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Day 50: Do You Think for Yourself?

The Daily Word: Tuesday, February 19th, 2019
Leviticus 7:28-9:6
Mark 3:31-4:25
Psalm 37:12-29
Proverbs 10:5
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
So Moses did as the Lord commanded him. And the congregation was gathered together at the door of the tabernacle of meeting. And Moses said to the congregation, “This is what the Lord commanded to be done.” – Lev 8:4-5

This was Moses’ ministry model: he did whatever God asked him to do! He didn’t question God. He didn’t have to know why God was asking him to do it. If the Lord commanded him to do something, he simply got it done.

Jesus ran His ministry the same way:

“Most assuredly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He sees the Father do; for whatever He does, the Son also does in like manner.” – Jn 5:19

The word is obedience. Do you think for yourself? Or do you let the Holy Spirit do the thinking for you? When God asks you to do something, do you get it done?

Prayer:

Father, I want You to think for me. I don’t want to decide whether or not to act in faith based on how I feel, or according to what I think is right! If You call me to do something, I want to go out and get it done – in Jesus’ name!

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Day 49: Order of Operations

The Daily Word: Monday, February 18th, 2019
Leviticus 6:1-7:27
Mark 3:7-30
Psalm 37:1-11
Proverbs 10:3-4
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
And He went up on the mountain and called to Him those He Himself wanted. And they came to Him. Then He appointed twelve, that they might be with Him and that He might send them out to preach… – Mark 3:13-14

Jesus chose His disciples, and then called them to Himself. When they came to Him, He “appointed” (i.e. ordained) them to do two things: 1) be with Him, and 2) go out and preach.

The order is important. Priority number one for Jesus’ disciples was to “be with Him.” Only after that requirement was met would He “send them out to preach” (v 14). How often do we get that backwards? We try to launch into our day – our even a lifetime of ministry – without first spending time with Jesus. We prioritize activity – doing stuff for Jesus – over intimacy – simply being with Him.

Take today to re-center, and re-focus. Jesus is your Number One Priority. Be with Him; and from that place of intimacy, you can go out and do everything else!

Prayer:

Father, help me to prioritize well. I know my first and only priority should be spending time with Jesus. Help me to put time with Him above all else, in Jesus’ name!

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Day 48: Are You Available?

The Daily Word: Sunday, February 17th, 2019
Leviticus 4:1-5:19
Mark 2:13-3:6
Psalm 36:1-12
Proverbs 10:1-2
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
As He passed by, He saw Levi the son of Alphaeus sitting at the tax office. And He said to him, “Follow Me.” So he arose and followed Him. – Mk 2:14

Jesus didn’t choose Levi (Matthew) because he was the smartest, the purest, or the most devoted. He chose Matthew because he was available. Jesus passed by and saw Matthew sitting in the tax office – at his job! And when He told Matthew to follow Him, Matthew actually listened.

Greatness happens when you follow Jesus. God doesn’t need you to be the best; He simply needs you to be available! Drop what you’re doing, and follow Him: with all your heart, all your mind, all your soul, and all your strength!

Prayer:

Father, I want to be available. When it’s time to follow You, help me to say yes! I want to put everything else in my life on hold, and step out and follow You, in Jesus’ name.

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Day 47: Everyday Healing

The Daily Word: Saturday, February 16th, 2019
Leviticus 1:1-3:17
Mark 1:29-2:12
Psalm 35:17-28
Proverbs 9:13-18
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
Now as soon as they had come out of the synagogue, they entered the house of Simon and Andrew, with James and John. But Simon’s wife’s mother lay sick with a fever, and they told Him about her at once. So He came and took her by the hand and lifted her up, and immediately the fever left her. And she served them. – Mk 1:29-31

Simon’s mother in law was sick. She needed healing! So Jesus came to her. He responded to an invitation into her home by bringing healing with Him! There was no worship team. There was no fanfare! There was simply Jesus; and He was enough!

You don’t have to go anywhere to get your healing! Ask Jesus to come to you. He can heal you at home, at work, or on the train. You don’t have to be in the right atmosphere; you just have to be with Him! He can heal you right where you are! You don’t have to go anywhere; He just has to come to you.

Prayer:

Father, thank You for meeting me where I am. Thank You that healing can happen any day, anywhere! Help me to trust You for healing like never before, in Jesus’ name!

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Day 46: Obedience => Blessing

The Daily Word: Friday, February 15th, 2019
Exodus 39:1-40:38
Mark 1:1-28
Psalm 35:1-16
Proverbs 9:11-12
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
Then Moses looked over all the work, and indeed they had done it; as the Lord had commanded, just so they had done it. And Moses blessed them. – Ex 39:43

There is a blessing attached to obedience. God had His people very specific instructions. They did everything God asked them to do: “…as the Lord had commanded, just so they had done it.” And as soon as they did what He asked them to do, do you know what happened? They were blessed! When the work was done, “…Moses blessed them.”

There is a blessing on the other side of your obedience! Do you want to be blessed? Do what God has called you to do! If you aren’t seeing the promise of God unfold over your life, ask yourself: what was the last thing God asked you to do? Did you do it? If not, go back and do it! The more you exercise faithful obedience, the more His favor will unfold over your life, in Jesus’ name!

Prayer:

Father, thank You for simple faith. When I do what You say, I will be blessed! I thank You for that, in Jesus’ name.

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Day 45: A Divine Shaking

The Daily Word: Thursday, February 14th, 2019
Exodus 37:1-38:31
Matthew 28:1-20
Psalm 34:11-22
Proverbs 9:9-10
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
Now after the Sabbath, as the first day of the week began to dawn, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to see the tomb. And behold, there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat on it. – Matt 28:1-2

Jesus was dead. The disciples were distraught! They had followed this Man who claimed to be the Son of God for years; but now He was gone. Shut in a tomb! All hope was lost.

But then there was a great earthquake. There was a divine shaking! The will of Heaven collided with the Earth, and the very ground shook. God’s will invaded Earth’s despair, and the whole earth trembled. In one moment, Heaven and Earth intersected, and everything changed! Jesus was risen! Hope was alive! God had performed everything He had promised to do.

Are you ready for an earthquake in your life? Are you ready for God to shake up your circumstance in the best possible way? Believe that Heaven will invade your life. Hold out hope! In one moment, everything can change.

Prayer:

Father, I need an earthquake in my life. I need you to shake up my circumstance with supernatural purpose! Come in and invade the places where I’ve lost hope. Turn everything around, in Jesus’ name!

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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 PilateGod 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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