Daily Bread - March 28, 2020 (The Seventh Day - Genesis 1:20-23)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Saturday, 28 March 2020 07:00
1 Corinthians 12:13 - For also by one Spirit, we are all baptized into one
body, whether Jew or Greek, whether slave or free, and all drink of one

Part 2 ~ Honoring the Holy Spirit

Paul couples drinking of the Spirit with being baptized into the Body of
Christ. When we drink of the Spirit, the rivers of God's life and power
flow from our lives (John 7:38-39). The wellsprings of His goodness and
nature bubble up from the depths of our being (John 4:14). Here in this
place of cooperating with the Holy Ghost, the realms of the miraculous life
of Jesus are revealed. If we do not allow the Holy Spirit to lead us and
guide us, and take control of the our assemblies, then there will be no
expression of the Church, nor of Jesus, nor of the Kingdom of God. We must
recognize that the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each person; but
unless we submit to Him and drink, there will be no river. We must honor
the Holy Spirit, and realize that He wants to sovereignly divide these
gifts to each person according to His will. He was sent to take all that
belongs to Jesus and reveal it to us, so that the good things of God might
be expressed through our lives (John 16:13-15). He has come to glorify
Jesus; and without His work Jesus cannot be revealed. If we believe the
Church is something that should be placed within the framework of what men
can do out of their own abilities, we have altogether missed the message of
the Gospel.


Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Daily Bread - March 27, 2020 (The Fourth Day - Genesis 1:14-19)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Friday, 27 March 2020 17:21
1 Corinthians 12:13 - For also by one Spirit, we are all baptized into one
body, whether Jew or Greek, whether slave or free, and all drink of one

Part 1 ~ Baptized Into Christ

The glory that was given to us by the Lord Jesus Christ has resulted in a
miraculous oneness through the operation of the Holy Spirit (John
17:21-23). The Holy Spirit has taken us collectively and baptized us into
one body: the Body of Christ Jesus. Paul said to the Galatians that as many
as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ (Galatians 3:27).
Through this baptism, the expressions of the glory and power of Jesus
Christ are manifested through us individually and collectively. However,
Paul does not focus on the individual expression of these gifts, but on the
collective expression of these works of Christ in the Church (1 Corinthians
12:7-11, 28). Each person in the Church has the responsibility to submit
themselves to this baptism into Christ. When we enter the Church on every
occasion, the Holy Spirit desires to baptize us into the Body of Christ so
that the glorious Church may manifest the Person of the Lord Jesus. In
order for this to be a reality, there must a submission and humility like
that expressed when Jesus took towel and basin in hand and washed the
disciples feet (John 13:12-14).
Daily Bread - March 26, 2020 (The Fifth Day - Genesis 1:20-23)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Thursday, 26 March 2020 13:28
2 Peter 1:5 - And this is it also, bringing in all diligence, you supply in
the faith virtue; and with the virtue, the knowledge.

The practical application of obedience is being highlighted by Peter. The
divine nature has empowered men with the nature of Jesus, so that we can
behave ourselves accordingly. The message Peter is bringing is one of
coming to a correct knowledge and spiritual maturity. If obedience is not
the result of our encounter with the Divine Power, then we have failed to
understand why Christ Jesus died and rose again. The Greek word translated
"diligence", (spoude) denotes 'urgency'; this word may be rendered 'haste',
and when used with with 'pasan', the urgency is even more resounding, as in
"all haste".

Then, the Greek phrase 'en te pistei' ("in the faith" or "by the faith"),
takes this activity way beyond both the Law and human discipline. "In the
faith" is not to be understood as "in religion", or some other concept of
religious conviction. Faith is much more than these things. It is the
activity of the supernatural and divine working of God's grace. Faith is
how God created everything! Faith is how the mouths of lions were shut and
how the violence of fire was quenched (Hebrews 11). Faith is how every
miracle Jesus worked by the Spirit took place (Acts 3:16; Galatians 3:5).
Faith is always equated to the miracles that Jesus did throughout the
Gospels (Matthew 8:10, 26; 9:2, 22, 29; and 14:31, 15:28, 17:20, 21:21;
also: Mark 11:22; Luke 17:5,19, 18:42)

The miracles which were done by those who believed on Jesus were done by
the activity of faith (Acts 3:16, 6:8, 14:9; Galatians 3:5; 2 Thessalonians
1:11; and James 5:15; Jude 20-24). These attributes of God's nature and
God's people are to be supplied by faith, not by human discipline.
Therefore, virtue, knowledge, temperance, patience, godliness, brotherly
kindness, and love will be supplied through the faith realm.

The Greek phrase 'en te pistei' is found 4 times in the New Testament as
such it is in the dative form and translated "in the faith" in every case
except 2 Peter 1:5 in the Authorized Version (1 Corinthians 16:13; 2
Corinthians 13:5; Titus 1:13; 2 Peter 1:5).
Daily Bread - March 25, 2020 (The Fourth Day - Genesis 1:14-19)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Wednesday, 25 March 2020 06:54
Matthew 11:30 - For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

That which measures the balance of any movement may be considered a yoke.
The obligation and servitude to any Master is also a yoke. Yokes are used
to place restraints upon those who bear them. When a yoke is used on an
animal a long cross beam is used to couple any two beasts of burden
together so that they will move as one. Jesus invites us to come and be
yoked together with Him under His restrains and servitude to God both in
His nature and ministry.

The only yoke we should desire is the yoke of servitude to God, that Christ
Jesus, Himself, wore. It is a yoke that measures our lives in the balance
of God's judgment and a yoke that restrains us to walk as He walks. Being
yoked together with Jesus places us under the restraints of doing only what
the Father wills. God desires us to function in His faith and to fully
represent His government. We have been commissioned to preach the Gospel of
the Kingdom with all power and authority; but as long as we live under the
yoke of human ability, we will only accomplish what mere men can do.

The yoke of men is heavy, and the work is vain; but the servitude we have
been called to in Christ Jesus yields a reward that last forever. To live
our own lives for our self is filled with pain and turmoil both of a weary
body and unfulfilled and meaningless soul. The yoke God would have us bear
in living the life of Christ is easy, and the burden is light --for we find
in Him all that we were meant to be! In this servitude to God, we are not
laboring under the cares of this life depending on the arm of flesh for our
strength; but doing the will of the Father, we are strengthened by God, Who
gives us the ability to do all that He commands. Any challenges and
affliction that we might bear is light, for it is but for a moment and the
reward is an eternal weight in glory (2 Corinthians 4:17; Romans 8:18)! We
must learn to run in the Spirit and find there a great refreshing, for
those who depend on the Lord will never weary or faint (Isaiah 40:31).
Daily Bread - March 24, 2020 (The Third Day - Genesis 1:9-13)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Tuesday, 24 March 2020 06:11
Matthew 11:2-6 - When John heard in the prison the works of Christ, he sent
two of his disciples. Say to Him, are you the Coming One, or do we wait for
another? And Jesus answered, saying to them, "Go, and tell John what you
hear and see: the blind receive their sight, and the crippled walk, and the
deaf hear; the dead are raised, and the poor have the Gospel preached to
them. And blessed is he who is not offended in Me.

Part 2 ~ The Ministry of Jesus

We need to preach the Gospel. The ministry of Jesus --and the proof of Who
He was-- centered on signs, wonders, and miracles. The way Jesus preached
the Gospel was by healing every kind of sickness and disease among the
people (Matthew 4:23, 9:35). In the ministry of Jesus, the blind received
their sight, the lame walked, the lepers were cleansed, the deaf heard, the
dead were raise to life again, and the poor had the Gospel preached to them
(Matthew 11:5). The ministry of Jesus is needed now more than ever before.
Jesus said these works that I do shall you do also and greater works (John
14:12). Paul said he fully preached the Gospel with mighty signs and
wonders and the power of the Holy Ghost (Romans 15:19). Today, the Church
needs those who will be committed to fully preaching the Gospel. We should
follow the methods of Jesus, rather than any other methods. The Church and
its ministers must be dedicated to revealing Jesus --and the proofs of Who
He is and His ministry have not changed.
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