Day 304: Healing and Salvation

The Daily Word: Sunday, October 31st, 2021
Lamentations 4:1-5:22
Hebrews 2:1-18
Psalm 103:1-22
Proverbs 26:23
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases… – Ps. 103:3

God forgives all your iniquities. He heals all your diseases! The connection between salvation and healing cannot be over-emphasized. It has been lost in much of the modern church. We pursue salvation yet back away from healing! But read today’s verse again. He forgives all your iniquities. He heals all your diseases. Has God forgiven all your sins when you repent and receive Jesus as Lord? Yes He has! Then has He healed all your diseases when you repent and receive Jesus as Lord? Yes again! Just as He forgives all your sins, He heals all your diseases; because the requirement for salvation and for healing is the same: faith in Jesus Christ and the finished work of His Cross.

So why are there some Christians who have yet to be healed? Well, why are there Christians who still struggle with sin? Does the existence of a Christian stuck in an unhealthy behavioral pattern indicate that God no longer saves? Of course not! So then does the existence of a Christian with a persistent or recurring illness mean that God no longer heals? Of course not! He still heals, just as He still saves. But the solution to the problems of sin and disease are one and the same: look to the Cross, and ask God to increase your faith (Lk. 17:5) for everything His Word promises.

Prayer:

Father, thank You for healing my body! Thank You that healing and salvation happened on the same day. You are the Savior of my soul, and You are the Healer of my body, because those two “benefits” of the Cross are inextricably linked! Fill me with faith for healing like never before, in Jesus’ name.

© Michael D. White, 2021. All rights reserved.

Day 303: New Every Morning

The Daily Word: Saturday, October 30th, 2021
Lamentations 3:1-66
Hebrews 1:1-14
Psalm 102:1-28
Proverbs 26:21-22
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness. – Lam. 3:22-23

What does it mean that God’s compassions are “new every morning?” Does His supply of compassion refresh overnight? Does His mercy recharge like the iPhone on your bedside table? Of course not. God’s supply of compassion is infinite! His mercy never runs out. But what does change from one day to the next is your capacity to receive His compassion. To receive His mercy. To receive His grace!

The verses above tell us two things:

1) You receive best when you are well rested. Take a moment first-thing this morning to receive the love of Jesus. Invite the Holy Spirit to move in your day with miracle-working power! Jesus wants you to be well-rested and ready to receive:

“Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” – Matt. 11:28

2) Every trial is an opportunity. You have the chance today to worship God through a set of circumstances you have never faced before! Will you let the opportunity pass and continue to feel discouraged? Or will you praise Him in the middle of your mess and let Him show you His compassions that “fail not”?

Your trial might still be underway. But today is a new day! And God’s compassions – His undying, never-ending actions that prove His love for you are real – are new every morning.

Prayer:

Father, thank You for your mercies that keep me alive. Thank You for Your compassions that remind me how much You love me! Thank You for Your faithfulness that constantly refreshes and revitalizes me. I will spend my life worshipping You in Jesus’ name!

© Michael D. White, 2021. All rights reserved.

Day 302: Intimacy & Community

The Daily Word: Friday, October 29th, 2021
Lamentations 1:1-2:22
Philemon 1:1-25
Psalm 101:1-8
Proverbs 26:20
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
Paul, a prisoner of Christ Jesus, and Timothy our brother, to Philemon our beloved friend and fellow laborer, to the beloved Apphia, Archippus our fellow soldier, and to the church in your house… – Phil. 1:1-2

The church was in their house. This was a close-knit group of Jesus followers who met as one family. They didn’t have a building to go to! And they didn’t need one. Because they had the Word, and they had each other.

Don’t let “I don’t have a good church near me” serve as an excuse to live outside of Christian community. Find some like-minded believers with a heart to worship Jesus and a passion to genuinely study His word (to let God’s word define their life, and not their life to define God’s word) and get together! The enemy loves picking off vulnerable Christians. And just as a lion picking off members of a herd goes for the isolated, Satan will come after you when you are not part of a body of believers.

Find a church and get involved. And watch how the power of God moves through your life like never before!

Prayer:

Lord, help me to find a church! I want to be engaged in intimate and powerful community. I pray You would send people to me who will become like family; and I pray that You would make me that type of person to someone else, in Jesus’ name!

© Michael D. White, 2021. All rights reserved.

Day 301: The God Who Repays

The Daily Word: Thursday, October 28th, 2021
Jeremiah 51:54-52:34
Titus 3:1-15
Psalm 100:1-5
Proverbs 26:18-19
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
Because the plunderer comes against her, against Babylon, and her mighty men are taken. Every one of their bows is broken; for the Lord is the God of recompense, He will surely repay. – Jer. 51:56

Jeremiah was pronouncing destruction on Babylon. For years, God has used Babylon as His instrument to overrun foreign nations who were wicked! But Babylon, drunk with power, had become wicked herself. So God would repay her: evil for evil, because He is the God of recompense, the God who repays!

In the original Hebrew text, “The God of recompense” is Jehovah Gmolah. This is one of God’s Hebrew names. Just as God is Jehovah Rapha, the God who heals (Ex. 15:26), God is Jehovah Gmolah, the God who repays! And here is why these Hebrew names matter. Healing is not just something God does; it is who He is. And in the same way, recompense – repayment or vengeance – is not just something God does, it is who God is! No matter what is happening in the world around you or in your own life, God’s character and His nature do not change. He always repays.

So when you encounter someone who is wicked and seems to be getting away with it, take heart. God will repay. When you see someone who isn’t being recognized for the good (s)he is doing, take heart! God will repay. No wickedness will escape His purview, and no good deed will go unrewarded. Divine justice is real, and God will right every wrong. God is just, and He will repay.

Prayer:

Father, thank You for being just! Thank You that wicked men and women will not get away with a lifetime of evil, but they will be punished in eternity. Every wrong will be made right, and every moment of suffering for You will be worth it!

© Michael D. White, 2021. All rights reserved.

Day 300: The Jesus Lifestyle

The Daily Word: Wednesday, October 27th, 2021
Jeremiah 51:1-53
Titus 2:1-15
Psalm 99:1-9
Proverbs 26:17
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ… – Titus 2:11-13

Christianity is not just a belief system; it is a lifestyle. Jesus is not just a person; He is God in the flesh! In verse 12 (above), we are told that, in order to follow Jesus, we must look away from some things such as “ungodliness and worldly lusts.” In verse 13, we are told what we must look toward: “the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ.” In order to look toward the right things, we must look away from others.

People who don’t know Jesus should be able to tell you are a Christian by the way you live your life. Christianity means so much more than coming to church on Sunday! It means completely reorienting your lifestyle around Jesus: no longer pursuing the things that kept you from Jesus, and instead pursuing Him with your whole heart.

Today is the day to dive in head-first. You have been sticking your toes in the waters of Christianity long enough! Today you become fully submerged: immune to the things that used to hold you back, and in bold pursuit of the things of Heaven, in Jesus’ name.

Prayer:

Father, I want to live a holy lifestyle! I want people to look at me and know who You are by the way I live my life. Fill me with faith to believe in You with all my heart; and help me to change my focus so that nothing can stand in my way!

© Michael D. White, 2021. All rights reserved.

Day 299: Healthy Leaders

The Daily Word: Tuesday, October 26th, 2021
Jeremiah 49:23-50:46
Titus 1:1-16
Psalm 97:1-98:9
Proverbs 26:13-16
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
For this reason I left you in Crete, that you should set in order the things that are lacking, and appoint elders in every city as I commanded you— – Titus 1:5

The early church was growing rapidly. Paul had instructed Titus to stay in Crete while Paul continued to travel. Why? So that Titus would “set in order the things that are lacking, and appoint elders in every city.” Paul started the work! But he knew it would not flourish if he tried to do everything himself. So Titus’ tasks were to set up 1) organizational structure and 2) healthy leadership that would allow the early church to flourish and grow.

If it won’t run without you in it, you need to do a better job. This applies to your job (especially you, small business owners!). This applies to your family. This especially applies in church! If something you are a part of will not function without you there in the flesh, you have not done a good job of empowering other people to lead in your absence. Healthy leaders empower leaders, instead of consolidating power.

Lead like Jesus. Set it up, empower others, and then go to the Cross.

Prayer:

Father, I want to lead like Jesus! I want to lead like Paul. You have put men and women all around me who are capable leaders in their own right. Help me to train, empower, and trust them, in Jesus’ name!

© Michael D. White, 2021. All rights reserved.

Day 298: Ready for War

The Daily Word: Monday, October 25th, 2021
Jeremiah 48:1-49:22
2 Timothy 4:1-22
Psalm 95:1-96:13
Proverbs 26:9-12
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
Cursed is he who does the work of the Lord deceitfully, and cursed is he who keeps back his sword from blood. – Jer. 48:10

You are a warrior. You are called to warfare! And Scripture says, “…cursed is he who keeps back his sword from blood.” The man who will not use the weapons God has given him to annihilate his adversary will never be blessed!

For Israel, God’s Old Covenant people, this meant attacking physical enemies. But for you and me, God’s New Covenant people, this means attacking spiritual enemies. “For we do not wrestle [fight] against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places” (Eph. 6:12). Like it or not, you were born to be a warrior in the Spirit.

God has called you to war! He has called you to take back darkness from the enemy in the name of the army of light. He has given you weapons to get this done; and one of those is “the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God” (Eph. 6:17).

Now here’s what all this means. The way you fight Satan is through prayer: by declaring the word of God out loud. By using your “sword of the Spirit!” And it is your duty to use the weapon God has given you. Do not keep your sword back from blood! God has given you authority over the enemy, and it is your destiny to use it.

“Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you.” – Lk. 10:19

Prayer:

Father, thank You for making me fit for war in the spirit realm! I have put off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light. I am excited to take territory for Your Kingdom! And there is no plan or purpose of the enemy that can stop me, in Jesus’ name!

© Michael D. White, 2021. All rights reserved.

Day 297: You’re the One!

The Daily Word: Sunday, October 24th, 2021
Jeremiah 44:24-47:7
2 Timothy 2:22-3:17
Psalm 94:1-23
Proverbs 26:6-8
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
He who sends a message by the hand of a fool cuts off his own feet and drinks violence. – Prov. 26:6

A surface-level interpretation of this verse reveals a simple truth: don’t send a fool to deliver your message. You may be a (wo)man of truth and integrity; but if you allow someone who lacks integrity to communicate on your behalf, you “cut off [your] own feet and [drink] violence.” This applies for both professional and personal communication at every level of an organization or family structure.

But now read the verse again and think about the implications on a deeper level. Jesus has a very important message to deliver to the world; and you are His messenger. That means that you are wise. You are capable. You can be trusted with the Gospel. Why? Because Jesus would never leave His message in the hand of a fool! He couldn’t, because it would contradict His word.

You see, Jesus needed someone of integrity and character whom He could trust to deliver the Good News to the world. And He chose you. God trusts you to get the job done! Be filled with confidence today as you share the Gospel with everyone you meet.

Prayer:

Father, thank You for trusting me to tell the greatest story ever told! I will share the Gospel with hope and confidence. I am both overwhelmed and thrilled that You would trust me with such an important work; but most of all, I am grateful, in Jesus’ name!

© Michael D. White, 2021. All rights reserved.

Day 296: The Way You Came

The Daily Word: Saturday, October 23rd, 2021
Jeremiah 42:1-44:23
2 Timothy 2:1-21
Psalm 92:1-93:5
Proverbs 26:3-5
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
“Then hear now the word of the Lord, O remnant of Judah! Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel: ‘If you wholly set your faces to enter Egypt, and go to dwell there, then it shall be that the sword which you feared shall overtake you there in the land of Egypt; the famine of which you were afraid shall follow close after you there in Egypt; and there you shall die.’” – Jer. 42:15-16 

Babylon was coming. Israel was afraid! But God’s instructions were very specific. The people of Israel were to remain in their own land and trust that God would protect them. If they stayed, they would prosper; but if they left, disaster would come upon them.

Why was God so adamant about His people staying out of Egypt? Because He had already delivered them from Egypt! His people had been captive there for 400 years. But as soon as they left, they started wanting to go back.[1] We have an all-too-human tendency to want to return to captivity because it’s familiar. But God wants you free!

If you return to your addiction, an abusive relationship, or a job that is not honoring your dignity after God has already delivered you, He can’t protect you when you go back. Why? Because even though He already delivered you, you are making a personal choice that overrides His will! You will be outside the umbrella of His protective covering by operating in your will instead of under His grace. But if you trust Him, listen to His voice, and follow the leading of His word, everything you do will prosper.

Trust God. He will make another way! But do not go back the way you came. He will protect you where He tells you to go, and cause you to flourish in that place, in Jesus’ name.

Prayer:

Father, thank You for always making a way for me. I refuse to go back the way I came. I will continue the way You are leading and guiding me! I am only secure when I go with You, and that is where I’m staying, in Jesus’ name!

© Michael D. White, 2021. All rights reserved.

[1] “Then they said to Moses, ‘Because there were no graves in Egypt, have you taken us away to die in the wilderness? Why have you so dealt with us, to bring us up out of Egypt?’” – Ex. 14:11

Day 295: Your Heritage of Faith

The Daily Word: Friday, October 22nd, 2021
Jeremiah 39:1-41:18
2 Timothy 1:1-18
Psalm 90:1-91:16
Proverbs 26:1-2
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
…when I call to remembrance the genuine faith that is in you, which dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice, and I am persuaded is in you also. – 2 Tim. 1:5

Paul thanked God (v 3) for Timothy’s “genuine faith.” “Genuine” is the Greek anupokritos (Strong’s G505), which means unfeigned (real and not faked!), undisguised and sincere. Timothy had incredible faith! Faith that did not waver. Faith that caused him to practice what he preached! But where did Timothy get his faith? It “dwelt first” in Timothy’s family members: more specifically, it came from generations of women who came before him.

Your faith comes from someone. Before you gave your life to Jesus, someone was praying for you! And now their faith is in you. Jesus is in heaven making intercession for you right now.[1] And now His faith is in you.

Now maybe you didn’t come from a Christian home or a Christian family where your mom and her mom were praying for you. But regardless of your upbringing, you have an incredible opportunity before you. You can start a legacy of faith. You can be the first in your bloodline to give your life fully and completely to Jesus! To take Him at His word, to do what He calls you to do, and to be whom He created you to be. As you do, not only will your life be completely transformed; but you will leave a heritage of faith that will be passed down for generations to come.

Prayer:

Father, fill me with faith! Fill me with faith for the impossible. Fill me with faith for the miraculous! I may be the first in my bloodline to lay down my life for Jesus; but I will not be the last, in Jesus’ name.

© Michael D. White, 2021. All rights reserved.

[1] “Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us.” – Rom. 8:34

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