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Daily Bread - October 6, 2018
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Saturday, 06 October 2018 10:40
Ephesians 4:14 - So that we are no longer children tossed by the waves and
carried about with every wind of doctrine by the trickery of men and craft
by which deceivers mislead.

Part 1 - Believe God's Perspective on Reality

If you want to mature in the things of the Spirit, then you are going to
have to start speaking the Word of God over your life. You can either
remain as a child and continue to be tossed, or you can begin to speak the
truth and grow. As children, the spiritual realm remains out of reach. All
you will be able to receive are the elementary and carnal things (1
Corinthians 3:1; Hebrews 5:11-13). You will not find an escape from the
temporal and mundane, but will continue to find yourself taken prisoner by
circumstance. Your life will be comprised of human struggle and fleshly
existence, ruined by strife and envy, running from one disappointment to
the next, and from one problem to another (1 Corinthians 3:2-3; Romans 8:6).

Because of disappointment and failure, many make the mistake of altering
the Word to fit their experience. Instead of standing firm in the faith and
authority of the Word, they compromise the promises of God and settle for
something earthly and human. People go through difficult and trying times,
and then interpret their situations and come up with beliefs different than
those taught to us by God. Their experience becomes the basis for what they
believe, instead of holding fast to what God has promised. We cannot afford
to corrupt the Word of God; for if we do, we will never realize its life
and promises, nor grow in the faith and authority it describes (2
Corinthians 2:17, 11:3). We cannot allow ourselves to be spoiled by vain
philosophy and deceit (Colossians 2:8). If we listen to the traditions of
men, we will become stripped of confidence, faith, and authority -and never
grow into the ministry of Jesus. Instead of going from glory to glory and
increasing with the increase of God, we will grow callous, hard, and
unbelieving. Disappointment and the traditions of men will so mess you up
that you will make void the commandments of God.

To grow and increase, you must begin to speak the truth: God's Word is
truth (John 17:17; Psalm 33:4). The Word of God is powerful and living, and
should be superior to all that you see with your eyes and hear with your
ears! We must hold fast to our confession of faith, and not waver (Hebrews
4:12-14, 10:23). If we let the Word of Christ dwell richly in us, we will
continue to bring forth the promises of God out of His rich treasure of the
Word (Colossians 3:16). By holding fast to the Word even when everything
around us says differently, we will grow in faith (Romans 3:4; 2
Thessalonians 1:3). We will grow in the knowledge of God, and begin to see
and understand the things of the Spirit we were blind to before (Colossians
1:10; Ephesians 1:17-19). Through living by the Word and making what God
has said our reality, we will increase with the increase of God, and find
divine power over all the things that oppose us (Colossians 2:19; Romans
8:37).

Now unto Him Who is able to do exceedingly above all that we ask or think!
(Ephesians 3:20)
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