DIG for Thursday the 30th of November…..we are all saints…..Ephesians 4 v 24

November the 30th is a relatively important day here in Scotland; it is St Andrew’s Day, the day we remember our patron saint.

I’m not sure of what makes a person a saint in the eyes of others or in the broader church but I think it is probably quite different to the Biblical definition.

The Bible is quite clear, in that everyone who is born again is a saint.

Being a saint is nothing to do with what you do, and all to do with what you believe.

When we are born again our spirit man (the real part of us) is created new (2 Corinthians 5 v 17).

This new spirit man is created in righteousness and true holiness (Ephesians 4 v 24)

Holiness, in this context, is just another word for saint, so when you were born again God made you a saint.

You do not need to perform saintly actions to become a saint, and you are not made a saint through the opinions of men.

God and not men create true saints.

Are you a believer in Jesus and His finished work this evening?

If you said yes, then you are a saint!

Now if you truly believe this and understand this truth the good news is that you will start to behave in a saintly manner.

You see, good deeds and saintly actions come as a fruit of holiness; holiness is not a result of your saintly actions.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that I am a saint”.

Ephesians 4 v 24…..And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness

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DIG for Friday the 8th of September…..do you want to see the real you…..James 1 v 25

Most of us will have a mirror in our bathroom.

What do you see when you look in the mirror in the morning, do you like what you see?

Many of us see something that is less than perfect!

However, what you see in the mirror is not the ‘real’ you.

If you are born again, and I am trusting and hoping that you are, then the ‘real’ you is your spirit part.

When you were born again your spirit was created in righteousness and true holiness (Ephesians 4 v 24).

So if you cannot see the ‘real’ you in the mirror where can you see it?

You can see the ‘real’ you in the Word.

The Word of God is like a mirror; James writes that you can look into the perfect law of liberty or Word of God (James 1 v 25).

If you look in the Word you can see that your spirit man is perfect, righteous, holy and pure.

You can see that your spirit man, the ‘real’ you, is a saint and not a sinner.

You will see that the real you is healed, whole and prosperous.

So next time you want to see what you ‘look like’ or who you are, look into the Word of God instead of a mirror.

I can assure you, you will see something a whole lot better!

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord for your Word and thank you that I can look into this perfect law of liberty to see who I really am”.

James 1 v 25…..But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the word, this man shall be blessed in his deed

DIG for Monday the 14th of August…..I am a saint, and I’m not even dead yet…..Ephesians 1 v 1

As I was listening to a preacher today he started speaking about how a person becomes a saint in the eyes of the Catholic Church.

Before a person can be a saint they have to be dead, and they have to have had proven miracles accredited to them.

Then a committee of men make that person a saint.

This is so contrary to what the Bible actually says.

I am a saint, and if you are born again, then you are a saint.

We are not made a saint by men because of what we have done, we are made a saint as a gift of grace through faith in Jesus.

In one sense we are the same as saints made by men in that we are dead, although not physically.

Our old sin nature has died and our new perfect nature was created in righteousness and true holiness.

This is how a saint is ‘made’, by God as a gift of grace through faith, not by a committee of men looking at the your deeds.

No matter how good you are, you cannot make yourself a saint through works or deeds.

Only the Lord can make you a saint and that only comes through faith.

Are you born again this afternoon?

Yes, then you my friend are a saint!

You are no longer a sinner and you are certainly not a sinner saved by grace; you are a saint.

Once you recognise that, believe that and tell yourself that, then you will start to display saintly actions.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that I have been made a saint as a gift of grace through faith in Jesus”.

Ephesians 1 v 1…..Paul, as apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, to the saints which are at Ephesus, and to the faithful in Christ Jesus

DIG for Thursday the 29th of June…..do you really believe that you are righteous…..1 Corinthians 15 v 34

Do you want to live a more holy life?

Would you like to see less sin in your life?

I hope that as a born again believer you answered yes to both those questions.

Well, I can give you the answer this morning; I can tell you how to see less sin in your life and how to live a more holy life.

And the good news is you do not need to try, strive or achieve; you simply need to truly understand a Biblical truth about your identity.

YOU ARE RIGHTEOUS!

There you have it; it is that simple.

According to the Word you have been made righteous if you have faith and trust in Jesus (2 Corinthians 5 v 17 to 21 and Ephesians 4 v 24).

According to the Word if you wake up to or become aware of righteousness you will sin not (1 Corinthians 15 v 34).

What an amazing and simple truth.

If we believe we are righteous we will behave in a righteous manner.

You see there is another essential Biblical truth that is behind this; as a man thinketh so is he (Proverbs 23 v 7).

The way your mind goes is the way your life goes.

If you think you are a sinner you will behave like a sinner, but the good news is that you are not a sinner anymore, you are a saint and you are righteous.

You need to truly believe this truth!

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that as a gift of grace through faith in Jesus I am a saint and I am righteous”.

1 Corinthians 15 v 34…..Awake to righteousness, and sin not; for some have not the knowledge of God: I speak this to your shame


 

DIG for Wednesday the 17th of May…..put on that healing and put on that prosperity…..Ephesians 4 v 24

At the bible school last night I had a really encouraging picture as I was listening to the teaching.

The lecturer was speaking about Ephesians 4 v 22 to 24, and was focussing on the fact that we have to renew our minds to see the provision that the Lord has already given us in the spiritual be made manifest in our flesh.

For example we have already been healed, but we will see our bodies healed after we renew our mind to this truth.

I saw a wardrobe with various jackets hanging up in there.

There was a jacket of healing, a jacket of prosperity, a jacket of peace; in fact there was a jacket for every aspect of our salvation or ‘sozo package’.

I saw someone looking into this wardrobe and taking out jackets and putting them on.

As they put on each jacket it dissolved into their bodies and became part of them.

This spoke to me of us renewing our minds and then “putting on” the different aspects of our salvation.

As we understand more and more about the finished work of Jesus (as we renew our minds to the truth) we will see more and more ‘aspects’ of salvation becoming manifest in our lives.

As we learn and understand about prosperity for example, we can “put on” the jacket of prosperity and see it come to pass in our lives.

I encourage you this afternoon to start renew your minds to the truths in God’s Word about healing and prosperity, indeed about all the truths held within the ‘sozo package’ that Jesus provided for you at the cross.

Get yourself prepared to put on that jacket of healing and put on that jacket of prosperity some time soon!

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that you have already provided me with all spiritual blessings in Christ Jesus”.

Ephesians 4 v 24…..And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness

DIG for Thursday the 10th of November…..you are a saint, end of…..Colossians 1 v 2

The Word is very clear on lots of things, including that if you are born again you are a saint.

Once born again your spirit was created new (2 Corinthians 5 v 17) and it was created in righteousness and true holiness (Ephesians 4 v 24)

Remember that a saint is simply a holy one.

Paul calls the members of the church saints (Colossians 1 v 2).

Being a saint has nothing to do at all with behaviour, it is all to do with birth and identity.

Before your salvation you were by birth a sinner, but after salvation you are by birth (the new birth in your spirit) a saint.

If you are a Christian do not let anyone call you a sinner, even when you sin.

And maybe more importantly do not call yourself a sinner, even when you sin.

Just as when you were a sinner no amount of good or righteous works could save you, now as a saint no amount of sin can see you lose your identity as a saint.

That is no excuse to sin however; God forbid was what Paul said.

You are a saint, you will always be a saint and a saint is the identity that God now sees when He looks at you.

Start thinking that you are a saint.

Start believing that you are a saint.

Start speaking out that you are a saint.

And once you do this the wonderful thing is that you will start to behave like a saint!

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that I am no longer a sinner, I am now a saint”.

Colossians 1 v 2…..To the saints and faithful brethren in Christ which are at Colosse: Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

DIG for Thursday the 4th of August……your identity is in His actions not in your actions…..2 Corinthians 1 v 1

In church this week a dear brother stood up and testified that he had done some silly things and started condemning himself, however he now knows that he is still redeemed, righteous and forgiven.

This is a fantastic revelation to get in your life.

Before we were born again we were sinners and we committed sin; in this state our identity was a sinner.

After being born again our true identity becomes a saint.

After being born again we are still able and well to commit sin, but that does not make us s sinner, we stay a saint.

You see, our new identity once we have been born again comes as a gift of grace through faith because of the finished work of Jesus.

Our new identity is due to the actions of Jesus not our own actions.

Before you were born again your actions could not make you a saint, so as a believer your actions cannot remove your saintly identity.

We are still capable of sin due to having a mind that has not been renewed.

But the good news is that we are still saints, whatever we do!

Paul wrote to the church at Corinth, a church still known for its carnality, yet he calls them saints (2 Corinthians 1 v 1).

Irrespective of what the believers at Corinth were doing Paul classed them as saints.

The same is true for us.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you lord that I am a saint and will always be a saint”.

2 Corinthians 1 v 1…..Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Timothy our brother, unto the church of God whish is ay Corinth, with all the saints which are in all Achaia

DIG for Saturday the 30th of July……a fact is not necessarily the truth…..Ephesians 4 v 24

In this world of ours there is a difference between a fact and a truth; you may think they are similar words with similar meanings but that is not the case.

For example, you may have told a few lies in your time on earth, that is a fact; but it is not a truth that you are a liar (i.e. you do not lie all the time).

If you are born again the truth is that you are a saint.

You may still commit some sin (that is because of an unrenewed mind) and that is a fact.

The truth however remains the same; you are still a saint.

Yes, you may still carry out sin, but that does not make you a sinner.

Facts are defined by your actions (sinning) but truth is defined by your nature (saint).

Too often in this world we as Christians focus on the facts rather than the truths.

Facts are what we see in the physical, what we think and do, but truths are what we see in the spiritual, in the Word of God.

Yes, you may still be sinning every now and again but the Word of God (where truth resides) says you are a saint.

You may still sin (that is a fact) but in your nature (the truth) you were created new, and created in righteousness and true holiness (Ephesians 4 v 24).

Spend more time focusing on the truths in the Word of God and less on the facts in the physical world around you and your life will improve.

Speak this out today…..Thank you Lord that I am a saint, thank you that this is my true nature and this is the truth”.

Ephesians 4 v 24…..And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness

DIG for Tuesday the 1st of March…..yes, you are saint, but are you faithful…..Ephesians 1 v 1

I love preaching a series of sermons, giving me a chance to really get into a section of Scripture or a topic and “do it justice”.

I sometimes like to do this for DIG also, having written a series recently from Colossians.

I think I’ll do the same at the start of this month with the beginning of the epistle to the Ephesians.

In his greeting to the Ephesians Paul seems to write to two types of people.

He greets the saints at Ephesus; here he is speaking to all the believers in that location.

However he also greets the “faithful in Christ Jesus”.

For me this is an important phrase to understand because it says to me that there were some believers who were not faithful in Christ Jesus; and if he wrote that to the Ephesians he is also writing it to us!

The word faithful means to be trustworthy, to be sure, to be true.

Paul is saying there are believers who are trustworthy and true to Jesus Christ, to what He has done and what He has made them.

In contrast there are believers who are not trustworthy and true.

This morning we need to ask ourselves an important question, and that is am I being true to Jesus and what He has done, and can I be trustworthy with what He has given me.

Yes, you are born again so you are a saint, but are you faithful?

I’ll leave you to work that one out with the Holy Spirit!

Speak this out today….”Thank you Lord for the finished work of Jesus Christ and thank you for your church”.

Ephesians 1 v 1…..Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, to the saints which are at Ephesus, and to the faithful in Christ Jesus

DIG for Wednesday the 24th of February…..you are holy, yes you are…..Colossians 1 v 22

We are often told by people what they think about us, what we are to them through their eyes.

How often do we ask ourselves what we are to God through His eyes?

This verse tells us the answer to that question.

In His sight we are holy; that is we are saints and up to His standard.

In His sight we are unblameable; that is unblemished and faultless.

In His sight you are unreproveable; that is with no charges against you.

To be honest, after seeing this list I couldn’t care less what a man thinks of me, I am very happy to be seen like this in the eyes of God.

It is God’s opinion of us that we should focus on and not what other men say or think.

In His eyes we are perfect and up to His standard.

Now, this has nothing to do with our works or religious performance but it is because of the finished work of Jesus.

Once we have been born again we become all these things as a gift of grace through faith.

That is the Gospel, and that is the Good News.

Tell yourself that you are a saint, that you are faultless and that you have no charges against you; tell yourself this is your identity in the eyes of God.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord for the finished work of Jesus Christ and thank you that I am holy and perfect in your sight”

Colossians 1 v 22…..In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight