Ginrich's Devotional Blog

October 30, 2013

Testifier

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John 15:26
26 When the Advocate comes, whom I will send you from the Father, the Spirit of truth, who goes out from the Father-he will testify about me,

We’ve seen the truth is God and the witness to the truth is Jesus. It is God’s Holy Spirit who continues to testify to the truth. The Holy Spirit reassures us of the truth (God) being in us. It is the thought of God that is the truth, the reality, of everything that is. When we remain in truth, remain in a God, all is well. Our question is how do we keep the truth in us? We keep,our minds fixed on God through the scriptures, prayer, meditation, worship and the mutual encouragement of the community of believers. Let us not only seek the truth (God), let us learn to reflect the truth and become one with the truth through the continual help,of the witness of God’s Holy Spirit.

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August 24, 2013

Early in the Day

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Exodus 16:21. So they gathered it each morning, each person according to what he could eat, and when the sun got hot, it would melt.

The Hebrews had to gather the manna early in the day. If they delayed the manna would melt. We also should gather our manna early in our day. If we don’t our manna will be dissolved by the day’s business. Our manna comes through reading and meditating on the written word of God, the Holy Bible. As the manna sustained the Hebrews, the Holy Bible is the staining power for our daily walk on this earth. Our question is are we eating our manna before we begin our business of the day? Even the reading of one verse on which we can meditate throughout our day will give us some sustaining power.

July 18, 2013

Present Tense

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Exodus 3:14 God said to Moses, “ I am that I am.” And he said, “You must say this to the Israelites, I am has sent me to you. ”

God said, “I Am.” We say, “God is.” These 2 verbs, “am” and “is” are in the present tense. There is no past of “was” nor future of “will be.” God is. He never changes. We use both past and present tenses for ourselves. We are in a continual state of becoming. As finite creations we either move forward or we die. There are no freeze-dried people. Our question is what are we becoming? We have a choice. We can become into a oneness with God as He originally created us or we can become further away until we can no longer see, hear or call on Him. We become into oneness with God through His Son, Jesus Christ. The tool He uses to re-mold us is His Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit shapes us through worship of God, meditation on His written word, the Holy Bible, prayer and circumstances we experience. Which direction do you choose?

July 14, 2013

Spiritual Bodies

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John 17:3. Now this is eternal life – that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you sent.

We experience eternal life as we experience God. We tend to think of life as our physical bodies. Our physical bodies are not us. They contain us. God is Spirit and we were created in His image which makes us spirit. Our question is are we willing to stop being so consumed with our physical bodies and feed and tend our spiritual bodies? This is short but meditation. The reality of this needs to be deep until it becomes a reality in our minds. Take one extra time today meditating on some scripture and open yourself up to His Holy Spirit helping you see the scripture you’re meditating on in a new way experiencing the love and wisdom of God.

June 26, 2013

Can’t Escape

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Psalms 139:7. Where can I go to escape your spirit? Where can I flee to escape your presence?

It is easy for us to live as if God is somewhere in outer space and not paying attention to what we do, don’t do, think or say. We are tuned in to the physical around us and by nature don’t notice or pay attention to the spiritual. God is everywhere, sees everything and hears everything, even our innermost thoughts. We are not aware of His presence for several reasons: we are consumed with ourselves, we are consumed with worldly matters, we don’t believe God, we have not received God’s Son, Jesus, as our Lord and Savior, we have not opened the gift of His Holy Spirit. Our consciousness of God only grows through our obedience to Him, our meditations on His written word(the Holy Bible) and the frequency of our conversations with Him. We become more aware of His presence by practicing His presence. I recommend a little booklet available for free on the Internet. It I’d “Practicing the Presence of God” by Brother Lawrence. Our question is do we want to be aware of God’s presence? Knowing His presence makes it hard for us to be a complainer, door say things hurtful or ignore the needs of others.

June 16, 2013

Seeking

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Psalms 105:4 Seek the Lord and the strength he gives! Seek his presence continually!

The word “seek” means to search for, to go after or to inquire. In Psalms 119:2 we read, “How blessed are those who observe his rules, and seek him with all their heart,”. Sometimes we fear if we truly seek after, go after and inquire after God with all our heart there would be no room in our lives for anything else. How wrong that is. When we diligently seek to walk consistently with God we have more people and things in our lives that bring an abundance of joy. Joy because we are in the right relationship. God is our train engine. Everything else in our lives are the cars being pulled by the engine. The cars do not choose where to go; they follow the engine. The engine must have fuel or it will stop. Our fuel is prayer and meditation on God’s word which fuels the engine with His Holy Spirit. The engine must be kept clean through confession. Our question is are we properly maintains our engine?

May 15, 2013

our Garden

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Matthew 13:8. But other seeds fell on good soil and produced grain, some hundred times as much, some sixty, and some thirty.

Soil becomes hard and cracked overtime. Weeds and thorns manage to grow in that kind of soil but useful and/or beautiful plants can’t survive in such a soil. To bring the soil about into usefulness for the good plants the soil must be plowed and prepared. Weeds and stones must be removed, the soil watered and fertilized. As people age they become like unplowed soil; weeds, rocks and cracks appear from hurts and sins. Fruit bearing seeds are planted in us by the hand of God. He allows us to go through various trials to plow up our soil. Confession and repentance removes the weeds and forgiving others removes the rocks. Meditation and pray water the seeds in the plowed soil and the Holy Spirit, through the written word and the Living Word (Jesus) fertilizes the seeds and brings them in to tasty, beautiful, useful and ripe fruit. Our question is do we allow God to use these things to ripen His fruit in us or would we rather keep our weeds and stones? We must have the courage to look at our soil and fruit and ask God to show us what parts of our garden have been closed to His beautiful work.

April 29, 2013

Paul Sees

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1 Corinthians 15:8. Last of all, as though to one born at the wrong time, he appeared to me also.

Tough this is after the 40 days, Paul considered it as significant as the other appearances of Jesus.  We don’t know if it was a vision or in flesh and blood that Jesus appeared to Paul on the Damascus Road but as far as Paul was concerned it was as real as if Jesus was still walking this earth.  Today we tend to think we can’t see Jesus.  That is only because we don’t look.  We may not see Him in the form of flesh and blood but we can see Him through others, through the Bible and through our meditation times.    We need only to ask Him to let us see Him in the way He chooses to reveal Himself to us and believe He will do it.  Once we have seen Him we will never be the same as we were.  None of us are born at the wrong time.  We were all born at the time God choose for us to walk this earth.  Our question is will we choose to walk this earth with Him in the way and the time He chooses?  
 

March 21, 2013

Preparing for Home

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2 Corinthians 5:8-10. Thus we are full of courage and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord. So then whether we are alive or away, we make it our ambition to please him.  For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may be paid back according to what he has done while in the body, whether good or evil. 

There are only 3 more days before we begin what the Christian Church calls Holy Week.  We’ve looked at a few verses in God’s written word about knowledge and wisdom and hopefully have decided to seek them through study, meditation, prayer and coming together with other believers.  We read Jesus grew in knowledge, stature and wisdom in the same way and also through obedience.  It’s a question of where we want to spend our time and efforts.  God has it for us to receive but we must commit to do our part.  I pray you will join me in continual growth as we wait and prepare for our Lore Jesus to take us home.

March 14, 2013

Dwell in Us

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Colossians 3:16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and exhorting one another with all wisdom, singing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, all with grace in your hearts to God.

Let the word of Christ dwell in us. To dwell means to reside or live. First we must know the word of Christ. His word is recorded for us in the Holy Bible. For the word to dwell in us we must read, study meditate and ask the Holy Spirit to show us hoW to apply it to our lives in our time and place. We are not only to do this, we are to share what we learn with others and encourage them with what we have learned. We are also to sing the words as music helps bring the words into our emotions and beings. With all of this comes humility as we grow to understand who we are in comparison to Who Christ is. Our question is will we choose to make the effort to Obey this so we may be rich n Christ Jesus?

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