Daily Bread FEB/05/11
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Saturday, 05 February 2011 13:52
Luke 19:10 - For the Son of Man has come to seek and save the lost.

Oh what love, what amazing devotion exists within the heart of God - that He
would come seeking us! God in His love has elected and called the whole
world to come into His presence, and be His sons and daughters (John 3:16; 2
Peter 3:9; John 12:32; John 1:12; John 15:16). In His desperation to save us
He pursues after us, and then stands pounding with urgency at the door of
each person's heart (Revelation 3:20). Those who respond to Jesus receive
the blessing of His abundant life and presence - taking up residence within
their lives. We are called "sought out;" for the Lord pursued us with all
His might (Isaiah 62:12). He laid aside all of His riches and majesty and
became a servant: to bare away our sins and to take away our iniquities, to
clean away all of our filthiness, and to make for us garments of
righteousness (Isaiah 61:3; 1 Peter 2:24; Matthew 8:17). The Lord lifts up
His voice calling and pleading with all mankind to come and receive the gift
of life!

Unfortunately, many people do not realize that they are lost. Their comforts
and false securities have deceived them into believing that they know what
they are doing. The religious think that they can depend upon their
religion, the wealthy think that they can depend upon their riches, the
intellectual believes that they can depend upon their knowledge; but all
these things will fail (Ezekiel 34:16; Jeremiah 9:23-24).
 
Daily Bread FEB/04/11
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Friday, 04 February 2011 14:04
Acts 14:21 - Having evangelized that city and made many disciples, they
returned to Lystra, and into Iconium and into Antioch.

The church was purchased by the blood of Jesus and baptized in the Holy
Spirit - to become the means by which the kingdom of God was to be advanced
throughout the earth. This advancement takes place by going everywhere and
preaching the gospel (Mark 16:20; Luke 9:6; Acts 17:30; 2 Thessalonians
3:1). It is accomplished through making disciples of all who will receive
Jesus as their Savior.

Many are willing to pray prayers and make half-hearted commitments; but we
must be insistent and persistent with them to take them past an initial
encounter, and make sure that they are established as disciples: followers
of Jesus. We are commanded to train them and teach them to observe all that
Jesus commanded (Matthew 28:19-20). We must be willing to both reach the
unreached and establish those who have responded to the message of
salvation. Our children must be raised up to teach their children; and those
who have only known the ways of darkness must be taught the beauty of
holiness and the ways of righteousness. Such a task demands that all
participate in the work both inside the church and outside the church. We
must realize that we cannot be His disciples unless we are willing to
forsake everything and follow Jesus (Luke 14:33; Matthew 10:38).
 
Daily Bread FEB/03/11
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Thursday, 03 February 2011 11:18
Ephesians 6:15 - And bind your feet with the preparation of the gospel of
peace.

We should not think of the army of God (and the individual soldiers in His
army) as maintaining a defensive posture. We are not holding down the fort,
but advancing the message of the kingdom throughout the earth. It is
important to realize that each one of us have the commission and the
responsibility to announce the gospel of peace to every person on earth
(Mark 16:15; Matthew 28:18-19). One of the most effective weapons to stop
the attack of Satan against us individually is the word of our testimony
(Revelation 12:11; Romans 10: 6,9-10, 15; Luke 10:19). The announcement of
peace stills the raging storms and breaks the stronghold of death. Although
Satan would blind the hearts and the minds of men so that the gospel would
be hid, we are given the authority to speak these words of life that will
break every yoke and render Satan's devices ineffective. The glorious light
of the gospel of peace will demolish strongholds, set the captives free, and
turn those in darkness to light and from the power of Satan unto God (Luke
1:79; Acts 26:18; 2 Corinthians 10:4; Isaiah 60:1).

The feet that are prepared with the gospel of peace are called beautiful
feet (Isaiah 52:7). The prophet Isaiah gives the imagery of the swift-moving
deer upon the mountaintops when speaking of those who bring the announcement
of the gospel. We run throughout the earth declaring to all mankind that
salvation is made available to all. Liberty has come! Men no longer need to
sit in darkness and remain slaves to sin, sickness, or disease! Those who
have their feet shod with the gospel of peace will not slip in the
treacherous places; their feet will be like hind's feet, having the ability
to walk upon the high places in God with absolute authority over every power
of darkness (Psalm 17:5; 18:33, 36; 37:31; Habakkuk 3:19). It is the God of
peace that crushes Satan under our feet (Romans 16:20).
 
Daily Bread FEB/02/11
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Wednesday, 02 February 2011 11:37
Ephesians 6:14 - Stand then, having your loins girded with truth, and endued
with the breastplate of righteousness.

We can stand victorious in any situation that we face, as long as we stand
in truth and righteousness: truth and righteousness that are not our own,
but which belong to God! Peter told us to gird up the loins of our mind, and
Isaiah described righteousness and truth as the belt of the loins (1 Peter
1:13; Isaiah 11:5). What we believe about ourselves and our willingness to
conform to the image of Christ are fundamental to our success (Romans 8:29;
2 Corinthians 3:18; 1 Corinthians 15:48-49). God described who we are in His
word, and we must be fully persuaded of these things. All that we are has
been purchased for us by Jesus, and is supplied to us by the Holy Spirit.
The Spirit of the Lord is all around us and the presence of the Lord is our
shield. We are immersed in the glory of the Holy Spirit, who supplies us
with the truth and righteousness of God (Ephesians 5:9). This is truth and
righteousness given as a gift that we must receive, and as a position that
we must take (Romans 6:13). It is here that we stand and refuse to be moved,
like a tree planted by the water. In this submission to God and obedience to
the truth we discover all the supernatural works of faith!

The righteousness of God that we have been given by Christ must be our whole
identity (Ephesians 4:24; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Romans 10:3,10). Satan uses
the weapons of condemnation and lies to disarm the saints and strip them of
their faith and boldness. If we will stand strong in the certainty of God's
righteousness and truth, all the demonic lies will be ineffective.
Righteousness is a breastplate of faith and love, and with it we can execute
the judgments of God against all sin, sickness, and disease (1 Thessalonians
5:8). With His righteousness and truth we can stand boldly in the face of
every earthly and demonic thing, and speak the words of faith and power. It
is in this place of divine confidence and assurance that the winds and the
waves must obey, mountains must move, and the course of nature is altered at
our command (Joshua 10:12-13; Hebrews 11:33-34; Isaiah 43:2; Daniel 3:23-25;
Matthew 21:21). We must forsake our own identity and lay aside the weapons
of own understanding, and take up that which God has supplied: His Truth and
His Righteousness!
 
Daily Bread FEB/01/11
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Tuesday, 01 February 2011 11:08
Ephesians 6:13 - Now take up the whole armor of God that you may have the
ability to stand in the time of evil; and having conquered all - stand.

An invincible unstoppable soldier is pictured in this verse, clothed with
glorious apparel. Having put on this glorious mantle and armor of God, we
must go into action by the Spirit. We have been freely given the authority
of sonship and the power of God; now we must appropriate what is ours (John
1:12; Galatians 4:7; Romans 8:17; Ephesians 6:10). We cannot bow our knee to
sin, sickness, and disease. We cannot run in fear because of the storms of
life and circumstances that are around us. We must lift up our voice with
the faith that changes things, and hold fast our confession (Romans 10:10;
Hebrews 10:23; Matthew 21:21). When Satan would come against us like a flood
there is a standard that must be lifted up: the name of Jesus and the word
of our testimony! There is healing in your hands, the songs of deliverance
are in your mouth - lift up your voice and shout! This divine power is the
authority of the believer, belonging not to just a few but to all that will
believe: the whole company of God's saints!

God has made us more than conquerors. Through the conquest of the cross our
victory is certain (John 12:31; 16:11; Colossians 2:15). We have the faith
that conquers the world, and are seated together with Jesus in the heavenly
place far above all spiritual wickedness, and above all rulers of darkness
(Ephesians 1:21; 2:2; 6:12). The Greek word 'katergazomai' has a more
aggressive and colorful meaning than just "withstand;" it means "to conquer
and to overpower." With each attack of Satan we will find ourselves the
winner: if we rely on the strength of the Lord and the power of His might.
We will prove ourselves victorious over everything through Christ Jesus. We
will not only stand our ground in this high place of faith and authority,
but we will also subdue and conquer - not by might nor by power, but by the
Spirit of the Lord! It is God who has girded us with strength and will make
our way perfect; all we need to do is to be strong and courageous.
 
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