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 Friday the 12th of January…..take a step of faith into your healing…..John 5 v 9

In my DIG yesterday I wrote about the account of Jesus healing the man at the pool of Bethesda.

I wrote of the need to take responsibility and ‘do something’ to help manifest our healing.

I think I need to clarify this a little; we need to take a step of faith, believing that we are healed.

In this account we see Jesus telling the man the following; to rise, to take up his bed and to walk (John 5 v 8).

In verse 9 we read something similar, however it is important to read this carefully, as sometimes what is missing from the Word is as important as what is there!

We read that he did take up his bed and he did walk, but we read nothing about his rising.

What we read is that he was made whole.

I believe that this tells us that he was healed as he was rising up!

He was healed as he took a step of faith and moved into his healing; he was healed as he was rising up.

Now this is only one model of healing that Jesus used, but it is a model where we see a step of faith involved in healing.

In a sense it is similar to the woman with the issue of blood where Jesus tells the woman that it was her faith that made her whole (Matthew 9 v 20 to 22).

In faith, she acted and took a step towards her healing.

At times I believe that we need to walk out in faith and ‘do something’ to aid the manifestation of our healing.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that I see many models of healing in the Word and thank you that your will for my life is supernatural health”.

John 5 v 9…..And immediately the man was made whole, and took up his bed, and walked: and on the same day was the sabbath

 

 

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 Saturday the 1st of July…..the Word is needed for you to operate in faith…..Romans 10 v 17

Hebrews 11 is known as the faith chapter; I was going to count the number of times the phrase “by faith” was used but it looked too many!

Faith is all about what we believe thorough what we know and understand.

Faith is not about actions, although actions will come as a result of faith.

But what we see in Hebrews 11 is a list on people doing wonderful things through faith.

Their actions came as a result of their faith.

Faith through what we know and understand is still vitally important for us today.

Through the Word of God we can understand more about Jesus and His finished work.

And this can result in us operating in ‘more’ faith.

Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God (Romans 10 v 17).

This verse is very important, as it is the hearing of the Word of God that brings faith; this really is not a difficult verse to understand!

The Word of God is vital in the process of faith.

So, if we want to operate in faith we need to hear (and know) the Word of God.

Once again my DIG has come around to me advising you to get into the Word!

Yes my friend, the key, once again, is the Word of God.

Isn’t time you really started getting into the Word?

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord for your Word and thank you for the life changing truths held within”.

Romans 10 v 17…..So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God

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 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