Ginrich's Devotional Blog

May 21, 2014

The Bridge

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

Hebrews 9:8 The Holy Spirit was showing by this that the way into the Most Holy Place had not yet been disclosed as long as the first tabernacle was still standing.

Please read all of the first 11 verses in chapter 9. This is a description of the Old Covenant believers who lived under temporary sacrifices and who could not approach the Holy of Holies because of their sin state. They knew the repetitive pattern of sacrifices of animals but they couldn’t experience the final forgiveness of sins. If you skip over to Hebrews 9:34 you will find Christ settled the final forgiveness. Blood sacrifices are never needed again. The vale separating the people from the holies of holies in the temple has been torn in half from the top down when Christ died on the cross. (Matthew 27:51 Just then the temple curtain was torn in two, from top to bottom. The earth shook and the rocks were split apart.) There is now nothing that separates us from God save for our own decision to remain separated. Jesus bridges the separation and through Him we can be forgiven and can approach the throne of God. Our question is are we taking time to enter thee holy of holies through prayer and meditation to be in the presence of God?

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May 20, 2014

Urgency

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

Hebrews 9:26b But as it is, he has appeared once for all at the end of the ages to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.

Some wonder what the writer of Hebrews means by saying Christ appeared at the end of the age. Between the time of Adam and Eve until the cross of Jesus we were in the age of preparation. Satan was doing all he could to keep man separated from God and God was preparing mankind for the coming of the Son. When Jesus died on the cross the age of preparation was over. Satan was defeated and man was free to choose who he would honor and worship God or Satan. Hebrews 1:2 and Acts 2:117 refer to the time we are in as “the last days” Nowhere does it say how long the time of preparation would be before the cross. Every Jewish maiden wondered if she would be chosen to bring the Christ into the world. Nowhere does it say how long the “last days” will be. Even Jesus said He didn’t know when the Father would send Him back to bring us home. Since we don’t know when He is coming back for us it is important for us to be about the work without waste. We must not let a single opportunity pass by without testifying to others of the identity of Jesus and the way to the presence of God. Our question is do we realize the urgency?

May 19, 2014

Three Tenses

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

Hebrews 9:26b But as it is, he has appeared once for all at the end of the ages to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.

Hebrews 9:24 For Christ has entered, not into holy places made with hands, which are copies of the true things, but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God on our behalf.

Hebrews 9:28 so Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to deal with sin but to save those who are eagerly waiting for him.

In these 3 verses of Hebrews we find 3 different places for the appearance of Jesus. In the first quoted verse we find Christ sacrificing Himself to do away with the penalty of sin. This is a one-time event and will never need to be repeated. Then we find Christ in heaven in the presence of God the Father. He is there for us, interceding for us and telling the Father our sin is covered by His own shed blood. In verse 28 we read about His coming back to this earth to collect those of us who are eagerly waiting for Him. Those who have knowledge of grammar will note the tenses of verbs used in these 3 verses. The first is past tense. He had been there but is no longer there. Then we move to present tense. He is at this time interceding for us in the presence of God the Father. The last is future tense. We have a part in each of these tenses. We must appropriate the appearance in the past tense by inviting Jesus into our hearts and minds to be covered by His blood. In the present we must confess our sins and place them at the cross of Jesus. For the future tense we must share Who Jesus is and what He has done with others so He will be able to bring them with us before the presence of God the Father. Our question is in what tense do we find ourselves/

May 18, 2014

He Speaks

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

Hebrews 1:2 but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom
He appointed heir of all things, and through whom he made the universe.

I really like the book of Hebrews. It is so rich. Here, as in John 1:1 the fact that Jesus is the Word through Whom God created all things is emphasized. Jesus is not only identified as the Word of God but also a God’s Son and as the heir of all things. In spite of the magnitude of Who Jesus is, He speaks to us, sinful as we are. This is truly awesome. There is nothing we did or could ever do to be worthy of His attention yet, by the grace of His love, He draws us to Himself and speaks to us. Our questions are do we want to listen and do we take the time to listen? There are so many ways He tries to get out attention. Are we so busy about trivial things that we crowd Him out? Let us practice time-outs throughout our day to pay attention to thee One Who gave us His all.

May 17, 2014

Power of Words

Filed under: Bible,Christ,devotion,God,Jesus — by ginrich @ 1:12 am

Proverbs: 12:18 Reckless words pierce like a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.
Genesis: 1:3 And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.

Words have great power. They can create, build up or destroy. God created the entire universe with His spoken Word. We tend to use words frivolously. They just spill out of our mouth. We seldom think of their power. We seldom think of the good or the destruction they can do. Many times words we’ve carelessly spoken have harmed someone’s spirit. We even tend to be flippant with our words to God. We mess up and quickly mouth off, “Sorry, God.” Then we continue on our merry way. Doesn’t sound like much of a sorry. We need to pay much more attention to the words that come from our mouths, the power they have to build up another or tear another down. Our question is are we really paying attention to what we say and is what we say in line with the Spirit of the love of God? Let our words be “Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.” (Proverbs: 16:24.)

May 16, 2014

Not Equal

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

John 3:4 Nicodemus said to him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?”

Nicodemus was hung up in the physical world as most of us are. We relate to what we have seen, heard and experienced for ourselves. A person who has not been born of the spirit of God cannot even begin to comprehend that a spiritual birth is possible, let alone necessary. Man strives to connect to the “higher power,” the something out there beyond them through man’s own intellect and efforts. In ancient times man tried to build a tower to reach into heaven. Astronauts and astronomers search the heavens in search of some higher power. Man wants the power to be something he can understand with his own finite, physical mind. God is beyond thee physical. Yes, He did come to earth in physical form for thee man He created to see a little of Him, but God is spiritual. God created spiritual man and walked with that man but that man chose to be equal with God and by doing so, separated himself from God. Through Jesus, God in Word and Flesh, thee spiritual in man can be reborn. That will not make man equal with God but will enable man to enjoy fellowship with God. Our question is have we some through Jesus to have the spirit reborn in us and are we living in the fellowship the spirit enables us to have?

May 15, 2014

Enjoy More

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

Hebrews. 3:1 Therefore, holy brothers, who share in the heavenly calling,
fix your thoughts on Jesus, the apostle and high priest whom
we confess

We can’t adore someone we don’t know. We might be infatuated with someone we’ve seen or heard but the infatuation can fade away as we get to know them. We are curious about the power of God and Who He is but, until we begin to know Him we cannot adore Him. Many of us spend much time learning about a hobby we enjoy, a sport, a job task and many other things. Many of us consume fiction books. None of these things are wrong. But what we need concentrate on is where our first and most attention is focused. When we focus on God the Father, Jesus the Son and the Holy Spirit through Bible study, prayer and meditation we find all other parts of our lives come into order. It is not God’s desire to take away the good He gives us in this world but to give us His best so our lives can be full and abundant in His love and power along with all He has for us on this earth. Do not be afraid of losing what you love when you come to God. Be excited about all you’ll gain and enjoy even more.

May 14, 2014

Reason for Coming

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

1 John 3:8 The one who practices sin is of the devil, because the devil has been sinning from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was revealed to destroy the works of the devil.

Many think because they are a Christian, a child of God, their life should be blessed, comfy and cosey, free of troubles and heartache. This verse tells why Jesus came to this earth. He did not promise us a cushy life. In fact He warned many times we would have trials and tribulations even though He would never leave us. He came to defeat the hold of sin through Satan on this earth and the people on this earth. We cannot be lazy. Jesus did defeat Satan but we can only keep Him out of our life through the power Jesus gives us through His Holy Spirit. Life is hard. It takes hard work to develop physical muscles and once developed, hard work must continue to keep the muscles. The same is true with our spiritual muscles. We must exercise them each and every day through study and meditation on the written word, the Holy Bible, prayer and meditation in listening to the inner voice of the Holy Spirit and actions in carrying out and living His instructions. Our question is how are our muscles?

May 13, 2014

Adoration

Filed under: Bible,Christ,devotion,God,Jesus — by ginrich @ 1:01 am

Deuteronomy 6:5 You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.

This verse is quoted throughout the Bible. Our problem in English is the word “love.” We use that word in so many ways. We might want to relate it to the word “adore.” To adore something you put it first in your heart and mind. You seek after it at all cost. You worship it with all of your being. This is the concept of love God requires. He is a jealous God and wants nothing between Him and His children. We sing at Christmas “O comes let us adore Him” but do we, or do we just enjoy the fun and emotions of the season. We just celebrated Mother’s Day. Most of us took time to give our mothers special thanks and attention on that day. What about the rest of the year? Our human tendency is to slip in and out of closer relationships. Our relationship with God is one which we should never slip out of. We need to learn to keep Him continually in the forefront of our mind, our hearts and our hearing. Just as a new mother is constantly attuned to her new baby’s cry we need to constantly be attuned to the inner voice of God through His Holy Spirit. Let us turn our love into true adoration

May 12, 2014

Real Life

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

John 1:3-5 All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

We’ve read about Light. .Even though it shines in the darkness our sin blocks it out. In sin is death. Without light is death. Living things need light to live. Life is within light. Since God is the Source of Light life is only possible in Him and His Light. Praise God He knew the fallibility of the man He created and prearranged for His Light to shine through man’s sin and bring man back into the life God desired to give him. Life eternal is in God and God is in mankind. He sent His Word, His Son Jesus, Who had always been with God in His Light into this world through a woman so He would be a real man along with still being the real Word, God’s Son. As Jesus walked this earth, experiencing the walk we each must make, He showed us how to walk it in the Light of God. He not only showed us, He taught us and through listening people had His teachings and examples written down to be living words for us to follow. Then he did the ultimate. He allowed Himself to be separated from the Father for the first time while He took on our sins on that cruel cross of death. He had to take sin to death so God’s light could enter back into us. It is only through coming to Jesus and allowing Him to enter our hearts, minds and lives that we can see God’s light and learn to walk in the light and love Jesus demonstrated so we can have real life for all eternity in the presence of God. Our question is we staying in His Light or trying to walk in and out of it?

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