DIG for Thursday the 29th of September…..he can only steal your health because you already have it…..John 10 v 10

While I was stirring my Bolognese sauce this morning (I’m a great cook!) the verse John 10 v 10 suddenly popped into my head.

The thought came that the enemy comes to steal, kill and destroy and that he can only do this to things we already have.

My reaction was I couldn’t write this in the DIG today as I’ve written about that before and quite recently.

The Lord told me that someone needed to read this right now with regards to health and healing!

If you are becoming ill or losing your healing it is because the enemy is stealing your health from you.

Jesus suffered and died for you to live in supernatural health.

By His stripes you were healed (Isaiah 53 v 5 and 1 Peter 2 v 24).

Jesus suffered and died so that you could live a life of health and prosperity (3 John 2).

You no longer need to ask if God will heal you, you do not need to ask if God wants to heal you; He has already provided your healing and this is what the enemy is currently trying to steal from you.

Today accept that healing has already been provided for you (submit to God) and tell the enemy where to go (resist the enemy) (James 4 v 7).

Healing is for you!

Jesus died to provide His healing for you!

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that through the finished work of Jesus I have been healed and I will not allow the enemy to steal that from me”.

John 10 v 10…..The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly

DIG for Wednesday the 28th of September….be still and know that He is God….Psalm 46 v 10

I’ve been listening to Andrew Wommack this morning giving some great teaching and he said an amazing statement.

He said, “going to church ruined his relationship with the Lord”.

Of course he qualified this statement by saying that it was too much activity that can block spiritual growth, indeed this is what his actual experience was.

We can get so busy, even with very good things and not necessarily with sin, that our relationship with the Lord can become less of a priority to us.

Being too busy “doing good things for the Lord” can make us spend less time with Him.

Even Jesus took time out to spend time with God the Father in prayer, what makes us think that we don’t have to!

We need to spend time with God on a regular basis.

If we are too busy we cannot live out Psalm 46 v 10.

We all need to take time to be still, to sit in prayer and mediation, to sit reading the Word; if we do this we will know He is God.

In order to truly know someone we need to spend time with him or her; the same is true for our relationship with God.

Time with the Lord needs to be a priority in our life; we may even need to stop doing “good” things in order to free up more time.

When did you last sit still for a decent period of time?

When did you last really take an hour or two to focus on the Word of God?

These are questions I will be pondering on this afternoon!

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that you want our relationship to improve, thank you that you will give me all the time I need”.

Psalm 46 v 10…..Be still and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth

DIG for Tuesday the 27th of September…..grace and law are not supposed to be in balance…..Romans 6 v 14

After preaching one time I received the following feedback, “I loved what you said about grace but we need to balance that view with law”.

No, no, no!

That is not the case.

I would say that if there is any balance required it is 100% grace and 0% law.

Law and grace are two different things, based under two different covenants and were never meant to run alongside each other.

One was for pre-cross and the other is of post-cross; they were never designed to co-exist.

At the cross Jesus ‘replaced’ the old covenant (or law) with the new covenant (or grace).

Trying to balance law and grace, or live by both is impossible as they are mutually exclusive.

The Word says that sin cannot have dominion over us as we live under grace (Romans 6 v 14).

This verse also tells us another truth, that sin will have dominion over us if we try and live under law!

Failure is always the result of mixing law and grace.

Law is putting trust in yourself and your own works and that always ends in disaster; grace is trusting solely in the finished work of Jesus and that work was perfectly perfect!

Trust in Jesus, live under grace and have nothing to do with law.

Speak this out…..”Thank you Lord that I live under grace and not law”.

Romans 6 v 14…..For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under law, but under grace

DIG for Monday the 26th of September……how do you see yourself; as an overcomer or a grasshopper…..Numbers 13 v 30

How we see ourselves is of vital importance, affecting how successful we are in life.

When Moses sent out the spies to “check out the land” he wanted the facts, he wanted a report on what they saw (Numbers 13 v 16 to 20).

Ten of the spies saw nothing but problems and saw themselves as grasshoppers, forgetting the promises that God had made (Numbers 13 v 33).

These ten died before the Hebrew nation entered into the Promised Land.

Two of the spies saw the same problems but remembered what God had promised and saw themselves as conquerors.

These two, Caleb and Joshua, eventually entered the Promised Land with the nation.

Ten had their identify tied up in the physical circumstances that they saw and they failed.

Two had their identity tied up with what God said, irrespective of what they saw in the physical, and they succeeded.

How do you see yourself?

What do you base your identity upon?

Do you base your identity upon what you see or what God has said?

How you answer that question will affect our life in terms of success or failure.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that you have a plan and purpose for my life and thank you that you see me as a success”.

Numbers 13 v 30 And Caleb stilled the people before Moses, and said, Let us go at once, and possess it; for we are well able to overcome it

DIG for Sunday the 25th of September…..of course Jesus lived, that is no longer in dispute…..John 1 v 14

As I was driving home from town this morning I listened to a fascinating discussion on the radio.

A professor was going on about a man, one of the most important men who had ever lived, a man that had shaped the history of the Western world more than any other man, yet a man who is never studied in history lessons.

I thought, “This should be about Jesus, I wonder who they mean”.

Imagine my surprise as the professor said, “I am of course talking about Jesus”.

Jesus and His teachings, through His followers, have shaped our history, shaped our culture and shaped our world

The professor spoke about how no serious historian can now dispute that a man called Jesus lived, spoke out a seriously radical message and then was crucified by the Romans.

Some people still talk of Jesus being a mythical figure but that is just not true; a man called Jesus lived and died at the time described in the Bible.

That point no longer requires serious discussion, however it is serious what you believe about Jesus; as I’ve written in the last couple of DIGs this has eternal consequences.

Jesus was not only a man, he was also God and he came to bring reconciliation and forgiveness to a needy world.

Through Jesus, through faith and trust in Him and His finished work, man can come into an eternal relationship with God the Father.

That is serious!

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that Jesus became flesh and dwelt among us and thank you for His finished work on the cross”.

John 1 v 14…..And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth

DIG for Saturday the 24th of September…..and this is another passage that is crystal clear in its meaning…..John 3 v 16

I wrote yesterday about a verse in Scripture that was very clear in its meaning.

Today I want to do the same and look at the passage around John 3 v 16.

Once again we read that Jesus is the only way through which a man might be saved.

As with the verse yesterday (John 14 v 6) the requirement for salvation is faith, belief and trust in Jesus and His finished work.

There is only one important thing with regards to a man’s eternal destiny, and that is what they decided “to do” with Jesus.

If you have faith in Jesus you are saved.

If you do not believe in Jesus you are not saved; it is that simple.

Jesus came (He was given by God) in order to bring reconciliation and forgiveness to men from God.

He achieved this through shedding His blood on the cross (Ephesians 1 v 7 and Colossians 1 v14).

Belief in this, belief in Jesus and His finished work is what brings a man into eternal life with God the Father.

Friends, it is not enough to talk to people about God and ask if they believe in God; the devil and his minions believe in God.

We need to tell people about Jesus and His finished work; this is what will bring a man to salvation.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord for the finished work of Jesus and thank you for the reconciliation and forgiveness that this work brought”.

John 3 v 16…..For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life