DIG for Wednesday the 23rd of April…..He does not remember our sins and iniquities so why should we…..Hebrews 10 v 17

•April 24, 2014 • Leave a Comment

I attended a prophetic workshop this evening and was blessed to hear very clearly from the Lord about an issue that I had to deal with.

I want to share this tonight, as my experience as a leader has shown me that many people suffer from the same issue.

The issue is to do with forgiveness; I heard that there were people that I had to forgive, but I also heard that I had to forgive myself.

I meet believer after believer who are living in condemnation and grief over events and sins from their past, and this is what the Lord pointed out to me.

Every since my Dad died recently I have had doubts about myself as a son, thinking that I had not loved and esteemed my Dad enough; I was telling myself that I was not a good son (and this in my eyes was sin).

I had the enormous privilege to talk about this with my Dad just before he died and he said “you are a great son” and through ministry the Lord Himself has assured me that I was a good son.

Now even if I was a bad son, and had been living in sin concerning my attitude and behavior towards my Dad, I know that the Lord would have forgiven me for that as He has forgiven me for EVERYTHING through the shed blood and finished work of Jesus Christ (Ephesians 1 v 7 and Colossians 1 v 14)

The Lord tells us in His Word that our sins and iniquities He remembers no more (Hebrews 10 v 17).

So, even if I was a bad son, I have been forgiven for that.

Is there something that you are beating yourself up for that God has already forgiven you for?

Is there something that you need to forgive yourself for?

Let me tell you that forgiving yourself is a wonderful feeling!

This will set you free!

The Lord does not want you living in guilt and condemnation, He wants you to live free from guilt and free from condemnation, and you can help in this by forgiving yourself.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that you have forgiven me for EVERYTHING through the shed blood of Jesus Christ”.

Hebrews 10 v 17…..And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more

DIG for Tuesday the 22nd of April…..do not let your mind be corrupted from the simplicity of Christ…..2 Corinthians 11 v 2 and 3

•April 22, 2014 • Leave a Comment

I have been fascinated this evening looking at these verses that Paul wrote to the Corinthians and had a bit of a revelation around what the enemy is up to.

He is not trying to persuade you to become an atheist; he is not trying to get you to renounce your faith.

What Paul is warning us against in this passage is something far more subtle and far more dangerous.

He is warning us against believing something other than the simplicity that is in Christ (2 Corinthians 11 v 3).

The Gospel is a very simple message you see.

The Gospel is all about Jesus Christ and what He has already done.

It is about our reconciliation and forgiveness through the blood of Jesus Christ (Ephesians 1 v 7 and Colossians 1 v 14).

It is about how we can be made as righteous as God as a gift of grace through faith in Jesus Christ (2 Corinthians 5 v 21).

It is about how God only wants the best for us, indeed above all things He wants us to live in health and abundance (3 John v 2).

He loves us (1 John 4 v 9 and 10); the message of Jesus Christ is very simple.

The enemy is very good at getting us to argue and debate about aspects of doctrine and theology, making things more complicated, taking our mind away from Christ.

He is great at getting us to discuss and debate even the stupid things (e.g. how long should our hair be and should we wear hats or not).

The truth about Jesus and His finished work is simple and easy to understand, religion attempts to make it more difficult, even elitist.

The truth about Jesus is for everyone, not just for intellectuals.

Do not let the enemy corrupt your mind away from the simple truth that is Jesus Christ and His finished work.

Keep it simple and stick with Jesus.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord for the Gospel, for the simple truths about Jesus and His finished work”.

2 Corinthians 11 v 2 and 3…..For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ. But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity of Christ.

DIG for Monday the 21st of April…..Thank goodness it’s not all about me and what I’ve done…..Exodus 15 v 26

•April 22, 2014 • Leave a Comment

The DIG this evening is from one of our readers, thanks Zan………

At the Thursday night meeting last week Pastor Vic read from Exodus 15 v 26 and it brought to my mind such a strong sense of gratitude of all that Jesus has done for me and everyone else.

Before I had a revelation of God’s Grace towards mankind, whenever I read these old testament readings I was filled with a feeling of heaviness as I meditated on all the things I was doing wrong and all the things I would have to do to win all the blessings that God had for me and also what I should be doing and not doing to avoid having God putting diseases and other curses on me.

But now when I read verses of scripture that speak of obedience and commitment I thank Jesus that He did everything that God required to bring reconciliation between God and us so that we can enjoy all the benefits of all the blessings God wants to pour down upon us all the time, like health, healing and prosperity.

Jesus diligently hearkened to the voice of the Lord His God.

Jesus did that which was right in God’s sight.

Jesus gave an ear to God’s commandments and kept all His statues so that we can have the assurance that God will not put any of these diseases upon us.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Jesus that you obeyed every law and requirement so that I can live knowing God’s heart and will towards me are full of every good thing”.

Exodus 15 v 26. ..And said, If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the Lord thy God and wilt do that which is right in His sight and wilt give an ear to His commandments and keep all His statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the Lord that healeth thee.

DIG for Sunday the 20th of April…..it didn’t all stop after His resurrection…..John 16 v 7

•April 21, 2014 • Leave a Comment

We had an awesome time at our Easter service this morning; we had a puppet show!

The puppets led us through the Easter story, and we even had Jesus on a donkey.

But what I really loved about the puppet show was that it took the Easter story that bit further than I have seen in most services or Easter events.

The puppets sang a song about how after Jesus had ascended He would send the Holy Spirit to baptise believers.

They took us through that the Holy Spirit would come down after Jesus had gone back to be with the Father after His finished work was complete.

This is a truth that is sadly lacking in many Easter services; we always seem to stop at the resurrected Jesus.

Now don’t get me wrong, the fact that Jesus died and was resurrected changed the whole world and is a truth to be celebrated, but His ascension and the sending of the Holy Spirit is of the utmost importance to our current life here on earth.

On the night before His death Jesus told His disciples that He would be sending the Comforter (or the Holy Spirit), and that was one of the reasons why He had to go away (John 16 v 7).

And after His resurrection Jesus told His disciples to wait for the Holy Spirit to come upon them and fill them with power (Acts 1 v 8).

The baptism of the Holy Spirit is clearly a secondary experience after conversion and is the means by which a believer can truly operate in power and in the miraculous.

Jesus sent the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, and the great news is that He has never gone back.

Holy Spirit is here and available for every believer who asks.

Too many believers miss out on this experience because they have never been told about it, never read about it and don’t know about it.

Paul told the believers in Ephesus about this baptism as many of them had never heard about it (Acts 19 v 1 to 6).

Yes, we must tell people about Jesus and His death and resurrection, but we need to continue and tell them about the baptism of the Holy Spirit.

At the service today we had the privilege of seeing a new convert being filled with the Holy Spirit and speaking in tongues; that person will never be the same again!

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord for the finished work of Jesus Christ and thank you that He sent the Holy Spirit”.

John 16 v 7…..Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you

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

 
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