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Daily Bread - August 3, 2017
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Thursday, 03 August 2017 10:27
2 Peter 1:10 - On account of this, brethren, instead be diligent to make
your calling and election sure; for doing these things, you shall never
stumble.

The Greek adjective 'bebaian' means 'firm, secure, or certain'. The
doctrine of election as described in the New Testament refers to those who
are chosen by God (John 15:16). Jesus has come to seek and to save those
who are lost, but many men refuse to hear His voice (Luke 19:10). Those who
do respond to the call of salvation are commanded to walk in obedience and
to overcome even as our Savior overcame (John 14:23-24; Revelation 3:21).
The calling and election of God has been sounded out to all men (John
12:32; Luke 19:10; Titus 2:11-14; Acts 17:22-31). Peter emphasizes the fact
that God would have all men to be saved in the third chapter of this
epistle (2 Peter 3:9-11). However, both Peter and Paul also issued a
warning that diligence must be given to obey the will of the Lord if the
calling and election is to be established (Hebrews 2:1-4; Ephesians 5:1-21;
2 Peter 1:2-11)

Give all diligence to make your calling and election sure!
 
Daily Bread - August 2, 2017
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Wednesday, 02 August 2017 10:09
Hebrews 12:28 - Therefore, receiving an unshakeable Kingdom, let us hold on
to the grace through which we can serve God acceptably with reverence and
awe.

The grace of God that has been given to us is a divine empowerment that
enables us to do those things that God has purposed us to do. It is the
grace of God that has brought salvation (Titus 2:11-14). This grace is more
than just divine favor; it is divine ability supplied to us by the Holy
Spirit that has been given to us (John 14:15-26, 16:7-15; Romans 8; 1
Corinthians 12, 14).

There are some translators who translate the word 'grace' in this passage
"being grateful." This is certainly not without merit from both a
linguistic and contextual position. Truly, if we are going to look to the
Spirit of God for the ability to serve God acceptably, then we are going to
remain positive and thankful about our relationship with Him, and His
commitment to strengthen us and help us do that which is pleasing
(Philippians 1:6, 2:13; Romans 8:26-28, 12:2; 1 John 3:22). If we will
allow the Holy Spirit His proper place of leadership in our lives, then He
will show us the things to come (John 16:12-15). We will be allowed to
taste of the power of the world to come (Hebrews 6:5). He will reveal Jesus
to us, and we will be struck with the splendor and beauty of His goodness
and love (John 16:12-15, 17:20-26). With such revelation from the Spirit of
God, we will find ourselves in awe of Him!

God's Kingdom will stand forever and ever. Through the redemption that is
in Christ Jesus, we have been brought into this glorious kingdom now
(Colossians 1:13; 2 Peter 1:11; Romans 14:17; John 17:14,16; 1 John 4:5-6).
We are presently under the kingly rule of the King of Kings, and are being
taught by the Holy Spirit the manner, culture, and servitude of this
unshakable and eternal realm (Romans 12:1-2; 2 Peter 1:3-11). Let us give
ourselves to such exceeding great and precious promises, and not neglect so
great a salvation (Hebrews 2:1-4, 12:1-3)!

Look unto Jesus, and allow the Holy Spirit to reveal Him!
 
Daily Bread - August 1, 2017
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Tuesday, 01 August 2017 10:02
1 Chronicles 29:11-12 - To You, Lord, is the greatness, and the strength,
and the glory, and the victory, and the splendor; for all that is in Heaven
and in Earth belongs to You; the Kingdom belongs to You, Lord, and You are
exalted as Head over all. And the riches and the glory come from Your
Presence, and You reign over everything; and in Your hand is the power and
the strength, and it is in Your hand to make great and to strengthen
everyone.

Everything that is in Heaven and the Earth belongs to God, and He desires
to bless His people with everything that He has. One of the great tragedies
that exists among God's people is that they underestimate the power of God.
He is not limited to the Heavenly realm, but everything in the Heavens and
in the Earth, and all of its fullness, are His. Too many days pass through
our lives in which we fail to recognize the greatness of God. Instead, in
our worry and concern, we look to men and to the earth for what we need. We
need to stand in the Presence of God until we realize Who He really is!
Everyday, and in every situation, we must acknowledge that God reigns
supremely; and that all of the splendor, and beauty, and glory, and the
greatness of all wealth and riches of both Heaven and Earth are His, and He
gives to whom He chooses. We must equally recognize that He has chosen us,
and that He desires to bless us and to give us charge over all that He has.
What we can be certain of is this: it is His will to make everyone great
and to give everyone strength to function in all of His wonderful riches
both of the precious things of the Heavens and of the precious things of
the Earth (Deuteronomy 33:13-16, 28:1-14; Malachi 3:10-12; 2 Corinthians
9:8-10).

If we would only realize that riches and glory of both the things in Heaven
and in the Earth do not come as men suppose, but as a result of standing in
His Presence, then we may further realize how that it is impossible to have
these things without a deep and intimate relationship with God (Deuteronomy
8:17-18; Proverbs 8:18; Psalms 112:3; 2 Corinthians 9:8-9; 3 John 2 ). Only
those appointed by a king are allowed to stand in his presence; and this is
certainly true of the King of Kings, Who stands in the Holies of Holies.
God has appointed all men unto salvation through Christ Jesus (2 Peter 3:9;
Titus 2:11-14; John 12:32; Acts 2:21; Romans 10:13). He has opened the door
and provided the blood of cleansing and purification so that sin and its
darkness can be removed (Matthew 26:28; Romans 5:9; Revelation 1:5; 1 John
1:7; 1 Peter 1:18-19; Hebrews 10:19; 13:12; Colossians 1:14; Ephesians 1:7,
2:13). With the life and glory of these royal garments of holiness and
purity made clean by the blood of Jesus, we can stand in the Presence of
the One Who has all power and might; and we can receive from Him the
splendor of His manifest Presence, and walk in the majesty of His
anointing! With this glory of His Presence comes that strength and the
anointing to take our place as His representatives on the Earth, and to
possess a glory and an honor that reaches far beyond that which King David
inherited!

Don't hesitate to take your place in God's Presence and as His
representative!
 
Daily Bread - July 31, 2017
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Monday, 31 July 2017 11:23
2 Timothy 2:5 - And, also, if anyone trains to win, he is not crowned
unless he trains according to the rules.

A great opportunity has been afforded to each one of us. If we desire, we
can function in the majesty and glory of the life and ministry of Jesus
(John 14:12; Matthew 10:25; 1 John 4:17; Romans 8:29; 2 Corinthians 3:3;
Acts 1:8; Galatians 2:20). However, if we are going to be trained, then we
have to follow the rules of His ministry. Jesus did nothing of Himself
(John 5:19, 30, 6:38, 8:28, 14:10). We must learn to walk even as He
walked, always seeing the Father before us and on our right hand, that we
should not be moved (Acts 2:25; Psalms 16:8; 1 John 2:6). He depended
constantly upon the Father, and the glory that was manifested through Him
was by the operation of the Holy Spirit in Him (Matthew 12:28; Luke 11:20;
Acts 10:38).

We must embrace the truth that we can do nothing of ourselves (John 15:5;
Galatians 3:27; 1 Peter 2:21-22). If we are going to have a proof in our
lives that we are the sons of God, then we must be willing to come under
the control of the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:14; Galatians 4:6-7, 5:22-23, 25).
We must be willing to follow our Master, and cease from our own works and
self-reliance (Matthew 16:24; Mark 8:34; 1 Corinthians 11:1; Ephesians 5:1;
John 13:35). We must be willing to be trained by the Holy Spirit to depend
on Him for everything; for the things that we have been commanded to do can
only be done by the power and ability which the Spirit of the Lord
supplies. If we attempt to train under the influence of human ability, then
we will never be crowned with the prize of operating under the influence of
the Holy Spirit.

The rules of the Spirit have been given to us (Romans 8). The Word of God
has revealed to us very specifically what the Holy Spirit is doing, and how
He does it. If we will submit to His nature and His direction, we will
discover an ever increasing demonstration of His glory and power operating
through our lives, revealing the majesty and glory of Jesus. The Word of
God says that we are more than ὑπερνικάω (conquerors); which is to say we
are those who keep on winning (Romans 8:37)!. It's time to set your heart
on the things that God has commissioned you to do. Do not be lackadaisical
or complacent in any way; but give yourself to winning every time! Come on,
let's see some passion!
 
Daily Bread - July 29, 2017
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Saturday, 29 July 2017 10:45
John 16:7 - But I have told you the truth. It is profitable for you that I
go away. In fact, if I do not go away, the Paraclete will not come to you;
but if I go, I will send Him to you.

An important doctrine of the Scripture is being unveiled in this verse. The
Holy Spirit could not come to the disciples of the Lord Jesus until after
He had left. The way in which Jesus was determined to leave was by way of
the cross; the cross being the means by which men would be cleansed from
their sins (1 Peter 2:24; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Colossians 1:20). John
previously revealed that the Holy Spirit could not come until Jesus was
glorified (John 7:37-39; Acts 2:33). Thus, once the ministry of redemption
was fulfilled through the death, burial, resurrection, ascension, and
glorification of Jesus, a whole new dimension of interaction between God
and man could begin.

The Holy Spirit would come and begin to reveal what eyes have not seen,
ears have not heard, nor had entered into he hearts of men (1 Corinthians
2:9-10). He would come as the One Who would be in charge of the church, and
the One Who would lead and guide the church and each individual that was
born of Him into all truth (Acts 20:28, 10:19, 13:2, 4, 15:28, 16:6; 1
Corinthians 12:11). He would be the One Who would both reveal and glorify
Jesus (John 15:26, 16:14-15). It would be the Holy Spirit that would be
responsible for the writing of the New Testament, even as He was for the
Old (John 14:26; 2 Peter 1:21; Acts 28:25). Through the Holy Spirit the
saints of God would be empowered to minister the Word of God (1 Peter 1:12;
Acts 4:31; 1 Thessalonians 1:5; 1 Corinthians 14:6). Through the Holy
Spirit, the saints would be empowered to testify of Jesus with power (Acts
1:8, 6:5, 8; Romans 15:19; Mark 16:19-20). The Holy Spirit would be sent to
us from the Father by the request of Jesus, and would remain with us
forever (John 7:37-39, 14:16, 26, 15:26).

Although John revealed at the very first of his gospel that Jesus was the
One Who would baptize in the Holy Spirit, the ministry of the Holy Spirit
and the baptism was not revealed until Acts Chapter 2 (John 1:33; Acts 2).
What Jesus did reveal was that the Holy Spirit would take His place, and
they would be able to interact with the Holy Spirit as they had with Him.
One may ask how could it be that the Holy Spirit was not yet present?
Surely the Holy Spirit was present in the Old Testament, and in the life of
Jesus; for Jesus was anointed with the Holy Spirit and power (Acts 10:38).
In fact, John saw Heaven open and the Spirit descend upon Jesus (John
1:32). Furthermore, Jesus told His disciples that they knew the Spirit, and
that He was already dwelling with them (John 14:17). Yet, we may begin to
appreciate the fact that they were not formally introduced to the Holy
Spirit, and did not know how to personally interact with Him. The event
that was about to take place, however, would result in their ability to
interact with the Holy Spirit in a similar fashion to the way they
interacted with Jesus. The Holy Spirit would become their Teacher and
Companion, even as Jesus had been. He is also standing there now with you;
let Him lead you and interact with you, and be your Companion!

Holy Spirit, take control of me,
Come and rule every part for Your glory,
Holy Spirit, take control of me,
In You I delight!
 
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