Ginrich's Devotional Blog

May 30, 2014

Entwined

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2 Corinthians 13:14 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.

Fellowship of the Holy Spirit with us. How do we fellowship with someone we don’t know, whose face we can’t see? The word “spirit” is ambiguous. It is a hard concept for us physical, finite thinking people to relate. We must study to learn Who the Holy Spirit is. We are told He is the Spirit of grace, of holiness, of glory, of son-ship and many other things. In John 14-16 Jesus talks about the Spirit and said the Spirit will be everything to us that He Himself is (and was while walking on this earth.) Jesus calls the Spirit the “Helper.” Though each aspect or person of the God head is distinct, all 3 (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) are entwined as One. Each one has different functions. The Father is the head, He has the timing of all creation in His hands. The Son is the Word of the Father. The Father spoke through the Son creating all that is. The Son came in the form of man to reunite man through forgiveness of sin so many could again fellowship with all of the Godhead. The Holy Spirit is the guide, counselor and comforter of man while man walks on this earth. The Spirits does this by indwelling in our spirits from the moment we receive the Son, Jesus into our hearts, minds and lives and receive His forgiveness for our separation and sins. Our question is are we availing ourselves of all the Holy Spirit would do in and through us?

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July 12, 2013

We Are Spirit

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John 17:3. Now this is eternal life – that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you sent.

We experience eternal life as we experience God. We tend to think of life as our physical bodies. Our physical bodies are not us. They contain us. God is Spirit and we were created in His image which makes us spirit. Our question is are we willing to stop being so consumed with our physical bodies and feed and tend our spiritual bodies? This is short but meditation on the reality of this needs to be deep until it becomes a reality in our minds.

July 5, 2013

True Worship

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John 4:23. But a time is coming and now is here when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father seeks such people to be his worshipers.

Our worship of God is not dependent on churches, ministers, special days, icons or anything or anyone else. All these may help but they do not worship. The time has come for us to be able to worship any time or any place in spirit and truth because God has given us His Holy Spirit. He dwells within each believer so we can worship in spirit and truth. Our question is do we? Everywhere we go, all we see and all we do is an opportunity to worship. When is the last time you worshiped God by yourself? Take a worship walk or seek a quiet, solitary place. You need no one else with you. You have God’s Holy Spirit in you to worship in and through you. Corporate worship is great. It feeds us and encourages us. Private worship is precious. Give it a try today.

September 12, 2012

Fervent Prayer

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Ephesians 6:18 With every prayer and petition, pray a at all times in the Spirit, and to this end b be alert, with all perseverance and requests for all the saints.

Wow.  That is a lot.  It starts out “with EVERY prayer and petition.”  What is it we are to do every time we pray and/or ask God for something?  We are to pray or ask in the Spirit.  Praying in the Spirit is not confined to praying in a different tongue.  Praying in the Spirit also means praying in the will and manner of God.  Jesus demonstrated this to us through what we all call, “The Lord’s Prayer.”  The essence is praying for God’s Kingdom to come on earth in the same way as it is in heaven.  This means we want God’s Kingdon within us and within those for whom we pray.  God’s Kingdon cannot exist in an air of judgement, selfishness or any other self-serving attitude.  It exists with the fruits of God’s Spirit and it is with these fruits we are to pray.  We are also told to be alert with perseverance in all requests for all the saints.  I’ve been guilty of leaving the church prayer list at church and flippantly ask God to be with all those on the prayer list.  That is not perseverance and definitely not requiring alertness from me.  Our question is are we willing to take the time and effort to pray with perseverance and alertness in the manner of Jesus or would we rather be flippant in our prayers?  I’ve always taught my children anything worthwhile takes an effort.  Prayer is no exception.  Prayer for ourselves, our families, our friends, the other believers and those who are lost.  Let us get serious in our prayers.

February 18, 2012

Filling Station

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Matthew 11:28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. (The Holy Bible, New International Version)

Many times we get swept up in over-work. We become exhausted. This is a good barometer of our relationship with God. If we are so busy we probably have been ignoring our quiet time with God. This affects our focus. We become out of touch with our purpose—to love and praise God and spread His word and light to others. John Wesley, the founder of the United Methodist denomination, was a good example of how we should schedule our time. The more he had to do in a day, the more time he allotted to spend one-on-one time with God. He was aware of where his source of wisdom, power and energy came from. It’s very much like a car. If we don’t fill up the tank with fuel the care won’t go. We must be sure we fill our tanks (our spirit and our mind) with the fuel God has for us. Let us be sure to take ourselves to the filling station (a quiet place with God) every day.

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