DIG for Monday the 16th of February…..the model for freedom right before our very eyes…..John 8 v 31 and 32

Sorry…..must have forgotten to add this in for Monday……..

Many of us in the church are looking to be set free from some kind of slavery or bondage; it may be sickness, depression or poverty for example.

These things can keep us in bondage as they mean we are not free to do all that we want for the Kingdom.

Jesus provides a model on how to escape from slavery and bondage in John 8.

He is speaking to believers, those that follow him, and says that they are to continue in his word.

In our lives today this is talking about Scripture.

If we continue in Scripture we really are true disciples of Jesus (John 8 v 31).

This will bring truth to us in the terms of knowledge and understanding of His Word, and this in return will make us free.

Knowledge and understanding of the Word of God is knowledge and understanding about Jesus and His finished work.

Peter said that we have all that we need for life and godliness (or a life free from the slavery and bondage of illness, poverty, depression etc.) and this is released (or made manifest) through knowledge of Jesus (2 Peter 1 v 4).

The Scriptures will make us free, but not by sitting on a coffee table or a bookshelf.

The Bible is there to be read, studied, meditated upon; it is there to be rightly divided (

Once understood the truths in the Word will make us free; free form illness, free from poverty, free from depression; in fact free from any kind of slavery or bondage that the enemy tries to snare you with.

Jesus came to destroy the works of the enemy and bring us life in abundance; if we do not understand this truth from Scripture we will not see it manifest in our lives.

Invest in your freedom this morning; invest some time and effort into exploring and discovering the truths about Jesus through His Word.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord for your Scriptures, your Holy Word, and thank you for the truths held within that are ready and able to change my life”.

John 8 v 31 and 32…..The said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free

DIG for Friday the 20th of February…..this old covenant “prophecy” is not for you, you are under grace and under the New Covenant…..Ephesians 1 v 7

The “prophecy” that I wrote about in DIG yesterday as a rather extreme example; there is another subtle yet more dangerous type of “prophecy” prevalent in the body of Christ.

This type of “prophecy” is associated with 2 Chronicles 7 v 14.

This verse says that God’s people (called by His name) should humble themselves, pray and stop sinning then God will forgive them and heal their land.

Many interpret this literally saying we have to perform in some way before God will forgive us, before God will bless Scotland for example.

We are told to pray (and fast, even though there is no mention of fasting) for a certain length of time (for 1 year for example by one organisation here in Scotland) and then we will be forgiven and our nation will be “healed”.

Yes, this is what the Word seems to say but that is not what it means.

This verse was written for an Old Covenant nation, we now live under the New Covenant.

In other words this verse is pre-cross, but we live post-cross.

Forgiveness (and reconciliation with God) was achieved through the finished work of Jesus Christ on the cross and it has nothing to do with our religious performance.

Forgiveness is not earned; forgiveness was bestowed as a gift through the blood of Jesus Christ (Ephesians 1 v 7 and Colossians 1 v 14).

Forgiveness and reconciliation was given so that all men could have the opportunity to be saved; you see, reconciliation and forgiveness was a pre-requisite for salvation (see a picture for this in Mark 2 v 1 to 12, where forgiveness comes before salvation, in this case healing).

We were all forgiven at the cross as Jesus was made the payment (or propitiation) for the sins of the whole world (1 John 2 v 2).

Do not listen to the doom and gloom merchants talking about asteroids and God’s judgement, but also please do not listen to the more subtle and dangerous “prophecies” based upon 2 Chronicles 7 v 14.

This can lead you down the path of guilt and condemnation, begging and pleading for forgiveness and thinking that there is some kind of religious performance required.

You live under grace and benefit from the finished work of Jesus Christ; you have already been forgiven.

Yes, pray and fast and turn away from sin; that will be good for your life and for those around you.

But it is not required for your forgiveness.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord for the finished work of Jesus Christ, and thank you that because of that I have been forgiven”.

Ephesians 1 v 7…..In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace

DIG for Thursday the 19th of February…..has He paid for all sin or has He not…..1 John 2 v 2

So the doom and gloom merchants are at it again!

I read a “prophecy” this morning that God is sending an asteroid this year to crash into the Atlantic and cause a Tsunami and earthquake to punish the USA, killing over 40 million people.

The USA is to be punished by God because of the sins of the church.

Now for a start I thought that prophecy was meant to be encouraging, edifying and exhorting!

And Biblical truths can tell us that this type of “prophecy” is actually nonsense.

My Bible says that Jesus has already paid for all the sin of every person in the world (1 John 2 v 2).

My Bible says that forgiveness has flowed upon all mankind as the blood of Jesus flowed on the cross at Calvary (Ephesians 1 v 7 and Colossians 1 v 14).

My Bible says that a day would come when God would remove the sin from His people and remember those sins no longer (Psalm 103 v 12 and Isaiah 43 v 25).

This was accomplished at the cross of Christ so we now live in those days, we live under grace and not under law (Romans 6 v 14 and 15 and Hebrews 10 v 17).

We live in a time when sin has already been dealt with (Hebrews 10 v 12 to 14).

If God were to now punish the USA because of sin He would be saying that the finished work of Jesus Christ was not actually enough, it would be the “not quite” finished work.

This type of “prophecy” does nothing but spread fear and anxiety and is not Biblical.

What are you going to believe; Biblical truth or a so-called prophet?

I’ll leave the choice up to you.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that my sin and the sin of the whole world was dealt with through the finished work of Jesus Christ on the cross”.

1 John 2 v 2…..And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world