Daily Bread - April 3, 2020 (The Sixth Day - Genesis 1:20-23)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Friday, 03 April 2020 08:37
1 Corinthians 2:14 - But the natural man cannot receive the things of the
Spirit of God, for they are foolish to him; and he is not able to
understand because they are spiritually discerned.

Part 1 ~ The Spiritual Realm Where the Faith of God Operates

Paul introduces a word in this verse that he will ultimately set everyone's
attention on as a focal point for that which should be craved by the saints
(1 Corinthians 14:1). The concept that he introduces is the spiritual
(pnematikos). He reveals to us that this is the realm opposite to the
natural (psuchikos). The spiritual realm is the realm in which God lives.
It is the eternal realm from which all of the things God possesses flow.

The spiritual (pneumatakos) is far more than "spiritual gifts" for it is
from this realm that the spiritual gifts and every other spiritual
revelation and manifestation of the character and power of God comes from.
It is the realm of purity and everlasting joy, it is the realm of
revelation and miracles. It is the realm where we interact with God in the
Heavenlies. The natural (psuchikos) is purely earthy, whereas the spiritual
(pneumatakos) is purely Heavenly (1 Corinthians 15:44, 46).

There are many people who have been born of the Spirit who remain unwilling
to function in this realm where the Spirit would lead and guide us into
everything that is Heavenly -a realm where mountains are moved and the
supernatural is an everyday reality. It is the realm of the overcomer, of
those who walk and live in the Spirit, the realm of the unseen (2
Corinthians 4:18; Romans 8:6; Hebrews 11:1,3). We were born into an earthly
realm (psuchikos) full of earthly limitations -a realm that is not
necessarily evil, but one that is confined to human ability. The Lord Jesus
opened the door for all mankind to leave this realm of human ability and
step over into a place of the unlimited and unrestricted place of the
spiritual (pneumatikos).

When Abraham attempted to produce the desire and plan of God for his life
with Hagar it was limited by the inability and effort of the human realm.
As such it was likened unto Mount Sinai the place of bondage . But when
Abraham and Sarah no longer could rely on human ability because there was
no more strength within their own selves, then God worked a miracle by His
Spirit and brought about that which the natural man and the natural mind
cannot conceive (Galatians 4:21-31).

Likewise, those who rely on the Spirit belong to a spiritual and Heavenly
realm: the New Jerusalem (Galatians 4:26; Hebrews 12:22; Revelation 21:10;
Isaiah 40:31) Those who walk in the flesh of human ability (psuchikos) are
unable to cooperate with the realm of the Spirit that leads us into the
realms of faith that supersedes all natural laws. The realm of the
spiritual provides a relationship with God where nothing is impossible. In
this realm men walk on water, turn water to wine, have peace in the midst
of a storm, and are made one with God (John 17:21; Matthew 8:8, 14:28).
Because this realm is so unlimited -containing all the fullness of God and
eternity- even those who are not lacking in any of the gifts (charismata)
still have a call to so much more -the spiritual (pneumatikos) (1
Corinthians 1:5-7).
 
Daily Bread - April 2, 2020 (The Fifth Day - Genesis 1:20-23)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Thursday, 02 April 2020 08:30
1 Corinthians 15:24 - Then the end, when He hands over the Kingdom to God
and the Father; when every ruler and every authority and power is put down.

We must recognize that we are engaged in a great conflict against the
powers of darkness (Ephesians 6:11-12; 1 Peter 5:8; James 4:7; and Acts
26:18; 2 Corinthians 4:4; Titus 2:11-13). Through Christ Jesus, Who alone
has defeated all the powers of darkness, we are promised both authority and
victory over every one of their works. We have been given the strength of
the Lord and the power of His might to engage these diabolical forces that
would attempt to once again overthrow us, even as they did Adam. We have
been given the very power of God and the authority of Christ to destroy
their works, if we are willing to walk in the authority that is in Christ
Jesus. Jesus, Who has been exalted to the highest place of authority, will
reign in His supreme position until every ruler, authority, and power has
no more place to function in God's world (Acts 2:33; Hebrews 1:13). Jesus,
by Himself, disarmed every ruler and authority, and destroyed Satan's
stronghold over man (Colossians 2:15; Hebrews 2:14-15; 1 John 3:8). Through
Christ Jesus, God delivered us from the power of darkness and translated us
into the Kingdom of the Dear Son where Jesus Himself reigns, every power
and authority being subject to Him (Colossians 1:13; 1 Peter 3:22;
Ephesians 1:19-23). Jesus, as a man, overthrew every power and authority of
Satan that Adam had become subject to; insomuch that Jesus said, "Now is
the prince of this world judged, now is the prince of this world cast out"
(John 12:31, 16:11).

As the sons of God, we are commissioned by God to walk in absolute
authority over all of these powers of darkness. The prince of the power of
the air --the spirit that now works in the children of disobedience-- is
made subject to every demand of Jesus and His saints (Matthew 28:18; Luke
10:19; Ephesians 1:19-23, 2:1-6; 1 Peter 3:22). Although Satan still has
the power to oppose mankind and to fight against the saints, Christ Jesus
has ensured our conquest against all of their forces (Ephesians 6:10-12; 2
Corinthians 10:4; Luke 10:19; and 1 John 2:14, 4:4, 5:18). We are
commissioned by God to tear down and overthrow their works, wherever we
encounter them (John 14:12; 1 John 3:8, 5:4-5; and Revelation 2:7,11,17,26,
3:5,12,21, 21:7).

Everything we are engaged in today is moving to one final conclusion: the
ultimate removal and destruction of every ruler, authority, and power that
is opposed to God. Soon, Satan will be cast into the bottomless pit for
1000 years, and Christ Jesus and His saints will rule with a rod of iron
(Revelation 20:1-3, 2:27, 19:15). At the end of the 1000 years, Satan will
be released for a season; and every rebel and every ruler, authority, and
power opposed to God will be destroyed in one final judgment (Revelation
20:7-11, 21:1-5; 2 Peter 3:10,13; Isaiah 65:17).
 
Daily Bread - April 1, 2020 (The Fourth Day - Genesis 1:14-19)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Wednesday, 01 April 2020 08:52
1 Corinthians 15:25 - For He must reign until He has put all enemies under
His feet.

Christ Jesus reigns today! He began His reign to put down all his enemies
2000 years ago when He was exalted to the right hand of the Father (Acts
2:33, 5:31, 7:55-56; Hebrews 1:13, 10:13; and Ephesians 1:20; Philippians
2:9; Psalm 110:1; Matthew 22:44; 1 Peter 1:21). After having defeated the
powers of darkness, He was given the place of sovereign authority to rule
until everything opposed to the Kingdom of God is brought to an end
(Revelation 1:18; Colossians 2:15; 1 John 3:8).

The rulership of Jesus Christ has begun among those who have willingly
received His rulership, and have embraced the transformation that has been
brought to us through His Name. To those who have come under His dominion,
He has also given power through the outpouring of the Holy Spirit and Fire
to exercise authority over all of the enemies of God. We must be willing to
recognize that Jesus reigns for the purpose of destroying every power of
sin and death. Should we make the mistake of believing that somehow God is
at peace with sin and death --and is not militant against them-- then we
would believe a lie, and be damned! He is reigning now in our lives, and
where He reigns, sin and death have no power; but rather, are destroyed
wherever they raise their rebellious and treasonous head (1 John 3:8; John
12:31, 16:11; and Luke 10:19; Mark 16:17; Romans 6:12,14).

In the future, Jesus will come and reign for 1000 years over all mankind,
whether they willing accept Him, or not. He will rule with a rod of iron,
and He will crush all rebellion and opposition (Psalm 2:9; Revelation 2:27,
19:15, 20:3-7; Zechariah 14:16-19). At the end of that age, Satan and every
power of sin and death --and all those who joined league with them-- will
be cast into the lake of fire; and the age of sin and death will be
eternally over. God has given us the power to live in the glory of His
nature and will (John 1:12-13; 2 Peter 1:3-4). He has made us His temple
and dwelling place (1 Corinthians 6:19-20; 2 Corinthians 6:16-18). Will you
continue to listen to the deceptions and propaganda of the Satanic lie that
gives power to sin and disobedience? Or will you instead rise up together
in His righteous cause, and say: "Christ Jesus reigns supremely, and His
will shall be done!" (Matthew 6:9-13; Ephesians 6:10-18)
 
Daily Bread - March 31, 2020 (The Third Day - Genesis 1:9-13)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Tuesday, 31 March 2020 08:11
2 Thessalonians 2:6-7 - And now you know what holds back the revealing of
him in his time. The mystery of iniquity is already at work, but only until
the one who restrains is removed.

Part 1 ~ The Restrainer of Lawlessness

In these verses, Paul makes the argument that before the apostasy can take
place, the Man of Lawlessness must be revealed; and before the Man of
Lawlessness is revealed, the "katechon" is removed. This same verb,
'katechon', is used in the both verses. There is one thing that held back
the revealing of the Man of Lawlessness, or the Antichrist, and Paul
reminds the people at Thessalonica that he had already informed them of
this, and they knew what it was. The only indication of what they were
informed of and was, hence, obvious to them is what is revealed in verse 7.
Evidently, Christ Jesus (and His Church) is the One Who is holding back the
Lawless One. And even though the mystery of Lawlessness, as John wrote, the
spirit of Antichrist, is already at work (1 John 2:18, 4:3), he will not be
revealed until the "katechon", which must be the ruling authority of God in
the Earth, is removed. This has further support in Revelation 4:1 which
presents, "after these things", a time period related to "after the Church"
in Revelation 1:19 and 4:1.

The antichrist cannot be revealed until the time of the administration of
the Church is complete. Jesus is the One that is now holding back the
ultimate deception and rebellion of iniquity which cannot be revealed until
the 'katechon', translated "restrainer/ruler", is removed: "The mystery of
lawlessness is already at work, but only until the one who restrains
(katechon) is removed." Then, the Lawless One shall be revealed whom the
Lord shall return to destroy with the spirit of his mouth and wipe out with
the appearance of His coming."(2 Thessalonians 2:7-8). Jesus first comes to
finalize the administration of the Church Age by receiving the Church unto
Himself, and then the Lawless One shall be revealed (1 Thessalonians
4:15-17; 1 Corinthians 15:51-53; John 14:1-3). Jesus will then return with
His saints (which includes the Church) to fight against the antichrist and
his armies to slay them with the word of His mouth, and wipe him out with
the appearance of His coming (2 Thessalonians 2:8; Revelation 19:11-14;
Jude 14-15).
 
Daily Bread - March 30, 2020 (The Second Day - Genesis 1:6-8)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Monday, 30 March 2020 14:19
Luke 12:32 - Do not fear, little flock, for it is your Father's delight to
give you the Kingdom.

The Kingdom was given to Israel, but they were unwilling to be obedient to
God and bring forth the fruits of the Kingdom (Matthew 21:43). God wanted
Israel to walk in the realms of His love and goodness, which would produce
for them days of Heaven on Earth, but they refused to follow after Him
(Exodus 19:6; Deuteronomy 11:21). In the love and mercy of Father's heart,
He opened the door to anyone, Jew or Gentile, to come into a new kind of
nation that would bring forth the fruits of the Kingdom.

God has a Kingdom of people on the Earth now. Although we still look for a
future day in which the Kingdom of God will come to rule sovereignly and
absolutely over all of the Earth, the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ is
presently the evidence and glory of that Kingdom, or at least we are
suppose to be (Ephesians 1:21-23; 1 Peter 2:9; 1 Corinthians 4:20; Isaiah
26:2; 1 Thessalonians 2:12).

The Kingdom is the realm of the Spirit, or the realm of Heaven, where we
interact with God, worship the Lord Jesus, walk in righteousness, and move
in the miraculous. It is the Kingdom that we are to place first and
foremost in our daily lives (Matthew 6:33; Luke 12:31). The evidence of the
Kingdom is the abundant life, the eternal life --the life of Christ-- that
brings forth a demonstration of the Spirit in righteousness, joy, and peace
in the Holy Ghost (Romans 14:17, 8:4,9; John 7:38-39; Galatians 5:22-25).
It is the power and authority over all sin, sickness, disease and poverty
(Matthew 12:28; Luke 9:1; 10:9; Acts 10:38; and Romans 15:19-20; 3 John 2).

The position of every saint today in the Kingdom is with Christ at the
right hand of authority and power (Ephesians 2:6; John 1:12; Revelation
1:6). God's desire is that all of the manifestations and benefits of the
Kingdom be revealed in our lives --both as a blessing to us, and a witness
to the world around us!
 
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