DIG for Friday the 20th of January…..we should never be astonished with the provision of Jesus…..Mark 5 v 42

Over the years I have seen many wonderful things in my walk as a believer.

I have seen many people healed, delivered and set free

While in India recently I saw two blind people see and one deaf lady hear; it was wonderful to see the miraculous happening in front of my eyes.

Thankfully I am now at the stage of my walk when I expect to see the miraculous, although I really would like to see a lot more.

At the end of Mark chapter 5 we see people being astonished at the miraculous when Jesus raises a girl from the dead (Mark 5 v 35 to 42).

I love the way the write of the Gospel showed their degree of surprises saying they were “astonished with a great astonishment”.

So, they were really astonished then!

This is not surprising as the people had never seen anything like this.

We however are very different.

We have the Word of God that tells us that “supernatural” miracles should be part of our walk with the Lord.

We have been given the power an authority to perform miracles in His name.

I once heard a preacher saying this, “If our life is not supernatural then it is superficial”.

The Word is full of the miracles of Jesus.

The Word also tells us to do the same and more!

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord for the power and authority you have given us to live a supernatural life full of ‘astonishing’ miracles”.

Mark 5 v 42…..And straightaway the damsel arose, and walked; for she was of the age of twelve years. And they were astonished with a great astonishment

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DIG for Thursday the 19th of January…..forgiveness only comes through His blood…..Ephesians 1 v 7

This little verse in Ephesians tells us much about forgiveness, yet it seems to be a verse that a lot of the church does not understand.

 
If we are asking for forgiveness from God we do not understand this verse.

 
If we are looking at our sin during communion we do not understand this verse.

 
If we think we have to do something (like forgiving others for example) to be forgiven by God we do not understand this verse.
Forgiveness from God only comes one way, and that is through the blood of Jesus; this verse is clear on that.
It does not come via religious performance, begging, pleading or “examining ourselves” for sin.
It is a gift from God through His grace.
And the gift was the life of His precious Son Jesus.
The Bible tells us that remission, or forgiveness of sin, only comes through the shedding of blood (Hebrews 9 v 22).
The fortunate truth for us, living under grace and under the New Covenant, is that Jesus has already shed all the blood required.
Forgiveness is a “done deal”, occurring just about two thousand years ago.
We have already been forgiven and do not need to ask God to forgive us ever again.
This is the wonderful truth of the New Covenant!
Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that I live under grace and under the New Covenant and thank you that I have already been forgiven for all my sins”.
Ephesians 1 v 7…..In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace

 

DIG for Wednesday the 18th of January….. so what do you have against Jesus…..John 3 v 16

In a Bible teaching today I heard the preacher talking about people having an issue with religion but not an issue with Jesus, and this made me ponder on that statement.

Many people have a problem with the church and Christians; they speak of hypocrisy, they speak of evil deeds done in the name of the church.

And I have a degree of sympathy with this view, having seen much hypocrisy in my time in the church.

However when you look at the life and teachings of Jesus there is not a lot to get annoyed about.

He was a man of compassion, mercy and love; He was a man who was for the “little” person saving His biting comments for the religious establishment.

Jesus did not have an ounce of hypocrisy or evil in His body.

There is nothing in His teachings to merit the evil deeds that we see throughout the history of the church.

Men, down through the ages and even today, have taken the words and deeds of Jesus and used them for their own ends; this is unfortunately the effect of religion.

I am not surprised many men have serious issues with “false” Christianity and the church.

But there is nothing to hold against Jesus.

Jesus is what we need to tell proclaim, what He did and who He was.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord for the finished work of Jesus Christ and thank you for all that I receive as a gift of grace through faith in Him”.

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