Daily Bread - October 5, 2019 (The Seventh Day - Genesis 2:1-3)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Saturday, 05 October 2019 13:16
1 John 4:18 - There is no fear in love - perfect love cast out all fear,
because fear has torment. Now, he who fears is not perfected in love.

Part 1 ~ Delivered from the Bondage of Fear

Fear is the father of all doubt and unbelief. Fear is the realm of distrust
and darkness, which causes men to draw back and run and hide. Fear first
existed between God and man when Adam ran and hid from the presence of the
Lord because he was afraid -his disobedience made him a prisoner of fear.
Through the redemption in Christ Jesus, we who were once far away are
brought near by His blood. The Lord has granted us peace and freedom from
all condemnation, and has invited us into His love. We are now delivered
from the bondage of fear and given the Spirit of sonship, whereby we say
God is our Father (Romans 8:15).

Love refuses to allow fear in, but this love is found only in the perfect
union and relationship that has been granted to us in Christ Jesus. There
is a safety and security in God that goes far beyond that which a trusting
child has in its loving father. This love of God we are called to live in,
and to know and believe, is a love that cannot fail. If we will dwell in
the love God has for us, the perfect union that He has given -we will not
know fear. The Lord tells us more than 360 times "not to fear" because if
we will walk with Him, there are no limits to what He will do for us.
 
Daily Bread - October 4, 2019 (The Sixth Day - Genesis 1:24-31)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Friday, 04 October 2019 07:03
1 John 4:17 - In this the love is perfected within us: that we may have
confidence in the day of judgment, because as He is, so are we in this
world.

Part 4 ~ Part of the Family of God

Through the new birth, we were given the life of Jesus. We are now to dwell
in the light as He is in the light (1 John 1:7). We are to walk as He walks
(1 John 2:6). We are to be pure even as He is pure (1 John 3:3). Because we
are in Him and He is in us, we are as He is in this present life that we
now live (1 John 4:17). We are not of this world, even as He is not of this
world (John 8:23, 14:17, 15:19, 17:14, 16). We have been begotten of God
the Father to be a part of the family of God and live the life of the Son.
 
Daily Bread - October 3, 2019 (The Fifth Day - Genesis 1:20-23)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Thursday, 03 October 2019 06:10
1 John 4:17 - In this the love is perfected within us: that we may have
confidence in the day of judgment, because as He is, so are we in this
world.

Part 3 ~ The Source of Confidence

What greater confidence could the child of God have on the day of judgment
than to be fully developed in His love -both receiving it and expressing
it. Knowing we belong to God and God belongs to us removes all concerns,
for He is our life and joy. The abiding union with God, and the absolute
assurance of God's love for us, brings great confidence and boldness to our
hearts.

Knowing we are His purchased possession -and His dwelling place- removes
all condemnation and fear. Being thrilled to walk with Him each day, and
being empowered to live out the abundant life, establishes an
ever-increasing relationship with the deepest bond of lasting love. We are
able, both now and on that day, to draw near with a true heart - in full
assurance of faith, having all boldness (Hebrews 10:19)!

Being on God's side and rejoicing in the abundant life He has provided, and
being so honored to live the life of Jesus, makes all the difference. To
think for a moment that it's some terrible yoke to live the life of Jesus,
and be even as He is in this world, is to miss the joy and freedom of the
relationship altogether (Proverbs 13:15; Matthew 11:28-30; 1 John 4:17,
5:3).
 
Daily Bread - October 1, 2019 (The Third Day - Genesis 1:9-13)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Tuesday, 01 October 2019 16:51
1 John 4:17 - In this the love is perfected within us: that we may have
confidence in the day of judgment, because as He is, so are we in this
world.

Part 1 ~ Love Is The Key!

The most yielded state of the heart is being at rest, knowing that you are
loved. God wants us to know His love. In this state of confidence and
faith, we will receive everything Jesus wants to transmit into our hearts
by the Holy Spirit (John 16:12-15; Romans 5:5).

When Father wanted to convince Abraham of the things He promised, He swore
an oath to Him. Today, He has even done something greater for us. In order
to convince us of His love and commitment to us, He sent His only begotten
Son to die for us at Calvary. We must respond to His love and accept the
fact that He loves us and cares for us so intensely He spared not His Own
Son for our sakes (Romans 8:32).

Love is the key to walking in the fullness of the expression of God. We can
know the love of Christ that passes knowledge, and thereby be filled with
all the fullness of God (Ephesians 3:18-19). Living in and expressing this
love of God that has been poured into our hearts by the Holy Spirit is the
witness that God dwells in us and we dwell in Him (Romans 5:5).
 
Daily Bread - September 30, 2019 (The Second Day - Genesis 1:6-8)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Monday, 30 September 2019 06:27
1 John 4:16 - And we know and believe the love that God has for us. God is
love, and he that dwells in love dwells in God, and God dwells in him.

John makes the confessing of Jesus being the Son of God and the Savior of
the world equivalent to dwelling in love -for both result in the believer
dwelling in God and God dwelling in the believer. God so loved the world
that He gave His only begotten Son - a love that is realized when we obey
Him and are born again (John 3:3-6, 14:21). We are now commanded to remain
in the love and allow that love to be perfected in us.
 
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