Day 201: Seek First

The Daily Word: Friday, July 20th, 2018
2 Chronicles 1:1-3:17
Romans 6:1-23
Psalm 16:1-11
Proverbs 19:20-21
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Then Solomon, and all the assembly with him, went to the high place that was at Gibeon; for the tabernacle of meeting with God was there, which Moses the servant of the Lord had made in the wilderness. – 2 Chron 1:3

Solomon had much to do. He had to build a temple in Jerusalem! He was to reign over a kingdom his father, David, had established over forty years. He had people to manage, business to carry out, and more work to get done than you or I could ever imagine.

But what was Solomon’s first order of business as king? Seek the Lord. Before he did anything else, Solomon went to the “tabernacle of meeting with God” (v 3). He knew the first thing he should do – and the best thing he could do – was meet with God, and hear His will. Because Solomon took time to seek God first, God would give him the wisdom he needed to do all the rest.

But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. – Matt 6:33

Whatever you do, seek God first.

Prayer:

Father, I want to seek You first. Let everything I do flow from a place of worship & adoration: seeking You with all my heart, and all my soul, in Jesus’ name!

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Day 200: Double Restoration

The Daily Word: Thursday, July 19th, 2018
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:
For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. – Rom 5:10

God doesn’t just restore you; He promotes you. He didn’t just reconcile you; He saved you by giving you His own life! God rescues us from our mess, and puts us back on solid ground. But He doesn’t stop there! Once we are back on solid ground, He lifts us up to meet Him face to face. If He rescued you when you were lost, how much more will He nurture and care for you now that you are found!

This is double restoration. God doesn’t just put us back together; He turns us into a new creation (2 Cor 5:17)! He changes us from someone we don’t want to be, into someone the world has never seen.

Return to the stronghold, you prisoners of hope. Even today I declare that I will restore double to you. – Zech 9:12

Prayer:

Father, thank You for double restoration! I declare that, because I am in Jesus, I am a new creation. You have restored me, and You will promote me, in Jesus’ name!

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Day 199: Never Stop Believing

The Daily Word: Wednesday, July 18th, 2018
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:
For the promise that he would be the heir of the world was not to Abraham or to his seed through the law, but through the righteousness of faith. – Rom 4:13

God has spoken promises over your life. God makes promises, not through the law, but through faith. In other words, as long as you have your faith, every last one of God’s promises is guaranteed.

Aren’t you glad God’s promises don’t depend on your feelings, but on your faith? Aren’t you happy God’s promises aren’t conditioned on your behavior, but on God’s faithfulness?

Keep your faith. No matter what happens, never stop believing in Jesus; and every single promise will come to pass!

Prayer:

Father, You have made some great promises to me! Thank You that those promises don’t depend on my perfection; but on your faithfulness. I am righteous by faith, in Jesus’ name!

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Day 198: God’s Word

The Daily Word: Tuesday, July 17th, 2018
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:
He who keeps the commandment keeps his soul, but he who is careless of his ways will die. – Prov 19:16

God gave us His word for our good! God’s word keeps us on His path for us. When we keep His word close to our hearts, we will be fulfilled and full of life! But when we distance ourselves from His word, we leave room for sin to creep in.

Keep God’s word close to your heart. God’s word is not a rulebook meant to cramp your style and ruin your fun. God’s word is a lifetime of divine truths; and when you follow them, you will live out your design. You were created on purpose – for a reason! – to do something no one else on this earth can do. His word allows you to take that potential, and turn it into power!

Prayer:

Father, thank You for Your word! Help me to keep Your word close to my heart, all of my days. I want to follow You with all that I have, and all that I am, in Jesus’ name.

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Day 197: Requirements for Salvation

The Daily Word: Monday, July 16th, 2018
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:
Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith apart from the deeds of the law. – Rom 3:28

You are justified – or made righteous – by faith. Your salvation – complete and total forgiveness from sin, and right standing with God – has nothing to do with your deeds; it has everything to do with what Jesus has already done! Jesus already did all the work for you to make it to Heaven. All you have to do is participate in His plan!

You don’t have to work for God’s favor. You don’t have to try to be saved! Simply receive the salvation and favor Jesus already died for you to have. Pray, “Jesus, I believe in You!” – and believe it with all your heart – and it is done!

For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. – Eph 2:8-9

Prayer:

Father, thank You that my salvation does not depend on me. Jesus died so that I could be free. Help me to receive everything He wants me to have – salvation, forgiveness, and healing – in Jesus’ name!

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Day 196: You Don’t Have to Fight Alone!

The Daily Word: Sunday, July 15th, 2018
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:
Then he said, “If the Syrians are too strong for me, then you shall help me; but if the people of Ammon are too strong for you, then I will help you. Be of good courage, and let us be strong for our people and for the cities of our God. And may the Lord do what is good in His sight.” – 1 Chron 19:12-13

Israel was outnumbered! They were surrounded on every side! But Joab was not afraid, because he knew he was not alone.

Joab had an amazing gift: his brother, Abishai. If the Syrians started to overpower Joab and his army, Abishai would come and help; and if the Ammonites were too strong for Abishai, Joab would come and help! No matter what happened, these two brothers had each others’ backs. Neither would let the other fall.

I pray God would surround you with brothers and sisters like that. I pray that whenever the enemy has you surrounded, God would send people into your life to help fight! Thank God we don’t have to fight alone!

Prayer:

Father, thank You that I don’t have to fight alone! Thank You for giving me brothers and sisters who will stand by my side and contend for victory, in Jesus’ name. I will fight fearlessly, because You have already given me the victory!

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Day 195: Responding to the Word

The Daily Word: Saturday, July 14th, 2018
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:
“And now, O Lord, the word which You have spoken concerning Your servant and concerning his house, let it be established forever, and do as You have said.” – 1 Chron 17:23

David had just received an amazing word from God. God would carve out a permanent place for His people, where enemies could not threaten them. God would give David victory in battle, and “subdue all [David’s] enemies” (v 10). God would also “build [David] a house” (v 10)! God would establish David’s family as rulers over Israel, and Jesus – the King of kings – would pass through his bloodline.

But David didn’t just sit on the word. He responded. First, he thanked God in prayer:

Then King David went in and sat before the Lord; and he said: “Who am I, O Lord God? And what is my house, that You have brought me this far?” – 1 Chron 17:16

Then, he agreed with God’s promise:

…let it be established forever, and do as You have said. – 1 Chron 17:23; above

When you receive a word from God, how do you respond? Do you hope it will be true, or do you thank God as if it’s already true? Do you disagree with God by telling yourself His promise is to good to be true, or do you agree with God, just like David did? God is speaking to you on purpose; but you have to respond to His word!

Prayer:

Father, I believe You. I believe Your word! I know every promise You have spoken over me will come to pass, in Jesus’ name. Thank You for Your faithfulness. Help me to trust You like never before.

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Day 194: God Helped

The Daily Word: Friday, July 13th, 2018
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:
And so it was, when God helped the Levites who bore the ark of the covenant of the Lord, that they offered seven bulls and seven rams. – 1 Chron 15:26

The Levites had an important responsibility! They would carry the ark of the covenant into Jerusalem. Everyone was watching! A slip-up or mistake could be deadly. But God gave them an important promise: I will help you.

The Levites could not carry the ark until God helped them. What has God called you to carry? What has He put you on this earth to do? You cannot do it without His help. Ask His Holy Spirit to strengthen you, so you can do all that is required.

If we try and walk out our calling without asking the Holy Spirit for help, we will fail. But if we insist on relying on God for help, He will fill us with the strength we need.

Prayer:

Father, strengthen me in Jesus’ name! I know you put me on this earth to do Your work. Strengthen me to get it done, in Jesus’ name!

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Day 193: A Servant First

The Daily Word: Thursday, July 12th, 2018
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:
Paul, a bondservant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated to the gospel of God… – Rom 1:1

Paul was a servant first. Yes, he was called to be an apostle. Yes, he was separated to the Gospel! But his first calling was to serve Jesus.

God has big plans for you. He created you to do something no one else can do! You have a calling, a purpose, and a destiny. But you are a servant first. As you walk out your service to Jesus, everything else will fall into place.

Prayer:

Father, remind me that I am a servant first. Help me to never lose sight of the amazing things You have done for me! I want to serve You with my life, in Jesus’ name!

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Day 192: David Dwelt

The Daily Word: Wednesday, July 11th, 2018
1 Chronicles 11:1-12:18
Acts 28:1-31
Psalm 9:1-12
Proverbs 19:1-3
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
Then David dwelt in the stronghold; therefore they called it the City of David. – 1 Chron 11:7

When David came to Jebus, the inhabitants said, “You shall not come in here” (v 5)! But David took the city. He did what his enemy said could not be done. Several verses later, we see that David not only defeated the city and overcame the odds; he dwelt there. That city was no longer called Jebus; it had become the City of David.

David dwelt – i.e. made a home in – the very place his enemy said was off limits. What has Satan tried to convince you is off limits? A stable job? A loving family? A restored relationship with God Himself? When the enemy says you can’t have it, take it as a challenge. You will not only take it; you will dwell there, and live in the promise of God.

Prayer:

Father, thank You for victory over my enemies! I am so grateful for the victory You have given me in Jesus Christ. I will crush Satan under my feet, in Jesus’ name.

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