Day 288: God’s Word Runs

The Daily Word: Tuesday, October 15th, 2019
Jeremiah 26:1-27:22
2 Thessalonians 3:1-18
Psalm 85:1-13
Proverbs 25:16
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may run swiftly and be glorified, just as it is with you… – 2 Thess 3:1

The word of God moves at different speeds. Sometimes, His word crawls; and other times, His word runs. The Apostle Paul’s request of the church at Thessalonica was to make the word of the Lord “run swiftly;” and he asked them to do it through prayer! How fast God’s word “runs” depends on your prayers! How fast the Gospel of Jesus Christ reaches the furthest reaches of the globe depends on the church’s willingness to pray!

We have a responsibility to share the Gospel. But the effectiveness of our evangelism depends on the strength of our prayers. Whether or not God’s Word penetrates hardened hearts is not the result of intellectual argument – saying something someone hasn’t heard before; it is the result of spiritual deposit – praying something nobody has prayed before!

Pray! God’s word cannot “run swiftly” without your prayers.

Prayer:

Father, thank You for inspiring me to pray powerful prayers. I pray Your word would “run swiftly” – from heart to heart, all over the globe, in Jesus’ name!

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Day 287: A Heart to Know Him

The Daily Word: Monday, October 14th, 2019
Jeremiah 23:21-25:38
2 Thessalonians 2:1-17
Psalm 84:1-12
Proverbs 25:15
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
Then I will give them a heart to know Me, that I am the Lord; and they shall be My people, and I will be their God, for they shall return to Me with their whole heart. – Jer 24:7

Wouldn’t you love to give your “whole heart” to God? What if you could lay your whole life at His feet, and serve God with all your affection and all your devotion? Imagine the level of intimacy you would experience in your prayer life. Imagine the level of joy you would experience as you grab hold of perfect devotion to God!

But you cannot love God with your “whole heart” until He gives you a “heart to know [Him].” Don’t you see that you will never be able to live a life of complete devotion to God through your own self-effort? You have to ask Him for help! If you want to love Him with all your heart, you have to allow Him to change your heart first. He will give you a heart to know Him; and then all you have to do is give it back.

Prayer:

Father, give me a heart to know You! I want to know You – Your Word, Your heart, and Your character – like never before. I want to love You like never before! And I know that can only happen if You give me a heart to know You.

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Day 286: Hear the Word

The Daily Word: Sunday, October 13th, 2019
Jeremiah 22:1-23:20
2 Thessalonians 1:1-12
Psalm 83:1-18
Proverbs 25:11-14
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
Thus says the Lord: “Go down to the house of the king of Judah, and there speak this word, and say, ‘Hear the word of the Lord, O king of Judah, you who sit on the throne of David, you and your servants and your people who enter these gates!’” – Jer 22:1-2

Just because the king was on the throne, doesn’t mean he heard God’s word! God sent Jeremiah to speak to the king of Judah, because the king of Judah wasn’t listening to God. What a travesty to have God put you in a position of authority, only to respond by suspending – instead of increasing – your reliance on Him!

The temptation we experience in positions of authority is this: the higher we go, the less we ask God for help. The opposite should be true! The more people God calls you to lead, the higher the stakes of every decision you make. One of the most valuable characteristics of an effective leader is persistent humility that insists on seeking the word of the Lord!

Don’t make God come looking for you. Seek Him first! And He will tell you everything you need to know.

Prayer:

Father, I need Your word! I need Your written Word. I need Your spoken word. I pray that the more You promote me, the more – not less – I would rely on You, in Jesus’ name!

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Day 285: Divine Warnings

The Daily Word: Saturday, October 12th, 2019
Jeremiah 19:1-21:14
1 Thessalonians 5:4-28
Psalm 82:1-8
Proverbs 25:9-10
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
“Hear the word of the Lord, O kings of Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem. Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel: ‘Behold, I will bring such a catastrophe on this place, that whoever hears of it, his ears will tingle.’” – Jer 19:3

The reason God shares oncoming tragedy with us is so we can change our hearts. Jeremiah promised “such catastrophe…that whoever hears of it, his ears will tingle.” Yet this was not God sharing inevitable fate with His people. It was God inviting His people to change the posture of their hearts.

If you change your heart, you will change your future. You will come into alignment with the perfect plan God has had for you all along! You will come under the umbrella of God’s blessing and protection: which, by the way, is where God designed for you to be!

Change your heart. Return to God! You can have a perfect future, face to face with your Father.

“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

Prayer:

Father, thank You for Divine warnings. Thank You for reminding me to align my heart with Yours! I am so grateful for the way You speak peace and purpose over my life, in Jesus’ name!

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Day 284: Fishing and Hunting

The Daily Word: Friday, October 11th, 2019
Jeremiah 16:16-18:23
1 Thessalonians 4:1-5:3
Psalm 81:1-16
Proverbs 25:6-8
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
“Behold, I will send for many fishermen,” says the Lord, “and they shall fish them; and afterward I will send for many hunters, and they shall hunt them from every mountain and every hill, and out of the holes of the rocks.” – Jer 16:16

God is talking here about restoring His people. He would “bring them back into their land which [He] gave to their fathers” (Jer 16:15). And as part of the restorative process, God’s people would have two responsibilities:

1) Fishing. We are familiar with this one. We are to be “fishers of men” (Matt 4:19). We are to partner with God to expand His Kingdom by telling people who do not know Jesus about Him!

2) Hunting. This is the role with which we are less 1) familiar and 2) comfortable. We are to hunt: to aggressively root out the work of the enemy in our lives, and snuff his influence. Do not give the enemy a foothold! Aggressively identify the areas in your life where sin exists, and ask the Holy Spirit to remove it. What is coming between you and God? As a “hunter:” kill that thing!

Your work for the Kingdom is not only offensive; it is also defensive. Fishing expands God’s territory into new hearts; and hunting preserves the territory He already has!

Prayer:

Father, I accept my responsibility as both fisher and hunter. Thank You for calling me to be one who expands, and also one who defends! I will preach the Gospel everywhere I go; and I will rebuke the enemy in Jesus’ name!

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Day 283: Emotionally Present

The Daily Word: Thursday, October 10th, 2019
Jeremiah 14:11-16:15
1 Thessalonians 2:9-3:13
Psalm 80:1-19
Proverbs 25:1-5
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
But we, brethren, having been taken away from you for a short time in presence, not in heart, endeavored more eagerly to see your face with great desire. – 1 Thess 2:17

Paul was absent from the church at Thessalonica “in presence” (i.e. physically); but he was present “in heart” (i.e. emotionally)! He prayed for the church without ceasing. He wrote the long letters as he thought of them! He constantly brought the members of the early church to God in prayer. Just because you are physically absent, does not mean you can’t be emotionally present.

And just because you are physically present, does not mean you are emotionally present. When you’re with your family, are you really “there?” When you come home from work at the end of the day, are you able to leave your work behind and fully engage with family and friends?

Ask God to help you be more emotionally present. God has introduced you to many people. Do you continue to remember them in your prayers? Do you reach out to them to share a kind word or an exhortation, even if you can’t “physically” be with them? Your physical capacity is limited; but I believe God wants to expand your emotional capacity today!

And may the Lord make you increase and abound in love to one another and to all, just as we do to you… – 1 Thess 3:12

Prayer:

Father, I pray You would increase my emotional capacity! Help me to really be there when people need me: not just physically, but also emotionally. Help me to love other people better than I ever thought I could! I am so grateful for Your presence, in Jesus’ name.

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Day 282: Your Approach Matters

The Daily Word: Wednesday, October 9th, 2019
Jeremiah 12:1-14:10
1 Thessalonians 1:1-2:8
Psalm 79:1-13
Proverbs 24:30-34
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
Righteous are You, O Lord, when I plead with You; Yet let me talk with You about Your judgments. Why does the way of the wicked prosper? Why are those happy who deal so treacherously? – Jer 12:1

Jeremiah was not challenging God. He was seeking understanding. He questioned God; but his questioning was framed by the statement, “Righteous are You, Lord.” His inquiry was preceded and followed by humility that conveyed an understanding that God knows best.

It’s ok to have questions for God! Yet they should always be asked with respect. You get to “come boldly to the throne of grace” (Heb 4:16)! Yet boldness and humility should intersect as you stand before God in prayer. And if you’re ever not sure if a question you’re about to ask – or a request you’re about to make – is too bold, don’t panic. You are filled with the Holy Spirit, who will teach you how to pray.

Prayer:

Father, thank You that I get to come to You in prayer! I know You are my friend; but I also understand that You’re my Father. I pray our intimacy would never give way to informality, in Jesus’ name.

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Day 281: Continue in Prayer

The Daily Word: Tuesday, October 8th, 2019
Jeremiah 10:1-11:23
Colossians 3:18-4:18
Psalm 78:56-72
Proverbs 24:28-29
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
Continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving… – Col 4:2

Prayer is the most important thing you can do with your time. There are things God wants to see in your life that cannot happen unless you start to pray! There are processes that will not unfold in your life unless you start to pray. There are connections you cannot make in life unless you start to pray! Do you see the pattern here?

Continue earnestly in prayer. Don’t give up! Be “vigilant” in prayer. The Greek word for “vigilant” in the original text is gregoreuo,[1] which means to be “active” and “give strict attention” to something. It also means “to take heed lest through remission and indolence some destructive calamity suddenly overtake [you].” What a wakeup call! Not only does neglecting prayer keep us from moving forward; it can also leave us open to destruction!

Prayer is serious business. It shouldn’t be something we just “sneak in” to our daily routine; it should be the foundation around which our very lives are built!

Prayer:

Father, give me the strength to continue in prayer. Give me time to pray more than ever before! I know that prayer protects me, and keeps me moving forward into my God-given destiny, in Jesus’ name.

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[1] Strong’s G1127

Day 280: Complete Yet Ongoing

The Daily Word: Monday, October 7th, 2019
Jeremiah 8:8-9:26
Colossians 3:1-17
Psalm 78:32-55
Proverbs 24:27
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. – Col 3:1

You were raised with Christ! Yet what you decide to “seek” is still up to you. You are a new creation (2 Cor 5:17)! Yet you are still being transformed into the likeness of His image (2 Cor 3:18).

God has done the work! Yet He is still asking you to partner with Him. Seek Him like never before. Pursue the things of Heaven and forget about things on the earth. Your salvation is complete; yet redemption is ongoing. It is finished! Yet there is more to be done as He works in you. Take God’s hand, and say “yes” to everything He has for you.

Prayer:

Father, I want to partner with You. I want to take Your hand and allow You to lead me into my destiny! I’m so grateful for the finished work You already completed on the Cross! Now help me to say “yes and amen” to everything You have left to do.

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Day 279: The Simple Life

The Daily Word: Sunday, October 6th, 2019
Jeremiah 6:16-8:7
Colossians 2:8-23
Psalm 78:1-31
Proverbs 24:26
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
Thus says the Lord: “Stand in the ways and see, and ask for the old paths, where the good way is, and walk in it; Then you will find rest for your souls.“ – Jer 6:16

Scripture tells us how to find “rest for our souls.” If we want peace, we have to “Ask for the old paths, where the good way is, and walk in it.” But what are the “old paths?” The “old paths” represent the life of simple faith that our ancestors in Christ lived out every day: listening to God’s voice, and doing what He says!

Do you lack peace? Your life might just be too complicated. Come back to God’s word. Spend more time in prayer. Ask for the “old paths,” and cut out everything else! And you will find rest for your soul.

Prayer:

Father, I want to live a simple life. I want to spend my days in prayer. I want to love Your Word more than life itself! Help me to get rid of anything I’ve added to my relationship with You that’s making things complicated. I’m coming back to the old paths, in Jesus’ name!

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