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Daily Bread - July 17, 2017
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Monday, 17 July 2017 12:20
Philippians 3:3 - For we are the circumcision, that worship by the Spirit
of God, and boast in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh.

Every person has a choice you can either have an outward ritual and trust
in your own abilities, or you can be changed on the inside and learn to
live by the Spirit of God (Jeremiah 17:5-8; John 3:5; Romans 8:1, 4;
Galatians 5:16, 5:25). The Greek word that is translated worship in this
verse has as its primary meaning 'to serve'. The only way that we can serve
God is by the Spirit of God. Today, we must learn that, without Jesus, we
can do nothing; therefore, He calls us to come and dwell in union with Him
(John 5:19, 15:5). We must be willing to dwell in Him, and to allow the
glory and strength of His presence to give us the ability to do all that He
has asked of us. We must recognize that worship is far more than singing
songs in church. Worship is interacting with God; and the only way that we
can interact with God is by the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 2:18; John 3:5,
4:24, 16:13; 1 Corinthians 2:12; Galatians 4:6). It is through this
interaction with God that we find ourselves dwelling in His presence and
receiving those things that only the Spirit of God can teach us (John
16:13; 1 Corinthians 2:9-10). In the Old Testament, the only way that men
could interact with God was to bring an offering that represented their
lives (Genesis 4:4, 22:3-5; Leviticus 1:1-3; 1 Kings 18:21-24). They would
lay the lives of the sacrifices down upon an altar of sacrifice according
to the commandment of the Lord, and God would respond to them.

Today, we must recognize that the only access that we have to the Father is
by the Spirit of God (Ephesians 2:18; 2 Corinthians 3:17; John 3:5; Romans
8:14). If we are unwilling to lay down our lives, then we actually run
interference with the Spirit of God. To be led by the Spirit is an act of
choice. In every decision and action, we either choose our own ability, or
we look to the Spirit of God for divine help (Jeremiah 17:5-8; John 5:19,
15:5). Paul reveals here in this verse that those who are born of God serve
God not by the flesh or human ability, but by the Spirit of God. God has
called us to present our lives as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable
to Him (Romans 12:1). As we do, we lay aside our own human ability and
interest; and recognizing that we can do nothing of ourselves, we reach out
to God for help, and yield ourselves to the Holy Spirit. We accept with the
full assurance of faith that He is ready to give us the strength of the
Lord and the power of His might at the moment that we make our request
(Ephesians 6:10, 3:20-21). When we do, the Holy Spirit begins to fill us
with the divine ability and inspiration to enter into that realm of glory
where we interact with and receive from the Almighty (Ephesians 3:16;
Philippians 4:13; Colossians 1:11). We are the circumcision, who have put
off the impurity of heart, and have confidence that the Spirit of God will
give us the ability to walk in union with the Father and with our Savior
Jesus Christ.


Song of the Spirit from this past Sunday's meetings:

Holy Spirit, take control of me,
Come rule every part for Your glory,
Holy Spirit, take control of me,
In You I delight!!!
 
Daily Bread - July 15, 2017
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Saturday, 15 July 2017 12:43
Psalms 24:2 - For He fixed it upon the waters, and established it upon the
rivers.

Verse one of Psalm 24 declares, "The earth and the fullness of it is
Yahoah's; the world and the inhabitants in it." We must recognize that the
earth was not just carved out by the flow of the majestic rivers He
created, but it was through the rivers of the Spirit that it was shaped
(Isaiah 48:13). When the earth was an expanse of chaos and darkness, the
Spirit of the Lord brooded over the face of the deep to bring forth the
creation of God (Genesis 1:2). It was also by the Spirit that we were
begotten of God (John 3:5; Titus 3:5). It is through the watercourses of
the Spirit that our lives are shaped and fashioned to bring forth the
fruits of righteousness unto holiness (Romans 14:17, 6:19; Ephesians
4:23-24; Philippians 1:11). When we drink of the water that is supplied to
us by Christ Jesus, then it becomes a wellspring on the inside springing up
unto the abundant and everlasting life of God Himself (John 4:14, 7:38-39).

The life of God flows out of us like rivers of living water producing all
of the passions, emotions, and appetites found within the nature and
character of our Creator and Master (John 7:38-39; Revelation 22:1; Ezekiel
47:9; Psalms 36:8; 46:4; Isaiah 41:18; Galatians 5:22-23). Thus, everything
that the Lord has founded, He did so upon His Word which He has exalted
above His own Name; and everything that He has established is through the
rivers of His Spirit that have found water courses in our life. If we are
going to prosper in all of the good promises of God, then we must learn to
live by the Word and find that all of the strength and power to do those
things that please God are discovered in the rivers of His Spirit
(Galatians 5:16, 25; Romans 8:4-5, 26, 16).
 
Daily Bread - July 14, 2017
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Friday, 14 July 2017 11:40
Matthew 5:6 - Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness;
for they shall be filled.

Hungering and Thirsting for Righteousness - Part 2

God has blessed our nation with plenty; and so when we are hungry we sit
down to a great feast at supper time, and find that there is always more
than we can eat. Because of such a bountiful supply, we are able to eat
until we are full. God, who is rich in mercy towards us, has also supplied
us with a feast of righteousness; and if we are thirsty and hungry, we can
drink and eat of His righteousness until our whole being is filled with His
goodness.

Hungering and thirsting are images of longing after God in both the Old and
New Testaments (Isaiah 55:1; Psalms 42:2; John 4:13, 7:37; Revelation 21:6,
22:17). The righteousness of God is something that we should long for more
than anything else (Matthew 6:33); but unfortunately, many of God's people
fail to even realize what righteousness is. Righteousness is defined by the
conduct and lifestyle of God Almighty. Righteousness is everything that
pertains unto life and godliness. It was modeled for us by Jesus; and He
died for us so that we could be dead to sin, and enabled to live in
righteousness (1 Peter 2:24). It is the behavior and disposition of love.
Righteousness is not man's vain attempt to please God; rather,
righteousness is the conduct of the redeemed (Luke 1:75-76; 2 Peter
1:3-11). However, unless a person is born of the Spirit, they will never be
able to fully realize the character and conduct of the Almighty; and their
attempt will be vain.

Jesus couples the Kingdom of God with the Righteousness of God, and places
them before us as that which we should desire above all other things
(Matthew 6:33). The righteousness of God has been made available to us as a
free gift. Our hearts and spirits have been recreated in righteousness and
true holiness by the Spirit of God, so that we can know and do those things
that pertain unto His righteousness (Ephesians 4:24; Romans 6:19). Let us
be thirsty today and come and drink of the righteousness that is supplied
by the Spirit of God (Ephesians 5:18). Let us be hungry so that we may
yield to God's abundant and rich supply of righteousness that is in the
Holy Ghost (Romans 14:17; Philippians 1:11; 2 Corinthians 6:7; Romans
5:17,21, 10:6-10; 1 Corinthians 1:30).
 
Daily Bread - July 13, 2017
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Thursday, 13 July 2017 11:15
Matthew 5:6 - Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness;
for they shall be filled.

Hungering and Thirsting for Righteousness - Part 1

The Lord requires that we learn to live by His Word, and walk by the
direction of the Holy Spirit. If we are not hungry, we will not live by His
Word; and if we are not thirsty, we will not drink of the things of the
Spirit. However, the spiritual life that has been given to us in Christ
Jesus causes us to be both hungry and thirsty for the things of God; and if
we are hungry and thirsty, then we will be filled.

God led Israel through the wilderness and allowed them to get hungry so
that He might teach them that men do not live by bread alone, but by every
Word that proceeds from the mouth of God (Deuteronomy 8:3). It was by this
principal that Jesus overthrew the temptations of Satan in the wilderness
when He was tempted (Matthew 4:4; Luke 4:4). Jesus, as the model Son of
God, did not have a long protracted life of dealing with the same problem
over and over again; but with perfect obedience to the Word of God, He
delivered a deathblow to the devices of Satan.

God taught Israel that He alone could satisfy the thirst of their souls. He
showed them that if they would trust Him, He would give them to drink from
the spiritual Rock, Christ Jesus (1 Corinthians 10:4). He testified of His
great provision supplied by Christ, Who when He was smitten would provide
the true water for every truly thirsty soul -a thirst that only comes when
His people are willing to walk wherever He leads them to go (Exodus 17:6;
Psalms 78:20). He testified of the blessing that would come once Christ had
been smitten, the blessing of an unending flow of these waters of life for
all who would follow. God made provision that would only require us to
speak to the Rock, Christ Jesus; and the waters of the Holy Spirit would
flow to our thirsty souls (Numbers 20:8).

As Jesus cried out by the Spirit in Jerusalem, the Holy Spirit continues to
cry out today saying, "If anyone thirst, come and drink!" And just as the
Scripture says, out of the inner most being rivers of the Holy Spirit will
flow out, which are the rivers from on High (John 7:37-39; Isaiah 41:18;
Revelation 22:17). This is the source of all the life of God -the life of
Christ, the abundant life of the Spirit, that lasts forever! This is that
heavenly realm that fills men with every good and perfect thing, so that
they never thirst for a life of sin again (John 4:14).

Many have been born of God that have not been willing to fully step in to
the life that has been provided. The great things of God are on the inside
of them, but they are unwilling to allow them to be activated by obedience.
It's high time to walk with the Father, and let Him take us where He wills.
We must let the Holy Spirit teach us how to be hungry and live on heavenly
bread (John 6:32-33, 58). We must, through faithful obedience to His Word,
allow the Holy Ghost to show us how spiritual thirst will lead us to the
Rock where we can drink continually of His presence and be filled with all
His fulness (Ephesians 5:18, 3:14-21).
 
Daily Bread - July 12, 2017
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Wednesday, 12 July 2017 09:47
Psalms 24:1 - The earth and the fullness of it is Yahoah's; the world and
the inhabitants in it.

When we consider that everything that God created was created by the Word,
it allows us to look at this verse with a little more insight (John 1:3,
10; Psalms 33:6; Ephesians 3:9; Colossians 1:16; Hebrews 1:2, 10, 11:3).
God has not only created everything by His spoken Word, but has also
established everything by His Word. It was upon the waters of His Word that
not only the earth, but the galaxies that span the universe, were fixed
(Isaiah 48:13).

It was also by the Word of God that we were created anew. We were begotten
of God by His Word, and it is through and by His Word that were
transformed. Every miracle of God for our lives comes through our
willingness to receive the Word of God, which will work with the power of
God in those who will believe (1 Thessalonians 2:13; Philippians 2:13).

God's Word is spirit and life; it is living and powerful (John 6:63;
Hebrews 4:12). If we will obey His Word and allow it to be mixed with
faith, it will produce every perfect will of God in our lives (Romans
12:2). It was also by the water of the Word that we were washed (Ephesians
5:26). His Word is like the rain that waters the earth, so that every good
fruit that He has purposed to grow in our life might spring up (Isaiah
55:10-11; James 5:7).
 
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