DIG for Wednesday the 31st of May…..replace the lies with truths and renew your mind…..Romans 12 v 2

Have you ever had negative things spoken over your life?

I think we all probably have at different times in our lives.

Have you been told that you are worthless, that your life will amount to nothing?

Do you still believe these lies?

Well, I have some Biblical truths that can set you free tonight.

According to the Bible you are now a son or daughter of the Living God, having been adopted into His family (Ephesians 1 v 5).

According to the Bible you are have been completely accepted by God (Ephesians 1 v 6).

According to the Bible God knew you before time or creation and created you in awe and wonder (Psalm 139 v 14).

According to the Bible God wants you to live in abundant life, living in health and prosperity (John 10 v 10 and 3 John 2).

According to the Bible you already have all you need for life and godliness (2 Peter 1 v 3).

In other words, God knows you, loves you, has a plan for you to be a success and has equipped you for this success.

You are not a failure and you are not worthless; the Lord God Almighty has a plan and purpose for your life.

You can speak these truths out over your life and make a real difference.

If you believe these truths (renew your mind) your life will be changed for the better (transformed) (Romans 12 v 2).

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that you created me with a plan and purpose, thank you that you created me for success”.

Romans 12 v 2…..And be not conformed to this world; but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God

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DIG for Friday the 31st of March…..Jesus has provided all you need for life and godliness…..2 Peter 1 v 3

In 2 Peter 1 v 3 we see one of the most “life changing” verses in the Bible.

Sometimes we use that phrase “life changing” too much, but it is certainly true for this verse.

The first thing to see is that this verse is in the past tense; it is about something that has happened.

We have been given all things that we need pertaining to life and godliness.

And we are given the key to unlock all these things that include health, joy, peace and prosperity (among other things).

Can you see how important this verse is to you?

Can you see the key?

The key is knowledge of Jesus, He who has called us to glory and virtue.

You can change the direction of your life towards the abundant life that Jesus promised and away from sin and ungodliness.

You can transform your life for the better.

The key is increasing your knowledge of Jesus, and that is done through rightly dividing the Word of truth, the Bible.

Yes, it really is that simple; it may not be easy but it is simple.

Bible study is not boring; Bible study is life changing!

As we increase our knowledge of Him we renew our minds to the truth of the Word and speak out this truth.

This will change our lives for the better.

Go on and give it a try!

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that you have already provided me with all things pertaining to life and godliness”.

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 16th of November…..do you really want the preacher to be honest at your funeral…..Proverbs 22 v 1

I was really challenged this morning as I listened to some wonderful teaching from a man called Greg Mohr.

He said, “Live in such a way that the preacher does not have to lie at your funeral”.

Oh boy, though got me thinking!

I have been at many funerals when I thought the person sounded perfect but I knew that they were not.

I want the preacher to be truly honest at my funeral, so I need to live my life so that this happens.

I recognised (from listen to Greg) that in order for this to happen I need to be a man of character.

So how does this come about, well it is not something you can try and do or will yourself to be.

My testimony is that as my understanding of the Word increased my character has improved.

And this is what the Word says; we are transformed by the renewing of our minds (Romans 12 v 2).

I think our character is a reflection of our true nature as it is allowed to influence our mind.

And this is done through mind renewal!

Are you interested in what the preacher may say about you at your funeral?

Are you interested in the legacy that you will leave behind?

If like me you are very interested in this I suggest you get into the Word and increase the rate of mind renewal; that is what I intend to do!

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord for your Word and thank you that it is the agent for change in my life”.

Proverbs 22 v 1…..A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favour rather than silver and gold

DIG for Friday the 28th of October…..the Word will endure for ever…..1 Peter 1 v 24 and 25

Listening to the radio this morning I was reminded of the fragility of life.

It was ‘thought for the day’ and the chap was talking about the poppy; how fragile it was yet how it could sprout forth from the worst of ground.

This did remind me of life; it is fragile but it can also bring forth the most wonderful results from difficult circumstances.

But wherever it comes from and however successful it is, life (in terms of the physical on earth) is not for ever.

Life can indeed be snuffed out like a candle, we see this ever day if we watch the news and read the papers.

There is something that lasts forever, the Word of God.

And the good news is that while we are on earth for this short time the Word can facilitate us having a wonderful and abundant life, a life full of blessings and provision.

The Word of God teaches us about Jesus and His finished work, and it is knowledge of Jesus that leads us into an abundant and godly life (2 Peter 1 v 3).

We can renew our minds through the Word of God and see transformation (positive and permanent change) in our soul (mind, will and emotions) and body (Romans 12 v 1 and 2).

The Word is eternal and cannot be corrupted and it is the agent for positive and lasting change in our lives.

Let the Word do what it was designed for, to change you!

Speak this out today….”Thank you for the Word of God and thank you that it is the agent for change in my life”.

1 Peter 1 v 24 and 25…..For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away; But the word of the Lord endurerth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you

DIG for Tuesday the 25th of October…..do not be formed by a con, be transformed by the truth…..Romans 12 v 2

Romans 12 v 2 is a foundational truth for every born again believer; it is the verse that describes how we can be changed (or transformed) for the better.

We are transformed by the renewing of our mind.

The verse however also gives us a warning, telling us not to be conformed to this world, not to be molded or shaped by the natural and physical things around us.

Whenever we take in information through hearing, seeing etc. we are taking the opportunity to be either conformed or transformed.

Things of the world can conform us and things of the Lord can transform us.

We decide what we input into our minds, we decide the process that we take part in.

We decide whether to listen to the truth or to lies.

In church the other day I was preaching on this, about being conformed or being transformed and a friend had a real insight; she said, being conformed is when we are ‘formed’ by a ‘con’.

This is very true, as the things of this world are contrary to the Word of God and are therefore lies or cons.

The Word of God is the truth and it is the knowledge of this that will see our minds renewed and see us transformed.

If we know the truth we will be made free (John 8 v 32).

It is knowledge of Jesus that will lead us into life and godliness (2 Peter 1 v 3).

It is the understanding of Scripture that will lead us towards perfection in our mind, will, emotions and body (2 Timothy 3 v 16 and 17).

Feed your self with truth today and not the lies of this world; reading this DIG is a good start!

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord for your Word and for the marvellous truths held within”.

Romans 12 v 2…..And be ye not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind

DIG for Monday the 12th of September…..change your attitude, choices and priorities…..Romans 12 v 2

I was reading a section of a Derek Prince book this afternoon and it made me think about the results of mind renewal.

I often write about renewing the mind, after all it is the way to lasting and permanent change in the life of a believer.

This ties in with what I’ve been learning from another teacher recently that mind renewal is more than just understanding the Word of God.

That is where the process starts; we need to renew our mind through God’s Word, as that is where we find truth after all.

So mind renewal is more than gaining knowledge and understanding, although this has to happen for the process to reach its conclusion.

With knowledge and with understanding there must come a change in thinking, there needs to be an improvement in attitude and the way we think.

Mind renewal brings a change in priorities and it brings a change in values.

For mind renewal to take place there must be a practical use of knowledge, we must ‘do something’ with that knowledge.

Mind renewal includes putting into place and ‘practicing what we preach’.

Those around us should see the evidence of our mind renewal.

They should see us behaving differently, with renewed priorities and improved choices.

It does however all start with getting into the Word and gaining knowledge.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord for your Word and thank you that I can be transformed through the renewing of my mind”.

Romans 12 v 2……And be ye not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God

DIG for Thursday the 24th of March…..the Word can change you…..Romans 12 v 2

Now, I am not writing this DIG to show how spiritual I am or to show how good I am, I am writing it as encouragement to show you how the Word can renew your mind so that you can see transformation in your life.

I have not always been as caring and compassionate as I would like, I would have to be honest and say compassion never was my strongest point (and it still probably is not).

But, I met a sister in the Lord today who has spoken out against me in the past; indeed she stood up in a service one time and berated me prior to walking out.

Speaking honestly again I did not have much care, love or compassion for her at that point and indeed going forward.

But once again being honest I felt nothing but care, love and compassion for her when we met this morning.

What she had said and done had not changed, yet I had changed.

My attitude and thoughts were so different and this was due to the fact that my mind had been renewed through the Word over the period of time that had elapsed since we last met.

My heart went out to her and I offered help and prayer if required.

The Word had transformed me for the better; this is my testimony.

Yes, it has taken time and I do still need more compassion in my life, however I have changed for the better and know more transformation is on the way as I further renew my mind to how caring, loving and compassionate the Lord has been to me.

As we renew our minds about the goodness, love, mercy and compassion of the Lord we will see our thoughts, actions and lives transformed for the better; this is a Biblical truth and cannot fail to happen.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord for your Word and thank you for the process of mind renewal and transformation”.

Romans 12 v 2…..And be not conformed to this world: and be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God

DIG for Sunday the 6th of March…..all, such a little word but such a huge meaning…..Ephesians 1 v 3

In the DIG yesterday we saw that we have already received spiritual blessings from the Lord; we received them in our spirit at the second we were born again.

There is however a little word in this verse describing the blessings we have received, and that word is ALL.

ALL means to the exclusion of nothing.

There is nothing that we require from God that we have not already received; He has not kept anything back.

The blessings we get from God have nothing to do with being good or religious performance; they cannot be about this as we got everything at that one point in time.

Now you may be saying, “but I am still in pain and in lack, so I still need to receive a blessing of some sort”.

No, that is not true.

In the spiritual realm, in your born again sprit, you already have everything you need.

What is required now is that you renew your mind through the Word of God so that what is in your spirit comes into your body (or the physical) to see you transformed (Romans 12 v 2).

God is not holding anything back from you, and you do not need to beg God to bless you with health and prosperity for example.

God has already blessed you with ALL spiritual blessings in Christ Jesus.

If you are in Christ Jesus (that is born again) you already have ALL the blessings you will ever need.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that I have already received ALL spiritual blessings in Christ 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 November…..the Bible is fun and exciting, it really is…..2 Timothy 3 v 16 and 17

Today I was preaching from the epistle to the Galatians and I had a great time!

Now I know preaching is not about me enjoying myself, however it is exciting and fun to take the Word and expound it to His people.

I can honestly say that reading and studying the Bible (in order to teach on this occasion) is fun and exciting.

Once you get the revelation that the Bible is the Word of God and it is the main vehicle that He speaks to us you should be excited.

Once you realise that understanding His Word is the vehicle for lasting and permanent change (or transformation through mind renewal) in your life you should get exited (Romans 12 v 2).

If the Word of God does not excite you I don’t think you’ve had a real revelation of what it really is and of its power.

If I were to say that I was holding a meeting where I could guarantee that God would speak to every single person who attended, the venue would be packed with Christians “looking for a word”.

Yet most of those Christians would not go to a meeting advertised as a Bible study.

However at a Bible study where you get into His Word you are indeed guaranteed to have God speak to you.

The Bible is full of truth about Jesus and it is knowledge of Him that can lead you into a life of fullness and godliness (2 Peter 1 v 3).

Does the Bible excite you today?

Are you willing and eager to open it and hear from God this morning?

It is your choice!

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord for your Word, and thank you for the freedom that we have to delve into your Word”.

2 Timothy 3 v 16 and 17…..All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be thoroughly furnished unto all good works

DIG for Saturday the 26th of September…..you can be beautiful too…..Romans 12 v 2

While out walking this afternoon I was fortunate enough to see a couple of butterflies (I think they were Peacock butterflies) and they were stunningly beautiful.

Their wings seemed to glisten and shimmer in the sun, and the different colours on their wings were wonderful.

I though how beautiful they were, and my mind was then drawn back to the DIG yesterday.

This butterfly used to be a caterpillar but then through the process of metamorphosis it was changed, or transformed, to its winged version.

So instead of a caterpillar foraging on the ground munching on leaves it became a butterfly free to fly wherever it wanted sipping on the abundance that is sweet nectar.

What a marvellous picture of what can happen to us if we renew our minds through the Word of God.

We may have areas of our lives that are not very pretty at the moment, but if we were to be transformed we could end up soaring and flying, becoming beautiful in that area.

Transformation comes as we renew our mind through the Word of God (Romans 12 v 2).

For every dark and ugly situation in our lives at the moment we can find something in the Word that will renew our mind and see us transformed.

Ugly and horrid situations can be transformed into something of beauty, something of abundance, something that will glorify God.

Don’t give up today, whatever situation you find yourself in.

Instead of this, find the truth in the Word of God and renew your mind; be transformed.

Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord for your Word, and thank you that I can renew my mind”.

Romans 12 v 2…..And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God