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Daily Bread - February 2, 2019 (The Seventh Day - Genesis 2:1-3)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Saturday, 02 February 2019 13:25
Ephesians 6:14 - Stand then, having your loins girded with truth, and
endued with the breastplate of righteousness.

Part 2: Our Identity in Christ is Our Victory!

The righteousness of God we have been given by Christ must be our whole
identity (Ephesians 4:24; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Romans 10:3, 10). Satan uses
the weapons of condemnation and lies to disarm the saints and strip them of
their faith and boldness. If we will stand strong in the certainty of God's
righteousness and truth, all the demonic lies will be ineffective.
Righteousness is a breastplate of faith and love, and with it we can
execute the judgments of God against all sin, sickness, and disease (1
Thessalonians 5:8).

With His righteousness and truth, we can stand boldly in the face of every
earthly and demonic thing, and speak the words of faith and power. In this
place of divine confidence and assurance, the winds and the waves must
obey, mountains must move, and the course of nature is altered at our
command (Joshua 10:12-13; Hebrews 11:33-34; Isaiah 43:2, Daniel 3:23-25;
Matthew 21:21). We must forsake our own identity, lay aside the weapons of
own understanding, and take up that which God has supplied: His truth and
righteousness!

For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God! (2
Corinthians 10:4-5)

Special Note: Please be praying daily for our mission work in Kashmir!
 
Daily Bread - February 1, 2019 (The Sixth Day - Genesis 1:24-31)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Friday, 01 February 2019 06:26
Ephesians 6:14 - Stand then, having your loins girded with truth, and
endued with the breastplate of righteousness.

Part 1: The Righteousness of God in Christ Jesus

We can stand victorious in any situation we face, as long as we stand in
the truth and righteousness that are not our own, but that belong to God!
Peter told us to "gird up the loins of our mind," and Isaiah described
righteousness and truth as the belt of the loins (1 Peter 1:13; Isaiah
11:5). What we believe about ourselves, and our willingness to conform to
the image of Christ, are fundamental to our success (Romans 8:29; 2
Corinthians 3:18; 1 Corinthians 15:48-49).

God described who we are in His Word, and we must be fully persuaded of
these things. All that we are has been purchased for us by Jesus, and is
supplied to us by the Holy Spirit. The Spirit of the Lord is all around us
and the presence of the Lord is our shield. We are immersed in the glory of
the Holy Spirit, Who supplies us with the truth and righteousness of God
(Ephesians 5:8-10, 4:24).

We must receive these gifts of truth and righteousness, and continue in
them (Romans 6:13). It is here we stand and refuse to be moved, like a tree
planted by the water (Psalm 1:3; Jeremiah 17:7-8). In this submission to
God and obedience to the truth, we find all the supernatural works of faith!

We are the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus (2 Corinthians 5:21)

Special Note: Please be praying daily for our mission work in Kashmir!
 
Daily Bread - January 31, 2019 (The Fifth Day - Genesis 1:20-23)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Friday, 01 February 2019 06:25
Ephesians 6:13 - Now take up the whole armor of God, that you may have the
ability to stand in the time of evil, and having conquered all, stand.

Part 2: Subdue and Conquer!

God has made us more than conquerors. Through the conquest of the Cross,
our victory is certain (John 12:31, 16:11; Colossians 2:15). We have the
faith that conquers the world, and are seated together with Jesus in
Heavenly places, far above all spiritual wickedness, and above all rulers
of darkness (Ephesians 1:20-23, 2:2, 6:12). The Greek word 'katergazomai'
has a more aggressive and colorful meaning than just "withstand" -it means
"to overpower and conquer." With each attack of Satan, we will find
ourselves the winner if we rely on the strength of the Lord and the power
of His might (Ephesians 6:10). We will prove ourselves victorious over
everything through Christ Jesus (Romans 8:37; 1 Corinthians 15:57). We will
not only stand our ground in this high place of faith and authority, but we
will also subdue and conquer -not by might nor by power, but by the Spirit
of the Lord (Zechariah 4:6)! It is God who has girded us with strength and
will make our way perfect -all we need to do is to be strong and courageous
(Psalms 18:32; Joshua 1:6-9, 10:25; 1 Chronicles 28:20; Daniel 10:19).

Be endued with the armor of God by being endued with Jesus! (Romans 13:14;
Galatians 3:27; Ephesians 6:11)

Pastor Mark Spitsbergen

Special Note: Please be praying daily for our mission work in Kashmir!
 
Daily Bread - January 30, 2019 (The Fourth Day - Genesis 1:14-19)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Tuesday, 29 January 2019 23:08
Ephesians 6:13 - Now take up the whole armor of God, that you may have the
ability to stand in the time of evil, and having conquered all, stand.

Part 1: Invincible and Unstoppable!

An invincible, unstoppable soldier is pictured in this verse, clothed with
glorious apparel. Having put on this glorious mantle and armor of God, we
must go into action by the Spirit. We have been freely given the authority
of sonship and the power of God -now we must appropriate what is ours (John
1:12; Galatians 4:7; Romans 8:17; Ephesians 6:10). We cannot bow our knee
to sin, sickness, and disease. We cannot run in fear because of the storms
of life and circumstances around us. We must lift up our voice with the
faith that changes things, and hold fast our confession (Romans 10:10;
Hebrews 10:23; Matthew 21:21).

When Satan would come against us like a flood, there is a standard that
must be lifted up: the Name of Jesus and the word of our testimony
(Revelation 12:11)! There is healing in your hands, and songs of
deliverance are in your mouth -lift up your voice and shout! This divine
power is the authority of the believer, belonging not to just a few, but to
all that will believe: the whole company of God's saints! (1 Peter 2:9)

Be endued with the armor of God by being endued with Jesus! (Romans 13:14;
Galatians 3:27; Ephesians 6:11)

Special Note: Please be praying daily for our mission work in Kashmir!
 
Daily Bread - January 29, 2019 (The Third Day - Genesis 1:9-13)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Monday, 28 January 2019 21:00
Ephesians 6:12 - Because we are not wrestling against flesh and blood, but
against principalities, against the authorities, against the rulers of this
world, the darkness of this age, against the spiritual iniquity in the
heavens.

Part 3: Freedom From The Darkness Of This Age

Darkness is a place of judgment. When Satan rebelled against God, he was
cast out of the presence of God. This realm of darkness and chaos is where
Satan rules. The judgment of darkness also came upon men when Adam and Eve
listened to the voice of Satan and died (Genesis 2:17; Romans 5:12; 1
Corinthians 15:21-22; Ephesians 2:1, 5; Colossians 2:13). The death that
came upon Adam and Eve at the point of their disobedience separated them
from the Life and Light in God; and they found themselves confined to a
realm where iniquity ruled supremely.

The darkness hides the glory of God, and blinds the eyes and minds of men
from seeing and knowing God (2 Corinthians 4:3-4; John 12:35, 17:3; 1 John
2:11). In this darkness, God is absent and His goodness unseen. Mankind has
grown so accustomed to the darkness that when the Light -Christ Jesus- came
into the world, men loved the darkness rather than the light, because they
loved evil (John 3:19). Jesus came to deliver mankind from death and
darkness, inviting all to come and follow Him into the light of life (John
8:12). Through Christ Jesus, we are given power over the darkness and the
ruler of the darkness, so that mankind's eyes can be opened; and they can
be turned from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God (Acts
26:18). We must recognize that darkness is a realm of the demonic, a
holding place for those whose judgment is eternal death (Matthew 8:12,
22:13, 25:30; Jude 13).

With joy and resolve therefore, we should cast off the works of darkness
and put on the armor of light (Romans 13:12). There should be nothing more
precious to us than knowing and exercising our freedom to walk in the light
of life. Fellowship with the darkness of death should be the last thing any
liberated child of God should want to return to (2 Corinthians 6:14-18).
Those of us who were once in darkness, but are now light, must be willing
to walk in the Light (Ephesians 5:8; 1 John 1:7; 1 Thessalonians 5:5;
Matthew 5:14). We must decide whose side we are on, and what realm we will
live in. God has translated us from the power of darkness into the Kingdom
of the Dear Son; but if we say we know Him and have fellowship with Him,
yet we walk in darkness, we lie (Colossians 1:13; 1 John 1:5-7). We should
rejoice in our liberation from death and darkness, and have no desire to
return to the prison of condemnation (1 Peter 2:9; Jude 12-13; Galatians
5:1)!

Whoever the Son sets free is free indeed! (John 8:36; Galatians 5:16)

Special Note: Please be praying daily for our mission work in Kashmir!
 
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