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Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Thursday, 22 October 2009 12:41
John 15:19 - If you were of the world, the world would be fond of its
own; on account of this the world hates you: because you are not of the
world, for I have chosen you out of the world.

One of the most important things that we must come to understand and
value is the security and sanctity that we have been given in Christ
Jesus, who has entirely separated us from the world. Through the work of
redemption we are not of this world, even as He is not of this world
(John 17:14). What makes us so different is that the life of Christ
Jesus has been imparted into us; and the Holy Spirit, which is foreign
to the world, has been given to us (John 14:17). Through the impartation
of the life of Christ, we have been made the sons of God; and therefore
we are radically different from the world. The world cannot know us
because it could not know Him and we are as He is in this world (1 John
3:1; 1 John 4:17). We have been delivered from this present evil world,
having been translated from the kingdom of the world into the kingdom of
the dear Son (Galatians 1:4; Colossians 1:13). We have escaped all of
the corruption and pollution of this world: the lust of the flesh, and
the lust of the eye, and the pride of life (2 Peter 1:4; 2 Peter 2:20; 1
John 2:16-17). The world is dead to us; and we are dead to the world
(Galatians 6:14).

We must recognize that God has made us His dwelling place, and demands
that we remain unspotted from the world (James 1:27; John 14:23). To be
a friend to the world is an act of hostility against God, and it makes
one an enemy of God (James 4:4). It is absolutely essential that we see
the world for what it really is: the kingdom of darkness! We are the
children of God, the holy ones in light. If we have any fellowship with
darkness and say that we know God; then we are liars and do not the
truth (1 John 1:6). Even as light does not dwell with darkness, no more
can the saints of God dwell in the spirit of the world; if you do then a
compromise has taken place that threatens your very existence (Romans
12:2; 2 Corinthians 6:17).

The world is under the control of the powers of darkness, and is
governed by the spirit of disobedience (Ephesians 2:2; 2 Corinthians
4:4). Jesus testified against the world, proving that the world loves
darkness (John 3:19). It is the world that hates Jesus (John 7:7). Jesus
told those religious leaders that were governed by the world that they
were of their father, the devil. He said: "You are from beneath; I am
from above: ye are of this world; I am not of this world" (John 8:23).
The world does not know Jesus or the Father; therefore it does not know
those who are born of Him, and belong to the realm of the Kingdom of
God. The world hates us just like it hates Jesus; because it is governed
by sin and death (John 15:19; John 17:14; Romans 5:12). The spirit of
the world is the antithesis of the Spirit of God, and is a synonym for
that which is fleshly; and thus opposed to God and all of His ways (1
Corinthians 2:12; Galatians 5:17; Romans 8:9,1; Romans 8:16; John 3:6).

We are at war against the spirit of the world. Through the authority
that is in Christ Jesus, we are led in an offensive attack against the
kingdom of darkness; and are commanded to execute this strategy by not
having anything to do with the world and its lust. Being consecrated to
the life of Christ and the surrounding glory of the Holy Spirit, we are
to go everywhere preaching the gospel. We are to cast out devils, speak
with new tongues, and walk in such power and authority that serpents
lose their deadly effect and poisons impose no harm. We lay hands on the
sick and they recover, and by so doing we drive bank and subdue the
forces of darkness wherever we encounter them. We wrestle against the
spiritual wickedness and rulers of darkness of this world, who would
attempt to stop us and impose their rebellious acts upon us (Ephesians
6:12). But God has given us an impregnable defense: we have been given
the weapons of warfare that are mighty. He has given to us His strength
and the power of His might! Through the new birth, the power of sin that
would ruin us and make us ineffective is broken; and Satan cannot touch
us (1 John 5:18; 2 Peter 1:10; Psalm 18:36; Psalm 62:6, Psalm 121:7;
Psalm 125:3). Our very lives and conduct have become weapons - that
destroy and tear down the kingdom of darkness that is all around us
(Romans 6:13). Through Christ Jesus we are not of this world; and
through Him we have also conquered it as well (1 John 5:4; Revelation
3:21; John 16:33).
daily bread
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Wednesday, 21 October 2009 12:18
John 14:6 - Jesus answered him, "I am the way and the truth and the
life; no one comes to the Father except through me."

God did not send His only begotten Son into the world to give us a new
orthodoxy of beliefs. He sent Jesus to create in us the life that Adam
lost when he rebelled against God. Jesus came to give us His life, so
that we might live in Him. Too many would rather just have a religion
that takes them to church on Sunday morning, yet does not produce the
radical change that Jesus demanded when He said, "You are not of this
world, even as I am not of this world" (John 15:19; John 17:6,11; John
17:14,16). We are to have the witness of the Spirit: that the life that
we now have is conformed to the life of Jesus (1 John 5:12; Romans 8:1;
Romans 8:29; John 6:53,56; John 15:1-5; 1 Corinthians 1:30; 1
Corinthians 3:16; Galatians 3:27; Colossians 2:12; Ephesians 4:24).
There is no other one who can create the life of God in man. Jesus - He
is the only One; the only Way, the only Truth, and the only Life made
available to man!

Jesus is the Savior of the world! He is not just one among many; He is
the only One. Just as Jesus is the way and the life, He is also the
truth. Everything about Jesus is truth, the way He lived, the things He
said, and everything He did. Furthermore, this is a statement of
absolute exclusivism. You cannot mix Jesus with anything else, not even
Judaism; much less Hinduism or any other --ism. Jesus came as the
embodiment of the Word of God. Jesus is not just part of the truth; He
is the essence of truth. He is the incarnate word of God, and the judge
of all! The Holy Spirit has come to lead us and guide us into all truth;
and so doing He leads us and guides us into all the revelation,
character, and nature of Jesus. Jesus is the creator of all things, as
the Father created everything by Him (John 1:3, Ephesians 3:9; Hebrews
1:2). He is the only way to the Father, because He is the only One from
the Father. He is the only One who has ever seen the Father, and He is
the only one who can make Him known (John 1:18). Jesus alone has the
words of life.

Jesus is the very embodiment of truth, because He is the Word and the
source of life (John 1:1-4; John 11:25). Jesus is not just one voice
among many; He is the One voice. All others that say that they know the
way to God are liars and thieves (John 10:8). Those who have Jesus have
His life, and those who do not have Jesus are dead and under the penalty
of eternal judgment while they live (1 John 5:11-12; John 3:18). There
is salvation in no other name (Acts 4:12). For as there is only One God,
there is salvation in only One: Christ Jesus (1 Timothy 2:5). Jesus is
the light of the world (John 8:12; John 9:5). Jesus is the way and the
truth (John 14:6) Jesus is the resurrection and the life (John 11:25).
Jesus is the bread of life - the heavenly food that gives men eternal
life (John 6:48). Jesus is the light of the world; without Him all men
sit in darkness (John 8:12). Jesus is the door to the realms of life
(John 10:9). Jesus is the good shepherd, who leads all who will follow
him out of the regions of death, into the life of God (John 10:11).
Jesus is the true vine (John 15:1). Today God is calling all men
everywhere to repent and come to Jesus; and receive the life of God,
through the miracle of the life of Jesus being imparted into them!
daily bread
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Tuesday, 20 October 2009 15:36
Revelation 12:7 - And there was war in heaven, Michael and his angels
fought against the dragon. And the dragon and his angels fought back.

Satan is identified as a demonic monster or 'drakontos' in this verse.
He is not the aggressor, but the one trying to hold onto his place in
the heavens. Michael and the heavenly host are the aggressors. At this
time in the future, the god of this world will lose all of the power
that he had retained over man (Ephesians 2:2; 2 Corinthians 4:4). All of
the forces of evil that are in the heavens warring against the saints
today will cease to have any authority and power as they do now, and
will ultimately be bound in hell.

Today Satan makes war against the saints (Ephesians 6:11-12; 1
Thessalonians 2:18). He goes about as a roaring lion, seeking whom he
may devour (1 Peter 5:8-9). The saints of God have been given authority
in Christ Jesus to absolutely dominate every evil power. We have the
authority to cast out every evil spirit when we encounter them, and to
conquer every resistance of Satan and his influence - in every dimension
of life (Luke 10:19; Mark 16:17; Acts 26:18). Christ Jesus by Himself
absolutely conquered all of the powers of darkness, and stripped them of
all authority (Hebrews 2:14; Colossians 2:15; Ephesians 1:21; 1 Peter
3:22). It is only in Christ Jesus that this absolute authority can be
executed against the rebellious powers of darkness. Satan may fight
against us and attempt to resist us, but if we stand in the strength of
the Lord and in the power of His might, we always prevail (Ephesians
6:10; Matthew 28:18; Acts 1:8; 2 Corinthians 11:23-27; 1 Corinthians
15:57; Romans 8:37; Luke 18:8).

We must recognize that the satanic weapons that are used against us are
sin. He launches his strategic attacks with the lust of the flesh, the
lust of the eye, and the pride of life. On the other hand, the weapons
that we have been given are the weapons of righteousness (Romans 6:13; 2
Corinthians 10:4; Ephesians 6:13-18). As the army of God and the
soldiers of Jesus Christ, we must not give any place to the devil. If we
do, he overthrows the power and authority that we have against him. We
must recognize that the protection that we have against all of the
forces of darkness is the power and authority that has been given to us
in Christ Jesus. If Satan successfully brings us under the influence of
His satanic power, and we submit to it by committing acts of iniquity;
then the satanic gains the upper hand to kill, steal, and destroy. Mercy
and forgiveness awaits us in Christ Jesus, who will forgive us of all
our sins and cleanse us from all iniquity; but that does not change the
fact that the forces of Satan are fortified in their resistance against us.

God has called us to live the most sanctified lives ever described in
the Bible. We are called to live in Christ Jesus. This sanctified life
is filled with the Holy Spirit, and baptized in His presence and in His
fire. This is an impregnable and irresistible force that Satan has no
power against, nor ability to withstand (1 John 4:4; 1 John 5:18; Luke
10:19; John 14:30; 1 John 4:17).
daily bread
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Monday, 19 October 2009 09:55
John 5:29 - And they will come out: those who have done good to a
resurrection of life, but those who practiced wickedness to a
resurrection of judgment.

Jesus made the message of eternal reward very simple to understand: they
that do good will be raised up to enjoy eternal life, and they that do
evil will suffer the eternal horrors of damnation. Daniel said it in
very similar way: "And the multitudes of them that sleep in the dust of
the earth shall awake; some to everlasting life, and some to shame and
everlasting horror" (Daniel 12:2). Make no mistake: it is all about good
and evil, and right and wrong! Unfortunately, many have been deceived to
believe that there are no wages for their sin if they "believe in
Jesus." They have been convinced that sin cannot be overcome, and as a
result God understands and is accommodating. Many people sit in church
and believe that just because they have an orthodoxy of religion, that
they are eternally okay. They have been deceived to believe that even
though they commit the same sins that God has judged men for since the
beginning of time, that somehow they and their iniquities are now
acceptable to God. These people have failed to realize that God
radically changed everyone who has been born of Him into a new creation,
so that we might live in the purity and obedience of Jesus. Jesus did
not die to make sin acceptable; He died to destroy the works of the devil!

When Jesus was describing the deception that would work against
humanity, he revealed it in a parable. In one of these parables He told
the story of a man who sowed good seed in a field, and while he slept
his enemy came and sowed tares. After the seeds sprouted, the servants
observed that someone had planted tares. However, the Lord commanded
that they be allowed to grow together, so that the wheat would not be
uprooted by removing the tares. The tares represent the children of the
wicked one, and the wheat the children of God. John made it very simple
to identify the children of the wicked one: he said everyone that sins
is of the devil (1 John 3:8). Those who do righteousness are of God (1
John 2:29; 1 John 3:7). The tares will be destroyed, because they are
those who do iniquity (Matthew 13:41; Luke 13:27).

This is not a difficult concept to grasp: if you continue in sin, you
will die. However, if you take hold of the salvation that is in Christ
Jesus, then you will find the power and authority to overcome all the
works of darkness (1 John 5:18; Luke 10:19; Revelation 3:21)! It is
essential that you listen to the word of God; and not to tares that
stand in pulpits and come as messengers of God, but inwardly are full of
iniquity. You must give yourself to the power and authority of the word
and the Spirit, in order to stand against all of the wiles of the enemy
of your soul. This should be the most important conscious thought and
daily activity of your life! We are at war against the enemy of our
souls (2 Corinthians 10:4; 1 Peter 5:8; 1 Thessalonians 5:8; 2 Timothy
2:3-4)! If you receive the doctrine of devils that would say "you will
not surely die if you sin," then the faith of Jesus Christ will be
overthrown in your life (Genesis 3:4; Romans 6:1-2; Galatians 2:17; 1
Timothy 1:19; 1 Timothy 4:1). This deception will ruin any restraint you
would otherwise have against the trickery of Satan. It will make you
defenseless against His attack. Your heart will become hard, and you
will lose all sense of godly sorrow and remorse for wrongdoing; thus
finding no place for repentance.
daily bread
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Sunday, 18 October 2009 13:56
Acts 24:25 - And as he discussed righteousness and dominion over
oneself, and the coming judgment at hand, Felix became terrified,
saying, "Go away until another time; then I will send for you, and
receive you."

When Paul ministered, Felix was terrified. The subject of the coming
judgment against all unrighteousness is central to both the Old
Testament and the New Testament (Romans 1:8; Romans 2:8). Today many
behave as though the subject of judgment has no place in the New
Testament Church; but such a notion is entirely wrong. Paul said:
"Knowing the terror of the Lord, we try to persuade men" (2 Corinthians
5:11). Many people who sit in churches today may say, "What terror?" Was
there anyone who knew the subject of grace better than Paul? Yet you
will not find Paul shy of warning others - against sin, and of the
judgment against iniquity.

The responsibility of God's priest is to turn the people from their sins
(Acts 26:18; Romans 2:2-6; Romans 6:1-2; Jeremiah 23:11,14; Jeremiah
23:22; 2 Peter 2:21). We are required to blow the trumpet today as much
as at any time in the past (Joel 2:1; Ezekiel 3:20; Ezekiel 33:5-6; Acts
20:26-27). Yet the social pressures for preachers are probably more
difficult than ever before. Many people will not tolerate some
passionate preacher who begins to personalize evils within the
congregation, and demand repentance. Then to further warn of a coming
judgment upon all unrighteousness that condemns the adopted practices of
many in today's churches - well, the outcry is much the same as those
who worshiped the goddess Diana: "Away with such men from the earth, for
it is not right that they should live" (Acts 22:22).
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