Day 233: Living A Prophetic Lifestyle

CityLight Church’s One Year Bible Reading Plan
Sunday, August 21st, 2016
Job 1:1-3:26
1 Corinthians 14:1-17
Psalm 37:12-29
Proverbs 21:25-26
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:

Pursue love, and desire spiritual gifts, but especially that you may prophesy. – 1 Cor 14:1

Every New Testament Christian is called to live a prophetic lifestyle. Living a prophetic lifestyle starts with the desire to exercise the spiritual gift of prophecy. Would you believe that God has already given you everything you need to prophesy?

Up until Jesus, John the Baptist was the greatest prophet to ever live. However, because we are filled with the Holy Spirit, “…he who is least in the kingdom of God is greater than he” (Lk 7:28). Because you are filled with the Holy Spirit, you are a greater prophet than John the Baptist! You have the supernatural ability to hear accurately from Heaven.

Note that exercising the gift of prophecy is different than occupying the office of a prophet. God “…gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers…” (Eph 4:11), and there are a select few men and women who have been called specifically to devote their lives to prophetic ministry. The gift of prophecy, however, should be exercised by all New Testament believers, because we are all filled with God’s Holy Spirit!

Prayer:

Father, thank You for filling me with Your Holy Spirit. Help me to prophecy: to accurately receive Your word and proactively share Your will with other people. Cultivate in me an earnest desire to prophecy, in Jesus’ name!

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See commentary from this day in 2014: http://intelligentcharismatic.com/day-233-why-does-suffering-exist/

See commentary from this day in 2015: http://intelligentcharismatic.com/day-233-your-biggest-fear/

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

Day 232: Royal Reward

CityLight Church’s One Year Bible Reading Plan
Saturday, August 20th, 2016
Esther 8:1-10:3
1 Corinthians 12:27-13:13
Psalm 37:1-11
Proverbs 21:23-24
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:

So the king took off his signet ring, which he had taken from Haman, and gave it to Mordecai; and Esther appointed Mordecai over the house of Haman. – Esther 8:2

For years, Mordecai worked hard with no reward. He took in Esther as his own daughter, raised her up to be a queen, and relentlessly supported her. When he learned the Jewish people were threatened, he contended for their survival. When Esther needed intercession and prayer, he had her back! All the while, he expected no reward: he simply wanted the best for the people around him.

Yet at the end of his life, God rewarded him anyway. He was given the king’s signet ring. His adversary – the man who had publicly persecuted him for years – was destroyed; and Mordecai was installed as owner over all his possessions. Because Mordecai never sought a reward, but only to serve God, God gave him a reward for his service.

God’s reward can take time to arrive. His plans can take time to unfold. But in the end, it will be worth the wait.

Prayer:

Father, thank You for Your goodness! I will serve You with my whole heart, with no strings attached. Help me to love You more and more every day, in Jesus’ name!

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See commentary from this day in 2014: http://intelligentcharismatic.com/day-232-loving-others-better/

See commentary from this day in 2015: http://intelligentcharismatic.com/day-232-write-your-own-ticket/

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

Day 231: God Loves Your Prayers!

CityLight Church’s One Year Bible Reading Plan
Friday, August 19th, 2016
Esther 4:1-7:10
1 Corinthians 12:1-26
Psalm 36:1-12
Proverbs 21:21-22
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:

And the king said to her, “What do you wish, Queen Esther? What is your request? It shall be given to you—up to half the kingdom!” – Esther 5:3

The king wasn’t mad when he saw Esther standing in the outer court. He wasn’t frustrated or upset because she had come to make a request of him. He was happy to see her. He was prepared to give her whatever she asked, up to half the kingdom. He was excited to fulfill her request!

Such will be God’s response as you lift your requests up to Him in prayer. You are coming “boldly to the throne of grace” (Heb 4:16), and He is ready to hear your prayers. God is not angry when you come to Him and ask for something. He delights in you, and He loves your prayers!

“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.” – Lk 11:9

Prayer:

Father, thank You for loving my prayers. I boldly declare I will never be afraid to lift up my requests to you. Help me to confidently ask for everything I need to walk out Your will for my life, in Jesus’ name!

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See commentary from this day in 2014: http://intelligentcharismatic.com/day-231-such-a-time-as-this/

See commentary from this day in 2015: http://intelligentcharismatic.com/day-231-empathy/

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

Day 230: Wise Leadership

CityLight Church’s One Year Bible Reading Plan
Thursday, August 18th, 2016
Esther 1:1-3:15
1 Corinthians 11:17-34
Psalm 35:17-28
Proverbs 21:19-20
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:

Then the king said to the wise men who understood the times (for this was the king’s manner toward all who knew law and justice…), “What shall we do to Queen Vashti?” – Esther 1:13,15

The King of Persia had been offended in front of all his subjects, and he did not know how to respond. So, he asked for help! He turned to his trusted advisors, and sought their counsel. Because he responded with wisdom, disaster was averted.

Wise leaders are not afraid to seek the counsel of others. Pride avoids seeking the opinion of others; humility actively seeks others out. God will surround you with wise counselors as you pray for them. Use them!

Where there is no counsel, the people fall; but in the multitude of counselors there is safety. – Prov 11:14

Prayer:

Father, I pray You would surround me with wise counselors: men and women on whom I can consistently rely for sound, unbiased advice. Give me the humility to seek the opinion of others, in Jesus’ name!

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See commentary from this day in 2014: http://intelligentcharismatic.com/day-230-communion/

See commentary from this day in 2015: http://intelligentcharismatic.com/day-230-wise-counsel/

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

Day 229: Finding A Mentor

CityLight Church’s One Year Bible Reading Plan
Wednesday, August 17th, 2016
Nehemiah 12:27-13:31
1 Corinthians 11:1-16
Psalm 35:1-16
Proverbs 21:17-18
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:

Imitate me, just as I also imitate Christ. – 1 Cor 11:1

Find a good mentor! Imitate him or her, just as you imitate Christ. One of the best avenues for discipleship is to find a mentor who loves like Jesus, and ask him or her to show you how it’s done! Reading Scripture is infinitely important; but it’s not enough. You also need wise men and women to mentor you in practically applying Scripture to your everyday life.

There are people around you who have been through exactly what you’re going through right now. You don’t have to reinvent the wheel! Find a mentor who is willing to share his or her life experience with you. The benefits will be incredible!

How do you find the perfect mentor? Pray. Pray that God would lead you to the perfect mentor. Pray that God would open up their schedule so they have time to disciple you. If you ask God, He will make it happen!

Prayer:

Father, I pray You would put a good mentor in my life. Make him (her) passionate about mentoring me, and make me passionate about imitating them, just as they also imitate Christ!

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See commentary from this day in 2014: http://intelligentcharismatic.com/day-229-find-a-mentor/

See commentary from this day in 2015: http://intelligentcharismatic.com/day-229-youre-a-lover-not-a-fighter/

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

Day 228: Fleeing from Sin

CityLight Church’s One Year Bible Reading Plan
Tuesday, August 16th, 2016
Nehemiah 11:1-12:26
1 Corinthians 10:14-33
Psalm 34:11-22
Proverbs 21:14-16
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:

Therefore, my beloved, flee from idolatry. – 1 Cor 10:14

Paul tells us we must flee from two sins: sexual immorality (1 Cor 6:18), and idolatry (1 Cor 10:14). Both are especially poisonous, in that they distract us from wholehearted worship of God. God wants to be the only god in our lives; and sexual fulfillment or any other form of idolatry will interfere with true worship. Therefore, we must not only avoid, but actually flee, this type of sin.

So how do we flee? Scripture isn’t just saying we should push sin away, as we would a plate of food when we’ve had our fill. To flee is the Greek pheugo (Strong’s G5343), which means, “to be saved by flight.” What we flee from is less important than to Whom we are fleeing.  We flee by running to the foot of the Cross. We flee by reaching out to Jesus. When we draw near to God, He draws near to us (Jas 4:8)!

Don’t just flee from sin; flee to the Cross!

Prayer:

Father, help me – strengthen me – to flee from idolatry. I want to worship You with my whole heart! Help me to do it, in Jesus’ name.

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See commentary from this day in 2014: http://intelligentcharismatic.com/day-228-god-loves-cities/

See commentary from this day in 2015: http://intelligentcharismatic.com/day-228-afflictions-deliverance/

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

Day 227: God’s Great Goodness

CityLight Church’s One Year Bible Reading Plan
Monday, August 15th, 2016
Nehemiah 9:22-10:39
1 Corinthians 9:19-10:13
Psalm 34:1-10
Proverbs 21:13
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:

And they took strong cities and a rich land, and possessed houses full of all goods, cisterns already dug, vineyards, olive groves, and fruit trees in abundance. So they ate and were filled and grew fat, and delighted themselves in Your great goodness. – Neh 9:25

God’s children delighted themselves in God’s great goodness. They didn’t hide the gifts He had given them; they put them on full display. They weren’t ashamed of the wealth with which God has blessed them; they kept it out in the open for everyone to see.

When the Israelites went in to possess the Promised Land, they weren’t just taking territory. They took “strong cities and a rich land, and possessed houses full of all goods.” They enjoyed the fruit of their enemies’ labors. They didn’t have to dig wells, or plant vineyards; in fact, they didn’t have to do any hard work at all! All they had to do was enjoy what God provided.

God is good. Jesus made abundant provision for you on the Cross. All that’s left for you to do is enjoy salvation! Are you delighting yourself in His great goodness?

Prayer:

Father, thank You for being so good to me. I didn’t earn salvation; but I am saved by grace. Everything I have is a gift from You. Help me to enjoy it!

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See commentary from this day in 2014: http://intelligentcharismatic.com/day-227-running/

See commentary from this day in 2015: http://intelligentcharismatic.com/day-227-refraining-from-complaining/

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

Day 226: Be Unique!

CityLight Church’s One Year Bible Reading Plan
Sunday, August 14th, 2016
Nehemiah 7:73-9:21
1 Corinthians 9:1-18
Psalm 33:12-22
Proverbs 21:11-12
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:

He fashions their hearts individually; He considers all their works. – Ps 33:15

You are unique. God didn’t make you to be somebody else; He made you to be you. He fashioned your heart individually. He gave you specific purposes and desires that no one else will understand or fully grasp. He gave you a unique purpose, mission, and vision on purpose!

Don’t settle to be a copy. You are a custom work. Be unique!

Prayer:

Father, thank You for making me unique. Help me to embrace the unique qualities and characteristics You have given me. I know You made me on purpose. Help me to remember it every day of my life!

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See commentary from this day in 2014: http://intelligentcharismatic.com/day-226-learning-in-community/

See commentary from this day in 2015: http://intelligentcharismatic.com/day-226-do-not-weep/

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

Day 225: True Knowledge

CityLight Church’s One Year Bible Reading Plan
Saturday, August 13th, 2016
Nehemiah 5:14-7:73
1 Corinthians 8:1-13
Psalm 33:1-11
Proverbs 21:8-10
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:

And if anyone thinks that he knows anything, he knows nothing yet as he ought to know. – 1 Cor 8:2

If you think you know anything, you know nothing. True knowledge means admitting you don’t know much of anything at all. True wisdom means recognizing that you need God for everything: every thought, every decision and every breath!

Satan’s goal is to make you believe you can do life on your own; but the Holy Spirit’s goal is to invite you to lean on Him for everything. Knowledge puffs up (1 Cor 8:10), but reliance on God’s Holy Spirit keeps you humble. The Holy Spirit is your Teacher! You need Him to help you better understand the things of God. As you lean on God, He will strengthen you: not so you graduate from leaning on Him, but so you graduate to leading others to lean on Him too!

Prayer:

Father, keep me humble! Help me to remember that, apart from You, I know nothing. I trust Your Holy Spirit to tell me everything I need to know, when I need to know it!

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See commentary from this day in 2014: http://intelligentcharismatic.com/day-225-distracted-much/

See commentary from this day in 2015: http://intelligentcharismatic.com/day-225-put-it-into-my-heart/

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

Day 224: Living for Eternity

CityLight Church’s One Year Bible Reading Plan
Friday, August 12th, 2016
Nehemiah 3:15-5:13
1 Corinthians 7:25-40
Psalm 32:1-11
Proverbs 21:5-7
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:

But this I say, brethren, the time is short…For the form of this world is passing away. – 1 Cor 7:29-31

We all pray for long life; but on a relative basis, no matter how long you live, this world is passing away swiftly. The things we typically spend our time worrying about – money, power & success – do not matter in the scheme of eternity. Your life on this earth is just a blip on the radar: a short preparation for an eternity of infinite bliss for those who call Jesus Lord. The only thing that matters is, did you love God with all your heart?

This realization shouldn’t be depressing; it should be uplifting! Because of the Cross, you are free from worrying about the cares of this world. Because Jesus died for your sins, you don’t have to be burdened by the same things “normal” men and women obsess over. You have the perspective to live your life for what really matters, from this day forward!

Time is short. This world is passing away! Are you living for eternity?

Prayer:

Father, give me divine perspective! Help me to live for eternity every single day. Remind me what really matters, so I can spend my life accordingly.

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See commentary from this day in 2014: http://intelligentcharismatic.com/day-224-courage/

See commentary from this day in 2015: http://intelligentcharismatic.com/day-224-making-time-to-pray/

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

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