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Daily Bread - May 28, 2018
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Monday, 28 May 2018 09:31
Exodus 3:5 - And He said, "Do not come any closer: take off your shoes from
off your feet, for the place whereon you stand is holy ground."

Ascension Into Holiness (Part 1)

God revealed the fire of His Presence and drew Moses into his first
encounter with holiness. Never before had the descendants of Adam beheld
such glory. As Moses turned aside to see the flame that had already been
burning in his heart, he heard the a affectionate words of God saying
"Moses, Moses," which is to say, "Dear Moses." Although, God loved him and
addressed him with endearment, still Moses had to learn he was only allowed
to get just so close to the holiness of God. Therefore, as Moses was
approaching the Presence of the Lord, God set the boundaries of limitation
and said, "Do not come any closer to Me" (Exodus 3:5). Whatever encounters
the holiness of God becomes holy, but God limited how close Moses could
come. God graced Moses with enough holiness to come as close as he did, but
no further.

Proximity to His Presence is based upon the degree of holiness given by God
to men. Moses was the first man to be allowed to interact with God's
holiness like this. Never before had a man stood before the fire of God's
glory and approached unto His holiness. Although Abraham had many
encounters with God, he was not allowed to see God in the midst of the fire
as Moses did. He only saw God in the midst of the fire in a vision (Genesis
15:12-17). Moses was allowed to look upon God in the midst of the fire with
his natural eyes. What began as a revelation of God's glory in a vision to
Abraham had grown into a flame of fire seen by the eyes of mortal flesh. He
heard the sound of God's voice, and experienced the glory of His holiness
like no other one had before. As Moses stood there, he received a capacity
to speak with authority that no man had ever partaken of. He was endued
with a glory no man had ever experienced. His encounter with God would
result in the exploits of God being manifested through him in Egypt in a
way that had never been seen before in the world of men. Moses was endued
with God's Presence as he stood before His fiery flame. He would go from
that place of the encounter and be accompanied by God in a way that was
hitherto never expressed, as God said, "Surely, I will be with you."
(Exodus 3:12)

With the appearance of God in a fiery flame came a new revelation of the
holiness of God. The glory of His Presence caused everything encountering
it to be holy, including the ground. Unlike the Seraphim, who must cover
their feet before the Presence of the Lord, Moses was commanded to uncover
his feet. The Lord said, "Take your shoes off because you are standing on
holy ground," a ground made holy because the Holy God was there. When his
shoes came off, his feet came into direct contact with God's holiness. His
feet would now carry the message of this great encounter to the people of
Israel, and the nations of the world would tremble at the Presence of the
Lord. As Moses' feet touched the holiness of God, every part of His flesh
and being began to be filled with the power of the Almighty. His feet were
endued with the holiness of God to tread down the nations. His feet would
carry his encounter with the holiness of God into the darkness of an evil
nation, the Light would confront the darkness, and the holiness of God the
iniquity of the people. He would go from that place and stand before the
greatest kings and nation on Earth, and wield the sword of God's holiness.
The demonstration of God's holiness through Moses would shake the land of
Egypt, and cause it to crumble by the voice of God speaking through one
man. The touch of His presence and the revelation of the mighty Name,
Yehovah of Armies, would change a man from someone of mere mortal flesh to
the one endued with power from on High (Exodus 7:1-7, 14:31, 15:1-18).

Our God is a consuming fire! (Hebrews 12:18-29)
 
Daily Bread - May 26, 2018
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Saturday, 26 May 2018 12:04
Exodus 3:3 - And the Angel of the LORD appeared unto him in a flame of fire
out of the midst of a bush; and he looked, and behold, the bush burned with
fire; and the bush was not consumed.

Holiness Revealed

God had refrained from fully revealing Himself to men after the
transgression of Adam. There were those like Enoch, Noah and Abraham who
walked with God, but He did not reveal His holiness to them as He did for
Moses. The call of God that was on Moses to deliver the descendants of
Abraham was known to Moses early in life (Acts 7:25). However, his own
attempts to move in that call resulted in failure. Moses would have to
learn how his own power and strength could never accomplish those things
God purposed to do through him. It took Moses forty years of tending sheep
in the wilderness for God to prepare him to receive his divine commission.
It took the breaking and shaping of a man to prepare him for the glory that
was about to be revealed through him. The one who had been mighty in word
and deed would be brought to a place where he was unable to speak (Acts
7:22; Exodus 4:10). When the day finally came, the radiant Presence of
God's glory was revealed in the midst of a burning bush. God had humbled
Moses from his lofty post of self-confidence so he could interact with the
lowly nature of the Most High. God did not reveal Himself in the lofty
palaces of men, but in the lowly thorn bush of Sinai (Exodus 3-4).

Certainly, there had been those who had various encounters with God, but no
one had ever encountered God in the midst of the fire. God dwelling in the
midst of the fire was unique to the revelation given to Moses. God came
down in His unveiled holiness, and all that stood between Him and the man
was the fire surrounding Him and the cloud that hid His appearance. The
Lord revealed that His holiness was unapproachable, and that a fiery
judgment and indignation awaited anyone who would violate it. He had come
in His love and mercy to rescue His people, but they could make no mistake
about the difference that existed between them and His holiness (Exodus 19,
24, 33).

Our God is a consuming fire! (Hebrews 12:18-29)
 
Daily Bread - May 25, 2018
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Thursday, 24 May 2018 22:18
Genesis 3:10 - And he said, "I heard Your voice in the Garden, and I was
afraid because I was naked; and I hid myself."

Holiness Lost

There is no holiness outside of the presence of God. When Adam transgressed
against God, he violated that which was sacred and polluted what God had
made holy. The Presence of the Lord would be forced to depart from Adam and
Eve's lives. Communion with man was no longer possible. The power of sin
and death took control of their lives, and they became a terror unto
themselves. Man was unaware that being established in the ways of God would
bring every good thing which could ever be desired. Adam had taken for
granted the beauty of holiness and the goodness of God he had been given,
and gave himself over to the demonic realm through disobedience. Deception
had brought man to ruin when he sinned and stepped outside the protection
and communion he enjoyed with the holiness of God.

In this event, the simplest and most obvious thing about holiness was
revealed -sin and iniquity have no place there. God cannot fellowship with
sin any more than light can have any commonality with darkness. God, in the
excellency and perfection of His holiness, is of purer eyes than to behold
evil and cannot look on iniquity (Habakkuk 1:13). All sin of any kind is
absolutely rejected by God, and cannot interact with His presence. Sin
prevented man from partaking of the life of God, and made him an enemy of
the sacred things. Man had to be removed from the paradise of God, and
blocked from the way of life. God had to protect and guard His sacred
things against man, who had become driven by the winds of darkness.

When man lost his holiness, he lost the Spirit of the Lord. The light of
God's glory would be absent from his face, and replaced by the void of
inward darkness. There would now be a great gulf of division between God
and the man He loved so dearly. There would be no fellowship or walking
together in the midst of the Garden, and the honor of hearing the voice of
the Lord would remain absent from their lives. Sin and death had overtaken
them, and now the tyranny of iniquity that reigned in the heart of Satan
would dominate their desires. Instead of learning the ways of God and
maturing in the splendor of His holiness, they would become like the demon
powers they had submitted to.

Thank God that by the righteousness of Jesus fellowship can be restored!
(Romans 5:12-21)
 
Daily Bread - May 24, 2018
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Thursday, 24 May 2018 09:57
Proverbs 6:16-19 - These six the LORD hates; yes, seven are and abomination
unto Him: a proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood,
an heart that devises wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to
mischief, a false witness that speaks lies, and he that sows discord among
brethren.

God's Holiness - At War Against Sin and Wickedness (Part 2)

God first began to reveal His judgments against sin and His hatred for
wickedness when He cast Adam and Eve out of the paradise He had made for
them. Their treason against His will was an act of hostility against His
life, and so they were no longer able to interact with His Presence. When
the successive generations of Adam had become so corrupt that there was no
cure for their iniquity which threatened to corrupt all things, He
destroyed them out of the Earth, lest there be nothing left. Wickedness is
a corruption that will annihilate everything it touches, and the Holy God
will not stand by and allow it to continue. It is a leaven and infectious
disease that will consume everything it touches. Therefore, the Holy One of
Israel will judge the ungodly and will remove them forever. The righteous
God, Who is the Giver of every good and perfect thing, will judge the
wicked and bring an end to their raging cruelty. The One Who alone is good
knows when mercy must come to an end and judgment begin. God pleads with
the wicked to turn from their wickedness and takes no pleasure in their
destruction; but He will be exalted in His holiness, and His righteousness
will remain forever.

God is at war against everything that is evil; and wherever it is found, it
will come under His judgment, whether it is a nation or an individual. God
is angry with the wicked every day, and will fight against them until they
are ultimately destroyed out of the earth (Psalm 7:11). In His mercy, He
allows wickedness to exist so that those who would be saved might be
delivered. In His judgments, He judges sin and brings those who participate
with those things contrary to His nature to an end, that sin and iniquity
might be destroyed and its end witnessed by everyone. Sin has been allowed
to continue so its end might be fully understood, that its wages are death
(Romans 6:23). The wickedness of men is an activity of self-destruction. It
festers and becomes so vile that they not only refuse to hearken to the
voice of God that pleads with them, but in the hardness of their hearts,
would fight against God and make no room for Him to exist (John 19:15;
Revelation 19:19).

Therefore, we say concerning all the judgments of God, "just and true are
Your ways, King of saints! Who will not fear You and bring glory to Your
Name? For You alone are Holy" (Revelation 15:3-4)!
 
Daily Bread - May 23, 2018
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Tuesday, 22 May 2018 20:45
Proverbs 6:16-19 - These six the LORD hates; yes, seven are and abomination
unto Him: a proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood,
an heart that devises wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to
mischief, a false witness that speaks lies, and he that sows discord among
brethren.

God's Holiness - At War Against Sin and Wickedness (Part 1)

The praises and shouts of Moses proclaimed, "God is a man of war!" (Exodus
15:3). God has made a promise, and He cannot lie -surely the whole Earth
will be filled with His glory (Numbers 14:21; Psalm 72:19; Habakkuk 2:14;
Isaiah 6:3; Exodus 40:34-35). More than any other thing, God's holiness was
revealed in His absolute intolerance for sin, and love for righteousness
(Genesis 6:5-6; Psalm 45:7; Proverbs 8:13; Romans 1:18, 2:5; Ephesians 5:6;
Colossians 3:6; Hebrews 1:9). God has judged sin, He is at war against it,
and will not have fellowship with sinners (1 John 1:6; 2 Corinthians 6:14;
Hebrews 7:26). In His longsuffering, He allows the wicked to exist. Still,
the day is coming when He will stretch out His hand and destroy the wicked
out of the Earth (Job 8:22, 38:13; Isaiah 11:4; Proverbs 2:22; Psalms
37:38). His hand shall find all those who hate Him, and He will pluck them
out of the Earth and cast them down into Hell (Psalm 21:8-13).

Wickedness, which has proven to be the corruption and ruination of men, is
the enemy of God. God is at war against every power of darkness. Those who
would turn to Him and put their trust in Him, He will defend and protect
against all evil (Psalms 37, 91). He will stand for them, so they may stand
alongside of Him. The armies of the Earth could not prevail against His
servant Abraham. And those who oppressed the descendants of Abraham were
likewise thrown down by the strength of the Lord and the power of His
might. Both the demonic forces and the men of the Egyptian Empire were no
match for God's salvation. Those nations that tried to prevent them from
entering their inheritance, God made war against; and no power they could
muster could prevent His judgments. Just as He made war against the
Egyptians and the nations that hated Him and His people, He will ultimately
make war against all the wicked that dwell in the Earth, for "He will take
hold of the ends of the Earth that He might shake the wicked out of it"
(Job 38:13).

Make the Lord your habitation! (Psalm 91:8-10)
 
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