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Daily Bread - January 11, 2018
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Thursday, 11 January 2018 00:13
2 Peter 1:8 - For these things being in you and abounding, you shall not be
barren or unfruitful in the complete knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Unfortunately, there seems to be little focus today, both in sermons and
individual application, to our responsibility to give ourselves to the
practice of the Eight Pillars of Divine Success: Faith, Virtue, Knowledge,
Self Control, Patience, Godliness, Brotherly Kindness, and Divine Love (2
Peter 1:5-7). Each of us need to become familiar with practical
applications in our life to the conduct that God demands. After all, we
have been given the nature of God -the divine nature (2 Peter 1:3-4)! And
thus, these are not virtues we must acquire; rather, they are virtues that
we need only walk in. There is no question Peter demanded such application;
and furthermore, he made it essential in order to ensure our calling and
election in Christ Jesus (2 Peter 1:10). In fact, Peter says that if we
lack these things, we are blind and cannot see, and have forgotten that we
were purged from a sinful nature (2 Peter 1:9).
We have been given the divine nature and the help of the Holy Spirit so
that we may walk in the highest level of expression of these virtues. If we
give ourselves diligently to walking in the ways of God and conducting
ourselves properly in the divine nature, then we are promised that we will
not stumble (2 Peter 1:10; Jude 24; 1 Peter 1:5; 1 John 5:18). The Spirit
of God will uphold us and strengthen us to live in the way that pleases
God. The light of His nature and the beauty of His ways will be seen in the
midst of our lives, and we will not be barren nor unfruitful in the
knowledge of God. There is most certainly a realm of relationship in God
that we enter into as we mature in God. This maturity is a result of our
willingness to be obedient to His will, and to His ways (1 John 2:14; 1
Corinthians 3:1; Hebrews 5:14; 2 Peter 1:11; Ephesians 3:18-19, 4:12; John
14:21, 23, 15:16).

Give all diligence to walking in this new creation in Jesus!
 
Daily Bread - January 10, 2018
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Wednesday, 10 January 2018 12:27
1 Corinthians 6:20 - You were bought with a price; therefore, glorify God
in your body and spirit which are God's.

Jesus take me, mold and make me; I give my life to You.
Oh God, You are my God; You're all I want, You're all I desire.
(Song of the Spirit)

The offering of our lives to Jesus has to be more than just a notion of us
coming under His protection and being beneficiaries of His favor and
blessings. The offering of our lives to Jesus must include a sincere heart
that relinquishes claims on all which we have had power over, and to now
live according to His desires and plans (Luke 9:23, 22:42; Matthew 6:10).
How much of our everyday lives should be interrupted? How much of our
decisions should be dictated by the Master; and how much are we on our own
to do whatever we desire?

Without question we know that we are to be conformed to the image of the
Son (Romans 8:29; Ephesians 4:13). We have been given the life of Christ
Jesus to live His life (Galatians 2:20; Colossians 3:1-4). We are to walk
in the Spirit, live in the Spirit, and be led by the Spirit (Galatians
5:25; Romans 8:4,14). We are to do the Father's will and not our own, and
live in the abundant Life that He has given us (Matthew 7:21; John 10:10).
Of course, because this abundant life is far better than the life that we
had in the world, it certainly is no sacrifice! However, there is probably
nothing more necessary than to examine the difference between our will and
His will, viz. the pursuit of our own self­-interest verses that of living
in total abandonment­ and wholly for the Master. What will be revealed from
such an honest evaluation, above all else, is the necessity of removing
ourselves from any and all cooperation -or mixture- with that which is
worldly (James 4:4; 2 Corinthians 6:14-18; 1 John 1:5-7, 2:15-17; Ephesians
5:1-21).

In our consecration to living this new life in Christ, can a husband and
wife still live for the interest of each other and care for the things that
belong to serving the needs of their family? Yes, but it should all be done
in the context of that which is godly, and pursuing the Divine will and
plan of God. Can a man still go to work, or pursue a career to provide for
the needs of those things he is responsible for? Yes, but once again this
has to be in perspective to the balance Jesus gave in putting the things of
the Kingdom first and above all else (Matthew 6:19-34). Is it wrong to be
involved in enjoying the everyday life that God has given in sports, and
personal goals, and interests? No, so long as the more needful things of
always being a witness of the New Life through our conduct and behavior are
more important (Colossians 3:17). We cannot allow any other activity to
dwarf our commitment to the development of our relationship with the Lord
and living consecrated to His ways. Friendship with the world and the peer
pressure to conform to those who are not walking with God must be guarded
against (2 Corinthians 6:14). Is it wrong for a young man or woman to
desire to be married and have a family? No, marriage and family are godly
and part of the will and plan of God; but once again, the marriage
relationship has to be a desire consecrated to God's will and direction for
it to be right.

God redeemed us and purchased us with His own blood (Colossians 1:12-14; 1
Peter 1:18-19). We have become part of His family and the household of
faith (Ephesians 3:14-15; Galatians 6:10). We are to live as the witnesses
of a new kind of Life. We are those that have been made alive in Christ
Jesus, so that we may show what the Heavenly Life is all about (Romans
6:11-23, 14:17; Ephesians 4:24; 1 Peter 2:9). There must be a great
contrast between the way we live and the way people of the world conduct
themselves. The contrast should be as great as the light of noonday is from
the darkest of nights. We must be ever more as different as Noah and His
family were from the people of the generation in which they lived (Genesis
6:5-12, 7:1). We must be as distinctly different as the people of God are
from the children of the devil (1 John 3:1-10). We are to live our lives in
the beauty of holiness and the splendor of His glory (Psalms 29:2, 96:9,
91:1). We are God's boast, His children, His heirs, and His description of
a better life­ -the Life He intends for men to live for all Eternity!

Therefore, glorify Jesus today in your body and spirit which are His!
 
Daily Bread - January 9, 2018
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Monday, 08 January 2018 23:39
Proverbs 2:2 - Cause your ear to be attentive to wisdom and incline you
heart to understanding.

Every Word that proceeds from the mouth of God is wisdom. If we are going
to walk in the many blessings and insights of God's wisdom, then we are
going to have to obey His instructions. God's wisdom instructs us in the
ways of Life and leads us in the knowledge of the Almighty. If we want to
enjoy the blessings of God's abundant Life, then we must give ourselves to
obey the words which His wisdom and instruction dictates so that we can
depart from the snares of darkness and death (Proverbs 13:14, 14:27).

There are many who have made the mistake of thinking that just by
memorizing the Scriptures and going to church they should be able to enter
into the blessings of God. However, it is essential to understand how we
must be willing to obey the Word of God, and be doers of those things that
He says to do (James 1:7-8, 22; Matthew 6:24, 7:21,24, 12:50; Luke 6:46-48,
11:28; John 14:15,21, 15:10; 1 John 5:2). If we are willing to give
ourselves over to live in obedience to what God has said, then we will
discover the glorious reward only found in obedience to His Word (Proverbs
3:13-18, 6:23; Psalms 19:11).

As we are obedient to the Word of God, great miracles and blessings take
place in our lives beginning with being born of God (Romans 6:17-18,
10:17). As we walk in the law of the Spirit of Life, then we discover the
understanding of God and insight of the Almighty (Psalms
119:34,99,104,130,144,169, 147:5). Set out now on this glorious adventure
of obedience to God, and discover the awesome splendor and insight of His
ways (Proverbs 9:10, 8:13, 15:33)! As we obey God, we begin to see things
through the eyes of God instead of the warped perception of humanity. The
more we are willing to walk in obedience, the greater the revelation and
manifestation of Jesus will be to us and through us. Walk in wisdom and
turn away from evil; for the ways of God are not learned through
experience, but through obedience to His wisdom (Job 28:28; Psalms 111:10;
Proverbs 1:7, 3:7, 9:10, 15:33; Isaiah 33:6).

Be wise; hear and do God's Word! (Matthew 7:24)
 
Daily Bread - January 8, 2018
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Monday, 08 January 2018 13:14
Proverbs 2:6 - For Yahoah gives wisdom; from His mouth: knowledge and
understanding.

One of the things I most often hear as a Pastor is a request for wisdom and
understanding from God. Some want wisdom and understanding to make money;
others for direction or for insight to handle a problem. All of these
things are good, but what is most overlooked is that the wisdom, knowledge,
and understanding we need actually comes directly from the Word of God.
This is not a last-minute wisdom, or a "hurry-up-and-give-it-to-me" wisdom;
but, rather, the wisdom which comes from a conduct and manner of life
dictated by the Word of God. It is the wisdom that only comes because one
is willing to live by every Word that proceeds from the mouth of God
(Deuteronomy 8:3; Matthew 4:4).

If we would take heed unto the Word of God as a Light shining in dark
place, then we would find ourselves living in the Light of God's Presence
(2 Peter 1:19). There we would enjoy soul prosperity as a result of an
increase in the anointing (3 John 1:2). As our soul prospers, everything
else will too. If we will live our lives according to the things pertaining
to the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, then we will discover
everything that pertains unto the nature and blessing of God will be ours
to enjoy (Matthew 6:33; Isaiah 1:19; Psalms 37:3; 2 Peter 1:2-4). This is
not a last-minute remedy, or a "90-day-wonder" from a crash course in how
to walk in wisdom; this is a way of life! In fact, this is the Life of God
brought to us by the Holy Spirit, and modeled by the Eternal Word Who was
made flesh –Christ Jesus! The only way to live is by the principles of
God's Word. If you do not live by the Light of His Word, then you walk in
darkness; and will not be able to see the good when it comes (Jeremiah
17:5-8; John 8:12). Come now, let us walk in the Spirit and live by the
Word!

The fear of the Lord is the instruction of wisdom! (Proverbs 15:33)
 
Daily Bread - January 6, 2018
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Saturday, 06 January 2018 16:11
Colossians 1:9 - Because of this also, from the day we heard, ceased not to
pray for you; also asking that you might be filled with the knowledge of
His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding.

Wisdom and spiritual understanding is Spirit knowledge -God's knowledge
(Colossians 1:10; Isaiah 11:1-4,9, 61:1-3; Luke 4:16-21). God wants us to
know the things that He knows (Exodus 35:30-31; Proverbs 1:7, 2:5, 9:10;
Ecclesiastes 2:26; Hosea 4:1, 6; 6:6; 1 Corinthians 15:34; 2 Corinthians
2:14-17, 10:3-5; Ephesians 1:16-21; 4:11-16; 2 Peter 1:2-11, 3:17-18). He
desires us to see the world for what it really is -from His perspective-
and not be held under the deceptive influences of Satan. The foundation for
Spirit knowledge is the Word of God; and it is important to realize that
the Spirit of God wants to both reveal the Word to us and through us [John
14:17, 16:13-15, 17:21-23; 1 John 3:24]. He desires to make Jesus known
through our lives in both the demonstration of the Kingdom and its power
[John 12:21,24-26; Luke 24:49; Acts 1:6,8; Galatians 3:6; Matthew 12:28;
Mark 16:15-20]. If we are willing to believe the Word of God, and move in
obedience to the things that God has spoken, an ever-increasing maturity
will bring us into both a deeper revelation of the Word and a greater
display of the Life of Jesus [Ephesians 1:18; 4:13,24; Colossians 2:19; 1
Corinthians 2:9-10; Romans 8:27-29; Philippians 2:9]. But if we refuse to
fully accept the things that have been revealed in the Word of God, we will
remain as spiritual infants [1 Corinthians 3:1; Ephesians 4:14; Hebrews
5:13-15]. The Spirit of God desires to give us the spirit of wisdom and
revelation so that we can more perfectly understand God's will for our
lives each day. We have been given the awesome privilege of walking in
Spirit knowledge so we might know those things that are freely given to us
by God [Colossians 1:9-23; Ephesians 1:18-23; 1 Corinthians 2:6-16].

Much of what the Bible describes about the realms of the Spirit are hidden
from our eyes. The impacts of what we see, and hear, and the natural way we
derive conclusions, greatly impair us from seeing and moving in the Spirit.
However, if we are willing to turn to God the Holy Spirit, and ask Him to
show us what we are to do and what we are to think, we will begin to engage
in the word of knowledge, the word of wisdom, and the discerning of
spirits. God desires that we both see and understand the reality of the
Heavenly realm so that we might properly function in it. The Holy Spirit
desires to give us dreams, visions, and insights into all the activities of
God that are taking place within the world of men (1 Corinthians 12:7-11,
14:24-25; Jeremiah 11:18; Daniel 1:17; Joel 2:28; Acts 2:17). The
relationship that Jesus had with the Father has been made available to us
if we are willing to access it (John 17:16-23). Jesus heard the Father
speak and saw the Father work; and through that revelation, He lived (John
5:19, 15:1-7).

To take hold of the knowledge of God, we must come into agreement with His
Word. The Word of God must be allow to rule us and be the means by which we
exist. If we give ourselves to living by the Word of God through both
believing it and speaking it, even when things around us appear to be the
opposite, we will begin to function in the knowledge of God and discover an
ever increasing faith [Proverbs 2:1-5; Romans 10:8,17]. Enoch walked with
God in the realm of faith, and that walk of faith is made available to us
now if we will live by the Word of God [Genesis 5:24; Hebrews 11:5-6].
Joseph had Spirit knowledge and was able to understand the future events of
his generation. He had Spirit wisdom so that He could prepare the world for
disaster [Genesis 41:25-44]. Jacob's eyes were opened up so that the
Heavenly realm could be made a living reality to him [Genesis 28:10-17].
Daniel functioned in wisdom and spiritual understanding; and the great men
of the earth knew that the Spirit of God resided in him [Daniel
2:14-30,45-49, 4:4-9,18, 5:10-17]. A greater opportunity could never have
been given than the ability to walk in the knowledge of God (Isaiah 11:2-4;
Luke 4:24-28; Ephesians 1:16-19; Romans 11:33). We must realize that many
things in life oppose this knowledge; therefore, we must give ourselves to
bringing every thought into captivity so that nothing but the knowledge of
God influences us (2 Corinthians 10:4-5; Ephesians 6:10-14; Colossians
1:9-29, 3:1-4; 1 John 2:15-17; Proverbs 2:1-10; Philippians 4:8).

Ask the Lord how this works, and to work it in you mightily! (Colossians
1:29)
 
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