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Daily Bread - April 13, 2017
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Thursday, 13 April 2017 16:36
1 John 2:23 - All that deny the Son, do not have the Father; he who
confesses the Son, also has the Father.

Confessing the Son - Part 1

It is impossible to have a relationship with the Father unless one is
willing to have a relationship with His Son, Christ Jesus (John 5:23;
Matthew 10:32-33; 1 John 5:12; 2 John 9). The reason being is that the
Father redeemed humanity through His Son. It does not matter who you are,
whether Jew or Gentile, there is no way to the Father but through the Son
(Acts 4:12; John 6:45, 14:6).

During the first covenant, God provided a means to approach Him through the
sacrifices prescribed in the Law (Leviticus 1:3; Hebrews 10:1, 8:5, 9:9,
11, 23). All of these sacrifices spoke of the coming Redeemer, who would
deliver mankind from the rebellion of Adam and slavery to a fallen nature
(Romans 5:6; Hebrews 10:16; Ephesians 4:24; 2 Peter 1:4). Today, all that
was declared in the Law has been fulfilled through Jesus Christ (Luke
24:44; Matthew 5:17; John 5:39). God's promise is with His Son; and His
people are those who call upon the Name of Jesus (1 Corinthians 12:13;
Ephesians 2:15).

Confess the Son and live in Father's fulfilled promise!
 
Daily Bread - April 12, 2017
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Wednesday, 12 April 2017 09:16
1 John 2:21-22 - I have not written because you do not know the truth, but
because you know it; for there is not one lie that is of the truth. Who is
a liar? The one that denies that Jesus is the Christ; he is an antichrist
that denies the Father and the Son.

It is not only a lie to deny the Lord Jesus Christ, it is the spirit of
antichrist. Also, to deny the Father and the Son is the spirit of
antichrist. Father gave His only begotten Son; and when we refuse to
believe the report that the Father gave of His Son, we make God a liar (1
John 5:10). It is here in these verses and in verse 18 that we first
discover the word 'antichrist' in the Bible. God defines for us the
antichrist spirit. There were many antichrists during the days of John, and
there are many antichrist now. The person who is antichrist is more
perfectly defined in these two verses by emphasizing that they are those
who are of a lie, and do not belong to the truth. To believe in the Father
and the Son we must recognize that They are the only True God, and that
there is none besides Them.

Hear, Oh Israel: Yehoah (YHVH) your God, Yehoah (YHVH) is One (Deuteronomy
6:4) The Word, Who was God and was with God, became flesh; and we beheld
the glory of the only begotten of the Father (John 1:1,14). The Eternal
Word was hidden in the bosom of the Father until the time that He was
incarnated into flesh. The Psalmist said, "I will declare the decree:
Yehoah (YHVH) said, You are my Son; this day have I begotten you" (Psalms
2:7). David further distinguished the Father from the Son when He said,
"Yehoah (YHVH) said to my Adonai (Lord), sit on my right hand until I make
your enemies your footstool" (Psalms 110:1; Luke 20:42; Acts 2:34; Hebrews
1:13, 10:13). No one can come to the Father except by His Son (John 14:6).
If you refuse the Son, you cannot know the Father.
 
Daily Bread - April 11, 2017
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Tuesday, 11 April 2017 17:27
1 John 2:20 - And we have an anointing from the Holy One, and we know
everything.

The Anointing and Knowing the Truth - Part 2

The Lord has given us the ability to know what eyes have not seen, ears
have not heard, and what the heart of man has never understood -all by the
revelation of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 2:9-10). The Holy Spirit has
come to lead us, guide us, teach us, and help us. We just need to learn to
listen. The first and most important way in which the Lord speaks to us is
by His written Word. It is from the Word that we learn the ways of God and
the rules of interacting with Him. It is through the Word of God that
everything that is taught must be proven. The Lord established His written
Word before the ministry of prophets began, and then it was both by the
Word and the accuracy of their prophecies that prophets were to be judged.
Peter heard the audible voice of the Lord, but called the Word a more
certain revelation (2 Peter 1:17-19). Today, the Spirit of the Lord has
been poured out upon all flesh so that each person can walk in the unction
and inner witness of the Holy Spirit. Now each person can be taught
directly by God and can receive divine insights directly from Him -"They
shall all be taught of the Lord" (John 6:45; Isaiah 54:13; Jeremiah 31:34;
Hebrews 8:11). Yet, this does not eliminate the place that God has given to
those who He has placed in leadership in His church to watch over our souls
(Hebrews 13:17; Ephesians 4:11; Acts 20:28-32). Furthermore, God would have
every word, including the one each individual receives or gives,
established in the mouth of two or three witnesses (1 Corinthians 14:29; 2
Corinthians 13:1)

The Holy Spirit has come to be both with us and in us. Each person has been
given the honor of a personal and intimate relationship with the Holy
Spirit. Yet, if a person rejects God's divine order and rebels against the
order that He established in His church, it would be evident that they are
not listening to the Spirit of truth. We cannot be disobedient and
rebellious against what God has established and be in a position to say
that we hear from God. We should all walk in great humility that we have
been given the kind of relationship with the Holy Spirit that allows us to
hear directly from the Lord. There is an inner witness and a divine unction
that those whose hearts are right can come to rely on. Those who hear from
the Lord are going to be found doing what the Word of truth says. The
Spirit of truth will never lead someone to do something outside of the Word
of truth. God will never contradict Himself. Furthermore, if you love and
honor the anointing, then you are going to love and honor everyone who is
anointed of the Lord.

The Lord has poured out His Spirit upon all flesh, and the voice of
prophecy can be heard coming from all of God's people. The ministry of the
gifts of the Holy Spirit has been given to all of God's people. Yet, it is
important to understand that this outpouring of God's gifts, and the
operation of those gifts, are defined in the context of His church (Acts
2:1-4; 1 Corinthians 12:7-11, 28; Colossians 1:18). God the Holy Spirit has
given to each person the manifestation of the Spirit: the word of wisdom,
the word of knowledge, discerning of spirits, prophesy, and tongues. While
God in His grace has made each person a vital part of the expressions of
all these heavenly gifts, it should also be equally appreciated that the
Lord has given special gifts to lead, perfect, and instruct the body of
Christ: apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers. While we
may all speak as the oracles of God, it should be recognized that this is
even more true of His overseers who speak in His stead. Those who know and
hear from God will be both submitted to Him and to His servants as well (1
Peter 4:11; 1 Corinthians 14:6).
 
Daily Bread - April 10, 2017
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Monday, 10 April 2017 09:45
1 John 2:20 - And we have an anointing from the Holy One, and we know
everything.

The Anointing and Knowing the Truth - Part 1

Every person who has been born of God has received an anointing. The
anointing that we have received causes us to both know the truth, and know
those who are of the truth, specifically because of the fruits of
righteousness that those born of God produce (1 John 1:1-7; 2 Corinthians
1:21). The Holy Spirit, Who came to lead us and guide us, also strengthens
us to walk in every disposition of God (John 14:26, 16:13; 1 John 1:7,
2:29, 3:7-8; 2 Peter 1:5-10). The truth that the Holy Spirit teaches us and
leads us into is the will of the Father described to us by the Word of God.
Therefore, we are without excuse. The will of God has been perfectly
revealed; and because our lives exist in Christ Jesus, the same anointing
teaches us, as well as empowers us, to do what God demands. Thus, the
promises of God are fulfilled as we are all being taught directly by God
(John 6:45; Jeremiah 31:34; Hebrews 8:11).

John tells us in verse 24 that we are to let what we have heard from the
beginning abide in us. That which both they (and we) have heard from the
beginning was the Gospel -the message that we have been set free from
everything evil and born into the Kingdom of the dear Son as sons and
daughters. God, who in times past spoke to His people by the prophets, has
in these last days spoken to us by His Son, Whom He has appointed as the
heir of all things; and Christ Jesus, the Son, is still speaking the same
thing today as He did in the beginning (Hebrews 1:2; John 17:17; John
6:63). It is the Word of the scripture, which testifies of Him, and the
Word of truth which He spoke, that the Spirit of truth, Who testifies of
these things, confirms. Therefore, if we abide in the Word and His Word
abides in us, we know everything that Father requires of us. We know what
is right and wrong, and who is of the truth and who is not. It is by the
Word of God that we test every spirit, and judge between right and wrong
teaching (1 John 4:1-6; Galatians 1:8-9; 1 Corinthians 14:29).

To anoint literally means 'to pour ointment upon'. However, we have been
anointed in a special way: we received this anointing from God through the
new birth. God, Who has anointed us together with Christ Jesus, has given
us a new heart and a new spirit, so that we may freely know everything in
His heart -what eye has not seen, ear has not heard, nor has ever been
understood in the past by man. (1 Corinthians 2:9-11; Matthew 3:11; 1
Samuel 16:13). The anointing that we have received teaches us to dwell in
Christ Jesus and to live His life. In the Old Testament, everything
(whether object or person) was consecrated to God by having the anointing
oil poured upon it/him. When a priest, king, or prophet was commissioned
with a divine ability for service, they were anointed with the holy oil.
Today, we have been transformed by the Spirit, and anointed to function as
sons of God (John 1:12; 1 John 3:1). Having received the Spirit of truth
and the Word of truth, the saints know all those things that pertain unto
the truth because we are in Christ Jesus and walk in the Spirit of truth.

We may rest safely knowing that we are of the truth. We may be confident
that because we are united with Christ, we will not hear the voice of
another (John 10:4-5, 27). We live by the Word of God, and may be confident
that the Holy Spirit will always lead us into all truth -that which was
once delivered unto the saints (Matthew 4:4, 24:35; Mark 13:31; Luke 21:33;
John 10:35, 16:13; 2 Timothy 3:16-4:2; 1 Thessalonians 2:13; 2 Corinthians
2:17, 4:2; Romans 10:8-17, 16:26; Jude 3).
 
Daily Bread - April 8, 2017
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Saturday, 08 April 2017 08:54
1 John 2:19 - They went out from us, but they were not of us. If they had
been of us, they would have remained with us; but rather, that it might be
manifested that not everyone is of us.

Betrayal and broken fellowship is the hallmark of rejecting Jesus. Judas
was, of course, the model of this broken trust. We can also say that Satan,
who is also called the Devil, did a similar thing when he rebelled against
God. Everyone always has a legitimate reason as to why they can carry an
offense and not walk in love and submission; but with God and His church,
it is a manifestation of the heart.

One of the primary themes of the First Epistle of John is the love of the
brethren and the fellowship that results from being in Christ. John takes
the position early on in this Epistle that fellowship with the saints is a
proof of redemption and of fellowship with God, "If we walk in the light as
He is in the light, then we have fellowship one with another, and the blood
of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin" (1 John 1:7). The
fellowship that we have with the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit are
equated with the fellowship that we have with those who are begotten of God
(1 John 3:17, 4:12, 20, 5:2). If an individual does not have fellowship
with God, then he cannot have fellowship with those who are begotten of
God; and conversely, if there is no fellowship with the brethren, then it
is being manifested that -regardless of what a person believes or
says-there is no fellowship with God.

The First Epistle of John provides the proofs of fellowship to distinguish
between those who are of God and those who are deceivers. The chief
characteristic John gives of those who have been born of God is the love
they have for each another and the commitment they have to lay down their
lives for one another (1 John 4:7-8, 16; John 13:35).
 
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