Day 292: Great & Mighty Prayers

The Daily Word: Thursday, October 19th, 2017
Jeremiah 33:1-34:22
1 Timothy 4:1-16
Psalm 89:1-13
Proverbs 25:23-24
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Moreover the word of the Lord came to Jeremiah a second time, while he was still shut up in the court of the prison, saying…”Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.” – Jer 33:1,3

God wants your prayers to be bigger. Right now you’re praying according to your life experience. There is a certain level of breakthrough you believe is possible based on what you’ve seen God do before. But God wants to show you more! He wants to expand your definition of “possible,” because, “…with God all things are possible” (Matt 19:26)!

When we call to God, He will answer. He will shatter our expectations of what is possible, and show us the great and mighty things He wants us to pray for! There are things God wants you to pray for that you don’t even know! And the only way to find out is to ask.

Prayer:

God, if my prayers are too small in any area of my life, I want to know! Shoe me the great and mighty things You want me to pray for. Expand my definition of what is possible, in Jesus’ name!

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Day 291: All In

The Daily Word: Wednesday, October 18th, 2017
Jeremiah 31:27-32:44
1 Timothy 3:1-16
Psalm 88:1-18
Proverbs 25:20-22
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“And You have said to me, O Lord God, ‘Buy the field for money, and take witnesses’!—yet the city has been given into the hand of the Chaldeans.” Then the word of the Lord came to Jeremiah, saying, “Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh. Is there anything too hard for Me”? – Jer 32:25-27

Judah was facing imminent destruction; but Jeremiah was buying a field! No one had any interest in property, because everyone knew the city would be destroyed; but God called Jeremiah to buy in to His promises, and show the whole city his confidence that God would restore His people. “I will bring them back to this place, and I will cause them to dwell safely,” said the Lord (v 37). Then He called Jeremiah to put his faith into action.

Talking about the promises of God is one thing; but acting on them is another. Sometimes faith means doing things that would make your unsaved friends go, “Huh?!” God’s abundance means that even when everyone around you is panicking, you will have the patience and the confidence to trust in God.

Prayer:

Father, nothing is too hard for You! Help me to trust You with all my heart. When the rest of the world runs for cover, help me to boldly buy in to Your promise!

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Day 290: Pray!

The Daily Word: Tuesday, October 17th, 2017
Jeremiah 30:1-31:26
1 Timothy 2:1-15
Psalm 87:1-7
Proverbs 25:18-19
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I desire therefore that the men pray everywhere, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting… – 1 Tim 2:8

Prayer is the most important thing we can ever do. Jesus often “withdrew” to a quiet place to pray (Lk 5:16). Paul encouraged the early church to “pray without ceasing” (1 Thess 5:17). In today’s reading, we are encouraged to pray “everywhere” – with our hands lifted high, and with no doubt in our minds that God will do what He promised to do!

There are different types of prayer (see verse 1). Supplication means making a personal request to God. Intercession means making a request on behalf of someone else. Thanksgiving is grateful prayer that honors God for His faithfulness in doing everything He has said He would do. God gave us so many types of prayer so it would never get old! No matter what we are going through, there is prayer that will convey our emotions to God, and position us to receive what God wants us to have!

Prayer is the most important thing. Let’s never forget it!

Prayer:

Father, help me to never forget the importance of prayer. I know my number one job – every day – is to pray. Help me to never forget it, in Jesus’ name.

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Day 289: Love From a Pure Heart

The Daily Word: Monday, October 16th, 2017
Jeremiah 28:1-29:32
1 Timothy 1:1-20
Psalm 86:1-17
Proverbs 25:17
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Now the purpose of the commandment is love from a pure heart, from a good conscience, and from sincere faith, from which some, having strayed, have turned aside to idle talk, desiring to be teachers of the law, understanding neither what they say nor the things which they affirm. – 1 Tim 1:5-7

When did church get so complicated? When did religion get so complex? The purpose of good doctrine – the gospel of Jesus Christ – is love. The gospel enables us to “…love from a pure heart, from a good conscience, and from sincere faith” (v 5).

Faith should be all about loving Jesus: nothing more, and nothing less! Church should be all about loving Jesus: nothing more, and nothing less! Religion should be all about loving Jesus: nothing more, and nothing less! Anything else is “idle talk” (v 6).

Prayer:

Father, take me back to my first love. Help me to love Your Son Jesus Christ with all my heart, all my soul, all my mind, and all my strength. I receive His love, and I give Him all my affection, in Jesus’ name!

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Day 288: Leading by Example

The Daily Word: Sunday, October 15th, 2017
Jeremiah 26:1-27:22
2 Thessalonians 3:1-18
Psalm 85:1-13
Proverbs 25:16
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:  

For even when we were with you, we commanded you this: If anyone will not work, neither shall he eat. – 2 Thess 3:10

Good leaders lead by example. They never ask the people they lead to do things they aren’t willing to do themselves.

Jesus was the best Leader of all. When He asks us to deny ourselves, take up our cross, and follow Him (Matt 16:24), we easily say yes. Jesus already laid down His life and took up His cross to die for our sins. Jesus led by example, so that we could follow in His footsteps.

Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy did the same thing. Their central message in today’s text is, nobody in the church gets a free pass. All of us are called to labor – albeit from a place of rest – to expand the Kingdom of God. “If anyone will not work, neither shall he eat “(2 Thess 3:10). Paul had no problem saying that, because he led by example:

“…nor did we eat anyone’s bread free of charge, but worked with labor and toil night and day, that we might not be a burden to any of you, not because we do not have authority, but to make ourselves an example of how you should follow us.” – 2 Thess 3:8-9

Are you ready to lead by example? When you manage people at work, do you delegate tasks and walk away? Or do you roll up your sleeves and lead by example? When you invite your children to fall in love with the word of God, do you hand them their kids’ Bible and walk away? Or do you read them your favorite verses and invest in their education?

Leading by example is the only form of leadership that lasts.

Prayer:

Father, help me to lead by example. Show me how to practice what I preach! Make me a humble servant who is willing to lay down his life for the people You want to reach, in Jesus’ name.

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Day 287: God’s Powerful Word

The Daily Word: Saturday, October 14th, 2017
Jeremiah 23:21-25:38
2 Thessalonians 2:1-17
Psalm 84:1-12
Proverbs 25:15
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:  

“Is not My word like a fire?” says the Lord, “And like a hammer that breaks the rock in pieces?” – Jer 23:29

God’s Word is powerful! It is a fire that ignites a passion for God and makes your heart burn to see His people healed, delivered and restored. It is a hammer to destroy doubt: a tool to bring the Truth to people who don’t know Jesus yet. It is a sword that is, “…living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit” (Heb 4:12). God’s word is powerful enough to overcome any obstacle you could ever face!

Apart from God’s word, your life will be full of discouragement and doubt; but with God’s Word, you can face anything that comes your way. Declare His word over your life, and watch your life transform!

Prayer:

Father, make me a lover of Your word. As I read my Bible, I pray you would ignite a fire in me like never before. Break every calcified doubt deposit in my spirit, and give me new life in Jesus’ name!

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Day 286: The Fiery Truth

The Daily Word: Friday, October 13th, 2017
Jeremiah 22:1-23:20
2 Thessalonians 1:1-12
Psalm 83:1-18
Proverbs 25:11-14
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These shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power, when He comes, in that Day, to be glorified in His saints and to be admired among all those who believe, because our testimony among you was believed. – 2 Thess 1:9-10

I always endeavor to stick to positive and uplifting subjects in the Daily Word. Most days we are hard enough on ourselves, and we don’t need pastors and religious leaders adding to the weight of the conviction we already feel for not being “good enough.”

However, we must take a moment to stop and digest the scene presented in these verses. At the end of time, Jesus will descend from Heaven with His mighty angels. He will “punish” everyone who does not know Him with “everlasting destruction” (v 9). With “flaming fire” He will “take vengeance on those who do not know God and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ” (v 8).

This is the truth: those who do not know Jesus will face eternal fire. Is there anyone in your life facing that possibility? Is there anyone you call friend who is in danger of missing out on salvation? Is there anyone in your family who needs an invitation to receive Jesus as Lord? Isn’t it worth getting over your fear of presenting the gospel to spare them from eternal destruction?

Reply to this e-mail and let me know the names of several people in your family who aren’t saved. I want to pray for them. Don’t do it alone. Get help! God’s will is that “none would perish” (2 Pet 3:9); but that won’t happen without our prayers!

Prayer:

Lord, light a fire under me to get out and preach the gospel. I know people who need to know Jesus; and I will stop at nothing to make sure they get the message!

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Day 285: Tough Conversations

The Daily Word: Thursday, October 12th, 2017
Jeremiah 19:1-21:14
1 Thessalonians 5:4-28
Psalm 82:1-8
Proverbs 25:9-10
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Debate your case with your neighbor, and do not disclose the secret to another; lest he who hears it expose your shame, and your reputation be ruined. – Prov 25:9-10

Do you have a problem with someone? Take it straight to them. Don’t talk about it with someone else! Don’t gripe and complain behind their back. Have the tough conversation, and trust that God will make things right.

Sometimes we’re afraid to have tough conversations because we’re not sure what to say. Yet Jesus told His disciples, “…do not worry beforehand, or premeditate what you will speak. But whatever is given you in that hour, speak that; for it is not you who speak, but the Holy Spirit” (Mk 13:11).

Sometimes we’re reluctant to have difficult conversations because we’re not sure what the ramifications will be! Yet Jesus cautioned His disciples with these words:

Moreover if your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault between you and him alone. If he hears you, you have gained your brother. – Matt 18:15

God loves reconciliation. He will protect your good relationships, and repair the bad ones; but we have to be faithful to say what He asks us to say.

Prayer:

Father, give me the strength and courage to have tough conversations. Give me the awareness to realize when offense has taken place, and go straight to that person! I will not back down from reconciliation, in Jesus’ name!

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Day 284: Hope Changes Everything

The Daily Word: Wednesday, October 11th, 2017
Jeremiah 16:16-18:23
1 Thessalonians 4:1-5:3
Psalm 81:1-16
Proverbs 25:6-8
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:  

“Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, and whose hope is the Lord. For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters, which spreads out its roots by the river, and will not fear when heat comes; but its leaf will be green, and will not be anxious in the year of drought, nor will cease from yielding fruit.” – Jer 17:7-8

Hope is not an emotion; hope is a Person. Jesus Christ is our hope. Without Him, we hope in vain; but with Him, our eternal hope becomes an eternal reward.

To trust in man is foolish; but to trust in the Lord is faithful. Fear and anxiety have no place in our lives when we hope in the Lord. No matter how bad things look around us, God will provide for us when our hope is in Him. Even when there is drought all around us, we will never cease from yielding fruit!

No matter how bad things get, anxiety has to flee in the presence of the Lord! No matter how ugly your mess is, you will not stop yielding fruit as long as you stay connected to God! Grow deep roots in God, and you will have nothing to fear!

Prayer:

Father, thank You for eternal hope. Help me to trust Jesus like never before. Help me to hope in Him, so that I never stop yielding fruit!

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Day 283: A Bronze Wall

The Daily Word: Tuesday, October 10th, 2017
Jeremiah 14:11-16:15
1 Thessalonians 2:9-3:13
Psalm 80:1-19
Proverbs 25:1-5
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:  

And I will make you to this people a fortified bronze wall; and they will fight against you, but they shall not prevail against you; for I am with you to save you and deliver you,” says the Lord. – Jer 15:20

Jeremiah had a tough assignment! God called him to preach repentance to the people of Israel: to challenge them, and reveal that they were not really living for God. When the people heard Jeremiah, they were angry. Some would try to kill him, and others would try to drive him out of the land; but God told Jeremiah never to fear. God would make Jeremiah like a “fortified bronze wall:” impossible to move, and immune to danger and destruction.

When you go where God has called you to go, and do what He has called you to do, He will make you like a fortified bronze wall. When you say what He has called you to say, you will be strong! No one will be able to move you, and nothing will be capable of pulling you down. Trust Him; for when you are with Him, you will have nothing to fear.

Prayer:

Father, give me confidence to boldly say what You have given me to say, and to do what You have called me to do. I will not fear. You are with me, and You will deliver me, in Jesus’ name!

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