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Daily Bread - June 27, 2017
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Tuesday, 27 June 2017 11:44
Isaiah 6:5 - The I said, "Woe is me, for I am undone! For I am a man of
unclean lips, and I dwell among a people of unclean lips; for I have seen
with my eyes the King, Yahoah of Hosts!"

We must have a great Holy Ghost conviction in our lives and in our church
services. Without the conviction of the Holy Spirit, no one will truly
repent and receive the miracle of salvation. Our church services should be
like walking into the Holy of Holies. The awesome presence of God and truth
of His Word should confront everyone who walks in the door. Of course,
there will have to be the same devotion to God in our everyday lives if we
are going to make room for the Holy Spirit to move like this. A life that
is less than consecrated wholly for God will not afford much capacity for
the manifestation of the Holy Spirit in any context.

When Isaiah encountered the presence of God, the conviction that came as a
result of his encounter with the awesome Holiness of God left Him undone.
Job had a similar response when the presence of God invaded his life; there
he found himself completely abased (Job 42:5-6). The manifestation of God
to man has always elicited fear and terror. In the presence of God's
Holiness, a prophet who was consecrated to the Lord saw himself as a leper
in a leprous world -in contrast to the purity of God. When we step into the
presence of God and behold His purity, there is an immediate judgment and
conviction against all sin. We cannot truly reveal the love of God without
proclaiming the severity of His judgments (Romans 2:5, 6:23, 11:22; Hebrews
10:27-29; Ephesians 5:6). The goodness of God brings a healing remedy for
our sin and iniquity when we cry out for mercy in His presence. Just as the
seraphim brought a purifying coal from off the altar of God, the blood of
Jesus is supplied to all who will believe; and all sin is removed and all
iniquities blotted out (Isaiah 6:6-7; 1 John 1:7,9; Revelation 1:5). People
must know that unless they repent, they will perish.

In the presence of Jesus, even those nearest to Him fall down upon their
faces and cry out, "Holy!". The pure and spotless seraphim count themselves
as nothing in the presence of His Holiness. They cover their faces and
their feet, not counting themselves worthy to behold Him, nor even serve
Him; but cry out continually, "Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord!" (Isaiah 6:3;
Revelation 4:8-10). All men should encounter some dimension of the Holiness
of His nature and the wonder of His works when they encounter those who are
filled with His Spirit of Holiness -and much more when they step into the
congregation of the church, which is His fullness (Ephesians 1:22-23). We
must pray for and yield to a greater Holy Ghost conviction in our lives and
churches. If we want the results of former days, then let us observe their
sermons.

Consecrate yourself wholly to the LORD!
 
Daily Bread - June 26, 2017
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Tuesday, 27 June 2017 11:39
Genesis 15:1 - After these things the word of Yahweh came to Abram in a
vision saying, Fear not Abram; I am to you a shield, your exceeding great
reward.

What did Abraham do to gain such favor with God? Was this a promise only
for Abraham, or does God desire to extend this same kind of love and
goodness to anyone who will believe? God is definitely no respecter of
persons (Romans 2:11; Ephesians 6:9; Colossians 3:25; 1 Peter 1:17; James
2:9). What He has done for one, He will do for another. He is the loving
God Who will give liberally to anyone who asks (James 1:5). There is no
good thing that He will withhold from those who are willing to walk
uprightly (Psalm 84:11). He is willing to give us freely all things; and
all who will believe are made heirs and co-inheritors with Jesus (Romans
8:17, 32). The Holy Spirit has come to take all of God's fullness and
convey it to us, so that we can understand what has never before been
understood or received (John 16:13-15; Ephesians 3:18-19; 1 Corinthians
2:9-10). The eyes of the Lord search throughout the earth, looking for
anyone who will believe Him and walk with Him, so that He can make them
great (2 Chronicles 16:9; Daniel 11:32; Psalm 18:32; Ephesians 6:10; John
14:12).

The Hebrew word 'magen' (shield) also means "suzerain". A suzerain is a
person who is both a protector and a benefactor. God assured Abraham that
He would be both Abraham's protector and provider, and in Him alone would
Abraham find great reward. If we thought of the greatest thing that we
could ask God to be to us, could we think of anything better? Yet, it is
God Who says this to the man who is willing to walk with Him and believe.
Similarly, God identified Himself as 'El Shaddai' (Genesis 17:1). El
Shaddai is translated "God Almighty" denoting that God alone has absolute
power and authority over all things. He alone is the All-Sufficient One.
The Absolute Sovereign over all creation devoted Himself to the care and
success of Abraham, and will also devote Himself to us as well. If we will
walk with Him, obey, and trust Him, the All-Sufficient One will cause all
His favor and provision to abound to us, so that we have all sufficiency in
all things (2 Corinthians 9:8). God gave Abraham only one requirement: He
told him not to fear; and so we can be certain that this is a requirement
for us as well if we are going to walk in faith (Matthew 8:26; Mark 4:40;
Luke 8:50).

We can be certain that this same grace that was extended to Abraham will be
extended to anyone who is willing to walk out a relationship with the
Almighty God. God will be a suzerain to those who walk in righteousness
(Proverbs 2:7). God will be a suzerain to all who will trust in Him (2
Samuel 22:31). Yahoah God will be a sun and a suzerain: He will give grace
and glory to anyone who is willing to walk with Him (Psalm 84:11) The most
important thing to God is that we trust Him. If we want His promises to be
revealed, then we must believe them no matter what happens. If we will
trust Him and believe those things that He has spoken, we will discover
that God Himself will supply our every need according to His riches in
Glory (Philippians 4:19). He will do superabundantly above all that we can
think or ask according to the power that works within us, if we will simply
live out a relationship of love with Him (Ephesians 3:20). When we dwell in
this realm of His love, then all fear will be driven away; and we will find
that we can absolutely trust the One Whose promises cannot fail, and whose
Word endures forever (1 Peter 1:25; Psalm 119:89, 160; 2 Corinthians 1:20;
Hebrews 10:23). Let your heart now hear the same words that were spoken to
Abraham repeated to you!
 
Daily Bread - June 24, 2017
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Saturday, 24 June 2017 09:20
Romans 6:18 - And then you, having been set free from sin, have become the
servants of righteousness.

Could any stronger language be used to describe God's will for the manner
and behavior of our lives as His saints? God has transformed our lives so
that we might enjoy the blessedness of His abundant life. It is absolutely
impossible to separate God's life and Spirit from His righteousness.

Righteousness is one of the most important subjects of the Bible. There are
approximately 741 occurrences of the word in the Old And New Testaments
combined. In the Old Testament there are two words, which are translated
'righteous' (tzadek and tzadekah). The Hebrew root occurs 508 times in the
Old Testament (523 times according to Anchor Bible Dictionary;
Righteousness-Old Testament). The primary word, which is used for
'righteousness' (dikaiosune from dikaios) is found 91 times in the New
Testament. The Greek root (dikaio-) is found 233 times in the New
Testament. The quintessence of righteousness in the Old Testament is
encapsulated in who God is; "Yahweh is righteous in all of His ways, and
holy in all of His works" (Psalms 145:17).

The concrete meaning for righteousness in the New Testament is shaped by
the way it was used in the Old Testament. Primarily the meaning is derived
from the character of God and the description of His ways. Other examples
are verses and context common to the Old and New Testament, some examples
are: Genesis 15:6 (found in Romans 4:3-22; Galatians 3:6; James 2:23);
Psalms 112:3 (found in 2 Corinthians 9:9); Psalms 45:7 (found in Hebrews
1:9). There are Old Testament associations of the word for righteousness in
Acts 17:31 (with Psalms 9:8; 96:10; 98:9); 2 Corinthians 9:9 (with Hosea
10:12); Ephesians 6:14 (with Isaiah 59:17; 11:5); Revelation 19:11 (with
Psalms 96:13).

In the Old Testament righteousness/righteous is used of God (Psalms 7:9;
116:5; 119:37-40, 145:7); Ezra 9:15; Isaiah 24:16) of His acts (Judges
5:11; 1 Samuel 12:7) of God's people in general (Genesis 18:23-28; Psalms
68:3; Proverbs 21:21; Isaiah 5:23; Ezekiel 3:20; Malachi 3:18) of
individuals such as Noah, Job and Daniel (Genesis 6:9; 7:1; Job 1:1; 2:3;
Ezekiel 14:14, 20).

In the New Testament righteousness and justification are interchangeable.
In fact, when either the Hebrew root or the Greek 'dikaioun' are used, they
can equally be translated "just, justice/justification, justify" from the
Latin, or "right, righteous(ness)," (Anchor Bible Dictionary;
Righteousness-Greco-Roman World). Righteousness/righteous is used of God
the Father (John 17:25); of Jesus (Acts 3:14; 7:52; 1 John 2:1) of the
saints in general (Romans 1:17; Galatians 3:11; James 5:16; Hebrews 10:38;
1 John 3:7; 1 Peter 3:12); as the result of redemption (Romans 5:17, 19;
3:22; 6:18; 8:10; 9:30; 10:4; 14:17, 4:25; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Ephesians
4:24; Philippians 3:9) of individuals such as Joseph (Matthew 1:19); of
Zacharias and Elisabeth (Luke 1:6); of Simeon (Luke 2:25) of Joseph a
member of the council (Luke 23:50) as a category of people (Matthew 5:45;
9:13;10:41, 13:17, 43, 49; 25:37, 46; Luke 1:17; 14:14; Acts 24:15; 2
Corinthians 6:14) of Old Testament saints (Matthew 23:29, 35; Hebrews 11:4).

In the New Testament, we are commanded to pursue righteousness (Matthew
6:33; 1 Timothy 6:11; 2 Timothy 2:22). We are called to be the servants of
righteousness and to live righteously (Romans 6:18,19; 1 Peter 2:24; Titus
1:8; 2:11-14; 2 Corinthians 6:7; 9:10; Romans 1:17; Ephesians 4:24, 6:14;
Philippians 1:11). The New Testament is the message and ministry or
righteousness (2 Corinthians 3:9; Romans 5:18; 14:17; Ephesians 4:24; 2
Corinthians 5:17-21)
 
Daily Bread - June 23, 2017
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Saturday, 24 June 2017 09:18
Matthew 25:19 - And after a long time, the Lord of those servants came and
settled the accounts.

The Lord Jesus has given everyone who will receive something very precious,
His life. Each one of us are personally and individually called to come and
dwell in Him. If we will come and abide as a branch in a vine, then we will
bring forth the fruits of this life and the Father will perfect us so that
we may bring forth more fruits (John 15:2). Jesus, Who is that Eternal
Life, has made available this life of God in unlimited rivers of life
flowing from the deepest part of the womb of our being (John 7:37-39). The
life that we now have in Him, and the life that we are commanded to live,
is the life of Christ demonstrated and modeled for us on the pages of the
Bible. There is no life outside if Christ Jesus, and those who are without
Him are dead while they live. Those who have received His life have been
entrusted with His goods; and God demands increase, and will bring us into
account for the deeds that are done in this body (Ecclesiastes 12:14;
Romans 2:16; 2 Corinthians 5:10).

Jesus described Himself in this story as One Who had gone on a far journey
and left all of His riches to His servants, but then after a long time
returns to bring them into account. What each of us must grasp is that the
most important thing that has been entrusted to us is the life of God. The
life of God is the eternal life, the undiminishing, immeasurable life of
the Spirit. It is the gift of God, the treasure that we have in these
earthen vessels, the sacred and glorious divine nature imparted to us
through the new birth (John 3:3; 1 John 3:24; 2 Corinthians 4:7; 2 Peter
1:4; 2 Corinthians 5:17). Make no mistake: this treasure is sacred to the
Father, and the best and most valuable thing that He could give. It is the
very life of Jesus supplied to anyone who will receive, created within each
one by the miracle of salvation. It would be a mistake to reduce what God
will hold us accountable for to anything less that the life of Christ.

The life of God should be so precious to us that we would go and sell all
that we have that we might possess this pearl of great price (Matthew
13:45-46). It is a life that we may only realize when we are willing to
loose our own life and no longer pursue our own selfish interest (Matthew
10:39, 16:26; Mark 8:34; John 12:25). It is a life entrusted with all the
divine nature and authority of God (John 1:12, 17:21-23; Ephesians 2:6,
6:10). To make the tragic mistake and squander this life on earthly
pursuits will most certainly meet with a horrific end. God demands
increase; and the increase that we should pursue is the fullness of measure
of the maturity of the ministry of Christ. In view of the life that He has
given of virtue and purity, our hearts should spring to the call of giving
all diligence to making our calling and election sure (2 Peter 1:10). Our
hearts should pant as the deer for the water brook, and our souls should
hunger and thirst to be filled with all the fullness of these things that
God has provided for us through the riches of His grace. To neglect so
great of salvation would rightly meet with the strongest disapproval and
condemnation (Matthew 25:26, 30; Hebrews 2:3, 4:1).
 
Daily Bread - June 22, 2017
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Thursday, 22 June 2017 09:22
Matthew 25:14 - For the (Kingdom of Heaven) is like a man who goes away on
a journey; he called his servants and gave them his possessions.

Every person who has been born of God has a responsibility in the kingdom
of God to lay down their lives for the advancement of the Gospel. We have
been given both a local and a global responsibility. Unfortunately, few are
willing to be obedient. In the name of supporting the work of the ministry,
many turn to their own interests and goals -which consume the vast majority
of their time. Consumed by earthly things, they are enslaved to their work
and to their bills and have little time to really put their hand to the
plow (Mark 4:19). They plan their vacations, yet seemingly have little
regard or conviction about the mandate of God to go into all of the world.
What everyone must hear is that our Heavenly Father will hold each one of
us accountable for how we lived out His divine commands. If we believe that
we are on fire for God and do not have a passion for the lost of the world,
we are deceived. If we think that we can sit in church and be complainers
who have one problem after another, and yet believe we are laying our lives
down for the Church, we have gone completely mad. The state that many call
"on fire for God" is little more than lukewarm at best.

The Holy Spirit is here to show us things to come, but how many are as
interested and as passionate about this as Daniel was? When Daniel realized
that he was living in a crucial time, he set his heart to seek the Lord by
fasting and prayer. He took personal responsibility for the plans and
purposes of God in his generation. We must realize that we are responsible
before God and man to know the day and the hour that we are living in. God
wants to provide us with the divine revelation concerning the things that
are to come, so that we can run with His strategies and have the urgency
that we should have about the task. He will give us that insight, but we
must be willing to take personal responsibility for the things of the
kingdom of God as though there was no one else to do it. If we don't, then
how can we say that we are the children of the day who know the times and
the seasons in which we live (1 Thessalonians 5:1-8)?

We were not entrusted with sonship and divine authority to sit around in
classrooms and teach each other a deeper revelation about God (Romans
8:14-17; Galatians 4:6-7; Acts 1:6-8; 2 Corinthians 4:7). We have not been
given the riches of the kingdom to spend our lives pursuing our own goals.
We have been given a divine commission to stand before the nations of the
world in the place of Christ Jesus, and make known to every creature that
Christ Jesus is both God and King (2 Corinthians 5:20; Mark 16:15-17; John
20:21). We are to provide the answers that the world is seeking for, and
bring the deliverance that only the Name of Jesus can produce. The Gospel
of the Kingdom and the work of the ministry is every person's
responsibility -are you ready to give an account for what has been
delivered to you (Ephesians 4:12-14)? Have you set your heart to seek the
Lord, and know specifically what you are supposed to be doing?
 
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