Daily Bread - November 5, 2019 (The Third Day - Genesis 1:9-13)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Tuesday, 05 November 2019 05:53
Matthew 10:38-39 - If you refuse to take up your cross and follow Me, you
are not worthy of being Mine. If you cling to your life, you will lose it;
but if you give up your life for Me, you will find it.

Part 2 ~ Laying Aside the Distractions

Jesus said six times in the Gospels that we must lose our life if we want
to find it (Matthew 10:39, 16:25; Mark 8:35; and Luke 9:24, 17:33; John
12:25). The Holy Spirit continues to work with us so that we may realize
how all of the things we set our affections on are nothing more than
distractions (Mark 4:19; Colossians 3:1-4). Jesus came to give us abundant
life; but to enjoy it, we must be willing to abandon our own life to
discover the one that He has for us. Many times this is done in some of the
simplest ways. For example, when you find yourself standing in Church and
the worship begins, the distractions of your own failures and wants may
attempt to overwhelm you. If you want to find God's answer and the
refreshing He desires to bring into your life, then you must lay these
weights aside and with total abandonment throw yourself into adoring Christ
your Redeemer. You must choose not to be shrouded by the natural and
earthly realm of things and realize that only in the realms of the Spirit
do you really begin to live.
 
Daily Bread - November 4, 2019 (The Second Day - Genesis 1:6-8)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Monday, 04 November 2019 10:33
Matthew 10:38-39 - If you refuse to take up your cross and follow Me, you
are not worthy of being Mine. If you cling to your life, you will lose it;
but if you give up your life for Me, you will find it.

Part 1 ~ We Must Let Go of Our Passion to Live for Ourselves

Christ Jesus died for us that we might live in Him. Yet, we must also
realize that through the grace of God, we died together with Christ (2
Corinthians 5:14-15; Romans 6:4,8; Colossians 2:20, 3:3). There must be a
willingness within us, therefore, to let go of our passion to live for
ourselves. We must accept the call of God on our lives and be committed to
no longer living for our own interest. We have been given the gift of the
life of Christ, and it is now Christ who lives because we have resigned our
lives over to live in Him (Galatians 2:20; Philippians 1:21).

We must come to realize that we no longer belong to ourselves; we belong to
Christ Jesus, Who purchased us at Calvary. If we are going to live in Him
and by Him, then we must be willing to deny ourselves and take up our cross
and follow Him! As long as we hang on to our own lives, then we will never
fully realize the realms of God's glorious and abundant life. If we will
totally surrender our lives to the will and ways of God, we will discover
all the fullness of the life of Christ Jesus, Who both lives and dwells in
us by His Spirit Whom He has given to us (1 John 3:24, 4:13-15; Colossians
1:27; and John 14:23, 15:4-5, 17:21-23).

Unfortunately, many of God's people allow the cares of this world to hold
them back from receiving everything God has for them. We tightly hold onto
our lives in this world at the expense of embracing a far better life -the
life of Christ. Too often, we allow the things of this life to captivate
our thoughts and attention. Yet, if with total abandonment we would simply
throw all of these things aside and run towards the beautiful voice of our
Savior Who is calling us to a far more glorious life, we would discover the
fullness of His life!
 
Daily Bread - November 2, 2019 (The Seventh Day - Genesis 2:1-3)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Saturday, 02 November 2019 12:09
1 John 3:24 - And he that keeps His commands dwells in Him, and He in him.
And by this we know that He dwells in us: by the Spirit that He has given.

There is nothing more wonderful and glorious than being made one with God.
Unity with the Father, the Lord Jesus, and the Holy Spirit in purpose,
desires, and affection belongs to the believer (John 14:20, 17:21-23). This
amazing oneness is expressed several times in John: "Hereby we know that we
dwell in Him, and He in us, because He has given us of His Spirit" (1 John
4:13), "Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwells in
him, and he in God" (1 John 4:15), "God is love, and he that dwells in love
dwells in God, and God in him" (1 John 4:16b). What we can be certain of is
John taught that we have our existence in Christ Jesus; and as a result,
Christ Jesus is revealed through our lives - which he repeated many times
throughout his writings, but about 11 times in his first epistle (1 John
2:5, 6, 27, 28, 1 John 3:6, 24, 1 John 4:4, 13, 15, 16, and 1 John 5:20).
This indwelling of Christ Jesus is witnessed by the Spirit that we have
received.
 
Daily Bread - November 1, 2019 (The Sixth Day - Genesis 1:24-31)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Friday, 01 November 2019 08:05
John 14:21 - He that has My commandments and keeps them, is the one that
loves Me. And he who loves Me shall be loved by My Father, and I shall love
him and reveal Myself to him.

Part 2 ~ Greater Encounters With Jesus Bring Greater Revelation of Him

God has supplied everyone who is willing with the opportunity to stand in
in His presence and come into all the fullness of His glory. If we will not
take this opportunity for granted, but will hunger and thirst after
righteousness, God will fill us up with all the good things of His own
fullness and glory. All we have to do is be obedient to the Word, and we
are made ready for a greater encounter with Jesus Who will come and reveal
Himself to us with an ever increasing measure of His presence. Through
these encounters, our hearts are enlarged to receive more of those things
of His glory that He has determined to pour out upon us and reveal through
us. All creation is groaning to see the sons of God; but unless we allow
the life of Jesus to be revealed through us, the chains of darkness and the
mind blinding spirits holding the lost in captivity will not be broken.
 
Daily Bread - October 31, 2019 (The Fifth Day - Genesis 1:20-23)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Thursday, 31 October 2019 05:37
John 14:21 - He that has My commandments and keeps them, is the one that
loves Me. And he who loves Me shall be loved by My Father, and I shall love
him and reveal Myself to him.

Part 1 ~ Heaven's Call to Man: "Come and Know the Ways of God!"

The Word of God conveys to us the ways of God. More than anything else
Heaven is calling out to the sons of man to come and know the ways of God
which are the ways of life. If we are willing to walk in a love
relationship with Jesus, our Redeemer and eternal God, then we will
discover the beauty of holiness. Jesus is not calling us to obey a set of
rules, but to have a change of lifestyle. As we obey the Word of God, our
behavior is conformed to that of the Almighty God. As we give ourselves to
make our calling and election sure the Holy Spirit teaches us an entrance
into the realms of the Kingdom so we may know and function in those things
that are freely given to us by God (2 Peter 1:10-11; 1 Corinthians 2:12).
 
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