DIG for Monday the 29th of January…..share some good news today…..Hebrews 10 v 24

We had an amazing time of testimony in church yesterday, with people sharing about how the Word has changed their lives.

This is wonderful to see as a pastor and teacher.

I know that the Word will change lives, and I know that good doctrine is what is required.

But it is wonderful to hear others say this after they have been changed themselves.

It is great to hear when people have had a success in their lives; it is great to hear when something has gone well.

A sister said this to me yesterday, “Maybe I should phone you when things have gone well, instead of just calling you when I need help”.

This was a real sign of maturity, with this sister recognising that we can encourage and build each other up with our good news.

I’ve often said that this life is impossible without interaction with others.

We are here to help each other and build each other up; that is what church should be all about.

We are supposed to provoke each other unto love and good works (Hebrews 10 v 24), and we cannot do this if we spend our time alone.

We should be spending time with people, and preferably giving them some good news.

What good news have you got to share this evening?

And have you told anyone yet?

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord for all the good things you have given me and thank you for your love, mercy and compassion”.

Hebrews 10 v 24…..And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works

DIG for Thursday the 16th of June…..but there must be some work for me to do…..John 6 v 29

As you will hopefully know by now I preach that we are blessed as a gift of grace through faith in the finished work of Jesus.

Quite often as I preach and teach this truth I am asked the same question, “But surely we must have to do something?”

People ask this as in every other walk of life we are rewarded due to our performance.

This is not the case in the Christian life; we are rewarded due to the performance of Jesus.

And a similar question was asked of Jesus.

“What shall we do, that we might work the works of God?” was the question we see in the Gospel of John.

Jesus did not say pray, help the poor or go to church; He said have faith and believe on Him (I paraphrase the actual words of Jesus) (John 6 v 29).

The Lord does not want our works, He wants our faith and belief.

Out of faith and belief ‘good works’ should flow, but these will be works of love and gratitude instead of works of self-righteousness.

I agree that there should be good works in our lives, but these come as a fruit and not as a root of our relationship with the Lord.

God loves us no matter what, His love is not dependent upon how good we are.

Were you good and full of good works before you became saved?

Of course not!

Works, in the sense of doing things to be loved and blessed by God is not required, just as they were not required for your initial salvation; He requires your faith and belief, that is the ‘work’ He wants you to do!

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that I am blessed as a gift of grace through faith in Jesus and His finished work”.

John 6 v 29…..Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent

DIG for Thursday the 7th of March……good works (or lack of them) is not an issue any more…..John 6 v 29

Much of my Christian life has been concerned with good works or the lack of them; time and time again I was told “do this” and “do that” or “stop doing this” and “stop doing that”.

This is wrong in so many ways.

God does not add or remove blessing because of our performance; he does not reward us because of good works. He also does not punish us if we do not do good works!

God has already blessed us because of our faith in Jesus and in His finished work on the cross.

People asked Jesus what were the works of God that they had to do (John 6 v 28) and this is a question many believers still ask themselves today.

The answer Jesus gave is amazing.

He said that the only work that we have to do is believe on Him (John 6 v 29).

This is contrary to much of the teachings of the church today yet it is the truth of Jesus.

Friends, my experience is that if you teach that no works are required to please God and that faith in Jesus is enough, people fall in love with Jesus so much that they do good works as a by-product.

You should not be works orientated as a Christian; you should just be Christ orientated and “good works” will flow from this as a result.

Speak this out today….”Thank you Lord that my work is to believe in Jesus”.

John 6 v 29…..Jesus answered them and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent

DIG for Monday the 3rd of December…..encouragement to do good; is this a works mentality then…..Proverbs 3 v 27

My wife asked me his morning “what is God speaking to you about just now”; He’s taking me through Proverbs was my answer; and I hope you are enjoying this as much as I am.

There is also encouragement for those people who come into contact with us as this verse asks us to do good works for others.

It encourages us to do good when it is in our power; and we all know what doing good is so I’ll not go into that today.

Is this not a works orientated verse you may ask; I thought you preached a grace mindset and not a works orientated mentality you may say.

That is correct; I however do not see this as works orientated.

I see this as a result of understanding the Lord and His Word; the more we know about His love, forgiveness and righteousness, the more we will do “good works” as a by-product.

People asked Jesus what good works they should do (John 6 v 28 and 29).

He answered by simply saying believe in Him; that is the “works” we have to do.

By believing in Him, trusting in Him and knowing Him we will do works out of this.

We do not need to strive and push ourselves to do good works; Proverbs 3 v 27 is not a verse to push you to strive and work.

It as a verse of encouragement; “work” to know and trust Him and your good works will manifest themselves.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that my work is to know and to trust and to love you”.

Proverbs 3 v 27…..Withhold not good from them to whom it is due, when it is in the power of thine hand to do it