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Daily Bread - February 6, 2018
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Tuesday, 06 February 2018 08:22
1 John 4:16-17 - And we know and believe the love that God has in us. God
is love; and he that dwells in love dwells in God, and God dwells in him.
In this the love is perfected within us, that we may have confidence in the
day of judgement: because as He is, so are we in this world.

John makes the confessing of Jesus as the Son of God and the Savior of the
world equivalent to dwelling in love -for both result in the believer
dwelling in God, and God dwelling in the believer. God so loved the world
that He gave His Only Begotten Son, a love that is realized when we obey
Him and are born again (John 3:3-6, 14:21). We are now commanded to remain
in His love and allow that love to be perfected in us.

The most yielded state of the heart is being at rest knowing you are loved.
God wants us to know His love (Ephesians 3:17-19). In this state of
confidence and faith, we will receive everything Jesus wants to transmit
into our hearts by the Holy Spirit (John 16:12-15). When Father wanted to
convince Abraham of the things He promised, He swore an oath to Him. Today,
He has done something even greater for us. In order to convince us of His
love and commitment, He sent His only begotten Son to die for us at
Calvary. We must respond to His love and accept the fact that He loves us
and cares for us so intensely He spared not His Own Son for our sakes
(Romans 8:32).

Love is the key to walking in the fullness of the expression of God. We can
know the love of Christ that passes knowledge, and thereby be filled with
all the fullness of God (Ephesians 3:19). Living in and expressing this
love of God that has been poured into our hearts by the Holy Spirit is the
witness that God dwells in us and we dwell in Him (John 13:35).

Through the new birth, we were given the Life of Jesus. We are now to dwell
in the Light as He is in the Light (1 John 1:7). We are to walk as He walks
(1 John 2:6). We are to be pure, even as He is pure (1 John 3:1-3). Because
we are in Him and He is in us, we are as He is in this present life we now
live. We are not of this world even as He is not of this world (John 8:23,
14:17, 15:19, 17:14,16). We have been begotten of God, the Father, to be a
part of the family of God and to live the Life of the Son (Ephesians
3:14-21, 4:16; Galatians 2:20).

Live the Life of the Son!
Daily Bread - February 5, 2018
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Monday, 05 February 2018 11:35
Ephesians 3:19 - And to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge,
so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

The very idea of the possibility of being filled with God's fullness is
unimaginable. However, when we consider how we have been filled with the
Holy Spirit and Jesus and the Father have come to dwell in us, we recognize
this is indeed the will of God for our lives (John 14:17,23; Colossians
1:27; Ephesians 3:9; Luke 3:16). The indwelling fullness of God is viewed
in chapter four of Ephesians as "the measure of the maturity of the
fullness of Christ" (Ephesians 4:13). The growth and maturity we are called
to in God is directly related to knowing His love. John said if we dwell in
love, then we dwell in God (1 John 4:16). If there is any principle and
reality in God we must grasp, it is that we must walk in love (Ephesians
5:1-2; John 13:34; Ephesians 4:15). The way of love must decide all of our
responses and direct all of our decisions. The child of God must be willing
to actively participate with the working of the Holy Spirit, Whose desire
is to reveal Jesus and express the love of God through our lives (Galatians
5:22; John 16:14; Acts 1:8; Galatians 1:16, 2:20; Philippians 1:2; Romans

*Take My Life And Let It Be*

Take my life and let it be
Consecrated, Lord, to Thee.
Take my moments and my days,
Let them flow in endless praise.

Take my hands and let them move
At the impulse of Thy love.
Take my feet and let them be
Swift and beautiful for Thee.

Take my voice and let me sing,
Always, only for my King.
Take my lips and let them be
Filled with messages from Thee.

Take my silver and my gold,
Not a mite would I withhold.
Take my intellect and use
Every pow'r as Thou shalt choose.

Take my will and make it Thine,
It shall be no longer mine.
Take my heart, it is Thine own,
It shall be Thy royal throne.

Take my love, my Lord, I pour
At Thy feet its treasure store.
Take myself and I will be
Ever, only, all for Thee.

-Frances R Havergal

Turn your life over to God today, and allow Him to make it wonderful!
Daily Bread - February 3, 2018
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Saturday, 03 February 2018 17:03
Jonah 3:2,10; 4:4 - Arise go to Ninevah, that great city, and preach to it
the proclamation that I speak to you...And God saw their works, that they
turned...And Yahoah said, what right do you have to be angry?

God is the One Who gives direction to His servants to go to the places He
chooses. He is the One Who also gives His servants the message they are to
speak. God was about to send judgment upon a nation; but before He did, He
desired to give them an opportunity to repent. Jonah knowing the mercies of
God did not want to go, because he knew God's desire was to bring this
nation to repentance so He could show His abundant love. Jonah knew if the
nation of Nineveh repented, God would not send judgment upon them; and
while it was in the heart of God to show mercy and love, it was in the
heart of Jonah to see judgment fall on the wicked and evil people living
there (Jonah 4:1-3). Even though the people of Nineveh were terribly
wicked, the preaching of Jonah brought such conviction upon them, they all
repented and turned from their wickedness. It does not matter how wicked a
city is, or how estranged a person may be from God, when anyone humbles
themselves before God and turns from their evil, God shows His mercy and
forgives them (Jonah 3:8,10; 2 Peter 3:9; 1 Timothy 2:4; John 12:32).

We are the ambassadors of Christ sent into the world today to beseech the
world to be reconciled to God (2 Corinthians 5:20). We are commanded to go
to every person and tell them that God commands all men everywhere to
repent, to change (Acts 17:30; Mark 1:15; Matthew 28:19). The direction has
been given to us by God; we have been commissioned by Him to go. If we will
speak the words He gives us to proclaim, then the power of His mercy should
reach deep into the hearts of everyone who hears. Those who will believe,
who will repent and call upon His Name, will be saved. Those who refuse to
hear will experience only wrath and judgment (Matthew 3:7; Mark 16:16;
Romans 2:5; 5:9; Ephesians 2:3, 5:6).

Say to the Lord with Isaiah, "Here am I, send me!" (Isaiah 6:8)
Daily Bread - February 2, 2018
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Friday, 02 February 2018 08:11
Ephesians 2:8 - For by grace you are saved through faith, and that not of
yourselves; it is the gift of God.

The grace of God does for us what we could never do for ourselves
empowering us with the supernatural ability of faith to please God and live
out those things His gift has provided (Hebrews 11:6). When we consider the
meaning and definition of 'grace', we must look to what God describes it to
be. There are many different facets of grace that allow us to view the
splendor of all of God's goodness. When we consider all its attributes, we
discover grace is God's Presence working for us and in us to produce all He
has desired (2 Corinthians 4:7; Ephesians 3:20; Philippians 2:13; John
1:16). Grace is the active working of the Spirit of the Lord in us and in
the world (Titus 2:13; John 12:32; Acts 2:17). Every action of the Holy
Spirit reveals grace. Grace is not a passive stance of God toward man, but
the activity of the Holy Spirit and the demonstration of His Divine will
and power. Grace is not dependent upon the works of men any more than the
power of the Holy Spirit is dependent upon human ability. Both are supplied
to us by the love of God, willingly received, and then submitted to (Romans
11:6, 22-23; Galatians 3:3; Romans 8:1-9; John 3:3-6). Grace is the
goodness and favor of God extended to all men alike, and the means by which
all of His gifts are given to anyone who will receive.

Grace is how God saved us at great expense to Himself. Grace came through
Jesus Christ; and without Him, it cannot be received. Jesus may be viewed
as grace personified. He did for us what we could have never done for
ourselves (Ephesians 2:5; John 1:14,17). Through the love, sacrifices, and
righteousness of God our Savior, we were given the right and privilege to
be born of the Spirit. Through the good pleasure of God's own will, grace
made possible for us what works could never earn. Through His blood, our
sins were washed away; and we were made as those who had never disobeyed.
Through His death, we died; through his resurrection, we were raised;
through His life, we live; and by His obedience, we were made obedient. He
has given to us His righteousness and holiness; and by Him we are
sanctified, justified, glorified, and united with God in oneness (Romans
3:22,26; Philippians 3:9; 1 John 2:29; John 14:20, 17:21-23). His gift of
Life has freely given us all things that pertain to life and godliness (2
Peter 1:3). He has abundantly poured out the riches of His mercies, and His
life flows like rivers of living water to whosoever will accept it. Now
when we consider the washing of regeneration, the miracle new birth, we
recognize such a thing could never be accomplished by any works we could
do; but only by the supernatural operation of the Spirit of God (Titus
3:4-7). God's grace brought the change of life human effort never could
have achieved! Through Jesus Christ alone we are allowed to live in a realm
of unlimited interaction with God -a realm we have access to by faith; this
is grace (Romans 5:2; Galatians 5:22-25; Romans 12:3).

Faith is the inseparable companion of grace. The faith that comes from God
stands ready to act upon our hearts. When the Word of God is heard, the
Holy Spirit supplies faith to everyone who will respond in obedience to
what God commands (Romans 10:17; Galatians 5:22). Some have said grace is
God's part and faith is ours, but God has supplied them both. Our part is
to simply be willing and obedient. The Gospel is the word of faith which
imparts the faith of God into the hearts of everyone who will obey (Romans
10:8; James 2:17-26). Once faith imparted by the Holy Spirit is mixed with
the Word of God, then the promises God's grace supplied will be evident in
our lives (Hebrews 4:2; 2 Peter 1:3-4). The faith grace supplies is only
activated by obedience to the Word of God, not just a testimony of belief
(Matthew 8:8, 14:28-29; Galatians 3:5; James 2:19; Matthew 8:8, 14:28;
Titus 2:11-14). Faith is the active work of grace that enables us to
receive what has already been done.

It must be emphasized this faith has no human origin, but has come to us
directly from God as a gift. There is only one faith: it exists only in the
realm of God, and comes by Jesus Christ (Acts 3:16; Galatians 2:16;
Ephesians 4:4-6). God has given us His faith by the supernatural working of
the Holy Spirit. Faith takes hold of grace, and in submission to the power
of the Holy Spirit, all of the will of God is produced in our lives
(Philippians 2:13; Ephesians 3:19-20; Hebrews 13:21). This is not a faith
humanity obtains through religious beliefs, knowledge, discipline, or
works. Rather, the grace that has appeared to all men provides this amazing
gift of God to all who would obey: the faith of God (Mark 11:22; Galatians
2:20; Romans 12:3; Titus 2:11).

Cooperate with God's grace in your life, and see His faith activated in
your life!
Daily Bread - February 1, 2018
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Thursday, 01 February 2018 14:00
Colossians 1:21-22 - And you were once alienated and enemies in thoughts by
your wicked works, but now He has changed by the body of His flesh through
death; that you may be able to stand before Him holy, and without blemish,
and blameless.

The miracle of God's salvation is how He takes those who were full of
iniquity and evil deeds and changes them into a new creation (2 Corinthians
5:17-21; Ephesians 2:1-2, 4:17-24). The essential idea to understanding
exactly what Christ has done for us is found in verse 21. Christ Jesus
'exchanged' (grapokatallasso) His Life for ours. Although many translators
have rendered this Greek word as 'reconciled', the meaning is more fully
revealed by the English word 'exchanged'. Jesus took all of our sin and
shame; and in exchange, He gave us His righteousness and glory (1 Peter
2:24; Romans 6:11; 2 Corinthians 5:21; 1 Corinthians 1:30). By taking all
of our sins upon Himself, He destroyed the power and dominion of the devil;
and in exchange brought us into the power and dominion of the Kingdom of
God (Hebrews 2:14-15; 1 John 3:8; Colossians 1:13). Through the blood of
Jesus, we go from being the enemies of God to those who have peace with Him
(Romans 5:8-11; Ephesians 2:13-22). We are transformed from those who are
full of wickedness, to those who are holy and blameless. We pass from death
to life and from those who are stained with sin to those who are spotless
and without blemish. In this transformation, we come to understand the
meaning of what God has done for us (Colossians 1:27; Ephesians 2:1-10). We
may also understand the meaning of this Greek word as 'restoration'. God
has restored us from the chaos of transgression and rebellion to the order
of holiness and love (Ephesians 1:4-5).

God has made us holy, without blemish, and blameless both now and in the
future when we stand before the Judgment Seat of Christ (Philippians 2:15;
Romans 12:1; 1 John 2:29, 3:7, 4:17; Hebrews 10:19-23; Ephesians 2:10, 13,
5:27; Titus 3:5-7; Romans 6:22, 7:6; 1 Corinthians 3:16; Jude 24; 2
Corinthians 5:17- 21; Hebrews 9:14). Through His love for us, He has taken
ownership of our lives and made us His family and personal possessions (1
Corinthians 6:20, 7:23; Ephesians 1:14, 2:19-22; 1 Peter 1:18). He has
appointed us together in Christ Jesus so we may enjoy union with Him now,
and rule with Him throughout Eternity (John 17:21-23). The most glorious
thing about this change and restoration -beyond all other blessings and
privileges- is that we are in Him and He is in us (Colossians 1:27;
Galatians 2:20; 1 Corinthians 1:30). We have an uninhibited relationship
with Him and have access to know Him as fully as we desire (Ephesians
3:19-20; Colossians 1:10; John 1:16; 1 John 4:13; Colossians 2:9-10). If we
are willing to take hold of the blood and life of Jesus, and believe the
Father has made us so totally acceptable unto Himself in so much that we
are blameless, then we can begin to enjoy the full revelation of His
presence in our lives. The blood of Jesus and the Name of Jesus are the two
most powerful things in the Universe. The relationship is only hindered
when we draw back through unbelief (Hebrews 3:12-4:11, 10:38-39).

The manifestation of God and the revelation of His Person to us is in
direct proportion to our willingness to accept the cleansing and purity
provided for us through Jesus. Through this faith and confidence, we can
walk into the realms of His Presence, the Holies of Holies, with all
boldness (Hebrews 10:19-23). Father wants us to have full assurance of the
change He has provided for us in His Son. He wants us to believe the
testimony He gave to us concerning His Son and the redemption He has
purchased for us. When we accept what Christ Jesus has done for us, then we
will discover the victory that overcomes the world (1 John 5:4; Romans
8:37). God has not only made us His sons and daughters, He has made us His
friends through the physical death and resurrection of His Only Son Who has
brought the transformation to whosoever will believe (John 15:14-15;
3:15-21, 1:12; 1 John 4:15, 5:1; James 2:23).

Christ in you, the confidence of glory! (Colossians 1:27)
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