Ginrich's Devotional Blog

July 6, 2020

The Tabernacle

Filed under: Uncategorized,Jesus,God,Holy Spirit,worship,light,altar,spirit — by ginrich @ 7:40 pm

John 4:23 23 Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks.  (NIV)

It is important to know this conversation took place at a well in Samaria with a Samaritan woman.  Please read the entire section.  In Exodus 40 there are 7 things that must compose the tabernacle: table of showbread, menorah, screen door, altar, basin, screen to the courtyard gate and anointing priest.  All these were necessary for the Hebrews to worship God.  The tabernacle was the only place of worship.  In the book of John there are 7 times Jesus identifies Himself as “I Am.”  Each I Am has a different description: the bread of life, the light of the world, the door, the good shepherd, the resurrection, the way and the life.  These 7 I Am’s correspond to the 7 things necessary in the tabernacle.  We no longer are limited to worship in the tabernacle.  Jesus is our tabernacle.  He has filled us with His Holy Spirit so the tabernacle is within us.  We are free to worship God anyplace and any time.  Our question is, do we?

July 4, 2020

Pay Close Attention

Filed under: believe,Bible,Christ,God,Holy Spirit,Jesus,scriptures,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:37 pm

Hebrews 2:1 1 We must pay the most careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away.  (NIV)

Hebrews 2:1 1 Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip.  (KJ)

Hebrews 2:1 1 Therefore we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it.  (ESV)

Hebrews 2:1 1 We must, therefore, pay even more attention to what we have heard, so that we will not drift away.  (HCSB)

Hebrews 2:1  For this reason it is necessary for us to pay especially close attention to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away.  (TOL)

The phrase “pay attention” in some for or another is in the Holy Bible innumerable times.  The words vary according to the translation but the meaning is plane.  In today’s culture we are very distracted. We allow our minds to wander and don’t pay close attention to so many things.  Not paying attention when driving a vehicle results in accidents.  Not paying attention when playing sports or other physical activities results in injuries.  Not paying attention when your spouse is talking to you results in hurt feelings and sometimes arguments.  Not paying attention to what we eat results in illness.  In the above verses we are cautioned to pay careful, earnest, close and more attention to what we have heard from those who walked with Jesus.  We seem to have the ability to read the Holy Bible, seeing the words and maybe even saying the words aloud but our attention is divided on other things while we read.  We may be sitting in a Bible study group but our mind wanders to other things.  This lack of attention comes from not understanding what is most important on our journey on this earth.  The most important things is for us to know God, our Creator.  We can’t know God without first knowing and coming to His Son, Jesus Christ.  To know Him, we must pay most careful attention to the words in His instruction book, the Holy Bible.  We must also pay careful attention to the gentle whisper of the Holy Spirit Who resides in each and every believer.  Paying attention will keep us on God’s chosen path for us.  When we don’t pay attention, we will gradually drift away from our relationship with God.  Let us take heed.  Let us close attention to God in any way He chooses to talk to us: the Holy Bible, the voice of the Holy Spirit, circumstances and through other believers.

 

July 3, 2020

Barriers Broken

Filed under: Bible,gender,Jesus,judging,love,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:53 pm

John 4:7 7 When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, “Will you give me a drink?”  (NIV)

This is really awesome.  Jews didn’t speak or even go near Samaritans.  There were major differences in their religious beliefs.  There was a great deal of prejudice and animosity on both sides.  Not only was there a major hatred between the 2 cultures, men never spoke to women – especially when no one else was present.  Not only these 2 issues, this woman was also hated by her people due to her sinful behavior.  Jesus was demonstrating there is nothing that separates us from God or from each other; not race, culture, gender or past history.  In God’s eyes we are all equal.  Jesus is our example yet we are so far from following him.  There is a big war on gender identity, on racial differences, on cultural differences on everything that is considered to be different from anyone else.  There is really no human that isn’t at least a little prejudiced about some form of difference between him/her and another.  We need to get our act together.  God loves all people.  God created all people.  All people are equally important to God.  We are to do the same.  Let us learn to appreciate the differences without critical judgment.  God is the judge, not us.  Let us learn to demonstrate God’s love following the instructions in the Holy Bible and let God take care of those who choose not to follow God.  Love and acceptance go a long way to healing hatred.  Jesus broke those barriers between race, culture, gender and sinful life-styles.  Who are we to put barriers back in place?

July 1, 2020

Missing a Need

Filed under: angels,Jesus,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:59 pm

Matthew 25:41-43 41 “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. 42 For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, 43 I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me  (NIV)

In many cases the sin of omission is worse than the sin of commission.  For most of us, we’ve been trained to be comparatively good.  We try to refrain from stealing, lying, murder, drunkenness etc.  We tend to feel pretty good about ourselves.  We’re not bad people.  What about that homeless person we walked around the other day?  Did we stop to talk, to ask if they needed help or did we try to act like we didn’t even see them?  What about the friend who was having a bad day?  Did we really take the time to let them talk it out with us?  I think you get the idea.  It’s not so much what we do as it is what we don’t do.  Reread the verses above until they sink into your inner being.  We are so attuned to our self-made schedule we tend to not notice when a need is staring us in the face.  Jesus was in a big crowd of people, all yelling for him, yet he saw Zacchaeus up in that tree and saw his need for Him.  That encounter changed Zacchaeus for life.  We are to be imitators of Jesus.  Let’s choose not to miss a need that God puts in our path.

June 30, 2020

Exercising Faith

Filed under: faith,Father,God,Jesus,prayer,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:29 pm

2 Samuel 22:35 35 He trains my hands for battle; my arms can bend a bow of bronze.  (NIV)

Arms can’t bend a bow of bronze unless they have gradually increased their strength through consistent exercise and training.  The same is true of faith.  Faith and trust are basically the same.   We learn to trust or have faith with small things and gradually our faith increases.  If the first chair we ever sit in breaks, we are hesitant to trust or have faith that the next chair will hold us and test it out very cautiously.  Learning to have faith in God’s promise to answer our prayers builds as we continue to pray.  Keeping a prayer journal is a good tool for increasing faith.  Record what we ask with the date then record when and how it is answered.  Reading through the records and seeing how each prayer is answered is faith-building.  The saying “Use it or lose it” applies to more than just our body.  The more we pray, the more we will want to pray.  Prayer is a privilege.  Prayer is talking with the Creator of all that was, is or will ever be.  God is so very much bigger and knowing than we are yet, because of His Son, Jesus, God allows us to call Him “Father.”  Think on that.  It’s overwhelming.

June 28, 2020

Nothing is Insignificant

Filed under: God,heart,Jesus,Lord,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:35 pm

Ruth 2:3 3 So she went out, entered a field and began to glean behind the harvesters. As it turned out, she was working in a field belonging to Boaz, who was from the clan of Elimelek.  (NIV)

No task is insignificant in the hands of God.  When you read the genealogy of Jesus in Matthew 1 you see how important it was for Ruth to glen in the field belonging to Boaz.  So often we think our day to day chores are insignificant.  We falsely think that God only works through the bold and magnificent things.  In Colossians 3:23  we read,  Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters,  Ruth gleaned the leftovers in the field with all her heart out of love for Naomi and her God.  God honored that, led Ruth to the field of Boaz and we can read the rest of the plan of God in Ruth and Matthew 1.  It is important for us to remember all our time and all our actions are under God.  Let us enter into all we say and so giving God glory and credit for, without Him, we can’t do anything.

June 26, 2020

Know His Name

Filed under: Bible,bless,Christ,God,Jesus,knowledge,sin,trials,troubles,Uncategorized,wisdom,Word — by ginrich @ 7:29 pm

 

Proverbs 30:3-4 3 I have not learned wisdom, nor have I attained to the knowledge of the Holy One.4 Who has gone up to heaven and come down?  Whose hands have gathered up the wind?  Who has wrapped up the waters in a cloak?  Who has established all the ends of the earth?  What is his name and what is the name of his son?  Surely you know!  (NIV)

I really enjoy the book of Proverbs in the Holy Bible.  Not only is it full of wisdom for every day’s problems and trials, it is also prophetic.  Here the writer is expressing his yearning to know the name of the Son of God.  He knows the Son hold the key to knowing God.  He knows He was always with God and knows He would come down to earth.  He also knows that He would be known throughout all the ends of the earth.  He only doesn’t know what His name is.  We are blessed and privileged to know His name.  His name is Jesus Christ.  I am so glad God put me on this earth after Jesus came and died and rose so I could be forgiven for my separation through sin from God and be adopted into His family as His child and a co-heir with His Son, Jesus.  Do you know Him?  If so, are you actively introducing the Son of God by name to those around you?

June 24, 2020

A Place for Us

Filed under: Bible,Father,God,Holy Spirit,Jesus,Lord,sin,treasure,Uncategorized,wisdom,Word — by ginrich @ 7:47 pm

John 14:4 4 You know the way to the place where I am going.” (NIV)

Jesus told us the place where He was going and now is.  He said He would be going to His Father.  He has also told us the way we could go to the same place, the place where He and His Father are.  Jesus said He is the way.  He said there is no other way but through Him.  I don’t know if He will be coming back for me or I will be joining Him but I know one of the two will occur.  What I want you to notice is He used the word “place.”  Heaven is a real place.  According to the vision John had and recorded in the book of Revelation, that very real place has a throne in it.  On the throne sits God the Father.  Right beside the throne sits Jesus, God’s Word, God’s Son made flesh and crucified for our sin of separation from God the risen back to real life for our resurrection.  Through Jesus, those of us who have welcomed Him into or hearts and lives as our Lord and Savior, will be able to enter that very real place.  Jesus said He prepared a place for us in the same place where He and the Father are.  This is a reality.  Because Jesus, the Word and Son of God is in the very real presence of the Father, He sent the person of the Holy Spirit to dwell in each of us believers so we could live on this earth already in the very real persons of God.  The Holy Spirit is within us to comfort us through earthly trials and to give us wisdom in all our decisions.  We only need to ask and listen.  All answers to all questions are available to us through the Holy Spirit and through the written instruction book, the Holy Bible, which God so lovingly provided for us.  Let’s just learn to always look to Him and listen to Him.  A special place is with Him with our name on it.  So, since we have a place prepared for us, let’s not struggle to build up treasures here on earth but build up treasures in our place with God.

June 23, 2020

Meditation

Filed under: Father,God,Jesus,Lord,meditation,Uncategorized,walk — by ginrich @ 7:43 pm

2 Samuel 7:18-19 18 Then King David went in and sat before the Lord, and he said:
“Who am I, Sovereign Lord, and what is my family, that you have brought me this far? 19 And as if this were not enough in your sight, Sovereign Lord, you have also spoken about the future of the house of your servant—and this decree, Sovereign Lord, is for a mere human  (NIV)

We are a people who make our own priorities.  For many, their profession is a priority, Other prioritize their favorite sport as being the most important thing in their life.  It might be a car or other possession or can even be power or limelight.  There is only one thing that should be a priority in all of our lives.  That is our relationship with God, the Creator of all.  In order to have a relationship with God we must go to Him through His Son Jesus.  This route is the only way God established for us to approach Him.  Once we go through the door which Jesus opened for us, we must grow in our relationship with God by getting to know Him.  Meditation is an important way to get to know God.  David, a man after God’s own heart, was very familiar with meditation.  He often would sit before the Lord, talking with Him, asking Him questions and listening to Him.  We need a quiet place free from distractions to meditate before God.  One of our biggest distractions can be our own thoughts.  I always take a note pad to write down the things that clutter my mind of the tasks I need to do so I can dismiss them for a later time.  This clears the clutter out of my mind so I can turn my mind to God.  On reflection on how close our relationship with God is is how often we actually do sit down before Him to meditate and listen to Him.  Our love for God is reflected by how often our desire is to be with Him alone.  Let’s not let the busyness of this world weaken our relationship with the One Who knows and loves us best.

June 21, 2020

The Trinity

John 1:1-3 1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made  (NIV)

Genesis 1:2 2 Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.  (NIV)

Though the Holy Bible doesn’t contain the word, “trinity,” God is a trinity.  God the Father is the Source of all that was, is or will ever be.  The Word, made flesh as Jesus, the Son is the outlet of the Source.  The Holy Spirit is the conductor of the of the source through the outlet.  Though each person of the trinity has a specific function the 3 functions work as One for the 3 Persons are 1 in function and being.  We, humans, were made in the image of God. Each of us has a specific function within the family of God yet, for the specific functions to work, we must work as one.  This means our differences are to complement each other, not be a source of contention nor to be judge for their differences.  It matters not what color, gender or condition the parts of God’s families bodies are.  What matters is we each learn to function as one in our stewarding this earth God provided for us and coming together to worship God the Father through  His Word, the Son, Jesus, by way of the Holy Spirit dwelling in each of us in the way the Holy Spirit moves in and through us.  Let’s grow up and quit judging, condemning, fighting and all the other separating we are doing as the human race and learn to function in the way God designed us to function.

 

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