Day 110: Finding Rest

The Daily Word: Thursday, April 20th, 2017
Joshua 21:1-22:20
Luke 20:1-26
Psalm 89:1-13
Proverbs 13:15-16
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:

The Lord gave them rest all around, according to all that He had sworn to their fathers. And not a man of all their enemies stood against them; the Lord delivered all their enemies into their hand. – Josh 21:44

Taking hold of God’s promises leads to rest! The Lord gave Israel, “…the land of which He had sworn to give to their fathers” (v 43); and then He gave them rest.

The Promised Land represents your calling and purpose. If you don’t know whom God has called you to be, rest and fulfillment will be impossible! But once you take possession of His purpose for your life, rest will be inevitable.

Devote the time in prayer required to figure out what God put you on this earth to do. Then, go out and do it!

Prayer:

Father, give me discernment to know whom You have called me to be. I know Your Holy Spirit will give me the strength to step up and become that person! I want to know Your Biblical rest, in Jesus’ name.

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Day 109: Do You Love the Word?

The Daily Word: Wednesday, April 19th, 2017
Joshua 19:1-20:9
Luke 19:28-48
Psalm 88:1-18
Proverbs 13:12-14
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:

He who despises the word will be destroyed, but he who fears the commandment will be rewarded. – Prov 13:13

Your fate hinges on your perception of God’s word. Those who despise the word will be destroyed; but those who fear God’s commandments will be rewarded!

So what does it mean to “fear” God’s word? “Fear” is the Hebrew word yare, which means to revere.[1] When you give the word of God elevated position in your life – when you read it with reverential awe – you will prosper in everything you do.

Do you value God’s word above all else?

But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put My law in their minds, and write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. – Jer 31:33

Prayer:

Father, build in me a reverential awe for the word of God. Thank You for not only putting Your word in my mind, but also for writing it on my heart!

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[1] http://www.biblestudytools.com/lexicons/hebrew/kjv/yare-2.html

Day 108: God Responds to Hunger

The Daily Word: Tuesday, April 18th, 2017
Joshua 16:1-18:28
Luke 19:1-27
Psalm 87:1-7
Proverbs 13:11
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:

And when Jesus came to the place, He looked up and saw him, and said to him, “Zacchaeus, make haste and come down, for today I must stay at your house.” – Lk 19:5

Zacchaeus was small. When Jesus passed by, he couldn’t see! But Zacchaeus was not afraid to go out on a limb for Jesus. He was not afraid to look like a fool! He knew He needed a glimpse of Jesus, and he was willing to do anything to get one; so he climbed a sycamore tree to see Him. Not only did he see Him; but Jesus looked back!

God responds to hunger. Faith activates encounters! Zacchaeus clamored to get a glimpse of God; so God, “looked up and said to him, … ‘today I must stay at your house’” (v 5).

Prayer:

Father, make me hungry for You! I know You respond to hunger. I know when I clamor just to get a glimpse of You, You make Yourself available!

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Day 107: What Must I Do?

The Daily Word: Monday, April 17th, 2017
Joshua 15:1-63
Luke 18:18-43
Psalm 86:1-17
Proverbs 13:9-10
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:

Now a certain ruler asked Him, saying, “Good Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” – Lk 18:18

A rich young ruler came to ask Jesus how to inherit eternal life. But his question was flawed from the outset. “What shall I do,” he asked.

Eternal life has nothing to do with you. This rich young ruler was operating under the mistaken impression that we have anything to do with our salvation. Jesus already did all the work! He lived a perfect, sinless life. Then, He gave His life as a sacrifice, and died for our sins! He took on the punishment we deserve, so that we could inherit the reward only He deserves!

Salvation is a gift. Jesus already finished His work; and there is nothing you must do to help Him! Simply open your heart, and receive the eternal life He purchased for you 2,000 years ago on the Cross!

Prayer:

Father, thank You for the Cross! I believe Jesus died for my sins. I believe He was raised from the dead, and is seated at Your right hand in heaven. I believe that when I die, I will be raised into Heaven, just as He was!

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Day 106: Bold Acceptance

The Daily Word: Sunday, April 16th, 2017
Joshua 13:1-14:15
Luke 18:1-17
Psalm 85:1-13
Proverbs 13:7-8
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:

So Moses swore on that day, saying, “Surely the land where your foot has trodden shall be your inheritance and your children’s forever, because you have wholly followed the Lord my God.” – Josh 14:9

Joshua went with eleven other men to spy out the Promised Land. Yet when all the spies returned, only two – Joshua and Caleb – had the confidence to take it. The other ten convinced God’s people that their enemies would defeat them. So the people of Israel were turned away from their destiny, and wandered aimlessly for forty years.

But Caleb would receive his reward. The Promised Land belonged to all of God’s People; yet only Caleb and Joshua would live to receive it. Inheritance belongs to those who step out in faith! All of God’s children are promised an inheritance; yet only those who believe it is coming, and position themselves accordingly, will receive it.

You are an “heir according the promise” of Abraham (Gal 3:29). Will you be bold enough to step up and receive your inheritance?

Prayer:

Father, make me bold in Jesus’ name! I want to receive the supernatural inheritance You created for me. Lead me into my destiny, in Jesus’ name!

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Day 105: Stepping Out In Faith

The Daily Word: Saturday, April 15th, 2017
Joshua 11:1-12:24
Luke 17:11-37
Psalm 84:1-12
Proverbs 13:5-6
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:

So when He saw them, He said to them, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And so it was that as they went, they were cleansed. – Lk 17:14

As they went, they were cleansed. Faith means acting on God’s word. If the lepers hadn’t stepped out and acted on the word of God, they wouldn’t have been healed! But because they put their trust into action, they were cleansed.

What has God been telling you to do? Step out and do it; and watch His presence come!

Prayer:

Father, bless me with simple obedience, in Jesus’ name. Help me to step out in faith, and do everything You have called me to do! I am a lover of Your presence; so won’t You please fill me with purpose?

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Day 104: I Smell Trouble

The Daily Word: Friday, April 14th, 2017
Joshua 9:3-10:43
Luke 16:19-17:10
Psalm 83:1-18
Proverbs 13:4
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:

Then the men of Israel took some of their provisions; but they did not ask counsel of the Lord. So Joshua made peace with them, and made a covenant with them to let them live; and the rulers of the congregation swore to them. – Josh 9:14-15

Israel’s enemies came into their midst and asked for a treaty. The leaders of Israel should have known better! Joshua should have smelled something was wrong. But they didn’t know; because they weren’t talking to God!

When we don’t talk with God, we can’t tell when people are trying to deceive us. When we don’t listen to God, we can’t tell who is out to hurt us! If Joshua had talked to God, he would have seen right through the enemy’s trap; but because he acted before praying, he was led astray.

God is willing to warn us when the enemy is up to something; but first we have to ask, and make time to listen to His reply!

Prayer:

Father, thank You for Your willingness to always speak to me! Remind me to seek Your counsel, every single day of my life. Reveal to me when people are for me, and when they are against me!

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Day 103: Joyful Confession

The Daily Word: Thursday, April 13th, 2017
Joshua 7:16-9:2
Luke 16:1-18
Psalm 82:1-8
Proverbs 13:2-3
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:

Now Joshua said to Achan, “My son, I beg you, give glory to the Lord God of Israel, and make confession to Him, and tell me now what you have done; do not hide it from me.” – Josh 7:19

Under the Old Covenant, Achan needed to fear confession. Confession brought death. But under the New Covenant, we have nothing to fear! As soon as we confess our sins, God is faithful to forgive us:

If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. – 1 Jn 1:9

Knowing that confession brings forgiveness, shouldn’t we confess early and often, with abundant joy?

God already knows everything you’ve done. Confess freely and openly, knowing that there is forgiveness for all your sins – past, present, and future – at the foot of the Cross!

Prayer:

Father, thank You for forgiveness! Help me to confess and repent with joy – never fear – knowing that You are faithful to forgive all my sins in Jesus’ name!

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Day 102: It’s Worth It!

The Daily Word: Wednesday, April 12th, 2017
Joshua 5:1-7:15
Luke 15:1-32
Psalm 81:1-16
Proverbs 13:1
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:

So the people shouted when the priests blew the trumpets. And it happened when the people heard the sound of the trumpet, and the people shouted with a great shout, that the wall fell down flat. Then the people went up into the city, every man straight before him, and they took the city. – Josh 6:20

Obedience was worth it in the end. God gave His people instructions that might have been a little counter-intuitive. The Israelites must have felt silly walking around Jericho again and again and again – day after day – for seven days straight! But they didn’t feel silly when the walls of Jericho fell down flat! Because God’s people followed His instruction, they were victorious in the end.

God loves to bless people who aren’t afraid to look silly for Him. When God’s presence entered Jerusalem, David, “…danced before the Lord with all his might” (2 Sam 6:14). People scoffed! Even David’s own wife was embarrassed! But David didn’t care! He danced, because God told him to dance; and he and his people were blessed.

God gives victory on His terms. The strategy He gives you might be different from the strategy you would think up on your own. His plan might even seem outlandish and ridiculous! But it will work, because it is from God.

Prayer:

Father, help me to be obedient: even if I look silly, no matter the cost! I want victory on Your terms, and not my own.

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Day 101: Finding Promotion

The Daily Word: Tuesday, April 11th, 2017
Joshua 3:1-4:24
Luke 14:7-35
Psalm 80:1-19
Proverbs 12:27-28
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:

But when you are invited, go and sit down in the lowest place, so that when he who invited you comes he may say to you, ‘Friend, go up higher.’ Then you will have glory in the presence of those who sit at the table with you. For whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.” – Lk 14:10-11

Promotion comes when we take our eyes off ourselves and think about others. Exaltation comes when we humble ourselves and let go of all thoughts of self. When you are willing to take the lowest place by offering to serve God in any way you can, God will elevate you in every way He can!

If you try and promote yourself, your progress will be thwarted; but if you let God lift you up, He will take you higher than you have ever been!

Prayer:

Father, I know promotion comes through service. Help me to get low – to forget about myself – so that You can take me higher, in Jesus’ name!

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