Ginrich's Devotional Blog

June 30, 2013

Encourager Not Judge

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Hebrews 10:24. And let us take thought of how to spur one another on to love and good works,
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We are very judgemental by nature. We compare others with ourselves by the standards we set for ourselves. When they do, talk or think differently we smugly put down or criticize. We are told here to encourage one another in live. We are to help one another through good works. This takes action on our part. We can’t just sit and judge, we must help and encourage. When we see someone struggling we are to step up and say, “Let me help.” or “what can I do to help.” Our question is how often do we encourage others by saying, “good job” or other encouraging and positive statements. We are so fearful that in praising someone for doing a good job diminishes what we door have done. This comes from our obsession with self. Let us choose to love others and lift them up, not only before God’s direction throne of grace but to them and to others. Let us become encouragers rather than judges.

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February 5, 2013

Through God’s Eyes

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1 Corinthians 13:13.  And now these three remain:faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love.

I was watching some interviews on TV and found myself think, He looks funny.  That person sure talks wired.”  I found I was judging people I didn’t know.  Then I realized not only did I not know them but God knows them and loves them just as much as He knows an loves me,  instead of making my own prejudicial decisions about others I need to see them and hear them through the eyes of God. He love His children and longs for them to know and love Him. As I look and listen it should be with a prayer of love to God that they know Him and love Him and if they don’t for someone to cross their path to tell them of God’s love for them – even if it’s me God wants to cross their path.  The question is are we willing to let God let us see others through His eyes and hear through His ears?  Are we willing to cross paths with them and share God’s love with them?  The greatest thing we can ever do is pass on the knowledge of God’s love.

October 7, 2012

Equal

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Galatians 3:28  There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female – for all of you are one in Christ Jesus.

This list could go on.  What it is saying is all people are equal in God’s eyes.  He loves each person equally.  He gives salvation equally to each one who accepts His Son, Jesus.  He expects the same for us.  We tend to judge people by several standards: dress, speech, economic level, job, religion, nationality and on and on.  Our judgements vary with our moods and our experiences.  Our question is since God sees us all equally who are we to deligent different importance or treatment or esteem to other people?  Next time you see someone homeless or in any way different from you remember God loves them as much as He loves you.  We must learn to put away our judgements and prejudices and give each person the respect, regard and love of God through the renewing of our minds with God’s Holy Spirit.  After all, it is only by the grace of God that we are who we are.

March 29, 2012

Possessiveness

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Luke 12:15 Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; a man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.” (The Holy Bible, New International Version)

We take great pride in what we consider “our generosity.” Yet, at the same time, we make sure we have ample of everything plus lots of things we don’t really need. It is hard to fight the impulse. We are bombarded with others telling us we need this and that. Others judge us by the car we drive, how we dress and where we live. People have been killed because they didn’t look like they belonged in a certain place. Let’s face it, a human life and worth is judge by the passions they own. Jesus said we should watch out for this. He said we should to be on our guard against all kinds of greed. Greed can be for money, material possessions, power and even time. I find time is harder to let loose than possessions. Possessions are replaceable but time isn’t. Our question is are we watching how we are using our time? Are we on our guard about being so possessive with our time we fail to be at the places and do the things God would have us do? Yes, He’ll still get done what He wants done but in our possessiveness of our time we could very well lose the joy of God doing something through us.

March 4, 2012

Mercy

Filed under: Bible,Christ,devotion,God's Word,Jesus,Lent — by ginrich @ 1:04 am
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Luke 10:37 The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.” Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.” (The Holy Bible, New International Version)

Jesus taught through parables. Defined in “ Wikipedia”, “a parable is a succinct story, in prose or verse, which illustrates one or more instructive principles, or lessons, or (sometimes) a normative principle. It differs from a fable in that fables use animals, plants, inanimate objects, and forces of nature as characters, while parables generally feature human characters. It is a type of analogy” Jesus used this method to help our finite, carnal minds understand the spiritual things of God. This quote is from the parable of “The Good Samaritan.” You’re probably familiar with it. Jesus is stressing the imprtance of mercy. God had mercy on us. That’s why He sent Jesus to walk this earth and sacrifice for us. We tend to prefer to judge and condemn others. We deserve God’s condemnation yet He continues to love us, forgive us and encourage us to walk with Him. How can we, as sinners, do less for God’s other humans whom He loves and forgives. As we see people who are different or act different from us let us remember but for God’s grace, we could be in the same difficulty as they are or act even more odd than they are. We have not walked in anyone else’s shoes. We are not to judge but to have mercy for others. To have mercy we must be willing to reach out and lend a helpful, loving hand. If we will only be sensitive to God’s gentle proddings through His Holy Spirit within us, we will know who and when and how to reach out to help. Let us be sensitive to Him today. Let’s reach out to someone in love and encouragement.

November 7, 2011

Decisions

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,faith,God's Word,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 1:37 am
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Ru 1:2 The man’s name was Elimelech, his wife’s name Naomi, and the names of his two sons were Mahlon and Kilion.  They were Ephrathites from Bethlehem, Judah. And they went to Moab and lived there

Decisions determine destiny.  Our life tomorrow will be the direct result of the decisions we make today.  I encourage you to read the entire book of Ruth.  It’s not very long.  Namoi and Elimelech were Hebrews.  Hebrews were given the promised land and dwelled in Bethlehem.  They were not to leave the land God gave them.  When things got tough, instead of trusting God’s promise, they left for a foreign land – a land were God was not worshiped or honored.  This decision was based on their own rational thinking rather than God’s word.  Things became a lot harder for them in the foreign land.  Read and learn what they experienced.  Don’t judge them too harshly.  We do the same they do.  We look at a problem and think we are wise enough to make a decision on our own.  We fail to ask God what He wants us to do.  Then, when things get harder, we ask God to bail us out.  There are a few things we must remember to do:

  1. When we make decisions based on human rationale instead on God’s Wore we miss out on God’s blessings.  Grass looks greener
  2. We are stuck with the consequences  – Elimelech died.
  3. Others stuck with consequences – sons married Moabites.  Sons died,

Decisions determine destiny.  Learn God’s Word.  Learn to pray and to listen and recognize the voice of the Holy Spirit.

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