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Daily Bread - October 29, 2018
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Monday, 29 October 2018 11:31
Ephesians 4:24 - And be endued with the new man which is created after God
in righteousness and true holiness.

Part 1: To Be 'Endued'

This is the same word used to describe the coming of the Holy Spirit, the
promise of the Father, upon them that believe in Luke 24:49. It is also
used in a similar context in Colossians 3:10 and Romans 13:14. The Greek
word is 'enduo,' which conveys the sense of sinking into a garment. It is a
compound word derived from 'en' ("in," "with," "by") and 'duno' ("enter,"
"plunge into"); and translated as "to be clothed," "to put on," or "endued."

Be filled with the Spirit, and be endued with Christ so you can accomplish
those things you were created in Christ Jesus to be! Plunge into Christ
(plunge into His power from on High and be filled with the Spirit) that you
may live this Heavenly life! We received the life of Jesus when we were
born again, and we receive His mantle of the Spirit when we are clothed
with the Holy Ghost!

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 27, 2018
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Monday, 29 October 2018 11:30
Ephesians 4:23 - And let your mind be renewed by the Spirit.

The Renewed Mind - Part 3: The Authority of Sons

By the authority we have been given as the sons of God, and by the divine
power of the new man, the former behavior and all its lust may be cast
down. There is no power that can stop us from walking in union with God and
being conformed to the image of the Son (John 17:21-23; Romans 8:29-39). We
must be willing to accept the image of righteousness and true holiness and
be renewed by the Holy Spirit as we behold the glory of God (Ephesians
4:23-24; Colossians 3:10; 2 Corinthians 3:18).

To view ourselves as weak, carnal, and unable to please God is the wrong
way to think. If we listen to such lies, then we are giving place to the
devil and allowing sin to have dominion over us (Romans 6:14; Ephesians
4:27). We are to move in faith and believe the good news! God has worked an
unimaginable miracle of salvation for us; so let us say, as Mary did, "Be
it unto me according to your Word" (Luke 1:38). If we are unwilling to
believe God and think of ourselves as new creatures who are called to the
fullness of the maturity of Christ, then we will never realize the maturity
He has planned for us. If we refuse to believe what God has said about His
great salvation, then we will live our lives as babes and ultimately find
ourselves tricked and mislead by deceivers (Ephesians 4:14).

It is God the Holy Spirit Who gives us the ability to see and understand
(Ephesians 1:17-18). The Holy Spirit supplies us with the mind of Christ (1
Corinthians 2:16; Philippians 2:5, 4:7). He has brought to us the renewal
that we need, and He is the One Who strengthens us in our inner being to
live this life of Jesus (Titus 3:5; Ephesians 3:16). God the Holy Spirit,
the Spirit of Truth, has come to teach us and show us how to walk in all
those things that pertain to life and godliness (2 Peter 1:3)!

For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are the sons of God!
(Romans 8:14)
 
Daily Bread - October 26, 2018
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Friday, 26 October 2018 09:32
Ephesians 4:23 - And let your mind be renewed by the Spirit.

The Renewed Mind - Part 2: Hold Fast to What God Says

The god of this world would corrupt us with the lies he propagates against
God. He fights against the anointing and Word of God, attempting to make
God's Word and the miracle of salvation ineffective. If we will simply
believe God, the lies of Satan will fall powerless at our feet. Through the
strength of the Lord and the power of His might, we take up the weapons of
our warfare and bring every thought into captivity unto the obedience of
Christ (Ephesians 6:10; 2 Corinthians 10:4-5). We must refuse to hear the
voice of the spirit of disobedience, or to be persuaded to conform to all
his lust (Ephesians 2:2-3; 1 John 2:15-16).

This is why Paul taught the saints that they had to have a radical and
complete redefining of their lives, in which nothing belonging to the
former life would be allowed to exist (Ephesians 2:2-3, 4:17-19, 5:8,14;
Colossians 1:21, 2:11-13, 3:7). There can be no wavering or middle ground
in this war (Matthew 12:30)! If we are to succeed, then we must not lean on
our own understanding, but believe the report of the Lord (Proverbs 3:5-6;
Romans 10:16). We must hold fast to the Word of God and, taking the whole
armor of God, be unwavering in our confession of faith (Philippians 2:16;
Ephesians 6:11; Hebrews 10:23). If we will stand fast, then we will see
everything that God has said revealed in our lives (1 Corinthians 16:13;
Galatians 5:1).

Stand fast, therefore, in the liberty of the children of God wherein Christ
Jesus has made us free! (Galatians 5:1; Romans 8:21; John 8:36)
 
Daily Bread - October 25, 2018
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Friday, 26 October 2018 09:31
Ephesians 4:23 - And let your mind be renewed by the Spirit.

The Renewed Mind - Part 1: Think Differently

God desires we think differently about ourselves. To be renewed by the
Spirit in our mind we must be willing to believe what God has said, and
then think of ourselves and the things around us accordingly. We must not
be conformed to the image and concepts of this world, but instead
transfigured by believing what God has said (Romans 12:2). We have been
given a new knowledge of ourselves, -the knowledge of sonship (Colossians
3:10; Romans 8:15; Galatians 4:7). If we continue to think of ourselves as
anything less than those who are born again, alive from the dead, and
co-inheritors with Christ, then we are thinking wrongly (1 Peter 1:23;
Colossians 2:13; Romans 8:17). We have been changed by the power of God and
created anew. We have been made holy and acceptable, the saints of the Most
High with all authority in Christ Jesus (Romans 12:1; 1 Peter 2:5;
Colossians 1:22; Ephesians 4:24). After having received Christ Jesus and
being taught by Him, we must hold fast the identity and position He has
given to us.

But Christ is faithful over God's house as a Son, whose house we are if we
hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of our hope firm to the end.
(Hebrews 3:6)
 
Daily Bread - October 24, 2018
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Tuesday, 23 October 2018 18:12
Ephesians 4:22 - You shall lay aside concerning the former behavior, the
old man which is corrupt according to the deceitful desires.

The Former Behavior of the Old Man - Part 2

Referring to the life before redemption as "old" leaves no doubt of the
view of Scripture concerning the nature of sin. By the free gift of
salvation and the miracle of the new birth, the nature of sin has been
entirely removed from the redeemed man. It was washed away with the waters
of regeneration (Titus 3:5). Although sin has no right to execute dominion
over a child of God, the fact remains that every child of God must resist
the temptations of the former behavior (Ephesians 2:2; Colossians 3:9;
Romans 6:13; 1 Peter 1:14). Just because our Savior Jesus Christ came and
delivered us from the nature of sin and the power of the devil does not
mean we cannot return into captivity and be imprisoned once again! Every
person who has received the miracle of salvation has been set free; and,
similar to Adam, has been given the right to choose if they will serve God
or turn back to sin. We have put on the beautiful garments of salvation,
being clothed with Christ -let's never take them off! (Isaiah 52:1; Romans
13:14; Galatians 3:27)

For you were formerly darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as
children of light -for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and
righteousness and truth! (Ephesians 5:8-9)

Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
 
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