DIG for Tuesday the 19th of May…..all can he saved, all can be healed, all can be prosperous…..Romans 2 v 11

This verse takes a bit of explanation; it is not saying that God has no respect for people.

The Greek word is actually talking about favouritism; it is saying that God has no favourites.

God treats everyone the same, and gives them the same opportunities.

Jesus died for all sin once and for all, and he was the propitiation (or payment) for all sin for all men (1 John 2 v 2).

God wants everyone to be saved (to come to repentance) without exception (2 Peter 3 v 9).

All men have the same opportunity for salvation because of the finished work of Jesus and because God has no favourites, He loves us all.

This means we all have the opportunity for healing and prosperity to flow in our lives; this is a part of salvation.

We all have opportunity to see miracles, signs and wonders.

We have all been adopted as sons (yes, even the ladies amongst us) once we believe, He does not adopt some and leave others out of the family.

We are all included, in the initial offer of salvation and then acceptance into the family.

There are no exceptions, in a sense we are all His favourites!

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that You are a God of love and inclusion”.

Romans 2 v 11…..For there is no respect of persons with God

DIG for Monday the 18th of May……desire wisdom and knowledge, it is like treasure…..Colossians 2 v 3

I am really excited at the moment getting ready to head into a conference with a number of great teachers of the Word.

I find it so exciting to learn more from the Word, to learn about Jesus and His wonderful finished work.

Treasure is a word that would describe learning from the Word.

This is how Paul described wisdom and knowledge about Jesus in his letter to the Colossians.

He says that wisdom and knowledge about Jesus (and also about the Father) are treasures.

Treasure is something that men long for, hunt for and search for.

If only men would do the same thing with God’s Word; if only they would search it for the treasure hid within.

There is another verse that tells us why this knowledge and wisdom is so important.

In his second epistle Peter writes about the knowledge of Him (or Jesus,) saying that it is understanding this knowledge that allows us to manifest all that we need for life and godliness (2 Peter 1 v 3).

If you were told you could have all you needed for life (and the implication of this word is life in abundance) and godliness wouldn’t you want it?

Wouldn’t you be willing to search for it?

Well you can, you can search the Word for the treasure that is wisdom and knowledge of Him!

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord for your Word, and thank you for the treasures of wisdom and knowledge hid within”.

Colossians 2 v 3…..In whom are hid all the treasure of wisdom and knowledge

DIG for Sunday the 17th of May…..nae limits; that should be the Christian life…..Philippians 4 v 13

As we were driving down the A9 yesterday we passed an outdoor activities centre called “Nae Limits” (nae is the Scottish word for no).

I love the name of this business, and enjoy seeing it every time I pass.

It brings up the image of being able to do anything, of nothing stopping you, of there being no limits in life.

This is what it should be like in our Christian life.

God has given us authority and power in this life; authority from Jesus and the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit.

This should take the limits off us in terms of healing, peace, joy and prosperity.

God wants us all to live in health and abundance (John 10 v 10 and 3 john 2); He wants there to be nae limits in these areas of our lives.

Paul wrote that he could do all things through Jesus, and we are the same.

We have the same authority as Paul and the same power as Paul, we are born again believers just as he was.

We can live a life without limits if we believe and understand His Word; understand that we have authority and understand that we have power.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord for the authority and power that we have in this world, and help us to remove our own self-made limits”.

Philippians 4 v 13…..I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me

DIG for Saturday the 16th of May…..whosoever, that’s another great word…..Romans 10 v 13

I wrote about the word “all” yesterday and toady I want to bring another great word to you, the word being “whosoever”.

In Scripture this is a word that shouts loud and clear about inclusiveness.

The word says that whosoever calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved (Acts 2 v 21 and Romans 10 v 13).

The Word says that whosoever believes in Jesus shall never die but have everlasting life (John 11 v 26).

The Word says that whosoever drinks of the water of life from Jesus shall never thirst (John 4 v 13).

The Word says that whosoever believes in Jesus will receive remission form their sins (Acts 10 v 43).

The Word says that whosoever confesses Jesus as the Son of God has the Lord living within him (1 John 4 v 15).

The Word says that whosoever believes in Jesus is born of God (1 John 5 v 1).

The Word makes it clear that anyone can be a “whosoever”; it just requires belief and faith.

Anybody and everybody can be a “whosoever”; it just takes personal choice.

Our God is a God of inclusiveness, anyone can be saved and redeemed, whosoever can make the decision to trust in Jesus.

I am delighted to say that I am a “whosoever”, I hope and pray that you are too!

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that you are a God of inclusiveness and anyone can be a whosoever in this world”.

Romans 10 v 13…..For whosoever shall call upon the man of the Lord shall be saved

DIG for Friday the 15th of May…..all is such a big word…..2 Peter 3 v 9

I have been thinking about the word “all” since I wrote the DIG yesterday.

It really is a big word and has a huge implication in ant phrase it is used in.

At MGF we really know the meaning of this word, and when I ask the fellowship they say it means “to the exclusion of nothing”.

God wants ALL men to come to repentance, He wants to see ALL men saved (2 Peter 3 v 9).

ALL men have been given the opportunity for salvation through the finished work of Jesus Christ; for this ALL sin has been paid for.

Jesus was the propitiation for ALL sin for ALL men (1 John 2 v 2).

Jesus was the sacrificial lamb, the offering for sin, once for ALL men (Hebrews 10 v 10).

All means to the exclusion of nothing, so no sin was missed and no man is exclude from the offer of salvation.

Anyone, or whosoever calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved (Romans 10 v 13).

Whosoever means anyone and everyone, and indeed anyone and everyone can be saved.

This is only the case as ALL sin has been paid for and dealt with by Jesus once and for ALL for ALL time.

Nothing has been missed out, nothing has been excluded, and it has ALL been paid for.

Speak this out….”Thank you Lord for the finished work of Jesus Christ, and thank you that ALL my sin has been paid”.

2 Peter 3 v 9…..The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance


 

DIG for Thursday the 14th of May…..forget not all his benefits…..Psalm 103 v 2

I started our last MGF Sunday service by reading the start of Psalm 103.

It is a Psalm of encouragement telling the people what was coming in the future; it was a prophetic word about the finished work of Jesus Christ.

“Forget not all his benefits”, says a number of things to me.

It says there will be a number of things that Jesus will provide.

It also says that we people forget some of the things that Jesus provided for them.

For me this is a fact in the church today; many believers recognise Jesus as the source of their salvation, in terms of a “ticket into heaven”, but then stop there!

They have forgotten (if they ever knew in the first place) all the other benefits that Jesus died for.

We have had all our sin forgiven and we have been healed of all our diseases (Psalm 103 v 3).

This is an awesome verse of Scripture is we would only take time to ponder and meditate upon it.

There is a very key word used in this verse and it is used twice.

I am talking about the word ALL.

We were not forgiven of some sin but ALL.

We were not healed of some disease but ALL.

God did not ignore some of our sin, maybe out bigger sins, when forgiveness flowed along with the blood of Jesus (Ephesians 1 v 7 and Colossians 1 v 14).

God did not ignore some of our disease as the stripes were laid upon Jesus (Isaiah 53 v 5 and 1 Peter 2 v 24).

God and Jesus did not forget about any sin or any disease; let’s not forget about this ourselves!

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord for the finished work of Jesus Christ and thank you that He dealt with all sin and all disease”.

Psalm 103 v 2…..Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits

DIG for Wednesday the 13th of May…..don’t just ignore, but resist…..James 4 v 7

As Christians we sometimes give the enemy more credit than he deserves, however he is not to be ignored.

If we read the whole Word we know that he is a defeated foe but he is still active in the world today.

Even though he is defeated he can still cause grief and heartache if we let him.

If and when he comes our way what are we to do?

Of course we turn to God and submit to Him, but at the same time we are to resist the enemy (James 4 v 7).

Resist means to stand against or to oppose; it is an active measure and not passive.

Ignoring the enemy is no good, we must be active and stand against him, we must get angry and not let him have an effect on our lives.

If a robber came into your house to steal your goods and hurt your family would you stand aside and let him do what he wanted?

No, you would stand against him and fight!

Let’s start doing the same with the enemy.

At the same time we are to turn to God, to trust Him and believe His Word; that is what it means to submit.

The Word is clear in this matter; if we submit to God and resist the enemy, the enemy will have to flee.

He does not have a choice, he has to flee; that is what the Word says.

Is the enemy coming against you or your family today?

Stand up and fight him, tell him where to go!

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that through the finished work of Jesus Christ the enemy is a defeated foe and I can, and will, resist him”.

James 4 v 7…..Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you