The Children of God.

“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.

The Final Entry

THE FINAL ENTRY – Matthew 7:24-27

When the final curtain is drawn, will you have lived for the applause of men?

Are you running your race to receive a perishable crown or an imperishable crown: a Crown of Righteousness?

The two builders:

The Bible states clearly that not everyone who says, “Lord, Lord,” shall enter the Kingdom of Heaven. We deceive ourselves if we think everyone who says they are a Christian, is truly a believer in Jesus Christ. The day of judgement, will be a day of reckoning, a day of many shocking surprises. Many who thought they were living for Christ will be utterly confounded. The practices of works and religion will be exposed for what they really are and put to shame before the whole world. “I never knew you: depart from me” are the words that will meet the end of that show ( Matthew 7:21-23).

If you are a believer in Christ , you must judge your actions and your motives so you do not end up being judged and condemned by the Lord. Do you relish the applause of men or are your actions pure, sincere and real: pointing towards the Saviour?

Two hearers:

A wise person is one who hears and does something about it. A wise person will repent and turn around from building on rubble and sand. A wise person listens and takes action. James 1:22, describes this person as one who listens to the Word and does what it says. When trials come: sickness, betrayal, disappointments, scarcity, loss of any form, this person will stand. A building with a firm foundation is built by God (Hebrews 11:12). A soul anchored in Christ, though a storm rages and the wind blows, will be found standing.

A foolish person will hear, but discard and ignore what they have heard. A foolish person will hear the truth, disdain it and and just keep on building on sand. A building built on a faulty foundation will fall down.

What building materials are you building with?

It is possible for a true believer to waste his or her life building with hay and sand.. These are those whose works will be destroyed, but still be saved, howbeit by the skin of their teeth. The desire of every believer should be to enter triumphantly. It will be a glorious entry: the whole world will see it.

Christ endured the Cross to bring to himself a spotless bride, without spot or wrinkle. He paid such a high price for His bride. With this in mind, let us ask for the grace to build with the right materials.

May Jesus see the fruit of His sacrifice in our lives, Amen.

©Ruth Dickson

Freely given

God’s Free Gift

Salvation is the work of God and not the work of human hands. It can not be bought with money, good works or any other form of self-righteousness.

Salvation is free. Even a person’s Faith does not merit salvation, it is just the channel through which you receive what It is given freely, without cost or self-work.

The Holy Spirit is the One who persuades, enables us, to receive this Free Gift of Salvation.

If Salvation was dependent on self works, the situation would be completely hopeless. There is nothing anyone can possibly do to give themselves eternal life, it is sovereignly given by God.

Christ is the Author of Salvation. Those who believe in Him are saved. Honour Him with thanks giving today. Give Him the glory that is due His glorious name. Amen.

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©️ Ruth Dickson.

Heavenly Treasures Ministries

Gihon Publishing Ltd

The Rich Man and Lazarus

The Rich Man and Lazarus

Whether a person is Rich or Poor is not a sign of God’s pleasure or displeasure. In many cultures around the world, poverty or riches are presumed to be a sign of God’s approval or disapproval.

In Luke 16:19-31 you have the story of a Rich man who found himself in Hell and a Poor man who found himself resting on Abraham’s bosom in Heaven.

What the human mind esteems so highly may be an abomination in the eyes of God. The rich man in Luke 16 was:

“clothed in purple and fine linen and fared sumptuously every day.” While the beggar, Lazarus, full of sores, only ate the crumbs from the rich man’s table. While the rich man lived, he showed no care or compassion for the poor. The poor man had nothing, but his close relationship with God. Luke 16:22.

While the Poor man rested in Abraham’s bosom, indicating eternal rest in Heaven, the Rich man was tormented in Hell, “Hades.” (Luke 16:23). The Rich man did not go to Hell because he was rich, but because he was covetous, uncharitable and obviously did not believe in God.

Salvation cannot be bought with money. Some of the richest people on this earth will find no place in Heaven. So let us be careful how we judge the external and outward look of a person. This can also be said of some of the poorest people as well. Whether poor or rich, a stranger to God, will find no place in Heaven.

“For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God,not of works, lest anyone should boast.” – Ephesians 2:8-9

©️Ruth Dickson

Heavenly Treasures Ministries

Gihon Publishing

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

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).

©️ Ruth Dickson

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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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