Ginrich's Devotional Blog

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.

December 22, 2016

Tamar

Genesis 38:26 26 Judah recognized them and said, “She is more righteous than I, since I wouldn’t give her to my son Shelah.” And he did not sleep with her again.

 Tamar was a fighter.  She was mistreated by her father-in-law, Judah.  She was also very smart and was able to make plans to cause Judah to honor her according to Jewish law.  Her story is very worth the time to read in Genesis 38 and I encourage you to do so.  Reading it straight from scripture is much better than my rewriting it in my own words.  By including Tamar in the genealogy of Jesus, God was showing that He welcomes sinners into His family.  Tamar was mistreated but used deception to gain what was being denied to her.  Whatever sins or how ever many sins we’ve done in the past we can lay at the cross of Jesus and know they are all forgiven forever. We can also learn from Tamar to persevere, when mistreated,  not through deception but according to the precepts set down for us in God’s written word, the Holy Bible.

December 21, 2016

Genealogies

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

 I’m not big on genealogies.  I’ve tried to get interested in my family’s genealogy but just can’t seem to pay much attention even though I’ve read it and been told it many times.  In the Bible, many times I tend to speed read through the genealogies.  Genealogies are part of the prophecy of the coming of Jesus.  They help tie the Old Testament and New Testament together.  In Judaism, females were basically in sequential though genealogy isn’t possible without them.  But there are 4 women listed in the genealogy of Jesus.  I will be looking at each one the next 4 days.  One prophecy said the Messiah would come through the linage of David.  The significance of the number 14 is only for the superstitious.  Some think it is because of the multiple of the number 7 which represents completeness.  If you’re interested in numerology there are several numbers in the scripture which would make interesting study.

December 20, 2016

The Manger

Filed under: Advent,Bible,Christ,Christian,Christmas,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Jesus — by ginrich @ 1:08 am

 A manger is a wooden trough used to hold food for animals.  The baby Jesus was put in a manger that had hay in it.  In scripture we read, (John 6:35 NIV)35 Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.”  Our bread of life was laid in a manger.  Several years ago I wrote a song with the following words.

When I walked into the barn

Early one cold morn,

My eyes fell on the manger bed

Looking old and worn

Then I heard You softly say,

“Twas in a place like this,

snuggled in some old dry hay

I first laid to rest.”

 

As my Savior grew to serve

He wandered all around.

Never did He have a place

He could call His own.

When He died upon the cross

On that dismal day

They laid Him in a borrowed tomb

To wait for that third day.

 

Now that You have conquered death

Make Your home in me

Fill me with your warmth and peace,

Free Your love through me.

Keep my mind full of Your thoughts

Set my spirit free

To be united with Your own

Then One we’ll ever be.

As we continue to celebrate the coming of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, let us remember He is the very bread of life and we are to eat and digest His words making them part of our being.

 

 

December 19, 2016

Star

Filed under: Advent,Bible,Christ,Christian,Christmas,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Jesus — by ginrich @ 12:57 am

Matthew 2:9 9 After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen when it rose went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. (NIV)

 Many people put a star on top of their Christmas tree.  They put it on top because it was a star that guided the wise men to Bethlehem to worship and present their gifts to the Christ child, Jesus.  As far as what the star actually was, there are interesting opinions on the internet.  I recommend you do a search on the Bethlehem star but I caution you to check out the source before reading.  The point is there was a star or something that appeared to be a star that guided the wise men to the right place.  As Jesus walked this earth and after His death and resurrection, we no longer need a star or light in the heavens.  Jesus is the light and when we follow Him and the precepts He has given us in His written word, the Holy Bible, we can be assured of being guided in the right direction for our lives.  Jesus is the Light of the world.  Our question for today is do we continually choose to follow the Light or do we choose to follow our own way?

December 18, 2016

Eternal Life

Since there are more days in Advent before Christmas day we will look at some of the symbols of Christmas.  Symbols are good for they remind us of what they represent.  But they’re only good as long as they are not our focus but remain as a guide to keep our focus on the meaning behind them.

CHRISTMAS TREE:  Evergreens were worshiped by many pagan cultures as symbols of immortality.  When the Germans were converted to Christianity in the early 700’s,  In the early 700’s, they demolished “the Oak of Thor” tree which they had worshiped.  A fir tree came up from the roots of the demolished tree. It came to represent the “Tree of Life” in the Garden of Eden since the needles stay green all year.  It represents the eternal life given to us when we accept Jesus, God’s Son, into our hearts, minds and life as our Lord and Savior.  As we look at evergreen trees let us remember (John 3:16-17 NIV) 16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.  This is why, I personally, don’t like to use anything but a green fir tree.  It is the green that represents eternal life.  May we take extra time today to thank God for this gift of life through His Son and may we share this gift with others.

 

December 17, 2016

Nazareth

Filed under: Advent,Bible,Christ,Christian,Christmas,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Jesus — by ginrich @ 1:18 am

Matthew 2:22 22 But when he heard that Archelaus was reigning in Judea in place of his father Herod, he was afraid to go there. Having been warned in a dream, he withdrew to the district of Galilee, Matthew 2:23 23 and he went and lived in a town called Nazareth. So was fulfilled what was said through the prophets, that he would be called a Nazarene. (NIV)

 Even more prophecies are fulfilled.  We often question the circumstances we find we must walk through.  Here is another example of a circumstance that changed Joseph’s direction and caused a prophecy to be fulfilled.  When we find a circumstance has changed our direction we need to take time to pray and ask God what we are to do.  God speaks to us in many different ways.  The primary way is through His written word, the Holy Bible.  He also speaks to us through that still, inner voice of His Holy Spirit within us.  He also speaks to us through others who are mature in their faith.  He also speaks to us through our circumstances.  Instead of complaining, we need to embrace the circumstance and ask God for wisdom in walking through the new circumstance.  When we are determined to evade a new circumstance by walking around it or totally resisting it and staying the course we were on we miss God’s blessing for us on the other side.  As we continue to celebrate the first coming of our Savior to this earth let us also be open to any circumstance God chooses to allow to come to us, trusting His wisdom to guide us through and into His blessing for us.

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