Day 349: Damaged Goods

The Daily Word: Friday, December 15th, 2017
Micah 1:1-4:13
Revelation 6:1-17
Psalm 134:1-3
Proverbs 30:1-4
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:  

I will make the lame a remnant, and the outcast a strong nation; So the Lord will reign over them in Mount Zion From now on, even forever. – Mic 4:7

God didn’t choose the coolest, or the most successful, to build around. He chose the lame and the outcasts! God loves to build with people whom the world says cannot build. He loves to trust those whom others say cannot be trusted. He loves to defy the odds, and overwhelmingly exceed our expectations, by accomplishing what everyone else says is impossible, through the very people everyone else seems to have forgotten.

You are not damaged goods. You are never too far gone! God will use you for His glory, in Jesus’ name!

Prayer:

Father, thank You for restoration! Thank You for using the foolish things of this world to confound the wise. Thank You that I am never too far gone to be used by You.

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Day 348: What If They Believe?

The Daily Word: Thursday, December 14th, 2017
Jonah 1:1-4-11
Revelation 5:1-14
Psalm 133:1-3
Proverbs 29:26-27
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:  

And Jonah began to enter the city on the first day’s walk. Then he cried out and said, “Yet forty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown!” So the people of Nineveh believed God… – Jon 3:4-5

Jonah walked into a city known for its wickedness (Jon 1:2). He thought the people of Nineveh would reject him. He thought they would be angry at his prophetic word; but they believed! They were far from angry; in fact, they received the word and repented!

We spend so much time worrying what will happen if we share our faith. What will other people think? We think of a million and one reasons why our friends and family won’t make a decision for Jesus. But what if they do? What if they believe?

Don’t assume you know how people will react to God’s Word. Maybe they will reject it; but maybe they will receive it!

Prayer:

Father, help me to confidently share my faith. It’s not my responsibility to worry about what might go wrong if people reject You; it’s only my job to give them the invitation to receive You. Fill me with faith to let the world know You are good.

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Day 347: Open Heaven

The Daily Word: Wednesday, December 13th, 2017
Obadiah 1:1-21
Revelation 4:1-11
Psalm 132:1-18
Proverbs 29:24-25
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After these things I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven. And the first voice which I heard was like a trumpet speaking with me, saying, “Come up here, and I will show you things which must take place after this.” – Rev 4:1

The door to heaven was “standing open.” What an amazing sight! John didn’t have to beg to come in. He didn’t even have to ask to come in. The door to heaven was not closed; it was open! Because John knew Jesus, all he had to do was walk in, because he had the righteousness of Christ!

Jesus is the way to Heaven. When you give your life to Him, the door to heaven is “standing open,” ready to receive you.

Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me. – Rev 3:20

Prayer:

Father, thank You for sending Jesus to open the door to heaven! Thank You that His death means I have open and easy access to the throne of grace, in Jesus’ name.

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Day 346: How to Get Promoted

The Daily Word: Tuesday, December 12th, 2017
Amos 7:1-9:15
Revelation 3:7-22
Psalm 131:1-3
Proverbs 29:23
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:  

Then the Lord took me as I followed the flock, and the Lord said to me, ‘Go, prophesy to My people Israel.’ – Amos 7:15

Amos never asked to be a prophet. He certainly didn’t have a prophet’s pedigree: he didn’t come from a prophetic family and he wasn’t the son of a prophet (v 14). So why did God choose Amos?

Amos did the simple things well. Amos was a “sheepbreeder” (v 14). God saw the way Amos took care of the sheep; so He took him from the field and made him a prophet over the whole land.

And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ. – Col 3:23-24

Don’t try to get noticed. Do the simple things well; and God will notice.

Prayer:

Father, help me to do the simple things well! I trust that everything You have given me to do is significant. It all matters. Help me to do it unto You, in Jesus’ name!

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Day 345: The God of Resurrection!

The Daily Word: Monday, December 11th, 2017
Amos 4:1-6:14
Revelation 2:18-3:6
Psalm 130:1-8
Proverbs 29:21-22
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:  

He turns the shadow of death into morning… – Amos 5:8

God turns the shadow of death into morning. He turns darkness into light. He turns certain destruction into resurrection! Jesus conquered the grave; He burst out of a tomb and rose from death to life! And where He goes, you will follow.

There is nothing too dead for a resurrection! What areas of your life to you need new hope? What things are dead that need to be brought back to life? Entrust them to God, and watch him turn them around for good.

Prayer:

Father, thank You for turning certain destruction into resurrection! Thank You for turning apparent death into absolute life. I trust You: with my heart, with my soul, and with my life; in Jesus’ name!

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Day 344: Always Room to Grow

The Daily Word: Sunday, December 10th, 2017
Amos 1:1-3:15
Revelation 2:1-17
Psalm 129:1-8
Proverbs 29:19-20
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:  

He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. – Rev 2:17

It’s fun to receive praise; but it can be hard to take correction. Jesus had correction for every church. No church was immune. There were things He loved about them; but there were also things He wanted to change.

We always have room for improvement. To deny room for improvement is to fall victim to pride. Don’t wish you were better; receive the constructive criticism the Holy Spirit has for you, and be conformed into God’s best version of you!

Prayer:

Father, I know I have room to grow! Speak to me about the things You want me to change. I am ready, willing, and able to grow, in Jesus’ name.

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Day 343: Holy Spirit Come

The Daily Word: Saturday, December 9th, 2017
Joel 1:1-3:21
Revelation 1:1-20
Psalm 128:1-6
Proverbs 29:18
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:  

“And it shall come to pass afterward that I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh…” – Joel 2:28

Joel prophesied that two things would lead to the outpouring of the Holy Spirit:

1) Repentance. God’s people, who had wandered far from Him, would make a decision to return to Him.

So rend your heart, and not your garments; return to the Lord your God, for He is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness; and He relents from doing harm. – Joel 2:13

2) Corporate Prayer. God would honor the united heart of His people.

Gather the people, sanctify the congregation, assemble the elders… – Joel 2:16

There is power in repentance. There is power in getting together with believers and turning our hearts towards God. We see the same principles in effect in Acts 2, at the initial outpouring of the Holy Spirit. When God’s people 1) turned from their ways and followed Jesus, and 2) gathered together in the upper room to contend for more of God, the Holy Spirit was poured out on all flesh! Are you ready to exercise those same principles in your own life, and see God move like never before?

Prayer:

Father, help me to turn to You with my whole heart. Remind me of the power that is available when I get together and pray with other people. When we repent and gather to pray, the Holy Spirit moves!

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Day 342: Past, Present & Future

The Daily Word: Friday, December 8th, 2017
Hosea 10:1-14:9
Jude 1:1-25
Psalm 127:1-5
Proverbs 29:15-17
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:  

Jude, a bondservant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James, To those who are called, sanctified by God the Father, and preserved in Jesus Christ… – Jude 1:1

Those who are in Christ are 1) called, 2) sanctified and 3) preserved. When you gave your life to Jesus, God took care of your past, present & future: all in an instant! God takes care of your past by overwhelming your mistakes with His calling. He covers your present by overpowering your insufficiencies with His perfection. God secures your future by preserving your expectations with His protection.

Forget your past. You have been made perfect in the present. Run into the future with confidence that your Father loves you more than you could ever imagine.

Prayer:

Father, thank You that You are the God of the past, the present, and the future! You are outside time, and You have already redeemed my entire life. I trust You, in Jesus’ name.

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Day 341: Mercy Over Sacrifice

The Daily Word: Thursday, December 7th, 2017
Hosea 6:1-9:17
3 John 1:1-14
Psalm 126:1-6
Proverbs 29:12-14
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:  

For I desire mercy and not sacrifice, and the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings. – Hos 6:6

What is the one thing God wants most in the world? Relationship with you! He values relationship with you more than anything else. The people of Israel sacrificed to God all the time; but His message to them was, more than any sacrifice, He wanted to know them!

God sent His Son Jesus Christ to die on the Cross to prove one thing: He is willing to spare no expense to have you with Him for all eternity. Jesus chose death so you can have life. He served as the ultimate sacrifice, so that you can know God face to face.

Prayer:

Father, thank You for the gift of Your Son Jesus Christ. Thank You that I don’t have to rely on sacrifices and burnt offerings to take care of my sin. Jesus died – once for all – so I can know you face to face!

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Day 340: Doing vs. Being

The Daily Word: Wednesday, December 6th, 2017
Hosea 4:1-5:15
2 John 1:1-13
Psalm 125:1-5
Proverbs 29:9-11
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:  

Do good, O Lord, to those who are good, and to those who are upright in their hearts. – Ps 125:4

God is good to those who are good; not to those who do good. Notice the difference. If God were good to those who do good, we would have to earn His favor. But if God is good to those who are good, we don’t have to do anything to activate His goodness; we simply have to be who He created us to be!

God made you a human being; not a human doing. Jesus already did everything that needed to be done. When we believe in Him, we become like Him. We are covered with His goodness, and God’s favor is activated over our lives!

Do less; be more. Jesus did the work, so you can have the rest.

Prayer:

Father, help me to do less; and to be more! I know I already have Your infinite love and your endless affection. Help me to rest in the finished work of the Cross, in Jesus’ name.

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