Day 95: Is It Physical?

The Daily Word: Sunday, April 5th, 2020
Deuteronomy 28:1-68
Luke 11:14-36
Psalm 77:1-20
Proverbs 12:18
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
And He was casting out a demon, and it was mute. So it was, when the demon had gone out, that the mute spoke; and the multitudes marveled. – Lk. 11:14

Sometimes it’s physical; but sometimes it’s spiritual. There were undoubtedly plenty of medical explanations as to why this mute man couldn’t speak. But Jesus discerned his issue was a spiritual one. So Jesus cast out the demon, and, “…when the demon had gone out,” (v. 14), the man spoke. If Jesus had tried to declare healing before He cast out the demon, He would have been wasting His time! But once the spiritual issue had been resolved, the healing simply happened, with no additional prayer required.

Some of the problems you are facing in your life are physical! But some are spiritual. And it is a waste of time, effort and energy to hit a spiritual nail with a physical hammer. Ask God to show you what’s really going on: in your body (physical), in your marriage (relational), and in your finances (material). Satan’s greatest strategy is ignorance. He wants you to keep coming at spiritual problems from a physical angle. So don’t buy it. Declare freedom from what’s oppressing you, and watch the darkness flee!

A plague is sweeping across the globe. It’s a physical problem! But what if it has spiritual roots? What if, along with a vaccine and medical intervention, repentance and deliverance are required? Are we wasting time by not presenting a spiritual solution along with our physical plans?

Prayer:

Father, Your Word says I have the mind of Christ. I pray You would make me wise, just like Jesus. Give me discernment to see what’s really going on so I can pray accordingly, in Jesus’ name!

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Day 94: A Friend Comes at Midnight

The Daily Word: Saturday, April 4th, 2020
Deuteronomy 26:1-27:26
Luke 10:38-11:13
Psalm 76:1-12
Proverbs 12:15-17
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
And [Jesus] said to them, “Which of you shall have a friend, and go to him at midnight and say to him, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves; for a friend of mine has come to me on his journey, and I have nothing to set before him…’” – Lk. 11:5-6

Jesus is this Friend! Jesus will come to you at times that are downright inconvenient. His Holy Spirit will come and wake you up, and ask if you are willing to do something for Him. God will come and interrupt your life, and hope that you are willing to be a blessing to someone He puts in your path! When He does, what will your answer be?

Are you willing to drop whatever you are doing and say “Yes” to the prompting of the Spirit of Jesus? He can be persistent. He won’t give up asking in as many ways – and in as many places! – as He possibly can! Will you make today the day you say yes – once and for all – to the Holy Spirit, and live a life in partnership with Him? Will you allow yourself to be used by God to bless other people and serve Him however He desires?

There are people around you whom God wants to bless! But He can only do it through you. Jesus is knocking. Will you open the door and give Him your heart?

Prayer:

Father, thank You for never giving up on me. Thank You for being persistent! I pray I would never turn a blind eye to what You are showing me, or give a deaf ear to what You are saying! Use me Lord, in Jesus’ name!

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Day 93: Clean Up the Camp

The Daily Word: Friday, April 3rd, 2020
Deuteronomy 23:1-25:19
Luke 10:13-37
Psalm 75:1-10
Proverbs 12:12-14
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
“When the army goes out against your enemies, then keep yourself from every wicked thing.” – Deut. 23:9

Purity is most important in times of conflict. Holiness is most essential in times of war. For God’s people, battles are won and lost not on their strength or fighting ability, but on their ability and willingness to keep sin out of the camp.

When the enemy attacks, keep yourself pure. Focus on Jesus. Do not give Satan a way in to your mind and heart! There is such a thing as “giving place” to the devil.[1] If your camp is a mess and your life is full of sin, you are giving your enemy an unnecessary foothold that he can use to take defeat from you. But if you would turn to Jesus with all your heart and look to Him alone, God would bring you to victory.

“For the Lord your God walks in the midst of your camp, to deliver you and give your enemies over to you…” – Deut. 23:14

Prayer:

Father, help me to clean up my camp! If there’s anything in my life that needs to be removed, let me know. You have my ear. Speak to me, and I will do whatever You ask, in Jesus’ name!

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[1] “’Be angry, and do not sin’: do not let the sun go down on your wrath, nor give place to the devil.” – Eph. 4:26-27

Day 92: Don’t Look Back

The Daily Word: Thursday, April 2nd, 2020
Deuteronomy 21:1-22:30
Luke 9:51-10:12
Psalm 74:1-23
Proverbs 12:11
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
And another also said, “Lord, I will follow You, but let me first go and bid them farewell who are at my house.” But Jesus said to him, “No one, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.” – Lk. 9:61-62

Following Jesus is costly. Your friends and family members may not understand why you love Jesus the way you do. Your co-workers may not be able to reconcile why you spend so much time in prayer and fasting! But if you’re going to follow Jesus, here is what you need to know up front: Don’t look back.

You will be tempted to give up. You will be tempted to build up “treasures on earth” instead of “treasures in heaven” (Matt. 6:19-20). You will have great moments of victory and breakthrough! But you will also have agonizing moments where you don’t understand why healing didn’t come. You will have to say goodbye to the old you – the “old man” (Col. 3:9) – and be, “…transformed by the renewing of your mind” (Rom. 12:2).

But know this. Following Jesus is worth it! Don’t wait until things get difficult to make the determination that you will follow Him no matter what. Decide now that you will follow Him, and never look back. And when you meet Him face to face, you will enjoy the fruit of your decision for all eternity.

“But he who endures to the end shall be saved. “ – Matt. 24:13

Prayer:

Father, help me to set my eyes on Jesus and keep them there. I don’t want to daydream about my old life. I want to live for You! I want to put my hand to the plow and never look back. Keep me focused, and remind me that following You is worth it, in Jesus’ name!

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Day 91: He Is Yours

The Daily Word: Wednesday, April 1st, 2020
Deuteronomy 18:1-20:20
Luke 9:28-50
Psalm 73:1-28
Proverbs 12:10
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
“The priests…shall have no part nor inheritance with Israel; they shall eat the offerings of the Lord made by fire, and His portion. Therefore they shall have no inheritance among their brethren; the Lord is their inheritance, as He said to them.” – Deut. 18:1-2

You are, “…a chosen generation, a royal priesthood” (1 Pet. 2:9). You are a New Testament priest of God in Jesus Christ. And that means that your inheritance is no longer of this world! Your inheritance is Jesus. The Lord Himself is your inheritance!

By the way, that is not a letdown. That doesn’t mean He won’t bless you on this Earth. His blessings will still make you rich, and He won’t add any sorrow to it (Prov. 10:22)! What your priestly status means is that no matter what happens in your life on this Earth, you have an inheritance in Heaven that will never fade away. You belong to Jesus; and Jesus is yours. And nothing and no one can ever take that away.

Prayer:

Jesus, thank You for being my inheritance. I pray I would live for You: nothing and no one else! I will lay down the cares and concerns of this world, and take up a heavenly affection for You, in Jesus’ name.

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Day 90: You Do It!

The Daily Word: Tuesday, March 31st, 2020
Deuteronomy 16:1-17:20
Luke 9:7-27
Psalm 72:1-20
Proverbs 12:8-9
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
But He said to them, “You give them something to eat.” – Lk. 9:13

The disciples were panicked. They looked to Jesus for a miracle. Thousands of people have gathered to hear Jesus preach, and they were hungry. So the disciples asked Jesus for help. But Jesus gave them a surprise answer: “You give them something to eat.”

You see, Jesus had already given the disciples His power and authority:

Then He called His twelve disciples together and gave them power and authority… – Lk. 9:1a

So they didn’t need to come to Him again and ask for the same miracle-working power and authority He had already given them! They didn’t need to come to Jesus and ask for help doing what He already told them to do. They just needed to trust that the same Holy Spirit who moved through Jesus would move through them.

Stop asking God to do things He already delegated to you. Heal the sick (Matt. 10:8). Preach the Gospel! Declare blessing over your finances. Proclaim healing over our country and the world. You have the power and authority of Jesus! Are you going to use it?

Prayer:

Father, thank You for trusting me with power and authority. I want to glorify and honor You in everything I do! Help me to step out in boldness like never before, in Jesus’ name!

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Day 89: It’s Not Too Late

The Daily Word: Monday, March 30th, 2020
Deuteronomy 13:1-15:23
Luke 8:40-9:6
Psalm 71:1-24
Proverbs 12:5-7
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
While He was still speaking, someone came from the ruler of the synagogue’s house, saying to him, “Your daughter is dead. Do not trouble the Teacher.” – Lk. 8:49

Jairus asked Jesus for a miracle. He, “..fell down at Jesus’ feet and begged Him to come to his house, for he had an only daughter about twelve years of age, and she was dying” (vv. 41-42). Jesus agreed to come and heal her! But as He went, “…the multitudes thronged Him” (v. 42). A woman with an issue of blood, who desperately needed healing, came to Jesus. He stopped and gave her His attention. He took so long ministering to her and dealing with other people who stopped Him along the way that Jairus’ daughter died. Her time was up.

Jairus had a choice when he heard the news. Would he get bitter because it looked like someone else had cut him in line? Would he get upset because someone else came and got their miracle before he got his? Or would he believe? Would he still believe that even if all hope seemed lost, God would do what He had promised to do?

It’s not too late. Don’t be discouraged if someone else gets their miracle before you. There is still more than enough of His presence and healing power to go around. God will do what He promised to do at the appointed time! Make a decision not to fear, and only believe.

But when Jesus heard it, He answered him, saying, “Do not be afraid; only believe, and she will be made well.” – Lk. 8:50

Prayer:

Father, increase my faith! Help me to believe Your word more than ever before. I will not be discouraged when it looks like You’re blessing everyone else but me! I am encouraged, because there is always more of You to receive.

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Day 88: I’ve Been Through Some Stuff

The Daily Word: Sunday, March 29th, 2020
Deuteronomy 11:1-12:32
Luke 8:22-39
Psalm 70:1-5
Proverbs 12:4
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
“Know today that I do not speak with your children, who have not known and who have not seen the chastening of the Lord your God, His greatness and His mighty hand and His outstretched arm…” – Deut. 11:2

God was not speaking to the, “…children, who have not known and who have not seen the chastening of the Lord…” (v. 2). He was speaking to the adults! The people of Israel had experienced victory (the Lord bringing them out of Egypt); but they had also experienced defeat (plague, wandering, and defeat at the hands of their enemies due to their own disobedience). But God’s promise, through it all, was that the more that they experienced and tasted life, the more they would hear His voice.

You’ve been through some stuff. Some of it has been good! And some of it has been bad. But the fruit of it all – whether you realize it or not – is you know how to listen to God’s voice. You know when something is from Him, and when it’s not! Because your life experience has taught you how to listen to the voice of God.

What you’ve been through is not a curse; it is a blessing that allows you to hear the voice of the Lord more clearly than ever before. God has endowed you with an incredibly valuable skill: to hear His voice at all times.

Prayer:

Father, thank You for speaking to me. Thank You for enhancing the clarity of Your voice with every passing moment, and with every passing experience! The more I walk through life, the more I will hear You. I declare it in Jesus’ name!

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Day 87: A Consuming Fire

The Daily Word: Saturday, March 28th, 2020
Deuteronomy 9:1-10:22
Luke 8:4-21
Psalm 69:19-36
Proverbs 12:2-3
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
Therefore understand today that the Lord your God is He who goes over before you as a consuming fire. He will destroy them and bring them down before you; so you shall drive them out and destroy them quickly, as the Lord has said to you. – Deut. 9:3

It’s comforting to know that God goes before you. Before He calls you into a new place, He goes first. He prepares the ground where you are about to walk. His angels are, “…ministering spirits sent forth to minister for those who will inherit salvation” (Heb. 1:14).

Even more comforting is how God goes before you. He goes before you, “…as a consuming fire” (Deut. 9:3)! God is not a passive force. He is not a reluctant participant in your life. He is always willing to charge into a place before you arrive to burn up anything that doesn’t belong there and guarantee your success on His behalf.

God is active, and He is moving. Is He calling you somewhere new? Take comfort and know that before you get there, He is already there, “…as a consuming fire!”

Prayer:

Father, thank You for going before me! Thank You for being a consuming fire that burns out the dross in my life, and displaces my enemies before I arrive. You are amazing, and I love You, in Jesus’ name.

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Day 86: He Chose You

The Daily Word: Friday, March 27th, 2020
Deuteronomy 7:1-8:20
Luke 7:36-8:3
Psalm 69:1-18
Proverbs 12:1
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
“For you are a holy people to the Lord your God; the Lord your God has chosen you to be a people for Himself, a special treasure above all the peoples on the face of the earth.” – Deut. 7:6

God chose you. You are a holy people to God. He has chosen you, “…for Himself.” You are a special treasure of His on the earth. There is nothing and no one God values more than you! He could have picked anyone to be His beloved! And He chose you.

What do you think you’re worth to God? Sometimes we live as if God doesn’t care about us. But God gave His most prized possession to redeem your soul. He gave His Only Son, Jesus Christ, to make sure that you would be with Him for all eternity!

So don’t waste another moment thinking your life doesn’t matter, or that you’re insignificant to God. You are of infinite worth and value in God’s sight! You mean everything to Him. And Jesus died to prove it.

Prayer:

Father, help me to understand my value! I pray You would never allow me to see myself as “less than” or “not enough.” I am worthy of Your love because Jesus died to make me worthy, in Jesus’ name!

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