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Day 142: Selfless Leadership

The Daily Word: Tuesday, May 22nd, 2018
2 Samuel 1:1-2:11
John 12:20-50
Psalm 118:19-29
Proverbs 15:27-28
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
And they mourned and wept and fasted until evening for Saul and for Jonathan his son, for the people of the Lord and for the house of Israel, because they had fallen by the sword. – 2 Sam 1:12

Saul was dead! But David didn’t rejoice; he mourned. This was the man who had been trying to kill David for years! So why would he mourn? After all, now that Saul was out of the picture, this was finally David’s chance to be king!

But for David, Saul’s death was not a victory; it was a tragedy. The people had lost a leader, and David had lost a father. David was selfless. He didn’t analyze the situation and immediately ascertain what he could gain from Saul’s downfall. He valued the well-being of God’s people more than his own. And it was exactly this selfless attitude that would make him such a great king!

Are you ready to lead like David? To value the mission of the kingdom more than you value personal gain?

Prayer:

Father, make me a selfless leader! I want to be like David. I want to value other people above myself. I want to put the future of others in higher esteem than my own!

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Day 141: He Had the Word

The Daily Word: Monday, May 21st, 2018
1 Samuel 29:1-31:13
John 11:55-12:19
Psalm 118:1-18
Proverbs 15:24-26
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
So David inquired of the Lord, saying, “Shall I pursue this troop? Shall I overtake them?” And He answered him, “Pursue, for you shall surely overtake them and without fail recover all.” – 1 Sam 30:8

David didn’t have much! His family had been taken, and his city had been burned to the ground. But David still had the word of the Lord. He called out to God, and God answered! And that was all he really needed.

Do you have the word of the Lord? Has God guaranteed you victory? Then you have all you need! You can get through anything – no matter the odds, and no matter the obstacles – if you have the word of the Lord.

Prayer:

Father, thank You for Your word! I know that when I have Your word, nothing is impossible, in Jesus’ name.

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Day 140: Waiting for Victory

The Daily Word: Sunday, May 20th, 2018
1 Samuel 26:1-28:25
John 11:1-54
Psalm 117:1-2
Proverbs 15:22-23
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
Then Abishai said to David, “God has delivered your enemy into your hand this day. Now therefore, please, let me strike him at once with the spear, right to the earth; and I will not have to strike him a second time!” And David said to Abishai, “Do not destroy him; for who can stretch out his hand against the Lord’s anointed, and be guiltless?” – 1 Sam 26:8-9

David and Abishai snuck into the enemy’s camp. There was Saul – the man who was trying to kill David – right in front of them, fast asleep! Abishai wanted to kill Saul right then and there; but David knew better: “Who can stretch out his hand against the Lord’s anointed?”

Your victory is certain; but it matters how you take it. David knew he would eventually be king; but David also knew it would be wrong to reach out and take Saul’s life, because God had made Saul king! So the only way David was willing to accept the throne is by waiting for God’s timing to unfold, instead of taking matters into his own hands.

Don’t rush your destiny. You don’t need to take matters into your own hands! God’s timing is perfect; so let it unfold according to His will. When it does, the victory He gives you will be greater than any you could have ever imagined!

Prayer:

Father, I know my victory is coming! Help me to wait in faith while it does. I refuse to take matters into my own hands! I will wait on You, in Jesus’ name.

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Day 139: Irrational Fears

The Daily Word: Saturday, May 19th, 2018
1 Samuel 24:1-25:44
John 10:22-42
Psalm 116:1-19
Proverbs 15:20-21
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
And David said to Saul: “Why do you listen to the words of men who say, ‘Indeed David seeks your harm’?” – 1 Sam 24:9

Here we learn two things about Saul:

1) Saul’s fear was irrational. He had an irrational fear that David wanted to displace him as king, even though David had no such intention. He had an irrational suspicion that David wanted to kill him, even though David would never even lay a hand on him!

2) Saul let other people reinforce his fear. He listened to other men who said David wanted to do him harm, even though David had no such intention!

The takeaway: If you struggle with irrational fear, surround yourself with friends who will calm your fears, instead of making them worse! First, realize that your fears are irrational. 99% of the things we fear never come true. Then, surround yourself with wise friends who will remind you that you have nothing to fear!

Prayer:

Father, I give my irrational fears to You. I declare none of them will come to pass over my life. Thank You for protecting me, in Jesus’ name! Surround me with good friends who will remind me just how loved I really am.

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Day 138: Send Help!

The Daily Word: Friday, May 18th, 2018
1 Samuel 22:1-23:29
John 10:1-21
Psalm 115:1-18
Proverbs 15:18-19
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
And everyone who was in distress, everyone who was in debt, and everyone who was discontented gathered to him. So he became captain over them. And there were about four hundred men with him. – 1 Sam 22:2

David was in trouble. Saul wanted to kill him, and the Philistines didn’t trust him. He needed an army: quickly! So whom did God send?

“…everyone who was in distress, everyone who was in debt, and everyone who was discontended…”

David needed an army, but the outcasts showed up. David needed strength, but the weak showed up. David needed provision, but the needy showed up. But God would use these men to build the foundation of Israel’s future army.

These “outcasts” would become David’s “mighty men” (see 2 Sam 23:8-38). The lesson for us? When God sends someone to help, don’t discount him (or her!). Your “help” may not come in the package you expected; but God solution will be so much better than you ever expected!

But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty; and the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are, that no flesh should glory in His presence. – 1 Cor 1:27

Prayer:

Father, I know You always have a plan – even when I don’t. I trust You. Send whomever I need, whenever I need them. I trust they will be more than enough.

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Day 137: An Opportunity to Heal

The Daily Word: Thursday, May 17th, 2018
1 Samuel 20:1-21:15
John 9:1-41
Psalm 113:1-114:8
Proverbs 15:15-17
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
Jesus answered, “Neither this man nor his parents sinned, but that the works of God should be revealed in him.” – Jn 9:3

The disciples saw a blind man. They immediately assumed his blindness was the result of sin. So they asked Jesus, Who did something wrong? But Jesus reminded them that just because someone is sick, doesn’t mean they did something wrong.

Sickness is not a death sentence. It does not mean God is mad at you. Sickness happens because we live in a fallen world. But here is all you need to know: every sickness is an opportunity for God to prove His character. It is an invitation for you to see His goodness first-hand. It is an opportunity for the world to know – through your testimony – that God is the Healer!

Do you remember when Lazarus died? People were upset: angry at God! How could He let this happen! But Jesus reminded them that sickness – and even apparent death – is nothing more than an opportunity for God to heal:

When Jesus heard [about Lazarus], He said, “This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God may be glorified through it.” – Jn 11:4

Are you sick? Do you know someone who is ill: even terminally? Contend for their healing by confidently standing on the word of God. This sickness is not unto death; it is, in fact, an opportunity for God to heal.

Prayer:

Father, change my perception of sickness. I know that just because I am going through something, does not mean I did something wrong. I believe You will use this as a supernatural opportunity to heal! And I thank You for it, in Jesus’ name.

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Day 136: The Curse of Comparison

The Daily Word: Wednesday, May 16th, 2018
1 Samuel 18:5-19:24
John 8:31-59
Psalm 112:1-10
Proverbs 15:12-14
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
Then Saul was very angry, and the saying displeased him; and he said, “They have ascribed to David ten thousands, and to me they have ascribed only thousands. Now what more can he have but the kingdom?” So Saul eyed David from that day forward. – 1 Sam 18:8-9

Saul should have been happy. He had it all! He was king over Israel. He was winning battle after battle. The people loved and respected him! But when David came along, Saul became jealous. Saul killed thousands, but David killed ten thousands! All of a sudden, everything Saul already had was not enough.

This is the curse of comparison. It is impossible to be happy with what you have if you are comparing yourself to someone else. Don’t do it! Comparing yourself to others is a waste of time. Celebrate what God has given you. Praise Him for the victories He has given into your hand! Don’t look at what you’re missing, or what other people have that you don’t. Instead, look at everything God has done. He has done great things in your life. Isn’t that worth celebrating?

You mean everything to God. So why does it matter how you stack up against anyone else?

Prayer:

Father, help me to be thankful for everything I have. You gave me the gift of life. You saved me and set me free! Help me to take my eyes off other people, and put them back on You, in Jesus’ name!

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Day 135: It Belongs to You

The Daily Word: Tuesday, May 15th, 2018
1 Samuel 17:1-18:4
John 8:21-30
Psalm 111:1-10
Proverbs 15:11
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
Now the Philistines gathered their armies together to battle, and were gathered together at Sochoh, which belongs to Judah… – 1 Sam 17:1

Sochoh “belongs” to Judah. God gave it to His people. The Philistines were camped there, but the land didn’t belong to the Philistines; it belonged to Judah. The enemy was occupying God’s territory; and all Judah had to do was take back what was rightfully theirs.

Your life belongs to God. He gave it to you as a gift. The enemy might be camped there, but your life doesn’t belong to him; it belongs to you! All you have to do is take back what is rightfully yours, in the name of Jesus!

Where is the enemy trying to camp out in your life? Are you willing to put your foot down and tell him to leave, in Jesus’ name?

Prayer:

Father, thank You for giving me an inheritance. Thank You that this life is a gift! Help me to kick the enemy out of every square inch, in Jesus’ name.

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Day 134: Sin No More

The Daily Word: Monday, May 14th, 2018
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:
She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said to her, “Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more.” – Jn 8:11

Religious leaders brought to Jesus “a woman caught in adultery” (Jn 8:3). They wanted Him to condemn her; but He refused. Instead, He gave them a simple invitation: “He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first” (v 7).

Jesus didn’t condemn her; but He also didn’t condone her lifestyle. He immediately forgave her; but then He exhorted her to live free from sin. Loving someone doesn’t automatically mean you support their lifestyle; in fact, you have to love sinners if you hope to see change!

What if the church grabbed hold of this model? What if we stopped pointing fingers, and started extending hands?

It is forgiveness – not condemnation – that empowers us to live free from sin!

Prayer:

Father, keep me from condemning others. I am a sinner; but You saved me! In response, You have called me to preach the Gospel of grace to people who need Your love the most. Make me a fearless forgiver, in Jesus’ name.

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Day 133: Cursing and Blessing

The Daily Word: Sunday, May 13th, 2018
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:
As he loved cursing, so let it come to him; as he did not delight in blessing, so let it be far from him. – Ps 109:17

You take in what you put out. You receive what you give! You reap what you sow.

Your words are important. Life and death are in the power of the tongue (Prov 18:21)! So how are you using your tongue? Are you using it to bless others, or are you using it to curse them? Are you using it to wish others well, and to pray for them?

When you love to curse, it will “come to [you].” If you always wish the worst on others – even those who offend you most – you are actually sealing your own downfall. But if you delight in blessing others, you will become a magnet for God to bless you!

Prayer:

Father, I know there is power in my tongue. Help me to use it for good, and never for evil, in Jesus’ name!

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