DIG for Sunday the 16th of July…..if you are righteous then the law is not for you…..1 Timothy 1 v 9

It may seem to you that I have a “bee in my bonnet” about law and grace, it may seem that I write about this all the time!

Well, I think it is of vital importance that we, as born again believers, know that we live under grace and not under law.

Grace has the power to free us from sin, while law actually ‘helps’ us to take part in sin (see DIG from Friday 14th of July).

If you divide the Word properly you will know that if you are born again you have been made righteous.

2 Corinthians 5 v 17 is talking about a born again believer and in verse 21 we see that believers have been made righteous.

Ephesians 4 v 24 tells us that this ‘new man’ (or our born again spirit) was created in righteousness and true holiness.

So from this we can deduce that if you are saved then you are righteous.

Can you see how the Scriptures tell us that?

Good, so now look at 1 Timothy 1 v 9.

This verse tells us that the law is not for a righteous man, so that is talking about you.

You are not meant to live under law, so do not let any man try and put you under law.

You live under grace, under the New Covenant and are free from the law.

You are also free from all curses of the law (Galatians 3 v 13).

Now that is good news!

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that I live under grace and not under law”.

1 Timothy 1 v 9…..Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man……

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DIG for Tuesday the 22nd of November…..free under grace not in bondage to law…..Galatians 5 v 1

I have a few verses in my Bible underlines or highlighted, and Galatians 5 v 1 is one of these.

It is a great verse reminding us that we live under grace and not under law (Romans 6 v 14).

You may be thinking but that’s not what it says, it is talking about freedom and bondage.

But Paul is giving us a picture of law and grace through this description.

The law was the set of rules and regulations that men had to love by in order to deal with their sin; they were in bondage to this system.

Jesus came and dealt with all our sin once and for all at the cross.

Jesus came and brought grace and truth (John 1 v 17).

As born again believers we no longer live under law but under grace.

Grace is the freedom that Paul is writing to the Galatians about.

We are now free from the law, free to live in relationship with God because of what Jesus has dome, not because of what we have to do.

If we try and live under the law we will fail, that is what the Word says.

We will fail and put ourselves into the bondage of guilt and condemnation.

But we do not need to do this as we have been removed from living under the curse of the law because of Jesus and His finished work (Galatians 3 v 13).

Live in the freedom of grace and don’t even attempt to live under the law.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that I live under grace and not law”.

Galatians 5 v 1…..Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage

DIG for Friday the 22nd of July…..even the Word says “it is written”…..Galatians 3 v 13

As I wrote yesterday, “it is written” is a powerful statement that we as believers can use on a daily basis in our fight against the enemy.

It was not only Jesus that used the phrase “it is written”.

Others used this phrase and actually used it to write more Scripture.

Luke used it as he composed the Book of Acts (Acts 1 v 20, 7 v 42, 13 v 33 15 v 15 and 23 v 5).

Paul used it as he wrote his epistles to the Romans, the Corinthians (1 and 2) and the Galatians (too many references to type out).

The writer to the Hebrews used it (Hebrews 10 v 7).

Peter used “it is written” in his first letter to the church (1 Peter 1 v 16).

What we have to remember is that all Scripture is God breathed, so it is God really who is using the term “it is written” (2 Timothy 3 v 16 and 17).

God is showing us throughout His Word how powerful that Word is.

“It is written”, “the Bible says”, “it says in God’s Word” are phrases that we should be using all day and every day.

These words should be integral parts of our prayers as we use God’s word in that area of our lives.

We can only do this however if we know the Word, if we are studying it and “getting into it”.

As ever, I encourage you to “get into the Word” and see your life changed for the better, see the enemy flee as you speak out and pronounce God’s goodness over your life.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you for your Word and thank you that it is a weapon I can use again and again”.

Galatians 3 v 13…..Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree

DIG for Tuesday the 7th of July….you are a new creature, there are therefore no generational curses on you…..2 Corinthians 5 v 17 and Galatians 3 v 13

In our bible study last night we were discussing an example of what I call “dodgy doctrine”, with this one being generational curses.

I’ve heard this doctrine many times and seen people having generational curses broken off them, with much theatrics generally involved.

I agree that we see this type of curse in the bible, but always under the old covenant, always before Jesus came and dealt with sin and curses.

Jesus not only took our sin but also took curses on His body and dealt with them (Galatians 3 v 13).

When we became born again and trusted in the finished work of Jesus Christ we became free from the effect of sin and also the effects of curses as the old was removed and made new (2 Corinthians 5 v 17).

But Vic we see our brothers and sisters suffering the same as their parents and grandparents, surely this shows us that generational curses are valid now?

No, this is not the case; what we are seeing is the result of learned behaviour and the effects of an unrenewed mind.

People may need ministry in these areas, but what they require is discipleship and teaching in order to renew their minds so that they see transformation in their lives (Romans 12 v 2).

What they do not need is someone “making” a scissors with their fingers in order to “cut off” generational curses!

If I am wrong in this area I would be happy to change my doctrine, so would be willing to read examples of new covenant scriptures showing us how to cut off generational curses, but I don’t know of any!

What I do read is 2 Corinthians 5 v 17, Galatians 3 v 13 and Romans 12 v 2, so that is how I will operate in this area; what about you?

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord for the finished work of Jesus Christ, and thank you that I am not under any generational curse today”.

2 Corinthians 5 v 17…..Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new

 Galatians 3 v 13…..Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree

DIG for Thursday the 7th of August…..we have been redeemed, we are not being redeemed…..Psalm 107 v 1 and 2

One of the main thrusts of the “grace message” (or what I would rather call the true Gospel) is that God has already done what He has needed to do through the finished work of Jesus Christ.

One such “thing” is redemption; we have already been redeemed.

We have already been bought back as in a ransom; we have been rescued from loss already.

We have been rescued through the work of Christ (Galatians 3 v 13 and Titus 2 v 14).

There is nothing we could have done to aid our redemption; a person in slavery and bondage cannot pay their own ransom!

If you are doing religious works because you think you have to in order to be rescued by God stop!

These are not necessary; you have been redeemed already as a gift of grace through faith in the finished work of Jesus Christ.

If you have not made Jesus your Lord and Saviour already then trust and faith in Jesus is the only thing that can save you (Romans 10 v 9).

Once redeemed we should then speak out about His goodness and His mercy with thanksgiving.

This is what Psalm 107 v 1 and 2 are talking about.

We are the redeemed if we have faith in Jesus.

We should tell people about His good ness and His mercy and we should be thankful for our redemption.

There are no works to do or performance to upkeep.

All we need to do is be thankful and speak of His goodness.

That is our work, that is our performance; I for one think I can do that!

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord for my redemption and thank you that this came through His works and not my works”.

Psalm 107 v 1 and 2…..O give thanks unto the Lord, for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever. Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, whom he hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy

DIG for Wednesday the 30th of July…..remember so as not to forget…..Psalm 103 v 2

I had the pleasure to give the address at a World War One commemorative event at the weekend and said that we should remember this war so that we do not forget.

A very similar thing is said at the start of Psalm 103.

This is a Psalm that speaks out what the Lord will do for His people under the new covenant.

The Psalmist says forget not all his benefits, and I think he says that as we have a tendency to forget!

We have more benefits than just a ticket into Heaven through our salvation, we have so much more that we must not forget about.

Through the finished work of Jesus Christ the Lord did many wonderful things for us at the cross, that we now benefit from as we live under new covenant grace.

We should not forget that He has forgiven us of all our sin (Ephesians 1 v 7 and Colossians 1 v 14).

We should not forget that He has healed us of all our diseases (1Peter 2 v 24).

We should not forget that we have been redeemed (Galatians 3 v 13).

We should not forget that He has provided us with all that we will ever need (Ephesians 1 v 3).

We should not forget that He has made the way for us to live in health and abundance (3 John v 2); this is what having your youth renewed like an eagle speaks of to me.

We should not forget that He deals with us according to the finished work of Jesus Christ and not according to our performance.

We have so much to remember, we must never forget.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that I now live under new covenant grace thanks to the finished work of Jesus Christ”.

Psalm 103 v 2…..Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits

DIG for Sunday the 20th of July…..cheer up; you have so much to be thankful for so cheer up…..Matthew 9 v 2

In my message today I spoke about Paul telling the crew of a sinking ship to ”cheer up”; and I went on to tell the fellowship that one thing they should, and could do in a storm, is to cheer up.

It sounds really silly to say this in a time of extreme hardship and concern, yet this is clearly what Paul said (Acts 27 v 22).

Paul could do this as he knew and understood a spiritual truth that would eclipse the physical facts; God had told him that he would reach Rome and He also told him that not a single person would die from the ship.

Even in our storm we can cheer up because we have been told some amazing spiritual truths that can make any storm pale into insignificance.

Jesus told the sick man to cheer up as all his sins had been forgiven (Matthew 9 v 2); all our sins have also been forgiven.

Jesus told His disciples in the sinking boat to cheer up as He was now with them (Matthew 14 v 27); through His Holy Spirit Jesus is now with us and in us.

Jesus told His disciples on the eve of the worst day of their lives to cheer up as He was a world overcomer (John 16 v 23); because we have His Spirit in us we are now world overcomers.

My friend, it does not matter what storm you are in today, you can cheer up.

You have been forgiven, you have the Living God dwelling within you, and because of that you are a world overcomer; that is surely more than enough to rejoice in and cheer yourself up.

If that is not enough you have been accepted by God (Ephesians 1 v 6), adopted by God (Ephesians 1 v 5), been reconciled to God (2 Corinthians 5 v 18 and 19), been redeemed by God (Galatians 3 v 13) and been made righteous by God (2 Corinthians 5 v 21).

Now can you choose to cheer up?

The choice is yours.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that I can choose to cheer up because of what you have done for me and to me through the finished work of Jesus Christ”.

Matthew 9 v 2…..And, behold, they brought to him a man sick of the palsy, lying on a bed: and Jesus seeing their faith said unto the sick of the palsy; Son, be of good cheer; thy sins be forgiven thee

DIG for Friday the 18th of July….the ransom has been paid, we are now free…..Romans 3 v 24

I have been thinking about the word redeemed today.

I was given a thank you card after preaching at an event on Saturday night that used the word redeemed and I met the artist who actually made the card this morning in Costa.

We spoke about the card and that got my mind onto redeemed.

The root word for redeemed (and its other derivatives) is agorazo, which literally means to go to market and by implication to purchase.

When we read that we have been redeemed or that we have redemption it really means that we have been purchased or bought; that we have had a ransom paid for our freedom.

This is a wonderful concept; that we were once slaves to sin and death but have now been bought, had a ransom paid, so that we can live in freedom.

Once a person has been freed with a ransom they do not go back to their slavery or bondage.

The Word says that we have been redeemed (or purchased or ransomed) from the curse of the law (Galatians 3 v 13).

We should therefore not return to this and try to live by the law, we have been freed from this and now live under grace (Galatians 5 v 1 and Romans 6 v 14 and 15).

Through the finished work of Jesus Christ we have been redeemed; his blood has purchased us and we now have forgiveness (Ephesians 1 v 7 and Colossians 1 v 14).

The ransom has been paid to free us form the slavery of sin and death and we are now “slaves” to forgiveness, righteousness, mercy, love and abundance.

We have the fullness of God and all His blessings dwelling within us because of the work of Jesus as a gift of grace.

We would be crazy to try and return to live under the law.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that I have been redeemed through the finished work of Jesus Christ and the shedding of His blood”.

Romans 3 v 24…..Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus