Day 353: The Mystery of God

The Daily Word: Wednesday, December 19th, 2018
Zephaniah 1:1-3:20
Revelation 10:1-11
Psalm 138:1-8
Proverbs 30:11-14
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
…but in the days of the sounding of the seventh angel, when he is about to sound, the mystery of God would be finished, as He declared to His servants the prophets. – Rev 10:7

We know a lot about God; but at the same time, He is still a mystery. We know He loves us; but sometimes the way He shows His love is mysterious. As human beings, we crave certainty: we want to know what is going to happen at any given moment, and why. But there is such a thing as the “mystery of God” that we are called to embrace.

God is always good; but life doesn’t always make sense. If you’re in the middle of a season you don’t quite understand, take comfort in this reality: God’s ways may be mysterious to us here and now, but one day it will all make sense. The mystery of God will be “…finished, [just] as He declared to His servants the prophets.”

Keep your eyes on Jesus. Finish the race He has given you to run. Everything in your life may not make sense at this moment; but one day, it will.

Prayer:

Father, help me to trust You like never before. Help me to be comfortable with the mystery of God! I like predictability; but You, God, are often unpredictable. Help me to cherish Your mystery, instead of fearing it, in Jesus’ name!

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Day 352: Time for Vision

The Daily Word: Tuesday, December 18th, 2018
Habakkuk 1:1-3:19
Revelation 9:1-21
Psalm 137:1-9
Proverbs 30:10
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
Then the Lord answered me and said: “Write the vision and make it plain on tablets, that he may run who reads it.” – Hab 2:2

Casting vision takes time. In order to fulfill God’s instructions to “write the vision…on tablets,” Habakkuk would have to painstakingly carve God’s vision into tablets of stone. He would use that time to meditate on God’s words and contemplate His faithfulness. His time investment would show that he truly valued what God had said, and believed with all his heart that God’s word was true!

When God speaks, do you value His word? Do you treasure everything He says? Do you take the time to write it down, and meditate on it? Or do you let His word come and go, without seizing it as your own?

Prayer:

Father, I want to treasure Your Word. There is nothing more important to me than hearing what You have to say! Speak to me, in Jesus’ name

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Day 351: God Is Powerful!

The Daily Word: Monday, December 17th, 2018
Nahum 1:1-3:19
Revelation 8:1-13
Psalm 136:1-26
Proverbs 30:7-9
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
The mountains quake before Him, the hills melt, and the earth heaves at His presence, yes, the world and all who dwell in it. – Nahum 1:5

God is powerful. The very mountains quake before Him. The hills melt! The earth heaves (i.e. moves) in response to His presence.

Are you facing any mountains in your life? Are you staring down any obstacles that seem too overwhelming to confront? Our God is a mountain-moving God! The mountains quake before Him. In fact, mountains melt like wax in God’s presence (Ps 97:5)! Invite God’s presence into your life, and watch every obstacle quake and melt away.

Prayer:

Father, I know Your presence is the key to power. I want to see power in my life; and that means I need more of Your presence! Help me to prize Your presence like never before, in Jesus’ name.

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Day 350: Worship Your Way to Victory

The Daily Word: Sunday, December 16th, 2018
Micah 5:1-7:20
Revelation 7:1-17
Psalm 135:1-21
Proverbs 30:5-6
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
Your hand shall be lifted against your adversaries, and all your enemies shall be cut off. – Mic 5:9

Worship is the key to victory. God’s message through the prophet Micah was this: as you keep your hand lifted in praise, all your enemies will fall. As you maintain worship – no matter what! – every obstacle will collapse!

Do you remember what happened when Moses kept his hands raised?

And so it was, when Moses held up his hand, that Israel prevailed; and when he let down his hand, Amalek prevailed. – Ex 17:11

When we allow the enemy to take us out of a place of worship, we give him access to our lives; but when we insist on maintaining a posture of worship, we will have perfect victory in Jesus’ name!

Prayer:

Father, I want to worship You with all my heart. No matter what I am going through, I pray You would give me the strength to worship! Help me to never take my eyes off You: no matter what.

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Day 349: Why Do You Cry?

The Daily Word: Saturday, December 15th, 2018
Micah 1:1-4:13
Revelation 6:1-17
Psalm 134:1-3
Proverbs 30:1-4
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
Now why do you cry aloud? Is there no king in your midst? Has your counselor perished? For pangs have seized you like a woman in labor. – Micah 4:9

God’s people were crying out in the midst of their distress. Micah had to remind them of something important: God was in their midst. He was their King, their Counselor and their Guide. God’s people were crying out like God wasn’t real! They were anxious and afraid, as if they had forgotten that He was on their side!

You don’t need to panic when the King is on your side. You have nothing to be afraid of when God is in the midst! Let go of all your fear and anxiety. Embrace the reality that God’s grace is bigger than your problems. He is with you: and that means you have nothing to fear.

Prayer:

Father, help me to remember that You are always in the midst. You never leave me or forsake me. You are always good, all the time! Help me to never forget it, in Jesus’ name.

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Day 348: Even When You Run…

The Daily Word: Friday, December 14th, 2018
Jonah 1:1-4-11
Revelation 5:1-14
Psalm 133:1-3
Proverbs 29:26-27
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
Now the Lord had prepared a great fish to swallow Jonah. And Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights. – Jon 1:17

Jonah was running from God’s plan. Jonah refused to deliver God’s message! So what did God do? He “prepared a great fish to swallow Jonah” (v 17). That same fish protected Jonah from the wind and the wave, and brought him to safety (see Jonah 2:10).

God is gentle! Even when you run from His plan for your life, He sets up a way out. Even when you’re knee deep in disobedience, He preserves you (Psalm 68:20: “…to God the Lord belong escapes from death”). God had work for Jonah to do; and Jonah didn’t want to do it! But God didn’t kill him. God didn’t cast Jonah out of His presence! He gently restored him and put him back on dry land.

Even when you run from His presence: God will do the same for you.

Prayer:

Father, thank You for your gentleness. I don’t want to run from You anymore. I want to do what You called me to do. Give me strength to do it, in Jesus’ name!

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Day 347: Proof of His Presence

The Daily Word: Thursday, December 13th, 2018
Obadiah 1:1-21
Revelation 4:1-11
Psalm 132:1-18
Proverbs 29:24-25
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
For the Lord has chosen Zion;
He has desired it for His dwelling place:
“This is My resting place forever;
Here I will dwell, for I have desired it.
 I will abundantly bless her provision;
I will satisfy her poor with bread.
I will also clothe her priests with salvation,
And her saints shall shout aloud for joy.” – Ps 132:13-16

Where God dwells (v 13), His glory follows. These are the marks of God’s presence: abundant provision (v 15), relief from poverty (v 15), salvation (v 16), and supernatural joy (v 16)! Does your church look like this? Does your city look like this? If not, we have work to do!!

When God is in a place, there will be evidence that He is there! The atmosphere will change. The people will be blessed. Where His presence rests, His favor follows! Oh, that we – the church – would cherish God’s presence like never before, and receive all the benefits that come with His presence!

Prayer:

Father, help me to cherish Your presence. I want to experience Your presence: every day of my life, for the rest of my life, in Jesus’ name!

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Day 346: Does God Change His Mind?

The Daily Word: Wednesday, December 12th, 2018
Amos 7:1-9:15
Revelation 3:7-22
Psalm 131:1-3
Proverbs 29:23
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
Thus the Lord God showed me: Behold, the Lord God called for conflict by fire, and it consumed the great deep and devoured the territory. Then I said: “O Lord God, cease, I pray! Oh, that Jacob may stand, for he is small!” So the Lord relented concerning this. “This also shall not be,” said the Lord God. – Amos 7:4-6

Here is the pattern:

  1. God showed Amos something bad that was going to happen.
  2. Amos cried out!
  3. God “relented.”

Here is what we know for sure: God responds to our cries! Those without vision (i.e. revelation) perish (Prov 29:18). God will show you the fate He wants you to avoid, so you can cry out and activate the destiny He wants you to have!

It was not that God changed His mind; it was that Amos’s cry activated the plan God wanted to carry out all along. God wants your participation! He will show you evil things, so your prayers can cancel the evil things and activate the good things! Amos’s prayer averted destruction and opened the door to God’s goodness through repentance.

God does not change His mind. He purposed you for good all along! But your prayers can change your future, and align your life with His design!

Prayer:

Father, thank You for revelation. Thank You for showing me bad things that can happen unless I pray; and for encouraging me to cancel the bad and activate the good! I am so grateful – and You are so good! – in Jesus’ name.

 

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Day 345: Seek Him!

The Daily Word: Tuesday, December 11th, 2018
Amos 4:1-6:14
Revelation 2:18-3:6
Psalm 130:1-8
Proverbs 29:21-22
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
For thus says the Lord to the house of Israel: “Seek Me and live…” – Amos 5:4

This is God’s requirement for abundant life: seek Him. He doesn’t demand that we are perfect. We don’t have to get everything right! We just have to seek Him.

Take a moment today to seek God. If you’re too busy, ask Him for help making time. If you’re too tired, ask Him for strength! He will help you seek Him. His Holy Spirit will fill you with supernatural motivation to seek Him, and no one else.

And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart. – Jer 29:13

Prayer:

Father, I want to seek You. I want to seek you with my whole heart. I want to seek You with all my soul! I want to seek You: with all that I have, and all that I am, in Jesus’ name.

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Day 344: Ordinary People => Extraordinary Things

The Daily Word: Monday, December 10th, 2018
Amos 1:1-3:15
Revelation 2:1-17
Psalm 129:1-8
Proverbs 29:19-20
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
The words of Amos, who was among the sheepbreeders of Tekoa, which he saw concerning Israel in the days of Uzziah king of Judah, and in the days of Jeroboam the son of Joash, king of Israel, two years before the earthquake. – Amos 1:1

God uses ordinary people to do extraordinary things. Before he became a prophet, Amos was “among the sheepbreeders of Tekoa.” In other words, he was a regular guy! He was a shepherd from a small town southeast of Bethlehem; but God used Amos to deliver His word to His people.

Did you know that King David was a shepherd before God made him king (1 Sam 16:11)? Have you considered that Jesus, the Son of God, started out as a carpenter (Mk 6:3) from a family with humble beginnings? God uses the foolish things of the world to confound the wise (1 Cor 1:27)! He doesn’t need people with a perfect past or the perfect pedigree; He simply chooses people who stay humbly reliant on Him.

If God can use a shepherd from Tekoa, He can use you! Do not despise your background or your pedigree. You or a son (or daughter) of God! Don’t you ever forget it. Nobody has the right to say you are unqualified for what God has called you to do.

Prayer:

Father, I am blown away that You would choose to use me! I’m just an ordinary person; but I know You will do extraordinary things through me. Thank You for using me, in Jesus’ name!

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