Daily Bread - April 20, 2020 (The Second Day - Genesis 1:6-8)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Monday, 20 April 2020 13:51
Ephesians 5:13-21 - And all things being exposed by the light are made
manifest. For everything that reveals is light, therefore say, "Wake up, oh
sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you!" Therefore,
watch by what means you walk accurately, not as unwise but as wise,
redeeming the time, for the day is evil. For this reason, do not be
foolish, but understand the will of the Lord. And be not intoxicated with
wine, as one unsaved, but be continually filled with the Spirit speaking to
yourselves in psalms, and hymns, and spiritual songs, singing and making
melody in your heart to the Lord, giving thanks at all times for all things
to God and the Father in the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ, being submitted
one to another in fear of God.

Part 1 ~ The Awakening & Transforming Light of Jesus

If we are walking as the children of the light, then our responsibility is
to awaken people out of their sleep. The one who is asleep is dead, and
only by the proclamation of the Gospel, can they be made alive. It was not
out of the ordinary to refer to someone who was dead as being asleep (Job
14:10-12; Psalm 13:3; Isaiah 14:18-20; Jeremiah 51:39-40; Daniel 12:2 and
Matthew 9:24, 27:52; Mark 5:39; Luke 8:52; John 11:11-13; also Acts 7:60,
13:36; 1 Corinthians 11:30, 15:18-20, 51; and Ephesians 5:14; 1
Thessalonians 4:13-15; 2 Peter 3:4). Sleep, death, and darkness describe
those that have not encountered the glorious light of the Gospel of Jesus
Christ that changes the heart of men. Yet, at the same time, Paul refers to
those Christians who had been entangled with sin in the same way. He writes
to the Thessalonians saying, "You are all the children of the light and
children of the day. We are not of the night, or of the darkness.
Therefore, let us not sleep as others do, but let us watch and be sober" (1
Thessalonians 5:5-6). God's people must not allow themselves to be lulled
back into a state of being asleep, but must cast off the works of darkness
that would come to overthrow them by putting on the armor of light (Romans
13:12-14).

Those who are in the world are in a different realm from those who are in
the Kingdom of Jesus Christ (Colossians 1:13; Ephesians 2:6). Those who are
in the world are in darkness, whereas those who are in Christ Jesus are in
the light. Those in the world are dead, while those in Christ are alive. If
you are awake, then you are walking in the Spirit and walking in the light
even as He is in the light. There can be no mixture of darkness with light,
or of death with life. These things are not some deep hidden wisdom, but of
the most fundamental insights belonging to even the most simple minded.
Yet, this fundamental wisdom has been forsaken by many, and the distinction
between that which pleases God and that which His wrath abides on, is
distorted.

Jesus is the light of the world, and men walk in darkness without Him. The
light of His presence brings conviction and reveals sin (John 3:19-20,
16:8; Ephesians 5:13). Only by the anointed preaching of the cross men may
be awakened by the Holy Ghost (Romans 10:13-15). Anyone who hears the
Gospel and is willing to call upon the Name of Jesus will encounter the
transforming light of His glory (2 Corinthians 3:18, 4:7). The grace of God
that brings salvation appears to anyone who, in an honest and sincere
heart, calls on the Name of Jesus (Titus 2:11-13). The miracle of His
manifest presence brings the miracle of the new birth, in which we are
raised from spiritual death unto life (Colossians 3:1-4; Romans 6:4). Now
we are light in the Lord, and are to go everywhere announcing to all who
are asleep saying, "Wake up!" (Ephesians 5:8, 14). Those who respond to the
preaching of the Gospel will encounter the light of the presence of Jesus
Who is the light of life (John 1:4, 8:12; 1 John 1:5, 7).
 
Daily Bread - April 18, 2020 (The Seventh Day - Genesis 1:24-31)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Friday, 17 April 2020 23:15
John 20:19-21 - Now it was the evening of the first day of that week, and
the door was shut when the disciples were assembled because of fear of the
Jews. Jesus came and stood in their midst and said to them, "Peace to you."
And when He said these things He showed them His hands and His side. Then
the disciples rejoiced having seen the Lord. Then Jesus said to them again,
"Peace to you. Just as My Father sent me, I also send you."

We were sent by Jesus just as the Father sent Him. He was sent to destroy
the works of darkness, and we are sent for the same reason (1 John 3:8;
Mark 16:17; John 14:12). We are called to follow Jesus and to do the thing
He did. This is not a command, nor a commission for a select few, but a
glorious honor we all are allowed to share in. The summation of Jesus'
ministry can be found in Acts 10:38, "God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with
the Holy Ghost, Who went about doing good and healing all that were
oppressed of the devil." Jesus cast out devils by the Spirit of God and
said that, "If I cast out devils by the Spirit of God, then the Kingdom of
God has come to you" (Matthew 12:28). When Mark provided a summary of the
ministry of Jesus, he said, "And He preached in their synagogues throughout
all of Galilee and cast out devils" (Mark 1:39). When we were born of God,
the power and nature of Jesus came to live on the inside of us (2 Peter
1:3-4). We are the temples of the Holy Ghost with rivers of divine life and
authority flowing out of us (1 Corinthians 6:19-20; John 7:38-39).

Paul was so radical about the divine presence of Jesus living on the inside
of us that he said, "Prove that Jesus Christ is in you; otherwise, you will
be found to be a reprobate" (2 Corinthians 13:5). He said to the Church at
Colossea, "Christ in your confidence of glory" (Colossians 1:27). He is in
us as a treasure that the excellence of the glory may be of God, and not of
us (2 Corinthians 4:7). God desires that we be continually filled with all
of His fullness, and He has promised He would do more than we can think of
ask by His power at work in us (Ephesians 3:19-20, 5:18).

The glorious power we have received is the living presence of the Holy
Ghost Who has come to be with us and in us (John 14:17). He has come to
take everything belonging to Father and reveal it to us (John 16:13-15).
Jesus told us plainly He and the Father would come and make their dwelling
in us (John 14:23). Jesus told us the glory which the Father had given to
Him, He has also given to us so we might be one with Him (John 17:21-23).
We have been fully resourced by God and given the authority to be His
children. Now with a simple child like faith, we must step out and know
that the power of God residing on the inside of us will do the work of
Heaven in and through us making the impossible possible (Philippians 2:13;
1 Corinthians 1:30; 2 Corinthians 4:7).
 
Daily Bread - April 17, 2020 (The Sixth Day - Genesis 1:20-23)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Friday, 17 April 2020 09:49
Colossians 3:1-3 - If you then be risen together with Christ, seek those
things that are above, where Christ is seated on the right hand of God. Set
your affection on things that are above, not on things of this earth. For
you died, and your life is hid together with Christ in God.

Part 5 ~ The Opportunity God Has Given Cannot Taken For Granted

We were born of the Holy Spirit that we might take hold of the spiritual
life that was lost to mankind through the sin and disobedience of Adam. Now
that we have been born of Spirit, we should crave the things of the Spirit
(Romans 8:5). The spiritual should be the longing of our souls and the
covetous desire of our appetites. We should live to see the Kingdom and the
power of Christ Jesus being manifested by the glorious outworking of the
Spirit of the Living God in and around our lives.

In minding the things of the Spirit --craving and desiring above all other
things that which the Holy Ghost desires to lead us into-- the things of
the earthly, fleshly, and sensual realm will have no lure. If we will be
caught up in the things of the Spirit, we will not fulfill the lust of the
flesh (Galatians 5:16). If we will put on Christ, we will give no
recognition to the desires of the flesh (Romans 13:14). If we will allow
the communication of those things that are Heavenly to be the occupation of
our thoughts, then our affections will not be turned to the cares of this
life, the deceitfulness of riches, and the pleasures of this world (1 John
2:15-17). By being filled with the good things of God, we are empowered to
live above the earthly and sensual things. There is a realm far superior to
what we can see with our eyes and hear with our ears, but our hearts must
be trained to discern it. The Holy Spirit has come to open our eyes so we
might see those things going on all around us which belong to the eternal
and spiritual (2 Kings 6:15-17; Ephesians 1:17-23; 1 Corinthians 2:9-10).

Above all other things, we must desire the spiritual, and also that we may
prophesy (1 Corinthians 14:1; Joel 2:28-32; Acts 2:16-21). We prophesy
because of the revelation the Spirit of God has filled us with, and we have
become those who speak from the throne room of God. Our speech and
conversation is no longer dictated by the self-interest of man, but filled
with the will of the Father and His Divine inspirations. The activities of
the Heavenly realm should be precious to our souls, and more important than
anything else life can afford. The privilege of representing God in the
Earth and having the power of the Holy Spirit manifested in our lives to
set the captives free from sin, sickness, disease, demon oppression, and
possession should be more important than anything else! The unspeakable
gift and the glorious honor of being allowed to walk with God every day as
His heir and partner cannot be taken for granted.
 
Daily Bread - April 16, 2020 (The Fifth Day - Genesis 1:20-23)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Thursday, 16 April 2020 06:42
Colossians 3:1-3 - If you then be risen together with Christ, seek those
things that are above, where Christ is seated on the right hand of God. Set
your affection on things that are above, not on things of this earth. For
you died, and your life is hid together with Christ in God.

Part 4 ~ Our Deepest Desire

God has granted us an abundant and glorious life, but our thoughts and
affections must be immersed in it, or we will spend all of our lives
hanging around on the periphery of all that has been given. Living on the
border of our inheritance is a terrible existence while we look across the
divide and see the beauty and the splendor of all that has been promised
--the spiritual riches that are ours, yet held within the clutches of what
seems necessary for daily life.

Paul says to set your affections, your cravings, your longings on things
above. The remedy for our earth-bound temporal and fearful existence is to
be caught away with the realm of the Spirit, and through the activity of
faith step in to a heavenly participation with the Holy Ghost. We have been
translated from the kingdom of this world into the Kingdom of the Dear Son
to function in the glory realm of Heaven (Colossians 1:13). We have been
entrusted with access by the Spirit to take our place in the Heavenly realm
where Christ Jesus is presently seated (Ephesians 2:6). We have been given
the authority to function as sons in all the gifts of the Spirit; but
unless it is our one desire above all other things, we will never realize
these blessed things (Romans 8:14; Matthew 6:33).

God demands that our cravings for the the things of the Heavenly be first
and foremost above all other things --that the passion of our souls should
be the Kingdom of God (Matthew 6:33; Psalm 27:4). Our greatest need and
deepest desire should be to see that power of God and the operation of the
Holy Spirit at work in our lives and in our assemblies. Jesus modeled for
us what it was like to live out a life of days of Heaven upon the Earth
(John 10:10; Deuteronomy 11:21). He showed us the beauty of our spiritual
inheritance when He was baptized in the Holy Ghost, and went around driving
out devils and ministering the blessed and glorious life of the Kingdom of
God.
 
Daily Bread - April 15, 2020 (The Fourth Day - Genesis 1:14-19)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Wednesday, 15 April 2020 05:31
Colossians 3:1-3 - If you then be risen together with Christ, seek those
things that are above, where Christ is seated on the right hand of God. Set
your affection on things that are above, not on things of this earth. For
you died, and your life is hid together with Christ in God.

Part 3 ~ Our Priorities Aligned With God's

We need to make God's ambitions our ambitions, His vision our vision, His
purpose our purpose. We put too much emphasis on what we can achieve in
this life in an earthly realm. We focus our children on academics and are
constantly pursuing higher goals of achievement in our own vocations and
dreams. All of these things are not necessarily bad, but if we do not
realize that this is less than one third of our life, we are failing
miserably on the scale of eternity. Many of us fail to realize how we must
not only develop ourselves intellectually, but we must also need to be
developed spiritually. I have observed many people who sit in Church, and
when it comes to the things of the Spirit and the spiritual realm, they are
nearly altogether ignorant. They have very little ability to understand
what is going on, and equally very little ability to participate. For many,
the most that they can participate in the realms of the spiritual is to
sing a few songs, and pray out some of their heartfelt desires.

If we are going to learn and be developed in the things of the Spirit, then
we must be willing to place our attention and affections on the things of
the Spirit. We have been given the best Teacher and Mentor that exists
--the Holy Spirit. His desire is to lead us into the deep things of God, so
that we might know what passes knowledge, and see what eyes have not seen,
and hear what ears have not heard, and understand what has never entered
into the heart of man (1 Corinthians 2:9-10).

Although the things of the Heavenly realm are free, they are not cheap. We
must be willing to grow in all God has made available as a free gift to
everyone. If we will not give ourselves to the things of the Spirit to be
developed in all of the gifts and blessings of God, then the free gift will
never become of any real value and meaning in our lives. We should give
more attention to the opportunities God has made available to us then we
would to the great efforts we put into academics, or climbing the corporate
ladder. The Lord Jesus desires for us to do His works and greater works
(John 14:12-14). He has called us with a Heavenly calling, and wants to
give us a Heavenly vision. He has brought us to a place in Himself that we
might be seated together with Him in the Heavenly realm (Ephesians 2:6).

Let's begin today with a deeper commitment to give ourselves to the realms
of the Spirit, to mind spiritual things, and make God's plan and vision for
our lives the most important aspect of our daily goals. Let us give
ourselves to truly living by the Word --that means being a doer of the Word
(Matthew 7:24-25; James 1:22-24). Let's give ourselves to the kind of
ministry that Jesus modeled for us, and called us to follow Him in. If we
will, then we will be the people Father desires to represent Him and His
Kingdom on this Earth. We have a greater opportunity today than Joseph or
Daniel had. They both were the best at what they did vocationally and
academically, but they were also developed in the things of the Spirit
where they could receive visions, the word of knowledge, and move in faith
that stopped the mouths of lions (Hebrews 11:33; Genesis 40-41; Daniel 6).
 
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