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Daily Bread - January 8, 2018
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Monday, 08 January 2018 13:14
Proverbs 2:6 - For Yahoah gives wisdom; from His mouth: knowledge and
understanding.

One of the things I most often hear as a Pastor is a request for wisdom and
understanding from God. Some want wisdom and understanding to make money;
others for direction or for insight to handle a problem. All of these
things are good, but what is most overlooked is that the wisdom, knowledge,
and understanding we need actually comes directly from the Word of God.
This is not a last-minute wisdom, or a "hurry-up-and-give-it-to-me" wisdom;
but, rather, the wisdom which comes from a conduct and manner of life
dictated by the Word of God. It is the wisdom that only comes because one
is willing to live by every Word that proceeds from the mouth of God
(Deuteronomy 8:3; Matthew 4:4).

If we would take heed unto the Word of God as a Light shining in dark
place, then we would find ourselves living in the Light of God's Presence
(2 Peter 1:19). There we would enjoy soul prosperity as a result of an
increase in the anointing (3 John 1:2). As our soul prospers, everything
else will too. If we will live our lives according to the things pertaining
to the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, then we will discover
everything that pertains unto the nature and blessing of God will be ours
to enjoy (Matthew 6:33; Isaiah 1:19; Psalms 37:3; 2 Peter 1:2-4). This is
not a last-minute remedy, or a "90-day-wonder" from a crash course in how
to walk in wisdom; this is a way of life! In fact, this is the Life of God
brought to us by the Holy Spirit, and modeled by the Eternal Word Who was
made flesh –Christ Jesus! The only way to live is by the principles of
God's Word. If you do not live by the Light of His Word, then you walk in
darkness; and will not be able to see the good when it comes (Jeremiah
17:5-8; John 8:12). Come now, let us walk in the Spirit and live by the
Word!

The fear of the Lord is the instruction of wisdom! (Proverbs 15:33)
 
Daily Bread - January 6, 2018
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Saturday, 06 January 2018 16:11
Colossians 1:9 - Because of this also, from the day we heard, ceased not to
pray for you; also asking that you might be filled with the knowledge of
His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding.

Wisdom and spiritual understanding is Spirit knowledge -God's knowledge
(Colossians 1:10; Isaiah 11:1-4,9, 61:1-3; Luke 4:16-21). God wants us to
know the things that He knows (Exodus 35:30-31; Proverbs 1:7, 2:5, 9:10;
Ecclesiastes 2:26; Hosea 4:1, 6; 6:6; 1 Corinthians 15:34; 2 Corinthians
2:14-17, 10:3-5; Ephesians 1:16-21; 4:11-16; 2 Peter 1:2-11, 3:17-18). He
desires us to see the world for what it really is -from His perspective-
and not be held under the deceptive influences of Satan. The foundation for
Spirit knowledge is the Word of God; and it is important to realize that
the Spirit of God wants to both reveal the Word to us and through us [John
14:17, 16:13-15, 17:21-23; 1 John 3:24]. He desires to make Jesus known
through our lives in both the demonstration of the Kingdom and its power
[John 12:21,24-26; Luke 24:49; Acts 1:6,8; Galatians 3:6; Matthew 12:28;
Mark 16:15-20]. If we are willing to believe the Word of God, and move in
obedience to the things that God has spoken, an ever-increasing maturity
will bring us into both a deeper revelation of the Word and a greater
display of the Life of Jesus [Ephesians 1:18; 4:13,24; Colossians 2:19; 1
Corinthians 2:9-10; Romans 8:27-29; Philippians 2:9]. But if we refuse to
fully accept the things that have been revealed in the Word of God, we will
remain as spiritual infants [1 Corinthians 3:1; Ephesians 4:14; Hebrews
5:13-15]. The Spirit of God desires to give us the spirit of wisdom and
revelation so that we can more perfectly understand God's will for our
lives each day. We have been given the awesome privilege of walking in
Spirit knowledge so we might know those things that are freely given to us
by God [Colossians 1:9-23; Ephesians 1:18-23; 1 Corinthians 2:6-16].

Much of what the Bible describes about the realms of the Spirit are hidden
from our eyes. The impacts of what we see, and hear, and the natural way we
derive conclusions, greatly impair us from seeing and moving in the Spirit.
However, if we are willing to turn to God the Holy Spirit, and ask Him to
show us what we are to do and what we are to think, we will begin to engage
in the word of knowledge, the word of wisdom, and the discerning of
spirits. God desires that we both see and understand the reality of the
Heavenly realm so that we might properly function in it. The Holy Spirit
desires to give us dreams, visions, and insights into all the activities of
God that are taking place within the world of men (1 Corinthians 12:7-11,
14:24-25; Jeremiah 11:18; Daniel 1:17; Joel 2:28; Acts 2:17). The
relationship that Jesus had with the Father has been made available to us
if we are willing to access it (John 17:16-23). Jesus heard the Father
speak and saw the Father work; and through that revelation, He lived (John
5:19, 15:1-7).

To take hold of the knowledge of God, we must come into agreement with His
Word. The Word of God must be allow to rule us and be the means by which we
exist. If we give ourselves to living by the Word of God through both
believing it and speaking it, even when things around us appear to be the
opposite, we will begin to function in the knowledge of God and discover an
ever increasing faith [Proverbs 2:1-5; Romans 10:8,17]. Enoch walked with
God in the realm of faith, and that walk of faith is made available to us
now if we will live by the Word of God [Genesis 5:24; Hebrews 11:5-6].
Joseph had Spirit knowledge and was able to understand the future events of
his generation. He had Spirit wisdom so that He could prepare the world for
disaster [Genesis 41:25-44]. Jacob's eyes were opened up so that the
Heavenly realm could be made a living reality to him [Genesis 28:10-17].
Daniel functioned in wisdom and spiritual understanding; and the great men
of the earth knew that the Spirit of God resided in him [Daniel
2:14-30,45-49, 4:4-9,18, 5:10-17]. A greater opportunity could never have
been given than the ability to walk in the knowledge of God (Isaiah 11:2-4;
Luke 4:24-28; Ephesians 1:16-19; Romans 11:33). We must realize that many
things in life oppose this knowledge; therefore, we must give ourselves to
bringing every thought into captivity so that nothing but the knowledge of
God influences us (2 Corinthians 10:4-5; Ephesians 6:10-14; Colossians
1:9-29, 3:1-4; 1 John 2:15-17; Proverbs 2:1-10; Philippians 4:8).

Ask the Lord how this works, and to work it in you mightily! (Colossians
1:29)
 
Daily Bread - January 5, 2018
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Friday, 05 January 2018 14:12
Galatians 3:18 - For if the inheritance comes from the law, it is no more
promise; but God granted it to Abraham through the promise.

When Adam sinned against God, all mankind came under the bondage of sin and
death (Romans 5:12-21). When the human race lost their place with God
through the sin of Adam and Eve, there was only one hope: that a redeemer
would come and rescue them from the power of sin and death (Luke 1:67-75).
When God called Abraham, He separated unto himself a man from whose seed
would come the Savior, Christ Jesus. Through Christ Jesus, the inheritance
of righteousness would come to all mankind through redemption. The promise
that God made to Abraham would result in an opportunity for all mankind to
be created in righteousness and true holiness, "and in you shall all of the
families of the earth be blessed" (Genesis 12:3; Galatians 3:8, Ephesians
4:24).

Paul points out that the seed God promised Abraham was Christ Jesus
(Galatians 3:16). It was because Abraham was willing to believe in the
coming seed that he was counted righteous (Genesis 3:15, 12:3, 15:6;
Galatians 3:16). Until there is some means of redemption from the claim of
sin and death, no man can find himself righteous before God (Romans 8:2).
The death penalty that has claimed all mankind looms over each person's
life with a guilty charge of "unrighteous" (Romans 3:10-19). When the
Redeemer, Christ Jesus, was revealed to Abraham, he put his trust in that
redemption; and, by faith, found liberty (in part) from the bondage of sin
and death (John 8:56; Genesis 22:8, 15:6). It was through Christ Jesus that
the power of sin would ultimately be destroyed, and the promise of the Holy
Spirit given to all who would believe (Galatians 1:4, 3:14,22; Hebrews
2:14; Colossians 2:15; Romans 6:14).

The inheritance that God has given to us is the new creation (that is born
of God) to which Satan and his realm of darkness have no claims (1 John
5:18; 2:13-14; John 1:12-14, 12:31; Romans 8:2; 2 Peter 1:3-4). He sent the
seed of the woman, Christ Jesus to deliver us from the curse of sin through
the washing and regeneration of the Holy Spirit (Genesis 3:15, 12:3; Luke
1:67-75; Galatians 4:4; Titus 3:5-7). It is the new nature that is
righteous before God and brings forth the righteousness of God (Galatians
3:21,27; 2 Corinthians 5:17,21; Ephesians 4:24; 2 Peter 1:3-11). The
inheritance could not come by the Law because the Law could not change the
nature of man (Galatians 3:21; Romans 8:3; Galatians 4:3,25, 2:17,20). But
through the promise, we have received the inheritance of the Spirit and
have become the children of God and heirs and joint heirs with Christ
(Galatians 4:3-7; Romans 8:14-17; Ephesians 1:13-23).
Believe the promise and live out the righteousness of sonship!
 
Daily Bread - 1/4/2018
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Thursday, 04 January 2018 15:23
1 John 1:9 - If we should confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous
to forgive us of the sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

It is hard to imagine that there are those who would be so brazen as to
suggest that the Bible says that to be right with God we must continue to
be involved in sin. Little has changed since the days of Paul with respect
to this issue, as so-called believers in his day were saying: "Let us
continue to sin so that grace may be abundant" (Romans 6:1-2). Paul's
response was roughly, "That's nuts!" The King James translated it far more
eloquently (albeit at the expense of accuracy) saying, "God forbid."

One of the great ironies is the use of 1 John 1:8,10 to support both the
notion that God expects us to sin every day and the conclusion that if we
are not sinning then we are not of God. Of the entire New Testament, John's
first epistle is by far the most forceful in proclaiming that sin should
not exist in the life of anyone who has been born of God. John writes his
epistle to the church because of the deceivers who were telling the people
that they could never be free from sin (1 John 2:26). He starts off the
epistle saying that anyone who walks in darkness has no communion with God
(1 John 1:6). He makes it obvious that darkness is that realm which belongs
to Satan, just as the realm of light belongs to God (1 John 2:9). In other
words, darkness is that place of sin and death. Rather we are to walk in
the light just like Jesus walks in the light - which is a place of no
stumbling or failing at all (1 John 1:7, 2:10-11). Then in the same chapter
directly in between these verses that people want to use to justify their
practice of sin, John says: 'If we confess our sins, He is faithful and
just to cleanse us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9). Again,
"unrighteousness" is a synonym for sin; and once a person is cleansed from
unrighteousness, sin is no longer present. There are those who go on to
argue that this scripture implies the continuous activity of sin, and the
continuous need to confess so that they can be cleansed. Yet John says in
the next verse that he was writing to them so that they should never sin (1
John 2:1). Then he further emphasizes the "never" by saying, "IF we sin,"
not "When we sin." Therefore, those who have deduced such a foreign
doctrine are in grave danger and their souls are in jeopardy as are those
before whom they cast a stumbling block.

John continues on, making an even greater argument against sin and its
power. He says that Jesus was manifested to take away our sin, and that
anyone who sins has not seen Him nor known Him (1 John 3:6). He goes on to
say that those who sin are of the devil (1 John 3:8). This is true
primarily because one must participate with a demon spirit to sin. John
even says it with stronger words saying, "Everyone who is born of God does
not sin;" and even says: "He cannot sin" (1 John 3:9). We have Christ Jesus
dwelling in us and have overcome the wicked one, with all of his sin and
lust (1 John 4:4, 5:4-5; 2 Corinthians 13:5; Colossians 1:27). This
important point and reoccurring theme throughout John's first epistle is
brought to a conclusion at the end of the epistle when he says, "We know
that everyone who is begotten of God does not sin; but the one begotten of
God keeps himself, and the evil one cannot touch him" (1 John 5:18). Those
Jews who would have refused to acknowledge that they had sin, and refused
to acknowledge that they were in need of a Savior - because they believed
that the law was all that they needed - well, they were not of God, and had
not been born of God nor cleansed by the blood of Jesus (1 John 1:8,10;
John 8:24,39, 9:41; Luke 18:11).

We are called to keep the commandments of the Lord Jesus, and if we say
that we know Him yet do not keep His commandments, John says that we are
liars (1 John 2:4; John 14:15, 15:10). What many today call "legalism,"
John called proof of salvation (1 John 2:5, 5:3). Legalism is trusting in
the law of Moses for salvation. It is not legalism to be an obedient child
of God who walks in holiness and godliness. Those who have been born of God
and have matured like young men in God have conquered the evil one (1 John
2:13). The word of God abides in them and they abide in Christ Jesus; and
Satan and his sin has no power over them (1 John 2:14; John 15:1-6). Those
who have the love of the Father in them have overcome the world with its
lust of the flesh, its lust of the eye, and its pride of life (1 John
2:15-17). The Holy Spirit bears witness with our spirit through the conduct
of our lives that we are born of God. Therefore, if we walk in
righteousness then we are the children of God; but if not we are the
children of the devil (1 John 3:10; John 8:40-41,44). The anointing that we
have received from Him teaches us that we are to abide in Christ Jesus, and
walk in righteousness even as He is righteous (1 John 2:27,29, 3:7, 4:17).
We are to be pure even as He is pure (1 John 3:3). We are those who keep
His commandments and do those things that are pleasing in His sight (1 John
3:22). As many as are led by the Holy Spirit - they are the sons of God;
and if you are led by the Spirit then you will not sin (Romans 8:14;
Galatians 5:16).

Be Blessed!

Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
 
Daily Bread - January 3, 2018
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Thursday, 04 January 2018 14:58
1 John 2:5 - But whoever keeps His word truly in him is the love of God
perfected. This is how we know that we are in Him.

The word 'agape', 'love' is defined by its New Testament application as
divine love or the love that God loves us with. The usage of 'agape' in
Classic Greek is rare. When it is found it is neither, dramatic nor
colorful. It was usually translated, "to like, prefer, be content."
However, when it appears in the New Testament Greek it defines the kind of
love that the Father has for the Son and the kind of Love that the
Christian should have since the Holy Spirit has come to dwell in them, John
13:34, 14:15, 14:21, 31, 15:10, 12, 17, 17:23. This kind of love does not
have a human origin but is purely divine flowing into and then out of us by
the presence of the Holy Spirit. Raymond Brown writes "Agape is not a love
originating in the human heart and reaching out to possess noble goods
needed for perfection; it is spontaneous, unmerited, creative love flowing
from God to the Christian, and from the Christian to a fellow Christian."
(The Epistles of John, pages 254-255) Jeremiah writes, that love comes
through a circumcised heart, Jeremiah 31:33. Proverbs says that God loves
us as a Father loves his son (Proverbs 3:12).

Although, the Hebrew word for love is 'ahav' and is translated in the
Septuagint exclusively by 'agapan', perhaps the closest example to the New
Testament meaning of 'agape' is found in the Hebrew word 'chesed' in Exodus
34:6. The Hebrew word 'chesed' means 'covenant love' or loyal unfailing
love. When God Almighty revealed to Moses who He is, He made known that He
is the one that is "full of covenant love and truth." The reading would be
similar to that found in John 1:14 but instead of, "full of grace and
truth" it would be "full of covenant love and truth" (Exodus 34:6). I
believe that the biggest problem that many of God's people face today is
they do not know how to experience the presence of God which is fundamental
to the love of God flowing into them. The burden is upon the pastors and
leaders of the churches of the Lord Jesus Christ to teach people how to
yield to the Holy Spirit so that they may enjoy the wonderful and all
consuming Divine presence of God.

Be Blessed!

Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
 
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