Daily Bread - October 5, 2020 (The Sixth Day - Genesis 1:20-23)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Monday, 05 October 2020 12:20
Habakkuk 2:4 - Behold he who is lifted up, his soul is not upright in him;
but the righteous shall live by his faith.

What is faith? At its foundation, faith is trust in God. It is trusting:
that what God said He will do, will surely come to pass. One of the great
modern-day tragedies is how many people in the Church think faith is merely
a set of subjective views of God and of life. To many people, faith is
little more than their individual preferences and philosophical beliefs.
However, these are not what faith is! Faith is supplied to us by God, and
begins in our lives by simply trusting God. How do we trust God? We believe
what He has said in His Word. As we walk with God, there is an
ever-increasing supernatural supply of faith given to us by the Holy
Spirit. The grace of God has provided us with a proportion of faith (Romans
12:6). As we are faithful to God with what He has given, we are supplied
with more!

If you are going to walk uprightly before the Lord, then you are going to
have to believe what God has said - and trust He will not fail you. Paul
quoted Habakkuk 2:4 in the New Testament to establish that the saints of
God must live by faith if they are to be numbered among the righteous
(Romans 1:17; Galatians 3:11; Hebrews 10:38). When we consider the Hebrew
used in this passage (emuna) and what it means, we come to a better
understanding of the foundational meaning of faith. The Hebrew word is
translated "steady or firm" in Exodus 17:12. It is used in Deuteronomy to
describe God's total dependability, and is translated "truth" (Deuteronomy
32:4). It is used to describe God's faithfulness in 1 Samuel 26:23, Psalm
36:5, Psalm 40:10, and Lamentations 3:22-23. It is also used to describe
God's works and His words in Psalm 33:4, Psalm 119:86, and Psalm 143:1.
God, Who is faithful, expects to see those who have entered into
relationship with Him remain faithful to Him as well (Proverbs 12:22; 2
Chronicles 19:9).

Keeping in mind Paul used Habakkuk 2:4 as the basis to describe being made
righteous by faith, we come to understand more about the relationship
between obedience to God and trust in God - that connection must exist in
those who have been brought into relationship with God. We may safely say
faith is a faithful trusting in God's promises. It is also faithfulness on
the part of the believer to know God is faithful to do those things which
He has promised to do (Hebrews 10:23; Romans 4:3; Galatians 3:6; James
2:23).
 
Daily Bread - October 3, 2020 (The Sixth Day - Genesis 1:20-23)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Saturday, 03 October 2020 11:45
Acts 9:31 - Then all of the church’s had peace throughout Judea, Galilee,
and Samaria - being built up and moving in the fear of the Lord and in the
encouragement of the Holy Spirit multiplied.

The comfort, or encouragement (paraklesis), of the Holy Spirit is only one
of the many different things the Holy Spirit does. He is called the
‘Parakletos’ in John 14:16. Parakletos is difficult to translate because it
has such a wide area of meaning such as helper, encourager, comforter,
mediator, advocate, intercessor, etc. The most outstanding reality of the
‘Parakletos’ is that He was sent to take the place of Jesus as another
‘Parakletos’. Now, instead of the Lord Jesus teaching the apostles and
being their companion, the Holy Spirit was the One in that place.

Although there was one governing body of the Church as depicted in Acts -
of which the apostles were the overseers, there were many different local
churches as expressed by the plural ‘ekklesiai’.

The Old Testament teaches that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of
wisdom (Psalms 111:10; Proverbs 9:10). The Psalmist taught that through the
fear of the Lord, we would learn to keep our tongue from evil and our lips
from speaking guile. The fear of the Lord causes a person to depart from
evil and pursue peace (Psalms 34:11-14). The fear of the Lord is the hating
of evil, arrogance, and pride (Proverbs 8:13). The expression, "the fear of
the Lord", is only found one time in the New Testament, but an equivalent
expression, “the fear of God”, is found three times in 2 Corinthians 7:1;
Ephesians 5:21; 1 Peter 2:17.

Peter, also quotes Psalms 34:11-14 in the context of inheriting a blessing.
The most common characteristic of the fear of the Lord is the hating of
evil and the loving of righteousness. Jesus, above all others, modeled this
consecration to life and the ways of the Father and was given the
testimony, "You have loved righteousness and hated iniquity; therefore,
God, your God, has anointed You with the oil of extreme joy above Your
fellows.” (Hebrews 1:9; Psalms 45:6-7).
 
Daily Bread - October 2, 2020 (The Sixth Day - Genesis 1:20-23)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Saturday, 03 October 2020 11:42
Luke 24:49 - And behold I send the Promise of My Father upon you; but wait
in the city of Jerusalem until you are endued with power from on high.

Jesus sent the glorious Promise of the Father to rest upon the Church, and
to remain with the Church throughout its existence: the Holy Spirit (John
14:16,26, 15:16, 16:7). It must grieve the heart of the Father so deeply
how many who occupy the ranks of His Church refuse to acknowledge the
Promise of the Father (John 7:38-39; Acts 1:8, 2:4). They refuse to
acknowledge the position and activity of the One Who has come to reveal and
glorify Jesus - the Holy Spirit (John 16:13-15). For the Church to be the
Body of Christ - the manifestation of the living ministry of Jesus - it
must by necessity be anointed with the same Holy Spirit Jesus was empowered
with (Acts 10:38; Luke 4:18; Matthew 3:16; Mark 1:10; Acts 2:33; 1
Corinthians 12:7,11).

It certainly is hard to imagine we would call ourselves the Church, yet
refuse the ministry of Jesus, Who baptizes His people in the Holy Spirit
(Matthew 3:11; Mark 1:8; Luke 3:16; John 1:33; Acts 11:16, 19:4-6). How can
anyone refuse this great honor and precious Gift of God? We have been given
the best Teacher, Guide, and Mentor that could have ever been imagined: the
Holy Spirit. He wants you to know Him. He wants to teach you all about
Jesus and all about the ways of the Kingdom of God - won't you surrender to
Him today, and let Him lead you - and tabernacle in your life? (Romans
8:14,16; 1 Corinthians 3:16, 6:19; Galatians 5:16,25).
 
Daily Bread - October 1, 2020 (The Fifth Day - Genesis 1:20-23)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Thursday, 01 October 2020 11:37
John 14:26 - But the Paraclete, Who is the Holy Spirit Whom the Father will
send in My Name, He is the One Who will teach you everything and remind you
of everything that I have spoken to you.

The Holy Spirit is God, and is one with God (Matthew 28:19; 1 John 5:6-7).
He was sent to each believer from the Father because of what Jesus did for
us through His death, burial, and resurrection (John 7:39, 14:17, 15:26;
Acts 2:33). The Holy Spirit is called the Spirit, the Spirit of Truth, the
Teacher, the Spirit of the Father, the Spirit of the Son, and the Paraclete
(or Helper/Comforter).

He is the One Who testifies of Christ, and shows us all that belongs to
Christ Jesus and the Father. He is the One Who produces the miracle of
salvation and empowers the believer to do the works of Christ. His
authority in the Church and over us is absolute and essential for salvation
(John 3:5-6; Galatians 5:22-23; 1 Corinthians 12:11). He is the One we are
to follow, to obey, and to both live by and live through (Romans
8:1,4,9,14,16; Galatians 5:16,25).

It is the Holy Spirit Who teaches us the ways of God and shows us how to
walk in the divine nature (1 Corinthians 2:13; 1 John 2:20,27; John
16:13-15; 2 Peter 1:3-11). The Holy Spirit was the One Who empowered Jesus
with the ability to do the works that He did, and it was Holy Spirit Who
was the focus of the ministry given to Jesus (John 1:32-33, 3:5-6, 4:23,
7:38-39, 20:22; Matthew 12:28).
 
Daily Bread - September 30, 2020 (The Fourth Day - Genesis 1:14-19)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Wednesday, 30 September 2020 07:00
John 14:16-17 - And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another
Paraclete Who will remain with you forever. He is the Spirit of Truth Whom
the world will not be able to receive, because it neither sees Him nor
recognizes Him. You know Him, because He remains beside you and shall be in
you.

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 alongside); thus, "called alongside 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 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!

The Holy Spirit, Who took the place of Jesus among the disciples and
subsequently among the Church, came to dwell in them and also in all who
will believe. This passage is the first time it is made very clear just how
the disciples will be one with Jesus and the Father. Although Jesus had
previously revealed to them "they who are born of the Spirit are Spirit",
now He makes it clearer by announcing that God, the Holy Spirit, will come
to live on the inside of all who believe. John also communicated this fact
later in his First Epistle when he revealed that Jesus dwells on the inside
of the believer "by the Spirit which He has given unto us" (1 John 3:24).
According to 1 John 3:24, the indwelling of the Holy Spirit results in our
being one with Jesus. Subsequently, because we are one with Jesus, we are
also one with the Father (John 14:23, 17:20-23). This unspeakable gift and
blessing comes to us through simple obedience to God's Word.

Blessings,

Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
 
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