Day 144: Time to Reign

The Daily Word: Friday, May 24th, 2019
2 Samuel 4:1-6:23
John 13:31-14:14
Psalm 119:17-32
Proverbs 15:31-32
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
David was thirty years old when he began to reign, and he reigned forty years. – 2 Sam 5:4

The reigning is always longer than the waiting. David was between the ages of 12 and 16 when Samuel first anointed him as king over Israel (1 Sam 16:13). David patiently waited years to sit on the throne! But once he became king, he would reign for the rest of his life.

Maybe your destiny is taking some time. Maybe it doesn’t seem worth it to wait any more. But no matter how long you’ve been waiting, remember this: the reigning is always longer than the waiting. God will make it worth it in the end.

Prayer:

Father, I trust You. My destiny is taking more time than I thought it would to unfold; but I know it is coming, in Jesus’ name! You will do it; and I am forever grateful.

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Day 143: He Washed Their Feet

The Daily Word: Thursday, May 23rd, 2019
2 Samuel 2:12-3:39
John 13:1-30
Psalm 119:1-16
Proverbs 15:29-30
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
After that, He poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet, and to wipe them with the towel with which He was girded. – Jn 13:5

Jesus knew God had “given all things into His hands” (v 3). He had “come from God and was going to God” (v 3). He cast out demons with a word (Matt 8:16). He raised men from the dead with a simple command (Jn 11:43).

Jesus had all power and all authority! So what did He do with it? He served. He spent His final moments as a free Man on Earth washing His disciples’ feet. His disciples were about to betray and abandon Him, and He knew it! Yet He served them, up until His last breath. And He did it to set an example for you and me.

You have been given His authority (Lk 10:19). You can, “Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, [and] cast out demons,” in Jesus’ name (Matt 10:8). But He didn’t give you His authority just to celebrate; He gave it to you to serve. What will you do with the authority Jesus has given you? Will you humbly use it to help others? Will you spend every moment up until your final breath on this earth washing the feet of people around you?

Prayer:

Father, help me to use my authority for good. I want to serve You! I want to save the lost. I know that can only happen when I get over my own agenda, and take up Yours instead. Help me to do it, in Jesus’ name!

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Day 142: If It Dies…

The Daily Word: Wednesday, May 22nd, 2019
2 Samuel 1:1-2:11
John 12:20-50
Psalm 118:19-29
Proverbs 15:27-28
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
But Jesus answered them, saying, “The hour has come that the Son of Man should be glorified. Most assuredly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much grain.” – Jn 12:23-24

The path to fruitfulness is death to self. Jesus knew that unless He died, the world could not be saved. If He didn’t choose the Cross, He would have spent eternity without us. So He chose death. He chose to sow His life as a seed, so the world could become His harvest. He chose to give up His life, so we could spend eternity with Him in Heaven!

Where do you want to see more fruit (i.e. the tangible manifestation of the goodness of God) in your life? Where are you sick and tired of feeling “alone” (v 24)? In your career? In your family? In your finances? The path to fruitfulness is death. Die daily to “selfish ambition and conceit” (Phil 2:3). Lay down your life – your own plans – in favor of God’s! As you die to self and embrace God’s will for your life, you will start to see the fruit of abundant life.

Prayer:

Father, I want to be more fruitful! I recognize selfishness is never the way to fruitfulness. Help me to lay down my life so that others might be free, in Jesus’ name!

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Day 141: He Needs You There!

The Daily Word: Tuesday, May 21st, 2019
1 Samuel 29:1-31:13
John 11:55-12:19
Psalm 118:1-18
Proverbs 15:24-26
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
So David and his men came to the city, and there it was, burned with fire; and their wives, their sons, and their daughters had been taken captive. – 1 Sam 30:3

David and his men had wanted to fight for the Philistines. Achish had been kind to David and had sheltered him from Saul, and David wanted to return honor for honor. Yet when the time for battle came, Achish wouldn’t let David fight. Instead, he sent David home. David didn’t understand! “But what have I done?” David asked Achish (1 Sam 29:8). “And to this day what have you found in your servant as long as I have been with you, that I may not go and fight against the enemies of my lord the king?”

But God needed David in Ziklag. The enemy was attacking David’s city, and had taken “their wives, their sons, and their daughters” captive. What David interpreted as a snub, was really God putting him in the right place, at the right time, to defend Ziklag! What David saw as a rejection from Achish, was really God calling him to victory and restoration in a different place!

Trust God. You might feel rejected or excluded; but God is making sure you are in the right place, at the right time. He will bring you to victory: either where you are, or in another place He needs you to be!

Prayer:

Father, thank You for Your will. Thank You for protecting me. I pray I would never interpret Your protection as a rejection. Thank You for making sure I am always in the right place, at the right time!

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Day 140: Covenant Kindness

The Daily Word: Monday, May 20th, 2019
1 Samuel 26:1-28:25
John 11:1-54
Psalm 117:1-2
Proverbs 15:22-23
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
Praise the Lord, all you Gentiles! Laud Him, all you peoples! For His merciful kindness is great toward us, and the truth of the Lord endures forever. Praise the Lord! – Ps 117:1-2

God’s kindness is different than man’s. The kindness another man (or woman) shows you is imperfect: it is well-intentioned, but often based on convenience rather than sacrifice. God’s kindness, however is perfect! It is based on sacrifice, and never convenience. God’s kindness is based on definitive, sacrificial love!

The Hebrew word for “merciful kindness” in Psalm 117 (above) is checed (Strong’s H2617). Checed is covenant kindness: “unfailing love, loyal love, devotion, kindness, often based on a prior relationship, especially a covenant relationship.”[1] God’s kindness towards you doesn’t depend on what you do or don’t do; it depends on the covenant you’ve established with Him! As long as your covenant with God is established, His kindness over your life is active.

If you are in covenant with God through Jesus Christ, there is merciful kindness waiting for you at the foot of the Cross! God is good to you: not because you deserve it, but because He loves you more than you could ever imagine.

Prayer:

Father, thank You for checed: covenant kindness. I don’t deserve Your mercy; but You’ve given it to me all the same. I am so grateful, in Jesus’ name!

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[1] *Kohlenberger/Mounce Concise Hebrew-Aramaic Dictionary of the Old Testament, eds. J. R. Kohlenberger and W. D. Mounce (electronic version 2.4, Accordance Bible program), see entry (chesed).

Day 139: Permanent Status

The Daily Word: Sunday, May 19th, 2019
1 Samuel 24:1-25:44
John 10:22-42
Psalm 116:1-19
Proverbs 15:20-21
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand. – Jn 10:28

No one can “snatch you” out of Jesus’ hand! As long as you “believe” (v 26), you are safe and secure. You are a child of God! You are Heaven-bound!

Don’t allow the enemy to scare you. He can never take your out of God’s plans and purposes for your life. As long as you believe in Jesus, Satan can never snatch you out of God’s hand!

The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly. – Jn 10:10

Prayer:

Father, thank You for my permanent status. I am a child of God. I am off limits from the enemy! Thank You for protecting me, in Jesus’ name!

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Day 138: True Security

The Daily Word: Saturday, May 18th, 2019
1 Samuel 22:1-23:29
John 10:1-21
Psalm 115:1-18
Proverbs 15:18-19
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
Now the prophet Gad said to David, “Do not stay in the stronghold; depart, and go to the land of Judah.” So David departed and went into the forest of Hereth. – 1 Sam 22:5

Saul was pursuing David with an entire army. David was hiding for his life. David felt safe in the stronghold: completely hidden from Saul! But God told David to move, so he listened.

True security doesn’t come from a “stronghold,” a fortress, or a safe. True security means being exactly where God wants you to be. Anything else –no matter how safe and secure you feel – is a counterfeit.

For You have been a shelter for me, a strong tower from the enemy. – Psalm 61:3

Prayer:

Father, thank You for always shielding and sheltering me from the storms of life. I know I am safe and sound in You. I pray would always trust in You for safety and security: and nothing and no one else!

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Day 137: Above and Beyond

The Daily Word: Friday, May 17th, 2019
1 Samuel 20:1-21:15
John 9:1-41
Psalm 113:1-114:8
Proverbs 15:15-17
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
So Jonathan said to David, “Whatever you yourself desire, I will do it for you.” – 1 Sam 20:4

Jonathan didn’t do only what was required to keep David’s friendship; he went above and beyond to make sure David was safe. Jonathan didn’t care about protecting himself, or making sure he would benefit from the relationship; he did everything he could to bless David, because David was his friend!

Real friends go above and beyond for each other. Don’t stop at what you want; strive for what your friend needs. Don’t stop at what’s convenient for you; stop at what’s life-giving to them! Jesus did it for you; and in turn, He asks you to do it for others.

Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends. – Jn 15:13

Prayer:

Father, make me a good friend. Help me to take my eyes off myself. I want to care about my friends more than I care about me! You have poured out over me; and now I want to pour out over them, in Jesus’ name!

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Day 136: What Is Truth?

The Daily Word: Thursday, May 16th, 2019
1 Samuel 18:5-19:24
John 8:31-59
Psalm 112:1-10
Proverbs 15:12-14
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
“And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” – Jn 8:32

If you want freedom, you have to know the truth. Avoiding the truth makes freedom impossible; but embracing the truth makes freedom inevitable.

Here is the truth: Jesus Christ, the Son of God, died for your sins. You can never measure up to God’s holy standard of perfection; but Jesus knew that, so He measured up for you. He lived a perfect, sinless life; and then He died on the Cross in your place. He experienced an eternity of suffering in one infinite moment on the Cross so that you could have immediate confidence that you will see God in Heaven.

Truth is not relative. Everyone doesn’t get their own version! Truth is Absolute; and His name is Jesus Christ.

Prayer:

Father, thank You for the simple truth of the Gospel! I know Jesus died as my sin, so that I would become Your righteousness in Him! Thank You that He made the ultimate sacrifice, so that I could experience the fulfillment, in Jesus’ name!

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Day 135: Fresh Perspective

The Daily Word: Wednesday, May 15th, 2019
1 Samuel 17:1-18:4
John 8:21-30
Psalm 111:1-10
Proverbs 15:11
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
Then David spoke to the men who stood by him, saying, “What shall be done for the man who kills this Philistine and takes away the reproach from Israel? For who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should defy the armies of the living God?” – 1 Sam 17:26

It was the same battle; but David brought a fresh perspective. For forty days, Israel had been lining up in battle formation against the Philistines. For forty days, Goliath came and taunted Israel. For forty days, every man of Israel fled before the “champion” of Gath (v 4).

But David brought a fresh perspective. David didn’t see a scary enemy; He saw an opportunity for victory! David got angry because the enemy was intimidating God’s people. Instead of allowing the standstill to persist, David insisted that a victory take place!

Aren’t you tired of letting the enemy push you around? The enemy has no right to defy you. You serve the living God! His Holy Spirit is in you. He will give you victory in every conflict, because the battle belongs to Him (v 47)!

It’s time for new perspective. Stop letting the enemy push you around. You are not a feeble victim who needs to run from the enemy. You are a child of God who is more that a conqueror (Rom 8:37), and victory is yours!

Prayer:

Father, thank You for new perspective. Fill me with strength to defy the enemy! Help me to love my life in light of the victory Jesus won for me on the Cross. I refuse to be timid. I will be bold as a lion, in Jesus’ name!

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