Daily Bread - March 5, 2020 (The Fifth Day - Genesis 1:20-23)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Thursday, 05 March 2020 06:42
Mark 9:23 - But Jesus said to him, "If you are able to have faith, nothing
is impossible for the one who has faith."

There are too many people who think that great faith only belongs to the
spiritually elite, but this is not true. God has made faith available to
anyone who is willing. The father of this possessed boy was no one of
importance. He was an ordinary everyday person; yet, Jesus revealed to him
that he could take hold of a faith and that through faith everything would
become possible!

Faith calls forth the miraculous. It was faith that made the woman with the
issue of blood completely well (Mark 5:34). When Jairus heard the news of
the death of His daughter, it was faith that was demanded of him by Jesus
if he was going to see his daughter alive again (Mark 5:36). It was faith
that would make everything possible and provide the ability for an unknown
man to do anything (Mark 9:23). It was the blind man's faith that caused
him to regain his sight (Mark 10:52). We must understand that if we are
going to realize all of the promises and blessings, then we must also have
the same faith that is produced by Jesus Christ.

Jesus never looked at any faithless person and said "Oh, that's alright,
not everyone has faith." Rather, when he saw people without faith, He said,
"Oh faithless and perverse generation, how long must I be among you? How
much longer must I put up with you?"(Mark 9:19) He rebuked His disciples
for not having faith (Mark 4:40). He didn't say "Oh guys, it's alright, I
know it takes time to developed faith." Rather, God expects to find faith
in those who will walk with Him. The absence of faith stands in the way of
God and limits the miraculous expression of His love that would heal and
deliver those bound and oppressed with sickness and disease (Mark 6:5-6).

We can be certain that Christ Jesus demands faith from us today! If an
unknown man in Israel can be expected to have faith that would empower him
to do every impossible thing, how much more does God expect of us who have
been both born of the Spirit and baptized in the Spirit? If the unbelief
expressed in the town of Nazareth limited the power of Jesus, how much more
will an unbelieving Church hinder the works of grace! Every person must
realize that faith only begins where human ability ends. We cannot say we
are waking in faith if we are living within the limits of human ability. We
must be willing to step out and believe God for what only God can do. We
must be willing to live like Jesus is in charge of everything -for He is.
We must be willing to see that His authority is absolute, and place our
confidence in Him, and allow the Spirit of truth to lead us into the truth
of believing how everything is possible to those who have faith.
 
Daily Bread - March 4, 2020 (The Fourth Day - Genesis 1:14-19)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Wednesday, 04 March 2020 06:52
Hebrews 10:23 - Let us hold fast the confession of our confidence without
wavering, for He is faithful that promised.

Part 3 ~ Confess What God Has Said

There is a confession with every motion of faith. That confession is found
in those things we are confident of. Out of the inspiration of the Word of
God, we are commissioned to subdue nations and give witness to the
resurrection and all of the blessings and promises of God. Recently, I
heard a successful business man who does not know Jesus, nor the faith that
He has given, say, "we have moved mountains." Well, if those who do not
know God can find confidence to move mountains, then we should be able to
move whole continents. Men succeed because they have confidence in
themselves, and their pride and ambition will not let them quite. But the
people of God should have confidence in God and in His dedication to our
success; and as a result, be unwilling to waver.

If you turn back because your ministry or business is not achieving the
success you thought it should, then you have left off trusting God! It is
time to press in and take hold of the confession that the Word of God has
filled your mouth with and begin to shout the shout. Shout -and the walls
will come down! Shout -and the Lord will answer! Shout -so that all of your
senses are filled with the testimony that you believe God! When all men
thought for sure that they would die because of the violence of the storm,
when they had given up all hope that they should saved, one man stood up
and said, "I believe God!" (Acts 27:25, 13-44). Will you lay hold on the
Word of God, and the unlimited promises of God that affect every dimension
of your life, and say boldly today, "I believe God?"
 
Daily Bread - March 3, 2020 (The Third Day - Genesis 1:9-13)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Tuesday, 03 March 2020 06:53
Hebrews 10:23 - Let us hold fast the confession of our confidence without
wavering; for He is faithful that promised.

Part 2 ~ Holding Fast to Our Confidence

There are many things that would attempt to wear us down and try to steal
our confidence, but we must not waver. We must find our strength to stand
against all of the tricks of Satan, and hindrances that come out to stop
us, by being continually reminded of God's faithfulness to the faith He has
supplied us with. Somehow, we fail to realize that the strength of faith is
our relationship with God; and the more we know Him and place our trust in
Him, the more confident we are about having the ability to do everything He
has commanded us to do. We must realize that we will grow strong in the
fight of faith if we do not back down. We will reap if we do not faint, and
inherit all God has promised if we refuse to turn back. To do all of these
things, we must be confident -not in ourselves- but in God Who has
promised. Unfortunately, when we are in the heat of the battle, we all face
the temptation to run and hide like a coward, or make excuses for retreat.
Instead, let us hold fast to the confession of our confidence. Will you
believe what you have spoken in the Name of Jesus will come to pass today?
For nothing is impossible for those who put their trust in God! (Mark
11:23; Romans 10:10; Matthew 17:20; Luke 1:37; Philippians 4:13)
 
Daily Bread - March 2, 2020 (The Second Day - Genesis 1:6-8)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Monday, 02 March 2020 12:50
Hebrews 10:23 - Let us hold fast the confession of our confidence without
wavering, for He is faithful that promised.

Part 1 ~ Confidence in Father's Promises

Our confidence comes from the promises God has made to us in His Word. The
Word of God empowers us to have faith that moves mountains and makes the
impossible possible. When we read the eleventh chapter of Hebrews, we get a
glimpse of all that faith can do. Faith is an unwavering confidence and
trust in God that is activated by the Word of God, and infused with the
power of God by the Spirit of God. The faith that has been given to us
produces a certainty that nothing is impossible for those who believe
(Matthew 17:20; Mark 9:23, 11:23; Luke 1:37)!

Our Heavenly Father just wants us to believe how nothing is impossible, and
that we can do all He has said we can do. He has ordained us to obtain
promises, subdue nations, and walk in all of the authority of the Kingdom
of God (John 15:16; Hebrews 11:33-35). Too many people regard faith as a
hope, or an idea. However, faith is the power of God invested into us by
the things God has spoken in His Word, and He is looking for a return on
His investment!
 
Daily Bread - February 29, 2020 (The Seventh Day - Genesis 2:1-3)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Saturday, 29 February 2020 13:51
Hebrews 10:22 - Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of
faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies
washed with pure water.

Part 2 ~ Full Assurance

God wants us to have full assurance of the faith. The faith is that we have
been washed and cleansed from all of our sins by the blood of Jesus Christ.
The faith is that we have been made sons and daughters of the Most High by
the Spirit of the Lord (John 1:12 3:5; 1 John 3:1; Galatians 4:6; Romans
8:14, 16) . The faith is that we can draw nigh and experience union and
acceptance because of the gift of holiness and righteousness that has been
given to us (2 Corinthians 5:17-21; Ephesians 4:24). The assurance of the
faith is essential if we are going to enjoy the relationship God has
purchased for us. Until we are willing to simply believe all of this has
been freely provided for us as the gift of God, we will never realize the
union and the authority we have been given. Another way to express this
point is to realize how the opposite of the Greek word we translate
'assurance' (plerophoria) is 'unbelief '(apistis). The unbeliever is not
allowed into the presence of the Almighty (Titus 1:15; Revelation 21:8).

The language used in this verse reminds us of the washing that took place
just before Aaron and his sons put on the priestly robes so they could
stand before the presence of the Lord in the earthly tabernacle (Leviticus
8:6). All of the filth of the flesh had to be washed away before the holy
garments could be worn. The blood of the covenant had to be applied so the
sin of man could be removed before the presence of the Holy One of Israel.
We must believe that the washing of regeneration has taken place; that the
circumcision of Christ has removed the filthiness of the flesh (Titus 3:5;
Colossians 2:11). We must believe that the blood of Jesus is upon us,
testifying that sin has been destroyed and the life of God imparted (1
Peter 2:24; Romans 6:6; Galatians 2:20; 1 Corinthians 1:30; Colossians
1:27).
 
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