Daily Bread - March 2, 2020 (The Second Day - Genesis 1:6-8)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Monday, 02 March 2020 12:50
Hebrews 10:23 - Let us hold fast the confession of our confidence without
wavering, for He is faithful that promised.

Part 1 ~ Confidence in Father's Promises

Our confidence comes from the promises God has made to us in His Word. The
Word of God empowers us to have faith that moves mountains and makes the
impossible possible. When we read the eleventh chapter of Hebrews, we get a
glimpse of all that faith can do. Faith is an unwavering confidence and
trust in God that is activated by the Word of God, and infused with the
power of God by the Spirit of God. The faith that has been given to us
produces a certainty that nothing is impossible for those who believe
(Matthew 17:20; Mark 9:23, 11:23; Luke 1:37)!

Our Heavenly Father just wants us to believe how nothing is impossible, and
that we can do all He has said we can do. He has ordained us to obtain
promises, subdue nations, and walk in all of the authority of the Kingdom
of God (John 15:16; Hebrews 11:33-35). Too many people regard faith as a
hope, or an idea. However, faith is the power of God invested into us by
the things God has spoken in His Word, and He is looking for a return on
His investment!
 
Daily Bread - February 29, 2020 (The Seventh Day - Genesis 2:1-3)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Saturday, 29 February 2020 13:51
Hebrews 10:22 - Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of
faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies
washed with pure water.

Part 2 ~ Full Assurance

God wants us to have full assurance of the faith. The faith is that we have
been washed and cleansed from all of our sins by the blood of Jesus Christ.
The faith is that we have been made sons and daughters of the Most High by
the Spirit of the Lord (John 1:12 3:5; 1 John 3:1; Galatians 4:6; Romans
8:14, 16) . The faith is that we can draw nigh and experience union and
acceptance because of the gift of holiness and righteousness that has been
given to us (2 Corinthians 5:17-21; Ephesians 4:24). The assurance of the
faith is essential if we are going to enjoy the relationship God has
purchased for us. Until we are willing to simply believe all of this has
been freely provided for us as the gift of God, we will never realize the
union and the authority we have been given. Another way to express this
point is to realize how the opposite of the Greek word we translate
'assurance' (plerophoria) is 'unbelief '(apistis). The unbeliever is not
allowed into the presence of the Almighty (Titus 1:15; Revelation 21:8).

The language used in this verse reminds us of the washing that took place
just before Aaron and his sons put on the priestly robes so they could
stand before the presence of the Lord in the earthly tabernacle (Leviticus
8:6). All of the filth of the flesh had to be washed away before the holy
garments could be worn. The blood of the covenant had to be applied so the
sin of man could be removed before the presence of the Holy One of Israel.
We must believe that the washing of regeneration has taken place; that the
circumcision of Christ has removed the filthiness of the flesh (Titus 3:5;
Colossians 2:11). We must believe that the blood of Jesus is upon us,
testifying that sin has been destroyed and the life of God imparted (1
Peter 2:24; Romans 6:6; Galatians 2:20; 1 Corinthians 1:30; Colossians
1:27).
 
Daily Bread - February 28, 2020 (The Sixth Day - Genesis 1:24-31)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Friday, 28 February 2020 08:14
Hebrews 10:22 - Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of
faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies
washed with pure water.

Part 1 ~ The Basis of Boldness

Many times we have asked God to draw us close to Him, or to allow us to
experience a greater depth of communion with Him. All of this is good, but
we must understand that Father has made a way for us to come into His
presence and be one with Him (John 6:56, 14:17, 20-24, 15:5, 17:21-23; and
1 John 3:24). The way God made is Jesus. His blood was poured out for us so
that everything separating us from God, or condemning us, would be
completely removed (Hebrews 10:17; Isaiah 59:2; 1 Corinthians 6:9-11).

We must believe the blood has cleansed us from all of our sins and
iniquities, so that we may have boldness and confidence (1 John 1:9;
Philippians 2:15; 2 Peter 3:14; Revelation 1:5; 1 Timothy 6:14). We cannot
draw near to God without this boldness; a boldness that only comes to us
because we are absolutely convinced that the blood of Jesus has made us
holy and acceptable unto God (Ephesians 3:12, 4:24; Hebrews 4:16; Romans
12:1-2).

We cannot please God, nor draw near to Him, without such faith. If we try
to access the presence of God based upon our own personage, we will not be
allowed in. Our access into the presence of God is by the faith of Jesus,
and by the Holy Spirit that brings us in (Ephesians 2:18, 3:12; Romans 5:2;
John 10:7, 9). Even as the preacher led you into the water to baptize you,
and as you submitted yourself to be immersed in the water, you must also
submit to the work of grace that brings us with all boldness into the
presence of God. An evil conscience cannot come in. A heart that is
condemned, a soul that is ashamed, has no access to the presence of the
Lord. Only those who have believed what God has said about His Son, and
receive the cleansing, may stand in the Holies of Holies (1 John 5:10-13;
Hebrews 10:19).
 
Daily Bread - February 27, 2020 (The Fifth Day - Genesis 1:20-23)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Thursday, 27 February 2020 08:54
Hebrews 10:19 - Therefore, brethren, have boldness to enter into the
holiest by the blood of Jesus.

There is only one place in which we can interact with God, and that is in
the realm of holiness (Exodus 3:5, 19:23, 26:33; Isaiah 6:1-4; and Numbers
17:4, 18:10; Hebrews 9:8). God in His mercy sanctified and cleansed us by
the blood of Jesus, so that we could interact with Him (John 17:19; Hebrews
2:11, 10:10, 14; and 1 Corinthians 1:2, 30, 6:11). Regardless of how evil
and sinful we had been, He loved us with His great love and gave us all an
invitation to enter in. However, many fail to realize that God has called
us to holiness with a holy calling: to an awesome realm of sacredness and
purity, where He Himself dwells. Many would think they can have a deep
relationship with God in their disobedience and sinfulness, but that is not
true. The deeper you are willing to allow the Holy Spirit to lead you into
the sacred realm of God, the deeper and more glorious the revelation
becomes of the One Who dwells in the Holy Place (Isaiah 57:15, 66:1-2;
Ephesians 3:18-19; Habakkuk 1:13; Psalm 5:4, 11:7, 34:15-16; 1 Peter 1:15;
2 Peter 1:3-11).

God made a way where there was no way: a way for us to be purified -not by
any works of righteousness which we had done, but through the blood and
life of His only begotten Son. It has always been God's desire that we
worship him in holiness and truth (John 4:23-24; Ephesians 4:24); and so He
gave us an example like Aaron, who after being set apart and given a
special anointing to stand in His presence, had a crown of gold placed upon
his head that said "Holiness to the Lord" (Exodus 39:30). Anytime we think
of the work of the Spirit, we should think of absolute holiness because He
is the Holy Spirit -Who is the very expression of Holiness. And He has come
to lead us and guide us into all the ways of holiness -the life of God,
which is a life of purity and love (John 4:23-24; Romans 15:16; 2
Thessalonians 2:13; Ephesians 4:24; Titus 3:4-5).
 
Daily Bread - February 26, 2020 (The Fourth Day - Genesis 1:14-19)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Wednesday, 26 February 2020 08:39
Colossians 2:2-3 - That your hearts might be encouraged, joined together in
love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of the understanding unto
an exact knowledge of the mystery of God and Father and the Christ, in Whom
are hid all of treasures of wisdom and knowledge.

There is a key given to us throughout the Scripture that allows us to
understand how to come into all of the fullness of God. Paul revealed in
Ephesians 3 that as a result of knowing the love of Christ, we can be
filled with the fullness of God (Ephesians 3:19). Jesus made loving one
another the precursor to fullness of joy (John 15:10-11). He also made this
love for one another the means by which all men would know that we are His
disciples (John 13:35). Jesus made it very clear that if we would love Him,
that both He and the Father would come and make their dwelling with us
(John 14:23).

The realm of love is the realm where God dwells; and so when we dwell in
love, we dwell in God (1 John 4:16). We learn that love is the greatest and
most important thing of all. It is by love that faith works, and it is
through love that salvation was brought to us (1 Corinthians 13:13;
Galatians 5:6; John 3:16). With 115 commands and examples given to us of
the importance of love, we should make it the foremost priority of our
lives. Perhaps, we spend so much time and effort searching for a model and
a hidden key to revival and an increase in the anointing and the manifest
presence of God, while all of the time, we pass over the answer. If we
would only give ourselves over to His love continually and completely, we
would realize all of the things in God that we have desired. I am certain
that on the Day of Judgment we are going to be primarily brought into
question on how well we loved.
 
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