DIG for Wednesday the 27th of February…..I am the way, the truth, and the life…..John 14 v 6

This verse is a statement of the uniqueness of Jesus; there is no one or nothing like Jesus.

Jesus is the only means by which men can come into relationship with Father God.

This verse is a blast against every single religion on the face of the earth; including the religion of the legalistic church.

He is the way to God.

He has the truth about God.

He brings us the life of God.

He is God.

There is nothing that you can do in yourself or through religion to bring you into relationship with Father God.

“I am the way, the truth and the life”, what an awesome statement of mission, intent and uniqueness.

Jesus knew exactly who He was and what His job was.

It was to bring us reconciliation and life through God’s truth by faith in Him, he is the only way.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord for Jesus; thank you that He is the way, the truth and the life”.

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 Tuesday the 26th of February…..speak it out and it is what you will get…..Numbers 13 v 30

Death and life are in the power of the tongue, your tongue (Proverbs 18 v 21).

What you say has a direct impact on your life.

Caleb (along with Joshua) spoke out the truth that God had said about the promised land. He knew it was there to be possessed and was therefore theirs and he wanted his share of that blessing and abundance.

The other spies that were sent out (see Numbers 13 and 14) saw difficulties and spoke out negativity.

In fact they spoke out against the Word of God.

They took more notice of the physical facts than spiritual truths, and spoke out negativity.

Caleb and Joshua eventually entered the promised land while the other spies all died in the wilderness.

That is a great picture of the Christian life that we cannot ignore.

Do not focus on physical facts (pain and poverty for example) but speak out instead His spiritual truths; that you are healed and prosperous (1 Peter 2 v 24, 2 Corinthians 8 v 9 and 3 John v 2).

Trust and believe the Word of God rather than your eyes!

Look in the mirror that is the Word of God (the Bible) rather than the mirror in your bathroom (James 1 v 23 to 25).

Speak out God’s truth over your life rather than negativity and problems.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that the words I speak have creative power; I will endeavour to speak God’s truth over my life”.

Number 13 v 30…..And Caleb stilled the people before Moses and said, Let us go up at once, and possess it; for we are well able to overcome it

DIG for Monday the 25th of February…..I am the door; missed that one…..John 10 v 9

Well, nobody spotted my deliberate mistake; I missed an “I am” statement!

Jesus is still talking about being the shepherd in this passage and talks of being a door for His sheep.

As I wrote in an earlier DIG we are His sheep; when He talks about sheep He is talking about you and me.

Jesus talks of us entering in via the door, with Him being the door.

This is talking about entering into the salvation, mercy, kindness, goodness and grace of God through Jesus.

Jesus is the only door to salvation and to God’s grace.

There are no works (side or back doors) into His Kingdom. The only way in is through the front door that is Jesus.

Faith in Jesus is all that is required; faith in Jesus is the only door into His Kingdom.

Once through the door that is Jesus we have eternal security and are saved.

Jesus is the only door to salvation and no religion can provide what He has provided.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that Jesus has opened the door to salvation and thank you that I have walked through”.

John 10 v 9…..I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out and find pasture

DIG for Sunday the 24th of February…..I am the resurrection…..John 11 v 25

These words of Jesus come in the middle of the account of the raising of Lazarus, one of the most powerful miracles of Jesus.

Lazarus had been dead for a number of days; his sister Martha said that Lazarus would be stinking (John 11 v 39), he had been dead that long!

There is nothing impossible for Jesus however and we see Lazarus raised from the dead (John 11 v 43 and 44).

Jesus’ power brought Lazarus back from the dead.

Jesus’ power will do the same for us, unless of course we are still alive at His second coming!

We will all die physically yet will be resurrected to eternal life with God because of our faith and trust in the finished work of Jesus on the cross.

Jesus says everyone who believes on Him will live, even though they were dead (John 11 v 25).

Spiritually we will never die (John 11 v 26).

We have access to this eternal life simply because of our belief in Jesus; no works or good deeds are required. We simply believe in Him!

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord for my eternal life through faith in Jesus”.

John 11 v 25…..Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live

DIG for Saturday the 23rd of February…..I am the good shepherd…..John 10 v 11

Sheep do not have a great reputation; I’ve heard it said that they are a rather stupid animal.

Reading this verse however I am glad to be described as a sheep.

I am very glad to be a sheep as my shepherd is Jesus.

A shepherd looks after the sheep, takes care of them and guides them; he provides the sheep with food and pasture, and guides them to water for refreshment.

Jesus does a similar job for each and every one of us, his own sheep.

He guides us and looks out for us; he provides us with refreshment and nourishment.

But it gets even better for us; as the “good” shepherd Jesus even died for his sheep; He died so that we would be free from spiritual death and receive His salvation.

What an awesome shepherd; He even died for his sheep; He died for you!

On the cross Jesus dealt with the issue of sin so that we would not have to, instead we could have His righteousness (2 Corinthians 5 v 21).

I for one am glad to be one of His sheep.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Jesus that you are MY good shepherd”.

John 10 v 11…..I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep

DIG for Friday the 22nd of February…….I am come that they might have have life…..John 10 v 10

John 10 v 10 is not actually one of the “official” I am statements from Jesus, but it is a major notice of intent.

In this verse Jesus tells us why He came.

He came to destroy the works of the enemy, including illness and poverty.

He came to give us life, and life in abundance; and yes, this includes healing and prosperity.

3 John v 2 says “Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth”.

The Lord wants us to live in healing and prosperity, even if most of the church seems to think otherwise.

Abundance means over and above, more than is necessary.

Many in the church do not think this; they feel, especially in the area of prosperity, that abundance is against the teaching of Jesus.

This is not the case. He took our illness and disease to bring us healing (Isaiah 53 v 4 and 5) and he became poor to make us rich (2 Corinthians 8 v 9).

We must remember however that prosperity has a purpose; to sow into the Kingdom and give into all good works.

Jesus died so that we could have life in abundance, and this includes healing and prosperity.

Believe and receive what Jesus died for!

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that through the finished work of Jesus I have been healed and made prosperous”.

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 Thursday the 21st of February…..I am the light of the world; yet again…..John 8 v 12

Light is an essential requirement for everyday life; just think what it’s like when there is a power cut and the lights go put, we all start rushing about trying to find candles.

We just do not like being in the dark, we need light to see where we are going.

Light is essential for us to stay in the right direction; in Scotland we often hear of people getting lost in the mountains as night falls.

To go in the right direction you need light to see the way.

Jesus says He is the light of the world.

The words of Jesus are what a believer uses to keep them going in the right direction.

We listen to the Word of Jesus in order to know what to do, where to go and how to live our lives.

Jesus directs us and guides us through His Word.

A believer needs to look to Jesus for guidance and direction.

Proverbs 3 v 4 tells us to trust in Him more than in ourselves.

He knows the direction we need to go in and is willing to tell us if we listen.

He is our light!

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that you guide me in the way best for me”.

John 8 v 12…..Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life

DIG for Wednesday the 20th of February…..I am the light of the world; again…..John 8 v 12

Light is an amazing natural phenomenon; I’ve still not been able to get my head around how it can display the properties of a wave at the same time as the properties of a particle (but I’m a chemist and mathematician and not a physicist).

Light powers our world and keeps every natural process going.

The food chain eventually comes back to plants and algae producing their own food from photosynthesis (a wonderful piece of chemistry and engineering designed by Jesus).

Without light there would be no life.

The same is true for Jesus, but in a spiritual sense.

Without Jesus there is no spiritual life; without Jesus we would be spiritually dead.

We are born spiritually dead in sin (Romans 5 v 12); we are spiritually born again when we trust in Jesus as Lord and Saviour (Romans 10 v 9).

He is our light; He provides our spiritual life, without Him we are lost and in perpetual darkness.

Light is essential for life, and so is Jesus!

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord for my spiritual life that is in Christ Jesus”.

John 8 v 12…..Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life

DIG for Tuesday the 19th of February…..I am the light of the world…..John 8 v 12

The metaphor of light and dark is used often in the Word of God.

Darkness is a picture of being “lost” and light is the opposite; it speaks of being “saved”.

To be lost is to be without God; to have an eternity without being in His presence.

To be saved is to be assured of that eternity being spent in the presence of the Living Mighty God.

In the light is where you really want to be.

When Jesus stood and was transfigured in front of Peter, James and John, He became as light (Matthew 17 v 1 to 13).

His face shone like the sun and His clothes were like pure white light; that must have been an awesome sight!

Even from millions of miles away the sun is very bright; Jesus must have been brighter than the sun that day.

Light is an awesome and powerful natural force.

Jesus is awesome and mighty and majestic and marvellous; just as He must have looked to Peter, James and John that day.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that Jesus is the light of the world; thank you that in Jesus I am saved”.

John 8 v 12…..Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life

DIG for Monday the 18th of February…..I am the bread of life…..John 6 v 35

In the first of what is know as the 7 “I am” statements Jesus uses a picture that everyone alive at that time would have clearly understood.

Life was not as easy as it is now, and everyone would have understood the difficulty of finding enough food and water for survival.

Food of course is an essential requirement for life; you need food to survive and live and the people would have understood that.

Jesus is saying that we need food for physical life however we need Him for spiritual life.

He is the only way to have life in the spiritual; He is our bread or food in the spiritual realm.

Without Him we are dead spiritually.

We see Jesus providing physical food a number of times in the Gospels (included at the start of John 5); His life giving properties in the spiritual realm is far more important than that!

In the physical we need more and more food to be satisfied; the people were not satisfied after Jesus fed them in John 5 and wanted much more from Him (John 5 v 14 and 15).

Once we come to Him (or eat of His bread) we are born again in the spirit and will never die (or get hungry) in the spiritual realm again.

We will spend eternity with Him and never hunger in the spiritual realm; we will always be full and blessed and satisfied.

What an awesome picture!

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that Jesus is the bread of life”.

John 6 v 35…..And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst