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Daily Bread - November 12, 2018
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Monday, 12 November 2018 07:57
Ephesians 4:30 - And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by Whom you are
sealed unto the day of redemption.

Part 1 - Consecrated to Holiness and Purity

The Holy Spirit is grieved by anything that is not holy. Therefore, we must
be careful not to give any place to the devil in our conduct and attitudes.
Anything contrary to unity and purity is a violation against the nature of
the Holy Spirit and causes Him grief - a grief we should also feel because
we have been born of the Spirit and united with His person. Whenever the
believer pollutes his purified soul with the acts of deceitfulness,
vengefulness, covetousness, or filthy thoughts, it is grievous to the Holy
Spirit. All of those things named in Ephesians 4:26-29 qualify as things
that grieve the Holy Spirit, and they must not be allowed. The most
precious thing we have is the seal of the Holy Spirit. Each one of us
should resolve to have the highest order of consecration to walk with God,
the Holy Ghost. We were purified by the blood of Jesus to give ourselves to
being pure even as Christ Jesus is pure (1 John 3:2-3). We must come to
understand that God demands we perfect holiness in the fear of God, for
that is what our Teacher has come to instruct us to do (2 Corinthians 7:1,
John 14:16-17, 16:13-15).

Look to Him, and He will guide you into all truth! (John 16:13)
 
Daily Bread - November 10, 2018
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Monday, 12 November 2018 07:36
Ephesians 4:29 - Do not allow a bad word to come out of your mouth, but
instead that which is good to serve, to edify the hearer that grace may be
supplied.

Part 2 - Bless And Do Not Curse

We are called to bless and not curse (Romans 12:14; 1 Peter 3:9). The
rivers of the Spirit that flow from our lives are always sweet and never
bitter. We cannot allow ourselves to turn back and come under unholy
influences which produce the bitter waters of the former life (James
3:10-12). The Lord Jesus took all justifiable reasons for speaking evil
against another person away when He commanded us to bless those who curse
us, and to love those who hate us (Matthew 5:44; Luke 6:28).

We are living epistles, and our speech should always be as an offering to
the Lord and facilitating the ministry of the Spirit (Romans 12:1; 2
Corinthians 3:3; Colossians 4:6). Our job is to get people to Heaven and to
help them step into all of the blessings of living in the Spirit. We are
called to lay down our lives for all those around us and to show every man
the abundant life of the Spirit both in word and deed (Matthew 16:24;
Romans 12:21; Colossians 3:17).

Therefore, let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt!
(Colossians 4:6)
 
Daily Bread - November 9, 2018
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Monday, 12 November 2018 07:36
Ephesians 4:29 - Do not allow a bad word to come out of your mouth, but
instead that which is good to serve, to edify the hearer that grace may be
supplied.

Part 1 - Keep Your Tongue From Evil

There are two kinds of communication: that which is corrupt or worthless,
and that which is good. The kind of words God commands us to speak are good
words that build others up and minister the grace we have been given. The
'logos sapros' ("worthless word") would be any communication less than that
which is pure and holy. All kinds of ungodly communication flows when
people are involved in worldly things and wrong thinking, and when they
become offended and give place to strife (Colossians 3:8; Ephesians 5:4).

Smutty talk and foolish jesting can never be allowed, but even more
perilous to those who are born again are the snares of fault-finding and
the judgmental attitudes that produce slander. Such evil things can never
be justified. It is always wrong to speak evil of anyone in any way (Psalm
34:13; Proverbs 8:13, 10:18, 11:11, 17:4; Romans 1:28-30, 12:14; 1
Corinthians 5:11, 6:9-10; 2 Corinthians 12:20; Galatians 5:15; Colossians
3:8; Titus 3:2; James 1:26, 3:10, 4:11; 1 Peter 2:1, 3:9; 2 Peter 2:9-12;
Jude 1:8-10). All such behavior harms all those who participate with it,
both the speaker and the hearers. If we are going to walk in the law of the
Spirit of life and learn to live the good life filled with the blessings of
God, then we will keep our tongue from evil and our lips from speaking
guile (1 Peter 3:10; Psalms 34:13).

Therefore, keep your tongue from evil, and on the contrary, bless and give
thanks! (Psalms 34:13; 1 Peter 3:9; Ephesians 5:4)
 
Daily Bread - November 8, 2018
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Thursday, 08 November 2018 09:55
Ephesians 4:28 - The thief must no longer steal; but rather labor, doing
good work with his own hands, so that he may have something to share with
the needy.

Although, the person who once stole for a living has been transformed and
made a new man, he must guard against the temptations of the devil which
would tempt him to return to his former lifestyle. There are many things
that can be regarded as stealing which men might justify -such as not
giving the boss an honest day's work, among other things.

When our constant desire and pursuit is to grow up into Jesus in all
things, the temptations of Satan are easily laid aside. The new nature that
has been given in Christ Jesus both inspires and enables the former thief
to labor and provide for others rather than steal from them (2 Peter 1:3-4;
Titus 2:11-14; Philippians 2:13; Philemon 1:6).

Refuse all vain and deceitful philosophy after the elementary forces of
this world, and instead give all diligence to make your calling and
election sure! (Colossians 2:6-10; 2 Peter 1:3-11)
 
Daily Bread - November 7, 2018
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Wednesday, 07 November 2018 08:05
John 6:56 - He that eats My flesh, and drinks My blood, dwells in Me, and I
in him.

Mutual Indwelling - Part 3: Jesus, Our Life & Ability!

As we give ourselves to dwelling in Him, recognizing that He also dwells in
us, we understand we live by His life presence. We grow and mature in
knowing He not only supplies the life, but also the power God desires to be
revealed through our lives. We come to fully recognize that He is not only
our Savior and life giver, but also our ability and power. When healing
needs to take place, Christ Jesus is present to heal. We do not look to
ourselves as the source of the miracle needing to be done; but rather, we
know the miracle worker is in us, and we are in Him; and He will do the
miracle through us even as the Father performed miracles through Jesus!

Believing on His Name takes on an entire new dimension when we recognize it
is the same as believing it's the living presence of Jesus that will act on
our behalf. Thus, we do not wonder of the power we may have, or look to
ourselves in any way for the faith to cast out devils; but we live in the
living faith of Christ Jesus, Who dwells in us, and we in Him. The faith of
the New Covenant is Christ in us (Colossians 1:27; Galatians 2:20; John
17:21-23). And to be convinced of Christ Jesus living in us is to be
certain that He not only has the power to do the work, but is also present
to do it. Yet, the condition is simply to believe the Good News and accept
that He dwells in us, and in response dwell in Him (John 15:4). What could
speak louder of our need to recognize this divine opportunity and credit
every part of all God does in our lives to Christ Jesus?

Our continual consecration should resound with "its not me that does the
work, but Christ Jesus Who is in me." It is only in this realm of
relationship that the fruits of the faith can be manifested through our
lives (John 15:4-7) -the faith that both speaks and reveals, "the life that
I now live, I live by the faith of the Son of God." The reality of this
opportunity given to the believers must be highly valued above all other
things and properly attended to everyday for the union to find its full
revelation and expression through our lives. Through the acceptance of the
gift of union with Christ Jesus and the accompanying word of faith that
Father is in Christ Jesus, we are made perfect in one (John 17:23). Through
not only receiving this union, but living it out, the world will know Who
Jesus is!

Refuse all vain and deceitful philosophy after the elementary forces of
this world, and instead live by the faith of the Son of God! (Colossians
2:6-10; Galatians 2:20)
 
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