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Daily Bread - September 7, 2017
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Thursday, 07 September 2017 13:17
Matthew 9:35-38 - And Jesus went about all of the cities and villages,
teaching in their synagogues, and announcing the good news of the Kingdom,
and healing every disease and sickness among the people. And seeing the
crowds, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were faint and
cast aside as sheep who have no shepherd. Then He said to His disciples,
"The harvest is indeed great, but the workmen are few. Therefore, beseech
the Lord of the harvest, that He may send out workmen into the harvest."

Verse 35 in this passage is a summary statement of the ministry of Jesus.
To have written about every person that was healed in Jesus ministry would
be so voluminous that no one could express it better than John did when he
said, "But there are also many other things that Jesus did; if every one of
them were written down, I suppose that the world itself could not contain
the books that would be written" (John 21:25). Those miracles that are
highlighted in the Gospels serve as special examples of His ministry. The
ministry of Jesus targeted every city, every village, and every sick and
diseased person. The ministry model that Jesus gave to us consisted of
teaching, preaching, and healing. Today, those of us who are anointed of
God live under the same mandate and command given to the first disciples:
Go into all of the world (every city and every town) and teach, preach, and
heal; thus proclaiming the light of the glorious Gospel of the Kingdom of
God! (Matthew 28:18-20; Mark 16:15-18; John 14:12)

Allow Jesus' compassion to work in you, then pray for and go into the
harvest!
 
Daily Bread - September 6, 2017
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Wednesday, 06 September 2017 09:17
1 Corinthians 2:13 - And which we speak, not in words teaching man's
wisdom, but the teaching of the Holy Ghost; connecting the spiritual to the
spiritual.

Everything the Holy Spirit teaches is spiritual; and what men teach is
carnal. The Holy Spirit stands in a Heavenly realm to make known to us all
that the Father is doing. The Holy Spirit reveals what is going on in
Heaven, while men teach their perception of what they think is going on in
earth. Each one of us then stand in a place of decision as to what we are
going to believe. The pressures are great to believe the physical evidence
we see with our eyes, rather than the spiritual evidence regarding which
God has sworn with an oath and cannot lie about. We were born of the Spirit
so that we can be taught of God, not men. There should be a whole new set
of spiritual laws that we live by, instead of natural laws.

The Word of God and the Spirit of God define for us a whole new reality.
Yet, many remain content to both think the same way, and function the same,
as they did before they were born of the Spirit. They have submitted to the
pressures that men have imposed upon them to expect the same things that
the rest of the world expects. If the doctor, lawyer, or financial expert
says it's so, then that is what they believe. Failing to realize we are not
of this world, and we have been given authority to speak to the mountains
to be removed, and call into existence those things that God has spoken
(John 14:17, 15:19, 17:14,16,25). The spiritual language, the spiritual
songs, and the spiritual understanding are unacceptable to a world governed
by the mind of men.

The world and the natural thinking of men cannot receive the things of the
Spirit. There is no connection between man and God through the natural
realm and natural thinking. The connection to God and to the faith that He
has given comes only by the Holy Spirit, Who has come to teach us how to
participate with the Kingdom of Heaven. The Spirit of God causes us to
understand the Word of God, and empowers us to believe that the impossible
is possible. The Holy Spirit will make no connection with your doubt and
unbelief. He will not agree with fear and disappointment. He will not be
limited to the laws of nature, or the understanding of men. Instead, He
will teach us to believe the Word of God, not the opinions of men (John
15:7-10; 1 Peter 1:24-25; Isaiah 40:6-8). A connection has been made to the
realms of God's eternal glory and His supernatural provision. The Holy
Spirit has come to show us the life and authority of Jesus, Who lives
within (John 16:13-15; 1 Corinthians 6:17; 2 Corinthians 13:5; Colossians
1:27; 1 John 4:4; Colossians 3:16).

Let the Holy Spirit reveal Jesus to you and through you!
 
Daily Bread - September 5, 2017
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Tuesday, 05 September 2017 15:12
1 Corinthians 2:12 - But we have not received the spirit of the world, but
the Spirit of God; that we may know what has been bestowed to us by God.

We have God's Spirit in us! Someone in whom the Spirit of God may be found
is certainly to be recognized with insight and wisdom that is not earthly
-even as Joseph was in Egypt and Daniel in Babylon (Genesis 41:38; Daniel
4:8, 9, 18, 5:11, 14). In the Old Testament, the Spirit of God came upon
men such as Gideon and Samson, who were given extraordinary abilities of
power and strength (Judges 6:34; Judges 15:14). The Spirit of God would
bestow the abilities to be skillful in the arts and all kinds of
workmanship as was granted to Bezaleel (Exodus 31:1-5). Those in the Old
Testament were given divine ability to be priest, prophets, kings, and
mighty men -all by the Spirit of God.

When we were born of God, He not only gave us a new spirit and a new heart,
but He put His Spirit in us and gave us the divine ability to be sons of
God (Ezekiel 36:26; John 1:12, 3:6). The Spirit of the living God is
dwelling in us right now -at this very moment (1 Corinthians 3:16; Romans
8:9). When we consider the reality that we have the Spirit of God, then
certainly we must recognize that there is nothing outside of our reach
(Philippians 4:13; Ephesians 3:19, 6:10; Mark 9:23). The wisdom and
knowledge of God reaches beyond all the abilities and insights of mankind.
God's strength and His power know no limitations. All we have to do is to
be willing to be lead and directed by the Spirit of God, and the things of
God will be known to us and revealed in our lives (Romans 8:1, 14; 1
Corinthians 2:14; Galatians 5:25; 2 Corinthians 3:3).

How do we find this walk? How do we learn to give ourselves over to the
direction and guidance of the Spirit of God? It is actually very simple:
all we must do is to obey the Word of God. God's Word is our wisdom and our
knowledge. It is the power that created the Universe. It is living and
working mightily in those who believe. As we will walk in simple obedience
to the Word of God, we will discover ourselves taken over by the direction
and guidance of the Spirit of God. If we are going to enjoy all the
blessings that He has blessed us with, and all the power and authority that
He has vested in us, then we must understand that it all begins with simple
obedience to His Word.

The Spirit of God will lead us and guide us into all the truth; and God's
Word is that truth. It is the life and person of Jesus that is Truth. Many
people recognize the importance of speaking by the Spirit; but equally
important is speaking according to the Word. It is also essential that we
walk in the Spirit and be lead by the Spirit; but equally essential is that
we walk in the Word and are lead by the Word. For even as Jesus, Who is the
Word of God, and the Holy Spirit, Who has brought to us the Spirit of God,
are one and will always agree; even so, the leading of the Spirit will
always agree with the Word of God. In fact, the work of the Holy Spirit is
to reveal Jesus, Who is the Word made flesh; and it is also the work of the
Spirit to reveal the Word of God that instructs us in all the will of God
for our lives (2 Timothy 3:16; Hebrews 4:12; 2 Peter 1:19-21; Ephesians
4:15; Romans 10:8, 17; Galatians 6:6; Ephesians 1:13, 5:26, 6:17;
Philippians 2:16; Colossians 1:5, 3:16; 1 Thessalonians 2:13; James 1:18; 1
Peter 1:23, 25, 2:2).

Live and speak by the Spirit, as you live and speak by the Word!
 
Daily Bread - September 4, 2017
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Monday, 04 September 2017 09:09
1 Corinthians 2:2 - For I have determined to know nothing among you except
Jesus Christ and Him crucified.

Many people have different ideas about what is good, and what is bad; about
what we should emphasize, and what we should avoid. However, what we are
called to do is to follow Jesus (Matthew 4:19, 8:22, 9:9, 16:24, 19:21;
John 10:27, 12:26). If Jesus said to do it, then there is a blessing in it.
All that Jesus showed us was the wonderful ways of the Father (John 14:9).
He made it very clear that all He did was what the Father showed Him to do
(John 5:20, 8:28, 10:38). Jesus said that no one knows the Father, but the
Son; and whosoever the Son will reveal Him to (Matthew 11:27; Luke 10:22).
Jesus is the only way to the Father (John 14:6). If we want to live in the
abundant life, which is the eternal life, then we must be willing to do
what He said for us to do (Matthew 7:21, 12:50; John 10:10, 17:3-4).

The right thing to do is to recognize that all of the Gospel is about
Jesus. When we know Jesus, we know all the fullness of God; for it pleased
God that all the fullness of the Deity should dwell in Him (Colossians
2:9-10). Everything that the Holy Spirit is doing is about revealing Jesus
and making Him known (John 16:13-15). It is Jesus Who redeemed our life
from destruction and crowned us with lovingkindness and tender mercies
(Psalms 103:4). If our heart is right, then all we should desire is to know
Him (Ephesians 1:17-19; Philippians 3:8-10; John 17:3). Let us determine
that, in everything we desire and purpose to do, it will be about Jesus.
Discover that in Him is all wisdom and power, and that our whole life is
about bringing glory and honor to the One Who loved us so much that He gave
His life to ransom us from sin and death (1 Corinthians 1:24, 30; Mark
10:45; Revelation 5:9-10, 12-13). Let us lay all other things aside, and
realize that it is all about knowing Jesus (John 17:3).

Determine to know nothing except Jesus!
 
Daily Bread - September 2, 2017
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Saturday, 02 September 2017 00:20
Ephesians 4:30 - And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by Whom you are
sealed unto the day of redemption.

We have been sealed by the Holy Ghost, marked by His presence, and placed
under His leadership. By the Holy Spirit, we have been stamped with the
character of God, and called to be conformed to His image (Romans 8:29;
Ephesians 2:10). The seal is the mark that we have been purchased by God
and are under His protection (1 Corinthians 6:20; 1 Peter 1:5). We are
taught the ways of God by the Holy Spirit, and it is imperative that we
learn to be sensitive to His leadership. If we are hard-hearted and
self-reliant, then we will grieve Him. Even worse, if we continue to rebel
against His conviction and resist Him, we will eventually lose all
possibility of hearing His voice (Matthew 13:15; Acts 28:27; Hebrews 3:8,
15, 4:7)

The Holy Spirit is grieved by anything that is not holy. Therefore, we must
be careful not to give any place to the Devil in our conduct and attitudes.
Anything contrary to unity and purity is a violation against the nature of
the Holy Spirit and causes Him grief, which we should also feel because we
have been born of the Spirit and united with His person. Whenever the
believer pollutes his purified soul with the acts of deceitfulness,
vengefulness, covetousness, or filthy thoughts, it is grievous to the Holy
Spirit. All of those offensive things named in Ephesians 4:26-29 qualify as
things that grieve the Holy Spirit, and they must not be allowed. The most
precious thing that we have is the seal of the Holy Spirit. Each one of us
should resolve to have the highest order of consecration to walk with God
the Holy Ghost. We were purified by the blood of Jesus to give ourselves to
being pure, even as Christ Jesus is pure (1 John 3:2-3). We must come to
understand that God demands that we perfect holiness in the fear of God,
for that is what our Teacher has come to instruct us to do (2 Corinthians
7:1; John 14:16-17, 16:13-15).

The Holy Spirit was with Israel in the desert. He was afflicted with all of
their afflictions, but they rebelled and grieved Him, and He became their
enemy (Isaiah 63:10). God was grieved with the nation of Israel because
they refused to learn His ways (Hebrews 3:10; 1 Corinthians 10:5-11).
Israel continued on in their murmuring and complaint no matter what God did
for them. We must be careful lest our hearts become hardened through the
deceitfulness of sin (Hebrews 3:13). Through the hardness of heart caused
by sin, we will lose all sensitivity to the instruction and leadership of
the Holy Spirit. We need not pray, "Holy Spirit lead us," for He is
dedicated to this purpose; we need only pray that we be made sensitive and
yielded to His guidance and His will. If we would set our hearts on perfect
obedience, then we would give far more attention and care toward His
precious presence.

Unwholesome speech is coupled with grieving the Holy Spirit. Saying bad
things against another brother or sister is one of the ways to violate the
nature of God, and grieve the Holy Spirit. One of the primary focuses of
the Holy Spirit is to bring divine unity and oneness to the church. Satan,
the divider and accuser of the brethren, does everything he can to stop
such love; and we must be careful not to participate with his evil. If we
would only be devoted to walking in love and learning the love that the
Holy Spirit desires to teach us, we would find ourselves living in the
fullness of God. The fullness of God's glory and power would be accessed
and revealed through our lives if we would be devoted to these good things
(Ephesians 3:19; 1 John 4:16). God put the Holy Spirit in charge of leading
the people of Israel that He might make unto Himself a glorious name; and
He has sent the Holy Spirit to both live and dwell in us as His people
(Isaiah 63:14; John 14:16-17, 16:13-15). There is nothing like living in
the overwhelming spirit, soul, and body-shaking glory of the Holy Spirit!

Set your heart on walking in perfect obedience!
 
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