DIG for Friday the 15th of September…..He did not send the storm, He calmed it…..Mark 4 v 39

At the end of Mark 4 we see Jesus and His disciples crossing the sea to go to the other side.

This is what Jesus had commanded and this is what He intended.

However a storm arose, making the disciples fear for their lives, but when Jesus woke up He calmed the storm.

This is a picture showing us that Jesus can calm storms; He does not send them.

Jesus is the solution to deal with a storm; He is not the sender of storms.

This is contrary to much of what we hear in church today, but it is the truth.

Yes, we are told there will be trials and temptations (or storms) in our lives.

But it is a tradition of men and a lie of the enemy that these storms are sent by God.

When Jesus got into the boat the plan was to go to the other side; why would He (or God) send a storm to try and stop this?

He did not send the storm then and He does not send the storms now.

Above all else God wants us to live in health and prosperity (3 John 2); storms are trying to remove these good things from us.

God is not schizophrenic or perverse; that is what He would need to be in order to send storms and then help clear them up.

God sending storms is a religious nonsense, spread by people who are not rightly dividing the Word of God.

A true understanding of the Word leads us to know that God is s good God and can only send us good things (James 1 v 17).

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that you are a good God and thank you that I can know the storms of this life are not orchestrated by You”.

Mark 4 v 39…..And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm

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DIG for Thursday the 14th of September…..stop trying to get God to come back when He has never left…..Hebrews 13 v 5

Our church meetings are held in an old warehouse and as such it is quite a cold building.

There is an open fire there that has been repaired recently so we had the fire on last Sunday.

However we are now looking at changing the seating arrangements as the fellowship are currently sitting quite far away from the fire and not feeling the full benefit.

Now you would think I was stupid if I were to rip out the fire and relocate it closer to where the people are sitting.

Of course we are going to move the seats closer to the fire so that the people can be warmer.

We will also ensure that there are no blockages stopping the heat from radiating out.

But when it comes to God some of us in the church seem to think differently.

If we are not “feeling” God we think He has removed Himself from us, and we pray for Him to “turn His face toward us” or “come and be with us”.

We try and get God to move back towards us.

This is like trying to move the fire!

What we should do is remove any blockages we have put in the way of our relationship with God.

We should then move closer to Him, in terms of spending more time with Him, praying or reading His Word.

God said He would never leave us nor forsake us, so let’s stop thinking He has.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that you promised you would never leave me nor forsake me”.

Hebrews 13 v 5…..Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee

DIG for Wednesday the 13th of September…..eat it, digest it, love it…..Jeremiah 15 v 16

One of the great things about being a pastor and teacher is when a person “gets” what you are teaching.

And one of the greatest joys is to see a fellow believer fall in love with the Word of God.

I had a sister in the Lord come up to me in church recently to tell me about a verse “I had to see”.

It was Jeremiah 15 v 16, and her excitement was that it was about God’s Word.

The Word is like food for us, it is there to be eaten and digested; it is there to provide us with life.

And more than that, the Word is there for us to rejoice over.

Reading this section of the Word we see what the experience of Jeremiah was; he loved God’s Word and he treated it like food, he was filled with joy

And this could and should be our experience.

The Word is wonderful, the Word is like food (or bread according to Jesus), and the Word if understood can change our lives for the better.

The Word is a wonderful gift from God, there to be eaten and digested.

The Word is there for you to use, like a seed (as we have seen recently) and like food.

We eat every day, so we should feast upon the Word of God every day.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord for your Word, and thank you for the life that it generates within me”.

Jeremiah 15 v 16…..Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart: for I am called by thy name, O Lord God of hosts

DIG for Tuesday the 12th of September…..here we go again, another date for the end of the world…..Acts 1 v 7

Here we go again; the “doom and gloom” merchants are peddling their theories about the end of the world and masking them as being Biblical.

What first gets me about this is that there is always a book on sale to go along with these theories!

But more importantly we should not be spending time and effort looking into this kind of thing.

Jesus was quite clear when asked about the end of the world; He said that is not for you to know (Acts 1 v 6 and 7).

We cannot work out something that God does not want us to know, so predicting the end of the world, the Second Coming, the apocalypse (or whatever you want to call it) is a waste of time and effort.

There are verses that talk about this thing though.

Colossians 2 v 8 for example talks about this kind of thing; go on, look it up yourself!

A Christian should spend less time thinking about the end of the world and thinking about the world today; the world and people in it are in need right now.

We should be living for today, enjoying this world that we are blessed to live in, instead of worrying and being concerned about its end.

Anyway, if we are a believer “that day” should just be like any other day on our route through eternity; I have absolute assurance of where I am going to end up.

Here’s hoping that those Christians talking about this and posting on Facebook are spending as much time and effort trying to save their families, friends and neighbours before it is too late!

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord for today and for tomorrow and for however many tomorrows I may have on this earth”.

Acts 1 v 7…..And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power

DIG for Monday the 11th of September…..if you want tomatoes plant a tomato seed…..Matthew 13 v 31

I’ve written quite a bit in the recent past about seeds and how we can plant and then nourish them, in order to produce good fruit in our lives.

What we need to realise, as believers, is that this holds true for bad as well as good seeds, with the ability to produce bad or good fruit.

We know in the natural that if we want cress we plant cress seeds and if we want tomatoes we plant tomato seeds.

Yet sometimes as believers we expect to produce fruit in our lives without planting appropriate seeds.

Everything we read, watch and listen to are seeds that we are planting in our hearts.

If we require healing to be made manifest in our lives we need to plant seeds from the Word of God about healing.

If we plant seeds of doubt and negativity (and there are lots of sources of these available to us) we will reap something other than healing.

We know this principle of planting the correct seed works in the physical natural world and we need to realise the same principle works in the spiritual realm and in the Kingdom.

You would be a fool planting tomato seeds and then expect to harvest potatoes.

So we are also foolish if we are not planting the correct seeds for a good harvest in our Christian walk.

Take time in the Word tonight and plant some more good seeds in your heart, reading this DIG is a good start but not enough.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord for your Word, thank you for these incorruptible seeds that I can now plant in my heart”.

Matthew 13 v 31…..Another parable out he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is like to a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and sowed in his field

DIG for Sunday the 10th of September…..so is this Christian life impossible…..John 6 v 28 and 29

I’ve heard it said that Christianity is not an easy lifestyle to live by; well, that is true in one way, but it is also wrong in another.

If you are living under law (unfortunately what I call ‘usual’ or ‘mainstream’ Christianity) it is impossible to live the Christian life.

Under law you are reminded about your sin all the time, and this actually pushes you towards more sin (1 Corinthians 15 v 56).

Under law what is important is how you perform and you are not able to live by the law; for example if you fail in one part you fail in all (James 2 v 9 and 10).

Under law you will fail, as it is impossible to keep.

There is only one man who was ever capable of keeping the law and that was Jesus; you will never be the second.

But you do not need to live under law, so in this sense the Christian life is not impossible.

You now live under grace, and that my friend is easier to live by.

Under grace it is the performance of Jesus that is important, not yours.

Under grace you have one work to perform and that is to believe in Jesus (John 6 v 28 and 29).

Now I am not saying you should not be expected to do good and righteous works, but that comes from your trust and faith in Jesus and not from your own strength and efforts.

That is the difference between grace and law; grace is about Jesus while law is about you.

If it is about you this life is impossible, but with Jesus and through Jesus it can become a whole lot easier..

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that I now live under grace and not under law”.

John 6 v 28 and 29…..Then said they unto him, What shall we do, that we might work the works of God? Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent

DIG for Saturday the 9th of September…..is it for today and is it for me; yes and yes…..Matthew 8 v 2 and 3

Many Christians have the following questions when they think about physical healing; is it for today and is it for me?

If we rightly divide the Word we can answer these questions as “yes” and “yes”.

In the account of the cleansing of the leper (Matthew 8 v 1 to 3), Jesus was asked if he was willing to heal the man and He said he was.

He then of course went on to heal the man of his leprosy, leaving him clean and whole.

If we read this along with a few other Scriptures (if we rightly divide the Word) we can see the awesome truth that Jesus wants us all to live in health.

In Acts 10 v 34 we can read that the Lord is “no respecter of persons” i.e. He has no favourites and what He has done for one He will do for all.

In Hebrews 13 v 8 we can read that Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever or in other words He has not changed, so if He healed then He heals now.

In 3 John v 2 we can read that above all things the Lord wants all of us to live in health and prosperity.

So by rightly dividing the Word we can answer the questions that many have about physical healing.

Yes, it is for today and yes, it is for you!

In order for you not to believe this you need to look in the Word for scriptures that tell you healing is not for you and healing is not for today.

Let me save you time; you will not find them!

Healing is for all (including you) and healing is for today; above all things the Lord wants you to live in health (and prosperity), the Word is clear on that.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that above all things you want me to live in health and prosperity, and thank you that this has been provided through the finished work of Jesus”.

Matthew 8 v 2 and 3…..And, behold, there came a leper and worshipped him, saying, Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean. And Jesus put forth his hand, and touched him, saying I, will; be thou clean. And immediately his leprosy was cleansed