Ginrich's Devotional Blog

December 31, 2016

Joint Heirs

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus — by ginrich @ 4:43 am

Matthew 4:9 9 “All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.”

 Jesus knew His purpose was to worship God.  He also knew all in existence was already His.  We were created to fellowship with and worship God.  Because we are joint heirs with Jesus we already own all that is in existence.  We are here to be good steward of all that is.  When God created us in His image He put a space in us that needs to worship.  When we choose to put anything else ahead of God, we are worshiping whatever we put ahead of God.  Because that space God put in us is for Him and Him alone, nothing else will satisfy that space.  We can keep changing what we worship, what we put before God, but nothing will every satisfy.  When we find ourselves not satisfied we need to see what it is we are putting before God.  A full, abundant life can only be found as we worship God, putting Him first in all things.

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December 30, 2016

Identity

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus — by ginrich @ 1:27 am

Matthew 4:6 6 “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down. For it is written: “‘He will command his angels concerning you, and they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’” (NIV)

 In this temptation, Jesus was being asked to justify His existence.  Jesus didn’t need to prove Who He is.  God the Father had already declared Him to be His Son.  God had already declared His love. (More on this after we finish with the temptations.) Jesus had total confidence in His relationship with the Father. Our question is do we feel confident in who we are in Christ Jesus?  If not, we are not into the scripture enough.  Immersing ourselves in the recorded words of God in the Holy Bible will increase our confidence.  In it we read we were created for fellowship with the Father.  When we come to Him through Jesus, His Son, we become joint heirs with Jesus.  Joint heirs means all that Jesus has we also have.  We don’t need to test God.  He has spoken.  He never lies.  We can choose to believe and trust. God’s love for us is unshakeable. He proved it by sending Jesus down, letting Him go the cross for our sin and giving Him life again so we may live.

December 29, 2016

Bread

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus — by ginrich @ 6:49 am

Matthew 4:3 3 The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.” (NIV)

 The first temptation Jesus faced was to focus on the here and now rather than eternity.  Jesus knew He was here to serve God and not just live for the moment.  Living for the moment is different than living in the present.  Living in the moment means we are not concerned about what our choices in the moment will mean in the future, especially in the light of all eternity.   Jesus showed He was trusting in God’s provision for the future.  So often we are looking for the quick fix or quick answer to a trial.  We need to learn to take time to pray, seeking God’s answer and wisdom rather than taking the first “fix” we see to get out of a problem, trial or temptation.  When we make a decision, we must ask God to show us what it will mean for His path for us or His purpose for another.  We live in the present, not the past or the future, but we live in the present with our eyes on God and eternity.  The way we look at eternity affects how we choose to walk through the present.  Those who don’t believe they will have everlasting life with God will choose quick term convenience and comfort rather than the consequences of the future. Refusing to take the “quick fix” confirms we know there is a tomorrow, whether it’s on this earth or in the very presence of God.

December 28, 2016

Quoting Scripture

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus — by ginrich @ 1:29 am

Matthew 4:4 4 Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God (NIV)

 Every time Jesus was faced with a temptation He quoted Scripture from the Holy Bible.  In His time it was from the Old Testament.  Now we have both the Old and the New Testaments to quote.  God’s word is stronger than any temptation.  This is why it is so important for us not only to read the Bible and study and meditate on it.  We also need to memorize scripture to be armed and ready when temptation suddenly appears.  There is scripture for every temptation that can every come.  It is up to us to be familiar enough with the written word that the Holy Spirit will be able to bring the right scripture which we’ve already learned up to our conscious mind.  I print out single verses and put them on my refrigerator door.  I read them every time I go to the refrigerator.  I must admit it now takes me longer than it use to memorize the verses.  Most of my memory verses are set to music so when I quote them I tend to speak them in the rhythm I use to sing them.  The method of memorizing isn’t important.  What is important is that we commit them to memory.

December 27, 2016

Led to Temptation

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 2:04 am

Matthew 4:1 1 Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. (NIV)

 After Jesus was baptized and reunited with the Holy Spirit He was led into the wilderness.  Notice the Spirit led Him.  Jesus did not make the decision on His own to go into the wilderness.  Many times we choose to take the wilderness route on our own.  When we choose to do this, God leaves us to our own devices until we repent.  When God leads us into the wilderness through His Holy Spirit, He does so for our own growth and spiritual strength.  He goes with us into the wilderness to teach us how to stand up to the temptations of the wilderness.  When we find ourselves in the wilderness we must ask ourselves how we got there.  Did we choose to follow after a temptation that we knew was against God’s will for us?  Are we choosing to go into places where we know sin abounds?  Are we reading or looking at things we know are strong temptations for us?  Let us be honest with ourselves, recognize why we are where we are, repent when it is from our own choosing and allow God’s Holy Spirit to give us wisdom to walk on through and out of it.

December 26, 2016

The Day After

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 1:02 am

Matthew 3:16-17 16 As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him. 17 And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.” (NIV)

Advent is over.  We’ve celebrated the first coming of the Son of God, Jesus.  Now we continue to grow in Him.  These verses are an example when all three persons of the Trinity were present.  We start with Jesus, God’s only Son, the Word of God in flesh humbly submitting to John for baptism.  John was right in saying he should be baptized by Jesus but Jesus was giving us a living example of humility and love.  The next thing was the Holy Spirit descending in the form of a dove and landing on Jesus.  When we come to Jesus we also receive the Holy Spirit within us.  There is no way to minister God’s love to others without the Holy Spirit within us.  Jesus left the Holy Spirit when He became man and reunited with the Spirit when He was baptized.  Then we hear God, the Father speak from heaven.  Though His audible voice is seldom heard, we, being filled with the Holy Spirit, can also hear God the father speak to us through His Spirit.  We learn to recognize His voice through reading and studying and meditating on His written Word, the Holy Bible.  As we become more familiar with what is recorded we become able to recognize the Holy Spirit speaking within us.  As we prepare to move into a new year, let us make a commitment to grow in the Word of God.

December 25, 2016

Thank You, Jesus

Matthew 20:18-19 18 “We are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be delivered over to the chief priests and the teachers of the law. They will condemn him to death 19 and will hand him over to the Gentiles to be mocked and flogged and crucified. On the third day, he will be raised to life!” (NIV)

 We celebrate today as the day Jesus was born of the Virgen, Mary, as flesh and blood.  He left God the Father for the sole purpose of dying on the cross for our sins so we can once again be in the image of God.  His entire walk on earth He knew what His purpose was and what He would be facing.  Christmas day is of no consequence without the death and resurrection of Jesus.  As we celebrate His first coming, let’s be sure to thank Him for His sacrifice for us and continue to prepare for His second coming for us, His Bride by sharing this glorious news with all we meet. 

 Happy Birthday, Jesus. Thank You for coming, dying, resurrecting and the promise of coming back for us.

December 24, 2016

Rahab

Matthew 1:5 5 Salmon the father of Boaz, whose mother was Rahab, (NIV)

Rahab was a harlot.  But she took mercy on the Israelite spies and hid them for their protection.  She apparently had heard how the Hebrews were defeating all who stood in their way and wanted to find a way to protect herself and her family.  She promised the spies safety if they would protect her when they defeated the city.  You can read her story in Joshua 2 and 6.  Though Rahab wasn’t a believer in the one, true God, she had heard of His power.  Protecting the spies turned her life around and she, though a harlot in her past, was honored and included in the lineage of Jesus.  Our past is under the cross of Jesus and our lives, when we come to the cross, are redeemed and we are honored as children of the most high God.  Rahab put her past behind and we can too.

December 23, 2016

Ruth

Ruth 1:16 Ruth 1:16 (NIV)16 But Ruth replied, “Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God.

 Ruth was a foreigner and raised to believe in idols.  She married a Hebrew seeking protection from famine in her country.  She had opportunity to see how believers in God lived and it impacted her life.  She was willing to leave her home and all she knew to go to the strange land of her deceased husband’s family rather than staying with the familiar of her family and give her allegiance to the God of her husband’s family.  She took good care of her mother-in-law and followed her advice.  God blessed Ruth for her commitment.  Not only is she included in the lineage of Jesus but she has an entire book in the Bible named after her.  It is very good reading.  What is it God wants you to leave behind and what new thing does He want you to seek?

Bathsheba

2 Samuel 12:24 (NIV) 24 Then David comforted his wife Bathsheba, and he went to her and made love to her. She gave birth to a son, and they named him Solomon. The Lord loved him;

 Once again we find a woman who was a sinner in the linage of Jesus.  By now we should all be assured that even though we are sinners that doesn’t stop God from working His will and purpose through us.  During these last few days of Advent, let’s ask the Holy Spirit to reveal to us any sin that is holding us back from being free to allow God’s Holy Spirit to flow through us.  Confess what He reveals to us and receive His forgiveness then be sure to forgive ourselves.  Stand on the fact that this sin no longer separates us from God and is considered gone forever.  If it’s a sin of repetition, make up our minds to no longer be chained to that sinful habit and turn our backs and our minds away from it.  If it is an action let’s be sure to replace it with an action pleasing to God.

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