DIG for Friday the 19th of January…..it is the Word that will change you…..2 Peter 1 v 3

It was a delight tonight to have our final teaching session for the first set of students at Moray Bible School.

We ate together before our final discussion of the Word as a group at the School.

It has been wonderful (as a teacher and pastor) to see the growth in knowledge of the students.

This has coincided with a growth in terms of Christian maturity and assurance in their faith.

This of course should be expected, as it is an understanding of the Word and therefore Jesus that leads to permanent change and growth.

We are told that it is through knowledge of Jesus that we can manifest all we need for life and godliness (2 Peter 1 v 3).

We are told that it is the Word that can move us towards perfection (2 Timothy 3 v 16 and 17).

There is a process to go through in order to see this positive change; we have to conceive it in our mind, believe it and speak it out.

It all starts however with the Word; it is the truths in the Word we should be thinking about and speaking out over our lives, it is the truth that we should believe.

I have seen the Word change my life, and I have now seen the Word change the lives of the Bible School students.

Yes, it takes hard work and effort, but it is worth the effort; just ask the students!

I would encourage you to get into the way of studying the Word, of rightly dividing the Word.

I assure you this will change your life and be worth the time, energy, work and effort.

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

2 Peter 1 v 3…..According as his divine power that given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge, of him that hath called us to glory and virtue

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DIG for Tuesday the 16th of January…..it is the Word that causes the change…..2 Peter 1 v 3

I happened to watch a documentary today about Martin Luther.

It was a fascinating program, but one quote in particular has stuck with me.

He said, “But I, I did nothing, the Word did everything”.

This is an amazing comment, given how the man changed the face of the church and indeed changed the world with his ideas and actions.

He was however stating a truth that is still important today.

The Word is the final authority in truth and the Word is the agent of change in our lives.

It is through understanding of the Word that we can use to implement permanent change in our lives.

Through and understanding of the Word we can gain all we need for life and godliness (2 Peter 1 v 3).

It is the Word that we use to renew our minds and see real transformation (Romans 12 v 2).

Luther recognised the importance of the Word and was influential in getting it translated into German.

He knew the importance of letting everyone read the Word for himself or herself, and this is of course very true today.

We are required to take responsibility for our own bible study in order to get eh best from it.

We should be thankful for the pioneers who enabled the Bible to be translated into our mother tongue.

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

2 Peter 1 v 3…..According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue

DIG for Wednesday the 10th of January…..I’m sure it’s in there somewhere…..Galatians 5 v 22 and 23

As a man who reads and studies the Word quite a lot, I think I have an understanding of the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5 v 22 and 23).

I know what they are and what each one means.

However at times, and you may feel the same, I just think some of them are not there!

I’ve just had a 30-minute call with my current insurance company, with 5 different people (on hold most of the time), to be told I cannot get a new quote.

And now my keyboard is ‘playing up’ so that I’m missing letters when I type this!

Now when I’ve read Galatians 5 v 22 and 23 before I was sure I saw longsuffering (or patience) in there.

I realise however that I do not need more patience, I need to work out the patience that I already have.

The Lord has placed in my born again spirit all the patience I will ever need (as well as all the love, joy, peace etc).

We are so fortunate to have all we need in our spirit; the key to life is working out (or manifesting) these things.

And the key to manifesting patience (and anything else from our spirit) is an understanding of Jesus and what He has done for us and to us.

Peter wrote that we have already been given all we need for life and godliness (including patience) through the knowledge of Jesus (2 Peter 1 v 3).

So in order to display more patience we do not try to be patient, we gain more understanding about Jesus.

So, I’m now away to read my Bible for a while!

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that you have already given me all I need for life and godliness”.

Galatians 5 v 22 and 23…..But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law

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 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 Saturday the 15th of July…..are you sitting down for this one…..Matthew 6 v 9

There are some amazing truths in the post-cross New Covenant Scriptures.

For instance we are told that we have been forgive first so that we can forgive others (Ephesians 4 v 32).

We are told that we have been forgiven through the blood of Jesus (Ephesians 1 v 7 and Colossians 1 v 14).

We are told that God has supplied all we need for life and godliness (2 Peter 1 v 3).

We are told that God will never tempt us with evil for He is a good God (James 1 v 13).

There are many passages that tell us we have been saved (or delivered) as a gift of grace through faith in Jesus.

These are truths of the New Covenant, applicable to believers now living under grace and not under law. You are living under grace and not law (Romans 6 v 14 and 15).

Do you believe these New Covenant truths, and do you believe they are for you? Well, this next statement may shock and confuse you!

If they are true (and they are), what is now known as the Lord’s Prayer is an Old Covenant prayer and not meant for you to recite habitually and try to live by!

In Luke 11 v 1 the disciples asked Jesus how to pray as John did; John was an Old Covenant prophet and as such prayed Old Covenant prayers.

In Matthew 6 v 7 Jesus said not to pray in vain repetition, and in verse 9 told his disciples to pray “after this manner”; He did not say pray in exactly these words.

“The Lord’s Prayer” is not for you to pray habitually; for the New Covenant believer it is actually a prayer of doubt and unbelief.

For example do you not know you have been forgiven, do you not know He is your provider and do you think He may tempt you with evil and not deliver you?

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that I live under grace and not law, I live under the New Covenant and not the Old”.

Matthew 6 v 9…..After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name

DIG for Friday the 31st of March…..Jesus has provided all you need for life and godliness…..2 Peter 1 v 3

In 2 Peter 1 v 3 we see one of the most “life changing” verses in the Bible.

Sometimes we use that phrase “life changing” too much, but it is certainly true for this verse.

The first thing to see is that this verse is in the past tense; it is about something that has happened.

We have been given all things that we need pertaining to life and godliness.

And we are given the key to unlock all these things that include health, joy, peace and prosperity (among other things).

Can you see how important this verse is to you?

Can you see the key?

The key is knowledge of Jesus, He who has called us to glory and virtue.

You can change the direction of your life towards the abundant life that Jesus promised and away from sin and ungodliness.

You can transform your life for the better.

The key is increasing your knowledge of Jesus, and that is done through rightly dividing the Word of truth, the Bible.

Yes, it really is that simple; it may not be easy but it is simple.

Bible study is not boring; Bible study is life changing!

As we increase our knowledge of Him we renew our minds to the truth of the Word and speak out this truth.

This will change our lives for the better.

Go on and give it a try!

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that you have already provided me with all things pertaining to life and godliness”.

2 Peter 1 v 3…..According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue

DIG for Saturday the 26th of November…..I could read this verse again and again…..3 John 2

There are verses that I love to go to time and time again for comfort and hope.

Most of you will know 2 Corinthians 5 v 21 is one such verse, 3 John 2 is another.

3 John 2 tells us what God really feels towards us and what He wants for us.

He wants above all else that we live in health.

He wants above all else that we live in abundance.

This gives us an indication of how valued we are by God and how much he loves us.

I love my kids and granddaughter to bits; I think I would do anything for them.

I also want them to live in health and prosperity.

In this sense I have the same mind of God in the way He thinks about us.

He loves us unconditionally, He wants the best for us and He wants us to have a great life.

This is what I want for Val, Lisa, Jay and Lydia and this is what God the Father wants for you, His adopted sons!

Once we have been born again we are adopted into His family (Ephesians 1 v 5).

Once in the family God wants us to have the best, and He has provided for this through the finished work of Jesus.

Our task is to understand and believe in Jesus and His finished work (2 Peter 1 v 3).

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that you love us and above all things you want us to live in health and prosperity”.

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

DIG for Friday the 28th of October…..the Word will endure for ever…..1 Peter 1 v 24 and 25

Listening to the radio this morning I was reminded of the fragility of life.

It was ‘thought for the day’ and the chap was talking about the poppy; how fragile it was yet how it could sprout forth from the worst of ground.

This did remind me of life; it is fragile but it can also bring forth the most wonderful results from difficult circumstances.

But wherever it comes from and however successful it is, life (in terms of the physical on earth) is not for ever.

Life can indeed be snuffed out like a candle, we see this ever day if we watch the news and read the papers.

There is something that lasts forever, the Word of God.

And the good news is that while we are on earth for this short time the Word can facilitate us having a wonderful and abundant life, a life full of blessings and provision.

The Word of God teaches us about Jesus and His finished work, and it is knowledge of Jesus that leads us into an abundant and godly life (2 Peter 1 v 3).

We can renew our minds through the Word of God and see transformation (positive and permanent change) in our soul (mind, will and emotions) and body (Romans 12 v 1 and 2).

The Word is eternal and cannot be corrupted and it is the agent for positive and lasting change in our lives.

Let the Word do what it was designed for, to change you!

Speak this out today….”Thank you for the Word of God and thank you that it is the agent for change in my life”.

1 Peter 1 v 24 and 25…..For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away; But the word of the Lord endurerth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you