DIG for Thursday the 15th of October…..turn your eyes upon Jesus…..2 Peter 1 v 3

Turn your eyes upon Jesus, look full in His wonderful face, and the things of earth will grow strangely dim in the light of His glory and grace.

I’ve just been singing this song as I get ready for the guys to arrive for the Bible study; it is one of my favourite choruses, and it is one I can seldom sing without getting a bit weepy.

It is a wonderful wee song and so true!

As we look to Jesus and take our eyes off the things around us (as we think spiritually instead of carnally) we will move into His blessings (Romans 8 v 6).

As we focus on Him, gaining knowledge of Him, we will see manifest in our lives all the things we need for life (God’s kind of life) and godliness (2 Peter 1 v 3).

As we trust and think on the Lord we will see peace in our lives (Isaiah 26 v 3).

As Jesus becomes more important to us the things of the earth become less important.

Now of course Jesus wants us to have a good life, He died for us to live in abundance, however this comes upon us as we focus on Him, learning more and gaining in knowledge about Him.

If we strive to know Him, blessings and abundance will crash upon us like waves upon the beach.

The amazing truth is that if we focus on Him and not worry about things of life, we get the things required for life; that is good news.

So tonight take my advice (well, actually take the advice of the Word of God) and turn your eyes upon Jesus.

Look to Him, the first and last, the Alpha and Omega, the beginning, middle and end of our faith.

Look to the King of Kings and Lord of Lord, the Creator of the universe.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord for Jesus, our Saviour and King, our friend and helper”.

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 Friday the 9th of October…..you can have peace in this world…..Isaiah 26 v 3

Life today is lived at such a hectic pace and under such pressure that peace is something many people do not have in their lives.

Peace, as written about in Isaiah 26 v 3, is not just the absence of strife, it also include health and well-being.

The Hebrew word “shalom” means so much more than not having stress or pressure.

This verse gives us a model to follow if we feel that we do not have peace at the moment.

It is a simple model and not difficult to understand; we need to trust the Lord and keep our mind on Him.

Yes, it is that easy, it is a very simple model.

In our busy lives today we tend to take our mind away from the Lord and focus on the world and the physical issues about us; we can think carnally instead of spiritually (Romans 8 v 6).

We also tend to trust in our own strength, striving and working to achieve, and deciding which way to go ourselves.

We should be trusting in Him and looking to Him for guidance (Proverbs 3 v 5 and 6).

If we trust in Him and focus on Him we live have more peace in our lives, this is guaranteed, as this is what the Word says.

We will live in more peace if we believe that God wants us to live in health and prosperity and focus on that rather than meditating about pain and our bank accounts.

So trust Him this morning, keep your mind on Him and rest in the “shalom” that will enfold you.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that you want us to live in peace in this hectic world, and thank you that you have provided the means for us to live in peace.

Isaiah 26 v 3…..Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee

DIG for Thursday the 18th of December……the Prince of Peace, but not peace on earth…..Isaiah 9 v 6

Isaiah 9 v 6 is part of a prophecy describing the Messiah, describing the characteristics of Jesus when He would come as a man.

Prince of Peace is an interesting phrase.

The Hebrew word Prince means first in terms of rank or class, and has the meaning of Lordship.

Peace is the Hebrew word shalom.

As I wrote quite recently in DIG Jesus did not come to bring peace on earth among and between men; He came to bring peace toward men from God (Luke 2 v 14).

This is what we are told in Luke and it is what was predicted (or prophesied) in Isaiah.

He came to bring “shalom” to men from God.

This word shalom does not just mean peace, but also health, prosperity and safety.

It is a bit like the Old Testament equivalent to the New Testament word “sozo”.

We are now living in a state of “sozo”, we have been saved (got our ticket into Heaven) and continue to be saved (healed, made whole and prospered).

Jesus dealt with the sin issue.

This was prophesied in Isaiah and other parts of the Old Testament and is confirmed in the New Testament.

Sin was dealt with and we have been blessed (we have shalom and we have sozo) because of our faith and trust in the finished work of Jesus Christ.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord for your peace, brought down to earth by our Lord Jesus”.

Isaiah 9 v 6…..For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The Everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace