Day 115: Today Is Your Day!

The Daily Word: Wednesday, April 25th, 2018
Judges 4:1-5:31
Luke 22:35-53
Psalm 94:1-23
Proverbs 14:3-4
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Then Deborah said to Barak, “Up! For this is the day in which the Lord has delivered Sisera into your hand. Has not the Lord gone out before you?” So Barak went down from Mount Tabor with ten thousand men following him. – Judges 4:14

Today was the day! Barak had come out to fight the enemy of Israel with ten thousand men. Deborah – the prophetess – prophesied that victory was certain. God had already gone out before Barak to defeat His enemies; and all Barak needed to do was step into the victory!

Today is your day. Up! This is the day in which the Lord has delivered Satan into your hand. Has not the Lord gone out before you? Victory is certain! Jesus has already defeated Satan on the Cross. All you need to do is go out and step into the victory!

Today is your day. God has gone out before you, and Satan is defeated; and that means you have nothing to fear.

Prayer:

Father, thank You for certain victory! Thank You for defeating Satan at the Cross. Thank You there is no enemy I have to fear. You have already achieved a resounding victory over him, in Jesus’ name!

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Day 114: The Power of Communion

The Daily Word: Tuesday, April 24th, 2018
Judges 2:10-3:31
Luke 22:14-34
Psalm 92:1-93:5
Proverbs 14:1-2
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
Then He said to them, “With fervent desire I have desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer…” – Lk 22:15

Jesus sat for Passover with His disciples before He was to be betrayed. He knew the infinite pain and suffering He was about to endure on the Cross; yet all He could say was how glad He was to eat the Passover meal with His disciples. Why? What was so important about this meal?

There is power in Communion. For Jesus and His disciples, it was the Passover; but for us, celebration of this meal is Communion. When we eat of the bread and drink of the cup, we remember that Jesus died on the Cross for our sin. We remember that by His stripes we are healed! We remember that He not only fulfilled the Old Covenant; He enacted a “new covenant in [His] blood, which is shed for [us]” (v 20)!

There was something about the Passover meal – Communion – that would strengthen Jesus to carry the Cross! He knew what He was about to face, but He “fervently desired” (v 15) to eat of the bread and drink of the cup before He faced it.

So, what are you facing? Don’t face it without Communion. Stop your routine this morning and take Communion. Drop by the bodega on your way home and pick up some matzo and grape juice. There is power in Communion! As you take it, you will be filled with the strength to endure whatever comes your way.

Prayer:

Father, thank You for the strength to endure the impossible. Jesus didn’t back away from the Cross; and I refuse to back away from the obstacles facing me. With Your Holy Spirit – and with Communion – I am ready!

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Day 113: Drive the Enemy Out!

The Daily Word: Monday, April 23rd, 2018
Judges 1:1-2:9
Luke 21:29-22:13
Psalm 90:1-91:16
Proverbs 13:24-25
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
“But you have not obeyed My voice. Why have you done this? Therefore I also said, ‘I will not drive them out before you; but they shall be thorns in your side, and their gods shall be a snare to you.’ ” – Judges 2:2-3

The people of Israel were supposed to completely drive out the Canaanites. But they didn’t listen. They were supposed to eliminate every foothold the enemy had. But they didn’t finish the job! The result is perpetual conflict – war after war – in the Middle East that persists until today. The Canaanites would be “thorns in [Israel’s] side” for generations to come.

Don’t leave the enemy a foothold. If God wants you completely healed, believe for complete healing. If God wants your relationship completely restored, believe for complete restoration. If God wants your finances abundantly blessed, believe for blessed abundance! Do not give the enemy one iota of wiggle room. Drive him out of your life: completely, and forever, in Jesus’ name!

Prayer:

Father, give me the persistent strength I need to drive out the enemy from my life. I will not allow him a single inch of wiggle room. I will contend for God’s best, in Jesus’ name!

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Day 111: Ask for Help!

The Daily Word: Saturday, April 21st, 2018
Joshua 22:21-23:16
Luke 20:27-47
Psalm 89:14-37
Proverbs 13:17-19
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
Therefore be very courageous to keep and to do all that is written in the Book of the Law of Moses, lest you turn aside from it to the right hand or to the left… – Josh 23:6

Keeping God’s word is hard. Living a holy life is far from easy! It takes courage to live according to the word of God. And that is why you should never try to do it alone.

Ask God for help. You are filled with the same Spirit, “…who raised Christ from the dead” (Rom 8:11)! That means you never have to worry about keeping God’s commandments yourself; you simply have to yield to God’s Holy Spirit, so He can keep His commandments through you!

Don’t lose heart. Just ask for help! The Holy Spirit will do things through you that you never dreamed were possible.

Prayer:

Father, help me to live according to Your word. Help me to give up vain pursuits in favor of heavenly ones. I pray Your Holy Spirit would work through me, so I can follow You with my whole heart!

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Day 110: God’s Beloved Son

The Daily Word: Friday, April 20th, 2018
Joshua 21:1-22:20
Luke 20:1-26
Psalm 89:1-13
Proverbs 13:15-16
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
Then the owner of the vineyard said, ‘What shall I do? I will send my beloved son. Probably they will respect him when they see him.’ But when the vinedressers saw him, they reasoned among themselves, saying, ‘This is the heir. Come, let us kill him, that the inheritance may be ours.’ – Lk 20:13-14

God loves you. He wants you to know how much He loves you so badly that He sent His beloved Son, Jesus Christ, to tell you.

The Pharisees and the religious leaders didn’t respect Jesus when they saw Him. They didn’t believe He was the Son of God, and they refused to worship Him. In fact, they had so much hate for Him that they not only rejected Him; they also killed Him! But you and I have the chance to respond differently.

God loves you. He sent Jesus to die on the Cross to prove it to you. Will you receive His love?

Prayer:

Father, thank You for the gift of Your Son Jesus Christ! I will receive Him as Lord of my life, and give Him the glory and honor He is due. Thank You, in Jesus’ name!

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Day 109: Your Inheritance

The Daily Word: Thursday, April 19th, 2017
Joshua 19:1-20:9
Luke 19:28-48
Psalm 88:1-18
Proverbs 13:12-14
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
This is the inheritance of the tribe of the children of Dan according to their families, these cities with their villages. – Josh 19:48

Different tribes were sent to different cities. Simeon had his cities (vv 2-8), Zebulun had his cities (v 15), and Issachar and Asher had their own cities too (vv 17-31). In other words, each tribe’s inheritance was different! Each son was sent to a different place.

Your task is not to save the whole world. Jesus already did that! Your calling is simply to go to the “city” or “village” (v 48) where God has called you to go, and preach Jesus Christ! God will give you specific vision for where to live, where to minister, and where to raise a family. Your task is simply to go where He has called you, and believe He has given it into your hand.

Prayer:

Father, I will go wherever You send me! Make me faithful to go into the cities and villages where you have called me. I know I don’t have to save the world; but I do have to open my mouth wherever you tell me to share the name of Jesus!

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Day 108: The Old Fashioned Way

The Daily Word: Wednesday, April 18th, 2018
Joshua 16:1-18:28
Luke 19:1-27
Psalm 87:1-7
Proverbs 13:11
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
Wealth gained by dishonesty will be diminished, but he who gathers by labor will increase. – Prov 13:11

We live in a world full of get-rich-quick schemes. Social media marketers constantly vie for your attention, promising that new followers will translate into financial gain. Authors rave about four-hour workweeks: ways to work less, and vacation more. Hustlers cold-call and stop you on the street, offering thrown-together recipes for overnight success.

But Scripture offers a different approach: don’t take shortcuts. Put the work in. He who gathers by labor will increase.

If you want to build something that lasts, you have to work! Labor is the Hebrew yad (Strong’s H3027), which means “hand.” Your body is filled with God’s Holy Spirit; so when you put your hand – a part of your body – to work, the Holy Spirit will multiply the fruit of your labor. God’s promise is that He will, “…make you abound in all the wok of your hand” (Deut 30:9)! So, put your hand to something, and God will bless it!

Prayer:

Father, fill me with supernatural motivation to work! I want to labor for the things You tell me to labor for. I know that when I put my hand to work, You will bless the work of my hand, in Jesus’ name!

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Day 107: Who Will You Be?

The Daily Word: Tuesday, April 17th, 2018
Joshua 15:1-63
Luke 18:18-43
Psalm 86:1-17
Proverbs 13:9-10
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
So when Jesus heard these things, He said to him, “You still lack one thing. Sell all that you have and distribute to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.” – Lk 18:22

The rich young ruler’s real god was money; not Jesus! Jesus asked him to give up the one thing he saw as more important than God. Jesus asked him to give up the one thing that was interfering with his relationship with Jesus! But he simply could not do it.

Riches were no longer just part of the young ruler’s inventory; they had become his identity. “Rich” was no longer what he had; it was who he was! What are you letting define you that is not God?

You have a choice: will you live for God, or will you live for money? What will your testimony be? Will you be one who was unable to give up everything to follow God? Or will you be one who put his hand to the plow, and never looked back?

Prayer:

Father, I will have no other gods besides You. You are Lord over my life! I want to live for You – no one, and nothing else – in Jesus’ name!

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Day 106: The Reward for Faithfulness

The Daily Word: Monday, April 16th, 2018
Joshua 13:1-14:15
Luke 18:1-17
Psalm 85:1-13
Proverbs 13:7-8
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
Nevertheless my brethren who went up with me made the heart of the people melt, but I wholly followed the Lord my God. – Josh 14:8

Caleb went with eleven other men to spy out the Promised Land. All twelve came back; but only two – Joshua and Caleb – fully trusted God. The rest buckled with fear; but Caleb and Joshua encouraged God’s people to go up and take the land!

Caleb was not swayed by the opinions of others. He did not waver at the promise of God! He did not back down from battle because others were afraid. He “wholly followed the Lord…God;” and he was rewarded for his faithfulness.

While all his peers passed away, Caleb stayed alive. While all the other soldiers died in the wilderness, Caleb got stronger than ever (see v 11). When everyone else was dead and buried, Caleb’s trust in God kept him alive. He not only got to see the promise; he got to own it.

Keep trusting God. If God has given you the land, He will give you the strength to take it. If God says you can do it, it can be done!

Prayer:

Father, make me like Caleb! Help me to believe when everyone else doubts. Help me to move forward while everyone else runs away! I will do everything You have called me to do: nothing more, and nothing less, in Jesus’ name!

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Day 105: On the Offensive

The Daily Word: Sunday, April 15th, 2018
Joshua 11:1-12:24
Luke 17:11-37
Psalm 84:1-12
Proverbs 13:5-6
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
So they went out, they and all their armies with them, as many people as the sand that is on the seashore in multitude, with very many horses and chariots. – Josh 11:4

The enemy seemed stronger than ever. Joshua and Israel were no longer facing just one city; they were now facing armies with, “…as many people as the sand that is on the seashore…with very many horses and chariots!” But when the enemy seems stronger than ever, we get to trust God more than ever. Joshua knew what we should know: our God cannot be defeated. The stronger our enemy seems, the stronger God will be on our behalf!

In response to the enemy’s strength, Joshua did not waver. He did not back down! Instead, he went on the offensive. He attacked all the more aggressively:

So Joshua and all the people of war with him came against them suddenly by the waters of Merom, and they attacked them. – Josh 11:7

Joshua was bold because he had confidence in God! And this bold confidence immediately paid off:

And the Lord delivered [His enemies] into the hand of Israel, who defeated them and chased them to Greater Sidon, to the Brook Misrephoth, and to the Valley of Mizpah eastward; they attacked them until they left none of them remaining. – Josh 11:8

Is the enemy turning up the heat? Go on the offensive. Make a decision to trust God more than ever before, and then go and fight back.

Prayer:

Father, give me the courage to go on the offensive! I know Satan wants nothing more than to see my paralyzed and afraid; but I refuse to show him what he wants to see. I will be bolder and stronger than ever, in Jesus’ name!

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