DIG for Friday the 5th of May…..we have been reconciled and we did nothing…..2 Corinthians 5 v 18

The thing that makes true Christianity unique is the fact that God Himself reached out to mankind.

In every religion around the world we see mankind reaching out to God through rituals and traditions, trying to receive His blessings and forgiveness.

Every religion recognises the shortcomings of man and tries to make up for this with their own works and efforts.

This does not work and will never work.

However this is not necessary.

Yes, all men have come short of the glory of God and require something to be done to bring them back into favour and relationship with God.

But this “thing” has already been done.

God Himself, through the finished work of Jesus Christ, has provided the reconciliation required.

At the cross Jesus took our place and dealt with the sin issue once and for all.

Sin is no longer an issue for God, and forgiveness and reconciliation have been given.

Yes, given, given as a gift.

Now all mankind can reap the benefits of this with the simple act of faith.

We do not require to do anything to be reconciled to God, He has done this already through Jesus(2 Corinthians 5 v 18).

We now use faith in Jesus and we receive the benefits of this reconciliation.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that I have already been reconciled to you through the finished work of Jesus Christ”.

2 Corinthians 5 v 18…..And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation

DIG for Thursday the 4th of May…..we are now just like God…..2 Corinthians 5 v 18

We are now just like God; doesn’t that sound like a proud and arrogant statement?

It may sound that way, but if you are a born again believer it is true.

We have spoken in the last couple of days about our newly created born again spirit.

This was created in righteousness and true holiness (Ephesians 4 v 24).

We may not have changed in our soul or body but our spirit was radically changed.

The change was so radical that our spirit is now perfect and sinless, just like Jesus.

Indeed, when God now looks at us as spirit to spirit He sees Jesus.

The Word says that as He is so are we in this present world, and this is talking about Jesus (1 John 4 v 17).

It says we are just like Jesus right now.

I know this is not talking about my soul (mind, will and emotions) or my body so it must be talking about my spirit.

My spirit and yours is of God; that is what the start of 2 Corinthians 5 v 18 is saying.

It is not prideful or arrogant to see that in our spirit we are like God, it is a Biblical truth.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that my spirit is sinless and perfect, just like Jesus”.

2 Corinthians 5 v 18…..And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation

DIG for Wednesday the 3rd of May…..identity is the key…..2 Corinthians 5 v 17

The more I ‘work’ as a pastor the more I realise about the importance of identity for the believer.

The Word is clear about who we are in Christ and what we have in Christ, however until a believer knows this, understands this and truly believes this they will not live the life of abundance that Jesus came to bring.

Yes, we may still have some sin in our lives and we may still come short however we are not sinners, we are saints.

Yes, we may commit some unrighteous acts and deeds however we are in fact completely righteous.

Yes, we think some unholy thoughts but our true identify is rooted and established in true holiness.

Now I am not making an excuse for sin and I am not minimising sin, I am maximising the finished work of Jesus and maximising our true identity.

The things you do or do not do are not your true identity, your true identity is what you were made the second you were born again.

Your true identity is who you are in Christ.

As I wrote yesterday, at your salvation your spirit was created new in righteousness and true holiness (Ephesians 4 v 24).

That is your true identity.

At salvation you were adopted into God’s family as a son; that is your true identity.

So look to your true identity this fine morning and not at what you are or are not doing!

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that I am righteous and holy, and thank you that I am a son of the Living God”.

2 Corinthians 5 v 17…..Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold all things are become new

DIG for Tuesday the 2nd of May…..you have a new identity…..2 Corinthians 5 v 17

2 Corinthians 5 v 17 is a verse all about our identity; a verse aimed at believers telling them who they now are in Christ.

This is also a verse about inclusiveness, as no believers are missed out.

The verse says any man who is in Christ; that means any person who is a believer (having trusted and put their faith in Jesus) is included in whatever is written about next.

So this has nothing to do with performance or works it is all to do with faith.

This verse dies not say any man who tithes or prays or does good works for example.

Once we are born again (or in Christ) we are “a new creature”, which is what this verse says.

Now this is obviously talking about our spirit man, as we know when we were saved our body and soul (mind, will and emotions) did not pass away prior to being created new.

Our old spirit man with its sin nature passed away and our spirit was created brand new.

This spirit was created in righteousness and true holiness (Ephesians 4 v 24).

And this happened for every believer, or every man as the Word says.

No one is missed out of this wonderful change in identity.

Every born again believer is righteous and holy, and every Christian is a saint.

You can personalise this verse just like I have done and speak put this truth, “I am in Christ and a new creature: the old has passed away and I have been created new”.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that my spirit has been created new in righteousness and true holiness”.

2 Corinthians 5 v 17…..Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold all things are become new

DIG for Monday the 1st of May…..I love studying what I think I already know…..2 Corinthians 5 v 21

We all have verses or passages in the Bible that we think we know really well.

We all have our favourite passages that mean a lot to us.

I was reminded of one of my favourite passages in Scripture the other night at the Bible school and have been prompted to study this again.

It is a good idea to study verses that we think we know, as we can never know everything there is to understand about Scripture.

The Word is alive and vibrant and can bring us new revelation every time we read it, especially if we “tune in” to the Holy Spirit at the same time.

So I have decided to look once again at the passage that includes the verse that truly changed my life.

Once I realised that I was righteous my life changed.

An understanding of our righteous ness is one of the fundamental truths that we build our life upon.

We are made righteous as a gift of grace through faith, not through any works of our own.

We can be made righteous because of the finished work of Jesus.

We have the possibility of righteousness due to our forgiveness and reconciliation because of the shed blood of Jesus.

This passage will tell us what happened to us, what occurred so that we could be made righteous.

I hope you are as excited about the upcoming DIGs as I am!

So come with me on a journey as we study out 2 Corinthians 5 v 17 to 21.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that I have been made righteous as a gift of grace through faith in the finished wok of Jesus”.

2 Corinthians 5 v 21…..For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him

DIG for Sunday the 30th if April…..time to chill and relax…..Matthew 11 v 28 to 30

I have been taking some of my own advice the last couple of days and it has been having an effect.

Sometimes we can get very busy, be it with church or work or even both.

I mentioned recently about the picture of relaxing during a storm.

Now, I am not actually in what I would call a storm, however I am particularly busy at the moment.

I have church and bible school business building up, and I am also well behind with writing my daily DIGs.

This however is not causing me stress and concern, I am feeling really relaxed about things.

This is quite a change from my attitude a few years ago, but I have realised that worry, stress and concern does not make the work go away!

What I have found is that if we relax, trust in Jesus we will get through what we have to do.

Now I am not saying I do not carry that I am getting behind with church and bible school business, which is not an appropriate attitude either.

But getting worried helps no-one.

We should care about our responsibilities, however we can also relax and “put the burden” onto the Lord.

It is a shame that I am not producing work as quickly as I should or would like, but I have realised that it is not exactly a matter of life and death.

Sometimes we just need to “chill and relax”.

The DIGs will get written, the essays will get marked and the sermons will get written but sometimes I need to relax and focus on the Lord.

Is this an attitude that could help you right now?

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that we can be relaxed instead of worried and stressed”.

Matthew 11 v 28 to 30…..Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn if me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light

DIG for Saturday the 29th of April…..church is for building up…..Hebrews 10 v 25

In church the other day we prayed for a dear couple over some problems in their life.

After the prayer one of them said that they had remembered a picture I had in church a few weeks ago.

I had seen a storm but in the middle of the storm a lady was lying down on a hammock relaxing and sipping on a cool drink.

I thought at the time that this was for someone going through a storm who had to relax and trust in Jesus.

Our sister said she remembered that picture this week as the storm hit her and her family and she made the conscious effort to relax.

Indeed the storm hit during the night so she said she simply went back to sleep!

This is a great example of what church is for.

Hebrews 10 v 25 says that we should assemble together in order to exhort one another.

To assemble means to build up and that is what we do in church.

In this example our sister was built up by remembering the picture and putting it into practice, but I was also built up as I realised that I had heard correctly from God with regards to the picture I spoke out previously.

We should all go to church to be built up but also to build.

We are there to be blessed but also to be a blessing.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord for your church and thank you that we can assemble together”.

Hebrews 10 v 25…..Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching