Pardon for Sin – Romans 4:25

Pardon for Sin:
There are no alternatives to Christ. He cannot be replaced. Who can pardon or wash away Sin? By what means can any person do so? No human has such power. The Levitical Priests carried out yearly sacrifices on behalf of the Children of Israel, but this did not pardon their sin. These sacrifices were  temporary solutions, hence the never ending, yearly repetition.

Justification:
Who is a Just Man? Only Jesus Christ. All who believe in Him are justified through Him. These are people who trust, not in their own means of Salvation, but fully understand that  pardon for Sin, came through an acceptable sacrifice. Christ is spotless and sinless. No one compares to Him.

A Complete Work:
Christ was crucified. He gave himself up, freely and willingly, as a Living Sacrifice, “once and for all.” (Hebrews 10:10). It is a complete work.

There is no sacrifice that can replace or compete with the Sacrifice Christ has already made. The work of redemption is complete.

Remembrance and Celebration:
God has fulfilled His promise. The penalty for Sin, which no one else could pay, has been paid. Jesus rose from the dead, as He said He would. Each time believers gather to, “eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.” (1 Cor. 11:23-26) Let the Redeemed ever rejoice in God’s mercy in giving us His presence. Let them ever shout for joy.

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Entrusted written by Ruth Dickson

Entrusted:
To be “Entrusted” with something means that something or someone has been placed in your care.

Jesus said the following:
“One who is faithful in a very little is also faithful in much, and one who is dishonest in a very little is also dishonest in much.

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11 If then you have not been faithful in the unrighteous wealth, who will entrust to you the true riches?

12 And if you have not been faithful in that which is another’s, who will give you that which is your own?” Matthew 16:10-12

A Steward:
If God has blessed you (blessings come in many forms) it means He has made you a Steward over what has simply been entrusted to you.

Many Christians are blinded to the needs of poor and most vulnerable in society due to selfishness, covetousness and worldliness. They become hard-hearted and unsympathetic to the cries of the weak in society.

True Riches.
If you are unfaithful with unrighteous mamman, who will give you true riches?

The Bible clearly teaches Christians to be spiritually minded, to store up one’s treasures in Heaven; stating that where your treasures are, there your heart will be also – Matthew 6:19-21. Jesus spoke time and again about being Heavenly minded. 

Faithful and Obedient:
Let us make a conscious choice today to be faithful with whatsoever God has entrusted us with.


Remember, you are a sojourner and pilgrim in this world. Again, let us be faithful stewards of what  God has given. Amen

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The Crafty, Unjust Steward written by Ruth Dickson

The Crafty, Unjust Steward:

Jesus spoke in Parables to  encourage thought, wisdom and understanding. While Jesus did not commend the dishonesty of the Steward, it is certain Jesus intention is to  show how the children of God, should be wise in preparing for the future.

Parable of the Unjust Steward:

In the Parable of the Dishonest Steward, as the story goes… the Steward knew he was about to be sacked, so he made adequate plans for the future (Luke 16: 1-9). 

The Children of God Put to Shame:

God’s people are put to shame by the men and women of this world.. While the godless are swift, clever and crafty in the way they handle their resources, the children of God are often found slow, wasteful and  wanting with the bounty of resources given to them. They place no value on them.

Preparing for Heaven:

How wise are you in preparing for what God has promised? What resources has God placed in your hands for the Kingdom?  The Crafty Steward was wise enough to prepare for the future. He prepared for a time he could not see. How wise are you in preparing for Eternity? Remember there are rewards for faithfulness (Matthew 16:27, Revelation 22:12) and punishment for slothfulness (Luke 12:47-48, Luke 16:11).

A Clear View:

Time and resources spent in view of Eternity, is time and resources spent well. With a clear view of Heaven, you will build God’s Kingdom, using your time, energy and resources to do so.

Possessors of Heaven:

Heaven is a place of Eternal value. If you win souls, you are wise. If you prepare for Heaven, you are wise. If only you have divine vision as a pilgrim, stranger and  sojourner on this earth…

A Free, but Valued Gift:

Eternal life is a gift, you receive  freely. It is a gift of great value. How you live your life  is an indication of your hope, your expectation, and what you believe.  It is a divine privilege to be a child of God, it is an honour to build God’s Kingdom, it is wise to win souls, It is wise to prioritise spiritual matters.

The Kingdom of Heaven is like a treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and covered up. Then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field…” Matthew 13:44 Selah

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Purity and Holiness in God’s House written by Ruth Dickson.

“When a deadly storm is raging, only those who fix their eyes on Christ will remain standing – Ruth Dickson

PURITY AND HOLINESS IN GOD’S HOUSE.

The Prophet Zechariah looked forward to the return of Holiness  in God’s house. He looked forward to a day where Gentiles would seek Him genuinely, and not just for personal and financial gain.

ZECHARIAH’S PROPHECY:


“… there shall no longer be a trader in the house of the Lord of hosts…” (Zechariah 14:20-21).

A DEFILED TEMPLE:

The defilement of the Holy temple met with the rage of Jesus Christ. Trade within His temple was clearly unacceptable. Jesus overturned their tables and pulled down the seats of the traders… with  the same voice and spirit of Zechariah…. He entered the temple and “drove out all who sold and bought” there… (Matthew 21:12-13).

 

CONFRONTED BY JESUS:

Jesus took action by  condeming  and  confronting the buyers and sellers, head on! Neither group were spared.

In the place of Holiness, there shall be no buying and selling:


My house shall be called a house of prayer, but you make it a den of robbers.”

CHRIST HAS ALREADY SET THE STANDARD:

There is a standard of Holiness for those who claim to be genuine  followers of Jesus Christ. Christ is the brigde between fallen sinful mankind and God. He drove out the buyers and overturned the tables and seats of the traders.

BUYING AND SELLING:

Are you a “buyer” or “trader” of services or goods within God’s holy temple? Are you distracted or distracting God’s Sheep from Prayer?  Now is the time to repent and turn away from your sin.

A NEW BUILDING:

I believe in this season, God is erecting a New Building. In this New Building, it will no longer be business as usual. While some will survive this blowing wind of change;  others will be pulled down, brick by brick. There is no other foundation that can be built other than the foundation Christ  has already already built.
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The Good Shepherd written by Ruth Dickson.

The Good Shepherd.

John 10:1-18
In John 10, Jesus describes himself as the Door through which the Sheep go through. He also defines Himself
as the true Shepherd, who genuinely comes through the door, unlike the false one, who seeks entrance through the window.

Deception:

A “thief” and a “robber” knows he will never be allowed into a person’s home to carry  out evil intentions. The false Shepherd knows if he makes his intentions known, he will be rejected. The false Shepherd comes into the Sheepfold with only one intention, and that is to rob and deceive you (John 10:10).

Meat, Flax and Wool:

There are two sorts of people who work on a Sheep farm.
There are those who nurture, lead, guide and feed the Sheep, in other words (they take care of the Sheep). There are also those who only keep Sheep for what they can extract from the Sheep: the Sheeps Meat, Flax and Wool – in other words – (they keep the Sheep for the sole purpose of material gain).

This is a picture of the two kinds of Shepherds you will find in the Body of Christ today.

The emblems of a True Shepherd:

The True Shepherd will go after his sheep when they are lost. The True Shepherd often goes into places he would not ordinarily go into, to find lost Sheep. The True Shepherd  prevails in extraordinary prayers for his Sheep, they very often get into very complex and difficult situations. The True
Shepherd cares for the Sheep and is concerned about the worries and cares of the Sheep.

A real Shepherd will fight off foxes and wolves which try to break through the fence to kill and eat the Sheep. This is the same way the True Shepherd behaves. He is fiercely protective over the flock God has given him. He will not allow them to be exploited.

The True Shepherd guides his Sheep, leading them in the paths of righteousness. The True Shepherd is ultimately concerned about the condition of the souls of his Sheep.  The True Shepherd feeds his Sheep and loves them, as Christ has commanded him to feed and love them. (John 21:17).

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Blessed are your eyes and ears written by Ruth Dickson.

Blessed are your eyes and ears.

“Blessed are your eyes for they see, and your ears for they hear, for assuredly, I say to you that many prophets and righteous men desired to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it.” – Matthew 13:16

How do we see and how do we hear?

By the Spirit of God, the Word is first of all received and then revealed in our hearts. What is happening on the inside of us will inevitably be revealed on the outside. It is impossible for God’s Word not to bear fruit in our lives. If you bear no fruit, it means the seed has been sown on stony or thorny ground (Matthew 13:1-9). The Word of God never changes, but our understanding of it does.

Psalm 119:18 says, “Open my eyes that I may see the wonderful things in God’s Word.” God’s Word should bear much fruit in our lives.

 God’s Word, is a seed, that we need to read and hear daily. It needs to fall on good ground and bear much fruit and produce a deeply rooted work in our souls. I pray that God’s Word will fall on good soil.

May God bless your eyes and your ears so that you can hear and see, clearly. Amen (Matthew 13:16).

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Why did Jesus speak in parables? Written by Ruth Dickson

Why did Jesus speak in parables?

Preceding Matthew 13:11, the disciples came to Jesus and asked Him why He spoke in parables (Matthew 13:10). The disciples asked a very valid question, it’s one which many believers still ask today.

Jesus used parables on purpose for many reasons, the main reason being so that those who listened would think deeply about His words, desire to know more and gain greater spiritual understanding.

Parables make you reason and think because they are not straight forward illustrations or responses. While Jesus preached, anyone determined in their heart not to listen, would go away empty.\

 “Because the knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of heaven has been given to you, but not to them.” (Matthew 13:11)

 While Jesus had followers who genuinely desired to know Him and gain understanding of the gospel He preached, there were others who followed Him to catch Him at His words. They were mischief makers with blind eyes. Their hearts resisted the truth of the gospel. They had the outward show of religion, but no grace in their hearts. The mysteries of God’s kingdom were revealed to some of Christ’s followers, while it was concealed from others.

 Christ, as God in the flesh, was a mystery that many could not comprehend. It is still a mystery today, as many do not believe in Salvation through Christ alone. To be saved by Grace, through Christ alone, means you have to let go of the idea of Salvation through any other means. You have to let go of good works, ceremonies, religious undertakings, ideologies and conceptions of how a person can be reconciled to God. There is only one pathway to Heaven and that is through Christ, the Lamb that was slain for the sins of the world. In Christ alone hope is found. Salvation is by grace, through faith in Christ. Through Faith in Christ, we inherit all that God has promised.

Matthew 13:11

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Spiritual Understanding Written by Ruth Dickson

Spiritual  Understanding. Isaiah 6:9

The gospel can be preached, but refused and rejected, by the closing of the heart and the blocking of the ears. This was the case in the time of the Prophet Isaiah. He was sent to a people who hardened their hearts and deafened their ears (Isaiah 6). Isaiah prophesied; that when Christ came, they would keep on hearing, but not understand. They would see, but not perceive anything he said (Isaiah 6:9).

When Christ walked on the earth the Jews of the synagogue, which comprised the Church at that time, rejected the gospel Christ preached. These religious men believed in good works and did not understand Christ’s Mission for the salvation of souls. They did not understand Christ’s purpose of redemption. Christ fulfilled Isaiah’s prophecy in Isaiah 6:9, many people were not able to receive, perceive or understand Christ’s words or sayings.

God wants us to benefit from scripture. Our devotion time and the preaching we hear is very important. The voice of the Holy Spirit is our Guide, while we live on earth. It is the Spirit of God who gives us spiritual understanding. The soil that seeds are sown into must be good soil to produce good fruit. The children of God have seeds of righteousness planted in their soul.  It is grace that keeps it there and it is grace that enables, what is seen and heard, to produce much fruit. Those who are born of God do not continue to sin, but walk in God’s righteousness (1John 3:9).

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 Isaiah 6:9

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Break Open Your Word – By Ruth Dickson

“Break open your Word and let the light shine out.”

 Psalm 119:130

As I looked through the living room window, early hours of the morning, I saw such a beautiful picture. The brightest ray of sunlight, shone piercingly, between the hedges, through the wooden gate. Every other part of my front garden was dark, except the pathway where the beam of light shone.

The brilliance of God’s Word brings light into darkness. Wherever light has an entrance, it will shine radiantly. On the other hand, the ray of light can be blocked out, just like when a cluster of heavy dark clouds blocks out the sunlight. Dark clouds will obstruct the flow of light, even on the brightest of sunny days.

 Is there anything in your heart and mind that creates a road block to you receiving God’s Word? Pride, even spiritual pride, prejudice, worldliness, waywardness, busyness – just to name a few– can clog the heart and mind, presenting an obstacle, to the entrance of God’s Word. The Word of God is just like that beam of light that shines through my front garden every morning. It brightens up everything in its pathway. I pray that your mind will be like an open door where the brightness of God’s Word shines through. May God’s Spirit chase away anything that shouldn’t be there.

Amen

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