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Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Tuesday, 01 September 2009 16:16
1 Corinthians 15:25 - For He must reign until He has put all enemies
under His feet.

Chirst Jesus reigns today! He began His reign to put down all his
enemies 2000 years ago, when He was exalted to the right hand of the
Father (Acts 2:33; Acts 5:31; Acts 7:55-56; Hebrews 1:13; Hebrews 10:13;
Ephesians 1:20; Philippians 2:9; Psalm 110:1; Matthew 22:44; 1 Peter
1:21). After having defeated the powers of darkness, He was given the
place of sovereign authority: to rule until everything opposed to the
Kingdom of God is brought to an end (Revelation 1:18; Colossians 2:15).

The rulership of Jesus Christ has begun among those who have willingly
received His rulership, and have embraced the transformation that has
been brought to us through His name. To those who have come under His
dominion, He has also given power through the outpouring of the Holy
Spirit and Fire: to exercise authority over all of the enemies of God.
We must be willing to recognize that Jesus reigns for the purpose of
destroying every power of sin and death. Should we make the mistake of
believing that somehow God is at peace with sin and death - and is not
militant against it - then we would believe a lie, and be damned! He is
reigning now in our lives, and where He reigns sin and death have no
power; but are destroyed wherever they raise their rebellious and
treasonous head (1 John 3:8; John 12:31; John 16:11; Luke 10:19; Mark
16:17; Romans 6:12,14).

In the future Jesus will come and reign for 1000 years over all mankind,
whether they willing accept Him or not. He will rule with a rod of iron,
and he will crush all rebellion and opposition (Psalm 2:9; Revelation
2:27; Revelation 19:15; Revelation 20:3-7; Zechariah 14:16-19). At the
end of that age, Satan and every power of sin and death - and all those
who joined league with them - will be cast into the lake of fire; and
the age of sin and death will be eternally over. God has given us the
power to live in the glory of His nature and will. He has made us His
temple and dwelling place. Will you continue to listen to the deceptions
and propanganda of the Satanic lie that gives power to sin and
disobedience? Or will you instead rise up together in His righteous
cause, and say: "Christ Jesus reigns supremely, and His will shall be
done!"
 
daily bread
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Monday, 31 August 2009 12:23
Romans 5:17 - If because of one's trespass, death reigned through that
one; much more then those that receive the abundance of grace and the
gift of righteousness - by the reign of life through one: Christ Jesus.

The trespass of Adam brought forth the reign of death; but now through
Christ Jesus, life reigns. The ruling dominion of life that is in Christ
Jesus has brought grace to all mankind, and supplied the gift of
righteousness to all who will receive. The grace of God made it possible
for every man to be born of the Spirit (John 3:5; Titus 2:11-12).
Through the new birth we come into the fellowship of the divine nature,
and receive a new heart and a new spirit (2 Peter 1:4; Ezekiel 36:26).
We become the living epistles of God, with His nature and ways inscribed
upon the tables of our nature (2 Corinthians 3:3; Hebrews 8:10; Hebrews
10:16).

There may be many who do not take the gift of righteousness seriously;
but we can be certain that God does. He paid a high price for us to
enjoy it, and He will definitely hold us responsible for what we do with
it. He reversed the curse that came upon us through Adam, that made us
all slaves to sin; and has now made us servants of righteousness (Romans
6:16; Romans 6:18-19; Romans 3:21-22; 2 Corinthians 5:21; 2 Corinthians
6:7; Philippians 1:11; Philippians 3:9; 1 Timothy 6:11; 2 Timothy 3:16).
Grace and righteousness now reign over those who are born of God. Sin
and death have lost their power; and should be given no place of
dominion in our thoughts or lives (Romans 6:12,14). The dominion of
death cannot be given greater power than that of life. Neither can the
transgression of Adam be given greater consequence than the obedience of
Christ Jesus. The gift of righteousness, which functions by the Holy
Spirit, is far greater - in power and effect - than the plague of sin
that operates by demon forces.
 
daily bread
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Saturday, 29 August 2009 09:32
1 Peter 1:22 - Having purified your souls by the obedience to the truth
unto unfeigned love, love one another fervently from a pure heart.

Our Savior and our God has given us the blessed privilege of having
relationships that flow from purity and truth (1 Timothy 1:5;
Philippians 4:8; Matthew 5:8; 1 Timothy 4:12; 2 Timothy 2:22). These
relationships are to last forever; and even more, He commands that we
have them (John 13:34; John 15:12; 1 John 3:11,23; 1 John 4:21; 2 John
1:5). He gave us purity of soul and heart, so that the purity of His
love might flow through us to everyone we touch. Redemption through the
blood of Jesus Christ has resulted in our souls and hearts being
purified. It is the soul that represents the whole of a person's life,
and it is the heart that represents the source from which all things are
created in that life. It is from the heart and the innermost being that
the rivers of God's love flow. His love is to then be expressed through
every action of our soul.

We learn to enjoy these kinds of relationships with the Father, the Lord
Jesus, with the Holy Spirit, and with one another. It is the Holy Spirit
who teaches us how to have this kind of relationship. It was Jesus who
modeled for us how these kinds of relationships work; and it is our
responsibility to commit ourselves now and forever to having them (John
15:13; Romans 5:8; 1 John 4:7-8, 1 John 4:11; Ephesians 5:1-2).
 
daily bread
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Friday, 28 August 2009 12:15
1 Peter 2:20 - For what sort of credit if you endure a beating for
having sinned? But if you do good and endure suffering, you have God's
approval.

There was a time when the people of God were treated so severely by the
religious community and by the world. It is a terrible thing to be
publicly beaten, as were Peter and the other apostles, and Paul and
Silas (Acts 5:40-41; Acts 16:22-25). Their response was one of joy and
rejoicing in the Lord: that they were counted worthy to suffer for His
namesake. There response brought glory to the name of Jesus and to the
church. They did not take up arms and fight back in revenge; instead
they committed themselves to the Lord and to His protection.

There are many who suffer daily for the gospel of Jesus Christ around
the world, and endure it without complaint. Yet in America and other
countries that enjoy the freedom of religion, we seem to find ourselves
so preoccupied with our own self-interest that if someone says something
that we don't like, we immediately take offense and enter into some sort
of strife. As a pastor I have discovered that very few people take
anything patiently; even when they can be proven wrong in their conduct.
Rather they rise up in self-defense, and make war. At what time will we
all begin to value above all other things the approval of God, and cease
to be so impacted by the approval of men? When will we value humility
and servitude the way that God values it?

God says that if we suffer wrongfully and take it patiently, then we
have God's approval (John 5:44). We can be certain that if we do not
take it patiently, we will not have Father's approval. We are called to
lay down our lives for the brethren and for the church (1 John 3:16;
John 13:35; Ephesians 5:2; Galatians 5:13; 1 Peter 1:22; 1Corinthians
12:25; 1 Corinthians 14:20). If we are truly willing to walk in this
kind of love - that we would be willing to die for the household of
faith - surely we can stop fighting and squabbling among ourselves! I
never ceased to be amazed at how many people sit around the church
nurturing a wounded spirit and a spiteful disposition. Please dear
saints, let's walk in love. Let's be those who love the word of God and
the ways of God; and be those who have perfect peace, never allowing
anything to offend us (Psalm 119:165; Isaiah 26:3; Philippians 4:7;
Ephesians 4:3).
 
daily bread
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Thursday, 27 August 2009 11:18
Mark 3:27 - No one can enter into the strong one's house, plundering his
goods, unless first the strong one is bond; and then his house may be
plundered.

Jesus was able to cast out the evil spirits because He was stronger than
Satan. Jesus is the one who bound Satan, and rendered his power over man
ineffective. All that Satan had imposed upon man was coming to an end,
as the power of the Kingdom of God engaged the kingdom of darkness
through Jesus Christ. When Jesus was crucified at Calvary, he dealt the
final blow to Satan; and conquered hell, death, and the grave
(Revelation 1:18; Acts 2:24; Hebrews 2:14). Jesus stripped Satan of all
of His authority, and made a public show of his defeat (Colossians 2:15;
John 12:31; 16:11; 2 Timothy 1:10). God the Father has now highly
exalted Christ Jesus the Deliverer and Savior far above all other power;
everything now being subject to Him (Ephesians 1:21; Philippians 2:9;
Matthew 28:18).

Jesus Christ, who has defeated Satan, has given His power to those who
are His witnesses: to cast out every evil spirit, and to set everyone
who will hear free from the Satanic domain. Paul described this power
and authority when he made known the authority given to him to preach
the gospel: "To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to
light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive
forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by
faith that is in me" (Acts 26:18). When Philip went down to preach in
Samaria, the same power and authority of Jesus was witnessed in his
life: "For unclean spirits, crying with loud voice, came out of many
that were possessed with them: and many taken with palsies, and that
were lame, were healed" (Acts 8:7).

Today we must hold fast to the word of the Lord, and believe what God
has said. We are too easily turned away from the promises of God because
of our circumstances and situations. God is not a liar! The things that
He has declared concerning our salvation are true; and though it may
seem that the promises are not yours, yet even as Abraham did - you must
hold fast to what God has said - and count Him faithful who has promised
(Romans 4:20-21; Hebrews 10:23; Isaiah 53:1; 1 John 5:11). There is no
power of Satan that has the right to afflict our bodies with sickness
and disease. Satan has no right to impose sin and wickedness upon us in
any way. In Christ Jesus we have been given the sovereign authority of
God over every power of the wicked one. If we will allow God's word to
abide in us, we will discover that we can conquer Satan at every
encounter (1 John 2:14; 1 John 4:4; Luke 10:19; Revelation 3:21). Rise
up, oh people of God, and clothe yourselves with Christ (Galatians 3:27;
Ephesians 4:24; Ephesians 6:11). Let the battlefront be clearly defined;
and give yourself to the fight! For we are called to show forth the
glory of the one who has called us out of darkness into His marvelous
light.
 
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