Day 21: A New Creation

The Daily Word: Saturday, January 21st, 2017
Genesis 42:18-43:34
Matthew 13:47-14:12
Psalm 18:16-36
Proverbs 4:7-10
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:

And when He had come to His own country, He taught them in their synagogue, so that they were astonished and said, “Where did this Man get this wisdom and these mighty works?” – Matt 13:54

When Jesus returned home, He wasn’t the same kid He used to be; He was the Son of God. People expected Him to act and talk the same way He always had; but He taught with such authority and power that people were astonished: struck with amazement and wonder.

The Holy Spirit will change you. He will give you a new heart (Ezek 36:26). When you give your life to Him, you are a new creation:

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. – 2 Cor 5:17

You now have the mind of Christ (1 Cor 2:16). You can think like Him, and pray like Him, because you are filled with His Holy Spirit.

Not everyone will understand. Some of your old friends might be offended (v 57), and that’s just fine. You are who God says you are; not who everyone else expects you to be!

Prayer:

Father, I am a new creation in Jesus’ name! Thank You for permanently changing me – from the inside out – by the power of Your Holy Spirit. I declare that I will never be the same!

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Day 20: Never Be Caught By Surprise

The Daily Word: Friday, January 20th, 2017
Genesis 41:17-42:17
Matthew 13:24-46
Psalm 18:1-15
Proverbs 4:1-6
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:

This is the thing which I have spoken to Pharaoh. God has shown Pharaoh what He is about to do. – Gen 41:28

God showed Pharaoh what He was about to do so that he could prepare. God will tell us what He is about to do in advance. All we have to do is listen, and agree to prepare in the way God tells us to prepare!

Think about this: Pharaoh was not a Hebrew! He was not one of God’s people! He was a nonbeliever. But God showed him everything anyway. How much more should we expect to hear from Him as believers?

Surely the Lord God does nothing, unless He reveals His secret to His servants the prophets. – Amos 3:7

You don’t have to be caught by surprise any more. Press in to God. Listen to His voice. He will reveal His secrets to you, and tell you what is about to take place so you can prepare in advance!

Prayer:

Father, I ask that You would speak to me in visions and dreams. Tell me things that are about to take place, long before they happen! Help me to prepare for everything that is coming my way, in Jesus’ name!

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Day 19: Where Does Evil Come From?

The Daily Word: Thursday, January 19th, 2017
Genesis 39:1-41:16
Matthew 12:46-13:23
Psalm 17:1-15
Proverbs 3:33-35
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:

The Lord was with Joseph, and he was a successful man; and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian. And his master saw that the Lord was with him and that the Lord made all he did to prosper in his hand. – Gen 39:2-3

Did God throw Joseph in the pit? No; his brothers did. Did God sell Joseph as a slave? No; his brothers did. Did God send Joseph to Egypt? No; his brothers did. But God would use it all for good!

The enemy brings about evil; but God turns it around for good. God didn’t cause Joseph’s calamity; but He did redeem it for His glory. The enemy tries to hold us captive; but God break us free. The enemy accuses us of things we didn’t do; but God shines light on the truth. Whatever you are going through, God will promote you and cause you to prosper!

This is the tension in which we live as believers. Does evil exist in this world? Yes. Does God want it to spread? No. And that is why He has equipped and empowered you and me to go out and change the world with our prayers. Don’t sit back and wonder why evil exists; get up and do something about it!

Prayer:

Father, thank You for filling me with Your Holy Spirit! Thank You for equipping me to pray powerfully and effectively. I declare that my prayers have power – and that I am a world changer – in Jesus’ name!

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Day 18: Standing Up for the Weak

The Daily Word: Wednesday, January 18th, 2017
Genesis 37:1-38:30
Matthew 12:22-45
Psalm 16:1-11
Proverbs 3:27-32
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:

Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in the power of your hand to do so. Do not say to your neighbor, “Go, and come back, and tomorrow I will give it,” when you have it with you. – Prov 3:27-28

To simply refrain from evil is not enough. If we are to preach the Gospel in word and deed, we must actively promote good! Whom has God called you to help? Whom has He given you power to equip?

It is your responsibility to help those whom it is within your power to help. Cormier & Hackney (2011) define power as “access to resources,” and privilege as, “unearned advantage.”[1] Jesus has equipped us with power by giving us access to the resources of Heaven. He has anointed us with privilege by the grace – unearned favor – of God. So, whom will you help with the power and privilege He has given you?

Prayer:

Father, lead me to help people everywhere I go. I want to proactively promote good in the lives of people You put in my path. Help me to bless them and anoint them by the power of Your Holy Spirit living in me!

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[1] Cormier, Sherry; Hackney, Harold L. (2011-04-28). Counseling Strategies and Intervention (8th Edition) (Interventions that Work Series) (Page 10). Pearson HE, Inc.. Kindle Edition.

Day 17: The Birth of A Nation

The Daily Word: Tuesday, January 17th, 2017
Genesis 35:1-36:43
Matthew 12:1-21
Psalm 15:1-5
Proverbs 3:21-26
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:

And God said to him, “Your name is Jacob; your name shall not be called Jacob anymore, but Israel shall be your name.” So He called his name Israel. Also God said to him: “I am God Almighty. Be fruitful and multiply; a nation and a company of nations shall proceed from you, and kings shall come from your body.” – Gen 35:10-11

Jacob was born a man; but God made him a nation. He was already blessed; but God wanted to bless him even more! There is no telling what God can do through you when you trust Him!

There is no limit to the blessings of God. Jacob was already blessed. He had eleven sons (Gen 32:22) and great wealth. But God wasn’t done with him yet. As Jacob came back to Bethel – the place where he first heard God’s voice (Gen 28:12) – God appeared to him again. God told him that the blessings over his life would never stop. In fact, they would increase! He was already a father; but now God wanted to make him a nation! Nations and kings would be born to him.

Jacob could have taken his foot off the gas, sat back, relaxed, and enjoyed what God had already given him. But he didn’t. He kept listening for God’s voice. He continued pressing in. He insisted on stepping out and doing what God asked Him to do. As a result, he became Israel. As we continue to follow God, the promise over our life expands. Don’t let up! Keep pressing in! As we step out in obedience and follow Him, things just keep getting better and better.

Prayer:

Father, thank You for Your overwhelming kindness towards me! Thank You for Your infinite goodness. Thank You that the more I follow after You, the more blessed I become!

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Day 16: True Rest

The Daily Word: Monday, January 16th, 2017
Genesis 32:13-34:31
Matthew 11:7-30
Psalm 14:1-7
Proverbs 3:19-20
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:

Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. – Matt 11:28

True rest doesn’t come from a vacation. It doesn’t come from a new job, a new apartment, or any other “fresh start!” You don’t need a weekend getaway to be well rested!  What if I told you true rest is possible for you – here and now, today – wherever you are, and whatever state you are in?

Jesus gives true rest. Are you tired of working so hard? Do you feel the weight of the world on your shoulders? Come to Jesus. Stop what you are doing, throw your hands up in the air, and give Him your burdens! Let Jesus take care of the difficult things waiting for you on your to-do list.

Jesus gives rest. That means rest is a gift; not a currency. You can’t earn it, and you can’t buy it. Rest is free! All you have to do is turn to Jesus and receive.

Prayer:

Father, I am worn out. I am exhausted from trying to do everything myself. In Jesus, name, give me rest! I know the more I lean on You, the more You can work through me.

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Day 15: God’s Promises Are Voice Activated

The Daily Word: Sunday, January 15th, 2017
Genesis 31:17-32:12
Matthew 10:24-11:6
Psalm 13:1-6
Proverbs 3:16-18
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:

Then Jacob said, “O God of my father Abraham and God of my father Isaac, the Lord who said to me, ‘Return to your country and to your family, and I will deal well with you’”… – Gen 32:9

Jacob repeated God’s word back to Him. He was facing what seemed like impossible odds: Esau, his older (and stronger) brother, was approaching with an army. Jacob was sure Esau was going to kill him. But God’s promise isn’t canceled by circumstance!

God’s promises are voice activated. When we repeat God’s word back to Him – out loud – He can act on it. No matter what you are facing, declare the word of God. “God, You said…” is the best start you can have to any prayer. You don’t need to say the perfect prayer; just repeat what God already said! Get to know His will through His word, and repeat it back to Him. Not a word will return to Him void. Everything He said will come to pass!

So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; it shall not return to Me void, but it shall accomplish what I please, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it. – Is 55:11

When you repeat God’s word back to Him and remind Him of what He said, every promise He has spoken will come to pass!

Prayer:

Father, thank You for voice activated faith. Thank You for filling me with Your promises, so I can repeat them back to You! I know that as I do, everything You have for me will unfold.

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Day 14: Finding Security in God

The Daily Word: Saturday, January 14th, 2017
Genesis 30:1-31:16
Matthew 10:1-23
Psalm 12:1-8
Proverbs 3:13-15
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:

“For the oppression of the poor, for the sighing of the needy, now I will arise,” says the Lord; “I will set him in the safety for which he yearns.” – Ps 12:5

Safety and security come from the Lord. God’s promise is that He will arise – stand up and endure – for His people. Whenever we feel unsafe or insecure, He will protect and promote us: He will shield us where we are, and push us forward to where He wants us to be!

Do you feel financially insecure? God is the source of financial security. No amount of money in your bank account will ever make you feel secure; but God can! Do you have needs that are not being met? God is the One who meets every need. In fact, He supplies, “…exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us” (Eph 3:20). God cares about your needs being met even more than you do!

Run to God. No matter what’s going on around you, He will keep you safe and secure, like no one else can.

For You have been a shelter for me, a strong tower from the enemy. – Ps 61:3

Prayer:

Father, thank You for being my shelter and strong tower. Thank You that when I feel the world is getting too intense, I can turn to You. Thank You that whenever I feel insecure, You stand up and set me in a broad place!

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Day 13: Dealing with Haters

The Daily Word: Friday, January 13th, 2017
Genesis 28:1-29:35
Matthew 9:18-38
Psalm 11:1-7
Proverbs 3:11-12
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:

He said to them, “Make room, for the girl is not dead, but sleeping.” And they ridiculed Him. But when the crowd was put outside, He went in and took her by the hand, and the girl arose. – Matt 9:24-25

Jesus had to get rid of the haters. He put the crowd – those who didn’t believe – outside. Then – and only then – He went in and raised the ruler’s daughter back to life.

Doubters nullified Jesus’ healing virtue. He was always willing to heal; but not everyone was willing to receive. When Jesus returned to His hometown, people didn’t believe who He was. “Is this not the carpenter’s son?” they said (Matt 13:55). They were “offended at Him” (Matt 13:57) because He claimed to be the Son of God. They were offended at Him because He could do something they didn’t want to believe He could do! Familiarity breeds contempt; and contempt cancels the miraculous. He could, “…not do many mighty works there because of their unbelief” (Matt 13:58).

Are you believing for something big? Put the haters outside. Surround yourself with people who are going to pray for you with faith that your breakthrough is coming. Seal yourself off from people who sow doubt and discouragement into your life. Give them a break, and come back when your breakthrough has happened! Your miracle just might depend on it.

Prayer:

Father, surround me with people who are going to pray for me. Give me the courage to shut out negative voices, and focus on positive ones. Fill me with Your word, so I can boldly declare Your truth, in Jesus’ name!

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Day 12: Having Unsaved Friends

The Daily Word: Thursday, January 12th, 2017
Genesis 26:17-27:46
Matthew 9:1-17
Psalm 10:16-18
Proverbs 3:9-10
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:

And when the Pharisees saw it, they said to His disciples, “Why does your Teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?” When Jesus heard that, He said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick.” – Matt 9:11-12

Church shouldn’t be full of perfect, healthy people. It should be full of real people with genuine problems who need help from Heaven. And you know what? Your life shouldn’t be full of perfect, healthy people either!

Jesus made a habit of eating with sinners. Why? Because sinners are the people who really need salvation! The sick are the ones who really need healing. The addicts are the ones who really need deliverance. The lonely and socially awkward are the ones who really need family. Jesus wasn’t embarrassed to eat with the outcasts of His day; He was honored!

We need to be okay with “messy” and “sloppy” in the church. God calls us to preach the Gospel to the world! We can’t reach the world if we only minister to pretty people. You can’t reach the lost if you don’t have unsaved friends!

Prayer:

Father, send me out to reach the lost! Make me comfortable dealing with people who may be a little unorthodox. Make me comfortable praying with people who don’t have all their ducks in a row! I want to reach the world for Jesus: one lost soul at a time!

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