Author: Romey Ritter

Perfect Obedience to the Father

Jesus lived in perfect obedience to the will of the Father. He said, “I do nothing on my own but speak just what the Father has taught Me. The One who sent Me is with Me; He has not left Me alone, for I always do what pleases Him.” John 8:28a-29. Imagine, the One Man who had the right to His own opinion, He lived in perfect obedience. His desire was to live in perfect obedience and model this as the way we should live: perfect obedience to the will of the Father is the way Jesus wants us to live.  Some...

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Trust

What is trust? Very simply, trust is a reliance or a confidence in the integrity, strength and ability of someone or something. There is a confident expectation or a certainty of future hope in the person. There will be people in our lives who we trust; and there are different levels of that trust. Then there are people who we simply don’t trust at all. For good or bad whether we are aware of it or not, we keep a mental track record of who we can trust and exactly what we can trust them with. No human relationship...

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I might be narcissistic if…

This is a tongue-in cheek look at a very real psychiatric personality disorder that often needs medical help. Tongue-in-cheek as as no Christian would ever live like this, would we? Narcissism has become an accepted phenomenon of epidemic proportion in culture, and it can creep into church. We are so used to narcissistic behavior that when we see a person of success behaving this way, we excuse them thinking it is just the way successful people behave. Some of us even begin to emulate the behavior, thinking it’s the way to our own success… Symptoms of narcissism… a belief that...

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How to spot a Pharisee

I wonder if we realize how common the symptoms of a pharisee spirit are? They are very common! We should not use this list to call other people out–that would be quite pharisaical–but for awareness in our own heart and thinking and responses; both to God and people. Pharisees: minimize and belittle other people, especially those they see as a threat smug superiority because of family/birthright, title, position, education, bank account smug superiority because of the church they attend–think it’s superior to all  others quick to point out the mistakes and faults of others harshly judge others–loveless, graceless critical judge of others...

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Are Leaders Born or Made?

Both. It’s both. Leaders are both born and they are made. Born that way. There are natural gifts and talents on a person for the call God has placed on their life. Every person! God gives gifts to every person and whether we use them for His glory and honor or not, the gifts are irrevocable, Romans 11:29. We would be ignorant to deny this. God has purposed people for certain functions in the church. Jesus is the head of the church and we are the body. We all have a job to do and the church grows and builds itself up as each...

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Red-faced guilt

As a Christian, we don’t walk out of our house in the morning looking to sin. We are aware of much of the big obvious sin and generally want to avoid it, and God gives us the help we need to avoid it. I wonder though, if we even recognize some things as sin? Intentionally a Christian will go find someone to share some juicy gossip with. Intentionally a Christian can’t wait to say, let me tell you about so and so… Or, did you hear about…? Intentionally a Christian may look to find fault and criticize a brother, a...

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A Lesson from AW Tozer

Has it ever occurred to you that one hundred pianos all tuned to the same fork are automatically tuned to each other? They are of one accord by being tuned, not to each other, but to another standard to which each one must individually bow (Jesus Christ). So one hundred worshippers meeting together, each one looking away to Christ, are in heart nearer to each other than they could possibly be were they to become “unity” conscious and turn their eyes away from God to strive for closer fellowship (it’s false human loyalty). ~A.W. Tozer Eloquently stated Mr. Tozer!...

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Glamorizing pride

Let’s all of us decide to stop trying to convince the world that Christianity is true because Jesus makes us prettier, happier, thinner, wealthier, bigger, more successful, more popular, healthier, stronger, and more influential than everyone else. ~Mike Yaconelli The world glamorizes pride. We should expect it to. We should expect the world to glamorize people and make a big deal of positions, titles, and opportunities. We should expect the world to glamorize talent, money, and success. We should expect the world to glamorize my-great-big-life of opportunity… designer clothes, jewellery, jets, important friends, entourages, celebrity, fame, and sometimes infamy. The world glamorizes pride....

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Love your neighbor

Jesus said, “love your neighbor,” Mark 12:31, and yet so many of us pick and choose who gets our respect, who we honor, who we love. Too often, we choose the rich, the popular, the favorite pop-culture-icon, the seemingly successful. These people get our attention. They get our listening ears. They get our respect. They influence our lives. They may get our wallets. And we even do this in church. We pick and choose and we get it wrong. Very wrong. We are not meant to pick and choose at all. God does not show favor to the rich over the poor, Job 34:19. God does not show...

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How we relate to people shows what we think of God

If we think God is a harsh judge, requiring service and duty and rule keeping, a wrathful fear-inducing punisher, relationally cold or distant, or that we can buy His love and favor, these traits will show up in the way we relate to people. If we are critical of people, suspicious, judging, accusing, and measuring/comparing behavior, we ourselves don’t know God because these are the traits of a tyrannical ruler, not God. If we are closed-off, fake, superficial, not allowing people to get close, this is because we are this way with the Father. We have not brought our lives...

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