DIG for Saturday the 19th of April…..it is finished; three words that changed the world…..John 19 v 30

•April 20, 2014 • Leave a Comment

The death and resurrection of Jesus Christ is the pivotal event in human history; this was the time when Jesus made a way for man to come back into permanent relationship with God the Father.

Man with the entry of sin had ruined the relationship and Jesus was on a mission to deal with sin so that the relationship could be restored, so that man and God could be reconciled.

This is what Jesus was talking about when He said it is finished (John 19 v 30).

The Greek word means to end, or complete, execute, conclude and discharge (as in a debt).

In other words Jesus paid for our sin, a nice big theological word is that He was the propitiation for our sin (1 John 2 v 2).

Jesus paid in full what was owed for sin; He paid the price for us.

Man had been living by sacrificial law for hundreds of years, using sacrificial lambs in the temple to pay for, or cover, their sin.

Jesus came along as the last and best sacrificial lamb as He was perfect and spotless, without sin (1 Peter 1 v 19).

He paid this price once for everyone forever (Hebrews 10 v 12).

And His work was perfect in that our sin was not just covered but it was removed; removed to such an extent that God remembers it no more (Hebrews 10 v 17).

The work of Jesus was a perfect work and it was a finished work, and that is why He said “it is finished”.

He was not talking about His life on earth, He was talking about his work and His mission.

He had dealt with sin once and for all, and had set in place a way for man to be reconciled with the Father and come back into relationship.

It is finished; three little words that changed the world forever!

Speak this out today….”Thank you Lord for the finished work of Jesus Christ, and thank you that we are in relationship because of my trust and faith in Jesus and His work”.

John 19 v 30…..When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost

DIG for Friday the 18th of April…..belief in God is just not enough…..John 14 v 1

•April 19, 2014 • Leave a Comment

We looked at this verse yesterday in DIG in the context of how we can and should control our emotions.

I was thinking today about another very important point that this verse highlights.

It highlights the need for belief in Jesus.

Many people say “I go to church”, “I’m a good person”, and even “I believe in God”.

None of those is enough to be born again, to receive salvation and then move into an abundant life and relationship with God the Father.

This is only available through believe, faith and trust in Jesus and His finished work.

In John 14 v 1 Jesus says that as they believed in God, so they should believe in Him (John 14 v 1).

This is clearly saying that there has to be a belief in Jesus as well as a belief in God.

We do not come to the Father through believing that there is a God; we only come to the Father through Jesus Christ (John 14 v 6).

Jesus, and trust and faith in His finished work, is what man needs for salvation, nothing else (Romans 10 v 9 and 10).

He is the only way to salvation, your works, your good deeds, your church attendance, your church membership; even your belief in God is not enough.

This is the message that we need to be screaming out this Easter!

Jesus is what men need; Jesus is the way, He is the truth and He is life (John 14 v 6 again).

When speaking to His disciples Jesus was reminding them that faith and trust in Him was essential, and it is the same story for us today.

Trust and faith in Him and His finished work saw our initial salvation and trust and faith in Him will see our continual salvation that is our healing, wholeness, joy, peace and prosperity.

Trust and faith in Jesus and His finished work is what will see our lost family and friends receive their salvation; that is the Good News of Easter.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord for the finished work of Jesus Christ and thank you for my salvation”.

John14 v 1…..Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me

DIG for Thursday the 17th of April…..let not your heart be troubled; your choice…..John 14 v 1

•April 18, 2014 • Leave a Comment

On the night before He was crucified Jesus spent a lot of time with His disciples, eating with them but also speaking to them at length.

This was an important time in that Jesus knew what was coming and knew that this would be the most difficult time yet for His disciples.

Near the start of His teaching He gives His disciples some awesome advice; advice that is still very relevant for us today.

He said “let not your heart be troubled”, He says do not worry and do not fear (John 14 v 1).

A literal translation could say do not let your thoughts and feelings be stirred up like water; He is saying keep your thoughts and emotions under control.

Many of you may say that this is not possible, but of course it is; Jesus would not ask us to do this if we could not!

By asking us not to lose control four thoughts and emotions Jesus is implying that we have control over them, unlike many of us who let our thoughts and emotions control us.

So how do we “let not our heart be troubled”?

That is an easy answer as Jesus gives us it in the same verse.

He says you believe on God, so believe on Him.

Wow, that is simple!

This is not rocket science my friends, it is simple.

Trust and faith in Jesus in every situation will lead to our emotions staying level and calm; a lack of trust and faith in Jesus in whatever area will lead to troubled thoughts and troubled emotions.

Yes, it is that simple!

We read a very similar message in Isaiah where we read that we will be kept in perfect peace if we keep our mind fixed on the Lord and trust Him (Isaiah 26 v 3).

We should have control over our emotions as a born again believer, as the Lord has put this area of our lives under our control.

If your emotions are running away and leading to problems in your life it is because you do not have trust and faith in Jesus in that area of your life; is that clear enough for everyone to understand?

This may sound harsh but it is not, it is the truth and the sooner believers realise that they are in control of their emotions rather than the other way round the better!

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that I am in control of my emotions, help me Lord to trust you and put my faith in you more and more”.

John14 v 1…..Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me

DIG for Wednesday the 16th of April……what part of being delivered from this present evil world includes sickness and poverty…..Galatians 1 v 4

•April 16, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Hi everyone, I am Vic and I hope you are all well tonight.

If Jesus came to deliver you from this present evil world why would you want to believe that God would put sickness and poverty upon you; that is just crazy doctrine.

OK, so now I have got your attention!

I’ve just done to you what Paul did to the Galatians; he gave them a quick welcome and then launched in to them (Galatians 1 v 1 to 6).

I love the start of Galatians in that Paul wastes no time in getting to the crux of the matter, why were so many people moving away from the doctrine of grace back to trying to live under the law.

But it’s verse 4 that struck me this evening, a verse describing the work of Jesus Christ, a verse telling us why Jesus came.

He came so that we might be delivered from this present evil world, by dealing with our sin (Galatians 1 v 4).

He came to destroy the works of the devil (1 John 3 v 8).

He came to bring us abundant life while the enemy tries to steal, kill and destroy (John 10 v 10).

Sickness and poverty is not a part of life in abundance, however sickness and poverty can steal, kill and destroy.

Sickness and poverty are evil; there is no way on this earth that they can be viewed as good.

Only religion would pervert the truth to tell you that sickness and poverty are from God, designed to improve you.

Jesus never put sickness or poverty on a person and He was operating under the guidance of the Father; if Jesus did not do it, Father God does not do it.

Yes, it is that simple, sickness and poverty are evil and are not from God.

He came to deliver you from this present evil world not to deliver you up to the evils that are in this world.

Anything other than this is a lie and a perversion of the Gospel (Galatians 1 v 7).

We can know for certain that God is a good God and only wants the best for us; indeed He wants above all else that we live in health and abundance (3 John v 2).

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord for the finished work of Jesus Christ, thank you that He has purchased health and abundance for me”.

Galatians 1 v 4…..Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father

DIG for Tuesday the 15th of April……look to the Lord not to men…..Galatians 1 v 1

•April 16, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Paul was a wonderful evangelist and apostle, preaching the Gospel throughout the known world and putting in place church after church.

Paul had no man to see over his work, no organisation to “provide cover”.

Paul knew that he had been chosen, appointed and equipped by God the Father for this work (Galatians 1 v 1).

Paul had the attitude that if God told him to do something then no man could stop him.

Do we have that same attitude?

Or are we more concerned with what men think about us?

Are we more bothered with the opinion that men in the world and men in the church have about us?

The attitude of Paul should be the way that we think.

Do you have a vision, mission, task or role from the Lord that you are backing away from because you know it will upset men around you?

Are you sticking with the status quo to keep the peace?

That is not a good way for us to live our lives my friend, I would go so far to suggest that if we prefer to please men we are not being true servants to Him (Galatians 1 v 10).

Now, I am not telling you that you should be a loose cannon, I am not telling you to be rebellious, and I am not telling you to stop listening to wise advice and counsel.

I am however suggesting that if you know that you have been given an ordained task from the Lord, you should not allow any man to put you off; you should not let any organisation strangle your vision and mission.

Paul knew that the Lord ordained him; and we have been ordained with a plan and purpose as well and it is a good plan (Jeremiah 29 v 11).

Plan to please Him and don’t plan to please men.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that you have an ordained plan and purpose for my life, and thank you that it is good”.

Galatians 1 v 1…..Paul, an apostle, (not of men, neither by man, but by Jesus Christ, and God the Father, who raised him from the dead)

DIG for Monday the 14th of April…..we can encourage ourselves, but it is nice when others help us…..1 Thessalonians 5 v 11

•April 15, 2014 • Leave a Comment

The Christian life is not meant to be lived in isolation, it is meant to be lived out in fellowship with others in the body know as the church.

The church is not the building that you meet in on a Sunday morning, the church is the brothers and sisters that you fellowship with.

Paul writes to the believer in Thessalonica telling them that they are there to comfort each other, to build each other up; in others words to be an encouragement for each other (1 Thessalonians 5 v 11).

This was also written to us.

The Word does tell us that we are able to encourage ourselves in the Lord (1 Samuel 30 v 6), however the Word does also exhort us to encourage one another.

Today I received a wonderful text from a brother as I was sitting at my desk, encouraging me that he is a changed man (for the better) since coming to our fellowship.

Today I received a wonderful message on Facebook encouraging me in my ministry, stating that a dear sister and her husband wanted to sow into my ministry.

Yes, we are all able to encourage ourselves, but isn’t it wonderful to receive encouragement from others?

Words can pull people down, we should use our words to build people up, to encourage, edify and exhort.

A kind word, a nice text, even a cheery message on Facebook can encourage a brother or sister; I can testify to this having received all three today.

Words are powerful; they can build up or pull down. What are your words doing today?

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord for brothers and sisters that encourage, edify and exhort; help me use my words in this way to build up instead of pulling down’.

1 Thessalonians 5 v 11…..Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do

DIG for Sunday the 13th of April…..so much more, so much more, that’s sozo…..Mark 5 v 34

•April 14, 2014 • Leave a Comment

One of the Greek words that I seem to use more and more in my sermons is sozo.

This is a wonderful little Greek word that is very descriptive, telling us a lot about what Jesus came to do and indeed for us on the cross.

I love to use sozo to tell people that Jesus has done a lot more for us than most of us realise.

We all know that Jesus died for our salvation, that when we die we would spend eternity in heaven because of our trust in Jesus.

The word used for salvation is sozo, saved is also translated from this word.

However do you know that sozo is also translated in the King James Bible as make whole, heal and be whole.

The woman with the issue of blood that we read about in Mark 5 v 25 to 34, was “sozoed”.

The Bible says she was made whole, or healed, and this is the Greek word sozo (Mark 5 v 34).

The blind man we read about at the end of Mark 10 was “sozoed”.

The Bible says that he was made whole and received his sight, and this is the Greek word sozo.

Sozo is a wonderful word to help describe aspects of the finished work of Jesus Christ.

Salvation or being saved is so much more that the right to an eternity in heaven with the Lord, it is healing and wholeness as well; physical healing and wholeness in this world today.

The woman was healed of her issue of blood and the blind man received his sight, and this was all part of the “sozo package” that Jesus came to bring.

What Jesus did for them He did for you as well.

What a wonderful Saviour; our salvation from Jesus involves healing and wholeness; indeed above all else the Lord wants us to live in perfect health (3 John v 2).

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that the finished work of Jesus Christ involved so much more than entry to Heaven, thank you for sozo and thank you for healing and wholeness”.

Mark 5 v 34…..And he said unto her, Daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace, and be whole of thy plague

 
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