DIG for Monday the 12th of February…..we have His authority, don’t be afraid to use it…..Matthew 10 v 7 and 8

During worship yesterday I was reminded about being a distillery manager, and about the authority given to me in that job. The Senior Site Manager gave me authority to run the site, backing me in front of the operators even if I made a mistake.

If this happened we spoke about it in his office, but my authority at the site was never removed.

This made me think about the authority we have been given here on earth by God the Father.

We are His representatives here, His ambassadors, and we have been given His authority to deal with sickness and disease for example.

With authority comes the responsibility to act, and with that comes the possibility of making mistakes.

We all make mistakes, in many areas of our lives, including our walk with the Lord. Yet, even when we make mistakes the Lord does not take away His authority.

Through the Holy Spirit and through His Word He will guide us, council us, and enable us to yield His authority in a more appropriate manner.

Jesus gave His disciples His authority, and He has done the same for us.

Jesus went back to His Father so that the Holy Spirit could come and enable His disciples with power, and He has done the same for us.

 

You have been given the same power and authority that the disciples received; do not be afraid to use it.

The disciples made mistakes, and we make mistakes, but that does not mean we should be worried about using the authority given to us freely by the Lord.

We are His ambassadors here on earth, and He will not take away His authority. So use it, and make a difference; use the power and authority you have to change lives!

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that you have given me Your power and Your authority to set people free”.

Matthew 10 v 7 and 8…..And as ye go, preach, saying, The Kingdom of heaven is at hand. Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give

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DIG for Monday the 7th of August…..we may make Him sad but He will never depart from us…..Hebrews 13 v 5

I’ve been reading through Ephesians 4 again, getting ready for my next message at MGF, and have been considering the phrase, ‘grieve the Holy Spirit’.

I’ve heard many different, and some frightening, interpretations of this scripture.

I’ve been told that the Holy Spirit will depart from me if I grieve Him, but the Word says He will never leave me nor forsake me, so I knew that was not true.

So what does grieving the Holy Spirit mean?

Looking at the Greek we can see the meaning of the Word grieve; it means to make sad or sorrowful.

I can accept that there are things that I would do that would make The Lord sorrowful.

I am a husband, father and grandfather, and there have been times that my family have done things that have made me sad and sorrowful.

Their actions however did not stop me from loving them or make me want to leave and not see them.

The same is true for the Holy Spirit.

As one of the Trinity He is God and He loves us.

We can do things that are not of Him and would grieve Him (or make Him sad and sorrowful) but His love never wavers and He will never depart.

God’s view of us and His love for us are not affected by our performance.

He does not love us any more or any less depending on what we do.

Of course, we should want to please Him but He will not stay or leave depending on what we do.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that you love me and will never leave me nor forsake me”.

Hebrews 13 v 5…..Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee

DIG for Thursday the 18th of August…..even Jesus needed the Holy Spirit…..John 1 v 32

I’ve been thinking of starting writing DIG s about the people Jesus met through the Gospel of John and was about to look at the wedding at Cana, however I realised that prior to starting His ministry Jesus “met” another important person first.

Now of course this was not the first time they had met, but they had a significant “meeting” in the first chapter of this Gospel.

I am of course talking about the Holy Spirit.

Jesus was baptised in water by John the Baptist and as He rose out of the water He was filled with the Holy Spirit (John 1 v 32).

Yes, Jesus was God however He was also man and required the indwelling Holy Spirit to fulfil His ministry.

This is an example to us today; if we expect to be a success in ministry (indeed if we expect to be a success in life) we need to be filled with the Holy Spirit.

Throughout the Book of Acts we see that believers were expected to be filled with the Spirit.

The Apostles asked if believers were filled with the Spirit and if they were not they laid hands upon them and saw them filled.

We do not see the Apostles operating in real power until they were filled at Pentecost.

Paul was filled with the Spirit prior to starting his ministry to the Gentiles.

We need to be filled with the Holy Spirit, and it is an easy process; ask and receive!

If you want more details contact me and I would love to tell you more.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord for the Holy Spirit, thank you that He came at Pentecost and has never returned”.

John 1 v 32…..And John bare record, saying, I saw the Spirit descend from heaven like a dove, and it abode upon him

DIG for Monday the 1st of August…..so, are you lazy or diligent…..2 Timothy 2 v 15

I am having a wonderful time in the Word at the moment studying for my Sunday messages on David.

The other exciting thing I am currently doing is preparing material and communications around our Bible School that we hope to open next year.

I love studying the Word but I also love helping others study for themselves.

The Lord has anointed teachers, preachers and pastors to study and share their revelations with the body of Christ (Ephesians 4 v 11).

However the Lord has also given all of us a brain, along with His Word and the indwelling Holy Spirit, so that we can study for ourselves (2 Timothy 2 v 15).

It is not only up to other men to fill your mind with the Word of God, that is your responsibility.

To ‘study’ means to be diligent and earnest and to make effort.

It means to labour and study in the Word with attitude, with the attitude that we want to get all we can out of it.

I have to be honest here and say the other side of the coin is laziness!

What is your attitude to the Word of God?

Are you lazy or diligent?

I will leave you and the Holy Spirit to ponder that question.

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

2 Timothy 2 v 15…..Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth

DIG for Tuesday the 7th of June…..so what is the point of being baptised in the Holy Spirit, will it make any difference…..Acts 4 v 8

Let’s have a wee look at Peter, so that we can answer the question, does the baptism of the Holy Spirit make a difference to a person.

Peter was an intriguing character; he walked on water and then he sank.

To be honest he was a touch unpredictable when we see him in the Gospels.

And at His hour of need we see Peter denying Jesus and pretending he did not know Him.

As Jesus was being ‘interrogated’ in the temple prior to His crucifixion Peter was asked three times if he was one of the followers of Jesus (John 18 v 17, 25 and 27).

On all three occasions Peter said he was not!

Yet after Pentecost, when Peter was filled with the Holy Spirit, we see Peter speaking up for Jesus in front of thousands of non-believers (Acts 2 v 14 onwards) and in front of the High Priest and the religious establishment of the day (Acts 4 v 8 onwards).

Peter had changed and the key is what we read in Acts 4 v 8; we are told Peter was ‘filled with the Holy Ghost’.

Peter had been furnished (enabled and equipped) with power in order to fulfil his mission from the Lord.

He was now ready and able to fulfil what the Lord had told him to do.

If you are filled (equipped and enabled) with the Holy Spirit you have the power that was promised by Jesus; you can now literally do anything!

If we are filled with the Holy Spirit we have been enabled and equipped with the same power that Peter had; think what we can do when we utilise that power!

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord for the baptism of the Holy Spirit, and thank you that I am now equipped and enabled with power”.

Acts 4 v 8…..Then Peter, filled with the Holy Ghost, said unto them…….

DIG for Monday the 6th of June…..we are those Peter spoke of as being “afar off”…..Acts 2 v 39

 

Yesterday I said that the baptism of the Holy Spirit was a secondary experience to conversion, and I asked the question if this is still available to us today.

I ask this question as many churches state that the baptism of the Holy Spirit and speaking in tongues died out with the apostles.

On the day of Pentecost Peter was explaining to the people what had just happened, he was telling them about the baptism of the Holy Spirit that the believers had all just experienced.

At the end of his message Peter told the people that they could also receive this if they repented and accepted Jesus as Saviour (Acts 2 v 38 and 39).

He then went on to list all the people that were ‘eligible’ for the baptism of the Holy Spirit.

The people who could receive this gift were the people in front of him, their children and to all afar off.

My understanding is that those Peter described as “afar off” are you and I and every other believer who lived after Peter.

If Peter meant people living at a distance he would have said you, your neighbours and those afar off.

Peter was talking about generations of believers to come; he was talking about you and me!

Every believer in every age to come could be baptised in the Holy Spirit; don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.

This is a wonderful gift that the Lord wants His children to have, don’t let the false doctrines and the traditions of men make you miss out.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord for the baptism of the Holy Spirit and thank you that it is for me and it is for today”.

Acts 2 v 39…..For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call

DIG for Sunday the 5th of June…..baptism of the Holy Spirit is a separate experience from salvation…..Acts 19 v 2

In church today I preached on an important, yet controversial doctrine, the baptism of the Holy Spirit.

I think I may write about this in DIG for a few days now!

In Acts we clearly see that the baptism of the Holy Spirit is a secondary experience from conversion or salvation.

A person has to be a believer to the ‘filled’ with the Holy Ghost.

When Paul came into Ephesus he met with ‘certain disciples’ (or believers) and asked them if they had received the Holy Ghost (Acts 19 v 1 to 6).

He asked believers if they had received the baptism of the Holy Spirit.

When John and Peter came down from Jerusalem to meet with the church in Samaria they laid hands on them to receive the Holy Ghost (Acts 8 v 14 to 17).

They prayed with believers to be baptised in the Holy Spirit.

It is clear from these two accounts that the baptism of the Holy Spirit was a secondary experience to salvation and was something that ANY believer could receive.

This ‘experience’ was not just for the super-dupers in the upper room at Pentecost; this was for every believer and something that the apostles expected the ‘ordinary believer’ to have.

This was a part of the Christian life that the apostles actively discussed and encouraged; we can see this from the activities of John, Peter and Paul!

But is this baptism of the Holy Sprit for believers today or was this just for those in the early church n the Book of Acts?

Find out tomorrow!

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord for your Word and thank you for the accounts of the baptism of the Holy Spirit”.

Acts 19 v 2…..He said unto them, Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed? And they said unto him, We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost

DIG for Sunday the 29th of May…..do we walk the walk as well as talk the talk…..Acts 1 v 8

Every time I come to conference I am encouraged and challenged; time for me to share the challenge!

In Wendell’s message today he used Acts 1 v 8, a verse well known to most of us.

Today the word that struck home with me was “be”; ye shall be witnesses unto me.

Most people in church today are encouraged to witness to others i.e. tell them about Jesus.

That is not what Jesus is telling us here.

He is telling us to be witnesses i.e. show people Jesus, through the way he live and walk, rather than just telling them about our faith.

Let’s be honest, we have all seen Christians who “talk the talk, but don’t walk the walk”.

We should be witnesses unto Christ is our everyday life, in our workplace, in school, at home and in the shops, indeed wherever we are.

Rest assured that if people know you profess a faith in Jesus they will be watching you, and if they see hypocrisy they will never listen to what you have to say.

Jesus wants you to be a witness rather than just witness!

And if you want to be a witness to Jesus this verse says that you need to be baptised in the Holy Spirit (but more on that later).

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that you have provide me with the baptism of the Holy Spirit in order to enable me to be a witness for Jesus”.

Acts 1 v 8…..But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth

DIG for Saturday the 21st of May…..baptism of the Holy Spirit is a secondary and separate experience…..Acts 19 v 2

Out of my DIG yesterday I had some very interesting conversations and questions; one went a little bit like this, “don’t we get the baptism of the Holy Spirit at salvation?”

The answer is no, so let me explain using Scriptures.

In Acts 19 we see Paul passing through the upper coasts and coming to Ephesus, where he found certain believers (Acts 19 v 1).

So Paul is talking to Christians, he is talking to born again believers.

He asks them this telling question, “Have you received the Holy Ghost SINCE ye believed?” (Acts 19 v 2)

This shows that the baptism of the Holy Spirit is a secondary experience, or as separate experience, different from salvation.

They said they had received water baptism (Acts 19 v 3) so Paul baptises them in the Holy Spirit (Acts 19 v 5 and 6).

A similar account can be seen in Acts 8 where Peter and John baptise believers in the Holy Ghost (Acts 8 v 14 to 17).

There of course can be next to no time from receiving salvation to receiving the baptism of the Holy Spirit, for many of us it was years.

But you can be baptised in the Spirit any time after salvation.

However Scripture is clear, it is a separate experience from salvation.

So I encourage you today to search these Scriptures and if you have not partaken in that separate experience ask for it today.

Speak this out…..”Thank you Lord for salvation and the baptism of the Holy Spirit, thank you that they are freely available as a gift of grace through faith”.

 Acts 19 v 2…..He said unto them, Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed? And they said unto him, We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost

DIG for Friday the 20th of May….needing built up today, then pray in tongues…..Jude 20

There are times when we can all get a bit low and a bit down, and need to be built up.

Friends and family can help build us up but sometimes we are on our own, so what do we do then?

The good news is that we can also build ourselves up.

The Word tells us we can do this by praying in tongues, or as it says, ‘praying in the Holy Ghost’ (Jude 20).

Praying in tongues encourages us and edifies us, building ourselves up again.

The Word has some great advice on how to live our lives, with practical things that we can do to improve our situation in life.

This is one of the best pieces of advice that I can think of in the Word.

It means that we can take responsibility and take the initiative in improving our own lives.

So, are you a wee bit down today, a wee bit discouraged?

Take responsibility, take the initiative and pray in tongues RIGHT NOW!

If you don’t pray in tongues then ask the Lord to baptise you in the Holy Spirit and then go for it.

The Word says if you ask you will receive.

You can pray in tongues if you want to.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord for the baptism of the Holy Spirit and thank you for the gift of speaking in tongues”.

Jude 20…..But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost