Dead Branches

Dead Branches – John 15:6

“If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned.”

“Once saved, always saved.” It is possible for a Believer in Christ to be a withered branch, only good for the fire heap? I believe the verse John 15:6 is talking about people who wear a label, saying they are a Christian, but have no true conversion in their hearts. Matthew 7:31 says,

“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of Heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in Heaven.”

The reality is that on the last day there will be many surprises. People who you thought were branches, connected to the Vine … only to discover, they were simply occupying space… These are the “branches” that will be thrown into the fire. The Bible uses parables, and the imagery of nature, to help our understanding of spiritual things.

Staying connected to the Vine is the continual influence of Christ in our lives. It is “Abiding” in God’s Word, “Abiding” in God’s Love, “Abiding” with God’s Spirit.

Without the Abiding there is no close communion with God. Christ loves us, with the love of God and we must abide in His Love. The Spirit of God produces lasting fruit in our lives, so we must be in constant communion with the Spirit. Without the Spirit, we will walk in the wrong way. We must always abide in the Truth. It’s impossible for a branch – a living member of Body of Christ – not to bear fruit. “By their Fruits ye shall know them.” (Matthew 7:16).

©️ Ruth Dickson

The Vine Series

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What does it mean to “Abide”?

Abiding in God’s Word – John 15:4

Unless we abide in God’s Word, we cannot produce fruit. What does it mean to “Abide”?

Submit, Accept, Stand for, Tolerate, Acknowledge, Concede, Receive, … These are just some of the words that break down what it means to “Abide”.

As a child of God, it is futile to produce lasting Fruit in any other way. To side-step God’s Word and attempt to produce Fruit in any other way is to side- step God’s grace and all its benefits. Please sign up to this blog to be blessed by this series.

©️Ruth Dickson 2018

The Vine Series

Cleansing Power

The cleansing power of God’s Word

A healthy Vine needs proper maintenance. It needs to be cleared of weeds, bugs and anything that will hamper the success of its growth.

The kind of disease that can infiltrate the Vine and affect the harvest can be nipped in the bud if the Vine is well maintained. This is the same way God’s Word sustains the Believer with its purifying power and cleansing power. It washes, keeping away those things that contaminate. Where there is contamination, for example, hatred, bitterness or the inability to forgive others, it is the Word of God that deal with it. It will seek it out and uproot it.

The Vine is the source of water to the branches. Water flows through the Branches to the Vine and not the other way round. The branches depend on the Vine for nutrients. Without the Vine, the Branches will wither and die.

The Influence of the Word of God in the Believer cannot be underestimated. Your survival as a child of God in this secular world we live in cannot be understated. It is totally dependent on God’s Word. The Word of God purifies and supplies the necessary nutrients enabling us to bear good Fruit. The Fruits of the Spirit are Love, Joy, Patience, Long-suffering, Kindness, Goodness, Gentleness, Faithfulness and Self-Control. These are the evidences of God’s Spirit at work in the life of a Believer. The Word of God, mixed with Faith, will produce a bumper harvest of Fruits ( Hebrews 4:2).

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Discerning God’s Voice

Discerning God’s Voice

In a room full of shouting people it is very difficult to distinguish one voice from another. The gospel of Christ can be described as the proclamation of God’s Voice. How do you distinguish between the voice that speaks with the authenticity of God’s Word from its fake counterpart ? The answer lies in 1John 4:5,6 (please read).

There are two distinctive people in this scripture. The preacher who speaks from the world’s perspective and the preacher who speaks from God’s perspective. The preachers of the world are received wholeheartedly by the world because they speak from the viewpoint of the world. The true preachers of God’s Word are received with joy by the children of God because these preachers speak God’s Word. It’s as simple as that!

In the natural, Sheep know the voice of the their Shepherd. They will flee, run away, from a voice they do not know. This is the same way the true child of God instantly recognises the voice that does not speak on behalf of God. The false teacher preaches or teaches Worldly perspectives. They teach another gospel, in other words, they are false teachers or false Shepherds.

A true follower of Jesus Christ will recognise The voice of God. The natural instinct within will ring alarm bells when a contrary gospel is being preached. In these last days, increased discernment is of utmost importance (Matthew 7:15). With the help of the Holy Spirit, the true child of God will clearly distinguish between the voice that speaks on behalf of God and the voice that speaks on behalf of the world.

©️ Ruth Dickson

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The Beautiful Soul of a God-Fearing Woman.

The Beautiful Soul of a God-Fearing Woman.

Happy Mother’s Day USA. This short message is dedicated to Mothers, Sisters, Aunties, Grand-Mothers, Carers and all the precious women of God who take care of others.

Christ beautifies her, He takes His rightful place in her life. She knows her King. She has a moment by moment relationship with her Lord and Saviour. She is a wise woman because she fears the Lord (Proverbs 9:10). Her beauty is unfading, it is built on Christ.

Her husband, children, family, community, honour and commend her. Like her Saviour, her goodness flows to others. The spirit of giving precedes her, she is generous and kind to the poor and needy.

She bears ever-lasting fruit because she abides in the eternal One, Christ. She speaks wisely, yet Her wisdom speaks for itself. Even after she is gone, her soul lives on. Give her the fruit of her hands, give her the praise and acclamation she deserves.

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The fulfilment of God’s Plans

The counsel of The Lord for this world must stand.

God rules and reigns over the nations though they rage against Him. God is eternal, His ways are not our ways and His plans often contradict ours. The point is that God has a duty to fulfil His promises.

Every human being on this earth is subject to God’s authority. Whether good in our eyes or not, the plans and purposes of God must stand. The rebellion in the heart of man cannot change God’s plans. God will do as He pleases.© Ruth Dickson

Psalm 2

Why do the nations conspire[a]

    and the peoples plot in vain?

The kings of the earth rise up

    and the rulers band together

    against the Lord and against his anointed, saying,

“Let us break their chains

    and throw off their shackles.”

The One enthroned in heaven laughs;

    the Lord scoffs at them.

He rebukes them in his anger

    and terrifies them in his wrath, saying,

“I have installed my king

    on Zion, my holy mountain.”

I will proclaim the Lord’s decree:

He said to me, “You are my son;

    today I have become your father.

Ask me,

    and I will make the nations your inheritance,

    the ends of the earth your possession.

You will break them with a rod of iron[b];

    you will dash them to pieces like pottery.”

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Therefore, you kings, be wise;

    be warned, you rulers of the earth.

11 

Serve the Lord with fear

    and celebrate his rule with trembling.

12 

Kiss his son, or he will be angry

    and your way will lead to your destruction,

for his wrath can flare up in a moment.

    Blessed are all who take refuge in him.

The Influence of God’s Word

The Influence of God’s Word

The ear is the gateway to the soul and the main source of spiritual nourishment.

It is only God’s Word that can bring any genuine change to a person’s life. Only God has the power to transform lives and change hearts. The spiritual condition of the heart and mind remains the same without the transforming power of the Word of God. Repentance and faith come through the hearing of God’s Word.

The authenticity of God’s Word cannot be contested. It is a solid Rock. Every other ground is sinking sand.

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True Spiritual Fruit.

True Spiritual Fruit in Christ

The only Fruit that will remain is the Fruit produced in Christ. There is no true spiritual fruit that can be produced outside of Christ.

God’s Word says we should draw near to Him with a sincere heart. It is the blood of Jesus that is sprinkled on the heart to cleanse it and remove a guilty conscience.

The Holy Spirit has purging power. The Word of God washes us. It is the pure water of the Word that cleanses. The purging power of God produces Faith.

It is only the Fruit produced by the Holy Spirit that produces fruitfulness, holiness and righteousness.

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