Ginrich's Devotional Blog

June 12, 2020

Reflecting

Filed under: blood,Father,God,Jew,joy,penalty,sacrifice,suffering,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:09 pm

1 Peter 3:18 18 For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive in the Spirit.  (NIV)

I struggle when I partake of what we call the Lord’s Supper or communion.  It makes me thin about how much Jesus suffered so I wouldn’t have to pay the penalty for my own sins.  Reread what they did to Him.  Visualize it here in Matthew 27:27-31 27 Then the governor’s soldiers took Jesus into the Praetorium and gathered the whole company of soldiers around him. 28 They stripped him and put a scarlet robe on him, 29 and then twisted together a crown of thorns and set it on his head. They put a staff in his right hand. Then they knelt in front of him and mocked him. “Hail, king of the Jews!” they said. 30 They spit on him, and took the staff and struck him on the head again and again. 31 After they had mocked him, they took off the robe and put his own clothes on him. Then they led him away to crucify him. Can you imagine going through something like what He experienced?  It makes me cringe.  As I eat the bread and drink from the cup I think about what Jesus went through.  It makes me cry and leaves a biter taste in my mouth.  How do we show Him our thanks for what He experienced so we could live covered by His righteousness and blood sacrifice?  Do we thank Him with more than lip-service?  Most of us don’t spend enough time thinking about how our thoughts, words and actions represent our thankfulness and love to God the Father and to God the Son.  The sacrifice cost the Father to suffer as well as the Son.  None of us, in our imperfect love, likes to see on of our children suffer.  God’s love is purer.  The Father had to turn His eyes away from the suffering of His Son as His Son took on our sin.  I can’t imagine such pain – the pain either and both of them experienced.  Let us put our complaints about things we think are suffering and live reflecting His love and joy each and every day.

June 8, 2020

Chosen Kingdom

Filed under: God,Jesus,Jew,kingdom,Messiah,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:06 pm

Luke 4:18-19 18 “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor.  He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind,
to set the oppressed free, 19 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor. (NIV)

The Kingdome of God isn’t a realm like our nations in this world.  The Kingdome of God is a rule.  God is sovereign.  He is the Kingdome.  After Jesus rose from the dead, those who accept Him as the Son of God are indwell by the Kingdome of God.  The Jews knew what Jesus was saying when He read these verses and said it is now fulfilled.  Jesus was saying He is the Kingdome of God.  Our question for us today is how much space do we give the Kingdome of God?  God desires our entire heart and mind  He wants every bit of us  We must see what we are holding back from Him.  We must see what parts of the Kingdome of God we are not allowing to flourish within us.  Yes, there is a real place called heaven and it also has the Kingdome of God there for God is the Kingdome.  Everything that was, is or will ever be are contained in God.  The Jewish leaders at that time wanted to be head of their own kingdoms.  The kind of Messiah they wanted was a physical warrior that would raise them up to be free from the Roman kingdom into a kingdom of their own choosing.  We mut decide what kingdom do we choose.  We can’t be divided into multiple kingdoms.  We are either completely in the Kingdome of God Who is in us or we are not.  Which do you choose today?

August 21, 2019

The Winner

Filed under: Bible,Gentile,God,Jew,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:23 pm

Ephesians 3:6 6 This mystery is that through the gospel the Gentiles are heirs together with Israel, members together of one body, and sharers together in the promise in Christ Jesus.  (NIV)

There is so much anti-Jew and anti-Christian going on throughout the world.  Many wonder why Christians support the Jews. After all, aren’t the Jew responsible for the crucifixion of Jesus, the Son of God?  Actually no, God’s plan was for Jesus to be sacrificed.  His sacrifice was the only way we could be free from the penalty of our sin – eternal separation from God.  The Christians, most of whom were considered gentiles by the Jews who were God’s chosen race, through their belief and acceptance of Jesus as the Lord of their hearts, minds and lives, became united with the Jews and all the promises God made to His chosen race.  We are now one family.  Many Jews have come to believe and accept Jesus as the Son of God.  Other Jews do their best to follow all the precepts God gave through Moses.  Yet others are Jews only by race but no longer practicing the precepts given by God.  As Christians, we are to love all.  Through our love we are to encourage all to open their hearts to Jesus.  We do this by positive support, not by condemnation or name calling.  The Jews and the Jewish nation of Israel are an integral part of God’s plan.  We can either support God’s plan by supporting the nation of Israel as a Jewish nation or we can go against God’s plan.  Let us support God’s plan and pray for the peace of Jerusalem and all of Israel.  The Holy Bible cites the world would be against us but since God is for us it doesn’t really matter what the world thinks.  I’ve read the last sentence in the Holy Bible and I know Who wins.  I stand with the Winner.

August 16, 2019

Eyes Focused

Filed under: God,Holy Spirit,Jesus,Jew,trials,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:07 pm

Acts 7:56 56 “Look,” he said, “I see heaven open and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God.” (NIV)

Stephen had just finished sharing the history of Jews and their relationship with God and His bringing them salvation from their continual disobedience through Jesus Christ when the crowd turned upon him and began stoning him to death.  Instead of looking at his circumstances, Stephen kept his eyes on God.  What a beautiful vision God gave him as he was passing from this earthly life to his eternal home in the very presence of God.  We can learn so much from Stephen.  We tend to focus our eyes and all our attention on our present circumstances.  We take comfort in complaining to all who will listen how hard things are or how much pain we’re in.  Keeping our eyes focused on our trials interferes with our seeing and hearing what God has for us through the trials and after the trials.  Instead of complaints, let us turn and keep our eyes on God and our ears tuned to the gentle whisper of the Holy Spirit living in us.

April 29, 2019

The Sheet

Filed under: Christ,Gentile,God,Jesus,Jew,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:45 pm

Acts 10:11 11 He saw heaven opened and something like a large sheet being let down to earth by its four corners. (NIV)

If you are not Jewish by birth you should join me in being thankful for this vision Peter had.  Until Peter had this vision, Jesus was only for the Jews.  But, the Jews, for the most part, refused Jesus.  This opened it up for us who are called gentiles by the Jews.  Peter was being told through his vision that Jesus came not only to God’s chosen people, the Jews, but to all people.  Peter’s vision opened the door for Paul’s ministry to the gentiles.  It took 3 times for Peter to lay down his prejudice against gentiles and realize God loves all of us.  We must consider how many times it takes God to get us to lay down our prejudice.  Do we really welcome all to hear the good news of Jesus Christ?  Do we welcome everyone into our church services?  Are we really ready to sit by anyone and talk with them?  We have a strong tendency to judge people by their clothes and their speech.  Let us allow God to remove all our prejudices from us.  Let us allow Him to love everyone through us.  Thank You, God for sending that sheet to Peter.

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