Daily Bread - April 18, 2019 (The Fifth Day - Genesis 1:20-23)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Thursday, 18 April 2019 08:21
1 John 2:6 - He that says he abides in Him ought himself to walk also just
as He walks.

Part 3: Living Like He Lives

Christ Jesus has given all men everywhere the invitation to come and abide
in Him (John 15:1-5). There is no salvation outside of abiding in Christ
Jesus (John 6:56, 14:17, 15:4, 6; 1 John 2:27-28, 4:13). If we have
responded to His call and are abiding in Christ Jesus, then we will live
like He lives. We will walk in the light just like He walks in the light;
for if we abide in Him, then we are even as He is in this world today (1
John 1:7, 4:17; Romans 5:17; Ephesians 1:17-23). If we have been born of
God, we don't need anyone to teach us this, because the anointing we have
received teaches us that we must abide in Him -and furthermore, we delight
to dwell in Him (1 John 2:27; 1 Peter 1:8; John 15:11).

Keep yourselves from idols. Amen. (1 John 5:21)
 
Daily Bread - April 17, 2019 (The Fourth Day - Genesis 1:14-19)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Wednesday, 17 April 2019 08:23
1 John 2:6 - He that says he abides in Him ought himself to walk also just
as He walks.

Part 2: Living the Life of Jesus

The ability to abide in Him, which is the same as saying "to live the life
of Jesus" or to "behave just like Jesus," comes to us by the anointing we
have received from Him. In fact, "abiding in Him" and having "the
anointing" are inseparably linked (1 John 2:27). The promise God gave to
anyone who would believe was that we would be born of the Spirit, and
subsequently, Jesus would baptize us with the Holy Spirit (John 3:5; Acts
1:8, 8:15-16). He promised us the same Spirit and the same anointing He was
baptized with (Luke 4:18).

The idea of abiding in Him is communicated in a unique way in John 15 to
help us understand how the supply of His divine life flows into our lives.
We learn that we can depend on Jesus for everything we need, and that
without Him we can do nothing (John 15:4-5). The life of God supplied to us
by the Holy Spirit flows as the sap of the vine; and through our intimate
union with Christ Jesus, the fruit of His life is manifested in us. The
interdependency which exists between a vine and a branch is astounding to
consider! In like manner, the life of Jesus is revealed through us to the
world around us as we abide in Him. In fact, when Jesus said, "Abide in me,
and I in you," He was saying, "Live My life, and I will live in you."

As we abide in Jesus, the glory of His divine life and love flows into our
hearts by the Holy Spirit (Romans 5:5; Ephesians 3:19; 1 Thessalonians
3:12). The miracle of salvation has supplied us with an inseparable union
with the Lord Jesus (John 15:1-6, 17:22-23; 2 Peter 3:18; 1 John 3:23).

Keep yourselves from idols. Amen. (1 John 5:21)
 
Daily Bread - April 16, 2019 (The Third Day - Genesis 1:9-13)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Tuesday, 16 April 2019 07:55
1 John 2:6 - He that says he abides in Him ought himself to walk also just
as He walks.

Part 1: Abiding in Christ Jesus

The Gospel message of "being in Him," is one of the most important in the
New Testament and is the chief theme of John 15. The two phrases "to be in"
(Greek: 'einai en'/είναι ἐν) and "to abide in" (Greek: 'menein en'/μένειν
ἐν) are for the most part interchangeable as in John 14:10.

The importance of being "in Him" is highlighted by verses of Scripture such
as: "If any man be in Christ Jesus, he is a new creature" (2 Corinthians
5:17); and also John 15:4, 5, 7, 10; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Ephesians 1:4;
Philippians 3:9; Colossians 2:6, 7, 10; 1 John 2:27, 28, 3:5, 6, 24, 4:16,
5:20.

Similarly, we know we are crucified with Christ, yet we still live -but not
us, it's Christ Who lives (Galatians 2:20). Also, we know that if One died
for all, then all were dead that we should no longer live unto ourselves,
but unto Christ Jesus (2 Corinthians 5:14-15). We have lost our lives that
we might find them in Him (Matthew 10:39, 16:25; Mark 8:35; Luke 9:24,
17:33; John 12:25; Philippians 3:3, 7-11; Colossians 3:1-4).

Keep yourselves from idols. Amen. (1 John 5:21)
 
Daily Bread - April 15, 2019 (The Second Day - Genesis 1:6-8)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Monday, 15 April 2019 06:47
1 John 2:5 - But whoever keeps His Word, truly in him is the love of God
perfected. This is how we know that we are in Him.

Part 3: God's Love Perfected in the Believer

The love of God is perfected in the sense that the believer has come to a
place of complete surrender to the Holy Spirit and has yielded to Him
without reservation. God's love does not need to be perfected for it is
already perfect. However, the Christian becoming totally obedient to the
love of God is the key to knowing the fullness of God (Ephesians 3:17-19).
The perfect love of the Father has been given to us by the indwelling of
the Holy Spirit. As we learn to yield to the Holy Spirit and walk in love,
we find ourselves always doing those things which please the Father.
Keeping His word and walking in love results in maturing in love; and as a
result, we say that our love is perfected in us.

The Greek word for "perfected" is the past tense of 'teleioun'
(τέλειον/"complete," "perfect"). The concept of being perfect in the New
Testament is first mentioned in Matthew 5:48: "Be perfect as your Father in
Heaven is perfect." Also 1 Corinthians 2:6, 14:20, Ephesians 4:13 and
Colossians 1:28 say similar things. In the book of Hebrews, "perfection" or
"being made complete" was said not to be possible by the Law, but now has
been supplied through Jesus Christ, the One who perfects (Hebrews 7:11, 19,
9:9, 10:1, 10:14, 12:2, 23-24). The idea of walking in love and being
perfect are closely related in 1 John. In fact, one may also understand
walking in the light as He is in the Light as being equivalent to both
walking in love and perfect obedience to the Word, thus walking in
righteousness absent of sin and darkness.

Keep yourselves from idols. Amen. (1 John 5:21)
 
Daily Bread - April 13, 2019 (The Seventh Day - Genesis 2:1-3)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Saturday, 13 April 2019 11:20
1 John 2:5 - But whoever keeps His Word, truly in him is the love of God
perfected. This is how we know that we are in Him.

Part 2: The Need to Experience the Unfailing Love of God

Although, the Hebrew word for love is 'ahav' and is translated in the
Septuagint exclusively by 'agapan' (ἀγαπαν), another Hebrew word that
expresses the New Testament meaning of 'agape' is found in the Hebrew word
'chesed' in Exodus 34:6. The Hebrew word 'chesed' can mean both
"lovingkindness" and "covenant love," or "loyal unfailing love." When God
Almighty revealed to Moses Who He was, He said I am "full of covenant love
and truth." The reading would be similar to that found in John 1:14, but
instead of "full of grace and truth" it would be "full of covenant love and
truth" (Exodus 34:6).

I believe the biggest problem many of God's people face today is they do
not know how to experience the Presence of God, which is fundamental to the
love of God flowing into them. The burden is upon the pastors and leaders
to teach people how to yield to the Holy Spirit so they may enjoy the
wonderful and all-consuming Divine Presence of God! (Psalms 16:11, 34:8,
36:7-10, 63:3-5; John 17:3, 13-25; Ephesians 4:11-16, 5:8-20; Colossians
3:14-17; Philippians 4:4-9; Hebrews 12:29; 1 Peter 1:8; Jude 24)

Keep yourselves from idols. Amen. (1 John 5:21)
 
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