Daily Bread - January 20, 2020 (The Second Day - Genesis 1:6-8)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Monday, 20 January 2020 11:51
1 Corinthians 1:10 - Now I urge you brethren, by the Name of our Lord Jesus
Christ, that you all speak the same thing; and that there be no divisions
among you, but be joined together in the same mind and purpose.

If the Church is going to function as the members of Christ and the
community of God, then we are going to have to be willing to both speak and
live by the Word of God. We should be willing to come to such a place of
surrender to the Holy Spirit that our own personal judgments are no longer
important. If we would be willing to live in such unity of the Spirit and
surrender to the love of Christ, then surely all men would have a witness
that we are His disciples (John 13:34-35). By glorifying God with one mind
and with one mouth, we would show out of our love and affection for one
another that Christ has risen from the dead, and that we have passed from
death unto life (Romans 15:6; 1 John 3:14).

However, if we continue to give place to strife and division, then we will
continue to be overrun by the powers of darkness and the glory of the
Church will lie in ruins (Romans 13:13; 1 Corinthians 3:3; Galatians 5:20;
Philippians 2:3; and 1 Timothy 6:4; James 3:14-16). Ultimately, through
envying and divisions, we would tear at each other and bite and devour one
another until there was nothing left. Therefore, let all of us consecrate
ourselves to living according to the Word of God and the ways of the Spirit
so that all the world might see the glory of Jesus and the blessed hope of
the Kingdom of God.
 
Daily Bread - January 18, 2020 (The Seventh Day - Genesis 2:1-3)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Saturday, 18 January 2020 10:05
John 16:13 - But when the Spirit of Truth is come, He will guide you into
all truth; for indeed He will not speak on His own, but whatever He hears,
He will speak; and He will announce to you what is coming.

Part 4 ~ The Holy Spirit Speaks the Word of God

The pride and arrogance of men drive them to champion their own opinions
even in the face of trampling over that which is sacred. The supposed
Biblical scholars of our day take minor inconsistencies found in thousands
of different hand written manuscripts and pretend to use them as their
license to say whatever they want about God's holy Word. Ministers champion
the ideas of their favorite denomination, and parishioners that of their
favorite ministers. Yet, we should all be trembling with a holy reverence
not to speak anything on behalf of God unless it is plainly declared in His
Word. If you want the favor of God in your life, then you will take note of
the fact that God will dwell with those who tremble at His Word (Isaiah
66:1-2,5). If we are going to be used by God to declare His will, then we
must be consecrated to the sacred realm of only speaking by His Word.
Specifically, the Word we are referring to is not a subjective opinion, but
that which was delivered to us in the pages of the Bible. Equally, we must
recognize that the Word of God must be delivered by the power and authority
of the Holy Spirit flowing through us, and not by our own intellectual
skills (1 Corinthians 2:1,4,13).
 
Daily Bread - January 18, 2020 (The Seventh Day - Genesis 2:1-3)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Saturday, 18 January 2020 10:05
John 16:13 - But when the Spirit of Truth is come, He will guide you into
all truth; for indeed He will not speak on His own, but whatever He hears,
He will speak; and He will announce to you what is coming.

Part 4 ~ The Holy Spirit Speaks the Word of God

The pride and arrogance of men drive them to champion their own opinions
even in the face of trampling over that which is sacred. The supposed
Biblical scholars of our day take minor inconsistencies found in thousands
of different hand written manuscripts and pretend to use them as their
license to say whatever they want about God's holy Word. Ministers champion
the ideas of their favorite denomination, and parishioners that of their
favorite ministers. Yet, we should all be trembling with a holy reverence
not to speak anything on behalf of God unless it is plainly declared in His
Word. If you want the favor of God in your life, then you will take note of
the fact that God will dwell with those who tremble at His Word (Isaiah
66:1-2,5). If we are going to be used by God to declare His will, then we
must be consecrated to the sacred realm of only speaking by His Word.
Specifically, the Word we are referring to is not a subjective opinion, but
that which was delivered to us in the pages of the Bible. Equally, we must
recognize that the Word of God must be delivered by the power and authority
of the Holy Spirit flowing through us, and not by our own intellectual
skills (1 Corinthians 2:1,4,13).
 
Daily Bread - January 17, 2020 (The Sixth Day - Genesis 1:24-31)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Friday, 17 January 2020 09:38
John 16:13 - But when the Spirit of Truth is come, He will guide you into
all truth; for indeed He will not speak on His own, but whatever He hears,
He will speak; and He will announce to you what is coming.

Part 3 ~ Speaking on Behalf of God

We should all give the most serious attention to the fact that the Holy
Spirit does not speak unless He hears from the Father. It had already been
established that Jesus did not speak out of His own perception of things
(John 5:30, 8:26-29, 12:49, 14:10). Furthermore, Jesus said that if a
person spoke on their own, they did so only because they sought their own
glory (John 7:18). Now, this places all who will speak on behalf of God in
a very serious situation. If neither the Holy Spirit nor the Lord Jesus
would speak out of their own thoughts and perception, then surely our
resolve should be that we would not speak on our own. The prophet Isaiah
said that if a person did not speak according to the Word of God, it was
because there was no light in him (Isaiah 8:20). Paul said if they preach
any other gospel, then let them be anathema -meaning under a divine curse
(Galatians 1:8-9).
 
Daily Bread - January 16, 2020 (The Fifth Day - Genesis 1:20-23)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Thursday, 16 January 2020 08:43
John 16:13 - But when the Spirit of Truth is come, He will guide you into
all truth; for indeed He will not speak on His own, but whatever He hears,
He will speak; and He will announce to you what is coming.

Part 2 ~ The Holy Spirit's Leading

The personal nature of our interaction with the Holy Spirit should be as
personal as the interaction the disciples with Jesus. The Holy Spirit has
come to be our leader, or guide, and instructor. We should be able to hear
His voice, respond to His inspirations, and know His manner and
disposition. The dynamics of this relationship should not be abstract, but
rather as apparent as our disposition and attitude at any moment.

The nature of the Holy Spirit is one of love and joy and peace. The message
and revelation He brings is a continual unveiling of all that the Father
has and all that Christ Jesus is. If we would simply give ourself to His
joy and refuse to allow sorrow and depression, we would find ourselves
being empowered by Him to do those things He is doing (Romans 14:17; 1
Peter 1:8).

He desires to lead us into all of the truth; therefore, if we give
ourselves to obeying the Word and look only to Him for the ability to do
those things that please the Father, we will always find Him there ready to
help. However, if we refuse to acknowledge that God demands we walk in love
that passes knowledge, joy that is unspeakable and peace that passes
understanding, then there will be no place for the Spirit of truth to
function in our life. If we are unwilling to live a life consecrated to
doing the will of the Father and walking in the ways of holiness, the Holy
Spirit will not find a yielded heart to His instruction and revelation that
would empower us to be what God has made us to be.
 
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