Day 243: Use Your Voice!

CityLight Church’s One Year Bible Reading Plan
Wednesday, August 31st, 2016
Job 37:1-39:30
2 Corinthians 4:13-5:10
Psalm 44:9-26
Proverbs 22:13
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:

And since we have the same spirit of faith, according to what is written, “I believed and therefore I spoke,” we also believe and therefore speak, knowing that He who raised up the Lord Jesus will also raise us up with Jesus, and will present us with you. – 2 Cor 4:13-14

Use your voice! Speak what you believe. Declare the word of God everyone you go! You are made in the image of God (Gen 1:27), and you have creative power in your voice. The same way He spoke His word and creation was formed, you can speak His word and declare light in dark places.

If you ever don’t know what to speak, ask God for help! You are filled with God’s Holy Spirit, and that means you never have to pray alone. The Holy Spirit will speak through you, and deliver the words you need. The same Holy Spirit who empowered Jesus to proclaim healing and deliverance empowers you! The same Holy Spirit who filled Jesus’ prayers with faith fills yours!

Prayer:

Father, help me to pray with power. I pray that my prayers would pack a punch. I pray they would be anointed by Your Holy Spirit, in Jesus’ name!

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See commentary from this day in 2014: http://intelligentcharismatic.com/day-243-whats-really-important/

See commentary from this day in 2015: http://intelligentcharismatic.com/day-243-peace-and-understanding/

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

Day 242: Dealing with Blindness

CityLight Church’s One Year Bible Reading Plan
Tuesday, August 30th, 2016
Job 34:1-36:33
2 Corinthians 4:1-12
Psalm 44:1-8
Proverbs 22:10-12
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:

But even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them. – 2 Cor 4:3-4

Don’t get frustrated if someone you know just won’t receive the gospel. Pray their eyes would be opened!

The enemy’s goal is to blind men and women to the truth of the gospel. If someone will not receive Jesus as Lord, their eyes might be blinded by the god of this age. You don’t need a more clever argument to convince them they need Jesus; you simply need to pray their eyes would be opened!

No one comes to Jesus unless the Father draws him (Jn 6:44). Pray that all blindness would be removed! Satan is no match for the blood of Jesus; and blindness is no match for your prayers.

Prayer:

Father, I rebuke blindness in my friends, family members, and coworkers. I ask that You would open their eyes so they can see the truth of the gospel. Show them why they need Jesus, and open up divine opportunities for me to share the gospel with them!

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See commentary from this day in 2014: http://intelligentcharismatic.com/day-242-god-is-good/

See commentary from this day in 2015: http://intelligentcharismatic.com/day-242-the-road-to-prosperity/

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

Day 241: God’s Righteousness

CityLight Church’s One Year Bible Reading Plan
Monday, August 29th, 2016
Job 31:1-33:33
2 Corinthians 3:1-18
Psalm 43:1-5
Proverbs 22:8-9
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:

He shall pray to God, and He will delight in him, he shall see His face with joy, for He restores to man His righteousness. – Job 33:26

God doesn’t just give us the reward we deserve; He gives us the reward only Jesus deserves. God restores His righteousness to us. He created us to carry His righteousness: to be molded into the image and likeness of Jesus Christ. As we pray to God, three things happen: He delights in us, we shall see His face with joy, and God will restore His righteousness to us!

Jesus took the punishment you deserve on the Cross. In exchange, He gives you His righteousness. Don’t settle for what you think you deserve; hold out for what Scripture says is yours. Trust in Jesus, and walk out the calling God has put on your life!

Prayer:

Father, I receive Your righteousness in Jesus’ name. I trust in the finished work of the Cross. I believe Jesus died as my Substitute, so I can inherit the righteous reward only He deserves!

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See commentary from this day in 2014: http://intelligentcharismatic.com/day-241-be-an-epistle/

See commentary from this day in 2015: http://intelligentcharismatic.com/day-241-to-the-cross/

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

Day 240: Encourage Yourself!

CityLight Church’s One Year Bible Reading Plan
Sunday, August 28th, 2016
Job 28:1-30:31
2 Corinthians 2:12-17
Psalm 42:1-11
Proverbs 22:7
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:

Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him for the help of His countenance. – Ps 42:5

David spoke to his soul. He encouraged himself. He reminded himself to hope in God, to believe in His word for the fulfillment of all His promises, and to praise until every single one of those promises came to pass.

David strengthened himself in the Lord. When you need encouragement, to whom do you turn? David turned to God first. Then, when he was refreshed, he encouraged himself. He was filled with God’s word! He praised God no matter what! He encouraged himself until he felt strong enough to go out and do everything God had called him to do.

Speaking happens out loud. Speak to your soul. Proclaim the word of God over your life until you feel refreshed. Encourage yourself! You don’t need someone else to give you a pep talk. You are filled with God’s Holy Spirit, and full of His love. You should be the most encouraging person you know!

Prayer:

Father, give me the strength to encourage myself. I am filled with Your Holy Spirit. I am full of Your word, and saturated in Your love. Help me to be encouraged, in Jesus’ name!

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See commentary from this day in 2014: http://intelligentcharismatic.com/day-240-speak-to-your-soul/

See commentary from this day in 2015: http://intelligentcharismatic.com/day-240-spiritual-gut-check/

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

Day 239: You Are Loved!

CityLight Church’s One Year Bible Reading Plan
Saturday, August 27th, 2016
Job 23:1-27:23
2 Corinthians 1:12-2:11
Psalm 41:1-13
Proverbs 22:5-6
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:

Would He contend with me in His great power? No! But He would take note of me. – Job 23:6

Job knew he could never win an argument with God. He didn’t want to start a fight; he simply wanted God to notice him! If only Job knew God had not only already noticed him, but loved him from the start!

Recall in Job 1, God was bragging about Job! He said there was, “…none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man” (Job 1:8). Job thought he was a nobody; but he was really the focus of God’s attention.

Even when you feel like God doesn’t see you, He does. Even if you feel like God doesn’t love you, He does! You don’t need to contend with God so He will “take note” of you. He knows you, and He loves you: no matter what.

Prayer:

Father, thank You for loving me unconditionally! I know there is nothing I can do to stop Your love. Help me to know that I am loved, every day of my life.

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See commentary from this day in 2014: http://intelligentcharismatic.com/day-239-forgiveness/

See commentary from this day in 2015: http://intelligentcharismatic.com/day-239-spirit-filled-prayer/

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

Day 238: God Will Deliver!

CityLight Church’s One Year Bible Reading Plan
Friday, August 26th, 2016
Job 20:1-22:30
2 Corinthians 1:1-11
Psalm 40:11-17
Proverbs 22:2-4
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:

Yes, we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves but in God who raises the dead, who delivered us from so great a death, and does deliver us; in whom we trust that He will still deliver us… – 2 Cor 1:9-10

When you become a Christian, it doesn’t mean your life will be easy. Your conversion doesn’t guarantee you will never suffer again. Paul and Timothy didn’t want the early church to be ignorant of the fact that suffering exists, even for Christians. In fact, they honestly admitted their suffering had been so great that they “despaired even of life” (v 9).

However, they saw purpose in their suffering. Their suffering made them trust God more.

God will deliver you from suffering when you trust in Him. It is important to know that God does not cause suffering: for if He caused both suffering and deliverance from suffering, He would be divided, and a house divided cannot stand (Mk 3:25). Suffering comes from Satan, and deliverance comes from God. God will, however, work good through your suffering.

Trust God! He will deliver you from suffering. He is never the Originator of suffering, but He always promises to work good through everything you experience, for His glory.

Prayer:

Father, strengthen me to trust in You more than ever! You are the God Who Delivers, and I will trust in You. I know You work all things together for good, in Jesus’ name.

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See commentary from this day in 2014: http://intelligentcharismatic.com/day-238-comforting-others/

See commentary from this day in 2015: http://intelligentcharismatic.com/day-238-powerful-prayer/

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

Day 237: Confronting Conflict Head On

CityLight Church’s One Year Bible Reading Plan
Thursday, August 25th, 2016
Job 16:1-19:29
1 Corinthians 16:1-24
Psalm 40:1-10
Proverbs 22:1
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:

But I will tarry in Ephesus until Pentecost. For a great and effective door has opened to me, and there are many adversaries. – 1 Cor 16:8-9

Paul was not intimidated by adversaries; he was excited by the prospect of defeating them! He would not miss out on his chance to preach the gospel in a region with heavy opposition. Paul understood a simple truth: with opposition comes opportunity.

Don’t run from conflict; run to it. God has already given you the victory! Opposition is sometimes a sign that you are on the right track, and the enemy is trying to slow you down. So give him all you’ve got!

Prayer:

Father, give me the courage to tackle opposition head-on. I declare that I will not back down from tough situations in Jesus’ name. I know that every time I face conflict, I grow!

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See commentary from this day in 2014: http://intelligentcharismatic.com/day-237-delight-in-god/

See commentary from this day in 2015: http://intelligentcharismatic.com/day-237-open-doors/

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

Day 236: There Is More!

CityLight Church’s One Year Bible Reading Plan
Wednesday, August 24th, 2016
Job 12:1-15:35
1 Corinthians 15:29-58
Psalm 39:1-13
Proverbs 21:30-31
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:

Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God… – 1 Cor 15:50

We will not fully inherit the kingdom of God until we are in Heaven with Jesus. But this should not cause frustration; it should inspire hope! Why? Because that means no matter how much satisfaction and joy you can know on this earth, there is always more. So if you think you’ve experienced the goodness and love of God in this life, you have a nice surprise waiting for you in the next!

No matter how much fulfillment you have experienced on earth, there is always more! No matter how much you think you already understand God’s heart, there is always more! God is infinite, and it will take all of eternity to experience the fullness of His joy. I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait!

Prayer:

Father, thank You there is always more. Thank You that I am destined to inherit the kingdom of God. Help me to appreciate all the blessings You have given me in life, because I know they are just a shadow of things to come, in Jesus’ name!

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See commentary from this day in 2014: http://intelligentcharismatic.com/day-236-victory/

See commentary from this day in 2015: http://intelligentcharismatic.com/day-236-death-is-a-myth/

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

Day 235: How to Be Perfect

CityLight Church’s One Year Bible Reading Plan
Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016
Job 8:1-11:20
1 Corinthians 15:1-28
Psalm 38:1-22
Proverbs 21:28-29
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:

But how can a man be righteous before God? – Job 9:2

To be righteous means to be “morally right or justifiable; virtuous.”[1] Righteousness means right standing with God: the ability to stand before Him with nothing to hide, because you have done nothing wrong.

We need to be righteous if we want to get into Heaven. We must be righteous if we want God to hear our prayers! God is perfect and holy: He does not allow sin in His presence! But none of us is perfect. So what are we supposed to do?

Trust in Jesus. Jesus was righteous for you. He hung on the Cross and took the punishment you deserve, so that you could inherit His righteousness when you believe in Him.  Scripture says that we are righteous, “through faith in Jesus Christ” (Rom 3:22). When you trust in Jesus and confess Him as Lord, you are righteous – perfect before God!

If your reward depends on our own personal righteousness, you will be condemned. But if your reward depends on Jesus’ righteousness, you are worthy of it all: all of God’s love, and all His affection!

Prayer:

Father, thank You for making me righteous by faith. I know my own works don’t make me righteous; but Jesus’ work does! I put my faith in Jesus for the forgiveness of all my sins: past, present and future.

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See commentary from this day in 2014: http://intelligentcharismatic.com/day-235-christ-our-mediator/

See commentary from this day in 2015: http://intelligentcharismatic.com/day-235-hope/

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


[1] Google dictionary

Day 234: Why Does Suffering Exist?

CityLight Church’s One Year Bible Reading Plan
Monday, August 22nd, 2016
Job 4:1-7:21
1 Corinthians 14:18-40
Psalm 37:30-40
Proverbs 21:27
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:

Behold, happy is the man whom God corrects; Therefore do not despise the chastening of the Almighty. – Job 5:17

Job’s friends incorrectly attributed Job’s suffering to God. God was not the source of Job’s calamity; Satan was. We see this clearly in Job 1:9-12, as Satan asks for Job:

And the Lord said to Satan, “Behold, all that he has is in your power; only do not lay a hand on his person.” – Job 1:12

Under the Old Covenant, there was no mediator between Satan and God; so when Satan asked for Job, God gave him up. But under our New Covenant with God through Jesus Christ, we have a Mediator! Whenever Satan accuses us in front of God, Jesus is now seated at the right hand of the Father to put His hand up and say, “I don’t think so! (S)He’s with me!”

We see the New Testament equivalent of Satan asking for Job in Luke 22, as Satan asks for Peter:

And the Lord said, “Simon, Simon! Indeed, Satan has asked for you, that he may sift you as wheat. But I have prayed for you”… – Lk 22:31-32a

But this time the outcome was different because Jesus was involved. With Jesus as his Mediator, Peter was protected. Satan wanted to attack Peter, the same way he attacked Job, but Jesus prayed for him!

Jesus is your Protector; not your Destroyer. Whenever Satan asks to attack you, Jesus says no! Faulty New Testament theology erupts from the assumption that God still punishes us when we sin. Jesus Christ received the punishment we deserve, so that we would no longer have to endure it.

Prayer:

Father, thank You for being so good to me! Thank You for protecting me at all times. I know You protect me: every step of the way, and every step I take, in Jesus’ name!

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See commentary from this day in 2014: http://intelligentcharismatic.com/day-234-shhhhhh/

See commentary from this day in 2015: http://intelligentcharismatic.com/day-234-avoiding-faulty-thinking/

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

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