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This message is all about identity. In today's world it's all too easy to passively accept cultural or sinful labels for ourselves and find our identity in those specific propensities. But as Christians, our identity is not meant to be defined by our proclivity, but by our position…in Christ! The “proclivity movement” is creeping into the Body of Christ and many believers are confused about who they really are. But in such a time as this, the Church must return to the Truth as its King, Counselor, and Guide. And only then can it help steer this misguided culture back in the direction of true identity.
The human propensity is to approach matters of the soul in an upside-down and backward fashion. Our instinct is wrong—there is something off in our understanding of spiritual matters. We believe that since it was human mistakes that created our problem, human good works will be our solution. And, in a distorted sense, we are correct. But, it's not our good works, it is Christ's good Work alone that solves the human riddle. Because of this upside-down and backward propensity, we often time spend a good deal of our spiritual lives attempting to fix things in our lives with human power that can only be fixed by faith in Jesus Christ. We fight battles in our own strength that can only be won by trusting and waiting on the Lord Jesus for victory. This can all be solved by making sure we enter the Door that Christ unlocked for us, instead of climbing in through the window of works, good deeds, and moral excellence.
Many people view difficulty as the antithesis of pleasure, happiness, and beauty. When in fact it is the catalyst for the most refined and exquisite version of all three. And this is what God explains in His Word. He reveals how He purposely leverages difficulty (trials, tribulations, and sufferings) in the construction of His saints. Just as fire can destroy, it can also warm. So, in like manner, difficulty can injure, but it can also strengthen. When difficulty is leveraged in faith and in agreement with God's plans and purposes, it always strengthens. And, therefore, the Christian is exhorted by the Apostle James, to consider it pure joy when we face trials or difficulties of any kind.
God gave us a grip. And with that grip we have to ability to grab ahold of things and not let go. It's an amazing quality that God vested into His creation, but, when sin entered the picture, it corrupted this gripping ability and turned it into something that can lead to our destruction. For God designed us to use our grip to grab ahold of Life, Truth, Purity, and Love. Long and short, He intended us to grab ahold of Him and never let go. The Gospel introduces us to the power to let go of all counterfeit uses of our human grip and finally place it around the One who actually has Life to offer.
God has supplied us with everything we need to maintain the intellectual and emotional security of our souls. Oftentimes, it's not knowledge of the Truth that the Christian is missing, but the wherewithal to practically implement that knowledge. This is a message about implementation—specifically in regards to taking every thought captive to the will of Christ Jesus.
There are a lot of things in this world to grab our attention and claim center stage in our thoughts and meditations. A successful Christian life is one that doesn't allow the world to define the focus of the believer, but energetically and proactively exerts mental focus on things true, noble, just, pure, lovely, of good report, virtuous, and praiseworthy. The focal point of a believing soul defines the attitude and outlook of the believer. God has supplied each and every one of us with a superior Focal Point. But we must actively direct our gaze in this God-ordained direction.
When Jesus first declared Himself the Messiah in his hometown, He did so by reading Isaiah chapter 61. And this passage powerfully revealed His mission. It showed, along with many other things, that He had come to bring beauty out of ashes. In history, “Ashy" moments are quite common to the human experience. But the cultivation of triumphant faith in the midst of such ashy moments is quite rare. But, when triumphant faith presents itself in the midst of dark and formidable moments, God's redemptive glory is revealed at the highest levels. In this message, Eric uses one of his favorite missionary stories about Papua New Guinea to reveal this ancient Truth of Christ's Kingdom.
A long-distance runner knows the oddly satisfying rush of a second wind. When it appears the athlete's body can't continue another step, suddenly and surprisingly, an upsurge of strength courses into the body and rejuvenates the runner. God seems to have built this "second wind” phenomenon into the human body to help explain a spiritual phenomenon that a believer experiences while running the spiritual race. It's a rejuvenating grace that floods the spiritual man when he needs it most (i.e. while in the prison cell, while being led out to die, when falsely accused, or when under the duress of a crushing responsibility). When the Christian attempts to supply a Biblical name to this “second wind” phenomenon, it's hard, because it seems to be a mixture of a handful of key ingredients—faith, hope, joy, and patience. And when these four ingredients blend together, it lifts the believing soul up out of the mire and back into a full sprint. The Church of Jesus Christ could really use a fresh impaction of this four-fold phenomenon.
With use, pencils grow dull. And the same is true with Christians. And, in the Christian soul, deliberate attention must be paid to the art of keeping the soul sharp, ready, and able to perform at peak levels. As a result of this “dulling” phenomenon, messages like this can prove significant and important in our spiritual pursuits. They remind us what “sharp” looks like and they steer us in the direction of the “Sharpener.” For Christians to go the distance and truly fulfill the rich purpose, to which they have been called, they must learn to regularly “awaken the Yeti.”
There are many simulation orange drinks out there. These wanna-be orange drinks are a mixture of various chemicals that seek to mimic the God-created sweetness of the orange—and fail miserably. Plain and simple, to make true orange juice, you need oranges. The same is true with making spiritual revival. There are many things that masquerade as “revival" in the Church today like cheap imitation orange drinks, but there is only one genuine kind of revival. And that is revival instigated and empowered by the Holy Spirit of God. So, if we as believers are dependent upon God to bring about true revival—what is our role as the Church in seeing authentic revival return?
On September 27, the Christian hero who labored under the code name "Brother Andrew” went home to be with Jesus. In his departure (at the age of 94), we lost a truly remarkable man. This message is a mix between a tribute to the extraordinary man and a spiritual exhortation gleaned from precious words spoken before he passed.
We often divide Christians along the lines of those that feel their way to Truth and those that think their way to Truth. This is an absurd division that has been sponsored by the Devil from the beginning. For actually both methods (thinking and feeling), absent the strength of the other dimension, leads to a deranged form of Christianity. Either to use your head and forsake the heart-dimension of the Christian life, or to use your heart and forsake the clear revealed Truth on the matter, are both foolishness. God designed us with a mind and a heart. And the truest form of Christianity must understand how to wield both in tandem and balanced concert. A form of modern liberalism has crept into the Church of Jesus Christ that has veered from the Truth in an effort to show the heart of Jesus to the ever-growing population of God forsaking oddities sprouting up on the world's stage. But, the answer for these hurting people is not a flood of sincere emotion. It's Truth. But this Truth must not be dished out absent the heart of God.
"What God has joined together, let no man put asunder." This is a line commonly repeated in the classic Christian marriage ceremony of today. And it's spoken for good reason. But the number of people that understand “why” it is traditionally spoken or, for that matter, “what it exactly means” are few. It's a Biblical phrase—in fact, it's a phrase spoken by Jesus Himself. And its rich meaning has certainly been lost on many young couples getting married today. But, this phrase has usefulness even beyond marriage. It's also a Biblical Truth that can apply to a myriad of important topics. It would do us good as the Church to revisit this extremely important concept of “God's sacred joining together.” Because when we understand that God's yokings are sacred and significant, it helps to better train us how honor those yokings and to keep them from being “put asunder.”
The Christian life asks us to give up being a “somebody” and become a "nobody”. As a “somebody” there are certain jobs that we would never choose, want, or desire. However, strangely, as a “nobody” our tastes change, and suddenly we find ourselves craving the jobs that the “somebodies” reject. And these very tasks become the jobs that the “nobodies” all want. This message explores the missionary work of one of Eric's favorite missionaries to Papua New Guinea (Hint: it's not Stanley Dale) and demonstrates the true, world-altering power of being one of “Christ's nobodies”.
The fear of the Lord seems strangely absent from the Church these days. A cavalier, loose, and even sloppy attitude has replaced the reverence and the healthy trembling amongst the saints. Every now and again it is good for those of us that call ourselves believers to visit the idea of God's Holy Presence in order to freshly sober our meditations and sharpen our worship. Our God is a loving, kind, and gentle God, but He is also Holy, Holy, Holy. And these seemingly contradictory attributes, when taken at face value, actually work to reveal the grandeur of our God in such a beautiful and profound way to our souls.
Who is Jesus? Is He merely a good godly man or is He, in fact, God Almighty? The answer to that weighty question is everything to the life of a believer. Did the life of Jesus begin in the womb of Mary or, as the Scriptures boldly proclaim, is His life from of old and from everlasting? When Jesus asked Peter, “But, who do you say that I am?” It's critical that each of us run smack into the frankness of that very question and wrestle until we realize His true awesomeness and can answer along with the apostle, “You are the Christ!”
A storm has the potential to go one of two ways. It could bring devastation and destruction or it could bring life-giving moisture. The key to turning the storm—even the most fiendish of storms—is to remember that our Lord is the Superintendent over all storms, and He is very capable of bringing life out of every bit of bluster. This is a message about seeing God take our personal bluster and turn it into a beautiful portrayal of His goodness and grace.
So many of us throw up pathetically bland and prosaic prayers into the heavenlies—prayers that massively underestimate the power and ability of God to save, to act, and to do. God is the God of the Impossible, but we often times mix Him up with ourselves, and presume that He would prefer to work in the realm of the simple, easy, and predictable. But God loves big faith. He loves it when believers actually believe that He will do big things for those that ask big things of Him. Let's join with Elisha in saying, “I want double!”
This message unpacks the theological mindset that the missionaries of this past century shared that led them to radical givenness and great risk on the mission field. And it's a mindset that, for the most part, is no longer present in the modern Church. Simply put, the mindset was, “Bring back the King!”
The God we serve is not random, He is not capricious. In fact, the Scriptures declare Him to be unchanging—always the same! But, if He truly IS always the same, what is He like? Because, whatever He is like—He will ALWAYS be that way. This message explores the nature of our God that is unbendable, unbreakable, unalterable, and inviolable. Oh, and is also, astoundingly wonderful!
Eric has been hitting on the theme of courage and bravery time again over this past year. And here he goes again. This is a powerfully practical message about “taking courage” in the midst of the harrowing and heart-stopping moments of life. "Playing the Man" doesn't mean gritting and growling in your own natural manpower—it means allowing the courage of The Man, Jesus, to function as your courage in response to every curve ball life pitches your way.
As Believers, we are in the midst of a battle and we have an enemy that is seeking to devour us. And this is why it is imperative that we don't just have a faith that is adept with the doctrines of Christianity, but one that is triumphant in the Person of Christianity—Jesus Christ. It can be easy to grow lazy in our souls and be lulled to sleep by the coziness of earthly comforts. But Christianity is active engagement in the art of total dependence on the Living God—and that's how we stay alert in this battle and win this thing.
The Christian life is an abundant life, but that abundance is only found when the believer relinquishes everything in order to get it. The Cross is the starting point on the grand journey toward the wealth of the Kingdom, and yet, the Cross is a place of “giving up everything” and “surrendering all.” The yearning to hold on to the riches of this world, and the refusal to let the personal riches go, have proven to be the two soul actions most responsible for hindering the forward movement of faith. This message explores this critical aspect of spiritual momentum and shows the brilliance of entrusting everything to God.
There are two ways to build a house. One is with human ingenuity, human strength, and human determination. The other is with God-ingenuity, God-strength, and God-determination. Psalm 127:1 makes it clear that all house-building labor done in the human mode is vain. None of us wishes to waste our best energies on something that doesn't hold eternal significance. And when you translate this same house-building truth to home-building, it becomes especially crucial. Because when it comes to something as sacred and precious as family — we really REALLY want to build it right.
There appear to be two seats in which the Christian can choose to sit. One of them, like the forbidden tree in the Garden of Eden, promises limitless earthly fulfillment while simultaneously accusing God of being a big bummer for prohibiting access to it. Psalm 1:1 describes this first seat as the “Seat of the Scornful”. But, there is another seat. And this second seat is a heavenly seat. And when we choose it over the first seat, God promises to indubitably supply all the fulfillment that He created us to discover. However, the glory of this second seat is only found when we let go of all the world's promises of fleshly satisfaction derived from sitting in the first seat. And it is over this key decision in each of our lives that the spiritual realms wage their great war. NOTE: We apologize for the sound issues in this episode. We almost didn't post this message due to sizable problems in the first 18 minutes. But, after trimming off the first 18 minutes, we felt like it was clear enough to still work as a solid, edifying message.
Jesus declared that just as Jonah was a sign unto the Ninevites, so also would Jesus be a sign to His generation (Luke 11:29-30). This message explores the meaning of the unique phrase, “The Sign of Jonah” and unpacks how this sign works in bringing people unto a dynamic faith.
Inconvenience is something that, as humans, we specialize in avoiding at all costs. And yet, the entire make-up of the Christian life is based upon not just being available to God-orchestrated inconvenience, but wholeheartedly embracing these amazing grace-endowed inconveniences. For in the lustrous folds of these challenges, weights, financial drains and directional detours is the rich consolation of Heaven.
Many Christians are stuck in “observation-mode” and have a difficulty putting their Christian beliefs into actual practice. They stay seated in the very moment that standing up is most needed. Action-mode is the operationally successful position to have the Christian life in. But, action, in and of itself, doesn't lead to success. In fact, action absent the love of Christ can wholly undermine the Kingdom cause just as much as non-action can. It is action governed by love that changes the world. So, though getting up out of our seat is an important start, finishing the “rising up” action with love is essential. Are we ready for our Oscar Moment?
It is our human instinct to people-please. And some of us are more vulnerable to this strange phenomenon than others. But it is NOT our human instinct to God-please. Yet it essential for every believer to access the grace to rise above the pressures of the lowercase “t” they and learn to live for the pleasure of the capital “T” They. We are supposed to be avid, love-driven, grace empowered God-pleasers.
This message functions as both a Sunday sermon and the very first episode in Eric Ludy's spring Daily Thunder series, entitled Becoming Brave, that explores the mechanical construct of spiritual and moral bravery. This initial episode enunciates the biblical foundation for living with heavenly courage in a world gone wrong. To hear the other episodes in this series visit https://ellerslie.com/daily/.
Why is it that someone can doctrinally understand something out of the Bible, and yet, not seem to be able to grasp that truth in their own personal life? This is a more common problem than most people realize. However, there is an elixir for this strange phenomenon. This message refers to this elixir as, “the personal touch”. It is essential that a student of The Word of God have that the Text personalized to their understanding so that the Bible becomes living to them.
Our human propensity is to pick the seat of honor. But Jesus came to save us from our natural propensities and to establish a new and altogether different behavior pattern in our lives. And in this new Kingdom behavior pattern, He intends to, not just convince us of the value of the low seat, but also empower us to select it . . . every time.
Waiting is hard, but it is the thoroughfare through which God brings blessing and beauty into our life. So many of us lose the lustre and the wonder that comes through waiting well, because we drain it through complaint, through frustration, and through self-pity. But, when we wait, as God has asked us to wait, the blessing that comes is always more than worth the challenge inherent in the waiting process.
Weakness is deemed by many as the arch-nemesis of happiness. Most of us would go to great lengths to avoid it at all costs. But in God's system, earthly weakness (of any kind) is a catalyst to the formation of heavenly strength. And when the believer finally grips this fact, they can begin to take pleasure in this weakness, instead of fight it, beg it to go away, and waste its virtue through complaining. To rightly appropriate the power of weakness is one of the cardinal secrets of a successful Christian life.
To get the fullness out of your cereal-eating experience, you need to be a man or woman of quick action. If you don't act in the short window supplied after the milk touches the flakes, the soggy soupy saucy stuff follows. The similarities between cereal eating and following Jesus are profound, and many of us have approached our obedience to Jesus as if it doesn't matter how long it takes us to act. But, like cereal, there is a window of time when grace for action is being supplied. Let's learn, as the Body of Christ, to take advantage of that window and not be the Soggy Cereal Man. Support this podcast
The human tongue, untamed and unharnessed, is a dangerous thing and is the leading cause of much of the heartache this world currently endures. But as James chapter three states, “Who can tame the tongue?' The Christian has an answer to that question. God can tame the human tongue. And the Christian's tongue is supposed to demonstrate this fact. The Christian boasts a new tongue set free by the saving power of Christ's work on the Cross. But, the question is, how many Christians today are are wielding this redeemed tongue to speak words that heal, supply hope, and offer heaven's invite? Support this podcast
The pop-culture of our day prizes exposure and being noticed. One of the key ideas behind any successful business venture is the marketing plan, and strangely this same notion has crept into the idea of a successful life. It is deemed wise and judicious to "make a name for yourself" and broadcast “you” to the world. Social media is grounded in this entire mentality. But, Christianity is built on a completely opposite premise. It's built on something known as “the secret place”. It's founded upon the notion of giving up the approval, the applause, and the support of this world and hiding your life in Jesus Christ in order to make His Name known. Support this podcast
Guff is a fun word to say, but it's not a fun thing to have in your life. The Devil brings guff into our lives and its imperative that we know what to do with guff. Many of us just accept guff as if it were a necessary trial in our lives. But guff must be resisted, it must be opposed, for it is designed to diminish, disturb, and derange the purposes of Christ in this earth. Guff labors to steal the territory that God promised to us and it tries to convince us that God never intended us to have that territory in the first place. We must respond by belligerently declaring, "No more of this guff!" Support this podcast
Often times believers get frustrated by the fact that there seems to be no power in their lives. They believe the right things, esteem good theology, and even ponder the beauty of the Truth, but their lives don't evidence that beauty of the truth in their daily lives. They speak of the importance of love, gentleness, joy, forgiveness, and purity, and yet their daily behavior doesn't bear witness of these heavenly attributes. So much of this shortfall stems back to the issue of readiness in the believer's life. A farmer doesn't just reap a crop that he doesn't plant. And he can't effectively plant seeds for a crop in a field that he doesn't first till. Why should we be shocked by the absence of a crop when we didn't first invest the effort of a farmer into readying the soil for success? Support this podcast
Almost every mechanical device, to keep working properly, must be cleaned often and recalibrated to make sure it is functioning at an optimum level and supplying optimum readings. The soul of the Christian is no different. As believers we can often focus on the fact that we are doing “right” and, as a result, miss the fact that there is something “more right” that should be done — this is where spiritual recalibration comes in. Support this podcast
A film crew is the closest thing I have ever seen to the Biblical function of the Body of Christ. A film crew all works on the same project, all playing unique roles in that project, and labors together as one unit to accomplish something that individually could never be achieved. May the profound function of the Body of Christ once again return to the stage of time and may it work to produce an epic picture of the glory of our King. Support this podcast
Spirit-built relationships are one of the crowning jewels of a God's constructed life. But, Kingdom friendships are often surprisingly different from earthly friendships — their focus is different, their expectations are different, and their function is different, because their purpose is different. Support this podcast
The Church is currently attempting to survive its challenges instead of attempting to drive its challenges. To "survive our challenges" we try and avoid them at all costs. To "drive our challenges" we audaciously turn all our difficulties into greater strength. Much of the Church is currently in a state of paralysis. But, as the Body of Christ, this is our hour for action and forward movement. The Kembu Vam is the symbol of the power of the enemy. If we truly and genuinely believe our God to have defeated the powers of Hell, then let's prove it by flipping into the Kembu Vam. Support this podcast
In this short address, Eric Ludy adds some helpful thoughts to his series on the Vaccine — bringing even more clarity to how we as the Body of Christ can walk through this unique situation and stand united throughout. Support this podcast
There come moments in history when you must choose a side. Are you with Christ or are you with this world? There also are moments in history when the decisions for the Church may not seem as critical and dire, but the decisions made in those times define trajectory, and therefore, represent the difference between spiritual obsolescence or spiritual power. Right now, the Church is in the latter “moment” and we must choose to upgrade our game and not remain static. We cannot remain as we are and continue forward with any degree of influence. We must shift into a higher gear — we must take this battle more seriously. For the WWII buffs amongst us, we must transition from a “Chamberlain" mindset to a “Churchill" mindset. Support this podcast
The western Church is facing a sizable challenge—a challenge that could easily split us as a body right down the middle. The question of the vaccine seems like such an odd intrusion into our world and decision-making. But, alas, here it is. Many believers got the vaccine right when it was released. Others, waited, hesitated, watched, evaluated, and then decided to get it. And there are still others that feel strongly that they should never get it, even if it means the loss of their job. And some would say, even to the loss of their life. An issue with this much packed inside it, needs strong Biblical direction and counsel. This message represents the third time Eric Ludy has approached the challenging topic. His desire? To help the Body of Christ stay united in and through this and that the individual members of the Body understand “how” to make decisions of life-importance that bear upon both their conscience and the conscience of others around them. Support this podcast
The enemy works through intimidation. But the Church mustn't fall for his ancient schemes. This is the hour for the Church to freshly remember the strong tower in which they dwell and to freshly realize that the Gospel of Jesus Christ is the answer to nullifying the power of the enemies scare tactics. It is time for the Church to shine, not shudder. Support this podcast
The vaccine matter is a bigger challenge in the Church than many people these days realize. And that is due to the fact that, for many, it's not a matter of mere preference to get it or not get, but of conviction. Conviction is a word that, when used in that context, denotes “backed by conscience” not only by reason. And when men and women have “conviction” it makes working alongside other believers, that don't share the same conviction, very difficult. There are two distinct groups forming on this subject of the vaccine, even within the church. And it is essential that the Body of Christ not allow a two-group system to prevail. We as the Body of Christ must labor to find unity in what really matters and not allow the Devil and the culture to play us like a banjo. Support this podcast