Ginrich's Devotional Blog

September 25, 2013

Identity

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Matthew 16:16-17 Simon Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar- Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven.

People are not recognizes for who they say they are. We can claim to be anyone. People gain their identity by what they do and how they act. The recognition of Who Jesus is doesn’t come from other people. Other people”s words and actions can only cause others to look from the reflection of Jesus they see in people to looking at Jesus for themselves. This is only possible through the revelation that comes from God. We are to reflect Jesus so others will see and look to Him for their own salvation. When they look for themselves God will quicken in them through His Holy Spirit until they bow before Him with the conviction of Who He is. Our question is are we keeping His reflection in us clear nought for others to want to see for themselves?

February 10, 2013

Pleasing

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2 Corinthians 5:9.  So then whether we are alive or away, we make it our ambition to please him. 

Oftentimes we co fuse ourselves on our purpose for living.  We make up a variety of reasons we think our purpose in this life is, sometimes multiple purposes.  We confuse our purpose along with our identity and our belonging.  Our purpose and our ambition should be one and the same.  We are here by God’s own choosing therefore our purpose is to please God.  We please God through praise, thanksgiving, worship and obedience which are only possible for us through the power of His Holy Spirit.  God is Spirit and we must worship Him in Spirit.  Giving “lip service” does not work.  Our question is do we want to be pleasing to God or are we more concerned about be pleasing to ourselves or another person?  Who will you be pleasing to this day?

February 9, 2013

Belonging

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Psalms 100:3. Acknowledge that the Lord is God!  He made us and we belong to him; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.

Everyone wants to belong to someone or some thing.  It might be a group, an idea, a passion, another person or just n assurance that we are our own.  But God made us to belong to Him.  Until we accept this we will constantly be seeking to fill the void God created in us that can only be filled by God.   In 
John 8:47 we read,”The one who belongs to God listens and responds to Gods words. You don’t listen and respond, because you don’t belong to God.”   We all belong to God but it is not complete until we accept Jesus, the Word of God and His Son made flesh, into our hearts, minds and lives.  It is only through Jesus that our belonging is complete and fulfilled.  When we accept Jesus we are given His Holy Spirit Who will equip us with all we need to hear God and respond.  Our question is do we choose to acknowledge we belong to God or choose to struggle for an incomplete identity.  So often w identify ourselves with what we belong to or what we do.  Let’s say, “I’m (our name) and I belong to God.”   It is God Who made us and all that is. 

January 31, 2013

Belonging

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John 17:16. They do not belong to the world just as I do not belong to the world. 

Everyone needs and wants to belong to something.  We want something or some group to confirm our identity.  When we introduce ourselves to others or are introduced by others our names are usually immediately followed by our professions or some other identifying title.  In the 17th chapter of John we are  privileged to read a prayer of Jesus.  He knows we need a feeling of belonging and prays we can find that feeling not with a sinful world but with God.  One way we can help our need of belonging is through a local church where God is worshiped and Jesus is acknowledged as His only Son and the way to God.  When we try to stand alone our need for belonging becomes     open  to all types of competition.     What others see us as belonging to confirms to them who we are.  Our question is do our associations with groups confirm our identity in Christ?

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