We read in the New Testament how the religious people tried to shut down the movement of the Gospel but failed in every attempt, resulting in the strengthening of other believers. There is something to be said about the work that God has done and continues to do in the lives that are changed by the Gospel every day.
People will often believe history books without any problem but be very doubtful towards the truth of the Bible. At some point we have to put our faith in the truth of Scripture, believing that Jesus died, was buried and rose again. When He was crucified on the cross, our sin was nailed there with Him and we can choose to walk forward in new life, cutting ourselves free from the slavery of sin.
History proves over and over that there are consequences for disobedience to God. We must make the decision to do the right thing, and when we fall down to get back up and keep moving. Our choice of obedience will pay off in the end.
There are situations that we get in when God is asking us to obey Him in something and our neck stiffens because we do not want to obey. In those situations we need to allow ourselves to be softened and adhere to what He’s calling us to do because He has a purpose, and it could be for the benefit of others that we’ll never know.
When we become Christians, we join a family that together carries out the work of God in the world. We must learn to love believers and nonbelievers alike, and that can only be done with God’s help. Being a part of the Church is not all about what we get out of it but also what we have to offer to it.
Just like the Flintstones would get in their car and use their man-power to make it go anywhere, we are too often living our spiritual lives in our own power. The same power that raised Jesus from the dead lives inside of us as believers and we must tap into that power, allowing Him to live through us.
Just like in the story of the prodigal son, God is waiting for us to return to Him. He allows the pain in our lives often times to bring us back to Him. When we return, it does not matter how broken we are, He has promised to rebuild and restore us.
No matter what our circumstances look like, it is possible to be content because God has provided all that we need. When we focus on God and His Kingdom, our material possessions are merely used for Him and therefore no matter much or how little we have, it does not determine our choice to be content.
God has promised to take care of all our needs, yet we still tend to cling to our possessions, loving them more than Him. When we give our lives to Christ, He owns us and therefore all of our stuff is His stuff.
There will always come moments in our lives when life socks and knocks us down. The world is watching how we’ll react when that happens so we need to show them how faith in God keeps us standing. Rather than focusing on your circumstances we need to focus on and trust in Him.
Trying to hold on as tightly as possible to our lives and our plans is a sure way to lose it all in the end. The only way of winning is to lose ourselves to God, letting go of everything and living in obedience to Him.
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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!