Daily Bread - March 11, 2019 (The Second Day - Genesis 1:6-8)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Monday, 11 March 2019 05:50
1 John 1:4 - And these things we write to you that your joy may be full.

Our joy is made full through the relationship that has been granted to us
by the gift of salvation (John 15:11, 16:24). This gift has made us holy
and acceptable to God, and brought about our union with Him, having
delivered us from all sin and condemnation (Romans 8:1; Colossians
1:13-14). The depth of the fellowship we have been given with God has no
limits (Ephesians 3:16-20). As we grow in grace, we come to realize that
through this wonderful act of God's love and mercy, He has made us one with
Himself, so that we may enjoy the beauty of His love that brings joy
unspeakable (John 1:16; Colossians 2:10, 4:12; 1 Peter 1:8).

The cares of this life would impose the burdens of earthly things and
unrealized dreams, but God has made a way for us to live in a Heavenly
realm and inherit His promises (Mark 4:19; Acts 26:18; Ephesians 1:13-14,
2:6-7; Philippians 3:20; Colossians 1:12, 3:1-4, 24; Hebrews 9:15; 1 Peter
1:4). We have been given the sweet fellowship ('koinonia'/κοινωνία) of the
Holy Spirit, who brings to us the indwelling presence of the Father and the
Lord Jesus Christ. Through this fellowship and the knowledge of all that He
has done for us, our joy is made full.

As we walk with the Holy Spirit every day, we discover more and more how
much God loves us (Ephesians 4:15; Colossians 2:19; 1 Thessalonians 4:10).
As we yield to the Holy Spirit and believe the love that God has for us, we
discover a joy unspeakable that floods our souls (Ephesians 3:18-19; 1
Peter 1:8; 1 John 4:16). It is a great joy to discover how Father has taken
us and brought us into the shelter and comfort of oneness with Himself
(John 14:16, 20, 23, 15:4, 10, 17:21, 23; 1 John 3:24; Psalm 91:1-2).

Today, you can realize more of this fullness of joy by embracing what God
has said about you. Father wants us to believe what He has done for us
through His Son Christ Jesus. We are part of the family of God, and His
heirs (John 20:17; Romans 8:15-17, 29; Galatians 4:6; Hebrews 2:11). We
should fully embrace His love and the report He has given of His Son and
say, "I'm in Him, and He's in me" - this is how our joy is made full (John
6:56; 1 John 4:13, 17).

Keep yourselves from idols! (1 John 5:21)
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