DIG for Monday the 22nd of April…..knowledge of forgiveness is essential for growth…..1John 2 v 12

1 John 2 v 12 to 14 is a picture of the fact that we mature in our Christian walk.

John writes about “little children”, “young men” and “fathers”; these are descriptions of stages in maturity for the born again believer.

It is very interesting that in verse 12 John tells the “little children” that their sins are forgiven because of Jesus (and His finished work).

The understanding of forgiveness is an essential axiom (fundamental truth that other doctrines are built upon) that younger or less mature Christians need to know.

This truth, along with having been made righteous, is a foundation that the born again believer must build upon.

If a young believer does not understand and accept forgiveness they will not have an understanding about the true nature of God and will not grow and mature in the faith.

Forgiveness is an essential truth that must be understood by “little children” before they can progress or mature into a “young man”.

You have been forgiven, actually you were forgiven 2,000 years ago through the finished work of Jesus Christ. When you became born again you accepted that forgiveness and moved into the blessings waiting for you.

You must understand that you are forgiven for all your sins (past, present and future).

Then you will mature in your walk with The Lord; if you do not believe this you will stay in condemnation and guilt and never progress.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that I have been forgiven and right now live in a constant state of forgiveness”.

1 John 2 v 12……I write unto you, little children, because your sins are forgiven you for his name’s sake.

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DIG for Sunday the 21st of April…..grace; the way to show people Jesus…..Philemon v 6

As a pastor I have been asked many times about how to show people Jesus or how to express to them our faith.

The answer is an understanding of grace.

Philemon v 6 is a wonderful verse explaining how to show Jesus to a needy world.

By grace through faith we have our ticket into heaven and every good and abundant blessing from God; trust in the finished work of Jesus gives us that amazing sozo package.

This to me is one definition of grace, “every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus”.

We need to know and understand or “acknowledge” what we have through His finished work.

Once we know what we have and who we are in Christ we will be changed or transformed (Romans 12 v 2).

This transformation into a more holy and Godly lifestyle will be noticed, people will see that Jesus has and is making a difference in our life.

This is what Paul means by sayings that the communication if our faith will be effectual.

Our lives and the way we live will be the message, showing people Jesus rather than telling them about Him.

Paul says that this process starts with an understanding of grace; knowing what Jesus has already done for us and what we have freely as a gift.

This is an awesome and powerful verse.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that your goodness and abundance is free through my faith and trust in Jesus”.