Daily Bread - June 19, 2019 (The Fourth Day - Genesis 1:14-19)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Wednesday, 19 June 2019 06:38
1 John 2:28-29 - And now little children, abide in Him, so that when he
shall appear you will have confidence and not be ashamed before Him at His
coming. If you know that He is righteous, you also know that everyone that
does righteousness is begotten of Him.

The message of walking in the Light as He is in the Light is reiterated as
righteousness. The test of being begotten of God is doing righteousness on
the scale of His righteousness. We are the people of God that are created
in righteousness and true holiness (Ephesians 4:24), as well as those who
have been given the righteousness of God (Romans 3:21-22), and who are made
the righteousness of God (2 Corinthians 5:21). Therefore, as the test of
those who truly had fellowship with God was witnessed by walking in the
light as he is in the light (1 John 1:5-7), so also is it proven by walking
in righteousness just as he walked in righteousness. If we know God, we are
going to do righteousness, which is repeated again in chapter 3 - "let no
one deceive you; he that does righteousness is righteous, even as He is
righteous" (1 John 3:7).
 
Daily Bread - June 17, 2019 (The Second Day - Genesis 1:6-8)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Monday, 17 June 2019 20:24
1 John 2:27 - And the anointing that you have received from Him abides in
you (and you do not need that anyone teach you, but the anointing teaches
you about everything and is no lie), and just as it has taught you, you
shall abide in Him.

Part 6 ~ Anointed To Be Sons of God

In the Old Testament only a select and special group of men were anointed
to be either a priest, a king, or a prophet; but something far greater has
been made available now (Exodus 28:41, 40:13; 1 Samuel 9:16, 10:1, 16:13; 1
Kings 1:39, 19:16; Psalm 105:15). Today, anyone who is willing is given the
opportunity to be anointed to be a child of God and baptized in the
fullness of His glory and presence -an anointing to dwell in Christ Jesus.
Just as in the Old Testament, the Spirit of the Lord came upon us; but
instead of receiving a special ability to be a priest, king, or prophet, we
were born of God and empowered to be the sons of God! When we are born of
God, we become a new creation, and are called the children of God (John
1:12, 3:3-6). Now, this is a special gift belonging only to us now in
Christ, for no such authority belonged to those of Old Testament times.

When we are born of God, we are given a special anointing to walk as the
sons and daughters of the Most High. The anointing we have received abides
in us, and gives us the insight and understanding to know how to abide in
Jesus. Jesus told us that without Him we could do nothing; and therefore,
it is essential that we know how to abide in Him, so that our whole life
consists of those things that belong to God (John 15:5). The anointing we
have received causes us to understand how to be led by the Holy Spirit, Who
has come to lead us into all of the truth, and to reveal all that the Lord
Jesus has freely given us (John 16:13-15; Romans 8:14).
 
Daily Bread - June 15, 2019 (The Seventh Day - Genesis 2:1-3)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Friday, 14 June 2019 22:30
1 John 2:27 - And the anointing that you have received from Him abides in
you (and you do not need that anyone teach you, but the anointing teaches
you about everything and is no lie), and just as it has taught you, you
shall abide in Him.

Part 5 ~ Anointed to Live Our Lives in Jesus

The Holy Spirit's instruction and guidance is all focused on us living our
lives in Christ Jesus. Abiding in Christ means we live His life. The terms
of the covenant Jesus made with us is that we abide in Him, and He abides
in us (John 15:4a). It is essential we recognize that our whole lives
consist by Him, and we accept this great grace that has been given to us to
live our lives and have our whole identity in Christ Jesus. We are given a
continual supply of His love, His joy, His peace, and His relationship with
the Father, but we must learn to obey and yield ourselves to Him! This life
is not even possible until we are willing to be who He has called us to be
and view our only reason for living as to do the will of the Father. All
these spiritual blessings and divine riches are ours, but we must choose to
always have them by choosing to live our lives in Christ. We must not live
for ourselves, but for Him. Truly, if we lose our life, we can have His.
When we accept and surrender to the life that was purchased for us in
Christ Jesus, we will not live unto ourselves, but unto Him Who died and
arose again (2 Corinthians 5:15). We are His living epistles, and we carry
the responsibility to allow Him to be manifested through us (2 Corinthians
3:3).
 
Daily Bread - June 14, 2019 (The Sixth Day - Genesis 1:24-31)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Friday, 14 June 2019 05:37
1 John 2:27 - And the anointing that you have received from Him abides in
you (and you do not need that anyone teach you, but the anointing teaches
you about everything and is no lie); and just as it has taught you, you
shall abide in Him.

Part 4 ~ The Anointing to Know God and To Do His Will

One may rightly say there are two purposes for the anointing: to know God,
and also to be empowered with special abilities for the deliverance of
others. When David was anointed to be king, he was given the divine ability
to be a king - prior to the anointing, he was an ordinary man just like
Saul was before him (1 Samuel 10:1, 6). The same is true of all Old
Testament prophets, priests, warriors, and special workmen. When the Spirit
came upon them, they were empowered with a specific divine ability to carry
out their divine commission (Joshua 10:12; Judges 14:19).

The anointing provides far greater ability than anyone can have through
innate human capabilities. Even as Jesus was anointed with the Holy Ghost
to set the captives free and do the mighty works of God, the same anointing
of power has been made available to us as the sons of God (Luke 4:18-19;
Acts 1:8, 10:38). However, we must keep in mind that the ability to
function in His divine power is secondary to knowing God and being
developed in His divine nature (2 Peter 1:3-11). Certainly nothing can
compare to the privilege of walking with God and being empowered with the
ability to serve Him with perfect obedience, doing His will from the heart
(Matthew 7:22-23; Ephesians 6:6; 1 John 2:14, 5:4; Revelation 2:7, 11, 17,
26, 3: 5, 12, 21).
 
Daily Bread - June 13, 2019 (The Fifth Day - Genesis 1:20-23)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Thursday, 13 June 2019 05:41
1 John 2:27 - And the anointing that you have received from Him abides in
you (and you do not need that anyone teach you, but the anointing teaches
you about everything and is no lie), and just as it has taught you, you
shall abide in Him.

Part 3 ~ The Divine Empowerment of the Anointing

We have received the anointing that we might fellowship with God - that we
might know God and be taught of Him. The depths of this fellowship is
captured in the concept of abiding in Christ, which refers to our oneness
with Him (John 14:23, 15:1-5, 17:21-23). In the Old Testament, the
anointing is first identified with respect to both worshipping God and
consecrating a place of worship to Him (Genesis 31:13; Exodus 30:26,
40:9-11). It is also the ability given to men so that they might minister
to God, which is captured in the priestly anointing (Exodus 28:41, 30:30,
40:13, 15). Both of these relationship aspects of the anointing are
presented in this verse. The abiding presence of Jesus and the Father are
brought to us by the Holy Spirit (John 14:17; 1 John 3:24). By this
anointing, we are empowered to participate in the divine life of God.
Through this anointing, the Holy Spirit leads us, guides us, and reveals
the ways of the Father to us. The anointing is a divine empowerment and
supernatural ability that has been given to the believer to know God and
live the life of a new creation. The message of the Gospel is that we are
to abide in Jesus. It is through this union with Christ Jesus that we are
empowered to live the life of Christ Jesus.
 
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