Ginrich's Devotional Blog

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.

April 2, 2020

The Called Call

Filed under: believe,Christ,disciples,Jesus,Messiah,treasure,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:09 pm

John 1:41 41 The first thing Andrew did was to find his brother Simon and tell him, “We have found the Messiah” (that is, the Christ).  (NIV)

John 1:45 45 Philip found Nathanael and told him, “We have found the one Moses wrote about in the Law, and about whom the prophets also wrote—Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.”  (NIV)

Jesus, Himself, called Andrew to follow Him.  The first thing Andrew did was to find his brother and have him join him in following Jesus.  The same happened when Jesus called Phillip.  Phillip went to find Nathaniel.  It took me awhile to realize the importance of these 2 examples.  Those who are called by Jesus are to call others to follow Jesus.  Many do this when they first come to follow Jesus.  The problem is as time goes by some loose their excitement and enthusiasm and not only don’t call others but even don’t share any of the Good News with others.  How sad to keep the best and most precious treasure we an ever have hidden in our own hearts without sharing it with others.  We shouldn’t let a day go by that we don’t share the Good News with someone.  We are even to share it with those who have already heard and even with those who already believe and follow.  We must ask ourselves each night ad to who we shared Jesus with that day.  Oh that we all would develop not only the excitement but also the discipline of doing so.

January 30, 2020

Just Like Us

Hebrews 2:17 17 For this reason he had to be made like them, fully human in every way, in order that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, and that he might make atonement for the sins of the people.  (NIV)

Many think walking this earth without sin was easy for Jesus.  Afterall, He is the Word of God in flesh.  The verse above tells us Jesus put off His Godness and became fully human in every way.  Notice the words “every way.”  He experienced all we experience.  He had feeling like us.  His feet could hurt from walking so many miles.  He experienced hurt, disappointments, anger, rejection.  He experienced all we could ever experience and then some.  He had to shed His God nature to experience life as we must walk it. Let’s not think He didn’t struggle.  Read His last prayer in the Garden before He was taken by the guards and mob.   The difference was He knew and loved the Father and chose to be totally obedient to the Father’s will regardless of the physical pain or what His flesh desired.  Therefore, He was able to resist the temptations we quite often fail to resist.  God knows we are week in this area so He sent us a Helper to help us resist the temptations of the flesh and to desire to be intimate with our heavenly Father, God.  The Helper’s name is Holy Spirit.  He comes into us the moment we invite Jesus Christ, the Son of God, Who walked this earth without sin, into our hearts, minds and lives as our Lord and our Savior.  He can’t be our Savior unless we also look to Him as our Lord.  God looks on our heart and knows when we mean what we say.

November 7, 2019

Hidden Treasure

Filed under: Christ,God,Jesus,sin,treasure,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:19 pm

Colossians 3:3 3 For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.  (NIV)

As God’s treasure we are hidden in Christ.  That means we are under the protection of Christ.  There is nothing we need to fear because through Jesus Christ, we are protected as God’s treasures; hidden in His perfect love.  The old self, the self that chose to live in sin – separated from God, has been purchased by the blood of Jesus, God’s Son and through His resurrection, lives highly treasured by God the Father.  Nothing can touch us without first passing through God’s hand.  Does that mean we will never suffer?  No.  We live in a sinful world where, for now, Satin is still god of this world.  But even through suffering we are guaranteed to be victorious because we are God’s treasures, hidden under the blood of Jesus.  Let us live in boldness and stand firm in faith spreading the news of allowing Jesus to hide us as the treasure of God.

November 5, 2019

Our Treasure

Filed under: God,Jesus,sin,treasure,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:57 pm

Matthew 13:44 44 “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field.  (NIV)

This is one of only 2 very shot parables.  This one is also the plot of the entire Bible.  The kingdom of heaven isn’t the treasure.  Jesus is the man who found the treasure.  We are the treasure Jesus finds.  We are the treasure because we are the ones who God loves.  He loves and treasures us so much and is so desirous of an intimate relationship with us that He willingly sent His only Son, Jesus, to this earth, casting off His divinity to become in the same physical shape of us in order to bring the treasure (us) to God.   Remember, Adam and Eve did not go looking for God after they sinned, God went looking for them.  God is still looking for all of His treasure.  Our question is are we wanting to be found?  There is a saying, where your heart is there is your treasure.  God’s heart is for us.  We are His treasure.  Where is our heart?  Have we made God our treasure?

August 14, 2019

A Banquet

Filed under: Bible,glory,God,God's Word,prayer,treasure,Uncategorized,Word — by ginrich @ 7:40 pm

Psalms 119:72 72 The law from your mouth is more precious to me than thousands of pieces of silver and gold. (NIV)

We’ve all read stories of gold rush times.  How desperate people were to find their treasure.  They endured tremendous hardships.  Many even lost their lives in the effort.  That didn’t stop others from trying.  IT was worth all cost to get to their treasure.  We have a treasure God provided for us.  The treasure is the written word of God, the Holy Bible.  In many countries these Bibles are plentiful but time is coming when it will be harder and harder to get a copy of this treasure.  Our question is do we really consider the Holy Bible a treasure?  How often do we get into the treasure?  Gold has to be mined.  Do we dig deep into the treasure God has provided for us?  A casual glance at rocks will miss the gold the contain.  Casually reading the Holy Bible misses the depth of the treasure God has waiting for us.  When I first came to the Lord I was devouring the Holy Bible.  I read it from cover to cover.  As I’ve grown over the years I have come to treasure it even more.  The depth of those words astounds me.  I can read a verse I’ve read before and receive a much deeper meaning from it.  As always, I continue to encourage you to really get into the Holy Bible.  Pray for understanding as you read.  Write down in a journal what you understand from what you read.  Try to memorize verses that are special to you.  Do this with a sense of enjoyment as you would a banquet of glorious food.  It is indeed a banquet of glorious food – food supplies from God, our Creator, to sustain us through life on this earth and bring us into a glorious relationship with Him and knowledge of Him.

May 2, 2019

First Place

Filed under: God,heart,Jesus,treasure,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 7:29 pm

Matthew 19:21 21 Jesus answered, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” (NIV)

God doesn’t have a problem with people being rich.  God wants first place in our hearts and lives.  Nothing is to take precedence over our love and obedience to God.  Jesus knew this rich man’s heart.  The man valued his riches over anything else and would not make the choice to part with them.  We must each ask ourselves what is holding us back from giving all of our self to God?  It could be one or more of many different things.  With some it might be fame, power, money, a relationship with someone, some kind of material possession like cars or high fashion.  It could be an activity that is more important than God.  Each one of us is different and has different priorities.  God wants first place in our priorities.  Let’s be honest with ourselves and open to ask God to show us anything that we have, want or do that keeps Him out of first place in our lives, thoughts and actions.

January 23, 2019

God’s Treasure

Filed under: Bible,God,God's Word,Jesus,sin,treasure,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:29 pm

Matthew 13:44 44 “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field. (NIV)

In order to correctly interpret a verse of scripture we must know how it relates to supporting scripture throughout the Bible.  In this verse the earth is the field and we, God’s created people, are the treasure.  Jesus is the man Who gave up His all and bought us, God’s treasure, with His blood.  This is what the entire Bible is about – God seeking His treasure in the field He created.  His treasure (us) has been buried in the sin of the earth.  We, His treasure, have a choice.  We can choose to stay buried or we can choose to allow the blood of Jesus that paid for us lift us out of our buried sin to not only bring us joy but bring God the joy of His treasure (us).  It is not us who find God.  It is God Who seeks and finds us.  Let us not choose to stay hidden.  Let us let Jesus remove our sin and God clothe us in the righteousness of His Son, His Word made flesh.

November 17, 2018

Idols

Filed under: God,love,treasure,Uncategorized — by ginrich @ 8:42 pm

2 Kings 18:1-4 ​1 In the third year of Hoshea son of Elah king of Israel, Hezekiah son of Ahaz king of Judah began to reign. 2 He was twenty-five years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem twenty-nine years. His mother’s name was Abijah daughter of Zechariah. 3 He did what was right in the eyes of the Lord, just as his father David had done. 4 He removed the high places, smashed the sacred stones and cut down the Asherah poles. He broke into pieces the bronze snake Moses had made, for up to that time the Israelites had been burning incense to it (NIV)

The snake Hezekiah broke into pieces was the one Moses held up to save the Israelites from death by the snakes God sent them for their disobedience.  When they looked up at the snake Moses made and was holding, they were saved.  They kept the snake as a relic and treasure of part of their history.  Over time, they started worshiping the snake.  Before we condemn them we must search our own hearts.  What relics do we overly treasure?  Do we worship the cross or some other symbol?  Our worship is for God and Him alone.  Do we value our treasures over the feelings of others?  We are to love others more than any material thing.  Let us be sure we keep our hearts in the right direction.  We are to worship God, cherish God, treasure God above all else.  If we are treasuring something or someone else, let us put it out of our lives.  Let us not become idolaters,  Let us love and worship our God with all our heart, strength and mind.

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