Day 181: The One True God

2 Kings 17:1-18:12

Acts 20:1-38

Psalm 148:1-14

Proverbs 18:6-7

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CityLight Pastor Commentary:

“Shalmaneser king of Assyria came up against him; and Hoshea became his vassal, and paid him tribute money” (2 Kings 17:3). The Kings of Israel fell into a dangerous pattern. They did not follow God’s word, and God could not protect them as a result. They no longer gave God permission to bless them, as was always His intent, because they lusted after other gods. Hoshea became a servant to a foreign king and paid him tribute. Whenever we lust after anything or anyone besides the One True God, we become a servant to that thing or person. We pay tribute in one form or another, because the wages of sin is death (Rom 6:23). We cannot serve two masters. Follow the One True God, and let Him shower you with blessing and favor!

Prayer:

Father, I want to follow You in every area of my life! Help me never to lust after money, or fame, or another person. I only want to live for You!

Day 180: You Are Loved!

2 Kings 15:1-16:20

Acts 19:13-41

Psalm 147:1-20

Proverbs 18:4-5

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CityLight Pastor Commentary:

“He counts the number of the stars; He calls them all by name” (Ps 147:4). You are significant, and you are loved! There are 7.172 billion people on the planet. In contrast, there are at least a septillion stars: that’s a 1 with 24 zeros added to it! Yet God calls them all by name. If He can intimately know 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 stars, don’t you think He can intimately know your wants, needs and desires? God loves you. More than that, He likes you. He has the hairs on your head numbered, and He calls you His child.

Prayer:

Father, You know me by name. You have every single inch of me memorized. You know my most intimate secrets, along with my wants and desires. I love You!

Day 179: Be Contagious

2 Kings 13:1-14:29

Acts 18:23-19:12

Psalm 146:1-10

Proverbs 18:2-3

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CityLight Pastor Commentary:

“So it was, as they were burying a man…when the man was let down and touched the bones of Elisha, he revived and stood on his feet” (2 Kings 13:21). Even after Elisha was dead and gone, his bones were still so anointed that a dead man was raised to life after touching them! We see a similar story with Paul in Acts 19: even handkerchiefs or aprons that touched Paul’s body healed the sick! As Christians, we are meant to be contagious. There should be something life-giving about us that other people want to be around. The same Spirit who raised Jesus from the dead gives life to our bodies (Rom 8:11), so let’s live like it!

Prayer:

Father, fill me with Your Holy Spirit! I want to be so anointed that my clothes carry Your Presence. Confirm Your word in me as You perform signs, wonders and miracles through my hands!

Day 178: In This City

2 Kings 10:32-12:21

Acts 18:1-22

Psalm 145:1-21

Proverbs 18:1

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CityLight Pastor Commentary:

“Do not be afraid…for I am with you, and no one will attack you to hurt you; for I have many people in this city” (Acts 18:9-10). New York City has 8.4mm residents. But it can still be the loneliest place in the world. The good news is God has an infinite social circle. When you need good, supportive friends, ask Him for some. Your local church is a great place to start. On top of that, God will also fill your life with divine appointments and connections if you let Him. He will introduce you to people who support you no matter what, and friends who stay with you through thick and thin. He might even introduce you to your husband or wife! He has many people in New York City; so we should never feel alone.

Prayer:

Father, fill my life with divine friendships, connections and appointments! Grow my social circle the way You want it to be grown: with constructive, supportive relationships that turn me towards the Cross, and never away from You!

Day 177: Got An Itch?

2 Kings 9:14-10:31

Acts 17:1-34

Psalm 144:1-15

Proverbs 17:27-28

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CityLight Pastor Commentary:

“And He has made from one blood every nation of men…so that they should seek the Lord, in the hope that they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us” (Acts 17:26-27). Are you curious about God? Do you wonder about eternal life? Are you sure something bigger than this life exists, but not sure exactly what? God made you that way. He implanted you with curiosity and confidence that the supernatural exists. He has given you those characteristics so that you will find Him through faith in His Son, Jesus Christ. Scratch the itch. Don’t spend your whole life wondering if God exists. He promises that when we reach for Him, He won’t be far.

Prayer:

Father, thank You for making us to find You! Thank You for filling us with curiosity and an instinctual desire to know You! Help me to grow in intimacy with You through Your Son Jesus Christ!

Day 176: Shaken

2 Kings 8:1-9:13

Acts 16:16-40

Psalm 143:1-12

Proverbs 17:26

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CityLight Pastor Commentary:

“Suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened and everyone’s chains were loosed” (Acts 16:26).What was the purpose of God rescuing Paul from prison? It wasn’t physical freedom; we see Paul back in prison voluntarily in Acts 16:36 so he can declare his right to lawful treatment a as a Roman citizen. God shook the earth and opened the doors of the prison for one purpose: salvation. Paul was able to use the supernatural event to preach the Gospel to the jailer and lead his entire household to eternal life in Christ Jesus! The question is this: when God does something supernatural in your life, do you use it to your own advantage? Or do you use it as an opportunity to preach the Gospel and lead even your oppressors to salvation through Jesus Christ?

Prayer:

Father, thank You for performing miracles in my life. Help me to remember to use them as an opportunity to preach the Gospel to everyone I can!

Day 175: Overwhelmed by Kindness

2 Kings 6:1-7:20

Acts 15:36-16:15

Psalm 142:1-7

Proverbs 17:24-25

 

CityLight Pastor Commentary:

“But he answered, ‘You shall not kill them. Would you kill those whom you have taken captive with your sword and your bow? Set food and water before them, that they may eat and drink and go to their master’”(2 Kings 6:2). When Elisha led the Syrian army into the capital of Israel, the king of Israel wanted to kill them. After all, if he killed the entire army, how would the Syrians ever attack Israel again? But Elisha had another idea: overwhelm them with kindness. God had given the opposing army into their hands, so the people of Israel gave them a great feast! They set food and water before them, and then sent them home with full bellies. The Syrians were so impacted by that decision – to radically love an enemy – that they never bothered the people of Israel again!

 

Prayer:

Father, help me to overwhelm the people around me with compassion and kindness! Help me to love my enemies, and demonstrate the Gospel of Jesus Christ through my actions.

Day 174: Heavy Burden

2 Kings 4:18-5:27

Acts 15:1-35

Psalm 141:1-10

Proverbs 17:23

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CityLight Pastor Commentary:

“Now therefore, why do you test God by putting a yoke on the neck of the disciples which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear?” (Acts 15:10) There will always be those who seek to add to the requirements of righteousness. The elders at Jerusalem recognized that no unnecessary burdens should be added to the early church, and we should recognize that as well. Righteousness comes only by faith in Jesus Christ. There is nothing any one of us can do to earn our salvation; Jesus Christ earned it on our behalf, once and for all, when He died for our sins on the Cross. Rejoice in the fact that salvation comes by faith in Jesus Christ, and accept His free gift of eternal life to us!

Prayer:

Father, thank You that Your Son Jesus Christ earned the victory for us on the Cross! I know that righteousness comes by faith in Jesus Christ alone. I accept, and I believe in You!

Day One Update from Nebaj, Guatemala!

This country is inexplicably beautiful. We arrived in Guatemala City, a congested metropolis of five million people.  In an hour, we were in a different world.  The world turned into a five… million shades of green. The landscape is spread out in the shape of an unmade bed, now rolling hills covered with deep green trees, then crags and valleys that appear out of nowhere, with crops planted in steppes on impossibly steep slopes. Each small town seems to start with a shop which prominently features potato chips in large displays.  As the sun went down in the valleys, a mist covered the hills in a way that made it seem like the Lord had more greys and blues than I had known before.

Each town also seems to have a church.  Mike McComb shared with the team that in the last year, there’s been an explosion of people coming to Christ in Guatemala.  The team is excited to be a part of what the Lord is doing here.  Tomorrow the construction team will start on the fence around the McComb’s in the morning, and the Kids’ Outreach team will meet to go over what they will present to the children.  We’ll all join together for service tomorrow night.
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Day 173: Importance of Worship

2 Kings 3:1-4:17

Acts 14:8-28

Psalm 140:1-13

Proverbs 17:22

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CityLight Pastor Commentary:

“Then it happened, when the musician played, that the hand of the Lord came upon him” (2 Kings 3:15). The kings of Israel and Judah wanted to know God’s will, so they sought out Elisha the prophet. Before he heard from God, Elisha called for a musician; and it wasn’t until the musician started playing that Elisha heard God speaking. There is amazing power in worship. When we are in seasons of drought, worship refreshes our souls. When we are in seasons of silence, worship can bring God’s word to our ears. When we get to heaven, we will worship with all the heavenly host. So why not start practicing now?

Prayer:

Father, I want to worship You! Help me to praise You at all times. Help me to worship with reckless abandon. I know that worship brings revelation and breakthrough, and I thank You for it in Jesus’ Name!

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