daily bread
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Tuesday, 16 February 2010 10:39
Matthew 24:12 - Because of the increase of iniquity, the love of many
will grow cold.

The Bible tells us many things about the spiritual, social, and
political events of the future. The most important of these are the
spiritual events that will unfold. If we are not mindful of the
warnings and the signs, we may be led away from the truth that is in
Christ Jesus. We must also recognize that some of these false prophets
would have already come, and therefore we must be that much more
careful that we only hold to that which has been written in the Bible.
We can look throughout the history of the church and see that there
have been many who have brought in doctrines that are not in direct
keeping with the word of God, and that there are even many
denominations established on some of these unique ideas - ideas that
produce a form of godliness but deny the power of godliness.

Not only did men attempt to turn the grace of God into lasciviousness
in the days of Jude, and say: "Let us continue in sin that grace may
abound;" but there continues to be ongoing attack which would hold the
redeemed of the Lord in the chains of unrighteousness (Jude 1:4;
Romans 6:1). Even today we see where many hold the truth in
unrighteousness, and demand that we must sin more or less everyday
(Romans 1:18). However, the foundation of God stands sure: everyone
who names the name of the Lord departs from iniquity (2 Timothy 2:19;
Romans 6:18-19). Jesus delivered us from all iniquity; but the spirit
of antichrist works to place that iniquity upon us, and demand that we
submit to his demonic influence of sin (Titus 2:14). Yet Jesus plainly
revealed what He will say to the workers of iniquity: "Depart from me;
I never knew you" (Matthew 7:23; Matthew 13:41; Luke 13:27).

The mystery of iniquity and the spirit of antichrist was already at
work in the days of Paul, but it will continue to get worse (2
Thessalonians 2:7; 1 John 4:1-2). Before the second coming of Jesus
there will be a great falling away, wherein those who profess the name
of Jesus will give themselves over to every evil lust (2 Thessalonians
2:3). Paul described this falling away as perilous times, and also
spoke urgently by the Spirit of God regarding it (1 Timothy 4:1-3; 2
Timothy 3:1-5). Jude said that they will be like Cain, who slew his
brother; because his brother was righteous and he was evil (Jude 1:11;
1 John 3:10-12). They will run after the example of Balaam, who with a
disobedient heart violated the will of God and the anointing, so that
he could make money. And just like Korah, who rebelled against the
word of the Lord and the leadership that God had established, they
fight against the authority of the church (Numbers 16:1-3).

Of course, we can look throughout the history of the church and see
many teachings and beliefs that are different from the word of God.
Many today know precious little about the moving of the Holy Ghost,
and the signs and wonders that Jesus demands of our lives (John 14:12;
Mark 16:17-18; Luke 24:49; 1 Corinthians 14:26; Ephesians 1:22-23).
How far can we drift from the faith that was once delivered unto the
saints and still be right with God, and hear those gracious words,
“Well done my good and faithful servant” (Matthew 25:21-23; Jude 1:3)?
This we can know for sure: that if we are deceived by the spirit of
iniquity and allow sin to have dominion in our lives, then we have a
witness that we have been swept away by the spirit of antichrist - and
will die in our sins (Romans 1:32; Romans 6:17-22; Galatians 5:21;
Ephesians 5:5; 1 Corinthians 6:10-11).
 
daily bread
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Monday, 15 February 2010 17:16
Genesis 3:15 - And I place enmity between you and the woman, and
between your seed and her seed; He shall crush your head, and you
shall crush His Heel.

The same Hebrew word is used in this verse to describe both the
crushing of the serpent's head and the crushing of the heel of the
woman's seed. The concept of the "seed of the woman" is the key to
understanding this verse. Normally when the Bible refers to subsequent
generations of man, it is in terms of the seed of man. In that such a
phrase is never again used in the Bible, we must realize that it has a
special meaning. The only bridge that we have to understand this verse
is that the Savior was born of a woman without the help of man. There
is an event described in Revelation chapter 12 that uses the same
concept of the seed of a woman (Revelation 12:17). We discover that
the dragon (who is Satan) makes war with the remnant of the woman's
seed. We may argue for the terminology of seed being applied to Jesus
Christ our Savior and the Messiah many times, but we are certain from
the writings of Paul that it is definitely applied twice (Galatians
3:16,19). Satan is called a serpent four times (Revelation 12:9;
Revelation 12:14-15; Revelation 20:2)).

Paul uses this allegory with respect to the church and Satan in Romans
16:20, which is further proof that he understood this passage to
relate to the authority of Christ Jesus in His conflict against Satan,
the enemy of man: "And the God of peace shall bruise Satan under your
feet shortly." Jesus also used a similar allegory concerning the
authority of the believer when he said: "Behold, I give unto you power
to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the
enemy; and nothing shall by any means hurt you" (Luke 10:19). We know
that Jesus destroyed Satan when He died at Calvary; and that the death
of Jesus was only temporary, lasting for three days.
 
daily bread
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Friday, 12 February 2010 11:47
Galatians 5:25 - If live in the Spirit, let us keep rank with the Spirit.

We have been given life by the Spirit of God; and we are to walk with
Him (Galatians 5:16), be led by Him (Galatians 5:18), and keep step
with Him. Paul used four different words, to express every dimension
of our lives coming under the control of the Holy Spirit. To walk in
the Spirit speaks of our conduct and behavior expressing that of the
Holy Spirit. To be led refers to our submission to His leadership and
influence, at the exclusion of all that is in the world. To keep step
or ranks with Him refers to our consecration to His command; but to
live declares that we have been transformed by His power, and that we
move and have our existence in Him and by Him. We must submit to and
rejoice in the fact that the Holy Spirit is the source of our very
life in Christ Jesus. He is the One that brings to us the abundant
life. He is the wellspring of life, God walking around with us now!
God the Holy Spirit does not force us to do anything. He does not
crash the gates of our will and affections, but waits for us to
voluntarily yield to His guidance. Oh that we would not refuse His
gentle touch any longer, but come under His loving control and
protective dominance; and let Him command our lives.

If the Spirit is the source of our lives, then He should direct our
course. It has been said that living by the Spirit is the root, and
walking by the Spirit is the fruit. There are many who say that they
live in the Spirit, yet they walk in the flesh. However, if we walk in
the Spirit we will not fulfill the lust of the flesh (Galatians 5:16;
Romans 8:4). There are so many definitions given by different people
as to what it means to walk in the Spirit, but of this we can be
certain: if we walk in the Spirit, the 17 works of the flesh will not
be the fruit of our lives (Galatians 5:19-21; Galatians 5:22-23;
Romans 7:4; Ephesians 5:9; Hebrews 12:11; John 15:2; John 15:4-5; John
15:8,16). We are in the Spirit and not in the flesh; therefore we are
able to say no to every other influence, so that we may have fruits
unto righteousness and not unto death (Romans 6:13,16; Romans 8:9).

We must be willing to keep ranks with the Holy Spirit, and not fall
out to the other side. We are His! We have volunteered to be on the
side of God, and to serve in His army. We have vowed ourselves to walk
according to His rule of life. He is our commander and our teacher,
our mentor and our God. He reveals everything about Jesus to us, and
shows us the lies and deception of the world. Through Him our eyes are
opened, and we come to know how we are to understand the world around
us. Let us be faithful servants who are continuously devoted to His
teachings, instructions, power, and glorious inspirations (Romans
14:17; John 7:38-39)!
 
daily bread
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Thursday, 11 February 2010 12:51
John 16:14 - He will glorify Me: because He will receive from Me, and
will announce it to you.

Everything that the Holy Spirit does, He does for the sole purpose of
revealing Jesus. Just as Jesus came to reveal the Father, the Holy
Spirit has come to reveal Jesus (John 16:14-15). The Holy Spirit fills
us with all that belongs to Jesus, and opens up our spiritual eyes so
that we can know Him. He is the one who draws us to Jesus, and then
makes His presence a reality in our midst. It is the Holy Spirit who
works the works of Jesus through our lives, so that the same glory of
His ministry can be seen in our churches and in our lives today. It is
the Holy Spirit who fills us and inspires us with the ability to speak
the words of God, and gives us the authority to preach the gospel
(John 14:26; 2 Peter 1:21; Acts 4:31; 1 Corinthians 2:4,13; Matthew
10:20; Mark 12:36; Mark 13:11; Hebrews 3:7; Acts 2:17-18).

The Holy Spirit lives on the inside of us and flows out of us like a
river, revealing the character and disposition of Jesus. It is the
power of the Holy Spirit that provides the signs of the believers, and
empowers them to drive out devils with their sin, sickness, or disease
- and the ignites our hearts with the new tongues of fire. It is the
manifestation of the Holy Spirit that is given to every person in the
midst of the church, so that each one can participate in the
revelation of Jesus. The sum total of all that the Holy Spirit does is
to glorify Jesus; thus His work of power that is revealed throughout
the New Testament is only for this one purpose. The Holy Spirit comes
into the midst of the church and into the midst of our lives to reveal
the glory of our exalted and sovereign God and King, Jesus!

The Greek word used here is ‘anaggelei’, and may be translated
"announce, report, declare, disclose, transmit, or teach." The Holy
Spirit announces the divine proclamation of the will of God as it
relates specifically to the manifestation of Jesus. Jesus revealed
that He was and is explicitly the truth (John 14:6). The focus of the
Holy Spirit then is to reveal the truth of the risen Jesus, and His
authority as the sovereign God and Savior. Jesus is the one who
redeems, saves, heals, and delivers. Jesus is the one who has all
power and authority over all of the works of the devil. Our hearts
should be so united to the cause of God that we find our entire reason
for living in participating in the revelation of Jesus. We should live
only for the purpose of bringing glory and honor to His name.
 
Re: daily bread
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Thursday, 11 February 2010 07:53
ahh glad you liked it* that's my pastor's email that i edit & put
hyperlinks in. i send it to the church website when it's all ready, &
it auto-completed your name there..

yeah let's talk again today or tomorrow. great to see the progress
you guys are making on licensing. >> glen

On Wed, Feb 10, 2010 at 2:08 PM, Glen Galloway <glen@singingserpent.com> wrote:
> John 15:26 - When the Paraclete comes, whom I will send to you from
> the Father - the Spirit of Truth who comes from the Father - He will
> bear witness of me.
>
> It is the Holy Spirit who reveals Jesus (John 14:26; John 16:13-15;
> Acts 1:6-8; Luke 24:48-49). Only the Holy Spirit can make known to the
> hearts of men the reality of who Jesus is. If the community of God’s
> people are going to bare witness of Jesus, then they must learn to
> give place to the Holy Spirit and let Him take the lead. If the Holy
> Spirit is not in charge, then all we will have is the religious
> motions of men. The power of God will not be seen, and the kingdom of
> God will not be preached. Rather, the ritual and superstitions of
> hysterical people will be witnessed; who do little more than bring a
> reproach to the name of Jesus and the gospel of the kingdom.
>
> There is a vast spectrum of what men do in the house of God. There are
> those who would express their religious fervor through their stoic
> behavior. These think that if any expression goes beyond normal
> behavior, then it is unseemly and out of order; when in fact their
> stoicism has absolutely no biblical basis for being in God's order. On
> the other side of the spectrum, there are those who bring so much
> sensationalism and even superstition into the whole process of their
> worship, that things truly become equally out of order.
>
> What the Holy Spirit does today cannot be any different that what He
> did 2000 years ago, when the glory and splendor of His presence was
> poured out on the church. They were all baptized with His Spirit and
> fire, and began to speak with the heavenly utterances (John 4:23; John
> 7:38-39; Acts 2:4; Acts 10:45-46; Acts 19:6; 1 Corinthians 14:15; Jude
> 1:20). Out of these heavenly utterances, rivers of living water were
> being expressed. Through this baptism and divine connection, the same
> miracles that Jesus did continued on through His church; because they
> allowed the Holy Spirit to take control of their lives, expressions,
> and utterances (1 Corinthians 14:6; 1 Corinthians 14:24-26). God wants
> to clothe our lives and our meetings with power from on high - but
> will we allow Him to? He wants to reveal Jesus in our midst with the
> same acts of power that were expressed through Jesus 2000 years ago -
> but will we let Him lead us beyond our own human limitations? The
> Kingdom of God will not be preached, Jesus will not be seen, and the
> truth will not be declared; unless the Holy Spirit is in charge (John
> 15:27; Acts 1:8).
>
 
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