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Daily Bread - August 18, 2017
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Friday, 18 August 2017 10:35
Ephesians 1:3 - Blessed is the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Who
has blessed us in Christ with all spiritual blessings in heaven.

The Greek word 'pneumatikos' ("spiritual") is only found in the New
Testament. It was first used in Romans 1:11 with respect to Paul's desire
to impart spiritual abilities, or gifts, to the brethren. The spiritual
blessings include every benefit and manifestation of the Kingdom of God.
These blessings association with the 'heavenly' is essential - these are
not spiritual blessings in an earthly realm, but a heavenly one. Paul
clarifies this when he reveals that we have been seated together with
Christ in this heavenly place (Ephesians 2:6). When we were born of God, an
invisible transition took place that transferred us from the kingdom of
darkness to the Kingdom of the dear Son (Colossians 1:13). The knowledge
and consciousness of this present reality in God causes us to think
differently about our identity and how we are to function as the
representatives of Christ in the Earth (2 Corinthians 5:20).

When we consider the meaning of the 'spiritual', the emphasis is placed on
the operation of the Spirit through those in the church. When God set up
the church, He empowered the church to fully reveal the power and glory of
the risen Savior, Jesus Christ. If Jesus is to be revealed, then we must
yield ourselves to the Holy Spirit, Who has come to make Him known (John
16:12-15; 1 Corinthians 12:7-11). The final words that Jesus spoke to His
disciples before He ascended to the throne of God was, "You shall receive
power after the Holy Spirit comes upon you, and you shall be My
witnesses..." (Acts 1:8). Jesus gave us the same Spirit and the same
anointing that He had received for His earthly ministry. He gave us the
same ability to represent the Kingdom of God and to do the works of the
Father that He had received (John 14:12; 1 John 2:6)

Paul solidifies the connection between the spiritual and the demonstration
of the Holy Spirit that produces the manifestation of miracles, signs, and
wonders. We are to understand the spiritual as the administration,
operation, and manifestation of the Holy Spirit beginning with the
confession that Jesus Christ is Lord, even to every gift of the Spirit (1
Corinthians 12:1-11). Paul makes our assignment clear in 1 Corinthians 14:1
and directs our attention to following after love and the realm of the
spiritual. Our citizenship is in Heaven, our spiritual blessings are in
Heaven, and our life and conduct exist in the Spirit (Romans 8:4; Galatians
5:16, 25; Philippians 3:20).

Take hold of the good news of the Gospel, and be liberated to fully live
your life in the Kingdom of the dear Son!
 
Daily Bread - August 17, 2017
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Thursday, 17 August 2017 11:20
1 Corinthians 12:7 - Now to everyone is given the manifestation of the
Spirit to profit.

Paul includes all believers in the supernatural manifestation of the
Spirit. The manifestations of the Spirit are clearly defined in Scripture;
in fact, Paul compiles a relatively complete list in this chapter (1
Corinthians 12:8-10). The manifestations of the Spirit are the activities
of the Holy Spirit that only come as a result of being endued with power
from God (1 Corinthians 12:6, 11; Luke 24:49; Acts 1:8, 2:4). The awesome
reality is that the manifestations of the Holy Spirit are not limited to
just a few people; but are, in fact, given to every person in Christ! The
subject of this chapter and chapter 14 is 'the spiritual', and Paul made it
clear when he wrote to the Ephesians that all of God's people are blessed
with all spiritual blessings in the Heavenlies (Ephesians 1:3, 17-23).

Earnestly desire the spiritual, and especially that you prophesy!
 
Daily Bread - August 16, 2017
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Wednesday, 16 August 2017 08:35
Hebrews 12:14 - Pursue peace with everyone, and the holiness without which
no one shall see the Lord.

If we desire to see the Lord, then we must be willing to have our hearts
made pure and accept holiness as our state of being (Matthew 5:8; 1 Timothy
1:5). The Psalmist said, "Who shall ascend into the mountain of the Lord,
or who shall stand in His holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure
heart..." (Psalms 24:3-4). The only way that we can draw near to the Lord
is with a true heart in full assurance of the faith (Hebrews 10:22). We
cannot enter into the realm called the holies of holies where God dwells if
we have a defiled conscience and consider ourselves unholy. We must be
willing to accept the miracle of a transformed heart and nature. We must
allow Jesus to dress us in the holy garments of His righteousness and
holiness, even as Moses dressed Aaron in preparation to enter into that
holy realm. If we do not accept the good news that our hearts have been
purified, having been made new by the Spirit of God through the blood of
Jesus, then we will not see God now or in the future. God petitions us to
take the redemption that imparts the life and holiness of God into our
beings by the blood of Jesus and come into the Holies of Holies with all
boldness (Hebrews 10:19).

When the people of Israel were about to meet with God and hear the commands
of the covenant, God commanded Moses to sanctify the people. They were to
get themselves cleaned up, and take unto themselves the identity and
consciousness that they had become the holy people of God (Exodus 19:6-22).
God was leading them into His holy habitation, but they had to be willing
to be a people different from all the other nations that were around them
(Exodus 15:11-13). The people witnessed everyday, after the tabernacle of
God was erected, that the only way anyone could go into the presence of God
was if they were made holy. This was vividly displayed before them as they
watched the man that God had anointed with His Holy Spirit wash his body
with water, put on the holy garments, and finally the crown of glory that
expressed his identity and the identity of all Israel, "Holiness Unto The
Lord" (Exodus 39:30). When God was preparing Israel through Joshua to come
into the land that He had promised Joshua commanded the people to sanctify
themselves, or to see themselves as holy, because they were about to come
into the presence of God Who was going to do great wonders among them
(Joshua 3:5). They were going to experience one of the great displays of
the power of God as they walked through the midst of Jordan. What an
awesome and terrible sight that would have been to pass through the Jordan
with a column of water on your right reaching unto the clouds and a dry
river bed on your left. This was a moment that was surely filled with the
awesome presence and glory of God's holiness.

There are many people who attend the churches throughout the world that act
as though they have no responsibility to live holy and godly lives. I have
spent my whole life in the churches across America; and I have never heard
so many people confess unrighteousness and impurity as a state of their
life in Christ Jesus as I hear today. Truly this is a sign of the apostasy
where men turn away from the sound doctrine of redemption in Christ Jesus
and take on their own identities, and those which men and the powers of
darkness would impose upon them. If our souls have not been washed clean in
the blood of Jesus now, then when will they be? If our spiritual garments
are not spotless now, when will they be? If we have not been made a new
creation now, then when will we be? If we are not the holy and righteous
people of God now, then when will we be? The cry of the old gospel song
rings out today for all who will hear, "Are you washed in the blood, in the
soul cleansing blood of the Lamb; are your garments spotless, are they
whiter than snow; are you washed in the blood of the Lamb." There is an
invitation now for you to meet with the Lord, and to have an ever
increasing intimacy with Him; but you must believe His report and accept
His salvation, for there is no other way to come into His presence. Today,
the Lord says to you: Be holy, even as I am holy (1 Peter 1:16; Leviticus
11:45; 2 Thessalonians 2:13; 1 Peter 1:2; John 17:11, 16-23; Romans 12:1-2)

Be holy, therefore, even as He is holy!
 
Daily Bread - August 15, 2017
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Monday, 14 August 2017 22:57
Jeremiah 9:24 - For if he is going to boast, then let him boast in this:
that he understands and knows Me. For I am Yahowah, Who exercises
lovingkindness, judgement, and righteousness in the Earth; for in these
things I delight, says Yahowah.

There are many today that fail to realize that God is a God of judgment and
righteousness, as much as a God of mercy and truth. We must understand that
God saved us and delivered us, so that we may live in His presence. The
life of Jesus came into us through the shedding of His blood and the
impartation of the Holy Spirit, and we will be held accountable for how we
live this live of grace and glory.

In this verse, as God begins executing judgment on the house of Judah and
upon Jerusalem because of their continued sin and rebellion, He reminds His
people what He delights in: lovingkindness, righteousness, and judgment.
They had forsaken the ways of God, and no longer desired to walk in
lovingkindness, righteousness, and judgment. God had suffered long with
them; and in His lovingkindness and tender mercies, allowed them to
blaspheme and profane His Holy name. However, their space of time to repent
had come to an end, and the Almighty stepped in to execute judgment upon
them. Many of that day complained saying, "Wherein have we sinned?" They
thought that covenant and ritual was all that they needed to guarantee
their acceptance with God, but they were wrong. They failed to realize that
they needed to repent and walk in obedience before the Lord if they were
going to continue in the covenant. John the Baptist, Jesus, and Paul all
faced the same kind of stubborn blindness from the Jews of their day
(Matthew 3:7-10; John 8:33; Romans 2-4). The children of Israel would have
to come under the judgment of God even though the rest of the world was not
held accountable at that time. Why? Because much had been given. The Lord
had chosen them from all of the families of the earth and given them the
revelation and gift of His presence, but they choose rather to give
themselves to the lust that the Gentiles had followed after; and as a
result, their circumcision had become uncircumcision (Amos 3:2; Jeremiah
9:26).

God's people had forsaken the Fountain of Life, and had lost their boasting
in His glory; and rather boasted in their own accomplishments. They boasted
in their wisdom, their might, and in their riches; but they had forgotten
altogether true spiritual understanding. They had forgotten the God of
lovingkindness, righteousness, and judgment. They had forgotten that God
had redeemed them so that they could be a treasured people who were to be
devoted to walking in lovingkindness, righteousness, and judgment. Rather,
they became devoted to themselves and their own fame and prosperity. We
must recognize that the Kingdom of God is not about ritual, but is all
about righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost (Romans 14:17). We
must put life in its proper perspective, and labor for those things which
pertain unto eternal life (John 6:27; Hebrews 4:11; Matthew 6:19-34; Romans
2:7, 10; Matthew 16:26; Mark 8:36; Luke 9:25; 2 Peter 1:3-11).

Make your boast in knowing God and walking in that which delights Him!
 
Daily Bread - August 14, 2017
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Monday, 14 August 2017 10:30
Philippians 1:21 - For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.

God has revealed just how definitely our lives have been united with Jesus;
for the heart of the gospel message is "Christ in us" (Colossians 1:27,
3:4). In fact, Paul demanded that the Corinthian church make a proof that
Christ Jesus was in them, or else they would be discovered to be religious
reprobates (2 Corinthians 13:5). The Eternal Word came to reveal the
Father, and to make known to all mankind the glory and the splendor of
living in the realms of the Kingdom of God. He opened the door to all
mankind, and continues to call whosoever will to come in and live in this
heavenly and eternal realm. It is the grand prize of all prizes! We have
been given the opportunity to be one with God, and live in the glory of His
abundant life. If you were to stop and think of there being the slightest
chance that God has truly given us such an opportunity, surely you would
drop everything and start running for Him. This is the greatest opportunity
ever made available to mankind: the privilege of being filled with the life
of Christ and being co-inheritors with Him!

When the territory of Oklahoma was being opened up in 1889, the US
government gave people the opportunity to own land for free. The land rush
of Oklahoma brought people from all over the world who lined up and ran to
stake their claim. Many people gave their lives for the opportunity to have
a piece of real estate. One author wrote, "The last barrier of savagery in
the United States was broken down. Moved by the same impulse, each driver
lashed his horses furiously; each rider dug his spurs into his willing
steed, and each man on foot caught his breath hard and darted forward." God
has given us an opportunity that far outweighs the one presented to those
people who were hungry for the privilege and security of owning their own
land: oneness with Christ Jesus! This is truly the grand prize of life -the
opportunity to live the life of Christ!

Anyone who is willing to respond to the call of God will find a place in
the realms of God's glory through accepting the identity of Christ. God has
given us an inheritance that goes far beyond anything that we could have
ever thought or asked: the right to be sons and daughters of the Almighty
God! This life is the life of God, the Messiah; of Jesus, the Eternal Word.
He has come to live on the inside of us with His presence and His power. He
does not live as a mere memory in the hearts of those who believe, but in
glory and authority by His Spirit, which He has given unto us (1 John
3:24). We have born the image of the earthly man, Adam; and have been
cursed with his disobedience (Romans 5:12-21). Now it is time for us to
bear the image of the heavenly man, Christ Jesus! Christ Jesus died for our
sins, and rose again that we may have His life reproduced in us (John
12:24; Galatians 2:20). If we desire to walk in the faith that has been
given to us by the gospel, then we must accept the testimony that Father
has given to us of His Son. It is time to begin to declare what God has
produced in us: Christ Jesus - our glory, our treasure, the divine nature,
the new creation, the new man, and the power that is at work in us!

Resign from your own life, and live the life of Christ!
 
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