Sometimes we feel like God is not hearing our prayers, but often times that can be because we have sin in our lives that’s keeping us from hearing from God. We need to repent of our sins and live in the peace that God offers us, allowing for open communication on both ends.
It’s easy to complain when we’re not getting what we want, but the Bible tells us to have faith in God without complaining. We can learn from the Israelites who didn’t get to see the promised land because they chose to complain instead of believe, and we can put our trust in God who has never let us down in the past.
Just like homing pigeons have some way of always returning home, we as Christians have the Spirit that draws us back to God no matter how far away we may drift. Repentance is not only for the unbeliever, but also for us as believers, and we need to stop wherever we are and return to God.
It is important that we all, as leaders, listen to wisdom from others above us so that we can lead those who are following well. When we mess up, it is important to repent of our mistakes and apologize to the person or people that it has effected, especially God.
We must obey God’s promptings to speak up and share the Gospel message with the people we come in contact with day to day. He is always working on the other side and so we must listen for His voice and obey when He calls because other people’s lives are at stake.
Jesus was the perfect sacrifice who silently took the punishment for our sins so that we can have a relationship with God. He gives us a perfect example of being silent when suffering comes because either God is sheering us from the fluff of our lives for His sake or He will defend us from what comes against us.
Christ’s blood washes away all of our sin and God’s love never stops no matter how much we sin, but we still need to come to a place of repentance so that we can receive the help He offers. God’s love, grace and mercy never reaches a limit, so let’s respond to that and live in gratitude.
Though trials and struggles will come, God has purpose in everything to make us holy and no one will take better care of us than Him. Christ’s death paid our debt and we are made free, but God desires for us to choose to stay with Him as His slave because He takes such great care of us.
Our sin nature that we’re born into puts our lives in a nosedive. We have the choice to continue that way, sinning all the more because we’re going down anyway or lying to ourselves thinking that we can fix it on our own. The truth is that only Jesus can give us the power to fly, so we must turn nose up and allow Him to work in us and through us to live the life God intended for us to live.
The Bible is like a letter written to us by God, and we need to treat it as such a valuable letter that we read over and over to learn more about Him. None of it will make sense unless we ask Him to reveal Himself to us through the Scripture, and when He does we can help others learn about Him as well.
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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!