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Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Thursday, 04 February 2010 16:29
1 John 4:11 - Beloved if God so loved us, we ought to love one another.

This verse of scripture in John's First Epistle defines for us the
true meaning of love. The kind of love that we are to have one for
another is the love that was expressed in Jesus Christ: when He gave
His life for us, so that we might live. God has empowered us to walk
in His love, which is the expression of His own nature. There is no
justifiable reason to ever stop loving the people of God, even to the
point of laying our lives down for them. Such love takes us far beyond
the possibility of unforgiveness or hatred towards one another.
 
daily bread
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Wednesday, 03 February 2010 12:07
Mark 5:10 - And he begged him earnestly not to send them out from the region.

This passage of scripture provides us with an insight into how demon
spirits have an affinity for the territory that they occupy. Their
defiance against Jesus was loud and abusive; but having realized that
they were defeated, they begged Him to allow them to stay in the same
region (Mark 5:7). Surely Jesus knew the disposition of the people of
that region. As a people, they were an unworthy lot - who would have
rather had a demon-possessed man and a herd of swine, than to have
Jesus. Just as Jesus had cast the demons out of a poor tormented man,
these people came and cast Jesus out of their country (Mark 5:17).
Therefore, Jesus allowed them to keep their demons.

The demons wanted to stay in their region, and the people of that
region wanted Jesus to leave. Part of the reason that the demons
wanted to stay was because the people wanted them. They may not have
realized that they wanted those demons to stay, but their rejection of
Jesus was a spiritual choice. Just as the demon spirits had cried out
against Jesus when they were in the man, and as they had cried out
against Jesus to leave them alone at other times, the people now under
that same influence cried out against Jesus to leave (Mark 1:24) For
Jesus to have driven them out of the region when the people obviously
wanted them would have only resulted in a worse spiritual condition
(Matthew 12:43-45).

Demon spirits are also known as unclean spirits (Matthew 10:1,43; Mark
1:23; Mark 1:26-27; Mark 3:11; Mark 6:7; Mark 7:25; Luke 4:36). They
bring with them the uncleanness of sin and iniquity. They know nothing
but torment and pain, and they afflict their will on all who have not
cried out for the deliverer (Mark 7:25; Luke 6:18; Acts 8:7). They
blind the hearts and minds of people - to prevent them from seeing the
glorious liberty of the gospel (2 Corinthians 4:4). These unclean
spirits hold men under the influence of their lies and deception, and
speak out lies against the truth (Revelation 16:13; 2 Thessalonians
2:9-10; 1 John 4:1).
 
daily bread
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Tuesday, 02 February 2010 14:57
Revelation 1:12 - And I turned to see the voice which spoke with me,
and having turned I saw seven golden menorahs.

The Greek word 'luchnia' is first found in the Septuagint in Exodus
25:31; it translates the Hebrew word 'menorah'. God instructed Moses
to make a seven-branched Menorah, which was to be placed in the
Tabernacle (Exodus 25:31-37). The Tabernacle on earth was a figure and
representation of the Heavenly one which John saw in this vision. A
new dimension of meaning was given to the lamps; the churches are the
light of the world, as Jesus said, "a city set upon a hill that cannot
be hid" (Matthew 5:14-16).

The prophet Zechariah saw a similar vision in Zechariah 4:2. The
seven-branched Menorah is associated with the Spirit, and with the
eyes of Yahoah (Zechariah 4:6,10). They are now represented with the
seven churches, which are God's means of communicating His will and
revealing His Spirit and Light to the world. When John turned to see
Jesus, he first encountered His church, which is His body: the
fullness of Him who fills all things, and His representative on the
earth.
 
daily bread
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Monday, 01 February 2010 13:20
Numbers 11:25 - And Yahoah descended in a cloud and spoke unto him; and He
took of the Spirit that was upon him, and placed it upon the seventy elders.
And the Spirit rested upon them, and they prophesied and did not cease.

The spiritual condition of the Israelites was in need of ministry and
transformation. They were complaining among themselves, and desiring things
that had nothing to do with the plans and purposes of God. They did not have
the ability to gaze upon the revelation of the inheritance that God had
given them, but were rather consumed by their lust and their present
circumstance (Proverbs 29:18). Moses, being overwhelmed with their lack of
spiritual insight and respect for the goodness of God, was in need of
assistance. Their spiritual state kept them from beholding the glory cloud
all around them. Even the daily miracle of manna was not enough to cause
them to rejoice. Therefore, God would cause His Spirit to rest on seventy
others, so that they might help Moses with the task of ministering - to
encourage and strengthen the people. It was at this time that the ministry
of the prophets was born.

Moses, having followed the advice of His father-in-law Jethro, made
provision for human leadership of captains over tens, fifties, hundreds, and
thousands; but this was not enough to lead the people of God in the right
way of thinking. Because of their complaining, the fire of God burned among
them and consumed many (Numbers 11:1). Now because of the wrong kinds of
influences among them, and the wrong responses to the spiritual blessings
that they had been given, they were lusting for meat. The people of Israel
did not yet have the capacity or the willingness to live by every word that
proceeded from the mouth of God (Deuteronomy 8:3). Through the anointing of
the Spirit, God would minister His word throughout the camp of Israel by
these seventy men; and ultimately raise up a generation that would do
whatever He commanded (Joshua 1:16).

Nothing short of the ministry of the Spirit will change the spiritual
condition of men. If the saints of God are going to grow in faith and
increase in the knowledge of the Lord, then there must be those anointed of
God around them to minister by the Spirit (Ephesians 4:13; Romans 1:11; Acts
1:5-8). God anointed those who had sat in His presence and beheld His glory
(Exodus 24:9-11). These men were elders, and influential among the people;
but without the anointing of the Spirit that God had given Moses, they would
not be effective in elevating the people from their carnal and earthly
mentality. Men think that they can rely upon their own intellectual genius
and perceptions, but in reality no man can truly change another. The change
can only come by the Spirit of the Lord. When men respond to the persuasive
words of others, then their faith is in man and not in God. We must be
empowered to minister by the demonstration of the Spirit and power;
otherwise those who hear us will not place their faith in God (1 Corinthians
2:4-5). The words that come out of our mouths must be the words inspired by
the Spirit; otherwise the hearer will have no faith as a result.

A post-modern and post-liberal church is threatened by the glory cloud of
God, and the fire of the Holy Ghost. If our church services began with the
same fire that started the church on the day of Pentecost, the religious
leaders would cry foul! If the moving of the Spirit would affect those in
the church so that everyone prophesied, the religious would run in terror.
But the unlearned and unbeliever would fall down and say "God is in this
place;" because the secrets of their hearts would have been revealed (1
Corinthians 14:24-25). Yet without the ministry of the Spirit, the people of
God will continue on in spiritual depravity and weakness, even as Israel did
in the wilderness. God has blessed us with the greatest treasure that heaven
can pour out. He has provided us with the riches of His anointing, and
poured out His Spirit without measure. Jesus stands ready to baptize us in
the Holy Ghost - so that all God's people may prophesy (Numbers 11:29; 1
Corinthians 14:1; Joel 2:28; Acts 2:17,39; Luke 24:49). Let us all run to
the fountain of the Spirit and drink of the water; and cry out with hearts
thirsty for more.
 
daily bread
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Saturday, 30 January 2010 17:55
Psalm 46:4 - There is a river, whose streams make glad the city of God; the
holy tabernacles of the Most High.

The rivers of the Holy Spirit that flow through our lives may also be viewed
as the river that ran through the paradise of God that was in Eden, and the
river that flows through the City of God. These are rivers of life, and
rivers of joy (Psalm 36:9). Wherever these waters of revival flow, they
cause life to spring up - through the touch of God’s mighty presence
(Ezekiel 47:1-12; Revelation 22:1; Zechariah 14:8; Isaiah 43:20-21; Isaiah
66:12).

Today, there is a river that flows out of our innermost being. God has made
us His tabernacles, because the glory of His presence resides in our lives.
Wherever His presence is felt, His river of life causes that which was
barren and lifeless to spring up with the abundance of His life. His rivers
of life produce joy and purity, and bring forth the same miracles that the
presence of Jesus produced - when He ministered to the desolate wilderness
of mankind’s life, nearly 2000 years ago (Isaiah 35:5-10). The ministry of
Jesus lives on today, as the rivers of God flow forth from His tabernacles
(John 7:38-39; 1 Corinthians 3:16). The presence of the Lord is to us as
broad rivers in a dry place (Isaiah 32:2; Isaiah 33:21). We have a river of
life flowing out of us. These rivers of God make the lame to walk and the
blind to see. It opens prison doors and sets the captive free! Come drink of
the water, that the rivers of God might flow through you (Revelation 21:6;
Revelation 22:17).
 
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