Ginrich's Devotional Blog

March 7, 2013

Benefits of Wisdom

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Proverbs 2:1-10.  My child, if you receive my words, and store up my commands within you, by making your ear attentive to wisdom, and by turning your heart to understanding, indeed, if you call out for discernment – raise your voice for understanding – if you seek it like silver, and search for it like hidden treasure, then you will understand how to fear the Lord, and you will discover knowledge about God. For the Lord gives wisdom, and from his mouth comes knowledge and understanding.  He stores up effective counsel for the upright, and is like a shield for those who live with integrity, to guard the paths of the righteous and to protect the way of his pious ones. Then you will understand righteousness and justice and equity – every good way.  For wisdom will enter your heart, and moral knowledge will be attractive to you.

First, receive God’s words.
Second, know His commands so well they are always with us.
Third, keep our ears attentive to God.
Fourth ask for understanding.
Fifth, know Who God is compared to who we are (be humble).

Then the promises come to us.

July 23, 2012

One

Filed under: Bible,Christ,devotion,God's Word,Jesus — by ginrich @ 1:01 am
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John 17:20-21 “My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. (The Holy Bible, New International Version)

Love is the embodiment of two souls into one. Jesus and God are One. Jesus prayed that we would be one in Him and in each other. Our concept of love is self-gratification and self-fulfillment. In our conception of love there is always a “what’s in it for me” attitude. As sinful beings we are incapable of loving purely. When we accept Jesus into our hearts, minds and lives He dwells in us in the form of His Holy Spirit. As we allow His Holy Spirit to become one with us and us one with Him we gradually learn to love: love for God, love for ourselves and love for our fellow man. The question is are we willing to learn to give way to God’s perfect love or choose our own self-seeking, self- gratifying love? As with all things the choice is ours. On our own efforts this desire to be and love as one is impossible. Sin of self will always stand in our way. With our choice of giving God’s Holy Spirit the power to rule in us we will gradually give way to God’s calling of Oneness in Love.

April 20, 2012

Light

Filed under: Bible,Christ,devotion,God's Word,Jesus — by ginrich @ 1:15 am
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John 3:20-21 Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what he has done has been done through God.” (The Holy Bible, New International Version)

Jesus spoke often about light and salt. He tells us we who believe and follow Him are the light of the world and we are to shine. In actuality it Is God’s Light that fills us believers and we are to allow it to shine through us. Light shines to the outside. It benefits no one if it only shines within itself. Light makes it possible for us to see dirt. It makes it possible to see options and also stumbling blocks. People tend to prefer darkness. We don’t want to see the dirt in our lives and hearts. How do we turn on the Light to see the darkness within ourselves? We get into God’s Word. God’s Word if Life and Light. When we get into His Word we realize how dirty we are. When we allow His Light to sine on our dirt we are then able to confess it, turn away from it and walk in obedience and fellowship with God. Our question is are we willing to let our light shine on our thoughts, words and actions as well as allow others to see what God’s light shines on in our lives and there’s?

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