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Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Thursday, 28 January 2010 13:21
James 3:11 - Does a spring bring forth from the same opening both sweet
and bitter water?

James is dealing 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);
understanding 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 who have been baptized in the Holy
Spirit, there should be a wellspring of life and blessings coming out of
our innermost beings. 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). 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 blessing. There will be some practice involved, especially
if we have allowed envy and strife to operate in our lives and produce
bitter water in our hearts. Because of God's mercy and grace, all we
have to do is ask God to forgive us, and He will cleanse us from all
unrighteousness. 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). He instructs us and gives us
revelation on how to keep our hearts with all diligence, knowing that
out of the heart come 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 3:15). 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 mouths (Matthew 12:35; 2 Corinthians 4:7).

As we walk in the Spirit, the words of our mouths 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; Proverbs 18:4; John 7:38-39).
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; Proverbs 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).
 
daily bread
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Wednesday, 27 January 2010 16:06
Isaiah 10:27 - And it shall come to pass in that day that his oppression
shall be taken off your shoulders, and his yoke from off your neck; for
the yoke shall be destroyed before the oil.

The yoke shall be broken because of the anointing! There is a special
phrase used here that is not found anywhere else in the Hebrew bible,
which is literally translated "before the oil." The imagery is that of
one who is being anointed. As the anointing oil is being applied, the
oppressor and his yoke are destroyed. It is because of the activity of
the Spirit of God that the yokes of foreign oppressors have been broken.
When Israel was a slave to Egypt, God placed His anointing on a man
named Moses to bring deliverance to the captives; and break the
strongholds of oppression. The book of Judges is filled will these kinds
of men: such as Gideon, Barak, Samson, and Jephthah.

What each of us must realize that it is only by the special anointing of
God's power that oppression and bondage are destroyed. If we are going
to function in the divine power of the anointing that has been supplied
to us today - in the greatest of all Anointed Ones: Jesus Christ - then
we are going to have to learn to both yield to and come under the
influence of the Spirit of God that has been given to us. It does not
matter what the opposition may be, whether doubt and unbelief or sin
sickness and disease; the oppression and yoke are only broken by the
anointing. The people of God must come to realize that they need to be
trained by the Holy Spirit to walk in such an anointing (1 Corinthians
2:1-5; 1 Corinthians 4:20; 1 Thessalonians 1:5; Ephesians 3:16;
Ephesians 4:12; Romans 15:19). It is essential that God's people become
involved with a church, and ministers who are themselves full of the
Spirit; so that the yoke-destroying anointing of Jesus Christ might
become effective in their lives.
 
daily bread
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Tuesday, 26 January 2010 15:07
Matthew 13:58 - And He did not do many deeds of power there, because of
their unbelief.

Unbelief is a force. It is the activity of the powers of darkness that
stand before men - to prevent them from walking into the glorious
benefits of the working of God's mighty power. We may think of doubt and
unbelief as fearful thoughts, or even as the logical conclusions to
impossible situations. But in reality unbelief is anti-faith. Unbelief
is not something that finds its origins in the mind of men's logical
conclusions; unbelief is the forces of hell that have come out to fight
against God. One of the first things observed about the works of Satan
was how he sowed doubt and unbelief in the heart of Eve. Satan first
questioned what God said in such a way as to create a suspicion and
doubt in Eve's thinking. Ultimately Satan's seeds of suspicion became
accusations and statements of slander against God (Genesis 3:1-5). It
was then Satan's lies and deception - that had created the doubt and
unbelief - turned into treason (Genesis 3:6; 1 Timothy 2:14).

We must deal with the unbelief that we face for what it is: demon power!
When we recognize that everything concerning the kingdom of God is
advanced by the operation of faith, it is little wonder why Satan fights
so hard against it. Because of faith, miracles take place and reveal the
mighty power of God (Galatians 3:2-5). Because of faith, devils go out
of those who are possessed by them.Through faith, all of the great
exploits take place that reveal the mighty power of God. Through faith
the mouths of lions are stopped, the violence of fire is quenched,
kingdoms are subdued, the armies of the aliens are put to flight,
mountains made into plains, valleys are filled, the desert blossoms like
a rose, and the captives are set free! (Hebrews 11:29-35). Let us begin
to deal with doubt and unbelief like the enemies of the truth that they
are. Let us come out against them by the Spirit of the Lord - and by the
anointing destroy their yoke from off of us!
 
daily bread
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Monday, 25 January 2010 13:04
Isaiah 43:19 - Behold, I make all things new! Now it will spring up,
shall you not know it? Surely I open a way in the wilderness, and rivers
in the desert.

The greatest enemy of the new things is old things. Unfortunately, the
enemy of our past is constantly attempting to impose itself on us. But
we must recognize that to move forward, we have to leave the past
behind; we must find a way to cut it off from our present. In this
passage of scripture, Isaiah is talking to a rebellious people who have
refused to obey God. They all attended church, but refused to walk out a
life of obedience. Their past responses to God were a miserable
disaster. Yet the Lord planned a future for them, that would bring them
into a greater glory than when He led them out of Egypt. To do this He
would win the hearts of His people - with greater miracles than He had
done when he parted the sea, and destroyed their enemies who attempted
to hold them back from walking with Him. God desired to bring His people
into such a glorious miracle of His grace and provision that they would
not remember the former things, because the new things would be so much
greater.

Even though Israel was already dispersed and Judah was heading into a
captivity; God was planning out their return. He was making a way where
there was no way, and providing a hope where there was no hope. He was
willing to let go of all of their past transgressions, so that He could
plan out a brand new day and a glorious future. We must realize that it
is easy for God to forgive us, but it is hard for us to forgive
ourselves. However, until we will forgive ourselves (as well as others)
and let go of the past, we cannot move on into the future that God has
planned for us. God is doing a new thing right now: it is springing up!
But we must be willing to lift up our hands that hang down, and realize
that God has brought to pass a brand new day (Hebrews 12:12-13; Isaiah
35:3-10). We must be willing to allow the failures and disappointments
of the past to no longer guide our decisions and expectations. Rather,
in confidence towards God, we must begin anew as though this is the
first day that we believed. The confidence and the expectation of the
promises of God must be allowed to become the excitement and
anticipation of our hearts once again.

Faith in the promises of God is how we will step into our future, and
live today in the Kingdom of God! If we allow the trials and failures of
the past to turn our hearts from the expectation we once had in God,
then we must face the fact that the word of God has been overthrown in
our lives. Doubt and unbelief are the forces of hell that have come out
against our faith; and we must deal with them as such. If we allow the
forces of doubt and unbelief to overwhelm our lives, then there is no
moving forward; but a staggering about in the torments of the past.
Condemnations and discouragements are the heroes of darkness; and unless
you put your trust in God, they will confine you to an eternal prison of
darkness. It is time that we end our compromises with failure and
mediocrity, and step into the certainty of our call to greatness in God!
No matter how many situations and circumstances of the past say "it is
not so," we must turn to the word of God and say: "It is!" We must
forget those things which are behind, and reach for those things which
are before us in God; we must press on! (Philippians 3:13-14). Let us
see Jesus and no longer ourselves; let us lay hold on the heavenly
vision. No matter what things may come to stop us, we must not be moved
(Hebrews 12:2; Ephesians 6:12; 1 Timothy 6:12; 1 Peter 5:10; Colossians
2:7; Matthew 7:24-25; Psalm 1:3; Jeremiah 17:8).
 
daily bread
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Sunday, 24 January 2010 16:37
Hebrews 11:1 - Now faith is the reality of things expected; the proof of
what is not seen.

What is reality to you? Most people live their lives on the logical
predictions that they forecast for themselves. For example: we predict
our budgets based upon what money we make, and then we predict what we
can and cannot do based upon that budget; which of course is all very
sensible and rational. But there is a reality that is superior to the
one in which we forecast our present and future events, and that is the
reality of God's promises: the word of God and the promises of God
produce faith. Fundamentally, God's promises produce a good hope or
expectation of the future. The Spirit of the Lord takes that hope and
expectation into the realm of divine power, and provides faith. We may
trust in God to work on our behalf; but faith allows us to participate
with God in the miracle.

The Greek word 'hypostasis' ("reality,"sometimes translated "substance")
was a word used exclusively in science in ancient Greece. The word
expressed the hidden reality behind an observable phenomenon
(Theological dictionary of the New Testament). Now it is faith that
makes our expectations in God a reality! Many want to make faith a set
of philosophical beliefs or religious opinions, but it was not Daniel's
opinion's that delivered him from the lion's mouth. It was not the
philosophical beliefs that caused Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah to be
untouched by the flames that engulfed them (Daniel 3:20-30). Noah was
warned by God of unseen things; and because he obeyed the word of God
even though it was foolishness to men, he and his house were saved.
Abraham believed the promises of God and moved in obedience, and stepped
into a great inheritance. When we believe God and act in obedience to
His word, He will reward us with the promises that He has made. God has
promised to bless and prosper us, but we must move in accordance with
His word. He has promised to do exceedingly above all that we can think
or ask; but we must believe that it is true, and obey!

Faith brings into reality those things that God's word has led us to
expect. Faith also demonstrates that which cannot be seen. Even as the
worlds were made from unseen things, faith that comes by hearing the
word of God demonstrated those things, which are not under the control
of man. Recently, there was a evangelistic crusade in the nation of
Nepal. Everyone said that it was impossible to rent the National
Stadium, which was the icon for the Kingdom of Hinduism. Yet, knowing
the promises of God faith not only brought to pass that impossible event
that resulted in thousands of salvations, but the church in the nation
began to experience unprecedented growth. After that crusade when a
great missionary organization took their cameras to Nepal to document a
church planting work by a young preacher, who was impacted by that
crusade, a storm began to come up that would have disrupted the
meetings. The young preacher commanded the wind and the storm to cease;
and immediately the wind stopped and the storm dissipated. The young
preacher turned to the camera and said, something like, "God has taught
us to believe for the impossible." Now faith is the reality!
 
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