Day 132: Praise Him Early

1 Samuel 12:1-13:23

John 7:1-30

Psalm 108:1-13

Proverbs 15:4

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CityLight Pastor Commentary:

“I will awaken the dawn” (Ps 108:3). David made a habit of praising God early in the morning. In fact, he woke up so early to praise that he could have been responsible for awakening the dawn. When we wake up and make praising God our first activity of the day, it sets the tone for everything we do. We remind all of heaven, and warn all of hell, that we have decided to devote our day to praising God. Praise early! Praise often. For He is worthy of our praise.

Prayer:

Father, remind me to praise You all the time! You are so good, and so worthy of my praise. I will make praise the first thing I do in the morning, and the last thing I do before I go to bed.

Day 131: By Your Spirit

1 Samuel 10:1-11:15

John 6:43-71

Psalm 107:1-43

Proverbs 15:1-3

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CityLight Pastor Commentary:

Saul was a mighty king over all Israel, and there was a pattern to his behavior. The Holy Spirit would always come upon him before he went out and accomplished something miraculous that God had asked him to do. In 1 Sam 10:10, the “Spirit of God came upon him” and he began to prophesy. In 1 Sam 11:6, the “Spirit of God came upon Saul” and he led Israel to victory over the Ammonites. At the outset of his reign, Saul fully relied on the Holy Spirit to empower him for everything he did, which is why he was such a powerful king. Are you relying on God’s Holy Spirit to empower you for everything you set out to accomplish?

Prayer:

Father, help me to rely on Your Holy Spirit to accomplish every task you set in front of me – no matter how simple or complex! I want to rely on You for everything I do. Help me to stay patient and trust in Your Name!

Day 130: Finders Keepers

1 Samuel 8:1-9:27

John 6:22-42

Psalm 106:32-48

Proverbs 14:34-35

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CityLight Pastor Commentary:

“…and the one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out” (John 6:37). Where do we get our confidence in salvation? Jesus Christ promised His disciples that everyone who 1) confesses that Jesus Christ is Lord, and 2) believes that He was raised from the dead, will be saved (Rom 10:9). Once we rely on Jesus as our substitute – the sinless Son of God who came to earth to suffer and die for our sins – we will never be denied entry into eternal paradise with Him!

Prayer:

Father, thank You that my salvation doesn’t depend on what I do; it depends on everything Jesus has already done for me! Thank You for Your Son, and for the atoning work that He finished on the Cross.

Day 129: Who Can Stand?

1 Samuel 5:1-7:17

John 6:1-21

Psalm 106:13-31

Proverbs 14:32-33

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CityLight Pastor Commentary:

The ark of God contained God’s Presence. In 1 Sam 5, the Philistines (Israel’s enemy) captured the ark and brought it into their own country, and put it in their own house of worship. The Philistines worshipped their own false god (idol) named Dagon, who had the torso of a man and the tail of a fish. 1 Sam 5:3 tells us that when the Philistines woke up the next day to check on the ark of God, they found something amazing: their house of worship to their false God Dagon had been destroyed. Their idol, Dagon, was broken in pieces and lay flat on the ground. No false god can stand in God’s presence. No idol can survive when set before the One True God. As a people, we must restore our value for God’s presence, and return to seeking intimacy with our Creator. Anything else is a waste of time.

Prayer:

Father, restore in me a love for Your presence! I want to seek Your face and Your will for my life. I know the only place I can find true peace and happiness is before You!

Day 128: Don’t Miss It

1 Samuel 2:22-4:22

John 5:24-47

Psalm 106:1-12

Proverbs 14:30-31

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CityLight Pastor Commentary:

“You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me. But you are not willing to come to Me that you may have life” (Jn 5:39-40). The Pharisees knew the Scriptures inside and out, yet they missed God Himself moving right in front of their eyes. We must always do our best to avoid falling into the same pattern! Reading God’s Word should not be a mundane routine; it should give us life! The Holy Spirit we see active in Scripture is the same Holy Spirit who lives inside of us! It is not memorization of Scripture that earns us salvation, but rather belief in God’s Only Son. Jesus Christ promises that whoever believes in Him shall have everlasting life (Jn 5:24). Give God permission to show you supernatural things in your own life: even in situations which seem impossible.

Prayer:

Father, thank You that Your Holy Spirit lives in me! I expect to see the same works in my own life that I see written in the Book of Acts, because the same Holy Spirit lives in me and is still at work!

Day 127: Let God Establish You

1 Samuel 1:1-2:21

John 5:1-23

Psalm 105:37-45

Proverbs 14:28-29

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CityLight Pastor Commentary:

“So Elkanah her husband said to her, ‘Do what seems best to you; wait until you have weaned him. Only let the Lord establish His word’” (1 Sam 1:23). Hannah’s husband gave her some timeless advice: let the Lord establish His word. Who gets in the way of God doing what He wants to do? We do, by wavering in doubt and unbelief. The Lord had promised Hannah a son through Eli the priest, and it was now Hannah’s privilege to wait and rely on the word of God as it unfolded before her. So many times, we fail to trust in God’s word because we don’t see results materialize immediately. Hannah had waited for many years to have a son; when it finally came to pass, her son was a great prophet who we still remember today, many thousands of years later! As soon as we get out of His way, the Lord can establish His word. Let Him work in your life, and trust in the promises He has given you!

Prayer:

Father, I know that Your strength alone sustains me! You are the only One who can make me great; I can never achieve my life’s ambition on my own. Give me patience and trust to stand on Your word and watch it come to pass in Jesus’ Name!

Day 126: Refining

Ruth 2:1-4:22

John 4:43-54

Psalm 105:16-36

Proverbs 14:26-27

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CityLight Pastor Commentary:

“Until the time that his word came to pass, the word of the Lord tested him” (Ps 105:19). Joseph had already been given his word before he was put into captivity. The Lord had spoken to him in dreams, and told him that he would be a ruler over many. Then what happened? He was sold into slavery, and then locked in prison. Joseph was being tested. But ‘tested’ in this verse does not mean a test as we think of the word in school: something scary that we need to pass in order to move on and be blessed. Tested is the Hebrew ‘tsaraph,’ which means to refine and prove true. When a silversmith tests (refines) silver, he heats the metal and puts it through a process so that all impurities can be removed. The end result is purity. The testing (refining) process ends when the silversmith can see his own reflection in the metal: then, and only then, has the silver been purified. God was testing Joseph: waiting to bless him until He could see His own reflection in the man He had created for great things.

Prayer:

Father, thank You for making us into the spitting image of Your Son Jesus Christ! Help me to trust in Your testing process. I know Your word is true, and I will trust in it!

Day 125: Change Your Perspective

Judges 21:1-Ruth 1:22

John 4:4-42

Psalm 105:1-15

Proverbs 14:25

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CityLight Pastor Commentary:

“Jesus answered and said to her, ‘If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, “Give Me a drink,” you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water’” (Jn 4:10). Many times we think in terms of what God is asking us to do, and wonder why He asks us to do so much. Here Jesus asks a gentile woman for a drink, and she wonders why it is that such a Man would ever ask her for water. As a Jew, why would He ever recruit her, a Samaritan, as a servant? It is not our job to question God’s purpose for our lives, and the manner in which He asks us to serve. He chooses us to serve Him in such a way that suits His will. Instead of asking why God wants us to do something, we must remember that He is the Giver of life. He is the One who sent His Holy Spirit to dwell inside of us. He knows what He is doing. When we realize all God has done for us, and all He is still willing to do when we submit our lives to Him, every act of partnership will seem miniscule compared to the Cross.

Prayer:

Father, help me to change my perspective! You have done so much for me, even though I didn’t deserve it. Help me to serve You freely and with gladness, because You have already done everything for me.

Day 124: Increase and Decrease

Judges 19:1-20:48

John 3:22-4:3

Psalm 104:24-35

Proverbs 14:22-24

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CityLight Pastor Commentary:

“He must increase, but I must decrease” (John 3:30). We are finite beings. It follows, therefore, that when Christ increases in us, the rest of us (our flesh) must decrease. We have never been a church that focuses on the activity of the devil and spiritual warfare; and we have never been a church that focuses on sin. That does not mean we do not acknowledge their existence and hate them; it does mean that we choose to focus on the Cross, knowing that when we draw closer to God, we naturally move further from sin. If you’re trapped in a dark room, it does no good to curse the darkness. All that is required is to flip on the light.

Prayer:

Father, help me to occupy my entire field of vision with Your Son Jesus Christ! I don’t want to see or focus on anyone else. As I draw closer to Him, I will be drawn away from everything that ails me.

Day 123: Let Him Move

Judges 17:1-18:31

John 3:1-21

Psalm 104:1-23

Proverbs 14:20-21

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CityLight Pastor Commentary:

“If I have told you earthly things and you do not believe, how will you believe if I tell you heavenly things?” (John 3:12) When you read the Bible, do you really believe it? When you read Old Testament stories – Moses parting the Red Sea, and Elijah praying for rain to stop – do you believe that those things really happened? If miraculous things took place then, under the Old Covenant, how much more should they be taking place now, under the New Covenant? Unbelief cancels the miraculous; but belief in God’s supernatural ability promotes it. Believe that God Is; and watch Him prove it to you every day.

Prayer:

Father, thank You that You’re still just as miraculous today as you were thousands of years ago! I choose to believe in You and Your supernatural ability. I welcome Your Holy Spirit in my life!

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