DIG for Thursday the 28th of August…….the Lord’s attitude towards you will never change…..Hebrews 13 v 8

•August 30, 2014 • Leave a Comment

We all know that people change; the way they think about us, they things they say about us and the way they behave towards us.

Sometimes that depends upon what we do and how we perform and sometimes it is just people being fickle.

I’ve had people change their opinion of me because of my decision to vote a certain way in an upcoming referendum.

I’ve had people express support of my ministry and then speak negatively about me.

I’ve had people support me financially in my ministry and then for no apparent reason stop that support.

People change and sometimes in ways we would not expect.

But the Lord is not like that!

The Lord is consistent in what He thinks and says about me and about you.

He loves us unconditionally, no matter how good or bad we are (John 3 v 16 and John 4 v 9 and 10).

He is always thinking about us and is interested in us (Psalm 139 v 17 and 18).

If you are born again He will always see you as righteous before Him, no matter what you do (2 Corinthians 5 v 21).

If you are born again He will always accept you (Ephesians 1 v 6).

I know that can be hard sometimes (believe me as I am living through this at the moment) but it is not really important what men think about you or say about you.

What God thinks about you is what is important, and He loves you, has forgiven you, accepts you and sees you as righteous, if you have trusted in Jesus and His finished work.

Don’t listen to men and don’t be influence by men, listen to the Lord and be influenced by Him.

He always has you best interest at heart and He will always love you.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that you love me and I can be assured of that love forever more”.

Hebrews 13 v 8…..Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and for ever

DIG for Wednesday the 27th of August…..focussing on your sin does not help you…..Hebrews 10 v 2

•August 29, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Hebrews 9 and 10 is a wonderful passage of Scripture talking about the finished work of Jesus and the new covenant.

It talks about how Jesus was the sacrifice for sins once and for all (Hebrews 10 v 12).

He has dealt with sin and as a result we have been purged; as a believer we have been cleansed and made righteous as a gift of grace through faith.

As a result of this the Word says that we should have no more conscience of sin (Hebrews 10 v 2).

The writer is saying to the Hebrews that if the law did purge them they should not think any more about sin.

The law did not fully remove the stain of sin, so they had to stay conscious of this and keep dealing with their sin.

But we are not under the law; we are under grace.

Under grace, through the finished work of Jesus Christ, sin has been dealt with.

Sin is not an issue for God any more as the price has been paid (1 John 2 v 2).

God says He does not remember our sin and iniquity any more (Hebrews 10 v 17) so why should we.

I am not saying that you should go out and sin and not care about it; what I am saying is that you should not focus on sin, bringing up sin and concentrating on sin.

What you think about enlarges in your mind and what you focus on is what you will do (Proverbs 23 v 7).

God does not focus on your sin and He is telling you not to as well.

Focus on Jesus and His finished work instead and I can guarantee you that according to the Word you will live a more Godly life with less sin (2 Peter 1 v 3).

The way to a more Godly life with less sin is to focus on Jesus instead of your own sin.

The law (do this and don’t do that) actually strengthens sin (1 Corinthians 15 v 56) and lead to death; grace leads to life and abundance.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that Jesus has dealt with my sin once and for all”.

Hebrews 10 v 2…..For then would they not have ceased to be offered? Because that the worshippers once purged should have no more conscience of sins

DIG for Tuesday the 26th of August…..a Psalm of love, concern and compassion…..Psalm 139 v 17

•August 28, 2014 • Leave a Comment

I have to be honest and say that I was not at my best this morning as I prepared to write my DIG; I was feeling a little bit low actually.

I turned in my Bible to where I was up to in my progressive reading and I was there at Psalm 139.

This made me smile, as Psalm 139 is always where I send people if they are a bit low or feeling depressed.

I saw that the Lord was interested and knew everything about me (verse 1 and 2).

I saw that the Lord is always with me wherever I go (verse 7 to 9).

I saw that the Lord was leading me and holding me (verse 10).

I saw that the Lord created me and was thinking about me before Creation (verse 14 and 15).

I saw that the Lord thinks about me, and thinks about me a lot (verse 17 and 18).

These truths encouraged me and they can encourage you too.

These truths are the same for you as they are for me.

Psalm 139 is a psalm of love, concern and compassion, showing us the heart that the Lord has towards us.

He loves us, He has concerns for us and He is compassionate towards us.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that you love me, have concerns over me and have compassion for me”.

Psalm 139 v 17…..How precious also are thy thoughts unto he, O God! How great is the sum of them

DIG for Monday the 25th of August…..salvation is an on going process…..Romans 1 v 16

•August 27, 2014 • Leave a Comment

The DIG yesterday about salvation was probably aimed at non-believers, or about what we should be telling non-believers.

The DIG today is also about salvation, but this time it is for the born again believer.

Romans 1 v 16 is also for every single one of us that proclaims Jesus as our Lord and Saviour.

You see salvation is an on going process.

Salvation comes from the Greek word “sozo” and means so much more than your “one off” ticket into Heaven.

Sozo talks of healing and wholeness and is an on-going process for all of us once we are believers.

We can receive healing and we can receive wholeness right through our Christian walk.

In order to receive this we only have to believe; believe in the finished work of Jesus Christ.

Health ands wholeness is included in what is called “life and godliness” and described in 2 Peter 1 v 3; this verse also says that we manifest this life and godliness through the knowledge of Him.

We already have what we need through the finished work of Jesus and we see if manifest through knowledge, through renewing our mind (Romans 12 v 2).

Salvation is not only a one off event in our life, it is an on going process and will continue until we go to be with the Lord.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord for my on going salvation through the knowledge of the finished work of Jesus Christ”.

Romans 1 v 16…..For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of Go unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek

DIG for Sunday the 24th of August…..salvation is available for all…..Romans 1 v 16

•August 26, 2014 • Leave a Comment

The gospel of Jesus Christ is an inclusive gospel, in other words it is for everyone.

This does not mean that everyone will be saved and spend their eternity with Father God but this is His intention.

God wants everyone to change his or her views on Him (come to repentance) and be saved (2 Peter 3 v 9).

God sent his Son because He loved the whole earth (or “kosmos”) and everyone in it (John 3 v 16).

Jesus paid for bot just our sin (or the sin of the believer) but He paid for the sin of the whole world (1 John 2 v 2), and God wants every person to benefit from this payment.

It is the gospel of Jesus Christ, the good news about Jesus Christ and His finished work, which makes salvation available (Romans 1 v 16).

At the time when Paul wrote this letter to the church at Rome, there were only two types of people in the known world; there were Jews and there were non-Jews.

At times the non-Jews were called Gentiles, but they were also called Greeks.

By saying that salvation was available to Jews and Greeks means that salvation was available for every single person alive.

All they had to do to receive salvation was to believe; to believe in Jesus Christ and His finished work.

This is the inclusivity of the gospel; everyone is included and can benefit from the work of Jesus.

All that is required is belief in Him.

The same is true today.

There are no works or religious deeds required to benefit from the work of Jesus, only faith in Him.

We are saved by grace through faith is what Paul wrote (Ephesians 2 v 8).

This is the good news of Jesus and this is what we need to tell the world.

Salvation is available to every single person alive today.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord for the good news of Jesus Christ; that He is the way to salvation”

Romans 1 v 16…..For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek

 

DIG for Saturday the 23rd of August…..even at the point of betrayal He called him friend…..Matthew 26 v 50

•August 25, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Jesus was known for His compassion and He was known as a friend to sinners.

Both these qualities shine through in the way that He speaks to Judas as He is betrayed.

Jesus knows fine what Judas was doing and He knew this in advance (Matthew 26 v 22 to 25).

Yet, when Judas came with his final act of betrayal against Jesus, He called him friend.

He did not accuse of anything or speak out against him; He showed care and compassion.

The word friend can be translated as clansman, comrade or friend; whatever way you translate this word Jesus still say Judas in a positive manner, as family or friend.

This is amazing; Judas betrayed Him yet the Lord still loved him.

My friend let me tell you that this is a picture of how the Lord feels about you.

This shows us that there is nothing we can do that will result in Jesus taking His love or friendship away from us.

No matter what you have done or are doing Jesus is calling you friend today!

There is no sin big enough for Jesus to be shocked about and no sin big enough for Him to change His opinion about you; you are and always will be His friend.

I’m sure thee have been times when we could have spoken up for Jesus and we have not; this is a form of betrayal.

There may have been times when we did not witness about Jesus when we could have; this is a form of betrayal.

Whatever form of betrayal we have been involved in Jesus still says, “friend”.

Peter betrayed Jesus by denying Him three times, yet Jesus still loved Him and used Him in a mighty way in the early church.

Jesus loved Him and used Him even with that betrayal.

Jesus loves us no matter what, so enjoy that truth today.

Speak this out…..”Thank you for the truth that Jesus loves me no matter what my performance is like”.

Matthew 26 v 50…..And Jesus said unto him, Friend, wherefore are thou come? Then came they, and laid hands upon Jesus, and took him

DIG for Friday the 22nd of August…..Jesus asked the Father to forgive; that is enough…..Luke 23 v 34

•August 22, 2014 • Leave a Comment

When Jesus said “Father, forgive them”, he was not just talking about the people involved in his actually crucifixion, I believe that He was talking about the whole of mankind.

Jesus knew why He was being crucified and knew how important it would be for every man.

He would be man’s sacrificial lamb (1 Peter 1 v 19), He would be the propitiation (or payment) for all of our sin (1 John 2 v 2), and He would be the route through which we would be reconciled to God and forgiven.

Jesus knew this was the only way for the “sin issue” to be dealt with and for man to be forgiven (Ephesians 1 v 7 and Colossians 1 v 14).

By asking God to forgive us He was showing us there was nothing we could do to achieve our own forgiveness.

Forgiveness was a choice of God based upon the work of Jesus.

Forgiveness is not a product of our works or religious performance.

Forgiveness is also a past event; Jesus asked the Father to forgive us, and the Father forgave.

You may be thinking “Vic goes on and on about forgiveness”, and you would be correct.

I go on and on about forgiveness as this truth is one of the fundamental axioms that a believer must build their life and walk upon.

A relationship with God without a full understanding about your forgiveness from Him is not a full relationship.

How can you have a full relationship with someone if you thinking they are always holding something against you and think you have to perform and do good works in order to be fully accepted?

The simple truth is Jesus asked the Father to forgive you and then performed the work required for that forgiveness to be freely given.

There is nothing for you to do other than receive and live in His forgiveness.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that through the shed blood of Jesus Christ I have been forgiven for all my sin, past, present and future”.

Luke 23 v 34…..Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots

 
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