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Daily Bread - March 13, 2018
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Tuesday, 13 March 2018 09:49
Romans 13:14 - But be clothed with the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no
allowance for the flesh to allow for lust (alternate translation: make no
provision to fulfill your own desires).

Make no mistake: the life 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 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 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 (2 Corinthians
7:1; Ephesians 5:14-21)!

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 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 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 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! (Matthew
13:45-46; Jeremiah 17:5-8)

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
(Ephesians 1:3, 17-23, 2:6, 3:14-21, 5:1-2; Colossians 3:1-3; John 4:14).
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, nor
does self-interest; 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; Mark 8:34).

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

Oh, the beauty 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 and perfect holiness in the fear of
God, rejoicing without ceasing! (Romans 13:14; 2 Corinthians 7:1;
Philippians 4:4)
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