Devotionals by Raul Ries

MONDAY December 10, 2018

Mary, Blessed Believer

“Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb!  But why is this granted to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For indeed, as soon as the voice of your greeting sounded in my ears, the babe leaped in my womb for joy. Blessed is she who believed, for there will be a fulfillment of those things which were told her from the Lord.”
Luke 1:42-45

Mary hurried to visit her cousin Elizabeth. As she entered the house and gave greetings, Elizabeth’s baby leaped for joy in her womb. She then was filled with the Spirit and spoke to Mary, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb!” Elizabeth was so humbled by Mary’s visit. Mary was chosen by God to be the mother of Jesus.

Notice how Elizabeth acknowledged Mary’s child as, “my Lord;” Jesus would become Elisabeth’s personal Lord and Savior. Elizabeth, by the Holy Spirit, gave Mary confirmation and assurance of all that was told her by the angel Gabriel.  Imagine, Mary stayed with someone from within her own family who completely understood her situation. Mary may have felt alone as a young, unmarried, pregnant teenager, but she found solace with her cousin Elizabeth.  Elizabeth was a woman in tune with God’s purposes, and Mary must have been encouraged and comforted by her friendship.

Like Mary and Elizabeth, are you in tune with God’s plans and purposes? Do you recognize Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior? If you do this day, the Christmas story will take on a whole new, blessed meaning. Imagine, you will rejoice as you become one of the blessed believers in Christ!

“Blessed is the Lord God of Israel, for He has visited and redeemed His people.”
~Luke 1:68~

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'Somebody Loves You' program is designed to equip listeners with the necessary tools to live out their faith. 'Somebody Loves You' features Raul Ries' humorous, sensible and comprehensible teaching of God's Word.

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Raul Ries, 60, is the Senior Pastor of Calvary Chapel Golden Springs and President of Somebody Loves You Ministries. After his miraculous conversion in 1971, Raul began to read and study the Bible extensively even though he had a limited education. In 1974 he began a home Bible study with seven other committed individuals. Soon, he started to preach and counsel youth during the noon hour at his former high school, Baldwin Park High. Calvary Chapel West Covina grew out of Raul's home fellowship, as well as his Kung-Fu studio, and was soon meeting weekly at an old converted Safeway store. In 1993, the congregation moved to Diamond Bar and occupied a 101,000 square-foot corporate building on 28 acres. Calvary Chapel Golden Springs (as it is now called) draws between 10,000 - 12,000 in attendance weekly.

Author of several books, including Fury to Freedom (the story of his early life and dramatic conversion), Raul Ries has also produced three films: Fury to Freedom (feature film dramatization of the book); A Quiet Hope (a riveting and stirring documentary detailing seven soldier's accounts of the Vietnam War and its aftermath); and A Venture in Faith (a documentary of the history of the Calvary Chapel movement).

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