DIG for Thursday the 18th of August…..even Jesus needed the Holy Spirit…..John 1 v 32

I’ve been thinking of starting writing DIG s about the people Jesus met through the Gospel of John and was about to look at the wedding at Cana, however I realised that prior to starting His ministry Jesus “met” another important person first.

Now of course this was not the first time they had met, but they had a significant “meeting” in the first chapter of this Gospel.

I am of course talking about the Holy Spirit.

Jesus was baptised in water by John the Baptist and as He rose out of the water He was filled with the Holy Spirit (John 1 v 32).

Yes, Jesus was God however He was also man and required the indwelling Holy Spirit to fulfil His ministry.

This is an example to us today; if we expect to be a success in ministry (indeed if we expect to be a success in life) we need to be filled with the Holy Spirit.

Throughout the Book of Acts we see that believers were expected to be filled with the Spirit.

The Apostles asked if believers were filled with the Spirit and if they were not they laid hands upon them and saw them filled.

We do not see the Apostles operating in real power until they were filled at Pentecost.

Paul was filled with the Spirit prior to starting his ministry to the Gentiles.

We need to be filled with the Holy Spirit, and it is an easy process; ask and receive!

If you want more details contact me and I would love to tell you more.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord for the Holy Spirit, thank you that He came at Pentecost and has never returned”.

John 1 v 32…..And John bare record, saying, I saw the Spirit descend from heaven like a dove, and it abode upon him

DIG for Wednesday the 17th of August…..He is grace and He is truth…..John 1 v 17

The Gospel of John has always been my favourite Gospel, although the others are wonderful too.

We see wonderful encounters with people throughout the Gospel, with a lot of individuals, encounters that we can learn from.

My favourite verse however comes early in the book; I am talking about John 1 v 17.

When we hear about grace we tend to think of it as a doctrine, or we hear people taking about the grace message.

When we think about truth we think about a concept.

But this verse tells us that grace and truth are a person.

Jesus is grace and Jesus is truth.

Jesus is the personification of the goodness, mercy and compassion of God.

Jesus is the express image of God the Father and brings to us His truth in human form.

Grace is not a doctrine, grace is a person.

Truth is not a concept, truth is a person.

Jesus did not bring grace and truth, in the way that Moses brought the law; Jesus was, and still is, grace and truth.

If you want to know what grace and truth means just look to Jesus.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord for Jesus and for His amazing finished work and thank you that He is grace and He is truth”.

John 1 v 17…..For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ

DIG for Tuesday the 16th of August…..quality not just quantity…..John 10 v 10

When I think about the word abundance I normally think about quantity.

If we say a certain thing is in abundance we usually mean there is lots of it.

As we were discussing in our Bible study last week when we seen the word abundance in the Bible it also means quality.

Jesus came to bring us life and life in abundance; this life Jesus brings involves quality as well as quantity.

Through the finished work of Jesus Christ God has provide all we need and all that He has provided is good.

God only gives us good things; this is His nature (James 1 v 17).

Quality and quantity, that is what the Lord wants to give us.

He wants us to have health in quality and quantity and he wants us to have prosperity in quality and quantity (3 John 2).

Abundance is a wonderful word and a word that describes what God has for you.

Abundance, quality and quantity, is what Jesus died to give you, to give every single one of us.

And all we need to do is believe and receive!

I love giving good things to my family, think how much more God loves to give good things to us.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that you want the best for me and thank you that the best has been provided through 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 Monday the 15th of August…..we should be consulting the Lord yet again…..1 Samuel 23 v 3

At church recently I’ve been looking at the life of David, seeing what we can take and use in our lives today.

What I‘ve found and taught on has not exactly been ‘rocket science’ though; the lessons to be honest have been pretty obvious.

Take this one from the start of 1 Samuel 23 for example.

When David was in trouble and had to make a decision he consulted the Lord.

He brought what he though he should do and asked the Lord for advice.

And once he checked and heard from the Lord he obeyed.

This is a lesson we all need to learn!

As I said it is not a deep theological lesson, it is a pretty obvious thing that we should all know.

The Word is not difficult; it is pretty simple to understand.

The other important point to take from this verse is that David was obviously going to the Lord again and again; the Word says ‘yet again’.

This implies he sought the advice of the Lord many, many times, and this is what we should mirror in our lives.

He knows best, we do not.

Take my advice and learn from the life of David; if you have a decision to make ask the Lord for his advice.

And then when you hear back do what He says!

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that you are interested in our lives and ready and willing to give us your advice”.

1 Samuel 23 v 4…..And David inquired of the Lord yet again. And the Lord answered him and said, Arise, go down to Keilah: for I will deliver the Philistines into thine hand


 

DIG for Sunday the 14th of August…..the ark is a picture of Jesus…..Genesis 7 v 1

I have often written that many of the accounts that we read in the Old Testament are types, shadows and pictures, alluding to deep spiritual truths.

Yes, they are literal also, however many are pictures for us.

Take Noah and the ark for example.

There are debates in the church today as to whether the account of Noah and the ark was literal.

I don’t want to get into this debate today, what I want to show you is that this is clearly a picture of Jesus.

Noah and his family were the only people saved from the flood; they were saved as they were in the ark.

The only route to salvation today is in Jesus.

As we saw yesterday this the only way to come to the Father (John 14 v 6).

If you are in Christ you have been saved and made righteous.

In the account of Noah every single person outwith the ark ended up dead; they did not live through the flood.

The only way to life was to be in the ark.

Jesus is the only way to life (and life in abundance) today (John 14 v 6).

Life without Jesus is not a life; it is merely an existence.

You need to be in Christ to have life today.

Speak this out today…..”Thank You Lord that I am in Christ, and thank you that through this I have life and life in abundance”.

Genesis 7 v 1…..And the Lord said unto Noah, Come thou and all thy house into the ark; for thee have I seen righteous before me in this generation

DIG for Saturday the 13th of August…..there is no other way to the Father….John 14 v 6

There seems to be an increasing instance on social media of what we know as universalism.

This is the doctrine that says everyone, no matter what they believe and say, are already saved.

This sounds good however it is a dangerous doctrine.

The Bible and Jesus are very clear about this matter; you simply need to read what Jesus says in John 14 v 6 to see this.

Jesus did not say he was a way to the Father, He said he was the way, the only way.

Christianity in its true form (faith and trust in Jesus) is not another religion; indeed it is not even a religion.

Jesus, the express image of the Father, is the only way to the Father.

Faith in Jesus means an eternity with God the Father.

A lack of trust and faith in Jesus, no matter what the Universalists may tell you will result in a lost eternity.

Don’t be take in by a “dodgy” doctrine, make sure you trust in and have faith in Jesus.

He is the only way to come to the Father and ensure your eternal destiny.

He is the only way to truth and life in abundance, the only way.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord for the finished work of Jesus Christ”.

John 14 v 6…..Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me


 

DIG for Friday the 12th of August…..hath, now that is a very important word…..Ephesians 1 v 3

One of my favourite verses is this one, Ephesians 1 v 3; I also love the start of this epistle.

My favourite word in this verse is “hath”.

“Hath” is in the past tense and tells us what we are reading about has already happened.

So God has already blessed us and God has already given us all spiritual blessings.

This is one of the wonderful truths of the New Covenant, one of the amazing truths about grace.

If we are born again, because of the finished work of Jesus, we have received all spiritual blessings required from God the Father.

We already have all we need!

God is a God of abundance and provision, and He wants us all to live in abundance and provision (3 John 2).

We do not need to ask God for anything, what we need to do is know the Word and understand what we have already received.

In the spiritual we have everything, the key is understanding so that we move these truths from the spiritual into the physical.

Healing “hath” taken place, abundance “hath” been provided and accepted “hath” been dispensed.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord for all that you have already provided for us through the finished work of Jesus Christ”.

Ephesians 1 v 3…..Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Chris, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ