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

DIG for Thursday the 16th of October…..a picture of orderliness and decency…..Luke 9 v 14 and 15

•October 17, 2014 • Leave a Comment

It would have been very difficult to feed and minister to five thousand men (so probably over ten thousand people) if they were all milling around and wandering about.

That is why Jesus asked His disciples to get them to sit down in companies (Luke 9 v 14 and 15).

It made good practical sense to create some order amongst the people in order that the disciples and Jesus could meet their needs.

It is also a picture for us today of the need for order in our church services and meetings when we are trying to encourage, edify, exhort and minister.

Paul wrote to the Corinthian church about how to operate and behave in a worship service (or church meeting).

He tells them that all things should be done decently and in order (1 Corinthians 14 v 40) and he is telling us the same today.

Much of what we see in the church today, especially in “non-traditional” settings, has nothing to do with decency and order; at best it is what I would call a “flesh fest” and at worst it is demonic.

This lack of order is deemed “spiritual” and any one speaking out against such behaviour is said to be “quenching the Spirit”.

Yes, we need to minister to one another, we need to pray with each other and we need to heal and set people free, however it needs to be done, and I quote the Bible here, decently and in order.

I cannot see in Scripture people running around the church, rolling about on the floor, thrashing their head back and forth, laughing uncontrollably or howling like a wolf; all things I have seen believers doing in a worship service.

That is not decent or in order and I would argue not of the Spirit; it may be of a spirit but it is not of the Spirit!

I have seen people upset and confused when this type of behaviour is manifested in church; God is not the author of confusion (1 Corinthians 14 v 33).

I thank God that He instigated the church and made it the place for His people to be ministered to, and I thank God that it should be a place of decency and order.

I feel strongly about this and wanted to make you aware that not everything that people say is ‘spiritual’ is of God.

Use your own wisdom and discernment to work out for your self what is from the Lord and what is not.

A good question to ask yourself is this, “Does what I am seeing here occur in the Bible?”

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that church is a place for decency and order, and thank you for the guidance we can read in Scripture”.

Luke 9 v 14 and 15…..For they were about five thousand men. And he said to his disciples, Make them sit down by fifties in a company. And they did so, and made them all sit down

DIG for Wednesday the 15th of October…..you have the same authority as the “other’” disciples…..Luke 9 v 1 and 2

•October 17, 2014 • Leave a Comment

In Luke 9 v 1 and 2 we see Jesus sending out His disciple to carry out the “work” of the Kingdom; that is preaching, healing and setting people free.

We see Him doing a similar thing in Luke 10 when He sends out even more (Luke 10 v 1).

Jesus gave the twelve and then the seventy power and authority to preach and heal in His name.

Jesus is still in the business of sending out disciples today, and now the disciple is you!

You have the same authority as the twelve and the seventy, but you actually have more power.

The disciples that Jesus sent out in Luke 9 and 10 were living under the old covenant, before the cross and before Pentecost.

As a disciple of Jesus Christ you now live under grace in the new covenant and you have something better and more powerful than the original disciples.

You have the indwelling Holy Spirit within you, who will never depart from you.

With that “dynamite” power of the Holy Spirit and the authority from Jesus you can quite literally do anything!

You are a powerful and appointed individual able to preach and heal and set free.

AMEN!

Do you believe that this morning and are you living as if this is the truth?

In order to fully flow in this power and authority you have to believe it; you have to think that you are a person of power and authority and you have to speak that out.

As a man thinketh so is he and death and life are in the power of the tongue are sections of Scripture that we know well, so we need to believe this truth and speak it out from our mouths.

Start by declaring these truths this morning.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that you have given me the authority from Jesus and the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit to preach, to heal and to set people free”.

Luke 9 v 1 and 2…..Then he called his twelve disciples together, and gave them power and authority over all devils, and to cure diseases. And he sent them to preach the kingdom of God, and to heal the sick

DIG for Tuesday the 14th of October…..forgiven to be saved through faith…..Luke 7 v 48 to 50

•October 16, 2014 • Leave a Comment

I think I wrote about this same topic recently with regards to the man who was lowered down through the roof by his friends.

He was forgiven by Jesus and then healed, giving us a picture that we have been forgiven so that we can come into relationship with God and be saved.

In the same way we see Jesus telling the woman who washed Jesus’ feet that she was forgiven and then saved, thus giving us the same picture of salvation coming after forgiveness.

Many in the church get this the wrong way round; they teach that after salvation we should ask for forgiveness.

This is wrong; we have ALL already been forgiven through the shed blood of Jesus Christ and we can do nothing about our own forgiveness other than accept it and give thanks.

Jesus paid the price for the sin of us all (1 John 2 v 2).

Remission, or forgiveness of sins, is only available through the shedding of blood (Hebrews 9 v 22).

Our forgiveness has already come through the shed blood of Jesus (Ephesians 1 v 7 and Colossians 1 v 14).

Forgiveness flowed and sin was dealt with so that man could be reconciled and come into relationship with God through faith in Jesus; this is the correct order of things!

Forgiveness came before salvation, without forgiveness you could not have been saved.

Once saved, do not let any man tell you that you have to ask God for His forgiveness; that is a slur on the finished work of Jesus Christ.Thank God that you have been forgiven and enjoy your state of forgiveness.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that I have been forgiven and thank you that through faith in Jesus I have been saved”.

Luke 7 v 48 to 50…..And he said to her, Thy sins are forgiven. And they that sat at meat with him began to say within themselves, Who is this that forgiveth sins also? And he said to the woman, Thy faith hath saved thee; go in peace

 
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