DIG for Wednesday the 14th of June…..ministry is not your primary purpose…..Romans 8 v 29

In the Bible School last night we listened to an amazing teaching about how to be excellent in ministry.

This was the fourth time I had listened to this teaching, yet it still sounded fresh and exciting!

The teacher was telling us that even if we had a ministry our primary purpose were to be more like Jesus.

This was what we should focus on, in order to fulfil our own ministry.

Romans 8 v 28 says we are called for a purpose and that purpose is stated in verse 29; that we are to be conformed to the image of Christ.

So, yes, our primary purpose as a believer is to be more like Jesus.

Our primary purpose is to show Jesus to a needy world and to people who are lost.

Of course, if we are called into a ministry our aim should be to fulfil that ministry.

However if we do not become more Christ like we will never fulfil our ministry.

As we become more like Christ we will move into our ministry.

And this begs the question, how do we become more Christ like.

Well, I’ve mentioned that often in my DIGs; we need to get into the Word and learn about Jesus.

As we understand more about Jesus from his Word, we will manifest His character more; it is as simple as that!

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that I can become more Christ like through understanding your Word”.

Romans 8 v 29…..For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren

DIG for Tuesday the 13th of June…..from that to this; we have so much to be thankful for…..Ephesians 2 v 19

I am preaching through the letter to the Ephesians at MGF at the moment and I am being blessed by the way Paul describes what we were to who we are now.

This letter explains really well the state we were in before we trusted in Jesus and what we have now as a gift of grace through faith.

The differences are mind blowing!

We were once dead in sin (Ephesians 2 v 1 and 5) but we are now saved by grace (Ephesians 1 v 5 and 8).

We were once strangers to God and without hope in the world (Ephesians 2 v 12) but we are now in Christ Jesus, full of all the hope we need (Ephesians 2 v 13).

We are no longer foreigners to God as we are now fellow citizens with the saints in his Kingdom (Ephesians 2 v 19).

We were once children of wrath (Ephesians 2 v 3) but we are now sons and daughters of the Living God, having been adopted into His family (Ephesians 1 v 5).

This makes me realise that we have so much to be thankful for.

Now, you may be saying that things are not going well for you at the moment, and that may be the case.

But at least you can be thankful for all these changes that have taken place as a gift of grace through faith.

We all have many things to be thankful for irrespective of our current physical conditions in this world.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord for where you have taken me from and for what you have given me and made me in Christ”.

Ephesians 2 v 19…..Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints, and of the household of God

DIG for Monday the 12th of June…..Jesus also knew the importance of the Word of God…..Luke 24 v 27

Yesterday in DIG I wrote about the role of the Word in helping with our discipleship; indeed the Word is fundamental in the process of us knowing the truth.

Jesus also knew the importance of the Scriptures, the importance of the Word of God.

As He was being tempted in the wilderness He used the Word three times to defeat the lies of the devil (Matthew 4 v 4, 7 and 10).

On the road to Emmaus Jesus used the Word to show the believers who He really was (Luke 24 v 27).

When the disciples of John the Baptist asked Jesus if He really was the Messiah, Jesus pointed them to the Scriptures that He had fulfilled (Matthew 11 v 3 to 6).

Jesus knew that the answers He and others needed were in the Word.

He needed this to refute the devil and the others needed the Word to see who He really was.

The same is true today.

We need the Word as much as Jesus did.

We can use the Word to tell the devil where to go with his lies and we need the Word to reveal the truth about whom Jesus is and what He has done.

Are you better than Jesus in thinking that you don’t need the Word of God?

I don’t see them so often now but do you remember the “WWJD” wristbands that people wore?

I’ll tell you what Jesus would do; He would use the Word of God and I recommend that you do the same!

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord for your Word and thank you for the freedom we had to read and listen to your Word”.

Luke 24 v 27…..And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself

DIG for Sunday the 11th of June…..discipleship is really just the search for truth…..John 8 v 31 and 32

In Matthew 28 v 18 to 20 we read that Jesus wants us to make disciples of believers (we are to teach them in other words).

Many people still do not understand what involves making disciples of believers.

Discipleship, in my opinion, can simply be stated as the search for truth.

In John 8 we see Jesus talking to some Jews who had become His followers.

He said that they would be disciples if they did one thing, and this was to continue (or abide, dwell and remain) in His Word (John 8 v 31).

He said that if the believers continued in His Word and became disciples they would know the truth and the truth would set them free (John 8 v 32).

Jesus gives us here the key to discipleship; it is the search for truth.

And we are told where to find the truth, in His Word.

For us that means the Bible, we find truth in the Word and this truth, if we know it, will set us free.

That is what discipleship is about; it is all about the search for truth and knowing truth.

So do you want to be a disciple of Jesus?

Do you want to be set free by knowing the truth?

Well, there is only one way to do this and that is to immerse (or continue) yourself into the Word of God.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that I can be your disciple through knowledge and understanding of your Word”.

John 8 v 31 and 32…..Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and thee truth shall make you free

DIG for Saturday the 10th of June…..the New meeting the Old face-to-face…..Mark 14 v 62

In a recent sermon my wife Nunsy spoke about what she called one of the most important human encounters in the history of the world.

She was talking about Caiaphas (the high priest of the Old Covenant) meeting with Jesus (the High Priest of the New Covenant) prior to the death and resurrection of Jesus.

In this encounter we see a picture of the Old Covenant, just before passing away, meeting with the New Covenant.

The high priest was required under the Old Covenant in order to carry out the sacrifices for the people, and one of the high priests necessary accessories was his robe.

This robe was special, part of the accessories that was absolutely required by the high priest to carry out his duties.

This robe had to be perfect; the high priest was even warned not to rent his robe.

Once Caiaphas rent his robe in front of Jesus this was a picture that the high priest could not carry out his duties (Mark 14 v 63).

So, sin could not be covered and the people could not be forgiven, as was required by the Law and the Old Covenant.

But this was OK as the ultimate sacrifice, the new High Priest, was standing right in front of him ready to carry out His once-for-all sacrifice, ready to usher in the New Covenant.

Along with the New Covenant came a new priesthood, and the new (and only High Priest) of this covenant was Jesus.

Caiaphas could tear all the clothes he wanted as his robe and his sacrifices were no longer required.

Jesus’ finished work on the cross was perfect, ushering in the New Covenant and ending the requirements of the Law.

What an amazing picture/type/shadow showing us about Jesus.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that I now live under the New Covenant with a new High Priest called Jesus”.

Mark 14 v 62…..And Jesus said, I am: and ye shall see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven

DIG for Friday the 9th of June…..no plague shall come nigh my dwelling is just pure logic…..Psalm 91 v 10

Let me ask you a question this morning; do you think the Lord gets sick, ill or depressed?

No, of course He does not!

So, let’s follow the logic of the teaching in this Psalm (remember, my degree is in mathematics, so I love logic).

We know the Lord will never get sick or ill, so we know sickness and illness cannot come upon the Lord.

We know from Psalm 91 v 1 and 2 that we can abide in the Lord, under His shadow of protection..

We can, as it were, be in His dwelling.

So we can say that His dwelling can be our dwelling.

Therefore if we abide in Him we can be assured that no plague will come nigh our dwelling (as this is also His dwelling).

Can you see the logic behind this truth?

No illness can come near Him so if we are in Him (at all times) no illness can come near us.

But I get ill Vic, you may be saying, and I have to be honest and say I get sick too.

I am coming to the conclusion (when I look honestly at my life and actions) that this is because I am not always under His shadow of protection, I move away at times!

And my friend, if you are being honest, the same will be true for you.

The Word guarantees our protection from many things if we are under His shadow of protection, and that is far better than my logic!

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that I am assured of your protection if I abide in you”.

Psalm 91 v 10…..There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dewelling

DIG for Thursday the 8th of June…..another reminder about fear…..Psalm 91 v 6

Yesterday we saw that there is no place for fear in the life of a believer, be this in the night or in the day.

The Psalmist continues with the same theme in the verses to come.

We are not to fear pestilence or destruction.

This means we should have no fear of disease or death, again in the dark or in the day, so at any time.

As I read this verse from the Old Testament I was reminded of a number of verses from the New Testament.

Jesus cam to bring us life in abundance, in other words a life free from pestilence and destruction (John 10 v 10).

Above all things Father God wants us to live in health and prosperity, in other words a life free from pestilence and destruction (3 John 2).

OK, we will suffer physical death in this world, however that is not to fear, as we no longer have the threat of spiritual death.

Jesus came so that as a gift of grace trough faith every man (if they choose) can live a life eternal (John 3 v 16).

As a believer we believe in life after death so we should be completely free of the fear of death.

And as Jesus dealt with all our sickness, pain and disease, we no longer need to fear pestilence.

Jesus has already provided healing and eternal life, as men we just need to choose and accept this gift.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that above all things you want me to live in health and prosperity, free from all fear”.

Psalm 91 v 6…..Not for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday