Ginrich's Devotional Blog

March 6, 2014

In Context

Filed under: Bible,Christ,devotion,God,Jesus,Lent — by ginrich @ 8:37 am

Exodus 20:13. “You shall not murder.

Jesus quoted the scriptures of what we now call “The Old Testament” of our Holy Bible. So often we omit the Old Testament from our reading and studying but if it was important enough and relevant enough for Jesus to quote it is also for us today. Here in Matthew 5:21 Jesus quotes Exodus 20:13 “You have heard that it was said to an older generation, Do not murder, and whoever murders will be subjected to judgment. Jesus expounds on the old scripture applying it in the current times. We must also apply it in our current times. This doesn’t mean adapting the meaning to suit the point we want to make. It means praying and asking the Holy Spirit to reveal the meaning and application to our lives in the here and now. So often people surcharge the scriptures to find a verse to substantiate their own opinions. We cannot pull one single verse out. We must read and meditate on the entire passage of the verse. It is my prayer that those who read my devotions and the singular verses I quote will go to the verse and read the entire passage that contains that verse. During our extra Lenten time of meditation let’s develop the habit of reading entire passages, then stopping to listen to God’s Holy Spirit for His guidance on how to encorporate it into our lives in the here and now.

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Temptation

Filed under: Bible,Christ,devotion,God,Jesus — by ginrich @ 1:00 am

Matthew 4:2-3. After he fasted forty days and forty nights he was famished. The tempter came and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become bread.”

Jesus was at very week point. It was after Jesus got to that week point that temptation came. This is true today. When we are at our weakest point temptations increase. We might think we deserve something because we’re feeling sorry for ourself. We may think we are justified in doing something we really know we should do. What do we do when we find temptation in our face? What did Jesus do? He answered each and every temptation with quoting written scripture. It is so very important for us to not only study the written word of God (the Holy Bible), we must have the words deep in our hearts and minds. It is the written word of God that is the sword which will slice away temptation and give us victory. Maybe, during this lent season you might try to memorize some verses not yet in your memory bank.

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