Ginrich's Devotional Blog

November 11, 2012

Every Effort

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2 Peter 1:5 For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; 6 and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; 7 and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. 8 For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 

That’s a lot to add.  How do we do it?  We add goodness to our faith by reaching out to others doing good while trusting God will give us the means to help.  As we reach out to others through the goodness God gives us our knowledge of His goodness to us and to others grows.  As we experience more of God’s goodness and knowledge we are able to use more self-control through our growing knowledge and faith in God.  As we gain more self-control we become more able to persevere through our trials because of our growing faith.  As we gain in perseverance we become more united with God and reflect more of His godliness.  As we reflect more of His godliness we gain more affection for all His creation.  As we gain affection for more of His creation we find it grows into love.  As our love grows for God and for others all the other traits grow.  Each one feeds the others.  Our question is are we willing to take the effort and diligence to follow through in order to become more one with Jesus, our Lord and God’s only Son and with God the Father?  If yes, ask His Holy Spirit for continual in filling of His gifts and we will grow in Him.

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April 23, 2012

Treasures

Matthew 6:21-22 But accumulate for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

Store up treasures in heaven. What kind of treasures and how do we store them in heaven? Treasures for heaven are produced through the power of God’s Holy Spirit. The treasures are the fruits of His Spirit: love joy peace, patience, kindness, gentleness, self control, faithfulness and goodness. Anything that produces any of these fruits is a treasure being stored in heaven. All our thoughts, words and actions should be measured against these fruits. We criticize, judge and condemn so often without really thinking. We seek for self-gratification rather than helping others. We seek material wealth and possessions rather than giving of our best to others in need. Our question is what do we want as a treasure and where do we want it?

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.

September 19, 2011

Conscience

2Co 1:12 Now this is our boast: Our conscience testifies that we have conducted ourselves in the world, and especially in our relations with you, in the holiness and sincerity that are from God. We have done so not according to worldly wisdom but according to God’s grace.

We are all born with a conscience. How it develops depends on how we are raised and taught.  Our conscience has principles and standards we have been taught and gets it cue from how we line up with those principles and standards.  As followers of Jesus Christ we base our principles and standards on the Bible, God’s written word.  We cannot do this without the renewing of our mind for our mind has taken in the sinfulness of this world.  It is our responsibility to apply God’s Word to our daily living.  To do this we must rely on His Holy Spirit for understanding and for the power to change our behavior and desires.  It is only as our standards move into agreement with God’s that we can trust our consciences to keep us on His course for us.  Our goal is to live by His Spirit Gal 5:22-23 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

 

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