Daily Bread - September 6, 2019 (The Sixth Day - Genesis 1:24-31)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Friday, 06 September 2019 07:31
1 John 4:4 - You are from God little children, and have conquered them,
because greater is He that is in you than he that is in the world.

Part 2 ~ Empowered To Overcome The World

The life and power of Jesus Christ in us enables us to overcome the spirit
of antichrist, the spirit of the world, and the spirit of deception. We may
be confident today that all of the power of iniquity in the world -the lust
of the flesh, the lust of the eye, and the pride of life- is not more
powerful than Christ Jesus Who lives within us. We are guaranteed by God
Himself that He will arise in us and subdue all of our enemies. He will go
before us and fight all our battles. As we stand yielded to Him, God will
destroy all of the opposing forces coming against us, and we will find we
are more than conquerors through Christ Jesus (Exodus 17:11; Luke 10:19,
Romans 8:37). In believing what He has done for us, we are empowered to be
strong in the strength of the Lord and the power of His might (Ephesians
6:10).
 
Daily Bread - September 5, 2019 (The Fifth Day - Genesis 1:20-23)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Thursday, 05 September 2019 05:23
1 John 4:4 - You are from God little children, and have conquered them,
because greater is He that is in you than he that is in the world.

Part 1 ~ Christ Jesus Dwells In Us

Jesus Christ, the One Who conquered the Devil and all of the power of sin,
lives on the inside of every believer (Luke 10:19; John 12:31; 2 Timothy
1:10; Hebrews 2:14; 1 John 3:8). Jesus Christ, Who is the truth, the way,
and the life, is the greater One that "is in you." Jesus Christ came in the
flesh when He was born into the world, and also when He was born into the
hearts of men by the Holy Spirit. When we were born of the Spirit, and
became a new creation through the miracle of salvation, Christ was formed
in us and came to dwell in us through this miraculous union (John 17:23; 1
Corinthians 2:12; Galatians 1:6; Colossians 1:27; 1 John 3:24). That Christ
Jesus dwells in us is in fact an essential doctrine of the New Covenant
(John 14:20, 15:4, 17:23, 26; also: Galatians 2:20; Ephesians 3:17;
Colossians 1:27).
 
Daily Bread - September 4, 2019 (The Fourth Day - Genesis 1:14-19)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Wednesday, 04 September 2019 05:13
1 John 4:3 - And every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ is
come in the flesh is not of God, and this is that antichrist that you heard
would come and now is already in the world.

Part 2 ~ The Activity Of The Antichrist Spirit

The spirit of antichrist, which will be fully manifested in the person the
Antichrist, is already at work. The deception would make Jesus less than He
is, and His work of redemption less than it is. It would deny that God
became human to take on the sins of the world. It would also deny that He
raised a resurrected human body, which continues to join the divine with
the human. It would also deny that He now dwells with us and in us as the
family of God redeemed by His blood.

In fact, if one denies that Jesus has come in the flesh, they make void the
entire New Testament. The antichrist spirit would not only deny the Lord
Jesus as being the only true and living God manifested in the flesh, but
also would deny any work of the Holy Spirit that would reveal Him. The
antichrist is in fact the one opposed to the anointing of God, and
specifically the anointing that teaches us we dwell in Him (1 John 2:27).
The one called the Antichrist, who is the man of sin and the son of
destruction, will come and declare himself God, but while that is yet
future, the spirit of antichrist paves the way (2 Thessalonians 2).
 
Daily Bread - September 3, 2019 (The Third Day - Genesis 1:9-13)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Tuesday, 03 September 2019 05:14
1 John 4:3 - And every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ is
come in the flesh is not of God, and this is that antichrist that you heard
would come and now is already in the world.

Part 1 ~ Defining The Spirit Of Antichrist

The false prophets, which can be anyone who speaks on behalf of God but
does not speak the truth concerning Who Jesus is and what He has done, are
also equated with antichrist. The word "antichrist" is found four times in
the Bible, and is a word only used by John in his Epistles (1 John 2:18,
22, 4:3; 2 John 7). The antichrist spirit denies Jesus is the Messiah, the
Redeemer, or the Anointed One of God. The antichrist spirit denies the
Father and the Son (1 John 2:22-23).
 
Daily Bread - September 2, 2019 (The Second Day - Genesis 1:6-8)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Monday, 02 September 2019 08:39
1 John 4:2 - By this we know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses
that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is from God.

Part 2 ~ Agreeing With God's Testimony Of Jesus

Confessing that Christ Jesus has come in the flesh is agreeing with God.
God became flesh, and is purely divine and human. Furthermore, He delights
to remain so for all eternity. God became flesh so that that He might die
for us, and through Him, we who were dead are made alive (Ephesians 2:1;
Colossians 2:13; 1 John 5:12).

Although essential for us to recognize that God -Who is called the Word-
was made flesh 2,000 years ago, we must also recognize we are in Him and He
is in us. Now, because we have been born of God and made one with Him, the
greater One lives on the inside of us; and by Him, we have overcome the
world (1John 4:2, 4). This indwelling presence of Jesus is witnessed by the
love of God and by the operation of the Holy Spirit in our lives -the proof
we were begotten of God.

Keep in mind the theme of this epistle is fellowship with God, and the
exposure of those who say they have fellowship, but really walk in darkness
and are deceivers. Therefore, a proof must be established to effectively
demonstrate who is of the Spirit of truth. Those who are of the truth
overcome the world and walk in the love of God because of the indwelling
presence of Jesus.
 
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