Author: Romey Ritter

The Gospel gets our eyes off ourselves

The Gospel gets our eyes off ourselves. But, it is clear I haven’t been impacted by the Gospel if I am still getting upset at other people, what they say and do, irked by their pride, jealous of their success, glee at their failure… If I’m upset by others, it’s an indication my eyes are squarely on me, and what I get or don’t get in life. This is not a Jesus-centered life, this is a self-centered life. But, if I have received Jesus Christ into my heart, the King of Heaven has come to live inside me and...

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The Problem of Christians being harassed by demons

Angels and demons are everywhere. We know our physical world is full of people and animals of every kind. A rain forest is alive with every kind of animal and bug. What about the ocean? It’s teaming with creatures. Why do we think the spirit realm would be any different? Or less full of spiritual-life? The physical is temporary. How much more then, is the eternal spiritual realm filled? I often see angels. There are billions of angels (Revelation 5:11). There is an angel for every person (Matthew 18:10). Why would a Christian think this is weird? Worse, why would a...

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God spoke to me!

To say, “God spoke to me today!” should be normal for the Christian. It was for Adam in the garden before the Fall, and we have been reinstated to that pre-fall status. Yet, even after the Fall God communicated with Adam face to face, along with a whole host of Old Testament people, long before Jesus showed up on the scene… Jesus is called The Word. Jesus, coming in the flesh as a living, breathing, speaking man, opened the door wide for conversation with us because it is what we were designed for. God always intended for it to...

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Jezebel’s Ancient Plan

1 Kings 19:10 records Elijah saying to the Lord, “I have been very zealous for the Lord God Almighty. The Israelites have rejected Your covenant, torn down Your altars, and put Your prophets to death with the sword. I am the only one left, and now they are trying to kill me too.” His words are repeated verbatim in verse 14. These verses give us great insight into the agenda of Jezebel. Before we dive in, it’s worth noting: 1) Jezebel does not operate through women only. This spirit is ravenously opportunistic and will seek any susceptible person, male or female. 2)...

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Prayer is essential

Prayer is essential for the Christian and for a church. Not in a religious disciplined way. But from the aspect of relationship. The enemy has snakily made prayer into a hard and boring discipline for many people who then don’t understand the delight and joy of relationship. As a result many live prayerless lives. This means no relationship with Jesus. People sit in churches all over America, week in week out, and yet don’t know how to talk to, and more importantly, listen to the Lord. In human relationships we know this doesn’t work, we know communication is essential....

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Twisted scripture

“Give, and it will be given to you; good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For the measure you give will be the measure you get back” Luke 6:38. Upon reading this scripture many will immediately relate it to money, God’s material blessing upon us. Which many believe we can buy by giving our money to Him. This verse tells us so, right? And it’s repeated Sunday after Sunday in pulpits everywhere. The preacher said it, so it must be right! I confess, I have used it. I had heard other people use...

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Too much freedom?

For many people the freedom God wants to give us is too much! Too much responsibility Too much accountability Too much exposure of the hidden things in my heart Too much having to forgive others, letting them off the hook Too much repentance Too humbling Too un-dignifying (especially freedom in worship!) Too much risk I can no longer blame others I can no longer excuse myself, while blaming others I can no longer be offended by others I can no longer control others I can no longer accuse others I cannot seek to validate myself, nor my opinion, in...

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Christian Adulting

In less than favorable circumstances we have options: 1. Toddler tantrum. Scream, whine, and cry tears–tears can be so convincing. Stop breathing till I’m red in the face and some poor soul runs to my aid to make sure I’m not dying. I was never dying, I just wanted attention, and to get my way… and, oh look, it works like a charm. 2. Teenage tantrum. I am utterly convinced that I am the victim of other people’s self-centeredness and lack of care. Full of self-pity and always blame everyone else. Seek to control and get what I want through angry...

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Religious madness

In the book of Acts we are introduced to Paul. Many of us know and love Paul. But before he was the famous Paul, he was infamously known as Saul… Saul was a man who loved God. He was deeply devoted and wanted to spend his life serving God. Saul was a busy church leader. He had the right credentials, the right friends, and one of the most respected teachers–Gamaliel (Acts 5:34, Acts 22:3). Saul’s life was full of busy church activity. Saul was “a Hebrew of Hebrews, a Pharisee” (Philippians 3:5). We could say Saul was a Christian of Christians, a...

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Every Day a Beautiful Miracle

If we realized how beautiful a miracle praying in tongues was we would pray in tongues a whole lot more. Jesus called tongues a miracle that would follow the preaching of the gospel… these signs will accompany those that believe…they will speak in new tongues (Mark 16:16-17). If we understood how powerful this miracle was we would use it a lot more: many times a day, for hours a day, unceasingly… It is very possible to have a constant attitude of prayer and thanksgiving or we would not have been told to pray unceasingly…thanking God for everything (1Thessalonians 5:17). The Apostle Paul said,...

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