Daily Bread - May 5, 2020 (The Third Day - Genesis 1:9-13)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Tuesday, 05 May 2020 13:23
1 Chronicles 29:11-12 - To You, Lord, is the greatness, and the strength,
and the glory, and the victory, and the splendor; for all that is in Heaven
and in the Earth belongs to You; the Kingdom belongs to You Lord, and You
are exalted as Head over all. And the riches, and the glory come from Your
presence, and You reign over everything; and in Your hand is the power and
the strength, and it is in Your hand to make great and to strengthen
everyone.

Everything in the Heavens and the Earth belongs to God, and He desires to
bless His people with everything He has. One of the great tragedies
existing among God's people is that they underestimate the power of God. He
is not limited to a Heavenly realm only, but everything in the Heavens and
in the Earth, and all of its fullness, are His. Too many days pass through
our lives in which we fail to recognize the greatness of God. Instead, in
our worry and concern, we look to men and to the Earth for what we need. We
need to stand in the presence of God until we realize Who He really is!
Everyday, and in every situation, we must acknowledge that God reigns
supremely, and that all of the splendor and beauty and glory and the
greatness of all wealth and riches are His, and He gives to whom He
chooses. We must equally recognize He has chosen us, and He desires to
bless us and to give us charge over all He has. What we can be certain of
is this: His will is to make everyone great and to give everyone strength
to function in all of His wonderful riches --both of the precious things of
the Heavens and of the precious things of the Earth (Deuteronomy 33:13-16;
28:1-14; 4:4-8).

If we would only realize that riches and glory of both the things in the
Heavens and in the Earth do not come as men suppose, but as a result of
standing in His presence, then we may further realize how how it is
impossible to have these things without a deep and intimate relationship
with God (Deuteronomy 8:17-18; Proverbs 8:18; Psalms 112:3; 2 Corinthians
9:8-9; 3 John 2 ). Only those appointed by the king are allowed to stand in
his presence, and this is certainly true of the King of Kings, Who stands
in the Holies of Holies. God has appointed all men unto salvation through
Christ Jesus (2 Peter 3:9; Titus 2:11; John 12:32; Acts 2:21; Romans
10:13). He has opened the door and provided the blood of cleansing and
purification so that sin and its darkness can be removed (Matthew 26:28;
Romans 5:9; Revelation 1:5; 1 John 1:7; 1 Peter 1:19; and Hebrews 10:19;
13:12; Colossians 1:14; Ephesians 1:7; 2:13). With the life and glory of
these royal garments of holiness and purity, we can stand in the presence
of the One Who has all power and might, and receive from Him the splendor
of His manifest presence, and walk in the majesty of His anointing. With
this glory of His presence comes the strength and the anointing to take our
place as His representatives on Earth, and to possess a glory and an honor
that reaches far beyond that which King David inherited.
 
Daily Bread - May 4, 2020 (The Second Day - Genesis 1:6-8)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Monday, 04 May 2020 14:19
Psalm 101:3 - I will set no wicked thing before my eyes. I hate the works
of rebellion; none of it shall cleave to me.

The Hebrew text actually says, "I will set no thing of Belial before my
eyes..." Belial is actually a synonym for Satan and lawlessness. Paul uses
this word to describe everything belonging to the satanic realm in 2
Corinthians 6:15, "What agreement does Christ have with Belial, or what
does a believer share with an unbeliever?" The Septuagint translates Belial
with the Greek word 'anomias', which is the word to describe the "man of
iniquity" and the "mystery of iniquity" in 2 Thessalonians 2:3,7.

Those who are of Belial have cast off the yoke of God, and they have become
lawless (Psalms 2:3; 2 Thessalonians 2:7; Hebrews 1:9). Although, we are
not under the law of Moses in the New Testament, we are still under the law
of God and the righteousness of God (Romans 3:21,31, 8:2,4,7; and 1
Corinthians 9:21; Hebrews 8:10). We are bound to the law of moral and
ethical codes of godliness, righteousness, and holiness (Romans 8:4, 6:19,
14:17; 1 Peter 1:15-16; Titus 2:14; and Hebrews 12:14; Ephesians 4:24; 2
Timothy 2:19,22; also Isaiah 62:1).

There are far too many people who are suppose to be the saints (holy ones)
of God who both live and confess lawlessness, and by definition, this is
the apostasy; this is lawlessness and iniquity (Luke 13:27; 2 Thessalonians
2:3,7; Matthew 24:12; and 2 Timothy 3:1-7; Hebrews 3:8). Therefore, we must
recognize that just as there were sons of Belial among those of the First
Covenant, there is now sons of Belial in the midst of the Church of the New
Testament. Therefore, be certain you are one who follows Jesus and are lead
by the Spirit (1 Peter 2:21-22; Galatians 5:16; Romans 8:14; and 1
Corinthians 5:11, 11:1; Ephesians 5:11).
 
Daily Bread - May 2, 2020 (The Seventh Day - Genesis 1:24-31)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Saturday, 02 May 2020 05:39
Acts 2:1-4 - And in the day that Pentecost was fulfilled, everyone had one
passion before Him. And suddenly, there came out of Heaven the sound of a
violent wind and filled the whole house where they were seated. And there
appeared tongues like fire; and it parted and set down upon each one of
them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak
other languages as the Spirit spoke forth from them.

Part 6 ~ The Gift of the New Covenant

Isaiah, the prophet, declared by the Spirit of God that this supernatural
expression of the Holy Spirit would take place, "For with stammering lips
and another tongue will he speak to this people. To whom he said, This is
the rest wherewith you may cause the weary to rest; and this is the
refreshing..." (Isaiah 28:11-12). We can be certain that the prophet was
prophesying about this event because Paul makes this very clear to the
Corinthians (1 Corinthians 14:21-22). Jesus also declared that this
empowerment would take place and referred to it as rivers of living water
and the Promise of the Father (John 7:38-39; Luke 24:49). John the Baptist
prophesied of this day when he declared there is One Who is coming that
will Baptize you in the Holy Spirit and Fire (Luke 3:16; Acts 1:5, 19:4).

The gift of tongues or the language of the Spirit was the sign the Baptism
in the Holy Spirit had occurred and the rivers of living water were
flowing. The sign of being endued with power from on high by the expression
of the language of the Spirit continued beyond the day of Pentecost (1
Corinthians 12:10,28, 14:18; Acts 10:44-46, 19:6). Also, in that the gift
of tongues is defined as praying in the Spirit in 1 Corinthians
14:2,14,15,16, we must recognize that the Scriptures such as Romans
8:26-27, Ephesians 6:18, and Jude 20 refer to praying in tongues.

The gift of tongues is more than just a gift; it is the gift of the New
Covenant. It is the gift of the New Covenant because it was the chief
manifestation of the pouring forth of the Holy Spirit, which inaugurated
the birth of the Church. It is the New Covenant gift because all of the
other gifts of the Spirit were manifested in the Old Testament. It is the
gift of the New Covenant because it was the proof that Jesus had ascended
up on high and was exalted to the right hand of the Father (John 7:38-39;
Acts 2:33).

Jesus also promised this power from on high along with the sign of Baptism
in the Spirit to all believers when He said, "These signs shall follow them
that believe...they shall speak with new tongues." (Mark 16:17). This power
of the Holy Spirit empowers the believer to be a witness and produces the
rivers of living water that Jesus invites all mankind to enjoy (Acts 1:8;
John 7:38-39). The power of the Holy Spirit is given to the Church for as
long as witnesses of the resurrection are needed.
 
Daily Bread - May 1, 2020 (The Sixth Day - Genesis 1:20-23)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Friday, 01 May 2020 08:39
Acts 2:1-4 - And in the day that Pentecost was fulfilled, everyone had one
passion before Him. And suddenly, there came out of Heaven the sound of a
violent wind and filled the whole house where they were seated. And there
appeared tongues like fire, and it parted and set down upon each one of
them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak
other languages as the Spirit spoke forth from them.

Part 5 ~ The Holy Spirit's Role In Pentecost

Luke does not use the definite article with 'pneumatos hagiou,' Holy
Spirit. Therefore, the correct translation is "a Holy Spirit". Recognizing
how the person "The Holy Spirit" would not actually enter into anyone's
body, it is understandable that the person of the Holy Spirit fills the
recipient with His Holy Spirit. Also, recalling what the prophet Ezekiel
said, "A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within
you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will
give you an heart of flesh. And I will put my spirit within you," (Ezekiel
36:26-27), we further understand that the person the Holy Spirit Who would
be properly identified with the definite article did not enter the 120 but
"a Holy Spirit" from Him was given to them.

This time, instead of God speaking out of the midst of the fire from the
mountain, He declares His Covenant from the mouth of man. From that moment
until this very hour, the rivers of Living Water have been pouring forth
from the bellies of those who have received the Holy Spirit (John 7:38-39).
The verb 'apophthengesthai' means to "speak out, or declare boldly". The
same boldness is also heard in Peter when he begins to minister in his own
native dialect (Acts 2:14, 4:8).
 
Daily Bread - April 30, 2020 (The Fifth Day - Genesis 1:20-23)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Thursday, 30 April 2020 11:05
Acts 2:1-4 - And in the day that Pentecost was fulfilled, everyone had one
passion before Him. And suddenly, there came out of Heaven the sound of a
violent wind and filled the whole house where they were seated. And there
appeared tongues like fire, and it parted and set down upon each one of
them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak
other languages as the Spirit spoke forth from them.

Part 4 ~ Jesus' Ministry And Being Filled With The Spirit

One of the central themes of Jesus' ministry was that He was the One Who
would baptize in the Holy Spirit. This part of the ministry of Jesus did
not begin until after He was raised from the dead and exalted as the King
of Kings and Redeemer of all mankind (John 7:38-39; Acts 2:33). Although
the Holy Spirit came upon men in the Old Testament, the idea of being
baptized in the Spirit is not found there.

The Spirit of the Lord was given to selected ones in the Old Testament so
they might reveal Heavenly things and execute God's will (Exodus 28:3,
31:3, 35:31). God filled certain ones of Israel with the Spirit of wisdom
in order to make Aaron's clothing. God filled Bezalel with the Spirit of
wisdom, knowledge, and understanding in all manner of workmanship so he
could fashion all of the unique furniture and features of the tabernacle
(Exodus 36:1). Seventy men in Israel were given the Spirit in order to
prophesy and speak on behalf of God alongside of Moses (Numbers 11:25). The
Holy Spirit came upon the judges of Israel to give them supernatural
abilities to defeat the enemies of Israel (Judges 3:10, 6:34, 11:29, 13:25,
and 14:6,19, 15:14). The Spirit of the Lord came upon the kings of Israel
beginning with Saul (1 Samuel 10:6, 16:13).

Being filled with the Spirit is the way of life for the New Testament
believer (Luke 1:67; Ephesians 5:18; and Acts 2:4, 4:8, 31, 9:17, 13:9).
Although John the Baptist was filled with the Holy Spirit in his mother's
womb, Jesus was the first One to be "full of the Holy Spirit" (Luke 4:1).
The uniqueness of the way in which Jesus was "full of the Holy Spirit" is
expressed not only by the fact that He received the Spirit without measure,
but in how John saw the Spirit come upon Him and remain (John 1:33, 3:34).
Jesus came in the Messianic anointing described in (Isaiah 61:1); "The
Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD has anointed me to
preach good tidings unto the meek; he has sent me to bind up the
brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the
prison to them that are bound." The anointing Jesus received as a result of
being full of the Holy Spirit and power resulted in the greatest miracles
ever displayed (Acts 10:38). Jesus then gave the same anointing of the
baptism of the Holy Spirit to His Church (John 1:16, 14:12, 17:21-23,
20:21; and Luke 24:49; Acts 5:32).

The fullness of the anointing of Jesus has now been poured out as the
promise of the Father upon all who will believe. We have been empowered
with the same anointing of the Holy Spirit so that we might represent Jesus
(Ephesians 4:13; John 1:16; Matthew 20:22-23; Luke 24:49; and Romans 15:19;
Hebrews 2:4; Mark 16:17; 1 Corinthians 12:7). The Father desires that we
walk in the fullness of the anointing of His Son, so that we might be
witnesses of His life and resurrection (Galatians 4:5-7; Romans 8:17,29).
We have received the anointing that comes by being filled with the Spirit
without measure, so that we might beseech the world in Christ's stead and
be able ministers of the New Covenant.
 
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