DIG for Monday the 9th of October…..don’t panic, don’t panic…..John 14 v 1

If you are British and of a certain age you may well remember the BBC comedy “Dad’s Army”.

There was one soldier who could not cope with stressful situations, he just went around shouting “Don’t panic, don’t panic”, even though he was!

He let his emotions take over and he could not function properly.

Do you know that you can control your emotions, indeed as a Christian you should be?

On the night before His crucifixion Jesus spent time with His disciples giving them some final guidance (John 14, 15 and 16).

The first thing He says to them is to not let their heart be troubled (John 14 v 1).

He tells them to choose (to make a conscious decision) to keep control of their emotions.

Jesus would not direct them to do this if they could not; and He is saying the same to you today.

If you are in or are entering into a stressful situation the first thing you need to do is keep control of your emotions.

But this will be too hard you may be saying!

Well, Jesus was telling this to His disciple the night before they would watch Him die on a cross.

They would think all was lost and they would even fear for their own lives, yet He still told them to keep their emotions under control.

We see of course that they did not listen to this advice, but we have hindsight and have the Word to show us that we can do it!

So whatever you are enduring today the Lord is asking you to not let your heart be troubled, He is asking you to keep control of your emotions.

You can do it!

Speak this out today…..”Thank you lord that my emotions should not be controlling me, thank you that I can and will control my emotions”.

John 14 v 1…..Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me

DIG for Sunday the 8th of October……You are not your own saviour……Ephesians 6 v 17

The last piece of defensive armour that Paul uses to describe our Spiritual armour is the helmet of salvation.

When I see the word ‘salvation’ my first thought is usually ‘is that sozo?’.

But this ‘salvation’ isn’t sozo.

This word ‘salvation’ is from a word that suggests ‘the salvation that’s been provided by a Saviour’.

How wonderful that our salvation (our eternal security and the full provision for abundant life now) is not dependent on us, but is totally dependent on the actions and provision of our awesome Saviour.

What a relief that knowledge brings.

When we know that our relationship with God is not based on our performance, but on our Saviour’s performance, what can the enemy ever have to accuse us of, or lie to us about?

There is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus (Romans 8 v 1) because any condemnation due was placed onto Jesus.

There is nothing left in us that God is holding against us!

We are free from any accusation; the enemy has nothing left to bring against us (John 14 v 30).

The knowledge of Jesus’ finished work, and the revelation that our acceptance by God is based entirely on His performance and is nothing to do with ours is a powerful defence against the accuser of the brethren (Revelation 12 v 10).

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that You alone are my Saviour; I don’t have to do anything to add to what You have already provided for me”.

Ephesians 6:17…And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God