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Daily Bread - January 10, 2019 (The Fifth Day - Genesis 1:20-23)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Thursday, 10 January 2019 20:13
Romans 8:5-9 - For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on
the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the
things of the Spirit. To be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually
minded is life and peace, for the carnal mind is hostile toward God, for it
is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can it be, and those who are
in the flesh cannot please God. You, however, are not in the flesh but in
the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God lives in you. Now if any man does
not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Him.

God has given us His Holy Spirit. There is a mind set and thinking realm
that belongs to the Spirit of God set forth in Romans 8:5-9. This communion
and supply of the Spirit of the Lord that we have been giving is under
attack by all that is in the world (1John 2:15-17). All that is in the
world: the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eye, and the pride of life
would attempt to impose itself on every person that has been born of the
Spirit. However, we have been equipped by the power of God to bring every
assailing thought into captivity and to cast it down (2 Corinthians
10:4-5). God's people must be warned: Everything belonging to the lust of
this world abides under the wrath of God! These things are His enemies and
in opposition to Him. Even the children of God can come under the strong
hold of the same power that ruled their lives before they were born of the
Spirit. Do not allow anything contrary to those things that belong to the
Heavenly realm of the Spirit to occupy your thoughts.

Think faith, speak faith, live faith, and do faith!
 
Daily Bread - January 9, 2019 (The Fourth Day - Genesis 1:14-19)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Tuesday, 08 January 2019 21:39
Romans 8:2 - For the Law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has freed me
from the law of sin and death.

Whereas we were once controlled and dominated by the law of sin and death,
we are now under the power and dominion of the law of the Spirit of life.
The new birth brought to us a radical change. Now, we no longer trace our
existence to the disobedient Adam, but rather to Christ Jesus. The death
and sin that took dominion over Adam's life has been completely removed
from our lives. We are now presented to God in the body of the flesh of
Christ Jesus (Colossians 1:21-22). We have been born into the family of God
and made partakers of the New Covenant where sin and death have no dominion.

We are now empowered to walk in the ways of God and keep His Laws by
nature. The ways of God are established in our lives being written now upon
the tables of our heart and mind (2 Corinthians 3:3; Hebrews 8:10, 10:16).
The prophet Jeremiah described the law of the Spirit of life when he said,
"I will put my law in their inward parts and write it in their hearts."
(Jeremiah 31:33). The prophet Ezekiel said, "A new heart also will I give
you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony
heart out of your flesh, and I will give you a new heart of flesh."
(Ezekiel 36:25-27).

As the law of sin produced death, now the law of life in the Spirit
produces in our life the very life of God. Without the life of the Spirit
that came to us through the New Birth we would remain under the stronghold
of Adam's condemnation. But through Christ Jesus, we now live and walk in
the life-giving power of God. The supply of the Spirit is a wellspring of
provision, springing up in us and supplying us with every aspect of the
life of God (John 4:14). The Spirit of God which we have been given is a
river of divine power and ability (2 Peter 1:3). The power of God is at
work on the inside of us supplying all we need to do all God has commanded
us to do. As we are led by the Spirit and learn to walk according to His
spiritual laws, we have the witness that we are the sons of God, and the
fruits of our lives are holiness (Romans 6:16-19, 6:22, 8:14; Galatians
5:18, 5:22-23; 1 Corinthians 2:13; Matthew 7:16-20; Philippians 1:11)

Let God and His Word be your vision!
 
Daily Bread - January 8, 2019 (The Third Day - Genesis 1:9-13)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Tuesday, 08 January 2019 20:16
Romans 8:1 - There is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ
Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

Part 2 - Properly Understanding "Flesh"

The flesh may be understood as walking after the human ability, which
cannot fulfill the promises of God. However, it is made clear through what
Paul says in Romans 8:5-9 that he is primarily referring to the nature of
sin which is opposed to God and at enmity with Him.
Now, it is certain that in the context of Romans 8:1, Paul could be
referring to both. Jesus told Nicodemus the ruler of the Jews that those
who had been born of the flesh were flesh (earthly or natural). In this
case, flesh can refer both to the purely human realm (humanity) or to the
fallen nature. Yet, when Jesus referred to his humanity, or self identity,
and said He could do nothing ("I can of my own self do nothing" -John 5:19,
30) he was definitely not referring to something sinful within him.
Likewise, it is with both the case of Paul, who could know nothing of his
own self, and the believer, who is commanded to deny the self (John 5:19; 1
Corinthians 4:4; Matthew 16:24; Mark 8:34; Luke 9:23). In all these cases,
the reference to the human realm has nothing to do with the nature of sin.

Jesus took on the nature of sinful flesh in order to become the sin
offering for all of mankind. Jesus suffered in the flesh, and we are
commanded to arm ourselves with the same mind (Philippians 2:6-11; 1 Peter
4:1-2; 1 John 2:6). So as Jesus was subject to temptation and suffered
being tempted but did not yield, we are to do the same (Romans 6:10-14;
Hebrews 2:18, 5:8). The last part of Romans 8:3 addresses the ability of
Christ Jesus to condemn sin in the flesh, which is a state of being in the
flesh or earthly existence. In like manner, we are to condemn fleshly lust
in the flesh.

There are several examples of Paul using flesh to refer to human ability.
In Galatians chapter four, Abraham attempted to fulfill the promise of God
through his own human ability (Galatians 4:23, 29). We know how Abraham did
not stagger at the promises of God, but he at one point thought he would be
able to fulfill God's promises through his own ability, and therefore took
his concubine Hagar to wife (Romans 4:20; Genesis 16:3). This same human
ability is addressed in Romans 8:3 as the reason for the Law being weak.
The Law was powerless to impart the life or the Spirit of God, and
therefore it was dependent upon man's human ability (flesh) and discipline
to fulfill the righteousness of God (Galatians 3:21).

Let God and His Word be your vision!
 
Daily Bread - January 7, 2019 (The Second Day - Genesis 1:6-8)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Monday, 07 January 2019 19:45
Romans 8:1 - There is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ
Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

Part 1 - Condemnation Removed By Becoming A New Creation!

Romans, chapter 3:1-20 and 7:1-25 outlined the condemnation that existed
under the Law revealing a powerless and guilty condition of man held under
the power of sin. The condemnation, or death sentence, came as a result of
the disobedience and rebellion of Adam (Genesis 2:17; 3:7, 24; Romans
5:12-21). This condemnation has come upon all mankind whether they are Jew
or Gentile (John 3:18). The only possibility of being set free from the
condemnation is to be made a new creation in Christ Jesus (2 Corinthians
5:17-21).

When we are born into this world, we were born under the penalty of death
that Adam was sentenced to. The only way the death penalty can be justly
satisfied is we must be put to death with Christ Jesus. When we call upon
the Name of Jesus, God works a miracle for us and allows us to be crucified
with Christ (Romans 6:6; Galatians 2:20). At that moment, the old life that
is under the condemnation of sin is destroyed (Romans 6:3; Colossians
2:11). Then, by the Spirit of God, a new creation is raised up that has
perfect fellowship with God (Romans 6:4-6; Colossians 2:12). The new life
functions in the righteousness of God in Christ and has the nature of
Christ Jesus and the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:9; John 3:6; Galatians 3:27;
Ephesians 4:24; 2 Corinthians 5:21).

Those who would hang on to any dimension of the Law (much less any other
human program for justification) are foolish, because the Law is powerless
to set anyone free from Adam's transgression and the rule of sin and death.
In Christ Jesus, we have so radically been accepted that condemnation has
no place for those who live the life of the Spirit. Although Satan will
continue to condemn us and lie against the truth, we must stand fast in the
freedom Christ has given to us, and not allow condemnation in our thoughts
or behavior (Hebrews 9:14, 10:2). From this day forward, commit yourself to
believing God. He has made you new; therefore, believe Him and see yourself
as new. Let the Word of God rule your heart and mind, and let those things
which you say and believe communicate the glorious works of the new
creation (Philemon 1:6; Romans 10:10; Psalms 19:14; Matthew 12:37).

Let God and His Word be your vision!

Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
 
Daily Bread - January 5, 2019 (The Seventh Day - Genesis 2:1-3)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Saturday, 05 January 2019 14:58
Ephesians 5:17-18 - For this reason, do not be foolish, but understand the
will of the Lord. And be not intoxicated with wine, as one unsaved; but be
continually filled with the Spirit.

Being Filled With The Spirit - Part 2

Tongues are established as the utterance of the Spirit in Acts 2:4. Also,
tongues can only be spoken as the Holy Spirit gives utterance. As a
supernatural gift, it must be given the same status as miracles or signs
and wonders. The only possible way to turn water into wine, or to walk on
water, is by the miracle power of the Holy Spirit. Though these are gifts
given to the believer, it is only by the will and power of the Spirit of
God that they operate (Philippians 2:13).

The Bible does not teach us to walk in our own will and desire, but instead
to be totally surrendered to the will and mind of the Spirit (Jeremiah
17:5-8; Matthew 26:39; Luke 9:23; John 5:30; 1 Corinthians 2:6-16; 1 John
2:6). God has truly given us gifts, but only the Holy Spirit knows how to
operate them. When Jesus described being filled with the Spirit, He did so
with an allegory. He used rivers of living water flowing out as an allegory
to describe the expressions of the Spirit in the believer (John 7:38-39).
He also compared our desire for these rivers with thirst. When believers
drink of the water (which is the gift of God - John 4:10), the rivers flow
out of them. The rivers Jesus referred to could not be revealed until He
was glorified (John 7:39; Acts 2:33). These rivers were observed as
tongues, for this was the sign of Pentecost.

The allegory of thirst expresses to us a constant and ongoing need. If we
believe that being filled with the Spirit is a one-time event initiating
the believer into Christianity, then the allegory Jesus used does not make
sense. Salvation certainly is the one-time event resulting in a person
becoming a new creation, and the allegory Jesus used was being born - truly
a one-time event (John 3:3-6)! However, drinking is something we do
regularly for the need of our physical body. In keeping with the allegory,
then, we must also drink regularly in the Spirit for the need of our
spiritual life; and when we drink, a river will begin to flow. Thus, Paul
commanded those at Ephesus who were already baptized in the Holy Spirit to
be filled with the Spirit continually.

Therefore, be continually filled with the Spirit!
 
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