Day 114: The Next Generation

The Daily Word: Wednesday, April 24th, 2019
Judges 2:10-3:31
Luke 22:14-34
Psalm 92:1-93:5
Proverbs 14:1-2
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
When all that generation had been gathered to their fathers, another generation arose after them who did not know the Lord nor the work which He had done for Israel. – Judges 2:10

You are saved! The blood of Jesus has washed you clean from all guilt, condemnation and shame. The Cross of Jesus Christ has separated you from your sin, “….as far as the east is from the west” (Ps 103:12). So, what are you going to do with that freedom? Will you keep it to yourself, or will you share it with “another generation?”

Our generation fails when we don’t teach the next generation who God is! It’s not up to our kids to “find” God; it is up to us, as parents, to tell them how good He is, and point them straight into His arms. It’s up to us, as spiritual fathers and mother, to raise up spiritual sons and daughters who know about Jesus because we tell them!

You are saved by the blood of Jesus Christ. Now go and tell the next generation!

Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it. – Prov 22:6

Prayer:

Father, make me a bold witness to the next generation. Thank You for saving me! Now I’m asking that You would save other people as I share the Gospel, in Jesus’ name!

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Day 113: The Anchor

The Daily Word: Tuesday, April 23rd, 2019
Judges 1:1-2:9
Luke 21:29-22:13
Psalm 90:1-91:16
Proverbs 13:24-25
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away. – Lk 21:33

Life moves quickly. Situations change! People come and go, moving in and out of our lives at rapid speed. The jobs we work – and the cities in which we live – can change at the drop of a hat.

But in a world of constantly shifting realities and changing priorities, God’s word never fails. No matter how much the world changes around us, God’s word stays the same!

Do you need an anchor in the middle of a storm? Do you need a sure thing as the world moves around you? Trust God’s word. No matter what happens, His word “will by no means pass away.”

Prayer:

Father, thank You for Your word. I know the truth I find in the pages of my Bible is constant! Thank You for the permanence of Your love, in Jesus’ name!

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Day 112: He Is the Source

The Daily Word: Monday, April 22nd, 2019
Joshua 24:1-33
Luke 21:1-28
Psalm 89:38-52
Proverbs 13:20-23
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
“I sent the hornet before you which drove them out from before you, also the two kings of the Amorites, but not with your sword or with your bow. I have given you a land for which you did not labor, and cities which you did not build, and you dwell in them; you eat of the vineyards and olive groves which you did not plant.” – Josh 24:12-13

God’s people experienced a lot of victories. But their victories didn’t come because they were good at fighting; they came because they had the Lord on their side. Their victories didn’t come by “sword” or “bow;” they came because God drove their enemies out from before them!

God’s people were blessed in the Promised Land. But they weren’t enjoying the good life because they deserved it or had earned it; God had given them “a land for which [they] did not labor, and cities which [they] did not build!”

Every good thing you have in your life is a gift from God. It would have been blasphemy for God’s people to turn around and act like they had fought those battles, when God had given victory into their hand. It would have been offensive for God’s people to act like they had built their cities, when God had caused them to inherit territory they didn’t deserve!

Every blessing you have in your life comes from God’s hand. Take a moment this morning to acknowledge Him as the source!

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning. – Jas 1:17

Prayer:

Father, I am blessed! And I recognize You as the source. Thank You for blessing me in so many ways, in Jesus’ name.

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Day 111: Resurrection Power

The Daily Word: Sunday, April 21st, 2019
Joshua 22:21-23:16
Luke 20:27-47
Psalm 89:14-37
Proverbs 13:17-19
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
But those who are counted worthy to attain that age, and the resurrection from the dead, neither marry nor are given in marriage; nor can they die anymore, for they are equal to the angels and are sons of God, being sons of the resurrection. – Lk 20:35-36

This is the power of the resurrection. Those who are, “…counted worthy to attain…the resurrection from the dead,” cannot die anymore. They are equal to the angels. They are sons of God, because they are sons of the resurrection!

Do you want to have confidence that, when you die, you will be resurrected into eternal life with Jesus in Heaven? All it takes is one simple prayer. If you, “…confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved” (Rom 10:9)!

Are you ready to give your life to Jesus, and receive the promise of eternal life? Then pray this prayer out loud:

Father, I admit that I am not perfect. But I declare I don’t have to be. Jesus was perfect; and Jesus is perfect, for me. I receive the gift of salvation, and I believe in the finished work of the Cross, in Jesus’ name!

If you just prayed that prayer, you are saved. Find a local church, and get plugged in! Now your adventure in Christ begins.

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Day 110: Not A Word Failed

The Daily Word: Saturday, April 20th, 2019
Joshua 21:1-22:20
Luke 20:1-26
Psalm 89:1-13
Proverbs 13:15-16
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
The Lord gave them rest all around, according to all that He had sworn to their fathers. And not a man of all their enemies stood against them; the Lord delivered all their enemies into their hand. Not a word failed of any good thing which the Lord had spoken to the house of Israel. All came to pass. – Josh 21:44-45

God does not change. God is not a man that He should lie (Num 23:19). When He promised something to Israel, he meant it. He is the same, “…yesterday, today, and forever” (Heb 13:8). If He kept His promises to His people thousands of years ago, He will keep His promises to you today.

God’s word does not change. “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God” (2 Tim 3:16). His word has the powerful effect of doing what God sent it for!

So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; it shall not return to Me void, but it shall accomplish what I please, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it. – Is 55:11

God does not change, and His word does not change. He will not fail, and His word will not fail! You can have confidence in God, because He is good; and you can have confidence in God’s word, because it is true. God will do everything He promised to do: in this life, and in the next. All will come to pass!

Prayer:

Father, give me supernatural confidence to trust You like never before. I know You are good! And I believe You will do everything You promised to do. Help me to trust You like never before, in Jesus’ name!

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Day 109: It Will Be A Fight

The Daily Word: Friday, April 19th, 2019
Joshua 19:1-20:9
Luke 19:28-48
Psalm 88:1-18
Proverbs 13:12-14
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
And the border of the children of Dan went beyond these, because the children of Dan went up to fight against Leshem and took it; and they struck it with the edge of the sword, took possession of it, and dwelt in it. They called Leshem, Dan, after the name of Dan their father. – Josh 19:47

God promised His people the land; but the people still had to go out and take it. God pointed His people to the land they would inherit; but His people still had to go out and fight for it!

Don’t wait for someone else to do the heavy lifting for you. No one is going to drop your destiny in your lap! God will give it to you; but there is partnership He requires from you. Take Him by the hand, and step towards your destiny. If you feel resistance, don’t run away! When God is with you, you have everything you need to overcome every obstacle along the way.

Prayer:

Father, I am ready for the fight. I know You have already given me victory; but I still have to step out and seize it! I trust You, in Jesus’ name.

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Day 108: Friend of Sinners

The Daily Word: Thursday, April 18th, 2019
Joshua 16:1-18:28
Luke 19:1-27
Psalm 87:1-7
Proverbs 13:11
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
But when they saw it, they all complained, saying, “He has gone to be a guest with a man who is a sinner.” – Lk 19:7

Jesus wanted to dine with the “chief tax collector” (v 2). He loved to spend time with sinners! When the religious leaders saw it, they complained. Why would Jesus spend time with a man knee-deep in sin, instead of religious people who had their act together?

Jesus is, “…a friend of tax collectors and sinners” (Matt 11:19). Have you messed up? God is not mad at you. He doesn’t hate you because you’ve made some mistakes. On the contrary, He wants to spend time with you. Why? Because the only thing that will restore you is His presence.

When Jesus heard it, He said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.” – Mk 2:17

Prayer:

Father, thank You for loving a sinner like me. I don’t always have my act together; but I always have You! You are my God, and I love spending time in Your presence, in Jesus’ name.

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Day 107: Your Lot In Life

The Daily Word: Wednesday, April 17th, 2019
Joshua 15:1-63
Luke 18:18-43
Psalm 86:1-17
Proverbs 13:9-10
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
So this was the lot of the tribe of the children of Judah according to their families… – Josh 15:1

You have a “lot” in life. Your “lot” refers the designated land God has set aside for you: the territory He wants you to possess.

Your “lot” is not a bad thing. Typically we compare our “lot” to others. We get frustrated because our “lot” is not the same as our neighbor’s. But Scripture cautions against the sin of comparison (Ex 20:7). When we compare ourselves to others, we focus on what we don’t have; and in those moments, it becomes impossible to be grateful for what we do have.

Your “lot” is a good thing! God gave you a “lot” in life that corresponds to your design. If you try to live in some else’s “lot,” you won’t find fulfillment. You will constantly be aching to fulfill your God-given design; and that can only happen when you find the “lot” He created you to have. He created you to rule your “lot;” not to flounder in someone else’s!

Embrace your “lot.” Your “lot” is not a fence designed to contain you; it is the true north that pulls you into your God-given design. There is nothing more satisfying than becoming the man or woman God created you to be, and occupying the territory He designed you to have.

Prayer:

Father, help me to be thankful for my “lot.” I refuse to compare what You have given me, to what others have. I will be grateful for my “lot:” every day, in Jesus’ name!

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Day 106: Don’t Lose Heart

The Daily Word: Tuesday, April 16th, 2019
Joshua 13:1-14:15
Luke 18:1-17
Psalm 85:1-13
Proverbs 13:7-8
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
Then He spoke a parable to them, that men always ought to pray and not lose heart… – Lk 18:1

Prayer is important. But Jesus didn’t just tell His disciples to pray. He told them to pray, “…and not lose heart.”

Is your heart in your prayers? When you pray, do you really believe your prayers make a difference? Are you adding your faith to your prayers? Are you moved with compassion for the people for whom you pray?

God is moving. Don’t lose heart! Whether it takes ten seconds, or ten generations, for the answer to your pray to arrive: trust God, and don’t lose heart.

Prayer:

Father, I don’t want to pray half-baked prayers. I want my heart to be in them 100%! Help me to pray and not lose heart, in Jesus’ name.

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Day 105: Trusting God’s Word

The Daily Word: Monday, April 15th, 2019
Joshua 11:1-12:24
Luke 17:11-37
Psalm 84:1-12
Proverbs 13:5-6
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
But the Lord said to Joshua, “Do not be afraid because of them, for tomorrow about this time I will deliver all of them slain before Israel. You shall hamstring their horses and burn their chariots with fire.” – Josh 11:6

The Canaanites, the Amorites, the Hittites, the Perizzites, the Jebusites, and the Hivites were all gathered for battle against Israel. Their armies contained, “…as many people as the sand that is on the seashore in multitude, with very many horses and chariots” (v 4). If Israel was going to panic, this would have been a good time!

But God spoke: “Do not be afraid…, for tomorrow about this time I will deliver all of them slain before Israel” (v 6). The enemy was innumerable; yet God’s victory was inevitable.

What battle are you facing? Are you up against an army at work? An impossible battle at home? An insurmountable obstacle with your health? Trust God. If He says you don’t have to fear, that means it’s time for faith!

Prayer:

Father, thank You for fighting my battles! Remove all fear from me, and fill me with faith, in Jesus’ name. I am so grateful for the way You always fight my battles!

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