Day 112: Your Inheritance

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Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015
CityLight Church’s One Year Bible Reading Plan
Joshua 24:1-33
Luke 21:1-28
Psalm 89:38-52
Proverbs 13:20-23
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Commentary from Pastor Mike White:

“I have given you a land for which you did not labor, and cities which you did not build, and you dwell in them; you eat of the vineyards and olive groves which you did not plant.”        – Josh 24:13

To “inherit” means, “To receive as an heir at the death of the previous holder” (source: Google dictionary). An inheritance is simply received; you cannot earn it. Everything God gives us in this life is an inheritance. By living a sinless life, Jesus earned a reward we could never deserve. Then, He chose death so that we could freely receive His inheritance!

I am all for hard work. I am not, however, in support of laboring in vain. When we say no to God, we will work our entire lives and have nothing to show for it. But when we say yes to Him, He will give the labor of others into our hand!

“… the wealth of the sinner is stored up for the righteous.” – Prov 13:22

Prayer:

Father, thank You for my divine inheritance! I know that Jesus finished His work on the Cross, and that means there is nothing left for me to do! Help me to receive Your love: by grace, through faith in Jesus’ name!

Day 111: Put Down Your Weapon

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Tuesday, April 21st, 2015
CityLight Church’s One Year Bible Reading Plan
Joshua 22:21-23:16
Luke 20:27-47
Psalm 89:14-37
Proverbs 13:17-19
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Commentary from Pastor Mike White:

…for the Lord your God is He who has fought for you. – Josh 23:3

One of God’s names is Jehovah Lacham: the God who fights for us! In Exodus 14, Moses received this promise: “The Lord will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace.” God fights for us so that we can be at peace. He works so that we can be at rest!

God promised He would fight for Moses and Joshua; and He also promises He will fight for you. When we call on the name Jesus Christ, we become, “…more than conquerors” (Rom 8:37) in Him!

No matter how strong you think you are, you cannot gain the victory on your own. But fear not. Whatever you’re going through, God wants to fight the battle for you! Take His perfect peace, and let Him fight on your behalf! Alone, we are weak; but in Him, we are strong!

Prayer:

Father, I can’t fight anymore! I know that You are the God who fights for me, but you cannot move until I stop moving. You cannot fight until I rest. So, in Jesus’ mighty name, I choose to rest, knowing that You will win the victory for Your glory!

Day 110: Fall on the Rock

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Monday, April 20th, 2015
CityLight Church’s One Year Bible Reading Plan
Joshua 21:1-22:20
Luke 20:1-26
Psalm 89:1-13
Proverbs 13:15-16
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Commentary from Pastor Mike White:

“Whoever falls on that stone will be broken; but on whomever it falls, it will grind him to powder.” – Lk 20:18

Our choice is simple: fall on the Rock, or the Rock will fall on us. Every one of us will worship Jesus at the end of our lives. When we see Him face to face, we will know that He Is the Son of God. When we see Him, we will all worship Him involuntarily; but the invitation that you and I have, here and now, is to choose to worship him voluntarily. Eternal reward will be reserved for those of us who make that choice while we’re still alive.

God’s will is for each and every single one of us to give our lives to Jesus. He has done everything He possibly can to let us know that Jesus is His Son. First, He sent His prophets to foretell of the Messiah’s coming (Lk 20:10-12). Then, because we would not respond, He sent His Only Son. But instead of receiving Him as Lord, we cast Him out and killed Him.

God has shown us His glory. If you’re waiting for God to prove He is real in your life, please don’t wait any longer. Jesus told the story of a rich man and Lazarus in Luke 16. The rich man ended up in Hades, and asked Abraham to warn his family, so they could avoid the torment he had fallen into. Abraham’s response was that he had already done all he could do: “They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them” (Lk 16:29).

God has shown us infinite grace and mercy. Jesus Christ died for our sins. He loved us to death, even as we rejected Him. It is now our joy to love Him for life.

Prayer:

Father, increase my faith! Help me to trust in the finished work of the Cross. I believe that Jesus Christ is Your Son, and I trust in Him for salvation! It is His name, and the strength in His name, that makes me whole!

Day 109: More Than Enough!

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Sunday, April 19th, 2015
CityLight Church’s One Year Bible Reading Plan
Joshua 19:1-20:9
Luke 19:28-48
Psalm 88:1-18
Proverbs 13:12-14
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Commentary from Pastor Mike White:

The inheritance of the children of Simeon was included in the share of the children of Judah, for the share of the children of Judah was too much for them. – Josh 19:9

Lot by lot, Joshua divided the Promised Land among the children of Israel. Judah had a good problem: they had received too much. The share of the land that had been given to them was too large, so they gave some of it away!

Our God is the Giver of too much! Judah was so blessed that he had enough to bless someone else who had not received his share. God will bless you so much that you have overflow to go out and bless others!

At CityLight Church, we believe in Biblical prosperity. Very simply, that means that God will bless you with more than enough to fulfill the unique purpose and calling He has put on your life. You will have everything you need, and on top of that you will have overflow to go out and bless others as they chase after God!

Prayer:

Father, thank You for blessing me! You promise that when I seek You first, You will meet all my needs, and then give me overflow so I can go out and bless others in Your name! Thank you for blessing me, so I can be a blessing to others!

Day 108: Selfless Celebration

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Saturday, April 18th, 2015
CityLight Church’s One Year Bible Reading Plan
Joshua 16:1-18:28
Luke 19:1-27
Psalm 87:1-7
Proverbs 13:11
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Commentary from Pastor Mike White:

So the children of Joseph, Manasseh and Ephraim, took their inheritance. – Josh 16:4

Every brother’s territory was well-defined. Every brother was asked to respect the territory of his brothers. Moses did not allow any of the tribes of Israel to selfishly demand more land at the expense of his brothers.

Too often, we want it all. We step over boundaries God would have us keep. Instead of celebrating with our brothers for the land God has given them, we get jealous and wish we could have it for ourselves!

There is no room for selfishness in the kingdom of God. When your brother reaches his promised land, celebrate with him! Then, freely invite him to share in the spoils of yours.

Prayer:

Father, everything I have is from Your hand. Help me to be selfless with the possessions You have given me. Freely I have received, and freely I shall give!

Day 107: Mandatory Removal

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Friday, April 17th, 2015
CityLight Church’s One Year Bible Reading Plan
Joshua 15:1-63
Luke 18:18-43
Psalm 86:1-17
Proverbs 13:9-10
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Commentary from Pastor Mike White:

So when Jesus heard these things, He said to him, “You still lack one thing. Sell all that you have and distribute to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.” – Lk 18:22

Jesus’ message to all of us is not that we should sell all our possessions and donate the proceeds to the poor. His prompting to the rich, young ruler was the promise that He will demand the removal of anything that comes between us and God. Jesus will put His finger on the one thing that we value over our relationship with God, and ask for it.

For most of us, it’s money. For many, it’s work. For some, it’s family. Whatever it is, it has to go. If we ever love anything more than God, our priorities need to be supernaturally rearranged!

Prayer:

Father, restore divine order in my life, in Jesus’ name. I want to love You above everything – and everyone – else. Help me to give You priority.

Day 106: Persistent Prayer

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Thursday, April 16th, 2015
CityLight Church’s One Year Bible Reading Plan
Joshua 13:1-14:15
Luke 18:1-17
Psalm 85:1-13
Proverbs 13:7-8
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Commentary from Pastor Mike White:

“And shall God not avenge His own elect who cry out day and night to Him, though He bears long with them?” – Lk 18:7

Our persistent prayers matter! Paul exhorts us to pray without ceasing (1 Thess 5:17). Jesus asks us to take it a step further: we are to be endlessly persistent, while also not losing heart.

The enemy will do everything he can to discourage you from prayer at the very moment you approach your breakthrough! We are always one prayer away from victory. Resolve to pray for your most urgent need just one more time. If you don’t see results, pray one more time after that.

Keep praying. Do not lose heart. Pray until your prayers are answered! Just one more prayer might be all God needs to hear.

“So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.” – Lk 11:9-10

Prayer:

Father, help me to pray persistently. I know You never tire of hearing my voice. I also know I can never exhaust Your capacity to hear my prayers. Help me to pray without ceasing, and without losing heart!

Day 105: Anointing with a Purpose

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Wednesday, April 15th, 2015
CityLight Church’s One Year Bible Reading Plan
Joshua 11:1-12:24
Luke 17:11-37
Psalm 84:1-12
Proverbs 13:5-6
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Commentary from Pastor Mike White:

He left nothing undone of all that the Lord had commanded Moses. – Joshua 11:15

Joshua inherited the promise of Moses: God promised Joshua, “Every place that the sole of your foot will tread upon I have given you, as I said to Moses” (Joshua 1:3).

Joshua inherited the power of Moses: the waters of the River Jordan stood in a heap (Josh 3:16), just as waters of the Red Sea stood on end for Moses.

Joshua inherited the anointing of Moses: “So the Lord was with Joshua, and his fame spread throughout all the country” (Josh 6:27).

The promise, power, and anointing of Moses fell on Joshua for one purpose: so that Joshua could fulfill everything God had commanded Moses. The anointing empowered Joshua for obedience. God does not anoint us just for fun; He anoints us for a purpose. He designed Joshua to take on the burden Moses could not bear alone, and He has designed you to accomplish a mission no one else on earth can manage.

What have you been anointed for?

Prayer:

Father, thank You for making me unique! I know I have been anointed for a specific purpose. I humbly ask You to show me what that is, so that I can walk forward and fulfill my design!

Day 104: Increase My Faith!

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Tuesday, April 14th, 2015
CityLight Church’s One Year Bible Reading Plan
Joshua 9:3-10:43
Luke 16:19-17:10
Psalm 83:1-18
Proverbs 13:4
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Commentary from Pastor Mike White:

And the apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith.” – Lk 17:5

The apostles knew they needed more faith. But instead of hiding their lack of faith, or masking it with vague spiritual jargon, they simply asked Jesus to increase their faith. And He did!

Faith is absolutely necessary. It is the very substance of the things for which we hope, and the evidence that our prayers are effective (Heb 11:1). With faith, we can move mountains; but without faith, we crumble under their weight. But faith does not spring up overnight. It builds gradually as we experience God’s faithfulness in our lives.

It is not illegal to ask God for more faith. Asking God to increase our faith should never be embarrassing. The apostles asked Jesus to increase their faith, and He responded by helping them to develop the faith they needed to speak life into the world around them.

Do you need more faith for something in your life? Don’t be afraid; ask God for more faith, and watch as He delivers!

Prayer:

Father, help me to never be embarrassed to ask for more faith. Increase my faith! Help me to take You at Your word, and stand on Your promises as proven fact.

Day 103: God’s Response to Repentance

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Monday, April 13th, 2015
CityLight Church’s One Year Bible Reading Plan
Joshua 7:16-9:2
Luke 16:1-18
Psalm 82:1-8
Proverbs 13:2-3
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Commentary from Pastor Mike White:

And Joshua said, “Why have you troubled us? The Lord will trouble you this day.” – Josh 7:25

Under the Old Covenant, even the most honest confession was met with punishment. Achan readily confessed to Joshua that he had been disobedient: God had commanded that the Israelites take no spoil from their conquest of Jericho, but Achan had stolen several items. The non-negotiable Old Covenant response was certain death for Achan and his entire family.

Under the Old Covenant, even the smallest offense was punishable by death; but under the New Covenant, even the largest offense is redeemable with eternal life! Because Jesus Christ died for our sins, our confession is met with forgiveness. There is no sin so great that it can overshadow the finished work of the Cross.

God is faithful to forgive even our most grievous trespasses. Jesus Christ took on the punishment all of us deserve for our sins; He did it so that we could be released into an eternal life of freedom and righteousness!

We no longer have to fear confession and repentance. As God’s children, we have the privilege of boldly approaching the throne of grace, knowing that God will meet us with open arms.

Prayer:

Father, thank You for Your grace-filled response to honest repentance. I want to live my life in radical obedience to You: not because I have to, but because I get to! Thank You for the Cross!

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