THE NARROW DOOR TO HEAVEN
“When once the householder has risen up and shut the door, you will begin to stand outside and to knock at the door, saying, “Lord, open to us.”
A door has been opened to all who believe in Christ, however we must pay attention to the fact that the door is narrow and will be shut one day. Let us not feel we can lazily waltz through that door without any sense of time. The door will not be open forever.
A narrow entrance.
It is Christ who opens the door to people who have repented and surrendered their lives to Him. Many Christians want Salvation on their own terms: they want to live as they please and give no thought of surrendering their lives to Jesus.
“Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? Even so run, that ye may attain” 1 Cor.9:24
Many do not want to “run” the race but would rather “waltz” the race, living as if they have all the time in the world.
The Gate of Life will not be open for ever. Scripture makes it crystal clear there is coming a time that the door will be shut and many will be locked out.
There will be a clear distinction on the last day. Choose this hour who you will serve...
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WE MUST BE PREPARED.
The ten maidens in this parable were shaken out of a deep slumber when the bridegroom suddenly appeared. What caused the slumber? It was the delay of the bridegroom...
Both sets of virgins represent two types of people in the body of Christ today. For decades, Prophets, Priests, Men and Women of God, by the unction of the Holy Spirit, have been ringing a loud bell: proclaiming that the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand. Many Saints have died waiting for this promise: the faithful have not waited in vain.
One important thing to note in this parable is not the sleeping of the maidens, but the sudden coming of the Lord. The foolish virgins were unprepared.
A person travelling on a long journey will need to make pit stops to refuel their petrol tank, perhaps top up the engine oil or even take a short or long rest along the way. Some carry extra containers of fuel, just incase they run out of fuel along the way. It would be sad if these containers were empty when they needed it the most.
How prepared are you, despite the long wait for the return of Jesus Christ. The door was closed against the foolish Virgins ( Matthew 25:10). This is said with certain finality. Let us be wise and heed the voice of the Spirit. Let us not be foolish to the devices of the enemy. Let us be prepared and ready, even though it seems the Lord's return is taking forever. Let us be wise and pray for open eyes to see clearly, that we need petrol in our tanks, for the Journey ahead. We must be ready.
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HEAVENLY TREASURES MINISTRIES
It is not a coincidence that the Bible uses “Oil” as a symbol of the Holy Spirit. Without Oil, a machine cannot function; in other words, a car cannot run on empty gas.
How many of us run on empty and expect to be filled up - whenever we have need - from the brother or sister who is connected with the Holy Spirit. This is what happened in the story of the Ten Virgins ( Mat.25:1-13). It is not that all the Ten Virgins were not tired... Scripture says that, “As the bridegroom was delayed, they all became drowsy and slept.” Both the wise and foolish Virgins were in the same position, tired, fed up and weary, however the wise virgins did not have their vision of Christ obscured.
What is it that obscures the vision of Christ? What is it that makes one spiritually dead?
When we are not connected to the Spirit of God, but connected to buying, selling, social gatherings; including gatherings on social media, seeking pleasure (in all it forms), it shows ones heart and soul is entangled. We walk in unbelief if we are not expecting the return of our Saviour, no matter how tired we are!
Are you waiting for the Lord to return until you have Faith in God? By then it will be far too late ( v.8 -11). You do not know the day or hour of the Lord’s return, so you must be spiritually tuned in to the Spirit of God.
Heaven is open to all who “truly” believe in Christ, but shut against those who walk in doubt, fear and unbelief. Those who believe the Word of God know for SURE what they have believed.
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BE READY FOR ACTION
The crowds accumulated and people stepped on each other as they amassed to hear Jesus preach:
“Let your loins be girded and your lamps burning.”
“Be like men who are waiting for their master to come home from the marriage feast, so that they may open to him at once when he comes and knocks.”
Jesus implores us to treat His return like an impending emergency; a brewing event; an imminent appearance.
A description of “loins” being “girded,” is an illustration.
Jesus is warning us to be dressed and prepared for immediate action; to run; to move quickly and swiftly.
Jesus charges us to be like loyal servants on alert for the His arrival. He gives the description of servants at a marriage banquet, anxiously waiting for the arrival of their Master. With Him being delayed, there is the possibility of these servants becoming distracted because of the His late arrival.
Let us therefore be watchful, as the Lord has commanded. In this time of delay we should be vigilant watching servants, ever attentive to the Spirit. We should, “keep our loins girded and our lamps burning” to look out for Master of the Banquet, who can return at any time.
We have been warned.
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JUSTIFIED BY FAITH IN CHRIST : Galatians 5:1
Christ paid such a huge price to disentangle those who believe in Him, from yokes of bondage.
Paul asks those who have come to Faith in Christ, to be on the look out for those doctrines and teachings that cause them to remove their hope in Jesus Christ; giving them a misplaced hope (this is hope placed in the wrong place). Christ justifies all who believe in Him. His righteousness being imputed to all who believe.
“Stand therefore,” be firmly rooted, be faithful to the Gospel Jesus Christ proclaimed. The gospel is free and does not depend on the laws, ideas, concepts or the ideologies of man. Faith in Christ gives His followers the liberty to walk as free people, led by His Spirit.
God’s divine grace enables all who believe in Him to come boldly before His throne of grace. With grace and mercy, you can live everyday, in obedience to God’s will...
©️ Ruth Dickson
...There comes a point in the life of every Believer where you recognise the importance of leaving the crowds behind and spending time alone with God. For some, the realisation of this need starts very early in their Journey with Christ. For others, like Jacob, it was at the point where he came to the end of himself, that he realised that he needed to separate himself and cry out to God... continued in Devotional...
THE SPIRITUAL HARVEST: John 4:35-38
“Look at the fields, they are already white for the Harvest.
Do you have a burden for lost souls? Are you preoccupied to the point where it hinders you from sharing the gospel. Jesus cautioned the disciples with these words:
“Do you not say, “There are still four months and then comes the harvest.” There were still four months for the seeds to be harvested. Jesus said these words to remind the disciples that though the natural harvest, at that time, would not be ready until four months time, the “spiritual” Harvest was ripe and ready! The Lord used the illustration of a physical harvest to enlighten the minds of the disciples to the spiritual harvest; souls ready to come into God’s Kingdom.
Indeed, the Harvest is truly ripe, the spiritual harvest of the souls of men and women.
©️ Ruth Dickson
...So many Christians today are straddled between two opinions. They are uncertain at heart whether to serve God or not, though outwardly, they don’t mind being admired as “one who serves God.” What people see and say about them is ultimately more important to them than what God says.
The desire to serve God and serve the world equates to straddling the fence
(Matthew 6:24). If you want to be spiritually prosperous, it will involve single-mindedness. To be single-minded is to focus on one thing, at the expense of everything else. One‘s relationship with God should be top priority, every thing and everyone else, should take a backseat.
God has promised to supply all of our needs according His riches in glory. So our priority should be Christ and His Kingdom, not the world.
Let us trust God with all our hearts and believe in His Word.
©️ Ruth Dickson
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WHAT IS EASTER?
Have you ever heard a child say, “What is Easter?” This is a question that you may never hear outside of Church circles. This is because the commercial companies have taken over the true meaning of Easter, or should we say, Resurrection Sunday, and transformed it into an annual money making machine.
Chocolates, Easter Eggs, Bunny Rabbits and a host of other Items are what represent Easter for some. Many Churches have Easter Egg hunts, the presentation of flowers and other activities for fun during the Easter period. Thankfully, most Churches never leave out the true message of the eternal sacrifice of the Son of God, and what it really means to them. It is a terrible shame where this is not the case…Christ’s death and resurrection is the most important event on the Christian calendar.
Today, every one who believes in Christ, has hope because of Christ’s shed blood on the Cross. Their hope and expectation goes beyond a wooden cross or any outward symbols which commemorate Christ’s death.
God has given us an eternal gift in His Son Jesus Christ. A gift is something that is given freely. It no longer becomes a gift if you have to earn or pay for it.
Everyone stands condemned before God without the shed blood of Christ. It is a just condemnation, because of Adam’s sin. We have all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). Therefore, no one can approach God with their own merits, good works, good behavior or any form of self- righteousness. The pardon for sin cannot be earned.
It is through the cleansing power of the blood that a person stands justified before God. Christ’s blood is redemptive in that it redeems that which was condemned for death. There is pardon for sin in the blood of Jesus.
Those who have come to the saving knowledge of Christ have been saved by grace. The story of Christ’s death and resurrection is simple, but the work Christ did on the Cross is immensely great.
Salvation is a free gift and it is a gift to be celebrated every day and not just on Resurrection Sunday. Christ’s death means more than a once a year celebration.
As we approach Resurrection Sunday, let us think deeply about the true meaning of what Christ has done. He is the Saviour of the soul, He has cleansed the sin of His people.
“By His sacrifice on the Cross He has made perfect forever those who are being sanctified and those whom the father has given Him.” (Hebrews 10: 10-14).
He became a curse for us.
“But he was pierced for our transgressions. He was crushed for our iniquities. The punishment that brought our peace was on him; and by his wounds we are healed.” (Isaiah 53:5).
Share Christ’s story with the young people around you. Tell them about this wonderful gift God has given in His Son (1John 5:11). Let them know that whoever believes in Jesus Christ, will not perish, but have eternal life.
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