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Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Saturday, 19 June 2010 21:15
Hebrews 4:2 - For the gospel was also preached to us as well as unto them; but the word did not benefit them that heard, not being mixed together with faith in them that heard.

Everyone runs the risk of hearing the word of God, but not hearing faith. There were those around Jesus who heard Him preach by the Spirit, but refused to believe. Because of their traditions or the hardness of their heart, the things that He spoke never rang true. Even though there was a crowd of people around Jesus, only one woman had confidence that if she touched Jesus, she would be made whole (Matthew 9:20-21). At the very heart of faith is trust: a trust that is inspired by the expression of God's love and care for His people. Israel saw the demonstration of God's love; but they never came to a place where they would fully trust Him.
 
daily bread
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Friday, 18 June 2010 21:10
Romans 10:17 - You see faith is by hearing; and hearing by the word of God.

Knowing that the hearing of faith produces the miracle of salvation, we also know that the hearing of faith takes place by the preaching of the word (Galatians 3:2; Romans 10:14). When the word is preached, God is present to inspire and supply faith (Ephesians 2:8; Romans 12:3). However, if we do not respond to the simplicity of the word of God, then nothing will happen. One of the great examples of this interaction between the word of God and the heart of man may be observed between Peter and Jesus. All that was necessary for Peter to walk on the water was that he hear the word. When he responded to the word of the Lord, he entered into the miracle of faith that empowered him to walk in the miracle of walking on the water.
 
daily bread
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Thursday, 17 June 2010 12:24
Galatians 3:2 - I only want to learn this from you: did you receive the
Spirit by works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?

If we are going to function in the realms of faith, which is the
supernatural activity of the Spirit of God, then we must learn to hear
faith. This in fact is something that every person who has been born of God
has experienced, because it was the hearing of faith that caused you to
respond to God and experience the new birth. It was as simple as hearing the
word of God being preached, and then acting on that word of God that
resulted in the miracle. If we are going to work miracles by the Spirit,
then it will be in the same way that we were born of the Spirit (Galatians
3:5). God speaks to us by His word and inspires us by His Spirit, and then
we do what He says for us to do. We speak out the miracle of God by
confessing the Lord Jesus Christ with our mouth. We speak with our mouths
and believe in our hearts, and then the miracle takes place. From the
miracle of salvation to the miracle of signs and wonders - it is all the
result of hearing faith.

The way that we participate with God and receive the miracle is summed up in
Romans 10:9-10; "That if you will confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus,
and will believe in your heart that God has raised him from the dead, you
will be saved. For with the heart man believes unto righteousness; and with
the mouth confession is made unto salvation."
 
daily bread
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Wednesday, 16 June 2010 11:23
Deuteronomy 33:26-27 - There is none like the God of Jeshurun: who rides
heaven for your help, and through the skies in His majesty. A refuge is the
eternal God; even under the everlasting arms. He will drive out the enemy
before you, and he will say: "Be destroyed!"

Adam chose to walk away from God and join in league with Satan. Yet Father
did not forsake Him, but came calling his name. Although man hid in sin and
shame, God in His love searched him out. He revealed a way back into
relationship with Him through the garments His hands made to clothe them:
the blood poured out, a testimony given of a new and living way. God is the
champion of man's salvation, so just hearken to His voice and He will come
and save! God has opened the door that all men can return to Him. Through
Christ Jesus we can return, by calling on His name. He will come and help
us! He is the God of Jeshurun, which means "the upright one." If we will
desire His ways and His will, then He will change us and cause us to be
upright too.

In this world we are inundated with wickedness on every side. Satan and his
forces are determined to overpower us and destroy our souls. But if we lift
up our voice to God and tell Him that we only want His ways - the things of
righteousness, purity, and truth - then He will take up our cause, and He
will come and save. God will defend, He will come around us with His host.
He will tend His flock like a shepherd, He will gather the lambs in His arms
and carry us close to His heart. (Isaiah 40:11). God Almighty is the divine
warrior: He will drive out all of our enemies, and teach us the beauty of
His ways. Those who are too strong for us do not stand a chance against His
mighty outstretched arm, and His power to defend! All the foes that would
attempt to keep us from living in God's plan will fall, as those of old who
stood against the children of Israel (Exodus 34:11; Deuteronomy 4:38;
Deuteronomy 7:22; Deuteronomy 9:3-5). As long as we will stand in His
anointing and obey His command, no power will be able to overthrow us or
pluck us from His hand.
 
daily bread
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Tuesday, 15 June 2010 14:27
Romans 8:39 - Neither heights, nor depths, nor any other creature, shall be
able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

It is Christ Jesus who is the author and finisher of our salvation, and He
is committed to our perfection. It is God who is both willing and doing of
His own good pleasure in us; and He will keep us by His own power if we are
willing to walk with Him (Philippians 2:13; 1 Peter 1:5; Ephesians 1:5-6).
Who could possibly be left out of the plan and purposes of God, if they are
only willing? For truly the Father, the Lord Jesus Christ, and the Holy
Spirit are at work on our behalf.
 
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