Daily Bread - October 4, 2019 (The Sixth Day - Genesis 1:24-31)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Friday, 04 October 2019 07:03
1 John 4:17 - In this the love is perfected within us: that we may have
confidence in the day of judgment, because as He is, so are we in this
world.

Part 4 ~ Part of the Family of God

Through the new birth, we were given the life of Jesus. We are now to dwell
in the light as He is in the light (1 John 1:7). We are to walk as He walks
(1 John 2:6). We are to be pure even as He is pure (1 John 3:3). Because we
are in Him and He is in us, we are as He is in this present life that we
now live (1 John 4:17). We are not of this world, even as He is not of this
world (John 8:23, 14:17, 15:19, 17:14, 16). We have been begotten of God
the Father to be a part of the family of God and live the life of the Son.
 
Daily Bread - October 3, 2019 (The Fifth Day - Genesis 1:20-23)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Thursday, 03 October 2019 06:10
1 John 4:17 - In this the love is perfected within us: that we may have
confidence in the day of judgment, because as He is, so are we in this
world.

Part 3 ~ The Source of Confidence

What greater confidence could the child of God have on the day of judgment
than to be fully developed in His love -both receiving it and expressing
it. Knowing we belong to God and God belongs to us removes all concerns,
for He is our life and joy. The abiding union with God, and the absolute
assurance of God's love for us, brings great confidence and boldness to our
hearts.

Knowing we are His purchased possession -and His dwelling place- removes
all condemnation and fear. Being thrilled to walk with Him each day, and
being empowered to live out the abundant life, establishes an
ever-increasing relationship with the deepest bond of lasting love. We are
able, both now and on that day, to draw near with a true heart - in full
assurance of faith, having all boldness (Hebrews 10:19)!

Being on God's side and rejoicing in the abundant life He has provided, and
being so honored to live the life of Jesus, makes all the difference. To
think for a moment that it's some terrible yoke to live the life of Jesus,
and be even as He is in this world, is to miss the joy and freedom of the
relationship altogether (Proverbs 13:15; Matthew 11:28-30; 1 John 4:17,
5:3).
 
Daily Bread - October 1, 2019 (The Third Day - Genesis 1:9-13)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Tuesday, 01 October 2019 16:51
1 John 4:17 - In this the love is perfected within us: that we may have
confidence in the day of judgment, because as He is, so are we in this
world.

Part 1 ~ Love Is The Key!

The most yielded state of the heart is being at rest, knowing that you are
loved. God wants us to know His love. In this state of confidence and
faith, we will receive everything Jesus wants to transmit into our hearts
by the Holy Spirit (John 16:12-15; Romans 5:5).

When Father wanted to convince Abraham of the things He promised, He swore
an oath to Him. Today, He has even done something greater for us. In order
to convince us of His love and commitment to us, He sent His only begotten
Son to die for us at Calvary. We must respond to His love and accept the
fact that He loves us and cares for us so intensely He spared not His Own
Son for our sakes (Romans 8:32).

Love is the key to walking in the fullness of the expression of God. We can
know the love of Christ that passes knowledge, and thereby be filled with
all the fullness of God (Ephesians 3:18-19). Living in and expressing this
love of God that has been poured into our hearts by the Holy Spirit is the
witness that God dwells in us and we dwell in Him (Romans 5:5).
 
Daily Bread - September 30, 2019 (The Second Day - Genesis 1:6-8)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Monday, 30 September 2019 06:27
1 John 4:16 - And we know and believe the love that God has for us. God is
love, and he that dwells in love dwells in God, and God dwells in him.

John makes the confessing of Jesus being the Son of God and the Savior of
the world equivalent to dwelling in love -for both result in the believer
dwelling in God and God dwelling in the believer. God so loved the world
that He gave His only begotten Son - a love that is realized when we obey
Him and are born again (John 3:3-6, 14:21). We are now commanded to remain
in the love and allow that love to be perfected in us.
 
Daily Bread - September 28, 2019 (The Seventh Day - Genesis 2:1-3)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Saturday, 28 September 2019 08:14
1 John 4:15 - Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwells in
Him and he dwells in God.

Once again, John makes one of the most repeated statements in his writings,
"God dwells (or lives) in you, and you dwell (or live) in God." The mutual
indwelling of God and His children is repeated four times in this first
epistle (1 John 3:24, 4:13, 15, 16). John has labored to provide the proofs
of what it means to be born of God and to have God dwelling in our lives.
He now connects this to a true confession and acknowledgment that Jesus is
the Son of God.

To confess that God sent His Son to be the Savior of the world, and that
Jesus is the Son of God, is also to confess that God lives in you and that
you live in God. Even as it was in the days of John, so it is today where
many want to confess only part of the truth and remain in the error of the
spirit of the world. God has given us great assurance through the ministry
of John, and John demands proofs. We can be confident that if we have
believed on the Lord Jesus Christ, we are empowered to fully live His life,
which is also to be part of our confession (1 John 2:5-6, 24, 27-28, 3:6,
24, and 1 John 4:12-13, 15-16, 5:20).
 
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