Ginrich's Devotional Blog

February 3, 2013

Keeping Safe

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Isaiah 26:3. You keep completely safe the people who maintain their faith, for they trust in you. 

Many may think this is a promise not always kept.  We need to look at the conditions required.  For most everything God will do for us there is something we must do.  Isaiah says we must maintain our faith.  We must trust God.  If we maintain our faith and trust Him, He will keep us safe.  Our question is, safe from what?  Will we ne er have an accident or sickness or loss?  No.  God does not promise to keep ua away from things that life might being our way though He does filter them.  He promises to protect us from Satan who would do all possible to take us away from God.  This is not because Satan wants us but because He doesn’t want God to have us.  When we don’t maintain our faith and trust in God we open ourselves up to the calling of Satan.  How do we maintain our faith?  That will be tomorrow’s topic.

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October 31, 2012

Halloween

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Galatians 5:19-21 Now the works of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality,impurity, depravity, idolatry, sorcery, hostilities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish rivalries, dissensions, factions, envying, murder, drunkenness, carousing, and similar things. I am warning you, as I had warned you before: Those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God!

I have a problem with Halloween.  It’s not the dressing up, the parties or going to get treats.  It’s the costumes so many choose to wear.  We are told to have nothing to do with certain things.  One of them is witchcraft and satan worship.  Dressing up as a witch or as satan or anything else that gives honor to any act of evil is very repulsive to me.  There are so many different characters to copy in our costumes other than those who represent the ways of sin and evil.  It is good for children to have fun but they should also learn that we are to have nothing to do with things that represent evil and witches and goblins and etc. are real and in satan’s world.  This is my personal interpretation.  Each must decide for themselves but I choose not to honor things or characters that represent evil that is still present in this world.  Have a fun, safe and satan-free Halloween.

September 10, 2012

Know God

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John 6:69 We a have come to believe and to know b that you are the Holy One of God!” 

The disciples knew of God.  They had been taught the scriptures and intellectually knew about God.  When they came to know Jesus they came to believe Him and truly know Him.  Our question is do we really know God or do we  just know of God?  Intellectual knowledge is good and needed.  But we must have more than intellectual knowledge of God.  Satan has that.  We must truly know God within us as part of our being.  The only way to really know God is through His Son Jesus by way of His Holy Spirit.  It is His Holy Spirit Who reveals God to us.  We receive His Holy Spirit when we invite Jesus into our hearts and lives as our Lord and Savior.  As we come to know God more and more the fruits of His Spirit grow in us.  As His fruits grow in us we come to know Him more.  It is a beautiful cycle that grows like a snow ball rolling down a hill.  It is good to feed our intellects but let us not neglect allowing God’s Holy Spirit to feed our spirits as well.

August 1, 2012

Offence

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Jeremiah 29:13 When you seek me in prayer and worship, you will find me available to you. If you seek me with all your heart and soul, 

I watched a little of the Olympic fencing.  I don’t understand much about that sport but i did observe the one on the offense was at the advantage.  I appeared once you are in a defensive mode it is difficult to get back into an offensive mode.  The same is true with our spiritual lives.  As long as we stay fully “armed” with God’s Holy Spirit and His Word we can stay on the offensive mode against all the firery darts and temptations of Satan.  Once we allow one to get through to us and we must then defend the struggle against the sins of this carnal world becomes harder.  Our question is how do we stay on the offensive?  We stay current with our confessions, current in an attitude of forgiveness for others (as well as ourselves), our minds full of  God’s written Word and maintained fellowship with God through prayer, meditation and obedience.  Once again, the choice is ours.  It doesn’t happen automatically.  It takes our time and effort.  No one can give it to us.  We must work for it.   God says we must seek Him with our whole heart, mind and soul.

July 30, 2012

Used

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Psalms 100:3 Know that the LORD is God. It is he who made us, and we are his ;we are his people, the sheep of his pasture. (The Holy Bible, New International Version)

Old Car

A friend of ours just started getting well from one problem when another problem with his body occurred. It made me think about old cars. It seems when one part goes out on an old car and is repaired another part goes out. Many times the old cars have had multiple owners. Our “old car,” our bodies have had multiple owners. We start out thinking our bodies are ours. Satan tries to turn them into belonging to him. When we finally realize our bodies, our minds, our emotions and our spirits belong exclusively to God Who has wonderfully knitted them together we can rest in His Ownership. Our question comes in when we forget Who owns us and try to act as we are the owners. The decision is ours and is on-going on a continual basis. With the Holy Spirit dwelling within us we are empowered to resist the ploys of Satan. Resisting our own self-indulgence is a choice we must make in and throughout each and every day.

February 25, 2012

Pride

Matthew 4:6 “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down. For it is written: ‘He will command his angels concerning you, and they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’ (The Holy Bible, New International Version)

The second temptation was the Pride of life. While the first temptation was aimed to war against man using the weak flesh, the second was geared to war against the human spirit and its pride and haughtiness. This temptation aims for those who are strong, who have life of church involvement, and practice the church rites and rituals. When we boast, and show pride because of our dedication to church events, the gifts God has given us and His work in our life; we are living a false life of piety. Satan tempted Jesus misusing the scripture twisting it to imply that one can jump from the top of a pinnacle and not be hurt. We have seen many who appear on the top of their world give into a temptation because they considered themselves above temptation. They considered themselves as being above all. Then we see them fall. All of us are tempted with pride from time to time. It is a false pride because it covers up our deep-rooted feelings of not being good enough or doing good enough. God says our goodness is as filthy rags. We can never, in and of ourselves, be good enough or do good enough. It is only through the shed blood of Jesus and through God’s grace that any good can come out of us and that good is because God graciously gives us the gift of His Holy Spirit. Today is a day to contemplate areas where we have built up too much pride. Today is a day to acknowledge that without God in us, we are nothing. The hardest part is being honest with ourselves. Then, after confession we must accept God’s forgiveness, forgive ourselves and move on using the gifts and grace God gives us and give the credit and glory to God.

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