Daily Bread 6/6/2023


Daily Bread – June 6, 2023 (The Third Day – Genesis 1:9-13) 2 Corinthians 4:13 – But we have the same Spirit of faith, according to the Scripture, “I believed, so I have spoken,” we also believe, and so we speak. There are many who consider the “spirit of faith” as the attitude of the spirit of man. Yet, it is more in keeping with the Scripture as well as the context, that Paul was not referring to the attitude of man regarding faith, but to the Holy Spirit Who is the One Who creates faith (Romans 10:6-10, 8:14-16; 1 Corinthians 12:9, 2:4-5; and Galatians 3:2,5,14, 5:5; 1 Thessalonians 1:5-7). Matthew Henry says in his commentary regarding this verse, “Faith which is the operation of the Spirit.” Paul, like the Psalmist, is faced with death and affliction. Yet, because of the Spirit of faith, he – like the Psalmist – was inspired to testify of the glory and power of God that rested upon him. Paul makes it clear that for the Word of God to work, it must be spoken, “For with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” (Romans 10:8-10). When Paul speaks the word of faith by the Spirit, he is doing so out of the treasure that was placed in his earthen vessel, or mortal body (2 Corinthians 4:7). He goes on to further describe the treasure as the new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17). Out of this treasure, the power of God brings forth the Spirit of faith. The Holy Spirit has placed the word of faith in our hearts and upon our lips so we may declare the wonderful works of God and become the beneficiaries of all the blessings He has poured out (Romans 10:8; Ephesians 6:17, 1:3, 1 John 2:27; Hebrews 8:10-11; 2 Corinthians 3:3). The same Spirit of faith that prophesied through the Psalmist of old was speaking through Paul (Acts 1:17; 1 Peter 1:11). Today, we have the same Spirit of faith inspiring us and impressing us to proclaim the Word of the Lord. When the Spirit of faith speaks, then the promises of God are received and the riches of God are revealed (Hebrews 6:12; Mark 11:23; John 7:38-39). Blessings, Pastor Mark Spitsbergen