Day 355: Ask for More

The Daily Word: Friday, December 21st, 2018
Zechariah 1:1-21
Revelation 12:1-17
Psalm 140:1-13
Proverbs 30:17
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
Then I said, “My lord, what are these?” So the angel who talked with me said to me, “I will show you what they are.” – Zech 1:9

God was speaking to Zechariah. The prophet saw a vision: “…a man riding on a red horse…and behind him were [other] horses” (v 8). But Zechariah didn’t know what the vision meant! So what did he do? He asked God for more. Zechariah asked, “My lord, what are these?” and an angel answered, and showed him what he was seeing.

Whenever God shows you something vague, ask for more. Ask for clarity! Ask for more detail. God will give you vision so you can see the plan He sees for your life. He also gives you vision so it can start a conversation between you and Him! When God speaks to you, it’s not a test to see if you can figure out what He’s trying to say; it’s an invitation to ask for more. Ask Him, and He will tell you what you need to know!

Prayer:

Father, thank You that You are always willing to speak to me! I’m so grateful for Your voice. I’m so thankful for Your patience with me! I ask that You would speak to me, now more than ever, in Jesus’ name.

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Day 354: He Knows!

The Daily Word: Thursday, 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:
For the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David. O Lord, You have searched me and known me. You know my sitting down and my rising up; You understand my thought afar off. You comprehend my path and my lying down, and are acquainted with all my ways. – Ps 139:1-3

God has “searched you and known you.” He knows your most intimate secrets. He understands your thoughts “afar off” (v 2). Before you think something, God knew you were going to think it! He is acquainted with “all your ways” (v 3). God knows everything you have ever done, and everything you will ever do! And do you know what?

He loves you all the same. God knows you better than you know yourself. He’s searched you; He’s heard you; and He knows you! And He made the decision to love you: in spite of everything you struggle with, and all the things you try and hide from Him.

If God has already searched you – if He already knows you, and still chooses to love you – why in the world would you ever try to hide anything from Him?

Prayer:

Father, thank You for loving me. I’m far from perfect; but You sent Your Son Jesus Christ to be perfect for me! I thank You for Your love, in Jesus’ name.

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Day 353: The Mystery of God

The Daily Word: Wednesday, December 19th, 2018
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:
…but in the days of the sounding of the seventh angel, when he is about to sound, the mystery of God would be finished, as He declared to His servants the prophets. – Rev 10:7

We know a lot about God; but at the same time, He is still a mystery. We know He loves us; but sometimes the way He shows His love is mysterious. As human beings, we crave certainty: we want to know what is going to happen at any given moment, and why. But there is such a thing as the “mystery of God” that we are called to embrace.

God is always good; but life doesn’t always make sense. If you’re in the middle of a season you don’t quite understand, take comfort in this reality: God’s ways may be mysterious to us here and now, but one day it will all make sense. The mystery of God will be “…finished, [just] as He declared to His servants the prophets.”

Keep your eyes on Jesus. Finish the race He has given you to run. Everything in your life may not make sense at this moment; but one day, it will.

Prayer:

Father, help me to trust You like never before. Help me to be comfortable with the mystery of God! I like predictability; but You, God, are often unpredictable. Help me to cherish Your mystery, instead of fearing it, in Jesus’ name!

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Day 352: Time for Vision

The Daily Word: Tuesday, December 18th, 2018
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:
Then the Lord answered me and said: “Write the vision and make it plain on tablets, that he may run who reads it.” – Hab 2:2

Casting vision takes time. In order to fulfill God’s instructions to “write the vision…on tablets,” Habakkuk would have to painstakingly carve God’s vision into tablets of stone. He would use that time to meditate on God’s words and contemplate His faithfulness. His time investment would show that he truly valued what God had said, and believed with all his heart that God’s word was true!

When God speaks, do you value His word? Do you treasure everything He says? Do you take the time to write it down, and meditate on it? Or do you let His word come and go, without seizing it as your own?

Prayer:

Father, I want to treasure Your Word. There is nothing more important to me than hearing what You have to say! Speak to me, in Jesus’ name

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Day 351: God Is Powerful!

The Daily Word: Monday, December 17th, 2018
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:
The mountains quake before Him, the hills melt, and the earth heaves at His presence, yes, the world and all who dwell in it. – Nahum 1:5

God is powerful. The very mountains quake before Him. The hills melt! The earth heaves (i.e. moves) in response to His presence.

Are you facing any mountains in your life? Are you staring down any obstacles that seem too overwhelming to confront? Our God is a mountain-moving God! The mountains quake before Him. In fact, mountains melt like wax in God’s presence (Ps 97:5)! Invite God’s presence into your life, and watch every obstacle quake and melt away.

Prayer:

Father, I know Your presence is the key to power. I want to see power in my life; and that means I need more of Your presence! Help me to prize Your presence like never before, in Jesus’ name.

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Day 350: Worship Your Way to Victory

The Daily Word: Sunday, December 16th, 2018
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:
Your hand shall be lifted against your adversaries, and all your enemies shall be cut off. – Mic 5:9

Worship is the key to victory. God’s message through the prophet Micah was this: as you keep your hand lifted in praise, all your enemies will fall. As you maintain worship – no matter what! – every obstacle will collapse!

Do you remember what happened when Moses kept his hands raised?

And so it was, when Moses held up his hand, that Israel prevailed; and when he let down his hand, Amalek prevailed. – Ex 17:11

When we allow the enemy to take us out of a place of worship, we give him access to our lives; but when we insist on maintaining a posture of worship, we will have perfect victory in Jesus’ name!

Prayer:

Father, I want to worship You with all my heart. No matter what I am going through, I pray You would give me the strength to worship! Help me to never take my eyes off You: no matter what.

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Day 349: Why Do You Cry?

The Daily Word: Saturday, December 15th, 2018
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:
Now why do you cry aloud? Is there no king in your midst? Has your counselor perished? For pangs have seized you like a woman in labor. – Micah 4:9

God’s people were crying out in the midst of their distress. Micah had to remind them of something important: God was in their midst. He was their King, their Counselor and their Guide. God’s people were crying out like God wasn’t real! They were anxious and afraid, as if they had forgotten that He was on their side!

You don’t need to panic when the King is on your side. You have nothing to be afraid of when God is in the midst! Let go of all your fear and anxiety. Embrace the reality that God’s grace is bigger than your problems. He is with you: and that means you have nothing to fear.

Prayer:

Father, help me to remember that You are always in the midst. You never leave me or forsake me. You are always good, all the time! Help me to never forget it, in Jesus’ name.

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Day 348: Even When You Run…

The Daily Word: Friday, December 14th, 2018
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:
Now the Lord had prepared a great fish to swallow Jonah. And Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights. – Jon 1:17

Jonah was running from God’s plan. Jonah refused to deliver God’s message! So what did God do? He “prepared a great fish to swallow Jonah” (v 17). That same fish protected Jonah from the wind and the wave, and brought him to safety (see Jonah 2:10).

God is gentle! Even when you run from His plan for your life, He sets up a way out. Even when you’re knee deep in disobedience, He preserves you (Psalm 68:20: “…to God the Lord belong escapes from death”). God had work for Jonah to do; and Jonah didn’t want to do it! But God didn’t kill him. God didn’t cast Jonah out of His presence! He gently restored him and put him back on dry land.

Even when you run from His presence: God will do the same for you.

Prayer:

Father, thank You for your gentleness. I don’t want to run from You anymore. I want to do what You called me to do. Give me strength to do it, in Jesus’ name!

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Day 347: Proof of His Presence

The Daily Word: Thursday, December 13th, 2018
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:
For the Lord has chosen Zion;
He has desired it for His dwelling place:
“This is My resting place forever;
Here I will dwell, for I have desired it.
 I will abundantly bless her provision;
I will satisfy her poor with bread.
I will also clothe her priests with salvation,
And her saints shall shout aloud for joy.” – Ps 132:13-16

Where God dwells (v 13), His glory follows. These are the marks of God’s presence: abundant provision (v 15), relief from poverty (v 15), salvation (v 16), and supernatural joy (v 16)! Does your church look like this? Does your city look like this? If not, we have work to do!!

When God is in a place, there will be evidence that He is there! The atmosphere will change. The people will be blessed. Where His presence rests, His favor follows! Oh, that we – the church – would cherish God’s presence like never before, and receive all the benefits that come with His presence!

Prayer:

Father, help me to cherish Your presence. I want to experience Your presence: every day of my life, for the rest of my life, in Jesus’ name!

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Day 346: Does God Change His Mind?

The Daily Word: Wednesday, December 12th, 2018
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:
Thus the Lord God showed me: Behold, the Lord God called for conflict by fire, and it consumed the great deep and devoured the territory. Then I said: “O Lord God, cease, I pray! Oh, that Jacob may stand, for he is small!” So the Lord relented concerning this. “This also shall not be,” said the Lord God. – Amos 7:4-6

Here is the pattern:

  1. God showed Amos something bad that was going to happen.
  2. Amos cried out!
  3. God “relented.”

Here is what we know for sure: God responds to our cries! Those without vision (i.e. revelation) perish (Prov 29:18). God will show you the fate He wants you to avoid, so you can cry out and activate the destiny He wants you to have!

It was not that God changed His mind; it was that Amos’s cry activated the plan God wanted to carry out all along. God wants your participation! He will show you evil things, so your prayers can cancel the evil things and activate the good things! Amos’s prayer averted destruction and opened the door to God’s goodness through repentance.

God does not change His mind. He purposed you for good all along! But your prayers can change your future, and align your life with His design!

Prayer:

Father, thank You for revelation. Thank You for showing me bad things that can happen unless I pray; and for encouraging me to cancel the bad and activate the good! I am so grateful – and You are so good! – in Jesus’ name.

 

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