Ginrich's Devotional Blog

April 9, 2013

The Gift

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John 20:22. And after he said this, he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit.

We don’t know if this is a second appearance on that first night or a continuation of the appearance written in Matthew.  Through the Holy Spirit each gospel writer wrote what most impressed them.  Here Jesus breathed on them and told them to receive the Holy Spirit.  This is the same as when we first welcome Jesus into our lives.  The disciples didn’t realize what was given them.  This will happen in Acts after Jesus ascends to heaven.  The event in Acts is very intense and dramatic.  When we first realize the Holy Spirit is in us and wants to flow through us it might be intense or it might be slow and quiet.  Each of us becomes aware in differing amounts of time.  The Holy Spirit is like a pretty gift.  Some like the wrapping so much they only admire it.  Some open it carefully but are hesitant to use it.  Some open it and are in and out of using it.  Some open it with open arms and quickly learn to use it.  Our question is where are we in opening up the gift of the Holy Spirit and using it?

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January 10, 2013

Lose Life

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Matthew 10:39. Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life because of me will find it.

How many times have we heard someone say “It’s my life and I’ll live it as I choose.”  This is one of the attitudes this verse addresses. We fool ourselves thinking we are in charge of our lives.  It is God Who has numbered our days and it is God Who chooses what we will experience.  We choose what we will accept and how we will respond.  When we acknowledge our lives belong to God we find we have a full and abundant life.  Losing our lives which are never ours in reality means finding our lives with God for all eternity.  

May 21, 2012

Be Perfect

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Matthew 5:48
Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.

That is quite a command. How can a human prone to sin ever be perfect in the same way God is perfect? We cannot. So why would Jesus command this? The word is “as.”. It doesn’t say be equal to God. There is no way we could ever do that. We are to live as closely as we can as imitators/followers of God. He sent His Son, Jesus, to walk and live among mankind so we could see how to walk. God is love and we are to emmerse ourselves in His love and allow it to pour out through us to all those around us. Our question is do we allow ourselves to be emmersed in God’s love and if so, do we allow it to flow through us to those around us without judgement or criticism? If we’re really honest we must admit we fall far short. Let us take some time today to ask God where we are blocking His love and how we can spread what we have received to others. Let us be willing to be perfectly in the midst of God’s love.

February 26, 2012

Power

Matthew 4:8-9 Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. “All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.” (The Holy Bible New International Version)

The third temptation was the lust of the eyes, all the kingdoms of the world. Satan said, “All this I shall give to you, if you will prostrate yourself and worship me”. We love material things and power. We want to possess more things than others and have more power than others. Satan offered “all the kingdoms of the world”, after the war against the flesh and the spirit failed. This is one of our greatest dangers to our spirits. It negates the work of our Lord Christ on the cross. . If we reach that point we break all ties and communion between us and the work and suffering of Christ for us. No one can serve two masters, God and Possessions! Here we see our Lord’s decisive and clear refusal of having a dialogue or discussion with the devil. “Depart from me Satan”, which gives clear declaration that conversing or reasoning with the devil is denied. For there is no true rest our soul except in submitting to our God and worshiping at His feet, Him who will lift us up and wipe our every tear. Today is a day to see what has our greatest attention. Are we consumed with what possessions we have or don’t have? Are we consumed with the desire to be able to tell others what to do? Do we really believe God is sufficient and will give us all we need in our lives? It’s not our job title or our economic position that brings glory to God. It is His love flowing through us. Today is a day to check our priorities. Are we content in all things as long as we are walking with God?

January 8, 2012

Go Preach

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Matthew 10:7-8 As you go, preach this message: ‘The kingdom of heaven is near.’ Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received, freely give (The Holy Bible, New International Version)

Many Bible verses contain multiple instructions. Here Matthew first tells us we are to go preach. He isn’t talking about giving a sermon. He is talking about declaring God’s Word aloud to all who will listen. All believers are called to “preach.” We are all to declare God’s Word by sharing with outers what God has done for and with us and by telling others about Jesus and sharing with them God’s plan for their salvation. Sometimes it is hard to know how to start. When I don’t know how to find an open door with someone I simply say, “God bless you.” It’s amazing how many doors that opens. Yes, occasionally someone might slam the door in my face but that is very seldom. Most want to hear why I said that. Let us remember we are to go forth and “preach.” The next several days we will explore other instructions in those two verses. God bless you.

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