Daily Bread FEB/11/11
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Friday, 11 February 2011 12:44
Ephesians 6:17 - And receive the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the
Spirit - which is the proclamation of God.

The Holy Spirit will speak through us if we will let Him. He will speak the
word of God through us with the authority that will break any yoke. When we
consider the weapons of our warfare, nothing stands out as much as the sword
of the Spirit. Of the two weapons mentioned in the New Testament, the sword
of the Spirit has the supreme position (Romans 6:13). The real challenge
that we face in every trial that we encounter is whether or not we will
believe God's word or the word of man. If we will look beyond what seems to
be, and lay hold of the way God has declared that He wants it to be, we will
start moving mountains and commanding the winds and the waves to be still.

If we take up God's word, it becomes the sword of the Lord in our mouth that
destroys all of those things that would attempt to oppose us and steal the
blessings of God from us. The only way to effectively stand fast against all
that Satan would do to oppose us - whether spiritual, physical, or financial
- is to have the high praises of God upon our lips and this sharp two-edged
sword in our hands (Psalm 149:6). Just as our Lord Jesus Christ overthrew
the lies and attacks of Satan with the word of God, so shall we. As He will
slay the enemies of God with the sword of His mouth, we too can destroy
every opposing force of Satan, if we allow His word to be in our hearts and
in our mouths (Revelation 19:15,21; 1 John 2:14; Romans 10:8).

If we will hold fast to the word of God, the Spirit of God will produce the
proclamation of God's word in our mouth. Proclamations that are not the word
of God are not of the Spirit of God, and are powerless to bring about the
changes that God desires for our lives. The Holy Spirit is only going to
speak the revealed word of God as we find it in our Bibles, but He will
specifically target it to the situations that we are confronting. As those
who have the word of God written upon the tables of our hearts, we are given
the ability to speak as the oracles of God: expressing His divine revelation
with a unique authority that extends well beyond simply reciting a scripture
verse (1 Peter 4:11; Romans 10:8; 2 Corinthians 3:3).
 
Daily Bread FEB/10/11
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Thursday, 10 February 2011 11:41
Matthew 7:22 - Many shall say to me in that day, "Lord, Lord - have we not
prophesied in your name, and in your name cast out devils, and in your name
done many wonderful works?"

Deception is so powerful that the deceived have no idea that they are under
its ruthless and blinding power. What we must realize is that God has no
fellowship with those who walk in darkness (1 John 1:6; 2 Corinthians 6:14;
Ephesians 5:11). The most important proof that a person has been born of
God, and that they love and know God - is obedience (1 John 2:3-4; 3:24;
5:2; John 15:10). God has given us a faith that overcomes the world, and
every one who has been born of God has that overcoming power in their lives
(1 John 3:7-8; 5:18). Just because a person appears to have gifts and signs
and wonders working through their lives is no proof that they know God.
Satan can transform himself into a messenger of light, and men can be wolves
in sheep's clothing (2 Corinthians 11:13-15). There are many supposed
miracle-workers among the Hindus and Buddhists, and we know that whatever it
is that they are doing it is not by the power of God.

Those who work iniquity and call themselves the messengers of Christ have no
fellowship with God; and whatever it is they do is not by the Spirit of the
Lord, but a power of deception. We live in perilous times and many deceivers
have come in the name of Jesus. We must hold fast to the word of God and not
believe those who try to tell us that things should be taken away from the
Bible, or that they were for the time of the first-century church only; or
for that matter that anything should be now added through some function of
revelation. All of these ideas are inspired by Satan, and have come to
deceive the hearts of men.

Although there are deceptions and falsehoods all around us, we must hold to
the absolutes of the word of God. Absolutes are essential if there is going
to be certainty. If we are going to move in faith, then we must have
absolute certainty about the things that the Lord has spoken. The Lord Jesus
reigns in righteousness and truth right now; and no one who tells lies or
works deceit in their heart can stand in His presence (Psalm 101:7). Christ
Jesus is Lord over His house and will execute judgment, even though
wrongdoing seems to linger. The Father has a jealous love for His Son Jesus,
and will not allow His name to be profaned for long. It is time that the
church arise in the Spirit of holiness and power. If there has ever been in
a time to move in the faith of Jesus Christ with the gospel that casts out
devils and works righteousness, it is now! We must stand up in His righteous
cause and say "No more!" to those things that profane His Holy Name.

We must ignore those things in the realm of experience that present
themselves as contradiction to the word of God. The realm of deception would
not allow us to find any place of certainty based upon those things that we
can conclude from our observations. It is hard to understand how men can
come in the name of Jesus and seemingly work miracles, yet live unholy
lives; but what we must all conclude is that they do not know the Lord.
Anything that does not align itself with the word of God and the fruits of
the Spirit must be categorized as falsehood and deception - no matter what
kind of proofs one may attempt to provide. There are no exceptions to the
rule: a good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a evil tree
bring forth good fruit (Matthew 7:17-18). We cannot get both sweet and
bitter water from the same fountain (James 3:11). Those who hold the truth
in unrighteousness can not be restored; they must be converted. The power of
deception can only be broken when such a one will face the sin and iniquity,
and repent.
 
Daily Bread FEB/09/11
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Wednesday, 09 February 2011 11:39
Ephesians 6:16 - In everything taking up the shield of faith, with which you
will be able to quench the fiery darts of the wicked.

Faith is a shield that will protect you from every kind of assault that
could be launched against you. The Almighty God Himself is a shield about
us, and He is our faith (Psalm 3:3; 5:12; 18:35; 28:7; 33:20; 84:11). This
is not like the shield of any earthly army; this is a shield that surrounds
us from head to toe, front and back - for it is the glory of the Lord and
the shield of His presence. If God is going to be our shield, then we must
put our trust in Him (Proverbs 30:5). The faith of God is found in His word;
and in His word we must trust. We must remain confident in the things that
God has spoken and the promises that He has made. If the armor of God is
going to be effective for us, then we must believe that His glory is both in
us and around us (John 14:17; Isaiah 4:5; Matthew 3:11).

The whole message of the armor of God is one of possessing the identity of
Christ, putting on the new man, being clothed with the Lord Jesus: who is to
us an armor of light and an armor of righteousness (Ephesians 4:24; Romans
13:12,14; 2 Corinthians 6:7). This is the faith that puts out the fiery
darts of every satanic assault. Because of the strength of the Lord and the
power of His might, we are able to resist the attacks of the enemy steadfast
in the faith; and execute divine authority and judgement over all of the
powers of darkness - to cast them out, throw them down, and stop their works
wherever we encounter them (1 Peter 5:8-9; Luke 10:19; 1 John 3:8; Mark
16:17; Romans 16:20).

The conquering power that conquers everything that is in the world is our
faith (1 John 2:16; 5:4). Our faith is a faith that has been granted to us
by God. Through His word and by His Spirit He has given to us His knowledge,
His understanding and wisdom, so that we can stand in the truth and insights
of what is real; and reject the lies and deceptions that would destroy our
souls. All we have to do is believe the truth and put our trust in God; and
no power of darkness can touch us. Every weapon formed against us will fall
powerless at our feet, for the Lord encamps around us! We dwell in His
pavilion and we have made Him our habitation (Psalm 71:3; 91:9-10). His
presence, His anointing, His glory, and the new creation that He made is our
shield of faith!
 
Daily Bread FEB/08/11
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Tuesday, 08 February 2011 11:54
1 Timothy 3:16 - And without question great is the mystery of godliness: God
was manifest in the flesh, declared righteous by the Spirit, seen of angels,
preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into
glory.

The lie that many religions tell is that Jesus never said He was God; but
nothing can be further from the truth. Everything that Jesus did proved that
He was God. Jesus confessed that He was the Son of God, that God was His
Father, and that He was one with the Father more than 100 times. Believing
that Jesus was and is God is an essential part of redemption, because it is
only through the faith that is in His name that men can be delivered from
sin and death.

Jesus both was God, and also was with God (John 1:1-2). He was called the
Word, and will be called the Word again in the future (Revelation 19:13).
The Word was incarnated into flesh and became the Only Begotten Son (John
1:14). Jesus is the God who created all things (Ephesians 3:9; Hebrews 1:2).
The Father called Him His Son, and was dedicated to proving that He was the
One with all power and authority (Matthew 3:17; Matthew 17:5; John 12:28;
14:13; 16:13-14). Paul, an ardent monotheist, said that all the fullness of
the Godhead dwelt in Him bodily (Colossians 2:9). Peter confessed that Jesus
was the Christ the Son of God (Matthew 16:16-17). Thomas, encountering Jesus
after the resurrection, said "my Lord and my God" (John 20:28). Steven,
being persecuted, looked up into heaven and saw Him seated on the throne of
heaven (Acts 7:55). Paul's encounter with Jesus led him to confess that
Jesus was God, and that every knee shall bow and every tongue shall confess
that He is the Lord (Acts 9:4-20; Philippians 2:9-11). if we confess Him as
God and Savior, then He will confess us as those who are a part of His
kingdom (Matthew 10:32).

The Jews wanted to kill Jesus because He said that God was his Father,
making himself equal with God (John 5:18-25). Jesus said that He and the
Father were One (John 10:30; 17:21). Jesus told Philip that anyone who had
seen Him had also seen the Father (John 14:9). Although many religions would
like to make Jesus just another good man, we know for certain that there is
salvation in no other name but in the name of Jesus the eternal God (Acts
8:37). He alone has the power to give the resurrection, and He Himself is
the resurrection and the life (John 5:21; 6:40; 11:25).
 
Daily Bread FEB/07/11
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Monday, 07 February 2011 14:19
John 1:43 - The next day he resolved to go to Galilee, and Jesus found
Phillip and said to him: "Follow me."

There are many things about the beginning of the ministry of Jesus that are
a marvel. One of the many marvelous things is how Jesus began by focusing
His attention on just a few people. He would ultimately gather 12 around
Himself, and give them both special attention and a special anointing. The
beginning of the greatest ministry that has ever existed started with Jesus
looking for just one person. Jesus came to seek and to save that which was
lost. His heart of devotion for the lost compelled Him to leave the 99 that
were safe, and go and seek the one. Jesus seeks us out to free us from all
of the affliction and tyranny of sin. He makes us His friends and part of
His family, and our hearts become joined unto His righteous cause. We become
part of the family of God, His own spiritual kin; and what He wants is what
we want. His love for us compels us and overwhelms us - so that we will
follow him wherever He leads.

Jesus was devoted to making His disciples fishers of men (Mark 1:17). He is
also devoted to making us fishers of men as well. He shows us how to love
and see greatness - even in the most wretched of men. He gives us authority
to free them, and patience and faithfulness to train them. If we will
imitate Jesus and focus on reaching just one, and helping them become
established in the faith; it won't be long and we will need a boat (Mark
4:1). The Lord Jesus is devoted to reproducing His ministry in our lives:
giving us the divine ability to help people, and deliver them from their
prison of sickness, disease, and sin. As we receive His love, our hearts are
filled to the brim; and the same love wherewith we are loved flows like
rivers to a dry and thirsty land.
 
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