Day 314: Stand In the Gap

CityLight Church’s One Year Bible Reading Plan
Thursday, November 10th, 2016
Ezekiel 21:1-22:31
Hebrews 10:1-17
Psalm 108:1-13
Proverbs 27:12
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:

So I sought for a man among them who would make a wall, and stand in the gap before Me on behalf of the land, that I should not destroy it; but I found no one. – Ezek 22:30

If God had found one man – just one! – to stand in the gap and intercede for Jerusalem, the city would have been saved. Prayer creates a wall that prevents judgment from reaching God’s people. When we pray, we stand in the gap so destruction cannot pass through.

God could find no one to pray for Jerusalem. He wanted to save the city, but He needed the prayers of His people. God cannot protect us if we don’t pray! Will you commit to praying for our nation, so that we might be saved?

Prayer:

Father, remind me to pray for my city and my nation every single day. I know the only way to bring Heaven to Earth is to pray!

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See commentary from this day in 2014: http://intelligentcharismatic.com/day-314-enough/

See commentary from this day in 2015: http://intelligentcharismatic.com/day-314-once-for-all/

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Day 313: The Purpose of the Old Covenant

CityLight Church’s One Year Bible Reading Plan
Wednesday, November 9th, 2016
Ezekiel 20:1-49
Hebrews 9:11-28
Psalm 107:1-43
Proverbs 27:11
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:

“Therefore I also gave them up to statutes that were not good, and judgments by which they could not live…” – Ezek 20:25

God knew His people would never be able to live up to Old Covenant Law. He didn’t give His people the Law so they would be bound; but so that they might be set free. The purpose of the Old Covenant was to prove our imperfection: to demonstrate our need for forgiveness, and to point us to Jesus Christ! Jesus fulfilled the Old Covenant, and enacted the New Covenant by His blood. We step into our New Covenant of grace by believing in Jesus!

None of us is perfect; and nothing demonstrates that better than Old Covenant Law. James reflected that, “…whoever shall keep the whole law, and yet stumble in one point, he is guilty of all” (Jas 2:10). Unless you’re perfect, you’re imperfect! That is why you need Jesus.

When you meet God face to face for judgment, He’s not going to compare you to a murderer or a grand larcenist; He’s going to compare you to Jesus Christ: the Standard of perfection. How will you stack up? If you roll the dice and just “try to live a good life,” you will come up short; but if you trust in Jesus, “…your life is hidden with Christ in God” (Col 3:3).

Prayer:

Father, thank You I am alive on this side of the Cross. I can’t imagine how hard life must have been under the Law; and I am so thankful that is not my reality. Thank You for our New Covenant, in Jesus’ name!

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See commentary from this day in 2014: http://intelligentcharismatic.com/day-313-power-blood/

See commentary from this day in 2015: http://intelligentcharismatic.com/day-313-power-blood-2/

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Day 312: Enjoying God’s Presence

CityLight Church’s One Year Bible Reading Plan
Tuesday, November 8th, 2016
Ezekiel 18:1-19:14
Hebrews 9:1-10
Psalm 106:32-48
Proverbs 27:10
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:

But into the second part the high priest went alone once a year, not without blood, which he offered for himself and for the people’s sins committed in ignorance… – Heb 9:7

Under the Old Covenant, even the high priest – the holiest man in Israel – could only enter God’s presence once per year! When he did, he was terrified. He had to ask God to forgive his sins, and the sins of his people; and he didn’t know how God would respond!

But under our New Covenant of grace, we have nothing to fear. We can enter into God’s presence whenever we desire; and what’s more, we never have to leave! We get to enjoy time in God’s presence. We don’t need the blood of sacrifices, because we have the blood of Jesus!

Prayer:

Father, thank You for Your perfect presence! Help me to enjoy every single moment I get to spend with you.

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See commentary from this day in 2014: http://intelligentcharismatic.com/day-312-turn-live/

See commentary from this day in 2015: http://intelligentcharismatic.com/day-312-secret-place/

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Day 311: Time In God’s Presence

CityLight Church’s One Year Bible Reading Plan
Monday, November 7th, 2016
Ezekiel 16:42-17:24
Hebrews 8:1-13
Psalm 106:13-31
Proverbs 27:7-9
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:

…as Moses was divinely instructed when he was about to make the tabernacle. For [God] said, “See that you make all things according to the pattern shown you on the mountain.” – Heb 8:5

You need time alone with God. There are resources God wants to get you that only come in His presence. There are plans God wants to give you that only come in His presence!

If Moses hadn’t gone up into the mountain to spend time in God’s presence (see Ex 24:9-18), he would have never received God’s blueprint for everything he had to do! He would have had no idea how to build the tabernacle. He would have had no clue how to host God’s presence. The people of Israel would have been lost, because their leader was lost!

Great men and women of God make time for His presence. Will you?

Prayer:

Father, make space in my day for time alone with You! I need Your presence more than the air I breathe. Help me to plan my day accordingly!

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See commentary from this day in 2014: http://intelligentcharismatic.com/day-311-obsolete/

See commentary from this day in 2015: http://intelligentcharismatic.com/day-311-following-instructions/

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Day 310: A Better Covenant

CityLight Church’s One Year Bible Reading Plan
Sunday, November 6th, 2016
Ezekiel 14:12-16:41
Hebrews 7:18-28
Psalm 106:1-12
Proverbs 27:4-6
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:

…Jesus has become a surety of a better covenant. – Heb 7:22

Our New Covenant with God through Jesus Christ is better than the Old Covenant! The word for “better” in the original Greek language means “more useful, serviceable, advantageous, and excellent” (Strong’s G2909). Our New Covenant is better than the Old Covenant in every way!

Under the Old Covenant, God’s people had to offer up sacrifices to God every single day for their sin (see v 27). It must have been exhausting! Every time you sinned by accident, you had to present yourself to God’s priest; and if you sinned on purpose, you would be cast out of the city!

Under the New Covenant, however, everything changes. Jesus has offered Himself as our substitute: “once for all” (v 27). Because Jesus chose to give His life for you, there is no more sacrifice required! You don’t have to work for God’s favor! You don’t have to try to be perfect! You don’t have to earn your way into God’s good graces. God’s good grace is a gift He gives freely to all who believe in Jesus!

Aren’t you glad you have a new and better covenant through Jesus?

Prayer:

Father, thank You for Your grace! Thank You for our New Covenant through Jesus Christ! I don’t deserve Your love; but You love me all the same.

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See commentary from this day in 2014: http://intelligentcharismatic.com/day-310-live/

See commentary from this day in 2015: http://intelligentcharismatic.com/day-310-no-matter/

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

Day 309: Dwell In the Midst

CityLight Church’s One Year Bible Reading Plan
Saturday, November 5th, 2016
Ezekiel 12:1-14:11
Hebrews 7:1-17
Psalm 105:37-45
Proverbs 27:3
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:

Now the word of the Lord came to me, saying: “Son of man, you dwell in the midst of a rebellious house, which has eyes to see but does not see, and ears to hear but does not hear; for they are a rebellious house.” – Ezek 12:1-2

To “dwell” means to inhabit or remain. Judah was sinful, and God’s judgment was imminent; yet God didn’t tell Ezekiel to flee! God told him to stay right where he was, and “dwell in the midst of [them].”

It is hard to effect change from the outside looking in. It is impossible to lead without being on the front lines. If you want to make a difference, you have to be present. Make the sacrifice to do life with the people God has called you to lead.

Prayer:

Father, give me the strength and courage to dwell in the midst of people who need salvation. Help me to put my own priorities down, and pick up Yours, in Jesus’ name!

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See commentary from this day in 2014: http://intelligentcharismatic.com/day-309-done/

See commentary from this day in 2015: http://intelligentcharismatic.com/day-309-blessed-blessing/

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

Day 308: Find Your Sanctuary

CityLight Church’s One Year Bible Reading Plan
Friday, November 4th, 2016
Ezekiel 10:1-11:25
Hebrews 6:1-20
Psalm 105:16-36
Proverbs 27:1-2
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:

Therefore say, ‘Thus says the Lord God: “Although I have cast them far off among the Gentiles, and although I have scattered them among the countries, yet I shall be a little sanctuary for them in the countries where they have gone.”’- Ezek 11:16

God promised His people that no matter how far they were scattered, He would always be there. No matter where they were, He would be a “little sanctuary” for them: a place where they could always find comfort and rest.

God is your sanctuary! Peace is not dependent on your physical location; it is dependent on your belief in God. Even if you feel trapped and stuck – detained from your destiny because of circumstances beyond your control – God is your sanctuary.

Turn to Him! No matter what, He is there.

…and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. – Phil 4:7

Prayer:

Father, thank You for Your perfect peace! Thank You for being my Sanctuary. No matter where I go, and what I do, I can turn to you!

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See commentary from this day in 2014: http://intelligentcharismatic.com/day-308-labor-love/

See commentary from this day in 2015: http://intelligentcharismatic.com/day-308-moving-forward/

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

Day 307: Genuine Compassion

CityLight Church’s One Year Bible Reading Plan
Thursday, November 3rd, 2016
Ezekiel 7:1-9:11
Hebrews 5:1-14
Psalm 105:1-15
Proverbs 26:28
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:

For every high priest…can have compassion on those who are ignorant and going astray, since he himself is also subject to weakness. – Heb 5:1-2

Time for a quiz! Be honest. Check your heart. How do you feel about people who don’t go to church as much as you? How do you view people who just can’t get it together and follow Jesus? Do you look down on them, or do you love them as brothers and sisters?

Even the high priest was required to have compassion on those who simply could not keep it together. To be ignorant means to miss the point, and going astray means losing sight of the path God has for you; but God’s ministers are called to love them all!

Don’t judge others for their sin. Instead, love them. Minister to them. Reach out to them in the depth of their sin, just as God reached out to you in the depth of yours.

Prayer:

Father, help me to love the people around me unconditionally. I know You put everyone I know in my life for a reason. Help me to discover the reasons, and to love unconditionally, in Jesus’ name!

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See commentary from this day in 2014: http://intelligentcharismatic.com/day-307-gods-protection/

See commentary from this day in 2015: http://intelligentcharismatic.com/day-307-perfect-problem/

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

Day 306: Bold Declaration

CityLight Church’s One Year Bible Reading Plan
Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016
Ezekiel 3:16-6:14
Hebrews 4:1-16
Psalm 104:24-35
Proverbs 26:27
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:

But when I speak with you, I will open your mouth, and you shall say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord God.’ He who hears, let him hear; and he who refuses, let him refuse; for they are a rebellious house. – Ezek 3:27

Your job isn’t to save the whole world. Jesus already saved the world! Your job is simply to open your mouth and share the gospel.

When you share the Good News of salvation through faith in Jesus Christ, some will respond, and some will refuse. What they choose is not up to you; it is up to them. But the lost cannot respond to a message they never hear! You have to share the Gospel before they can accept it!

Be encouraged. If you believe in Jesus, your salvation is secure. There is nothing you can do to make God love you more; and there is nothing you can do to make Him love you less! It is now your privilege to share that Good News with everyone you encounter.

Prayer:

Father, thank You for the Cross. Help me to be bold in sharing my faith. I want to scream it out from the mountaintops, in Jesus’ name!

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See commentary from this day in 2014: http://intelligentcharismatic.com/day-306-miracle-formula/

See commentary from this day in 2015: http://intelligentcharismatic.com/day-306-gods-wrath-spent/

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

Day 305: It Came to Pass

CityLight Church’s One Year Bible Reading Plan
Tuesday, November 1st, 2016
Ezekiel 1:1-3:15
Hebrews 3:1-19
Psalm 104:1-23
Proverbs 26:24-26
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:

Now it came to pass in the thirtieth year, in the fourth month, on the fifth day of the month, as I was among the captives by the River Chebar, that the heavens were opened and I saw visions of God. – Ezek 1:1

“It came to pass…that the heavens were opened and I saw visions of God.” Ezekiel didn’t try to have a vision. He wasn’t doing everything he could to impress God. He was simply available; and the vision came to pass.

Do you want to have visions of God? Do you want to dream godly dreams? Make yourself available. Ezekiel was in the midst of captivity; yet he positioned himself to hear from God. He didn’t get frustrated and angry because God had been silent for a while; he just kept listening!

God doesn’t always speak when you want Him to. He speaks when He wants to! And that is good.

Prayer:

Father, thank You for dreams and visions. Thank You for supernatural encounters!

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See commentary from this day in 2014: http://intelligentcharismatic.com/day-305-fall-face/

See commentary from this day in 2015: http://intelligentcharismatic.com/day-305-encourager/

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