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Daily Bread - October 10, 2017
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Tuesday, 10 October 2017 07:14
Romans 13:14 - But be clothed with the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no
allowance for the flesh to allow for lust.

Make no mistake: the life that God granted to us as a free gift is the life
of Christ, which is the life of the Spirit (Ephesians 4:24; 2 Corinthians
3:3; 5:17; 11:3; Colossians 1:28; 1 John 4:4; Philippians 1:21; 2 Peter
1:4; Galatians 2:20). If we walk in the Spirit (or the life of Christ),
then we are the children of God (Romans 8:14,16; Galatians 5:16). This is
more than our job description -this is our life description. We have a
responsibility to follow Him, and to imitate those things, that He did (1
Corinthians 11:1; Ephesians 5:1-2; 1 John 2:6, 3:7; 3 John 11; 1 Timothy
6:11; 1 Peter 4:1-2; Philippians 2:5-8). We are to understand the ways of
the Spirit, and be obedient to conduct ourselves as He commands (Colossians
3:12; Galatians 5:24; 2 Peter 1:3-11). After all that God has done for us
-providing as a free gift this abundant life and more- how could we do
anything less than give ourselves to an absolute consecration to be what He
has made us to be in Christ Jesus? We should make a study of His actions
and conduct, and then devote ourselves to the same behavior. There is
nothing that any of us will ever learn unless we give ourselves to the
study of it, and then devote ourselves to the practice. We must awake out
of our sleep and the pursuit of our own interest; and perfect holiness in
the fear of God!

Paul more perfectly defined an absolute surrender to following Jesus when
He used these words: "Be clothed with the Lord Jesus Christ." God will not
make us follow Him; it is voluntary. Once we decide that the kind of life
that Jesus lived is the life that we want to live, all of the resources of
the Spirit are provided for us (2 Corinthians 9:8; Philippians 4:13). The
life of holiness and power awaits all who are willing to turn from their
own ability, deny those things inspired by demon spirits, and go on to
follow the life that Jesus modeled for us. Religion only thinks about
self-denial; but the Holy Spirit shows us a life far better than
self-interest and worldly pursuits. It is a life so glorious that we would
rather have Jesus manifested in our lives than all other things that could
be accomplished or achieved in this world. If we are going to truly deny
the life of self-interest and human ability, then we are going to have to
allow God to touch us with His Presence and fill us with the refreshing
waters of the Spirit. We must discover the realm of relationship where we
are continually strengthened by the Spirit in our inner being (Ephesians
3:16, 5:18; Jude 1:20-21). Trying to deny yourself so that you can walk in
the life of Jesus is like selling all that you have for a pearl of great
price you have never seen, nor can find. Once finding the pearl however,
you sell all that you have with great excitement and joy; and so it is with
this glorious life of Jesus!

Today, we can be clothed with all the graces that were in Christ Jesus. We
can walk in the realm of heavenly places and enjoy the well-springs of
life. All we have to do is simply say 'no' to the things that belong to the
evils of this world; its envy, strife, and hatred. The realm of
self-interest will quickly lead into the actions of sin. Self-pursuits
quickly change into the activities of the demonic. Just as Eve pursued for
herself wisdom and knowledge, only to be taken prisoner by devils and the
power of sin -even so those who give place to that which is earthly and
sensual find no blessed thing. Give no place to sin, to all that is in the
world (1 Corinthians 15:34; 1 John 2:15-17); for its wages you cannot
afford (Genesis 2:17; Romans 6:23). Rather, yield yourselves to the Spirit
of the Lord, who presently lives within those who have been redeemed
(Romans 6:1-23). You have an armor to protect you from all worldly things:
it is the Spirit and nature of Christ. Sin has been condemned in the flesh;
it has been proven to have no place (Romans 8:2-4; 1 Peter 4:1-2; 1 Timothy
3:16). That which belongs to sin and its lust has no place in our life, and
should not be given any rights or power: for our bodies are the temple of
the Lord (Romans 6:12,14; 1 Corinthians 3:17, 6:19).

Song of the Spirit given in this past Sunday's meeting:

Not my will, Lord, but Your's be done,
Only Your will lasts forever,

Oh, the glory and the majesty, when only Jesus Christ is seen,
Oh, the glory and the honor, when the Holy Spirit takes control.

Be clothed with the Lord Jesus Christ! (Romans 13:14)
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