Ginrich's Devotional Blog

December 16, 2012

Humbled

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Philippians 2:8 He humbled himself, by becoming obedient to the point of death – even death on a cross! 

As we continue to prepare to celebrate the birth of Jesus on this earth and prepare for His return, we must consider humility.  People, by nature, are prideful.  We like to think we are the ones in the right.  We like to think we deserve the best of all things. Jesus was with His Father in heaven.  He is Father God’s only Son..  He has every reason to be proud and to expect the  best of all things.  Yet He was willing to humble Himself, leave the side of His Father, God, and be born into a family considered to be low-class and in a smelly and dirty stable surrounded by animals.  Not only was His birth on this earth humble, He lived humbly with no place to call His own and was put to death between two common thieves.  All this in obedience to His Father and out of love for us prideful, sinful people.  What do we have to be so proud of?  Our question is are we willing to humble ourselves before God confessing our pride and sinfulness?  Are we willing to humble ourselves before fellow people by loving and serving them through the love of God?  We each must answer those questions.     

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August 12, 2012

Eye Sight

Filed under: Bible,Christ,devotion,God's Word,Jesus — by ginrich @ 12:03 am
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Luke 6:41-42 Why do you see the speck in your brotherʼs eye, but fail to see the beam of wood in your own? How can you say to your brother, ʻBrother, let me remove the speck from your eye,ʼ while you yourself donʼt see the beam in your own? You hypocrite! First remove the beam from your own eye, and then you can see clearly to remove the speck from your brotherʼs eye.

We dwell on the fact that the beam needs to be removed from our own eye.  We are also told we are to help others remove the specks in their eye but only after we remove the beam in ours.  Why aren’t many of us there?  I don’t know about you but I keep getting beams in my eye and seldom and at the point where I can help another remove specs from their eyes. One of my beams could and probably is my unloving judgement of the specks in otners. We are often quick to think that the sins of others are so much worse thn ours. Trying to help others when our own vision is poor leads to resentments and hurts.  We cannot help until God has dealt with us and cleaned that particular problem or sin from us.  Then we are able to help another with a like problem.  This is one of the many reasons God allows us to walk through various trials.  As we walk out successfully through His Holy Spirit we are better able to relate to others in the same trials and better able to help when they know we’ve been there.  Our question is are we willing to be honest about the beams in our own eyes and allow God, through His Holy Spirit or through someone else who His Holy Spirit wants to minister to us help us?  It is not a “I can do it myself” attitude that makes us right with God and with others.  It is only a humble spirit that can stand before God.

August 3, 2012

The Dove

Filed under: Bible,Christ,devotion,God's Word,Jesus — by ginrich @ 1:00 am
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Luke 3:22 and the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven, “You are my one dear Son; b in you I take great delight.” 

The dove is an international symbol of peace.  Jesus said He came to give us peace, but not the peace of the world   He came to give us God’s peace.  We cannot experience this peace, the dove cannot come on us, if we are not a lamb.  To receive the Holy Spirit we must humble ourselves before God.  We must admit we are sinners and through His Son, Jesus, ask for forgiveness and accept the cleansing of the blood of the Lamb of God, Jesus.  Jesus humbled Himself by taking on the form of a man and substituting Himself on the cross for our sins  He didn not have to do this but chose to out of love for the Father and love and cmpassion for us.  The question is are we willing to give up our false sence of independance and our pride and walk humbly with our God? 

August 2, 2012

Lamb of God

Filed under: Bible,Christ,devotion,God's Word,Jesus — by ginrich @ 1:00 am
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John 1:29 On the next day John a saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God b who takes away the sin of the world!

Jesus is presented as the “Lamb of God.”  One reason is lambs were used as sacrifices for sin offerings to God.  Another is what the lamb represents.  A lamb is a meek, humble animal.  It is very submissive. It goes where it’s master tells it to go.  It listens for it’s master’s voice, recognizeing it from all other voices.  Jesus not only gave Himself over the the cross as a sis offering for all mankind, He knew and listened for His Fathere’s voice.  He did all His Father asked Him to do and sought no credit or glory on His own.  All glory and thanksgiving and praise went to the Father.  If we are to be like Jesus we mustt be like a lamb.  Our question is are we willing to be humble as a lamb?  Are we willing to learn to recognized the voice of our “Master” over and above all other voices, listen to Him and obey Him?  Once again we have a choice.  God loves us so much He wants our love and obedience to be voluntary on our part.  He wants us to give ourselves to Him like Jesus did.  Are we willing?  His Holy Spirit will make us able. 

July 28, 2012

Stiff Neck

Filed under: Bible,Christ,devotion,God's Word,Jesus — by ginrich @ 1:00 am
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James 4:10  Humble yourselves before the Lord and he will exalt you.

Dose your neck hurt?  It should.  We are all a very stiff-necked people.  We became that way in the Garden do Eden.  It is hard for us to bow our heads before anybody, including God.  We constantly fright the temptation and carnal desire to put ourselves first. Mew bow our head before God when we first realize we are sinners and Jesus, God’s Son, took our sins on Himself but it is a continual struggle to keep them bowed.  We think we have a right to be mad, resentful, unforgiving and self-indulging when others hurt us.  We fail to continually remember without God in us we are nothing and have no rights.  It takes continual confessing and continual refilling of God’s Holy Spirit to keep our heads bowed befor Almighty God and fellow man.  Our question is are we willing to continually humble ourselves before God and man and recognize we have no rights to anything except through the grace and love from God? Let’s give our stiff necks a rest.

March 19, 2012

Exaltation

Filed under: Bible,Christ,devotion,God's Word,Jesus,Lent — by ginrich @ 1:11 am
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Luke 14:11 For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be (The Holy Bible, New International Version)

We’re probably all familiar with the adage “pride goeth before a fall. Pride produces over confidence. Over confidence can quite often lead to careless mistakes. We really have nothing to be prideful about. There is nothing good we can do without the gifts, grace and mercy of our God. We can’t even take our next breath unless He wills it. I know very well I can’t write these devotions on my own. It is only through prayer, meditation and listening to the still and calm voice of God through His Holy Spirit that any words concerning scripture or God can come through me. We like to take credit because we want to feel good about ourselves. The only goodness in us is through the gift and mercy of God. When we think we have done a good job at something let us learn to thank God for doing it through us. It is He Who gives us talent, wisdom and physical ability. It is God Who alone is worthy of exhalation. During the rest of this Lenten season let us be sure to exalt Him. When someone praises us let us be sure to pass that praise on to God.

February 21, 2012

Unity

Filed under: Bible,Christ,devotion,God's Word,Jesus — by ginrich @ 1:56 am
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Ephesians 4:1-3 As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. (The Holy Bible, New International Version)

So many of our problems are related to these 3 verses. As sinful humans we find it quite a challenge to be completely humble, gentle, patient and loving. We seem always to want to put our own thoughts, feelings and desires first. We seem to think we are in the right and anyone who has other ideas is wrong. Marriages break up over this. Churches divide over this. Voters riot over this. We often think we’re only one and might as well not bother with these scriptures because one person can’t make the difference. We are so wrong. When we are one with God we have all the power of God. Paul might have written the verses but they came from God. It is God’s instruction that we live our lives this way. He wouldn’t command us to do what we can’t do. It is through His Holy Spirit that He enables us to follow through on this command. Our question is do we want Him to enable us to live this way or do we prefer to continually put ourselves first. This takes us back to Matthew 6:33. May I suggest you look it up and memorize it if you haven’t already? Let us realize God is God and we are accountable to Him.

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