DIG for Sunday the 14th of September…..the prodigal son’s father; a picture of our Father…..Luke 15 v 20

•September 16, 2014 • Leave a Comment

I had a wonderful time in a discipleship class last night discussing the account of the prodigal’s Father.

There is always something “new” to discover and learn in this account; it is such a rich and deep picture of Father God’s love for us.

Luke 15 v 20 is the verse that best describes the love that our heavenly Father has for us.

We see how the father in this account behaves, but we can “transfer” these characteristics onto Father God.

God is watching for us to come to Him.

Maybe we are coming for the first time or returning (like the son in the account) but either way the Lord wants us to come to Him and is eagerly watching out for us.

When we come to Him the Lord is full of compassion and wants the best for us.

The Lord greets us with open arms; indeed His greeting could be described as violent (that is the implication of the Greek meaning for “fell on his neck”).

The Lord greets us with love and affection, signalled by a kiss in the narrative.

All that we see the earthly father doing we can be sure that our heavenly Father will do for us.

We also learn something important about the son in this verse, so we can learn something about ourselves.

The son decided to go home, he decided to arise and go to the father.

He had the free will to decide his own future and he decided to go back, he was not forced to return.

The same is true for us.

The Lord will not force us to return or indeed to do anything; we have to make that choice ourselves.

Is there a part of your life where you have “gone away” from the Lord and need to ”return”?

He is watching for you and is ready to receive you with open arms, ready to fall on your neck and kiss you.

It is time for you to choose; He is ready!

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that you are my loving Father, compassionate and merciful, ready and willing to receive me today”.

Luke 15 v 20…..And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him

DIG for Saturday the 13th of September…..as believers we should confess and repent…..Romans 12 v 2

•September 15, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Confession and repentance are words often banded about in the church, but I have to say that they are words that are generally misunderstood.

Both these words need to be understood from a new covenant perspective and not as many do from an old covenant viewpoint.

Confession comes from the word homologeo and means to speak the same thing.

Repentance comes from the word metanoia and means to change your mind or thinking.

So under grace or the new covenant if we are to confess our sin to God and then repent, this simply means to agree with what God says about our sin and then change our mind to His view.

God has already dealt with our sin with Jesus’ finished work being the payment required (1 John 2 v 2).

So our sin is not an issue for God when thinking about our relationship with Him.

He has chosen to actually forget our sin (Hebrews 10 v 17).

Through the shed blood of Jesus we have ALREADY been forgiven of all our sin (Ephesians 1 v 7 and Colossians 1 v 14).

Confess these truths and repent these truths and this will change your life; this will see you transformed (Romans 12 v 2).

In fact Romans 12 v 2 is the verse that talks to me the most of new covenant confession and repentance.

If we change our mind to what God thinks and speak this out (if we repent and confess) we will see transformation in our lives.

Dragging up your old sin, pleading for forgiveness and asking for mercy is not new covenant confession and repentance.

Changing your thinking to the way God thinks and speaking out that truth in agreement with Him is new covenant confession and repentance.

So I agree with new covenant confession and repentance and it is a process that every born again believer should be involved in.

Never let it be said that I am against confession and repentance, just let it be the new covenant version!

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that I can find out what you think and what you believe through your Word”.

Romans 12 v 2…..And be not conformed to this world; but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God

DIG for Friday the 12th of September…..you will never improve with talk like that…..Proverbs 18 v 21

•September 13, 2014 • Leave a Comment

I was given a polite but firm rebuke from my wife near the end of our jog together this morning.

We are trying to get fit by using a program that introduces us to running, and I am struggling.

Near the end of our session this morning we came upon a couple of ladies walking 4 or 5 dogs, with one of the dogs that looked overweight straggling away back at the rear.

I said, “I feel like that dog, old and fat and at the back”.

To which Nunsy replied, “You will never improve with talk like that”, and she was absolutely correct.

I teach that it is vital what we think and what we say; yet I was speaking “death” out over my life while running today.

And I have to admit that as I was struggling along behind Nunsy my thoughts were not exactly very positive either!

A man becomes what he thinks (Proverbs 23 v 7) and how a man speaks affects his life, for good and for bad (Proverbs 18 v 21).

We all make significant impacts on the course, direction and quality of life by what we think and say; that is what Proverbs 23 v 7 and 18 v 21 is telling us.

The Word says that if we wait upon the Lord we can run and not be weary, walk and not faint (Isaiah 40 v 31).

Maybe these are the kind of thoughts I should be having the next time I go out running.

Maybe I should speak this out the next time Nunsy starts to run away from me.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that according to your Word positive thoughts and words will have a positive impact on my life”.

Proverbs 18 v 21…..Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof

DIG for Thursday the 11th of September…..who is this Son of Man…..John 12 v 34

•September 12, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Jesus often referred to Himself as the Son of Man. In fact, this title is used 88 times in the New Testament. Son of Man refers to Jesus being a human being. Son Of Man as a title could only be bestowed on Jesus when he became a man, or was born of Mary.

The title that the second person of the Trinity (who had been and always will be) bestowed on himself was ‘Son of Man’, who could only come into existence when Jesus was born (before that the Old Testament states ‘One Like a Son of Man’). Thus God truly did become man in a moment in time.

“Son of Man” is used as a reference in Daniel 7 v 13-14. When there are those times that Jesus uses this phrase to describe Himself, He was probably referring to that Daniel prophecy. The Jewish Leaders (Scribes and Pharisees) of Jesus’ time were intimately familiar with the scriptures so would have known the phrase. They knew that when Jesus used this title that He was proclaiming Himself as the Messiah.

Jesus was born in Israel in a place called Bethlehem into a family where the mother, Mary, was a virgin at the time of his conception and birth. Both Mary and Joseph (he became Jesus’ “Step-Father”) were of the Davidic line and so of the tribe of Judah, thus fulfilling the prophecies from the Old Testament.

Being human and living on earth for over 30 years, Jesus experienced all the temptations that you and I face on a daily basis. He also was the model for our behaviour. So, Jesus now knows what we go through. If a God-Saviour could forgive sins he would only still be a God, nothing more and in reality would not be able to relate to man who is a sinner.

However a man-saviour would thus be able to relate to our humanity and all that entails but would not have the divine authority or the dynamic power to forgive our sins or to truly return from the dead. That is why it was therefore necessary that Jesus was both God and man and by that way, he became, and is “the New Adam” (1 Corinthians 15:22, 45).

All this adds up to the fact that Jesus as ‘Son Of Man’ existed in a moment in time. He was conceived of woman. He is man in every way. What is more because of this there is now an aspect of God that is man in and through his Son, who is God as well. Thus the Divine nature of God never changes but as ‘Son Of Man’ 2000 or so years ago a change took place in the second person of the Trinity. That means that there is a member of the Godhead who is now also in all ways (except sin and death), man.

This is centred on the Cross and His finished work.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Jesus that you became man and our Saviour, going through all that pain and suffering so that I could be delivered from sin, made whole, be of great health and prosper”.

John 12 v 34…..The people answered him, We have heard out of the law that Christ abideth for ever: and how sayest thou, The Son of man must be lifted up? Who is this Son of man?

From Sean Mason-Corkery, Moray Grace Fellowship

DIG for Wednesday the 10th of September…..Jesus is not just for Christmas…..Isaiah 9 v 6

•September 12, 2014 • Leave a Comment

OK, I know it is not Christmas yet, but I have been reading Isaiah 9 today, and to hijack an advertising slogan “Jesus is not just for Christmas”.

Isaiah 6 v 9 and 10 describes the coming of Jesus and is a wonderful description of who He is and who He would be.

I say that as Jesus was God and became man.

Jesus has always been God and been with God (John 1 v 1); He was always been the Son of God.

In this sense He was given.

Yet Jesus came as a man, born in the flesh, as a child, to dwell among us (John 1 v 14).

In this sense He was born.

The first part of Isaiah 9 v 6 is a wonderful picture of the dual nature of Jesus, God and man.

He was Divine and He became human; that is an awesome truth to get your head around any time of the year!

The Christ, the Messiah, the King of Kings and Lord of Lords came to earth and lived as a man.

The even more amazing truth is that He did that as He loved you and came so that we could all be forgiven and reconciled to the Father.

All man has to do is choose to trust in Jesus and they then benefit from that forgiveness and reconciliation.

This is a truth that should be celebrated every single day and not just at Christmas.

Speak this out…..”Thank you Lord that Jesus came to bring about my forgiveness and reconciliation”.

Isaiah 9 v 6…..For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace

DIG for Tuesday the 9th of September…..what a lot of good things the Word does…..Proverbs 3 v 1

•September 11, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Proverbs 3 describes some of the benefits that knowing and understanding the Word of God gives us.

Yes, it talks about the law, however in an overall context of His Word we can transfer this across to the whole of Scripture.

So the complete Word of God is very, very good for us!

It will lead us into a long life with many days (verse 2 and verse 16).

It will bring us peace (verse 2).

It will bring us favour with God and with men (verse 4).

It will bring us direction from God (verse 4).

It will bring us health (verse 8).

It will bring us happiness (verse 13).

It will bring us abundance and prosperity (verse 16)

It will bring us safety (verse 23).

It will however only bring us these things if we understand it!

The Word will not miraculously bring all these wonderful things into your life by simply sitting on your coffee table or in your bookcase.

You need to open it, digest it and understand it.

As I said yesterday you need to plant it in your heart and look after it.

Once again I tell you that this will be well worth the effort.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you for your Word Lord and thank you for all the goodness that it can do for me”.

Proverbs 3 v 1…..My son, forget not my law; but let thin heart keep my commandments

DIG for Monday the 8th of September……be patient, this doesn’t work overnight…..Mark 4 v 28

•September 10, 2014 • Leave a Comment

We have microwaves, we have shopping apps on our phones, we have whole libraries of books on our ipads; everything these days seems to be about instant access and getting stuff now.

Well, that is not how it works in the Kingdom.

In the Kingdom we require patience.

The Kingdom of God is likened to a seed in the Word of God (Mark 4 v 26).

When we plant a seed we do not expect it to produce fruit the very next day; we do not get out of bed wanting a crop from the seeds we planted yesterday.

A seed takes time to germinate, develop, grow, store reserves and produce fruit.

For a crop of barley in September we need to plant seed in March and April; only an idiot would plant in August expecting a harvest in September.

To produce fruit from seed takes time, some effort and patience.

A farmer sows his seed, then waters it and feeds it, removes the weeds etc.

The same principle works in your life if you desire to produce fruit (or good things), to live in abundance and health for example.

Our seed is the Word of God, and the ground is our hearts or minds (Mark 4 v 13 to 20).

We plant the seed by reading, meditating upon, studying and understanding the Word of God.

This is akin to planting, watering, feeding and weeding in the physical realm.

Once understood that seed (or the Word of God) will germinate, grow and produce fruit in our lives.

All we need for life and godliness has already been provided by God through the finished work of Jesus and we access this through knowledge of Him (2 Peter 1 v 3) and this knowledge is attained through understanding of His Word.

The Word of God provides wisdom and instruction (Proverbs 1 v 2) and is the way to see fruit manifest in your life.

Yes, it will take time and it will take effort and it will take patience; but it will be worth it.

The Word cannot fail, it is an incorruptible seed (1 Peter 1 v 23), so if you plant it, feed it, water it and weed it, then it will not fail to produce fruit.

So, be patient and get planting!

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord for your Word that instructs us about Jesus and His finished work”.

Mark 4 v 28…..For the earth bringeth forth fruit of herself; first the blade, then the ear, after that the full corn on the ear

 
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