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Daily Bread - April 20, 2017
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Thursday, 20 April 2017 09:57
1 John 2:27-28 - And the anointing that you have received from Him abides
in you, and you do not need that anyone teach you; but just as the
anointing teaches you about everything, and is no lie, and just as it has
taught you, you shall abide in Him. 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.

The Anointing and Abiding in Him - Part 3

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 that Jesus made with us are that we abide in Him and He
abides in us (John 15:4a). It is essential that we recognize that our whole
lives consist by Him, and we accept this great grace that has been given to
us to live our 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 loose 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 rose 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).

In the Old Testament only a select and special group of men were anointed
to be either a priest, a king, or a prophet (Exodus 28:41, 40:13; 1 Samuel
9:16, 10:1, 16:13; 1 Kings 1:39, 19:16; Psalm 105:15). But now, something
far greater has been made available. 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
are 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). 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 that 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 that 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).

The prophet Jeremiah also revealed that those of the New Covenant would be
taught by God (Jeremiah 31:34; Hebrews 8:11; John 6:45; 1 Thessalonians
4:9). The prophet Ezekiel declared that we would receive a new heart and a
new spirit, and that God would put His Spirit within us, so that we would
be able to walk in His degrees and keep His judgments (Ezekiel 36:26-27).
Simply believe what God has said, and give yourself to walk in the nature
of Christ: to love like He loves, rejoice in His joy, and walk in His
peace. Let His Word abide in you by filling yourself with the things that
are written in the Bible. Recognize that His words are the instructions of
life. Whatever He says, do it; and the same kind of miracle that turned the
water into wine will be revealed to you so that you can walk in the
heavenly realm. There is no greater life than the life of God, so choose to
walk with God and to dwell in the life of Christ Jesus, and God's manifest
presence will be revealed in you!
 
Daily Bread - April 19, 2017
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Tuesday, 18 April 2017 23:36
1 John 2:27-28 - And the anointing that you have received from Him abides
in you, and you do not need that anyone teach you; but just as the
anointing teaches you about everything, and is no lie, and just as it has
taught you, you shall abide in Him. 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.

The Anointing and Abiding in Him - Part 2

We have received the anointing that we might fellowship with God, that we
might know God and be taught of Him. The depth 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 the 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.

One may rightly say that there are two purposes for the anointing: to know
God and to be empowered with special abilities for the deliverance of
others. When David, like Saul, was anointed to be king he was given the
divine ability to be a king. Prior to receiving the anointing, he was an
ordinary man (1 Samuel 10:1, 6). The same is true of all Old Testament
prophets, priest, warriors, and special workman. 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, so has the same
anointing of power been made available to us as the sons of God (Acts
10:38; Luke 4:18-19; Acts 1:8). 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. 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;
1 John 2:14, 5:4; Revelation 2:7, 11, 17, 26, 3:5, 12, 21).
 
Daily Bread - April 18, 2017
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Tuesday, 18 April 2017 09:00
1 John 2:27-28 - And the anointing that you have received from Him abides
in you, and you do not need that anyone teach you; but just as the
anointing teaches you about everything, and is no lie, and just as it has
taught you, you shall abide in Him. 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.

The Anointing and Abiding in Him - Part 1

We have received an amazing anointing (chrisma) from God. We have received
the Holy Spirit to be trained in all the ways of God. We have been anointed
with the Holy Ghost to be sons of God (John 1:12; 1 John 3:1; Romans 8:14;
Galatians 4:6-7; Philippians 2:15) Because of the indwelling of God, we
overcome the wicked one and all of his deceivers (1 John 4:1-3). When God
gave us an anointing, He imparted the divine ability to accomplish the task
and meet the demands of the office to which we have been called, just as He
did when He anointed a priest, prophet, or king (Exodus 28:41, 29:7;
Leviticus 8:12; Psalms 133:2; 1 Samuel 10:1, 16:13; 2 Samuel 2:4, 5:3; 1
Samuel 26:11; Psalms 2:2; 1 Kings 19:16; 2 Peter 1:3-4).

Fundamental to the New Testament is the essential need for us to believe
that when we were born of God, the very Spirit and nature of Christ was
born in us (Colossians 1:27; 1 John 3:24; 1 John 4:4, 15; Ephesians 4:24; 1
Peter 1:23; John 3:5). Thus, the cry of the Spirit through John: Abide in
Christ Jesus! In that we know it is the Holy Spirit who has come to teach
us and that His Spirit is on the inside of us to give us the divine ability
to live the life of Christ, then we must also recognize that the anointing
also refers to the Holy Spirit as well.

The word 'Christ' (Christos) comes from the word 'anoint' (chiro), from
whence 'anointing' (chrisma) is derived. Thus, when we use the word
'Christ', we are talking about the 'Anointed One'. In the book of Daniel
(Daniel 9:26), it is this word that is used in the Septuagint to translated
'Messiah' (meshiyach), "And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah
(chrisma) be cut off, but not for himself" (Cambridge Paragraph Bible).
Today, those who have been transformed by the power of God through the
faith that is in Christ Jesus have received the anointing of the Anointed
One. We have not received the anointing of a priest, or king, or prophet;
but rather, the anointing of the Son! And it is God who has anointed us and
established us together in Christ (2 Corinthians 1:21-22).

When the anointing was given to Saul by the Holy Spirit, his heart was
changed, and he became another man with new skills and abilities. When we
received the anointing of sonship, the Spirit of God came upon us and made
us a new creation, giving us a new heart and a new spirit and making us
partakers of God's divine nature (Ezekiel 36:26-27; 2 Peter 1:3-4). He gave
us a heart and a spirit that is joined unto His, and made us one heart and
one spirit with Him (1 Corinthians 6:17; John 17:21-22; 1 Corinthians
12:13). The anointing that we have received from Him has empowered us to be
conformed to the image of the Son (Romans 8:29; 2 Corinthians 3:18). It has
empowered us to walk even as He walks and to represent Christ Jesus in
every way (1 John 2:5-6, 29).
 
Daily Bread - April 17, 2017
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Monday, 17 April 2017 15:56
1 John 2:25-26 - And this is the promise that He has promised us, eternal
life.
I write this to you concerning those who deceive you.

John uses the Greek word 'planao' to describe that which threatens to
corrupt the minds of men and draw them away from the simplicity of the
gospel. It may be translated: deceive, seduce, or cause to wonder. These
deceivers believed they had fellowship with God even though they walked in
darkness, denying Jesus by believing and speaking lies. Denying Jesus goes
beyond the recognition of a historical person. Denying Jesus is also
observed in denying that He purchased our salvation and brought to pass a
real change in our lives. Many say that they believe in Him, but do not
believe that He changed their nature and made them a new creation -thus
they deny the Lord who bought them (2 Peter 2:1). The doctrines propagated
by Satan that attempt to nullify the miracle of salvation had already begun
to affect those in the church during the days of John.
 
Daily Bread - April 15, 2017
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Monday, 17 April 2017 15:37
1 John 2:24 - What you have heard from the beginning, let it remain in you.
If what you heard from beginning remains in you, then you shall remain in
the Son and in the Father.

If we will not let ourselves be corrupted by the many ideas and
philosophies that men try to build around the simplicity of the gospel,
then we will continue to believe the message that was delivered at the
beginning when Christ Jesus first spoke (2 Corinthians 11:3; Colossians
2:7-9; 1Timothy 6:20-21). The simplicity of the gospel revealed that we are
in Christ Jesus, and He is in us (John 17:20-23). We are to dwell in Christ
Jesus, who has brought forth a new life, His life, in everyone who has
believed (John 10:10; 1 John 5:11-12; Romans 6:4; Galatians 2:20; 2
Corinthians 5:17). The faith is that simple, and we are to live as He
lived, and walk as He walked. The chief theme of John's message is to
"abide in Christ Jesus" (John 15:4-7; 1 John 1:1-7, 2:5-6, 24-29, 3:1-10,
4:13-17, 5:11-12, 20)
 
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