Daily Bread - September 13, 2019 (The Sixth Day - Genesis 1:24-31)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Friday, 13 September 2019 06:19
1 John 4:9 - This is how the love of God was revealed in us: because the
only begotten Son of God was sent into the world that we may live through
Him.

Part 1 ~ Christ Jesus' Love In Us

The proof of being alive in Christ Jesus is His love manifested through us.
The phrase 'en hemin' (ἐν ἡμiν/"in us") occurs two more times in this
chapter: "His love in us is perfected" (4:12), and "the love that God has
in us" (4:16). Certainly, this could be translated as "to us," and that is
true, but a more appropriate phrase would have been 'eis hemin' (εἰς ἡμiν)
if that was the intended meaning. The love of God is manifested by both the
incarnation and the indwelling of Jesus, which is facilitated by the
translation "in us." After all, this is in keeping with "the Spirit that is
in us," "the greater One that is in us," and "God Who dwells in us," which
is the theme of this chapter.
 
Daily Bread - September 12, 2019 (The Fifth Day - Genesis 1:20-23)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Thursday, 12 September 2019 05:25
1 John 4:7-8 - Beloved, let us love one another, because he that loves is
from God, and everyone that loves is begotten of God and knows God. He that
does not love, does not know God, for God is love.

Part 4 ~ The Centrality of Love

Love describes the chief characteristic of God - it is central to
everything God has willed for men, and its constant expression through our
lives is the fulfillment of His will. The subject of love is central to the
Bible, the Gospel, the character of God, and the character of those who are
led by the Holy Spirit. God, Who is holy, and Who is love, has set us apart
from the world, separating us unto His Love. We should be totally separated
to the purpose of God's love being revealed through us in every dimension
of our lives. All fear, suspicion, division, envy, strife, and every aspect
of discord are the enemies of love, and must be treated as the enemies of
God (Proverbs 6:16-19; Romans 16:17; James 3:16). Do not be ignorant of
Satan's devices: he does not attack us head-on, but works to divide and
separate us, and then destroys each person individually.
 
Daily Bread - September 11, 2019 (The Fourth Day - Genesis 1:14-19)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Wednesday, 11 September 2019 05:26
1 John 4:7-8 - Beloved, let us love one another, because he that loves is
from God, and everyone that loves is begotten of God and knows God. He that
does not love, does not know God, for God is love.

Part 3 ~ Expressing Divine Love Is Our Highest Priority

The love of God is not expressed to a selective group of people, but to the
whole world (John 3:16; Titus 3:4; 1 Peter 2:17; 1 John 2:2, 4:10). The
love of God causes the sun to shine upon the evil and the good, and sends
rain for the righteous and the unrighteous (Matthew 5:45; Luke 6:35). From
the wellspring of love comes mercy and forgiveness. God's nature is to
bless those who are offenders and persecutors, and those of us who have
been born of Him are called to do the same (Luke 6:28; Romans 12:14).

All of God's children are marked with the expression of God's divine love
and holy nature. Unfortunately, there is probably not a more neglected
subject among His people. Above all other things, the expression of this
unfailing love must be manifested among us if the world is to know we have
been begotten of Him (John 13:35; 1 John 2:5, 10, 3:11, 4:21). Above all
other things, it is our responsibility to show this love one for another -
among ourselves first, and also to the whole world. If we fail to walk in
love one for another, then we have failed at the most fundamental and
essential attribute of our calling (John 13:34, 15:12, 17; Romans 12:10,
13:8; and Galatians 5:13; 1 Thessalonians 4:9; 1 Peter 1:22; and 1 John
3:11, 23, 4:11-12; 2 John 1:5).
 
Daily Bread - September 10, 2019 (The Third Day - Genesis 1:9-13)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Tuesday, 10 September 2019 05:21
1 John 4:7-8 - Beloved, let us love one another, because he that loves is
from God, and everyone that loves is begotten of God and knows God. He that
does not love, does not know God, for God is love.

Part 2 ~ Dwelling In Love

God's love cannot be manifested through mankind until we have been begotten
of God. When we are born of God, the Holy Spirit fills us with the love of
God, and His love flows as long as we are yielded to Him. If we will dwell
in love, we will dwell in God. If we are willing to know the love of Christ
that passes knowledge, then we will be filled with all the fullness of God
(Ephesians 3:18-19). If we do not love one another as Christ loves the
Church, then we are refusing to walk in the Spirit, and are in breach of
our relationship with God (John 15:12; 1 Thessalonians 4:9; 1 John 4:2,
4:8).
 
Daily Bread - September 9, 2019 (The Second Day - Genesis 1:6-8)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Monday, 09 September 2019 13:26
1 John 4:7-8 - Beloved, let us love one another, because he that loves is
from God, and everyone that loves is begotten of God and knows God. He that
does not love, does not know God, for God is love.

Part 1 ~ Evidence Of Knowing God: The Love Of God

The most important expression and evidence of the new birth is the love of
God. This kind of love is perfectly defined by the life of Jesus, Who loved
us so much He laid down His life that we might live. God's love, by
definition, is a holy love; one that is giving and unselfish, and was
revealed to all mankind when God so loved the world He gave His only
begotten Son (John 3). This holy love fulfills all of the law and purpose
of God for man in that it works no wrong-doing (Romans 13:10; 1 Corinthians
13:4-8). This is a protective love that would do everything to rescue a
soul from sin, and do whatever necessary to keep them from sin and its
dreadful fate.
 
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