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Daily Bread - August 21, 2017
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Monday, 21 August 2017 11:03
2 Peter 3:11 - Everything being dissolved in this way, what manner of
lifestyle should you have in holiness and godliness.

In the New Testament, the primary message relating to holiness is one of
moral integrity and purity. The standard of moral integrity, which reaches
into every dimension of one's conduct and behavior, is the character of
God. Both holiness and godliness are behavioral words that are defined only
in God. The holiness and godliness that God demands is supplied to us
through the Spirit of Holiness (the Holy Spirit). We have been baptized
into Him, and into His fire. The fire of God that consumed the sacrifice
from off the altar and lit up the menorah in the Holy Place has come upon
us; and we are to be wholly consumed by Him. Through the work of His grace
in our lives, we are empowered to live blameless, in holiness, as the holy
ones of God (1 Corinthians 1:8; Colossians 1:22; Philippians 2:15; 1
Thessalonians 3:13; 1 Thessalonians 5:23; 2 Peter 3:14).

Today, if we will be led by the Holy Spirit, and allow Him to govern our
lives, then our lifestyle will shine with the character of God: in love,
joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness,
temperance, virtue, knowledge, patience, godliness, brotherly kindness,
righteousness, and holiness; with all lowliness and meekness, with
longsuffering; forbearing one another in love, and endeavoring to keep the
unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace (Galatians 5:22-23; 2 Peter 1:5-8;
Ephesians 4:2-3; 2 Timothy 2:22). Let us deny ungodliness now, and for the
rest of our lives, and perfect holiness in the fear of God (Titus 2:11-13;
2 Corinthians 7:1). For without holiness, no man shall see God (Hebrews
12:14).

Let all your behavior be governed by the Spirit of Holiness!
 
Daily Bread - August 19, 2017
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Saturday, 19 August 2017 10:23
1 Corinthians 12:11 - And these are all activated by one and the same
Spirit, Who distributes to each one individually according to His will.

Every one of the 'chrasmata' (gifts of the Spirit) are activated by the
Holy Spirit. These manifestations of the Spirit do not take place according
to our will; but rather, according to the will of God. It is God Who
activates all of these in everyone (vs. 6). He is the One Who breaths in
the inspiration and the ability to function in these demonstrations of
power so that Jesus might be revealed, the Gospel preached, and the Kingdom
of God advanced (John 16:13-14; Acts 1:8, 4:33).

The Holy Spirit, Who came to empower us so that Jesus might be revealed, is
the One Who decides what should happen and when. This dynamic of dependency
was demonstrated to us by Jesus, Who did nothing of Himself, but only what
He heard and saw the Father do (John 5:19, 30, 8:28, 12:28). When the Holy
Spirit came upon those gathered in the upper room, they all began to speak
with other tongues as He gave them the ability to speak (Acts 1:8, 2:4).
Paul reminded the Galatians that the one who worked miracles by the Spirit
did so by the faith that was heard (Galatians 3:5). If we want to learn to
function in the purity and glory of these acts which testify of the risen
Savior, then we must learn how to be lead by the Spirit -how to yield to
Him in complete and total dependency to His will and to His way...

Holy Spirit, take control of me,
Come and rule every part for Your glory!
Holy Spirit, take control of me,
In You I delight!

Yield to Him in complete and total dependence today!
 
Daily Bread - August 18, 2017
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Friday, 18 August 2017 10:35
Ephesians 1:3 - Blessed is the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Who
has blessed us in Christ with all spiritual blessings in heaven.

The Greek word 'pneumatikos' ("spiritual") is only found in the New
Testament. It was first used in Romans 1:11 with respect to Paul's desire
to impart spiritual abilities, or gifts, to the brethren. The spiritual
blessings include every benefit and manifestation of the Kingdom of God.
These blessings association with the 'heavenly' is essential - these are
not spiritual blessings in an earthly realm, but a heavenly one. Paul
clarifies this when he reveals that we have been seated together with
Christ in this heavenly place (Ephesians 2:6). When we were born of God, an
invisible transition took place that transferred us from the kingdom of
darkness to the Kingdom of the dear Son (Colossians 1:13). The knowledge
and consciousness of this present reality in God causes us to think
differently about our identity and how we are to function as the
representatives of Christ in the Earth (2 Corinthians 5:20).

When we consider the meaning of the 'spiritual', the emphasis is placed on
the operation of the Spirit through those in the church. When God set up
the church, He empowered the church to fully reveal the power and glory of
the risen Savior, Jesus Christ. If Jesus is to be revealed, then we must
yield ourselves to the Holy Spirit, Who has come to make Him known (John
16:12-15; 1 Corinthians 12:7-11). The final words that Jesus spoke to His
disciples before He ascended to the throne of God was, "You shall receive
power after the Holy Spirit comes upon you, and you shall be My
witnesses..." (Acts 1:8). Jesus gave us the same Spirit and the same
anointing that He had received for His earthly ministry. He gave us the
same ability to represent the Kingdom of God and to do the works of the
Father that He had received (John 14:12; 1 John 2:6)

Paul solidifies the connection between the spiritual and the demonstration
of the Holy Spirit that produces the manifestation of miracles, signs, and
wonders. We are to understand the spiritual as the administration,
operation, and manifestation of the Holy Spirit beginning with the
confession that Jesus Christ is Lord, even to every gift of the Spirit (1
Corinthians 12:1-11). Paul makes our assignment clear in 1 Corinthians 14:1
and directs our attention to following after love and the realm of the
spiritual. Our citizenship is in Heaven, our spiritual blessings are in
Heaven, and our life and conduct exist in the Spirit (Romans 8:4; Galatians
5:16, 25; Philippians 3:20).

Take hold of the good news of the Gospel, and be liberated to fully live
your life in the Kingdom of the dear Son!
 
Daily Bread - August 17, 2017
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Thursday, 17 August 2017 11:20
1 Corinthians 12:7 - Now to everyone is given the manifestation of the
Spirit to profit.

Paul includes all believers in the supernatural manifestation of the
Spirit. The manifestations of the Spirit are clearly defined in Scripture;
in fact, Paul compiles a relatively complete list in this chapter (1
Corinthians 12:8-10). The manifestations of the Spirit are the activities
of the Holy Spirit that only come as a result of being endued with power
from God (1 Corinthians 12:6, 11; Luke 24:49; Acts 1:8, 2:4). The awesome
reality is that the manifestations of the Holy Spirit are not limited to
just a few people; but are, in fact, given to every person in Christ! The
subject of this chapter and chapter 14 is 'the spiritual', and Paul made it
clear when he wrote to the Ephesians that all of God's people are blessed
with all spiritual blessings in the Heavenlies (Ephesians 1:3, 17-23).

Earnestly desire the spiritual, and especially that you prophesy!
 
Daily Bread - August 16, 2017
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Wednesday, 16 August 2017 08:35
Hebrews 12:14 - Pursue peace with everyone, and the holiness without which
no one shall see the Lord.

If we desire to see the Lord, then we must be willing to have our hearts
made pure and accept holiness as our state of being (Matthew 5:8; 1 Timothy
1:5). The Psalmist said, "Who shall ascend into the mountain of the Lord,
or who shall stand in His holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure
heart..." (Psalms 24:3-4). The only way that we can draw near to the Lord
is with a true heart in full assurance of the faith (Hebrews 10:22). We
cannot enter into the realm called the holies of holies where God dwells if
we have a defiled conscience and consider ourselves unholy. We must be
willing to accept the miracle of a transformed heart and nature. We must
allow Jesus to dress us in the holy garments of His righteousness and
holiness, even as Moses dressed Aaron in preparation to enter into that
holy realm. If we do not accept the good news that our hearts have been
purified, having been made new by the Spirit of God through the blood of
Jesus, then we will not see God now or in the future. God petitions us to
take the redemption that imparts the life and holiness of God into our
beings by the blood of Jesus and come into the Holies of Holies with all
boldness (Hebrews 10:19).

When the people of Israel were about to meet with God and hear the commands
of the covenant, God commanded Moses to sanctify the people. They were to
get themselves cleaned up, and take unto themselves the identity and
consciousness that they had become the holy people of God (Exodus 19:6-22).
God was leading them into His holy habitation, but they had to be willing
to be a people different from all the other nations that were around them
(Exodus 15:11-13). The people witnessed everyday, after the tabernacle of
God was erected, that the only way anyone could go into the presence of God
was if they were made holy. This was vividly displayed before them as they
watched the man that God had anointed with His Holy Spirit wash his body
with water, put on the holy garments, and finally the crown of glory that
expressed his identity and the identity of all Israel, "Holiness Unto The
Lord" (Exodus 39:30). When God was preparing Israel through Joshua to come
into the land that He had promised Joshua commanded the people to sanctify
themselves, or to see themselves as holy, because they were about to come
into the presence of God Who was going to do great wonders among them
(Joshua 3:5). They were going to experience one of the great displays of
the power of God as they walked through the midst of Jordan. What an
awesome and terrible sight that would have been to pass through the Jordan
with a column of water on your right reaching unto the clouds and a dry
river bed on your left. This was a moment that was surely filled with the
awesome presence and glory of God's holiness.

There are many people who attend the churches throughout the world that act
as though they have no responsibility to live holy and godly lives. I have
spent my whole life in the churches across America; and I have never heard
so many people confess unrighteousness and impurity as a state of their
life in Christ Jesus as I hear today. Truly this is a sign of the apostasy
where men turn away from the sound doctrine of redemption in Christ Jesus
and take on their own identities, and those which men and the powers of
darkness would impose upon them. If our souls have not been washed clean in
the blood of Jesus now, then when will they be? If our spiritual garments
are not spotless now, when will they be? If we have not been made a new
creation now, then when will we be? If we are not the holy and righteous
people of God now, then when will we be? The cry of the old gospel song
rings out today for all who will hear, "Are you washed in the blood, in the
soul cleansing blood of the Lamb; are your garments spotless, are they
whiter than snow; are you washed in the blood of the Lamb." There is an
invitation now for you to meet with the Lord, and to have an ever
increasing intimacy with Him; but you must believe His report and accept
His salvation, for there is no other way to come into His presence. Today,
the Lord says to you: Be holy, even as I am holy (1 Peter 1:16; Leviticus
11:45; 2 Thessalonians 2:13; 1 Peter 1:2; John 17:11, 16-23; Romans 12:1-2)

Be holy, therefore, even as He is holy!
 
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