Daily Bread - May 16, 2020 (The Seventh Day - Genesis 1:24-31)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Saturday, 16 May 2020 09:18
1 Peter 2:2 - As newborn babes, long for the genuine milk of the Word that
you may grow by it.

Part 2 ~ Maturing By The Pure Word of God

When we were born of the Spirit, we were not born as fully-matured children
of God. As newborn babies, we then desire the pure Word of God so that we
can grow (1 Peter 2:2). Grow into what? The fullness of the measure of the
maturity of the ministry of Christ Jesus (Ephesians 4:13). To grow and
mature, then, we must engage in what the Word of God commands us to do. We
must begin to move in faith, which dictates to us to function in a realm of
impossibility (Matthew 17:20, 21:21). We must lay hands on the sick and
command devils to go (Mark 16:17; Acts 8:6-7; Matthew 10:8). If we fail to
see the results that the Word of God describes, we do not back down, but
press on to higher ground (Hebrews 10:35). There is a realm of the Holy
Ghost that we are commanded to function in and which we must contend for
(Jude 1:3; 1 Corinthians 14:1; Hebrews 11:6). We must not allow ourselves
to be discouraged or faint of heart, but move into our inheritance no
matter what obstacles or opposing forces we encounter (Joshua 1:6-8; Romans
8:17; 1 Corinthians 16:13; Matthew 16:18).

Many stand by and want God to work a miracle, not realizing that this work
has been entrusted to the Church (1 Corinthians 12:28; Acts 1:8; 4:33, 6:8,
19:11; Ephesians 1:17-23). We must lay hold of the authority to do these
works and greater works (John 14:12). A little anointing is not enough; we
must increase more and more until the fullness of Jesus is revealed. I
watch as so many become discouraged because a prayer they prayed was not
answered, or a miracle they believed for was not accomplished. Instead,
each one of us should be determined to lay hold of those things God has
made available. How can we believe, and then back down from our pursuit of
all the fullness of God that has been poured out through the Holy Ghost?
Did we do that in school when our efforts returned a poor grade? No, we
kicked in and stepped up to a greater commitment to understand and do the
things required. If we will make the Word of Life our reason for living,
and not back down from those things which God has said, we will mature into
everything it describes. We must not alter the Word; or we will only have
those things which we've made up instead of the full maturity of the sons
of God that Christ Jesus purchased for us at Calvary (Romans 8:29;
Galatians 4:7; Ephesians 4:13).
Daily Bread - May 15, 2020 (The Sixth Day - Genesis 1:20-23)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Friday, 15 May 2020 10:13
1 Peter 2:2 - As newborn babes, long for the genuine milk of the Word that
you may grow by it.

Part 1 ~ God's Word Nourishes

In order to cooperate with God, we must know His will. His will is
expressed to us by His Word. However, if our hearts are hard and callous
against God, then we cannot be subject to His Word. The unredeemed person
has a stony and callous heart which is described by the prophet Ezekiel
when he announced what God would do to change the heart: "A new heart also
will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take
away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you a heart of
flesh. And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my
statutes, and you shall keep my judgments, and do them." (Ezekiel 36:26-27).

When a person is born of the Spirit and of the Word, they receive a new
heart that is sensitive and yielded to God (Colossians 2:11; Romans 8:2).
God writes His Word on these fleshly tables of our heart so that we may
know them, be inspired by them, and sensitive to them (2 Corinthians 3:3).
His Word builds us up and gives us an inheritance among all the saints
(Acts 20:32). His Word strengthens, quickens, and causes us to grow
(Hebrews 4:12; 1 Thessalonians 2:13). We must recognize sin hardens the
heart and makes it hard against the Word of God (Hebrews 3:13; Psalms
66:18). However, through an obedient and submissive heart to the Holy
Spirit, we are able to lay aside all of those things opposing us. Through a
new and sensitive heart towards God, we are able to receive the fresh
nourishment of the Word that causes us to grow and mature.
Daily Bread - May 14, 2020 (The Fifth Day - Genesis 1:20-23)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Thursday, 14 May 2020 09:01
1 Corinthians 15:46 - Now the spiritual was not first, but the natural;
then afterwards, the spiritual.

One of the important features of this verse is that it provides insight
into the contrast and definition of the spiritual and the natural (1
Corinthians 2:14). These two words: spiritual (pneumatikos) and natural
(psychikos), are used by Paul to describe the transition that must take
place in our thinking and conduct since we have been born of God. This
verse describes the contrast between what is earthly and heavenly. It is
important we recognize it is not a contrast between what is demonic, or
sinful, and heavenly. Christ Jesus, Who is the life giving spirit because
He was not created but incarnated into flesh, gives us the life of the
Spirit through the miracle of faith; whereas in Adam, we have been confined
to an earthly existence and subject to every natural law.

The new birth is a spiritual birth that comes through Jesus, the life
giving spirit, by the Holy Ghost, and results in that which is heavenly. We
are a new creation, not shaped from earthly materials nor conceived through
natural means (John 1:15-16, 3:6). We should no longer think and act like
mere men shaped and fashioned after Adam, but rather as heirs of God
created in Christ Jesus (1 Corinthians 3:9; Ephesians 2:10; Galatians 6:15;
2 Corinthians 5:17). Through the resurrection life that is in Christ Jesus,
we can now bear the image of the heavenly in our conduct and behavior just
as we will one day outwardly when we shall see Him as He is (1 John 3:2).

Although we have not received the spiritual body, we have received the
spiritual, or heavenly, life. The natural body is completely compatible
with the spiritual and heavenly life as modeled for us by Jesus, Who
condemned sin in the flesh (Romans 8:2; 1 Timothy 3:16; 1 John 4:3; John
1:14). We are not of this world, we are of Heaven even though our
tabernacle is an earthly body of clay (John 15:19, 17:14,16; 2 Corinthians
4:7). Adam does not represent the ideal human being. The ideal is only
found in the Person, Christ Jesus. Each one of us began our life in a
purely natural existence, but are now changed into the same image of Christ
Jesus and are commanded to be conformed to that image (Romans 8:29; 2
Corinthians 3:18). Through the new birth, we live a spiritual life by our
new nature --like that of the Man from Heaven, Christ Jesus (Galatians
2:20; Romans 6:4; John 17:21-23; 2 Corinthians 13:5).
Daily Bread - May 13, 2020 (The Fourth Day - Genesis 1:14-19)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Wednesday, 13 May 2020 06:32
1 Corinthians 15:25 - For He must reign until He has put all enemies under
His feet.

Christ Jesus reigns today! He began His reign to put down all his enemies
2000 years ago when He was exalted to the right hand of the Father (Acts
2:33, 5:31, 7:55-56; Hebrews 1:13, 10:13; and Ephesians 1:20; Philippians
2:9;1 Peter 1:21; Matthew 22:44; Psalm 110:1). After having defeated the
powers of darkness, He was given the place of sovereign authority to rule
until everything opposed to the Kingdom of God is brought to an end
(Revelation 1:18; Colossians 2:15).

The rulership of Jesus Christ has begun among those who have willingly
received His rulership and have embraced the transformation brought to us
through His Name. To those who have come under His dominion, He has also
given power through the outpouring of the Holy Spirit and Fire to exercise
authority over all of the enemies of God. We must be willing to recognize
that Jesus reigns for the purpose of destroying every power of sin and
death. Should we make the mistake of believing that somehow God is at peace
with sin and death --and is not militant against it-- then we would believe
a lie and be damned! He is reigning now in our lives; and where He reigns,
sin and death have no power; but are destroyed wherever they raise their
rebellious and treasonous head (1 John 3:8; John 12:31, 16:11; and Luke
10:19; Mark 16:17; Romans 6:12,14).

In the future Jesus will come and reign for 1000 years over all mankind,
whether they willing accept Him or not. He will rule with a rod of iron,
and he will crush all rebellion and opposition (Psalm 2:9; Revelation 2:27,
19:15, 20:3-7; Zechariah 14:16-19). At the end of that age, Satan and every
power of sin and death --and all those who joined league with them-- will
be cast into the lake of fire; and the age of sin and death will be
eternally over. God has given us the power to live in the glory of His
nature and will. He has made us His temple and dwelling place. Will you
continue to listen to the deceptions and propaganda of the Satanic lie that
gives power to sin and disobedience? Or will you instead rise up together
in His righteous cause, and say: "Christ Jesus reigns supremely, and His
will shall be done!"
Daily Bread - May 12, 2020 (The Third Day - Genesis 1:9-13)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Tuesday, 12 May 2020 15:10
1 Corinthians 15:24 - Then the end, when He hands over the Kingdom to God
and the Father, when every ruler and every authority and power is put down.

It is essential that we recognize we are engaged in a great conflict
against the powers of darkness (Ephesians 6:11-12; 1 Peter 5:8; James 4:7;
and Acts 26:18; 2 Corinthians 4:4; Titus 2:11-12). Through Christ Jesus,
Who alone has defeated all the powers of darkness, we are promised both
authority and victory over every one of their works. We have been given the
strength of the Lord and the power of His might to engage these diabolical
forces that would once again overthrow us, even as they did Adam. We have
been given the very power of God and the authority of Christ to destroy
their works, if we are willing to walk in the authority that is in Christ

Jesus, Who has been exalted to the highest place of authority, will reign
in His supreme position until every ruler, authority, and power has no more
place to function in God's world (Acts 2:33; Hebrews 1:13). Jesus, by
Himself, disarmed every ruler and authority, and destroyed Satan's
stronghold over man (Colossians 2:15; Hebrews 2:14-15). Through Christ
Jesus, God delivered us from the power of darkness and translated us into
the Kingdom of the Dear Son where Jesus Himself reigns, every power and
authority being subject to Him (Colossians 1:13; 1 Peter 3:22; Ephesians
1:21). Jesus, as a man, overthrew every power and authority of Satan Adam
had become subject to; insomuch, that Jesus said, "Now is the prince of
this world judged, now is the prince of this world cast out" (John 12:31,

As the sons of God, we are commissioned by God to walk in absolute
authority over all of these powers of darkness. The prince and power of the
air --the spirit that now works in the children of disobedience-- is made
subject to every demand of Jesus and His saints (Matthew 28:18; Luke 10:19;
Ephesians 1:20-23; 1 Peter 3:22). Although Satan still has the power to
oppose mankind and to fight against the saints, Christ Jesus has ensured
our conquest against all of their forces (Ephesians 6:10-12; 2 Corinthians
10:4; Luke 10:19; and 1 John 2:14, 4:4, 5:18). We are commissioned by God
to tear down and overthrow their works wherever we encounter them (John
14:12; 1 John 3:8, 5:4-5; and Revelation 2:7,11,17,26, and 3:5,12,21, 21:7).

Everything we are engaged in today is moving to one final conclusion: the
ultimate removal and destruction of every ruler, authority, and power that
is opposed to God. Soon, Satan will be cast into the bottomless pit for
1000 years, and Christ Jesus and His saints will rule with a rod of iron
(Revelation 20:1-3, 2:27, 19:15). At the end of the 1000 years, Satan will
be released for a season; and every rebel and every ruler, authority, and
power opposed to God will be destroyed in one final judgment (Revelation
20:7-11, 21:1-5; 2 Peter 3:10-13; Isaiah 65:17).
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