Daily Bread - February 11, 2020 (The Third Day - Genesis 1:9-13)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Tuesday, 11 February 2020 06:51
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 1 ~ Depending on God's Sure Keeping

God is the maker of our salvation. It is Jesus who is the Author and
Finisher of our faith (Hebrews 12:2). All we have to do is to be willing.
For should we only be hungry and thirsty, He will fill us. If our hearts
leap like the priest Zachariah at the announcement of the Savior, knowing
that now we can live without fear, in holiness and righteousness all the
days of our lives, then we will discover that God will both do and will of
His good pleasure in us. (Luke 1:74-78; Philippians 2:13; Philippians 1:6).

We must learn to depend upon Him, and to receive all that He supplies. Once
we have been born of the Spirit, then we can receive all of those things
that are freely supplied to us by the Spirit (Romans 8:32; 1 Corinthians
2:12). When we consider that His grace supplies us with those things that
reach beyond what we are able to think or ask according to the power that
works within us, we should be able to be confident of His perfecting power
in our lives. Jude says that He will keep us from stumbling. Although there
are many translations that use the word 'falling,' the difference between
the two words are demonstrated for us in Romans 11:11. He not only will
keep us from falling, but will also keep us from stumbling; so that we may
be faultless. Peter also revealed this truth to us, and made it clear that
if we would give ourselves to the things of the Spirit that he named in 2
Peter 1: 5-11, then we would never stumble (Colossians 1:22; Ephesians 1:4).
 
Daily Bread - February 10, 2020 (The Second Day - Genesis 1:6-8)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Monday, 10 February 2020 09:42
John 17:3 - Now this is eternal life: that they know You, the one true God,
and Jesus Christ, Whom You sent.

The Hebrew use of the verb 'to know' actually gives more clarity as to the
meaning being expressed here. The Hebrew connotation of the verb 'yadah' is
that of immediate experience and intimacy. The Old Testament prophet
Jeremiah declares that one of the fruits of the New Covenant is an intimate
knowledge "I will give them heart to know me, that I am the Yahowah'; and
they shall be my people and I will be their God" (Jeremiah 24:7, 31:33-34).
Also, the prophet Habakkuk said, "The earth will be filled with the
knowledge of the glory of God" (Habakkuk 2:14).
 
Daily Bread - February 8, 2020 (The Seventh Day - Genesis 2:1-3)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Friday, 07 February 2020 23:47
Ephesians 3:20 - Now to Him Who has the power to do super-abundantly above
all that we think or ask according to the power that works in us.

Part 3 ~ The Power At Work In And Through Us

We make the faith-connection with God's promises by agreeing with His Word
and by the connection supplied to us by the Spirit of God. God has baptized
us in the language of the Spirit so that we might learn how to speak the
words of God and declare His wonderful works (Isaiah 28:10-11, 50:4; 1
Corinthians 14:21; and Acts 2:11, 17-18, 19:6, Jude 20-21). The operation
of the Holy Spirit in our life flows out of the power that works within us
(Colossians 1:27; Philippians 2:13). Our connection and submission to Him
is the connection between us and all of God's signs and wonders (Acts 1:8,
2:4; John 7:38-39). Every dimension of the outworking of God through our
lives is a result of our fellowship with God in the Holy Spirit. As we
yield to the Holy Spirit and take seriously the commission to advance the
Kingdom of God through ministering to the lost, there is an ever-increasing
revelation of the power of God in and through our lives. If we will give
ourselves to the ministry gifts that were given to reveal the living Jesus,
then we can be certain faith will increase and the ability to operate in
the power of God (Who is doing far beyond what we are able to think or ask)
will be enlarged (Mark 16:17; John 14:12; Matthew 24:14, 25:21, 23; and
Romans 12:6; 1 Corinthians 12:7, 31, 14:1, 12; also Joel 2:28; Titus 2:14).

In order to understand the meaning of 'dunamis' (divine power), one must be
willing to embrace Pentecost where the 'dunamis' was, and is, poured out on
the believer by the Holy Spirit (Acts 1- 2). Although the Greek word
'dunamis' is used in the Septuagint with various meanings, a special
meaning is given to it by its application in the New Testament where it is
always used to describe the divine power of God to save, heal, and provide.
A summary statement for 'dunamis' is given in Acts 10:38: "God anointed
Jesus with the Holy Spirit and power, Who went about doing good and healing
all of those oppressed with the Devil." We gain insight into the meaning of
'dunamis' from the power that flowed from Jesus into the woman with the
issue of blood, as well as the power that was poured out on the saints in
Jerusalem when Jesus baptized them in the Holy Spirit (Mark 5:30; Luke
6:19). That same power is at work in those who believe right now, and
through it, the One Who is all-powerful is super-abundantly supplying all
that we ask and think and more!
 
Daily Bread - February 7, 2020 (The Sixth Day - Genesis 1:24-31)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Friday, 07 February 2020 10:22
Ephesians 3:20 - Now to Him Who has the power to do super-abundantly above
all that we think or ask according to the power that works in us.

Part 2 ~ Making the Connection

The ability to do everything and have everything God has purposed for us is
given to us by the power (dunamis) at work in us (Ephesians 6:10;
Philippians 2:13; Jude 20). There is a connection each individual must make
with the power of God at work in them -otherwise it remains of very little
consequence, and the outworking of God's glory is not manifested through
our lives. We must first be convinced by the Word of God it is God's will
for us to have His abundant life (John 10:10). We must recognize God's will
for us to prosper and be in health even as our soul prospers (3 John 2).
When we are certain that Jesus is our Savior, our Healer, and our Provider;
then we will also be certain God will supply all of our needs according to
His riches in glory (1 John 4:14; 1 Peter 2:24; Philippians 4:19; 2
Corinthians 9:8). We can then rise up with the psalmist and say, "Oh bless
the Lord, oh my soul and forget not all of His benefits!" (Psalm 103). We
can find ourselves calling those things which God has promised done and
announcing the wonderful works of God (Romans 4:3, 16-24; Hebrews 11:1-3;
Psalms 119:89; 2 Corinthians 1:20).
 
Daily Bread - February 6, 2020 (The Fifth Day - Genesis 1:20-23)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Thursday, 06 February 2020 06:24
Ephesians 3:20 - Now to Him Who has the power to do super-abundantly above
all that we think or ask according to the power that works in us.

Part 1 ~ God's Desire To Fill Us With His Fullness

God desires that we be filled with all of His fullness. Such a thing goes
beyond all that we could think or ask, but God is at work in us to teach us
how to cooperate with His abundant life (Ephesians 1:19; 2 Peter 1:3-4;
John 10:10). The gift of God has provided us with the ability to live a
life full of His divine nature and goodness. The gift of God is a
wellspring of God's power springing up from the depths of our soul -a river
of God's presence flowing from our lives. The gift of God is the Spirit of
the Living God at work in those who believe. It is the life of Jesus
established in our souls (Colossians 1:28; 1 John 3:24, 4:4; 2 Corinthians
13:5).

This glorious power of the Holy Ghost that resides in us is a treasure of
divine power at work both strengthening and perfecting those who are
willing to participate with His will (Philippians 2:13; 2 Corinthians 4:7).
If we are willing to obey, the power of God that has been supplied to us
will perfect everything that concerns us (Hebrews 13:21). If we desire to
walk in the Spirit, then we will be strengthened with all might so that we
may walk worthily and be fruitful in very good work (Colossians 1:11;
Ephesians 6:10, 18; 2 Thessalonians 1:11-12, 2:16-17).
 
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