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Daily Bread - July 14, 2017
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Friday, 14 July 2017 11:40
Matthew 5:6 - Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness;
for they shall be filled.

Hungering and Thirsting for Righteousness - Part 2

God has blessed our nation with plenty; and so when we are hungry we sit
down to a great feast at supper time, and find that there is always more
than we can eat. Because of such a bountiful supply, we are able to eat
until we are full. God, who is rich in mercy towards us, has also supplied
us with a feast of righteousness; and if we are thirsty and hungry, we can
drink and eat of His righteousness until our whole being is filled with His
goodness.

Hungering and thirsting are images of longing after God in both the Old and
New Testaments (Isaiah 55:1; Psalms 42:2; John 4:13, 7:37; Revelation 21:6,
22:17). The righteousness of God is something that we should long for more
than anything else (Matthew 6:33); but unfortunately, many of God's people
fail to even realize what righteousness is. Righteousness is defined by the
conduct and lifestyle of God Almighty. Righteousness is everything that
pertains unto life and godliness. It was modeled for us by Jesus; and He
died for us so that we could be dead to sin, and enabled to live in
righteousness (1 Peter 2:24). It is the behavior and disposition of love.
Righteousness is not man's vain attempt to please God; rather,
righteousness is the conduct of the redeemed (Luke 1:75-76; 2 Peter
1:3-11). However, unless a person is born of the Spirit, they will never be
able to fully realize the character and conduct of the Almighty; and their
attempt will be vain.

Jesus couples the Kingdom of God with the Righteousness of God, and places
them before us as that which we should desire above all other things
(Matthew 6:33). The righteousness of God has been made available to us as a
free gift. Our hearts and spirits have been recreated in righteousness and
true holiness by the Spirit of God, so that we can know and do those things
that pertain unto His righteousness (Ephesians 4:24; Romans 6:19). Let us
be thirsty today and come and drink of the righteousness that is supplied
by the Spirit of God (Ephesians 5:18). Let us be hungry so that we may
yield to God's abundant and rich supply of righteousness that is in the
Holy Ghost (Romans 14:17; Philippians 1:11; 2 Corinthians 6:7; Romans
5:17,21, 10:6-10; 1 Corinthians 1:30).
 
Daily Bread - July 13, 2017
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Thursday, 13 July 2017 11:15
Matthew 5:6 - Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness;
for they shall be filled.

Hungering and Thirsting for Righteousness - Part 1

The Lord requires that we learn to live by His Word, and walk by the
direction of the Holy Spirit. If we are not hungry, we will not live by His
Word; and if we are not thirsty, we will not drink of the things of the
Spirit. However, the spiritual life that has been given to us in Christ
Jesus causes us to be both hungry and thirsty for the things of God; and if
we are hungry and thirsty, then we will be filled.

God led Israel through the wilderness and allowed them to get hungry so
that He might teach them that men do not live by bread alone, but by every
Word that proceeds from the mouth of God (Deuteronomy 8:3). It was by this
principal that Jesus overthrew the temptations of Satan in the wilderness
when He was tempted (Matthew 4:4; Luke 4:4). Jesus, as the model Son of
God, did not have a long protracted life of dealing with the same problem
over and over again; but with perfect obedience to the Word of God, He
delivered a deathblow to the devices of Satan.

God taught Israel that He alone could satisfy the thirst of their souls. He
showed them that if they would trust Him, He would give them to drink from
the spiritual Rock, Christ Jesus (1 Corinthians 10:4). He testified of His
great provision supplied by Christ, Who when He was smitten would provide
the true water for every truly thirsty soul -a thirst that only comes when
His people are willing to walk wherever He leads them to go (Exodus 17:6;
Psalms 78:20). He testified of the blessing that would come once Christ had
been smitten, the blessing of an unending flow of these waters of life for
all who would follow. God made provision that would only require us to
speak to the Rock, Christ Jesus; and the waters of the Holy Spirit would
flow to our thirsty souls (Numbers 20:8).

As Jesus cried out by the Spirit in Jerusalem, the Holy Spirit continues to
cry out today saying, "If anyone thirst, come and drink!" And just as the
Scripture says, out of the inner most being rivers of the Holy Spirit will
flow out, which are the rivers from on High (John 7:37-39; Isaiah 41:18;
Revelation 22:17). This is the source of all the life of God -the life of
Christ, the abundant life of the Spirit, that lasts forever! This is that
heavenly realm that fills men with every good and perfect thing, so that
they never thirst for a life of sin again (John 4:14).

Many have been born of God that have not been willing to fully step in to
the life that has been provided. The great things of God are on the inside
of them, but they are unwilling to allow them to be activated by obedience.
It's high time to walk with the Father, and let Him take us where He wills.
We must let the Holy Spirit teach us how to be hungry and live on heavenly
bread (John 6:32-33, 58). We must, through faithful obedience to His Word,
allow the Holy Ghost to show us how spiritual thirst will lead us to the
Rock where we can drink continually of His presence and be filled with all
His fulness (Ephesians 5:18, 3:14-21).
 
Daily Bread - July 12, 2017
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Wednesday, 12 July 2017 09:47
Psalms 24:1 - The earth and the fullness of it is Yahoah's; the world and
the inhabitants in it.

When we consider that everything that God created was created by the Word,
it allows us to look at this verse with a little more insight (John 1:3,
10; Psalms 33:6; Ephesians 3:9; Colossians 1:16; Hebrews 1:2, 10, 11:3).
God has not only created everything by His spoken Word, but has also
established everything by His Word. It was upon the waters of His Word that
not only the earth, but the galaxies that span the universe, were fixed
(Isaiah 48:13).

It was also by the Word of God that we were created anew. We were begotten
of God by His Word, and it is through and by His Word that were
transformed. Every miracle of God for our lives comes through our
willingness to receive the Word of God, which will work with the power of
God in those who will believe (1 Thessalonians 2:13; Philippians 2:13).

God's Word is spirit and life; it is living and powerful (John 6:63;
Hebrews 4:12). If we will obey His Word and allow it to be mixed with
faith, it will produce every perfect will of God in our lives (Romans
12:2). It was also by the water of the Word that we were washed (Ephesians
5:26). His Word is like the rain that waters the earth, so that every good
fruit that He has purposed to grow in our life might spring up (Isaiah
55:10-11; James 5:7).
 
Daily Bread - July 11, 2017
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Tuesday, 11 July 2017 09:20
1 John 3:17 - But he who has this world's living and sees his brother in
need, and shuts off his compassion from him, how does the love of God dwell
in him?

The Greek word 'splanchna' translates Hebrew words in the Septuagint such
as 'beten' (belly) and 'rechem' (womb). This word is considered to be
allegorical in describing the emotions. The KJV translated 'splanchna' as
'inward affection' in 2 Corinthians 7:15. In Philippians 1:8 Paul said, "I
long after you all in the splanchna of Jesus Christ." Another similar
anatomical word used in John 7:38 to describe the Holy Spirit flowing out
of the belly is the word 'koilia' from which colon is derived. Its usage in
classical Greek implies deep passion and emotions.

"Though some have attempted to distinguish between the allegorical meanings
of splanchna (intestines), kolia (belly), and nefros (kidney), it is
extremely doubtful whether this is really possible or practical. The
semantic focus in the use of these terms is clearly the deeper and more
intimate feelings and emotions. What is certain is that the expressions of
God's divine power and nature flow from the deepest regions of our feelings
if lived under His direction -leaving nothing superficial or fake about our
actions. We no longer do things out of a legal obligation, but are
motivated and moved by the Holy Spirit in our deepest desires.

In some languages one can use a term, which literally means 'belly' or
'bowels'; but more often than not, these emotions are associated with some
particular organ of the body such as heart, spleen, liver, etc. Rather than
attempting to employ a figurative expression which may or may not be fully
equivalent, it is often preferable to refer to the emotional content by
using terms such as 'feelings', 'intents', 'desires', or 'compassion'
depending upon the context." (Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament
based on Semantic Domains, New York: United Bible Societies 1988, 1989)
 
Daily Bread - July 10, 2017
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Monday, 10 July 2017 10:26
1 John 3:16 - By this we have known the love of God, because He laid down
His soul for us; and we are indebted to lay down our soul for the brethren.

If Jesus gave His whole being for us, then it is our duty to give our whole
being for each other. Such a commitment to the love of God will do away
with all of the broken relationships and bickering among the household of
God. This is the kind of love that God has called us to -the one new
commandment that Jesus gave: to love one another as He has loved us (John
13:34, 15:12; 1 John 2:8-11). I have watched as so many people have
emphasized many different things, forgetting all of the time that they were
violating the most important thing and their most important responsibility:
to lay down their lives.

The Greek word for 'soul' is 'psuche', which is used here. Of the 105 times
that 'psuche' occurs in the New Testament, the KJV translated it 'soul' 58
times and 'life' 40 times. It is the only word in the Greek language for
soul; whereas there are at least three words which may be translated life.
In this translation, we have opted to be consistent with the primary
meaning of a word if possible; therefore, 'psuche'' should be translated
'soul'. The soul represents the whole life of a person, whether it's the
Hebrew 'nephesh', or the Greek 'psuche.' The most important point that is
being underscored is that the word 'soul' is most often used in both the
Hebrew and Greek language to speak of one's 'whole being', and not of a
particular dimension of that life.
 
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