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Daily Bread - December 29, 2018 (The Seventh Day - Genesis 2:1-3)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Monday, 31 December 2018 05:50
Ephesians 5:14 - For everything that reveals is light; therefore say, "Wake
up, oh sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you."

Part 3 - Proclaiming, "Wake Up, Oh Sleeper!"

Jesus is the Light of the World, and men walk in darkness without Him. The
light of His presence brings conviction and reveals sin (John 3:19-20,
16:8; Ephesians 5:13). It is only by the anointed preaching of the cross
that men may be awakened by the Holy Ghost (Romans 10:13-15). Anyone who
hears the Gospel and is willing to call upon the Name of Jesus will
encounter the transforming light of His glory (2 Corinthians 3:18, 4:7).
The grace of God that brings salvation appears to anyone who in an honest
and sincere heart calls on the Name of Jesus (Titus 2:11-13). The miracle
of His manifest presence brings the miracle of the new birth in which we
are raised from spiritual death unto life (Colossians 3:1; Romans 6:4). Now
we are light in the Lord and are to go everywhere announcing to all who are
asleep saying, "Wake up!" (Ephesians 5:8, 14)! Those who respond to the
preaching of the Gospel will encounter the light of the presence of Jesus
Who is the Light of Life (John 1:4, 8:12; 1 John 1:5, 7).

For you were formerly darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as
children of light! (Ephesians 5:8)
 
Daily Bread - December 28, 2018 (The Sixth Day - Genesis 1:24-31)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Monday, 31 December 2018 05:49
Ephesians 5:14 - For everything that reveals is light; therefore say, "Wake
up, oh sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you."

Part 2 - Distinguishing Between Dark and Light, Asleep and Alive!

Those who are in the world are in a different realm from those who are in
the Kingdom of Jesus Christ (Colossians 1:13; Ephesians 2:6). Those who are
in the world are in darkness, whereas those who are in Christ Jesus are in
the Light. Those in the world are dead, while those in Christ are alive. If
you are awake, then you are walking in the Spirit and walking in the light
even as He is in the light (Romans 8:1-17; Galatians 5:16, 25; Ephesians
5:8; 1 John 1:7). There can be no mixture of darkness with light, or of
death with life. These things are not some deep hidden wisdom, but of the
most fundamental insights belonging to even the most simple minded. Yet,
this fundamental wisdom has been forsaken by many, and the distinction
between that which pleases God and that which His wrath abides on, is
distorted.

Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is.
(Ephesians 5:17)
 
Daily Bread - December 27, 2018 (The Fifth Day - Genesis 1:20-23)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Thursday, 27 December 2018 10:31
Ephesians 5:14 - For everything that reveals is light; therefore say, "Wake
up, oh sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you."

Part 1 - Awaken From the Sleep of Death, Put on the Armor of Light!

If we are walking as the children of the Light, then it is our
responsibility to awaken people out of their sleep. The one who is asleep
is dead, and it is only by the proclamation of the Gospel that they can be
made alive. It was not out of the ordinary to refer to someone who was dead
as being asleep (Job 14:10-12; Psalm 13:3; Isaiah 14:18-20; Jeremiah
51:39-40; Daniel 12:2; Matthew 9:24, 27:52, Mark 5:39; Luke 8:52; John
11:11-13; Acts 7:60, 13:36; 1 Corinthians 11:30, 15:18-20, 51; Ephesians
5:14; 1 Thessalonians 4:13- 15; 2 Peter 3:4).

Sleep, death, and darkness describe those who have not encountered the
glorious Light of the Gospel of Jesus Christ that changes the hearts of
men. Yet, at the same time, Paul refers to those Christians who had been
entangled with sin in the same way. He writes to the Thessalonians saying,
"You are all the children of the Light and children of the day: we are not
of the night, or of the darkness. Therefore, let us not sleep as others do,
but let us watch and be sober" (1 Thessalonians 5:5-6). God's people must
not allow themselves to be lulled back into a state of being asleep, but
must cast off the works of darkness that would come to overthrow them by
putting on the armor of light (Romans 13:12-14).

You have delivered my soul from death, even my feet from stumbling, to walk
before God in the light of the living. (Psalms 56:13)
 
Daily Bread - December 26, 2018 (The Fourth Day - Genesis 1:14-19)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Wednesday, 26 December 2018 09:32
Ephesians 5:11-13 - And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of
darkness, but rather reprove it. For it is shameful to speak of the things
they do in secret. And all things being exposed by the light are made
manifest.

Jesus Came as the Light of the World!

You cannot mix the world with the things of God and get Biblical results.
The Lord uses the most basic explanations possible so everyone can
perfectly understand. As certain as there is light and darkness in the
natural earthly realm, there is also light and darkness in the spiritual
realm. God is light, and in Him is no darkness at all (1 John 1:5). Jesus
came as the Light of the World to demonstrate to every person what walking
in the light really is. The call of God to all of us is to come and walk in
the light as He is in the light (1 John 1:7). As surely as there are fruits
of righteousness which testify that we are in the light, there are also
fruits that reveal a person is walking in darkness. Darkness has no more
fellowship with light than the night has with the day, or than the Spirit
of God has with demon spirits (2 Corinthians 6:14-15). These two have their
own separate realms and never occupy the same place at any time, physically
or spiritually. To say we know the Lord Who dwells in the light, yet
continue to walk in darkness, is to believe a lie and ultimately be damned
(1 John 1:6; 2 Thessalonians 2:11; Romans 1:18, 6:21-23).

All those things that are empty and desolate belong to the chaos of
darkness. In this unfruitful realm, men are subjugated by the prince of
darkness by participating with sin and iniquity. It is in darkness that the
spirit of disobedience reigns. Obedience to God and the ability to live the
life of Jesus cannot be found in the realm of darkness. In darkness, sin is
the way of life, and it has dominion over the souls of those that are
imprisoned there. The fruits of darkness are the works of the flesh:
fornication, uncleanness, covetousness and all other sin and rebellion,
which testify of an unredeemed life (Galatians 5:19-21; Romans 1:28-32).
Everyone wants to claim that God knows their heart, and indeed He does; but
the fruits of a person's life also testify to the condition of their heart
(Matthew 7:16; James 3:11-12). If you want to be right with God, then have
no fellowship with the works of darkness. Instead, arise and shine with the
fruits of goodness, righteousness, and truth! (Isaiah 60:1; Ephesians 5:9)
Your Light has come, therefore walk in the Light, Christ Jesus, and find
yourself living the abundant life of divine health and all the spiritual
blessings God promised!

Arise, shine for your Light has come! (Isaiah 60:1)
 
Daily Bread - December 25, 2018 (The Third Day - Genesis 1:9-13)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Monday, 24 December 2018 08:26
John 3:17 - For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the
world, but that the world might be saved through Him.

The Greek verb "sozo" is often used for physical health. Here the primary
meaning would be taken as spiritual salvation. However, the full meaning of
the word extends into every dimension of life including prosperity and
preservation. Therefore, one may view the words of John in the third
epistle of John "I wish above all things that you prosper and be in health
even as your soul prospers" as a more comprehensive statement of "sozo".

Glory to God in the highest peace, on earth good will towards men; and
praise God for His inexpressible Gift! (Luke 2:14; 2 Corinthians 9:15)

Joyous Christmas!
 
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