DIG for Monday the 2nd of October……our battle is not against flesh and blood…….Ephesians 6 v 12

Paul says that the weapons of our warfare are not carnal (2 Corinthians 10 v 4).

We are not in a carnal, natural fight!

In the battle with our enemy we don’t use natural weapons and natural armour.

We don’t use natural wisdom and reasoning.

There is nothing in the natural, physical realm that we can use in our battle with the enemy.

We are in a Spiritual battle and so we need Spiritual weapons and Spiritual armour.

We fight by making the choice to change our thinking from carnal, earthly thinking, to Spiritual, Word, Kingdom thinking.

We fight by resisting the enemy, which means being determined not to think the way he wants us to think, but to submit to God and let His Word fill our minds and determine our actions (James 4 v 7).

In other words the battle is in our mind, it is on our thought life.

If we can control and alter our thought life the fight against the enemy can and will be won.

We fight by taking unto ourselves the whole armour of God (Ephesians 6 v 11).

Speak this out today……”Thank you Lord that as my mind is renewed by Your Word I am empowered to fight in this spiritual battle”.

Ephesians 6 v 12….For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places

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DIG for Sunday the 1st of October…..Be strong in the Lord, be strong in His might……Ephesians 6 v 10

As you know I’ve been preaching about the armour of God recently, so Nunsy reminded me that she wrote a series of DIGs in 2014 about this very topic, and suggested I bring them out, “tweak” them a wee but and then publish. So here we go!

Our enemy has no real power; all he has is deception, but the trouble is that he is very good at it!

He is scheming and wily, and he is doing all he can to deceive mankind.

His only battle plan is to try and win our minds for the purpose of stealing, killing and destroying (John 10 v 10).

He is after how we think, because our life follows our thinking. We go where we think (Proverbs 4 v 23).

If he can get us thinking his way, according to the world and the flesh, then our minds are diverted from the truth of God’s Word.

This is why guarding our hearts (Proverbs 4 v 23), renewing our minds (Romans 12 v 2), and being spiritually minded (Romans 8 v 6), is so important.

If our hearts and minds are full of God and His Word, the enemy can’t touch us.

Right thinking is our defence against the enemy.

Right thinking is our armour and our weapon.

Strength, power and might come directly from right, Godly, Word-based thinking.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord, that knowledge of Your Word gives me strength, power and might”.

Ephesians 6:10…Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of His might

DIG for Saturday the 30th of September…..finally has another meaning….. Ephesians 6 v 10 and 11

As I was preparing the message the other day I had another revelation about the word “finally” that we see at the start of this section of Scripture about the armour of God.

The armour is for us to stand and fight against the devil.

I think by using the word “finally” Paul is telling us that the enemy is the last thing we should be thinking about.

Too much credit is given to the enemy and we seem far too concerned about what he is doing.

Our first thoughts should always be about Jesus and His finished work.

We should give pre-eminence to Jesus and what He has done.

Our focus should always be on who we are in Christ and what we have in and through Christ.

The enemy and what he is up to should be the last, or final thing on our minds.

Yes, there are times when we are required to stand and fight him, however not everything is of the devil!

We should be thanking Jesus for His finished work first thing every morning, not focusing on putting on our armour to fight the enemy.

Let’s thank Jesus for healing and wholeness, joy and peace, abundance and prosperity rather than thinking about the enemy.

Jesus should be our first thought, the enemy comes much later, finally in fact!

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord for the finished work of Jesus and thank you for all I have in the through Christ”.

Ephesians 6 v 10 and 11…..Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil

DIG for Friday the 29th of September…..finally is an important word…..Ephesians 6 v 10 and 11

I’ve been studying the verses associated with the armour of God recently for a series of messages I am delivering at church.

The first thing I noticed in this section of Scripture, and this was mainly due to another teaching I heard recently, was the word “finally”.

When we have a list of suggestions and actions, finally means the last thing to do, doesn’t it?

Yet for many in the church it seems that putting on the armour of God is the be all and end all of things.

Spiritual warfare seems to be of utmost importance to them; event though the phrase ‘spiritual warfare’ is not found in the Word.

I have known some people who ‘pretend’ to put on the armour every morning.

Now that may not be wrong in itself, however it is wrong to make this a doctrine to follow.

Paul wrote Ephesians to initially tell us about grace and the finished work of Jesus and then to show us how we can walk out our Christian life through an understanding of grace.

This I would suggest should be paramount in the life of the believer, not ‘putting on’ the armour of God in front of the mirror every morning.

An understanding of grace and the finished work of Jesus are the essential foundational truths a believer needs to focus on.

‘Spiritual warfare’ and putting on the armour of God is not as important as this.

Finally put on the armour of God is what the Word says; we could therefore say firstly understand the truth about grace and the finished work of Jesus.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord for your Word, and thank you for the truths within that can teach us about grace and about the finished work of Jesus”.

Ephesians 6 v 10 and 11…..Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil

DIG for Thursday the 28th of September…..inherited not delegated…..Matthew 10 v 1

As I sit here writing my DIG I am looking at a number of items I have plugged in receiving power.

On my desk recharging at the moment I have my phone, I-pad and toothbrush; none of which will work correctly and efficiently without power.

The same is true of you and I.

As a born again believer we require power in order to do what the Lord asks us to do; we cannot do this in our own strength.

But the good news is that we do have this power already, we just need to realise this truth and then use the power.

In the Word Jesus delegated power and authority to His disciples.

Under the New Covenant we no longer have delegated power and authority, we have inherited power and authority.

As born again believers we have the indwelling Living God, and this is power is “enhanced” if we have been baptised in the Holy Spirit.

As well as this power we have the authority as sons of God and co-heirs with Christ.

We already have all the power we need and we also have the authority that allows us to exercise this power.

We do not need to be recharged like my electronic tools, we are fully charged with an energy that will never run out.

Yes, we need to rest in a physical sense and “recharge” in that way, but we are no longer required to ask the Lord for more power; we have all the power we will ever need to allow us to do anything!

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord for the power and authority that I already have as a born again believer living under the New Covenant”.

Matthew 10 v 1…..And when he had called unto him his twelve disciples, he gave them power against unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of sicknesses and all manner of disease

DIG for Wednesday the 27th of September…..can we really know what God will do…..John 14 v 7

Can we really ever know what God will do in a situation?

Well, if you listen to a lot of people the answer would be no, as the Lord works in mysterious ways, doesn’t He?

But I think the answer is yes, as we have lots of information about what the Lord would do.

We can look at the example of Jesus and then transfer this onto God the Father.

Some of you may be thinking, well, how can we do that?

The Bible tells us that Jesus was the express image of the Father (Hebrews 1 v 3).

Jesus said He could only do what He saw the Father do (John 5 v19).

Jesus said He did not come to do His own will, but the will of the Father (John 6 v 38).

Jesus said that if you knew Him you would know the Father (John 14 v 7).

In other words what we see Jesus doing we can say this is what God the Father will do.

So if Jesus always healed, then God always heals.

And if Jesus never put sickness of anyone, then God never puts sickness on anyone.

So we can look at the example of Jesus and see how God would react and what God would do.

If Jesus is the express image of the Father He is the same, and has the same character.

God working in a mysterious way is not a Biblical truth; we can see God the Father in and through Jesus.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that we have the example of Jesus, thank you for your Word”.

John 14 v 7…..If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth

DIG for Tuesday the 26th of September…..internal not external, that is what counts…..Ephesians 1 v 3

I had a very interesting conversation at the supermarket checkout this morning.

I realised I had been whistling while doing my shopping, and was still doing this as I stood waiting my turn.

A lady turned round and said, “You are happy today”, to which I replied, “Oh, I’m always happy”.

She said, “Even with all this rain?” and then she left.

The trouble with most people today is that their happiness, joy and peace are based upon external circumstances.

If only the weather was better, if only I had more money, if only people liked me more, and it goes on and on.

The unfortunate truth is that many Christians are the same!

It is external circumstances that appear to be important to some believers.

What a Christian needs to realise is that it is what is inside of us that should be used to “develop” happiness, joy and peace.

If we understand and believe that inside we are righteous, holy and perfect we will manifest joy.

If we understand and believe that we are truly forgiven we will manifest joy.

If we know that in our born again spirits we have all we every need, for health and prosperity (among other things) we will manifest joy.

Our joy, peace and happiness comes from inside, and should never be dependent upon the weather, other people or even football results!!

Our joy, peace and happiness should be dependent upon who we are through Christ and what we have in Christ, i.e. what we have inside us in our spirit.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord for everything that I have in Christ and through Christ, thank you for all I have inside of me”

Ephesians 1 v 3…..Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ