All the prophesies came true about Jesus suffering and dying on the cross as a sacrifice to pay for our sin so that we could be reborn into God’s family. We, as believers, now make up the Body of Christ to show the world the hope that we find in Him.
Just as a little debris can keep water from coming out of a showerhead, a little bit of sin in our lives can keep God’s living water from flowing out of us to those around us. We need to examine our lives and let go of our sin so that God can work in us and through us to reach others.
When we are not getting filled by God continually through reading His truth in Scripture, our spirits get in a place of deficit and we are vulnerable to attack. God has given us His Word so that we may take in His truth, apply it to our own lives and then share it with others. It is His truth that we can stand firmly in, but it does not help us unless we read it and understand it.
The Bible teaches us that obtaining wisdom and applying it to our lives can keep us from having to learn from our mistakes. God urges us to seek after wisdom despite the cries of the world that beckon us to follow in its ways of destruction.
The Bible tells us that we can trade our nothing in to get Jesus who gives us life. We are also told to not be anxious about anything, but rather to give thanks in everything. God promises to take care of us and provide all that we could ever need.
While it’s not wrong to have doubts about our salvation, there is a time to get past our doubts and fully surrender to God in faith. We must acknowledge when we have doubts, face them and then move past them because continuing to live in doubt without moving into faith can be the most detrimental choice to choose.
We all still struggle with certain sins, but over time we should be growing in our relationship with God so that the mess from sin becomes less and less. When we get involved in a church family, we can receive help from others to scoop up our messes and eventually we can begin helping other new believers with their sin struggles.
As Christians, we need to stop categorizing our lives by church, home and work. Our lives are supposed to be lived congruently, meaning that our Christianity must be woven in everywhere we go. In all that we do, we must work in a way that honors and glorifies God, remembering that the biggest blessing is eternal life with Him.
When we look for Biblical teaching, we need to be willing to find something that may make us uncomfortable because it convicts us of our sin. When we are teaching others we need to speak the truth to them, but in a loving way. When the Word of God is preached, the power of God, through Christ, comes with it and brings change.
When we accept God’s forgiveness and give ourselves to Him, He shines a light in us and cleans us up. That light shines through us to anyone around, exposing the darkness they live in and attracting them to hearing about the Gospel and how they can also begin living in the light.
It’s easy to run away from God and live our lives according to our own rules and the world’s deceptive ways. No matter how long we’ve been gone, we can always return home to God in our hearts and He will always welcome us. It is also important that we find a church to call home so that we can have accountability and spiritual family to build us up.
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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!