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Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Wednesday, 28 April 2010 11:44
Psalm 101:3 - I will set no wicked thing before my eyes; I hate the works of
revolt, none of it shall cleave to me.

A Practical Application

Recently, I read a discussion by an Orthodox Jewish group regarding the
internet. Their conclusion was that the internet should be banned from the
world - a conclusion that I am certain is in keeping with God's own opinion.
The reason for this judgment is based on all of the potential immoral and
decadent sites that one brings into their lives and their homes by virtue of
the fact that such sites are at one's fingertips (of course this can also be
said of cable and satellite networks such as HBO and Showtime). These sites
destroy both the spiritual and ultimately the physical well-being of all who
look upon them (Romans 6:23; Galatians 6:8; 1 John 2:17). Therefore, we have
to become responsible to block those sites from our own communities. First
the community of our home and family, second the community of our church and
congregation, and third the community of our work place.

How can we effectively do this? We must buy the appropriate filters, as well
as participate in monitors. We cannot set evil things before our own eyes,
and we must not be responsible for placing evil things before the eyes of
our family and communities (Psalm 101:3; Habakkuk 1:13; 1 Peter 1:16). We
are not to gaze or even glance at a woman who is immodestly dressed (Matthew
5:28; Job 31:1). God has commanded us to not enter into the path of the
wicked, and to not go in the way of evil men. We are to avoid it, to turn
from it, and pass away from it (Proverbs 4:14-15).

My recommendation is that you have a brother or sister that is an extended
family member set the password on the filter that you set up. An
accountability structure that would serve as an additional and needed
safeguard would be the web monitoring system. Once again, this system should
be set and monitored by someone that you are willing to be accountable to.
One excellent way of doing this is to make yourselves accountable to each
other. Therefore the person that you allow to monitor your computer(s)
should in turn allow you to monitor their computer(s). You will have to be
patient and work through the restrictions that will be placed on sites that
you may need to visit that are blocked, even though they contain no harmful
material/pictures. The effort will be more than worthwhile, as you will save
your soul from a snare; as well as those that are around you.
 
daily bread
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Tuesday, 27 April 2010 17:05
Romans 1:18 - For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all
ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who through unrighteousness suppress
the truth.

One of the great tragedies of today is that men believe that they can live
in unrighteousness and still be right with God. These are perilous times of
deception, wherein even leaders of the church suppress the truth through
their unrighteousness. Through their blindness of heart, they fail to
realize that the Lord Jesus will come with ten thousands of His saints to
execute judgment on all the ungodly, for their ungodly deeds which they have
ungodly committed (Jude 1:21). Men fail to realize the stern rebuke that
Jesus gave to the churches in Revelation chapters 2 through 3. Jesus told
them that unless they repented of their sins, He would come and fight
against them with the sword of His mouth (Revelation 2:16). Jesus said he
would strike the children of Jezebel dead, and He would spew a lukewarm
church out of His mouth (Revelation 2:23; Revelation 3:16). It was because
of Adam and Eve's disobedience that they died, and today nothing has
changed: the wages of sin is still death.

These supposed Christians and followers of Jesus forget that after God
delivered Israel from Egypt, He destroyed those who continued to be
disobedient. The angels who sinned are also held in prison under chains,
waiting for the day of judgment. Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed because
of their sexual immorality. Paul made it clear that no one who is
unrighteous will inherit the kingdom of God. For those who are contentious
and do not obey the truth, but instead obey unrighteousness, there is only
indignation and wrath. The stern warning that all must hear today is: "Let
no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things the wrath of
God is coming upon the children of disobedience (Ephesians 5:6; Colossians
3:6). Like the words of Paul, the words of John need no expert analysis in
order to acquire a clear and precise understanding. He simply says: "Let no
one deceive you, he that does righteousness is righteous; even as He is
righteous. He that commits sin is of the devil" (1 John 3:7-8).

Those who would make good and evil equal, those who would put darkness for
light and light for darkness - are plainly manifested to be of their father
the devil. Those who would justify sin, or in any way make sin acceptable by
any argument, are deceived. If we are so deceived that we think that we
should continue in sin after we have been born of God, then we have lost all
sense of reality in Christ Jesus (Romans 6:1-2). If after we have been made
righteous by Jesus, we then continue in sin, is Christ then the minister of
sin? Once again, there is no way that Christ is the Lord of sin (Galatians
2:17). If we abide in Him, then it will be the fruits of His life and nature
that we will produce (John 6:53; John 15:1-5). God has written His laws and
His judgments upon our hearts and minds, so that we will now do them by
nature (Hebrews 8:10; Hebrews 10:16; Romans 8:4). If we are led by the
Spirit, we will not fulfill the lusts of the flesh; and as many as are led
by the Spirit, they are the sons of God (Galatians 5:16; Romans 8:14).

We must recognize that Satan has ministers who have come into the church,
not sparing the flock. They have been disguised as ministers of
righteousness, but their end shall be according to their works (2
Corinthians 11:14-15). We must all understand that although the Lord is
merciful and compassionate, He will not clear the guilty (Exodus 34:7). The
person that justifies the wicked is an abomination unto the Lord (Proverbs
17:15). There is nothing more clear than the testimony of Jesus: "Depart
from me, you that work iniquity; I never knew you" (Luke 13:27).
 
daily bread
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Monday, 26 April 2010 16:10
Ephesians 1:18 - The eyes of your understanding being enlightened to know
His calling; which is your confidence, and which is the riches of the glory
of His inheritance in the holy ones.

The notion of "His calling" conveys a profound meaning, for we know from
Hebrews 3:1 that His calling is a heavenly calling; and from 2 Timothy 1:9
that it is a holy calling. The calling is to represent Jesus, to be His
ambassadors, and to stand in His place. We have been called to be His
witnesses, which necessitates being endued with power from on high. His
calling is a call for us to stand in the place of Jesus Christ, and minister
to mankind just as His only begotten Son Jesus did. We have been called to
cast out devils, lay hands on the sick, and proclaim the day of deliverance
to all mankind. We are called not only to do the works that Jesus did, but
even greater works (John 14:12).

This holy calling that we have been called unto is one that demonstrates
that Jesus abolished death with all of its pain, sickness, sin, and
suffering; and has brought life and immortality into the brilliantly visible
light of heaven, so that all mankind might see that Jesus is Lord over all
things; and through His mighty redeeming power has destroyed the works of
the devil (2 Timothy 1:9; 1 John 3:8). The Holy Spirit has come to make
known to us all that Jesus has supplied to us (John 16:12-15). It is only by
the revelation of the Spirit that we are able to know these things that eyes
have not seen, nor ears heard, nor has entered into the heart of man (1
Corinthians 2:9-10). I pray that you will be filled with this wisdom and
revelation today!
 
daily bread
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Saturday, 24 April 2010 08:18
Lamentations 3:22-23 - The steadfast love of Yahoah never ceases, for His
mercies never come to an end. They are new every morning: great is your
faithfulness!

Can you see God not as a condemning God, but as a merciful and forgiving God
- one whose mercies never come to an end, simply because His consistent and
eternal love never comes to an end? The glory of Israel had been stripped
from off of her because of the stubbornness of Israel. The Almighty begged
and pleaded with the nation to turn from their sins, but they would receive
no reproof at all. They had allowed themselves to be hardened through the
deceitfulness of sin, and they were unwilling to hear the voice of God and
repent. Yet even in such a terrible state of judgment, God remained willing
to forgive them and heal them - if they would only turn to Him and be
willing to learn obedience and faithfulness.

How much more will we discover the continual love of God extended towards
those whose hearts are tender towards Him! The Lord's mercies will be new
each morning for us, so that we may confidently know that this is the first
day of the rest of our life. With each morning comes a new opportunity to
begin a whole new life - to move forward in the discovery of all of the
glorious things which have been made available to us in Christ Jesus. The
Holy Spirit wants to comfort and encourage us today that God is for us, and
that He will never leave us nor forsake us. He wants us to be confident that
the Lord will perfect everything that concerns us. The Lord desires that we
take hold of the mercies of God made available to us through the blood of
Jesus, and realize that if God be for us no one can be against us. He wants
us to accept what He has done for us; and no longer have a heart that
condemns us and a conscience that defiles. The Lord always stands ready to
heal and to save. Jesus is always interceding for us, standing there with
arms outstretched calling for us to come. He pursues us with His love no
matter where we are. He stands at the door of our hearts knocking: pleading
with us to open up so that He can come in. He is always ready to heal and to
save; only trust Him. Only look to the author and finisher of your faith,
see Jesus and be cured now!
 
daily bread
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Friday, 23 April 2010 14:28
John 3:8 - The Spirit breathes out where He wills, and His voice you hear;
but you do not know where He comes from and where He is going: so are those
who are begotten by the Spirit."

The Greek word 'pneuma' is found both at the beginning and at the end of
this verse. One of the important issues under consideration is that as the
Spirit is, so are those begotten by the Spirit. Now it would make no sense
at all, for the sake of consistency, if 'pneuma' was translated "wind;" for
then it would read: "as the wind is, so are those begotten of the wind."
Although 'pneuma' can be translated "wind," of the 360 times that it occurs
in the New Testament, it never means wind. There is no reason to translate
pneuma as "wind," even though it may be translated both "wind" and "spirit."
The Latin version also translates 'pneuma' as "Spirit" in this verse.

The Holy Spirit is not only the subject of this passage - He is the one whom
we are begotten by. The mystery surrounding the Spirit's activity also
surrounds those begotten of Him, for as the world cannot know Him, neither
can the world know those begotten of Him (John 14:17; John 17:14; 1 John
4:17). In support of this translation is Green's Literal Translation by J.P.
Green Sr.: "The Spirit breathes where he desires and you hear His voice; but
you do not know from where He comes, and where he goes - so is everyone who
has received birth from the Spirit."
 
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