Daily Bread - February 21, 2020 (The Sixth Day - Genesis 1:24-31)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Friday, 21 February 2020 06:12
1 John 5:14-15 - And this is the confidence that we have towards Him: if we
ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He
hears us, and then if we ask, we know that we possess whatever we requested
when we asked it of Him.

Part 1 ~ Confidence

When Jesus was about to raise Lazarus from the dead, John reports that He
lifted His eyes toward Heaven and said, "I thank You Father that You have
heard Me. And I know that You always hear Me" (John 11:40-43). Our Heavenly
Father wants us to have this same confidence in the relationship He has
freely invited us into because He made us His partners when we became part
of His family, and we must stop wondering. Christ Jesus, the only begotten
Son, has brought us into sonship so that we might function, not as
children, but as heirs (Galatians 4:1-7).

The confidence and faith that Christ Jesus expressed in the Father should
also be developed in us if we will hearken to the leading of the Holy
Spirit (Romans 8:14-17). We must recognize that we are called to live the
life of Jesus and to walk in His ministry. The joy and wonder of this kind
of relationship with the Father will result in us receiving a supernatural
confidence to know that He hears us -and if we know that He hears us, then
what we have asked, He will do! We will not wonder if Father will answer.
Rather, we will know that He has already supplied; and what we have asked,
is already ours.
 
Daily Bread - February 20, 2020 (The Fifth Day - Genesis 1:20-23)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Thursday, 20 February 2020 06:44
John 11:40-43 - Jesus said to her, "Didn't I tell you that if you would
believe you would see the glory of God?" Therefore, they took away the
stone where the dead one was laid. And Jesus lifted His eyes upward and
said, "Father, I thank You that You have heard Me. And I know that You
always hear Me; but for the sake of the multitude standing here, I have
said this so that they might believe that You have sent Me. And then He
cried out with a strong voice, "Lazarus, come out here!"

This is an example of the faith of Jesus Christ in operation. He is not
hoping that the Father will hear Him, He knows He has already been heard.
Note that when Jesus prayed, He raised His head towards Heaven to talk
confidently to the Father, as He did again when He addressed Him in John
17:1, instead of bowing His head like the tax collector did in Luke 18:13.
 
Daily Bread - February 19, 2020 (The Fourth Day - Genesis 1:14-19)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Wednesday, 19 February 2020 06:57
Acts 9:31 - Then all of the churches had peace throughout Judea, Galilee,
and Samaria; being built up and moving in the fear of the Lord and in the
encouragement of the Holy Spirit, multiplied.

Part 2 ~ Moving in the Fear of the Lord

The Old Testament teaches us that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of
wisdom (Psalms 111:10; Proverbs 9:10). The Psalmist taught that through the
fear of the Lord, we would learn to keep our tongue form evil and our lips
from speaking guile. The fear of the Lord causes a person to depart from
evil and pursue peace (Psalms 34:11-14). The fear of the Lord is the hating
of evil, arrogance, and pride (Proverbs 8:13).

The expression, "the fear of the Lord" is only found this one time in the
New Testament, but an equivalent expression, "the fear of God", is found
three times: 2 Corinthians 7:1; Ephesians 5:21; 1 Peter 2:17. Peter also
quotes Psalms 34:12-14 in the context of inheriting a blessing. The most
common characteristic of the fear of the Lord is the hating of evil and the
loving of righteousness.

Jesus, above all others, models this consecration to the life and ways of
the Father and was given this testimony: "You have loved righteousness and
hated iniquity; therefore God, Your God, has anointed You with the oil of
extreme joy above Your fellows." (Hebrews 1:9; Psalms 45:6-7).
 
Daily Bread - February 18, 2020 (The Third Day - Genesis 1:9-13)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Tuesday, 18 February 2020 06:32
Acts 9:31 - Then all of the churches had peace throughout Judea, Galilee,
and Samaria; being built up and moving in the fear of the Lord and in the
encouragement of the Holy Spirit, multiplied.

Part 1 ~ Encouragement of the Holy Spirit

The comfort, or encouragement (paraklesis), of the Holy Spirit is only one
of the many different things that the Holy Spirit does. He is called the
'Parakletos' in John 14:16. Parakletos is difficult to translate because it
has such a wide area of meaning such as helper, encourager, comforter,
mediator, advocate, intercessor, etc. The most outstanding reality of the
'Parakletos' is that He was sent to take the place of Jesus as another
'Parakletos'. Now, instead of the Lord Jesus teaching the apostles and
being their companion, it was the Holy Spirit.
 
Daily Bread - February 17, 2020 (The Second Day - Genesis 1:6-8)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Monday, 17 February 2020 11:05
1 John 1:5 - Now this is the message that we have heard of Him and declare
unto you: that God is Light, and in Him is no darkness at all.

God is light and there is no darkness in Him. There is nothing that can be
as pure as light, for it is impossible to contaminate light. There is no
darkness in us, because we are now in Him, and no darkness can be in Him.
The contrast being made between light and darkness serves to absolutely
describe the state of God's truth, righteousness, holiness, and purity -and
the total absence of anything less. To have 'koinonia' (κοινωνία) with Him
is only possible in the realm of light, where there is no darkness. God
granted such holiness and purity to us when we received His life.

We cannot say we are in Him and in communion with Him, and still walk in
darkness at the same time. As light represents God, His life, and His
righteousness; darkness represents Satan, his death, and his iniquity. The
symbolisms of light and darkness are laid out from the beginning. Earth was
in a lifeless and chaotic state because of sin and rebellion, and darkness
was over the face of this desolate and waste place (Genesis 1:2). When God
commanded the light to shine into the darkness, the darkness was removed,
and the life and creation of God began to spring forth. Darkness is the
place of sin and death, a place separated from fellowship with God. When
Jesus came, the light shined into the darkness, and the darkness vanished.
There is absolute division between light and darkness, and they can never
mingle. Darkness is the absence of light; and in this respect, it is the
absence of the life of God. All who will come to the light and receive the
life of God may now walk in 'koinonia' (κοινωνία), where there is no
darkness at all.
 
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