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Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Thursday, 01 July 2010 13:27
1 Corinthians 14:40 - And let all things be done decently, and in order.

The Church is the place where we assemble ourselves to hear God speak. The
only way that we are going to hear God speak in our assemblies is if those
who are gathered know how to yield to the inspiration of the Holy Spirit.

The church is not a place for everyone to share their ideas and opinions; it
is a sacred place where an ever-increasing manifestation of the power and
glory of God should be revealed. Anything that disrupts the sacred activity
of the Holy Spirit or creates confusion is out of order. If an individual is
not speaking by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, then what they are
saying should have little to no place in the context of the church.
 
daily bread
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Wednesday, 30 June 2010 11:06
Genesis 31:13 - I am the God of Bethel, where you anointed a pillar, where
you vowed to me a vow. Now arise, come out from this land and return to the
land of your birth.

The first time that the word "anointed" appears in the Bible is here: in
reference to the consecration of God's house, and the consecration of His
servant Jacob to both serve and worship Him. Jacob was allowed a visitation
from God, and received the revelation that He was in the house of God
('Bethel'). Jacob's response to God's visitation was a voluntary
consecration of his life to the Almighty. The importance of what it means to
be anointed extends to every act of Divine Power revealed in the sons of
Adam. The Hebrew word 'masach'/"anoint" fashions the word used to denote our
Redeemer, Christ Jesus (Messiah/masiach/Christ/Christos). It is essential
that we grasp the relationship of consecration to the anointing. It is only
through such a devoted consecration that we will realize the full impact of
what it means to be anointed (John 14:12; John 15:16; Ephesians 4:13; Mark
16:17; Acts 4:33; Matthew 24:14; James 5:7). If we are not attentive to what
God has given, we run the risk of never growing beyond infancy in Christ (1
Corinthians 3:1-3).

Just as Moses anointed Aaron to consecrate him to God, even so Jesus has
anointed us (Leviticus 8:12; Exodus 29:36; 1 John 2:20,27; 2 Corinthians
1:21; Hebrews 2:11). The consecration that comes through the anointing was
further understood to be a direct act of the Holy Spirit coming upon the one
who was anointed (1 Samuel 10:6; 1 Samuel 16:13). The miracle of becoming
the anointed of the Lord in the New Testament takes place when the Spirit of
the Lord comes upon a person, and changes them into a new creation (John
3:3,5; John 4:10; John 4:23-24; Titus 3:5; 1 Thessalonians 4:8). Through
this new birth we become sons and daughters of God, and receive a special
anointing and authority: to be the sons of God (John 1:12,16; 1 John 3:1-2;
1 John 5:18; Galatians 4:6; Ephesians 4:24; Romans 8:29).
 
daily bread
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Tuesday, 29 June 2010 10:27
1 John 2: 27 - And the anointing that you have received from Him abides in
you; and you do not need that anyone teach you, but just as the anointing
teaches you about everything, and is no lie; and just as it has taught you:
you shall abide in Him.

We have received the anointing that we might fellowship with God; that we
might know God and be taught of Him. The depths of this fellowship are
captured in the concept of abiding in Christ, which refers to our oneness
with Jesus (John 14:23; John 15:1-5; John 17:21-23). In the Old Testament,
the anointing was first identified with respect to both worshiping God and
consecrating a place of worship (Genesis 31:13; Exodus 30:26; Exodus
40:9-11). It was by the anointing that men were given the ability to
minister to God, observed in the priestly anointing (Exodus 28:41; Exodus
30:30; Exodus 40:13,15). Both of these two aspects of the anointing are
realized in this verse of scripture in John's first epistle. The message of
the Gospel is that we are to abide in Jesus. The ability to abide in Jesus,
and to have both Jesus and the Father abiding in us, has been brought to us
by the Holy Spirit (John 14:17; 1 John 3:24; Zechariah 4:6). It is by this
anointing that we are empowered to participate in the divine life of God. In
this anointing the Holy Spirit leads us, guides us, and reveals the ways of
the Father to us. The anointing is a divine empowerment and supernatural
ability that has been given to the believer: to know God and live the life
of a new creation. It is through this union that we are empowered to
fellowship with God, and live the divine life of Christ Jesus.

One may rightly say that there are two purposes for the anointing: to know
God, and also to be empowered with special abilities for the deliverance of
others. When Saul was anointed to be king, he was given the divine ability
to be a king and bring deliverance to Israel; prior to the anointing he was
an ordinary man (1 Samuel 10:1,6). However, after the Spirit of God came
upon Him, He had abilities that only come from God. The same is true of all
Old Testament prophets, priests, warriors, and special workmen. When the
Spirit came upon them, they were empowered with a specific ability to carry
out their divine commission (Joshua 10:12; Judges 14:19). Jesus was anointed
with a greater anointing than anyone before Him: to bring deliverance to all
mankind. He was anointed with the Holy Ghost and power, to set the captives
free and do the mighty works God. Today, the same anointing of power is
available to us as well (Acts 10:38; Luke 4:18-19; Acts 1:8). However, we
must keep in mind that the anointing of power is secondary to the anointing
to know God. There is nothing more important than walking in obedience, and
doing the will of the Father from the heart (Matthew 7:22-23; 1 John 2:14; 1
John 5:4; Revelation 2:7,11; Revelation 2:17,26; Revelation 3:5,12;
Revelation 3:21; 1 Corinthians 6:9-10; Galatians 5:21; Ephesians 5:5).
 
daily bread
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Monday, 28 June 2010 13:52
2 Corinthians 1:22 - And He has sealed us, and has given us the Spirit in
our hearts: which is His guarantee.

The guarantee and proof of our salvation is the Holy Spirit that God has
given to us (Romans 5:5; Romans 8:9; Galatians 4:6). The Holy Spirit is not
only our guarantee and our witness, but also the seal of God upon our lives
(Romans 8:16). A seal serves as a legal protection and a guarantee of
ownership; it certifies something as being genuine and official (John 3:33).
Circumcision at one time was both a proof and a seal, but now that proof and
seal is the Holy Spirit (Romans 4:11; Ephesians 1:13; Ephesians 4:30). The
seal of the Holy Spirit both marks us and distinguishes us from all others.
It is through this work of grace that we are protected and kept by the power
of God until that day (1 Peter 1:5). The seal of the Holy Spirit is the
guarantee that we are God's purchased possession! (1 Corinthians 6:20;
Ephesians 1:14).

God who has given us the first installment, or payment (Gr-arrabon) of the
Spirit, demands that we yield ourselves to the Holy Spirit. Once a person
receives the covenant pledge, they are obligated to fulfill the
responsibilities of the contract; and then full payment will be rendered. We
have been born of God and given His Holy Spirit to walk in holiness (John
15:1-16; Romans 6:9-22). If we refuse to walk in the Spirit, then we are
refusing to follow through on the commitment that we made when we were given
the first installment, or downpayment from God (Romans 8:4; Romans 8:13-14;
Romans 8:16; Galatians 5:16,18; Galatians 5:25; 2 Corinthians 3:3). God
demands that we give ourselves to the fruits of the Spirit. He demands that
we make our calling and election sure (2 Peter 1:4-10). The foundation of
God and the witness of the Spirit also have a seal: everyone who names the
name of Christ must depart from iniquity (2 Timothy 2:19; Luke 13:27;
Galatians 6:7-8).
 
daily bread
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Saturday, 26 June 2010 10:52
2 Corinthians 3:3 - You reveal that you are epistles of Christ, prepared by
us: written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God; not on
tablets of stone but on the tablets of a fleshly heart.

The rich parallels that Paul uses to declare the miracle of salvation reveal
the personal work of the Living God in each of our lives. Just as the
Almighty had with His own finger written His law on tablets of stone, He has
now written them on the tablets of a heart of flesh (Exodus 31:18;
Deuteronomy 9:10). The Spirit of God who now lives in us speaks out the word
of God, and influences every dimension of our being with His own nature and
passions (2 Peter 1:4). He has taken a stony heart and made it a heart of
flesh, soft and sensitive to do His will (Ezekiel 11:19; Ezekiel 36:26).

He has written His laws in our mind and our hearts; so that we will keep His
statutes, His judgments, and His precepts (Hebrews 8:10; Hebrews 10:16;
Ezekiel 36:27; Jeremiah 31:33). He has given to us the Spirit of obedience:
to do those things which His heart designed when He made man in His own
image and likeness. He has made our spirit one with His Spirit, and given to
us the ability to know Him (1 Corinthians 6:17; John 14:23; John 17:21-23).
Through our lives God desires to announce to the world that the regeneration
and renewing of the Holy Ghost have come to man!
 
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