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Daily Bread - November 23, 2018
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Friday, 23 November 2018 11:26
(The Sixth Day - Genesis 1:24-31)

Ephesians 5:1 - Be then imitators of God as loving children.

Part 5 - The Greatest Opportunity Afforded to Man!

We have been anointed and established together with Christ Jesus. We are
called to come into the fullness of His maturity (2 Corinthians 1:21;
Ephesians 4:13). We have been given an unspeakable and amazing opportunity
to be taught by the Holy Ghost and live in all of God's glory. There could
be no greater opportunity afforded men than to have this call. Being
empowered to be imitators of God is greater than riches, fame, and all
other achievements men so diligently give themselves to obtain. Why is it
we remain so unbelieving and refuse to forsake everything else to pursue
this Heavenly call? Can we truly believe all God has is ours and yet remain
lukewarm, slothful, and negligent? Would we not stand up with ferocious
loyalty and face all the great challenges attempting to stop us and cast
them down like thieves? If we could see that our God is the one Who lives
in humility, would we not want to be just like Him? The world makes pride
and arrogance look strong, but the Most High, God Almighty, has chosen the
way of the lowly (Isaiah 57:15, 66:1-2; 1 Peter 5:5).

Give diligence to make your calling and election sure! (2 Peter 1:3-11)


Song of the Spirit from this past First Day meeting:

Wind of the Spirit flow,
Cloven tongues of fire fall
Rivers of the Holy Spirit flow,
Through me!

Church of the Living God,
Body of the Lord Jesus,
Fulness of the One Who fills all things,
Arise! (Be seen!)
 
Daily Bread - November 22, 2018
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Thursday, 22 November 2018 09:06
(Fifth Day - Genesis 1:20-23)

Ephesians 5:1 - Be then imitators of God as loving children.

Part 4 - The Devotion of a Child of God

We were converted and became like little children when we were born again.
We became as newborn babes so we might be taught of God and grow up into
all His ways (Romans 8:15-16; 1 Peter 2:2). There is a great reward in
spiritual maturity, and we must not allow anything to draw us away from the
prize set before us (Philippians 3:14). An independent, rebellious, and
stubborn attitude demanding our own way should have no place in our lives.
Such a disposition must be seen as a thief and a robber. We should rise up
with a holy indignation and violence against it because it will indeed
destroy everything. There is no way we can be a co-laborer with Christ
Jesus if we are not His devoted followers. If we will walk in the love and
humility of the Holy Ghost, we will learn to be ferociously loyal to God
and to those who belong to His Kingdom ( Philippians 2:1-15; 1
Thessalonians 4:1-12).

Let us love not in word and speech, but in action and truth! (1 John 3:18)


Song of the Spirit from this past First Day meeting:

Wind of the Spirit flow,
Cloven tongues of fire fall
Rivers of the Holy Spirit flow,
Through me!

Church of the Living God,
Body of the Lord Jesus,
Fulness of the One Who fills all things,
Arise! (Be seen!)
 
Daily Bread - November 21, 2018
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Wednesday, 21 November 2018 11:49
(Fourth Day - Genesis 1:14-19)

Ephesians 5:1 - Be then imitators of God as loving children.

Part 3 - Dependency On God

Our adversary, Satan, lays the snares of pride and self-exaltation in our
way, and we must learn to recognize these traps. The pride of life must be
cast down, for it would pull us away from living like little children
following an admired and trusted leader. Many look down on someone who acts
like another person, but that is naìˆve! Everybody acts like those who have
influenced them, beginning with their parents. In fact, as little children
we developed much of our behavior. We learn more as little children than at
any other time in our life! Also during those early developmental years, we
were more dependent upon leadership. It is a good thing to be converted and
become like a little child who is dependent on God for everything -for out
of the mouths of babes and sucklings (those that must be totally dependent
upon God) strength has been ordained (Psalm 8:2; Matthew 18:3; Luke 18:17)!

Walk in glorious freedom as children of light! (Ephesians 5:8; Romans 8:21)


Song of the Spirit from this past First Day meeting:

Wind of the Spirit flow,
Cloven tongues of fire fall
Rivers of the Holy Spirit flow,
Through me!

Church of the Living God,
Body of the Lord Jesus,
Fulness of the One Who fills all things,
Arise! (Be seen!)
 
Daily Bread - November 20, 2018
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Tuesday, 20 November 2018 07:39
Ephesians 5:1 - Be then imitators of God as loving children.

Part 2 - Delighting To Do His Will!

Being self-willed must have no place in our life. Jesus taught us to deny
ourselves, and instead do only those things the Father shows us to do (John
5:19, 5:30, 8:28, 54, 12:49, 15:5; Mark 8:34). Recognizing yourself is a
challenging thing, but the Holy Spirit instructs us using both the contrast
of our lives to Jesus and the beauty of what He reveals to us about the
nature of God. If we are going to flow in the rivers of His Spirit, then we
must not flow with the things of ourself. When it is our delight to do His
will as the servants of the Lord, being self-willed becomes that much more
apparent to us.

Living for ourselves and after the strong impulses of what we think and
perceive opposes our growth and blessings in God. We can cry out all day
long for more anointing and more of this or that, but nothing will change
until we are willing to do things God's way. God is faithfully committed to
our spiritual maturity, but we must cooperate. If we walk in the love and
humility of the Holy Spirit, we will be thrilled with the glory and
goodness of God's divine order. We will gladly imitate God and all of His
divine behavior, and follow those who follow Jesus and flow in the Holy
Ghost (1 Corinthians 4:16, 11:1; Philippians 3:17; 1 Thessalonians 1:6; 2
Thessalonians 3:7, 9; Hebrews 13:7, 17; 1 Peter 5:5). As we walk with God,
we will develop an insatiable appetite for more of Heaven!

Delight to do His will! (Philippians 2:5; Psalms 40:8; Hebrews 10:7)

Song of the Spirit from this past First Day meeting:

Wind of the Spirit flow,
Cloven tongues of fire fall
Rivers of the Holy Spirit flow,
Through me!

Church of the Living God,
Body of the Lord Jesus,
Fulness of the One Who fills all things,
Arise! (Be seen!)
 
Daily Bread - November 19, 2018
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Monday, 19 November 2018 07:56
Ephesians 5:1 - Be then imitators of God as loving children.

Part 1 - God Himself Made It Possible To Imitate Him

God's nature is divine in every way. Everything about Him is good, lovely,
and wonderful; and we are graced with the privilege of being taught to be
like Him (Matthew 5:48; James 1:17; John 16:13-15; 1 Timothy 4:8; 2 Timothy
3:12; Hebrews 8:10-11; 2 Peter 1:3, 6-7). We are commanded to imitate God,
walk in the Spirit, and follow Jesus (Ephesians 5:1; Galatians 5:25;
Matthew 10:38). The concept of 'mimetai' (to mimic or imitate) goes beyond
the idea of being God's friend or follower - it calls for us to act exactly
like God! If we are going to act like God, we must be trained to function
in His nature and ways.

God made all of this possible: He changed our hearts and spirits to be like
His, and He sent the Holy Spirit to teach us and train us (John 6:45; 1
Thessalonians 4:9; Jeremiah 31:34). We should be eager to learn and mature!
The anointing we have received reveals the things of God's divine nature to
us, and our response should be a hunger and thirst for more (1 John 2:27;
Matthew 5:6). As we listen to the Holy Spirit and respond to Him, we become
increasingly sensitive to His voice and instruction. Along with sensitivity
comes humility and meekness, and these make us even more pliable and
cooperative (Matthew 11:29; Philippians 2:5-7). God the Holy Spirit will
not do anything outside of love and humility; and if we are going to
connect with Him, then we must learn to only give place to His divine
disposition.

Therefore, be taught of God to be like Him! (John 6:45; Ephesians 5:1)


Song of the Spirit from this past First Day meeting:

Wind of the Spirit flow,
Cloven tongues of fire fall
Rivers of the Holy Spirit flow,
Through me!

Church of the Living God,
Body of the Lord Jesus,
Fulness of the One Who fills all things,
Arise! (Be seen!)
 
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