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Daily Bread - December 4, 2017
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Monday, 04 December 2017 10:51
Hebrews 13:21 - Make you perfect in every good work to do His will,
producing in that which is well pleasing in His sight through Jesus Christ;
to Whom be glory forever and ever. Amen!

What a rich summary this verse brings of all that God has done -and has
purposed- for our lives in Christ Jesus! It is God that makes our way
perfect to do every good work (Psalms 18:32-33; 2 Corinthians 9:8). Through
Christ Jesus and the power of the Holy Ghost at work in us, God produces in
us everything that is well pleasing in His sight (Philippians 2:13). Jesus
commanded us to be perfect, even as our Father in heaven is perfect
(Matthew 5:48). We are to be those who keep covenant and who walk the love,
the mercy, the forgiveness, and the kindness of our Heavenly Father
(Ephesians 5:1-2,8-9). This has all been made possible through the power of
the blood of the everlasting covenant that brought Jesus back from the dead
(Hebrews 13:20). Through the power that is in the blood, the life of God
and the Spirit of God has come into our lives. God has given us His life
changing Word that is Spirit and Life, living and powerful, to instruct us
in the ways of righteousness; so that we might be perfectly furnished unto
every good work (2 Timothy 3:16-17; John 6:63; Hebrews 4:12).

He has given to us His Spirit of Holiness, so that we might do His deeds
and function in His works. He has placed within His Church the gifting of
apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers; so that we might be
made perfect, complete, as well as be resourced and empowered to do His
will and walk in His ways (Ephesians 4:10-24). If there is one expression
that we find above all other things concerning our relationship with God
and the purpose of our lives, it is to do the will of the Father (Matthew
6:10, 7:13-27; John 1:13, 5:30; Romans 8:27,12:2; 1 Peter 4:2; Psalms
40:7-8; Hebrews 10:7). God in His immeasurable grace has provided the means
by which these things may be produced within us. Through the activity of
the Holy Ghost at work in our lives, He established us together with Christ
Jesus in all the holy conduct that is well pleasing in His sight (Ephesians
2:4-10; 1 Peter 1:15-16,22-23; Philippians 2:13).

A Song of the Spirit from this Sunday:

Oh Jesus!
My Jesus!
Oh Lord, I worship You!

You are my Joy!
My Wellspring!
The City of Refuge!

My Redeemer!
My Family!
The Arc of Safety where I dwell!

My Baptizer!
My Intercessor!
The Preserver of my life!

Oh Jesus!
My Jesus!
Oh Lord, I worship You!
 
Daily Bread - December 2, 2017
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Saturday, 02 December 2017 10:46
Zechariah 8:16 - These are the things that you shall do: speak the truth to
one another, execute the judgement of truth and peace in your gates.

There is nothing more important to God than truth! God hates lies. They are
such an offense to relationship and life that they must be cut off; and if
God's people are unwilling to cut them off through obedience, then God will
cut them off through judgments. The deception of a lie snared Adam and Eve,
and has continued to reproduce havoc in every age (Genesis 3:4; Revelation
12:9). Every man should know that there is a certain judgment coming upon
all those who tell lies: God said that all liars will have their part in
the lake of fire (Revelation 21:8,27, 22:15).

The Lord has poured out the Spirit of Truth upon His church (John 4:23,
14:17, 15:26, 16:13). We have been freed from the lie and deception, and
are now empowered to know the truth and to walk in truth -for God's Word is
truth (John 8:32, 17:17). We cannot possibly be under the influence of the
Spirit of Truth and tell a lie. The people of God are called to live
continually under the control of the Holy Spirit and must not yield to any
unholy thing. When Christ Jesus described satan, He called him the father
of lies (John 8:44). If we lie, we unite ourselves with that spirit. It is
our responsibility as those who are of the truth to walk in the Spirit of
truth; and never give place to, or come under the influence of, the spirit
of a lie.

The ministry of peace is just as important. It is the peacemakers that are
the manifest sons and daughters of God (Matthew 5:9; Isaiah 55:12). Jesus
Christ is the Prince of Peace; and those who are under His dominion and
rule, live in the blessedness and effects of His peace (Isaiah 9:6; John
14:27, 20:21). The Holy Spirit is always ministering peace; and if we are
being led by Him, then we are also pursuing peace (Romans 8:14; Philippians
4:7; Galatians 5:22). There are too many who name the Name of Jesus; but
who, at the same time, create divisions and discords among the saints -and
God hates the sower of discord (Proverbs 6:16-19). The Good News that we
are to preach -and more importantly to live- is a Gospel of Peace as well
as a Gospel of Truth (Romans 10:15; Ephesians 6:15). If you want to be
blessed with a long life and have many good days upon the earth, then keep
your tongue from evil and your lips from speaking guile, hate all evil and
do good and seek to make peace in every situation (1 Peter 3:10-12; Psalms
34:11-16).

If you desire to please the Lord, then practice truth, righteousness, and
love (Zechariah 7:9; Micah 6:8; Ephesians 5:1-2; 1 John 4:7-8). Strife,
envy, and divisions come from the realm of vainglory seekers who desire the
praises of men (John 5:44; 1 Timothy 6:4). These proud boasters, whose
deeds manifest that they are united with the forces opposed to all that is
Holy, have a day of judgment that will soon come; and this judgment is both
certain and just! We plead with you turn from all such practices and
rejoice in the salvation of your God!

Song of the Spirit from last Sunday:

You are the One Who has loved me,
With and everlasting love.
You are the One Who has called me,
With a Holy calling.
And You are the One Who has chose me,
And ordained me for Yourself.

You loved me,
You called me,
You chose me,
And ordained me for Yourself,

For You've done what no other could do,
You have made me what I could never be!

I am the one that will praise You,
Rejoicing in Your love!
 
Daily Bread - December 1, 2017
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Friday, 01 December 2017 08:06
Matthew 5:14 - You are the light of the world; a city set upon a hill that
cannot be hid.

Satan may be the god of this world and the ruler of the power of the
atmosphere, but God's people are the light (2 Corinthians 4:3-4; Ephesians
2:2; Philippians 2:15; 1 Peter 2:9)! As the light of the world, we
overthrow the darkness and cancel it out even more than when the sun rises
in the morning. We are a city set upon a hill in force and power, and our
place cannot be overrun (Isaiah 26:1-4; Proverbs 18:10). We have been given
the power to change the very atmosphere of people's lives (Acts 26:18). We
bring love where there was hate; joy where there was sorrow; peace where
there was strife and envy; healing where there was sickness and disease;
righteousness where there was sin; forgiveness where there was envy and
bitterness; mercy where there was intolerance; and life where there was
death (Isaiah 61:1-3, 58:6-12; Luke 4:18-19; Matthew 10:7-8; Ephesians
5:1-2, 8-10).

We are commanded by God to be the light of the world (Matthew 5:16;
Ephesians 5:8; John 8:12, 9:5; 1 John 2:6). There is nothing that the Light
of God represents more than His Presence (Psalms 36:9, 56:13, 89:15; Daniel
2:19-22; John 1:1-5,9; Acts 22:6-11, 26:13-14; 1 Timothy 6:14-16; 1 John
1:5-7; Revelation 21:22-24). It is God's will that every man see the light
of His Presence through our good works; and as a result, glorify our Father
Who is in Heaven (Matthew 5:16; Ephesians 5:8; 1 Peter 2:9). We are able to
convey this glorious Light of Life because we follow Jesus (John 8:12).
Therefore, God has set us as a light for the Gentiles, so that we may bring
salvation to the ends of the earth (Acts 13:47; 26:23). As those who are
the children of the Day and the children of the Light, we are commanded to
live as the children of Light (Ephesians 5:8; 1 Thessalonians 5:5; 1 John
1:7). It is therefore essential, then, that we are clothed with the armor
of light, so that no darkness finds any manifestation in us (Romans 13:12;
2 Corinthians 6:14).

The idea that we were ever called to a quasi-monastic and secluded
lifestyle is clearly not reality. God has purposed that, as the light of
the world, we penetrate every realm of darkness with His Presence. Wherever
men are gathered together in the darkness of this world, we are to arise
and shine in the brightness and splendor of God's glory (Isaiah 60:1-3;
Matthew 5:14-16; Acts 26:18; Philippians 2:15; Ephesians 5:1-21; 1 Peter
2:9-12).

Shine as children of the Light!
 
Daily Bread - November 30, 2017
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Thursday, 30 November 2017 12:50
Philippians 4:4 - Rejoice in the Lord always; and again I say, rejoice!

The biggest joy thief is sin and condemnation. The Lord has all of the
mercy and compassion that we could ever need; so if you find yourself
failing to walk in the obedience which God demands, He will forgive you.
However, sin is deadly because it makes you that much more vulnerable to
the influences of the satanic . The powers of darkness will affect your
emotions, steel your joy, and create all forms of slander against the truth
( John 10:10; Romans 6:16, 20-23; Galatians 6:7-8; Hosea 8:7). What a
terrible mess to have to work through! Things can be challenging enough
without giving satan a key to the door of your heart (Matthew 6:34; John
16:33; Psalms 34:19)! Simple obedience to the Word of God is not that
difficult -and the reward and benefits are great, both now and through
eternity (Deuteronomy 28:1-14)! One of the many glorious things about being
obedient to the Word of God is fullness of joy. So many Christians live
their lives in sadness and sorrow, while all the time the life of Christ
has been granted to them. The abundant life that is in Christ Jesus is far
better than any other kind of life! The peace that is provided, the
joyfulness, and gladness of heart -these things are unparalleled by
anything else in this world (John 10:10, 14:27; Psalms 4:7, 16:11; 34:8-10,
84:10-11, 139:6,17-18; Romans 14:17; Philippians 4:7; 1 Peter 1:8;
Ephesians 3:8,14-21).

The abundant life that is in Christ Jesus is most evidently expressed in
our lives through the love of God and the joy of our salvation (Matthew
7:16-20; John 13:35; Isaiah 61:9-11; Romans 14:17). The evidence of
salvation is that God has given us beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for
morning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness (Isaiah 61:1-3;
Luke 4:16-21; Psalms 149:4). The expression of joyfulness and gladness in
our service and worship is of supreme importance to God. In fact, He
refuses to accept the offering that we bring without this sound of joy and
praise. To appear before Him with a sad countenance is a reproach, and is
an act that brings distain to the Father. The Kingdom of God is
righteousness, joy and peace in the Holy Ghost. God has given us an endless
supply of these things -a wellspring springing up and a river flowing out!
Please honor the Lord, and give yourself to the joy that He continually
supplies! It is time to get off the emotional rollercoaster! Do not appear
before Him with a sad countenance, rather rejoice in the Lord always!
Rejoice in the Lord, and especially when you enter into His courts and come
into His presence! Let your whole being rejoice in the God of your
salvation; and do not yield yourself to the sorrow of this world (Psalm
100, 147:1, 149:1-6; Isaiah 56:7, 61:10; Deuteronomy 28:47; Habakkuk
3:18-19; John 4:14, 7:38; 1 Peter 1:8-9).

Rejoice in the Lord continually!
 
Daily Bread - November 29, 2017
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Tuesday, 28 November 2017 23:23
Romans 1:17 - For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to
faith; even as it has been written, "But the righteous shall live by faith."

Faith is obedience to the Word of God that expresses absolute trust in God.
Now, God's people live by the Word, and they live by faith (Deuteronomy
8:3; Luke 4:4; Habakkuk 2:4; Galatians 3:5; Hebrews 10:38). If we refuse to
live by the Word, then it is not possible for us to live by faith; for
faith is the Word of God in action (James 2:20-26; Matthew 8:8,10). Faith
is a supernatural supply of trust and confidence in God that is inspired by
the Word (Romans 10:13-17; Acts 14:9). Therefore, when we hear the Word of
God, a powerful and living operation of the Spirit stands ready to create
in us the miracle of faith. The heart that will hear the promises of God,
and will respond in obedience, will receive a living and divine operation
of the Spirit, beginning with the new birth that changes us into a new
creation (Romans 10:17; 1 Peter 1:23; 2 Peter 1:3-4; 2 Corinthians 5:17).

Without faith it is impossible to please God; for we must be those who not
only hear the glorious promises of God, but being fully persuaded of them,
obey from the heart and walk in their miracles (Romans 2:13, 4:20-22;
Hebrews 11:6; Matthew 7:21; Luke 8:21; 2 Peter 1:3-11). When the Word of
God is mixed with faith in them who hear it, then it will produce the
spectacular wonders of all God's benefits and goodness in our lives. Today,
allow the Word of God and the fellowship of the Spirit to produce in you
'faith in God', and be numbered among His friends (Mark 11:22; James 2:23).


Song of the Spirit from Sunday:

You are the One Who has loved me,
With and everlasting love.
You are the One Who has called me,
With a Holy calling.
And You are the One Who has chose me,
And ordained me for Yourself.

You loved me,
You called me,
You chose me,
And ordained me for Yourself,

For You've done what no other could do,
You have made me what I could never be!

I am the one that will praise You,
Rejoicing in Your love!
 
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