Daily Bread - October 24, 2020 (The Seventh Day - Genesis 2:1-3)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Saturday, 24 October 2020 08:53
Galatians 3:3 - Are you so foolish, having begun by the Spirit, do you now
finish up by the flesh.

Part 3 ~ Absolute Dependence On The Holy Spirit

We give ourselves to the Word and to prayer, not out of a religious duty or
as and act of piety, but a desperate need to have communion with the Holy
Spirit (Matthew 5:6). If we only pray for the sake of prayer, then that is
nothing. But if we pray until we are touched by the glory of God, and
strengthened by the infilling of the power of God, then we have fellowship.
If we read the Bible as a religious duty, and do not realize the Spirit and
life of the Word filling us with the power of God and the creative grace of
the Almighty, then we do not yet realize the fellowship brought to us by
the Heavenly Manna.

We must recognize how we can do nothing of ourselves! God demands we live
by the life of Christ Jesus - the life that has been provided for us
through the Holy Spirit. If we will walk in the Spirit, then we will find
the power and authority that has been entrusted to us by God to live in the
glory of His Kingdom (Romans 8:1,4,11,14, 13:14, 14:17; and Galatians 3:27,
5:16,25). Let us all remember that cursed is every man that relies on the
strength of man (Jeremiah 17:5-8).
 
Daily Bread - October 23, 2020 (The Sixth Day - Genesis 1:24-31)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Friday, 23 October 2020 12:20
Galatians 3:3 - Are you so foolish, having begun by the Spirit, do you now
finish up by the flesh.

Part 2 ~ The First Principle: Our Life Is Over

One of the first principles of our relationship with God is that we must
recognize our life is over, and now we are to live the life of Christ
(Galatians 2:20; 1 Corinthians 6:20, 7:23; Matthew 16:24; Mark 8:34). We,
then, turn to the Holy Spirit - the Spirit of Life - in order to live out
the life of Christ. We recognize the spiritual food provided for us in the
Word of God, and we depend upon it even as we do natural food (John 6:63;
Luke 4:4; 1 Thessalonians 2:13; Hebrews 4:12; 1 Peter 1:25).

Through a life of prayer, both speaking by the Spirit and having
conversation with the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, we drink of the
living water that fills us up to overflowing (Luke 3:21; Ephesians 6:18;
James 5:16; 1 Thessalonians 5:17; 2 Thessalonians 1:11; John 4:10,
7:37-39). Through prayer, we participate in a communion that causes us to
be continually filled with the Spirit (Ephesians 5:18; Jude 1:20-21).
 
Daily Bread - October 22, 2020 (The Fifth Day - Genesis 1:20-23)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Thursday, 22 October 2020 14:09
Galatians 3:3 - Are you so foolish, having begun by the Spirit, do you now
finish up by the flesh.

Part 1 ~ Born Of The Spirit For Relationship With God

This is a question each one of us must ask ourselves. Have we allowed God
to work the miracle of the new birth in our lives through the Spirit, only
to turn to religious practices as a means of justification? (John 3:3;
Titus 3:5; Ephesians 4:24). We were born of the Spirit of God so we can
have a relationship with God - and live by the Spirit of God. God's people
must learn the principles of walking out a relationship with the Holy
Spirit. This relationship should be like that which existed between the
disciples and the Lord Jesus when He walked this Earth.

Jesus told the disciples He would send them the Holy Spirit: the Spirit of
Truth (John 14:17, 15:26). The Spirit of Truth is to both accompany us and
dwell in us, so we might know all the things that are freely given to us by
the Father. He is the One Who guides us, even as Jesus guided the
disciples; and showed them the Father and all the things pleasing to the
Father (John 16:12-13). The Holy Spirit takes us beyond the restraints of
our own understanding, and fills us with the revelation of the Father (John
16:12,14; 1 Corinthians 2:9-10; Ephesians 1:17-18). He takes us beyond the
confinement of our own human strength, and gives to us the strength of the
Lord and the power of His might (Ephesians 6:10, 3:16; Colossians 1:11).
 
Daily Bread - October 21, 2020 (The Fourth Day - Genesis 1:14-19)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Wednesday, 21 October 2020 07:00
2 Corinthians 13:5 - Test yourself to see if you are in the faith. Examine
yourself; do you not realize that Jesus Christ is in you? Otherwise, you
are counterfeit.

Part 2 ~ Acknowledging Christ Lives In Us

It would have been difficult for Paul to use a more harsh word than
"counterfeit" for those who failed the test of examining themselves as to
whether they were in Christ Jesus or not. To say that one is "counterfeit"
or "reprobate" means the person is both undiscerning and unfit. This word
is used of those who have either rejected God, or have been rejected by God
(Titus 1:16; Romans 1:28; 2 Timothy 3:8; 1 Corinthians 9:27). Such a one
has failed to realize - much less confess - that Christ Jesus is in them.
Certainly, Paul did not believe they would fail the test, but they indeed
needed to be sobered up because they were drifting upon a sea of jeopardy.

If we are going to receive the benefits of faith, then we must believe the
Word of God! It is essential that we acknowledge the truth of the glorious
mystery of God regarding Christ is indeed living in us - for this is the
living faith of the living Savior Who has made us alive together with Him,
and in Whose life we dwell (Colossians 2:2, 1:27; 1 Thessalonians 5:10;
John 15:1-5)!

In Chapter 11 Paul had warned how there were those who were preaching
another Jesus (2 Corinthians 11:4). The Jesus Paul preached was One Who had
both risen from the dead and was dwelling in the life of those who had
received the miracle of salvation. There is no faith without Jesus - for He
is the Author and Finisher (Leader and Perfecter) of faith!
 
Daily Bread - October 20, 2020 (The Third Day - Genesis 1:9-13)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Tuesday, 20 October 2020 07:00
2 Corinthians 13:5 - Test yourself to see if you are in the faith. Examine
yourself; do you not realize that Jesus Christ is in you? Otherwise, you
are counterfeit.

Part 1 ~ Is The Life Of Jesus In You?

Paul set forth a test so those in the Church could determine whether they
were born of God, or living in error. If you do not recognize Jesus Christ
dwells in you, then you are not in the faith of the New Covenant. You have
one of two choices as a person confessing Jesus Christ is God and Savior:
either Christ Jesus is in you, or you are still outside the Covenant.

A living faith has a living Jesus in it. A living faith is a faith that
sees and knows with certainty. A living faith interacts in a very personal
way with the living Savior, Christ Jesus. Do you realize that Jesus Christ
is in you? The faith, which is in Christ Jesus, made it possible for Christ
Jesus to be in us.

When the Spirit of God came upon us, we received more than just a change of
heart and spirit, we were given a new heart and a new spirit. Thus, we
boldly proclaim we have been born of God Who formed His Son, Christ Jesus,
in us (Galatians 4:19; 1 John 3:24). We, therefore, have both experienced
and acknowledged that Christ Jesus lives in us! The miracle power of faith
has brought forth the very life of Christ Jesus into our beings (Colossians
1:27, 3:4,16; John 17:23; Romans 8:11, 10:8, 13:14; and 2 Corinthians 1:21,
2:17, 5:14-15, 10:7, 13:3; 1 Corinthians 4:17, 6:15; and Galatians 2:20,
3:27, 4:19; Ephesians 3:17, 4:13; Philippians 1:21). The faith of God
brought forth the life, nature, and acts of Jesus into our lives.
 
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