Daily Bread - April 6, 2020 (The Second Day - Genesis 1:6-8)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Monday, 06 April 2020 12:03
1 John 5:11 - And this is the witness that God has given us: eternal life -
and this life is in His Son.

God has given us His life - eternal life - and the Father, Christ Jesus,
and the Holy Spirit testify to this. The proofs of this new life in Christ
Jesus are evidenced by the power of the Holy Spirit at work in our lives,
manifesting the life and ministry of Jesus in us. The most important
dimension of eternal life is the quality of life that we have received. The
life of Christ Jesus, which is the life of God, is abundant and eternal
life. God's life is filled with the rivers of His character and nature: His
joy unspeakable and full of glory, His peace that passes understanding, and
His love that goes beyond all knowledge (Ephesians 3:19; Philippians 4:7; 1
Peter 1:8).

Confidence and faith in His work of grace is vital to our salvation. The
only way we can come near to God is by the blood of Jesus, with a true
heart, in full assurance of the faith (Hebrews 10:22). It's not possible
for us to please Him without this faith in what He has done for us and
pledged to do for us (Hebrews 11:6). It is essential that we trust with
absolute certainty how the blood of Jesus has removed every sin and has
brought forth the life of God in us. We must believe we have been begotten
of God, and be willing to be led by the Spirit. We must resign ourselves
only to believe what the Word of God has said. The lies that would attempt
to cast doubt on God's love for us, and the eternal life that has been
given to us, must be cast down as the enemies of God.

God so desires us to be convinced of this unspeakable gift that He has
given us the greatest witnesses possible: the witnesses of the blood, the
Spirit and the water. He wants us to be certain of the eternal life that
has come to us through the testimony of the blood of Jesus, the ministry of
the Holy Spirit, and the water of His Word. The certainty that eternal life
has come to us through the blood is witnessed to us by the Spirit and the
Word (Matthew 26:27; John 6:54; Hebrews 9:12). That we have been begotten
of the Spirit has been forever settled by the testimony God has given to us
of His Son (John 3:5-8; Galatians 4:29; Hebrews 4:12; James 1:18; 1 Peter
1:23). All of the witnesses of God --the blood, the Spirit, and the water--
are one, and they proclaim the message of God to everyone who will hear and
believe. This message is that God has given to us His life, and we now live
in Him!
 
Daily Bread - April 4, 2020 (The Seventh Day - Genesis 1:24-31)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Saturday, 04 April 2020 08:34
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 2 ~ The Natural Mind and the Superiority of the Spiritual

There is the rational and logical understanding of the world that we all
live in that is based on natural laws. Within this world of the natural,
many things are left to luck and chance because they go beyond that which
anyone can control. Within the confines of this reality men operate. The
natural mind which is governed by natural laws (and then the pursuit to
control things by one's own abilities) cannot participate with God's
provision. The natural mind, ruled by what is observed only with the
senses, shuts out submission to God's promises and reliance upon the
miraculous. The power of faith that brings into existence things that do
not exist is absolute foolishness to the natural mind. Men, therefore,
become governed by what the arm of flesh can provide; and cannot look
beyond what the eye can see, the ear can hear, and the heart can
understand. They are not submitted to the laws of the Spirit, but the laws
of nature. They cannot submit to the thinking of the Spirit and the mind of
Christ, because the are dominated by circumstances and self-reliance.

On the other hand, the realm of the Spirit is a spiritual reality superior
to all things natural. The spiritual is under the direct and absolute
command of God, where nothing is uncertain and nothing is left to chance or
luck. We cannot understand this realm based upon our observation and
understanding of natural laws. The realm of the spiritual can only be
understood by the Word of God. The realm of the spiritual can only be
taught to us by God the Holy Spirit, Who leads and guides us into all
truth. Natural laws do not dominate in the realm of the spiritual, rather
the natural is governed by those things that God has proclaimed.
As the worlds were created by the Word of God, even so, all we have need of
is provided by the same Word. The only way possible to begin to receive the
reality of these things is to live by the Word and be led by the Holy
Spirit (Romans 10:8,17; Psalm 119:160, 138:2; 1 Peter 1:23-25). Our hearts
are united to walk with God because we are born of the Spirit and given a
new spirit and a new heart to see what eyes have never seen, and hear what
ears have never heard, and understand with our hearts those things that can
only be taught by Holy Spirit (John 6:45, 16:13-15; 1 John 2:27; 1
Corinthians 2:7-11).

It is time that we all come under the laws of the Spirit of life and live
by the Word of God. Begin now to move mountains, set new courses for the
people around you, cast out devils, raise the dead, walk on water, and
fellowship with God!
 
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)
 
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