Daily Bread - August 24, 2019 (The Seventh Day - Genesis 2:1-3)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Saturday, 24 August 2019 12:40
1 John 3:19-22 - And by this we know that we are of the truth, and shall
assure our hearts before Him. Because if our heart convicts us, God is
greater than our heart and knows everything. Beloved, if our heart does not
convict us, then we have confidence before God. And whatever we ask of Him,
we receive, because we keep His commands and do what is pleasing in His
sight.

Part 2 ~ Empowered To Do What Is Pleasing In His Sight

Even though there are those who are vehemently vocal insisting such a walk
with God is not possible, the third chapter of the First Epistle of John
places us in a position with God where we are empowered to do everything
that pleases Him. This is one of the most radical chapters of the New
Testament that calls us to radical purity and righteousness, making
statements such as: "no one who sins has either seen Him or known Him,"
and, "everyone who commits sin is of the Devil" (1 John 3:6,8). Obviously,
if we do wrong (anything that is displeasing to the Father), our hearts
will convict us. Then we rejoice, that in that conviction we can run to
Jesus Christ the Righteous, and be cleansed from all of our sin and shame.

Most people today have settled into a mindset that condones sin and makes
it a part of everyday life. They would say, "We sin more or less every
day." However, John had a very different view of what it means to know
Jesus than many have today. The Lord has empowered us with His Word and
with His Spirit to live His life, the abundant life, the life of Jesus.
Paul, speaking of this divine empowerment, said they who walk in the Spirit
would not fulfill the lust of the flesh (Galatians 5:16). Jesus called us
to be perfect even as our Father in Heaven is perfect (Matthew 5:48). Peter
said we are to be holy even as He is holy (1 Peter 1:16). He also said we
have been given everything we need through the power of God to walk in life
and godliness (2 Peter 1:3-4).

God wants us to accept all He has done for us in Christ Jesus, and be
continually filled with the Spirit (Ephesians 5:18). If we are willing to
be continually filled, then we will find a continual manifestation of the
glory of His presence in our lives, and through His glory, we discover
union with God (John 17:22). In this union with God, we find an active
divine power and grace of God enabling us to walk in the light as He is in
the Light. We find ourselves at rest in His love, and empowered to be just
as He is in this world (1 John 4:17). We discover how our life is not our
own, but it is the possession of Christ Jesus; and in this revelation,
there is no condemnation (1 Corinthians 6:19; 1 John 1:7, 4:17).
 
Daily Bread - August 23, 2019 (The Sixth Day - Genesis 1:24-31)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Friday, 23 August 2019 20:39
1 John 3:19-22 - And by this we know that we are of the truth, and shall
assure our hearts before Him. Because if our heart convicts us, God is
greater than our heart and knows everything. Beloved, if our heart does not
convict us, then we have confidence before God.And whatever we ask of Him,
we receive, because we keep His commands and do what is pleasing in His
sight.

Part 1 ~ The OT Examples of Job and Enoch

There is no one who shines brighter as an example of a having a heart and
conscience that pleased God than Job. Job said, "Far be it from me to say
that you are right - till I die I will not put away my integrity from me. I
hold fast my righteousness and will not let it go. My heart does not
reproach me for any of my days" (Job 27:5-6). We can walk with God in the
most intimate fellowship, and find ourselves surrounded by His glory and
kept by His power. We have a cloud by day and a fire by night, a hedge of
His glory and power, and the whole armor of God. If we are willing to
surrender everything and walk in consecration to the ways of the Lord, He
will always be before us and on our right hand that we should not be moved.
Enoch walked with God and is a witness of how well man can please the Lord.
We too have the opportunity to know God; and as Enoch walked with God, let
us walk in the Spirit.
 
Daily Bread - August 22, 2019 (The Fifth Day - Genesis 1:20-23)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Thursday, 22 August 2019 05:27
1 Peter 2:21 - For you are called to this because also Christ suffered on
your behalf leaving you an example that you should follow after His
footsteps.

Jesus made it very clear how those who would be His disciples had to do
what He did. If they were to follow Him, then they would have to take up
their cross and deny themselves even as He denied himself. They would have
to love one another and be dedicated to doing the will of the Father just
as He was. Jesus made it clear to the Church that they were to overcome
even as He overcame (Revelation 3:21). John said, we are as He is in this
present world (1 John 4:17).

Jesus became our example and modeled what a son of God was suppose to be
like. He not only modeled son-ship, but also gave us the power to be the
sons of God (John 1:12). What Jesus demanded of his disciples 2000 years
ago is still the same for us today, "If anyone serve me, let him follow me;
and where I am, there my servant will also be, and my Father will prize
him" (John 12:26).
 
Daily Bread - August 21, 2019 (The Fourth Day - Genesis 1:14-19)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Wednesday, 21 August 2019 05:45
1 Peter 2:20 - For what sort of credit if you endure a beating for having
sinned; but if you do good and endure suffering, you have God's approval.

There was a time when the people of God were treated very severely by the
religious community and by the world. It is a terrible thing to be publicly
beaten as were Peter and the other apostles, Paul and Silas (Acts 5:41,
16:25). Their response, however, was one of joy and rejoicing in the Lord
that they were counted worthy to suffer for His Name's sake. There response
brought glory to the Name of Jesus and to the Church. They did not take up
arms and in revenge fight back; instead, they committed themselves to the
Lord and to His protection.

There are many who suffer daily for the Gospel of Jesus Christ around the
world and endure without complaint. Yet, in American and other countries
that enjoy the freedom of religion, we seem to find ourselves so
preoccupied with our own self-interest that if someone says something we
don't like, we immediately take offense and enter into some sort of strife.
As a pastor, I have discovered how very few people take anything patiently,
even when they can be proven wrong in their conduct. Rather, they rise up
in self-defense and make war. At what time will we all begin to value above
all other things the approval of God and cease to be so impacted by the
approval of men. When will we value humility and servitude the way that God
values it? God says if we suffer wrongfully and take it patiently, then we
have God's approval (John 5:44). We can be certain if we do not take it
patiently, we will not have Father's approval. We are called to lay down
our lives for the brethren and for the Church (1 John 3:16; John 13:35;
Ephesians 5:2; Galatians 5:13; and 1 Peter 1:22; 1 Corinthians 14:20).

If we are truly willing to walk in the love of Christ Jesus, then we would
be willing to die for the household of faith. Now, if we are willing to die
for each other, then surely we can stop fighting and squabbling with each
other. I never cease to be amazed at how many people sit around the Church
nurturing a wounded spirit and a spiteful disposition. The job of every
pastor is to get all of those who are wounded healed and to a place
spiritually where they can flow in the love of God. Let us be the light of
the world, the example to all mankind of what relationships are suppose to
look like -the community of saints who have perfect peace, never allowing
anything to offend us (Psalms 119:165; Isaiah 26:3; Philippians 2:5, 4:7;
Ephesians 4:3).
 
Daily Bread - August 20, 2019 (The Third Day - Genesis 1:9-13)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Tuesday, 20 August 2019 05:21
1 Corinthians 2:12 - But we have not received the spirit of the world, but
the Spirit of God, that we may know what has been bestowed to us by God.

Part 2 ~ The Spirit Of God Leads Us In The Word Of God

How do we find this walk? How do we learn to give ourselves over to the
direction and guidance of the Spirit of God? It is actually very simple:
all we must do is obey the Word of God. God's Word is our wisdom and our
knowledge. It is the power that created the Universe. It is living and
working mightily in those who believe. As we will walk in simple obedience
to the Word of God, we will discover ourselves taken over by the direction
and guidance of the Spirit of God. If we are going to enjoy all the
blessings He has blessed us with, and all the power and authority He has
vested in us, then we must understand how it all begins with simple
obedience to His Word.

The Spirit of God will lead us and guide us into all the truth, and it is
God's Word that is truth. It is the life and person of Jesus that is truth.
Many people recognize the importance of speaking by the Spirit, but equally
important is to speak according to the Word. It is also essential that we
walk in the Spirit and be lead by the Spirit, but equally essential that we
walk in the Word and are lead by the Word. For even as Jesus, Who is the
Word of God, and the Holy Spirit, Who has brought to us the Spirit of God,
are one and will always agree; even so the leading of the Spirit will
always agree with the Word of God. In fact, the work of the Holy Spirit is
to reveal Jesus Who is the Word made flesh; and it is also the work of the
Spirit to reveal the Word of God that instructs us in all the will of God
for our lives (2 Timothy 3:16; Hebrews 4:12; 2 Peter 1:19-21; Ephesians
4:15; and Romans 10:8, 17; Galatians 6:6; Philippians 2:16; and Ephesians
1:13, 5:26, 6:17; Colossians 1:5, 3:16; also 1 Thessalonians 2:13; James
1:18; 1 Peter 1:23, 25, 2:2).
 
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