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Daily Bread - November 27, 2018 (The Third Day - Genesis 1:9-13)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Tuesday, 27 November 2018 08:34
Exodus 6:6 - "Therefore, say to the children of Israel: 'I am the Lord, and
I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians, and I will
rid you out of their bondage, and I will redeem you with a stretched-out
arm and with great judgments."

Redemption: Part 2 - The Triumphant Power of Jesus' Blood

Redemption speaks primarily to release from slavery either by force through
the action of God's own power as on the day He brought Israel out of Egypt,
or by payment (Exodus 6:6). If a person was enslaved in Israel, then the
closest responsible relative was the one who had to ransom the person and
make payment for his or her release. Today, the ransom has been paid for
everyone to be released from the slavery of sin -it was paid by the
precious blood of Jesus (1 Peter 1:18-19; Matthew 20:28; Mark 10:45; Romans
6:16,18,20,22).

God, by His own strength and power, brought us up out of the land of sin
and death and destroyed the tyrant who held the power of sin and death over
us (Colossians 2:15; Hebrews 2:14; 2 Timothy 1:10; Romans 8:2-4). Our
redemption came through the man Christ Jesus, Who spoiled principalities
and powers, triumphing over them for our release, even as God did over
Pharaoh. He made the ransom payment with His own blood, through which He
wiped away all of the sins that were held against us which were before the
throne of God. He, through His life, bought back life for us by paying the
just penalty for our eternal death, so we might have His eternal life
(Colossians 1:21-22; John 10:10).

Our redemption, which paid the purchase price for our salvation in full,
made us God's purchased possession leaving us no longer belonging to
ourselves, but to Him (1 Corinthians 6:20, 7:23; Ephesians 1:14). Through
the triumph of the power of God, the power of Satan was destroyed. His
blood, which was our purchase price, was the atonement for our souls which
brought to pass our salvation by the washing of the water of regeneration
and renewing of the Holy Spirit (Titus 3:5; John 3:3-6; 2 Corinthians 5:17)

Thanks be to God, Who gives us the victory through Jesus! (1 Corinthians
15:57)
 
Daily Bread - November 26, 2018 (The Second Day - Genesis 1:6-8)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Monday, 26 November 2018 13:17
Exodus 6:6 - "Therefore say to the children of Israel: 'I am the Lord, and
I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians, and I will
rid you out of their bondage, and I will redeem you with a stretched-out
arm and with great judgments."

Redemption: Part 1 - A Proper Definition of Salvation

The only way to properly define the Biblical meaning of redemption is to
begin where the word is first applied in the Bible. The first time the use
of a word for redemption is found allowing us to draw out a definition is
in Exodus 6:6: "Therefore say to the children of Israel: 'I am the Lord,
and I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians, and I
will rid you out of their bondage, and I will redeem you with a
stretched-out arm and with great judgments." The price of redemption is the
stretched-out arm of God, which refers to the display of His might and
power and His judgments (His sovereign decision).

Two unique words are used to describe redemption which are derivatives of
two Hebrew roots, גָּאַל gaal פָּדָה padah. In Exodus 6:6, we begin with
the first word for redemption, 'gaal.' There is always a price to pay to
redeem something. Here the price paid is the display of God's force and
power against the kingdom of Egypt and all its power. Redemption is
specifically directed at the slavery of God's people, and speaks to the
transfer of the people of Israel from Pharaoh's authority to God's
authority; but first, Pharaoh and his kingdom must recognize the power of
God and submit to it. When Pharaoh recognizes his defeat by a greater
power, then the release of the slaves takes place -which is the transfer of
all the people of Israel to the authority and power of God, making the
redemption transaction complete. Once the redemption transaction is
complete, then they can be released from their slavery and delivered from
the tyranny of Pharaoh and brought out to a place alone to serve the Living
God -this is salvation!

Shout for joy! For certainly God is our great salvation, and He is mighty
in our midst! (Isaiah 12:2-6)
 
Daily Bread - November 24, 2018
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Monday, 26 November 2018 13:16
(The Seventh Day - Genesis 2:1-3)

Ephesians 5:1 - Be then imitators of God as loving children.

Part 6 - Called to Mature into the Fullness of Jesus!

We have this amazing opportunity to mature into all the fullness of Jesus,
but somehow we fail to see much advancement in the ranks (Ephesians
4:12-13; John 14:12; Hebrews 5:12). The Lord is dedicated to building us up
and strengthening us so we can function in all the riches of this
inheritance, but we must be willing to forsake our own way and fully
entrust our lives to Him (Acts 20:32; Ephesians 3:16, 20; Luke 12:32;
Matthew 16:25). We cannot fight our own battles anymore, defend our own
causes, or seek our own interests. We must recognize it is not necessarily
faith we need more of, but simple obedience. With a hunger and thirst for
more of the things of the Kingdom, all these things in God are ours! Don't
make the mistake of making your calling in God anything less than what it
is -you are predestined to walk in the fullness of Jesus (Romans 8:29)!
Commit yourself today to imitate God and behave just like the Holy Ghost.

Give diligence to make your calling and election sure! (2 Peter 1:3-11)


Song of the Spirit from this past First Day meeting:

Wind of the Spirit flow,
Cloven tongues of fire fall
Rivers of the Holy Spirit flow,
Through me!

Church of the Living God,
Body of the Lord Jesus,
Fulness of the One Who fills all things,
Arise! (Be seen!)
 
Daily Bread - November 23, 2018
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Friday, 23 November 2018 11:26
(The Sixth Day - Genesis 1:24-31)

Ephesians 5:1 - Be then imitators of God as loving children.

Part 5 - The Greatest Opportunity Afforded to Man!

We have been anointed and established together with Christ Jesus. We are
called to come into the fullness of His maturity (2 Corinthians 1:21;
Ephesians 4:13). We have been given an unspeakable and amazing opportunity
to be taught by the Holy Ghost and live in all of God's glory. There could
be no greater opportunity afforded men than to have this call. Being
empowered to be imitators of God is greater than riches, fame, and all
other achievements men so diligently give themselves to obtain. Why is it
we remain so unbelieving and refuse to forsake everything else to pursue
this Heavenly call? Can we truly believe all God has is ours and yet remain
lukewarm, slothful, and negligent? Would we not stand up with ferocious
loyalty and face all the great challenges attempting to stop us and cast
them down like thieves? If we could see that our God is the one Who lives
in humility, would we not want to be just like Him? The world makes pride
and arrogance look strong, but the Most High, God Almighty, has chosen the
way of the lowly (Isaiah 57:15, 66:1-2; 1 Peter 5:5).

Give diligence to make your calling and election sure! (2 Peter 1:3-11)


Song of the Spirit from this past First Day meeting:

Wind of the Spirit flow,
Cloven tongues of fire fall
Rivers of the Holy Spirit flow,
Through me!

Church of the Living God,
Body of the Lord Jesus,
Fulness of the One Who fills all things,
Arise! (Be seen!)
 
Daily Bread - November 22, 2018
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Thursday, 22 November 2018 09:06
(Fifth Day - Genesis 1:20-23)

Ephesians 5:1 - Be then imitators of God as loving children.

Part 4 - The Devotion of a Child of God

We were converted and became like little children when we were born again.
We became as newborn babes so we might be taught of God and grow up into
all His ways (Romans 8:15-16; 1 Peter 2:2). There is a great reward in
spiritual maturity, and we must not allow anything to draw us away from the
prize set before us (Philippians 3:14). An independent, rebellious, and
stubborn attitude demanding our own way should have no place in our lives.
Such a disposition must be seen as a thief and a robber. We should rise up
with a holy indignation and violence against it because it will indeed
destroy everything. There is no way we can be a co-laborer with Christ
Jesus if we are not His devoted followers. If we will walk in the love and
humility of the Holy Ghost, we will learn to be ferociously loyal to God
and to those who belong to His Kingdom ( Philippians 2:1-15; 1
Thessalonians 4:1-12).

Let us love not in word and speech, but in action and truth! (1 John 3:18)


Song of the Spirit from this past First Day meeting:

Wind of the Spirit flow,
Cloven tongues of fire fall
Rivers of the Holy Spirit flow,
Through me!

Church of the Living God,
Body of the Lord Jesus,
Fulness of the One Who fills all things,
Arise! (Be seen!)
 
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