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Daily Bread - June 15, 2017
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Thursday, 15 June 2017 09:01
Isaiah 6:3 - And the one called unto another and said, "Holy, Holy, Holy is
Yahoah of Armies; all the earth is full of his glory!"

The presence and being of God is sacred (Exodus 15:11; 1 Timothy 6:16). He
is righteous in all of His ways, and holy in all of His works (Psalm
145:17). We are called to come and worship Him in the beauty of holiness
(Exodus 28:2; 1 Chronicles 16:29; Psalm 29:2, 96:9, 110:3; Isaiah 52:1). We
are called to come to a sacred place; a place of awe and reverence of the
awesome wonders -and the presence- of the Giver of life and Author of
lovingkindness.

If we really desire to come into the deeper realms of the fullness of God,
then we must be willing, through the act of our own will and choices, to
cooperate with the Holy Spirit and enter into a place of holiness. This
place of holiness must be sacred to us, and we have to begin with the
reality that God has made our lives holy; and therefore, they must be
treated in a sacred way. God made us His temple; and we must be willing to
call His temple sacred, and not trespass against the holiness that He
brought into our lives when He gave us His Holy Spirit, and called us His
holy ones (1 Corinthians 3:16-17, 6:19; John 14:26, 17:21-23; 2 Corinthians
6:16).

Today, recognize that the One Who is Holy has come to dwell with you, and
in you. Honor Him, and give Him the reverence that is due His presence by
yielding your members as servants to righteousness unto holiness (Romans
6:16-19, 22).
 
Daily Bread - June 14, 2017
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Wednesday, 14 June 2017 10:45
Exodus 15:11 - Who is like you, Yehowah, among the gods? Who is like you:
majestic in holiness, fearful in praise, doing wonders?

Holiness:

God showed Himself to be distinct and separate from all of the other ideas
of gods and kingdoms when He overthrew the kingdom of Egypt. God brought
Israel out of Egypt so that they could be separated from all other things,
and live a separated life unto Him. God's holiness is a protective realm
from all that is evil. His eyes are so pure that they cannot behold evil,
and His Spirit so holy that it cannot contemplate anything but
righteousness and truth. The fire that surrounded God is a practical
description of His holiness. The glory, which He dwells in is like a light
unto which no man can approach (1 Timothy 6:16; Exodus 19:18, 24:17;
Hebrews 12:18). The fire which surrounds God could be viewed as a heavenly
dimension, separate from all that is in the world.

God has granted to us the gift of His holiness; and demands that we be holy
just as He is holy (1 Peter 1:15-16). He has given us His holy nature
through the new creation, making us separate from the world and protecting
us from all the demonic realm (Ephesians 4:24; 2 Corinthians 5:17-18; 1
John 5:18; John 17:14-16). He has given us a new spirit and filled us with
His Holy Spirit, making us the temple of the Holy Ghost (Ezekiel 36:26).
Our spirit is joined unto the Holy Spirit, and we exist as His temple (1
Corinthians 3:17, 6:17,19). He has baptized us in His fire and in the
Spirit of Holiness, and He keeps us by His power (Luke 3:16; 1 Peter 1:5).
We are commanded to bring forth the fruits which are the evidence that we
walk in His holiness (Romans 6:22; Galatians 5:22-23). We must have the
seal of the Spirit of Holiness in our conversation and conduct: the proof
that we are led by the Holy Spirit (2 Corinthians 1:22; Ephesians 1:13;
4:30). If we are the sons of God and have been born of the Holy Spirit,
then we will walk in the Spirit of Holiness (Romans 8:14, 16). We must be
dedicated to living this life of holiness, separated from worldly
influences, having nothing to do with all that is in the world (2
Corinthians 6:17; 1 John 2:15-16; 2 Peter 3:11). As certain as we must be
born of the Holy Spirit, we must also walk in the Spirit; for without
holiness no man shall see the Lord (John 3:1-3; Galatians 5:16,25; Hebrews
12:14).

Walk in the Spirit of Holiness!

Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
 
Daily Bread - June 13, 2017
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Tuesday, 13 June 2017 09:55
Luke 1:75 - In holiness and righteousness in His sight all the days of our
lives.

Could it be that there exists in everyone who has been born of the Spirit
an untapped divine ability to be everything that God intended men to be
when He first created them in His likeness and image? Is it possible that
because we have not been willing to believe we can live in this blessed
realm, that we have been deceived into accepting a lifestyle far less than
what God purposed for us in redemption?

The Greek word for holiness (hosiotes), that is used here and in Ephesians
4:24, has a special meaning. In classical Greek the word 'hosia' denotes
the everlasting principles of "right" (Word Study in the New Testament). It
is, therefore, correct to assume then that the Greek word used here for
'holiness' concerns the eternal laws of God. The meaning of this "proper
behavior" concerning the eternal laws of God would extend beyond what would
be acceptable for a period of time, such as the Law of Moses or another
covenant merely facilitating yet another step towards the ultimate desire
of God; but rather, would be the very expression of the behavior of the
eternal laws of God. There are some who argue that this word (hosiotes)
should be translated 'purity' or 'perfection' (A Handbook of the Gospel of
Luke Reiling, J., & Swellengrebel, J. L. (1993], c1971).

By the Holy Spirit, Zacharias prophesied concerning the age of the Messiah,
an age which has no end. The age of the Kingdom and reign of the Messiah
began two thousand years ago, and of the increase of His government and
peace there will be no end (Isaiah 9:7; Colossians 1:13). Zacharias
announced to all mankind what God would do for us through our Savior Jesus
Christ. He was introducing the new birth and the new self, created in
righteousness and true holiness (Ephesians 4:24). Through this awesome work
of grace, God has given to us an unspeakable gift (2 Corinthians 9:15). He
has delivered us from the fear that had caused us to live in bondage all of
our lifetime (Hebrews 2:15; Luke 1:74; Genesis 3:10). God has filled us
with His Spirit and given us the Spirit of sonship; so that we can call God
our Father, and serve Him as He before ordained -in holiness, without
blame, before Him in love (Romans 8:15; Galatians 4:5; Ephesians 1:4-5).
There is absolutely no question about God's desire for us to be holy; for
He tells us in no uncertain terms to be Holy even as He is Holy, and that
without holiness we will not see Him (1 Peter 1:15-16; Hebrews 12:14).
 
Daily Bread - June 12, 2017
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Monday, 12 June 2017 10:52
Exodus 15:11 - Who is like You, O LORD, among the gods? Who is like You,
majestic in holiness, awesome in glorious deeds, doing wonders?

The Almighty God is unique and distinctive from all other things, dwelling
in a realm which is separated from everything unlike Himself, and in this
His holiness is defined (Exodus 15:11; 1 Samuel 2:2). It is not possible
for anyone to approach unto this holiness; but even though man cannot come
to Him, the Lord in His mercy comes to them (man, both male and female),
that they may be made holy by His presence (Exodus 19:23, 20:18-20, 24:8,
25:8, 26:33, 28:36; Deuteronomy 33:2-3; 1 Timothy 6:16). It is in the
tabernacle of holiness that God will meet with man (Exodus 25:22, 29:42,
30:6, 36).

Through the New Covenant, God has made us holy and imparted His life and
Spirit into us, making us His dwelling place (Luke 1:74-75; Ephesians 4:24;
John 3:6; Romans 8:9; 1 Thessalonians 5:23; 1 Corinthians 6:19; Hebrews
8:10; 10:16). He commands us that we be holy, even as He is Holy (1 Peter
1:15; 2 Peter 3:11; Ephesians 1:4; 5:27; Colossians 1:22).
 
Daily Bread - June 10, 2017
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Saturday, 10 June 2017 11:34
Romans 10:8 - But what does it say? The Word is near you, in your mouth,
and even in your heart; this is that word of faith that is proclaimed.

God's people have the power that framed the universe poised and ready to
accomplish great things. All we must do is believe in our hearts, and
confess with our mouths; and we will begin to participate with God's
miracle. Out of this realm of the Spirit comes forth the miracle of
miracles -the presence of Jesus, and the salvation that He brings. When
Jesus came into our hearts, the miracle power of the word of faith was
established there. The Spirit of the Living God wrote His words of faith
upon our hearts and minds. As we speak His words of faith by the Spirit,
all the miracles of His will begin to take shape.

When we hear the Word of God, we are hearing the faith of God. This
testimony of faith was first announced at Sinai. All of Israel audibly
heard the words of the Almighty at that first Pentecost in the wilderness
(Exodus 19-20). The Word of God was revealed as the mountain shook with His
presence, and the earth was filled with the sound of His voice declaring
His Word. They knew first hand that God had spoken, and not man. All they
needed to do was to simply agree with what God had said, and all of the
blessings that He had promised would have been theirs (Deuteronomy 30:1-14,
6:6-9; Exodus 13:16).

Today, the Word of God is present in our hearts and in our mouths, if we
have been transformed by the Word of God. All we need to do is to speak out
those things that the Word of God proclaimed, and the blessings of
salvation will be revealed in our lives. It was the word of faith that
created the vast expanse of the Universe; it was the word of faith that
brought forth our salvation; and it is the word of faith that will cause us
to possess all those righteous things which God has promised (Psalms 33:6;
Hebrews 11:3).

Too many of God's people speak things that have nothing to do with the Word
of God. They agree with disappointment, and speak out a future of failure
and demise. We must learn to speak only those things that God has said, and
not agree with our adversary and the disappointing circumstances that we
may find ourselves in. We live our lives much too earthly; and so when
things are going good, we are happy and speaking words of life; and when
things go bad, we are sad, and begin to declare reproachful things. God
desires to turn all the bad around and fill you with a sound of continual
thanksgiving.

So, keep your tongue from evil, and do not allow your lips to speak out
words of doubt and disappointment; depart from evil and pursue His peace (1
Peter 3:10; Psalms 34:13). Let us only speak the truth the Word of God, and
say with the men of faith and wisdom: "All of the words of my mouth are in
righteousness; there is nothing arrogant or perverse in them" (Proverbs
8:8).

God is a God of faith; and without faith, we cannot please Him (Hebrews
11:6). There is no good thing that He will withhold from those who walk
upright; so be in expectation that all that God has promised will be
fulfilled in you (Psalms 84:11; Proverbs 28:10). Do not faint, neither grow
weary (Isaiah 40:30-31; Galatians 6:9). Rather, let the words of your mouth
and the meditations of your heart be acceptable in the sight of your
Strength and Redeemer (Psalms 19:14). It is by our words that we are
condemned, or justified; therefore, we must be careful to only speak the
words of truth, the words of faith (Matthew 12:37; Proverbs 13:3, 18:21).
Our confession must be what we truly believe; and for those born of the
Spirit, we believe the truth as it is revealed by God, not by circumstance!
 
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