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Daily Bread - October 26, 2017
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Thursday, 26 October 2017 11:45
Ephesians 3:20 - Now unto Him Who has the power to do super-abundantly
above all that we think of ask, according to the power that works in us.

Part 1: God's Desire & Supply

God desires that we be filled with all of His fullness -as well as do His
greater works! Such things go beyond all that we could think or ask; but
God is at work in us to teach us how to cooperate with His abundant life
and provision (Ephesians 1:19; 2 Peter 1:3-4). The gift of God has provided
us with the ability to live a life full of His divine nature and goodness.
The gift of God is a wellspring of God's power springing up from the depths
of our soul -a river of God's presence flowing from our lives. The gift of
God is the Spirit of the Living God at work in those who believe. It is the
life of Jesus established in our souls (Colossians 1:28; 1 John 3:24, 4:4;
2 Corinthians 13:5).

This glorious power of the Holy Ghost that resides in us is a treasure of
divine power at work both strengthening and perfecting those who are
willing to participate with His will (Philippians 2:13; 2 Corinthians 4:7).
If we are willing to obey, the power of God that has been supplied to us
will perfect everything that concerns us (Hebrews 13:21; Galatians 6:9). If
we desire to walk in the Spirit, then we will be strengthened with all
might so that we may walk worthily and be fruitful in very good work
(Colossians 1:10-11; Ephesians 6:10).

Trust in His power working in you both to will and to do! (Philippians 2:13)
Daily Bread - October 25, 2017
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Wednesday, 25 October 2017 07:44
Isaiah 26:3 - You will keep in perfect peace the one whose mind is firmly
established; for in You he trusts.

The primary Hebrew word used for trust is 'batach', which expresses a sense
of wellbeing and security that comes from having someone in whom you can
place your confidence. The Septuagint never uses the Greek word for 'faith'
(pisteuo) to translate the word 'batach', but rather the Greek word which
many translate 'hope' (elpitzo) in the New Testament, and should probably
be translated 'confidence' instead.

Those who trust in God will live in perfect peace, so long as they keep
their minds stayed upon God (Colossians 3:1-3; Matthew 6:33), for God can
be relied upon to keep all of His promises (Isaiah 26:3; Psalms 4:8). This
peace which God has given us guards our hearts and minds, and protects us
from straying away (Philippians 4:7; Colossians 3:15). The Greek word
'brabeuo', translated 'rule' in Colossians 3:15 means, 'to act as an
umpire'; giving us insight into the fact that the Holy Spirit communicates
to us through the fruits of the Spirit. Peace may be considered one of the
ways that the Holy Spirit guides our decisions. God has in no way taken our
decision making process away from us, but rather acts as an Umpire to guide
it. If we are willing to be sensitive and obedient, God will teach us to
make the kind of decisions that He makes. One important aspect of remaining
sensitive to the Holy Spirit is to keep our affections on things above, not
on things of this world (Colossians 3:1-3; 1 John 2:15-17).

Those who put their trust in God will never be disappointed (Isaiah 28:16,
45:17, 50:7; Romans 9:33; 1 Chronicles 5:20). God has promised to direct
their lives and lead them in the way that they should go (Proverbs 3:5-6).
They shall walk in joy and gladness (Psalms 16, 33:21). Above all other
things, God has simply called out to mankind from the very beginning to
trust Him (Jeremiah 17:5-8; Isaiah 30:15; Proverbs 16:20). We may safely
trust in God, because He has an unwavering loyalty of love for us.
Everything that He has promised He stands over to perform for those who
will only trust Him.

Trust Him now and forever; for in Him is everlasting strength! (Isaiah 26:4)
Daily Bread - October 24, 2017
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Tuesday, 24 October 2017 07:49
John 14:27 - I leave you Peace. My Peace I give to you. I give it to you
not as the world gives it to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, and do
not be afraid.

Part 2: Secure in Jesus

We have been given the Peace of God by the Lord Jesus Christ so that we can
live our lives safe and secure in Him (Romans 10:15, 8:6, 15:13; John
16:33; Ephesians 2:17; Luke 1:79; Malachi 2:6; Isaiah 26:3-4). The
relationship that He has provided for us should leave us worry free. Just
knowing that we do not have to really have faith for the difficult
situations that we find ourselves in is empowering. We need only have faith
in Him, and He will do whatever we ask (John 14:11-14). He will take care
of us and provide for us according to His riches in glory (Philippians
4:19; 2 Corinthians 9:8-11; Mathew 7:11; Luke 11:13). His love and care for
us is so great that He laid His own life down so that we might live. If God
loved us so much before we had any kind of relationship with Him, how much
more will that love and care be expressed towards us now that we know Him
and serve Him (Romans 5:10, 8:32; Luke 12:32).

The love that God has for us should give us boldness and confidence no
matter what situation we find ourselves (1 John 4:17; Ephesians 3:12;
Isaiah 26:3-4). In fact, keeping ourselves in the love of God is key to the
miracle of God's provision for every one of our needs (1 John 4:16-17;
Galatians 5:6; Jude 1:20-21; Joshua 1:6-8). Doubt and unbelief work in the
realm of fear and self reliance (1 John 4:18; Luke 8:50, 12:32). The enemy
of our souls constantly attacks and slanders God's character and commitment
to us (Job 1:7-11; 1 Peter 5:8; Revelation 12:10). Yet, we are able to find
our repose in the Peace that has been given to us by Christ Jesus; so that
we may boldly say, "If God be for us, who can be against us!" (Romans
8:31-39; 1 John 4:4, 5:18-20).

Rest secure in His gift of Peace!
Daily Bread - October 23, 2017
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Monday, 23 October 2017 12:32
John 14:27 - I leave you Peace. My Peace I give to you. I give it to you
not as the world gives it to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, and do
not be afraid.

Part 1: Peace Given (Bequeathed)

It is an awesome thought to realize that the Prince of Peace has given us
His Peace (Isaiah 9:6). His Peace is a peace that passes all understanding
which commands every fear and worry to be silenced, and every storm to be
stilled (Philippians 4:7; Matthew 8:26; Luke 8:24). The Peace of God gives
us the confidence and assurance that it is impossible for us to fail
(Isaiah 26:3-4, 30:15, 32:17, 33:6; Jeremiah 29:11; Philippians 4:19; John
14:13-14; Romans 8:37). Peace is something that only comes from God; and
through Christ Jesus, we have received it without measure (Job 25:2; Romans
1:7, 15:13; 1 Corinthians 1:3; 2 Corinthians 1:2; Galatians 1:3; Ephesians
1:2; Philippians 1:2; Colossians 1:2; 1 Thessalonians 1:1; 2 Thessalonians
1:2; 1 Timothy 1:2; 2 Timothy 1:2; Titus 1:4; Philemon 1:3; 2 John 1:3;
Acts 10:36).

One of the chief descriptions of God in the New Testament is that He is a
God of Peace (Philippians 4:9; Romans 15:33, 16:20; 1 Thessalonians 5:23;
Hebrews 13:20). The Kingdom of God, of which we are a part, is a Kingdom of
Peace (Isaiah 9:7; Romans 14:17). The New Testament we preach is a Gospel
of Peace -'Good News' of Peace (Isaiah 52:7; Nahum 1:15; Romans 10:15).
Power has been given to us in the Name of Jesus to proclaim Peace to every
situation of life, and to every person we encounter who are near to God,
and also to those who are far away from Him (Isaiah 57:19; Ephesians 2:17;
Luke 10:5-6; Matthew 10:13). We are to live under the rule of Peace and to
be dominated by its effects, so that it rules our hearts and minds -thus
governing every thought (Philippians 4:7; Colossians 3:15; 2 Thessalonians
3:16; Isaiah 26:3-4).

God has given us His Peace so that we can be empowered against all fear
that would attempt to overwhelm our hearts. If we are going to walk with
God in the realm of faith, then we must not allow our hearts to be troubled
neither be afraid. It is this glorious Peace that is the witness that we
are submitted to the realm of the Kingdom of God and under the rule of the
Holy Spirit and government of Jesus (Galatians 5:22-23; Romans 14:17, 8:16;
2 Corinthians 1:20-22).

Receive the Peace of God from the Prince of Peace!
Daily Bread - October 21, 2017
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Friday, 20 October 2017 22:54
Ephesians 4:7-8 - And to each of us is given grace, according to the
measure of the gift of Christ; on which account He said, "Ascending up on
high, He led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men."

The word 'doma', translated 'gifts' is this passage, is found four times in
the New Testament, being used twice in the Gospels: "If you then, being
evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall
your Heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them who ask Him" (Luke 11:13;
Matthew 7:11). Then, Paul uses it in Philippians 4:17 in the context of an
offering. The word 'doma' may be understood as something given that is
essential to survival.

When Jesus ascended up to Heaven, He ascended to Zion -the Heavenly
Jerusalem, and there He took His place at the right hand of God (Hebrews
12:22; Acts 2:33; Ephesians 1:20-22; Revelation 21:10). In His triumphant
glory over every claim of satan, He poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost
upon the Church, as well as the ministry gifts -which were given to empower
those who would be the leaders of His Church. These ministry gifts were
poured out upon men so that those in the church might be perfected,
matured, strengthened, and equipped -even unto the fullness of Christ
(Ephesians 4:12-13). These special abilities and anointings exist in the
church so that Christ Jesus might dwell in our midst. In times past, God
gave the special anointings of priest, prophet, judge, and king to lead His
people; but today, His leaders are apostles, prophets, evangelists,
pastors, and teachers (Ephesians 4:11; 1 Corinthians 12:28).

The supply of the Spirit flows to every member of the Church from the Head,
Who is Christ Jesus (Ephesians 4:15-16; Colossians 2:19). Through the unity
of the Spirit in the bond of peace, that special anointing of Jesus flows
down upon His whole Body (Psalm 133:1-2; John 3:34; Acts 10:38; Luke 4:18).
Each person's connection in the Body brings them into contact with the
supply of divine goodness that flows from Christ Jesus (Ephesians 4:16;
Colossians 2:19). If we fail to cooperate with and submit to God's divine
order, then we will miss out on that which God has supplied for our
perfection and for the manifestation of His presence in our midst. All
those things that God the Eternal Word had possessed were restored unto Him
when He returned unto the Father; but when Jesus ascended up on high, He
won access into that realm for every man also. Satan could no longer, by
right or claim, stand between God and men to prevent the good things of
Heaven. Through the gifts that Christ Jesus gave, He poured out access to
all His glory and authority over everything contrary to His ways
-especially power over the enemy of man: the devil. Christ Jesus and His
Church are inseparable, and it is through our connection one to another as
the members of His Body that the fullness of God is revealed among us
(Ephesians 1:23; Colossians 1:24).

Recognize and honor the gifts Jesus gave to His Church!
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