DIG for Sunday the 4th of December…..speak the truth out over your life today…..Luke 1 v 38

 

I was reading the account of the birth of Jesus again today and could not get past Luke 1 v 38.

The words spoken by Mary, Be it unto me according to thy word, is one of the most powerful statements ever uttered by a human being.

It is also a powerful statement that we can utter on a daily basis.

The Word of God says that we have been healed, so be it unto me according to thy word.

The Word of God says that we can lead a prosperous and abundant life, so be it unto me according to thy word.

The Word of God says that above all things you, Father God, want me to live in health and prosperity, so be it unto me according to thy word.

The Word of God says that we are sons of the Living God, adopted into His family, so be it unto me according to thy word.

The Word of God says I can rejoice always, so be it unto me according to thy Word.

The Word of God says I can lay hands on the sick and see them healed, so be it unto me according to thy word.

Do you see what I am doing here?

I am taking the Word of God and speaking them over my life, just as Mary did.

You can do this too!

There are truths in the Word of God for you to speak over your life today; be it healing, acceptance, forgiveness, joy or prosperity, there are words there for you to be able to say, “be it unto me according to thy word”.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord for the truths in Your Word that I can speak out over my life today”.

Luke 1 v 38…..And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word. And the angel of the Lord departed from her

DIG for Saturday the 3rd of December…..what do you see when you look at this long list of people…..Matthew 1 v 6

When you look at the list of the ancestors of Jesus at the start the book of Matthew, what do you see?

A long list of difficult names that are hard to pronounce possibly?

Maybe a list of amazing and perfect people that were ‘usable’ by God?

What I see are a list of people with issues and problems and failings, just like you and me.

I see people willing to make themselves available to God, listen to God and obey God even in the midst of their issues and concerns.

I see David, a murderer and adulterer, yet still a man after God’s own heart.

I see Abraham, a man willing to lie to save his own skin, yet a man who followed the Lord and started the ‘Christian nation’ that we are part of today.

I see Solomon, a man who built the first temple to the Lord, but also a man who gave in to idolatry.

I see ordinary people, with problems and issues and struggles, yet people who did some amazing things, including being in the genealogy of our Lord Jesus.

I see you and I see me.

Like me you will have difficulties, problems, struggles, things that you give into that are not the best that the Lord has for you.

But at the same time, we have the potential to do wonderful things for the Lord, if we listen, trust and obey.

Never think of yourself as someone who can never be used by the Lord, remember He used liars, drunkards, murderers, prostitutes and cheats.

The Lord can use us and He has a plan and purpose for every single one of us; never forget that truth.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that you have a plan and purpose for my life, a plan and purpose that I can achieve”.

Matthew 1 v 6…..And Jesse begat David the king; and David the king begat Solomon of her that had been the wife of Urias

DIG for Friday the 2nd of December…..Mary asked questions, she did not question; there is a difference…..Luke 1 v 34

We all have questions that we needed answering, I’m sure we have all asked God some difficult questions at time.

This does not mean that we have a lack of faith or that we doubt, we just need to have assurance sometimes.

Mary was like this when she was told she would have a baby and that this baby would be the Messiah, that He would be Jesus (Luke 1 v 31, 32 and 35).).

Mary had a really simple question to ask; she wanted to know how she could become pregnant, as she had never ‘known‘ a man (Luke 1 v 34).

This is of course a blindingly obvious question, a question that needed to be asked.

Mary was told nothing was impossible for God (Luke 1 v 37).

Mary believed this and spoke out her faith, and I believe at that second became pregnant (Luke 1 v 38).

Mary asked God a question, she did not question God, and there is a difference.

She required clarification and when that came she believed what the Lord had said and came into line with it, acting accordingly.

What a great picture of how to be in relationship with God.

If there is something you do not understand as a question, don’t just think that the impossible cannot happen.

There is one other thing you must commit to do when asking a question though.

Once God answers you, there is a need to act accordingly.

Mary believed and said, “Be it unto me according to thy word”; she spoke out her faith and understanding.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord for your guidance, and thank you that we can ask You questions”.

Luke 1 v 34…..Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man?

DIG for Thursday the 1st of December…..not the normal Christmas verse to start with…..Colossians 2 v 8

Well, it is December already, another year just about over and Christmas just about upon us.

As we are in December I thought I’d start writing about the “Christmas story” and I want to start with a verse that describes what we see, read, hear and speak about Christmas.

This verse is Colossians 2 v 8.

A lot of what we believe about the account of the birth of Jesus (that for me is the “Christmas story” by the way) is traditions of men (Colossians 2 v 8).

Much of what we think is true about Jesus’ birth is not actually Biblical.

This actually is in common with a lot of things we see in the Christian life, like dragging up sin and asking for forgiveness in communion and like thinking God sends illness and disease on us for example.

These two “truths” like much of what we “know” about the birth of Jesus are not actually Biblical truths but traditions of men.

I will cover a lot of truths in the run up to December the 25th, but I will also make you aware of what I consider to be traditions and not Biblical truths.

For example Jesus did not come to bring peace on earth, there is nothing in the Word that says Jesus was born in a stable, the Bible does not tell us that the wise men visited Jesus at His birth and also says nothing about how many of them were eventually in His home approximately 18 to 24 months after His birth.

Much of what we see in a “traditional” Nativity scene should be removed!

The Bible is our account of all things about Jesus and we should read this and study this to find out about all aspects of His life, including His birth.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord for your Word and thank you for the truths about Jesus held within”.

Colossians 2 v 8…..Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the traditions of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ

DIG for Wednesday the 30th of November…..the ultimate act of service…..John 19 v 30

In the last few DIGs I’ve written about the service Jesus bestowed upon His disciples.

Today we look at the ultimate act of service for the whole of mankind.

On the cross Jesus took the sin, pain and sickness of the whole world (Isaiah 53 v 4 and 5).

Prior to the cross He was despised, ridiculed and scourged.

The “bruising” (check out this Hebrews word from Isaiah 53 v 10) began even before this; it began in the garden where Jesus was sweating blood.

This came about due to extreme stress that He was under, he was fully man remember and (because he was fully God) knew exactly what was coming His way.

Coming His way was pain, pain and more pain, excruciating pain.

There was something far worse coming for Jesus though, He was going to have to be separate from God the Father for a period of time; something that He had not experienced before.

Yet He still went through with this, because like His disciples He loved us unto the end.

He loved us with all He had and would do anything and everything for us.

Do not exclude yourself from this ultimate act of service, Jesus sweated drops of blood, Jesus was scourged and Jesus went to the cross for YOU.

This is the ultimate act of service and something we should all give thanks for.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that we can look to the example of Jesus and see how to serve our neighbours”.

John 19 v 30…..When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost

DIG for Tuesday the 29th of November…..we cannot pick and choose who to serve…..John 13 v 12

Jesus is our supreme example of how to serve people, we have seen that in the last couple of DIGs.

In the account of washing the disciples’ feet we learn a valuable lesson of who we should serve.

If we follow the example of Jesus we have to serve everyone, including our enemies.

In john 13 we see Jesus washing the feet of all the disciples (John 13 v 5 and 12).

There were no exclusions, all the disciples had their feet washed by Jesus.

This included Judas Iscariot, the man who had betrayal in his heart (John 13 v 3).

Jesus knew this (John 13 v 4), yet He still washed the feet of Judas.

Jesus washed the feet of a man who at that time who was thinking (and then went on to act) more like an enemy then a disciple.

What does this show us about who we should serve?

Well, it shows we should be prepared to serve our enemies.

It shows that we cannot pick and choose whom we shall serve and whom we will miss out.

Jesus was the example of how to serve, if we truly want to follow Him we need to serve all people, including our enemies.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that we can look to the example of Jesus and see how to serve our neighbours”.

John 13 v 12…..So after he had washed their feet, and had taken his garments, and was sat down again, he said unto them, Know ye what I have done to you?

DIG for Monday the 28th of November…..the highest of the high becoming the lowest of the low…..John 13 v 5

Yesterday I wrote about how Jesus served His disciples food on the shore, and explained that this was an example of how we should serve.

In washing the feet of His disciples we see a greater act of service, one only surpassed when He went to the cross.

He washed their feet, and if we understand the society this happened in we can see why it was such a momentous act of service.

Jesus Christ was God in the flesh, and He was also their Lord on earth.

Yet Jesus decided to do a job that was to be done by the lowest slave in the household.

The King of Kings and Lord of Lords made the conscious decision to take on the role of the lowest slave.

This act of service also shows the true heart of Jesus, and the true heart of God.

He loves His disciples (and us) so much that He would “lower” Himself to carry out this task of a slave.

His love is so much that there are no acts of service too low for Him.

This is an example for us; Jesus said so (John 13 v 15).

If we truly loved people there would be nothing we would not do for them.

Washing someone’s feet is a metaphor or picture of a lowly task; we should never consider ourselves “too high” to serve.

Jesus showed us the way with regards to how to serve, read the next DIG to see whom we should serve.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that we can look to the example of Jesus and see how to serve our neighbours”.

John 13 v 5…..After that he poureth water into a basin, and began to wash the disciples’ feet, and to wipe them with the towel wherewith he was girded