Daily Bread - June 11, 2019 (The Third Day - Genesis 1:9-13)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Tuesday, 11 June 2019 05:43
Romans 8:9 - And you are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit if indeed the
Spirit of God dwells in you. But if anyone does not have the Spirit of
Christ, this one is not of His.

Cooperating with Wisdom

God has empowered us to be something, but we must be willing to be it. We
are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, and we must be willing to live the
life of the Spirit (Romans 8:9, 12-13). Those who are in Christ have put
off the old nature and put on the new -but we must be willing to live after
such divine power and say no to all fleshly lusts that war against the soul
(Colossians 3:9-10; Ephesians 4:24; Romans 13:14; 1 Peter 2:11; 2 Peter
1:3-4). God has worked a great miracle for us in Christ Jesus, but we must
be willing to conform to it and allow all that He has given to be ours
(Romans 6:2-6, 8:1, 2, 9; Galatians 2:20, 3:27, 4:6, 7; Ephesians 2:5, 6,
4:24; Colossians 2:11, 12, 20, 3:1-4, 9) This is not a paradox; it is the
divine opportunity to exist in all that God has provided for us in Christ
Jesus. God has made us a new creation according to His own good pleasure;
but the memories of sin, the power of temptation, and the forces of hell
are still there. Yet, greater than all these things is that the same power
which raised Jesus from the dead and operates in our lives, guaranteeing
our success (Ephesians 1:20; cf. Colossians 2:12; Ephesians 1:19, 3:20;
Colossians 1:29)
 
Daily Bread - June 10, 2019 (The Second Day - Genesis 1:6-8)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Monday, 10 June 2019 06:03
Philippians 2:13 - For God is the One working in you, both to will and to
do His good pleasure.

The inward working of God.

For it is God which works in you both to will and to do of his good
pleasure. For this cause, also, thank we God without ceasing; because, when
you received the word of God which you heard of us, you received it not as
the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which works
effectually also in you that believe. Whereunto I also labour, striving
according to his working, which works in me mightily. Not that we are
sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our
sufficiency is of God; Strengthened with all might, according to his
glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness. Now
unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or
think, according to the power that works in us. For we have this treasure
in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not
of us. You are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because
greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world. For by the
grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was
not in vain; but I labored more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but
the grace of God which was with me. For ye are the temple of the living
God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will
be their God, and they shall be my people. (Philippians 2:13; 1
Thessalonians 2:13; 2 Corinthians 3:5; Colossians 1:11, 29; 2 Corinthians
4:7; 1 John 4:4; 1 Corinthians 15:10; 12:6; 2 Corinthians 6:16b)

Do not interpret Scripture based on your own experience, or that of others
- let the Word of God stand on its own.
 
Daily Bread - June 7, 2019 (The Sixth Day - Genesis 1:24-31)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Friday, 07 June 2019 05:35
1 John 2:26 - I write this to you concerning those who deceive you.

John uses the Greek word 'planao' (πλανάω) to describe that which threatens
to corrupt the minds of men and draws them away from the simplicity of the
gospel. It may be translated as "deceive," "seduce," or "cause to wonder."
These deceivers believed they had fellowship with God, even though they
walked in darkness -denying Jesus and believing and speaking lies. Denying
Jesus goes beyond the recognition of a historical person. Denying Jesus is
also observed in denying that He purchased our salvation and brought to
pass a real change in our lives. Many say that they believe in Him, but do
not believe He changed their nature and made them a new creation -thus they
deny the Lord Who bought them (2 Peter 2:1). The doctrines propagated by
Satan to attempt to nullify the miracle of salvation had already begun to
affect the Church in the days of John.

I love to sing of Who You are,
Merciful and so gracious,
Longsuffering - that's Who You are,
That's Who You are,
Full of lovingkindness,
And truth, Almighty God,
I love to sing of Who You are,
That's Who You are.
(Song of the Spirit)
 
Daily Bread - June 6, 2019 (The Fifth Day - Genesis 1:20-23)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Thursday, 06 June 2019 05:54
1 John 2:24-25 - What you have heard from the beginning, let it remain in
you. If what you heard from the beginning remains in you, then you shall
remain in the Son and in the Father. And this is the promise that He has
promised us: eternal life.

If we will not let ourselves be corrupted by the many ideas and
philosophies that men try to build around the simplicity of the Gospel, we
will continue to believe the message that was delivered at the beginning (2
Corinthians 11:3; Jude 3) when Christ Jesus first spoke. The simplicity of
the Gospel revealed is that we are in Christ Jesus, and He is in us. We are
to dwell in Christ Jesus, Who has brought forth a new life -His life- in
everyone who has believed. The faith is that simple; and we are to live as
He lived, and walk and He walked. The chief theme of John's message is to
"abide in Christ Jesus."

I love to sing of Who You are,
Merciful and so gracious,
Longsuffering - that’s Who You are,
That's Who You are,
Full of lovingkindness,
And truth, Almighty God,
I love to sing of Who You are,
That's Who You are.
(Song of the Spirit)
 
Daily Bread - June 5, 2019 (The Fourth Day - Genesis 1:14-19)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Wednesday, 05 June 2019 05:24
1 John 2:23 - All that deny the Son do not have the Father. He who
confesses the Son also has the Father.

Part 2 ~ The Plurality of Elohim - Father, Son, & Holy Spirit

Many would hope to eliminate a distinction between the Father, Son, and the
Holy Spirit. From a Jewish perspective, the Trinity would be a hard
revelation to fully embrace. The heart of the Jewish belief is "Hear, oh
Israel, Yehoah your Elohim, Yehoah is One" (Deuteronomy 6:4). However, this
does not eliminate the revelation of how God (Elohim/הים ִאל) was revealed
in the plural form and manifested as three distinct individuals even
throughout the Old Testament, albeit in a somewhat veiled manner.

The plurality of the monotheistic Elohim is first observed in Genesis 1:26,
"And God said, 'Let Us make man in Our own image, after Our likeness,'" and
again in Genesis 3:22, "Behold the man is become as one of Us, to know good
and evil." The argument may continue with the distinction made between
Yehoah God and the Spirit of God in Genesis Chapter 1. Also, three are
witnessed with the visitation of those Three Who came to Abraham in the
plain of Mamre when Yehoah appeared to Abraham, certainly not a coincidence
(Genesis 18:2).

And although there are many more examples, let us conclude with the
Scripture Jesus quoted to the Pharisees who were being challenged by the
concept of Jesus being the Son of Yehoah, as well as having always existed
with Him: "The Lord said to my Lord, 'Sit on my right hand until I make
your enemies your footstool.'" This passage is quoted from Psalm 110:1,
which literally reads, "Yehoah said to Adonai (my Lord), 'Sit on my right
hand...'" The question the Pharisees were unable to answer still remains a
puzzle to many today - if David called the Christ his Lord, how then is He
his Son? Let us believe the Word of God: "In the beginning was the Word,
and the Word was with God, and the Word was God... and the Word was made
flesh" (John 1:1, 14).


I love to sing of Who You are,
Merciful and so gracious,
Longsuffering - thats Who You are,
That's Who You are,
Full of lovingkindness,
And truth, Almighty God,
I love to sing of Who You are,
That's Who You are.
(Song of the Spirit)
 
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