Ginrich's Devotional Blog

January 29, 2014


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Galatians 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, self control.There is a difference between thee fruits of the Spirit and the gifts of the Spirit.  The gifts are exactly that – gifts. They cannot be bought, earned or deserved. They are given us solely by the grace and choice of God. When we come into God’s family through His Son, Jesus Christ, we are implanted with the seeds of the fruit of His Holy Spirit. The seeds of these fruits must be fertilized, watered, pruned, grafted and used. They are grafted to the main vine, Jesus. They are fertilized through the written Word of God, the Holy Bible. They are watered by the Holy Spirit through prayer and worship. As we learn to flow in the fruits they grow and ripen. From time to time they need pruning. As we walk through the pruning trials we confess our sins and God cleans the weeds implanted through our sins. Let us be sure to take care of the fruits of God’s Spirit planted within us.

May 28, 2013

Grow Fruit

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Galatians 5:22-23. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self- control. Against such things there is no law.

Most fruit trees bear only one kind of fruit. The fruit tree of the Holy Spirit bears 9 different fruits. When we accept Jesus and receive His Holy Spirit we become a tree with little buds of the 9 different fruits. Our goal is for all of the fruits to grow. For fruits to grow they need sun, water and fertilizer. Our tree also needs the Son (Jesus), water (the Holy Spirit) and fertilizer (God’s written Word, the Holy Bible). Our question is are we letting our tree in the Son or are we shading it in sin? Are we allowing it to be watered or do we say the Holy Spirit was for a different time? Are we fertilizing it daily with style and meditation on the written word or are we too busy with temporal, earthly things? God has planted the fruit seeds and given us the tools to bring all 9 fruits into full ripeness. The choice is ours.

February 25, 2013

Knowledge Bearing Fruit

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Colossians 1:10. so that you may live worthily of the Lord and please him in all respects – bearing fruit in every good deed, growing in the knowledge of God,

Pleasing God in all aspects of our lives.  What a high goal that is.  That means in our thoughts as well as our actions or inactions.  Where do we get the knowledge of what pleases God?  We get it through the Holy Spirit in prayer and meditation on the scriptures.  As we gain knowledge and insight the fruits will grow and bear more fruit and as they grow and bear more fruit our knowledge will grow.  Growing in knowledge takes action on our part.  Our question is will we choose to take the time and effort required?    Knowledge cannot grow by osmosis.  A fruit tree will die if left unattended.  Fruit must be picked to continue to bear more fruit.  Let us choose to ripen our fruit through prayer and meditation on God’s Word and actively use that fruit through our actions so the Holy Spirit can grow more fruit within us.

July 14, 2012

Leaving Fruit

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Ps 92:12 –14 The righteous will flourish like a palm tree, they will grow like a cedar of Lebanon; planted in the house of the LORD, they will flourish in the courts of our God. They will still bear fruit in old age, they will stay fresh and green, (The Holy Bible, New International Version)

This has been a long and hard week in our church. We lost 2 members within 24 hours. These members graduated to their reward in heaven. Both were in what is considered to be “old age.” We will surely miss them but as we look around we see the fruit they bore as they walked this earth. Both were very loved and beautiful men of God. Both had a very strong witness for God and His love and faithfulness. One of them, in his 90’s said as long as he could get out of bed to go to the bathroom he would be at church to praise his God on Sunday morning and to encourage his brothers and sisters in the Lord. His example had a great impact on those who find excuses not to gather with others on Sunday morning. It is always easy to find an excuse: it’s raining, it’s too hot, I’m too tired, I don’t have time and on and on. For our dear brother there was never a reason for an excuse. God said to set apart a day to rest. This is not to “rest” in bed, at the lake or any other “restful” activity but to rest in prayer and praises to Him. Gathering with other believers is like taking a vitamin pill. The praise, prayers and encouragement of others along with ours lifts us up and energizes us for a new week of walking and serving in the power and love of our God through Christ Jesus His Son and through His Holy Spirit. We are happy for our brothers who are rejoicing with God and when we feel sad because of missing them we can look around and see the fruits they left continue to grow. Our question is are we allowing God’s Holy Spirit to grow fruits through us that will grow when we join Him in heaven?

March 17, 2012

Bear Fruit

Luke 13:5 I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish (The Holy Bible, New International Version)

Jesus was very emphatic about repentance. He went on to talk about the fig tree that bore no fruit. Unless it bears fruit it is useless and uprooted to perish. We are also to bear fruit. Unless we first repent we cannot bear fruit. Repentance is a daily (and often multiple daily) necessity. I know there are many times during a day I say or do the wrong thing or omit saying or doing the wrong thing. This needs my acknowledgement and repentance each and every time. After repenting we make room for God’s Holy Spirit to grow fruit within us.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. (Galatians 5:22-23). As we allow this fruit to grow in us we are to help others to desire to grow this fruit. We have several questions we must each answer: are we repenting (admitting our disobedience and asking forgiveness), are we willing to allow God to grow His fruit in us and are we working with Him to bring others to the desire to allow Him to grow fruit in them? Let us choose not to be like a barren fig tree. Let us choose to bloom and bear fruit.

December 15, 2011

Advent 15

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Isaiah 11:1 A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a Branch will bear fruit.

Isaiah was written hundreds of years before Jesus was born in Bethlehem.  Isaiah knew Jesus would be coming.  Jesus indirectly referred to this verse when He said He is the vine and we are the branches.  Jesus bore fruit.  We cannot bear fruit unless we abide in Jesus – the vine.  Our question today is are we abiding in Jesus?  We can tell by looking for the fruits.  The fruits of the Holy Spirit are listed in the 5th chapter of Galatians.  Lets take time today to refresh our minds on these fruits and ask God to bring growth to them in us.  In order to prepare the way for His Kingdom to come on earth we must be bearing fruits.

October 17, 2011

Be Fruitful

Ge 1:28 God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground. ”

After God created mankind He told the to:

1        Be fruitful

2        Multiply

3        Replenish the earth.

4        Subdue the earth.

5        Have dominion over every living thing on earth.

His first command was to be fruitful.  Mankind is to be fruitful in each area of our God-image nature.  We are to be fruitful physically, spiritually and mentally as we multiply, replenishing the earth and subdue the earth through our dominion over it all.  Fruitful physically entails taking care of our physical body so it can be a healthful and energetic house for God’s Holy Spirit.  Being fruitful spiritually means to keep our spirits united with God’s Holy Spirit and continually grow in the fruits of His Spirit.  Being fruitful mentally entails a continued renewal of our minds thorough Bible study, prayer and meditation.  Our question is are we being fruitful in each one of these areas?  We need to take time and ask God where our fruitfulness is lacking and discipline ourselves to His direction to grow fruits in these areas.  How is your fruit doing?

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