Day 253: If You Will Not Believe…

CityLight Church’s One Year Bible Reading Plan
Saturday, September 10th, 2016
Isaiah 6:1-7:25
2 Corinthians 11:16-33
Psalm 54:1-7
Proverbs 23:1-3
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:

“If you will not believe, surely you shall not be established.” – Is 7:9

The armies of Syria and Ephraim were approaching Jerusalem, and King Ahaz had a decision to make. If he believed the word of God, he would be saved; but if he refused to believe Isaiah’s prophecy, he would not be established. All the odds were stacked against him, but the choice was his: would he believe?

God’s will cannot fully come to pass in your life unless you believe. God wants to save, restore, and promote you! Choose to believe!

Prayer:

Father, thank You for second chances. Thank You that Your heart is always for me. Help me to believe unconditionally in Your promises, in Jesus’ name!

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See commentary from this day in 2014: http://intelligentcharismatic.com/day-253-send-me/

See commentary from this day in 2015: http://intelligentcharismatic.com/day-253-saying-yes/

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

Day 252: Godly Jealousy

CityLight Church’s One Year Bible Reading Plan
Friday, September 9th, 2016
Isaiah 3:1-5:30
2 Corinthians 11:1-15
Psalm 53:1-6
Proverbs 22:28-29
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:

For I am jealous for you with godly jealousy. For I have betrothed you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ. – 2 Cor 11:2

Scripture commands us not to envy others (Ex 20:17); yet here Paul says he is jealous for the early church with a godly jealousy. How can jealousy be godly?

Godly jealousy and human jealousy are very different emotions. Human jealousy comes from a place of fear, and wants to take what others have. Godly jealousy, on the other hand, comes from a place of love, and wants to give what others need! God is jealous for you (Ex 20:5). He loves you so much that He gave His Only Son as a sacrifice for your sin. He loves you perfectly, and wants to give you eternal life! Knowing that God is jealous for you, your natural response should be godly jealousy for others, instead of human jealousy of others.

To be jealous means to “burn with zeal” (Strong’s G2206). Paul loved the early church with such passion that he would stop at nothing to make sure they understood the gospel! Are you jealous for your friends and family with a godly jealousy?

Prayer:

Father, help me to passionately share the Gospel with the men and women You have put in my life. Help me to burn with passionate love for other people, just as You burn with passion for me!

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See commentary from this day in 2014: http://intelligentcharismatic.com/day-252-knowledge-captivity/

See commentary from this day in 2015: http://intelligentcharismatic.com/day-252-keep-it-simple/

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

Day 251: Keeping Up With the Joneses

CityLight Church’s One Year Bible Reading Plan
Thursday, September 8th, 2016
Isaiah 1:1-2:22
2 Corinthians 10:1-18
Psalm 52:1-9
Proverbs 22:26-27
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:

For we dare not class ourselves or compare ourselves with those who commend themselves. But they, measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise. – 2 Cor 10:12

Comparing yourself to other people is not wise! You will never find any satisfaction judging yourself in relation to others. There will always be someone bigger, faster, and smarter than you. There will always be someone with a nicer house, and more money in their bank account. But none of that really matters in the end!

Don’t compare yourself to others! Compare yourself to Jesus. Realize how adequate He is, and trust in Him instead of yourself. Surround yourself with people who are going to look at Jesus instead of each other! As you behold Him, you become more like Him.

Prayer:

Father, keep me from comparing myself to other people. They are on their own path, and I am on mine; and that is just fine! Help me to be happy with everything You have given me, in Jesus’ name!

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See commentary from this day in 2014: http://intelligentcharismatic.com/day-251-white-as-snow/

See commentary from this day in 2015: http://intelligentcharismatic.com/day-251-isaiah-saw/

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

Day 250: The Importance of Dreams

CityLight Church’s One Year Bible Reading Plan
Wednesday, September 7th, 2016
Song of Solomon 5:1-8:14
2 Corinthians 9:1-15
Psalm 51:1-19
Proverbs 22:24-25
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:

I sleep, but my heart is awake; it is the voice of my beloved! He knocks… – Song 5:2

God is speaking, even when you are asleep. When He knocks, will you hear Him? When your mind and body sleep, keep your heart awake! Invite God to speak to you through dreams every single night before you go to bed. When you ask, He honors your request!

One of the primary ways God speaks to His people is through dreams. In Matthew 1 and 2, for example, we see New Testament Scripture open with a flurry of dreams. There are five dreams in the first two chapters of Matthew’s account of the Gospel. I believe that sets a precedent that, as part of our New Testament relationship with Jesus, God wants to speak to us while we sleep!

Prayer:

Speak Lord – Your servants are listening! Even as I sleep, keep my heart awake. Speak to me. Even as I am sleeping, I know You are knocking.

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See commentary from this day in 2014: http://intelligentcharismatic.com/day-250-sowing-and-reaping/

See commentary from this day in 2015: http://intelligentcharismatic.com/day-250-sowing-and-reaping-2/

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

Day 249: Covenant and Sacrifice

CityLight Church’s One Year Bible Reading Plan
Tuesday, September 6th, 2016
Song of Solomon 1:1-4:16
2 Corinthians 8:16-24
Psalm 50:1-23
Proverbs 22:22-23
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:

He shall call to the heavens from above, And to the earth, that He may judge His people: “Gather My saints together to Me, Those who have made a covenant with Me by sacrifice.” – Ps 50:4-5

Without a sacrifice, there is no covenant. The Psalmist reflects that when Jesus comes again to judge the living and the dead, He will gather together, “…those who have made a covenant with Me by sacrifice.”

Under Old Covenant Law, God’s people sacrificed animals. The blood of sacrificial lambs, bulls, and goats served to atone for sin, and sealed the covenant between God and His people.

Under our New Covenant with God – by grace, through faith – only one sacrifice is required. Jesus Christ gave His life on the Cross so that we could be restored to God. His blood serves to atone for all sin, and seals the covenant between God and His people. Trust in Jesus! He is the only Sacrifice you need. His blood covers every sin: past, present future. His blood restores you to your position as a child of God!

Prayer:

Father, I believe in Jesus with all my heart. I trust that the Cross is all I need. I know that when I confess Jesus is Lord, and believe in Him with all my heart, I am saved: by grace, through faith!

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See commentary from this day in 2014: http://intelligentcharismatic.com/day-249-how-does-god-feel-about-you/

See commentary from this day in 2015: http://intelligentcharismatic.com/day-249-praise-him/

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

Day 248: Becoming Rich

CityLight Church’s One Year Bible Reading Plan
Monday, September 5th, 2016
Ecclesiastes 10:1-12:14
2 Corinthians 8:1-15
Psalm 49:1-20
Proverbs 22:20-21
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:

For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that you through His poverty might become rich. – 2 Cor 8:9

Jesus had all of Heaven’s resources at His disposal. He made gold appear in the mouth of a fish (Matt 17:27). His garments were so valuable that Roman soldiers cast lots to get their hands on them (Jn 19:23). Jesus could have enjoyed earthly wealth; but He gave it up for you!

Jesus died so you wouldn’t have to suffer lack – spiritually, or materially. The purpose of His sacrifice was so that you, “…might become rich”: wealthy, and abounding in material resources (Greek plousios; Strong’s G4145). He was rich so that you can be enriched. In other words, God is the financier of earthly resources; and when you trust in Him, He will give you everything you need!

God wants you blessed and prosperous! If you’re not blessed, how can you bless other people? If you only have enough for you and your family to get by, how are you going to be a blessing to other nations?  God’s heart is for you to prosper! His blessings make one rich, and He adds no sorrow to it (Prov 10:22)! He takes pleasure in the prosperity of His servant (Ps 35:27)!

Don’t ever say you are being poor for the Lord. He became poor so that you might become rich.

Prayer:

Father, thank You for supplying all my needs. I rebuke lack in Jesus mighty name. I ask that You would send abundance: exceedingly, abundantly, above all that I can ask or think, in Jesus’ name!

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See commentary from this day in 2014: http://intelligentcharismatic.com/day-248-to-sum-it-all-up/

See commentary from this day in 2015: http://intelligentcharismatic.com/day-248-community-is-key/

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

Day 247: Enjoy Yourself!

CityLight Church’s One Year Bible Reading Plan
Sunday, September 4th, 2016
Ecclesiastes 7:1-9:18
2 Corinthians 7:8-16
Psalm 48:1-14
Proverbs 22:17-19
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:

So I commended enjoyment, because a man has nothing better under the sun than to eat, drink, and be merry; for this will remain with him in his labor all the days of his life which God gives him under the sun. – Eccl 8:15

Have fun! There is “nothing better…than to eat, drink, and be merry.” If you aren’t joyful, life isn’t worth living! What’s the point of all your labor and toil if you’re not even happy? Joy is the reward for all your hard work!

God’s blessings make one rich…and He adds no sorrow to it (Prov 10:22). If you don’t have joy, are you really blessed? Don’t take life too seriously. Stop and smell the roses. Laugh! Smile! The joy of the Lord is your strength.

Prayer:

Father, help me to enjoy life! I speak to my day, and tell it to be full of abundant joy and supernatural enjoyment. Thank You that I get to enjoy the fruit of my labors every day of my life, in Jesus’ name!

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See commentary from this day in 2014: http://intelligentcharismatic.com/day-247-head-and-heart/

See commentary from this day in 2015: http://intelligentcharismatic.com/day-247-wisdom-heals/

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

Day 246: The Dating Game

CityLight Church’s One Year Bible Reading Plan
Saturday, September 3rd, 2016
Ecclesiastes 4:1-6:12
2 Corinthians 6:14-7:7
Psalm 47:1-9
Proverbs 22:16
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:

Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness? – 2 Cor 6:14

It is important to date someone who loves Jesus as much as you do. It’s not always easy to hold out for a Christian boyfriend or girlfriend, but it makes a difference!

When my wife and I started dating, we instantly knew something was different. Both of us had been in past relationships with people who were not committed Christians; and the result was hurt and heartache. Because we were both committed Christians when we started dating, we instantly connected. All the tough conversations that had been “make or break” in past relationships weren’t difficult; they were easy! Because we both loved Jesus with all our hearts, we were instantly in agreement.

Paul says a believer who dates an unbeliever is “unequally yoked.” A yoke is a piece of farming equipment used to bind two oxen together so they can help pull a plow. When you marry someone, you are both working together to get stuff done. But if one of you just won’t pull your weight, guess what happens? One person does all the work, and you go around in circles! It will be impossible to do what God has called you to do unless you both work together.

Don’t be unequally yoked. Learn from my experience: dating someone who doesn’t love Jesus isn’t worth it! Hold out for the perfect companion God has for you. He is coming, in Jesus’ name!

Prayer:

Father, strengthen me to pursue healthy relationships. I thank You for the strong Christian couples You have put in my life as an example. Help me to learn from them, and benefit from their experience!

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See commentary from this day in 2014: http://intelligentcharismatic.com/day-246-draw-near-to-hear/

See commentary from this day in 2015: http://intelligentcharismatic.com/day-246-sing-praises/

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

Day 245: Reinventing the Wheel

CityLight Church’s One Year Bible Reading Plan
Friday, September 2nd, 2016
Ecclesiastes 1:1-3:22
2 Corinthians 6:1-13
Psalm 46:1-11
Proverbs 22:15
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:

Is there anything of which it may be said, “See, this is new”? It has already been in ancient times before us. – Eccl 1:10

You don’t need to start from scratch! Why reinvent the wheel? There is nothing new under the sun. You can learn from the wisdom of the men and women who came before you. You can benefit from the testimonies of the people around you. Don’t do life alone! The purpose of Scripture is to give you a solid foundation upon which you can build your own life story. The purpose of a church family is to surround yourself with people who can help you walk through life with practical wisdom.

Are you going through a trial? There is someone in your life who has been through something similar. There are men and women in Scripture who can speak to you! Learn from their life stories. Learn from their mistakes! Have the humility to ask for help, and watch what God can do!

Prayer:

Father, thank You for the strong men and women with whom You have surrounded me. Help me to learn and grow from their life stories, and benefit from their experience!

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See commentary from this day in 2014: http://intelligentcharismatic.com/day-245-pointing-to-jesus/

See commentary from this day in 2015: http://intelligentcharismatic.com/day-245-theres-no-time-like-now/

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

Day 244: Making Restoration Happen

CityLight Church’s One Year Bible Reading Plan
Thursday, September 1st, 2016
Job 40:1-42:17
2 Corinthians 5:11-21
Psalm 45:1-17
Proverbs 22:14
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:

And the Lord restored Job’s losses when he prayed for his friends. Indeed the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before. – Job 42:10

Restoration comes when you pray for those who have offended you. Job’s friends were wrong! They spoke foolishly. They falsely condemned Job, and cast him down repeatedly.

But Job didn’t spit in their faces when God proved his friends wrong. He didn’t settle the score. He prayed for them, and his losses were restored.

Don’t get even. Get praying. Take the high road! God will restore your losses when you pray for the people in your life who “deserve” your prayers the least.

Prayer:

Father, help me to get over the petty grievances that bother me every day. I know restoration comes when I pray for the people who offend me. Release double for my trouble, in Jesus’ name!

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See commentary from this day in 2014: http://intelligentcharismatic.com/day-244-forgiveness-and-prayer/

See commentary from this day in 2015: http://intelligentcharismatic.com/day-244-where-does-suffering-come-from/

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

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