DIG for Monday the 24th of March…..there is so much more to the Christian life than just your salvation, your ticket into heaven…..Ephesians 6 v 11

Salvation is a wonderful thing, a life changing event, an eternity changing event.

Through trusting in Jesus’ finished work we are saved and we do indeed have a “ticket into Heaven” (Romans 10 v 9 and 10).

The sad fact however is all that for some Christians this is all that Jesus has done for them; but the truth is that Jesus has purchased so much more for us through His amazing finished work.

This is highlighted in the “armour of God” passage in Ephesians 6.

This passage talks about all the mighty weapons we have from the Lord, in this case for our battle against the enemy.

Paul does talk about salvation, he writes about our helmet of salvation (Ephesians 6 v 17).

He also writes about righteousness, peace and faith, among other things (Ephesians 6 v 14 to 17).

When we were saved we were made righteous (2 Corinthians 5 v 21).

When we were saved God put all the peace we will ever need into our born again spirit (Galatians 5 v 23).

When we were saved we were given THE measure of faith and it was THE faith of Christ (Romans 12 v 3 and Romans 3 v 22).

His passage from Paul tells us that we have received so much more than just a “ticket into Heaven” at our salvation, and we see this truth right throughout the Word (especially when we look at the Greek meaning of the word “sozo”).

We have so much available to us right now, here on earth, through our salvation in Christ Jesus.

Jesus wants us to live an abundant life, a life of health and abundance; he appropriated this for us at the cross (John 10 v 10 and 3 John v 2).

If you are a born again believer this evening you have so much more from Jesus than just your ticket into Heaven; you have been given all spiritual blessings already (Ephesians 1 v 3) and have all you need, right now, for life and Godliness (2 Peter 3 v 1).

What good news!

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord for my salvation, and thank you for everything that this involves; including righteousness, peace and faith”.

Ephesians 6 v 11…..Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil

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DIG for Sunday the 23rd of March…..do what you are told until you are told otherwise…..1 Kings 17 v 7 to 9

There is so much for us to learn from the life of Elijah; we saw yesterday in DIG that the Lord has already made provision for us in anything He has asked us to do.

We are going to see today that we should do what the Lord tells us; we see that repeatedly in the life of Elijah.

He is told to go to the brook and he does (1 Kings 17 v 3 to 5).

He is told to go to a town called Zarephath and he does (1 Kings 17 v 8 to 9).

So Elijah did what he was told, but it is very interesting to see what happened in between these two life-changing events.

While he was there in God’s will having his requirements met the brook dried up.

Now he could have left and tried to find water somewhere else, however he stayed at the brook.

Now why did he stay; he stayed because God had told him to go to the brook and had not told him to go elsewhere.

Even in times of difficulty for Elijah, he stayed where God had told him to be.

This is an important lesson for all of us; you see if we are somewhere where God wants us to be we should not leave or go somewhere else even if the going gets tough.

We should remain and do what we are doing until God tells us something else.

Too many people move on and give up too early, even when they are in the will of God; even when they are at the brook like Elijah for example.

Do what you are told until you are told otherwise is one of the main lessons from the life of Elijah.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord for the example of Elijah; help me to keep doing what you have asked me to do”.

1 Kings 17 v 7 to 9…..And it came to pass after a while, that the brook dried up, because there had been no rain in the land. And the word of the Lord came unto him, saying, Arise, get thee to Zarephath, which belongeth to Zidon, and dwell there: behold, I have commanded a widow woman there to sustain thee

DIG for Saturday the 22nd of March…..His provision is already in place for you…..1 Kings 17 v 4 and 9

I have been led to read about Elijah this week, and also to prepare a message for tomorrow from the account of his life.

There are so many things that we can learn from the life of Elijah.

One of the most important is that whatever the Lord asks you to do He has prepared provision for you so that you can do it; He has prepared provision for you in advance.

This is what we see in the life of Elijah and this is what we can trust Him to do for us.

He was told to go to the brook Cherith (1 Kings 17 v 5), and the Lord said that He had commanded the ravens to feed him there.

We don’t read that He will command the ravens, we read that He has already commanded them; the provision for Elijah was made ready in advance.

We then see the Lord telling Elijah to go to Zerephath and that a widow woman would sustain him there.

We do not read that we will command the widow, we read that He has already commanded her; once again we see that the Lord has put provision in place before the event.

This is a wonderful picture of how the Lord is our provider; whatever His plan and purpose is (and He has a plan and purpose for every single one of us) He has already made provision for us.

What good news.

When He asks us to do something or go somewhere we can trust that He has made the provisions for us to be successful.

What a good God.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that you made already made provision for my every need in every situation”.

1 Kings 17 v 4 and 9…..And it shall be, that thou shalt drink of the brook; and I have commanded the ravens to feed thee there……Arise, and get thee to Zarephath, which belongeth to Zidon, and dwell there: behold, I have commanded a widow woman there to sustain thee

DIG for Friday the 21st of March…..sanctification; another state of being, not a process……Hebrews 10 v 14

Sanctification is a big word that we hear in church and in Christian circles; it simply means to be holy; as in purified and consecrated.

As with much in the Christian life this is a state of being rather than a process; you are either holy or you are not, you are either sanctified or you are not.

The writer to the Hebrews spoke about people that are sanctified, not about people who are in the process of being sanctified (Hebrews 10 v 14).

He is speaking about born again believers, who have trusted in Jesus Christ and His finished work for their salvation.

When you were saved (or became a believer or a Christian or a follower of Jesus or whatever you want to call yourself) you were born again or created new in your spirit (2 Corinthians 5 v 17).

That new spirit was made righteous, and as righteous as God (2 Corinthians 5 v 21), and was also created in righteousness and true holiness (Ephesians 4 v 24).

Your new spirit was, and still is and forever will be, as righteous and holy as Jesus (1 Corinthians 6 v 17 and 1 John 4 v 17).

Striving to try and be holy yourself or make yourself more holy, by partaking in a process of good works and religious acts, is not true holiness; being born again in your spirit and MADE holy is true holiness.

Now I am not saying that we should not be carrying out holy acts, that is a given for a Christian, however this flows out as a fruit of knowing you have been made holy.

You cannot try to be more holy, you cannot make yourself holy; there is no process of sanctification.

You are either sanctified (forever) or not, you are either a saint or a sinner; you cannot be both at the same time.

You see, just because you sin (and I am not advocating that you do) does not make you a sinner; in the same way, if you are not born again you cannot be sanctified or made holy through good works.

You were born a sinner and you are born again as a saint; this is not a process, it is a one of event at salvation.

You are only MADE holy as a gift of grace through faith in the finished work of Jesus Christ.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that as a gift of grace through faith in the finished work of Jesus Christ I am holy and I have been sanctified, and right now I am a saint”.

Hebrews 10 v 14…..For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified

DIG for Thursday the 20th of March…..our sin for His righteousness; one of the greatest truths in Scripture…..2 Corinthians 5 v 21

As I’ve written already 2 Corinthians 5 v 17 to 21 is one of my favourite passages of Scripture, but 2 Corinthians 5 v 21 is my favourite verse in the whole of God’s Word.

2 Corinthians 5 v 21 is the verse of Scripture that changed my life; it was the understanding of this verse that has brought about my greatest transformation.

We read that we are transformed (or changed) by the renewing of our mind (Romans 12 v 2); understanding this verse completely changed my understanding of who I was and what I had (it renewed my mind), and that changed my life for the better.

Righteousness is all about right standing, about being right with God; if we are righteous we are right with God, we are accepted by Him.

This verse says that our righteousness (how God sees us) has nothing to do with us and nothing to do with our actions or performance.

This is in contrast to what most of the body of Christ believes today!

This verse talks about us having been made righteous (notice this is past tense) and does not mention a process of moving into righteousness or becoming more righteous.

This is in contrast to what most of the body of Christ believes today!

If you are a born again believer (or in Christ) you HAVE BEEN MADE righteous; you were made righteous the second you became born again.

The real part of you, your spirit man, the part of you that this verse is talking about, is already righteous.

In fact it is as righteous as God, yes you did read that correctly; right now in your spirit you are as righteous as God, that is what verse 21 says!

What an amazing truth; that because of the finished work of Jesus Christ, where He took your sin, you get His righteousness as a gift of grace thorough faith.

Once you understand that truth you will never be the same again.

Renew your mind to that truth and you will be changed.

That is my testimony, and it can be yours.

Speak this out today….”Thank you Lord that I have been made righteous in your eyes as a gift of grace through faith in the finished work of Jesus Christ”.

2 Corinthians 5 v 21…..For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him

DIG for Wednesday the 19th of March…..science and faith can live side by side…..Hebrews 1 v 10 and 11

I missed a meeting last night about science and the bible; fortunately due to science I am now listening to this message as an mp3 on my computer after having it emailed to me from a mobile phone!

We often hear that the bible and science are not compatible; we are told that science and faith cannot mix.

I was trained as a mathematician and a chemist, and I love science; I am now a believer and I love my faith and the Word.

I firmly believe that science and faith can live side by side; well, they do in my life!

Indeed, do you know that there is actually some wonderful science explained in the Bible?

In the message I am listening to Russell is talking just now about how the Bible describes that the world is held in space by gravity (Job 26 v 7).

My favourite science in Scripture is Hebrews 1 v 10 and 11; this is a description of the 2nd Law of Thermodynamics.

This law states that the entropy (or order of chaos) of a closed system is always increasing; that is, that systems (like the universe) are always tending towards chaos or disorder.

The writer to the Hebrews says that the world and the universe shall perish, shall be broken down like old clothes (Hebrews 1 v 10 and 11).

In other words the entropy of the universe is increasing; the writer to the Hebrews knew this long before any scientist did.

The more I understand about science, the more I realise what a wonderful Creator our Lord is.

The more I understand about the universe, the biochemistry going on inside a yeast cell and how our brain works for example, the more in awe I am of the Lord.

He is absolutely amazing.

Science and faith in God are compatible; science points to the very existence of a Creator God.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that you are a wonderful Creator, and thank you for the science that points to you”.

Hebrews 1 v 10 and 11…..And, Thou, Lord, in the beginning hast laid the foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the works of thin hands: They shall perish; but thou remainest; and they all shall wax old as doth a garment

DIG for Tuesday the 18th of March…..and an ambassador as well, wow…..2 Corinthians 5 v 20

An ambassador is someone who represents a state, monarch or government in a foreign land or country.

They have the authority to represent their ruler in the foreign nation where they are stationed.

They speak for their ruler and carry out their duties in accordance with what their ruler desires.

This is a wonderful picture of the life of the born again believer; we are His ambassadors here on earth.

Right now, wherever you are, you are an ambassador for the Lord.

In a sense you are living in a foreign nation, as when you were born again you became a citizen of Heaven and came under the authority, rule and dominion of the Lord.

And in this foreign and alien land you represent Him, having been given His authority as an ambassador.

You have been given His authority to preach the Gospel and teach the nations (Matthew 28 v 18 to 20).

You have been given His authority to heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead and cast out demons (Matthew 10 v 8).

You have been given the authority to lay hands on the sick and see them healed (Mark 16 v 18).

You have been given His authority to represent Him and show Him to a needy world.

You have His seal of approval for this wonderful “job” that He has given you.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that I am your ambassador here on earth”.

2 Corinthians 5 v 20…..Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God