Day 339: Victorious Faith

The Daily Word: Tuesday, December 5th, 2017
Hosea 1:1-3:5
1 John 5:1-21
Psalm 124:1-8
Proverbs 29:5-8
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:  

For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. – 1 Jn 5:4

Faith is not just the key to victory; faith is the victory. If you have faith, you are victorious!

You might read that and think, “But my life doesn’t look victorious.” But if you have faith, you are in Christ Jesus; and Jesus has already overcome the world (1 John 4:4)! Scripture says you are more than a conqueror (Rom 8:37) through Him!

Faith is, “…the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” (Heb 11:1). Faith is what covers you with the victory Jesus already won on the Cross. Faith is your proof that God will do everything He said He will do! If you have faith in Jesus, you have everything you need.

Prayer:

Father, thank You for faith! Help me to believe in Your Word – Your Son Jesus Christ – like never before. I know my faith is my victory.

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Day 338: Back to Basics

The Daily Word: Monday, December 4th, 2017
Daniel 11:36-12:13
1 John 4:1-21
Psalm 123:1-4
Proverbs 29:2-4
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:  

He who does not love does not know God, for God is love. – 1 Jn 4:8

God is love. The Gospel is the ultimate declaration of His love. He loves you so much that He sent His only Son to die for your sin: to receive death in your place, so that you could receive eternal life!

Everything God does is an expression of love; and that means everything we do should be an expression of love too! You can have a PhD in theology; but if you don’t have love, you have nothing. You can have all the spiritual gifts; but if you don’t minister the love of God to people, it’s all a waste! You can preach the most intelligent message anyone has ever heard; but if it’s not in love, it’s in vain.

Get back to basics. Love well; and let God take care of the rest!

Prayer:

Father, help me to love well! Give me a passion for people. Help me to do the simple job of loving other people well, in Jesus’ name.

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Day 337: I Was Glad

The Daily Word: Sunday, December 3rd, 2017
Daniel 11:2-35
1 John 3:7-24
Psalm 122:1-9
Proverbs 29:1
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:  

I was glad when they said to me, “Let us go into the house of the Lord.” – Ps 122:1

Are you happy when you go to church? David was glad when he went into the house of the Lord. We should be too!

Church is so much more than just getting together with friends and acquaintances once a week to sing songs. There is a corporate anointing that can only manifest when we’re around other people, praying and pressing in. Our attitude when we walk in to church should be, “Anything could happen today. God could work a miracle in my life, just like that.”

When we show up excited to be at church – prayed up and spiritually prepared – God will do the impossible. There is no such thing as wasted worship! Don’t let another Sunday go to waste: get to church, and press in like never before.

Prayer:

Father, I speak abundant joy over our times of corporate worship in Jesus’ name. I never want to go through the motions. When I show up at the house of the Lord, I know my life is about to change – every time I come!

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Day 336: Smarty Pants

The Daily Word: Saturday, December 2nd, 2017
Daniel 9:1-11:1
1 John 2:18-3:6
Psalm 121:1-8
Proverbs 28:27-28
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:  

But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and you know all things. – 1 John 2:20

You are smarter than you think you are! You have the mind of Christ (1 Cor 2:16). You have an anointing, and you know all things!

Did you know that you can hear from God at any time? Did you know that God, “…does nothing, [without first revealing] His secret to His servants the prophets” (Amos 3:7)? God will tell you what is coming in advance. He will tell you what to do when you make the decision to prepare in prayer. Are you ready to receive the calling He has for you to “know all things?”

Prayer:

Father, thank You for filling me with Your Holy Spirit. Thank You for making me new, and giving me an anointing to know all things, in Jesus’ name!

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Day 335: Heaven Help!

The Daily Word: Friday, December 1st, 2017
Daniel 8:1-27
1 John 2:1-17
Psalm 120:1-7
Proverbs 28:25-26
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:  

Then it happened, when I, Daniel, had seen the vision and was seeking the meaning, that suddenly there stood before me one having the appearance of a man. – Dan 8:15

Do you ever have a dream and not know what it means? Do you ever see a vision in prayer and not know what to make of it?

Ask for help. When we seek to understand what God has shown us, He will help us! Daniel saw something he didn’t understand (see vv 1-14); but he didn’t have to “get it” on his own. He simply had to seek God, and God sent a messenger from Heaven to explain everything to him!

Daniel didn’t have to stress about the vision. He simply had to ask God what it meant. As he requested help, God revealed the meaning.

Prayer:

Father, thank You for helping me to understand everything You show me. Thank You for telling me what my dreams mean. Thank You for telling me what I should pray for! Thank You for making sure I get the message, no matter how many times it takes to get through.

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Day 334: Be Honest!

The Daily Word: Thursday, November 30th, 2017
Daniel 7:1-28
1 John 1:1-10
Psalm 119:153-176
Proverbs 28:23-24
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:  

He who rebukes a man will find more favor afterward than he who flatters with the tongue. – Prov 28:23

Don’t you appreciate honest friends? A real friend is someone who will tell you how (s)he really feels. A real friend is someone who won’t hold back the truth. A real friend tells you when you’re out of line, in a spirit of love!

Sometimes we’re afraid to be honest with our friends because we’re worried the truth will hurt. But lies always hurt more then the truth. Always. What is hidden will be uncovered; and what is in the darkness will be brought into the light! And when your friend finds out the truth, do you know what his first question will be for you? Why didn’t you tell me?!

Don’t tell your friends what they want to hear; tell them what they need to hear to be the best person they can possibly be!

Prayer:

Father, help me to be honest with the friends You have given me. Surround me with people who are willing to be open and honest with me! Help me to use my tongue for good, and never for gain, in Jesus’ name.

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Day 333: God’s Word Brings Light

The Daily Word: Wednesday, November 29th, 2017
Daniel 6:1-28
2 Peter 3:1-18
Psalm 119:129-152
Proverbs 28:21-22
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:  

The entrance of Your words gives light… – Ps 119:130

The entrance – or introduction – of God’s word into any situation brings light. Light is the opposite of darkness. God’s word relieves darkness and depression. His word releases believers from oppression. His word brings the power to heal!

He sent His word and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions. – Ps 107:20

God’s written word guides and restores us. His spoken word encourages and revives us. Whatever you are going through, the answer is more of God’s word!

Prayer:

Father, thank You for the power in Your word. Your word heals. Your word brings light. Your word guides me from where I am, to where You want me to be. Thank You for Your word, in Jesus’ name!

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Day 332: I Have Heard of You!

The Daily Word: Tuesday, November 28th, 2017
Daniel 5:1-31
2 Peter 2:1-22
Psalm 119:113-128
Proverbs 28:19-20
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:  

I have heard of you, that the Spirit of God is in you, and that light and understanding and excellent wisdom are found in you. – Dan 5:14

The king of Babylon had heard of Daniel. He called Daniel because of his reputation: that the Spirit of God was in him, and that he possessed a level of “light…understanding and excellent wisdom” the rest of the world did not.

Daniel made God famous! People wanted to be around Daniel because of the things God did through him. Do you believe this can be your testimony too? What if the Holy Spirit moved so powerfully through your life that your boss always called you for the most demanding (but also most rewarding) projects? What if the wisdom of God came out of your mouth so often that your friends always wanted to seek your advice? What if every acquaintance you have – even though they haven’t met Jesus yet – wanted to be around you because they simply sensed something was different about you?

Life with Jesus should be so radical that other people notice. Daniel didn’t try to attract attention. He simply walked out God’s will for his life, and everyone stopped and stared. You have the same Spirit in you as Daniel had in him; so your life should bear the same fruit!

Prayer:

Father, I want to make You famous. I want to put Your power, wisdom, and glory on display – everywhere I go, and for everyone I meet. Make me a walking representation of Your goodness and Your glory, in Jesus’ name!

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Day 331: Interpreting Dreams

The Daily Word: Monday, November 27th, 2017
Daniel 4:1-37
2 Peter 1:1-21
Psalm 119:97-112
Proverbs 28:17-18
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:  

But at last Daniel came before me (…in him is the Spirit of the Holy God), and I told the dream before him … – Dan 4:8

Daniel was just a man. He had no special training in dream interpretation; but he had the Holy Spirit. Guess what? You have the Holy Spirit too! God put His Spirit “…in your heart as a guarantee” (2 Cor 1:22). That means you can interpret dreams just like Daniel.

Daniel didn’t need a special course in dream interpretation. He sought the Lord (Dan 2:18), and “…then the secret was revealed to Daniel in a night vision. So Daniel blessed the God of heaven” (Dan 2:19)! Daniel simply asked God what the dream meant, and God revealed the interpretation!

Dream interpretation is simple. If you have a dream, ask God what it means. It may mean nothing; or it may mean something. Either way, God will make it plain.

Prayer:

Father, thank You for helping me to interpret dreams! Thank You that I never have to wonder what dreams mean; I just have to ask! Give me the boldness and the courage to ask, in Jesus’ name.

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Day 330: Spiritual Gifts

The Daily Word: Sunday, November 26th, 2017
Daniel 2:24-3:30
1 Peter 4:7-5:14
Psalm 119:81-96
Proverbs 28:15-16
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:  

As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. – 1 Peter 4:10

I believe in spiritual gifts. I believe all believers should earnestly desire to walk in the gifts outlined in 1 Cor 12: the word of wisdom (v 8), the word of knowledge (v 8), the gift of faith (v 9), gifts of healings (v 9), miracles (v 10), prophecy (v 10), discerning of spirits (v 10), different kinds of tongues (v 10), and the interpretation of tongues (v 10). I echo the desire Paul expressed in 1 Cor 14 that the whole church would “desire spiritual gifts,” especially prophecy (v 1).

But we have to know what spiritual gifts are for. Said a different way, we have to know whom spiritual gifts are for. Spiritual gifts are not just for you; they are to share with others. 1 Peter 4:10 says God gives us gifts so that we might, “…minister…to one another, as good stewards.” Spiritual gifts are not badges of honor we wear in ministry settings to prove we have a calling on our life. They are not benchmarks to show other people how committed we are to God. They are gifts; and God trusts us with them so that we might show His goodness to others.

What are you doing with the gifts He has given you? Are you holding on to them, and only exercising them for yourself? Or are you letting them flow freely through your hands, and blessing every single person you meet?

Prayer:

Father, help me to be wholly unselfish with Your spiritual gifts! Help me to take my eyes off myself, and start praying for other people. I want to be an effective minister – and a good steward – of everything You have given me, in Jesus’ name!

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