Day 109: Your Inheritance

The Daily Word: Thursday, April 19th, 2017
Joshua 19:1-20:9
Luke 19:28-48
Psalm 88:1-18
Proverbs 13:12-14
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
This is the inheritance of the tribe of the children of Dan according to their families, these cities with their villages. – Josh 19:48

Different tribes were sent to different cities. Simeon had his cities (vv 2-8), Zebulun had his cities (v 15), and Issachar and Asher had their own cities too (vv 17-31). In other words, each tribe’s inheritance was different! Each son was sent to a different place.

Your task is not to save the whole world. Jesus already did that! Your calling is simply to go to the “city” or “village” (v 48) where God has called you to go, and preach Jesus Christ! God will give you specific vision for where to live, where to minister, and where to raise a family. Your task is simply to go where He has called you, and believe He has given it into your hand.

Prayer:

Father, I will go wherever You send me! Make me faithful to go into the cities and villages where you have called me. I know I don’t have to save the world; but I do have to open my mouth wherever you tell me to share the name of Jesus!

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Day 108: The Old Fashioned Way

The Daily Word: Wednesday, April 18th, 2018
Joshua 16:1-18:28
Luke 19:1-27
Psalm 87:1-7
Proverbs 13:11
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
Wealth gained by dishonesty will be diminished, but he who gathers by labor will increase. – Prov 13:11

We live in a world full of get-rich-quick schemes. Social media marketers constantly vie for your attention, promising that new followers will translate into financial gain. Authors rave about four-hour workweeks: ways to work less, and vacation more. Hustlers cold-call and stop you on the street, offering thrown-together recipes for overnight success.

But Scripture offers a different approach: don’t take shortcuts. Put the work in. He who gathers by labor will increase.

If you want to build something that lasts, you have to work! Labor is the Hebrew yad (Strong’s H3027), which means “hand.” Your body is filled with God’s Holy Spirit; so when you put your hand – a part of your body – to work, the Holy Spirit will multiply the fruit of your labor. God’s promise is that He will, “…make you abound in all the wok of your hand” (Deut 30:9)! So, put your hand to something, and God will bless it!

Prayer:

Father, fill me with supernatural motivation to work! I want to labor for the things You tell me to labor for. I know that when I put my hand to work, You will bless the work of my hand, in Jesus’ name!

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Day 107: Who Will You Be?

The Daily Word: Tuesday, April 17th, 2018
Joshua 15:1-63
Luke 18:18-43
Psalm 86:1-17
Proverbs 13:9-10
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
So when Jesus heard these things, He said to him, “You still lack one thing. Sell all that you have and distribute to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.” – Lk 18:22

The rich young ruler’s real god was money; not Jesus! Jesus asked him to give up the one thing he saw as more important than God. Jesus asked him to give up the one thing that was interfering with his relationship with Jesus! But he simply could not do it.

Riches were no longer just part of the young ruler’s inventory; they had become his identity. “Rich” was no longer what he had; it was who he was! What are you letting define you that is not God?

You have a choice: will you live for God, or will you live for money? What will your testimony be? Will you be one who was unable to give up everything to follow God? Or will you be one who put his hand to the plow, and never looked back?

Prayer:

Father, I will have no other gods besides You. You are Lord over my life! I want to live for You – no one, and nothing else – in Jesus’ name!

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Day 106: The Reward for Faithfulness

The Daily Word: Monday, April 16th, 2018
Joshua 13:1-14:15
Luke 18:1-17
Psalm 85:1-13
Proverbs 13:7-8
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
Nevertheless my brethren who went up with me made the heart of the people melt, but I wholly followed the Lord my God. – Josh 14:8

Caleb went with eleven other men to spy out the Promised Land. All twelve came back; but only two – Joshua and Caleb – fully trusted God. The rest buckled with fear; but Caleb and Joshua encouraged God’s people to go up and take the land!

Caleb was not swayed by the opinions of others. He did not waver at the promise of God! He did not back down from battle because others were afraid. He “wholly followed the Lord…God;” and he was rewarded for his faithfulness.

While all his peers passed away, Caleb stayed alive. While all the other soldiers died in the wilderness, Caleb got stronger than ever (see v 11). When everyone else was dead and buried, Caleb’s trust in God kept him alive. He not only got to see the promise; he got to own it.

Keep trusting God. If God has given you the land, He will give you the strength to take it. If God says you can do it, it can be done!

Prayer:

Father, make me like Caleb! Help me to believe when everyone else doubts. Help me to move forward while everyone else runs away! I will do everything You have called me to do: nothing more, and nothing less, in Jesus’ name!

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Day 105: On the Offensive

The Daily Word: Sunday, April 15th, 2018
Joshua 11:1-12:24
Luke 17:11-37
Psalm 84:1-12
Proverbs 13:5-6
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
So they went out, they and all their armies with them, as many people as the sand that is on the seashore in multitude, with very many horses and chariots. – Josh 11:4

The enemy seemed stronger than ever. Joshua and Israel were no longer facing just one city; they were now facing armies with, “…as many people as the sand that is on the seashore…with very many horses and chariots!” But when the enemy seems stronger than ever, we get to trust God more than ever. Joshua knew what we should know: our God cannot be defeated. The stronger our enemy seems, the stronger God will be on our behalf!

In response to the enemy’s strength, Joshua did not waver. He did not back down! Instead, he went on the offensive. He attacked all the more aggressively:

So Joshua and all the people of war with him came against them suddenly by the waters of Merom, and they attacked them. – Josh 11:7

Joshua was bold because he had confidence in God! And this bold confidence immediately paid off:

And the Lord delivered [His enemies] into the hand of Israel, who defeated them and chased them to Greater Sidon, to the Brook Misrephoth, and to the Valley of Mizpah eastward; they attacked them until they left none of them remaining. – Josh 11:8

Is the enemy turning up the heat? Go on the offensive. Make a decision to trust God more than ever before, and then go and fight back.

Prayer:

Father, give me the courage to go on the offensive! I know Satan wants nothing more than to see my paralyzed and afraid; but I refuse to show him what he wants to see. I will be bolder and stronger than ever, in Jesus’ name!

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Day 104: Radical Relationships

The Daily Word: Saturday, April 14th, 2018
Joshua 9:3-10:43
Luke 16:19-17:10
Psalm 83:1-18
Proverbs 13:4
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
Take heed to yourselves. If your brother sins against you, rebuke him; and if he repents, forgive him. And if he sins against you seven times in a day, and seven times in a day returns to you, saying, ‘I repent,’ you shall forgive him.” – Lk 17:3-4

Jesus calls us to have radical relationships. He calls us to radical honesty, radical repentance, and radical forgiveness:

1) Radical Honesty. Be up front and honest with the people around you. If someone “sins against you,” don’t sweep it under the rug; instead, “rebuke him!” Tell him what he did wrong, and explain why you are offended. The purpose of the rebuke is not to get him back; it is to encourage repentance and reconciliation.

2) Radical Repentance. If someone calls you on your sin, repent. Own it, and make a change. To repent means to ‘change one’s mind‘ (Strong’s #3340). How can you become more like Jesus if you’re not willing to change?

3) Radical Forgiveness. If your brother repents, forgive him. Even if he sins against you seven times in a day, “…you shall forgive him” (v 4). God has forgiven us! Now it is our job to go out and forgive others.

Prayer:

Father, thank You for honest and open relationships! I want to be radically honest. When I am in the wrong, I want to own it and repent! When I am offended, I want to forthrightly forgive. Thank You for the courage to be radical!

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Day 103: Try Again!

The Daily Word: Friday, April 13th, 2018
Joshua 7:16-9:2
Luke 16:1-18
Psalm 82:1-8
Proverbs 13:2-3
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
Now the Lord said to Joshua: “Do not be afraid, nor be dismayed; take all the people of war with you, and arise, go up to Ai. See, I have given into your hand the king of Ai, his people, his city, and his land.” – Josh 8:1

Joshua had already tried to take Ai once. He sent “about three thousand men” to take the city, but they were defeated (Josh 7:4). But Joshua wasn’t discouraged. He wouldn’t let a minor setback keep him from a major victory!

Have you experienced a setback? Attack again. Joshua learned an important lesson: even if you fail, try again. Israel had been defeated once; but they would not be defeated again. The promise of God survives every setback!

Prayer:

Father, thank You for second chances. I pray Your Holy Spirit would encourage me to try again in every area of my life where it seems like I’ve failed. I know there is no such thing as failure in Your presence, in Jesus’ name!

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Day 102: New Levels

The Daily Word: Thursday, April 12th, 2018
Joshua 5:1-7:15
Luke 15:1-32
Psalm 81:1-16
Proverbs 13:1
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
At that time the Lord said to Joshua, “Make flint knives for yourself, and circumcise the sons of Israel again the second time.” – Josh 5:2

A new level of victory required a new level of commitment! God was about to take Israel into the Promised Land. All the men of Israel had died in the wilderness; but none of their children had made a commitment to God. So, God asked Joshua to circumcise the next generation: a physical demonstration of a spiritual commitment. He asked them to pledge their lives to God, so He would know they were ready for victory in the land where He was taking them.

Where is God taking you? Is He asking you to commit yourself in a brand new way so you’re ready when you get there? Give Him everything you have. Hold nothing back! And get ready to experience victory like never before.

Prayer:

Father, make me ready! I want to go where You want to take me. Whatever it requires, I am willing. I give my life to You, in Jesus’ name!

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Day 101: The Face of God

The Daily Word: Wednesday, April 11th, 2018
Joshua 3:1-4:24
Luke 14:7-35
Psalm 80:1-19
Proverbs 12:27-28
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
Restore us, O God; cause Your face to shine, and we shall be saved! – Ps 80:3

The face of God brings 1) restoration and 2) salvation.

Have you suffered what feels like defeat, and are you in need of restoration? Seek His face! He will strengthen you when you feel weak. He will fill up when you feel empty.

Are you in danger? Seek His face. Our God is a strong tower (Ps 61:3). No matter how aggressive the enemy might be, He shields us from every attack. No matter how hard the winds blow and the rains fall, He shelters us from every storm!

Seek God’s face. He is all you ever need!

Prayer:

Father, thank You for being El Shaddai, The All-Sufficient One! Your presence is all I need, and Your face is all I will seek, in Jesus’ name!

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Day 100: Praying in Person

The Daily Word: Tuesday, April 10th, 2018
Deuteronomy 34:1-Joshua 2:24
Luke 13:22-14:6
Psalm 79:1-13
Proverbs 12:26
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
Now Joshua the son of Nun was full of the spirit of wisdom, for Moses had laid his hands on him; so the children of Israel heeded him, and did as the Lord had commanded Moses. – Deut 34:9

Joshua inherited supernatural wisdom because Moses, “…laid his hands on him.” There is power in the laying on of hands! I believe prayer can be effective from a distance; but there is something special that happens when you receive prayer in person. When someone who is anointed by God lays his or her hands on you and prays, your life will fundamentally change!

This is one of the reasons why it is so important to be part of a local church. When something happens in your life and you need prayer, do you have people to whom you can go and ask them to 1) pray and 2) lay their hands on you? You can’t get hands laid on you if an online, streaming service is your only source of the word of God. Get up, get out, and get prayer in person!

Prayer:

Father, thank You for the power in the laying on of hands. I pray You would plant me in a community full of people who are ready to pray, in faith, that miraculous things would happen in my life!

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