DIG for Friday the 22nd of January…..this is not arrogance, this is the truth…..John 14 v 6

Many people tell us that there are many roads to God, many ways to come to the Father for salvation.

For example I’ve heard people say that Christians, Jews and Muslims all worship the same God, so all are saved.

This is not the case if you believe the Bible.

If the Bible is the inspired Word of God then you have to believe something else; you have to believe that faith and belief in Jesus is the only way to salvation, or to the Father.

This is what Jesus Himself said.

He said He was the way, the truth and the life.

He said He was the only way to the Father.

What He was telling the people was that if they wanted to come to the Father they had to trust and believe in Him.

This was not arrogance, this was the truth as Jesus knew whom He was and what He had come to do.

Yes, He was a man, yet He knew he was also God, and He knew that He had come to remove the obstacle of sin, so that man and God could be reconciled.

Reconciliation, the coming together again of man and God, was only possible through Jesus.

Jesus was, and is still, the only way to salvation, the only way to the Father.

You may argue that the three main monotheistic faiths all worship the same God, yet it is only through Jesus that salvation comes.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord for Jesus, and thank you that He is the way, the truth and the life”.

John 14 v 6…..Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me

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DIG for Thursday the 21st of January…..your life is your responsibility, so do something…..John 5 v 8

I hope and pray that the DIGs over the last few days have not been condemning for you, I actually find them liberating!

There was a picture on Facebook that I really appreciated the other day: “There is always a reason why things happen, sometimes it is because you made stupid choices”.

This is indeed the way the world works; we do things and it has consequences, sometimes there are good consequences and sometimes there are bad ones.

God is not the author of what we see in our lives.

God does have a plan and purpose for our lives and if we find it, and step into it, this plan will always be good.

But God is not the author of bad things in our lives.

Bad things happen as we live in a fallen world full of fallen people and we ourselves often make bad mistakes and bad choices.

But this is a good thing, as we can also make good choices and good decisions.

At the pool of Bethesda Jesus met an ill man and the first thing Jesus asked him was did he want to be healed (John 5 v 6).

The man went on to give excuses as to why he was not healed and Jesus’ response was to tell him to do something (John 5 v 7 and 8).

My friends, we need to want change in our lives and we need to take responsibility for this change and do something.

The best thing we can do (as I’ve said in the last could of days) is to get into the Word and increase our knowledge about God and Jesus.

We will then start making better choices as our knowledge of the Word and of the Lord increase.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord for your Word and thank you for the knowledge and direction held within”.

John 5 v 8…..Jesus saith unto him, Rise, take up thy bed and walk

DIG for Wednesday the 20th of January…..knowledge, knowledge, knowledge…..2 Peter 1 v 2

 

Knowledge is the key to the kind of life that you live.

Now I am not talking about education in terms of the qualifications and degrees that you have, that’s not the type of knowledge I am speaking of.

Yesterday in DIG I wrote about knowledge of Jesus leading to life and godliness (2 Peter 1 v 3).

In the verse before that Peter writes something very similar.

He says that grace and peace can be increased (or multiplied) through knowledge of God and Jesus (2 Peter 1 v 2).

So as well as knowledge of Jesus giving us abundance and less sin in our lives, it can also provide us with more grace and peace.

Knowledge in a worldly sense cannot provide this; only knowledge of a spiritual sense does that.

And this spiritual knowledge of God and Jesus is found in His Word.

Yes, you can receive it through good Biblical teaching from anointed pastors and teachers, however the best way to receive this is through revelation from the Holy Spirit as you study and meditate upon the Word yourself.

Now I know this is the point at which I have “lost” some of you!

You want God or others to do the work for you; well, I’m afraid to tell you that this is not the way it works.

YOU are transformed when YOU renew your mind (Romans 12 v 2) through knowledge received when YOU study His Word.

Get into His Word today, start increasing your knowledge of Him and see your life and circumstances being transformed.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you for your Word Lord, the incorruptible seed that I can use to increase my knowledge of you and of the Lord Jesus”.

2 Peter 1 v 2…..Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord

DIG for Tuesday the 19th of January…..don’t just sit waiting for God to solve your problems…..2 Peter 1 v 3

God cannot and will not come and fix all your problems!

That may sound like a rather condemning statement; it may also sound very harsh.

However it is the truth, and I think it has the ability to set you free.

There are too many born again believers sitting around thinking that God will come and solve their issues and problems; thinking that God is waiting for some reason before coming in to “zap” them straight.

The truth is that God has already provided all you need for a good and fruitful life, and all you need to live with less sin in that life (2 Peter 1 v 3).

He has provided for this through the finished work of Jesus Christ and we see the goodness and godliness manifested if we increase our knowledge of Him.

This is what 2 Peter 1 v 3 is saying.

If we learn, believe and understand about what Jesus has done for us we will see our problems being replaced with life and godliness.

God has done what He needs to do.

Jesus has done what He needs to do.

In order to see your problems solved you need to do your bit; and that bit is obtaining more understanding about Jesus, or in other words renewing your mind.

You have the key to solving your problems and that is what I call liberty.

You should not be sitting around waiting for anyone or anything (or even God) to come along and sort you out.

You can sort yourself out by renewing your mind to the truths about Jesus in His Word.

Speak this out…..”Thank you Lord that you have already provided all I need for life and godliness through knowledge of Jesus Christ”.

2 Peter 1 v 3….According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue

DIG for Monday the 18th of January…..what a powerful declaration…..Galatians 5 v 1

Many of you may know that I have been preaching through Galatians for almost 3 months now, and have just reached one of my favourite verses; a verse that I use continually.

Stand fast in grace and do not give in to law (Galatians 5 v 1).

Well, that is not exactly the translation that you will see in your Bible but that is what this verse means to me.

Grace provides you freedom, freedom to live in abundance and health (not freedom to sin as some my tell you).

Law provides you bondage, bondage to religious performance and self-righteous works leading you into guilt and condemnation.

Paul strongly advises the Galatians (and you) to stand fast in liberty, that is grace.

Stand fast in the liberty that Christ has provided for you through His finished work on the cross.

We have all that we need in this life (spiritual and physical) through the work of Jesus (Ephesians 1 v 3 and 2 Peter 1 v 3).

There is no longer any requirement for us to work to be blessed by God; the truth is that once we realise how much we are loved and how much Jesus has done for us we will do plenty of these things that the church calls good works.

We do works from being blessed, we do not work to be blessed.

Trying to work to be blessed is law and is the bondage that Paul talks about here.

Working out of love and an understanding of what he has done is grace and is what Paul calls freedom.

You can be fully free this morning by living from grace instead of law.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that through the finished work of Jesus and faith in this I am now living under grace”.

Galatians 5 v 1…..Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage

DIG for Sunday the 17th of January…..throw out the law, religion and legalism…..Galatians 4 v 30

I love typology; I love listening to messages about typology.

Typology is using certain stories and accounts in Scripture (mainly in the Old Testament) to tell us about spiritual principles.

A great example of this is seen at the end of Galatians 4, when we read that Abraham’s two sons are an allegory, or piece of typology (Galatians 4 v 22).

Ishmael was born of a slave woman and is a picture of law, religion and legalism.

Isaac was born of a free woman and is a picture of grace.

Ishmael was born out of a plan of mean, while Isaac was born out of a plan of God.

Ishmael was born of the flesh, while Isaac was born out of a promise from God.

Scripture is very clear; Ishmael is law and Isaac is grace.

Paul asks us s question in Galatians (I paraphrase), “What does the Old Testament scripture say should be down with Ishmael?”

If we look back into Genesis we see that God told Abraham to cast out, Ishmael (Genesis 21 v 10).

This is a picture for us today, telling us that we should cast out law, religion and legalism.

Paul is clear throughout the book of Galatians and uses a piece of typology here to tell us to throw all law, religion and legalism out of our lives.

We live under grace and should not be under law!

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that because of Jesus and because of our faith we now live under grace and not law”.

Galatians 4 v 30…..Nevertheless what saith the scriptures? Cast out the bondwoman and her son: for the son of the bondwoman shall not be heir with the son of the freewoman

DIG for Saturday the 16th of January…..come on Vic, you can rejoice always…..Philippians 4 v 4

In church today, before the message, I spoke of the truth that as believers we can rejoice always and rejoice evermore (Philippians 4 v 4 and 1 Thessalonians 5 v 16).

I hadn’t planned saying this but felt led to preach this before my message, thinking that this would bless someone in the fellowship who needed it.

Well, I needed it!

We all get bad news from time to time, we all get a bit down, we all let things in the natural get to us; I said this in the morning.

And this happened to me in the afternoon.

Eventually (yes, eventually) I remembered what I said this morning and now listening to some worship music and meditating upon His Word I am able to rejoice.

I’ve not forgotten about the situation and I still feel sad, however I am able to rejoice.

Reading His Word reminds us of His truths; truths including that as a born again believer who has trusted in Jesus we have eternal life, and that death is but a door into a whole new life in His presence.

Truths like the fact that Jesus has gone before us to provide us with a mansion in Heaven.

Truths like the fact that Jesus is ready to stand and receive us into Heaven.

The Word is full of truths for us both sides of the grave; He wants us to live an abundant life on earth and He wants us to reside with Him for eternity.

There is plenty to rejoice about even in dark and hard times.

There is plenty to rejoice about if we make the effort to look for it in his Word.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that even in hard and dark times I can rejoice, and I make the decision right now to rejoice”.

Philippians 4 v 4…..Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice