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Daily Bread - March 12, 2018
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Monday, 12 March 2018 11:23
Genesis 41:38 - And Pharaoh said unto his servants, "Can we find such a man
as this in whom the Spirit of God is?"

Those who have authority with God will ultimately have an impact on their
families, communities, nations, and even the world. Although every person
who was anointed by God in the Bible had such an effect, two men stand out
among the others for their impact upon foreign nations: Joseph and Daniel.
Both Joseph and Daniel had the ability to foretell coming events. Yet,
there was something far more significant than that about their lives: they
were both men of purity and holiness. Their characters were marked with the
nature of God. When we evaluate their consecration to God, we are able to
see how it affected the food they ate, the company they kept, and their
impeccable dedication to the moral nature of the God Whom they served. The
testimonies they received from the rulers of the world in which they lived
were that they had the "Spirit of the Holy God" in them (Genesis 41:38;
Daniel 4:8,18, 5:11,14).

If there is anything we are missing today, it is this type of consecration
to God and to His ways. We have been given authority with God and made His
children (John 1:12-13; 1 John 3:1-2). We are His heirs, and have been
given the authority and power to represent the Kingdom of God (Romans 8:17;
Galatians 4:1-7; Luke 10:19, 24:49; Acts 1:5,8). God has given us a place
with Him that whatever we ask He will do (John 15:16; Matthew 7:7-11). That
which has been made available to us far surpasses that which any of the Old
Testament saints had. However, many have failed to equate the anointing and
the authority of God manifested in a person's life to their consecration to
the ways of God.

We are living in a critical time period. Today, the Name of Jesus has
become a byword, a name that people sneer at, a reproach, and a word used
when men curse and speak every vile and wicked thing. The Church -which has
been filled with all of the fullness of God, filled and baptized with the
Spirit- has gone to sleep and is nigh unto death. We are the ones who,
through our disobedience, have brought the Name of the Lord to such
disgrace. The Church, which is to have all the wisdom of God at work in the
midst of it, has forsaken the Spirit of God and has taken up that which is
popular with the world. Rather than to have the display of the Spirit of
God (in the word of wisdom, the word of knowledge, discerning of spirits,
miracles, gifts of healings, the gift of faith, prophesy, tongues and
interpretation of tongues), we would fashion ourselves after that which is
earthly, sensual, and devilish; forsaking the glory and power of the Spirit
of the Living God. The sign that the Spirit of God has been poured out on
us -that is, every person prophesying- has no room in our well-organized
and man-controlled meetings, which we have conformed to the world's
standards of what is respectable and acceptable (Acts 2:18,33; 1
Corinthians 12:7-11, 14:15-18,23-26).

If we want authority with God, then we are going to have to learn to rely
upon the Spirit of Holiness. We must be willing to live holy and acceptable
to God (Romans 12:1-2; 1 Peter 1:13-17; 1 John 3:1-3). We must be willing
to be taught by God, and walk in His nature and ways (1 John 2:27-29;
Ephesians 4:20-24; Hebrews 8:10, 10:16; Ezekiel 36:26-27). The Holy Spirit
has come to teach us, to lead us; and we are commanded to live in Him and
by Him (John 14:15-26, 15:1-8; 16:13-15). We are commanded to walk in the
Spirit, which is equal to walking in God and being His children (Galatians
5:16,25; Romans 8:14,16). We are to be clothed with the life of Jesus and
conformed to His image (Romans 8:29, 13:14; Galatians 3:27; 2 Corinthians
13:5).

The time has come for each person to choose whose side they are on, and
what they are going to live and die for. These are the days of great
change, and there must be a people who know their God if the Kingdom of God
is to be represented properly (Daniel 11:32; Matthew 7:13-27)! Will you
allow the Holy Spirit to glorify Jesus in your life? Will you give yourself
to the same cause of the Father, and allow Jesus to be honored and highly
exalted through you?


Not my will, Lord, but Your's be done,
Only Your will lasts forever!

Oh, the beauty and the majesty,
When only Jesus Christ is seen!

Oh, the glory and the honor,
When the Holy Spirit takes control!

Holy Spirit, take control of me,
Come and rule every part for Your glory!
Holy Spirit, take control of me,
In You I delight!
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