The Warrior King by Ruth Dickson

  • The Warrior King

  • His return shall be like that of a Warrior.

    Leaving His majestic robe in Heaven, the Son of God came to this sinful earth. Though He was very God, He humbled Himself.

    He was a King, but He lived as a suffering servant. He walked on earth as a persecuted man with no honour.

    Isaiah prophesied about Him. He used strong metaphors to describe Jesus as a tender green shoot; like a root in dry ground, with nothing beautiful or majestic about His appearance; nothing to attract us to him (Isaiah 53:2).

    Jesus suffered the greatest tyranny and opposition from the people who should have hailed Him as King. His Humility masked His glory. He boasted in nothing, except His Father in Heaven. He displayed no earthly splendour or wealth.

    Jesus Christ’s meekness was taken for weakness. His lowliness masked the mindfulness of His call and wilfulness of His Mission. He came to earth as Redeemer, the Saviour of the soul, the sacrificial Lamb of God.

    Though Jesus wore no physical robe, He wore a spiritual one, which the spiritually blind failed to see. Only those spiritually intimate with God recognised Him through the Torah. It was the wise men, the shepherds, the meek, like Anna and Simeon, who lived in great expectation of the Messiah.

    His Second Coming:

    Jesus Christ is coming as a Bridegroom to receive a Bride expectantly waiting for Him. No longer will He come as a suffering servant, but as a Warrior King. All eyes shall see Him. The hearts of His enemies shall melt in the fear of Him.

    Those who wait in great expectation of this day, live to rejoice. They pray daily, “make straight the way of the Lord.” They are mindful of His return and prepare.

    No Strangers will be Admitted to the Wedding Feast:

    Jesus Christ is coming back for a Bride that He knows! It is a Bride He has spoken for, a Bride who lives under His influence, a Bride kept by His divine power.

    May you be found, prepared and waiting, at His sudden return.

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    The Failure of Man Made Effort by Ruth Dickson

    The Failure of Man Made Effort

    Deep within the heart of every human, you will find pride. You see evidence of this in the story of Adam and Eve. Adam was placed in a beautiful garden and put in charge, but it was not enough. Adam thought he could override God’s ways and do it his way.

    Self-righteousness:

    The attempt to serve God with one’s own righteousness; to reach perfection and be in right-standing with God, can never please God. Self-efforts, self-works, self-will and self-righteousness is deep-rooted in the human. It is sinful, tainted and can never appease God. The sacrificial offering Christ made by giving himself up as that one and only, once and for all, living sacrifice, is what appeased and continues to appease God. The total reliance on Salvation through Christ alone, is something the proud human heart never naturally accepts.

    Through Christ Alone:

    Salvation through Christ alone is the message the Bible preaches. It is the message Christ and His disciples preached. Salvation through Christ alone is hard to accept because it brings to nothing human effort. The claim of any human to be in right standing before God, that is, through their own hard work, finds itself insufficient before God’s throne of grace. Many find this hard to accept, the underlying issue here, being the age old conflict in the human heart.

    The Influence of Divine Grace:

    God’s Grace has divine power. It influences, instructs and guides the believer in the right way. It is the work of God’s spirit. It transforms a person and makes them more Christ like. By the power of God’s spirit, we are led away from sin. The lifestyle that displeases God becomes weaker, as God’s power takes over, and becomes stronger in the life of the believer.

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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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    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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    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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    PUT YOUR EYES ON CHRIST by Ruth Dickson.

    PUT YOUR EYES ON CHRIST… I fear many of you may fall by the wayside, if the Lord tarries…

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    Brothers and Sisters in Christ, I encourage you this hour to persevere in your race. Don’t let go of the promises of God. Don’t look back and don’t give up!  Run your race with endurance, because you will need it, especially at this hour. The devil is on a rampage like a hungry roaring lion, looking for weak and tired Sheep to devour. Remember, you are God’s Sheep. Close ranks God’s people, and  pray for one another, without ceasing.

    Remember, your strength is in the Lord. He covers you.  His name is a strong tower, He is your refuge.  He is your provider. God will supply all of your needs, do not be anxious.  Are you sick?  His name is Healer, the Lord is the One who heals you. His mercy has prevailed.

    This is the hour to press on and be determined to win your race… Walk hand in hand, with  the Spirit of  God… just  keep marching on.

    Son and daughter of God, you must stand firm till the end.  As the  Bride of Christ, you  will  be presented before your King, spotless without a stain or wrinkle. Your journey is not in vain. Your hope in Christ is not false hope, it is ASSURED. Do not give up and do not give in.

    13 But the one who stays true to the end will be saved”- Matthew 24:13

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    “You are the God who sees me,” said Hagar. –Genesis 16:1-15 written by Ruth Dickson

    “You are the God who sees me,” said Hagar. –Genesis 16:1-15

    The book of Genesis hosts a somewhat controversial story of a woman who gave God a name… The writer of Genesis thought it a story worthy of record; to etch it in history, for the whole world to see.

    Hagar, an Egyptian maid-servant, met the “angel of the Lord” by a spring of water.

    The Spirit of the Lord, is a Spring of Life to all who drink from Him. In this case, the angel of the Lord found Hagar. He met her in her wilderness and spoke life over her.

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    What a story of Grace!

     Hagar, a maid and least in her society, found mercy and grace, where she least expected it. Do you know God reaches out to the least in society, He goes out of His way to fight for the disenfranchised. God speaks on behalf of those who face injustice. God saves the souls of those who are lost.

    What a wilderness experience!

    So much so, that Hagar gave Yahweh (God) a name, recorded in history forever. “She gave this name to the LORD who spoke to her”: EL ROI.

    “You are the God who sees me,” for she said, “I have now seen the One who sees me.” (EL ROI).

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