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Daily Bread - July 22, 2017
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Saturday, 22 July 2017 08:38
Philippians 1:6 - Being confident that He Who began a good work in you will
finish it till the day of Jesus Christ.

The Holy Spirit is devoted to bringing all of us into the fullness of the
maturity of the measure of the ministry of Jesus Christ - unto a fully
matured believer (Ephesians 4:13). The subject here is not salvation, or a
process of being saved, but of the maturity of each believer: to come into
all of the fullness of the glory of God provided for us through the
redemption that is in Christ Jesus (Ephesians 3:18-19). Yet, more than
anything else, the completion of the work of Christ is our resurrection
from the dead unto life immortal (Philippians 3:11; 1 Thessalonians
4:16-17).

It is God Who works in us both to will and to work for His good pleasure
(Philippians 2:13). Therefore, we can be confident along with Paul that God
is faithful to complete His good work in us if we continue to look to
Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith (Hebrews 12:2). If we will
simply respond to the invitation that has been given us to come and dwell
in His glory, then we will bear all of the fruits of His nature and the
blessings of fellowship with Him (John 15:1-5, 16; Romans 6:22; Philippians
1:11). There is no limit to the provision of God, and to the riches of
Christ Jesus; which He will supply to us to meet our every need
spiritually, physically, and financially (Philippians 4:19; 3 John 1:2; 2
Corinthians 9:8).

We cannot expect that we are going to have the results that God wants to
produce for us unless we are willing to have a right relationship with Him.
The Macedonians at Philippi are an example to us of a right relationship;
who after having received the Gospel, became partners for the advancement
of the Gospel (2 Corinthians 8:1-5; Philippians 1:3-7, 4:15). Now we do not
have to look to ourselves for ability to do these things; for God has
empowered us with everything that we need to respond to him as obedient
children (Romans 6:16-18, 6:22, 15:17-18; 1 Peter 1:2,14; 2 Corinthians
2:9, 10:5). With this grace that God has given, we must be willing to be
faithful to the call of God; and be responsible to place the Kingdom of
God, and the righteousness of God, above all other things in our life
(Matthew 6:33). We should not do these things because we have to, but
because we are motivated by the love of God that has been poured into our
hearts by the Holy Spirit (Romans 5:5). Our hearts and motives have been
united with Father in His righteous cause - and nothing should be more
important to us than those things that please Him (Philippians 3:8; John
14:15, 15:10; 1 John 5:2; 2 John 1:6).

Those who do not trust in themselves, but in Christ, do not have to look to
themselves for a solution to their needs - but instead to Calvary! Christ
Jesus is at work in us. The Holy Spirit is at work in us. We are being
divinely assisted and strengthened by Almighty God to be everything that we
have been created in Christ Jesus to be; but we must look to the Lord
instead of ourselves for the help and the change that we need (Ephesians
3:20; Romans 8:26-28). Look to the cross where you began: where all this
life was freely supplied. It is there that you will find all the
forgiveness and provision of life still flowing freely to all who will
believe. We must believe that God loves us at all times and never despises
our weakness, but is devoted to our perfection (1 John 4:16-18; Romans
5:6,10). If we put our trust in Him, we will never be ashamed, but will
always and at all times find help in time of need.

When reproved don't feel condemned, but empowered with insight and
expectation for those things you can be confident the Holy Spirit will
provide! Too many times, when we are challenged or corrected (either by the
ministry of the Spirit through a Pastor, or by life's circumstances), we
allow ourselves to feel like a failure. We may even run from such
correction, because we are so hard on ourselves. But when we will take
every instruction, correction, and reproof and run to Christ Jesus with it,
and look to the Author and Finisher of our faith - we will find grace and
help (Hebrews 12:2).

Christ Jesus, the Holy Spirit, and the Father are devoted to our
perfection, protection, and provision; all we have to do is to put our
trust in God, and not in ourselves. We will find a continual blessing of
provision for all of our needs if we refuse to trust in the arm of flesh;
but instead, make God the sole object of our trust (Jeremiah 17:5-7). If we
will faithfully hold to the reality that everything we have in Christ right
now was freely given to us by the Spirit and not by our own ability, we
will recognize that every need and shortcoming in our life will also be
corrected and changed - not by the flesh (human ability), but by the same
Spirit of the Lord; Who will continually supply His divine power, enabling
us to grow and mature if we will just look to Him alone (Galatians 3:3).
Never feel like a failure again; but instead be a recipient of continual
growth as one being instructed in all the ways of God and established in
His righteousness.

Holy Spirit, take control of me,
Come and rule every part for Your glory,
Holy Spirit, take control of me,
In You I delight!!!
 
Daily Bread - July 21, 2017
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Friday, 21 July 2017 09:42
Ephesians 2:3 - In this, we also all conducted ourselves in the desire of
our flesh, fulfilling the will of the flesh and of the imagination; and
were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.

Although flesh is often communicated in a positive sense, in this verse it
refers to a depraved nature that lives only for the gratification of its
lust. Although Jesus was manifested in the flesh and suffered for us in the
flesh, there was no dimension of depravity or immorality in His life (John
1:1-14; 1 Peter 3:18, 4:1-2; 1 Timothy 3:16). The depraved nature that
lives only for vile affections takes center stage in Genesis 6. Men had
become so given over to their fleshly lusts that the imaginations of their
hearts were constantly bent on evil (Genesis 6:5). Because of the vile and
wicked state of the heart of man, God repented that he had made men
(Genesis 6:6). The wicked state of the heart corrupts every thought and
action, and the only remedy is a new heart (Ezekiel 36:26; 2 Corinthians
3:3; Colossians 2:11; Hebrews 10:16).

Flesh may also describe the muscles of the body, meat used for sacrifice or
food, human ability, the body of man, and even the complete man (including
the soul and spirit, as in "all flesh"). There is nothing unholy or
unacceptable about the body of man. The body has been made the temple of
the Holy Ghost; and we are to glorify God in our bodies, which are His (1
Corinthians 6:19-20; John 2:21). Yet, when men live under the dominion of
sin and the power of the spirit of disobedience, then the natural desires
are turned into every lust and unholy 'work of the flesh'. The nature of
sin dominating the heart is expressed in every fleshly lust and wicked
imagination that demons and men can invent to work unrighteousness. The
spirit that works in the sons of disobedience turns everything that God had
made for His holy purpose into the worst kinds of human depravities. In
this sense, flesh and fleshly lust describe the state and works of the sons
of disobedience. Humanity, under the dominion of sin, has no fellowship
with God or ability to please God (Romans 8:8-9). Now that we have been
delivered and made the sons of God, if we walk in the Spirit of obedience,
then we will not fulfill the lust of the flesh (Galatians 5:16, 24; Romans
6:22).

To be the children of wrath is equivalent to being the children of
disobedience. Sin is disobedience to God, and the wages of sin is death
(Romans 1:18, 6:23). Paul includes himself with all men as those who were
once the children of wrath and the servants of sin (Romans 6:16-18, 20).
Men without a new heart and new spirit are alienated from God by wicked
works (Colossians 1:21-22). Without Christ Jesus, the wrath of God abides
upon mankind because of these fleshly lusts that work in those who are by
(sinful) nature the children of wrath (John 3:36).

Glorify God in your body and your spirit, which are His! And have this
refrain ever on your lips:

Holy Spirit, take control of me,
Come and rule every part for Your glory,
Holy Spirit, take control of me,
In You I delight!!!
 
Daily Bread - July 20, 2017
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Thursday, 20 July 2017 09:39
Matthew 10:8 - Cure the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out
devils; you received without payment, give without payment.

Jesus commanded those that represented him to raise the dead. This may seem
impossible to the modern day believer, but it is none the less that kind of
preaching and ministry that Jesus demanded. Some would argue that He does
not demand this kind of preaching anymore, but they have no Bible to back
up their claims. These argue from experience and demand to see the evidence
that such power still exists among God's people. The more important
question is: does such a relationship with God still exist among God's
people? Elijah and Elisha raised the dead (1 Kings 17:22; 2 Kings 4:35).
Jesus raised the dead (Matthew 11:5; Luke 7:12-15, 8:55; John 12:1). Peter
raised the dead (Acts 9:37-40). Paul raised the dead (Acts 20:9-10).

Jesus said the works He did, we would do -and greater works; so that the
Father might be glorified in the Son (John 14:12-13). Furthermore, Jesus
opens up the unlimited possibility to anyone who would believe when He said
all things are possible for them that believe (Mark 9:23). We have been
called and chosen of God to bring forth the fruit of a dependent and
intimate relationship with Jesus; and this fruit is that whatever we ask,
He will do it (John 14:12-14, 15: 5, 16, 16:23). It is time that we rise up
and begin to contend for the faith that was once delivered unto the saints
(Jude 1:3). Let us all be certain that they who know their God shall do
great exploits in these last days (Daniel 11:32). Let us all be confident
that the power of the Gospel, and the ministry of Jesus, has not been
reduced to what frail and mortal men can do; but His ministry and His
church are as strong and as powerful as ever (Matthew 28:18-20; Mark
16:15-20; Ephesians 1:15-23, 3:20-21)!
 
Daily Bread - July 19, 2017
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Wednesday, 19 July 2017 11:03
Philippians 1:9 - And this I pray, that your love may abound more and more
in knowledge and discernment;

God has equipped us by Christ Jesus to be pure and blameless unto the day
of Christ Jesus (1 Corinthians 1:8; Philippians 2:15; 1 Thessalonians 5:23;
2 Peter 3:14; Jude 24). But in order for us to remain spotless, we must be
willing to allow God's love to influence every decision we make. It is
essential that the love of God govern our every action; otherwise our own
self-interest and ambition will take over, and our judgment will be
tainted. God wants us to test things out, and to make sure that our every
decision is the product of His love.

Through the governorship of His Word and the love of the Spirit that has
been given to us, He has equipped us with the ability to know the
difference between good and evil (Hebrews 5:14; Psalms 119:11; 1
Thessalonians 2:13). If we allow the love of God to preside over us, then
we will be able to make proper distinctions. We must be willing to keep
ourselves in the love of God; and realize that without doing so, we will
not have proper discernment in the decisions that we make (Jude 20-21; 1
John 4:16-17; John 14:23-26, 15:5-10). If the fruits of righteousness are
going to be manifested in our lives, then we must be willing to abide in
His love (John 15:10; Philippians 1:9-11). When we come to realize that
love works no evil, then we can understand how that, as we remain in this
love, we will remain pure and blameless (Romans 13:10; 1 Corinthians
13:4-7). Let the love of God move you and inspire you in every decision
that you make.

And keep singing...

Holy Spirit, take control of me,
Come rule every part for Your glory,
Holy Spirit, take control of me,
In You I delight!!!
 
Daily Bread - July 18, 2017
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Tuesday, 18 July 2017 10:53
Ephesians 2:4 - But God, Who is rich in mercy through His abundant love
with which He has loved us,

The message that we must hear and believe is that God is rich in mercy. His
mercy flows from a deep and passionate love for all mankind! Oh, how much
more shall we be able to benefit from the rich mercy of the One Who loves
us now that we have been reconciled by faith in the blood of Jesus and born
of the Spirit (Romans 8:32)? To know and believe the love that God has for
you will cause you to be firmly rooted and grounded in love (1 John 4:16;
Ephesians 3:17-20).

Just believe God! Whether you have walked perfectly before the Lord or not,
just believe God! Trust that just as He rescued you from your sins and
saved you by His blood when you were dead in sins, He will also save you
now (Isaiah 35:4). The Lord saved us by His mercy when we were dead in our
trespasses and sins, and He will save and heal us now no matter how we have
failed, or what state we are in (Zechariah 8:13). He washed and renewed us,
giving us life and blessings -not because of any works of righteousness
which we had done- and he will do it once again! When we were alienated
from the life that is in Christ Jesus, God commended His love to us so that
we may say, "By His grace we were saved!" (Titus 3:4-6; Ephesians 2:4-8)

God has not run out of grace, nor has He run low on mercy. The love of God
that purchased your salvation is also the love of God that will perfect you
and keep you, so just believe God (Romans 16:25; 2 Corinthians 1:20-22; 1
Thessalonians 3:13; 2 Thessalonians 2:16-17, 3:3)! The most important thing
for you to consider is that God wants you to look to Him for deliverance,
no matter what your circumstance. If there is a reoccurring sin, or a
circumstance that is too much to bear, our God wants us to turn to Him for
help. He will come and rescue you (Isaiah 35:4). If nothing else, just
believe the love that God has for you (1 John 4:16). Believe the record
that God has given of His Son (1 John 5:11). If you will just fall down on
your knees and cry out to Him again, He will do nothing less than love you
freely and show his rich and abundant mercy for you. His mercies are new
every morning (Lamentations 3:22-23).


Know and believe God's love, and sing this song to Him all day long...

Holy Spirit, take control of me,
Come rule every part for Your glory,
Holy Spirit, take control of me,
In You I delight!!!
 
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