DIG for Friday the 23rd of June…..the Word is hard and challenging but it is so worth it…..John 14 v 12

I’m taking a wee break just now from preparing my next sermon as I am finding the material I’m looking to teach very challenging!

I love the Word and I love preparing to teach the Word but sometimes it is really hard to take on board the message coming over.

There are times when I say to myself, “OK, I’m not sure about this and I’m not really doing this, but the Word says I can so I have to believe I can”.

Have you ever thought like that?

Take John 14 v 12 for example.

I am planning to use this verse in my next message to encourage and exhort the fellowship, but it is such a hard verse to believe!

Jesus says that we (as born again believers and followers of Him) can do what He did and we can do it greater (in terms of numbers of things we can do as a group instead of just an individual).

But Jesus walked on water, Jesus healed the sick (sometimes all of them), Jesus cast out demons and Jesus even raised people from the dead.

The Word, Jesus indeed, is saying I can do all those things.

He is also say that you, if you are a born again believer, can do all those things as well.

What do you think about that?

I don’t know about you but I find that challenging, but I also find it extremely encouraging, as I know it is possible for me to do those things as Jesus has said I can.

I may not be seeing this happening just now but Jesus has said I can and Jesus is not a liar.

So for now I am just going to believe it, try and understand it a bit more and start speaking out that I can do it; what about you, going to join me?

Speak this out today…..Thank you Lord that through the finished work of Jesus I can do what your Word says I can do”.

John 14 v 12…..Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that beleiveth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father

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DIG for Thursday the 22nd of June…..the Lord is my Lord, my God…..Psalm 18 v 1 and 2

As I’ve written before, I sometimes just let my Bible open and see what it says!

Tonight I did just this and opened the Bible up at Psalm 18.

One thing hit me straight away and it was the use of the word “my” nine times in the first two verses.

The Psalmist was writing about his God, but I know that this is also talking about my God.

I can take these verses and ‘claim’ the same things that the Psalmist knew.

I can say that the Lord is my strength, my rock, my fortress and my deliverer.

He is my salvation and He is my high tower.

These are wonderful truths that the Psalmist knew and also what I know.

And the wonderful truth is that you can know the same as these words are also for you; these truths can be for every person.

As a believer these truths hold for all of us, all that is required is faith and trust in the finished work of Jesus.

The same is true about all the other truths in His Word.

We can personalise everything that was prophesied for future believers and also what we read under the New Covenant.

The Word is a list of what we can have as a gift of grace through faith in Jesus.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that you are my God, my strength, my fortress and my deliverer”.

Psalm 18 v 1 and 2…..I will love thee, O lord, my strength. The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower