Day 24: Orderly Abundance

The Daily Word: Friday, January 24th, 2020
Genesis 48:1-49:33
Matthew 15:29-16:12
Psalm 20:1-9
Proverbs 4:20-27
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
Jesus said to them, “How many loaves do you have?” And they said, “Seven, and a few little fish.” So He commanded the multitude to sit down on the ground. And He took the seven loaves and the fish and gave thanks, broke them and gave them to His disciples; and the disciples gave to the multitude. – Matt. 15:34-36

Our God is a God of abundance! He gives so many fish that nets are about to break (Lk. 5:6). He distributes so much food that there are leftovers (v 37)! But our God is also a God of order. He doesn’t toss out miracles willy-nilly everywhere He goes. He distributes abundance to those who listen to His voice.

Look at verse 35. Jesus wanted to feed four thousand men, plus women and children, with seven loaves of bread and “a few little fish” (v 34). This was going to be huge! But first, “He commanded the multitude to sit down on the ground.” Miracles work through divine order! There was an orderly distribution process at play for the provision of God! Jesus had the people sit; and then the disciples passed out the food to them. Anyone who would not sit did not get fed. Anyone who wanted to receive for himself – instead of from the hands of the disciples – went home hungry.

Sitting represents your willingness to humble yourself before God. When He tells you to sit, will you listen? Or will you insist that you need to stay standing – because you’re in such a hurry, or because you’re so important – and miss out on the blessing of God? Take a moment today and sit at His feet. Do what He has told you to do, and receive from the people He has put in your life as teachers and leaders. Jesus has what you need; but you just need to sit still long enough to receive it.

Prayer:

Father, help me to sit. I will do what You tell me to do. I will receive from whom You tell me to receive! I want Your blessing; and I will to whatever it takes to walk out the calling You have on my life, in Jesus’ name.

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Day 23: Impressing Jesus

The Daily Word: Thursday, January 23rd, 2020
Genesis 46:1-47:31
Matthew 15:1-28
Psalm 19:1-14
Proverbs 4:14-19
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
Then Jesus answered and said to her, “O woman, great is your faith! Let it be to you as you desire.” And her daughter was healed from that very hour. – Matt. 15:28

Jesus wasn’t impressed by religious people. He openly criticized the Pharisees for drawing, “…near to [Him] with their mouth,” but not honoring Him with their heart (v 8). Jesus wasn’t moved by people who held positions of power. He wasn’t impressed when people acted holy in front of their friends!

But He was moved by faith. In Matthew 15, a woman approached Jesus and asked Him to heal her daughter. And Jesus said no because she was a Gentile: not just once, but twice (vv 24 and 26)! But the woman persisted. She would not leave without her miracle! And so Jesus, “…answered and said to her, ‘O woman, great is your faith! Let it be to you as you desire.’ And her daughter was healed from that very hour” (v 28).

Faith moves God. He already wants to move on your behalf! But faith is what puts God’s mercy in motion. Whatever you are going through, approach your obstacle with faith. God will move, and you will be in awe!

Prayer:

Father, I’m asking for more faith in Jesus’ name. I want to move mountains with my prayers, and I know I need faith to do it! Move through me powerfully, in Jesus’ name!

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Day 22: Destroying the Enemy

The Daily Word: Wednesday, January 22nd, 2020
Genesis 44:1-45:28
Matthew 14:13-36
Psalm 18:37-50
Proverbs 4:11-13
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
I have pursued my enemies and overtaken them; neither did I turn back again till they were destroyed. – Ps. 18:37

Jesus is always our focus. We should keep our eyes on Him! We should pray attention to what Jesus is doing, instead of always looking around the corner for what Satan is planning next.

But when the enemy is clearly trying to mess up your life: pursue him. Chase him out of your life! Overtake him, and do not look back until he is destroyed. Satan has no authority to wreak havoc in your life! And you have “all authority” (Matt. 28:18) to kick him out.

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 giving me authority over the enemy. I refuse to put up with his work in my life anymore! I am going to kick him out for good, in Jesus’ name!

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Day 21: Get Out of Hell Free

The Daily Word: Tuesday, January 21st, 2020
Genesis 42:18-43:34
Matthew 13:47-14:12
Psalm 18:16-36
Proverbs 4:7-10
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
“So it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come forth, separate the wicked from among the just, and cast them into the furnace of fire. There will be wailing and gnashing of teeth.” – Matt. 13:49-59

Jesus is a nice Guy. He is the Prince of Peace! His words bring life. But when it comes to the subject of the “end of the age,” Jesus never minced words. He never held back!

There will be a final judgment. “Angels will come forth [to] separate the wicked from among the just” (v 49). The just will be gathered into Heaven. But the wicked will be “cast…into the furnace of fire” (v 50).

Where will you spend eternity? Your eternal destination is not based on what you do: whether or not you live a perfect life. It is based on Who you know. If you know Jesus, you will avoid the fire; because He lived a perfect life for You, and when You receive Him as Lord you are hidden in Him (Col. 3:3)! But if you don’t know Jesus, you will be cast into the “furnace of fire.” It’s that simple. And it is not a joke. Not everyone gets to go to Heaven. And don’t tell me that’s not “fair!” Because Jesus told us the deal up front!

If you believe Scripture, there is no avoiding the reality that Hell exists. Even if you’re not sure you believe Scripture, is it worth taking the chance? Receive Jesus. He is the only One who can save you from the fire, and welcome you into everlasting life.

Prayer:

Father, thank You that I know Jesus! I’m so happy I have received Him as Lord. I want to live my life in humble devotion and service to You: because You are the one who saved me from the flames of Hell, and welcomed me into Heaven with open arms!

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Day 20: The Key to Success

The Daily Word: Monday, January 20th, 2020
Genesis 41:17-42:17
Matthew 13:24-46
Psalm 18:1-15
Proverbs 4:1-6
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
So the advice was good in the eyes of Pharaoh and in the eyes of all his servants. And Pharaoh said to his servants, “Can we find such a one as this, a man in whom is the Spirit of God?” – Gen. 41:37-38

Joseph didn’t ask to be second in command over all of Egypt. But when he interpreted Pharaoh’s dreams, Pharaoh insisted: “You shall be over all my house, and all my people shall be ruled according to your word” (Gen. 41:40). Joseph simply exercised the God-given gifting inside him, and God did the rest.

What made Joseph so special was not intellect, talent or craftiness. What made Joseph special was the Spirit of God. When Joseph spoke, people around him recognized the wisdom of God’s Holy Spirit. When Joseph gave advice, people around him recognized the hand of the Spirit of the Lord. The Holy Spirit was all over Joseph, and everyone who met him knew it!

You don’t need to promote yourself. You don’t need to network and get noticed! You simply need to be fully of the Holy Spirit, and God will take care of the rest.

Therefore, brethren, seek out from among you seven men of good reputation, full of the Holy Spirit and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business… – Acts 6:3

Prayer:

Father, help me to lean on Your Holy Spirit like never before. I know You always know better than me! Help me to trust You, and to seek You now more than ever, in Jesus’ name.

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Day 19: You’re Still You!

The Daily Word: Sunday, January 19th, 2020
Genesis 39:1-41:16
Matthew 12:46-13:23
Psalm 17:1-15
Proverbs 3:33-35
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
Now Joseph had been taken down to Egypt. And Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh, captain of the guard, an Egyptian, bought him from the Ishmaelites who had taken him down there. – Gen. 39:1

Joseph was “taken” somewhere new; but his identity had not changed. He was still Jacob’s son! He was still a young man who had received powerful dreams from God about his destiny. The Lord was still with him; and he was still “a successful man” (v 2)!

It’s new territory; but it’s the same you! Just because you’re in a new place does not mean who you are has changed. Joseph didn’t plan to go to Egypt; but God would use Joseph’s character as the foundation for success no matter where Joseph ended up.

Your scenery might have changed; but you are still the victor God created you to be. Now step out and be great, in Jesus’ name.

Prayer:

Father, thank You for making me a (wo)man after Your own heart! I might feel like I’m sidelined; but I’m still the person You made me to be! My identity and my foundation in You will never change, in Jesus’ name.

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Day 18: I’ve Got Issues

The Daily Word: Saturday, January 18th, 2020
Genesis 37:1-38:30
Matthew 12:22-45
Psalm 16:1-11
Proverbs 3:27-32
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
Then one was brought to Him who was demon-possessed, blind and mute; and He healed him, so that the blind and mute man both spoke and saw. – Matt. 12:22

This guy had a lot of stuff going on. When he came to Jesus, he was 1) demon-possessed, 2) blind and 3) mute (unable to speak). But Jesus didn’t back away. He wasn’t turned off or overwhelmed by the depth of this man’s need! Jesus immediately met this man exactly where he was. He healed him and delivered him, “so that [he]…both spoke and saw.”

You’ve got issues! But Jesus can handle them. He can heal you of every disease and ailment with one touch! He can deliver you of any demon with one word. He can change your eternal future with one moment in His presence! So whatever you’re going through: bring it to Jesus. You bring Him your issues, and He will show you He is God.

Prayer:

Father, thank You for never giving up on me. I’ve got issues! But You have the remedy for everything that ails me. Thank You for healing me and delivering me, in Jesus’ name!

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Day 17: Back to His Presence

The Daily Word: Friday, January 17th, 2020
Genesis 35:1-36:43
Matthew 12:1-21
Psalm 15:1-5
Proverbs 3:21-26
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
Then God said to Jacob, “Arise, go up to Bethel and dwell there; and make an altar there to God, who appeared to you when you fled from the face of Esau your brother.” – Gen. 35:1

Jacob had a history with God in Bethel. As Jacob was fleeing from his brother Esau, he had stopped to spend the night in Bethel. He saw, “…a ladder [that was] set up on the earth, and its top reached to heaven and there the angels of God were ascending and descending on it” (Gen. 28:12). God spoke to Jacob in that place. He promised to give Jacob the land of Bethel. He promised to bless him and never leave him.

Now here was Jacob, years later, in unfamiliar territory. He had fled from his Uncle Laban with his entire family, and had just reconciled with his brother Esau. He didn’t know where to go or what to do; so God told him to go back to Bethel: not just to pass through, but to dwell. God told Jacob to go back to the place where Jacob and God had a history, and to camp around God’s presence in that place.

It’s time to go back to His presence! Was there a time in your life when you heard from God powerfully and consistently? It’s time to “go up” to that place and “dwell there.” It’s time to “make an altar there to God:” to offer something costly to Him that you’ve never offered before. As you dwell in His presence, He will refresh you. He will fill you with vision! He will tell you where to go and what to do; and He will remind you whom He created you to become.

Then God appeared to Jacob again, when he came from Padan Aram, and blessed him. – Gen. 35:9

Prayer:

Father, I’m going back to Your presence. Take me back to a place of consistent intimacy with You! I’m so grateful for Your ongoing presence, and Your persistent love, in Jesus’ name!

© Michael D. White, 2020. All rights reserved.

Day 16: You Give Up Too Easily!

The Daily Word: Thursday, January 16th, 2020
Genesis 32:13-34:31
Matthew 11:7-30
Psalm 14:1-7
Proverbs 3:19-20
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
And He said, “Let Me go, for the day breaks.” But he said, “I will not let You go unless You bless me!” – Gen. 32:26

Jacob wrestled with God. Day was breaking, and it was time for God to go! But Jacob would not let go of God until he got his blessing! He was blessed as a result of his persistence with God.

What are you contending for? When you ask God for something, do you give up too easily? Do you walk away before you have everything God promised you? The victory belongs to those who are persistent in prayer. Don’t give up. Make the decision to continue wresting – to keep seeking! – until the full manifestation of the blessing comes.

Prayer:

Father, I don’t want to give up too easily anymore. Give me the strength and persistence to fiercely contend for everything You’ve promised me, in Jesus’ name!

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Day 15: You Will Too!

The Daily Word: Wednesday, January 15th, 2020
Genesis 31:17-32:12
Matthew 10:24-11:6
Psalm 13:1-6
Proverbs 3:16-18
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
A disciple is not above his teacher, nor a servant above his master. – Matt. 10:24

If Jesus suffered persecution, you will too. If Jesus had people spit in His face, you will too! If Jesus had people misunderstand Him and judge Him everywhere He went, you will too! No servant is above his master; so if Jesus had to deal with people hating Him even though He did everything He could to bless them, what makes you think you will avoid it?

This mainly applies to two areas of your life: suffering and service. If even Jesus was not above suffering, neither shall we be. And if even Jesus was called to serve, so too will we be! You are called to suffer for – and serve – people who will never say thank you, and might even hate you for your service. But just because it isn’t easy, doesn’t mean it isn’t right.

Do not run from the call to love like Jesus. Embrace it, and count it all joy!

My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. – Jas 1:2-3

Prayer:

Father, help me to serve well when service is required. Help me to suffer well when suffering is required! And help me to see that, as long as I have You, there is no such thing as suffering or lack.

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