Ginrich's Devotional Blog

December 12, 2012

Gifts of Wise Men

Filed under: Advent,Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,Jesus — by ginrich @ 1:00 am
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Matthew 2:1-2 After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, in the time of King Herod, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem  saying, “Where is the one who is born king of the Jews? For we saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.”

The Christ was first sought by shepherds, thought to be the lower class and very intelligent.  Now there are wise men from the  East seeking to worship the new-born King.  No where does it say how many wise men came.  It only says they brought three types of gifts: gold, frankincense and myrrh.  All 3 very expensive and highly treasured commodities.  These wise men studied the heavens and knew how to read the stars.  They also knew that there was a long-awaited King to be born in Judea.  It was natural for them to go to Jerusalem to see the reigning King and ask where their prophesied King would be born.  When they were told He would be born in Bethlehem so they continued on in their journey.  This journey took them about 2 years.  When they found the Christ they gave their gifts and worshiped Him.  These wise men also had a dream  In their dream they were told Harrod would seek to kill the new-born King.  They made hast to depart in a way that kept them out of Jerusalem.  Their trip to find the new-born King was not an easy trip.  Yet they didn’t give up.  They were determined to take as long as needed, search as hard as needed to find this King and give Him their gifts.  Our question is do we search until we find Him?  Do we take however long is needed to really find Him?  What gifts do we bring to our King?  The girt He desires more than anything is the gift of our hearts, our love for Him and for all His creation – fellow mankind.  Material things we buy for others cannot substitute for the gift of love.  Let us be sure to first and foremost give the gift of love, His love, to those around us.   

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March 20, 2012

The Banquet

Filed under: Bible,Christ,devotion,God's Word,Jesus,Lent — by ginrich @ 1:32 am
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Luke 14:23 “Then the master told his servant, ‘Go out to the roads and country lanes and make them come in, so that my house will be full. (The Holy Bible, New International Version)

Continuing on His way to Jerusalem, Jesus told this parable of a banquet. He spoke of how those invited refused to come. They had other obligations they considered more pressing. They presumed they could go to the banquet when it was convenient for them. The invitation was issued to all who would come. We have several questions today. Each one of us has been invited to the wedding feast of Jesus, God’s Son. We must accept the invitation before the banquet. If we delay it will be too late for us. We accept the invitation by asking Jesus to be in our hearts minds and life as our Lord and Savior. The there is the question about going out to the roads and country lanes and inviting others to join us at the banquet. Are we issuing God’s invitation? Are we letting others around us know there will be a wedding banquet for us, the bride of Christ, the Church of believers? God wants all to come in. Let us do our part.

March 15, 2012

Privlege

Luke 12:23;31 Life is more than food, and the body more than clothes. But seek his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well (The Holy Bible, New International Version).

The closer Jesus gets to Jerusalem the more intense He is on our not seeking after the material things of this earth. We are here to connect with His power to bring His Kingdom to this earth. He doesn’t need it to be that way. God is entirely capable of doing whatever He wants whenever He wants. But God has adopted us as His children through the death and resurrection of His Son, Jesus. That makes us joint heirs with Him. As joint heirs we have joint privileges as well as joint responsibilities. We have been given the privilege of uniting with God’s power to bring about His kingdom on this earth. What a great privilege. What great responsibility. Yet, we insist on keeping our eyes on the lesser important things. We continue not to trust God with our basic needs. We continue to look to ourselves for our power or to other things like money, control and more you can name. Our question is are we willing to trust God with our basic needs, roll up our sleeves so to speak, learn how to be and do from His written word and get busy through prayer, obedience and service surrounded by our love for God? Our question is what is our priority for today? I pray we agree with God’s priority. Let’s keep our faces set toward our Jerusalem and be alert to all God puts in our path as we walk.

March 6, 2012

Prayer

Luke 11:1 One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.” (The Holy Bible, New International Version)

As Jesus was headed toward Jerusalem, He took time apart to pray. His disciples noticed how often He went apart from them to pray and asked Him to teach them. Jesus knew how important it is for His followers to be able to plug into the power of prayer. Though we often recite the example Jesus gave them, He intended it to be a model for us to pray. He begins the prayer with addressing God, the Father then goes into adoration and praise of God. So often we start with our needs and wants rather than taking the time to praise God. He then praise for God’s will – God’s Kingdom to come on earth just as it is in heaven. That is His desire over and above the fleshly desires. After that He prays for the basic needs while walking this earth along with confession of sins (wrong attitudes, wrong things done, things left undone) and includes our willingness to forgive those who have wronged us. He then asks for strength to keep from temptations and ends with praise and confession of all of creation belonging to God. This doesn’t mean we can’t have “mini prayers” during the day but we should take time out during the day for real conversations with God, beginning our in the way Jesus taught us and taking time to listen to God’s response. Our question is, when we pray are our priorities in line with those Jesus taught us?

March 2, 2012

Harvest Workers

Luke 10:1-2 After this the Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them two by two ahead of him to every town and place where he was about to go. He told them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field. (The Holy Bible, New International Version)

As Jesus was walking toward Jerusalem He appointed seventy-two others to go and share His good news. It was time to start harvesting the seeds He planted and the need for workers is great. Jesus has called us to plant more seeds and harvest seeds that others have planted. To do this we must be sharing what God has, is and will do for us and for others. We must be reaching out in the love God gives us and pass it on to others. We cannot do this if we are critical or judgmental. The Holy Spirit will convict and God will judge. We are just to tell and love. Our question is are we taking this seriously? Not a day should pass without our reaching out in God’s love through sharing His plan of salvation, encouraging someone discouraged and helping someone in need. Let us also be sure to pray for more harvesters to spread God’s news and love.

February 29, 2012

Jerusalem

Filed under: Bible,Christ,devotion,God's Word,Jesus,Lent — by ginrich @ 1:59 am
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Luke 9:52-53 And he sent messengers on ahead, who went into a Samaritan village to get things ready for him; but the people there did not welcome him, because he was heading for Jerusalem. (The Holy Bible, New International Version)

Jesus sent messengers to a particular village in Samaria to prepare for His coming to minister to them. They turned their backs on the messengers so Jesus went to a different village. God has and still sends many messengers to us. These messengers come as pastors, Bible teachers and fellow believers. Do we really listen to what God has to say through them to us? God spoke through an ass so I know He is able to speak through anyone He wants. Sometimes we don’t want to listen because we are not sure where He is headed. The village in Samaria wanted nothing to do with Jerusalem. When we think of Jerusalem we think of the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross. Jerusalem represents self-sacrifice. Are we willing to sacrifice our own wants and desires and follow Jesus to our own Jerusalems? Each one of us must experience our own Jerusalem to grow in our spirits. Our question is are we willing to trust the love of God for us to dare to allow Him to take us to our Jerusalem and allow Him to bring us into oneness with Him?

February 28, 2012

Resolute

Filed under: Bible,Christ,devotion,God's Word,Jesus,Lent — by ginrich @ 6:51 am
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Luke 9:51 As the time approached for him to be taken up to heaven, Jesus resolutely set out for Jerusalem. (The Holy Bible, New International Version)

The word “resolute” means admirably purposeful, determined, and unwavering. Jesus knew what was facing Him in Jerusalem. He knew He would be rejected and betrayed by one of His own disciples. He knew He would be beaten and crucified. He knew His Father would have to turn His face away as Jesus bore the sins of all mankind. Yet He purposefully set out for Jerusalem. He knew His purpose on this earth and He purposefully and determinedly set out to accomplish it. God gave each of us a purpose on this earth. We are to learn of Him, worship and praise Him and shed His Light to all those around us. Our question is how resolutely are we doing this? Most of us don’t face physical abuse but only inconvenience to our own selfish desires yet our resolves wavers. We are to resolve unwaveringly. We can only do this to the degree we allow the Holy Spirit to fill us and to flow through us. Today let us ask God to fill us deeper that we may unwaveringly resolve to shed His Light to those around us.

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