Day 202: Corporate Worship

The Daily Word: Friday, July 21st, 2017
2 Chronicles 4:1-6:11
Romans 7:1-13
Psalm 17:1-15
Proverbs 19:22-23
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:  

…indeed it came to pass, when the trumpeters and singers were as one, to make one sound to be heard in praising and thanking the Lord, and when they lifted up their voice with the trumpets and cymbals and instruments of music, and praised the Lord, …that the house, the house of the Lord, was filled with a cloud, so that the priests could not continue ministering because of the cloud; for the glory of the Lord filled the house of God. – 2 Chron 5:13-14

God blesses corporate worship. Can you encounter the presence of God alone in your home, in your personal prayer time? Absolutely. But God does something significant and special when we come together and worship Him in community with other believers.

When the people of Israel came together and praised God “as one,” the presence of God fell. Worship in unity attracts the presence of God! So come on out to church, and let’s get God’s attention.

Prayer:

Father, thank You for blessing corporate worship. I know the wine is in the cluster! Surround me with other believers who are willing to pursue You with their whole hearts, in Jesus’ name.

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Day 201: You Get to Say No

The Daily Word: Thursday, July 20th, 2017
2 Chronicles 1:1-3:17
Romans 6:1-23
Psalm 16:1-11
Proverbs 19:20-21
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:  

Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in its lusts. – Rom 6:12

God gave you authority over your life. He gave you authority over your body. You get to say no to sin by the blood of Jesus. You get to say no to sickness because by His stripes you are healed (Is 53:5). You get to say no to death because Jesus was raised from the dead (Rom 6:9)!

But first, you must say yes to Jesus. Invite Him into your heart, and let Him change you from the inside out. When you say yes to Jesus, everything changes.

For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace. – Rom 6:14

Prayer:

Father, thank You for giving me freedom from all sin. Thank You for blessing me with the authority to say no to the things I don’t want in my life, and yes to all the benefits of the Cross, in Jesus’ name!

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Day 200: Right Where You Are

The Daily Word: Wednesday, July 19th, 2017
1 Chronicles 28:1-29:30
Romans 5:6-21
Psalm 15:1-5
Proverbs 19:18-19
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:  

But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. – Rom 5:8

Jesus didn’t wait until we were perfect to save us. He died for us while we were still sinners! You don’t need to get clean to come to God; it is the blood of Jesus that cleanses you. You don’t need to work on yourself before coming to God; it is He alone who can work in you!

God knows you’re not perfect; but He’ll meet you right where you are. Open your heart and receive His love, just the way you are! Salvation is a gift that repairs every broken thing in your life; and all you have to do is receive it.

Prayer:

Father, thank You for rescuing me from my sin! Thank You for demonstrating Your perfect love toward me, and dying for me while I was still far from perfect. I receive Your supernatural perfection, in Jesus’ name.

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Day 199: Kingdom Authority

The Daily Word: Tuesday, July 18th, 2017
1 Chronicles 26:12-27:34
Romans 4:13-5:5
Psalm 14:1-7
Proverbs 19:17
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:  

Of the Hebronites, Hashabiah and his brethren, one thousand seven hundred able men, had the oversight of Israel on the west side of the Jordan for all the business of the Lord, and in the service of the king. – 1 Chron 26:30

Israel was a big kingdom! King David knew it was impossible to be everywhere at once. So, he delegated trusted officials to carry out business on his behalf. When one of them spoke, it was as if the king himself had spoken. When one of them issued a decree, it was as if the king himself had commanded.

Jesus – the King of kings – has done the same with you! He has a big Kingdom to rule over! But before He returned to heaven, He delegated His authority to all believers (see Mark 16:15-18). That means you and me! When we declare His word, it is as if He has spoken. When we pray, it is as if He Himself prayed!

You have been given authority and power to carry out Kingdom business (Lk 10:19). Are you ready to use it?

Prayer:

Father, thank You for giving me authority over all the power of the enemy. Thank You for giving me dominion over my life, and inviting me to experience the Kingdom of God everywhere I go!

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Day 198: Faith Works!

The Daily Word: Monday, July 17th, 2017
1 Chronicles 24:1-26:11
Romans 4:1-12
Psalm 13:1-6
Proverbs 19:15-16
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:  

Now to him who works, the wages are not counted as grace but as debt. But to him who does not work but believes on Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is accounted for righteousness, just as David also describes the blessedness of the man to whom God imputes righteousness apart from works… – Rom 4:5-6

When you work for God, it is counted as debt; but when you believe in Jesus, it is accounted as righteousness.

Righteousness – right standing with God – is achieved by faith, not by works. There is nothing you can do to earn God’s affection. The only way to get in His good graces is by believing in Jesus (“Him who justifies the ungodly,” v 5). Your salvation has nothing to do with what you’ve done, and everything to do with Whose you are. When you belong to Jesus – no matter who you are, where you’ve been, or what you’ve done – you are a child of God!

Prayer:

Father, thank You that I don’t have to work for righteousness! I recognize that righteousness is a gift; and all I have to do to activate that gift over my life is believe in Jesus. Help me to believe in Him, with all of my heart, in Jesus’ name!

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Day 197: You Are Not Alone!

The Daily Word: Sunday, July 16th, 2017
1 Chronicles 22:1-23:32
Romans 3:9-31
Psalm 12:1-8
Proverbs 19:13-14
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:  

Indeed I have taken much trouble to prepare for the house of the Lord … Moreover there are workmen with you in abundance: …[and] of gold and silver and bronze and iron there is no limit. Arise and begin working, and the Lord be with you.” – 1 Chron 22:14-16

God called Solomon to build something great. Solomon was to build a temple so miraculous that the whole world would take notice of God’s glory! Solomon was a young man when he got the call; but he wasn’t overwhelmed, because he had help. Solomon’s father, David, had made preparations. He had stored up iron, silver, and gold for the project. He had assembled teams of craftsmen to work on the temple. All Solomon had to do was rise up and do the work!

You are just like Solomon. God has called you to great things! But you are not alone. He will send the resources you need (v 14). He will send people to help (v 15)! And He will be with you, strengthening and encouraging you, until the work is done (v 16). Now rise up and do the work!

Prayer:

Father, thank You for making abundant preparation for my life. You have gathered the resources necessary for me to fulfill my calling. You have surrounded me with people who are willing to work with me. I know that no matter what, You are with me!

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Day 196: Who Is Responsible for Evil?

The Daily Word: Saturday, July 15th, 2017
1 Chronicles 19:1-21:30
Romans 2:25-3:8
Psalm 11:1-7
Proverbs 19:10-12
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:  

And God was displeased with this thing; therefore He struck Israel. – 1 Chron 21:7 

God was displeased! David took a census and counted the men in the armies of Israel. He did it to prove his own strength, instead of relying on God’s. David sinned; but God didn’t force David to sin. In fact, it wasn’t even David’s idea. Satan was the one behind David’s plan:

Now Satan stood up against Israel, and moved David to number Israel. – 1 Chron 21:1

Any time sin occurs, Satan is ultimately responsible. David participated, but Satan was the architect. Any time we are moved to do anything contrary to God’s will, Satan – not God – is the author. We must stop attributing the work of the enemy to God! God will not make you sin to teach you a lesson. He will not give you sickness or disease to bring you closer to Him! Sin, sickness, and death are all the work of the enemy – not God!

Here is the good news: God has given you authority over Satan through Jesus Christ:

Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you. – Lk 10:19

You don’t have to fear Satan; you get to crush him, in Jesus’ name!

Prayer:

Father, help me to recognize that Satan is the author of all evil. You have nothing to do with evil, because You are good! Remind me that I have authority over the enemy that I get to exercise every day, in Jesus’ name.

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Day 195: Follow the Leader

The Daily Word: Friday, July 14th, 2017
1 Chronicles 16:37-18:17
Romans 2:1-24
Psalm 10:16-18
Proverbs 19:8-9
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:  

“Now therefore, thus shall you say to My servant David, ‘Thus says the Lord of hosts: “I took you from the sheepfold, from following the sheep, to be ruler over My people Israel.” ‘ “ – 1 Chron 17:7

David learned how to lead by following the sheep. The prerequisite for good leadership is learning how to follow. David was an amazing leader! He was the best king Israel and Judah had ever seen. But his leadership capabilities didn’t come overnight. God grew him, little by little, and made him ruler over His people.

If you want to lead, you have to learn to follow. If you try and lead others on your own, you will fail; but if you lead by following God, you cannot help but succeed!

Prayer:

Father, I know good leadership starts when I learn how to follow You. Teach me how to follow You, in Jesus’ name!

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Day 194: Joy in God’s Presence!

The Daily Word: Thursday, July 13th, 2017
1 Chronicles 15:1-16:36
Romans 1:18-32
Psalm 10:1-15
Proverbs 19:6-7
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:  

So David, the elders of Israel, and the captains over thousands went to bring up the ark of the covenant of the Lord from the house of Obed-Edom with joy. – 1 Chron 15:25

Encountering the presence of God should be joyful! David and the leaders of Israel didn’t go to encounter God’s presence with frowns on their faces, or fear in their hearts. They knew their lives would be radically changed and transformed by the presence of God, so they embraced His presence with joy!

I was raised thinking I always had to be serious in church. There was no laughing, no moving, and no fooling around! But Scripture says “He who sits in the heavens laughs” (Ps 2:4). God gives us the oil of joy for mourning (Is 61:3)! Church service shouldn’t feel like a funeral; it should be a joyful celebration of everything Jesus did for us on the Cross!

Prayer:

Father, fill me with abundant joy! I pray our church services would be full of laughter in Jesus’ name!

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Day 193: Day By Day

The Daily Word: Wednesday, July 12th, 2017
1 Chronicles 12:19-14:17
Romans 1:1-17
Psalm 9:13-20
Proverbs 19:4-5
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:  

For at that time they came to David day by day to help him, until it was a great army, like the army of God. – 1 Chron 12:22

God builds armies day by day. David’s army didn’t show up at his doorstep overnight! God sent men – one by one – to build up his army one day at a time.

Don’t despise gradual change! God is increasing you, day by day. He is building your destiny, day by day. He is making your dreams unfold right before your eyes, day by day! David didn’t give up even though building took time; and neither should you! Thank God for progress, no matter how small.

Wealth gained hastily will dwindle, but whoever gathers little by little will increase it. – Prov 13:11

Prayer:

Father, thank You for growth day by day. I recognize that substantial change doesn’t happen overnight; and I thank You for keeping me patient as Your plans unfold over my life, in Jesus’ name!

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