Daily Bread - September 23, 2020 (The Fourth Day - Genesis 1:14-19)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Wednesday, 23 September 2020 10:22
2 Peter 1:3-4 - As His Divine Power has given us all things pertaining to
life and godliness through the knowledge of the One calling us through
glory and virtue. Through which precious and exceeding great promises are
given to us, that through these, you may be partakers of a divine nature
having escaped from the corruption in lust in the world.

The Divine Power of the Lord Jesus Christ has been extended without
limitation to us through the Holy Spirit. Through the Name of the Lord
Jesus Christ, the Spirit of God comes upon the one who calls and changes
that person into a new creation. When a person has been born of God, they
receive the capacity to walk in the glory and virtue of the One Who
redeemed them. By this awesome work of grace, the ability to walk in
everything pertaining to life and godliness is supplied. Every dimension of
His abundant life and power of godliness has been extended to us so that we
may say, "As He is, so are we in this world." (1 John 4:17).

The Greek phrase used in this verse incorporates the preposition 'dia'
(through), although other Greek manuscripts use the adjective 'idios'
(own). In either case it is through both the knowledge and the glory and
virtue of Jesus Christ that we are called to everything pertaining to life
and godliness. The Word of God brings to us the knowledge of this saving
grace; and through that knowledge, we either accept or reject God's
salvation. If we accept, then the glory and virtue of Jesus comes and fills
our lives also. The Divine Power of the Lord Jesus Christ has stripped
every force that was against of its hold upon us, and His Divine Power
reaches into our life by His Spirit to give us a new heart and a new
spirit. God, Who has called us, has also with the same call empowered us to
fulfill the call. If we give ourselves to glory and virtue, then the result
will be life and godliness. Peter will bring the attributes of this call
together in the next few verses revealing to us that we have received a
divine nature, which empowers us to walk in the glory and virtue. And that
in this divine ability we are to supply through faith those things, which
pertain to glory and virtue (2 Peter 1:3-11).

The 'divine nature' is the same as the 'new creation' (2 Corinthians 5:17).
The message of this verse is primarily the same given by Paul in 2
Corinthians 5:17, "If any man be in Christ Jesus, he is a new creation; old
things are past away and behold all things are new." When a person is born
of the Spirit, he or she becomes the servant of Jesus Christ doing the will
of God from the heart (John 3:6; Ephesians 6:6; Romans 8:2). The power of
the divine nature, which is the nature of Christ Jesus, empowers us to
escape the sinful desires in the world. All that is in the world - the lust
of the flesh, the lust of the eye, and the pride of life - is a satanic
influence which results in the corruption of spirit, soul, and body (1 John
2:15-17; Galatians 6:8; Romans 6:23).
 
Daily Bread - September 22, 2020 (The Third Day - Genesis 1:9-13)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Tuesday, 22 September 2020 09:33
Jeremiah 9:24 - For if he is going to boast, then let him boast in this:
that he understands and knows Me, for I am Yahowah Who exercises
lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness in the earth - for in these
things I delight, says Yahowah.

Part 2 ~ Loving Lovingkindness & Keeping Covenant

Every good and perfect thing comes to us from the Father in Whom there is
no changing forever (James 1:17). As He has been, He will continue to
always be -for He is unchanging. He is the One Who gives all things
pertaining to life and godliness (2 Peter 1:3-4). He is the One Who brings
forth lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness in the Earth. He has
shown His people what He requires of us. He wants us to do justly, love
lovingkindness, and walk humbly with Him (Micah 6:8).

Above all things, God wants us to walk in love and to show a kindness to
all men continually. God wants us to be covenant keepers. It is a great
tragedy how so many of God's people become offended, and instead of walking
in the love and mercy, they walk away from relationships. Yet, the most
important thing to God is that we find ourselves loving His lovingkindness
and showing the covenant love that has been poured into our hearts by the
Holy Spirit (Romans 5:5).
 
Daily Bread - September 21, 2020 (The Second Day - Genesis 1:6-8)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Monday, 21 September 2020 11:47
Jeremiah 9:24 - For if he is going to boast, then let him boast in this:
that he understands and knows Me, for I am Yahowah Who exercises
lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness in the earth - for in these
things I delight, says Yahowah.

Part 1 ~ Proper Perspective

There are many today that fail to realize God is a God of judgment and
righteousness as much as a God of mercy and truth. We must understand God
saved us and delivered us so we may live in His presence. The life of Jesus
came into us through the shedding of His blood and the impartation of the
Holy Spirit, and we will be held accountable for how we live this life of
grace and glory.

In this verse, as God begins executing judgment on the house of Judah and
Jerusalem because of their continued sin and rebellion, He reminds His
people what He delights in: lovingkindness, righteousness, and judgment.
They had forsaken the ways of God and no longer desired to walk in
lovingkindness, righteousness, and judgment. God had suffered long with
them, and in His lovingkindness and tender mercies had allowed them to
blaspheme and profane His Holy Name. However, their space of time to repent
had come to an end, and the Almighty stepped in to execute judgment upon
them. Many of that day complained, saying, "Wherein have we sinned?" They
thought covenant and ritual was all they needed to guarantee their
acceptance with God, but they were wrong. They failed to realize they
needed to repent and walk in obedience before the Lord if they were going
to continue in the covenant.

John the Baptist , Jesus, and Paul all faced the same kind of stubborn
blindness from the Jews of their day (Matthew 3:7-10; John 8:33; Romans
2-4). The children of Israel would have to come under the judgment of God
even though the rest of the world was not held accountable at that time.
Why? Because much had been given! The Lord had chosen them from all of the
families of the Earth and given them the revelation and gift of His
presence, but they choose rather to give themselves to the lust that the
Gentiles had followed after - and as a result their circumcision had become
uncircumcision (Amos 3:2; Jeremiah 9:26).

God's people had forsaken the Fountain of Life and had lost their boasting
in His glory. Rather, they were boasting in their own accomplishments. They
boasted in their own wisdom, their own might, and in their own riches; but
they had forgotten altogether true spiritual understanding. They had
forgotten the God of lovingkindness, righteousness, and judgment. They had
forgotten God had redeemed them so they could be a treasured people who
were to be devoted to walking with Him in lovingkindness, righteousness,
and judgment. Rather, they became devoted to themselves and their own fame
and prosperity.

We must recognize that the Kingdom of God is not about ritual, but is all
about righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost (Romans 14:17). We
must put life in its proper perspective, and labor for those things which
pertain unto eternal life (John 6:27; Hebrews 4:11; Matthew 6:19-20, 16:26;
Romans 2:7,10; Mark 8:36; Luke 9:25).
 
Daily Bread - September 19, 2020 (The Seventh Day - Genesis 1:24-31)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Saturday, 19 September 2020 07:00
Romans 8:7 - In as much as fleshly thinking is opposed to God, for it is
not subject to the Law of God, neither indeed can be.

God desires us to think in a totally different way than we have learned
from our natural experiences. He desires us to believe and expect the
supernatural things He has revealed to us in His Word. The things God
desires us to think and do have not been revealed through man's wisdom and
experience. What God has for us cannot be received or accomplished through
human insight and ability. It is only by the Spirit that we are able to do
the things pleasing to God.

The things of the Spirit are so different from what human experience
dictates that they are foolish to the man who only thinks in the realm of
human ability (1 Corinthians 2:14). God desires to show us things by His
Spirit, which eyes have not seen, nor ears heard, neither has ever entered
into the heart (or thinking) of man (1 Corinthians 2:9-10). God operates in
a spiritual, unseen world from which the mouths of lions are stopped, and
the violence of fire has no power (Hebrews 11:33-34).

This is the spiritual realm where Jesus, our Lord, turned the water into
wine, walked on the water, and raised the dead. It is the realm of faith
where righteousness is victorious over all sin and disobedience. The realm
of the Spirit is the realm taught to us by the Word of God, where we learn
to be lead by the Spirit of God. It is only in this realm that we can
please God.
 
Daily Bread - September 18, 2020 (The Sixth Day - Genesis 1:20-23)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Friday, 18 September 2020 07:00
Romans 8:6 - For carnal thinking is death, but spiritual thinking is life
and peace.

Part 3 ~ The Confinement of Carnal Thinking

Carnal thinking is earthly and confined to what men can accomplish through
their own efforts and abilities. It is the realm of self-reliance,
self-preservation, and self-interest. There is nothing but death, fear, and
defeat within this realm. Many of God's children are stuck in this place
that has robbed them of their joy and peace, and stolen from them
confidence in God and dependence upon the Holy Spirit.

Carnal thinking is a place of condemnation, limitation, strife, and envy
with little room for faith and submission to the Holy Spirit, because in
the realm of carnal thinking, men seek their own interest and rely upon
human abilities to accomplish their goals. The carnal mind is a state in
which men hold on tightly to themselves to preserve their own well-being,
and whose securities are their earthly possessions. The carnal mind and
ways of men will altogether shut down the things the Holy Spirit has come
to teach us (1 Corinthians 3:1).
 
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