Day 54: Taking Ownership

The Daily Word: Saturday, February 23rd, 2019
Leviticus 14:1-57
Mark 6:30-56
Psalm 40:1-10
Proverbs 10:11-12
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
But He answered and said to them, “You give them something to eat.” And they said to Him, “Shall we go and buy two hundred denarii worth of bread and give them something to eat?” – Mk 6:37

Jesus didn’t want the disciples to buy the people something to eat; He wanted the disciples to give them something to eat. You don’t have to purchase what you already own! Jesus had already given His disciples everything they needed to perform miracles and multiply provision. All they had to do was use it.

Don’t convince yourself you have to purchase anything God has already given you! He has given you spiritual gifts (1 Cor 12)! He has given you compassion for the lost. He has given you healing for the broken! He gave it to you on purpose; so use it for His glory, in Jesus’ name!

Prayer:

Father, I recognize I don’t need to earn anything that Your Son Jesus already purchased on the Cross. Help me to step into my role as a distributor of miracles. I want Your Holy Spirit to move through me like never before, in Jesus’ name!

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Day 53: Deeper Meaning

The Daily Word: Friday, February 22nd, 2019
Leviticus 13:1-59
Mark 6:1-29
Psalm 39:1-13
Proverbs 10:10
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
But if the bright spot stays in one place, and has not spread, it is the scar of the boil; and the priest shall pronounce him clean. – Lev 13:23

On the surface, God was talking to His people about a skin condition called leprosy. If the priest saw someone with a spot that, “…spread over the skin” (v 22), he should pronounce him unclean because it was a contagious infection. But if the spot, “…stays in one place, and has not spread,” it was just a scar (v 23). So what does this have to do with us, in the 21st century, when leprosy has been virtually eradicated?

The deeper message here has to do not with leprosy, but with community. Often times, Scripture has one surface-level meaning, and another deeper meaning. God is not just talking about spots on the skin here. He is telling us that when someone has been hurt, time away from community may be warranted. If someone’s wound is so fresh that his or her offense is still contagious, they are unclean: unsafe for others to be around. But if someone has a scar, there is no reason to keep them from community!

A scar is not a reason to exclude someone. If they have been through something painful but they are healed, they should be welcomed with open arms. They have been through something hurtful, but they have been repaired! I dream of the day when we – Christians in church – would be willing to roll up our sleeves and show each other our scars; because the way God brought you through your past pain will give hope to someone who needs it today!

Prayer:

Father, I want to pursue Your word for deeper meaning. Help me always to press in and discern what You are trying to say! I want to go deeper than ever in studying Your word, in Jesus’ name.

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Day 52: Are You Inconveniencing God?

The Daily Word: Thursday, February 21st, 2019
Leviticus 11:1-12:8
Mark 5:21-43
Psalm 38:1-22
Proverbs 10:8-9
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
And Jesus, immediately knowing in Himself that power had gone out of Him, turned around in the crowd and said, “Who touched My clothes?” – Mk 5:30

Jesus was on His way to Jairus’ house. He was busy! He was famous! A great multitude “followed Him and thronged Him” (v 24). Yet out of nowhere, a woman in need of serious healing, “…came behind Him in the crowd and touched His garment” (v 27). “For she said, ‘If only I may touch His clothes, I shall be made well’ (v 28).”

Jesus was not inconvenienced by this woman’s insistence. Not only was He not too busy to heal her; He was also not too busy to give her a face-to-face encounter with God (v 34)! This woman had great faith; and it was her insistence on getting close to Jesus that made her whole!

Sometimes we don’t ask for healing because we assume God is too busy. Surely, we think, He has more important people to focus on than little old me! But you have not because you ask not. If you need healing, come to Him! He wants to meet your need; but you have to come to Him first!

Prayer:

Father, thank You for always receiving me. Whatever I need, I know You are always there to meet me: no matter how large or small the request. I am forever grateful, in Jesus’ name!

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Day 51: All-Consuming Fire

The Daily Word: Wednesday, February 20th, 2019
Leviticus 9:7-10:20
Mark 4:26-5:20
Psalm 37:30-40
Proverbs 10:6-7
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
And Moses and Aaron went into the tabernacle of meeting, and came out and blessed the people. Then the glory of the Lord appeared to all the people, and fire came out from before the Lord and consumed the burnt offering and the fat on the altar. When all the people saw it, they shouted and fell on their faces. – Lev 9:23-24

God gave Moses and Aaron specific instructions. They were to bring certain things to Him and lay them on the altar; and as they did, He would consume their sacrifice. He would burn them up with holy fire! He did exactly as He promised: “…fire came out from before the Lord and consumed the burnt offering and the fat on the altar” (v 24). The glory of God was so tangible, and the power of God so palpable, that everyone who witnessed it “…shouted and fell on their faces” (v 24).

God will consume whatever you are willing to offer Him. But if you want God to consume it, you have to put it on the altar! He will not override your unwillingness to sacrifice a given part of your life to Him. So, what parts of your life do you want to burn with holy fire?

Do you want Him to bless your finances like never before? Put it on the altar. Do you want to see breakthrough in your relationships like never before? Put it on the altar. Whatever you want God to do: offer that area of your life up to Him! If you put it on the altar, He will cause it to burn with holy fire.

Prayer:

Father, thank You for Your faithfulness! Whatever I present, You consume. Help me to offer up more of myself – and more of my life – than ever before, in Jesus’ name!

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Day 50: Do You Think for Yourself?

The Daily Word: Tuesday, February 19th, 2019
Leviticus 7:28-9:6
Mark 3:31-4:25
Psalm 37:12-29
Proverbs 10:5
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
So Moses did as the Lord commanded him. And the congregation was gathered together at the door of the tabernacle of meeting. And Moses said to the congregation, “This is what the Lord commanded to be done.” – Lev 8:4-5

This was Moses’ ministry model: he did whatever God asked him to do! He didn’t question God. He didn’t have to know why God was asking him to do it. If the Lord commanded him to do something, he simply got it done.

Jesus ran His ministry the same way:

“Most assuredly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He sees the Father do; for whatever He does, the Son also does in like manner.” – Jn 5:19

The word is obedience. Do you think for yourself? Or do you let the Holy Spirit do the thinking for you? When God asks you to do something, do you get it done?

Prayer:

Father, I want You to think for me. I don’t want to decide whether or not to act in faith based on how I feel, or according to what I think is right! If You call me to do something, I want to go out and get it done – in Jesus’ name!

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Day 49: Order of Operations

The Daily Word: Monday, February 18th, 2019
Leviticus 6:1-7:27
Mark 3:7-30
Psalm 37:1-11
Proverbs 10:3-4
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
And He went up on the mountain and called to Him those He Himself wanted. And they came to Him. Then He appointed twelve, that they might be with Him and that He might send them out to preach… – Mark 3:13-14

Jesus chose His disciples, and then called them to Himself. When they came to Him, He “appointed” (i.e. ordained) them to do two things: 1) be with Him, and 2) go out and preach.

The order is important. Priority number one for Jesus’ disciples was to “be with Him.” Only after that requirement was met would He “send them out to preach” (v 14). How often do we get that backwards? We try to launch into our day – our even a lifetime of ministry – without first spending time with Jesus. We prioritize activity – doing stuff for Jesus – over intimacy – simply being with Him.

Take today to re-center, and re-focus. Jesus is your Number One Priority. Be with Him; and from that place of intimacy, you can go out and do everything else!

Prayer:

Father, help me to prioritize well. I know my first and only priority should be spending time with Jesus. Help me to put time with Him above all else, in Jesus’ name!

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Day 48: Are You Available?

The Daily Word: Sunday, February 17th, 2019
Leviticus 4:1-5:19
Mark 2:13-3:6
Psalm 36:1-12
Proverbs 10:1-2
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
As He passed by, He saw Levi the son of Alphaeus sitting at the tax office. And He said to him, “Follow Me.” So he arose and followed Him. – Mk 2:14

Jesus didn’t choose Levi (Matthew) because he was the smartest, the purest, or the most devoted. He chose Matthew because he was available. Jesus passed by and saw Matthew sitting in the tax office – at his job! And when He told Matthew to follow Him, Matthew actually listened.

Greatness happens when you follow Jesus. God doesn’t need you to be the best; He simply needs you to be available! Drop what you’re doing, and follow Him: with all your heart, all your mind, all your soul, and all your strength!

Prayer:

Father, I want to be available. When it’s time to follow You, help me to say yes! I want to put everything else in my life on hold, and step out and follow You, in Jesus’ name.

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Day 47: Everyday Healing

The Daily Word: Saturday, February 16th, 2019
Leviticus 1:1-3:17
Mark 1:29-2:12
Psalm 35:17-28
Proverbs 9:13-18
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
Now as soon as they had come out of the synagogue, they entered the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John. But Simon’s wife’s mother lay sick with a fever, and they told Him about her at once. So He came and took her by the hand and lifted her up, and immediately the fever left her. And she served them. – Mk 1:29-31

Simon’s mother in law was sick. She needed healing! So Jesus came to her. He responded to an invitation into her home by bringing healing with Him! There was no worship team. There was no fanfare! There was simply Jesus; and He was enough!

You don’t have to go anywhere to get your healing! Ask Jesus to come to you. He can heal you at home, at work, or on the train. You don’t have to be in the right atmosphere; you just have to be with Him! He can heal you right where you are! You don’t have to go anywhere; He just has to come to you.

Prayer:

Father, thank You for meeting me where I am. Thank You that healing can happen any day, anywhere! Help me to trust You for healing like never before, in Jesus’ name!

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Day 46: Obedience => Blessing

The Daily Word: Friday, February 15th, 2019
Exodus 39:1-40:38
Mark 1:1-28
Psalm 35:1-16
Proverbs 9:11-12
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
Then Moses looked over all the work, and indeed they had done it; as the Lord had commanded, just so they had done it. And Moses blessed them. – Ex 39:43

There is a blessing attached to obedience. God had His people very specific instructions. They did everything God asked them to do: “…as the Lord had commanded, just so they had done it.” And as soon as they did what He asked them to do, do you know what happened? They were blessed! When the work was done, “…Moses blessed them.”

There is a blessing on the other side of your obedience! Do you want to be blessed? Do what God has called you to do! If you aren’t seeing the promise of God unfold over your life, ask yourself: what was the last thing God asked you to do? Did you do it? If not, go back and do it! The more you exercise faithful obedience, the more His favor will unfold over your life, in Jesus’ name!

Prayer:

Father, thank You for simple faith. When I do what You say, I will be blessed! I thank You for that, in Jesus’ name.

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Day 45: A Divine Shaking

The Daily Word: Thursday, February 14th, 2019
Exodus 37:1-38:31
Matthew 28:1-20
Psalm 34:11-22
Proverbs 9:9-10
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
Now after the Sabbath, as the first day of the week began to dawn, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to see the tomb. And behold, there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat on it. – Matt 28:1-2

Jesus was dead. The disciples were distraught! They had followed this Man who claimed to be the Son of God for years; but now He was gone. Shut in a tomb! All hope was lost.

But then there was a great earthquake. There was a divine shaking! The will of Heaven collided with the Earth, and the very ground shook. God’s will invaded Earth’s despair, and the whole earth trembled. In one moment, Heaven and Earth intersected, and everything changed! Jesus was risen! Hope was alive! God had performed everything He had promised to do.

Are you ready for an earthquake in your life? Are you ready for God to shake up your circumstance in the best possible way? Believe that Heaven will invade your life. Hold out hope! In one moment, everything can change.

Prayer:

Father, I need an earthquake in my life. I need you to shake up my circumstance with supernatural purpose! Come in and invade the places where I’ve lost hope. Turn everything around, in Jesus’ name!

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