Day 190: Ready for War

The Daily Word: Tuesday, July 9th, 2019
1 Chronicles 7:1-8:40
Acts 27:1-20
Psalm 7:1-17
Proverbs 18:22
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
And with them, by their generations, according to their fathers’ houses, were thirty-six thousand troops ready for war; for they had many wives and sons. – 1 Chron 7:4

These men of valor had families. They had wives, children, and jobs! Yet they were also “troops ready for war.” Their families didn’t distract them from being ready to fight; their families forced them to make readiness an absolute priority.

Are you ready for war? Under the Old Covenant, these men did battle with physical enemies. Under our New Covenant, we must be ready for spiritual battles! Our battlefield is prayer; and we must be “troops ready for war” in and out of season. When the enemy attacks, are you ready? Are you prayed up? Do you know what God is saying to you in this season of your life, and are you ready to step out on His word, regardless of the obstacles you might face? Do you spend time in prayer every day, releasing the word and will of God over your life, and beating back the work of the devil?

Your prayers matter. There are eternal consequences at stake! Prayer is non-negotiable: you cannot hope to be victorious in this life without it!

Prayer:

Father, make me ready for war. I am ready to “bind the strong man” (Matt 12:29). I refuse to let the enemy take territory that belongs to You! Help me to make prayer a non-negotiable priority in my life, in Jesus’ name.

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Day 189: Confidence In Prayer

The Daily Word: Monday, July 8th, 2019
1 Chronicles 5:18-6:81
Acts 26:1-32
Psalm 6:1-10
Proverbs 18:20-21
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
The Lord has heard my supplication; The Lord will receive my prayer. – Psalm 6:9

Psalm Six is one big prayer. David asks God to have mercy on him (v 2). He asks God to deliver him from his enemies (v 4). He confesses to God that he is weary (v 6), and the attacks of his enemies are almost more than he can bear (v 7)! But perhaps most significant is how David ends his conversation with God: “The Lord has heard my supplication. The Lord will receive my prayer” (v 9).

David had absolute confidence that whenever he prayed, the Lord would receive his prayer! He had complete assurance that when he made supplication to God (i.e. when he asked for something), God would hear and respond! What would happen in your prayer life if you had the same boldness as David? What prayers have you been keeping to yourself because you’re not sure how God is going to respond?

Don’t ever get caught thinking your prayers are irrelevant. God hears! He receives. He cares.

Prayer:

Father, give me boldness in prayer. Help me to make requests with confidence! As much as I want to pray, You want to respond all the more.

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Day 188: Call On Him!

The Daily Word: Sunday, July 7th, 2019
1 Chronicles 4:5-5:17
Acts 25:1-27
Psalm 5:1-12
Proverbs 18:19
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
And Jabez called on the God of Israel saying, “Oh, that You would bless me indeed, and enlarge my territory, that Your hand would be with me, and that You would keep me from evil, that I may not cause pain!” So God granted him what he requested. – 1 Chron 4:10

Jabez called on the God of Israel, and God granted him what he requested.

To “call on” God is the Hebrew qara (Strong’s H7121), which means to summon or invite. When you invite God into your life, He answers! When you ask Him to intervene, He responds to your request.

Where do you need help? Have you called on God? Have you invited Him into that area of your life? Call on Him, and watch the answers to your prayers come to life!

Prayer:

Father, I invite you into my life like never before. I don’t want to hide anything from You. I declare that no area of my life is blocked off from You! Thank You for rushing to my defense when I call on You in Jesus’ name.

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Day 187: Your Defender

The Daily Word: Saturday, July 6th, 2019
1 Chronicles 2:18-4:4
Acts 24:1-27
Psalm 4:1-8
Proverbs 18:16-18
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
Then Paul, after the governor had nodded to him to speak, answered: “Inasmuch as I know that you have been for many years a judge of this nation, I do the more cheerfully answer for myself…” – Acts 24:10

Paul was being accused of sedition: speech or conduct meant to incite rebellion. The Jewish leaders took Paul before Felix, the governor, to make their case. If one thing went wrong, Paul was a dead man! This was a sentence punishable by death.

But Paul “cheerfully” defended himself. He was not scared. He was not nervous! He was cheerful – “full of good cheer and good courage” (Strong’s G2115) – because he knew God was on his side.

When God defends you, you have nothing to fear. When God defends you, you will be full of joy! What God defends you, what can man do to you? 

The Lord is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me? – Ps 118:6

Prayer:
Father, thank You for defending me. I know I have nothing to fear because You are with me, and You are for me! Thank You for Your never-stopping, never-ending love, in Jesus’ name!

 

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Day 186: There Was A Time

The Daily Word: Friday, July 5th, 2019
1 Chronicles 1:1-2:17
Acts 23:11-35
Psalm 3:1-8
Proverbs 18:14-15
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
The sons of Judah were Er, Onan, and Shelah. These three were born to him by the daughter of Shua, the Canaanitess. Er, the firstborn of Judah, was wicked in the sight of the Lord; so He killed him. – 1 Chron 2:3

There was a time when wickedness was immediately punished by death. There was a time when God killed anyone who transgressed His word, the moment they went astray! There was a time when nobody got a second chance, no mater how small the mistake!

Aren’t you glad you don’t live in that time? Aren’t you glad Jesus already died on the Cross for your wickedness, so God can be patient with you? God’s mercy and goodness have been activated by the blood of Jesus:

Or do you despise the riches of His goodness, forbearance, and longsuffering, not knowing that the goodness of God leads you to repentance? – Rom 2:4

On this side of the Cross, God is patient with us!

For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. – 1 Tim 2:3-4

Prayer:

Father, thank You for Your patience with me. Thank You for the blood of Jesus that activates Your mercy and kindness over my life! Thank You for sparing me, in spite of my wickedness, because I believe in Jesus!

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Day 185: Your Citizenship in Heaven

The Daily Word: Thursday, July 4th, 2019
2 Kings 23:31-25:30
Acts 22:17-23:10
Psalm 2:1-12
Proverbs 18:13
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
Then immediately those who were about to examine him withdrew from him; and the commander was also afraid after he found out that he was a Roman, and because he had bound him. – Acts 22:29

A group of Roman soldiers was about to beat Paul to a pulp. The commander ordered Paul to be “examined under scourging” (v 24). In other words, they were going to whip Paul with a razor-sharp cord until the skin tore from his back. They wanted Paul to admit to something – anything – so they had a reason to punish him!

But when they found out Paul was a Roman citizen, everything changed. The men who were about to beat him wouldn’t touch him. The commander who wanted to bring Paul to the point of death was “afraid” (v 29). Everything changed the moment Paul’s enemy found out he was a citizen!

You are a citizen of Heaven. Remind yourself of that today. Remind the enemy of that today! Satan has no right to beat you up and exercise his will on you. In fact, the enemy should be afraid of you when you remind him you are a citizen of Heaven! Paul went from defeat to victory in a moment when he asserted his citizenship; and so will you.

Prayer:

Father, thank You for making me a citizen of Heaven. I don’t have to accept the enemy’s torture because I am covered by the blood of Jesus Christ. I am going to keep doing what You called me to do, because I am freed by Your grace, in Jesus’ name! 

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Day 184: God’s Word Is A Mirror

The Daily Word: Wednesday, July 3rd, 2019
2 Kings 22:3-23:30
Acts 21:37-22:16
Psalm 1:1-6
Proverbs 18:11-12
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
Now it happened, when the king heard the words of the Book of the Law, that he tore his clothes. – 2 Kings 22:11

Josiah was not familiar with the word of the Lord. Somehow, by the grace of God, Josiah, “…did what was right in the sight of the Lord, and walked in all the ways of his father David” (2 Kings 22:2). He was doing well! But when Josiah finally read the word of God, he panicked! His life didn’t look like God’s word! The way the people of Judah conducted themselves under Josiah’s rule didn’t match God’s intentions for His people!

God’s word is like a mirror. Hold your life up to it, and honestly evaluate how your life compares to God’s word. Does the way you live match the way God asks you to live? Does the way you love match the way God asks you to love?

Don’t be afraid of God’s word! Let the word convict you. Let it wash over you to “sanctify and cleanse” you (Eph 5:26). We all have room to grow! Instead of turning away from the word of God because it seems impossible to keep, ask the Holy Spirit for help. You can’t change if you never admit anything’s wrong; but if you invite God in to change You, He will make “all things new” (Rev 21:5)!

Prayer:

Father, I pray You would birth a love for Your word inside of me. I don’t want to fear Your word; I want to embrace it! Help me to run to Your word, with open arms and an open heart, in Jesus’ name.

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Day 183: Whatever You Want

The Daily Word: Tuesday, July 2nd, 2019
2 Kings 20:1-22:2
Acts 21:18-36
Psalm 150:1-6
Proverbs 18:9-10
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
“But concerning the Gentiles who believe, we have written and decided that they should observe no such thing, except that they should keep themselves from things offered to idols, from blood, from things strangled, and from sexual immorality.” – Acts 21:25

“Love will cover a multitude of sins” (1 Peter 4:8). But just because you can receive forgiveness, does not mean you should put yourself in places where you constantly have to ask for it! Jesus came and fulfilled the Law; yet that did not mean His disciples could do whatever they wanted. There were still behaviors they ought to avoid to prevent unnecessary pain and heartache. There were still distractions they ought to pass over to make sure their eyes stayed fixed on Jesus!

You are a Christian. Because you believe in Jesus, you have been forgiven of all your sins: past, present and future! But that doesn’t mean you get to do whatever you want! All that matters is, what does God want you to do?

Prayer:

Father, give me discipline. Give me wisdom to discern what will draw me closer to you, and to do only those things! I recognize that just because I am saved does not mean I can do whatever I want. I now have a responsibility to show other people what it looks like to follow Jesus!

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Day 182: Not Your Strength

The Daily Word: Monday, July 1st, 2019
2 Kings 18:13-19:37
Acts 21:1-17
Psalm 149:1-9
Proverbs 18:8
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
Then the Rabshakeh stood and called out with a loud voice in Hebrew, and spoke, saying, “Hear the word of the great king, the king of Assyria! Thus says the king: ‘Do not let Hezekiah deceive you, for he shall not be able to deliver you from his hand…’” – 2 Kings 18:28-29

Hezekiah couldn’t deliver the people of Israel. But God could! Hezekiah was a great king! But even he didn’t have the power to fight off the Assyrian army. This is why it’s so important to trust in God instead of man. Man cannot conquer every enemy; but God can! Man will inevitably fail; but God is always faithful, and always victorious.

It’s not about your strength; it’s about the strength of the God you serve. God can do things through you that you could never do yourself! Trust Him, and no one else.

So he answered and said to me: “This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ Says the Lord of hosts.’” – Zech 4:6

Prayer:

Father, thank You for Your strength! I trust in You and You alone. I know that in You I will be victorious, in Jesus’ name!

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Day 181: Don’t Say Yes!

The Daily Word: Sunday, June 30th, 2019
2 Kings 17:1-18:12
Acts 20:1-38
Psalm 148:1-14
Proverbs 18:6-7
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
Shalmaneser king of Assyria came up against him; and Hoshea became his vassal, and paid him tribute money. – 2 Kings 17:3

The King of Syria overran the King of Israel. He forced him to be his vassal (his “slave” or “servant,” Strong’s H5650). He extracted involuntary tribute from God’s people for years.

If God’s people had simply turned to God and asked for salvation, He would have given it to them. But because they didn’t believe He loved them, they didn’t ask Him to save them. So instead, they stayed captive in their own land.

Don’t say yes to the enemy’s terms for your life. Satan has no right to demand payment from you. He has no right to demand service! Jesus died on the Cross and conquered the grave; and that means you are free to live without fear.

Prayer:

Father, thank You for complete freedom! Thank You that I don’t have to live on Satan’s terms. I don’t have to do what he says, because instead I do what You ask!

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