DIG for Wednesday the 27th of September…..can we really know what God will do…..John 14 v 7

Can we really ever know what God will do in a situation?

Well, if you listen to a lot of people the answer would be no, as the Lord works in mysterious ways, doesn’t He?

But I think the answer is yes, as we have lots of information about what the Lord would do.

We can look at the example of Jesus and then transfer this onto God the Father.

Some of you may be thinking, well, how can we do that?

The Bible tells us that Jesus was the express image of the Father (Hebrews 1 v 3).

Jesus said He could only do what He saw the Father do (John 5 v19).

Jesus said He did not come to do His own will, but the will of the Father (John 6 v 38).

Jesus said that if you knew Him you would know the Father (John 14 v 7).

In other words what we see Jesus doing we can say this is what God the Father will do.

So if Jesus always healed, then God always heals.

And if Jesus never put sickness of anyone, then God never puts sickness on anyone.

So we can look at the example of Jesus and see how God would react and what God would do.

If Jesus is the express image of the Father He is the same, and has the same character.

God working in a mysterious way is not a Biblical truth; we can see God the Father in and through Jesus.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that we have the example of Jesus, thank you for your Word”.

John 14 v 7…..If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth

DIG for Sunday the 8th of January…..we are stewards, not owners…..Colossians 1 v 16

One of the things I have been learning lately is that we do not actually own anything here on earth.

All that we have is from God and we are His stewards here on earth.

All in this earth, including money and resources, belongs to Him and we are here it use it wisely.

What we think we own is not actually ours, as everything in this universe (including your wallet and purse and their contents) belongs to the Lord.

The Word is clear that Jesus created everything (Hebrews 1 v 3).

The Word is also clearly that everything that was created was for Him as well, so He is the owner (Colossians 1 v 16).

What we have has been given to us by God, what we earned was earned through the skills He gave us.

Once we realise this truth is makes it easier t olive out verses such as Hebrews 13 v 16 and 1 Timothy 6 v 18.

We are meant to share and distribute what we have among others, especially those of the household of faith (Galatians 6 v 10).

This is easier to do once we realise that what we are sharing and distributing is not ours.

All that we have belongs to the Lord.

This is not an easy concept, especially for those of us living in the “consumer madness” that is the Western world.

But it is a Biblical concept that we need to grasp in order to help those in this world less fortunate than ourselves.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you lord that you have blessed me through the work of my hands and thank you that you have blessed me with abundance”.

Colossians 1 v 16…..For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him

DIG for Friday the 16th of December…..Emmanuel, I just cannot stop thinking about this…..Matthew 1 v 23

I know I wrote about this same topic just over a week ago, however I cannot get over the amazing truth of Jesus being Emmanuel.

This is a truth that I find absolutely astounding.

We know that Jesus is God.

We know that Jesus was the agent of creation; God created everything through Jesus (Hebrews 1 v 3 and Colossians 1 v 16).

We know that Jesus was pre-existent as part of the Godhead (Revelation 1 v 8).

Yet we also know that Jesus was made flesh and dwelt among us (John 1 v 14).

We know that Jesus came among those He created, even though most would reject him (John 1 v 11).

We know that He would live a life of ministry before giving up His life to deal with all our sin, to make it possible for us to be saved and made righteous.

This is of course a truth that we focus on at this time of year.

However this amazing truth is like a puppy; it is not just for Christmas!

Our God became our Saviour by coming to earth in the flesh.

What’s even better is that we can all say, My God became My Saviour by coming to the earth in flesh for me.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that Jesus came to earth as Emmanuel, to become God with us”.

Matthew 1 v 23…..Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us

DIG for Monday the 21st of November…..God works in mysterious ways, what nonsense…..John 5 v 19

I wrote yesterday about WWJD bracelets and said that if we only read the Word we would know what Jesus would do without having to ask the question!

That got me thinking about something else quite similar.

Have you heard people say, “Well, God works in mysterious ways?”

What a lot of nonsense that phrase is!

I cannot find that phrase in the Bile and I just don’t believe it.

If I want to see what God would do I look to Jesus in the Gospels and see what He did.

Jesus was the express image of the Father (Hebrews 1 v 3).

Jesus could only do what the Father would do (John 5 v 19).

Jesus came not to do His own will, but the will of the Father (John 6 v 38).

Jesus did not come to earth with His doctrine, but with the doctrine of His Father (John 7 v 16).

We can look at how Jesus worked and say this is how God works.

There is nothing mysterious about what Jesus did; it is laid out for us to read for ourselves in the Word of God.

If you want to know what God would do read the Gospels and see what Jesus actually did; God will not do anything different.

Jesus loved us and Jesus healed us, so God does the same, so you see there is nothing mysterious in the way God moves.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that your will for our lives is not mysterious, You love us and You want us to be healed”.

John 5 v 19…..Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise

DIG for Friday the 15th of July……God does not move in mysterious ways…..Colossians 1 v 26 and 27

I was listening to a great preacher this morning talking about the Word of God.

He said, “People say that God works in mysterious ways, I say No He doesn’t”.

This is something I’ve been saying for years, that God does not work in mysterious ways; we can see how He works by reading the Bible.

Jesus is the express image of the Father so if we look to Jesus we can see the character of God and the way He will operate (Hebrews 1 v 3).

If we look to Jesus we can see the true nature and character of God and we can see what He will do and what He will not do.

There is no mystery or debate over whether the Father wants you healed; we can see from the actions of Jesus that He does.

There is no mystery or debate over whether the Father wants you to live a life of prosperity and abundance, that I why Jesus came (John 10 v 10).

God is not mysterious in His actions; Jesus could only do what His Father sent Him to do and could only do what His Father does.

Look to Jesus in the Gospels to see what God will do!

To still say that God works in mysterious ways is the words of ignorance, not knowing what the Bible says.

Don’t be ignorant!

Seek out the Word and learn how God will work and how God will move, work this out for yourself by studying your Bible.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord for your Word and thank you that we can see that you will not move in mysterious ways”.

Colossians 1 v 26 and 27…..Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but not is made manifest to his saints: To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among you Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory

DIG for Sunday the 8th of May…..He is good and He does good…..Psalm 119 v 68

My message in church today was a simple one, that God is good.

This is a truth that too many of us do not understand and do not believe; if we did we would not allow some of the nonsense in our lives that we currently put up with.

Scripture is very clear that God is a good God, that He can only do good and does not change (James 1 v 17).

The Psalmist knew the truth that God is good and only does good (Psalm 119 v 68).

If we know that God was good, we could tell what came from God, as He only sends good things.

We can say that storms are not from God, that sickness and illness is not from God and that poverty is not from God.

When are storms, sickness and poverty ever seen as good?

I would say that there are only two groups of people who would consider storms, sickness and poverty to be good, and they would be lunatics or ‘foolish’ Christians!

God is a good God, pure and simple; at His heart He is loving, merciful and compassionate.

We can see this from the example of Jesus in the Gospels, and as He is the express image of the Father (Hebrews 1 v 3) we can transfer that truth onto God the Father.

God is good and can only do good; that is a truth you need to understand and believe.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that you are a good God and only want good for me in my life”.

Psalm 119 v 68…..Thou art good, and doest good; teach me thy statutes

You can listen to the message from today at the link below…..

http://mgf.podbean.com/e/the-character-names-of-god-6-god-is-good/

DIG for Friday the 29th of April…..of course physical healing is available today…..Matthew 8 v 17

I have started reading through the Scriptures looking for all the verses about healing, and have just read Matthew 8 where Jesus heals the leper, the centurion’s servant and Peter’s mother-in-law.

Knowing that the Scriptures say that Jesus can only do what the Father does I find it incredible to think that some people teach that physical healing is not for today!

What we see Jesus doing in the Gospels we can know that God will do today, He is the express image of the Father after all (Hebrews 1 v 3).

In Matthew 8 we see three examples of Jesus healing in a physical way.

No one in his or her right mind would say that leprosy was not a physical ailment.

No one would say that the palsy is a spiritual problem.

And when Peter’s mother-in-law was healed (along with many others) the Word says this fulfilled what Isaiah the prophet said about Jesus coming to deal with our infirmities and sickness (Matthew 8 v 17)

In the Gospels Jesus healed people of sickness and disease in their bodies.

Jesus can only do what the Father does, so healing in our physical bodies is for us today.

Healing is available for all of us today, even if some teach otherwise; the Scriptures is clear on this.

Above all things the Lord wants us to live in health and prosperity (3 John 2), so He must have made provision for the physical healing of our bodies today.

And this provision was made through the finished work of Jesus Christ.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that you want me to live in health and thank you that you have provided healing for me through the finished work of Jesus”.

Matthew 8 v 17…..That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, Himself took our infirmities, and bare our sickness

DIG for Thursday the 14th of April…..look to Jesus to see the character of God…..John 4 v 34

I’ve often heard people asking about how they can know the true character of God, saying things like “God works in mysterious ways”.

This is a silly thing to say really, as if we want to know the character of God we simply have to read the Gospels.

But the Gospels do not tell us about God you may be saying, well, actually they do.

A quick read through the Gospel of John will show you what I mean.

Jesus said that He came to do the meat of the Father, and to finish His work (John 4 v 34).

Jesus said that He could only do what He saw His Father do (John 5 v 19).

Jesus said He did not come to do His own will, but the will of His Father (John 6 v 38).

Jesus said that His doctrine was not His won, but that of Him who sent Him (John 7 v 16).

Jesus said that if you knew Him you would know the Father (John 8 v 19).

Jesus said He did the things that pleased the Father (John 8 v 29).

Jesus only ever said and did what His Father wanted Him to do and sent Him to do.

Being the express image of His Father (Hebrews 1 v 3) means that if we see Jesus doing something then we know God does it.

And also if Jesus does not do something we also know that Father God will not do it.

Speak this out today….”Thank you Lord that we can know your true character through looking to Jesus”.

John 4 v 34…..Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work

DIG for Tuesday the 12th of January……He is good, always good and anything else is a perversion of the gospel…..John 7 v 16

 “You’re a good, good Father, It’s who You are”; this is what the worship leader is singing on YouTube this morning, but is this true?

I would say yes, but the world and a lot of the church seems to say otherwise.

We are told God uses illness and death in order to teach us, help us and improve us.

When my kids were younger I never hurt them intentionally, even if it would have resulted in them “learning a lesson”.

In the Word Jesus tells us that He is the same as the Father and that He only does what He sees His Father do.

Jesus never made anyone ill; He was the Healer in the Gospels, so we can say the same of Father God.

Jesus, as the express image of the Father was good, and so we can say the same of God (Hebrews 1 v 3).

The leper asked Jesus if He would make him whole, He said yes; if this illness had come from God He would have been going against the wishes of His Father.

God is not a schizophrenic, having one nature one minute and another the next, make ill one minute and healing the next.

GOD IS GOOD!

When Jesus came to earth as a man He had a doctrine and it was the same doctrine of His Father.

That doctrine (the teaching of a teacher) is that God is good and that is what Jesus portrayed as He strode this earth.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that you are a good, good God and thank you that you are good tome”.

John 7 v 16…..Jesus answered them, and said, My doctrine is not mine, but his that sent me

DIG for Thursday the 2nd of April……God is NOT the author of sickness and disease…..3 John 2

I wrote a DIG the other day about Jesus being the express image of the Father (Hebrews 1 v 3).

Jesus never made anyone sick, so we can say that God does not either.

This is a Biblical truth that is still not understood or believed in certain sections of the church.

It is a lie of the enemy, spread by religion that says God will impose illness and sickness to make us “better” Christians.

Sickness is a curse (Deuteronomy 28) and is a work of the enemy.

Jesus healed ALL people on numerous occasions and we read that Jesus came to destroy the works of the devil; that is why we can say it is the work of the enemy and not the work of God.

Jesus never put illness on anyone, and if we look at Him we see the Father.

Illness is part of God’s plan for us; indeed He wants us to live in abundance and health (3 John 2).

Jesus took all our sickness and pain on the cross (Isaiah 53 v 4 and 5).

He did this so that we could live in healing and wholeness; we WERE healed by His stripes.

Jesus is the express image of the Father and He is in fact also God.

God is not schizophrenic; He does not make us sick on one hand and then heal us with another.

The simple fact is He healed us through the finished work of Jesus and our healing is waiting there to be made manifest in our lives.

Healing is from God not sickness and illness.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that you want me to live in health and abundance and thank you that you have made that provision through the finished work of Jesus Christ”.

3 John v 2…..Beloved, I wish above all else that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth