Daily Bread - August 13, 2019 (The Third Day - Genesis 1:9-13)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Tuesday, 13 August 2019 06:45
1 Corinthians 1:18 - The word of the cross is foolish to the perishing, but
to those of us who are saved - the power of God.

Part 2 ~ The Complete Work Of The Cross

At the cross, every testimony given against mankind was put to death and
erased forever (Colossians 2:14). The cross is where the altar of God was
prepared so the Passover Lamb could become our sin offering and liberate us
from the snare of iniquity and eternal death (1 Corinthians 5:7; Hebrews
13:10-13; 2 Corinthians 5:21; 1 Peter 2:24). At the cross, every
principality and power was defeated and rendered utterly powerless to
execute their will over those who would believe (John 12:31; Colossians
2:14-15; Hebrews 2:14; 2 Timothy 1:10).

Through the blood of the cross, we received the cleansing and empowerment
to step into the Holy of Holies and behold the Lord in all of His glory
(Hebrews 10:19; Colossians 1:20). It was through the cross that everything
in Heaven and Earth was cleansed (Colossians 1:20; Hebrews 9:23, 12:22-24).
It was through the cross that the separation between Jew and Gentile was
abolished (Ephesians 2:11-19). At the cross, God gave us His most precious
gift: the death of His Son (John 3:16; Romans 8:32). Now that we have been
purchased by the blood and sealed by the Spirit we should in like manner
lay our life down for the brethren (1 John 3:16).
 
Daily Bread - August 12, 2019 (The Second Day - Genesis 1:6-8)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Monday, 12 August 2019 08:14
1 Corinthians 1:18 - The word of the cross is foolish to the perishing, but
to those of us who are saved - the power of God.

Part 1 ~ The Cross Represents The Whole Life Of Jesus

The cross both displays the wisdom and power of God and is the means by
which we access the wisdom and power of God. The Jews expected that the
Messiah, the King, would be exalted upon a throne and rule over all of the
Earth forever; but instead, He was exalted upon a cross (John 12:32). This
was probably the most offensive subject Paul could take up to argue for the
glory and Messiahship of Jesus. To the Jewish mind, everyone who hung upon
a tree was cursed (Deuteronomy 21:23; Galatians 3:13). Yet, Paul boasted in
the relationship of the cross to the King of Kings.

The world in its arrogance and pride cannot begin to relate to the humility
and obedience of the cross. Yet, if we are going to come to know the ways
of the Almighty, humility is an absolute. The very nature and way of the
Eternal God is humility; and if we are going to walk with Him and conduct
ourselves in the manner of His life, then we must learn to be obedient to
His conduct and manner of life. Jesus came and revealed the Father and
invited all of us to come and learn of Him (Mathew 11:29-30; Mark 10:43-45;
John 14:9).

The obedience of Christ was completed in His obedience unto death even the
death of the cross (Philippians 2:8; Hebrews 2:10). In fact, the whole of
the life of Jesus may be cast upon the cross for the cross represents His
obedience, His servitude, and His humility. We are commanded to live out
this same kind of life and take up the cross of the obedience Christ found
in His servitude and humility (Philippians 2:6-8; Matthew 11:29, 16:24;
Mark 8:34; Luke 14:27; also: Matthew 10:38; 2 Corinthians 2:15; 1
Corinthians 2:5).
 
Daily Bread - August 10, 2019 (The Seventh Day - Genesis 2:1-3)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Saturday, 10 August 2019 09:34
1 Corinthians 1:10 - Now I urge you brethren, by the Name of our Lord Jesus
Christ, that you all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions
among you; but be joined together in the same mind and purpose.

If the Church is going to function as the members of Christ and the
community of God, then we have to be willing to both speak and live by the
Word of God. We should be willing to come to such a place of surrender to
the Holy Spirit that our own personal judgments are no longer important. If
we would be willing to live in such unity of the Spirit and surrender to
the love of Christ, then surely all men would have a witness that we are
His disciples (John 13:34-35). By glorifying God with one mind and with one
mouth, we would show out of our love and affection for one another that
Christ has risen from the dead, and that we have passed from death unto
life (Romans 15:6; 1 John 3:14). However, if we continue to give place to
strife and division, then we will continue to be overrun by the powers of
darkness, and the glory of the Church will lie in ruins (Romans 13:13; 1
Corinthians 3:3; Galatians 5:20; Philippians 2:3; also: 1 Timothy 6:4;
James 3:14-16). Ultimately, through envying and divisions, we would tear at
each other and bite and devour one another until there was nothing left.
Therefore, let all of us consecrate ourselves to living according to the
Word of God and the ways of the Spirit, so that all the world might see the
glory of Jesus and the blessed hope of the Kingdom of God!
 
Daily Bread - August 9, 2019 (The Sixth Day - Genesis 1:24-31)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Friday, 09 August 2019 16:50
1 Corinthians 1:9 - Through the faithfulness of God, we were called into
the fellowship of His Son Jesus Christ our Lord.

God has brought us into a divine and sacred partnership with His Son. The
Almighty God has poured out the sacred anointing oil upon us and anointed
us "sons of God" (John 1:12; 1 John 3:1, 2:20, 27). The anointing
transferred upon our lives the authority and power to have all things in
common with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ (John 17:21-22; Colossians
1:28; 2 Corinthians 13:5; Philippians 1:21; Ephesians 5:30; also: John
15:4; Galatians 2:20).

We were called and chosen by God to be conformed to the image of His Son.
To be heirs and joint heirs with Him and to be seated together in the place
of authority with Him in the realm of the Heavenlies from where all power
and rights proceed (Romans 8:17-29). We are God's representatives in the
Earth ordained to carry out the divine work of His Son. We have been
honored with the sacred privilege of representing God as those who have His
nature and spiritual likeness (Ephesians 4:24; Romans 8:30; 2 Corinthians
3:6, 5:20; 2 Thessalonians 2:14; also: 1 John 1:3; John 20:21; 2
Corinthians 6:1).

Through the act of God's faith, or faithfulness, we have become sons.
Through His continual faithfulness to us, we are given the grace to be
empowered to develop into all He has purposed us to be in Christ Jesus. God
is at work in us to develop us into the full spiritual maturity of His Son,
Christ Jesus (Ephesians 4:13; Philippians 1:6, 2:13; 1 Thessalonians 5:24;
also: 2 Corinthians 3:5, 9:8). Rest assured, all who have thoroughly
studied the Word of God agree that we have been called into a sacred
participation in Christ's Sonship. We may also be assured that God is
trustworthy, and we can count on Him to provide all we need to accomplish
all that He has purposed!
 
1 Corinthians 1:8 - He will strengthen you to the end blameless in the day
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Thursday, 08 August 2019 07:18
1 Corinthians 1:8 - He will strengthen you to the end blameless in the day
of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Part 2 ~ Established Together With Christ Jesus

The work of Christ Jesus functions in our life and produces faith and
assurance as a sure and steadfast anchor for our soul (Hebrews 6:19,
10:19-21). Christ Jesus, our only Mediator, is at work interceding on our
behalf and upholding us with the word of His power. It is essential that we
hold fast to our confidence in Him and His saving work of grace that has
made us partakers of His divine nature -this is the faith! (Hebrews 3:6,14,
10:35; Ephesians 3:12; Romans 8:17).

We cannot overemphasize how we have been established together in Christ.
Our life is in Him, and our perspective cannot be allowed to drift away
from that unification (John 15:1-5). In Christ Jesus, God is maturing us;
and in Him God is both willing and doing of His good pleasure in us. The
power of God is at work in us so long as we remain yielded and dependent on
Jesus (2 Corinthians 1:21; Philippians 2:13; Ephesians 4:20-21). It is
Jesus who will strengthen us and will keep us firm until the end - if we
will continue to believe in Him and not ourselves!
 
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