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Daily Bread - April 20, 2017
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Thursday, 20 April 2017 09:57
1 John 2:27-28 - And the anointing that you have received from Him abides
in you, and you do not need that anyone teach you; but just as the
anointing teaches you about everything, and is no lie, and just as it has
taught you, you shall abide in Him. And now little children, abide in Him;
so that when He shall appear, you will have confidence, and not be ashamed
before Him at His coming.

The Anointing and Abiding in Him - Part 3

The Holy Spirit's instruction and guidance is all focused on us living our
lives in Christ Jesus. Abiding in Christ means we live His life. The terms
of the covenant that Jesus made with us are that we abide in Him and He
abides in us (John 15:4a). It is essential that we recognize that our whole
lives consist by Him, and we accept this great grace that has been given to
us to live our our lives and have our whole identity in Christ Jesus. We
are given a continual supply of His love, His joy, His peace, and His
relationship with the Father; but we must learn to obey and yield ourselves
to Him! This life is not even possible until we are willing to be who He
has called us to be and view our only reason for living as to do the will
of the Father. All these spiritual blessings and divine riches are ours,
but we must choose to always have them by choosing to live our lives in
Christ. We must not live for ourselves, but for Him. Truly, if we loose our
life, we can have His. When we accept and surrender to the life that was
purchased for us in Christ Jesus, we will not live unto ourselves, but unto
Him who died and rose again (2 Corinthians 5:15). We are His living
epistles, and we carry the responsibility to allow Him to be manifested
through us (2 Corinthians 3:3).

In the Old Testament only a select and special group of men were anointed
to be either a priest, a king, or a prophet (Exodus 28:41, 40:13; 1 Samuel
9:16, 10:1, 16:13; 1 Kings 1:39, 19:16; Psalm 105:15). But now, something
far greater has been made available. Today, anyone who is willing is given
the opportunity to be anointed to be a child of God and baptized in the
fullness of His glory and presence -an anointing to dwell in Christ Jesus!
Just as in the Old Testament, the Spirit of the Lord came upon us; but
instead of receiving a special ability to be a priest, king, or prophet, we
are born of God and empowered to be the sons of God. When we are born of
God, we become a new creation, and are called the children of God (John
1:12; 3:3-6). This is a special gift belonging only to us now in Christ,
for no such authority belonged to those of Old Testament times.

When we are born of God, we are given a special anointing to walk as the
sons and daughters of the Most High. The anointing that we have received
abides in us, and gives us the insight and understanding to know how to
abide in Jesus. Jesus told us that without Him, we could do nothing; and
therefore, it is essential that we know how to abide in Him, so that our
whole life consists of those things that belong to God (John 15:5). The
anointing that we have received causes us to understand how to be led by
the Holy Spirit, who has come to lead us into all of the truth and to
reveal all that the Lord Jesus has freely given us (John 16:13-15; Romans

The prophet Jeremiah also revealed that those of the New Covenant would be
taught by God (Jeremiah 31:34; Hebrews 8:11; John 6:45; 1 Thessalonians
4:9). The prophet Ezekiel declared that we would receive a new heart and a
new spirit, and that God would put His Spirit within us, so that we would
be able to walk in His degrees and keep His judgments (Ezekiel 36:26-27).
Simply believe what God has said, and give yourself to walk in the nature
of Christ: to love like He loves, rejoice in His joy, and walk in His
peace. Let His Word abide in you by filling yourself with the things that
are written in the Bible. Recognize that His words are the instructions of
life. Whatever He says, do it; and the same kind of miracle that turned the
water into wine will be revealed to you so that you can walk in the
heavenly realm. There is no greater life than the life of God, so choose to
walk with God and to dwell in the life of Christ Jesus, and God's manifest
presence will be revealed in you!
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