Ginrich's Devotional Blog

August 3, 2013

Walking About

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Zechariah 10:12. Thus I will strengthen them by my power, and they will walk about in my name,” says the Lord.

We become strengthened through prayer, Bible study and meditation through God’s Holy Spirit. It is not through osmosis but through our commitment to gain and use all God provides for us. As we become strengthened we are to walk about in His name. This means we are to walk where God has us demonstrating and sharing God with those around us. Our question is are we doing this? Have we encouraged anyone’s faith today? Have we brought God’s Word to a starving soul? God is faithful doing His part, let us do our part. Let’s get walking.

March 9, 2013

Christ is Wisdom

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1 Corinthians 1:24. But to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ is the power of God and the wisdom of God.

The only way to power to live life in the way God created it be lived is through the power of Jesus Christ, the only Son of God.  This is the only way into wisdom.  Jesus was with God as the Word of God before anything was created – no Big Bang, no nothing but God, His Word and His Holy Spirit.  God decided to make the universes and create humans in His image with body, soul and spirit.  He wanted man to be free to relate with Him but ,an chose (and continues to choose) to go his own way and seek his own power, knowledge and wisdom.  These are not built on eternal facts.  These will not take us into a relationship with God.  These will not take us into eternity.  It is only by taking Christ into our lives, hearts and mind that we can hope to gradually grow into the image of God with His power, knowledge and wisdom available to us when we need it.  Our question is are we willing to see the difference and wanting that relationship with God?  

January 26, 2013

Fear

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2 Timothy 1:7. For God did not give us a Spirit a of fear but of power and love and self-control.

I get a lot of comments but, as I wrote in the “About me” page, I do not post any comments for that would divert attention from the devotions.  The comments are very much appreciated for the encourage me to keep writing and posting.  Every day I fight fear: I may not have anything to write, I may not hear God correctly, I may write what I hear in a way others will misunderstand.  How do I get passed those fears?  I remind myself God is bigger than any mistake I can ever make.  I pray over each devotion that each reader will receive only what God wants for that day.  God spoke through a mule and He can speak through each and every one of us.  Be it open our mouths or take pen or keyboard in hand, God wills us to pass His words to us on to others.  Our question is are we willing to trust Him to speak through us?  Are we willing to acknowledge He will use us in His way and will override our mistakes?  I once had a choir director who said, “if you don’t sing loud enough to hear you won’t know if you’re making a mistakes.”  Let us be willing to speak or write in the faith of God.

December 28, 2012

Tired

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Isaiah 40:29. He gives strength to those who are tired; to the ones who lack power, he gives renewed energy.

After the excitement, business and celebration of Christmas many are tired.  Energy comes from excitement anticipation.  After what we’ve been waiting and looking forward to the excitement and anticipation fade away.  Sometimes we feel we can go no more.  Nut God says He gives us strength and power.  he renews our energy.  He accomplishes this as we look to Him.  We still can be excited with anticipation as we look forward to the second coming of God’s Son, Jesus.  We become energized when we open ourselves to His love and out of love serve Him.  When we feel let down He will lift us up.  When we feel discouraged He will encourage us through His Word.  Our question is do we warn to look to Him for our renewal of excitement and energy?  He wants to continually work within us.  He promises us He will renew is every morning.  Let us determine to choose to look to Him every morning for His love and power and energy to face whatever He allows to come our way that day.

August 27, 2012

Come Together

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1 Corinthians 5:4  When you gather together in the name of our Lord Jesus, and I am with you in spirit, along with the power of our Lord Jesus,

Sunday worship and I missed it.  I had to stay home so as not to infect anyone else with a verry bad cold.  I would have interrupted the service with my continual coughing and sneezing.  Watching a service on  television is not the same.  You feel more like a spectator and less a participant. We have a very loving and hugging church.  Everybody is greated and hugged as they enter.  We share the love of God with each other in a very tangible way.  Those who say they can go it alone, that they don’t need to gataher with a group of other believers are just fooling themselves.  A coal without being with other coals will just burn out.  The same with the believer.  We need the encouragement and love and enthusiasm of other believers to encourage us to “stay our walk.”   Though our prayer times and devotional times mean much to us we miss the vitamin boost of collective worship and praise.  There is more power when we gather together as one.  It cold be the next Sunday worship your voice is the one God wants to speak through to another.  Our question is are we willing to be a part of God’s family and be at all the family meetings?  

July 23, 2012

One

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John 17:20-21 “My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. (The Holy Bible, New International Version)

Love is the embodiment of two souls into one. Jesus and God are One. Jesus prayed that we would be one in Him and in each other. Our concept of love is self-gratification and self-fulfillment. In our conception of love there is always a “what’s in it for me” attitude. As sinful beings we are incapable of loving purely. When we accept Jesus into our hearts, minds and lives He dwells in us in the form of His Holy Spirit. As we allow His Holy Spirit to become one with us and us one with Him we gradually learn to love: love for God, love for ourselves and love for our fellow man. The question is are we willing to learn to give way to God’s perfect love or choose our own self-seeking, self- gratifying love? As with all things the choice is ours. On our own efforts this desire to be and love as one is impossible. Sin of self will always stand in our way. With our choice of giving God’s Holy Spirit the power to rule in us we will gradually give way to God’s calling of Oneness in Love.

May 25, 2012

It’s God’s Call

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Romans 9:20 But who are you, O man, to talk back to God? “Shall what is formed say to him who formed it, ‘Why did you make me like this?’ (The Holy Bible, New International Version)

People have told me they could never write a devotion or preach a sermon. I’m right in there with them. There is no way I can do either of those or anything else of value if God did not equip me. It is God Who made us and equips us. Apart from Him none of us can do anything of value. But each one of us can do anything God has called us to do. Many of us miss out because we look at our own capabilities and perceived shortcomings rather than looking at God, His love and His power. He shaped each one of us to be able to allow Him to flow through us in the way and the timing He wants. Who are we to say we can’t when it is God Who calls. The question is are we willing to allow God to use us in any way and at any time He chooses? Let us be open and willing vessels.

March 15, 2012

Privlege

Luke 12:23;31 Life is more than food, and the body more than clothes. But seek his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well (The Holy Bible, New International Version).

The closer Jesus gets to Jerusalem the more intense He is on our not seeking after the material things of this earth. We are here to connect with His power to bring His Kingdom to this earth. He doesn’t need it to be that way. God is entirely capable of doing whatever He wants whenever He wants. But God has adopted us as His children through the death and resurrection of His Son, Jesus. That makes us joint heirs with Him. As joint heirs we have joint privileges as well as joint responsibilities. We have been given the privilege of uniting with God’s power to bring about His kingdom on this earth. What a great privilege. What great responsibility. Yet, we insist on keeping our eyes on the lesser important things. We continue not to trust God with our basic needs. We continue to look to ourselves for our power or to other things like money, control and more you can name. Our question is are we willing to trust God with our basic needs, roll up our sleeves so to speak, learn how to be and do from His written word and get busy through prayer, obedience and service surrounded by our love for God? Our question is what is our priority for today? I pray we agree with God’s priority. Let’s keep our faces set toward our Jerusalem and be alert to all God puts in our path as we walk.

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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