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Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Saturday, 20 February 2010 11:52
1 John 4:17 - In this the love is perfected within us, that we may have
confidence in the day of judgment; because as He is, so are we in this
world.

The most yielded state of the heart is being at rest, knowing that you are
loved. God wants us to know His love. In this state of confidence and faith,
we will receive everything that Jesus wants to transmit into our hearts by
the Holy Spirit. When Father wanted to convince Abraham of the things that
He promised, He swore an oath to Him. Today, He has done something even
greater for us. In order to convince us of His love and commitment to us, He
sent His only begotten Son to die for us at Calvary. We must respond to His
love, and accept the fact that He loves us and cares for us so intensely
that He spared not His own Son for our sakes. It is essential that we
continually recline in the love of God, that we may be “rooted and grounded
in love: in order to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and
length, and depth, and height; and to know the love of Christ that passes
knowledge, that you might be filled with all of the fullness of God”
(Ephesians 3:17-19).

If we will dwell in this love and acceptance that we have in Christ Jesus,
we will find confidence and boldness in every area of life; but most of all
in our interaction with the Living God. What greater confidence could the
child of God have at the time of Judgment - than knowing that he belongs to
God, and that God belongs to him. Through the death of Jesus Christ, Father
paid for all of our sins. Through the power of the blood of Jesus Christ,
all death and sin is washed away. We find in Him all our worthiness, all our
confidence, and all of our acceptance. We have been given the absolute
certainty of God's love for us, and His devotion to our perfection. We will
always be accepted by Him when we come by the blood of Jesus. We will always
be admired by Him when we put all of our confidence in Him. He will never
reject us, so long as we call out for His help and are willing to be molded
by His hand. If we will abide in this love, not only will we find ourselves
in the midst of all His glory; but we will also find a realm that drives out
all all fear and concern.
 
daily bread
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Friday, 19 February 2010 12:04
Hebrews 10:31 - It is fearful to fall into the hands of a living God.

God cannot just be described as one who is loving; for He is the one who
defines love itself. Outside of Him and His influence, there is no love at
all. Yet the concept of the judgment of God causes a certain amount of
confusion. The question that many ask is: how can a loving and caring God be
a God of judgment? It is easy to discover the answer to this question when
we consider the fact that God, who not only created all things, is also the
one who protects and sustains life. Thus, how can a loving and caring God be
anything less than a God of judgment and justice? Of course, the need for
judgment and justice becomes all the more apparent when we ourselves have
been wronged!

God has gone to great lengths to create mankind, and to provide everything
that we need that pertains to life and godliness. God has sought to
establish in the heart of man the rules that pertain to the coexistence of a
good and blessed life. Unfortunately, men in their finite knowledge want to
define those rules for themselves. When men violate God's rules of life, He
stands ready to forgive and to teach us the proper conduct. But if we
continue to harden our hearts against Him, then there is nothing left but a
fearful judgment. Each time we refuse the ways of God, we refuse the ways of
life; and are clinging unto death. Yet if we will simply come and dwell in
His love, then we will find the beauty and splendor of everything we have
ever longed for there in His presence; and we will ultimately have boldness
in the day of judgment (1 John 4:16-18).

God is greatly to be feared in the assembly of His saints, and to be held in
reverence by all them that are about Him (Psalm 66:5). God should be both
reverenced and feared, because there is no one who knows more or understands
more about life than the One who created it. God is not trying to withhold
the good life from men, rather He seeks to teach us the ways of it. Those
who reject God's life have no alternative but death; for He alone is the
possessor and sustainer of life. God has given us all a sacred moment: a
space in time to live and to make choices about what we want. If we will
choose life then we will live; but if we revolt against God's love and
redemption then we will find that God will hold us responsible - and that
judgment is terrifying because it is both final and eternal.

For Yawheh your God is a God of gods and Lord of lords, a great God: a
mighty and a fearful One who does not regard persons, nor takes bribes
(Deuteronomy 10:17). Knowing that God is no respecter of persons, but will
judge every man according to His works, we should live in submission and
fear before His Holy presence (1 Peter 1:17). If we ignore God and act live
like He is not there, then let me assure you it is a terrifying thing to
fall into the hands of a living God. The choice is yours: you can either be
presented before Him with boldness, because you are willing to live in the
life that God has provided through the blood of Jesus; or you can fall into
judgment before Him. Make no mistake - every knee shall bow and every tongue
will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, God, and redeemer.
 
daily bread
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Thursday, 18 February 2010 13:31
Acts 17:31 - Because He has set a day in which He is going to judge the
inhabitants in righteousness, by a Man whom He has appointed; having
provided everyone with faith by His resurrection from death.

There are three very important facts that are established here:
1) There is an appointed time for judgment.
2) Everyone will be judged by God's standard of righteousness.
3) Jesus is the Man that has been appointed by God to be the Judge.

This judgment refers to the judgment seat of Christ, and also to the Great
White Throne judgment. The Judgment Seat of Christ will take place before
the one thousand year reign of Christ, and at that time all of God's saints
will be judged. Paul states emphatically that we must all stand before the
judgment seat of Christ, to give an account for the deeds done in our body;
whether they are good or bad (2 Corinthians 5:10; Romans 2:16; 2 Timothy
4:1). Jesus said that all judgment was given to Him in heaven and in earth,
and it would be by the word which He spoke that every man would be judged.
We may then understand that the measure of righteousness which God will use
is described in His word (John 12:48).

Jesus also gave us an understanding of God's expectation for our lives, when
He demanded that we overcome as He overcame. In fact, in His address to the
seven churches of Revelation, chapters 2 and 3, He makes the standard of
righteousness very clear. God's expectation is that we walk in His
righteousness and purity, otherwise our names will be blotted out of the
Lamb's book of life. The manner of Jesus' life and conduct is the standard
of righteousness, and we are to follow in His example (1 Peter 2:21-24).
John said: "Let no one deceive you; he that does righteousness is righteous,
even as He (Jesus) is righteous" (1 John 3:7; 1 John 2:29). God's judgment
is not subjective. He has plainly made known His will to all men, and has
provided us with the ability to fulfill His will. We should all take heed to
the warning that Jesus gave when He said, "Not everyone that says 'Lord,
Lord' will enter in, but they that do the will of my Father." There can be
no doubt concerning the will of the Father, for He has made it plainly clear
(Matthew 7:21-27; 1 John 2:15-17).
 
daily bread
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Wednesday, 17 February 2010 12:55
Acts 2:26 - Therefore did my heart rejoice, and my tongue rejoiced greatly;
moreover also my flesh shall rest in expectation

In the Hebrew text of the Old Testament, the word used for "tongue" is
'kavod'; which means "glory." Yet in the Septuagint, 'kavod' is translated
by the Greek word 'glossa', which means "tongue." Peter's declaration leads
us to believe that the usage of tongue for glory purposefully brings to the
front the utterance of the Spirit - that was poured out through the Baptism
of the Holy Spirit. Certainly, the Baptism of the Holy Spirit and fire is
the manifestation of the glory of God, and therefore the divine utterances
are a manifestation of the glory of God. If fact, the manifestation of
tongues is a proclamation of the glory and true riches of God that we have
received from Him. This may also reveal that those who translated the
Septuagint understood that divine utterance is the result of the glory of
God being poured out upon both the Messiah and His people.
 
daily bread
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Wednesday, 17 February 2010 12:55
Acts 2:26 - Therefore did my heart rejoice, and my tongue rejoiced greatly;
moreover also my flesh shall rest in expectation

In the Hebrew text of the Old Testament, the word used for "tongue" is
'kavod'; which means "glory." Yet in the Septuagint, 'kavod' is translated
by the Greek word 'glossa', which means "tongue." Peter's declaration leads
us to believe that the usage of tongue for glory purposefully brings to the
front the utterance of the Spirit - that was poured out through the Baptism
of the Holy Spirit. Certainly, the Baptism of the Holy Spirit and fire is
the manifestation of the glory of God, and therefore the divine utterances
are a manifestation of the glory of God. If fact, the manifestation of
tongues is a proclamation of the glory and true riches of God that we have
received from Him. This may also reveal that those who translated the
Septuagint understood that divine utterance is the result of the glory of
God being poured out upon both the Messiah and His people.
 
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