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.
 
Daily Bread - May 19, 2020 (The Third Day - Genesis 1:9-13)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Tuesday, 19 May 2020 10:16
1 Corinthians 4:20 - For the Kingdom of God is not in speech, but in power.

Part 2 ~ The Essential Need for the Manifestation of the Power of God

Paul had already underscored this important point of the manifestation of
the power of God and the demonstration of the Spirit over sermonizing and
speeches earlier in 1 Corinthians 2:4-5. Jesus had already made it known
that the Kingdom of God is more than a realm of the future, but is also a
present display of the power of God encountered through the preaching of
the Gospel. In Matthew 12:28 Jesus said, "But if I cast out devils by the
Spirit of God, then the Kingdom of God has come to you." According to Jesus
and Paul, if people are going to encounter the Kingdom of God, which is
what the Gospel is all about, then there must be a display of the power of
God (Matthew 4:23, 9:35, 10:7-8; Luke 9:2, 11; and Colossians 1:13, 4:11;
Acts 8:12).

The display of the power of the Kingdom of God Jesus referred to extended
from casting out devils to the encounter of God the Father on the Mount of
Transfiguration (Mark 9:1; Luke 9:27). Today, many have drifted far away
from the way Jesus and His Church ministered in the New Testament. In fact,
I am afraid we are doing exactly what they told us not to do: depend upon
speeches and our own powers of communication. Even though Paul was
dedicated to preaching the Word of God, he made it very clear that the
ministry must consist of the demonstration of the power of God as well (1
Thessalonians 1:5; 1 Corinthians 2:4-5, 14:24-25; Romans 15:19). If we are
not willing to allow the Spirit of God to take hold of us and reveal the
ministry and anointing of Jesus through our lives, then the Gospel is not
being preached and the Kingdom of God is not being revealed.

If we expect peoples lives to be changed through our speeches and Christian
philosophy, then we are mistaken. We must return to the faith that was once
delivered to the saints and recognize it is the power of God and
demonstration of the Spirit that sets the message of the Gospel apart from
all of the other religions of the world. When the power of God is
manifested, then the life of the risen Savior is revealed. When men
encounter the power of God that is imparted to the believer by the Holy
Spirit, then they encounter the active reigning dynamic of the Kingdom of
God that is now present --for God reigns in the Kingdom of men, and Jesus
is exalted above all other powers (Jude 3; Ephesians 1:20-21; Philippians
2:9; Acts 2:33-34; and Daniel 4:7, 25, 32, 5:21, 6:26).
 
Daily Bread - May 18, 2020 (The Second Day - Genesis 1:6-8)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Monday, 18 May 2020 11:19
1 Corinthians 4:20 - For the Kingdom of God is not in speech, but in power.

Part 1 ~ The Proof of the Kingdom of God

The preaching of the Gospel is supposed to be a demonstration of the power
of the Kingdom of God. This is most definitely what Jesus modeled for us
and called all those around Him to do as well. Paul preached the Gospel
with the demonstration of the Spirit and power, and was unwilling to leave
any minister of the Gospel to the communication of concepts and ideas
without a proof that what he was saying was indeed the commands and desires
of the Almighty God (1 Corinthians 2:4; 1 Thessalonians 1:5).

The Gospel of Christ and of His Kingdom left to the communication of words
and ideas without the display of God's love and grace will result in people
placing their faith in men, and not in God alone (1 Corinthians 2:4-5). The
Kingdom of God can only be revealed when the Spirit of God is at work
(Matthew 4:23, 9:35, 12:28; Luke 9:2; Galatians 3:5). When the Holy Spirit
invades people's lives, demons go, and sicknesses and diseases are cured.
The Kingdom of God is a demonstration of righteousness, peace, and joy in
the Holy Ghost; and an encounter of Heaven on Earth (Romans 14:17). To have
this living reality of God's presence and power in our lives, we must be
endued with power from on high (Luke 24:49; Acts 1:4, 2:33).

Paul had to contend with people who were caught up in the concepts and
ideas of their own imaginations. These men attempted to turn people's
hearts away from the simplicity of the Gospel --the simplicity of
salvation, signs, wonders, and miracles manifested by the working of the
Holy Spirit. Therefore, Paul's remedy to the confusion was a proof that the
Gospel of the Kingdom was being preached, which is always accompanied by a
demonstration of power in the Church (1 Corinthians 12:7-11, 28). Anyone
can have doctrinal ideas and concepts, but only those anointed by God can
have the demonstration of the Spirit (Acts 14:3; Romans 15:19; Hebrews
2:4). Paul demanded a showdown with these folks who made themselves
authorities concerning the will of God --he demanded to see a display of
power. The Kingdom power was the proof of God in Christ, and is now the
proof of Christ in us (Mark 16:17-20; Matthew 28:18-20; John 14:12; Acts
1:8, 3:6; 2 Corinthians 13:3, 5; 1 John 4:4).
 
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