DIG for Thursday the 11th of May…..safety is in Christ…..Genesis 6 v 18

I’ve written before about the account of Noah and the ark being a picture of salvation and safety we have in Christ.

I read a book this morning that brought a new revelation to me about this wonderful piece of typology.

When the ark was built there were no windows lower down in the walls of the ark.

The window was near the top of the ark.

So when the floodwaters devastated the earth the inhabitants in the ark would not have seen the turmoil going on around them.

I tried to picture what would have been going on outside the ark as the waters rose and rose.

People would have been struggling, screaming, drowning; scrambling maybe to try and get into the ark.

It would have been a terrible and fearful sight.

But Noah and his family would only have been able to look upwards towards the sky.

This is telling us that when we are in Christ we should still be looking upwards, looking to God and the things of God.

Even Jesus at times turned his eyes upwards, telling us He too looked to God the Father.

In Jesus we have safety and salvation, He is the only place where this can be found.

But even in this state we need to keep looking to the Lord for His guidance, advice and council.

Look upwards today and see what the Lord has for you!

Speak this out…..”Thank you Lord for the safety and salvation we have in Christ”.

Genesis 6 v 18…..But with thee will I establish my covenant; and thou shalt come into the ark, thou, and thy sons, and thy wife, and thy sons’ wives with thee

DIG for Wednesday the 26th of August…..look into the Word not into a mirror…..James 1 v 25

I’ve been delving into the Epistle of James for a week or so now, quite often I have a “season” where I read just the one book or passage of Scripture.

I have been preaching recently about not looking at our body and soul (mind, will and emotions) as our true identity, we need to look at our spirit to see who and what we really are.

This is confirmed in James 1 v 23 to 25.

When we look into a mirror we see our reflection, but not who we really are (James 1 v 23 and 24).

In order to see who we really are we need to look into the Word of God, or the perfect law of liberty (James 1 v 25).

When we look into the Word we see who we are in Christ and what we have through Christ, in other words who and what we are in our spirit.

The Word tells us that we are righteous, even if we look in the mirror and see a person who sins.

The Word tells us we are healed, even if we look in the mirror and see someone who is ill and in pain.

These are two perfect examples of who we are in Christ and what we have through Christ.

We are righteous and we are healed, our “job” now is to believe this and therefore renew our mind to see transformation in our soul and body.

If we think and speak out that we are righteous and healed we are more likely to see fruit in these areas.

We must stop thinking our identity is in what we see in our body and think in our head, the true you is your born again spirit.

Delve into the Word and let it reveal the true you.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that I can understand my true identity through your Word”.

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 work, this man shall be blessed in his deed

DIG for Wednesday the 19th of August…..our true part is of the spirit not of the flesh…..Romans 8 v 1

Part 2 from Sean on Romans 8 v 1 today…….

In a previous DIG (Sunday 16th August) I actually discussed the first half of Romans 8 v 1.

The second part of this verse seems to say that we have to be seen to be doing things for God; saying if we don’t follow this remit we do not stay in Christ.

It talks about walking not after the flesh but after the spirit.

This was indeed sound like a prescription for doing things, but let’s have a look more deeply at the translation.

The key word “after is usually the Greek word “meta”, however in this case it is the word “kata”, and means to be down from, though out, according to or towards.

The Greek word for walk here means to deport oneself.

So this could be an alternate translation for you; therefore there is now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who deport themselves not down from, towards or according to the flesh, but down from, towards or according to the Spirit.

In other words our true deportment is from the Spirit and not from the flesh.

As a regular reader you should know that we are made up of three parts, that is spirit, soul and body.

Though we are dead to the flesh it still acts and behaves as it did before we were saved.

We are new creatures in our born again spirit and our soul and body has to be trained, starting to learn and gain knowledge that is in our spirit (this is called renewing your mind).

Our true deportment is that of the Spirit, it is about the connection given to us by Jesus, with the rest of Romans 8 going on to explain this.

It is not about doing.

As you come to understand and live out the truths of who you are in Christ (that you are righteous and deeply loved to name but two) then you will start living out of the spirit without really thinking about it.

So realise that your true self is your spirit and your deportment is in Him and not based on what you do but based on what Jesus has already done.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that through Jesus the true me is my born again spirit, and that today I will walk out of that and not out of my flesh”.

Romans 8 v 1…..There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit

DIG for Sunday the 16th of August…..no condemnation, no damnation…..Romans 8 v 1

Did you know that the phrase “in Christ Jesus” is Paul’s way of saying born again?

So if you have invited Jesus onto your life you will know that you are indeed born again.

What a great chapter Romans 8 is as it states from the outset that there is nothing you can do that puts you at odds with Jesus Christ.

The word condemnation used in verse 1 is a crucial word in the Greek; it actually means damned as well as condemnation.

That is the truth; if you are born again you are not damned.

There is no need to fear hell or satan (yes, small “s”, he is not important).

If you get thoughts that tell you that you are no good and that God does not love you then you know that this is not from God.

Religion constantly tells you that you have to do this or that or you will lose your salvation; what does that tell you about a great deal of religious attitudes?

Paul makes it clear that if you are born again there is no opportunity for damnation, none!

This is not based on your actions but on the prefect act of Jesus and the finished work of the cross.

There is nothing you can do that can separate you from God’s love.

Or would you rather cut out Romans 8, and especially verse 1 from your Bible?

Believe the Bible!

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that I am free from condemnation and damnations because of my faith in Jesus and His finished work”.

Romans 8 v 1…..There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit

DIG for Friday the 14th of August……you may sin, but that doesn’t stop you being a saint…..Ephesians 4 v 24

I have been writing and teaching a lot recently about our position in Christ and how this is important in comparison to our performance.

For example we are righteous as a gift of grace through faith in the finished work of Jesus Christ rather than anything we do.

The same is true for holiness.

We are holy simply by being born again; we are declared as a saint through our position in Christ.

Holiness is not about what we do, it is about what we are.

When Paul wrote to the church at Corinth (twice) he called the brothers and sisters saints (or holy ones) (1 Corinthians 1 v 2 and 2 Corinthians 1 v 1).

Now the believers in this church were not perfect in their performance, we just need to read some of the things Paul was telling them.

He called them saints because of their position in Christ and with Christ, not because of their holy works or religious performance.

The same is true for us; we are saints because we were made holy when we were born again.

Our new man, our born again spirit, was created in righteousness and true holiness (Ephesians 4 v 24).

The real part of us (our born again spirit) is now as holy as it will ever be!

You can, and probably will sin, but this will not affect your holiness (that is not an excise to sin by the way).

As you realise you are a saint, as you tell yourself that you are holy, your mind will be renewed, you will be transformed and you will lead a more holy life; this is what the Word says (Ephesians 4 v 23 and 24 and Romans 12 v 2).

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

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

DIG for Sunday the 2nd of August…..conquerors, overcomers and victorious; your identity in Christ…..Romans 8 v 37

In the message at MGF today I continued teaching on our true identity; that is who we are in Christ and through Christ.

The Word is full of encouraging truths about how we should live our lives here on earth through Him.

We are more than conquerors through Him (Romans 8 v 37).

We are victorious through Him (1 Corinthians 15 v 57).

We are overcomers through Him (1 John 4 v 4 and 1 John 5 v 4 and 5).

Through Him we can, and should, be winners in this life.

But we will only be winners if we are persuaded that we are conquerors, overcomers and victors and start behaving appropriately.

“As a man thinketh so is he” and “death and life are in the power of the tongue” are important spiritual laws we live under.

If we think like conquerors and speak like conquerors we will more than likely behave like conquerors.

But, if we think like losers and speak like losers we will definitely behave like losers.

Jesus came to destroy the works of the enemy, so that we could live lives of abundance, health and prosperity (John 10 v 10 and 3 John 2).

Even in difficult and hard times (we will suffer persecution) we need to think and speak like conquerors and winners.

We need to know that because of our position in Christ we are already coming from a state of victory.

We are already victorious because of what He has done.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that as a gift of grace through faith in the finished work of Jesus Christ I am more than a conqueror and am an overcomer in this life”.

Romans 8 v 37…..Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us