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Daily Bread - April 8, 2017
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Saturday, 08 April 2017 08:54
1 John 2:19 - They went out from us, but they were not of us. If they had
been of us, they would have remained with us; but rather, that it might be
manifested that not everyone is of us.

Betrayal and broken fellowship is the hallmark of rejecting Jesus. Judas
was, of course, the model of this broken trust. We can also say that Satan,
who is also called the Devil, did a similar thing when he rebelled against
God. Everyone always has a legitimate reason as to why they can carry an
offense and not walk in love and submission; but with God and His church,
it is a manifestation of the heart.

One of the primary themes of the First Epistle of John is the love of the
brethren and the fellowship that results from being in Christ. John takes
the position early on in this Epistle that fellowship with the saints is a
proof of redemption and of fellowship with God, "If we walk in the light as
He is in the light, then we have fellowship one with another, and the blood
of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin" (1 John 1:7). The
fellowship that we have with the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit are
equated with the fellowship that we have with those who are begotten of God
(1 John 3:17, 4:12, 20, 5:2). If an individual does not have fellowship
with God, then he cannot have fellowship with those who are begotten of
God; and conversely, if there is no fellowship with the brethren, then it
is being manifested that -regardless of what a person believes or
says-there is no fellowship with God.

The First Epistle of John provides the proofs of fellowship to distinguish
between those who are of God and those who are deceivers. The chief
characteristic John gives of those who have been born of God is the love
they have for each another and the commitment they have to lay down their
lives for one another (1 John 4:7-8, 16; John 13:35).
 
Daily Bread - April 7, 2017
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Saturday, 08 April 2017 08:12
1 John 2:18 - Little children, it is the last time; and as you have heard,
the antichrist comes; and now, there are many antichrists here, whereby we
know that it is the last time.

The Antichrist Spirit - Part 2

The antichrist spirit has been at work fighting against the Anointing and
those that are anointed of God since the beginning of man (Genesis 3:1-6).
Satan's antichrist spirit has persecuted the Anointing no matter where it
is found. When Christ Jesus was born, the attack of Herod against every boy
under three years of age was Satan's ruthless attack to destroy the
Anointed One. After the resurrection of Jesus, the church went through one
of its greatest struggles as the saints of God were persecuted, hunted, and
killed. The powers of darkness have not let up. That same attack continues
to go on against the doctrines of God and all of those anointed with the
Holy Spirit. The sad thing is that these attacks are found within the ranks
of those who claim to be the church and to know Christ Jesus. We must not
be ignorant of Satan's devices. We must recognize that we are at war, and
in this struggle, against the forces of hell. We must be strengthened by
the Spirit of the Lord so that we can be strong for the fight (Ephesians
6:10-12). Satan would like nothing more than to erase from the earth any
witness of Jesus Christ which is supplied by the Holy Spirit. When the
power of the Holy Spirit is being revealed, nothing can be of greater
provocation to the kingdom of Satan. The primary focus of the antichrist
spirit is to eliminate all things that belong to Christ from the heart and
life of men. The attacks of the spirit of antichrist work alongside the
mystery of iniquity (2 Thessalonians 2:7).

Just as the spirit of hell tempted, and even lied against the truth in the
past, even so today men find themselves bombarded with lies and compromise
that leave them vulnerable to sin and iniquity. When we read of the beast
kingdoms of Daniel 7 and 8, and of Revelation 12, 13 and 17, we are allowed
to get a glimpse of the satanic assault that is against us now. We must
understand that the rage of the antichrist spirit will only continue to get
worse as the day of the Lord approaches until ultimately the 'man of sin'
himself will be revealed who will sum up everything that is antichrist (2
Thessalonians 2:3-4, 8-12). The 'antichrist' is referred to as 'the man of
perdition' or 'the one full of iniquity'. He is full of evil and terror. He
is everything that Satan can reveal of his character in a single man. He
rises up in a time when the transgression is full, when sin and iniquity
cannot get any worse (Daniel 8:23; Matthew 24:12). Let us rejoice, though,
for we now live in the age of the church; and if we are vigilant and sober,
we will defeat the powers of darkness everywhere they attempt to oppose us
because: greater is He that is in us, than he that is in the world! (1 John
4:4)
 
Daily Bread - April 6, 2017
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Thursday, 06 April 2017 10:09
1 John 2:18 - Little children, it is the last time; and as you have heard,
the antichrist comes; and now, there are many antichrist here, whereby we
know that it is the last time .

The Antichrist Spirit - Part 1

The word antichrist (antichristos) is only found in the First and Second
Epistles of John. However, one may associate this with the false Christ
(pseudochristos) of Matthew 24:24 and Mark 13:22. Additionally, this
concept is further extended by Paul when He warns the church not be drawn
away unto another Jesus (allos Iesous) (2 Corinthians 11:4). When we relate
the false Christ (pseodochristos) and an antichrist (antichristos) to the
concept of those who preach another Jesus, we become more aware of the
subtility of the deceptive trap that Satan uses to systematically erode the
truth. Thus, rather than radical substitution of the truth, men are
blindsided by a continual and progressive erosion of the truth.

When John speaks of many antichrists, he is dealing with a spirit that runs
contrary to both the person and revelation of Jesus. In like manner, Paul
identifies the spirit of antichrist as any teachings different from what he
taught about Jesus Christ. There are many today, in fact, who want Jesus to
be different than what He is revealed to be in the Scriptures -and
especially the revelation of Who He is in the book of Revelation chapters
one through three! Jesus came not only teaching the Word, but also healing
the sick and casting out devils. There are many in the churches that do not
want this kind of Jesus displayed in any form in their churches. Neither do
they want a Jesus Who demands repentance and complete conformity to the
will of God. They would not stand for a Paul who demanded that people be
filled with the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues (Acts
19:1-7). They would not stand for the ministry of Paul that would allow
handkerchiefs to be taken from his body and laid upon the sick and
diseased, so that they might be cured (Acts 19:11-12). There is no room for
the signs and the wonders of Jesus and of the apostles in many who believe
that they are the true church of Jesus Christ (Mark 16:17-20; Hebrews 2:4;
John 14:12; Ephesians 4:13; Romans 15:19, 29; 1 Corinthians 2:4-5; 1
Thessalonians 1:5). Today, we also find little room for godliness,
righteousness, holiness -and for the Anointing and the Anointed One!
Therefore, we are compelled to say that these behaviors and fruits are
contrary to Christ; which, by definition and practice, is an antichrist
spirit.

We must recognize that it is another Jesus that is being preached when the
power of the cross can no longer deliver a man from sin and the power of
Satan (1 Corinthians 1:18; Romans 6:13-21; 1 John 3:8; 1 Peter 2:24).
Ultimately, the error and the spirit of antichrist will culminate into the
revelation of the "Iniquitous One", who is called the "son of perdition" (2
Thessalonians 2:1-12). Yet, while we wait, those who are engaged in the
spirit of another Jesus are continually creating doctrines that allow them
more and more room to walk in iniquity; and we observe an ever increasing
rejection of righteousness. The spirit of iniquity takes them deeper and
deeper into compromises of all sorts until they are discovered to be the
workers of iniquity (Matthew 7:21-23; Luke 13:23-30). This apostasy and
preaching of another gospel and another Jesus are the results of seducing
spirits and doctrines of devils. The deception has caused a departure from
the Word of God and the Anointing of the Holy Spirit; and those who follow
such lies become unable to endure sound doctrine. This is the spirit of
antichrist which will continue to overthrow the faith of many. They are
called by the Scriptures: false teachers, preachers, and apostles who come
in the name of the Lord in the last days (1 Timothy 4:1; 2 Timothy 3:8,
4:3; Jude 1:4, 18; 2 Peter 2:1). The final antichrist will proclaim himself
to be God and cause the desolation of the temple spoken by the prophet
Daniel (Daniel 8:13, 11:31, 12:11). But those that come before him in the
same spirit continue to erode the truth of Christ Jesus, causing a
defilement of the people of God with their wicked practices and compromises
(Matthew 7:16-20). The true test of the believer is characterized by those
who do the will of God, which is the foundation of justification by faith
(Matthew 7:21; Luke 6:47; Mark 3:35; 1 John 2:17). Sin will ultimately
harden the heart and sear the conscience to the point that the truth cannot
be received (Hebrews 3:13; 1 Timothy 4:1-2). When mind blinding spirits are
submitted to, and the light that is in a person is darkness, there is
little hope of deliverance (2 Peter 1:9; Matthew 6:23).
 
Daily Bread - April 5, 2017
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Wednesday, 05 April 2017 07:58
1 John 2:17- And the world passes away, and its desires; but he who does
the will of God abides forever.

From Matthew 7:21 to 1 John 4:17, we hear the cry of the Spirit of God
warning all men that only those who do the will of the Father will remain.
The world and its desires are only temporary. The world system, that is
opposed to the will of God and the Kingdom of God, will be utterly
destroyed. The god of this world has already been judged; and one day his
rule will come to an end, and his influence will cease to exist forever
(John 12:31; Colossians 2:15; Ephesians 2:2; Revelation 11:15, 20:10, 14).
There is only one thing right now in the world of men that will endure for
ever, and that is the Word of God (1 Peter 1:23-25; Psalms 119:89; Isaiah
40:8; Luke 16:17). The Psalmist said, "The law of the Lord is perfect,
converting the soul: the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the
simple. The statues of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart: the
commandments of the Lord are pure, enlightening the eyes...More to be
desired are they than gold, yes, than much fine gold: sweeter also than
honey and the honeycomb. Moreover, by them is your servant warned, and in
keeping of them there is great reward (Psalms 19:7-11).

Doing the will of the Father has many blessings associated with it. Obeying
God converts the soul, makes the simple man wise, causes the heart to
rejoice, brings enlightenment, and more benefits than can be numbered
(Psalms 103:2, 68:19; Philippians 4:19). In reality, doing the will of the
Father leads us to the greatest treasure that can be found -life
forevermore. The reward of doing His will is not only eternal life, but
abundant life. God created life, and He alone knows how it works. Just as
there is a consequence for breaking the natural laws that govern the earth,
there is a consequence for breaking the spiritual laws that govern the
earth. If we want to walk in the abundance of blessings, then we will obey
the spiritual laws; and consequentially, we will reap an abundant life that
lasts forever. If we sow to the flesh, we shall reap corruption; but if we
sow to that which belongs to God, viz. doing the will of God, and give
ourselves to being taught of the Holy Ghost, we will reap life forevermore
(Galatians 6:7-8; Job 4:8; Proverbs 1:31; Psalms 1; 1 Corinthians 6:9;
Ephesians 5:6; Romans 8:2; Hosea 10:12; Proverbs 11:18).
 
Daily Bread - April 4, 2017
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Wednesday, 05 April 2017 07:10
1 John 2:16 - Because everything that is in the world: the desire of the
flesh, and the desire of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the
Father, but is of the world.

Part 3 - The Pride of Life
The final phrase in this group of three things in the world is, "he
alazoneia tou biou". The Greek word 'alazoneia' may be translated, 'pride,
arrogance, or boastfulness'. It is difficult to define this word from a
Biblical context because it does not appear in any of the canonized books
of the Old Testament, and it only appears twice in the New Testament. It is
translated in the Authorized Version as 'pride', but the Greek word used in
1 Timothy 3:6 is 'tuphoo,' "Not a novice lest he be lifted up in pride" (1
Timothy 3:1-7). Unfortunately, the English word 'pride' is only found three
times in the New Testament, and it is translated from a different word each
time (Mark 7:22; 1 Timothy 3:6; 1 John 2:16).

The Greek word 'bios', translated 'life' in this verse, is found ten times
in the New Testament and means 'livelihood, the means of life, life,
duration of life'. The Greek word 'bios' would be opposed to 'zoe', which
is used to identify eternal life -the life that one receives when they are
born from above. The phrase, "he alazoneia tou biou", can therefore be
translated: a- Pride of life. b- Pride about one's means of livelihood. c-
Pride about one's lifestyle. Be certain that you do not give a false value
to the things that you can do and achieve in this natural and temporal life
(Jeremiah 17:5-8).
 
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