DIG for Sunday the 15th of January…..we have complete and unconditional acceptance from God…..Ephesians 1 v 6

We all know that in order to be accepted by others we have to conform and perform, this is the way of the world.

We conform to be accepted by our circle of friends.

We perform in order to be accepted by our schoolteachers or managers at work.

In this world we have to do things to be accepted by others.

This is not the case in the Kingdom of God.

We have to be made accepted in order to have acceptance from God.

There is nothing we can do to be accepted and there is then nothing we can do to be rejected once living in this acceptance.

This is exactly what we read at the start of the epistle to the Ephesians.

Paul writes and says that, ”he hath made us accepted in the beloved” (Ephesians 1 v 6)

God accepts us after being made something.

Once we are saved, as a gift of grace through faith in Jesus we are made righteous and holy (2 Corinthians 5 v 21 and Ephesians 4 v 24), and this is why we are then acceptable to God.

We are not accepted because of our goodness or our religious performance; we are accepted because of our trust in the performance of Jesus.

In the sae way we cannot “sin away” this acceptance.

We are now always acceptable to God, unconditionally and completely.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that as a gift of grace through faith in Jesus I have complete and unconditional acceptance from you”.

Ephesians 1 v 6…..To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved

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DIG for Thursday the 11th of August…..He is our Heavenly Father and He is full of pride and excitement for us…..Ephesians 1 v 5 and 6

As I was listening to some teaching tonight I had a wonderful revelation about how God the Father sees me.

It as just after I’d sent a text to my son speaking out blessings over the opening night of his musical run that starts tonight.

My heart was full of pride that he was fulfilling his potential and I was so excited for him.

I then thought about my two girls who are also doing great things.

So as I listened to the minister I suddenly realised that God the Father thinks the same about me.

And guess what, he thinks the same about you.

If we are born again we are in the family, we are adopted as sons and that means God is our Father.

Do you think God has any less pride in his sons and daughters than I have?

I realised of course he does not; I realised He has pride in me and is excited about what I am doing.

He is my Heavenly Father so of course He is!

If we can all get this revelation it will change how we relate to God and change how we come to Him.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that you are my Heavenly Father and I have been adopted into your family”.

Ephesians 1 v 5 and 6…..Having predestinated us into the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved

DIG for Tuesday the 26th of July…..put your hope in something worth hoping for…..Hebrews 11 v 1

Hope is a wonderful thing, but something that is generally dashed as we progress through life.

We can have renewed hope as we enter a new job, but pretty soon realise it is still not the perfect role.

I always have hope as I enter a new football season, but this hope of glory and success normally fades relatively quickly.

We put our hope in people yet they let us down time and time again.

There is one thing that we can hope for and know that will never fail us; and that is what Jesus has done and provided for us.

You can hope for an abundant life and see that made manifest (John 10 v 10).

You can hope for healing and prosperity knowing that this is what Father God wants for you and is what Jesus has provided (3 John 2).

You can hope for forgiveness and reconciliation, acceptance and adoption into His family (Ephesians 1 v 5 and 6).

Jesus is the only thing worth putting hope in; He is the only thing you can trust 100%.

Don’t put your faith in jobs, people and especially football teams, put your faith in Jesus.

He is worthy of your trust and time and energy, and of course your hope.

Jesus loves you unconditionally and will never withhold anything from you due to poor performance.

He will always do what He said He will do and give you what His Word says you can have.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Father that I can put my complete trust and hope in You and in Jesus”.

Hebrews 11 v 1…..Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen

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

DIG for Tuesday the 28th of June…..what if, what if, what if…..1 John 4 v 18

Lots of people live with the fear that I had as a youth and young man, the fear of death.

This has gone for me now, however I see a different kind of fear in many people today, and this includes many believers in the church.

Today there are lots of people with a fear of life!

What if I lose my job, what if my wife leaves me, what if the economy falters, what if we leave the EU, what if, what if……

Asking these types of questions is, in my view, a fear of life, as these questions are normally asked if we feel negative towards that area.

Very rarely do we ask what if in a positive light!

Living in the world today we have to accept and deal with uncertainty in many areas such as the economy and relationships.

But as I’ve been writing in DIG recently there are truths and certainties in life, such as righteousness and forgiveness.

Fear is something that we should not have as a born again believer.

An understanding of the love that God has towards us will result in less fear in our lives, that is what the Word of God says (1 John 4 v 18).

If we are in fear over our economic future we do not understand that God loves us so much that He will provide for and bless us (John 10 v 10 and 2 Corinthians 8 v 9).

If we fear the rejection of men we do not understand that God loves us so much that He accepts and approves of us (Ephesians 1 v 6).

Fear, in every area of your life, is a lack of understanding about the love God has for you.

So the way to remove any fear is to dive into the love of God!

Speak this out today…..”Thank you God that you love ME”.

1 John 4 v 18…..There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love

DIG for Friday the 11th of March…..you are accepted by God, no questions asked…..Ephesians 1 v 6

In the majority of human relationships (work, school etc.) acceptance is based upon performance.

We will be accepted in the work environment if we perform well, meet targets and make more money for the company for example.

Sometimes this performance mentality is even witnessed in family relationships.

The only relationship where we can be assured of 100% acceptance, with no strings attached, is with God.

Once saved and in His family (Ephesians 1 v 5) we are given unconditional and complete acceptance from God (Ephesians 1 v 6).

We come into His family, we are loved and we are accepted.

I can say this acceptance is nothing to do with our performance as the verse says that God made us accepted.

It was God’s choice to accept us through grace, because of the finished work of Jesus.

But surely we need to do something to be accepted?

The only thing we needed to do was have faith and believe, and then because of Jesus’ work we were made accepted.

You cannot be more accepted by God through good works, just as you cannot be less accepted because of any sin or unholy actions.

Right now you have unconditional acceptance from God, surely that is good reason to love Him even more.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord for your unconditional and complete acceptance”.

Ephesians 1 v 6….To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved

DIG for Friday the 28th of August…..we do not need to purchase our armour…..Ephesians 6 v 11

Before a medieval knight went into battle he would get his knave to help him put on his armour.

This would have been armour that he bought with his own money; even when a knight was in the army fighting for the king he would have had to supply all his own armour himself.

It is not like that for those of us in the Kingdom.

We are supplied with our armour; we do not need to use our own resources gathered through our own efforts and performance to equip ourselves.

The armour we have is the armour of God supplied by God through the work of Jesus (Ephesians 11 v 6).

For example we have His truth, His righteousness and His gospel of peace.

He has prepared this armour so that we can put it on and stand against the enemy.

We also need to put on this armour ourselves.

Our armour is all to do with how we think and what we believe, we have to renew our minds to the truths that we have this armour, thus putting it on.

We can have people help us in this process of understanding truth, for example pastors and teachers; however we have to renew our own minds.

We have to put on the armour of God; armour is no use to you in a battle if it is sitting back nice and polished in your castle!

Get into the Word, renew your mind to the truth and put on your armour this morning.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord for your Word, and thank you for the truths held within about peace, righteousness and truth”.

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 Saturday the 11th of July…..the hath passage…..Ephesians 1 v 6

A sister in the Lord reminded me the other night about the start of Ephesians, saying it is the “hath passage”.

Hath, old King James for has, is used often at the start of Ephesians, showing us that what Paul is telling us is in the past tense.

We are not waiting for these good things from God, waiting to see if we are good enough through religious performance to be blessed, adopted and accepted.

We have been blessed with all spiritual blessings (Ephesians 1 v 3).

God has already chosen us, even before time began (Ephesians 1 v 4).

We have been adopted and accepted into the beloved, into His family (Ephesians 1 v 5 and 6).

We have been redeemed and forgiven through the shedding of the blood of Jesus (Ephesians 1 v 7).

We are not waiting for God to move, or rather we should not be waiting for God to move.

We do not need to ask for acceptance, for blessings, for forgiveness, as these have already been bestowed upon us.

This passage is very clear in that these good things that many are asking God for were given to us in the past, some when Jesus performed His finished work on the cross and some when we became born again.

But one truth is evident; they have all been given to us already.

Meditate upon the start of Ephesians and see what you already have, and if you are then stop asking God for them.

Accept them and enjoy them!

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that you have already blessed, accepted and adopted me, and thank you that I have already been redeemed and forgiven”.

Ephesians 1 v 6…..To the praise of his glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved

DIG for Saturday the 22nd of November…..grace builds you up and provides an inheritance…..Acts 20 v 32

Paul commended, (placed near or placed with someone), the message of grace to the Ephesians when he was there in person.

He gives us a great lesson here in what the message of grace, the gospel of Jesus Christ, can provide for the believer.

We know he is talking to believers here (and therefore us) as he says brethren at the start of the verse and calls them holy and saints (sanctified) at the end; so this verse is for you if you are born again.

Grace will build you up.

The gospel of Jesus Christ, the truth about our reconciliation, forgiveness and righteousness, will encourage us and build us up as we learn more about it.

Knowledge of what Jesus has done will mean we put less emphasis on what we do and what other men do, thus leading to less worry and fear.

Grace will provide you with an inheritance.

As a saint, trusting in Jesus and his finished work, you have been freely given a great inheritance.

You have been accepted by God and adopted into His family (Ephesians 1 v 5 and 6) and been given all spiritual gifts in heavenly places (Ephesians 1 v 3).

As a child of God, because of this free inheritance, you have been made a co-heir with Christ (Romans 8 v 16 and 17).

Grace is a free gift from God, designed to build you up with encouragement and to provide you with an awesome inheritance that you can enjoy RIGHT NOW!

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that through Jesus you have accepted me and adopted me into your family”.

Acts 20 v 32…..And now, brethren, I commend God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified

DIG for Saturday the 8th of November……..do you know what you have in Christ…..Philemon v 6

As believers I am sure that we all know that Jesus died for our sins, we say this often enough.

But do we really know what we received because of this work, His finished work on the cross?

If we are ‘in Christ’ we are born again believers and we need to know what we have ‘in Christ’ because of this.

If we know what we have because of Him we will be able to communicate our faith more effectively (Philemon v 6).

‘Communicate’ in this context means to be in partnership or social intercourse, so it means being in relationship, sharing and telling people about our faith.

If we really understand what Jesus has done and what we have become because of our faith we are more effective in sharing that faith.

I’m sure we all want to be more effective in sharing our faith with friends and family, indeed with anyone that comes across our path.

The way to do that is to really know and understand, have full discernment, about what Jesus has done and what we are in Christ because of our belief in Him.

The truth that we have unconditional and complete forgiveness is part of this knowledge (Ephesians 1 v 7 and Colossians 1 v 14)

The truth that we have already been reconciled to God is part of this knowledge (2 Corinthians 5 v 18 and 19).

The truth that in our born again spirit we have been made righteous and holy is part of this knowledge (2 Corinthians 5 v 21 and Ephesians 4 v 24).

The truth that we are accepted by God and have been adopted into His family is part of that knowledge (Ephesians 1 v 5 and 6).

The way to achieve ‘epignosis’ (or full discernment) is through study and meditation upon the Word of God; so we can say we will be more effective in sharing our faith if we know His Word.

Do you want to be more effective in telling people about your faith?

If you said yes then you need to study and meditate upon Scripture, allowing yourself the opportunity to understand more about every good thing that you have in Christ.

I encourage you to start that process of learning today!

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord for your Word, for you Holy Scripture and thank you that it is the way that I learn about what I have in Christ”.

Philemon v 6…..That the communication of thy faith may become effectual by the acknowledging of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus