Daily Bread - April 20, 2019 (The Seventh Day - Genesis 2:1-3)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Friday, 19 April 2019 17:15
1 John 2:6 - He that says he abides in Him ought himself to walk also just
as He walks.

Part 5: Jesus Always Pleased the Father, and So Should We!

The life of Christ is filled with the goodness and purity of Heaven, and
God demands that we conform in every way to the image of Christ Jesus
(Romans 8:29, 12:1-2). He has given us the opportunity to repent, to be
converted, and to learn to walk just as He walks. We are living in perilous
times (2 Timothy 3:1). Everywhere men live very differently from the life
shown to us by Christ Jesus, and yet they believe they abide in Him. In
these perilous times, the voice of Christ Jesus that cries out against a
rebellious and crooked generation is regarded as the voice of mad and angry
men. Yet, the foundation of God stands sure -God has not changed, and He
will not be mocked (Galatians 6:7; 2 Timothy 2:19). In His abundant mercy,
He has provided the salvation we need to live life according to godliness,
and we must take heed that we be found in Christ (Galatians 2:17; 2 Peter
1:3; 2 Corinthians 7:1, 13:5; Titus 2:11-13).

If we live in Christ Jesus, then we keep His Word, we walk as He walks, the
Holy Spirit teaches us and leads us, we do not continue in sin, we keep His
commandments, we have His Spirit, we dwell in God, He dwells in us, and the
fruits of His life are manifested in our lives (John 14:23; 1 John 2:5-6,
27-28, 3:6, 24, 4:13, 15-16, 5:20). The way Jesus walked received Father's
full approval, witnessed definitively when God said, "This is my beloved
Son, in Whom I am well pleased" (Matthew 3:17, 17:5). The whole life and
walk of Jesus was found in one single purpose: to do the will of the Father
(John 5:30, 8:28-29; Hebrews 10:7). Those who follow Jesus, and live only
to do the will of the Father and walk even as He walks, will hear the
Father say, "Well done, my good and faithful servant," simply because they
are found to exist in the Son (Matthew 12:50; 1 Peter 4:1-2; 1 John 5:11).

Keep yourselves from idols. Amen. (1 John 5:21)
 
Daily Bread - April 19, 2019 (The Sixth Day - Genesis 1:24-31)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Friday, 19 April 2019 07:33
1 John 2:6 - He that says he abides in Him ought himself to walk also just
as He walks.

Part 4: Jesus Modeled The Way We Are To Abide In Him

In this modern age, a simple key stroke on a computer can call up all of
the Scriptures defining what it means to abide in Christ, but still men
choose to define the life that is acceptable to God in their own way. Many
have been deceived to believe that they can live their lives according to
their own insights. There is a way that seems right to man, but when it is
not what the Holy Spirit directs, then it leads to destruction (Deuteronomy
12:8; Proverbs 14:12, 16:25).

We can all be certain as to the direction of the Holy Spirit, because Jesus
modeled the consecrated life for us. Worldliness is not a part of His life.
Living for one's own self-interest has nothing to do with the life of
Christ. The life of Christ is living only to do the will of the Father, as
it is revealed in His Word. Any kind of compromise with sin is not a part
of the life of Christ (1 John 3:5, 8-9, 5:18).

Keep yourselves from idols. Amen. (1 John 5:21)
 
Daily Bread - April 18, 2019 (The Fifth Day - Genesis 1:20-23)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Thursday, 18 April 2019 08:21
1 John 2:6 - He that says he abides in Him ought himself to walk also just
as He walks.

Part 3: Living Like He Lives

Christ Jesus has given all men everywhere the invitation to come and abide
in Him (John 15:1-5). There is no salvation outside of abiding in Christ
Jesus (John 6:56, 14:17, 15:4, 6; 1 John 2:27-28, 4:13). If we have
responded to His call and are abiding in Christ Jesus, then we will live
like He lives. We will walk in the light just like He walks in the light;
for if we abide in Him, then we are even as He is in this world today (1
John 1:7, 4:17; Romans 5:17; Ephesians 1:17-23). If we have been born of
God, we don't need anyone to teach us this, because the anointing we have
received teaches us that we must abide in Him -and furthermore, we delight
to dwell in Him (1 John 2:27; 1 Peter 1:8; John 15:11).

Keep yourselves from idols. Amen. (1 John 5:21)
 
Daily Bread - April 17, 2019 (The Fourth Day - Genesis 1:14-19)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Wednesday, 17 April 2019 08:23
1 John 2:6 - He that says he abides in Him ought himself to walk also just
as He walks.

Part 2: Living the Life of Jesus

The ability to abide in Him, which is the same as saying "to live the life
of Jesus" or to "behave just like Jesus," comes to us by the anointing we
have received from Him. In fact, "abiding in Him" and having "the
anointing" are inseparably linked (1 John 2:27). The promise God gave to
anyone who would believe was that we would be born of the Spirit, and
subsequently, Jesus would baptize us with the Holy Spirit (John 3:5; Acts
1:8, 8:15-16). He promised us the same Spirit and the same anointing He was
baptized with (Luke 4:18).

The idea of abiding in Him is communicated in a unique way in John 15 to
help us understand how the supply of His divine life flows into our lives.
We learn that we can depend on Jesus for everything we need, and that
without Him we can do nothing (John 15:4-5). The life of God supplied to us
by the Holy Spirit flows as the sap of the vine; and through our intimate
union with Christ Jesus, the fruit of His life is manifested in us. The
interdependency which exists between a vine and a branch is astounding to
consider! In like manner, the life of Jesus is revealed through us to the
world around us as we abide in Him. In fact, when Jesus said, "Abide in me,
and I in you," He was saying, "Live My life, and I will live in you."

As we abide in Jesus, the glory of His divine life and love flows into our
hearts by the Holy Spirit (Romans 5:5; Ephesians 3:19; 1 Thessalonians
3:12). The miracle of salvation has supplied us with an inseparable union
with the Lord Jesus (John 15:1-6, 17:22-23; 2 Peter 3:18; 1 John 3:23).

Keep yourselves from idols. Amen. (1 John 5:21)
 
Daily Bread - April 16, 2019 (The Third Day - Genesis 1:9-13)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Tuesday, 16 April 2019 07:55
1 John 2:6 - He that says he abides in Him ought himself to walk also just
as He walks.

Part 1: Abiding in Christ Jesus

The Gospel message of "being in Him," is one of the most important in the
New Testament and is the chief theme of John 15. The two phrases "to be in"
(Greek: 'einai en'/είναι ἐν) and "to abide in" (Greek: 'menein en'/μένειν
ἐν) are for the most part interchangeable as in John 14:10.

The importance of being "in Him" is highlighted by verses of Scripture such
as: "If any man be in Christ Jesus, he is a new creature" (2 Corinthians
5:17); and also John 15:4, 5, 7, 10; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Ephesians 1:4;
Philippians 3:9; Colossians 2:6, 7, 10; 1 John 2:27, 28, 3:5, 6, 24, 4:16,
5:20.

Similarly, we know we are crucified with Christ, yet we still live -but not
us, it's Christ Who lives (Galatians 2:20). Also, we know that if One died
for all, then all were dead that we should no longer live unto ourselves,
but unto Christ Jesus (2 Corinthians 5:14-15). We have lost our lives that
we might find them in Him (Matthew 10:39, 16:25; Mark 8:35; Luke 9:24,
17:33; John 12:25; Philippians 3:3, 7-11; Colossians 3:1-4).

Keep yourselves from idols. Amen. (1 John 5:21)
 
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