Ginrich's Devotional Blog

April 5, 2012

Preparation

Luke 22:8 Jesus sent Peter and John, saying, “Go and make preparations for us to eat the Passover (The Holy Bible, New International Version)

Jesus sent Peter and John to prepare for the Passover celebration. They were unaware this would be their last meal with Jesus. They were unaware He would be taken away by one of their own and scourged and nailed to the cross. They got caught up in the celebration and could not see the signs of increasing aggression. Their minds were still filled with the celebration of the triumphal entry into Jerusalem. Our minds, too, are filled with many things. As we look toward tomorrow (what we call Good Friday) we are thinking of shopping for new Easter outfits, eggs and candy. Some are busy preparing for guests. Not many churches have a service on Thursday to prepare for Friday. Not many churches have services on Good Friday. Even few people attend. We are too busy doing things that will quickly be forgotten. Our question is are we searching our hearts and lives for the things that separate us from God? Are we allowing ourselves to realize what He did for us? Are we admitting we did not, do not and never will deserve such love and grace and mercy? Let us take time today to realize who we really are without God’s Holy Spirit in us. Let us prepare today for confession tomorrow and a determination to turn our backs on our carnal attitudes and get our priorities, God’s priorities, in order in our hearts, minds and lives.

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March 19, 2012

Exaltation

Filed under: Bible,Christ,devotion,God's Word,Jesus,Lent — by ginrich @ 1:11 am
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Luke 14:11 For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be (The Holy Bible, New International Version)

We’re probably all familiar with the adage “pride goeth before a fall. Pride produces over confidence. Over confidence can quite often lead to careless mistakes. We really have nothing to be prideful about. There is nothing good we can do without the gifts, grace and mercy of our God. We can’t even take our next breath unless He wills it. I know very well I can’t write these devotions on my own. It is only through prayer, meditation and listening to the still and calm voice of God through His Holy Spirit that any words concerning scripture or God can come through me. We like to take credit because we want to feel good about ourselves. The only goodness in us is through the gift and mercy of God. When we think we have done a good job at something let us learn to thank God for doing it through us. It is He Who gives us talent, wisdom and physical ability. It is God Who alone is worthy of exhalation. During the rest of this Lenten season let us be sure to exalt Him. When someone praises us let us be sure to pass that praise on to God.

March 4, 2012

Mercy

Filed under: Bible,Christ,devotion,God's Word,Jesus,Lent — by ginrich @ 1:04 am
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Luke 10:37 The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.” Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.” (The Holy Bible, New International Version)

Jesus taught through parables. Defined in “ Wikipedia”, “a parable is a succinct story, in prose or verse, which illustrates one or more instructive principles, or lessons, or (sometimes) a normative principle. It differs from a fable in that fables use animals, plants, inanimate objects, and forces of nature as characters, while parables generally feature human characters. It is a type of analogy” Jesus used this method to help our finite, carnal minds understand the spiritual things of God. This quote is from the parable of “The Good Samaritan.” You’re probably familiar with it. Jesus is stressing the imprtance of mercy. God had mercy on us. That’s why He sent Jesus to walk this earth and sacrifice for us. We tend to prefer to judge and condemn others. We deserve God’s condemnation yet He continues to love us, forgive us and encourage us to walk with Him. How can we, as sinners, do less for God’s other humans whom He loves and forgives. As we see people who are different or act different from us let us remember but for God’s grace, we could be in the same difficulty as they are or act even more odd than they are. We have not walked in anyone else’s shoes. We are not to judge but to have mercy for others. To have mercy we must be willing to reach out and lend a helpful, loving hand. If we will only be sensitive to God’s gentle proddings through His Holy Spirit within us, we will know who and when and how to reach out to help. Let us be sensitive to Him today. Let’s reach out to someone in love and encouragement.

January 26, 2012

Mercy

Filed under: Bible,Christ,devotion,God's Word,Jesus — by ginrich @ 1:39 am
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Matthew 12:7 If you had known what these words mean, ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice,’ you would not have condemned the innocent. (The Holy Bible, New International Version)

Mercy is being given what we don’t earn or deserve. It is only through God’s mercy that we have forgiveness of our sins through the sacrifice of His Son, Jesus. It is only through God’s mercy we receive blessings from Him. Jesus says we are to show mercy to others. We are to do this whether they deserve it, earn it or ask for it. Our human nature is retribution. Our human nature is people should get what is coming to them, what they deserve. Our question is, will we obey our old nature or will we obey the command of Jesus? Next time someone offends us, hurts us or even inconveniences us we have a choice – show the mercy or pay them back what we think they deserve. We have this choice multiple times in a day. It even includes how we drive in traffic, how we treat a server in a restaurant having trouble giving us the kind of service we think we should have and on and on in various situations of each of our days. Let’s ask God to make us more sensitive to how we respond to others and let’s learn to respond with mercy.

October 15, 2011

Thanksgiving for Mercy and Grace

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God's Word,Jesus,prayer — by ginrich @ 1:16 am
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Jas 1:17 Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows

 

We are not deserving of anything.  We continually turn our backs on God.  We continually disobey any number of His commands.  We are consumed with self and do not practice love for others.  Yet, in spite of all this, God continues to love us and shows mercy to us and forgives us over and over.  This is definitely mercy and grace undeserved.  Even though we can never be good enough, God continues to love us and show us His mercy.  He gives us our next breath.  He gave us His only Son to take on all of our sins so we could once again come into His presence and dwell with Him.  We continually fail to thank Him for His mercy and grace.  We continue to ask Him for things we want for ourselves.  It is hard for our finite minds to comprehend how much a cost it was to God to extend His mercy and grace.  We have grown to expect it and take it for granite.  The question for us is will we stop taking God’s gifts for granted and live our lives in thankfulness or will we choose to complain about things we think we don’t have?

Let us think about how far on one side or the other we are.

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