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Daily Bread - February 6, 2017
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Monday, 06 February 2017 10:50
Isaiah 61:1-4 - The Spirit of the Lord Yahoah is upon me; for Yahoah has
anointed me to preach to the meek; He has sent me to bind up those whose
hearts are broken, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and to open prison
doors; to proclaim the acceptable year of Yahoah, and the day of the
vengeance of our God; and to comfort all who morn; to appoint unto them who
mourn in Zion, to give to them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for
mourning, the mantle of praise for the spirit of dimness; and calling them
trees of righteousness, the planting of Yahoah, that He might be
glorified. And they shall build the ancient ruins, they shall raise up the
wastelands of former times, and they shall repair desolate cities, the
wastelands of many generations.

Jesus stepped into the world of men and proclaimed that He was the One Whom
the Spirit of the Lord was upon. It was Jesus Who came and broke the yoke
of slavery from off of our necks. He destroyed the power that held us
prisoner to sin and death, and has appointed us unto an abundant life (John
12:31; John 16:11; Hebrews 2:14; 2 Timothy 1:10; Colossians 2:15; Romans
8:2). In Christ Jesus, we have been given splendor for ashes: He has
anointed us with the Holy Spirit so that we may have joy unspeakable and
full of glory. He has given us the mantle of praise, and made us the
righteousness of God in Christ Jesus (John 17:21-23; John 15:11; 1 Peter
1:8; 1 Peter 2:9; 2 Corinthians 5:21).

We have also been appointed by the Lord to live in the heavenly realm
(Ephesians 2:6). Even as Jesus was anointed of God, we have also been
anointed together with Christ, and given the baptism into the Holy Spirit
and fire (John 20:21; 2 Corinthians 1:21; Acts 1:8; 1 Thessalonians 1:5).
We have received His glory that we might testify of it; and live in days of
heaven on earth (Deuteronomy 11:21; Matthew 21:43; John 10:10).

The building of the ancient ruins and the restoration of the wastelands
speak of more than just the reconstruction of Jerusalem and the land of
Israel; it reveals that God's people will be reconstructed and empowered to
show forth His glory in the earth (Ephesians 4:24; 2 Corinthians 6:16; 1
John 2:27; Ezekiel 36:26; Jeremiah 31:31-33; Hebrews 8:8-11; 1 Corinthians
6:19-20; 1 Corinthians 3:16; Matthew 5:14). The river of God that is in us
is shown to be the life-giving power of God. Wherever the river of God's
presence flows, life springs up. It flows into the wastelands, and they
become like a fruitful garden paradise (Isaiah 51:3; Ezekiel 47:8-9;
Revelation 22:1; John 7:38-39).

The blessings and giftings of God that have been given to us in Christ
Jesus cause men to know that the power and presence of God is in the earth.
Even as Laban recognized that the blessing of God had come into his house
through Jacob, the world around us should see the blessing of God on our
lives, and benefit from it (Genesis 30:27). Elijah stood up in the mantle
of God's power; and when men confronted Him, they knew that they were
confronting the power of the Almighty.

The ancient ruins testify of God's dwelling place in and with mankind.
Today, we may once again walk with God in all of His glory, as we walk in
the Spirit and discover that God has made us His dwelling place. God has
taken the ruins of our lives and built for himself a holy tabernacle, a
place where He can dwell. We have been given the opportunity to arise into
the fullness of the measure of the maturity of the ministry of Jesus, and
abide in Him, even as He abides in us. The glory and majesty of the life of
Jesus should therefore be revealed in us for all the world to see!


Bonus Bread:
He will render to each one according to his works: to those who by patience
in well-doing seek for glory and honor and immortality, he will give
eternal life; but for those who are self-seeking and do not obey the truth,
but obey unrighteousness, there will be wrath and fury. (Romans 2:6-8).
 
Daily Bread - February 4, 2017
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Saturday, 04 February 2017 07:50
1 John 1:7 - But if we walk in the Light, as He Himself is in the Light, we
have communion with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son
cleanses us from all sin.

The message that John delivered to both the believer and unbeliever was
that God has called everyone to come to the light, and walk in the light,
as the Father is in the light. Certainly, this is one of the most radical
statements made by John, for God is in light that no man can approach unto
(1 Timothy 6:15-16). The light of God is a place of purity and holiness - a
place where sin certainly cannot exist. The premise set in verse 5 that
"God is light" defines the light we are called to walk in as both the
nature of God (Who is light) and the presence of God (Who is in the light).

The blood of Jesus carries the life of God. When the blood of Jesus is
applied to our lives, the life of God is imparted. The blood of Jesus
swallows up death and sin. It is such a powerful purification agent to
cleanse and purge our sins that, once we are touched by the blood of Jesus,
all sins are completely removed and never again remembered (Hebrews 10:2,
8:12, 10:17). They are completely wiped away from the heavenly record.

When John speaks of the removal of sin, he uses words like:
1- "take away" ('airein' in John 1:29; 1 John 3:5)
2 - "destroy" ('lyein' in 1 John 3:8)
3 - "cleanse" ('katharizein' in 1 John 1:7)
4 - "clean" ('katharos' in John 13:10-11)
5 - "propitiation," "purgation" ('hilasmos' in 1 John 2:2, 4:10)
6 - "forgive" ('aphiemai' in John 20:23; 1 John 1:9, 2:12)

There should be no question as to John's confidence in the blood of Jesus
to completely remove sin and its contamination. Application of Jesus' blood
to the life of man produces the washing of regeneration (Titus 3:5). Having
received the purgation, and having assurance in the promise of God, you
should have no more consciousness of sin, and no need for another offering
(Romans 6:10; Hebrews 7:27, 9:13-14, 23-28, 10:1- 2, 10-14; 1 Peter 3:18).
A person may say, "How do I receive this washing?" It is easy - all you do
is call upon the name of the Lord Jesus! The Spirit of the Lord who brings
conviction of sin will lead you to repentance, and the blood of Jesus will
wash away your sins.
 
Daily Bread - February 3, 2017
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Friday, 03 February 2017 10:17
1 John 1:6 - If we say that we have communion with Him, and walk in
darkness, we lie, and do not the truth.

Fellowship with God is only made possible by the impartation of the Life of
God. The Life of God is imparted to us when we are born again. Through the
new birth, the Holy Spirit Who now lives in us, leads us, teaches us, and
establishes us in all the ways of God. If we say that we have 'koinonia',
and yet walk in darkness, then we are lying; because we cannot be
interacting with God while sin reigns over us. There is no darkness in God.
He has no relationship with it any more than light has with darkness. John
makes it very clear in the 15th chapter of the Gospel of John that we are
to dwell in Him as a branch in the vine. Paul describes the new birth in
terms of being "in Christ" (2 Corinthians 5:17).

The first Epistle of John uses a very simple and radical contrast to make
an absolute difference between those who know God, and those who do not
know Him. What could be more simple and clear than the differences between:
light and darkness, God and Satan, children of God and children of the
devil, righteousness and sin, truth and lie. There certainly is no gray
area, and no place of transition or uncertainty. If you are in the light,
you are a child of God, and the fruits of righteousness are manifested; if
not, then you are a child of the Devil. Paul establishes the same contrast,
saying we are: righteousness not unrighteous, light not darkness, Christ
not Belial. We are, in fact, the very temple of the Living God where He
lives and dwells (2 Corinthians 6:14-18)!
 
Daily Bread - February 2, 2017
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Thursday, 02 February 2017 09:21
John 9:39 - And Jesus said, For judgment I have come into the world, that
the ones who do not see may see; and those who see may become blind.

How we respond to Jesus makes the difference of where we will spend
eternity. He shines the light of revelation into each man's heart to reveal
whether they are willing to be the obedient people of God. Jesus asked the
man who was born blind one question that is also asked of the whole world,
Jew and Gentile alike: "Do you believe in the Son of God" (John 9:35)?
Jesus did not, and does not, ask this question in the light of persuasive
philosophical words, but in the demonstration of God's power (1 Corinthians
2:4; 1 Thessalonians 1:5; Acts 1:8; Mark 16:17). To believe in the Son of
God is to believe in the One Who loves you and will make you whole. Jesus
did not ask this question in a casual way, but after opening the eyes of
the man born blind. The blind man, overwhelmed with his ability to see,
possessed a testimony of his personal interaction with the power of God. He
had a testimony of what God had done for him. The man, Christ Jesus, was no
stranger to him, but the one Who had done what no man had ever done for
him.

To believe on the Son of God is to believe in God's love for you; to reject
Jesus is to reject God's love. To accept Jesus, the Healer, is to accept
God's life; to reject Him is to reject His life (1 John 5:11-13; John 3:16,
36). Therefore, the personage of Jesus becomes our judgment; accepting or
rejecting Him is the sentencing of every individual. Jesus came as the One
who would reveal men's hearts. He came shining as the light of salvation,
yet men loved darkness rather than light. He did not come to condemn, but
to bring life; yet because of the hardness and stubbornness of men's hearts
they rejected Him and the freedom that He brings (John 3:19; 3:36). Those
who refused to see the light took on a permanent spiritual blindness; and
those who were blind and lost in darkness, but were willing to see the
light, received their sight.

Isaiah pronounced spiritual blindness on Israel for refusing to obey God,
and when Jesus came the proof of their spiritual blindness was further
revealed (Isaiah 6:9-10). Jesus stood before them as the One Who came to
heal and save them from their disease -both spiritually and physically
(John 12:47). However, many of them did not believe that they needed a
Savior. They refused to acknowledge their disease (John 8:24, 33-35, 41; 1
John 1:8, 10). Because of their haughtiness, they rejected Jesus; and, by
their own decision, they rejected God's mercy and salvation, and entered
into an eternal blindness of heart.

The gospel message of salvation cannot be categorized with the plethora of
all the religious ideas of men, because none of them demonstrate the
miraculous proofs of God's signature on the message. The message of
salvation brings with it such extraordinary proofs as, "Never since the
world began has it been heard that anyone opened the eyes of a person born
blind" (John 9:32). When God determined that the light of revelation should
shine, He brought forth that light with a brightness of irresistible glory.
The love of God that is revealed in the gospel message cannot be more
perfectly captured than it is here in John chapter nine. The light of
revelation that shines through Jesus Christ illuminates the world with
never before seen miracles. These 'never before seen' miracles of God's
love and grace have come to break men out of their prison of spiritual
blindness and deception. Yet, at the same time, to reject the revelation of
His salvation results in an eternal judgment. Jesus came to separate the
chaff from the wheat with the Word of Life (Matthew 3:12). The message of
salvation continues to have the same effect today, as it shines into the
heart of man to give everyone the knowledge of the truth in the light of
Jesus Christ (2 Corinthians 4:6; 1 John 5:20).
 
Daily Bread - February 1, 2017
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Wednesday, 01 February 2017 10:19
1 John 1:5 - Now this is the message that we have heard of Him, and declare
unto you, that God is Light, and in Him is no darkness at all.

God is Light, and there is no darkness in Him. There is nothing that can be
as pure as light, for it is impossible to contaminate light. There is no
darkness in us, because we are now in Him; and no darkness can be in Him.
The contrast being made between light and darkness serves to absolutely
describe the state of God's truth, righteousness, holiness, and purity -
and the total absence of anything less. To have 'koinonia' with Him is only
possible in the realm of light, where there is no darkness. God granted
such holiness and purity to us when we received His life.

We cannot say that we are in Him, and that we are in communion with Him,
and walk in darkness. As light represents God, His life, and His
righteousness; darkness represents Satan, his death, and his iniquity. The
symbolism of light and darkness are laid out from the beginning. Earth was
in a lifeless and chaotic state because of sin and rebellion, and darkness
was over the face of this desolate and waste place (Genesis 1:2). When God
commanded the light to shine into the darkness, the darkness was removed,
and the life and creation of God began to spring forth. Darkness is the
place of sin and death, a place separated from fellowship with God. When
Jesus came, the light shined into the darkness, and the darkness vanished.
There is absolute division between light and darkness, and they can never
mingle. Darkness is the absence of light; and in this respect, it is the
absence of the life of God. All who will come to the light and receive the
life of God may now walk in 'koinonia' where there is no darkness at all (1
John 1:6-7).
 
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