Daily Bread - September 5, 2020 (The Seventh Day - Genesis 1:24-31)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Saturday, 05 September 2020 07:00
Matthew 10:24-25 - A disciple is not above his Teacher, nor a servant above
his Lord. It is enough that the disciple be as his teachers and the servant
as his Lord. If they call the Master of the house Beelzebub, how much those
of His household.

When Jesus sent out the twelve disciples with His power and authority to do
the same works He Himself was doing, then He also made them aware that they
were going to suffer a similar persecution. It is wonderful to be so
privileged by God that we should be allowed to minister in Christ's stead.
Jesus has so entrusted us with His glory and honor that we are given the
opportunity to do the same works He did and even greater works (John
14:12). The authority of His anointing is so upon us that we may do as He
did to the fig tree, and even go beyond that to say unto the mountain be
cast into the sea (Matthew 21:21; Mark 11:22-24). However, we must equally
recognize how with the honor that comes from the Father, there is a
persecution that comes from man. Unfortunately, many of God's people have
never had to deal with such persecution, because they have never cast out a
devil or opened the eyes of the blind.

Dear saints, if we will allow the Holy Spirit complete control over our
lives in the areas of our conduct, and we will let Him make all of His
desires our desires, then we will discover such a revelation of the Person,
Christ Jesus, revealed in our lives. Most men will never see Jesus unless
they see Him in us. We have been commissioned by God to live a life in
which Christ Jesus is revealed (2 Corinthians 5:14-15, 21; Philippians
1:21; Galatians 2:20; John 17:21-23). If, then, God has so willed such a
life for us, He will certainly empower us to fulfill it if we are willing.
 
Daily Bread - September 4, 2020 (The Sixth Day - Genesis 1:20-23)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Friday, 04 September 2020 11:46
Matthew 10:7-8 - Go and preach saying, "The Kingdom of Heaven has come
near!" Cure the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils -
you received without payment, give without payment.

Jesus commanded those representing Him to raise the dead. This may seem
impossible to the modern day believer; but nonetheless, that is the kind of
preaching and ministry Jesus demands. Some would argue He does not demand
this kind of preaching anymore, but they have no Bible to back up their
claim. These argue from experience, and demand to see the evidence of such
power still existing among God's people. Well, the more important question
is: Does such a relationship with God still exist among God's people?

Elijah and Elisha raised the dead (1 Kings 17:22; 2 Kings 4:35). Jesus
raised the dead (Matthew 11:5; Luke 7:12-15, 8:55; John 12:1). Peter raised
the dead (Acts 9:37-40). Paul raised the dead (Acts 20:9-12). Jesus said
the works He did, we would do greater, so the Father might be glorified in
the Son (John 14:12-13). Furthermore, Jesus opens up the unlimited
possibility to anyone who would believe when He said nothing is impossible
for them that believe (Mark 9:23).

We have been called and chosen of God to bring forth the fruit of a
dependent and intimate relationship with Jesus, and the fruit is 'whatever
we ask, He will do it' (John 15:5,16). It is time we rise up and begin to
contend for the faith once delivered unto the saints (Jude 1:3). Let us all
be certain how they who know their God, shall do great exploits in these
last days (Daniel 11:32). Let us all be confident that the power of the
Gospel and the ministry of Jesus has not been reduced to what frail and
mortal men can do, but His ministry and His Church are as strong and as
powerful as ever.
 
Daily Bread - September 3, 2020 (The Fifth Day - Genesis 1:20-23)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Thursday, 03 September 2020 12:46
Matthew 10:1 - And having called His disciples, He gave them authority to
drive out unclean spirits, and to heal every disease and every sickness.

Part 3 ~ The Ministry of Jesus Continues Today!

There are many who would say these things concerning the ministry of Jesus
do not apply to us today. However, the whole of Jesus ministry and message
was centered upon these things; and if they do not apply to us, then what
does? If the ministry of Jesus is no longer relevant, then the very power
of the Gospel is lost, and we have little more than any other religion, and
no witness of the living Jesus Who was raised up from the dead and is alive
today. If this were true, then the ministry of Jesus has all together
disappeared from the Earth, and there remains no power to set the captives
free. Men converted under such circumstances are converted to a religion
whose religious leader is no longer present, and their faith would be in
man and not in God (1 Corinthians 2:4-5).

There have been those who have argued that this special anointing to have
the same ministry of Jesus was only for His apostles with Him and had seen
the resurrection. Well, what about Steven, Philip, Paul, and all those whom
Paul ministered to whom He instructed to walk in the same ministry of Jesus
(1 Corinthians 12, 14)? What about the fact that Church is to be the very
living and cooperate manifestation of the person of Jesus (Ephesians
1:22-23, 4:12, 5:30-32; Colossians 1:28; 1 Corinthians 12:12-20)? What
about the fact that the Holy Spirit has come to do nothing other than to
reveal Jesus (John 14:12-18, 15:26, 16:13-15; Acts 2:33).

If we are disciples, and the disciple is one who learns from their master
and imitates their master, then tell me who is our master? Where is the
model to be found in the Bible for the way many minister today? Who
ordained the churches to function differently than described in Acts 2 and
1 Corinthians chapters 12 and 14? Are we to think Jesus has any less
compassion for the lost today than He did 2000 years ago? Are we to think
there is any other way to deliver men from their captivity than the way
Jesus demonstrated? When will we rise up and say within our hearts, "Let
God be true, and every man a liar!" (Romans 3:4)
 
Daily Bread - September 2, 2020 (The Fourth Day - Genesis 1:14-19)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Wednesday, 02 September 2020 10:34
Matthew 10:1 - And having called His disciples, He gave them authority to
drive out unclean spirits, and to heal every disease and every sickness.

Part 2 ~ Laborers Sent Forth Displaying Jesus' Ministry

We may say this event comes as a direct answer to the prayer request made
by Jesus and recorded in Matthew 9:36-37. After Jesus had been traveling
through the towns and villages curing every disease and every sickness, the
Scripture says he was moved with compassion because the people were like
sheep without a shepherd. While pointing out the great harvest before them
and the fact that there were few laborers, He asked those who were with
them to pray to the Lord of the harvest to raise up laborers. Immediately
following this request, Matthew records how Jesus summoned the twelve and
gave them the authority to be the kind of laborers needed to harvest the
souls of men.

To be the laborers the Father would send into His fields, we must have
authority over the power holding people in the prisons of deception and
sin. We must be empowered to unlock their prison doors of sickness and
disease, and set them free from the captivity of iniquity. Therefore, God
supplies us with the divine authority of the Holy Spirit to cast out devils
and to cure every disease and sickness, so we may minister just as Jesus
did - unless we should be mistaken to belong to another. Any other ministry
than the ministry of Jesus is of another source. Even in the days of Paul,
he had already begun to warn the people about those who were preaching
another Jesus (2 Corinthians 11:4; Hebrews 13:8). A different kind of
ministry than the one Jesus displayed cannot be demonstrated by one of His
disciples. A disciple (Greek -mathees) is one who learns - and the ministry
model Jesus taught was unique from all others.

The ministry of Jesus was all about setting the captives free and
destroying every work of the devil manifested in sin, sickness, and
disease. His disciples, who were sent in His place, were those who would be
an extension of His own ministry and would display the same ministry style
and type that distinguished Him from all others. To think Jesus would ever
send someone to represent Himself with a ministry style different from His
own is first, unscriptural, and second, naive. Naive because the whole plan
and purpose of God was to deliver men from the works of the devil, and in
order to do that, one must have authority over evil spirits to cast them
out and to cure the disease and sickness imposed on humanity - for this is
the unchanging ministry of Jesus.
 
Daily Bread - September 1, 2020 (The Third Day - Genesis 1:9-13)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Tuesday, 01 September 2020 12:14
Matthew 10:1 - And having called His disciples, He gave them authority to
drive out unclean spirits , and to heal every disease and every sickness.

Part 1 ~ The Authority of the Believer Over Unclean Spirits

Unclean spirits are associated with sickness and disease in the New
Testament. Uncleanness in the Old Testament is associated with leprosy,
which was considered a state of death, as well as the results of any
contact with a dead body (Numbers 12:12; Leviticus 13:45). Unclean spirits
are also deceiving spirits that convince men of things contrary to the
truth (Revelation 16:13-14). Unclean spirits not only work their disease in
the body of a person, but hold an individual in bondage with its lies. The
only cure is the power in the anointing. The anointing produces the healing
and purifying power that drives out unclean spirits.

Authority over unclean spirits has been given to every believer (Mark
16:17-18, 3:15; Acts 8:7, 19:12; Luke 10:19). However, every believer has
not learned to function in divine authority. The servants of the Lord must
learn how to rely on the Holy Spirit, and yield to His working in their
lives; otherwise, the power of God that is supposed to flow through them
will not be released (John 7:38-39; Acts 1:8; 1 Corinthians 12:7). Many try
to function out of an earthly realm and expect the supernatural, but that's
not how the manifestation of the Spirit works (2 Corinthians 10:4; 1
Corinthians 12:7, 14:1; Ephesians 6:10). We must recognize that by the
power of God supplied to us by the Holy Spirit, the healing power of God
will work among us. If we do not learn to yield to Him, then His power will
not flow through us. We must move with the inspiration of the Holy Spirit,
then the power of God will flow through us and into every willing and
obedient soul (Acts 1:8; 2 Thessalonians 1:11-12; John 16:13, 8:28, 15:5).

Just as in the days when Jesus began His ministry, so many of God's people
today are sick and diseased. The only cure for them is in the healing
streams of God flowing when the power of the Holy Spirit is allowed to move
(1 Corinthians 12:7-11). When Jesus ministered, those who came to Him and
believed in His power were healed. They were overwhelmed by the mighty
presence of the Lord; and as they listened to Him speak, the unclean
spirits departed and the sickness and disease left (Luke 6:17-18; Matthew
8:16, 4:24, 9:35; Mark 1:34, 6:56; Luke 4:40). As they touched His
clothing, the rivers of life flowed out of Him into their sick and diseased
bodies, and they were healed (Matthew 14:36; Mark 5:28). The same power is
present in the Church today if the Holy Spirit is allowed to have full
control (Ephesians 1:19-23; 1 Corinthians 12:7-11, 28; Acts 19:12; John
7:37-38; Mark 16:17-18).
 
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