Daily Bread - April 29, 2020 (The Fourth Day - Genesis 1:14-19)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Wednesday, 29 April 2020 10:55
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 3 ~ Fire Always Associated With God's Presence

Fire has always been associated with God's divine presence. The covenant
was confirmed to Abraham as the fire passed through the middle of the
sacrifice Abraham had made (Genesis 15:17). When Moses first encountered
God, he encountered the fire of God; and it was from that fire, God's voice
was heard (Exodus 3:2-3). The fire-cloud of God came and appeared between
Israel and Egypt the day they were delivered from slavery. From the
fire-cloud, the face of God appeared: a cloud that was for protection,
shelter, and guidance. God Almighty filled Mount Sinai with His shekinah
glory, and the mountain appeared to be altogether on fire with His majesty
(Exodus 19:16-20). Our God is a consuming fire, and He is the God Who
answers by fire --Who is clothed with light as with a garment (Deuteronomy
4:24; Ezekiel 1:4; Psalm 18:12-14, 104:2,4; 1 Kings 19:11-12; and Hebrews
12:29).

During the first Pentecost, if anything touched the mountain where God's
fire and glory had set down, they had to be killed (Exodus 19:13). Now,
because of the cleansing and redeeming blood of Jesus Christ, the fire and
glory of God comes to rest on each of the 120 present in the upper-room.
Because Jesus paid the price for every man when He died at Calvary, His
majesty and glory was poured forth upon all who would receive. The fire of
God came like a mighty rushing wind with tongues of fire, and rested upon
His disciples, so that the whole world might know Jesus was exalted and
glorified. The Holy Spirit and fire have come to fill the hearts and mouths
of all who will receive, so that God's voice might be heard throughout the
Earth!
 
Daily Bread - April 28, 2020 (The Third Day - Genesis 1:9-13)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Tuesday, 28 April 2020 11:52
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 2 ~ Born With A Heavenly Noise & The Fire of God!

Pentecost was the day that the Church was born. When the First Covenant was
inaugurated and ratified, Mount Sinai was clothed in the fire of God's
presence and the sound ('echei') of the shofar grew loader and loader
(Exodus 19:16). When the Church was born on the Day of Pentecost, the sound
('echos') of a violent wind was heard. The Heavenly noise and the fire of
God accompanied the inauguration of the Church, even as it did the
inauguration of the Law. On the first Pentecost, the nation of Israel was
empowered with the grace to be the expression of God's Kingdom on the Earth
(Exodus 19:5-6, 29:45-46; Deuteronomy 14:2; Leviticus 26:11). On the day
the Church was born, that mantel was passed to those who were washed in the
blood of the Lamb and filled with the Spirit of God (Matthew 21:43; 1 Peter
2:9).

The sound of this Heavenly noise and the fire of God was the expression
that God had come to dwell in the midst of His Church. The power and
authority of Jesus Christ was poured out upon each member of His Church
that they might be witnesses of His resurrection and of His dominion over
all things (Matthew 28:18; Ephesians 1:20-23; Acts 1:8, 2:33; Luke 24:49).
This manifest glory of God's presence in the midst of the Church was to be
present as long as the Church exists (1 Corinthians 12:7-11, 28-30; Acts
2:16-18, 38-39). The Church is the Body of Christ --the manifest glory of
the rising and exalted Savior, Jesus Christ, in the Earth today. The Church
is the fullness of God that is to be as a city set upon a hill to give
light to all of the world (Ephesians 1:23; Matthew 5:14-16). Paul,
describing the glory of the Church as it relates to the first Pentecost,
describes it as an ongoing manifestation of God's glory and power when he
says we have now, "come unto Mount Sion, and unto the City of the Living
God, the Heavenly Jerusalem; and to an innumerable company of angels; to
the general assembly and Church of the Firstborn, which are written in
Heaven; and to God, the Judge of all; and to the spirits of just men made
perfect; and to Jesus, the Mediator of the New Covenant; and to the blood
of sprinkling, that speaks better things than that of Abel." (Hebrews
12:22-24).
 
Daily Bread - April 27, 2020 (The Second Day - Genesis 1:6-8)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Monday, 27 April 2020 14:02
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 1 ~ The Day of Pentecost & The Birth of the Church

Pentecost is the Festival of Weeks, or of the Firstfruits. The Festival of
Firstfruits is known as 'Shavuot' in the Hebrew tradition. There were three
special holy days of great significance in which all Israel was commanded
to appear before the Lord in Jerusalem: Passover, Pentecost, and
Tabernacles. 'Pentecost' is a Greek word meaning "the fiftieth part of
something." Greek-speaking Jews used this word to refer to the harvest
festival ('Hag Shavuot' or "Feast of Weeks"). Pentecost takes place on the
fiftieth day, counting from the Passover. It is also the Feast of
Firstfruits (Leviticus 23:15-16; Numbers 28:26). The day of Pentecost is
called the Feast of Weeks (Exodus 23:16, 34:22; Deuteronomy 16:9-10, 16; 2
Chronicles 8:13), the Assembly, and 'Shimcha Torah' (The Joy of the Law).

Passover and Pentecost are of great significance to all of us, for Jesus
our Savior was crucified on Passover as our Passover Lamb, and on the day
of Pentecost (Shavuot), the Holy Spirit was poured out upon the Church (1
Corinthians 5:7; John 19:31). The significance of the blood of the Passover
Lamb was first revealed on the day God delivered Israel from the slavery of
Egypt. Just as the blood had marked their lives and became the means of
their deliverance from slavery, the blood of Jesus has delivered all those
who will believe from sin and death.

The first Pentecost, highlighted with Israel in the wilderness, was also
marked with great significance. The Lord God Almighty appeared in the midst
of the fire-cloud of glory, and spoke audibly from mount Sinai in the ears
of all Israel (Exodus 19:16-19). The law, with its typology and examples,
was a schoolmaster to bring us to the day that the glory of God would be
seen once again tabernacling in the lives of men (Colossians 2:17; Hebrews
8:5, 10:1; Galatians 3:23-25). So when the day of Pentecost was fully come,
after Jesus had ascended to the throne of glory, the fire of God came and
rested upon those cleansed and sanctified by His blood (John 7:37-39; Acts
2:33). The glory of Heaven broke forth, and the voice of God was heard
coming out of the bellies of those who had been redeemed. It was on this
day the Church was born in the fires of the Holy Ghost. Instead of man
bringing their firstfruits to God, God brought His firstfruits to man
(Romans 8:23; Exodus 34:22; Numbers 28:26; Deuteronomy 26:10). Now, because
of the grace of God, we can live in Pentecost everyday. We can live in the
baptism of the fire of the Holy Ghost, and be filled continually with His
glory (Ephesians 5:18-19; John 7:38-39; Matthew 3:11).
 
Daily Bread - April 25, 2020 (The Seventh Day - Genesis 1:24-31)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Saturday, 25 April 2020 07:00
Ephesians 5:13-21 - And all things being exposed by the light are made
manifest. For everything that reveals is light, therefore say, "Wake up, oh
sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you!" Therefore,
watch by what means you walk accurately, not as unwise but as wise,
redeeming the time, for the day is evil. For this reason, do not be
foolish, but understand the will of the Lord. And be not intoxicated with
wine, as one unsaved, but be continually filled with the Spirit speaking to
yourselves in psalms, and hymns, and spiritual songs, singing and making
melody in your heart to the Lord, giving thanks at all times for all things
to God and the Father in the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ, being submitted
one to another in fear of God.

Part 6 ~ Submission To One Another

The lives of those who are filled with the Spirit are marked by submission.
One of the chief attributes of the loving nature of God is servitude.
Through the servitude of Christ Jesus, we learn how to walk in oneness with
each other. A feature of this unity is a willingness to be submitted, or
subjected, to each other. God demands we walk in submission to one another.
The emphasis is placed on us being in submission in the fear of God,
because there is a judgment against those who hold the truth in
unrighteousness.

Submission has its proper order and rank. For example, we can be certain
that parents are not to be in submission to their children. The Greek word
itself means to "be arranged under." There is a divine order, and we should
be both in awe of it, as well as participate with it. Within the framework
of the Kingdom of God, no one should desire to be lord or ruler over
another --such behavior is inordinate; but instead we reach for the unity
of the Spirit that reveals the glorious nature of Jesus, Who laid down His
life for us. What we must recognize is God is the absolute authority, and
He has placed those whom He has chosen in authority, and He demands we
submit to them. It is God Who has established authorities (Daniel 4:17;
Romans 13:1). Those whom God has placed in authority must be committed to
leading others as they are lead by the Holy Ghost. They cannot be subject
to everyone's opinions and "good ideas." We are commanded to be led by the
Spirit and to follow Jesus! It is the Holy Spirit Who places each member in
the body according to His will. It is Christ Who has given the authorities
of ministry, who He then demands should both do their job and command
others to do theirs (1 Timothy 4:12; 2 Timothy 4:2; 1 Peter 5:2; Acts
20:28).

Through the love and generosity of the Spirit of God in us, we do nothing
out of strife or vainglory; but in humility, we esteem everyone better than
ourselves (Philippians 2:3). Even as Jesus laid His life down for us, we
lay our lives down for one another --this is the proper order of
submission. The father and husband is the leader of the house, and everyone
in the household is called of God to follow him in a godly manner. At the
same time, the head of the household would without hesitation esteem his
wife and children better than himself and lay down his life for them.

Submission also speaks to our responsibility to cooperate with everyone who
is engaged in the work of the Kingdom of God (Hebrews 13:17; Ephesians
4:11-12; 1 Corinthians 16:15-16). We are required to function as one body,
with all of the parts in perfect harmony with each other - something that
is only possible through a collective submission to our Head, Christ Jesus
(1 Corinthians 12:12-27; Ephesians 4:16; Colossians 2:19). Only through our
union with Christ Jesus, and our submission to the Holy Spirit, can we
function in such a holy relationship with each other. Oh, what a light
would shine if we would walk in such love! With such a holy love and tender
care, all men would know that we are His disciples!
 
Daily Bread - April 24, 2020 (The Sixth Day - Genesis 1:20-23)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Friday, 24 April 2020 10:38
Ephesians 5:13-21 - And all things being exposed by the light are made
manifest. For everything that reveals is light, therefore say, "Wake up, oh
sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you!" Therefore,
watch by what means you walk accurately, not as unwise but as wise,
redeeming the time, for the day is evil. For this reason, do not be
foolish, but understand the will of the Lord. And be not intoxicated with
wine, as one unsaved, but be continually filled with the Spirit speaking to
yourselves in psalms, and hymns, and spiritual songs, singing and making
melody in your heart to the Lord, giving thanks at all times for all things
to God and the Father in the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ, being submitted
one to another in fear of God.

Part 5 ~ Giving Thanks At All Times For All Things

The giving of thanks is not only recognizing that God is leading,
protecting, and providing for you, but it also accesses the realm of the
Spirit where miracles take place. The first time this word 'euchariteo,'
("giving thanks") is used in the New Testament is in Matthew 15:36. By this
giving of thanks, the miraculous event of the multiplication of the seven
loaves and a few fish took place. The very next time the word is used is
when Jesus took the cup on Passover: He gave thanks and declared, "This is
my blood of the New Testament" (Matthew 26:26-28). The blood and body of
Christ Jesus represent our communion and fellowship with God (1 Corinthians
10:16; John 6:53-58). This eucharist, or communion, should give us
confidence that the Holy Spirit is leading and guiding us into all truth.
Therefore, whatever situation we find ourselves in, all things are working
together for our good (Romans 8:28).

Israel found themselves in many adverse situations during the first few
months of their travel from Egypt to the Promise Land. Unfortunately, they
were unwilling to recognize that God was leading them and protecting them;
and as a result, they were unthankful and murmured against the situation
and their leadership --an complaint which ultimately was directed at God
Himself. There is a warning in the book of Hebrews regarding how we should
not fall into the same state of unbelief, lest we end up like those
unthankful Israelites (Hebrews 3:7-19). Romans 1:21 drives home the same
point, emphasizing how a lack of thankfulness is a chief characteristic of
the unbeliever. A passage of Scripture in Colossians almost perfectly
matching the passage we are discussing here in Ephesians says, "Whatsoever
you do in word or deed, do it all in the name of Jesus, giving thanks to
God and the Father by Him" (Colossians 3:17). If we will allow the Holy
Spirit to fill us with the Heavenly realm, then the Word of Christ will
dwell in us; and we will view things from a perspective of faith, and
realize how all things are working together for our good. Be certain of
this: whatever situation you find yourself in, God is establishing and
building confidence, persistence, faithfulness, and trust through it.
 
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