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Daily Bread - January 22, 2019 (The Third Day - Genesis 1:9-13)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Tuesday, 22 January 2019 19:35
Ephesians 6:11 - Be endued with the whole armor of God so that you can
stand against the craft of the devil.

Part 1: Be Endued

The Greek word 'enduo' means "to be clothed with." It is a word which
denotes the power of God coming on the saints, so they may receive power
and divine ability from God (Luke 24:49) "You shall be endued with power
from on high"). If we are going to walk in the authority of Jesus Christ
and be His representatives, then we must understand how to allow the Holy
Spirit to rush upon us and empower us with His ability to function as the
holy ones of God. His ability is supplied to us as we are endued with His
power. Some examples of where the word 'enduo' is used include: Romans
13:12, 14 "Be endued with the armor of light," and "But be endued with the
Lord Jesus Christ;" Galatians 3:27 "For as many as have been baptized into
Christ have been endued with Christ;" Ephesians 4:24 "And be endued with
the new man, which is created after God in righteousness and true
holiness;" Colossians 3:10, 12 "Be endued with the new, which is renewed in
knowledge after the image of him that created him," and "Therefore, be
endued as the elect of God, holy and beloved with bowels of mercy,
kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering;" 1 Thessalonians 5:8
"But let us who are of the day be sober, being endued with the breastplate
of faith and love, and for a helmet the confidence of salvation".

The Greek word 'enduo' translates the Hebrew word 'lavash', and is found
the first time in Genesis 3:21 "Unto Adam also and his wife did YHWH God
make coats of skins, and clothed (enduo) them." Here, in the very first
instance which this word occurs, it is in reference to that which God, in
His own goodness and grace, personally does for man . The word "endue" is
far more appropriate than "put on" because it directs the attention of the
reader to a supernatural provision of God, rather than to in any way
suggest something a person may do through his/her own efforts or religious
discipline. Even as Samson was equipped with the supernatural power to pick
up the jawbone of a male donkey and kill thousands of the enemies of God;
even so, the Holy Spirit will rush upon us and provide us with the armor of
God, to stand against all the forces of darkness (Judges 15:14-17;
Ephesians 6:11-13).

Be endued with the supernatural provision of God to represent Jesus today!
(Ephesians 4:24; Romans 13:14)

Special Note: Please be praying daily for our mission work in Kashmir!
 
Daily Bread - January 21, 2019 (The Second Day - Genesis 1:6-8)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Monday, 21 January 2019 11:13
Ephesians 6:10 - Finally, be powerful in the Lord, and in the strength of
His manifest power.

The Greek word translated "powerful" is 'endunamoo,' which is a compound
word of 'en' and 'dunamoo.' The Greek word 'dunamoo' is a verb derived from
the noun 'dunamis,' which is defined by its New Testament usage as the
power or divine ability given to the saints through baptism in the Holy
Spirit (Luke 24:49). There is no reason for the child of God to ever suffer
defeat. God, Who is faithful and cannot lie, has given us His power and
strength. In fact, this is a command directly from the Holy Spirit. God
demands that we be strong, or powerful. It is His spoken Word that produces
faith in those who hear. If we agree with God, we will find that the
omnipotent One has given us His power by the Holy Spirit.

The Greek word 'kratos' may be understood as "manifest power." It is
primarily used to describe God's power or strength in the New Testament
associated with a deed manifesting great power (Luke 1:51; Acts 2:22). It
may also be understood as the power to rule or control.

Be powerful in the Lord, and in the strength of His manifest power today!
 
Daily Bread - January 19, 2019 (The Seventh Day - Genesis 2:1-3)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Saturday, 19 January 2019 11:57
Ephesians 5:21 - Being submitted one to another in the fear of God.

Part 2 - Esteeming Others & Cooperating as One Body

Through the love and generosity of the Spirit of God in us, we do nothing
out of strife or vainglory, but in humility we esteem everyone better than
ourselves (Philippians 2:3). Even as Jesus laid His life down for us, we
lay our lives down for one another -this is the proper order of submission.
The father and husband is the leader of the house, and everyone in the
household is called of God to follow him in a godly manner. At the same
time, the head of the household would without hesitation esteem his wife
and children better than himself and lay down his life for them (Ephesians
5:23-6:4).

Submission also speaks to our responsibility to cooperate with everyone who
is engaged in the work of the Kingdom of God (Hebrews 13:17; Ephesians
4:11-12; 1 Corinthians 16:15-16). We are required to function as one body,
with all of the parts in perfect harmony with each other -something that is
only possible through a collective submission to our Head, Christ Jesus (1
Corinthians 12:12-27; Ephesians 4:16; Colossians 2:19). Only through our
union with Christ Jesus, and our submission to the Holy Spirit, that we can
function in such a holy relationship with each other. Oh, what a light that
would shine if we would walk in such love! With such a holy love and tender
care, all men would know that we are His disciples! (John 13:34-35; Matthew
7:16-17)

Be submissive one to another and clothe yourselves with humility, because
God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble. (1 Peter 5:5;
Proverbs 3:34)
 
Daily Bread - January 18, 2019 (The Sixth Day - Genesis 1:24-31)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Thursday, 17 January 2019 20:57
Ephesians 5:21 - Being submitted one to another in the fear of God.

The lives of those who are filled with the Spirit are marked by submission.
One of the chief attributes of the loving nature of God is servitude.
Through the servitude of Christ Jesus, we learn how to walk in oneness with
each other. A feature of this unity is a willingness to be submitted, or
subjected, to each other. God demands that we walk in submission to one
another (Ephesians 5:21; 1 Peter 5:5). The emphasis is placed on us being
in submission in the fear of God because there is a judgment against those
who hold the truth in unrighteousness.

Submission has its proper order and rank. For example, we can be certain
parents are not to be in submission to their children. The Greek word
itself means to "be arranged under." There is a divine order, and we should
be both in awe of it as well as participate with it. Within the framework
of the Kingdom of God, no one should desire to be lord or ruler over
another. Such behavior is inordinate. But instead, we reach for the unity
of the Spirit that reveals the glorious nature of Jesus, Who laid down His
life for us.

What we must recognize is God is the absolute authority, and He has placed
those whom He has chosen in authority, and He demands that we submit to
them (Hebrews 13:17). It is God who has established authorities (Daniel
4:17; Romans 13:1). Those whom God has placed in authority must be
committed to leading others as they are lead by the Holy Ghost. They cannot
be subject to everyone's opinions and "good ideas." We are commanded to be
led by the Spirit and to follow Jesus! The Holy Spirit places each member
in the Body according to His will. Christ Jesus is the One Who has given
the authorities of ministry who He then demands should both do their job
and command others to do theirs (1 Timothy 4:12; 2 Timothy 4:2; 1 Peter
5:2; Acts 20:28; Hebrews 13:17).

Be submissive one to another and clothe yourselves with humility, because
God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble. (1 Peter 5:5;
Proverbs 3:34)
 
Daily Bread - January 17, 2019 (The Fifth Day - Genesis 1:20-23)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Wednesday, 16 January 2019 22:12
Ephesians 5:20 - Giving thanks at all times for all things to God and the
Father in the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

The giving of thanks is not only recognizing that God is leading,
protecting, and providing for you, but it also accesses the realm of the
Spirit where miracles take place. The first time this word 'euchariteo,'
("giving thanks") is used in the New Testament is in Matthew 15:36. It was
by this giving of thanks that the miraculous event of the multiplication of
the seven loaves and a few fish took place. The very next time this word is
used is when Jesus took the cup on Passover: He gave thanks and declared,
"this is my blood of the New Testament" (Matthew 26:26-28). The blood and
body of Christ Jesus represent our communion and fellowship with God (1
Corinthians 10:16; John 6:53-58). It is this eucharist, or communion, that
should give us confidence that the Holy Spirit is leading and guiding us
into all truth. Therefore, whatever situation we find ourselves in, all
things are working together for our good (Romans 8:28).

There were many adverse situations that Israel found themselves in during
the first few months of their travel from Egypt to the Promised Land.
Unfortunately, they were unwilling to recognize that God was leading them
and protecting them; and as a result, they were unthankful and murmured
against the situation and their leadership, which ultimately was directed
at God Himself. There is a warning in the book of Hebrews that we should
not fall into the same state of unbelief, lest we end up like those
unthankful Israelites (Hebrews 3:7-19).

Romans 1:21 drives home the same point, emphasizing that a lack of
thankfulness is a chief characteristic of the unbeliever. A passage of
Scripture in Colossians that is almost a perfect match to this passage here
in Ephesians says, "whatsoever you do in word or deed, do it all in the
Name of Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by Him" (Colossians
3:17). If we will allow the Holy Spirit to fill us with the Heavenly realm,
then the Word of Christ will dwell in us, and we will view things from a
perspective of faith and realize all things are working together for our
good. Be certain of this, that whatever situation you find yourself in, God
is establishing and building confidence, persistence, faithfulness, and
trust through it.

Give thanks to God the Father always, for all things, and in whatever you
do or say in the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ! (Ephesians 5:20; Colossians
3:17)
 
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