Daily Bread - October 12, 2019 (The Seventh Day - Genesis 2:1-3)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Saturday, 12 October 2019 09:15
1 John 5:2 - By this we know that we love the children of God: whenever we
love God and obey His commandments.

The reverse of the argument is also true. The only way we are ever going to
truly love the children of God is if we really love God! The proof we love
God and have His love in us is that we keep His commandments (John 14:15,
21, 24; and 1 John 2:4, 3:14, 17).
 
Daily Bread - October 11, 2019 (The Sixth Day - Genesis 1:24-31)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Friday, 11 October 2019 06:23
1 John 5:1 - Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has been
begotten of God, and everyone who loves Him Who begat also loves those
begotten of Him.

Part 2 ~ Born of God to Live According to His Life

Those who have been born of God were given the authority to be the sons of
God (John 1:12). We were not born of flesh and blood when we were born
again, but by the will of God, through the Holy Spirit (John 1:13, 3:1-36).
We were given the ability to overcome the world! We walk and live by the
Spirit of God. Our manner of living is patterned after the life of God, our
Father Who begat us. As the children of our Heavenly Father, the fruits of
the Spirit will be manifested in our lives, and most importantly, the love
of God for the children of God. True love for God will result in our
obedience, which is the only legitimate response to His love (John 14:15,
21, 24; 1 John 2:4).
 
Daily Bread - October 10, 2019 (The Fifth Day - Genesis 1:20-23)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Thursday, 10 October 2019 05:12
1 John 5:1 - Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has been
begotten of God, and everyone who loves Him Who begat also loves those
begotten of Him.

Part 1 ~ Really Believing!

John has laid out the proofs that identify those who are born of God. He
says very clearly that those who believe Jesus is the Christ are born of
God, and we can't help but to understand this as "those who really
believe." Why? Because of all of the things that really believing results
in! Those who are born of God are those who do righteousness (1 John 2:29).
Those who are born of God do not practice sin (1 John 3:9). Everyone who
loves like God loves is born of God (1 John 4:7-8). Those who overcome the
world are born of God (1 John 5:4). Those who are born of God, Satan cannot
touch (1 John 5:18). It is clear therefore, by all of these proofs John
described and emphasized, what it really means to believe Jesus is the
Christ. In fact, we can say John has defined more fully what it means to
believe -making belief a lifestyle of godly characteristics and behaviors,
not a religious ideology.
 
Daily Bread - October 8, 2019 (The Third Day - Genesis 1:9-13)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Tuesday, 08 October 2019 04:59
1 John 4:19-20 - As for us, we love Him because He first loved us. If
anyone says that he loves God and he hates his brother, he is a liar. For
the one who has no love for his brother whom he has seen cannot love God
Who he has never seen.

There is only one true love: the love of Jesus. You cannot have love for
God without having the same love for His people. If we love the Father,
then we will also love His children. One of the epidemics of the modern
church is broken relationships. God's people in many respects have
forgotten how to keep covenant. They say they love God, but they do not
show it through their relationship with those who were redeemed with the
same love and mercy. They want God to love them and keep covenant with
them, but are unwilling to do so with their brothers and sisters. There is
always a rational and "legitimate" reason supplied, but in reality it comes
down to being unwilling to forgive men of their trespasses.

There are those who would say, "I do not hate that person - I just don't
like them." However, with God there is only love or hate, light or
darkness, truth or lie, holiness or evil. God has showed us the kind of
love that He demands we have for one another: the same love He has for us
-the love that was displayed when Jesus died for our sins and
transgressions. God's command is that we also lay down our lives for the
children of God (1 John 3:16).
 
Daily Bread - October 7, 2019 (The Second Day - Genesis 1:6-8)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Monday, 07 October 2019 06:36
1 John 4:18 - There is no fear in love - perfect love cast out all fear,
because fear has torment. Now he who fears is not perfected in love.

Part 2 ~ No Condemnation In Love

Dwelling confidently in God's love for us gives us a bold faith. The
love-trust that we should have in God is where faith grows -a faith that is
supplied by the Holy Spirit, which works by love (Galatians 5:6).

When Jairus, the ruler of the synagogue, heard that his daughter was dead,
Jesus said, "fear not, only believe" (Luke 8:50). Faith and doubt cannot
exist at the same time, just as love and fear cannot exist at the same
time. The condemnation of wrong-doing and sin grips a person with a fear of
separation from this love. But if we will walk after the Spirit, our heart
will not condemn us. If we will stay in this peace and union that has been
supplied through Christ Jesus, then we will have confidence before God, and
whatever we ask, He will do it (1 John 3:21-22). To this end and for this
cause, we must build up ourselves in our most holy faith, praying in the
Holy Ghost, and thereby keep ourselves in the love of God (Jude 1:20-21).

There is also a holy fear: the fear of the Lord that belongs to the realm
of the Spirit (Isaiah 11:2-3, 33:5-6). It is the awesome reverence for God
and His eternal ways. It is a disdain for evil and iniquity (Proverbs
8:13). In the love of God, this kind of holy fear will only increase,
whereas the fear that belongs to the realms of darkness will be completely
removed.
 
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