Ginrich's Devotional Blog

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.

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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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