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Daily Bread - November 1, 2017
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Wednesday, 01 November 2017 10:10
Romans 8:15 - You have not received the spirit of slavery to fear; but you
have received the Spirit of Sonship, in which you cry out, "Abba, Father."

Fear is the enemy of faith, and faith is essential for everything that God
will do (Mark 4:40, 5:36, 9:23; Hebrews 11:6). Fear comes from the spirit
of the devil. It is the spirit that now works in the children of
disobedience (Ephesians 2:2; 1 John 2:16). We have been slaves to fear
because of the power of sin and death that has had dominion over our lives.
The spirit of slavery has been broken, and the Spirit of Sonship should now
rule our lives; but we must yield ourselves to God if His love is to take
control. The power and influence of fear has no right to control and
manipulate us anymore. However, each person must learn how to resist its
influence and not come under its control. The natural human life is one of
self-preservation, continually driven by the fear of death (Hebrews
2:14-15). Because of this state of spiritual death, we been slaves to fear.

Now that we are children of God, and the Spirit of the Son resides in our
lives. We are to be led by the Spirit, and recognize that the power of fear
has no right or place in our thoughts and actions (Romans 8:14; Philemon
1:6). The domination of fear should be equated with the spirit of the
devil, and resisted stedfast in the faith (James 4:7). God has not given us
the spirit of fear; but of power, love, and self-control (2 Timothy 1:7).
We have divine power and authority over all of the works of the devil. We
have the love of God that brings to us certainty that God is our Protector
and Provider. We have self-control, so that we need not be swept away with
the winds of opposing circumstances and crisis.

Our Heavenly Father, Who has all power and authority over all things, loves
us so much that He has numbered the hairs of our head. With such tender
care and devoted love, there is no reason for us to fear (Matthew 10:29-31;
Luke 12:7). If we will simply give ourselves to relationship with the One
Who loves us so, we will discover that He is a faithful God Who is totally
in control and devoted to our success -He is our Perfecter! He will not
allow us to be tested above what we can handle (1 Corinthians 10:13; 1
Peter 1:6-7; Philemon 1:6). The Almighty will watch over us and faithfully
establish all of the promises that He has made (2 Corinthians 1:20; Hebrews
10:23; Romans 8:31). It is in knowing and believing this love that God has
for us that all fear is cast out (1 John 4:18).

The torment of fear that would attempt to steal our confidence and faith is
stopped when we yield to the leadership of the Holy Spirit (1 John 4:10-17;
Romans 5:5). The Holy Spirit will overwhelm us with the love of God, and
fill us with divine assurance. There is no fear in love; and it is through
this love that faith works (1 John 4:18; Galatians 5:6). All we need to do
is be convinced of how much God loves us, and then it is easy to trust Him
(1 John 4:16). Abiding in the love of God causes faith to surge from our
lives like rivers of living water; and through this love, the faith that
commands the wind and the waves, moves mountains, and makes all things
possible works through us (John 7:38-39; Mark 4:39-40; Matthew 17:20,
21:21; Mark 9:23, 10:27, 14:36;Philippians 4:13). God loved us so much that
He gave His only Son to deliver us from the law of sin and death; how much
more may we now be confident that He will give us everything that pertains
to life and godliness (Romans 8; 2 Peter 1:3-4)! Let your soul safely trust
in Him, abide in His love, and find such comfort and assurance that all is
well! God is working a miracle for you; never fear again.

He is your Shield and Exceeding Great Reward! (Genesis 15:1)
Daily Bread - October 31, 2017
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Tuesday, 31 October 2017 08:02
Hebrews 12:14 - Pursue peace with everyone, and the holiness without which
no one shall see the Lord.

If we desire to see the Lord, then we must be willing to have our hearts
made pure and accept holiness as our state of being (Matthew 5:8; 1 Timothy
1:5). The Psalmist said, "Who shall ascend into the mountain of the Lord,
or who shall stand in His holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure
heart..." (Psalms 24:3-4). The only way that we can draw near to the Lord
is with a true heart in full assurance of the faith (Hebrews 10:22). We
cannot enter into the realm called the holies of holies where God dwells if
we have a defiled conscience and consider ourselves unholy. We must be
willing to accept the miracle of a transformed heart and nature. We must
allow Jesus to dress us in the holy garments of His righteousness and
holiness, even as Moses dressed Aaron in preparation to enter into that
holy realm (Exodus 40:12-16; Ephesians 4:24). If we do not accept the good
news that our hearts have been purified, having been made new by the Spirit
of God through the blood of Jesus, then we will not see God now or in the
future. God petitions us to take the redemption that imparts the life and
holiness of God into our beings by the blood of Jesus and come into the
Holies of Holies with all boldness (Hebrews 10:19).

When the people of Israel were about to meet with God and hear the commands
of the covenant, God commanded Moses to sanctify the people. They were to
get themselves cleaned up, and take unto themselves the identity and
consciousness that they had become the holy people of God (Exodus 19:6-22).
God was leading them into His holy habitation, but they had to be willing
to be a people different from all the other nations that were around them
(Exodus 15:11-13). The people witnessed everyday, after the tabernacle of
God was erected, that the only way anyone could go into the presence of God
was if they were made holy. This was vividly displayed before them as they
watched the man that God had anointed with His Holy Spirit wash his body
with water, put on the holy garments, and finally the crown of glory that
expressed his identity and the identity of all Israel, "Holiness Unto The
Lord" (Exodus 39:30). When God was preparing Israel through Joshua to come
into the land that He had promised Joshua commanded the people to sanctify
themselves, or to see themselves as holy, because they were about to come
into the presence of God Who was going to do great wonders among them
(Joshua 3:5). They were going to experience one of the great displays of
the power of God as they walked through the midst of Jordan. What an
awesome and terrible sight that would have been to pass through the Jordan
with a column of water on your right reaching unto the clouds and a dry
river bed on your left. This was a moment that was surely filled with the
awesome presence and glory of God's holiness.

There are many people who attend the churches throughout the world that act
as though they have no responsibility to live holy and godly lives. I have
spent my whole life in the churches across America; and I have never heard
so many people confess unrighteousness and impurity as a state of their
life in Christ Jesus as I hear today. Truly, this is a sign of the apostasy
where men turn away from the sound doctrine of redemption in Christ Jesus
and take on their own identities, and those which men and the powers of
darkness would impose upon them. If our souls have not been washed clean in
the blood of Jesus now, then when will they be? If our spiritual garments
are not spotless now, when will they be? If we have not been made a new
creation now, then when will we be? If we are not the holy and righteous
people of God now, then when will we be? The cry of the old gospel song
rings out today for all who will hear, "Are you washed in the blood, in the
soul cleansing blood of the Lamb; are your garments spotless, are they
whiter than snow; are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?" There is an
invitation now for you to meet with the Lord, and to have an ever
increasing intimacy with Him; but you must believe His report and accept
His salvation, for there is no other way to come into His presence. Today,
the Lord says to you: Be holy, even as I am holy (1 Peter 1:16; Leviticus
11:45; 2 Thessalonians 2:13; 1 Peter 1:2; John 17:11, 16-23; Romans 12:1-2)

Be holy, therefore, even as He is holy!
Daily Bread - October 30, 2017
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Monday, 30 October 2017 10:38
Isaiah 2:3 - And many people shall go and say, "Come, let us ascend to the
Mountain of the Lord, to the House of the God of Jacob. And He will teach
us His ways, and we shall walk in His paths." For out of Zion shall go
forth the law, and the Word of the Lord from Jerusalem.

The Lord God Himself is devoted to teaching us His ways and showing us how
to walk in His paths of life. His ways are the ways of truth and of
righteousness, and His path of life exists forever. Men were born into a
world of sin and iniquity, into a world that delights in those things which
God detests. Those in the world are taught from their earliest days
everything that is contrary to the paths of righteousness and the ways of
life. The world is schooled in the ways of iniquity and taught to love the
path that leads to destruction (Proverbs 14:12; Isaiah 59:1-8). Men glorify
the power that the devil and his demons give; they magnify the praises of
fame and money. Men demand that sin and iniquity dominate our schools,
workplaces, and centers of entertainment -for they are deceived by the god
of this world (2 Corinthians 4:3-4). They teach their lies and doctrines of
death, and think it strange that we do not run with them (1 Peter 4:3-4).
If we do not participate in their sin and compromise with their iniquity,
we are thought to be a strange and backward people.

Although men mock God and adore idols and strange religions, God in His
love and mercy still provides a way of escape for all those who are
willing. The blood of Jesus was poured out for the sins of the whole world;
and God trembles with the deepest love, desiring all men to turn from sin
(1 John 2:2, 4:14; John 4:42, 3:16; 2 Peter 3:9). He commands all men
everywhere to repent, and to come out of the world and be a separate people
(Acts 17:30; 2 Corinthians 6:17; Titus 2:14; 1 Peter 2:9). All that is in
the world -the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eye, and the pride of
life- belongs to a demonic realm ruled by the prince and the power of the
air, the spirit of disobedience that works in the children of disobedience
(1 John 2:15-17; Ephesians 2:2). The Spirit of the Lord cries out to all
who will hear: "Flee from the coming wrath, and come to the fountain of
life and live!" (Revelation 22:12-17) The blood of Jesus will cleanse us,
and through it every demonic claim of death will be broken. The Spirit of
the Lord will teach and equip us to stand strong against the enemies of the
Lord, and against every spiritual wickedness (Ephesians 3:16, 6:10-11). If
we commit treason against His Kingdom through sin, the Lord allows us time
to repent; and works with us to correct our outrageous behavior (Hebrews
12:1-14). The Holy Spirit patiently and persistently will show us how to
love righteousness and hate iniquity; all we must do is come!

It will not be long and the Mountain of the Lord (which represents His
kingdom) will subdue all of the kingdoms of this world (Daniel 2:34-35,
44-45; Revelation 11:15). Right now, all of those who have been born of the
Spirit have stepped into His kingdom, where Christ Jesus now reigns
(Colossians 1:13; Ephesians 2:6; Romans 14:17; 1 John 4:17). We have come
to Mount Zion, the the City of the Living God, the New Jerusalem (Hebrews
12:22). The laws of the Lord have been written on our hearts and minds, so
that we can keep them; and we even have God, the Holy Spirit, instructing
us in them every day (Hebrews 8:10-11, 10:16; Jeremiah 31:33-34). The
Spirit of the Living God has been poured out upon us, and God Who dwells in
the midst of us speaks forth His Word, so that we can all say we are taught
by God (John 6:45, 7:38-39, 14:26, 16:13; Galatians 5:16,25; 1
Thessalonians 4:9; 1 John 2:20-21,27; Romans 8:4,14). God, Who is righteous
in all of His ways and holy in all of His works, invites all men to come
and learn how to walk in the glory and splendor of His power (Psalm 145:17;
Revelation 22:17). We may come now and live in His house, where we are
established in glory and honor. He has given us His holiness, and is
devoted to teaching us how it works and how to operate in it. He has given
us His righteousness, and shows us how to wield its power and its life. He
has given us access into His presence where life and peace, wisdom and
knowledge, and an understanding heart are all found. He shows us the path
of righteousness, and how to explore its deep and boundless regions
(Ephesians 4:17-5:21; Psalm 23; 1 Corinthians 2:9-16). God, Who created all
things, has made us part of His royal and holy family: to be instructed in
the ways of His majesty and splendor (Ephesians 3:15-21). All hell works to
prevent us. Satan brings to bear every deception and temptation to lead us
away from such a share in God's glory. Spiritual wickedness would attempt
to prevent us; and the world, mad with darkness, would declare a "better"
way. But God Almighty will help us! The Creator of the Heavens and Earth
will establish us in His presence where there is fulness of joy, and at His
right hand where there are pleasures forevermore (Psalms 16).

Be established! (Acts 16:5)
Daily Bread - October 28, 2017
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Saturday, 28 October 2017 07:41
Ephesians 3:20 - Now unto Him Who has the power to do super-abundantly
above all that we think or ask, according to the power that works in us.

Part 3: Our Faith-Connection

The ability to do and have everything that God has purposed for us is given
by the power ('dunamis' -see yesterday's DB!) that works in us. There is a
connection that each individual must make with the power of God that is at
work in them. Otherwise, that power remains of very little consequence, and
the outworking of God's glory is not manifested through our lives. We must
first be convinced by the Word of God that it is God's will for us to have
His abundant life (John 10:10). We must recognize that it is God's will for
us to prosper and be in health -even as our souls prosper (3 John 1:2).
When we are certain that Jesus is our Savior, our Healer, and our Provider;
then we will also be certain that God will supply all of our needs
according to His riches in glory (1 John 4:14; 1 Peter 2:24; Philippians
4:19; Genesis 15:1). We can then rise up with the psalmist and say, "Oh,
bless the Lord; oh, my soul; and forget not all of His benefits!" (Psalm
103). We can find ourselves calling those things which God has promised
done, and go forth announcing the wonderful works of God!

We make the faith-connection with God's promises by agreeing with His Word,
and by the connection supplied to us by the Spirit of God. God has baptized
us in the language of the Spirit so that we might learn how to speak the
words of God, and declare His wonderful works (Isaiah 28:10-11, 50:4; 1
Corinthians 14:21; Acts 2:11, 17-18, 19:6; Jude 20-21). The operation of
the Holy Spirit in our lives flows out of the power that works within us
(Philippians 2:13; Galatians 2:20). Our connection and submission to Him is
the connection between us and all of God's signs and wonders (Acts 1:8,
2:4; John 7:38-39). Every dimension of the outworking of God through our
lives is a result of our fellowship with God in the Holy Spirit. As we
yield to the Holy Spirit and take seriously the commission to advance the
Kingdom of God through ministering to the lost, there is an ever-increasing
revelation of the power of God in and through our lives. If we will give
ourselves to the ministry gifts that were given to reveal the living Jesus,
then we can be certain that faith will increase and the ability to operate
in the power of God (Who is always doing far beyond what we are able to
think or ask!) will be enlarged (Mark 16:17; John 14:12; Matthew 24:14;
Romans 12:6; 1 Corinthians 12:7, 31, 14:1, 12; Joel 2:28; Titus 2:14;
Matthew 25:21, 23).

Connect with His power working in you both to will and to do! (Philippians
Daily Bread - October 27, 2017
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Friday, 27 October 2017 16:22
Ephesians 3:20 - Now unto Him Who has the power to do super-abundantly
above all that we think or ask, according to the power that works in us.

Part 2: Understanding 'Dunamis'

In order to understand the meaning of 'dunamis' (divine power), one must be
willing to embrace Pentecost where the 'dunamis' was, and is, poured out on
the believer by the Holy Spirit (Acts 1-2). Although, the Greek word
'dunamis' is used in the Septuagint with various meanings, a special
meaning is given to it by its application in the New Testament where it is
always used to describe the divine power of God to save, heal, and provide.

A summary statement for 'dunamis' is given in Acts 10:38: "God anointed
Jesus with the Holy Spirit and power, who went about doing good and healing
all of those oppressed by the devil." We gain insight into the meaning of
'dunamis' from the power that flowed from Jesus into the woman with the
issue of blood, to the multitudes that came for healing; as well as the
power that was poured out on the saints in Jerusalem when Jesus baptized
them in the Holy Spirit (Mark 5:25-34; Luke 6:17-19; Acts 2-4). That same
power is at work in those who believe right now; and through it, the One
Who is all-powerful is super-abundantly supplying all that we ask, and
think –and more!

Rely on His power working in you both to will and supply! (Philippians 2:13)
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