Day 192: Taking the Stronghold

CityLight Church’s One Year Bible Reading Plan
Monday, July 11th, 2016
1 Chronicles 11:1-12:18
Acts 28:1-31
Psalm 9:1-12
Proverbs 19:1-3
For full text click here: http://bit.ly/1ngqPrq

Commentary from Pastor Michael White:

Then the inhabitants of Jebus said to David, “You shall not come in here!” Nevertheless David took the stronghold of Zion (that is, the City of David). – 1 Chron 11:5

David made a living defying his enemies. As a young man, David defied Goliath:

This day the Lord will deliver you into my hand, and I will strike you and take your head from you. – 1 Sam 17:46

And as king, David defied entire opposing armies! The stronghold of Jebus was the enemy’s most fortified position. The enemy said David was not allowed; but he took the city for God all the same.

God will give us victory over our enemies when we believe in His word, no matter what. Don’t be scared to attack the stronghold: those goals in your life that seem unattainable and fraught with resistance. David made a decision to value the promises of God over the threats of man. His life was a testimony to the power of faith-filled, courageous trust in God.

Prayer:

Father, I want to be like David! I want to rise up in the face of my enemies and take possession of Your promises. I value what You say over what anyone else says or thinks, in Jesus’ name!

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See commentary from this day in 2014: http://intelligentcharismatic.com/day-192-pauls-island/

See commentary from this day in 2015: http://intelligentcharismatic.com/day-192-supernatural-protection/

© Michael D. White, 2016. All rights reserved.

Day 191: The Enemy’s Fiery Darts

CityLight Church’s One Year Bible Reading Plan
Sunday, July 10th, 2016
1 Chronicles 9:1-10:14
Acts 27:21-44
Psalm 8:1-9
Proverbs 18:23-24
For full text click here: http://bit.ly/1kfMMHc

Commentary from Pastor Michael White:

The battle became fierce against Saul. The archers hit him, and he was wounded by the archers. Then Saul said to his armorbearer, “Draw your sword, and thrust me through with it, lest these uncircumcised men come and abuse me.” But his armorbearer would not, for he was greatly afraid. Therefore Saul took a sword and fell on it. – 1 Chron 10:3-4

When we read this passage, we simplify it and say that Saul was killed by his enemies. But that is too simplistic. Saul was left vulnerable in battle because of his disobedience, and the enemy found the chink in his armor. Saul was wounded by the enemy’s arrows. Ultimately, however, Saul killed himself: he, “…took a sword and fell on it” (1 Chron 10:4).

Only you can sabotage your destiny. The enemy’s plan is to weaken you to the point where you sacrifice your destiny through disobedience. Satan does not have the power to kill you. His only goal is to weaken you to the point where you sacrifice your own life!

Stay strong. Stay zealous for the things of God. The fiery darts of the enemy only got through to Saul because he took his eyes off his Savior. But if you seek after Jesus with your whole heart, the enemy cannot make you fall.

“Therefore My Father loves Me, because I lay down My life that I may take it again. No one takes it from Me, but I lay it down of Myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This command I have received from My Father.” – Jn 10:17-18

Prayer:

Father, help me not to fear my enemies! I know that I am weak, but You are strong. I ask You to fill me with Your strength to resist every enemy, in Jesus’ name!

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See commentary from this day in 2014: http://intelligentcharismatic.com/day-191-communion/

See commentary from this day in 2015: http://intelligentcharismatic.com/day-191-without-vision/

© Michael D. White, 2016. All rights reserved.

Day 190: Evil Plans

CityLight Church’s One Year Bible Reading Plan
Saturday, July 9th, 2016
1 Chronicles 7:1-8:40
Acts 27:1-20
Psalm 7:1-17
Proverbs 18:22
For full text click here: http://bit.ly/1n7yE2P

Commentary from Pastor Michael White:

Behold, the wicked brings forth iniquity; yes, he conceives trouble and brings forth falsehood. He made a pit and dug it out, and has fallen into the ditch which he made. – Ps 7:14-15

What the enemy intends for evil, God will use for good! God’s promises us that He will turn the plans of our enemies against them. If anyone sets a trap for us, God will cause them to fall into it! Do not worry about the evil plans of others. Pray that God will confuse their plans, and actually use them to bless you!

You don’t need to defend yourself, because God Himself is your Defender. Instead of fighting back, bless them!

If your enemy is hungry, give him bread to eat; and if he is thirsty, give him water to drink; for so you will heap coals of fire on his head, and the Lord will reward you. – Prov 25:21-22

Prayer:

Father, thank You for Your faithfulness. You never let me fall or fail. You protect me from my enemies! Thank You, in Jesus’ name!

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See commentary from this day in 2014: http://intelligentcharismatic.com/day-190-my-wifey/

See commentary from this day in 2015: http://intelligentcharismatic.com/day-190-praying-in-advance/

© Michael D. White, 2016. All rights reserved.

Day 189: Nothing Is Impossible for God!

CityLight Church’s One Year Bible Reading Plan
Friday, July 8th, 2016
1 Chronicles 5:18-6:81
Acts 26:1-32
Psalm 6:1-10
Proverbs 18:20-21
For full text click here: http://bit.ly/VBxsyT

Commentary from Pastor Michael White:

Why should it be thought incredible by you that God raises the dead? – Acts 26:8

God raises the dead! Why should we think it’s incredible when someone is supernaturally healed? Why should we think it’s unbelievable when someone is delivered from years of addiction and oppression? Nothing is impossible for God! He can do anything He darn well pleases!

I invite you to make a decision today to stop basing your hopes and prayers on who you think God is, and start basing them on what His word says. He does exceedingly, abundantly, above all that you ask or think. So ask more! Think bigger! Raise your level of expectation, and God will never let you down.

Prayer:

Father, help Me to see You for who You really are! I know You can do more than I could ever imagine. I trust that You will deliver on all Your promises, because nothing is impossible for You!

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See commentary from this day in 2014: http://intelligentcharismatic.com/day-189-cry-out-to-god/

See commentary from this day in 2015: http://intelligentcharismatic.com/day-189-winning-the-war/

© Michael D. White, 2016. All rights reserved.

Day 188: Canceling Negative Words

CityLight Church’s One Year Bible Reading Plan
Thursday, July 7th, 2016
1 Chronicles 4:5-5:17
Acts 25:1-27
Psalm 5:1-12
Proverbs 18:19
For full text click here: http://bit.ly/VTxdzU

Commentary from Pastor Michael White:

And Jabez called on the God of Israel saying, “Oh, that You would bless me indeed, and enlarge my territory, that Your hand would be with me, and that You would keep me from evil, that I may not cause pain!” So God granted him what he requested. – 1 Chron 4:10

Jabez had a destiny. His mother named him “He will cause pain.” He was expected to cause pain everywhere he went. He was expected to amount to nothing. But one prayer changed all that!

Jabez prayed that God would cancel the negative words spoken over his life. He prayed that God would be with him and enlarge his territory. He prayed that God would protect him from evil and keep him close to His heart. And God did.

Don’t bow to the negative words spoken over your life. God has more for you. Live up to His promises instead! Ask Him to keep you from failure, and bring you into success. When you pray for His will, He hears you!

Prayer:

Father, in Jesus’ name I cancel every negative word that has ever been spoken over my life. Thank You that You are the God of the turnaround, and not the dead end. Thank You that You are the living God, and you bring abundant LIFE!

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See commentary from this day in 2014: http://intelligentcharismatic.com/day-188-look-up/

See commentary from this day in 2015: http://intelligentcharismatic.com/day-188-the-prayer-of-jabez/

© Michael D. White, 2016. All rights reserved.

Day 187: Change Is Good

CityLight Church’s One Year Bible Reading Plan
Wednesday, July 6th, 2016
1 Chronicles 2:18-4:4
Acts 24:1-27
Psalm 4:1-8
Proverbs 18:16-18
For full text click here: http://bit.ly/1vLv8QY

Commentary from Pastor Michael White:

For we have found this man a plague, a creator of dissension among all the Jews throughout the world, and a ringleader of the sect of the Nazarenes. – Acts 24:5

The religious leaders were not happy with Paul! They accused him of things he did not do, and complained about him to the Roman leaders because he preached the Gospel everywhere he went. But God would defend Paul in the end.

The religious leaders were afraid of change. When you live the Gospel, you will disrupt the status quo. Your life will change. Your household will change. Your career and the calling on your life will also change. Those who love Jesus will be happy; but those who do not know Him will be up in arms.

Do not be alarmed if some of the people around you – those who want things to remain the same – become upset. That is a sign you are on the right track. Push forward and keep contending for the things of God all the more!

Prayer:

Father, I know not everyone will understand my faith in Jesus. But I know You will defend me when I can’t defend myself. Thank You for Your faithfulness!

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See commentary from this day in 2014: http://intelligentcharismatic.com/day-187-pray-with-confidence/

See commentary from this day in 2015: http://intelligentcharismatic.com/day-187-be-angry/

© Michael D. White, 2016. All rights reserved.

Day 186: Not Perfect, But Still Righteous

CityLight Church’s One Year Bible Reading Plan
Tuesday, July 5th, 2016
1 Chronicles 1:1-2:17
Acts 23:11-35
Psalm 3:1-8
Proverbs 18:14-15
For full text click here: http://bit.ly/1quYQtZ

Commentary from Pastor Michael White:

Now the sons born to Keturah, Abraham’s concubine, were Zimran, Jokshan, Medan, Midian, Ishbak, and Shuah. – 1 Chron 1:32

Just because Abraham had a concubine, does not mean that polygamy is God’s will. Abraham was imperfect. He made mistakes! God’s will is for every man to have either no wife, or one wife (Gen 2:24); but Abraham couldn’t get it right. He messed up, and fell into the cultural practices of his day. He took wives and concubines, against God’s will.

But God still called him righteous. Abraham was righteous by faith (Gen 15:6), not by works. You will mess up, just as Abraham did. But when you confess your sins and call on the name of the Lord (Rom 10:13), you shall be saved!

For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. – Eph 2:8-9

Prayer:

Father, thank You that I don’t need to be perfect to be righteous! Thank You that Jesus purchased my right standing with You, two thousand years ago, on the Cross!

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See commentary from this day in 2014: http://intelligentcharismatic.com/day-186-back-to-basics/

See commentary from this day in 2015: http://intelligentcharismatic.com/day-186-be-of-good-cheer/

© Michael D. White, 2016. All rights reserved.

Day 185: Kingdom of Laughter

CityLight Church’s One Year Bible Reading Plan
Monday, July 4th, 2016
2 Kings 23:31-25:30
Acts 22:17-23:10
Psalm 2:1-12
Proverbs 18:13
For full text click here: http://bit.ly/1qF0E54

Commentary from Pastor Michael White:

He who sits in the heavens shall laugh… – Ps 2:4

God’s Kingdom is full of laughter! As the Psalmist foreshadowed the day when Jesus would be seated at the right hand of the Father in heaven, he noted that Jesus would be laughing. So as people who live in the fulfillment of God’s promise, why do we take ourselves so seriously? Why aren’t we laughing all the time?

God’s manifest presence should make us laugh! We should be happy to know our loving Father. What’s more, God invites us to laugh at our enemies. When people rebel against God, he simply laughs! He knows He is all-powerful, and that His victory is inevitable in the end. So when people lash out against you, laugh! You are a child of God; and because He is inevitably victorious, you are already victorious in Him. Instead of getting angry, God invites you to laugh in the face of opposition and oppression; because in the end, God always wins!

Jesus loves to laugh. Won’t you join Him?

Prayer:

Father, fill my hear with laughter. Jesus already won the ultimate victory on the Cross. I have nothing left to be worried about, and no one left to fear. Help me to laugh and enjoy victory, in Jesus’ name!

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See commentary from this day in 2014: http://intelligentcharismatic.com/day-185-know-your-rights/

See commentary from this day in 2015: http://intelligentcharismatic.com/day-185-its-up-to-him/

© Michael D. White, 2016. All rights reserved.

Day 184: Praying for An Encounter

CityLight Church’s One Year Bible Reading Plan
Sunday, July 3rd, 2016
2 Kings 22:3-23:30
Acts 21:37-22:16
Psalm 1:1-6
Proverbs 18:11-12
For full text click here: http://bit.ly/TRAgqp

Commentary from Pastor Michael White:

“Now it happened, as I journeyed and came near Damascus at about noon, suddenly a great light from heaven shone around me. And I fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to me, ‘Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?’ So I answered, ‘Who are You, Lord?’ And He said to me, ‘I am Jesus of Nazareth, whom you are persecuting.’” – Acts 22:6-8

Paul wasn’t in church when he met Jesus face to face. He wasn’t even seeking an encounter with God. He was out on the road, sinning! Yet God met Him suddenly, right where he was.

Jesus can meet anyone He chooses: any time, any place. It’s great to invite our unsaved friends and family members to church so they can hear the Gospel. But let’s take it one step further. Pray that they would have an encounter with Jesus! Pray that Jesus would meet them – face to face – and force them to drop whatever they are doing and follow Him! Paul was on his way to do the worst things he had ever done: to round up Christians and put them into prison. But he was so blinded by the light of Jesus Christ that he left all to follow Him.

Yesterday I met a man who was a prisoner of war (POW) in Vietnam. Jesus met him in captivity, while he was bound and tied in a cave. He wasn’t in church. He wasn’t even asking for an encounter! But someone was praying that Jesus would meet him. He came back from Vietnam radically transformed: set free from prison in more ways than one!

Do you know someone in your life who needs to meet Jesus face to face? Pray that He would encounter them, even in the depths of their sin.

Prayer:

Father, thank You for Your willingness to meet us where we are. Remind me to pray for the people in my life who don’t know You. They need an encounter, and I know you are willing to give them one! Meet them face to face, in Jesus’ name!

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See commentary from this day in 2014: http://intelligentcharismatic.com/day-184-keep-it-handy/

See commentary from this day in 2015: http://intelligentcharismatic.com/day-184-your-past/

© Michael D. White, 2016. All rights reserved.

Day 183: Give God the Glory

CityLight Church’s One Year Bible Reading Plan
Saturday, July 2nd, 2016
2 Kings 20:1-22:2
Acts 21:18-36
Psalm 150:1-6
Proverbs 18:9-10
For full text click here: http://bit.ly/1qP9vPg

Commentary from Pastor Michael White:

When he had greeted them, he told in detail those things which God had done among the Gentiles through his ministry. – Acts 21:19

God did the works. Yes, He did them through Paul’s ministry; but notice that Paul refused to take any of the credit for what the Holy Spirit had done through him.

When you win a victory in your life, who gets the credit? Most of us have the unfortunate tendency of taking credit for the good, and blaming God for the bad. If something goes well, we assume it’s because we worked hard and earned it! But if something falls apart, we cry out to God and wonder, “Why, Lord?”

We should do the opposite: give God the credit for the good, and take responsibility for the bad. When something goes well, God did it. When something goes poorly, God will use it for your good. When you honor Him by giving Him the credit He deserves, He will honor you with opportunities and outcomes you don’t deserve. Give God all the glory, all the honor, and all the praise!

…for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure. – Phil 2:13

Prayer:

Father, help me to glorify Your name at all times. Thank You for Your faithfulness! I am nothing without You; but I am everything because of Your Son, Jesus Christ.

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See commentary from this day in 2014: http://intelligentcharismatic.com/day-183-so-much-more/

See commentary from this day in 2015: http://intelligentcharismatic.com/day-183-praise-him/

© Michael D. White, 2016. All rights reserved.

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