Devotionals by Raul Ries

The Sword of Retribution

You have killed Uriah the Hittite with the sword; you have taken his wife to be your wife, and have killed him with the sword of the people of Ammon. Now therefore, the sword shall never depart from your house, because you have despised Me, and have taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be your wife.’ Thus says the Lord: ‘Behold, I will raise up adversity against you from your own house… - 2 Samuel 12:10-11

In response to David’s sin, God who is just in His judgment, pronounced fair punishment. David had been completely forgiven but now he would reap the consequences of sin and it would affect him for the rest of his life. He had used the sword of Ammon to kill Uriah, now the sword would never depart from his own home. In the future, his children, Amon, Absalom and Adonjah would all die by the sword.

Many times when we reap to our sin we get mad at God. We know there are consequences of sin--so then why do we sin? It could be because of stubbornness or rebelliousness, hardness of heart or like David, yielding to a temptation that we could not overcome.

Listen, when we have issues we need to take them to the cross. It is also important to go to a leader if you need prayer. As a pastor I need prayer all the time; I carry a great deal of responsibility with everything that God has entrusted me with.

Before you decide to sin, do you ever stop and think about your family and the responsibility of one day answering to God?

There is nothing in the law of God that will rob you of happiness; it only denies you that which would cost you sorrow.
~Charles H. Spurgeon~

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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.

About Raul Ries

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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