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Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Monday, 14 June 2010 14:00
Romans 8:29 - Whom knowing beforehand, and having predestined us to be
conformed to the image of His Son: that He might be the first-born among
many brethren.

The calling and purpose for which God has predestined all who will believe
is to be just like Jesus, in every way (Isaiah 60:1; 2 Corinthians 3:18;
Ephesians 4:24; Colossians 3:10; Galatians 1:15-16; John 17:22; John 1:16).
Jesus is the express image of the Father, and we were created in Christ
Jesus to be conformed to His image (Hebrews 1:3). Jesus is the pattern Son:
He is God's example that is set before us; and we are called to live and to
overcome, even as He did (1 Peter 2:21-22; 1 John 2:29; 1 John 3:7; 1 John
4:17; Revelation 3:21). It is the Spirit of the Son that has come into our
hearts, that imparts the divine power and authority to walk in the image of
the only begotten Son, Christ Jesus.

God desires absolute conformity - will you participate? All we must do is to
yield to the Spirit of Grace; and God will do the work.
 
daily bread
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Saturday, 12 June 2010 16:58
Romans 8:23 - And not they alone, but we also who have the first-fruits of
the Spirit, we also ourselves groan with it: eagerly awaiting the adoption,
the redemption of our body.

Although the body is the temple of God and has been made holy, it is still
corruptible and must die - according to the divine sentence of God in
Genesis chapter 3 (1 Corinthians 3:16; 1 Corinthians 6:19-20; 2 Corinthians
6:16; 1 Thessalonians 5:23). The redemption of the body therefore refers to
the resurrection from the dead: wherein the body becomes immortal and
incorruptible (1 Corinthians 15:12-58; 2 Corinthians 5:1-11).
 
daily bread
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Friday, 11 June 2010 12:30
Galatians 5:19 - Now the works of the flesh are revealed: adultery,
fornication, impurity, licentiousness.

Can someone please tell me where I can find the church leading the world on
moral issues? Today we can see a number of corporate leaders stepping up,
but where is the church? Recently I read: "Apple has a moral responsibility
to keep indecent content off its technology." "Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple
Computers, says his company will not be a party to the pornography industry
and hopes that the iPad and iPhone revolution will help lead to a porn-free
world" (UPERTINO, California, May 18, 2010; LifeSiteNews.com). Whereas among
many church leaders, there is a continual chatter of excuses and reasons why
we must sin more or less every day. We hear so much nonsense about the
"flesh" - and its power and control, and the supposed inability to do
anything about it.

Lets try to get this right, there are three kinds of flesh in the Bible.
There is the flesh of an earthly body; like the one Jesus had, and the one
that you and I have (1 Peter 4:1-2; 1 John 4:3; John 1:14). There is the
flesh of human ability and self-interest (Galatians 4:21-31). Finally, and
more important to this context, there is the flesh as in the works of the
flesh; which speak of the control and domination of Satan over men
(Ephesians 2:3; Galatians 5:19-21; Colossians 2:11). While corporate leaders
have the power to take an ethical position and guide humanity, the church
has a spiritual responsibility to participate in the moral change of the
heart. But how can we ever be influential if we continue to embrace that
which Christ Jesus abolished? (Romans 6:1-23; Hebrews 2:14; 1 John 3:8; 1
John 5:18).

Jesus died at Calvary to deliver us from the power of the flesh. He arose
the third day, so that we could live in the glorious liberty of a divine
nature ruled by the fruits of the Spirit (Romans 8:4,9; Romans 8:14;
Galatians 5:16,25). When will we refuse to give place to that which Christ
Jesus condemned? When will we accept our transformation, and step into the
power of the Holy Spirit that allows us to live free from all that is
immoral? We must all realize when we give in to the lust of the flesh, the
lust of the eye, or the pride of life, we abdicate our authority as the
ministers of Christ Jesus - and fail to be the salt that preserves, and the
light that guides and reproves.
 
daily bread
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Thursday, 10 June 2010 12:31
Hebrews 2:4 - God testified at the same time with signs and wonders, and
many kinds of miracles and gifts (distributions) of the Holy Ghost;
according to His will.

How does God testify to the truth? Through signs and wonders, and many kinds
of miracles and gifts of the Holy Ghost! It is amazing that so many Church
leaders demand that we do away with any expectation that God would move like
this today. Those who insist that they are teaching the truth of God's word
do not have one verse of scripture to support their claim that God no longer
moves in such a way among and through His people. Rather they believe that
the church runs only by human effort; not by the Spirit, but by men's power
and strength (Zechariah 4:6; 1 Corinthians 2:4). Any notion of signs and
wonders and the gifts of the Spirit are branded as excessive or even error.
To many, the beauty of prophecy and the expression of Pentecost are acts of
heresy and contempt.

Yet how could any sensible person come up with such a conclusion, when the
entire bible is devoted to a God who works in and through His people in a
miraculous way? Jesus demanded that we follow Him, that we imitate Him; but
how are we supposed to do that unless we are filled with the same Spirit
that He was filled with? How are we to be the witnesses that Jesus has
commissioned us to be if we refuse the empowerment of the Holy Ghost that He
has given? Jesus is the baptizer; He is the One who sent the Holy Ghost. The
expressions of Pentecost are the results of His ministry (Matthew 3:11; Mark
1:8; Acts 1:5; Acts 11:16; John 7:39; Acts 2:33).

Make no mistake: those things that were true for the first century church
are true for us today. There are not two or three different church ages, but
one single church baptized in one body. The church is to reveal Jesus - who
is the same yesterday today and forever. We are living in this acceptable
year of the Lord; and Jesus and the Holy Ghost are in charge of everything
that concerns the church (Ephesians 1:22-23; Matthew 16:18; Acts 20:28; 1
Corinthians 12:28; 1 Corinthians 14:4,12). These are the last days, and God
has poured out His Spirit upon all flesh (Acts 2:15-17; Joel 2:28; Acts
2:39). We live in perilous times where men are deceiving and being deceived;
and we must recognize that unless we hold to the word of God, we will be
deceived. Our experience and relationship with the Lord must be exactly as
described in the Bible. If not, then we must recognize that we have been
misled. Will you refuse the ministry of Jesus, who desires to baptize you in
the Holy Ghost and fire? Will you be unwilling to allow God to testify of
all His great love and mighty power through your life?
 
daily bread
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Wednesday, 09 June 2010 14:04
Romans 8:21 - Also because the creation herself shall be liberated from the
bondage of the corruption: into the glorious liberty of the children of God.

The glorious liberty (or glorious freedom) that creation will also once
again enjoy has already been provided for the redeemed. Redemption has
brought us out of darkness into His marvelous light to enjoy His glory and
presence. Some day soon, creation also will be freed from the effects of sin
and death. Just as those of us who have been redeemed from the law of sin
and death, and are living in the glorious liberty of the Spirit of life that
is in Christ Jesus, so also all creation will enjoy this freedom. This will
take place when the last enemy Death will be destroyed; and there will be no
more corruption and dying in all creation (1 Corinthians 15:26; Isaiah
65:17; Revelation 21:1,4; 2 Peter 3:10).
 
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