Daily Bread - October 10, 2020 (The Seventh Day - Genesis 2:1-3)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Saturday, 10 October 2020 07:00
Galatians 3:11 - Now, it is evident that no one is righteous before God by
the law, for the righteous live by faith.

Part 3 ~ Faithfully Trusting God's Faithfulness

God supplies us faith which has only absolute certainty. There is not a
shadow of doubt about God and His promises in the faith that springs up
from trusting in God and relying upon His faithfulness (Matthew 14:31,
21:21; Mark 11:22-23). There is no place for wavering or uncertainty when
we come to know God and His devoted love for us (James 1:6-8; Romans
4:20-21).

As we walk with God, we will discover we do not have to rely upon ourselves
- but we can rely upon the Amen God, Who will be faithful to all of His
promises - for all of His promises are, "Yes, and Amen" (2 Corinthians
1:20; Revelation 3:14). Therefore, all of those who are righteous are the
ones who rely upon God’s faithfulness to keep His promises - and in turn,
faithful to obey those things God has commanded (Leviticus 22:31; John
6:38, 14:23; James 1:22; Matthew 7:21-27).
 
Daily Bread - October 9, 2020 (The Sixth Day - Genesis 1:24-31)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Friday, 09 October 2020 07:00
Galatians 3:11 - Now, it is evident that no one is righteous before God by
the law, for the righteous live by faith.

Part 2 ~ Faithfulness Exemplified By Abraham

God expects us to be faithful (Psalms 5:9, 12:1, 31:23; Jeremiah 9:3).
There is no greater example of a person who trusted in God's faithfulness -
and was also faithful to God - than Abraham. Abraham was referred to as
"the father of faith" and the example of what it means to be righteous
before God (Romans 4:11,16). Abraham believed (Hebrew - "aman") God, and it
was accredited to Him for righteousness (Genesis 15:6; Romans 4:3).

The life of Abraham gives us a glowing example of one who did not stagger
at the promises of God, but counted God faithful Who had promised. He was
the one who was willing to trust God, leave his family and home, and follow
after the ways of the Almighty so that He might receive a divine
inheritance (Hebrews 11:8,17). The Hebrew word used to describe Abraham’s
faith is related to the one in Habakkuk 2:4 (aman). Jesus also used this
word many times in His sayings to express 'absolute certainty' - translated
in many Bibles as “verily” (occurring about 78 times in the Gospels -
examples: Matthew 5:18,26, 6:2,5,16, 8:10).
 
Daily Bread - October 8, 2020 (The Fifth Day - Genesis 1:20-23)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Thursday, 08 October 2020 10:30
Galatians 3:11 - Now, it is evident that no one is righteous before God by
the law, for the righteous live by faith.

Part 1 ~ Faithfulness

It is not possible to fully comprehend the breath of what Paul is
describing here in this verse unless we address Habakkuk 2:4 which is the
Old Testament Scriptural reference for “the righteous live by faith". We
must also consider the example of Abraham who is the father of faith if we
are to truly grasp the meaning of faith (Romans 4). Now, Habakkuk 2:4
addresses those who are self-reliant and are puffed up with their own
ability, but ends with the description of those who trust in God: “Behold
the one with a puffed up soul is not upright in him, but the righteous will
live by his faithfulness” (Habakkuk 2:4; Romans 1:17).

The Hebrew word used in this verse of Scripture means faithfulness (emuna).
One may wonder whose faithfulness is being referred to - the faithfulness
of God or the faithfulness of man? The answer would be both. God expects us
to rely upon His faithfulness; and in turn, trust Him, and do what He tells
us to do (Psalms 36:5, 37:3, 40:10, 89:8, 119:86; Jeremiah 17:7). The
foundation of relying on God's faithfulness is that He is trustworthy
(Deuteronomy 7:9; Isaiah 26:3-4; Psalms 84:12). Trusting in God is the
underpinnings of the entire relationship of God with man and the foundation
of the meaning of faith.
 
Daily Bread - October 7, 2020 (The Fourth Day - Genesis 1:14-19)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Wednesday, 07 October 2020 09:55
Romans 1:17 - For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to
faith; even as it has been written, "But the righteous shall live by faith".

Part 2 ~ The Outworking of Faith

Faith finds its outworking in our lives through obedience to the Word of
God. Our obedience to the Word expresses our confidence and trust in God.
We live by the faith that comes from the Word of God, which supplies us
with the knowledge of the will of God (Deuteronomy 8:3; Luke 4:4; Habakkuk
2:4; Galatians 3:5; Hebrews 10:38). If we refuse to live by the Word, then
it is not possible for us to live by faith; for faith both comes from the
Word of God and is demonstrated by obedience to the Word of God, just as it
was with Abraham (James 2:20-26; Matthew 8:8-10). When we hear the Word of
God, a powerful and living operation of the Holy Spirit stands ready to
create in us the miracle of faith. The first miracle faith produced in us
was the miracle of salvation when the Word of God was believed (Romans
10:8-15). Subsequently, everything else that is supplied to us by God is
received in the same way.

The heart that will hear the promises of God and will respond in obedience
will receive those things the Holy Spirit Himself is ready to produce.
Without faith, it is impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:6)! We must be
seekers of God and obedient children - not fashioning ourselves after the
world and its lust; but instead, be those who follow the Holy Spirit (1
Peter 1:14; Ephesians 5:1; Romans 8:14). We must be willing to both hear
the promises of God and being fully persuaded of them, then obey from the
heart what God has said - receiving the miracles that faith supplies
(Romans 2:13, 4:20-22; Hebrews 11:6; Matthew 7:21; Luke 8:21). When the
Word of God is mixed with faith in them who hear it, then it will produce
the spectacular wonders of all God's benefits and good pleasures. Today,
allow the Word of God and the fellowship of the Spirit to produce in you
"faith in God" - and be numbered among His friends (Mark 11:22; James 2:23).
 
Daily Bread - October 6, 2020 (The Third Day - Genesis 1:9-13)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Tuesday, 06 October 2020 11:34
Romans 1:17 - For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to
faith; even as it has been written, "But the righteous shall live by faith".

Part 1 ~ Righteousness By Faith

Righteousness by faith was first mentioned in Genesis 15:6 and modeled for
us by a man who obeyed God at any cost; who, when he heard the Word of God,
stepped out doing whatever was commanded of him. Abraham did not receive
the promises of God by merit, but by simple obedience. He was willing to
believe God would bless him and freely give him a great inheritance if he
was willing to follow (Romans 4).

Faith is believing in the love and goodness of the One Who created us, and
trusting Him for all that we need. Faith is accepting those things God has
promised as already done (Romans 4:17-22). If we are going to live by
faith, then we will trust that all of our acceptance is found in Christ
Jesus alone. He is a faithful and just High Priest Who forever lives to
make intercession for us - Who also keeps us and will present us faultless
on that day (Romans 3:24; Hebrews 7:25; 1 Peter 1:5; Jude 1:24; Colossians
1:22). If you want to have true righteousness - the only kind that is
acceptable to God - then it must be the righteousness that comes by faith
in what Jesus has done for us.

Blessings,

Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
 
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