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Daily Bread - June 21, 2017
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Wednesday, 21 June 2017 07:45
Hebrews 12:14 - Pursue peace with everyone, and the holiness without which
no one shall see the Lord.

If we desire to see the Lord, then we must be willing to have our hearts
made pure and accept holiness as our state of being (Matthew 5:8; 1 Timothy
1:5). The Psalmist said, "Who shall ascend into the mountain of the Lord,
or who shall stand in His holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure
heart..." (Psalms 24:3-4). The only way that we can draw near to the Lord
is with a true heart in full assurance of the faith (Hebrews 10:22). We
cannot enter into the realm called the holies of holies where God dwells if
we have a defiled conscience and consider ourselves unholy. We must be
willing to accept the miracle of a transformed heart and nature. We must
allow Jesus to dress us in the holy garments of His righteousness and
holiness, even as Moses dressed Aaron in preparation to enter into that
holy realm. If we do not accept the good news that our hearts have been
purified, having been made new by the Spirit of God through the blood of
Jesus, then we will not see God now or in the future. God petitions us to
take the redemption that imparts the life and holiness of God into our
beings by the blood of Jesus and come into the holies of holies with all
boldness (Hebrews 10:19).

When the people of Israel were about to meet with God and hear the commands
of the covenant, God commanded Moses to sanctify the people. They were to
get themselves cleaned up, and take unto themselves the identity and
consciousness that they had become the holy people of God (Exodus 19:6-22).
God was leading them into His holy habitation, but they had to be willing
to be a people different from all the other nations that were around them
(Exodus 15:11-13). The people witnessed everyday, after the tabernacle of
God was erected, that the only way anyone could go into the presence of God
was if they were made holy. This was vividly displayed before them as they
watched the man that God had anointed with His Holy Spirit wash his body
with water, put on the holy garments, and finally the crown of glory that
expressed his identity and the identity of all Israel, "Holiness Unto The
Lord" (Exodus 39:30). When God was preparing Israel through Joshua to come
into the land that He had promised Joshua commanded the people to sanctify
themselves, or to see themselves as holy, because they were about to come
into the presence of God Who was going to do great wonders among them
(Joshua 3:5). They were going to experience one of the great displays of
the power of God as they walked through the midst of Jordan. What an
awesome and terrible sight that would have been to pass through the Jordan
with a column of water on your right reaching unto the clouds and a dry
river bed on your left. This was a moment that was surely filled with the
awesome presence and glory of God's holiness.

There are many people who attend the churches throughout the world that act
as though they have no responsibility to live holy and godly lives. I have
spent my whole life in the churches across America; and I have never heard
so many people confess unrighteousness and impurity as a state of their
life in Christ Jesus as I hear today. Truly this is a sign of the apostasy
where men turn away from the sound doctrine of redemption in Christ Jesus
and take on their own identities, and those which men and the powers of
darkness would impose upon them. If our souls have not been washed clean in
the blood of Jesus now, then when will they be? If our spiritual garments
are not spotless now, when will they be? If we have not been made a new
creation now, then when will we be? If we are not the holy and righteous
people of God now,, then when will we be? The cry of the old gospel song
rings out today for all who will hear, "Are you washed in the blood, in the
soul cleansing blood of the Lamb; are your garments spotless, are they
whiter than snow; are you washed in the blood of the Lamb." There is an
invitation now for you to meet with the Lord, and to have an ever
increasing intimacy with Him; but you must believe His report and accept
His salvation for there is no other way to come into His presence. Today,
the Lord says to you: Be holy, even as I am holy (1 Peter 1:16; 2
Thessalonians 2:13; 1 Peter 1:2).
Daily Bread - June 20, 2017
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Tuesday, 20 June 2017 10:33
Psalms 96:9 - Worship Yahoah being adorned with holiness; tremble before
Him all the earth.

There is a glorious fellowship with the Lord that each person should come
to know. It is a fellowship that takes place in worship. The Holy Spirit
wants to fill our worship with awe and revelation of God and His ways. If
we will make worship the sacred interaction with God that it should be,
then we will see a greater manifestation of His glory. Worship must become
a deep expression of hunger to fellowship with God. In this deep desire to
know Him, we will be filled to overflowing with His presence. True worship
only takes place by the Spirit of Holiness (John 4:23; Philippians 3:3). It
is a holy communion that we enter into by the Holy Spirit, and by a true
and sincere heart. If we are willing to come into the presence of the Lord
and drink of the waters of life, then we will be filled with prophetic
songs, and hymns, and spiritual songs (Ephesians 5:18-19; Colossians 3:16;
John 4:14; John 7:37-38).

The Holy Ghost desires to clothe us with the garments of praise, and
produce within us a holy fellowship of worship that causes our hearts to be
yielded to the presence of God. As we yield to Him, we are adorned with the
splendor of His glory, and filled with the beauty of His presence. In
worship, the Holy Spirit translates us to a place where all earthly things
disappear. It is here in the Holies of Holies -where nothing but God
exists- that we find ourselves engaged in true worship. Being adorned with
holiness and raptured by the Spirit, our mouths become filled with praise
and our hearts begin to tremble. In the beauty of holiness, we find a place
among all of those who cry out continually: "Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord;
the whole earth is filled with His glory!" (Hebrews 12:14; Isaiah 6:3;
Revelation 4:8; Exodus 28:36). It is here that our eyes are opened to all
that His hands have made. In this place of glory, our hearts are filled
with understanding and revelation in the knowledge of Him (Psalms 89:6-7;
Ephesians 1:17-18).
Daily Bread - June 19, 2017
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Monday, 19 June 2017 08:47
2 Peter 3:11 - Everything being dissolved in this way, what manner of
lifestyle should you have in holiness and godliness?

In the New Testament, the primary message relating to holiness is one of
moral integrity and purity. The standard of moral integrity, which reaches
into every dimension of one's conduct and behavior, is the character of
God. Both holiness and godliness are behavioral words that are defined only
in God. The holiness and godliness that God demands is supplied to us
through the Spirit of Holiness (the Holy Spirit). We have been baptized
into Him, and into His fire. The fire of God that consumed the sacrifice
from off the altar and lit up the menorah in the Holy Place has come upon
us; and we are to be wholly consumed by Him. Through the work of His grace
in our lives, we are empowered to live blameless in holiness as the holy
ones of God (1 Corinthians 1:8; Colossians 1:22; Philippians 2:15; 1
Thessalonians 3:13, 5:23; 2 Peter 3:14).

Today, if we will be led by the Holy Spirit and allow Him to govern our
lives, then we will shine with the character of God: in love, joy, peace,
longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance, virtue,
knowledge, patience, godliness, brotherly kindness, righteousness, and
holiness; with all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing
one another in love, and endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the
bond of peace (Galatians 5:22-23; 2 Peter 1:5-8; Ephesians 4:2-3; 2 Timothy
2:22). Let us deny ungodliness now and for the rest of our lives - and
perfect holiness in the fear of God (Titus 2:11-14; 2 Corinthians 7:1). For
without holiness no man shall see God (Hebrews 12:9-14).
Daily Bread - June 17, 2017
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Saturday, 17 June 2017 10:08
Ephesians 5:1 - Be, then, imitators of God, as loving children.

Acting like God - Part 2

Our adversary, Satan, lays the snares of pride and self-exaltation in our
way, and we must learn to recognize them. The pride of life must be cast
down, for it would pull us away from living like little children following
an admired and trusted leader. Many look down on someone who acts like
another person, but that is naìˆve -everybody acts like those who have
influenced them, beginning with their parents. In fact, it was as little
children that we developed much of our behavior. We learn more as little
children than at any other time in our life. It is also during those early
developmental years that we were more dependent upon leadership. It is a
good thing to be converted and become like a little child who is dependent
on God for everything -for out of the mouths of babes and sucklings, those
that must be totally dependent upon God, that strength has been ordained
(Psalm 8:2; Matthew 18:3; Luke 18:17).

We were converted and became like little children when we were born again.
We became as newborn babes so that we might be taught of God and grow up
into all His ways (Romans 8:15-16; 1 Peter 2:2). There is a great reward in
spiritual maturity, and we must not allow anything to draw us away from the
prize that is set before us (Philippians 3:14). An independent, rebellious,
and stubborn attitude that demands our own way should have no place in our
lives -it must be seen as a thief and a robber. We should rise up with a
holy indignation and violence against it, because it will indeed destroy
everything. There is no way that we can be a co-laborer with Christ Jesus
if we are not His devoted followers. If we will walk in the love and
humility of the Holy Ghost, we will learn to be ferociously loyal to God
and to those who belong to His Kingdom.

We have been anointed and established together with Christ Jesus. We are
called to come into the fullness of His maturity (2 Corinthians 1:21;
Ephesians 4:13). We have been given an unspeakable and amazing opportunity
to be taught by the Holy Ghost and live in all of God's glory. There could
be no greater opportunity afforded men than to have this call. Being
empowered to be imitators of God is greater than riches, fame, and all
other achievements that men so diligently give themselves to obtain. Why is
it that we remain so unbelieving and refuse to forsake everything else to
pursue this heavenly call? Can we truly believe that all God has is ours
and yet remain lukewarm, slothful, and negligent? Would we not stand up
with ferocious loyalty and face all the great challenges that would attempt
to stop us and cast them down like thieves? If we could see that our God is
the one who lives in humility, would we not want to be just like Him? The
world makes pride and arrogance look strong; but the Most High, God
Almighty, has chosen the way of the lowly (Isaiah 57:15, 66:1-2; 1 Peter

We have this amazing opportunity to mature into all the fullness of Jesus,
but somehow we fail to see much advancement in the ranks (Ephesians
4:12-13; John 14:12; Hebrews 5:12). The Lord is dedicated to building us up
and strengthening us so that we can function in all the riches of this
inheritance, but we must be willing to forsake our own way and fully
entrust our lives to Him (Acts 20:32; Ephesians 3:16, 20; Luke 12:32;
Matthew 16:25). We cannot fight our own battles anymore, defend our own
causes, or seek our own interests. We must recognize that it is not
necessarily faith that we need more of, but simple obedience. With a hunger
and thirst for more of the things of the Kingdom, all these things in God
are ours! Don't make the mistake of making your calling in God anything
less than what it is: you are predestined
to walk in the fullness of Jesus (Romans 8:29)!

Commit yourself, today, to imitate God and behave just like the Holy Ghost!
Daily Bread - June 16, 2017
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Friday, 16 June 2017 12:00
Ephesians 5:1 - Be, then, imitators of God, as loving children.

Acting like God - Part 1

God's nature is divine in every way. Everything about Him is good, lovely,
and wonderful; and we are graced with the privilege of being taught to be
like Him (Matthew 5:48; James 1:17; John 16:13-15; 1 Timothy 4:8; 2 Timothy
3:12; Hebrews 8:10-11; 2 Peter 1:3, 6-7). We are commanded to imitate God,
walk in the Spirit, and follow Jesus (Ephesians 5:1; Galatians 5:25;
Matthew 10:38). The concept of 'mimetai' (to 'mimic' or 'imitate') goes
beyond the idea of being God's friend or follower -it calls for us to act
exactly like God! If we are going to act like God, we must be trained to
function in His nature and ways.

God made all of this possible: He changed our hearts and spirits to be like
His; and He sent the Holy Spirit to teach us and train us (John 6:45; 1
Thessalonians 4:9; Jeremiah 31:34). We should be eager to learn and mature!
The anointing that we have received reveals the things of God's divine
nature to us, and our response should be a hunger and thirst for more (1
John 2:27; Matthew 5:6). As we listen to the Holy Spirit and respond to
Him, we become increasingly sensitive to His voice and instruction. Along
with sensitivity, comes humility and meekness; and these make us even more
pliable and cooperative (Matthew 11:29; Philippians 2:5-7). God the Holy
Spirit will not do anything outside of love and humility; and if we are
going to connect with Him, then we must learn to only give place to His
divine disposition.

Being self-willed must have no place in our life. Jesus taught us to deny
ourselves and instead do only those things that the Father shows us to do
(John 5:19, 5:30, 8:28, 54, 12:49, 15:5; Mark 8:34). Recognizing 'yourself'
is a challenging thing, but the Holy Spirit instructs us using both the
contrast of our lives to Jesus and the beauty of what He reveals to us
about the nature of God. If we are going to flow in the rivers of His
Spirit, then we must not flow with the things of 'ourself' (our
perspectives, self-will, and self-interest). When it is our delight to do
His will as the servants of the Lord, being self-willed becomes that much
more apparent to us. Living for ourselves and after the strong impulses of
what we think and perceive opposes our growth and blessings in God. We can
cry out all day long for more anointing and more of this or that, but
nothing will change until we are willing to do things God's way. God is
faithfully committed to our spiritual maturity, but we must cooperate. If
we walk in the love and humility of the Holy Spirit, we will be thrilled
with the glory and goodness of God's divine order. We will gladly imitate
God and all of His divine behavior, and follow those who follow Jesus and
flow in the Holy Ghost (1 Corinthians 4:16, 11:1; Philippians 3:17; 1
Thessalonians 1:6; 2 Thessalonians 3:7, 9; Hebrews 13:7, 17; 1 Peter 5:5).
As we walk with God, we will develop an insatiable appetite for more of
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