Day 167: The Word Is All You Need

The Daily Word: Friday, June 16th, 2017
1 Kings 15:25-17:24
Acts 10:24-48
Psalm 134:1-3
Proverbs 17:9-11
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While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit fell upon all those who heard the word. – Acts 10:44

When the word fell, the Spirit followed. All Peter had to do was speak the word of God over Cornelius and his household; and the entire household was saved and baptized in the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues!

God’s word is powerful. Do you want the Holy Spirit to show up in your life? At your job? In your family? Proclaim the word of God! Where the word goes, God follows.

And they went out and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them and confirming the word through the accompanying signs. Amen. – Mk 16:20

Prayer:

Father, thank You for the miracle-working power of Your word. Your word brings life! Give me the courage to speak it out, everywhere I go, knowing that You follow Your word, in Jesus’ name!

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Day 166: Early Warning

The Daily Word: Thursday, June 15th, 2017
1 Kings 14:1-15:24
Acts 10:1-23
Psalm 133:1-3
Proverbs 17:7-8
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:  

While Peter thought about the vision, the Spirit said to him, “Behold, three men are seeking you. Arise therefore, go down and go with them, doubting nothing; for I have sent them.” – Acts 10:19-20

God told Peter to expect visitors. Cornelius sent for Peter; but Peter didn’t have to wonder if the men who came to collect him were good or evil. God told him what was coming in advance!

More often than not, we wait for something to happen before we pray. We meet someone new, and then ask God if they will be a good influence. We go into an interview, and then ask God if He wants us to take the job. We make plans for the weekend, and then ask God if our plans line up with His will. But what if you didn’t have to wait until after things happened to pray for them? What if you knew what was coming in advance? What if you knew God’s will before you made major decisions?

If you believe in Jesus, God’s Holy Spirit lives in you. He will tell you “things to come” (Jn 16:13). Amos 3:7 says, “Surely the Lord God does nothing, unless He reveals His secret to His servants the prophets.” God will speak to you in advance! Are you making time to listen?

Prayer:

Father, thank You for telling me things to come! Help me to make time to pray at the beginning of every day. I know Your will is to prepare me – in advance – for everything coming my way! Help me to make time to listen, in Jesus’ name.

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Day 165: Healing Specialist

The Daily Word: Wednesday, June 14th, 2017
1 Kings 12:20-13:34
Acts 9:26-43
Psalm 132:1-18
Proverbs 17:6
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:  

And since Lydda was near Joppa, and the disciples had heard that Peter was there, they sent two men to him, imploring him not to delay in coming to them. – Acts 9:38

Do you want to be used by God the same way Peter was? Do you want to see paralyzed men arise, and dead women come back to life? Do you want to see blind eyes opened, deaf ears unstopped, life-threatening diseases stopped in their tracks?

Peter was called; and he arose and went. The only difference between believers who don’t see miracles, and those who do, is the latter step out in faith and pray with boldness. They arise when people need healing, and believe wholeheartedly that God will do His work.

Arise! Be bold! Go and pray for someone who is sick and needs healing. What do you have to lose?

Prayer:

Father, fill me with faith to pray for supernatural healing. I want to be like Peter, healing everyone – everywhere – in the name of Jesus!

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Day 164: Are God’s Promises Conditional?

The Daily Word: Tuesday, June 13th, 2017
1 Kings 11:1-12:19
Acts 9:1-25
Psalm 131:1-3
Proverbs 17:4-5
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Therefore the Lord said to Solomon, “Because you have done this, and have not kept My covenant and My statutes, which I have commanded you, I will surely tear the kingdom away from you and give it to your servant.” – 1 Kings 11:11

Under the Old Covenant, God’s promises were conditional. If God’s people obeyed His word, then He would bless them. Solomon lost the kingdom of Israel because he failed to keep God’s covenant and statutes. God’s promises were conditioned on obedience: if you kept His word and walked in His ways, you would prosper; but if you failed to keep His commands, destiny would slip through your fingers.

But under the New Covenant, God’s promises are no longer conditional; because Jesus has already perfectly fulfilled every condition! You and I can never lose the Kingdom Jesus died for us to have. Our position depends on His perfection; and He lived a perfect, sinless life, before dying for our sins.

Aren’t you glad you don’t have to be perfect to inherit the promises of God? Rest in God’s word, knowing that Jesus perfectly fulfilled every requirement for you to walk out God’s destiny for you!

Prayer:

Father, thank You for Your perfect Son Jesus Christ! You knew I would never be able to live a perfect life; so You sent Jesus to live a sinless life for me. I am forever grateful, in Jesus’ name.

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Day 163: God Encounters

The Daily Word: Monday, June 12th, 2017
1 Kings 9:1-10:29
Acts 8:14-40
Psalm 130:1-8
Proverbs 17:2-3
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:  

And it came to pass, when Solomon had finished building the house of the Lord and the king’s house, and all Solomon’s desire which he wanted to do, that the Lord appeared to Solomon the second time, as He had appeared to him at Gibeon. – 1 Kings 9:1-2

God encounters are not one and done! They should never be few and far between. Solomon encountered God again and again; and so should you. We were built to encounter God: not just once in a while, but every day of our lives.

God always wants to encounter you more. Will you press in and encounter Him?

Prayer:

Father, thank You for chasing me down! Thank You for always desiring an encounter with me. Help me to desire You, more than ever, in Jesus’ name.

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Day 162: Not Again…

The Daily Word: Sunday, June 11th, 2017
1 Kings 8:1-66
Acts 7:51-8:13
Psalm 129:1-8
Proverbs 17:1
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:  

“Many a time they have afflicted me from my youth; yet they have not prevailed against me.” – Ps 129:2

Life is not easy. The Psalmist reflected that just as soon as he had gotten through one tough situation, another one always started. Whenever he prevailed over his enemies, they seemed to turn around and attack again.

The enemy is persistent! But no matter how often persecution comes, our hope is secure. The enemy cannot prevail against you, because Jesus has already prevailed against him. You don’t have to fight for victory; you get to fight from victory.

So when the trials and tribulations come, take it as a compliment. Scripture invites us to, “…count it all joy when [we] fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of [our] faith produces patience” (Jas 1:2-3). The enemy is trying to mess up your day because he knows you’re on the right track; but there is nothing he can do to stop you!

Keep going. Keep fighting. You cannot help but win, because you are victorious in Jesus!

Prayer:

Father, thank You that my victory is secure! Jesus already won the war; and I am victorious in Him. Help me to fight my everyday battles with faith, knowing that triumph is on the way in Jesus’ name!

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Day 161: Model Home

The Daily Word: Saturday, June 10th, 2017
1 Kings 7:1-51
Acts 7:30-50
Psalm 128:1-6
Proverbs 16:31-33
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But Solomon took thirteen years to build his own house; so he finished all his house. – 1 Kings 7:1

Solomon modeled his home after the temple. Our households should be a reflection of the Kingdom of God. Our personal worship should be a reflection of the worship we experience in community. We shouldn’t simply go to church on Sunday, and then leave unchanged to go out and live the rest of our lives. We should model our lives based on what happens in the church!

Do you prize the word of God at home? Do you cultivate an atmosphere of the presence of God in your home? Do you pray without ceasing in your home? If not, ask God to help you!

Prayer:

Father, help me to model my home life after Your word. I want to be changed every time I go to church, and every time I’m enjoying Your presence at home, in Jesus’ name!

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Day 160: Blessed By People

The Daily Word: Friday, June 9th, 2017
1 Kings 5:1-6:38
Acts 7:1-29
Psalm 127:1-5
Proverbs 16:28-30
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:  

Then Hiram gave Solomon cedar and cypress logs according to all his desire. – 1 Kings 5:10

God promised to bless Solomon with “riches and honor” (1 Kings 3:13). To carry out His promise, God used other people. Hiram, the king of Tyre, blessed Solomon. God positioned a person to bless his servant. Solomon had everything he needed to build an ornate temple to house God’s presence; and it all happened through the people God put in his life.

Sometimes we pray for increase, and then expect money to fall straight out of the sky. God promises to “open…the windows of heaven” (Mal 3:10); but the vehicle He uses most often is the people He puts around us.

When we live in community, we can listen to God’s Holy Spirit to hear what our friends and neighbors need. When we freely give, we will freely receive.

Prayer:

Father, make me a blessing to the people around me! I know You have filled my life with blessings for others; and I thank You for blessing me through other people too!

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Day 159: From the Inside Out

The Daily Word: Thursday, June 8th, 2017
1 Kings 3:3-4:34
Acts 6:1-15
Psalm 126:1-6
Proverbs 16:26-27
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“Therefore give to Your servant an understanding heart to judge Your people, that I may discern between good and evil. For who is able to judge this great people of Yours?” – 1 Kings 3:9

God invited Solomon to ask for anything. “Ask!” He said. “What shall I give you?” But Solomon’s response might surprise you. He didn’t ask for silver or gold. He didn’t ask for victory over his enemies. He asked for a heart change.

Leadership and promotion start with a change of heart. You can rearrange the surface all you want; but unless you let God dig deep, nothing will be transformed. Solomon knew this! He refused to hide his faults and insecurities before God. Instead, He invited God into his heart to change them; and as a result, God made him the wealthiest and wisest king to ever live.

What can God do in your life if you invite Him to change your heart?

Prayer:

Father, I need a heart change. You have called me to do great and awesome things; but I can’t do them on my own. Change my heart! Make me more like You, so I can go out and do everything You ask of me, in Jesus’ name!

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Day 158: God Needs Your Hands

The Daily Word: Wednesday, June 7th, 2017
1 Kings 2:1-3:2
Acts 5:1-42
Psalm 125:1-5
Proverbs 16:25
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:  

And through the hands of the apostles many signs and wonders were done among the people. – Acts 5:12

God healed as the apostles laid their hands. God moved as the apostles opened their mouths. God saved as the apostles used their feet to walk from place to place, spreading the Good News.

God needs your hands. He needs your mouth. He needs your feet! Jesus ascended to Heaven, and left us as His representatives. If He didn’t expect us to do His work, He never would have left! So let’s go out and do the stuff!

Prayer:

Father, give me boldness and confidence to pray with the understanding that You will heal through my hands. You will do signs and wonders through me, because I am Your child. Thank You!

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