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Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Wednesday, 28 October 2009 13:27
2 Corinthians 1:20 - For every promise of God in Him is a Yes, and in
Him, Amen; to the glory of God by us.

When we look at the fundamental meaning of the Old Testament root word
for faith (from which "amen" arises), we discover many wonderful things
about the absolute certainty and security that God wants to provide for
us. "This very important concept in biblical doctrine gives clear
evidence of the biblical meaning of 'faith' in contradistinction to the
many popular concepts of the term. At the heart of the meaning of the
root is the idea of certainty" (Theological Wordbook of the Old
Testament). When the community of Israel heard the blessings and
promises of God read aloud, they were to respond with an "Amen;" and
through their amen confession, they made the blessing of God operative.
In addition, an Amen to any vow was a solemn oath to do what was pledged.

Faith carries with it the meaning of being established, faithful, sure,
dependable, and believing (Psalm 31:23; 1 Chronicles 17:23; Isaiah 7:9;
Numbers 12:7; 1 Samuel 2:35; Nehemiah 9:8). This certainty and security
rest upon God Himself and His promises (Deuteronomy 7:9; Psalm 89:28; 2
Corinthians 1:20). Has not God called us to greatness, to do all those
things that go beyond all human ability in every dimension of our lives?
Are we to settle for the security of our own strength and abilities? Are
we to be measured like all those who are not willing to follow God into
the realms of His covenant and of His divine purposes, and be classified
as those who have no faith (Deuteronomy 32:20)? Those who keep the faith
- who keep the truth - are those who enter into the realms of God's
mighty provision (Isaiah 26:2; John 17:17; Romans 10:17). Should we do
anything less than believe God on the basis of His word and truth?
Should we live any way other than continually believing God for the
impossible (Matthew 17:20; Mark 11:24)?
 
daily bread
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Monday, 26 October 2009 10:37
Mark 5:7 - And he screamed with a loud voice saying, "Why do you bother
me Jesus Son of the Most High God? I demand you by God, do not torment me!"

The demon power that possessed this man and tormented him day and night
was so rebellious and defiant, that he screamed at Jesus to leave him
alone! Jesus had commanded this unclean spirit to come out of the man;
but instead the demon cried out, and adjured or demanded Jesus in the
name of God, that he not be tormented by His interference.

Only the authority of Jesus Christ can make the difference in those who
are afflicted and tormented by the devil. Everything that society had
tried failed with this man. The solutions and remedies of men will never
cure the problem; they can only hope to control the mayhem. The chains
could not bind him, and the shackles placed on him by the community of
men could not subdue him. There was no help for him in man. There was
only one hope for this man, as it is for all men; and that hope is that
God would intervene. God's desperate love for this one specific man was
in motion. Little did he know it, but his cries of pain and agony were
heard in heaven; and the Father was sending Jesus to set him free. That
night as the man cried out upon the mountains, and cut himself with
rocks, the Kingdom of God was advancing forward in his direction. Jesus
and His disciples would have to cut through a life-threatening storm;
but the wind and the waves were no match for the authority of Christ
Jesus. Nothing could prevent Jesus from setting this poor man free from
the desperate condition of his soul.

Someone may say that this must have been a very important man, for Jesus
to have gone so far out of his way to help. But the evidence is that
this man was just an ordinary suffering human being for whom Christ
Jesus came to liberate. Jesus was manifested in human flesh for the sole
purpose of destroying the works of the devil. His wrath and anger
against demon spirits that cause sin, sickness, disease, and oppression
would not be turned back. His love for the suffering human being was
motive enough, and the powers of darkness had no choice but to obey.
They could scream and holler and make all the demands that they wanted;
but they would have to obey the word, Christ Jesus.

We must realize today that Jesus sits upon the throne of authority over
all things. His wrath and anger against demon powers has not changed.
His love for humanity and His desire to liberate them, and set them free
from their chains and shackles, still moves Him at this moment. He has
come to dwell in an army of people called the church, so that the same
power and authority that was executed so many years ago will continue to
be executed today. When demons are cast out, and the afflicted and
tormented are being set free, then the will of the Father is being done
(John 5:20,30; John 5:36; John 10:25,32; John 10:37-38; John 14:13,24;
Matthew 12:28; Matthew 18:14; Mark 16:17; Luke 10:19; 1 John 3:8).
However, we must be careful that we do not follow the methods of men,
and attempt to use that which is earthly to deal with all of these
evils. We must allow Jesus, who is head over all things, to have full
control. We must place all of our trust in Him, and realize that He is
the only one who has the cure. Otherwise we will be just like
backslidden Israel, who turned their trust and confidence from God to
Egypt; and made their strength the arm of flesh (Jeremiah 17:5-8; Psalm
146:3; Isaiah 2:22; Isaiah 30:1-3; Isaiah 31:1; 2 Chronicles 32:8).
 
daily bread
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Sunday, 25 October 2009 07:35
Psalm 144
12-That our sons may be as great plants in their youth; our daughters as
cornerstones polished for the palace.
13- Our granaries full of all sorts of every kind. Our sheep thousands
upon thousands in our streets.
14- Our oxen strong to labor. No breaking nor departure, nor complaining
in our streets.
15- Happy are the people who are like this. Happy are the people whose
God is Yahoah!

Everyone desires such wonderful blessings upon their families, their
finances, and their communities. Unfortunately there are not as many who
are willing to walk in the divine instructions of life that lead us into
such blessings. These kinds of blessings come to those who trust in the
Lord: who do not lean upon their own strength, or seek out their own
answers, but who wholly follow after God. If we will let the Lord teach
us how to stand against the enemy of our soul, and even how to
aggressively pursue all the powers of darkness in battle and overthrow
them; then we will walk in the power and the authority that has been
given to us to be God's representatives in the earth. God will be our
defender, if we are willing to obey Him. He will arise on our behalf,
and all of the enemies of our soul will be scattered.

God has called us to trust Him and to obey Him. If we will do so, then
we will be blessed in every dimension of our lives. If we will give
ourselves to praising Him for all the wonderful things that He has done
for us, even when the storms of life may arise to destroy us, we will
certainly discover that God will come and rescue us. When the demonic
oppressors that would enslave us to all sorts of immoral things are no
longer an influential power in our lives, we will find that their
oppressive powers to hinder us from all the rich blessings of God are no
longer a threat to kill, steal, and destroy. If we will let the Lord be
our God, instead of all the other earthly things that belong to mammon
and fleshly pleasures, we will find ourselves happy; yes, exceedingly
happy!
 
daily bread
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Friday, 23 October 2009 13:14
2 Thessalonians 2:13 - But we owe it to be thankful always to God
concerning you, brothers, beloved by the Lord; because God chose you as
first fruits unto salvation, by sanctification of Spirit and believing
the truth.

God chose from the beginning that salvation would come through
sanctification of the Spirit, and faith in the truth of God's word (1
Peter 1:2). Everyone who will chose what God has provided is accepted by
Him (Acts 2:21; Romans 10:13; 1 John 2:2; 2 Peter 3:9; Titus 2:11; John
12:32). Although many things may be said about sanctification and what
it means, nothing can be as clear cut as the definition that Jesus gave.
Jesus said that we are not of this world, even as He is not of this
world (John 15:19; John 17:14). Through the miracle of salvation, God
takes us from the rule and dominion of the profane world governed by the
powers of darkness and spiritual wickedness; and transfers us into the
kingdom of the Christ Jesus, the dear Son (Ephesians 2:2; Ephesians
6:12; Colossians 1:13). The miracle of salvation takes place when the
Holy Spirit comes upon us and changes us into a new creation. Through
the washing and regeneration of the Spirit, the life that was once bound
by sin and death is liberated, and brought into the glorious sanctity of
sonship (John 1:12; John 3:5; Titus 3:5). As the priests of old were set
apart to minister to God, we have been set apart to live in Christ
Jesus. Through Christ Jesus we have been set apart from the world, and
placed into the holy sanctuary of His life: to live by the Spirit.

Sanctification is an act; and not a process. In the Old Testament, when
a person or an object was sanctified, it happened through the ritual
prescribed; and was complete at the moment the ritual was finished.
There are many examples of this, here are a few: the Sabbath (Genesis
2:3), the altar (Exodus 29:37), the tabernacle (Exodus 29:44), the
priestly garments (Leviticus 8:30), a fast (Joel 1:14), a field
(Leviticus 27:17), the people (Exodus 19:14), and the congregation (Joel
2:16). In the New Testament the Father has sanctified us through His
word (John 17:17), and Jesus has sanctified us by His blood (Hebrews
13:12). However, according to this scripture and 1 Peter 1:2; we have
been sanctified by the Holy Spirit unto salvation. Even as admitted by
the Tyndale New Bible Dictionary, second edition, page 1068, "This
sanctification, however, is not conceived of primarily as a process but
as an accomplished fact, for 'by a single offering he has perfected for
all time those who are sanctified'" (Hebrews 10:10,14).
 
daily bread
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Thursday, 22 October 2009 12:41
John 15:19 - If you were of the world, the world would be fond of its
own; on account of this the world hates you: because you are not of the
world, for I have chosen you out of the world.

One of the most important things that we must come to understand and
value is the security and sanctity that we have been given in Christ
Jesus, who has entirely separated us from the world. Through the work of
redemption we are not of this world, even as He is not of this world
(John 17:14). What makes us so different is that the life of Christ
Jesus has been imparted into us; and the Holy Spirit, which is foreign
to the world, has been given to us (John 14:17). Through the impartation
of the life of Christ, we have been made the sons of God; and therefore
we are radically different from the world. The world cannot know us
because it could not know Him and we are as He is in this world (1 John
3:1; 1 John 4:17). We have been delivered from this present evil world,
having been translated from the kingdom of the world into the kingdom of
the dear Son (Galatians 1:4; Colossians 1:13). We have escaped all of
the corruption and pollution of this world: the lust of the flesh, and
the lust of the eye, and the pride of life (2 Peter 1:4; 2 Peter 2:20; 1
John 2:16-17). The world is dead to us; and we are dead to the world
(Galatians 6:14).

We must recognize that God has made us His dwelling place, and demands
that we remain unspotted from the world (James 1:27; John 14:23). To be
a friend to the world is an act of hostility against God, and it makes
one an enemy of God (James 4:4). It is absolutely essential that we see
the world for what it really is: the kingdom of darkness! We are the
children of God, the holy ones in light. If we have any fellowship with
darkness and say that we know God; then we are liars and do not the
truth (1 John 1:6). Even as light does not dwell with darkness, no more
can the saints of God dwell in the spirit of the world; if you do then a
compromise has taken place that threatens your very existence (Romans
12:2; 2 Corinthians 6:17).

The world is under the control of the powers of darkness, and is
governed by the spirit of disobedience (Ephesians 2:2; 2 Corinthians
4:4). Jesus testified against the world, proving that the world loves
darkness (John 3:19). It is the world that hates Jesus (John 7:7). Jesus
told those religious leaders that were governed by the world that they
were of their father, the devil. He said: "You are from beneath; I am
from above: ye are of this world; I am not of this world" (John 8:23).
The world does not know Jesus or the Father; therefore it does not know
those who are born of Him, and belong to the realm of the Kingdom of
God. The world hates us just like it hates Jesus; because it is governed
by sin and death (John 15:19; John 17:14; Romans 5:12). The spirit of
the world is the antithesis of the Spirit of God, and is a synonym for
that which is fleshly; and thus opposed to God and all of His ways (1
Corinthians 2:12; Galatians 5:17; Romans 8:9,1; Romans 8:16; John 3:6).

We are at war against the spirit of the world. Through the authority
that is in Christ Jesus, we are led in an offensive attack against the
kingdom of darkness; and are commanded to execute this strategy by not
having anything to do with the world and its lust. Being consecrated to
the life of Christ and the surrounding glory of the Holy Spirit, we are
to go everywhere preaching the gospel. We are to cast out devils, speak
with new tongues, and walk in such power and authority that serpents
lose their deadly effect and poisons impose no harm. We lay hands on the
sick and they recover, and by so doing we drive bank and subdue the
forces of darkness wherever we encounter them. We wrestle against the
spiritual wickedness and rulers of darkness of this world, who would
attempt to stop us and impose their rebellious acts upon us (Ephesians
6:12). But God has given us an impregnable defense: we have been given
the weapons of warfare that are mighty. He has given to us His strength
and the power of His might! Through the new birth, the power of sin that
would ruin us and make us ineffective is broken; and Satan cannot touch
us (1 John 5:18; 2 Peter 1:10; Psalm 18:36; Psalm 62:6, Psalm 121:7;
Psalm 125:3). Our very lives and conduct have become weapons - that
destroy and tear down the kingdom of darkness that is all around us
(Romans 6:13). Through Christ Jesus we are not of this world; and
through Him we have also conquered it as well (1 John 5:4; Revelation
3:21; John 16:33).
 
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