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Daily Bread - September 13, 2017
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Wednesday, 13 September 2017 10:24
Matthew 7:23 - And then I will announce to them that I never knew you; get
away from Me you workers of iniquity.

Today, there are many people in the United States, and in the rest of the
world, who do not want to be associated with Jesus. Even within the church,
there are those who do not want to be associated with His holiness and
righteousness, and His demand for godly living. These people consider
godliness, "legalism". However, no matter what state men are in, Jesus
continues to reach out and plead with them to turn from their sins. One
day, however, the tables will be turned. These workers of iniquity are
going to want to be associated with Jesus, but it will be too late; and He
will command them to "get away". Why? Because sin and iniquity are a great
offense to God; and men who refuse to stop practicing such things will face
the judgment (Matthew 13:41; Romans 1:18, 2:8-9; 2 Thessalonians 2:10-12; 2
Peter 2:13; Colossians 3:6; Ephesians 5:6). Righteousness and holiness are
the only alternatives to sin and iniquity. Sin and all the works of
iniquity have already been condemned to eternal death. The gift of
righteousness and holiness has been made available to all who will receive.
Those who refuse to learn to hate sin as God hates sin, and who will not
turn from their works of iniquity, will only have a fearful judgment before
them (Romans 2:4-11; Colossians 3:25; Hebrews 10:26-27).

There are those who have used this passage in Matthew 7:21-23 to point the
finger of accusation against sincere and dear souls who, following Jesus,
pray for the sick -men and women who have lived holy and pure lives before
God and men. Meanwhile, those who were pointing the finger of accusation
were practicing sin, and whose confession was that they sin every day.
Well, the assumption of being bound to sin every day describes a worker of
iniquity. John was very pointed and absolute about this when he said those
who sin are of the devil (1 John 3:8-9). Paul said, "If while we seek to be
justified by Christ, we are found sinners, is Christ then a servant of sin?
Certainly not!" (Galatians 2:17). Therefore, if we practice sin, then it is
evidence against us that we are not in Christ. Those who are in Christ have
ceased from sin (Romans 6:2,6; 1 Peter 4:1). If we desire to be justified
and declared to be righteous now and on that day, then we must be doers of
the Word, and not hearers only (Matthew 7:24-27; James 1:22-24; Matthew
7:20, 12:50; Mark 3:35; Luke 8:21; John 15:14; Hebrews 5:9; 1 John 2:17).
Through the gift of God, we can be undefiled in the way, and learn to do no
iniquity (Psalm 119:1-3; 2 Timothy 2:19; Romans 6:1-2,19). If we will walk
in the Spirit of Holiness and yield ourselves to God, then He will preserve
us blameless; and He will present us holy, unblameable, and unreproveable
in His sight! (1 Thessalonians 5:23; Colossians 1:22)

Walk in the Spirit of Holiness and yield yourself to God!
 
Daily Bread - September 12, 2017
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Monday, 11 September 2017 23:23
2 Timothy 2:21 - If, then, one cleanses himself from these things, he shall
be a vessel unto honor, consecrated and useful to the Master, prepared unto
every good work.

The Lord calls us to come out from among them, and touch not the unclean
thing (2 Corinthians 6:17; Isaiah 52:11). The instruction is not just
against sin and iniquity, but also against those who would steal the Word
of God from our hearts with their false doctrines. We must be willing to
contend for the faith that was once delivered unto the saints (Jude 1:3).
We must recognize that every evil spirit in hell is set against the
glorious Church. Men and devils fight against the glory of the Holy Ghost
that fell on the Day of Pentecost. There is no power in Heaven and in Earth
that can withstand a Church filled with the fire of the Holy Ghost;
therefore, demons do their utmost to turn the hearts of God's people from
what God has poured out for the purpose of having the power and ministry of
Jesus continuing to be revealed on the Earth. The primary offensive of
these devils is not through the world, but through religious people who are
in the community of the saints.

Hymenaeus and Philetus were two examples of vessels of dishonor, who
through their teachings were attempting to draw away the people of God from
the truth of God's Word. We can turn back the pages of time and see the
same kind of opposition against God's leadership in the days of Moses.
Korah, being an influential man, stood up and sought to impose his
influence on the people of God. In response, Moses said tomorrow the Lord
will show us those who are His -who He has chosen (Numbers 16:5). God knows
those who are His; and ultimately, He will make it known (2 Timothy 2:19,
3:8-9). Moses cried out to the people, " I beg you, depart from the tents
of these wicked men, and touch nothing of theirs, lest you be consumed in
all their sins!" (Numbers 16:26). The influence of those who would turn us
from the truth of God's Word and leadership are like an unclean thing that
contaminates all who are touched by them. Their words are like the
rottenness of gangrene, spreading like a disease in the heart of man until
there is nothing left but corruption and putridness (2 Timothy 2:17). We
must not allow the influence of these men to infect our lives. You will not
find Jesus in these political and religious churches. Their leaven has
polluted the whole lump, and there is nothing holy or of God remaining.
Their influences must not be allowed in our thinking -much less in our
church communities- if there is going to be a revival of the Holy Ghost
among us (1 Corinthians 5:7; Mark 8:15).

If we will believe the Word of God as little children, and believe that His
Word has not changed, and that the working of His Spirit and power have not
changed, then we will be consecrated, useful, and prepared to both receive
and function in all those glorious works of Jesus that we were ordained to
have (John 15:16; Ephesians 4:13; Luke 24:49; John 7:38-39, 14:12). It is
the Word of God that qualifies us and equips us to function in that which
the Lord requires of us (2 Timothy 3:16-17). We must keep our hearts with
all diligence (Proverbs 4:23); and be both inspired and moved only by the
Word of God, not by the lies and fables of men that seek to corrupt the
truth (1 Timothy 1:3-6, 4:7,16; 2 Timothy 4:1-5; 2 Peter 1:16-21).

Let us all cry out continually for the Fire of the Holy Ghost to fall in
power on own our lives!

Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
 
Daily Bread - September 11, 2017
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Monday, 11 September 2017 10:41
2 Thessalonians 1:9 - Who will pay the penalty of everlasting destruction
from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of His strength.

It could not be possible to imagine a more horrifying place than hell. It
is a place where the soul and the body never die, but are constantly in the
tortuous throws of the most agonizing death. The eternal death of hell has
no mercy, no compassion, and no hope of ever changing; but is continuous
and forever. It is a place where God's presence does not exist, and where
only the blackest darkness of a hopeless forever is engulfed in flames and
agonizing screams of the tormented. It is a prison where there is no rest,
no water, no pardon; and is the dwelling place of every evil and wicked
thing that has ever existed (Matthew 25:46; Isaiah 66:24; Mark 9:44,46,48).

The only possible way that anyone could ever begin to understand why a
loving and merciful God would create such a place of eternal destruction
and torment in His wrath is to understand how God feels about sin. The
concept of sin in the mind of men is, at best, something that "God does not
like, but nonetheless is an irresistible and undeniable opportunity for
pleasure". Yet, God views sin and death in the same category. To God, sin
is the most hideous act of injustice against the sanctity and security of
life. God does not see sin as a human failure that arises out of human
frailty, but the acts of high treason against the life that He has given. I
am certain that God feels the same way about sin that men feel about hell
-as repulsive and unimaginable! God, Who is not willing that anyone suffer
the judgment of hell, which was created for the devil and his angels, sent
His only begotten Son, so that we could be set free from the dominion of
death and sin (Hebrews 2:14; 2 Timothy 1:10; Romans 8:2)

The realm of death is the demonic realm that claims every person (Romans
5:12,17, 1:32, 6:16,23; 1 Corinthians 15:22). In the realm of death, the
fruits of death which are the acts of sin, dominate the lives of men. It is
because of sin that people go to hell, whether they are believers in God or
not. Jesus came to deliver us from the dominion of sin and the dominion of
death, so that death would have no claim on us now and throughout eternity.
He delivered us from the power of darkness, so that we would no longer
commit the acts of sin that have for a just penalty, death (Romans 1:32,
2:8-9, 6:21,23, 7:5, 8:13; James 1:15; 1 John 3:4-10; Galatians 5:19-21).
The Gospel that Jesus preached was uncompromising: "If your eye offends
you, pluck it out, and cast it from you; for it is profitable for you that
one of your members should perish, and not that your whole body should be
cast into hell" (Matthew 5:29, 19:9; Mark 9:47).

Do not be deceived! God will not be mocked; whatever you sow, you will
reap. If you sow to your flesh, you will reap corruption; but if you sow to
the Spirit, you will reap eternal life (Galatians 6:7-8). There is a
penalty for sin! It does not matter what church you go to, or how much you
say you believe, sin must cease. God has made a way through Jesus Christ
our Lord -will you accept His way? Be certain that as sure as it is
appointed unto every man to die, it is also appointed that you will then
face the judgment -and the penalty for sin is death (Hebrews 9:27).

Today, lay hold on Christ Jesus, and the power and authority that He has
given to us to overcome every form of sin!
 
Daily Bread - September 9, 2017
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Saturday, 09 September 2017 11:31
1 Corinthians 2:16 - For who has known the mind of the Lord, that he may
instruct Him; but we have the mind of Christ.

Who can be so bold as to say they have the mind of God? Who can proclaim
that they have the thoughts of God, and are submitted to them? Are not
these things far from us, and completely out of reach? For the Scripture
says, "Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God!
How unsearchable are His judgments, and His ways past finding out! Who has
known the mind of the Lord..." (Romans 11:33-34).

We can say that those who have been born of the Spirit have been given this
mind of Christ and renewed in the knowledge of the Lord! We have put on the
new man which is "RENEWED in KNOWLEDGE after the image of Him that created
him" (Colossians 3:10). Now, in Christ Jesus, we can boldly say that we
know "... all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge" (Colossians 2:3).
These treasures are all hid in Christ Jesus, and only those who have Christ
dwelling in them have this knowledge of God. It is not flesh and blood that
has this knowledge. This knowledge is not found within our intellect, or
the realm of our reasoning. These thoughts are not our thoughts, they are
the thoughts of God, "For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are
your ways My ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the
earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts higher than
your thoughts" (Isaiah 55:8-9). Yet now, through the New Covenant, God has
put His Holy Spirit in us. We have been joined unto the Lord, and made one
with Him; and through the Spirit, we now have the knowledge of the Lord. We
have been given an understanding heart that we might know Him! By the Holy
Ghost, those things that are in His heart flow out of us like rivers!
Through the free gift of salvation, we have been given all the unsearchable
depths of God (Ephesians 3:17-19). All those things in God which man could
never discover, or ever attain to, now are ours by the Holy Spirit that has
been given unto us. As it is written, "Eye has not seen , nor ear heard,
neither has it entered into the heart of man the things which God hath
prepared for them that love Him. But God hath revealed them to us by His
Spirit; for the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God" (1
Corinthians 2:9-10). The Holy Spirit has come with the assignment from the
Father to take everything that belongs to the Lord Jesus and our Heavenly
Father, and reveal them unto us (John 16:13-15). Many will say that this
cannot be. They will look to the arm of the flesh and say, "Impossible!"
They will strain and wrestle to achieve these things; but they will remain
out of reach, until on bended knee we accept what God has given. And then,
by the act of obedience, we confess that which God has said; and faith
arises and makes the impossible, possible; and we find ourselves in a
communion with the Most High God!

The call of God upon our life demands that we be transfigured by the
renewing of our mind (Romans 12:1-2; reference metamorphoo in Matthew
17:2). Being "renewed in the spirit of our mind" is accepting that we have
been created in righteousness and true holiness through the washing of
regeneration and renewing of the Holy Ghost (Ephesians 4:24; Titus 3:4-6).
It is accepting that He has made all things new, and submitting to the
image of Christ, which has been given us by the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:29; 2
Peter 1:3-4; 2 Corinthians 5:17-18; Colossians 1:27). It is in this
reflection of ourselves that we behold the glory of the Lord, and are
changed into the same image (2 Corinthians 3:18). Father demands that we
believe the testimony that He has given to us of His Son. He demanded that
man become a new creature, that the old be put to death, so that the new
may come forth (Romans 6:4; 1 Corinthians 5:14-18). Now, let us all believe
and accept the great miracle of salvation that God has accomplished for us
in Christ Jesus, and acknowledge every good thing that is in us (Philemon
1:6; 1 John 3:24, 4:4; John 14:23, 17:21-23).

Be renewed in your mind by acknowledging every good thing God has done!
 
Daily Bread - September 8, 2017
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Friday, 08 September 2017 15:59
Jeremiah 33:9 - And it shall be to me a name of joy, as a song of praise,
and for splendor before all nations of the earth that shall hear of all the
goodness which I shall do for it. They shall be in awe and tremble because
of all the prosperity, and because of all the peace which I have make for
it.

Jeremiah is prophesying concerning the results of the New Covenant that God
has now established (Jeremiah 31:33; Hebrews 8:10, 10:16). God has
glorified us with His salvation, and has purposed that all the nations of
the Earth should see the beauty of this Heavenly glory that He has given to
us (Isaiah 55:5; Psalms 149:4; John 17:21-23). All the nations are to see
the glory of the Church, which is clothed with the majesty and fullness of
God (Ephesians 1:22-23; Isaiah 60:1; Matthew 5:14). The Church is to be
that nation which God has given the Kingdom to, and is to bring forth the
fruits of it; and, as a result, experience days of Heaven on Earth (Matthew
21:43; Deuteronomy 11:21).

The splendor and the glory of God's presence is to be so revealed in the
midst of our lives, and subsequently the Church, that even Israel would be
provoked to jealousy (Romans 10:19-20, 11:11). There are those such as the
Orthodox and Ultra-Orthodox Jews who know something about the protocol of
being in the Holies of Holies and the manifest glory of God, albeit their
understanding is only derived from an intellectual perspective;
nonetheless, it is still somewhat accurate. At least, it is close enough as
to be able to discern when the Church is walking around in the place of
joy, praise, and splendor that are only found in the Holies of Holies
(Hebrews 10:19). Today, each one of us are invited to step into this place
where God dwells by the blood of Jesus. Right now, and everyday, we can
walk in the glory that we have access to by the Spirit (Ephesians 2:6,18;
Hebrews 12:22-24)

Walk in the glory He has given!
 
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