Ginrich's Devotional Blog

September 9, 2013

Teachable

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Isaiah 48:17. Thus says the Lord, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: “I am the Lord your God, who teaches you to profit, who leads you in the way you should go.

As we age we tend to become less teachable. We sit in church but we are to “spiritual” or wise to take notes on the sermon. We already studied many of the books of the Bible, we know all we need to know about them. We are too mature to be part of a Bible study group or Sunday School class. We half listen when someone else shares an interpretation of a scripture verse. We think if God wants to teach us anything else He will do it directly. God used many different vessels to teach us. He uses the scriptures, other people (including the old and the very young), nature, circumstances and anything else He might choose. Our question is are we teachable? Do we want to acknowledge we don’t know and are still in need of much learning? Let us actively open our minds, ears, eyes and hearts to all God has to teach us through any and e Rey implement He chooses.

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January 30, 2013

No Reruns

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2 Corinthians 3:18. And we all, with unveiled faces reflecting the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another, which is from the Lord, who is the Spirit.

From time to time I am tempted to copy a devotion I wrote several years ago or re-preach a sermon from years past.  Who remembers what they read in the past or what was preached?  But I can’t.  Each day I am being changed or transformed into a new image.  Each day I open up to the glory of God more of Him shows through me.  What I wrote or spoke a week ago has been altered to what god would have me speak or write today.  It is the same for each one of us.  We either grow or we die.  Living beings, just like all living things, cannot stay stagnant and live.  Our question is are we willing to allow God to change us each and every day or do we choose to shrivel up?  He changes us through prayer, Bible study, circumstances, what we see, hear and speak.  There is a chorus that sums it up
“From glory to glory He’s changing me, changing me, changing me.  From earthly things to the heavenly, the love that God’s shown to the world.”  May we each always be pliable for God’s continued work in and through us. 

May 25, 2012

It’s God’s Call

Filed under: Bible,Christ,devotion,God's Word,Jesus — by ginrich @ 1:54 am
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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.

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