Daily Bread - April 17, 2020 (The Sixth Day - Genesis 1:20-23)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Friday, 17 April 2020 09:49
Colossians 3:1-3 - If you then be risen together with Christ, seek those
things that are above, where Christ is seated on the right hand of God. Set
your affection on things that are above, not on things of this earth. For
you died, and your life is hid together with Christ in God.

Part 5 ~ The Opportunity God Has Given Cannot Taken For Granted

We were born of the Holy Spirit that we might take hold of the spiritual
life that was lost to mankind through the sin and disobedience of Adam. Now
that we have been born of Spirit, we should crave the things of the Spirit
(Romans 8:5). The spiritual should be the longing of our souls and the
covetous desire of our appetites. We should live to see the Kingdom and the
power of Christ Jesus being manifested by the glorious outworking of the
Spirit of the Living God in and around our lives.

In minding the things of the Spirit --craving and desiring above all other
things that which the Holy Ghost desires to lead us into-- the things of
the earthly, fleshly, and sensual realm will have no lure. If we will be
caught up in the things of the Spirit, we will not fulfill the lust of the
flesh (Galatians 5:16). If we will put on Christ, we will give no
recognition to the desires of the flesh (Romans 13:14). If we will allow
the communication of those things that are Heavenly to be the occupation of
our thoughts, then our affections will not be turned to the cares of this
life, the deceitfulness of riches, and the pleasures of this world (1 John
2:15-17). By being filled with the good things of God, we are empowered to
live above the earthly and sensual things. There is a realm far superior to
what we can see with our eyes and hear with our ears, but our hearts must
be trained to discern it. The Holy Spirit has come to open our eyes so we
might see those things going on all around us which belong to the eternal
and spiritual (2 Kings 6:15-17; Ephesians 1:17-23; 1 Corinthians 2:9-10).

Above all other things, we must desire the spiritual, and also that we may
prophesy (1 Corinthians 14:1; Joel 2:28-32; Acts 2:16-21). We prophesy
because of the revelation the Spirit of God has filled us with, and we have
become those who speak from the throne room of God. Our speech and
conversation is no longer dictated by the self-interest of man, but filled
with the will of the Father and His Divine inspirations. The activities of
the Heavenly realm should be precious to our souls, and more important than
anything else life can afford. The privilege of representing God in the
Earth and having the power of the Holy Spirit manifested in our lives to
set the captives free from sin, sickness, disease, demon oppression, and
possession should be more important than anything else! The unspeakable
gift and the glorious honor of being allowed to walk with God every day as
His heir and partner cannot be taken for granted.
 
Daily Bread - April 16, 2020 (The Fifth Day - Genesis 1:20-23)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Thursday, 16 April 2020 06:42
Colossians 3:1-3 - If you then be risen together with Christ, seek those
things that are above, where Christ is seated on the right hand of God. Set
your affection on things that are above, not on things of this earth. For
you died, and your life is hid together with Christ in God.

Part 4 ~ Our Deepest Desire

God has granted us an abundant and glorious life, but our thoughts and
affections must be immersed in it, or we will spend all of our lives
hanging around on the periphery of all that has been given. Living on the
border of our inheritance is a terrible existence while we look across the
divide and see the beauty and the splendor of all that has been promised
--the spiritual riches that are ours, yet held within the clutches of what
seems necessary for daily life.

Paul says to set your affections, your cravings, your longings on things
above. The remedy for our earth-bound temporal and fearful existence is to
be caught away with the realm of the Spirit, and through the activity of
faith step in to a heavenly participation with the Holy Ghost. We have been
translated from the kingdom of this world into the Kingdom of the Dear Son
to function in the glory realm of Heaven (Colossians 1:13). We have been
entrusted with access by the Spirit to take our place in the Heavenly realm
where Christ Jesus is presently seated (Ephesians 2:6). We have been given
the authority to function as sons in all the gifts of the Spirit; but
unless it is our one desire above all other things, we will never realize
these blessed things (Romans 8:14; Matthew 6:33).

God demands that our cravings for the the things of the Heavenly be first
and foremost above all other things --that the passion of our souls should
be the Kingdom of God (Matthew 6:33; Psalm 27:4). Our greatest need and
deepest desire should be to see that power of God and the operation of the
Holy Spirit at work in our lives and in our assemblies. Jesus modeled for
us what it was like to live out a life of days of Heaven upon the Earth
(John 10:10; Deuteronomy 11:21). He showed us the beauty of our spiritual
inheritance when He was baptized in the Holy Ghost, and went around driving
out devils and ministering the blessed and glorious life of the Kingdom of
God.
 
Daily Bread - April 15, 2020 (The Fourth Day - Genesis 1:14-19)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Wednesday, 15 April 2020 05:31
Colossians 3:1-3 - If you then be risen together with Christ, seek those
things that are above, where Christ is seated on the right hand of God. Set
your affection on things that are above, not on things of this earth. For
you died, and your life is hid together with Christ in God.

Part 3 ~ Our Priorities Aligned With God's

We need to make God's ambitions our ambitions, His vision our vision, His
purpose our purpose. We put too much emphasis on what we can achieve in
this life in an earthly realm. We focus our children on academics and are
constantly pursuing higher goals of achievement in our own vocations and
dreams. All of these things are not necessarily bad, but if we do not
realize that this is less than one third of our life, we are failing
miserably on the scale of eternity. Many of us fail to realize how we must
not only develop ourselves intellectually, but we must also need to be
developed spiritually. I have observed many people who sit in Church, and
when it comes to the things of the Spirit and the spiritual realm, they are
nearly altogether ignorant. They have very little ability to understand
what is going on, and equally very little ability to participate. For many,
the most that they can participate in the realms of the spiritual is to
sing a few songs, and pray out some of their heartfelt desires.

If we are going to learn and be developed in the things of the Spirit, then
we must be willing to place our attention and affections on the things of
the Spirit. We have been given the best Teacher and Mentor that exists
--the Holy Spirit. His desire is to lead us into the deep things of God, so
that we might know what passes knowledge, and see what eyes have not seen,
and hear what ears have not heard, and understand what has never entered
into the heart of man (1 Corinthians 2:9-10).

Although the things of the Heavenly realm are free, they are not cheap. We
must be willing to grow in all God has made available as a free gift to
everyone. If we will not give ourselves to the things of the Spirit to be
developed in all of the gifts and blessings of God, then the free gift will
never become of any real value and meaning in our lives. We should give
more attention to the opportunities God has made available to us then we
would to the great efforts we put into academics, or climbing the corporate
ladder. The Lord Jesus desires for us to do His works and greater works
(John 14:12-14). He has called us with a Heavenly calling, and wants to
give us a Heavenly vision. He has brought us to a place in Himself that we
might be seated together with Him in the Heavenly realm (Ephesians 2:6).

Let's begin today with a deeper commitment to give ourselves to the realms
of the Spirit, to mind spiritual things, and make God's plan and vision for
our lives the most important aspect of our daily goals. Let us give
ourselves to truly living by the Word --that means being a doer of the Word
(Matthew 7:24-25; James 1:22-24). Let's give ourselves to the kind of
ministry that Jesus modeled for us, and called us to follow Him in. If we
will, then we will be the people Father desires to represent Him and His
Kingdom on this Earth. We have a greater opportunity today than Joseph or
Daniel had. They both were the best at what they did vocationally and
academically, but they were also developed in the things of the Spirit
where they could receive visions, the word of knowledge, and move in faith
that stopped the mouths of lions (Hebrews 11:33; Genesis 40-41; Daniel 6).
 
Daily Bread - April 14, 2020 (The Third Day - Genesis 1:9-13)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Tuesday, 14 April 2020 07:45
Colossians 3:1-3 - If you then be risen together with Christ, seek those
things that are above, where Christ is seated on the right hand of God. Set
your affection on things that are above, not on things of this earth. For
you died, and your life is hid together with Christ in God.

Part 2 ~ The Realm of Heaven Where Our Affections Should Be Set

When we use the statement born from above, we are actually referring to
being born from Heaven (John 3:3,6). We were raised up from the spiritual
death and separation from God by the Spirit to take our place with God in
Heaven (Ephesians 2:6, 1:3; John 17:21-22). When we were born of the
Spirit, we were translated from the kingdoms of this world into the Kingdom
of the Dear Son, or the Kingdom of Heaven (Colossians 1:13; 1 Thessalonians
2:12; Romans 5:17; 2 Peter 1:11). Heaven is not only a real place, but it
is the realm we now live in. We have our citizenship in Heaven, and are
empowered to exercise the authority given to us through our union with
Jesus Christ (John 17:22, 1:12; Colossians 2:12; Romans 8:30; and Matthew
16:19; Luke 10:20).

The realm of Heaven has been observed from Earth many times. When the
heavens are opened, men are able to see God, hear his voice, and see the
angels ascending and descending into the kingdom of this world (Genesis
28:12; John 1:51, 32; Mark 1:11; 2 Peter 1:18; and Matthew 3:16; Luke 3:21;
Acts 7:55, 9:3, 10:11; also 2 Kings 6:17). Jesus is the door into this
realm (John 10:9; Ephesians 2:18). When we interact with God, we come with
the blood of Jesus and find ourselves standing in the Holies of Holies
where God dwells (Hebrews 10:19). If our eyes were opened, we would
discover that, as we worship God, we have come to Mount Sion, the Holy
Dwelling place of the Most High; and around us are an innumerable company
of angels, and Jesus Christ the Mediator of the New Covenant, and God the
Judge of all (Hebrews 12:22-25). The realm of Heaven is what the Spirit of
God communicates to us, and in the realm of Heaven is where all of our
affections, ambitions, and aspirations should be placed (Romans 14:17;
Matthew 6:10, 33; Colossians 3:1-3).
 
Daily Bread - April 13, 2020 (The Second Day - Genesis 1:6-8)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Monday, 13 April 2020 10:12
Colossians 3:1-3 - If you then be risen together with Christ, seek those
things that are above, where Christ is seated on the right hand of God. Set
your affection on things that are above, not on things of this earth. For
you died, and your life is hid together with Christ in God.

Part 1 ~ Our Confession of Faith in Christ Jesus

All those who have accepted Jesus as their Savior, and thereby received the
miracle of the new birth, have a statement of faith that was outlined for
us by the Apostle Paul:

*I am crucified together with Christ (Romans 6:6,8; Galatians 2:20),
*I am buried together with Him by baptism into His death (Colossians 2:12,
3:3; Romans 6:4; Galatians 3:27),
*I am raised up together with Him (Ephesians 2:6; Romans 6:4; Colossians
2:12, 3:1),
*I am alive together with Him (Ephesians 2:1-5; Romans 6:11-13; Colossians
2:13)
*I am seated together with Him in the Heavenlies (Ephesians 2:6)

The miracle of the new birth transcends all time, insomuch that even though
Jesus was crucified, buried, arose from the dead, and ascended into Heaven
almost 2000 years ago, we are still participants today. Being raised up
together with Christ does not speak of a process that changes us, but a
radical transformation that takes place in the instant of the new birth. If
we are going to participate in the process of maturation in Christ, then we
must turn all of our affections towards the realm of the Kingdom of God,
and gaze upon the Author and Finisher of our faith, Christ Jesus (Hebrews
12).
 
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