Daily Bread - August 7, 2019 (The Fourth Day - Genesis 1:14-19)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Wednesday, 07 August 2019 11:59
1 Corinthians 1:8 - He will strengthen you to the end blameless in the day
of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Part 1 ~ God Makes Us And Keeps Us Blameless

One of the great wonders of salvation is how the blood of Jesus and the
work of the Spirit have made us blameless (Colossians 1:21-22). The Greek
word 'babaios', translated "strengthen," means "standing firm on the feet,
maintaining firmness or solidity, steadfast." (Theological dictionary of
the New Testament, 1964-1976, Vols. 5-9 edited by Gerhard Friedrich, Vol.
10). Paul is telling us that the one who has made us blameless remains
committed to ensuring that we stand firm in His grace. Our Savior has
washed us and cleansed us from our sins, removing every offensive thing
(Revelation 1:5-6).

"Blameless" is a powerful word; here, in verse 8, it refers to being
without the stain of sin ('anegkletos'). Whereas, in 1 Thessalonians 5:23,
"blameless" refers to being without spot or blemish ('amemptos'). The blood
has washed us and loosed us from our sins, so that we are without fault
before Him. Our spirits and souls which were stained and marred with
iniquity have been made whiter than snow (Revelation 1:5, 3:18; Isaiah
1:18). Looking unto the Author and Finisher of our faith - Who has made our
whole spirit, soul, and body blameless - secures our place of being
continually kept by the power of God (1 Thessalonians 5:23; 1 Peter 1:5;
Hebrews 12:2).
 
Daily Bread - August 6, 2019 (The Third Day - Genesis 1:9-13)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Tuesday, 06 August 2019 12:36
1 Corinthians 1:7 - So that you are not lacking in any spiritual gifts, as
you eagerly await the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Part 2 ~ Deeper Participation Yields Greater Manifestation

Flowing in the gifts must be left in the realm of relationship, and the
strong compelling inspirations of the Holy Ghost. The deeper we will let
our affections and emotions go into our love relationship with the Lord
Jesus, the stronger the unctions of the Spirit will be. The same way that
peace and joy come is the same way that prophesy and visions also come. If
our thoughts are caught away with how to function in the gifts, and trying
to get a prophecy, nothing good will come of it; but when we simply allow
the things of the Spirit (like prayer and praise) to carry us away into
affection towards God, the river of God's inspirations will flood our
hearts.

One of the greatest ways to begin to experience the Holy Spirit speaking
through you is to involve yourself in reaching the lost. If you will step
out in obedience and faith to see the miracle of salvation come to those
whom you come in contact with, you will step into a realm where all the
gifts of God will function through you. It is the will of God that the
manifestation of the Spirit function in each person's life in the context
of the Church as well - so begin to give yourself to a deeper
participation, so that there may be a more glorious manifestation of Jesus
in your life! (1 Corinthians 12:7)
 
Daily Bread - August 5, 2019 (The Second Day - Genesis 1:6-8)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Monday, 05 August 2019 16:27
1 Corinthians 1:7 - So that you are not lacking in any spiritual gifts, as
you eagerly await the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Part 1 ~ The Gifts Are Relational

Many sincere and hungry people in the Church are at a standstill when it
comes to operating in the gifts of the Spirit. They know they are to desire
the spiritual gifts, and especially prophecy; but they don't understand how
to begin (1 Corinthians 14:1). In many instances, we observe one of two
extremes: either people are so zealous they step out in their own desire
and make a mess of things, or people don't step out at all in fear of doing
something wrong.

What we all must come to realize is that God has made the gifts of the
Spirit purely relational. The deeper we move into relationship with the
Holy Spirit, the deeper we will be affected by the promptings of the Holy
Spirit. The gifts of the Spirit flow out of our interaction with God and
our obedience to do the things we know to do. This of course all begins
when we are baptized in the Holy Ghost according to Acts 1:8 and Acts 2:4.

There are four training grounds where we learn to more effectively function
in the gifts of the Spirit:

1. Giving ourselves to the study of the Word of God.

2. Giving ourselves to prayer that touches the realms of glory (too many
pray prayers that are like reading a message off a piece of paper, instead
of talking to the Father from the heart).

3. Allowing a deeper participation in praise and worship.

4. Doing those things you know the Word of God has commanded, such as
speaking to others about their souls.

When we are participating in these spiritual things, we discover the
inspirations of the Holy Spirit that lead us into a deeper and more
diversified manifestation of the gifts.
 
Daily Bread - August 3, 2019 (The Seventh Day - Genesis 2:1-3)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Saturday, 03 August 2019 13:41
1 John 3:17 - But he who has this world's living and sees his brother in
need, and shuts off his compassion from him, how does the love of God dwell
in him?

The Greek word translated "compassion" in this verse, 'splanchna'
(σπλάγχνα), translates Hebrew words in the Septuagint such as 'beten' (
בֶּטֶן / belly) and 'rechem' ( רֶחֶם / womb). This word is considered to be
allegorical in describing the emotions. The KJV translated 'splanchna' as
"inward affection" in 2 Corinthians 7:15. In Philippians 1:8, Paul said, "I
long after you all in the 'splanchna' of Jesus Christ." Another similar
anatomical word used in John 7:38 to describe the Holy Spirit flowing out
of the belly is the word 'koilia,' (κοιλία) from which the English word
"colon" is derived. Its usage in classical Greek implies deep passion and
emotions.

"Though some have attempted to distinguish between the allegorical meanings
of 'splanchna' (σπλάγχνα / intestines), 'koilia' (κοιλία / belly), and
'nefros' (νεφρός / kidney), it is extremely doubtful whether this is really
possible or practical. The semantic focus in the use of these terms is
clearly the deeper and more intimate feelings and emotions. What is certain
is that the expressions of God's divine power and nature flow from the
deepest regions of our feelings if we live under His direction - leaving
nothing superficial or fake about our actions. We no longer do things out
of a legal obligation, but are motivated and moved by the Holy Spirit in
our deepest desires.

"In some languages, one can use a term, which literally means 'belly' or
'bowels,' but more often than not, these emotions are associated with some
particular organ of the body such as the heart, spleen, liver, etc. Rather
than attempting to employ a figurative expression, which may or may not be
fully equivalent, it is often preferable to refer to the emotional content
by using terms such as "feelings," "intents," "desires," or "compassion,"
depending upon the context" (Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament
based on Semantic Domains, (New York: United Bible Societies) 1988, 1989).
 
Daily Bread - August 2, 2019 (The Sixth Day - Genesis 1:24-31)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Friday, 02 August 2019 09:09
1 John 3:16 - By this we have known the love of God: because He laid down
His soul for us, and we are indebted to lay down our soul for the brethren.

Some translations do not include the word "God" in the first phrase because
the text(s) that they used omitted it. We included the word "God" because
it was also included in Scrivener's Textus Receptus (1894). "God" is not
found in the family of the Byzantine text form.

The Greek word for "soul" is 'psuche' (ψυχή), which is used here. Of the
105 times that 'psuche' occurs in the New Testament, the KJV translated it
as "soul" 58 times and "life" 40 times. It is the only word in the Greek
language for "soul," whereas there are at least three words that may be
translated as "life." In this translation, we have opted to be consistent
with the primary meaning of a word if possible. Therefore, 'psuche' should
be translated as "soul." The soul represents the whole life of a person,
whether it's the Hebrew 'nephesh' ( פֶשׁ נ (ֶor the Greek 'psuche.' The
most important point being made is to underscore that the usage of soul is
most often applied in both the Hebrew and Greek language to speak of one's
whole being, and not of a particular dimension of one's life.

If Jesus gave His whole being for us, then it is our duty to give our whole
being for each other. Such a commitment to the love of God will do away
with all of the broken relationships and bickering among the household of
God. This is the kind of love God has called us to, and the one new
commandment Jesus gave: to love one another as He has loved us (John 13:34,
15:12). I have watched as so many people have emphasized many different
things, forgetting all of the time they were violating the most important
thing and their most important responsibility: to lay down their lives.
 
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