Day 323: Getting Out of Tight Spots

The Daily Word: Sunday, November 19th, 2017
Ezekiel 39:1-40:27
James 2:18-3:18
Psalm 118:1-18
Proverbs 28:2
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:  

I called on the Lord in distress; the Lord answered me and set me in a broad place. – Ps 118:5

God takes us out of tight spots, and sets us in broad places. Tight spots are stressful: they happen when we are so surrounded by obstacles that we lose perspective and forget we serve the living God. Broad places are stress-free: they happen when we are positioned to survey our options, far above all distractions, and realize how high God has already lifted us up.

God is willing to remove you from distress and set you in a broad place; but if you want to be delivered, you have to call on the Lord. Lift up your voice and cry out to Him! What would take you years will take God but one moment.

Prayer:

Father, thank You for supernatural deliverance. Thank You for taking me out of tight spots and putting me in broad places. I release all my stress to You, in Jesus’ name.

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Day 293: Dirt and Gold

The Daily Word: Friday, October 20th, 2017
Jeremiah 35:1-36:32
1 Timothy 5:1-25
Psalm 89:14-37
Proverbs 25:25-27
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:  

Do not rebuke an older man, but exhort him as a father, younger men as brothers, older women as mothers, younger women as sisters, with all purity. – 1 Tim 5:1-2

Rebuking is easy; but exhorting is hard! Being followers of Jesus means passing up opportunities to judge in favor of opportunities to encourage instead. Scripture is not a sledgehammer used to beat others down; it is a tool used to build others up!

It takes neither talent nor insight to point out the dirt in someone’s life; but much giftedness is required to bring out the gold below the dirt!

Prayer:

Father, help me to exhort and encourage the people around me! Everyone has dirt…but anoint my eyes and bless me to see the gold beneath the dirt, in Jesus’ name!

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Day 257: The Simple Gospel

The Daily Word: Thursday, September 14th, 2017
Isaiah 15:1-18:7
Galatians 1:1-24
Psalm 58:1-11
Proverbs 23:12
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:  

I marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of Christ, to a different gospel, which is not another; but there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ. – Gal 1:6-7

The gospel of Jesus Christ is simple! Jesus died for your sins. You and I are far from perfect; but Jesus lived a perfect life on our behalf. He did it so that when you and I believe in Him, we are saved!

There are those who seek to pervert the gospel by mixing law and grace. Under the law, man had to be perfect to receive God’s love; but under grace, Jesus was perfect for us! The law says we have to earn God’s affection by trying hard; but grace says Jesus already earned God’s love for us 2,000 years ago on the Cross!

Don’t allow any spiritual authority in your life to mix law and grace. Jesus did all the work to get you saved; and that means you don’t have to! You are saved when you believe in Jesus, no matter how imperfect you feel; and as long as you believe in Him, your salvation is secure!

Prayer:

Father, thank You for the simple gospel. Help me never to mix the law and grace. I know Jesus secured my salvation, and all I have to do to receive it is believe in Him! Help me to keep the gospel simple – never adding to it, and taking nothing away – in Jesus’ name.

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Day 54: The Importance of Rest

The Daily Word: Thursday, February 23rd, 2017
Leviticus 14:1-57
Mark 6:30-56
Psalm 40:1-10
Proverbs 10:11-12
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:

Then the apostles gathered to Jesus and told Him all things, both what they had done and what they had taught. And He said to them, “Come aside by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while.” For there were many coming and going, and they did not even have time to eat. So they departed to a deserted place in the boat by themselves. – Mk 6:30-32

Jesus told the disciples to put a priority on rest. The disciples were praying: telling Jesus all things they had done and taught. They were serving: for there were many coming and going. Yet Jesus interrupted their prayer, and their service, to remind them to rest.

The disciples were being stretched thin: traveling to heal and to teach, and ministering to all the people who came to them. They had busy schedules full of service to God! But Jesus told them if they didn’t take time to minister to themselves, they wouldn’t have strength to minister to others.

If you aren’t full, you will have nothing to pour out. Give yourself time to rest and receive from the Lord. It is only from a place of rest that you can glorify God.

Prayer:

Father, thank You for rest! Remind me of the importance of rest: every single day of my life.

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Day 345: Strengthened By the Holy Spirit

CityLight Church’s One Year Bible Reading Plan
Friday, December 11th, 2015
Amos 4:1-6:14
Revelation 2:18-3:6
Psalm 130:1-8
Proverbs 29:21-22
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:

He who overcomes shall be clothed in white garments, and I will not blot out his name from the Book of Life; but I will confess his name before My Father and before His angels. – Rev 3:5

To “overcome” means to conquer: to hold fast to your faith even unto the death of all your enemies (Strong’s #3528). The only way to overcome is by allowing God’s Holy Spirit to strengthen you. You can never overcome on your own; but God can overcome through you! You can never defeat Satan on your own; it is the strength of the name Jesus that defeats him!

Living on your own and simply trying to “be strong” will leave you defeated and burned out. Yield to God. Allow His Holy Spirit to work through you with power! Your reward for overcoming will be infinite. You will be dressed in white, and clothed with the same garments as Jesus Christ Himself! If you confess the name of Jesus before men, He will confess your name before His Father in Heaven!

Prayer:

Father, help me to overcome! Strengthen me, in Jesus’ name, so that I can go out and do everything You have called me to do!

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Day 344: Your Prophetic Gifting

CityLight Church’s One Year Bible Reading Plan
Thursday, December 10th, 2015
Amos 1:1-3:15
Revelation 2:1-17
Psalm 129:1-8
Proverbs 29:19-20
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:

Surely the Lord God does nothing, unless He reveals His secret to His servants the prophets. – Amos 3:7

God does nothing without first telling His prophets. And guess what? That means YOU!

Under the Old Covenant, there were only three categories of people who could hear from God: prophets, priests, and kings. God’s Holy Spirit would rest on those people, and communicate His messages to them. If you are a New Testament believer, you are filled with God’s Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit doesn’t just descend on you, impacting you from the outside in (as if that wasn’t enough!). Now He dwells in you: impacting you from the inside out!

Here is what the Gospel says about your position as a prophet:

For I say to you, among those born of women there is not a greater prophet than John the Baptist; but he who is least in the kingdom of God is greater than he.” – Lk 7:28

As believers who are righteous in Christ Jesus, we live in a position that would make Old Testament prophets jealous. Because God’s Holy Spirit lives in you, you have the potential for a greater prophetic gifting than even John the Baptist! Ask God to speak to you! He will tell You His will –in advance – so You can partner with Him to make it happen.

Prayer:

Father, thank You for speaking to me every day. Help me to have confidence that when I come to You in prayer, You hear me. You know the desires of my heart!

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Day 343: Fresh Revelation

CityLight Church’s One Year Bible Reading Plan
Wednesday, December 9th, 2015|
Joel 1:1-3:21
Revelation 1:1-20
Psalm 128:1-6
Proverbs 29:18
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:

Where there is no revelation, the people cast off restraint; But happy is he who keeps the law. – Prov 29:18

‘Revelation’ means prophetic vision, and ‘restraint’ is the ability to hold ourselves together. In other words, this verse is saying that when we lack prophetic vision, we start to unravel. The KJV translation of Prov 29:18 says that, “Where there is no vision, the people perish.”

If we are separated from God to the extent that we are not hearing from Him, we will spiritually wither and die. Yet when we have revelation from God, we will stay rock solid. We will stay well-fueled, and full of life!

So how do you get more revelation? Revelation belongs to Jesus. Revelation 1:1 says that, “…God gave Him [revelation] to show His servants.” Since revelation belongs to Jesus, we must get to know Him to find out more about God! If you need revelation, sit at the feet of Jesus! Consider the Gospel in awe and wonder. The more you intimately get to know Jesus, the more you will be overcome by fresh words from Heaven.

Don’t settle for a stale, revelation-less life. God will reveal Himself to you. Ask Him for revelation!

Prayer:

Father, thank You for providing endless revelation! I know that when I ask for more of Heaven, you cause Heaven to unfold in front of my eyes. Thank You for fresh manna, in Jesus’ name!

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Day 342: Praying in the Holy Spirit

CityLight Church’s One Year Bible Reading Plan
Tuesday, December 8th, 2015
Hosea 10:1-14:9
Jude 1:1-25
Psalm 127:1-5
Proverbs 29:15-17
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:

But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit… – Jude 1:20

Jude exhorts all believers to pray in the Holy Spirit. When Scripture speaks of praying in the Holy Spirit, we are meant to interpret it as praying tongues. When we pray in tongues, Jude says we are building ourselves up in faith because we are allowing God’s Holy Spirit to pray through us. When we pray in tongues, we are keeping ourselves in the love of God by partnering with Him in perfect prayer.

There will be times when you know you should be praying, but you don’t know exactly what to pray. Praying in tongues is the answer. Paul told the church at Rome that whenever we pray in tongues, “…the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings with cannot be uttered” (Rom 8:26). The Ephesians were taught to pray, “…always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit” (Eph 6:18).

Praying in tongues is an amazing opportunity for all Christians, and we should never ignore this important spiritual discipline. God’s Holy Spirit is in you for a reason: so you can pray just as Jesus prayed, led by the Spirit of God!

Prayer:

Father, thank You for filling me with Your Holy Spirit, and inviting me to pray with Him. I ask that You would remind me to speak in tongues often! I know that when I do, I will be built up, edified, and reminded of God’s love.

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Day 341: Healing Is For Today

CityLight Church’s One Year Bible Reading Plan
Monday, December 7th, 2015
Hosea 6:1-9:17
3 John 1:1-14
Psalm 126:1-6
Proverbs 29:12-14
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:

Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers. – 3 Jn 1:2

Healing and salvation happened on the same day! Jesus made provision for divine healing in the atonement. If God still saves, then God still heals!

There are many Christians who claim that Jesus no longer heals. Yet John prays that Gaius would have prosperous physical and spiritual health. He would not have prayed for physical health, if perfect physical health were not God’s will!

We see here that health and salvation (a prosperous soul) are inextricably linked. God will cause your body to prosper, just as He causes your soul to prosper. Please do not believe the lie that Jesus is done healing because He is in Heaven. God is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Heb 13:8)! If He healed then, He heals now!

But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed. – Is 53:5

Prayer:

Father, You are Jehova Rapha: the God Who Heals. Healing is not just something You do; Healing is who You are! Thank You that Your desire to heal has never changed, and will never change, in Jesus’ name!

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Day 340: Face to Face

CityLight Church’s One Year Bible Reading Plan
Sunday, December 6th, 2015
Hosea 4:1-5:15
2 John 1:1-13
Psalm 125:1-5
Proverbs 29:9-11
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:

Having many things to write to you, I did not wish to do so with paper and ink; but I hope to come to you and speak face to face, that our joy may be full. – 2 John 1:12

John had a lot to say. Yet he didn’t want to write it all down, because he knew recording the message wouldn’t do it justice.

There are some things that must be said face to face. In a day and age where personal interaction is becoming less and less common, this is a timely reminder to get out and see people: face to face. For certain messages, a Facebook message, or an e-mail – or even a handwritten letter – won’t get the job done. John knew the only way his joy would be full is by spending time with other believers!

With whom have you been meaning to get a cup of coffee? With whom have you been wanting to spend some good, quality time? Ask God to help you make time in your schedule to see people in person, and speak with them face to face!

Prayer:

God, You make the time to speak with me face to face. Help me to show that same love and attention to others. Help me to make time to spend with people, face to face!

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