Daily Bread - May 11, 2020 (The Second Day - Genesis 1:6-8)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Monday, 11 May 2020 08:14
Deuteronomy 28:1 - It shall be that if you will diligently listen to the
voice of the Lord your God to observe to do all His commandments which I
command you this day, the Lord your God will set you on high above all the
nations of the Earth.

There is nothing about God that has changed. The way He felt about things
in the days of the Old Testament is the way He feels about them today. God
has set before us life and death, and has asked us to choose life
(Deuteronomy 30:15-16, 10:12-21; Joshua 24:14-15; Romans 6:23, 8:6; Mark
16:16; John 3:36). The abundant life God has given us is the life of Christ
Jesus the Living Word, Who now lives in those that believe. We are called
to come and dwell in Him with total dependence upon Him. If we come to
Jesus, and yet are unwilling to walk in obedience to His Word and abide in
His life, we will wither and be cast out from relationship with Him (John
15:1-6). If we believe we can sow to sin and iniquity, and participate with
the lust of the eye, the lust of the flesh, and the pride of life --and yet
still live the life of Jesus-- we are deceived. If we sow to the life of
disobedience, we will reap corruption and death (Galatians 6:7-8; 1 John
2:15-17). God has called us to walk in His Word, to keep His commandments,
and to give our life to living in the Holy Spirit. Jesus said: "If you keep
My commandments, then you love Me, and those who love Me will be loved by
My Father" (John 14:15, 23-24, 15:14; 1 John 2:5, 5:3).

From the beginning, God has called those who would walk with Him to be
perfect (Genesis 17:1). If we will keep His commandments and walk in his
law of life, then we will be blessed. This is not so much a matter of
rewards or punishments; rather there are laws to life and blessings, and
these laws are taught to us by the Word of God. If we choose rather to
follow the ways of sin, then the laws of sin and death dictate destruction.
When we were dead in our trespasses in sin, the spirit of disobedience
governed our lives (Ephesians 2:1-2). When we were delivered from the law
of sin and death, we were given the Spirit of obedience to walk in all the
ways of God. God has worked a marvelous miracle for us in Christ Jesus, and
has given us a transformed life and the aid of all Heaven to do what He has
commanded. It is no wonder that Jesus said, "Be perfect, even as your
Father in Heaven is perfect" (Matthew 5:48; 2 Corinthians 13:11; 2 Timothy
3:17; Ephesians 4:13; John 17:23; and Colossians 1:28; Hebrews 13:21).

If we are going to dwell in a place of safety and be kept by the power of
God, then we must hear and obey the Word of God. God has given us life, and
life more abundantly. In this life we have been given the ability to
understand the laws of the Spirit of life, and be kept in the ways of God
that we might inherit the blessing in every dimension of our life (Romans
8:2; John 10:10; 1 Peter 1:5). Our Provider, Protector, and Perfecter will
keep us from all harm --no matter what the condition of things may be. In
the day of trouble, He will hide us and be our refuge (Psalm 9:9, 27:5,
46:1-3; Proverbs 1:33). When the devourer comes to destroy, we will be out
of reach. If we will simply obey God's Word and walk in His ways no matter
what the opposition, we will step into the inheritance and live in the
blessings of God (Joshua 1:8).
 
Daily Bread - May 9 2020 (The Seventh Day - Genesis 1:24-31)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Saturday, 09 May 2020 06:37
Acts 9:31 - Then all of the churches had peace throughout Judea, Galilee,
and Samaria; being built up and moving in the fear of the Lord and in the
encouragement of the Holy Spirit multiplied.

Although there was one governing body of the Church as depicted in Acts, of
which the apostles were the overseers, there were many different local
churches as expressed by the plural 'ekklesiai'.

The Old Testament teaches the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom
(Psalms 111:10; Proverbs 9:10). The Psalmist taught that through the fear
of the Lord, we would learn to keep our tongue from evil and our lips from
speaking guile. The fear of the Lord causes a person to depart from evil
and pursue peace (Psalms 34:11-14). The fear of the Lord is the hating of
evil, arrogance, and pride (Proverbs 8:13). The expression "the fear of the
Lord" is only found one time in the New Testament; but an equivalent
expression, "the fear of God", is found three times (2 Corinthians 7:1;
Ephesians 5:21; 1 Peter 2:17). Peter, also quotes Psalms 34:12-14 in the
context of inheriting a blessing. The most common characteristic of the
fear of the Lord is the hating of evil and the loving of righteousness. It
was Jesus, Who above all others, modeled this consecration to life and the
ways of the Father, and therefore, was given this testimony: "You have
loved righteousness and hated iniquity; therefore God, Your God, has
anointed You with the oil of extreme joy above Your fellows" (Hebrews 1:9;
Psalms 45:6-7).

The comfort, or encouragement ('paraklesis'), of the Holy Spirit is only
one of the many different things the Holy Spirit does. He is called the
'Parakletos' in John 14:16. Parakletos is difficult to translate because it
has such a wide area of meaning such as helper, encourager, comforter,
mediator, advocate, intercessor, etc. The most outstanding reality of the
'Parakletos' is that He was sent to take the place of Jesus as another
'Parakletos'. Now, instead of the Lord Jesus teaching the apostles and
being their companion, it was the Holy Spirit.
 
Daily Bread - May 8, 2020 (The Sixth Day - Genesis 1:20-23)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Friday, 08 May 2020 10:45
Psalm 46 - God is our refuge and strength very present in distress.
Therefore, we will not be afraid of the changes in the Earth, or in its
shaking the mountains into the heart of the seas; though its waters rage
and foam, its mountains heave with its swelling. Selah. There is a river
whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy tabernacles of the Most
High. God is in the midst of her; she shall not be shaken; God will help
her at the break of dawn. The nations rage, the kingdoms shake; He uttered
His voice, the earth melted. Yahoah of Hosts is with us; the God of Jacob
is our security. Selah. Come, behold the works of Yahoah; what desolation
He has made in the Earth. He makes wars to cease throughout the Earth; He
breaks the bow and snaps the spear; He burns the chariots in the fire. Be
still and know that I am God exalted among the nations, exalted in the
Earth. Yahoah of Hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our security. Selah.

Part 3 ~ Jesus' Exaltation Expressed Through Those Who Trust Him

If we will put our trust in the Lord, then we will discover there is
nothing too difficult for God. The reality of Christ Jesus being exalted
above all powers and authorities is expressed through those who trust and
obey Him. The Almighty God is here to lead us and guide us, to protect and
defend us; but we must be willing to follow Him and put our trust in Him.
We cannot rise up in defense for ourselves, or turn to our own abilities to
provide a solution if the Lord is to be exalted. If we will turn to the
Lord Jesus and cry out to Him, then surely He will perform a miracle for us
today!

We can rest assured that everything opposed to the good will and pleasure
of our God will come to an end. The Almighty God, and His will alone, will
be exalted among the nations, and exalted in the Earth. Today, put your
trust in the faithfulness of the Lord, and His will shall be done in your
life as it is in Heaven. Let us all say with stout hearts and in full
assurance of the faith, that our God reigns --and He will come and deliver
us!
 
Daily Bread - April 7, 2020 (The Fifth Day - Genesis 1:20-23)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Thursday, 07 May 2020 14:23
Psalm 46 - God is our refuge and strength very present in distress.
Therefore, we will not be afraid of the changes in the Earth, or in its
shaking the mountains into the heart of the seas; though its waters rage
and foam, its mountains heave with its swelling. Selah. There is a river
whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy tabernacles of the Most
High. God is in the midst of her; she shall not be shaken; God will help
her at the break of dawn. The nations rage, the kingdoms shake; He uttered
His voice, the earth melted. Yahoah of Hosts is with us; the God of Jacob
is our security. Selah. Come, behold the works of Yahoah; what desolation
He has made in the Earth. He makes wars to cease throughout the Earth; He
breaks the bow and snaps the spear; He burns the chariots in the fire. Be
still and know that I am God exalted among the nations, exalted in the
Earth. Yahoah of Hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our security. Selah.

Part 2 ~ Being Still

The Hebrew word we translate "be still" may also be translated "relax." The
God of our salvation and deliverance is saying, "Come, find rest for your
souls." (Matthew 11:29; Jeremiah 6:16). The Shepherd and Bishop of our
souls will protect and defend us; He will never leave nor forsake us. He
will calm the storms that would rage against us and will continually say,
"Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid" (John 14:27).

Whatever calamity you may be facing, or desperate situation you may find
yourself in, just stop and listen and hear the Lord say, "Relax, be still."
As He said to Moses and to the people of Israel when they were faced with
the Red Sea on one side and the armies of Egypt on the other, He will say
to you today: "Be still - for the Lord will fight for you" (Exodus
14:13-14). Let your heart be comforted with the same words of assurance God
comforted the heart of Jehoshaphat with, when Jahaziel prophesied saying,
"Stand still... for the Lord will be with you" (2 Chronicles 20:14-17). It
is in this stillness and confidence that you will find His strength (Isaiah
30:15). If these men had been unwilling to trust the Lord, then there would
have been a lost opportunity for God to be exalted among the nations, and
exalted in the Earth. Let there be no lost opportunities among us.
 
Daily Bread - May 6, 2020 (The Fourth Day - Genesis 1:14-19)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Wednesday, 06 May 2020 14:38
Psalm 46 - God is our refuge and strength very present in distress.
Therefore, we will not be afraid of the changes in the Earth, or in its
shaking the mountains into the heart of the seas; though its waters rage
and foam, its mountains heave with its swelling. Selah. There is a river
whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy tabernacles of the Most
High. God is in the midst of her; she shall not be shaken; God will help
her at the break of dawn. The nations rage, the kingdoms shake; He uttered
His voice, the earth melted. Yahoah of Hosts is with us; the God of Jacob
is our security. Selah. Come, behold the works of Yahoah; what desolation
He has made in the earth. He makes wars to cease throughout the earth; He
breaks the bow and snaps the spear; He burns the chariots in the fire. Be
still and know that I am God exalted among the nations, exalted in the
Earth. Yahoah of Hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our security. Selah.

Part 1 ~ The River Whose Streams Make Glad

The rivers of the Holy Spirit that flow through our lives may also be
viewed as the river that ran through the paradise of God in Eden and the
river flowing through the City of God. These are rivers of life and rivers
of joy (Psalm 36:9; John 7:38-39). Wherever these waters of revival flow,
they cause life to spring up through the touch of God's mighty presence
(Ezekiel 47:1:12; Zechariah 14:8; Isaiah 43:20-21, 66:12; Revelation 22:1).

Today, there is a river that flows out of our innermost being. God has made
us His tabernacles because the glory of His presence resides in our lives.
Wherever His presence is felt, His river of life causes that which was
barren and lifeless to spring up with the abundance of His life. His rivers
of life produce joy and purity, and bring forth the same miracles that the
presence of Jesus produced when He ministered to the desolate wilderness of
mankind's life nearly 2000 years ago. The ministry of Jesus lives on today
as the rivers of God flow forth from His tabernacles (John 7:38-39; 1
Corinthians 3:16). The presence of the Lord is to us as broad rivers in a
dry place (Isaiah 33:2, 33:21). We have rivers of life flowing out of us
that make the lame to walk, the blind to see, open prison doors, and set
the captive free!
 
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