Daily Bread - July 6, 2020 (The Second Day - Genesis 1:6-8)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Monday, 06 July 2020 12:36
Romans 12:9-21 - Having genuine love, hating the evil, cleaving to the
good; loving one another with brotherly affection, preferentially honoring
one another; not slothful in diligence, fervent in Spirit serving the Lord;
rejoicing in expectation, standing firm in trouble, persisting in prayer;
communicating to the needs of the holy ones, pursuing hospitality. Bless
those who persecute you. Bless and never curse! Rejoice with those who
rejoice, weep with those who weep. Mind the same things towards one
another; not high minded, but go along with the lowly; do not be wise in
yourself. Do not render evil for evil to anyone; provide that which is
right before all men. As to yourselves, if possible, be at peace with all
men. Do not avenge yourselves, beloved, but give place to wrath; for it is
written: vengeance is mine. I will repay, says the Lord. Therefore, if your
enemy hungers, feed him; if he should be thirsty, give him drink - for in
so doing you shall heap coals of fire upon his head. Do not be overcome by
evil, but overcome evil with good.

In the opening statements of this chapter, Paul instructs each individual
in the strongest terms possible to yield up their lives to God (Romans
12:1-2). In doing so, we are to give ourselves completely to walking in the
nature of Christ Jesus. In the expression of the nature of Jesus is the
love of God. God has loved us with a love surpassing all others, and we are
commanded by Him to love one another. However, men run the risk of only
acting like they love each other, many times as a result of holding on to
problems or fears. Any non-genuine expression of love is hypocrisy of the
worse degree (2 Corinthians 6:6; 1 Peter 1:22; 1 John 3:18). God wants us
to express the love that comes from a pure heart and is supplied by the
Holy Spirit (1 Timothy 1:5; Romans 5:5; Galatians 5:22).

Everything not of the love of God in our relationships with one another is
evil. It has been said that to love God is to regard evil with horror.
Unfortunately, too many are lured into a general tolerance of evil; but to
think that God is in anyway tolerant of evil is a big mistake. Evil is the
enemy and the opposite of all it means to be in Christ. There is nothing
more threatening to the soul of the redeem than compromise. Those who love
the Lord must hear the instruction of the Lord: Hate evil!! (Psalms 97:10,
119:104,128,163; Proverbs 8:13)

The life giving presence of the Holy Spirit radically alters the way a
person lives their life. God has given us a quality of life, and expects a
quality of life from us. If we are going to know what God expects of us,
then we are going to have to take His instructions serious. If we are going
to know how to keep ourselves so that the wicked one cannot touch us, then
we are going to have to place God's Words before us and not depart from the
things which He has commanded. If we are going to stick to that which is
good, we will, above all other things, stick to the Word of God!
 
Daily Bread - July 4, 2020 (The Seventh Day - Genesis 1:24-31)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Saturday, 04 July 2020 11:58
Colossians 3:16-17 - Let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly in all
wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms, in hymns, in
spiritual songs; singing with grace in your heart to the Lord. And all that
is done in word and in deed, do all in the Name of the Lord Jesus, giving
thanks to the God and Father through Him.

Part 4 ~ The Word of Christ is the Word of God

Realizing then that the Word of Christ is the same as the Word of God, we
have many Scriptures that help us to understand the work of grace placed
the Word of God in our hearts, so that we may remember, do, and speak what
God has spoken. We have been born of the Word of God (1 Peter 1:23). The
Word of God has been written in our hearts and minds by the Holy Spirit (2
Corinthians 3:3; Hebrews 8:10, 10:16). The Word of God is at work with
power in those who believe (1 Thessalonians 2:13; Acts 20:32). The Word of
God is how faith is produced in us (Romans 10:8-17) The Word of God is the
sword of the Spirit that gives us the ability to destroy every work of
darkness (Ephesians 6:17; Hebrews 4:12-13). When the Word of God dwells on
the inside of God's people, then it makes them strong, so that they can
overcome the wicked one on every front (1 John 2:14, 5:18).

We are the people of God, and as such, we are the people of faith who live
by every word which proceeds out of the mouth of God (Romans 10:8; Matthew
4:4). The Word of Christ is established in us because we give ourselves to
knowing and speaking the Word of God written in our Bibles. Everything we
do must be both judged and governed by the written Word of God. The written
Word of God brought the seed of God's Word into our hearts (Romans
10:14-17; Matthew 13:23). When Christ speaks through us by His Spirit, it
will be the Word written in our Bibles. God's people must refuse to live by
and speak out their own words which are influenced by all sorts of things
other than the written Word of God. We must be willing to make the
transition in our lives and speak by the Word of God - from the inspiration
of the Spirit of God - rather than out of the realms of our own
understanding (Psalm 1; Proverbs 3:5-6; Jeremiah 17:5-8; and John 8:25-30;
Romans 8:5-9).
 
Daily Bread - July 3, 2020 (The Sixth Day - Genesis 1:20-23)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Friday, 03 July 2020 09:28
Colossians 3:16-17 - Let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly in all
wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms, in hymns, in
spiritual songs; singing with grace in your heart to the Lord. And all that
is done in word and in deed, do all in the Name of the Lord Jesus, giving
thanks to the God and Father through Him.

Part 3 ~ The Holy Spirit Governs Divine Utterance

Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to govern the Church, and to lead us and guide
us. Essential for us is to realize how we are only to speak by the Spirit
of truth, Who has been given to us (John 15:26, 16:13; Joel 2:28; and Acts
2:4,17-18, 10:45-56, 19:6; 1 Corinthians 14:2). Peter said when we speak,
we are to do so as the oracles (bearers of the divine Word) of God
according as God supplies to us (1 Peter 4:11). In Ephesians, Paul
instructs us to be filled with the Spirit, which is related by context to
the Word of Christ producing the utterances of psalms, hymns, and spiritual
songs (Ephesians 5:19).

There is a message living in our hearts, which can only be expressed by the
Spirit of God Who dwells in us. Those utterances come forth from our hearts
as rivers of living water expressing the majesty and splendor of Who Christ
Jesus is. The Word of Christ is a continual unchanging force in the Church
as much as His peace is (Colossians 3:15-16). The result of being filled
with the Spirit and having the indwelling Word of Christ is the same, it
produces thanksgiving from the heart in psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs.

In Paul's letter to the Corinthians, he emphasizes the spiritual song in
the context of the language of the spirit (1 Corinthians 14:14-15). He also
further reveals to them the dynamic of what teaching and admonition is when
he said, "How is it then, brethren, when you come together, every one of
you has a psalm, has a doctrine, has a tongue, has a revelation, has an
interpretation? Let all things be done unto edifying" (1 Corinthians 14:26).
 
Daily Bread - July 2, 2020 (The Fifth Day - Genesis 1:20-23)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Thursday, 02 July 2020 09:47
Colossians 3:16-17 - Let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly in all
wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms, in hymns, in
spiritual songs; singing with grace in your heart to the Lord. And all that
is done in word and in deed, do all in the Name of the Lord Jesus, giving
thanks to the God and Father through Him.

Part 2 ~ The Inspiration of the Word of Christ
We can both live under the inspiration of the Word of Christ and speak the
Word of Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit, Who lives within us. The
Spirit of Christ Jesus, Who dwells in us, will speak through us all the
words of this life producing signs, wonders, miracles, praise, and
adoration belonging to God (Colossians 1:27; 1 Corinthians 2:13, 12:7-10; 1
John 3:24; Acts 5:20).

One of the chief aims of the Word of Christ dwelling in the saints is to
empower us to teach and admonish one another. Paul clarified when He
described how this occurred by the operation of the Holy Spirit speaking
through him either by revelation, knowledge, prophecy, or teaching (1
Corinthians 14:6). Furthermore, it may be argued that Paul made these
expressions a product of the spiritual language (1 Corinthians 14). His
demand to the Church was that they earnestly contend for the spiritual, and
especially prophecy (1 Corinthians 14:1).
 
Daily Bread - July 1, 2020 (The Fourth Day - Genesis 1:14-19)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Wednesday, 01 July 2020 10:51
Colossians 3:16-17 - Let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly in all
wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms, in hymns, in
spiritual songs; singing with grace in your heart to the Lord. And all that
is done in word and in deed, do all in the Name of the Lord Jesus, giving
thanks to the God and Father through Him.

Part 1 ~ To Live By the Word, We Must Know the Word

The people of God must come to understand that until they begin to live by
the Word of God, nothing will change. If we live by the Word, then the Word
will govern our speech and conduct! If we are going to live by the Word,
then we must come to know the Word well enough to recall what God has to
say in His Word regarding our conduct and reactions to everything we
encounter in life.

The phrase "the Word of Christ" is only found one time in the New
Testament; so to understand exactly what Paul meant by the "Word of
Christ", it will be necessary to consider both how Christ dwells in our
hearts and how His Word dwells in us. The most obvious meaning of the "Word
of Christ" is as a synonym for "the Word of the Lord", or the "Word of
God". Jesus said the words He spoke would never pass away (Matthew 24:35;
Luke 21:33).

The Word of Christ, above all else, is those things that are written in the
Word of God - which will always be those things the Spirit of God speaks.
If anyone does not speak according to this Word, then it is because there
is no light in him (Isaiah 8:20; John 5:46-47; Matthew 22:29; 2 Peter
1:19-20; 2 Timothy 3:15-17). If we are going to speak the Word of Christ,
then we must give ourselves to knowing His Word by heart (John 14:26,
16:13, 17:17; 2 Timothy 2:15; 1 Peter 2:1-3).
 
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