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Daily Bread - October 26, 2018
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Friday, 26 October 2018 09:32
Ephesians 4:23 - And let your mind be renewed by the Spirit.

The Renewed Mind - Part 2: Hold Fast to What God Says

The god of this world would corrupt us with the lies he propagates against
God. He fights against the anointing and Word of God, attempting to make
God's Word and the miracle of salvation ineffective. If we will simply
believe God, the lies of Satan will fall powerless at our feet. Through the
strength of the Lord and the power of His might, we take up the weapons of
our warfare and bring every thought into captivity unto the obedience of
Christ (Ephesians 6:10; 2 Corinthians 10:4-5). We must refuse to hear the
voice of the spirit of disobedience, or to be persuaded to conform to all
his lust (Ephesians 2:2-3; 1 John 2:15-16).

This is why Paul taught the saints that they had to have a radical and
complete redefining of their lives, in which nothing belonging to the
former life would be allowed to exist (Ephesians 2:2-3, 4:17-19, 5:8,14;
Colossians 1:21, 2:11-13, 3:7). There can be no wavering or middle ground
in this war (Matthew 12:30)! If we are to succeed, then we must not lean on
our own understanding, but believe the report of the Lord (Proverbs 3:5-6;
Romans 10:16). We must hold fast to the Word of God and, taking the whole
armor of God, be unwavering in our confession of faith (Philippians 2:16;
Ephesians 6:11; Hebrews 10:23). If we will stand fast, then we will see
everything that God has said revealed in our lives (1 Corinthians 16:13;
Galatians 5:1).

Stand fast, therefore, in the liberty of the children of God wherein Christ
Jesus has made us free! (Galatians 5:1; Romans 8:21; John 8:36)
 
Daily Bread - October 25, 2018
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Friday, 26 October 2018 09:31
Ephesians 4:23 - And let your mind be renewed by the Spirit.

The Renewed Mind - Part 1: Think Differently

God desires we think differently about ourselves. To be renewed by the
Spirit in our mind we must be willing to believe what God has said, and
then think of ourselves and the things around us accordingly. We must not
be conformed to the image and concepts of this world, but instead
transfigured by believing what God has said (Romans 12:2). We have been
given a new knowledge of ourselves, -the knowledge of sonship (Colossians
3:10; Romans 8:15; Galatians 4:7). If we continue to think of ourselves as
anything less than those who are born again, alive from the dead, and
co-inheritors with Christ, then we are thinking wrongly (1 Peter 1:23;
Colossians 2:13; Romans 8:17). We have been changed by the power of God and
created anew. We have been made holy and acceptable, the saints of the Most
High with all authority in Christ Jesus (Romans 12:1; 1 Peter 2:5;
Colossians 1:22; Ephesians 4:24). After having received Christ Jesus and
being taught by Him, we must hold fast the identity and position He has
given to us.

But Christ is faithful over God's house as a Son, whose house we are if we
hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of our hope firm to the end.
(Hebrews 3:6)
 
Daily Bread - October 24, 2018
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Tuesday, 23 October 2018 18:12
Ephesians 4:22 - You shall lay aside concerning the former behavior, the
old man which is corrupt according to the deceitful desires.

The Former Behavior of the Old Man - Part 2

Referring to the life before redemption as "old" leaves no doubt of the
view of Scripture concerning the nature of sin. By the free gift of
salvation and the miracle of the new birth, the nature of sin has been
entirely removed from the redeemed man. It was washed away with the waters
of regeneration (Titus 3:5). Although sin has no right to execute dominion
over a child of God, the fact remains that every child of God must resist
the temptations of the former behavior (Ephesians 2:2; Colossians 3:9;
Romans 6:13; 1 Peter 1:14). Just because our Savior Jesus Christ came and
delivered us from the nature of sin and the power of the devil does not
mean we cannot return into captivity and be imprisoned once again! Every
person who has received the miracle of salvation has been set free; and,
similar to Adam, has been given the right to choose if they will serve God
or turn back to sin. We have put on the beautiful garments of salvation,
being clothed with Christ -let's never take them off! (Isaiah 52:1; Romans
13:14; Galatians 3:27)

For you were formerly darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as
children of light -for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and
righteousness and truth! (Ephesians 5:8-9)

Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
 
Daily Bread - October 23, 2018
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Monday, 22 October 2018 19:51
Ephesians 4:22 - You shall lay aside concerning the former behavior, the
old man which is corrupt according to the deceitful desires.

The Former Behavior of the Old Man - Part 1

The former behavior of the old man has no place in the life of the person
that has been born again. The old man and his affections were crucified
with Christ, and the body of sin that belongs to that nature was destroyed
(Romans 6:6; Colossians 2:11; Galatians 5:24). When we were made a new
creation, we stepped out of the old and into the new to learn a whole new
way of living (2 Corinthians 5:17-21). Therefore, now being in Christ
Jesus, everything old has passed away, and we should have no desire to turn
back. Each day we grow and mature in the ways of God and discover the
wonderful life that was instantaneously given to us.

The Greek word 'palaion' refers to the ancient state of things, or the
original condition. In this case, it was the original condition of sinful
man and his desires -thus this is the spiritual paleontology of the
unredeemed man, from the shame and sin of Adam to the glory and splendor of
Christ. The old man has been crucified with Christ Jesus and the new man
now lives (Ephesians 4:24; Colossians 3:10). The old man was destroyed so
that the body (or dominion) of sin could also be destroyed (Romans 5:14,
21, 6:12, 14). As a result, the redeemed individual who was made a new
creation may now walk in the divine nature and newness of life, having been
made new, and free from sin (Romans 6:4-7; 2 Peter 1:4). This is a miracle
life that is worth living, and is dependent upon walking in the Spirit
(John 3:3-6; Romans 8:14).

Walk, therefore, in the Spirit and you will not fulfill the desires of
flesh; but rather live the abundant life of the new man! (Galatians 5:16;
John 10:10; Ephesians 4:24)
 
Daily Bread - October 22, 2018
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Monday, 22 October 2018 19:51
Ephesians 4:22 - You shall lay aside concerning the former behavior, the
old man which is corrupt according to the deceitful desires.

Laying Aside Former Behavior

The Greek word translated here as "lay aside" is first found in Exodus
16:33, "lay it up before the Lord." The Authorized Version translated this
word as "lay aside" in Hebrews 12:1. We are constantly being presented with
evil; and every time it is presented to us, we are to lay it aside and not
accept it, or partake in it in any way (Ephesians 5:11-12; Galatians 5:16).
The will of God is that we should possess our vessels (bodies) in
consecration and honor -we are to resist the devil, and he will flee from
us (1 Thessalonians 4:4; James 4:7). We are to cleanse ourselves from all
of the former ways of darkness, so that they do not have any place in our
lives (2 Corinthians 7:1; 2 Peter 1:3-11).

For you were formerly darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as
children of light and partake solely of the divine nature! (Ephesians 5:8;
2 Peter 1:3-4)
 
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