DIG for Monday the 22nd of May……the Word will always outlast gold and treasure…..1 Peter 1 v 25

While watching a tv program on iplayer this afternoon I thought about the difference between gold (or treasure) and the Word of God.

In this program some treasure and a Bible were hidden in the ground from robbers over a thousand years ago.

When the treasure was dug up years later by a metal detectorist the Bible had rotted away; the gold had survived but the Bible had not.

This of course is the opposite of what will happen according to God’s Word.

His Word will endure forever and will never ‘rot’ away (1 Peter 1 v 25).

We know we can never take any treasure in terms of money or gold with us when we leave this earth, but we will always have the Word of the Lord.

Even now I have to be carefully about ‘chasing after treasure’ when I should be digging up truths in the Word.

I think we all need to be aware of this at times!

The Word is what will change our lives and it is the Word that will endure long after our money, gold and treasures have gone.

The Word is the really valuable thing in our lives even though at times we think it is our natural resources.

Seeing the gold being uncovered in this program while the Word had rotted away really brought home to me how the things of God are opposite to the things of this world.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord for your Word, and thank you that it will endure for ever”.

1 Peter 1 v 25…..But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you

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DIG for Sunday the 21st of May…..have you fully removed your graveclothes and napkin…..John 11 v 44

While I was reading the account of the resurrection of Lazarus yesterday I had a wonderful picture about our salvation.

When we recognise Jesus and hear His voice we are brought back from spiritual death, and created new.

However when we come to salvation we are still bound up with many of our old attitudes and mind-sets.

We still cannot see all the truths about Jesus in His Word.

So, as Lazarus had to remove the graveclothes from his body and the napkin from his face, we needed to remove the bondages holding us back from our true potential.

If we have our spiritual eyes covered we cannot see the truths in the Word.

If we are still in bondage to our graveclothes (religion and legalism) we cannot move into the freedom of what we have in Christ.

We remove our ‘graveclothes and napkin’ through renewing our minds to the truth in His Word.

Mind renewal is key to moving into the abundant life that Jesus came to provide for us (John 10 v 10).

Mind renewal removes error in our thinking and helps us move into health and prosperity.

Wrong thinking leads to wrong living, as right thinking leads to right living; and mind renewal is the key to this.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that I have been created new in my spirit and have been brought back to spiritual life through faith in Jesus Christ”.

John 11 v 44…..And he that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with graveclothes: and his face was bound about with a napkin. Jesus said unto them, Loose him, and let him go

DIG for Saturday the 20th of May…..calm and with authority, that’s how to pray…..John 11 v 43

In the Gospels we get a wonderful example of how to pray when we look to Jesus.

Jesus did go into the mountains to pray, and we don’t know what He prayed at these times.

But at other times we can read His actual words.

Take when Lazarus was raised from the dead for example.

I think this is one of the most powerful prayers of all time; after all it was used to raise someone from the dead.

Jesus used only three words, “Lazarus, come forth” (John 11 v 43).

So our prayers do not need to be long with fancy words.

Jesus commanded Lazarus to come forth, He did not ask for this.

So, we can pray in authority and with boldness, commanding into existence what Jesus has already provided for us.

Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead without a ‘season’ of fasting.

So, we do not need to wait or perform religiously for what we already have in our spirit.

Jesus did not require long prayers to perform His miracles, and we can do the same (in fact He told us we would do greater things than Him).

We can heal with simple words, commanding healing in the name of Jesus and the power of the Holy Spirit.

God does not require performance or elegant requests for you to heal or set people free.

He requires you to act in the power and authority that you have been given and calming speak out what is required.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that you have given me power and authority to speak out healing over peoples lives”.

John 11 v 43…..And when he had thus spoken, he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth