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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October 12, 2012

Crying Out

Exodus 14:15  The Lord said to Moses, “Why do you cry out to me? Tell the Israelites to move on.  

If we read the preceding verses we will se Moses did not cry out to God.  He did tell the Israelites not to fear for God would save them but he did not cry out to God.  Why did God say He heard Moses cry out to Him?  God hears what is in our hearts.  Moses was new at leading so many people.  He was nervous and was still learning to depend on God.  He had seen God’s faithfulness through the plagues against the Egyptians and the safety of the Israelites.  He believed God would fulfill His promise.  Yet his heart had the normal fear we all experience when facing a trial.  We have faith in God’s promise yet our normal emotions sometimes fear.  God hears our fears held in our hearts.  He hears them as a cry to Him even when we’re not aware we are crying to Him.  It is the spirit He has placed in us that cries to Him.  It is His Holy Spirit He has given us that cries out and gives us His wisdom and shows us His way through our trials.  Moses stood back and watched for God’s answer.  God gave him direction and the waters were parted.  We need to stand and listen and watch for God’s answers when we face our trials.  God never changes.  He is faithful.  He has promised to always be with us.  We only need to open our ears and our eyes.

April 23, 2012

Treasures

Matthew 6:21-22 But accumulate for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

Store up treasures in heaven. What kind of treasures and how do we store them in heaven? Treasures for heaven are produced through the power of God’s Holy Spirit. The treasures are the fruits of His Spirit: love joy peace, patience, kindness, gentleness, self control, faithfulness and goodness. Anything that produces any of these fruits is a treasure being stored in heaven. All our thoughts, words and actions should be measured against these fruits. We criticize, judge and condemn so often without really thinking. We seek for self-gratification rather than helping others. We seek material wealth and possessions rather than giving of our best to others in need. Our question is what do we want as a treasure and where do we want it?

September 19, 2011

Conscience

2Co 1:12 Now this is our boast: Our conscience testifies that we have conducted ourselves in the world, and especially in our relations with you, in the holiness and sincerity that are from God. We have done so not according to worldly wisdom but according to God’s grace.

We are all born with a conscience. How it develops depends on how we are raised and taught.  Our conscience has principles and standards we have been taught and gets it cue from how we line up with those principles and standards.  As followers of Jesus Christ we base our principles and standards on the Bible, God’s written word.  We cannot do this without the renewing of our mind for our mind has taken in the sinfulness of this world.  It is our responsibility to apply God’s Word to our daily living.  To do this we must rely on His Holy Spirit for understanding and for the power to change our behavior and desires.  It is only as our standards move into agreement with God’s that we can trust our consciences to keep us on His course for us.  Our goal is to live by His Spirit Gal 5:22-23 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law

 

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