Be Generous to the Poor

10380250_10203707121731803_8723814963157886007_o“Blessed is he who considers the poor;
The Lord will deliver him in time of trouble.” Psalm 41:1
As Christmas approaches let us consider the poor. Think about your giving with your heart. Somebody needs your care and love. This care and love is not just monetary. Consider the poor through the eyes of the Father. We can do more by care than by cash.
May the blessing of the Lord abound to you and may it flow abundantly from you into the lives of others.
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The Greatest Expression of Love

weekly post 13A priceless gift of Love has been given to this world. This gift, sent from Heaven, has been given to “whosoever believes.” (John 3:16). This “whosoever believes” may be Jew or Gentile, it is salvation offered freely. It is amazing that God should love a wicked world, it’s such amazing love. It’s  a wonderful free gift and it should be celebrated! Such marvellous love is expressed through Christ’s death on the Cross.  The mercy of God is demonstrated in the Sun rising, unfailingly, every morning.  His mercies are new, each day and this mercy comes out of His free and Sovereign good pleasure.  From the depth of His goodness He has chosen heirs and joint-heirs with Christ.  This mercy is not confined to the elect. Though He has special electing love for His children, mercy and compassion is still part of His nature.

He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.” His love is such that no one can accuse Him of injustice in judgement and in judging the world. He is a righteous judge (Ezekiel 33:11, John 1:10, John 4:10, John 6:32, John 6:51, 2 Peter 3:9, 1 Tim. 2:4).

The goodness and mercies of God extends to this world (John 3:16).He loved this world so much that He sent His only begotten glorious Son to save it. That those who believe in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. This everlasting life has been given to those who come to Him by Faith. Those who come to Him in repentance, through Faith Jesus Christ shall have everlasting life.

Jesus Christ came into this world as a consequence or reaction of His Love. Jesus is the precious gift to a world full of sin. Nobody will have an excuse on the last day. It is the day that everyone will stand before a righteous judge (2 Peter 3:9). He is the Saviour, the Redeemer and the Friend of sinners (Matthew 11:16-19, John 8:1-11) and this redemption has its source in the free and sovereign love of God.

A sufficient atonement has been made for all (Romans 4:25, 8:32). Jesus was despised, rejected, mocked, crucified, and counted guilty for the the offences of all. This love is so unique. “But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.” – Romans 5:8. Since he did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t he also give us everything else? – Romans 8:32

Truly God is Love!

The Love of God is pure and undefiled. Tell someone about His Love today.

(c) Ruth Dickson 20.11.15

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Deep Love and Great Affection

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It is a great joy to see believers walking in great boldness and authority. It was clear that Paul had a deep affection for the Corinthians. O how he loved them, in-spite of their misdemeanours. The love in his heart was far far greater. He would boast about them in the presence of others. He was blunt about them and spoke highly of them wherever he shared the gospel. Despite all his tribulations and the persecutions also experienced by other believers Paul said:

“Great is my boldness of speech towards you.”

“Great is my boasting on your behalf.”

“I am filled with comfort.”

“I am exceedingly joyful in our tribulation.”

These statements speak for themselves. Paul can be described as being joyful, cheerful, merry and jubilant despite it all. (1Thess 5: 16-18). He spoke his mind with the Corinthians. He spoke bold ly of their faults, with no condemnation. It was a sign of his pure heart and love towards them (Proverbs 27:6). Their maturity and endurance under trial spoke volumes, louder than the afflictions they received. Titus brought Paul good news about the Corinthians, they were moving forward in the Zeal of the Lord. It was such a great encouragement to Paul.

Though Paul had no rest from the onslaught of the enemy v.5, he never let it steal his joy. Greater was the One within him (1John 4:4). Paul reminds us never to be discouraged in 2 Cor.4:16. Never to quit or have a double mind about the gospel. Though outwardly we grow weaker, inwardly we grow stronger and stronger. Stronger in faith and stronger in grace. We should be joyous at all times.

Be encouraged today dear brothers and sisters in Christ. Celebrate the goodness and greatness of God. Rejoice always. Rejoice with others in their afflictions, knowing that these trials are for our good and His glory. This is why we call them “light afflictions” (2 Cor .4: 17). When we compare these light afflictions with the glory to come, we can only bow down and say “Be magnified O God.” There is a bigger picture.

Celebrate the goodness and greatness of God today. Rejoice and again I say, Rejoice!
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True sons and daughters

weekly post 12Whoever receives Christ in their heart is a child of God. This is why the term “believer” or “child of God” is preferred to the term “Christian”. For many, the term “Christian” is just a name they tick while filling out a form. For others, it is a term they grew up using; they were born into a family that used the term or they grew up in a predominantly Christian nation. It is possible for a person to grow up using the term “Christian” without having a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

It may surprise many that there are people who believe in Jesus Christ and believe that He is the Son of God, yet do not call themselves Christians. Merely calling/naming oneself a “Christian”, ticking a box, does not equate to being a child of God. Church membership, the multitude of good works or being good does not mean you are saved.

“As many as received Him”- John 1:12
Whoever receives Jesus Christ, whoever believes in His name: He gives the right to become a child of God. Whether Pharisee, Sadducee, learned, unlearned, male or female, to them He gave the privilege of sonship to God.

Who are those adopted into God’s family?
The family a person is born into does not qualify them as a “son of God.” The Church a person attends does not qualify them as a “son of God.” Only those who have become born again (they have received the new-birth) have been re-born into God’s family. Only those who have been adopted into God”s family, can be called a true son or daughter of God. To them, He has given power to become a “son of God.”

You become a child of God by faith in Jesus Christ alone (Galatians 3:26). Whoever believes that Jesus is Christ, is born of God (1John 5:1). There is no sonship to God without living faith in Christ. Those who believe in the son of God are the true sons and daughters of God.

Come boldly before His throne of grace today. Receive Jesus Christ, accept Him with a willing heart today. Take Him as your personal Lord and saviour. . Rejoice and again I say, Rejoice!
© Ruth Dickson Online Evangelism  RuthDicksonAuthorUK 18.11.15
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