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Daily Bread - July 14, 2018
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Saturday, 14 July 2018 10:55
1 Corinthians 1:2 - Unto the Church of God which is at Corinth, to them
that are made holy in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all that in
every place call upon the Name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and
ours.

Sanctification (Part 8):

Because of what God has done for us in giving to us this unspeakable gift,
we purify ourselves even as He is pure (2 Corinthians 9:15; 1 John 3:1-3).
Loving the Presence of God, and living to please the One Who has called us
out of darkness, we purify and separate ourselves from every filthiness of
the flesh and the spirit perfecting holiness in the fear of God (2
Corinthians 7:1; 1 Peter 2:9). We delight in the life of dwelling in Him,
and walking even as He walks, knowing that without this holiness no man
shall see God (John 6:56; 1 John 2:6, 3:24; Hebrews 12:14).

As His holy temples where He dwells, we must be radically committed to God,
and not allow the uncleanness that the spiritual wickedness would impose on
us. Instead, we must be fully committed to the holiness the Holy Spirit
leads us into and strengthens us to do (1 Corinthians 3:17; 1 Thessalonians
4:7; 1 John 4:17). The life of holiness is the abundant life in Christ
Jesus, the life of joy unspeakable and full of glory (John 10:10; 1 Peter
1:8). We are taught of God, and trained by the Holy Spirit, that we might
learn to be vessels of honor, sanctified, ready for the Master's use, and
prepared unto every good work (2 Timothy 2:21).

Live the abundant life in Jesus! (John 10:10)
 
Daily Bread - July 13, 2018
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Friday, 13 July 2018 07:43
1 Corinthians 1:2 - Unto the Church of God which is at Corinth, to them
that are made holy in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all that in
every place call upon the Name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and
ours.

Sanctification (Part 7):

All the glory and power of God came to bear to sanctify us. The Father,
Christ Jesus the Son, and the Holy Spirit all took part in our
sanctification. We have been sanctified by Christ Jesus, and by the Holy
Spirit (Romans 15:16; 1 Corinthians 6:11; 1 Peter 1:2; 2 Thessalonians
2:13; 1 Corinthians 1:2, 30, 6:11). We have been sanctified by the Father
(Jude 1:1). The very God of Peace has completely sanctified us so that our
whole soul, spirit, and body might be blameless -and remain blameless (1
Thessalonians 5:23). We have been established unblameable in holiness,
which is the highest standard of holiness (1 Thessalonians 3:13, 5:23-24;
Colossians 1:22; Romans 12:1). Being sanctified by Him, we have received
the inheritance God has given to His sons so we might now live our lives as
His heirs and co-inheritors with Christ Jesus (Romans 8:17; Galatians 4:7).
His saving power brought us out of darkness into His glorious light. His
sanctifying grace delivered us from the power of Satan and brought us into
the dominion of God (Acts 20:32, 26:18; Colossians 1:13; 1 Thessalonians
5:5). Under the reign and dominion of God, the fruits of our lives are to
witness of the holiness of God, Who has separated us unto Himself (Romans
6:19, 22). God oversees that which belongs to Him, and by His own power
preserves us blameless and presents us faultless (1 Thessalonians 5:23-24;
Jude 1:24).

To God be glory and majesty, dominion and power, forever! (Jude 1:25)
 
Daily Bread - July 12, 2018
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Thursday, 12 July 2018 11:19
1 Corinthians 1:2 - Unto the Church of God which is at Corinth, to them
that are made holy in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all that in
every place call upon the Name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and
ours.

Sanctification (Part 6):

The Lord has made us holy through His Word of truth, which speaks to the
authority of His life-changing Word that brought cleansing to those who
would believe (John 15:3, 17:17). Christ Jesus came as the Living Word in
the full revelation of the written Word (Hebrews 10:7; John 1:1-2). The
word He spoke was powerful enough to create the Heavens and the Earth, and
to create a new thing in the hearts of men. The Eternal Living Word, Christ
Jesus, sanctified Himself as a holy thing and an offering to God. Through
His act of sanctification (presenting Himself in holiness) on the cross, we
are sanctified (made holy) by Him (John 17:19; Hebrews 10:10). Jesus said,
"And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified
through the truth." Jesus, Who was holy in every way even as God is holy,
was not presenting another definition of what it means to be sanctified,
but testified to His holiness, and to the holy offering He made on our
behalf. It was there on the cross that sin was put to death in His own body
that He might make us holy (John 17:17, 19; 1 Peter 2:23; Hebrews 10:29,
13:12). The work of grace was so thoroughly completed and finished in Him
that, by one offering, He forever perfected those that He has made holy
(Hebrews 10:14). When He entered into the realm of death, He overthrew all
the powers of sin and death that held us in bondage (Hebrews 2:14; 2
Timothy 1:10). He abolished death and defeated the one who held us in the
prison of uncleanness, and translated us into His Heavenly realm
(Colossians 1:13; Ephesians 2:6; 2 Timothy 1:10).

Thanks be to God for His victory for us in Christ Jesus! (1 Corinthians
15:57)
 
Daily Bread - July 11, 2018
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Wednesday, 11 July 2018 09:17
1 Corinthians 1:2 - Unto the Church of God which is at Corinth, to them
that are made holy in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all that in
every place call upon the Name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and
ours.

Sanctification (Part 5):

Sanctification was connected to cleansing when the term was first used in
the Bible. If those gathered around Mount Sinai were going to interact with
God, they had to be sanctified. God's instruction to Moses was to sanctify
the people by commanding all of them to wash themselves in preparation to
meet with God (Exodus 19:10). The substance we now have in Christ Jesus is
greater than the shadow that could only testify of the cleansing that would
come. The cleansing God provided for us was an inward washing by the blood
of Jesus Christ which cleansed us from all sin (Revelation 1:5; Matthew
26:28). Through the work of redemption that washed us with the water of
regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, the words of the prophet have
been fulfilled wherein God promised to sprinkle clean water upon us: "and
you shall be clean, from all your filthiness and from all your idols will I
cleanse you!...I will put My Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in My
statutes" (Ezekiel 36:25, 27).

Through the cleansing waters of this sanctification, we were made an
entirely new creation, holy and acceptable to God. Now our obedient
response is to keep ourselves unspotted from the world (1 John 3:4; James
1:27; Jude 1:24; 2 Corinthians 7:1). When sin would war against us and
attempt to force itself on us, we resist it steadfastly in the faith (1
Peter 2:11, 5:9; Romans 8:13; Colossians 3:5). We have been empowered to
effectively deal with all unclean spirits and all spiritual wickedness
(Luke 10:19; Ephesians 6:10-11; Mark 16:17; 1 John 2:14). Because we have
been purchased by God, our members belong to Him; and they are to be the
servants of righteousness so that the fruits of holiness may be seen in our
lives (Romans 6:19; 1 Corinthians 6:20, 7:23; Ephesians 1:14). The Spirit
of Holiness works within our lives so that every action and deed will
emulate the ways of God, but we must yield to Him (2 Peter 1:3-11). If we
are to make our calling and election certain, then we will give all
attendance to walking in His holiness (2 Peter 1:10).

Oh, the life changing power of the blood of the Lamb.
Oh, the life changing power of the blood of the Lamb.
Oh, the blood, the blood, the blood, the blood of Jesus!

See Him seated on the Throne!
Death and hell He has conquered!
Oh, the blood, the blood, the blood, the blood of Jesus!

Acknowledge every good thing Christ Jesus has imparted to you! (Philemon
1:6)
 
Daily Bread - July 10, 2018
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Tuesday, 10 July 2018 11:09
1 Corinthians 1:2 - Unto the Church of God which is at Corinth, to them
that are made holy in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all that in
every place call upon the Name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and
ours.

Sanctification (Part 4):

When Christ Jesus purged us from all sin, the state of our lives, by
definition, became pure (Hebrews 1:3, 10:2, 10; 2 Peter 1:9). Purity is a
state the Scripture makes equivalent to holiness. Christ Jesus redeemed us
from all iniquity and purified us, making us zealous to do the works of God
(Titus 2:14; Acts 15:9, Hebrews 10:22; 1 Peter 1:22; Revelation 1:5). We
were made holy through the offering of the blood of Christ Jesus, once for
all; and we must not lessen its value, but believe and obey the truth
(Hebrews 10:10). Through the sacrifice He made, He has presented us holy,
unblameable, and unreproveable in His sight (Colossians 1:22). This does
not refer to just a positional state before God, but an actual spiritual
state that we are also empowered to live in. Once again, it speaks of the
inward working of the Holy Spirit that results in an ethical outworking of
the righteousness of God in our lives (Ephesians 5:9; Galatians 5:22;
Romans 14:17).

Now we walk in the Spirit, which is the ability to live the life of Christ
Jesus (Galatians 5:25). The Holy Spirit comes into our lives, filling us
with all the desires of God (Jeremiah 31:33; Hebrews 8:10, 10:16; Galatians
5:22-23; John 7:38-39). As the children of God, our hearts desire complete
conformity to the image of the Son (Romans 8:15-16, 29; Galatians 4:6). All
of these things concerning the new life in Christ Jesus speak of the life
of holiness, or sanctification. Sanctification is in fact a term broadly
used concerning the whole new birth experience. It is the act of being
dedicated to live the life of Christ and to being ruled by the Holy Spirit.
To truly understand sanctification, we must acknowledge we were made holy
so we can be holy, and perfect holiness in the fear of God (Ephesians 4:24;
1 Peter 1:15; 2 Corinthians 7:1). If we are not made holy, then we have no
divine empowerment to perfect holiness. As those who have been set apart to
dwell in the life of God, we are to present our bodies a living sacrifice
that is holy and acceptable unto God (Romans 12:1; 1 Corinthians 6:13, 20).

Oh, the life changing power of the blood of the Lamb.
Oh, the life changing power of the blood of the Lamb.
Oh, the blood, the blood, the blood, the blood of Jesus!

See Him seated on the Throne!
Death and hell He has conquered!
Oh, the blood, the blood, the blood, the blood of Jesus!

Acknowledge every good thing Christ Jesus has imparted to you! (Philemon
1:6)
 
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