Ginrich's Devotional Blog

October 8, 2012

Reflection

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Luke 24:7  that the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and on the third day rise again.” 

I walk at the beginning of dawn’s early light.  While I’m walking is see the starting of a red glow in the East.  I told my husband how pretty the sun rise is but he says the sun doesn’t rise until after my walk is finished.  He says all I see is the reflection of the sun.  God’s Son has risen and He has left His reflection to shine in and through us by His Holy Spirit.  Our question is what is the reflection we emmit showing?  It could show judgment, self-greed, impatience, envy, pride, ar any number of things.  When we allow the Son’s reflection in and through us it wiloLuke 24:7  that the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and on the third day rise again.” 

I walk at the beginning of dawn’s early light.  While I’m walking is see the starting of a red glow in the East.  I told my husband how pretty the sun rise is but he says the sun doesn’t rise until after my walk is finished.  He says all I see is the reflection of the sun.  God’s Son has risen and He has left His reflection to shine in and through us by His Holy Spirit.  Our question is what is the reflection we emit showing?  It could show judgment, self-greed, impatience, envy, pride, or any number of things.  When we allow the Son’s reflection in and through us it will reflect the “fruits of the Spirit” which are love, joy, peace, patience and so on.  I find when I am thinking about myself, my needs and my wants or problems that is what I reflect.  When I stay my mind on my Lord and my God I reflect the fruits of His Holy Spirit.  Once we receive Jesus into our lives it is our choice as to what our reflection shows.  

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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 4, 2012

It Takes Blood

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Genesis 3:7 Then the eyes of both of them opened, and they knew they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves.

Adam and Eve knew they sinned; they knew they disoeyed God.  They tried to hide their sin behind a fig leaf.  The fig tree was a symbol of peace, protection and security.  It was big and wide spread and offered shelter and shade.  They took off some leaves trying to hide their shame.  They knew God would soon be walking through the garden looking for them to fellowship with them.

God found them and said the fig tree could not cover their sin.  Their sin could only be covered by the blood of a lamb.  God killed a lamb and covered them with the hide of the lamb.  Their sin was covered by the slain blood of the lamb but they would still bear the consequences of their sin even though they were forgiven by the lamb’s blood.  Lambs had to be continually sacrificed for man’s continual sins.  Finally God sent His only Son, Jesus, God’s Lamb without sin, spot or blemish, to be the one time blood sacrifice for all our sins.  We still must carry out the consequence of our sins but we are forgiven and restored to fellowship with God each time we confess.

Our question is are we just going to complain about the consequences of our own sins as we walk them out or are we going to confess our sins to God, receive His forgiveness and be able to walk in fellowship with Him as we walk out the consequences of our sins?

August 7, 2012

Peace Is a Sign

Let the peace of God rule (or arbitrate) in your hearts” (Col. 3:15   

A good test on whee we are in our fellowship with God is where we are with peace.  Are we at peace with all those around us?  Are we at peace with those closest to us?  Are we at peace within ourselves?  If we can’t answer “yes” to all these questions we re not at peace with God.  God is peace and we cannot be in God without His peace.  When we re not in peace we are in sin — unconfessed sin.  We lack peace because sin breaks our fellowship with God until it is admitted, confessed and forgiven.  When we feel peace slipping away it’s time to draw apart and ask the Holy Spirit to show us what we did or didn’t do to cause that peace to slip away.  Our question is do we show any signs of lack of peace” anxiousness, worry, concern, fretting, fear, unbelief. hopelessness.  When any of these symptoms start to appear let’s not waste any time but get on our knees and set our relationship right with  God. 

August 3, 2012

The Dove

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Luke 3:22 and the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven, “You are my one dear Son; b in you I take great delight.” 

The dove is an international symbol of peace.  Jesus said He came to give us peace, but not the peace of the world   He came to give us God’s peace.  We cannot experience this peace, the dove cannot come on us, if we are not a lamb.  To receive the Holy Spirit we must humble ourselves before God.  We must admit we are sinners and through His Son, Jesus, ask for forgiveness and accept the cleansing of the blood of the Lamb of God, Jesus.  Jesus humbled Himself by taking on the form of a man and substituting Himself on the cross for our sins  He didn not have to do this but chose to out of love for the Father and love and cmpassion for us.  The question is are we willing to give up our false sence of independance and our pride and walk humbly with our God? 

July 21, 2012

Sin

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Psalms 32:5 Then I acknowledged my sin to you and did not cover up my iniquity. said, “I will confess my transgressions to the LORD”— and you forgave the guilt of my sin. (The Holy Bible, New International Version)

The word “sin” is in the Bible at least 420 times. We don’t like to use the word “sin.” We would rather say: made a mistake, messed up, goofed, erred, etc. Sin is anything that separates us from God’s will for us. We say there are big sins and little sins but sin is sin. We might disguise it or cover it up from others or from ourselves but we can never cover up or disguised sin from God. We live such a fast paced life we fail many times to notice when we are separated from God. We fail to notice when we no longer feel the amazing peace of God. There is no room in us for God’s peace when we have unconfessed sin in us. I like to do what I call “spiritual breathing” every day. I exhale my sins by asking the Holy Spirit to reveal them to me and confessing them as sin to God then I inhale God’s forgiveness and His peace. We have no room for air in our lungs if we are holding in old air. We must exhale the old to inhale the new. Our question is are we willing to admit to ourselves any and all things that are not in God’s perfect will for us? God already knows. Nothing can separate us from His love but sin does separate us from His peace.

July 20, 2012

Peace

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Galatians 1:3-4 Grace and peace to you from God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ, who gave himself for our sins to rescue us from this present evil age according to the will of our God and Father,

This is a common greeting in Paul’s letters.  Grace and peace are both something we all want.  Many seek after them by their own means but cannot find complete and lasting grace or peace.  Peace can only come through God Who is the creator of peace and only comes to us through God’s grace.  His grace came to us when His only Son came into our world in the same manner in which we live to demonstrate God’s grace and peace.  Paul’s greeting is a prayer for each one of us to come under God’s grace through Jesus and experience His deep, everlasting peace.  This peace is the measurement of our walk with God.  As sinful creations we tend to slip in and out of peace.  This is from our choices to look elsewhere and away from God.  When we find peace is absent we need to confess our diversion to God and ask Him to fill us anew with His Holy Spirit Which empowers us to keep our focus on God.  As with everything we think, do or say, the choice is ours.  Our question is where do we want our focus.

June 25, 2012

Peace Detector

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Colossians 3:15  Let the peace of Christ be in control in your heart (for you were in fact called as one body a to this peace), and be thankful.

Peace is a good gauge of where we are in our trust and obedience to God.  Anytime we don’t have peace it means something has crept in between God and us.  Often we miss it because we only look for big things.  We humans put grades and sizes on sin.  God sees all sin as equal.  Sin is sin. And separates us from God for God will not look at sin.  When we feel His peace slipping away we must fall on our knees and ask Him to reveal to us our sin, confess it, ask and receive forgiveness and ask the Holy Spirit to reapply the blood of Jesus on us.  Our question is are we so busy about so many things that we don’t notice when peace first starts to slip away?  We would grow much closer if we would check on His peace within us every day.

June 3, 2012

Resemblence

Filed under: Christ,devotion,God's Word,Jesus — by ginrich @ 1:06 am
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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?

April 23, 2012

Treasures

Matthew 6:21-22 But accumulate for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

Store up treasures in heaven. What kind of treasures and how do we store them in heaven? Treasures for heaven are produced through the power of God’s Holy Spirit. The treasures are the fruits of His Spirit: love joy peace, patience, kindness, gentleness, self control, faithfulness and goodness. Anything that produces any of these fruits is a treasure being stored in heaven. All our thoughts, words and actions should be measured against these fruits. We criticize, judge and condemn so often without really thinking. We seek for self-gratification rather than helping others. We seek material wealth and possessions rather than giving of our best to others in need. Our question is what do we want as a treasure and where do we want it?

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