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Daily Bread NOV/25/10
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Thursday, 25 November 2010 13:32
Matthew 8:7 - Jesus said unto him, "I will come and heal him."

Divine healing is the most important thing to God. He wants to heal men
spiritually, physically, and financially. The entirety of Jesus' ministry
focused on the healing of men, and He has not changed. Jesus was anointed by
the Spirit to preach good news to those who would submit, and as a result
their hearts would be healed; and the chains of sin, sickness, and disease
would be broken (Luke 4:18). Jesus was anointed by God to go about healing
everyone who was oppressed by the devil (Acts 10:38; Luke 6:18; Luke 9:11;
Matthew 4:23). God has not only promised to heal you, but will also supply
all that you have need of (Philippians 4:19). He has made it possible that
whatever we ask, He will do (John 14:13; John 15:7,16). If we will only
believe, nothing will be impossible for us: because God is devoted to taking
care of us and blessing us (Matthew 6:30-33; Matthew 17:20).

God gets excited about finding anyone who will believe, and that excitement
was expressed when He found a centurion who would believe. The man who would
believe was identified as the one with "great faith." Healing is the display
of God's love and compassion for all of mankind, and the proof that He is
present to meet their needs. If we are going to receive the benefits that
have been provided for us through Christ Jesus, then we are going to have to
believe His word. It is through the word of God that the world was made. It
was through the word of God that redemption came. It was through the word of
God that we received the miracle of salvation; and it is by the word of God
that we will live in all of the benefits of His blessings. If we will allow
God to make our hearts sensitive to him, and are willing to hear his voice
and open our eyes to His faithfulness - then God will heal us (Matthew
13:15). However, if we choose to listen to all of the voices of doubt, then
we are not going to receive what God desires to give us (James 1:6-7).

If the healing power of God is going to be displayed through our lives, then
we must be willing to step into that relationship of faith with Him! If we
will let the Holy Spirit lead us and train us, He will anoint us with a
divine empowerment to operate in miracles and healings. God placed miracles
and healings in the church so that the ministry of Jesus would continue on
in the earth (1 Corinthians 12:9-10; 1 Corinthians 12:28). If we are going
to receive as those in the Bible received, then surely we must have their
response to Jesus: whether it is that of the centurion, or the woman with
the issue of blood (Luke 8:43-38). The woman with the issue of blood
believed that Jesus was willing to heal her, and knew within herself that
all she needed to do was to touch Him.

We must be convinced that the healing streams of the anointing are present:
in order for healing to flow into the spirit, soul, and body of anyone who
will believe. The faith for healing must be cultivated in our lives - not
explained away! We must hold these things as sacred and true; and not make
any other form of healing equivalent to that which only God can do. God will
not share His glory with another, and we must not make the terrible mistake
of ascribing His glory to man. Those who would say that the doctors are
God's extended hand have no scriptural basis to do so; and are in jeopardy
of preaching another gospel. While it is true that medical doctors may help
many people today, they are not the source of divine healing - and it is
wrong to equate them to such. Jesus is the only source of God's divine
healing for men: spiritually, physically, and financially.
 
Daily Bread NOV/24/10
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Wednesday, 24 November 2010 13:30
Hebrews 4:2 - For we were also evangelized just as they were, but the word
preached did not profit them; not being combined with faith in those who
heard.

Until we believe the word of God, we will not experience its results. So
many are waiting to have what God has already given. Like Thomas, they must
first see with their eyes and put their hands upon it before they will
believe (John 20:25). Instead, when we hear the promises of God we must
respond "it is mine;" and though we have not seen, rejoice with joy
unspeakable that is full of glory! It is through this response that the word
of God is activated, and goes to work in those who believe (1 Thessalonians
2:13). It is only by the word of God and the Spirit of God that we are
empowered to know the will of God. When we hear the testimony of God and
believe, then the word of God is activated to produce the miracle. Do not
doubt nor waver, for God cannot lie - all of His promises are "Yes and
Amen." Like Abraham, we must be willing to be fully persuaded of the
promises of God, and not stagger through unbelief (Romans 4:20-21; Mark
11:24).

God had promised the Israelites an unimaginable inheritance: the great
abundance of the land that He had sworn to Abraham. However, they did not
believe that it was already theirs. They saw it as a place that they would
have to possess through their own deeds; and based on the measure of their
ability, it was impossible! We must not respond to the inheritance that has
been given to us in the same way, or we will end up with the same results
(Hebrews 4:11). We will never walk in the authority of sonship that has been
given to us until we accept it as ours; and say "it's mine!"

All we must do is conform to His image, and accept this oneness by agreeing
with God's word. See Jesus not only at the right hand of the Father - but
also in your inner man. See Jesus in the life that you now live. Confess
that what He has spoken is true of you today, and hold fast to that
confession without wavering! (John 1:12; John 15:1-5; John 17:21-23; Romans
8:29; Hebrews 10:23; Romans 4:17; Mark 11:22-24). Recognize that what God
will give you and do through you is not based on any works of righteousness
which you have done, but because of His great love with which He has loved
you (Ephesians 2:4-6; Galatians 3:2-5). The Holy Spirit is leading us and
calling us to believe the truth, and respond to the word of God (John 16:13;
Hebrews 4:12; Hebrews 11:1-2). We must not harden our hearts because of
trials and disappointments. We must not believe another gospel that would
fit our circumstances; but instead let the confidence in God cause us to
mount up with wings like an eagle, and soar in the realms of faith! Let the
weak say "I am strong" (Joel 3:10). Let everyone who has been born of God
say: "I am one with Jesus, He is in me and I'm in Him."
 
Daily Bread NOV/23/10
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Tuesday, 23 November 2010 16:01
Matthew 6:30 - But if God clothes the field, which today is and tomorrow is
cast into the oven - how much more you, you of little faith?

Everyone has a choice: you can either live in the fear and anxiety that
comes from little faith, or you can live in the joy and peace through
believing (Romans 15:13). The difference will be made based on your
priorities. If you continue to focus on how to take care of yourself and
take care of all of your earthly needs above all else, then you will
continue to live in fear and anxiety. However, if you turn your eyes instead
to the things that belong to the kingdom of God, and make God's priority for
your life first - then He will most certainly take care of you, and you will
fully benefit from the abundant life purchased for you by Jesus Christ.

The stress, the worry, and the wrong prioritization must come to an end.
Trying to find time at the end of the day to fit God in to our busy
schedules is not God's prioritization. We must work and be diligent in
business, however for the most part we have taken it all too far; and have
instead allowed the cares of this life, the pleasures of this world, and the
deceitfulness of riches to rob us of spiritual growth and mountain-moving
faith. Did Israel inherit the promised land by all of their hard work and
ambition? Did our salvation come through our own efforts? No, all these
things came by the good pleasure of God - who works on behalf of them that
believe. God has purposed that we have days of heaven on earth, and that we
excel and increase in every dimension of life; not by our power and
strength, but by the walk of faith (Deuteronomy 8:16-18; Zechariah 4:6; 3
John 1:2).

How can we possibly be concerned with the basic essentials of our existence,
like food and clothing, when we realize how important we are to God? We are
so valuable to God that He purchased us with the life of His Only Begotten
Son! Therefore, we should be confident that He will also give us all things
by Him (Romans 8:32). He has made our bodies His Holy Spirit dwelling place;
should He do anything less than cloth them? (1 Corinthians 3:17; 1
Corinthians 6:19). He has made us co-inheritors with Jesus; should we not
then be certain that all of our food will be taken care of? (Romans 8:17).
We may be confident that those who seek the Lord will not lack any good
thing (Psalm 34:10). We must not fail to realize that as the redeemed of the
Lord, we have a more secure title and right to the possession of earthly
provisions than all others. We must come to realize that our heavenly Father
is involved with the most minute details of our life (Matthew 10:30).

When we become conscious of His mindfulness of us and the living reality of
His presence in us, then our eyes will be opened to a faith realm that knows
and believes the love that God has for us (Ephesians 1:18-21; 2 Kings 6:17;
1 John 4:16). Dear saints, we are not on our own to fend for ourselves! The
Almighty - the creator of the heavens and the earth - is our savior,
protector and provider. Faith that walks with God is the cure for the poison
of fear and worry (Hebrews 11:5-6). Set your affections on things above, and
seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all that you have
need of will be provided. God will cause all grace to abound to you: so that
you will have all sufficiency in all things (Colossians 3:1-3; 2 Corinthians
9:8).
 
Daily Bread NOV/22/10
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Monday, 22 November 2010 11:08
2 Corinthians 4:7 - But we have this treasure in earthen vessels; that the
excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.

God has put a treasure in earthen vessels: a wellspring in the earthen body,
and the rivers of God in the depths of our being. This treasure - which Paul
also called a precious thing or deposit - is none other than the new
creation (2 Timothy 1:14). Peter referred to the treasure as the divine
nature, and John spoke of it as the Greater One who is in us (2 Peter 1:4; 1
John 4:4). Both the Father and Jesus have come to make their dwelling in us
(John 14:23).The Holy Spirit is both with us and in us: insomuch that we are
His temple, His dwelling place. If we are going to walk in this divine life
of God, then we must be convinced that Jesus Christ is in us!

Do we realize that God demands that we not only recognize that Jesus is in
us, but that we also be conformed to His image? (2 Corinthians 13:5; Romans
8:29; Colossians 1:28-29). How can there be any room for anyone to believe
that those so transformed have "no good thing in them?" Our faith becomes
effectual when we acknowledge this good thing that is in us (Philemon 1:6).
If we deny this glorious work of the new birth and the presence of Christ
Jesus in us - then we deny the faith. Unless we are willing to look into the
mirror and behold the fullness of the glory of God, then we remain unchanged
(2 Corinthians 3:18; Ephesians 4:23-24; Romans 12:1-2; John 1:16).
 
Daily Bread NOV/20/10
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Saturday, 20 November 2010 09:30
Luke 13:11 - And there was a woman who had a spirit of infirmity for 18
years; and she was doubled over and not able to stand upright.

There are many people bound by the devil - but Jesus was manifested to
destroy the works of the devil (1 John 3:8; Luke 4:18). This poor dear woman
was bound by Satan for 18 years. As far as we know she faithfully walked to
the synagogue for the sabbath meetings, even though she was doubled over and
could not walk upright. Little did she know that her faithfulness was about
to be rewarded, and her day of captivity was about to end. Jesus, seeing
this woman bound by Satan, did not ask her if she wanted to be healed, and
did not inquire about her faith. Even though the atmosphere was charged with
every suspicious and critical spirit, Jesus was not going to be hindered
from accomplishing the work that the Father had given Him to do. Jesus came
to confront every power of Satan and to destroy it wherever He encountered
it; and He would not tolerate Satan's power over this woman for another day.

When Mark summarized the ministry of Jesus, he said: "And he preached in
their synagogues throughout all Galilee, and cast out devils" (Mark 1:39).
Jesus was anointed with the Holy Ghost and power to heal everyone oppressed
of the devil. The spirit of the Lord was upon Him to set every human being
free from their prison of sin and sickness. It was Satan that held men in
this prison, and Jesus was the One that was sent to liberate all mankind.
This is the good news, the gospel of the kingdom: the day of captivity and
bondage to sin and sickness has come to an end.

We must realize what we are up against, and recognize that if Jesus had to
be anointed with the Holy Ghost and power to do the work of the ministry and
preach the gospel of the kingdom - how much more must we? There are too many
of us who attempt to approach the crises and needs of people through human
sympathy and ability. We have to recognize the power that is behind all sin
and sickness; and confront it with the authority of Christ Jesus and the
power of the Holy Ghost. If we are going to spoil the strong man's house and
participate in setting the captives free, then we are going to have to bind
the strong man (Matthew 12:29). The miracle power of the Holy Ghost was
given to us to cast out devils, and to overthrow every work of Satan
(Matthew 12:28; Acts 19:12; Acts 8:7; Luke 9:1; Mark 6:7; Mark 16:17;
Ephesians 6:19-11). If we will confront the powers of Satan the way that
Jesus both demonstrated and commanded for us, then we will certainly see the
results that Jesus had.
 
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