Ginrich's Devotional Blog

September 21, 2013

Fertile Ground

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Matthew 13:4-7. And as he sowed, some seeds fell along the path, and the birds came and devoured them. Other seeds fell on rocky ground, where they did not have much soil, and immediately they sprang up, since they had no depth of soil, but when the sun rose they were scorched. And since they had no root, they withered away. Other seeds fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked them.

God provides us with a variety of ways to learn more about Him so we can be one His reflection. Our question is what kind of soil are we? When we read a devotion or scriptures do we allow the business of the rest of the day crowd out what we read? When we listen toa sermon do we really listen and take notes sower can meditate on it later? When we go about our day do we allow God to fertilize the seeds through the various circumstances He allows to come our way? Let us be sure to keep our soil fertile through prayer, confession and meditation that we don”t miss any of the ways God chooses to teach us.

April 4, 2013

Walking With Jesus

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Luke 24:15  While they were talking and debating these things, Jesus himself approached and began to accompany them

The same day Jesus arose from death He appeared om the Emmaus road to two of His disciples.  They were talking about hat had happened and the rumors that were circulating about His body being gone.  They couldn’t understand how that far blown up to His being alive.  Rumors often grow out of proportion as they circulate.sometimes as we hear things today it is hard to tell what is truth and what is embellishment. As Jesus, unrecognized to them walked with them He used scriptures to show them how to test the rumors.  We should do the same today.  It is in the Holy Bible we find the words of truth.  It is through the Holy Spirit we are given understanding.  Our question is are we familiar with the scriptures to know how to search them and do we prayerfully meditate and allow His Holy Spirit to bring us understanding?  Jesus may not be physically walking with us but through His Holy Spirit He is walking in us.

February 25, 2013

Knowledge Bearing Fruit

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Colossians 1:10. so that you may live worthily of the Lord and please him in all respects – bearing fruit in every good deed, growing in the knowledge of God,

Pleasing God in all aspects of our lives.  What a high goal that is.  That means in our thoughts as well as our actions or inactions.  Where do we get the knowledge of what pleases God?  We get it through the Holy Spirit in prayer and meditation on the scriptures.  As we gain knowledge and insight the fruits will grow and bear more fruit and as they grow and bear more fruit our knowledge will grow.  Growing in knowledge takes action on our part.  Our question is will we choose to take the time and effort required?    Knowledge cannot grow by osmosis.  A fruit tree will die if left unattended.  Fruit must be picked to continue to bear more fruit.  Let us choose to ripen our fruit through prayer and meditation on God’s Word and actively use that fruit through our actions so the Holy Spirit can grow more fruit within us.

October 19, 2012

Content Not Packaging

Hebrews 10:7 “Then I said, ʻHere I am: I have come – it is written of me in the scroll of the book – to do your will, O God.ʼ”

A friend is a pastor of a church where they won’t let him read scripture from his lap top or tablet.  They insist he can only read scripture from a bound book.  It seems they are more interested in the covering rather than the content  Scripture was first written on stone then on papyrus rolled into scrolls.  Jesus read from a rolled up scroll.  What really matters is whether we read and study the scripture.  It can be on an expensively bound book with gold trimmed pages, on a computer, a tablet or a cell phone.  The packaging doesn’t matter but the content does.  It is the same with us.  Our packaging is not as important as our content.  When people look at us are we presenting an outward package that commands their attention away from God’s Light within us?  We are taught to accent our positive parts of our body.  Our question is are we accentuating the positive parts of our inner being – God’s Holy Spirit and the fruits of His Spirit growing within us?  Let us be sure we spend more time on our content rather on the packaging.  Reading and studying God’s written Word can be done on whatever device or printed form is available and readable for us.  Them more types of packaging we have of His Word the more available it is for us to have with us and use.  The more we use His Word the more it get’s into our hearts.  The more it gets into our hearts the more it can be reflected and shined to light the way for others.  

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