DIG for Thursday the 23rd of October…..dead in vain; what a strong statement…..Galatians 2 v 21

•October 23, 2014 • Leave a Comment

The book of Galatians is a very strong message to the church; it was strong when it was written and it is still strong.

It is a warning about legalism and about how dangerous that is for the church.

Paul calls legalism (the man made rules that are used to try and relate to God) a perversion of the gospel of Christ (Galatians 1 v 7).

He says if anyone preaches this perversion that they should be accursed (Galatians 1 v 8 and 9).

He compares legalism to the yoke of bondage (Galatians 5 v 1).

But the strongest statement Paul makes in my opinion is in Galatians 2 v 21.

He says that if we try and come before God and relate to God according to our performance and works (law and legalism) then we are saying that Christ died in vain.

Wow, what a strong statement!

Christ died so that we would be reconciled and forgiven, us allowing us to choose to be saved and then move into relationship with God.

We come before God because of what Jesus has done not through what we do.

By trying to adhere to law and by being legalistic we are saying what Christ did was not enough.

We are saying His work was the “not quite finished work”, when it truly was a finished work.

Rest in His grace today, do not try to strive to perform trying to be good.

Rest in the fact that Jesus good and that is what God is satisfied with!

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord for the finished work of Jesus Christ, and thank you that this is the basis for our relationship”.

Galatians 2 v 21…..I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain

DIG for Wednesday the 22nd of October…..I love my “encouragers”…..Hebrews 10 v 24

•October 22, 2014 • Leave a Comment

I am at a ministers’ conference this week and having a great time of fellowship and teaching.

One of the greatest joys of this conference is getting time with who I call my “encouragers”.

I still class myself as “young” in the ministry and I know many ministers that are further on in ministry with more maturity than myself.

I don’t often meet these friends face to face but when I do they just love me and encourage me.

T and S, J and S, J and K, C and J are men and woman of God whom I highly respect and all they do is encourage me, edify me and exhort me.

I come away for these events more confident and bolder because of their input.

I hope that I copy them by being an encouragement to others in return.

That is what church is all about, being there for others as an encouragement (Hebrews 10 v 23 to 25).

I love Hebrews 10 v 24 that talks about provoking one another into love and good works, that is encouragement.

Have a think about this; who can you encourage and build up today?

Or who are you thankful to God for as they are your “encourager?”

We all need encouragement and we can all encourage, this should be an integral part of our life as a Christian.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you lord for placing people in my life who are an encouragement to me”.

Hebrews 10 v 24……And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and good works

DIG for Tuesday the 21st of October…..the grace message = the gospel = Jesus…..Galatians 1 v 6

•October 22, 2014 • Leave a Comment

I was preaching at a meeting recently when a lady interrupted me and said, “you are like Joseph Prince, you are one of those ministers that preach grace”.

I said, “well yes, but I prefer to call it the gospel of Jesus Christ”.

You see there are a number of words and phrases that can be used interchangeably in Scripture and included in these are grace and gospel, indeed the gospel of Jesus Christ.

The gospel of Jesus, the true gospel is the message of grace.

The message of unconditional love and unconditional forgiveness is the message of grace, it is the gospel of Jesus Christ.

The grace message is indeed good news.

Paul warned the Galatians about removing themselves from the true gospel of Jesus Christ, away from grace (Galatians 1 v 6).

He likened this to going back into bondage and away from freedom (Galatians 5 v 1).

Grace, the gospel of Jesus is the gospel that will set you free from the bondage of sin and death (Titus 2 v 11 and 12).

Law, or the preaching of law in your life will actually strengthen sin in your life (1 Corinthians 15 v 56).

Grace sets you free while the law will take you into bondage.

The good news of Jesus is that He has set you free from the curse of the law (Galatians 3 v 13).

You now live under grace and not law, now it is up to you to stay in grace and not put yourself under the law.

It is also up to you to never let any other man put you under law!

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that because of the finished work of Jesus Christ I live under grace and not under law”.

Galatians 1 v 6…..I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel

DIG for Monday the 20th of October…..motivation for service…..1 Samuel 12 v 34

•October 21, 2014 • Leave a Comment

I’ve just had the privilege of sitting through an amazing message from Bob Yandian talking about excellence in ministry.

The phrase “with all your heart” equates to excellence in 1 Samuel 1 v 12 v 34.

When we are in ministry (and we all are to a degree) we should take part with a mindset of excellence.

Talking to a friend about Jesus is ministry, praying for family is ministry, putting out chairs in church is ministry; it is not just the “man out front” who is in ministry.

Whatever we do it should be done with an attitude of excellence.

This attitude of excellence for service comes from being thankful in what The Lord has done for us.

He has done great things for us; thankfulness for what He has done leads to serving with all your heart or excellence.

Jesus has paid for all our sin (1 John 2 v 2) providing healing, wholeness, joy, peace and forgiveness; that is enough to be thankful and want excellence in what we do for Him.

His finish work means we are accepted in the beloved and adopted into His family; yet more reasons to be thankful.

Excellence in ministry is not a work, it is a result of being thankful.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord for all that you have done for me through Jesus’ finished work”.

1 Samuel 12 v 24……Only fear The Lord, and serve him in truth with all your heart: for consider how great things he hath done for you

DIG for Sunday the 19th of October…..cursed or blessed because of a work?…..Malachi 3 v 8 and 9

•October 19, 2014 • Leave a Comment

I preached today the last message in my series on new covenant giving and spoke about the tithe.

I didn’t want to as tithing has no part to play in new covenant giving, but I’ve been asked many questions about tithing so I had to cover it.

Malachi 3 is used by teachers of the tithe to say we have to give 10% of all our substance to the church.

They say if we do not tithe we will be cursed (Malachi 3 v 8 and 9).

I know however that Jesus was cursed so that I would not be under any curse of the law (Galatians 3 v 13).

They say that we will be blessed by God if we tithe (Malachi 3 v10).

I know that I already have all spiritual blessings from God (Ephesians 1 v 3) and that I already have all I need for life and godliness through knowledge of Him (2 Peter 1 v 3).

I know this as I live under the new covenant and not under the old covenant.

I live under grace and not under the law.

The same is true for you.

You are not under the law as described in Malachi, you are not required to tithe (listen to my series though as you really should be giving).

Do not let any man tell you that you will be cursed or blessed dependant upon a work, with that work being tithing.

Tell them about Ephesians 1 v 3 and 2 Peter 1 v 3 and tell them you are living under grace.

Speak this out today……”Thank you Lord that because of the finished work of Jesus Christ I live under grace and not under law”.

Malachi 3 v 8 and 9…..Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings. Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, even this whole nation

Saturday the 18th of October…..a life of discovery not works…..2 Peter 1 v 3

•October 18, 2014 • Leave a Comment

For many believers the Christian life seems to be about coming to Christ and then trying to get better and better, almost graduating into a better way of life.

It seems to be a constant struggle trying to work and make things better.

Does this sound familiar?

The truth is that the Christian life should be about coming to Christ and then discovering more and more about what He has already done for us.

The Word says that we have already been given all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ (Ephesians 1 v 3).

The Word says we are complete in Him (Colossians 2 v 10).

The Word says that you have already been given all things that pertain to life and Godliness (2 Peter 1 v 3).

The Christian life is a life of discovery not a life of works; or it should be!

Knowledge of Jesus is required in order to see what you already have been given pertaining to life and godliness manifest in your life (2 Peter 1 v 3).

It is not works that are required it is knowledge; that is why I say this life should be a life of discovery and not works.

The process of discovery is exciting and fun, hence so should your Christian walk.

Do not be burdened down trying to work your way better, that will never work and I tell you now it will not be exciting and fun!

Start or continue on the process of discovering what Jesus has already done for you through His finished work.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that I already have all I need for life and godliness, help me discover these truths through your Word”.

2 Peter 1 v 3…..According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue

DIG for Friday the 17th of October……duel action of submitting and resisting……James 4 v 7

•October 18, 2014 • Leave a Comment

James 4 v 7 is a very important verse for the born again believer.

All of us are aware that the enemy is “out to get us”; the Word says he prowls about like a lion looking for those he can devour (2 Peter 5 v 8).

This should not scare us as in the book of James we are giving a model as to how to deal with this adversary.

We do have to resist the enemy; that means to oppose him and actively stand against him.

However we also have a duel action to do and that is submitting to God; this means to be subject to and obey.

As well as fighting against the enemy we need to partner with God and “go along” with what the Word says.

But this assumes one big thing and that is that we know what is from the enemy and what is from God.

This can only be found in one place and that is the Word of God.

Too many of us confuse what God and the enemy can and will do; if this is the case how can we be sure what to submit to and what to resist?

Knowledge and understanding of the Word of God is key to living out James 4 v 7.

Understanding of the true nature of God (and not the nonsense that religion and legalism will teach) will show us what to submit to.

Anything not of God will therefore be something to resist.

Focus on God and fight the enemy; that will see the enemy flee from you

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord for your Word, thank you that it is the place to find out about you”.

James 4 v 7…..Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you

 
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