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

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DIG for Friday the 21st of July…..we are blessed without seeing…..John 20 v 29

The nobleman from Capernaum was a man of great faith (John 4 v 46 and 47).

He had obviously heard about Jesus and what He was doing, so he asked Jesus to come and heal his son.

Well, actually he didn’t need that; he just required the word of Jesus and he believed.

Jesus spoke out healing and the man believed; he did not need Jesus to physically come and lay hands on his son.

Jesus spoke and he believed.

This is a picture for us today that the Word should be enough for us.

We should not need “feathers and gold dust” or experiential knowledge in order to believe, the Word of God should be good enough!

Thomas needed to see the wounds on Jesus in order to believe.

Jesus said those that believed without physical evidence were blessed (John 20 v 29).

We are blessed through having the Word of God.

The Word of God tells us that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God and that believing on Him would give us life (John 20 v 31).

We are indeed truly blessed, having the Word of God (the more sure word of prophecy), and living under grace, under the New Covenant.

Can you see how the Word of God is so much better than “feathers and gold dust”?

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that we have your Word, the more sure word of prophecy”.

John 20 v 29…..Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed

DIG for Tuesday the 4th of July…..We have already been forgiven…..Ephesians 4 v 32

Yesterday I wrote about forgiveness and reconciliation, and it is my ‘doctrine’ on these truths that cause me most debates with other Christians.

For some reason (probably traditions of men and lies of the enemy) many in the church are still asking God for forgiveness.

However it is a clear Biblical truth that forgiveness is a done deal; it flowed at the cross along with the blood of Jesus.

Jesus came to bring reconciliation from God (Luke 2 v 14) and this could only be provided if sin was dealt with and forgiveness flowed.

But what about the Sermon on the Mount and what about 1 John 1 v 9 I hear you cry?

Well, I can answer those questions in a later DIG.

And I would also say what about the post-cross Scriptures that show God forgave us first!

After preaching about forgiveness at a meeting one night a woman said this to me, “I really like you Vic but I cannot believe what you said about forgiveness”.

So I asked if she would like to have a coffee together where we could discuss the Scriptures pertaining to forgiveness; unfortunately that was not for her!

As Andrew Wommack once said, “Most Christians don’t let the Bible get in the way of what they believe”.

We must be guided by the Bible for all aspects of our faith and Christian walk, especially with regards to vital truths around forgiveness, reconciliation and righteousness for example.

God forgave us all even before we were born; He forgave mankind at the cross.

Jesus paid for our sin and the sin of the whole world in His once and for all sacrifice on the cross (1 John 2 v 2).

There is now no need to ask God for forgiveness ever again.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that I have been forgiven for all my sin through the shedding of the blood of Jesus”.

Ephesians 4 v 32…..And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you

DIG for Monday the 26th of June…..never allow yourself to be moved from your prosperity…..Psalm 30 v 6

Prosperity can be seen as quite a ‘dirty word’ in many church circles.

However prosperity is so much more than just about money and material resources, although this is a major facet of prosperity (and the one that has a problem in the church).

During the church service yesterday someone read from Psalm 31, but when they were finished my eyes were drawn to a highlight I had made on another verse, Psalm 30 v 6.

This was a great reminder for me about the prosperity that the Lord has provided for me.

Above all things, the Lord wants me to live in health and prosperity (3 John 2) and has provided this prosperity through the finished work of Jesus, as part of my ‘sozo package’.

Prosperity is about being happy and in joy, it is about living an abundant life, and yes, it is about having more than adequate material resources.

And this is how you should be living as a disciple of Christ; this is one of the many things that He died to provide for you (John 10 v 10).

People may try to move you from this truth with wrong doctrine, however you need to be assured that Scripture tells you that prosperity is part of the sozo package.

Things may also happen in your life that may say prosperity is not for you, but this is the enemy trying to steak, kill and destroy what Jesus has already provided for you (John 10 v 10).

Prosperity is part of the great exchange that took place on the cross, with Jesus taking our poverty and providing richness (2 Corinthians 8 v 9).

Never be moved from this truth!

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that you want me to live in health and prosperity and you have provided this for me through the finished work of Jesus”.

Psalm 30 v 6…..And in my prosperity I said, I shall never be moved

DIG for Saturday the 13th of August…..there is no other way to the Father….John 14 v 6

There seems to be an increasing instance on social media of what we know as universalism.

This is the doctrine that says everyone, no matter what they believe and say, are already saved.

This sounds good however it is a dangerous doctrine.

The Bible and Jesus are very clear about this matter; you simply need to read what Jesus says in John 14 v 6 to see this.

Jesus did not say he was a way to the Father, He said he was the way, the only way.

Christianity in its true form (faith and trust in Jesus) is not another religion; indeed it is not even a religion.

Jesus, the express image of the Father, is the only way to the Father.

Faith in Jesus means an eternity with God the Father.

A lack of trust and faith in Jesus, no matter what the Universalists may tell you will result in a lost eternity.

Don’t be take in by a “dodgy” doctrine, make sure you trust in and have faith in Jesus.

He is the only way to come to the Father and ensure your eternal destiny.

He is the only way to truth and life in abundance, the only way.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord for the finished work of Jesus Christ”.

John 14 v 6…..Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me


 

DIG for Wednesday the 18th of November…..Jesus can help you in any situation…..Hebrews 4 v 15 and 16

In many religions the gods or god is sitting on high looking down on men, passing judgement on what they do, distant and detached from them.

This is true for Norse, Greek and Hindu gods for example.

In Christianity things are different; to start with it is not a religion it is a relationship, and we have a God who knows exactly what we are going through as He has lived among us.

In the form of Jesus God was made flesh and came to the earth, living as a man for over 30 years (John 1 v 14).

He now sits at the right hand of God having completed His mission of dealing with sin and providing all we require for life in abundance.

Jesus knew what to provide as He lived through every issue and temptation of sin that there is (Hebrews 4 v 15).

He was tempted yet was not moved to sin, so He knows the issues that we face and come in front of us.

Knowing the issue and having lived through this He knows the answer and has provided the solution.

All we require has been provided through the finished work of Jesus Christ and explained in His Word (2 Peter 1 v 3).

Jesus knows what it feels to be tempted, but can help us through as He never gave in to that temptation; He is a great example to follow and learn from therefore.

He wants you to succeed in life and has provided the tools for you to do so.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord for the finished work of Jesus Christ and thank you for the route to abundant life that He has provided”.

Hebrews 4 v 15 and 16…..For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need