Daily Bread - August 19, 2019 (The Second Day - Genesis 1:6-8)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Monday, 19 August 2019 05:41
1 Corinthians 2:12 - But we have not received the spirit of the world, but
the Spirit of God; that we may know what has been bestowed to us by God.

Part 1 ~ God Lives In Us!

We have God's Spirit in us! Someone in whom the Spirit of God may be found
is certainly to be recognized with insight and wisdom that is not earthly,
even as Joseph was in Egypt and Daniel in Babylon (Genesis 41:38; Daniel
1:19-20, 2:19-23, 46-49, also: 4:8,9,18, 5:11,14). In the Old Testament,
the Spirit of God came upon men such as Gideon and Samson who were given
extraordinary abilities of power and strength (Judges 6:34, 15:14). The
Spirit of God would bestow the abilities to be skillful in the arts and all
kinds of workmanship as was granted to Bezaleel (Exodus 31:1-5). Those in
the Old Testament were given divine ability to be priest, prophets, kings
and mighty men all by the Spirit of God.

When we were born of God, He not only gave us a new spirit and a new heart,
but He put His Spirit in us and gave us the divine ability to be sons of
God (Ezekiel 36:26; John 1:12, 3:6). The Spirit of the Living God is
dwelling in us right now -at this very moment (1 Corinthians 3:16; Romans
8:9). When we consider the reality that we have the Spirit of God, then
certainly we must recognize there is nothing outside of our reach
(Philippians 4:13; Ephesians 3:19, 6:10). The wisdom and knowledge of God
reaches beyond all the abilities and insights of mankind. God's strength
and His power knows no limitations. All we have to do is to be willing to
be lead and directed by the Spirit of God and the things of God will be
known to us and revealed in our lives (Romans 8:1, 14; 1 Corinthians 2:14;
Galatians 5:25; 2 Corinthians 3:3).
 
Daily Bread - August 17, 2019 (The Seventh Day - Genesis 2:1-3)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Saturday, 17 August 2019 09:31
1 Corinthians 2:2 - For I have determined to know nothing among you except
Jesus Christ and Him crucified.

Many people have different ideas about what is good, and what is bad; about
what we should emphasize, and what we should avoid. However, what we are
called to do is to follow Jesus (Matthew 4:19, 8:22; 9:9, 16:24, 19:21;
also: John 10:27, 12:26). If Jesus said to do something, then there is a
blessing in doing it. All that Jesus showed us was the wonderful ways of
the Father (John 14:9). He made it very clear that all He did was what the
Father showed Him to do (John 5:20, 8:28, 10:38). Jesus said no one knows
the Father but the Son, and whosoever the Son will reveal Him to (Matthew
11:27; Luke 10:22). Jesus is the only way to the Father (John 14:6). If we
want to live in the abundant life, which is the eternal life, then we must
be willing to do what He said for us to do (Matthew 7:21, 12:50).

The right thing to do is to recognize how all of the Gospel is about Jesus.
When we know Jesus, we know all the fullness of God; for it pleased God
that all the fullness of the Deity should dwell in Him (Colossians 2:9-10).
Everything the Holy Spirit is doing is about revealing Jesus and making Him
known (John 16:13-15). Jesus redeemed our life from destruction and crowned
us with lovingkindness and tender mercies (Psalms 103:4). If our heart is
right, then all we should desire is to know Him (Ephesians 1:17;
Philippians 3:8-10). Let us determine in everything we desire and purpose
to do, it will be only about Jesus. Discover how in Him is all wisdom and
power, and that our whole life is about bringing glory and honor to the One
Who loved us so much He gave His life to ransom us from sin and death. Let
us lay all other things aside and realize eternal life is all about knowing
Jesus.
 
Daily Bread - August 16, 2019 (The Sixth Day - Genesis 1:24-31)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Friday, 16 August 2019 09:58
1 Corinthians 1:18 - The word of the cross is foolish to the perishing, but
to those of us who are saved - the power of God.

Part 5 ~ Christ Died For All, We Should Only Live For Him

Through treasuring the cross and laying down our lives, God's glory is
revealed. If we are to follow Him in all of His power and authority, then
we must deny ourselves so the life Christ Jesus might be seen. The great
exchange took place on Calvary's hill: Christ Jesus took our place to die
for all our sins, so that we might take His place in standing before men
with all Heaven's glory and authority (John 1:16, 17:21-23).

Our confession and manner of life must be: "I am crucified with Christ; and
Christ now lives, not me" (Galatians 2:20). Our judgment must be just and
reasonable: that if Christ Jesus died for all, then all are dead; and from
this time forth, we should only live for Him (2 Corinthians 5:14-15; Romans
6:3-4, 12:2). When we live for Him, then the same Jesus will be seen: the
One Who caused the blind to see, who lived in oneness with the Father in
unlimited glory.
 
Daily Bread - August 15, 2019 (The Fifth Day - Genesis 1:20-23)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Thursday, 15 August 2019 09:47
1 Corinthians 1:18 - The word of the cross is foolish to the perishing, but
to those of us who are saved- the power of God.

Part 4 ~ The Cross Represents God's Perspective

In the cross, we see how Father feels about sin, and we understand His
demand that it be put to death. At the cross where the Bread of Life was
broken and the cup of communion was supplied, the veil between Earth and
Heaven was ripped in two; and all who would believe were invited to come
and step inside (Hebrews 10:19-20; Luke 23:45). At the cross, the fountain
of redeeming blood was poured out to supply a cleansing -now and forever
for all who put their trust in Him.

Who can begin to comprehend the travail of Father's heart at the sufferings
of Jesus on the cross, and also His ecstatic joy that redemption's price
had paid for our access back to Him? (Isaiah 53:10). Through the cross, we
can comprehend how desperately God loves us, for it is here that He gave
His Only Begotten Son so that if anyone would believe, they could be saved.
In knowing that He did not spare His own Son in order to redeem us, we can
be certain He will continue to do for us what no other power can do (Romans
8:32; Philippians 1:6, 2:13; Philemon 1:6).

In the cross, we should gain great confidence with God; for here we were
released from everything that could stop the abundance of God's blessings,
authority, and dominion in our life. Therefore, we may boldly proclaim, "If
God be for us, who can be against us?!" (Romans 8:31-39)
 
Daily Bread - August 14, 2019 (The Fourth Day - Genesis 1:14-19)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Wednesday, 14 August 2019 08:15
1 Corinthians 1:18 - The word of the cross is foolish to the perishing, but
to those of us who are saved- the power of God.

Part 3 ~ The Centrality Of The Cross

The one thing that represents the Gospel of Jesus Christ more than anything
else is the cross. We must recognize how when we speak of the cross of
Christ, we are referring to that altar on which the blood of Jesus was
offered (Hebrews 13:10-13). What was purchased for us on the cross was
purchased by His shed blood. The preaching of the cross is the power of God
and the power of the New Covenant, because it is where the blood of Jesus
was supplied. It does not matter who you are, whether you are a Jew or a
Gentile, there is only one way to be changed and brought into relationship
with God; and that is through the cross of Christ (Ephesians 2:16). If this
redeeming work is emphasized, if Christ Jesus is lifted up in those things
which we proclaim, then all men will be drawn to Him (John 12:32). The
authority of the cross in seen in our lives because we are crucified with
Him (Galatians 2:20; Romans 6:1-4). By the miracle of salvation, His death
became our death - so that His life might be our life. The blood of the
cross has become our testimony of a redeemed and transformed life. It is
the token of our death and our new life that we now live by the power that
is in His blood (Romans 6).
 
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