Too often we let our mistakes take us out rather than choosing to pick ourselves back up and accept God’s forgiveness right away. No matter how many times we mess up, God is always wiling to give us another chance. Just as God forgives us and allows us to start over with Him, we should also show the same grace to others when they wrong us.
Rather than appearing on earth as a man without having to go through all that we go through and working some magic, Jesus chose to enter this world through Mary’s womb as a baby, grow up and die a human death. He did this because He knew that this was the only way for us to enter a new life through Him and join Him in Heaven someday.
The thing about white toilets is that you can’t hide any filth in them because the white exposes what is there. Similarly, if we choose to live in the light as God calls us to, the filth and sin in our life will be exposed. The way to keep our “white toilets” clean is by living in obedience to God daily, understanding that it is a process and choosing to live in truth.
Once we become Christians, the devil does not give up but rather he fights harder for us to be pulled back into the sins of our past. When we start to feel that pull we need to ask God to give us the wisdom to see the way of escape and to take it. We also need to help others who have been pulled back out and are drowning to get back to the shore.
When God calls us to give our lives to Him, He does not intend for us to follow Him alone. We need to be involved with other people, letting them into our lives to keep us accountable. That is the only way that we will be able to stand strong against the attacks of the devil and to continue to remain in God’s truth, unwavering.
The world is full of people who will try to get us off course when we make the decision to follow Jesus. It is essential that we study and learn Scripture and that we have godly people around us to help teach and protect us. As Christians, we have the most protection of all because we are held in God’s hands.
We don’t have to understand how prayer works, but we do have to trust God when He tells us to pray. The Bible tells us to pray without stopping, meaning that we need to be constantly open to the Holy Spirit prompting us to pray, whether it be for our own situations or for other people.
Because of Christ’s death on the cross we now have the opportunity to become joint heirs with Him and call God our Daddy. When we become Christians, He lives inside of us, and when we die here on earth we get to go home to be with Him forever.
For those of us who have been born again, God is our spiritual Father who loves and cares for us, leads us, and provides all we need in every aspect. Whether we’ve had a person in our lives who has modeled this for us or not, God wants to use us to extend His fatherly love towards others and disciple them.
Multiple times in the Gospels Jesus shows us a picture of His relationship with the Father by seeking His guidance and approval before stepping out on His own. We need to live in the same way, asking God to show us how to use what He has given us for His purposes and step out in obedience.
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About Richard Ellis
Authentic... Genuine... Sincere... This guy is the real deal. He loves God. He loves his wife Rebecca and his 3 daughters. He loves people. He loves his job. He loves Texas BBQ. He loves an occasional round of golf. And he loves the Dallas Cowboys (but don’t hold that against him!).
Richard grew up as a missionary kid in Brazil, coming back to the states to ﬁnish his education. He graduated from Baylor University in 1982 with a BA in Oral Communications, and earned his MDIV in 1985 from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, making him the sixth generation of pastors in his family. His early days of ministry included serving for three years as the Single Adults Pastor at the First Baptist Church of Dallas.
Then in 1997, Richard Ellis founded Reunion Church, a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic, non-denominational church in the heart of Dallas,Texas. Dallas needed a church like it. And it would need a pastor like Richard. So Reunion Church was born. And now the radio show and the website (www.RichardEllisTalks.com) join the Reunion Church community under the leadership of this guy. And we’re all the better for it!