DIG for Friday the 12th of February…..living under law is the same as walking in the flesh…..Galatians 5 v 18

Paul gives us quite a startling revelation in Galatians chapter 5, where he discusses walking in the Spirit and walking in the flesh.

Many Christians are aware of this concept however they are not aware that this is also talking about grace and law.

Putting yourself under law is the same as walking in the flesh; it just takes a careful reading of Galatians 5 v 18 to see this.

Throughout Galatians Paul is talking about grace and law, and no theologian will dispute this.

In verse 18 he talks about “if ye be led of the Spirit”; this means walking in the Spirit or living under grace.

Now if you are walking in the Spirit you are not walking in the flesh, can you see that?

Paul then says that if you are being led by the Spirit (or walking in the Spirit) you are not under the law.

Therefore we can deduce that walking in the flesh is the same as being under the law.

Many believers would agree that they should not walk in the flesh but at the same time not realise that this is the same thing as being under law.

Trying to perform through religion (doing good deeds to be accepted and blessed for example) is works of the law and is therefore and example of walking in the flesh.

It may be good things you are doing i.e. prayer, feeding the poor, giving money etc. however if you are doing it in a mind set of law they are works of the flesh and will profit you nothing.

Walking in the flesh is to be avoided (just check out the results from this in Galatians 5 v 19 to 21), as is works of law.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that through the finished work of Jesus Christ we now live under grace and not under law”.

Galatians 5 v 18…..But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law

DIG for Thursday the 11th of February…..there are two types of yoke, once again you choose…..Galatians 5 v 1

The Christian life is full of choices and this is true with regards to the type of yoke we carry.

Galatians 5 v 1 talks about a yoke of bondage; this is talking about law.

Matthew 11 v 29 and 30 talks about an easy yoke; this is talking about grace.

Under law we have to perform religious works and deeds in order to receive from God.

Under grace we have already receive all we need from God as a gift of grace through faith in the finished work of Jesus Christ.

Law is hard, grace is easy, and the two pictures of yokes that we see in the Word describe this for us.

Under law it is hard, in fact it is impossible and that yoke is a burden, which the believer has to carry around all the time, weighing them down.

Under grace it is easy, as there is no performance required; in fact instead of work Jesus says that what is required is rest.

Under law work is required, under grace it is knowledge that is required; Jesus says, “learn of me”.

Grace and law cannot and will not mix, they are the direct opposite of each other and we have to choose which we live under.

In the same way we have to choose which yoke we put ourselves under.

You can choose to put yourself under a yoke of bondage and live through law.

Or, and this is what I suggest, you choose to put yourself under an easy yoke, the yoke of Jesus and live under grace.

It is your choice.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord for the gift of grace available to use through the finished work of Jesus Christ”.

Galatians 5 v 1…..Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage

DIG for Wednesday the 10th of February…..it’s just like not taking the ice cream in your “all inclusive” package…..John 10 v 10

I am always looking for pictures and analogies to describe Kingdom principles and I found a good (and funny) one at our Bible study last night.

We were talking about what I call the “sozo package”; that is, all the good things that Jesus provided for believers through His finished work on the cross.

Jesus paid for all our sins on the cross, however he also took illness and poverty to the cross so that we could live in health and abundance.

He came so that we could have an abundant life (John 10 v 10).

He came to provide what God wants for us above all things i.e. health and prosperity (3 John 2).

The trouble with some Christians is that they are not aware of ALL that Jesus has provided.

And even when they are told some cannot or will not accept that healing and prosperity is part of the “sozo package”.

At our study someone said, “It is like not using all that you have paid for in an all inclusive package holiday”.

And I though, yes, that is exactly what it is like.

If you had paid in advance for all your food, ice cream and drinks for example and then didn’t eat or drink any of it on holiday you would be pretty silly.

It would be crazy not to accept the ice cream when offered.

God, through the finished work of Jesus Christ has offered us healing and prosperity; how daft is it if we don’t accept it?

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

John 10 v 10…..The thief cometh not, but fro to steal, and to kill, and to destroy” I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly

DIG for Tuesday the 9th of February…..courage or fear, it is your choice…..Matthew 14 v 27

The storm was raging, the boat was sinking and the disciples were afraid for their lives (Matthew 14 v 24).

Then Jesus appeared walking on the water and the disciples were even more afraid Matthew 14 v 25 and 26).

Jesus then said (and I paraphrase), “Take courage and be bold, it is I; do not be afraid” (Matthew 14 v 27).

Jesus was telling them that they had a choice; they could be courageous or they could be in fear.

By saying, “be” He was telling them they had the choice; He did not say you are in courage or in fear, He said be courageous or be fearful.

They had the choice.

They had the opportunity to be courageous for one very good reason, and that reason was that Jesus was with them.

We are the same today.

Whatever we are going through we have the choice to be courageous and bold or to be in fear, and we can be without fear as we have Jesus with us.

Through the Holy Spirit, we have Jesus in our lives right now.

In any and all situations He is telling us to choose between courage and fear, hoping that we choose to be in courage through His presence.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that in every situation I face today I am in the presence of Jesus through your Holy Spirit”.

Matthew 14 v 27…..But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid

DIG for Monday the 8th of February…..so contrary to the “laws” of the world…..Proverbs 11 v 24

 

I used this verse on Sunday when taking up an offering, and it is a lovely verse dealing with what we think about resources and money.

It is also a verse that goes right against the “normal” ways of this world.

This talks of people giving away resources yet having increase, while those that hoard and keep back more than is required tends to poverty.

That is just not what we are told in the world.

Save, hoard, keep and look after yourself; that is what we are told by the world.

Yet this attitude will tend towards poverty according to the Word.

It is not the actual act of hoarding and keeping that is the problem, I think it is the mind-set and attitude of the heart that goes along with this that is the issue.

Hoarding and keeping, and a lack of generosity and giving, reveals a poverty minded “spirit” that will inevitably lead to poverty.

An attitude of giving and generosity, a mind-set of sharing, reveals a “spirit” tending to prosperity and abundance and will take us down the road to abundance.

As a man thinketh, so is he, is what the Word says in another section of Proverbs.

Sowing and reaping is another “law” of the Word, and this principle in Proverbs is of course an example of that.

The world says keep your money and it will keep you; the Word says sow your money and you will reap money in return.

That is just so contrary to the world, yet it is a biblical law that I have seen in operation.

Yes, we need money to live, but we also can use our money to sow into the Kingdom.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord for the principle of sowing and reaping, help me gain a deeper revelation of this principle this morning”.

Proverbs 11 v 24…..There is that scattereth, and yet increaseth; and there is that withholdeth more than is meet, but it tendeth to poverty

DIG for Sunday the 7th of February…..put on the whole armour, receive the whole blessing…..Ephesians 6 v 11

I am not going to write about this verse tonight, what it did was remind me about something else.

This verse reminds us that we should put on all the armour that God has provided; we should not pick and choose what section of armour to put and what to ignore.

Paul tells the Ephesians to put on the whole armour in order to fight off the devil.

It reminded me that we should “put on” and receive everything that God through Jesus has provided for me.

Jesus provided forgiveness and reconciliation for all men through His shed blood.

Jesus provided salvation if people will accept it.

This is OK and we seem to accept this however many people in the church do not accept the rest of the “sozo package”.

Jesus also provided healing and prosperity, yet much of the church refuses to believe and receive this.

In my experience many believe that God prefers us to live in poverty, and many believe that He puts illness on us in order to improve us.

This is just not true; God wants us to live in health and abundance (3 John 2), and He has provided for this through the finished work of Jesus Christ.

I urge you to accept the whole package that Jesus died for, and urge you to accept all that He has provided for you.

Like Paul urging us to put on the whole armour of God, I suggest that we accept the whole sozo package.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord for the finished work of Jesus Christ, and thank you for all that you have provided for me”.

Ephesians 6 v 11…..Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil

DIG for Saturday the 6th of February…..Jesus came to bring you abundance, not just enough…..Matthew 14 v 20

 

Jesus came that we might have life and have it more abundantly (John 10 v 10).

Jesus did not come so that we would have to scrape by just making ends meet.

This can be seen in the picture of Him feeding the five thousand.

Once seated Jesus took the five loaves and two fishes, blessed it, and handed to His disciples, who then distributed it to the people (Matthew 14 v 17 to 19).

All the people ate (that is five thousand men and also the women and children with them) until they were filled, they did not just get a mouthful each.

The word filled literally means to fodder, to gorge on a supply of food in abundance.

When Jesus provided food He provided it in abundance.

When Jesus supplied healing He supplied it in abundance; many times we see ALL the people being healed.

In this account all the people were completely satisfied with plenty left over.

The same is true today; we can be completely satisfied in terms of healing and abundance with plenty being left over.

When Jesus paid for our sins on the cross He over paid, so that there would be an over supply of abundance for all His people.

All the good things that Jesus has supplied for us came form the riches of glory in Heaven and of that there is no shortage of supply.

We are meant to live in abundance; that is what the Word says (John 10 v 10 and 3 John 2).

Don’t let yourself fall for the lie that poverty and illness is part of the life that the Lord wants for you.

Speak this out today….”Thank you Lord for the abundance and healing that you have provided for me through the finished work of Jesus Christ”.

Matthew 14 v 20…..And they did all eat and were filled: and they took up of the fragments that remained twelve baskets full