DIG for Tuesday the 10th of January…..all there, but we need to choose it for ourselves…..Ephesians 1 v 4

Yesterday my DIG was based upon Ephesians 1 v 3; well, I carried on reading the rest of this awesome passage described what we have through the finished work of Jesus.

Verse 3 says we have all spiritual blessings, and the verses following described these blessings.

Before the world began we were chosen to be in Him and with Him.

Now, this may sound like a Calvinistic doctrine, saying certain people are chosen for heaven and others for hell; it sounds like what is known as ‘predestination’.

This is not what this verse is talking about however.

God has chosen all mankind to be with Him; all sins for all men were forgiven at the cross and Jesus came to bring reconciliation to all men (Hebrews 10 v 12 and 14).

It is God’s will that all men are saved (2 Peter 3 v 9).

Men however need to choose to benefit from this forgiveness and reconciliation through faith in Jesus and His finished work.

God wants all men to be made ‘holy and without blame’, but not all men will receive this.

That is why verse 4 uses the word “should”.

We should be saved if we choose to be saved.

We should benefit from reconciliation and forgiveness if we choose to benefit.

We should be holy and without blame however we need to choose Jesus for this to happen.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that you want all men to be saved and you have provided this for every man to choose for himself”.

Ephesians 1 v 4…..”According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love

DIG for Monday the 9th of January…..it has all been done, stop asking for it…..Ephesians 1 v 3

 

Before I became aware of what is known as ‘the grace message’ (or as I like to call it the truth or the Gospel) I used to say some silly prayers.

I would ask God to forgive me, ask Him to heal me and ask Him to prosper me.

These are silly prayers.

The Word says we have already received all we need with regards to spiritual matters (Ephesians 1 v 3).

We have already been forgiven for all our sin (Ephesians 1 v 7 and Colossians 1 v 14).

We have already been healed (1 Peter 2 v 24).

We have already been provided abundance and prosperity (3 John 2, John 10 v 10 and 2 Corinthians 8 v 9).

Many of the prayers that we all say today are silly, asking for God to do things for us that He has already done through the finished work of Jesus.

If you are asking for forgiveness today what you are really asking for is for Jesus to come to earth again to go on the cross again.

This is not required as Jesus dealt with ALL sin for ALL me for ALL time once and once only (Hebrews 10 v 12 and 14).

Our prayers should be prayers of thanks and prayers of appropriation.

This is a good prayer, “Thank you Lord that I have been healed through Jesus and His finished work, I speak out that healing now in the mighty name of Jesus”.

Speak this out today….”Thank you Lord that you have provided for all my needs already through the finished work of Jesus”.

Ephesians 1 v 3…..Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ

DIG for Sunday the 8th of January…..we are stewards, not owners…..Colossians 1 v 16

One of the things I have been learning lately is that we do not actually own anything here on earth.

All that we have is from God and we are His stewards here on earth.

All in this earth, including money and resources, belongs to Him and we are here it use it wisely.

What we think we own is not actually ours, as everything in this universe (including your wallet and purse and their contents) belongs to the Lord.

The Word is clear that Jesus created everything (Hebrews 1 v 3).

The Word is also clearly that everything that was created was for Him as well, so He is the owner (Colossians 1 v 16).

What we have has been given to us by God, what we earned was earned through the skills He gave us.

Once we realise this truth is makes it easier t olive out verses such as Hebrews 13 v 16 and 1 Timothy 6 v 18.

We are meant to share and distribute what we have among others, especially those of the household of faith (Galatians 6 v 10).

This is easier to do once we realise that what we are sharing and distributing is not ours.

All that we have belongs to the Lord.

This is not an easy concept, especially for those of us living in the “consumer madness” that is the Western world.

But it is a Biblical concept that we need to grasp in order to help those in this world less fortunate than ourselves.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you lord that you have blessed me through the work of my hands and thank you that you have blessed me with abundance”.

Colossians 1 v 16…..For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him

DIG for Saturday the 7th of January…..”but now”, what a powerful wee phrase…..Romans 6 v 22

I’ve just been listening to some teaching that I will use at the Bible school we are launching next week.

The lecturer was describing that the Bible is a book of unfolding revelation; that not all truth was given at the one time.

The ultimate revelation came eventually through Jesus Christ.

The phrase “but now” is used many times in Scripture, showing us that there was also a “then”.

Things have changed, from law to grace, from the Old Covenant to the New Covenant for example.

For example prior to Jesus men were slaves to sin, and could not do anything to free themselves from sin.

When Jesus came He dealt with all our sin on the cross (Hebrews 10 v 12 and 14).

This is why Paul was able write Romans 6 v 22.

He said, “But now being made free from sin”.

Back “then” people under the Old Covenant were slaves to sin, “but now” we are free from sin because of Jesus; we live under grace, under the New Covenant.

Many people pull verse out of the Word and say this is for us as it is in the Bible.

Not everything written in the Word is for us today, not for us to literally live by.

Some of the Word was for “then”, we live in the “now”.

“Then” was an inferior revelation, but “now”, because of Jesus is a superior revelation.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that I live under grace and under the New Covenant, thank you that I live NOW”.

Romans 6 v 22…..But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life

DIG for Friday the 6th of January…..preach the gospel and heal the sick, simple…..Acts 14 v 7

Go online or go to your local Christian bookshop and you will see what seems like an endless list of models and methods for evangelism.

There are countless books on the subject and masses of videos and tutorials online.

There is however a very simple and effective method modelled by Paul in the Book of Acts.

Paul and Barnabas came into a difficult situation in a certain region, coming against problems and situations (Acts 14 v 1 to 6).

Verse 7 shows us what they did once they reached where they were going; they preached the gospel. They told people the good news about Jesus and what He had done.

They then healed a man, showing the population the power of the gospel.

This is the method Paul used wherever he went; he preached the gospel and he healed people.

Now, if you want to follow this model you have to be aware of what preaching the gospel means.

It is not standing on the high street of your local town shouting at people and telling them that they are sinners and heading of an eternity without God.

This may be true, but it is not the gospel, it is not the good news.

The gospel is the truth about Jesus and His finished work and it is good news!

The good news is that through Jesus as well as being saved from a lost eternity we are saved into healing, abundance, joy and peace.

So today I urge you to preach the gospel.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord for Jesus and for His finished work and thank you for the healing and abundance that is freely available through this finished work”.

Acts 14 v 7…..And there they preached the gospel

DIG for Thursday the 5th of January…..I know where consciousness comes from…..Genesis 2 v 7

 

I saw an article on Facebook this morning discussing reality and consciousness.

It was interesting reading this seeing how the scientists tried to explain where consciousness comes from.

The bottom line is that as a human being we are simply a mass of chemicals and compounds made up of inert matter.

Yet, we can thank and feel and be a conscious being.

Science comes up with all kinds for explanations but none of them (and scientists admit this) truly explain what is going on.

Science cannot explain consciousness, as it is God who is behind it.

God created man out of the dust (inert chemicals and compounds) and then breathed life into him.

It is the breath of God that changes us from inert matter into conscious sentient beings.

There is no other explanation, other than inert matter simply gaining consciousness on its own and that is simply nonsense, not science.

Genesis 2 v 7 describes this process perfectly, in that God took inert material, breathed His life into it and created sentient beings i.e. you and me.

Consciousness, being able to think and perceive, is a gift from God and did not evolve as we are often told.

It simply could not have evolved and created itself.

God created consciousness and God created us, we simply need to accept this and then worship Him accordingly.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that you are the Creator and thank you for your wonderful creation”.

Genesis 2 v 7…..And the Lord God formed men of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life: and man became a living soul

DIG for Wednesday the 4th of January…..sometimes we need to look deeper into a verse…..Hebrews 13 v 16

When I was in India I saw a poster of a scripture verse on the wall of an orphanage and was deeply impacted by it.

Yet, when I looked it up in my own Bible it was very different.

The verse was Hebrews 13 v 16 and on the wall it said, “share with others” while in my Bible it said, “communicate”.

Now if you have read DIG before you will know I recommend you delve into verses by looking up the Greek meaning of words; this is a perfect such case.

To communicate in English means to talk and pass on information, however in the Greek word in this verse it means to share your resources or to partner with someone by sharing your material possessions.

These two meanings are very different, showing us how we need to be prepared to study our Bibles in depth.

I love my King James Bible but sometimes the true meanings are obscured by old style language.

This verse is more powerful in others versions.

I found one that says, “And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased”.

Now that I can understand!

This verse is very clear in that our resources are not all for ourselves; we need resources in order to share with others.

This is not what the world tells you, but it is what the Word of God recommends.

This world is all about self; the Word recommends that we think about others.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you for your Word Lord and thank you for the life giving truths we can read within”.

Hebrews 13 v 16…..But to do good and to communicate forget not: for with such sacrifices God is well pleased