Day 206: Children of the Promise

The Daily Word: Tuesday, July 25th, 2017
2 Chronicles 14:1-16:14
Romans 9:1-24
Psalm 19:1-14
Proverbs 20:1
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That is, those who are the children of the flesh, these are not the children of God; but the children of the promise are counted as the seed. – Rom 9:8

Your pedigree doesn’t matter to God. Paul explained to the church at Rome that what makes you a Christian isn’t the culture or the household you grew up in; it is what you believe. We are righteous by faith; not by flesh.

God loves underdogs. He used Moses – an orphan who has abandoned by his parents – to break His people free from captivity (Exodus 2). He used David – a shepherd boy who had no formal combat training – to defeat Goliath (1 Sam 17). He used a prostitute named Rahab to deliver the city of Jericho to His people (Joshua 2).

Your background is irrelevant to God. It doesn’t matter where you’re from, or where you’ve been: He plans to use you for great things! So don’t waste any time wishing your past had been easier than it was. God will use your past for ministry in the present. He will take what you have been through, and mold it into a beautiful testimony for His glory.

But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty… – 1 Cor 1:27

Prayer:

Father, thank You for redeeming my past and using me for great things. I know You have amazing plans for my life, and I can’t wait to walk them out in partnership with Your Holy Spirit!

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Day 205: Armed with Strength

The Daily Word: Monday, July 24th, 2017
2 Chronicles 11:1-13:22
Romans 8:26-39
Psalm 18:37-50
Proverbs 19:27-29
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:  

For You have armed me with strength for the battle; you have subdued under me those who rose up against me. – Ps 18:39

God doesn’t promise you won’t face battles in life. Receiving Jesus does not mean you will never have a bad day. However, God does promise to give you strength for the battle; and He promises that by the end of the battle, all those who rise up against you will fall. The battles will come; but God has already given you the victory in Jesus Christ!

You don’t have to fight for victory. You get to fight from victory. Rest in the finished work of the Cross, knowing that your victory is secure.

Prayer:

Father, thank You for the victory in Jesus! I know You arm me with strength for every battle. All my enemies will fall in Jesus’ name.

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Day 204: The Spirit In You

The Daily Word: Sunday, July 23rd, 2017
2 Chronicles 8:11-10:19
Romans 8:9-25
Psalm 18:16-36
Proverbs 19:26
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But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you. – Rom 8:11

The same Holy Spirit who raised Jesus from the dead lives in you! The Author of the Resurrection fills you with supernatural life. He gives strength to your body. He resurrects God’s promises! He fulfills broken dreams, and empowers you to step out and do all the wild and crazy things God has asked you to do!

Death could not defeat Jesus because the Holy Spirit was in Him; and nothing – nothing! – can defeat you because the same Holy Spirit lives in you. 

Prayer:

Father, thank You for filling me with Your Holy Spirit. I know the same Spirit who raised Jesus from the dead gives me supernatural, eternal life. Thank You for Your Holy Spirit, in Jesus’ name!

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Day 203: Closet Christianity

The Daily Word: Saturday, July 22nd, 2017
2 Chronicles 6:12-8:10
Romans 7:14-8:8
Psalm 18:1-15
Proverbs 19:24-25
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Then Solomon stood before the altar of the Lord in the presence of all the assembly of Israel, and spread out his hands (for Solomon had made a bronze platform five cubits long, five cubits wide, and three cubits high, and had set it in the midst of the court; and he stood on it, knelt down on his knees before all the assembly of Israel, and spread out his hands toward heaven)… – 2 Chron 6:12-13

Who knows you’re a Christian? Do your friends know because of the way you live your life? Do your co-workers know because of the way you honor others? Do absolute strangers see the love of God in your eyes, and the thrill of pursuit on your heart, because of the way you chase after God with all that you are?

Solomon learned something from his father, David. He didn’t hide his love for God. Solomon showed all the people of Israel just how much he loved God. He showed them how to completely surrender before Him. This is the mark of a true leader: absolute surrender to God, for all the world to see!

“You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” – Matt 5:14-16

Prayer:

Father, fill me with boldness to be who You call me to be. Fill me with faith to pray for the things You have promised. Fill me with love for the people around me, so I can be a testimony for You everywhere I go!

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Day 202: Corporate Worship

The Daily Word: Friday, July 21st, 2017
2 Chronicles 4:1-6:11
Romans 7:1-13
Psalm 17:1-15
Proverbs 19:22-23
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:  

…indeed it came to pass, when the trumpeters and singers were as one, to make one sound to be heard in praising and thanking the Lord, and when they lifted up their voice with the trumpets and cymbals and instruments of music, and praised the Lord, …that the house, the house of the Lord, was filled with a cloud, so that the priests could not continue ministering because of the cloud; for the glory of the Lord filled the house of God. – 2 Chron 5:13-14

God blesses corporate worship. Can you encounter the presence of God alone in your home, in your personal prayer time? Absolutely. But God does something significant and special when we come together and worship Him in community with other believers.

When the people of Israel came together and praised God “as one,” the presence of God fell. Worship in unity attracts the presence of God! So come on out to church, and let’s get God’s attention.

Prayer:

Father, thank You for blessing corporate worship. I know the wine is in the cluster! Surround me with other believers who are willing to pursue You with their whole hearts, in Jesus’ name.

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Day 201: You Get to Say No

The Daily Word: Thursday, July 20th, 2017
2 Chronicles 1:1-3:17
Romans 6:1-23
Psalm 16:1-11
Proverbs 19:20-21
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:  

Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in its lusts. – Rom 6:12

God gave you authority over your life. He gave you authority over your body. You get to say no to sin by the blood of Jesus. You get to say no to sickness because by His stripes you are healed (Is 53:5). You get to say no to death because Jesus was raised from the dead (Rom 6:9)!

But first, you must say yes to Jesus. Invite Him into your heart, and let Him change you from the inside out. When you say yes to Jesus, everything changes.

For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace. – Rom 6:14

Prayer:

Father, thank You for giving me freedom from all sin. Thank You for blessing me with the authority to say no to the things I don’t want in my life, and yes to all the benefits of the Cross, in Jesus’ name!

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Day 200: Right Where You Are

The Daily Word: Wednesday, July 19th, 2017
1 Chronicles 28:1-29:30
Romans 5:6-21
Psalm 15:1-5
Proverbs 19:18-19
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:  

But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. – Rom 5:8

Jesus didn’t wait until we were perfect to save us. He died for us while we were still sinners! You don’t need to get clean to come to God; it is the blood of Jesus that cleanses you. You don’t need to work on yourself before coming to God; it is He alone who can work in you!

God knows you’re not perfect; but He’ll meet you right where you are. Open your heart and receive His love, just the way you are! Salvation is a gift that repairs every broken thing in your life; and all you have to do is receive it.

Prayer:

Father, thank You for rescuing me from my sin! Thank You for demonstrating Your perfect love toward me, and dying for me while I was still far from perfect. I receive Your supernatural perfection, in Jesus’ name.

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Day 199: Kingdom Authority

The Daily Word: Tuesday, July 18th, 2017
1 Chronicles 26:12-27:34
Romans 4:13-5:5
Psalm 14:1-7
Proverbs 19:17
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:  

Of the Hebronites, Hashabiah and his brethren, one thousand seven hundred able men, had the oversight of Israel on the west side of the Jordan for all the business of the Lord, and in the service of the king. – 1 Chron 26:30

Israel was a big kingdom! King David knew it was impossible to be everywhere at once. So, he delegated trusted officials to carry out business on his behalf. When one of them spoke, it was as if the king himself had spoken. When one of them issued a decree, it was as if the king himself had commanded.

Jesus – the King of kings – has done the same with you! He has a big Kingdom to rule over! But before He returned to heaven, He delegated His authority to all believers (see Mark 16:15-18). That means you and me! When we declare His word, it is as if He has spoken. When we pray, it is as if He Himself prayed!

You have been given authority and power to carry out Kingdom business (Lk 10:19). Are you ready to use it?

Prayer:

Father, thank You for giving me authority over all the power of the enemy. Thank You for giving me dominion over my life, and inviting me to experience the Kingdom of God everywhere I go!

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Day 198: Faith Works!

The Daily Word: Monday, July 17th, 2017
1 Chronicles 24:1-26:11
Romans 4:1-12
Psalm 13:1-6
Proverbs 19:15-16
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:  

Now to him who works, the wages are not counted as grace but as debt. But to him who does not work but believes on Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is accounted for righteousness, just as David also describes the blessedness of the man to whom God imputes righteousness apart from works… – Rom 4:5-6

When you work for God, it is counted as debt; but when you believe in Jesus, it is accounted as righteousness.

Righteousness – right standing with God – is achieved by faith, not by works. There is nothing you can do to earn God’s affection. The only way to get in His good graces is by believing in Jesus (“Him who justifies the ungodly,” v 5). Your salvation has nothing to do with what you’ve done, and everything to do with Whose you are. When you belong to Jesus – no matter who you are, where you’ve been, or what you’ve done – you are a child of God!

Prayer:

Father, thank You that I don’t have to work for righteousness! I recognize that righteousness is a gift; and all I have to do to activate that gift over my life is believe in Jesus. Help me to believe in Him, with all of my heart, in Jesus’ name!

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Day 197: You Are Not Alone!

The Daily Word: Sunday, July 16th, 2017
1 Chronicles 22:1-23:32
Romans 3:9-31
Psalm 12:1-8
Proverbs 19:13-14
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:  

Indeed I have taken much trouble to prepare for the house of the Lord … Moreover there are workmen with you in abundance: …[and] of gold and silver and bronze and iron there is no limit. Arise and begin working, and the Lord be with you.” – 1 Chron 22:14-16

God called Solomon to build something great. Solomon was to build a temple so miraculous that the whole world would take notice of God’s glory! Solomon was a young man when he got the call; but he wasn’t overwhelmed, because he had help. Solomon’s father, David, had made preparations. He had stored up iron, silver, and gold for the project. He had assembled teams of craftsmen to work on the temple. All Solomon had to do was rise up and do the work!

You are just like Solomon. God has called you to great things! But you are not alone. He will send the resources you need (v 14). He will send people to help (v 15)! And He will be with you, strengthening and encouraging you, until the work is done (v 16). Now rise up and do the work!

Prayer:

Father, thank You for making abundant preparation for my life. You have gathered the resources necessary for me to fulfill my calling. You have surrounded me with people who are willing to work with me. I know that no matter what, You are with me!

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