romans8_281Be encouraged.
As I was praying on Sunday morning  this song kept playing in my mind, (God will make a way by Don Moen). I do believe it is for someone out there today. God has not forgotten you. Romans 8:28 says, “All things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according His purpose.”

There is a purpose for every situation and circumstance you go though in this life. God can use any situation, no matter how adverse or challenging, to work out His perfect plan and purpose.

His plan and purpose for all mankind stands. He works it out in the lives of His children, in His own way and in His own time. God’s time is the best.

He is working things out behind the scenes, even when you cannot see it. Be still and know that He is God (Psalm 46:10). He will show up when you least expect it. He is the God of the impossible. He is a miracle working God.

He gives peace and understanding to the heart and mind. Whatever your situation today, “trust in The Lord with all your heart and do not lean to your own understanding.”(Proverbs 3:5). Leave it, completely, at the feet of Jesus and do not worry or fret anymore. Please listen to this song and be comforted:

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Everybody wants to be rich, it’s part of our fallen nature. While the prosperity message is very popular and gladly received, the message about asking people to live sacrificially, is not welcome. It is not received with the same joy, passion and optimism. The message of “living a life of sacrifice”, is not popular.

Why do believers separate one from the other? Being rich in Christ has everything to do with sacrificial living. Why do we embrace the pursuit of money, while simply ignoring the fact that we should pursue Heavenly Riches ?

The Lord rejoices in our prosperity, but He also calls us to live sacrificial lives. Jesus Christ began His life in a very humble way. He was born in one of the lowest places, a Manger. He was born of a very humble woman, Mary. He could have chosen to be born in a palace; after all, He was and still is the KING OF KINGS. Why did He choose to be born in this place of humility?

We can learn something from this. He purposely chose to humble himself. His humiliation did not rule out His Majesty. Christ humbled himself on purpose. What about His co-heirs? Are they not part of the same Royal Family? Do they not belong to the same Royal Kingdom?

The common tendency of the day is to Idolize what should not be idolized, and serve what should not be served.

Jesus Christ, though a King, chose voluntarily to humble himself. The condition of life, which Jesus voluntarily chose ought to be regarded with the most respect and holy reverence. We can also voluntarily choose not to pursue earthly riches in order that we might pursue Christ, and His purpose, while we live on earth. I am not talking about living a careless and indifferent life. The Lord despises laziness (See proverbs). Also, if we do not provide for our families, our behaviour is described as worse than an unbeliever. We can not wear the cloak of laziness and use Christianity as an excuse not to be diligent. This is contrary to scripture. Please do not mistake what I am saying here. I am referring to the unhealthy desire to be rich at any cost. I am talking about not being content with what you have. I am talking about the obsession of “keeping up with the Joneses” syndrome. Those in Christ should be confident about themselves and secure about what God has called them to do.

“Now godliness with contentment is great gain” (1Timothy 6:6). Christ is the ultimate example. Jesus Christ became poor because of us, that through His poverty we may become rich. (2 Cor. 8:9). We should be fishers of men, winning souls, and not fishers of money, especially with regards to the Kingdom. You may argue; how will the gospel be preached if there is no money? “Come let us reason together!!!” (Isaiah 1:18). Never at any-time did Christ say that the prosperity message was a perquisite for the Salvation of Souls. God can raise up even stones to provide for the furtherance of the gospel (Psalm 37:25). The unhealthy desire for earthly riches is a huge distraction from the PRIMARY purpose of the gospel; Salvation through Christ alone. (1Peter 1:18-19).

Prosperity, riches, et al, are all SECONDARY issues and should not be placed in the position of our PRIMARY concern; Salvation through Christ alone. Christ is the only source of divine wealth. True riches can only be found in Him. The gospel truth is (only those in Christ have TRUE RICHES.)

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软弱的要说:‘我是勇士。’ Message on Ephesians 6:10 for Mandarin speakers. (English version is  below the Mandarin)



只要堅定地信靠神,就可以使我們在風雨中站穩。神是信心的來源。 信心可以放在除了耶穌基督之外不同的地方。它可以放在:









保羅在以弗所书六章十節十分清楚地提到:‘… 要靠主的大能大力…’。在腓立比书四章十三節也有講到,當你靠着神加给你的能力,凡事都能作。另外,在提摩太后书二章一節也說:‘应当在基督耶稣的恩典里刚强起来’。有多少次,我們從神給予的恩典走向我們自己的努力。上帝給我們自由和毫不費力。




Let the weak say they are strong:
Always remember, your strength is not in yourself, but in the Lord.

Faith that is firmly placed on God will stand strong through the storm. He is the author of faith. The fact is that unawares, faith can be placed in places, other than The Lord Jesus Christ. It can be placed in:

➡️ In people
➡️ In Material things
➡️ In Investments
➡️ Institutions
➡️ Achievements
( these are just examples, this list is not exhaustive ).

The question is: where does your strength lay?

If it is in any thing, or anywhere, other than The Lord Jesus Christ, you are setting yourself up for an unwelcome surprise.

Paul’s words in Eph. 6:10 boldly and clearly tell us to: “…be strong in The Lord…” and gladly so. Phil. 4:13 says, you “can do all things through Christ” who strengthens you.” 2 Tim. 2:1 declares, “be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.” How many times do we walk away from God’s grace to our own self- efforts. God gives freely and effortlessly.

The power of Christ is mighty. It cannot be compared to any human strength, which fails in its infirmities and weaknesses.

I pray today, you will hold fast to Paul’s words and be STRENGTHENED.
© Ruth DicksonUK



“Little by little”
“Little by little I will drive them out from before you, until you have increased, and you inherit the land (Exodus 23:30).

There is a fierce battle in the life of every believer in Christ. It is the fight against the works of the flesh and the work the Spirit.

The devil is in the business of doing everything he possibly can to deceive, hinder, derail and stop the children of God from possessing what rightfully belongs to them.

Deliverance assured 
Looking at the Exodus of the children of Israel from Egypt, the cries for emancipation and liberation can be heard. They were in bondage, held in slavery to Egypt. Deliverance to the promise land, Canaan, was assured, but it was not instant. Every believer must learn from this story and hear these words:

“Little by little.” (Exodus 23:30).

Though God promised to bring them into the place prepared for them, (v.20), He would do it gradually.

“I will not drive them out in one year, lest the land become desolate and the beasts of the field become too numerous for you.”(v29)

“Little by little I will drive them out from before you, until you have increased, and you inherit the land (V.30).

Every believer must understand that God did not promise victory and deliverance to Israel in one day. You must be patient to receive the promises of God. Israel had to wait. There was danger ( wild beasts) and idolatry in the land. There was to be no intermingling with sin. They also had to wait to increase in number.

When victory is not instant, you must keep going. You must press on in the place of prayer, the place of constant communion with God. You must be obedient to do what He asks you to do while you wait. Total reliance and dependence upon HIM, is what He wants.

Faith and Obedience
As a child of God, you need to co-operate with the Spirit of God. The Israelites had to obey the instructions of The Lord and act upon it (v.20-25). To all who obey Him, He is the Author of eternal salvation (Hebrews 5:9). Obedience to the gospel is essential to salvation. There are consequences to disobedience (1 Peter 4:17). Faith and obedience walk hand in hand. It’s by faith, we overcome the world, the flesh and the devil.

There is a place prepared for the followers of Jesus Christ. Every believer has a great heritage and inheritance. It is assured, though like a pilgrim, it seems the journey, to that place of promise, is so far away.

Child of God, there will be trials and temptations along the way, but I encourage you to keep the faith. Press on, resist the devil and walk in obedience. His grace is more than enough. Amen
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fight-the-good-fight-of-faithTHE GOOD FIGHT
Run your race as if you are running to win a prize. You do not strive for a perishable crown (covetous living). You strive for an imperishable crown (Eternal Life). Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, to which you were also called and have confessed the good confession in the presence of many witnesses. 1 Tim.6:12
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