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Daily Bread - October 20, 2017
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Friday, 20 October 2017 16:10
3 John 3-8 - I rejoiced greatly when the brethren came and testified of
your truth, even as you walk in truth. I could not have greater joy than
this: to hear my children are walking in the truth. Beloved, if you work
for the brethren and the strangers, do it faithfully; who testify on your
behalf of your love for the church, which you do well sending them out
worthy of God. It was for His Name sake that they went forth taking nothing
from the Gentiles. Therefore, we owe it to take such care of them, that we
may become coworkers with the truth.

Gaius, and those with him, were in the truth and walked in truth. John has
already laid out a perfect description of truth both in his Gospel and in
the First Epistle; and Gaius has past the test! (John 1:14,17,47, 3:3,21,
4:23,24, 7:18, 8:32, 14:6,17, 16:13, 17:17; 1 John 1:6, 2:4, 8, 21,27,
3:18,19, 4:6)

We learn in this passage how Gaius, and those associated with him, were
working to support ministers that came to their town. John urges him to do
it faithfully because of the great importance and need to care for
traveling ministries. It might be said that the one who is faithful is the
one who operates in faith. The one who is faithful goes beyond mere human
commitment. Rather, the term 'faithful' is a description of the continual
operation of faith working in those who have it.

There are those who are anointed to go and preach, and they do it
generously. There are also those who are empowered to make wealth
(Deuteronomy 8:18), and they should generously give and support those who
go; so that they may both please the Lord and be coworkers together in the
harvest. A similar commitment is noted of the Macedonians and those at
Philippi who helped Paul (Philippians 4:14-19; 2 Corinthians 8 and 9).

Be in the truth, walk in the truth, and be faithful!
Daily Bread - October 19, 2017
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Thursday, 19 October 2017 11:16
3 John 2 - Beloved, all things considered, I pray that you prosper and be
in health, even as your soul prospers.

God's desire to prosper His people is not only one of the first things
revealed to us in the book of Genesis, but a much repeated theme throughout
the Bible. The connection between spiritual prosperity and material
prosperity, as well as physical health, is also well supported in
Scripture. In fact, God's desire for His people to prosper as a consequence
of spiritual prosperity is observed in Abraham's life. When Abram obeyed
God, and left all that he had to follow God, he had a modest amount of
possessions at most. By the time Abram's faithfulness and commitment to God
had brought about the spiritual growth we witness by Genesis Chapter 13,
God had made Abraham very rich in gold, silver, and cattle. Some other
verses that clearly show the connection between obedience (spiritual
wealth) and prosperity are: Exodus 15:26; Leviticus 26:1-46; Deuteronomy
7:12-16, 8:15-18, 11:13-15, 28:1-14; Joshua 1:8; Matthew 6:33; Mark
10:29-30; 2 Corinthians 8 and 9.

Gaius, to whom John wrote this Epistle, had been giving himself to the task
of financially and materially helping the traveling ministries at his own
expense; and John desired that there be a divine financial blessing and
prospering for him from God. This same desire was shared by Paul for those
at Macedonia (2 Corinthians 8:1-5; Philippians 4:19). The spiritual
prosperity of Gaius, as well as the Macedonians, was evidenced by caring
for the ministry and the gifts Jesus gave to His Church (3 John 3-8;
Ephesians 4:8-13).

Let spiritual prosperity bring forth the fruit God desires!
Daily Bread - October 18, 2017
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Wednesday, 18 October 2017 09:39
Hebrews 5:8 - Although He was a Son, He learned obedience by the things He

The Holy Spirit is dedicated to teaching us perfect obedience. We have not
been called by God to live out our own lives, but to come and abide in the
life of Jesus (John 15:1-5; Matthew 16:24; Colossians 3:1-3). Even though
Jesus existed as the eternal God, when He became a baby in the womb of
Mary, He became a human being Who needed to learn to choose the good and
refuse the evil (Isaiah 7:14-15). He was declared to be the Son of God by
the Spirit of Holiness (Romans 1:1-4), and because of His obedience to the
Father, He had this testimony: "This is my beloved Son, in Whom I am well
pleased!" (Luke 3:22; Mark 1:11; Matthew 3:17, 17:5). Jesus had to be
obedient to the death of the cross, and suffer many things to purchase our
salvation (Philippians 2:5-8; Hebrews 5:5-9, 12:2-3). Even in the final
acts of His obedience, when He suffered great agony in the garden of
Gethsemane, the Author of our salvation never submitted Himself to a single
act of disobedience (Matthew 26:36-44; Mark 14:32-42; Hebrews 4:14-16,

Through the new birth, we have received a miracle life that has allowed us
to step into the life of Jesus (Galatians 2:20; Colossians 1:27, 3:1-3;
Romans 6:3-4) . The Holy Spirit has come to teach us everything about
Jesus, and lead us and guide us into Jesus' obedience to the Father (John
16:13-15; 2 Corinthians 10:5-6; 1 Peter 1:2,14; Psalm 138:8). We must learn
perfect submission to the Holy Spirit so that we may have perfect obedience
to the Father (Genesis 17:1; Matthew 5:48; Psalm 18:32; 37:37; 101:2,6;
138:8). There is no other example of perfect obedience than Jesus, and
there is no way to have His obedience other than living and dwelling in Him
(John 15:1-5). Something that many people seem to neglect -or fail to even
acknowledge- is that we are servants to whomever we obey. If we obey
righteousness that produces the fruits of holiness, then we are the
servants of God. If we are disobedient to God, and instead obey
unrighteousness, then we are the servants of satan (Romans 6:16-22; 1 John

Learn perfect submission to the Holy Spirit!
Daily Bread - October 17, 2017
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Monday, 16 October 2017 22:24
Acts 4:31 - And they having prayed, the place was shaken in which they were
assembled; and they were all Holy Spirit filled, and spoke the Word of God
with boldness.

Jesus told his disciples on the night before His death, "In that day ,you
shall ask nothing of Me." Rather, they would make their request directly to
the Father in His Name (John 16:23,26, 15:16). This is an example of their
obedience to the instructions of Jesus. Their prayer was very focused upon
their desire to see the Name of Jesus glorified. The disciples had been
threatened by the rulers of Israel to no longer speak in the Name of Jesus.
So, in order to deal with this problem, the disciples asked God, in effect,
to increase the magnitude of the miracles. The reason they were in trouble
in the first place was because a man who was born crippled was healed. Yet
still, they were crying out to God that He would do even more miracles by
His Holy Child Jesus. The prayer was immediately answered, and they were
filled once again with the Holy Spirit.

Additionally, the verse mentions that, "the place was shaken." In Exodus
19:18, Sinai shook at the Presence of the Lord stating, "All of Mount Sinai
was smoking because YHWH had descended upon it in the fire; its smoke
ascended like the smoke of the furnace, and the entire mountain shook
exceedingly." Both the people of Israel and the mountain shook at the
presence of the Lord (Exodus 19:16,18).

The disciples were dependent upon the Holy Spirit to be able speak the Word
of God. The phrase "the Word of God" may be associated with the Old
Testament phrase, "the Word of the Lord"; which is first spoken of in
Genesis 15:1. It is used of the prophets and of the special anointing given
to them to declare, by the Spirit, what was in the mind of God (Jeremiah
1:1-9). The dependency the Old Testament prophets had to the authority of
the Word of the Lord is summed up by the statement of Balaam to Balak, "And
Balaam replied, and he said unto the servants of Balak, 'If Balak would
give me his house full of silver and gold, I cannot go beyond the Word of
the Lord my God, to do more or less'" (Numbers 22:18).

An awesome picture of how things work in the Kingdom of God is developed
this event in Acts 4 develops. The disciples, who are God's representatives
on earth, ask the Father, Whose purpose it is to glorify His Son Jesus, to
perform miracles; and as a result, the miracle power fills them once again
by God the Holy Spirit. If we are to speak the Word with boldness and
effectiveness, then we too must have the same kind of commitment, the same
kind of prayer, and the same kind of empowerment (Ephesians 6:18-20).

Obey what Jesus commands, then ask the Father for boldness!
Daily Bread - October 16, 2017
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Monday, 16 October 2017 12:43
Acts 4:29-30 - And now, Lord, look upon their threats; and give to Your
servants all boldness to speak Your Word by stretching out Your hand to
heal and perform signs and wonders through the Name of Your Holy Child,

Although we have been given power and authority to do the works of Jesus,
it is still by the sovereign power of the Father that signs and wonders
take place. Father stretches out His hand and touches humanity on behalf of
His people who ask in the Name of Jesus, and who both preach and pray in
His mighty Name (John 14:13, 15:16, 16:23,26-27). Just because we have been
honored by God to receive these special gifts of grace to function in
signs, wonders, and miracles does not mean that we are to think that we can
operate them on our own at our own pleasure. These gifts are the
manifestation of the Holy Spirit operating in, and through, our lives; and
He gives them according to His own will (1 Corinthians 12:7,11). Jesus did
not operate independently of the Father and the Holy Spirit; so how could
anyone think that they can operate in the giftings of God on their own?
There is a relationship we can have that would allow us to come under the
inspirations of God all the time, moving and functioning by His direction
continually. The Holy Spirit supplies to us the gift of faith to move in
miracles and gifts of healing as we yield to Him. God causes us to hear
faith, so that we might work miracles by the direct operation of the Holy
Spirit (Matthew 12:28; Galatians 3:5).

There is yet another hindering misconception in the minds of many who fail
to go to their knees and to their Bibles to hear the will of the Father: we
need to understand that it is the will of the Father that these signs,
wonders, and miracles take place so there may be proof of the Resurrection,
and the Name of Jesus may be glorified among all nations (John 16:13-15;
Luke 24:49; Acts 1:5,8, 2:33, 3:16). The Father is devoted to the Name of
Jesus being exalted; and the Holy Spirit has come so that we may function
in the power of the Kingdom for this purpose. If we fail to believe and
move with expectation that these things will happen, we will discover
ourselves in a prison of doubt and despondency. Miracles and signs and
wonders confirm the Good News; and when we go, He also goes with us
confirming His Word (Mark 16:20; Acts 8:5-7,12, 19:8,11-12). When we
stretch out our hands upon the sick and tormented, Father stretches forth
His hand upon them, too. The Father has sent us in the authority of the
Kingdom to heal and to save in Jesus Name. This is the Gospel -The Good
News! (John 20:21; Mark 16:15-20). Because the disciples were not willing
to back down from the will of God, but rather cried out for more, the place
was shaken; and they were all filled again to function in all those things
which the Father demands (Acts 4:31-35, 5:11-16, 6:7-8)!

Cry out for boldness, and advance the Kingdom of God!
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