Daily Bread - August 22, 2019 (The Fifth Day - Genesis 1:20-23)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Thursday, 22 August 2019 05:27
1 Peter 2:21 - For you are called to this because also Christ suffered on
your behalf leaving you an example that you should follow after His
footsteps.

Jesus made it very clear how those who would be His disciples had to do
what He did. If they were to follow Him, then they would have to take up
their cross and deny themselves even as He denied himself. They would have
to love one another and be dedicated to doing the will of the Father just
as He was. Jesus made it clear to the Church that they were to overcome
even as He overcame (Revelation 3:21). John said, we are as He is in this
present world (1 John 4:17).

Jesus became our example and modeled what a son of God was suppose to be
like. He not only modeled son-ship, but also gave us the power to be the
sons of God (John 1:12). What Jesus demanded of his disciples 2000 years
ago is still the same for us today, "If anyone serve me, let him follow me;
and where I am, there my servant will also be, and my Father will prize
him" (John 12:26).
 
Daily Bread - August 21, 2019 (The Fourth Day - Genesis 1:14-19)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Wednesday, 21 August 2019 05:45
1 Peter 2:20 - For what sort of credit if you endure a beating for having
sinned; but if you do good and endure suffering, you have God's approval.

There was a time when the people of God were treated very severely by the
religious community and by the world. It is a terrible thing to be publicly
beaten as were Peter and the other apostles, Paul and Silas (Acts 5:41,
16:25). Their response, however, was one of joy and rejoicing in the Lord
that they were counted worthy to suffer for His Name's sake. There response
brought glory to the Name of Jesus and to the Church. They did not take up
arms and in revenge fight back; instead, they committed themselves to the
Lord and to His protection.

There are many who suffer daily for the Gospel of Jesus Christ around the
world and endure without complaint. Yet, in American and other countries
that enjoy the freedom of religion, we seem to find ourselves so
preoccupied with our own self-interest that if someone says something we
don't like, we immediately take offense and enter into some sort of strife.
As a pastor, I have discovered how very few people take anything patiently,
even when they can be proven wrong in their conduct. Rather, they rise up
in self-defense and make war. At what time will we all begin to value above
all other things the approval of God and cease to be so impacted by the
approval of men. When will we value humility and servitude the way that God
values it? God says if we suffer wrongfully and take it patiently, then we
have God's approval (John 5:44). We can be certain if we do not take it
patiently, we will not have Father's approval. We are called to lay down
our lives for the brethren and for the Church (1 John 3:16; John 13:35;
Ephesians 5:2; Galatians 5:13; and 1 Peter 1:22; 1 Corinthians 14:20).

If we are truly willing to walk in the love of Christ Jesus, then we would
be willing to die for the household of faith. Now, if we are willing to die
for each other, then surely we can stop fighting and squabbling with each
other. I never cease to be amazed at how many people sit around the Church
nurturing a wounded spirit and a spiteful disposition. The job of every
pastor is to get all of those who are wounded healed and to a place
spiritually where they can flow in the love of God. Let us be the light of
the world, the example to all mankind of what relationships are suppose to
look like -the community of saints who have perfect peace, never allowing
anything to offend us (Psalms 119:165; Isaiah 26:3; Philippians 2:5, 4:7;
Ephesians 4:3).
 
Daily Bread - August 20, 2019 (The Third Day - Genesis 1:9-13)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Tuesday, 20 August 2019 05:21
1 Corinthians 2:12 - But we have not received the spirit of the world, but
the Spirit of God, that we may know what has been bestowed to us by God.

Part 2 ~ The Spirit Of God Leads Us In The Word Of God

How do we find this walk? How do we learn to give ourselves over to the
direction and guidance of the Spirit of God? It is actually very simple:
all we must do is obey the Word of God. God's Word is our wisdom and our
knowledge. It is the power that created the Universe. It is living and
working mightily in those who believe. As we will walk in simple obedience
to the Word of God, we will discover ourselves taken over by the direction
and guidance of the Spirit of God. If we are going to enjoy all the
blessings He has blessed us with, and all the power and authority He has
vested in us, then we must understand how it all begins with simple
obedience to His Word.

The Spirit of God will lead us and guide us into all the truth, and it is
God's Word that is truth. It is the life and person of Jesus that is truth.
Many people recognize the importance of speaking by the Spirit, but equally
important is to speak according to the Word. It is also essential that we
walk in the Spirit and be lead by the Spirit, but equally essential that we
walk in the Word and are lead by the Word. For even as Jesus, Who is the
Word of God, and the Holy Spirit, Who has brought to us the Spirit of God,
are one and will always agree; even so the leading of the Spirit will
always agree with the Word of God. In fact, the work of the Holy Spirit is
to reveal Jesus Who is the Word made flesh; and it is also the work of the
Spirit to reveal the Word of God that instructs us in all the will of God
for our lives (2 Timothy 3:16; Hebrews 4:12; 2 Peter 1:19-21; Ephesians
4:15; and Romans 10:8, 17; Galatians 6:6; Philippians 2:16; and Ephesians
1:13, 5:26, 6:17; Colossians 1:5, 3:16; also 1 Thessalonians 2:13; James
1:18; 1 Peter 1:23, 25, 2:2).
 
Daily Bread - August 19, 2019 (The Second Day - Genesis 1:6-8)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Monday, 19 August 2019 05:41
1 Corinthians 2:12 - But we have not received the spirit of the world, but
the Spirit of God; that we may know what has been bestowed to us by God.

Part 1 ~ God Lives In Us!

We have God's Spirit in us! Someone in whom the Spirit of God may be found
is certainly to be recognized with insight and wisdom that is not earthly,
even as Joseph was in Egypt and Daniel in Babylon (Genesis 41:38; Daniel
1:19-20, 2:19-23, 46-49, also: 4:8,9,18, 5:11,14). In the Old Testament,
the Spirit of God came upon men such as Gideon and Samson who were given
extraordinary abilities of power and strength (Judges 6:34, 15:14). The
Spirit of God would bestow the abilities to be skillful in the arts and all
kinds of workmanship as was granted to Bezaleel (Exodus 31:1-5). Those in
the Old Testament were given divine ability to be priest, prophets, kings
and mighty men all by the Spirit of God.

When we were born of God, He not only gave us a new spirit and a new heart,
but He put His Spirit in us and gave us the divine ability to be sons of
God (Ezekiel 36:26; John 1:12, 3:6). The Spirit of the Living God is
dwelling in us right now -at this very moment (1 Corinthians 3:16; Romans
8:9). When we consider the reality that we have the Spirit of God, then
certainly we must recognize there is nothing outside of our reach
(Philippians 4:13; Ephesians 3:19, 6:10). The wisdom and knowledge of God
reaches beyond all the abilities and insights of mankind. God's strength
and His power knows no limitations. All we have to do is to be willing to
be lead and directed by the Spirit of God and the things of God will be
known to us and revealed in our lives (Romans 8:1, 14; 1 Corinthians 2:14;
Galatians 5:25; 2 Corinthians 3:3).
 
Daily Bread - August 17, 2019 (The Seventh Day - Genesis 2:1-3)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Saturday, 17 August 2019 09:31
1 Corinthians 2:2 - For I have determined to know nothing among you except
Jesus Christ and Him crucified.

Many people have different ideas about what is good, and what is bad; about
what we should emphasize, and what we should avoid. However, what we are
called to do is to follow Jesus (Matthew 4:19, 8:22; 9:9, 16:24, 19:21;
also: John 10:27, 12:26). If Jesus said to do something, then there is a
blessing in doing it. All that Jesus showed us was the wonderful ways of
the Father (John 14:9). He made it very clear that all He did was what the
Father showed Him to do (John 5:20, 8:28, 10:38). Jesus said no one knows
the Father but the Son, and whosoever the Son will reveal Him to (Matthew
11:27; Luke 10:22). Jesus is the only way to the Father (John 14:6). If we
want to live in the abundant life, which is the eternal life, then we must
be willing to do what He said for us to do (Matthew 7:21, 12:50).

The right thing to do is to recognize how all of the Gospel is about Jesus.
When we know Jesus, we know all the fullness of God; for it pleased God
that all the fullness of the Deity should dwell in Him (Colossians 2:9-10).
Everything the Holy Spirit is doing is about revealing Jesus and making Him
known (John 16:13-15). Jesus redeemed our life from destruction and crowned
us with lovingkindness and tender mercies (Psalms 103:4). If our heart is
right, then all we should desire is to know Him (Ephesians 1:17;
Philippians 3:8-10). Let us determine in everything we desire and purpose
to do, it will be only about Jesus. Discover how in Him is all wisdom and
power, and that our whole life is about bringing glory and honor to the One
Who loved us so much He gave His life to ransom us from sin and death. Let
us lay all other things aside and realize eternal life is all about knowing
Jesus.
 
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