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Daily Bread - October 9, 2018
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Tuesday, 09 October 2018 10:44
Ephesians 4:15 - But speaking the truth in love, we may grow up into Christ
in all things, Who is Himself the Head.

Part 1 - Growth Depends on Your Words

Our individual growth in the things pertaining to the spiritual life
demands that we speak the truth. There is only one source of truth, and
that is the Word of God (John 17:17). Our confession of the truth is
directly related to the results we get. Our willingness to agree with the
truth and confess that Jesus Christ is Lord resulted in our salvation, and
so it is with everything else in God. By the confession of our mouth, the
miracle of salvation worked in our lives; and by the confession of our
mouth, all the rest of God's miracles will be worked (Romans 10:10;
Proverbs 18:21; Matthew 12:37).

Words are important to God -He used them to create the Heavens and the
Earth, and everything in them (Psalm 33:6, 9; Hebrews 11:3). Now if we are
going to have the things God has purposed for us to have, then we must
believe what He has said (John 1:12, 3:16; Mark 5:36, 9:23, 11:22-24; Luke
8:50). Whatever we believe is ultimately what we are going to speak. Too
often, God's people speak out of fear and distrust, instead of love and
confidence. The things we see and hear around us have such an impact that
we too easily forget what God said. God placed a condition on what He would
do for us by requiring us to believe. If we believe God loves us, then we
know He is going to take excellent care of us. God has promised, and all we
must do is count Him faithful. In the midst of the crisis and the
circumstances, we can rise above it all and speak what God has spoken -even
if all the things around us oppose the good report. If we agree with Him
and confess what His Word has declared, then our faith will flow out with
divine authority through the acknowledgement of every good thing that is in
us (Philemon 1:6). If we hold fast the confession of our faith, we will
have God's divine provision because He is faithful to His Word, and He
loves us so much (Hebrews 10:23, 4:14; Philippians 4:19; Romans 8:32).

Let us firmly hold the profession of our faith without wavering, for He Who
promised is faithful!
 
Daily Bread - October 8, 2018
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Tuesday, 09 October 2018 10:42
Ephesians 4:14 - So that we are no longer children tossed by the waves and
carried about with every wind of doctrine by the trickery of men and craft
by which deceivers mislead.

Part 2 - Refuse the Propaganda and Believe What God Says!

The image here is of a ship with no rudder, and thus no governor. Hebrews
13:9 also warns the believer not to be "carried away with diverse and
strange doctrines." James 1:6 describes the unstable spiritual condition
more specifically as "... a wave of the sea driven with the wind and
tossed." In this verse, The Greek word translated "trickery" ('kubeia') is
from the root word 'kubos,' which refers to dice-playing. In the game of
dice playing, there are many tricks used to deceive the simple and
inexperienced; thus this word may apply to trickery, craft, or deceit.
Additionally, the "misleading" being addressed is the Greek word
'methodeia' derived from the word 'methodeuo,' which means "to follow," or
"to track," as a wild animal tracks its prey.

Refuse to believe the lies and propaganda of Satan! Turn away from all
those things contrary to the greatness of God, and prophesy those things
which God has spoken concerning you! The Holy Ghost will fill you with
Spirit-knowledge, and cause you to see what your eyes could not see before
(Ephesians 1:17-19; Colossians 1:9-10). Your relationship and walk with God
will result in the life of Christ being revealed in all His fullness -both
to you and through you (Ephesians 4:13; John 14:12; Hebrews 11:5-6).
Realize today that God is in you -that you are the darling of His heart
(Jeremiah 31:20), the jewel in His crown (Zechariah 9:16), the apple of His
eye (Zechariah 2:8), his precious treasure (Exodus 19:5; Deuteronomy 7:6),
and His inheritance (Ephesians 1:18). You are the temple of the Lord, with
rivers of living water flowing from your belly; and have been given the
authority of sonship as an heir of God and joint-heir with Christ (1
Corinthians 3:16-17, 6:19; 2 Corinthians 6:16; John 7:38, 1:12; Romans
8:17). The fellowship He demands is that you will believe that whatever you
ask, He will do (John 15:16; Mark 11:22-24; Matthew 7:7-8).

Now unto Him Who is able to do exceedingly above all that we ask or think!
(Ephesians 3:20)
 
Daily Bread - October 6, 2018
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Saturday, 06 October 2018 10:40
Ephesians 4:14 - So that we are no longer children tossed by the waves and
carried about with every wind of doctrine by the trickery of men and craft
by which deceivers mislead.

Part 1 - Believe God's Perspective on Reality

If you want to mature in the things of the Spirit, then you are going to
have to start speaking the Word of God over your life. You can either
remain as a child and continue to be tossed, or you can begin to speak the
truth and grow. As children, the spiritual realm remains out of reach. All
you will be able to receive are the elementary and carnal things (1
Corinthians 3:1; Hebrews 5:11-13). You will not find an escape from the
temporal and mundane, but will continue to find yourself taken prisoner by
circumstance. Your life will be comprised of human struggle and fleshly
existence, ruined by strife and envy, running from one disappointment to
the next, and from one problem to another (1 Corinthians 3:2-3; Romans 8:6).

Because of disappointment and failure, many make the mistake of altering
the Word to fit their experience. Instead of standing firm in the faith and
authority of the Word, they compromise the promises of God and settle for
something earthly and human. People go through difficult and trying times,
and then interpret their situations and come up with beliefs different than
those taught to us by God. Their experience becomes the basis for what they
believe, instead of holding fast to what God has promised. We cannot afford
to corrupt the Word of God; for if we do, we will never realize its life
and promises, nor grow in the faith and authority it describes (2
Corinthians 2:17, 11:3). We cannot allow ourselves to be spoiled by vain
philosophy and deceit (Colossians 2:8). If we listen to the traditions of
men, we will become stripped of confidence, faith, and authority -and never
grow into the ministry of Jesus. Instead of going from glory to glory and
increasing with the increase of God, we will grow callous, hard, and
unbelieving. Disappointment and the traditions of men will so mess you up
that you will make void the commandments of God.

To grow and increase, you must begin to speak the truth: God's Word is
truth (John 17:17; Psalm 33:4). The Word of God is powerful and living, and
should be superior to all that you see with your eyes and hear with your
ears! We must hold fast to our confession of faith, and not waver (Hebrews
4:12-14, 10:23). If we let the Word of Christ dwell richly in us, we will
continue to bring forth the promises of God out of His rich treasure of the
Word (Colossians 3:16). By holding fast to the Word even when everything
around us says differently, we will grow in faith (Romans 3:4; 2
Thessalonians 1:3). We will grow in the knowledge of God, and begin to see
and understand the things of the Spirit we were blind to before (Colossians
1:10; Ephesians 1:17-19). Through living by the Word and making what God
has said our reality, we will increase with the increase of God, and find
divine power over all the things that oppose us (Colossians 2:19; Romans
8:37).

Now unto Him Who is able to do exceedingly above all that we ask or think!
(Ephesians 3:20)
 
Daily Bread - October 5, 2018
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Friday, 05 October 2018 13:25
Ephesians 4:13 - Until we all come to the oneness of faith and the full
knowledge of the Son of God; unto a perfect man, to the measure of the
maturity of the fullness of Christ.

Part 2 - The Privileges of so Great a Salvation

There are two challenging, and yet glorious, privileges expressed in this
verse:
First, "the measure of the maturity of Christ,"
And second, the "fullness of Christ."
Jesus promised His fullness in ministry to the believer when He said,
"...he that believes on Me, the works that I do shall he do also; and
greater..." (John 14:12). When Jesus was baptized in the Spirit, He was
filled with the Spirit without measure (John 3:34; Matthew 3:16). Jesus
came as the express image of the Father, filled with all of the fullness of
God (Colossians 1:19, 2:9). God made it possible for us to be filled with
all of the fullness of Christ Jesus: firstly by the new birth, and secondly
through the baptism of the Spirit. When we were born of the Spirit, Christ
Jesus was formed in us (Colossians 1:27; Galatians 4:19; 1 John 4:4; Romans
8:29). This new creature created in Christ Jesus possesses the abiding
presence of the Father, the Lord Jesus, and the Holy Spirit (John 14:23; 1
John 3:24).

Paul testified that he had received the fullness of Christ when he declared
to the Romans that he would "come in the fullness of the blessing of
Christ" (Romans 15:29). He also made it known how he no longer lived, but
Christ lived in him (Galatians 2:20; Philippians 1:21). Paul also revealed
that the fullness of God was made available to all of the saints through
knowing the love of Christ, "to know the love of Christ which passes
knowledge so that we might be filled with all the fullness of God
(Ephesians 3:19). He revealed how the Church was the fullness of Him Who
fills all things (Ephesians 1:23).

Although we look at such a promise and are overwhelmed with amazement and a
sense of impossibility, we must with awe and expectation embrace the call
to this unspeakable gift of God. Father has revealed these things to us by
His Spirit because it is His will for our lives. If we refuse to believe
and take hold of the faith, by both accepting and expecting this to be the
reality of our lives, then we will certainly never realize this glorious
privilege.

Father wills that you be filled with all His fullness! (Ephesians 3:19)
 
Daily Bread - October 4, 2018
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Thursday, 04 October 2018 07:41
Ephesians 4:13 - Until we all come to the oneness of faith and the full
knowledge of the Son of God; unto a perfect man, to the measure of the
maturity of the fullness of Christ.

Part 1 - Growing Into Maturity

The Greek word translated "full knowledge" is 'epignosis,' which means
"full, precise, or complete knowledge." The phrase "measure of maturity" in
the Greek language is referring to a unit of measurement. The Greek noun
'metron' ("measure") refers to a vessel that is used to measure something
such as a graduated cylinder or a measuring cup. The idea of any individual
growing into the spiritual maturity of Jesus would seem impossible if it
were not for the fact that He has given us his fullness as a gift (John
1:16). Though the fullness of Christ is received by all believers, it must
be matured into. When we begin this life as a new creation, we are newborn
babes (2 Corinthians 5:17; 1 Peter 2:2). It is necessary that we grow and
mature in the realms of the Spirit. We must remember that despite being
blessed with all spiritual blessings in Heaven in Christ, unless we are
obedient to God we will not benefit from them (Ephesians 1:3; Hebrews 4:2).
Paul rebuked the Christians in Hebrews, for when the time had come that
they should have matured into being teachers of the things of God, they
were still in need of being taught basic things. Paul likened them unto
babies who could not be given meat, but must remain on milk or baby food
(Hebrews 5:12). God, with His unsearchable riches and unspeakable gifts,
opened the door for us so that if we are willing to totally comply with His
will, we may be filled with everything that He has.

That you may be filled with all the fullness of God! (Ephesians 3:19)
 
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