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Paul Ellis is the writer and owner of Escape to Reality an
amazing website dedicated to Christ and the letting the world know the amazing
grace of god.
Below are 10 of my favourite Paul Ellis quotes.
When you know how much your heavenly Father loves you, it empowers you to live life to the fullest, to be generous with your heart, and to draw others into the orbit of his great love.
Jesus died for Judas. What more could He do? There is nothing! There is no more sacrifice for sins other than the one Jesus provided. To reject Jesus as Lord is to trample the Son of God underfoot and treat the blood of the covenant as unholy.
I will never preach about men when I can preach about Jesus. You want a champion of persistence? You want a role model who never gave up? Don’t look to the widow – look to Jesus! He faced more injustice than anyone yet he was never discouraged. He was knocked down to the grave but he rose again in triumph. At the cross he conquered injustice. Now he sits vindicated and enthroned at the right hand of the Father.
It is simply not possible to overemphasize the goodness of God. You might just as well try and overemphasize His wisdom or try and grasp the breadth, width and depth of His love! God is good. All the time.
Jesus left the comforts of heaven to endure unimaginable suffering on the cross in order that we might be redeemed from the condemnation of the law. To act as if we could somehow attain that divine and perfect standard in our own strength is to insult a holy God who lives in unapproachable light. And to reject the free gift of his grace and righteousness that makes it possible for us to draw near, is to insult his Son.
Saint, you are one with the Lord. His future is your future. Since Jesus isn’t going to lose his salvation and go to hell, it can’t happen to you. You may fall asleep on the job, but the one who watches over you never slumbers (Ps 121:3-4). Be confident. Be secure. Be at peace.
That’s the key to Christian living right there. It’s not about sweating for Jesus or improving the flesh, but resting in His finished work. Reckon yourself dead to sin and alive to Christ and live!
You’ve got to love the math of the new covenant: How many sins did Jesus commit before He was made sin? None. And how many righteous acts did we do before we were made righteous? None. God did it all! We are merely the grateful beneficiaries of His mighty work.
Jesus’ came to set the captives free and give sight to the blind. The law sets nobody free. But the law does reveal your need for a Great Deliverer.
Christ has become for us wisdom from God. He is our righteousness! He is our holiness! He is our redemption! Let him who boasts, boast in the Lord!
Just outside in our garden we have the amazing spectacle of
tiny birds enjoying all the nuts and seed we provided for them. Every few weeks
we fill up feeders so they always have a plentiful supply. Just recently a
cheeky grey squirrel has discovered the free supply and he dances down the long
garden fence, races across the lawn, up the apple trees and dangles upside down
on the nut feeder. His own little free supply.
As I sit there watching the cheeky fellow, I am reminded of
the grace of God and all that he has freely provided. In some ways God’s grace can be the freely
provided nut feeder. It is there, constantly; always filled up, abundant in
provision, full of goodness and life.
I am like that squirrel, I can run into all the grace of
God, but I can also just sit on the fence and look at the provision and never
enjoy and partake of it. It is all free, all provided, all there I just need to
run and eat it.
I can live from my spirit and let his power flood over me
and dispel the lies of my old man. I can also enjoy and relax with his word,
his love letter to me which shows me all his glorious grace has provided for
me. As I meditate on God’s word, my
focus centers on Christ. The transformation is effortless, just a change of
perspectives and shift from effort and works into rest and enjoyment.
Like the squirrel I need never go hungry again as I enjoy
There is no longer a stone, brick, man made temple that
hosts the presence of God. The dwelling place of God is within every believer.
You can look back into the Old Covenant and read through the
woven strands where God visited and dwelt with his people in tabernacles and stone
built temples. God’s presence and glory
was confined to spaces and walls built by man.
It was during the dedication of Solomon’s temple that God’s glory like a
cloud came and filled time and space.
In the New Covenant God has come to dwell inside his people.
At the cross Christ’s death ended the separation between God and man. Christ’s
death on the cross destroyed the veil in the temple and fulfilled the law and
in the same way that there is no more temple there is no more law. The law has
been made obsolete, now it is the very fullness of Christ that dwells inside of
Under the New Covenant we are completely released from the
system of Old Covenant law and empowered through grace by the Spirit of God in
our re-born spirit.
When we walk in the spirit and discover all that is
available to us because of our identity in Christ we start to live with God’s
power permeating and infiltrating filling our minds and flowing through our
Every one of us is full of the fullness of Christ; we have
been released from a system of obedience to obtaining right standing,
acceptance and the blessings of God. Christ’s sacrifice was more that
sufficient to give us all of God’s blessings and God’s righteousness by and
No weapon formed against you shall prosper, and every tongue which rises
against you in judgment you shall condemn. This is the heritage of
the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is from Me,” Says
John 9:2 "And his
disciples asked him saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that
he was born blind?"
Jesus Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law, every
curse was put onto Christ at the cross and was paid in full by His blood. We
have been set free from its curse and now we live in the spirit through faith.
Faith is our positive response to everything God has
provided for us in grace. Forgiveness of sin, all sin past, present and future
sin and all our sicknesses and diseases. He became poor so that we could become
rich, not just financially, but in every area of our life and existence.
Sickness is not from God, Jesus died so that we might live
in fullness of life, his redemption was a once and for all time payment that
God wants us well, he wants us to enjoy all the lavish grace
he has provided for us. It cost him everything to give us his all.
Just think of the story of the Prodigal Son, we now sit at
the banqueting table enjoying all the delights of the Father, why would we
choose to go back to the pig sty to live?
Here Andrew Wommack explains that we are blessed through Christ
and it is not God who makes us sick:-
The disciples asked a question that still puzzles many
people today. Why is a child born with a physical defect? Is it a judgment of
God upon the parents for some sin, or is it possibly God's judgment upon the
child for sins that God knows he will commit?
Jesus Himself had previously linked sickness with sin. In
this instance, however, Jesus said this blindness was not caused by this man's
or his parents' sins.
This has led many people to interpret the rest of this verse
as saying that God made this man blind just so that He could heal him and be
glorified thereby. From this thinking, many doctrinal teachings have risen
about how sickness and other problems in our lives are actually blessings from
God, intended to bring glory to God and correction to us. This reasoning,
however, does not line up with the other truths of God's Word.
It was not God who made this beggar blind. This man was not
born blind because of any one person's sins but because sin in general had
corrupted the perfect balance that God had created in nature. Therefore, some
maladies happen, not as a direct result of an individual's sins but as an
indirect result of sin in general.
Deuteronomy 28 settles forever the question of whether
sickness, poverty, and oppression are really blessings in disguise. God says
that sickness and poverty are curses - not blessings from God. Christ redeemed
us from these curses of the law so that now the blessings may come upon us
through Him (Galatians ).
God's curses have been placed on Jesus and removed from those who accept Jesus'
sacrifice. You are blessed!
Every act of kindness and compassion done by man for his
fellow Christian is done by Christ working within him – Julian of Norwich.
To want all that God wants, always to want it, for all
occasions and without reservations, this is the kingdom
of God which is all within –
True religion is an union of God with the soul, a real
participation of the divine nature, the very image of God drawn upon the soul,
or in the Apostle’s phrase, it is Christ formed in us – Henry Scougal
The heart of Paul is Union with
Christ. This, more than ever other conception – more than justification, more
than sanctification, more than reconciliation – is the key that unlocks the
secrets of his soul – James Stewart.
Christ has become the very blood flowing within our veins
and the breath within our lungs. This union is genuine and living! – Benjamin
Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely;
and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming
of our Lord Jesus Christ. He who calls you is faithful,
who also will do it.
Jesus Christ was God’s word made flesh. He was the Godhead
veiled in flesh, the divine human the exact representation and expression of
everything God was and is. Whoever saw Jesus saw God in human flesh. Since the beginning of time there has been no
man like him.
And as God in flesh, Jesus carried out perfectly the will of
God, and Jesus healed everyone that came to him. There we no exceptions,
everyone who came to Christ and believed was healed. This is God’s heart for
us; it is one of love, goodness and healing.
I Peter tells
us “That by His stripes we were healed.”
Jesus’ death at the cross, not only paid the price for our
sins, it also paid the price for our healing. Death is a consequence of sin and
the root of sickness is death. Sickness holds our bodies in bondage, keeps us
chained up in illness and locks us into captivity. Jesus came to give us
victory over sin, to release all those that were captive and he healed all
those that we sick. Jesus came to set the oppressed free.
Christ’s word to us is healing; he died and suffered so that
we could receive healing in our soul, mind and body. His grace is the abundant overflow of God’s
love to us that united our spirit to him, cleanses our souls and heals our
body. He died in our place so that we might live in fullness of life.
Christ’s word is forgiveness and it is healing. His word is
health to our bodies and life to our souls.
that believes on me, as the scripture has said, out of his heart will flow
rivers of living water."
The overflow of the Holy Spirit living in us is the very life
of the new birth. Christ in all his fullness is within every Christian, we are
totally and utterly united the Father, Son and Holy Spirit and it is from this
union that the fruit of God grows and ripens.
This is all by and through Christ and his grace overwhelming
our lives. It has nothing to do with our effort, our works; it has everything
to do with the blessings of God.
We are the good soil where the seed is planted and grows.
The more we enjoy and revel in the spirit the more vibrant the spirit becomes
to us and this ignites us with desire and passion for deeper communion with
As Andrew Wommack explains it is the Spirit that produces
all that is good, all we do is yield and trust. Our faith is a positive
response to all God has already provided through Christ’s finished work in
“These rivers of living water are referring to the Holy
Spirit and the effects He produces in the life of the believer.
Galatians 5:22-23 says, "the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace,
long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance." These
qualities should flow out of us as an artesian well. They should not have to be
pumped. They will flow as we conform our thinking to God's Word.
Jesus speaks of bearing fruit in John 15 and declares that
". . . without me ye can do nothing" (Jn. 15:5). This fruit is the
product of the Holy Spirit, not our effort. However, since "he that is
joined unto the Lord is one spirit" (1 Cor. ), then this fruit of the Spirit is also what our born-
again spirit produces. Our spirit always has these attributes regardless of
what we feel in our emotions. Failure to understand this has caused many
Christians to think they would be hypocrites to express joy when the truth is,
they are depressed. However, it's only our soulish part that gets depressed.
Our spirit is always bearing the fruit of "love, joy, peace, etc."
For a person who is seeking to walk in the Spirit, it is
actually hypocritical to let our soulish emotions dominate our spiritual
emotions. The truth is, our spirit is never depressed, just our soul. Those who
understand this have the choice of letting their soul depress them or letting
the Holy Spirit, through their born-again spirit, release the joy and peace
spoken of here.
The "fruit" is not produced by the believer, but
by the Holy Spirit, as we live in union with Him. Our part is to yield and
trust; God's part is to produce the fruit.”
On Fathers Day, here are just a few thoughts of just who our
Heavenly Father is, there are many more and you can add to the list, Our
Heavenly Father is magnificent, wonderful, glorious overflowing in love, mercy
My Heavenly Father rejoices over me with dancing and singing
My Heavenly Father has promised he will NEVER be angry will
me ever again.
My Heavenly Father fills me with sweet satisfaction.
My Heavenly Father embraces my failures.
My Heavenly Father fills me with good things.
My Heavenly Father showers me, overwhelms me, and overflows
me with his free, wonderful grace.
My Heavenly Father runs to greet me.
My Heavenly Father places His ring on my finger.
My Heavenly Father fills me with his glory and presence.
My Heavenly Father is with me every moment of my life.
My Heavenly Father is the heart beat inside my chest.
My Heavenly Father is the blood flowing through my veins.
My Heavenly Father is heaven inside my frail body.
My Heaven Father is a waterfall of grace that immerses me.
My Heavenly Father has taken me off the naughty list and
placed me on the good list.
My Heavenly Father has eradicated my old sinful nature and
given me a new holy, righteous nature,
My Heavenly Father has forgiven all my sins and healed all my
My Heavenly Father declares me his son.
My Heavenly Father invites me to share with Him in His divine
My Heavenly Father invites me to enjoy the fruits and
provision of the Promised Land.
My Heavenly Father invites me to enter into His rest.
My Heavenly Father has through Christ plugged me into the
wellspring of grace.
My Heavenly Father is the source of all bliss and
Faith expects from God what is beyond all expectations –
Faith is living and unshakable confidence, a belief in the
grace of God so assured that a man would die a thousand deaths for its sake –
Faith is not belief without proof, but trust without
reservations – Elton Trueblood
True faith is simply an effortless realization of the facts.
Christ is the Fact. Faith doesn’t save you, the Fact did. You are not saved by
faith. You are saved by free-gift grace. Faith is the simple recognition of the
free gift that’s already been given to you. – John Crowder.
Faith is your positive response to what God has already
provided by grace – Andrew Wommack
“This spring the dirt was turned over and the smell and
deepness gave me heart. It is just black-rich and feels good in the hand. You
boys know how it is,”
“My daddy was up there,” Riley said. His thin face bright
with recollection. “He was up there once long ago, long ago, way before they
hung him. He said the dirt was so rich you could eat it like porridge.”
“They have very good dirt up there,” Jack Bull said. “But a
short grow season.”
In his novel “Woe to live on,” Daniel Woodrell paints a
wonderful, vivid picture of the turmoil and horror of the American Civil War as
the Jayhawkers and Bushwhackers wage their own war against each other. In this passage, young teenage Bushwhackers contemplate life and normality as they read
stolen Union letters.
These teenagers had grown up in the mid west of America
and most were farmers who knew that the quality of soil was an intricate part
of the success of the crop. The deeper and richer the soil the greater the
chance and success of the crop.
I have a rich soil inside my heart, a soil that has been
redeemed and been made anew by the power of God. It is the best soil, the most
precious soil, because God has placed it there. I don’t have to add anything to
it, it is perfect because of Christ. The only thing that can harm this soil is
pollution, from the lies and the influences of the world and Satan. The more access
I give to unbelief the more weeds start to invade the soil of my heart.
It is God’s word, the seed that produces the fruit, not the
soil. The soil is just the place it germinates. Christ in me, is the seed, He
is the source of my fruit, by His grace working in my life and not by my own
effort. As I look and focus my attention
on Him, I keep my soil free from unbelief and give the seed all the soil it
needs to take root, grow and bear fruit. This is all by and through grace as I
consider Him and trust in the finished work of the cross.
I cannot make the seed grow and bear fruit only Christ by
his grace can do that; however I can believe and receive in all he has provided
for me and fill my heart with seed as I focus on Him.
Every now and then I get the urge to throw caution to the
win and subscribe to the Ice Hockey channel. I love watching Ice Hockey and
since the 1990’s I have followed, - at a very long distance – the Vancouver
Canucks. The closest I ever get, is watching the highlights on my laptop. The
temptation I know deep down inside would completely distract me. It would start
to focus my attention onto a sport I love and away from the saviour I love. Now
there is nothing wrong with watching Ice Hockey, but there is something
unhelpful about that love of the sport diminishing the flow of grace in my
The cares of the world, the business of life, the amusement
of the mind all these things can rise up and distract us away from Christ in
us. We don’t lose our salvation, we don’t lose the blessing of God, we are
still accepted, forgiven, righteous and holy but we can lose our focus and
drift into dulling our spirit to the flow of grace.
It takes time for the word of God to be established and
rooted in our lives, the more we fall in love with Christ the greater his
presence and grace transforms our consciousness and overflows into our daily
walk. Give his spirit time to invade and permeate our hearts, mediate on his
words of truth and let the truth fill your mind. Be consumed by his presence,
soaked in his spirit and wallow in his love. Let the things of the world grow
dim and let his light shine in your heart.
Enjoy God, cherish the son, be immersed in the spirit and
let the grace of God overflow and drench your life. Say thank you to Christ for
all his wonderful promises and blessing and receive all he has provided for you
from his storehouse of his treasure. It is all free, all unmerited, all
available, just believe and receive.
John 6:9, "There is a lad here, which hath five barley
loaves, and two small fishes: but what are they among so many?"
God wants to be involved in every moment of our daily life.
He is interested in every breath we take and he desires to use our natural,
everyday gifts for the glory of his kingdom.
God in His fullness is with us, alive in all his power
inside us, with our every heart beat. Nothing is mundane, nothing is ordinary,
and everything in us is alive to the power of God working in and through us. We
are God’s channel of provision to everyone we meet.
God’s grace is an overflowing reservoir of abundant life
that is available; we have entered the Promised Land, a land overflowing with
all that God has provided in Christ. He has blessed us and He wants to work
through us, with every day items to show His love and mercy.
As Andrew Wommack explains Jesus could have just made the miraculous
happen on his own, but Jesus involved the disciples to plant the seed of faith
into their hearts and demonstrate that God blesses the ordinary and uses it to
produce the supernatural.
“Notice that Jesus didn't just turn some of the stones into
bread (as Satan had tempted Him to do in Lk. 4:3). We find only one instance in
scripture where God created a supply to meet a need (Num. -23). Usually, the Lord simply blesses what we set
our hand to do. The resources were totally inadequate to meet the need in this
instance, but when the Lord blessed it, there was more than enough.
Jesus didn't just teach the disciples, but He trained them
also. He was constantly trying to involve them in these miracles. Just a matter
of days later, He again asked His disciples what they could do to feed the
multitude of four thousand men. It was like He was saying "You missed this
question when I asked you how we could feed the five thousand men. Now, here
are less people and more food. What would you suggest this time?"
Instead of remembering the previous miracle, they acted like
they had never seen Jesus feed the multitude and they looked at their own
resources again (Mt. ; Mk.
8:1). Likewise, we all too often try everything we can do first and forget
God's supernatural power until all we can do is pray. Many people have missed
their miracle because they never took that first step of faith and used what
they had. This young lad was certainly credited with part of this miracle for
offering what he had. When in need, we should seek God's direction for
something to set our hand to, and then trust Him to bless it and multiply the
results of our work.”
A few years back I worked for a local environmental charity in Wigan, Lancashire. My boss, the Chief Executive of the charity had a saying, “Keep it simple.” The charity world culture was interwoven with the intricacies of Local Government and all the bureaucratic jargon that clung to it. Everything was either strategic, holistic or inclusive, so much in house language that no one from the outside had any idea what was actual being said.
This can also be the trap of Christianity; we are so wanting to impress each other with deep theological ideas and understanding that the simplicity of the Gospel is almost by passed as we argue over the Greek or Hebrew interpretation. My Mother’s favorite book was an analysis of the book of Daniel. I once asked her what it was about. She told me it was so deep that she didn’t understand all of it but just that she liked reading parts of it. It is a pity that some of this passed over her head.
The truth is the truth, and to get the truth of God into our lives we must understand it. We have to read the word and let it take root in our lives. When we don’t understand the word, Satan just comes and steals the truth from our hearts.
Our born again spirit is completely united into Christ and our hearts contain all the good soil we need for the planted seed to grow and flourish. As we read and mediate on God’s word his spirit reveals his love and truth to us.
The smallest seed can grow into a mighty tree. All we need is just one seed, planted and digested into our system for the truth to set us free. All the riches of God’s grace have been provided in him through the cross. Christ is the living word, the word of God is alive and the Spirit magnifies Christ to us. The Spirit and the Bible are interwoven and inseparable. To love Christ is to love His love letter to us.
Just take a seed, mediate on it, understand it and keep it simple. The simple truth will set you free.
Last week I attended the Andrew Wommack Grace and Faith Conference
at Telford. It was an amazing, rich, powerful and life
enhancing weekend that once more shed God’s word into my heart. The three
teachers, Andrew Wommack, Duane Sheriff and Wendell Parr all brought excellent
words that spoke and confirmed truth’s that I had been soaking in.
One of the words that really spoke to me was a simple
thought that connected with my heart.
God’s word is full of God’s seeds that we can sow into our lives and as
we mediate on them the word of God become rooted and grounded in our lives. Now
I have know this truth for years, but something happened that changed the word
from knowing to revelation. I realized that more I mediate on the promises of
God the more they cement in my life and become revelation to me.
There is nothing mystical or magical in this, it is the
natural way that all seed works and produces fruit. My heart is the soil, God’s
word is the seed, as I plant it into my heart, and it takes root and works in
my life. It is also, not an instant process, like an instant email or twitter
message where we can communicate and receive feedback in the space of seconds.
Letting a seed work in your life takes time, time for it to take root, time for
it to be established, time for it to bear fruit and the best time to start is
Life is full of problems, disasters and turmoil. Taking a
few moments every day to plant seed into our lives will help us to grow in the
grace of God, so when calamity strikes we have a sure foundation of the
promises of God which we can trust and rely on.
God has provided all we need through the cross, Christ has
done it all, and we already have all we need to live a life in and through the
power of God. Planting seed helps us to understand all the grace God has given us
enhances the garden of love we have in him and established us in the promises
What is the exceeding greatness of His power
toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power which
He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at
His right hand in the heavenly places.
"And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will
build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it."
God’s word contains all the seeds we need to live an abundant,
overflowing grace filled life. It is the perfect spiritual mirror that actually
shows the true reflection of who we are in Christ. It is not a rule book to be
obeyed but a love letter to be adored.
We are filled in our inner man with all the fullness of
Christ, we are now a living temple, Christ in His fullness is interwoven inside
every believer and His life flows inside of us. As we let the seeds of his word
germinate in our souls and let our new creation spirit dominate our thoughts and
action, the reality of Christ dwelling in us starts to become Christ working in
and through us.
As Andrew Wommack explains the revelation of Peter in Mathew
16 that Jesus was the Christ, was the foundation stone of every believer.
Christ is our cornerstone, and we are his temple, God’s dwelling place on the
earth. Christ in us the hope of Glory.
“Some people have mistakenly interpreted this passage to say
that Peter was the foundation on which Christ would build His Church. However,
that would violate many scriptures that refer to Jesus as the "chief
Ephesians 2:20 does mention the apostles as being
part of the foundation stones of Christ's church, but it doesn't single Peter
out above any of the other apostles, This same scripture once again mentions
Jesus as the "chief cornerstone."
There are two different Greek words used for
"Peter" and "rock" respectively in verse 18. The word used
for "Peter" means "rock" but signifies a piece of rock like
a pebble. In contrast, the word translated as "rock" signifies a
massive rock which certainly refers to Jesus, the "chief cornerstone."
Some have suggested that the foundation rock referred to was confession that
Peter made saying that Jesus was "the Christ, the Son of the living
God" (Mt. ). Although
it is true that, to enter God's kingdom, we do have to confess that Jesus is
Lord (Rom. 10:9-10), in light of the Old Testament prophecies and New Testament
references to Jesus being the "chief cornerstone," this passage of
scripture must be referring directly to Jesus as the "rock" upon
which He will build His church.
One of the greatest differences between the New Testament
believer and the Old Testament believer is the fact that New Testament saints
are the temple of God.
God Himself actually indwells us. God does not dwell in a building made by
man's hands. He now lives in the hearts of those who make Jesus their Lord (Rom.
10:9). The cornerstone of our lives in God must be an ever-increasing
revelation of His Son. If we had a real understanding of the reality of Christ
in us (Col. 1:27), it would drastically change our attitudes, emotions,