Ginrich's Devotional Blog

October 3, 2011

Hypocrite

 

Mt 7:5 You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.

 

The Greek word for actor is hypocrite.  That is really what a hypocrite does – act.  They say one thing and mean another.  There is a least a little hypocrite in each one of us.  We may appear open and honest on the outside – to others but it is hard to be open and honest with ourselves.  It is hard for our “psyche” to admit our shortcomings.  We prefer to lie to ourselves.  I have found I can be honest with myself when in prayer with God.  I first bathe myself in His love then ask the Holy Spirit to show me my faults.  I’ve always been good at putting myself down as no good and worthless.  The Holy Spirit doesn’t do that.  There is an atmosphere of love and acceptance as the Holy Spirit guide me into areas in me that need God’s cleansing, forgiveness, healing and replacing with His fruit.  With truthfulness about self comes freedom to abandon to God.  God wants to peel away our hypocritical masks one layer at a time – just like an onion.  His goal is to make us translucent so His light can shine through us to others. The question is are we ready to give up the comfort of our old nature for the freedom of the redeemed and forgiven nature God desires?

August 31, 2011

What We Eat

Jn 6:35 Then Jesus declared, “I am  the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty

Mt 26:26 While they were eating, Jesus took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take and eat; this is my body

There is a saying, “We are what we eat.”  That may apply to our physical bodies to a great extinct.  It also applies to who we are inside – the inner man.  Jesus is the bread of life and we are to eat and digest His word.  We do this by Bible study, individual and in groups.  We also do this through communion – the elements of the Last Supper.  This can seem just like another ritual when we don’t prepare for it.  Before we partake of it we are told to make sure our hearts are right.  We must make sure we haven’t done wrong to anyone and make sure we have forgiven anyone who has done wrong to us.  If it is not a spiritual experience, if it doesn’t make us more aware of God’s love and how much our salvation cost Him, we are taking it amiss.  Let us always prepare in prayer with God before eating His written word or partaking of the elements of the Last Supper.

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