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Daily Bread - May 20, 2017
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Saturday, 20 May 2017 09:24
1 John 3:10 - In this is manifested the children of God, and the children
of the devil: everyone that does not righteousness is not of God, neither
is he who loves not his brother.

John continues to labor to establish a point that needs to be established
today: you are either a child of God, or a child of the devil. If you are
not doing righteousness, you are not of God!

He began by establishing that those who walk in darkness have no fellowship
with God (1 John 1:5-7). John then moved from there to underscore the point
by revealing those who know God and those who do not (1 John 2:3-5). In
doing this, he established the rule that everyone who abides in Christ
Jesus walks (behaves) just as Christ Jesus walks (1 John 2:6). John
describes those who are the children of God as those who have overcome the
wicked one and his lust, because they abide in Christ Jesus and do the will
of God (1 John 2:12-17). The anointing that teaches us all things has
taught us to live out our lives in Christ Jesus (1 John 2:20,27). As a
result, everyone who knows that Christ Jesus is righteous will do
righteousness; and this is the proof that we have been born of God (1 John
2:29).

John has contrasted this same point now multiple times in chapter three, as
well, by first establishing that we are now the sons of God, and are
consecrated to His purity. Once again, he states in an even a stronger way
that everyone who does righteousness is of God, and those who do not do
righteousness, but rather do sin, are of the devil (1 John 3:1-10). John
makes certain in his Epistle that everyone knows this essential contrast:
sin is the opposite of righteousness -even as darkness is the opposite of
light, a lie the opposite of truth, Satan is the opposite of God, death the
opposite of life, and sinners the opposite of saints.
 
Daily Bread - May 19, 2017
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Friday, 19 May 2017 07:53
1 John 3:9 - Everyone who has been begotten of God does not continue to
sin, because His seed abides in him; and he cannot go on sinning, because
he is born of God.

We have not only been washed from our sins when we were born again, but
there is also no reason for us to sin any longer. For everyone who does
righteousness is born of him (1 John 2:29, 5:18). The seed of God is
referred to by Peter as the 'incorruptible seed' of God's Word through
which we were born into this new life in God. The seed, or in Greek
'sperma', expresses the encounter with God that brings forth this new life
when we respond to the Gospel. The seed represents God's life and nature
that has now become a living being. Another very familiar scripture that
uses this Greek word is in the parable of the sower who, "went forth to sow
seed (sperma)" (Matthew 13:24). Similarly, we read in James 1:18 and 1
Peter 1:23 that we were begotten by the Word (spora) of God. Understanding
the usage of this very potent word 'sperma' both here and in Matthew 13:24,
causes us to understand that the Word of God is the life giving/reproducing
power of God at work in us. God's Word is Spirit and life, and is faith
producing (John 6:63; Romans 10:17).

God's children will not persist in sin, but will conform to the Father's
will! If we remain in submission to Word of God and the Spirit of God (John
3:6), and walk in the divine nature (2 Peter 1:4; 2 Corinthians 5:17) that
we received when we were born of God, then we cannot sin. Why? Because we
are a good tree and cannot bring forth bad fruit (Matthew 7:18). As
obedient children, we are walking in obedience to God's will and being
taught of the Holy Spirit to live out His life. In this state of surrender
and submission to God, we would only do what He has willed and the Holy
Spirit directs. It's not possible to sin when you are only doing those
things that God demands. Both the Spirit of God and the Word of God only
lead us into truth and righteousness. The anointing that we have received
from Him teaches us that we are to dwell in Christ Jesus -Who is the Living
Word (1 John 2:27). However, this does not negate the fact that we can
choose not to be submitted to God's Spirit and Word. Yet, because of the
unfailing love and mercy of God, if we choose to be disobedient and sin,
then we have a means of forgiveness (1 John 1:9, 2:1-2).
 
Daily Bread - May 18, 2017
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Thursday, 18 May 2017 11:29
1 John 3:8 - He who does sinful is of the devil, because the devil sinned
from the beginning. The reason the Son of God was revealed was to destroy
the works of the devil.

The devil became the very definition of a sinner, and from him all sin
originated. He had a free will, and with that will, he turned against God.
He became the father of lies, because he was unwilling to remain in the
truth (John 8:44). He is a murderer and the fountain head of lust and
lawlessness. He was perfect until iniquity was found in him (Ezekiel
28:14-15). God did not create sin, nor is He the Author of evil. Sin began
with Satan. We do not know when Satan was created, but he was there at the
head of the heavenly host (Ezekiel 28:14; Isaiah 14:12-13). Of course, all
of this was prior to the creation of Adam sometime in the ancient past.
When the devil tried to overthrow God, Jesus said that He was cast down out
of Heaven as lightning (Luke 10:18). Satan, the instigator of sin, entered
into this world when Adam allowed him in through disobedience (Romans 5:12).

The lost are of their father, the devil, and are in bondage to the prince
and the power of the air (John 8:44; Ephesians 2:2-3). They are in bondage
and are the slaves to sin (Romans 6:16, 20; John 8:34). This is in stark
contrast to those who are born again and made free from sin, and now live
in the righteousness of Christ Jesus (Romans 6:18; 1 John 2:6, 3:7). Those
who are born of God do righteousness; whereas those who practice sin are of
the devil (1 John 3:7-8). Christ Jesus came to take away our sin, and in
Him is no sin (1 John 3:5). Those who are of Christ Jesus are those who
have overcome the wicked one (1 John 2:13-15). Those who are born of God
cannot practice sin (1 John 3:9, 5:18).
God was manifested in the flesh to die for the sins of man (1 Timothy 3:16;
John 1:14, 29, 3:14-17; Romans 5:6-21; 1 John 3:5, 4:9). God was made like
unto sinful flesh to be tempted in every way that we are tempted to destroy
sin's power through death (Romans 8:3-4; Hebrews 2:14, 4:15) . God took on
the sins of the whole world and bore them in His on body on the tree, so
that now we may be dead to sin and live unto righteousness (1Peter 2:24-25;
Romans 6:11-23). By his blood and resurrected life, we are washed and
regenerated and raised up a new creation (Revelations 1:5; Romans 6:4;
Titus 3:3-7; 2 Corinthians 5:17-21).
 
Daily Bread - May 17, 2017
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Wednesday, 17 May 2017 10:12
Psalms 125:1 - A song of ascent: They that put their trust in Yahoah will
be as Mount Zion, which cannot be shaken, but abides forever.

Those who trust in God are by definition believers. Those who are believers
are secure and have no need to worry about anything (Isaiah 54:10; Matthew
6:25-34). As part of our ascent into the presence of God through worship,
we declare the promises of this psalm which proclaim our confidence that
God will watch over us and shelter us from all harm. We must remember that
the only way we can please God is to believe those things which He has
promised, and to hold fast our confession (Hebrews 10:23, 11:6). We can
rest assured that God's love for us is so great that, just as the mountains
surround Jerusalem, even so the Lord is all around His people to care for
them and to protect them (Psalms 34:7, 18:36, 37:31).

Our God, in Whom we trust, is enthroned in Zion; and as certain as His
throne shall last forever and His dominion is an everlasting dominion, we
can be sure that His promises will not fail (Hebrews 12:22; 2 Corinthians
1:20). There is a condition, however; and that is we must place our trust
in Him. Situations will attempt to shake our trust and overthrow our
confidence, but we must remain faithful. If we will dwell in the intimate
place of relationship with Him, the secret place of the Most High, we will
find the strength and assurance to abide under the shadow of the Almighty
(Psalms 91:1). In this place of habitation, sin sickness, disease, poverty,
or oppression of any kind will not be able to enforce its will against us;
but we will abide safely now and forever (Psalms 37, 91; Jeremiah 33:15-16;
John 10:10, 14:15-20)

Trust in the LORD and abide forever in His Presence!
 
Daily Bread - May 16, 2017
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Tuesday, 16 May 2017 09:31
Psalms 112:3 - Wealth and riches are in his house; and his righteousness
remains forever.

The man who fears the Lord and walks in His commandments will be happy and
blessed. These are those who are undefiled in the way, and who do no
iniquity (Psalm 119:1-3; Psalm 1:1-3; Psalm 24:5; Jeremiah 17:7-8). These
are those who will walk in the honor and majesty of the Lord. In their
houses are wealth and riches. Riches and honor are with those who will walk
in the wisdom of God's commandments (Proverbs 3:16; Proverbs 8:18; Proverbs
15:16; Isaiah 33:6; Matthew 6:33; Philippians 4:19). Men will spend their
lives chasing success and wealth, only to find that it was an empty hope;
while all the time their desire - and even that which goes beyond all
expectation - could have been found in walking with the One whose love for
us goes beyond description.

Sin and iniquity are thieves that come to rob us of the joy of life and the
abundance that God planned for every man (Genesis 2:8-15; Psalm 107:17;
John 10:10). Every act of sin carries a consequence. Sin produces a harvest
of destruction and corruption (Galatians 6:8; Romans 6:23). There is no
blessing of God in sin; only shame and despair. I pray that God will give
you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in His knowledge, so that you will
choose life - and live abundantly (Ephesians 1:17-18; Deuteronomy 30:19;
Joshua 24:15; John 10:10; Galatians 6:7-8). If you will walk with God, you
will not only be blessed; but it will also become an inheritance to your
children (Psalm 112:2).

Serve the Lord, walk in His ways, and be blessed -you and your children!
 
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