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Daily Bread OCT/15/10
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Friday, 15 October 2010 05:39
Ephesians 4:16 - From whom all the body is joined and knitted together by
every ligament that provides support: so that each individual part functions
effectively, providing for the growth of the body as it builds itself up in
love.

The whole body is under the control of the head - unless there is some
disconnection in the body. If we do not hold the head (Christ and His
appointed leadership) in its proper position, then there will be no growth;
and we will see a completely dysfunctional church. The framework of the body
(or skeletal structure) is held together by ligaments, tendons, and muscles.
It is by this anatomical analysis that Paul expresses the interdependence
that each individual within a local church must have with others, if that
church is to be submitted to Christ Jesus. It is a picture of submission and
dependency upon each other, and a consecration to one purpose: the
functioning of the body of Christ.

If the proper connections are not established and maintained, then those
individuals unwilling to connect will be handicapped, and unable to respond
to the commands of the head. As a result the body will appear crippled.
However, if each individual submits themselves to the love of Christ, and is
willing to allow the Holy Spirit to set them in their proper place within
the body, then each body part will be properly connected. It is through this
love and cooperation that the church will grow into the fullness of the
measure of the maturity of Christ: unto a fully matured man (Ephesians 4:13;
1 Corinthians 12:18; Ephesians 5:30; Galatians 3:27-28; 1 Corinthians 12:13;
Romans 12:4-5; 1 Corinthians 10:17; Colossians 3:15). Using the same
analogy, when an individual attempts to establish their own place and
purpose within the body - it is like a cancer that produces dysfunctional
tissue, and makes the entire body sick.

Anyone who has isolated themselves from the local church cannot be connected
to the body of Christ, and cannot be submitted to Christ. Rebellion and
division are attempting to rule the land today, and that spirit has
overwhelmed many in the church. There are so many good people who think they
can just go it alone, but such a concept is foreign to the gospel of Christ
and the Kingdom of God. In fact, the whole revelation of God is centered
upon the order and community of family. If the church is unwilling to
function as the family of God, and as members of that family - there will be
no representation of the kingdom of God.

If the individuals lack a consecration to unity and to submission (to
leadership first, as well as to each other), then they fail to understand
the most fundamental concepts of the doctrine of Christ. With all the
wounded and hurt people, along with all those who have been raised with
suspicion and criticism, great compassion must be exercised to bring them
back into the proper function of family; but this must be recognized as
everyone's objective. There must be patience exercised on the part of all
those already connected and yielded to God's divine order, as the Spirit of
God deals with those who are living under the spirit of rejection, hurt, and
even rebellion. We must all cease to be so important in our own eyes, and
instead become servants clothed with humility and walking in love (1 Peter
5:5; Ephesians 5:2).
 
Daily Bread OCT/14/10
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Thursday, 14 October 2010 14:27
Job 29:12-13 - For I delivered the poor when they cried out, and the orphan
who had no one to help. The blessing of the perishing came upon me, and the
heart of the widow I caused to sing.

Job was a man whom God had blessed with great wealth and blessings.
Everything he did prospered, and everything he encountered poured out a
blessing to him. He was alone the champion of God in the earth, and was
called by God "a perfect and righteous man." God said, "There is none like
him in the earth: a perfect and a righteous man, one that fears God and
hates evil" (Job 1:8; Job 2:3). When Job recounts his blessings from the
Lord and His prosperity, he attributes it to his care for the orphan and the
widows.

It is the nature of God to deliver the needy when he cries, and the poor
also, and the one who has no helper (Psalm 72:12). Whether the person was
poor, or blind, or lame, or a widow, or fatherless, or friendless - Job saw
it as his responsibility to take care of them, and supply their every need.
To be so compassionate to the needy that he was willing to be eyes for the
blind and feet for the lame describes a man of deep love and tender mercies.
If anyone could have said they were too busy to care for the poor, it would
be a wealthy man like Job, who doubtless had many duties in order to keep up
with his enterprise; but he found time to take care of such priorities.

When the light of trouble shone upon Job's life, all that could be observed
was unblemished integrity and faithfulness in doing what was right. Let us
take up such a call from this time forward, and dedicate ourselves to God's
righteous cause - and be His champions in the earth (James 1:27; Galatians
6:2; 1 John 3:18). The most important things to the Lord are constant
self-denying exercises of love (1 Corinthians 13:1-3; Matthew 5:16; Acts
9:36; 2 Corinthians 9:8; Ephesians 4:28; Colossians 1:10; 2 Thessalonians
2:17; 1 Timothy 2:10; 1 Timothy 6:18; Titus 2:7; Titus 3:14; Hebrews 10:24;
1 Peter 2:12).

Our inner cities are full of fatherless children and widows in affliction.
There are so many families that only have single mothers struggling to care
for them. If we were to turn our attention to these needy people, we would
see hundreds of thousands of souls come into the Kingdom. We must recognize
that the gospel is for the poor and the needy, and we have spent way too
much time on the rich and self-reliant. If we are willing to invest in being
a father to the fatherless and a blessing to the widow, surely we would
change a nation.
 
Daily Bread OCT/13/10
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Wednesday, 13 October 2010 11:23
James 1:27 - Pure and undefiled service before God and the Father is to care
for the fatherless and the widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself
unspotted from the world.

James warns us against only being hearers of the word and not doers of the
word. He describes those who are willing to participate in the meetings and
will sit and listen to the word - but remain unmoved when it comes to
obedience (James 1:23-25). These are those who say they believe, but they
never show their faith by their works (James 2:17-22). These folks continue
to have an unbridled tongue, and an unwillingness to be obedient to the
commands of our Savior Jesus and the purity of the Holy Spirit. Thus, James
cries out against those who have empty practices without the ethical and
moral results.

A compassion for the poor and the needy (and especially for the fatherless
and the widows) is an expression of the will and the nature of God (Psalm
68:5; Psalm 146:9; Isaiah 1:17; Deuteronomy 10:16-19; Deuteronomy 14:29;
Deuteronomy 24:17-22; Jeremiah 5:28; Ezekiel 22:7; Zechariah 7:10; Job
29:16; Acts 6:1-6; 1 Timothy 5:3-16). If a person has therefore been born of
the word and has received the word of God into their nature, then the fruits
of the word must be allowed to be produced; and thus testify of one's
transformation (James 1:21; 1 Peter 1:23). Too many think God just wants us
to recognize Him. God is not looking to be recognized; He is looking for
relationship! He wants men to engage in the beauty and right conduct of the
life that He has created and given to us. God sets the example, and He
expects us to follow Him. Therefore, the Word of truth - and the practice of
it - produce a right relationship with our Heavenly Father! We cannot have
the love of God dwelling in us if we shut off a deep compassion towards the
poor and the needy in the community of the church (1 John 3:17; Galatians
6:10). We must become more mindful of the needs of people around us, and be
willing to participate in helping them with their needs: both physically and
spiritually.
 
Daily Bread OCT/12/10
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Tuesday, 12 October 2010 12:03
Psalm 45:3 - Gird your sword upon your side, Mighty One: your glory and your
majesty.

The sword of the Savior is His glory and majesty! He cuts through the doubts
and unbelief with the power of His mighty signs and wonders. He comes with
His mercy to heal and to save, with outstretched arms welcoming all who
would come into the fellowship of His love. Jesus turned the water into wine
that He might show forth His glory: with mighty signs and wonders he turned
back His enemies (John 2:11; John 4:48). He was anointed above all others
with the oil of joy, so that the joyful sound of deliverance might be heard
by everyone (Psalm 45:7; Hebrews 1:9). He was anointed with the Holy Ghost
and power - that by His majesty and splendor every yoke would be broken, and
every work of Satan destroyed (Acts 10:38; 1 John 3:8; Matthew 8:17; Matthew
10:1; Matthew 12:28; Mark 1:34,39).

The sword of the Lord is the word of God. It is powerful and sharp! It is
mighty to the pulling down of strongholds. It goes forth to conquer every
foe, and to subdue the willing heart; to take the vilest of men and
transform them into living epistles. The kingdom of God is advanced by the
King of Kings, who is even now enthroned above all things! The Word of Life
has come with authority to subdue and recreate all who are willing - into
the image of God in righteousness and true holiness. It must be our duty in
life, our pledge of consecration to join with His righteous cause: that
Satan's deceiving power may be stopped. Behold the miracle working power of
the sword of the Lord, as it dispels the darkness and transforms the lives
of men!
 
Daily Bread OCT/11/10
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Monday, 11 October 2010 07:45
Hebrews 4:2 - For we were also evangelized just as they were, but the word
preached did not profit them; not being combined (synk-rannymi) with faith
in those who heard.

Our response to the word of God determines if we are going to step into the
inheritance that has been given to us in Christ Jesus. Many have heard the
word of God preached and the promises of God rehearsed many times, but have
not responded in obedience to do what God has said. We must understand that
our response to the word of God activates the miracle. When the word of God
is combined with the action of faith, every hindrance is removed and the
promises of God are realized. When the word of God is spoken we must not
delay - we must immediately respond to those things which He has revealed,
and say: "Yes Lord that is me," or "Yes Lord I will do what you have
commanded." The word of God must be synchronized with faith, or there will
be no results (James 2:14-26; Romans 4:18-22).

This passage of scripture refers to the day that Israel was supposed to step
into their inheritance in God. It was impossible for God to fulfill His plan
of greatness determined for Israel while they were in the wilderness; they
had to step into their inheritance first. Unfortunately, there were only two
besides Moses who would believe God. Everyone prefers to view themselves as
a Joshua or Caleb, but in reality there are very few who are willing to
trust God with the same level of obedience that was witnessed in those men's
lives. While all of Israel shook in fear over the opposition that they would
have to face if they were going to obey God and step into their inheritance,
Caleb's response was: "We are well able." Fundamentally, the Israelites had
the wrong opinion of themselves. They did not view themselves as the
treasured people of God who would be the invincible rulers of the nations;
rather they saw themselves as grasshoppers, small and insignificant compared
to the greatness of the great cities with powerful giants who inhabited the
land (Numbers 13:28,33). However, this was not so with Caleb. Caleb believed
the things that God had said, and saw himself as invincible! He accepted the
word of God as the absolute witness to his success, and viewed the power of
God greater than all the circumstances that opposed him. Caleb's response
was one of faith. He had come to know that when God spoke, there needed to
be an immediate response. His walk with God had brought confidence that what
God had promised, He was also able to do. Therefore, because God had spoken,
they were well able to do what God had demanded (Numbers 13:30).

The source of Caleb's faith is expressed in Joshua 14:6-11. He was as strong
45 years later (at the age of 85) as he had been the day that He first
encouraged the people to obey God. His strength was found in the word that
God had spoken to Moses. The word of God worked powerfully in Him because he
received it - not as the word of man, but as it was indeed: the word of God
(1 Thessalonians 2:13). Because he was willing to obey God no matter how
impossible the situation appeared to be, he was able to say that he had
wholly followed God. There was no doubt that through their own ability, it
would be impossible for Israel to expel the great and mighty inhabitants who
occupied the land. If Caleb looked to himself, there would be certain
defeat. Instead he looked to God, and knew that it was God who made the
impossible possible. As far as he was concerned, the land was already
theirs; all they had to do was to walk in and take it. Caleb and Joshua were
not trusting in their one strength; they were trusting in the strength of
the Lord and the power of His might!

Yet for the rest of Israel, the word of God was not mixed with faith. They
looked to themselves, and only saw their inability to fulfill what God had
spoken. They had no understanding of how to trust in God, or to rely upon
His power and the authority of His word. Therefore the word of God did not
profit them - because they did not allow it to be combined with faith.
 
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