Ginrich's Devotional Blog

September 30, 2013

Beyond Understanding

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2 Timothy 2:10. Therefore I endure all things for the elect’s sake, that they also may obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory.

Salvation exceeds our understanding. It cannot be earned. It cannot be bought. We can’t even understand what we have been saved from. We can’t really know what we might be saved from since we are saved from experiencing it. We can only know what we have in the present. To fully experience the salvation of God in the present we must be sure we have confessed the past, received God’s forgiveness, forgiven ourselves and others and out the past behind. We must also leave the future in God’s hands. What better hands could our future ever be in? Let us live in the salvation of this day and flow free in the joy of God’s gift of salvation.

April 10, 2013

Door of Doubt

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John 20:26. Eight days later the disciples were again together in the house, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were locked,  Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!”

We do not know what Jesus did between the 1st day and this 8th day.  Apparently we don’t need to know which might be hard for some of us to take.  What counts here is Jesus continuing to reassure them.  Thomas’s signaled out.  He wasn’t with the other 10 on that first day when Jesus first appeared. Even though he knew the others well he refused to believe their accounts of seeing Jesus.  Maybe his distrust came because of the way Judas betrayed Jesus.  None of them ever expected such betrayal would come through one of their own.  Jesus is patient with Thomas and shows Him proof.  We all have moments of doubts like Thomas.  They usually arise from hurts in the past.  It is important we give all our hurts and disappointments to God for healing, forgiveness of others and forgiveness of self.  When we fail to do this we open the doors of doubt.  Our question is how open is our door?  Let us be sure to open all things within us to the healing and forgiving touch of God so the door of doubt remains closed.

April 9, 2013

The Gift

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John 20:22. And after he said this, he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit.

We don’t know if this is a second appearance on that first night or a continuation of the appearance written in Matthew.  Through the Holy Spirit each gospel writer wrote what most impressed them.  Here Jesus breathed on them and told them to receive the Holy Spirit.  This is the same as when we first welcome Jesus into our lives.  The disciples didn’t realize what was given them.  This will happen in Acts after Jesus ascends to heaven.  The event in Acts is very intense and dramatic.  When we first realize the Holy Spirit is in us and wants to flow through us it might be intense or it might be slow and quiet.  Each of us becomes aware in differing amounts of time.  The Holy Spirit is like a pretty gift.  Some like the wrapping so much they only admire it.  Some open it carefully but are hesitant to use it.  Some open it and are in and out of using it.  Some open it with open arms and quickly learn to use it.  Our question is where are we in opening up the gift of the Holy Spirit and using it?

January 28, 2013

The First Step

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Matthew 14:28.  Peter said to him, “Lord, if it is you, order me to come to you on the water.”

When we read about this event with Peter and Jesus (please read the entire event in your Bible), we tend to latch on to when Peter took his eyes off Jesus.  When he did that he began to sink.  He looked at the circumstances instead of keeping his eyes on Jesus.  But the event does not start with Peter sinking below his circumstances.  The event starts with Peter responding to Jesus’ indentation to come and Peter taking the first step of courage out of the boat.  Peter wanted to be with Jesus enough to be willing to step into unknown territory.  Our question is are we willing to step out into the unknown with Jesus or do we choose to remain in our familiar zones?  It may not be a physical change of location.  Maybe Jesus is calling us to learn to use a new gift from His Holy Spirit.  Maybe He is calling us into a different ministry.  We become so comfortable in our habits it becomes hard to step out and do something out of our norm.  Let us pray with Peter, “Lord, if it’s You, bid me to come.”  Then let us be sure to lift our leg over the boat, our comfort zone, and step into the new keeping our eyes on Jesus and our ears on His instructions.  He is calling but we must take that first step.

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?

May 12, 2012

Deep Within

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Psalms 51:6 Surely you desire truth in the inner parts; you teach me wisdom in the inmost place. (The Holy Bible, New International Version)

This is part of a prayer from the psalmist to God. In it the psalmist recognizes his sinfulness and God’s power and compassion to forgive. He recognizes God is truth and wisdom and the only way to hear truth and get wisdom is to listen deep within ourselves. When we receive God’s Son, Jesus, as our Redeemer, Lord and Savior we also receive the gift of God’s Holy Spirit. It is this Spirit Who convicts us of our sin, reveals God’s truth and give us God’s wisdom. Our question is are we willing to be quiet and listen? Being quiet is something which needs to be practiced. It is difficult to shut out all the interfering thoughts without blanking our minds so much we can’t even hear God. Let us learn to take time each day to tune out the world and tune in God through His Holy Spirit.

January 19, 2012

Vision

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Ephesians 1:18 I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, (The Holy Bible, New International Version)

Paul’s prayer is that the eyes of our hearts are enlightened. He states his reason for wanting that is for us to know the hope (the close relationship with God) that God has called us. God has called us to avail ourselves of the riches of inheritances we have through His Son, Jesus. How do we do this? First we must be believers and followers of Jesus Christ, God’s only Son. When we accept Jesus into our lives we receive His gift of His Holy Spirit. We need to be open to learn to use this gift. We learn to use this gift by studying and immersing ourselves in the written Word of God, the Holy Bible. As we learn more about God and learn to apply His principles to our lives our vision improves. As our vision improves we will see more and more of the glorious inheritance available to us through the grace of God. Our question is where are our eyes looking? Do we focus on God and His principles or do we focus on the world and culture around us? The choice is ours.

October 7, 2011

Have Compassion

When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on themand healed their sick.

The word “compassion” is in the Bible 73 times.  The definition of compassion is the humane quality of understanding the suffering of others and wanting to do something about it.  It is a deep awareness of and sympathy for another’s suffering.  Jesus was very aware of the suffering of mankind and He not only wanted to do something about it.  He did something about it.  He made the lame walk, the blind to see, the leper clean the sick healed and even brought the dead back to life.  He never once asked them why they came to Him.  He never considered their motive or the cause of their problem.  He just had compassion and healed them.  We are so quick to criticize the sick or downtrodden.  We are so slow to show compassion.  It rises from our self-centered nature.  We always want to think of ourselves as better and this sinful trait blocks compassion.  The question is how do we develop compassion for others without judgment or criticism?  It is only possible as we allow God’s gift of His Holy Spirit to flow through us and to bring growth to the fruits of His Spirit.  We have to be willing to give our presumed rights to God.  We have to allow Him to work within us His pleasure.  His pleasure in us is for us to become one with Him.  Let us ask Him to increase our compassion for others.

September 20, 2011

Seed of Faith

Gal. 2:20 “I live, yet not I but Christ lives in me. For the life I live now in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me”

To have faith we must be in Christ because He is the Author and Finisher of faith.  Religions of the world do not have faith, only belief.  Believing something does not necessarily make it real or true.  Faith is Christ.  It lives in Christ.  When we except Christ Jesus as our Lord and Savior He gives us the gift of faith.  Faith follows belief and acceptance.  Christianity is not a religion.  Religion is man’s attempt to reach up to some higher power.  Christianity is God reaching down to man through His Son, Jesus Christ.  Through His gift of faith it becomes a way of life, not an off and on religion.  Paul understood this when he wrote, “nevertheless it is not I who live but Christ lives in me.”  Through faith Christ lives in us in the form of His Holy Spirit.  It is His gift of faith that unites us with God.  Without faith we are lost from God.  We cannot work for it nor earn it nor do we deserve it.  It is only through the grace of God and His love for us.  Let us let Christ live in us through the faith He gives us.  Faith is described as a little mustard seed.  Seeds can grow as they are nourished.  Let us feed on God’s Word and nourish the seed of faith He has given us.

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