DIG for Saturday the 7th of October……above all; to believe is a choice…..Ephesians 6 v 16

Our Spiritual armour is an awesome defence against the wiles of the enemy, and Paul reveals the most important part of it, our shield of faith.

When the enemy strikes with his attempts at lies and deception we immediately have a choice to make.

We have the choice to choose either one thing or another.

We can either believe the lie whispered and the accusation made against us, or we can believe what God has already said about us and declared to be the truth about us.

When we choose to believe God’s Word over every other thing, and exalt His opinion of us over any other accusation, our choice is like a shield defending the soldier from all the arrows of his enemy.

And our faith does even more than just shield; it takes all the fire out of the enemy’s attack!

When we stand firm in the truth of who we are and all that we have in Christ any wiles and schemes designed to bring us down will be easily extinguished on that powerful shield.

Again, this is all about knowledge.

We need to know the truth of your righteousness because of the Gospel, put this knowledge above every other fact, and be determined to stand on those facts.

That is what Paul is describing as the shield of faith and it will deal with ALL the fiery darts of the wicked.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord for the arrow deflecting, fire quenching power of faith. Thank you that my knowledge of the facts about my position in Christ is a mighty shield”.

Ephesians 6 v 16…Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked

DIG for Sunday the 23rd of October…..the important thing is what you know, not what you do…..2 Peter 1 v 3

Many people in church are striving to be ‘better’ people, trying to sin less and really pushing to live more holy lives.

This is admirable, however it is not possible to change in this way.

I am not saying that I don’t want to see people sin less and have more righteous and holy actions; I just believe that most people are going about this the wrong way.

The way to see less sin and to see more holy and righteous actions (what we could call godliness) is through knowledge (2 Peter 1 v 3).

The way to a godly life is to increase your knowledge about Jesus; this is what that verse says.

As you increase in knowledge, or ‘knowledge gained trough first hand experience’ as a biblical dictionary quotes this word, we will be changed.

We are transformed (or changed) by the renewing of our mind, by increasing our knowledge base about Jesus.

Put more simply as you increase what you know your actions will change for the better.

You see the important thing is not what you do it is what you know, because as you know more (about Jesus) this will change what you do!

Did you get that?

Read that again if you are not sure!

As you learn more about what Jesus did for you and what you were made as a gift of grace through faith you will be changed; that is a Biblical promise!

Speak this out today….”Thank you Lord for your Word, thank you that this is what I can use to increase my knowledge of Jesus”.

2 Peter 1 v 3…..According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue

DIG for Wednesday the 5th of October…..all we need through knowledge…..2 Peter 1 v 3

When we read and study the Bible we need to look very carefully at every word and take time over what we are looking at.

This verse for example, if understood correctly, would provide us with a model for life and godliness.

This verse says that we have been given all things that pertain through life and godliness.

It says that this has been provided through the divine power of God.

So you must all be saying, how can I get these things that pertain to life and godliness?

Well that is an easy question as the verse tells us this also.

We gain these things through knowledge, knowledge of him that hath called us into glory and virtue.

This is of course talking about Jesus.

So we have received all we need for life and godliness and can see them made manifest (come to being in our lives) through knowing about Jesus.

This is a wonderful truth.

For life read healing, wholeness, joy, peace, abundance and prosperity.

For godliness read a life free from sin.

You my friend can see al this in your life through an understanding of Jesus and what He has done.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you for the finished work of Jesus and thank you for all that I can see manifest in my life through knowledge of Him”.

2 Peter 1 v 3…..According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue

DIG for Monday the 4th of April……lacking peace, then gain more knowledge…..2 Peter 1 v 2

The Bible is full of advice for the born again believer (in fact it is full of advice for all people, if they would just read it).

In the past I’ve heard believers praying and asking God for peace; if only they had read this verse they would see that this is not how peace is made manifest in their lives.

Peace, as it says in this verse, comes through knowledge of God and of Jesus (2 Peter 1 v 2).

This is a wonderful bit of advice that many of us could do with.

I think nearly every one of us would admit that we could do with more peace in our lives; we lead busy and hectic lives that do not seem filled with peace.

But this verse tells us exactly what to do in order to see more peace in our lives.

If peace comes through knowledge, then more peace must be made manifest through more knowledge.

Knowledge about God and Jesus comes from the Bible, it comes from reading, meditating and studying on His Word.

So, we can deduce (you can see I am a mathematician at heart) that more peace can come from reading, meditating and studying the Bible.

Peace does not come through God sovereignly laying it upon you.

Peace does not come from someone else laying hands upon you, it may feel more peaceful at the time but I can assure you that it will not be permanent.

Permanent and lasting peace comes through renewing your mind (gaining more knowledge) with the truths in the Word of God.

This is the mechanism for peace in your live.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that I can see more peace in my life and thank you for your Word”.

2 Peter 1 v 2…..Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord

DIG for Wednesday the 20th of January…..knowledge, knowledge, knowledge…..2 Peter 1 v 2

 

Knowledge is the key to the kind of life that you live.

Now I am not talking about education in terms of the qualifications and degrees that you have, that’s not the type of knowledge I am speaking of.

Yesterday in DIG I wrote about knowledge of Jesus leading to life and godliness (2 Peter 1 v 3).

In the verse before that Peter writes something very similar.

He says that grace and peace can be increased (or multiplied) through knowledge of God and Jesus (2 Peter 1 v 2).

So as well as knowledge of Jesus giving us abundance and less sin in our lives, it can also provide us with more grace and peace.

Knowledge in a worldly sense cannot provide this; only knowledge of a spiritual sense does that.

And this spiritual knowledge of God and Jesus is found in His Word.

Yes, you can receive it through good Biblical teaching from anointed pastors and teachers, however the best way to receive this is through revelation from the Holy Spirit as you study and meditate upon the Word yourself.

Now I know this is the point at which I have “lost” some of you!

You want God or others to do the work for you; well, I’m afraid to tell you that this is not the way it works.

YOU are transformed when YOU renew your mind (Romans 12 v 2) through knowledge received when YOU study His Word.

Get into His Word today, start increasing your knowledge of Him and see your life and circumstances being transformed.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you for your Word Lord, the incorruptible seed that I can use to increase my knowledge of you and of the Lord Jesus”.

2 Peter 1 v 2…..Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord

DIG for Monday the 18th of May……desire wisdom and knowledge, it is like treasure…..Colossians 2 v 3

I am really excited at the moment getting ready to head into a conference with a number of great teachers of the Word.

I find it so exciting to learn more from the Word, to learn about Jesus and His wonderful finished work.

Treasure is a word that would describe learning from the Word.

This is how Paul described wisdom and knowledge about Jesus in his letter to the Colossians.

He says that wisdom and knowledge about Jesus (and also about the Father) are treasures.

Treasure is something that men long for, hunt for and search for.

If only men would do the same thing with God’s Word; if only they would search it for the treasure hid within.

There is another verse that tells us why this knowledge and wisdom is so important.

In his second epistle Peter writes about the knowledge of Him (or Jesus,) saying that it is understanding this knowledge that allows us to manifest all that we need for life and godliness (2 Peter 1 v 3).

If you were told you could have all you needed for life (and the implication of this word is life in abundance) and godliness wouldn’t you want it?

Wouldn’t you be willing to search for it?

Well you can, you can search the Word for the treasure that is wisdom and knowledge of Him!

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord for your Word, and thank you for the treasures of wisdom and knowledge hid within”.

Colossians 2 v 3…..In whom are hid all the treasure of wisdom and knowledge

DIG for Sunday the 15th of March……no more fear of superstitions…..Psalm 91 v 5

Thanks to Zan for the DIG today……

In the news this week we have seen how different countries view and react to the spectacle of an eclipse.  In some places it is looked on with great fear and trepidation, as they believe it is a sign that something awful is going to befall them all.

It made me realise how wonderful it is to know and be assured of all the promises of God written in His word.

As we meditate on His word and believe and put faith in what we are reading, we can have such deep peace in the knowledge of Him.

We no longer have to worry about all the scaremongering that is constantly bombarding us in the media and by the people we meet.

We can give thanks that we now have peace with God because of what Jesus has done at the cross (Romans 5 v 1), and that God no longer wants to pour out His wrath on us every time we go wrong.

His word tells us that no evil shall befall us and no plague shall come nigh thy dwelling (Psalm 91 v 10).

Because He is for us it doesn’t matter who is against us as He is stronger than any foe (Romans 8 v 31).

Our Lord is continually pouring out His goodness over us as we go about our day (Psalm 23 v 6).

It is His delight to crown our year with His goodness (Psalm 65 v 11).

His blessings pour down on us and overtake us because He loves us all so much (Deuteronomy 28 v 2).

We have so many scriptures to meditate on that bring us peace and joy so we don’t have to give in to worry and fear when we read and see what is going on around us.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that I no longer have to be anxious about my future because you go before me always, watching and helping me as I go”.

Psalm 91 v 5…..Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day

DIG for Saturday the 14th of March…..read all the Bible not just wee bits…..Romans 3 v 23

When I opened my Bible this morning I found that I was at Romans 3 and 4.

I noticed the one bit of highlighting that was on Romans 3 v 23, and was reminded that this was a verse I highlighted many years ago.

I was in a “different place” in terms of doctrine and theology back then and this highlight is a picture of that different place.

I had been focussing on the negative part of this passage, rather than the positive parts either side of it.

The teaching I was receiving was more about the sinning rather than the righteousness, justification or redemption.

From this I can see that my focus, or what I was mainly meditating upon was wrong.

This passage of Scripture is not about how we are all sinners and have come short of the standard that God has set.

It is all about how through the finished work of Jesus Christ that issue has been sorted!

Through faith in Jesus we have been made as righteous as God (Romans 3 v 22).

Through faith in Jesus we have been justified as a free gift and have been redeemed, or bough back (Romans 3 v 24).

Those are the truths we should be focussing on rather than the sin bit.

If I ever get a new Bible I will be highlighting Romans 3 v 22 and 24 this time!

Focus on and speak out about the goodness of God, as that is what will lead men to repentance (Romans 2 v 4).

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that the sin issue has been dealt with and that as a gift of grace through Faith in Jesus I am righteous and justified and have been redeemed”.

Romans 3 v 23…..For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God

DIG for Friday the 13th of March…..be satisfied with Jesus…..John 14 v 8

In this passage Philip displays an attitude that is prevalent in the church today.

Jesus has just said that if you saw Him you saw the Father, and Philip then says that if He showed them the Father that would satisfy them (John 14 v 8).

What is going on here?

What Philip is really saying is, “yes we have seen you Jesus, but that is not enough”.

He may not explicitly be saying this but that is what he means.

He is looking for more than Jesus, more to be satisfied; Jesus is not enough to him, or he has not recognised that Jesus is enough.

This mind-set is still alive and well today, with believers looking for “more” or the next “new thing”.

Speaking like this just shows that they have not recognised the sufficiency of Jesus.

Because of faith in Jesus we already have all spiritual blessings (Ephesians 1 v 3) and have all we need for life and godliness (2Peter 1 v 3).

These are made manifest in our lives through knowledge of Him.

We would all be a lot better looking to Jesus than looking for “more” or for the next “new thing”.

Jesus and His finished work is more than enough; He is our sufficiency.

Speak this out today….”Thank you Lord for Jesus and for His finished work and thank you that through this I already have all that I will ever need”.

John 14 v 8…..Philip saith unto him, Lord, shew us the Father, and if sufficeth us

DIG for Thursday the 12th of March…..asking the Holy Spirit to come is a silly thing to do…..John 14 v 16 and 17

If we truly understood our Bibles we would stop saying some silly things.

For example we would stop saying, “come Holy Spirit”, we would stop asking the Lord to “open up the heavens and send your Holy Spirit”.

If we just thought for one minute we would realise what a ridiculous statement this really is.

In His last big “monologue” to His disciples Jesus told them that there was another coming after he went away.

He would be called the Comforter, obviously meaning the Holy Spirit, and we indeed see Him coming at Pentecost in the Book of Acts.

What we do not see in the rest of the Bible is the Holy Spirit going back!

He did not go back so logically He cannot come again; He has always been here from that day mentioned in Acts chapter 2.

Jesus said that He would abide with us forever (John 14 16).

God told us that as believers, He would never leave us nor forsake us and this is also clearly talking about the Holy Sprit (Hebrews 13 v 5).

A more appropriate statement would be to thank The Lord for His presence via the Holy Spirit.

Thank Him that He is always with us, even when we do not feel it.

Thank Him for His continual guidance even when we are not listening or hearing.

If we are asking for God to open the heavens and send His Spirit what we are saying (maybe not consciously) is that He has left us for some reason.

We are saying that He has gone away and we want Him to come back, and that is wrong, wrong thinking.

Under the new covenant the Holy Spirit is with us and in us, we have all we need inside us.

He is not out there somewhere waiting to be asked in or invited to our meetings; He is here.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that through your Holy Spirit you are always with us, and thank you that you will never leave us nor forsake us”.

John 14 v 16 and 17…..And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you