Day 17: Pointing Fingers

The Daily Word: Thursday, January 17th, 2019
Genesis 35:1-36:43
Matthew 12:1-21
Psalm 15:1-5
Proverbs 3:21-26
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
And when the Pharisees saw it, they said to Him, “Look, Your disciples are doing what is not lawful to do on the Sabbath!” – Matt 12:2

Religious people point fingers; righteous people hold up hands:

But Moses’ hands became heavy; so they took a stone and put it under him, and he sat on it. And Aaron and Hur supported his hands, one on one side, and the other on the other side; and his hands were steady until the going down of the sun. – Exodus 17:12

The Pharisees saw Jesus’ disciples doing something they didn’t agree with; so instead of starting healthy dialogue, they complained to God! They could have sought to understand the disciples; but instead they rushed to judgment!

When you mess up, does your church surround you and help heal your wounds? Or do they attack and make things worse? When you miss the mark, do your friends counsel you in healthy ways that encourage? Or do they kick you while you’re down just to make themselves feel better?

When someone else sins, how do you respond? I believe God is looking for people who will hold up hands instead of pointing fingers. Are you willing to be what He wants to see?

Prayer:

Father, help me to refrain from pointing fingers. Instead, I want to hold up hands. I want to support my brothers and sisters who are in need and caught in sin. I want to help them get better, instead of adding judgment that makes things worse! Help me to respond as You would respond, in Jesus’ name.

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Day 16: Establish the Heavens

The Daily Word: Wednesday, January 16th, 2019
Genesis 32:13-34:31
Matthew 11:7-30
Psalm 14:1-7
Proverbs 3:19-20
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
The Lord by wisdom founded the earth; by understanding He established the heavens… – Prov 3:19

Wisdom and understanding are powerful tools. The Lord used wisdom – His infinite knowledge – to form the earth. He used understanding – His unlimited comprehension – to establish the heavens. Heaven was established by understanding then; and heaven on earth will still be established by understanding now.

This world will start to change when we seek to understand others, instead of judging them. Heaven will come to earth when we seek to understand others, instead of simply imposing our will on them and having our way! Understanding establishes the heavens! When we seek to understand others, Heaven will come to earth.

Prayer:

Father, help me to seek to understand the people around me. I know that judgment repels the things of Heaven; but understanding draws them in. Your Kingdom, come, in Jesus’ name!

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Day 15: Give Them Space

The Daily Word: Tuesday, January 15th, 2019
Genesis 31:17-32:12
Matthew 10:24-11:6
Psalm 13:1-6
Proverbs 3:16-18
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
And Laban said to Jacob: “What have you done, that you have stolen away unknown to me, and carried away my daughters like captives taken with the sword? Why did you flee away secretly, and steal away from me, and not tell me; for I might have sent you away with joy and songs, with timbrel and harp?” – Gen 31:26-27

Laban created an unhealthy situation by not listening when Jacob told him he needed space. Jacob first came to Laban in Gen 30:25-26:

And it came to pass, when Rachel had borne Joseph, that Jacob said to Laban, “Send me away, that I may go to my own place and to my country. Give me my wives and my children for whom I have served you, and let me go; for you know my service which I have done for you.”

Jacob had faithfully served Laban many years. He wanted to go home. He wanted his father-in-law’s blessing to start a new life with his own family! But Laban didn’t listen. He pretended not to hear Jacob. So, Jacob waited until Laban was gone, and then he fled.

Don’t push your loved ones away by ignoring the warning signs. If someone you love needs space, give them space! If someone you love needs time, give them time. Making sure everyone has the space they need will lead to a happy, healthy family, filled with love.

Prayer:

Father, give me wisdom and discernment to respond appropriately to my family. When someone needs space, let me know! I will respect them, in Jesus’ name.

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Day 14: The Power Source

The Daily Word: Monday, January 14th, 2019
Genesis 30:1-31:16
Matthew 10:1-23
Psalm 12:1-8
Proverbs 3:13-15
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
And when He had called His twelve disciples to Him, He gave them power over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease. – Matthew 10:1

The disciples’ power came when they went to Jesus. If you want to be sent out in power, you have to come to Jesus in humility first!

Power comes from spending time with Jesus. Whatever you have on your plate today: spend five minutes with Jesus first. He will fill you up with strength and power! And you will make an impact like never before.

Prayer:

Father, thank You for time in Your presence! There is nothing I would rather do than spend time with You. I will do it first, and I will do it often, in Jesus’ name!

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Day 13: Faith Is All That Matters

The Daily Word: Sunday, January 13th, 2019
Genesis 28:1-29:35
Matthew 9:18-38
Psalm 11:1-7
Proverbs 3:11-12
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
And when He had come into the house, the blind men came to Him. And Jesus said to them, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?” They said to Him, “Yes, Lord.” Then He touched their eyes, saying, “According to your faith let it be to you.” – Matt 9:28-29

Two blind men cried out to Jesus for healing. They pursued Him relentlessly, hoping to get His attention. When they made it to Jesus, He had only one question for them: Do you believe?

Your faith dictates your fruit. What the blind men had done (i.e. their works) didn’t matter. Whether or not they had seen anyone else healed was irrelevant! Their level of theological education would not determine their result. All that mattered was: did they have faith?

What are you believing for? God will meet you at your level of faith. Your number one priority, then, is to build your faith to believe for the impossible! Don’t let other people tell you what is possible, and what is not! Take your cue from the word of God, and ask for the faith to take God at His word.

And the apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith.” – Lk 17:5

Prayer:

Father, increase my faith! Help me to believe for the impossible. I know that everything I have from Heaven is the result of one thing: my faith. Increase it, and help me to believe like never before, in Jesus’ name!

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Day 12: The Presence of God

The Daily Word: Saturday, January 12th, 2019
Genesis 26:17-27:46
Matthew 9:1-17
Psalm 10:16-18
Proverbs 3:9-10
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
And the Lord appeared to him the same night and said, “I am the God of your father Abraham; do not fear, for I am with you. I will bless you and multiply your descendants for My servant Abraham’s sake.” So he built an altar there and called on the name of the Lord, and he pitched his tent there; and there Isaac’s servants dug a well. – Gen 26:24-25

What do you do when God shows up? Do you rush through the encounter because you’re nervous? Do you get busy to prove to God that you’re productive (see Matt 17:4). Or do you camp out and make time to enjoy His presence?

When God appeared, Isaac lingered. He didn’t immediately move forward! He stopped and built an altar. He worshipped God! He pitched his tent and stayed a while; and he even dug a well. He went deeper instead of rushing back to life.

When God shows up, stay there. Don’t move! Enjoy His presence for as long as you can; because His presence shows up on purpose. God is preparing you to do something great; and you don’t want to move until He is done.

Prayer:

Father, help me to get comfortable in Your presence. I never want to rush through an encounter with You! Help me to take my time and enjoy Your presence – and listen to everything You have to say – like never before!

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Day 11: Stop and Think

The Daily Word: Friday, January 11th, 2019
Genesis 24:52-26:16
Matthew 8:18-34
Psalm 10:1-15
Proverbs 3:7-8
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
And Esau said, “Look, I am about to die; so what is this birthright to me?” – Gen 25:32

Esau was the first-born. Everything that belonged to his father would be his! But in one moment, that all changed. He gave up his birthright to his little brother, Jacob; and he did it for a bowl of soup!

One split-second decision can permanently alter your destiny. Don’t despise what God has asked you to treasure! Don’t give up what God has instructed you to hold dear. Cling to the good things He has given you. Don’t give up on anything He has called you to pursue!

Esau allowed fatigue to cause him to curse his destiny. He was tired; so he tossed aside his birthright: his most prized possession from God. Be careful, and be intentional. A swift decision that happens in a moment can bring about consequences that last a lifetime.

Prayer:

Father, help me to stand on Your word, instead of acting on emotion. Help me to make good, God-honoring decisions, in Jesus’ name!

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Day 10: He Will Send His Angel

The Daily Word: Thursday, January 10th, 2019
Genesis 23:1-24:51
Matthew 8:1-17
Psalm 9:13-20
Proverbs 3:1-6
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
“The Lord God of heaven, who took me from my father’s house and from the land of my family, and who spoke to me and swore to me, saying, ‘To your descendants a I give this land,’ He will send His angel before you, and you shall take a wife for my son from there.” – Gen 24:7

Abraham’s servant had a monumental task ahead of him. He was to return to Abraham’s home country, find a wife for Abraham’s son, and somehow convince her to come with him – to a country where she had never been – and marry Isaac – a man she had never met. How in the world was he supposed to do that?

God would send His angel before him. God’s angel would prepare the way. God’s angel would do the hard work, so when Abraham’s servant arrived, everything would fall into place!

God will send His angels ahead of you. They will prepare the ground so everything will be ready when you go to do His work. Are you going on a missions trip? Pray that God would send His ministering angels to get things ready. Are you headed into a job interview? Pray that God would send His ministering angels to set you up with favor in that place!

Wherever you are going: ask God to send His angels first! When you arrive, you will notice the difference.

Are they not all ministering spirits sent forth to minister for those who will inherit salvation? – Heb 1:14

Prayer:

Father, I pray You would send Your ministering angels into every single place I go. I pray they would prepare the ground ahead of me, so doing Your work is fulfilling and fun!

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Day 9: He Can Reach Them

The Daily Word: Wednesday, January 9th, 2019
Genesis 20:1-22:24
Matthew 7:15-29
Psalm 9:1-12
Proverbs 2:16-22
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
But God came to Abimelech in a dream by night, and said to him, “Indeed you are a dead man because of the woman whom you have taken, for she is a man’s wife.” – Gen 20:3

God can speak to anyone. Here was Abimelech, an unsaved king in an unsaved kingdom; yet God still protected him with a supernatural warning! Abimelech wasn’t looking for an encounter. He wasn’t seeking God! But just because you’re not looking for God doesn’t mean He won’t find you.

God can reach your unsaved friends. He can reach your lost family members. He can reach those who live in the most remote nations of the earth! Pray that He would reach them; and He will respond to your prayers.

Prayer:

Father, thank You that Your love has no limits. Thank You that Your voice has no geographical bounds! I pray You would reach my friends, and my family members. They need You! Bring them into the Kingdom, in Jesus’ name.

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Day 8: Focus On Today!

The Daily Word: Tuesday, January 8th, 2019
Genesis 18:16-19:38
Matthew 6:25-7:14
Psalm 8:1-9
Proverbs 2:6-15
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble. – Matt 6:34

Do you worry about the future? Do you worry about where you’re going to live, and how you’re going to afford to live there? Do you worry about whom you’re going to marry, and how you’re going to meet him (or her)? Do you worry about the children you don’t even have yet, and what their life is going to be like?

Worrying about tomorrow limits your ability to focus on today. Worrying about tomorrow makes today impossible to enjoy! But today has so much to offer! This is the day the Lord has made (Ps 118:24); so let us rejoice and be glad in it! Today is a gift from God; so let’s not waste it by focusing so much on tomorrow, that today passes us by.

Be present in the here and now. Focus on the opportunity God has given you in the day called today! Stop and smell the flowers. Stop and talk to someone you’re always too busy to meet. Stop and laugh over something silly. Advance planning is wise; but worry is foolish. God has already promised you a bright future; so what is there to worry about?

Prayer:

Father, help me to be present today. I want to be present for my family. I want to be present for my friends! I want to be present at work. Help me never to let planning for the future overtake my joy for the present, in Jesus’ name!

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