Ginrich's Devotional Blog

November 30, 2017

Priest

Melchizedek appears, 16 one who has become a priest not on the basis of a regulation as to his ancestry but on the basis of the power of an indestructible life.  (NIV)

 The tribe of Juda was not the tribe of the priest.  Priest were chosen out of the Levites.  The office of priest was through ancestry.  Jesus surpasses ancestry.  He is the High Priest based on His power and indestructible life.  Mankind tried to end the life of Jesus.  Jesus died but came back to life in order to take our sins to death and live eternally in the presence of God.  What a beautiful truth to be fulfilled for us.  Let us be sure to thank Him today for His sacrificial if for us.

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November 29, 2017

Water

Filed under: Advent,Bible,Christ,Christmas,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,prayer — by ginrich @ 8:49 pm

Numbers 24:7 7 Water will flow from their buckets; their seed will have abundant water.  “Their king will be greater than Agag; their kingdom will be exalted. (NIV)

 Matthew 1:2 2 Abraham was the father of Isaac, Isaac the father of Jacob, Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers, (NIV)

 Jacob was a fighter.  He wrestled with God.  God marked Jacob’s hip from that wrestling.  We often wrestle with God.  This is our sin-nature.  We want things when we want them the way we want them.  Jacob acknowledge his sin.  He had deceived his father and his brother.  He was on the way back to make restitution.  Jesus has given us His Holy Spirit that we will no longer wrestle with God.  We only need to learn to seek His answers in everything before we speak or act.  Let us be seekers of God and His wisdom instead of wrestlers.

November 28, 2017

Covenant Fulfilled

Genesis 17:19 19 Then God said, “Yes, but your wife Sarah will bear you a son, and you will call him Isaac. I will establish my covenant with him as an everlasting covenant for his descendants after him. (NIV)

Luke 3:34 34 the son of Jacob, the son of Isaac, the son of Abraham, the son of Terah, the son of Nahor, (NIV)

The only everlasting covenant with God is the covenant of the blood of Jesus.  He shed His blood for he one-time redemption of all of mankind’s sins.  No more sacrifice will ever be needed.  The Jewish temple is no longer and sacrifices are no longer needed.  Jesus paid it all.  There is nothing more to be done other than for us to accept Jesus into our hearts, minds and lives, accepting all He has done for us and walking with Him while we are on this earth in or physical bodies.  No church membership, good deeds or giving of money will do it.  It is only through Jesus, the Word of God made flesh, that we can approach God.  Isaac was the promised son of Abraham and Sarah.  But Isaac wasn’t the fulfillment of God’s promise.  His promise is now fulfilled through Jesus.  Share the good news with someone today.

November 27, 2017

Geneology

Genesis 22:18 18 and through your offspring all nations on earth will be blessed, because you have obeyed me.” (NIV)

Matthew 1:1-2 1 This is the genealogy of Jesus the Messiah the son of David, the son of Abraham: (NIV)

 Many think it’s just luck who your parents are.  God is in control of our linage.  He told Abraham hundreds of years before Jesus was born to Mary that Jesus would come through he linage of Abraham.  Mankind might have tried to mess up that linage but God is bigger than anything mankind would do and all He says will come about.  Looking at prophecies in the Old Testament and comparing them with fulfillment in the New Testament is an interesting study.  More than that, It is a faith builder and a reminder of prophecies not yet fulfilled which we must take seriously.  All prophecies will be fulfilled in God’s timing.  Let us celebrate God’s wisdom in timing and His direction of mankind to move mankind back toward Him.

November 26, 2017

Virgin

Isaiah 7:14 14 Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel. (NIV)

Luke 1:34 34 “How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?” (NIV)

Many argue with the true fact that Jesus could have been born of a virgin. With man, that would be impossible. God created man out of dust. He created all that is or will ever be. Having His Holy Spirit enter Mary’s womb to fertilize her see doesn’t seem like much of a problem to me. Just because we can’t understand how something is done doesn’t mean our all-knowing, all-powerful, God needs to be constrained by what we think is possible. Through Jesus, God will continue to do the impossible throughout Jesus’ ministry on this earth. He is still at it today through His Holy Spirit. Let’s keep our eyes and minds open to see His continuing miracles

November 25, 2017

Mary

Micah 5:2 2 “But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times.” (NIV)

Luke 2:4 4 So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. (NIV)

Not only did God declare He would send His Word to defeat Satan, He even said, long before Jesus came, where Jesus would be born. Mary and Joseph lived several days away from Bethlehem. God had to coordinate the timing to cause Mary and Joseph to leave their home when she was great with child, to be in Bethlehem for the birth of Jesus. We are good at asking God for things but we don’t see the coordination required to make those things come about. It continually amazes me how God can hear so many people praying for so many different things at the same time and coordinate everything to provide for each and every one of His children. Maybe sometime today we might want to read the words to the Christmas carol, “Oh Little Town of Bethlehem

November 24, 2017

Seed

Genesis 3:15 15 And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel.” (NIV)

Galatians 4:4 4 But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, (NIV)
The moment mankind disobeyed God, God foretold His remedy for man’s sin.  The word “enmity” means to be actively opposed or hostile.  Mankind and Satan are very hostile.  Man is striving to obey God, his Creator while Satan is doing everything he can to keep mankind separated from God.  Satan doesn’t care about mankind.  He is against God and all God loves.  It is through the seed of a woman that God’s Word (the defeater of Satan), Jesus would come so mankind could once again be united with God, his Creator.  We are looking forward to celebrating the beginning of the triumph in remembering the birth of God’s Word in the form of human flesh through the seed of Mary, fertilized by the Holy Spirit.

 

November 23, 2017

Black Friday

Matthew 3:3 3 This is he who was spoken of through the prophet Isaiah: “A voice of one calling in the wilderness, ‘Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him.’”(NIV)

Today is Thanksgiving.  Tomorrow is known as “Black Friday.”  It might be called black because this is the day the retailers hope their bottom line will be in the black.  In 3 days, Sunday, it will be the first day of the Christian Advent season.  The word “advent” means the arrival of a notable person, thing, or event: Synonyms are:: arrival · appearance · emergence · materialization · occurrence · dawn · birth · rise · development · approach · coming.  During this Advent season I will be citing prophecies from the Old Testament and the fulfillment in the New Testament.  Since there are more than 300 prophecies and not so many days in this season I will begin tomorrow.  We need to each be encouraged to concentrate more on the reason for our celebration rather than the push on materialism.  We need to share the love and joy and hopefully prepare the hearts of others to fully receive the most blessed gift ever – the gift of the Word of God coming in flesh so we could see His great love for us.  Let us share with all we meet.

November 22, 2017

Blood

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 6:52 pm

1 Peter 1:18-21 18 For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect. 20 He was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake. 21 Through him you believe in God, who raised him from the dead and glorified him, and so your faith and hope are in God (NIV)

 We sing songs about the blood of Jesus but we really don’t talk about it much.  We don’t like to really recognize the seriousness of sin.  We don’t like to think about God demanding that only blood can cover sin.  In the Old Testament, before God sent His Word down to earth in the form of Jesus, the only way for forgiveness of sin was by the blood offering of a perfect animal.  God did the firs sacrifice in killing an animal to cover Adam and Eve’s sin nakedness with the skin of an animal.  Animal sacrifice shad to be repeated over and over.  God, in His great mercy, and which He had planned since before He even established creation, had in mind a permanent forgiveness or mankind’s sin.  This perfect sacrifice was the blood of Jesus.  Only His blood could cover sin for all eternity.  This is because only His blood is God’s blood since Jesus and God are One.  Only His blood is righteous and perfect.  How do we get His perfect, righteous blood to wipe out our sins?  We accept Jesus into our heart, mind and life as our Lord and Savior.  As Lord, this means we will obey Him to our fullest ability.  As Savior, we acknowledge we have no righteousness in and of ourselves and are dependent on the righteousness of Jesus to cover our sin.  Let us be sure to thank God for His incredible sacrifice in the shedding of the blood of His Son, His Word, Jesus to cleanse us for all time from our sin and separation from Him.

November 21, 2017

No Pouting

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,peace,prayer — by ginrich @ 8:21 pm

John 11:20-21 20 When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went out to meet him, but Mary stayed at home. (NIV)

 When we read this section of scripture we seem to concentrate on the conversation Martha had with Jesus.  Have you ever thought about why Mary stayed home.  She chose not to go see Jesus as her sister, Martha, did.  It appears she was upset with Jesus.  Maybe even angry.  She had seen Jesus heal so many people yet He didn’t care to come as soon as he hears Lazarus was sick.  If He had come, Lazarus wouldn’t have died.  We can understand her being upset with Jesus.  What about us?  We pray for something and it doesn’t seem to get answered.  We want to see it come about in our way and our time.  We remind God of His promise to answer our prayers but they seem unanswered.  At least, the answers we want don’t seem to be there.  Jesus was going to answer Mary’s prayer for the healing of Lazarus but He would do it in His time, in His way and for His purpose and God’s glory.  We are short sighted and tend to pout when we don’t get what we want when we want it the way we want it.  Faith says we give our need to God in trust for His provision in His way and in His time.  After we state our needs, we turn our request into thanks that God has heard our prayer and is in the process of answering in His way and time.  This is reverence, recognizing God is the ultimate authority, knows what is best and loves us enough to take our requests and will answer them in His perfect way and time.

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