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Daily Bread - October 10, 2017
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Tuesday, 10 October 2017 07:14
Romans 13:14 - But be clothed with the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no
allowance for the flesh to allow for lust.

Make no mistake: the life that God granted to us as a free gift is the life
of Christ, which is the life of the Spirit (Ephesians 4:24; 2 Corinthians
3:3; 5:17; 11:3; Colossians 1:28; 1 John 4:4; Philippians 1:21; 2 Peter
1:4; Galatians 2:20). If we walk in the Spirit (or the life of Christ),
then we are the children of God (Romans 8:14,16; Galatians 5:16). This is
more than our job description -this is our life description. We have a
responsibility to follow Him, and to imitate those things, that He did (1
Corinthians 11:1; Ephesians 5:1-2; 1 John 2:6, 3:7; 3 John 11; 1 Timothy
6:11; 1 Peter 4:1-2; Philippians 2:5-8). We are to understand the ways of
the Spirit, and be obedient to conduct ourselves as He commands (Colossians
3:12; Galatians 5:24; 2 Peter 1:3-11). After all that God has done for us
-providing as a free gift this abundant life and more- how could we do
anything less than give ourselves to an absolute consecration to be what He
has made us to be in Christ Jesus? We should make a study of His actions
and conduct, and then devote ourselves to the same behavior. There is
nothing that any of us will ever learn unless we give ourselves to the
study of it, and then devote ourselves to the practice. We must awake out
of our sleep and the pursuit of our own interest; and perfect holiness in
the fear of God!

Paul more perfectly defined an absolute surrender to following Jesus when
He used these words: "Be clothed with the Lord Jesus Christ." God will not
make us follow Him; it is voluntary. Once we decide that the kind of life
that Jesus lived is the life that we want to live, all of the resources of
the Spirit are provided for us (2 Corinthians 9:8; Philippians 4:13). The
life of holiness and power awaits all who are willing to turn from their
own ability, deny those things inspired by demon spirits, and go on to
follow the life that Jesus modeled for us. Religion only thinks about
self-denial; but the Holy Spirit shows us a life far better than
self-interest and worldly pursuits. It is a life so glorious that we would
rather have Jesus manifested in our lives than all other things that could
be accomplished or achieved in this world. If we are going to truly deny
the life of self-interest and human ability, then we are going to have to
allow God to touch us with His Presence and fill us with the refreshing
waters of the Spirit. We must discover the realm of relationship where we
are continually strengthened by the Spirit in our inner being (Ephesians
3:16, 5:18; Jude 1:20-21). Trying to deny yourself so that you can walk in
the life of Jesus is like selling all that you have for a pearl of great
price you have never seen, nor can find. Once finding the pearl however,
you sell all that you have with great excitement and joy; and so it is with
this glorious life of Jesus!

Today, we can be clothed with all the graces that were in Christ Jesus. We
can walk in the realm of heavenly places and enjoy the well-springs of
life. All we have to do is simply say 'no' to the things that belong to the
evils of this world; its envy, strife, and hatred. The realm of
self-interest will quickly lead into the actions of sin. Self-pursuits
quickly change into the activities of the demonic. Just as Eve pursued for
herself wisdom and knowledge, only to be taken prisoner by devils and the
power of sin -even so those who give place to that which is earthly and
sensual find no blessed thing. Give no place to sin, to all that is in the
world (1 Corinthians 15:34; 1 John 2:15-17); for its wages you cannot
afford (Genesis 2:17; Romans 6:23). Rather, yield yourselves to the Spirit
of the Lord, who presently lives within those who have been redeemed
(Romans 6:1-23). You have an armor to protect you from all worldly things:
it is the Spirit and nature of Christ. Sin has been condemned in the flesh;
it has been proven to have no place (Romans 8:2-4; 1 Peter 4:1-2; 1 Timothy
3:16). That which belongs to sin and its lust has no place in our life, and
should not be given any rights or power: for our bodies are the temple of
the Lord (Romans 6:12,14; 1 Corinthians 3:17, 6:19).


Song of the Spirit given in this past Sunday's meeting:

Not my will, Lord, but Your's be done,
Only Your will lasts forever,

Oh, the glory and the majesty, when only Jesus Christ is seen,
Oh, the glory and the honor, when the Holy Spirit takes control.



Be clothed with the Lord Jesus Christ! (Romans 13:14)
 
Daily Bread - October 9, 2017
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Monday, 09 October 2017 09:03
1 Corinthians 15:10 - But by the grace of God, I am what I am; and His
grace unto me has not been in vain; rather, I worked harder than all of
them, though it was not I, but the grace of God that was with me.

Grace is the active power of God at work in us. One may begin to catch a
glimpse of this truth as Paul points to grace as the source responsible for
all that he was, and was able to accomplish (1 Corinthians 15:10; Galatians
2:9; Ephesians 3:7). God's grace is an operative power, not a passive one
(Ephesians 2:8). It was operative to change Paul into a new creation in
Christ Jesus (2 Corinthians 5:17-21); it was operative to work through him
producing all of the signs, wonders, and demonstrations of the Spirit to
preach the gospel (Romans 15:18-19; 1 Corinthians 2:4-5; 2 Corinthians
12:12). It would continue to be operative to eventually raise him from the
dead at the time of the first resurrection when the dead in Christ shall
arise first (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17).

Paul told Titus about the active work of grace in such a way that grace is
almost personified -making it identical in its work to that of the Holy
Spirit. He said that the grace of God had appeared to every man, teaching
them to live soberly, righteously, and godly (Titus 2:11-12). Grace is the
divine ability to live in the ways of God and walk in the Spirit. This
supernatural power of grace transforms our lives in an instant, making us a
new creation through Jesus Christ our Lord (John 1:12-17; 2 Corinthians
5:17). It can only happen this way because the grace and truth came by
Jesus (John 1:14,17). It is through this grace that comes only by Jesus
Christ that we have an unlimited access to the majesty and glory of God,
which enables us to receive all of His fullness (John 1:16; Ephesians
3:16-21).

The functional and miraculous power of grace may also be demonstrated
through the saints of God. One example would be Stephen, who was full of
faith and power, and great grace was upon him; and as a result, he did
great wonders and signs among the people (Acts 4:33, 6:8). Paul testified
that each man was able to function in various manifestations of
supernatural power based upon the measure of grace that they had received
(Romans 12:6; Ephesians 4:7). Also, we come to recognize that it was the
great grace that was poured out upon the church that produced a
demonstration of great power (Acts 4:33). As grace abounds in our life, its
effect will be to produce everything that we need both spiritually and
materially (2 Corinthians 9:8; 1 Timothy 1:14).


Song of the Spirit given in this Sunday's meeting:

Not my will, Lord, but Your's be done,
Only Your will lasts forever,

Oh, the glory and the majesty, when only Jesus Christ is seen,
Oh, the glory and the honor, when the Holy Spirit takes control.


Be clothed with the Lord Jesus Christ! (Romans 13:14)
 
Daily Bread - October 7, 2017
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Saturday, 07 October 2017 09:44
Ephesians 4:3 - Giving diligence to keep the oneness of the Spirit in the
bond of peace,

Diligence is a word that is often used in the Bible, and is a word
associated with discipline and focus. Unfortunately, many may be diligent
and focused with respect to academics, business, athletics, etc; but as
soon as the same kind of disciplines are applied to walking with the Lord,
and doing those things that our Heavenly Father has called us to do,
diligence is then labeled as "religious". That ploy should be easily
discerned. Being diligent about the things of God is evidence that you are
being led by the Holy Spirit and seeking those things which are above
instead of those which is earthly (Matthew 6:33; Colossians 3:1-2; 1
Corinthians 15:10).

Only by yielding ourselves to the miracle work of the Holy Spirit are we
able to have unity with God and one another. (John 17:21-23; Ephesians 4:4;
1 Corinthians 1:10). The oneness or unity of the Spirit has been provided
for the believers through salvation and baptism in the Holy Spirit. If the
church is going to function properly, we must be diligent and guard against
anything that would oppose oneness. When anyone begins to function outside
of humility, meekness, longsuffering, forbearance, and love, they have
stepped outside of the will of God and begin to violate the body and person
of Christ Jesus.

It is our responsibility to guard ourselves against the snares and the
temptations of the devil that would lead us astray into self-exaltation and
strife. Demonic manifestations that are directly opposed to the unity of
the Spirit are: strife, envy, and divisions (James 3:16). We must
understand that it is the strategy of Satan to prevent -and even STOP- the
unity that is essential for the body of Christ to function properly (1
Corinthians 1:10, 12:12-27; Romans 12:16; Philippians 3:16). Therefore, it
is essential for us to be diligent to resist every contrary thing that
opposes the ways of God, and submit to lowliness and meekness (James 4:6-7).

The oneness that has been granted to us is primarily oneness with the Holy
Spirit, the Lord Jesus Christ, and God the Father. Then, as a result of
oneness with God, we may have oneness with one another. In this divine
disposition, the Church functions in such a way that Christ Jesus is
revealed through the operation of the Holy Spirit in each member of the
body (1 Corinthians 12:12-27). We must allow the Holy Spirit to baptize us
into the Body of Christ every time we assemble ourselves together (1
Corinthians 12:13). The Church is the fullness of God; but unless we
participate with God, the glory of His fullness is never realized or
witnessed (Ephesians 1:17-23).

The will of God is for the arresting power of His love be manifested in our
fellowship with each other. His love will produce oneness; and, by this,
all men will know that we are His disciples, and that Christ Jesus is Who
He said He is (John 13:35, 17:23). The Kingdom of the Lord Jesus is
witnessed by righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost (Romans
14:17). If the demonstration of the Kingdom of God is going to be
manifested in our assemblies, then we must be diligent allow righteousness,
peace, and joy to reign in all our emotions and conduct (2 Peter 1:3-11;
Galatians 5:25). The rivers of God's Presence would flow through us to
reveal the nature and disposition of Christ Jesus in all the splendor of
His servitude and humility (1 John 3:16, 2:6; John 7:38). The reign of
peace will calm every storm, His joy will refresh and strengthen every
soul, and the righteousness of all His goodness will produce days of Heaven
in the midst of His people -the Church! (Isaiah 32:17; Psalm 107:28-30;
Mark 4:39; Luke 8:24; Romans 15:32-33; Nehemiah 8:10; Colossians 1:9-29; 2
Thessalonians 1:11-12; Deuteronomy 11:21; Ephesians 1:22-23, 3:16-21)
 
Daily Bread - October 6, 2017
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Thursday, 05 October 2017 22:55
Ephesians 4:1 - I call to you myself, as the prisoner of the Lord, to walk
worthy of the calling to which you are called,

To walk worthy of the calling should be the desire of everyone's heart who
is in love with the Father. To be pleasing and fruitful in every good work
is certainly a requirement of following Jesus (Colossians 1:10; John 8:29,
15:8; Luke 9:23; Romans 12:1-2). Bringing honor to the Name of the Lord is
the disposition of the Son, Christ Jesus, and should be the disposition of
every son that has been brought into this glory (Hebrews 2:10; 1
Thessalonians 2:12; John 8:29, 15:10).

Paul has described the opportunities that God has given to us in the
loftiest terms. We have been blessed with all spiritual blessings in Heaven
and brought us into a fellowship of love that would allow us to be filled
with all of God's fullness (Ephesians 1:3, 17-18, 3:18-19). To step into
this realm that God calls sacred and holy demands the greatest response of
humility and lowliness on our part. Humility, meekness, and lowliness are
the dispositions of the Son (Matthew 11:29; John 5:19,30, 12:49). If we are
to walk in the heights of God's glory, then we must be willing to allow
this same mind that was in Christ Jesus to also be in us (Philippians
2:5-8).
 
Daily Bread - October 5, 2017
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Thursday, 05 October 2017 10:44
John 5:30 - I do not have power to do anything of Myself. According as I
hear, I judge; and My judgement is righteous because I seek not My will,
but the will of the Father Who sent Me.

The Greek verb 'dunamai' is normally translated 'able' or 'can.' However,
'dunamai' may also be translated 'power'. Translating 'dunamai,' power,
gives more force to the kind of submission that Jesus had to the will of
the Father. Jesus had emptied Himself of all His own power and ability to
be the example of the perfectly obedient Son and servant of God
(Philippians 2:5-8).

Jesus made it very clear that it was not His power at work when the
miracles took place. Rather, it was the Father Who was the One working
through Him. Jesus, as an obedient Son, had made Himself totally subject to
the Father's will; and, thereby, could do nothing of Himself (Philippians
2:7,13; John 5:19,30). The things that Jesus did were done only to honor
the Father and complete the work that He was given (Philippians 2:8;
Hebrews 12:2-3). The relationship that Jesus had with the Father compelled
Him to only do those things that He saw the Father do (John 5:19-20).

In a world of so many opinions, the only way to sort out who was telling
the truth and representing God was by signs and wonders (John 4:48; Acts
4:29-31; Psalm 75:1). Therefore, the miraculous was the proof that He was
sent by the Father (John 5:31-32,36; Acts 10:38). The miracle ministry of
Jesus, and how it came to pass, is revealed in the Gospels. When it was
time for the ministry of Jesus to begin, He was first filled with the Holy
Spirit (Luke 4:1,14-15). Jesus revealed in these passages of Scripture how
His ongoing relationship and submission to the Father was the reason for
the miracles. The miracles were the direct result of the will of the Father
being revealed to Him -and then through His life. His relationship was one
of total dependency upon the Father; for His will had been completely
surrendered over to the Father's direction.

Jesus came to reveal the Father through total submission and obedience to
His will. Now, the Holy Spirit has come to reveal Jesus to and through
those who will believe (Acts 1:8; Luke 24:49; John 17:19-23). When we
believe the Gospel, we are given the authority to be the sons of God (John
1:12-13; Romans 8:29; 1 John 3:1; Hebrews 2:41; 1 John 1:1-3). As we submit
to the Holy Spirit to do only His will, Christ Jesus is revealed through
our lives (Galatians 1:16; 2 Corinthians 4:11; John 17:21-22; Philippians
2:13). Jesus is not just revealed in character, but also in power; that
proof may continue to be given that He is the One Who was sent by the
Father, and that He alone has the words of eternal life (John 6:68-69,
14:12; Mark 16:20; Acts 4:29-31; 5:12; 8:12; 10:39; Romans 15:19; 2
Corinthians 12:12). The ministry that we have received from God can never
be about us individually; for it to be pure and true, it has to all be
about revealing Jesus and bringing honor and glory to His name by the
express will of the Father.

Awake to righteousness! (1 Corinthians 15:34)
 
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