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Daily Bread - March 27, 2018
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Tuesday, 27 March 2018 12:32
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 1: Angelic Principalities

We are engaged in a very real battle with angelic principalities. The Greek
word 'arche' is translated principalities, but is usually translated
'origin' or 'beginnings'. This word is the very first noun found in the
Bible, "In the beginning" (Genesis 1:1). However, it may be used to refer
to principalities and rulers for which the proper Greek word is 'archon',
an unrelated word to 'arche'. In effect, 'arche' should be translated 'the
origin' in context to the origin's of evil. These evil powers find their
origin in Satan and those mighty angels that he was able to deceive and
lead in opposition against God (Isaiah 14:12-15; Ezekiel 28:12-19; Luke
10:18; Revelation 12:4-9). Their deceit and rage against God is no less now
than when they began. It is their chief aim to lead all men in rebellion
against God, or to at least prevent men from knowing God. Although their
judgment is fixed, being finalized at the Cross, they would execute their
power to control as much of mankind as they are allowed to.

Each individual person determines if they are going to live for God, or be
controlled and manipulated by these angels of darkness. Those who have been
redeemed have been translated out of the realm of darkness into the Kingdom
of Christ (Colossians 1:13; Ephesians 5:8). We have been given all
authority in Jesus over every power of the Satanic to tread down and
destroy their works (Ephesians 6:10; Luke 10:19; Matthew 28:18; 1 John
3:8). We are seated with Christ in a Heavenly dominion over all the powers
of darkness, and gifted with a Heavenly ability and every spiritual
blessing to overcome and destroy the works of this fallen host (Ephesians
1:3, 1:17-23, 2:6; 1 John 3:8; John 14:12).

Stand fast, therefore, in the liberty wherewith Christ has made you free!
(Galatians 5:1)
 
Daily Bread - March 26, 2018
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Monday, 26 March 2018 07:58
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 1: Not Wrestling Against Flesh and Blood

There are two levels on which we must contend with the devil: on a personal
level, and also for all those that we are called to preach the Gospel to.
We are engaged in this battle against fleshly lusts that war against our
soul (1 Peter 2:11; 2 Corinthians 10:4). We are in an up-close and personal
conflict with the enemy of God and man as we wrestle against the powers of
darkness which are seeking to stop our influence. In Greek wrestling
matches, the loser would have his eyes gouged out. We are in a desperate
conflict for our sight and must have Spirit-knowledge to be successful. It
is Satan's desire to overthrow our effectiveness as the saints of God, and
so he continually wars against us. All those who Satan holds as prisoners
to sin, sickness, and disease (through the spiritual blindness he has
imposes upon them), we have been empowered to set free (Luke 10:19; Acts
26:18; Luke 4:18; 2 Corinthians 4:3-4). Therefore, Satan fights ruthlessly
to stop us. But, if we walk in the light as Christ Jesus is in the light,
and depend upon the Spirit of the Lord, then every power of darkness that
opposes the people around us will have to flee; for the darkness cannot
resist the light.

To be successful in our conflict, it helps to know as much as possible
about our enemy. This is why the intelligence corps of the army plays such
a vital role. The Bible gives us all the insight we need to understand how
Satan will try to stop us. The first information about him we need to fully
comprehend is that his very name "Devil" means accuser. He is the source of
all accusation, slander, and criticism - no matter what form it comes in.
It is vitally important we recognize that he will attempt to neutralize us
with this attack. Another one of his names is "Satan," which means
adversary. He is the source of the pride of life, rebellion, and arrogance.
He is a liar, a murder, and the one who creates divisions. We must
understand that every dimension of his nature comes as an offensive
designed to destroy us (or at least to neutralize us). Jesus has defeated
all the powers of darkness and assured us absolute victory in this
conflict, but we must walk in the Spirit. God has ordained that the light
of His glory shine through us, and that every demon power be cast out and
rendered ineffective by the Anointing He has given to us (Mark 16:17;
Matthew 5:14; Philippians 2:15; 2 Corinthians 1:21).

Walk circumspectly, and be wise! (Ephesians 5:15)
 
Daily Bread - March 24, 2018
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Saturday, 24 March 2018 11:41
Ephesians 6:11 - Be endued with the whole armor of God so that you can
stand against the craft of the Devil.

Part 3: Standing Against the Craft of the Devil

Demons will launch every kind of attack imaginable against the Church and
against God's people. The primary focus of the demonic attack is to destroy
the impact of the Anointing. Demonic powers will focus on the one that is
anointed of God in their efforts to stop the advancement of the Kingdom of
God. It is the Anointing (the manifest presence of God and divine ability
given to the believer) that overthrows demonic power and influence; so the
Anointing is always the focus of their attack (Isaiah 10:27; Matthew 12:28,
John 10:10; Matthew 2:13; Revelation 12:1-6). Their only hope, then, is to
lie against the truth, and to discredit those who function in the
Anointing. They will not only adversely affect the minds of people, but
also work to blind their hearts and minds so the light of the Gospel cannot
penetrate. All the darkness in the world cannot put out the smallest light,
but demon powers try to create a world of darkness and deception around men
so they cannot see (2 Corinthians 4:4; Revelation 12:17). Criticism,
strife, and divisions are some of the primary weapons that they use to stop
the flow of the Anointing. They launch propaganda campaigns against the
truth, the Church, and the ones that God has anointed. They are the powers
behind doubt and unbelief that will shut down the operation of the Kingdom
of God through people. When people are affected by doubt and unbelief, the
mighty works of Jesus are hindered from operating (Mark 6:2-5)

Demon spirits seek to lead people into sin and to separate them from God
(Genesis 3; Numbers 25; Romans 6:34). If they cannot completely separate a
person from the knowledge of the truth, then they will do whatever they can
to prevent maturity and the blessings of God from being realized. The only
defense against their deception is the Word of God. Even as Jesus gave
Himself to only living by the Word and standing fast in the truth, we must
do the same (Luke 4:4; John 6:63; 1 John 2:13-14). We must resist Satan
steadfast in the faith; for the faith has made us more than conquerors over
all the works of the Devil (1 Peter 5:8-9; 1 John 5:4-5; Romans 8:37). We
are to clothe ourselves with the new man, with the Lord Jesus Christ, the
armor of light, and the fire of the Holy Ghost (Ephesians 4:24; Romans
13:12-14). God has given to us His authority, His armor, the breastplate of
righteousness, and the helmet of salvation (Isaiah 59:17; Ephesians
6:10-18)(Also see Ephesians 6:11 - Parts 1 & 2). We must hold fast to the
identity of Christ and the character of the Holy Spirit, and walk in the
nature of God (Galatians 2:20; 2 Peter 1:3-11). If we will remain in union
with God, there is no devil in hell that can touch us, no power of darkness
that can stop us (1 John 5:18-21). In this place of fellowship with Jesus,
we will drive out Satan, having authority over all of his works; and there
will be no power of hell that can resist us (Mark 16:17; Luke 10:19; Acts
26:18; Matthew 28:18; Ephesians 1:20-21; Colossians 2:6-15; 2 Corinthians
2:14, 9:8; Romans 8:31-39; 2 Peter 1:10-11).

Having done all stand! (Ephesians 6:13)
 
Daily Bread - March 23, 2018
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Friday, 23 March 2018 07:36
Ephesians 6:11 - Be endued with the whole armor of God so that you can
stand against the craft of the Devil.

Part 2: The Armor of God

The whole armor of God is more than a metaphor. It is the supernatural
ability given to the saint to deal with every deceitful trick and
enticement Satan can bring against God's people. The armor of God is the
identity of Christ -the armor of light and the armor of righteousness on
the right and on the left hand (Romans 13:12, 14; 2 Corinthians 6:7). We
are endued (see Part 1) with the armor of God as we yield to the Holy
Spirit. Through the act of submitting ourselves to God, the Holy Spirit
becomes our shield and strength (James 4:7; Psalms 3:3, 18:35, 28:7, 33:20,
84:11).

Jesus has conquered all the power of Satan; and as we walk in Him, we have
authority over all the forces of the gates of hell. The Holy Spirit, Who
has come to lead and guide us, stands ready to protect and defend us
against everything Satan attempts to oppose us with. The Holy Spirit
empowers us with the shield of faith that quenches every fiery dart of the
wicked one (Ephesians 6:16). He gives to us Gospel shoes to tread over all
the power of the enemy so nothing can hurt us (Ephesians 6:15; Luke 10:19).

If we are willing to yield ourselves completely to the Holy Spirit and walk
in obedience to Him, then we will find the provision and strength for
everything we need to stand against our enemy, the Devil (Ephesians
6:10-18) The weapons of our warfare are so mighty that it is impossible for
a child of God to be defeated (James 4:7; 2 Corinthians 10:4; Psalms 60:12,
108:13; Romans 8:37). Though Satan wars against us and attempts to both
hinder and afflict the people of God, the anointing breaks the yoke (Isaiah
10:27).

Be endued with the armor of God (Romans 13:14; Galatians 3:27)
 
Daily Bread - March 22, 2018
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Thursday, 22 March 2018 10:27
Ephesians 6:11 - Be endued with the whole armor of God so that you can
stand against the craft of the Devil.

Part 1: Be Endued

The Greek word 'enduo' means "to be clothed with." It is a word which
denotes the power of God coming on the saints, so they may receive power
and divine ability from God (Luke 24:49 "You shall be endued with power
from on high"). If we are going to walk in the authority of Jesus Christ
and be His representatives, then we must understand how to allow the Holy
Spirit to rush upon us and empower us with His ability to function as the
holy ones of God. His ability is supplied to us as we are endued with His
power. Some examples of where the word 'enduo' is used include: Romans
13:12,14 "Be endued with the armor of light," and "But be endued with the
Lord Jesus Christ;" Galatians 3:27 "For as many as have been baptized into
Christ have been endued with Christ;" Ephesians 4:24 "And be endued with
the new man, which is created after God in righteousness and true
holiness;" Colossians 3:10,12 "Be endued with the new, which is renewed in
knowledge after the image of him that created him," and "Therefore, be
endued as the elect of God, holy and beloved with bowels of mercy,
kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering;" 1 Thessalonians 5:8
"But let us who are of the day be sober, being endued with the breastplate
of faith and love, and for a helmet the confidence of salvation".

The Greek word 'enduo' translates the Hebrew word 'lavash', and is found
the first time in Genesis 3:21 "Unto Adam also and his wife did YHWH God
make coats of skins, and clothed (enduo) them." Here, in the very first
instance which this word occurs, it is in reference to that which God, in
His own goodness and grace, personally does for man . The word "endue" is
far more appropriate than "put on" because it directs the attention of the
reader to a supernatural provision of God, rather than to in any way
suggest something a person may do through his/her own efforts or religious
discipline. Even as Samson was equipped with the supernatural power to pick
up the jawbone of a male donkey and kill thousands of the enemies of God;
even so, the Holy Spirit will rush upon us and provide us with the armor of
God, to stand against all the forces of darkness (Judges 15:14-17;
Ephesians 6:11-13).

Be endued with the supernatural provision of God to represent Jesus today!
(Ephesians 4:24; Romans 13:14)
 
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