DIG for Wednesday the 2nd of November…..faith not works, always…..Colossians 2 v 6

We all know that to come to Christ in the first place, to come to salvation, we do it through faith.

There are no works a man can do to come to salvation.

There are no amounts of good works that can bring a man into the Kingdom of God.

It is only faith, faith in Jesus and His finished work that can save a man.

This is the way to receive Jesus Christ for the first time.

The same is true in our ongoing walk with the Lord.

Jesus died to also provide healing, acceptance, prosperity and peace.

These are made manifest, or received, in exactly the same way as our initial salvation, by faith and nothing more.

No works or good deeds can bring healing.

No works or good deeds can provide abundance and prosperity.

As we first received Jesus we are to walk the rest of the Christian life (Colossians 2 v 8).

It is faith and not works that is important in the ongoing walk of the believer.

Faith is the key to “success” in your walk and not works.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that it is through faith in Jesus that I will walk out the rest of my Christian life”.

Colossians 2 v 6…..As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him

DIG for Wednesday the 12th of October…..faith not works, again…..Romans 9 v 30

There are two types of righteousness described in the Bible, righteousness by works and righteousness by faith.

That last statement was actually not technically correct, in that what the Bible tells us is the two ways that people use in order to become righteous.

What the Bible also tells us is that only one way is successful.

Many, including the nation of Israel (called zealots) and many today, think they have to act in a certain way and do certain works in order to become righteous.

That is known as law.

Others know that there is nothing they can do to become righteous so they trust in a Saviour instead and are made righteous through faith.

That is known as grace.

In the age that we are in today we live under grace and not law; no man is justified (or made righteous) by the works of the law but by faith (Romans 3 v 28).

The end of Romans 9 and the start of Romans 10 are clear in telling us that as Gentiles (all of us who are not Jews) we can only be made righteous through faith.

If we tried by law we would fail, as did the most zealous people who ever walked the face of the earth i.e. the Jewish nation.

We can only be made righteous as a gift of grace through faith.

Believe in this and trust in this and start living as if you are righteous!

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that I have been made righteous as a gift of grace through faith in Jesus”.

Romans 9 v 30…..What shall we say then? That the Gentiles, which followed not after righteousness, have attained righteousness, even the righteousness which is of faith

DIG for Saturday the 26th of March…..His work not our work…..Romans 5 v 7 and 8

Thanks again to Sean for another DIG, helping me play “catch up”……

I’ve chucked in two verses for the price of one today finishing what I started when I talked about our inner need for a hero, a hero who saved us not based on who we were but on who He is.

I know that sometimes when I am caught off guard I can get under the mind set of the law and religion that states that I must behave a certain way and do certain works to be accepted by God.

But Romans 5 v 7 and 8 make it clear God loved us while we were yet sinners.

John 3: 16 makes it clear also, saying, ‘God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son that whoever believe in him should not perish but have everlasting life.’

God loved this world and Jesus gave His life for it.

All I am called to do is believe this.

Yes my option is to believe on what Jesus has done for me and not what I do for Him, realising that any work you try to do to earn favour with God is as a filthy rag (that’s a menstrual rag) (Isaiah 54:6).

Grace and works do not mix, only acts of faith based on what Jesus has done bear any true worth now.

Jesus has done all the work required through His death on the Cross.

Jesus died for us while we were in our sinful state, a true hero giving His life for His friends (John 15:13).

Because of this we are now the righteousness of God in Christ.

That does not mean that I am not called to bear fruit as the more I manifest that love of God the more works of faith issue forth.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that it is not about me and my works, thank you it is all about what Jesus has done for me”.

Romans 5 v 7 to 8…..For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us

DIG for Thursday the 4th of February…..faith not works, that is what is required…..Hebrews 11 v 29

In our bible study last night one of the guys commented on the headings in the book of Galatians in her bible.

They were all about faith and grace being the way to live rather than law and legalism.

This of course is the whole message of Galatians but it is the same message throughout the New Testament.

In Hebrews the writer talks of how everything was achieved through faith.

Abraham offered up Isaac as an act of faith (Hebrews 11 v 17).

In the same chapter we see Isaac, Jacob, Joseph and Moses operating through faith.

My own favourite is the Hebrew nation passing through the Red Sea through faith (Hebrews 11 v 29).

When the Egyptians tried the same thing in their own strength they failed and died.

This is a great lesson for us today; we are to live our life through faith rather than our own works, strengths and even religious performance.

The just are to live by faith is what the Word says (Romans 1 v 17).

We started our walk with the Lord in faith and need to continue living in this way (Colossians 2 v 6).

Faith in Jesus Christ and His finished work is what saw you saved, made holy and made righteous, and it is the same faith that will see you healed, made whole, living in peace and living in prosperity.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord for the finished work of Jesus Christ, and thank you for all that I have received as a gift of grace through faith”.

Hebrews 11 v 29…..By faith they passed through the Red Sea as by dry land: which the Egyptians assaying to do were drowned

DIG for Tuesday the 2nd of February…..once justified you then continue to live by faith…..Romans 1 v 17

 

Yesterday in DIG we saw that we were justified by a gift of grace through faith in Jesus and His finished work.

What a lot of Christians do not realise is that this same “process ” is what we use in our on going walk with the Lord.

In other words we should continue to walk in faith.

The Word says the just shall live by faith (Romans 1 v 17).

The Word says nothing about living by works, religious performance or good deeds.

Once saved there are many great things waiting for us, like prosperity, peace and health.

Just as you could not work your way into heaven (your initial salvation) you cannot work your way into prosperity, peace and health (your on going salvation).

Just as you got your “ticker into heaven” through faith you get your prosperity, your peace and your healing through faith.

This is what Paul means when he says the just (or the saved) shall live by faith.

Jesus made the way for you to be saved and He also made the way for you to live a peaceful, prosperous and healthy life.

All this is received through faith, and never through works, deeds or religious performance.

So, you should be asking, “what do I need to do then?”

I would suggest studying the Word in order to learn more about what Jesus has done for you, to allow you to operate at a higher level of faith.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord for Jesus and His finished work and thank you for all that He purchased for me”.

Romans 1 v 17…..For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith

DIG for Saturday the 14th of November…..this is truly a faithful saying…..Titus 3 v 7

There are many truths in the Word that we should remind ourselves about constantly, and if we are teachers or preachers there are truths that we need to affirm constantly (Titus 3 v 8).

Righteousness through faith, as a gift of God’s mercy and grace is one such truth.

This is one of the fundamental truths of the Gospel (of the grace message) that believers need to hear again and again.

Righteousness, or the state of acceptance and being right with God, is a gift from God that we receive through faith in the finished work of Jesus and not through works (Titus 3 v 4 to 7).

Justification is a word from the same root word for righteousness and means properly approved and conformed to a proper standard.

In the eyes of God we are at His standard and have been approved.

Paul concludes after his discussion in Romans 3 that we are justified by faith without any works of law (Romans 3 v 28).

This is a truth that we need to remind ourselves every day about.

We need to remind ourselves in order to stay in the liberty that is Christ and not slide back into the bondage of works and self-efforts (Galatians 5 v 1).

If you are a born again believer then in the eyes of Father God you have been justified and you have been made righteous (2 Corinthians 5 v 17 to 21).

This is a truth no matter what men tell you.

Now I know you may be doing some unrighteous acts, but that does not alter your state of righteousness in the eyes of God.

He looks on your born again spirit and not on your flesh.

In your spirit you are righteous and truly holy (Ephesians 4 v 24).

Affirm this truth constantly and tell your self this truth, speak it out.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that I have bee justified and I have been made righteous as a gift of mercy and grace through my faith in Jesus”.

Titus 3 v 7…..That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life

DIG for Saturday the 21st of March…..it was faith then and it is faith now…..Colossians 2 v 6

Faith is an important “thing” in the life of a believer.

It is of course by faith that we are saved initially (Ephesians 2 v 8).

I don’t think anyone in the church disagrees with that statement, you are saved as a gift of grace through your faith in Jesus and His finished work (Romans 10 v 9).

Paul says to the Colossians that they should walk their Christian life in the same way that they received Jesus initially (Colossians 2 v 6).

That means we walk the rest of our life and life our life through faith.

So if we required healing (part of your salvation) we are to receive that as a gift of grace through faith.

If we require to be moved from poverty (part of your salvation) we are to do that through faith, and receive it as a gift of grace.

If we require to be made whole in any way (also part of our salvation) we are to receive it as a gift of grace through faith.

Works and self-righteousness was not required for your initial salvation; that came as a gift from God because of faith.

Everything else in this Christina life (or your walk) comes in the same way, as a gift of grace through faith and not through your works or efforts.

God does not want your works or efforts before He can or will bless you.

He has already blessed you (Ephesian 1 v 3).

You can see these blessings made manifest in our life through faith, just in the same way as you received your initial salvation.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that you require my faith and not my works”.

Colossians 2 v 6…..As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him