Day 258: Public View || Private Eye

The Daily Word: Saturday, September 15th, 2018
Isaiah 19:1-21:17
Galatians 2:1-16
Psalm 59:1-17
Proverbs 23:13-14
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
Now when Peter had come to Antioch, I withstood him to his face, because he was to be blamed; for before certain men came from James, he would eat with the Gentiles; but when they came, he withdrew and separated himself, fearing those who were of the circumcision. – Gal 2:11-12

The Apostle Paul “withstood” Peter “to his face.” Peter was “to be blamed” because he acted one way when respected religious leaders were present, and another way when they were not around.

Are you the same person in public as you are in private? Would you behave the same way at home as you would at a dinner party? If you wouldn’t do something in front of your spiritual mentor(s), don’t do it at all! Jesus died to set you free; and the mark of true freedom is never having to hide from anyone.

Prayer:

Father, help me to be whom You call me to be at all times. I don’t want to hide anymore! Make me the same person in private, as I am in public, in Jesus’ name!

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Day 257: Straight from the Source

The Daily Word: Friday, September 14th, 2018
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:
For I neither received it from man, nor was I taught it, but it came through the revelation of Jesus Christ. – Gal 1:12

The Apostle Paul knew Jesus. Yes, he intellectually knew about Him with his head; but he also relationally knew Him with his heart. He had something invaluable that no man or woman can fake: a relationship with Jesus Christ. And every ounce of revelation the Apostle Paul ever had came straight from the Source.

Paul didn’t get the revelation of Gospel truth from a course. He didn’t learn about Jesus in a teaching series! He got his revelation from the Source. He met Jesus, face to face; and he continued to seek Him every single day.

Do you need to hear from God? Sermons are great! Bible commentaries are good! But nothing compares to going straight to Jesus. Seek Him in prayer. As much as you want to know Him, He wants to know you more.  

Prayer:

Father, help me to make time with You. I know You are speaking, and I want to make time to hear. I know You are teaching, and I want to make time to learn! Thank You for revelation, in Jesus’ name.

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Day 256: Is God Angry With You?

The Daily Word: Thursday, September 13th, 2018
Isaiah 12:1-14:32
2 Corinthians 13:1-14
Psalm 57:1-11
Proverbs 23:9-11
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
And in that day you will say: “O Lord, I will praise You; though You were angry with me, Your anger is turned away, and You comfort me.” – Is 12:1

God was angry with you. You were knee-deep in sin! He was calling you, but you didn’t listen. You did your own thing instead of following His word! You were far from perfect when He called you to perfection.

But the Cross of Jesus Christ changed all that. God isn’t angry with you anymore! His anger is turned away. Now, instead of being angry, He comforts you. He delights in you! He is pleased with you!

God is not mad at you anymore! Jesus took all God’s anger and wrath on the Cross; and that means there is none left for you. When you believe in Jesus, the only thing left for you is eternal, infinite love.

Prayer:

Father, I know You are not angry with me anymore! I am far from perfect; but Your Son Jesus Christ was perfect for me. Thank You for His sacrifice, in Jesus’ name!

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Day 255: Intimacy => Power

The Daily Word: Wednesday, September 12th, 2018
Isaiah 10:1-11:16
2 Corinthians 12:11-21
Psalm 56:1-13
Proverbs 23:6-8
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
Truly the signs of an apostle were accomplished among you with all perseverance, in signs and wonders and mighty deeds. – 2 Cor 12:12

Paul didn’t just talk the talk; he walked the walk. He didn’t just talk about signs, wonders, and mighty deeds; God did miraculous things through him as he ministered! The mark of an apostle is not a title or training; it is miracles! Can you do the “stuff?” When you pray, does heaven come down?

If not, don’t panic. Intimacy leads to power. Time spent in God’s presence will facilitate the miraculous in your life! The more time you spend in His presence, the more power you will see when you pray. In His presence is fullness of joy (Ps 16:11). In His presence is purpose. In His presence is Resurrection life!

Prayer:

Father, I want to be a lover of Your presence. I don’t want to settle for knowing what’s possible; I want to see the impossible! Help me to witness the miraculous in my midst, in Jesus’ name!

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Day 254: Get Zealous!

The Daily Word: Tuesday, September 11th, 2018
Isaiah 8:1-9:21
2 Corinthians 12:1-10
Psalm 55:1-23
Proverbs 23:4-5
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
Of the increase of His government and peace there will be no end, upon the throne of David and over His kingdom, to order it and establish it with judgment and justice from that time forward, even forever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this. – Is 9:7

What a promise! God was telling His people that a Messiah was coming, who would establish justice all over the world! His Kingdom would last forever, and there would be peace until the end of time! And how was it going to happen? The zeal of the Lord of hosts would perform it.

Zeal works. Passion performs! Being zealous gets things done! God’s passion would accomplish everything He had promised!

What are you passionate about? The more passion you have, the better your performance will be! Are you passionate for the things of God? Your effectiveness for the Kingdom depends on it!

Not passionate? Don’t panic. Ask God to make you zealous for the things that make Him zealous! Ask Him to move your heart for the things that move His! Passion is a gift; and once you have it, you will wake up every morning more motivated than ever!

Prayer:

Father, make me zealous! Make me passionate for the things You care about. I don’t want to waste my time and energy on anything that doesn’t move You. Move me, and motivate me to seek Your Kingdom, in Jesus’ name!

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Day 253: You Are Ready!

The Daily Word: Monday, September 10th, 2018
Isaiah 6:1-7:25
2 Corinthians 11:16-33
Psalm 54:1-7
Proverbs 23:1-3
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
And he touched my mouth with it, and said: “Behold, this has touched your lips; your iniquity is taken away, and your sin purged.” – Isaiah 6:7

Isaiah wanted to be used by God! But he felt unworthy. “I am a man of unclean lips,” he confessed (v 5). He thought he was too imperfect to be used by God! But God had already made up His mind about Isaiah. Isaiah would be His prophet. No one could cancel Isaiah’s destiny: not even Isaiah himself!

Don’t let guilt and shame convince you you’re not worthy to be used by God. The only thing God needed to do before Isaiah was ready was to remove his sin. As soon as Isaiah’s iniquity was taken away, and his “sin purged,” he was ready. He was ready to accept the calling God had on his life. He was ready to live out his creative design! There were no more requirements to being used by God!

Jesus has cleansed you from your sin. That means you are ready to be used by God, just like Isaiah. You are ready to serve Him! You are ready to be conformed to the image of Jesus (Rom 8:29).

Don’t let your past talk you out of a future with God. When you believe in Jesus, your sin is gone! And that means God will do greater things through you than you could ever imagine!

Prayer:

Father, thank You for removing my sin! Thank You for cleansing me, and making me whole. I love You, and I want to serve You, in Jesus’ name!

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Day 252: The Simple Gospel

The Daily Word: Sunday, September 9th, 2018
Isaiah 3:1-5:30
2 Corinthians 11:1-15
Psalm 53:1-6
Proverbs 22:28-29
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
But I fear, lest somehow, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, so your minds may be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. – 2 Cor 11:3

The Gospel is simple. We are far from perfect; so God sent His Only Son, Jesus – who is perfect – to die for our sins! Without Jesus, we are far from God; but in Christ, we are sons and daughters of God Himself!

Paul reminded the early church that the Gospel is simple. In fact, he warned them, there would be teachers who would endeavor to convince them that the Gospel was more complicated than it had to be. There would be false teachers who would try to add conditions to salvation. There would be “false apostles” (v 13) who would try to convince people how smart they are, instead of telling them how good God is!

The Gospel is simple. You don’t need a PhD in theology to know that God loves you! Now go out and tell someone!

Prayer:

Father, thank You for the simple Gospel. I pray I would never be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. Lord, I love You: plain and simple, in Jesus’ name!

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Day 251: Nothing Can Separate

The Daily Word: Saturday, September 8th, 2018
Isaiah 1:1-2:22
2 Corinthians 10:1-18
Psalm 52:1-9
Proverbs 22:26-27
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
When you spread out your hands, I will hide My eyes from you; even though you make many prayers, I will not hear. Your hands are full of blood. – Isaiah 1:15

This was God’s message to a sinful people. They had forgotten about Him, so He no longer heard their prayers! He no longer looked on their suffering, no matter how hard they prayed, because their sin had separated them from God.

But aren’t you glad the blood of Jesus has separated you from your sin, as far as the east is from the west (Ps 103:12)! Aren’t you happy God has redeemed you and made you whole! The Cross of Jesus Christ means God will never hide His eyes from your plight, or close His ears to your prayer!

When you believe in Jesus (Rom 10:9), nothing can separate you from God. He sees your struggle, and He hears your prayers!

Then you shall call, and the Lord will answer; you shall cry, and He will say, ‘Here I am.’ – Is 58:9

Prayer:

Father, thank You for hearing my prayers. Thank You for seeing what I’m going through! Thank You that neither height nor depth, nor any other thing, can separate me from Your love, in Jesus’ name!

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Day 250: Room to Seek Him

The Daily Word: Friday, September 7th, 2018
Song of Solomon 5:1-8:14
2 Corinthians 9:1-15
Psalm 51:1-19
Proverbs 22:24-25
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
I opened for my beloved, but my beloved had turned away and was gone. My heart leaped up when he spoke. I sought him, but I could not find him; I called him, but he gave me no answer. – Song of Solomon 5:6

Does it ever seem like God is hiding? You hear Him knock, but open the door (i.e. make time in prayer) only to find out He’s not there?

Song of Solomon details an exchange between the Beloved and His bride (most often interpreted as Christ and the Church). The two lovers are caught in what seems like a game of cat and mouse: constantly searching for each other, but missing each other, only to find each other again! When we experience this in our prayer lives, we get frustrated; but God didn’t create this exchange for frustration; He created it for beauty.

Sometimes God leaves room for you to seek Him. It’s not that He wants to confuse you or play games with you; He simply wants you to develop a desire for intimacy. Do you want to see His face enough to go looking for Him? Do you want to hear His voice enough to seal out the world and listen?

And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart. – Jer 29:13

Prayer:

Lord, I love You! My heart leaps when You speak. I pray I would never be too busy to listen to Your voice. I pray I would never be too hurried to seek Your face! I want to seek and find You, with all my heart, in Jesus’ name!

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Day 249: You Shall Glorify Me

The Daily Word: Thursday, September 6th, 2018
Song of Solomon 1:1-4:16
2 Corinthians 8:16-24
Psalm 50:1-23
Proverbs 22:22-23
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
Call upon Me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify Me. – Psalm 50:15

We have confidence that God will deliver us because we know He already has delivered us. Jesus defeated death! He conquered the grave! So how much easier should it be to trust Him to deliver us from anything we face in this life?

God has delivered you. He will deliver you! Deliverance demands a response. The only proper response is to glorify Him: to give honor to His name, and to worship Him with your life!

Prayer:

Father, thank You for delivering me from death! In response, I want to honor You with my life.

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