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Daily Bread - January 25, 2017
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Thursday, 26 January 2017 08:40
John 3:18 - Whoever believes in Him is not condemned, but whoever does not
believe has already been condemned for refusing to believe in the name of
the only begotten Son of God.

The Lord Jesus made freedom from condemnation and sin very easy. All one
has to do is to believe in the Only Begotten Son, and they will be rescued
from the imprisonment of spiritual death. The message of salvation that is
contained within the title, "Only Begotten Son", is about believing the
record that the Father gave of His Son, which includes: accepting that
Jesus is God; that He became a human being to come and take upon himself
the sins of the world; and that there is no other means by which man's sins
can be removed, because He alone has paid the penalty for our sins.

We cannot trust in ourselves, our own good works, or any other religious
belief; because it cannot accomplish the most important work of all - the
removal of sin. Any mixture with what Christ alone can do for us undermines
the fact that, unless mankind is born again and made a new creature, he is
unacceptable to God. Furthermore, all other religious activities are vain,
including the Law; because they cannot change the heart of man. There is
only one possible way to be born of the Spirit; and, once again, that is
through the death and resurrection of Jesus. It was at the cross that Jesus
destroyed the power of death and sin that took control of all men through
Adam (Hebrews 2:14; 2 Timothy 1:10; Romans 8:1).

When we believe on the Only Begotten Son, we are taking notice that God has
sent a personal invitation to us to come into His kingdom. We are also
accepting the fact that God loves each of us personally (1 John 4:16).
However, if we take a permanent position of refusing Jesus Christ as our
Savior, then the result for us personally is the fate of all men who are
lost - which is eternal death. God did not choose death for us, for He has
chosen life for all mankind. In the very beginning, it was man who walked
away from God and became a prisoner to sin and death. God, who is not
willing that anyone perish, has come to every person individually and given
them the opportunity to accept what Adam refused (Titus 2:11; John 12:32; 2
Peter 3:9; John 3:16). The choice is ours. God has opened the door of
escape for us; but if we refuse, then there is nothing left but an eternal
condemnation that God pronounced on sin from the very beginning.
 
Daily Bread - January 24, 2017
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Tuesday, 24 January 2017 08:53
1 John 1:4 - And these things we write to you that your joy may be full.

Our joy is made full through the relationship that has been granted to us
by the gift of salvation (John 15:11, 16:24). This gift has made us holy
and acceptable to God, and brought about our union with Him, having
delivered us from all sin and condemnation (Colossians 1:13-14; Romans
8:1). The depth of the fellowship that we have been given with God has no
limits (Ephesians 3:16-20). As we grow in grace, we come to realize that
through this wonderful act of God's love and mercy, He has made us one with
Himself; so that we may enjoy the beauty of His love that brings joy
unspeakable (John 1:16; Colossians 2:10, 4:12; 1 Peter 1:8).

The cares of this life would impose the burdens of earthly things and
unrealized dreams, but God has made a way for us to live in a heavenly
realm and inherit His promises (Mark 4:19; Acts 26:18; Ephesians 1:13-14,
2:6-7; Philippians 3:20; Colossians 1:12, 3:1-4, 24; Hebrews 9:15; 1 Peter
1:4). We have been given the sweet fellowship ('koinonia') of the Holy
Spirit, who brings to us the indwelling presence of the Father and the Lord
Jesus Christ. Through this fellowship and the knowledge of all that He has
done for us, our joy is made full. As we walk with the Holy Spirit every
day, we discover more and more how much God loves us (Ephesians 4:15;
Colossians 2:19; 1 Thessalonians 4:10). As we yield to the Holy Spirit and
believe the love that God has for us, we discover a joy unspeakable that
floods our souls (Ephesians 3:18-19; 1 Peter 1:8; 1 John 4:16).

It is a great joy to discover that Father has taken us and brought us into
the shelter and comfort of oneness with Himself (John 14:16, 20, 23, 15:4,
10, 17:21, 23; 1 John 3:24). Today, you can realize more of this fullness
of joy by embracing what God has said about you. Father wants us to believe
what He has done for us through His Son Christ Jesus. We are part of the
family of God, and His heirs (John 20:17; Romans 8:15-17, 29; Galatians
4:6; Hebrews 2:11). We should fully embrace His love and the report that He
has given of His Son and say, "I'm in Him, and He's in me" - this is how
our joy is made full (John 6:56; 1 John 4:13, 17)!
 
Daily Bread - January 23, 2017
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Monday, 23 January 2017 11:04
1 John 1:6 - If we say that we have communion with Him, and walk in
darkness, we lie and do not the truth.

Fellowship with God is only made possible by the impartation of the Life of
God. The life of God is imparted to us when we are born again. Through the
new birth, the Holy Spirit who now lives in us leads us, teaches us, and
establishes us in all the ways of God. If we say that we have 'koinonia',
and yet walk in darkness, then we are lying; because we cannot be
interacting with God while sin reigns over us. There is no darkness in God
- He has no relationship with it any more than light has with darkness.
John makes it very clear in the 15th chapter of the Gospel of John that we
are to dwell in Him as a branch in the vine. Paul describes the new birth
in terms of being "in Christ" (2 Corinthians 5:17).

The first Epistle of John uses a very simple and radical contrast to make
an absolute difference between those who know God, and those who do not
know Him. What could be more simple and clear than the differences between:
light and darkness, God and Satan, children of God and children of the
devil, righteousness and sin, truth and lie. There certainly is no gray
area, and no place of transition or uncertainty. If you are in the light,
you are a child of God; and the fruits of righteousness are manifested. If
not, then you are a child of the Devil. Paul establishes the same contrast,
saying that we are: righteousness, not unrighteous; light not darkness;
Christ not Belial - the very temple of the Living God, where He lives and
dwells (2 Corinthians 6:14-18).

Bonus Bread:
Temptation is nothing more than demon spirits vying for your affections!
(Matthew 4:1-4; 1 Thessalonians 3:5; 1 Corinthians 7:3-5; Hebrews 5:7-9; 1
John 2:15-17)
 
Daily Bread - January 21, 2017
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Saturday, 21 January 2017 09:48
1 John 1:5 - Now this is the message that we have heard of Him, and declare
unto you; that God is Light, and in Him is no darkness at all.

God is Light, and there is no darkness in Him. There is nothing that can be
as pure as light, for it is impossible to contaminate light. There is no
darkness in us, because we are now in Him; and no darkness can be in Him.
The contrast being made between light and darkness serves to absolutely
describe the state of God's truth, righteousness, holiness, and purity -
and the total absence of anything less. To have 'koinonia' with Him is only
possible in the realm of light, where there is no darkness. God granted
such holiness and purity to us when we received His life (2 Peter 1:3-4;
Ephesians 4:24; Hebrews 10:14-25).

We cannot say that we are in Him, and that we are in communion with Him,
and still walk in darkness. As light represents God, His life, and His
righteousness; so darkness represents Satan, his death, and his iniquity.
The symbolisms of light and darkness are laid out from the beginning. Earth
was in a lifeless and chaotic state because of sin and rebellion, and
darkness was over the face of this desolate and waste place (Genesis 1:2).
When God commanded the light to shine into the darkness, the darkness was
removed, and the life and creation of God began to spring forth. Darkness
is the place of sin and death, a place separated from fellowship with God.
When Jesus came, the light shined into the darkness, and the darkness
vanished. There is absolute division between light and darkness, and they
can never mingle. Darkness is the absence of light, and in this respect, it
is the absence of the life of God. All who will come to the light and
receive the life of God may now walk in 'koinonia' where there is no
darkness at all (1 John 1:6-7).
 
Daily Bread - January 20, 2017
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Friday, 20 January 2017 08:36
1 John 1:4 - And these things we write to you that your joy may be full.

Our joy is made full through the relationship that has been granted to us
by the gift of salvation (John 15:11, 16:24). This gift has made us holy
and acceptable to God, and brought about our union with Him, having
delivered us from all sin and condemnation (Colossians 1:13-14; Romans
8:1). The depth of the fellowship that we have been given with God has no
limits (Ephesians 3:16-20).

As we grow in grace, we come to realize that through this wonderful act of
God's love and mercy. He has made us one with Himself, so that we may enjoy
the beauty of His love that brings joy unspeakable (John 1:16; Colossians
2:10, 4:12; 1 Peter 1:8). The cares of this life would impose the burdens
of earthly things and unrealized dreams, but God has made a way for us to
live in a heavenly realm and inherit His promises (Mark 4:19; Acts 26:18;
Ephesians 1:13-14, 2:6-7; Philippians 3:20; Colossians 1:12, 3:1-4, 24;
Hebrews 9:15; 1 Peter 1:4). We have been given the sweet fellowship
('koinonia') of the Holy Spirit, who brings to us the indwelling presence
of the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Through this fellowship and the
knowledge of all that He has done for us, our joy is made full. As we walk
with the Holy Spirit every day, we discover more and more how much God
loves us (Ephesians 4:15; Colossians 2:19; 1 Thessalonians 4:10). As we
yield to the Holy Spirit and believe the love that God has for us, we
discover a joy unspeakable that floods our souls (Ephesians 3:18-19; 1
Peter 1:8; 1 John 4:16).

It is a great joy to discover that Father has taken us and brought us into
the shelter and comfort of oneness with Himself (John 14:16, 20, 23, 15:4,
10, 17:21, 23; 1 John 3:24). Today, you can realize more of this fullness
of joy by embracing what God has said about you. Father wants us to believe
what He has done for us through His Son Christ Jesus. We are part of the
family of God, and His heirs (John 20:17; Romans 8:15-17, 29; Galatians
4:6; Hebrews 2:11). We should fully embrace His love and the report that He
has given of His Son and say, "I'm in Him, and He's in me" - this is how
our joy is made full (John 6:56; 1 John 4:13, 17).
 
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