Ginrich's Devotional Blog

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.

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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.

December 11, 2017

Sent to Heal

Isaiah 61:1 1 The Spirit of the Lord God is on Me, because the Lord has anointed Me to bring good news to the poor.  He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and freedom to the prisoners; (NIV)

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

 Jesus used scripture from the prophetic writes to state what He would be doing as He walked this earth.  All we need do is read the accounts of His actions and we can see how the prophecy above was fulfilled.   It is still being fulfilled.  We have been free from the captivity of sin.  We are in the process of our spiritual eyes being opened.  We are no longer oppressed under the tyranny of Satan and evil.  These are in the spiritual realm.  We also see these blessing in the physical realm.  As Jesus was sent to do these things by His Father, we believers and followers are also being sent by our Father to do the same things.  Our question is are we doing them or are we spreading discord and discontentment by our own complaints, self-seeking and pride? Let us examine ourselves in the light of the example of Jesus.

December 10, 2017

Son of God

Psalms 2:7 7 I will proclaim the Lord’s decree: He said to me, “You are my son; today I have become your father. (NIV)

 Matthew 3:16-17 16 As soon as Jesus was baptize. H    , he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him. 17 And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased  (NIV)

 Several of the world’s religions agree Jesus was a prophet.  Christianity (not a religion but a way of life) knows and honors Jesus as the only begotten Son of God.  We’ve looked at the linage tracing Jesus back to the beginning.  When Jesus submitted to baptism by John the Baptizer as an example to us, the Father declared and validated Jesus’ Sonship.  We are also validated as adopted children of God when we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior declaring obedience to Him.  As part of that obedience we declare our adoption by being baptized as a demonstration of our being dead to the penalty of sin and alive in Jesus for eternity.  It was Jesus when He taught us to pray told us we could call God, “Our Father.”  When we really think of Who God is, it is incredible that we can call the Creator of all that was, is or will ever be “Father.”  We must review our lives and see what kind of children we are.  How do we show our love for our Father? 

December 9, 2017

Elijah

Malachi 4:5-6 5 “See, I will send the prophet Elijah to you before that great and dreadful day of the Lord comes. 6 He will turn the hearts of the parents to their children, and the hearts of the children to their parents; or else I will come and strike the land with total destruction.”  (NIV)

 Matthew 11:13-14 13 For all the Prophets and the Law prophesied until John. 14 And if you are willing to accept it, he is the Elijah who was to come.  (NIV)

 John the Baptizer was more than a baptizer.  He was the prophet, Elijah, preparing hearts and minds to accept Jesus, the Messiah.  The Jews, today, continue to set an empty place at their Passover table for Elijah to come for they have had their eyes and ears blinded to the fulfillment of that prophecy.  Quite often our eyes and ears are blinded to various prophecies being already fulfilled or in the act of being fulfilled.  Sometimes it is because we don’t know the prophecies.  Sometimes it is because we misunderstand what the prophecies means.  Sometimes it is because we are to involved in our own selves we just fail to see outside of our selves.  As we read the written Word of God, let us open our minds up to the Hoy Spirit for understanding.  Seeing how prophecies have been and are continuing to be fulfilled is faith building.

December 8, 2017

Prophet

Deuteronomy 18:15 15 The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among you, from your fellow Israelites. You must listen to him. (NIV)

 Acts 3:20-22 20 and that he may send the Messiah, who has been appointed for you—even Jesus. 21 Heaven must receive him until the time comes for God to restore everything, as he promised long ago through his holy prophets. 22 For Moses said, ‘The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among your own people; you must listen to everything he tells you.  (NIV)

 Jesus, the Word and Son of God, is the prophet of all prophets.  We are told to be very sure to listen to Him.  We listen to Him through the words in the Holy Bible.  We also listen to Him through the Holy Spirit Who dwells in each believing follower.  We must ask ourselves if we are listening to Him.  Who do we turn to first when we have a decision to make?  The first one we should turn to is the One Who knows all.  He not only tells us He will return to collect His Bride, the believing followers, but, when we do listen, He tells us what direction to turn and when to turn each step of our lives.  Let us choose to listen to Him first. 

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