God’s Spirit Dwells in You – written by Ruth Dickson.

God’s Spirit dwells in you.

Child of God, the Holy Spirit lives in you and is jealous over you.  The Bible describes it is as “Jealous Envy.”- James 4:5.  The Spirit of God is jealous over your Soul. The Spirit of God is a person who wants you to have a constant personal relationship with Christ and abide in His teachings.

Your Affections:

As long as you live in this world, there will be a battle over your affections.  The devil wants to steal your heart, but as a Christian, your love and desire should be towards the One you are betrothed to: Jesus Christ.

Devotion:

Are you devoted to Christ or are you devoted to another? Remember, child of God, you bear the name of Christ.

Ransom Paid:

Jesus Christ paid such a high price for your soul. Are you yielding to His Spirit? As long as you live on this earth, there will be a daily battle for your affections. When the flesh and the spirit try to occupy the same place, it results in confusion and collision.

  Choose the way of the Spirit today.

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Friendship with this world…written by Ruth Dickson

“Friendship with this world is enmity with God.” – James 4:4

The lovers of this world are under the control of the world.  They embrace and parley with “fleshly lusts that war against the soul.” – 2 Peter 2:11.  Whoever embraces the ideals of this world, “whoever wishes to be a friend of this world,” ultimately makes his or herself  an enemy of God – James 4:4

The Pride of Life:

The Pride of this Life wars against Spirit. Though the child of God lives in this world, he or she is not to be controlled by its power. This is the hatred of the world: that you, child of God, are not under its controlling power.

 Grace to help in time of need:

Pray today that God will open your eyes to the controlling influences of this world. God is full of grace in this time of need. What you see and what you hear have the power to control how you reason. Pray that the Holy Spirit take complete control and deliver you from the power of the evil one.  Abide in God’s Word and you will not be overcome by the influencing power of this world. Amen

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Ruled by God: Written by Ruth Dickson.

✨Ruled by God:✨

God’s people are ruled and controlled by God’s Word. It seperates them from the world, even though they live in it.

The Servitude of the Past:

God’s people are no longer servants to the past. The wisdom of God rules and prevails in their lives. They are called by a New Name: Christian. They come from a New City: Zion.

A New Life:

As a child of God, the country you come from; your race… no longer has dominion over you (2 Corinthians 5:17). You are a new person, a new creation in Christ. In Him you have a new life and a new way of living.


Christ in Control:

Are you prepared to let go of the past? Whose flag are you flying? Is it Christ’s? Do you go by your new spiritual  name or do you carry the old one?
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The Unity of the Church written by Ruth Dickson

The Unity of the Church

The Church, as a whole, is a front office. It is the window or inter-face for the world.  Can you imagine a nation “peeping” through the window of the Global Church and sighting a human body walking around without its head? Then they look through another window only to see another frightening scene: a hand moving without an arm. A foot walking on its own, an arm moving without its hand, a heart floating in the air, a leg with a missing foot walking sporadically… The observer of such a disturbing show would run for his or her dear life?

Sorrowfully, this is what the watching world sees when it picks up the courage to look into the window of a Global Church that is not connected to its Head.

One Head of the Body

A Church without a Head cannot function.  Jesus Christ is the Head of the Church. The Body of Christ has different parts, with different functions. The different parts of the Body operate in connection to the Head. There are many Churches within the Body of Christ and its message is central: Salvation through Jesus Christ.

Confusion within the Body

 There is confusion on different aspects of the Christian Doctrine. Churches disagree on whether women are allowed to preach. Others argue about how music should be presented in the Church. Some fight over the meaning of the Sabbath… the arguments go on and on.

 Take for example, the Work of the Holy Spirit. Some believe the outward work of Holy Spirit (the Gifts of the Spirit) is the evidence of Salvation.  They confuse it with the inward work of the Holy Spirit, which is a work of grace.  The Bible makes a clear distinction between the two.

Imagine boarding a plane without reaching its destination.

 In the Books of Acts, people from all nations witnessed the mighty works of God. “They all were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, ‘What does this mean?’Acts 2:12 – But others mocking said, ‘They are filled with new wine.’” – Acts 2:13

Speaking in other tongues brought glory to God, even though not everyone was convinced by it. Some of them began to ask questions.

This miracle opened the door for Peter’s sermon in Acts 2:14-41.

He preached the gospel. It was the Spirit of God who worked on the inside of those who “received” the Word.  Indeed, the Spirit of God is the Spirit of Truth.

 “So those who received the word were baptized, and there were added that day about three thousand souls.” – Acts 2:41.

V. 42 If you read further, it says those who received the Word devoted themselves to the apostles teaching and fellowship with other believers.  

Imagine if the crowds walked away after the miracle without the inward work of the Spirit! 

The outward work of the Holy Spirit should not be confused with the inward work of the Holy Spirit.

Unity of the Spirit: Unity of the Church

There may be different denominations within the Body of Christ with different understandings of Scripture, however, they are still “connected” through the central message and teaching of Jesus Christ.

The Church is United because it is United by God’s Spirit. To be disunited, is to be disconnected from God’s Spirit.

“There is one body and one Spirit – just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call – one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and father of all and through all and in all” – Ephesians 4:4-6

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Choosing to obey God written by Ruth Dickson

CHOOSING TO OBEY GOD

Choosing to obey God, rather than obey man, is one of the greatest things a person can do.

In the face of opposition to your faith, will you make a stand for Jesus?

We are living in seasons where circumstances will bring your faith into question. Situations will shine a bright light on your faith. Will you follow God or follow man?

Peter and the Apostles found themselves in such a situation. Everywhere they went, signs and wonders followed. Multitudes gathered. Some of the sick were healed, just by coming into contact with Paul’s shadow, it was sensational – Acts 5:12-16

The Apostles ended up in prison as the news of all they did in Jesus Christ’s name spread like wild fire.
The angel of the Lord visited them at night and miraculously opened the prison doors:
“Go, stand and speak in the temple to the people all the words of this life.” – Acts 5:20

At the crack of dawn, the Apostles were about their Father’s business, as instructed, preaching the Gospel.

Think about the opposition the Apostles faced. When the captain of the temple heard they were preaching at the temple, they were arrested.

“Did not we straitly command you that ye should not teach in this name?
And behold, ye have filled Jerusalem with your doctrine, and intend to bring this man’s blood upon us.”- Acts 5:28

How did  the Apostles respond to this?

We ought to obey God rather than men.” Acts 5:29

Faith and Obedience:
It was truly a test of their Faith and Obedience. They believed in the Lord Jesus Christ and preached what He preached. The Apostles were obedient to the Lord’s commands.

Be encouraged this hour to walk in Faith and Obedience towards God. Do not let the persecution, trials and temptations of this world shake you. Your obedience towards God is a demonstration of your Faith. Faith and obedience walk hand in hand, they cannot be separated.

As you abide in Christ, remember, He will abide with you (John15:4). As you draw near to God, be confident He will draw near to you (James 4:8). Walk hand in hand with the Holy Spirit: He will “instruct you and teach you in the way you should go.” Psalm 32:8. The Spirit of God will advise you and watch over you. Have no fear!
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The Principles of Mission 5 written by Ruth Dickson

Preach the Gospel to Everyone, “God Shows no Partiality”- Acts 10:34

The average Christian cannot stand next to the religious man and woman.  If God were to view righteousness based on religious observances, I don’t know a single Christian who would meet the mark. 

There are people today who truly want to know God. They desperately want to obey Him and do what He says, however, they approach God legally. Their desire to know God pushes them into adopting certain principles, to which they adhere, without fail, like the giving of alms, being kind and doing everything they possibly can to please God. Cornelius, a deeply religious man, was such a person (Acts 10). 

“He was well spoken of by the whole Jewish nation.”

Devout in all His ways, Cornelius feared the Lord and was constantly praying. However, his understanding of God was obscured. You may ask, “To whom was he praying if He did not know God?” 

In God’s mercy, Cornelius had a divine visitation. An angel of the Lord appeared right before his eyes and Cornelius’ response was amazing:

“What is it Lord?”

Cornelius response showed his pliable heart and willingness to obey God. 

And the angel said to Cornelius, “Your prayers and your alms have ascended as a memorial before God. And now send men to Joppa and bring one Simon who is called Peter…” Acts 10:4-8

Peter travelled over thirty miles to meet with Cornelius, however, God first of all revealed the legalism within Peter’s heart. Through a vision, God showed Peter his failure to understand that there were no divisions between God’s people. (Acts 10:9-16). The animals in his dream were unclean in his past life. The ceremonial law was deeply imbedded in his heart. Peter never physically ate anything unclean. His beliefs also extended to his relationship with others; never eating or having fellowship with non-Jewish people. Acts 10:27-28

It was Jesus desire for him to preach the Gospel to the nations. Through this vision, the limitation in his mind was broken. Indeed, Peter was converted. He preached the gospel freely to Cornelius and all present: his friends and family.

 Before Peter could finish preaching, the Holy Spirit filled the room and fell on everyone in the room, thus the Lord proving His Word, through the power of the Holy Spirit. Salvation was for both the Jews and Gentiles, “God shows no partiality, but in every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him” – Acts 10:34-35

Both Cornelius and Peter touched by God:

There were two conversions: Cornelius eyes were opened to see God in the fullness of His glory and Peter was also converted. He was no longer discriminatory in his preaching of the Gospel.

Are you hungry for souls?

If you are a Christian reading this, you have a commission to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ without discrimination. The Lord knows those who are His, just preach Christ. John 3; 16

Are you seeking God?

If you are seeking God, not all roads lead to Him. Salvation is through Christ alone. Jesus took the sins of the whole world upon His shoulders, indeed He paid the price that no one else can pay. Being good and observing religious duties cannot save a soul.  Salvation is a work of divine grace, as it cannot by any means be earned. Repentance leads to Life – Acts 11:18

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The Principles of Mission 4 written by Ruth Dickson

The Principles of Mission 4

“Jesus, He is Lord of All”

The concept of a place called “Hell”, a place of justice, where bad people go, is a reality in every religion and faith. In today’s Christianity, there is the trend of the pushing an Ecumenical concept, where multi-faith working is taught, attempting introduce a new world religion, a new kind of faith. However, there is only one faith that teaches Salvation through Christ alone.

It is a concept that world religions kick against because it takes the power of Salvation out of human hands and places it upon the finished work of Christ.  The grace aspect is hard to receive. Salvation is a reality because of Christ. There is no other way or means a person can be saved.

The Centurion’s eyes opened:

  There was a devout man called Cornelius in the Bible. He was a Centurion, a Roman and Gentile, described as God fearing, generous and prayerful (Acts 10). However, he had limited understanding of Jesus and Salvation by grace alone. He saw the Christian Faith through the eyes of tradition, Law and Works, despite the yearning for God in His heart.

Peter Preached the Good News: “Jesus, He is Lord of All”

Through Peter, Cornelius’ obscured view was broken and the limitation in his understanding removed. The Good News was released, not just to Cornelius, but to a multitude of Gentiles. While Peter was speaking to Cornelius, “the Holy Spirit fell on all who heard the Word.” The Gift of the Holy Spirit was poured out in abundance.

Let us not fear, or fail to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ to all people. God’s arms are open.  In time of grace, tell the world about the saving power of Jesus Christ.  Salvation is through Christ alone. 

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