Ginrich's Devotional Blog

January 12, 2019

Trust and Obey

Filed under: faith,God,God's Word,Jesus,Obey,sacrifice,trust,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:06 pm

Genesis 15:4 4 Then the word of the Lord came to him: “This man will not be your heir, but a son who is your own flesh and blood will be your heir.” (NIV)

Abraham was a man of faith.  Yet, though God promised him a son from his own flesh, Abraham allowed his wife, Sara, to feed his doubt and have a son through Hagar, Sara’s slave.  It was a 25 year wait for Abraham to see God’s promise come through and Sara to give birth to Abraham’s son, Isaac.  Later we see Abraham’s faith very strong as he obeys God and prepares to sacrifice his son, Isaac.  We are impatient people.  We don’t understand God’s timing and because of that we often take things into our own hands.  This is a lack of faith and trust in the One Who can never lie, Who is always faithful to His promises.  We might not understand what seems like a delay of God in the fulfillment of a promise but we are the ones who can’t see beyond the moment we are living.  Let us choose to believe and trust God’s promises.  Let us wait for His directions and not rush ahead of God’s timing.  We don’t need to understand.  We need only to trust and obey.  As the old hymn says, “Trust and obey, for there’s no other way to be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.”

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December 27, 2018

Favorite Service

Filed under: Christmas,Easter,God,Holy Spirit,Jesus,sacrifice,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:10 pm

Luke 1:69 69 He has raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David (NIV)

This is the first of the 7 prophecies spoken around the time of the birth of Jesus.  A friend visited me and said her favorite service of the entire year was the Christmas candlelight service.  That is a nice service but my favorite service of the year is the Easter Sunrise service.  Without the resurrection of Jesus from His sacrificial death for our sins there was no need or reason for His birth in human form.  All the prophecies surround His birth lead to the sacrificial death of Jesus for the payment of our sins culminating in His resurrection showing us the eternal life that is ours through His sacrifice.  I like to celebrate His resurrection within me each and every day.  It is only because He has filled me with His Holy Spirit that I am who I am today – a child of God.  This indeed is something to be celebrated each and every day.  The Christmas celebrations are fun and meaningful but I pray we all celebrate our resurrection through Jesus each and every day.

December 24, 2018

Swaddling Clothes

Filed under: faith,gifts,God,Jesus,Lamb,Messiah,sacrifice,sheep,trust,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:13 pm

Luke 2:12 12 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. (KJV)

Why would the angel say finding the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes would be a sign to them that that babe was the Lamb of God?  It was common practice to wrap a new-born baby in swaddling clothes for the baby’s comfort and protection.  It was also common practice for the priestly shepherds, the ones tending the sheep for the sin sacrifices in the temple in Jerusalem, to wrap the new-born lambs in swaddling clothes and lay the in a manger.  This was to give the young lambs a chance to calm down after their birth and gain a little strength before being put by their mother.  This was a sign to these shepherds that this babe, wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger was indeed the promised Lamb of God, the promised Messiah.  We can barely imagine the joy in the hearts of the shepherds who really understood the gift they were seeing.  They would never leave their sheep unattended at night for anything less than the permanent replacement for the sheep they attended. Let us take joy in the Lamb of God Who has taken away our sins and brought us, through belief and faith in Him, into the family of God for all eternity.

December 5, 2018

Ultimate Love

Filed under: faith,Father,God,God's Word,Jesus,love,sacrifice,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:56 pm

John 14:6 6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. (NIV)

Any think that a loving God would welcome all to live with Him for eternity.  As long as they’re basically good, they should be able to go to heaven.  This is a misunderstanding of Who God is.  We are so accustomed to our right and freedom of choice that we think anything we choose is the right way for us.  God is the One Who created all that was, is and will ever be.  All things created are subjected to Him.  He created us.  He alone has the right and authority to set the rules.  He chose to send His Word, His only Son, in the physical form of Jesus Christ, to connect us to Himself, the Father, God.  He chose Jesus as the only way for people He created to spend eternity with Him.  His love is in the fact that He sent Jesus to die on the cross as a one-time sacrifice of blood to cover our sins.  Before Jesus shed His blood on the cross, mankind had to shed the blood of animals regularly as sin offerings.  We no longer need to sacrifice animals.  The sin offering was given by Jesus once and for all eternity for all who would come to Him in faith.  It isn’t a lack of love that God requires us enter His gates through Jesus.  It was an extreme love that allows us the way of entrance through His Son, Jesus.  This is the ultimate love.

October 4, 2018

Overwhelmed

Filed under: devotion,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,prayer,sacrifice,sin,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:57 pm

Matthew 5:17 17 “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. (NIV)

When we read through the book of Deuteronomy we can be overwhelmed by the variety of sacrifices for different sins.  The requirements for these sacrifices were very specific.  Each type of sin had it’s own special sacrifice.  When Jesus died on the cross, He fulfilled all these sacrifices for all sins for all time.  We no longer need to partake in those sacrifices.  Jesus paid the ultimate price for our sins for all time. When we continue reading chapter 5 of Matthew we read we must still obey the commands of God given to Moses.  God knows we aren’t able to obey them perfectly.  That’s why He sent His Son, His Word made flesh to dwell among us and show us what He means.  He also sent the Holy Spirit to dwell in each and every follower to help us obey the commandments given through Moses.  If there were no other reason but this, it is more than enough to never be able to give God enough thanks and praise.

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