Day 202: Getting Clean

The Daily Word: Sunday, July 21st, 2019
2 Chronicles 4:1-6:11
Romans 7:1-13
Psalm 17:1-15
Proverbs 19:22-23
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
He also made ten lavers, and put five on the right side and five on the left, to wash in them; such things as they offered for the burnt offering they would wash in them, but the Sea was for the priests to wash in. – 2 Chron 4:6

Under the Old Covenant, the priests had an extensive cleansing ritual they had to complete before they were clean enough to offer a sacrifice to God. Jews for Jesus explains that, “Whereas sacrifices were to atone for acts of sin, washing or bathing [was] generally associated with cleansing from a sinful or otherwise unholy condition.”[1] It took a lot of work to get clean so you could present yourself to God!

But under the New Covenant, you have been cleansed – once and for all – by the blood of Jesus. You are already clean in Jesus’ name, and no further cleansing is required for you to go to God! Whether you feel clean or dirty is of no consequence in determining your worth. Whether you see yourself as close to God or far from Him does not influence your ability to go to God in prayer! You are worthy, because the blood of Jesus makes you worthy. Jesus has made you clean!

Prayer:

Father, thank You for cleansing me. I have been washed clean by the blood of Jesus, and I am endlessly grateful for that. Thank You that I can come into Your presence at any time with nothing to fear!

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Day 201: Under Grace

The Daily Word: Saturday, July 20th, 2019
2 Chronicles 1:1-3:17
Romans 6:1-23
Psalm 16:1-11
Proverbs 19:20-21
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace. – Rom 6:14

When God’s people lived under the law, sin had dominion over them. The law pointed to the problem, but didn’t provide a sustainable solution. Under the Old Covenant, God’s people could temporarily atone for their sin; but it was only a matter of time before they stumbled again.

But you are not under law but under grace. Because you have grace, sin no longer has dominion over you! Grace empowers you to overcome sin. Knowing that God has already forgiven all your sin – past, present, and future – takes the pressure off, and removes the desire to sin in the first place! Being filled with the Holy Spirit gives you the supernatural strength and discernment you need to avoid the things that don’t lead to God’s best.

You are not under law but under grace. Because you have grace, you are no longer subject to sin. You no longer have to allow sin in your life, in Jesus’ name!

Prayer:

Father, thank You for grace. Thank You for giving me everything I could ever need to resist the enemy, and live a life free from sin! I am so grateful, in Jesus’ name.

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Day 200: By the Spirit

The Daily Word: Friday, July 19th, 2019
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:
Then David gave his son Solomon the plans for the vestibule, its houses, its treasuries, its upper chambers, its inner chambers, and the place of the mercy seat; and the plans for all that he had by the Spirit… – 1 Chron 28:11-12a

David had plans “by the Spirit.” He wrote them down (v 19), and he passed them on to people who could act on them.

God has a specific plan for your life. He created you on purpose, to be a blessing to this world in a way no one else can. The only way you can receive His plan for your life is “by the Spirit.”

Ask God to reveal His plan for you to you. Ask the Holy Spirit for help in understanding everything God needs you to know about your destiny. God’s plan for your life isn’t supposed to be a mystery! But if you want to understand it, you have to ask for help.

Prayer:

Father, I pray You would reveal Your plans to me by Your Holy Spirit. I want to live a life of blessing and obedience. Show me what You need me to see, and tell me what You need me to know, in Jesus’ name!

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Day 199: Leading By Example

The Daily Word: Thursday, July 18th, 2019
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:
Among these were the divisions of the gatekeepers, among the chief men, having duties just like their brethren, to serve in the house of the Lord. – 1 Chron 26:12

They were “chief men,” yet they had duties, “…just like their brethren.” They were leaders, yet they were never above being led. The best leaders help bear the weight of the burden they ask other people to bear. The best leaders never ask the people they lead to do something they wouldn’t be willing to do themselves.

Are you leading like Jesus? Jesus led by example:

“…but [Jesus] made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.” – Phil 2:7-8

It’s nothing for Jesus to ask you to humble yourself, because He already did. It’s nothing for Jesus to ask you to take up your cross, because He already did. It’s nothing for Jesus to expect that you give up your life for Him, because He already did it for you!

You might be a leader; but that doesn’t mean you no longer have to serve. It doesn’t matter how high up on the Christian totem pole you are: you always have a duty “…to serve in the house of the Lord.”

Prayer:

Father, help me to lead by example. Make me a servant leader! I have expectations of excellence for the people I lead; and I want to show them how it’s done. I will lay down my life for You, every day, in Jesus’ name.

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Day 198: Working for Salvation

The Daily Word: Wednesday, July 17th, 2019
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:
But to him who does not work but believes on Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is accounted for righteousness… – Romans 4:5

Your faith is activated when you stop working, and start believing. Are you working for your salvation? Are you trying to earn God’s love and affection? Scripture says that righteousness belongs to, “…him who does not work but believes on [Jesus]” (Rom 4:5). You are made righteous when you stop working, and start believing. You aren’t saved by your works, but by the works of Jesus! You are saved by faith in Jesus Christ.

Does the fact that you are already righteous by faith mean that you shouldn’t do any work? Of course not. God has work for you to do! It does mean, however, that no amount of work you do for God can save you. You are already saved by faith; and you should work from that place in confidence, not for that place in fear!

Prayer:

Father, I know I am righteous by faith. I am saved because of the Cross of Jesus Christ: His work, and not mine! I want to serve you from that place of perfect confidence in my salvation, in Jesus’ name.

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Day 197: Obedience => Abundance

The Daily Word: Tuesday, July 16th, 2019
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:
Then you will prosper, if you take care to fulfill the statutes and judgments with which the Lord charged Moses concerning Israel. – 1Chron 22:13a

At the end of his life, David had one last word of advice for his son, Solomon: “take care” to fulfill the word of God. Do what God asks of you. Exercise obedience! If Solomon simply did what God said, God would be with Solomon, and he would “prosper” (v 11).

Obedience leads to abundance. Are you suffering lack in your life? Are there areas where your needs aren’t met? What has God called you to do in that area of your life that you’re not doing? Are you honoring Him with the tithe? Are you offering Him your best? Are you giving Him your all, and stepping out with courageous faith to do everything He has called you to do?

If you do what God asks, you will prosper. Obedience is not something you “try,” just to see if it works. Obedience is something you do, simply because God says it’s right.

Prayer:

Father, give me strength to be obedient! I love You with all my heart, and I want to serve You with all my life. Thank You for blessing me with simple obedience: I will go where You tell me to go, say what You tell me to say, and do what You tell me to do, in Jesus’ name!

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Day 196: More Than A Conqueror

The Daily Word: Monday, July 15th, 2019
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:
It happened in the spring of the year, at the time kings go out to battle, that Joab led out the armed forces and ravaged the country of the people of Ammon, and came and besieged Rabbah. But David stayed at Jerusalem. And Joab defeated Rabbah and overthrew it. Then David took their king’s crown from his head, and found it to weigh a talent of gold, and there were precious stones in it. And it was set on David’s head. Also he brought out the spoil of the city in great abundance. – 1 Chron 20:1-2

This is what it means to be “more than a conqueror” (Rom 8:37). David didn’t lift a sword in battle! He simply received the victory someone else won on his behalf. A conqueror fights and overcomes; but one who is “more than a conqueror” enjoys the victory without even fighting!

You don’t have a Joab; but you do have a Jesus. Jesus already defeated death, and conquered the grave! He has already given you victory in your life! You don’t have to fight this battle called life on your own anymore; you simply get to receive the victory Jesus already won on your behalf.

Prayer:

Father, thank You for the victory I have in Your Son Jesus Christ. Thank You that by His stripes, I am healed. Thank You that by His blood, I am free! I am forever grateful, in Jesus’ name.

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Day 195: Time Well Spent

The Daily Word: Sunday, July 14th, 2019
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:
Then all the people departed, every man to his house; and David returned to bless his house. – 1 Chron 16:43

David had just restored a culture of continuous worship in Israel. He had brought the Ark of the Covenant back to Jerusalem. He had put ministers in place to, “…minister before the ark regularly” (v 37). And because David had spent so much time in the presence of God, “David returned to bless his house” (v 43).

When you spend time in God’s presence, you will be a blessing to your house. You will be a blessing to your loved ones. You will be a blessing to your family! If you skip your daily time in the presence of God, you will be anxious and irritable; but if you will simply enjoy time in prayer, you will be a blessing to everyone in your life.

Take a few moments this morning and just talk to God. You will be better for it; and the people around you will thank you!

Prayer:

Father, thank You for the revitalization and rejuvenation I find in Your presence. I want to be a blessing to the people around me. Thank You that I am blessed whenever I am with You!

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Day 194: God Gave Them Up

The Daily Word: Saturday, July 13th, 2019
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:
Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves… – Rom 1:24

Paul shared a unique discovery with the church at Rome. If our disobedience becomes too extreme, it is within God’s right to “give us up” to our uncleanness and the lust of our hearts! If our hearts burn and our bodies lust for something or someone other than God – if we choose to be “unclean” even though we know of the righteousness of God – God will not interfere with our choice. He will “give us up.” He will hold true to His promise that we are free to make our own decisions.

Here is what is absolutely key to understand: God does not want to give you up! However, He loves you so much that He gave you free will to make your own choices. After all, if we didn’t have free will, and God forced us to love Him, that would not be love; it would be abuse! You have a choice! Are you choosing God?

God will not stop you from doing the “wrong thing,” because that would not be freedom. That does not, however, make the wrong things right. Thank God His Holy Spirit dwells within us, and all around us, as a Witness. Thank God His Holy Spirit will caution us, warn us, and prime us, long before our hearts become so hard that God “gives us up” to uncleanness. When we ignore the promptings of the Holy Spirit, our hearts become hard; but if we remain open to His leading, our hearts will stay open and fixed on the Lord Jesus Christ.

Prayer:

Father, save me from uncleanness all around me on every side. Rescue me from the lusts of my heart. Spare me from the temptation to dishonor my body with impure substances and unholy desires. I want to live for You, in Jesus’ name!

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Day 193: Not From, But To

The Daily Word: Friday, July 12th, 2019
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

You have not only been separated from the world; you have also been separated to the gospel! God doesn’t just call you to shun the world; He calls you to embrace Heaven!

Don’t waste time focusing on what you can’t do because you follow Jesus. Dwell on what you can do because you have a relationship with God. You can live without fear because you know you have eternal life. You can live blessed because God will “command the blessing on you…in all to which you set your hand” (Deut 28:8). Never forget that salvation is a gift, not a curse! Being saved doesn’t mean a mediocre life sapped of fun; it means a joyful and exhilarating journey with the God of creation!

Prayer:

Father, thank You for saving me! Thank You for separating me to the gospel. I’m not missing out on a thing. I am gaining all things (Rom 8:28) in Jesus Christ!

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