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Daily Bread - December 8, 2017
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Friday, 08 December 2017 08:47
Hebrews 11:1 - Now faith is the reality of things expected, the proof of
what is not seen.

What is reality to you? Most people live their lives on the logical
predictions they forecast for themselves. For example: we predict our
budgets based upon what money we make; and then, we predict what we can and
cannot do based upon that budget -which of course is all very sensible and
rational. But there is a superior reality to the one in which we ourselves
forecast present and future events -and that is the reality of God's
promises! The Word of God and the promises of God produce faith.
Fundamentally, God's promises produce a good hope, or expectation, of the
future. The Spirit of the Lord takes that hope and expectation into the
realm of divine power and provides faith. We may trust in God to work on
our behalf, but faith allows us to participate with God in the miracle.

The Greek word 'hypostasis' ('reality' - and sometimes translated
'substance') was a word used exclusively in science among the ancient
Greeks. The word expressed the hidden reality behind observable phenomenon
(Theological dictionary of the New Testament). Now, faith makes our
expectations in God a reality! Many want to make faith a set of
philosophical beliefs or religious opinions, but it was not Daniel's
opinion's that delivered him from the lion's mouth (Daniel 6). It was not
philosophical beliefs that caused Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah to be
untouched by the flames that engulfed them (Daniel 3). Noah was warned by
God of unseen things; and because he obeyed the Word of God and did what
appeared to men to be foolish, he and his house was saved (Genesis 6-7;
Hebrews 11:7). Abraham believed the promises of God and moved in obedience
and stepped into a great inheritance (Genesis 12:1-4, 13:1-2, 15:1-6;
Romans 4:3,16-22; Hebrews 11:8-12). When we believe God and act in
obedience to His Word, He will reward us with the promises that He has made
(Hebrews 11:6). God has promised to bless and prosper us, but we must move
in accordance with His Word. He has promised to do exceedingly above all
that we can think or ask; but we must believe that what He says is true,
and obey! (Ephesians 3:20-21; Deuteronomy 28:1-14; 2 Peter 1:3-11)

Faith brings into reality those things that God's Word has led you to
expect. Faith also demonstrates that which cannot be seen. Even as the
worlds were made from unseen things, faith that comes by hearing the Word
of God demonstrates those things which are not under the control of man
(Romans 10:17). Not long ago, there was a evangelistic crusade in the
nation of Nepal. Everyone said that it was impossible to rent the National
Stadium, which was the icon for the kingdom of Hinduism. Yet, knowing the
promises of God, faith not only brought to pass that impossible event that
resulted in thousands of salvations; but the church in the nation began to
experience unprecedented growth. After that crusade, when a great
missionary organization took their cameras to Nepal to document a church
planting work by a young preacher who was impacted by that crusade, a storm
began to come up that would have disrupted the meetings. The young preacher
commanded the wind and the storm to cease and immediately the wind stopped
and the storm dissipated. The young preacher turned to the camera and said,
"God has taught us to believe for the impossible." Faith is the reality now!

Believe God's Word!
 
Daily Bread - December 7, 2017
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Thursday, 07 December 2017 12:46
Luke 18:8 - I tell you that he will do justice for them quickly. And yet,
when the Son of Man comes, will He then find faith upon the Earth?

In the context of why men ought to always pray and not to weary, Jesus
remarks, "When the Son of Man comes, will He then find faith on the earth?"
Will there continue to be faith that expects miracles and believes in the
absolute power of God to heal save and deliver when the Son of Man, Christ
Jesus comes? Is there faith and expectation in your heart today that God
will supply all of your needs (Philippians 4:19; Hebrews 11:6; Luke 17:5-6;
Galatians 5:6, 22-23)?

Today, men edit our Bibles making every attempt to dilute the Word of God
thereby removing the power of faith from our lips and from our hearts. They
falsely tell us things such as Mark 16:17-18 does not belong to the oldest
manuscripts; while all the time, some of the oldest existing manuscripts
not only contain the passage, but the oldest church writers also refer to
it. The footnotes of those who would remove the power of faith do not
reference that Mark 16:9-20 is found in the Codices Alexandrinus,
Washingtonensis, Ephraemi; and that it is also found in the Epistula
Apostolorum, Tatians Diatessaron, Augustines Harmony of the Gospels, as
well as being referred to at the 7th Council of Carthage, Aphraate's,
Demonstration of Faith, Ambrose's Prayer of Job and David; along with other
references that predate their beloved Codices Sinaiticus and Vaticanus to
which they refer to as missing the passage.

Listen to the faith of one preacher, Peter Chrysologus, who was Bishop of
Ravenna in 433 A.D.: "In addition to this, the greatest indication of firm
faith consists in the following signs: The devils, that is, the ancient
foes, get exorcised from human bodies. One language intelligible in many
others comes forth from one mouth. Serpents grasped in the Name of Christ
lose the power of their venom. Through Christ, cups of poison have no power
to harm those who drink them. Bodily diseases are cured at the touch of one
who preaches Christ. 'These signs,' He says, 'will attend those who
believe: in my Name they shall cast out devils; they shall speak in new
tongues; they shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing,
it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands upon the sick and they shall
get well.' Therefore, O man, be a physician to yourself through your faith,
to keep from being forced to employ other physicians at your expense, and
to buy at great prices what you already have free of charge. Pray,
brethren, that in the present life we may always be aware of the medicine
of faith. Pray that when we are awaiting Christ, and He is on the point of
coming, we may be free from anxiety and exult because of our good
conscience."

Faith pleases God (Hebrews 11:6)
 
Daily Bread - December 6, 2017
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Wednesday, 06 December 2017 11:38
Isaiah 48:18 - Oh, that you would have paid attention to My commandments!
Then your peace would have been like a river, and your righteousness like
the waves of the sea!

The goal and strategy of satan is obvious: it is his desire to rid the
earth of righteousness, or any similitude of the Nature of God. The spirit
of disobedience moves the kingdoms of men to a place of iniquity and
lawlessness in which the man of iniquity will be revealed (2 Thessalonians
2:7-12; Ephesians 2:2-3). We are embarking on the time period of the great
falling away of those of God's people who give heed to seducing spirits and
doctrines of devils (2 Thessalonians 2:3; 1 Timothy 4:1). Paul warned of
this deception, pleading that we allow no one to deceive us; for the wrath
of God is coming upon the unrighteous and those who hold the truth in
unrighteousness (Romans 1:18). The unrighteous will not inherit the Kingdom
of God, but will inherit the wrath of God (Ephesians 5:6; 1 Corinthians
6:9; Romans 2:8; Jude 1:14-15).

Satan has been effective at hiding the reality that the wrath of God burns
against all sin and iniquity (no matter who commits it). Many have been
convinced that sin is not all that horrible and evil anymore, and somehow
God has grown tolerant and understanding of it. Instead of learning perfect
obedience from the Spirit of Holiness, many today justify disobedience and
fellowship with demon spirits. They refuse to believe that God will not be
mocked, and that the wages of sin is still death (Galatians 6:7; Romans
6:23). Much of the Church has lost any real reference point to God's
Holiness and Purity. Constantly inundated by apostasy and the god of this
world, discerning the line between good and evil has become blurred. In
these last days, satan desires to destroy the foundation so that the
righteous have no place to stand. That foundation is Christ the
cornerstone, and the testimony of the apostles and prophets (Matthew 21:42;
Ephesians 2:19-21; 1 Corinthians 3:11; 1 Peter 2:4-12).

If we would simply give heed to the commandments of the Lord Jesus Christ
and come and dwell in Him, we would have a continual flow of peace like a
river. Righteousness in our life would be as consistent and unstoppable as
the waves of the sea. If we would only give place to the Spirit of
Consecration and be willing to be led into the ways of the Kingdom of God,
we would discover the abundance of God's divine pleasures and confidence
-which would result in all that belongs to the Father being realized in our
everyday life (Deuteronomy 11:21)! Wherever the Spirit of God is being
manifested, demon spirits are driven back and the Kingdom of God is
revealed (Matthew 12:28; Acts 26:18; Isaiah 41:13-20, 61:1-4; Jeremiah
51:15-23). The life of Jesus reveals the beauty and splendor of the Kingdom
of God (Luke 4:14-21; John 1:14, 17:3-4; 1 John 1:1-5). His Kingdom is the
Everlasting Kingdom and culture that we are to seek and desire for our
lives above all other things (Matthew 6:33; Colossians 3:1-4). The life and
ministry of Jesus is what we are to lay hold of as a treasure, and pursue
at the expense of all other things (Matthew 13:46). If we will harken to
the commandments of the Lord Jesus Christ and allow His Word to abide in
us, then we will have the conquering power that overcomes the wicked one
(John 15:7; 1 John 2:13, 5:4-5,18-21; Revelation 3:21). Let the
righteousness of Jesus Christ, Who is the Eternal Life, flow like a mighty
stream from your life by the Holy Spirit (1 John 1:2; Amos 5:24; Romans
14:17).

And keep singing this song of the Spirit from 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!


Let His wellsprings flow!
 
Daily Bread - December 5, 2017
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Tuesday, 05 December 2017 08:26
Psalms 18:32 - It is God Who equips me with strength; and He makes my way
perfect!

It is the Lord Who will lead us in the paths of righteousness for His
Namesake (Psalms 23:3, 16:11, 31:3; Proverbs 4:11). It is His mercy that
intervenes in our lives so that His will is done in the Earth, now, as it
is in Heaven (Matthew 16:19; Deuteronomy 11:21). It is God Who works in us
to both will and do of His good pleasure (Philippians 2:13; Ezekiel 36:27).
All we have to do is to trust and rely upon Him. If we will respond to the
will and desire that God has placed in our hearts to walk with Him, then He
will show us how. He will nurture us with the sincere milk of His Word so
that we may grow strong and healthy in the Spirit (1 Peter 2:2; 1 John
2:14; Acts 20:32). The Holy Spirit will strengthen us and teach us in all
the ways of God, so that we may both understand and do them (John 16:13;
Ephesians 1:17-18, 3:16; Philippians 4:13; 2 Thessalonians 2:17; 1 Peter
5:10; Isaiah 41:13-20, 49:10; Jeremiah 31:9, 51:15-23). All we must do is
be willing to acknowledge Him and allow Him to lead us. God will enable you
to be found perfect on that day of the Lord Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians
1:8; Colossians 1:22; 1 Thessalonians 3:13, 5:23-24).

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!


Allow the Holy Spirit to lead you and make your way perfect!
 
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!
 
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