Daily Bread - October 24, 2019 (The Fifth Day - Genesis 1:20-23)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Thursday, 24 October 2019 05:25
Ephesians 4:24 - And be endued with the new man which is created after God
in righteousness and true holiness.

Part 1 ~ The Honor and Privilege of Being Endued with Christ

The new man is in the likeness and nature of Jesus Christ, as established
in Romans 13:14, "Be endued with the Lord Jesus Christ and make no
provision for the flesh to do its desires." The Epistle to the Ephesians
repeatedly speaks of our life "in Christ Jesus," which is referred to
thirteen times in chapter one alone. A corollary verse is found in
Colossians 3:10, which says we are "renewed in knowledge after the image of
Him that created [us]." God created all things by Christ Jesus, and has
also made this new creation by Him. This is compatible with the the call of
God for the saint to mature into all the fullness Christ and to grow up
into Him in all things (Ephesians 4:13, 15).

What an honor and privilege God has given to us that we may be clothed with
the same majesty, splendor, and authority of His only begotten Son. We have
been entrusted by God to be endued with Christ that we might live His life.
It is the life of Christ Jesus that is the light unto the world. Let the
world see the glory of the only begotten Son alive and living in you
(Colossians 1:27; 2 Corinthians 4:6; Philippians 1:21; Ephesians 3:18-19;
Galatians 3:27; and Romans 13:14).
Daily Bread - October 23, 2019 (The Fourth Day - Genesis 1:14-19)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Wednesday, 23 October 2019 05:15
Romans 13:14 - But be clothed with the Lord Jesus Christ and make no
allowance for the flesh to allow for lust.

Part 3 ~ Say 'No' to the Evils of this World

Today we can be clothed with all the graces that were in Christ Jesus. We
can walk in the realm of heavenly places and enjoy the well-springs of
life. All we have to do is simply say no to the things belonging to the
evils of this world; its envy, strife, and hatred. The realm of
self-interest will quickly lead into the actions of sin. Self-pursuits
quickly change into the activities of the demonic. Just as Eve pursued for
herself wisdom and knowledge, only to be taken prisoner by devils and the
power of sin -even so, those who give place to that which is earthly and
sensual find no blessed thing (Romans 8:5-7; Galatians 6:8).

Give no place to sin, to all that is in the world; for its wages you cannot
afford. Rather, yield yourselves to the Spirit of the Lord, Who presently
lives within those who have been redeemed (Romans 6:1-23). You have an
armor to protect you from all worldly things: it is the Spirit and nature
of Christ. Sin has been condemned in the flesh; it has been proven to have
no place (Romans 8:2-3; 1 Peter 4:1-2; 1 Timothy 3:16). That which belongs
to sin and its lust has no place in our life, and it should not be given
any rights or power: for our bodies are the temple of the Lord (Romans
6:12,14; 1 Corinthians 3:17, 6:19).
Daily Bread - October 22, 2019 (The Third Day - Genesis 1:9-13)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Tuesday, 22 October 2019 05:15
Romans 13:14 - But be clothed with the Lord Jesus Christ and make no
allowance for the flesh to allow for lust.

Part 2 ~ The Glorious Life of Jesus!

Paul more perfectly defined an absolute surrender to following Jesus when
He used these words: "Be clothed with the Lord Jesus Christ." God will not
make us follow Him; it is voluntary. Once we decide that the kind of life
Jesus lived is the life we want to live, all of the resources of the Spirit
are provided for us. The life of holiness and power awaits all who are
willing to turn from their own ability and deny those things inspired by
demon spirits - to follow the life Jesus modeled for us. Religion only
thinks about self-denial; but the Holy Spirit shows us a life far better
than self-interest and worldly pursuits. It is a life so glorious that we
would rather have Jesus manifested in our lives than all other things that
could be accomplished or achieved in this world.

If we are going to truly deny the life of self-interest and human ability,
then we are going to have to allow God to touch us with His presence and
fill us with the refreshing waters of the Spirit. We must discover the
realm of relationship where we are continually strengthened by the Spirit
in our inner being (Ephesians 3:16, 5:18; Jude 1:20-21). Trying to deny
yourself so that you can walk in the life of Jesus is like selling all that
you have for a pearl of great price you have never seen, nor can find. Once
finding the pearl, however, you sell all that you have with great
excitement and joy; and so it is with this glorious life of Jesus!
Daily Bread - October 21, 2019 (The Second Day - Genesis 1:6-8)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Monday, 21 October 2019 11:10
Romans 13:14 - But be clothed with the Lord Jesus Christ and make no
allowance for the flesh to allow for lust.

Part 1 ~ Our Responsibility To Live The Life of Jesus

Make no mistake: the life that God granted to us as a free gift is the life
of Christ, which is the life of the Spirit (Ephesians 4:24; 2 Corinthians
3:3, 5:17, 11:3; Colossians 1:28; and 1 John 4:4; Philippians 1:21; 2 Peter
1:3-4). If we walk in the Spirit (or the life of Christ), then we are the
children of God (Romans 8:14,16; Galatians 5:16).

This is more than our job description - this is our life description! We
have a responsibility to follow Him and to imitate those things that He did
(1 Corinthians 11:1; Ephesians 5:1-2; 1 John 3:7; 3 John 11; 1 Timothy
6:11; and 1 Peter 4:1-2; Philippians 2:5-8). We are to understand the ways
of the Spirit and be obedient to conduct ourselves as He commands
(Colossians 3:12; Galatians 5:24; 2 Peter 1:4-10).

After all that God has done for us -providing as a free gift this abundant
life and more- how could we do anything less than give ourselves to an
absolute consecration to be what God has made us to be in Christ Jesus? We
should make a study of His actions and conduct, and then devote ourselves
to the same behavior. There is nothing any of us will ever learn unless we
give ourselves to the study of it, and then devote ourselves to the
practice. We must awake out of our sleep and the pursuit of our own
interest; and perfect holiness in the fear of God (2 Corinthians 7:1)!
Daily Bread - October 19, 2019 (The Seventh Day - Genesis 2:1-3)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Saturday, 19 October 2019 09:00
1 John 5:5 - Who is conquering the world if not the one believing that
Jesus is the Son of God?

If we believe that Jesus is the Son of God, then we are vested with the
power to overthrow Satan at every point of attack. When we were born of God
and filled with His Spirit, we were given the authority to stand against
all of the powers of darkness and defeat them in His name. Christ Jesus is
above all principalities and powers -and we, having been indwelled by Him,
brought into union with Him, and being seated together with Him in His
heavenly authority now live in the overcoming power He won for us
(Ephesians 2:6, 4:10-13)!

The verb used here for "the overcomer" is the present participle of
'nikan,' (νικάν) and is found at the end of every address to the seven
churches in Revelation (Revelation 2:7, 11, 17, 26, 3:5, 12, 21). We can
all rest assured we will be held responsible before God to live in the
overcoming victory won for us by Christ Jesus.
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