DIG for Monday the 29th of September…..knowing the truth makes you free, so error keeps you in bondage…..John 8 v 32

•October 1, 2014 • Leave a Comment

In John 8 Jesus is talking to His disciples and telling them that truth (the truth of His Word) that will set them free.

The same is true for us today; it is knowledge of the truth that will set us free.

From this we can also extrapolate a very important truth in our lives.

This is that error will keep us in bondage!

If we are in bondage in an area of our lives today, for example illness, poverty, depression and sorrow, there must be error in the way we are thinking and believing.

If we knew the truth in that area we would be free is what Jesus said, so we must believe error instead of truth in one way or another.

We all know that the only way to dispel darkness is to bring in light.

In the same way, the only way to dispel bondage is to bring in truth.

If we bring in truth from the Word of God, believe it and understand it (or in other words know it) we will be set free from bondage.

For example if you suffer from rejection you need to know the truth in the Word that says you have been accepted in the beloved (Ephesians 1 v 6).

If you are in poverty or illness you need to know the truth in the Word that says you can be prosperous and healed because of the finished work of Jesus (2 Corinthians 8 v 9 and 1 Peter 2 v 24).

Indeed you need to know the truth in the Word that says above all things God wants you to live in health and prosperity (3 John 2).

When you replace error with knowledge of the truth of Jesus and His finished work you will dispel bondage from your life; the Word guarantees this!

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord for the truth in your Word, help me to desire to know your Word more”.

John 8 v 32…..And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free

DIG for Sunday the 28th of September…..your words have power; both negative and positive…..Luke 1 v 38

•October 1, 2014 • Leave a Comment

In Luke 1 we see a wonderful pair of examples about the power that our words can have in both a negative and positive way.

We have the power of death and life in the words that we speak over our lives and the lives of others (Proverbs 18 v 21).

In Luke 1 we see God revealing to Zacharias and Mary how His will would unfold through the birth of both John and Jesus respectively.

Zacharias asked a question about how he could become a father at his age (Luke 1 v 18) and Mary asked a question about how she could become a mother not having “known a man” (Luke 1 v 34).

Zacharias did not believe the answer that he was given and therefore he was struck dumb until John was born, indeed until he was circumcised on the eighth day after his birth (Luke 1 v 20).

Mary did believe what she was told and spoke out this truth straightaway (Luke 1 v 38).

Mary spoke positive words over her life and did fulfil the will of the Lord in her life.

Zacharias was not allowed to speak so that he could not influence things in a negative way by speaking out against the birth of John.

What a powerful picture of how important our words are!

This tells us that our words are so powerful that we can limit the will of the Lord simply by talking negatively.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord for your Word that tells me about the importance of what I say; Lord help me to be more positive in the words that I speak”.

Luke 1 v 38…..And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word. And the angel of the Lord departed from her

DIG for Saturday the 27th of September……you are allowed to ask questions…..Luke 1 v 34

•October 1, 2014 • Leave a Comment

This morning I had a wonderful conversation with a Christian sister on the phone where she thanked me for being a pastor that allowed her to ask questions.

I was considering the importance of asking questions as I turned to read Luke 1 and saw that Mary was not afraid to ask a question either.

Gabriel had just told Mary that she would be the mother of the Messiah and Mary quite rightly was a bit confused.

She questioned this, for as she said, “how shall this be, seeing I know not a man” (Luke 1 v 34).

This was obviously a very important question; Mary did not understand how this could happen.

In this situation Mary did not understand something and simply asked for clarification.

Upon this clarification Mary understood and believed (Luke 1 v 38).

This should be the same for you if you hear something in church that you do not understand; dare I say, even if it is from your pastor.

If you are told something by a pastor, teacher, leader or elder that you are not clear about you are allowed to ask questions.

Please ask them in the right way however, out of a quest for knowledge and understanding and out of respect.

However, never be afraid to ask questions of your spiritual elders; most of them will be happy to answer questions.

If they are not happy to be questioned then I suggest that you need to find yourself some new leaders.

Knowledge and understanding is the way to grow in your Christian walk and it is the role of a pastor or teacher to help increase your knowledge and understanding.

One of the best ways to do this is to ask questions!

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord for pastors and teachers that you have placed within your church in order to answer my questions”.

Luke 1 v 34…..Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man

DIG for Friday the 26th of September…..not only righteous but His righteousness…..2 Corinthians 5 v 21

•September 30, 2014 • Leave a Comment

It has been quite a while since I’ve use 2 Corinthians 5 v 21 in my DIG.

If you’ve been reading DIG for a while you’ll probably know it is my favourite verse in Scripture, the verse that literally changed me and changed my life.

This verse tells us that because of the finished work of Jesus we have the chance to be made righteous.

Righteous just means to be accepted by God, to be right with, Him, to have right standing in his sight.

But we not only have the chance of being made righteous; we can be made as righteous as HIM.

Yes, that is what the verse says, that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

Read it again in your Bible just in case you do not believe me.

That is an awesome piece of Scripture that has the most wonderful implication on our lives.

Every person has the opportunity to be made as righteous as God because of the finished work in Jesus.

All that is required is that you become a “new creature” (2 Corinthians 5 v 17), in other words put your faith and trust in Jesus as your Lord and Saviour.

It is that easy.

We are made righteous as a gift of grace through faith in Jesus and His finished work.

There are no other works to do, we are made righteous once and once only.

If you are born again tonight, in your born again spirit, you are as righteous as God.

If you are not born again tonight you can be made as righteous as God RIGHT NOW!

Simply believe in Jesus in your heart and speak it out of your mouth and you will be saved and be made righteous (Romans 10 v 9).

What a marvellous gift, all made possible through the finished work of Jesus.

All that we are required to do is believe.

Now that is the Good News!

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that as a born again believer I have been made righteous”.

2 Corinthians 5 v 21…..For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him

DIG for Thursday the 25th of September…..we can be of good cheer, with no fear, in all situations…..Mark 6 v 50

•September 29, 2014 • Leave a Comment

We have to be honest and admit that life does not always go the way we would like or had planned.

Troubles do come our way; indeed the Word says that we will have trials and tribulations (called persecution) if we are living a Godly life (2 Timothy 3 v 12).

However even in times of trouble we can stay in a positive frame of mind, we can be of good cheer.

In Mark 6 we see the disciples in a boat during a storm, and they are at the point of sinking.

They are very troubled and concerned, and at this point Jesus walks on the water and speaks to them.

He tells them to cheer up (Mark 56 v 50).

He then tells them why they can cheer up; He says I am here so there is no need to fear.

Fear is a terribly negative emotion, but it is an emotion (or reaction) that as believers we do not need to have.

We can be assured that as born again believers Jesus is with us and will never leave us nor forsake us (Hebrews 13 v 5).

We can be assured that He has our best interests at heart (3 John 2).

We can be assured that He will speak to us and guide us through any storm that comes our way.

If we truly believe in Jesus and His finished work what do we have to fear?

Even if persecution kills us we know what awaits us in eternity!

Fear can be eliminated from our lives and replaced with good cheer when we meditate upon, believe and understand the truth about Jesus and what He has done for us through His finished work.

If we understand that we have been reconciled to God, forgiven of all our sin and made righteous in the eyes of God what can make us fear; knowing all this will result in us being of good cheer.

If you are in a storm or troubles or pain this morning, please focus on Jesus and what He has done for you.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord for the finished work of Jesus and thank you that I have been reconciled, forgiven and made righteous”.

Mark 6 v 50…..For they all saw him, and were troubled. And immediately he talked with them, and saith unto them, Be of good cheer: it is I: be not afraid

DIG for Wednesday the 24th of September…..incorruptible and eternal……1 Peter 1 v 25

•September 27, 2014 • Leave a Comment

The Word of God is incredibly powerful.

We see God, through Jesus, speaking the Universe and everything in it into existence (Hebrews 1 v 2 and Genesis 1).

We see God, through Jesus, upholding all with His words of power (Hebrews 1 v 3).

We see God, through the Holy Spirit, continuing to speak to us on a daily basis.

We are also incredibly blessed by having access to His inspired Word whenever we want.

The Bible was literal God breathed (2 Timothy 3 v 16).

Many believers do not give the written Word the credit that it deserves; it is often not held in the esteem that it should be.

Indeed, it is actually a more sure word; it is the best way to know that we are hearing from God (2 Peter 1 v 19).

We can be assured that whenever we read the Bible we are hearing directly from God; I am sure that what some people say God has said is not from God!

But if you read it in the Word, it is His Word!

The Word of God, in all formats, is perfect and pure, and abides forever (1 Peter 1 v 23).

His Word will never pass away and never be wrong.

That includes His written Word in the Scriptures.

And it is this is the Word that needs to be preached as the gospel (1 Peter 1 v 25).

Speak this out today….”Thank you lord for your written Word, your truth that is pure and perfect and endureth for ever”.

1 Peter 1 v 25…..But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you

DIG for Tuesday the 23rd of September…..we all make mistakes, yet we can all be used…..Mark 14 v 72

•September 25, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Peter was one of the original disciples and went on to become a wonderful Apostle.

He did an amazing work for the Lord, leading the early church and writing two epistles for the New Testament.

Yet he made a number of horrendous mistakes and errors in his life and walk with the Lord.

He denied Jesus three times prior to His crucifixion (Mark 14 v 66 to 72).

He scattered, along with the rest of the disciples, as Jesus was being arrested, not able or willing to offer Him help or support.

This was after he struck off the ear of one of the people who came to arrest Jesus, an act that Jesus clearly did not approve of (John 18 v 10 and 11).

At one point Jesus even rebuked Peter for being under the influence of satan (Mark 8 v 32 and 33).

Peter did not love Jesus as much as Jesus loved him (note the different Greek meanings for love in John 21 v 15 to 17).

So, Peter was not the perfect disciple.

Yet, the Lord used him in a mighty way.

Peter is an example for us that we do not need to be perfect in actions before we can be used by the Lord.

The Lord has a plan and purpose for each one of us and we do not need to be perfect to put that into place.

We need to be willing and have the right attitude.

Like Peter we all make mistakes, yet like Peter we can all be used by the Lord in the work of His Kingdom.

We are all of worth and value no matter what mistakes we have made.

“Repent” of these mistakes i.e. change your mind and direction and move forwards in whatever the Lord has planned for you.

Speak this out today…..Thank you Lord that you have a plan and purpose for my life”.

Mark 14 v 72…..And the second time the cock crew. And Peter called to mind the word that Jesus said unto him, Before the cock crew twice, thou shalt deny me thrice. And when he thought thereon, he wept

 
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