This may very well be a question you ask yourself. David, though a Warrior and King, needed his Shepherd…👇🏾
Pray for Scotland by Ruth Dickson.
Scotland has a historic evangelical endeavours to boast about. Let us remember the work of God in past times, and pray for revival. Please communicate this message and share to your friends, family and to all who love Scotland.
“Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith.” -Hebrews 13:7
Scotland has such great heritage of trial and triumph in making the gospel of Jesus Christ known.
The teachings of John Hus, Peter Dubois, William of Occam and Patrick Hamilton who fearlessly preached the gospel of God’s grace, historically, have played their role in bringing people to Christ in Scotland.
We must not forget the work of John Knox, a great spiritual leader, who defied the opposition to bring reformation to the Church in Scotland. John Knox gave his life to revive Christianity to its original and purest form. He fought the good fight of faith.
*Pray for Revival in Scotland. Jesus is the same yesterday as He is today and forever.
*Pray He will raise up the next generation of John Knox’s to preach the good news of Jesus Christ.
*Pray for the new generation of preachers. They will preach with zeal and without compromise.
*Pray for the fire of God to be released: fresh oil and a new wave of the Spirit to be released on every street and household in Scotland. God’s Word never fails!
*Pray for committed believers to win souls for the Kingdom. The harvest is ripe.
*Pray for Men and Women to be raised up in the boldness of spirit that God has already released over Scotland. His Word concerning Scotland has not changed.
The Wilderness Desert Experience:
Everyone will be tested by fire. Indeed, the child of God will be tried and tested. The trials and testings are tools used to change a pathway from a crooked one, to a straight one.
The inward work of the Holy Spirit brings about transformation that eventually reflects on the outside.
The Experience Permitted:
God allows the wilderness; desert experience to remove what needs to be removed. It is used as a molding instrument. Maturity comes from the wilderness and desert experience. God knows what to do to equip you for your journey here on earth.
In Christ, your ultimate destination is Heaven. Take solace in this. In Christ alone, all hope is found.
© Ruth Dickson
The Children of Promise Romans 9:6-8
It is by God’s sovereign will that a person obeys God. God’s divine mercy is God’s divine method of salvation.
The descendants of Abraham believed it was their sovereign right to inherit the promises of God, but Paul said, not so, and showed them otherwise. Through scripture we see that God shows mercy and compassion to whoever He wants. God is the ultimate authority in His choices and decisions and this cannot be contested or altered by any human.
The children of Promise are not the children of the flesh, but those who are called by the Spirit of God. God’s desire is not the will of man, but His own Sovereign will. It can not be forced or manufactured. God’s purpose of election stands, according to His sovereign choice.
God will show mercy to whoever He desires, by His sovereign will and choice. Those who are chosen are called by God’s sovereign will and choice.
He is God Almighty and He does as He pleases.
“My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will.” Matthew 26:39
Jesus Prayed at Gethsemane:
Jesus remembered you when He prayed to the Father at Gethsemane. Though Jesus was very sorrowful and troubled in His spirit, He faced the burden placed on His shoulders with Prayer.
The guilt and sin of this world imputed to Jesus, weighed heavy on His shoulders. Jesus went through so much agony in His soul, yet He was resolute not to turn back from God’s will. He would not shrink back. Jesus prayed for support and strength.
Praying in times of trouble:
Whenever satan tries to fill your heart with sorrow, remember the “Man of Sorrows,” our Lord Jesus, has passionately prayed for you. He has paid the price for you. The trouble of the past is neither your portion or future, remember Christ wept for you. He took away the burden of sin from you.
The Holy Spirit with you:
Jesus prayed whenever He was grieved in spirit, you should pray also. The Holy Spirit is the Comforter and Jesus has promised His presence to all who believe in Him, at all times. You are not alone, but have the Holy Spirit to encourage strengthen and support you, every step of the way. (John 14:15-16).
Jesus Prayed at Lazarus Tomb
Jesus wept. He was deeply moved in His spirit and greatly troubled when He saw Mary weeping. Her brother Lazarus had died. As Mary knelt at Jesus feet in anguish of heart, the entire neighbourhood gathered around her in sadness. It looked like a hopeless situation.
The Compassion of Jesus
Jesus was moved with compassion for Mary and Martha and all who wept at the tomb of Lazarus. Jesus weeps with compassion for all who are going through diverse situations today. He is concerned for His Church, His people and all that happens to them. Though Christ is a King and the Son of God, He is also the son of man, ever aware of our sufferings and pain, because He went through suffering and so much more.
A Deep Relationship
There is so much to be gleaned from this story, but I must narrow in on the deep relationship between the Son and Father. This is seen in Jesus’ Prayer at Lazarus Tomb. It is clear that the prayer for Lazarus did not begin at Bethany in Judea. It began as soon as Jesus knew, by the Spirit of God, that Lazarus’ spirit had left his body…
Abiding in Prayer
Our relationship with the Father should be deep, personal and abiding. God desires a personal relationship with all His children. The relationship Jesus has with the Father is the same all Christians should seek to have. There is power in the name of Jesus and His power is released through prayer. Let us not breeze in and out of God’s presence, but truly rest and abide with Him like Jesus did.
© Ruth Dickson
Why Pray? Jesus PRAYED!
The priority of Prayer in the life of a Christian can never be understated.
The greatest example of one who prayed is Jesus Christ. Despite His majesty and authority, He led a prayer-filled life. Jesus did nothing without consulting the Father. In times of distress and before making important decisions, Jesus prayed.
As Jesus grew, His fame grew. As a young child, He entered a synagogue, preached a sermon and astonished all who heard Him. As Jesus increased in wisdom He drew crowds. While many followed Jesus out of curiosity, others followed because they believed He was the Messiah. There came a time when Jesus had to make an important decision.
“Many are Called, but few are Chosen.”
Despite the fact that Jesus had hundreds of people following Him, He still had to make the choice of a specific number. These would be the ones who would take His Commission forward after His departure. It was far from an easy decision.., not one Jesus could make in the flesh. He needed the help of the Spirit. The fact that Jesus was the Son of God did no deter Him from approaching the Father for instruction. It is a privilege to speak to the Father, it is an honour to gain access to the One who knows all things and searches the hearts.
What is it that hinders an intimate relationship with the Father?
When a child does something wrong, naturally the parent will notice a change in the child’s demeanour. There is nothing hidden from God and this is why repentance is importance. Unconfessed Sin is a great hinderance. You must have faith in Christ’s sacrifice, that He has paid the penalty for Sin, enabling you to boldly approach God’s throne of Grace. Remember, He is God Almighty and you approach Him through His Son.
Praying at all times.
Every believer in Christ has this amazing privilege: to come before God’s throne of Grace.
Jesus often walked away from the crowds and retreated to quiet places to pray to the Father. He prayed immediately after victory. He prayed in times of weakness. He prayed to the Father all times. Jesus relationship with the Father was His priority. Whether you feel weak, or strong, in the place of Prayer, remember you are praying to the One who can help you. He has given you a garment of praise, instead of a spirit o despair. Praise God for who He is, despite your circumstances or situation. You have a God who wants to meet with you, personally, in the place of prayer! Amen.
© Ruth Dickson
The Shepherd’s Heart
Millions of Believers live all over the world. They speak different languages, live in different countries, men and women, both young and old, in this present age and from ages past, are known by the Good Shepherd, our precious Lord and saviour, Jesus Christ. They are placed in the palms of His hands, He is involved and understands every aspect of their lives. The Good Shepherd, Christ, is a loving Shepherd (John 10:11). He laid down His life for His Sheep (John 10:11).
“Only ask, and I will give you the nations as your inheritance, the whole earth as your possession.” Psalm 2:8
Christ’s Sheep are the great inheritance promised Him, even before the beginning of this world. You are Christ’s inheritance, dear child of God… Think about this deeply and be glad.
A Special Love
Scripture is riddled with descriptions of Christ’s special love for His people. Think about it. Christ shared the glory, honour and majesty of the Father, but left His resplendent throne. Seated in royalty, at the right hand of the Father, He humbled himself and came down to earth. Christ became a living sacrifice, He shed His blood, making atonement for Sin. He redeemed and saved sinners, imputing His righteousness to all who believe.
Understanding God’s love is the key to the Joy of Salvation. This special relationship with Christ is unique. It is to be valued above everything else in this life. It is an eternal relationship, made possible through Christ’s love and sacrifice. This is the source of rejoicing, Christ is Salvation to all who believe.
Every Believer Should REJOICE ALWAYS!
With this realisation of how the Good Shepherd loves you and cares for you, should you not rejoice? Yes, you should ALWAYS REJOICE (1 Thess.5:16).
What is the care in this world, compared to the care of the Father? What is the weight of living in this world, compared to the weight of Christ’s Love. Christ’s love is excellent, it is Redeeming. Consider it; think about it; comprehend Christ’s love for you.
In Christ, you have the fullness of Joy. Rejoice!
© Ruth Dickson
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Praying “at all times” in the Spirit.
What does it mean to, Pray in the Spirit” and to Pray at all times, “in the Spirit,” to be specific.
Christians in general have different interpretations of what, “praying in the Spirit” means. Praying in the Spirit could be seen as praying while speaking in tongues. It may also be seen as praying in silence, while in deep communion with the Spirit of God, who gives utterance. In which ever way praying in the Spirit is interpreted or misinterpreted, one thing for sure is that praying in the Spirit means prayer that is led by the Holy Spirit. It is prayer that is dependent on the Power of the Holy Spirit. It is praying according to God’s will.
Jesus prayed in the Spirit
Jesus set the pattern of how Christians should pray. Jesus led a life of prayer, indeed, He prayed at all times. Jesus knew how to step aside from everyday life, and go into lonely places, to pray. It was through prayer that He was able to conquer the tempter satan. Jesus prayed early in the morning, at times throughout the night. He was truly a living example for the disciples and for all Christians today. Prayer teaches us to submit to God’s will, as Christ did at Gethsemane.
Paul’s Closing Words
Paul spoke about the importance of Prayer in his closing words to the Ephesian Church. Prayer is the tool that fastens all parts of the Christian’s Spiritual Armour together., “Pray at all times, in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication,” (Ephesians 6:18). Paul encourages every Christian to pray at every opportunity and pray during every season.
When we pray in the Spirit, we pray according to God’s will. It is a time to seek God’s face, will and purpose and ask Him to see it through, according to His will and divine timing. Praying according to God’s will gives confidence and assurance. The weakest person is uplifted and strengthened, when prayer is made, according to God’s will. Prayer is not about how long or how loud you can pray, but praying, according to God’s will.
The sincerity of the Gospel holds up all parts of the Christian Armour. Praying according to God’s will is of utmost importance. When you pray according to your own will, you pray amiss. This is why it is crucial to seek God’s face to establish the truth before interceding about any matter. Is what you are praying about true? Intercession based on fiction will not yield any results. God’s Word is established upon Truth.
Paul encourages us to stay alert and persevere in the place of prayer and not grow tired. “To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints.” The Christian is to be selfless in prayer, also remembering the needs of fellow believers while praying.
Paul encouraged the Ephesian Church to pray for him, as he encourages the Church today to pray for its spiritual leaders; to be led by the Spirit in their prayers, “that words may be given to me.” The Church is also to pray for the Spirit of boldness in declaring “the mystery of the Gospel.”
If prayer can be led by the Holy Spirit, prayer can also be led by the Flesh.
The opposite of Praying according to the Spirit, is praying according to the sinful desires of the Flesh. Prayers not authorised by the Spirit of God, will not be answered by the Spirit of God.
The Spirit of God teaches us how to pray. In the place of prayer we are strengthened, just like Jesus was strengthened during His time of testing and temptation. In the place of prayer we receive instruction. In the place of Prayer God’s plans are established. In the place of Prayer, God’s enemies are defeated. In the place of prayer we receive consolation and help, Christ is an ever present help in times of need. In the place of prayer, we are liberated and set free.
Wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty! (2 Cor.3:17)
© Ruth Dickson
The Helmet of Salvation.
Soldiers wear Helmets to protect the Head. Paul used this part of the Soldiers Armour to show how the Christian is to protect the mind.
Life on earth is not a game, it is a war zone and Paul wrote encouraging the New Testament Church, as He encourages every Christian this hour, to wear The Helmet of Salvation as a Spiritual covering for the mind.
The Bombardment of the Mind.
The enemy is poised to bombard the mind of the Christian with thoughts about everything else, except Heaven. The Christian should be on guard at all times. The Head contains the thinking cavity and Proverbs reminds us to guard our thoughts because they are the source of true life (Proverbs 4:20-23).
The Helmet is to Protect the Head.
Wearing this crucial piece of Spiritual Armour, the Christian is reminded to set the heart on things that are above and not on this world. It is a Helmet of hope to all who wear it. They know they have an expected end.
Spiritually Dressed for Heaven.
The Christian who wears the Helmet of Salvation enjoys the security of knowing they will not stand naked, but well dressed, wearing the garments of Salvation before God.
© Ruth Dickson
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