Day 145: He Was There

The Daily Word: Thursday, May 25th, 2017
2 Samuel 7:1-8:18
John 14:15-31
Psalm 119:33-48
Proverbs 15:33
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And I have been with you wherever you have gone… – 2 Sam 7:9a

David had experienced victory! David had also experienced defeat. Wherever David went – good or bad – God was there.

It probably didn’t feel like God was there when Saul was throwing spears at David’s head. It probably didn’t feel like God was there when David had to run from Saul for his life. It probably didn’t feel like God was there when David was hiding from Saul in a cave, wondering how he would ever become king! But God was with him wherever he went.

God is with you: wherever you go, and whatever you do. He is one breath away. Call on Him, just like David did! He will lift you up, and make you great.

…and have cut off all your enemies from before you, and have made you a great name, like the name of the great men who are on the earth. – 2 Sam 7:9b

Prayer:

Father, thank You for never leaving my side. You were there! And you are here. Help me to lean on You like never before, in Jesus’ name.

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Day 144: The New Standard

The Daily Word: Wednesday, May 24th, 2017
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:  

A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. – Jn 13:34

Under the Old Covenant, your responsibility was to, “…love your neighbor as yourself” (Lev 19:18). As if that wasn’t hard enough, Jesus ups the ante under the New Covenant! Now, your responsibility is not only to love others as you love yourself; it is to love them, “…as [Jesus has] loved you” (Jn 13:34).

Loving one another as Jesus loved us means being willing to lay down our lives for each other. It means putting your neighbor’s best interests ahead of your own! It means laying down your opinions for the sake of making someone else feel heard.

But the only way we can do that is by relying on God’s Holy Spirit. If you try to love people like Jesus without God’s help, you will fail; but if you simply let God love people through you, you will be fulfilled!

Prayer:

Father, help me to love other people like You! I am not perfect; but You can always love perfectly through me. Help me to lean on You like never before, in Jesus’ name.

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Day 143: Leading from Vulnerability

The Daily Word: Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017
2 Samuel 2:12-3:39
John 13:1-30
Psalm 119:1-16
Proverbs 15:29-30
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And I am weak today, though anointed king; and these men, the sons of Zeruiah, are too harsh for me. – 2 Sam 3:39

David was finally king! But he still acknowledged his weakness. He admitted he was weak before the Lord! And he admitted he was weak before others.

Vulnerability demonstrates we have nothing to hide. When David was happy, he danced for everyone to see (2 Sam 6:14). When David was upset, he wept (2 Sam 3:32). David was willing to demonstrate his weakness, and the people loved him for it! He refused to lean on his own strength, and leaned on the Lord’s instead. His vulnerability made him the best leader the world had ever seen.

Prayer:

Father, help me to lead from vulnerability. Help me to be bold and know You have anointed me to lead, regardless of what other people think! I am bold as a lion, and strong as an ox, because Your Holy Spirit lives in me!

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Day 142: The Reward for Waiting

The Daily Word: Monday, May 22nd, 2017
2 Samuel 1:1-2:11
John 12:20-50
Psalm 118:19-29
Proverbs 15:27-28
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Then the men of Judah came, and there they anointed David king over the house of Judah. – 2 Sam 2:4

This was the reward for David’s faithfulness. He didn’t have to take the throne; he simply waited, in faith, and God gave it to him.

David had two chances to kill Saul and take the throne on his own terms, instead of waiting for God’s plan to unfold. In both instances, David’s friends encouraged him to take the bait! But David knew killing Saul would mean rushing his destiny. He knew that if his reign started with bloodshed, it would end the same way. He waited patiently; and the Lord gave the Kingdom of Israel into his hand.

What are you waiting on? What has God promised you that hasn’t unfolded yet? Don’t rush into your destiny by taking it prematurely; let God give it to you, and it will stand the test of time.

Prayer:

Father, help me to wait in faith as my destiny unfolds! I submit to Your perfect will, and I thank You for Your perfect timing, in Jesus’ name!

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Day 141: Divine Restoration

The Daily Word: Sunday, May 21st, 2017
1 Samuel 29:1-31:13
John 11:55-12:19
Psalm 118:1-18
Proverbs 15:24-26
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And nothing of theirs was lacking, either small or great, sons or daughters, spoil or anything which they had taken from them; David recovered all. – 1 Sam 30:19

David and his men returned from battle. Their city, Ziklag, was burned to the ground. Their wives and children had been taken captive! It seemed like all was lost. But God would restore everything their enemies had stolen.

When David asked God what to do, God told him to pursue his enemies. So David hunted down the men who had burned their city. God gave them into his hand, and he recovered everything that had been taken. God had protected and preserved everything that belonged to David and his people!

David thought that all was lost; but God turned it into gain! God protected everything the enemy had taken. What’s more, God would add to David as he recovered what was lost.

What has the enemy stolen from you? Believe for divine restoration: that God would not only restore what was taken, but that He would give even more into your hand!

Prayer:

Father, thank You for protecting everything the enemy has taken from me. I know that all will be restored – and then some – in Jesus’ name!

 

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Day 140: Faith Gone Cold?

The Daily Word: Saturday, May 20th, 2017
1 Samuel 26:1-28:25
John 11:1-54
Psalm 117:1-2
Proverbs 15:22-23
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Now Martha, as soon as she heard that Jesus was coming, went and met Him, but Mary was sitting in the house. – Jn 11:20

Mary’s faith had gone cold due to circumstance. Mary had been on fire for the Lord! This was the same Mary who was famous for pouring out fragrant oil on Jesus’ feet (v 2). This was the same Mary who washed Jesus’ feet with her hair! Yet after Lazarus died, she would not even rise to meet Jesus.

Maybe you feel like Mary: you used to be on fire for the Lord, but life threw you some unexpected curveballs, and now it’s hard to believe for anything at all. Don’t give up! Mary’s faith had gone cold; but Jesus was not done coming through for her. In fact, He was getting ready to do His best work yet; and He will do the same for you!

Prayer:

Father, I know You can do anything! Give me fresh faith to believe for the miraculous in my life, in Jesus’ name!

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Day 139: The “How” Matters

The Daily Word: Friday, May 19th, 2017
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 now I know indeed that you shall surely be king, and that the kingdom of Israel shall be established in your hand. – 1 Sam 24:20

David was anointed to be king. God had promised David he would be king! So when Saul walked into the cave where David was hiding to “attend to his needs” (v 3), it would have made perfect since for David to kill Saul and take the throne! David’s men encouraged him to do it. This is the day you have been waiting for, they said.

But David would not lift a finger against Saul:

And he said to his men, “The Lord forbid that I should do this thing to my master, the Lord’s anointed, to stretch out my hand against him, seeing he is the anointed of the Lord.” – 1 Sam 24:6

David knew what we should know: how you achieve success matters. Taking the wrong road to the right destination will leave you so damaged from the journey that you won’t be able to enjoy the end result! David could have easily killed Saul and become king. But he knew it was not the right thing to do. He acted with integrity, and even Saul knew the Lord would reward him for it!

Prayer:

Father, strengthen me to do things the right way. Fill me with integrity, and cover me with grace, in Jesus’ name!

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Day 138: Why Should We Trust Jesus?

The Daily Word: Thursday, May 18th, 2017
1 Samuel 22:1-23:29
John 10:1-21
Psalm 115:1-18
Proverbs 15:18-19
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“Most assuredly, I say to you, he who does not enter the sheepfold by the door, but climbs up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber. But he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep.” – Jn 10:1-2

Jesus promises eternal life (see Jn 14:6). The reason we should trust Him is because He ascended into heaven, and “sat down at the right hand of God” (Mk 16:19). Jesus did everything He promised He would do. He gave His life on the Cross, and then He was raised from the dead. He did it all to demonstrate that where He goes, we – His disciples – will follow. 

We get to have confidence that we will follow Jesus into heaven because He went to Heaven first. Jesus didn’t make outlandish promises only to fall short on delivery. He did the stuff! He healed the sick. He cleansed lepers. He raised the dead. He cast out demons! And He did it all in front of thousands of witnesses!

What happens at the end of Jesus’ life is what separates Christianity from every other major world religion. Buddha is the central figure of Buddhism; but Buddha died of food poisoning at age 80. Muhammad is the central figure of the Muslim faith; but he fell ill and died in his bed at home! Jesus is the only Man to make a way to Heaven for every man and woman who calls on His name. He led the way so we can all follow!

Whom are you trusting to take you to Heaven?

Prayer:

Father, thank You for making a way where there was no way! Jesus carved a pathway into Heaven for me; and I am forever grateful. I want to worship Him with my life, for all my days!

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Day 137: Good Friends

The Daily Word: Wednesday, May 17th, 2017
1 Samuel 20:1-21:15
John 9:1-41
Psalm 113:1-114:8
Proverbs 15:15-17
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:  

So Jonathan said to David, “Whatever you yourself desire, I will do it for you.” – 1 Sam 20:4

This is the depth of friendship God invites us to have. Jonathan and David were best friends. Jonathan would have done anything for David; and David would have done anything for Jonathan!

If you don’t have friends like that, ask God for them. The only reason David could rely on Jonathan is that God put Jonathan in David’s life! Ask God to surround you with friends who will stick with you through the good times and the bad. As you pray, they will come.

Prayer:

Father, thank You for all the great friends You have put in my life. Help me to be a great friend to others, in Jesus’ name!

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Day 136: Stewarding the Promise

The Daily Word: Tuesday, May 16th, 2017
1 Samuel 18:5-19:24
John 8:31-59
Psalm 112:1-10
Proverbs 15:12-14
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:  

So David went out wherever Saul sent him, and behaved wisely. And Saul set him over the men of war, and he was accepted in the sight of all the people and also in the sight of Saul’s servants. – 1 Sam 18:5

David was already anointed to be king; but he still had to behave wisely. He still had to patiently rely on God as His promises unfolded. He still had to steward the promise well!

Wisdom attracts the promise of God. Service accelerates the promise of God! While David was selflessly serving Saul, God was positioning him to win the hearts of the people of Israel. No matter what Saul did, David refused to get frustrated. No matter how long it took for God’s promise to unfold, David refused to get impatient! As David behaved wisely, God prepared him to become king.

Prayer:

Father, thank You for every word You have spoken over me! Help me to steward Your promises well. Give me the patience to rely on Your word and behave wisely as Your will unfolds over my life.

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