Day 69: God Is Looking for You!

The Daily Word: Sunday, March 10th, 2019
Numbers 14:1-15:16
Mark 14:53-72
Psalm 53:1-6
Proverbs 11:4
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
God looks down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there are any who understand, who seek God. – Ps 53:2

God is looking for you. Do you know why? He wants to bless those who seek Him:

For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him. – 2 Chron 16:9

When you seek God, you have His attention. Aren’t you glad to know that because you are seeking Him, His eyes are on you?

Prayer:

Father, thank You for watching me. Thank You for looking out for me! I am so grateful that You – the God of the universe – would take the time to consider my struggle. Thank You, in Jesus’ name!

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Day 68: Spy It Out!

The Daily Word: Saturday, March 9th, 2018
Numbers 11:24-13:33
Mark 14:22-52
Psalm 52:1-9
Proverbs 11:1-3
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “Send men to spy out the land of Canaan, which I am giving to the children of Israel; from each tribe of their fathers you shall send a man, every one a leader among them.” – Num 13:1-2

God didn’t bring everyone into Canaan right away. First He sent spies to spy it out. He allowed them to get a peek of the Promised Land. He gave them a glimpse of what was coming, so they knew how to plan accordingly. He showed them what the enemy was up to (v 18), in an effort to make them bold and courageous!

Do you feel God calling you into new territory? Ask Him to let you spy it out. As you pray, ask Him: “Lord, show me what my life is going to look like once I receive the promise.” He will get you there, and He will get you in; but there is nothing wrong with asking for a glimpse so you can prepare yourself for what is to come!

However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come. – Jn 16:13

Prayer:

Father, I want to spy out the land. You’ve promised me some amazing things! Show me what the promises are going to look like so I can plan for life with them. Thank You for the amazing things You are going to do, in Jesus’ name!

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Day 67: We Are Setting Out!

The Daily Word: Friday, March 8th, 2019
Numbers 10:1-11:23
Mark 14:1-21
Psalm 51:1-19
Proverbs 10:31-32
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
Now Moses said to Hobab the son of Reuel the Midianite, Moses’ father-in-law, “We are setting out for the place of which the Lord said, ‘I will give it to you.’ Come with us, and we will treat you well; for the Lord has promised good things to Israel.” – Num 10:29

Moses was setting out for the land the Lord had given him. The Lord had already spoken! He said He would give them the land! But they still had to set out and take it.

To “set out” means to “pull out” and to “pull up” (Strong’s H5265). Moses’ decision to set out involved movement; but before the movement began, there was a “pulling up” of roots that had to happen. He pulled his roots up from his comfort zone, and set out into the unknown. He had confidence to move forward because God had already told him , “I will give it to you.”

What has God promised you? It’s time to “set out.” Pull up your tent pegs, and take down the camp you’ve built around your comfort zone. If you want to move forward, you have to face your fear of uncertainty head-on. As you do, God’s promise is that everything He promised will always be available, in Jesus’ name.

Prayer:

Father, I am willing to get uncomfortable. I don’t want my roots to stay in my comfort zone. Give me the confidence I need to “set out,” in Jesus’ name!

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Day 66: Keeping Silent

The Daily Word: Thursday, March 7th, 2019
Numbers 8:1-9:23
Mark 13:14-37
Psalm 50:1-23
Proverbs 10:29-30
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
Our God shall come, and shall not keep silent; a fire shall devour before Him, and it shall be very tempestuous all around Him. – Ps 50:3

God will not keep silent. He is the Righteous Judge! When He sees something that doesn’t line up with His word, He speaks: through His prophets, and through divine intervention.

You are made in His image (Gen 1:27). You were not created to keep silent. What areas exist in your life where you have kept silent, but God is calling you to speak?

Prayer:

Father, make me bold as a lion. When You want me to speak, I will speak: in Jesus’ name!

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Day 65: All In!!

The Daily Word: Wednesday, March 6th, 2019
Numbers 6:1-7:89
Mark 12:38-13:13
Psalm 49:1-20
Proverbs 10:27-28
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
“Speak to the children of Israel, and say to them: ‘When either a man or woman consecrates an offering to take the vow of a Nazirite, to separate himself to the Lord, he shall separate himself from wine and similar drink; he shall drink neither vinegar made from wine nor vinegar made from similar drink; neither shall he drink any grape juice, nor eat fresh grapes or raisins. All the days of his separation he shall eat nothing that is produced by the grapevine, from seed to skin.’ ” – Num 6:2-4

God is not looking for half-commitment. The Nazirite was someone who chose to “separate himself to the Lord” (v 2). Nazirites couldn’t drink wine; and anyone who took the Nazirite vow took that promise so seriously that (s)he would avoid anything and everything having to do with grapes! If God has called you to avoid something, do not entertain anything, or anyone, having anything to do with that behavior. If God has called you to do something, do not entertain anything, or anyone, who will even come close to distracting you!

Go all in. Pursue Jesus with everything you’ve got, and don’t let anyone stand in your way! It’s pleasant to think about getting more from God; but in what ways could you give up more? What would you be willing to give to get closer to Him?

Prayer:

Father, I want to go all-in in my pursuit of You. I will give up anything and everything standing between me, and more of You! Make me more committed than ever, in Jesus’ name.

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Day 64: Common People

The Daily Word: Tuesday, March 5th, 2019
Numbers 4:1-5:31
Mark 12:18-37
Psalm 48:1-14
Proverbs 10:26
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
Then Jesus answered and said, while He taught in the temple, “How is it that the scribes say that the Christ is the Son of David? For David himself said by the Holy Spirit: ‘The Lord said to my Lord, “Sit at My right hand, Till I make Your enemies Your footstool.” ‘ Therefore David himself calls Him ‘Lord’; how is He then his Son?” And the common people heard Him gladly. – Mk 12:35-37

The common people wanted to come hear Jesus speak. He was relatable! He told them about things they needed to hear, in terms they could understand!

When you talk about God, do you speak in terms the “common people” can understand? Or is your religious jargon so intense that only those with a theological education get the message? If we want to win people to Jesus, we have to meet them where they are.

Prayer:

Father, make me relatable! I want to win people to Jesus; and I give You permission to make whatever changes need to be made in me to make it happen!

 

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Day 63: Your Role

The Daily Word: Monday, March 4th, 2019
Numbers 2:1-3:51
Mark 11:27-12:17
Psalm 47:1-9
Proverbs 10:24-25
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
And the leader of the fathers’ house of the families of the Kohathites was Elizaphan the son of Uzziel. Their duty included the ark, the table, the lampstand, the altars, the utensils of the sanctuary with which they ministered, the screen, and all the work relating to them. – Num 3:30-31

Each one of God’s people was assigned a specific task. The Gershonites were assigned the tabernacle, the tent, and the court around the altar (v 26). The Kohathites were in charge of the ark, the table, and many of the individual items in the sanctuary (v 31). The Mahlites and the Mushites took care of the pillars of the court and the boards of the tabernacle (v 36).

We all have a specific design. We all have a specific role! When we do what God has appointed someone else to do, the result is confusion! But when we do what God has asked us to do, the result is fulfillment and peace.

Don’t spend your life trying to do something God created someone else to do. Ask Him to define your role, and stick to it! There – and only there – will you find fullness of joy.

Prayer:

Father, help me to love what You have called me to do! I want to have a good attitude and a humble heart as I serve You, in Jesus’ name.

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Day 62: There Is A River

The Daily Word: Sunday, March 3rd, 2019
Leviticus 27:14-Numbers 1:54
Mark 11:1-26
Psalm 46:1-11
Proverbs 10:23
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
There is a river whose streams shall make glad the city of God, The holy place of the tabernacle of the Most High. – Ps 46:4

The “river” in Scripture is often symbolic of the move of God’s Holy Spirit. There is a “river” whose streams shall make glad the city of God. Did you know it’s possible to be one of God’s people – to live in His city – but not be glad? Did you know you can be saved, but still be miserable?

If you’re missing joy, you need more of God’s Holy Spirit! You need a fresh encounter with Him! You need to be baptized in the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking tongues!

On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.” But this He spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing in Him would receive; for the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified. – Jn 7:37-39

If you want to pour out; you have to let God pour in. Say yes to the Holy Spirit; and let Him move through your life like never before!

Prayer:

Father, thank You for Your Holy Spirit. I need You, Lord! I want You to move through my life like never before. Move me; shake me; and do whatever You want to do, in Jesus’ name!

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Day 61: He May Be Redeemed!

The Daily Word: Saturday, March 2nd, 2019
Leviticus 25:47-27:13
Mark 10:32-52
Psalm 45:1-17
Proverbs 10:22
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
“Now if a sojourner or stranger close to you becomes rich, and one of your brethren who dwells by him becomes poor, and sells himself to the stranger or sojourner close to you, or to a member of the stranger’s family, after he is sold he may be redeemed again.” – Lev 25:47-48a

Have you “sold” your soul? Have you lost hold of the life God wants for you, and accepted a counterfeit from the enemy instead? Have you lost your grip on righteousness and fallen into sin?

Even that which has been “sold” may be “redeemed again!” There is no such thing as being too far gone for God. The blood of Jesus is enough to get you out of any mess. The Cross of Jesus is enough to lift you out of any pit!

When Jesus is your brother; redemption is always possible.

Prayer:

Father, give me hope today! I pray Your love would wash over every situation that seems impossible. I know nothing is impossible for You, in Jesus’ name!

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Day 60: Whose Voice Are You Hearing?

The Daily Word: Friday, March 1st, 2019
Leviticus 24:1-25:46
Mark 10:13-31
Psalm 44:9-26
Proverbs 10:20-21
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
My dishonor is continually before me, and the shame of my face has covered me, because of the voice of him who reproaches and reviles, because of the enemy and the avenger. – Ps 44:15-16

The Psalmist felt shame. He felt dishonor. Why? Because he was listening to the wrong voice: “…because of the voice of him who reproaches and reviles” (v 16).

Satan – your enemy – reproaches and reviles. His aim is to cover you with guilt, condemnation, and shame. His goal is to have you so overcome by a sense of inadequacy that you can’t do anything for the Lord.

But look at how God speaks:

But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you. Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. – Jn 14:26-27

God doesn’t condemn; He uplifts. God doesn’t push; He leads. God doesn’t bring shame; He brings peace! If you’re feeling discouraged, you’re listening to the wrong voice! Listen to God, and be uplifted, in Jesus’ name!

Prayer:

Father, thank You for Your voice! Thank You for the constant encouragement I find in Your word and in prayer. Block out the enemy from my ears; and fill my head with Your heart, in Jesus’ name!

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