Daily Bread - August 29, 2019 (The Fifth Day - Genesis 1:20-23)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Thursday, 29 August 2019 05:16
1 John 4:1 - Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether
they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.

Part 1 ~ Identifying False Witnesses

After establishing that keeping the commandments of the Lord is the
testimony of oneness with the Lord and the indwelling Holy Spirit, John
warns us to try the spirits. There are those who bear false witness of Who
God is and what He has willed. Their testimonies do not agree with the Word
of God, and they must be identified and refused. The false prophet is
someone who supposedly carries a word from God, but the word is false and
so is the spirit by which they are speaking.

These false witnesses appear to be sincere, but they are wolves dressed in
sheep's clothing. They may even be able to do miracles, signs, and wonders,
but if their words to not line up with Scripture, we know that they are
false. Moses warned of such false prophets and said, "If one appears among
you and announces to you a miraculous sign or wonder, and the sign or
wonder that he has spoken takes place, and he says, 'Come let us follow
other gods (gods you have not known), and let us worship them,' you must
not listen to the words of the prophet or dreamer" (Deuteronomy 13:1-5).

We should also be able to recognize the similarities between these false
prophets and those Jesus spoke of when He referred to the ones who had
worked signs and wonders in His name, but practiced iniquity (Matthew
7:21-23). There are those who believe that Satan and those who serve him
cannot do miracles, but they can. The man of sin who is also called the
Antichrist will deceive the nations by the power, signs, and lying wonders
that he will do (2 Thessalonians 2:8-9).
 
Daily Bread - August 28, 2019 (The Fourth Day - Genesis 1:14-19)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Wednesday, 28 August 2019 05:10
1 John 3:23-24 - And this is His command: that we believe on the name of
His Son, Jesus Christ, and love one another as He commanded us. And he that
keeps His commands dwells in Him, and He in him. And by this we know that
He dwells in us: by the Spirit that He has given.

Part 2 ~ The Unspeakable Gift Of The Mystery Of The Fellowship

The fruits, or proofs, of the Spirit are the witnesses that union with
Christ Jesus took place when we were born again. Chief among these fruits
is the love of God manifested through our lives. The love of Christ Jesus
revealed through us is the proof that He dwells in us, and we dwell in Him
(John 13:34-35, 15:9-10, 12, 16:27; Romans 8:9). Jesus Christ is bodily
seated today at the right hand of the Father; yet He lives within us, and
the Holy Spirit is proof. He does not live within us by an endearing memory
and commitment that we have to Him. He lives in us because we are His
dwelling place, a tabernacle built for Him when we were born again and made
a new creation (1 Corinthians 3:16, 6:19; 2 Corinthians 6:16).

The coming and indwelling of the Holy Spirit is the subject of chapters 14,
15, and 16 of the Gospel of John. Now, there are two dimensions by which
the Holy Spirit has come to us. Firstly, He has come to dwell alongside of
us, lead us, guide us, and glorify Jesus. Secondly, the Holy Spirit has
come to dwell in us, because God has put His Spirit in us (Ezekiel 11:19,
36:26-27; John 3:6, 14:16-17, 23). The indwelling of God in us is further
emphasized by the promise Jesus made of how both He and the Father would
come and dwell with us (John 14:23). So, while it may be understood that
they dwell in us through the Spirit that has been given to us; still, there
remains an interaction and dwelling going beyond just having their
corporeal presence communicated by the indwelling Spirit of God (John
14:21, 23). Many may wonder how is this possible; yet through the new
birth, the mystery of the fellowship has brought to pass this unspeakable
gift -our lives have been integrated together with the everlasting God,
Christ Jesus living in us!
 
Daily Bread - August 26, 2019 (The Second Day - Genesis 1:6-8)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Monday, 26 August 2019 07:00
1 John 3:19-22 - And by this we know that we are of the truth, and shall
assure our hearts before Him. Because if our heart convicts us, God is
greater than our heart and knows everything. Beloved, if our heart does not
convict us, then we have confidence before God. And whatever we ask of Him,
we receive, because we keep His commands and do what is pleasing in His
sight.

Part 3 ~ Doing What Is Pleasing In His Sight

In this place of fellowship and union with God, we keep His commandments
and do those things that are pleasing in His sight. We can be certain that
asking Father and receiving our request is central to what God desires for
our life. Jesus said He had called us and ordained us to bring forth fruit,
and that our fruit should remain, "that whatsoever you should ask of the
Father in My name, He may give it to you" (John 15:16). Yet, equally
important, we must also remember we can do nothing without Him. We must
recognize our lives were consecrated by His blood and by the Holy Spirit to
dwell in Christ Jesus (John 15:5).

If we are willing to accept all God has done for us and agree with His
Word, even in the face of the multitude of assailing thoughts and
circumstances, we will walk in the faith that overcomes the world (1 John
3:23, 5:4). If we will come to rely upon the Holy Spirit and allow Him to
continually fill us, then we will continue to walk in His Word and do those
things that are pleasing in His sight. If we fail and sin, all we have to
do is immediately turn to Jesus and take His blood for our cleansing. Then,
we ask the Holy Spirit to fill us and strengthen us to always do those
things that please the Father -and He will!
 
Daily Bread - August 24, 2019 (The Seventh Day - Genesis 2:1-3)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Saturday, 24 August 2019 12:40
1 John 3:19-22 - And by this we know that we are of the truth, and shall
assure our hearts before Him. Because if our heart convicts us, God is
greater than our heart and knows everything. Beloved, if our heart does not
convict us, then we have confidence before God. And whatever we ask of Him,
we receive, because we keep His commands and do what is pleasing in His
sight.

Part 2 ~ Empowered To Do What Is Pleasing In His Sight

Even though there are those who are vehemently vocal insisting such a walk
with God is not possible, the third chapter of the First Epistle of John
places us in a position with God where we are empowered to do everything
that pleases Him. This is one of the most radical chapters of the New
Testament that calls us to radical purity and righteousness, making
statements such as: "no one who sins has either seen Him or known Him,"
and, "everyone who commits sin is of the Devil" (1 John 3:6,8). Obviously,
if we do wrong (anything that is displeasing to the Father), our hearts
will convict us. Then we rejoice, that in that conviction we can run to
Jesus Christ the Righteous, and be cleansed from all of our sin and shame.

Most people today have settled into a mindset that condones sin and makes
it a part of everyday life. They would say, "We sin more or less every
day." However, John had a very different view of what it means to know
Jesus than many have today. The Lord has empowered us with His Word and
with His Spirit to live His life, the abundant life, the life of Jesus.
Paul, speaking of this divine empowerment, said they who walk in the Spirit
would not fulfill the lust of the flesh (Galatians 5:16). Jesus called us
to be perfect even as our Father in Heaven is perfect (Matthew 5:48). Peter
said we are to be holy even as He is holy (1 Peter 1:16). He also said we
have been given everything we need through the power of God to walk in life
and godliness (2 Peter 1:3-4).

God wants us to accept all He has done for us in Christ Jesus, and be
continually filled with the Spirit (Ephesians 5:18). If we are willing to
be continually filled, then we will find a continual manifestation of the
glory of His presence in our lives, and through His glory, we discover
union with God (John 17:22). In this union with God, we find an active
divine power and grace of God enabling us to walk in the light as He is in
the Light. We find ourselves at rest in His love, and empowered to be just
as He is in this world (1 John 4:17). We discover how our life is not our
own, but it is the possession of Christ Jesus; and in this revelation,
there is no condemnation (1 Corinthians 6:19; 1 John 1:7, 4:17).
 
Daily Bread - August 23, 2019 (The Sixth Day - Genesis 1:24-31)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Friday, 23 August 2019 20:39
1 John 3:19-22 - And by this we know that we are of the truth, and shall
assure our hearts before Him. Because if our heart convicts us, God is
greater than our heart and knows everything. Beloved, if our heart does not
convict us, then we have confidence before God.And whatever we ask of Him,
we receive, because we keep His commands and do what is pleasing in His
sight.

Part 1 ~ The OT Examples of Job and Enoch

There is no one who shines brighter as an example of a having a heart and
conscience that pleased God than Job. Job said, "Far be it from me to say
that you are right - till I die I will not put away my integrity from me. I
hold fast my righteousness and will not let it go. My heart does not
reproach me for any of my days" (Job 27:5-6). We can walk with God in the
most intimate fellowship, and find ourselves surrounded by His glory and
kept by His power. We have a cloud by day and a fire by night, a hedge of
His glory and power, and the whole armor of God. If we are willing to
surrender everything and walk in consecration to the ways of the Lord, He
will always be before us and on our right hand that we should not be moved.
Enoch walked with God and is a witness of how well man can please the Lord.
We too have the opportunity to know God; and as Enoch walked with God, let
us walk in the Spirit.
 
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