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Daily Bread - January 10, 2018
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Wednesday, 10 January 2018 12:27
1 Corinthians 6:20 - You were bought with a price; therefore, glorify God
in your body and spirit which are God's.

Jesus take me, mold and make me; I give my life to You.
Oh God, You are my God; You're all I want, You're all I desire.
(Song of the Spirit)

The offering of our lives to Jesus has to be more than just a notion of us
coming under His protection and being beneficiaries of His favor and
blessings. The offering of our lives to Jesus must include a sincere heart
that relinquishes claims on all which we have had power over, and to now
live according to His desires and plans (Luke 9:23, 22:42; Matthew 6:10).
How much of our everyday lives should be interrupted? How much of our
decisions should be dictated by the Master; and how much are we on our own
to do whatever we desire?

Without question we know that we are to be conformed to the image of the
Son (Romans 8:29; Ephesians 4:13). We have been given the life of Christ
Jesus to live His life (Galatians 2:20; Colossians 3:1-4). We are to walk
in the Spirit, live in the Spirit, and be led by the Spirit (Galatians
5:25; Romans 8:4,14). We are to do the Father's will and not our own, and
live in the abundant Life that He has given us (Matthew 7:21; John 10:10).
Of course, because this abundant life is far better than the life that we
had in the world, it certainly is no sacrifice! However, there is probably
nothing more necessary than to examine the difference between our will and
His will, viz. the pursuit of our own self­-interest verses that of living
in total abandonment­ and wholly for the Master. What will be revealed from
such an honest evaluation, above all else, is the necessity of removing
ourselves from any and all cooperation -or mixture- with that which is
worldly (James 4:4; 2 Corinthians 6:14-18; 1 John 1:5-7, 2:15-17; Ephesians

In our consecration to living this new life in Christ, can a husband and
wife still live for the interest of each other and care for the things that
belong to serving the needs of their family? Yes, but it should all be done
in the context of that which is godly, and pursuing the Divine will and
plan of God. Can a man still go to work, or pursue a career to provide for
the needs of those things he is responsible for? Yes, but once again this
has to be in perspective to the balance Jesus gave in putting the things of
the Kingdom first and above all else (Matthew 6:19-34). Is it wrong to be
involved in enjoying the everyday life that God has given in sports, and
personal goals, and interests? No, so long as the more needful things of
always being a witness of the New Life through our conduct and behavior are
more important (Colossians 3:17). We cannot allow any other activity to
dwarf our commitment to the development of our relationship with the Lord
and living consecrated to His ways. Friendship with the world and the peer
pressure to conform to those who are not walking with God must be guarded
against (2 Corinthians 6:14). Is it wrong for a young man or woman to
desire to be married and have a family? No, marriage and family are godly
and part of the will and plan of God; but once again, the marriage
relationship has to be a desire consecrated to God's will and direction for
it to be right.

God redeemed us and purchased us with His own blood (Colossians 1:12-14; 1
Peter 1:18-19). We have become part of His family and the household of
faith (Ephesians 3:14-15; Galatians 6:10). We are to live as the witnesses
of a new kind of Life. We are those that have been made alive in Christ
Jesus, so that we may show what the Heavenly Life is all about (Romans
6:11-23, 14:17; Ephesians 4:24; 1 Peter 2:9). There must be a great
contrast between the way we live and the way people of the world conduct
themselves. The contrast should be as great as the light of noonday is from
the darkest of nights. We must be ever more as different as Noah and His
family were from the people of the generation in which they lived (Genesis
6:5-12, 7:1). We must be as distinctly different as the people of God are
from the children of the devil (1 John 3:1-10). We are to live our lives in
the beauty of holiness and the splendor of His glory (Psalms 29:2, 96:9,
91:1). We are God's boast, His children, His heirs, and His description of
a better life­ -the Life He intends for men to live for all Eternity!

Therefore, glorify Jesus today in your body and spirit which are His!
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