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Daily Bread - July 31, 2018
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Tuesday, 31 July 2018 10:17
Romans 6:19b - ...even so now yield your members servants to righteousness
unto holiness.

Righteousness - The Acts of Holiness (Part 2):

Christ Jesus is our righteousness, Who also made us righteous (Romans 4:25,
5:16, 5:18, 8:30, 33, 3:24, 26, 28, 5:1, 9, 16; 1 Corinthians 1:30). We do
not earn a status of righteousness through good deeds, but are gifted with
righteousness from the first moment of salvation. Why? Because the gift of
righteousness made us righteous (Romans 3:26, 5:17). Justification, which
is a word that describes being made righteous, cannot be limited to a legal
term, but is also ethical - for only the doers are justified (Matthew
7:24-27; James 1:22-25). Righteousness is simply a description of walking
in the ways of God and doing what He does (Matthew 6:33; Titus 2:12; 1 John
3:7; Ephesians 5:1). There is no question as to the actual deeds of
righteousness being absolutely required in our lives; for if we do not walk
in righteousness, then we will not inherit the Kingdom of God (Romans 1:18;
1 Corinthians 6:9; Ephesians 5:6; 2 Corinthians 6:14)

Once again, we were enabled to walk in this righteousness because we were
born of the Holy Spirit; and with this new heart and spirit, everything
about our lives is to be conformed to the ways of God - this is the New
Covenant (Ezekiel 11:19-20, 36:25-27; John 3:3-6; Romans 8:9, 14-17; 2
Corinthians 5:17-18; Galatians 4:7; Hebrews 8:10, 10:16; 2 Peter 1:3-4)!
The Lord our righteousness gave us His life so we might live in His
righteousness (Galatians 3:21-22; 1 John 3:7). He gave us His Spirit so
that we might be instructed and mentored in all the ways of this life.
Because of God's great grace, we can now live out the life God intended
when He created man in His own image and likeness (Ephesians 1:4; Titus
2:11-12).

Live righteous, even as you've been made righteous! (1 John 3:7)
 
Daily Bread - July 30, 2018
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Monday, 30 July 2018 10:59
Romans 6:19b - ...even so now yield your members servants to righteousness
unto holiness.

Righteousness - The Acts of Holiness (Part 1):

Holiness is the source of all righteousness, which is another way of saying
that all righteousness flows from the Holy Spirit. Righteousness is the
actions of a holy life. This is a bit easier to understand when we realize
that all of the ways of God are taught to us and supplied to us by the Holy
Spirit, Who is the Spirit of Holiness (Galatians 5:22-23; Ephesians 5:9;
Romans 1:4). The words used for "just," "righteous," and "justification" -
'δίκαιος,' 'δικαιοσύνη,' and 'δικαιόω' - are all translated by ֶצ ֶדק ֫
('tzedeq'), the Hebrew word for "righteous" in the LXX (Septuagint).
Fundamentally, they all mean the same thing, but are simply being used as
the adjective, noun, and verb forms, respectively. All of the fruits of the
Holy Spirit are the acts of righteousness. God's acts of righteousness are
described as flowing from His holiness - "God who is Holy shall be shown to
be holy by His righteousness" (Isaiah 5:16). He has given us His holiness,
and likewise we are also shown to be holy through righteousness (Psalms
89:15-16). As servants of righteousness, we do righteousness, and are
therefore righteous even as He is righteous -which is the fruit of holiness
(Romans 6:19-22; Galatians 5:22-23; Ephesians 5:9; 2 Peter 1:5-8; 1 John
3:7).

Do righteousness, even as you've been made righteous! (1 John 3:7)



Every move in the Spirit brings me closer,
Every move brings me one step closer,
Every move in the Spirit brings me closer,
So much closer with every move!

I shall hear the voice of my Beloved,
It's the voice that sounds like many waters!

And my eyes will behold His glory,
And I will see the face of Him Who can't be seen!

And I will see Him as He is for I'll be like Him,
I'll behold the face of Him Who spans the ages!

Every move in the Spirit brings me closer,
Every move brings me one step closer,
Every move in the Spirit brings me closer,
So much closer with every move,
So I will move with Him!
 
Daily Bread - July 28, 2018
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Saturday, 28 July 2018 11:52
2 Corinthians 6:17-18 - Wherefore come out from among them, and be
separate, says the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will
receive you, and will be a Father unto you, and you shall be my sons and
daughters, says the Lord Almighty.

Consecration (Part 2):

The Hebrew language uses the passive form of the word for "holy" to express
consecration. The usage of the word then reveals that, once someone is made
holy they are to be dedicated by a covenant oath to remain in that
holiness. Once a person or thing is so consecrated, it is never to be used
for anything other than that for which it was dedicated. The consecrated
person must therefore be devoted to whatever they were consecrated to. This
is the message of the New Testament! For now that we have been created anew
in Christ Jesus, we are to be devoted to living by Him. He is our life, and
that life is an abundant life that should be beyond all that we could ever
desire! We are not consecrated to some terrible ascetic lifestyle, but
rather consecrated to exploring all the splendors of eternal life. We are
dead and our life is hid in Christ by the covenant He made through His own
blood, so that we can experience the life of God to the full. This is not a
consecration to have something less than the joys and pleasures offered by
the world, but rather that which is higher, beyond all comparison! (2
Corinthians 5:14-17, 13:4-5; Luke 4:4; John 6:33-58, 10:10; Galatians 2:20;
Colossians 3:1-4; Romans 6:8-11, 14:17; 1 Peter 1:8; Psalms 34:8)

Oh, taste and see that Lord is good! (Psalms 34:8)
 
Daily Bread - July 27, 2018
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Friday, 27 July 2018 09:06
2 Corinthians 6:17-18 - Wherefore come out from among them, and be
separate, says the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will
receive you, and will be a Father unto you, and you shall be my sons and
daughters, says the Lord Almighty.

Consecration (Part 1):

We are to be consecrated to the holiness we have been given. We are to vow
ourselves to keep the covenant, which is the covenant of a new life in
Christ Jesus. This is our sanctification, which is an obedient response to
having been sanctified by God. There are two Greek words that are
translated as "consecration" in the King James Version of the Bible. One of
those words is 'τετελειωμένον,' which means " finished," "complete," or
"perfect" (Hebrews 7:28). This may be understood as completing a service,
activity or action. God has given us this gift of life, and we are to be
committed to walking it out and living what He has provided for us. The
other word is 'ἐνεκαίνισεν,' a word that means "to ratify," "dedicate,"
or "bring about a new beginning" (Hebrews 9:18, 10:20). Our consecration to
God is to be a dedication to all that has been supplied; and if we are
unwilling, then we are blind and have forgotten that we were purged from
our sins (2 Peter 1:9). Even as the Hebrew counterpart, 'hānak,'
indicates, we have been given a new beginning and must be dedicated to
living and walking in the newness of life that has been supplied to us (1
Samuel 11:14; Romans 6:4)

Dedicate yourself to this new life in Jesus! (Romans 6:4)
 
Daily Bread - July 26, 2018
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Thursday, 26 July 2018 10:19
Ephesians 5:11 - And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of
darkness, but rather reprove them.

Called To Be Separate (Part 2):

The cares of this life, the deceitfulness of riches, and the pleasures of
the world must be seen to be a threat against the type of life God has
purposed for us to live. We must not entangle ourselves with the affairs of
this life so that we might please the Lord (2 Timothy 2:4). We have to
realize that our affections are to be placed upon the things of Heaven, not
on this Earth (Colossians 3:1-3). We are to live our lives as strangers and
pilgrims, having no attachment to that which is earthly, natural, and
carnal (1 Peter 2:11). The enticements that come by our attention being
captured by the entanglements of the affairs of this life will result in
there being little to no fruit of the Heavenly realm in our lives.

We are to have no fellowship or friendship with the world and its works of
darkness (Ephesians 5:11; James 4:4). The Lord also demands that we have no
fellowship with those who call themselves Christians, but who live in any
form of sin: fornication, covetousness, idolatry, accusation, drunkenness,
and all other works of iniquity (1 Corinthians 5:11; Ephesians 5:3-5; 2
John 1:10). We should see ourselves as crucified to the world and cut off
from sin, but joined unto the Lord (Galatians 6:14; 1 Peter 2:24; 1
Corinthians 6:17). We are not of the world, even as Christ Jesus was not of
the world (John 15:19, 17:14, 16, 18:36). The forbidden association with
the world, and the call to be separate from it, could not be emphasized in
greater terms than to say how friendship with the world is an act of
hostility against God (James 4:4).

Come out from among them! (2 Corinthians 6:17)

Pastor Mark Spitsbergen

Every move in the Spirit brings me closer,
Every move brings me one step closer,
And I will see Him as He is for I'll be like Him,
I'll behold the face of Him Who spans the ages,
Every move in the Spirit brings me closer,
So much closer with every move- I will move with Him!
 
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