Ginrich's Devotional Blog

August 23, 2013

New Every Morning

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Lamentations 3:22-23. The Lord s loyal kindness never ceases; his compassions never end.
They are fresh every morning; your faithfulness is abundant!

The Manna was fresh every morning. God’s kindness and compassion for each of us is also new every morning. Each night we confess our sins of the day to God we are forgiven. The morning comes with a clean slate. Our question is, after we confess our sins do we choose to carry that extra baggage the next day? What is behind is behind. Each day is new. Each morning God will fill us anew with His Holy Spirit, His love and His power. All we need do is ask each morning then accept and walk in God’s abundant faithfulness.

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November 27, 2012

Compassion

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Ephesians 4:32  Instead, be kind to one another, compassionate, forgiving one another, just as God in Christ also forgave you. 

One of our granddaughters was at a large chain store with her family on the Friday after Thanksgiving.  She saw 2 women fighting over a pillow and she called it a pillow fight.  There were also several other fights in that store over things.  This is they way of the worldly.  It is an attitude of mine, for me, get out of my way.  A lot of church members think because they don’t have physical fights they are above reproach.  God says to be kind to one another.  This means in our words as well as our actions.  So many churches explode when members disagree over finances or other things.  What we agree on is Jesus Christ is our Lord and Savior and the only way into God’s family, forgiveness and eternal life.  All else is up for interpretation.  We can love each other and be kind and compassionate and forgiving even when we don’t always agree on finances, ministry or other aspects of church ministry or business.  During holiday times people get tired and become more sensitive.  Let’s keep our sensitivity for the compassion and love for others rather than what we want for ourselves.  God will bless us as we bless others.

May 12, 2012

Deep Within

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Psalms 51:6 Surely you desire truth in the inner parts; you teach me wisdom in the inmost place. (The Holy Bible, New International Version)

This is part of a prayer from the psalmist to God. In it the psalmist recognizes his sinfulness and God’s power and compassion to forgive. He recognizes God is truth and wisdom and the only way to hear truth and get wisdom is to listen deep within ourselves. When we receive God’s Son, Jesus, as our Redeemer, Lord and Savior we also receive the gift of God’s Holy Spirit. It is this Spirit Who convicts us of our sin, reveals God’s truth and give us God’s wisdom. Our question is are we willing to be quiet and listen? Being quiet is something which needs to be practiced. It is difficult to shut out all the interfering thoughts without blanking our minds so much we can’t even hear God. Let us learn to take time each day to tune out the world and tune in God through His Holy Spirit.

January 1, 2012

New Year

Filed under: Bible,Christ,devotion,God's Word,Jesus — by ginrich @ 1:12 am
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2Corinthians 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! The Holy Bible, New International Version

It’s a new year. Do you feel new? You should. God says if we are in Christ we are new creations. All the old things are gone. God’s faithfulness is good and His compassion is new every morning. We don’t need to carry the past with us. We are free to experience and live in the new each and every day. We don’t need to be concerned about tomorrow. We need to live in the day. The past is gone. Tomorrow is not a promise. Stop right now and talk to God and ask Him to help you be aware of His very real Presence with you. Then, take that Presence with you throughout your day. Isn’t it wonderful. How compassionate of God to renew us each and every morning. That alone should fill our hearts with joy and put energy in our steps.

December 29, 2011

Short Accounts

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La 3:22-23 Because of the LORD’S great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.

Now that we have cleaned our inner house we can push on that God’s love and compassion for us is continually new each and every morning. I believe in keeping “short accounts” with God. This means reviewing my day at night and confessing the dos and didn’ts of the day, putting them under the blood of Jesus. In the morning God sees only the blood of Jesus. The sins of the day before are gone – gone forever. All things are new. As this year comes to a close start practicing short accounts with God. Maybe it can become a habit in the New Year.

October 7, 2011

Have Compassion

When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on themand healed their sick.

The word “compassion” is in the Bible 73 times.  The definition of compassion is the humane quality of understanding the suffering of others and wanting to do something about it.  It is a deep awareness of and sympathy for another’s suffering.  Jesus was very aware of the suffering of mankind and He not only wanted to do something about it.  He did something about it.  He made the lame walk, the blind to see, the leper clean the sick healed and even brought the dead back to life.  He never once asked them why they came to Him.  He never considered their motive or the cause of their problem.  He just had compassion and healed them.  We are so quick to criticize the sick or downtrodden.  We are so slow to show compassion.  It rises from our self-centered nature.  We always want to think of ourselves as better and this sinful trait blocks compassion.  The question is how do we develop compassion for others without judgment or criticism?  It is only possible as we allow God’s gift of His Holy Spirit to flow through us and to bring growth to the fruits of His Spirit.  We have to be willing to give our presumed rights to God.  We have to allow Him to work within us His pleasure.  His pleasure in us is for us to become one with Him.  Let us ask Him to increase our compassion for others.

September 12, 2011

The Day After

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1Pe 3:8 Finally, all of you, live in harmony with one another; be sympathetic, love as brothers, be compassionate and humble.

The day after a big event or remembrance of one what are we to do?  We are to press on.  We are to work toward bringing His Kingdom both within us and on this earth.  To do this we must live in harmony with all.  We must be sympathetic instead of judgmental, we must love rather than hate, we must be compassionate rather than indifferent and we must be humble rather than proud or smug.  We can only do these things through the power of God’s Holy Spirit.  Mankind, in and of himself, is only concerned with his own selfish interests.  When we are renewed in the image of God through His Son, Jesus Christ, we gradually show the image of God in our lives.  Let us not give in to the enemy.  Let us learn to let the light of God shine through us to all we meet.  When we want to judge, criticize, hate or be indifferent let us remember, “There for the grace of God go I.”  Reach out to a stranger today.

September 7, 2011

New Every Morning

La 3:22-23 Because of the LORD’S great love we are not consumed, for his; great is your faithfulness compassions never fail. They are new every morning

What a beautiful promise.  No matter what happened yesterday the morning can be full of new does of love and faithfulness of God’s compassion for us.  At night we should repent from our sins of commission and omission of the day.  Then in the morning we can follow this scripture: (1John 5:3-5). Arise and go to meet what is new. Pray for it. Beg for it. The whole world will yet be renewed through the almighty power of God.  I enjoy the newness of each morning.  I enjoy God giving me fresh starts.  Yesterday is in the past.  Tomorrow is in God’s hands.  He gives me this day.  This is a new day.  It is a gift from God.  He trusts me to use it for His glory.  He has promised to be with me.  It is up to me to choose to be with Him throughout this new day.  Let’s take the new with joy and thanksgiving to God.

July 30, 2011

Compassion

2Co 1:3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort.

The word “compassion” is in the Bible at least 73 times.  Many of those times describe the feelings of Jesus for those around Him.   Compassion is defined as: sympathy and understanding for others, including a desire to help others. Synonyms (words that mean the same) are: sympathy, empathy, kindness, understanding, mercy, pity, and heart.  The Gospels are full of descriptions of Jesus having compassion on others.  We are to do what Jesus did.  That means we must show compassion on those around us.  Our human tendency is to criticize, make fun of or even ignore people we see who are most in the need of our compassion.  We judge them without knowing anything about them.  When we’re driving down the street and observe homeless the least we can do is pray for them.  We might be the only one to pray for them.  We may not be in a position to go help in a food pantry but most of us can donate some food or money to help feed the hungry.  Have you been to a nursing home to visit the lonely?  Have you held the door open for a stranger?  Have you told a sales clerk to have a good day or said, “God bless you.”?  There are so many ways to show compassion.  The best way is to ask God how the showing of His compassion is needed in each situation we see.  Then we must obey what He says.  We are His compassion on this earth.

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