Ginrich's Devotional Blog

November 27, 2013

Possessions

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Ecclesiastes 2:11. Yet when I reflected on everything I had accomplished and on all the effort that I had expended to accomplish it, I concluded: “All these achievements and possessions are ultimately profitless-like chasing the wind! There is nothing gained from them on earth.”

We are in the season of buying. Stores have increased their hours and advertising. We’re told we need all sorts if things and should be giving all sorts of things. Many of us are already surrounded by too many possessions. Yet when we look at all we have accomplished to accumulate where are we? Have any of these things brought glory to God or brought us closer to God? There is nothing wrong with giving things to others but let us be sure we give them the best and everlasting thing. Let’s pass on to others the way to receive God’s gift of forgiveness and eternal life with Him.

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September 23, 2012

Last Wills

Galatians 3:29 And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abrahams descendants, heirs according to the promise.

Many of us have made wills. These wills are to let our heirs know who gets what of our precious possessions.  Sometimes we are very specific in our instructions.  We have a possession that is worth more than all others we have accumulated and named in our wills. This possession is our relationship with God, the Creator through His Son, Jesus.  It is only through Jesus that we have the promise of being a joint heir with Him in sharing all that is in eternity in the Presence of the Father, God.  I wonder how many wills mention this possession and encourage our heirs on how to welcome this possession into their lives. The greatest gift we can leave our heirs is the gift of the wisdom we have gained from our relationship with God. To leave this out of our wills, our last chance to impart the knowledge of God to those we love, is a tragedy. I have written love letters to each out our children, in-law children and grandchildren. Every so many years I re-write them as situations, ages and maturity changes. I share the good and bad I’ve learned in my walk with God and encourage them in theirs. I pass my most valuable possession to them. I cannot give it to them. It only come from God through Jesus. I can give the directions to lead them to the greatest treasure they can be heir to that will take them through all eternity. I can pass it on.

March 22, 2012

Ownership

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Luke 14:33 In the same way, any of you who does not give up everything he has cannot be my disciple. (The Holy Bible, New International Version)

Ouch. This is a hard statement. What could Jesus mean by saying we must give up everything we have to be His disciple? He doesn’t mean we are to give up everything we own to others. He does mean we are to give up ownership of everything. It is more an attitude problem with us than an ownership problem. We are to recognize all we have is because of His grace, mercy and provision. We are merely stewards of the material possessions entrusted to us. We had a guest who really liked a picture on our wall. When he left I took the picture down and gave it to him. He was very embarrassed. I replied,” It’s on loan from God and it’s just as much yours as ours. Hang it on your wall and let it bless you.” Can I say I have this attitude about all the things in my possession? Sorry to say, no, but I’m learning. We are stewards of all God gives us. This includes finances. Our question is are we willing to live within the means God bless us and are we willing to share His blessings and gifts with others? Being in debt distracts us from the walk God would have us take. I have this hope that when we, as individuals throughout this country get out of debt and stay out it will pass up to our government. Before I met Jesus I was an active church member and worker. We had a guest speak to our Sunday School Class He was a young, red-bearded man in jeans and a tee shirt. He shared how he even asked God what pair of shoes he should buy when he needed shoes. I thought that was silly. Now I don’t think so. Who knows best what we really need? God created this world and everything in it. That makes Him the owner of all things. Let us praise Him and become good stewards being willing and generous to those He sends our way.

March 13, 2012

I Want

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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 are a materialistic people. We are consumed with “I wants.” We have a 5-year-old granddaughter who says “I want that” for every toy commercial she sees on TV. We may not give voice to it like she does but we all struggle with the “I wantites.” In one of the churches we were in there was a family who lost everything in a fire. The call was put out for household goods. A friend of mine ours went into her linen closet, moved some new sheets still in their wrapping and picked out a set of old sheets to give. As she was taking them out of her linen closet she her God’s inner voice say, “You give to me from your old and worn out rather than from your best?” She put the old sheets back and picked out the new sheets. I have been guilty giving canned food we don’t want or like to pantries. We want to keep the best for ourselves and just give our leftovers or don’t wants to others. What we fail to realize is when we give to others we are giving to God. Our question is what do we want to give to the One Who gives us His all?

February 27, 2012

Temptations

Hebrews 2:18 Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted. (The Holy Bible, New International Version)

We have looked at the three temptations of Jesus. These three temptations cover all temptations: hunger for the wrong things, worship of the wrong things, pride and materialism. Jesus was tempted in all that we are tempted. We may not be taken up on a high panicle and told to jump tempt God with our careless and dangerous choices. We may not have been offered to possess all that is in the world and rule over it but we do desire more and more possessions and we do want to rule over someone or something. Through all these temptations Jesus faced, He defeated them through quoting scripture. Do we even know scripture well enough to recall it when we are faced with a temptation? Do we even recognize a temptation? A temptation is anything that would separate us from our unity with God. Today is a day to contemplate and ask God to show us areas where we have given into temptations and made him less than first place in our minds, hearts and desires. Be honest. We all have those places in us. After confession and forgiveness let us resolve to be into God’s written word, The Holy Bible, more so we can recognize temptations and stand against them.

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?

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