Daily Bread - February 17, 2020 (The Second Day - Genesis 1:6-8)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Monday, 17 February 2020 11:05
1 John 1:5 - Now this is the message that we have heard of Him and declare
unto you: that God is Light, and in Him is no darkness at all.

God is light and there is no darkness in Him. There is nothing that can be
as pure as light, for it is impossible to contaminate light. There is no
darkness in us, because we are now in Him, and no darkness can be in Him.
The contrast being made between light and darkness serves to absolutely
describe the state of God's truth, righteousness, holiness, and purity -and
the total absence of anything less. To have 'koinonia' (κοινωνία) with Him
is only possible in the realm of light, where there is no darkness. God
granted such holiness and purity to us when we received His life.

We cannot say we are in Him and in communion with Him, and still walk in
darkness at the same time. As light represents God, His life, and His
righteousness; darkness represents Satan, his death, and his iniquity. The
symbolisms of light and darkness are laid out from the beginning. Earth was
in a lifeless and chaotic state because of sin and rebellion, and darkness
was over the face of this desolate and waste place (Genesis 1:2). When God
commanded the light to shine into the darkness, the darkness was removed,
and the life and creation of God began to spring forth. Darkness is the
place of sin and death, a place separated from fellowship with God. When
Jesus came, the light shined into the darkness, and the darkness vanished.
There is absolute division between light and darkness, and they can never
mingle. Darkness is the absence of light; and in this respect, it is the
absence of the life of God. All who will come to the light and receive the
life of God may now walk in 'koinonia' (κοινωνία), where there is no
darkness at all.
 
Daily Bread - February 15, 2020 (The Seventh Day - Genesis 2:1-3)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Saturday, 15 February 2020 10:37
Acts 4:29-31 - And now, Lord, look upon their threats and give to Your
servants all boldness to speak Your Word by stretching out Your hand to
heal and perform signs and wonders through the Name of Your Holy Child
Jesus. And they, having prayed, the place was shaken in which they were
assembled; and they were all Holy Spirit filled and spoke the Word of God
with boldness.

Part 3 ~ How Things Work in the Kingdom of God

Jesus told His disciples on the night before His death, "In that day you
shall ask nothing of Me"; rather, they would make their request to the
Father in His Name (John 16:23,26, 15:16). The event described here is an
example of their obedience to the instructions of Jesus. Their prayer was
very focused on their desire to see the Name of Jesus glorified. The
disciples had been threatened by the rulers of Israel to no longer speak in
the Name of Jesus. So, in order to deal with this problem, the disciples
asked God, in effect, to increase the magnitude of the miracles. The reason
they were in trouble in the first place was because a man who was born
crippled was healed. Yet still, they were crying out to God that He would
do even more miracles by His Holy Child Jesus. The prayer was immediately
answered, and they were filled once again with the Holy Spirit. An awesome
picture of how things work in the Kingdom of God is developed in this
event. The disciples, who are God's representatives on Earth, asked the
Father, Whose purpose it is to glorify His Son Jesus, to perform miracles;
and as a result the miracle power fills them once again by God, the Holy
Spirit. If we are to speak the Word with boldness and effectiveness, then
we must have the same kind of commitment, the same kind of prayer, and the
same kind of empowerment (Ephesians 6:18-20).

The disciples were dependent upon the Holy Spirit to speak the Word of God.
The phrase "the Word of the Lord", which is first spoken of in Genesis
15:1, is used of the prophets and of the special anointing given to them to
declare by the Spirit what was in the mind of God (Jeremiah 1:2). The
dependency that the Old Testament prophets had to the authority of the Word
of the Lord is summed up by the statement of Balaam to Balak: And Balaam
replied, and he said unto the servants of Balak, "If Balak would give me
his house full of silver and gold, I cannot go beyond the Word of the Lord
my God to do more or less." (Numbers 22:18).

Note the parallel to Pentecost in the Old Testament in this passage: In
Exodus 19:18, Sinai shook at the presence of the Lord: "All of Mount Sinai
was smoking because YHWH had descended upon it in the fire; its' smoke
ascended like the smoke of the furnace and the entire mountain shook
exceedingly." Both the people of Israel and the mountain shook at the
presence of the Lord (Exodus 19:16-18).
 
Daily Bread - February 14, 2020 (The Sixth Day - Genesis 1:24-31)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Friday, 14 February 2020 09:44
Acts 4:29-31 - And now, Lord, look upon their threats and give too Your
servants all boldness to speak Your Word by stretching out Your hand to
heal and perform signs and wonders through the Name of Your holy child
Jesus. And they, having prayed, the place was shaken in which they were
assembled; and they were all Holy Spirit filled and spoke the Word of God
with boldness.

Part 2 ~ Father's Devotion to Jesus' Name Being Exalted

A hindering misconception in the minds of many who fail to go to their
knees and to their Bibles to hear the will of the Father is that we need to
understand how Father's will is that these signs, wonders, and miracles
take place so there may be proof of the Resurrection and the Name of Jesus
may be glorified among all nations (John 16:13-15, 14:12; Luke 24:49; also
Acts 1:5,8, 2:33, 3:16).

The Father is devoted to the Name of Jesus being exalted, and the Holy
Spirit has come so that we may function in the power of the Kingdom for
this purpose. If we fail to believe and move with expectation that these
things will happen, we will discover ourselves in a prison of doubt and
despondancy. Miracles and signs and wonders confirm the Good News; and when
we go, He also goes with us confirming His Word (Mark 16:20; Acts 8:5-7,12,
19:8,11-12).

When we stretch out our hands upon the sick and tormented, Father stretches
forth His hand upon them too. The Father has sent us in the authority of
the Kingdom to heal and to save in Jesus Name. This is the Gospel - The
Good News! (John 20:21; Mark 16:16-18). Because the disciples were not
willing to back down from the will of God, but cried out for more, the
place was shaken and they were all filled again to function in all those
things which the Father demands!
 
Daily Bread - February 13, 2020 (The Fifth Day - Genesis 1:20-23)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Thursday, 13 February 2020 06:26
Acts 4:29-31 - And now, Lord, look upon their threats and give too Your
servants all boldness to speak Your Word by stretching out Your hand to
heal and perform signs and wonders through the Name of Your holy child
Jesus. And they, having prayed, the place was shaken in which they were
assembled; and they were all Holy Spirit filled and spoke the Word of God
with boldness.

Part 1 ~ Boldness In Faith By The Inspirations Of God

Although we have been given power and authority to do the works of Jesus,
it is still by the sovereign power of the Father that signs and wonders
take place. Father stretches out His hand and touches humanity on behalf of
His people who ask in the Name of Jesus -who both preach and pray in His
mighty Name (John 14:13, 15:16, 16:23,26-27). Just because we have been
honored by God to receive these special gifts of grace to function in
signs, wonders, and miracles does not mean that we are to think we can
operate them on our own at our own pleasure. These gifts are the
manifestation of the Holy Spirit operating in and through our lives, and He
gives them according to His own will (1 Corinthians 12:7,11). Jesus did not
operate independently of the Father and the Holy Spirit, so how could
anyone think that they can operate in the giftings of God on their own?
There is a relationship we can have that would allow us to come under the
inspirations of God, and move and function by His direction. The Holy
Spirit supplies to us the gift of faith to move in miracles and gifts of
healing as we yield to Him. God causes us to hear faith, so that we might
work miracles by the direct operation of the Holy Spirit (Matthew 12:28;
Galatians 3:5; Acts 14:3).
 
Daily Bread - February 12, 2020 (The Fourth Day - Genesis 1:14-19)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Wednesday, 12 February 2020 06:41
Jude 24 - Now to the One Who is able to keep you from stumbling and present
you faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy.

Part 2 ~ Relational Dependency Upon Jesus

The one transition that seems hard for many to make is the transition from
human effort and discipline, to relational dependency upon Jesus. We will
never be able in our own ability to walk so perfectly before our God; but
there is One Who will work in us by His power, and will keep us from
stumbling (Philippians 2:13; Ephesians 3:20; 2 Peter 1:10-11; Jude 24). All
we must be willing to do is to learn how to be led. If we are going to
learn how to be led by the Spirit, then we must learn how to yield to Him
(Romans 6:13,16,19).

Jesus made it very clear that without Him we can do nothing; but if we
dwell in Him, then we can do all things through the strengthening power of
Christ Jesus (John 15:1-5; Philippians 4:13). How do we learn to yield to
Him and rely on Him? Through a love relationship where we, as the redeemed,
adore the redeemer. It is here we discover the very meaning of our life,
and the exceeding greatness of His power that is at work in us (Ephesians
1:19-20; Colossians 1:29; Philippians 1:11, 2:13). It is through this
relationship that we receive from Heaven and learn to yield to the Holy
Spirit, Who teaches us all things; and shows us how to make the transition
from human dependence and self-reliance to a dependence upon Him.
 
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