Daily Bread - August 10, 2019 (The Seventh Day - Genesis 2:1-3)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Saturday, 10 August 2019 09:34
1 Corinthians 1:10 - Now I urge you brethren, by the Name of our Lord Jesus
Christ, that you all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions
among you; but be joined together in the same mind and purpose.

If the Church is going to function as the members of Christ and the
community of God, then we have to be willing to both speak and live by the
Word of God. We should be willing to come to such a place of surrender to
the Holy Spirit that our own personal judgments are no longer important. If
we would be willing to live in such unity of the Spirit and surrender to
the love of Christ, then surely all men would have a witness that we are
His disciples (John 13:34-35). By glorifying God with one mind and with one
mouth, we would show out of our love and affection for one another that
Christ has risen from the dead, and that we have passed from death unto
life (Romans 15:6; 1 John 3:14). However, if we continue to give place to
strife and division, then we will continue to be overrun by the powers of
darkness, and the glory of the Church will lie in ruins (Romans 13:13; 1
Corinthians 3:3; Galatians 5:20; Philippians 2:3; also: 1 Timothy 6:4;
James 3:14-16). Ultimately, through envying and divisions, we would tear at
each other and bite and devour one another until there was nothing left.
Therefore, let all of us consecrate ourselves to living according to the
Word of God and the ways of the Spirit, so that all the world might see the
glory of Jesus and the blessed hope of the Kingdom of God!
 
Daily Bread - August 9, 2019 (The Sixth Day - Genesis 1:24-31)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Friday, 09 August 2019 16:50
1 Corinthians 1:9 - Through the faithfulness of God, we were called into
the fellowship of His Son Jesus Christ our Lord.

God has brought us into a divine and sacred partnership with His Son. The
Almighty God has poured out the sacred anointing oil upon us and anointed
us "sons of God" (John 1:12; 1 John 3:1, 2:20, 27). The anointing
transferred upon our lives the authority and power to have all things in
common with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ (John 17:21-22; Colossians
1:28; 2 Corinthians 13:5; Philippians 1:21; Ephesians 5:30; also: John
15:4; Galatians 2:20).

We were called and chosen by God to be conformed to the image of His Son.
To be heirs and joint heirs with Him and to be seated together in the place
of authority with Him in the realm of the Heavenlies from where all power
and rights proceed (Romans 8:17-29). We are God's representatives in the
Earth ordained to carry out the divine work of His Son. We have been
honored with the sacred privilege of representing God as those who have His
nature and spiritual likeness (Ephesians 4:24; Romans 8:30; 2 Corinthians
3:6, 5:20; 2 Thessalonians 2:14; also: 1 John 1:3; John 20:21; 2
Corinthians 6:1).

Through the act of God's faith, or faithfulness, we have become sons.
Through His continual faithfulness to us, we are given the grace to be
empowered to develop into all He has purposed us to be in Christ Jesus. God
is at work in us to develop us into the full spiritual maturity of His Son,
Christ Jesus (Ephesians 4:13; Philippians 1:6, 2:13; 1 Thessalonians 5:24;
also: 2 Corinthians 3:5, 9:8). Rest assured, all who have thoroughly
studied the Word of God agree that we have been called into a sacred
participation in Christ's Sonship. We may also be assured that God is
trustworthy, and we can count on Him to provide all we need to accomplish
all that He has purposed!
 
1 Corinthians 1:8 - He will strengthen you to the end blameless in the day
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Thursday, 08 August 2019 07:18
1 Corinthians 1:8 - He will strengthen you to the end blameless in the day
of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Part 2 ~ Established Together With Christ Jesus

The work of Christ Jesus functions in our life and produces faith and
assurance as a sure and steadfast anchor for our soul (Hebrews 6:19,
10:19-21). Christ Jesus, our only Mediator, is at work interceding on our
behalf and upholding us with the word of His power. It is essential that we
hold fast to our confidence in Him and His saving work of grace that has
made us partakers of His divine nature -this is the faith! (Hebrews 3:6,14,
10:35; Ephesians 3:12; Romans 8:17).

We cannot overemphasize how we have been established together in Christ.
Our life is in Him, and our perspective cannot be allowed to drift away
from that unification (John 15:1-5). In Christ Jesus, God is maturing us;
and in Him God is both willing and doing of His good pleasure in us. The
power of God is at work in us so long as we remain yielded and dependent on
Jesus (2 Corinthians 1:21; Philippians 2:13; Ephesians 4:20-21). It is
Jesus who will strengthen us and will keep us firm until the end - if we
will continue to believe in Him and not ourselves!
 
Daily Bread - August 7, 2019 (The Fourth Day - Genesis 1:14-19)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Wednesday, 07 August 2019 11:59
1 Corinthians 1:8 - He will strengthen you to the end blameless in the day
of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Part 1 ~ God Makes Us And Keeps Us Blameless

One of the great wonders of salvation is how the blood of Jesus and the
work of the Spirit have made us blameless (Colossians 1:21-22). The Greek
word 'babaios', translated "strengthen," means "standing firm on the feet,
maintaining firmness or solidity, steadfast." (Theological dictionary of
the New Testament, 1964-1976, Vols. 5-9 edited by Gerhard Friedrich, Vol.
10). Paul is telling us that the one who has made us blameless remains
committed to ensuring that we stand firm in His grace. Our Savior has
washed us and cleansed us from our sins, removing every offensive thing
(Revelation 1:5-6).

"Blameless" is a powerful word; here, in verse 8, it refers to being
without the stain of sin ('anegkletos'). Whereas, in 1 Thessalonians 5:23,
"blameless" refers to being without spot or blemish ('amemptos'). The blood
has washed us and loosed us from our sins, so that we are without fault
before Him. Our spirits and souls which were stained and marred with
iniquity have been made whiter than snow (Revelation 1:5, 3:18; Isaiah
1:18). Looking unto the Author and Finisher of our faith - Who has made our
whole spirit, soul, and body blameless - secures our place of being
continually kept by the power of God (1 Thessalonians 5:23; 1 Peter 1:5;
Hebrews 12:2).
 
Daily Bread - August 6, 2019 (The Third Day - Genesis 1:9-13)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Tuesday, 06 August 2019 12:36
1 Corinthians 1:7 - So that you are not lacking in any spiritual gifts, as
you eagerly await the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Part 2 ~ Deeper Participation Yields Greater Manifestation

Flowing in the gifts must be left in the realm of relationship, and the
strong compelling inspirations of the Holy Ghost. The deeper we will let
our affections and emotions go into our love relationship with the Lord
Jesus, the stronger the unctions of the Spirit will be. The same way that
peace and joy come is the same way that prophesy and visions also come. If
our thoughts are caught away with how to function in the gifts, and trying
to get a prophecy, nothing good will come of it; but when we simply allow
the things of the Spirit (like prayer and praise) to carry us away into
affection towards God, the river of God's inspirations will flood our
hearts.

One of the greatest ways to begin to experience the Holy Spirit speaking
through you is to involve yourself in reaching the lost. If you will step
out in obedience and faith to see the miracle of salvation come to those
whom you come in contact with, you will step into a realm where all the
gifts of God will function through you. It is the will of God that the
manifestation of the Spirit function in each person's life in the context
of the Church as well - so begin to give yourself to a deeper
participation, so that there may be a more glorious manifestation of Jesus
in your life! (1 Corinthians 12:7)
 
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