Day 204: One Encounter

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Thursday, July 23rd, 2015
CityLight Church’s One Year Bible Reading Plan
2 Chronicles 8:11-10:19
Romans 8:9-25
Psalm 18:16-36
Proverbs 19:26
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Commentary from Pastor Mike White:

However I did not believe their words until I came and saw with my own eyes; and indeed the half of the greatness of your wisdom was not told me. You exceed the fame of which I heard. – 2 Chron 9:6

One encounter trumps it all. The Queen of Sheba sought Solomon to ask him the most difficult questions she could think of; he answered them all. She sought him to see the glory of his kingdom; its magnificence surpassed everything she had heard. All her expectations were exceeded when she met the king face to face.

You’ve probably heard about God. You’ve seen people ask Him life’s biggest questions and find an answer. You’ve watched as the lives of others change for the better as they pursue God with everything they have. But hearing about Him is not enough! There is more.

Knowing about God, and meeting Him first-hand, are very different things. You can hear about God your whole life, but that head knowledge might never make a difference. But when you see His glory for yourself, you will change. Your problems will fade into the shadows in His magnificent light!

Are you ready for an encounter with God? Let’s ask Him to make Himself real to you  today!

Prayer:

Lord, I confess that I’ve settled for an intellectual understanding of who You are. Give me more! I want to know You. I want to see You face to face. Your word says that when I seek You, You will be found. Here I am, Lord: seeking You. Make Yourself known!!

© Michael D. White, 2015. All rights reserved.

Day 203: Can’t Help Myself

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Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015
CityLight Church’s One Year Bible Reading Plan
2 Chronicles 6:12-8:10
Romans 7:14-8:8
Psalm 18:1-15
Proverbs 19:24-25
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Commentary from Pastor Mike White:

For what I am doing, I do not understand. For what I will to do, that I do not practice; but what I hate, that I do. – Rom 7:15

Do you ever have trouble breaking bad habits? Do you finally shake yourself free from an uncomfortable situation, only to find yourself right back in a similar situation a few weeks later?

That is the cycle of the flesh: we know what we want to do, but we simply cannot do it. We end up trapped in bad situations, without being able to understand how we ever got there. Knowing what we should do, and actually being able to do it, are two different things! So how do we break the cycle?

Rely on God’s strength; not your own. Ask His Holy Spirit for help. Our spirit is willing, but our flesh is weak. We can only be who God wants us to become when we rely on His Holy Spirit for help!

If you try and build a life for yourself on your own, you will have to maintain it on your own. But when God takes you where He wants you to be, the progress is His – not yours – to maintain!

Prayer:

Father, strengthen me in Jesus’ name! I know I am weak without You; but in You I am strong! I put all my trust in You; help me to rely on You when I need You most.

© Michael D. White, 2015. All rights reserved.

Day 202: Attracting His Glory

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Tuesday, July 21st, 2015
CityLight Church’s One Year Bible Reading Plan
2 Chronicles 4:1-6:11
Romans 7:1-13
Psalm 17:1-15
Proverbs 19:22-23
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Commentary from Pastor Mike White:

…Indeed it came to pass, when the trumpeters and singers were as one, to make one sound to be heard in praising and thanking the Lord, …that the house, 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

Unity attracts God’s glory. Unity changes atmospheres. All of Israel was united in worship. They lifted up one song and praised God with all their hearts. They invited His presence into their city; and God showed up.

This is what church should look like every Sunday! The glory of the Lord was so tangible that the priests could not continue ministering. When was the last time you saw your pastor unable to continue service because he was so impacted by the presence of God?

Unity is how we get there. When we are united as one, just as Jesus and God are One (Jn 17:21), God’s Holy Spirit will overwhelm us: not only in our sanctuaries, but also in our cities!

Prayer:

Father, I ask that You would increase unity in my city. I pray that every house of worship would jump at the opportunity to worship together with other houses of worship. Unite our cities, and help us to worship Your Son Jesus Christ with one accord!

© Michael D. White, 2015. All rights reserved.

Day 201: Share the Wealth

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Monday, July 20th, 2015
CityLight Church’s One Year Bible Reading Plan
2 Chronicles 1:1-3:17
Romans 6:1-23
Psalm 16:1-11
Proverbs 19:20-21
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Commentary from Pastor Mike White:

Also the king made silver and gold as common in Jerusalem as stones… – 2 Chron 1:15

Silver and gold weren’t just common in the palace; they were as common as stones throughout the whole city. Solomon was a wise and righteous leader. God gave him tremendous wealth; and his response was to share the wealth with his servants. He made sure his entire city enjoyed the same wealth God had given him.

Just as Solomon shared everything God had given him with the people in his city, so too should we! God has freely shared all He has with us; we should turn around and share what He has given us with others.

Solomon was royalty. And guess what? The Bible calls you royalty too (1 Peter 2:9). Just as God provided everything Solomon needed to build the temple at Jerusalem – resources, laborers, and connections – God will provide everything you need for the mission He has put on your life.

Give with royal generosity, knowing that God will meet all your needs!

Prayer:

Father, thank You for calling me royalty. Thank You for giving me eternal hope, and an eternal future. Help me to take everything You have given me, and freely share it with those in need!

© Michael D. White, 2015. All rights reserved.

Day 200: Do It

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Sunday, July 19th, 2015
CityLight Church’s One Year Bible Reading Plan
1 Chronicles 28:1-29:30
Romans 5:6-21
Psalm 15:1-5
Proverbs 19:18-19
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Commentary from Pastor Mike White:

And David said to his son Solomon, “Be strong and of good courage, and do it; do not fear nor be dismayed, for the Lord God–my God–will be with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you, until you have finished all the work for the service of the house of the Lord.” – 1 Chron 28:20

Solomon was chosen by God to build His temple in the city of Jerusalem. God’s Holy Spirit gave David insanely specific plans to build the temple. God provided quantities of silver and gold too heavy to be counted for construction. Solomon had all the direction and resources he could ever need. But his work was far from finished!

God’s promise was only a starting point. David instructed his son to be strong and of good courage. He instructed him to have spiritual tenacity: a persistence fueled by supernatural understanding that everything he was called to do was for a purpose so much bigger than he could adequately comprehend. David told Solomon not to fear; for when God makes us a promise, He will be with us to see it through. God’s Holy Spirit strengthens us to do what needs to be done.

So, God’s beloved: What has God promised you? Be strong and courageous. Know that He is with you! Go and do it.

Prayer:

Father, I know You have called me to great things. You have given every resource I could possibly need to accomplish my life’s purpose. Help me to be strong, and of good courage. Never allow me to fear, in Jesus’ name. Strengthen me to go out and do it!

© Michael D. White, 2015. All rights reserved.

Day 199: Faith Is Not Denial

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Saturday, July 18th, 2015
CityLight Church’s One Year Bible Reading Plan
1 Chronicles 26:12-27:34
Romans 4:13-5:5
Psalm 14:1-7
Proverbs 19:17
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Commentary from Pastor Mike White:

“…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.

We get this backwards all the time. Instead of calling things which do not exist into existence, we try and pretend that things that 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!

© Michael D. White, 2015. All rights reserved.

Day 198: Music as Prophecy

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Friday, July 17th, 2015
CityLight Church’s One Year Bible Reading Plan
1 Chronicles 24:1-26:11
Romans 4:1-12
Psalm 13:1-6
Proverbs 19:15-16
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Commentary from Pastor Mike White:

Moreover David and the captains of the army separated for the service some of the sons of Asaph, of Heman, and of Jeduthun, who should prophesy with harps, stringed instruments, and cymbals. – 1 Chron 25:1

When we worship God with song, we are doing more than just making music. We are prophesying. After David brought the Ark of the Covenant into Jerusalem, he instructed musicians to play around the clock, to the glory of God. Scripture makes clear that as they played, they prophesied (v 1, above).

Prophecy is the Hebrew word naba (Strong’s #5012). This is the same Hebrew word used when God’s Old Testament prophets relayed a message on His behalf. In other words, the musical message these musicians carried was just as valuable as a verbal message a prophet might convey. The men with instruments were doing so much more than making a joyful noise; they were reflecting what was going on in Heaven, here on earth!

When we make ourselves available to worship, God will fill us with prophecy! Do not underestimate the importance of worship. When we worship, God speaks: to us, and through us.

Prayer:

Father, help me to place the highest premium possible on worship. I know that when I lift up my praise to You, I am actually prophesying! Thank You for filling me with heavenly sound, so I can reflect it back to You!

© Michael D. White, 2015. All rights reserved.

Day 197: A Little Known Prayer

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Thursday, July 16th, 2015
CityLight Church’s One Year Bible Reading Plan
1 Chronicles 22:1-23:32
Romans 3:9-31
Psalm 12:1-8
Proverbs 19:13-14
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Commentary from Pastor Mike White:

Only may the Lord give you wisdom and understanding, and give you charge concerning Israel, that you may keep the law of the Lord your God. – 1 Chron 22:12

Solomon’s prayer for wisdom gets a lot of attention. In 2 Chron 1:10, after God has invited Solomon to ask for whatever he wants, Solomon responds: “Now give me wisdom and knowledge, that I may go out and come in before this people.” He could have asked for anything! Yet he asked for wisdom and understanding; and in response, God gave him not only what he asked, but also riches and wealth beyond measure.

Solomon asked well. But Solomon was only able to ask well because the foundation had already been laid through prayer. David prayed for Solomon. He asked God to give his son wisdom and understanding: the ability to judge the people of Israel and keep God’s Law. Because David prayed for Solomon, he was able to step into God’s calling for his life!

Your prayers matter. Pray for our children. Pray that the generations who follow us would ask for the right things. When we lay the foundation through prayer, they can step into God’s destiny for His people!

Prayer:

Father, I pray that You would strengthen future generations. Embolden them to hold fast to Your word, and contend for the things You want them to have. I declare the generations of Christians who follow us will be free from the snares of the enemy, and able to make wise choices! I pray their hearts would be set on fire for You, in Jesus’ name!

© Michael D. White, 2015. All rights reserved.

Day 196: Inside Out

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Wednesday, July 15th, 2015
CityLight Church’s One Year Bible Reading Plan
1 Chronicles 19:1-21:30
Romans 2:25-3:8
Psalm 11:1-7
Proverbs 19:10-12
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Commentary from Pastor Mike White:

…and circumcision is that of the heart, in the Spirit, not in the letter; whose praise is not from men but from God. – Rom 2:29

God is not interested in behavior modification; He is interested in heart transformation. Trying to “be better” or “do better” will never do you any good. You cannot change yourself from the outside in. You cannot earn your way into God’s favor with good behavior. Only God can change you: from the inside out.

Transformation starts when you know you are pleasing to God! When you understand your identity in Jesus Christ, everything you think, say, and do will be a reflection of who you are in Him.

God loves you infinitely. He sacrificed Himself so you could be forgiven. Allow the truth of the Gospel to enter into your heart. Allow yourself to be overwhelmed by God’s love through Jesus Christ! As you do, every cell in your body will be transformed into God’s likeness, and you will become more like Him!

Prayer:

Father, I know the only way to become more like You is to receive Your love! Help me to stop trying so hard to please You. I want to know – deep down, in the marrow of my bones – that I am loved and accepted! I receive Your love, in Jesus’ name!

© Michael D. White, 2015. All rights reserved.

Day 195: Building God’s House

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Tuesday, July 14th, 2015
CityLight Church’s One Year Bible Reading Plan
1 Chronicles 16:37-18:17
Romans 2:1-24
Psalm 10:16-18
Proverbs 19:8-9
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Commentary from Pastor Mike White:

Furthermore I tell you that the Lord will build you a house. – 1 Chron 17:10

David offered to build God a permanent house. He said to the prophet Nathan, “See now, I dwell in a house of cedar, but the ark of the covenant of the Lord is under tent curtains” (1 Chron 17:1). David simply could not understand why nobody had ever offered to build God a permanent temple of worship. He had such a heart to honor God, that his desires exceeded the intentions of all the rulers before him.

Up until David, God had to instruct every ruler how to honor Him. Yet David so desired to honor God that he dreamt up ways to honor God on his own! He had such a heart to glorify God’s Holy Name that he took his eyes off himself, and set them completely on his Father.

Because David offered to build God’s house, God promised to build David one. When we genuinely seek to build God’s kingdom, He will supernaturally increase the favor on our lives. When we seek to establish Him, He will establish us, without our even having to ask!

But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. – Matt 6:33

Prayer:

Father, thank You for Your faithfulness! Make me like David. I want glorifying Your name to become my all-consuming desire. Help me to put Your kingdom before my own. Give me a heart to selflessly serve You!

© Michael D. White, 2015. All rights reserved.

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