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Daily Bread - December 15, 2017
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Friday, 15 December 2017 08:13
Ephesians 3:19 - And to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge,
so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

The very idea of the possibility of being filled with God's fullness is
unimaginable. However, when we consider that we have been filled with the
Holy Spirit, and that Jesus and the Father have come to dwell in us, we
recognize this is indeed the will of God for our lives (John 14:17,23;
Colossians 1:27; Ephesians 3:9; Luke 3:16). The indwelling fullness of God
is viewed in chapter four as "the measure of the maturity of the fullness
of Christ" (Ephesians 4:13). The growth and maturity we are called to in
God is directly related to knowing His love. John said if we dwell in love,
then we dwell in God (1 John 4:16). If there is any principle and reality
in God we must grasp, it is that we must walk in love (Ephesians 5:1-2;
John 13:34; Ephesians 4:15). The way of love must decide all of our
responses and direct all of our decisions. The child of God must be willing
to actively participate with the working of the Holy Spirit, Whose desire
is to reveal Jesus and express the love of God through our lives (Galatians
5:22; John 16:14; Acts 1:8; Galatians 1:16, 2:20; Philippians 1:2; Romans
5:5).

Allow the Holy Spirit to express the love of God through you!
 
Daily Bread - December 14, 2017
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Thursday, 14 December 2017 08:50
Deuteronomy 8:3 - And He humbled you, and caused you to hunger, and gave
you manna to eat which you did not know, and your fathers did not know; so
that He could make you know that man does not live by bread alone, but man
lives by every Word from the mouth of Yahoah.

One of the most important things we must learn is that if we are going to
prosper, then we are going to have to obey the Word of God (2 Chronicles
20:20; Joshua 1:8; Psalms 1:1-3). If we are going to benefit from all the
promises that God has made to us, then we must be willing to hold tightly
to the Word of God and not allow it to slip (Hebrews 2:1, 10:23; Romans
4:20; 2 Corinthians 1:20; Deuteronomy 28:1-14; Luke 8:4-15). We must not
stagger or waver concerning the promises of God, but continue to recite the
Word of God and declare those things which He has proclaimed to be true!

There are so many circumstances and influences that would attempt to change
our opinion and confession. Yet, as the people of God, we must recognize
that what God has said is true (Romans 3:4; John 17:17). All we have to do
is to believe and stand firm in His promises (John 6:63; Hebrews 1:3, 4:12,
11:3,6). If we will speak the same thing and mind the same thing that God
has declared, then we will walk through any storm into the blessing as we
walk in agreement with God's Word (Amos 3:3; Isaiah 43:2; Mark 4:39-40).
Satan would come to change our mind; but no matter how pressing the
situation, we must remember and confess: "Man does not live by bread alone,
but by every word that comes from the mouth of Yahoah." (Matthew 4:1-4;
Luke 4:1-4)

If you are in a financial problem, you must have a confession that is in
agreement with the promises and blessings of God. If you are in a physical
distress, then you must have a confession that is in agreement with the
promises and blessings of God. Whatever is in your heart will be declared
from your mouth; and eventually, whatever is in your mouth will be what is
in your heart (Proverbs 4:23; Deuteronomy 30:14; Luke 6:45; Romans 10:8).
God's inspired Word should be our inspiration! His life giving words heal
the sick, and bring new life to those who once were bound by sin. His Word
is the power that framed the Heavens, and His word will bring a miracle to
you (Hebrews 11:3; John 1:14; Psalms 107:20; Matthew 8:8,16; 1 Peter 1:23;
Matthew 13:23). If you will believe, if you will hold fast to the Word of
God and not let it depart out of your mouth, but recite it day and night,
then you will have the results that God has promised to those who live by
His Word (Joshua 1:8; Psalms 1:2; 1 Timothy 4:15; Luke 8:4-15).

Live today by His Word alone!
 
Daily Bread - December 13, 2017
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Wednesday, 13 December 2017 10:43
2 Corinthians 3:3 - You reveal that you are epistles of Christ prepared by
us; written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the Living God; not on
tablets of stone, but on the tablets of a fleshly heart.

The rich parallels that Paul uses to declare the miracle of salvation
reveal the personal work of the Living God in each of our lives. Just as
the Almighty had with His own finger written His law on tablets of stone on
Mount Sinai, He has now written them on the tablets of hearts of flesh
(Exodus 31:18; Deuteronomy 9:10; Jeremiah 31:33; Ezekiel 36:26-27; Hebrews
8:10, 10:15-16). The Spirit of God, Who now lives in us, speaks out the
Word of God and influences every dimension of our being with His own nature
and passions (2 Peter 1:3-4; Philippians 2:13). He has taken a stony heart
and made it a heart of flesh, soft and sensitive to do His will (Ezekiel
11:19, 36:26-27). He has written His laws in our mind and our hearts so
that we will keep His statutes, His judgments, and His precepts (Hebrews
8:10; 10:16; Ezekiel 36:27; Jeremiah 31:33-34). He has given to us the
Spirit of obedience to do those things which His heart designed when He
made man in His own imagine and likeness (Genesis 1:26-31; 1 Corinthians
15:21-22,45; Ephesians 2:1-10; 1 Peter 1:2). He has made our spirit one
with His Spirit, and given to us the ability to know Him (1 Corinthians
6:17; John 14:23, 17:21-23). Through our lives, God desires to announce to
the world that regeneration and renewing of the Holy Ghost has come to man
(Titus 3:5; 2 Corinthians 5:17-21)!

Joy to the world, the LORD has come!
 
Daily Bread - December 12, 2017
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Tuesday, 12 December 2017 07:57
2 Corinthians 3:18 - And all of us with an unveiled face, beholding the
glory of the Lord in a mirror, are transfigured into the same image from
glory to glory, as by the Spirit of the Lord.

Moses beheld the glory of the Lord, and his face shown with the glory of
that encounter. Jesus was caught up into the glory of God, and was
transfigured before Peter, James, and John (Mark 9:2). Today, Gods' people
also have an opportunity to be transfigured. We are transfigured as we
allow our hearts and minds to come into agreement with the Word of God. As
we take hold of those things that God has said about us and believe that we
are what He declares us to be in His Word, then we are renewed in the
spirit of our mind and are transfigured into the image of Christ (Ephesians
4:23; Romans 8:29, 12:1-2).

We must be willing to make no provision for the realm of humanity; but
rather, allow the Spirit of the Lord to clothe us with the splendor and
image of Christ (Romans 13:14; Galatians 3:27). We are suppose to look at
ourselves in the light of what God has both said about us in His Word, and
made us to be, in Christ Jesus. When we look at our reflection, we should
see the glory of the Lord and find ourselves being transfigured into that
glorious image of Christ. We are continually faced with the challenge as to
whether we will believe what man and demon spirits say about us, or to
believe what God says about us in His Word. If we will accept the identity
that we have been given by God in Christ Jesus, and walk according to the
Word of God, then we will realize all of the glory and splendor of the life
of Christ. God has an image and identity for us, and that is the image and
identity of Christ Jesus. God predestinated us to be conformed to this
image (Romans 8:29). We were given this image when we were born of the
Spirit. At that moment, we were created anew in Christ Jesus after the
likeness of His righteousness and true holiness (Ephesians 4:24). This is
what God desires for us to know about ourselves: that for us to live is
Christ (Galatians 2:20; Colossians 3:10; Philippians 1:21; 2 Corinthians
5:14-21; 1 Corinthians 1:30).

If we are willing to take on the image of the Son, then we will discover an
ever increasing glory of the manifest presence of Christ Jesus in our lives
(2 Corinthians 3:18; Romans 12:2; Ephesians 1:17-18, 3:19). If we refuse to
accept anything other than what God has said about us in the Bible, then we
will arise out of the ashes of shame and failure and experience a continual
increase of God's manifest glory and power in our lives -and we will shine
as the sun (Isaiah 60:1; Matthew 5:14; Philippians 2:15; Matthew 13:43;
17:2)!

Accept your identity only as God has declared it to be in His Word!
 
Daily Bread - December 11, 2017
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Monday, 11 December 2017 14:15
2 Peter 1:19-21 - And we have a more certain Word of prophecy that you do
well to take hold of as a light shining in a murky place until the day
shines through and the morning star arises in your heart. Knowing this
first, that every prophecy of the Scripture did not come by one's own
interpretation. For prophecy did not come at anytime by the will of man,
but was brought forth under the Holy Spirit, as holy men of God spoke.

It was through prophecy that the Word of God came. Prophecy is the
utterance of the Holy Spirit brought forth through the mouth of man. When
men are totally yielded to God, they may come under the control of the Holy
Spirit and be a mouthpiece for the Holy Spirit to speak. This utterance may
be so exact that it may be called the Word of God. Such influence and
control of the Holy Spirit would be likened to the utterances given to the
hundred-twenty on the day of Pentecost. They so came under the Divine
influence and control of the Holy Spirit, that they had no control over
what they spoke. They spoke as the Holy Spirit gave them the utterance
(Acts 2:4).

All of the treasures of wisdom and knowledge are found in Jesus Christ, Who
is the Word made flesh (Colossians 2:2-3; John 1:1-5,14). God the Father
testified of Him on the Mount of Transfiguration, and Peter heard His voice
(2 Peter 1:16-18; Matthew 17:1-9; Mark 9:1-9). Yet here in his letter,
Peter includes all who are willing to study the Word of God in this great
moment of revelation, because Jesus is revealed with all the more certainty
for everyone to see in the Scriptures. Anyone who will simply give
themselves to the study of the Word of God will see that Jesus is the Son
of God and the Savior of the world (John 5:39; Psalms 40:7; Hebrews
10:5-10; 1 Peter 1:11-12,25; 2 Timothy 2:15).

We need to value the spiritual growth that comes from drinking the milk of
the Word (1 Peter 2:2-3; Isaiah 28:9-10; Hebrews 4:12, 5:12-14; 2 Timothy
3:14-17). If we would take a hold of the reality that man does not live by
bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God; then
perhaps the study of the Word of God would be come more meaningful to us.
The Word of God is certainly more important than the food we value for our
natural lives (Matthew 4:4; Luke 4:4; Deuteronomy 8 ).

If we will give ourselves to knowing the Heavenly things that God locked up
in His Word, then surely the treasures of Heaven will be opened to us; and
the revelation of the things of the Spirit will shine with the radiance of
Heaven into our understanding (Ephesians 1:17-23). God's Word is a Light
that shines in a dark and uncertain world full of fears and doubts.
Father's will is that you and I come to realize the liberating knowledge of
the Truth that may ONLY be found in the glorious Light of His Word. All the
revelatIon of Heaven and the ages to come are found in the face of Jesus
Christ, the Savior of the world (2 Peter 1:19; Psalms 36:9, 119:130; Isaiah
8:20, 9:2, 60:1-2; Hosea 6:5; John 1:4,9; 2 Peter 1:3-4; 2 Corinthians
3:17-18, 4:3-7). As we handle the Word of Life, and gaze upon those
wonderful Words of God, we are handling that Eternal Life which was
manifested -Christ Jesus the Lord (1 John 1:1-7, 2:8; Psalm 36:9). Give
yourself to the study of the Word of God; and you will discover an ever
increasing revelation of Jesus, in Whom all the fulness of the Godhead
dwells (2 Timothy 2:15, 3:15; Isaiah 28:9-10; Colossians 2:6-10, 3:1-3,
1:9-29; Ephesians 3:14-21).

Gaze upon the face of Jesus in the Word!
 
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