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Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Tuesday, 30 March 2010 13:02
Hebrews 10:23 - Let us hold fast the confession of our confidence without
wavering; for He is faithful that promised.

Our confidence comes from the promises that God has made to us in His word.
The word of God empowers us to have faith that moves mountains and makes the
impossible possible. When we read the eleventh chapter of Hebrews, we get a
glimpse of all that faith can do. Faith is an unwavering confidence and
trust in God - that is activated by the Word of God, and infused with the
power of God by the Spirit of God. The faith that has been given to us
produces a certainty that nothing is impossible for those who believe!
(Matthew 17:20; Mark 9:23; Mark 11:23; Luke 1:37). Our heavenly Father just
wants us to believe that nothing is impossible, and that we can do all that
He has said we can do. He has ordained us to obtain promises, subdue
nations, and walk in all of the authority of the Kingdom of God (John 15:16;
Hebrews 11:33-35). Too many people regard faith as a hope or an idea.
However, faith is the power of God invested into us by those things that God
has spoken in His word; and He is looking for a return on His investment.

There are many things that would attempt to wear us down and try to still
our confidence; but we must not waver. We must find our strength to stand
against all of the tricks of Satan and the hindrances that come out to stop
us - by being continually reminded of God's faithfulness to the faith that
He has supplied us with. Somehow we fail to realize that the strength of
faith is our relationship with God; and the more that we know Him and place
our trust in Him, the more confident we are about having the ability to do
everything that He has commanded us to do. We must realize that we will grow
strong in the fight of faith if we do not back down. We will reap if we do
not faint; and inherit all God has promised, if we refuse to turn back. To
do all of these things we must be confident - not in ourselves - but in God
who has promised. Unfortunately, when we are in the heat of the battle,
everyone has the temptation to run and hide like a coward, or make excuses
for retreat. Instead let us hold fast to the confession of our confidence.
Will you believe that what you have spoken in the name of Jesus will come to
pass today? (Mark 11:23; Romans 10:10). For nothing is impossible for those
who put their trust in God!

There is a confession with every motion of faith. That confession is found
in those things that we are confident of. Out of the inspiration of the word
of God we are commissioned to subdue nations, and give witness to the
resurrection and to all of the blessings and promises of God. Recently, I
heard a successful businessman (who does not know Jesus, or the faith that
He has given) say, "We have moved mountains." Well, if those who do not know
God can find confidence to move mountains, then we should be able to move
whole continents. Men succeed because they have confidence in themselves;
and their pride and ambition will not let them quit. But the people of God
should have confidence in God and in His dedication to our success, and as a
result be all the more unwilling to waver.

If you turn back because your ministry or business is not achieving the
success that you thought it should, then you have left off trusting God! It
is time to press in and take hold of the confession that the word of God has
filled your mouth with - and begin to shout the shout. Shout, and the walls
will come down! Shout, and the Lord will answer! Shout, so that all of your
senses are filled with the testimony that you believe God! When all men
thought for sure that they would die because of the violence of the storm,
when they had given up all hope that they should saved; one man stood up and
said, "I believe God" (Acts 27:25). Will you lay hold on the word of God and
the unlimited promises of God that affect every dimension of your life, and
boldly say "I believe God!" today?
daily bread
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Monday, 29 March 2010 07:20
Isaiah 62:1 - For Zion's sake I will not be silent, and for the sake of
Jerusalem I will not be quiet; until the brightness her righteousness goes
forth, and her salvation as a burning torch.

Zion is first mentioned when Jerusalem began to be established as the
capital city (2 Samuel 5:7). Although Zion was applied to the city of David
which is is Jerusalem, to the Temple mount, as well as all of Israel; it is
also is used to identify the city of God that is to come in the new age, and
now exists in the heavenly realm (Revelation 14:1; Hebrews 12:22). God is
the one who dwells in mount Zion, so the earthly Zion is only a pattern of
that which already existed in heaven (Isaiah 8:18; Psalm 2:6; Amos 1:2;
Psalm 48:1-14; Romans 11:26; 1 Peter 2:6). If there is going to be
redemption for the earthly Zion, then there must be judgment and
righteousness (Isaiah 1:27; Isaiah 4:4; Isaiah 33:5). Zion is built to be
the glory of the whole earth; and the cornerstone on which it is built is
Jesus Christ (Isaiah 28:16; 1 Peter 2:6).

When Zion is built and established in the coming reign of Christ Jesus, then
there will be the glory upon every house that existed over Israel when the
Lord brought them up out of the land of Egypt. Upon every house there will
be a cloud and smoke by day and the shining of a flaming fire by night; and
upon all there shall be the glory for a defense (Isaiah 4:5). The glorious
culture of the Kingdom of God will last forever, and not one stake of Zion
shall ever be removed; and neither shall any of the cords ever be broken
(Isaiah 33:20; Isaiah 62:4-5). The Lord God Himself will come and reign in
the earthly Zion: first Christ Jesus, and then ultimately the Father, Yahweh
(Zechariah 8:3; Isaiah 59:20; Revelation 20:4,6; 1 Corinthians 15:24-28;
Revelation 21:2). We have already been allowed to take part in this glory
through the baptism of the Holy Ghost and fire (Isaiah 35:10; Isaiah 51:11;
Acts 2:3-4). Although it is not visible to all as it will be in that day,
this same glory would be for us a defense against all that is in the world:
the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eye, and the pride of life. Let us
come unto Zion and place all of our affections there (Hebrews 12:22;
Colossians 3:1-2; Ephesians 2:6).
daily bread
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Saturday, 27 March 2010 14:47
Isaiah 62:1 - For Zion's sake I will not be silent, and for the sake of
Jerusalem I will not be quiet; until the brightness her righteousness goes
forth, and her salvation as a burning torch.

Israel was persistently unfaithful to God, therefore God dealt her as a
treacherous wife; but did not divorce her (Isaiah 54:1). Instead He remained
committed to bringing to pass the promises that He made to Abraham and to
His descendants forever. Equally, our heavenly Father has made a promise to
Jesus - through whose life we have been redeemed, from every tribe and
nation. There has been much unfaithfulness in the church: the church which
was created to shine with the splendor and glory of the fullness of Christ
Jesus. Yet God remains faithful to us, and will not rest until the church
shines with the brightness of Christ Jesus.

Like Israel, many today have left off being faithful to God in their morals
and conduct. We too have drawn near to God with our praise, while our hearts
were unfaithful to God. Somehow we must return to God with all of our
hearts, and recognize that friendship with the world is an act of hostility
against God (James 4:4). There must be the rebirth of a godly fear and a
godly sorrow over sin. We must all come to recognize that it is a fearful
thing to fall into the hands of a Living God (Hebrews 10:31). We must become
convinced, as Paul was, about the terror of the Lord - and not only persuade
others, but ourselves as well - and thus be impacted to the depths of our
lives that the wages of sin is death (2 Corinthians 5:11; Romans 6:23).

The only way that there is going to be a turning from the compromises that
we have made with the devil is for the watchmen (the ministers of the Lord)
to no longer hold their peace (Isaiah 62:6-12). The Lord is dedicated to our
perfection; but what if those whom He has given for the perfection of the
church remain silent, and do not show the people their sin and their
transgression? (Ephesians 4:11-12). How long will the leaders of the people
continue to err, and justify their evil doings? They divorce their wives,
and say, "What have we done wrong?" (Malachi 2:14-15). They befriend the
world and serve themselves, instead of serving God and His people.

Surely God who is devoted to the perfection of His people and the glory of
His church will not keep silent. Surely He will chastise and plead with us
as a Father pleads with a rebellious son. Our Salvation shines with the
glory of His majesty, and all the heavenly host now worships Him. Yet in the
earth His name has become a byword among the heathen. His name is profaned
by the continual transgressions of His people. Surely Father will not keep
silent, until His glory shines bright in the midst of a sinful and perverse
world. Who will come and stand on God's side? Who will turn from the lust
and excess of this world and follow Jesus? Who will let the fire of God fall
upon them with the Holiness and Purity of the Almighty, and remain there?
daily bread
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Friday, 26 March 2010 12:50
1 Peter 1:6 - In whom you greatly rejoice; though now if need be, it is a
little distressing - in a great variety of trials.

All of us hate trials and adversity; but there can be nothing more important
to the spiritual state of our souls than finding that glorious resting place
of trusting in God, no matter what is taking place. We may look at some of
the things that we are going through, and become overwhelmed and somehow
think that God is unaware; but nothing can be further from the truth. What
we must learn to do is to give thanks - instead of asking why, or in any way
doubting His love and commitment to us (1 Thessalonians 5:18). Our heavenly
Father has called us into an abundant life of joy unspeakable, and we must
learn to walk in all of the splendor of that life. The things that are
earthly and sensual, that would turn our hearts away from the relationship
and faith that has been so graciously lavished upon us, must be done away
with. We may not recognize it, but everything that is contrary to the nature
and will of God actually steals our joy, and robs us of the the fullness of
all that has been freely given to us. Therefore, in God's lovingkindness and
tender mercies, He allows us to go through things that are to result in our
faith being made perfect: so that it might be found unto praise, honor, and
glory at His appearing. We must recognize that any sufferings of this
present time are not worthy to be compared to the glory that is to be
revealed in us (Romans 8:18; 2 Corinthians 4:17; 2 Corinthians 7:4).

Our walk with God and our access to Him by the Spirit must be more important
to us than all other earthly things. When heavenly things are more important
to us than earthly things, we discover a realm of glorious fellowship that
moves us past all of the things that would turn our affections away from
God. It is in this perfect love that we find the operation of perfect faith.
Fear and torment cannot access us, strife and divisions can no longer
dominate us; but instead we find a place of communion that captivates our
soul, and causes all of our affections to be set on things above (Colossians
3:1-4). Let all of our experience result in an abundant confidence in the
faithfulness of God, who has poured His love into us by the Holy Spirit
(Romans 5:5; Ephesians 1:3).
daily bread
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Thursday, 25 March 2010 12:39
Ephesians 4:1- I call to you myself, as the prisoner of the Lord: walk
worthy of the calling to which you are called.

There is no other book in the Bible where the calling of God is spelled out
in loftier words - beginning in chapter 1 with the statement "blessed with
all spiritual blessings in the heavenlies," to "being filled with all of the
fullness of God" in Ephesians 3:19. However, what the believer must learn is
that this realm of greatness and glory in Christ Jesus functions through
humility and servitude. The fact is that the greatest in the Kingdom is the
servant of all. If we are to walk in the heights of God, then we must be
willing to allow this same mind that was in Christ Jesus to also be in us
(Philippians 2:5-8).
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