Daily Bread - July 5, 2019 (The Sixth Day - Genesis 1:24-31)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Saturday, 06 July 2019 00:34
1 John 3:6 - Everyone who abides in Him does not sin. Everyone that sins
has neither seen Him nor known Him.

Part 1 ~ Desiring To Be Free From Sin

The one thing God's people should be more interested in than anything else
is the ability to live free from sin. After all, sin started the whole
problem in the first place! It is sin that brought about death and
destruction (Romans 5:12-19). Jesus Christ, the eternal God, came into the
world to destroy sin -and He did not fail (1 John 3:8). He suffered on the
cross so that we would be cut off from sin and be empowered to live unto
righteousness (1 Peter 2:24).

Sin is the spirit of disobedience and the foremost enemy of God and man. If
we will hearken to the voice of God, then we will count sin as the enemy of
our souls, and realize God has given us everything we need to defeat
spiritual wickedness and every fleshly lust that wars against our souls (1
Peter 2:11; 2 Peter 1:3-4).
 
Daily Bread - July 4, 2019 (The Fifth Day - Genesis 1:20-23)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Thursday, 04 July 2019 22:06
1 John 3:5 - And everyone that has this expectation in Him purifies himself
even as He is pure.

Part 4 ~ The Purity of Perfect Obedience

If we will walk in the light as He is in the light, we have the blood of
Jesus that is our cleansing - we have a fellowship and a communion with Him
that is entirely found in the blood of Jesus and the Bread of Heaven, which
is His body (John 6:56-58; 1 John 1:7).

We have been given the best thing to live by, through the sacrifice of our
Savior. If we sin, He is our Intercessor and Advocate Who is faithful and
just to cleanse us (1 John 1:9, 2:1-2). He works with us until the only
legitimate response to His love is established in our lives: perfect
obedience.
 
Daily Bread - July 3, 2019 (The Fourth Day - Genesis 1:14-19)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Wednesday, 03 July 2019 10:19
1 John 3:5 - And we know that He was manifested to take away sins, and in
Him is no sin.

Part 3 ~ God Will Always Lead Us In Paths Of Righteousness

If we will remain in agreement and submission to Christ Jesus, consecrated
to His ways and to the Holy Spirit, there will be no sin. Why? Because
Christ Jesus will never lead us into the realms of the demonic - He has
brought Heaven into our lives and has given us a life far superior to the
one ruled by the lust of this world.

The same is true of being led by the Holy Spirit. We know that all who are
led by the Spirit are the sons of God (Romans 8:14). If a person is always
in submission to the Holy Spirit, then he or she will never be led to do
anything contrary to the will of God.

A similar concept is found in verse 9 in this same chapter, which includes
agreement and submission to the Word of God, resulting in a realm of
absolute purity.

Being "in Christ" is a message delivered many times by the Apostle Paul,
"If any man be in Christ, he is a new creature" (2 Corinthians 5:17). The
fact of how the benefits of salvation are only received through our
willingness to be "in Christ" is communicated in many verses of Scripture
throughout the New Testament (Romans 3:24, 8:1-2, 39, 12:5; 1 Corinthians
1:2, 30, 15:18, 22; 2 Corinthians 1:21, 2:14, 17; Galatians 3:28, 6:15;
Ephesians 1:3, 10, 2:6, 10; Colossians 1:28).
 
Daily Bread - July 2, 2019 (The Third Day - Genesis 1:9-13)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Tuesday, 02 July 2019 07:50
1 John 3:5 - And we know that He was manifested to take away sins, and in
Him is no sin.

Part 2 ~ God's Devotion To Our Freedom

Christ Jesus is the only place men can find freedom from the dominion of
sin, and power to live in the purity and splendor of God's holiness. Being
"in Christ" is an expression of the relationship that we have been given
through His salvation. Instead of continuing to live our own life of defeat
and failure, we now live a victorious life in Him. John also refers to this
place of purity and glory as being "in the light, as He is in the light" (1
John 1:7). His presence results in purity and the power to live Holy.
Purity and holiness belong to all who are willing to abide in Christ, which
is emphasized in the next verse, "Everyone who abides in Him has no sin,
everyone that sins has not seen Him, nor known Him" (1 John 3:6).

The first thing to understand is God's commitment to forgive us, train us,
and establish us. There is abundant mercy with God, which was expressed in
amazing ways as He dealt with rebellious people in the Old Testament -and
now, how much more now in this time of great grace? God has given us the
blood of Jesus to cleanse us, and the Holy Spirit to empower us and teach
us. He has given us by His own power everything that we need to walk in His
glory and purity (2 Peter 1:3-4). God is devoted to establishing us in all
of His love for righteousness and hatred of evil. All we have to do is be
committed to learning.
 
Daily Bread - July 1, 2019 (The Second Day - Genesis 1:6-8)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Monday, 01 July 2019 09:22
1 John 3:5 - And we know that He was manifested to take away sins, and in
Him is no sin.

Part 1 ~ Jesus Came To Take Away Sin

The incarnate divine Word was revealed to take away sin by His birth,
public ministry, crucifixion and resurrection. Adam's failure to obey God
resulted in man's downfall and destruction, but through the obedience of
Jesus Christ all men can be set free! Through Adam everyone died, but
through Jesus all who will believe are made alive. Because of Adam's
disobedience all mankind became disobedient, but through the obedience of
Christ Jesus all who believe are made obedient. Through Adam's sin all men
became sinners, but through the righteousness of Jesus Christ all who will
believe are made righteous (Romans 5:12-21; 1 Corinthians 15:22).
 
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