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Daily Bread - November 17, 2018
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Saturday, 17 November 2018 07:32
Ephesians 4:32 - But having kindness to one another, being tenderhearted,
forgiving one another even also as God through Christ has forgiven you.

Division and strife must not be allowed to exist among us as the household
of faith. Our fellowship with one another is supposed to be out of the
depths of the Father's love. If we allow bitterness in our lives, then it
will spring up and defile everyone who comes in contact with it (Hebrews
12:15). There are many people who have been hurt and offended, and we must
be loving and forgiving; but at the same time, we must insist that these
violations against walking in love are not tolerated. God does not run out
of forgiveness and mercy for those who are sorry for their bad behavior,
and neither should His saints (Matthew 18:21-22). We patiently and
affectionately deal with others to help them realize what is good and what
is evil (2 Corinthians 2:7-8; Galatians 6:1).

When we consider the topic of wickedness, we are drawn to the conclusion
that these are desperate and grievous acts against others. Anger, yelling,
and slander may seem less than wicked by some people, but God views them
differently. We are called to honor and love one another. If we carry hurt
or offense, we may find ourselves carried away with these wrong behaviors.

There are also those who are so insecure that the only way that they think
they can gain acceptance is to assassinate others through gossip. Such a
person must not only be instructed against their inappropriate behavior,
but strengthened and loved in such a way that their insecurity becomes a
thing of the past. What may start off as a selfish and self-centered issue
quickly comes under the influence of an evil spirit unless it is recognized
and repented of.

Both learning and teaching others how to walk in the tender-hearted love
and forgiveness of God is central to the Gospel and the development of the
local church. Each of us must walk in this love so that we don't allow hurt
to turn into bitterness. Teaching and ministering the things of the Spirit
are also done by our behavior. The most important thing we must minister as
we are teaching others to observe all that Christ Jesus has commanded us is
the love of Christ (Matthew 28:20; John 13:34-35). If we walk in the
Spirit, then we will walk in the love of Jesus. If we will do those things
that God has commanded us to do, then we will forgive even as God has
forgiven us (Colossians 3:13). Therefore, we must realize that all of us
must continue to both love and forgive those who are causing any kind of
problem. As long as someone is willing to repent and they desire to learn
the ways of God, we are instructed to forgive them four hundred-ninety
times per day (Matthew 18:21-22).

Let love and mercy reign! (John 13:34-35, 15:12-17; 1 Timothy 1:5; 1 Peter
1:22; 1 John 3:11, 4:7-21)
 
Daily Bread - November 16, 2018
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Friday, 16 November 2018 07:36
Ephesians 4:31 - Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, yelling, and slander be
lifted from you, along with all wickedness.

Regarding the phrase "be lifted from you", the same Greek word 'airo' is
used in Mark 16:18 "...you shall take up serpents." It is also translated
"taken away," as in 1 Corinthians 5:2 "...that he that has done this deed
might be taken away from you." It is essential to remember God has not
called us merely to a place of self-discipline and legal struggle against
sin, but to a realm of walking in the Spirit where we are both aided and
empowered with the mighty power of the Holy Spirit to deal with all of the
wiles of the devil (Ephesians 6:10-11). When we yield ourselves to the Holy
Spirit, He lifts these oppressive things off of us.

When we deal with these types of attitudes and dispositions, God gives to
us the love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
meekness, and temperance of the Holy Spirit rushing through our passions
and emotions as rivers of living water to lift up and carry away every
inappropriate and ungodly response. However, we must remember God does not
do this against our will. We must actively yield our members to the Holy
Spirit and let the living God fill us with the good things of Heaven. Our
lives are to be weapons of righteousness unto God as we yield to all those
things that pertain to life and godliness, brotherly love, kindness,
gentleness and peace (Romans 6:12-14; 2 Peter 1:3-8).

Build up yourself in your most holy faith, and keep yourself in the love of
God by the acknowledging of every good thing which is in you in Christ
Jesus! (Jude 20-21, Philemon 6)
 
Daily Bread - November 15, 2018
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Thursday, 15 November 2018 07:17
Ephesians 4:30 - And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by Whom you are
sealed unto the day of redemption.

Part 4 - Sealed by the Holy Spirit

We have been sealed by the Holy Ghost, marked by His presence, and placed
under His leadership. By the Holy Spirit, we have been stamped with the
character of God, and called to be conformed to His image (Romans 8:29).
The seal is the mark that we have been purchased by God and are under His
protection (1 Corinthians 6:20; 1 Peter 1:5). We are taught the ways of God
by the Holy Spirit, and it is imperative we learn to be sensitive to His
leadership. If we are hard-hearted and self-reliant, then we will grieve
Him. Even worse, if we continue to rebel against His conviction and resist
Him, we will eventually lose all possibility of hearing His voice (Matthew
13:15; Acts 28:27; Hebrews 3:8, 15, 4:7).

Give all diligence to making your calling and election sure! (2 Peter
1:3-11)
 
Daily Bread - November 14, 2018
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Tuesday, 13 November 2018 18:43
Ephesians 4:30 - And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by Whom you are
sealed unto the day of redemption.

Part 3 - Unity and Divine Love in the Church

In this passage, unwholesome speech is coupled with grieving the Holy
Spirit (v 29). Saying bad things against another brother or sister is one
of the ways to violate the nature of God and grieve the Holy Spirit. One of
the primary focuses of the Holy Spirit is to bring divine unity and oneness
to the Church (Ephesians 4:1-6, 15-16). Satan, the divider and accuser of
the brethren, does everything he can to stop such love -and we must be
careful not to participate with his evil (John 10:10; 1 Peter 5:8-9; 1
Corinthians 1:9-10; Romans 16:17-20; Revelation 12:10-11).

If we would only be devoted to walking in love and learning the love that
the Holy Spirit desires to teach us, we would find ourselves living in the
fullness of God. The fullness of God's glory and power would be accessed
and revealed through our lives if we would be devoted to these good things
(Ephesians 3:19; 1 John 4:16). God put the Holy Spirit in charge of leading
the people of Israel, that He might make unto Himself a glorious Name, and
He has sent the Holy Spirit to both live and dwell in us as His people
(Isaiah 63:14; John 14:16-17, 16:13-15). There is nothing like living in
the overwhelming spirit, soul, and body-shaking glory of the Holy Spirit!

Be filled with all the fullness of God! (Ephesians 3:16-21)
 
Daily Bread - November 14, 2018
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Tuesday, 13 November 2018 18:43
Ephesians 4:30 - And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by Whom you are
sealed unto the day of redemption.

Part 3 - Unity and Divine Love in the Church

In this passage, unwholesome speech is coupled with grieving the Holy
Spirit (v 29). Saying bad things against another brother or sister is one
of the ways to violate the nature of God and grieve the Holy Spirit. One of
the primary focuses of the Holy Spirit is to bring divine unity and oneness
to the Church (Ephesians 4:1-6, 15-16). Satan, the divider and accuser of
the brethren, does everything he can to stop such love -and we must be
careful not to participate with his evil (John 10:10; 1 Peter 5:8-9; 1
Corinthians 1:9-10; Romans 16:17-20; Revelation 12:10-11).

If we would only be devoted to walking in love and learning the love that
the Holy Spirit desires to teach us, we would find ourselves living in the
fullness of God. The fullness of God's glory and power would be accessed
and revealed through our lives if we would be devoted to these good things
(Ephesians 3:19; 1 John 4:16). God put the Holy Spirit in charge of leading
the people of Israel, that He might make unto Himself a glorious Name, and
He has sent the Holy Spirit to both live and dwell in us as His people
(Isaiah 63:14; John 14:16-17, 16:13-15). There is nothing like living in
the overwhelming spirit, soul, and body-shaking glory of the Holy Spirit!

Be filled with all the fullness of God! (Ephesians 3:16-21)
 
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