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Daily Bread - November 21, 2018
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Wednesday, 21 November 2018 11:49
(Fourth Day - Genesis 1:14-19)

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

Part 3 - Dependency On God

Our adversary, Satan, lays the snares of pride and self-exaltation in our
way, and we must learn to recognize these traps. The pride of life must be
cast down, for it would pull us away from living like little children
following an admired and trusted leader. Many look down on someone who acts
like another person, but that is naìˆve! Everybody acts like those who have
influenced them, beginning with their parents. In fact, as little children
we developed much of our behavior. We learn more as little children than at
any other time in our life! Also during those early developmental years, we
were more dependent upon leadership. It is a good thing to be converted and
become like a little child who is dependent on God for everything -for out
of the mouths of babes and sucklings (those that must be totally dependent
upon God) strength has been ordained (Psalm 8:2; Matthew 18:3; Luke 18:17)!

Walk in glorious freedom as children of light! (Ephesians 5:8; Romans 8:21)


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 20, 2018
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Tuesday, 20 November 2018 07:39
Ephesians 5:1 - Be then imitators of God as loving children.

Part 2 - Delighting To Do His Will!

Being self-willed must have no place in our life. Jesus taught us to deny
ourselves, and instead do only those things the Father shows us to do (John
5:19, 5:30, 8:28, 54, 12:49, 15:5; Mark 8:34). Recognizing yourself is a
challenging thing, but the Holy Spirit instructs us using both the contrast
of our lives to Jesus and the beauty of what He reveals to us about the
nature of God. If we are going to flow in the rivers of His Spirit, then we
must not flow with the things of ourself. When it is our delight to do His
will as the servants of the Lord, being self-willed becomes that much more
apparent to us.

Living for ourselves and after the strong impulses of what we think and
perceive opposes our growth and blessings in God. We can cry out all day
long for more anointing and more of this or that, but nothing will change
until we are willing to do things God's way. God is faithfully committed to
our spiritual maturity, but we must cooperate. If we walk in the love and
humility of the Holy Spirit, we will be thrilled with the glory and
goodness of God's divine order. We will gladly imitate God and all of His
divine behavior, and follow those who follow Jesus and flow in the Holy
Ghost (1 Corinthians 4:16, 11:1; Philippians 3:17; 1 Thessalonians 1:6; 2
Thessalonians 3:7, 9; Hebrews 13:7, 17; 1 Peter 5:5). As we walk with God,
we will develop an insatiable appetite for more of Heaven!

Delight to do His will! (Philippians 2:5; Psalms 40:8; Hebrews 10:7)

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 19, 2018
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Monday, 19 November 2018 07:56
Ephesians 5:1 - Be then imitators of God as loving children.

Part 1 - God Himself Made It Possible To Imitate Him

God's nature is divine in every way. Everything about Him is good, lovely,
and wonderful; and we are graced with the privilege of being taught to be
like Him (Matthew 5:48; James 1:17; John 16:13-15; 1 Timothy 4:8; 2 Timothy
3:12; Hebrews 8:10-11; 2 Peter 1:3, 6-7). We are commanded to imitate God,
walk in the Spirit, and follow Jesus (Ephesians 5:1; Galatians 5:25;
Matthew 10:38). The concept of 'mimetai' (to mimic or imitate) goes beyond
the idea of being God's friend or follower - it calls for us to act exactly
like God! If we are going to act like God, we must be trained to function
in His nature and ways.

God made all of this possible: He changed our hearts and spirits to be like
His, and He sent the Holy Spirit to teach us and train us (John 6:45; 1
Thessalonians 4:9; Jeremiah 31:34). We should be eager to learn and mature!
The anointing we have received reveals the things of God's divine nature to
us, and our response should be a hunger and thirst for more (1 John 2:27;
Matthew 5:6). As we listen to the Holy Spirit and respond to Him, we become
increasingly sensitive to His voice and instruction. Along with sensitivity
comes humility and meekness, and these make us even more pliable and
cooperative (Matthew 11:29; Philippians 2:5-7). God the Holy Spirit will
not do anything outside of love and humility; and if we are going to
connect with Him, then we must learn to only give place to His divine
disposition.

Therefore, be taught of God to be like Him! (John 6:45; Ephesians 5:1)


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 17, 2018
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Saturday, 17 November 2018 07:32
Ephesians 4:32 - But having kindness to one another, being tenderhearted,
forgiving one another even also as God through Christ has forgiven you.

Division and strife must not be allowed to exist among us as the household
of faith. Our fellowship with one another is supposed to be out of the
depths of the Father's love. If we allow bitterness in our lives, then it
will spring up and defile everyone who comes in contact with it (Hebrews
12:15). There are many people who have been hurt and offended, and we must
be loving and forgiving; but at the same time, we must insist that these
violations against walking in love are not tolerated. God does not run out
of forgiveness and mercy for those who are sorry for their bad behavior,
and neither should His saints (Matthew 18:21-22). We patiently and
affectionately deal with others to help them realize what is good and what
is evil (2 Corinthians 2:7-8; Galatians 6:1).

When we consider the topic of wickedness, we are drawn to the conclusion
that these are desperate and grievous acts against others. Anger, yelling,
and slander may seem less than wicked by some people, but God views them
differently. We are called to honor and love one another. If we carry hurt
or offense, we may find ourselves carried away with these wrong behaviors.

There are also those who are so insecure that the only way that they think
they can gain acceptance is to assassinate others through gossip. Such a
person must not only be instructed against their inappropriate behavior,
but strengthened and loved in such a way that their insecurity becomes a
thing of the past. What may start off as a selfish and self-centered issue
quickly comes under the influence of an evil spirit unless it is recognized
and repented of.

Both learning and teaching others how to walk in the tender-hearted love
and forgiveness of God is central to the Gospel and the development of the
local church. Each of us must walk in this love so that we don't allow hurt
to turn into bitterness. Teaching and ministering the things of the Spirit
are also done by our behavior. The most important thing we must minister as
we are teaching others to observe all that Christ Jesus has commanded us is
the love of Christ (Matthew 28:20; John 13:34-35). If we walk in the
Spirit, then we will walk in the love of Jesus. If we will do those things
that God has commanded us to do, then we will forgive even as God has
forgiven us (Colossians 3:13). Therefore, we must realize that all of us
must continue to both love and forgive those who are causing any kind of
problem. As long as someone is willing to repent and they desire to learn
the ways of God, we are instructed to forgive them four hundred-ninety
times per day (Matthew 18:21-22).

Let love and mercy reign! (John 13:34-35, 15:12-17; 1 Timothy 1:5; 1 Peter
1:22; 1 John 3:11, 4:7-21)
 
Daily Bread - November 16, 2018
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Friday, 16 November 2018 07:36
Ephesians 4:31 - Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, yelling, and slander be
lifted from you, along with all wickedness.

Regarding the phrase "be lifted from you", the same Greek word 'airo' is
used in Mark 16:18 "...you shall take up serpents." It is also translated
"taken away," as in 1 Corinthians 5:2 "...that he that has done this deed
might be taken away from you." It is essential to remember God has not
called us merely to a place of self-discipline and legal struggle against
sin, but to a realm of walking in the Spirit where we are both aided and
empowered with the mighty power of the Holy Spirit to deal with all of the
wiles of the devil (Ephesians 6:10-11). When we yield ourselves to the Holy
Spirit, He lifts these oppressive things off of us.

When we deal with these types of attitudes and dispositions, God gives to
us the love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
meekness, and temperance of the Holy Spirit rushing through our passions
and emotions as rivers of living water to lift up and carry away every
inappropriate and ungodly response. However, we must remember God does not
do this against our will. We must actively yield our members to the Holy
Spirit and let the living God fill us with the good things of Heaven. Our
lives are to be weapons of righteousness unto God as we yield to all those
things that pertain to life and godliness, brotherly love, kindness,
gentleness and peace (Romans 6:12-14; 2 Peter 1:3-8).

Build up yourself in your most holy faith, and keep yourself in the love of
God by the acknowledging of every good thing which is in you in Christ
Jesus! (Jude 20-21, Philemon 6)
 
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