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Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Wednesday, 02 September 2009 09:46
Ephesians 4:16 - From whom all the body is joined and knitted together
by every ligament that provides support; so that each individual part
functions effectively, providing for the growth of the body as it builds
itself up in love.

The whole body is under the control of the head, unless there is some
disconnection in the body. The framework of the body, or skeletal
structure, is held together by ligaments, tendons, and muscles. It is by
this anatomical analysis that Paul expresses the interdependence that
each individual within a local church must have with each other - if it
is to be submitted to Christ Jesus. If the proper connections are not
established and maintained, then those individuals in the body of Christ
cannot respond to the commands of the head; and therefore the church is
handicapped and crippled. However, if each individual submits themselves
to the love of Christ, and is willing to allow the Holy Spirit to set
them in their proper place within the body, then each body part is then
properly connected; and the community of the church and the body of
Christ is then able to grow into the fullness of the measure of the
maturity of Christ: unto a fully matured man (Ephesians 4:13; 1
Corinthians 12:18; Ephesians 5:30; Galatians 3:28; 1 Corinthians 12:13;
Romans 12:4-5; 1 Corinthians 10:17; Colossians 3:15).

Anyone who is outside of the church cannot be connected to the body of
Christ, and cannot be submitted to Christ. Rebellion and division rule
the land today; and the spirit of it has overwhelmed many in the church.
There are so many good people that think that they can just go it alone;
but such a concept is foreign to the gospel of Christ and the Kingdom of
God. In fact, the whole revelation of God is centered upon the order and
community of family. If the church is unwilling to function as the
family of God and as members of that family - and then even in a greater
degree of union and submission, as a single body - then they fail in the
most fundamental concepts of the doctrine of Christ.

With all the wounded and divorced people who have broken covenant and
have felt immense rejection, great compassion must be exercised to bring
them back into the proper function of family; but this must be
recognized as everyone's objective. All those already connected in
submission and humility must exercise patience on behalf of those living
under the spirit of rejection, hurt, and even rebellion against such
divine order. Join with me in building the bridges necessary to bring
the huge number of people that have isolated themselves back into the
community of the church. Let us be dedicated to helping each person who
is disconnected make that proper connection in the the body of Christ.
 
daily bread
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Tuesday, 01 September 2009 16:16
1 Corinthians 15:25 - For He must reign until He has put all enemies
under His feet.

Chirst Jesus reigns today! He began His reign to put down all his
enemies 2000 years ago, when He was exalted to the right hand of the
Father (Acts 2:33; Acts 5:31; Acts 7:55-56; Hebrews 1:13; Hebrews 10:13;
Ephesians 1:20; Philippians 2:9; Psalm 110:1; Matthew 22:44; 1 Peter
1:21). After having defeated the powers of darkness, He was given the
place of sovereign authority: to rule until everything opposed to the
Kingdom of God is brought to an end (Revelation 1:18; Colossians 2:15).

The rulership of Jesus Christ has begun among those who have willingly
received His rulership, and have embraced the transformation that has
been brought to us through His name. To those who have come under His
dominion, He has also given power through the outpouring of the Holy
Spirit and Fire: to exercise authority over all of the enemies of God.
We must be willing to recognize that Jesus reigns for the purpose of
destroying every power of sin and death. Should we make the mistake of
believing that somehow God is at peace with sin and death - and is not
militant against it - then we would believe a lie, and be damned! He is
reigning now in our lives, and where He reigns sin and death have no
power; but are destroyed wherever they raise their rebellious and
treasonous head (1 John 3:8; John 12:31; John 16:11; Luke 10:19; Mark
16:17; Romans 6:12,14).

In the future Jesus will come and reign for 1000 years over all mankind,
whether they willing accept Him or not. He will rule with a rod of iron,
and he will crush all rebellion and opposition (Psalm 2:9; Revelation
2:27; Revelation 19:15; Revelation 20:3-7; Zechariah 14:16-19). At the
end of that age, Satan and every power of sin and death - and all those
who joined league with them - will be cast into the lake of fire; and
the age of sin and death will be eternally over. God has given us the
power to live in the glory of His nature and will. He has made us His
temple and dwelling place. Will you continue to listen to the deceptions
and propanganda of the Satanic lie that gives power to sin and
disobedience? Or will you instead rise up together in His righteous
cause, and say: "Christ Jesus reigns supremely, and His will shall be
done!"
 
daily bread
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Monday, 31 August 2009 12:23
Romans 5:17 - If because of one's trespass, death reigned through that
one; much more then those that receive the abundance of grace and the
gift of righteousness - by the reign of life through one: Christ Jesus.

The trespass of Adam brought forth the reign of death; but now through
Christ Jesus, life reigns. The ruling dominion of life that is in Christ
Jesus has brought grace to all mankind, and supplied the gift of
righteousness to all who will receive. The grace of God made it possible
for every man to be born of the Spirit (John 3:5; Titus 2:11-12).
Through the new birth we come into the fellowship of the divine nature,
and receive a new heart and a new spirit (2 Peter 1:4; Ezekiel 36:26).
We become the living epistles of God, with His nature and ways inscribed
upon the tables of our nature (2 Corinthians 3:3; Hebrews 8:10; Hebrews
10:16).

There may be many who do not take the gift of righteousness seriously;
but we can be certain that God does. He paid a high price for us to
enjoy it, and He will definitely hold us responsible for what we do with
it. He reversed the curse that came upon us through Adam, that made us
all slaves to sin; and has now made us servants of righteousness (Romans
6:16; Romans 6:18-19; Romans 3:21-22; 2 Corinthians 5:21; 2 Corinthians
6:7; Philippians 1:11; Philippians 3:9; 1 Timothy 6:11; 2 Timothy 3:16).
Grace and righteousness now reign over those who are born of God. Sin
and death have lost their power; and should be given no place of
dominion in our thoughts or lives (Romans 6:12,14). The dominion of
death cannot be given greater power than that of life. Neither can the
transgression of Adam be given greater consequence than the obedience of
Christ Jesus. The gift of righteousness, which functions by the Holy
Spirit, is far greater - in power and effect - than the plague of sin
that operates by demon forces.
 
daily bread
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Saturday, 29 August 2009 09:32
1 Peter 1:22 - Having purified your souls by the obedience to the truth
unto unfeigned love, love one another fervently from a pure heart.

Our Savior and our God has given us the blessed privilege of having
relationships that flow from purity and truth (1 Timothy 1:5;
Philippians 4:8; Matthew 5:8; 1 Timothy 4:12; 2 Timothy 2:22). These
relationships are to last forever; and even more, He commands that we
have them (John 13:34; John 15:12; 1 John 3:11,23; 1 John 4:21; 2 John
1:5). He gave us purity of soul and heart, so that the purity of His
love might flow through us to everyone we touch. Redemption through the
blood of Jesus Christ has resulted in our souls and hearts being
purified. It is the soul that represents the whole of a person's life,
and it is the heart that represents the source from which all things are
created in that life. It is from the heart and the innermost being that
the rivers of God's love flow. His love is to then be expressed through
every action of our soul.

We learn to enjoy these kinds of relationships with the Father, the Lord
Jesus, with the Holy Spirit, and with one another. It is the Holy Spirit
who teaches us how to have this kind of relationship. It was Jesus who
modeled for us how these kinds of relationships work; and it is our
responsibility to commit ourselves now and forever to having them (John
15:13; Romans 5:8; 1 John 4:7-8, 1 John 4:11; Ephesians 5:1-2).
 
daily bread
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Friday, 28 August 2009 12:15
1 Peter 2:20 - For what sort of credit if you endure a beating for
having sinned? But if you do good and endure suffering, you have God's
approval.

There was a time when the people of God were treated so severely by the
religious community and by the world. It is a terrible thing to be
publicly beaten, as were Peter and the other apostles, and Paul and
Silas (Acts 5:40-41; Acts 16:22-25). Their response was one of joy and
rejoicing in the Lord: that they were counted worthy to suffer for His
namesake. There response brought glory to the name of Jesus and to the
church. They did not take up arms and fight back in revenge; instead
they committed themselves to the Lord and to His protection.

There are many who suffer daily for the gospel of Jesus Christ around
the world, and endure it without complaint. Yet in America and other
countries that enjoy the freedom of religion, we seem to find ourselves
so preoccupied with our own self-interest that if someone says something
that we don't like, we immediately take offense and enter into some sort
of strife. As a pastor I have discovered that very few people take
anything patiently; even when they can be proven wrong in their conduct.
Rather they rise up in self-defense, and make war. At what time will we
all begin to value above all other things the approval of God, and cease
to be so impacted by the approval of men? When will we value humility
and servitude the way that God values it?

God says that if we suffer wrongfully and take it patiently, then we
have God's approval (John 5:44). We can be certain that if we do not
take it patiently, we will not have Father's approval. We are called to
lay down our lives for the brethren and for the church (1 John 3:16;
John 13:35; Ephesians 5:2; Galatians 5:13; 1 Peter 1:22; 1Corinthians
12:25; 1 Corinthians 14:20). If we are truly willing to walk in this
kind of love - that we would be willing to die for the household of
faith - surely we can stop fighting and squabbling among ourselves! I
never ceased to be amazed at how many people sit around the church
nurturing a wounded spirit and a spiteful disposition. Please dear
saints, let's walk in love. Let's be those who love the word of God and
the ways of God; and be those who have perfect peace, never allowing
anything to offend us (Psalm 119:165; Isaiah 26:3; Philippians 4:7;
Ephesians 4:3).
 
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