Daily Bread - October 22, 2019 (The Third Day - Genesis 1:9-13)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Tuesday, 22 October 2019 05:15
Romans 13:14 - But be clothed with the Lord Jesus Christ and make no
allowance for the flesh to allow for lust.

Part 2 ~ The Glorious Life of Jesus!

Paul more perfectly defined an absolute surrender to following Jesus when
He used these words: "Be clothed with the Lord Jesus Christ." God will not
make us follow Him; it is voluntary. Once we decide that the kind of life
Jesus lived is the life we want to live, all of the resources of the Spirit
are provided for us. The life of holiness and power awaits all who are
willing to turn from their own ability and deny those things inspired by
demon spirits - to follow the life Jesus modeled for us. Religion only
thinks about self-denial; but the Holy Spirit shows us a life far better
than self-interest and worldly pursuits. It is a life so glorious that we
would rather have Jesus manifested in our lives than all other things that
could be accomplished or achieved in this world.

If we are going to truly deny the life of self-interest and human ability,
then we are going to have to allow God to touch us with His presence and
fill us with the refreshing waters of the Spirit. We must discover the
realm of relationship where we are continually strengthened by the Spirit
in our inner being (Ephesians 3:16, 5:18; Jude 1:20-21). Trying to deny
yourself so that you can walk in the life of Jesus is like selling all that
you have for a pearl of great price you have never seen, nor can find. Once
finding the pearl, however, you sell all that you have with great
excitement and joy; and so it is with this glorious life of Jesus!
 
Daily Bread - October 21, 2019 (The Second Day - Genesis 1:6-8)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Monday, 21 October 2019 11:10
Romans 13:14 - But be clothed with the Lord Jesus Christ and make no
allowance for the flesh to allow for lust.

Part 1 ~ Our Responsibility To Live The Life of Jesus

Make no mistake: the life that God granted to us as a free gift is the life
of Christ, which is the life of the Spirit (Ephesians 4:24; 2 Corinthians
3:3, 5:17, 11:3; Colossians 1:28; and 1 John 4:4; Philippians 1:21; 2 Peter
1:3-4). If we walk in the Spirit (or the life of Christ), then we are the
children of God (Romans 8:14,16; Galatians 5:16).

This is more than our job description - this is our life description! We
have a responsibility to follow Him and to imitate those things that He did
(1 Corinthians 11:1; Ephesians 5:1-2; 1 John 3:7; 3 John 11; 1 Timothy
6:11; and 1 Peter 4:1-2; Philippians 2:5-8). We are to understand the ways
of the Spirit and be obedient to conduct ourselves as He commands
(Colossians 3:12; Galatians 5:24; 2 Peter 1:4-10).

After all that God has done for us -providing as a free gift this abundant
life and more- how could we do anything less than give ourselves to an
absolute consecration to be what God has made us to be in Christ Jesus? We
should make a study of His actions and conduct, and then devote ourselves
to the same behavior. There is nothing any of us will ever learn unless we
give ourselves to the study of it, and then devote ourselves to the
practice. We must awake out of our sleep and the pursuit of our own
interest; and perfect holiness in the fear of God (2 Corinthians 7:1)!
 
Daily Bread - October 19, 2019 (The Seventh Day - Genesis 2:1-3)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Saturday, 19 October 2019 09:00
1 John 5:5 - Who is conquering the world if not the one believing that
Jesus is the Son of God?

If we believe that Jesus is the Son of God, then we are vested with the
power to overthrow Satan at every point of attack. When we were born of God
and filled with His Spirit, we were given the authority to stand against
all of the powers of darkness and defeat them in His name. Christ Jesus is
above all principalities and powers -and we, having been indwelled by Him,
brought into union with Him, and being seated together with Him in His
heavenly authority now live in the overcoming power He won for us
(Ephesians 2:6, 4:10-13)!

The verb used here for "the overcomer" is the present participle of
'nikan,' (νικάν) and is found at the end of every address to the seven
churches in Revelation (Revelation 2:7, 11, 17, 26, 3:5, 12, 21). We can
all rest assured we will be held responsible before God to live in the
overcoming victory won for us by Christ Jesus.
 
Daily Bread - October 18, 2019 (The Sixth Day - Genesis 1:24-31)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Friday, 18 October 2019 06:26
1 John 5:3-4 - For this is the love of God: that we keep His commandments,
and His commandments are not burdensome. Because everyone who is begotten
of God conquers the world - and this is the conquering power that conquered
the world: your faith.

Part 5 ~ Conquering Power for Winning

The Greek noun 'nike' (νίκη) only occurs this one time in the New Testament
and is normally translated as "victory." However, because it is derived
from the verb 'nikao' (νικάω/"to conquer"), it may be translated as
"conquest," or understood to be the power that gains victory, or
demonstrates conquering power. It means "to have superiority," and can be
used as "to win" or "to defeat." In the context of this verse, the power of
faith has conquered the world; therefore, the concept of the conquering
power of faith is most suited for this contextual usage of 'nike.'

This is a present victory for all who have been born of the Spirit and live
in Christ Jesus, because He abolished death and destroyed the power of
Satan (2 Timothy 1:10; Hebrews 2:14; 1 John 3:8). He, Himself, conquered
the world when He overthrew Satan's tyrannical reign at the Cross of
Calvary (John 16:33).
 
Daily Bread - October 17, 2019 (The Fifth Day - Genesis 1:20-23)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Thursday, 17 October 2019 05:26
1 John 5:3-4 - For this is the love of God: that we keep His commandments,
and His commandments are not burdensome. Because everyone who is begotten
of God conquers the world - and this is the conquering power that conquered
the world: your faith.

Part 4 ~ Allowing Jesus to be Revealed in Our Lives

All we need to do is to trust in the Lord, in Whom is everlasting strength,
and every power opposed to God will fall like stubble before our feet
(Exodus 15:7; Isaiah 26:4, 41:2). We have been given the keys (and the
authority) of the Kingdom of God; and as soldiers in His army, we are
commissioned to destroy and conquer everything opposed to His Kingdom
(Matthew 12:28-29, 16:19; Mark 16:17; Luke 10:19; John 1:12; also:
Ephesians 6:10, 2 Timothy 2:4). We are to allow Jesus to be revealed in our
lives, and give ourselves to His ministry -He Who was manifested to destroy
the works of darkness (Hebrews 2:14; 1 John 3:8).
 
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