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Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Tuesday, 03 November 2009 11:09
1 Chronicles 29:11-12 - To you Lord is the greatness and the strength
and the glory and the victory and the splendor; for all that is in
heaven and in the earth belongs to you: the Kingdom belongs to you Lord,
and you are exalted as head over all. And the riches and the glory come
from your presence, and you reign over everything; and in your hand is
the power and the strength, and it is in your hand to make great and to
strengthen everyone.

Everything that is in the heaven and the earth belongs to God, and He
desires to bless His people with everything that He has. One of the
great tragedies that exist among God's people is that they underestimate
the power of God. He is not limited to a heavenly realm; but everything
in the heavens and in the earth, and all of its fullness, are His. Too
many days pass through our lives in which we fail to recognize the
greatness of God. Instead, in our worry and concern we look to men and
to the earth for what we need. We need to stand in the presence of God
until we realize who He really is! Everyday and in every situation we
must acknowledge that God reigns supremely; and that all of the splendor
and beauty and glory and the greatness of all wealth and riches are His,
and He gives it to whom He chooses. We must equally recognize that He
has chosen us, and that He desires to bless us and to give us charge
over all that He has. What we can be certain of is that it is His will
to make everyone great, and to give everyone strength to function in all
of His wonderful riches: both of the precious things of the heavens, and
of the precious things of the earth (Deuteronomy 33:13-16).

If we would only realize that riches and glory of both the things in the
heaven and in the earth do not come as men suppose - but they come as a
result of standing in the presence of the Lord. Knowing this, we may
further come to realize how that it is impossible to have these things
without a deep and intimate relationship with God (Deuteronomy 8:17-18;
Proverbs 8:18; Psalm 112:3; 2 Corinthians 9:8-9; 3 John 1:2). Only those
appointed by the king are allowed to stand in his presence; and this is
certainly true of the King of Kings, who stands in the Holies of Holies.
God has appointed all men unto salvation through Christ Jesus (2 Peter
3:9; Titus 2:11; John 12:32; Acts 2:21; Romans 10:13). He has opened the
door and provided the blood of cleansing and purification, so that sin
and its darkness can be removed (Matthew 26:28; Romans 5:9; Revelation
1:5; 1 John 1:7; 1 Peter 1:18-19; Hebrews 10:19; Hebrews 13:12;
Colossians 1:14; Ephesians 1:7; Ephesians 2:13). With the life and glory
of these royal garments of holiness and purity, we can stand in the
presence of the One who has all power and might; and receive from Him
the splendor of His manifest presence, so that we may walk in the
majesty of His anointing. With this glory of His presence comes that
strength and the anointing to take our place as His representatives on
earth, and to possess a glory and an honor that reaches far beyond that
which king David inherited.
 
daily bread
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Tuesday, 03 November 2009 11:09
1 Chronicles 29:11-12 - To you Lord is the greatness and the strength
and the glory and the victory and the splendor; for all that is in
heaven and in the earth belongs to you: the Kingdom belongs to you Lord,
and you are exalted as head over all. And the riches and the glory come
from your presence, and you reign over everything; and in your hand is
the power and the strength, and it is in your hand to make great and to
strengthen everyone.

Everything that is in the heaven and the earth belongs to God, and He
desires to bless His people with everything that He has. One of the
great tragedies that exist among God's people is that they underestimate
the power of God. He is not limited to a heavenly realm; but everything
in the heavens and in the earth, and all of its fullness, are His. Too
many days pass through our lives in which we fail to recognize the
greatness of God. Instead, in our worry and concern we look to men and
to the earth for what we need. We need to stand in the presence of God
until we realize who He really is! Everyday and in every situation we
must acknowledge that God reigns supremely; and that all of the splendor
and beauty and glory and the greatness of all wealth and riches are His,
and He gives it to whom He chooses. We must equally recognize that He
has chosen us, and that He desires to bless us and to give us charge
over all that He has. What we can be certain of is that it is His will
to make everyone great, and to give everyone strength to function in all
of His wonderful riches: both of the precious things of the heavens, and
of the precious things of the earth (Deuteronomy 33:13-16).

If we would only realize that riches and glory of both the things in the
heaven and in the earth do not come as men suppose - but they come as a
result of standing in the presence of the Lord. Knowing this, we may
further come to realize how that it is impossible to have these things
without a deep and intimate relationship with God (Deuteronomy 8:17-18;
Proverbs 8:18; Psalm 112:3; 2 Corinthians 9:8-9; 3 John 1:2). Only those
appointed by the king are allowed to stand in his presence; and this is
certainly true of the King of Kings, who stands in the Holies of Holies.
God has appointed all men unto salvation through Christ Jesus (2 Peter
3:9; Titus 2:11; John 12:32; Acts 2:21; Romans 10:13). He has opened the
door and provided the blood of cleansing and purification, so that sin
and its darkness can be removed (Matthew 26:28; Romans 5:9; Revelation
1:5; 1 John 1:7; 1 Peter 1:18-19; Hebrews 10:19; Hebrews 13:12;
Colossians 1:14; Ephesians 1:7; Ephesians 2:13). With the life and glory
of these royal garments of holiness and purity, we can stand in the
presence of the One who has all power and might; and receive from Him
the splendor of His manifest presence, so that we may walk in the
majesty of His anointing. With this glory of His presence comes that
strength and the anointing to take our place as His representatives on
earth, and to possess a glory and an honor that reaches far beyond that
which king David inherited.
 
daily bread
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Monday, 02 November 2009 11:47
Genesis 24:35 - And the LORD has blessed my master greatly; and he is
become great: and He has given him flocks, and herds, and silver, and
gold, and menservants, and maidservants, and camels, and donkeys.

The blessing of the Lord is not only something common to both the Old
and the New Testament; it is familiar to everyone in church. However, do
we really understand what the blessing of the Lord is, and how we
receive this blessing? There was no one in the Bible that exemplified
the blessing of the Lord more than Abraham. We can easily understand the
impact of the blessing on Abraham's life, as it extended from the
encounters that He had with God to the riches that he was given by the Lord.

Abraham was blessed of the Lord, and promised by the Lord that he would
be great (Genesis 12:2). The blessing was realized in the multiplication
of all that he had (Genesis 13:1-2; Genesis 24:35). The blessing of the
Lord came to Him in all of its fullness. The blessing of the Lord gives
to us the dew of heaven and the fatness of the earth, and plenty of corn
and wine (Genesis 27:28). The blessing of the Lord extends to the
blessings of heaven above and the blessing of the deeps of the earth,
the blessings of the breast and of the womb; even unto the utmost
boundaries of the everlasting hills: blessings are to be upon our head
and the crown of our head (Genesis 49:25-26). We are to have the
blessing of the precious things of heaven and the precious things of the
earth, and the fullness thereof (Deuteronomy 33:13,16). God desires that
His blessings come upon us and overtake us, so that we are blessed in
the city and blessed in the field; blessed in fruit of our body and the
fruit of our ground, the fruit of our cattle and the increase of our
flocks, our basket in the store, when we come in and when we go out. The
Lord will open the good treasure of heaven to us: that we may lend to
many nations and not borrow (Deuteronomy 28:2-12).

All of the blessings of Abraham are to come upon the Gentiles (nations)
through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit by
faith (Galatians 3:14). To understand this more fully, we may see what
happened to those in the Old Testament who received the blessing of
Abraham. The blessing rested so strongly upon the life of Jacob, that
Laban was blessed by His presence. Because the blessing was upon Isaac's
life, even when he sowed in the time of famine it was multiplied greatly
(Genesis 26:12). When Jacob went to Laban's house he had only a little;
but after he came to dwell in his house, his little was turned into much
(Genesis 30:27,30). Joseph had the blessing of Abraham upon him; and as
a result even when he was a slave, the blessing of the Lord affected the
house of the Egyptian, and that blessing extended to all that he had in
the house and in the field (Genesis 39:5). The blessing of Abraham came
upon all of his descendants; so that through that blessing, they were to
inherit a wealth and a glory that would cause them to be exalted above
all the nations of the earth. The blessing was supposed to have been so
great that there would have been no poor left among them, because the
blessing of the Lord produces an inheritance of plenty (Deuteronomy
15:4; Deuteronomy 26:15).

The church has the blessing upon it, so much so that we have all of the
fullness of God dwelling in our midst (Ephesians 1:22-23). We are those
who have been blessed with the Kingdom of God and His righteousness; and
in the pursuit of these things that belong to the kingdom, God has made
all grace to abound unto us: so that we might have all provision for
everything that we need (Matthew 5:3; Matthew 6:33; Mark 10:30; 2
Corinthians 9:8-11; Psalm 112:2-4). It is God who richly supplies us
with all of His riches in glory, and has blessed us with every spiritual
blessing in the heavens (Philippians 4:19).
 
daily bread
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Thursday, 29 October 2009 13:40
Matthew 8:10 - When Jesus heard him, he was amazed and said to those who
followed, "Truly I tell you: I have not found so great of faith in Israel."

The definition that Jesus has of faith is recorded in Matthew 8:10. The
definition of faith was characterized by the attitude and confidence
that a Roman Centurion had in Jesus. The centurion recognized who Jesus
was, and laid hold on the power and authority which Jesus possessed. The
centurion was in such awe of Jesus, that he did not feel worthy to even
have Him come to his house. Perhaps one of the advantages that this man
had was his ability to recognize authority. All the centurion needed was
for Jesus to "speak the word only." If Jesus said it - then that would
be good enough. With the word of Jesus, the centurion was able to call
it done; and leave fully satisfied that his servant was totally cured.

The authority of the word, and our willingness to accept it and act on
it, is a theme that runs throughout the scripture. To move in such
faith, we must be struck with the awesomeness and power of God; who has
authority to do anything He chooses. We must hear His word telling us
that he cares for us, and that He will do whatever we ask. Then we must
call it done (Mark 11:24; Acts 10:43; Galatians 3:2; Romans 4:17; Romans
4:20-21; 2 Corinthians 1:20). The centurion was not of the household of
faith, and had no rights to the covenant and promises. He was a man of a
pagan race, who did not know God. Even though Jesus was sent to the lost
sheep of the house of Israel, He could not pass by the faith of this
man. The centurion's faith created an access into the realms of the
Kingdom that was not yet available, and His petition was immediately
granted. Perhaps one of the advantages that this man had over many in
Israel was that he was not confused with all of the doctrinal questions
as to whether or not Jesus was the Messiah. He, being a man exposed to
great commanders and leaders, was able to recognize authority and
greatness when he saw it.

Today, if we will only have faith in God, we will see the great things
that He has promised become a reality in our lives. If we will have
faith that Jesus is exalted above all other rulers and authorities,
everything being subject to Him; then we can be certain that what He has
said, He is also able to do. We can have the same confidence that the
centurion had, and know that because Jesus has spoken the word - that is
all that we need. We do not have to wait until we can see it with our
eyes in order to believe; for His word is evidence enough for those who
are convinced of who Jesus is!
 
daily bread
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Thursday, 29 October 2009 13:17
Mark 9:23 - But Jesus said to him, "If you are able to have faith,
everything can be done by the one who has faith."

There are too many people who think that great faith only belongs to the
spiritually elite; but this is not true. God has made faith available to
anyone who is willing. The father of this demon-possessed boy was no one
of importance. He was an ordinary everyday person; yet Jesus revealed to
him that he could take hold of faith, and that through that faith
everything would become possible!

Faith calls forth the miraculous. It was faith that made the woman with
the issue of blood completely well (Mark 5:34). When Jairus heard the
news of the death of His daughter, it was faith that was demanded of him
by Jesus; if he was going to see his daughter alive again (Mark 5:36).
It was faith that would make everything possible, and provide the
ability for this ordinary unknown man (the demon-possessed boy's father)
to do absolutely anything (Mark 9:23). It was the blind man's faith that
caused him to regain his sight (Mark 10:52). We must understand that if
we are going to realize all of the promises and blessings, then we must
also have the same faith that is produced by Jesus Christ. Jesus never
looked at any faithless person and said, "Oh, that's alright; not
everyone has faith." Rather, when he saw people without faith, He said,
"Oh faithless and perverse generation; how long must I be among you? How
much longer must I put up with you?" (Mark 9:19). He rebuked His
disciples for not having faith (Mark 4:40). He didn't say, "Oh, guys
it's alright, I know it takes time to developed faith;" rather, faith is
that which God expects to find in those who will walk with Him. The
absence of faith stands in the way of God, and limits the miraculous
expression of His love - that would heal and deliver those bound and
oppressed with sickness and disease (Mark 6:5-6).

We can be certain that Christ Jesus demands faith from us today! If a
nameless undistinguished man in Israel can be expected to have faith
that would empower him to do every impossible thing - how much more does
God expect of us, who have been both born of the Spirit and baptized in
the Spirit? If the unbelief expressed in the town of Nazareth limited
the power of Jesus, how much more will an unbelieving church hinder the
works of grace?! Every person must realize that faith only begins where
human ability ends. We cannot say that we are waking in faith if we are
living within the limits of human ability. We must be willing to step
out and believe God for what only God can do. We must be willing to live
like Jesus is in charge of everything; for He is. We must be willing to
see His authority as absolute, and place our confidence in Him; and
allow the Spirit of truth to lead us into the truth of believing that
everything is possible to those who have faith.
 
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