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Daily Bread - January 16, 2019 (The Fourth Day - Genesis 1:14-19)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Tuesday, 15 January 2019 22:33
Ephesians 5:19 - Speaking to yourselves in psalms, hymns, and spiritual
songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord.

Part 3 - The Primacy of the Utterance of the Spirit

Somehow we fail to realize the relevance of the utterance of the Holy
Spirit that was poured out upon all flesh (Acts 1:8, 2:4, 16-18, 33). The
activity of the Holy Spirit in our lives is to be like rivers of living
water rushing through the depths of our being (John 7:38-39). We have been
given the ability to worship God by the Holy Spirit, not out of a religious
and liturgical tradition. However, we put the songs written by a man before
our eyes, read aloud the lyrics, and call it the spiritual sacrifice that
God desires. Such a position makes no sense at all in a Church baptized in
the fire of the Holy Ghost and filled with divine glory. To believe just
anything can be defined as spiritual and somehow function without the
direct inspiration of the Holy Spirit is a serious misunderstanding of
Scripture. Certainly, the Psalms of the Old Testament, the hymns of the
Scripture, and those songs given by the Holy Spirit to someone in the
Church can by used in worship; but to fail to make room for the inspiration
of the Holy Spirit to sing a new song is to miss out on another dimension
of the wellsprings of life Christ Jesus desires to be express through His
Church (1 Corinthians 14:15; Psalms 33:3, 40:3, 96:1, 98:1, 144:9, 149:1;
Isaiah 42:10; Revelation 5:9, 14:3).

Pray with the spirit, pray with the understanding! Sing with the spirit,
sing with the understanding! Sing to Him a new song, and let the Word of
Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one
another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your
hearts to the Lord! (1 Corinthians 14:15; Psalms 33:3; Colossians 3:16)
 
Daily Bread - January 15, 2019 (The Third Day - Genesis 1:9-13)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Monday, 14 January 2019 20:11
Ephesians 5:19 - Speaking to yourselves in psalms, hymns, and spiritual
songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord.

Part 2 - Psalms

Psalms, which are by definition classified as prophetic utterances, must
not be only understood as singing the psalms given in the Old Testament.
Paul certainly groups psalms in the category of prophetic utterances, which
take place in the Church by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit (1
Corinthians 14:26). This does not eliminate the possibility of singing the
psalms of the Old Testament, but we should not exclusively place it in this
category either, especially when we recognize the emphasis Paul places on
prophetic utterances in the Church (1 Corinthians 12:10, 14:3-6, 22-32, 39;
Colossians 3:16; 1 Thessalonians 5:20).

Let psalms flow freely in your life as you sing and make melody to the
Lord! (Ephesians 5:19; Colossians 3:16)
 
Daily Bread - January 14, 2019 (The Second Day - Genesis 1:6-8)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Monday, 14 January 2019 20:10
Ephesians 5:19 - Speaking to yourselves in psalms, hymns, and spiritual
songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord.

Part 1 - Spiritual Songs

Being filled with the Holy Spirit leads to divinely-inspired expressions of
joy and thanksgiving -one of which is singing spiritual songs. There is no
other definition for singing spiritual songs than the one that Paul gave to
the Corinthians: it is singing in the Spirit, which is singing in the
Heavenly language in contrast to singing with the understanding (1
Corinthians 14:15). To attempt to understand spiritual songs outside the
context of the utterance of the Holy Spirit is to willingly step away from
the foundation Paul laid out regarding the spiritual in 1 Corinthians 14
beginning with verse 1. Throughout the chapter, Paul describes two ways to
pray, sing, and speak in Church by the Holy Spirit: one with prophetic
utterance that can be understood by all (1 Corinthians 14:3-6, 9-12, 15,
19, 22, 24-26, 29-31, 39), and the other with the language of the Holy
Spirit (1 Corinthians 14:2, 4-6, 13-14, 16-18, 22, 27, 39).

Sing continually to the Lord in the Spirit and the understanding!
 
Daily Bread - January 12, 2019 (The Seventh Day - Genesis 2:1-3)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Saturday, 12 January 2019 13:07
Romans 8:5 - For they who after the flesh are the ones which think fleshly,
but those after the Spirit have a spiritual mindset.

Paul makes it very clear in these verses how a person cannot be on both
sides at the same time (Romans 8:5-9). You are either in the Spirit and
think after the Spirit, or you are imprisoned by another realm. One of the
most clear examples of being in the flesh and thinking after the flesh is
those who have their minds blinded by the god of this world (2 Corinthians
4:4). On the other hand, those who are born of the Spirit and are therefore
in the Spirit have the mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2:16). Does Paul mean
to imply we will have no improper ways of thinking we must confront?
Absolutely not. He makes us aware of the spiritual battle assailing our
thoughts, and directs our attention to the divine power we have been given
to bring every thought into the flow of the knowledge of Christ Jesus (2
Corinthians 10:4-5).

Now that we are born of the Spirit and are given God's divine insight by
His Word as to who and how we are to live, we must think differently about
ourselves (Romans 12:1-2; Ephesians 4:17-24). We can be absolutely certain
God has given us the mindset of the Holy Spirit -which is the way that God
Himself thinks. However, we can make the mistake of giving ourselves over
to a carnal mind, which in fact is an act of violence against God (Romans
8:7; 1 Corinthians 3:3, 2:14). By such fleshly thinking, a born again
person thinks and behaves as one who has not been made a new creature.
Peter also gives us a certain amount of insight into this wrong thinking
through his rash response to the message Jesus gave foretelling His
suffering and death (Matthew 16:21-23). He was talking like a man and
thinking after the wrong mindset.

What each person needs to deal with is the impact of their thinking. The
way you think will determine how you walk with God and how you receive from
Him. Just imagine the difference in your life if you only allowed yourself
to think faith -specifically, the faith that comes from the Word of God!
You would be able to measure it because what you are speaking is what you
are thinking. Consider how often your speech has nothing to do with the
Word of God, which is proof of where you have allowed your heart to wander.
There is no way you are going to be successful with God unless you keep His
Word in your heart and mouth (Joshua 1:8; Romans 10:8; Psalms 1:1-3,
119:9-16). As a man thinks in His heart so is he; and out of the abundance
of the heart the mouth speaks (Proverbs 23:7; Luke 6:45). If you want to
take the limits off of walking with God and receiving from Him, then start
minding the things of the Spirit and only think faith, speak faith, live
faith and walk in faith -for faith is the Word of God in action (Hebrews
4:2, 11:6).

Therefore, give diligence to only think faith, speak faith, live faith, and
do faith!
 
Daily Bread - January 11, 2019 (The Sixth Day - Genesis 1:24-31)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Thursday, 10 January 2019 20:14
Genesis 15:6 - Abram believed the Lord, and He credited it to him as
righteousness.

Habakkuk 2:4 - Look, his soul is lifted up; it is not upright in him; but
the just shall live by his faith.

Hebrews 11:1-2 - Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the
evidence of things not seen. For by it the men of old obtained a good
report.

Faith finds its ancient roots in the confidence and certainty that men had
in the reliability of God (Genesis 15:6; Habakkuk 2:4). God gives us the
ability to be certain about Who He is and what He has promised. Faith is
the certainty and firmness in the faithfulness of God and the commitments
He has made, because He is the God of truth. Faith knows God is dependable,
and it exhibits a faithfulness to God by the one who counts God as
dependable; which is to say, God is dependable and therefore I will be
faithful to Him. It is a reliance upon the One Who can be relied upon. It
is faithfulness to the One Who is faithful. It is truth towards the One Who
is truthful. All of these expressions are discovered in those Hebrew words
communicating the Old Testament concept of faith: אֱמֶת ; אֹמֶן ;אָמֵן
;אָמָּן אֵמֻן אֱמוּנָה אֲמָנָה אֻמְנָם אָמְנָם

(...faith is an assurance, a certainty, in contrast with modern concepts of
faith as something possible, hopefully true, but not certain. -Scott, J. B.
(1999). 116 אָמַן. R. L. Harris, G. L. Archer Jr., & B. K. Waltke (Eds.),
Theological Wordbook of the Old Testament)

Think faith, speak faith, live faith, and do faith!

Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
 
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