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Daily Bread - February 9, 2019 (The Seventh Day - Genesis 2:1-3)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Saturday, 09 February 2019 09:04
Ephesians 6:17 - And receive the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the
Spirit, which is the proclamation of God's Word.

Part 2: Proclaiming and Holding Fast Our Confession of God's Word

God has written His words in our minds and on the tables of our heart so
that we might speak them and do them (Hebrews 8:10, 10:16; 2 Corinthians
3:3; Jeremiah 31:33; Luke 6:45). By the Word of God and the Spirit of God,
faith comes to us. When we speak the Word of God by the Spirit of God, it
is the word of faith! Faith is activated by speaking the Word of God -by
acknowledging every good thing that is in us, and then following through
with obedience (Philemon 1:6). When we believe in our heart those things
God has spoken, we speak with our mouth, and with the confession of our
mouth we are saved (Romans 10:10; Matthew 12:37). We must hold fast to the
confession of our faith if we are going to realize all of the blessings God
has for us (Hebrews 10:23).

When the spies returned from spying out the land, only Joshua and Caleb had
the word of faith that did not speak according to the logical conclusions
of a natural man. Caleb boldly proclaimed the word of faith because he
believed what God had promised, saying, "let us go up at once and possess
it, for we are well-able to overcome it" (Numbers 13:30). Circumstances and
opposition will pose threats against the promises of God; but if we hold
fast to what God has promised, and encourage ourselves with His words, we
will see an ever-increasing manifestation of all that God has promised. If
we speak to the mountain by the Word of the Lord, it will obey us (Mark
11:23; Zechariah 4:7)! We have been given an even greater authority than
Joshua had when he spoke to the sun and the moon, and the natural laws
conformed to the word of faith (Joshua 10:12-13). When David was facing
impossible odds, he boldly proclaimed to the giant, "I come to you in the
name of the Lord of hosts" (1 Samuel 17:45). When Abraham was going to
sacrifice Isaac, he confidently confessed, "we will come again unto you"
(Genesis 22:5). God's people must come to realize that if they will trust
God and hold fast unto His Word, they will find the same abundance of
divine provision and relationship that Abraham discovered when He held
nothing back (Genesis 22:12, 16-18; James 2:23).

Do not murmur, complain, or be unthankful, for all of these things are
expressions of doubt and unbelief. Do not defy the Word of God by speaking
things contrary to His Word. These things will only serve to keep you from
the blessings of the Lord and the walk of faith even as they did Israel in
the days they wandered in the wilderness because of their unbelief.
Instead, be confident in the Lord, who has promised you every good and
perfect thing (James 1:17). God is on your side, and watches over His Word
to perform it. Christ Jesus will go with you, confirming His Word with
signs and wonders, but you must believe. Be strong and very courageous, for
the Spirit of the Lord will strengthen you with the strength of the Lord
and the power of His might so that you may do, and be, all that God has
commanded!

Be strong and very courageous, and hold fast to God's Word! (Joshua 1:8-9)

Special Note: Please continue to be praying daily for our mission work in
Kashmir as the days and months of planning and development begin! Jesus
loves the people of Kashmir dearly!
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