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Daily Bread - May 3, 2018
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Thursday, 03 May 2018 11:07
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 Jesus made with us are 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 loose our life, we can have His.
When we accept and surrender to the life 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, we need to know how to abide in Him, so that our whole life will
consist of those things belonging 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 everything the Lord
Jesus has freely given us (John 16:13-15; Romans 8:14).

The prophet Jeremiah also revealed how 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 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 decrees 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
written in the Bible. Recognize 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 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!

Live the life of being a child of God! (1 John 3:1-3; 1 Peter 1:13-16)
 
Daily Bread - May 2, 2018
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Wednesday, 02 May 2018 10:15
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; 2 Peter 1:3-11).

Therefore, as the anointing has taught, abide in Jesus!
 
Daily Bread - May 1, 2018
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Tuesday, 01 May 2018 08:28
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).

Walk even as He walks, and be pure even as He is pure! (1 John 2:6, 3:3)
 
Daily Bread - April 30, 2018
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Monday, 30 April 2018 09:22
Genesis 31:13 - I am the God of Bethel, where you anointed a pillar, where
you vowed to me a vow. Now arise, come out from this land, and return to
the land of your birth.

The first time the word 'anointed' appears in the Bible is here in
reference to the consecration of God's House and the consecration of His
servant Jacob to both serve and worship Him. Jacob was allowed a visitation
from God, and received the revelation that He was in the House of God
(Bethel). Jacob's response to God's visitation was a voluntary consecration
of his life to the Almighty. (Genesis 28:10-22)

The importance of what it means to be 'anointed' extends to every act of
Divine Power revealed in the sons of Adam. The Hebrew word 'masach/anoint,'
fashions the word used to denote our Redeemer, Christ Jesus (Messiah/
masiach/Christ/Christos). It is essential that we grasp the relationship of
consecration to the anointing. Only through such a devoted consecration
will we realize the full impact of what it means to be anointed (John
14:12, 15:16; Ephesians 4:13; Mark 16:17; Acts 4:33; Matthew 24:14; James
5:7). If we are not attentive to what God has given, we run the risk of
never growing beyond infancy in Christ (1 Corinthians 3:1-3).

Just as Moses anointed Aaron to consecrate him to God, even so Jesus has
anointed us (Leviticus 8:12; Exodus 29:36; 1 John 2:20, 27; 2 Corinthians
1:21). The consecration that comes through the anointing was further
understood to be a direct act of the Holy Spirit coming upon the one who
was anointed (1 Samuel 10:6, 16:13). The miracle of becoming the anointed
of the Lord in the New Testament takes place when the Spirit of the Lord
comes upon a person and changes them into a new creation (John 3:3,5, 4:10,
23-24; Titus 3:4-7; 1 Thessalonians 4:8; 2 Corinthians 5:17). Through the
new birth, we become sons and daughters of God, and receive a special
anointing and authority to be the sons of God (John 1:12,16; 1 John 3:1-3,
5:1,18; Galatians 4:6; Ephesians 4:24 ; Romans 8:29)

Value what God has given! (Colossians 3:1-2; 1 John 3:3)
 
Daily Bread - April 28, 2018
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Saturday, 28 April 2018 10:21
Ephesians 3:12 - In Whom we have all boldness and access, by confidence,
through His faith.

Part 1: Bold Access

Boldness and confidence are absolutely essential to our interacting with
God and our ability to function in the anointing. Our boldness and
confidence is found in knowing and believing the love God has for us (1
John 4:16; Ephesians 3:16-19). When we are certain of God's good pleasure
towards us, as well as His desire to fully empower us with all of the
resources of Heaven, then we can be bold and confident.

The Greek word 'parrhesia' (boldness) in its most ancient usage refers to
free speech, which would include the meaning of importunity, or
impertinence and courage. It conveys the meaning of a shameless confidence
before rulers (Acts 2:29; Luke 21:28; Colossians 2:15). The first
occurrence of this word in the New Testament is found in Mark 8:32; and in
the Old Testament, Leviticus 26:13. In the Old Testament, this word is
translated from the Hebrew word 'komemiyyut', which may be translated
erect, or upright; and conveys the meaning of Israel's dominion over all
other nations.

A similar call to such boldness is given in Luke 11:5-8 in which a man's
friend comes and places a demand on him to get out of bed to supply the
food he needs for his visitors. Boldness of this sort is the result of the
saints being fully persuaded of the redemption and exaltation given them in
Christ Jesus. Boldness is a word closely associated with relationship and
interaction with God on the highest level (1 Timothy 3:13; Hebrews 4:16; 1
John 2:28, 3:21, 4:17, 5:14).

Be bold! We have access into the Holy of Holies by Christ Jesus, and into
the grace and plan of God; we also have access to the Father by the Spirit
(Romans 5:2, 8:14; Hebrews 10:19; Ephesians 2:18).
 
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