Day 349: Come and See!

The Daily Word: Sunday, December 15th, 2019
Micah 1:1-4:13
Revelation 6:1-17
Psalm 134:1-3
Proverbs 30:1-4
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
Now I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals; and I heard one of the four living creatures saying with a voice like thunder, “Come and see.” – Rev 6:1

God wants you to see what He is doing. He doesn’t want to keep you in the dark. The entire Book of Revelation is a vision Jesus gave to John. Jesus gave it so you and I – through John’s writing, inspired by the Holy Spirit – could see what God is doing! Heaven’s cry to John as he was having these visions was not, “Cover your eyes!” It was, “Come and see!”

God wants you to see what He is doing. He doesn’t want to hide the future from you! But He will ask you to seek Him to see what He wants to do in your life. He doesn’t scatter prophecy and vision like candy to children at a parade; but He does trust His servants with revelation.

Surely the Lord God does nothing, unless He reveals His secret to His servants the prophets. – Amos 3:7

God is speaking. He wants to show you what He is doing! Drop what you are doing, and come and see!

Prayer:

Father, thank You for trusting me with divine revelation. Help me to never take Your word for granted! I am so humbled that You trust me with Heaven’s secrets, in Jesus’ name.

© Michael D. White, 2019. All rights reserved.

Day 348: Second Chances

The Daily Word: Saturday, December 14th, 2019
Jonah 1:1-4-11
Revelation 5:1-14
Psalm 133:1-3
Proverbs 29:26-27
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
Now the word of the Lord came to Jonah the second time… – Jon 3:1

Jonah did not do what God asked him to do. God told Jonah to go to Nineveh to deliver His word; but Jonah got on a ship headed in the opposite direction and tried to run from God’s calling on his life. He tried to run from the presence of the Lord!

But God still spoke to Jonah. Just because Jonah messed up didn’t mean his destiny was compromised. It didn’t mean that intimacy with God was cut off. God didn’t cancel the call on Jonah’s life just because he didn’t get it right the first time! Jonah didn’t listen the first time; but he wouldn’t make the same mistake twice. The word of the Lord came to Jonah “the second time,” and Jonah had the chance to make things right.

God is still speaking! Even if you’ve made mistakes, the word of the Lord will come to you. Maybe you didn’t do what God asked you to do the first time around; but God is the God of second chances, and His destiny for you is still in effect.

For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable. – Rom 11:29

Prayer:

Father, thank You for second chances! I have made some mistakes; but You are still speaking, and You still trust me to do Your will. I am grateful, in Jesus’ name!

© Michael D. White, 2019. All rights reserved.

Day 347: The Great Deception

The Daily Word: Friday, December 13th, 2019
Obadiah 1:1-21
Revelation 4:1-11
Psalm 132:1-18
Proverbs 29:24-25
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
The pride of your heart has deceived you, you who dwell in the clefts of the rock, whose habitation is high; you who say in your heart, “Who will bring me down to the ground?” – Obadiah 1:3

Pride deceives. But humility guides. Pride says you don’t need Jesus! But humility points you straight to the Cross. Humility reminds you that, apart, from Jesus, you are nothing; but in Him, you are a child of God with access to Resurrection life!

Reject pride. Practice humility! If you make a commitment to stay humble, you will be in good company:

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 2:8

Prayer:

Father, keep me humble! Help me to choose humility, so that I don’t have to learn it the hard way. I want to rely on You for everything – no matter how big or how small – in Jesus’ name!

© Michael D. White, 2019. All rights reserved.

Day 346: God of Restoration

The Daily Word: Thursday, December 12th, 2019
Amos 7:1-9:15
Revelation 3:7-22
Psalm 131:1-3
Proverbs 29:23
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
“I will bring back the captives of My people Israel; they shall build the waste cities and inhabit them; they shall plant vineyards and drink wine from them; they shall also make gardens and eat fruit from them. I will plant them in their land, and no longer shall they be pulled up from the land I have given them,” says the Lord your God. – Amos 9:14-15

The first half of Amos 9 tells us that God’s people would be destroyed. They were far from God. They acted out their own agenda instead of living God’s plan for their life. And the result would be “calamity” (v 10).

But the second half of Amos 9 tells us that God’s people would be restored. This is the theme we see all throughout Scripture: where destruction goes, restoration can always follow. It would take the people of Israel to turn to God with their whole hearts! But God’s promise is always restoration when we return to Him.

Wherever you are this morning: it is never too late for restoration. Turn to God, and He will “plant you” (v 15) where you can flourish and grow.

Return to the stronghold, you prisoners of hope. Even today I declare that I will restore double to you. – Zech 9:12

Prayer:

Father, thank You for opening the door to restoration in my life. I am so grateful that there is no such thing as being out of Your reach! I am making the decision to return to You; and I ask that Your presence would return to me, in Jesus’ name.

© Michael D. White, 2019. All rights reserved.

Day 345: On Fire

The Daily Word: Wednesday, December 11th, 2019
Amos 4:1-6:14
Revelation 2:18-3:6
Psalm 130:1-8
Proverbs 29:21-22
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
“And to the angel of the church in Thyatira write, ‘These things says the Son of God, who has eyes like a flame of fire, and His feet like fine brass…’” – Rev 2:18

Jesus has “eyes like a flame of fire.” And what does fire do? It burns. When you make contact with a flame of fire, the fire spreads. Fire can only come from getting close to Jesus in prayer. The word is intimacy. If you want to burn like Him, you have to spend time with Him! You have to get close to Him.

The more you stare into the eyes of Jesus – the more you seek God’s face in prayer! – the more your life will burn with passion and purpose. The more you focus on Jesus, the more every impurity will melt away. A passion for God will be ignited in you like never before, and you will experience God’s miracle-working power in every part of your life.

Jesus wants to start a fire in you. Are you ready to burn for Him?

“I came to send fire on the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled” – Lk 12:49

Prayer:

Father, set me on fire for Jesus. I want to burn for You! I want intimacy with Jesus. I want to look into His eyes and seek His face. Thank You for the invitation to burn, in Jesus’ name!

© Michael D. White, 2019. All rights reserved.

Day 344: Follow the Word

The Daily Word: Tuesday, December 10th, 2019
Amos 1:1-3:15
Revelation 2:1-17
Psalm 129:1-8
Proverbs 29:19-20
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
Thus says the Lord: “For three transgressions of Judah, and for four, I will not turn away its punishment, because they have despised the law of the Lord, and have not kept His commandments. Their lies lead them astray, lies which their fathers followed.” – Amos 2:4

God’s word is the truth; and everything else is a lie. If you’re not following the word, then that means you are following a lie! Israel forgot about God’s word, and this was the result: “Their lies [led] them astray.” God’s word will lead you to destiny and purpose; but anything else will lead you to misery.

Don’t just follow God’s word because someone tells you to! Follow His Word because it’s true. The fastest way to the fulfillment of your destiny is God’s word! Nothing but His word will take you where you want to go.

… let God be true but every man a liar. – Rom 3:4

Prayer:

Father, thank You that Your word is true. I’m making a decision this morning to follow Your word like never before. To believe Your word like never before! I want to be a doer of Your word, and not just a hearer, in Jesus’ name!

© Michael D. White, 2019. All rights reserved.

Day 343: The Joy Connection

The Daily Word: Monday, December 9th, 2019
Joel 1:1-3:21
Revelation 1:1-20
Psalm 128:1-6
Proverbs 29:18
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
The vine has dried up, and the fig tree has withered; the pomegranate tree, the palm tree also, and the apple tree— All the trees of the field are withered; surely joy has withered away from the sons of men. – Joel 1:12

God’s people were disconnected. They weren’t talking with God! They weren’t walking with God. And as a result, everything was dry. Their crops were drying up. Their flocks and herds had nothing left to eat! But their material possessions weren’t the only thing to take a hit! When God’s people were disconnected, their joy “withered away.” When we are disconnected from God, not only will our blessings dry up; our joy will dry up too!

Are you struggling to feel joy? Do things that used to excite you fail to excite you anymore? Get reconnected to God! You don’t have a joy problem; you have a connection problem! Pursue God again in prayer. As you seek His face, He will fill you up with joy.

Prayer:

Father, I want to reconnect with You. Fill me with joy, and fill me with life! I know that when I am connected to You, I have everything I could ever need, in Jesus’ name!

© Michael D. White, 2019. All rights reserved.

Day 342: I Exalt Thee

The Daily Word: Sunday, December 8th, 2019
Hosea 10:1-14:9
Jude 1:1-25
Psalm 127:1-5
Proverbs 29:15-17
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
My people are bent on backsliding from Me. though they call to the Most High, none at all exalt Him. – Hosea 11:7

Did you know that there are different forms of prayer? Hosea highlights two. Calling on God is different than exalting Him. The people of Israel were calling to the Most High, but none were exalting Him!

Calling to God means asking Him for something. But exalting Him means giving Him everything: all the life and all the praise you have to give! It is true that “whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Rom 10:13). But there is so much more. There is an even higher calling to embrace. Don’t just call on God; exalt Him!

Prayer:

God, I exalt You. I give You my life. I give You all the praise I have to give! I give You my time, my effort, and my resources. You are so worthy God, in Jesus’ name!

© Michael D. White, 2019. All rights reserved.

Day 341: He Has Done Great Things!

The Daily Word: Saturday, December 7th, 2019
Hosea 6:1-9:17
3 John 1:1-14
Psalm 126:1-6
Proverbs 29:12-14
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
Then our mouth was filled with laughter, and our tongue with singing. Then they said among the nations, “The Lord has done great things for them.” The Lord has done great things for us, and we are glad. – Ps 126:2-3

God has done great things for you! And that means you should be glad. As the Psalmist reflected on everything God had done for Israel, he had a choice. Would he dwell on the things that could be going better? Or would he be glad and praise God for everything that was going well?

You have that choice in this moment. I know your life isn’t perfect. But God has done great things for you! Are you willing to rejoice and be “filled with laughter?” Will you make the decision to be glad today, instead of allowing the negative things in your life to overshadow the positive?

Choose joy. Be glad! God has done great things for you.

Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God; for I shall yet praise Him, the help of my countenance and my God. – Ps 43:5

Prayer:

Father, I choose joy. Help me to be glad! I want to laugh and sing today. There will always be room for improvement; but for now I want to celebrate that You have done great things for me!

© Michael D. White, 2019. All rights reserved.

Day 340: The More They Increased

The Daily Word: Friday, December 6th, 2019
Hosea 4:1-5:15
2 John 1:1-13
Psalm 125:1-5
Proverbs 29:9-11
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
“The more they increased, the more they sinned against Me; I will change their glory into shame.” – Hosea 4:7

The more you “increase”, the easier it is to forget God. This is our natural tendency. When things are going poorly – when we’re broke, sick, and unhappy – we run to God. But when things are going well, we forget about Him! We pat ourselves on the back for success instead of thanking God. We compromise the lifestyle of prayer and humble reliance on God that positioned us for blessing in the first place!

Break the pattern. On the good days, run to Him. On the bad days, run to Him! Make the decision that with every passing day, you will rely on God more, and never less. God will increase you! But as He does, let your prayer be that you would always rely on Him more than ever before.

Prayer:

Father, I know You are the source of every blessing I could ever receive. I pray I would rely on You more and more with every passing day. I love You, and I bless You, in Jesus’ name!

© Michael D. White, 2019. All rights reserved.

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