Day 81: Ownership and Possession

Numbers 33:40-35:34

Luke 5:12-28

Psalm 65:1-13

Proverbs 11:23

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CityLight Pastor Commentary:

“Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, ‘Command the children of Israel, and say to them: “When you come into the land of Canaan, this is the land that shall fall to you as an inheritance—the land of Canaan to its boundaries”’” (Num 34:1-2). The Lord outlined the boundaries of the Promised Land, in painstaking detail, before the people of Israel went in and possessed the land. There are two steps that God wants us to differentiate: ownership and possession. He owns the land, and had already given it to His children as a possession. However, the Israelites would not possess the land until they drove out the previous inhabitants. God wants to partner with us for victory. He will show us things He has already given into our hands so that we might partner with Him in possessing them. Do not be discouraged; take what God has promised you because it is already yours to possess.

 

Prayer:

Father, thank You that Your Word clearly outlines what is ours to possess. As your children, You have already given us ownership of healing, righteousness, salvation and prosperity. Help me to possess the land You have given me!

Day 80: All Means All

Numbers 32:1-33:39

Luke 4:31-5:11

Psalm 64:1-10

Proverbs 11:22

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CityLight Pastor Commentary:

“When the sun was setting, all those who had any that were sick with various diseases brought them to Him; and He laid His hands on every one of them and healed them” (Luke 4:40). Jesus is an equal opportunity Healer. God is not partial to individuals, or to churches. He wants every single one of His children to ask Jesus for healing: physical, emotional and spiritual. He wants every single one of His churches to pray for those very same things. God is the same yesterday, today and forever (Heb 13:8). If His will was to heal every sick person brought to Him then, it is still His will now. The age of signs, miracles and wonders is not past, just as the age of salvation is not past. If we can still go to Jesus to be saved, we can still go to Him to be healed.

 

Prayer:

Father, thank You that You don’t choose favorites! I don’t need to prove I love You to receive healing; I know I can have it because You already proved You love me! I accept it in Jesus’ Mighty Name!

Day 79: By the Book

Numbers 30:1-31:54

Luke 4:1-30

Psalm 63:1-11

Proverbs 11:20-21

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CityLight Pastor Commentary:

“Now when the devil had ended every temptation, he departed from Him until an opportune time…” (Luke 4:13). When Jesus was tempted by Satan, He responded by quoting Scripture. In Luke 4:3, Satan tells Jesus to turn a stone into bread to prove He can perform miracles; Jesus responds with Scripture. In v 7, Satan tells Jesus he will give Him the whole world as a possession in exchange for worship; Jesus responds with Scripture. In v 9, Satan tells Jesus to throw Himself from the temple at Jerusalem to prove that angels would rescue Him; Jesus responds with Scripture. Whenever we are tempted, we must respond with Scripture. It is the only way to properly reinforce our mind, body and spirit with the Word of God as it applies to our specific situation. If even the Son of God needed to respond to temptation by quoting Scripture, who are we to think we can get away with anything less?

 

Prayer:

Father, fill my memory banks with Scripture! I want to be able to apply Your Word to every situation in which I find myself. I know I don’t stand a chance without Your Word, so help me to know it inside and out!

Day 78: Feasting and Fasting

Numbers 28:16-29:40

Luke 3:23-38

Psalm 62:1-12

Proverbs 11:18-19

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CityLight Pastor Commentary:

The tithe. First fruits. Ten percent. Ugh…why does God ask us to give SO MUCH?! When you realize that everything you have in your possession rightfully belongs to Him in the first place, He is not, in fact, asking us to give that much. When we give, it should not be done with a negative attitude, but rather a thankful one. Num 28:26 describes the Feast of Weeks: “Also on the day of the firstfruits, when you bring a new grain offering to the Lord at your Feast of Weeks, you shall have a holy convocation. You shall do no customary work.” The Feast of Weeks marked a celebration of all God had provided for His people. Jewish farmers would tie a reed around the first fruits that ripened on their land, designating them for an offering to the Lord. On the Feast of Weeks, they would bring their first fruits to the temple in Jerusalem as an offering to God. Notice, however, that it was not called the ‘Fast’ of Weeks, but rather the ‘Feast.’ The people of Israel didn’t have to be frugal after they gave their offering, hoping to scrape by on leftovers. God wanted His people to feast – to celebrate – as they honored Him with their giving. He wanted them to give with complete thankfulness and full confidence that even after their offering, they would still have plenty left over. God created everything, and then promised us “…exceedingly, abundantly, above all that we ask or think” (Eph 3:20). That is something worth celebrating.

 

Prayer:

“Father, I give to You with a glad heart. I know that ten percent – the tithe – is actually the least you ever commanded us to give; one hundred percent is the model presented by Jesus Christ. Help me to give everything I have to You, and to do it freely.”

Day 77: What You Do, Do Well

Numbers 26:52-28:15

Luke 3:1-22

Psalm 61:1-8

Proverbs 11:16-17

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CityLight Pastor Commentary:

“Therefore bear fruits worthy of repentance… every tree which does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire” (Lk 3:8-9). John baptized for the remission of sins, and then cautioned those who had just been baptized that they should live in light of their forgiveness. Part of his message was universal, and applied to everyone there: give generously (Lk 3:11). Then he moved on to specific instructions for different groups of people: the tax collectors should do their job honestly, and the soldiers should be trustworthy and content. In other words, he didn’t tell everyone to quit his day job and become a full-time minister! God calls us to specific careers, and then tells us to maintain integrity and do our jobs well. Part of what makes the Kingdom of God so effective is its diversity. You are specifically designed to reach a group of people that nobody else in the whole world can reach. So, whatever you do, do it well!

 

Prayer:

“Father, thank You for celebrating our differences! You don’t want all of Your children to be uniform in our careers; all You ask is uniformity in our desire to honor You! Help me to honor You in everything I do, every single day of the week, in Jesus’ Mighty Name!”

Day 76: Respect Your Elders

Numbers 26:1-51

Luke 2:36-52

Psalm 60:1-12

Proverbs 11:15

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CityLight Pastor Commentary:

Luke 2 plainly tells us no person is too old to be used by God. Anna had been widowed for 84 years, and she had been married for 7 years before that. Assuming she was at least 14 when she was married, that would have made her at least 105 at the time of Jesus’ birth! That says something. She made a decision to constantly rest in God’s presence, praying and fasting: the result was a long life and eternal recognition as the prophetess who got to see Jesus face to face. We must respect our elders. Unfortunately we sometimes fail to treat our elders with the respect they deserve. Just because someone is older than you does not necessarily mean they are smarter, or even wiser; it does mean, however, that he or she has been around longer than you. Even Jesus Christ Himself knew He must respect His earthly parents. After teaching at the temple in Jerusalem, He “…went down with them and came to Nazareth, and was subject to them…” (Lk 2:51). The result was that “…Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men” (Lk 2:52). If we want to increase in wisdom and stature, we must respect our elders and learn from them while we can.

 

Prayer:

“Father, help me to respect my elders. You have put elderly relatives, friends and neighbors in my life for a reason. I want to respect them and glean what I can from them, knowing that You love them and work through them no matter their age!”

Day 75: In A Manger

Numbers 24:1-25:18

Luke 2:1-35

Psalm 59:1-17

Proverbs 11:14

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CityLight Pastor Commentary:

“And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn” (Lk 2:7). Jesus Christ was sent to reconcile all of mankind to God. All means all. Jesus came into the world in the humblest of settings; He will reach into the humblest of settings to retrieve the lost. No matter where you are, Jesus’ death and resurrection mean new life for you. His light can outshine the darkest of places, and life in Him can conquer the coldest grave.

 

Prayer:

“Father, I know that Jesus Christ was sent to rescue ME! I don’t deserve it and I never will, but I am the recipient of the honor and glory He earned. Thank You Father!”

Day 74: Cursing and Blessing

Numbers 22:21-23:30

Luke 1:57-80

Psalm 58:1-11

Proverbs 11:12-13

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CityLight Pastor Commentary:

“How shall I curse whom God has not cursed? And how shall I denounce whom the Lord has not denounced?” (Num 23:8) Balaam could not curse God’s people because God had already blessed them. Remember that in Genesis 12:3, God told Abraham, “I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who curses you…”. Balaam knew that if he cursed Abraham’s descendants, he would be subjecting himself to the curses God had promised for those who cursed Abraham! It is so important that we speak only that which the Lord gives us to speak. We see later in today’s reading (Luke 1) that God caused Zacharias to be mute so he would not speak words of doubt over his own son’s life. When we speak against the Word of God, we will be made speechless at best, and cursed at worst. However, when we speak the Word of God and bless His people, we will surely be blessed!

 

Prayer:

“Father, help me to speak only what You give me! I don’t want to proclaim doubt, and I don’t want to hold back blessings that Your people deserve. I am blessed by the Blood of Jesus Christ so I can be a blessing to others!”

Day 73: Sing It!

Numbers 21:1-22:20

Luke 1:26-56

Psalm 57:1-11

Proverbs 11:9-11

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CityLight Pastor Commentary:

“Then Israel sang this song: ‘Spring up, O well! All of you sing to it…’” (Num 21:17). When Israel needed water out of a well, they sang to it. Do you need a breakthrough in your life? Sing! Pick your favorite worship song; sing at your job (not too loud!), on the subway, or as you’re walking down the street. There is amazing power in worship. You probably already know you can speak the Word of God over your life and expect change to take place; did you know you can sing over any situation too? Worship confuses the enemy. Instead of sulking, let’s sing! Let’s never be ‘conditional praisers,’ waiting until we see the results of prayer before we worship God’s awesome power. Sing to Him now, and watch your life change!

 

Prayer:

“Father, help me to sing! Whenever I need provision, I will sing to You. Whenever I see breakthrough, I will sing to You. Help me to remember the power of worship in Jesus’ Mighty Name!”

Day 72: Speak to the Rock

Numbers 19:1-20:29

Luke 1:1-25

Psalm 56:1-13

Proverbs 11:8

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CityLight Pastor Commentary:

“Speak to the rock before their eyes, and it will yield its water; thus you shall bring water for them out of the rock, and give drink to the congregation…” (Num 20:8). What did Moses do wrong? God told Moses to speak to the rock, and promised that water would flow out of it for the people of Israel when he did so. Instead of speaking to the rock, he hit it. Instead of listening to God’s explicit instructions, Moses relied on what had worked in the past. In Ex 17:6, Moses had used his rod to strike a rock so that water would flow out of it. He attributed the miracle to his rod – instead of His God. God does not want us to have faith in props and routines that bring us the results we desire; He wants us to have faith in Him. The Cross of Jesus Christ is the only prop we will ever need. Rely on it, knowing that the power of the Name Jesus Christ is enough to effect the change you desire to see.

 

Prayer:

“Father, help me to follow Your instructions through and through! I want to be fully and completely obedient to everything You have to say. I want to rely on the Cross of Your Son Jesus Christ for net-breaking, miracle-working power!”

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