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Daily Bread - November 13, 2018
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Tuesday, 13 November 2018 18:41
Ephesians 4:30 - And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by Whom you are
sealed unto the day of redemption.

Part 2 - Sensitivity to the Holy Spirit's Leading

The Holy Spirit was with Israel in the desert. He was afflicted with all of
their afflictions, but they rebelled and grieved Him, and He became their
enemy (Isaiah 63:10). God was grieved with the Nation of Israel because
they refused to learn His ways (Hebrews 3:10; 1 Corinthians 10:5-11).
Israel continued on in their murmuring and complaining no matter what God
did for them.

Important to note is that after all of Israel's sin and rebellion, God's
disposition had not changed: "But You are a God ready to pardon, gracious
and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in kindness, and did not forsake
them." (Nehemiah 9:17; Exodus 34:6).

For our part however, we must be careful lest our hearts become hardened
through the deceitfulness of sin (Hebrews 3:13). Through the hardness of
heart caused by sin, we will lose all sensitivity to the instruction and
leadership of the Holy Spirit. We need not pray, "Holy Spirit lead us," for
He is dedicated to this purpose. We need only pray that we be made
sensitive and yielded to His guidance and His will. If we would set our
hearts on perfect obedience, then we would give far more attention and care
toward His precious presence.

Seek the Lord while He may be found, call upon Him while He is near!
(Isaiah 55:6)
 
Daily Bread - November 12, 2018
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Monday, 12 November 2018 07:57
Ephesians 4:30 - And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by Whom you are
sealed unto the day of redemption.

Part 1 - Consecrated to Holiness and Purity

The Holy Spirit is grieved by anything that is not holy. Therefore, we must
be careful not to give any place to the devil in our conduct and attitudes.
Anything contrary to unity and purity is a violation against the nature of
the Holy Spirit and causes Him grief - a grief we should also feel because
we have been born of the Spirit and united with His person. Whenever the
believer pollutes his purified soul with the acts of deceitfulness,
vengefulness, covetousness, or filthy thoughts, it is grievous to the Holy
Spirit. All of those things named in Ephesians 4:26-29 qualify as things
that grieve the Holy Spirit, and they must not be allowed. The most
precious thing we have is the seal of the Holy Spirit. Each one of us
should resolve to have the highest order of consecration to walk with God,
the Holy Ghost. We were purified by the blood of Jesus to give ourselves to
being pure even as Christ Jesus is pure (1 John 3:2-3). We must come to
understand that God demands we perfect holiness in the fear of God, for
that is what our Teacher has come to instruct us to do (2 Corinthians 7:1,
John 14:16-17, 16:13-15).

Look to Him, and He will guide you into all truth! (John 16:13)
 
Daily Bread - November 10, 2018
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Monday, 12 November 2018 07:36
Ephesians 4:29 - Do not allow a bad word to come out of your mouth, but
instead that which is good to serve, to edify the hearer that grace may be
supplied.

Part 2 - Bless And Do Not Curse

We are called to bless and not curse (Romans 12:14; 1 Peter 3:9). The
rivers of the Spirit that flow from our lives are always sweet and never
bitter. We cannot allow ourselves to turn back and come under unholy
influences which produce the bitter waters of the former life (James
3:10-12). The Lord Jesus took all justifiable reasons for speaking evil
against another person away when He commanded us to bless those who curse
us, and to love those who hate us (Matthew 5:44; Luke 6:28).

We are living epistles, and our speech should always be as an offering to
the Lord and facilitating the ministry of the Spirit (Romans 12:1; 2
Corinthians 3:3; Colossians 4:6). Our job is to get people to Heaven and to
help them step into all of the blessings of living in the Spirit. We are
called to lay down our lives for all those around us and to show every man
the abundant life of the Spirit both in word and deed (Matthew 16:24;
Romans 12:21; Colossians 3:17).

Therefore, let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt!
(Colossians 4:6)
 
Daily Bread - November 9, 2018
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Monday, 12 November 2018 07:36
Ephesians 4:29 - Do not allow a bad word to come out of your mouth, but
instead that which is good to serve, to edify the hearer that grace may be
supplied.

Part 1 - Keep Your Tongue From Evil

There are two kinds of communication: that which is corrupt or worthless,
and that which is good. The kind of words God commands us to speak are good
words that build others up and minister the grace we have been given. The
'logos sapros' ("worthless word") would be any communication less than that
which is pure and holy. All kinds of ungodly communication flows when
people are involved in worldly things and wrong thinking, and when they
become offended and give place to strife (Colossians 3:8; Ephesians 5:4).

Smutty talk and foolish jesting can never be allowed, but even more
perilous to those who are born again are the snares of fault-finding and
the judgmental attitudes that produce slander. Such evil things can never
be justified. It is always wrong to speak evil of anyone in any way (Psalm
34:13; Proverbs 8:13, 10:18, 11:11, 17:4; Romans 1:28-30, 12:14; 1
Corinthians 5:11, 6:9-10; 2 Corinthians 12:20; Galatians 5:15; Colossians
3:8; Titus 3:2; James 1:26, 3:10, 4:11; 1 Peter 2:1, 3:9; 2 Peter 2:9-12;
Jude 1:8-10). All such behavior harms all those who participate with it,
both the speaker and the hearers. If we are going to walk in the law of the
Spirit of life and learn to live the good life filled with the blessings of
God, then we will keep our tongue from evil and our lips from speaking
guile (1 Peter 3:10; Psalms 34:13).

Therefore, keep your tongue from evil, and on the contrary, bless and give
thanks! (Psalms 34:13; 1 Peter 3:9; Ephesians 5:4)
 
Daily Bread - November 8, 2018
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Thursday, 08 November 2018 09:55
Ephesians 4:28 - The thief must no longer steal; but rather labor, doing
good work with his own hands, so that he may have something to share with
the needy.

Although, the person who once stole for a living has been transformed and
made a new man, he must guard against the temptations of the devil which
would tempt him to return to his former lifestyle. There are many things
that can be regarded as stealing which men might justify -such as not
giving the boss an honest day's work, among other things.

When our constant desire and pursuit is to grow up into Jesus in all
things, the temptations of Satan are easily laid aside. The new nature that
has been given in Christ Jesus both inspires and enables the former thief
to labor and provide for others rather than steal from them (2 Peter 1:3-4;
Titus 2:11-14; Philippians 2:13; Philemon 1:6).

Refuse all vain and deceitful philosophy after the elementary forces of
this world, and instead give all diligence to make your calling and
election sure! (Colossians 2:6-10; 2 Peter 1:3-11)
 
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