Ginrich's Devotional Blog

December 7, 2017

Rejection

Isaiah 53:3 3 He was despised and rejected by mankind, a man of suffering, and familiar with pain.
Like one from whom people hide their faces he was despised, and we held him in low esteem. (NIV)

 John 7:5-6 5 For even his own brothers did not believe in him. (NIV)

 It seems the hardest people to witness too are our own families.  They see the real us.  They see us when we’re angry, when we’re depressed, when we’re worried, when we do wrong and when we are on top of everything.  They see our inconsistency.  We don’t know much about the childhood of Jesus.  We know He was the oldest child in the family but don’t know the amount or age spread of His half-siblings.  We also don’t know what Mary shared with the other children about the inception and birth of Jesus.  We only know none of His half-brothers believe in Him until after the resurrection.  We need to pay attention to our own demonstration of being a follower of Jesus in our own families.  Do we get angry easily when we don’t get our way?  Are we argumentative?  What kind of witness are we.  The family is a very good barometer of how we are walking with our Lord.

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December 6, 2017

Prepare

Isaiah 40:3 3 A voice of one calling:  “In the wilderness prepare the way for the Lord; make straight in the desert a highway for our God.  (NV)

 Luke 3:3-4 3 He went into all the country around the Jordan, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.  (NIV)

 John the Baptizer was a half cousin of Jesus.  Mary and John’s mother, Elizabeth were cousins.  We don’t know how often or if they ever go together as children for traveling was not very easy in those days.  John knew he was called to prepare the way for the coming of the Messiah.  When Jesus approached him to be baptized, John recognized Him as the Messiah.  John didn’t seek to have fame and renown over Jesus.  John realized Jesus was the anointed one.  We are also called to prepared the way for Jesus.  We are to prepare the hearts of the unbelievers.  We do  this by our actions and our words.  We do this by sharing the love of God with all we meet.  We don’t sit in judgement of the life styles of others.  God is the only judge.  We accept them as people created by God and hurting to be loved.  We show them God’s love.  We can’t prepare the way for others if our own heart, mind and life aren’t prepared.  Jesus is returning.  Are we ready for Him to return in the next few minutes?

December 5, 2017

Weeping

Jeremiah 31:15 15 This is what the Lord says: “A voice is heard in Ramah, mourning and great weeping,
Rachel weeping for her children and refusing to be comforted, because they are no more.” (NIV)

 Matthew 2:16-18 16 When Herod realized that he had been outwitted by the Magi, he was furious, and he gave orders to kill all the boys in Bethlehem and its vicinity who were two years old and under, in accordance with the time he had learned from the Magi. 17 Then what was said through the prophet Jeremiah was fulfilled.  (NIV)

 It’s hard for us to understand why God allowed all those innocent babies to be murdered.  Our finite minds cannot comprehend God’s wisdom.  God has given mankind the freedom of choice.  Mankind can choose to be full of evil or choose to follow God.  We know God has the power to prevent evil in this world yet, in His wisdom, He allows mankind to choose his own way.  Joseph knew to listen to his dreams and left before Harold had time to react.  There are times God warns us about upcoming evil.  He warns us through His written Word, the Holy Bible, and through the inner voice of His Holy Spirit.  Sometimes we listen and evade evil.  Sometimes we don’t.  The choice is ours.  One thing we can know.  God brings all those innocent babies to Himself and will do the same for all who choose to walk with Him.  Our question is do we heed the warnings in the Bible and do we listen to the quiet, inner voice?   I know I have been protected from possible harm several times by heeding the warning of that inner voice.  Let us keep our listening ears open. Let us comfort those who have been hit by tragedy. Weeping is just for a time.  Joy comes to us throughout all eternity.

December 4, 2017

Egypt

Hosea 11:1 1 “When Israel was a child, I loved him,  9NIV0and out of Egypt I called my son.  (NIV)

 Matthew 2:14-15 14 So he got up, took the child and his mother during the night and left for Egypt, 15 where he stayed until the death of Herod. And so was fulfilled what the Lord had said through the prophet: “Out of Egypt I called my son.”  (NIV)

 A few hundred years before the Father sent His Word, His Son, Jesus to be born in Bethlehem, He said He would call His Son out of Egypt.  Amazing to us but not for God.  Egypt is known as a country of desert wilderness.  We still tend to wander in Egypt, a desert wilderness, in our own walk.  God is calling us out of our “Egypt” into His promised land.  To do this we must have His Son, Jesus in our hearts, minds and lives as not only our Savior, but also as our Shepherd, the One Who leads us in all we say and do.  When we choose to walk with Him, our lives are directed under His wisdom and any “Egypt” that come our way are walked through with Him into the promised land, a land where we are united with God.  When we find ourselves in Egypt, let’s check and see where we have stepped away from following our Shepherd.

December 3, 2017

Immanuel

Isaiah 7:14 14 Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel. (NIV)

 Matthew 1:23 23 “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us” (NIV)

 The definition of Immanuel is in the above verse.  Until Jesus, the Word of God, came into the world as a baby, God wasn’t with us.  He saw us.  He spoke to a few chosen people.  But, ever since mankind put a wedge between God and mankind in the Garden of Eden through disobedience, God was no longer with us.  Jesus came, not only to pay the ultimate and only price for mankind sins, He also came to show us the Triune God.  He demonstrated God’s love and power as He walked this earth in human form.  People were able to see Him, hear Him and touch Him.  His human body has left us for awhile but will come back at the Father’s appointed time to collect God’s children.  In the meantime, He has given us the Person of the Holy Spirit to be even closer to us than He was to those when He physically walked this earth.  The Holy Spirit indwells in each person who has invited Jesus into their hearts, minds and lives.  No one can get closer than that.  What a wonderful gift.  We are never apart from God.  Our bodies will die but we already are experience eternal life in the very real presence of God.

 

December 2, 2017

Eternal Kingdom

Daniel 2:44-45 44 “In the time of those kings, the God of heaven will set up a kingdom that will never be destroyed, nor will it be left to another people. It will crush all those kingdoms and bring them to an end, but it will itself endure forever. (NIV)

 Luke 1:33 33 and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.” (NIV)

 All the kingdoms mentioned in the Old Testament and have come to an end.  We see nations rise and fall throughout the ages.  The Kingdome of God never had a beginning and will never have an end.  Many have tried and continue to try o come against the Kingdome of God.  They kill representatives of His Kingdome.  They even tried to kill the King (Jesus).  But Jesus, though He lay in a tomb for 3 days, rose back to life for His Kingdome and His Kingship are eternal.  He taught us to pray for His Kingdome to come on this earth just the same as it is in heaven.  It comes on this earth through us, the Kingdome’s representatives.  As we read yesterday, His Kingdome dwells within us.  We are loyal to the kingdom in which we live.  Are we being loyal to the Kingdome living within us?

December 1, 2017

Throne

Isaiah 9:7 7 Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end.  He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever.  The zeal of the Lord Almighty will accomplish this.  (NIV)

Luke 1:32 32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, (NIV)

 David was called a man after God’s own heart. Jesus is God’s heart.  Jesus is the Most High.  His Father placed Him on the throne for eternity.  Our question we must consider during this time of Advent is who is on the throne of our lives.  Some have money, or power or material possession on their throne of their lives. Many have themselves on the throne. Jesus came to show us that He, God, is on the throne.  We are to worship Him.  He is a loving and generous King and has promised to see to our needs and bless us throughout all eternity.  He has promised us we will never die.  He has welcomed us into His Kingdom.  We enter His Kingdome the moment we welcome Him onto the throne of our lives for He seals His Kingdome within us with His Holy Spirit living in and through us.  Let us be sure to keep Him on the throne of our lives.

November 30, 2017

Priest

Melchizedek appears, 16 one who has become a priest not on the basis of a regulation as to his ancestry but on the basis of the power of an indestructible life.  (NIV)

 The tribe of Juda was not the tribe of the priest.  Priest were chosen out of the Levites.  The office of priest was through ancestry.  Jesus surpasses ancestry.  He is the High Priest based on His power and indestructible life.  Mankind tried to end the life of Jesus.  Jesus died but came back to life in order to take our sins to death and live eternally in the presence of God.  What a beautiful truth to be fulfilled for us.  Let us be sure to thank Him today for His sacrificial if for us.

November 29, 2017

Water

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Numbers 24:7 7 Water will flow from their buckets; their seed will have abundant water.  “Their king will be greater than Agag; their kingdom will be exalted. (NIV)

 Matthew 1:2 2 Abraham was the father of Isaac, Isaac the father of Jacob, Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers, (NIV)

 Jacob was a fighter.  He wrestled with God.  God marked Jacob’s hip from that wrestling.  We often wrestle with God.  This is our sin-nature.  We want things when we want them the way we want them.  Jacob acknowledge his sin.  He had deceived his father and his brother.  He was on the way back to make restitution.  Jesus has given us His Holy Spirit that we will no longer wrestle with God.  We only need to learn to seek His answers in everything before we speak or act.  Let us be seekers of God and His wisdom instead of wrestlers.

November 28, 2017

Covenant Fulfilled

Genesis 17:19 19 Then God said, “Yes, but your wife Sarah will bear you a son, and you will call him Isaac. I will establish my covenant with him as an everlasting covenant for his descendants after him. (NIV)

Luke 3:34 34 the son of Jacob, the son of Isaac, the son of Abraham, the son of Terah, the son of Nahor, (NIV)

The only everlasting covenant with God is the covenant of the blood of Jesus.  He shed His blood for he one-time redemption of all of mankind’s sins.  No more sacrifice will ever be needed.  The Jewish temple is no longer and sacrifices are no longer needed.  Jesus paid it all.  There is nothing more to be done other than for us to accept Jesus into our hearts, minds and lives, accepting all He has done for us and walking with Him while we are on this earth in or physical bodies.  No church membership, good deeds or giving of money will do it.  It is only through Jesus, the Word of God made flesh, that we can approach God.  Isaac was the promised son of Abraham and Sarah.  But Isaac wasn’t the fulfillment of God’s promise.  His promise is now fulfilled through Jesus.  Share the good news with someone today.

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