Day 355: Victorious Living

The Daily Word: Thursday, December 21st, 2017
Zechariah 1:1-21
Revelation 12:1-17
Psalm 140:1-13
Proverbs 30:17
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:  

And war broke out in heaven: Michael and his angels fought with the dragon; and the dragon and his angels fought, but they did not prevail… – Rev 12:7-8

War broke out in heaven. Satan tried to fight; but he did not prevail. This is the good news: your enemy is defeated!

Whenever war breaks out in your life, remember this: Satan cannot prevail. The war is over. Satan is defeated! He can try to bring you down; but he is destined to fail, because Jesus already won!

You don’t have to live in fear anymore! Jesus has given you authority over, “…all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you” (Lk 10:19). So stand your ground! Try as he might, the enemy cannot win.

Prayer:

Father, thank You for victory! Thank You that I can win the daily battles, because Jesus already won the war. Help me to stay strong, knowing You have the victory in the end!

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Day 354: The Word of the Lord

The Daily Word: Wednesday, December 20th, 2017
Haggai 1:1-2:23
Revelation 11:1-19
Psalm 139:1-24
Proverbs 30:15-16
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:  

In the second year of King Darius, in the sixth month, on the first day of the month, the word of the Lord came by Haggai the prophet to Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and to Joshua the son of Jehozadak, the high priest… – Hag 1:1

God needed to get a message to Judah’s leaders. But in this instance, instead of speaking to them directly, He spoke through someone else. The word of the Lord didn’t come to Zerubbabel or Joshua in prayer; it came through Haggai.

I believe God speaks to all His children; but sometimes, God chooses to speak through other people. Do you need to hear God’s voice for a major decision? Do you need to hear His voice to encourage you in the midst of a tough time? Get help. Ask someone else to pray with you. God may use that person to get you what He wants you to have.

Prayer:

Father, thank You for the gift of other people. Thank You for faithful friends! Surround me with people who will contend for a word from the Lord with me, in Jesus’ name!

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Day 353: Being Silent

The Daily Word: Tuesday, December 19th, 2017
Zephaniah 1:1-3:20
Revelation 10:1-11
Psalm 138:1-8
Proverbs 30:11-14
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:  

Be silent in the presence of the Lord God; for the day of the Lord is at hand, for the Lord has prepared a sacrifice; He has invited His guests. – Zeph 1:7

How often do you listen in prayer? Sometimes we go to pray, and we just start talking. We tell God what we want. We tell Him what we need! But what if instead of talking, we spent most of our time in prayer listening? What if instead of telling Him what we want, we allowed Him to tell us what we need?

Try being silent in the presence of God. Jesus’ death on the Cross means you get to, “come boldly to the throne of grace” (Heb 4:16). God has invited you into His presence because there are things He wants to tell you! But it’s impossible to receive the instruction we need if we’re always talking and never listening.

God will speak; but we have to make space to listen.

Prayer:

Father, thank You for inviting me into Your presence. Thank You that I get to come to You in prayer with an open heart, knowing that You will receive me. Help me to listen before talking, in Jesus’ name!

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Day 352: Genuine Prophecy

The Daily Word: Monday, December 18th, 2017
Habakkuk 1:1-3:19
Revelation 9:1-21
Psalm 137:1-9
Proverbs 30:10
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:  

The burden which the prophet Habakkuk saw. – Hab 1:1

We notice two things here about genuine prophecy:

1) It was a burden. A genuine word from the Lord can be heavy. It will often feel like something you have to get off your chest; something you have to unload. There is a release that takes place when you share a genuine word from the Lord with a recipient.

2) It was seen. Habakkuk saw the word of the Lord. Sometimes God speaks so we can hear Him; other times He shows so we can see Him! We should never limit God’s approach, and assume He will speak a certain way; because quite often He speaks in ways that surprise.

Are you ready to hear from God? Ask, and you shall receive!

Prayer:

Father, give me the strength to deliver the words You have given me. Open my eyes so I can see what You are showing me! Thank You for Your goodness, in Jesus’ name.

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Day 351: The Sweet Spot

The Daily Word: Sunday, December 17th, 2017
Nahum 1:1-3:19
Revelation 8:1-13
Psalm 136:1-26
Proverbs 30:7-9
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:  

Give me neither poverty nor riches– Feed me with the food allotted to me; lest I be full and deny You, and say, “Who is the Lord?” Or lest I be poor and steal, and profane the name of my God. – Prov 30:8-9

Give me neither poverty nor riches….what an interesting prayer! Most churches encourage you to pick one extreme or the other: they either encourage you to pray for great wealth, or encourage you to forget about money altogether. But today’s verse restores balance. God wants us to find the sweet spot: having everything we need, but not needing anything we don’t have!

Biblical prosperity means you have everything you need to fulfill the divine mandate God has put on your life. Jesus modeled this perfectly. When He needed money, He had it; but when He didn’t have money, He didn’t need it. He didn’t ignore money; but He certainly didn’t let money distract Him! The result was perfect, effective ministry.

Prayer:

Father, make me prosperous in Jesus’ name! Give me neither poverty nor riches; but give me everything I need to go out and do Your work!

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Day 350: The Glory Days

The Daily Word: Saturday, December 16th, 2017
Micah 5:1-7:20
Revelation 7:1-17
Psalm 135:1-21
Proverbs 30:5-6
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:  

“As in the days when you came out of the land of Egypt, I will show them wonders.” – Mic 7:15

Do you ever read about miracles in Scripture and think, “I wish something like that would happen to me?” Do you read about God splitting the Red Sea (Ex 14), or manna in the wilderness (Ex 16), and wonder why God doesn’t move through your life like that?

Micah had a reminder for God’s people: God is still God! The same way He moved heaven and earth for Israel, He will move them for you. But before He can move, you must believe. Invite Jesus into your life. Give Him authority to show you wonders!

Hebrews 13:8 says God is the same, “yesterday, today, and forever.” He still moves, and He still reigns! And when you believe He will perform miracles in your life, they will start happening.

…and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father. – Jn 14:12

Prayer:

Father, I know You are always willing to move through my life. Thank You for showing Your strength through me!

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Day 349: Damaged Goods

The Daily Word: Friday, December 15th, 2017
Micah 1:1-4:13
Revelation 6:1-17
Psalm 134:1-3
Proverbs 30:1-4
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:  

I will make the lame a remnant, and the outcast a strong nation; So the Lord will reign over them in Mount Zion From now on, even forever. – Mic 4:7

God didn’t choose the coolest, or the most successful, to build around. He chose the lame and the outcasts! God loves to build with people whom the world says cannot build. He loves to trust those whom others say cannot be trusted. He loves to defy the odds, and overwhelmingly exceed our expectations, by accomplishing what everyone else says is impossible, through the very people everyone else seems to have forgotten.

You are not damaged goods. You are never too far gone! God will use you for His glory, in Jesus’ name!

Prayer:

Father, thank You for restoration! Thank You for using the foolish things of this world to confound the wise. Thank You that I am never too far gone to be used by You.

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Day 348: What If They Believe?

The Daily Word: Thursday, December 14th, 2017
Jonah 1:1-4-11
Revelation 5:1-14
Psalm 133:1-3
Proverbs 29:26-27
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:  

And Jonah began to enter the city on the first day’s walk. Then he cried out and said, “Yet forty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown!” So the people of Nineveh believed God… – Jon 3:4-5

Jonah walked into a city known for its wickedness (Jon 1:2). He thought the people of Nineveh would reject him. He thought they would be angry at his prophetic word; but they believed! They were far from angry; in fact, they received the word and repented!

We spend so much time worrying what will happen if we share our faith. What will other people think? We think of a million and one reasons why our friends and family won’t make a decision for Jesus. But what if they do? What if they believe?

Don’t assume you know how people will react to God’s Word. Maybe they will reject it; but maybe they will receive it!

Prayer:

Father, help me to confidently share my faith. It’s not my responsibility to worry about what might go wrong if people reject You; it’s only my job to give them the invitation to receive You. Fill me with faith to let the world know You are good.

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Day 347: Open Heaven

The Daily Word: Wednesday, December 13th, 2017
Obadiah 1:1-21
Revelation 4:1-11
Psalm 132:1-18
Proverbs 29:24-25
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:  

After these things I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven. And the first voice which I heard was like a trumpet speaking with me, saying, “Come up here, and I will show you things which must take place after this.” – Rev 4:1

The door to heaven was “standing open.” What an amazing sight! John didn’t have to beg to come in. He didn’t even have to ask to come in. The door to heaven was not closed; it was open! Because John knew Jesus, all he had to do was walk in, because he had the righteousness of Christ!

Jesus is the way to Heaven. When you give your life to Him, the door to heaven is “standing open,” ready to receive you.

Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me. – Rev 3:20

Prayer:

Father, thank You for sending Jesus to open the door to heaven! Thank You that His death means I have open and easy access to the throne of grace, in Jesus’ name.

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Day 346: How to Get Promoted

The Daily Word: Tuesday, December 12th, 2017
Amos 7:1-9:15
Revelation 3:7-22
Psalm 131:1-3
Proverbs 29:23
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:  

Then the Lord took me as I followed the flock, and the Lord said to me, ‘Go, prophesy to My people Israel.’ – Amos 7:15

Amos never asked to be a prophet. He certainly didn’t have a prophet’s pedigree: he didn’t come from a prophetic family and he wasn’t the son of a prophet (v 14). So why did God choose Amos?

Amos did the simple things well. Amos was a “sheepbreeder” (v 14). God saw the way Amos took care of the sheep; so He took him from the field and made him a prophet over the whole land.

And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ. – Col 3:23-24

Don’t try to get noticed. Do the simple things well; and God will notice.

Prayer:

Father, help me to do the simple things well! I trust that everything You have given me to do is significant. It all matters. Help me to do it unto You, in Jesus’ name!

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