DIG for Monday the 6th of February…..oh boy, He must really love you…..Isaiah 53 v 10

At the Sunday service yesterday I used verses from Isaiah to show how much God loves people.

I was talking about how through the finished work of Jesus the Lord had made provision for all men to be saved and therefore made righteous.

He did this through the finished work of Jesus; through His death and resurrection.

I think over the years we have ‘tamed’ what the crucifixion of Jesus was really like.

On the cross He was unrecognisable as human; his body was absolutely smashed.

Isaiah calls this being ‘bruised’ (Isaiah 53 v 10); yes, the English really does not do this word justice.

To be ‘bruised’ means to be broken to pieces, crushed or destroyed.

This verse also tells us that it delighted the Lord (the word used is pleased) to do this.

Why, oh why was the Lord delighted to pulverise and smash the body of Jesus?

He did it because he loves you and wanted to make provision for your salvation and righteousness.

Yes, God loves you so much that His plan for your salvation included the death of His only begotten Son.

Yes, God really does love you!

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that you made the provision for my salvation and my righteousness through the finished work of Jesus”.

Isaiah 53 v 10…..Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in his hand

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DIG for Sunday the 5th of February…..because we are prone to forget…..Psalm 103 v 2

One of my favourite Psalms is Psalm 103.

The line that always catches my attention is verse 2; bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits.

This verse is deliberately in there (as all verses are of course) as we are prone to do just that, forget some of His benefits.

The Lord has already provided all spiritual blessings through the finished work of Jesus (Ephesians 1 v 3).

Yet a lot of the church (probably most of it) seems to have forgotten some of these benefits.

The church does of course recognise salvation and is thankful for this.

But too many churches and believers seem to have forgotten about healing and prosperity.

These are both benefits provided by Jesus.

We are told we have been healed of all diseases (Psalm 103 v 3 and 1 Peter 2 v 24) and we have been provided with abundance (Psalm 1043 v 5 and 2 Corinthians 8 v 9).

Jesus came to bring life in abundance that talks to me of health and prosperity (John 10 v 10).

Indeed above all things the Lord wants us to live in health and prosperity (3 John 2).

Healing and prosperity are benefits provided by Jesus and we must not forget this.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that you want me healed and you want me to live an abundant life”.

Psalm 103 v 2…..Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits

DIG for Saturday the 4th of February…..stand fast, don’t sit still…..Galatians 5 v 1

We are a blessed generation due to the fact that we now live under the New Covenant and under grace (Romans 6 v 14).

We have all the spiritual blessings we need (Ephesians 1 v 3) and have all we need for life and godliness (2 Peter 1 v 3).

However we do not just sit back with our feet up even though we know ‘works’ are not required for our blessings.

Galatians 5 v 1 says we have to stand fast in this liberty.

This is a statement of action and talks to me of perseverance and endurance.

Yes, I agree that we no longer require good works and religious performance to see God’s blessings manifest in our lives

However we do need to operate in faith and not let ourselves return to the bondage and struggle of religion.

To ‘stand fast’ means to persevere, so it implies there will be times when we do not feel like standing fast; it suggests there may be trials, temptations and persecution in our way.

Men seem to drift back to law and religion, it may feel and look like a safe place, however it is not.

Paul says it is bondage.

Stand fast in the Word, stand fast in prayer and stand fast in your faith in the Lord.

Stand fast under grace and do not be tempted back into performance-based religion, based upon the traditions of men (Colossians 2 v 8).

Grace is the best way, it is the way Jesus provided for those of us fortunate enough to like in this post-cross era.

Speak this out…..”Thank you Lord that we now live under grace and under the New Covenant”.

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