Day 134: The Best Gift

The Daily Word: Tuesday, May 14th, 2019
1 Samuel 15:1-16:23
John 8:1-20
Psalm 110:1-7
Proverbs 15:8-10
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
So Samuel said: “Has the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed than the fat of rams.” – 1 Sam 15:22

The best gift you can ever give God is obedience: a willingness to say yes to His word and His will for your life, no matter what!

Saul had done some of what God asked Him to do. God sent Saul on a mission to kill the Amalekites: to “utterly destroy all that they have” (v 3). Saul killed all the people; but he saved the best plunder. His plan was to sacrifice it to God, instead of destroying it like God asked.

This seems like a noble intention; but God was not pleased. God didn’t want the best plunder as a sacrifice; He wanted Saul’s heart. And because Saul was unwilling to obey the word of the Lord, the sacrifice he offered to God was utterly worthless.

God wants your heart! Before you give Him anything else, give Him your heart. Perfect obedience is a heart fully yielded to God; and that is the best gift God can ever receive.

Prayer:

Father, I give my heart to you! Thank You for trusting me to be obedient. I ask that Your Holy Spirit would fill me with faith to do everything You’re calling me to do, in Jesus’ name!

 

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Day 133: It May Be

The Daily Word: Monday, May 13th, 2019
1 Samuel 14:1-52
John 7:31-53
Psalm 109:1-31
Proverbs 15:5-7
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
Then Jonathan said to the young man who bore his armor, “Come, let us go over to the garrison of these uncircumcised; it may be that the Lord will work for us. For nothing restrains the Lord from saving by many or by few.” – 1 Sam 14:6

Sometimes God gives you confident assurance of His plan with a “Thus sayeth the Lord.” At other times, He asks you to trust Him by faith. Jonathan and his armor bearer didn’t have a plan. They didn’t know what they were going to do! But they had hope: “…it may be that the Lord will work for us.”

What areas in your life is God calling you to step out in faith? Is there anywhere you’re waiting for a firm word from God, where He has already given you an, “It may be?” Isn’t it better to step out on an “it may be” than to never step out at all?

Step out in faith. Do what God is calling you to do! It may be that He will meet you there, and make your dreams come true.

Prayer:

Father, thank You for hope! Fill me with faith to step out and do what You are calling me to do. Even if I just have an “it may be,” I declare it’s enough!

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Day 132: Divine Strategy

The Daily Word: Sunday, May 12th, 2019
1 Samuel 12:1-13:23
John 7:1-30
Psalm 108:1-13
Proverbs 15:4
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
“And when you saw that Nahash king of the Ammonites came against you, you said to me, ‘No, but a king shall reign over us,’ when the Lord your God was your king.” – 1 Sam 12:12

Israel was afraid of the Ammonites. They saw the Ammonites – their enemy – had a king, so they asked God for a king too! In other words, instead of asking God what would work for them, God’s people copied the strategy of their enemy.

You don’t have to copy the enemy’s strategy. God has more in store for you! He will give you divine strategy. He will speak to you about what He wants for your life. Why would you copy the strategy of an earthly enemy, when you have access to the plans and purposes of a Heavenly God?

Is someone at work talking bad about you? Don’t copy their strategy. Is a family member looking to pull you into drama? Don’t copy their strategy! Does a nosy neighbor have you at your wit’s end? Don’t copy their strategy. When you stoop to the enemy’s level, he has a shot; but when you choose Heaven’s path for your life, the enemy doesn’t stand a chance.

Prayer:

Father, thank You for divine strategy. Thank You that I don’t have to use the same silly, time- and energy-consuming devices as Satan. You have amazing plans for me; and I thank You for them, in Jesus’ name!

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Day 131: All Things New

The Daily Word: Saturday, May 11th, 2019
1 Samuel 10:1-11:15
John 6:43-71
Psalm 107:1-43
Proverbs 15:1-3
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
Then the Spirit of the Lord will come upon you, and you will prophesy with them and be turned into another man. – 1 Sam 10:6

Saul wasn’t ready to be king! So the Holy Spirit turned him into another man. No matter what God has called you to do, trust that He will turn you into the man or woman who can get it done!

Thank God He never puts a Heavenly call on our lives, just to leave us the same. He changes us. He makes us new. He turns us into the men and women we have to be to fulfill the call He put on our lives!

So what are you facing this morning? You can do it! Because God has made you new.

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. – 2 Cor 5:17

Prayer:

Father, thank You for making me new. Thank You for giving me everything I need to fulfill the calling You put on my life! You are a good God, and I love You with all my heart, in Jesus’ name!

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Day 130: Just An Errand

The Daily Word: Friday, May 10th, 2019
1 Samuel 8:1-9:27
John 6:22-42
Psalm 106:32-48
Proverbs 14:34-35
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
Now the donkeys of Kish, Saul’s father, were lost. And Kish said to his son Saul, “Please, take one of the servants with you, and arise, go and look for the donkeys.” – 1 Sam 9:3

Saul’s father sent Saul on an errand. His donkeys had wandered off; so he sent Saul to go get them. Little did Saul know that this “errand” would be the first leg of his trip to meet the prophet Samuel. Little did Saul expect that his simple “yes” to his father’s mundane request would result in his being in the right place, at the right time, to be anointed as king over Israel!

Saul found the donkeys; but he also found something much more important. Because he said yes to an “errand,” He found his destiny:

Then Samuel took a flask of oil and poured it on his head, and kissed him and said: “Is it not because the Lord has anointed you commander over His inheritance?” – 1 Sam 10:1

Just say yes. No matter how small the task in front of you, say yes! As you step out and do the small things with an obedient heart, God will put much bigger things in front of you.

Prayer:

Father, help me to just say yes. I trust You! Even when something I have to do seems small and insignificant, I trust that it has purpose. You can use anything – and You will use everything – in Jesus’ name!

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Day 129: On the Mountain

The Daily Word: Thursday, May 9th, 2019
1 Samuel 5:1-7:17
John 6:1-21
Psalm 106:13-31
Proverbs 14:32-33
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
And Jesus went up on the mountain, and there He sat with His disciples. – Jn 6:3

When Moses went up on the mountain, he went alone. The people could not come with him:

Then the Lord said to him, “Away! Get down and then come up, you and Aaron with you. But do not let the priests and the people break through to come up to the Lord, lest He break out against them.” – Ex 19:24

This was the Old Covenant paradigm. If God’s people wanted to hear God, they had to ask Moses what He was saying!

But with Jesus, things are different:

And Jesus went up on the mountain, and there He sat with His disciples. – Jn 6:3

Jesus went up on the mountain to minister the word of God. Yet He did not go alone, leaving the people below. He “sat with His disciples.” He brought them with Him!

This is the New Covenant paradigm. You don’t need to rely on someone else to go “up on the mountain” for you. You don’t need someone else to hear God’s voice, and translate His word, on your behalf! When you are “hidden with Christ in God” (Col 3:3), God will speak to you directly!

Prayer:

Father, thank You for bringing me up on the mountain with Jesus. Thank You that I get to sit at His feet and hear Your word! You are incredible; and I am forever grateful, in Jesus’ name!

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Day 128: Will You Say Yes?

The Daily Word: Wednesday, May 8th, 2019
1 Samuel 2:22-4:22
John 5:24-47
Psalm 106:1-12
Proverbs 14:30-31
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
“Therefore the Lord God of Israel says: ‘I said indeed that your house and the house of your father would walk before Me forever.’ But now the Lord says: ‘Far be it from Me; for those who honor Me I will honor, and those who despise Me shall be lightly esteemed.’” – 1 Sam 2:30

God’s word is conditioned on your response. God had promised Eli’s ancestors that his family would “walk before [God] forever!” But their lack of faithful obedience canceled the promise. They forgot about God; and the hardness of their hearts caused them to drift from God’s plan for their lives.

It wasn’t that God changed His mind that He wanted to give Eli a promise; it was that Eli changed his mind that he wanted to receive God’s promise.

Eli didn’t get a second chance, because the Cross hadn’t happened. But here is the good news for you: Jesus died for your sin! He died for your lack of faith! He died for your disobedience! And when you return to Him (Jer 3:22), God’s promise will be re-activated over your life!

For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable. – Rom 11:29

God wants to bless you! Will you say yes, and receive?

Prayer:

Father, soften my heart. Turn my heart of stone into a heart of flesh! I want to live my life according to Your promise. I never – EVER! – want to drift away from Your plan for my life. Bless me, in Jesus’ name.

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Day 127: Faith for the Impossible

The Daily Word: Tuesday, May 7th, 2019
1 Samuel 1:1-2:21
John 5:1-23
Psalm 105:37-45
Proverbs 14:28-29
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
Jesus said to him, “Rise, take up your bed and walk.” – Jn 5:8

Jesus encountered a man lying by the Pool of Bethesda. He had been paralyzed thirty-eight years (v 5)! He wanted to be healed, but he told Jesus, “Sir, I have no man to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up” (v 7). So Jesus asked him to do the impossible: “Rise, take up your bed and walk” (v 8)!

The man made a decision. Today was his day! So he took Jesus at His word, “…took up his bed, and walked” (v 9). Jesus asked the man to do something that should have been impossible! And the man accepted, making a decision to believe that God could do it. Had he refused to “rise,” he would never have walked.

What areas are there in your life where you are refusing to, “Rise, take up your bed and walk?” Is God asking you to do something impossible? It may be impossible for you; but nothing is impossible for Him (Lk 1:37)! Step out and do that thing that should be impossible. Are you sick? Declare that you have been made well, by faith. Are you poor? Declare that you have been made rich, by faith. Rise up and walk! And watch God meet you at your point of faith.

Prayer:

Father, I am making the decision today to rise up and walk. I pray You would meet me in that decision. Show me what can happen when I take You at Your word, in Jesus’ name!

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Day 126: The Lord Will Repay

The Daily Word: Monday, May 6th, 2019
Ruth 2:1-4:22
John 4:43-54
Psalm 105:16-36
Proverbs 14:26-27
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
“The Lord repay your work, and a full reward be given you by the Lord God of Israel, under whose wings you have come for refuge.” – Ruth 2:12

Ruth honored her mother-in-law at every turn. Ruth was so faithful to Naomi that Scripture says she was, “…better to [her] than seven sons” (Ruth 4:15). Ruth honored Naomi when she didn’t have to. She served Naomi when there was nothing she could gain in return! And the result? The Lord took notice.

When you do the right thing for the right reason, God will repay you. God sees what you are doing – good or bad – when no one else is watching. Why get your reward from someone else, when you can get it directly from God?

Keep doing the right thing: even if it seems like no one cares, or it doesn’t make a difference. It makes a difference to God; and He will repay your work!

… and your Father who sees in secret will Himself reward you openly. – Matt 6:4

Prayer:

Father, I will serve You with a pure heart. I don’t care who sees it! Everything I do, I do unto You: in Jesus’ name!

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Day 125: When You Seek Him

The Daily Word: Sunday, May 5th, 2019
Judges 21:1-Ruth 1:22
John 4:4-42
Psalm 105:1-15
Proverbs 14:25
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
Glory in His holy name; Let the hearts of those rejoice who seek the Lord! – Ps 105:3

To “seek” the Lord means to “desire Him and require Him” (Strong’s H1245; Hebrew baqash). To seek God means you want to see His face, because you need to see His face! Two things will happen when you make a decision to seek God:

1) You will find Him.

And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart. – Jer 29:13

When you seek God genuinely – will all your heart – it will never be time wasted. There will be a return on your investment. You will sow your time; but you will see His face!

2) Your heart will rejoice (v 3; above).

When you seek God, not only will you find Him; your heart will rejoice in the seeking process: you will be made glad, and filled with supernatural joy. Even as you set out to seek God, your heart will be full of joy like never before! God never gives you just enough; He always gives you more than you need!

Prayer:

Father, thank You for Your presence. Thank You that simply by seeking You, I will find abundant joy. I will seek You with my whole heart, in Jesus’ name!

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