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Daily Bread - April 9, 2018
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Monday, 09 April 2018 12:11
1 Corinthians 15:46 - Now the spiritual was not first, but the natural;
then afterwards the spiritual.

One of the important features of this verse is how it provides insight into
the contrast and definition of the spiritual and the natural (1 Corinthians
2:14). These two words, spiritual (pneumatikos) and natural (psychikos),
are used by Paul to describe the transition that must takes place in our
thinking and conduct since we have been born of God. This verse describes
the contrast between what is earthly and Heavenly. Of utmost importance, we
must recognize the contrast is not between what is demonic, or sinful,
versus the Heavenly. Christ Jesus, Who is the life giving spirit because He
was not created but incarnated into flesh, gives us the life of the Spirit
through the miracle of faith. Whereas in Adam, we have been confined to an
earthly existence and subject to every natural law.

The new birth is a spiritual birth that comes through Jesus, the life
giving spirit, by the Holy Ghost; and results in that which is Heavenly. We
are a new creation, not shaped from earthly materials, nor conceived
through natural means (2 Corinthians 5:17; John 1:12-16, 3:6). We should no
longer think and act like mere men shaped and fashioned after Adam, but
rather as heirs of God created in Christ Jesus (1 Corinthians 3:3; Romans
8:16-17; Ephesians 2:6, 10; Galatians 4:6-7, 6:15; 2 Corinthians 5:17-21).
Through the resurrection life in Christ Jesus, we can now bear the image of
the Heavenly in our conduct and behavior; just as we will one day,
outwardly, when we shall see Him as He is (1 John 3:1-3, 5:1-21).

Although we have not received the spiritual body, we have received the
spiritual, or Heavenly, life (Colossians 3:1-4; Romans 6:4; Ephesians 2:6;
Galatians 2:20). The natural body is completely compatible with the
spiritual and Heavenly life as modeled for us by Jesus, Who condemned sin
in the flesh (Romans 8:2-3; 1 Timothy 3:16; 1 John 4:3; John 1:14). We are
not of this world; we are of Heaven, even though our tabernacle is an
earthly body of clay (John 15:19, 17:14, 16; 2 Corinthians 4:7). Adam does
not represent the ideal human being. That ideal is only found and realized
in the Person, Christ Jesus. Each one of us began our life in a purely
natural existence; but we are now changed into the same image of Christ
Jesus, and are commanded to be conformed to that image (Romans 8:29, 13:14;
2 Corinthians 3:18; Ephesians 4:24, 5:1). Through the new birth in Christ
Jesus, we live a spiritual life in the natural -like of the man from Heaven
(Galatians 2:20; Romans 6:4; John 17:21-23; 2 Corinthians 13:5).

Walk in this newness of Life! (Romans 6:4)
Daily Bread - April 7, 2018
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Saturday, 07 April 2018 10:03
2 Corinthians 10:5 - To destroy arguments and every great obstacle raised
against the knowledge of God, and to take every thought captive to the
obedience of Christ.

The battlefield we are engaged upon is the battlefield of the thoughts.
Thoughts are the inspiration behind our decisions, and our decisions set
the course of our actions. Our actions will determine our success, or our
failure, now and throughout eternity. God has not left us to depend on our
own ability to deal with this complex matrix of reasoning and thinking; but
He has given to us His thoughts (through His Word), and His divine
assistance to destroy the influences of man and the demonic realm every
time they arise in our thinking. We must be wise enough to take our
position upon this battlefield with a resolve to stand against all those
things that oppose the knowledge of God (Ephesians 6:10-11). If we do not
sober up and realize how we are indeed in a real war, then we will
constantly be overthrown by our own neglect. We must place God's Word in
its rightful position as the supreme knowledge and insight for all things.

If you want to be successful and have those things God has promised, then
every opposing thought must become the enemy and must be destroyed. Both
the satanic forces and natural events around us attempt to act as a
blockade between us and the promises God has given. These "high military
works" that are thrown up to prevent us will not be able to stand against
us as we move in the knowledge of God. Yet, at the same time, we must
recognize that the knowledge of God will run contrary to what we have come
to learn and believe about the world we live in. God's knowledge says to
raise the dead; man's knowledge says impossible! God's knowledge tells us
that whatever we ask, Father He will do it; whereas man's knowledge says,
"God helps them that help themselves." God's knowledge says, "Give, and it
shall be given to you"; man's knowledge says, "Save it, and you will have

Imaginations that come out of a logic inspired by fear and
self-preservation will always lead us in a direction opposite of faith.
Imaginations begin where knowledge ends. Knowledge allows us to understand
the situations and challenges that we are faced with, and then derive a
plan of action to deal with them. Imaginations are never based upon truth,
but upon fantasies; it is a kind of "false logic" that has no substance in
reality. To be so naïve and ignorant as to think our imaginations are worth
the time and meditation we give to them is self-destructive. When you lack
truth and knowledge, imaginations set in. Therefore, turn to the source:
the Word of God.

If we are going to be obedient to God, then we are going to have to allow
God's Word to dominate our thoughts. God's instructions must be the
knowledge we base all of our decisions upon. There is no weapon like the
sword of the Spirit, or the Word of God, because the knowledge of God will
cut off every false thing. Those who walk in the knowledge that the Word of
God gives will have those things God has described, and the blessing that
its wisdom brings. The Truth sets free; and it is the power of God that
overthrows every lie and deception! The Word is the means to discern good
and evil, and the revealer of the thoughts and intents of the heart (2
Corinthians 10:3-5; Ephesians 6:17; John 8:32; Hebrews 4:12, 5:12-14).
Allow God's Word to dominate your thoughts!
Daily Bread - April 6, 2018
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Friday, 06 April 2018 06:32
1 Thessalonians 4:7 - For God did not call us to moral impurity, but to

The opposite of holiness (agiasthos) is uncleanness (akatharsia).
Uncleanness is moral impurity, whereas holiness is moral purity. Without
holiness, which is a state absent of all immorality, no man can see God
(Hebrews 12:10,14; 2 Corinthians 6:17). We are to be perfect in holiness (1
Peter 1:15-16; 1 Thessalonians 3:13; 2 Corinthians 7:1; Romans 6:22,
13:11-14; 2 Peter 1:3-11). Paul makes it very clear that all moral impurity
is a function of demon spirits; and is condemned by God. He commands that
such actions not be named one time among us who are the holy ones (saints)
of God (Ephesians 5:3; Romans 6:19). Furthermore, Paul identifies such
deeds as both the actions of the reprobate (those influenced by the power
of the devil), and of those who do not have any inheritance in the Kingdom
of Christ and of God (1 Corinthians 6:9-10; Romans 1:24; Ephesians 4:19,
5:3-6; Galatians 5:19-21).

Those who believe they can practice immorality, and be right with God and
on their way to living eternally in His Holies of Holies, have been
deceived; and all who hear them likewise are deceived by their iniquity (1
Corinthians 6:9-10; Galatians 6:7; 1 John 1:6, 1 John 3:7-8; Ephesians 5:6;
Romans 16:17-18; 2 Timothy 4:3; 2 Thessalonians 3:14; 2 Peter 2:19-20; 2
Peter 3:3). Those things that are immoral defile the whole body, which is
the temple of God; and God has promised to destroy those who defile His
temple (1 Corinthians 3:16-17, 6:9-20; James 1:15-16, 3:6; Mark 9:43-45;
Romans 6:16,23; Revelation 22:10-15).

Be holy even as Father is holy (1 Peter 1:15-16)
Daily Bread - April 5, 2018
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Thursday, 05 April 2018 13:23
Galatians 2:20 - I am crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who
lives, but Christ Who lives in me. And the life that I now live in the
flesh, I live by the faith of the Son of God, Who loved me and gave Himself
for me.

Each person must come to evaluate themselves, and prove if Christ is in
them (2 Corinthians 13:5). If we live our own life, we will surely lose it;
but if we are willing to receive the life God desires for us to live, then
we will keep that life for all the ages to come throughout eternity
(Matthew 16:24-25). People will say, "I'm only human," and look for excuses
and reasons to live their lives the way they choose; but every individual
must come to realize he or she is called by God to live a new kind of life
-we are called to live the life of Jesus!

We must forsake the earthly and worldly view of ourselves (2 Corinthians
6:14-7:1; Romans 13:11-14). We must no longer know ourselves after the
flesh; but rather, we must know ourselves after that which is new and of
the Spirit (2 Corinthians 5:16-17). We were bought with the price of the
precious blood of Jesus, and we are not our own (1 Peter 1:18-19; 1
Corinthians 6:19-20). We belong to the One Who purchased our salvation and
raised us from the prison of spiritual death into His life (Acts 20:28;
Ephesians 1:13-14;Â Romans 6:3-4;Â 1 Peter 2:9-10).

We are crucified with Christ,
We are buried with Him by baptism into His death,
We are raised up together with Him,
We are alive together with Him,
And we are seated together with Him in the Heavenlies now, and will reign
with Him as heirs and joint heirs of His Kingdom forever!
(Galatians 2:20; Romans 6:3-11; Ephesians 2:5-8; Colossians 2:12, 3:1-4; 2
Timothy 2:11-12; Romans 8:14-18, 29-30)

Live the life of Jesus!
Daily Bread - April 4, 2018
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Wednesday, 04 April 2018 11:55
Colossians 3:3 - For you died, and your life is hid together with Christ in

God has granted us an abundant and glorious life (John 10:10); but our
thoughts and affections must be immersed in it, or we will spend all of our
lives hanging around on the periphery of all that has been given. Living on
the border of our inheritance is a terrible existence while we look across
the divide and see the beauty and the splendor of all that has been
promised -the spiritual riches that are ours, yet held within the clutches
of what seems necessary for daily life.

Paul says to set your affections, your cravings, your longings on things
above (Colossians 3:1-4). The remedy for our earth-bound temporal and
fearful existence is to be caught away with the realm of the Spirit; and
through the activity of faith, step into a Heavenly participation with the
Holy Ghost. We have been translated from the kingdom of this world into the
Kingdom of the Dear Son to function in the glory realm of Heaven
(Colossians 1:12-13). We have been entrusted with access by the Spirit to
take our place in the Heavenly realm where Christ Jesus is presently seated
(Hebrews 12:2; Ephesians 2:6). We have been given the authority to function
as sons in all the gifts of the Spirit; but unless it is our one desire
above all other things, we will never realize these blessed things.

God demands that our cravings for the the things of the Heavenly be first
and foremost above all other things -that the passion of our souls should
be the Kingdom of God (Matthew 5:7; 6:33). Our greatest need and deepest
desire should be to see the power of God and the operation of the Holy
Spirit at work in our lives and in our assemblies. Jesus modeled for us
what it was like to live out a life of days of Heaven upon the Earth. He
showed us the beauty of our spiritual inheritance when He was baptized in
the Holy Ghost, and went around driving out devils and ministering the
blessed and glorious life of the Kingdom of God.

We were born of the Holy Spirit for the purpose of taking hold of the
spiritual life mankind lost through the sin and disobedience of Adam. Now
that we have been born of Spirit, we should crave the things of the Spirit
(Romans 8:5). The spiritual should be the longing of our souls and the
covetous desire of our appetites. We should live to see the Kingdom and the
power of Christ Jesus being manifested by the glorious outworking of the
Spirit of the Living God in and around our lives. In minding the things of
the Spirit, craving and desiring above all other things that which the Holy
Ghost desires to lead us into, the things of the earthly, fleshly, and
sensual realm will have no lure. If we will be caught up in the things of
the Spirit, we will not fulfill the lust of the flesh (Galatians 5:16). If
we will put on Christ (be endued with Jesus), we will give no recognition
to the desires of the flesh (Romans 13:14). If we will allow the
communication of Heavenly things to be the occupation of our thoughts, then
our affections will not be turned to the cares of this life, the
deceitfulness of riches, and the pleasures of this world (Luke 8:11-15).
Through being filled with the good things of God, we are empowered to live
above earthly and sensual things. There is a realm far superior to what we
can see with our eyes and hear with our ears, but our hearts must be
trained to discern it. The Holy Spirit has come to open our eyes so we
might see those things that are going on all around us which belong to the
eternal and spiritual (2 Kings 6:15-17; Ephesians 1:17-23; 1 Corinthians

Above all other things, we must desire the spiritual -and also that we may
prophesy (1 Corinthians 14:1; Joel 2:28-32; Acts 2:16-21). We prophesy
because it is the revelation the Spirit of God has filled us with, and we
have become those who speak from the throne room of God. Our speech and
conversation is no longer dictated by the self-interest of man, but filled
with the will of the Father and His Divine inspirations. The activities of
the Heavenly realm should be precious to our souls, and more important than
anything else life can afford. The privilege of representing God in the
Earth and having the power of the Holy Spirit manifested in our lives to
set the captives free from sin, sickness, disease, demon oppression, and
possession should be more important than anything else. The unspeakable
gift and the glorious honor of being allowed to walk with God every day as
His heir and partner cannot be taken for granted. (Romans 8:14-18, 29-30;
Galatians 4:6-7; 2 Corinthians 9:15; Hebrews 2:3)

We are crucified with Christ,
We are buried with Him by baptism into His death,
We are raised up together with Him,
We are alive together with Him,
And we are seated together with Him in the Heavenlies now, and will reign
with Him as heirs and joint heirs of His Kingdom forever!
(Galatians 2:20; Romans 6:3-11; Ephesians 2:5-8; Colossians 2:12, 3:1-4; 2
Timothy 2:11-12; Romans 8:14-18, 29-30)

Value above all else what God has done for you, and let His Word and power
work mightily in you! (Colossians 1:29; Philippians 2:13; 1 Thessalonians
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