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Daily Bread - September 10, 2018
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Monday, 10 September 2018 11:28
Ephesians 4:3 - Giving diligence to keep the oneness of the Spirit in the
bond of peace,

Part 2: Keeping the Oneness of Spirit in the Bond of Peace - 1 of 2

Only by yielding ourselves to the miracle work of the Holy Spirit are we
able to have unity with God and one another. (John 17:21-23; Ephesians 4:4;
1 Corinthians 1:9-13). The oneness, or unity, of the Spirit has been
provided for the believers through salvation and baptism in the Holy
Spirit. If the Church is going to function properly, we must guard against
anything that would oppose oneness. When anyone begins to function outside
of humility, meekness, longsuffering, forbearance, and love, they have
stepped outside the will of God, and begin to violate the Body and Person
of Christ Jesus.

Our responsibility is to guard ourselves against the snares and the
temptations of the devil that would lead us astray into self-exaltation and
strife. Demonic manifestations directly opposed to the unity of the Spirit
are strife, envy, and divisions (James 3:16). We must understand the
strategy of Satan is to prevent, or to STOP, the unity that is essential
for the Body of Christ to function properly (1 Corinthians 1:10, 12:12-27;
Romans 12:16; Philippians 3:16). Therefore, it is essential to resist every
contrary thing opposing the ways of God and submit to lowliness and
meekness.

With all humility, meekness, and patience, bear with one another in love!
(Ephesians 4:2)
 
Daily Bread - September 8, 2018
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Monday, 10 September 2018 10:19
Ephesians 4:3 - Giving diligence to keep the oneness of the Spirit in the
bond of peace,

Part 1: Giving Diligence

Diligence is a word often used in the Bible, and is associated with
discipline and focus. It is unfortunate how many may be diligent and
focused with respect to academics, business, and athletics, but as soon as
the same kind of disciplines are applied to walking with the Lord and doing
those things that our Heavenly Father has called us to do, it is labeled as
"religious." That ploy should be easily discerned. Being diligent about the
things of God is evidence that you are being led by the Holy Spirit and
seeking those things which are above instead of that which is earthly
(Matthew 6:33; Colossians 3:1; 1 Corinthians 15:10).

The notion of being zealous and passionate about the gifts and callings of
God is embodied in the word 'diligence', which may be found in excess of
124 times with more than half of the occurrences existing in the New
Testament. Greek words we translate as "diligence" are words like
'spoudazo,' 'spoude,' and 'ekzeteo.' These words are found in the context
of Hebrews 11:6, where we are told that the Lord rewards those who
diligently seek Him. They are also in 2 Peter 1:5 & 10, where we are
exhorted to make our calling and election sure by giving all diligence to
the development of the virtues that the Holy Spirit supplies. We can expand
the call to diligence even more when we include words like 'zeto,' which is
a call to passionately run after or seek (Matthew 6:33, 7:7; 1 Corinthians
14:12). At the heart of these words is a hunger and a thirst for all those
things Father has freely supplied through Christ Jesus, but will only be
fully realized when we seek after them with all that is within us.

As the elect of God, we are to "put on" (enduo) Christ Jesus. We are to be
clothed with His virtue, glory, mercy, kindness, humility of mind,
meekness, and longsuffering - all of which testify to the rulership of the
Holy Spirit in our lives (Colossians 3:12; Romans 13:14; Galatians 3:27,
5:22-23; 2 Peter 1:4-8; 2 Corinthians 6:6; Romans 12:19-21). We find that
lowliness and meekness, as wonderful virtues and fruits of the Spirit, are
central to the message Jesus would have us learn and follow Him in (Matthew
11:29; Philippians 2:3-5). To have these things of the Spirit expressed in
our lives demands an active participation of our will with the Holy
Spirit's will. He has come to lead, guide, teach, and empower us, but we
must follow. If we yield ourselves to Him, then He will provide us with an
unlimited flow of all that belongs to God (John 7:38-39; Galatians 5:16,
25; Romans 8:14, 16).

Give all diligence to make your calling and election sure, and allow Him to
work in you mightily to do it! (2 Peter 1:10; Colossians 1:29)
 
Daily Bread - September 7, 2018
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Friday, 07 September 2018 11:05
Ephesians 4:2 - ...with all humility and meekness -with longsuffering,
forbearing one another in love.

The Greek word translated 'humility' in this verse may be rendered as
"humility" or "lowliness of mind." This word is derived from two Greek
words: 'tapeinos,' meaning "low degree," and 'phren,' meaning
"understanding." The Greek word 'phren' also refers to the faculty of
perceiving and judging. God's people are not to have high thoughts of
self-exaltation, thinking that they are better than another. We are called
to bless and show mercy in this present age (Romans 12).

Be clothed with humility! (1 Peter 5:5; Acts 20:19; Proverbs 15:33, 22:4)
 
Daily Bread - September 6, 2018
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Thursday, 06 September 2018 11:13
Ephesians 4:1 - I call to you myself, as the prisoner of the Lord, to walk
worthy of the calling to which you are called,

The Greek root 'kaleo,' which means "call," is used three times in this
verse. It appears in the form 'parakalo' meaning "I call to." Next, it is
in the form of the noun 'klesis,' meaning "calling," and finally in the
verb form 'eklethete,' meaning "your calling."

To walk worthy of the calling should be the desire of everyone's heart who
is in love with the Father. To be pleasing and fruitful in every good work
is certainly a requirement of following Jesus (Colossians 1:10; John 8:29;
Luke 9:23; Romans 12:1). Bringing honor to the Name of the Lord is the
disposition of the Son, Christ Jesus, and should be the disposition of
every son that has been brought into this glory (Hebrews 2:10; 1
Thessalonians 2:12).

Paul has described the opportunities God has given to us in the loftiest
terms. We have been blessed with all spiritual blessings in the Heavenlies
and brought into a fellowship of love that would allow us to be filled with
all of God's fullness (Ephesians 1:3, 3:18-19). To step into this realm God
calls sacred and holy demands the greatest response of humility and
lowliness on our part. Humility, meekness, and lowliness are the
dispositions of the Son (Matthew 11:29). If we are to walk in the heights
of God's glory, then we must be willing to allow this same mind that was in
Christ Jesus to also be in us (Philippians 2:5).

Allow God to work in His calling in you mightily (Philippians 2:13;
Colossians 1:29)
 
Daily Bread - September 5, 2018
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Thursday, 06 September 2018 11:12
Ephesians 3:21 - Unto Him be glory in the Church by Jesus Christ throughout
every generation, forever and forever. Amen!

The Glory of God in the Church (Part 2):

Christ Jesus established the Church by baptizing it with the Holy Spirit
and fire (Acts 2:3-4, 33; John 7:37-39; Matthew 3:11; Luke 3:16). It is
this glory of Jesus which only the Holy Spirit can express that is in every
generation -not just the first century church! Jesus loves and cherishes
His Church, and washes and cleanses it with the water of His Word so it
might be spotless, without wrinkle, and clothed with the majesty of His
perfection and glory for all the world to see (Ephesians 5:26-27).

He stands in the midst of His church with mercy and judgment, yet many
would make it little more than a social club (Matthew 18:20; Revelation
1:1-3:22). Every kind of spiritual violation can be found in His holy
place, especially the sowing of discord among the brethren, which God
abhors (Proverbs 6:16-19). Men defy the authority God has placed in His
Church, and think they can treat the apostles, prophets, evangelists,
pastors, and teachers however they feel like treating them and get away
with it. There is anarchy, sedition, strife, and the pride of life ruling
everywhere -and yet we dare call it the Church of Jesus Christ? The Church
of Jesus Christ is under the leadership of Jesus Christ, and taught and
instructed by the Holy Spirit. Men had better learn to fear, for Father
will not tolerate this disgracing of His Son for long. If the Church you
are in is truly the Church of Jesus Christ, then men eat and drink
damnation to their soul when they do not discern the Body of Christ (1
Corinthians 11:29; Romans 12:5; 1 Corinthians 10:16, 12:12, 27; Ephesians
4:12). God is jealous over His sacred things. He will not allow them to
continually be desecrated. He will glorify the Name of His Son, no matter
what it takes. Men must learn to fear if they are ever going to see the
glory of God in His House.

God is in His House, let all the Earth keep silence. If we are truly the
Church yielded to the Lord, then the Holy Spirit builds us up together as a
holy habitation for God (Ephesians 2:22; Habakkuk 2:20). God demands that
those who have been made the shepherds, the rulers, and the authorities in
His House both teach and demand the proper conduct and disposition in the
saints (Ephesians 4:11-13; Hebrews 13:7, 17, 24; 2 Timothy 3:16, 4:2). It
is by knowing the love of Christ that passes knowledge, that we find
ourselves filled with all God's fullness and there may be glory in the
Church by Jesus Christ (Ephesians 3:18-21). It is by being filled with the
Spirit that we are given the divine disposition to submit ourselves one to
another in the fear of God -and come to value how sacred the Church really
is (Ephesians 5:18-32).

Let Your glory be fully revealed in Your Church, oh Lord! (Isaiah 40:5,
60:1; Mark 1:15)
 
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