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Daily Bread - August 17, 2018
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Friday, 17 August 2018 10:15
Philemon 1:6 - So that the communication of your faith may be effectual by
acknowledging every good thing in you by Christ Jesus.

Acknowledging The Holiness God Has Given (Part 1):

The unique description of God's holiness in the New Testament is that we
have received it in all of His fullness when we received the Holy Spirit,
the Spirit of Holiness. The holiness of God still hates sin, and is at war
against all wickedness and iniquity. The holiness God has displayed from
the beginning is the holiness He has given to us (1 Corinthians 6:11; 2
Corinthians 5:17-18; Colossians 1:22; 2 Peter 1:4).

We must not waver in the life and identity we have been given in God. We
are His holy people, and we cannot for a moment allow the slanderer and
accuser to take it away (Colossians 1:22; 1 Peter 2:9). As God's people, we
are "sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be holy ones" (1 Corinthians
1:2). We are to yield the entirety of our lives as servants of
righteousness unto holiness (Romans 6:19). We are in the school of the
Spirit, and must be willing to be mentored and trained by Him continually.
We are not of this world, but have been translated out of the kingdom of
darkness into the Kingdom of the dear Son (John 17:14-17; Colossians 1:13).
Our citizenship is in Heaven, and we are seated in the Heavenly realm with
Christ Jesus (Ephesians 2:6; Philippians 3:20).

All we must do is believe in the radical change and miracle provision God
has given to us and contend for the faith that was once delivered unto the
saints (Jude 1:3). The glory that was on the tabernacle in the wilderness
is the glory that has come into our lives and rests upon the holy temple of
our lives today (Exodus 29:43; 1 Corinthians 6:19).

Acknowledge and yield to the holiness God has bestowed!
 
Daily Bread - August 16, 2018
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Thursday, 16 August 2018 09:58
Colossians 3:3-5a - For you died, and your life is hid together with Christ
in God. When Christ, Who is your life, shall appear, then we shall also
appear together with Him in Glory. Therefore, put to death your members
which are upon earth:

Perfecting Holiness And The Life of God:

The life that we have received is the life of God. There can be no
separation between His life and holiness, because the essence of His life
is holiness. When we read verses of Scripture like, "Mortify your members
that are upon the Earth" (Colossians 3:5 KJV), we must not think that
somehow we are ridding ourselves of something; but instead keeping
ourselves from the uncleanness of this world. We are a new man, a new
creation filled with the abundant life of God; and as such we must not
allow anything of the old way of life that dominated us before to have
place in our lives (2 Corinthians 5:17; Galatians 6:15; Ephesians 4:24;
Colossians 3:10; John 10:10).

The most important point is that when things of our former lifestyle
present themselves to us, we must not allow them in the most radical of
terms -"put it to death." When the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eye,
and the pride of life would come to overthrow us and attempt to steal our
hearts from this sacred consecration, we must rise in the strength of the
Lord and the power of His might and cast it down (2 Corinthians 10:4-5;
Ephesians 6:10; 1 John 2:16). These things belonging to the world and the
spirit of disobedience must not be allowed to work in our members
(Ephesians 2:1-10). Satan will do everything within his craft and power to
convince us that his desires are ours; but we must stand fast in the Word
of God and know we are what God says we are, and all of our desires are
holy. The knowledge of good and evil that remains with us after we are born
again can only be properly handled by the Spirit of Holiness. The memory of
former things and fleshly lusts that war against our soul will be properly
handled by a life surrendered to live and walk in the Spirit.

Therefore, perfect holiness in the fear of God by yielding to the Spirit of
Holiness! (2 Corinthians 7:1; Romans 8:9; Galatians 5:16, 25)
 
Daily Bread - August 15, 2018
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Wednesday, 15 August 2018 10:29
1 Corinthians 12:7 - Now to everyone is given the manifestation of the
Spirit to profit.

Can you imagine what it would be like if all of God's people began to serve
God as He ordained, and everyone functioned in the gifts of the Spirit as
described in 1 Corinthians 12:7-11? What would happen if we all began to
lift up our voice and petition God to glorify His Son Jesus as only He can
in our midst? If we vowed ourselves to stand aside so that only Jesus would
be seen and glorified? If we would lay aside all merchandizing and the
pursuit of riches and fame? Surely America would begin to shake and every
person would bend under Holy Ghost conviction! If we would only return to
the place of being separated wholly unto the Kingdom of God and of His
Christ, the Lord would strengthen us yet once more!

Lord, cause Your people to be willing in the day of Your power with the
beauty of holiness and consecration! (Psalm 110:3)
 
Daily Bread - August 14, 2018
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Tuesday, 14 August 2018 08:31
2 Peter 1:3 - As His Divine Power has given us all things pertaining to
life and godliness through the knowledge of the One calling us through
glory and virtue.

Holiness and Revival:

When we look at the history of the Church and the great revivals and
awakenings of the past, we see that they were preceded by an awakened
awareness of the value of holiness. Each time a sleepy Church, that had
allowed the world and the cares of this life to enter in, were aroused to
live the life that God had given, the great movings of God were seen. The
cries expressed in the holiness songs ring out with the truth of the
unspeakable gift, "Take my life and make it Thine, it shall be no longer
mine. Take my heart, it is Thine own, it shall be thy Royal throne." God
raised up leaders that called men to holiness such as the Moravians, the
Wesleys, George Whitefield, Charles Finney, A. B. Simpson, Maria
Woodworth-Etter, and many others. All these leaders, and more, were used to
call the Church to the proper place of consecration to the ways of God.

Each time, a fresh wind of the Spirit breathed life into the message of
holiness, and caused those who would hear to realize a deeper meaning of
the life of consecration God had willed for each person. The free gift of
holiness defines salvation. This unspeakable gift of holiness enables each
saint to interact with God and mature in His holiness. The will of our
hearts must be dedicated to cleaving unto the Lord and continually giving
ourselves to walking in His ways. Holiness, which is the sharing of the
life of God, is also a commitment to every dimension of His nature: joy
instead of sadness, love instead of hate, humility instead of pride, and
morality instead of iniquity (Galatians 5:22-26; Colossians 3:8-17).
Walking in the Holy Spirit, and living under His blessed rulership, brings
to us the ultimate definition of holiness. We are given everything we need
to live His life and walk in His godliness (2 Peter 1:3-4). We were made
Holy by God, for holiness can come by no other means. Now our response to
His love is to love God, obey Him, walk as He walks, and live His life that
we have been renewed with (John 14:21-23; 1 John 2:6; 2 Peter 1:3-11).

Thank God for His unspeakable gift of holiness we are invited to live in!
 
Daily Bread - August 13, 2018
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Monday, 13 August 2018 11:15
Paul's Doctrine of Holiness (Part 2):

•Those who have given themselves over to the rulership of Jesus Christ and
having received the Holy Ghost are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit
(Romans 8:9).

•As those who are alive from the dead we are: to walk in the Spirit, and we
shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh (Galatians 5:16).

•Anyone who walks in those things that are opposed to the Spirit of God
shall not inherit the Kingdom of God (Galatians 5:19-21)

•For they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections
and lusts (Galatians 5:24).

•The line of consecration is absolutely drawn by the Spirit of the Lord: Be
not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man sows, that shall he
also reap. For he that sows to his flesh shall of the flesh reap
corruption; but he that sows to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life
everlasting (Galatians 6:7-8).

•We are to live separated from everything worldly: Therefore, "Come out
from among them and be separate, says the Lord. Do not touch what is
unclean, and I will receive you." (2 Corinthians 6:17).

•The plan of God from the beginning, which has not changed is that that we
should be holy and without blame before Him in love (Ephesians 1:4).

•Now being brought into the family of God and made alive in Christ Jesus we
are to: put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and
true holiness (Ephesians 4:24)


Consecrate yourself unto God's way of living! (1 Chronicles 29:5; 2 Peter
1:10-11)
 
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