Ginrich's Devotional Blog

September 8, 2012

Who’s In Control

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Genesis 45:8 So now, it is not you who sent me here, but God. He has made me an adviser a to Pharaoh, lord over all his household, and ruler over all the land of Egypt.

Joseph was sold into slavery by his brothers.  He had every reason to be mad, hate and resentful of what they did to him.  Yet he knew it was God Who directed his life.  He knew God had a purpose for each and everything that came his way.  It is the same with us but so often we blame others for the difficult parts of our walk.  We can’t see God at work when our hearts are full of anger, hurt and resentment.  Instead of pointing our finger at others we must ask ourselves who is in control of our life?  I hope you will go back and read the entire account of Joseph.  As a boy he was very proud and smug.  As God dealt with him through hard circumstances Joseph became a man of great faith and devotion to God.  Let’s let our trials produce God’s fruit in us.

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?

September 9, 2011

Dark Cornners

Gen. 3:9 But the LORD God called to the man, “Where are you?”

 

Adam and Eve had disobeyed God.  They were ashamed and tried to hide from God.  We do the same thing.  We try to hide from God.  Not only do we try to hide from God, we try to hide from ourselves.  IT is hard to admit when we have done wrong.  Realizing we are wrong makes us insecure.  Sometimes it even makes us feel useless.  We don’t like looking at what we consider to be our week points or our poor assets.  We may be fairly successful in hiding these things from ourselves but no matter how hard we try, we cannot hide them from God.  He knows us even better than we know ourselves.  Instead of trying to hide our faults and sins we need to confess them to ourselves and to God.  We need to put them under His Light so we can really see what they are and what we must do about them.  I had a choral instructor who said, “If you’re going to make a mistake, make it loud enough so you can hear it is a mistake.  Then you can correct it.”  When we have areas in our lives that don’t match up with God’s Word, we must expose those areas to His Light so we can really see them.  Then, as we confess them to God, He will allow His Holy Spirit to give us wisdom and power in correcting those areas.  A dark corner can accumulate a lot of filth and not be noticed until light is shined on it.  The longer filth is allowed to accumulate, the harder to clean.  Let us ask God to shine His light in our dark corners every day that we can remain holy and set apart for intimate fellowship with our Father, God.

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