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Daily Bread - May 25, 2017
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Thursday, 25 May 2017 10:43
John 6:63 - It is the Spirit that makes alive. The flesh is of no benefit.
The words which I have spoken unto you are Spirit, and they are life.

The Word of God is more than a story about the dealings of God with men.
The Word of God carries in it the power that created the Universe, and the
power that brings new life to all who will believe. Jesus demonstrated how
powerful His words are; for through His word, miracles took place, blind
eyes were open, deaf ears heard, the dead came to life again, and demon
spirits were cast out. The Word of God that we read in the Bible is Spirit
and Life! When we interact with the Word of God, we begin to interact with
the Spirit of God and the Life of God. Through believing the Word, faith
comes that dispels the darkness of doubt and uncertainty. As we read the
Word of God, it is spiritual food for our souls that produces the strength
of the Lord and the power of His might within us ( Deuteronomy 8:3; Joshua
1:8; 1 Thessalonians 2:13; Ephesians 6:10-17).

Have you ever noticed that when you begin to read the Word of God, you felt
comfort and peace? Suddenly, instead of feeling weak and overcome, you are
quickened, refreshed, renewed, and strengthened? The temptations ceased,
and your surroundings became charged with the Presence of the Lord? We must
recognize that Word of God is living and powerful (Hebrews 4:12; Jeremiah
23:29; Romans 1:16; 1 Peter1:23; James1:28). We need to understand the
spiritual strength and divine resource that God has made available to us
through His written Word. The Word of God is one of the weapons of our
warfare, it is the Sword of the Spirit (Ephesians 6:17). The Word of God is
a shield of protection against temptation and the enemy of our souls (
Psalms 18:30; Proverbs 30:5; Ephesians 6:16). The Word of God will quicken
you with insight and with strength to do what is right (Psalms 19:7-8,
119:25, 107, 105, 130, 154; 2 Peter 1:19).

If we would but recognize the resource that God has supplied us through His
Word, we would find a great delight in it -instead of merely just trying to
find time to include the study of the Word in our daily routines. If we
would come to understand the fellowship that we are allowed to have with
the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit when we sit down to read the Word,
then reading His Word would be that which we look forward to every day. If
we would give ourselves to the study of the Word at least once in the day
and once at night, we would enjoy the blessings and the strength that God
has promised (Psalms 1:2, 119:15, 148). If we will stand in awe of God and
tremble at the glory of His Word, we will realize the reward of the Lord,
and find ourselves living in the Spirit and walking as those who have
overcome the world (1 John 2:14; Psalms 119:11; John 8:31). If we will
abide in His Word and allow His Word to abide in us, then we will enter
into a realm of relationship and faith that will result in receiving from
God whatever we ask (John 15:7).
 
Daily Bread - May 24, 2017
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Wednesday, 24 May 2017 07:12
Leviticus 1:2-3 - Speak to the sons of Israel, and say to them, if a man
among you would come near to YHWH with an offering, he shall bring his
offering from the animals, from the oxen or from the sheep and goats. If
his offering is a whole burnt offering of the oxen, it shall be a perfect
male, which he shall bring to the door of the tent of meeting; he shall
come near for it is acceptable before YHWH.

The express meaning of the whole burnt offering was the means by which a
man could approach unto God. The whole burnt offering was not an offering
for sin, but an offering used for worship, allowing the worshipper to 'draw
near' (יַקְרִיב) to the Lord. (The full meaning of this word is captured in
Jeremiah 30:21). The activity would be more akin to the New Testament
worship service which includes both praise and the bringing of an offering,
or 'gift', to the Lord (Philippians 4:18; Ephesians 5:18-19). However, just
as we approach unto God by the blood of Jesus in worship, even so the blood
of the whole burnt offering represented the blood of the Redeemer; and
being poured out at the altar made the worshipper acceptable to God
(Hebrews 10:19; Leviticus 1:4). Additionally, the entire dedication of this
offering to be burnt in the fire as a whole burnt offering represented the
consecration of the worshipper to God. This finds its New Testament
likeness in the child of God who presents themselves wholly consecrated -as
a living sacrifice, holy, and acceptable to God (Romans 12:1).

Like the offering used by Abel to worship, the whole burnt offering on the
altar in the tabernacle, and the one offered by Elijah, invoked the fire of
God which fell down from heaven and consumed the sacrifice (Leviticus 9:24;
1 Kings 18:24,36-38). Surely, we must associate this with the fire offering
of the New Testament. Once a person is sprinkled with the blood of Christ
Jesus, washed clean from all of their sins, being made holy and acceptable
to God, they are prepared and made ready for the fire of the Holy Ghost to
fall upon them (1 Peter 1:2; Exodus 24:8; Luke 3:16; Acts 1:5, 2:3). Today,
the worshipper should expect the fire of God to fall on them each time they
present themselves to the Lord to worship (Ephesians 5:18-19; Acts 1:5,
2:4).

The whole burnt offering can also be understood as the ascent offering as
denoted by the word from which it is translated עֹלָה 'olah,' derived from
עָלָה, which means to ascend. Through this offering, the one drawing near
could ascend into the presence of the Lord, something dramatically
described as the angel ascended in Manoah's burnt offering (Judges 13:20).
The ascent offering was first mentioned in association with Noah's burnt
offerings (Genesis 8:20). It was also used frequently in Genesis chapter 22
in reference to the offering of Isaac, which is expressly referred to as
worship. It was also used in reference to the daily evening and morning
offering which was to be offered in the same location -at the door of the
tabernacle (Exodus 29:38-42). Finally, it was used with respect to making
intercession for others, as in the case of Job (Job 1:5; 42:8).
 
Daily Bread - May 23, 2017
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Tuesday, 23 May 2017 08:02
John 14:16 - And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another
Paraclete, Who will remain with you forever.

The Holy Spirit came to take the place of Jesus with the believer.
'Paraclete' is a title of both Jesus and the Holy Spirit. It occurs four
more times; three times in the Gospel of John, and once in the First
Epistle of John. There has not been a Hebrew or Aramaic equivalent found
for this title. The closest Hebrew suggestion is 'melis' which means
interpreter. Parakletos as a passive form may be understood in the form
para/kalein, (to call along side); thus "called along side to help"
suggests the Old Latin 'advocatus' (advocate) as a translation. Parakletos
in an active sense reflecting parakalein means: to intercede, entreat, or
appeal; thus intercessor, mediator, or spokesman. Also, in an active sense,
parakletos can mean 'to comfort'; thus a comforter or counselor. The noun
may be used to describe exhortation and encouragement as found in
preaching. There is no single word that captures the meaning of Parkletos.
We may simply say that the Holy Spirit is our Teacher, Helper, Advocate,
Interpreter, Intercessor, Mediator, Spokesman, Comforter, Counselor,
Encourager, Exhorter, Leader, Guide, Inspiration, Witness, Testifier,
Strength, Ability, River, Power, Life, and God!
 
Daily Bread - May 22, 2017
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Monday, 22 May 2017 11:06
John 14:26 - When the Paraclete comes, whom I will send to you from the
Father, the Spirit of Truth who comes from the Father, He will bear witness
of me.

The Holy Spirit was sent by Jesus, but He came from the Father. He came as
a response to the request of Jesus (John 14:16). All men are possessed by
the spirit of a lie. Christ Jesus broke this yoke of deception and gave to
us the Spirit of Truth, so that we might be able to receive the things of
God. The lie was removed that we might live in the truth and know and
understand the reality of Who God is, and what He has done (1 John 1:6-7).

While some may focus only on the substantive proofs of the Trinity in this
and other verses of Scripture, Jesus desires to communicate something even
more specific. Jesus was with us as God manifested in the flesh, but He was
about to lay aside His robes of flesh and blood and be glorified with the
eternal glory that He had always possessed as God (John 17:5). He would
leave this earthy realm and be exalted in the Heavens as the Sovereign
authority over all things. He did not want us to be left alone to sojourn
on our own, but would send to us God the Holy Spirit to be with us and in
us (John 14:17).

Christ Jesus breathed upon the lump of clay, and man became a new creation
filled with His glory divine. Begotten of God, we entered into partnership
with God as His sons to execute the will of the Father (John 1:12;
Galatians 4:7; Rom 8:14-17). The gift of the Spirit, which is the promise
of the Father, was not given to His disciples while Jesus was on the earth
(John 7:37-39). This would be the beginning of a different kind of life and
unique oneness with God (John 14:20; 17:21-23). The sending of the Holy
Spirit would be the beginning of those born again and living their lives in
the Spirit of God. It would be this Spirit that would mark the true
identity of the Christian -those who had the Spirit of Christ (Romans 8:9).
Those who are led by the Spirit, walk in the Spirit, and live by the Spirit
are the ones sealed by the Spirit with the fruits of the Spirit revealing
that they are a new creation -the temple of God (John 14:17; Romans
8:1,4,14; Galatians 5:18; 1 Corinthians 3:16; 2 Corinthians 6:16-18; 1
Peter 2:4-10)!
 
Daily Bread - May 20, 2017
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Saturday, 20 May 2017 09:24
1 John 3:10 - In this is manifested the children of God, and the children
of the devil: everyone that does not righteousness is not of God, neither
is he who loves not his brother.

John continues to labor to establish a point that needs to be established
today: you are either a child of God, or a child of the devil. If you are
not doing righteousness, you are not of God!

He began by establishing that those who walk in darkness have no fellowship
with God (1 John 1:5-7). John then moved from there to underscore the point
by revealing those who know God and those who do not (1 John 2:3-5). In
doing this, he established the rule that everyone who abides in Christ
Jesus walks (behaves) just as Christ Jesus walks (1 John 2:6). John
describes those who are the children of God as those who have overcome the
wicked one and his lust, because they abide in Christ Jesus and do the will
of God (1 John 2:12-17). The anointing that teaches us all things has
taught us to live out our lives in Christ Jesus (1 John 2:20,27). As a
result, everyone who knows that Christ Jesus is righteous will do
righteousness; and this is the proof that we have been born of God (1 John
2:29).

John has contrasted this same point now multiple times in chapter three, as
well, by first establishing that we are now the sons of God, and are
consecrated to His purity. Once again, he states in an even a stronger way
that everyone who does righteousness is of God, and those who do not do
righteousness, but rather do sin, are of the devil (1 John 3:1-10). John
makes certain in his Epistle that everyone knows this essential contrast:
sin is the opposite of righteousness -even as darkness is the opposite of
light, a lie the opposite of truth, Satan is the opposite of God, death the
opposite of life, and sinners the opposite of saints.
 
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