DIG for Thursday the 11th of January….take some responsibility for your own life…..John 5 v 8

I’ve been thinking about the account where Jesus heals the man at the pool of Bethesda, and also issues around personal responsibility that we can see in this account (John 5 v 1 to 9).

Jesus asked the man if he wanted to be healed; the man then made an excuse as to why he was not, blaming other people in fact.

Jesus then told him to do something, and it was at this point, when the man actually moved that he was healed.

Now, I am not saying that healing from Jesus is conditional; the Word says that by His stripes we were healed (1 Peter 2 v 24).

However we do have a responsibility over our actions to help make our healing manifest, and also to keep the healing we have received.

There are natural and spiritual laws that we are required to adhere to in this life.

Yes, we have been healed by the stripes of Jesus, however if we continue to think we are ill, speak out that we are ill, eat too much, drink too much and take no exercise our healing may not be made manifest.

Or we may see healing manifest but if we continue in our bad thinking and bad behaviours we may not see our healing manifest for long!

So, I hope you can see that I am not saying we have to perform or work to be healed, however we do have some responsibility to see our healing made manifest and stay.

In recent months I have recognised that my weight was a health issue.

So, I started telling myself that I was lean and fit, and that I did not need to eat so much, however I also required to take responsibility for my behaviour and actions.

Used together, my thinking, speaking and actions are making a difference in my life.

We all have personal responsibility for our thoughts, words and also actions; taking responsibility will help us immeasurably in our life.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that you loved me enough to give me free will, and thank you that I can take responsibility for my own life”.

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

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DIG for Thursday the 7th of December…..is your theology and doctrine from the Word or from your failed experience…..3 John 2

I heard an amazing quote in a teaching I was listening to last night; the teaching was by a chap called Lance Wallnau.

He said, “We have reduced our theology to the level of our failed experience”.

I agree completely with this statement, I just wish I could have put it as succinctly as Lance!

Take for example the doctrine or theology of healing.

Many in the church think that healing is not for us today; given that they see illness all around us and given that they do not see everyone being healed.

The Word says that by His stripes we were healed (1 Peter 2 v 24 and Isaiah 53 v 5).

The Word says that above all things the Lord wants us to live in health and prosperity (3 John 2).

Scripture is clear that healing was provided (for everyone) at the cross of Christ, and the Word of God should be where we find our theology and doctrine.

Many believers however try and fit their theology and doctrine around their (failed) experience rather than the Word of God.

If we see that everyone is not healed, we believe that healing is not for everyone.

What we should be doing is trying to find out what is blocking the flow of this healing that Jesus has already provided for us.

Our theology should be increased up to the Word of God rather than reduced to our failed experience.

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

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

DIG for Monday the 4th of September…..once planted things will take time…..Mark 4 v 28

As a maltster I used to process barley seeds to make malt, this then went on to be used in the distilling industry.

The process takes about 8 days in total, but for the first couple of days nothing seems to happen.

Or rather, it looks from the outside that nothing is happening.

But inside the barley seed there is a lot going on with water being taken in and hormones and enzymes being released, working away breaking down various compounds inside the seed.

After a couple of days roots appear, then a shoot, and if left to its own devices it would form a new plant and produce more barley.

It is like this when we plant the seed of God’s Word in our hearts.

It may seem like nothing is happening, from the outside everything about us may look the same.

But the Word is working away on the inside and if not pulled out or uprooted it will eventually produce fruit.

Seeds take time to grow into plants and produce fruit.

The Word of God takes time to produce change in our lives.

If we leave a plant in the ground it will grow, and if we leave the Word in our heart and not throw it away through doubt and unbelief it will generate change.

We need patience, for both natural seeds and the supernatural incorruptible seed of the Word (1 Peter 1 v 23).

My advice to you tonight, if you think you are not seeing change, is to wait and be patient and let the Word do its work.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that your Word is the agent for lasting and permanent change in my life”.

Mark 4 v 28…..For the earth bringeth forth fruit of herself; first the blade, then the ear, after that the full corn in the ear

DIG for Monday the 9th of January…..it has all been done, stop asking for it…..Ephesians 1 v 3

 

Before I became aware of what is known as ‘the grace message’ (or as I like to call it the truth or the Gospel) I used to say some silly prayers.

I would ask God to forgive me, ask Him to heal me and ask Him to prosper me.

These are silly prayers.

The Word says we have already received all we need with regards to spiritual matters (Ephesians 1 v 3).

We have already been forgiven for all our sin (Ephesians 1 v 7 and Colossians 1 v 14).

We have already been healed (1 Peter 2 v 24).

We have already been provided abundance and prosperity (3 John 2, John 10 v 10 and 2 Corinthians 8 v 9).

Many of the prayers that we all say today are silly, asking for God to do things for us that He has already done through the finished work of Jesus.

If you are asking for forgiveness today what you are really asking for is for Jesus to come to earth again to go on the cross again.

This is not required as Jesus dealt with ALL sin for ALL me for ALL time once and once only (Hebrews 10 v 12 and 14).

Our prayers should be prayers of thanks and prayers of appropriation.

This is a good prayer, “Thank you Lord that I have been healed through Jesus and His finished work, I speak out that healing now in the mighty name of Jesus”.

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

DIG for Wednesday the 21st of December….the importance of the Word…..2 Timothy 2 v 15

Before I write the next 4 DIGs I want to remind you about the importance of the Word of God.

If we want to know something about the Lord this is where we should look.

The bible should be the first place we look for truth, indeed it should be the final arbitrator of truth.

Take for example healing; we find out the truth about healing in the Word from Isaiah 53 v 4 and 5 and 1 Peter 2 v 24 for example.

The same is true for prosperity; we find out the truth about prosperity in 2 Corinthians 8 v 9.

Indeed the Word shows us that the Lord wants us, above all things, to live in health and prosperity (3 John 2).

So if we want to learn about the birth of Jesus we should look to the Bible and not the traditions of men.

This is true if we want to find out about the birthplace of Jesus; we should look to the Word of God and not to the traditions of men.

My DIGs over the next four days will look at this very topic.

I pray that you read these DIGs with you Bible close at hand, so that you can check for yourself what I am writing.

I pray that you read these DIGs with an open heart and open mind, ready to marvel at where Jesus was born.

I pray that these DIGs bless you and I speak out over you right now that you have a blessed Christmas and a prosperous New Year.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord for your Word and thank you for the truths held within”.

2 Timothy 2 v 15…..Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not be ashamed rightly dividing the word of truth

DIG for Thursday the 27th of October…..God wants you to have all He has provided…..Ephesians 6 v 11

I was reading this verse recently and a rather surprising word ‘jumped out’ at me.

The word ‘whole’ seemed to have an importance to it, and the Lord showed me the reason why.

The Lord has provided all that we need for life and godliness; He has provided all we need for life in abundance (2 Peter 1 v 3 and John 10 v 10).

Yet many believers do not make use of all that He has provided.

Many believers no longer believe for example that healing is for today, yet the Scriptures are clear that by His stripes we were healed (1 Peter 2 v 24).

Many think that we should live a life of poverty, yet prosperity is clearly part of the ‘sozo package’ (2 Corinthians 8 v 9).

In the same way as we are being told to use the whole armour of God, we also need to make use of the whole ‘sozo package’.

A soldier would not be able to fight at his best if he did not use all the armour that had been provided.

In the same we cannot life a full abundant life if we do not utilise all that God has provided for us.

Jesus did so much more for us on the cross than provide a ticket to heaven; He provided acceptance, healing and prosperity for example.

God wants you to grab with both hands all He has provided through the finished work of Jesus; don’t miss anything He has for you!

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord for the finished work of Jesus and thank you for all that this provided for me”.

Ephesians 6 v 11…..Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil

DIG for Thursday the 29th of September…..he can only steal your health because you already have it…..John 10 v 10

While I was stirring my Bolognese sauce this morning (I’m a great cook!) the verse John 10 v 10 suddenly popped into my head.

The thought came that the enemy comes to steal, kill and destroy and that he can only do this to things we already have.

My reaction was I couldn’t write this in the DIG today as I’ve written about that before and quite recently.

The Lord told me that someone needed to read this right now with regards to health and healing!

If you are becoming ill or losing your healing it is because the enemy is stealing your health from you.

Jesus suffered and died for you to live in supernatural health.

By His stripes you were healed (Isaiah 53 v 5 and 1 Peter 2 v 24).

Jesus suffered and died so that you could live a life of health and prosperity (3 John 2).

You no longer need to ask if God will heal you, you do not need to ask if God wants to heal you; He has already provided your healing and this is what the enemy is currently trying to steal from you.

Today accept that healing has already been provided for you (submit to God) and tell the enemy where to go (resist the enemy) (James 4 v 7).

Healing is for you!

Jesus died to provide His healing for you!

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that through the finished work of Jesus I have been healed and I will not allow the enemy to steal that from me”.

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 10th of September…..if thou wilt is not a valid question anymore…..Mark 1 v 40

In this account in Mark of the early ministry of Jesus we see a leper coming to Him for healing.

He begs Jesus, he comes to Him on his knees asking if the Lord will heal him, will make him clean.

It saddened me to think that this is how many believers approach the Lord today.

You may be thinking but this is what happened in the Bible, why is that not for me today?

Well, this account happened under the Old Covenant before Jesus had been crucified and raised from the dead.

At the cross, as well as sin and iniquity, Jesus took our pain, illness, sickness and disease (Isaiah 53 v 4 and 5).

At the cross Jesus provided healing for us all (1 Peter 2 v 24).

The leper, living under law, had to ask for healing, as at that point it was not a ‘done deal’.

Under grace we have already been provided with all the healed we need through the finished work of Jesus and what we do now is claim it.

We claim it instead of asking for it.

You may say but that sounds arrogant, I would say no it sounds Biblical!

Jesus has provided healing for us and He wants us to live a life of health (3 John 2).

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord for the finished work of Jesus and thank you for the healing that this provided”.

Mark 1 v 40…..And there came a leper to him, beseeching him, and kneeling down to him, and saying unto him, If thou wilt, thou canst make me clean

DIG for Tuesday the 6th of September…..do not lose a single morsel of what He has provided, eat it all up…..John 6 v 12

As well as meeting individuals Jesus met large groups of people as we read through the Book of John.

In chapter 6 we see one of the more famous miracles of Jesus, one that most people know, the feeding in the five thousand.

In this miracle Jesus actually fed far more people than five thousand, as it was only the men that were counted, not the woman and children.

This if course is a miracle giving a picture of the abundant life that Jesus came to bring us (John 10 v 10).

The people did not just eat a mouthful or two; the Word says that they were filled (John 6 v 12).

One word hit me as I was reading this today though, and the word was lost.

Jesus told the disciples to pick up what He had provided so that nothing would be lost.

This implies that what Jesus had provided could have been lost and wasted.

This is so true today!

Many of us ‘lose’ what Jesus has provided in terms of health and wholeness, prosperity and abundance.

Many of us in the church do not ‘believe’ in healing and prosperity, even when the Word is clear that this is part of our ‘sozo’ package (John 10 v 10, 1 Peter 2 v 24, 2 Corinthians 8 v 9 and 3 John 2).

An understanding of His Word will ensure that we know ALL that He has given to us through His finished work.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord for all that Jesus has provided for me; help me ensure that I do not miss out on a single thing He did for me”.

John 6 v 12…..When they were filled, he said unto his disciples, Gather up the fragments that remain, that nothing be lost

DIG for Thursday the 21st of July…..it is written, one of our strongest weapons in life…..Matthew 4 v 4

If you read my DIGs on a regular basis you will know I ‘bang on’ about the importance of the Word; I have been ‘accused’ of being a one-message preacher!

But I do this because of the importance of the Word of because it is so powerful.

When Jesus was being tempted by the enemy He could have called down an army of angels, fought and won a battle; He could have scattered the enemy and his demons.

Instead He used something far more powerful, He used the Word of God.

Three times Jesus refuted what the enemy said by saying, “It is written”.

Jesus used the Word of God against the enemy and He won.

We can do the same thing!

When the enemy tells you about your poverty you can reply, “It is written that Jesus came to bring me life in abundance and that Jesus was made poor so that I could be made rich” (John 10 v 10 and 2 Corinthians 8 v 9).

When the enemy tries to force his sickness upon you, you can say, “It is written that by the stripes of Jesus I have been healed” (1 Peter 2 v 24).

When the enemy suggests that no-one cares for you or are interested in you the reply should be, “It is written that Father God has accepted me in the beloved and adopted my into His family” (Ephesians 1 v 5 and 6).

It is written, followed by a truth from Scripture is one of the most devastating weapons that you can ever yield.

The Word is so powerful that the enemy is petrified of it; he does not want you reading and understanding Scripture.

Have you ever wondered why there are so many distractions and disturbances when you get down to reading the Word?

Be like Jesus and get the weapon of the Word into your heart so that you can speak it out the next time the enemy comes knocking!

Speak this out today…..”Thank you for your Word and thank you that it is a weapon I can use again and again”.

Matthew 4 v 4…..But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God