Category Archives: Desperate for Jesus

Love Is Strong as Death

“Place me like a seal over your heart, like a seal on your arm; for love is as strong as death, its jealousy unyielding as the grave” (Song of Solomon 8:6). This is how Jesus wants us to feel about him. The Christian faith isn’t about “doing it right” or “believing the right way”–it’s about being transformed into a new creature by the blood of Jesus Christ. The normal Christian life is oneness with Jesus: a soul freed from all rebellion and sin, and filled with hunger and love for Jesus. We may follow Jesus while trapped in the cycle of “sin and repent,” but we will not be one with Jesus. Do your actions and words show that your love for Jesus is as unyielding as the grave?

In preparation for tomorrow’s broadcast, Pastor Ray suggests reading the book of Malachi, Hebrews 10, and Romans 6.

The Testimony of Righteousness

In this vulnerable testimony, Pastor Ray shares his experience of entire sanctification. Entire sanctification is not some mystical experience: it is simply a covenant confirmed with Jesus that, “I disown my life, and I will receive from Jesus only what he chooses to give me.” As we deny ourselves the right to provide for ourselves, the Holy Spirit leads us down a path of suffering that eradicates selfishness and produces real righteousness. Have you made this covenant with Jesus? Are you living by faith that, if you seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, everything will be added to you? Or is your life still filled with what you’ve created?

Determined to Be a Doulos of Jesus

The death and resurrection of Jesus Christ provides for a full reclamation of the human race from sin right now. In Christ, we are restored to the holy and blameless condition of Adam and Eve in the garden. The only reason the world is still in such a miserable condition is because sinners refuse to repent and believe in the full and present salvation of Christ. Beloved, it is time to cast out your love of sin and unbelief and to walk in holiness!

The Gates of Righteousness! (Psalm 118)

Repentance and righteousness are not God’s end for the Christian. Instead, they are stepping stones to intimacy and fellowship with Jesus. This intimacy comes at a high price: suffering, discipline, and consciously and deliberately giving up control of your life to Jesus. He will deal with the monsters in your life if you simply trust Him and not turn away. Have you given everything into the hand of Jesus or do you believe that you somehow can defeat these monsters in your life that come to ravage you?

Hungry for Jesus? (Daniel 11:32-35)

Your trials will increase as you go deeper with Jesus. But, those who are truly hungry for Jesus will endure the tests of suffering, knowing that they purify the soul and prepare the child of God to enter heaven. The saint who thus meekly trusts Christ is an honor to Jesus. Is this work of grace evident in your soul? Have you renounced sin because you hate it? Has your former love for sin been replaced with a burning desire for souls to be pulled out of the fire? And would those who hear what you say and watch what you do agree with that assessment?

The Entrance Fee at the Gates of Righteousness

In this sermon, Pastor Ray describes and distinguishes the walks of King Asa and King Jehoshaphat. It’s so easy to become proud under the blessing of the Lord and to think that we’re somebody. The greatest task God has given us is to utterly disown ourselves and avoid the temptation to create our own holiness. God has to bring us to the end of ourselves, oftentimes by judgment, where there’s an intense desire and need for Jesus to intervene. Will you let God create this exigency to disown your life? Do you need Jesus to rescue you? His heart is to rescue but we must disown our life first.

What Turns the Heart of Jesus?

Using the stories of Jairus and the woman with an issue of blood for 12 years, Pastor Ray raises the question of what turns the heart of Jesus? It’s clear from the story and many other scriptures that Jesus doesn’t come until there is a desperate need for Him and that we have fully humbled our hearts before Him. Do you need to touch the heart of Jesus today?

I Must Have Jesus (Encore)

In this broadcast, Pastor Ray recounts a story from the incredible book entitled “Remarkable Miracles” by G.C. Bevington. A dear man was healed by the power of Jesus of a number of maladies, despite the ill man’s unbelief. Stand by faith and see the power of God move in your life and allow the Holy Spirit to burn away any unbelief in your heart.