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Daily Bread - October 10, 2018
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Thursday, 11 October 2018 10:46
Ephesians 4:15 - But speaking the truth in love, we may grow up into Christ
in all things, Who is Himself the Head.

Part 2 - Circumstances or the Will of God?

I have heard many people say, "Life is difficult." Life is not difficult
-circumstances are difficult. Life is wonderful! The natural life that we
have is so important to each one of us we will desperately struggle to hold
onto it. The abundant life of the Spirit we have received in Christ Jesus
should be even more important. The abundant life is the life of Christ, a
life existing by the Word of God. This life we live by the Word of God is a
quality of life affording us all of the blessings and provisions of God's
Kingdom (Ephesians 1:2; Romans 5:17, 21, 8:2, Galatians 3:21; 2 Corinthians
8:9; Psalm 84:11). Through Christ Jesus, we have been richly supplied with
everything pertaining to life and godliness (2 Peter 1:3; Philippians 4:19;
Ephesians 3:16, 20). However, we all have a choice to make each day: Will
we allow circumstances to rule our lives, or will the Word of God rule us?

Whatever we are most convinced of, whether it be the circumstances or the
promises of God, that is what we will ultimately speak out. We have heard
how God will supply our every need, and how He will cause all grace to
abound to us so that we will have all sufficiency in all things
(Philippians 4:19; 2 Corinthians 9:8); but when the difficult situations
arise, do we speak according to God's Word? If we are willing to be doers
of the Word and not hearers only, then the circumstances will have to
conform to the Word of God, and we will accept nothing else (Matthew
7:24-26).

If the life of God is going to dominate our lives, then we must allow God's
Word to have the final say in everything we believe. It is impossible to
please God without faith; and if we hold to the Word of God, the faith that
changes things will work through us (Hebrews 11:1-3, 6). Therefore, let the
love relationship that has been established between you and the Lord Jesus
produce a confession of truth. Our defense against that which is false is
the Word of truth. Do not be carried about with every wind of doctrine and
troubling situation, but rather be firmly established in the Word of His
truth (1 Thessalonians 2:13; 2 Corinthians 6:7; Ephesians 1:13; Colossians
1:5; John 17:17). If you will hold fast to the truth and speak the truth,
then you will mature and have all those good things promised us in Christ
Jesus (2 Corinthians 1:20; Hebrews 10:23).

Let us firmly hold the profession of our faith without wavering, for He Who
promised is faithful!
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