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Daily Bread - January 14, 2019 (The Second Day - Genesis 1:6-8)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Monday, 14 January 2019 20:10
Ephesians 5:19 - Speaking to yourselves in psalms, hymns, and spiritual
songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord.

Part 1 - Spiritual Songs

Being filled with the Holy Spirit leads to divinely-inspired expressions of
joy and thanksgiving -one of which is singing spiritual songs. There is no
other definition for singing spiritual songs than the one that Paul gave to
the Corinthians: it is singing in the Spirit, which is singing in the
Heavenly language in contrast to singing with the understanding (1
Corinthians 14:15). To attempt to understand spiritual songs outside the
context of the utterance of the Holy Spirit is to willingly step away from
the foundation Paul laid out regarding the spiritual in 1 Corinthians 14
beginning with verse 1. Throughout the chapter, Paul describes two ways to
pray, sing, and speak in Church by the Holy Spirit: one with prophetic
utterance that can be understood by all (1 Corinthians 14:3-6, 9-12, 15,
19, 22, 24-26, 29-31, 39), and the other with the language of the Holy
Spirit (1 Corinthians 14:2, 4-6, 13-14, 16-18, 22, 27, 39).

Sing continually to the Lord in the Spirit and the understanding!
 
Daily Bread - January 12, 2019 (The Seventh Day - Genesis 2:1-3)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Saturday, 12 January 2019 13:07
Romans 8:5 - For they who after the flesh are the ones which think fleshly,
but those after the Spirit have a spiritual mindset.

Paul makes it very clear in these verses how a person cannot be on both
sides at the same time (Romans 8:5-9). You are either in the Spirit and
think after the Spirit, or you are imprisoned by another realm. One of the
most clear examples of being in the flesh and thinking after the flesh is
those who have their minds blinded by the god of this world (2 Corinthians
4:4). On the other hand, those who are born of the Spirit and are therefore
in the Spirit have the mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2:16). Does Paul mean
to imply we will have no improper ways of thinking we must confront?
Absolutely not. He makes us aware of the spiritual battle assailing our
thoughts, and directs our attention to the divine power we have been given
to bring every thought into the flow of the knowledge of Christ Jesus (2
Corinthians 10:4-5).

Now that we are born of the Spirit and are given God's divine insight by
His Word as to who and how we are to live, we must think differently about
ourselves (Romans 12:1-2; Ephesians 4:17-24). We can be absolutely certain
God has given us the mindset of the Holy Spirit -which is the way that God
Himself thinks. However, we can make the mistake of giving ourselves over
to a carnal mind, which in fact is an act of violence against God (Romans
8:7; 1 Corinthians 3:3, 2:14). By such fleshly thinking, a born again
person thinks and behaves as one who has not been made a new creature.
Peter also gives us a certain amount of insight into this wrong thinking
through his rash response to the message Jesus gave foretelling His
suffering and death (Matthew 16:21-23). He was talking like a man and
thinking after the wrong mindset.

What each person needs to deal with is the impact of their thinking. The
way you think will determine how you walk with God and how you receive from
Him. Just imagine the difference in your life if you only allowed yourself
to think faith -specifically, the faith that comes from the Word of God!
You would be able to measure it because what you are speaking is what you
are thinking. Consider how often your speech has nothing to do with the
Word of God, which is proof of where you have allowed your heart to wander.
There is no way you are going to be successful with God unless you keep His
Word in your heart and mouth (Joshua 1:8; Romans 10:8; Psalms 1:1-3,
119:9-16). As a man thinks in His heart so is he; and out of the abundance
of the heart the mouth speaks (Proverbs 23:7; Luke 6:45). If you want to
take the limits off of walking with God and receiving from Him, then start
minding the things of the Spirit and only think faith, speak faith, live
faith and walk in faith -for faith is the Word of God in action (Hebrews
4:2, 11:6).

Therefore, give diligence to only think faith, speak faith, live faith, and
do faith!
 
Daily Bread - January 11, 2019 (The Sixth Day - Genesis 1:24-31)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Thursday, 10 January 2019 20:14
Genesis 15:6 - Abram believed the Lord, and He credited it to him as
righteousness.

Habakkuk 2:4 - Look, his soul is lifted up; it is not upright in him; but
the just shall live by his faith.

Hebrews 11:1-2 - Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the
evidence of things not seen. For by it the men of old obtained a good
report.

Faith finds its ancient roots in the confidence and certainty that men had
in the reliability of God (Genesis 15:6; Habakkuk 2:4). God gives us the
ability to be certain about Who He is and what He has promised. Faith is
the certainty and firmness in the faithfulness of God and the commitments
He has made, because He is the God of truth. Faith knows God is dependable,
and it exhibits a faithfulness to God by the one who counts God as
dependable; which is to say, God is dependable and therefore I will be
faithful to Him. It is a reliance upon the One Who can be relied upon. It
is faithfulness to the One Who is faithful. It is truth towards the One Who
is truthful. All of these expressions are discovered in those Hebrew words
communicating the Old Testament concept of faith: אֱמֶת ; אֹמֶן ;אָמֵן
;אָמָּן אֵמֻן אֱמוּנָה אֲמָנָה אֻמְנָם אָמְנָם

(...faith is an assurance, a certainty, in contrast with modern concepts of
faith as something possible, hopefully true, but not certain. -Scott, J. B.
(1999). 116 אָמַן. R. L. Harris, G. L. Archer Jr., & B. K. Waltke (Eds.),
Theological Wordbook of the Old Testament)

Think faith, speak faith, live faith, and do faith!

Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
 
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!
 
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