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Daily Bread - September 4, 2018
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Tuesday, 04 September 2018 12:49
Ephesians 3:21 - Unto Him be glory in the Church by Jesus Christ throughout
every generation, forever and forever. Amen!

The Glory of God in the Church (Part 1):

The Church is sacred to God, and it has been created by God to reveal the
brightness and radiance of Christ Jesus on Earth. The Church is the Body of
Christ, purchased by the blood of Jesus and given life by the Holy Spirit
(Acts 20:28; 1 Corinthians 12:7-11). God receives glory in the Church by
Jesus Christ, Who rules in His Church, and Whose manifest power and
presence are to be witnessed by all. God's glory in His Church cannot be
separated from His glory in Christ Jesus. Christ Jesus is the One Who
reveals the Father, and the Church is supposed to reveal Jesus.

How can it be that any man would be so arrogant and defiant as to attempt
to take control of the Church, and behave himself as though the risen
Christ Jesus was not present? How can we be so deceived to think that Jesus
is revealed if His works are not present? The Holy Spirit is the One Who
brings the expressions of Christ Jesus to every member of the Body; and if
He is not submitted to, Jesus will not be revealed.

The Church must be a place where people are taught to yield to the Holy
Ghost, and are also taught how sacred these things are. The unmodified
model of what the Church is supposed to look like is given in Acts chapter
two. Men in their arrogance and defiance against God demand that it be
different, but Acts chapter two will stand for the entirety of the Church
age, while the opinions of men pass away.

Let Your glory be fully revealed in Your Church, oh Lord! (Isaiah 40:5,
60:1; Mark 1:15)
 
Daily Bread - September 3, 2018
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Tuesday, 04 September 2018 12:48
Ephesians 3:20 - Now to Him Who has the power to do super-abundantly above
all that we think or ask, according to the power at work in us;

The Power At Work In Us (Part 4):

In order to understand the meaning of 'dunamis' (divine power), one must be
willing to embrace Pentecost, where the 'dunamis' was and is poured out on
the believer by the Holy Spirit (Acts 1-2). Although, the Greek word
'dunamis' is used in the Septuagint with various meanings, a special
meaning is given to it by its application in the New Testament, where it is
always used to describe the divine power of God to save, heal and provide.

A summary statement for 'dunamis' is given in Acts 10:38: "God anointed
Jesus with the Holy Spirit and power, Who went about doing good and healing
all of those oppressed with the devil." We gain insight into the meaning of
'dunamis' from the power that flowed from Jesus into the woman with the
issue of blood, as well as the power poured out on the saints in Jerusalem
when Jesus baptized them in the Holy Spirit (Mark 5:30; Luke 6:19). That
same power is at work in those who believe right now; and through it, the
One Who is all-powerful is super-abundantly supplying all that we ask and
think and more!

Trust in the Lord forever, for He supplies all your needs! (Isaiah 26:4;
Philippians 4:19)
 
Daily Bread - September 1, 2018
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Tuesday, 04 September 2018 12:47
Ephesians 3:20 - Now to Him Who has the power to do super-abundantly above
all that we think or ask, according to the power at work in us;

The Power At Work In Us (Part 3):

We make the faith-connection with God's promises by agreeing with His Word,
and by the connection supplied to us by the Spirit of God. God has baptized
us in the language of the Spirit so we might learn how to speak the words
of God and declare His wonderful works (Isaiah 28:10-11, 50:4; 1
Corinthians 14:21; Acts 2:11, 17-18, 19:6; Jude 20-21). The operation of
the Holy Spirit in our life flows out of the power working within us. Our
connection and submission to Him is the connection between us and all of
God's signs and wonders (Acts 1:8, 2:4; John 7:38-39).

Every dimension of the outworking of God through our lives is a result of
our fellowship with God in the Holy Spirit. As we yield to the Holy Spirit
and take seriously the commission to advance the Kingdom of God through
ministering to the lost, there is an ever-increasing revelation of the
power of God in and through our lives. If we will give ourselves to the
ministry gifts given to reveal the living Jesus, then we can be certain
faith will increase and the corresponding ability to operate in the power
of God (Who is doing far beyond what we are able to think or ask!) will be
enlarged (Mark 16:17; John 14:12; Matthew 24:14; Romans 12:6; 1 Corinthians
12:7, 31, 14:1, 12; Joel 2:28; Titus 2:14; Matthew 25:21, 23).

Yield to the Holy Ghost and declare the wonderful works of God! (Acts
2:4,11)
 
Daily Bread - August 31, 2018
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Tuesday, 04 September 2018 12:45
Ephesians 3:20 - Now to Him Who has the power to do super-abundantly above
all that we think or ask, according to the power at work in us;

The Power At Work In Us (Part 2):

The ability to do everything and have everything God has purposed for us is
given to us by the power (dunamis) at work in us. There is a connection
each individual must make with the power of God at work in them. Otherwise,
it remains of very little consequence, and the outworking of God's glory is
not manifested through our lives. We must first be convinced by the Word of
God how it is God's will for us to have His abundant life (John 10:10). We
must recognize how it is God's will for us to prosper and be in health even
as our soul prospers (3 John 1:2). When we are certain Jesus is our Savior,
our Healer, and our Provider, then we will also be certain God will supply
all of our needs according to His riches in glory (1 John 4:14; 1 Peter
2:24; Philippians 4:19). We can then rise up with the psalmist and say,
"Oh, bless the Lord, oh my soul, and forget not all of His benefits!"
(Psalm 103:2). We can find ourselves calling those things which God has
promised done and announcing the wonderful works of God (Romans 4:20-21;
Hebrews 11:1-6, 6, 11; Psalms 40:5; Acts 2:11).

Recognize God at work in you to will and to do! (Philippians 2:13)
 
Daily Bread - August 30, 2018
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Tuesday, 04 September 2018 12:45
Ephesians 3:20 - Now to Him Who has the power to do super-abundantly above
all that we think or ask, according to the power at work in us;

The Power At Work In Us (Part 1):

God desires for us be filled with all of His fullness. Such a thing goes
beyond all we could think or ask, but God is at work in us to teach us how
to cooperate with His abundant life (Ephesians 1:19; 2 Peter 1:3-4). The
gift of God has provided us with the ability to live a life full of His
divine nature and goodness. The gift of God is a wellspring of God's power
springing up from the depths of our soul -a river of God's presence flowing
from our lives. The gift of God is the Spirit of the Living God at work in
those who believe. It is the life of Jesus established in our souls
(Colossians 1:28; 1 John 3:24, 4:4; 2 Corinthians 13:5).

This glorious power of the Holy Ghost residing in us is a treasure of
divine power at work both strengthening and perfecting those who are
willing to participate with His will (Philippians 2:13; Colossians 1:29; 2
Corinthians 4:3-7). If we are willing to obey, the power of God supplied to
us will perfect everything concerning us (Hebrews 13:20-21). If we desire
to walk in the Spirit, then we will be strengthened with all might so we
may walk worthily and be fruitful in very good work (Colossians 1:11;
Ephesians 6:10).

Let Him work in you to will and to do! (Philippians 2:13)
 
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