Ginrich's Devotional Blog

June 28, 2013

Above All Else

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Colossians 3:1. Therefore, if you have been raised with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.

Keep seeking the things above. What things are above? God the Father and God the Son, Jesus, are seated above. We are to seek them and all they are: love, joy peace, faithfulness, goodness, etc. Our question is what do we really seek. Our prayers sound like we seek the hand of God rather than seeking Him. We pray,God do this, fix this, I need this. We seek what God can do for us instead of seeking Him. God says in Matthew 6:33 to seek His Kingdom first and all things will be given to us. There is nothing wrong with asking God for our needs but let’s keep our priorities straight. Let us seek God before all else. Let us seek to express our love and devotion for Who He is over what we can get from Him. God is worthy to be praised and worshiped above all else.

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February 11, 2013

Hard Times

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1 Thessalonians 5:18.  in everything give thanks. For this is Gods will for you in Christ Jesus.

This has been a very long week – physically challenging and painful.  How do we get through times like this?  We give thanks for all we do have.  We give thanks for God always knowing what is going on in and around us.  We give thanks for the gifts of forgiveness, eternal life with Him and the comfort and guidance of His Holy Spirit.  No matter what we might have to face there is always plenty to give thanks for.  When we have thankful hearts things don’t seem so bad and we can face them in joy and praises to God.  The question is what do we choose, thankfulness or complaints?

January 24, 2013

Joy

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Romans 15:13. Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you believe in him, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

It was difficult to settle on just one verse about joy.  The Bible is full of verses on joy. So many of us think my is a monetary emotin.  We think’s it through outside stimulation like food, drink, money, entertainment and any form of self-gratification.  These things can bring a brief experience of emotional elation but as they fade away so does our elation.  The joy the Bible talks about is the joy given us by God through the fruits of His Holy Spirit.  This joy is more than an emotion.  It is part of God’s character and when we receive God’s Son, Jesus, into our being we receive His joy.  Our question is do we recognize and receive His joy?  So often we give our mouths and thoughts over to complaints.  We take the attitude of “woe is me, life is so hard.”  How do we plug into God’s joy? It is through the power of His Holy Spirit.  If we have received Jesus into our being, we have His Holy Spirit and the seeds os all the fruits: (Galatians 5:22). But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,   We can choose to allow God to bring growth to these seeds of fruits or we can choose to keep our minds set on our sinful selfish desires.  It’s our choice.  We can choose to walk in His joy which is eternal or walk with sinful and fleeting imitation of joy.  Hs joy is great and eternal.  Let our mouths, thoughts and actions reflect His joy.

December 18, 2012

Gifts Not Bought

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2 Corinthians 8:12  For if the eagerness is present, the gift itself is acceptable according to whatever one has, not according to what he does not have.

The world of commercialism would have us believe we are to spend lots of money on gifts for others. They encourage us to use credit cards and go into debt.   Their concern is making a profit.  Scripture tells us to give from what we have, not from what we don’t have.  There is nothing wrong with buying things for others as long as we can afford it and as long as it comes from the love of God in us.  Our question is what if we can’t afford to give when we want to express love to another?  My favorite gifts from my children when they were little were decorated notes I could redeem at any time for certain chores they were able to do.  A gift of time and service is often times much more valuable than a gift purchased from some store.  We have several neighbors we exchanged home-baked goods with at Christmas.  It got where it was more of an obligation than a joy.  Now we all go out for a lunch together during the season and enjoy relaxing and sharing with one another.  When we think about what gifts to give we should  be open to the gifts of time and service as well as those which may be bought.   

October 24, 2012

Honored With Fruits

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John 15:8 My Father is honored by this, that you bear much fruit and show that you are my disciples.

God is honored when we bear much fruit.  In our bearing of fruit we demonstrate to the world the love and power of God.  Our question is what is the fruit God wants us to bear and how do we do it.  We read in Galatians 5:22  But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,  These are the fruits we are to bear.  We cannot grow these fruits on our own.  It takes God’s Holy Spirit within us to plant the seeds of these fruits.  Then it takes the trials and experiences God sends our way to grow the fruits.  I’ve had fruit in a bowl that just sat there.  I could admire it but if I didn’t use it, eat it, it would rot.  As our fruit God grows within us we must be sure to use that fruit in service to God.  This service is in sharing all our fruit with all those God sends our way.  It is through the sharing of these fruits that God is honored and more of His created people can become adopted into His family through His Son, Jesus.  Our question is what are we doing with our fruits?  Are we content to just admire what God is growing in us?  Are we content with just one or two fruits and ignore any others?  Let us honor God in receiving, growing and using all fruits the Holy Spirit brings us.  God wants us to have all the fruits, grow them and use them for His glory.

October 11, 2012

Refuge

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Nahum 1:7  The Lord is good indeed, he is a fortress in time of distress, and he protects those who seek refuge in him.

When we are feeling overwhelmed there is a place and a person where we can go.  We may be overwhelmed by many things.  They may be of our own doing or they may be from our concern of another.  When we find ourselves in these situations we need to seek the Lord.  He is our fortress – a place with protection and safety.  But He says we must seek our refuge in Him for His protection.  We tend to seek help from so many worldly sources before we come to our One, true Source.  Some seek drugs or alcohol to divert their minds and emotions from overwhelming stress.  Some seek working as a distraction.  Whatever the source of our stress there is but one place to go for real reflief.  When we are bathed in the love and peace of God stress flees regardless of the trials being faced.  Our question is do we really want to be free from the stress of worries?  Do we really want to quit feeling sorry for ourselves?  As amazing as it seems there are people who want to worry, want to feel stress and/or want to make reasons to complain or make others feel sorry for them.  God says in everything we should be thankful.  We cannot do this unless we truly seek the Lord.  When we feel anything but thankful it is time to put aside our self-centered emotions and seek our Lord through His Holy Spirit and thank Him for His salvation, love, peace, joy and all the other fruits He has given us.  What we face here on earth is only for an instant compared to the eternal love we will bask in.  We can start basking in that love today.

October 6, 2012

Put On Jesus

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Romans 13:14  Instead, put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh to arouse its desires.     

That sound impossible.  How in the world do we ever put a person on ourselves?  I can see two ways.  The first is to imitate what that person does.  We are to put on Jesus by imitating what He did while walking this earth.  The only way we can do that is by studying the Bible and becoming very familiar with what He did.  But just imitating what He did dosen’t necessarily make us a believer and a child of God.  We must put Him on more than just by imitation.  We must also put Him on by receiving and allowing His Holy Spirit to robe us with His fruits: (Galatians 5:22) But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,   It is only through these fruits that we can really put on Jesus.  We are fleshly beings and our fleshly desires are quite often at war with our spirits.  It takes time and effort to give way to the Spirit and put down the fleshly desires.  It is a daily, or even multiple daily, occurrence.  We must learn to constantly be putting on Jesus through His Holy Spirit.  

September 30, 2012

Shouts of Joy

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Zephaniah 3:17  The Lord your God is in your midst; he is a warrior who can deliver.  He takes great delight in you;  he renews you by his love; he shouts for joy over you.” 

Read the verse again.  It tells us about how God feels about us.  First it says God is in our midst.  That means there is no place we can be or anything we can face that He is not in the center for us.  It says He is a warrior who can deliver.  He does and always will deliver all of His promises including protection from evil.  He takes great delight in us.  That overwhelms me.  It’s hard to believe anyone can take great delight in me, especially God Who knows me even better than I know myself.  He renews me by His love.  I am renewed every time I allow God’s love within me.  It ends saying He shouts for joy over us.  Have you ever experience anyone shouting for joy over you?  If you have, it doesn’t even start to compare with the joy God has for us.  Our question is are we willing to receive this kind of attention from God?  We have it whether we receive it or not.  Our blocking is refusing to have Jesus in us and His Holy Spirit.  It is the power of the Holy Spirit that awakens our sensitivity to God and His love. Stop.  Be quiet.  Listen.  Feel.  God is shouting for joy over each one of us.

August 18, 2012

Really, Lord?

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 James 1:2 My brothers and sisters, consider it nothing but joy when you fall into all sorts of trials,  

You want me to walk through what, Lord?  Do I really need to go there?  What did I do to deserve this?  These are among many of the questions we ask when we find we must face a trial.  It doesn’t matter if the trial is physical illness, grief from separation, financial loss or anything else.  We don’t want to experience these trials.  We want life to go on pretty much like a Fantasy Land experience.  When life stays status quo, when there are no challenges, we don’t learn and grow.  Faith is not grown unless we need to use it.  Our spiritual life is a cycle of trials for the opportunity for growth.  God does not put the trials on us but allows them to come our way.  Our question is will we choose to allow God to walk through them with us and teach us and grow our faith and trust in Him or will we choose to tough it out on our own?  I am glad to have experienced each and every trial that has come my way for where they have taken me in my relationship with God and with those around me.  Yet, I would not want to experience a repeat of any of them.  That doesn’t mean no more trials will come my way.  It only means I’ve learned from those, my faith and relationship have grown from those, but there are new things to learn, more faith to develop and more relationships to come.  The difference now is I walk through trials in complete peace and trust in God and His provision and wisdom and care and love no matter where the road leads me.  I pray you are willing to walk this road considering it pure joy at the promise of God.

June 3, 2012

Resemblence

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John 17:22-23 I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one: I in them and you in me. May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me. (The Holy Bible, New International Version)

I’m sure this has happened to many of us. A stranger comes up and asks us if we are someone’s daughter, son, sister or brother. They say we resemble them. God has said we are created in His image. His image is holy which incorporates the fruits of the spirit. (The Holy Bible, New International Version Galatians 5:22-23
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.) This is what God looks like. Our question is to we have any resemblance to God? The more we know Him, the more we give ourselves to Him, the more we allow Him to be one in us and us in Him the more His characteristics will show through us. Who do you resemble today?

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