DIG for Sunday the 24th of May…..Jesus is interested in ministering to the individual as well as the crowd…..John 4 v 25 and 26

In the Word we see many times when Jesus speaks to crowds of people, sometimes thousands at a time.

We also see Him though taking time out to minister to individuals, and this is an example that we should all take heed of.

Jesus made a point of going through Samaria when He did (John 4 v 4).

It was not a coincidence that He went where He did and when He did.

If Jesus had wanted to minister to many more people that day He would have been at that place hours before, when the well would have been very busy.

But He went later in the day, when it was quiet, but when He knew the Samaritan woman would be there.

Jesus ministered to her on a one-to-one basis and the effect was mighty and life changing.

We see the woman turning from a guilty person hiding from the rest of society into an evangelist (John 4 v 39).

We cannot all have huge ministries, preaching and teaching to thousands of people and we cannot all be pastors of even small churches.

But we can all minister to individual people; we can all have mighty “God ordained” encounters on a one-to-one basis.

You can speak to your friends, neighbours and family about Jesus anytime and anywhere; you do not need to run a church or have a ministry to preach the Gospel.

You just need to listen to God guiding you towards meetings and encounters when you can share what Jesus has done for you.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that I can minister to people about the love, mercy and compassion of Jesus”.

John 4 v 25 and 26…..The woman saith unto him, I know the Messias cometh, which is called Christ: when he is come, he will tell us all things. Jesus saith unto her, I that speak unto thee am he

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DIG for Saturday the 23rd of May……the basics and fundamentals of our Christian faith…..Romans 12 v 2

Driving back from conference today my mind wandered to a book that has been formulating in my head for a number of years now, a book about the fundamental truths of the Christian life.

I taught on this topic once telling the fellowship about what Jesus did for us at the cross, then what did to us at our salvation and finally what we do as a response.

The first things we were taught at school were very basic and fundamental elements that you required in order to learn about anything else (reading, writing and arithmetic).

The plan for my book involves writing about reconciliation, righteousness and renewal.

We have already been Reconciled; God did this for all mankind through the finished work of Jesus Christ (2 Corinthians 5 v 18 and 19).

We were made Righteous at the point of our salvation (2 Corinthians 5 v 21).

We can then get on with the process of mind Renewal for the rest of our life here on earth (Romans 12 v 2).

The basics of our faith are that we have all been reconciled to God, have been made righteous and can change our lives for the better through mind renewal.

Many of us are striving and trying to become more righteous and to improve our lives.

This is not the way to go about things; we are already as righteous as we will ever be.

The way to change our lives is through mind renewal; it is the only way for transformation to occur.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that I have been reconciled and made righteous, and thank you that I can be transformed through mind renewal”.

Romans 12 v 2…..And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God