Daily Bread - September 17, 2020 (The Fifth Day - Genesis 1:20-23)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Thursday, 17 September 2020 10:30
Romans 8:6 - For carnal thinking is death, but spiritual thinking is life
and peace.

Part 2 ~ The Limits of Natural Thinking and the Wellspring of Spiritual
Thinking

That which is "carnal" is not necessarily bad - just earthly and temporal
(Romans 15:27; 1 Corinthians 9:11, 15:44). However, dependency upon the
carnal, or natural thinking of man, almost altogether shuts out the voice
of the Holy Spirit, and will most definitely bring those who trust in
themselves to ruin. The natural mind is limited to the laws of nature and
cannot easily move into the realms of the miraculous. The natural mind
would more eagerly look to a human answer or earthly remedy to supply a
need.

The natural mind is governed by what it sees, hears, and has physical
evidence for; whereas, the spiritual mind believes the Word of God and
needs no other proof. The spiritual mind functions in the realm of faith,
and depends upon the unseen power of God to supply all our needs. Those
things that are seen are only temporal, and like the glory and ability of
men, they pass away; but the things that are unseen and reveled to us by
the Word of God will never fail or pass away (2 Corinthians 4:18). Those
who trust in the Lord, and who wholly trust in what He has said, will be
blessed with all those things He has promised (Jeremiah 17:7-8; Psalm
1:2-3; Joshua 1:8; Colossians 3:16).
 
Daily Bread - September 16, 2020 (The Fourth Day - Genesis 1:14-19)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Wednesday, 16 September 2020 09:29
Romans 8:6 - For carnal thinking is death, but spiritual thinking is life
and peace.

Part 1 ~ Minding The Spiritual

Anything taught to us by God concerning Himself - the realm of Heaven and
the ways of the Spirit - is spiritual. All the Holy Spirit does and
ministers is spiritual. The things of the spiritual are foolishness to the
natural mind, because spiritual things are not governed by natural laws.
Instead, that which is spiritual is the unlimited realm of divine ability
and supernatural provision where nothing is impossible (1 Corinthians
2:13-15).

Paul commanded the Church to both seek and focus on the spiritual
(Ephesians 1:3; 1 Corinthians 2:14, 14:1,12; Galatians 6:6). God is a
Spirit, and we must interact with Him in the realm of the spiritual. Any
interaction with the Holy Spirit, or manifestation of the Holy Spirit, is
by definition spiritual. Knowing we are to walk in the Spirit and be led by
the Spirit is evidence enough of how God demands us to be spiritual in the
way we think and conduct ourselves - our behavior (2 Peter 1:3-11).

The Holy Spirit teaches us the spiritual, and gives us access to the realms
of the spiritual - from which all the gifts of the Spirit flow. We learn to
think according to the spiritual (or the manner in which God thinks) by the
Word of God and the guidance of the Holy Spirit. The spiritual mind is the
mind of the Holy Spirit, the mind of Christ, the life governed by the
Spirit of God - where every thought is brought into captivity to the
obedience of Christ and the will of the Father (2 Corinthians 10:4; John
5:19,30). The abundant life we have been given is the life of the Spirit -
which is life, peace, joy, and righteousness!
 
Daily Bread - September 15, 2020 (The Third Day - Genesis 1:9-13)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Tuesday, 15 September 2020 09:00
Romans 8:5 - For they who are after the flesh are the ones which think
fleshly, but those after the Spirit have a spiritual mindset.

If we are going to walk in the Spirit, then we must mind the things of the
Spirit. Those things which are spiritual are taught to us by the Holy
Spirit (Ephesians 1:13; Colossians 1:19; 1 Corinthians 2:13, 14:1). If we
are to define what is spiritual, then we must refer to everything Heavenly
where Christ Jesus is now enthroned (Ephesians 2:6; Colossians 3:1-2). The
spiritual is the realm of the Kingdom of God and the righteousness of God
(Matthew 6:33; Romans 14:17, 3:21-22; Colossians 1:13). Spiritual things
are the manifestations of the Holy Spirit revealing the character and
nature of our God and Savior Jesus Christ (John 3:5-6, 16:14; 1 Corinthians
14:7; 1 John 3:24, 4:13; 2 Corinthians 3:18).

If we are going to walk in the Spirit, then we must mind the things of the
Spirit so we can yield to Him and come under His influence. Yielding to the
Spirit of God is as simple as loving Jesus. The deeper we go into a love
relationship with Jesus, the deeper and more completely we learn to yield.
Knowing this love grows deeper with each day of relationship. His love is
so deep and so rich it passes knowledge, and ultimately takes us into the
depths of the fullness of God (Ephesians 3:17-21). If you will choose the
things of the Spirit and live by the Word of God, you will discover an
ever-increasing manifestation of His presence in you and through you.
 
Daily Bread - September 14, 2020 (The Second Day - Genesis 1:6-8)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Monday, 14 September 2020 10:54
2 Corinthians 6:12 - You are not confined in us, but you are confined in
your own affections.

Paul helps the church at Corinth recognize how there had been no
restrictions placed on his love for the Corinthians, but the Corinthians
had imposed restrictions on themselves by holding back their affections for
Paul and those associated with him. He assures them they had not been
confined, or limited, in God in anyway. Yet, because of their response,
they had placed restrictions on themselves and what God had purposed to do
through their lives.

When love is restricted or narrowly confined, then so is the working of the
Spirit of God through our lives. Love expressed in our affections for one
another opens our heart to receive all God has supplied. The measure of our
love for God is expressed in our love for all of those who are born of God
(1 John 4:21-5:2). Therefore, we must guard against those things that would
cause us to place restrictions in our affections. The subtle working of a
demonic snare is to buy into a less favored status in the eyes of God's
leadership and ultimately of God, and in so doing a person places
restrictions upon themselves and how much they are able to receive.
 
Daily Bread - September 12, 2020 (The Seventh Day - Genesis 1:24-31)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Saturday, 12 September 2020 13:27
Matthew 7:24 - Everyone, then, who hears these words of Mine and does them,
I will liken him to a wise man who builds his house upon a rock.

Part 2 ~ Doing the Word: The Life, Faith, and Obedience of Jesus

The false security of those who are at work building a life not upon
obedience to Christ Jesus has a devastating end. They find themselves being
continually defeated, and the way of the overcomer never realized.
Unwilling to lose their life and abide in Christ Jesus, they never come to
know the ways of God and the rest of walking in the Spirit. Continually
overwhelmed by the storms of life, they never cease looking for something
in this world to satisfy. All the time they believe themselves to be a part
of the household of faith, dwelling in the House of the Lord, unwilling to
recognize their house is built upon the wrong foundation (Matthew 6:22-23,
7:24-27; Hebrews 3:13). The foundation of sand is the life lived for one's
own self interest, doing those things each individual person believes to be
right in his or her own eyes (Judges 17:6; Proverbs 12:15, 21:2).

There is a terrible consequence to neglecting the Word of God (Hebrews
2:1-3). When we consider the price that Father paid to give us Jesus and
observe how He withheld none of His love and mercy from any man, providing
all with an immeasurable grace. How, then, can we think we will escape
damnation if we refuse to learn His ways (Matthew 7:24; Hebrews 10:28-29)?
Although it is language much too hard for some, be sure to understand -
those who refuse to obey the Word of God are the wicked. Of this we may be
certain: the wicked are overthrown, but the house of the righteous will
stand forever (Proverbs 12:7, 14:11).

Too many think they are right with God just because they have orthodox
beliefs; but it is one thing to believe and approve of what God has said,
and altogether something different to do it! The Gospel was also preached
to Israel, but the Word they heard was not mixed with faith; and they,
continuing in their disobedience, perished (Hebrews 3:17, 4:2). We must
fear, lest any of us should come short of the promise being left to us of
entering into His so great of salvation. We cannot truly call Jesus 'Lord'
unless we do what He says.

The Spirit of truth has come to lead us and teach us the life and obedience
of Jesus. The life we are taught by the Lord is the life of doing the will
of the Father, ceasing from our own works, and bringing forth the fruits of
His life witnessed in us now and on that day (Luke 6:46; Mark 3:35; Matthew
12:50, 7:19-20; Romans 8:14,16; John 16:13-15; and Galatians 5:22-23;
Philippians 1:11; Ephesians 5:9).

Blessings,

Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
 
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