Daily Bread - October 30, 2019 (The Fourth Day - Genesis 1:14-19)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Wednesday, 30 October 2019 05:33
John 14:20 - On that day, you shall know that I am in the Father, and 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 recognizes Jesus is one with
the Father; but many fail to recognize how 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!

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, also 17:11,21,23,26). Through the
receiving of the Holy Spirit, we receive this unity with God the Father and
with His Son Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit brings to the believer
everything He brought to Jesus Christ while Jesus ministered on the earth.
 
Daily Bread - October 29, 2019 (The Third Day - Genesis 1:9-13)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Tuesday, 29 October 2019 04:49
John 14:17 - He is the Spirit of Truth whom the world will not be able to
receive because it neither sees him nor recognizes Him. You know Him
because He remains beside you and shall be in you.

The Holy Spirit, Who took the place of Jesus among the disciples and
subsequently among the Church, came to dwell in them and also in all who
will believe. This is the first time it is made very clear just how the
disciples will be one with Jesus and the Father. Although Jesus had
previously revealed to them that "they who are born of the Spirit are
Spirit", it is now made much plainer by the fact that God the Holy Spirit
will come to live on the inside of all who believe.

John also communicated this fact later in his First Epistle when he
revealed that Jesus dwells on the inside of the believer "by the Spirit
which He has given unto us" (1 John 3:24). According to 1 John 3:24 it is
the indwelling of the Holy Spirit that results in our being one with Jesus.
Subsequently, because we are one with Jesus, we are also one with the
Father (John 14:23). This unspeakable gift and blessing comes to us through
simple obedience to God's Word.
 
Daily Bread - October 28, 2019 (The Second Day - Genesis 1:6-8)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Monday, 28 October 2019 14:09
John 17:21 - So that all may be one, just as You are in Me Father, and I am
in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that
You have sent Me.

When the Holy Spirit comes to dwell in the life of a person, the result is
unity with the Lord Jesus and the Father. To think that through human
effort and religious observance one could attain such unity is completely
beyond the reality of this message. We are brought into unity with the Lord
Jesus and Father through the new birth, which causes us to miraculously "be
in Christ" (2 Corinthians 5:17). At the heart of the revelation of God in
the Old Testament, we understand that Yahweh God is One, "Hear, oh Israel,
Yahweh your God, Yahweh is One" (Deuteronomy 6:4). The concept of unity is
not restricted to these passages in John 17. In John 14 for example, Jesus
promised that He and the Father would come and make Their dwelling in the
believer.
 
Daily Bread - October 26, 2019 (The Seventh Day - Genesis 2:1-3)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Saturday, 26 October 2019 10:49
Ephesians 4:24 - And be endued with the new man which is created after God
in righteousness and true holiness.

Part 3 ~ God's New Creation: The New Man in Christ Jesus

The new man, which is Christ Jesus living in us, has the nature of Jesus,
the glory of Jesus, and the power and authority of Jesus (2 Peter 1:3-4;
John 17:21-23, 16:12-14, 7:38-39; also: Luke 24:49; Acts 1:8). Having
newness of life and the image of Christ, we are empowered to walk as the
sons of God (John 1:12; Romans 6:4, 8:16; Colossians 3:10). However, it is
absolutely essential that we believe in our hearts and confess with our
mouths these great things God has done for us (Romans 10:10)!

God created us anew in Christ Jesus and gave to us a new and pure heart, a
new spirit, a purified soul and body, and made us His dwelling place - the
temple of the Lord! There is no religious activity or belief that pleases
God. All that is important to Him and accepted by Him are those who have
been made a new creature, and who are willing to grow and mature in the
life of a new man (Galatians 6:15; John 3:3-6; Colossians 2:6).

Those who have been created anew in Christ Jesus have been made holy and
acceptable to God by the same gift. His own hand has built for Himself a
pure and holy dwelling place where His glory and majesty may be seen in the
earthen vessels of those redeemed and created anew by One, Christ Jesus
(Ephesians 2:10; Ezekiel 36:26-27; 1 Peter 1:22-23; 1 Thessalonians 5:23;
and: 1 Corinthians 3:9, 16, 6:19; and: 2 Corinthians 3:18, 4:7, 6:16; also:
Matthew 5:8; 1 Timothy 1:5; 2 Timothy 2:22; Hebrews 10:22).
 
Daily Bread - October 25, 2019 (The Sixth Day - Genesis 1:24-31)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Friday, 25 October 2019 15:58
Ephesians 4:24 - And be endued with the new man which is created after God
in righteousness and true holiness.

Part 2 ~ Believing God's Report About Us
If these things of the Spirit are to be accomplished in our lives, then we
must be willing to believe the report of the Lord and the record He has
given of His Son (Isaiah 53:1; John 12:38; Romans 10:16). If we fail to
believe, then it is impossible for us to receive and be equipped with the
identity of Christ. We must be willing to think differently about ourselves
and believe that we have been transfigured and renewed, washed and
regenerated by the renewing of the Holy Spirit (1 John 5:10-11; Titus 3:5;
Romans 12:1-2).

Our Heavenly Father wants us to be convinced we are His children: begotten
of Him, having been born of the Spirit. We have been born of the Spirit
(John 3:5), born of the Word (1 Peter 1:23), and born of the resurrection
(1 Peter 1:3). We find ourselves yielded to the Holy Spirit by believing
what God has said, and by being confident in Him and who He has made us to
be. It is through the Holy Spirit we are endued, and will continue to be
endued with the glory and authority of Christ Jesus. Through the gift of
salvation, we are empowered with a new identity. By the Spirit of wisdom
and revelation in the knowledge of Jesus, we are empowered to live the life
of Christ (Colossians 3:10; Ephesians 1:17).
 
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