Devotionals by Raul Ries

From Love to Hatred

However, he would not heed her voice; and being stronger than she, he forced her and lay with her. Then Amnon hated her exceedingly, so that the hatred with which he hated her was greater than the love with which he had loved her. And Amnon said to her, “Arise, be gone!” - >2 Samuel 13:14-15

Remember Amnon spoke of his strong love for Tamar, to the point of not eating. Now after he lay with her, his feelings of love drastically changed, he now hated her with a passion! Notice again, this was not genuine love, it was lust. His lust gave no consideration to the welfare of his sister; instead he expressed his contempt towards her and wanted to get rid of her as fast as possible.

Vulnerable women need to avoid men who want to seduce them into sexual sin. Often a young man will say, “If you love me then you will go to bed with me.” But as soon as you give in, they want nothing more to do with you! They do not care. They are just interested in satisfying their own lust. God’s will is for men and women to remain pure. First Thessalonians 4:3-7 tells us:

For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you should abstain from sexual immorality; that each of you should know how to possess his own vessel in sanctification and honor, not in passion of lust, like the Gentiles who do not know God;  that no one should take advantage of and defraud his brother [a fellow member of the body of Christ both male and female], in this matter, because the Lord is the avenger of all such, for God has not called us for impurity, but in holiness.

The word lust [can] mean “selfish desire.” It wants something so badly you will do anything to get it. That is one of the tricks of the devil. It is too high a price to pay.
~Billy Graham~

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'Somebody Loves You' program is designed to equip listeners with the necessary tools to live out their faith. 'Somebody Loves You' features Raul Ries' humorous, sensible and comprehensible teaching of God's Word.

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Raul Ries, 60, is the Senior Pastor of Calvary Chapel Golden Springs and President of Somebody Loves You Ministries. After his miraculous conversion in 1971, Raul began to read and study the Bible extensively even though he had a limited education. In 1974 he began a home Bible study with seven other committed individuals. Soon, he started to preach and counsel youth during the noon hour at his former high school, Baldwin Park High. Calvary Chapel West Covina grew out of Raul's home fellowship, as well as his Kung-Fu studio, and was soon meeting weekly at an old converted Safeway store. In 1993, the congregation moved to Diamond Bar and occupied a 101,000 square-foot corporate building on 28 acres. Calvary Chapel Golden Springs (as it is now called) draws between 10,000 - 12,000 in attendance weekly.

Author of several books, including Fury to Freedom (the story of his early life and dramatic conversion), Raul Ries has also produced three films: Fury to Freedom (feature film dramatization of the book); A Quiet Hope (a riveting and stirring documentary detailing seven soldier's accounts of the Vietnam War and its aftermath); and A Venture in Faith (a documentary of the history of the Calvary Chapel movement).

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