When we are living in obedience to God and affliction comes, we can be certain that He is using those times to refine us and purify our hearts to make us more like Himself. No matter what difficulties we face, our hope and purpose are all found in Him.
We must remember that God can use the suffering we face for His greater purpose of molding and shaping us and we need to persevere. The longer we fight the adversity, the longer we may remain in it. More often then not, the end of the suffering is even greater than the circumstances before the suffering began.
When Jesus rose from the dead, even His own disciples doubted Him and raised questions. God is big enough to take on any questions and doubts you have, but you also must be ready to put your faith in the truth that He gives you. Jesus is alive and sits at the right hand of God interceding for us, and He will always provide for all that we need.
Jesus came to earth as a baby, breathing in our air, and He died on the cross fully human and God, breathing out his last breath. Because He rose again from the dead, He offers to breath into us new everlasting life that all we have to do is receive.
The Gospel story is that Jesus died a brutal death, was buried as a dead man, and rose to life. It is because of His sacrifice and His resurrection that we can be saved from the inevitable spiritual death that is due to sin. It is important that we share this good news with everyone we encounter, knowing that it is only God who can give them the faith to believe it.
When Jesus was crucified, His last words that He spoke while hanging on the cross told the thief He would see him in paradise, told His brother to take care of His mother, spoke of his humanness in being thirsty, and finally proclaimed the completion of the payment for sin. Christ’s death was the full payment once and for all, taking all of our sin on Himself, and finishing all that was needed so that we may be free.
The Bible tells us specifically that Mary was a virgin and that the Holy Spirit enabled her to conceive not just any baby, but God Himself within her womb. We celebrate the fact that God came to earth, experiencing every human experience from birth, and returned to heaven leaving an empty tomb.
The term “coup de grace” is a French term meaning a deathblow for the purpose of ending suffering. When Jesus died on the cross, He offered us a death blow to our life of sin and a new life forever in Him, and all we have to do is accept it.
Scripture shows time and time again where God kept the promises He made to His people. Rather than doubt Him fulfilling what He has promised and live in disobedience, we must believe what He says and walk in faith, trusting Him to keep His promises.
In the Old Testament Law, God said that when harvesting a field, anything left over after the harvesting should be left in the field for the poor, widows and orphans. God has blessed us with so much, but we tend to hold onto everything we have so tightly. Rather than being selfish with what we have, we should share it and bless someone else.
It is easy to be selfish with our money, but we must realize that it’s not even ours to begin with. When we live as though all of our money is God’s we will spend it differently and for the purpose of blessing others and glorifying 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!