Day 147: He Worshiped

The Daily Word: Sunday, May 27th, 2018
2 Samuel 12:1-31
John 16:1-33
Psalm 119:65-80
Proverbs 16:4-5
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
So David arose from the ground, washed and anointed himself, and changed his clothes; and he went into the house of the Lord and worshiped. – 2 Sam 12:20

David’s son was dead. David had pleaded with God to save his son. He fasted and “lay all night on the ground” (v 16), refusing to rise and talk with anyone. But even after all that, it looked like God didn’t answer his prayer.

So how did David respond? He worshiped. He wasn’t mad at God because he didn’t get what he wanted. He didn’t doubt God’s goodness because God hadn’t responded to his prayer with the answer David expected. David responded to his calamity with worship!

When things don’t go your way, what do you do? God blessed David because he was always willing to worship. Will you make the same commitment in your own life?

Prayer:

Father, remind me to worship at all times! When You give me the answer to my prayers, I will worship. When it feels like the answer isn’t coming, I will worship. Even in the face of death, I will worship! Strengthen me to worship You: at all times, with all that I am, in Jesus’ name.

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Day 146: Love Like Jesus

The Daily Word: Saturday, May 26th, 2018
2 Samuel 9:1-11:27
John 15:1-27
Psalm 119:49-64
Proverbs 16:1-3
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends. – Jn 15:12-13

What does it mean to love like Jesus? Jesus laid down His life for us. He willingly chose death so that we could have life. He willingly chose shame so that we could enjoy glory. In one infinite moment, He endured an eternity of separation from God on the Cross, so that you and I could be with God for all eternity!

Loving like Jesus means laying your life down for your friends. Loving like Jesus means putting other people’s best interests ahead of your own. Loving like Jesus means giving up your life for someone else’s good, even if they don’t love you back!

Loving like Jesus might seem impossible; but the Holy Spirit filled you to do the impossible! Are you ready to love like Jesus? Ask the Holy Spirit for help. The same Holy Spirit who empowered Jesus to love us, empowers us to love others!

But Jesus looked at them and said to them, “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” – Matt 19:26

Prayer:

Father, help me to love like Jesus. Help me to love other people, even when they don’t love me back. Strengthen me to lay down my life for others, even when it means my own harm! Jesus did it for me; and now I want to do it for others, in Jesus’ name!

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Day 145: Don’t Do It Alone!

The Daily Word: Friday, May 25th, 2018
2 Samuel 7:1-8:18
John 14:15-31
Psalm 119:33-48
Proverbs 15:33
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
“And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever…” – Jn 14:16

Life is hard. You have more to do than time will allow. You have people to please and never enough time for yourself! Life can be exhausting. Life can be difficult!

So don’t do life alone. Jesus promised to give you His Holy Spirit, the Helper, to “abide with you forever.” That means that on your best day, He is with you; and on your worst day, He is still with you!

You can do this, because the Holy Spirit will help. Rely on God all the more. Don’t go one more day trying to do everything yourself. Ask God for help, and let His Holy Spirit do the work!

But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you. – Rom 8:11

Prayer:

Father, thank You for Your Holy Spirit. I am so grateful for His presence in my life. I know that because Jesus died, Your Holy Spirit lives in me!

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Day 144: Stepping Into Destiny

The Daily Word: Thursday, May 24th, 2018
2 Samuel 4:1-6:23
John 13:31-14:14
Psalm 119:17-32
Proverbs 15:31-32
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
Then all the tribes of Israel came to David at Hebron and spoke, saying, “Indeed we are your bone and your flesh.” – 2 Sam 5:1

This is how David stepped into his destiny. All the tribes of Israel came to David and asked him to be king over them! He didn’t have to make himself king. He didn’t have to take the throne by force! He simply waited for his enemies – the wicked men in his life – to fall, and God brought the throne to him.

David didn’t gain the throne through self-promotion. He didn’t have to apply for the position God had already promised! He simply waited for his future to come to pass – acting with wisdom and righteousness all along the way – and everything unfolded exactly as God had promised.

Don’t force your destiny. Don’t strive to make it happen! Trust God. Be available to move when He says move! But also be willing to rest when He says rest.

Prayer:

Father, thank You for the amazing destiny You have promised me. I know it will come to pass! Help me to wait in faith – never taking anything into my own hands – until it comes, in Jesus’ name!

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Day 143: The Long War

The Daily Word: Wednesday, May 23rd, 2018
2 Samuel 2:12-3:39
John 13:1-30
Psalm 119:1-16
Proverbs 15:29-30
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
Now there was a long war between the house of Saul and the house of David. But David grew stronger and stronger, and the house of Saul grew weaker and weaker. – 2 Sam 3:1

This was a long war. The house of Saul and the house of David were continually killing each other. But notice that while the enemy grew weaker in battle, God’s people actually grew stronger! The battle was inevitable; but who grew weaker and who grew stronger was decided by who valued the presence of God!

Your life is a battle. You are the righteousness of Christ (2 Cor 5:21); but the enemy seeks to dethrone you from your position of righteousness. Don’t let him. Even if the battle rages on, know that you will get stronger – and never weaker – from the fight!

Prayer:

Father, I am asking You to revive my spirit. Thank You that even as the battle rages on, I will get stronger and never weaker. I receive Your strength, in Jesus’ name!

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Day 142: Selfless Leadership

The Daily Word: Tuesday, May 22nd, 2018
2 Samuel 1:1-2:11
John 12:20-50
Psalm 118:19-29
Proverbs 15:27-28
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
And they mourned and wept and fasted until evening for Saul and for Jonathan his son, for the people of the Lord and for the house of Israel, because they had fallen by the sword. – 2 Sam 1:12

Saul was dead! But David didn’t rejoice; he mourned. This was the man who had been trying to kill David for years! So why would he mourn? After all, now that Saul was out of the picture, this was finally David’s chance to be king!

But for David, Saul’s death was not a victory; it was a tragedy. The people had lost a leader, and David had lost a father. David was selfless. He didn’t analyze the situation and immediately ascertain what he could gain from Saul’s downfall. He valued the well-being of God’s people more than his own. And it was exactly this selfless attitude that would make him such a great king!

Are you ready to lead like David? To value the mission of the kingdom more than you value personal gain?

Prayer:

Father, make me a selfless leader! I want to be like David. I want to value other people above myself. I want to put the future of others in higher esteem than my own!

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Day 141: He Had the Word

The Daily Word: Monday, May 21st, 2018
1 Samuel 29:1-31:13
John 11:55-12:19
Psalm 118:1-18
Proverbs 15:24-26
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
So David inquired of the Lord, saying, “Shall I pursue this troop? Shall I overtake them?” And He answered him, “Pursue, for you shall surely overtake them and without fail recover all.” – 1 Sam 30:8

David didn’t have much! His family had been taken, and his city had been burned to the ground. But David still had the word of the Lord. He called out to God, and God answered! And that was all he really needed.

Do you have the word of the Lord? Has God guaranteed you victory? Then you have all you need! You can get through anything – no matter the odds, and no matter the obstacles – if you have the word of the Lord.

Prayer:

Father, thank You for Your word! I know that when I have Your word, nothing is impossible, in Jesus’ name.

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Day 140: Waiting for Victory

The Daily Word: Sunday, May 20th, 2018
1 Samuel 26:1-28:25
John 11:1-54
Psalm 117:1-2
Proverbs 15:22-23
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
Then Abishai said to David, “God has delivered your enemy into your hand this day. Now therefore, please, let me strike him at once with the spear, right to the earth; and I will not have to strike him a second time!” And David said to Abishai, “Do not destroy him; for who can stretch out his hand against the Lord’s anointed, and be guiltless?” – 1 Sam 26:8-9

David and Abishai snuck into the enemy’s camp. There was Saul – the man who was trying to kill David – right in front of them, fast asleep! Abishai wanted to kill Saul right then and there; but David knew better: “Who can stretch out his hand against the Lord’s anointed?”

Your victory is certain; but it matters how you take it. David knew he would eventually be king; but David also knew it would be wrong to reach out and take Saul’s life, because God had made Saul king! So the only way David was willing to accept the throne is by waiting for God’s timing to unfold, instead of taking matters into his own hands.

Don’t rush your destiny. You don’t need to take matters into your own hands! God’s timing is perfect; so let it unfold according to His will. When it does, the victory He gives you will be greater than any you could have ever imagined!

Prayer:

Father, I know my victory is coming! Help me to wait in faith while it does. I refuse to take matters into my own hands! I will wait on You, in Jesus’ name.

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Day 139: Irrational Fears

The Daily Word: Saturday, May 19th, 2018
1 Samuel 24:1-25:44
John 10:22-42
Psalm 116:1-19
Proverbs 15:20-21
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
And David said to Saul: “Why do you listen to the words of men who say, ‘Indeed David seeks your harm’?” – 1 Sam 24:9

Here we learn two things about Saul:

1) Saul’s fear was irrational. He had an irrational fear that David wanted to displace him as king, even though David had no such intention. He had an irrational suspicion that David wanted to kill him, even though David would never even lay a hand on him!

2) Saul let other people reinforce his fear. He listened to other men who said David wanted to do him harm, even though David had no such intention!

The takeaway: If you struggle with irrational fear, surround yourself with friends who will calm your fears, instead of making them worse! First, realize that your fears are irrational. 99% of the things we fear never come true. Then, surround yourself with wise friends who will remind you that you have nothing to fear!

Prayer:

Father, I give my irrational fears to You. I declare none of them will come to pass over my life. Thank You for protecting me, in Jesus’ name! Surround me with good friends who will remind me just how loved I really am.

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Day 138: Send Help!

The Daily Word: Friday, May 18th, 2018
1 Samuel 22:1-23:29
John 10:1-21
Psalm 115:1-18
Proverbs 15:18-19
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
And everyone who was in distress, everyone who was in debt, and everyone who was discontented gathered to him. So he became captain over them. And there were about four hundred men with him. – 1 Sam 22:2

David was in trouble. Saul wanted to kill him, and the Philistines didn’t trust him. He needed an army: quickly! So whom did God send?

“…everyone who was in distress, everyone who was in debt, and everyone who was discontended…”

David needed an army, but the outcasts showed up. David needed strength, but the weak showed up. David needed provision, but the needy showed up. But God would use these men to build the foundation of Israel’s future army.

These “outcasts” would become David’s “mighty men” (see 2 Sam 23:8-38). The lesson for us? When God sends someone to help, don’t discount him (or her!). Your “help” may not come in the package you expected; but God solution will be so much better than you ever expected!

But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty; and the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are, that no flesh should glory in His presence. – 1 Cor 1:27

Prayer:

Father, I know You always have a plan – even when I don’t. I trust You. Send whomever I need, whenever I need them. I trust they will be more than enough.

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