daily bread
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Wednesday, 24 March 2010 11:13
Psalm 116:15 - Precious in the eyes of Yahoah is the death of his saints.

God subjected man to death, in order to grant him a future (Romans 8:20).
Because of Adam's sin, all mankind must return to the dust from whence God
shaped the first man Adam. But it is only for a short time; for all shall
come forth in the resurrection. All those who die in the Lord are those who
belong to His covenant love - the covenant that is once and for all complete
in Christ Jesus. When the saints die, they take their place with all the
other saints that have gone on before them. There is a special care that God
gives to those who die in His covenant, the angels carry them into His
glorious presence (Luke 16:22). When Steven died, he looked up to see the
Father and the Lord Jesus watching as His death unfolded (Acts 7:55-56).

It is through death that we come into newness of life: first spiritually,
through the death of our Savior Jesus Christ, when we are raised up together
with Him unto a spiritual resurrection and new birth. Secondly, when we die
physically, and our inner being is carried away to be with Him in glory; and
finally, when just as Jesus was raised up from the dead with a glorious
body, we are also raised up in the First Resurrection. Blessed are those who
die in the Lord!
 
daily bread
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Monday, 22 March 2010 11:23
Philemon 1: 6 - So that the communication of your faith may be effectual, by
the acknowledging of every good thing in you by Christ Jesus.

Today there are some who would say that there is no good thing in us. They
misunderstand a single point made about the inadequacy of the law to produce
the righteousness and life of God in man (Romans 7:18). Yet the statement
made by the same preacher in Philemon should help to turn us to the
acknowledgment of the truth, which is according to godliness (Titus 1:1).
When we consider the fact that Christ Jesus now lives and dwells in us by
the Spirit, then we may understand what Paul was referring to by "every good
thing" that is in us (1 John 3:24). We may also translate this verse as
follows: "That the fellowship of your faith may work by the knowledge of
every good thing in you by Christ Jesus."

One of Paul's main subjects was that we are made the righteousness of God.
However, if we do not believe and confess this to be true, then we will
never reap the many blessings and benefits of this glorious salvation. God
has made us one with himself, so that we may say that we are the
righteousness of God in Christ Jesus (Romans 1:17; Romans 3:21-22; Romans
10:3; 2 Corinthians 5:21; John 17:21-23; Philippians 3:9). If we do not
accept the word of God and the identity that God has given us in Christ
Jesus, then the miracle of faith will not work in our life. If the centurion
had refused to believe that Jesus had the authority to heal his son, then
there would have been no display of great faith (Matthew 8:10). If Jairus
had been unwilling to believe that Jesus could heal his daughter, then she
would have never been raised from the dead (Mark 5:36). If any mountains are
going to be moved and the realms of the impossible shown to be possible
through faith, then someone must agree with God's word; and then speak and
act accordingly (Mark 11:23-24).

Paul equates the miracles of faith working through our life with first
acknowledging and then communicating that "good thing" that is in us. The
most important "good thing" that we must acknowledge that is in us is Christ
Jesus, who is our confidence of glory (John 14:20,23; Colossians 1:27; 2
Corinthians 11:10; 1 John 4:4; Colossians 3:16; Galatians 2:20); Some of the
corresponding descriptions of the "good thing" that is in us include: the
Spirit of God in His fullness, as we are the temple of the Holy Spirit (1
Corinthians 3:17; 1 Corinthians 6:19); the new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17;
Galatians 6:15; Ephesians 4:24; Colossians 3:10); a heart made pure
(Colossians 2:12; 1 Peter 1:22; Hebrews 10:22; Matthew 5:8); a purified soul
(1 Peter 1:22; 1 Thessalonians 5:23; 1 Peter 2:25); all sins removed (Acts
22:66; Colossians 2:12; Romans 6:6; 1 John 1:9; Acts 11:9; Revelation 1:5;
Matthew 26:28; Acts 2:38; Acts 10:43; Romans 3:25); the baptism of the Holy
Spirit and fire (Matthew 3:11; Mark 1:8; Acts 1:5; Acts 2:38; Acts 11:16);
and a good and pure conscience (1 Timothy 1:5; 1 Timothy 3:9; 2 Timothy 1:3;
Hebrews 9:14; Hebrews 10:2,22; 1 Peter 3:16).

Our responsibility to speak out faith by a declaration of the word is
fundamental to salvation. The instructions that Paul gave in Romans 10:6-10
underscore the necessity to speak out those things which God has spoken. The
word of faith that produces the miracle of salvation is the same word of
faith that produces all of the other blessings and promises of God.
According to Paul, confession is made unto salvation. Equally, believing
with the heart that one is made righteous is also essential. The spirit of
faith that is in us speaks out the word of God, according as we have
believed (2 Corinthians 4:13). Paul made it clear to Philemon that if faith
was going to work ('energia', meaning to "be effectual") in his life, then
there must be an accurate acknowledgment of what God had made him (Titus
1:1; Colossians 2:2).
 
daily bread
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Saturday, 20 March 2010 09:59
1 Corinthians 1:8 - He will strengthen you to the end, blameless in the day
of our Lord Jesus Christ.

The Greek word 'babaios', translated "strengthen," means ""standing firm on
the feet," "maintaining firmness or solidity," "steadfast"... (Theological
dictionary of the New Testament. 1964-1976. Vols. 5-9 edited by Gerhard
Friedrich. Vol. 10). The work of Christ Jesus functions in our life, and
produces faith and assurance, as a sure and steadfast anchor of our soul
(Hebrews 6:19). Christ Jesus, our only mediator, is at work interceding on
our behalf, and upholding us with the word of His power. It is through
holding our confidence in Him and His saving work of grace that we have both
been made, and will be made, the partners of Christ (Hebrews 3:14; Romans
8:17).

It cannot be overemphasized that we have been so established together in
Christ, that we may boldly say that God is perfecting us, and both doing and
willing of His good pleasure in us; so long as we remain yielded and
dependent on Him (2 Corinthians 1:21; Philippians 2:13; John 15:5; John
8:31). It is Jesus who will strengthen us and will keep us firm, as we look
unto Him who is the author and finisher of our faith. Jesus stands with us
as a constant and abiding friend, who loves us so much that He laid down His
life for us. Shall He not also now give us freely all things? Jesus is not
only our Savior, Intercessor, Perfecter, and friend; but He is our brother
who loves us at all times, and was born to uphold us (Proverbs 17:17; Romans
8:35).
 
daily bread
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Friday, 19 March 2010 11:49
Mark 1:39 - And he went on preaching in their synagogues unto the whole of
Galilee, and casting out devils.

The gospel of the kingdom is preached by casting out devils and healing the
sick (Luke 9:1-2; Luke 10:9; Luke 10:17-18; Matthew 4:23; Matthew 9:35). The
strong man of a house must be bound so that the house may be liberated. One
of the cornerstones of preaching the gospel is the casting out of devils.
The summation of the ministry of Jesus always highlighted His authority to
cast out demon spirits (Luke 7:21; Luke 13:32; Acts 10:38). It was through
the casting out of devils that the kingdom of God was revealed (Matthew
12:28). Through this authority the strongholds of Satan that produced
sickness and disease were broken (Matthew 4:24; Matthew 9:33; Matthew 17:18;
Luke 11:14). Power over demon spirits is the first thing mentioned in the
list of authorities belonging to the disciples and the believers (Matthew
10:1; Mark 3:15; Mark 6:7,13; Mark 16:17; Luke 9:1; Luke 10:17). The
ministry of Jesus was so characterized by His authority to cast out devils
that when others followed His ministry from a distance, the thing that they
imitated was casting out devils (Mark 9:38; Luke 4:41; Matthew 8:16).

It is essential that we also recognize the evil spirits - that would both
destroy those around us, as well as attempt to impose their powers of sin
and affliction on us. We must deal with sin, sickness, and disease for what
they really are: demon power. Satan is the master of everything that belongs
to the realm of darkness. The shame and suffering of sin and disease is
broken through the power and authority that is given in Jesus' name. It is
not tolerable to Jesus for His saints to allow demon power to continue to
work its diabolical effect on those that we encounter (Matthew 17:16-17).
The powers of darkness that afflict and torment those around us will try to
defy us even as they did Jesus, but we must not back down (Mark 5:7). Our
fight is not with flesh and blood, but against these demon spirits (2
Corinthians 10:4; Ephesians 6:11). We must leave the realm of
intellectualism that would attempt to rationalize the effects of demons; and
begin to deal of sin and sickness the way that Jesus did. God has provided
us with His strength and power. He has given us the authority to be sons of
God, and it is time that we take up His righteous cause: who was revealed to
destroy all of the works of the devil (1 John 3:8).
 
daily bread
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Thursday, 18 March 2010 17:10
John 17:22 - And I have given them the glory that you have given me, so that
they may be one just as we are one.

John reveals many things specific to the glory that Jesus had received from
the Father. He begins with the glory that they beheld in Him, "as the glory
of an only begotten from the Father: full of grace and truth" (John 1:14).
When Jesus turned the water into wine in Cana of Galilee, He was manifesting
His glory (John 2:11). When Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead, it was for
the purpose of revealing the glory of God that was in Him (John 11:4). Jesus
was given the Spirit without measure, to empower Him to reveal the Father's
glory (John 3:34).

The glory that Father gave to Jesus, Jesus has given us as a free gift: the
glory of sonship through the new birth, and the glory of the Baptism in the
Holy Spirit - which includes the glory to both speak the words of the Father
and do the works of Jesus, and even greater works. It is through this glory
that the child of God is made one with the Father and with His Son. Paul
also revealed to the saints in Corinth that the glory of Jesus was in them,
when he said: "But we all, with an unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror
the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory:
even as by the Spirit of the Lord" (2 Corinthians 3:18).
 
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