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Daily Bread - March 28, 2018
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Wednesday, 28 March 2018 12:42
Ephesians 6:12 - Because we are not wrestling against flesh and blood; but
against principalities, against the authorities, against the rulers of this
world, the darkness of this age, against the spiritual iniquity in the
heavens.

Part 3: Freedom From The Darkness Of This Age

Darkness is a place of judgment. When Satan rebelled against God, he was
cast out of the presence of God. This realm of darkness and chaos is where
Satan rules. The judgment of darkness also came upon men when Adam and Eve
listened to the voice of Satan and died (Genesis 2:17; Romans 5:12; 1
Corinthians 15:21-22; Ephesians 2:1, 5; Colossians 2:13). The death that
came upon Adam and Eve at the point of their disobedience separated them
from the Life and Light in God; and they found themselves confined to a
realm where iniquity ruled supremely.

The darkness hides the glory of God, and blinds the eyes and minds of men
from seeing and knowing God (2 Corinthians 4:3-4; John 12:35; 1 John 2:11).
In this darkness, God is absent and His goodness unseen. Mankind has grown
so accustomed to the darkness that when the Light, Christ Jesus, came into
the world, men loved the darkness rather than the light, because they loved
evil (John 3:19). Jesus came to deliver mankind from death and darkness,
inviting all to come and follow Him into the Light of Life (John 8:12).
Through Christ Jesus, we are given power over the darkness and the ruler of
the darkness, so that mankind's eyes can be opened; and they can be turned
from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God (Acts 26:18). We
must recognize that darkness is a realm of the demonic, a holding place for
those whose judgment is eternal death (Matthew 8:12, 22:13, 25:30; Jude 13).

With joy and resolve, we should cast off the works of darkness and put on
the armor of light (Romans 13:12). There should be nothing more precious to
us than knowing and exercising our freedom to walk in the Light of Life.
Fellowship with the darkness of death should be the last thing any
liberated child of God should want to return to (2 Corinthians 6:14-18).
Those of us who were once in darkness, but are now Light, must be willing
to walk in the Light (Ephesians 5:8; 1 John 1:7; 1 Thessalonians 5:5;
Matthew 5:14). We must decide whose side we are on, and what realm we will
live in. God has translated us from the power of darkness into the Kingdom
of the Dear Son; but if we say we know Him and have fellowship with Him,
yet we walk in darkness, we lie (Colossians 1:13; 1 John 1:5-7). We should
rejoice in our liberation from death and darkness, and have no desire to
return to the prison of condemnation (1 Peter 2:9; Jude 12-13; Galatians
5:1)!

Whoever the Son sets free is free indeed. (John 8:36)
 
Daily Bread - March 27, 2018
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Tuesday, 27 March 2018 12:32
Ephesians 6:12 - Because we are not wrestling against flesh and blood; but
against principalities, against the authorities, against the rulers of this
world, the darkness of this age, against the spiritual iniquity in the
heavens.

Part 1: Angelic Principalities

We are engaged in a very real battle with angelic principalities. The Greek
word 'arche' is translated principalities, but is usually translated
'origin' or 'beginnings'. This word is the very first noun found in the
Bible, "In the beginning" (Genesis 1:1). However, it may be used to refer
to principalities and rulers for which the proper Greek word is 'archon',
an unrelated word to 'arche'. In effect, 'arche' should be translated 'the
origin' in context to the origin's of evil. These evil powers find their
origin in Satan and those mighty angels that he was able to deceive and
lead in opposition against God (Isaiah 14:12-15; Ezekiel 28:12-19; Luke
10:18; Revelation 12:4-9). Their deceit and rage against God is no less now
than when they began. It is their chief aim to lead all men in rebellion
against God, or to at least prevent men from knowing God. Although their
judgment is fixed, being finalized at the Cross, they would execute their
power to control as much of mankind as they are allowed to.

Each individual person determines if they are going to live for God, or be
controlled and manipulated by these angels of darkness. Those who have been
redeemed have been translated out of the realm of darkness into the Kingdom
of Christ (Colossians 1:13; Ephesians 5:8). We have been given all
authority in Jesus over every power of the Satanic to tread down and
destroy their works (Ephesians 6:10; Luke 10:19; Matthew 28:18; 1 John
3:8). We are seated with Christ in a Heavenly dominion over all the powers
of darkness, and gifted with a Heavenly ability and every spiritual
blessing to overcome and destroy the works of this fallen host (Ephesians
1:3, 1:17-23, 2:6; 1 John 3:8; John 14:12).

Stand fast, therefore, in the liberty wherewith Christ has made you free!
(Galatians 5:1)
 
Daily Bread - March 26, 2018
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Monday, 26 March 2018 07:58
Ephesians 6:12 - Because we are not wrestling against flesh and blood; but
against principalities, against the authorities, against the rulers of this
world, the darkness of this age, against the spiritual iniquity in the
heavens.

Part 1: Not Wrestling Against Flesh and Blood

There are two levels on which we must contend with the devil: on a personal
level, and also for all those that we are called to preach the Gospel to.
We are engaged in this battle against fleshly lusts that war against our
soul (1 Peter 2:11; 2 Corinthians 10:4). We are in an up-close and personal
conflict with the enemy of God and man as we wrestle against the powers of
darkness which are seeking to stop our influence. In Greek wrestling
matches, the loser would have his eyes gouged out. We are in a desperate
conflict for our sight and must have Spirit-knowledge to be successful. It
is Satan's desire to overthrow our effectiveness as the saints of God, and
so he continually wars against us. All those who Satan holds as prisoners
to sin, sickness, and disease (through the spiritual blindness he has
imposes upon them), we have been empowered to set free (Luke 10:19; Acts
26:18; Luke 4:18; 2 Corinthians 4:3-4). Therefore, Satan fights ruthlessly
to stop us. But, if we walk in the light as Christ Jesus is in the light,
and depend upon the Spirit of the Lord, then every power of darkness that
opposes the people around us will have to flee; for the darkness cannot
resist the light.

To be successful in our conflict, it helps to know as much as possible
about our enemy. This is why the intelligence corps of the army plays such
a vital role. The Bible gives us all the insight we need to understand how
Satan will try to stop us. The first information about him we need to fully
comprehend is that his very name "Devil" means accuser. He is the source of
all accusation, slander, and criticism - no matter what form it comes in.
It is vitally important we recognize that he will attempt to neutralize us
with this attack. Another one of his names is "Satan," which means
adversary. He is the source of the pride of life, rebellion, and arrogance.
He is a liar, a murder, and the one who creates divisions. We must
understand that every dimension of his nature comes as an offensive
designed to destroy us (or at least to neutralize us). Jesus has defeated
all the powers of darkness and assured us absolute victory in this
conflict, but we must walk in the Spirit. God has ordained that the light
of His glory shine through us, and that every demon power be cast out and
rendered ineffective by the Anointing He has given to us (Mark 16:17;
Matthew 5:14; Philippians 2:15; 2 Corinthians 1:21).

Walk circumspectly, and be wise! (Ephesians 5:15)
 
Daily Bread - March 24, 2018
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Saturday, 24 March 2018 11:41
Ephesians 6:11 - Be endued with the whole armor of God so that you can
stand against the craft of the Devil.

Part 3: Standing Against the Craft of the Devil

Demons will launch every kind of attack imaginable against the Church and
against God's people. The primary focus of the demonic attack is to destroy
the impact of the Anointing. Demonic powers will focus on the one that is
anointed of God in their efforts to stop the advancement of the Kingdom of
God. It is the Anointing (the manifest presence of God and divine ability
given to the believer) that overthrows demonic power and influence; so the
Anointing is always the focus of their attack (Isaiah 10:27; Matthew 12:28,
John 10:10; Matthew 2:13; Revelation 12:1-6). Their only hope, then, is to
lie against the truth, and to discredit those who function in the
Anointing. They will not only adversely affect the minds of people, but
also work to blind their hearts and minds so the light of the Gospel cannot
penetrate. All the darkness in the world cannot put out the smallest light,
but demon powers try to create a world of darkness and deception around men
so they cannot see (2 Corinthians 4:4; Revelation 12:17). Criticism,
strife, and divisions are some of the primary weapons that they use to stop
the flow of the Anointing. They launch propaganda campaigns against the
truth, the Church, and the ones that God has anointed. They are the powers
behind doubt and unbelief that will shut down the operation of the Kingdom
of God through people. When people are affected by doubt and unbelief, the
mighty works of Jesus are hindered from operating (Mark 6:2-5)

Demon spirits seek to lead people into sin and to separate them from God
(Genesis 3; Numbers 25; Romans 6:34). If they cannot completely separate a
person from the knowledge of the truth, then they will do whatever they can
to prevent maturity and the blessings of God from being realized. The only
defense against their deception is the Word of God. Even as Jesus gave
Himself to only living by the Word and standing fast in the truth, we must
do the same (Luke 4:4; John 6:63; 1 John 2:13-14). We must resist Satan
steadfast in the faith; for the faith has made us more than conquerors over
all the works of the Devil (1 Peter 5:8-9; 1 John 5:4-5; Romans 8:37). We
are to clothe ourselves with the new man, with the Lord Jesus Christ, the
armor of light, and the fire of the Holy Ghost (Ephesians 4:24; Romans
13:12-14). God has given to us His authority, His armor, the breastplate of
righteousness, and the helmet of salvation (Isaiah 59:17; Ephesians
6:10-18)(Also see Ephesians 6:11 - Parts 1 & 2). We must hold fast to the
identity of Christ and the character of the Holy Spirit, and walk in the
nature of God (Galatians 2:20; 2 Peter 1:3-11). If we will remain in union
with God, there is no devil in hell that can touch us, no power of darkness
that can stop us (1 John 5:18-21). In this place of fellowship with Jesus,
we will drive out Satan, having authority over all of his works; and there
will be no power of hell that can resist us (Mark 16:17; Luke 10:19; Acts
26:18; Matthew 28:18; Ephesians 1:20-21; Colossians 2:6-15; 2 Corinthians
2:14, 9:8; Romans 8:31-39; 2 Peter 1:10-11).

Having done all stand! (Ephesians 6:13)
 
Daily Bread - March 23, 2018
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Friday, 23 March 2018 07:36
Ephesians 6:11 - Be endued with the whole armor of God so that you can
stand against the craft of the Devil.

Part 2: The Armor of God

The whole armor of God is more than a metaphor. It is the supernatural
ability given to the saint to deal with every deceitful trick and
enticement Satan can bring against God's people. The armor of God is the
identity of Christ -the armor of light and the armor of righteousness on
the right and on the left hand (Romans 13:12, 14; 2 Corinthians 6:7). We
are endued (see Part 1) with the armor of God as we yield to the Holy
Spirit. Through the act of submitting ourselves to God, the Holy Spirit
becomes our shield and strength (James 4:7; Psalms 3:3, 18:35, 28:7, 33:20,
84:11).

Jesus has conquered all the power of Satan; and as we walk in Him, we have
authority over all the forces of the gates of hell. The Holy Spirit, Who
has come to lead and guide us, stands ready to protect and defend us
against everything Satan attempts to oppose us with. The Holy Spirit
empowers us with the shield of faith that quenches every fiery dart of the
wicked one (Ephesians 6:16). He gives to us Gospel shoes to tread over all
the power of the enemy so nothing can hurt us (Ephesians 6:15; Luke 10:19).

If we are willing to yield ourselves completely to the Holy Spirit and walk
in obedience to Him, then we will find the provision and strength for
everything we need to stand against our enemy, the Devil (Ephesians
6:10-18) The weapons of our warfare are so mighty that it is impossible for
a child of God to be defeated (James 4:7; 2 Corinthians 10:4; Psalms 60:12,
108:13; Romans 8:37). Though Satan wars against us and attempts to both
hinder and afflict the people of God, the anointing breaks the yoke (Isaiah
10:27).

Be endued with the armor of God (Romans 13:14; Galatians 3:27)
 
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