Daily Bread - May 25, 2020 (The Second Day - Genesis 1:6-8)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Monday, 25 May 2020 17:03
Acts 17:30-31 - Therefore, God disregarding the time of your ignorance, now
commands all men everywhere to repent! Because He has set a day in which He
is going to judge the inhabitants in righteousness by a Man whom He has
appointed, having provided everyone with faith by His resurrection from
death.

There are three very important facts established here in these verses:

1- There is an appointed time for judgment.
2- Everyone will be judged by God's standard of righteousness.
3- Jesus is the Man that has been appointed by God to be the judge.

This judgment refers to the judgment seat of Christ and also the Great
White Throne judgment. The Judgment Seat of Christ will take place before
the one thousand year reign of Christ; and at that time, all of God's
saints will be judged. Paul states emphatically that we must all stand
before the Judgment Seat of Christ to give an account for the deeds done in
our body, whether they are good or bad (2 Corinthians 5:10; Romans 2:16; 2
Timothy 4:1). Jesus said all judgment had been given to Him in Heaven and
in Earth. The judgment is not based on individual circumstance, but on the
Word Jesus has already spoken, and so graciously delivered into our hands
today, so that we can understand our responsibilities before God (John
12:48). Jesus also gave us an understanding of God's expectation for our
life when He demanded that we overcome as He overcame. In fact, in His
address to the seven churches of Revelation chapters 2 and 3, He makes the
standard of righteousness very clear.

God's expectation is that we walk in His righteousness and purity;
otherwise, our names will be blotted out of the Lamb's Book of Life. The
manner of Jesus' life and conduct is the standard of righteousness, and we
are to follow in His example (1 Peter 2:21-24). John said, "Let no one
deceive you, he that does righteousness is righteous even as He (Jesus) is
righteous (1 John 3:7, 2:29). God's judgment is not subjective; He has
plainly made known His will to all men and has provided us with the ability
to fulfill His will. We should all take heed to the warning Jesus gave when
He said, "Not everyone that says "Lord, Lord" will enter into the Kingdom
of Heaven, but they that do the will of my Father". There can be no doubt
concerning the will of the Father, for He has made it painfully clear
(Matthew 7:21-27; 1 John 2:15-17).
 
Daily Bread - May 23, 2020 (The Seventh Day - Genesis 1:24-31)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Saturday, 23 May 2020 11:07
1 John 2:15 - Do not love the world, nor the things in the world. If anyone
loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.

Part 2 ~ We are Not of the World, Even as He is Not of the World

God is absolutely separate from the world, and has a burning wrath against
all its sin and iniquity (Romans 1:18; Ephesians 5:6; Colossians 3:6). This
should not be hard for anyone to understand, especially in view of the fact
that the world is controlled by every evil enterprise of Satan (John 16:11;
2 Corinthians 4:4; Ephesians 2:2; 1 John 4:3-5, 5:19). If we are on the
Lord's side, then how can we do anything less than hate those things that
oppose the purity and the goodness of the Father? How could we ever be in
league with all those things that grieve the Father's heart and violate His
way of life? We have been given the blessed gift and invitation to come out
from among them, and be separate with Him (2 Corinthians 6:17-18). We are
called to separate ourselves from the filthiness of the flesh and of the
spirit, and perfect holiness in the fear of God (2 Corinthians 7:1). The
door into His presence has been opened unto us. We have been given the life
of Christ. This glorious fellowship with Almighty God in which everything
pertaining to life and godliness is ours --so why would we ever go out and
return to the place of death that despises the ways of the Lord? (John
15:1-5, 17:21-23; Ephesians 2:6; Colossians 1:13; and Hebrews 10:19-21,
12:22; 2 Peter 1:3).

We are not of this world, even as He is not of this world. We have been
changed and transformed by the power of the Holy Spirit to live a godly
life (John 15:19, 17:14, 16; and Titus 2:11-12, 3:4-5; 2 Peter 1:3-4). Our
hearts have been united with the heart of the Lord, and our spirits made
one with God. We are His sons and daughters, created in Christ Jesus to
live in His ways (Ephesians 2:10, 4:24; 2 Corinthians 6:17-18; Luke
1:74-75). We have no love for worldly lusts, but rather are at war against
them. We have been given the gifts of God's holiness and righteousness, and
could not be more opposite from an ungodly world. We are to despise the
evil, and have no fellowship with its works of darkness and its spirit of
disobedience. Our citizenship is in Heaven, and as strangers and pilgrims,
we walk in the Spirit and abstain from fleshly lusts --following in the
footsteps of Christ Jesus, clothed with His majesty and honor.


Song of the Spirit from last First Day:

I'm walking in the Light,
As You are in the Light,
I'm living out this life abundantly,
In Jesus.

I'm in Him and He's in me,
I'm standing in His stead,
For the world to see,
It's Jesus.
 
Daily Bread - May 22, 2020 (The Sixth Day - Genesis 1:20-23)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Friday, 22 May 2020 10:43
1 John 2:15 - Do not love the world, nor the things in the world. If anyone
loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.

Part 1 ~ Contrasting God's Holiness to the "World"

Contrary to popular humanism, there is absolutely nothing belonging to the
"world" that is of God. The world and all that is in it is opposed to God's
holiness and purity. The world was designed by the prince of the power of
the air, the god of this world that works in the children of disobedience
(Ephesians 2:1-2). The demonic design of the world is to appeal to
everything belonging to the works of the flesh, also referred to as the
lust of the flesh, the lust of the eye, and the pride of life --the actions
of all of those who do not walk in the life of Jesus being led by the
Spirit of Holiness.

The contrast between God and the world couldn't be more clear, and the
proof more certain. If you have a love for the things of the world, the
love of the Father is not in you (James 4:4). The love of the Father, which
is evidenced by our obedience to Him, is placed within our hearts by the
Holy Spirit, and is the foremost proof of the new birth (John 13:35, 14:15,
21, 24, 15:10; and Romans 5:5; Galatians 5:22; 1 John 2:5, 5:2). If we have
His love in us, then we will love those things He loves, and we will obey
Him (John 14:15, 23, 15:10; 1 John 3:10, 5:2-3). If we have received the
gift of God, then we will never thirst for the world (John 4:10-14).

The spirit of the world and its lust will come masquerading as our own
desires, but the wisdom we have received from God causes us to see it for
what it is. Though the fleshly lusts of the world and the spirit of
disobedience war against our souls, we have His overcoming power to
withstand it --for greater is He that is in us, than he that is in the
world (Ephesians 2:1-3; 1 Peter 2:11; 1 John 4:4).
 
Daily Bread - May 21, 2020 (The Fifth Day - Genesis 1:20-23)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Thursday, 21 May 2020 12:44
Psalm 45:3 - Gird Your sword upon Your side, Mighty One; Your glory and
Your majesty.

The sword of the Savior is His glory and majesty! He cuts through the
doubts and unbelief with the power of His mighty signs and wonders. He
comes with His mercy to heal and to save; and with outstretched arms
welcoming all who would come into the fellowship of His love. Jesus turned
the water into wine that He might show forth His glory. With mighty signs
and wonders, He turned back His enemies (John 2:11, 4:48). He was anointed
above all others with the oil of joy so that the joyful sound of
deliverance might be heard by everyone (Psalms 45:7; Hebrews 1:9) . He was
anointed with the Holy Ghost and power that by His majesty and splendor,
every yoke would be broken and every work of Satan destroyed (Acts 10:38; 1
John 3:8; Matthew 8:17, 10:1, 12:28; and Mark 1:34, 39).

The sword of the Lord is the Word of God. It is powerful and sharp. It is
mighty to the pulling down of strongholds. It goes forth to conquer every
foe and to subdue the willing heart; to take the vilest of men and
transform them into living epistles. The Kingdom of God is advanced by the
King of Kings, Who is even now enthroned above all things! The Word of Life
has come with authority to subdue and recreate all who are willing into the
image of God, in righteousness and true holiness (Ephesians 4:24; 2
Corinthians 5:21). It must be our duty in life, our pledge of consecration,
to join with His righteous cause that Satan's deceiving power may be
stopped; and to behold the miracle working power of the sword of the Lord
as it dispels the darkness and transforms the lives of men!
 
Daily Bread - May 20, 2020 (The Fourth Day - Genesis 1:14-19)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Wednesday, 20 May 2020 10:08
1 Corinthians 5:7 - Clean out the old leaven, so that you may be a new
lump, as you are unleavened; for even Christ, our Passover, is sacrificed
for us.

Jesus was sacrificed as the unblemished Passover Lamb (John 1:29;
Revelation 5:6,12, 7:14, 12:11; and 1 Peter 1:19; Hebrews 10:10,14). To be
a Christian is to live in the Passover, and in the deliverance from sin and
death to which we were enslaved --not just for seven days, but for all of
eternity! To be the new dough that symbolizes the bread of deliverance, the
Church was to live in purity and truth. They were commanded to , "Come out
from among them and be separate, says the Lord, and touch not the unclean
thing; and I will receive you" (2 Corinthians 6:17).

Leaven is a symbol of impurity and sin; and as such, the day before the
Passover offering, the house was to be cleansed of all leaven. If anyone
partook of leaven during this time they were separated unto the Passover,
they were to be cut off from the Covenant (Exodus 12:18-20, 13:7). Paul
commanded the Church to cast out the ones who continued to live in
immorality as though it was a preparation for the Passover, reminding the
Church that they were an unleavened, holy dough and partakers of Christ.
Thus, he warns the Church that such compromises with the world would
ultimately jeopardize who they were as the community of the holy Church of
Christ (Galatians 5:1-15; 2 Timothy 2:14-19).

If anything attempts to defile our identity of purity, then we must
recognize it has to be removed; otherwise, it affects the identity of our
Passover Lamb and brings an approach against the Name of Christ (Hebrews
10:29). The purity we are called to live in is not just recognizing social
boundaries; rather, it is our response to being the temple of the Holy
Spirit. We cannot partake of Christ and of the world at the same time (2
Corinthians 6:14-16; 1 John 2:15-17). If we compromise with sin and the
world, then it affects our communion with Christ and our interaction with
Him.

The blood of our Passover ratified the New Covenant and purchased our
deliverance. This is not an act of "Kippur" (atonement), but the
deliverance that brought us out of bondage and made us the holy people of
God (1 Corinthians 11:25-26). Now that we have been bought with a price, we
are to glorify God in our bodies and spirits, which belong to Him (1
Corinthians 6:20). We are those who are marked with the blood of the Lamb
and protected by the power of the Almighty from the death that would
otherwise destroy us. We live under the Shekinah glory of the Spirit of
God, and our conduct and community must reflect our Heavenly dwelling.
 
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