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Daily Bread - August 15, 2017
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Monday, 14 August 2017 22:57
Jeremiah 9:24 - For if he is going to boast, then let him boast in this:
that he understands and knows Me. For I am Yahowah, Who exercises
lovingkindness, judgement, and righteousness in the Earth; for in these
things I delight, says Yahowah.

There are many today that fail to realize that God is a God of judgment and
righteousness, as much as a God of mercy and truth. We must understand that
God saved us and delivered us, so that we may live in His presence. The
life of Jesus came into us through the shedding of His blood and the
impartation of the Holy Spirit, and we will be held accountable for how we
live this live of grace and glory.

In this verse, as God begins executing judgment on the house of Judah and
upon Jerusalem because of their continued sin and rebellion, He reminds His
people what He delights in: lovingkindness, righteousness, and judgment.
They had forsaken the ways of God, and no longer desired to walk in
lovingkindness, righteousness, and judgment. God had suffered long with
them; and in His lovingkindness and tender mercies, allowed them to
blaspheme and profane His Holy name. However, their space of time to repent
had come to an end, and the Almighty stepped in to execute judgment upon
them. Many of that day complained saying, "Wherein have we sinned?" They
thought that covenant and ritual was all that they needed to guarantee
their acceptance with God, but they were wrong. They failed to realize that
they needed to repent and walk in obedience before the Lord if they were
going to continue in the covenant. John the Baptist, Jesus, and Paul all
faced the same kind of stubborn blindness from the Jews of their day
(Matthew 3:7-10; John 8:33; Romans 2-4). The children of Israel would have
to come under the judgment of God even though the rest of the world was not
held accountable at that time. Why? Because much had been given. The Lord
had chosen them from all of the families of the earth and given them the
revelation and gift of His presence, but they choose rather to give
themselves to the lust that the Gentiles had followed after; and as a
result, their circumcision had become uncircumcision (Amos 3:2; Jeremiah

God's people had forsaken the Fountain of Life, and had lost their boasting
in His glory; and rather boasted in their own accomplishments. They boasted
in their wisdom, their might, and in their riches; but they had forgotten
altogether true spiritual understanding. They had forgotten the God of
lovingkindness, righteousness, and judgment. They had forgotten that God
had redeemed them so that they could be a treasured people who were to be
devoted to walking in lovingkindness, righteousness, and judgment. Rather,
they became devoted to themselves and their own fame and prosperity. We
must recognize that the Kingdom of God is not about ritual, but is all
about righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost (Romans 14:17). We
must put life in its proper perspective, and labor for those things which
pertain unto eternal life (John 6:27; Hebrews 4:11; Matthew 6:19-34; Romans
2:7, 10; Matthew 16:26; Mark 8:36; Luke 9:25; 2 Peter 1:3-11).

Make your boast in knowing God and walking in that which delights Him!
Daily Bread - August 14, 2017
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Monday, 14 August 2017 10:30
Philippians 1:21 - For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.

God has revealed just how definitely our lives have been united with Jesus;
for the heart of the gospel message is "Christ in us" (Colossians 1:27,
3:4). In fact, Paul demanded that the Corinthian church make a proof that
Christ Jesus was in them, or else they would be discovered to be religious
reprobates (2 Corinthians 13:5). The Eternal Word came to reveal the
Father, and to make known to all mankind the glory and the splendor of
living in the realms of the Kingdom of God. He opened the door to all
mankind, and continues to call whosoever will to come in and live in this
heavenly and eternal realm. It is the grand prize of all prizes! We have
been given the opportunity to be one with God, and live in the glory of His
abundant life. If you were to stop and think of there being the slightest
chance that God has truly given us such an opportunity, surely you would
drop everything and start running for Him. This is the greatest opportunity
ever made available to mankind: the privilege of being filled with the life
of Christ and being co-inheritors with Him!

When the territory of Oklahoma was being opened up in 1889, the US
government gave people the opportunity to own land for free. The land rush
of Oklahoma brought people from all over the world who lined up and ran to
stake their claim. Many people gave their lives for the opportunity to have
a piece of real estate. One author wrote, "The last barrier of savagery in
the United States was broken down. Moved by the same impulse, each driver
lashed his horses furiously; each rider dug his spurs into his willing
steed, and each man on foot caught his breath hard and darted forward." God
has given us an opportunity that far outweighs the one presented to those
people who were hungry for the privilege and security of owning their own
land: oneness with Christ Jesus! This is truly the grand prize of life -the
opportunity to live the life of Christ!

Anyone who is willing to respond to the call of God will find a place in
the realms of God's glory through accepting the identity of Christ. God has
given us an inheritance that goes far beyond anything that we could have
ever thought or asked: the right to be sons and daughters of the Almighty
God! This life is the life of God, the Messiah; of Jesus, the Eternal Word.
He has come to live on the inside of us with His presence and His power. He
does not live as a mere memory in the hearts of those who believe, but in
glory and authority by His Spirit, which He has given unto us (1 John
3:24). We have born the image of the earthly man, Adam; and have been
cursed with his disobedience (Romans 5:12-21). Now it is time for us to
bear the image of the heavenly man, Christ Jesus! Christ Jesus died for our
sins, and rose again that we may have His life reproduced in us (John
12:24; Galatians 2:20). If we desire to walk in the faith that has been
given to us by the gospel, then we must accept the testimony that Father
has given to us of His Son. It is time to begin to declare what God has
produced in us: Christ Jesus - our glory, our treasure, the divine nature,
the new creation, the new man, and the power that is at work in us!

Resign from your own life, and live the life of Christ!
Daily Bread - August 12, 2017
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Saturday, 12 August 2017 08:55
2 Timothy 2:4 - No one serving in the army gets entangled with everyday
affairs, so that he may please the commanding officer.

The first thing about this verse that everyone should be aware of is that
God has commissioned all of us to serve in His army. However, if we are
going to please Him, then we must be willing to be as dedicated as a
soldier is to the battle, and as committed as an athlete to his training.
The Kingdom of God is supposed to be first in our lives -not our jobs
(Matthew 6:19-34). If we are not watchful, our jobs can easily consume us;
and we will lose track of our purpose. We will become restricted and
controlled, and no longer free to be who we are called to be in Christ
Jesus. Our ministries and commitments to our families and to the local
church will end up taking a back seat to our dedication and commitment to
our jobs. The people around us will no longer be the precious souls for
whom Christ died, but rather the means to our success or the threat of our

Being tangled up in the cares of this world chokes the Word of God, so that
we no longer live by the Word; but, instead, we end up living by our own
desires (Matthew 13:22). It is the cares of riches and the pleasures of
this life that ruin us and keep us from bringing forth the perfect fruit
that God desires to display through us (Luke 8:14, 21:34). In this
deceitful trap, we slip away from making God the sole object of our trust,
and we begin to trust in ourselves. Suddenly, the peace is gone, and our
lives are consumed with stress and worry (Philippians 4:6; Jeremiah 17:5-8).

Yet, at the same time, God also demands that we be diligent in business
(Romans 12:11; 1 Thessalonians 4:11; 1 Corinthians 4:12; Proverbs 22:29;
Deuteronomy 2:7, 28:12). The difference between being 'diligent' in
business and 'entangled' in business is in the way that we trust in God. We
are no more responsible for our success, than we are for a miracle. We do
all that God has commanded us to do, and look to Him to bring forth the
promised blessing. Much like the farmer, we are to till the ground and sow
the seed; but it is God who works the miracle and brings forth the harvest.
There are some who talk of balance - but more specifically we must have
boundaries. Everyday we must know that all that we do, in word and in deed,
we do in the name of the Lord Jesus; and for the purposes of the kingdom of
God (Colossians 3:17).

Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness!
Daily Bread - August 11, 2017
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Friday, 11 August 2017 09:45
Matthew 25:19 - And after a long time, the Lord of those servants came and
settled the accounts.

The Lord Jesus has given everyone who will receive something very precious
-His life. Each one of us are personally and individually called to come
and dwell in Him. If we will come and abide as a branch in a vine, then we
will bring forth the fruits of this life; and the Father will perfect us,
so that we may bring forth more fruits (John 15:2). Jesus, Who is that
Eternal Life, has made available this life of God in unlimited rivers of
life flowing from the deepest part of the womb of our being (John 7:37-39).
The life that we now have in Him, and the life that we are commanded to
live, is the life of Christ demonstrated and modeled for us on the pages of
the Bible. There is no life outside if Christ Jesus, and those who are
without Him are dead while they live. Those who have received His life have
been entrusted with His goods; and God demands increase, and will bring us
into account for the deeds that are done in this body (Ecclesiastes 12:14;
Romans 2:16; 2 Corinthians 5:10).

Jesus described Himself in this story as One Who had gone on a far journey
and left all of His riches to His servants; but then, after a long time,
returns to bring them into account. What each of us must grasp is that the
most important thing that has been entrusted to us is the life of God. The
life of God is the eternal, not able to be diminished, immeasurable life of
the Spirit. It is the gift of God, the treasure that we have in these
earthen vessels, the sacred and glorious divine nature imparted to us
through the new birth (John 3:3; 1 John 3:24; 2 Corinthians 4:7; 2 Peter
1:4; 2 Corinthians 5:17). Make no mistake: this treasure is sacred to the
Father, and the best and most valuable thing that He could give. It is the
very life of Jesus supplied to anyone who will receive, created within each
one by the miracle of salvation. It would be a mistake to reduce what God
will hold us accountable for to anything less that the life of Christ.

The life of God should be so precious to us that we would go and sell all
that we have that we might possess this pearl of great price (Matthew
13:45-46). It is a life that we may only realize when we are willing to
loose our own life and no longer pursue our own selfish interest (Matthew
10:39, 16:26; Mark 8:34; John 12:25). It is a life entrusted with all the
divine nature and authority of God (John 1:12, 17:21-23; Ephesians 2:6,
6:10). To make the tragic mistake and squander this life on earthly
pursuits will most certainly meet with a horrific end. God demands
increase; and the increase that we should pursue is the fullness of measure
of the maturity of the ministry of Christ. In view of the life that He has
given of virtue and purity, our hearts should spring to the call of giving
all diligence to making our calling and election sure (2 Peter 1:3-11). Our
hearts should pant as the deer for the water brook, and our souls should
hunger and thirst to be filled with all the fullness of these things that
God has provided for us through the riches of His grace. To neglect so
great of salvation would rightly meet with the strongest disapproval and
condemnation (Matthew 25:26, 30; Hebrews 2:3, 4:1).

Be diligent to make your calling and election sure!
Daily Bread - August 10, 2017
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Thursday, 10 August 2017 14:31
Galatians 6:8 - If you sow to your flesh, you will reap corruption from the
flesh; but if you sow to the Spirit, you will reap from the Spirit life

In the midst of this passage on giving into the Kingdom of God, we find
this definitive statement on sowing to the flesh and Spirit. The law of
sowing and reaping extends into every area of life -both natural and
spiritual. Everyday we enjoy the blessings of this law of sowing and
reaping. This law of God demands that everything that is sown will be
reaped, and there are no exceptions. We spend our money, time, thoughts,
and talents on something; but perhaps we do not think as seriously as we
should about what we are sowing into. If we accept the truth of God's Word
that seeking first the Kingdom of God will result in all of God's provision
and blessings in our lives, then surely we will be mindful to sow into this
realm (Matthew 6:33; Philippians 4:19). If we do, we will discover a
continual increase in all that we possess, as well as health and strength
to accomplish even more (2 Corinthians 9:6-11; Psalms 112:3-9; Proverbs
3:9-10; Haggai 2:19). If we will only obey God and take care of the things
of the heavenly and eternal realm, He will take care of all our earthly
needs (this is an absolute; for God will not be cheated! Galatians 6:7).

The law that God blessed the earthly realm with was that: through sowing,
we would reap a harvest of enormous blessing. God has revealed to us that
this law is applicable to both the natural, as well as the spiritual realm.
Therefore, if you will sow into reading the Bible, you will reap the
revelation that it brings. If you sow into prayer you, will reap intimacy
and conversation with God. If you sow into the assembly of the saints, you
will reap the visitation of His glory for which Jesus established His
church. If you sow your finances that you gain through natural means, then
God will supernaturally multiply them beyond your human ability. In fact,
God has promised to cause every aspect of divine provision to abound toward
you when you sow into the things of the Spirit (2 Corinthians 9:8).

Now, we have escaped the corruption that is the result of lust and the
selfish life; but we must be mindful that we do not rebuild those things
which God has destroyed (2 Peter 1:3-11; Ephesians 4:17-24). We must not
allow our own selfish interest to dominate our lives! For the more we give
ourselves to selfish interests, the more those interests will dominate us
in every area. These things will choke the Word of God, and cause our lives
to become barren and stagnant (Matthew 13:22; Mark 4:19). We could become
so self absorbed that we run the risk of being in the midst of the glory of
God and are unaware of anything but our own selfish interest. Furthermore,
if we give ourselves to the fleshly realm of human interest and human
ability -defined in Galatians chapters three and four- then something far
more sinister will ensnare us. Paul reveals in Galatians chapter five that
there is a spiritual realm of darkness that lurks behind the veil of
self-interest and human ability that would ultimately claim those who trust
in themselves (Galatians 5:13-21).

The realm of the Kingdom of God and the path of life that the Holy Spirit
desires to reveal to us is that of serving and giving (Matthew 20:25-28;
Luke 22:24-27; 1 Corinthians 13:13; 2 Corinthians 9:6). Let the Holy Spirit
unlock every blessing of God and benefit of Heaven by teaching you to give
yourself to the realms of the Spirit in every aspect of your life. In this
constant state of giving and serving, you will find no spiritual, or
physical, decay or lack; but rather a continual increase of everything that
pertains unto life and godliness (2 Peter 1:3-11; 2 Corinthians 9:8-11; 1
Thessalonians 3:12-13; Mark 4:8-9)!

Sow only to the Spirit, and reap the abundant life God intends for you!
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