Day 126: Supernatural Favor

The Daily Word: Thursday, May 6th, 2021
Ruth 2:1-4:22
John 4:43-54
Psalm 105:16-36
Proverbs 14:26-27
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
So she fell on her face, bowed down to the ground, and said to him, “Why have I found favor in your eyes, that you should take notice of me, since I am a foreigner?”

Ruth had a painful past. Her husband was dead. She had followed her mother-in-law, Naomi, back to Jerusalem. She left her father and her mother behind – everything she knew was gone! – to honor Naomi. And when she arrived in Jerusalem, what did she find? The favor of the Lord.

Boaz noticed Ruth. He had heard of everything she had done for Naomi:

And Boaz answered and said to her, “It has been fully reported to me, all that you have done for your mother-in-law since the death of your husband, and how you have left your father and your mother and the land of your birth, and have come to a people whom you did not know before.” – Ruth 2:11

And he would not rest until Ruth had been honored for her faithful devotion to Naomi.

You may have a painful past. But you clung to the Lord. You served Him with all your heart! And today is a new day. Today is the day you begin to experience the supernatural favor of the Lord over your life. Jesus is your Boaz! Everything you have done for God has reached His ears. You cannot earn His favor; but you have positioned yourself through service and made yourself the target of His love. And He has given His very life to make sure that you receive everything you need from Heaven.

Prayer:

Father, thank You for supernatural favor! I don’t deserve Your goodness! I am just a foreigner: a gentile. But You are merciful towards me. I have found favor in Your sight! I am so thankful, in Jesus’ name.

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

Day 125: Never Thirst Again

The Daily Word: Wednesday, May 5th, 2021
Judges 21:1-Ruth 1:22
John 4:4-42
Psalm 105:1-15
Proverbs 14:25
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
Jesus answered and said to her, “Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.” – Jn. 4:13-14

It is possible for you to be so satisfied that you never thirst again. It is doable for you to be so full that you never hunger again! You can become so saturated that you never have to worry about being dry again. You will be fully satisfied – for all time and in all ways – when you come to Jesus!

If you drink what the world has to offer, you will thirst again. All the money in the world won’t make you happy. Keeping your body in the best shape possible won’t make you immune to sickness and eventual death! But when you drink of the “water” that Jesus provides, you will never thirst again. What you consume will become a “fountain of water springing up into everlasting life”!

Receive the love of Jesus today. God created you to love you! God wasn’t sitting around bored in heaven with nothing to do! He didn’t have to form you in your mother’s womb! But He did. And He wants you to know today that He loves you, more than you could ever imagine.

Receive the love of God and be full. Not only will you be fully satisfied – once and for all! – but the love with which He fills you will pour out of you everywhere you go.

Prayer:

Father, thank You for filling me with Your love. I am grateful! I don’t deserve Your love; but You have given it to me all the same. I will drink deeply of Your love so I can be satisfied in Jesus’ name!

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

Day 124: Less of You / More of Him

The Daily Word: Tuesday, May 4th, 2021
Judges 19:1-20:48
John 3:22-4:3
Psalm 104:24-35
Proverbs 14:22-24
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
He must increase, but I must decrease. – Jn. 3:30

If you want to be used by God, this must be the mark of your ministry. Jesus must increase, and you must decrease. John the Baptist was shaking the known world, baptizing people everywhere he went! But when Jesus showed up, some of John’s disciples were concerned:

And they came to John and said to him, “Rabbi, He who was with you beyond the Jordan, to whom you have testified—behold, He is baptizing, and all are coming to Him!” – Jn. 3:26

John’s followers were worried that people would follow Jesus instead of John! But John was not worried. In fact, he was ecstatic. Why? Because he had come to point people to Jesus. John’s ministry was not about John! It was about Jesus, and all the glory went to God.

Let this be the honest cry of your heart: More of You, Lord, and less of me. He must increase, and we must decrease! Your life is not about you; it is about Him. There is a world that needs to see the glory and goodness of God! And He will show them as soon as we get out of His way.

Prayer:

Lord, You must increase, but I must decrease! I hereby lay down my pride and my own personal agenda. I ask that everything I do would be for You. Help me to promote You instead of myself! Help me to serve You instead of myself. All that I have and all that I am are yours, in Jesus’ name.

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

Day 123: Free from Condemnation

The Daily Word: Monday, May 3rd, 2021
Judges 17:1-18:31
John 3:1-21
Psalm 104:1-23
Proverbs 14:20-21
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. – Jn. 3:17

Condemnation. Have you ever felt it? Condemnation is the “expression of very strong disapproval.”[1] You’ve experienced it when other people judge you for doing something with which they don’t agree. You probably felt it from your parents! You may have even experienced it in the church. But if it causes condemnation, it’s not Jesus.

Jesus did not come to condemn the world. He came to set us free! When God sent Jesus into the world, the world was already condemned. We were lost in our sin, unable to find God. We chose darkness instead of light (v 19) and ignored God. At best we pretended He didn’t exist; at worst we denied His Word even though we knew it was true!

But Jesus came to set us free. He came so that, when we believe in Him, “through Him [we] might be saved” (v 17). You were hopeless. But Jesus brought hope. You were a dead man walking! But Jesus brought life. This is a simple truth, but it bears repeating and remembering daily. You were lost but now you are found. You were dead but now you are alive! Jesus came, not to condemn you, but to save you.

Today is the day you walk in freedom from all condemnation. Jesus was condemned to the Cross so that you could walk free in Jesus’ name!

Prayer:

Father, thank You for the Cross! Help me to take joy in the simple pleasures of life today. I am so grateful for salvation. I am so grateful that You saved me! I will never go back to a life of guilt and condemnation and shame, in Jesus’ name.

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

[1] Oxford Language Dictionary. https://bit.ly/3ePXj0h

Day 122: Whatever He Says

The Daily Word: Sunday, May 2nd, 2021
Judges 15:1-16:31
John 2:1-25
Psalm 103:1-22
Proverbs 14:17-19
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
His mother said to the servants, “Whatever He says to you, do it.” – Jn. 2:5

Jesus and His disciples were at a wedding. But there was a problem. “They have no wine,” Mary told Jesus (v 3). Jesus didn’t promise Mary a miracle! But Mary knew that when you linger on Jesus’ word – when you listen to what He says and do what He asks – miracles will follow.

This is the formula for the miraculous: “Whatever [Jesus] says to you, do it!” His instructions might sound ridiculous. The sacrifice He demands might be arduous! But the end result will be you – along with everyone around you – seeing the glory of God.

What has Jesus asked you to do? Do it. And then stay so close to His heart that whatever He asks you to do in the future – no matter how big or how small – you are ready to say yes.

Prayer:

Father, I will do whatever Jesus says! I will do whatever You ask. Help me not only to accurately discern Your word and Your will, but also to step out and do what You say. Make me willfully obedient, in Jesus’ name!

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

Day 121: Whose Hand?

The Daily Word: Saturday, May 1st, 2021
Judges 13:1-14:20
John 1:29-51
Psalm 102:1-28
Proverbs 14:15-16
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
Again the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the Lord, and the Lord delivered them into the hand of the Philistines for forty years. – Judges 13:1

God wants to protect you. He wants to provide for you! But when you intentionally disregard His word and His design, He cannot fulfill His desires for you because you are deliberately residing away from Him. When you willfully choose to pursue your own agenda instead of God’s, you are wandering off the path of protection He has for you. It wasn’t His decision; it was yours. He wants to protect you! But when you persistently ignore the tug on your heart to do what God says, you are wandering from under the umbrella of His protection.

Do you want the hand of God on your life? Or do you want to be delivered into the hand of your enemies? Whose hand will you choose? Deep down you know God is real! And You know He designed you to do something amazing. Stay close to Him. Say yes to His plans, and reject everything that’s not from Him! And you will stay protected and provided for, all of your days.

Prayer:

Lord, I say yes and amen to the amazing plans You have for my life! I will not waste one more moment of my life in willful disobedience. I will follow after You with all that I have, and all that I am, in Jesus’ name.

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

Day 120: Jesus Is His Word

The Daily Word: Friday, April 30th, 2021
Judges 11:1-12:15
John 1:1-28
Psalm 101:1-8
Proverbs 14:13-14
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. – Jn. 1:1-3

In the beginning was the Word. Notice that “Word” is capitalized to refer to God. But we know we are not talking about God the Father, because He is referred to separately as “God” in verse 1. “The Word was with God.” Someone else was with God in the beginning, and “all things were made through Him.” So who is Scripture talking about here? Jesus!

Jesus is the Word personified. The original Greek translates “Word” as logos (Strong’s G3056). Logos is a multi-dimensional word. It can refer to what someone has said or is saying: a decree or declaration. But it can also refer to the reason or plan behind what is said. Thayer & Smith’s Bible Dictionary notes that the word logos was first employed by a Greek philosopher named Heraclitus around 600 B.C. “to designate the divine reason or plan which coordinates a changing universe.”[1] The logos is the Divine plan. And who is the perfect Plan but Jesus Christ Himself? We were perfectly sinful and in need of a Savior; yet God loved us so much that He sent a Rescuer to save us!

So what does this all mean for you? Jesus is His Word. You can trust your Bible just as you would trust Jesus. And what’s more, you cannot claim to love Jesus if you do not love His Word. Period. Because to love Jesus is to love His Word.

Prayer:

Father, help me to fall in love with Jesus more than ever before. Also, help me to love the Word – my Bible – more than ever before! I want to be madly in love with Jesus; and I know that means I must madly love His Word.

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

[1] https://www.biblestudytools.com/lexicons/greek/kjv/logos.html

Day 119: The Spirit of Ill Will

The Daily Word: Thursday, April 29th, 2021
Judges 9:22-10:18
Luke 24:13-53
Psalm 100:1-5
Proverbs 14:11-12
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
…God sent a spirit of ill will between Abimelech and the men of Shechem; and the men of Shechem dealt treacherously with Abimelech, that the crime done to the seventy sons of Jerubbaal might be settled and their blood be laid on Abimelech their brother, who killed them, and on the men of Shechem, who aided him in the killing of his brothers. – Judges 9:23-24

Ill will is a spirit. Abimelech had committed a heinous, evil act. He murdered his seventy brothers to ensure he would be in charge of Israel. As a result, he was cursed. The evil which he had done would return on his own head. And one of the marks of the curse was a “spirit of ill will.”

Ill will – constant disagreement and hate towards other people – is not God’s best for you! It is a mark of the curse, and you don’t have to settle for it in your life. So if you find yourself at odds with everyone around you, and people trying to hurt you for no apparent reason, the cause is not natural, it is spiritual. Bind the spirit of ill will in your life. Declare that your inheritance is one of peace, and not conflict! And watch God cover your life with His perfect peace.

…and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. – Phil. 4:7

Prayer:

Father, I bind and cast out the spirit of ill will from my life. I reject every plan Satan has for me! I will not live in a state of turmoil and instability. I will be at peace, and I will be at rest, in Jesus’ name!

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

Day 118: God Is Your King!

The Daily Word: Wednesday, April 28th, 2021
Judges 8:18-9:21
Luke 23:44-24:12
Psalm 99:1-9
Proverbs 14:9-10
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
But Gideon said to them, “I will not rule over you, nor shall my son rule over you; the Lord shall rule over you.” – Judges 8:23

Israel was obsessed with following men instead of God. God had just given His people an amazing, sweeping victory. Yet instead of praising the God who gave them victory, they praised the man who led them into battle. The people wanted Gideon to rule over them as their king! But Gideon refused. Because Gideon knew what we should know: the only One you should ever follow and serve is God Himself.

Israel didn’t learn their lesson. They continued to beg God for a king again and again until He finally gave them one named Saul (see 1 Sam. 8:5). God’s promise had not changed: “I will take you as My people, and I will be your God” (Ex. 6:7). But God’s people still did not believe Him. They looked to man instead of God, and they were forever disappointed with the imperfect result.

Don’t look to man! Look to God. You have the perfect Leader. The perfect Guide! The perfect Savior whom you can trust and to whom you can look at all times. God is your King! Trust Him and Him alone.

Prayer:

Father, You shall rule over me! Nothing and no one else will. I will look to You! I will serve You. I will lay down my life at Your feet. Help me never to look to man, and always to look to You, in Jesus’ name!

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

Day 117: The Loudest Voices

The Daily Word: Tuesday, April 27th, 2021
Judges 7:1-8:17
Luke 23:13-43
Psalm 97:1-98:9
Proverbs 14:7-8
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
Then he said to them the third time, “Why, what evil has He done? I have found no reason for death in Him. I will therefore chastise Him and let Him go.” But they were insistent, demanding with loud voices that He be crucified. And the voices of these men and of the chief priests prevailed. – Lk.23:22-23

Pilate knew Jesus had done nothing wrong. He wanted to release Him! His wife had warned him to let Jesus go (Matt. 27:19). But the mob – the “chief priests, the rulers, and the people” – cried out for Jesus to be murdered. “But they shouted, saying, ‘Crucify Him, Crucify Him’” (v 21)! So Pilate caved. Instead of releasing this Man who was clearly innocent and had done nothing wrong, Pilate sentenced Him to death. Instead of listening to his wife and his conscience, he sought to appease the mob.

Pilate was swayed by the loudest voices. Who are the loudest voices in your life? If you’re a Christian, are the loudest voices in your life the Holy Spirit and the Word of God? I hope so! Because if not, you are in major danger of making some terrible mistakes. Pilate would suffer an eternity of torment for wrongly condemning Jesus to death. And he did it just to avoid a moment of discomfort as he was at odds with the people around him, most of whom he didn’t even know!

Make sure Jesus is the loudest voice in your life, and tune out everyone else. Because His voice is the only one you can trust, and the only one you need to hear.

Prayer:

Father, speak to me! I pray that Your voice would always be the loudest in my heart and in my head. I refuse to be swayed by the opinions of others – especially those who don’t know You! Instead, I will only be moved by the King of kings: my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

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

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