Day 18: I’ve Got Issues

The Daily Word: Saturday, January 18th, 2020
Genesis 37:1-38:30
Matthew 12:22-45
Psalm 16:1-11
Proverbs 3:27-32
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
Then one was brought to Him who was demon-possessed, blind and mute; and He healed him, so that the blind and mute man both spoke and saw. – Matt. 12:22

This guy had a lot of stuff going on. When he came to Jesus, he was 1) demon-possessed, 2) blind and 3) mute (unable to speak). But Jesus didn’t back away. He wasn’t turned off or overwhelmed by the depth of this man’s need! Jesus immediately met this man exactly where he was. He healed him and delivered him, “so that [he]…both spoke and saw.”

You’ve got issues! But Jesus can handle them. He can heal you of every disease and ailment with one touch! He can deliver you of any demon with one word. He can change your eternal future with one moment in His presence! So whatever you’re going through: bring it to Jesus. You bring Him your issues, and He will show you He is God.

Prayer:

Father, thank You for never giving up on me. I’ve got issues! But You have the remedy for everything that ails me. Thank You for healing me and delivering me, in Jesus’ name!

© Michael D. White, 2020. All rights reserved.

Day 17: Back to His Presence

The Daily Word: Friday, January 17th, 2020
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:
Then God said to Jacob, “Arise, go up to Bethel and dwell there; and make an altar there to God, who appeared to you when you fled from the face of Esau your brother.” – Gen. 35:1

Jacob had a history with God in Bethel. As Jacob was fleeing from his brother Esau, he had stopped to spend the night in Bethel. He saw, “…a ladder [that was] set up on the earth, and its top reached to heaven and there the angels of God were ascending and descending on it” (Gen. 28:12). God spoke to Jacob in that place. He promised to give Jacob the land of Bethel. He promised to bless him and never leave him.

Now here was Jacob, years later, in unfamiliar territory. He had fled from his Uncle Laban with his entire family, and had just reconciled with his brother Esau. He didn’t know where to go or what to do; so God told him to go back to Bethel: not just to pass through, but to dwell. God told Jacob to go back to the place where Jacob and God had a history, and to camp around God’s presence in that place.

It’s time to go back to His presence! Was there a time in your life when you heard from God powerfully and consistently? It’s time to “go up” to that place and “dwell there.” It’s time to “make an altar there to God:” to offer something costly to Him that you’ve never offered before. As you dwell in His presence, He will refresh you. He will fill you with vision! He will tell you where to go and what to do; and He will remind you whom He created you to become.

Then God appeared to Jacob again, when he came from Padan Aram, and blessed him. – Gen. 35:9

Prayer:

Father, I’m going back to Your presence. Take me back to a place of consistent intimacy with You! I’m so grateful for Your ongoing presence, and Your persistent love, in Jesus’ name!

© Michael D. White, 2020. All rights reserved.

Day 16: You Give Up Too Easily!

The Daily Word: Thursday, January 16th, 2020
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:
And He said, “Let Me go, for the day breaks.” But he said, “I will not let You go unless You bless me!” – Gen. 32:26

Jacob wrestled with God. Day was breaking, and it was time for God to go! But Jacob would not let go of God until he got his blessing! He was blessed as a result of his persistence with God.

What are you contending for? When you ask God for something, do you give up too easily? Do you walk away before you have everything God promised you? The victory belongs to those who are persistent in prayer. Don’t give up. Make the decision to continue wresting – to keep seeking! – until the full manifestation of the blessing comes.

Prayer:

Father, I don’t want to give up too easily anymore. Give me the strength and persistence to fiercely contend for everything You’ve promised me, in Jesus’ name!

© Michael D. White, 2020. All rights reserved.

Day 15: You Will Too!

The Daily Word: Wednesday, January 15th, 2020
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:
A disciple is not above his teacher, nor a servant above his master. – Matt. 10:24

If Jesus suffered persecution, you will too. If Jesus had people spit in His face, you will too! If Jesus had people misunderstand Him and judge Him everywhere He went, you will too! No servant is above his master; so if Jesus had to deal with people hating Him even though He did everything He could to bless them, what makes you think you will avoid it?

This mainly applies to two areas of your life: suffering and service. If even Jesus was not above suffering, neither shall we be. And if even Jesus was called to serve, so too will we be! You are called to suffer for – and serve – people who will never say thank you, and might even hate you for your service. But just because it isn’t easy, doesn’t mean it isn’t right.

Do not run from the call to love like Jesus. Embrace it, and count it all joy!

My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. – Jas 1:2-3

Prayer:

Father, help me to serve well when service is required. Help me to suffer well when suffering is required! And help me to see that, as long as I have You, there is no such thing as suffering or lack.

© Michael D. White, 2020. All rights reserved.

Day 14: He Remembers!

The Daily Word: Tuesday, January 14th, 2020
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:
Then God remembered Rachel, and God listened to her and opened her womb. – Gen. 30:22

Rachel had been praying for a child for long time! But after years and years of trying, she still hadn’t been able to get pregnant. Yet one day, “God remembered” her. He opened Rachel’s womb, and she conceived and gave birth to Joseph.

What have you asked God for? He remembers. Just because your prayer is taking a long time to be answered does not mean that God has forgotten you! Don’t give up. Don’t accept a counterfeit: any solution that comes up short of the fullness of God’s promise to you! Keep praying; and trust that one day – in His perfect timing – God will remember you.

Prayer:

Father, thank You for remembering me. I know You hear my every cry, and respond to my every prayer. Help me to stay patient, knowing that I am never forgotten, in Jesus’ name!

© Michael D. White, 2020. All rights reserved.

Day 13: He Still Blessed Him!

The Daily Word: Monday, January 13th, 2020
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:
Then Isaac called Jacob and blessed him, and charged him, and said to him: “You shall not take a wife from the daughters of Canaan.” – Gen. 28:1

This was the first conversation between Isaac and Jacob since the “incident.” What incident, you ask? Jacob was a scoundrel. He stole Esau’s blessing! He lied to his father, Isaac, and told him he was his brother: all so he could claim a blessing that didn’t belong to him.

So when Isaac called Jacob, you might guess it would have been to yell at him! But that guess would be wrong. Jacob had been deceptive; but Jacob was still Isaac’s son. Isaac didn’t call Jacob to yell at him. He called him to bless him. Even after Jacob’s deception, Isaac had nothing but words of encouragement and life for his son.

This is how God treats you! Sure, you’ve made some mistakes. But God still wants to talk to you. He still wants to love on you! He still wants to task you with things He wants you to go out and do. No mistake can ever cancel your destiny. And no sin can ever make God stop caring for you. Return to Him, and be blessed!

“Return, O backsliding children,” says the Lord; “for I am married to you. I will take you, one from a city and two from a family, and I will bring you to Zion.” – Jer. 3:14

Prayer:

Father, thank You for forgiving me. Thank You for loving me! I am so grateful that You never show me Your back. You always show me Your face, in Jesus’ name.

© Michael D. White, 2020. All rights reserved.

Day 12: Honoring God

The Daily Word: Sunday, January 12th, 2020
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:
Honor the Lord with your possessions, and with the firstfruits of all your increase; so your barns will be filled with plenty, And your vats will overflow with new wine. – Prov. 3:9-10

There are many ways to honor God. You can honor Him with your time. You can honor Him with your prayers! You can honor Him with your worship. But You can – and should – also honor Him with your possessions.

Do you want to increase? Offer God your best. When you honor Him first, He will make sure you never run out of possessions to honor Him with. He will make sure your barns are “filled with plenty.” He will make sure your vats “overflow with new wine.” When you honor God with your possessions, He will honor you with abundance!

If God doesn’t have your wallet, He doesn’t have your heart. I pray the Lord blesses you with supernatural abundance this year. He will do it to confirm His covenant with you! But if you want Him to bless you with more, honor Him with what you have first.

Prayer:

Father, help me to remember to honor You first. I don’t want to give You my leftovers! I don’t want to give You anything less than my best. I love You, and I give my life to You, in Jesus’ name!

© Michael D. White, 2020. All rights reserved.

Day 11: Unstoppable

The Daily Word: Saturday, January 11th, 2020
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:
But her brother and her mother said, “Let the young woman stay with us a few days, at least ten; after that she may go.” And he said to them, “Do not hinder me, since the Lord has prospered my way; send me away so that I may go to my master.” – Gen. 24:55-56

Abraham’s servant had a job to do. He was on a mission to find a bride for Isaac. He struck gold and found Rebekah: the perfect bride for his master’s son! But when it was time for the servant to return to Abraham and Isaac, Rebekah’s family tried to slow him down.

What has God asked you to do? What is the mission He has given you on this Earth? Abraham’s servant would not be detained. “Do not hinder me,” he replied. He was unstoppable. And your response should be the same!

God has given you important work to do. Make a decision to be unstoppable: undeterred in your destiny. Make the choice not to let anyone distract you or detain you from the call of God on your life!

Prayer:

Father, make me unstoppable. You have given me lots to do! And I don’t want to let anyone slow me down. Thank You for a healthy and holy pace, in Jesus’ name.

© Michael D. White, 2020. All rights reserved.

Day 10: He Came and Worshiped

The Daily Word: Friday, January 10th, 2020
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:
When He had come down from the mountain, great multitudes followed Him. And behold, a leper came and worshiped Him, saying, “Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean.” – Matt. 8:1-2

Great multitudes followed Jesus (v 1); but a leper came and worshiped Him. Not everyone who followed Jesus got a miracle! But this leper who came and worshiped Jesus did:

Then Jesus put out His hand and touched him, saying, “I am willing; be cleansed.” Immediately his leprosy was cleansed. – Matt. 8:3

Healing begins with worship. When you worship Jesus, you activate the healing covenant of His blood. You step into the promise Jesus died for you to have. When you worship Jesus, everything dead comes back to life; and everything in need of healing becomes whole!

Prayer:

Jesus, I am going to worship You today like my life depends on it. Thank You for the power of worship. Help me to never take it for granted, in Jesus’ name!

© Michael D. White, 2020. All rights reserved.

Day 9: I Never Knew You

The Daily Word: Thursday, January 9th, 2020
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:
“And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’” – Matt. 7:23

There will be many people who think they are getting into Heaven who don’t. Terrifying, isn’t it? But Scripture says it’s true! There will be ministers who prophesy in His name, cast out demons in His name, and do “many wonders” in His name (v 22); but they won’t get into Heaven because they didn’t know Jesus! Because relationship with God is not about what you do; it’s about Who you know.

Do you know Jesus? That is all that matters! To “know” is the Greek word ginosko (Strong’s G1097), which means to gain intimate knowledge of a person through first-hand experience. So I ask you again: do you know Jesus? Is your faith deeper than just knowing about Jesus? Have you felt the presence of His Holy Spirit? Have you heard the whisper of His voice? Have you collapsed under the wonderful weight of His infinite love and forgiveness, overcome with gratefulness for His sacrificial death on the Cross?

One thing – and only one – matters for your eternal fate. Do you know Jesus?

“But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her.” – Lk. 10:42

Prayer:

Jesus, I want to know You! I pray You would make Yourself real to me today. I refuse to be satisfied with knowing about You! I want to receive Your love and experience Your presence first-hand, in Jesus’ name.

© Michael D. White, 2020. All rights reserved.

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