Ginrich's Devotional Blog

July 26, 2013

Traditions

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Mark 7:13. Thus you nullify the word of God by your tradition that you have handed down. And you do many things like this.”

We like tradition. So often we reject what is new to us because of tradition. We say, “we never did it that way before.” Or we might say, “We always do it this way.” Our question is how often do we check our traditions. Traditions may have started out right and good but with each passing generation small changes can build up. Our traditions as we practice them today probably wouldn’t be recognized by the people who first started them. Whether it be in church or home let us be sure our traditions are in line with the written owed of God, the Holy Bible.

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September 25, 2012

Tradition

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Acts 13:39   and by this one everyone who believes is justified from everything from which the law of Moses could not justify you. 

I do hope you will go to your Bibles and read this verse in context.  I hope that on all these devotions.  Here the contention is, “We have always done it that way.”  We still hear this cry in our churches today.  Tradition is good as long as it is practiced in the right way.  We must always acknowledge that our rites and things of tradition are not what gives us our forgiveness of sins and our fellowship with God.  These gifts are only through the precious blood of Jesus.  Nothing else, regardless of how long believed or practiced, regardless of how good it may seem can save us from our sins or restore our relationship of child to Father with God.  There is nothing wrong with following traditions if they help us in our worship, praise, meditations, Bible study or service to others as long as they don’t serve as a substitute for personal worship and relationship to God through Jesus.  Traditions should not be forced on any believer.  We are all made new every day through the power of God’s Holy Spirit.  We may be moved to keep certain traditions and not keep others.  It is a personal choice based on the leading of the Holy Spirit.  When we see someone worshiping or praising in a different way than we do with our tradition let us rejoice that they are worshiping or praising.  We might even want to try a new thing from time to time.  Traditions can become unthinking habits.  What counts is our spirits, hearts and minds must all be in accord with the worship and praise of our God.

June 18, 2012

Follow the Cloud

Exodus 13:21 By day the LORD went ahead of them in a pillar of cloud to guide them on their way and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, so that they could travel by day or night. (The Holy Bible, New International Version)

The Hebrews were led out of the slavery in Egypt by following the pillar of cloud in the day and the pillar of fire at night. The only way to their promised land was to follow along with the movement of the cloud or the fire. They could choose to stay in the familiar Egypt or go a different way from the cloud or fire but they would not get to the Promised Land that way. We also have a cloud or flame to follow. It is in the form of God’s Holy Spirit and God’s written word, the Holy Bible. We can choose to follow, turn another direction or stay with our comfortable, old ways. So many are afraid of change or movement. They want to do things like they have always done. They are closed to any new adventure and so they miss their promised land. Churches who rely heavily on tradition and refuse to change miss their promised potential. Our question is are we willing to move with God or would we rather stay in our comfort zone? I pray each of us chooses to move with the direction of God’s written word and with His Holy Spirit and reach the full potential, the promised land, He has for each of us.

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