Day 324: Poverty Mindset

The Daily Word: Friday, November 20th, 2020
Ezekiel 40:28-41:26
James 4:1-17
Psalm 118:19-29
Proverbs 28:3-5
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
You lust and do not have. You murder and covet and cannot obtain. You fight and war. Yet you do not have because you do not ask. – Jas. 4:2

If you only knew how much God wants to bless you, you would never be jealous again. The most serious sins – lusting after something you do not have, coveting something that is not yours, murdering and taking matters into your own hands – are the result of a poverty mindset. A poverty mindset says that God does not have enough to go around: that if someone else gets their blessing before you, there won’t be enough left for you! So we fight and war as if God is out of goodness instead of just asking God for what we need!

Contentedness comes from realizing that God is a God of more than enough. He never runs out. He knows exactly what you need! And the way to get the answer to your prayers from Heaven to earth is simply to ask.

God has more than enough. Will you come to Him, knowing that He will bless you with everything you could ever need?

Prayer:

Father, help me to trust You like never before. You know what I need better than I know what I need! And there is always plenty of You to go around. I am grateful, in Jesus’ name.

© Michael D. White, 2020. All rights reserved.

Day 323: Limitless Mercy

The Daily Word: Thursday, November 19th, 2020
Ezekiel 39:1-40:27
James 2:18-3:18
Psalm 118:1-18
Proverbs 28:2
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever. – Ps. 118:1

Mercy is a gift from God. Mercy looks at your past and says you won’t get the bad things you deserve for your sin. Admit it: you’re far from perfect! “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Rom. 3:23). And that means you deserve eternal punishment for your sins: “For whoever shall keep the whole law, and yet stumble in one point, he is guilty of all” (Jas. 2:10).

But thank God for His mercy! His mercy means that because Jesus suffered an eternity of punishment in your place on the cross, there is no more punishment left for you! The wrath of God has been poured out; and all that’s left for you when you’re hidden in Christ is love. And our verse today says that God’s mercy endures forever! There is no expiration date!

There is no statute of limitations in the courts of Heaven. There is no time limit in which God can still get back at you for the things you’ve done wrong! The moment you receive Jesus as Lord, all of your sins are forgiven: separated from you “as far as the east is from the west” (Ps. 103:12). Aren’t you glad there is no limit to His mercy? Aren’t you thankful that His mercy “endures forever:” from not into eternity?

Prayer:

Father, thank You for Your mercy! I am so grateful that Your mercy never runs out and never expires. Help me to wake up every morning thankful that Your mercies are new and they never run out, in Jesus’ name!

© Michael D. White, 2020. All rights reserved.

Day 322: It Won’t Get You There

The Daily Word: Wednesday, November 18th, 2020
Ezekiel 37:1-38:23
James 1:19-2:17
Psalm 117:1-2
Proverbs 28:1
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
…for the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God. – Jas. 1:20

Will what you’re doing get you where you want to go? Will how you’re conditioning yourself to act build you into the man or woman God wants you to be? Your flesh and your anger – the “wrath of man” – cannot lead to righteousness. Doing what you want to do cannot get you where God wants you to go!

Every person who calls on the name of Jesus has one thing in common: our primary goal is (or should be!) to save souls. To introduce people to Jesus. So every time you act or react, ask yourself: is what I’m doing right now leading people to Jesus? Is what I’m saying right now communicating the heart of God?

It’s not about you. It’s about Him. If what you’re doing won’t get you there, it’s time to try something else.

Prayer:

Holy Spirit, I need Your help! I act and react in ways I shouldn’t all day long. It stops today. I’m going to lean on You like never before. I’m going to listen to You like never before! Change me, mold me, and form me into the man You want me to be, in Jesus’ name.

© Michael D. White, 2020. All rights reserved.

Day 321: It Takes Conversation

The Daily Word: Tuesday, November 17th, 2020
Ezekiel 35:1-36:38
James 1:1-18
Psalm 116:1-19
Proverbs 27:23-27
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
I love the Lord, because He has heard my voice and my supplications. – Ps. 116:1

Wouldn’t you love to be head over heels in love with Jesus? Wouldn’t you love to wake up every morning excited to talk with Him? To drift off to sleep every night whispering to Him that you love Him, and to hear Him saying He loves you back?

You cannot be in love without conversation! Psychologists have found that intimacy is the most important factor in a long-term relationship.[1] And do you know how you build intimacy with someone you love? By talking to them! By listening to them, and by letting them hear you. You cannot be fully and completely in love without spending time in conversation.

Let Jesus hear you today. Take time for conversation! He wants you to pray to Him. He wants you to come to Him! He wants you to be closer to Him than you’ve ever been before. Because as much as you want to know Him, He wants to know you all the more.

Prayer:

Father, help me to make time for conversation with You today. I want to spend time with You, with Jesus, and with the Holy Ghost! I pray You would overwhelm me with intimacy like never before, in Jesus’ name!

© Michael D. White, 2020. All rights reserved.

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Day 320: Pray Like It’s You

The Daily Word: Monday, November 16th, 2020
Ezekiel 33:1-34:31
Hebrews 13:1-25
Psalm 115:1-18
Proverbs 27:21-22
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
Remember the prisoners as if chained with them–those who are mistreated–since you yourselves are in the body also. – Heb. 13:3

We’ve all done it. Someone tells you what’s going on in their life and asks you to pray. You tell them you’ll pray for them! But the next time you see them, you realize you didn’t pray at all. You forgot! You were busy. As soon as you walked away you lost sight of the need to urgently pray.

But Scripture leads us to a better response. When someone tells you what they’re going through, pray for them like it’s your own life. Remember the “prisoners” – the people in your life who are really going through something! – “as if chained with them.” You can’t walk away and forget about someone if you’re chained to them! Pray for their need like it’s your own! At the end of the day, you are both part of the same body; so when their prayer gets answered, your prayer gets answered.

Prayer:

Lord, I don’t want to be too busy to pray for other people anymore. I pray You would bring people to my remembrance all day so I can pray! I want to pray for them with zeal and dedicated passion, in Jesus’ name!

© Michael D. White, 2020. All rights reserved.

Day 319: Do You Want to See Him?

The Daily Word: Sunday, November 15th, 2020
Ezekiel 31:1-32:32
Hebrews 12:14-29
Psalm 113:1-114:8
Proverbs 27:18-20
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord… – Heb. 12:14

Do you want to “see” the Lord? “See” is the Greek optanomai (Strong’s G3700), which means “to look at, to behold, and to allow one’s self to be seen.” To “see” the Lord, then, doesn’t mean to strive, reach, and try to see Him on your own. It doesn’t mean to work for an encounter with Jesus! It means to simply invite Him to occupy your field of vision in the way you live your life. The way that you nurture life-changing encounters with Jesus is by “pursuing peace with all people, and holiness.” In other words, it is the simple things that produce regular encounters with the living God!

Encounters with Jesus should be the norm, not the exception. Pursue peace with other people. Cast out sin from your life and pursue holiness! And as you do the simple things, He will make His presence well known. Without peace and holiness, it is impossible to “see” the Lord; but with them, life-changing encounters will become your everyday experience with Christ.

Prayer:

Father, help me to do the simple things well. Calm my emotions and help me to pursue peace with the people around me. Suppress the urges of my flesh and strengthen me to pursue holiness! I want to see You more than ever before, like never before, in Jesus’ name.

© Michael D. White, 2020. All rights reserved.

Day 318: You Have A Voice!

The Daily Word: Saturday, November 14th, 2020
Ezekiel 29:1-30:26
Hebrews 11:32-12:13
Psalm 112:1-10
Proverbs 27:17
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
In the tenth year, in the tenth month, on the twelfth day of the month, the word of the Lord came to me, saying, “Son of man, set your face against Pharaoh king of Egypt, and prophesy against him, and against all Egypt. Speak, and say, ‘Thus says the Lord God…’” – Ezek. 29:1-3a

God needed Ezekiel to “prophesy against” His enemies. God used a human participant – a prophetic voice – to speak His will for the earth into existence so the plans of the enemy could be canceled.. Typically we think of prophesy as language that encourages and exhorts God’s people. But here we see another use: prophecy shuts down the enemies of God.

What has God called you to “prophesy against?” At the time of this writing, coronavirus cases are on the rise all over the world and news outlets are reporting that a “second wave” is coming. Are you willing to stand up and “prophesy against” this virus that is an enemy of God?

God’s enemies change with the season, but the manner in which we are called to deal with them is always the same. You have a voice! Use it. Prophesy against the works of the devil, and watch his plans fall apart in Jesus’ name!

Prayer:

Father, You can have my voice. Whatever You want me to say, I will say! Whatever You want me to prophesy, I will release. Thank You for trusting me to deliver Your message to the enemy. His plans will be canceled, and Your plans will succeed, in Jesus’ name!

© Michael D. White, 2020. All rights reserved.

Day 317: Before Moses

The Daily Word: Friday, November 13th, 2020
Ezekiel 27:1-28:26
Hebrews 11:17-31
Psalm 111:1-10
Proverbs 27:15-16
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
By faith Moses, when he was born, was hidden three months by his parents, because they saw he was a beautiful child; and they were not afraid of the king’s command. – Heb. 11:23

Moses lived an amazing life. He gave up his position in Pharaoh’s house because he would rather be with God’s people than in the palace. He was called by God to lead Israel out of Egypt, and went and demanded that Pharaoh let God’s people go. He called ten plagues into existence at God’s instruction! He initiated the Passover, which we still celebrate today. He “passed through the Red Sea as by dry land” (v 29), fully trusting God to deliver His people from their oppressors.

But Moses’ journey didn’t start with Moses. It started with his parents! His parents “saw he was a beautiful child; and they were not afraid of the king’s command.” Moses’ parents risked their very lives by defying Pharaoh’s edict to give up every firstborn male. They knew God would do something powerful with their son! And they risked everything to make sure he had an opportunity to live and serve God.

Parents: your faith will pave the way for generations to come. Your role as a protector of your children is incredibly significant. It matters! It is worthy of your time and attention. Moses said no to Pharaoh because it was in his blood. The decisions we make today, and the faith we display in life’s toughest moments, will cause the next generation to stand on our shoulders and do things of which we could only dream.

Prayer:

Father, thank You for the grace to model great faith to the next generation! Give me strength to steward my children well. Give me wisdom to encourage the younger men and women You send to me! I know the next generation starts with me, in Jesus’ name.

© Michael D. White, 2020. All rights reserved.

Day 316: A More Excellent Way

The Daily Word: Thursday, November 12th, 2020
Ezekiel 24:1-26:21
Hebrews 11:1-16
Psalm 110:1-7
Proverbs 27:14
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
By faith Abel offered to God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, through which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts; and through it he being dead still speaks. – Heb. 11:4

Two brothers offered their sacrifice to God. They had the same background and similar life experience. But one gift was “more excellent” than the other.

Cain was a “tiller of the ground” (Gen.. 4:2). He brought an offering “of the fruit of the ground…in the process of time” (Gen. 4:3). Abel was a “keeper of sheep” (Gen. 4:2). He too brought an offering to God, “of the firstborn of his flock and their fat” (Gen. 4:4). Scripture says that God “respected Abel and his offering, but He did not respect Cain and his offering “(v 5). Why did God respect one man’s gift, but reject the other’s?

Abel brought 1) the best he had 2) right away. Cain brought 1) the leftovers 2) when it was convenient. Do you see the difference? Jesus gave you His best! God gave His only Son: His most prized possession, and the best He had to give! And in return, He does not ask for your leftovers; He asks for your best, laid at his feet.

And yet I show you a more excellent way. – 1 Cor. 12:31

Prayer:

Father, I want to give You my best! I want to give you the first moments of my morning in prayer. I want to give You my celebration whenever I experience victory. You don’t deserve anything but the best! You deserve far more than I can afford to give; but I will give all I have, in Jesus’ name.

© Michael D. White, 2020. All rights reserved.

Day 315: Whom Do You Love?

The Daily Word: Wednesday, November 11th, 2020
Ezekiel 23:1-49
Hebrews 10:18-39
Psalm 109:1-31
Proverbs 27:13
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
“Therefore I have delivered her into the hand of her lovers, into the hand of the Assyrians, for whom she lusted.” – Ezek. 23:9

God was addressing Israel’s heart condition. Israel didn’t love Him anymore! Instead, they lusted after other gods. So God “delivered her into the hands of her lovers” (v. 9).

God gave you free will. You get to choose what’s most important to you, and God will respect that choice!. In fact, He will go out of His way to deliver you into the hand of whatever you love most. So if you love money, go get rich! But know that you can’t buy your way into heaven. If you make time for your friends more than you make time for Jesus, enjoy! But know that no man “can by any means redeem his brother” (Ps. 49:7). If you love good food and drink, satisfy that craving! But be aware that no delicacy can satisfy your hunger to know your Father in heaven.

Can your god get you into Heaven? Can the thing you’re lusting after take away all your sin? Christ alone can get you where you want to go. So return to Him, and love Him with all your heart.

Prayer:

Father, I pray You would deliver me to the feet of Jesus. I want to love You with my whole heart! Do not let me lust after anything or anyone that interferes with my love for You, in Jesus’ name.

© Michael D. White, 2020. All rights reserved.

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