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Daily Bread - July 17, 2017
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Monday, 17 July 2017 12:20
Philippians 3:3 - For we are the circumcision, that worship by the Spirit
of God, and boast in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh.

Every person has a choice you can either have an outward ritual and trust
in your own abilities, or you can be changed on the inside and learn to
live by the Spirit of God (Jeremiah 17:5-8; John 3:5; Romans 8:1, 4;
Galatians 5:16, 5:25). The Greek word that is translated worship in this
verse has as its primary meaning 'to serve'. The only way that we can serve
God is by the Spirit of God. Today, we must learn that, without Jesus, we
can do nothing; therefore, He calls us to come and dwell in union with Him
(John 5:19, 15:5). We must be willing to dwell in Him, and to allow the
glory and strength of His presence to give us the ability to do all that He
has asked of us. We must recognize that worship is far more than singing
songs in church. Worship is interacting with God; and the only way that we
can interact with God is by the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 2:18; John 3:5,
4:24, 16:13; 1 Corinthians 2:12; Galatians 4:6). It is through this
interaction with God that we find ourselves dwelling in His presence and
receiving those things that only the Spirit of God can teach us (John
16:13; 1 Corinthians 2:9-10). In the Old Testament, the only way that men
could interact with God was to bring an offering that represented their
lives (Genesis 4:4, 22:3-5; Leviticus 1:1-3; 1 Kings 18:21-24). They would
lay the lives of the sacrifices down upon an altar of sacrifice according
to the commandment of the Lord, and God would respond to them.

Today, we must recognize that the only access that we have to the Father is
by the Spirit of God (Ephesians 2:18; 2 Corinthians 3:17; John 3:5; Romans
8:14). If we are unwilling to lay down our lives, then we actually run
interference with the Spirit of God. To be led by the Spirit is an act of
choice. In every decision and action, we either choose our own ability, or
we look to the Spirit of God for divine help (Jeremiah 17:5-8; John 5:19,
15:5). Paul reveals here in this verse that those who are born of God serve
God not by the flesh or human ability, but by the Spirit of God. God has
called us to present our lives as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable
to Him (Romans 12:1). As we do, we lay aside our own human ability and
interest; and recognizing that we can do nothing of ourselves, we reach out
to God for help, and yield ourselves to the Holy Spirit. We accept with the
full assurance of faith that He is ready to give us the strength of the
Lord and the power of His might at the moment that we make our request
(Ephesians 6:10, 3:20-21). When we do, the Holy Spirit begins to fill us
with the divine ability and inspiration to enter into that realm of glory
where we interact with and receive from the Almighty (Ephesians 3:16;
Philippians 4:13; Colossians 1:11). We are the circumcision, who have put
off the impurity of heart, and have confidence that the Spirit of God will
give us the ability to walk in union with the Father and with our Savior
Jesus Christ.

Song of the Spirit from this past Sunday's meetings:

Holy Spirit, take control of me,
Come rule every part for Your glory,
Holy Spirit, take control of me,
In You I delight!!!
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