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Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Tuesday, 25 August 2009 13:02
Isaiah 30:13 - Therefore this iniquity shall be to them as a break in a
wall ready to fall; as a bulging out in a high wall, which suddenly in
an instant shall come crashing down.

During the days of Isaiah, the people of God became so backslidden that
they forsook trusting in God, and put their trust in money; and instead
of looking to God for protection they looked to Egypt, which was a
shadowy image of the world. God demanded that Isaiah show the people
their rebellion and stubbornness. One of the ways that Isaiah did this
was that he made a sign on which was inscribed: "This is a rebellious
people, lying children, children that will not hear the law of the
LORD." He took this sign and carried it around Jerusalem, but the
response of the people was merely ridicule and suspicion. You can almost
hear their self-justified responses against Isaiah; accusing him of
being out of touch with reality, and merely a product of some former
year. They believed that they were the people of God, and no amount of
sin or rebellion would change that. So long as they held to their
religion, they believed themselves invincible. They loved the smooth
words of the false prophets that told them all was well, when in reality
they were a rebellious people who would not obey the word of the Lord.

Today we live in similar spiritual illusion: we are surrounded by those
who will not conform to the image of Christ, which is the command of the
New Covenant (Romans 8:29; Galatians 3:27; 2 Corinthians 3:18; Ephesians
4:24; John 15:1-5; John 17:21-23; Colossians 1:27-28; Colossians 3:10; 1
John 3:7; 1 John 4:4; etc.). They will not endure sound doctrine that
reproves them for their sin and disobedience, but instead heap unto
themselves those who will speak smooth words, and tell them that they
are right with God; even though they practice ungodliness, and have
entered into a covenant with the world (2 Timothy 4:3-4; 2 Timothy
3:1-6; 1 Timothy 4:1-3; 2 Peter 2:1-3). Instead of believing the truth
of God's word and repenting, they trust in lies and believe they can
participate in all that is in the world: the lust of the flesh, the lust
of the eye, and the pride of life - and still be the servants of God.

We are continually instructed and exhorted by the word and by the Holy
Spirit to live lives of purity and holiness. We are commanded: "Be
perfect and harmless, the sons of God, children of God, without fault in
the midst of a crooked generation, perverted ones, among whom you shine
as lights in the world" (Philippians 2:15; Matthew 5:48). Yet we make
excuses for our evil ways and proclaim, "Sin has dominion over us so
that we are unable to serve the Lord" (Romans 6:14; 2 Corinthians 6:16;
John 17:14,16,18; Galatians 5:16; Ephesians 6:6)! When God tells us to
do something and we refuse to do it, we are by definition rebellious and
stubborn. God hates divers weights and measures, and will hold us to the
same judgment that he held past generations to. If you think that you
can escape the judgments of the Lord by saying that this is Old
Testament theology, then know this: God has not changed; He is eternal
in His ways and in His judgments. What He believed billions of years
ago, He believes today; and will continue to believe throughout
eternity. The judgments of God are not passing ideas limited to one time
period or another; but are true and righteous altogether, now and forever.

It is time that the people of God recognize that friendship with the
world is hostility towards God (James 4:4). If you want God to receive
you, then you must come out from among them and be separate (2
Corinthians 6:17). You must take a stand with God and refuse any area of
iniquity, which carries with it the punishments and curse of eternal
death. We are commanded to have no fellowship with the unfruitful works
of darkness, but rather to rebuke them; and thus make it clear to all
that they who do these things shall die the death. The truth is that
those who participate in the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eye, and
the pride of life have no inheritance with Christ, or in the kingdom of
God (Ephesians 5:5; Galatians 5:21). Those who continue to fight against
the word of God and refuse to hear the instruction of the Almighty have
created a breach - a break in the wall of protection that has surrounded
them. That wall is bulging, and is about to collapse suddenly in an
instant; and all of those enemies of your soul that would have already
destroyed you will rush in upon you, and carry you away into an eternity
void of God and His goodness.
daily bread
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Monday, 24 August 2009 10:59
Psalm 32:11 - Rejoice in Yahoah and be glad, you righteous ones; shout
for joy, all you upright in heart.

If we want to be right with God, all we have to do is REPENT. The mercy
and forgiveness of the Lord is extended to any person who will not keep
silent, but will acknowledge their transgressions and sins. If we cry
out to God, He will come with shouts of deliverance, and set us free
form our sin and our iniquity (Psalm 32:7). All of the past will be
remembered no more, and we will be those who stand before God with
neither sin nor deceit in our spirit (Psalm 32:2,5; 1 Corinthians 1:8;
Philippians 2:15; 1 Thessalonians 5:23; 2 Peter 3:14). If we are
unwilling to acknowledge our sin, then we will discover that every sin
has a consequence of death. As surely as the act of sin comes, so will
the consequence and punishment for that sin (Romans 6:23). Therefore
because sin has the inevitable effect of destroying the individual
and/or the community, it must be rooted out (Joshua 6:18; Joshua 7:12;
Joshua 22:18; Numbers 14:35; Judges 2:2-3; Isaiah 59:2; Deuteronomy
7:26; Haggai 2:13-14; Jeremiah 6:8; 1 Corinthians 5:13; Colossians
3:5-6; Revelation 2:16).

Those who are stubborn and rebellious will discover that God's hand is
heavy upon them. Sin will be punished now and in the future. Those who
will learn now will not have to endure the torments of an eternal
punishment where there is no opportunity for change. Jesus was very
radical about the subject; and simply said that if it is your hand that
is the problem - then cut it off; if it is your eye - then pluck it out;
because it is better to enter into life having one hand or one eye;
rather than have your whole being destroyed in the fires of hell
(Matthew 5:29-30; Matthew 18:8-9; Mark 9:47). Because of this great act
of mercy wherein God does whatever possible to reach the soul of man,
then the stubborn and disobedient child will encounter punishments that
will cause their bones to wear out with groanings, and their health to
be overthrown like drought in the summer (Psalm 32:3-4).

People have one of two choices: they can either be sensitive and
obedient to the instructions of God, or they can be treated like a horse
or a mule who needs bits and straps to obey. One thing if for certain:
God in His mercy and love for us will not easily give up on working to
bring an end to disobedience. We can rejoice however in knowing that if
we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord; so that we will not be
condemned with the world (1 Corinthians 11:32; Hebrews 12:5-11; 2
Corinthians 7:10).

If we will simply humble ourselves before the Lord and repent for our
sin, and receive the power of the Holy Spirit to walk in holiness and
obedience, then we will enjoy the abundant life. We will find ourselves
surrounded by His loving mercy, and kept by His power (Psalm 32:10; 1
Peter 1:5). Our lives will be free of shame and condemnation, and we
will enjoy the rulership of the Spirit of life (Romans 8:1-2). Our lives
are supposed to be full of all the spiritual blessings freely bestowed
upon us by Christ Jesus. We should only know perfect health and
prosperity; and should be the people who stand out among all others
because of the abundant life that we have received in Christ Jesus. Our
peace should pass all understanding, our love should be divine, the joy
that we know should be unspeakable and glorious - because we know and
serve the Living God.
daily bread
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Saturday, 22 August 2009 15:12
Mark 3:21 - And when those of Him heard this, they went to restrain Him;
for they were saying, "He is out of His mind!"

Jesus was able to see things that no one else was seeing. He saw the
powers of darkness torturing and driving the people who were created in
the image of God into all manner of sin, sickness, and disease.
Therefore He was engaged in a fight for all mankind, delivering everyone
that He saw at that moment from the powers of darkness. It was for this
purpose that He was manifested: to destroy the works of darkness that
held people in bondage (1 John 3:8). He was appointed by God to build
the ancient ruins, and restore the desolate areas of many generations;
and so it was His task to drive off every evil spirit that had brought
this ruin and desolation (Isaiah 61:1-4).

Unfortunately, His friends and family were not able to discern what was
going on; and out of their deep human compassion and sympathy for Him,
went out to restrain Him. They were more concerned about the fact that
He had not had anything to eat, rather than the miracle day of
visitation that was setting the captives free. Their human concern was
overwhelmed by what everyone was saying, rather than the glorious
revelation of the Deliverer; who was now being made manifest to Israel
and to the world.
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