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Daily Bread - January 18, 2019 (The Sixth Day - Genesis 1:24-31)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Thursday, 17 January 2019 20:57
Ephesians 5:21 - Being submitted one to another in the fear of God.

The lives of those who are filled with the Spirit are marked by submission.
One of the chief attributes of the loving nature of God is servitude.
Through the servitude of Christ Jesus, we learn how to walk in oneness with
each other. A feature of this unity is a willingness to be submitted, or
subjected, to each other. God demands that we walk in submission to one
another (Ephesians 5:21; 1 Peter 5:5). The emphasis is placed on us being
in submission in the fear of God because there is a judgment against those
who hold the truth in unrighteousness.

Submission has its proper order and rank. For example, we can be certain
parents are not to be in submission to their children. The Greek word
itself means to "be arranged under." There is a divine order, and we should
be both in awe of it as well as participate with it. Within the framework
of the Kingdom of God, no one should desire to be lord or ruler over
another. Such behavior is inordinate. But instead, we reach for the unity
of the Spirit that reveals the glorious nature of Jesus, Who laid down His
life for us.

What we must recognize is God is the absolute authority, and He has placed
those whom He has chosen in authority, and He demands that we submit to
them (Hebrews 13:17). It is God who has established authorities (Daniel
4:17; Romans 13:1). Those whom God has placed in authority must be
committed to leading others as they are lead by the Holy Ghost. They cannot
be subject to everyone's opinions and "good ideas." We are commanded to be
led by the Spirit and to follow Jesus! The Holy Spirit places each member
in the Body according to His will. Christ Jesus is the One Who has given
the authorities of ministry who He then demands should both do their job
and command others to do theirs (1 Timothy 4:12; 2 Timothy 4:2; 1 Peter
5:2; Acts 20:28; Hebrews 13:17).

Be submissive one to another and clothe yourselves with humility, because
God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble. (1 Peter 5:5;
Proverbs 3:34)
 
Daily Bread - January 17, 2019 (The Fifth Day - Genesis 1:20-23)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Wednesday, 16 January 2019 22:12
Ephesians 5:20 - Giving thanks at all times for all things to God and the
Father in the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

The giving of thanks is not only recognizing that God is leading,
protecting, and providing for you, but it also accesses the realm of the
Spirit where miracles take place. The first time this word 'euchariteo,'
("giving thanks") is used in the New Testament is in Matthew 15:36. It was
by this giving of thanks that the miraculous event of the multiplication of
the seven loaves and a few fish took place. The very next time this word is
used is when Jesus took the cup on Passover: He gave thanks and declared,
"this is my blood of the New Testament" (Matthew 26:26-28). The blood and
body of Christ Jesus represent our communion and fellowship with God (1
Corinthians 10:16; John 6:53-58). It is this eucharist, or communion, that
should give us confidence that the Holy Spirit is leading and guiding us
into all truth. Therefore, whatever situation we find ourselves in, all
things are working together for our good (Romans 8:28).

There were many adverse situations that Israel found themselves in during
the first few months of their travel from Egypt to the Promised Land.
Unfortunately, they were unwilling to recognize that God was leading them
and protecting them; and as a result, they were unthankful and murmured
against the situation and their leadership, which ultimately was directed
at God Himself. There is a warning in the book of Hebrews that we should
not fall into the same state of unbelief, lest we end up like those
unthankful Israelites (Hebrews 3:7-19).

Romans 1:21 drives home the same point, emphasizing that a lack of
thankfulness is a chief characteristic of the unbeliever. A passage of
Scripture in Colossians that is almost a perfect match to this passage here
in Ephesians says, "whatsoever you do in word or deed, do it all in the
Name of Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by Him" (Colossians
3:17). If we will allow the Holy Spirit to fill us with the Heavenly realm,
then the Word of Christ will dwell in us, and we will view things from a
perspective of faith and realize all things are working together for our
good. Be certain of this, that whatever situation you find yourself in, God
is establishing and building confidence, persistence, faithfulness, and
trust through it.

Give thanks to God the Father always, for all things, and in whatever you
do or say in the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ! (Ephesians 5:20; Colossians
3:17)
 
Daily Bread - January 16, 2019 (The Fourth Day - Genesis 1:14-19)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Tuesday, 15 January 2019 22:33
Ephesians 5:19 - Speaking to yourselves in psalms, hymns, and spiritual
songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord.

Part 3 - The Primacy of the Utterance of the Spirit

Somehow we fail to realize the relevance of the utterance of the Holy
Spirit that was poured out upon all flesh (Acts 1:8, 2:4, 16-18, 33). The
activity of the Holy Spirit in our lives is to be like rivers of living
water rushing through the depths of our being (John 7:38-39). We have been
given the ability to worship God by the Holy Spirit, not out of a religious
and liturgical tradition. However, we put the songs written by a man before
our eyes, read aloud the lyrics, and call it the spiritual sacrifice that
God desires. Such a position makes no sense at all in a Church baptized in
the fire of the Holy Ghost and filled with divine glory. To believe just
anything can be defined as spiritual and somehow function without the
direct inspiration of the Holy Spirit is a serious misunderstanding of
Scripture. Certainly, the Psalms of the Old Testament, the hymns of the
Scripture, and those songs given by the Holy Spirit to someone in the
Church can by used in worship; but to fail to make room for the inspiration
of the Holy Spirit to sing a new song is to miss out on another dimension
of the wellsprings of life Christ Jesus desires to be express through His
Church (1 Corinthians 14:15; Psalms 33:3, 40:3, 96:1, 98:1, 144:9, 149:1;
Isaiah 42:10; Revelation 5:9, 14:3).

Pray with the spirit, pray with the understanding! Sing with the spirit,
sing with the understanding! Sing to Him a new song, and let the Word of
Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one
another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your
hearts to the Lord! (1 Corinthians 14:15; Psalms 33:3; Colossians 3:16)
 
Daily Bread - January 15, 2019 (The Third Day - Genesis 1:9-13)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Monday, 14 January 2019 20:11
Ephesians 5:19 - Speaking to yourselves in psalms, hymns, and spiritual
songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord.

Part 2 - Psalms

Psalms, which are by definition classified as prophetic utterances, must
not be only understood as singing the psalms given in the Old Testament.
Paul certainly groups psalms in the category of prophetic utterances, which
take place in the Church by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit (1
Corinthians 14:26). This does not eliminate the possibility of singing the
psalms of the Old Testament, but we should not exclusively place it in this
category either, especially when we recognize the emphasis Paul places on
prophetic utterances in the Church (1 Corinthians 12:10, 14:3-6, 22-32, 39;
Colossians 3:16; 1 Thessalonians 5:20).

Let psalms flow freely in your life as you sing and make melody to the
Lord! (Ephesians 5:19; Colossians 3:16)
 
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!
 
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