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Daily Bread - March 21, 2018
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Wednesday, 21 March 2018 10:35
Ephesians 6:10 - Finally, be powerful in the Lord and in the strength of
His manifest power.

The Greek word translated 'powerful' is 'endunamoo' which is a compound
word of 'en' and 'dunamoo'. 'Dunamoo' is a verb derived from the noun
'dunamis', which is defined by its New Testament usage as the power, or
divine ability, given to the saints through baptism in the Holy Spirit
(Luke 24:49). The Greek word 'kratos' may be understood as 'manifest
power'. It is primarily used of God's power, or strength, in the New
Testament in association with a deed manifesting great power (Luke 1:51;
Acts 2:22). It may also be understood as the power to rule or to control.

There is no reason for the child of God to ever suffer defeat. God who is
faithful and cannot lie has given us his power and strength. In fact, this
is a command directly from the Holy Spirit. God demands that we be strong,
or powerful. His spoken Word produces the faith in those who hear. If we
agree with God, the Holy Spirit will empower us; and we will find that the
Omnipotent One has given us His power (Romans 8:37, 10:17; Joshua 1:6-9;
Amos 3:3; Philippians 2:13; Hebrews 13:20-21).

Agree with God! (Amos 3:3)
 
Daily Bread - March 20, 2018
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Tuesday, 20 March 2018 11:49
Ephesians 6:14 - Stand then, having your loins girded with truth and endued
with the breastplate of righteousness.

An invincible unstoppable soldier is pictured in this verse, clothed with
glorious apparel. Having put on this glorious mantle and armor of God, we
must go into action by the Spirit. We have been freely given the authority
of sonship and the power of God; now we must appropriate what is ours (John
1:12; Galatians 4:7; Romans 8:17,29; Ephesians 6:10). We cannot bow our
knee to sin, sickness, and disease. We cannot run in fear because of the
storms of life and circumstances around us. We must lift up our voice with
the faith that changes things, and hold fast our confession (Romans 10:10;
Hebrews 10:23; Matthew 21:21).

When Satan would come against us like a flood, there is a standard that
must be lifted up: the Name of Jesus and the word of our testimony! There
is healing in your hands; the songs of deliverance are in your mouth! Lift
up your voice and shout! This divine power is the authority of the
believer, belonging not to just a few, but to all who will believe -the
whole company of God's saints! God has made us more than conquerors!
Through the conquest of the Cross, our victory is certain (John 12:31,
16:11; Colossians 2:15). We have the faith that conquers the world, and are
seated together with Jesus in the Heavenly place far above all spiritual
wickedness, and above all rulers of darkness (Ephesians 1:3,17-23, 2:2,
6:12).

The Greek word 'katergazomai' has a more aggressive and colorful meaning
than just "withstand;" it means "to conquer and to overpower." With each
attack of Satan, we will find ourselves the winner if we rely on the
strength of the Lord and the power of His might. We will prove ourselves
victorious over everything through Christ Jesus. We will not only stand our
ground in this high place of faith and authority, but we will also subdue
and conquer -not by might, nor by power, but by the Spirit of the Lord! It
is God Who has girded us with strength and will make our way perfect; all
we need to do is to be strong and courageous (Romans 8:14-18, 28-39;
Ephesians 6:10-20; Daniel 11:32; Psalm 18:29-40; Zechariah 4:6-7;
Deuteronomy 31:6-8; Joshua 1:6-9; 2 Timothy 1:6-14).

Therefore, be strong in the strength of the Lord and in His manifest power!
(Ephesians 6:10)
 
Daily Bread - March 19, 2018
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Monday, 19 March 2018 12:40
Colossians 2:15 - Having stripped the rulers and authorities, exposing them
by openly triumphing over them in it.

Paul reveals how not only did the Law of sin and death lose its position to
condemn us, but also the angelic powers that had gained rule over man
because of disobedience were stripped of their power (Ephesians 2:1-3; 2
Corinthians 4:3-4; 1 John 2:15-17). Before Jesus died at Calvary, He had
all power and authority over all of the powers of darkness; and, in fact,
gave the disciples the same authority (Matthew 10:1; Mark 6:7; Luke 9:1;
John 5:26-27). However, when Jesus was revealed to John after His
resurrection, He was the One Who had the keys of death and hell (Revelation
1:12-18). We know Jesus destroyed the power of the devil and the power of
death through His own death (Hebrews 2:14; 2 Timothy 1:10; John 12:31- 32;
1 John 3:8). Therefore, we may conclude it was through His death that He
stripped all the host of hell of their power over man. Through His
resurrection, He openly demonstrated His absolute power over all of the
forces of death and hell (Ephesians 1:21; Philippians 2:9-10; Matthew
28:18-19).

Therefore, be strong in the strength of the Lord and in His manifest power!
(Ephesians 6:10)
 
Daily Bread - March 17, 2018
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Saturday, 17 March 2018 11:09
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 preaching 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 the same
glory that came down upon the tabernacle in the wilderness (Exodus 40:34).
We were baptized in the Holy Ghost and fire, so we might live in the glory
and power of our Heavenly Father. 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,
"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 we would be
persecuted, too (Matthew 10:24-38; John 16:33). 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 (Daniel 11:32; Revelation 12:11; Matthew
16:25). These are the days when the glorious appearing of our Lord and
Savior Jesus Christ is nearer than before. Soon everything about the Earth
and the governments of men will change as Jesus Christ Himself will come to
reign (Revelation 11:15). We must not withhold our voice; we must not hide
in self-preservation, but boldly go out and declare these wonderful works
of God (Psalms 78:4; Acts 2:11-12, 4:13, 24-31, 9:22-29, 13:44-52, 14:3,
19:8-12; Ephesians 6:18-20; Philippians 1:20-21; 1 Thessalonians 2:1-4;
Proverbs 28:1).

Blessed are you men shall revile you and persecute you for Jesus' Name
sake! (Matthew 5:3-12)
 
Daily Bread - March 16, 2018
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Friday, 16 March 2018 09:52
1 Peter 4:13 - Rather rejoice as partakers of the sufferings of Christ;
that also in the revealing of His glory, you may rejoice with great joy.

One of the desires of Paul expressed to the Philippians was that he
continue to be a partaker of the sufferings of Christ (Philippians 3:10).
Peter specifically names the sufferings of Christ as fiery trials that have
come to try the saints (1 Peter 4:12). In Hebrews, it is revealed how Jesus
learned obedience through the things He suffered (Hebrews 5:8). One of the
ways in which Christ Jesus suffered was by being tempted; yet through it
all, He did not sin (Hebrews 2:18, 4:15, 12:1-14; John 16:33; 1 John 5:4-5,
18-21; Ephesians 6:13).

Rejoice, and look unto Jesus! (Philippians 4:4; Hebrews 12:1-4)
 
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