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Daily Bread - July 25, 2018
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Wednesday, 25 July 2018 09:25
Ephesians 5:11 - And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of
darkness, but rather reprove them.

Called To Be Separate (Part 1):

Living godly in an ungodly world demands that we do not conform to anything
that is around us. While there is nothing of our new nature that is evil,
any interaction with the fleshly lust that fills the worldly realm will
impose its lust upon us to a far greater degree. God has called us to come
out from among the world, even as He called Abraham and His descendants
(Acts 7:3; 2 Corinthians 6:17-18; Hebrews 11:8-12). We are not to touch the
unclean thing, which refers to all sin and iniquity, including any
interaction with these things. This includes even passive interaction in
which we watch or listen to their iniquity.

Paul outlined the call of God in 2 Corinthians 6:14-16, commanding us to
have no fellowship or agreement with the world. He says God had made us
righteous, and we are to have no fellowship with unrighteousness. God made
us light, and we are to have no fellowship with darkness. We are of Christ;
and therefore, should have no communion with the demonic realm. We have
been made the temple of God, the place where He lives and dwells; so how
could there be any interaction with idols? Thus, the unclean things and
that which we are to be separate from are plainly defined (Romans 1:28-32;
1 Corinthians 6:9-11; 2 Corinthians 12:20-21; Galatians 5:19-21; Ephesians
5:3-7; Colossians 3:5-10; 1 Timothy 1:9-10; 2 Timothy 3:2-5; Revelation
21:8, 22:15).

God has made us everything pleasing unto Himself and, as His sons and
daughters, we are to be separated and purified from every form of
filthiness (2 Corinthians 7:1). Worldliness and ungodly behavior are
continually justified as something God understands; but the truth is, He
does not understand, and He commands us to have no fellowship with it.
Those who interact with all of these demonic things cannot understand the
peace and overcoming power of the divine nature because they have vexed
themselves with the filthy lifestyle of the wicked.

Come out from among them, and be separate! (2 Corinthians 6:17)
 
Daily Bread - July 24, 2018
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Tuesday, 24 July 2018 08:51
Ephesians 4:12-13 - For equipping of the saints, for the work of the
ministry, for the edification of the Body of Christ: till we all come in
the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a
perfect man, unto the measure of the maturity of the fullness of Christ.

Maturity Confused With Sanctification (Part 3):

Paul gives us a choice: we can either continue to act likes spiritual
babies, or we can be willing to conform to the maturing work of the Holy
Spirit and grow up into Christ Jesus in all things (Ephesians 4:13-15). It
is God's will that we no longer act as mere men, walking after an earthly
interest and human perception, but mature into all the fullness of the
measure of the maturity of Christ Jesus unto a fully mature man (Ephesians
4:13). There are those who have a confession of laying aside the sin and
the weight that does so easily beset them, but there are not many who are
willing to have a plan to step into the fullness of the measure of the
maturity of Christ (Hebrews 12:1). Yet God, in His lovingkindness and
longsuffering, works with us to bring us to a place where we desire what He
desires. If we are willing, we will find that place of perfect submission
to the rule of the Holy Spirit in our lives simply because we have
discovered that doing His will is far better than doing our own. We will
learn the joy of fully yielding ourselves to the life of God that has been
given to us. Living the life of God is an unspeakable gift and treasure
beyond all riches, and when we realize it, maturity takes place quickly.
Quickly, we put away childish things and take our place as the sons of God,
vested with the authority of our Father to execute His will (Galatians
4:1-7).

Grow in grace! (2 Peter 3:18)
 
Daily Bread - July 23, 2018
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Monday, 23 July 2018 10:51
Ephesians 4:12-13 - For equipping of the saints, for the work of the
ministry, for the edification of the Body of Christ: till we all come in
the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a
perfect man, unto the measure of the maturity of the fullness of Christ.

Maturity Confused With Sanctification (Part 2):

Growing in grace and maturing in the knowledge of Christ is only possible
by participating with what God the Holy Spirit is doing (2 Peter 3:18;
Romans 8:6). The natural man cannot receive the things of the Spirit
because he is imprisoned to a fleshly and sensual realm, blinded by sin and
darkness. However, we are not in that fleshly realm and should no more walk
as mere men because we have been born of the Spirit (Romans 8:9; 1
Corinthians 2:14, 3:3; John 3:6). We have received the Spirit of God so
that we may freely receive those things given to us by God (1 Corinthians
2:12). The new spirit is our divine connection with the Holy Spirit. The
circumcision of heart now affords us the ability to respond and understand
the ways of God (Colossians 2:10-11; 1 Corinthians 2:12). Through this
connection, we are able to walk with the Holy Spirit and mature. Peter
defines this participation in his second epistle. After establishing that
we have been given the divine nature and empowered with God's life and
godliness, he testified that we must give all diligence to the growth and
maturity of His nature in our lives (2 Peter 1:3-11)

Grow in grace! (2 Peter 3:18)


~Words from a Song of the Spirit this past Sunday~

Every move in the Spirit brings me closer!
Every move brings me one step closer!

With my eyes I shall see Him as He is,
With my ears I shall hear the sound of His voice,
And when I see Him I will see Him as He is!

Let the Holy Spirit dress you up and make you ready now,
He's preparing you for the glorious outworking,
A presentation to King of Kings and Lord of Lords,
Almighty God is about ready to be seen!
 
Daily Bread - July 21, 2018
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Saturday, 21 July 2018 10:47
Ephesians 4:12-13 - For equipping of the saints, for the work of the
ministry, for the edification of the Body of Christ: till we all come in
the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a
perfect man, unto the measure of the maturity of the fullness of Christ.

Maturity Confused With Sanctification (Part 1):

Sanctification is often used in the context of a person growing and
maturing in the ways of Christ Jesus. What we should understand is that
when we are born again, we are spiritually like newborn babies. It is
certainly possible for those born again to be as babies, and not mature or
grow as they should (Hebrews 5:12; 1 Corinthians 3:2). There may be many
things about the lives of those born again that resemble a person other
than the Father. There may be more of an expression of their own will
instead of the Father's will. Many may walk as babies, carnal, and as mere
men; and allow the things of this life, and even of the world, to influence
their lives (1 Corinthians 3:1; Ephesians 4:14). There is the possibility
of living in the temporal instead of the eternal, and the natural instead
of the spiritual; but this is not a reflection of what God has purposed and
empowered us to be (Romans 8:6; 2 Corinthians 4:18; Matthew 13:22). The
idea and practice of denying ourselves may be illusive at first; but when a
person is captivated by the ways of the Father and what He has supplied,
they will learn. We will most certainly come to hate our own lives in this
world compared to the Heavenly one granted through the power of the Holy
Spirit. It is far better to serve God than any other -including ourselves!
We will discover how the abundant and extraordinary life is found in doing
the will of the Father, and not our own (John 10:10; Matthew 7:21; 1 John
2:17).

Grow in grace! (2 Peter 3:18)
 
Daily Bread - July 20, 2018
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Friday, 20 July 2018 08:00
Ephesians 3:18-19 - May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the
breadth, and length, and depth, and height; and to know the love of Christ
which passes knowledge, that you might be filled with all the fullness of
God.

Saints (Part 3):

"Saints" is the general term used for born-again believers, who are sons of
God - who live in, walk in, and are led by the Holy Spirit (John 1:12;
Romans 8:14-17; Galatians 4:7; 1 John 3:1). We are a holy priesthood who
are given a special holiness to offer up spiritual sacrifices (1 Peter 2:5,
9). We have been made partakers with Christ, and are God's heirs and
co-inheritors (Romans 8:17; Galatians 4:7). We are those who are filled
with the Holy Spirit (John 14:17; Acts 2:4; Ephesians 5:18). God's saints
are not only filled with the Spirit of God, which describes a holiness far
greater than what was given to anyone in the Old Testament, but are also
those baptized in the Holy Spirit (Acts 1:5, 8, 10:44-48, 19:2-6). The New
Testament saint is so entirely filled with the Spirit of holiness, and has
such an abundance of the Spirit of God, that the expression of the divine
life flows out from them like rivers of living water (John 7:38-39).

The saints are the temples of God, where the living God dwells (1
Corinthians 3:16, 6:19; 2 Corinthians 6:16). The saints of God dwell in
Christ Jesus; and Christ Jesus, the Father, and the Holy Spirit dwell in
them (John 5:56, 14:17, 20, 23, 15:4-7, 17:22-23; 1 John 3:24; Colossians
1:27). They are called the new creation, created in righteousness and true
holiness (Ephesians 4:24; 2 Corinthians 5:17-18). They are those who have
been purified, regenerated, and given the divine nature with God's life and
godliness (Titus 2:14, 3:5; 2 Peter 1:3-4). It would not be possible to
express a greater state of holiness than to describe the average, born
again, New Testament, child of God in this way.

Rejoice in the Lord, you righteous (saints); and give thanks at the
remembrance of his holiness! (Psalms 97:12, 32:11, 33:1, 68:3)
 
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