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Daily Bread - February 22, 2018
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Thursday, 22 February 2018 10:36
Romans 5:1 - Therefore, having been made righteous by faith, we have peace
with God through Jesus Christ our Lord.

One of the many important concepts that must be grasped with the word
'justified' is given in Proverbs 17:15, "He who justifies (tzadek) the
wicked, and he who condemns the righteous are both alike, an abomination to
the Lord." When God justified the wicked in the New Testament, He did so by
removing all of their wickedness (Colossians 2:11; Romans 6:6). The power
of the blood of Jesus removed the effects and penalty of sin that had been
committed (2 Peter 1:9; Hebrews 8:12, 10:17; Romans 6:22; Revelation 1:5).
God also removed the power and dominion of sin that would continue to drive
a person to sin against his or her own will (Romans 6:14; 1 John 3:5, 8; 1
Peter 2:24; Hebrews 2:14; 2 Timothy 1:10; Galatians 1:4).

In the New Testament, we may group the concept of being justified into two
categories: being self-justified and being justified by God. In the first
category, there are examples like a lawyer in Luke 10:25-29 and the
Pharisees in Luke 16:14-15. The only way to move from being self-justified
to being justified by God is to acknowledge being wrong, and thus leave off
self-justification. The act of repentance and faith in Christ Jesus then
produces the miracle of salvation, which makes one righteous (justified).
The ability, then, to live righteously in Christ Jesus through the
indwelling of the Holy Spirit results in one being shown to be righteous
(justified) (Romans 6:18,22; 2 Corinthians 5:17-18; Galatians 2:20;
Philippians 1:21, 3:20). The word 'justified' is also used by Jesus of a
person being free from all charges of wrong doing such as those whose words
are spoken in truth and purity (Matthew 12:37). An example of the second
category of justification is the sinner who, unlike the Pharisee, refused
to justify himself (Luke 18:13-14).

To be justified one must be forgiven by God. God's forgiveness, provided
for us through the blood of Jesus, erases the sin; and, as a result, there
is a verdict of innocent. However, if a person then sins after being
forgiven by God, then they are guilty and must seek to be forgiven again (1
John 1:9, 2:1; James 1:14-16; Romans 6:23). God does not justify a sinful
lifestyle; He justifies the repenting sinner seeking forgiveness. The
concept of being justified includes not only being forgiven of sin, but
being dead to sin (Romans 6:6-7). When God justifies the wicked man who
repents, he puts the sin to death by putting the sinner to death in Christ
Jesus (Galatians 2:20; Colossians 3:3; Romans 6:4). Thus, reconciliation
-or the exchange of life- takes place (2 Corinthians 5:18-19; Romans 5:10).
The sinner exchanges his life of unrighteousness for the life of Christ and
His righteousness. The miracle of salvation allows us to be crucified with
Christ and buried with Him by baptism into His death, so that we can also
be raised up together with Him (Colossians 3:1-4, 2:12; Romans 6:4).

The newness of life we receive in salvation is the very life of Christ;
insomuch we can say we no longer live, but Christ lives in us. Through
sharing this life of union with Christ Jesus, we are shown to be righteous
(justified) (John 14:20, 17:21-22, 6:56; Colossians 1:27; Galatians 2:20;
Ephesians 2:10). The life of Christ becomes our life because Christ Jesus
in born into our hearts by the Holy Spirit (Colossians 1:27). This life of
God imparted to us brings forth a brand new inner person (soul, spirit,
heart, mind, and conscience) that is ruled and governed by the Holy Spirit
(2 Corinthians 5:17; Ephesians 4:24; 1 Thessalonians 5:23; Ezekiel 36:26;
Ephesians 6:6; 1 Peter 1:9; John 3:6; Acts 15:9; Hebrews 8:10; 1 Peter 4:2;
Hebrews 9:14, 10:22; Philippians 4:7).


Living in realms of Heaven,
And not going out!
Living in the realms of Glory,
And overwhelmed!

Heaven is Jesus,
And Jesus is mine,
So I'm living in Heaven today!

Live out fully this wonderful reconciliation God has done!
 
Daily Bread - February 21, 2018
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Wednesday, 21 February 2018 13:07
2 Timothy 2:5 - And also if anyone trains to win, he is not crowned, unless
he trains according to the rules.

A great opportunity has been afforded to each one of us; if we desire, we
can function in the majesty and glory of the Life and ministry of Jesus
(John 14:12; Matthew 10:25; 1 John 4:17; Romans 8:29; 2 Corinthians 3:3;
Acts 2:1-18; Galatians 2:20). However, if we are going to be trained, we
have to follow the rules of His ministry. Jesus did nothing of Himself
(John 5:19, 30, 6:38, 8:28, 14:10). We must learn to walk even as He
walked, always seeing the Father before us, and on our right hand that we
should not be moved (Acts 2:25; Psalms 16:8; 1 John 2:6). He depended
constantly upon the Father, and the glory that was manifested through Him
was by the operation of the Holy Spirit in Him (Matthew 12:28; Luke 11:20;
Acts 10:38).

We must embrace the truth that we can do nothing of ourselves (John 15:5;
Galatians 3:27; 1 Peter 2:21-22). If we are going to have proof in our
lives we are the sons of God, then we must be willing to come under the
control of the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:14; Galatians 4:6-7, 5:22-23,25). We
must be willing to follow our Master and cease from our own works and
self-reliance (Matthew 16:24; Mark 8:34; 1 Corinthians 11:1; Ephesians 5:1;
John 13:35). We must be willing to be trained by the Holy Spirit to depend
on Him for everything; for the things we have been commanded to do can only
be done by that which the Spirit of the Lord supplies. If we attempt to
train under the influence of human ability, then we will never be crowned
with the prize of operating under the influence of the Holy Spirit. The
rules of the Spirit have been given to us. The Word of God has revealed to
us very specifically what the Holy Spirit is doing and how He does it. If
we will submit to His nature and His direction, we will discover an ever
increasing demonstration of His glory and power operating through our
lives, revealing the majesty and glory of Jesus.

Not my will, Lord, but Your's be done,
Only Your will lasts forever!

Oh, the beauty and the majesty,
When only Jesus Christ is seen!

Oh, the glory and the honor,
When the Holy Spirit takes control!
~
Holy Spirit, take control of me,
Come and rule every part for Your glory!
Holy Spirit, take control of me,
In You I delight!

Let Jesus be revealed through your life today by allowing the Holy Spirit
full control!
 
Daily Bread - February 20, 2018
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Tuesday, 20 February 2018 08:15
Revelation 5:12 - Saying with a great voice, "Worthy is the Lamb that was
slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and might, and honor, and
glory, and praise!"

When we behold Jesus, and understand Who He is and what He has done, then
surely our response must be the same as this great number of saints and
angels. As they behold the One Who created all things and then redeemed
them, they shout with all that is within them: "Power, riches, wisdom,
might, honor, glory, and praise belongs to You!" It all belongs to Him, and
He is worthy of it all, because He both created it and redeemed it. The One
Who owns it all and reigns over it all has blessed us with all we have; and
He alone retains the power to make us great and to give us strength (1
Chronicles 29:11-12).

Many times we run the risk of holding back some part for ourselves in order
to provide for our own needs; but when it comes to worship, the precedence
has been set. The book of Leviticus opens with an invitation for all to
come and worship with an offering that is turned into smoke with the fire
of God. There was no part of this offering left for the use of man; rather
as a whole burnt offering it ascended up into the glory cloud of God, where
the smoke of the offering became indistinguishable from the cloud of glory.
It was with this whole burnt offering, of which no part was held back, that
a man could draw near to God. God's express desire then was as it is now:
He wanted men to absolutely trust Him, and depend upon Him for everything
they needed. In a love relationship with the Almighty, He alone would
supply all their needs and even make them great upon the earth; and they
were to love Him with all they possessed spiritually, physically, and
materially: "And you shall love Yahoah your God with all your heart, and
with all your soul, and with all your everything." (Deuteronomy 6:5, 10:12,
11:13, 30:6).

Not only is He worthy of all the glory and praise; He is also worthy of all
our riches. When the early church discovered Who Jesus was, they gave all
they had for the Kingdom, and "no man called anything which he possessed
his own" (Acts 4:32). When His majesty was revealed to the Macedonians,
they -with a similar voice of praise- gave everything they had (2
Corinthians 8:2-5). The cry of the Spirit to the Romans was a plea to
surrender their whole being as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable
(Romans 12:1). Should we hold the Kingdom of God and His righteousness as
the most important things in our life; and then, trusting God, surrender
all we have to Him, we shall not only discover true worship, but also
provision from the One Who reigns over all, and in Whose hands is power and
might; and in Whose power alone is the decision to make great and to give
strength (1 Chronicles 29:11-12; Philippians 4:19).

Don't hold back any part of yourself; but rather, seek first His Kingdom
and righteousness with all your everything! (Matthew 6:33)
 
Daily Bread - February 19, 2018
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Monday, 19 February 2018 09:59
Romans 3:24 - Being justified freely by His grace through the redemption in
Christ Jesus.

We are shown to be righteous by the grace we have received through Christ
Jesus. The grace that has brought salvation has taught us to deny
ungodliness and to live righteous and godly lives (Titus 2:11-12). The
Greek word used here (dikaiow) may correctly be translated as "shown to be
righteous." Jesus, our Lord and Savior, can prove He has made us righteous
through the redemption He has provided for us. The words, righteous
(dikaios- adjective), righteousness (dikaiosune- noun), and justified
(dikaiow- verb) are found a total of 213 times in the New Testament. The
verb justified (dikaiow) used here appears 40 times in the New Testament.

In the Doctrine of Righteousness (Justification), the message of being
justified by His grace and justified by faith incorporate five very
important topics of redemption:

1. The forgiveness of the sins which are past. Faith in the blood of Jesus
Christ forgives, erases, and blots out every sin that was ever committed
(Revelations 1:5; Ephesians 1:7; Matthew 26:28).

2. The power of sin was destroyed so Satan and the nature of sin can no
longer dominate our lives (Romans 6:6,14; Hebrews 2:14; 1 Peter 2:24; 2
Timothy 1:10).

3. The grace of God makes us a new creation in Christ Jesus. Through the
Spirit of God, we are born again with a divine nature created in
righteousness and true holiness (John 3:6; 2 Peter 1:3-4; Ephesians 4:24; 2
Corinthians 5:17-18; Ezekiel 36:26).

4. The Holy Spirit takes control of our life (1 Corinthians 6:17; Romans
8:14). God gave us the Holy Spirit to lead and guide us into every
dimension of righteousness (John 16:13-15; Ephesians 5:17-18). He has come
to be our Mentor and Teacher to show us how to walk in every dimension of
truth, righteousness, and godliness.

5. The grace of God provides us with the ability to grow and mature into
all the fullness of God (Ephesians 3:16-19; 2 Peter 3:18; 1 Peter 2:2). As
newborn babes in Christ, we start with a measure of faith (Romans 12:3). As
we yield to the Holy Spirit, we grow and mature. It is God's desire that we
come to the measure of the maturity of the fullness of Christ (Ephesians
4:13).

God, Who is rich in mercy, has called us to be saints and has liberated us
to serve Him in righteousness (1 Corinthians 1:2; Romans 6:18; Luke
1:74-75). It is essential to believe in your heart you have been made
righteous, and that you yield to the power of the Holy Spirit to live
righteously (Romans 10:9-10; John 1:12; Romans 6:18, 14:17).

Today, enjoy the blessedness of living a life of righteousness!
 
Daily Bread - February 17, 2018
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Saturday, 17 February 2018 07:39
Ephesians 2:17 - And came proclaiming peace to you that were far away and
those that were near.

The Hebrew word 'shalom' (peace) is far more than just a Hebrew way for
saying "hello." The expression declares a state of plenty and well-being,
and includes security, empowerment, and prosperity. It is upon the
announcement of peace that the Holy Spirit comes (John 20:21-22). At the
proclamation of peace, nature obeys as the stormy seas are calmed and the
wind and the waves respond (Mark 4:39). When God's people walk in
obedience, they enjoy His blessings of peace -they have peace like a river,
and righteousness as the waves of the sea (Isaiah 48:18)! God so secured
Gideon's life, and empowered Him with the words "peace to you," that Gideon
built an altar and called it "YHWH is the source of our peace" (Judges
6:23-24). Peace speaks of the fellowship that God's people enjoy with Him,
a communion witnessed by the peace offerings of the Old Testament (Exodus
20:24; Leviticus 3).

God's peace is a "covenant of peace" that causes the wild beasts to leave,
brings safety in the wilderness, makes His people and their dwellings a
blessing, results in spiritual showers of blessings which cause the trees
of righteousness to produce fruit and the Earth to produce a harvest, and
it breaks the yoke of slavery and oppression giving God's people the
dominion over all other powers (Ezekiel 34:25-29; Leviticus 26:6; Numbers
25:12). The peace that God gives is part of His armor and one of the
manifestations of the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 6:15; Galatians 5:22; Romans
14:17, 15:13). This peace comes to us through Jesus Christ, Who has removed
the offense and disobedience, and bestowed all the blessings of God upon
us. The phrase found here is very similar to that of Isaiah 57:19, "I
create the fruit of the lips; Peace, peace to him that is far off, and to
him that is near, says the LORD; and I will heal him." There is great
authority and confidence in peace -do not allow yourself to step outside of
its influence.

God has sent His servants to proclaim peace to all mankind, regardless of
who they are or what they have done; for all have sinned and come short of
the glory of God (Romans 3:23). God has made a way through Christ Jesus
whereby all men everywhere can come into His Presence and behold His
Holiness. From the time Adam and Eve's disobedience resulted in their
expulsion from the garden, mankind has been forbidden to come into the
Presence of God. There is no event that makes this more perfectly clear
than when God brought Israel out of Egypt to Mount Sinai. Even though God
loved Israel, and in His mercy and grace rescued them from their slavery,
He refused to allow them to come into His Presence. God is Holy, and it was
impossible for man in his sin and disobedience to enter into His Presence.
Therefore He said, "...set bounds unto the people round about, saying, take
heed to yourselves, that you go not up into the mountain or touch the
border of it: whosoever touches the mountain shall be surely put to death
(Exodus 19:12). When the tabernacle was built in the wilderness, it was
embroidered with cherubim angels inside and out (Exodus 26:1,31, 36:8,35).
The same angel that the Lord stationed with his flaming sword at the
entrance to the Garden of Eden stood as a warning to all who would try to
draw near. Man had rebelled against God, and so he was driven out of the
Presence of the Lord and prevented from returning back into the splendor of
His Paradise (Genesis 3:24). God mercifully made provision for one man to
come in and stand before His presence once per year; but when the priest
stood ready to pass behind the veil, he was faced with the cherub angel as
the warning that no man was allowed back into the Presence of God
(Leviticus 16:13).

Today, if any person calls upon the Name of the Lord Jesus, they can take
up the blood of Jesus and come boldly into His Holy Presence (Hebrews
10:19). The veil embroidered with cherubim has been removed, and Jesus now
stands there as the Door by which all men can enter in to behold the glory
and majesty of the Father (Hebrews 9:8, 10:20; John 10:9, 14:6). Regardless
of who you are or what you have done, God has made provision for you to
come. However, we must still realize God is the High and Lofty One Who
inhabits Eternity, Whose Name is Holy. He is the One Who dwells in the
place where no man can approach unto, but has opened the Door to those who
have a contrite and humble spirit, and who will take the precious blood of
Jesus and draw near. We must realize that He demands that we be holy even
as He is Holy (1 Peter 1:15-16). If we stand in His Presence, behold His
beauty, and are unwilling to learn to walk in obedience, then a fearful and
dreadful end awaits us. Choose, rather, to obey and walk with Him, and be
holy even as He is Holy!

Peace be unto you! (John 20:21)
 
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