Day 79: Filled with the Holy Spirit

The Daily Word: Wednesday, March 20th, 2019
Numbers 30:1-31:54
Luke 4:1-30
Psalm 63:1-11
Proverbs 11:20-21
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
Then Jesus, being filled with the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness… – Lk 4:1

Jesus is God. He and the Holy Spirit are One! Yet Scripture says even Jesus was, “filled with the Holy Spirit.” He had an interaction – an encounter – with the presence of God that changed His life forever:

“And the Holy Spirit descended in bodily form like a dove upon Him, and a voice came from heaven which said, ‘You are My beloved Son; in You I am well pleased.’ ” – Lk 3:22

Before He was “filled with the Holy Spirit,” Jesus did not perform a single miracle. Yet after He was “filled,” He healed, delivered, and saved everywhere He went.

My suggestion to you is this: if even Jesus – the very Son of God – had to be “filled with the Holy Spirit” to live the life God destined Him to lead, how much more do you?

Prayer:

Father, fill me with Your Holy Spirit. Cover me with Your presence! I know Your Holy Spirit lives in me; and now I’m asking Him to fill me like never before, in Jesus’ name!

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Day 78: God Alone

The Daily Word: Tuesday, March 19th, 2019
Numbers 28:16-29:40
Luke 3:23-38
Psalm 62:1-12
Proverbs 11:18-19
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
Truly my soul silently waits for God; From Him comes my salvation. He only is my rock and my salvation; He is my defense; I shall not be greatly moved. – Ps 62:1-2

Can you truthfully say that God “only” is your rock and salvation? That He alone is your defense? That He – and no one else – is the One who anchors you, and keeps you from being moved?

When the storm comes: look to God, and no one else. Don’t run to your parents. Don’t retreat to your friends. Don’t resort to social media. Go to God! As much as you want salvation: He wants to save you even more! And God is the only One who can save.

Prayer:

Father, thank You for saving me! When the storm comes: I will come to You. Grow in me the desire to come to You first: before I go to anyone or anywhere else!

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Day 77: Even In the Wilderness Part II

The Daily Word: Monday, March 18th, 2019
Numbers 26:52-28:15
Luke 3:1-22
Psalm 61:1-8
Proverbs 11:16-17
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
…while Annas and Caiaphas were high priests, the word of God came to John the son of Zacharias in the wilderness. – Lk 3:2

On Thursday, 3/14, we saw that God gives His people victory, even in the wilderness (link HERE). The “wilderness” typically describes a season of your life in which things aren’t “clicking:” progress feels more difficult than it should, and perhaps it doesn’t feel like God is moving like you wished He would.

Today, Scripture shows us that God speaks, even in the wilderness! John the Baptist deliberately made his home in the wilderness – away from the noise – and God spoke to him there. Are you going through a wilderness season? God speaks, even when you’re in that place! You will come out of your “wilderness,” more attuned to God’s voice, and closer to His heart, than ever before.

Prayer:

Father, thank You for speaking in the wilderness. I know You are always speaking; and I pray I would never stop listening. Thank You for speaking to me, in Jesus’ name!

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Day 76: Dedication

The Daily Word: Sunday, March 17th, 2019
Numbers 26:1-51
Luke 2:36-52
Psalm 60:1-12
Proverbs 11:15
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
Now there was one, Anna, a prophetess, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was of a great age, and had lived with a husband seven years from her virginity; and this woman was a widow of about eighty-four years, who did not depart from the temple, but served God with fastings and prayers night and day. – Lk 2:36-37

Anna got to see Jesus. Why? It wasn’t because she was famous. It wasn’t because she was an elected official. It wasn’t because she was the most educated person in the world! It was because she was the most dedicated.

God showed Anna His plan because she was always in His presence. She, “…did not depart from the temple, but served God with fastings and prayers night and day” (v 37). God doesn’t owe an explanation to someone who thinks they deserve one; but He will reveal His plan to the person who is always around Him!

Prayer:

Father, make me dedicated like Anna. I pray You would reveal Your plans and purposes to me. Help me to make more time for Your presence, in Jesus’ name!

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Day 75: Are You Zealous?

The Daily Word: Saturday, March 16th, 2019
Numbers 24:1-25:18
Luke 2:1-35
Psalm 59:1-17
Proverbs 11:14
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
“Therefore say, ‘Behold, I give to him My covenant of peace; and it shall be to him and his descendants after him a covenant of an everlasting priesthood, because he was zealous for his God, and made atonement for the children of Israel.’ ” – Num 25:12-13

God honors zeal. Zeal is, “Great energy or enthusiasm in pursuit of a cause or an objective.”[1] Are you excited about everything God’s word tells us to do? Do you put great energy towards accomplishing His will? Are you enthusiastic about the ways God is moving in your city, and this world?

God loves it when the things that excite Him, excite you. What has God called you to do? Go out and do it with zeal! When you are zealous for the things of God, He will make sure you are blessed!

Prayer:

Father, make me zealous for Your word. I want the things that excite You, to excite me, in Jesus’ name! I thank You for holy zeal, in Jesus’ name.

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Day 74: God Used A Donkey!

The Daily Word: Friday, March 15th, 2019
Numbers 22:21-23:30
Luke 1:57-80
Psalm 58:1-11
Proverbs 11:12-13
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
Now the donkey saw the Angel of the Lord standing in the way with His drawn sword in His hand, and the donkey turned aside out of the way and went into the field. So Balaam struck the donkey to turn her back onto the road. – Num 22:23

Balaam was a seasoned prophet. He was used to hearing the voice of God! He was proficient in God’s word, and accustomed to the sound of His voice. But even Balaam was oblivious at times. God was trying to get him a message – to stop him from moving forward – but Balaam had his head down. He was so focused on doing what he wanted to do, that he lost sight of what God wanted to do!

So, God talked to someone else: Balaam’s donkey! The donkey (an animal!) saw what God was doing; but Balaam (the prophet!) completely missed it. The donkey stopped to listen to God; but Balaam was completely oblivious! Isn’t that hilarious?!

Here’s the point: God speaks to whom He wishes. He reveals His plans to those who will look and listen. Don’t ever assume you lack the education or training to see what God wants you to see. If He showed a donkey, He can certainly show you.

Prayer:

Father, thank You for speaking to the least of us. There is no such thing as being unqualified to hear Your voice. Make me attuned to Your word, in Jesus’ name!

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Day 73: Even in the Wilderness

The Daily Word: Thursday, March 14th, 2019
Numbers 21:1-22:20
Luke 1:26-56
Psalm 57:1-11
Proverbs 11:9-11
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
But Sihon would not allow Israel to pass through his territory. So Sihon gathered all his people together and went out against Israel in the wilderness, and he came to Jahaz and fought against Israel. Then Israel defeated him with the edge of the sword, and took possession of his land from the Arnon to the Jabbok, as far as the people of Ammon; for the border of the people of Ammon was fortified. – Num 21:23-24

Israel was in the wilderness. God had brought them up to the edge of Canaan, and sent 12 men in to spy out the Promised Land. But 10 out of 12 of those men gave a bad report, and God’s people got scared. They backed down from the promise of God, instead of seizing it. Their fear cost them: they would end up wandering around the wilderness for the next forty years.

But God have His people victory, even in the wilderness. When King Sihon and all the Amorites gathered together against Israel, God gave them victory! What’s more, He gave them, “…all of [King Sihon’s] land from the Arnon to the Jabbok” (v 24). First God gave His people victory; and then He gave them a possession!

God is the Giver of victory, even in the wilderness. Even if you feel “lost” or “out of touch” with God: He will give you victory over the enemy!

Prayer:

Father, thank You for giving me victory over my enemies, even in the wilderness! I know there is nowhere I can go that is out of reach from Your goodness; and I thank You for it, in Jesus’ name!

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Day 72: Are You Certain?

The Daily Word: Wednesday, March 13th, 2019
Numbers 19:1-20:29
Luke 1:1-25
Psalm 56:1-13
Proverbs 11:8
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
…it seemed good to me also, having had perfect understanding of all things from the very first, to write to you an orderly account, most excellent Theophilus, that you may know the certainty of those things in which you were instructed. – Lk 1:3-4

Luke was “certain” of the things he wrote. He believed the Gospel with all his heart! He wrote them to Theophilus so that his friend might be convinced of the same.

Are you so convinced Jesus is real that you can’t help but talk to other people about Him? If not: no shame! Certainty comes with experience. God will show you He is real, so He can gain your trust. It’s not your job to try really hard to become certain that the Gospel is true; it’s the Holy Spirit’s role to show You He is real and fill you with certainty!

Prayer:

Father, make me certain that the Gospel is true! I want to tell everyone about Jesus; and I’m asking You to fill me with the confidence I need to boldly proclaim the Truth that Jesus is Lord.

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Day 71: No Matter What

The Daily Word: Tuesday, March 12th, 2019
Numbers 16:41-18:32
Mark 16:1-20
Psalm 55:1-23
Proverbs 11:7
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
On the next day all the congregation of the children of Israel murmured against Moses and Aaron, saying, “You have killed the people of the Lord.” – Num 16:41

The people of Israel just wouldn’t stop complaining. No matter what happened, they “murmured against” Moses and Aaron: the leaders God had chosen! When things were going poorly, the people complained. When things were going well, the people complained!

This is a lesson in leadership. No matter what you do, there are certain people who simply won’t make the choice to be happy. They will murmur and complain! Don’t be surprised by complaints. But don’t be thrown off by them either! God will give you the grace to endure them, the wisdom to adjust to them, and the strength to overcome them.

Prayer:

Father, thank You for defending the leaders You have chosen. Help me to lead with purpose and with grace. I want to be open and receptive to constructive criticism; but never thrown off by complaints, in Jesus’ name!

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Day 70: True Freedom

The Daily Word: Monday, March 11th, 2019
Numbers 15:17-16:40
Mark 15:1-47
Psalm 54:1-7
Proverbs 11:5-6
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
The righteousness of the upright will deliver them, but the unfaithful will be caught by their lust. – Prov 11:6

What does it mean to be free? Does freedom mean doing whatever you want? Or does it mean not having to do what the enemy wants?

What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? Certainly not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it? – Rom 6:1-2

Righteousness delivers; but lust ensnares. “Doing whatever you want” might feel freeing for an instant; but the consequences can last a lifetime. Do you want to be free? Follow after God with your whole heart. Become the righteousness of Christ (2 Cor 5:21). He will show you your divine design; and as you walk it out, you will be freer than ever before.

Prayer:

Father, thank You for making me free from sin! I know true freedom means doing what You want me to do, and not listening to anyone else. Thank You for Your presence and direction in my life, in Jesus’ name.

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