Daily Bread - March 23, 2020 (The Second Day - Genesis 1:6-8)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Monday, 23 March 2020 06:55
Matthew 11:2-6 - When John heard in the prison the works of Christ, he sent
two of his disciples. Say to Him, are you the Coming One, or do we wait for
another ? And Jesus answered, saying to them, "Go and tell John what you
hear and see: the blind receive their sight, and the crippled walk, and the
deaf hear; the dead are raised, and the poor have the Gospel preached to
them. And blessed is he who is not offended in Me.

Part 1 ~ Believe God

John sent disciples to Jesus to ask if He was the Christ, or if they should
look for another. Jesus simply pointed to the works which He did --works
that were proof He was anointed of God to preach the Gospel of the Kingdom
and bring in the new age of divine grace. He preached the Gospel to the
poor, healed the sick and diseased, caused the crippled to walk, the deaf
to hear, and raised the dead (Matthew 11:4-5). Later, Jesus said, "If
anyone believes on Me, these works which I do shall they do also, and even
greater works" (John 14:12). Today, we are faced with the same question
that Jesus asked two blind men, "Do you believe that I am able to do this."
I pray your answer will be the same as theirs, "Yes, Lord" (Matthew 9:28).

Satan will do everything in his power to oppose the work of the Gospel, but
we can be strong in the strength of the Lord and the power of His might
(Ephesians 6:10). If you want to grow and mature in the things Christ Jesus
has purposed us to do, then you must actively participate with the Holy
Spirit --whether it is joy and love, or miracles and gifts of healing. As
you participate you will be taught of God and grow stronger in every
dimension of the things of the Spirit as you are filled with all the
fulness of God (Ephesians 3:19-20).

Be careful you do not fall after the same manner of unbelief that so many
have been taken out by (Hebrews 3:12, 19, 4:1-2). Those who have had bad
experiences such as sickness, disease, failure, and other opposing and even
destructive events stopped believing and changed the Word of God to
accommodate their experiences. Be valiant, be strong, and having done all,
to stand --believe and proclaim those things God has spoken no matter what
you see or hear!!! (Ephesians 6:13; Psalm 119:89; Romans 4:16-21; 2
Corinthians 1:20)
 
Daily Bread - March 21, 2020 (The Seventh Day - Genesis 2:1-3)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Saturday, 21 March 2020 06:23
Jude 21 - Keep yourselves in the love of God, receiving the mercy of our
Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.

Above all other things, staying saturated with the love of God must be our
aim. The love of God is poured into us by the Holy Spirit, and dominates
our lives as we yield to Him (John 17:26; Romans 5:5; Galatians 5:22). Love
was modeled for us by Jesus, our Savior, when He laid down His life for us.
Living in this love is God's command (John 15:12,17; 1 John 3:23, 5:2-3).
Walking in love is how all men will know we are His disciples, and that He
lives in us (John 13:34-35; Luke 6:35; 1 John 4:7-8; 1 Peter 1:22).
Dwelling in love should be our delight, as it is the place where we dwell
in God (1 John 4:16). Knowing this love is the key to the greater-works
ministry; because in it, we are filled with all the fullness of God (John
14:12-15; Ephesians 3:19, 4:16; Colossians 2:2). Being directed by love in
our behavior and conduct is being directed by the Holy Spirit, Who desires
to lead us and to guide us in this wonderful essence of God --Who is love!

If you will set your heart on the love of God and give yourself to it, then
you will find that the Holy Spirit will fill you to overflowing. Many have
set out on long fasts and given themselves to great efforts of prayer that
they might touch the deeper realms of the glory of God. All of this is
good; but we will always be brought back to the question of love. Will we
love God? Will we love those that love us? Will we love the brethren? Will
we love our enemies? Devote yourselves, today, to being rooted and grounded
in love. Surrender fully to knowing the deeper realms and the higher
heights of the fullness of God, by giving yourself to the knowledge of the
love of Christ (Ephesians 3:17-21). I believe that on that day of
accountability, we will be brought into question on how well we loved (1
John 2:5, 3:11,14, 3:16, 4:17; and Ephesians 1:3-4). Let us all love well
from this day forward!
 
Daily Bread - March 20, 2020 (The Sixth Day - Genesis 1:24-31)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Friday, 20 March 2020 14:26
Jude 20 - But with your most holy faith, beloved, build yourselves up
praying in the Holy Spirit.

The many different dimension of prayer are attested to by the dozen Hebrew
words used for prayer. The most common Hebrew word for prayer being
'tepilla' and the related verb 'palal.' The primary Greek word used for
prayer 'proseochomai' may simply be regarded as "calling on God."

Prayer is an act of dependence in which we look to God to help us. It is an
act of worship, wherein, we fall down and adore Him and proclaim all of His
goodness. It is an intercession, wherein, we take up a plea for the needs
of others. Through the prayers of Job, those who had spoken all the
defaming words against him were restored (Job 42:8, 10). When Israel lost
their place of blessing and protection, then they could be restored through
prayer and supplication (1 Kings 8:33). Hezekiah prayed for deliverance
from the Assyrian army, and God intervened (2 Kings 19:15-19). When Elijah
prayed for it not to rain, it was so. Later, he prayed again for it to
rain, and God heard his prayer, and it rained (James 5:17-18). Prayer is
something that Daniel did three times a day (Daniel 6:10). When Ezra
prayed, he was broken before God and confessed weeping and casting himself
down before the House of God (Ezra 10:1). Many of the Psalms are prayers,
like Psalm 142. The life and authority of Jesus was marked by His life of
prayer (Luke 3:21, 9:18; Matthew 14:23, 26:36; and Mark 6:46; John 17).
Through prayer, the New Testament saints are equipped to move in authority
to cast out devils (Matthew 17:21). God will so honor prayer that, whatever
we ask Him in faith when we pray, he will do it (Matthew 21:22).

God's House is a house of prayer; and when His saints pray, it is like
incense rising up into His presence (Matthew 21:13; Revelation 5:8, 8:3-4).
Prayer is a petition to God; it is a cry and a plea. It is a conversation
and a time of adoration. Prayer is an activity of the Holy Spirit making
intercession for us and through us. It is a fire burning on the inside for
the will of God to be done, and the Kingdom of God to be revealed.
 
Daily Bread - March 19, 2020 (The Fifth Day - Genesis 1:20-23)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Thursday, 19 March 2020 07:42
2 Timothy 1:14 - Through the Holy Spirit Who dwells in you, keep that
precious thing entrusted to you.

Although there may be a number of things one may consider to be "that
precious thing" entrusted to us, there is nothing so precious as the gift
of salvation. The gift of salvation brought forth the miracle of a new
creation. We should count the new creation as sacred and precious, and
protect it by the Holy Ghost. The defilements of the world would rush in
upon us and attempt to pollute that which is holy and pure; but through the
power of the Holy Spirit, we have a strong an impenetrable defense (Psalm
46; Romans 8:32-39; Ephesians 6:10-17).

We are to build up ourselves in the most holy faith, praying in the Holy
Ghost (Jude 1:20-25). We are to walk in the Spirit, so that the
righteousness revealed by the law might be fulfilled in us (Romans 8:4,
14:17). We are to walk in the Spirit so that we will not participate in the
lust of the flesh (Galatians 5:16; Romans 8:9). It is by the power of God
that we are kept; but we must yield ourselves to the Holy Spirit and walk
in the way He desires to lead us (1 Peter 1:5; Romans 6:19-22; 1 John 5:18;
Romans 8:14-17; John 16:13).
 
Daily Bread - March 18, 2020 (The Fourth Day - Genesis 1:14-19)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Wednesday, 18 March 2020 10:56
Psalm 34:1 - I will bless Yahweh at all times; His praise will continually
be in my mouth.

vs 6-9 - They looked to Him, and their faces shine. They are never put to
shame. This poor one called, and Yahweh heard and saved him from all his
trouble. The angel of Yahweh encamps all around those who fear Him, and He
rescues them. Taste and see that Yahweh is good! Happy is the man who takes
refuge in Him!


The way that we bless the Lord is to give thanks unto His Name. Those who
are humbled by circumstances should take note of what God has done for
others, and be glad knowing that He will help them as well. This Psalm
tells of the time when David had to run for his life from Saul. He fled
from his own country into the land of the Philistines to escape the
betrayal and murderous intent of Saul (1 Samuel 21:10-15). After he came
into the land of the Philistines, he was discovered and brought before
Achish whose dynastic title was Abimelech. In hopes of escaping with his
life, he acted as though he had gone mad.

The Hebrew word for praise used here (tehilla) means to be deeply thankful.
So many times, I have watched people attempt to approach God in the midst
of being self-absorbed with all of their disappointments and self-interest,
and thanksgiving was not really present as they began to sing. Such
activities are not praise at all. The only true praise is by the Spirit,
Who brings both the revelation and inspiration of the greatness and
goodness of God. The deepest kind of thanksgiving will be offered in
delight and joy. Therefore, if we will give ourselves to thanksgiving, no
matter what the circumstances may be, we will discover that even a greater
joy and thanksgiving will spring up within us by the Spirit of God. It is
in the attitude and disposition of thanksgiving that our trust in God is
expressed; and from this a mountain moving faith, will begin to arise.

It is good to give thanks unto the Lord (Psalm 92:1-2). As we discover Who
He is, and that He is arranging everything for our good as well as
protecting, and keeping us in all things, then we will resolve ourselves to
give thanks forever (Psalm 145:1). If we are going to participate in
trusting God and allow Him to develop the character that will result in our
blessing, then we must be willing to give thanks at all times for
everything (Ephesians 5:20). The giving of thanks is always God's will for
our lives (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18; Philippians 4:4-8). If we give thanks
and trust in God He will deliver us no matter how impossible the situation
may be (2 Samuel 22:3; Psalm 46, 91, 25:2-3; Romans 8:31-39).
 
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