The Covenant of Grace written by Ruth Dickson

The Covenant of Grace

“Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” said the Jailer.

“Become a believer in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, and your household also,” responded Paul and Silas.   

It was the hour of Grace for the Jailer, as God’s hands of mercy were opened wide to receive Him.

It is simple to believe in Jesus.
The Jailer was not asked to jump through hoops. He only had to believe Jesus Christ and Salvation was assured for him and His family.

God’s promises are assured. The Good News, the Gospel of Salvation is open for you and your entire household. Repent, give your life to Jesus, turn away from Sin. Invite your family to do the same. The door has been opened.
© Ruth Dickson
Heavenly Treasures Ministries
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Diligence, watchfulness and thanksgiving

Colossians4_2Be diligent in prayer, watchful at all times, with constant thanksgiving.

Christ is the beginning and the end. He is the source of life, the cornerstone that holds the building, (the body of Christ) together. Paul spoke about the importance of the Word in Col.3:16. He then spoke about the importance of Prayer in Col.4:2. The Word of God and Prayer cannot be separated.

Prayer times are to be contended for because there is so much in the natural and the spiritual that opposes it. The body can also become weak and sluggish and we must be conscious of it. The Epistles are full of exhortations to pray. Luke gave an example of the persistent widow in Luke 18:1. We are not to get tired of praying. We must be persistent like the Widow. We must have faith, God answers prayers.

The natural mind has an undisciplined approach to prayer. One of the distinguishing signs of the new birth in a believer, is their prayer life. We must ask the Spirit to help us pray, (Eph 6:18) at all times, with all kinds of prayers and requests. Keeping our minds alert, we must be diligent in praying for the Lord’s people; the nations we live in and the whole world.

A praying Church is a watchful Church.
The Church must be watchful and sound the alarm bells for a world that sleeps. The day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night (1Thess. 5:2). Thieves break in when they are least expected. The Church expectantly waiting for the Lord’s return will be on Red Alert. It stays awake and keeps the whole Body awake! Without vigilance, the Church will sleep. Tiredness is no respected of persons. Jesus found His disciples asleep at Gethsemane. These were His words to them:

“What? Could you not watch with Me one hour?”

Therefore we are to “watch and pray, lest we enter into temptation. The spirit is indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” (Matt 26:41)

Being thankful for answered and unanswered prayers.
We must not forget to thank God during our prayer time. Giving of thanks for what we have already received should be part and parcel of our daily life. Do we remember to thank Him for His attributes? He is Saviour, He is most merciful, He is the compassionate One. His justice and faithfulness are without end. Being thankful is taking time to appreciate Him for who He is.

Also, we must not forget to thank Him, by faith, for things we haven’t seen. Thanking God, for both answered and unanswered prayer, is what Paul encourages us to do, at all times. 1Thes 5:18 says, we should give thanks in all circumstances.

Be encouraged today. Persevere in the place of prayer. Do not get discouraged when your prayers are not answered immediately. Trust in God’s Word: now pray without ceasing!

“And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.” Romans 8:28

“Listen to my voice in the morning, LORD. Each morning I bring my requests to you and wait expectantly.” Psalm 5:3

“And since you don’t know when that time will come, be on guard! Stay alert!” Mark 13:33

“Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying.” (Romans 12:12)

“Pray continually.” (1 Thess 5:17)

“Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.” (James 5:16)

“Wake up! Strengthen what remains and is about to die, for I have found your deeds unfinished in the sight of my God.” (Rev 3:2)

©Ruth Dickson Author UK #RuthDicksonUK Christian Author
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Praying for guidance

WeekA2Praying for guidance:

Early in the morning is the best time to seek the Lord’s face for guidance. It is “early in morning” that David would call out to God and seek His face (Psalm 63:1). It is “early in the morning” that David would desire to see the loving kindness of the Lord (Psalm 143:8).

What are your plans for today? Seek the Lord to direct you in everything. He is a God who never fails, He always wants the best for His children. Put your trust in Him today. He will direct your paths and lead you in the right way (Psalm 25:4, Proverbs 3:6).

Pray that you may see His loving kindness this morning without any delay…

© Ruth E.A. DicksonUK #RuthDicksonUK  #ChristianAuthor

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Resist the enemy!!!

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The Christian Armour is made to be worn. No taking it off until Christ returns…Resist the enemy

The enemy desires to shift your faith. His desire is to force you out of position: the place of prayer, the place of life and power. The ultimate plan is to stop your communion with God, but the believer in Jesus Christ must stand firm.

Why you must always wear The Full Armour Of God
The believer in Christ must recognise the attacks of the enemy. 
These attacks can be so subtle. Every believer in Jesus Christ must learn from Adam about the understated scheme of the serpent. Though Adam was made perfect by God, he was still cleverly attacked. This attack had a devastating effect on humanity. Earth is now a broken world with broken people. Adam, God’s perfect creation: broken by disobedience.

If satan attacked Adam, he can attack anyone.

Have you ever watched documentaries of how animals catch their Prey? There are loads of documentaries to watch on the Geographic Channel. You’ll notice predators go for the weakest link; the stranglers, the young; the animals that are left behind and separated from the rest of the flock.

When you are too busy for personal communion with God, so busy that you cannot go to church, so swamped you cannot pray, so occupied that you cannot fellowship with other believers, you open yourself up to attack from the enemy.

The newly converted Christian must link arms with stronger believers to avoid the subtle schemes of the enemy. The plan is to draw him or her back into the world.

As soon as Jesus ended his fast of forty days and nights, the devil showed up. The anointing of God does attract opposition. The more prominent you are with sharing the gospel of Christ, the more likely you are to be targeted. The Minister of God stands on the front line and must wear the full Armour of God at all times.

During times of affliction, the believer in Christ must keep his or her eyes alert and wide open. While you are busy distracted and looking to the right, the enemy can easily advance from the left hand side. These are the strategies of war. The believer must put on The Full Armour of God, so that the strategy of the enemy will not succeed: regardless of the angle satan comes from.

As soon as Jesus ended his fast of forty days and nights, the devil showed up. The anointing of God does attract opposition. The more prominent you are with sharing the gospel of Christ, the more likely you are to be targeted. The Minister of God stands on the front line and must wear the Full Armour of God at all times.

A glossy shiny apple was presented to Eve and she fell for it. What has satan presented before your eyes today? What has he planted in your heart? My dear brothers and sisters in Christ: these are the last days. Satan does not want anyone to go to Heaven. Though he cannot stop any believer in Christ from going to Heaven, he will attempt to make the believer’s journey as bitter as possible.

The Lord Jesus made a solemn promise to His believers,

“I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

Have FAITH in God. This is your confidence, this is your assurance. His GRACE will see you through, right to the very end. Put on THE FULL ARMOUR OF GOD!
Resist the devil and he will flee.
Stand firm till the very end.
You are on the winning side!
For more on this topic search for posts on prayer…
©Ruth Dickson Author UK Christian Author 
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Draw near to God

4_8This weekend is a brilliant time to “draw near to God.” He is worthy. In His presence is the fullness of joy, favour and blessings. When you seek God first you will see His completeness and sufficiency. It is a place of grace.

The Ancient of Days has been merciful in times past as He is now. To Zechariah He said,

Therefore, say to the people, ‘This is what the Lord of Heaven’s Armies says: Return to me, and I will return to you, says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies.’”

To Malachi He said,

 Now return to me, and I will return to you,” says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies.”

We shall see the Lord’s glory when we return to Him. As with Zechariah and Malachi, the the Lord will turn to us in mercy. This is where we see the Lord’s glory. His mercies are new every morning (Lam 3: 22 – 23).

Obedience:

With Him is wisdom, understanding and discretion. We must listen and obey His instructions. He is a God who speaks, but the flesh is so weak. Ephraim loved the blessings of God, but was not prepared to obey His instruction. There are many blessings that come with obedience. Praying for the grace to hear and obey the instructions of Lord is very important.

Call in “truth”

Psalm 145:18 specifically talks about God being near to those who call out to Him in “truth.” One of the attributes of God is His omnipresence. To be omnipresent, means to be everywhere at the same time. He knows and sees all things. To pray in “truth” we must have a pure and sincere heart. He is ever merciful, so we must ask God to cleanse and forgive us of anything the will hinder His Spirit. (Psalm 32:5, James 4:8).

The beauty of the Lord is that His presence comes with a host of blessings. There is nothing God will withhold from those who seek Him. He is a sun and shield, He bestows favour and honour on those whose walk is blameless (Psalm 84:11).

Be encouraged today to seek the Lord. Spend quality time in His presence. Hear instruction and obey the voice of the Lord.

© Ruth E.A. Dickson #RuthDicksonUKAuthorMissionarySinger

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