Daily Bread - March 14, 2019 (The Fifth Day - Genesis 1:20-23)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Thursday, 14 March 2019 16:32
1 John 1:6 - If we say that we have communion with Him, and walk in
darkness, we lie and do not the truth.

Fellowship with God is only made possible by the impartation of the life of
God. The life of God is imparted to us when we are born again. Through the
new birth, the Holy Spirit -Who now lives in us- leads us, teaches us, and
establishes us in all the ways of God. If we say that we have 'koinonia'
(κοινωνία), and yet walk in darkness, then we are lying, because we cannot
be interacting with God while sin reigns over us. There is no darkness in
God -He has no relationship with it any more than light has with darkness.
John makes it very clear in the 15th chapter of the Gospel of John that we
are to dwell in Him as a branch in the vine. Paul describes the new birth
in terms of being "in Christ" (2 Corinthians 5:17).

The first epistle of John uses a very simple and radical contrast to make
an absolute difference between those who know God, and those who do not
know Him. What could be more simple and clear than the differences between:
light and darkness, God and Satan, children of God and children of the
Devil, righteousness and sin, truth and lie. There certainly is no gray
area, and no place of transition or uncertainty. If you are in the light,
you are a child of God, and the fruits of righteousness are manifested -if
not, then you are a child of the Devil. Paul establishes the same contrast,
saying that we are righteous not unrighteous, light not darkness, of Christ
not Belial -the very temple of the Living God where He lives and dwells (2
Corinthians 6:14-18).

Keep yourselves from idols. Amen. (1 John 5:21)
 
Daily Bread - March 13, 2019 (The Fourth Day - Genesis 1:14-19)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Wednesday, 13 March 2019 05:33
1 John 1:5 - Now this is the message that we have heard of Him and declare
unto you: that God is Light and in Him is no darkness at all.

Part 2: Light vs Darkness

We cannot say that we are in Him, and we are in communion with Him, and
walk in darkness. As light represents God, His life, and His righteousness;
darkness represents Satan, his death, and his iniquity. The symbolisms of
light and darkness are laid out from the beginning. Earth was in a lifeless
and chaotic state because of sin and rebellion, and darkness was over the
face of this desolate and waste place (Genesis 1:2). When God commanded the
light to shine into the darkness, the darkness was removed, and the life
and creation of God began to spring forth. Darkness is the place of sin and
death, a place separated from fellowship with God. When Jesus came, the
light shone into the darkness, and the darkness vanished. There is absolute
division between light and darkness, and they can never mingle. Darkness is
the absence of light, and in this respect, it is the absence of the life of
God. All who will come to the light and receive the life of God may now
walk in 'koinonia' (κοινωνία), where there is no darkness at all.

Keep yourselves from idols. Amen. (1 John 5:21)
 
Daily Bread - March 12, 2019 (The Third Day - Genesis 1:9-13)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Tuesday, 12 March 2019 05:48
1 John 1:5 - Now this is the message that we have heard of Him and declare
unto you: that God is Light and in Him is no darkness at all.

Part 1: God is Light!

God is light and there is no darkness in Him. There is nothing that can be
as pure as light, for it is impossible to contaminate light. There is no
darkness in us, because we are now in Him, and no darkness can be in Him.
The contrast being made between light and darkness serves to absolutely
describe the state of God's truth, righteousness, holiness, and purity -
and the total absence of anything less. To have 'koinonia' (κοινωνία) with
Him is only possible in the realm of light, where there is no darkness. God
granted such holiness and purity to us when we received His life (1 John
1:7; Ephesians 4:24, 5:8; 2 Peter 1:3-4; Titus 2:11-14; Luke 1:74-75; 1
Thessalonians 5:5; 1 Peter 2:9; Psalm 89:15; Matthew 5:14-16).

Keep yourselves from idols. Amen. (1 John 5:21)
 
Daily Bread - March 11, 2019 (The Second Day - Genesis 1:6-8)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Monday, 11 March 2019 05:50
1 John 1:4 - And these things we write to you that your joy may be full.

Our joy is made full through the relationship that has been granted to us
by the gift of salvation (John 15:11, 16:24). This gift has made us holy
and acceptable to God, and brought about our union with Him, having
delivered us from all sin and condemnation (Romans 8:1; Colossians
1:13-14). The depth of the fellowship we have been given with God has no
limits (Ephesians 3:16-20). As we grow in grace, we come to realize that
through this wonderful act of God's love and mercy, He has made us one with
Himself, so that we may enjoy the beauty of His love that brings joy
unspeakable (John 1:16; Colossians 2:10, 4:12; 1 Peter 1:8).

The cares of this life would impose the burdens of earthly things and
unrealized dreams, but God has made a way for us to live in a Heavenly
realm and inherit His promises (Mark 4:19; Acts 26:18; Ephesians 1:13-14,
2:6-7; Philippians 3:20; Colossians 1:12, 3:1-4, 24; Hebrews 9:15; 1 Peter
1:4). We have been given the sweet fellowship ('koinonia'/κοινωνία) of the
Holy Spirit, who brings to us the indwelling presence of the Father and the
Lord Jesus Christ. Through this fellowship and the knowledge of all that He
has done for us, our joy is made full.

As we walk with the Holy Spirit every day, we discover more and more how
much God loves us (Ephesians 4:15; Colossians 2:19; 1 Thessalonians 4:10).
As we yield to the Holy Spirit and believe the love that God has for us, we
discover a joy unspeakable that floods our souls (Ephesians 3:18-19; 1
Peter 1:8; 1 John 4:16). It is a great joy to discover how Father has taken
us and brought us into the shelter and comfort of oneness with Himself
(John 14:16, 20, 23, 15:4, 10, 17:21, 23; 1 John 3:24; Psalm 91:1-2).

Today, you can realize more of this fullness of joy by embracing what God
has said about you. Father wants us to believe what He has done for us
through His Son Christ Jesus. We are part of the family of God, and His
heirs (John 20:17; Romans 8:15-17, 29; Galatians 4:6; Hebrews 2:11). We
should fully embrace His love and the report He has given of His Son and
say, "I'm in Him, and He's in me" - this is how our joy is made full (John
6:56; 1 John 4:13, 17).

Keep yourselves from idols! (1 John 5:21)
 
Daily Bread - March 9, 2019 (The Seventh Day - Genesis 2:1-3)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Saturday, 09 March 2019 10:55
2 Peter 1:3-4 - As His Divine Power has given us all things pertaining to
life and godliness through the knowledge of the One calling us through
glory and virtue. Through which precious and exceeding great promises are
given to us that through these you may be partakers of a divine nature
having escaped from the corruption in lust in the world.

The most important message to the Church today is for each person to know
their need to receive the life of Christ Jesus. It sounds like a message
for the lost, but it has become an essential message for the Church.
Somehow, we have lost our way and have failed to realize how, when we were
born again, we received the life of Christ. We received an amazing gift
when we were born of the Spirit and made a new creation -we became
partakers of the divine nature (2 Peter 1:4)!

Each person must come to evaluate themselves and prove if Christ is in
them. If we live our own life, we will surely loose it; but if we are
willing to receive the life God desires for us to live, then we will keep
it for all the ages to come throughout eternity (Matthew 16:24-25). People
say, "I'm only human," and look for excuses and reasons to live their lives
the way they choose; but everyone must come to realize how each person is
called by God to live a new kind of life -we are called to live the life of
Jesus! We must forsake an earthly and worldly view of ourselves, no longer
knowing ourselves after the flesh, but after that which is new and of the
Spirit (2 Corinthians 5:16-17). We were bought with the price of the blood
of Jesus, we are not our own. We belong to the One Who purchased our
salvation and raised us from the prison of spiritual death.

Christ Jesus died at Calvary to give us His life. He poured out His blood
so the stronghold of death and separation from God could be broken. He gave
us His Holy Spirit and recreated us as new men so we could live His life.
This is the Gospel message -we are given the opportunity to walk in newness
of life which is the the very life of God. The gift of salvation is
certainly an "unspeakable gift" going far beyond what we could ever think
or ask (Ephesians 3:14-21). It is almost more than we can dare to express
when we consider how the Holy and Almighty God has made us one in
relationship with Himself. Our relationship extends beyond that of just a
family member, for we have been made the dwelling place of God. God has
made known the mystery of the fellowship and it's joy unspeakable -Christ
Jesus is in us and we are in Him! We are not only sons and daughters of
God, but are also in a covenant relationship together as His people. As a
man takes a wife, and they become one through relationship; even so, as the
Church, the household of faith, we are bone of His bone and flesh of His
flesh (Ephesians 5:8, 30-32)!

To Him be the glory in the Church and in Christ Jesus throughout all
generations, forever and ever. Amen. (Ephesians 3:21)
 
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