Devotionals by Raul Ries

Watch and Pray

…and all of them conspired together to come and attack Jerusalem and create confusion. Nevertheless we made our prayer to our God, and because of them we set a watch against them day and night. - >Nehemiah 4:8-9

As Nehemiah and God’s people began to do the work of the Lord, obviously they were not going to have peace; they faced opposition and war. Collectively, Nehemiah’s enemies had made plans to attack Jerusalem. They knew the weaker the walls remained, with more gaping holes, the easier it would be to attack and cause confusion in the city. So what did Nehemiah do against the enemy? He set a watch.

Christians are called to build the kingdom of God, defend the faith and accomplish His purposes.  As you step out to do the work of God there will be opposition and spiritual warfare, it is a part of the Christian life–– get that fact in your mind. But I want you to realize that opposition and spiritual warfare will also cause you to grow in Jesus Christ.

Understand that once you have become a Christian, you can never just kick back in the kingdom of God––it is never easy to work for the Lord. It is one of the hardest things you will ever do.  If you are seeking holiness and righteousness––you have not seen anything yet. The enemy will launch rockets against you, your family and everything else you possess. You have to watch from all around you because of Satan’s missiles––his attacks can come from any direction!

Jesus said to His disciples:Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation…this is still an important exhortation to the Church today.

In spiritual defense do you only stand and watch once in a while? No! God’s people must keep watch twenty four hours a day––my friends. How? We must continue to watch and pray.  Watching for whom? We must have discernment with all the different people around us. We must watch for the enemy in the camp––for those opposing Jesus Christ and His work.

Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong.
~1 Corinthians 16:13~

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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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