Day 177: Search the Scriptures

The Daily Word: Monday, June 26th, 2017
2 Kings 9:14-10:31
Acts 17:1-34
Psalm 144:1-15
Proverbs 17:27-28
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:  

These were more fair-minded than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness, and searched the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so. – Acts 17:11

The Bereans received the word with eager anticipation, and then searched the Scriptures daily to find out if what they were hearing was really true. When we go to church and hear the word of God, we should be ready and excited! We should be open-minded, not closed-off. And once we go home, we should search the Scriptures to confirm what we’ve just heard.

I’m a pastor; but even I don’t think you should blindly accept what your pastor says from the pulpit without doing your homework. Search the Scriptures! Test the message coming from your pastor’s pulpit, and see how it stacks up to the word of God. God’s intent in giving us His written word is that every believer would know truth, without having to rely on someone else to explain it to him:

None of them shall teach his neighbor, and none his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ for all shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them. – Heb 8:11

God gave us His written word so we could search the Scriptures. Whenever you want to know if something is true, you have His word! Love it, and use it, for the rest of your life.

Prayer:

Father, make me a lover of Your word! Thank You for giving us Your written word so we can search the Scriptures. I want to know You intimately, and personally, in Jesus’ name!

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Day 176: Exercising Authority

The Daily Word: Sunday, June 25th, 2017
2 Kings 8:1-9:13
Acts 16:16-40
Psalm 143:1-12
Proverbs 17:26
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:  

But Paul, greatly annoyed, turned and said to the spirit, “I command you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her.” And he came out that very hour. – Acts 16:18

All Paul had to do was exercise his authority. He commanded an evil spirit to come out in the name of Jesus, and it obeyed! The demon responded to Paul the same way it would have responded to Jesus.

You are stronger than you think you are. You are filled with the Holy Spirit, and you are equipped with the name of Jesus. When you pray by His Spirit, in His name, mountains move! Take authority, and rise up into the calling God has given you.

Prayer:

Father, help me to rise up and exercise the authority You have given me! I want to be bold in word and deed. I know that demons flee at the name of Jesus!

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Day 175: Honest Prayer

The Daily Word: Saturday, June 24th, 2017
2 Kings 6:1-7:20
Acts 15:36-16:15
Psalm 142:1-7
Proverbs 17:24-25
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:  

I pour out my complaint before Him; I declare before Him my trouble. When my spirit was overwhelmed within me, then You knew my path. – Ps 142:2-3a

Get honest with God in prayer. Do you want to complain? Complain! Are you in trouble? Let it out! There’s no need to sugarcoat your prayers. God already knows what you’re going through anyway, whether you tell Him or not. He’s just waiting for you to invite Him into your life and ask Him to go to work.

You might feel overwhelmed; but God knows exactly what you need. He knows your path, and how to keep you on it. Be honest about what you need, and trust God to provide it!

Prayer:

Father, help me to be honest in prayer. I know I gain nothing when I sugarcoat my reality; but I gain help in time of need when I admit my faults and get honest with You!

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Day 174: Time to Stop

The Daily Word: Friday, June 23rd, 2017
2 Kings 4:18-5:27
Acts 15:1-35
Psalm 141:1-10
Proverbs 17:23
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:  

So, being sent on their way by the church, they passed through Phoenicia and Samaria, describing the conversion of the Gentiles; and they caused great joy to all the brethren. – Acts 15:3

Paul and Barnabas had an urgent mission. They were on their way to Jerusalem to settle a doctrinal debate, and the fate of the church at Antioch rested on the outcome! But they weren’t in too much of a hurry to stop and minister as they passed through every place on their way, causing “…great joy to all the brethren” (v 3).

Everywhere the apostles went was a ministry opportunity! Yes, they had somewhere to be; but they were never in such a rush that they didn’t have time to stop for the lost!

Yes, you have things to do. Sure, you’re in a rush! But do you make time to stop and share the Gospel on your way? Everywhere you go is an opportunity to share the grace of God. Don’t miss it!

Prayer:

Father, make me a (wo)man of holy leisure. Help me to live my life in such a way that I always have time to stop and share the Gospel with those who need to hear the Good News. I am never in too much of a rush to see souls saved, in Jesus’ name!

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Day 173: The World’s #1 Faith Builder

The Daily Word: Thursday, June 22nd, 2017
2 Kings 3:1-4:17
Acts 14:8-28
Psalm 140:1-13
Proverbs 17:22
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:  

This man heard Paul speaking. Paul, observing him intently and seeing that he had faith to be healed, said with a loud voice, “Stand up straight on your feet!” And he leaped and walked. – Acts 14:9-10

Prayer is hindered without “faith to be healed.” Are you sick in your body? You need faith to be healed! Do you want to pray for other people and see them healed? You need faith to see God heal them!

The best faith-builder is the word of God. Read the Bible stories of Jesus healing everyone who encountered Him. Meditate on the reality that Paul healed people with his handkerchief because he was filled with the Holy Spirit (Acts 19:12). Then, remember that the same Holy Spirit who healed through them, will heal through you!

The word builds faith. If you fill yourself up with the word, you will find yourself full of faith.

Prayer:

Father, fill me up with Your word! I know if I can get full of Your word, I will be full of faith, in Jesus’ name.

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Day 172: The Desire of Your Heart

The Daily Word: Wednesday, June 21st, 2017
2 Kings 1:1-2:25
Acts 13:42-14:7
Psalm 139:1-24
Proverbs 17:19-21
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:  

And so it was, when they had crossed over, that Elijah said to Elisha, “Ask! What may I do for you, before I am taken away from you?” Elisha said, “Please let a double portion of your spirit be upon me.” – 2 Kings 2:9

There is a time to be humble, and a time to be bold. This was Elisha’s moment, and he knew it. He would have gained nothing by bashfully brushing off Elijah’s request; but because he was bold and asked for a double portion of the anointing, he would be blessed!

When God asked Solomon what he wanted – anything in the world – Solomon didn’t hesitate. Wisdom. When Elijah asked Elisha what he could do for him – anything – he didn’t bat an eye. A double portion. When God asks you what you want, will you be ready?

Prayer:

Father, help me to know what You want for me! Give me vision for my life; and tell me what to ask for when I pray so every one of my desires lines up with Yours!

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Day 171: The Simple Gospel

The Daily Word: Tuesday, June 20th, 2017
1 Kings 22:1-53
Acts 13:16-41
Psalm 138:1-8
Proverbs 17:17-18
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:  

Therefore let it be known to you, brethren, that through this Man is preached to you the forgiveness of sins; and by Him everyone who believes is justified from all things from which you could not be justified by the law of Moses. – Acts 13:38-39

Are you prepared with a simple Gospel presentation? You never know when you might need it! Paul was prepared when the moment arrived. He succinctly and powerfully summarized the Gospel, and invited the people in his hearing to make a decision for Jesus.

If you need some help, here’s an easy outline to share with your family, friends, and co-workers:

  1. No one is perfect (Rom 3:23)
  2. But God requires perfection (Rom 6:23)! This puts us in a bit of a pickle. How can we satisfy God if Heaven requires perfection, but none of us is perfect?
  3. Jesus was perfect for us (Rom 5:8). He died in our place and paid the penalty for our sin. He received the punishment we deserve, so we can inherit the righteousness He earned!
  4. When you believe in Jesus, you are “made perfect” in Him (Heb 10:14)! When you believe in Jesus, you are SAVED (Rom 10:9-10)!

Keep it simple. Be ready to preach the Gospel everywhere you go, and watch how God uses you!

Prayer:

Father, thank You for arming me with Truth. I have the Word of God, and I have Your Holy Spirit. Send me into places where people need to see Your love, and strengthen me to preach the Gospel with boldness, in Jesus’ name!

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Day 170: Resistance Follows Victory – Part II

The Daily Word: Monday, June 19th, 2017
1 Kings 20:1-21:29
Acts 12:24-13:15
Psalm 137:1-9
Proverbs 17:16
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:  

Then the king of Israel went out and attacked the horses and chariots, and killed the Syrians with a great slaughter. And the prophet came to the king of Israel and said to him, “Go, strengthen yourself; take note, and see what you should do, for in the spring of the year the king of Syria will come up against you.” – 1 Kings 20:21-22

Resistance follows victory! God gave Ahab, the king over Israel, victory over his enemies; but immediately after the victory, God warned him to be ready! His enemy would come back in the spring: stronger than ever, and ready to fight. Ahab didn’t have to fear; he simply had to be ready. When Syria came to do battle with Israel again, God gave Israel victory again!

When you encounter resistance, take it as encouragement! God will give you victory, just as He always has before.

Prayer:

Father, thank You for consistent victory. I am victorious in You; and You are always willing to win victories through me! You are on my side; and that means I have nothing to fear, in Jesus’ name.

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Day 169: Resistance Follows Victory

The Daily Word: Sunday, June 18th, 2017
1 Kings 19:1-21
Acts 12:1-23
Psalm 136:1-26
Proverbs 17:14-15
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:  

Then Jezebel sent a messenger to Elijah, saying, “So let the gods do to me, and more also, if I do not make your life as the life of one of them by tomorrow about this time.” And when he saw that, he arose and ran for his life, and went to Beersheba, which belongs to Judah, and left his servant there. – 1 Kings 19:2-3

Resistance follows victory. God had just achieved a huge victory through Elijah. Through Elijah, God brought an end to all the prophets of Baal, and proved to all of Israel that He is God!

But after the victory, Elijah didn’t have time to rest. He didn’t have time for a victory lap! The enemy immediately turned up the resistance. Jezebel – the wicked queen of Israel – sought Elijah’s life.

Elijah had to move; but he didn’t have to fear. God projected him, and provided for him; and in the end, God disposed of Elijah’s enemies. Thank God that no matter how much resistance increases, we have the victory in Jesus!

Prayer:

Father, thank You for victory! I declare that I will not be discouraged – no matter how much the enemy turns up the heat. You will take me from glory to glory, and I will praise You for it in Jesus’ name!

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Day 168: Responding to Lack

The Daily Word: Saturday, June 17th, 2017
1 Kings 18:1-46
Acts 11:1-30
Psalm 135:1-21
Proverbs 17:12-13
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:  

Then the disciples, each according to his ability, determined to send relief to the brethren dwelling in Judea. – Acts 11:29

The prophet Agabus predicted a, “…great famine throughout all the world” (v 28). But the disciples didn’t panic. They didn’t run to collect supplies, and hoard all the food and water they could before the famine struck. The disciples’ first reaction to impending lack was not to keep money for themselves; it was to give.

You fight lack with generosity. The way we give determines how we receive:

“Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.” – Lk 6:38

When we get good at giving, God will make sure we have plenty of practice receiving!

Prayer:

Father, open up my eyes to the needs all around me. Open up my heart to the people all around me! Make me a generous giver, in Jesus’ name.

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