Daily Bread - September 19, 2020 (The Seventh Day - Genesis 1:24-31)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Saturday, 19 September 2020 07:00
Romans 8:7 - In as much as fleshly thinking is opposed to God, for it is
not subject to the Law of God, neither indeed can be.

God desires us to think in a totally different way than we have learned
from our natural experiences. He desires us to believe and expect the
supernatural things He has revealed to us in His Word. The things God
desires us to think and do have not been revealed through man's wisdom and
experience. What God has for us cannot be received or accomplished through
human insight and ability. It is only by the Spirit that we are able to do
the things pleasing to God.

The things of the Spirit are so different from what human experience
dictates that they are foolish to the man who only thinks in the realm of
human ability (1 Corinthians 2:14). God desires to show us things by His
Spirit, which eyes have not seen, nor ears heard, neither has ever entered
into the heart (or thinking) of man (1 Corinthians 2:9-10). God operates in
a spiritual, unseen world from which the mouths of lions are stopped, and
the violence of fire has no power (Hebrews 11:33-34).

This is the spiritual realm where Jesus, our Lord, turned the water into
wine, walked on the water, and raised the dead. It is the realm of faith
where righteousness is victorious over all sin and disobedience. The realm
of the Spirit is the realm taught to us by the Word of God, where we learn
to be lead by the Spirit of God. It is only in this realm that we can
please God.
 
Daily Bread - September 18, 2020 (The Sixth Day - Genesis 1:20-23)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Friday, 18 September 2020 07:00
Romans 8:6 - For carnal thinking is death, but spiritual thinking is life
and peace.

Part 3 ~ The Confinement of Carnal Thinking

Carnal thinking is earthly and confined to what men can accomplish through
their own efforts and abilities. It is the realm of self-reliance,
self-preservation, and self-interest. There is nothing but death, fear, and
defeat within this realm. Many of God's children are stuck in this place
that has robbed them of their joy and peace, and stolen from them
confidence in God and dependence upon the Holy Spirit.

Carnal thinking is a place of condemnation, limitation, strife, and envy
with little room for faith and submission to the Holy Spirit, because in
the realm of carnal thinking, men seek their own interest and rely upon
human abilities to accomplish their goals. The carnal mind is a state in
which men hold on tightly to themselves to preserve their own well-being,
and whose securities are their earthly possessions. The carnal mind and
ways of men will altogether shut down the things the Holy Spirit has come
to teach us (1 Corinthians 3:1).
 
Daily Bread - September 17, 2020 (The Fifth Day - Genesis 1:20-23)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Thursday, 17 September 2020 10:30
Romans 8:6 - For carnal thinking is death, but spiritual thinking is life
and peace.

Part 2 ~ The Limits of Natural Thinking and the Wellspring of Spiritual
Thinking

That which is "carnal" is not necessarily bad - just earthly and temporal
(Romans 15:27; 1 Corinthians 9:11, 15:44). However, dependency upon the
carnal, or natural thinking of man, almost altogether shuts out the voice
of the Holy Spirit, and will most definitely bring those who trust in
themselves to ruin. The natural mind is limited to the laws of nature and
cannot easily move into the realms of the miraculous. The natural mind
would more eagerly look to a human answer or earthly remedy to supply a
need.

The natural mind is governed by what it sees, hears, and has physical
evidence for; whereas, the spiritual mind believes the Word of God and
needs no other proof. The spiritual mind functions in the realm of faith,
and depends upon the unseen power of God to supply all our needs. Those
things that are seen are only temporal, and like the glory and ability of
men, they pass away; but the things that are unseen and reveled to us by
the Word of God will never fail or pass away (2 Corinthians 4:18). Those
who trust in the Lord, and who wholly trust in what He has said, will be
blessed with all those things He has promised (Jeremiah 17:7-8; Psalm
1:2-3; Joshua 1:8; Colossians 3:16).
 
Daily Bread - September 16, 2020 (The Fourth Day - Genesis 1:14-19)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Wednesday, 16 September 2020 09:29
Romans 8:6 - For carnal thinking is death, but spiritual thinking is life
and peace.

Part 1 ~ Minding The Spiritual

Anything taught to us by God concerning Himself - the realm of Heaven and
the ways of the Spirit - is spiritual. All the Holy Spirit does and
ministers is spiritual. The things of the spiritual are foolishness to the
natural mind, because spiritual things are not governed by natural laws.
Instead, that which is spiritual is the unlimited realm of divine ability
and supernatural provision where nothing is impossible (1 Corinthians
2:13-15).

Paul commanded the Church to both seek and focus on the spiritual
(Ephesians 1:3; 1 Corinthians 2:14, 14:1,12; Galatians 6:6). God is a
Spirit, and we must interact with Him in the realm of the spiritual. Any
interaction with the Holy Spirit, or manifestation of the Holy Spirit, is
by definition spiritual. Knowing we are to walk in the Spirit and be led by
the Spirit is evidence enough of how God demands us to be spiritual in the
way we think and conduct ourselves - our behavior (2 Peter 1:3-11).

The Holy Spirit teaches us the spiritual, and gives us access to the realms
of the spiritual - from which all the gifts of the Spirit flow. We learn to
think according to the spiritual (or the manner in which God thinks) by the
Word of God and the guidance of the Holy Spirit. The spiritual mind is the
mind of the Holy Spirit, the mind of Christ, the life governed by the
Spirit of God - where every thought is brought into captivity to the
obedience of Christ and the will of the Father (2 Corinthians 10:4; John
5:19,30). The abundant life we have been given is the life of the Spirit -
which is life, peace, joy, and righteousness!
 
Daily Bread - September 15, 2020 (The Third Day - Genesis 1:9-13)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Tuesday, 15 September 2020 09:00
Romans 8:5 - For they who are after the flesh are the ones which think
fleshly, but those after the Spirit have a spiritual mindset.

If we are going to walk in the Spirit, then we must mind the things of the
Spirit. Those things which are spiritual are taught to us by the Holy
Spirit (Ephesians 1:13; Colossians 1:19; 1 Corinthians 2:13, 14:1). If we
are to define what is spiritual, then we must refer to everything Heavenly
where Christ Jesus is now enthroned (Ephesians 2:6; Colossians 3:1-2). The
spiritual is the realm of the Kingdom of God and the righteousness of God
(Matthew 6:33; Romans 14:17, 3:21-22; Colossians 1:13). Spiritual things
are the manifestations of the Holy Spirit revealing the character and
nature of our God and Savior Jesus Christ (John 3:5-6, 16:14; 1 Corinthians
14:7; 1 John 3:24, 4:13; 2 Corinthians 3:18).

If we are going to walk in the Spirit, then we must mind the things of the
Spirit so we can yield to Him and come under His influence. Yielding to the
Spirit of God is as simple as loving Jesus. The deeper we go into a love
relationship with Jesus, the deeper and more completely we learn to yield.
Knowing this love grows deeper with each day of relationship. His love is
so deep and so rich it passes knowledge, and ultimately takes us into the
depths of the fullness of God (Ephesians 3:17-21). If you will choose the
things of the Spirit and live by the Word of God, you will discover an
ever-increasing manifestation of His presence in you and through you.
 
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