One of the most difficult things to forgive is sexual sin, whether it means forgiving someone who sexually harmed us or forgiving ourselves for the sexual acts we’ve done. The only one who can bring true sexual healing regardless of the past is Jesus, and He wants to make things right with us so that we may have a beautiful fulfilling marriage and enjoy sex the way it was intended to be.
The fact is that everyone is in bondage, held captive by a master. While we all started as slaves to sin, because of the price that Jesus paid we can be freed from our bondage to sin and alive as slaves to righteousness.
The story in the Bible of the prodigal son depicts for us a picture of God the Father anxiously waiting for us to come to Him no matter where we’ve been or what we’ve done. There is nothing that we can do that will ever keep Him from loving us and accepting us as His child.
God does not cause fear and confusion for us. He offers us the Holy Spirit to live inside of us and fill us with power, love and a sound mind. When we have Him inside of us, nothing can stand against us.
In the Old Testament people had to make an animal sacrifice as payment for their sins, the aroma being satisfying to God. In Christ’s death, God no longer smelt the sacrifice, He tasted it Himself to make a payment for us so that we can experience true relationship with Him.
We are promised that if we put our faith in Jesus and receive the gift of salvation that we will get to live in Heaven for eternity after death in this world. Once in Heaven we will have an understanding of why certain things happened on earth and we can worship God for the work He was doing that was unseen at the time.
God is loving, but there is a real heaven and hell and those who go to hell are the ones that have not accepted His gift of salvation. If our names are in the Book of Life, we must make sure that we are spreading the message of the Gospel to those whose names are not yet in the Book.
God gave His Son so that we could be made holy and acceptable to Him. We are called to be living sacrifices, continually surrendering our whole selves to Him so that He can do an amazing work in us to change us and reach the world.
The shame that we feel when we sin should lead us to repentance, and it is when we are repentant that God changes our hearts. The one thing we should never be ashamed of is God, and we should have the courage to stand up and speak about Him to all others around us.
The story of Ruth in the Bible shows a great example of what it means to trust God and obey. Ruth’s loyalty to Naomi and obedience to what she said led Ruth to marry Boaz, and later in their family line was Joseph, the father of Jesus who saved the world.
Cheating in any relationship is always accompanied by guilt and shame that makes the cheating not ever worth it. Cheating is not always done through a physical act, but it starts in the heart. When we say that we love God, we must make sure that our hearts are completely loyal to Him and not straying.
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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!