Day 290: The Soul Healer

The Daily Word: Wednesday, October 17th, 2018
Jeremiah 30:1-31:26
1 Timothy 2:1-15
Psalm 87:1-7
Proverbs 25:18-19
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
Their souls shall be like a well-watered garden, and they shall sorrow no more at all. – Jer 31:12b

God is the Healer: not only of the body, but also of the soul! He will make your soul like a well-watered garden: perfectly refreshed and full of life! He will take away your pain and sadness so you “sorrow no more at all.” He will turn your mourning into dancing, and your sorrow into joy!

Do you need healing in your soul? You need more than a therapist; you need the Counselor, God’s Holy Spirit! Turn to God, and He will provide.

Prayer:

Father, thank You for soul provision! You are the healer of my soul! I want to look to You in every moment I need healing, and receive everything Jesus died for me to have!

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Day 289: What Is God Like?

The Daily Word: Tuesday, October 16th, 2018
Jeremiah 28:1-29:32
1 Timothy 1:1-20
Psalm 86:1-17
Proverbs 25:17
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
For You, Lord, are good, and ready to forgive, and abundant in mercy to all those who call upon You. – Ps 86:5

What is God like? Are you wondering what you are going to find when you turn to God? Are you wondering how God is going to respond when you come back to Him?

He is good! He is ready to forgive! He is abundant in mercy to “all those who call upon Him!” That means you don’t have to be perfect to receive the forgiveness of God; you simply have to call on Him, for “whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Rom 10:13).

Come back to God. He has already separated you from your sin, as far as the east is from the west (Ps 103:12). His goodness, forgiveness, mercy, and love, are waiting for you at the foot of the Cross. All you have to do is receive Him, in Jesus’ name.

Prayer:

Father, thank You that You are good! Thank You that You are ready to forgive. Thank You for Your abundant mercy toward every man and every woman who calls upon You. I’m calling upon You now, in Jesus’ name. I know I don’t deserve forgiveness, but Jesus died for me to have it; so I receive it, in Jesus’ name!

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Day 288: Pray for Us

The Daily Word: Monday, October 15th, 2018
Jeremiah 26:1-27:22
2 Thessalonians 3:1-18
Psalm 85:1-13
Proverbs 25:16
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may run swiftly and be glorified, just as it is with you… – 2 Thess 3:1

Paul was a powerful man! He was an anointed apostle, who traveled the world healing the sick and preaching the Gospel. But he wasn’t afraid to ask for prayer.

This is a key to the Apostle Paul’s powerful ministry: he asked others to pray for him! It is arrogance to think you can do what God has called you to do, without relying on the prayers of others. God gave you good friends so they can pray for you. He gave you family so they can pray for you. He gave you brothers and sisters in your church so they can pray for you!

Do you have anointed men and women of God praying for you?

Prayer:

Father, thank You for the prayer warriors in my life. Surround me with men and women who love to pray for me, and encourage me to do the same for them, in Jesus’ name!

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Day 287: Prophetic Accuracy

The Daily Word: Sunday, October 14th, 2018
Jeremiah 23:21-25:38
2 Thessalonians 2:1-17
Psalm 84:1-12
Proverbs 25:15
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
“I have not sent these prophets, yet they ran. I have not spoken to them, yet they prophesied.  But if they had stood in My counsel, and had caused My people to hear My words, then they would have turned them from their evil way And from the evil of their doings. – Jer 23:21-22

God’s prophets had a problem. He didn’t send them anywhere; yet they traveled in His name. He didn’t tell them to say anything; yet they prophesied in His name. God wanted to use them to turn His people from their sin: to invite them to repent and be received into the Kingdom of God! But His prophets were more interested in being busy than being obedient.

If God has given you something to say, say it. But if He has not spoken to you, don’t say anything! I believe in the gift of prophecy (see 1 Cor 12:10). What’s more, I believe all New Testament believers are called to exercise the gift of prophecy (see Luke 7:28, 1 Cor 14:1), because all are filled with the Holy Spirit (see Rom 8:11). However, the fact that we are called to prophesy does not mean we can say whatever we want! The counterbalance to desiring the prophetic is an understanding that we are accountable for the words we give in God’s name:

But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment. For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.” – Matt 12:36-37

God will speak through you; but you have to wait on Him for the message. When you feel like God wants you to say something, ask Him for confirmation. Spend some more time in prayer, and let Him confirm His word. Once you’re sure it’s Him, deliver the message. The result will be an on time word that changes someone’s life.

Prayer:

Father, I pray You would increase my prophetic accuracy in Jesus’ name! I know the words I speak are valuable. I don’t want to waste my breath, saying things You don’t want me to say! Purify my heart, and purify my mouth, in Jesus’ name.

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Day 286: Valuable Words

The Daily Word: Saturday, October 13th, 2018
Jeremiah 22:1-23:20
2 Thessalonians 1:1-12
Psalm 83:1-18
Proverbs 25:11-14
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver. Like an earring of gold and an ornament of fine gold is a wise rebuker to an obedient ear. – Prov 25:11-12

Words are valuable. A word fitly spoken – at the right time and in the right way – carries just as much value as any luxury item. Even a rebuke – a negative word! – can have as much value as a priceless possession.

When people around you speak, listen. Do you have people in your life who are willing to speak the truth, instead of just telling you what you want to hear? I do! And those relationships are precious. Honest people make you better!

Prayer:

Father, I pray You would surround me with people who are willing to be honest and open. I need their words of wisdom! Make me receptive and thankful to hear everything they have to say, in Jesus’ name.

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Day 285: The Ministry Formula

The Daily Word: Friday, October 12th, 2018
Jeremiah 19:1-21:14
1 Thessalonians 5:4-28
Psalm 82:1-8
Proverbs 25:9-10
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
Now we exhort you, brethren, warn those who are unruly, comfort the fainthearted, uphold the weak, be patient with all. – 1 Thess 5:14

Believers must have a multifaceted arsenal to respond to crisis. We must be ready to warn those who need a warning, comfort those in discomfort, uphold those who cannot hold themselves up, and be patient with those who test our patience. How can we be expected to do all that?

We need help. We must rely on the Holy Spirit to give us exactly what the person in front of us needs, at all times. There is no ministry formula! There is no cookie-cutter approach to God’s glory. We simply lean on the Holy Spirit every step of the way, and He will take us where we need to go.

Prayer:

Father, thank You for working through me. Even when I am paralyzed with fear, You move by faith.

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Day 284: Ungrateful People

The Daily Word: Thursday, October 11th, 2018
Jeremiah 16:16-18:23
1 Thessalonians 4:1-5:3
Psalm 81:1-16
Proverbs 25:6-8
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
Shall evil be repaid for good? For they have dug a pit for my life. Remember that I stood before You to speak good for them, to turn away Your wrath from them. – Jer 18:20

Jeremiah constantly prayed for the people of Israel. He pleaded with God to spare their lives. He “spoke good for them” so God’s wrath would be turned away. And do you think the people he prayed for were grateful?

Absolutely not! Jeremiah prayed for Israel; and in response, they tried to kill him. They should have been grateful! But instead they were livid.

Don’t be offended when people fail to reciprocate your love. Keep praying, even if they’re ungrateful. Keep praying, even if they’re hateful! Keep praying: not because they deserve love, but because Jesus died for them to have it.

In return for my love they are my accusers, but I give myself to prayer. – Ps 109:4

Prayer:

Father, give me grace to face people who have hurt me. I prayed for them, and they didn’t care. I loved them, and they threw it back in my face! Even if they’re ungrateful, I will love them through it, in Jesus’ name!

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Day 283: You Are The Man!

The Daily Word: Wednesday, October 10th, 2018
Jeremiah 14:11-16:15
1 Thessalonians 2:9-3:13
Psalm 80:1-19
Proverbs 25:1-5
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
Let Your hand be upon the man of Your right hand, upon the son of man whom You made strong for Yourself. – Ps 80:17

You are the man (or woman!) of God’s right hand. He made you strong. He called you out to do something nobody else can do! He made you on purpose!

But He doesn’t expect you to do it alone. His hand is upon you. His Holy Spirit is in you. His presence is with you! You are God’s anointed one, and He will finish what He started in you!

Take heart. God made you strong for His sake. No matter what happens, He will never let you fail.

Prayer:

Father, thank You for trusting me! I submit to Your will for my life. I’m humbled by Your purposes for my life! I bless You, and I thank You, in Jesus’ name.

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Day 282: Questions!

The Daily Word: Tuesday, October 9th, 2018
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:
Righteous are You, O Lord, when I plead with You; yet let me talk with You about Your judgments. Why does the way of the wicked prosper? Why are those happy who deal so treacherously? – Jer 12:1

Jeremiah was a prophet. He heard from God all the time! But he still had questions. There were things in his life that didn’t make sense. There were issues he didn’t understand! He was perplexed, and he needed an answer from God; so he asked.

It’s ok to have questions. Take them to God! Not only does He want to hear them; He longs to answer them, in Jesus’ name!

Prayer:

Father, thank You for open ears and a receptive heart. Thank You for always making time to listen to me, in Jesus’ name! I’m so in awe that the God of the universe would make time to talk to me.

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Day 281: What Can I Pray For?

The Daily Word: Monday, October 8th, 2018
Jeremiah 10:1-11:23
Colossians 3:18-4:18
Psalm 78:56-72
Proverbs 24:28-29
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
Continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving; meanwhile praying also for us, that God would open to us a door for the word, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in chains… – Col 4:2-3

Paul needed prayer. This was important! He needed the early church to pray for him “earnestly” and with vigilance (v 2).

This was Paul’s chief prayer request: that God would open a door for the word. Paul had plenty of things he could be asking for! Protection from his enemies. Freedom from prison. Provision for his needs to be met! But he bypassed all those personal prayer requests, and focused instead on the Kingdom of God.

What are you praying for? Is an opportunity to share the Gospel first on your list?

Prayer:

Father, I pray You would open to me a door for the word. I’m asking You to put at least one person who doesn’t know Jesus in my path, so I can share the Gospel!

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