Day 171: The Simple Gospel

The Daily Word: Tuesday, June 20th, 2017
1 Kings 22:1-53
Acts 13:16-41
Psalm 138:1-8
Proverbs 17:17-18
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:  

Therefore let it be known to you, brethren, that through this Man is preached to you the forgiveness of sins; and by Him everyone who believes is justified from all things from which you could not be justified by the law of Moses. – Acts 13:38-39

Are you prepared with a simple Gospel presentation? You never know when you might need it! Paul was prepared when the moment arrived. He succinctly and powerfully summarized the Gospel, and invited the people in his hearing to make a decision for Jesus.

If you need some help, here’s an easy outline to share with your family, friends, and co-workers:

  1. No one is perfect (Rom 3:23)
  2. But God requires perfection (Rom 6:23)! This puts us in a bit of a pickle. How can we satisfy God if Heaven requires perfection, but none of us is perfect?
  3. Jesus was perfect for us (Rom 5:8). He died in our place and paid the penalty for our sin. He received the punishment we deserve, so we can inherit the righteousness He earned!
  4. When you believe in Jesus, you are “made perfect” in Him (Heb 10:14)! When you believe in Jesus, you are SAVED (Rom 10:9-10)!

Keep it simple. Be ready to preach the Gospel everywhere you go, and watch how God uses you!

Prayer:

Father, thank You for arming me with Truth. I have the Word of God, and I have Your Holy Spirit. Send me into places where people need to see Your love, and strengthen me to preach the Gospel with boldness, in Jesus’ name!

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Day 170: Resistance Follows Victory – Part II

The Daily Word: Monday, June 19th, 2017
1 Kings 20:1-21:29
Acts 12:24-13:15
Psalm 137:1-9
Proverbs 17:16
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:  

Then the king of Israel went out and attacked the horses and chariots, and killed the Syrians with a great slaughter. And the prophet came to the king of Israel and said to him, “Go, strengthen yourself; take note, and see what you should do, for in the spring of the year the king of Syria will come up against you.” – 1 Kings 20:21-22

Resistance follows victory! God gave Ahab, the king over Israel, victory over his enemies; but immediately after the victory, God warned him to be ready! His enemy would come back in the spring: stronger than ever, and ready to fight. Ahab didn’t have to fear; he simply had to be ready. When Syria came to do battle with Israel again, God gave Israel victory again!

When you encounter resistance, take it as encouragement! God will give you victory, just as He always has before.

Prayer:

Father, thank You for consistent victory. I am victorious in You; and You are always willing to win victories through me! You are on my side; and that means I have nothing to fear, in Jesus’ name.

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Day 169: Resistance Follows Victory

The Daily Word: Sunday, June 18th, 2017
1 Kings 19:1-21
Acts 12:1-23
Psalm 136:1-26
Proverbs 17:14-15
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:  

Then Jezebel sent a messenger to Elijah, saying, “So let the gods do to me, and more also, if I do not make your life as the life of one of them by tomorrow about this time.” And when he saw that, he arose and ran for his life, and went to Beersheba, which belongs to Judah, and left his servant there. – 1 Kings 19:2-3

Resistance follows victory. God had just achieved a huge victory through Elijah. Through Elijah, God brought an end to all the prophets of Baal, and proved to all of Israel that He is God!

But after the victory, Elijah didn’t have time to rest. He didn’t have time for a victory lap! The enemy immediately turned up the resistance. Jezebel – the wicked queen of Israel – sought Elijah’s life.

Elijah had to move; but he didn’t have to fear. God projected him, and provided for him; and in the end, God disposed of Elijah’s enemies. Thank God that no matter how much resistance increases, we have the victory in Jesus!

Prayer:

Father, thank You for victory! I declare that I will not be discouraged – no matter how much the enemy turns up the heat. You will take me from glory to glory, and I will praise You for it in Jesus’ name!

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Day 168: Responding to Lack

The Daily Word: Saturday, June 17th, 2017
1 Kings 18:1-46
Acts 11:1-30
Psalm 135:1-21
Proverbs 17:12-13
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:  

Then the disciples, each according to his ability, determined to send relief to the brethren dwelling in Judea. – Acts 11:29

The prophet Agabus predicted a, “…great famine throughout all the world” (v 28). But the disciples didn’t panic. They didn’t run to collect supplies, and hoard all the food and water they could before the famine struck. The disciples’ first reaction to impending lack was not to keep money for themselves; it was to give.

You fight lack with generosity. The way we give determines how we receive:

“Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.” – Lk 6:38

When we get good at giving, God will make sure we have plenty of practice receiving!

Prayer:

Father, open up my eyes to the needs all around me. Open up my heart to the people all around me! Make me a generous giver, in Jesus’ name.

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Day 167: The Word Is All You Need

The Daily Word: Friday, June 16th, 2017
1 Kings 15:25-17:24
Acts 10:24-48
Psalm 134:1-3
Proverbs 17:9-11
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:  

While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit fell upon all those who heard the word. – Acts 10:44

When the word fell, the Spirit followed. All Peter had to do was speak the word of God over Cornelius and his household; and the entire household was saved and baptized in the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues!

God’s word is powerful. Do you want the Holy Spirit to show up in your life? At your job? In your family? Proclaim the word of God! Where the word goes, God follows.

And they went out and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them and confirming the word through the accompanying signs. Amen. – Mk 16:20

Prayer:

Father, thank You for the miracle-working power of Your word. Your word brings life! Give me the courage to speak it out, everywhere I go, knowing that You follow Your word, in Jesus’ name!

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Day 166: Early Warning

The Daily Word: Thursday, June 15th, 2017
1 Kings 14:1-15:24
Acts 10:1-23
Psalm 133:1-3
Proverbs 17:7-8
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:  

While Peter thought about the vision, the Spirit said to him, “Behold, three men are seeking you. Arise therefore, go down and go with them, doubting nothing; for I have sent them.” – Acts 10:19-20

God told Peter to expect visitors. Cornelius sent for Peter; but Peter didn’t have to wonder if the men who came to collect him were good or evil. God told him what was coming in advance!

More often than not, we wait for something to happen before we pray. We meet someone new, and then ask God if they will be a good influence. We go into an interview, and then ask God if He wants us to take the job. We make plans for the weekend, and then ask God if our plans line up with His will. But what if you didn’t have to wait until after things happened to pray for them? What if you knew what was coming in advance? What if you knew God’s will before you made major decisions?

If you believe in Jesus, God’s Holy Spirit lives in you. He will tell you “things to come” (Jn 16:13). Amos 3:7 says, “Surely the Lord God does nothing, unless He reveals His secret to His servants the prophets.” God will speak to you in advance! Are you making time to listen?

Prayer:

Father, thank You for telling me things to come! Help me to make time to pray at the beginning of every day. I know Your will is to prepare me – in advance – for everything coming my way! Help me to make time to listen, in Jesus’ name.

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Day 165: Healing Specialist

The Daily Word: Wednesday, June 14th, 2017
1 Kings 12:20-13:34
Acts 9:26-43
Psalm 132:1-18
Proverbs 17:6
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:  

And since Lydda was near Joppa, and the disciples had heard that Peter was there, they sent two men to him, imploring him not to delay in coming to them. – Acts 9:38

Do you want to be used by God the same way Peter was? Do you want to see paralyzed men arise, and dead women come back to life? Do you want to see blind eyes opened, deaf ears unstopped, life-threatening diseases stopped in their tracks?

Peter was called; and he arose and went. The only difference between believers who don’t see miracles, and those who do, is the latter step out in faith and pray with boldness. They arise when people need healing, and believe wholeheartedly that God will do His work.

Arise! Be bold! Go and pray for someone who is sick and needs healing. What do you have to lose?

Prayer:

Father, fill me with faith to pray for supernatural healing. I want to be like Peter, healing everyone – everywhere – in the name of Jesus!

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Day 164: Are God’s Promises Conditional?

The Daily Word: Tuesday, June 13th, 2017
1 Kings 11:1-12:19
Acts 9:1-25
Psalm 131:1-3
Proverbs 17:4-5
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:  

Therefore the Lord said to Solomon, “Because you have done this, and have not kept My covenant and My statutes, which I have commanded you, I will surely tear the kingdom away from you and give it to your servant.” – 1 Kings 11:11

Under the Old Covenant, God’s promises were conditional. If God’s people obeyed His word, then He would bless them. Solomon lost the kingdom of Israel because he failed to keep God’s covenant and statutes. God’s promises were conditioned on obedience: if you kept His word and walked in His ways, you would prosper; but if you failed to keep His commands, destiny would slip through your fingers.

But under the New Covenant, God’s promises are no longer conditional; because Jesus has already perfectly fulfilled every condition! You and I can never lose the Kingdom Jesus died for us to have. Our position depends on His perfection; and He lived a perfect, sinless life, before dying for our sins.

Aren’t you glad you don’t have to be perfect to inherit the promises of God? Rest in God’s word, knowing that Jesus perfectly fulfilled every requirement for you to walk out God’s destiny for you!

Prayer:

Father, thank You for Your perfect Son Jesus Christ! You knew I would never be able to live a perfect life; so You sent Jesus to live a sinless life for me. I am forever grateful, in Jesus’ name.

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Day 163: God Encounters

The Daily Word: Monday, June 12th, 2017
1 Kings 9:1-10:29
Acts 8:14-40
Psalm 130:1-8
Proverbs 17:2-3
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:  

And it came to pass, when Solomon had finished building the house of the Lord and the king’s house, and all Solomon’s desire which he wanted to do, that the Lord appeared to Solomon the second time, as He had appeared to him at Gibeon. – 1 Kings 9:1-2

God encounters are not one and done! They should never be few and far between. Solomon encountered God again and again; and so should you. We were built to encounter God: not just once in a while, but every day of our lives.

God always wants to encounter you more. Will you press in and encounter Him?

Prayer:

Father, thank You for chasing me down! Thank You for always desiring an encounter with me. Help me to desire You, more than ever, in Jesus’ name.

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Day 162: Not Again…

The Daily Word: Sunday, June 11th, 2017
1 Kings 8:1-66
Acts 7:51-8:13
Psalm 129:1-8
Proverbs 17:1
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:  

“Many a time they have afflicted me from my youth; yet they have not prevailed against me.” – Ps 129:2

Life is not easy. The Psalmist reflected that just as soon as he had gotten through one tough situation, another one always started. Whenever he prevailed over his enemies, they seemed to turn around and attack again.

The enemy is persistent! But no matter how often persecution comes, our hope is secure. The enemy cannot prevail against you, because Jesus has already prevailed against him. You don’t have to fight for victory; you get to fight from victory.

So when the trials and tribulations come, take it as a compliment. Scripture invites us to, “…count it all joy when [we] fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of [our] faith produces patience” (Jas 1:2-3). The enemy is trying to mess up your day because he knows you’re on the right track; but there is nothing he can do to stop you!

Keep going. Keep fighting. You cannot help but win, because you are victorious in Jesus!

Prayer:

Father, thank You that my victory is secure! Jesus already won the war; and I am victorious in Him. Help me to fight my everyday battles with faith, knowing that triumph is on the way in Jesus’ name!

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