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Daily Bread - November 9, 2018
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Monday, 12 November 2018 07:36
Ephesians 4:29 - Do not allow a bad word to come out of your mouth, but
instead that which is good to serve, to edify the hearer that grace may be
supplied.

Part 1 - Keep Your Tongue From Evil

There are two kinds of communication: that which is corrupt or worthless,
and that which is good. The kind of words God commands us to speak are good
words that build others up and minister the grace we have been given. The
'logos sapros' ("worthless word") would be any communication less than that
which is pure and holy. All kinds of ungodly communication flows when
people are involved in worldly things and wrong thinking, and when they
become offended and give place to strife (Colossians 3:8; Ephesians 5:4).

Smutty talk and foolish jesting can never be allowed, but even more
perilous to those who are born again are the snares of fault-finding and
the judgmental attitudes that produce slander. Such evil things can never
be justified. It is always wrong to speak evil of anyone in any way (Psalm
34:13; Proverbs 8:13, 10:18, 11:11, 17:4; Romans 1:28-30, 12:14; 1
Corinthians 5:11, 6:9-10; 2 Corinthians 12:20; Galatians 5:15; Colossians
3:8; Titus 3:2; James 1:26, 3:10, 4:11; 1 Peter 2:1, 3:9; 2 Peter 2:9-12;
Jude 1:8-10). All such behavior harms all those who participate with it,
both the speaker and the hearers. If we are going to walk in the law of the
Spirit of life and learn to live the good life filled with the blessings of
God, then we will keep our tongue from evil and our lips from speaking
guile (1 Peter 3:10; Psalms 34:13).

Therefore, keep your tongue from evil, and on the contrary, bless and give
thanks! (Psalms 34:13; 1 Peter 3:9; Ephesians 5:4)
 
Daily Bread - November 8, 2018
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Thursday, 08 November 2018 09:55
Ephesians 4:28 - The thief must no longer steal; but rather labor, doing
good work with his own hands, so that he may have something to share with
the needy.

Although, the person who once stole for a living has been transformed and
made a new man, he must guard against the temptations of the devil which
would tempt him to return to his former lifestyle. There are many things
that can be regarded as stealing which men might justify -such as not
giving the boss an honest day's work, among other things.

When our constant desire and pursuit is to grow up into Jesus in all
things, the temptations of Satan are easily laid aside. The new nature that
has been given in Christ Jesus both inspires and enables the former thief
to labor and provide for others rather than steal from them (2 Peter 1:3-4;
Titus 2:11-14; Philippians 2:13; Philemon 1:6).

Refuse all vain and deceitful philosophy after the elementary forces of
this world, and instead give all diligence to make your calling and
election sure! (Colossians 2:6-10; 2 Peter 1:3-11)
 
Daily Bread - November 7, 2018
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Wednesday, 07 November 2018 08:05
John 6:56 - He that eats My flesh, and drinks My blood, dwells in Me, and I
in him.

Mutual Indwelling - Part 3: Jesus, Our Life & Ability!

As we give ourselves to dwelling in Him, recognizing that He also dwells in
us, we understand we live by His life presence. We grow and mature in
knowing He not only supplies the life, but also the power God desires to be
revealed through our lives. We come to fully recognize that He is not only
our Savior and life giver, but also our ability and power. When healing
needs to take place, Christ Jesus is present to heal. We do not look to
ourselves as the source of the miracle needing to be done; but rather, we
know the miracle worker is in us, and we are in Him; and He will do the
miracle through us even as the Father performed miracles through Jesus!

Believing on His Name takes on an entire new dimension when we recognize it
is the same as believing it's the living presence of Jesus that will act on
our behalf. Thus, we do not wonder of the power we may have, or look to
ourselves in any way for the faith to cast out devils; but we live in the
living faith of Christ Jesus, Who dwells in us, and we in Him. The faith of
the New Covenant is Christ in us (Colossians 1:27; Galatians 2:20; John
17:21-23). And to be convinced of Christ Jesus living in us is to be
certain that He not only has the power to do the work, but is also present
to do it. Yet, the condition is simply to believe the Good News and accept
that He dwells in us, and in response dwell in Him (John 15:4). What could
speak louder of our need to recognize this divine opportunity and credit
every part of all God does in our lives to Christ Jesus?

Our continual consecration should resound with "its not me that does the
work, but Christ Jesus Who is in me." It is only in this realm of
relationship that the fruits of the faith can be manifested through our
lives (John 15:4-7) -the faith that both speaks and reveals, "the life that
I now live, I live by the faith of the Son of God." The reality of this
opportunity given to the believers must be highly valued above all other
things and properly attended to everyday for the union to find its full
revelation and expression through our lives. Through the acceptance of the
gift of union with Christ Jesus and the accompanying word of faith that
Father is in Christ Jesus, we are made perfect in one (John 17:23). Through
not only receiving this union, but living it out, the world will know Who
Jesus is!

Refuse all vain and deceitful philosophy after the elementary forces of
this world, and instead live by the faith of the Son of God! (Colossians
2:6-10; Galatians 2:20)
 
Daily Bread - November 6, 2018
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Tuesday, 06 November 2018 08:03
John 6:56 - He that eats My flesh, and drinks My blood, dwells in Me, and I
in him.

Mutual Indwelling - Part 2: Living By Jesus

The Father had sent Jesus, and He lived by the Father; so now those who
will receive the miracle of salvation will live by Jesus just as He lived
by the Father. The Lord Jesus revealed this all in the context of the
people asking Him for a sign. He compared Who He was to the manna in the
wilderness, but revealed how He was the true bread that brought the very
life of God into our lives. Just as they depended on manna to live, we
depend on Him for His life. The partaking of the life of Jesus could have
not been given in stronger terms than to refer to His life as His flesh and
blood -a terminology already established in the First Covenant to describe
the life of the soul (Leviticus 17:11). Until we have this union with
Christ, we are dead in our trespasses and sins. When we are joined unto
Him, we have His life -eternal life!

Refuse all vain and deceitful philosophy after the elementary forces of
this world, and instead live by the faith of the Son of God! (Colossians
2:6-10; Galatians 2:20)
 
Daily Bread - November 5, 2018
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Monday, 05 November 2018 07:24
John 6:56 - He that eats My flesh, and drinks My blood, dwells in Me, and I
in him.

Mutual Indwelling - Part 1: Oneness With God

Fundamental to our relationship with God and communion with Christ Jesus is
the revelation of the oneness God has granted us with Himself. Jesus said,
"If any one eats My flesh and drinks My blood, then he dwells in Me, and I
in him." (John 6:56). This statement clearly reveals the faith of the New
Covenant and the miracle that comes by faith. The life that comes into the
believer through the miracle of salvation is the life of Christ Jesus, the
life of the Son. Being saved and made a child of God results in a mutual
indwelling (John 17:23, 14:20, 23; 1 John 3:24; 2 Corinthians 13:5).

The Gospel and miracle of faith provides the great exchange of our lives
for His, so we can confidently and boldly say: "For me to live is Christ!"
This miracle of faith brings the ever-abiding presence of Christ Jesus into
our lives with the manifestation of His life and power through us. If we
partake of Christ Jesus, then we will live by Him (John 6:57). As we lay
hold on the reality of this miracle of faith, we will cease to live by our
own ability and begin to more fully live by Him. Doubt and unbelief, which
only hopes Christ Jesus will hear our prayer and come and help us, will no
longer have rule over us. Instead, we will know we are the temple where He
dwells; and out of His own life and glory, we have all God's promises
fulfilled in our lives!

Refuse all vain and deceitful philosophy after the elementary forces of
this world, and instead embrace the boldness and access we have through the
faith of Christ Jesus! (Colossians 2:6-10; Ephesians 3:12)
 
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