Day 141: Divine Restoration

The Daily Word: Sunday, May 21st, 2017
1 Samuel 29:1-31:13
John 11:55-12:19
Psalm 118:1-18
Proverbs 15:24-26
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:  

And nothing of theirs was lacking, either small or great, sons or daughters, spoil or anything which they had taken from them; David recovered all. – 1 Sam 30:19

David and his men returned from battle. Their city, Ziklag, was burned to the ground. Their wives and children had been taken captive! It seemed like all was lost. But God would restore everything their enemies had stolen.

When David asked God what to do, God told him to pursue his enemies. So David hunted down the men who had burned their city. God gave them into his hand, and he recovered everything that had been taken. God had protected and preserved everything that belonged to David and his people!

David thought that all was lost; but God turned it into gain! God protected everything the enemy had taken. What’s more, God would add to David as he recovered what was lost.

What has the enemy stolen from you? Believe for divine restoration: that God would not only restore what was taken, but that He would give even more into your hand!

Prayer:

Father, thank You for protecting everything the enemy has taken from me. I know that all will be restored – and then some – in Jesus’ name!

 

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Day 140: Faith Gone Cold?

The Daily Word: Saturday, May 20th, 2017
1 Samuel 26:1-28:25
John 11:1-54
Psalm 117:1-2
Proverbs 15:22-23
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:  

Now Martha, as soon as she heard that Jesus was coming, went and met Him, but Mary was sitting in the house. – Jn 11:20

Mary’s faith had gone cold due to circumstance. Mary had been on fire for the Lord! This was the same Mary who was famous for pouring out fragrant oil on Jesus’ feet (v 2). This was the same Mary who washed Jesus’ feet with her hair! Yet after Lazarus died, she would not even rise to meet Jesus.

Maybe you feel like Mary: you used to be on fire for the Lord, but life threw you some unexpected curveballs, and now it’s hard to believe for anything at all. Don’t give up! Mary’s faith had gone cold; but Jesus was not done coming through for her. In fact, He was getting ready to do His best work yet; and He will do the same for you!

Prayer:

Father, I know You can do anything! Give me fresh faith to believe for the miraculous in my life, in Jesus’ name!

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Day 139: The “How” Matters

The Daily Word: Friday, May 19th, 2017
1 Samuel 24:1-25:44
John 10:22-42
Psalm 116:1-19
Proverbs 15:20-21
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And now I know indeed that you shall surely be king, and that the kingdom of Israel shall be established in your hand. – 1 Sam 24:20

David was anointed to be king. God had promised David he would be king! So when Saul walked into the cave where David was hiding to “attend to his needs” (v 3), it would have made perfect since for David to kill Saul and take the throne! David’s men encouraged him to do it. This is the day you have been waiting for, they said.

But David would not lift a finger against Saul:

And he said to his men, “The Lord forbid that I should do this thing to my master, the Lord’s anointed, to stretch out my hand against him, seeing he is the anointed of the Lord.” – 1 Sam 24:6

David knew what we should know: how you achieve success matters. Taking the wrong road to the right destination will leave you so damaged from the journey that you won’t be able to enjoy the end result! David could have easily killed Saul and become king. But he knew it was not the right thing to do. He acted with integrity, and even Saul knew the Lord would reward him for it!

Prayer:

Father, strengthen me to do things the right way. Fill me with integrity, and cover me with grace, in Jesus’ name!

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Day 138: Why Should We Trust Jesus?

The Daily Word: Thursday, May 18th, 2017
1 Samuel 22:1-23:29
John 10:1-21
Psalm 115:1-18
Proverbs 15:18-19
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“Most assuredly, I say to you, he who does not enter the sheepfold by the door, but climbs up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber. But he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep.” – Jn 10:1-2

Jesus promises eternal life (see Jn 14:6). The reason we should trust Him is because He ascended into heaven, and “sat down at the right hand of God” (Mk 16:19). Jesus did everything He promised He would do. He gave His life on the Cross, and then He was raised from the dead. He did it all to demonstrate that where He goes, we – His disciples – will follow. 

We get to have confidence that we will follow Jesus into heaven because He went to Heaven first. Jesus didn’t make outlandish promises only to fall short on delivery. He did the stuff! He healed the sick. He cleansed lepers. He raised the dead. He cast out demons! And He did it all in front of thousands of witnesses!

What happens at the end of Jesus’ life is what separates Christianity from every other major world religion. Buddha is the central figure of Buddhism; but Buddha died of food poisoning at age 80. Muhammad is the central figure of the Muslim faith; but he fell ill and died in his bed at home! Jesus is the only Man to make a way to Heaven for every man and woman who calls on His name. He led the way so we can all follow!

Whom are you trusting to take you to Heaven?

Prayer:

Father, thank You for making a way where there was no way! Jesus carved a pathway into Heaven for me; and I am forever grateful. I want to worship Him with my life, for all my days!

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Day 137: Good Friends

The Daily Word: Wednesday, May 17th, 2017
1 Samuel 20:1-21:15
John 9:1-41
Psalm 113:1-114:8
Proverbs 15:15-17
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:  

So Jonathan said to David, “Whatever you yourself desire, I will do it for you.” – 1 Sam 20:4

This is the depth of friendship God invites us to have. Jonathan and David were best friends. Jonathan would have done anything for David; and David would have done anything for Jonathan!

If you don’t have friends like that, ask God for them. The only reason David could rely on Jonathan is that God put Jonathan in David’s life! Ask God to surround you with friends who will stick with you through the good times and the bad. As you pray, they will come.

Prayer:

Father, thank You for all the great friends You have put in my life. Help me to be a great friend to others, in Jesus’ name!

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Day 136: Stewarding the Promise

The Daily Word: Tuesday, May 16th, 2017
1 Samuel 18:5-19:24
John 8:31-59
Psalm 112:1-10
Proverbs 15:12-14
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:  

So David went out wherever Saul sent him, and behaved wisely. And Saul set him over the men of war, and he was accepted in the sight of all the people and also in the sight of Saul’s servants. – 1 Sam 18:5

David was already anointed to be king; but he still had to behave wisely. He still had to patiently rely on God as His promises unfolded. He still had to steward the promise well!

Wisdom attracts the promise of God. Service accelerates the promise of God! While David was selflessly serving Saul, God was positioning him to win the hearts of the people of Israel. No matter what Saul did, David refused to get frustrated. No matter how long it took for God’s promise to unfold, David refused to get impatient! As David behaved wisely, God prepared him to become king.

Prayer:

Father, thank You for every word You have spoken over me! Help me to steward Your promises well. Give me the patience to rely on Your word and behave wisely as Your will unfolds over my life.

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Day 135: Delivering the Message

The Daily Word: Monday, May 15th, 2017
1 Samuel 17:1-18:4
John 8:21-30
Psalm 111:1-10
Proverbs 15:11
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:  

“…and I speak to the world those things which I heard from Him.” – Jn 18:26

Jesus took what His Father told Him, and gave the message to God’s people. This is what we are called to do as His disciples!

Challenge yourself today. Pick one person you have never met before, and ask God for a prophetic word for them. Remember that prophecy exhorts and edifies. It does not point out the dirt in people’s lives; it reveals the gold beneath the dirt.

Once He gives you a word (He will!), start a conversation. Deliver the word He has given you to deliver, and pray for that person to be transformed!

Prayer:

Father, help me to speak to the world those things which I hear from You. Your Holy Spirit lives in me; and that means I am prophetic. Speak to me, and fill me with faith to deliver the message!

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Day 134: Royal Generosity

The Daily Word: Sunday, May 14th, 2017
1 Samuel 15:1-16:23
John 8:1-20
Psalm 110:1-7
Proverbs 15:8-10
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Therefore Saul sent messengers to Jesse, and said, “Send me your son David, who is with the sheep.” And Jesse took a donkey loaded with bread, a skin of wine, and a young goat, and sent them by his son David to Saul. – 1 Sam 16:19-20

When King Saul called David to be his servant, David’s father knew exactly how to respond. He gave gifts to Saul to honor him for choosing his son.

Saul was the king! He didn’t need Jesse’s money; yet Jesse gave him gifts all the same. Jesse understood royal generosity. The gifts were not to satisfy Saul’s need to receive; they were to satisfy Jesse’s need to give. Jesse satisfied his need to give, without needing to receive anything in return.

God honors those who honor others. Whom are you honoring with your generosity?

Prayer:

Father, make me royally generous. Help me to be like Jesse, and give to the King! Every gift I give – no matter how much it is, or whom it’s for – is a gift directly to you. I know You will repay everything I’ve given.

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Day 133: Rivers of Living Water

The Daily Word: Saturday, May 13th, 2017
1 Samuel 14:1-52
John 7:31-53
Psalm 109:1-31
Proverbs 15:5-7
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:  

On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.” But this He spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing in Him would receive; for the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified. – Jn 7:37-39

Jesus died on the Cross so we could receive His Spirit! When Jesus died on the Cross, He paid the price for our sin. When we believe in Him, our sin is forgiven; and when we are forgiven and made clean, we become worthy vessels for God’s Holy Spirit!

Here are the benefits of being filled with God’s Holy Spirit:

1)   Eternal wisdom: Our lives are finite; but God’s vantage point is eternal. When we see with His eyes, we can make decisions with His heart.

2)   Supernatural strength: Rivers of living water will flow out of you! Why rely on your own strength, when you can rely on God’s?

3)   Heavenly prayer: When you are filled with God’s Holy Spirit, He prays through you. You don’t have to wonder what to pray; just let God do all the work!

Prayer:

Father, thank You for filling me with Your Holy Spirit! Help me never to forget the benefits of salvation. I don’t have to go through life alone, because You are with me – and Your Holy Spirit fills me!

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Day 132: Exalting God

The Daily Word: Friday, May 12th, 2017
1 Samuel 12:1-13:23
John 7:1-30
Psalm 108:1-13
Proverbs 15:4
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:

Be exalted, O God, above the heavens, and Your glory above the earth; that Your beloved may be delivered…- Ps 108:5-6

Deliverance happens when God is exalted. To “exalt” God means to lift Him up: to praise Him with our whole hearts and make Him Lord of our lives.

The more you focus on your problems, the bigger they will appear. Our tendency is to allow our problems to occupy our attention; but Jesus introduced a new way of thinking to His disciples. “Seek first the kingdom of God,” He said, “and all these things shall be added to you” (Matt 6:33).

We don’t have to focus on our problems. We don’t have to work for breakthrough and deliverance! As we simply keep our eyes on Jesus and lift Him up in praise, He will deliver us.

Prayer:

Father, help me to focus wholeheartedly on You. When I exalt You, deliverance will happen. I am Your beloved: I am Yours, and You are mine!

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