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Daily Bread - May 19, 2018
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Saturday, 19 May 2018 11:42
Psalms 5:4 - For you are not a God that has pleasure in wickedness; neither
shall evil dwell with you.

God's Holiness - Supreme Morality - Part 3

After God had judged Adam because of his moral failure, his descendants had
become so unlike God there was little evidence they were made in His image
and likeness. God's holiness demanded He judge them because of their
iniquity; and in His desire to redeem man, He found eight souls that had
not defiled themselves (1 Peter 3:20). There was one man who still retained
the moral character of God enough to be called righteous, and so God
preserved Noah and his family to replenish the Earth. In fact, all morality
in men is a reflection of God's nature. What little morality that can be
found in fallen man is only a dim reflection showing how they were created
in His image and likeness.

There are certain events in the Bible that allow us to get a glimpse of the
nature of God. The beauty and awe of His holiness are captured at times
when He more fully reveals Himself to man. One of those instances is found
in the Book of Isaiah. Isaiah was a holy prophet of God, anointed to speak
the Word of God. He was vested with the authority of God that sounded out
the voice of Heaven through his lips. Isaiah, in contrast to the nation of
Israel, was everything that one might think of as the model of holiness.
Yet, Isaiah discovered that his holiness, compared to the holiness
expressed in the throne room of Heaven, was altogether lacking! Isaiah was
not only part of a nation made holy by God, he had received a special
holiness/anointing empowering him with a higher status of holiness as a
prophet. In this special grace he had with God, he was given the ability to
hear and see what was going on in the heavenly realm and to communicate the
holiness of God's Word (Isaiah 1-5).

However, something unique happened when Isaiah was allowed to look into the
throne room and hear the praises being offered by the seraphim (Isaiah
6:1-4). When he heard and saw the holiness in the throne room of God, he
was undone. Struck by the awe of these angels, who expressed shouts of
ecstasy over the holiness of God, Isaiah was ruined. The holiness he had
was no longer good enough; and instead, he found himself vile in
comparison. When compared to these holy creatures, who covered their face
because they were not worthy to look upon God's face and covered their feet
so no part of their body would be exposed to the direct light of His
holiness, Isaiah was destroyed. The scene was too much for him; and under
the conviction of holiness, he regarded himself as unclean and impure. The
lips that had been anointed by God to speak the pure words of God, compared
to the lips of the seraphim, were impure (Isaiah 6:5-8).

Holy, Holy, Holy, is the Lord of Hosts,
The whole Earth is full of His glory!
 
Daily Bread - May 18, 2018
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Friday, 18 May 2018 07:12
Psalms 5:4 - For you are not a God that has pleasure in wickedness; neither
shall evil dwell with you.

God's Holiness - Supreme Morality - Part 2

The perfection of the moral nature demonstrated by God is shown by how He
detests wickedness so much that He cannot be tempted with sin (James 1:13).
All sin and iniquity is not only an offense to life, it is the supreme
violation of everything that is sacred. Every form of a lie, falsehood,
injustice, strife, envy, murder, and everything that belongs to the realm
of sin will not be found in the moral purity of God's nature (Habakkuk
1:13; Galatians 5:19-23; Revelation 21:1-8). The morality of God is pure,
virtuous, blameless, innocent, righteous, and just. God is pure and
innocent of every wrongdoing. He has never sinned and never will (Isaiah
6:3; Psalm 145:17; Hebrews 13:8).

We might ask how can we ever move beyond the blemish of sin and its power
that drives the nature of man in the opposite direction from that of God
(Romans 7:24)? There is only one remedy: to be allowed to start over with a
new nature (2 Corinthians 5:17; 2 Peter 1:3-4; Ezekiel 36:26-27; Hebrews
10:15-17). That kind of new start can only take place by the blood of Jesus
that cleanses us from all sin (John 6:53; 1 John 1:7; Hebrews 10:19-20;
Ephesians 2). The new nature that would move with God instead of away from
Him can only be acquired by being born again (John 3:3-8; 1 Peter 1:22-25).
Through the new birth, we are empowered with God's holiness, so we may grow
and develop in all of His ways (Hebrews 10:15-17; 1 Peter 1:13-19;
Ephesians 5:1-21). Even the nation of Israel was given the ability, through
the commandments of God, to be holy (Exodus 19:6; Leviticus 19:2). How much
more can we fulfill the will of God to be holy as He is Holy with such a
glorious new beginning! (Romans 5:12-21; Hebrews 9:14)

Let God's gift of a new start abound in you! (2 Peter 1:8; 2 Corinthians
9:8,15)
 
Daily Bread - May 17, 2018
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Thursday, 17 May 2018 10:35
Psalms 5:4 - For you are not a God that has pleasure in wickedness; neither
shall evil swell with you.

God's Holiness - Supreme Morality - Part 1

When Adam was created, He was created not only in the outward image and
likeness of God, but also in His inward image and likeness. Adam had God's
holiness, and this holiness defines what morality is. Consequently, in the
Garden was nothing less than moral perfection. When Adam was created, he
was as an infant. He had all the inward and outward likeness of God, but he
had yet to exercise and develop what was given to Him. If He was going to
live and grow into what God had planned and equipped him to be, then he
would have to be willing to will it himself. Tragically, before he could
mature in the splendor of what was given him, Satan plotted against him;
and he fell prey to the satanic lie. He transgressed against God, and the
power of sin and death took possession of him. Under the pretense of
becoming 'like God', he had instead become unlike God. God had no choice
but to judge Adam. Why? Because He cannot fellowship with evil -His
holiness demands it (Psalms 5:4; Habakkuk 1:13; Revelation 21:1-8). The
communion Adam had with God was broken at that point. He had to be cast out
of the Garden of God and forbidden access to God's life (Genesis 3)

The holiness of God is the absolute absence of anything impure, and we can
consider moral purity to be equivalent to God's holiness. Moral purity
might be best captured in the description Jesus gave of a pure heart, which
is the only means by which a person can see God (Matthew 5:8). The same
theme of purity is then taken up and developed further in the New
Testament, and set in opposition to all lust (2 Timothy 2:22). The pure
heart produces righteousness, faith, love, and peace (2 Timothy 2:22; 1
Timothy 1:5; 1 Peter 1:22). Furthermore, John described the purity of God
when he proclaimed how God is light and in Him is no darkness at all (1
John 1:5, 7, 2:8-10, 3:5; John 3:19).

God is dedicated to doing everything that is right, just, and good. He
alone sets the standard of morality from a pure heart (Deuteronomy 32:4).
The whole of God's divine nature establishes the ethical standard of
morality, and the divine nature was described by Peter as faith, virtue,
knowledge, self-control, godliness, patience, brotherly kindness, and love
(2 Peter 1:4-8).

Let God's supreme morality be in you and abound! (2 Peter 1:8)
 
Daily Bread - May 16, 2018
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Wednesday, 16 May 2018 16:55
Leviticus 19:2 - Speak unto all the congregation of the children of Israel,
and say unto them, "You shall be holy; for I, the LORD your God, am Holy."

The Holiness of God - Part 3

God is identified as being Holy more than by any other word used to
describe Him. God's holiness is revealed in His judgments, His statutes,
His commandments, and His decrees. His holiness is revealed through His
devotion to love, purity, and eternal life. In fact, even as the essence of
God is holiness, the essence of holiness is love. Therefore, by
understanding His love, we can more fully understand why He is at war
against everything that is evil and sinful. God's holiness defines life and
how that life can exist forever. All of life flows from the holiness of
God, as a river flows from a fountain's head. All of His goodness, being
the expressions of His nature of holiness, shine with the beauty of His
life: love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, kindness, goodness,
meekness, humility, mercy, forgiveness, compassion, righteousness,
faithfulness, and purity. Those things we would refer to as the fruits of
the Holy Spirit bring to us a more complete revelation of the holiness of
God. Even though the entire Bible provides us with a revelation of God's
holiness, the more specific expressions of His holiness were first captured
in a song in Exodus and continued into Revelation (Exodus 15:1-11;
Revelation 15:3-4).

Who is like unto you, O Lord, among the gods? Who is like you, glorious in
holiness, Fearful in praises, doing wonders? (Exodus 15:11)

And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the
Lamb, saying, Great and marvelous are your works, Lord God Almighty;
RIGHTEOUS and TRUE are your ways, King of the holy ones. (Revelation 15:3)

When God began to define the limits on how close men could come to Him,
more of the sacredness of His holiness was revealed (Exodus 3:5-6, 19:1-25,
24:1-18). The first time God revealed His holiness by Name was when He
called Moses. It would be through God's interaction with Moses that we are
able observe how God prepares a man to approach unto Him, and imparts
holiness so that a man can fulfill His will. The fire of God was the means
by which God captured the attention of Moses. That same fire lit within
Moses the passion to know and interact with the One Who made all things. It
was that fire that drew Him near unto God where He could encounter God's
holiness, be touched by the power of His presence, and be empowered by His
Word to represent Heaven. From the moment that Moses encountered the
holiness of God, he no longer lived for himself, but entered into the realm
of the sacred and became an instrument of righteousness in the hand of God.
This would only be the beginning of the revelation of holiness God would
give to Moses. God would ultimately stand outside of the midst of the fire
and uncover His glory and describe Himself more fully to Moses saying, "I
am merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and
truth" (Exodus 34:6). God is the opposite of a tyrant who demands to have
everything his own way. God is the Keeper of all that pertains to life, and
the goodness and longevity of it. Life, and everything in it, is sacred to
the Lord. Unless men walk in the ways of God, they are only defiling and
abusing that sacredness and goodness of life.

Blessed is everyone that fears the Lord and walks in His ways! (Psalm 128:1)
 
Daily Bread - May 15, 2018
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Tuesday, 15 May 2018 07:24
Leviticus 19:2 - Speak unto all the congregation of the children of Israel,
and say unto them, "You shall be holy; for I, the LORD your God, am Holy."

The Holiness of God - Part 2

The words used to express holiness in the Hebrew language speak of God's
completeness and self-existence. They speak to His consecration to
everything right, just, and good. His absolute supreme and eternal
existence that is far above all things, and His complete separateness from
everything profane and impure, are all denoted by the Hebrew adjective,
'qādôš' (holy), and the noun, 'qōdeš' (holiness). The verb, qādaš,
which also refers to us being made holy, describes that which belongs to
the sphere of the sacred.

Everything in all of the universe was holy until a rebellion was led
against God. In this rebellion, every evil thing was born. God would not
tolerate the injustice and evil of iniquity. His holiness hates and detests
sin and iniquity; and He will not allow it to be in any part of His
Creation. He had given all of His Creation the capacity to continue in the
beauty of holiness and to do what was right; but some refused, and God
judged their sin and them. God, as the Righteous Judge, condemned those who
refused to walk in His ways. If He would have had any other response, He
would not be Holy. God is entirely good, and wholly without evil. If He did
not judge sin and iniquity, He would no longer be Holy. In fact, it is His
judgment against sin which establishes that He is Holy (Leviticus 10:3;
Revelation 15:3-4)

God created Adam in the midst of His holiness and in a Garden of every good
thing. Adam only had one requirement, and that was to learn to obey God
through one simple restriction. When Adam choose to be part of the
rebellion against God, he lost fellowship with God. When Adam was thrust
out of the Garden, God began to make known His unwillingness to have
anything to do with those who choose iniquity. Over the course of time, God
made known His judgments against everything evil, but it was not until the
days of Moses when He began to reveal more specifics about His holiness.
God had not dwelt among men from the time Adam was thrust out of the
Garden. He had only visited with men like Enoch and Abraham. Yet, when God
had prepared a family who He would dwell among, He began to reveal His
holiness.

Be holy, as He is Holy! (1 Peter 1:13-16)
 
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