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Daily Bread - May 22, 2018
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Monday, 21 May 2018 22:31
Exodus 15:11 - Who is like You, O LORD, among the gods? Who is like You,
glorious in holiness, fearful in praises, doing wonders?

God's Holiness - Superior Power and Authority (Part 2)

At the revelation of God's power and authority, He was shown to be the
exalted God of gods. He not only established a distinction between Himself
and all other gods, but also a distinction between His people and the
nations of the Earth. The power and authority that now existed among the
people of Israel, because God was there, made them mightier than all the
nations of the Earth combined. God made a separation between Israel and the
Egyptians when His signs and wonders were performed in Egypt. He provided
the distinct separation between His people and all others by the fire cloud
of His glory, which stood between them and the Egyptians. God made a
distinction between His people and Egypt when the Egyptians pursued after
the people of God -they had no right to access the holy and miraculous way
He had provided for His people. God, in the majesty of His holiness, simply
blew with His breath, and the strength of man was brought to nothing as the
sea returned upon them. God was exalted in His own strength and by His
holiness for His righteous judgments (Psalm 21:13). He was shown to be the
faithful God that kept His promise to Abraham and His descendants. He was
the Protector of His people, the One Who had not forgotten them. Although
for a while they were left to toil as slaves, He arose in their midst as
the Righteous Judge Who had cast down all of their enemies (Exodus 2:23-25,
3:7-10, 6:1-8, 14:23-31; Psalm 9:7-8, 96:9-12; 1 Peter 2:23; Revelation
19:11; Exodus 15).

The might of God's holiness was shown to be superior to all other powers
and authorities, whether they were of the kingdoms of this world, the
forces of nature, or the powers of Heaven. God has no rival in power and
might, which separates Him from all other things. God is exalted above all
things in splendor, power, and authority. God also further displayed His
mercy by delivering a people that was not altogether confident that He was
able. Even in the midst of their doubt and complaint, He lifted them up
into His divine grace. The glory of His holiness was revealed in His
willingness to help those who did not deserve it. The holiness of God is
forever settled. All those who rise up against Him and defy His sovereign
right to rule will likewise perish. Equally, those who respond to His
leadership will find Him forever faithful and merciful (Psalms 34:8-22).

Taste and see that the LORD is good! (Psalms 34:8)
 
Daily Bread - May 21, 2018
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Monday, 21 May 2018 11:08
Exodus 15:11 - Who is like You, O LORD, among the gods? Who is like You,
glorious in holiness, fearful in praises, doing wonders?

God's Holiness - Superior Power and Authority (Part 1)

At the triumph of Jehovah over the Kingdom of Egypt, there was a
demonstration of His absolute superiority of power over all other powers
that existed. Israel had encountered many gods in Egypt, and had even come
to believe in their power. Now God in His mercy was going to show He was
the one and true God Who had supreme power over everything. In His triumph
over all the power of Egypt and their gods, He revealed how He was
"majestic in holiness, fearful in praise, doing wonders" (Exodus 15:11).

God displayed the great power of His love and faithfulness over all other
powers attempting to prevent His will. Compared to all of the gods of the
nations, there was none who was His equal. God in His holiness is a
wonder-Worker, Who executes His unstoppable will for His holy ones (His
people/saints). The Egyptians found their strength in their chariots and
horses. Their arms cleaved to their bows and shields; but all their might,
and the gods they served, were no match for the majestic power of God's
holiness. He was shown to be infinitely superior to all other powers and
authorities when the sea parted by His command. The glory of His presence
and the fire cloud in which He dwelt were yet another matchless wonder
(Exodus 14:15-31; Psalms 78:12-14).

The wheels of the Egyptians' mighty chariots were removed at His glance.
Their strength was utterly destroyed in His Presence. When, in the defiance
of their hearts, they attempted to make use of the way He had made for His
people, they were utterly destroyed. God judged them for their blasphemy
and proved there was no other God like Him (Isaiah 45:5; John 1:1-2). They
were shaken by His mighty power. The holiness of God arrested the heart and
brought such an awe that the praise of His people was described as fearful
praise. At the display of His wonders, it became apparent how the whole
world was subordinate to Him, and that the faithful God Who had promised to
deliver His people was shown to have all the power and might to do so
(Exodus 15:1-19).

It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God! (Hebrews
10:31)
 
Daily Bread - May 19, 2018
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Saturday, 19 May 2018 11:42
Psalms 5:4 - For you are not a God that has pleasure in wickedness; neither
shall evil dwell with you.

God's Holiness - Supreme Morality - Part 3

After God had judged Adam because of his moral failure, his descendants had
become so unlike God there was little evidence they were made in His image
and likeness. God's holiness demanded He judge them because of their
iniquity; and in His desire to redeem man, He found eight souls that had
not defiled themselves (1 Peter 3:20). There was one man who still retained
the moral character of God enough to be called righteous, and so God
preserved Noah and his family to replenish the Earth. In fact, all morality
in men is a reflection of God's nature. What little morality that can be
found in fallen man is only a dim reflection showing how they were created
in His image and likeness.

There are certain events in the Bible that allow us to get a glimpse of the
nature of God. The beauty and awe of His holiness are captured at times
when He more fully reveals Himself to man. One of those instances is found
in the Book of Isaiah. Isaiah was a holy prophet of God, anointed to speak
the Word of God. He was vested with the authority of God that sounded out
the voice of Heaven through his lips. Isaiah, in contrast to the nation of
Israel, was everything that one might think of as the model of holiness.
Yet, Isaiah discovered that his holiness, compared to the holiness
expressed in the throne room of Heaven, was altogether lacking! Isaiah was
not only part of a nation made holy by God, he had received a special
holiness/anointing empowering him with a higher status of holiness as a
prophet. In this special grace he had with God, he was given the ability to
hear and see what was going on in the heavenly realm and to communicate the
holiness of God's Word (Isaiah 1-5).

However, something unique happened when Isaiah was allowed to look into the
throne room and hear the praises being offered by the seraphim (Isaiah
6:1-4). When he heard and saw the holiness in the throne room of God, he
was undone. Struck by the awe of these angels, who expressed shouts of
ecstasy over the holiness of God, Isaiah was ruined. The holiness he had
was no longer good enough; and instead, he found himself vile in
comparison. When compared to these holy creatures, who covered their face
because they were not worthy to look upon God's face and covered their feet
so no part of their body would be exposed to the direct light of His
holiness, Isaiah was destroyed. The scene was too much for him; and under
the conviction of holiness, he regarded himself as unclean and impure. The
lips that had been anointed by God to speak the pure words of God, compared
to the lips of the seraphim, were impure (Isaiah 6:5-8).

Holy, Holy, Holy, is the Lord of Hosts,
The whole Earth is full of His glory!
 
Daily Bread - May 18, 2018
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Friday, 18 May 2018 07:12
Psalms 5:4 - For you are not a God that has pleasure in wickedness; neither
shall evil dwell with you.

God's Holiness - Supreme Morality - Part 2

The perfection of the moral nature demonstrated by God is shown by how He
detests wickedness so much that He cannot be tempted with sin (James 1:13).
All sin and iniquity is not only an offense to life, it is the supreme
violation of everything that is sacred. Every form of a lie, falsehood,
injustice, strife, envy, murder, and everything that belongs to the realm
of sin will not be found in the moral purity of God's nature (Habakkuk
1:13; Galatians 5:19-23; Revelation 21:1-8). The morality of God is pure,
virtuous, blameless, innocent, righteous, and just. God is pure and
innocent of every wrongdoing. He has never sinned and never will (Isaiah
6:3; Psalm 145:17; Hebrews 13:8).

We might ask how can we ever move beyond the blemish of sin and its power
that drives the nature of man in the opposite direction from that of God
(Romans 7:24)? There is only one remedy: to be allowed to start over with a
new nature (2 Corinthians 5:17; 2 Peter 1:3-4; Ezekiel 36:26-27; Hebrews
10:15-17). That kind of new start can only take place by the blood of Jesus
that cleanses us from all sin (John 6:53; 1 John 1:7; Hebrews 10:19-20;
Ephesians 2). The new nature that would move with God instead of away from
Him can only be acquired by being born again (John 3:3-8; 1 Peter 1:22-25).
Through the new birth, we are empowered with God's holiness, so we may grow
and develop in all of His ways (Hebrews 10:15-17; 1 Peter 1:13-19;
Ephesians 5:1-21). Even the nation of Israel was given the ability, through
the commandments of God, to be holy (Exodus 19:6; Leviticus 19:2). How much
more can we fulfill the will of God to be holy as He is Holy with such a
glorious new beginning! (Romans 5:12-21; Hebrews 9:14)

Let God's gift of a new start abound in you! (2 Peter 1:8; 2 Corinthians
9:8,15)
 
Daily Bread - May 17, 2018
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Thursday, 17 May 2018 10:35
Psalms 5:4 - For you are not a God that has pleasure in wickedness; neither
shall evil swell with you.

God's Holiness - Supreme Morality - Part 1

When Adam was created, He was created not only in the outward image and
likeness of God, but also in His inward image and likeness. Adam had God's
holiness, and this holiness defines what morality is. Consequently, in the
Garden was nothing less than moral perfection. When Adam was created, he
was as an infant. He had all the inward and outward likeness of God, but he
had yet to exercise and develop what was given to Him. If He was going to
live and grow into what God had planned and equipped him to be, then he
would have to be willing to will it himself. Tragically, before he could
mature in the splendor of what was given him, Satan plotted against him;
and he fell prey to the satanic lie. He transgressed against God, and the
power of sin and death took possession of him. Under the pretense of
becoming 'like God', he had instead become unlike God. God had no choice
but to judge Adam. Why? Because He cannot fellowship with evil -His
holiness demands it (Psalms 5:4; Habakkuk 1:13; Revelation 21:1-8). The
communion Adam had with God was broken at that point. He had to be cast out
of the Garden of God and forbidden access to God's life (Genesis 3)

The holiness of God is the absolute absence of anything impure, and we can
consider moral purity to be equivalent to God's holiness. Moral purity
might be best captured in the description Jesus gave of a pure heart, which
is the only means by which a person can see God (Matthew 5:8). The same
theme of purity is then taken up and developed further in the New
Testament, and set in opposition to all lust (2 Timothy 2:22). The pure
heart produces righteousness, faith, love, and peace (2 Timothy 2:22; 1
Timothy 1:5; 1 Peter 1:22). Furthermore, John described the purity of God
when he proclaimed how God is light and in Him is no darkness at all (1
John 1:5, 7, 2:8-10, 3:5; John 3:19).

God is dedicated to doing everything that is right, just, and good. He
alone sets the standard of morality from a pure heart (Deuteronomy 32:4).
The whole of God's divine nature establishes the ethical standard of
morality, and the divine nature was described by Peter as faith, virtue,
knowledge, self-control, godliness, patience, brotherly kindness, and love
(2 Peter 1:4-8).

Let God's supreme morality be in you and abound! (2 Peter 1:8)
 
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