Day 21: Unbelief Cancels the Miraculous

The Daily Word: Sunday, January 21st, 2018
Genesis 42:18-43:34
Matthew 13:47-14:12
Psalm 18:16-36
Proverbs 4:7-10
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:

Now He did not do many mighty works there because of their unbelief. – Matt 13:58

When Jesus returned home, the people were “astonished” (v 54). “Where did this Man get this wisdom and these mighty works?” they wondered (v 54). “Is this not the carpenter’s son?” they asked. They should have been overjoyed at what God was doing; but instead they were “offended” (v 57). They refused to believe Jesus was capable of everything they heard He had done. And the result? Jesus, “…did not do many mighty works there because of their unbelief” (v 58).

Unbelief cancels the miraculous. Jesus tells us that, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes” (Mk 9:23). But He does not extend the same certainty to those who do not believe. So, do you really believe?

Sometimes we wait for a miracle, but at the same time we doubt God will do it! Many times we settle for hoping for the miraculous, instead of believing for a miracle. Do you see the difference? If you believe, God will move powerfully everywhere you go! But if you don’t believe, God’s goodness is restricted by your unbelief.

Faith is a choice: will you believe in Jesus? Or will you doubt He will do everything He has said He will do?

Prayer:

Father, help me to believe! Increase my faith. I know my response to unbelief shouldn’t be condemnation; it should be in invitation! I invite Your Holy Spirit to fill me with supernatural faith, in Jesus’ name.

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Day 20: Planning Ahead

The Daily Word: Saturday, January 20th, 2018
Genesis 41:17-42:17
Matthew 13:24-46
Psalm 18:1-15
Proverbs 4:1-6
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:

“Then that food shall be as a reserve for the land for the seven years of famine which shall be in the land of Egypt, that the land may not perish during the famine.” – Gen 41:36

Joseph told Pharaoh there would be a famine; but he also told Pharaoh not to worry about the famine. God would send provision so His people could prepare. God told Joseph what was coming in advance, so that everyone could make ready.

I come from a background in finance. When I moved into ministry, my wife and I had money put away to prepare for the transition into life as a pastor. God provided – years in advance – to sustain us as we served Him full-time. In five years of ministry, we have never lacked for a thing, because we heeded God’s voice and saved when we could.

There is wisdom in planning ahead. There will be seasons of life in which everything is going well; and there will be seasons in which there is much to be desired. God invites us to use the fat times to prepare for the lean. We should never take “years of great plenty” (v 29) for granted, and assume we have reached some new normal. Instead, we should use abundance to prepare for whatever comes next.

Prayer:

Father, thank You for preparing me in advance. Thank You for blessing me with fat times, so I don’t have to worry through the lean times. Thank You for meeting my every need, in Jesus’ name!

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Day 19: Deep Roots

The Daily Word: Friday, January 19th, 2018
Genesis 39:1-41:16
Matthew 12:46-13:23
Psalm 17:1-15
Proverbs 3:33-35
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:

But when the sun was up they were scorched, and because they had no root they withered away. – Matt 13:6

Jesus told His disciples that those without roots would wither. They would spring up “immediately” (v 5); but as soon as tribulation came, they would shrivel.

What does it mean to have roots?

Having roots means deep intimacy with God. When we know His word, we know His character; and when we know His heart, we begin to understand just how much He loves us.

Having roots means having a history with God. The older the tree, the deeper the roots. When it was time for David to fight Goliath, he was unafraid. Why? Because he had a history with God. He told King Saul, “Your servant has killed both lion and bear; and this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, seeing he has defied the armies of the living God” (1 Sam 17:36). When God has given you victory in the past, it is easy to believe for His victory in the future.

Having roots also means deep intimacy with others. “Those who are planted in the house of the Lord shall flourish in the courts of our God” (Ps 92:13). When you grow deep roots in Christian community, it will be easier to stand tall when your faith is shaken.

Grow deep roots. Get intimate with God. Build a history of faith! And get close to other believers. No matter what comes your way, you will never be shaken.

Prayer:

Father, give me deep roots! I want to experience intimacy with You like never before. I want to build a history with You! And I want to be firmly grounded in Christian community with people I can trust, in Jesus’ name!

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Day 18: Being A Good Brother

The Daily Word: Thursday, January 18th, 2018
Genesis 37:1-38:30
Matthew 12:22-45
Psalm 16:1-11
Proverbs 3:27-32
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:

But Reuben heard it, and he delivered him out of their hands, and said, “Let us not kill him.” – Gen 37:21

Reuben could have kept silent; but he spoke. He could have let his brothers have their way and kill Joseph; but he intervened.

Being a good brother means standing up for the defenseless, no matter the cost. When we see calamity approaching, it is our responsibility to rescue those who need rescuing. Without Reuben, Joseph’s story would have been cut short. Are there people in your life whose deliverance is riding on your willingness to intervene?

Jesus rescued you when you needed Him. Are you willing to rescue others when they need you?

But [Jesus] answered and said to the one who told Him, “Who is My mother and who are My brothers?” And He stretched out His hand toward His disciples and said, “Here are My mother and My brothers! For whoever does the will of My Father in heaven is My brother and sister and mother.” – Matt 12:48-50

Prayer:

Father, fill me with strength and conviction to stand up for people in my life who need help. I want to defend the defenseless. I want to help the helpless! I want to be hope to the hopeless. Send me!

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Day 17: Stretch Out Your Hand

The Daily Word: Wednesday, January 17th, 2018
Genesis 35:1-36:43
Matthew 12:1-21
Psalm 15:1-5
Proverbs 3:21-26
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:

Then He said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” And he stretched it out, and it was restored as whole as the other. – Matt 12:13

Jesus came to the synagogue on the Sabbath, “…and behold, there was a man who had a withered hand” (v 10). No one else in the temple could see the withered hand, because the man was hiding it. You see, it was illegal for him to be in the temple with a deformity. Had he been discovered, the religious leaders would have told the man to leave!

But Jesus saw what the religious leaders could not: the opportunity to heal. Jesus didn’t want to point a finger; He wanted to heal a hand. Jesus didn’t shy away from the man’s imperfection; He confronted it. As the man actively exposed what he was trying his best to hide, he was healed.

Faith is active. When you expose what’s hidden – the very things you are trying to hide – God will come in and heal every broken part of you. Don’t be embarrassed. Don’t be afraid! When you give God your whole heart, He will make you whole.

Prayer:

Father, heal me! I invite Your Holy Spirit into every broken part of my heart, and every imperfect part of my body. I know that as I stretch out my hand, You will make me whole!

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Day 16: Rise Up Prophet!

The Daily Word: Tuesday, January 16th, 2018
Genesis 32:13-34:31
Matthew 11:7-30
Psalm 14:1-7
Proverbs 3:19-20
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:

As they departed, Jesus began to say to the multitudes concerning John: “What did you go out into the wilderness to see? A reed shaken by the wind? …But what did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I say to you, and more than a prophet.” – Matt 11:7, 9

John the Baptist was a prophet. In fact, Jesus said John the Baptist was “more than” a prophet! And here’s why that is important for you.

“For I say to you, among those born of women there is not a greater prophet than John the Baptist; but he who is least in the kingdom of God is greater than he.” – Lk 7:28

If you’re in the kingdom, you’re out of excuses. Rise up, prophet! You are a greater prophet than John the Baptist.

Prayer:

Father, thank You for whispering the secrets of Heaven into my ear. I receive this truth: that because I am filled with the Spirit of God, I am a greater prophet than even John the Baptist! It’s not proud; it’s promised, in Jesus’ name.

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Day 15: Horrible Bosses

The Daily Word: Monday, January 15th, 2018
Genesis 31:17-32:12
Matthew 10:24-11:6
Psalm 13:1-6
Proverbs 3:16-18
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:

“Unless the God of my father, the God of Abraham and the Fear of Isaac, had been with me, surely now you would have sent me away empty-handed. God has seen my affliction and the labor of my hands, and rebuked you last night.” – Gen 31:42

Jacob had a horrible boss. Laban asked Jacob to work seven years for his daughter Rachel’s hand in marriage; and then on their wedding night, he gave him Leah instead! Then Laban asked Jacob to work another seven years for Rachel, and another six years for his flock. In the twenty years Jacob worked for Laban, his wages changed “ten times” (v 41). When Jacob finally quit, Laban chased him with a small army and demanded to know why he had left!

Jacob had a horrible boss; but God protected Jacob. God made sure he prospered. By the time Jacob left to return home, he had, “…oxen, donkeys, flocks, and male and female servants” (Gen 32:5). No matter how wicked your boss is, God will do the same for you!

Trust that God has you where He wants you. Trust that no matter what your boss thinks of you – or how bad (s)he has it out for you – God is in control. He will protect you and prosper you, just as He did Jacob!

Prayer:

Father, thank You for protecting me. Thank You for providing for me! Your will is all that matters. I trust that You are in control, in Jesus’ name!

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Day 14: What A Mess!

The Daily Word: Sunday, January 14th, 2018
Genesis 30:1-31:16
Matthew 10:1-23
Psalm 12:1-8
Proverbs 3:13-15
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:

And Leah said, “God has endowed me with a good endowment; now my husband will dwell with me, because I have borne him six sons. “– Gen 30:20

What. A. Mess. Jacob had two wives. One wife, Leah, wanted to keep having children so Jacob would love her and live with her. The other wife, Rachel, being barren for years, told her husband to sleep with her maid so she could pretend the child was her son! Both wives thought having more and more children would earn their husband’s affection and prove to everyone else that God loved them most! Jacob had twelve sons with four different women (Rachel, Leah, Bilhah, and Zilpah). This was far from the perfect, drama-free family that any of us would dream about!

But this was the very family God used to build His people: the nation of Israel. God doesn’t need perfect to make a promise. Is your family life a mess? Is there drama at every turn? The same was true for Jacob; but look how God used him:

And He said, “Your name shall no longer be called Jacob, but Israel; for you have struggled with God and with men, and have prevailed.” – Gen 32:28

God built His Kingdom right on top of Jacob’s mess. No matter what your past looks like, God will use you for great things in exactly the same way!

Prayer:

Father, thank You for redeeming my past. Thank You that perfection is not a requirement to be used for Your glory! I trust You to take my mess, and make it glorious, in Jesus’ name!

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Day 13: Make Time

The Daily Word: Saturday, January 13th, 2018
Genesis 28:1-29:35
Matthew 9:18-38
Psalm 11:1-7
Proverbs 3:11-12
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:

And suddenly, a woman who had a flow of blood for twelve years came from behind and touched the hem of His garment. – Matt 9:20

Jesus had an appointment to keep! He was on the way to a ruler’s house to raise his daughter form the dead. But suddenly a woman came and touched the hem of His garment.

Jesus didn’t spin around and angrily ask who touched Him. He didn’t rebuke the woman for disrupting His busy schedule! He made time because she needed Him. He turned around, “…and when He saw her He said, ‘Be of good cheer, daughter; your faith has made you well.’ And the woman was made well from that hour” (Matt 9:22). Because He made time, the woman was healed. Because He made time, the world witnessed a miracle.

Are you making time for God’s work? When ministry interrupts your schedule, are you angry or grateful? When the Holy Spirit drops into your day unannounced, are you annoyed or overjoyed? Let’s learn to treasure divine interruptions! When we make time, God will make His presence known.

Prayer:

Father, make me flexible! Give me the time to stop and pursue Your word and Your will. I’m busy! But I never want to be too busy to stop and minister to the people You put in my path, in Jesus’ name.

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Day 12: Unanswered Prayers

The Daily Word: Friday, January 12th, 2018
Genesis 26:17-27:46
Matthew 9:1-17
Psalm 10:16-18
Proverbs 3:9-10
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:

Lord, You have heard the desire of the humble; You will prepare their heart; You will cause Your ear to hear… – Ps 10:17

How many times have you asked one of the following: Why aren’t my prayers being answered? Is God even listening? When is He going to help me out?! What can you do when you’re in that place?

First, make sure your prayer agrees with God’s Word. When we pray according to God’s will, He hears us; and when He hears us, we have the petitions we have asked (1 Jn 5:15)! Answered prayer happens when the will of God is known.

Second, bind anything standing in the way. Satan’s job is to block the answer to your prayers. We see this play out in Daniel 10 (see vv 12-13). God heard Daniel’s prayers from the moment he prayed! But the enemy needed to be dealt with before the answer could arrive. Bind the work of the enemy in Jesus’ name!

Third, prepare your heart. This is where today’s verse comes in. Sometimes God hears your desire, but there is a heart change that needs to take place before you’re ready to receive the answer to your prayers. If God answered your prayer today, would you be ready for the response? I remember praying for a wife long before I was ever ready to be married. I remember praying for prosperity when I was a terrible financial steward! If God had given me what I wanted when I asked, it would have been a disaster! Trust God; and know that His timing is perfect.

Prayer:

Father, You have heard my desire! Prepare my heart. Make me ready to receive the answer to my prayers, in Jesus’ name!

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