DIG for Saturday the 14th of January…..the key is being content, not rich or poor but content…..1 Timothy 6 v 8

You’ll not be surprised to know that I am still meditating over the many experiences I had in India recently.

One of the main things that have impacted on me is the contentment of the believers that we met.

Paul writes to Timothy (and us) telling him to be content with what he has (1 Timothy 6 v 8).

This is not saying that Timothy (or us) has to live in poverty and need.

What Paul is saying is that whatever state you find your self in be content.

If you are rich be content and if you are poor you are also to be content.

If you live in plenty or live in need be content.

The Word never says we should live in poverty or need, contrary to what religion may teach you.

Jesus came so that we could live in abundance John (10 v 10).

Above all things God wants us to live in health and prosperity (3 John 2).

Jesus came and was made poor so that we might be rich (2 Corinthians 8 v9).

We are not meant to live in poverty or need however if we are ever in that state, and as we endeavour to come out from that, we are even then to be content.

In India I saw many people wanting to receive a better education, get a better job and make a better life for themselves and their families however at the same time they were content.

They were living out 1 Timothy 6 v 8 as they moved into living out John 10 v10, 2 Corinthians 8 v 9 and 3 John 2.

There is a lot we in the West can learn from these contented brothers and sisters.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that you do indeed want us all to live in abundance and prosperity, and thank you for tat provision you made through the finished work of Jesus”.

1 Timothy 6 v 8…..And having food and raiment let us be therewith content

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DIG for Friday the 13th of January…..cleansing the temple, another nail in the coffin for religion…..John 2 v 15

On Wednesday I wrote about Jesus turning water into wine and said that it was showing us that He came to end religion.

If we read on in John chapter 2 we see more of the same.

In this section of the Word we see Jesus throwing out the sellers and moneychangers from the temple (John 2 v 14 to 16).

These people were an essential part of the business of religion; without these people the Jews could not partake in the religious ceremonies and practices that were required.

They could no loner “do their religion” without these people.

Once again Jesus was saying that this is the end of religion; this is the end of man-made practices and traditions being used to reach out to God.

Jesus came to replace religion with a relationship with Him; now that He was here religion was no longer required.

The ‘cleansing of the temple’ is another picture; another piece of typology, showing us that religion is done away with through Jesus.

The only way to the Father is through Jesus; religion is not necessary, indeed religion is now a waste of time!

No man can work (or be religious) to come to God.

Man can only come to God through Jesus (John 14 v 6).

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord the Jesus replaced religion with relationship, and thank you that I can now come to you through Jesus”.

John 2 v 15…..And when he had made a scourge of small cords, he drove them all out of the temple, and the sheep, and the oxen; and poured out eh changers’ money, and overthrew the tables

DIG for Thursday the 12th of January…..it is His will to adopt you…..Ephesians 1 v 5

I had started looking at the spiritual blessings listed in Ephesians that God has already given us through Jesus, and I am returning to that today.

One of the most wonderful benefits of coming to Christ is that we come into God’s family.

Once we are believers God calls us His children.

He says we are adopted into His family.

Once adopted children have the same rights and privileges of ‘natural’ children, they are no different in the eyes of the law.

Adopted children have the same inheritance rights for example, just as if they had been natural born children.

This is a wonderful truth for the born again believer.

It is God’s pleasure; it is His will, for us to come into the family of God upon salvation.

What a truth!

If you have put your trust in Jesus and become born again you are now a son of the Living God, with the same rights and privileges of any son.

God now looks upon you as a son, in the same way that he looks upon Jesus.

That is what Paul is telling the Ephesian church in verse 5 and that is what we are being told today.

Paul wrote to the saints in the church and we are saints in the church, so this verse is for us!

Speak this out today…..”Thank you lord that I am now your son, your adopted child and I am now in your family”.

Ephesians 1 v 5…..Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will

DIG for Wednesday the 11th of January…..relationship not religion, that is Christianity…..John 2 v 11

I have been reminded this morning about the account of Jesus turning water into wine, the first of His miracles recorded in the Gospels.

This is a wonderful picture, an amazing piece of typology that shows us about the mission of Jesus.

Many people think that Christianity is just another religion, one among many.

But Christianity, or I should say true Christianity, is not a religion, but is a relationship.

When Jesus turned water into wine He desecrated the holy pots that the Jews required for their ritual purification.

They needed the pots for their religious ceremonies and religious observance.

With this action Jesus was telling the world that religion (the actions of man that men think are required to reach God) was no longer required.

He was telling the world that He was here and that God had reached out to man and now relationship was the key.

True Christianity is nothing to do with religious observance and religious ceremony, although you would not think that looking into our churches today.

True Christianity is about a relationship with Jesus, about love from Jesus and love for Jesus, and subsequently about actions flowing from that love.

Actions and deeds and religious observance in order to be loved by God are just a waste of time and effort.

They are no longer required; what is required is a relationship with Jesus.

Christianity is that simple, all that is required is a true relationship with Jesus.

Don’t let any man complicate this!

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that I am in relationship with Jesus and thank you for everything that I receive because of this”.

John 2 v 11…..This beginning of miracles did Jesus in Cana of Galilee, and manifested forth his glory; and his disciples believed on him

DIG for Tuesday the 10th of January…..all there, but we need to choose it for ourselves…..Ephesians 1 v 4

Yesterday my DIG was based upon Ephesians 1 v 3; well, I carried on reading the rest of this awesome passage described what we have through the finished work of Jesus.

Verse 3 says we have all spiritual blessings, and the verses following described these blessings.

Before the world began we were chosen to be in Him and with Him.

Now, this may sound like a Calvinistic doctrine, saying certain people are chosen for heaven and others for hell; it sounds like what is known as ‘predestination’.

This is not what this verse is talking about however.

God has chosen all mankind to be with Him; all sins for all men were forgiven at the cross and Jesus came to bring reconciliation to all men (Hebrews 10 v 12 and 14).

It is God’s will that all men are saved (2 Peter 3 v 9).

Men however need to choose to benefit from this forgiveness and reconciliation through faith in Jesus and His finished work.

God wants all men to be made ‘holy and without blame’, but not all men will receive this.

That is why verse 4 uses the word “should”.

We should be saved if we choose to be saved.

We should benefit from reconciliation and forgiveness if we choose to benefit.

We should be holy and without blame however we need to choose Jesus for this to happen.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that you want all men to be saved and you have provided this for every man to choose for himself”.

Ephesians 1 v 4…..”According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love

DIG for Monday the 9th of January…..it has all been done, stop asking for it…..Ephesians 1 v 3

 

Before I became aware of what is known as ‘the grace message’ (or as I like to call it the truth or the Gospel) I used to say some silly prayers.

I would ask God to forgive me, ask Him to heal me and ask Him to prosper me.

These are silly prayers.

The Word says we have already received all we need with regards to spiritual matters (Ephesians 1 v 3).

We have already been forgiven for all our sin (Ephesians 1 v 7 and Colossians 1 v 14).

We have already been healed (1 Peter 2 v 24).

We have already been provided abundance and prosperity (3 John 2, John 10 v 10 and 2 Corinthians 8 v 9).

Many of the prayers that we all say today are silly, asking for God to do things for us that He has already done through the finished work of Jesus.

If you are asking for forgiveness today what you are really asking for is for Jesus to come to earth again to go on the cross again.

This is not required as Jesus dealt with ALL sin for ALL me for ALL time once and once only (Hebrews 10 v 12 and 14).

Our prayers should be prayers of thanks and prayers of appropriation.

This is a good prayer, “Thank you Lord that I have been healed through Jesus and His finished work, I speak out that healing now in the mighty name of Jesus”.

Speak this out today….”Thank you Lord that you have provided for all my needs already through the finished work of Jesus”.

Ephesians 1 v 3…..Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ

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 Saturday the 7th of January…..”but now”, what a powerful wee phrase…..Romans 6 v 22

I’ve just been listening to some teaching that I will use at the Bible school we are launching next week.

The lecturer was describing that the Bible is a book of unfolding revelation; that not all truth was given at the one time.

The ultimate revelation came eventually through Jesus Christ.

The phrase “but now” is used many times in Scripture, showing us that there was also a “then”.

Things have changed, from law to grace, from the Old Covenant to the New Covenant for example.

For example prior to Jesus men were slaves to sin, and could not do anything to free themselves from sin.

When Jesus came He dealt with all our sin on the cross (Hebrews 10 v 12 and 14).

This is why Paul was able write Romans 6 v 22.

He said, “But now being made free from sin”.

Back “then” people under the Old Covenant were slaves to sin, “but now” we are free from sin because of Jesus; we live under grace, under the New Covenant.

Many people pull verse out of the Word and say this is for us as it is in the Bible.

Not everything written in the Word is for us today, not for us to literally live by.

Some of the Word was for “then”, we live in the “now”.

“Then” was an inferior revelation, but “now”, because of Jesus is a superior revelation.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that I live under grace and under the New Covenant, thank you that I live NOW”.

Romans 6 v 22…..But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life

DIG for Friday the 6th of January…..preach the gospel and heal the sick, simple…..Acts 14 v 7

Go online or go to your local Christian bookshop and you will see what seems like an endless list of models and methods for evangelism.

There are countless books on the subject and masses of videos and tutorials online.

There is however a very simple and effective method modelled by Paul in the Book of Acts.

Paul and Barnabas came into a difficult situation in a certain region, coming against problems and situations (Acts 14 v 1 to 6).

Verse 7 shows us what they did once they reached where they were going; they preached the gospel. They told people the good news about Jesus and what He had done.

They then healed a man, showing the population the power of the gospel.

This is the method Paul used wherever he went; he preached the gospel and he healed people.

Now, if you want to follow this model you have to be aware of what preaching the gospel means.

It is not standing on the high street of your local town shouting at people and telling them that they are sinners and heading of an eternity without God.

This may be true, but it is not the gospel, it is not the good news.

The gospel is the truth about Jesus and His finished work and it is good news!

The good news is that through Jesus as well as being saved from a lost eternity we are saved into healing, abundance, joy and peace.

So today I urge you to preach the gospel.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord for Jesus and for His finished work and thank you for the healing and abundance that is freely available through this finished work”.

Acts 14 v 7…..And there they preached the gospel

DIG for Thursday the 5th of January…..I know where consciousness comes from…..Genesis 2 v 7

 

I saw an article on Facebook this morning discussing reality and consciousness.

It was interesting reading this seeing how the scientists tried to explain where consciousness comes from.

The bottom line is that as a human being we are simply a mass of chemicals and compounds made up of inert matter.

Yet, we can thank and feel and be a conscious being.

Science comes up with all kinds for explanations but none of them (and scientists admit this) truly explain what is going on.

Science cannot explain consciousness, as it is God who is behind it.

God created man out of the dust (inert chemicals and compounds) and then breathed life into him.

It is the breath of God that changes us from inert matter into conscious sentient beings.

There is no other explanation, other than inert matter simply gaining consciousness on its own and that is simply nonsense, not science.

Genesis 2 v 7 describes this process perfectly, in that God took inert material, breathed His life into it and created sentient beings i.e. you and me.

Consciousness, being able to think and perceive, is a gift from God and did not evolve as we are often told.

It simply could not have evolved and created itself.

God created consciousness and God created us, we simply need to accept this and then worship Him accordingly.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that you are the Creator and thank you for your wonderful creation”.

Genesis 2 v 7…..And the Lord God formed men of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life: and man became a living soul