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Daily Bread AUG/11/10
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Wednesday, 11 August 2010 12:44
Matthew 23:38 - Behold, your house is sent away desolate!

There is no way into the kingdom of God but through Jesus Christ the
Messiah. It does not matter whether you are a Jew or Gentile; Jesus is the
door, and no man comes to the Father but through Him! (Acts 2:21,38; Acts
14:1; John 10:9; John 14:6; Romans 10:13; John 3:3,5). Praise God for the
nation of Israel and the descendants of Abraham and the house of David!
Unfortunately, the leaders of the house of Israel rejected Jesus; and for
almost 1980 years the nation of Israel has been absent from fellowship with
God. We must make a clear distinction between the nation of Israel and its
individuals. The nation of Israel is no longer God's light unto the nations.
God does not dwell in the midst of Israel as He once did, and it is no
longer the instrument for advancing the kingdom of God in the earth. Once
again, this does not exclude the individuals of the house of Israel from
being a part of the kingdom of God - which is solely found in the midst of
the Church of Jesus Christ.

God has taken both Jew and Gentile, and made them one new man in the body of
Christ. There have been many of the descendants of Abraham that have
believed on Jesus. In fact for the first 10 years, the church was almost
exclusively Jewish. All of the first century preachers were almost
exclusively Jewish, and over the centuries many Jews have continued to come
to Christ Jesus their Savior. However, we must be very clear that there are
not two covenants running in parallel that justify men before God, one for
the nations and one for the house of Israel (Galatians 3:19; Galatians
3:23-25; Galatians 4:5; Galatians 5:1-6). The New Covenant has come, and the
Old has passed away (Hebrews 8:13). The teaching of the scripture is plain
on this subject: the First Covenant has been abolished (Ephesians 2:15; 2
Corinthians 3:11,13; Galatians 4:23-30).

Someone may say: "Where then does the nation of Israel stand with God? Has
God forgotten His promise to the house of Israel?" No, God has purposed that
the house of Israel be saved. We know that in the future God will plead with
the nation of Israel; and they will eventually recognize that Jesus is the
Messiah, the Savior of the world (Zechariah 12:10; Zechariah 14:16-19;
Revelation 1:7; Revelation 7:3-8; Revelation 11:1-8). Paul revealed how the
nation of Israel was cut off because of their unbelief, and how a national
blindness fell upon them as a judgment from God (Romans 11:7-10; Romans
11:20,25; Acts 28:26-27; 2 Corinthians 3:14). Our Savior also pronounced the
judgment of God against them because of their unbelief (Matthew 13:13-15;
Matthew 21:43). Does this mean that God has ceased to deal with the Jewish
people? No way! There is no difference now between Jew and Gentile. God
would have all men repent and come to the knowledge of salvation (Romans
11:23; 2 Corinthians 3:16). The nation of Israel does have a future role in
the kingdom of God - but it is a role that they will live out under the
rulership and reign of Christ Jesus (Matthew 19:28; Romans 11:12; Revelation
20:4).
 
Daily Bread AUG/10/10
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Tuesday, 10 August 2010 11:37
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.
 
Daily Bread AUG/09/10
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Monday, 09 August 2010 11:19
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 AUG/07/10
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Saturday, 07 August 2010 12:42
Mark 11:22 - And Jesus answered them: "Have God's faith."

There cannot be a more important topic than that of faith. I have heard that
people believe that miracles ended with the book of Acts. Well, if miracles
ended with the book of Acts, then there are no more salvations - for the
salvation of a single person is the most wonderful miracle known to man. Now
all these things depend on the divine work of faith. Jesus is not interested
in us having the kind of faith that you read about in a dictionary. He is
not interested in us having the kind of faith that refers to various
religious and philosophical beliefs. Jesus desires that we have the faith of
God. God's faith speaks to the absolutely impossible, and watches it take
place. God's faith moves beyond every doubt and notion of fear. God's faith
will not be afraid of what others might think.

Jesus informed the disciples that what he had done - they would also do
(Matthew 21:21; John 14:12). He had commanded the fig tree to dry up, and it
did. What Jesus said to them, He said to the church for all time. He did not
give the disciples something that did not belong to everyone else who would
believe. Absolutely not! What Jesus supplied to those first few men that He
trained, He poured out upon the entire church by the Holy Spirit (Acts 1:8;
Acts 2:17-18; Acts 2:39; Ephesians 1:22-23, Ephesians 4:11-13; 1 Corinthians
12:7; 1 Corinthians 12:27-28; Jude 1:20). At some point you and I must stand
up and begin to curse the fig trees of unfruitfulness, and speak to the
mountains of impossibility. At some point we must boldly proclaim these
words of life, and be willing to demonstrate the power of God that is
present in our lives. Too many people cower in fear, waiting for someone
else to do what Jesus commanded. Or they are waiting for another day when
they receive some special anointing. Saints, I tell you if you have been
baptized in the Holy Spirit, then you have the One who works the faith of
God right there with you right now. All you have to do is be willing to open
your mouth and take the risk. The disciples were amazed at Jesus' faith; and
He was equally amazed at their lack of it (Luke 8:25; Matthew 17:17).

Jesus was absolute about His position regarding our faith. We find this
statement delivered to us as an imperative. Jesus demanded them then, and us
today, to have God's faith: a faith that was defined and exemplified by what
Jesus did when He commanded the fig tree to die. If we are going to walk in
faith, then we must start moving. We must recognize that faith has a belief.
Faith has a commitment, faith has a faithfulness, faith has a fight, faith
works by love; faith is not dependent upon what is seen and heard in the
realms of men. Faith calls those things which are not as though they were.
Faith depends solely on what God has said. Faith is bold, and will say what
God has said. Faith is tested. Faith is strengthened. Faith is perfected.
Faith will increase so that one may be full of faith. Have God's faith - and
let it begin right now!
 
Daily Bread AUG/06/10
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Friday, 06 August 2010 09:38
Mark 11:24 - Therefore, I tell you whatever you ask in prayer: believe that
you have received it, and it will be yours.

We are commanded to have God's faith! (Mark 11:22). God has a particular
kind of faith, for He calls those things that are not as though they were
(Romans 4:17). God is the one who made everything that is visible from the
invisible; and reveals to us that faith is the certainty of those things
that we are confident in, and the proof of the things that are not seen
(Hebrews 11:1,3). Therefore, Jesus tells us that when we pray, we are to
believe that we have received it - and as a result it will be ours! Christ
Jesus is telling us right now that we may have confidence that God hears us
when we pray, and that He will immediately respond to our request. Why?
Because He loves us so dearly! Thus having such confidence, we know that it
is done - even if the evidence of it is still unseen. The ability to believe
that we have received what we have asked for is the result of our confidence
in God's love for us. The miracle that produces the tangible evidence for
all to see is guaranteed to follow such a relationship. Too many people are
captivated by the evidence that follows, rather than the love that is
present.

When we become confident that the Father loves us so much that it is His
good pleasure to give us the Kingdom, it becomes easy to believe. The secret
to laying hold of faith is that we believe in the love that God has for us.
Love supplies all the boldness and confidence that we need, because we know
that the one who loves us so dearly will do whatever we ask. With God
nothing is impossible; and if we do what He asks, we can be confident that
whatever we ask He will do. There is nothing too hard for Him. Therefore, as
our relationship with Him grows and matures, we can be certain that whatever
we ask Him, He will do it - because we keep His commandments and do those
things that are pleasing in His sight (1 John 3:21-22; John 14:13-14;
Hebrews 5:12; John 16:15).
 
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