DIG for Wednesday the 6th of December…..we already have it all…..Ephesians 1 v 3

Ephesians 1 v 3 was a verse I touched on in my DIG the other day.

This is one of the most encouraging verses we have as a born again believer.

If we truly understood this verse it would alter our relationship with the Lord, and it would alter our prayer life.

Most of us spend our prayer time asking the Lord for things that this verse tells us we already have!

The key words in this verse are “hath” and “all”.

“Hath” tells us that this is a past tense verse, we already have these spiritual blessings.

And the word “all” tells us we are missing nothing!

We already have all the spiritual blessings that we will ever need as a gift of grace through faith in Jesus.

There is nothing in terms of blessings that we need to ask the Lord for anymore.

We already have all the joy, peace, healing and prosperity that we can ever need as a gift of grace thorough faith in Jesus.

We have all we need in Christ!

And we have it all right now.

I hope this verse encourage you today as much as it always encourages me.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord for all the spiritual blessings that I have as a gift of grace through faith in Jesus”.

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

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DIG for Tuesday the 5th of December…..what they tried to get under the Old we now have under the New…..Philippians 4 v 13

I noticed today a few Scripture references inside the cover of my Bible this morning; I’d not seen them for a while!

They were Psalm 22 v 3, then Psalm 16 v 11 and Nehemiah 8 v 10.

I remembered that this was a model for me to use to receive strength.

If I worshiped the Lord I would receive His presence (Psalm 22 v 3), I would then receive joy through His presence (Psalm 16 v 11) and through this joy would receive strength (Nehemiah 8 v 10).

Now this may sound good, and I thought it was at the time when I wrote these verse on the inside cover of my Bible.

However today I realised that I don’t need this model anymore, as these verses are Old Covenant verses and I live under grace, under the New Covenant.

As a born again, spirit filled believer I already have joy, as part of the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5 v 22).

As a born again, spirit filled believer I always have His presence as He says He will never leave me nor forsake me (Hebrews 13 v 5).

Because of His presence I now have the strength to achieve all things (Philippians 4 v 13).

Now I am not saying we should not worship, of course we should, however we now worship because we have strength, joy and His presence, not to receive these things.

What I used to try and achieve through worship (His presence, joy and strength) I now have all the time as a gift of grace through faith in Jesus and His finished work.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord for Your continual presence, for Your strength and for the fruit of the Spirit”.

Philippians 4 v 13…..I can do all things through Christ which strengthen me

DIG for Monday the 4th of December…..what are you placing your hope in…..Hebrews 6 v 19

I went into town today in order to send a money transfer to the pastor we support over in India.

This takes quite a long time as I have to put each note individually into the checkout machine, but it is normally a good time, as I know the benefit that will come from the use of this money.

Today however I felt quite sad, as while I was “feeding” the machine with money person after person came along to the other checkouts to buy lottery tickets and scratch cards.

I don’t know how much money was spent on this while I stood there but it was a significant amount.

All those people were putting their hope in the lottery or a scratch card, putting their hope on a chance of winning the jackpot, putting their hope for happiness and joy into the thought of more money.

I am eternally grateful that I have put my hope in something, or rather someone else!

Jesus is our hope; He is our provider and when we came to faith in Jesus we “hit the jackpot” (Hebrews 6 v 19).

We have already been provided with all spiritual blessings, we do not need to wait (Ephesians 1 v 3).

And unlike the lottery it is not chance if we receive or not, we all have received.

We already have all we need for life and godliness through the knowledge of Jesus and His finished work (2 Peter 1 V 3).

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord for the finished work of Jesus and thank you for all that I have already received as a gift of grace through faith”.

Hebrews 6 v 19…..Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which entereth into that within the veil

DIG for Sunday the 3rd of December…..we ‘win’ because of Jesus…..Ephesians 1 v 3

In church today I had a picture telling us that we are to rest in the finished work of Jesus, instead of striving through our own works and effort.

I saw a podium with my granddaughter on the gold medal position, after having won more medals at a recent swimming gala.

Lydia is a great swimmer and has trained very hard in order to swim so well; in this area she has used her own effort and hard work.

Behind her podium was a larger one, with Jesus in the gold medal position.

This podium was slightly out of focus, and I think was indicating the spiritual where the original podium was a picture of the physical.

In the spiritual we ‘win’ through the finished work of Jesus; we do not have to use our own works and efforts.

We ‘win’, that is, we are prosperous, healed, accepted and adopted through the finished work of Jesus.

Works are not required by the Lord in order for us to be blessed.

We are blessed as a gift of grace through faith in Jesus.

We have all the spiritual blessings we will ever need because of what Jesus has already done; God does not need or want our works in order to bless us.

We have already been blessed; we are already ‘winners’ and ‘gold medallists’ because of our faith in Jesus.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that I already have all spiritual blessings as a gift of grace through faith in Jesus and his finished work”.

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

DIG for Saturday the 2nd of December…..want to know about Jesus; read the Word…..John 20 v 31

Who do you think Jesus was, who do you think Jesus is?

There are lots of answers to these questions.

Some say He was a good teacher and leader, some say he was a moral philosopher, some say He was just a deluded man; there are even people who would say that He did not exist.

You can read hundreds of books about Jesus, but there is only way where you can find the real truth.

That is the Bible.

Near the end of the Gospel of John we read a wonderful verse about Jesus.

It tells us that what we see in the Bible is there to inform us about Jesus, to show us He is the Christ and the Son of God and that through faith in Him we can have life (John 20 v 31).

This is an astonishing verse, really saying if we want to know about Jesus we ought to read the Word.

The whole of the Word is about Jesus, from start to finish.

Genesis 1 v 1 talks of a God who is plural, this talks of Jesus and the Holy Spirit being with God the Father.

The end of Revelation talks about the second coming of Jesus.

From start to finish, if you rightly divide the Word you can read all about Jesus; about His coming birth, about His mission, about the problem He is coming to solve, about His life and death and resurrection.

The Word is all about Jesus and is the place to find out about Him and His finished work.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord for the Word and thank you that the Word is all about Jesus and His finished work”.

John 20 v 31…..But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name

DIG for Friday the 1st of December…..is that what the Bible really says…..1 Timothy 6 v 10

Well, another year is almost finished as we head into the season of advent.

In this period, as with any other time of the year to be honest, I encourage you all to carefully read the Word.

I say this, as traditions of men and what men say seem to take precedence over the Word, and I see this especially with regards to what we call the Nativity or the Christmas Story.

However this is something that we need to be aware of all year round.

“The Bible says that money is the root of all evil”, is a statement I have heard more than once.

Now if you really know your Bible you will realise that this is not the truth.

OK, the Bible says something similar however it does not say money is the root of all evil.

What it actually says is that the love of money is the root of all evil (1 Timothy 6 v 10); go check for yourself if you are not sure!

People say this and other things because that is what they think the Bible says.

We can see a similar situation with regards to communion, which most church denominations have perverted from what the Bible actually asks us to do.

Why am I writing about this you may ask; well, it is because the birth of Jesus (the Nativity or the Christmas Story) is the thing in the Bible that man and tradition have perverted the most.

I’ll show you this over the coming days; show you that what the majority thinks about the birth of Jesus is just not biblical.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord for the truth in Your Word”.

1 Timothy 6 v 10…..For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows

DIG for Thursday the 30th of November…..we are all saints…..Ephesians 4 v 24

November the 30th is a relatively important day here in Scotland; it is St Andrew’s Day, the day we remember our patron saint.

I’m not sure of what makes a person a saint in the eyes of others or in the broader church but I think it is probably quite different to the Biblical definition.

The Bible is quite clear, in that everyone who is born again is a saint.

Being a saint is nothing to do with what you do, and all to do with what you believe.

When we are born again our spirit man (the real part of us) is created new (2 Corinthians 5 v 17).

This new spirit man is created in righteousness and true holiness (Ephesians 4 v 24)

Holiness, in this context, is just another word for saint, so when you were born again God made you a saint.

You do not need to perform saintly actions to become a saint, and you are not made a saint through the opinions of men.

God and not men create true saints.

Are you a believer in Jesus and His finished work this evening?

If you said yes, then you are a saint!

Now if you truly believe this and understand this truth the good news is that you will start to behave in a saintly manner.

You see, good deeds and saintly actions come as a fruit of holiness; holiness is not a result of your saintly actions.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that I am a saint”.

Ephesians 4 v 24…..And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness