Daily Bread - October 16, 2020 (The Sixth Day - Genesis 1:24-31)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Friday, 16 October 2020 08:43
Romans 6:22 - But now having been set free from sin, and being servants to
God, you now have your fruit unto holiness and the end eternal life.

Part 1 ~ The Fruit of the Spirit of Life - The Holy Spirit

Fruits are the expressions of one's conduct and manner of life. When we
were the servants of sin, our fruits were the shameful behaviors of
iniquity. Now that we are the servants of God, our behavior glorifies God.
The fruit of holiness is, in fact, the same as the fruits of the Spirit:
love, joy, peace, enduring patience, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness,
and temperance (Galatians 5:22-23). These are the evidence that our members
are yielded to the Holy Spirit.

The Holy Spirit, Who is leading and guiding us into all truth, produces the
things which pertain unto holiness as we voluntarily yield ourselves to His
influence (John 16:13; Romans 6:13; 2 Peter 1:3-4). He is our Teacher, Who
has come to show us how to function in the nature of God (1 John 3:24;
Philippians 2:13; Colossians 1:29; 1 Thessalonians 2:13; 1 Timothy 3:16).
If we will yield ourselves to Him, then we are baptized in His influence
(Ephesians 5:18; Romans 6:16, 19; Galatians 5:25).

We are not able to bear these fruits of holiness unless we are willing to
dwell in Jesus. This life of the Spirit demands that we dwell in Jesus as a
branch dwells in a vine - for without Jesus, we can do nothing (John 15:5;
Romans 7:4; Philippians 1:11). The fruits in our lives before we were made
a new creation were the fruits of death and of sin (Romans 7:5). But now,
we have the fruit of the Spirit of Life which is in all goodness,
righteousness, and truth (Romans 7:6; Ephesians 5:9).
 
Daily Bread - October 15, 2020 (The Fifth Day - Genesis 1:20-23)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Thursday, 15 October 2020 11:54
Matthew 7:16-21 - By their fruits you shall know them. Do you gather grapes
from a thorn bush, or figs from thistles? So it is that every good tree
produces good fruit; but a corrupt tree produces evil fruit. A good tree
cannot produce evil fruit, nor can a corrupt tree produce good fruit. Every
tree that does not produce good fruits is cut down and cast into the fire.
Therefore then, you shall know them by their fruits. Not everyone who says
to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter into the Kingdom of the Heaven, but he who
does the will of My Father Who is in the heavens.

We have observed that the Church, which is the House of God and the
personal manifestation of Christ Jesus, is filled with people who
misrepresent their Savior. They claim to know Him. but in works they deny
Him. They fill the churches with their sad countenances and strife, and
claim they are filled with the life of God. This is a false witness and an
epistle testifying of other things than those described by the Word of God.
Their witness does not agree with the witness God gave of His Son, and
their life does not testify to the life of the Spirit. They fail to
understand how their disposition in Church is the pinnacle revelation of
their spiritual life; and when they are brought into the light, they
manifest what is really in their hearts. The Lord Jesus is coming, and
every man will be brought into judgment - and will be examined by the fire
of His presence. You better get ready!!!

Watch: "Fruits of the Believer" on YouTube now!
 
Daily Bread - October 14, 2020 (The Fourth Day - Genesis 1:14-19)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Wednesday, 14 October 2020 12:46
1 Corinthians 3:13 - The work of each one will become visible, for the day
will make it known, because it will be revealed by fire and the fire will
test what sort of work each one has done.

Things done by the Word of God will last forever. If we live our lives
after our own thinking and our own desires, it will amount to little more
than the grass that withers and the flower that fades; but, if we live our
lives by the Word of God, then everything we do will remain forever. The
truth of God's Word cannot be overthrown; and everything the Word of God
produces is eternal. The Word of God and the faith it produces is likened
unto silver and gold - which when burned in the fire, is not consumed. Paul
revealed to us how all of the things we do in this life will one day be
tested in the fire just as gold and silver are tested in the fire. If the
things we do are in obedience to God's Word, then just like gold or silver,
the fire of God will prove them to be genuine.

Now, this is especially true with respect to the building of the local
Church - which is Paul’s specific application in this text (Ephesians
2:19-22). The Church is God's building - it does not belong to men (1
Corinthians 3:9). We must build according to God's design and conform our
actions and behaviors to that which God has fashioned. We must recognize
the role of the local Church in the Kingdom of God. The Church was
purchased with the blood of Jesus and empowered by the Holy Spirit. It is
the place where the fullness of God is to be revealed and experienced, and
each person bears a responsibility to participate with the revelation of
His glory (Ephesians 1:22-23; 1 Corinthians 12; Acts 2:1-4). The Church is
the place we learn responsibility, accountability, and how to walk in love
with one another (Matthew 28:20; 1 Corinthians 1:2, 12:25; Hebrews 10:25;
Galatians 6:10; Ephesians 4:25; Romans 12:5).

God has made us the living stones of the local Church. We will only be a
part of the glorious things described in His Word if we are obedient to do
the things He has commanded in His Word (1 Peter 2:5). Vitally important
each person is to recognize what God has commanded concerning his or her
role in the Church in order to be ready to give an account on that DAY.
 
Daily Bread - October 13, 2020 (The Third Day - Genesis 1:9-13)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Tuesday, 13 October 2020 09:31
1 Corinthians 3:11 -For no other foundation can be laid other than the One
in place which is Christ Jesus.

Part 2 ~ Building Properly Upon The True Foundation

We are supplied with evidences as to whether or not we are on the
foundation of Christ Jesus - and not on the changing opinions of man that
are as earth and sand without foundation, always shifting about being
totally unstable (Luke 6:47-49, 16:13; Matthew 7:24-27, 6:24; James 1:6-8;
1 Kings 18:21). We come to realize it is not just in the hearing or the
believing of the Gospel, but the doing of it (James 1:22, 2:19; Matthew
7:21,24, 12:50; Luke 6:46). The life of Jesus was imparted to us when we
were created anew in Him so we could live out the life that lasts forever -
the life of the Son (1 John 5:12; 1 Corinthians 1:30; Ephesians 4:24; John
10:10).

Jesus is not only the foundation, but also the One Who builds the temple of
the Lord (Zechariah 6:12). Upon the foundation of Jesus Christ, the Holy
Spirit builds a spiritual house after the pattern of Jesus Christ, the Son
of God. If we are going to build properly upon the foundation, then we must
recognize we are to build those things that will cause those who hear us to
grow into the maturity of Christ Jesus (Hebrews 6:1; Ephesians 2:22,
4:12-13). The Church, unlike a natural building, grows instead of being
built. As those in the Church conform to the foundation of Christ Jesus,
the Lord Jesus Himself and the Holy Spirit cause a sanctuary to grow that
is filled with the fullness of God (Ephesians 1:23, 2:22; Matthew 16:18).
 
Daily Bread - October 12, 2020 (The Second Day - Genesis 1:6-8)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Monday, 12 October 2020 10:52
1 Corinthians 3:11 -For no other foundation can be laid other than the one
in place which is Christ Jesus.

Part 1 ~ The Foundation - The Life of Christ Jesus

We must understand that the life of Christ is the foundation set into place
by God. The foundation encompasses all the Father wills for us to be and to
do in Christ. The life of Christ is the heavenly pattern and model that
pleases the Father and represents the redeemed and consecrated life. Even
more important than the First Covenant, we should beware and take heed we
do not alter the pattern of the Son that we are commanded to follow (Isaiah
28:16-17; Mark 8:34; John 10:27; 1 Peter 2:21; Exodus 25:9,40; Hebrews 8:5).

Those who are on this foundation will conform to the image of the Son and
turn away from wickedness to live the life modeled for us by Christ Jesus
(Romans 8:29; 2 Timothy 2:19; Hebrews 6:1). The foundation consists of
being born of God, being made sons of God, being made one with Christ
Jesus, no longer living our life but the life of Christ, walking in the
Spirit, being made the righteousness of God, being baptized in the Spirit,
doing His work and even greater works, being the representatives of Christ
Jesus in the Earth, accepting the same inheritance, and living out our
lives as the living Epistles of Christ (John 1:12-13, 3:3,5, 14:12,
17:21-23; Mark 16:17; and 1 John 3:9,24, 4:4,7, 5:1,4,18; and 1 Peter 1:23;
Romans 8:14; Galatians 2:20, 4:6, 5:15; Colossians 1:28; and 2 Corinthians
3:3, 5:17; 1 Corinthians 1:30, 8:6; Ephesians 2:5,6).
 
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