Day 283: A Bronze Wall

The Daily Word: Tuesday, October 10th, 2017
Jeremiah 14:11-16:15
1 Thessalonians 2:9-3:13
Psalm 80:1-19
Proverbs 25:1-5
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And I will make you to this people a fortified bronze wall; and they will fight against you, but they shall not prevail against you; for I am with you to save you and deliver you,” says the Lord. – Jer 15:20

Jeremiah had a tough assignment! God called him to preach repentance to the people of Israel: to challenge them, and reveal that they were not really living for God. When the people heard Jeremiah, they were angry. Some would try to kill him, and others would try to drive him out of the land; but God told Jeremiah never to fear. God would make Jeremiah like a “fortified bronze wall:” impossible to move, and immune to danger and destruction.

When you go where God has called you to go, and do what He has called you to do, He will make you like a fortified bronze wall. When you say what He has called you to say, you will be strong! No one will be able to move you, and nothing will be capable of pulling you down. Trust Him; for when you are with Him, you will have nothing to fear.

Prayer:

Father, give me confidence to boldly say what You have given me to say, and to do what You have called me to do. I will not fear. You are with me, and You will deliver me, in Jesus’ name!

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Day 282: The Word Brings Joy

The Daily Word: Monday, October 9th, 2017
Jeremiah 12:1-14:10
1 Thessalonians 1:1-2:8
Psalm 79:1-13
Proverbs 24:30-34
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:  

And you became followers of us and of the Lord, having received the word in much affliction, with joy of the Holy Spirit… – 1 Thess 1:6

The early church was highly afflicted. They suffered greatly, and were persecuted for their faith in Jesus Christ. But because they had the word, they had joy.

The word of God brings joy, even in the midst of suffering. The word of God brings life, even in the depths of despair! Faith in Jesus Christ doesn’t guarantee you won’t go through difficult moments; but it does guarantee that the word of God will bring joy into every situation, no matter the odds!

Pleasant words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the bones. – Prov 16:24

Prayer:

Father, thank You for the power in Your word. Thank You that Your word brings joy in the midst of every trial! I know that as long as I have Your word with me, I have nothing to fear, in Jesus’ name.

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Day 281: Divine Guidance

The Daily Word: Sunday, October 8th, 2017
Jeremiah 10:1-11:23
Colossians 3:18-4:18
Psalm 78:56-72
Proverbs 24:28-29
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O Lord, I know the way of man is not in himself; it is not in man who walks to direct his own steps. O Lord, correct me, but with justice; not in Your anger, lest You bring me to nothing. – Jer 10:23-24

“It is not in man…to direct his own steps.” If we can’t direct ourselves, we need a Director to point us in the right direction. That is why we need God’s Holy Spirit as our Counselor and our Guide. He lovingly corrects us, and puts us back on the right path whenever re-direction is required.

True worship means 1) admitting you can’t direct your own steps, and 2) asking God to direct them for you. True discipleship means inviting God to lovingly correct you, and point you in the right direction! When we are on our own, we lack direction; but when God guides, He takes us where we need to go.

Prayer:

Father, I invite you to correct me. Whenever I am on the wrong track, point me back in the right direction. I submit to Your divine guidance and leadership, in Jesus’ name!

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Day 280: Getting Priorities Straight

The Daily Word: Saturday, October 7th, 2017
Jeremiah 8:8-9:26
Colossians 3:1-17
Psalm 78:32-55
Proverbs 24:27
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:  

Prepare your outside work, make it fit for yourself in the field; and afterward build your house. – Prov 24:27

Jesus told His disciples to, “…seek first the kingdom of God” (Matt 6:33). Our first priority is to seek the kingdom of Heaven. In today’s verse, we are reminded that the outside work – telling people about Jesus – is the only thing that matters. We must take our eyes off ourselves and put our attention on others.

Are you worrying about you and yours? Or are you occupied with God and His? Take care of the work God has given you to do outside your house, and He will give you everything you need to build your own home.  Seek His kingdom first, and everything you need “shall be added to you” (Matt 6:33).

Prayer:

Father, help me to focus on Your work first. Everything You want to do through me is so much more important than anything I want to do myself. I want to win souls, in Jesus’ name!

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Day 279: Nothing Left to Hide

The Daily Word: Friday, October 6th, 2017
Jeremiah 6:16-8:7
Colossians 2:8-23
Psalm 78:1-31
Proverbs 24:26
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And you, being dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He has made alive together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses… – Col 2:13

When you gave your life to Jesus, you died to yourself and came alive in Him. The debts you used to owe are no longer yours to pay. The guilt you used to carry is no longer yours to bear! The weight of the world has fallen off your shoulders, and Jesus now carries every burden for you.

Best of all, God forgave you “all trespasses.” When you gave your life to Jesus, God granted you complete forgiveness of all your sins! Thank God He forgives us for all trespasses – not just some, and not just a few! The Cross means we have nothing to hide, and nothing to fear. You can be yourself, knowing that God not only loves you; He really likes you too!

Prayer:

Father, thank You for complete and total forgiveness in Jesus’ name! Thank You that when I gave my life to Jesus, You made me alive with Him. You forgave all my sins! There is nothing left to hide, and nothing left to forgive, in Jesus’ name.

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Day 278: Spitting Fire

The Daily Word: Thursday, October 5th, 2017
Jeremiah 4:19-6:15
Colossians 1:18-2:7
Psalm 77:1-20
Proverbs 24:23-25
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:  

Therefore thus says the Lord God of hosts: “Because you speak this word, behold, I will make My words in your mouth fire, and this people wood, and it shall devour them.” – Jer 5:14

God will activate His word so it has the effect He desires. Jeremiah was just a man; but God chose him, and ordained him a prophet to the nations (Jer 1:5). When God filled Jeremiah with His word, everything changed. Jeremiah went from being just a “youth” (Jer 1:6), to being a firebrand with world-changing speech (see Jer 1:10).

In the same way, you may be just a man (or woman); but when you get filled up with God’s word, everything is going to change! You don’t have to have the perfect words; you simply have to be filled with His perfect word! When you say what God has given you to speak, His word will be like fire, and everything around you will change!

Prayer:

Father, thank You for filling me with Your word! Thank You that when I speak Your word, power is released! I want to be a messenger of Your word, and a firebrand for Heaven, in Jesus’ name.

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Day 277: Praying for Others

The Daily Word: Wednesday, October 4th, 2017
Jeremiah 2:31-4:18
Colossians 1:1-17
Psalm 76:1-12
Proverbs 24:21-22
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:  

We give thanks to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you, since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of your love for all the saints… - Col 1:3-4

We know Paul prayed without ceasing (1 Thess 5:17). But what did he pray for? Whom did he pray for? He prayed for other people. He prayed for the church!

He prayed for the Colossians….

For this reason we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you… – Col 1:9

He prayed for the Philippians…

I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, 4 always in every prayer of mine making request for you all with joy… – Phil 1:3-4

He prayed for the Ephesians…

Therefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints, do not cease to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers… - Eph 1:15-16 

He prayed for the Thessalonians…

We give thanks to God always for you all, making mention of you in our prayers… – 1 Thess 1:2

Paul was a writer! He was a preacher! But more than anything, he was a prayer. He prayed for other people, because he knew their very spiritual lives depended on it.  Are you praying for others like their lives depend on it?

Prayer:

Father, help me to take my eyes off myself, and pray for other people! I know You put other people in my life so I can pray for them. Make me faithful, and make me ready, in Jesus’ name!

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Day 276: Don’t Hold Back

The Daily Word: Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017
Jeremiah 1:1-2:30
Philippians 4:1-23
Psalm 75:1-10
Proverbs 24:17-20
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:  

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God…. – Phil 4:6

If you need something, ask God! But how you ask is important. Anxiety should not be in our prayer tool box. Instead, we must pray and ask – while we praise! – and God will open up every door.

Don’t hold back from God. Let your requests be made known! But ask the right way: without anxiety, and with thanksgiving. Thanksgiving kills anxiety. Thank Him, even if you don’t see the answer to your prayer! Praise Him as if it’s a done deal. When we thank God for things that have yet to happen, as if they’ve already been done, atmospheres change.

So, what do you need? Ask God. Then, praise Him like the answer is already in your hands.

Prayer:

Father, help me to be bold in my requests. I know God will satisfy my every need. I know He wants to satisfy my every need! Help me to ask well – without anxiety, and with thanksgiving – in Jesus’ name.

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Day 275: Like A River

The Daily Word: Monday, October 2nd, 2017
Isaiah 66:1-24
Philippians 3:4-21
Psalm 74:1-23
Proverbs 24:15-16
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:  

For thus says the Lord: “Behold, I will extend peace to her like a river, and the glory of the Gentiles like a flowing stream.” – Is 66:12

God provides peace like a river and glory like a stream. Rivers and streams are in constant motion; and if they come from the right source, they never dry up! The peace and glory God provides never cease. No matter what twists and turns life takes, God’s peace and His glory keep on coming.

That means we never have to worry about using up His goodness. Heaven has an unlimited supply of everything we need and all we desire. That also means we never have to fear that if we pour out into others, God won’t pour back into us! The best way to receive an endless supply of God’s peace and glory is to pour into others whenever we can. If you keep pouring out, God will keep pouring in!

Prayer:

Father, thank You for Your endless supply of glory and peace. I know Your love is unlimited, and the resources of Heaven never cease! Thank You for Your endless provision, in Jesus’ name.

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Day 274: Are You A Watchman?

The Daily Word: Sunday, October 1st, 2017
Isaiah 62:6-65:25
Philippians 2:19-3:3
Psalm 73:1-28
Proverbs 24:13-14
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:  

I have set watchmen on your walls, O Jerusalem; they shall never hold their peace day or night. You who make mention of the Lord, do not keep silent, and give Him no rest till He establishes and till He makes Jerusalem a praise in the earth. – Is 62:6-7

A watchman is one who keeps guard. In ancient times, watchmen would stand on the top of city walls and look out over the horizon, scanning for enemies. The watchmen would be the first to see incoming enemies, and warn the city to make ready and prepare a defense.

You and I are called to be watchmen and women in prayer. We are called to keep guard over our city, looking out with our spiritual eyes at things to come, and making ready to prepare a defense. Satan wants to attack and infiltrate our cities. His armies are many; but we can thwart them in prayer.

This is the call to arms Isaiah gave to the watchmen: never hold your peace. Do not keep silent. Do not rest from praying to God – night and day – until He does everything He wants to do in your city!

What would your city look like if Christian men and women stood guard, and prayed without ceasing for God’s will to come to pass?

For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. – Eph 6:12

Prayer:

Father, thank You for making me a watchman! I accept my role to pray. I pray Your Holy Spirit would fill my heart with powerful prayers that will fend off every attack of the enemy in Jesus’ name!

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