Bible Commentary

A collection of Michael White’s One Year Bible Commentaries.

Day 346: How to Get Promoted

The Daily Word: Tuesday, December 12th, 2017
Amos 7:1-9:15
Revelation 3:7-22
Psalm 131:1-3
Proverbs 29:23
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:

Then the Lord took me as I followed the flock, and the Lord said to me, ‘Go, prophesy to My people Israel.’ – Amos 7:15

Amos never asked to be a prophet. He certainly didn’t have a prophet’s pedigree: he didn’t come from a prophetic family and he wasn’t the son of a prophet (v 14). So why did God choose Amos?

Amos did the simple things well. Amos was a “sheepbreeder” (v 14). God saw the way Amos took care of the sheep; so He took him from the field and made him a prophet over the whole land.

And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ. – Col 3:23-24

Don’t try to get noticed. Do the simple things well; and God will notice.

Prayer:

Father, help me to do the simple things well! I trust that everything You have given me to do is significant. It all matters. Help me to do it unto You, in Jesus’ name!

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Day 345: The God of Resurrection!

The Daily Word: Monday, December 11th, 2017
Amos 4:1-6:14
Revelation 2:18-3:6
Psalm 130:1-8
Proverbs 29:21-22
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:

He turns the shadow of death into morning… – Amos 5:8

God turns the shadow of death into morning. He turns darkness into light. He turns certain destruction into resurrection! Jesus conquered the grave; He burst out of a tomb and rose from death to life! And where He goes, you will follow.

There is nothing too dead for a resurrection! What areas of your life to you need new hope? What things are dead that need to be brought back to life? Entrust them to God, and watch him turn them around for good.

Prayer:

Father, thank You for turning certain destruction into resurrection! Thank You for turning apparent death into absolute life. I trust You: with my heart, with my soul, and with my life; in Jesus’ name!

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Day 344: Always Room to Grow

The Daily Word: Sunday, December 10th, 2017
Amos 1:1-3:15
Revelation 2:1-17
Psalm 129:1-8
Proverbs 29:19-20
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:

He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. – Rev 2:17

It’s fun to receive praise; but it can be hard to take correction. Jesus had correction for every church. No church was immune. There were things He loved about them; but there were also things He wanted to change.

We always have room for improvement. To deny room for improvement is to fall victim to pride. Don’t wish you were better; receive the constructive criticism the Holy Spirit has for you, and be conformed into God’s best version of you!

Prayer:

Father, I know I have room to grow! Speak to me about the things You want me to change. I am ready, willing, and able to grow, in Jesus’ name.

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Day 343: Holy Spirit Come

The Daily Word: Saturday, December 9th, 2017
Joel 1:1-3:21
Revelation 1:1-20
Psalm 128:1-6
Proverbs 29:18
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:

“And it shall come to pass afterward that I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh…” – Joel 2:28

Joel prophesied that two things would lead to the outpouring of the Holy Spirit:

1) Repentance. God’s people, who had wandered far from Him, would make a decision to return to Him.

So rend your heart, and not your garments; return to the Lord your God, for He is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness; and He relents from doing harm. – Joel 2:13

2) Corporate Prayer. God would honor the united heart of His people.

Gather the people, sanctify the congregation, assemble the elders… – Joel 2:16

There is power in repentance. There is power in getting together with believers and turning our hearts towards God. We see the same principles in effect in Acts 2, at the initial outpouring of the Holy Spirit. When God’s people 1) turned from their ways and followed Jesus, and 2) gathered together in the upper room to contend for more of God, the Holy Spirit was poured out on all flesh! Are you ready to exercise those same principles in your own life, and see God move like never before?

Prayer:

Father, help me to turn to You with my whole heart. Remind me of the power that is available when I get together and pray with other people. When we repent and gather to pray, the Holy Spirit moves!

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Day 342: Past, Present & Future

The Daily Word: Friday, December 8th, 2017
Hosea 10:1-14:9
Jude 1:1-25
Psalm 127:1-5
Proverbs 29:15-17
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:

Jude, a bondservant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James, To those who are called, sanctified by God the Father, and preserved in Jesus Christ… – Jude 1:1

Those who are in Christ are 1) called, 2) sanctified and 3) preserved. When you gave your life to Jesus, God took care of your past, present & future: all in an instant! God takes care of your past by overwhelming your mistakes with His calling. He covers your present by overpowering your insufficiencies with His perfection. God secures your future by preserving your expectations with His protection.

Forget your past. You have been made perfect in the present. Run into the future with confidence that your Father loves you more than you could ever imagine.

Prayer:

Father, thank You that You are the God of the past, the present, and the future! You are outside time, and You have already redeemed my entire life. I trust You, in Jesus’ name.

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Day 341: Mercy Over Sacrifice

The Daily Word: Thursday, December 7th, 2017
Hosea 6:1-9:17
3 John 1:1-14
Psalm 126:1-6
Proverbs 29:12-14
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:

For I desire mercy and not sacrifice, and the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings. – Hos 6:6

What is the one thing God wants most in the world? Relationship with you! He values relationship with you more than anything else. The people of Israel sacrificed to God all the time; but His message to them was, more than any sacrifice, He wanted to know them!

God sent His Son Jesus Christ to die on the Cross to prove one thing: He is willing to spare no expense to have you with Him for all eternity. Jesus chose death so you can have life. He served as the ultimate sacrifice, so that you can know God face to face.

Prayer:

Father, thank You for the gift of Your Son Jesus Christ. Thank You that I don’t have to rely on sacrifices and burnt offerings to take care of my sin. Jesus died – once for all – so I can know you face to face!

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Day 340: Doing vs. Being

The Daily Word: Wednesday, December 6th, 2017
Hosea 4:1-5:15
2 John 1:1-13
Psalm 125:1-5
Proverbs 29:9-11
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:

Do good, O Lord, to those who are good, and to those who are upright in their hearts. – Ps 125:4

God is good to those who are good; not to those who do good. Notice the difference. If God were good to those who do good, we would have to earn His favor. But if God is good to those who are good, we don’t have to do anything to activate His goodness; we simply have to be who He created us to be!

God made you a human being; not a human doing. Jesus already did everything that needed to be done. When we believe in Him, we become like Him. We are covered with His goodness, and God’s favor is activated over our lives!

Do less; be more. Jesus did the work, so you can have the rest.

Prayer:

Father, help me to do less; and to be more! I know I already have Your infinite love and your endless affection. Help me to rest in the finished work of the Cross, in Jesus’ name.

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Day 339: Victorious Faith

The Daily Word: Tuesday, December 5th, 2017
Hosea 1:1-3:5
1 John 5:1-21
Psalm 124:1-8
Proverbs 29:5-8
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:

For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. – 1 Jn 5:4

Faith is not just the key to victory; faith is the victory. If you have faith, you are victorious!

You might read that and think, “But my life doesn’t look victorious.” But if you have faith, you are in Christ Jesus; and Jesus has already overcome the world (1 John 4:4)! Scripture says you are more than a conqueror (Rom 8:37) through Him!

Faith is, “…the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” (Heb 11:1). Faith is what covers you with the victory Jesus already won on the Cross. Faith is your proof that God will do everything He said He will do! If you have faith in Jesus, you have everything you need.

Prayer:

Father, thank You for faith! Help me to believe in Your Word – Your Son Jesus Christ – like never before. I know my faith is my victory.

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Day 338: Back to Basics

The Daily Word: Monday, December 4th, 2017
Daniel 11:36-12:13
1 John 4:1-21
Psalm 123:1-4
Proverbs 29:2-4
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:

He who does not love does not know God, for God is love. – 1 Jn 4:8

God is love. The Gospel is the ultimate declaration of His love. He loves you so much that He sent His only Son to die for your sin: to receive death in your place, so that you could receive eternal life!

Everything God does is an expression of love; and that means everything we do should be an expression of love too! You can have a PhD in theology; but if you don’t have love, you have nothing. You can have all the spiritual gifts; but if you don’t minister the love of God to people, it’s all a waste! You can preach the most intelligent message anyone has ever heard; but if it’s not in love, it’s in vain.

Get back to basics. Love well; and let God take care of the rest!

Prayer:

Father, help me to love well! Give me a passion for people. Help me to do the simple job of loving other people well, in Jesus’ name.

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Day 337: I Was Glad

The Daily Word: Sunday, December 3rd, 2017
Daniel 11:2-35
1 John 3:7-24
Psalm 122:1-9
Proverbs 29:1
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:

I was glad when they said to me, “Let us go into the house of the Lord.” – Ps 122:1

Are you happy when you go to church? David was glad when he went into the house of the Lord. We should be too!

Church is so much more than just getting together with friends and acquaintances once a week to sing songs. There is a corporate anointing that can only manifest when we’re around other people, praying and pressing in. Our attitude when we walk in to church should be, “Anything could happen today. God could work a miracle in my life, just like that.”

When we show up excited to be at church – prayed up and spiritually prepared – God will do the impossible. There is no such thing as wasted worship! Don’t let another Sunday go to waste: get to church, and press in like never before.

Prayer:

Father, I speak abundant joy over our times of corporate worship in Jesus’ name. I never want to go through the motions. When I show up at the house of the Lord, I know my life is about to change – every time I come!

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