Author: Romey Ritter

A Prevailing Conversation

What’s in my heart will be my prevailing conversation. I might talk about other things, but I will keep coming back to the theme of my heart. We can’t help it. The thing we love the most will leak out of us. We cannot stop it. We start to talk about other things, but we will come back, again and again, to the thing that holds our greatest affection. Jesus said, the mouth speaks what the heart is full of, Luke 6:45. Some people leak Jesus, beautifully. They leak the presence and power of the Holy Spirit and it affects...

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How are we supposed to pray?

Funny title: How are we supposed to pray? As if there’s a right/wrong way… There’s no right/wrong way, but prayer does start with the understanding that God’s heart longs for us to be engaged in the honest pursuit of relationship with Him for Who He is, not what He does. This is the goal of all true prayer: God wants us to know Him, intimately. Jesus instructed us to keep it simple, honest, humble, natural, and ask for nothing less than heaven to come to earth! God is not impressed by vanity prayers or spiritual-pride-filled theatrics. He is not impressed...

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A Modern Parable

A party was organized for a graduating class from a university. Hundreds of students, their families, and friends were invited. It was to be a huge celebration. On the night of the party, as people started to fill the banquet hall, you could feel the excitement in the air. People came dressed in their very best clothes. The atmosphere had been carefully planned with excellent lighting and decor, and a popular band provided the music. People enjoyed great food as they met with friends and family and caught up on the latest news. Every detail of the party from beginning...

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The Heart of a Leader

King David is one of the most famous and most loved people in the bible. He undoubtedly is one of the greatest leaders in all of Israel’s history. Yet David never wrote a book on leadership. David wrote worship. David wrote poetry, prayer, praise, thanksgiving, and worship. Of all the things this successful warrior king could write about: his military campaigns, conquests, the building of a great army, the cities and towns he fortified, the stability and leadership he brought to the nation, David writes worship songs. And we are still singing them today! David knew where his strength came...

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God’s ultimate purpose in our lives…

The Son is the exact likeness of the unseen God (the visible representation of the visible God), Colossians 1:15AMP. Jesus’ life fully represents the Father. Jesus’ life fully discloses the Father’s heart toward humanity. And just as Jesus is the exact likeness of the Father, God’s purpose in our lives is that we would be being transformed into the exact likeness of Jesus. That is to have Jesus fully formed in us. Jesus is the perfect human. Perfect emotion. Perfect love. Perfect wisdom. Perfect in relationship. Perfect in unity. Perfect Servant. Perfect Shepherd. Perfect theology. Perfect in so much more....

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Prayer, as natural as breathing

Praying is like breathing. God wants our praying to be as easy and as natural as breathing and as non-stop, continuous, do-it-without-thinking as breathing is. We never stop breathing. We should never stop praying. Paul said, pray without ceasing, Thessalonians 5:17. Paul knew the vital thing in the life of a Christian was to pray. Prayer is as vital to our spiritual life as breathing is to our natural life.  Jesus’ life was a life of prayer. Jesus assumed we would pray. Matthew records Jesus saying, when you pray, three times in Matthew 6:5, 6:6 and 6:7. And the in verse...

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Jesus says “Come to me”

Jesus invites everyone. There is no exclusivity here. The Gospel is inclusive. The invitation is: Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for you souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light, Matthew 11:28-30. Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Come as you are. Those who are “toiling” and under any/every form of human sin, sorrow,...

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The Holy Spirit is a Gentleman

The Holy Spirit does not compete to be heard. He does not raise His voice above the busy fray of our lives. He will not compete with our own loud voice, loud thoughts, or logical rationalizing… rational-lies-ing! The Holy Spirit will not compete with our many beloved distractions. Minuscule as they are in comparison to Who He is. He never asserts His way. The Holy Spirit is a gentleman. He will never barge into our lives uninvited. And like any uninvited or snubbed guest who does not feel welcome, He will make His presence scarce. He will quietly remain in...

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Young Men Will See Visions

This week my son Liam and his seventh grade class went to see the popular play, A Christmas Carol. Liam is very familiar with the story but this particular version had a scene that was a little unusual… The stage was filled with menacing demons, and a few people–many more demons than people. The people were going about their day oblivious to the demons who were interacting with the people; very freely. Liam didn’t mention anything about this scene until late that night when he was going to bed and thoughts of fear started to creep into his mind. He came...

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Control Freak

It’s in our nature to want to be in control. We want to control things. We want to know things will go the way we planned. We want things done a certain way. We want to make our own decisions for our families, finances, career, relationships, ministries… Or at least feel like we have the power to. We are control freaks. Our desire for power or control is not something inherently bad. We were created to have dominion. It’s part of our God-designed human nature. We were created in the image of God. God is all-powerful. He controls our Universe. This is coded...

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