DIG for Friday the 28th of April…..so it’s Monday morning, so what…..Ephesians 1 v 3

I am currently sitting in a room in Edinburgh looking out of a window at the rain and clouds.

As I am behind (again) with my DIGs I am writing this on a Monday morning, allegedly one of the worst times of the week.

It is cold and wet and Monday morning but I am happy and blessed.

Over the years in my walk with the Lord I have come to realise that it is not external things that make me happy or feel blessed.

The more I realise who I am in Christ and the more I understand what I have through Christ the more I feel blessed.

A Christian should not be affected by what is going on around them as long as they realise what they already have inside.

It does not matter what the weather is like or what day of the week it is, a believer has all spiritual blessings (Ephesians 1 v 3) and already has all they need for life and godliness (2 Peter 1 v 3).

There may be a storm going on around you but you have the Lord with you and in you, as the Word says He will never leave you nor forsake you (Hebrews 13 v 5).

You can be assured of His love and presence no matter what is going on around you.

The world may be jumping for joy on a Friday afternoon and in the depths of depression on a Monday morning, but that is not the way a believer should be living.

We are blessed at all times, whether we feel it or not is not that important.

The fact is we are blessed.

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

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 Thursday the 27th of April…..eyes of love, mercy and compassion…..John 8 v 11

I had a wonderful experience in church today where I saw a very special vision.

While in worship I saw Jesus looking at the woman in the well.

I saw Jesus from her position and saw the most amazing love, mercy and compassion in His eyes.

That passed and I then saw Jesus looking at the woman taken in adultery.

Again I saw Jesus from her view and again saw His eyes full of love, mercy and compassion.

But this vision got even better!

Next I saw Jesus turning around to look at me and the rest of the fellowship.

And guess what?

Yes, His eyes were full of love, mercy and compassion and looking directly at me.

I felt His love and became aware of how much I meant to Him.

The same is true for you as the Lord is no respecter of persons i.e. He has no favourite (Acts 10 v 34).

The Lord loves you, has a heart full of compassion and mercy for you.

Jesus has no less love, mercy and compassion for you and me than he had for the woman at the well or the woman taken in adultery.

He loves me and He loves you and there is nothing you can do to stop that.

So, just relax and enjoy this love, mercy and compassion.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that you love me, have mercy for me and have compassion for me”.

John 8 v 11…..She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more

DIG for Wednesday the 26th of April…..a God of mercy…..Ephesians 2 v 4 and 5

God is a God of love and mercy; this is a truth that we see time and time again in the Word.

When He sent Jesus He was sent as an act of mercy.

When He placed the sins and iniquities of us all on His Son He did this as an act of mercy.

When He turned away from His Son allowing Jesus to feel rejection He did this as an act of mercy.

God’s heart is overflowing with mercy for mankind, for every single one of us.

All that God has done for us was done out of mercy, not because of any performance of men.

Jesus died for all of us, and died while we were all still sinners (Ephesians 2 v 5 and Romans 5 v 8).

Our performance has nothing to do with how God feels about us; we cannot make Him love us any more or feel any more mercy that He already does.

He is a God of love and a God of mercy and nothing you can ever do will change that.

God loves you and has mercy for you.

Jesus died for you and Jesus came to bring you abundant life, even while you were a sinner.

We are recipients of life in abundance through Jesus because God the Father loves us and has mercy upon us.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that you are indeed and God of mercy and a God of love”.

Ephesians 2 v 4 and 5…..But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved)

DIG for Tuesday the 25th of April…..His creation is just amazing…..Genesis 1 v 21

One of the times that I feel closest to the Lord when I am out in His creation, watching birds or animals and enjoying the scenery.

There is something about His creation that shouts out to me that there is a God.

I cannot explain the diversity and beauty that I se around me other than there being a loving and creative God “out there” who has designed this amazing world.

I’ve been on a short holiday recently and been fortunate to see (among other things) golden eagles, golden plover and ospreys.

But all this was topped yesterday when I saw a pod of orcas (killer whales) feeding just off the shore.

It was, I think, one of the most exciting sights I have ever seen in my life.

It was also a sight that reminded me of the majesty and the creativity of my God.

These creatures were just awesome, wonderful to see in their natural environment; it was a truly jaw dropping sight.

All this played out in an area of outstanding beauty; the land rose sharply from the sea to exciting mountains, with yellow gorse shining on the lower slopes.

But this wonderful creation pales into insignificance when we think of the majesty and beauty of the Living God.

As magnificent as creation is, this is not to be worshipped; it is the Living God who deserves our worship.

We can see the Living God in creation, see how marvellous and awesome He is.

Have a look out of your window today; you may not see orcas or golden eagles but you will see a wonderful world, a world made by a God deserving of your worship.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord for your wonderful creation and thank you that you created me”.

Genesis 1 v 21…..And God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind: and God saw that is was good

DIG for Monday the 24th of April….poverty is death, theft and destruction…..John 10 v 10

I had the privilege recently of meeting a very dear brother in the Lord during a course I was teaching.

He was working in ministry, as I am, but still involved in the business world like myself.

We got on really well, however we had very different doctrine which gave us a completely different outlook on things.

During our time together he told me that in order to go into ministry with the organisation he now works for he had to take a vow of poverty.

This is something I completely disagree with (you will know this if have read my DIGs recently).

Poverty is a curse from the enemy; we can see this if we read Deuteronomy.

Poverty is a result of the devil coming to steal, kill and destroy what we already have (John 10 v 10).

Poverty is not from God and is not a lifestyle that we as born again believers should aspire to.

Poverty for the believer has no grounds in the Word (unless you count Colossians 2 v 8).

We see in John 10 v 10 the kind of life the Lord wants us to live.

Now, what part of poverty fits in with an abundant life?

What part of poverty allows us to give unto every good work?

What part of poverty allows us to sow extensively into the Kingdom?

Poverty is the work of the devil and a tradition of man that has worked its way into the body of Christ and is a lie that we need to remove!

Don’t believe the lie that says you should be poor if you are a believer, believe the Word instead that says you should be living in abundance and prosperity.

Speak this out today….”Thank you Lord that Jesus came so that I could live a life of abundance”.

John 10 v 10…..The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly

DIG for Sunday the 23rd of April…..I am blessed and you are blessed…..John 10 v 10

I am sitting here at the moment in a lovely hotel room thinking how blessed I am!

My beautiful wife (and she is a blessing to me) is sitting beside me having a rest, prior to us heading out for a walk and a meal.

We are in the fortunate position of enjoying a gift of a few nights away from a couple of our very generous friends.

I am blessed!

This should not be a surprise to me or anyone as I am a born again believer and every single born again believer is blessed.

We have all been forgiven and reconciled, saved and made righteous.

Now if that is not enough we have also already been blessed with every spiritual blessing we will every need (Ephesian 1 v 3).

This means that we have been blessed with joy and peace, health and prosperity.

We have been told that God the Father will never leave us nor forsake us, and that blesses me (Hebrews 13 v 5).

You may not think you are blessed and you may not feel blessed but the Word tells you that you are.

Maybe it is time to believe the Word instead of your thoughts or feelings.

You are blessed!

Jesus came so that you could have life in abundance, He came so that you could be blessed and live life to the full (John 10 v 10).

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

 John 10 v 10…..The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly

DIG for Saturday the 22nd of April…..are you aware of what you are singing…..Proverbs 18 v 21

I was out driving in the car this morning enjoying some worship music.

I’d been singing along but then suddenly realised the lines that were about to come and stopped.

You see, I will not “sing out” wrong doctrine in the way that I try not to speak it out.

I have realised that death and life are in the power of the tongue and the words that we speak are always important, even if we are singing them (Proverbs 18 v 21).

The words about to come were these – “Open the heavens and pour out Your Spirit”.

This is a silly thing to sing or say, as God has already poured out His Spirit, and He has never gone back.

To ask God to open the heavens and pour out His Spirit shows an alarming misunderstanding of His Word.

It is really a statement of unbelief, thinking that God is holding back His Spirit from us until a certain time and place.

So I will not say this and I will not sing it either!

I once had a chat with a young worship leader about a song he knew I did not like to sing.

“But it has such a lovely tune”, he said.

In my opinion the tune has nothing to do with how good a worship song is, the important thing is what is coming out of your mouth as you worship.

If it has wrong doctrine then do not sing it is my advice.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord for your Word and thank you that we can use this to gauge if what we are speaking out will produce life or death”.

Proverbs 18 v 21…..Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof