Day 203: No Condemnation

2 Chronicles 6:12-8:10

Romans 7:14-8:8

Psalm 18:1-15

Proverbs 19:24-25

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CityLight Pastor Commentary:

“There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit “(Rom 8:1). Paul is explaining something very important to the church at Rome: our flesh and our minds will always be at odds. Even if we want to perform God’s will and walk in obedience to His calling, our bodies (flesh) will make it close to impossible. The only way we can live how God wants us to live is with the Holy Spirit’s help! As Christians, we should never try to live life well on our own: we must always ask the Holy Spirit for help! When we rely on Jesus Christ as our personal Lord and Savior, and allow His Holy Spirit to guide us, we are no longer subject to condemnation. Even when we fall short, or when we stumble – the Cross is enough to overcome all sin!

Prayer:

Father, thank You that the Cross relieves me from all condemnation! Thank You that the Cross means I can have a restored relationship with You. Thank You that when Your Son Jesus Christ ascended to Heaven, He sent Your Holy Spirit to empower us – His disciples – to live a Spirit-filled life!

Day 202: Glory Cloud

2 Chronicles 4:1-6:11

Romans 7:1-13

Psalm 17:1-15

Proverbs 19:22-23

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CityLight Pastor Commentary:

“…the house of the Lord, was filled with a cloud, so that the priests could not continue ministering because of the cloud; for the glory of the Lord filled the house of God” (2 Chron 5:13-14). Something amazing happened as Solomon’s craftsmen finished building the temple at Jerusalem that would house God’s presence. All the musicians and priests sang out “as one,” and God’s presence became so thick that they could barely stand. We can get to this place in times of corporate worship. God will honor us – His church – with more of His Presence than we have ever experienced before when we worship together. Israel honored God with their worship and their unity, and He honored them with more of Himself!

Prayer:

Father, help us to place a high value on corporate worship. Help us to covet Your presence as a church community. We know that when we cry out to You as one, You will make Your presence known!

Day 201: Dead to Sin

2 Chronicles 1:1-3:17

Romans 6:1-23

Psalm 16:1-11

Proverbs 19:20-21

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CityLight Pastor Commentary:

“How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it?” (Rom 6:2b) There is no sin so great that it can overshadow the finished work of the Cross! Yet Paul outlines very clearly that grace should never be used as an excuse to sin. The fact that God’s grace covers all sin should never be used as justification to give Him more sin to cover. As Christians, we must realize that we have been made completely free from the desire to sin. I once knew a man who was deathly afraid of dogs. He worked for years to overcome that fear, and finally conquered it. The fear no longer existed; he was dead to it, and it no longer had a hold on him. He could now live life to the fullest, without crippling fear. It would make no sense, in his delivered state, for that man to wish that every once and a while he could still be afraid of dogs. It would make no sense for that man to go out and try to be afraid of dogs every now and then. He was completely free from fear. And we are completely free from sin. Our freedom does not exist so that we can wish we were still bound, or see just how much sin we can get away with before we no longer feel free. Our freedom exists, through Christ Jesus, so that we can enjoy a restored relationship with our Father!

Prayer:

Lord, I declare that I am dead to sin! The enemy no longer has a hold on me. He couldn’t entice me to fall back into a life of sin if he tried! I am free from sin. I have tasted redemption and no imitator will suffice. Thank You for freedom in Your Son Jesus Christ!

Day 200: Write it Down!

1 Chronicles 28:1-29:30

Romans 5:6-21

Psalm 15:1-5

Proverbs 19:18-19

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CityLight Pastor Commentary:

“’All this,’ said David, ‘the Lord made me understand in writing, by His hand upon me, all the works of these plans.’” (1 Chron 28:19). If you’re a Christian, you’re a writer. I believe the mandate of every man and woman with a relationship with Jesus Christ is to receive thoughts and plans directly from Heaven and write them down. Why write them down? Because once we write it down, “…it will surely come” (Hab 2:3). What would have happened if David had never written down the intricate plans God gave him for the temple? It never would have been built the way The Lord wanted it built! What would have happened if Moses had never recorded God’s instructions? The people of Israel could never have lived according to God’s plan! Has God given you supernatural ideas? Write them down! Wait on The Lord, and watch Him bring them to pass.

Prayer:

Father, I declare that I am a writer! Help me to record all the thoughts and the plans that you have for me. Help me to write everything down. Once it’s on record, all of Heaven and all of hell knows I mean business!

Day 199: Faith Is Not Denial

1 Chronicles 26:12-27:34

Romans 4:13-5:5

Psalm 14:1-7

Proverbs 19:17

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CityLight Pastor Commentary:

“…God, who gives life to the dead and calls those things which do not exist as though they did…” (Rom 4:17). Faith is not denial. As Paul describes faith to the church at Rome, he explains that faith is speaking life into the dead. Faith is calling into existence those things which do not already exist because God wants them to materialize. So many Christians get this backwards. Instead of calling those things which do not exist into existence, we try to pretend that things that do already exist aren’t there. That’s denial; not faith. Denial is looking at your body when you’re sick and denying that anything is wrong. Faith is acknowledging the sickness but speaking healing into your flesh. Faith means acknowledging reality, but recognizing that God is calling us up into a greater, heavenly reality!

 

Prayer:

Father, help me never to deny reality. Faith is not denial. Help me to simply recognize that the heavenly reality you want for me is greater than the earthy reality I see around me right now. The way I can partner with you to bring heavenly reality to earth is through prayer. Help me to pray with confidence, faith and boldness – in JESUS’ NAME!

Day 198: The Choice

1 Chronicles 24:1-26:11

Romans 4:1-12

Psalm 13:1-6

Proverbs 19:15-16

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CityLight Pastor Commentary:

“Now to him who works, the wages are not counted as grace but as debt” (Rom 4:4). We have a choice to make. If we choose to live according to the law, we will be judged according to the law. If we choose to work for our own salvation, our wages will be counted as debt, and we already know going into our judgment that our debt can never be paid. Or, we can live according to grace. God so loved us that He sent His only Son to suffer and die on the Cross so that we would be redeemed! When we choose Jesus Christ, we choose grace. When we choose Jesus Christ, we choose to be judged according to His sinless life. When we rely on the finished work of the Cross, Christ’s righteousness becomes our own. Choose Jesus Christ!

 

Prayer:

Father, thank You for the price Jesus paid. I choose grace. Shower me with the glory and honor only Your Son deserves! Father, thank You for the price Jesus paid. I choose grace. Shower me with the glory and honor only Your Son deserves! Father, thank You for the price Jesus paid. I choose grace. Shower me with the glory and honor only Your Son deserves! Father, thank You for the price Jesus paid. I choose grace. Shower me with the glory and honor only Your Son deserves! Father, thank You for the price Jesus paid. I choose grace. Shower me with the glory and honor only Your Son deserves!

Day 196: Something for Nothing

1 Chronicles 19:1-21:30

Romans 2:25-3:8

Psalm 11:1-7

Proverbs 19:10-12

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CityLight Pastor Commentary:

“Then King David said to Ornan, ‘No, but I will surely buy it for the full price, for I will not take what is yours for the Lord, nor offer burnt offerings with that which costs me nothing’” (1 Chron 21:24). David recognized an important principle: our offerings to God should not be free. They should cost us something. Ornan offered up his personal property willingly, but David refused to accept it without a price. If an offering costs us nothing, is it really an offering?

Prayer:

Father, I know my offering will not move You unless it moves me. I know it will not be significant to You unless it’s significant to me. I want to give with my whole heart: everything I have is yours!

Day 197: By Faith

1 Chronicles 22:1-23:32

Romans 3:9-31

Psalm 12:1-8

Proverbs 19:13-14

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CityLight Pastor Commentary:

“…even the righteousness of God, through faith in Jesus Christ, to all and on all who believe” (Rom 3:22). The righteousness of Jesus Christ is imputed to all who have faith in Him. The righteousness of God’s Only Son covers all who believe in Him. Paul’s letter to the Romans explains what so many Christians have missed: right standing with God does not come from our actions, but rather our faith. Yes, our actions are evidence of our faith; but faith has to come first. Do you believe in Jesus Christ? Your eternal life depends on it.

Prayer:

Father, thank You for imputing to me the righteousness that only Your Son deserves! You are so good to me, and I am eternally grateful!

Day 195: God is GOOD!

1 Chronicles 16:37-18:17

Romans 2:1-24

Psalm 10:16-18

Proverbs 19:8-9

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CityLight Pastor Commentary:

“Or do you despise the riches of His goodness, forbearance, and longsuffering, not knowing that the goodness of God leads you to repentance? “(Rom 2:4) God’s goodness leads men to repentance; not His wrath. This is essential for us to remember as we preach the gospel all over the world. It is not indignation and anger that will draw men and women to God, but rather His love. When you talk to other people about God, do you share His love? Do you tell of His goodness at every possible opportunity? You might be the only Jesus that person sees – today, or even ever! Are you representing Him well?

Prayer:

Father, help me to represent You well! I want Your goodness to ooze out of my pores and overwhelm me, so that I can share You with others! In Jesus’ mighty name!

Day 194: Do It Right

1 Chronicles 15:1-16:36

Romans 1:18-32

Psalm 10:1-15

Proverbs 19:6-7

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CityLight Pastor Commentary:

“…because we did not consult Him about the proper order” (1 Chron 15:13). When the people of Israel tried to bring the ark of God from Kirjath Jearim to Jerusalem in 1 Chron 13, something was wrong. They brought the ark on a “new cart” (1 Chron 13:7) which was driven by oxen. When one of the oxen stumbled, Uzza (a Levite) reached out his hand to stabilize the ark, and God struck him dead because of it. Why did God have such an extreme reaction? The ark was only to be carried on men’s shoulders – never pulled by oxen. Moses had received these instructions from God (Ex 25:12-14, Num 7:9), but David had forgotten them. If David and his men had remembered those instructions, calamity could have been avoided.

In the New Testament context, God will no longer strike us down for disobedience. It is important, however, that we follow His instructions exactly. We must never forget the things God has already told our spiritual fathers and mothers, but rather remember and build on them. If we follow His Word down to the smallest detail, disaster will be averted, and we can finally welcome His Presence with open arms!

Prayer:

Father, help me to be receptive and obedient to Your Word: down to the last jot and tittle! I pray that Your Holy Spirit would guide me into Truth, and that I would listen with an open heart.

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