DIG for Tuesday the 3rd of May…..just like keeping your kitchen clean…..1 Corinthians 15 v 34

At our Bible study last night we were discussing my message about righteousness from the previous service.

My wife Nunsy said that one point I spoke on made her think that it was like her wanting to keep the kitchen clean!

To be honest we are not the best at keeping the house tidy, however after a recent change around in the kitchen Nunsy had realised how nice it really looked.

And she wanted to keep it that way.

She said that this was like realising that you are righteous and then not wanting to do the old sinful things that you used to.

The desire to go back to “unclean” and “dirty” things goes once you realise that you are righteous and once you realise how much Jesus paid for you to become righteous.

I have to say that I thought that was a really good picture to describe righteousness and how it causes us to move away from sin.

Once you realise that you are righteous you will stop sinning, that is what the Word says in 1 Corinthians 15 v 24; the grace message (telling you that you have been forgiven and made righteous) is a licence from sin and not a licence to sin.

It is like realising how nice your kitchen is and not wanting it to get dirty and messy!

Now don’t get me wrong, I am not saying that by sinning you can make your spirit less righteous (or dirty); I am using this picture of the kitchen to show the desire to stay “clean” or stay away from sin.

You cannot make yourself more or less righteous, however your attitude and how you think will affect how righteous or unrighteous you act.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord for your Word that says I can sin less if I realise and wake up to the fact that I am righteous”.

1 Corinthians 15 v 34…..Awake to righteousness, and sin not; for some have not the knowledge of God: I speak this to your shame

DIG for Monday the 2nd of May…..as long as the Gospel is being furthered they can say what they like…..Philippians 1 v 12

In the dim and distant past, at the start of my ministry ‘career’, I used to get upset at some of the criticism I received for my doctrine and teachings.

That was until my wife Nunsy enlightened through with Philippians 1 v 12.

When you preach and teach something that is considered ‘controversial’ (even when it is the Gospel!) others will talk about it and not always in a positive light.

“Have you heard that Vic teaches that all our sins, past, present and future, have been forgiven?”

“Did you know that the pastor at MGF has said that if we are born again we are made as righteous as God?”

“I cannot believe what Pastor Vic is saying, how dare he say that above all things God wants us to live in health and prosperity, he is always teaching his flock that they can all live in abundance”.

Yes, these are all things that have been said and probably will be said in the future.

What is great about this is that while people are complaining and whining they are actually speaking out the Gospel, they are speaking out the truths that I have been teaching. The Gospel is being ‘furthered’ through this process.

Yes I may be receiving abuse, I may be spoken about and against, but the Gospel is being furthered.

This is what Paul is talking about in Philippians 1 v 12.

It did not matter what has happening to him even if it was negative, as long as the Gospel was being furthered it was fine.

And the same is true today.

Who cares what people say and think about us as long as the Gospel is being furthered?

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord for the Gospel, thank you for the truth that has changed my life”

Philippians 1 v 12…..But I would ye should understand, brethren, that the things which happened unit me have fallen out rather unto the furtherance of the gospel

DIG for Sunday the 1st of May…..the waves and wind still know His name…..Matthew 8 v 26

I was having some ‘me’ time yesterday, reading a book with some music on in the background.

My attention was suddenly taken by one of the lines in the song; “the waves and wind still know His name”.

It reminded me of when Jesus calmed the storm (the waves and wind) while in the boat with the disciples.

This for me is a clear picture that God does not send storms into our lives, why would Jesus stop something from God after all?

The same holds today; God does not send storms into our lives.

And when storms come we have Jesus with us to help calm them.

But Jesus is not in this boat that we call life you may be saying!

Well, actually He is, He is with us through His Spirit living and dwelling within us.

We are endowed with His power and His authority.

Jesus has not changed; He does not send the storms but He can still calm them through you.

With His power and authority you can calm the storms of life, you can speak out and change your situation.

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever; He does not send storms into our lives but He can help calm them, if we recognise and use His power and authority.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord for the example of Jesus calming the storm and thank you that through His Spirit we can allow Him to do the same today”.

Matthew 8 v 26…..And he saith unto them, Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith? Then he arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm

DIG for Saturday the 30th of April…..every sickness and every disease has been healed…..Matthew 9 v 35

God is unlike modern medicine; there is no sickness or disease worse than any other.

In medicine there are some ‘incurable’ diseases, but this is not the truth with the Lord.

As we have seen many times before in DIG, if we want to know about God we look at the example of Jesus, as He is the express image of the Father and He only ever did what the Father wanted Him to do.

In the Word we see many examples of Jesus healing all people of all disease, such as the wonderfully sweeping statement we read in Matthew 9 v 35.

Jesus taught and preached and then healed every sickness and every disease.

It seems that for Jesus there was no such thing as an incurable disease or a sickness so powerful that He could not heal it.

If this was true for Jesus then it is true today.

Jesus healed through His hands and His words in the Gospels and He heals through His finished work today.

By His stripes we were healed, He took all sickness and all disease upon His body on the cross.

Jesus provided healing for every sickness and every disease, even the sickness and disease that we see in the world today.

In the Gospels we often see the people going to Jesus for healing, and it is the same today.

Come to Jesus and receive your healing today.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord for the finished work of Jesus and thank you for the healing that this provides”.

Matthew 9 v 35…..And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people

DIG for Friday the 29th of April…..of course physical healing is available today…..Matthew 8 v 17

I have started reading through the Scriptures looking for all the verses about healing, and have just read Matthew 8 where Jesus heals the leper, the centurion’s servant and Peter’s mother-in-law.

Knowing that the Scriptures say that Jesus can only do what the Father does I find it incredible to think that some people teach that physical healing is not for today!

What we see Jesus doing in the Gospels we can know that God will do today, He is the express image of the Father after all (Hebrews 1 v 3).

In Matthew 8 we see three examples of Jesus healing in a physical way.

No one in his or her right mind would say that leprosy was not a physical ailment.

No one would say that the palsy is a spiritual problem.

And when Peter’s mother-in-law was healed (along with many others) the Word says this fulfilled what Isaiah the prophet said about Jesus coming to deal with our infirmities and sickness (Matthew 8 v 17)

In the Gospels Jesus healed people of sickness and disease in their bodies.

Jesus can only do what the Father does, so healing in our physical bodies is for us today.

Healing is available for all of us today, even if some teach otherwise; the Scriptures is clear on this.

Above all things the Lord wants us to live in health and prosperity (3 John 2), so He must have made provision for the physical healing of our bodies today.

And this provision was made through the finished work of Jesus Christ.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that you want me to live in health and thank you that you have provided healing for me through the finished work of Jesus”.

Matthew 8 v 17…..That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, Himself took our infirmities, and bare our sickness

DIG for Thursday the 28th of April….the ‘prosperity gospel’ is the Gospel…..John 10 v 10

There is a little bit of controversy brewing in Scotland at the moment, with the leader of one of our Scottish denominations getting rather upset that Creflo Dollar is coming over here to preach.

Now I quite like the idea, I think it is good for people to listen to different teachers.

The church leader in question however is very annoyed that Creflo is coming to preach his ‘prosperity gospel’, seeing it as blasphemy against the Lord.

My reading of the Word is similar to Creflo’s and not in line with the Moderator of the Free Church of Scotland.

I see what is known as the ‘prosperity gospel’ as the Gospel; the Word talks about abundance and prosperity as being for the believer.

Jesus said He came so that we might have an abundant life (John 10 v 10).

We can read that above all things the Lord wants us to live in prosperity and health (3 John 2).

Jesus came and became poor, in monetary terms, so that we might be made rich, in monetary terms (2 Corinthians 8 v 9).

I agree that prosperity and abundance is not for spending on our own lustful wants, however the Word is clear that prosperity and abundance is part of the sozo (or salvation) package.

We are not meant to be poor; we are meant to be prosperous, so that we can give unto all good works (2 Corinthians 9 v 8).

The Gospel includes prosperity and abundance, and also health and wholeness; Jesus died so that we could have an abundant life.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord for the abundant life that I can have because of the finished work of Jesus Christ”.

John 10 v 10…..The thief cometh not, but for 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 26th of April…..quality and not just abundance…..John 2 v 10

LOL….I forgot to post yesterday’s DIG!!!!….

When I write or preach on the first miracle of Jesus I tend to focus on this as a picture of abundance.

We see Jesus ‘producing’ a ridiculously huge volume of wine at the wedding at Cana, more wine than could ever have been required.

This is clearly a picture of the abundant provision that He has supplied to every one of us through His finished work on the cross.

When reading this account again this morning a thought popped into my head, saying “this is also about the quality of His provision”.

In the passage about this miracle the ruler of the feast commented on how good the wine was that Jesus had made (John 2 v 10).

Normally once men had ‘numbed’ their palate with a few drinks the wine went down in quality, but the wine Jesus made was better than the first.

Of course, this is a picture about law and grace, the old and the new covenant, however it is also a picture of the quality of His provision.

Jesus only gives us the best; He gives us health, prosperity, joy and peace, He gives us things that generate a good life.

Jesus has provided only good things through the cross.

The provision made by Jesus has the stamp of quality on it.

In this world we have to pay for quality, the more quality a product has generally the more expensive it is.

The good news is that the ‘quality products’ we can have from Jesus are free.

We can receive all that Jesus has done for us as a gift of grace through faith; there are no works (or payments) involved.

Speak this out today….”Thank you Lord for the finished work of Jesus and thank you for all the marvellous things I have received because of it”.

John 2 v 10…..And saith unto him, Every man at the beginning doth set down good wine; and when men have well drunk, then that which is worse: but thou hast kept the good wine until now