Daily Bread MAR/19/11
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Saturday, 19 March 2011 08:23

Romans 8:13 - For if we live after the flesh we are about to die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you shall live.

The Greek word 'praxtis' (deeds) may be translated "function, activities, deeds;" implying sustained activity, as in Romans 12:4, "And all these parts have different functions." Here Paul uses this word to describe all the possible activities that can take place in the mortal body. He is dealing with every negative activity or function of the body: whether it is sin, sickness, or disease. It must be remembered in understanding the message of this text that the body is the temple of the Holy Spirit. It belongs to the Lord, it is blameless, it is the place that God is to be glorified, and it is not the residing place of sin (1 Corinthians 3:16; 1 Corinthians 6:13; 1 Corinthians 6:18-20; 2 Corinthians 6:16; 1 Thessalonians 5:23; James 2:26).

Sin, and the consequences of sin - which are more sin, sickness, and disease - have no right to have any control over the mortal body (Romans 6:12). In fact, we are instructed to put all of these things to death by the Spirit (Colossians 3:5). There is a war that is being waged against the saints by all of the demonic powers and their influences (2 Corinthians 10:3-4; 1 Timothy 1:18; 1 Peter 2:11; Ephesians 6:12; Hebrews 12:4). There is a spirit that now works in the children of disobedience (Ephesians 2:2). It is the power of darkness that rules in the realm of the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eye, and the pride of life (1 John 2:16). These fleshly lusts are at war against the saints, in an attempt to subjugate us to their demonic realm; whom we are to resist steadfast in the faith (1 Peter 2:11). As much as Israel was commanded to put to death anyone who committed high treason against God, even so the New Testament saint is commanded to put to death sin, sickness, and disease.

We may view ourselves in some respects as both the temple and the temple guards. It was the responsibility of the temple guards to insure that no one brought anything into the temple that would defile or profane the temple. It is essential to remember that we can only effectively deal with these things by the Spirit. God has given to us His strength and His power, and insured that we will triumph in every temptation (2 Corinthians 2:14; Ephesians 6:10; Ephesians 3:16; 1 Corinthians 16:13; Colossians 1:11).

 
Daily Bread MAR/18/11
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Friday, 18 March 2011 11:19
Hebrews 2:4 - God testified at the same time with signs and wonders, and
many kinds of miracles and gifts (distributions) of the Holy Ghost;
according to His will.

How does God testify to the truth? Through signs and wonders, and many kinds
of miracles and gifts of the Holy Ghost! It is amazing that so many Church
leaders demand that we do away with any expectation that God would move like
this today. Those who insist that they are teaching the truth of God's word
do not have one verse of scripture to support their claim that God no longer
moves in such a way among and through His people. Rather they believe that
the church runs only by human effort; not by the Spirit, but by men's power
and strength (Zechariah 4:6; 1 Corinthians 2:4). Any notion of signs and
wonders and the gifts of the Spirit are branded as excessive or even error.
To many, the beauty of prophecy and the expression of Pentecost are acts of
heresy and contempt.

Yet how could any sensible person come up with such a conclusion, when the
entire bible is devoted to a God who works in and through His people in a
miraculous way? Jesus demanded that we follow Him, that we imitate Him; but
how are we supposed to do that unless we are filled with the same Spirit
that He was filled with? How are we to be the witnesses that Jesus has
commissioned us to be if we refuse the empowerment of the Holy Ghost that He
has given? Jesus is the baptizer; He is the One who sent the Holy Ghost. The
expressions of Pentecost are the results of His ministry (Matthew 3:11; Mark
1:8; Acts 1:5; Acts 11:16; John 7:39; Acts 2:33).

Make no mistake: those things that were true for the first century church
are true for us today. There are not two or three different church ages, but
one single church baptized in one body. The church is to reveal Jesus - who
is the same yesterday today and forever. We are living in this acceptable
year of the Lord; and Jesus and the Holy Ghost are in charge of everything
that concerns the church (Ephesians 1:22-23; Matthew 16:18; Acts 20:28; 1
Corinthians 12:28; 1 Corinthians 14:4,12). These are the last days, and God
has poured out His Spirit upon all flesh (Acts 2:15-17; Joel 2:28; Acts
2:39). We live in perilous times where men are deceiving and being deceived;
and we must recognize that unless we hold to the word of God, we will be
deceived. Our experience and relationship with the Lord must be exactly as
described in the Bible. If not, then we must recognize that we have been
misled. Will you refuse the ministry of Jesus, who desires to baptize you in
the Holy Ghost and fire? Will you be unwilling to allow God to testify of
all His great love and mighty power through your life?
 
Daily Bread MAR/17/11
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Thursday, 17 March 2011 10:00
Galatians 5:16 - But I say: walk in the Spirit and you will not fulfill the
lust of the flesh.

Walking in the Spirit is realized in yielding yourself to all of the
characteristics of the divine nature (2 Peter 1:4). We are those of the new
covenant who are being taught of God (John 6:45; 1 John 2:27). The teacher
the Holy Spirit has come to train us, lead us, and empower us in every
dimension of the nature of God. Although the scripture refers to God the
Holy Spirit simply as "the Spirit" many times, we must not make the mistake
of thinking that "the Spirit" refers to some attribute of the redeemed man.
The Spirit refers to the most important person on the earth right now: and
that is the Holy Ghost. He was sent to us and commissioned to take
everything that belongs to the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, and make it
known unto us (John 16:13-15).

To walk in the Spirit means to conduct ourselves in the ways of God -
through reliance upon the person the Holy Ghost. This blessed privilege has
been miraculously granted to us through the grace of God. To be unwilling to
be trained by the Holy Spirit and give ourselves to such a blessed
opportunity is to forfeit all that has been provided to us through the
redemption that is in Christ Jesus. Christ died to redeem us from all
ungodliness and wickedness, so that we could be united in oneness with God
and learn to walk in His ways. It is only by the Spirit of God, through whom
we have been regenerated and born of God, that we can remain free from sin
and live in the righteousness of God (Titus 3:5; Romans 6:12-22; 8:2-4). As
obedient children let us keep in step with the Spirit, and live the
Spirit-controlled life of being filled with the Spirit in all our conduct
and behavior.
 
Daily Bread MAR/16/11
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Wednesday, 16 March 2011 06:08
Acts 2:22 - Men of Israel, listen to these words: Jesus of Nazareth, a man
accredited by God to you through miracles and wonders and signs, which God
did through Him in your midst - as you yourselves know.

God is a miracle-working God. Everything that He does is a miracle. A
miracle takes place when heaven invades earth; and God has invaded earth
with His Spirit, by Jesus Christ His Son. A miracle incites wonder and
amazement, and for that moment allows men to look beyond the physical and
temporal restraints of what their natural eyes can see. How exceedingly
great are God's miracles: behold the vastness of creation and the order and
complexity by which it is maintained. Each day comes to us by way of a
miracle. Each day He brings forth the morning, and orders all its works.
Night unto night utters speech. By His power, the constellations of the
heavens find their place each night and the sun arises to bring forth a new
day.

If we are in expectation for God to work a miracle, then our expectations
are right. If we are making plans for God to work a miracle, then our plans
are right. If our plans do not include the miracles of God - then our plans
are not according to faith. Without miracles we will always be limited to
what man can do. When Jesus presented the Gospel of the kingdom, He did so
by mighty signs and wonders (Acts 10:38). When Paul preached, it was with
the demonstration of the Spirit and power (1 Corinthians 2:4; 1
Thessalonians 1:5). How then can we expect to follow Jesus and do anything
less?

Any time God wanted to accomplish something, He used miracles. He brought
down the power of Pharaoh with his signs. In one day God destroyed the
mighty army of Egypt which had ruled the world. Amalek fell before Israel as
wheat before the reaper, through the simple act of Moses lifting up His
hands (Exodus 17:8-16). The walls of Jericho came down as his servants
walked around it. When God decided to destroy the great army of the
Assyrians, 185,000 soldiers were destroyed by one angel (2 Kings 19:35). One
man with the jawbone of a donkey destroyed 1000 Philistines (Judges
15:14-16). The great confederate armies were destroyed while the people of
Judah sang and praised the Lord (2 Chronicles 20:22-25).

If we expect God to be with us, to provide for us and to protect us, then we
are in expectation of miracle provision. To walk in the Spirit and be led by
the Spirit are all miraculous. All the things that God is willing to do are
through our willingness to believe. We must be confident that everything God
has said He will do will happen - if we are only willing to believe. This is
the walk of faith that God demands; all we have to do is to dare to believe.
The Gospel of the kingdom can only fully be preached by miracles (John 2:11;
Acts 6:8; 8:6; 19:11; Galatians 3:5; Matthew 12:28; 1 Corinthians 12:10,28).
So expect miracles, and begin to move and function in them!
 
Daily Bread MAR/14/11
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Monday, 14 March 2011 12:00
Galatians 5:19 - Now the works of the flesh are revealed: adultery,
fornication, impurity, licentiousness.

Can someone please tell me where I can find the church leading the world on
moral issues? Today we can see a number of corporate leaders stepping up,
but where is the church? Recently I read: "Apple has a moral responsibility
to keep indecent content off its technology." "Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple
Computers, says his company will not be a party to the pornography industry
and hopes that the iPad and iPhone revolution will help lead to a porn-free
world" (UPERTINO, California, May 18, 2010; LifeSiteNews.com). Whereas among
many church leaders, there is a continual chatter of excuses and reasons why
we must sin more or less every day. We hear so much nonsense about the
"flesh" - and its power and control, and the supposed inability to do
anything about it.

Lets try to get this right, there are three kinds of flesh in the Bible.
There is the flesh of an earthly body; like the one Jesus had, and the one
that you and I have (1 Peter 4:1-2; 1 John 4:3; John 1:14). There is the
flesh of human ability and self-interest (Galatians 4:21-31). Finally, and
more important to this context, there is the flesh as in the works of the
flesh; which speak of the control and domination of Satan over men
(Ephesians 2:3; Galatians 5:19-21; Colossians 2:11). While corporate leaders
have the power to take an ethical position and guide humanity, the church
has a spiritual responsibility to participate in the moral change of the
heart. But how can we ever be influential if we continue to embrace that
which Christ Jesus abolished? (Romans 6:1-23; Hebrews 2:14; 1 John 3:8; 1
John 5:18).

Jesus died at Calvary to deliver us from the power of the flesh. He arose
the third day, so that we could live in the glorious liberty of a divine
nature ruled by the fruits of the Spirit (Romans 8:4,9; Romans 8:14;
Galatians 5:16,25). When will we refuse to give place to that which Christ
Jesus condemned? When will we accept our transformation, and step into the
power of the Holy Spirit that allows us to live free from all that is
immoral? We must all realize when we give in to the lust of the flesh, the
lust of the eye, or the pride of life, we abdicate our authority as the
ministers of Christ Jesus - and fail to be the salt that preserves, and the
light that guides and reproves.
 
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