Ginrich's Devotional Blog

April 28, 2020

Holy of Holies

Filed under: Bible,commandment,cross,God,holy,Holy Spirit,Jesus,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:13 pm

Exodus 16:34 34 As the Lord commanded Moses, Aaron put the manna with the tablets of the covenant law, so that it might be preserved.  (NIV)

Not only was a jar of manna and the tablets of the law of God’s covenant put in the tabernacle, Aaron’s rod was also put in there.  The manna represented God’s provision.  Aaron’s rod represented the authority of God.  The tablets represented the sinfulness of man unable to keep all the laws of the covenant all the time.  These three things are still relevant today.  God is our provision.  God is our authority and without the blood of Jesus we remain a slave to sin.  Those 3 items were in the Ark of the Covenant placed on the altar in the Holy of Holies.  Only the selected priest could go into the Holy of Holies and that was only once a year on the day of Atonement.  When Jesus died on the cross the vail separating the Holy of Holies was torn from top to bottom allowing all to see the Holy of Holies.  This was quite a feet as the vail was extremely thick.  God was showing us that we all, through His Son, Jesus, have access to the Holy of Holies.  We can all come before the altar and we all can have His manna (His Word in the Holy Bible to feed us), be guided in our life by the tablets (the laws of God) and have the benefit of the Rod by the continual guidance of the Holy Spirit within us.  How wonderful to have direct access to the Holy of Holies – God Himself.

December 9, 2019

Proof of Grace

Filed under: baptise,believe,Christ,commandment,cross,Father,God,grace,Jesus,Obey,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:32 pm

Luke 23:43 43 Jesus answered him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.” (NIV)

If anyone needs proof that it is only the grace of Jesus Christ that opens our door to heaven it is this statement Jesus made to one of the thieves on the cross.  There is no way for this thief to change his life.  He has no time to do good works.  He has no time to obey the 10 commandments.  He has no time to be baptized.  He has no time to partake of the communion of the Lord’s supper.  He only has time enough to ask Jesus to forgive him for living apart from God.  The reason we obey the commandments, the reason we attempt to do good works is because we love God and want to please Him, not because we are earning our way to heaven.  What a comforting statement Jesus made to the thief.  The moment we ask Jesus to remember us, to live within us, we are guaranteed a place in heaven.  We can relax.  We don’t need to work ourselves in a frenzy trying to be do-gooders or legalistic.  We need only believe, receive through faith by grace and desire to live each day pleasing to our Father.

October 30, 2019

Seventh Day

Filed under: Cell Phone,Church,commandment,gifts,God,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:49 pm

Exodus 31:15 15 For six days work is to be done, but the seventh day is a day of sabbath rest, holy to the Lord. Whoever does any work on the Sabbath day is to be put to death.  (NIV)

The statistics tell the story.  More people are dying of heart attacks in their 30’s and 40’s.  We are working 24×7.  We have our cell phones on us and answer tests about our jobs 7 days a week and throughout each days evening and even into the nights.  Many go to church on Sunday mornings but the rest of the day is spent catching up with work – either our professional jobs or work maintaining all the material stuff we’ve accumulated.  God worked for 6 days then took the 7th day to rest from His work.  He designed us to need to do the same.  We are choosing to ignore one of the 10 commandments.  All the commandments are equal in importance.  God gave them to us for our good.  We must ask ourselves why we choose not to take proper care of our bodies, minds and spirits by ignoring this commandment.  Let us choose to take one out of every 7 days as a day of rest – real rest.  Let us honor all the commandments.

October 26, 2019

God is Faithful

Filed under: believe,commandment,confess,faith,God,scriptures,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:44 pm

Philippians 4:6 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  (NIV)

We must examine if we truly trust and believe God is faithful.  A sign of our lack of trust is if we are ever anxious or worried about anything.  As long as we do our part, develop the habits of the things we have been instructed to do in Scripture, we have no need to lack trust in God’s faithfulness.  God is always faithful.  We have the power to step out of His faithfulness when we choose to go a way seperate from God’s ways but our going another way doesn’t change the faithfulness of God.  God will cause things to gently guide us back.  In Deuteronomy 7:9 we read   Know therefore that the Lord your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commandments.  Let us pay attention to when we become anxious or worried so we can see where we have walked away from God, confess it and turn back to the faithfulness of God.

July 1, 2019

Fellowship

Filed under: Christ,commandment,Father,fellowship,glory,God,Holy Spirit,Jesus,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:01 pm

1 John 1:3 3 We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ. (NIV)

We use the word fellowship in several different ways.  What does it mean to have fellowship with the Father and with His Son, Jesus Christ?  To be in fellowship with God we live in the knowledge of His will.  We agree with His commandments and all He does.  We share in His love for His creation.  We enjoy being in His presence. All of these are in various verses of the Holy Bible.  I encourage you to to a word search on “fellowship” to learn more of what it means to fellowship with God.  Having knowledge of what is included in fellowship will help us see what areas we are not truly fellowship with God.  We all have special groups of people with whom we enjoy fellowship from time to time.  Our fellowship with them is not all-inclusive.  Let us learn to be all-inclusive with our fellowship with God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit.

 

March 26, 2019

Intellectual Interpretation

2 Corinthians 10:5 5 We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. (NIV)

Many people think they are smart enough, had enough theological courses and read enough to interpret scripture on their own.  The One qualified to interpret scripture is the author, the Holy Spirit.  Apart from the Holy Spirit no physical, human intelligence can possibly interpret what is Spirit.  There is such a large amount of pride amongst intellectual scholars of God’s written word, the Holy Bible.  There is no way our finite minds, on their own, can possible correctly interpret what is written by the Spirit of God.  Unless we are in Christ Jesus and have learned to listen to the soft, gently voice of the 3rd Person of the Trinity of God, the Holy Spirit, there is no way we can fully interpret, understand and apply the principles of the Bible.  There is nothing wrong with taking theological courses and feeding our intellects but let us remember it is only through opening our intellects to the Holy Spirit that true interpretation comes.  Let us combine our finite intellects with the openness to the Holy Spirit that we can take captive every thought to make ourselves obedient to Christ.

March 23, 2019

Whose First

Acts 4:29 29 Now, Lord, consider their threats and enable your servants to speak your word with great boldness. (NIV)

Notice the believers prayed for courage and strength to speak the word of God.  They didn’t pray for protection.  They didn’t pray for an easy life.  They were centered on bringing glory to God, serving Him and spreading the gospel to all as was the last command of Jesus before He returned to the Father.  Notice what happened after their prayer. Acts 4:31  After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly.  One of the reasons we don’t see more miracles today is our self-centered prayers.  We are so good at asking for what we think we need and what we want to support our fleshly desires.  Where is our drive?  Where is our enthusiasm?  Where is our real commitment of love to share the word of God with those who don’t know, understand or accept?  Let us fight our pride of self-sufficiency and our idol of a comfortable life and really put God first above all.

February 7, 2019

God First

Filed under: commandment,God,Obey,tithe,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:19 pm

1 Kings 17:13 13 Elijah said to her, “Don’t be afraid. Go home and do as you have said. But first make a small loaf of bread for me from what you have and bring it to me, and then make something for yourself and your son. (NIV)

Read the entire event here.  Notice Elijah told the widow to give to him first before she made bread for she and her terminally ill son (later the son dies and Elijah prays and he comes back to life).  This goes with the commandment not to put any other gods before God but always put God first.  God sent Elijah to the widow not to save Elijah but so God could save the widow and her son.  He saved her because she put Him first by putting Elijah first before her own need.  She never ran out of flour or oil during the entire famine.  What we are to learn from this is not only putting God first in giving our tithe but to put Him first in all we have and in the use of our time.  Putting God first in our lives enables Him to care for our needs.  Yes, God can care for our needs even if we don’t obey, but God is not a God of confusion.  He is the  God of order and by His nature He follows His order.  Let us learn to put Him first in our finances, our service, our time and every area of our lives

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