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Daily Bread - August 6, 2018
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Monday, 06 August 2018 07:59
2 Corinthians 7:1 - Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us
cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting
holiness in the fear of God.

Holiness Demands That We Detest Evil (Part 1):

Sin is a spiritual disease that only the Redeemer can cure. What it truly
means to be human was found in the garden of Eden, not in a world of men
ruled by the demonic. Man was made in a place of communion with God, after
the image and likeness of God, both outwardly and inwardly (Genesis 1:26).
Sin had no place at all in what a human being was created to be. When Jesus
came, He showed us exactly what God intended when He created man: He was
holy, blameless, and pure (Ephesians 1:4; Hebrews 7:26). Sin was an
intruder, a foreign invader, whose influence ultimately stole the inward
likeness of God in man and imprisoned them into a realm of spiritual death
and darkness (Genesis 3; Romans 5:12-21).

All sin and iniquity is an act of violence against that which is sacred and
holy, infecting everything that it touches with the plague of death. Sin is
an abuse to everything that belongs to life, marring all that it touches
with a curse. With God's awesome presence in our lives, we will learn to
abhor and hate sin just as He does. The beauty and purity of holiness will
become to us what it is to God: more important than anything else. God's
people must learn that iniquity, and all things that defile, can never be
mixed with the holy things of God, and will hinder our communion with Him
(Leviticus 7:19-21, 12:4, 21:1-4,10-12; Numbers 6:9-12, 9:6-13; 2
Corinthians 6:14-18).

Everyone having this hope purifies himself even as He is pure (1 John 3:1-3)
 
Daily Bread - August 4, 2018
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Monday, 06 August 2018 07:58
John 16:8 - And when He comes, He will reprove the world of sin, and of
righteousness, and of judgement.

The Holy Spirit And Conviction Over Sin (Part 3):

It is so important to recognize that fellowship with the world will quench
communion with God. Such fellowship will cause our intimacy with the
Almighty to lessen. Yet, when we give ourselves to having our hearts united
with His, we will have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness;
but instead, we will first reject them in our own life, and then reprove
them in others (Ephesians 5:11). Walking in the Spirit means you will have
the same disposition that He has about sin and iniquity, and will not
fulfill the lust of the flesh (Galatians 5:16). When we allow Holy Ghost
conviction to reign in us, then reproof against sin will reign in our
members. The light of the Gospel cries out with divine passion to those
lost in sin and iniquity, commanding them to repent (Acts 17:30; Titus
2:11-15). However, so long as those who are supposed to be the light of the
world are compromised with worldliness, there will be no expression of
convicting power through their lives (Matthew 5:13-16). Men hated Jesus
because their deeds were evil, and His presence and words exposed their
sins (John 3:19, 7:7). The world hated Jesus because he testified against
its evil works, and so it will hate us also (Matthew 24:9, 5:10-12; John
7:7, 15:18-19, 17:14; 1 John 3:13).

Walk even as Jesus walked (1 John 2:6)
 
Daily Bread - August 3, 2018
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Friday, 03 August 2018 08:47
John 16:8 - And when He comes, He will reprove the world of sin, and of
righteousness, and of judgement.

The Holy Spirit And Conviction Over Sin (Part 2):

Holy Ghost conviction brings an awareness of how terrible sin is, and God's
judgment against it. It will cause a brokenness in the heart of man that
will result in repentance and a turning of the affections unto God just
like the woman who was a sinner, who came into the presence of Jesus and
began to wash His feet with her tears and to dry them with her hair (Luke
7:38; John 11:2, 12:3). The Holy Spirit inspires a conviction and
repentance just as He did with Zacchaeus, who said, "If I have taken
anything from anyone falsely, I restore it fourfold!" (Luke 19:8). Holy
Ghost conviction causes men to be pierced in their heart and cry out, "What
must we do to be saved?" (Acts 2:36-38, 16:25-34). His conviction causes
godly sorrow, and a turning away from all iniquity (2 Corinthians 7:10).
Just as the presence of the Lord and the display of His power caused the
people to be struck with the fear and awe of God at Sinai so that they
would not sin, God desires an even greater manifestation of His glory and
power now, which will produce an even greater response to God (Exodus
20:20, 33:18).

Show us Your glory, Lord! (Exodus 33:18)
 
Daily Bread - August 2, 2018
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Thursday, 02 August 2018 09:50
John 16:8 - And when He comes, He will reprove the world of sin, and of
righteousness, and of judgement.

The Holy Spirit And Conviction Over Sin (Part 1):

Jesus not only redeemed us with His own blood and purified us from all
iniquity, but is the One Who baptizes in the Holy Ghost and fire. Jesus, as
described by John, is the One Who has a winnowing fork in His hand; and
with it, He thoroughly purges His floor (Matthew 3:11-12). In Malachi, He
is viewed as a refiner's fire and a fuller's soap (Malachi 3:2). Jeremiah
describes the Word as a hammer that breaks up the rocks, and a fire that
burns up the chaff (Jeremiah 23:29). Moses said He would be a prophet like
himself (Deuteronomy 18:15; Acts 3:22). When the Gospel of the Kingdom is
preached, the chief theme is repentance, which is produced by the
convicting power of the Holy Spirit that pricks the hearts of men (Acts
2:37, 7:54). The Spirit of Holiness is the Spirit of Truth Who reveals the
truth and exposes the lies. He is at war against all sin, and the effect of
His influence is a godly sorrow and despising of all that is evil (2
Corinthians 7:9-11).

Jesus said that when the Holy Spirit comes, He will convict the world of
sin (John 16:8). The Greek word is 'ἐλέγχω,' which means to "expose," or
"reprove." God the Holy Spirit is the One Who prosecutes sin and convinces
men of its evil, and the dreadful consequence of eternal judgment because
of it. Along with the reproving, or convicting of sin, He will also convict
the world of righteousness and judgment. There can be no doubt about the
disposition of the Holy Spirit towards the world. Once again, purity abhors
impurity, and holiness is violently opposed to wickedness. The Scripture
allows us to see the kind of impact the Gospel is supposed to bring. The
apostles, armed with the message of holiness ministered through them by the
Holy Spirit, shook their generation with conviction. For example, when Paul
preached to Felix, he spoke of righteousness, temperance, and judgement in
such a way that caused Felix to tremble (Acts 24:25)

Allow the Holy Spirit to lead you into all truth! (John 16:13)
 
Daily Bread - August 1, 2018
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Wednesday, 01 August 2018 09:16
Paul's Doctrine on Holiness (Part 1):

•Those that are born again are: freed from sin and having become slaves of
God, you have fruit unto holiness, and the end is eternal life (Romans
6:22).

•The fruits of holiness are the activity of the Holy Spirit in our lives
that fulfill the righteousness of the Law: that the righteousness of the
law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the
Spirit (Romans 8:4).

•The activity and power of the Spirit of Holiness bears witness that we are
the sons of God and heirs of God (Romans 8:14-17).

•Therefore, having been made holy we are to: present our bodies as a living
sacrifice, holy, and acceptable to God (Romans 12:1).

•The things relating to the nature and disposition of God are to abound in
us by the power of the Holy Ghost (Romans 15:13).

•Those that belong to the household of faith, or the Church of God, are
made holy by Jesus Christ and called to be holy (1 Corinthians 1:2).

•The absolute consecration and responsibility of each believer is to
recognize that the temple of God is holy, which temple you are (1
Corinthians 3:17).

•As God's people, we are different from all others for we are washed, made
holy, and made righteous in the Name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit
of our God (1 Corinthians 6:11).

•As the ministers of the Lord Jesus Christ, we approve ourselves: by
pureness, by knowledge, by longsuffering, by kindness, by the Holy Ghost,
by love unfeigned, by the word of truth, by the power of God, by the armor
of righteousness on the right hand and on the left (2 Corinthians 6:6-7).

•As God's holy ones, we are righteous, not unrighteous; we are light, not
darkness; we are of Christ, not of the rebellion; we are the temple of God,
not of idols: For you are the temple of the Living God. As God has said: "I
will live in them, and walk in them. I will be their God, and they shall be
My people" (2 Corinthians 6:14-16).

•In light of this relationship in which God is our Father and we are His
people, we are to: cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and
spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God (2 Corinthians 7:1).


Yield yourself entirely to righteousness unto holiness! (Romans 6:19)
 
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