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Daily Bread - December 21, 2017
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Thursday, 21 December 2017 09:14
1 John 1:2-3 - And the Life was revealed and we have seen and bear witness
and we proclaim to you that Eternal Life which was with the Father and was
revealed to us. What we have seen and heard we proclaim to you, so that you
may also have communion with us and indeed our communion is with the Father
and with His Son Jesus Christ

The revelation of Jesus as the Eternal Life is not only an encounter with
Christ Jesus but also with the Father who is the one revealing Jesus. Many
people encountered Jesus but it was not revealed to them that He was the
Christ. The Father brought all those who came to Jesus to Him (John 6:44),
so it is within the power of the Father to both draw a person to Jesus and
reveal that He is the Word of Life (Matthew 16:17)

The important message, which lays the foundation for what will be
ministered in the First Epistle of John is the 'koinonia'. The Greek word
'koinonia' though difficult to translate can roughly be understood as
equivalent to the Hebrew 'yachad', 'oneness', unity, community. The Greek
expression here 'koinonian echein' may express even a stronger message than
'communion,' we may accurately translate this "joined in communion". In
either case, the communion or fellowship that all are being invited into is
one of both real external experience with God and a community togetherness
that are produced by the Holy Spirit. The koinonia, is only possible when
one is born of the Spirit.

Be Blessed!

Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
 
Daily Bread - December 20, 2017
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Wednesday, 20 December 2017 16:01
1 John 1:1 - That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which
we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have
handled, of the Word of life

The opening statement of the First epistle of John is similar to the Gospel
of John. John refers to Jesus as the Eternal Word who was there when the
gospel began to be preached and who was at the beginning when God created
the heavens and the earth but more importantly He is the Eternal One who
has no beginning. John avoids using the name of Jesus, which was given to
the Word of Life at His incarnation to further emphasize that he is the
Eternal One who has no beginning. He is the Life from which all life is
derived. That which was from the beginning does not refer to God's
beginning but to the beginning of both creation and redemption. The Greek
word for beginning is "arche'. Its first occurrence in the Septuagint is in
Genesis 1:1, its Hebrew counterpart is 'resheet', the first word of the
Bible in Genesis 1:1.

Another name for Jesus is the Word of Life. He was the Word made flesh and
He will be called the Word again in the future (Revelation 19:13). God the
Word was the one by whom God created all things (John 1:2, 10; Ephesians
3:9; Colossians 1:16-17; Hebrews 1:2-3). The Word made flesh became the
only begotten Son specifically to restore man to a life of holiness and
purity. Jesus came to speak the word of life so that His life may be
imparted into us. The greatest passion of God is that we receive His life
and return to union with Him. It would be impossible to imagine a more
perfect and complete union than the one that God has given to us in Christ
Jesus for the very life of Christ was imparted into us (John 14:21,23).

Before the revelation of the Word, Christ Jesus, redemption was a mystery
ministered through types and allegories but now John reveals that Jesus and
all of His glory may be heard, seen and touched. Redemption has made
available to us an unimaginable intimacy with the eternal God. It is an
intimacy and union that all creation cries out for but few are willing to
believe. Even many of us who have been redeemed, who are born of God and
made heirs and joint heirs with Christ, long for such fellowship but seem
to fail to lay hold of it only because we fail to accept what the Word of
life has revealed.

In heaven, all eyes are on Jesus who has been exalted above everything that
is in heaven and earth (Philippians 2:9). As Father has honored Jesus with
a name above every name, then we must also place His name above all other
names. Jesus has been exalted above all principalities, powers, mights and
dominions and so we must exalt Him above all of these things as we confront
them in this world. Should we step into such adoration and exaltation of
Jesus surely we would begin to see Him like we have never seen Him before.
Through this kind of fellowship described by John, surely we would begin to
admire and adore Him like never before. As we hear and see and handle the
Word of Life we would stand in awe of Him and the inhabitants of the earth
would see the glory of the only begotten Son of God.

Be Blessed!

Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
 
Daily Bread - December 19, 2017
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Tuesday, 19 December 2017 00:58
Ephesians 5:9 - For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, and
righteousness, and truth.

If we are the children of God, then the fruits of our lives will
demonstrate that we are led by the Spirit (Romans 8:1-14; Galatians 5:16,
22-25). The fruits, or evidence, of the Spirit are the proofs of who we are
-they bear witness that we have been born again (John 3:3-6; 1 John 2:29).
The fruits of the Spirit that reveal that our nature has been changed, and
that we have made Christ Jesus our Master, are in all goodness,
righteousness, and truth. There is nothing more wonderful than living in
God's goodness! We are empowered by the Holy Spirit in an atmosphere of His
grace with every good and perfect gift (James 1:17). Now, in the blessings
of God's goodness, we live our lives in righteousness and truth. As much as
the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Truth, He is also the Spirit of
Righteousness. Those whose hearts have been changed want nothing other than
those good and right things that belong to the One who has called us to
glory and virtue (2 Peter 1:3-4; 1 John 3:1-10).

The goodness, righteousness, and truth that is supplied to us by the Holy
Spirit finds its paragon and full expression in Jesus. If anyone would want
to find a reason or an excuse not to have these things reigning in their
life, it is evidence that their nature has not changed (1 John 3:5-10).
These heavenly things are the greatest blessing that Father could bestow
upon our lives -the true riches (Luke 16:11; Ephesians 1:17-18). He has
empowered us with His abiding Presence. By the excellence of the power of
God in us, His goodness, truth, and righteousness flow out like rivers (2
Corinthians 4:6-7; John 7:38-39). Life governed by the laws of the Spirit
of life is the abundant and everlasting life found only in Christ Jesus
(Romans 8:4; 2 Corinthians 4:7, 5:21).

Righteousness is the chief characteristic of the Kingdom of God, and should
receive the foremost attention of those consecrated to the life of Christ
(Matthew 6:33; Romans 14:17). Righteousness is to be the focus of our faith
and the desire of our hearts (Romans 10:6, 10; Galatians 3:11; Philippians
3:9). In His lovingkindness, God blessed us with the gift of life and
righteousness. He has raised us from the dead and awakened us from our
sleep to live in righteousness and sin no more (1 Corinthians 15:34; Psalms
4:3-4; Luke 1:73-75; Ephesians 4:24, 5:14). Should we call the gift of life
legalism? Can we be born again and scorn what God calls good? We have been
given the grace to live under the administration of righteousness and be
taught by God Himself (Romans 6:17-23, 8:1-17; John 6:44-45; Jeremiah
31:34). Surrounded by His glory and protected by His love, He gave us His
own armor of righteousness, on our right hand and on our left, that we
might have a defense from all those evil things that would otherwise
destroy us (2 Corinthians 3:9, 6:7; 1 Timothy 6:11). Living in
righteousness is living the life of God. That is the light that the world
so desperately needs to see (1 John 2:29, 3:7; Matthew 5:14-16; Hebrews
12:14).

Let the world see the glorious Light of Jesus through you this Christmas!
 
Daily Bread - December 18, 2017
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Monday, 18 December 2017 09:48
Isaiah 9:6 - For a child is born to us, a Son is given to us; and the
government shall be upon His shoulder. And His Name shall be called
Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace!

Jesus was born for all of humanity. He left all of his Glory and Majesty to
become a child for us. Because God so loved the world He gave us a Son.
When Jesus entered into the world, there was no room for Him among the
crowds of busy people. When the angels of Heaven appeared to announce the
single greatest event in the history of men they did not come to the mighty
of the earth, but to the poor shepherds who quietly tended their flocks
(Luke 2:8-14).

The Dayspring from on High came to be a Light to the Gentiles and to be the
glory of the people of Israel (Luke 1:74-78, 2:32). He has come to give
Light to them who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, so that all
mankind might know the way of peace (Isaiah 9:2). He came to deliver us out
of the hand of our enemies so that we might serve God in righteousness and
holiness all the days of our lives! (Luke 1:74-75)

His Name is Wonderful in authority and power; and His Name is the only Name
given whereby men might be saved (Acts 4:12). And everyone who calls upon
the Name will be saved (Romans 10:13; Acts 2:21). Every tongue shall
confess and every knee shall bow before the wonderful Name of Jesus. The
Name of Jesus is not just Wonderful, He Himself is a Wonder beyond all
human comprehension! He is the personification of Counsel, being the One
Who has brought the answer to the need of everyman. He is the Mighty God,
Who humbled Himself being born of a virgin and fashioned in the likeness of
sinful flesh. He has come as the Champion of man, the Hero of Heaven, and
the One who conquered death and hell -Jesus the Mighty God! Jesus is
Immanuel, Who is not only God with us, but God in us today (Colossians
1:27; 1 John 4:4; John 14:23; 1 John 3:24). Christ Jesus, Who is the
Eternal Word, is also the Everlasting Father, though unique from His Father
-yet One in Majesty and Glory (John 17:5, 21-23). As the provider of
salvation and deliverance, He is a Father to the nations and to His people
Israel (Isaiah 22:21; Psalms 72). And finally, He is the Prince of Peace!
He is the One Who has come and imparted unto those who would receive Him
the Divine peace of the Holy Spirit (Isaiah 9:7; Philippians 4:7). He has
given a peace that goes far beyond world peace, or any peace that may be
found in the world. He has given us an undiminishing peace that nothing can
take away. Until Jesus came there was no peace. At His coming, the angels
shouted, "Glory to God in the Highest; and on Earth, peace good will
towards men!" (Luke 2:8-14).


A new song for Christmas to celebrate Jesus!
(For the tune, listen to our YouTube channel: Sunday 12/17 AM)

You're the Wonderful Counselor,
You're the Mighty God,
The Prince of Peace,
The Everlasting Father,
Jesus, Emmanuel!

Seed of Abraham,
Scepter of Jacob,
Root of Jesse,
Bright and Morning Star!

Shiloh come,
He's the Gift for everyone,
The Everlasting God,
Emmanuel!

Alpha, Omega,
The Beginning and the End,
The Word of God,
The Everlasting One,
Eternal Life!

Jesus Christ,
Jesus Christ,
Jesus all the way!
Jesus Christ,
Jesus Christ,
What fun it is to say!
Let all the saints now say!

He's my Lord,
He's my Christ,
He's the Truth, the Life, the Way!


Glory to God in the Highest; and on Earth, peace good will towards men!
 
Daily Bread - December 16, 2017
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Saturday, 16 December 2017 12:03
1 Corinthians 1:7 - So that you are not lacking in any spiritual gifts, as
you eagerly await the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Many sincere and hungry people in the Church are at a standstill when it
comes to operating in the gifts of the Spirit. They know that they are to
desire the spiritual gifts, and especially prophecy, but they don't
understand how to begin (1 Corinthians 14:1). In many instances, we observe
one of two extremes: either people are so zealous that they step out in
their own desire and make a mess of things, or people don't step out at all
in fear of doing something wrong. What we all must come to realize is that
God has made the gifts of the Spirit purely relational. The deeper we move
into relationship with the Holy Spirit, the deeper we will be affected by
the promptings of the Holy Spirit.

The gifts of the Spirit flow out of our interaction with God and our
obedience to do the things that we know to do. This of course all begins
when we are baptized in the Holy Ghost according to Acts 1:8 and Acts 2:4.
There are four training grounds where we learn to more effectively function
in the gifts of the Spirit:

1. Giving ourselves to the study of the Word of God.
2. Giving ourselves to prayer that touches the realms of glory (too many
pray prayers that are like reading a message off a piece of paper instead
of talking to the Father from the heart).
3. Allowing a deeper participation in praise and worship.
4. Doing those things that you know the Word of God has commanded, such as
speaking to others about their souls and walking in love.

When we are participating in these spiritual things, we discover the
inspirations of the Holy Spirit that lead us into a deeper and more
diversified manifestation of the gifts.

Flowing in the gifts must be experienced in the realm of relationship and
the strong compelling inspirations of the Holy Ghost. The deeper we will
let our affections and emotions go into our love relationship with the Lord
Jesus, the stronger the unctions of the Spirit will be. The same way that
peace and joy come is the same way that prophesy and visions also come. If
our thoughts are caught away with how to function in the gifts and trying
to get a prophecy, nothing good will come of it; but when we simply allow
the things of the Spirit (like prayer and praise) to carry us away into
affection towards God, the river of God's inspirations will flood our
hearts.

One of the greatest ways to begin to experience the Holy Spirit speaking
through you is to involve yourself in reaching the lost. If you will step
out in obedience and faith to see the miracle of salvation come to those
whom you come in contact with, you will step into a realm where all the
gifts of God will function through you. It is the will of God that the
manifestation of the Spirit function in each person's life in the context
of the Church as well -so begin to give yourself to a deeper participation,
so that there may be a more glorious manifestation of Jesus in your life!
(1 Corinthians 12:7).


A song of the Spirit we need to sing daily!

Oh, the beauty and the majesty,
When only Jesus Christ is seen!

Oh, the glory and the honor,
When the Holy Spirit takes control!

Not my will, Lord, but Your's be done,
Only Your will lasts forever!


Let Jesus be revealed through your life today!
 
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