DIG for Sunday the 6th of August…..even if we cannot see it, it has been provided…..3 John v 2

I have a couple of ‘confessions’ to make to you all this morning.

I preach and teach that healing is provided for all through the atonement of Jesus, yet I am not yet living in 100% health.

I preach and teach that prosperity is provided for all through the atonement of Jesus, yet I am not yet living in 100% prosperity.

I have to tell you that I still have a few health issues and as yet cannot ‘abound to every good work’.

Yet I will never stop teaching and preaching about healing and prosperity.

What we see in the physical (pain and lack) does not alter or amend the truth in the spiritual.

The truth is that healing was provided and prosperity was provided.

What we are seeing in our physical realm is the result of an unrenewed mind, not a result of a lack of provision from God.

God does not require to heal us and God is not required to provide prosperity; He has already done this through the finished work of Jesus.

What is required is a change in mind set, a change in understanding and a change in what we truly believe.

That will result in a change of what we se in the physical; we will ‘work out’ what is already in our spirit into our physical.

My health is much better than is was and I am increasing in prosperity; I am not there yet but I am on the journey!

That is why I will continue to speak the truth and not let my physical circumstances dictate what I believe and what I say.

Are you with me on that?

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that you have already provided all the healing and all the prosperity that I will ever need”.

3 John v 2…..Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth

DIG for Saturday the 5th of August…..good things to eat, yum, yum…..Psalm 103 v 5

While reading Psalm 103 last night I was reminded that prosperity (yes, prosperity) is include along with forgiveness and healing as one of the benefits we receive from the Lord.

In my experience I would suggest that all Christians know they have been forgiven, some believe they have been healed but very few believe in prosperity.

For whatever reason as a church we seem to embrace poverty as a good thing.

This is not true, above all things God the Father wants us to live in health and prosperity (3 John v 2).

David, in Psalm 103, is prophesying about a time to come, a time that we now live in.

He reminds us not to forget all the benefits provided by God (Psalm 103 v 2).

First He tells us that we have been forgiven (Psalm 103 v 3).

Then he reminds us that we have been healed of all our diseases (Psalm 103 v 3).

He also talks of our prosperity, saying our mouths will be satisfied with good things (Psalm 103 v 5).

Now David is not saying we will have good things to eat, although this could be part of this.

He is giving us a picture of our prosperity, which is part of the ‘benefits package’ from the Lord.

There is no satisfaction in poverty, poverty is a curse, poverty is designed to steal, kill and destroy and it is not part of an abundant life (John 10 v 10).

Please do not let anyone persuade you that prosperity is not one of His benefits; prosperity is part of the sozo package that Jesus died to deliver to you.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that you have provided for my prosperity as one of your benefits towards me”.

Psalm 103 v 5…..Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle’s

DIG for Friday the 4th of August…..you can actually receive through living by law…..Romans 6 v 14

The Bible is clear in that we receive all we need as a gift of grace through faith in the finished work of Jesus.

We are forgiven through His blood (Ephesians 1 v 7 and Colossians 1 v 14).

We are made righteous as a gift of grace through faith (2 Corinthians 5 v 21).

We have all spiritual blessings (Ephesians 1 v 3) and have all we need for life and godliness through knowledge of Him, His finished work and of grace (2 Peter 1 v3).

We receive by grace through faith, not through our own works, through law.

We can however receive a couple of things if we want to and try to live by law.

If we seem to be successful for a while (this will not last) this will lead to pride.

If we fail (which will always happen eventually) this will lead to condemnation.

So, try and live by law if you wish, it will always lead to either pride and condemnation or both.

Grace does not involve your works or your efforts, so there is no such thing as your success or your failure, so living by grace cannot result in pride or condemnation.

If there is any pride or condemnation in your life there must be some area of your life that you are letting law in.

Living by grace is not about your successes or your failures; it is all about the amazing success of Jesus.

Living by grace removes pride and condemnation form your life, and as it is dependent upon the performance of Jesus can only result in blessings.

So, I strongly suggest you live by grace and not law!

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that I live under grace and not under law and thank you that I can live my life free from pride and condemnation”.

Romans 6 v 14…..For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace

DIG for Thursday the 3rd of August…..faithfulness and obedience required for both covenants…..Romans 6 v 14

You may think that most of the time I seem to be writing about the differences between the Old and new covenants, between law and grace.

However it has to be said that there are some things in common between these two covenants.

Both covenants are dependant upon faithfulness and obedience.

Now this may surprise you given what I normally write about grace.

Let me enlighten you.

The Old covenant is dependant upon the faithfulness and obedience of men.

The New Covenant is also dependant upon faithfulness and obedience, but not from men.

The New Covenant was put into place through the faithfulness and obedience of Jesus Christ.

We have the great blessing of living under grace and not under law, where it is not our performance that is important.

Through the excellent performance of Jesus, through His finished work, we have been provided with all spiritual blessings required for life and godliness (Ephesians 1 v 3 and 2 Peter 1 v 3).

Our religious performance is not important in the eyes of God; He is content to look at the performance of His Son.

Law was (and still is) all about what men do, grace is all about what Jesus has done!

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that I am very fortunate to live under grace and not under law”.

Romans 6 v 14…..For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace

DIG for Wednesday the 2nd of August…..there is some knowledge we are never meant to know…..Acts 1 v 7

I’ve just put some music on Spotify that I noticed my son had been listening to; you cannot beat a bit of Johnny Cash now and again!

It was lovely to hear the song reminding me that Jesus is coming back again.

So when will Jesus be coming back again?

That my friend is a question we cannot answer and should not even attempt to answer.

That knowledge is not for us to know.

The Lord has provided us with power and authority (and therefore the knowledge required) over many things, such as healing and prosperity.

But in Acts 1 v 7 Jesus tells His disciples that it is no for us to know when He will come back again.

It is not Biblical to provide a time and date for the return of Jesus; how many times have men got it wrong in the past?

It is a waste of time and effort trying to work out something that Jesus said we are not meant to know.

We should be focusing on what we do know and what we can do.

In the next verse Jesus told us we would be filled with the Holy Spirit to allow us to witness to the world (the whole world) about Jesus; that is what we should be doing.

Don’t let yourself be entangled in the cunning craftiness of men trying to tell you when Jesus is coming back; that is a ploy of the enemy to keep you from focusing on the important things of the Kingdom.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord for the power and authority you have given us in the world”.

Acts 1 v 7…..And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times of the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power


 

DIG for Tuesday the 1st of August…..the best ‘swap’ ever…..2 Corinthians 5 v 21

When I was a young boy I used to collect stickers of football players with the aim of filling up and completing my album.

It got harder near the end and I remember swapping and exchanging stickers with my friends at school, trying to get rid of my doubles and find the ones I’d not got.

This was great fun, and this swapping took a great deal of time and effort!

I was strangely reminded about that this evening as I was reading my ‘all time’ favourite verse, 2 Corinthians 5 v 21.

This verse shows us the most important swap that has every taker place, a swap that occurred as a gift of grace through faith.

This swap took no effort on our behalf, as it simply required faith.

At the cross Jesus took all our sin on His body, and at our salvation we receive His righteousness.

Now that may not sound like a fair swap to you, Jesus suffering for our benefit.

But that was what the finished work of Jesus was all about!

He came to bring us life in abundance, He came so that we could live in health and prosperity, and He came so that we could be made righteous.

This was the plan!

And Jesus carried out the plan to perfection.

He went to the cross once and dealt with all sin for all men for all time (Hebrews 10 v 12).

And because of that we could be made righteous as a gift of grace through faith; what an amazing swap!

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that I am righteous, made righteous as a gift of grace through faith in Jesus and His finished work”.

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 Monday the 31st of July…..stop making excuses and do something…..John 5 v 8

Once again I have been drawn to the account of Jesus with the man at the pool of Bethesda.

This is a vital account, giving us a picture of the responsibility we have when receiving of the good things provided by Jesus.

This man had been making excuses for his lack of healing and had been relying on others (John 5 v 6 and 7).

Jesus asked him to do something and then He was healed; he rose and took up his bed.

Now, I am not saying that works are required for us to be healed, however we have to play our part.

We have to act as if we are healed, we should be speaking out that we are healed.

We need to stop making excuses and behaving in a negative manner.

You see it is our mind-set, our thoughts and our words that impact directly on our lives.

If we act sick we will stay sick, however if we believe we are healed and act that we are healed we are for a more likely to see our healing made manifest.

The man in this account stopped making excuses and took actions that helped ‘promote’ his healing.

For us it is not that Jesus will heal us, it is that Jesus has already provided healing and we need to act in a manner to receive it.

Jesus has provided but we have to receive!

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that you have already provided for my healing through the finished work of Jesus”.

John 5 v 8…..Jesus saith unto him, Rise, take up thy bed, and walk