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Daily Bread - August 29, 2018
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Tuesday, 04 September 2018 12:43
Ephesians 3:19 - And to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge,
so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

The very idea of the possibility of being filled with God's fullness is
unimaginable. However, when we consider how we have been filled with the
Holy Spirit and that Jesus and the Father have come to dwell in us, we
recognize this is indeed the will of God for our lives (John 14:17, 23;
Colossians 1:27; Ephesians 3:9; Luke 3:16). The indwelling fullness of God
is viewed in chapter 4 as "the measure of the maturity of the fullness of
Christ" (Ephesians 4:13). The growth and maturity we are called to in God
is directly related to knowing His love. John said that if we dwell in
love, then we dwell in God (1 John 4:16). If there is any Godly principle
we must grasp, it is that we must walk in love (Ephesians 5:2; John 13:34;
Ephesians 4:15). The way of love must determine all of our responses and
direct all of our decisions. The child of God must be willing to actively
participate with the working of the Holy Spirit Whose desire is to reveal
Jesus and express the love of God through our lives (Galatians 5:22; John
16:14; Acts 1:8; Galatians 1:16, 2:20; Philippians 2:2; Romans 5:5).

Walk in love by walking in the Spirit (Ephesians 5:2; Galatians 5:25)
 
Daily Bread - August 28, 2018
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Tuesday, 04 September 2018 12:42
Ephesians 3:18 - So that you may have strength to lay hold of, with all
saints, what is the breadth, and length, and height, and depth;

The Greek word used here for the phrase "may have strength" is 'exischuo,'
which is derived from two Greek words: 'ek' ("with," "from") and 'ischuo'
("to be strong"). The Greek word 'ischuo' is from the root word 'ischus,'
which means "strength" or "might." Laying hold on the deepest depths and
highest heights of the fullness of God takes revelation and insight that
only the Holy Spirit can give (1 Corinthians 2:9-10). This insight that
surpasses the human intellect requires supernatural ability.
 
Daily Bread - August 27, 2018
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Tuesday, 04 September 2018 12:41
Ephesians 3:17 - That Christ may dwell in your heart by faith, being rooted
and grounded in love.

Rooted and Grounded:

There is a double allegory in this thought: being rooted as a tree and
grounded as a building on a good foundation. Both express the stability and
commitment to what our primary responsibility is as God's people. We are
called to walk in divine love - the same love that Father has for us! Jesus
said that all men would know we are His disciples by our love one for
another (John 13:35; 1 John 4:7). Knowing and believing that Christ dwells
in you releases the faith of God to produce all the benefits of His divine
nature (1 John 4:16, 5:13; Galatians 2:20; 2 Peter 1:3-11).

Be rooted and grounded in His love!
 
Daily Bread - August 25, 2018
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Saturday, 25 August 2018 07:32
Ephesians 3:17 - That Christ may dwell in your heart by faith, being rooted
and grounded in love.

Dwelling In Our Hearts By Faith (Part 2):

Too many people will talk about the riches and glory of salvation, but
never spend a dime of it. The life of Christ and the glory of the Kingdom
remains unrealized in their daily life. Instead, they wander around in the
wilderness of their own existence -going from problem to problem,
experiencing one defeat after another- when all the time the life of Christ
is there to live if they would only agree with what God has said.

Too many witnesses say we can not cross over to the life of Christ, that it
is too great to have, and that no man can obtain it. Yet, the opportunity
remains for the Joshuas and Calebs of our generation to believe God and
move past all of those hindrances, doubts, and fears; and to step into
their inheritance! By The Faith, we cross over into God's plan and live in
Zion (Hebrews 12:22-24; John 15:1-5; Ephesians 1:3, 2:6).

Come be strengthened by the Spirit in your inner man with all the power of
Christ Jesus! Let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly, and experience
oneness with your God (John 15:7, 16; Colossians 3:16). Today, expect
everything from God, and yield everything to Him. Through this oneness in
the Holy Spirit, we are established in all the fullness of Christ, and are
filled with all the fullness of God (Ephesians 3:19-20, 4:13). Begin to
think differently today, and never conform to the world and its ideas again
(Ephesians 4:23; Romans 12:2).
 
Daily Bread - August 24, 2018
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Friday, 24 August 2018 08:47
Ephesians 3:17 - That Christ may dwell in your heart by faith, being rooted
and grounded in love.

Dwelling In Our Hearts By Faith (Part 1):

Christ Jesus does not dwell in our hearts by an ideology or concept or some
unrealized hope, but by the miraculous power of faith! Too many have been
duped into believing that faith is less than a miracle. That which is by
faith produces radical change, and there is no change more radical than the
change that comes by salvation. If we just stop for a moment and consider
how we have been born of God by the Holy Spirit and by the Word, and united
with God through this work of grace, our definition of "by faith" should
take on a Biblical definition. If you look every place in the Scripture
where the phrase "by faith" or "through faith" are found, you will be
surrounded by the miracles of God working in and around His people. (You
would actually not have to travel further than Hebrews 11!) When the
gospels are combined with the epistles of Paul, it is clear that "by faith"
must be be associated with the miracle power of the Holy Spirit.

The question demanding an answer is: "does Christ Jesus dwell in you?" Have
you received the miracle of faith that brings the change of spirit, heart,
and life; or have you only agreed with a religion for philosophical
reasons? Did the Holy Spirit come upon you and give you this new spirit and
new heart so that you know you have a different spirit and heart than those
you were born with? (John 3:1-5; Ezekiel 36:26). The faith we speak of is
this: through the miracle work of God, Christ was formed in us, and now by
His life we live and walk in the Spirit of God. For those of us who have
believed, we have put on Christ, are clothed with the mind of Christ, have
been made partakers of His divine nature and heavenly calling, are
co-inheritors with Christ, are united with Him in oneness, and live by His
faith (John 14:23, 17:21-23; Galatians 2:20, 3:27, 4:7; 1 Corinthians 2:16;
2 Peter 1:3-4; Hebrews 3:1; Romans 8:17). Through the hearing of God's
testimony and the record He gave of His Son, this life of God is realized
in us -for The Faith comes to us because we hear the Word and believe it.
If your banker writes you a letter and tells you a million dollars has been
deposited into your account, and you do not write it into your ledger, then
you will only use that which you have made on your own. We must not be like
those who heard the Word, but did not allow it to be mixed with faith;
otherwise, the miracle of faith will not take place, and the inheritance
will never be realized (Hebrews 4:2).

Allow the Lord to open the eyes of your understanding to His inheritance in
the saints! (Ephesians 1:17-18)
 
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