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Daily Bread - August 26, 2017
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Saturday, 26 August 2017 13:52
James 3:11 - Does a spring bring forth from the same opening both sweet and
bitter water?

James is dealing in this verse with the impossibility of anything producing
something that is contrary to its nature. Even as Jesus made known that a
good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, James points out that bitter water
and sweet water cannot come out of the same fountain (Matthew 7:17).
Understand that these allegories relate to what a person says with their
mouth. Now the mouth speaks according to whatever is in the heart (Luke
6:45). As the saints of God that have been baptized in the Holy Spirit,
there should be a well spring of life and blessings coming out of our inner
most beings (John 7:38-39). The inspirations of the life and blessings of
God should pour forth like rivers of living water from our heart and mouth.
Our words should be like the river of Ezekiel 47 that brought life to
everything it touched. Out of our hearts and mouths should come forth the
word of faith (Romans 10:8). Our words should always be full of praise and
thanksgiving because of this river of living water on the inside.

When we were baptized in the Holy Ghost, God filled our hearts with His
Word and our mouth with His speech (Acts 2:4). He gave us the tongue of the
learned so that we might speak His words of life (Isaiah 50:4; Psalms
45:1). God set our tongues on fire with the Holy Ghost, so that the
utterances of God's life giving words would flow out of our mouth. Through
the work of the Holy Spirit, He made our lips righteous so that we might
feed many (Proverbs 10:21; John 6:63). We need to consecrate our lips to
speak only those things that pertain to life and blessings.

There will be some cooperation and practice involved -especially if we have
allowed envying and strife to operate in our lives producing bitter water
in our hearts. Because of God's mercy and grace, all we have to do ask God
to forgive us; and He will cleanse us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9,
2:1-2). It is then necessary for us to learn to yield to the Holy Spirit in
a greater way, so that we do not repeat the same mistakes of the past. As
we yield to the Holy Spirit, He teaches us to sanctify Christ Jesus in our
hearts (1 Peter 3:15-16). He instructs us and gives us revelation on how to
keep our hearts with all diligence, knowing that out of our heart comes the
issues of life (Proverbs 4:23).

Through yielding to the Holy Spirit, the peace of God rules our hearts, and
we find ourselves being thankful (Colossians 3:12-17). God has given us a
good treasure, which brings forth good things so that the excellent things
of God's glory will flow out of our mouth (Matthew 12:35; 2 Corinthians
4:7). As we walk in the Spirit, the words of our mouth will be as deep
waters; and the wellspring of wisdom in our hearts as a flowing brook
(Proverbs 18:4). The things that we speak should be as a well of life, and
as a fountain of life (Proverbs 10:11, 18:4). Through the wisdom of God, we
come to realize that death and life are in the power of the tongue; and we
become very cautious about what we say (Proverbs 18:21, 12:18).

God's Word is like cleansing water that washes those who listen (John 15:3;
Ephesians 5:26-27). If we will take hold of the importance and sacredness
of what we say, then we will be more mindful to speak as the oracles of God
(1 Peter 4:11). As we give ourselves to the life giving words of God, we
will find ourselves continually increasing in the anointing of the Holy
Spirit. We will discover an ever-increasing flow of the blessings of the
Spirit coming out of our hearts and mouths. As a result, all of the
blessings that we have been blessed with will be realized as our inherited
blessings through Jesus Christ our Lord (1 Peter 3:9; Ephesians 1:3, 17-23).

Be a spring of only the sweet water of the Spirit of God!
 
Daily Bread - August 25, 2017
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Friday, 25 August 2017 14:04
Hebrews 2:4 - God testified at the same time with signs and wonders, and
many kinds of miracles, and gifts (distributions) of the Holy Ghost
according to His will.

How does God testify to the truth? Through signs and wonders, and many
kinds of miracles, and gifts of the Holy Ghost! It is amazing that so many
Church leaders demand that we do away with any expectation that God would
move like this today. Those who insist that they are teaching the truth of
God's Word do not have one verse of scripture to support their claim that
God no longer moves in such a way among and through His people. Rather,
they believe that the church runs only by human effort; not by the Spirit,
but by men's power and strength (Zechariah 4:6; 1 Corinthians 2:4; Jeremiah
17:5-8). Any notion of signs and wonders and the gifts of the Spirit are
branded as excessive, or even in error. For many, the beauty of prophecy
and the expression of Pentecost are acts of heresy and contempt. Yet, how
could any sensible person come up with such a conclusion when the entire
Bible is devoted to a God Who works in and through His people in a
miraculous way?

Jesus demanded that we follow Him -that we imitate Him; but how are we
supposed to do that unless we are filled with the same Spirit that He was
filled with? How are we to be the witnesses that Jesus has commissioned us
to be if we refuse the empowerment of the Holy Ghost that He has given?
Jesus is the Baptizer; He is the One Who sent the Holy Ghost. The
expressions of Pentecost are the results of His ministry (Matthew 3:11;
Mark 1:8; Acts 1:5, 11:16; John 7:39; Acts 2:33). Make no mistake: those
things that were true for the first century church are true for us today.
There are not two or three different church ages, but one single church
baptized in one body. The church is to reveal Jesus - Who is the same
yesterday, today, and forever. We are living in this acceptable year of the
Lord; Jesus and the Holy Ghost are in charge of everything that concerns
the church (Ephesians 1:22-23; Matthew 16:18; Acts 20:28; 1 Corinthians
12:28, 14:4, 12).

These are the last days, and God has poured out His Spirit upon all flesh
(Acts 2:15-17; Joel 2:28; Acts 2:38-39). We live in perilous times where
men are deceiving and being deceived; and we must recognize that, unless we
hold to the Word of God, we will be deceived. Our experience and
relationship with the Lord must be exactly as described in the Bible. If
not, then we must recognize that we have been misled. Will you refuse the
ministry of Jesus, Who desires to baptize you in the Holy Ghost and fire?
Will you be unwilling to allow God to testify of all His great love and
mighty power through your life?

Allow God to baptize you in the the Holy Ghost and testify through you!
 
Daily Bread - August 24, 2017
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Thursday, 24 August 2017 09:07
Romans 12:9-12 - Having genuine love, hating the evil, clinging to the
good, loving one another affectionately, eagerly honor one another. Do not
lag in diligence, be on fire in Spirit serving the Lord; rejoicing in
expectation, standing firm in trouble, having persistence in prayer.

Ten New Testament Commands:

In the opening statements of this chapter, Paul instructs each individual
in the strongest terms possible to yield up their lives to God (Romans
12:1-2). In doing so, we are to give ourselves completely to walking in the
nature of Christ Jesus. In the expression of the nature of Jesus is the
love of God. God has loved us with a love that surpasses all others, and we
are commanded by Him to love one another. However, men run the risk of only
acting like they love each other, many times as a result of holding on to
problems or fears. Any insincere or injurious expression of love is
hypocrisy of the worse degree (2 Corinthians 6:6; 1 Peter 2:22; 1 John
3:18). God wants us to express the love that comes from a pure heart and is
supplied by the Holy Spirit (1 Timothy 1:5; Romans 5:5; Galatians 5:22).

Everything that is not of the love of God in our relationships with one
another is evil. It has been said that to love God is to regard evil with
horror. Unfortunately, too many are lured into a general tolerance of evil;
but to think that God is in anyway tolerant of evil is a big mistake. Evil
is the enemy and the opposite of all that it means to be in Christ. There
is nothing that more threatens the soul of the redeemed than compromise.
Those who love the Lord must hear the instruction of the Lord: Hate evil!!
(Psalms 97:10; 119:104, 128, 163; Proverbs 8:13)

The life giving presence of the Holy Spirit radically alters the way that a
person lives their life. God has given us a quality of life and expects a
quality of life from us. If we are going to know what God expects of us,
then we are going to have to take His instructions seriously. If we are
going to know how to keep ourselves so that the wicked one cannot touch us,
then we are going to have to place Gods words before us and not depart from
the things which He has commanded. If we are going to stick to that which
is good, we will -above all other things- stick to the Word of God!

Here are these Ten New Testament Commands from Romans 12:9-12 organized to
easily memorize:

Love truly, hate evil, stick to the good,
Love with affection, honor others intensely,
Be zealous, be on fire serving the Lord,
Rejoice, endure, and persevere in prayer!
 
Daily Bread - August 23, 2017
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Wednesday, 23 August 2017 09:56
2 Corinthians 3:17 - Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of
the Lord is, there is freedom.

The Spirit of the Lord is the Holy Spirit that has been given to us. The
Holy Spirit has come to reveal Jesus, and to transform those who will
believe into a new creation through the miracle of salvation (John 3:3, 5;
2 Corinthians 5:17; Ephesians 4:24). Paul relates this work of grace to
those things that Moses experienced after he beheld the glory of God. Moses
was granted his desperate desire to see the Almighty God in all of His
glory. After that experience, Moses had to veil his face because the same
glory that he beheld on God was also on his face; but the people did not
want to look at it. They did not want to look at the glory because of their
stubbornness and religious heart. They only wanted to have a religious
knowledge of God; they did not want to know Him as Moses did (Exodus 20:19;
Psalm 95:10). Therefore, out of their fear and hardness of heart, they
demanded that Moses veil his face (Exodus 34:30).

Paul relates the glory on the face of Moses to the glory of the new
creation; and for the children of Israel to look at it would mean that they
would have to look at the abolishment of the old (2 Corinthians 3:13). As a
result, Moses veiled his face when he talked with the people; but when he
went into the tabernacle to talk with God, he took the veil off (Exodus
34:34). If we want to know God, then the veil must be removed from off of
our hearts. If anyone calls upon the Name of Jesus, the Holy Spirit will
come and remove the veil of hardness of heart and disobedience -and set all
those who are in the prison of sin and blindness of heart completely free!
(Luke 4:18; Romans 6:6, 18-23; 2 Corinthians 4:4; Colossians 2:11; John
8:36)

The allegory does not end with the removal of the blindness of heart, but
extends to an encounter with God that brings to pass a transformation (2
Corinthians 3:14). Through the work of the Holy Spirit, the new creation is
brought forth in the likeness of Christ Jesus. The image of Christ and the
glory of the new creation springs forth -like the rising of the sun (Isaiah
60:1)! The most important part of Paul's message has to do with our
willingness to behold the glory of God, which has been freely given to all
those who will believe (Colossians 1:27-28; 2 Corinthians 3:18). We cannot
remain religious and unwilling to believe the good things that God has
done. He has called us to come and hear His voice and know His ways. We
cannot fall after the same manner of unbelief that took place in the heart
of Israel when they had the Gospel preached to them (Hebrews 3-4).

For us to refuse to see the freedom and glory of the the new creation that
has been brought to us by the Holy Spirit would be equivalent to demanding
that Moses' face be veiled. We must be willing to look, as it were, into
the mirror, and behold the same glory on our face that the Father gave to
Jesus (John 17:21-23; Romans 8:29, 12:2; 1 Corinthians 6:17; 2 Corinthians
3:18, 4:7; Ephesians 4:23-24; Romans 8:1-4; 2 Peter 1:3-4). The Spirit of
the Lord has brought to us freedom from the old man, and given newness of
life; but unless we are willing to believe, we will fail to take hold of
the glory that has been given! (2 Corinthians 3:3; Ezekiel 36:26; Hebrews
10:16; John 3:3-6; Romans 6:6, 7:5-6, 8:9)

Behold the glory of God He has bestowed upon the new creation in Jesus!
 
Daily Bread - August 22, 2017
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Tuesday, 22 August 2017 11:22
Romans 6:22 - But now having been set free from sin, and being servants to
God, you now have your fruit unto holiness, and the end eternal life.

Fruits are the expressions of one's conduct and manner of life. When we
were the servants of sin, our fruits were the shameful behaviors of
iniquity. Now that we are the servants of God, our behavior glorifies God.
The fruit of holiness is in fact the same as the fruits of the Spirit: love
joy, peace, enduring patience, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness and
temperance (Galatians 5:22-23; see also 2 Peter 1:3-7). These are the
evidence that our members are yielded to the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit,
Who is leading and guiding us into all truth, produces those things which
pertain unto holiness as we voluntarily yield ourselves to His influence
(John 16:13; Romans 6:13, 8:5-6; Galatians 5:16, 25; 2 Peter 1:3-11). He is
our Teacher, Who has come to show us how to function in the nature of God
(1 John 3:24; Philippians 2:13; Colossians 1:29; 1 Thessalonians 2:13; 1
Timothy 3:17). If we will yield ourselves to Him, then we are baptized in
His influence (Ephesians 5:18; Romans 6:16, 19; Galatians 5:25).

We are not able to bear these fruits of holiness unless we are willing to
dwell in Jesus (John 15:5). This life of the Spirit demands that we dwell
in Jesus as a branch dwells in a vine, for without Jesus we can do nothing
(John 15:1-5; Romans 7:4; Philippians 1:11). The fruits that were in our
lives before we were made a new creation were the fruits of death and of
sin (Romans 6:20-21, 7:5; Ephesians 2:2-3). But now, we have the fruit of
the Spirit of life, which is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth
(Ephesians 5:9). It is essential to recognize that these fruits of holiness
are in our lives as an act of submission and obedience to God. When we
recognize that we are coming under the influence of unholy emotions, we
must submit ourselves to God and bring it to an end. For example, the
contrast between the fruit of sorrow and the fruit of joy is easy to
discern. When we find our members taken over by the cares and concerns of
the world, and sorrow begins to dominate us, we must recognize that we are
not yielding ourselves to the Spirit of God. At the very moment that we
recognize this, we must choose to dwell in Jesus by turning to Him as our
Savior and Lord. As we look unto the One Who has come to provide for us,
Who is the Author and Finisher of our faith, He comes and rescues us. As we
yield our members to God, the joy of the Lord begins to spring up and flow
out of us as rivers of living water (John 7:38-39; Romans 14:17; Galatians
5:22-25)
Holiness is defined by that which is consistent with God's nature and
character. God Himself is the personification of holiness, and thus is the
standard of it. The people are placed under a strict command to maintain
the honor, reputation, and glory of the holiness that was conferred upon
them by God (Leviticus 10:3; 11:44, 45, 19:2, 20:26, 22:32; Numbers
15:40-41, 20:12-13, 27:14; Deuteronomy 7:6, 14:2, 32:51; Isaiah 63:10, 11;
Psalms 51:11). In the Old Testament, the holiness of God was emulated in
the people's lives by obeying His commands. In the New Testament, the
Holiness of God has come to life by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, Who
brings the manifest holiness of God's own Person into our lives as we yield
to Him and walk according to His leadership (Galatians 5:16; Romans 8:4,
14; Titus 2:11-14; 2 Peter 1:3-11).


Yield yourself to the Spirit of Holiness, and walk according to His
leadership!
 
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