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Daily Bread - October 3, 2017
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Tuesday, 03 October 2017 07:30
Ephesians 5:9 - for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, and
righteousness, and truth;

If we are the children of God, then the fruits of our lives will
demonstrate that we are led by the Spirit (Romans 8:1-14; Galatians 5:16,
22-25). The fruits, or evidence, of the Spirit are the proofs of who we are
-they bear witness that we have been born again (John 3:3-6; 1 John 2:29).
The fruits of the Spirit that reveal that our nature has been changed, and
that we have made Christ Jesus our Master, are in all goodness,
righteousness, and truth. There is nothing more wonderful than living in
God's goodness! We are empowered by the Holy Spirit in an atmosphere of His
grace with every good and perfect gift (James 1:17). Now, in the blessings
of God's goodness, we live our lives in righteousness and truth. As much as
the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Truth, He is also the Spirit of
Righteousness. Those whose hearts have been changed want nothing other than
those good and right things that belong to the One who has called us to
glory and virtue (2 Peter 1:3-4; 1 John 3:1-10).

The goodness, righteousness, and truth that is supplied to us by the Holy
Spirit finds its paragon and full expression in Jesus. If anyone would want
to find a reason or an excuse not to have these things reigning in their
life, it is evidence that their nature has not changed (1 John 3:5-10).
These heavenly things are the greatest blessing that Father could bestow
upon our lives -the true riches (Luke 16:11; Ephesians 1:17-18). He has
empowered us with His abiding Presence. By the excellence of the power of
God in us, His goodness, truth, and righteousness flow out like rivers (2
Corinthians 4:6-7; John 7:38-39). Life governed by the laws of the Spirit
of life is the abundant and everlasting life found only in Christ Jesus
(Romans 8:4; 2 Corinthians 4:7, 5:21).

Righteousness is the chief characteristic of the Kingdom of God, and should
receive the foremost attention of those consecrated to the life of Christ
(Matthew 6:33; Romans 14:17). Righteousness is to be the focus of our faith
and the desire of our hearts (Romans 10:6, 10; Galatians 3:11; Philippians
3:9). In His lovingkindness, God blessed us with the gift of life and
righteousness. He has raised us from the dead and awakened us from our
sleep to live in righteousness and sin no more (1 Corinthians 15:34; Psalms
4:3-4; Luke 1:73-75; Ephesians 4:24, 5:14). Should we call the gift of life
legalism? Can we be born again and scorn what God calls good? We have been
given the grace to live under the administration of righteousness and be
taught by God Himself (Romans 6:17-23, 8:1-17; John 6:44-45; Jeremiah
31:34). Surrounded by His glory and protected by His love, He gave us His
own armor of righteousness, on our right hand and on our left, that we
might have a defense from all those evil things that would otherwise
destroy us (2 Corinthians 3:9, 6:7; 1 Timothy 6:11). Living in
righteousness is living the life of God. That is the light that the world
so desperately needs to see (1 John 2:29, 3:7; Matthew 5:14-16; Hebrews
12:14).

Awake to righteousness!
 
Daily Bread - October 2, 2017
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Monday, 02 October 2017 10:29
Zachariah 4:6 - And he answered me saying, "This is the Word of Yahoah unto
Zerubbabel saying: Not by might and not by power, for it is by my Spirit,
says Yahoah of Armies."

After Zechariah looked on the seven lamps of the menorah, he asked the
angel what it was that he saw. The angel was surprised that Zechariah, a
prophet and a priest, was unable to identify the menorah. The angel
revealed to the prophet that the work of the Lord would be accomplished by
the Spirit of the Lord and not by the strength of men! Zechariah was
familiar enough with the menorah that had to be tended everyday, but this
was a unique menorah -one that would burn perpetually being supplied
directly from the throne room of God. The one point of clarification that
he needed was the two olive trees. When he inquired further the angel said
these are the "two sons of oil" (Beney ha-yitzhar) that stand before the
Lord of all the Earth. The angel also indicated that the seven lamps were
'the eyes of the Lord'.

In order to understand that expression, we have to rely on the book of
Revelation. There we learn that 'seven eyes' is another way of expressing
the Seven Spirits of God (Revelation 5:6, 4:5). When we realize that the
prophecy has more to do with the future temple being built and established
by the Messiah, rather than the immediate reconstruction that Zerubbabel is
undertaking, the Seven Spirits of the Lord becomes less allusive. We
realize that Jesus received the fullness of the Spirit of God when He was
anointed by the Holy Ghost (John 1:14, 3:34; Colossians 1:19, 2:9; Acts
10:38). Looking in the book of Isaiah reveals what that fullness of the
Spirit consists of (Isaiah 11:1-2). Jesus, Who is both Messiah and Lord, is
now baptizing anyone who will obey Him with the Holy Ghost and fire (Acts
5:32; Matthew 3:11; Mark 1:8; Luke 3:16; John 1:33). From this fire of God,
the light of God's glory shines through our lives. From the oil that pours
forth from Heaven which is supplied by God and not by men, we burn with His
Spirit and the image of Christ. There is no room for the works of men!
There is no need to supply the oil and trim the lamps; for the fire and
anointing of God has been poured out upon us by Jesus Christ!

Let us all arise and shine for our glory has come (Isaiah 60:1)! Let us
take up the mantle of the sons of God and walk in the anointing of the Holy
Ghost and fire (Galatians 5:25; Romans 8:14,19). The only true light is the
light of Christ Jesus, which is the expressions of God in our conduct and
life (Matthew 5:14; 1 John 1:7; 1 Thessalonians 2:10; 2 Corinthians 6:3,7;
Romans 8:29; John 17:21-23). We are to continually shine with the
brightness of God's Presence, and always be blameless and harmless, the
sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation,
among whom we shine as lights in the world (Philippians 2:15; Luke 12:35; 1
Corinthians 15:34; Ephesians 5:8-10).

Shine with brightness of the God's Presence!
 
Daily Bread - September 30, 2017
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Saturday, 30 September 2017 11:04
Galatians 5:1 - Stand, therefore, in the freedom for which Christ has set
us free; and do not submit again to the yoke of slavery.

Paul had previously ask the Galatians how they thought they could begin in
the Spirit, and then think that they could perfect themselves through human
effort (Galatians 3:1-3). They had received the miracle of the new birth;
and yet somehow they began to think that their relationship with God
depended on religious practices. They just did not get the message of
salvation. It had not registered that God had destroyed the curse that was
on Adam, and the separation that had existed between man and God; and now
all they needed was Jesus (Romans 5-6; Hebrews 2:14; 2 Timothy 1:10). They
failed to understand that God had brought them into the glorious freedom of
the sons of God, and now they were able to walk with Him and talk with Him
and learn of all His fullness through the activity of the Holy Spirit in
their lives (2 Corinthians 3:17; Romans 8:19-21; John 8:32,36).

Jesus died at Calvary so that the believers in Galatia could go free from
slavery to sin and darkness. He had brought them out of darkness into His
glorious light (1 Peter 2:9; Ephesians 5:8). He had translated them from
the kingdom of this world into His Kingdom (Colossians 1:13; Ephesians
2:1-6; 1 John 3:1-2). He gave them His glory so that they could be one with
Him (John 17:21-23). Yet, they stopped short of stepping into an ever
increasing personal relationship and began to retreat into religious
practices. They were becoming entangled with the slavery that they had
before their spiritual freedom. They were loosing sight of the fact that
Christ was all they needed in order to have everything that God had
ordained man to have (Galatians 2:20-21, 3:1-14, 26-29, 5:7; John 14:6; 1
Corinthians 1:30-31; Colossians 2:6-15; Romans 10:3-13).

We need to embrace the good news of salvation and the freedom to walk in
all the fullness of God (John 1:16; Ephesians 3:19; Colossians 2:9-10;
Ephesians 3:17; Colossians 3:16). We need to believe the testimony that God
gave to us of His Son, and call all the work of salvation complete; unless
we should run the risk of making the work of Christ of no benefit to
ourselves (Galatians 5:2,4,7; 1 John 5:11). If we will choose only to
believe what God has said about us, and accept what He has done for us,
then we will live in the glorious freedom of oneness with God (John
17:21-23; 1 John 2:6, 3:1-10, 5:18-21). We will find the beauty of holiness
and the blessing of righteousness springing up and flowing out like rivers
of living water (John 7:38-39; 1 Chronicles 16:29; Psalms 29:2, 96:9,
149:4; Isaiah 45:8, 58:8, 61:10-11; Romans 14:17). We must refuse the
thoughts and suggestions of man and Satan, who would constantly lie against
the truth and attempt to bring us back into slavery (2 Peter 2:19; 1
Timothy 4:6-7, 6:20-21; 2 Corinthians 10:4-5; Ephesians 6:10-11; 1 Peter
5:8-9; Romans 12:1-2).

Therefore, stand in the freedom of Christ Jesus!
 
Daily Bread - September 29, 2017
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Friday, 29 September 2017 15:31
2 Corinthians 3:17 - Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of
the Lord is, there is freedom.

The Spirit of the Lord is the Holy Spirit that has been given to us. The
Holy Spirit has come to reveal Jesus, and to transform those who will
believe into a new creation through the miracle of salvation (John 3:3, 5;
2 Corinthians 5:17; Ephesians 4:24). Paul relates this work of grace to
those things that Moses experienced after he beheld the glory of God. Moses
was granted his desperate desire to see the Almighty God in all of His
glory. After that experience, Moses had to veil his face because the same
glory that he beheld on God was also on his face; but the people did not
want to look at it. They did not want to look at the glory because of their
stubbornness and religious heart. They only wanted to have a religious
knowledge of God; they did not want to know Him as Moses did (Exodus 20:19;
Psalm 95:10). Therefore, out of their fear and hardness of heart, they
demanded that Moses veil his face (Exodus 34:30).

Paul relates the glory on the face of Moses to the glory of the new
creation; and for the children of Israel to look at it would mean that they
would have to look at the abolishment of the old (2 Corinthians 3:13). As a
result, Moses veiled his face when he talked with the people; but when he
went into the tabernacle to talk with God, he took the veil off (Exodus
34:34). If we want to know God, then the veil must be removed from off of
our hearts. If anyone calls upon the Name of Jesus, the Holy Spirit will
come and remove the veil of hardness of heart and disobedience -and set all
those who are in the prison of sin and blindness of heart completely free!
(Luke 4:18; Romans 6:6, 18-23; 2 Corinthians 4:4; Colossians 2:11; John
8:36)

The allegory does not end with the removal of the blindness of heart, but
extends to an encounter with God that brings to pass a transformation (2
Corinthians 3:14). Through the work of the Holy Spirit, the new creation is
brought forth in the likeness of Christ Jesus. The image of Christ and the
glory of the new creation springs forth -like the rising of the sun (Isaiah
60:1)! The most important part of Paul's message has to do with our
willingness to behold the glory of God, which has been freely given to all
those who will believe (Colossians 1:27-28; 2 Corinthians 3:18). We cannot
remain religious and unwilling to believe the good things that God has
done. He has called us to come and hear His voice and know His ways. We
cannot fall after the same manner of unbelief that took place in the heart
of Israel when they had the Gospel preached to them (Hebrews 3-4).

For us to refuse to see the freedom and glory of the the new creation that
has been brought to us by the Holy Spirit would be equivalent to demanding
that Moses' face be veiled. We must be willing to look, as it were, into
the mirror, and behold the same glory on our face that the Father gave to
Jesus (John 17:21-23; Romans 8:29, 12:2; 1 Corinthians 6:17; 2 Corinthians
3:18, 4:7; Ephesians 4:23-24; Romans 8:1-4; 2 Peter 1:3-4). The Spirit of
the Lord has brought to us freedom from the old man, and given newness of
life; but unless we are willing to believe, we will fail to take hold of
the glory that has been given! (2 Corinthians 3:3; Ezekiel 36:26; Hebrews
10:16; John 3:3-6; Romans 6:6, 7:5-6, 8:9)

Behold the glory of God He has freely given in the new creation!


Oh, Lord God of Hosts, cause us to return to You! Let Your Face shine, and
we will be saved! (Psalms 80:19)
 
Daily Bread - September 28, 2017
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Thursday, 28 September 2017 10:50
1 John 5:19 - We know that we are of God, and the whole world is controlled
by the Evil One.

The world is not only under the control of Satan, who is the god of this
world, but is also a place of temporal existence (Romans 8:19-22). The
world is passing away, and all the lust that is in it (1 John 2:15-17). The
world will soon be no more, but the Word of God will last forever (Isaiah
40:6-7; 1 Peter 1:24-25). Heaven and Earth will pass away, but the Word of
the Lord will endure forever (Matthew 24:35). God's Word divides light from
darkness, and good from evil (Genesis 1:3; Hebrews 4:12-13, 5:12-13; 2
Timothy 3:15-17).

The blood of Jesus has delivered us out of the world's house of bondage,
and the Holy Spirit has led us into the realms of God to be separated from
the influences of the world (Colossians 1:12-14; Ephesians 2:1-10). We must
understand how to remain separate from the world and remain unstained by
its influence (James 1:27). We must recognize that we are not of this world
anymore than Jesus was of this world (John 17:14-19). The world has been
crucified to us, and we to it (Galatians 2:20; Romans 6:1-11 ). Through the
salvation that is in Christ Jesus, we have escaped the corruption of the
world's lust and its damnation (2 Peter 1:4). To find comfort and enjoyment
in that which is inspired by the enemy of both our souls and of God is
terribly wrong. We must recognize that any form of friendship with the
world is an act of hostility against God (James 4:4). We must heed the
words of those who knew the will of the Father and the dangers of any
association with the world, and not allow ourselves to conform to anything
that that is in the world (Romans 12:1-2).

Never before has the world been more at our doorsteps, and in many cases
integrated into our lives, than through the current media invasion. It has
become increasingly harder for God's people to discern the world's unholy
influence, and therefore, have no fellowship with it. The 'world and all
that is in it' has been brought into our lives via media, and is accepted
as common and normal. Video games, television programing, internet, and
social media have overwhelmed the lives of most everyone. We must be all
the more careful that we do not allow the things of this world to
contaminate our souls and draw us away from the life that is in Christ
Jesus (Galatians 5:1, 13, 19-25; Ephesians 5:1-21; 2 Peter 1:10). It is
more essential than at any other time that we practice the utmost care to
make sure the we do not cross the line into those things which belong to
the world in our everyday affairs: the lust of the flesh, the lust of the
eye, and the pride of life (1 John 2:15-16). The world, its lusts, and all
those who follow in its ways will pass away, the world is surely a
dangerous and uncertain place (1 John 2:17; John 10:10, 16:33). The world
is a defiled and demonic realm - don't treat it as harmless and normal!
What is your attitude towards the world and all that is in it? Is the
spirit of the world comfortable and acceptable to you? (Ephesians 2:2-3; 1
John 2:15-17, 5:18-21 )

Stand fast in the liberty and abundant life Jesus has provided!
 
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