Day 80: At Your Word

The Daily Word: Tuesday, March 21st, 2017
Numbers 32:1-33:39
Luke 4:31-5:11
Psalm 64:1-10
Proverbs 11:22
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:

But Simon answered and said to Him, “Master, we have toiled all night and caught nothing; nevertheless at Your word I will let down the net.” – Lk 5:5

The word of God changes everything. Simon didn’t let down the net because it made sense; he let down the net because Jesus told him to! Once Jesus spoke, Simon Peter was no longer just casting out a net to see what he would catch; he was faithfully acting on the word God had spoken! What a difference! They caught, “…a great number of fish” (v 6), and their nets started to break.

When Jesus is with you, everything changes. When you are executing God’s plan instead of your own, you cannot fail. Get a word from God, and walk it out, in Jesus’ name!

Prayer:

Father, thank You for Your word! Help me to faithfully listen to Your voice – and to faithfully execute Your word – every day of my life!

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Day 79: Power of the Spirit

The Daily Word: Monday, March 20th, 2017
Numbers 30:1-31:54
Luke 4:1-30
Psalm 63:1-11
Proverbs 11:20-21
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:

Then Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit to Galilee, and news of Him went out through all the surrounding region. – Lk 4:14

This is what happens when we survive temptation: we return in the power of the Spirit! Jesus went into the wilderness to fast, and to be “tempted…by the devil” (v 2).  As a result of enduring temptation, the power on His life increased exponentially.

He made a quality decision to value His Father’s will over His own, and it had an immediate effect on His life!

Something powerful happens when we deny ourselves for the sake of God. Take your eyes off you, and glue them to the Cross. You will be stronger than ever: overcome by the power of God’s Holy Spirit!

Prayer:

Father, help me to take my eyes off myself, and to fix them on You! I want to serve You with my whole heart, in Jesus’ name. Increase the power on my life so I can do everything You have called me to do!

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Day 78: Sacred & Holy

The Daily Word: Sunday, March 19th, 2017
Numbers 28:16-29:40
Luke 3:23-38
Psalm 62:1-12
Proverbs 11:18-19
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:

And on the seventh day you shall have a holy convocation. You shall do no customary work. – Num 28:25

In Numbers 28, God outlined the Passover celebration for His people. They were to gather together on the seventh day of Passover for a “holy convocation:” a sacred & holy assembly. God’s message to His people was this: when you get together to worship, the gathering is holy. Something sacred is about to happen! God was telling His people that when we get together to pray and worship Him with our whole hearts, He shows up in a mighty way.

It’s also worth noting that whenever God’s people got together for a “convocation,” they were commanded not to work. This seventh day of Passover marked Israel’s victory over Egypt at the Red Sea. Inherent in their celebration of victory was a reminder that God had done all the work! God had won the victory; the people simply had to walk through the Red Sea as He parted the walls. When we rest, God works! When we are still, God moves.

Prayer:

Father, thank You for sacred & holy assemblies! Thank You for Your promise that when we get together in Your name, You will show up. Help me to remember that every victory in my life was won: not by me, but by You!

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Day 77: Walking In Authority

The Daily Word: Saturday, March 18th, 2017
Numbers 26:52-28:15
Luke 3:1-22
Psalm 61:1-8
Proverbs 11:16-17
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:

And you shall give some of your authority to him, that all the congregation of the children of Israel may be obedient. – Num 27:20

God instructed Moses to give some of his authority to Joshua. Authority is transferable: it can be given. Moses gave some of his authority to Joshua, and Joshua led the people of Israel into the Promised Land.

Do you know who has given His authority to you?

And Jesus came and spoke to [His disciples], saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen. – Matt 28:18-20

Jesus has not just given you some of His authority; He gave it all to you! Therefore, go! God can accomplish amazing things through you when you walk in the authority Jesus gave you.

Prayer:

Father, help me to walk in the authority Jesus gave me. Help me to move with power! I know Jesus gave me His authority for a reason. Help me to heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, and cast out demons in His name!

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Day 76: The Purpose of Prophecy

The Daily Word: Friday, March 17th, 2017
Numbers 26:1-51
Luke 2:36-52
Psalm 60:1-12
Proverbs 11:15
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:

And coming in that instant [Anna] gave thanks to the Lord, and spoke of Him to all those who looked for redemption in Jerusalem. – Lk 2:38

The purpose of prophecy is to reveal Jesus. The purpose of service is to know Jesus. Anna was a prophetess. She had spent her whole life in the temple, serving God, and listening to His voice. However, she was different from the religious leaders; because when Jesus actually showed up at the temple, she wasn’t so busy with religious rituals that she missed Him! When Jesus showed up, she dropped what she was doing, gave thanks to the Lord, and told everyone who He was!

If your service distracts you from Jesus instead of helping you see Him for who He really is, it may be time for a change. You don’t have to convince God to bless your work. It’s much easier to simply ask Him what He’s already blessing, and jump on in!

Listen to what God is doing. Wait for Him to show up. Then, once He arrives, drop what you are doing: give thanks, and tell everyone around you who He is!

Prayer:

Father, make me sensitive to the leadings of Your Holy Spirit. I know all I have to do to see Jesus is pay attention to Your voice! Make me more receptive than ever to Your guidance, in Jesus’ name.

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Day 75: Walking Inspiration

The Daily Word: Thursday, March 16th, 2017
Numbers 24:1-25:18
Luke 2:1-35
Psalm 59:1-17
Proverbs 11:14
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:

And Balaam raised his eyes, and saw Israel encamped according to their tribes; and the Spirit of God came upon him. – Num 24:2

Balaam raised his eyes and looked at the people of Israel, and the Spirit of God came upon him. Simply beholding God’s people led to an encounter! All Balaam had to do was look at God’s people, and he was overcome by the presence of the living God.

What if we all led our lives in such a way that just looking at us would cause encounters? What if we were so devoted to the things of God that the Holy Spirit overcame onlookers every time they glanced in our direction?

Your life is an inspiration to others. Even if you don’t feel like you’re making an impact, you are! People notice the way you live for God. They notice the way a passion for His presence consumes your heart! Be encouraged; and keep inspiring.

Prayer:

Father, make me an inspiration! I want the way I live my life to inspire other people to follow Jesus. Help me, in Jesus’ name!

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Day 74: You Are Curse-Proof!

The Daily Word: Wednesday, March 15th, 2017
Numbers 22:21-23:30
Luke 1:57-80
Psalm 58:1-11
Proverbs 11:12-13
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:

Then Balak said to Balaam, “What have you done to me? I took you to curse my enemies, and look, you have blessed them bountifully!” – Num 23:11

Balak hired Balaam to curse the people of Israel. But Balak quickly learned an important lesson: no man can curse what God has blessed! Balak offered Balaam abundant riches to curse the people of Israel; but Balaam simply could not curse Israel, because God had already blessed them.

If you’ve given your life to Jesus, you are blessed! And because you are blessed, you cannot be cursed. You don’t have to worry about your enemy’s plans for you. Scripture says God will send the enemy’s plans into confusion (Ex 23:27). You don’t have to care what evil people speak about you. Scripture says whoever tries to curse you will be cursed (Gen 12:3)!

You are blessed! And no one can take your blessing from you.

Prayer:

Father, I am blessed in Jesus’ name! I know that because You have blessed me, I cannot be cursed. Help me to live fearlessly because no one can take my blessing from me!

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Day 73: Encourage Your Soul

The Daily Word: Tuesday, March 14th, 2017
Numbers 21:1-22:20
Luke 1:26-56
Psalm 57:1-11
Proverbs 11:9-11
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:

Then they journeyed from Mount Hor by the Way of the Red Sea, to go around the land of Edom; and the soul of the people became very discouraged on the way. – Num 21:4

God’s people were tired! Their souls became discouraged on the way. They had been out of Egypt for years but still hadn’t reached the Promised Land! Whenever answers to prayer – and fulfillment of promises – take longer than expected, our souls can become discouraged.

Do you want to know how to keep your soul encouraged so you can wait in faith? Speak to your soul! Command your soul to be uplifted. We see this all throughout the Psalms:

“Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God; for I shall yet praise Him, the help of my countenance and my God.” – Ps 43:5

The Psalmist spoke to his soul because it works! Do not allow your soul to become discouraged. Tell your soul to be uplifted in Jesus’ name!

Prayer:

Father, remind me that I am loved. Remind me that I have no need to be discouraged. Encourage me to follow You with my whole heart, in Jesus’ name!

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Day 72: Praying Bold Prayers

The Daily Word: Monday, March 13th, 2017
Numbers 19:1-20:29
Luke 1:1-25
Psalm 56:1-13
Proverbs 11:8
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:

But the angel said to him, “Do not be afraid, Zacharias, for your prayer is heard; and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you shall call his name John.” – Lk 1:13

God blessed Zacharias with an amazing encounter! The angel Gabriel personally appeared to him to announce the birth of his son, John the Baptist. But why did the angel ever show up in the first place?

Zacharias prayed. God had a plan; but Zacharias had to pray. Gabriel arrived because of his prayer. God heard Zacharias and Elizabeth crying out for a son, and sent Gabriel with the answer.

God cannot answer prayers you refuse to pray. Vocalize your requests. Make them known to God! Then, sit back, relax, and watch Him answer.

Prayer:

Father, give me boldness to pray for seemingly impossible things! Give me courage to pray for the supernatural to overflow in my life. I know You cannot answer any prayer I refuse to pray; so help me to open my mouth and pray, in Jesus’ name!

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Day 71: He Is Risen!

The Daily Word: Sunday, March 12th, 2017
Numbers 16:41-18:32
Mark 16:1-20
Psalm 55:1-23
Proverbs 11:7
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:

But he said to them, “Do not be alarmed. You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He is risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid Him.” – Mk 16:6

The disciples came to look for the Living God in a dead man’s tomb. He was not there because He rose again!

Jesus did everything He promised He would do. He was crucified and died for your sins; and on the third day, He rose again! He conquered the grave with grace, and stole the keys of Hades (Rev 1:18). Because He rose again, nothing is the same.

Resurrection means new life. Jesus died and rose again so you could have new life in every single area: your marriage, your career, your finances, and your family! If Jesus conquered death, what more do you have to fear?

Prayer:

Father, thank You for making a way where there was no way. I receive the gift of salvation! I know Jesus died for me, and I will use every breath in my lungs to thank and praise Him!

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