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Daily Bread JUL/27/10
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Tuesday, 27 July 2010 14:17
Romans 4:25 - He was handed over for of our trespasses, and was raised up in
order to make us righteous.

The death of Jesus removed the sin of the whole world, so that all men may
come into the forbidden presence of the God who is "Holy, Holy, Holy!"
(Exodus 19:12; 1 John 2:2; John 3:16; Colossians 2:14; Ephesians 2:14;
Romans 5:18). God has proclaimed to all men everywhere, both to those near
to Him and to those far away: "Come into my presence!" (Ephesians 2:17;
Isaiah 57:19). Christ Jesus put away the law of condemnation and every
testimony against man; and through His blood made His life and Holy Spirit
available to all. He destroyed sin, and provided access to anyone willing to
come into the presence of God and behold His life and goodness (1 John 3:8;
Romans 5:2; Ephesians 3:12; Hebrews 10:19).

We have been brought into His presence and given fellowship with Him - so
that we might learn the ways of His life. It is here in the presence of the
Lord that we are then to choose the ways of the Most High. Many have come
and beheld the glory, and yet have been unwilling to be taught the ways of
God. Instead of falling in love with the beauty of His ways, they have
chosen to continue in the ugliness of sin and death. God has not compromised
His opinion of sin. Those who continue in sin are still worthy of death
(Ephesians 5:6; Romans 1:18,32; Romans 6:16,23; Colossians 3:6). Iniquity
and all unrighteousness will not inherit God's kingdom (Ephesians 5:5;
Galatians 5:21).

Just as the death of Jesus destroyed sin and gave us access into the
presence of God - His resurrection has brought to us the ministry of
righteousness! (2 Corinthians 3:9; 2 Corinthians 5:17; Romans 3:21-22;
Romans 8:4; Romans 10:3; Ephesians 4:24). The ministry of the Spirit of
Holiness has come to fill even the most vile sinner, so that they may be
taught the ways of God (John 6:45; 1 John 2:27; Acts 15:9; Romans 10:12;
Romans 15:13-15). Those who want to believe and teach that somehow God does
not expect obedience from those who have received such abundance of grace -
have failed to behold the nature of God and His Holiness. God commands all
men everywhere to repent and to turn from their sins; and has granted us the
mercy and the ability to be taught of God (Acts 17:30; Psalm 145:17; John
14:15,21; John 15:10; Psalm 1:6). We have been raised up together with Jesus
to walk in newness of life: His righteousness (Romans 6:4; Colossians 3:1;
Ephesians 2:6; 1 John 2:29; 1 John 3:7,24; Romans 14:17).
 
Daily Bread JUL/26/10
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Monday, 26 July 2010 12:32
James 4:15 - Instead you should say, "If the Lord desires and we live, we
will also do this or that."

We have been given the blessed opportunity of knowing the will of God. If we
want to be followers of Jesus, and enjoy the relationship with the Father
that Jesus modeled for us and supplied to us, then we must live only to do
the will of the Father (John 4:34; John 6:38). All of our plans and desires
should center around the will of the Father. Our complete resignation to His
purposes should constantly yield a commitment that says, "If the Lord wills"
(1 Corinthians 4:19; 1 Corinthians 16:7; Hebrews 6:3; Acts 18:21; Romans
1:10; Romans 15:32; Philippians 2:19,24). The only way any plans that we
have are going to be blessed is if God is in them. We are to take no thought
for our life, but rather seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness
in everything we do. If we will make the purposes of the kingdom our primary
interest, then all of the blessings that only the Father can give will be
added to us.

Walking in the will of the Father is not a life of limitation; rather it is
the opportunity to walk in the liberty of God's rich blessings. If we
acknowledge Him in all of our ways, He will direct our paths (Proverbs 3:6).
We must no longer live according to the desires of men, but according to the
will of the Father (1 Peter 4:2). The Holy Spirit desires to fill us with
the knowledge of God's will - in all wisdom and spiritual knowledge
(Colossians 1:9). If we will take the simple steps of obedience that are
right before us, the Holy Spirit will train us to know and to understand how
to walk by faith (and not by sight) in every dimension of life. We have two
choices: we can live out our own life, and in the pride of life do it our
way; or we can recognize the absolute authority of God, and allow Him to
lead us. It is far better to live in the heavenly: the spiritual-being led
and guided by the Holy Spirit, rather than to be imprisoned in the earthly,
devilish, and the sensual (James 3:14-16).
 
Daily Bread JUL/24/10
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Saturday, 24 July 2010 17:15
James 4:14 - Yet you do not know what kind of tomorrow you will have; for
your life is a mist that appears for a little while, and then it vanishes.

There is an hourglass of time set upon each person's life, and no one knows
when that hourglass will yield its last grain of sand. We boast of the great
things that we will do, but we fail to realize that our lives are like a
vapor that appears - then quickly vanishes. The life of man is like the
grass, his glory like the flower: no sooner does it spring up than suddenly
it withers away, and is no more (1 Peter 1:24; James 1:11). The length of
our life compared to eternity is but a very small thing (Psalm 39:5-6). Yet
we boast in the pride of our heart as though we will live forever - failing
to realize that tomorrow may never come (Proverbs 27:1). Those who act like
they will live forever and are in need of nothing will hear God say: "You
fool, this day will your soul be required of you" (Luke 12:20).
 
Daily Bread JUL/23/10
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Friday, 23 July 2010 10:42
Jonah 3:2 - Arise, go to Ninevah, that great city: and preach to it the
proclamation that I speak to you.

It is God who gives direction to His servants to go to the places that He
chooses. God is the One who also gives His servants the message that they
are to speak. God was about to send judgment upon a nation; but before He
did He desired to give them an opportunity to repent. Jonah, knowing the
mercies of God, did not want to go - because he knew that it was God's
desire to bring this nation to repentance so that He could show His abundant
love. Jonah knew that if the nation of Nineveh repented, God would not send
judgment upon them; and while it was in the heart of God to show mercy and
love, it was in the heart of Jonah to see judgment fall on that wicked and
evil people (Jonah 4:1-3).

Even though the people of Ninevah were terribly wicked, the preaching of
Jonah brought such conviction upon them that they all repented and turned
from their wickedness. It does not matter how wicked a city is, or how
estranged a person may be from God - when anyone humbles themselves before
God and turns from their evil, God shows His mercy and forgives them (Jonah
3:8,10; 2 Peter 3:9).

We are the ambassadors of Christ, sent into the world today to beseech the
world to be reconciled to God. We are commanded to go to every person and
tell them that God commands all men everywhere to repent: to change (Acts
17:30; Mark 1:15; Matthew 28:19-20). The direction has been given to us by
God; we have been commissioned by Him to go. If we will speak His words that
He gives us to proclaim, then the power of His mercy should reach deep into
the hearts of everyone who hears. Those who will believe - who will repent
and call upon His name - will be saved. Those who refuse to hear will
experience only wrath and judgment (Matthew 3:7; Mark 16:16; Romans 2:5;
Romans 5:9; Ephesians 2:3; Ephesians 5:6; Colossians 3:6).
 
Daily Bread JUL/22/10
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Thursday, 22 July 2010 09:05
1 Peter 4:14 - Happy are you if you are reproached for the name of Christ:
because the glory and the Spirit of God rest upon you. On their part he is
blasphemed; but on your part he is glorified.

We are called to forsake all, and follow Jesus. If we will obey God and go
everywhere and preach the gospel to every person, we will doubtless run up
against persecution. If we stand in righteousness and live godly, we will
suffer persecution - but the good news is that we will experience that same
glory that came down upon the tabernacle in the wilderness (Exodus 40:34).
We were baptized in the Holy Ghost and fire, so that we might live in the
glory and power of our heavenly fire. If we will continue to declare these
glorious truths of the kingdom of God, we will see the expressions of the
great exploits of God. Even as in the days of Paul, we will be able to say
that mightily grew the word of God and prevailed (Acts 19:20). We will give
witness to Him with great power, and there will be great grace upon us that
will cause the world to encounter the living God (Acts 4:33).

Jesus was persecuted by man and Satan, and Jesus told us that we would be
persecuted too. We must not count our lives dear unto ourselves, but instead
be willing to take up our cross and follow Jesus. These are the days of
great exploits, but we must not love our lives even unto the death
(Revelation 12:11; Matthew 16:25). These are the days when the glorious
appearing of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ are nearer than before. Soon
everything about the earth and the governments of men will change - as Jesus
Christ Himself will come to reign. We must not withhold our voice, we must
not hide in self-preservation; but boldly go out and declare these wonderful
works of God.
 
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