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Daily Bread SEP/15/10
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Wednesday, 15 September 2010 15:01
John 2:11 - This Jesus did as the beginning of his signs in Cana of Galilee,
and manifested His glory; and His disciples believed on Him.

There are two dimensions of the glory of God revealed in the Old Testament:
First - The visible manifestation of the glory (Hebrew 'kavod'), wherein God
revealed the majesty of His person. When Moses desired to see the 'kavod'
(glory), God showed him a dimension of His own person (Exodus 33:22).
Secondly - The invisible manifestation of God's 'kavod', which are acts of
His power. Moses, when telling the children of Israel that God was going to
give them manna, said: "In the morning you shall see the glory of God"
(Exodus 16:7-10).

Both of these two dimensions of the 'kavod' were embodied in the Word made
flesh, Jesus Christ. As the incarnate Word, He was the express image of the
Father and the fullness of God dwelling in man (Hebrews 1:3; John 14:9;
Colossians 1:15). Through the signs and wonders and acts of power, such as
turning the water into wine, Jesus revealed the invisible glory of God (John
14:10; John 10:38; John 5:19).
 
Daily Bread SEP/14/10
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Tuesday, 14 September 2010 13:00
John 1:4 - In Him was the life, and the life was the light of man.

Jesus stepped into a dark and chaotic world - one that was empty and
desolate - and became the only source of light. He was just like the light
that God commanded to shine into a desolate and chaotic world in Genesis
1:3.

When the light began to shine into the world in Genesis chapter one, God
began to create and make all things new. And as it was for the redemption of
the earth, even so John taught that men must come into the Light by
receiving Jesus; otherwise they walk in the lifeless chaos of darkness. John
equates the light of God to the life of God; and therefore where there is no
light, there is no life. He is not only speaking of the light of revelation,
but more importantly the light of God's presence.
 
Daily Bread SEP/13/10
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Monday, 13 September 2010 10:23
1 John 4:4 - You are from God little children, and have conquered them:
because greater is He that is in you than he that is in the world.

Jesus Christ, the one who conquered the devil and all of the power of sin,
lives on the inside of every believer (1 John 3:8; John 12:31; Hebrews 2:14;
2 Timothy 1:10; Luke 10:19). Jesus Christ, who is the truth the way and the
life, is the Greater One that "is in you." Jesus Christ both came in the
flesh when He was born into the world, and also when he was born into the
hearts of men by the Holy Spirit. When we were born of the Spirit and became
a new creation through the miracle of salvation, it was Christ Jesus who was
formed in us (Colossians 1:27; 1 John 3:24; 1 Corinthians 2:12; Galatians
1:16; John 17:23). That Christ Jesus dwells in those who are born of God is
an essential doctrine of faith (1 John 4:13; John 14:20,23; John 17:23,26).

The life and power of Jesus Christ in us enables us to overcome the spirit
of antichrist, the spirit of the world, and the spirit of deception. We may
be confident today that all of the power of iniquity that is in the world -
the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eye, and the pride of life - is not
more powerful than Christ Jesus who lives within us. We are guaranteed by
God Himself that He will arise in us, and subdue all of our enemies. He will
go before us and fight all our battles. As we stand yielded to Him, God will
destroy all of the opposing forces that come against us; and we will find
that we are more than conquerors through Christ Jesus (Exodus 17:9-11; Luke
10:19; Romans 8:37).
 
Daily Bread SEP/11/10
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Saturday, 11 September 2010 13:59
John 1:9 - The true Light that gives light to every man, which comes into
the world.

The doctrine of who can be saved finds its support in this verse of
scripture. Jesus is the one who gives the light (or the revelation
knowledge) of God to everyone who comes into the world. John will testify
many times to the fact that God desires all men to be saved - by the use of
the Greek word 'pas': which may be translated "all, anyone, everyone, or
whosoever." Two examples of John's witness to God's grace are: "That all who
believe in him shall not perish, but have everlasting life;" and "If I be
lifted up, I will draw everyone unto me" (John 3:16; John 12:32).

Paul also testifies many times to God's will concerning who can be saved.
Two examples are: "For anyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be
saved;" and "The Grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men"
(Romans 10:13; Titus 2:11). Finally, Peter testifies that the Lord "is not
willing that anyone perish, but all should come to repentance" (2 Peter
3:9).
 
Daily Bread SEP/10/10
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Friday, 10 September 2010 14:32
Ephesians 5:21 - Being submitted one to another, in fear of God.

The lives of those who are filled with the Spirit are marked by submission.
One of the chief attributes of the loving nature of God is servitude.
Through the servitude of Christ Jesus, we learn how to walk in oneness with
each other. A feature of this unity is a willingness to be submitted (or
subjected) to each other. God demands that we walk in submission to one
another; thus the emphasis is placed on us being in submission in the fear
of God, because there is a judgment against those who hold the truth in
unrighteousness.

Submission has its proper order and ranks. We can be certain that parents
are not to be in submission to their children. The Greek word itself means
to be 'arranged under'. There is a divine order of things, and we should
both be in awe of it as well as participate with it. Within the framework of
the kingdom of God, no one should desire to be a lord or ruler over another;
such is inordinate; but instead we reach for the unity of the Spirit that
reveals the glorious nature of Jesus in our midst, who laid down His life
for us. What we must recognize is that God is the absolute authority; and He
has placed those whom He has chosen in authority, which He then demands we
submit to. It is God who has established authorities. Those whom God has
placed in authority must be committed to leading others, as they are led by
the Holy Ghost. They cannot be subject to everyone's opinions and "good
ideas." We are commanded to be led by the Spirit, and to follow Jesus! It is
the Holy Spirit who places each member in the body according to His will. It
is Christ who has given the authorities of ministry; which He then demands
should both do their job, and command others to do theirs (1 Timothy 4:12; 2
Timothy 4:2; 1 Peter 5:2; Acts 20:28).

Through the love and generosity of the Spirit of God in us, we do nothing
out of strife or vainglory: but in humility we esteem everyone better than
ourselves (Philippians 2:3). Even as Jesus laid His life down for us, we lay
our lives down for one another. In this we find the proper order of
submission. The father and husband is the leader of the house, and everyone
in the household are called by God to follow him in a godly manner. However,
at the same time the head of the household would without hesitation esteem
his wife and children better than himself; and lay down his life for them.

Submission also speaks to our responsibility to cooperate with everyone who
is engaged in the work of the kingdom of God (Hebrews 13:17; Ephesians
4:11-12; 1 Corinthians 16:15-16; 1 Thessalonians 5:12-13). We are required
to function as one body - with all of the parts functioning in perfect
harmony and unison with each other - something that is only possible through
a collective submission to our head, Christ Jesus (1 Corinthians 12:12-27;
Ephesians 4:16; Colossians 2:19). It is only through our union with Christ
Jesus and our submission to the Holy Spirit that we can function in such a
holy relationship with each other. Oh what a light that would shine, if we
would walk in such love! With such a holy love and tender care, all men
would know that we are His disciples!
 
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