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Daily Bread OCT/21/10
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Thursday, 21 October 2010 13:02
Philippians 1:21 - For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.

God has revealed just how definitely our lives have been united with Jesus,
for the heart of the gospel message is "Christ in us" (Colossians 3:4). In
fact, Paul demanded that the Corinthian church make a proof that Christ
Jesus was in them, or else they would be discovered to be religious
reprobates (2 Corinthians 13:5).

The Eternal Word came to reveal the Father, and to make known to all mankind
the glory and the splendor of living in the realms of the Kingdom of God. He
opened the door to all mankind, and continues to call whosoever will to come
in and live in this heavenly and eternal realm. It is the grand prize of all
prizes! We have been given the opportunity to be one with God, and live in
the glory of His abundant life. If you were to stop and think of there being
the slightest chance that God has truly given us such an opportunity, surely
you would drop everything and start running for Him. This is the greatest
opportunity ever made available to mankind: the privilege of being filled
with the life of Christ and being co-inheritors with Him!

When the territory of Oklahoma was being opened up in 1889, the government
gave people the opportunity to own land for free. The land rush of Oklahoma
brought people from all over the world - who lined up and ran to stake their
claim. Many people gave their lives for the opportunity to have a piece of
real estate. One author wrote, "The last barrier of savagery in the United
States was broken down. Moved by the same impulse, each driver lashed his
horses furiously; each rider dug his spurs into his willing steed, and each
man on foot caught his breath hard and darted forward." God has given us an
opportunity that far outweighs the one presented to those hungry for the
privilege and security of owning their own land: oneness with Christ Jesus.
This is truly the grand prize of life, the opportunity to live the life of
Christ!

Anyone who is willing to respond to the call of God will find a place in the
realms of God's glory - through accepting the identity of Christ. God has
given us an inheritance that goes far beyond anything that we could have
ever thought or asked: the right to be sons and daughters of the Almighty
God! This life is the life of God the Messiah, of Jesus the Eternal Word. He
has come to live on the inside of us with His presence and His power. He
does not live as a mere memory in the hearts of those who believe, but in
glory and authority by His Spirit, which He has given unto us (1 John 3:24).
We have born the image of the earthly man Adam, and have been cursed with
his disobedience (Romans 5:12-21). Now it is time for us to bear the image
of the heavenly man, Christ Jesus! Christ Jesus died for our sins, and rose
again that we may have His life reproduced in us (John 12:24; Galatians
2:20). If we desire to walk in the faith that has been given to us by the
gospel, then we must accept the testimony that Father has given to us of His
Son. It is time to begin to declare what God has produced in us: Christ
Jesus - our glory, our treasure, the divine nature, the new creation, the
new man, and the power that is at work in us!
 
Daily Bread OCT/20/10
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Wednesday, 20 October 2010 12:09
John 15:7 - If you dwell in me and my words dwell in you, then you may ask
what you desire - and it shall be done for you.

The junction where the works of Christ, the word of God, and the power of
faith produce the miraculous life of Christ - is the point where we submit
to the truth of "I no longer live." To live in Christ Jesus, we commit to
live by Him. In this commitment, we turn our lives over to Him in a
dedication to doing the things that He does, and in a recognition that
without Him we can do nothing. Now this has nothing to do with washing
dishes or working on your car, rather this is all about fulfilling the great
commission. If we are going to do the works that He did and greater works,
then we are going to have to live the same life of obedience that He lived.

The act of dwelling in Christ Jesus is a consecration of our will to do His
will. Dwelling in Christ Jesus is a commitment to obey Him in all things. It
is a surrender to believe that He has given us His life, with all of the
benefits and authority thereof. It is the continuous commitment to follow
Him, and to be as He is in this world (1 Peter 2:21; 1 John 4:17). The only
way that we can follow Jesus is to know, and then do, what His word tells us
to do. Following Jesus is a refusal to live for ourselves, and instead to
live as living epistles (Matthew 16:24; Luke 9:23; John 5:30; John 15:5; 2
Corinthians 3:3). Dwelling in Christ is a daily consecration to live the
life of Christ that was freely given to us (2 Corinthians 5:14-15; Galatians
2:20). We dwell in Christ because His word dwells in us; we have believed
and accepted everything that He has said we are! We allow the word of Christ
Jesus to dwell in us because we hear it, read it, think on it, and do it
(Colossians 3:16; Luke 6:47-48; Luke 11:28; James 1:22-24; Matthew 12:50;
John 14:23-24; John 15:10). If we say we know Him and dwell in Him, but do
not keep His sayings, then we are living a false life. Yet if we simply obey
Him and do His word, then we will find ourselves in a love relationship -
that results in receiving all that Father has bestowed upon those who will
walk with Him!

If we dwell in Christ Jesus and His word dwells in us, then we will receive
whatever we ask (John 15:16; 1 John 3:22). Jesus reveals how easy it is to
receive the answer to your request: He simply tells us to ask. Jesus tells
us seven times in John chapters 14 through 16 to "ask." The kind of prayer
that we are to pray is an asking prayer; one that expects God to do the
impossible. Elijah prayed asking God to stop the rain, and it did not rain
for three and a half years; then when he asked God to cause it to rain, it
was so (James 5:17-18). James said, "You have not because you ask not."
Jesus said, "Everyone who asks shall receive," and, "All things whatsoever
you ask in prayer, believing, you shall receive" (Luke 11:9-10; Matthew
21:22). How simple can it be - Jesus reduces the impossible to nothing more
than a basic request - if we will walk in obedience to the life of Christ by
allowing His word to determine all that we think, speak, and do.
 
Daily Bread OCT/19/10
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Tuesday, 19 October 2010 06:43
2 Corinthians 5:16 - Therefore from now on we know no one after the flesh;
even though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now we know Him no
more.

We must stop seeing things through natural eyes and on the basis of a
temporal and earthly prospective. It is time we see people for what they
really are. If they have been born of God, then we must begin to see them as
the children of God; and as those who stand in the place of Christ Jesus on
the earth (2 Corinthians 5:19-20). Our interaction and compassion for those
who have not been born of God must be equally spiritual. We must recognize
that they are children of disobedience. Like all other men, they were born
in sin and shaped in iniquity. Unless they are liberated by the power of the
gospel, they will spend an eternity in a place called hell. All those who
have not been born of God are the children of the devil, and the wrath of
God abides on them. Only through the anointing of the Holy Spirit and the
preaching of the gospel can they be rescued from their terrible fate.

Those who have been born of God have received the life of Christ. Therefore,
each person must confess: "For me to live is Christ" (Philippians 1:21;
Galatians 2:20; Galatians 3:27; 2 Corinthians 3:3; 2 Corinthians 5:14-15).
To regard those who have been born of God as anything less than heirs and
co-inheritors with Christ is completely out of touch with the reality of the
gospel (Romans 8:17; Ephesians 2:6; Hebrews 2:11; John 17:21-23). It is
essential that we realize that what we do unto the least of those who have
been born of God, we do unto Christ Jesus personally (Matthew 25:40). Also
any consideration of the natural dimensions of a person at any level has no
real value. In Christ there is no significance in the nationality or
ethnicity of a person. There is neither Greek nor Jew, there is neither bond
nor free, there is neither male nor female; everyone is the same in Christ
Jesus (Galatians 3:28).

God has designed a special purpose and written out a plan for each
individual. One of the most important things that we must understand is how
we can assist each person in fulfilling the call of God upon their life. The
Holy Spirit has divided to each one giftings according to His will, and we
must come to know and understand these diverse roles that each member in the
body of Christ is called to fulfill (1 Corinthians 12:7,11). We must not be
threatened by diversity, but embrace it - and even covet the operations of
all the gifts and callings of God in the body of Christ (1 Corinthians
12:17-25). Yet the most important thing of all is that we must recognize the
divine life of Jesus being made ready to be fully expressed in each of our
lives, and appreciate how that develops and matures! (Ephesians 4:12-13; 2
Timothy 2:21; Romans 8:29).
 
Daily Bread OCT/18/10
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Monday, 18 October 2010 09:55
Exodus 4:2 - And Yahoah said unto him, "What is in your hand?" And he said,
"A rod."

The Lord took Moses into the wilderness to train and discipline him through
the vocation of tending sheep. When God appeared to Moses and commissioned
him to go and represent Him to the greatest empire of the world, Moses was
at a loss as to how he could possibly accomplish such a great task. When
Moses asked God how he could do what he was commissioned to do, God simply
said: "What is in your hand?"

The Lord will not only use those small and seemingly insignificant things
that we have in our hand to train us to do His will, but He will also take
them and do mighty things through them. God will do supernatural things that
we could never possibly imagine. Moses walked with that same rod by his side
for the reminder of his life. It was first a reminder of the failure that he
had as a young man in Egypt, and secondly a reminder of the humble existence
that he had resigned himself to as a herdsman in the house of Jethro (Acts
7:28-29; Exodus 2:14). Although it had become a symbol of the awesome power
of God, it remained to Moses a rod of humility. It was the rod that he had
stumbled across on the roadside that day when all of his dreams of greatness
had come to an end, and he was simply looking for a way to make a living.

Today you may also be wondering how you are going to accomplish those things
that God has required of you. Yet all you need to be willing to do is to see
what is in your hand. It may be that which you picked up under similar
circumstances to those of Moses; and you only see its earthly and temporal
use. The God who promised to direct your path - and to lead you and guide
you - has not faltered in His promises. He has brought you to the place you
are today, and will establish those great things that He has placed within
your heart (Acts 7:25; Proverbs 3:6; Psalm 31:3; Psalm 18:32; John 16:13).
Now it is time to consecrate your vocation to the Lord, and let the Holy
Spirit begin to work through the areas of favor and influence that you have.
Let the Holy Spirit show you how He can use the things that you are involved
in today to accomplish the great commission.
 
Daily Bread OCT/16/10
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Saturday, 16 October 2010 08:10
Ephesians 4:15 - But speaking the truth in love, we may grow up into Christ
in all things; who is Himself the head.

Our individual growth in the things pertaining to our spiritual life demands
that we speak the truth. There is only one source of truth, and that is the
word of God. Our confession of the truth is directly related to the results
that we get. Our willingness to agree with the truth - and confess that
Jesus Christ is Lord - resulted in our salvation. We learned from Paul in
this same context that our confession is made unto salvation (Romans 10:10;
Proverbs 18:21; Matthew 12:37). Words are so important to God that He used
them to create the heavens and the earth, and everything that is in them
(Psalm 33:6,9; Hebrews 11:3). If we are going to have the things that God
has purposed for us to have, then we must believe what He has said.

Whatever it is that we believe is ultimately what we are going to speak. Too
many times God's people speak out of fear and distrust, instead of love and
confidence. The things that we see and hear have such an impact on us, that
we forget what God said that he would do - if we would only believe. If we
are willing to believe the love that God has for us, then we know that He is
going to take excellent care of us. In the midst of the crisis and the
circumstances, we can rise above it all through knowing and believing what
God has said. If we agree with Him and confess what His word has declared,
then our faith will flow out with divine authority through the
acknowledgment of every good thing that is in us (Philemon 1:6). If we hold
fast to the confession of our faith, we will have the divine provision for
everything that we need - because God is faithful who has promised (Hebrews
10:23; Hebrews 4:14; Philippians 4:19).

I have heard many people say, "Life is difficult." Actually life is not
difficult. Circumstances are difficult; life is wonderful. The natural life
is so important to each one of us, we will desperately struggle to hold on
to it. The abundant life that we have received in Christ Jesus should be
even more important. The abundant life that we have been given in Christ
Jesus has supplied us with a quality of life that affords us all of the
blessings and provisions of God (Ephesians 1:2; Romans 5:17,21; Romans 8:2;
Galatians 3:21; 2 Corinthians 8:9; Psalm 84:11). Through Christ Jesus, we
have been richly supplied with everything that pertains to life and
godliness (2 Peter 1:3; Philippians 4:19; Ephesians 3:16). It is our choice
whether we allow circumstances to rule our lives, or we allow the word of
God to rule us. The facts are that whatever we are most convinced of,
whether it be the circumstances or the promises of God - that will be what
we ultimately speak out. We have heard how God will supply our every need,
and how He will cause all grace to abound to us so that we will have all
sufficiency in all things; but when the difficult situations arise, do we
speak according to God's word? If we are willing to be doers of the word and
not hearers only, then the circumstances will have to conform to the word of
God, and will not be able to affect us (Matthew 7:24-27).

If the life of God is going to dominate our lives, then we must allow God's
word to have the final say in everything that we believe. Without faith it
is impossible to please God; but if we hold to the word of God, the faith
that changes things will come to us. Therefore, let the love relationship
that has been established between you and the Lord Jesus produce a
confession of truth. Our defense against false beliefs in every dimension of
our lives is the word of truth. Do not be carried about with every wind of
doctrine, and by every troubling situation; but rather be firmly established
in the word of His truth (1 Thessalonians 2:13; 2 Corinthians 6:7; Ephesians
1:13; Colossians 1:5; John 17:17). If you will hold fast to the truth and
speak the truth - then you will mature into all the things of Christ Jesus.
 
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