Ginrich's Devotional Blog

September 3, 2013

Comparisons

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2 Corinthians 10:12. Not that we dare to classify or compare ourselves with some of those who are commending themselves. But when they measure themselves by one another and compare themselves with one another, they are without understanding.

One reason so many people are so angry and without peace is the continual attitude of needing to compare themselves with others. We tend to strive to have the best, the most, be the decision makers, be the best at all we do and on and on. The only one we are to compare ourselves with is Jesus Christ, the only Son of God. Of course we all fall very short in being like Him but He did give us His Holy Spirit to work within us and help us repent from our self-centered sinful ways and learn to follow His way. As we learn to do this anger is replaced with love for fellow people, wanting God’s best for each one. No longer striving against others replaces unrest with God’s peace. Our question is are we willing to choose this repentance and ask God for His filling and help in reflecting His Son in and through us?

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September 1, 2013

Course Correction

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1 John 1:7. But if we walk in the light as he himself is in the light, we have fellowship with one another and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.

How do we know if we are walking in God’s Light? This says we have fellowship with one another and we are cleansed from sin when we are in the Light. Being cleansed from sin means we have confessed our sins and repented. To repent we must turn away from that we were doing or thinking and turn toward God, our Light. When we see our fellowship is broken with someone it is a sign we are not walking in the Light. It’s time for a course correction. I know when I face God and see the path I have walked on this earth I’ll see it zig and zag through Light and darkness.
Our question is when we slip into the darkness will we choose to make the necessary course correction and face the Light of our God?

June 4, 2013

A New Way of Living

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Acts 19:19
Large numbers of those who had practiced magic collected their books and burned them up in the presence of everyone. When the value of the books was added up, it was found to total fifty thousand silver coins.

These books were very expensive and considered treasures. They used them a good bit and basically lived by them. When they came to know Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior they realized the information in those books and their attachment to them were in conflict with the new life they were called to live. They wanted to repent, turn their backs on their old way of life and live for the glory of God. These converts gave up their money-making sins publicly; and their public and costly repentance was made a great blessing. It was made a blessing through the lives they were now able to live under the guidance of God’s Holy Spirit and it was a blessing in the lives it touched through their public actions. Their friends and families saw they were really serious and committed to following God and they saw the change in their life-style. Our question is do our lives, what we say and how we live, show us to be living for the glory of God or do they show us trying to fit in with cultural expectations?

March 18, 2012

Narrow Door

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Luke 13:24 “Make every effort to enter through the narrow door, because many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able to. (The Holy Bible, New International Version)

Why do we have to make an effort to enter through God’s door of salvation? Isn’t salvation a free gift from God? Yes, it is free through Jesus Christ, God’s Son. There is nothing we can do to earn it. No amount of money will buy it. No amount of “good deeds” will deserve it. The way is difficult to enter. It requires honesty to ourselves. We must come to the place of humility and admit we are sinners and undeserving of God’s love and forgiveness. Many give lip service to that but still think they are better than others and more deserving than others. We like to put ratings on sins. We like to think one sin is worse than another. Any sin separates us from God. God will not stand in the presence of sin. That is why He had to turn away His face from His only Son, Jesus, as Jesus took on the sins of all humanity for all time. We fool ourselves thinking our sins of thought are of no consequence. We try to hide them, not only from others, but also from ourselves. We tend to forget God knows our deepest thoughts. Let us continue to learn repentance and develop the habit of keeping short accounts with God during this Lenten season. God already knows. Let us determine to be honest with ourselves. It’s okay to admit our disobedience. God loves us even though He knows we are sinners. That’s why Jesus came.

March 17, 2012

Bear Fruit

Luke 13:5 I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish (The Holy Bible, New International Version)

Jesus was very emphatic about repentance. He went on to talk about the fig tree that bore no fruit. Unless it bears fruit it is useless and uprooted to perish. We are also to bear fruit. Unless we first repent we cannot bear fruit. Repentance is a daily (and often multiple daily) necessity. I know there are many times during a day I say or do the wrong thing or omit saying or doing the wrong thing. This needs my acknowledgement and repentance each and every time. After repenting we make room for God’s Holy Spirit to grow fruit within us.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. (Galatians 5:22-23). As we allow this fruit to grow in us we are to help others to desire to grow this fruit. We have several questions we must each answer: are we repenting (admitting our disobedience and asking forgiveness), are we willing to allow God to grow His fruit in us and are we working with Him to bring others to the desire to allow Him to grow fruit in them? Let us choose not to be like a barren fig tree. Let us choose to bloom and bear fruit.

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