DIG for Monday the 12th of February…..we have His authority, don’t be afraid to use it…..Matthew 10 v 7 and 8

During worship yesterday I was reminded about being a distillery manager, and about the authority given to me in that job. The Senior Site Manager gave me authority to run the site, backing me in front of the operators even if I made a mistake.

If this happened we spoke about it in his office, but my authority at the site was never removed.

This made me think about the authority we have been given here on earth by God the Father.

We are His representatives here, His ambassadors, and we have been given His authority to deal with sickness and disease for example.

With authority comes the responsibility to act, and with that comes the possibility of making mistakes.

We all make mistakes, in many areas of our lives, including our walk with the Lord. Yet, even when we make mistakes the Lord does not take away His authority.

Through the Holy Spirit and through His Word He will guide us, council us, and enable us to yield His authority in a more appropriate manner.

Jesus gave His disciples His authority, and He has done the same for us.

Jesus went back to His Father so that the Holy Spirit could come and enable His disciples with power, and He has done the same for us.

 

You have been given the same power and authority that the disciples received; do not be afraid to use it.

The disciples made mistakes, and we make mistakes, but that does not mean we should be worried about using the authority given to us freely by the Lord.

We are His ambassadors here on earth, and He will not take away His authority. So use it, and make a difference; use the power and authority you have to change lives!

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that you have given me Your power and Your authority to set people free”.

Matthew 10 v 7 and 8…..And as ye go, preach, saying, The Kingdom of heaven is at hand. Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give

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DIG for Monday the 9th of October…..don’t panic, don’t panic…..John 14 v 1

If you are British and of a certain age you may well remember the BBC comedy “Dad’s Army”.

There was one soldier who could not cope with stressful situations, he just went around shouting “Don’t panic, don’t panic”, even though he was!

He let his emotions take over and he could not function properly.

Do you know that you can control your emotions, indeed as a Christian you should be?

On the night before His crucifixion Jesus spent time with His disciples giving them some final guidance (John 14, 15 and 16).

The first thing He says to them is to not let their heart be troubled (John 14 v 1).

He tells them to choose (to make a conscious decision) to keep control of their emotions.

Jesus would not direct them to do this if they could not; and He is saying the same to you today.

If you are in or are entering into a stressful situation the first thing you need to do is keep control of your emotions.

But this will be too hard you may be saying!

Well, Jesus was telling this to His disciple the night before they would watch Him die on a cross.

They would think all was lost and they would even fear for their own lives, yet He still told them to keep their emotions under control.

We see of course that they did not listen to this advice, but we have hindsight and have the Word to show us that we can do it!

So whatever you are enduring today the Lord is asking you to not let your heart be troubled, He is asking you to keep control of your emotions.

You can do it!

Speak this out today…..”Thank you lord that my emotions should not be controlling me, thank you that I can and will control my emotions”.

John 14 v 1…..Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me

DIG for Saturday the 1st of October…..He taught healing, they taught healing, so we should practice and teach healing…..Matthew 28 v 20

Many people still wonder if healing is for us today, wonder if healing is something that we can have as believers.

My understanding is that according to Scripture we are meant to see healing today!

In Matthew 10 Jesus called His disciples to Him and sent them out to heal the sick.

He told them what to do and how to do it with regards to healing people (Matthew 10 v 7 and 8).

Now, just before He ascended, after His death and resurrection, Jesus said something else to the same disciples.

He told them to teach people to do all that He had told them (Matthew 28 v 20).

In other words He told the disciples to teach future disciples what He had taught them.

He taught the disciples to heal, so this was something that He expected them to teach future disciples.

And I cannot see a verse that halts or puts an end to this process.

So the original disciples were taught to heal and they were to teach others, and these disciples would then teach others and so on until today.

We should be taught about healing and once we understand this truth we should be putting it into practice and also teaching others.

Healing was for then and it is for now!

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that through the finished work of Jesus Christ healing has been provided for us today”.

Matthew 28 v 20…..Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen

DIG for Friday the 19th of August…..what do you need, come see what I have, I know you, follow me…..John 1 v 43

After His baptism and before His ministry Jesus met His disciples.

It struck me today what He said to them in this passage of Scripture, and also the order He said it.

First He asked them what they were looking for (John 1 v 38).

Then He told them to come and see what he had (John 1 v 39).

He then spoke to Simon, telling him who he was and gave him a new name, or new identity (John 1 v 42).

Finally He asks then to follow Him (John 1 v 43).

This is a wonderful sequence of events.

Jesus knows what we need and He can provide it all and in abundance (John 10 v 10).

If we come to him we get a new name and a new identify; we go from sinner to saint (Ephesians 4 v 24)

Then all we have to do after that is follow Him.

Wonderful!

Jesus wants to show us what He has for us, knowing our every need, before we even do.

He wants to give every man a new name and new identity.

All He wants in return is for us to follow Him.

Now that sounds like a good deal to me!

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord for the finished work of Jesus and thank you that I am now a saint”.

John 1 v 43…..The day following Jesus would go forth into Galilee, and findeth Philip, and saith unto him, Follow me

DIG for Tuesday the 6th of October…..Jesus didn’t take everybody up the mountain…..James 5 v 16

One thing I hate in church is wee cliques forming and shutting other people out, however in church and life in general we all need an intimate group of friends that we share trust and respect with.

We all need those special people that we can share openly and honestly with, people that we can listen to in return.

I believe that this is what is being spoken about in James 5 v 16.

This is about believers, with mutual, love, trust and respect getting together and sharing and caring for one another, talking about issues affecting their life and helping one another through.

This is about intimacy and openness, and I have to be honest and say that you do not do this with just anyone.

Even Jesus had what many would call on inner circle, where He seemed to be more intimate and open than with all people.

Jesus did not take all the disciples up the mountain to see His transfiguration.

Jesus did not let everyone lay with his head on His chest.

Jesus did have a small group within the disciples that He trusted more and spent more intimate time with.

If Jesus needed it, then we need it too.

I’ve often said that Christianity is not a solo occupation, normally in the context of the wider church family.

As well as the wider family we need an “inner circle” to share and car with; this is living out James 5 v 16.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord for those people that you have put around me for mutual comfort, exhortation and edification”.

James 5 v 16…..Confess your faults one to another, and pray for another, that ye might be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much

DIG for Tuesday the 9th of June…..Jesus even had time for a barbeque…..John 21 v 9

Reading the account of Jesus appearing once again to the disciples really made me smile this afternoon (John 21).

Some of the disciples were in a boat fishing and heard and saw Jesus on the shore.

As the disciples came ashore what did they find?

Jesus had the barbeque on (John 21 v 9).

The coals were ready and the fish were cooking.

This says so much about Jesus.

He was interested in all the issues of the lives of His disciples, and that is still true.

He wanted to see to all the needs (including the physical) of His disciples, and that is still true.

He was ready and willing to “sit down” with His disciples in relationship, and that is still true.

He loved spending time with His disciples, and not always for deep teaching and training, and that is still true.

He enjoyed serving His disciples, and the same is true today.

Put very simply, He loves His disciples, and the same is true today.

In the context of the day you only had a meal with real friends and with people you wanted to deepen your relationship with; this is the picture of what Jesus is doing on the beach that day.

The same is true today; He is your friend and wants to deepen His relationship with you.

OK, it is true that He cannot cook a meal and eat with you, but He wants to spend time with you through your prayers, meditations and reading of His Word.

Spend time with Jesus today, and deepen that relationship, this is want He wants from you.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord for Jesus and thank you that He wants to deepen His relationship with me today”.

John 21 v 9…..As soon then as they were come to land, they saw a fire of coals there, and fish laid thereon, and bread

DIG for Monday the 6th of April…..we choose whether to be offended or not…..John 16 v 1

I preached a series on how not to take offence recently and was reminded about this as I was reading the Word yesterday.

Jesus has just about completed His final “teaching” to the disciples before His death and He says he told them this in order that they would not be offended (John 16 v 1).

This tells me that they could make the decision not to be offended; taking offence is not a reflex action that they could not stop.

The same is true for us.

In any situation we choose how we react, including whether we take offence or not.

I agree that there may be times when it seems we would be “in the right” to take offence, as people do the most terrible things to us.

However taking offence is still a choice in any and every situation.

Jesus went on to say that the disciples would be thrown out of their synagogues (which included being refused fellowship with family and friends) and killed.

Even then they were not to take offence.

Even in the most difficult situations when people were doing their utmost to hurt them they were not to take offence.

I heard a friend last night say, “This is getting me so frustrated”. My other friend said, “Well you are choosing that for yourself”.

Now this may sound cold and harsh, but it is not, it is the truth.

We are responsible for our reactions in any and ever situation, including taking offence.

We choose.

Speak this out today….”Thank you Lord that I have control over my emotions, rather than the other way round”.

John 16 v 1…..There things have I spoken unto you, that ye should not be offended

DIG for Wednesday the 15th of October…..you have the same authority as the “other’” disciples…..Luke 9 v 1 and 2

In Luke 9 v 1 and 2 we see Jesus sending out His disciple to carry out the “work” of the Kingdom; that is preaching, healing and setting people free.

We see Him doing a similar thing in Luke 10 when He sends out even more (Luke 10 v 1).

Jesus gave the twelve and then the seventy power and authority to preach and heal in His name.

Jesus is still in the business of sending out disciples today, and now the disciple is you!

You have the same authority as the twelve and the seventy, but you actually have more power.

The disciples that Jesus sent out in Luke 9 and 10 were living under the old covenant, before the cross and before Pentecost.

As a disciple of Jesus Christ you now live under grace in the new covenant and you have something better and more powerful than the original disciples.

You have the indwelling Holy Spirit within you, who will never depart from you.

With that “dynamite” power of the Holy Spirit and the authority from Jesus you can quite literally do anything!

You are a powerful and appointed individual able to preach and heal and set free.

AMEN!

Do you believe that this morning and are you living as if this is the truth?

In order to fully flow in this power and authority you have to believe it; you have to think that you are a person of power and authority and you have to speak that out.

As a man thinketh so is he and death and life are in the power of the tongue are sections of Scripture that we know well, so we need to believe this truth and speak it out from our mouths.

Start by declaring these truths this morning.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that you have given me the authority from Jesus and the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit to preach, to heal and to set people free”.

Luke 9 v 1 and 2…..Then he called his twelve disciples together, and gave them power and authority over all devils, and to cure diseases. And he sent them to preach the kingdom of God, and to heal the sick

DIG for Friday the 8th of August…….now it is our turn to give out…..Matthew 15 v 36

In Matthew 14 and 15 we see Jesus feeding the “five thousand” and the “four thousand”.

Well actually, if you read the accounts carefully that is not what we see.

What we see is the disciples feeding the people.

Jesus took the loaves and the fishes in both instances, blessed it and broke it and then gave it to the disciples.

The disciples then handed it out to the people who were hungry (Matthew 14 v 19 and 15 v 36).

This is a great picture of how the Kingdom works.

As disciples, or believers, we have been given authority and power from Jesus to heal the sick, raise the dead and cast out demons; we have been given what the tired and hungry people of this world needs.

We need to now dish it out!

Father God has provided all that this needy world needs through the finished work of Jesus Christ.

He has given us all the spiritual blessings that we will ever need (Ephesians 1 v 3).

He has given us the authority of Jesus and the power of the Holy Spirit to bring His Kingdom power to this world.

Now it is down to us.

If our attitude is I don’t have enough to give out we will never be a success.

If we know we have all we already need from the Lord then we cannot fail.

What is your attitude this evening? What do you think about this?

The disciples took what looked like a very little food and fed thousands of people under His guidance.

We can take the awesome and wonderful things He has given us and change this world.
Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord for all that I have through the finished work of Jesus Christ and thank you that I can make a difference in this world through His power and His authority”.

Matthew 15 v 36…..And he took the seven loaves and the fishes, and gave thanks, and brake them, and gave to his disciples, and the disciples to the multitude