DIG for Sunday the 1st of January…..we can learn to control our bodies with our words…..Proverbs 18 v 21

As you will have gathered in the last few DIGs I have an amazing regard for the people of India that we are meeting.

We are praying for many people especially women, who are suffering with pain in their backs, necks and knees through the years of constant hard work.

Many people are being healed however we are trying to teach then people that they can take control of their bodies and deal with the pain as it is starting or even before it starts.

This seems to be a new concept to the people here, but it is an important principle that can really help them if they grasp it.

At home we have taught our fellowship to speak out positive words over their bodies, showing them in the Word that this is a Biblical principle.

Death and life are in the power of the tongue is what the Word of God says (Proverbs 18 v 21).

We can either speak death (bad and negative words) or life (good and positive words) over our bodies (and of course also over other things such as our families, our jobs and our education for example).

Our words have creative power and can change the physical world; that is what it means to have death and life in the power of our tongue.

When our bodies get sore we could say, “Oh well, I’ve been working hard so I should expect some pain”.

Or we could say, “The Bible says I can talk to my mountain (pain) and tell it to be gone”.

We could also say, “By His stripes I was healed so body be healed”.

It is our choice to speak out life or death over any situation, including our bodies.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that death and life are in the power of my tongue, so today I choose to speak life over my body”.

Proverbs 18 v 21…..Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof

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DIG for Saturday the 31st of December…..we are blessed by the work of our hands…..Job 1 v 10

I have had the privilege to meet many young people while I’ve been here in India.

What has really impressed me is their desire for a good education and their drive in achieving this.

Once again I am being taught by the people that we were asked to come and teach.

At the end of each meeting we offering up time for prayer and ministry, and we have been seeing a pattern of what happens next.

We see the older ladies in the fellowship come for prayer, followed by the men.

Then the youth come for prayer, and they always ask for success in their education.

I love that they always wait until the end until their elders have had prayer, showing a real honour and respect for the older people in their community.

Then when it is their turn they ask for prayer over their examinations and their studies.

They want to be a success in life and know it comes through a good education.

This is what we have seen in all the churched we have been in so far and also in the orphanage; children who want a good education in order to get a good job so that they can provide for themselves and their families.

They know the Biblical principle that God will bless you by the work of your hands (Job 1 v 10).

I knew this principle before I came to India and I teach this at home, however what I am seeing is this in action more than I have ever seen it before.

This is a wonderful country with beautiful and hardworking people, and I feel so honoured and privileged to have been invited to share some time with them.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that you will bless me through the work of my hands and thank you for the skills and talents that you have provided for me to do this”.

Job 1 v 10….Hast not thou made an hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that h hath on every side? Thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land

DIG for Friday the 30th of December…..we are truly blessed but we do so little with so much…..Ephesians 1 v 3

I quite often write in my DIGs about how blessed I am, and I have never felt this as much as I do today.

We sponsor an orphanage here in India and visited it today for the first time.

We have also been visiting churches in the local area, meeting the children of God that live here.

The comparison between our life in the West and the lives lived by the saints here in India is staggering.

In terms of material goods and comforts we have so much and they have so little.

But I see more smiles from the saints here than I do back home.

I hear less moaning and complaining about what they do not have than back home.

I see a fervour in prayer and worship and a desire to be the first to publically read out God’s Word in a church service.

I see more desire here for the Lord than I see back home.

As my wife said to the pastor and his wife yesterday, “You do so much with so little, and we do so little with so much”.

What I am seeing here is a real sense of community that I do not recognise back home; I see people sharing the little that they have with one another, caring for the orphans and the feeding the widows for example.

I felt ashamed last night with the life I live, however I will not let this condemn me, I will let this experience teach me and I will change.

We were brought over to India to teach the people in the churches here, however what I am finding is that we are learning more from them!

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that I am really blessed and highly favoured, and I thank you for all that you have done for me and all that you have given me”.

Ephesians 1 v 3…..Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ

DIG for Thursday the 29th of December…..give with a cheerful heart….2 Corinthians 9 v 7

 

I am very fortunate in having a number of generous partners in the ministry and generous members in our church fellowship.

I am given regular offerings and also some wonderfully generous ‘one-off’ gifts

Today I think I received one of the best offerings I have every received, a wrinkled orange!

After preaching and ministry at a small village church this afternoon an old lady, who I think we prayed for, gave me the orange.

This may not sound much to you, and wouldn’t seem a lot to me (given that we have four or five oranges and a bunch of bananas in the hotel room).

However I could see it was a lot for her, and I am sitting here in my room looking at this fruit feeling really humbled.

I had not asked for an offering, yet the lady wanted to give me something for preaching and praying for her, she wanted to give into the Kingdom.

This lady was not forced, coerced or asked, she just knew she wanted to give and she did.

This makes me think of 2 Corinthians 9 v 7 (about being a cheerful giver) however it also makes me think that we should be giving more like this in the ‘West’.

Not only was this lady giving cheerful and out of love, she was giving sacrificially.

Compared to what we have this lady has very, very little yet she still gave.

I am not going to keep this fruit, not going to take home to Scotland, I am going to eat it soon and I am going to enjoy it.
And I will also be praying that the lady that sowed into my life will be blessed in a mighty way in the days to come.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that we can give into the Kingdom and thank you for those who give in a sacrificial manner”.

2 Corinthians 9 v 7…..Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful give