Day 171: Yes Men

The Daily Word: Thursday, June 20th, 2019
1 Kings 22:1-53
Acts 13:16-41
Psalm 138:1-8
Proverbs 17:17-18
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
So the king of Israel said to Jehoshaphat, “There is still one man, Micaiah the son of Imlah, by whom we may inquire of the Lord; but I hate him, because he does not prophesy good concerning me, but evil.” And Jehoshaphat said, “Let not the king say such things!” – 1 Kings 22:8

King Ahab surrounded himself with yes men. He didn’t want to hear the word of the Lord; he just wanted to hear yes! He wanted people who would agree with him, no matter his decision.

But King Jehoshaphat surrounded himself with prophets. He wanted men who didn’t always agree with him to speak into his life. He invited men who genuinely heard from the Lord to comment on his decision-making, and tell him if what he was doing was wise!

Are you surrounding yourself with people who say yes? Or with people who genuinely hear God’s voice? God may not always tell you what you want to hear; but He will absolutely tell you what you need to hear.

Prayer:

Father, surround me with men and women who are going to tell me the truth! I don’t need people around me who say what I want to hear; I need servants who tell me what I need to hear! Surround me with people like that; and make me a person like that for others.

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Day 170: Time to Go

The Daily Word: Wednesday, June 19th, 2019
1 Kings 20:1-21:29
Acts 12:24-13:15
Psalm 137:1-9
Proverbs 17:16
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
And Barnabas and Saul returned from Jerusalem when they had fulfilled their ministry, and they also took with them John whose surname was Mark. – Acts 12:25

Do you know when Barnabas and Saul went home? “When they had fulfilled their ministry.” You’re not done until God says you’re done!

How many times have you ejected yourself from a job, relationship, or apartment too quickly because you made a decision to be done. You couldn’t take it any more! You couldn’t survive even one more day! You refused to keep going! But all that matters in the end is this: did you fulfill your ministry? Did you accomplish what God sent you to accomplish? Did you do what He asked you to do?

All that matters is what God says. When He says you’re done, it’s time to go home.

Prayer:

Father, speak to me! Tell me when I’m done. Tell me when I still have work left to do! I want to listen to the leading of Your Holy Spirit, in Jesus’ name.

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Day 169: Response to Stress

The Daily Word: Tuesday, June 18th, 2019
1 Kings 19:1-21
Acts 12:1-23
Psalm 136:1-26
Proverbs 17:14-15
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But he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a broom tree. And he prayed that he might die, and said, “It is enough! Now, Lord, take my life, for I am no better than my fathers!” – 1 Kings 19:4

Elijah was vehemently defending the Gospel! But not everyone loved him for it. Jezebel, King Ahab’s wife, sent Elijah a death threat: “So let the gods do to me, and more also, if I do not make your life as the life of one of them by tomorrow about this time” (1 Kings 19:2). I would love to tell you that in the face of that death threat, Elijah responded full of bold faith. But he didn’t. He went to the wilderness, and “prayed that he might die.”

Elijah’s response to stress wasn’t perfect! But God didn’t mind. God encouraged him. God strengthened him! God would continue to use him, right up until the day he was taken up into Heaven.

Your response to stress might not be perfect. Maybe God called you higher, but you ran the other way. That’s okay. So did Elijah. You’re in good company! Now get up, dust yourself off, and come back to Jesus. He is here; and He is ready to walk with you.

Prayer:

Father, thank You for second chances! Thank You for helping me to respond well to stress. I pray I would never back down from the calling You have on my life, in Jesus’ name!

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Day 168: The Wrong Crowd

The Daily Word: Monday, June 17th, 2019
1 Kings 18:1-46
Acts 11:1-30
Psalm 135:1-21
Proverbs 17:12-13
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
And when Peter came up to Jerusalem, those of the circumcision contended with him, saying, “You went in to uncircumcised men and ate with them!” – Acts 11:2-3

The Jewish believers in Jerusalem had a bone to pick with Peter. Salvation was only supposed to be for the Jews! Why had Peter messed everything up by going and preaching the Gospel to the Gentiles?! Now there were Gentiles who not only believed in Jesus, but who were also baptized in the Holy Spirit (Acts 10:44-46)!

Peter’s response was simple: “What God has cleansed you must not call common” (Acts 11:9). Salvation is for everyone. It is not our prerogative to say some people groups deserve salvation, and others do not! The darker the past, the brighter the light of salvation. The worse the backstory, the more necessary the Cross!

Preach the Gospel to everyone. Pray for everyone! There is no one in this world who doesn’t need the Good News that Jesus Christ is Lord.

Prayer:

Father, I pray I would never back down from reaching the people You have called me to reach. It doesn’t matter what other people think! I will do what You call me to do, in Jesus’ name!

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Day 167: Seven Days

The Daily Word: Sunday, June 16th, 2019
1 Kings 15:25-17:24
Acts 10:24-48
Psalm 134:1-3
Proverbs 17:9-11
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
In the twenty-seventh year of Asa king of Judah, Zimri had reigned in Tirzah seven days. And the people were encamped against Gibbethon, which belonged to the Philistines. – 1 Kings 16:15

When Elah was king over Israel, Zimri was the “commander of half his chariots” (1 Kings 16:9). But Zimri got sick of serving, and decided he wanted to be king. So he “went in and struck [Elah] and killed him” (v 10), and sat on the throne himself. Zimri’s reign would be short-lived, however. He would sit on the throne only seven days!

All the kings of Israel who took the throne by force had one thing in common: their reign was short. When you take matters into your own hands, your seat on the throne won’t last long. Isn’t it better to allow God to thrust you into your destiny, instead of trying to make it happen on your own? If you do it on your terms, it won’t last; but if you do it on His terms, He will keep you there!

Prayer:

Father, I want my legacy to last. Give me the patience to wait for You to make my destiny come to pass, instead of trying to take matters into my own hands! I want to do it Your way, instead of my way, in Jesus’ name.

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Day 166: Time for Prayer

The Daily Word: Saturday, June 15th, 2019
1 Kings 14:1-15:24
Acts 10:1-23
Psalm 133:1-3
Proverbs 17:7-8
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
There was a certain man in Caesarea called Cornelius, a centurion of what was called the Italian Regiment, a devout man and one who feared God with all his household, who gave alms generously to the people, and prayed to God always. – Acts 10:1-2

Having a successful career doesn’t mean you can’t spend time with God! Cornelius was successful. He was a centurion: the captain of one hundred men! Yet he “prayed to God always.” He had plenty of responsibilities: men who “waited on him continually” (v 7), always looking for orders! Yet Cornelius always made time for prayer.

Don’t wait until you have more time to spend more time praying. Use the time you have now for prayer, and watch what God does in your life! Whatever you have to give Him, make it an offering; and it will rise up as “a memorial before God.”

Prayer:

Father, it’s time for prayer! I am always busy; but You are the God who created time. Help me to make more time to seek You in prayer: always and often, in Jesus’ name!

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Day 165: Jesus Heals!

The Daily Word: Friday, June 14th, 2019
1 Kings 12:20-13:34
Acts 9:26-43
Psalm 132:1-18
Proverbs 17:6
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
And Peter said to him, “Aeneas, Jesus the Christ heals you. Arise and make your bed.” Then he arose immediately. – Acts 9:34

Aeneas was sick, and everyone knew it. He had been “bedridden eight years and was paralyzed” (Acts 9:33). Aeneas was one of the “saints who dwelt in Lydda.” He already believed in Jesus; but he didn’t know healing was available to him as a believer!

When the full Gospel was preached, everything changed. Peter’s simple words to Aeneas were, “Jesus the Christ heals you.” Jesus saves us; and He also heals us! Are you living as a disciple, but struggling with sickness or disease in your body? You don’t have to anymore! It starts by knowing Jesus heals. Healing and salvation happened on the same day!

By His stripes you were healed (1 Peter 2:24). Jesus died on the Cross to save your soul; and He also died to heal your body! Why stop at one benefit of salvation, when the whole package is available to you?!

Bless the Lord, O my soul; and all that is within me, bless His holy name! Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits: Who forgives all your iniquities, who heals all your diseases… – Ps 103:1-3

Prayer:

Father, thank You for healing me! I receive Your healing right now over my entire body, in Jesus’ name! Thank You that Jesus’ death on the Cross means health and wholeness for my body and my soul!

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Day 164: The Tough Ones

The Daily Word: Thursday, June 13th, 2019
1 Kings 11:1-12:19
Acts 9:1-25
Psalm 131:1-3
Proverbs 17:4-5
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
Then he fell to the ground, and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?” And he said, “Who are You, Lord?” Then the Lord said, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. It is hard for you to kick against the goads.” – Acts 9:4-5

Saul hated the Gospel. But look at Jesus’ response. Jesus didn’t abandon Saul and give up on him. He didn’t turn His back on a man who didn’t immediately accept Him! He met Saul on the Road to Damascus. Saul became Paul, and the apostle who would write 13 out of 27 books in our New Testament was born.

God can deal with zeal! He can take on the tough ones. He’s not afraid of those who are against Him. Pray for the people in your life who are most adamantly against Jesus and the church. God will appear to them, just as He did with Saul, and they will be forever changed.

Prayer:

Father, thank You for meeting my friends, neighbors, and loved ones, face to face! You are so faithful; and I am so grateful!

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Day 163: Right Place / Right Time

The Daily Word: Wednesday, June 12th, 2019
1 Kings 9:1-10:29
Acts 8:14-40
Psalm 130:1-8
Proverbs 17:2-3
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
Then the Spirit said to Philip, “Go near and overtake this chariot.” – Acts 8:29

God will perfectly position you to preach the Gospel. Philip listened as an angel told him where to go, and whom to seek (v 26). Philip was to travel to Gaza and await further instructions. When Philip arrived, the Holy Spirit spoke: “Go near and overtake this chariot.”

The man in the chariot was reading the perfect passage – Isaiah prophesying about the coming of Jesus Christ – at exactly the right time! All Philip had to do was 1) “open his mouth” (v 35) and 2) talk about Jesus. The words of God came running out. The man in the chariot was baptized and confessed his faith in Jesus Christ:

Then Philip said, “If you believe with all your heart, you may.” And he answered and said, “I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.” – Acts 8:37

This is Spirit-led evangelism! God will set the stage. All you have to do is open your mouth!

Prayer:

Father, thank You for putting me in the right place at the right time! Help me to listen to Your divine promptings. Give me the courage to open my mouth and talk about Jesus! I know that as I do, people will give their lives to Him.

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Day 162: Resisting the Holy Spirit

The Daily Word: Tuesday, June 11th, 2019
1 Kings 8:1-66
Acts 7:51-8:13
Psalm 129:1-8
Proverbs 17:1
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
“You stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears! You always resist the Holy Spirit; as your fathers did, so do you.” – Acts 7:51

Being “stiffnecked” can mean rejecting the Gospel. It can also mean “resisting” the Holy Spirit. The Spirit of the Living God is in you; and He wants to lead and guide you as you go about your day! As He moves, do you let Him have His way?

Do you invite the Holy Spirit into your day? Do you lean on Him to help you make decisions? When He asks you to stop and pray, do you stop? When He prompts you to share a word of encouragement with someone else, do you do what He says?

Don’t resist the Holy Spirit. Don’t quench Him! He wants to move through your life; so let Him have His way.

Prayer:

Father, thank You for Your Holy Spirit! I want to live my life in partnership with You! Thank You that He will lead me and guide me every step of the way, in Jesus’ name.

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