Ginrich's Devotional Blog

December 21, 2017

Ridiculed

Psalms 22:7 7 Everyone who sees me mocks me; they sneer and shake their heads: (NIV)

Luke 23:35 35 The people stood watching, and even the leaders kept scoffing: “He saved others; let Him save Himself if this is God’s Messiah, the Chosen One!” (NIV)

Jesus not only experienced extreme physical pain, He experienced the emotional plain of people calling Him names and making fun of Him.  Most all of us have been the brunt of insults.  Even adult politicians try to belittle others through name calling.  We’ve most likely been guilty of doing that ourselves.  I have called other drivers stupid.  Jesus’ reaction was forgiveness.  What is our reaction when we are made fun of or called names?  What comes out of our own mouths toward others?  God loves all His creation.  Who are we to make fun of or call others names that attempt to make them more inferior than we think ourselves to be?

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December 20, 2017

Thieves

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Isaiah 53:12 12 Therefore I will give Him the many as a portion, and He will receive the mighty as spoil,
because He submitted Himself to death, and was counted among the rebels; yet He bore the sin of many
and interceded for the rebels. (NIV)

Mark 15:27 27 They crucified two criminals with Him, one on His right and one on His left. (NIV)

Jesus was placed between2 thieves.  He hung between 2 sinners.  Jesus is between our sin and God.  God will not stand in the presence of sin so Jesus took on the burden of our sin so we could be in the presence of God.  One of the thieves asked for mercy and Jesus said he would be in the presence of God that day.  The other thief taunted Jesus.  We are also thieves.  We have tried to take glory for ourselves.  We have taken from God judgement to be our right to judge others.  There are so many things we have tried to take away from God and give to ourselves.  We still have the choice of choosing Jesus, the only One Who can bring us into the presence of God, or we can deny Him.  God, the Creator of all that was, is or will be said Jesus is the only way into His Presence.  Let us accept His forgiveness through His Son and live in a state of unforgiveness of ourselves and of others.

December 19, 2017

Hated

Psalms 35:19 19 Do not let my deceitful enemies rejoice over me; do not let those who hate me without cause look at me maliciously. (NIV)

John 15:24 24 If I had not done the works among them that no one else has done, they would not have sin. Now they have seen and hated both Me and My Father. (NIV)

The religious leaders were very deceitful in their jealous hatred of Jesus.  The fabricated lies in an effort to make themselves appear good and Jesus to appear evil.  Those of us who choose to walk with God are often lied about and even treated maliciously.  We see attacks on Christians worshiping in their churches.  Our question is will we let fear of rejection and false accusations keep us silent or will we be bold in our love for God and stand firm on His Word and with His Son, Jesus?  Let us agree with Paul when he wrote, (Philippians 1:21 NIV)  For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.  Death isn’t limited to physical death.  Death can be in relationships, jobs, emotions are any other part of our lives and being.  Let us live for Christ for He is the One we want to please.

December 18, 2017

Spit

Isaiah 50:6 6 I gave My back to those who beat Me, and My cheeks to those who tore out My beard.
I did not hide My face from scorn and spitting. (NIV)

Matthew 26:67 67 Then they spit in His face and beat Him; others slapped Him.  (NIV)

Spitting in the face is an indignity.  It is a way of saying what you spit on means nothing, is totally worthless.  In Revelation 3:16 we read, “So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth.” (NIV)  It was prophesied Jesus would be treated as worthless. God gives us a warning.  We must consider what it means to be “lukewarm.”  Do we use prayer as an emergency when we’ve tried all we could but nothing seems to work?  Do we only talk to God when we want something?  Does God really come in first place in our heats and minds.  My constant prayer is for God to keep the fire of His Hoy Spirit ignited in me and blazing.  We must look at how we spend our time, what we think the most about, what we talk the most about.  The choice is ours.  Do we want God to spit us out because we are lukewarm?

December 17, 2017

Silent

Isaiah 53:7 7 He was oppressed and afflicted, yet He did not open His mouth.  Like a lamb led to the slaughter and like a sheep silent before her shearers,  He did not open His mouth. (NIV)

Mark 15:4-5 4 Then Pilate questioned Him again, “Are You not answering anything? Look how many things they are accusing You of!” 5 But Jesus still did not answer anything, so Pilate was amazed. (NIV)

Jesus kept His mouth shut as an answer to false accusations.  We have a hard time being silent.  We want to put our “2 cents” in on everything.  We even add to things we don’t really know anything about.  There are times to speak up but there are also times to be silent.  We don’t need to prove to others we have all the answers.  We don’t have all the answers.  When we look to and listen to God, we will know when it’s time to speak and when it’s time to keep silent.  God gave us 2 ears and 1 mouth for a reason.  Let us be sure we listen twice as much as we speak.

December 16, 2017

False Witness

Psalms 35:11 11 Malicious witnesses come forward; they question me about things I do not know. (NIV)

Mark 14:57-59 57 Some stood up and were giving false testimony against Him, stating, 58 “We heard Him say, ‘I will demolish this sanctuary made by human hands, and in three days I will build another not made by hands.’” 59 Yet their testimony did not agree even on this. (NIV)

The priests tried hard to find witness to condemn Jesus.  The lies were evident.  Before we condemn them, we must consider how many times our word or actions were as false testimonies to the love and goodness of God.  When others hear us or see our actions, what do they see?  More important, who do they see?  Our lives are to be a witness of the love, mercy and goodness of God.  Walking in unforgiveness, anger, depression, lust or any other negative way is giving a false testimony of God and His nature.  Let us not be false witnesses.

December 15, 2017

Potter’s Field

Zechariah 11:13 13 “Throw it to the potter,” the Lord said to me — this magnificent price I was valued by them. So I took the 30 pieces of silver and threw it into the house of the Lord, to the potter. (NIV)

Matthew 27:6-7 6 The chief priests took the silver and said, “It’s not lawful to put it into the temple treasury, since it is blood money.” 7 So they conferred together and bought the potter’s field with it as a burial place for foreigners. (NIV)

Not only was it prophesied that Judas would be paid 30 pieces of silver then throw it back at the feet of the priest, it also prophesied they would purchase the potter’s field, a place for burial for those who can’t afford a proper grave site.  God entrust to us various talents.  He enables us to make income.  So often we toss out our talents and waste our income.  We consider it ours.  We forget we are stewards of all God has entrusted to our care.  We must consider what we do with our income and how we use our talents.  Let us be good stewards and follow the wisdom of God in the use of both our talents and the income He enables us to have.

December 14, 2017

Betrayed

Zechariah 11:13 13 “Throw it to the potter,” the Lord said to me — this magnificent price I was valued by them. So I took the 30 pieces of silver and threw it into the house of the Lord, to the potter. (NIV)

Psalms 41:9 9 Even my friend in whom I trusted, one who ate my bread, has raised his heel against me. (NIV)

Matthew 26:14-15 14 Then one of the Twelve — the man called Judas Iscariot — went to the chief priests 15 and said, “What are you willing to give me if I hand Him over to you?”

Matthew 27:3-5 3 Then Judas, His betrayer, seeing that He had been condemned, was full of remorse and returned the 30 pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders. 4 “I have sinned by betraying innocent blood,” he said. “What’s that to us?” they said. “See to it yourself!”  5 So he threw the silver into the sanctuary and departed. Then he went and hanged himself. (NIV)

Judas was one of the 12 disciples.  He was entrusted with the money for all of them.  Judas didn’t understand why Jesus didn’t raise up an army and conquer Rome giving Israel back to the Jews.  He thought he would push Jesus ahead to do this by turning Him into the religious leaders.  After Jesus was crucified, Judas realized he was really wrong.  We often don’t understand the movement of God or His timing.  So often we take things into our own hands.  Eventually we realize we were wrong.  Instead of hanging ourselves like Judas did, we have the assurance that Jesus will cover our sin with His righteousness and we stand forgiven.  When we make the decision to follow Jesus, it is a sin for us to go off on our own way.  We pledged to follow Him.  We can’t follow Him if we don’t seek Him for our direction and timing.  Let us learn to seek Him first before we speak or act.

December 13, 2017

Praised

Psalms 8:2 2 Because of Your adversaries, You have established a stronghold from the mouths of children and nursing infants to silence the enemy and the avenger. (NIV)
Matthew 21:15 15 When the chief priests and the scribes saw the wonders that He did and the children shouting in the temple complex, “Hosanna to the Son of David!” they were indignant (NIV)

Jesus will be praised.  There is no way to keep quiet about Jesus.  The entire creation praises Him.  He said in Luke 19:40 40 “I tell you,” he replied, “if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.”  The Majesty, Love, Power, Mercy and Grace of the Triune God demands praise.  We are so quick to ask Him for things but we must consider how quick are we in praising Him?  We are to praise Him with our voice, with our actions and with our hearts.  Let’s not depend on the stones to do what we were created to do.  Let us praise Him throughout each and every day with all we say and all we do.

December 12, 2017

Melchizedek

Psalms 110:4 4 The Lord has sworn an oath and will not take it back: “Forever, You are a priest
like Melchizedek.”  (NIV)

 Hebrews 5:5-6 5 In the same way, the Messiah did not exalt Himself to become a high priest, but the One who said to Him, You are My Son; today I have become Your Father, 6 also said in another passage, You are a priest forever in the order of Melchizedek. (NIV)

 Melchizedek was a king and priest appearing in the Genesis. The name means “King of Righteousness” – a name echoing kingly and priestly functions.[2] He was the first individual to be given the title.  He preceded Moses and Aaron.  From Moses onward, all priests were to be descendants of Aaron.  Jesus is not only the High Priest forever, He is also the King.  Since the time of Melchizedek, no priest was ever also a king.  Only Jesus.   Jesus didn’t put Himself in the priestly, king role.  This was done by the Father as stated in the Hebrews verse.  A king’s role was to rule his subjects.  A priest was to stand between the people and God.  Jesus is the King and He does rule.  He is the link, the only link, between mankind and God, the Father.  The only way we can approach God is through His Son, our Priest, Jesus.  Jesus won’t be our Priest unless He is also our King.  As our King, we are to honor, respect and obey Him.  Let us reflect on how well we are doing these things.

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