daily bread
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Saturday, 30 January 2010 17:55
Psalm 46:4 - There is a river, whose streams make glad the city of God; the
holy tabernacles of the Most High.

The rivers of the Holy Spirit that flow through our lives may also be viewed
as the river that ran through the paradise of God that was in Eden, and the
river that flows through the City of God. These are rivers of life, and
rivers of joy (Psalm 36:9). Wherever these waters of revival flow, they
cause life to spring up - through the touch of God’s mighty presence
(Ezekiel 47:1-12; Revelation 22:1; Zechariah 14:8; Isaiah 43:20-21; Isaiah
66:12).

Today, there is a river that flows out of our innermost being. God has made
us His tabernacles, because the glory of His presence resides in our lives.
Wherever His presence is felt, His river of life causes that which was
barren and lifeless to spring up with the abundance of His life. His rivers
of life produce joy and purity, and bring forth the same miracles that the
presence of Jesus produced - when He ministered to the desolate wilderness
of mankind’s life, nearly 2000 years ago (Isaiah 35:5-10). The ministry of
Jesus lives on today, as the rivers of God flow forth from His tabernacles
(John 7:38-39; 1 Corinthians 3:16). The presence of the Lord is to us as
broad rivers in a dry place (Isaiah 32:2; Isaiah 33:21). We have a river of
life flowing out of us. These rivers of God make the lame to walk and the
blind to see. It opens prison doors and sets the captive free! Come drink of
the water, that the rivers of God might flow through you (Revelation 21:6;
Revelation 22:17).
 
daily bread
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Friday, 29 January 2010 09:32
Numbers 21:17 - Then sang Israel this song, they sang this to it:
"Spring up, oh well!"

One of the great miracles that took place in the wilderness was when
Moses commanded the people to come around and begin to sing to a dry and
desolate desert - to bring forth water. As their leaders took their
staves in hand and dug, not with spades but with their staves that were
inscribed with their family inheritance, the people in joyous shouts
sang out: "Spring Up, Oh Well!" With joy that day they brought forth
water out of the desert, but God was speaking of something more. This
song would be sung a little differently for many years to come; they
would sing: “With joy shall we draw waters from the wells of salvation,”
a song they sung commemorating their sojourn in the wilderness, when
they tabernacled with God (Isaiah 12:3).

It was on the eighth day of the feast of tabernacles when all Israel
would sing: “With joy shall we draw water out of the well of salvation.”
It was on that day that Jesus cried out with a loud voice and said: "If
anyone is thirsty, come to me and I will give him to drink!" The true
well of salvation now sang out, with a voice calling back to the people,
inviting them to come and drink. However, the only way that they would
be able to drink is if they were truly thirsty. If they were satisfied
with their dry religion and filled with their self-righteousness, if
they were quenching their thirst with the polluted waters of the world;
they would not come and drink. They would have to be poor and needy.
They would have to be so desperate for a day with the Lord, that their
tongues failed for thirst. If with such passion and desperation they
desired to be with their God, then upon drinking the water that Jesus
had to give - rivers would come forth from the high places, and
fountains in the midst of the valleys. As the prophet Isaiah said: “I
will make the wilderness a pool of water, and the dry land springs of
water” (Isaiah 41:17).

God wants this whole earth to be filled with His glory, as the water
covers the sea. He wants His people to be as a well-watered garden, full
of the springs of life (Isaiah 58:11). He desires that His glory flow
out of us like rivers of living water, that bring life to a dry and
thirsty land. We are to be constantly living in the moving of God’s
Spirit and power. If we will live like this, then we will be to all
mankind as a well-spring springing up (John 4:14). God is moving by His
Spirit; and He is pouring out water upon those that are thirsty, and
floods upon the dry ground (Isaiah 44:3). In the wilderness of our lives
God has caused His waters to break out, and He has created His streams
in the desert (Isaiah 35:6-7). The people of God must drink deeply of
the things of the Spirit and be filled, so that the sounds of heaven and
the glory of His anointing may issue forth from our lives: to fill the
earth with God’s glorious waters of salvation. Oh, sing to the well
people of God - lift up your voice and call unto the Lord, and begin to
allow those living waters of the Spirit to flow through you. Live your
life in a continual moving of the Spirit, and be as the streams that
make glad the city of God! (Psalm 46:4).
 
daily bread
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!
 
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