DIG for Saturday the 18th of April…..He is the only way to life, anything else is just an existence…..John 20 v 31

•April 26, 2015 • Leave a Comment

Many times I see people with things going wrong in their lives, chaos all around them, and think, “How can they live like that?”

What I have come to realise is that for many people today there is no life; what they have is an existence.

Life in the Biblical context is health and wholeness, joy and peace, abundance and prosperity.

This can only be achieved through faith in Jesus Christ; anything else is not life.

Jesus came that we might have life, and have that life in abundance (John 10 v 10).

He came that we might live in health and prosperity (3 John 2).

This type of life is only available through believing on and in Him (John 20 v 31).

Anything without Jesus is not life.

People may say, well I’m having a great life without Jesus thank you very much!

I don’t believe that, it is a lie.

We often hear of rich and famous people talking about having something missing, about something not right in their life.

Life is only available through faith in Jesus.

Faith in Jesus will bring all that is required for an abundant life, with anything else just being a temporary existence.

Speak this out today….”Thank you Lord that through faith in Jesus I have been given an abundant life as a gift of grace”.

John 20 v 31…..But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God,; and that believing ye might have life through his name

DIG for Friday the 17th of April…..of course He was dead…..John 19 v 34

•April 24, 2015 • Leave a Comment

There are no words in Scripture by mistake; they all have a purpose and meaning for being there.

So why did the writer of the Gospel of John say that blood and water flowed from Jesus when He was pierced by the soldier’s sword? (John 19 v 34)

Well, I believe it was written to show us that Jesus really was dead.

There is one “theory” that has been around for a long time that says Jesus just fainted on the cross and then “came to” in the cool of the tomb.

This is of course nonsense, but believed and used by some to say that Jesus did not die and therefore was not raised from the dead.

When a person dies the blood starts to separate out into the constituent parts, with the red blood cells separating from the plasma (there is a technical term for this but I cannot remember it and don’t feel like searching the internet for it!).

This would give an effect of looking like blood and water, or blood and a clear liquid.

This is also caused by heart failure, something that may have been the ultimate cause of the death of Jesus.

Whatever, when Jesus’ side was pierced there flowed out blood and water, a clear indication that He was dead.

Of course Jesus died, that was part of His mission.

He came to die and came to be raised again!

He did die and He was raised again and He is now ascended and seated at the right hand of the Father with His work finished.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Father that Jesus came and that Jesus died, paying the price for all my sin”.

John 19 v 34…..But one of the soldiers pierced his side, and forthwith came there out blood and water

DIG for Thursday the 16th of April…..if we listen we will hear…..John 10 v 27

•April 23, 2015 • Leave a Comment

Many people have said to me that they cannot hear from God; as much as they try they think that God is not speaking to them.

This is not the truth.

The truth is that God is always speaking to us; the truth is that we are not listening or not hearing.

In John 10 Jesus talks about sheep and shepherds.

He is the shepherd and we, as believers, are His sheep.

He says that the sheep hear His voice and follow Him (John 10 v 27).

From this we can be assured that Jesus is therefore talking to us; He has to be talking for us to hear and follow.

Sheep get to know their shepherd through time, by listening to him and being around him.

Another reason for us not hearing from the Lord is because we are not spending time with Him.

The more we are in His presence, the more we will listen, hear and recognise His voice.

Quantity of time as well as quality time is required with the Lord; giving the Lord a few minutes when we get up and a few minutes before we go to bed is not enough time to develop a relationship to the extent that we can hear from Him.

I say this with all due respect, but it is the truth; if you are not hearing from God it is not for His want of trying, it is your fault for not listening or hearing!

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that you are talking to us constantly, help me to enter into Jesus’ rest in order to listen, hear and follow”.

John 10 v 27…..My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me

DIG for Wednesday the 15th of April…..this is a very important question……Psalm 139 v 14

•April 22, 2015 • Leave a Comment

I want to ask you a very important question this morning; then I want you to be very honest with yourself, think it over and come up with an answer.

“How do you see yourself?”

This is a fundamental question that will affect how you live your life.

The second question I want to ask you is this, “do you see yourself as God sees you?”

In order to see how God sees you, you need to look into His Word.

God says that He created you and that you are wonderful (Psalm 139 v 14).

God says that you are a new creature, that you have been reconciled to him and that you are righteous (2 Corinthians 5 v 17 to 21).

God says that He has blessed you and given you all that you need for life and godliness (Ephesians 1 v 3 and 2 Peter 1 v 3).

God says that you have been adopted into His family (Ephesians 1 v 5).

God say that He accepts you (Ephesians 1 v 6).

God says that you have unconditional and complete forgiveness for all your sin (Ephesians 1 v 7 and Colossians 1 v 14).

God says that He loves you and sent Jesus for you (1 John 4 v 10).

God says that you are holy and that you are a saint (Ephesians 4 v 24)

We will have more success in life and in our Christian walk if we believe what God says about us rather than what the world says.

The Word is full of truths about you; full of truths about what Jesus has done for you and full of truths about what God thinks of you.

Let the Word of God influence you and change the way you view yourself.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that you see me as holy, righteous, forgiven and accepted”.

Psalm 139 v 14…..I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well

DIG for Tuesday the 14th of April…..don’t let the unbelief of others stop you…..Mark 6 v 5 and 6

•April 21, 2015 • Leave a Comment

Jesus was limited by what He could do sometimes because of the unbelief of others; the same will happen to us.

At the start of the sixth chapter of Mark we see Jesus trying to minister to the people of his “own country”.

Because of the unbelief of the people Jesus was not seeing as many miracles, signs and wonders as “normal”.

This was nothing to do with Jesus and nothing to do with God; Jesus and God always want to see people healed (3 John 2).

This did not stop Jesus though.

He managed to heal some people and then went on his way, teaching in other places and to other people.

We must do the same as Jesus if we are seeing the same thing.

We are living in a day when there is more unbelief than ever before.

The media blasts us with unbelief all day and every day, and parts of the church even speak out unbelief about healing, prosperity and the miraculous.

We are to lay hands on the sick in order to see them healed (Mark 16 v 18).

We are to speak out healing and wholeness over people in order to see their lives changed (Proverbs 18 v 21 and Matthew 21 v 21).

If we do not see healing every time we must carry on, we cannot stop!

Don’t let doubt and fear creep in if you are not seeing results 100% of the time.

Use the example of Jesus and carry on trying to teach and help people; don’t let the doubt and unbelief of others get you down.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that by the authority of Jesus and through the power of the Holy Spirit I can lay my hands on the sick and see them healed”.

Mark 6 v 5 and 6…..And he could there do no mighty work, save that he laid his hands upon a few sick folk, and healed them. And he marvelled because of their unbelief. And he went round the villages, teaching

DIG for Monday the 13th of April…..what is truth…..John 18 v 38

•April 20, 2015 • Leave a Comment

Pilate is an interesting man, being at the centre of the account of the crucifixion and death of Jesus.

He makes some very interesting remarks, including the exchange that we see in John’s Gospel.

In chapter 18 and verse 38 he asks a question that man has asked for thousands of years and is still asking today, “what is truth?”

Then Pilate stated one of the most important truths in the history of mankind, “I find in him no fault” (John 18 v 38).

In stating this he is almost being prophetic, giving us a picture or type or shadow of the perfection of Jesus.

He stated that Jesus was perfect; this is an awesome and essential truth about Jesus.

When he said this I wonder if any of the Jews let their mind wander back to when Jesus was baptised, when John the Baptist had called him the Lamb of God.

Jesus was the sacrificial lamb that would be sacrificed for the sins of the whole world, and like every other sacrificial lamb before Him He was spotless, perfect and pure, or in other words He had no faults.

He was not only perfect but He was truth; truth and grace came by Jesus Christ (John 1 v 17).

Pilate asked what truth was yet did not recognise that truth, and that perfection, when it stood right in front of him.

Jesus was and is truth, Jesus was and is perfect, and Jesus was and is the salvation of the world!

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Father God for Jesus and for His finished work that brings salvation to all who accept Him”.

John 18 v 38…..Pilate said unto him, What is truth? And when he had said this, he went out again unto the Jews, and saith unto them, I find in him no fault at all

DIG for Sunday the 12th of April….we choose who we let influence us…..Proverbs 23 v 7

•April 19, 2015 • Leave a Comment

We had a great message at MGF today highlighting the fact that we were created to be influenced by God.

We were created to learn and increase our understanding about the Lord.

It is very important to say however that if God is not influencing us then someone or something else will take that place.

As with everything else in this Christian life we are responsible what we are influenced by.

We choose who we listen to, we choose what we read, we choose what we watch, we choose who we interact with and come into fellowship with; in other words we choose who we give the opportunity to influence us.

We should submit to God and let Him influence us; this does not give the enemy a chance (James 4 v 7).

Whatever influences us will alter the way we think and alter what we believe about ourselves.

As Christians it is our responsibility to believe what the Word of God says and let that influence us.

We are special and unique and there is a plan for our lives; that is what the Word of God says and that is what we should let influence us.

Stop listening to the “doom and gloom merchants” and start listening to God through His Word.

Stop letting “Mr and Mrs Negative” have space in your head and give that space instead to a God who loves you, desires you and wants the best for you.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that you love me, want to spend time with me and want to influence me with Your truth”.

Proverbs 23 v 7…..For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he……

 
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