Day 21: God Delights in You!

CityLight Church’s One Year Bible Reading Plan
Thursday, January 21st, 2016
Genesis 42:18-43:34
Matthew 13:47-14:12
Psalm 18:16-36
Proverbs 4:7-10
For full text click here: http://bit.ly/KtvBXi

Commentary from Pastor Michael White:

He also brought me out into a broad place; He delivered me because He delighted in me. – Ps 18:19

God didn’t deliver you because He had to. He delivered you because He delights in you!

God created you for one purpose: to enjoy intimacy with Him. He welcomes you into Heaven with open arms because He actually wants you in Heaven with Him! There’s nothing better for us than eternity with God. But what if I told you it’s a two-way street: that as far as God is concerned, there’s nothing better than eternity with you?!

God loves you more than you can ever imagine. But He doesn’t just love you; He also likes you. He created you because He wants you around! When you realize the depth of God’s love for you, you will live to show the depth of His love to others.

Prayer:

Father, thank You for Your infinite, impossible love! I know You delight in me. I know You love me, and You also like me! Help me to grasp the simple truth that as much as I love You, You love me infinitely more!

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Day 20: Praying for Our Leaders

CityLight Church’s One Year Bible Reading Plan
Wednesday, January 20th, 2016
Genesis 41:17-42:17
Matthew 13:24-46
Psalm 18:1-15
Proverbs 4:1-6
For full text click here: http://bit.ly/1kOtfTn

Commentary from Pastor Michael White:

Then Joseph said to Pharaoh, “The dreams of Pharaoh are one; God has shown Pharaoh what He is about to do…” – Gen 41:25

Pharaoh was not a Christian. Yet God spoke to him in advance to tell him what was about to happen so he could make preparation. Why did God give him a warning? Why did God speak to someone who didn’t seek Him?

Pharaoh was not a Christian; but he was a leader. God will speak to world leaders and communicate warnings, plans and vision. Pharaoh sought out Joseph – one of God’s people – to interpret his dream. Will you pray that the leaders of our city, our nation, and other nations all over the world do the same?

You certainly will not agree with every policy decision your local and national leaders make. In fact, you might be downright offended by some of the things they say and do. However, it is your responsibility to pray for them. If we don’t pray for them to make wise decisions, and heed God’s warnings, who will?

“There is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God” (Rom 13:1). Our leaders are naked without our prayers. They need your help to make good decisions. Will you make yourself available for prayer?

Prayer:

Father, remind me to pray for the leaders of my city and country every day. Remind me to pray for leaders of nations all over the world. Lord, hear my prayers!

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See commentary from this day in 2014: http://intelligentcharismatic.com/day-20-leave-it-in-the-ground/

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Day 19: Unlikely Success

CityLight Church’s One Year Bible Reading Plan
Tuesday, January 19th, 2016
Genesis 39:1-41:16
Matthew 12:46-13:23
Psalm 17:1-15
Proverbs 3:33-35
For full text click here: http://bit.ly/1dJrj8r

Commentary from Pastor Michael White:

The Lord was with Joseph, and he was a successful man; and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian. – Gen 39:2

Joseph had a bright future. He was his father Jacob’s favorite son, and would someday inherit everything Jacob owned. But then his brothers betrayed him. He was cast into a pit and left for dead. Then, he was sold into slavery and carried to Egypt by a band of Midianites.

Yet through it all, God was working. God knew that one day Canaan would experience a famine, and Jacob and all his house would need food. God knew that Pharaoh had the land and people to produce crops in abundance. All God needed was an entry into the Egyptian palace; so he used Joseph’s captivity as the perfect opportunity to place Joseph as the chief administrator over Egypt, to be in charge of everything Pharaoh owned.

God truly works all things together for our good. This is not to say that God caused Joseph’s captivity; this was clearly the result of the actions of wicked brothers and a lack of discretion on Joseph’s part (maybe he should have kept his dreams to himself). Yet God used everything Joseph’s enemies intended for evil, for good.

God will do the same for you. He will cause you to prosper through the most unlikely circumstances; and it will be your joy to give Him all the glory.

And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. – Rom 8:28

Prayer:

Father, thank You for working all things together for my good! I will not fear because You are God, and You are with me. You can take any situation and use it for Your glory!

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Day 18: A House Divided

CityLight Church’s One Year Bible Reading Plan
Monday, January 18th, 2016
Genesis 37:1-38:30
Matthew 12:22-45
Psalm 16:1-11
Proverbs 3:27-32
For full text click here: http://bit.ly/LgP3Xp

Commentary from Pastor Michael White:

But Jesus knew their thoughts, and said to them: “Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation, and every city or house divided against itself will not stand.” – Matt 12:25

Jesus spent His entire earthly ministry healing the sick, casting out demons, cleansing lepers, and raising the dead. We see His will when it comes to healing in Scripture: “I am willing; be cleansed” (Matt 8:3).

Yet despite the evidence that God heals, there are still Christians who believe God inflicts sickness and disease on His children to teach us a lesson. This could never be the case. Jesus reminded the Pharisees – and He reminds us today – that a house divided against itself will not stand. God would not seek to teach us a lesson by undoing the very things Jesus came to earth to accomplish. God will never put something in us that Jesus would have cast out.

Sickness does not come from God; sickness comes from Satan. We must never say the truly silly thing that we are all tempted to say when suffering arises: God has given this to me. He has not! Every good and perfect gift comes from above (Jas 1:17). Sickness is neither good, nor perfect, and therefore does not come from God.

God is the God Who Heals (Ex 15:26). We must never let what we don’t understand interfere with what we know to be true: God is good, all the time!

Prayer:

Father, thank You that You promise to heal all Your children, all the time! My healing might not always come right away, and the answer to my prayers might not take the shape I expect. But I know You are the God Who Heals, regardless of what my eyes see in front of me!

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See commentary from this day in 2014: http://intelligentcharismatic.com/day-18-judge-not/

See commentary from this day in 2015: http://intelligentcharismatic.com/day-18-are-you-a-dreamer/

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Day 17: Blessed Beyond Measure

CityLight Church’s One Year Bible Reading Plan
Sunday, January 17th, 2016
Genesis 35:1-36:43
Matthew 12:1-21
Psalm 15:1-5
Proverbs 3:21-26
For full text click here: http://bit.ly/1kFAP2H

Commentary from Pastor Michael White:

Then Esau took…all the persons of his household…and all his goods which he had gained in the land of Canaan, and went to a country away from the presence of his brother Jacob. For their possessions were too great for them to dwell together… – Gen 36:6-7

God wants you blessed. When God created mankind, the first action he took towards us was to bless us (Gen 1:28). When God cleansed the world for Noah and his family, the first thing He did after the flood was bless them (Gen 9:1). God’s intention has always been, and will always be, to see you blessed.

Esau’s life was far from perfect. He gave up his birthright to his little brother, Jacob (Gen 25:33). Then, Jacob stole Esau’s blessing (Gen 27:35)! But even after a significant screw-up and a major theft, the verses above say that Esau’s possessions were still so numerous that he couldn’t even live in the same country as Jacob because their possessions were too great. Not bad for a guy who gave up his inheritance!

Our God is abundant. Jacob and Esau both faced trials and tribulation, yet God blessed them beyond measure. I know your life hasn’t been perfect: you’ve made some mistakes, and things haven’t gone as planned. Maybe you’ve even had what was rightfully yours stolen from you, just like Esau. But God still wants you blessed beyond your wildest dreams. He will restore what you’ve lost, and make you great!

Prayer:

Father, I believe You want me blessed with all my heart. If there’s anything I am doing to stand in the way of You getting Your best to me, I want to know! Help me to live a life of purpose for Your Kingdom expansion, in Jesus’ name!

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Day 16: Violent Force

CityLight Church’s One Year Bible Reading Plan
Saturday, January 16th, 2016
Genesis 32:13-34:31
Matthew 11:7-30
Psalm 14:1-7
Proverbs 3:19-20
For full text click here: http://bit.ly/1eMaaKt

Commentary from Pastor Michael White:

And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force. – Matt 11:12

‘Violent ‘ is the Greek biastes (Strong’s #973), which means strong and forceful. Jesus is not telling us to be violent with our neighbors; that would clearly contradict His command to love our neighbor as God loves us (Jn 13:34-35). He is telling us to be violent with the powers and principalities that would seek to rule over this world in place of Jesus. Jesus commands us to be forceful with Satan: to clearly establish the territory that belongs to God, and defend it in the name of Jesus.

Your body is the temple of God’s Holy Spirit (1 Cor 3:16). Satan has no right to occupy your body in the form of sickness and disease. Will you push him out in the name of Jesus, and reclaim a healthy body for God’s glory?

Today is the day you stop letting Satan walk all over you! Our privilege as Christians is to retake territory from Satan that rightfully belongs to God, in the name of Jesus. Scripture says that creation groans in anticipation of the day when we will take the world back with prayers full of passion and purpose (Rom 8:22).

Don’t settle for luke-warm, powerless Christianity. Jacob wrestled with God for his blessing. He refused to let go, and he was blessed as a result of his persistence. You get to boldly approach the throne of grace (Heb 4:16), knowing that God will satisfy your every need! You get to cast out demons, heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, and raise the dead in the name of Jesus! Because you are in Jesus, you get to tell Satan to flee; not the other way around!

Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth… – Phil 2:9-10

Prayer:

Father, make me passionate for the things of God! Encourage me to use the name Jesus in prayer with fervency and boldness. I am not going to let Satan have any part of my life, in Jesus’ name!

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See commentary from this day in 2014: http://intelligentcharismatic.com/day-16-dont-expect-the-worst/

See commentary from this day in 2015: http://intelligentcharismatic.com/day-16-the-least-is-greater/

© Michael D. White, 2016. All rights reserved.

Day 15: Be Commanding!

CityLight Church’s One Year Bible Reading Plan
Friday, January 15th, 2016
Genesis 31:17-32:12
Matthew 10:24-11:6
Psalm 13:1-6
Proverbs 3:16-18
For full text click here: http://bit.ly/1aR60ht

Commentary from Pastor Michael White:

Now it came to pass, when Jesus finished commanding His twelve disciples, that He departed from there to teach and to preach in their cities. – Matthew 11:1

Jesus did not simply ask His disciples to heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead and preach the Gospel to the poor (v 5); He commanded them. The disciples could have responded with insolence and rage because Jesus was telling them what do to. “Who does this Jesus think He is?” they might have asked. “He can’t tell me what to do!” they might have contended.

Yet the disciples didn’t argue. They understood an important principle: Jesus commands us so that we might command in His name. Jesus commands us to go out and do everything we see Him do in Scripture. When we stop arguing and submit to His commands, Heaven invades earth. We can command blind eyes to see, lame legs to walk, lepers to be cleansed, and deaf ears to hear in the name of Jesus! We can command the dead to be raised up, and closed hearts to open to the Gospel message, in the name of Jesus!

Do your prayers lack power? If you want to command powers and principalities, you have to allow yourself to be commanded by the Prince of Power who is above all principalities. Humble yourself at the feet of Jesus, and listen to His voice. Know that it is only when we submit to Him and His commands that every sickness and disease will submit to us!

Prayer:

Father, thank You that nothing You command us to do in Your word is scary; it’s all exciting! I want to see the sick healed, the dead raised, and the lepers cleansed in the name of Jesus! Help me to boldly command the wicked things of this world to flee, knowing that you command me to command them!

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See commentary from this day in 2014: http://intelligentcharismatic.com/day-15-demonstrations-of-power/

See commentary from this day in 2015: http://intelligentcharismatic.com/day-15-put-him-in-remembrance/

© Michael D. White, 2016. All rights reserved.

Day 14: Ask God and No One Else

CityLight Church’s One Year Bible Reading Plan
Thursday, January 14th, 2016
Genesis 30:1-31:16
Matthew 10:1-23
Psalm 12:1-8
Proverbs 3:13-15
For full text click here: http://bit.ly/KTWh48

Commentary from Pastor Michael White:

Now when Rachel saw that she bore Jacob no children, Rachel envied her sister, and said to Jacob, “Give me children, or else I die!” – Gen 30:1

Rachel asked Jacob for something only God could give her. She was fed up and frustrated that she didn’t have a child, so she yelled at Jacob: give me what I need now!

Rachel was filled with anxiety because she looked to her husband to supply something that only comes from God. The request was spot on; but the direction of the request was off. Are you placing any unrealistic or unfair demands on your loved ones? Are you asking them for anything they cannot realistically provide?

All good gifts things come from above (Jas 1:17). If we seek prosperity from our employer, happiness from our spouse, or peace from our government, we will be sorely disappointed. Only God can satisfy our deepest longings and our most urgent desires. So, ask Him!

And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. – Phil 4:19

Prayer:

Father, help me to remember that You are the source of every blessing in this life. I don’t want to waste time barking up the wrong tree. Turn my heart back to You, in Jesus’ name!

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Day 13: Never Say Never

CityLight Church’s One Year Bible Reading Plan
Wednesday, January 13th, 2016
Genesis 28:1-29:35
Matthew 9:18-38
Psalm 11:1-7
Proverbs 3:11-12
For full text click here: http://bit.ly/1ekqsf8

Commentary from Pastor Michael White:

Behold, I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land; for I will not leave you until I have done what I have spoken to you. – Gen 28:15    

God will not leave you until He has done what He has spoken to you! If you’re still alive and kicking, and God is still here, then there’s still plenty of time.

Scripture makes one thing abundantly clear: God does not give up on us. The only way His blessings won’t come to pass over your life is if you give up on Him! Sometimes (ok…more often than not) God’s will takes some time to unfold. We are preoccupied with time, and want things to happen yesterday; God, on the other hand, is immune to time, and doesn’t always share our concern with immediacy. But God will see His work through until completion!

We must learn to take comfort in His presence, instead of only in progress. Even if God is moving more slowly than we would like Him to, we still must wait in patient faith! God will never leave you. He will do what He has promised to do: always and forever, Amen.

Prayer:

Father, thank You for Your faithfulness. You are strong, and You are steadfast. You will accomplish every single thing You have spoken over me, in Jesus’ name!!

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See commentary from this day in 2014: http://intelligentcharismatic.com/day-13-dont-get-duped/

See commentary from this day in 2015: http://intelligentcharismatic.com/day-13-just-a-touch/

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Day 12: Blessing Others

CityLight Church’s One Year Bible Reading Plan
Tuesday, January 12th, 2016
Genesis 26:17-27:46
Matthew 9:1-17
Psalm 10:16-18
Proverbs 3:9-10
For full text click here: http://bit.ly/1cUy977

Commentary from Pastor Michael White:

Then Isaac answered and said to Esau, “Indeed I have made him your master, and all his brethren I have given to him as servants; with grain and wine I have sustained him. What shall I do now for you, my son?” – Gen 27:37

Isaac’s blessings were powerful because God was with him, just as He had been with Abraham. Isaac blessed Jacob, “in the presence of the Lord” (v 7). When we bless in the name of Jesus, in the presence of the Lord, our words carry infinite weight!

Your words are powerful. If you speak blessings over other people in the name of Jesus, they will be blessed! Our senses have been deadened to the impact a spoken blessing can have on other people. We say “Bless you” when someone sneezes and don’t think anything of it. But our spoken blessings carry weight. God blesses us so that we can bless others: in word, and in deed.

Pray for your friends, family, and loved ones. Bless them – out loud – in the name of Jesus. As you do, they will be blessed!

Prayer:

Father, thank You for calling me to bless others. I bless my friends and family in the name of Jesus. I know that if You bless someone, he or she can never be cursed!

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See commentary from this day in 2014: http://intelligentcharismatic.com/day-12-want-proof/

See commentary from this day in 2015: http://intelligentcharismatic.com/day-12-god-in-the-unlikeliest-of-places/

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