Daily Bread - March 11, 2020 (The Fourth Day - Genesis 1:14-19)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Wednesday, 11 March 2020 05:54
Psalm 27:3 - Though and host encamp against me, I shall not fear. Though
war rise up against me, in this I am confident.

Part 2 ~ God Rewards Those Who Rely on Him

God is the One Who will reward those who consistently seek Him and rely
upon Him (Genesis 15:1). We must come to a final decision that we believe
He is our light and our salvation (Psalm 27:1). God alone is our strength,
and we have no reason to fear. If we will simply devote our hearts to
trusting God, then we shall not fear because we know that our strength is
not in how much money we have in the bank or health insurance we possess.
Our strength is not found in our government or our jobs, but in Christ
Jesus alone.

If we are going to be lead into the greatness that God has for us, then we
are going to have to allow the Holy Spirit to fill us with the strength of
the Lord and the power of His might (Ephesians 3:16, 6:10). Imagine how
different things would have been if David had not risked his life to go
down into the valley and take up a few smooth stones in the face of
impossible odds against so mighty a foe whose sword and spear and killed
the mightiest of men. Unless we are willing to lose our lives, we will
never discover the glorious one that we have in Christ Jesus. The Spirit of
the Lord is here to open our eyes and fill us with the spirit of wisdom and
revelation in the knowledge of the Lord, but we must be willing to lift our
eyes up above the adversity and see the greatness of the Author and
Finisher of our faith (Ephesians 1:17-20; Hebrews 12:1-2).

Let us not be those who coward behind the rocks and in the caves afraid to
believe God for great things. Let us, instead, take up His righteous cause,
and hold fast to the promise that we can do all things through Christ Who
strengthens us (Philippians 4:13). Surely, we shall do valiantly! Surely,
we cannot fail! So come, let us walk on the water with Jesus. Let us leave
the realms of the possible, and step into the place of the impossible, no
longer to trust in our ability, but solely rely on His!
 
Daily Bread - March 10, 2020 (The Third Day - Genesis 1:9-13)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Tuesday, 10 March 2020 06:01
Psalm 27:1 - Though and host encamp against me, I shall not fear. Though
war against up me, in this I am confident.

Part 1 ~ Confidence to Succeed in the Face of Adversity
How can we be confident if a great army rises up against us? We would have
to know that those with us are more and mightier than those with them. How
can we be confident when every visible thing we see around us threatens our
life and demands that we surrender to its will? We would have to know that
there is an unseen realm standing with us to succeed. Elisha and his
servant were faced with a similar situation. All that the servant of Elisha
could see was an undefeatable force far greater in number and might; how
would it be possible for two people to stand against so many? Yet, Elisha
said, "Fear not: for they that be with us are more than they that be with
them" (2 Kings 6:15-17).

God has given us many immutable promises for every dimension of our lives:
spiritually, physically and materially; but we must realize that there is a
great opposition. The opposition has a show of power that threatens every
one of those things God has promised us. If we are not certain that we can
trust God, then we will have no confidence to succeed. If we will trust in
the Lord and allow the Word of God to be that which we believe and the
Spirit of God to open our eyes to see how He is faithful to do those things
for us that He has promised, then we will not fear. Our confidence that
comes from trusting God to be true to His love for us and to His promises
He has made will result in a great reward (Hebrews 10:35).
 
Daily Bread - March 9, 2020 (The Second Day - Genesis 1:6-8)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Monday, 09 March 2020 10:46
Psalm 18:2 - Yahoah is my cleft in a rock, my fortress, my security; my
God, my rock, in Him I will seek refuge; my shield and the horn of my
salvation, my high place.

God is a place of refuge and safety for all who will trust in Him. Yahoah
is called a Rock many times in Scripture as a way of saying that He is
reliable (Deuteronomy 32:4; Psalm 18:2, 89:26, 92:15). It was also a way of
describing how He is a sure source of protection and strength (Psalm
18:31-48; also Psalm 27:1-5, 28:1-9, 62:1-8; and Psalm 94:22, 3:3, 71:3,
84:11; Isaiah 17:10).

We can trust, in full assurance, that God will always be our refuge and
protection against every evil thing that the powers of darkness and men
would attempt to do to us (Deuteronomy 33:27; 2 Samuel 22:3; Psalm 46). We
can be certain if we look to Him, He will strengthen us; so we can do
valiantly, and throw down every enemy of sin, sickness, disease, and
poverty that would come out against us (Psalm 46:1; Ephesians 3:16,
6:10-17; Colossians 1:11; and Zechariah 10:12; Daniel 11:32). Just as David
was strengthened by the Lord when He went up against Goliath, we also will
find the same ability -if we trust in and rely on the Rock of our salvation.
 
Daily Bread - March 7, 2020 (The Seventh Day - Genesis 2:1-3)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Saturday, 07 March 2020 08:18
Mark 9:29 - And He said: "This kind can only come by prayer and fasting."

Part 2 ~ Waiting Upon & Participating With The Holy Spirit

It is wonderful when the miracles and healings happen effortlessly by
simply proclaiming the Name of Jesus; but sometimes, it's as though we hit
a wall. At that time, we need to take hold of fasting and prayer so that we
might reach into a deeper realm of those things the Holy Spirit desires to
supply. Time spent with the Holy Spirit is the only way the necessary
increase and maturity will come. There is a realm of all prayer and
supplication in the Spirit each one of us must find (Ephesians 6:18); a
place of being yielded to the intercession of the Holy Ghost while He prays
through us (Acts 2:4; 1 Corinthians 14:15; Romans 8:26). In this place of
cooperation with Him, we are built up in our most holy faith (Jude 1:20).

In this activity of waiting on the Lord and participating with the working
of the Holy Spirit, we find ourselves being strengthened and matured, and
increasing in the gifts He supplies. We have a great responsibility before
God to lay hold of these things in the Holy Ghost, because God has chosen
to do what He will do in the Earth through His people. Too many times, we
sit on the sidelines praying to watch God save the lost, heal the sick, and
cast out devils; but the divine power and authority has been entrusted to
us to do it.
 
Daily Bread - March 6, 2020 (The Sixth Day - Genesis 1:24-31)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Friday, 06 March 2020 07:23
Mark 9:29 - And He said: "This kind can only come by prayer and fasting."

Part 1 ~ Greater Yielding Allows Greater Works

The Holy Ghost is the One Who produces the miracles. If we want greater and
more consistent miracles, then we must be willing to reach deeper into the
realms of the Spirit. Jesus did the miracles which He did by the Holy
Ghost, and He sent the Holy Ghost to give us His same ministry - and the
same relationship that He had (Matthew 12:28; Luke 24:49; Acts 1:8; 1
Corinthians 12:7-11). Paul said that the person who works miracles by the
Spirit does it by the hearing of faith (Galatians 3:5). Cooperation with
the faith that the Holy Spirit ministers depends on how yielded and
receptive we have learned to be to Him. The disciples of Jesus were sent
out with divine authority to do the works of Jesus, but found themselves in
a situation where they could not get the miraculous results they were
commissioned to have. When they inquired as to why they had reached this
limitation, Jesus told them that it was because of their unbelief. There
was a need to step into a greater faith: a faith and cooperation with the
Holy Ghost that would only come by prayer and fasting. There would be no
devil strong enough, no sickness and disease terrible enough, to stand
against that fully matured faith -supplied by the Holy Spirit- to anyone
yielded like Jesus.
 
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