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Daily Bread - September 27, 2017
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Wednesday, 27 September 2017 10:02
2 Corinthians 4:7 - But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the
excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.

The Excellency of the Power

The excellency of God's power is the all-surpassing ability of God, a
description of His Nature and of His deeds -that which surpasses all other
things! It is God Who has decked Himself with majesty and excellency, and
arrayed Himself with glory and beauty (Job 40:10). Through His great love
that He has for us, He has poured out this glory and honor as a treasure
into our hearts; and He has given anyone who has the will and desire to
walk with Him the Divine ability to live His glorious life (John 17:21-23;
Colossians 1:27; Ephesians 1:18, 3:16, 4:24; Luke 24:49; Matthew 3:11; Mark
1:8; Acts 1:5, 11:16; 2 Peter 1:3-4). We have been given the opportunity to
be clothed with the honor and majesty of His Nature and His Presence. God
has given to us the excellency of His power out of the abundant riches of
His grace (2 Corinthians 4:7; Ephesians 2:4-7). It is a grace that excels
in glory beyond what those of the Old Testament had (2 Corinthians 3:7-11).

Daniel had an excellent spirit because of the glory that he had received
from the First Covenant; and it brought him into the highest honor that men
could give (Daniel 5:12, 14; 6:3). How much greater should that excellent
spirit be in those who now live in the New Covenant! If we will separate
ourselves to walk only in the things of the Spirit of God, then we can
realize a greater revelation of the excellence of the Spirit of God than
anyone we read of in the Old Testament (2 Corinthians 7:1; 1 John 3:3; 1
Peter 1:15-16; 2 Peter 1:3-11). We can grow in excellence of spirit and
character; excellence in health and lifestyle; as well as excellence in
business and finances. Truly, God's eyes search throughout the Earth to
show Himself mighty on behalf of those whose hearts are perfect (2
Chronicles 16:9; 1 Kings 8:61; Job 1:1,8; 2:3; 42:12-17; Psalms 11:4-7;
33:13-18; Matthew 5:48; Romans 12:1-2; 2 Corinthians 13:11; Hebrews
13:20-21; Revelation 3:2)!

Walk in the excellence Father has made available by His power, and be
perfect!
 
Daily Bread - September 26, 2017
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Tuesday, 26 September 2017 07:36
2 Corinthians 4:7 - But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the
excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.

Treasure in Earthen Vessels

God has put a treasure in earthen vessels, a wellspring in the earthen
body, and the rivers of God in the depths of our being (John 4:10-14,
7:37-39). This treasure, which Paul also called a precious (good) thing, or
deposit/earnest, is none other than the new creation (2 Timothy 1:14;
Ephesians 1:13-15; 2 Corinthians 5:17). Peter referred to the treasure as
the divine nature; and John spoke in terms of the 'Greater One' Who is in
us (2 Peter 1:4; 1 John 4:4). Both the Father and Jesus have come to make
their dwelling in us (John 14:23, 17:21-23). The Holy Spirit is both with
us and in us, insomuch that we are His temple -His dwelling place (1
Corinthians 3:16-17, 6:19-20; 2 Corinthians 6:16-18). If we are going to
walk in this divine life of God, then we must be convinced that Jesus
Christ is in us. (Colossians 1:27; Romans 8:9-11)

Do we realize that God demands that we not only recognize that Jesus is in
us, but that we also be conformed to His image (2 Corinthians 13:5; Romans
8:29; Ephesians 4:11-14; Matthew 5:48; 1 Peter 1:15-16; 1 John 2:6, 3:3; 2
Peter 1:3-11; Romans 6)? How can there be any room for anyone to believe
that those so transformed have 'no good thing' in them? Our faith becomes
effectual when we acknowledge 'every good thing' that is in us (Philemon
1:6; Romans 10:10)! If we deny this glorious work of the new birth and the
presence of Christ Jesus in us, then we deny the faith (1 John 4:1-6; 2
Corinthians 13:5). Unless we are willing to look into the mirror and behold
the fulness of the glory of God, then we remain unchanged (2 Corinthians
3:18; Ephesians 4:23-24; Romans 12:1-2; John 1:16).

Behold the renewed image of His inward likeness!
 
Daily Bread - September 25, 2017
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Monday, 25 September 2017 09:11
John 14:21 - He that has My commandments, and keeps them, is the one that
loves Me. And he who loves Me shall be loved by My Father, and I shall love
him and reveal Myself to him.

The Word of God conveys to us the ways of God. More than anything else,
Heaven is calling out to the sons of man to come and know the ways of God
-which are the ways of life! If we are willing to walk in a love
relationship with Jesus, our Redeemer and eternal God, then we will
discover the beauty of holiness. Jesus is not calling us to obey a set of
rules, but to have a change of life style. As we obey the Word of God, our
behavior is conformed to that of the Almighty God. As we give ourselves to
make our calling and election sure, the Holy Spirit teaches us an entrance
into the realms of the Kingdom so that we may know and function in those
things that are freely given to us by God (1 Corinthians 2:12; 2
Corinthians 7:1; 1 John 3:3; Matthew 5:48; 2 Peter 1: 3-11).

God has supplied everyone who is willing with the opportunity to stand in
His presence and come into all the fullness of His glory. If we will not
take this opportunity for granted, but will hunger and thirst after
righteousness God will fill us up with all the good things of His own
fullness and glory (Matthew 5:6, 6:33). All we have to do is be obedient to
the Word, and we are made ready for a greater encounter with Jesus -Who
will come and reveal Himself to us with an ever increasing measure of His
presence! It is through these encounters that our hearts are enlarged to
receive more of those things of His glory which He has determined to pour
out upon us and reveal through us. All creation is groaning to see the sons
of God; but unless we allow the life of Jesus to be revealed through us,
the chains of darkness and the mind blinding spirits that hold the lost in
captivity will not be broken (Romans 8:19-22; 2 Corinthians 4:3-4; Matthew
5:16; Romans 10:13-15; Philippians 2:13-15).

Allow Jesus to be revealed in your life today!
 
Daily Bread - September 23, 2017
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Saturday, 23 September 2017 10:47
1 John 4:4 - You are from God, little children, and have conquered them;
because greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world.

Jesus Christ, the One Who conquered the devil and all of the power of sin,
lives on the inside of every believer (1 John 3:8; John 12:31; Hebrews
2:14; 2 Timothy 1:10; Luke 10:19; Colossians 1:13,27). Jesus Christ, Who is
the Way, the Truth, and the Life (John 14:6), is the Greater One that "is
in you." Jesus Christ both came in the flesh when He was born into the
world as a baby, and also when He was born into the hearts of men by the
Holy Spirit. When we were born of the Spirit and became a new creation
through the miracle of salvation, Christ was formed in us and came to dwell
in us through this miraculous union (John 3:6; 2 Corinthians 5:17;
Colossians 1:27; 1 John 3:24; 1 Corinthians 2:12; Galatians 4:6; John
17:23). That Christ Jesus dwells in us is, in fact, an essential doctrine
of the New Covenant (1 John 3:24; John 14:20, 23, 17:23, 26).

The life and power of Jesus Christ in us enables us to overcome the spirit
of antichrist, the spirit of the world, and the spirit of deception. We may
be confident today that all of the power of iniquity that is in the world
-the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eye, and the pride of life- is not
more powerful than Christ Jesus Who lives within us (1 John 2:15-17, 4:1-4,
5:18-21). We are guaranteed by God Himself that He will arise in us and
subdue all of our enemies ( Psalms 60:11-12; 1 Chronicles 17:9-10; Psalms
68). He will go before us and fight all our battles (Nehemiah 4:20; 2
Chronicles 32:7-8; Joshua 6 ). As we stand yielded to Him, God will destroy
all of the opposing forces that come against us; and we will find that we
are more than conquerors through Christ Jesus (Exodus 17:11; Luke 10:19;
Romans 8:31,37). It is in believing what He has done for us that we are
empowered to be strong in the strength of the Lord and the power of His
might (Philemon 1:6; Romans 10:9-11; Ephesians 6:10-18; 1 Corinthians
15:57-58).

Trust in the Greater One Who is in you!
 
Daily Bread - September 22, 2017
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Friday, 22 September 2017 16:15
1 John 4:3 - And every spirit that does not confess Jesus Christ is come in
the flesh is not of God; and this that antichrist that you heard would
come, and now is already in the world.

The false prophets, which can be anyone who speaks on behalf of God, but
does not speak the truth concerning Who Jesus is, and what He has done, is
also equated with antichrist. The word 'antichrist' is found four times in
the Bible, and is a word that is only used by John in his Epistles (1 John
2:18,22, 4:3; 2 John 7). The antichrist spirit denies that Jesus is the
Messiah, the Redeemer, the Anointed One of God. The antichrist spirit
denies the Father and the Son (1 John 2:22-23).

The spirit of antichrist, which will be fully manifested in the person of
the Antichrist during the Tribulation period of Daniel's Seventieth Week,
is already at work (1 John 4:3; 2 Thessalonians 2:7). The deception would
make Jesus less than Who He is, and His work of Redemption less than what
it is, is a manifestation of the antichrist spirit. It would deny that God
became human to take on the sins of the world. It would also deny that He
was raised in a resurrected human body -which continues to join the divine
with the human. It would also deny that He now dwells with us and in us, as
the Family of God redeemed by His blood. In fact, if one denies that Jesus
is come in the flesh, they make void the entire New Testament!

The antichrist spirit would not only deny the Lord Jesus as being the only
true and Living God manifested in the flesh, but also would deny any work
of the Holy Spirit that would reveal Him. The antichrist spirit is, in
fact, the spirit opposed to the anointing of God, and specifically the
anointing that teaches us that we dwell in Him (1 John 2:27). The one
called the Antichrist during the Tribulation, who is the man of sin and the
son of destruction, will come and declare himself God; but while that is
yet to come in the future, the spirit of antichrist is already paving the
way (2 Thessalonians 2:3,7 ; 1 John 4:3).

Be diligent to be found in Jesus, and Him in you! (2 Peter 3:14)
 
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