DIG for Saturday the 16th of July…..we need to know there was a then and there is a now…..Romans 6 v 14

One of the things we must understand as a believer is that “things change” as we go through the Bible.

To steal a phrase that I heard Barry Bennett say recently, “we need to know that there was a then and there is a now”.

For instance there was a then when people lived under the old covenant and now we live under the new covenant.

There was a then when people lived under law and now we live under grace (Romans 6 v 14).

There was a then when the Holy Spirit came and went but now He has come and has never left.

There was a then when revelation was drip fed to prophets and now we live in a time when the full revelation through Jesus Christ has been revealed (Hebrews 1 v 1 and 2).

God Himself has not changed however how He deals with mankind has changed, and it changed at the cross.

Before the cross, then, sin was an issue but now after the finished work of Jesus Christ sin is no longer an issue; our sin has been dealt with once and for all (Hebrews 10 v 12 and 14) and we have been forgiven (Ephesians 1 v 7) and reconciled (2 Corinthians 5 v 18 and 19).

There was a then and there is a now, and it went from then to now at the cross.

As Jesus said, “It is finished” everything changed and the world entered a new era, under a new covenant, under grace.

I thank the Lord that we live now, in a time that David sang of saying, “Blessed is he whose transgressions is forgiven, whose sin is covered. Blessed is the man unto whom the Lord imputeth not iniquity”.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that I live under the new covenant, under grace”.

Romans 6 v 14…..For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace


DIG for Wednesday the 29th of April….faith and belief defines what we receive…..Hebrews 11 v 33

Hebrews chapter 11 is what I know as the faith chapter.

We see a lot about faith and I especially like what it says in verse 33; saying that through faith we can obtain promises (Hebrews 11 v 33).

In the Old Testament we see prophecy tell us what Jesus would do, for example He would provide our healing (Isaiah 53 v 5).

We also read many promises from God in the New Testament, for example healing again (1 Peter 2 v 24).

Jesus also promised that He came to bring us life in abundance (John 10 v 10), a truth confirmed in the epistles (2 Corinthians 8 v 9 and 3 John 2).

I could go on and on about the promises God gave to us, but for now healing and abundance is enough.

So, how do we see healing and abundance in our lives?

Is it by works, good deeds and religious performance?

No, it is through faith that we receive these promises (Hebrews 11 v 33 remember).

Faith is knowing, trusting, believing, and understanding that Jesus has done what He needs to do and has already provided this for us in the atonement, in His finished work.

To paraphrase, we have to believe and receive.

If we do not have faith in Jesus and His finished work, faith that He has already provided healing and abundance, we will not see this in our lives.

Remember that as a man thinketh so is he.

What we believe and understand, what we have faith in, really affects our lives.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord for the finished work of Jesus and thank you that he has already provided for my healing and my abundance”.

Hebrews 11 v 33…..Who through faith subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions…..