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Daily Bread - January 4, 2019 (The Sixth Day - Genesis 1:24-31)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Friday, 04 January 2019 13:45
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 1

The meaning of being "filled with the Spirit" was established in the first
two chapters of Acts. On the Day of Pentecost, when the disciples were
baptized in the Holy Spirit, the Scripture says they were "filled with the
Holy Spirit" (Acts 2:4). Because the exact same thing happened at the house
of Cornelius, we also know we can equate being "filled with the Holy
Spirit" to the "gift of the Holy Spirit" (Acts 11:15, 10:45). The sign of
"being filled with the Spirit," or the "gift of God," was tongues. Being
"filled with the Spirit" is not a one-time event, as indicated by both this
passage of Scripture and other facts presented by the experiences of the
Apostles. When the Apostles were in need of boldness because of the threats
of the elders, they prayed and were filled with the Holy Spirit again (Acts
4:31). Also, if being filled with the Spirit is the means by which tongues
are uttered, then the life of Paul exemplified a continual filling. Paul
was someone who evidently spoke in tongues continually, as he said to the
Corinthian Church, "I speak with tongues more than you all" (1 Corinthians
14:18). The expression of being filled with the Spirit was active in Paul,
both in prayer and singing (1 Corinthians 14:15).

Be continually filled with the Spirit!
 
Daily Bread - January 3, 2019 (The Fifth Day - Genesis 1:20-23)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Friday, 04 January 2019 13:44
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.

Continually Filled With The Spirit

There is only one way to enjoy the abundant life that has been provided for
us through Christ Jesus, and that is to be continually filled with the
Spirit. We have to deal with so many things in the fast-paced life of
keeping up with our jobs and the issues related to our houses and families.
If we are not careful, we will find ourselves constantly overwhelmed with
the cares of this life that choke the Word of God and prevent it from
bringing forth the fruits of the Spirit in our lives. However, if we are
willing to cry out to God throughout the day and yield to the Holy Spirit
through prayer and praise, the Holy Spirit will fill every dimension of our
lives with His glory. In this fellowship, we will not only be so much more
happy and pleasant, but we will be filled with the divine ability to move
in wisdom and faith instead of human frustration. If you will be willing to
give yourself to this lifestyle of constantly being filled with the Spirit,
then you will step right into the pages of the Bible as you move into the
realm of the unseen where God dwells (2 Corinthians 4:18; Romans 8:5-6).
All we have to do is to be willing to take a drink of the water of the
Spirit, and God will provide for us rivers of inspiration and goodness of
the Spirit flowing forth through our emotions and passions (John 7:37-39).
At some point, God's people are going to have to make a shift from living
in the natural realm to living by the Spirit (Romans 8:9; Galatians 5:25).
There are so many wonderful things God has for us to experience and do, but
if we will not let the Holy Spirit take control of our lives, then we will
never really know what they are, nor enjoy the glorious life that is like
days of Heaven on Earth (1 Corinthians 2:12; Deuteronomy 11:21). Will you
commit your life to the Spirit of God today and begin to worship Him
through psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, and be what God has created you
to be? If you are willing you will find a realm of glory that will
continually overwhelm your soul with the goodness of God.

Be continually filled with the Spirit!
 
Daily Bread - January 2, 2019 (The Forth Day - Genesis 1:14-19)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Friday, 04 January 2019 13:44
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.

Intoxication - Part 2

The Greek word translated "unsaved" is 'asotia.' It is a compound word of
'a' and 'sozo.' This word literally means "not saved" or "unsaved." The
Greek word 'sozo' is the primary New Testament word used to describe the
salvation that comes through the Name of Jesus Christ. The Greek letter 'α'
is used just as "a" is in the English language as a negative prefix to
emphasize the complete absence of something. The context of 'asotia' in 1
Peter 4:3-4 leaves no doubt concerning the meaning of this word: it means
"unsaved," referring to those who have not been made a new creation. This
word is found one time in the Septuagint Old Testament, and it translates
the Hebrew word 'zala', which means "worthless," or "vile." It is found
three times in the New Testament: Ephesians 5:18, Titus 1:6, and 1 Peter
4:4, where it is translated as "riot" by the Authorized Version.

The idea of drinking alcohol is condemned in the Old Testament, as
exemplified by these Scriptures: "Do not look at the wine when it is red,
when it gives its color in the cup, when it goes down smoothly; at its last
it bites like a snake, and it stings like a basilisk. Your eyes shall look
on strange women, and your heart shall speak perverse things" (Proverbs
23:31-33, Green's Literal Translation). Also, "But they also have gone
astray by wine, and have erred through fermented drink; priest and prophet
have erred through fermented drink; they have been swallowed by wine; they
strayed from fermented drink; they err in seeing; they stumble in
judgment;" (Isaiah 28:7, Green's Literal Translation).

Furthermore, no one could come into the presence of the Lord if they had
partaken of wine or strong (fermented) drink, under penalty of death by the
Lord (Leviticus 10:9; Ezekiel 44:21). During Old Testament times, the
strongest alcoholic drink they could possibly make would be equivalent to
our modern day beer. The word drunkenness, which is condemned as one of the
seventeen works of the flesh, may literally be translated as
"intoxication." Paul announced twice in Scripture that those who practice
getting intoxicated have no inheritance in the Kingdom of God (Galatians
5:21; 1 Corinthians 6:10). Paul tells the Church to not even eat with
someone who practices intoxication (1 Corinthians 5:11). Intoxication is
marked as a practice of the children of disobedience a total of ten times
in the New Testament (Romans 13:13; 1 Peter 4:3; 1 Corinthians 6:10, 5:11;
Luke 21:34; Ephesians 5:18; 1 Thessalonians 5:7; Matthew 24:49; Luke 12:45).

Therefore, awake to righteousness and do not sin! (1 Corinthians 15:34)
 
Daily Bread - January 1, 2019 (The Third Day - Genesis 1:9-13)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Friday, 04 January 2019 13:44
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.

Intoxication - Part 1

People in the Church today are caught more in the controversy over drinking
alcohol than ever before. Yet, what could more plainly reveal the will of
God than this, "be not drunk"? The question then follows: what is the
definition of drunk? If you define "drunk" according to the United States
law regarding blood alcohol content, then it is little more than one glass
of wine or one twelve-ounce beer. However, this is convoluted by many
additional factors such as age, nationality, gender, hydration, and many
other physiological and psychological variables. Drunk, by definition,
means to "be intoxicated." In the days of Paul, wine was diluted with water
to ensure the consumer would not become intoxicated. This was not only a
strict practice of "orthodox Jews," being a violation of the Talmud and the
standards of the rabbis, but was even practiced by the ancient Greeks -
diluting the wine up to 1:20 with water (Shabbath 77a; 2 Maccabees 15:39;
Homer, "The Odyssey," Book IX, 208f; Pliny, "Natural History," Book XIV,
Chapter iv, 44; Plutarch, "Symposiacs" Book III, Question ix).

Therefore, awake to righteousness and do not sin! (1 Corinthians 15:34)
 
Daily Bread - December 31, 2018 (The Second Day - Genesis 1:6-8)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Monday, 31 December 2018 06:27
Ephesians 5:15-16 - Therefore, watch by what means you walk accurately, not
as unwise but as wise, redeeming the time for the day is evil.

The word 'pos' may be translated as "how," "somehow," "in some way," or "by
what means." It is an interrogative reference meaning: "How?" or "By what
means?" ("Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament: Based on Semantic
Domains"). Clearly, Paul is directing the attention of the saint to the
fact that they will only be able to imitate God by walking in the Spirit,
as this is one of Paul's chief themes in every epistle.

The Greek word 'akribos' means "to conform to a strict or exact standard."
It is the call to "walk accurately." God wants us to walk exactly as He has
purposed. The Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament: Based on Semantic
Domains (New York: United Bible Societies 1988, 1989) defines this word as
"pertaining to strict conformity to a norm or standard, involving both
detail and completeness." It can also be translated as "accurate,"
"accurately," "strict," or "strictly." It is used both ways in the Bible:
Apollos taught accurately the facts about Jesus (Acts 18:25), and Paul
lived as a member of the strictest party of his religion (Acts 26:5).

Therefore, be imitators of God as beloved children. (Ephesians 5:1)
 
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