Daily Bread - April 11, 2020 (The Seventh Day - Genesis 1:24-31)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Saturday, 11 April 2020 11:31
Romans 4:17 - As also it is written, "I have made you a father of many
nations" --before God whom you have believed, Who gives life to those that
are dead, and calls into existence the things that do not exist.

God makes faith easy for us to understand by giving us models of faith like
Abraham. Faith comes from a direct interaction with God: He speaks and we
believe and obey! The foundation of faith is absolute trust in God. Abraham
trusted God and left the protection of his homeland and family, and
followed God not knowing where he was going (Hebrews 11:8). Abraham stepped
into a relationship with God which brought certainty that what God had
promised, He would also do (Hebrews 10:23, 11:11; 2 Corinthians 1:20).
Abraham became the father and example of faith to all who would follow.
Even when everything was against a remote possibility of receiving the
promise, he did not stagger at the promises of God, but remained strong in
faith (Romans 4:20-21).

God makes operating in faith easy; all we need to do is rely upon the Holy
Spirit. The Word of God declares to us what God has promised, and the Holy
Spirit supplies us with the assurance, boldness, and confidence --and the
divine ability of faith-- to do it. Faith comes to us from the Holy Spirit,
and unless we yield to Him we are left to our own human ability (Galatians
3:5, 5:22-23; 1 Corinthians 12:8-9; Acts 4:31). To have the supply of faith
God has provided for us demands that we have a personal relationship with
the Holy Spirit. We need to recognize His place in our life, and allow God
to develop within us a dependency upon Him (Romans 8:14,16; Galatians
5:16). Faith is not something we can do on our own --it is something we
depend upon God to give us.

Faith enables us to see the results God has promised, and causes us to
rejoice as though it was already done! Childlike faith is all that is
needed for God to do great works for us and through us. Men depend on their
wisdom, insight, and maturity to accomplish things; but God just wants us
to trust Him, and allow the Holy Spirit to fill us with mountain-moving
faith (Jeremiah 9:23-34; 17:5-8; Psalm 33, 46; Matthew 21:21).
 
Daily Bread - April 10, 2020 (The Sixth Day - Genesis 1:20-23)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Friday, 10 April 2020 15:56
Exodus 24:8 - And Moses took the blood and sprinkled it upon the people;
and said, "This is the blood of the covenant which Yahoah cut with you,
concerning all of these words."

The Covenant of God is relational; not legal. It is a consecration to
devoted love, which God upholds through His faithfulness and tender
mercies. The closest thing we have in modern times to the concept of this
kind of covenant is marriage. Just as marriage is relationship of love; so
is the Covenant of God (Ephesians 5:25-33).

There is no better example of an Old Testament covenant than that which
existed between God and Abraham. God sought Abraham out, and offered him a
relationship. All men are obligated to do is to love God and obey His
direction. Yet, even when they refused to be faithful, as Israel did, God
in His devoted love continued to remain consecrated to them. One of the
examples of God's devoted love to Israel is found in the story of Hosea and
Gomer. God commanded His prophet to marry a harlot, who refused to remain
faithful (Hosea 3:1-4, 2:5-23). In order to gain her commitment, the
prophet purchased her by giving her the amount that she would normally sell
herself for.

God's covenant of love was established for all men everywhere --anyone who
would believe-- through the pouring out of His own own blood (1 John 2:2;
Romans 3:26). Through His life's blood, He consecrated Himself to a devoted
love for us. Through His blood, He broke all other claims held over our
lives, so that we might only belong to Him. Jesus takes His life, both body
and blood, and invites us to come into the communion of this Covenant of
love, and dwell with Him (John 6:56). Through His own faithfulness and
tender mercies, He extended to us that which we could never afford. He
blessed us with this Covenant --not based on any works of righteousness
which we have done, but according to His great love wherewith He loves us
(Titus 3:5; Ephesians 1:6-7, 2:4-6; 2 Timothy 1:9).

This same love also strengthens us, establishes us, and perfects us. God
sought us out and pursued us, loving us so much that He gave us His only
begotten Son. His love will never fail. If we will only believe and dwell
in this covenant love that God has for us, we will discover the glorious
reality of the life of fellowship with God; and the life of victory over
sin and all the powers of darkness (Ephesians 3:17-19; 1 John 4:10; 1 John
4:16-18). Let us all believe God and obey His voice, and come into the
fellowship of the Covenant of love God has made for us through the
consecration of His own life (Deuteronomy 29:12; Matthew 26:28; Colossians
1:20; Acts 20:28).
 
Daily Bread - April 9, 2020 (The Fifth Day - Genesis 1:20-23)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Thursday, 09 April 2020 10:54
Exodus 12:13 - And the blood shall be a sign upon your houses with you
there; and I will see the blood, and I will passover (protect) you, and the
plague of death shall not be upon you to destroy when the destroyer is in
the land of Egypt.

The blood that redeems and protects is the blood of the Covenant. The blood
of the passover lamb represented the blood of Jesus. On that night in
Egypt, the Almighty God made a difference between His covenant people and
all other peoples of the Earth. It was the blood of the Covenant that set
them apart. Wherever the blood of the Covenant was applied, death had no
power to claim their souls (Exodus 12:23; Hebrews 11:28). A similar event
will happen to each person individually. One day death will come to claim
you; but if the blood of Christ has been applied to your life, the power of
death and hell will have no rights. The protection of God's covenant, His
life-giving blood, is the supreme power over all the powers of death. Satan
cannot reach beyond the blood and take you into his plague of a second
death: where he will rule in hell. Rather, the angels of the Lord will come
and carry you away into the presence of the Lord (Luke 16:22; 2 Corinthians
5:8). Those who do not belong to the Covenant made with the blood of Jesus
are under death's power and reign; but those upon whom the blood has been
applied are sealed with the Spirit, and are protected. Only by the blood of
the Covenant can the sin and transgression be blotted out, and the soul
rescued in the day of judgment (Matthew 26:28; Acts 26:18; Ephesians 1:7;
Hebrews 9:22; and 1 John 1:7,9).

Through the blood of the Covenant, we have been delivered from the Egypt
(that is, slavery) of this world. Through Christ Jesus, we have been
brought out of the realm of darkness, and translated into the promised land
of the Kingdom of the Dear Son (Colossians 1:13; 1 Peter 2:9; Ephesians
2:3-6; Hebrews 9:14; 1 John 2:8; and Romans 6:18,22). Satan and all of his
demonic forces cannot come and steal us back; they cannot reach beyond the
power of the blood. The demonic strongholds have been broken forever for
all those who will live by the blood of Jesus (John 6:53, 12:31, 16:11;
Colossians 2:15). The life we now live is the life of Jesus -imparted by
His blood (1 John 5:8, 5:11-12). We have become bone of His bone and flesh
of His flesh, shaped and formed from Him (Ephesians 5:30). All that God has
supplied to us --new life, His Spirit, health, and prosperity-- are all
supplied by the death of His Only Begotten Son, by the blood of Calvary! (2
Corinthians 13:14; 1 Corinthians 10:16; John 6:53-56; Romans 8:2; 1 John
1:7).

Christ Jesus, Who is the Passover Lamb, invites all to receive His
protection and come under His care (1 Corinthians 5:7; John 19:14). When we
call upon the Name of the Lord, the blood He poured out upon the Cross is
immediately applied to our lives; even as it was applied to those houses in
Egypt. The blood becomes the distinguishing mark upon our lives, even as it
was upon Israel then. The blood can then be seen by both God and the
destroyer. The blood of Jesus provides us with communion and fellowship
with God --imparting into us the life of Christ (Matthew 26:28; Luke 22:20;
John 6:53-56; 1 Corinthians 10:16). It is with the blood of Jesus that we
come into the realm of the Spirit and stand in the Holies of Holies
(Hebrews 10:19). Even as Moses sprinkled the blood upon the people, let the
blood of Jesus be sprinkled upon your heart and mind today, and everyday
for the rest of your life (1 Peter 1:2; Hebrews 9:19,21; 1 John 1:7).
 
Daily Bread - April 8, 2020 (The Fourth Day - Genesis 1:14-19)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Wednesday, 08 April 2020 10:19
1 John 4:18 - There is no fear in love --perfect love casts out all fear,
because fear has torment. Now, he who fears is not perfected in love.

Fear is the father of all doubt and unbelief. Fear is the realm of distrust
and darkness, which causes men to draw back and run and hide. Fear first
existed between God and man when Adam ran and hid from the presence of the
Lord because he was afraid --his disobedience had made him a prisoner of
fear. Through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, we who were once far
away are brought near by His blood. The Lord has granted us peace and
freedom from all condemnation, and has invited us into His love. We are now
delivered from the bondage of fear and given the Spirit of sonship, whereby
we say that God is our Father (Romans 8:15).

Love refuses to allow fear in, but this love is found only in the perfect
union and relationship that has been granted to us in Christ Jesus. There
is a safety and security in God that goes far beyond that which a trusting
child has in its loving father. This love of God that we are called to live
in, and to know and believe, is a love that cannot fail. If we will dwell
in the love God has for us --the perfect union that He has given-- we will
not know fear. The Lord tells us more than 360 times "not to fear," because
if we will walk with Him, there are no limits to what He will do for us.

There is, however, a holy fear: the fear of the Lord that belongs to the
realm of the Spirit (Isaiah 11:2-3). It is the awesome reverence for God
and His eternal ways. It is a disdain for evil and iniquity (Proverbs
8:13). In the love of God, this kind of holy fear will only increase,
whereas the fear that belongs to the realms of darkness will be completely
removed.

Dwelling confidently in God's love for us gives us a bold faith. The
love-trust that we should have in God is where faith grows --a faith that
is supplied by the Holy Spirit, which works by love (Galatians 5:6). When
Jairus, the ruler of the synagogue, heard that his daughter was dead, Jesus
said, "Fear not, only believe..." (Luke 8:50). Faith and doubt cannot exist
at the same time, just as love and fear cannot exist at the same time. The
condemnation of wrong-doing and sin grips a person with a fear of
separation from this love. But if we will walk after the Spirit, our heart
will not condemn us. If we will stay in this peace and union that has been
supplied through Christ Jesus, then we will have confidence before God, and
whatever we ask, He will do it (Matthew 7:7-11; John 15:7, 16:23-24; 1 John
5:14-15). To this end and for this cause, we must build up ourselves in our
most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost, and thereby keep ourselves in
the love of God (Jude 1:20-21).
 
Daily Bread - April 7, 2020 (The Third Day - Genesis 1:9-13)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Tuesday, 07 April 2020 10:06
Psalm 105:17-19 - He sent a man before them sold as a slave, Joseph. They
hurt his feet with fetters, iron came upon his soul, until the time that
his word came a word of Yahoah purified him.

Joseph had received an awesome word of greatness from God (Genesis 37:5,9).
He had come to realize that God would use him in a way far superior to all
of his brethren. However, what he would soon discover is that the word of
the Lord that was given to him would be tried in him. God would examine
Joseph in a circumstance opposite to the things that he believed would come
to pass in his life. Instead of being exalted to a place of greatness, he
was humbled to a place of slavery. Instead of the greatness of a throne
where he would govern men, he was bound and sent to the lowest prison where
the basest of men governed him.

These harsh and cruel circumstances were a furnace of fire where the life
of Joseph was smelted in the fire of faith. The imprisonment of Joseph may
have lasted over ten years. Yet, the character and confidence of Joseph was
unwavering as he set about to be the best prisoner that was ever chained up
in Pharaoh's jail. In the cruelest of circumstances, Joseph arose to the
place of leadership and authority until the time that the word was given to
him came to pass, and he was made ruler of the world. Joseph was willing to
be humbled before he was exalted. He was willing to be faithful to God even
when it did not seem that God was on his side. Truly, Joseph was an example
of holding fast the confession of his faith without wavering for God, Who
promised, is faithful (Hebrews 10:23).
 
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