Day 133: Cursing and Blessing

The Daily Word: Sunday, May 13th, 2018
1 Samuel 14:1-52
John 7:31-53
Psalm 109:1-31
Proverbs 15:5-7
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
As he loved cursing, so let it come to him; as he did not delight in blessing, so let it be far from him. – Ps 109:17

You take in what you put out. You receive what you give! You reap what you sow.

Your words are important. Life and death are in the power of the tongue (Prov 18:21)! So how are you using your tongue? Are you using it to bless others, or are you using it to curse them? Are you using it to wish others well, and to pray for them?

When you love to curse, it will “come to [you].” If you always wish the worst on others – even those who offend you most – you are actually sealing your own downfall. But if you delight in blessing others, you will become a magnet for God to bless you!

Prayer:

Father, I know there is power in my tongue. Help me to use it for good, and never for evil, in Jesus’ name!

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Day 132: Patience!

The Daily Word: Saturday, May 12th, 2018
1 Samuel 12:1-13:23
John 7:1-30
Psalm 108:1-13
Proverbs 15:4
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
And Samuel said to Saul, “You have done foolishly. You have not kept the commandment of the Lord your God, which He commanded you. For now the Lord would have established your kingdom over Israel forever.” – 1 Sam 13:13

Samuel’s instructions to King Saul were simple: wait until I arrive to make an offering to God. But Samuel got impatient. He didn’t have time to wait! Instead of waiting for Samuel, Saul made an offering himself.

Samuel’s response is telling: “You have done foolishly.” Saul got impatient; and it cost him the kingdom! God was looking to establish Saul as king for years to come! But instead, Saul short-circuited his own rein because he couldn’t wait on God.

Wait on the Lord. He will do it in His timing. Don’t try and rush His plan; after all, it’s not your plan, it’s His! Have patience. God will arrive and fight the battle for you!

Prayer:

Father, give me supernatural patience. Help me to wait on you, instead of taking things into my own hands. I know that when I wait, You deliver, in Jesus’ name!

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Day 131: God Is SPECIFIC!

The Daily Word: Friday, May 11th, 2018
1 Samuel 10:1-11:15
John 6:43-71
Psalm 107:1-43
Proverbs 15:1-3
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
Then you shall go on forward from there and come to the terebinth tree of Tabor. There three men going up to God at Bethel will meet you, one carrying three young goats, another carrying three loaves of bread, and another carrying a skin of wine. – 1 Samuel 10:3

Part I: Specific Prophecy

This is true prophecy. Samuel didn’t speak in vague half-truths! He didn’t tell Saul, “I feel like you will go somewhere significant and meet someone important.” He spoke with authority about specific details; and it all played out exactly as he said it would.

God cares about the smallest, most intricate details in your life. He wants to see your secret dreams come to pass even more than you do! He will speak to you about things to come – ahead of time – so you know you are on the right track. Do you believe it?

Part II: Specific Prayer

Our God is a God of specifics. He loves details. If He is willing to give us specific prophecy, shouldn’t we give Him specific prayer? If He is willing to give us the desire of our hearts (Ps 37:4), shouldn’t we tell Him exactly what those desires are?

When young women ask me to pray for a future husband, do you know what I ask for? Specifics! What color hair is your future husband going to have? How tall will he be? What color eyes will he have? What specifics has God shown you in times of prayer that you can stand on and pray for?

When someone asks me to pray for a job, do you know what I ask for? Specifics! What do you want to do? How much do you want to make? Where do you want your office to be? How many hours a week is your ideal schedule? What specifics has God shown you in times of prayer that you can stand on and pray for?

Prayer:

Father, thank You for being so specific! I want to make room to hear specifics from You in times of prayer. I want to have the attention to detail required to communicate specifics in prayer! Give me the confidence that You care about the details even more than I do, in Jesus’ name.

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Day 130: Jesus Has It All!

The Daily Word: Thursday, May 10th, 2018
1 Samuel 8:1-9:27
John 6:22-42
Psalm 106:32-48
Proverbs 14:34-35
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
And Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst.” – Jn 6:35

Are you hungry? Are you thirsty? Do you have a longing that nothing in this world can satisfy? Do you know there is more to life than just going through the motions, but can’t figure out exactly what it is that you’re missing?

Come to Jesus. He is the bread of life! Whoever comes to Him shall never hunger, and whoever believes in Him will never thirst!

To “hunger” is the Greek peinao (Strong’s G3983). It refers to needs and desires of the body. Jesus is telling us that whenever we have a material need, all we have to do is come to Him! He will make sure we have what we need to not only survive, but also to thrive in the purpose for which He created us!

To “thirst” is the Greek dipsao (Strong’s G1372). It refers to needs and wants of the soul. Jesus is telling us that whenever we have an emotional or spiritual need, all we have to do is believe in Him! Faith in Jesus satisfies a longing so deep, that no amount of money or earthly happiness can touch it!

Whenever you are hungry: Jesus is the answer. Whenever you are thirsty: come to Him! When you have Jesus, you have everything you will ever need.

Prayer:

Father, thank You that Jesus satisfies all my desires. He satisfies all my longings! He satisfies all my hunger. Thank You for the gift of Your Son!

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Day 129: What Is In Your Hand?

The Daily Word: Wednesday, May 9th, 2018
1 Samuel 5:1-7:17
John 6:1-21
Psalm 106:13-31
Proverbs 14:32-33
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
One of His disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said to Him, “There is a lad here who has five barley loaves and two small fish, but what are they among so many?” – Jn 6:8-9

The disciples couldn’t scrounge up much. They needed to feed five thousand men, plus women and children: which means at least fifteen thousand people total. But did you know that nothing is impossible to God?

Don’t despise what you have at your disposal. Andrew found a boy with five loaves and two fish; and he wondered aloud, “What are they among so many?” He didn’t think what he had available would even put a dent in the need in front of him! But Jesus would soon show Andrew how limiting his attitude was. Jesus didn’t need food; He just needed faith.

What do you have in your hand? What has God given you that you can use right now? Don’t despise what you have to offer. Simply bring Jesus your best, and watch Him multiply it right in front of your eyes!

Prayer:

Father, You are the God of abundance. You are the God of more than enough! I know that when I bring You what I have in my hand, You will multiply it beyond my wildest dreams, in Jesus’ name!

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Day 128: Finding the Perfect Mentor

The Daily Word: Tuesday, May 8th, 2018
1 Samuel 2:22-4:22
John 5:24-47
Psalm 106:1-12
Proverbs 14:30-31
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
Then the boy Samuel ministered to the Lord before Eli. And the word of the Lord was rare in those days; there was no widespread revelation. – 1 Sam 3:1

Samuel ministered before Eli; but he ministered to the Lord. Eli was far from perfect; but he still taught Samuel how to hear from God. Eli’s household was rebellious; but God still used Eli to train and raise up the great prophet Samuel! Samuel would become one of the greatest prophets the world had ever seen: not because his teacher had a spotless resume, but because he chose to serve and honor God even thought his teacher was imperfect!

There is no such thing as a perfect mentor. Don’t obsess over finding the perfect person to serve or to learn from. Ask God, “Whom do you want me to serve? Whom do you want me to learn from?” And when He answers, dive right in and start serving. God will see your service – no matter how imperfect the recipient – as worship and as service to Him! He will use your service as a training ground, and launch you into your destiny from that place.

Prayer:

Father, thank You for the men and women You have called me to serve! I know they are not perfect, and neither am I; but that doesn’t mean You won’t profoundly impact the lives of other people through us!

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Day 127: When Jesus Comes

The Daily Word: Monday, May 7th, 2018
1 Samuel 1:1-2:21
John 5:1-23
Psalm 105:37-45
Proverbs 14:28-29
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
Jesus said to him, “Rise, take up your bed and walk.” And immediately the man was made well, took up his bed, and walked. And that day was the Sabbath. – Jn 5:8-9

This man had been sick thirty-eight years. He had been waiting patiently for his healing; but his healing still hadn’t happened. Yet when Jesus showed up, everything changed.

Jesus gave a word, and the man responded. Jesus told him he was healed, and he acted on God’s word. He was healed immediately, “…took up his bed, and walked” (v 9). His life would never be the same.

When Jesus comes, everything changes. Have you invited Jesus into every area of your life? Have you invited Him into your relationships? Your finances? Your career? Why waste another moment without Him, if He is willing to come whenever you call?

Prayer:

Father, I invite Your Son Jesus into every part of my life! When He shows up, everything changes. Let Him come in to all the places where I have been waiting for change to take place, and turn everything upside down in the best way!

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Day 126: Acting on the Word

The Daily Word: Sunday, May 6th, 2018
Ruth 2:1-4:22
John 4:43-54
Psalm 105:16-36
Proverbs 14:26-27
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
Jesus said to him, “Go your way; your son lives.” So the man believed the word that Jesus spoke to him, and he went his way. – John 4:50

A nobleman came to Jesus in Cana of Galilee. This man’s son was sick and “at the point of death” (v 47), so he, “…went to [Jesus] and implored Him to come down and heal his son” (v 47).

This father didn’t just hear the word of the Lord; he acted on it! The word Jesus spoke was the answer to this man’s prayer in potential form: his son would live! But the man had to 1) receive the word and 2) act on it to have his prayer answered.

Are you acting on the word God has given you? Are you stepping out in faith, and believing that what Jesus says is true? When Jesus healed ten lepers, they were cleansed “as they went” to show themselves to the priest (Lk 17:14). When Jesus healed the woman with the issue of blood, she “…came from behind and touched the border of His garment” (Lk 8:44). When Jesus healed blind Bartimaeus, it was because the blind man cried out, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me” (Mk 10:46)!

Miracles happen when you not only believe the word, but you step out and act like it’s true! What are you doing with the word God has spoken over your life?!

But do you want to know, o foolish man, that faith without works is dead? – James 2:20

Prayer:

Father, help me to act on Your word. I want to live my life like Your word is true: with no excuses! Help me to believe Your word like never before, in Jesus’ name!

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Day 125: Right Where You Are

The Daily Word: Saturday, May 5th, 2018
Judges 21:1-Ruth 1:22
John 4:4-42
Psalm 105:1-15
Proverbs 14:25
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
But He needed to go through Samaria. – John 4:4

Jesus had no business being in Samaria. He was called to the Jews, not the Gentiles. He was on His way from Judea to Galilee, and this was nothing more than a pit stop for food and rest. But God put someone in His path who needed to hear the Gospel.

Who is God putting in your path who needs to hear the Gospel? Maybe you’re only half-way to where you think you need to be. Maybe you’re stuck in a dead-end job, or trapped in a city you don’t love. But God is still using you. You are there: with purpose, and on purpose. There are people right where you are who may never come to church, but who will respond to the Jesus in you!

Don’t let this opportunity pass you by. Your life is not perfect; but you are right where you need to be. Open your eyes to people who need to hear Jesus, and then go out and tell them who He really is!

Prayer:

Father, thank You for my divine assignment! I know I haven’t arrived where I’m going; but I pray You would help me to make the most of where I am. I want to tell people how good Jesus is, every step of the way!

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Day 124: Stay Protected

The Daily Word: Friday, May 4th, 2018
Judges 19:1-20:48
John 3:22-4:3
Psalm 104:24-35
Proverbs 14:22-24
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
And the old man said, “Peace be with you! However, let all your needs be my responsibility; only do not spend the night in the open square.” – Judges 19:20

A Levite and his family were returning from Bethlehem to Ephraim. They stopped in a town called Gibeah for the night; but an old man met them, and begged them to come stay with him. The old man’s plea was, do not spend the night in the open square. In other words: do not leave yourself unprotected! You need shelter.

You need shelter too. You need accountability. God will send people into your life to tell you when you are vulnerable: to beg you to come back to where it’s safe, in the shadow if the Almighty. You need prayer protection! God will send people into your life to cover you in prayer, so there is no open hole for the enemy to wriggle through.

Don’t spend the night in the open square! There are people God will send into your life to rescue you from your unprotected state. Take heed, and go inside under God’s protection where it is safe.

Prayer:

Father, thank You for accountability partners. Thank You for prayer warriors! Thank You for the men and women in my life who are unwilling to see me out in the cold and unprotected. Bless them for the way they have blessed me, in Jesus’ name!

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