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Daily Bread AUG/05/10
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Thursday, 05 August 2010 07:18
Genesis 15:6 - And He believed Yahoah, and it was accredited to him for
righteousness.

When you trust someone, then you can be confident that what they say is
true. The idea of being confident in the word of God is first expressed in
Genesis 15:6; thus setting the precedence as well as the tone for what
biblical faith is. The concept of faith set down in the Bible, beginning
here, is an assurance and a certainty of the things that God has promised.
These promises become a reality in our lives - if we are willing to trust
God and believe that He is who He says He is, and that He will do what He
says He will do.

Many times when we hear the promises of God, we almost automatically look to
ourselves in one way or the other; and evaluate whether or not we deserve
it. If we take ourselves out of the equation, probably every one of God's
children absolutely trust Him and have confidence in His ability to do
anything. Unfortunately, we get stuck at the point of wondering whether or
not He will do those things for us. God made Abraham an impossible promise
at an impossible time; and Abraham turned from himself to look to God, whom
He was willing to believe (Romans 4:3; Galatians 3:6; James 2:23).

When we view the promises of God, we must also view the mercy and love of
God. It is essential for all of us to realize that God is not motivated by
our performance - He is motivated by His love. And even when we fail, His
mercies will prevail: for His love for us is forever. Today receive the love
of God, and in turn be freed to love and worship Him.
 
Daily Bread AUG/04/10
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Wednesday, 04 August 2010 12:42
Genesis 15:6 - And He believed Yahoah, and it was accredited to him for
righteousness.

There are two verses of scripture in the Old Testament that lay the
foundation for understanding faith in the New Testament. These two verses of
scripture are Genesis 15:6 and Habakkuk 2:4. Abraham was referred to as the
father of faith (or the example of faith) in the New Testament (Romans
4:11-12; Romans 4:16). Therefore if we are going to understand his faith, it
is essential that we understand his obedience and commitment to God. Paul
used Habakkuk 2:4 as the foundation for his teaching on being made righteous
by faith (Romans 1:17; Galatians 3:11; Hebrews 10:38). The commonality in
both Old and New Testament is the relationship between faith and
righteousness.

Although no greater summary of faith can be given than that which has been
provided in Hebrews chapter 11, there is still much to be considered by the
unique and yet similar commitments of these men to obey God - no matter how
challenging their situation. The Hebrew word used for faith in both these
passages (as well as many others) was derived form the word 'AMEN'; and this
word was also carried over into the New Testament. The meaning of amen is
"certainty." The phrase 'amen amen' used by Jesus 25 times in the gospel of
John refer to "absolute certainty." Faith is supplied to us by the Spirit,
and through the operation of God this faith results in signs and wonders and
great exploits (Matthew 17:20; Matthew 21:21; 1 Corinthians 13:2; Acts 6:8;
Galatians 3:5). The explosive and creative nature of faith is revealed
through those who are yielded to God and committed to obey His word - no
matter how impossible it may seem.
 
Daily Bread AUG/03/10
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Tuesday, 03 August 2010 09:24
Psalm 96:9 - Worship Yahoah, being adorned with holiness; tremble before Him
all the earth.

There is a glorious fellowship with the Lord that each person should come to
know. It is a fellowship that takes place in worship. The Holy Spirit wants
to fill our worship with awe and revelation of God and His ways. If we will
make worship the sacred interaction with God that it should be, then we will
see a greater manifestation of His glory. Worship must become a deep
expression of hunger to fellowship with God. In this deep desire to know
Him, we will be filled to overflowing with His presence. True worship only
takes place by the Spirit of Holiness (John 4:23; Philippians 3:3). It is a
holy communion that we enter into by the Holy Spirit, and by a true and
sincere heart. If we are willing to come into the presence of the Lord and
drink of the waters of life, then we will be filled with prophetic songs and
hymns and spiritual songs (Ephesians 5:18-19; John 4:14; John 7:37-38).

The Holy Ghost desires to clothe us with the garments of praise, and produce
within us a holy fellowship of worship that causes our hearts to be yielded
to the presence of God. As we yield to Him we are adorned with the splendor
of His glory, and filled with the beauty of His presence. In worship the
Holy Spirit translates us to a place where all earthly things disappear. It
is here in the Holies of Holies - where nothing but God exists - that we
find ourselves engaged in true worship. Being adorned with holiness and
raptured by the Spirit, our mouths become filled with praise and our hearts
begin to tremble. In the beauty of holiness we find a place among all of
those who cry out continually: "Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord; the whole
earth is filled with His glory!" (Hebrews 12:14; Isaiah 6:3; Revelation 4:8;
Exodus 28:36). It is here that our eyes are opened to all that His hands
have made. In this place of glory, our hearts are filled with understanding
and revelation in the knowledge of Him.
 
Daily Bread AUG/02/10
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Monday, 02 August 2010 11:13
Isaiah 25:1 - Yahoah you are my God, I will exalt you! I will give thanks
your name, for you have done wonders. Your counsel of old is faith and
certainty.

There are a number of ways that we can translate the Hebrew phrase for
"faithful and true." We have chosen to translate it "faith and certainty."
The Hebrew phrase is 'emunah omen'; both of these words being derived from
the Hebrew word 'amen'. The word "amen" was used many times by Jesus to
express absolute certainty: "The very important concept in biblical doctrine
gives clear evidence of the biblical meaning of 'faith' in contradiction to
the many popular concepts of the term. At the heart of the meaning of the
root is the idea of certainty" (Theological Wordbook of the Old Testament,
No. 116). If we are going to function in faith, then it is essential that we
believe that all of the promises of God are "yes" and certain (2 Corinthians
1:20). They are not sometimes "yes" and then sometimes "no;" all of His
promises are always "yes!" All of His wonders and counsels are unchanging.
What He did yesterday He will do today; and what He has done for one, He
will do for anyone else who will believe. God has given us an unlimited
possibility; all we have to do is believe - for all things are possible for
those who will believe (Mark 9:23).

The Old Testament lays the foundation for us to understand faith.
Foundationally, faith is trusting God; it is faithfulness, it is truth, it
is certainty, confidence, and absolute devotion. It was by this faith that
Enoch walked God and pleased God. It was through this faith that Abram left
his native country and his family, to follow God into an unknown place
(Hebrews 11:5-6; Hebrews 11:8). The cornerstone of Paul's declaration of
justification by faith uses these same Hebrew words in Habakkuk 2:4 (Romans
1:17; Galatians 3:11; Hebrews 10:38). It is absolutely essential that we
recognize that if we are going to walk in greater realms of faith, then we
must find a deeper realm of relationship with God. We must find ourselves
convinced of His promises, and walk away from all other alternatives. We
must be willing to follow Him with absolute trust and certainty; and
forsaking all others cleave only unto Him. So long as we have our false
securities and our other options, we will only be allowed to step out just
so far into the realms of faith.

We must place the word of God and His promises in a category all of its own.
It must be exalted far above all intellectualism, knowledge, and reason -
and be understood for what it is: absolutely true and superior to all other
known things. It is the word of God that will inspire us to speak to a dead
corpse and command it to live. It is the word of God breathed out by the
Spirit of God that will command the devils, and they must obey. Today we can
stand against all of the devils of doubt and unbelief, and overcome them by
the word of our testimony, by the blood of the Lamb, and by not loving our
own life even unto death. When all our senses of reason and every power of
fear would attempt to lead us to trust in ourselves, we must rise up and
hold fast our confession of faith without wavering - because God is faithful
who promised!
 
Daily Bread JUL/31/10
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Saturday, 31 July 2010 10:26
Acts1:8 - But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you;
and you shall be my witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and
Samaria, and unto the farthest reaches of the earth.

The disciples had their focus on the kingdom being restored to Israel, and
were still unaware of what was actually taking place. Little did they
realize what an important role they would play in the plan of God for the
ages. Certainly, Christ would come to reign on the earth; but that reign
would begin through the evangelizing of the nations by the church. A new
nation had been born, and a new age was about to be inaugurated by the
Father (Matthew 21:43; Luke 24:49; Acts 2:1-4; Acts 2:33; John 7:39). The
Holy Spirit was about to be poured out upon all flesh, which would begin at
Jerusalem. The power and authority supplied by the Holy Spirit would empower
the disciples to be witnesses of the resurrection, and of rule and reign of
Christ Jesus. They too would be seated together with Him in heavenly places
far above all principalities and powers (Ephesians 2:6). They would begin
the great evangelizing of the nations that would not stop until "this gospel
of the kingdom" is preached in every nation of the earth (Matthew 24:14).

Today the light to the nations shines, and the call of God sounds forth - by
the same glorious power of the Holy Spirit. Christ Jesus, the head of the
church, sits upon His throne; and he pours out His anointing of the Holy
Ghost and power upon the head of all who will receive His ministry (Matthew
3:11; Mark 1:8; Luke 3:16; John 1:33; Acts 1:5; Acts 11:16). It is through
this glory and power that we are equipped to fully represent the King of
Kings (Isaiah 42:6; Isaiah 49:6; Luke 2:32; Acts 13:47; Acts 26:13; Matthew
5:14). It is not through the wisdom and ability of men that this light of
revelation shines, but through the 'dunamin' (power) of the Holy Ghost. For
anyone to even dare think that they can represent Christ Jesus without being
clothed in the Holy Ghost and fire is both naive and religious stubbornness.
To think that we can stand in Christ's stead and beseech the world to be
reconciled to God without being clothed in the ministry of Jesus is total
error (2 Corinthians 5:20-21; 1 Corinthians 2:4; 1 Thessalonians 1:5).
Christ Jesus reigns today, and we stand proclaiming peace to all in His
name. We command the mountains to be removed, the valleys to be filled, the
deserts to bloom like the Garden of Eden; and every prisoner - go free (Acts
26:18; Isaiah 32:15; Luke 4:18).
 
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