DIG for Friday the 2nd of September…..no eternal consequences but consequences here on earth…..John 5 v 14

As a pastor and teacher I hear myself saying a lot of the same things time and time again.

One of my regular sayings is that our sin has no eternal consequences any more but does have consequences here on earth.

I think this verse in the Gospel of John helps highlight this.

We can see that the man was made whole before Jesus spoke about his sin.

The sin had no effect on Jesus’ relationship with the man and whether or not he would be healed and made whole.

We could say the same about abundance, acceptance, mercy and compassion, indeed anything that Jesus gives to us.

We could say the same about our salvation in fact; our sin has no effect on this eternal consequence.

However after he was healed the man was warned about sin in case something worse happened to him.

This shows us that sin has consequences to us here on earth.

We can be hurt by our sin as we open a door to the enemy, our family and friends can be hurt by our sin, but it has no effect on God or our eternal destiny.

God cannot even see this sin anymore according to Hebrews 10 v 17.

The ‘grace message’ does not advocate that we can sin, God forbid Paul says!

But the ‘grace message’ (or what I prefer to call the Gospel or the truth) assures us that if we should fall we are not lost and do not lose our relationship with the Lord.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord for the finished work of Jesus and thank you that ALL my sin has been dealt with at an eternal level”.

John 5 v 14…..Afterward Jesus findeth him in the temple, and said unto him, Behold, thou art made whole: sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee


DIG for Thursday the 1st of September……get angry and resist…..James 4 v 7

Over the last week or so I have learned some valuable lessons about healing and the manifestation, or not, of healing.

I have seen someone close to me manifest supernaturally quick healing from multiple fractures in her arms, healing that is too quick in the natural, and I have taken on board a few lessons.

When problems and issues from the enemy come upon us we need to resist with aggressive and passion, we need to get angry.

We need to say, “No, I am not having this” and really mean it.

We need to fight to keep our healing, and I say “keep” instead of “get” as the enemy can only steal, kill and destroy what we already have (John 10 v 10).

At the same time we need to stand on the Word of God, no matter what we feel and no matter what others may be saying.

While others look at the natural and ask questions in the natural we need to look to the spiritual.

Even when good meaning fellow believers try and cast doubt and uncertainty into our minds through their natural unbelief we need to speak out what we know is the truth.

In other words we need to live out James 4 v 7; we need to resist the devil and submit to God.

And we need to be aggressive in both, aggressively resist the enemy and aggressively hold onto the goodness and truth of God.

Even if it offends people, hold onto and speak out what you believe, hold onto and speak out the truth in the Word of God.

By His stripes you have been healed!

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord for the finished work of Jesus and thank you for my healing that was released through the cross”.

James 4 v 7…..Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you