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Daily Bread - September 28, 2017
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Thursday, 28 September 2017 10:50
1 John 5:19 - We know that we are of God, and the whole world is controlled
by the Evil One.

The world is not only under the control of Satan, who is the god of this
world, but is also a place of temporal existence (Romans 8:19-22). The
world is passing away, and all the lust that is in it (1 John 2:15-17). The
world will soon be no more, but the Word of God will last forever (Isaiah
40:6-7; 1 Peter 1:24-25). Heaven and Earth will pass away, but the Word of
the Lord will endure forever (Matthew 24:35). God's Word divides light from
darkness, and good from evil (Genesis 1:3; Hebrews 4:12-13, 5:12-13; 2
Timothy 3:15-17).

The blood of Jesus has delivered us out of the world's house of bondage,
and the Holy Spirit has led us into the realms of God to be separated from
the influences of the world (Colossians 1:12-14; Ephesians 2:1-10). We must
understand how to remain separate from the world and remain unstained by
its influence (James 1:27). We must recognize that we are not of this world
anymore than Jesus was of this world (John 17:14-19). The world has been
crucified to us, and we to it (Galatians 2:20; Romans 6:1-11 ). Through the
salvation that is in Christ Jesus, we have escaped the corruption of the
world's lust and its damnation (2 Peter 1:4). To find comfort and enjoyment
in that which is inspired by the enemy of both our souls and of God is
terribly wrong. We must recognize that any form of friendship with the
world is an act of hostility against God (James 4:4). We must heed the
words of those who knew the will of the Father and the dangers of any
association with the world, and not allow ourselves to conform to anything
that that is in the world (Romans 12:1-2).

Never before has the world been more at our doorsteps, and in many cases
integrated into our lives, than through the current media invasion. It has
become increasingly harder for God's people to discern the world's unholy
influence, and therefore, have no fellowship with it. The 'world and all
that is in it' has been brought into our lives via media, and is accepted
as common and normal. Video games, television programing, internet, and
social media have overwhelmed the lives of most everyone. We must be all
the more careful that we do not allow the things of this world to
contaminate our souls and draw us away from the life that is in Christ
Jesus (Galatians 5:1, 13, 19-25; Ephesians 5:1-21; 2 Peter 1:10). It is
more essential than at any other time that we practice the utmost care to
make sure the we do not cross the line into those things which belong to
the world in our everyday affairs: the lust of the flesh, the lust of the
eye, and the pride of life (1 John 2:15-16). The world, its lusts, and all
those who follow in its ways will pass away, the world is surely a
dangerous and uncertain place (1 John 2:17; John 10:10, 16:33). The world
is a defiled and demonic realm - don't treat it as harmless and normal!
What is your attitude towards the world and all that is in it? Is the
spirit of the world comfortable and acceptable to you? (Ephesians 2:2-3; 1
John 2:15-17, 5:18-21 )

Stand fast in the liberty and abundant life Jesus has provided!
 
Daily Bread - September 27, 2017
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Wednesday, 27 September 2017 10:02
2 Corinthians 4:7 - But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the
excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.

The Excellency of the Power

The excellency of God's power is the all-surpassing ability of God, a
description of His Nature and of His deeds -that which surpasses all other
things! It is God Who has decked Himself with majesty and excellency, and
arrayed Himself with glory and beauty (Job 40:10). Through His great love
that He has for us, He has poured out this glory and honor as a treasure
into our hearts; and He has given anyone who has the will and desire to
walk with Him the Divine ability to live His glorious life (John 17:21-23;
Colossians 1:27; Ephesians 1:18, 3:16, 4:24; Luke 24:49; Matthew 3:11; Mark
1:8; Acts 1:5, 11:16; 2 Peter 1:3-4). We have been given the opportunity to
be clothed with the honor and majesty of His Nature and His Presence. God
has given to us the excellency of His power out of the abundant riches of
His grace (2 Corinthians 4:7; Ephesians 2:4-7). It is a grace that excels
in glory beyond what those of the Old Testament had (2 Corinthians 3:7-11).

Daniel had an excellent spirit because of the glory that he had received
from the First Covenant; and it brought him into the highest honor that men
could give (Daniel 5:12, 14; 6:3). How much greater should that excellent
spirit be in those who now live in the New Covenant! If we will separate
ourselves to walk only in the things of the Spirit of God, then we can
realize a greater revelation of the excellence of the Spirit of God than
anyone we read of in the Old Testament (2 Corinthians 7:1; 1 John 3:3; 1
Peter 1:15-16; 2 Peter 1:3-11). We can grow in excellence of spirit and
character; excellence in health and lifestyle; as well as excellence in
business and finances. Truly, God's eyes search throughout the Earth to
show Himself mighty on behalf of those whose hearts are perfect (2
Chronicles 16:9; 1 Kings 8:61; Job 1:1,8; 2:3; 42:12-17; Psalms 11:4-7;
33:13-18; Matthew 5:48; Romans 12:1-2; 2 Corinthians 13:11; Hebrews
13:20-21; Revelation 3:2)!

Walk in the excellence Father has made available by His power, and be
perfect!
 
Daily Bread - September 26, 2017
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Tuesday, 26 September 2017 07:36
2 Corinthians 4:7 - But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the
excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.

Treasure in Earthen Vessels

God has put a treasure in earthen vessels, a wellspring in the earthen
body, and the rivers of God in the depths of our being (John 4:10-14,
7:37-39). This treasure, which Paul also called a precious (good) thing, or
deposit/earnest, is none other than the new creation (2 Timothy 1:14;
Ephesians 1:13-15; 2 Corinthians 5:17). Peter referred to the treasure as
the divine nature; and John spoke in terms of the 'Greater One' Who is in
us (2 Peter 1:4; 1 John 4:4). Both the Father and Jesus have come to make
their dwelling in us (John 14:23, 17:21-23). The Holy Spirit is both with
us and in us, insomuch that we are His temple -His dwelling place (1
Corinthians 3:16-17, 6:19-20; 2 Corinthians 6:16-18). If we are going to
walk in this divine life of God, then we must be convinced that Jesus
Christ is in us. (Colossians 1:27; Romans 8:9-11)

Do we realize that God demands that we not only recognize that Jesus is in
us, but that we also be conformed to His image (2 Corinthians 13:5; Romans
8:29; Ephesians 4:11-14; Matthew 5:48; 1 Peter 1:15-16; 1 John 2:6, 3:3; 2
Peter 1:3-11; Romans 6)? How can there be any room for anyone to believe
that those so transformed have 'no good thing' in them? Our faith becomes
effectual when we acknowledge 'every good thing' that is in us (Philemon
1:6; Romans 10:10)! If we deny this glorious work of the new birth and the
presence of Christ Jesus in us, then we deny the faith (1 John 4:1-6; 2
Corinthians 13:5). Unless we are willing to look into the mirror and behold
the fulness of the glory of God, then we remain unchanged (2 Corinthians
3:18; Ephesians 4:23-24; Romans 12:1-2; John 1:16).

Behold the renewed image of His inward likeness!
 
Daily Bread - September 25, 2017
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Monday, 25 September 2017 09:11
John 14:21 - He that has My commandments, and keeps them, is the one that
loves Me. And he who loves Me shall be loved by My Father, and I shall love
him and reveal Myself to him.

The Word of God conveys to us the ways of God. More than anything else,
Heaven is calling out to the sons of man to come and know the ways of God
-which are the ways of life! If we are willing to walk in a love
relationship with Jesus, our Redeemer and eternal God, then we will
discover the beauty of holiness. Jesus is not calling us to obey a set of
rules, but to have a change of life style. As we obey the Word of God, our
behavior is conformed to that of the Almighty God. As we give ourselves to
make our calling and election sure, the Holy Spirit teaches us an entrance
into the realms of the Kingdom so that we may know and function in those
things that are freely given to us by God (1 Corinthians 2:12; 2
Corinthians 7:1; 1 John 3:3; Matthew 5:48; 2 Peter 1: 3-11).

God has supplied everyone who is willing with the opportunity to stand in
His presence and come into all the fullness of His glory. If we will not
take this opportunity for granted, but will hunger and thirst after
righteousness God will fill us up with all the good things of His own
fullness and glory (Matthew 5:6, 6:33). All we have to do is be obedient to
the Word, and we are made ready for a greater encounter with Jesus -Who
will come and reveal Himself to us with an ever increasing measure of His
presence! It is through these encounters that our hearts are enlarged to
receive more of those things of His glory which He has determined to pour
out upon us and reveal through us. All creation is groaning to see the sons
of God; but unless we allow the life of Jesus to be revealed through us,
the chains of darkness and the mind blinding spirits that hold the lost in
captivity will not be broken (Romans 8:19-22; 2 Corinthians 4:3-4; Matthew
5:16; Romans 10:13-15; Philippians 2:13-15).

Allow Jesus to be revealed in your life today!
 
Daily Bread - September 23, 2017
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Saturday, 23 September 2017 10:47
1 John 4:4 - You are from God, little children, and have conquered them;
because greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world.

Jesus Christ, the One Who conquered the devil and all of the power of sin,
lives on the inside of every believer (1 John 3:8; John 12:31; Hebrews
2:14; 2 Timothy 1:10; Luke 10:19; Colossians 1:13,27). Jesus Christ, Who is
the Way, the Truth, and the Life (John 14:6), is the Greater One that "is
in you." Jesus Christ both came in the flesh when He was born into the
world as a baby, and also when He was born into the hearts of men by the
Holy Spirit. When we were born of the Spirit and became a new creation
through the miracle of salvation, Christ was formed in us and came to dwell
in us through this miraculous union (John 3:6; 2 Corinthians 5:17;
Colossians 1:27; 1 John 3:24; 1 Corinthians 2:12; Galatians 4:6; John
17:23). That Christ Jesus dwells in us is, in fact, an essential doctrine
of the New Covenant (1 John 3:24; John 14:20, 23, 17:23, 26).

The life and power of Jesus Christ in us enables us to overcome the spirit
of antichrist, the spirit of the world, and the spirit of deception. We may
be confident today that all of the power of iniquity that is in the world
-the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eye, and the pride of life- is not
more powerful than Christ Jesus Who lives within us (1 John 2:15-17, 4:1-4,
5:18-21). We are guaranteed by God Himself that He will arise in us and
subdue all of our enemies ( Psalms 60:11-12; 1 Chronicles 17:9-10; Psalms
68). He will go before us and fight all our battles (Nehemiah 4:20; 2
Chronicles 32:7-8; Joshua 6 ). As we stand yielded to Him, God will destroy
all of the opposing forces that come against us; and we will find that we
are more than conquerors through Christ Jesus (Exodus 17:11; Luke 10:19;
Romans 8:31,37). It is in believing what He has done for us that we are
empowered to be strong in the strength of the Lord and the power of His
might (Philemon 1:6; Romans 10:9-11; Ephesians 6:10-18; 1 Corinthians
15:57-58).

Trust in the Greater One Who is in you!
 
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