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Daily Bread - November 7, 2018
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Wednesday, 07 November 2018 08:05
John 6:56 - He that eats My flesh, and drinks My blood, dwells in Me, and I
in him.

Mutual Indwelling - Part 3: Jesus, Our Life & Ability!

As we give ourselves to dwelling in Him, recognizing that He also dwells in
us, we understand we live by His life presence. We grow and mature in
knowing He not only supplies the life, but also the power God desires to be
revealed through our lives. We come to fully recognize that He is not only
our Savior and life giver, but also our ability and power. When healing
needs to take place, Christ Jesus is present to heal. We do not look to
ourselves as the source of the miracle needing to be done; but rather, we
know the miracle worker is in us, and we are in Him; and He will do the
miracle through us even as the Father performed miracles through Jesus!

Believing on His Name takes on an entire new dimension when we recognize it
is the same as believing it's the living presence of Jesus that will act on
our behalf. Thus, we do not wonder of the power we may have, or look to
ourselves in any way for the faith to cast out devils; but we live in the
living faith of Christ Jesus, Who dwells in us, and we in Him. The faith of
the New Covenant is Christ in us (Colossians 1:27; Galatians 2:20; John
17:21-23). And to be convinced of Christ Jesus living in us is to be
certain that He not only has the power to do the work, but is also present
to do it. Yet, the condition is simply to believe the Good News and accept
that He dwells in us, and in response dwell in Him (John 15:4). What could
speak louder of our need to recognize this divine opportunity and credit
every part of all God does in our lives to Christ Jesus?

Our continual consecration should resound with "its not me that does the
work, but Christ Jesus Who is in me." It is only in this realm of
relationship that the fruits of the faith can be manifested through our
lives (John 15:4-7) -the faith that both speaks and reveals, "the life that
I now live, I live by the faith of the Son of God." The reality of this
opportunity given to the believers must be highly valued above all other
things and properly attended to everyday for the union to find its full
revelation and expression through our lives. Through the acceptance of the
gift of union with Christ Jesus and the accompanying word of faith that
Father is in Christ Jesus, we are made perfect in one (John 17:23). Through
not only receiving this union, but living it out, the world will know Who
Jesus is!

Refuse all vain and deceitful philosophy after the elementary forces of
this world, and instead live by the faith of the Son of God! (Colossians
2:6-10; Galatians 2:20)
 
Daily Bread - November 6, 2018
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Tuesday, 06 November 2018 08:03
John 6:56 - He that eats My flesh, and drinks My blood, dwells in Me, and I
in him.

Mutual Indwelling - Part 2: Living By Jesus

The Father had sent Jesus, and He lived by the Father; so now those who
will receive the miracle of salvation will live by Jesus just as He lived
by the Father. The Lord Jesus revealed this all in the context of the
people asking Him for a sign. He compared Who He was to the manna in the
wilderness, but revealed how He was the true bread that brought the very
life of God into our lives. Just as they depended on manna to live, we
depend on Him for His life. The partaking of the life of Jesus could have
not been given in stronger terms than to refer to His life as His flesh and
blood -a terminology already established in the First Covenant to describe
the life of the soul (Leviticus 17:11). Until we have this union with
Christ, we are dead in our trespasses and sins. When we are joined unto
Him, we have His life -eternal life!

Refuse all vain and deceitful philosophy after the elementary forces of
this world, and instead live by the faith of the Son of God! (Colossians
2:6-10; Galatians 2:20)
 
Daily Bread - November 5, 2018
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Monday, 05 November 2018 07:24
John 6:56 - He that eats My flesh, and drinks My blood, dwells in Me, and I
in him.

Mutual Indwelling - Part 1: Oneness With God

Fundamental to our relationship with God and communion with Christ Jesus is
the revelation of the oneness God has granted us with Himself. Jesus said,
"If any one eats My flesh and drinks My blood, then he dwells in Me, and I
in him." (John 6:56). This statement clearly reveals the faith of the New
Covenant and the miracle that comes by faith. The life that comes into the
believer through the miracle of salvation is the life of Christ Jesus, the
life of the Son. Being saved and made a child of God results in a mutual
indwelling (John 17:23, 14:20, 23; 1 John 3:24; 2 Corinthians 13:5).

The Gospel and miracle of faith provides the great exchange of our lives
for His, so we can confidently and boldly say: "For me to live is Christ!"
This miracle of faith brings the ever-abiding presence of Christ Jesus into
our lives with the manifestation of His life and power through us. If we
partake of Christ Jesus, then we will live by Him (John 6:57). As we lay
hold on the reality of this miracle of faith, we will cease to live by our
own ability and begin to more fully live by Him. Doubt and unbelief, which
only hopes Christ Jesus will hear our prayer and come and help us, will no
longer have rule over us. Instead, we will know we are the temple where He
dwells; and out of His own life and glory, we have all God's promises
fulfilled in our lives!

Refuse all vain and deceitful philosophy after the elementary forces of
this world, and instead embrace the boldness and access we have through the
faith of Christ Jesus! (Colossians 2:6-10; Ephesians 3:12)
 
Daily Bread - November 3, 2018
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Monday, 05 November 2018 07:24
Ephesians 4:26-27 - Be angry and sin not -let not the sun go down on your
anger, and give no place to the devil.

God wants us to have great boldness in the faith and authority in the
Spirit. If we give Satan any advantage, it will impact our confidence
towards God, and affect our boldness and authority in Christ (1 John 2:28,
3:19-21). If Satan is given the slightest opportunity, He will take
advantage of us in every way he can (2 Corinthians 2:11). To help clarify
the point, one accurate way to translate this verse is: "Do not give the
accuser any standing room." Satan can gain an advantage to condemn us if we
give place to sin. Whether it is relationship issues, anger, corrupt
communication, bitterness, wrath, rage, arguments, slander, or malice
-Satan will use whatever open door we give him to attempt to kill, steal,
and destroy (Ephesians 4:25-31; John 10:10). All these things are
opportunities for Satan to condemn us and bring reproach to our
relationship with the Lord Jesus.

Furthermore, all sin grieves the Holy Spirit; and the last thing that we
want to do is to offend our Teacher, Mentor, and the Lover of our souls!
There is immeasurable forgiveness with God if we sin, but something bigger
is at stake -our effectiveness in the Kingdom. We must recognize we have
been given a divine opportunity to be trained in the conduct and authority
of Christ; we cannot allow Satan to interfere. We are of the household of
God and His representatives on the Earth. We are called to greatness as
those who represent the King, Christ Jesus. The Holy Spirit empowers us to
do the works of Jesus, and in every way invade the territory of Satan -to
destroy his strongholds and render his works powerless. We have been called
by God to cast out devils and run Satan and his demonic powers off wherever
we find them. Let us walk in the authority we have been given so that all
the wonderful things of Heaven may be displayed through our lives. Satan
looks for ways to neutralize the impact God has ordained for us to have, so
we cannot afford to be ignorant of his devices.

Awake to righteousness, and don't sin; but rather be endued with the life
of Christ Jesus making no provision for the flesh or vain and deceitful
philosophy after the elementary principles of this world! (1 Corinthians
15:33-34; Romans 13:14, Colossians 2:6-10)
 
Daily Bread - November 2, 2018
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Monday, 05 November 2018 07:23
Ephesians 4:25 - For this reason, lay aside lying, speak the truth everyone
with his neighbor, for we are members one of another.

There is no question as to God's expectation of those who have been created
in God's likeness. We are to always tell the truth, and there can be no
cheating or stealing in any form. Those things we have agreed to do must be
done without allowing any short cuts, which would include an honest day's
work for those who hired us. We must not give any place to the devil by
committing any acts of sin. God's people are characterized by truth,
righteousness, and holiness now and in the New Jerusalem (Zechariah 8:1-15;
Romans 14:17; Ephesians 4:24; Luke 1:74-75; Revelation 21:22-26; Matthew
13:43).

To utilize this passage of Scripture as proof that men continue to possess
an evil nature after being born again is not only a violation of the
context, but also a violation of faith. Every person that has been born
again can choose to agree with unholy things. Even as Adam chose to disobey
God, so can we. The worst things are wrong models and examples from leaders
that would by conduct, and even word, make wrong behavior acceptable.

The Word of God ought to provide faith and power to the hearer. If we hear
wrongly or believe things that are not true, then we are robbed of the
divine power and ability that comes by the Word of God. It is the Word of
God that produces faith in the hearers so that supernatural results may be
realized in our lives. Whether it is healing for the body or authority over
all of sin and the power of darkness, it is by believing and acting on the
Word of God that divine results are produced.

Be endued with the life of Christ Jesus and make no provision for the
flesh, the rudiments of the world, or the philosophies of men! (Romans
13:14, Colossians 2:6-10)
 
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