DIG for Sunday the 13th of August…..not just a son but an heir…..Galatians 4 v 7

The book of Galatians is a wonderful description of grace; the unmerited favour and unconditional goodness of God towards His people.

It is crammed full of amazing verses about what He has done for us through Jesus.

Take Galatians 4 v 7 for example.

We should never take a verse out of context of course, however this verse stands alone as a most wonderful statement about how good God is.

We have been redeemed through Jesus and have been adopted as sons into His family (Galatians 4 v 5).

And now that we are sons we are also heirs of God through Jesus (Galatians 4 v 7).

Being an heir in this world brings certain rights and privileges; this is also true in the Kingdom.

In the world you have to wait until a person dies in order to inherit, but in the Kingdom we inherit right now as Jesus has already died!

As sons and heirs we inherit all the goodness of God; we inherit forgiveness, righteousness, healing, prosperity, joy and peace (among other things).

We do not have to wait for the good things of God, we have them now; we have them already (Ephesians 1 v 3).

We need to believe this truth and receive this truth and then we can see the goodness of God made manifest in our lives.

Speak this out today…..Thank you Lord that as a gift of grace through faith in Jesus I am your son and I am your heir”.

Galatians 4 v 7…..Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son: and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ

DIG for Saturday the 12th of August…..what He promised to Joshua He promises to you…..Joshua 1 v 9

Nunsy said tonight that the next time she is preaching she will be coming from Joshua, and that made me head straight to that book for the DIG tonight.

What the Lord says to Joshua as he embarked on his ministry, into leadership, He is saying to us today.

And I find that truth extremely encouraging.

He promises to be with us on the mission He has tasked us with (Joshua 1 v 5).

He promises that He will not fail us (Joshua 1 v 5).

He promises us that if we follow His guidance we will prosper in whatever we do (Joshua 1 v 7).

He promises that if we focus on His Word and speak out His Word we will have good success (Joshua 1 v 8).

He promises that with His presence we can live without fear (Joshua 1 v 9).

Now there’s a great model for anything that we do in life, be it ministry, school, work, indeed any part of life.

Follow the Lord’s guidance through His Word and through your personal relationship with Jesus and you cannot go wrong.

You cannot fail to succeed and prosper if you go with His guidance rather than with your on understanding.

This is a truth confirmed in Proverbs (Proverbs 3 v 5 and 6).

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord for the promises that you gave to Joshua, and thank you that you have also given them to me”.

Joshua 1 v 9…..Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of good courage; be not afraid, neither be dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest

DIG for Friday the 11th of August…..it is not greedy to want to be rich…..2 Corinthians 9 v 8

I’ve just finished watching a corny and cheesy video on Facebook about what it means to be rich (I don’t know why I watch these things really).

The punch line was, “Being rich is not about what you have, it is about what you give”.

Now this is actually true!

The Bible is quite clear that prosperity and abundance is part of the ‘sozo package’ and is for every believer.

My experience is that most people in the church do not like that truth and want to believe the opposite.

But it is a Biblical truth, however there is a reason for a believer being rich, being prosperous and abundant.

It is not for you to spend on your own lusts, it is for you to give into need and to sow into the Kingdom.

Yes, you can use it to live in comfort and not live in lack, but it is not for your own greed.

We are provided with ‘bread’ for our own provision and ‘seed’ to give to others and to give into need (2 Corinthians 9 v 10).

We are really stewards of what God has given us and need to act in a Biblical manner with His riches.

As givers we become receivers and are able to give more into good works (2 Corinthians 9 v 8).

Never be afraid to be rich or want to be rich, just as long as your attitude is Biblical and your actions are Biblical.

Speak this out today….”Thank you Lord that you provided for my prosperity and abundance through the finished work of Jesus”.

2 Corinthians 9 v 8…..And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work

DIG for Thursday the 10th of August…..grace, grace, grace; not again…..John 1 v 17

“Grace, grace, grace, that’s all you ever speak about Vic”; this is what many people want to say to me.

“Shouldn’t you be preaching the Gospel Vic?” is another statement people could shout at me.

I preach grace all the time, as grace is the gospel.

There is only one gospel and it is the grace of Jesus Christ (Galatians 1 v 6).

The grace of Christ is THE gospel; there is no other one!

In fact it is more important than this as Jesus is grace (John 1 v 17).

The Word tells us that the law was given, but it tells us that grace is a person.

Grace is Jesus.

You could write it like this (remember I have a degree in mathematics) –

GRACE = GOSPEL = JESUS = GRACE

Grace is not a message, it is not a doctrine, it is not a philosophy; it is a person, and that person is Jesus Christ.

That is why I will only ever preach grace, as I know that this is preaching the gospel and it is preaching Jesus.

By preaching grace, by preaching the gospel we are simply revealing Jesus to people.

Jesus is what people need to hear about!

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord for the gospel of grace, thank you for Jesus”.

John 1 v 17…..For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ

DIG for Wednesday the 9th of August…..He provided a way, but we have to act in trust…..Exodus 14 v 21 and 22

The Lord parting the Red Sea and making a way of escape for the nation of Israel is a picture of our salvation.

If the people had not walked onto the dry seabed between the towering walls of water they would have been lost; the Egyptian armies would have caught them and slaughtered them.

But I was just thinking that it would have taken a huge amount of trust to walk between the high walls of water.

What if the waters crashed upon them?

What if the water came back?

The people had to trust the way that the Lord had provided and had to make the choice to move into it.

The same is true for salvation.

The Lord, through the finished work of Jesus Christ, has provided reconciliation and forgiveness, both prerequisites required for salvation.

We have to choose to trust in Jesus and His finished work to benefit from this provision.

We have to trust Him and then choose to ‘move into’ Jesus.

Unless we do that we will be lost, even though the way to salvation has been provided for all.

Trust was required to walk across the Red Sea and trust is required to start your walk with Jesus.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that you have provided all that is required for my salvation through the finished work of Jesus Christ”.

Exodus 14 v 21 and 22…..And Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and the Lord caused the sea to go back by a strong east wind all that night, and made the sea dry land, and the waters were divided. And the children of Israel went into the midst of the sea upon the dry ground: and the waters were a wall unto them on their right hand, and on their left

DIG for Tuesday the 8th of August…..He calmed the storm, He didn’t help them through it…..Luke 8 v 24

While in worship today I saw a vision of the disciples in the boat during the storm; I felt as if I was in there with them.

Jesus had told the disciples to go to the other side, yet the disciples were in real fear during the storm.

As I watched this ‘video’ in my head I heard Jesus speaking to me through the vision.

He told me that He had told us (He was including me in with the disciples) to do something.

He told me that He did not send the storm.

He told me that He did not want to accompany us through the storm; He said He had given us authority to calm the storm.

This goes against so much of what we hear in some sections of the church, that the Lord will send storms into our lives and that Jesus will be with us as we go through these storms.

Now, we can learn as we go through storms and yes Jesus will stay with us, however when we see Jesus in a storm He calmed it; and He is telling us today that we can calm them as well.

He has given us authority over this physical world, and He has given us the Holy Spirit for power.

Power and authority are ours!

Jesus is telling us to start yielding this power and authority against the storms in our lives.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that we have the power of the Holy Spirit and authority from Jesus to calm the storms in our lives”.

Luke 8 v 24…..And they came to him, and awoke him, saying, Master, master, we perish. Then he arose, and rebuked the wind and the raging of the water: and they ceased, and there was a calm

DIG for Monday the 7th of August…..we may make Him sad but He will never depart from us…..Hebrews 13 v 5

I’ve been reading through Ephesians 4 again, getting ready for my next message at MGF, and have been considering the phrase, ‘grieve the Holy Spirit’.

I’ve heard many different, and some frightening, interpretations of this scripture.

I’ve been told that the Holy Spirit will depart from me if I grieve Him, but the Word says He will never leave me nor forsake me, so I knew that was not true.

So what does grieving the Holy Spirit mean?

Looking at the Greek we can see the meaning of the Word grieve; it means to make sad or sorrowful.

I can accept that there are things that I would do that would make The Lord sorrowful.

I am a husband, father and grandfather, and there have been times that my family have done things that have made me sad and sorrowful.

Their actions however did not stop me from loving them or make me want to leave and not see them.

The same is true for the Holy Spirit.

As one of the Trinity He is God and He loves us.

We can do things that are not of Him and would grieve Him (or make Him sad and sorrowful) but His love never wavers and He will never depart.

God’s view of us and His love for us are not affected by our performance.

He does not love us any more or any less depending on what we do.

Of course, we should want to please Him but He will not stay or leave depending on what we do.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that you love me and will never leave me nor forsake me”.

Hebrews 13 v 5…..Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee