Daily Bread - January 22, 2020 (The Fourth Day - Genesis 1:14-19)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Wednesday, 22 January 2020 06:33
1 Corinthians 12:13 - For also by one Spirit, we are all baptized into one
body, whether Jew or Greek, whether slave or free, and all drink of one
Spirit.

Part 1 ~ Baptized Into Christ

The glory that was given to us by the Lord Jesus Christ has resulted in a
miraculous oneness through the operation of the Holy Spirit (John
17:21-23). The Holy Spirit has taken us collectively and baptized us into
one body: the Body of Christ Jesus. Paul said to the Galatians that as many
as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ (Galatians 3:27).
Through this baptism, the expressions of the glory and power of Jesus
Christ are manifested through us individually and collectively. However,
Paul does not focus on the individual expression of these gifts, but on the
collective expression of these works of Christ in the Church (1 Corinthians
12:7-11, 28). Each person in the Church has the responsibility to submit
themselves to this baptism into Christ. When we enter the Church on every
occasion, the Holy Spirit desires to baptize us into the Body of Christ so
that the glorious Church may manifest the Person of the Lord Jesus. In
order for this to be a reality, there must a submission and humility like
that expressed when Jesus took towel and basin in hand and washed the
disciples feet (John 13:12-14).
 
Daily Bread - January 21, 2020 (The Third Day - Genesis 1:9-13)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Tuesday, 21 January 2020 05:41
Romans 15:6 - So that with one mind in one mouth we may glorify the God and
Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Unity is absolutely essential for the work of God to be manifested in the
community of the Church. God is a God of love and peace and will not
fellowship with strife and divisions (James 3:16; Philippians 2:3; Romans
13:13; Galatians 5:20). The greatest challenge for the Church today is to
move past all of the things that we have allowed to dominate our thoughts
and behavior and rather be clothed with humility and walk in love (1 Peter
5:5). It is essential that we submit ourselves to one another in the fear
of the Lord (Ephesians 5:21; Hebrews 12:14). Our chief responsibility
before God is to endeavor to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of
peace; and if we are unwilling to do this, then we are making a decision
not to have the manifest glory of God in our meetings in the depth that
will impact the nations (Ephesians 4:3; 1 Peter 3:8; Acts 2:1).

There must also be a recognition of authority and a willingness to come
under that authority. God ordained all of the authorities even the ones
that are in government, and He commands that we submit to them (Romans
13:1-7). How much more should we submit to the authority of God and the
authority that He placed in His Church? If we are going to submit to the
authority of God, then we are going to come under His rule. Obedience to
His Word is the single greatest evidence that one has come under the
authority of God and is in submission to His will. The authorities God has
set up in the Church must be followed instead of fought. If we are
unwilling to submit to the leadership of God and participate with the Holy
Ghost, giving Christ Jesus and His ministers the proper respect, then there
will be no increase of God in our lives and His fullness will not be
revealed (Colossians 2:19; Ephesians 4:11-12, 15-16). Come now let us walk
in the light of the Lord and in communion one with another and with the
Lord Jesus.
 
Daily Bread - January 20, 2020 (The Second Day - Genesis 1:6-8)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Monday, 20 January 2020 11:51
1 Corinthians 1:10 - Now I urge you brethren, by the Name of our Lord Jesus
Christ, that you all speak the same thing; and that there be no divisions
among you, but be joined together in the same mind and purpose.

If the Church is going to function as the members of Christ and the
community of God, then we are going to have to be willing to both speak and
live by the Word of God. We should be willing to come to such a place of
surrender to the Holy Spirit that our own personal judgments are no longer
important. If we would be willing to live in such unity of the Spirit and
surrender to the love of Christ, then surely all men would have a witness
that we are His disciples (John 13:34-35). By glorifying God with one mind
and with one mouth, we would show out of our love and affection for one
another that Christ has risen from the dead, and that we have passed from
death unto life (Romans 15:6; 1 John 3:14).

However, if we continue to give place to strife and division, then we will
continue to be overrun by the powers of darkness and the glory of the
Church will lie in ruins (Romans 13:13; 1 Corinthians 3:3; Galatians 5:20;
Philippians 2:3; and 1 Timothy 6:4; James 3:14-16). Ultimately, through
envying and divisions, we would tear at each other and bite and devour one
another until there was nothing left. Therefore, let all of us consecrate
ourselves to living according to the Word of God and the ways of the Spirit
so that all the world might see the glory of Jesus and the blessed hope of
the Kingdom of God.
 
Daily Bread - January 18, 2020 (The Seventh Day - Genesis 2:1-3)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Saturday, 18 January 2020 10:05
John 16:13 - But when the Spirit of Truth is come, He will guide you into
all truth; for indeed He will not speak on His own, but whatever He hears,
He will speak; and He will announce to you what is coming.

Part 4 ~ The Holy Spirit Speaks the Word of God

The pride and arrogance of men drive them to champion their own opinions
even in the face of trampling over that which is sacred. The supposed
Biblical scholars of our day take minor inconsistencies found in thousands
of different hand written manuscripts and pretend to use them as their
license to say whatever they want about God's holy Word. Ministers champion
the ideas of their favorite denomination, and parishioners that of their
favorite ministers. Yet, we should all be trembling with a holy reverence
not to speak anything on behalf of God unless it is plainly declared in His
Word. If you want the favor of God in your life, then you will take note of
the fact that God will dwell with those who tremble at His Word (Isaiah
66:1-2,5). If we are going to be used by God to declare His will, then we
must be consecrated to the sacred realm of only speaking by His Word.
Specifically, the Word we are referring to is not a subjective opinion, but
that which was delivered to us in the pages of the Bible. Equally, we must
recognize that the Word of God must be delivered by the power and authority
of the Holy Spirit flowing through us, and not by our own intellectual
skills (1 Corinthians 2:1,4,13).
 
Daily Bread - January 18, 2020 (The Seventh Day - Genesis 2:1-3)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Saturday, 18 January 2020 10:05
John 16:13 - But when the Spirit of Truth is come, He will guide you into
all truth; for indeed He will not speak on His own, but whatever He hears,
He will speak; and He will announce to you what is coming.

Part 4 ~ The Holy Spirit Speaks the Word of God

The pride and arrogance of men drive them to champion their own opinions
even in the face of trampling over that which is sacred. The supposed
Biblical scholars of our day take minor inconsistencies found in thousands
of different hand written manuscripts and pretend to use them as their
license to say whatever they want about God's holy Word. Ministers champion
the ideas of their favorite denomination, and parishioners that of their
favorite ministers. Yet, we should all be trembling with a holy reverence
not to speak anything on behalf of God unless it is plainly declared in His
Word. If you want the favor of God in your life, then you will take note of
the fact that God will dwell with those who tremble at His Word (Isaiah
66:1-2,5). If we are going to be used by God to declare His will, then we
must be consecrated to the sacred realm of only speaking by His Word.
Specifically, the Word we are referring to is not a subjective opinion, but
that which was delivered to us in the pages of the Bible. Equally, we must
recognize that the Word of God must be delivered by the power and authority
of the Holy Spirit flowing through us, and not by our own intellectual
skills (1 Corinthians 2:1,4,13).
 
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