stirred.  Sometimes I refer to the Holy Bible as God’s love letter to mankind.  It warms my heart when I read of His love for me.  It warms my heart to read He will never leave me.  My heart is also warmed when I am with others who know and speak of God.  We can read the Bible without our heart being warmed.  We can be with other believers and speak of God without our hearts being warmed.  Our hearts can only be warmed if we have allowed God’s Holy Spirit to dwell within us.  Our hearts are warmed if we truly desire to be in His presence.  The two on Emmaus Road were not expecting Jesus to be with them.  They did not recognize Him  because they did not believe He was really alive.  Because they did not believe the did not recognize their hearts were burning.  Our question is do we want our hearts to burn for God, to burn for the realization of His very presence?  We can have a burning heart when we give ourselves over to Him.  When our relationship with God through Jesus is our first desire and we truly seek Him with all our heart, our mind and strength we will find our heart burns more and more for fellowship with Him.  There is a chorus that goes, “Give me fire in my heart, keep me burning.  Give me fire in my heart I pray….”  Let us choose to ask Him for that fire in our hearts through the power of His Holy Spirit.

June 18, 2012

Follow the Cloud

Exodus 13:21 By day the LORD went ahead of them in a pillar of cloud to guide them on their way and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, so that they could travel by day or night. (The Holy Bible, New International Version)

The Hebrews were led out of the slavery in Egypt by following the pillar of cloud in the day and the pillar of fire at night. The only way to their promised land was to follow along with the movement of the cloud or the fire. They could choose to stay in the familiar Egypt or go a different way from the cloud or fire but they would not get to the Promised Land that way. We also have a cloud or flame to follow. It is in the form of God’s Holy Spirit and God’s written word, the Holy Bible. We can choose to follow, turn another direction or stay with our comfortable, old ways. So many are afraid of change or movement. They want to do things like they have always done. They are closed to any new adventure and so they miss their promised land. Churches who rely heavily on tradition and refuse to change miss their promised potential. Our question is are we willing to move with God or would we rather stay in our comfort zone? I pray each of us chooses to move with the direction of God’s written word and with His Holy Spirit and reach the full potential, the promised land, He has for each of us.

June 4, 2012

Purify With Fire

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1Peter 1:22 Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for your brothers, love one another deeply, from the heart. (The Holy Bible, New International Version)

Peter says we have to purify ourselves through obedience to the truth of God’s Holy Word. The word “purify” comes from the Greek word meaning “fire.” To purify something it takes fire. Fire purifies gold, intense heat sterilizes or purifies. It is the fire of God’s Holy Spirit that purifies us. Through His Holy Spirit we are enabled to obey His Word. One of the signs our souls are purified is a real love for God’s family of believers. What show our love for others? Peter says it is in laying aside everything that hinders growth and specifies malice, guile, hypocrisies, envies, and evil speaking. Before we think we are doing pretty well we must examine our thoughts, words and actions. Do we say critical things of others? Do we really walk out in our hearts what we claim to confess with our mouths? Are we consistent? We must ask ourselves these questions with regularity. Then, as we find ourselves falling short of these signs of purity, we must confess them to God, ask His forgiveness and ask for the fire of His Holy Sprit to work deep within us. God commands us to be holy as He is Holy. Are we willing for the Holy Spirit’s fire of purification to burn His holiness in us?

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