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Daily Bread - November 28, 2017
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Tuesday, 28 November 2017 00:10
Romans 8:9 - And you are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit; if indeed the
Spirit of God dwells in you. But if anyone does not have the Spirit of
Christ, this one is not of His.

Paul makes it absolutely clear to the saints that they are not in the
flesh. The definition and proof that a person is not in the flesh is that
the Spirit of God dwells in them. The idea of a dualism existing in the
person who has been transformed by the Spirit of God does not exist in the
New Testament doctrine. Those who have been born of the Spirit have
received the Spirit of Christ, which is absolutely opposite to the spirit
of the world and of the flesh (1 John 2:15-17; Colossians 1:13; Galatians
5:16-17; Romans 8:8-9). They are in Christ because of the new birth (John
1:13, 3:3-6; 1 Peter 1:22-23; 1 John 5:1,18-20).

When Jesus was talking to Nicodemus about the new birth, He said, "That
which is born of the flesh is flesh; but that which is born of the Spirit
is Spirit" (John 3:6). John described those who are born of the Spirit and
made sons of God in the supernatural terms necessary to understand the
regeneration that took place, "not born of blood, nor of the will of the
flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God" (John 1:13; Titus 3:5).
Obviously, Paul is not referring to a natural human body when he uses the
word 'flesh' in this instance. He is speaking of the unredeemed nature of
those who have not been born of the Spirit (Galatians 5:17, 19-21, 24;
Ephesians 2:1-3, 5:3-5; 1 Corinthians 6:9-11).

Therefore, since we have been born of the Spirit, we are lead and governed
by the Spirit; hence, we are no longer under condemnation, nor lead by the
flesh nature (Romans 6:1-10, 8:1-14; Galatians 5:16, 22-25; 1 John 3:5-10).
God, the Holy Spirit, not only governs our lives, but also empowers us with
His ability; so that we do not have to depend on human ability to please
God (Romans 8:14; Galatians 5:16; Philippians 2:13; 2 Corinthians 4:6-7;
Jeremiah 17:5-8). When we were born from above, a special New Testament
kind of circumcision took place in us -a circumcision that cut away the
body of the sins of the flesh (Colossians 2:11). We now wholly belong to
God, and are to glorify Him in our bodies and in our spirits, which are the
Lord's (1 Corinthians 6:20; Romans 6:6, 12-23; 1 Peter 2:9-10).


Song of the Spirit from Sunday:

You are the One Who has loved me,
With and everlasting love.
You are the One Who has called me,
With a Holy calling.
And You are the One Who has chose me,
And ordained me for Yourself.

You loved me,
You called me,
You chose me,
And ordained me for Yourself,

For You've done what no other could do,
You have made me what I could never be!

I am the one that will praise You,
Rejoicing in Your love!
 
Daily Bread - November 27, 2017
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Monday, 27 November 2017 14:40
Galatians 5:17 - For fleshly desires are against the Spiritual, and the
Spirit is against the fleshly desires; and these are opposed to each other,
so that you would never do your will.

The subject of human ability underscored in chapters three and four is now
elevated to the 'fleshly desire', or 'human nature'. The 'human nature' is
the nature of man enslaved to the elements of the world (Galatians 4:3;
Ephesians 2:2-3; Mark 7:21; Romans 7:17,20). The point is not to describe a
person who has been born of God as possessing two natures, but to emphasize
that the Spirit of God will not agree with fleshly desires. The Spirit of
God stands opposite to the behavior dictated by the spirit of disobedience,
and will never agree with sin. Thus, the contrast is absolutely drawn out
for everyone to see. If a person walks in the Spirit, there is no way that
they will commit acts of fleshly desire; and if they walk in fleshly
desires, then there is no way that they can say that they are walking in
the Spirit (Galatians 5:16; Romans 8:1-14; 1 John 1:6-7). These are two
warring forces: the spirit of the disobedience that belongs to the world,
and the Spirit of God that has been imparted to those who now possess a
divine nature (Ephesians 2:2-3; 2 Peter 1:3-4). The fleshly desires that
are in the world will continue to war against the saints of God; but if we
rely on the Spirit of God and walk in obedience to Him, all that is in the
world will not prevail against us (Ephesians 6:10-12; 1 John 2:15-17, 4:4,
5:18-20).

We have been born of the Spirit, are one with the Spirit, and are not of a
fleshly or sinful nature (1 Corinthians 6:17; Romans 8:4,9; 2 Peter 1:4;
Romans 6:1-6; Colossians 2:11). It is a grave mistake to see the nature of
sin as part of the constitution of those that are born of the Spirit. We
must recognize that we have a divine nature, and such a dualistic nature
would make Redemption incomplete leaving the saints of God compromised and
subordinate to a sinful power. If the Son, Christ Jesus, shall make you
free, then you are completely free! (John 8:36, 10:10)

Some would make Galatians 5:17 a corollary scripture to Romans 7:17-21.
However, such is not the case! For in Romans, Paul confesses that those who
are bound to the law are also bound to sin, and that there is no good thing
in them (Romans 7:4-5,18). However, if Galatians 5:17 was referring to what
is on the inside of the saints, then we would have progressed from having
nothing good to being 'half good'. Furthermore, Paul is not addressing the
issue of being under the law; but rather being, as it were, caught between
two opposing forces. The truth is that Galatians 5:17 is no more talking
about two natures within a person than is 1 John 2:15-17. These passages of
Scripture contrast two different realms: all that is in the world verses
all that is in the realm of the Kingdom of the Dear Son (Colossians 1:13).
We have to choose whose side we are on; because if we do not stand with the
Kingdom of God, then the power of darkness will surely take over and rule
our lives with its dominion of sin.

Therefore, Galatians 5:17 is referring to an external conflict for those
who have been made a new creation by the miracle work of salvation. Now the
Greater One lives on the inside of us, because we have been made one with
Jesus (1 John 4:4; John 17:21-23; Colossians 1:27, 2:12; Galatians 2:20;
Ephesians 2:6; 1 John 3:24, 4:15; John 15:1-5; Philippians 1:21; 1
Corinthians 1:30; 2 Corinthians 1:21, 5:17-18,21; Colossians 3:4; Romans
8:1,4,9-10; Titus 3:5). Now that we have been begotten of God and born of
the Spirit, we are a new creation! All of the old things are destroyed and
passed away, and everything is new. We belong completely to God having been
given a new heart and a new spirit (Ezekiel 36:26; Hebrews 8:10-11,
10:14-17). Furthermore, we are the temple of God, and the Spirit of God
lives in us (1 Corinthians 3:16, 6:19-20; 2 Corinthians 6:16). We have also
been baptized with the Holy Spirit, so that He not only lives in us, but
also surrounds us. He has given us His glory so that we can be one with
Him, and of His fullness we have all received (John 1:16; Ephesians 3:19)!
We must be willing to be conformed to the image of Christ in our thinking
and in our conduct (Romans 8:28; Ephesians 4:23-24; Colossians 3:10; Romans
12:2; 13:14; Galatians 3:27; Titus 2:11-12; 1 Peter 1:15-17; Romans
6:13-23).



Song of the Spirit from Sunday:

You are the One Who has loved me,
With and everlasting love.
You are the One Who has called me,
With a Holy calling.
And You are the One Who has chose me,
And ordained me for Yourself.

You loved me,
You called me,
You chose me,
And ordained me for Yourself,

For You've done what no other could do,
You have made me what I could never be!

I am the one that will praise You,
Rejoicing in Your love!
 
Daily Bread - November 25, 2017
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Saturday, 25 November 2017 09:48
Psalms 50:23 - He that offers thanksgiving honors me; and he who is set in
My way, I will cause to see into the salvation of God.

The Word of God is given to us to make us wise -to think right! (Proverbs
1-3; 2 Timothy 3:15; Romans 12:2). It reveals to us the thoughts of the
Almighty, and His ways that last forever. If we are willing to set
ourselves to keeping the Word of God, we will be shown how to depart from
evil (Acts 13:26; Ephesians 6:17; Job 28:28; Psalms 37:27; Proverbs 16:6).
If we will depart from evil, then the wisdom of God will fill our hearts
and cause us to have insight and understanding into the ways of the Most
High (Psalms 111:10; Proverbs 1:7, 9:10; Deuteronomy 4:6; Colossians 3:16;
Ephesians 1:17-23; Romans 12:2).

As we walk in obedience to God, He satiates our souls with His goodness and
causes us to drink of the rivers of His pleasure (Psalms 36:8). The rivers
of His pleasure produce a wellspring of joy and love and every dimension of
His Own Nature (Romans 8:29, 10:17; Hebrews 1:3; Galatians 5:22-23; John
7:38-39; Ephesians 5:9; Philippians 1:11; Isaiah 35:5-8; Amos 5:24; 2 Peter
1:3-4). If we will continue to drink of His Spirit through praise and
thanksgiving, we will discover depths of His love that are deeper than we
have known, higher than we can imagine, longer than the length of the ages,
and broader than time itself (Ephesians 3:16-21).

Converse with God according to His Word!
 
Daily Bread - November 24, 2017
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Friday, 24 November 2017 09:20
Philippians 4:8 - Finally brethren, whatever is true, whatever is
honorable, whatever is upright, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing,
whatever is of good report; if there be any excellence, if there be
anything worthy of praise, think on these things.

If you want to have the right results, then you are going to have to think
the right thoughts. As a man thinks in his heart, so is he; therefore, we
need to think according to the things that God has said (Luke 6:45;
Proverbs 23:7; Psalms 17:3, 19:14; Romans 10:10). We need to think after
the manner of the Word of God which has been written in our hearts (2
Corinthians 3:3; Hebrews 8:10). The word used here for 'think' is
'logitzomai,' referring to the logic that we use to predict the future. It
may be translated 'calculate', or simply to 'think.' This Greek word is
translated elsewhere as 'accredited', 'accounted', 'reckoned', 'imputed';
or the 'credit' that one has in their account (Romans 4:8-10, 22-23, 8:36;
Galatians 3:6). Based on the credit that you have in your account, you can
predict whether or not you have any money to spend to obtain those things
that you desire. God, Who is devoted to our success and Who cannot lie, has
blessed us with all spiritual blessings in the Heavenlies, and is providing
for us according to His riches in glory (Ephesians 1:3, 18; Philippians
4:19).

If we are willing to meditate on the word of God, we will find ourselves
prospering and being successful (Joshua 1:8; Psalms 1:2-3). If we would
consider all the plans that God has for us and all the absolute success
that he has promised us and choose to think on these things, then the
worry, stress, doubt, and fear will begin to come to an end (Philippians
4:4-8, 19; Ephesians 1:17-21, 3:16-21; Deuteronomy 28:1-14). When we
consider what will happen in our tomorrows, all predictions should be made
by the truth of God's Word, the integrity of His promise, the uprightness
of the situation, the purity of His purpose, the good report that He has
given, the excellence that He has called us to, and the success and conduct
worthy of praise! (Philippians 4:8)

Think God's thoughts according to His Word! (Ephesians 5:1)
 
Daily Bread - November 23, 2017
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Thursday, 23 November 2017 11:05
1 Peter 2:11 - Loved ones, I plead with you as strangers and pilgrims,
abstain from the lusts of the flesh which war against your life.

(note: please read all of the Scriptural references -it will change your
outlook and strengthen you to win!)

We live in a world which is saturated with those behaviors and actions that
are contrary to the ways of God (1 John 2:15-17; Ephesians 2:1-3, 6:12).
How are we supposed to respond to the chaos of evil that is all around us?
As those who belong to another world, our response should be a complete
rejection of these things. While we are truly strangers and resident aliens
who belong to the Kingdom of God, we are actually more: for we have been
given the authority to subdue and to conquer those things propagated by
Satan (Luke 10:19; Ephesians 6:10-11; 1 John 2:14, 5:4; Romans 13:14;
Galatians 3:27, 5:16).

The fleshly lusts, or carnal desires that are contrary to the ways of God,
war against our lives. These satanic influences do not only strike at our
bodies with sexual immorality or drunkenness, but also place their attacks
against us on a social level with the urge to participate with envy or
slander. However, what we must be armed with is the truth. Our perspective
must be the mountain top of revelation wherein we see clearly how we have
been redeemed and translated from darkness to light. As those redeemed from
all evil and part of the Kingdom of the Dear Son, we are empowered to walk
in the Light under the governance and empowerment of the Holy Spirit
(Colossians 1:13; Ephesians 5:8; 1 John 1:5-7). As the redeemed of the
Lord, our bodies are not somehow helpless victims of these demonic
impulses; rather, they are holy. Our bodies are the temple of the Lord, and
we are to present them holy and acceptable to God (Romans 12:1-2; 1
Corinthians 3:16, 6:19-20; 2 Corinthians 6:16-18; 1 Peter 1:15-17). Our
bodies are not for immortality, but for the Lord (1 Corinthians 6:13) . So
how are we to respond to all of the fleshly desires that are in the world
that war against our souls? We are to abstain, or remove, ourselves from
them.

The spirit of the world would attempt to impose itself on us with all
manner of thoughts and suggestions that come out of an everyday encounter
with a lascivious world. These demonic suggestions and influences present
themselves to us as temptations; and, in some respects, irresistible
desires of our own heart. However, they do not belong to us. They are
fleshly lusts warring against our souls; not from within, but from without
(1 John 2:16-17; John 14:23, 17:22; Ephesians 2:1-3; Colossians 2:11; 2
Corinthians 5:17-21). All these things are in the world and are propagated
by the the spirit of disobedience (1 John 2:16; Ephesians 2:1-2). They are
the temptations that everyone must deal with throughout the time of their
sojourning in this life.

All of these things are set in contrast to the will of the Father, and we
have been empowered to do to His will (1 John 2:17; 1 Peter 4:2). Christ
Jesus suffered in the flesh and defeated the wicked one at every point, so
that we could overcome with His overcoming power (1 John 3:7-8, 5:4;
Revelation 3:21; 1 Corinthians 10:13; James 1:12; 2 Peter 1:3). Through His
conquest over the dark domain, we are to arm ourselves in the same manner
dealing with every fleshly lust (1 Peter 4:1-2; Philippians 2:5; 1
Corinthians 2:16). There is a war that we are engaged in, and there is no
way around it; but, the good news is: we have been given the grace and
power to effectively deal with all sin and iniquity, and give no place to
its lust to work in our members (Romans 6). We are not of this world, so
lets give ourselves to the Heavenly life as those who seek a City and
Kingdom wherein only Righteousness dwells (John 17:14; Philippians 3:20;
Ephesians 2:6; 2 Peter 3:13).

Give thanks always! (Ephesians 5:18-20)



PS: And remember to think only on things that are true, honest, just, pure,
lovely, of good report; and that have virtue and praise! (Philippians 4:8)
 
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