Day 44: The Divine Exchange

The Daily Word: Wednesday, February 13th, 2019
Exodus 35:10-36:38
Matthew 27:32-66
Psalm 34:1-10
Proverbs 9:7-8
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
Then everyone came whose heart was stirred, and everyone whose spirit was willing, and they brought the Lord’s offering for the work of the tabernacle of meeting, for all its service, and for the holy garments. – Ex 35:21

What an offering! God told Moses exactly how to construct the tabernacle that would house His presence. Then, He asked the people to provide the materials for the work. But notice that God asks gently. God didn’t demand supplies from the people, and threaten to curse them if they didn’t meet the need! He stirred their hearts. He gave them willing spirits! And when they had been moved, the people brought the offering.

What a beautiful exchange! 1) God provides for His people, 2) God plans, and 3) the people provide what is necessary for God’s plan from the provision He has given them. God gives freely to us so that we might be willing to make His plans happen when He needs us to give back! What is God planning in your life?

Prayer:

Father, thank You for supplying everything I need. I know everything I have is a gift from You. Thank You for providing more than enough, in Jesus’ name!

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Day 43: Warned In A Dream

The Daily Word: Tuesday, February 12th, 2019
Exodus 34:1-35:9
Matthew 27:15-31
Psalm 33:12-22
Proverbs 9:1-6
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
While he was sitting on the judgment seat, his wife sent to him, saying, “Have nothing to do with that just Man, for I have suffered many things today in a dream because of Him.” – Matt 27:19

Pilate was about to make the worst decision of his life. He sat on the judgment seat, deciding whether or not to give in to the demands of the people who wanted to crucify Jesus. From our vantage point, we know that Pilate made a bad decision; but then and there, in that moment, God gave him one last chance!

God warned Pilate. God spoke to Pilate’s wife in a dream: “Have nothing to do with that just Man!” If he had listened, Pilate would have been spared from doing something he would regret for the rest of eternity. But Pilate didn’t listen.

What’s especially encouraging to me is that Pilate and his wife were not even Christians! They didn’t know Jesus! But God spoke to them all the same. And If He speaks to people who don’t know Jesus, how much more will He speak to us: people who do!

If you are about to do something you shouldn’t do, God will warn you! He will speak to you with visions and dreams in an effort to prevent you from doing something that might be damaging to your future. He will speak to you to prevent you from doing something that will contradict His plan! God will warn you through dreams so you don’t do something destructive. Will you pay attention when He does?

Prayer:

Father, thank You for warning me. Thank You for speaking to me through dreams! When You speak, help me to listen. Keep me from doing evil, in Jesus’ name!

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Day 42: You Are An Original

The Daily Word: Monday, February 11th, 2019
Exodus 32:1-33:23
Matthew 26:69-27:14
Psalm 33:1-11
Proverbs 8:33-36
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
Sing to Him a new song; play skillfully with a shout of joy. – Ps 33:3

You are an original. When you sing to God, He wants you to sing a new song: something that has never been sung before. When you live your life for Jesus, He wants you to do something new: something that has never been done before!

God made you unique. You are an original! You don’t have to be a copy. He put something in you – plans, purposes, dreams, and vision – that no one else has ever had! He put you on this earth to do something that no one else can ever do.

Why would you try and be like someone else, when God created you to be you?

Prayer:

Father, thank You for making me an original. I will sing a new song to You! I know I am on this earth to do something – and to be someone – the world has never seen before! Help me to celebrate You in everything I do, in Jesus’ name.

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Day 41: The Anointing Oil

The Daily Word: Sunday, February 10th, 2019
Exodus 30:11-31:18
Matthew 26:47-68
Psalm 32:1-11
Proverbs 8:27-32
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
And you shall make from these a holy anointing oil, an ointment compounded according to the art of the perfumer. It shall be a holy anointing oil. With it you shall anoint the tabernacle of meeting and the ark of the Testimony… – Ex 30:25-26

The anointing oil is symbolic of God’s Holy Spirit. Whenever a king or priest was anointed in the Old Testament, oil was required. When you anoint something or someone with oil, what you are saying is: Holy Spirit, You are welcome here!

Have you ever anointed your home with oil? Have you ever anointed your own head with oil? Parents: have you ever anointed your children with oil? Anoint the people and the places that are important to you. As you do, you are making the declaration: the only Spirit allowed here is God’s Holy Spirit! You are closing the door to the enemy, and opening the gates of Heaven, in Jesus’ name.

Prayer:

Father, thank You for practical actions that welcome more of Your presence into my life. If You want me to anoint anything in my life, let me know! I will do it; because I want more of You, at any cost, in Jesus’ name.

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Day 40: Places and People

The Daily Word: Saturday, February 9th, 2019
Exodus 29:1-30:10
Matthew 26:14-46
Psalm 31:19-24
Proverbs 8:14-26
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
And He said, “Go into the city to a certain man, and say to him, ‘The Teacher says, “My time is at hand; I will keep the Passover at your house with My disciples.” ‘ ” – Matt 26:18

Jesus sent His disciples to a specific place; and He also sent them to a specific person! People are important. More often than not, when God wants to bless you, He will do it through other people. He will surround you with people who love you and care for you, and work through them to get you what He needs you to have! So when God puts a person on your heart, pay attention!

Pray that God would send you to the right place; but also pray He would send you to the right people! To whom is God sending you? What people does He want you around? The people you meet are even more important than the places you go.

Prayer:

Father, help me never to forget just how important people are. You have surrounded me with anointed men and women of God; and You did it on purpose! Help me to treasure them, just as they treasure me, in Jesus’ name!

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Day 39: Leadership 101

The Daily Word: Friday, February 8th, 2019
Exodus 28:1-43
Matthew 25:31-26:13
Psalm 31:9-18
Proverbs 8:12-13
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
So Aaron shall bear the names of the sons of Israel on the breastplate of judgment over his heart, when he goes into the holy place, as a memorial before the Lord continually. – Ex 28:29

Scripture describes the garments Aaron and the priests wore in great detail. Aaron was to wear a “breastplate of judgment over his heart.” That breastplate had the names of the twelve tribes of Israel inscribed on it. So, whenever Aaron went into the holy place, he would have the twelve tribes of the people of Israel “over his heart.” He would lift them up in prayer, “…as a memorial before the Lord continually.”

The primary role of the Christian leader is to pray: to always keep God’s people on his heart. Good preaching is awesome! Motivating people to work together is fun! But if you don’t have a heart for the people, you have nothing at all. If you don’t pray for the people God has called you to lead, you’re not really leading!

Take a moment today to remember the people God has put in your life. Keep them on your heart. Lift them up in prayer! As you bring them before God, He will move through their lives, in Jesus’ name.

Prayer:

Father, help me to be a better leader. Remind me to pray for the people You have called me to lead. Thank You for giving me time to pray, and for giving me authoritative prayers that move mountains, in Jesus’ name!

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Day 38: Prize the Anointing

The Daily Word: Thursday, February 7th, 2019
Exodus 26:1-27:21
Matthew 25:1-30
Psalm 31:1-8
Proverbs 8:1-11
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
“Then the kingdom of heaven shall be likened to ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Now five of them were wise, and five were foolish. Those who were foolish took their lamps and took no oil with them, but the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. But while the bridegroom was delayed, they all slumbered and slept. And at midnight a cry was heard: ‘Behold, the bridegroom is coming; go out to meet him!’” – Matt 25:1-6

You don’t get to choose when you will need the oil! The need for the anointing will arise in a moment; and when it does, will you be ready? When God puts someone in front of you on the street, will you have the anointing to share the Gospel? When God puts someone in front of you who needs healing, will you have the anointing to get the job done?

Prize the anointing! Spend time with Jesus every day. Treasure God’s presence. If you wait to seek it until you need it, it will be too late; but if you spend time with the Lord in advance, you will be ready in your moment of need.

Prayer:

Father, make me ready, in Jesus’ name! Whenever You have work for me to do, I want to be prepared. Keep me ready to do Your work at all times!

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Day 37: Let God Do It!

The Daily Word: Wednesday, February 6th, 2019
Exodus 23:14-25:40
Matthew 24:29-51
Psalm 30:1-12
Proverbs 7:24-27
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
“Behold, I send an Angel before you to keep you in the way and to bring you into the place which I have prepared.” – Ex 23:20

God will fight for you. He will send His Angel to “keep you in the way:” to protect you from evil, and keep you focused on Jesus. He will send His Messenger to show you the way into the Promised Land. If you listen to His voice, He will, “…be an enemy to your enemies and an adversary to your adversaries” (v 22)!

Some interpret this to mean that God would send an angel before His people: a celestial being to guide them into the Promised Land. Others take this as a Messianic prophecy: God’s promise that He would send His Son – the Angel – to bring His people (you!!) into Heaven. Either way, the message is clear: God will bring us where He wants us. We don’t have to figure out how to get there on our own; we simply need to let Him take us!

What has God promised you? Aren’t you glad you don’t have to get there yourself? Aren’t you happy you don’t have to do everything on your own? God will send His Angel to do the work. Listen to Him, and He will do the rest.

Prayer:

Father, thank You that I don’t have to do all the work myself. Thank You for sending Your Son Jesus to die for my sin, and to make a way into Your promises! Help me to listen to Him and obey, in Jesus’ name.

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Day 36: What Are You Building?

The Daily Word: Tuesday, February 5th, 2019
Exodus 21:22-23:13
Matthew 24:1-28
Psalm 29:1-11
Proverbs 7:6-23
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
Then Jesus went out and departed from the temple, and His disciples came up to show Him the buildings of the temple. And Jesus said to them, “Do you not see all these things? Assuredly, I say to you, not one stone shall be left here upon another, that shall not be thrown down.”  – Matt 24:1-2

God is not impressed by things that shall be “thrown down.” The disciples came to Jesus, expecting Him to be wowed by the beauty of something man-made; but instead, He reminded them that everything manmade would fade away.

What are you building? Are you building a monument to yourself – prestige, promotion, and wealth – that will be thrown down? Or are you building a monument to God that can never be taken away?

Live for eternity today. There are things God wants to do through you that will be celebrated forever in Heaven.

Prayer:

Father, give me the right priorities! I want to build a monument to You – through my thoughts, intentions, and actions – that no man can ever cast down! I want to live my life for You, in Jesus’ name.

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Day 35: Bring Them Out!

The Daily Word: Monday, February 4th, 2019
Exodus 19:16-21:21
Matthew 23:13-39
Psalm 28:1-9
Proverbs 7:1-5
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
And Moses brought the people out of the camp to meet with God, and they stood at the foot of the mountain. – Ex 19:17

The role of the Christian leader is to “bring the people out…to meet with God:” to be a sign that points people straight to Jesus. Your pastor is not a middleman who needs to talk to God for you. Your friends who spend a lot of time in prayer do not need to put in a good word with God on your behalf. You can speak to God directly! His will has always been – and always will be – to speak with you directly, and meet you face to face.

Come out and meet with God. Stand at the foot of the mountain, and gaze up into the presence of God. You don’t need to be afraid of God’s presence! What you find on the mountain with God will be far greater than anything you could ever find here below.

Prayer:

Father, thank You for inviting me into Your presence. I don’t want to be afraid anymore! I will enter in, and let You see every part of me. I don’t want to be complacent anymore! I will speak to You myself, instead of letting others do it on my behalf. I love You – and I love Your presence – in Jesus’ name!

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