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Daily Bread - November 3, 2018
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Monday, 05 November 2018 07:24
Ephesians 4:26-27 - Be angry and sin not -let not the sun go down on your
anger, and give no place to the devil.

God wants us to have great boldness in the faith and authority in the
Spirit. If we give Satan any advantage, it will impact our confidence
towards God, and affect our boldness and authority in Christ (1 John 2:28,
3:19-21). If Satan is given the slightest opportunity, He will take
advantage of us in every way he can (2 Corinthians 2:11). To help clarify
the point, one accurate way to translate this verse is: "Do not give the
accuser any standing room." Satan can gain an advantage to condemn us if we
give place to sin. Whether it is relationship issues, anger, corrupt
communication, bitterness, wrath, rage, arguments, slander, or malice
-Satan will use whatever open door we give him to attempt to kill, steal,
and destroy (Ephesians 4:25-31; John 10:10). All these things are
opportunities for Satan to condemn us and bring reproach to our
relationship with the Lord Jesus.

Furthermore, all sin grieves the Holy Spirit; and the last thing that we
want to do is to offend our Teacher, Mentor, and the Lover of our souls!
There is immeasurable forgiveness with God if we sin, but something bigger
is at stake -our effectiveness in the Kingdom. We must recognize we have
been given a divine opportunity to be trained in the conduct and authority
of Christ; we cannot allow Satan to interfere. We are of the household of
God and His representatives on the Earth. We are called to greatness as
those who represent the King, Christ Jesus. The Holy Spirit empowers us to
do the works of Jesus, and in every way invade the territory of Satan -to
destroy his strongholds and render his works powerless. We have been called
by God to cast out devils and run Satan and his demonic powers off wherever
we find them. Let us walk in the authority we have been given so that all
the wonderful things of Heaven may be displayed through our lives. Satan
looks for ways to neutralize the impact God has ordained for us to have, so
we cannot afford to be ignorant of his devices.

Awake to righteousness, and don't sin; but rather be endued with the life
of Christ Jesus making no provision for the flesh or vain and deceitful
philosophy after the elementary principles of this world! (1 Corinthians
15:33-34; Romans 13:14, Colossians 2:6-10)
 
Daily Bread - November 2, 2018
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Monday, 05 November 2018 07:23
Ephesians 4:25 - For this reason, lay aside lying, speak the truth everyone
with his neighbor, for we are members one of another.

There is no question as to God's expectation of those who have been created
in God's likeness. We are to always tell the truth, and there can be no
cheating or stealing in any form. Those things we have agreed to do must be
done without allowing any short cuts, which would include an honest day's
work for those who hired us. We must not give any place to the devil by
committing any acts of sin. God's people are characterized by truth,
righteousness, and holiness now and in the New Jerusalem (Zechariah 8:1-15;
Romans 14:17; Ephesians 4:24; Luke 1:74-75; Revelation 21:22-26; Matthew
13:43).

To utilize this passage of Scripture as proof that men continue to possess
an evil nature after being born again is not only a violation of the
context, but also a violation of faith. Every person that has been born
again can choose to agree with unholy things. Even as Adam chose to disobey
God, so can we. The worst things are wrong models and examples from leaders
that would by conduct, and even word, make wrong behavior acceptable.

The Word of God ought to provide faith and power to the hearer. If we hear
wrongly or believe things that are not true, then we are robbed of the
divine power and ability that comes by the Word of God. It is the Word of
God that produces faith in the hearers so that supernatural results may be
realized in our lives. Whether it is healing for the body or authority over
all of sin and the power of darkness, it is by believing and acting on the
Word of God that divine results are produced.

Be endued with the life of Christ Jesus and make no provision for the
flesh, the rudiments of the world, or the philosophies of men! (Romans
13:14, Colossians 2:6-10)
 
Daily Bread - November 1, 2018
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Thursday, 01 November 2018 10:13
Ephesians 4:24 - And be endued with the new man which is created after God
in righteousness and true holiness.

Part 4: Faith Is Union With God In Righteous And True Holiness!

The new man is in the likeness and nature of Jesus Christ, as established
in Romans 13:14, "Be endued with the Lord Jesus Christ and make no
provision for the flesh to do its desires." The Epistle to the Ephesians
repeatedly speaks of our life "in Christ Jesus," which is referred to
thirteen times in chapter one alone. A corollary verse is found in
Colossians 3:10, which says we are "renewed in knowledge after the image of
Him that created [us]." God created all things by Christ Jesus, and has
also made this new creation by Him. This is compatible with the the call of
God for the saint to mature into all the fullness Christ and to grow up
into Him in all things (Ephesians 4:13, 15).

The faith that was once delivered unto the saints is one of divine union
with God. The union is the primary feature of the new birth that has
resulted in the New Covenant fellowship (John 6:56). Jesus expressed the
fullness of the Father through the union He had with the Father. There is a
revelation and cooperation with the love of Christ that results in the same
kind of union (Ephesians 3:19; John 1:12, 14:21-23) -a union with Christ
Jesus resulting in the fulness that He has supplied by grace, and which
goes far beyond what could ever be earned by works (John 1:16; 17:21-23).

If we would simply look at what Jesus won for us rather than what we
deserve, faith would begin to work in our lives. When we recognize Christ
Jesus dwells in us, and by the Holy Spirit reveals His life through us,
then the miracles of His life can be witnessed through us. However, as long
as we are more captivated by our humanity and weakness than the brightness
of the life of the Son God, then we will remain disconnected from the faith
that produces the miracle life of Jesus. When Christ Jesus is all that we
will see, then His life will be fully revealed through our lives. When He
is all we are determined to know, then the power of God will not be limited
in its divine flow through us. If we will remain in Christ Jesus, living by
Him and existing in Him, then condemnation will have no place; and we will
find our lives completely yielded to the Holy Spirit!

Be endued with the life of Christ Jesus and make no provision for the
flesh, the rudiments of the world, or the philosophies of men! (Romans
13:14, Colossians 2:6-10)
 
Daily Bread - October 31, 2018
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Thursday, 01 November 2018 09:53
Ephesians 4:24 - And be endued with the new man which is created after God
in righteousness and true holiness.

Part 3: The New Man Is Jesus Living In Us!

The new man, which is Christ Jesus living in us, has the nature of Jesus,
the glory of Jesus, and the power and authority of Jesus (2 Peter 1:3-4;
John 7:38-39, 16:12-14, 17:21-23; Luke 24:49; Acts 1:8). Having newness of
life and the image of Christ, we are empowered to walk as the sons of God
(Romans 6:4, 8:14, 16; John 1:12-13; Colossians 3:10). However, it is
absolutely essential that we believe in our hearts and confess with our
mouths these great things God has done for us (Romans 10:10)!

God created us anew in Christ Jesus and gave to us a new and pure heart, a
new spirit, a purified soul and body, and made us His dwelling place - the
temple of the Lord! There is no religious activity or belief that pleases
God. All that is important to Him and accepted by Him are those who have
been made a new creature, and who are willing to grow and mature in the
life of a new man (Galatians 6:15; John 3:3-6; Colossians 2:6). Those who
have been created anew in Christ Jesus have been made holy and acceptable
to God by the same gift. His own hands have built for Himself a pure and
holy dwelling place where His glory and majesty may be seen in the earthen
vessels of those redeemed and created anew by One, Christ Jesus (Ephesians
2:10; Ezekiel 36:26-27; 1 Peter 1:22-23; 1 Thessalonians 5:23; 1
Corinthians 3:9, 16, 6:19; 2 Corinthians 3:18, 4:7, 6:16; Matthew 5:8; 1
Timothy 1:5; 2 Timothy 2:22; Hebrews 10:22).

Be endued with the life of Christ Jesus and make no provision for the
flesh, the rudiments of the world, or the philosophies of men! (Romans
13:14, Colossians 2:6-10)
 
Daily Bread - October 30, 2018
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Thursday, 01 November 2018 09:53
Ephesians 4:24 - And be endued with the new man which is created after God
in righteousness and true holiness.

Part 2: Endued With The New Man

What an honor and privilege God has given to us that we may be clothed with
the same majesty, splendor, and authority of His only begotten Son. We have
been entrusted by God to be endued with Christ that we might live His life,
and the life of Christ Jesus is the light unto the world! Let the world see
the glory of the only begotten Son alive and living in you (Colossians
1:27; 2 Corinthians 4:6; Philippians 1:21; Ephesians 3:18-19; Galatians
3:27; Romans 13:14).

If these things of the Spirit are to be accomplished in our lives, then we
must be willing to believe the report of the Lord and the record He has
given of His Son. If we fail to believe, then it is impossible for us to
receive and be equipped with the identity of Christ. We must be willing to
think differently about ourselves and believe that we have been
transfigured and renewed, washed and regenerated by the renewing of the
Holy Spirit (Isaiah 53:1; John 12:38; Romans 10:16; 1 John 5:10-11; Titus
3:5; Romans 12:1-2).

Our Heavenly Father wants us to be convinced that we are His children:
begotten of Him, having been born of the Spirit. We have been born of the
Spirit (John 3:5), born of the Word (1 Peter 1:23), and born of the
resurrection (1 Peter 1:3). We find ourselves yielded to the Holy Spirit by
believing what God has said, and by being confident in Him and Who He has
made us to be. Through the Holy Spirit, we are endued, and will continue to
be endued, with the glory and authority of Christ Jesus. Through the gift
of salvation, we are empowered with a new identity. By the Spirit of wisdom
and revelation in the knowledge of Jesus, we are empowered to live the life
of Christ (Colossians 3:10; Ephesians 1:17-19).

Be endued with the life of Christ Jesus and make no provision for the
flesh, the rudiments of the world, or the philosophies of men! (Romans
13:14, Colossians 2:6-10)
 
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