Daily Bread - February 25, 2019 (The Second Day - Genesis 1:6-8)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Monday, 25 February 2019 06:52
Ephesians 5:27 - So that He might present to Himself a glorious Church, not
having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and
without blemish.

Part 1: The Glory of God Revealed in His Church

The Lord is dedicated to adorning His Church with His splendor. The most
important attributes of the Church are the glory of Jesus and the fire of
the Holy Ghost, which make it glorious. The glory of God is revealed in His
presence and in His mighty acts, and it is for this glory that the Church
was formed. The glory the Father gave to Jesus was poured out on the
Church. This is the glory Jesus manifested when He turned the water into
wine and brought the display of Heaven to Earth. Through the display of the
Spirit and power, all of His works came to be known as glorious (John 2:11;
Luke 13:17).

The Church is not to be something different than Christ Jesus, for it is
His body with the same ministry and purpose. The same works of Jesus are to
be manifested in the members of His body now (1 Corinthians 12:7-11, 28;
Acts 10:38; John 14:12). The Church has been clothed in the glorious
apparel of Christ Jesus to shine with the beauty of His power and authority
- this is a glorious Church (Ezekiel 16:10-14; Romans 13:14; Galatians
3:27; 1 Corinthians 1:5). The Church is the building of the Lord where the
fullness of God now dwells (1 Corinthians 3:9; Ephesians 1:22-23, 2:21-22;
1 Peter 2:4-5).

Be diligent that you may be found by Him in peace, spotless and blameless!
(2 Peter 3:14; Philippians 2:15; Jude 24)


Special Note: Please be praying for our upcoming camp meeting in Portland,
Oregon on March 5-8th: Awake Portland!
 
Daily Bread - February 23, 2019 (The Seventh Day - Genesis 2:1-3)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Saturday, 23 February 2019 11:14
Ephesians 5:25b-26 - Christ loves the Church and delivered Himself over for
her, so that it may be sanctified and cleansed with the washing of the
water by the Word.

We have purified our hearts through obedience to the truth (1 Peter 1:22).
Now, being subject to Christ Jesus through the new birth, we are taught and
instructed in everything that pleases God, remaining submitted and obedient
to His leadership. The washing of the water of the Word is not only the
spiritual cleansing that takes place at the moment of the new birth for
each individual, but it also refers to the birth of the Church (Titus
3:4-7). Further, the washing of the Word may also be regarded as a
continual ongoing obedience to the Word of God and rulership of Jesus
Christ.

We have been born again by the Word of God (1 Peter 1:23). We were purified
by the Living Word, Christ Jesus, when He, through His own death, provided
the blood that cleanses us from all sin. Through the great love of God,
each person is a part of the "Church that Jesus purchased with His own
blood" (Acts 20:28; Revelation 1:5) Being created in Christ Jesus and
having been made one with Him, we are to be the living expression of His
person (Acts 20:28; Ephesians 5:30). Through the blood of Jesus, we were
sanctified, called to be saints, and brought into the Church of Jesus
Christ (1 Peter 1:2; 1 Corinthians 1:2, 6:11).

Paul emphasizes the relationship of Christ Jesus to His Church more than to
the individual - especially in Ephesians. The Church is to be the
expression of everything Jesus is. The Church should be in every way the
expression of the glory of Christ Jesus and the Heavenly realm. The Church,
as the Body of Christ, is the revelation of the fullness of God; but this
can only be realized if the Church is fully submitted to Him (Ephesians
1:23; Hebrews 12:22-23). God, the Father, has a jealous love for the Church
and for His Son. Even as the nation of Israel once stood as God's sole
representative in the Earth, now the Church has that place! The Church was
commissioned to be the assembly of God to convey all the glory of the
Kingdom of the dear Son. However, if the individuals that make up the Body
of Christ are unwilling to be submitted to the governorship of the Holy
Spirit, then the Name of the Lord is profaned. The good news is that Christ
Jesus is devoted to bringing forth all that the Father has willed for the
Church. All we must do is to be committed to the same, and His
wonder-working power will be revealed in our midst!

To Him be the glory in the Church and in Christ Jesus throughout all
generations, forever and ever. Amen. (Ephesians 3:21)


Special Note: Please be praying for our upcoming camp meeting in Portland,
Oregon on March 4-8th: Awake Portland!
 
Daily Bread - February 22, 2019 (The Sixth Day - Genesis 1:24-31)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Friday, 22 February 2019 06:35
2 Peter 2:1-3

1 Now there were also false prophets among the people just as also false
teachers shall be among you who shall sneak in destructive opinions also
resisting the Master who bought them, bringing upon themselves swift
destruction.
2 And many shall follow their licentious ways through which the way of
truth will be slandered.
3 And by covetously crafted words they will use you for their own gain
whose judgment shall not wait long and their destruction shall not slumber.

Be diligent that you may be found by Him in peace, spotless and blameless!
(2 Peter 3:14; Philippians 2:15; Jude 24)

Pastor Mark Spitsbergen

Special Note: Please be praying for our upcoming camp meeting in Portland,
Oregon on March 4-8th: Awake Portland!
 
Daily Bread - February 21, 2019 (The Fifth Day - Genesis 1:20-23)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Thursday, 21 February 2019 06:40
2 Peter 3:14 - Beloved, because you look for these things, be diligent,
spotless, and blameless in Him -being found in peace.

Part 2: Consider the Examples from the Generations Before the Cross

We can look back through the generations of men and see that Noah was
righteous and blameless before the Lord (Genesis 6:9). God called Abraham
to walk before Him and to be blameless (Genesis 17:1). Job was blameless
and righteous and turned from all evil (Job 1:1,8, 2:3). Those who are
truly blessed are those who are blameless walking in the ways of God
(Psalms 119:1). Enoch pleased God and was taken up into Heaven alive
(Genesis 5:24). Samuel and Daniel are all examples of those who walked in
righteousness before the Almighty (1 Samuel 2:26; Psalm 99:6; Ezekiel
14:20). Even right up until the time of the birth of Christ Jesus there
were those like Zachariah and Elizabeth who God said were blameless (Luke
1:6).

All of these men and women could have little claim to what we now possess
as those born of the Spirit and freed from the law of sin and death (Romans
8:1-4). At best, they could only have received the Spirit of the Lord in a
measure, but we without measure (John 3:34; 1 Corinthians 1:30; Colossians
3:3; Galatians 2:20). How could we ever even begin to think that somehow we
should live a life less pleasing to God in true righteousness and holiness
(Luke 1:74-75)!

Be diligent that you may be found by Him in peace, spotless and blameless!
(2 Peter 3:14; Philippians 2:15; Jude 24)


Special Note: Please be praying for our upcoming camp meeting in Oregon,
March 4-8th: Awake Portland!
 
Daily Bread - February 20, 2019 (The Fourth Day - Genesis 1:14-19)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Wednesday, 20 February 2019 06:39
2 Peter 3:14 - Beloved, because you look for these things, be diligent,
spotless, and blameless in Him -being found in peace.

Part 1: Be Diligent To Live Blameless Before The Living God!

Eternity and the judgments of God are nothing to play around with. The
doctrinal guessing games and endless searches to justify any kind of
ungodliness and wickedness in anyones life is a foolish game of deception.
Peter makes very clear we must be diligent to be found in Christ Jesus
without spot and blameless (2 Peter 3:14). Paul, gives us the same warning
and call in Philippians when he tells us to be blameless and pure, the sons
of God that are blameless (Philippians 2:15).

There are four Greek words used in these two verses that express the state
God desires us to remain in: ἄσπιλος (aspilos), and ἀμώμητος (amometos) in
2 Peter 3:14; and ἄμεμπτος (amemptos), and ἀκέραιος (akeraios) in
Philippians 2:15. There can be no mistake about the radical message these
four words convey. They all four describe being without fault, pure,
without blemish and blameless before God. These Scriptures are not out of
context with the requirements of those who have been born of God and
recipients of Grace. They are in the very context of the call to holiness
and righteousness that every new creature who has been born of the Spirit
is empowered to walk in (2 Peter 1:3-4; 2 Corinthians 5:17-21; Ephesians
4:24).

Paul warns every person to cleanse themselves from all filthiness of the
flesh and the spirit and perfect holiness in the fear of God (2 Corinthians
7:1). Peter, in like manner, tells us that we better pass the time of our
lives right now in all holiness of life style and godliness (1 Peter 1:15;
2 Peter 3:11).

Be diligent that you may be found by Him in peace, spotless and blameless!
(2 Peter 3:14; Philippians 2:15; Jude 24)


Special Note: Please be praying for our upcoming camp meeting in Portland,
Oregon on March 4-8th: Awake Portland!
 
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