DIG for Tuesday the 1st of December…..He is coming…..Isaiah 9 v 6

Well, it is that time of year again, whether you like it or not the build up has seriously started for Christmas; I say seriously as it seemed to start way back in October this year!

The main “point” of Christmas was lost years and years ago.

Even though it is based upon a pagan festival (before some of you clever clogs have a go at me), Christmas used to be a celebration of the birth of Jesus; it is now a celebration of materialism.

As we head rapidly towards Christmas it is a time to think of why He came, what He came to do and how much He loved us.

It is not a time to ponder what type of new phone we want and how big the turkey needs to be.

So in the run up to Christmas I plan to write a DIG each day reminding you of who Jesus was and what He came to do.

We will look at Scripture that tells us about Jesus, and tells us what His mission was for His time on earth as a man (John 1 v 14).

The Bible is full of prophecies about the coming of Jesus; we will look at some of these.

There are Scriptures pointing to Him being the Messiah, and the Saviour; we will look at some of these.

And yes, for all you Migdal Eder “groupies” we may even look at where He was born!

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord for Jesus, thank you that He came and thank you that in this run up to Christmas I will force myself to think about Jesus”.

Isaiah 9 v 6…..For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace

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DIG for Monday the 30th of November…..our Christian walk can be so frustrating…..Galatians 2 v 21

Thanks to Zan for the DIG today…..

 As I was listening to Pastor Vic’s message the other day I was particularly drawn to Galatians 2 v 21 when Paul says “not to frustrate the grace of God”.

I wondered what we would have to do to make that happen so I looked up the Greek for ‘frustrate’ and it means to neutralise, disannul and bring to nought.

That sounds pretty serious to me especially when we are talking about the grace of God having an effect on our lives.

We know that grace here is talking about Jesus and to think we can do things to stop Him working in our lives needs to be looked into.

So many times when we put our prayers and requests to God we want immediate results and when we don’t see these materialise in our lives as quickly as we would like we start to think about possible things we should be doing or not doing so that God will bless us.

For example, is there something I need to do more of or something I must never do again and then maybe God will move in my life.

And there we have it.

As soon as we start to look at ourselves and what we might have to do or not do we ‘frustrate the grace of God’ because we are no longer looking to Jesus and His finished work on the cross but instead putting into practise the rest of verse 21 which tells us that if righteousness comes by the law then Jesus died in vain.

As soon as we think we have to do something then we immediately have put ‘works’ into practise and we negate the power of God in our lives.

We must always remember that the manifestation of God’s goodness comes by faith and not by works.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Jesus that it’s all about what you have done on my behalf and your great love for me.”

Galatians 2 v 21  I do not frustrate the grace of God for if righteousness comes by the law then Christ died in vain