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Daily Bread - May 13, 2017
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Saturday, 13 May 2017 09:46
1 John 3:7 - Little children, let no one deceive you: he who does
righteousness is righteous, just as He is righteous.

Righteous as He is Righteous - Part 2

There is a power of deception at work right now that has an ever increasing
influence among men. These seducing spirits are at work in the church and
will ultimately lead men into the great apostasy (Matthew 24:24; 2 Timothy
3:13; 2 Thessalonians 2:3; Revelation 12:9). One of the things that Satan
attempts to do is to deceive God's people into thinking that they can
continue in sin and still have fellowship with God (1 John 1:6, 2:4). Paul
giving witness to this most important subject underscores the fact that
those who hold on to sin in their life are unrighteous and will not inherit
the Kingdom of God, "Do you not know that the unrighteous shall not inherit
the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters,
nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,"
(Ephesians 5:6; 1 Corinthians 6:9). All sin takes place when anyone
participates with a satanic influence (1 John 3:8; John 8:44; Ephesians
2:2-3). Whereas, the righteousness that God desires comes out of the realms
of His Holiness, proceeding from the heart, like a well spring out of a new
nature (1 John 2:29, 1:9; Romans 6:18,22; 2 Corinthians 5:17; Ephesians
4:24; Colossians 3:10). There are many today who want to continue is sin;
they just want to be forgiven for it. However, Jesus died to set us free
from sin, and to give us a right and true heart before God which desires to
be delivered from every unholy influence. The cry of the Spirit is to awake
unto righteousness and sin not (1 Corinthians 15:34).

The line must be drawn in the heart of those who have called upon the name
of the Lord Jesus. These things must be understood about sin. To
participate with sin is to participate with the works of demon spirits.
Everything about sin is opposed to the work of Jesus, Who was manifested to
destroy the works of the devil (1 John 3:5,8). Everyone that is born of God
has been called to overcome the wicked one (1 John 2:13-14). Satan was, and
is, a rebel against God; and any participation with his influences are acts
of that same rebellion (Isaiah 14:9-17; Ezekiel 28:12-19; John 8:44-49).
All who follow his rebellion (sin) are opposing God and will ultimately
suffer his fate -eternal damnation.

Jesus Christ, Who came to redeem men and set us free from the power of
Satan, is greater in power and influence if we will simply follow Him. The
power of God is greater than that of Satan; and the obedience of Christ
Jesus greater than the disobedience of Adam (Romans 5:12-21). If we will
put on Christ Jesus, then we will give no opportunity to the lust of the
flesh (Romans 13:14). We have been given the authority to be sons of God;
and as many as are sons will walk in the Spirit, and no power of sin will
have authority to snare them (John 1:12; Romans 8:14; Galatians 5:16; Luke
10:19; 2 Peter 1:10). We are to be the ministers of righteousness held up
as the testimony of God's changing power to shine with the radiant glory of
the Lord to all of the world (2 Corinthians 3:1-18). God's mercy is so
great that He is dedicated to help us no matter how much we fail. If we
sin, He is there to intercede on our behalf (1 John 2:1). If we will
confess our sins, He is faithful and just to cleanse us from all
unrighteousness (1 John 1:9). God is longsuffering, not willing that anyone
perish; but we must be willing to be taught the ways of life and say no to
that which is evil.

Refuse the evil, choose the good, and live free!
 
Daily Bread - May 12, 2017
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Friday, 12 May 2017 12:40
John 14:20 - And on that day you shall know that I am in the Father; and
that you are in me, and I am in you.

The Holy Spirit has come to prove to us that we are one with Jesus, and
that Jesus is one with the Father. Everyone, of course, recognizes that
Jesus is one with the Father; but many fail to recognize that all who have
been born of the Spirit are also one with Jesus. The Holy Spirit, Who has
come to dwell with us and in us, has brought to us the life and the nature
of Jesus. Through His blessed manifest presence, our eyes can see the
salvation of God living within our souls. From the infant expressions of
His life, to the baptism in the Holy Spirit, we find ourselves one with the
living God. If we will allow the Holy Spirit to lead us, teach us, guide us
-and open up our eyes, we will see Jesus in the life that we now live.

The expression "on that day" occurs three times in the Gospel of John; and
in every case, it refers to the relationship that Jesus will have with His
disciples after his death, burial, resurrection, and ascension (John 14:20;
John 16:23; John 16:26). Here, Jesus is referring to the time when "the
world would see me no more" (John 14:18-19; John 16:7-9). By the same
token, Jesus is also referring to the time when the Holy Spirit will come
to not only be alongside of His disciples, but to also dwell in them (John
14:16-17). This passage is about the promise of the One Who is coming to
take His place among the disciples, not just for the lifetime of the
disciples, but also for the lifetime of His Church (John 14:16; Acts
20:28). In this last discourse that Jesus had with His disciples, He is
assuring them that this is just the beginning of their relationship with
the Father (John 14:16). He assured them that the Holy Spirit would take
His place, Who would also reveal the oneness created by the new birth (John
17:22-23; 14:23; 3:6; 1 Corinthians 6:17; 12:13).

Jesus will make reference to us being one with Him nine more times in John
14 thru 17 (John 14:23; 15:4,6,7, 17:11,21,23,26). It is through the
receiving of the Holy Spirit that we receive this unity with God the Father
and with His Son Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit brings to the believer
everything that He brought to Jesus Christ while Jesus ministered on the
earth.
 
Daily Bread - May 11, 2017
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Friday, 12 May 2017 11:43
1 John 3:7 - Little children, let no one deceive you: he who does
righteousness is righteous, just as He is righteous.

Righteous as He is Righteous - Part 1

The Spirit of God only does righteousness. We have been born of the Spirit
to live and walk in the Spirit. The fruits that the Holy Spirit will
produce in the lives of those that have been born of God are the
righteousness of God. If we are under the direction and rulership of the
Spirit, then we will obey Him and let Him move through our lives with His
glory and virtue -His righteousness. The Kingdom of God is to be revealed
through our lives in righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost
(Romans 14:17).

The blood of Jesus has cleansed us from all sin and that we might live unto
righteousness (1 John 1:9; 1 Peter 2:24). We are made righteous (justified)
by faith in Jesus Christ alone (Romans 5:1, 9; Galatians 2:16). The
righteousness which is by the faith of Jesus Christ is the righteousness
that operates in our lives through the Holy Spirit (Galatians 2:16; Romans
14:17; John 16:7-11). When we received the righteousness of God, we were
empowered to live righteously (Romans 3:21-22, 10:3-10; 2 Corinthians
5:21). This is not our own righteousness -one taught by man or produced
from human effort- but the righteousness of God that comes from the heart
by the Holy Spirit. Therefore, because it is the righteousness of God that
we are participating with, we are righteous even as He is righteous. Oh,
thank God for righteousness! Otherwise we would be unacceptable to God
(Isaiah 61:10; Jeremiah 51:10; Romans 1:16-17, 3:21-22, 4:5-7; 1
Corinthians 1:30; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Philippians 1:11).
 
Daily Bread - May 10, 2017
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Wednesday, 10 May 2017 08:41
1 John 3:6 - Everyone who abides in Him does not sin; everyone that sins
has not seen Him nor known Him.

Overcoming Sin By Knowing God

The power to overcome the thirst for sin is only found in knowing God.
Jesus gave the woman at the well of Samaria the remedy for her sin. All she
needed to do was to receive the gift of God and drink of the Spirit, and
she would never thirst for the things of the world again (John 4:10, 14).
Jesus gave us an allegory in John 15 to describe how He desires us to live
our lives in Him. We are to abide in Him as a branch abides in the vine.
This kind of relationship and dependence upon the life and power of God
will result in our constant obedience and success.

We can be certain that by the time that John was addressing the church with
this Epistle, there were many who had never physically seen Jesus. Yet,
there was a fellowship that they had with Jesus that John included them in:
"we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon" (1 John 1:1b). We
know that as far as John was concerned, this was literal; for He had been
with Jesus for at least three years and had many opportunities to do all of
these things. But now about sixty years later, there would be very few
people who would have had the opportunity to literally do this. Therefore,
when John uses this word for 'seen' or 'vision', he is using it in a
spiritual sense. John is using this phrase to describe those who really
know Jesus (1 John 2:4, 4:8).

To believe somehow that God does not expect us to walk in holiness and
perfect obedience is nothing more than deception (1 John 3:7; Ephesians
5:6; 2 Timothy 3:13). If men are going to learn to walk in the perfect
obedience to God, then they are going to have to learn to walk in the
Spirit and abide in Christ (Galatians 5:16, 25; Romans 8:1, 4).
 
Daily Bread - May 9, 2017
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Tuesday, 09 May 2017 08:05
John 8:23 - But He said to them, you are from below; I am from above. You
are of this world; I am not of this world.

Those who refuse to believe in Jesus remain the captives of this world. The
Greek word is 'kosmos'. The opposite of this is spoken by Jesus of his
disciples in John 17:14 and 16, "They are not of this world, even as I am
not of this world." When one is born from above by the Spirit, they become
Spirit instead of a person of the flesh (John 3:6) . As one born from
above, they are not of this world (1 John 4:17).

This message is also emphasized by Paul in Romans 8:9 "You are not in the
flesh, but in the Spirit." Again, the message of having escaped from the
world through believing on Jesus is also emphasized by Peter as in 2 Peter
1:3-4, "so that through these you might be partakers of the divine nature
having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust."

The word 'kosmos' obviously extends beyond just a reference to the
universe. It also refers to the society of man. Jesus came to give life to
the world that was bound with death (John 6:33, 51). He came to take the
sin away from the world that was held under its power (John 1:29, 1 John
5:19), and to give light to a world in darkness (John 1:5, 9). It is only
by faith in Jesus that one may overcome the world (1 John 5:4-5).
 
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