Daily Bread 8/18/2023


Daily Bread – August 18, 2023 (The Sixth Day – Genesis 1:24-31) Luke 12:32 – Do not fear, little flock, for it is your Father’s delight to give you the Kingdom. The Kingdom was given to Israel, but they were unwilling to be obedient to God and bring forth the fruits of the Kingdom (Matthew 21:42-45). God wanted Israel to walk in the realms of His love and goodness, which would produce for them days of Heaven on Earth, but they refused to follow after Him (Exodus 19:6; Deuteronomy 11:21). In the love and mercy of Father’s heart, He opened the door to anyone, Jew or Gentile, to come into a new kind of nation that would bring forth the fruits of the Kingdom. God has a Kingdom of people on the Earth now. Although we still look for a future day in which the Kingdom of God will come to rule sovereignly and absolutely over all of the Earth, the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ is presently the evidence and glory of that Kingdom, or at least we are suppose to be (Ephesians 1:21-23; 1 Peter 2:9; 1 Corinthians 4:20; Isaiah 26:2; 1 Thessalonians 2:12). The Kingdom is the realm of the Spirit, or the realm of Heaven, where we interact with God, worship the Lord Jesus, walk in righteousness, and move in the miraculous. It is the Kingdom that we are to place first and foremost in our daily lives (Matthew 6:33; Luke 12:31). The evidence of the Kingdom is the abundant life, the eternal life, or the life of Christ, that brings forth a demonstration of the Spirit in righteousness, joy, and peace in the Holy Ghost (Romans 14:17, 8:4,9; John 7:38-39; Galatians 5:22-25). It is the power and authority over all sin, sickness, disease, and poverty (Matthew 12:28; Luke 9:1, 10:9; Acts 10:38; Romans 15:19-20; 3 John 2). The position of every saint today in the Kingdom is with Christ at the right hand of authority and power (Colossians 1:13, 3:3; Ephesians 2:6; John 1:12; Revelation 1:6). God’s desire is that all of the manifestations and benefits of the Kingdom be revealed in our lives – both as a blessing to us and a witness to the world around us. Blessings, Pastor Mark Spitsbergen