Day 295: Make Them Count

The Daily Word: Monday, October 22nd, 2018
Jeremiah 39:1-41:18
2 Timothy 1:1-18
Psalm 90:1-91:16
Proverbs 26:1-2
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
So teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom. – Ps 90:12

God is infinite! But our time on earth is not. Embracing the reality that life is short gives us wisdom to make every moment count.

Here are two things you can do to make the most of every moment:

1) Worship. When you get to Heaven, worship will no longer be voluntary. All will see the glory of God, and bow the knee to Jesus. Yet eternal glory is reserved for those of us who make a decision to worship Jesus now, while we still have the choice!

2) Witness. You don’t get to bring your stuff to Heaven with you. The degrees, promotions, raises, and nice things: all of that stays here when you go. But the people you lead to Jesus get to come with you! Invest in relationships, instead of obsessing over wealth!

Number your days. Use your time wisely! Ask God for a heart of wisdom, and trust that He will make every moment count.

Prayer:

Father, teach me to number my days. Give me a heart of wisdom to manage my time wisely, so I don’t waste a single moment!

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Day 294: Paralyzed by Fear

The Daily Word: Sunday, October 21st, 2018
Jeremiah 37:1-38:28
1 Timothy 6:1-21
Psalm 89:38-52
Proverbs 25:28
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
And Zedekiah the king said to Jeremiah, “I am afraid…” – Jer 38:19

Jerusalem was surrounded. The Babylonian army was ready to attack the city from every side! Jeremiah gave King Zedekiah one last warning: surrender! “If you surely surrender to the king of Babylon’s princes,” Jeremiah said, “then your soul shall live; this city shall not be burned with fire, and you and your house shall live (v 17).”

But Zedekiah wouldn’t listen. He was paralyzed by fear. So, instead of obeying the voice of the Lord, Zedekiah held out and hoped for victory. Instead of listening to God and doing what He said, Zedekiah bowed to his fears and stubbornly refused to obey God’s command. The result was catastrophic: Jerusalem was completely destroyed.

Do not let fear keep you from obedience. God is trustworthy. Embracing the inevitable uncertainty that comes with following the Lord’s every command is far better than ignoring His voice and vainly hoping for the best. God gave you His word on purpose: so that, through obedience, you might be saved!

Prayer:

Father, help me to be obedient! I am no longer afraid to trust You with all my heart! I want to do everything You tell me to do: with a full heart, and a smile on my face, in Jesus’ name!

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Day 293: What the Word Does

The Daily Word: Saturday, October 20th, 2018
Jeremiah 35:1-36:32
1 Timothy 5:1-25
Psalm 89:14-37
Proverbs 25:25-27
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
Nevertheless Elnathan, Delaiah, and Gemariah implored the king not to burn the scroll; but he would not listen to them. – Jer 36:25

God was trying to get the king’s attention! So He sent His word. God spoke through the prophet Jeremiah, who told the king to turn back to God. But the king wouldn’t listen.

Wicked men hear the word of God and ignore it; but wise men hear the word of God and heed it! God’s word is meant to encourage you; and it is also meant to challenge you. Once you know God’s best for your life, will you be willing to forsake your own personal wants and desires in favor of His?

Prayer:

Father, help me to act on Your word at all times. I want to hear it, and to heed it, in Jesus’ name! I am not just someone who says he is a Christian; I am one who lives my life to prove it.

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Day 292: A Foundation of Character

The Daily Word: Friday, October 19th, 2018
Jeremiah 33:1-34:22
1 Timothy 4:1-16
Psalm 89:1-13
Proverbs 25:23-24
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
Take heed to yourself and to the doctrine. Continue in them, for in doing this you will save both yourself and those who hear you. – 1 Tim 4:16

What you preach is important; but what you practice is too! A minister with a good message is effective; but a man without the character to support the message is powerless. To focus so much on doctrine that you neglect character is an error; but when you allow God to build a foundation of solid character, the effectiveness of your ministry to others will multiply!

To “take heed to yourself” is to practice self-care. Stay healthy: physically, spiritually, socially, and emotionally. Make time to spend with God! Open your Bible all day, not just to prepare for Sunday. A healthy minister is best: not only for himself, but also for his congregation!

You are the most effective minister of the Gospel when you are healthy and whole. Pray that God would refresh and encourage you, in Jesus’ name!

Prayer:

Father, I ask that You would refresh me, in Jesus’ name. Cover me with Your mercy. Cloak me with Your favor! Fill me up with Your presence and Your power, in Jesus’ name!

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Day 291: Break Me Down, Lord

The Daily Word: Thursday, October 18th, 2018
Jeremiah 31:27-32:44
1 Timothy 3:1-16
Psalm 88:1-18
Proverbs 25:20-22
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
And it shall come to pass, that as I have watched over them to pluck up, to break down, to throw down, to destroy, and to afflict, so I will watch over them to build and to plant, says the Lord. – Jer 31:28

Life happens in seasons. At first, the Lord watched over His people for one reason: to pluck them up and break them down. Then, the Lord watched over His people for another reason: to build them up and plant their roots. In different seasons, the Lord will watch over you to do different things!

Seasons of breaking down give way to seasons of building up. Sometimes the Lord will allow you to be broken down, so He can lay a new foundation. He will cause abundant fruit to spring forth once He has the foundation of faith He needs! Don’t despise the breaking down process God uses to purify your heart. Accept it. Welcome it! You will change seasons with a new foundation, and a new perspective.

Prayer:

Father, I give you permission to break down any unhealthy foundations in my life. If I’m building on anything unholy, root it out and cast it aside! Break me down to build me up, in Jesus’ name.

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Day 290: The Soul Healer

The Daily Word: Wednesday, October 17th, 2018
Jeremiah 30:1-31:26
1 Timothy 2:1-15
Psalm 87:1-7
Proverbs 25:18-19
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
Their souls shall be like a well-watered garden, and they shall sorrow no more at all. – Jer 31:12b

God is the Healer: not only of the body, but also of the soul! He will make your soul like a well-watered garden: perfectly refreshed and full of life! He will take away your pain and sadness so you “sorrow no more at all.” He will turn your mourning into dancing, and your sorrow into joy!

Do you need healing in your soul? You need more than a therapist; you need the Counselor, God’s Holy Spirit! Turn to God, and He will provide.

Prayer:

Father, thank You for soul provision! You are the healer of my soul! I want to look to You in every moment I need healing, and receive everything Jesus died for me to have!

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Day 289: What Is God Like?

The Daily Word: Tuesday, October 16th, 2018
Jeremiah 28:1-29:32
1 Timothy 1:1-20
Psalm 86:1-17
Proverbs 25:17
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
For You, Lord, are good, and ready to forgive, and abundant in mercy to all those who call upon You. – Ps 86:5

What is God like? Are you wondering what you are going to find when you turn to God? Are you wondering how God is going to respond when you come back to Him?

He is good! He is ready to forgive! He is abundant in mercy to “all those who call upon Him!” That means you don’t have to be perfect to receive the forgiveness of God; you simply have to call on Him, for “whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Rom 10:13).

Come back to God. He has already separated you from your sin, as far as the east is from the west (Ps 103:12). His goodness, forgiveness, mercy, and love, are waiting for you at the foot of the Cross. All you have to do is receive Him, in Jesus’ name.

Prayer:

Father, thank You that You are good! Thank You that You are ready to forgive. Thank You for Your abundant mercy toward every man and every woman who calls upon You. I’m calling upon You now, in Jesus’ name. I know I don’t deserve forgiveness, but Jesus died for me to have it; so I receive it, in Jesus’ name!

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Day 288: Pray for Us

The Daily Word: Monday, October 15th, 2018
Jeremiah 26:1-27:22
2 Thessalonians 3:1-18
Psalm 85:1-13
Proverbs 25:16
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may run swiftly and be glorified, just as it is with you… – 2 Thess 3:1

Paul was a powerful man! He was an anointed apostle, who traveled the world healing the sick and preaching the Gospel. But he wasn’t afraid to ask for prayer.

This is a key to the Apostle Paul’s powerful ministry: he asked others to pray for him! It is arrogance to think you can do what God has called you to do, without relying on the prayers of others. God gave you good friends so they can pray for you. He gave you family so they can pray for you. He gave you brothers and sisters in your church so they can pray for you!

Do you have anointed men and women of God praying for you?

Prayer:

Father, thank You for the prayer warriors in my life. Surround me with men and women who love to pray for me, and encourage me to do the same for them, in Jesus’ name!

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Day 287: Prophetic Accuracy

The Daily Word: Sunday, October 14th, 2018
Jeremiah 23:21-25:38
2 Thessalonians 2:1-17
Psalm 84:1-12
Proverbs 25:15
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
“I have not sent these prophets, yet they ran. I have not spoken to them, yet they prophesied.  But if they had stood in My counsel, and had caused My people to hear My words, then they would have turned them from their evil way And from the evil of their doings. – Jer 23:21-22

God’s prophets had a problem. He didn’t send them anywhere; yet they traveled in His name. He didn’t tell them to say anything; yet they prophesied in His name. God wanted to use them to turn His people from their sin: to invite them to repent and be received into the Kingdom of God! But His prophets were more interested in being busy than being obedient.

If God has given you something to say, say it. But if He has not spoken to you, don’t say anything! I believe in the gift of prophecy (see 1 Cor 12:10). What’s more, I believe all New Testament believers are called to exercise the gift of prophecy (see Luke 7:28, 1 Cor 14:1), because all are filled with the Holy Spirit (see Rom 8:11). However, the fact that we are called to prophesy does not mean we can say whatever we want! The counterbalance to desiring the prophetic is an understanding that we are accountable for the words we give in God’s name:

But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment. For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.” – Matt 12:36-37

God will speak through you; but you have to wait on Him for the message. When you feel like God wants you to say something, ask Him for confirmation. Spend some more time in prayer, and let Him confirm His word. Once you’re sure it’s Him, deliver the message. The result will be an on time word that changes someone’s life.

Prayer:

Father, I pray You would increase my prophetic accuracy in Jesus’ name! I know the words I speak are valuable. I don’t want to waste my breath, saying things You don’t want me to say! Purify my heart, and purify my mouth, in Jesus’ name.

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Day 286: Valuable Words

The Daily Word: Saturday, October 13th, 2018
Jeremiah 22:1-23:20
2 Thessalonians 1:1-12
Psalm 83:1-18
Proverbs 25:11-14
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver. Like an earring of gold and an ornament of fine gold is a wise rebuker to an obedient ear. – Prov 25:11-12

Words are valuable. A word fitly spoken – at the right time and in the right way – carries just as much value as any luxury item. Even a rebuke – a negative word! – can have as much value as a priceless possession.

When people around you speak, listen. Do you have people in your life who are willing to speak the truth, instead of just telling you what you want to hear? I do! And those relationships are precious. Honest people make you better!

Prayer:

Father, I pray You would surround me with people who are willing to be honest and open. I need their words of wisdom! Make me receptive and thankful to hear everything they have to say, in Jesus’ name.

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