Daily Bread - July 27, 2019 (The Seventh Day - Genesis 2:1-3)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Friday, 26 July 2019 22:16
1 John 3:11 - Because this is the message that you have heard from the
beginning: that you should love one another.

Part 2 ~ God Created Us To Walk In Love

We must understand that the One Who created all things is devoted to love
(Jeremiah 31:3; Zephaniah 3:17; John 3:16; 1 John 4:7-8). Everything He
does is governed by love: all His motives, desires, and actions. God wants
to teach us to live like this. The law of life is governed by love, and if
we are unwilling to conform, then there is nothing but death and
destruction, and our end will be as it was with Cain who killed his
brother. God's message is unchanging, and it cannot be compromised. God is
love, and if we are going to know Him and walk with Him, then we must be
willing to be obedient to His love (Matthew 22:40; Romans 13:8,10). God not
only created and fashioned us to walk in His love, but He has also supplied
us with an unlimited resource of His love by the Holy Spirit (Romans 5:5;
Galatians 5:22). How safe our souls should feel that the God of the
universe is so disposed to the nature of His unchanging love (Hebrews 13:8;
James 1:17; 1 John 4:7-8)! Our first need is to receive His love, and then
we learn to love Him in return (John 15:16; Romans 8:29; Ephesians 2:4;
Titus 3:4-5; 1 John 4:10, 17-19).
 
Daily Bread - July 26, 2019 (The Sixth Day - Genesis 1:24-31)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Friday, 26 July 2019 06:57
1 John 3:11 - Because this is the message that you have heard from the
beginning: that you should love one another.

Part 1 ~ God's Message Has Always Been Love

The message of God's love was delivered to us in its greatest form when
Jesus suffered and died for us. Yet, God's message to mankind from the very
beginning was one of love (Ephesians 1:4). God's primary requests of
mankind under the Law was that they love Him, and that they love one
another (Deuteronomy 6:5, 7:9, 10:12, 11:1, 13, 22, 19:9; Also: Deuteronomy
30:6, 16, 20; Joshua 22:5, 23:11; Judges 5:31; Nehemiah 1:5; And: Psalm
31:23, 97:10, 145:20). In every law God gave, the motive was to conform the
will and actions of mankind to the ways of love (Romans 13:8, 10; Galatians
5:14; James 2:8).
 
Daily Bread - July 25, 2019 (The Fifth Day - Genesis 1:20-23)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Thursday, 25 July 2019 18:06
1 John 3:10 - In this the children of God and the children of the Devil are
manifested: everyone who does not do righteousness is not of God, nor is he
who loves not his brother.

John continues laboring to establish a point that needs to also be
established today: you are either a child of God or a child of the Devil.
If you are not doing righteousness, you are not of God! He began by
establishing that those who walk in darkness have no fellowship with God (1
John 1:5-7). John moved from there to underscore the point by revealing
those who know God and those who don't (1 John 2:3-5). In this, he
established the rule that everyone who abides in Christ Jesus walks
(behaves) just as Christ Jesus walks (1 John 2:6). John describes that the
children of God have overcome the wicked one and his lust because they
abide in Christ Jesus and do the will of God (1 John 2:14-17). The
anointing that teaches us all things has taught us to live out our lives in
Christ Jesus (1 John 2:20, 27). As a result, everyone who knows that Christ
Jesus is righteous will do righteousness, and this is the proof that we
have been born of God (1 John 2:29).

This is the point that John has contrasted now multiple times in chapter
three as well. First he establishes that we are now the sons of God and are
consecrated to His purity. Once again he states in an even stronger way
that everyone who does righteousness is of God, and those who do not do
righteousness, but sin, are of the Devil (1 John 3:1-10). John makes
certain in his Epistle that everyone knows that sin is the opposite of
righteousness even as darkness is the opposite of light, a lie the opposite
of truth, Satan the opposite of God, death the opposite of life, and
sinners the opposite of the saints.
 
Daily Bread - July 24, 2019 (The Fourth Day - Genesis 1:14-19)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Wednesday, 24 July 2019 08:27
1 John 3:9 - Everyone who has been begotten of God does not continue to
sin, because His seed abides in him, and he cannot go on sinning, because
he is born of God.

Part 3 ~ Results of Being Born of the Seed/Word of God

The Seed, or Word, of God produces a new spirit and heart within the
believer (Ezekiel 11:19, 36:26; John 3:5, 6). The new spirit and the new
heart we have received are joined unto the Lord Jesus. The Spirit and
nature of Christ Jesus is formed in us through the new birth (Romans
8:9-10, 13:14; Galatians 3:27, 4:19; Ephesians 2:10, 3:17; Colossians 1:27;
1 John 3:24, 4:4). His nature in us results in the divine nature residing
in us producing the ability to please God and empowering us with the
ability to escape the corruption that is in the world through lust
(Ephesians 4:24; 2 Peter 1:3-4).

Paul makes a similar connection between Christ Jesus and the Word, proving
that the Word of God is in our heart and in our mouth (Romans 10:8). As
those begotten of God and ruled by the Spirit of God, the Word of God, and
Christ Jesus, we cannot sin. As John previously said, "the anointing that
we have received of Him teaches us to abide in Him," and abiding in Him
will only produce righteousness (1 John 2:27). So long as we remain
submitted and yielded to His rulership, we will find ourselves enjoying His
abundant life of purity, joy, righteousness, and peace.

In reality, abiding in the Word and keeping the Word are one and the same.
Those who keep His Word have the love of God perfected in them (1 John 2:5)
Abiding in the Word, doing righteousness, and loving the brethren are
reemphasized in the next two verses (1 John 3:10-11). We may understand
from both the preceding and following verses that those who are born of God
cannot hate their brethren.
 
Daily Bread - July 23, 2019 (The Third Day - Genesis 1:9-13)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Tuesday, 23 July 2019 10:41
1 John 3:9 - Everyone who has been begotten of God does not continue to
sin, because His seed abides in him, and he cannot go on sinning, because
he is born of God.

Part 2 ~ Walking In The Divine Nature

God's children will not persist in sin, but will conform to the Father's
will! If we remain in submission to the Word of God and the Spirit of God
(John 3:5-6), and walk in the divine nature (2 Corinthians 5:17; 2 Peter
1:3-4) that we received when we were born of God, then we cannot sin. Why?
Because we are good trees and cannot bring forth bad fruit (Matthew 7:18).
As obedient children, we are walking in obedience to God's will and being
taught of the Holy Spirit to live out His life. In this state of surrender
and submission to God, we will only do what He has willed and the Holy
Spirit directs.

It's not possible to sin when you are only doing the things that God
demands. Both the Spirit of God and the Word of God lead us only into truth
and righteousness. The anointing we have received from Him teaches us that
we are to dwell in Christ Jesus, Who is the Living Word (1 John 2:27).
However, this does not negate the fact that we can choose to not be
submitted to God's Spirit and Word. Yet, because of the unfailing love and
mercy of God, if we choose to be disobedient and sin, then we have a means
of forgiveness (1 John 1:9, 2:2).
 
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