Bible Commentary

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

Day 198: God’s Word

The Daily Word: Tuesday, July 17th, 2018
1 Chronicles 24:1-26:11
Romans 4:1-12
Psalm 13:1-6
Proverbs 19:15-16
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
He who keeps the commandment keeps his soul, but he who is careless of his ways will die. – Prov 19:16

God gave us His word for our good! God’s word keeps us on His path for us. When we keep His word close to our hearts, we will be fulfilled and full of life! But when we distance ourselves from His word, we leave room for sin to creep in.

Keep God’s word close to your heart. God’s word is not a rulebook meant to cramp your style and ruin your fun. God’s word is a lifetime of divine truths; and when you follow them, you will live out your design. You were created on purpose – for a reason! – to do something no one else on this earth can do. His word allows you to take that potential, and turn it into power!

Prayer:

Father, thank You for Your word! Help me to keep Your word close to my heart, all of my days. I want to follow You with all that I have, and all that I am, in Jesus’ name.

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Day 197: Requirements for Salvation

The Daily Word: Monday, July 16th, 2018
1 Chronicles 22:1-23:32
Romans 3:9-31
Psalm 12:1-8
Proverbs 19:13-14
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith apart from the deeds of the law. – Rom 3:28

You are justified – or made righteous – by faith. Your salvation – complete and total forgiveness from sin, and right standing with God – has nothing to do with your deeds; it has everything to do with what Jesus has already done! Jesus already did all the work for you to make it to Heaven. All you have to do is participate in His plan!

You don’t have to work for God’s favor. You don’t have to try to be saved! Simply receive the salvation and favor Jesus already died for you to have. Pray, “Jesus, I believe in You!” – and believe it with all your heart – and it is done!

For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. – Eph 2:8-9

Prayer:

Father, thank You that my salvation does not depend on me. Jesus died so that I could be free. Help me to receive everything He wants me to have – salvation, forgiveness, and healing – in Jesus’ name!

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Day 196: You Don’t Have to Fight Alone!

The Daily Word: Sunday, July 15th, 2018
1 Chronicles 19:1-21:30
Romans 2:25-3:8
Psalm 11:1-7
Proverbs 19:10-12
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
Then he said, “If the Syrians are too strong for me, then you shall help me; but if the people of Ammon are too strong for you, then I will help you. Be of good courage, and let us be strong for our people and for the cities of our God. And may the Lord do what is good in His sight.” – 1 Chron 19:12-13

Israel was outnumbered! They were surrounded on every side! But Joab was not afraid, because he knew he was not alone.

Joab had an amazing gift: his brother, Abishai. If the Syrians started to overpower Joab and his army, Abishai would come and help; and if the Ammonites were too strong for Abishai, Joab would come and help! No matter what happened, these two brothers had each others’ backs. Neither would let the other fall.

I pray God would surround you with brothers and sisters like that. I pray that whenever the enemy has you surrounded, God would send people into your life to help fight! Thank God we don’t have to fight alone!

Prayer:

Father, thank You that I don’t have to fight alone! Thank You for giving me brothers and sisters who will stand by my side and contend for victory, in Jesus’ name. I will fight fearlessly, because You have already given me the victory!

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Day 195: Responding to the Word

The Daily Word: Saturday, July 14th, 2018
1 Chronicles 16:37-18:17
Romans 2:1-24
Psalm 10:16-18
Proverbs 19:8-9
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“And now, O Lord, the word which You have spoken concerning Your servant and concerning his house, let it be established forever, and do as You have said.” – 1 Chron 17:23

David had just received an amazing word from God. God would carve out a permanent place for His people, where enemies could not threaten them. God would give David victory in battle, and “subdue all [David’s] enemies” (v 10). God would also “build [David] a house” (v 10)! God would establish David’s family as rulers over Israel, and Jesus – the King of kings – would pass through his bloodline.

But David didn’t just sit on the word. He responded. First, he thanked God in prayer:

Then King David went in and sat before the Lord; and he said: “Who am I, O Lord God? And what is my house, that You have brought me this far?” – 1 Chron 17:16

Then, he agreed with God’s promise:

…let it be established forever, and do as You have said. – 1 Chron 17:23; above

When you receive a word from God, how do you respond? Do you hope it will be true, or do you thank God as if it’s already true? Do you disagree with God by telling yourself His promise is to good to be true, or do you agree with God, just like David did? God is speaking to you on purpose; but you have to respond to His word!

Prayer:

Father, I believe You. I believe Your word! I know every promise You have spoken over me will come to pass, in Jesus’ name. Thank You for Your faithfulness. Help me to trust You like never before.

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Day 194: God Helped

The Daily Word: Friday, July 13th, 2018
1 Chronicles 15:1-16:36
Romans 1:18-32
Psalm 10:1-15
Proverbs 19:6-7
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
And so it was, when God helped the Levites who bore the ark of the covenant of the Lord, that they offered seven bulls and seven rams. – 1 Chron 15:26

The Levites had an important responsibility! They would carry the ark of the covenant into Jerusalem. Everyone was watching! A slip-up or mistake could be deadly. But God gave them an important promise: I will help you.

The Levites could not carry the ark until God helped them. What has God called you to carry? What has He put you on this earth to do? You cannot do it without His help. Ask His Holy Spirit to strengthen you, so you can do all that is required.

If we try and walk out our calling without asking the Holy Spirit for help, we will fail. But if we insist on relying on God for help, He will fill us with the strength we need.

Prayer:

Father, strengthen me in Jesus’ name! I know you put me on this earth to do Your work. Strengthen me to get it done, in Jesus’ name!

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Day 193: A Servant First

The Daily Word: Thursday, July 12th, 2018
1 Chronicles 12:19-14:17
Romans 1:1-17
Psalm 9:13-20
Proverbs 19:4-5
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
Paul, a bondservant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated to the gospel of God… – Rom 1:1

Paul was a servant first. Yes, he was called to be an apostle. Yes, he was separated to the Gospel! But his first calling was to serve Jesus.

God has big plans for you. He created you to do something no one else can do! You have a calling, a purpose, and a destiny. But you are a servant first. As you walk out your service to Jesus, everything else will fall into place.

Prayer:

Father, remind me that I am a servant first. Help me to never lose sight of the amazing things You have done for me! I want to serve You with my life, in Jesus’ name!

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Day 192: David Dwelt

The Daily Word: Wednesday, July 11th, 2018
1 Chronicles 11:1-12:18
Acts 28:1-31
Psalm 9:1-12
Proverbs 19:1-3
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
Then David dwelt in the stronghold; therefore they called it the City of David. – 1 Chron 11:7

When David came to Jebus, the inhabitants said, “You shall not come in here” (v 5)! But David took the city. He did what his enemy said could not be done. Several verses later, we see that David not only defeated the city and overcame the odds; he dwelt there. That city was no longer called Jebus; it had become the City of David.

David dwelt – i.e. made a home in – the very place his enemy said was off limits. What has Satan tried to convince you is off limits? A stable job? A loving family? A restored relationship with God Himself? When the enemy says you can’t have it, take it as a challenge. You will not only take it; you will dwell there, and live in the promise of God.

Prayer:

Father, thank You for victory over my enemies! I am so grateful for the victory You have given me in Jesus Christ. I will crush Satan under my feet, in Jesus’ name.

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Day 191: Out of the Mouth of Babes

The Daily Word: Tuesday, July 10th, 2018
1 Chronicles 9:1-10:14
Acts 27:21-44
Psalm 8:1-9
Proverbs 18:23-24
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:

Out of the mouth of babes and nursing infants You have ordained strength, because of Your enemies, that You may silence the enemy and the avenger. – Psalm 8:2

The strength of your prayers is not dependent on your strength; it is dependent on God’s strength. He has ordained strength out of the mouths of all his children: even babies and nursing infants! In other words, because His word is so strong, the strength of the vessel does not matter.

He made our words strong on purpose. He gave us strong speech so that He can silence the enemy and the avenger with our prayers! God’s greatest desire is to partner with you – through prayer – to cause His will to come to pass on this earth.

Your prayers are a weapon. Your prayers can tear down strongholds. Your prayers can stop suffering, sickness, and sin in their tracks! Your prayers can cast out demons and disease. Your prayers are strong and powerful!

Prayer:

Father, thank You for powerful prayers. Thank You for ordaining strength out of my mouth, even when I feel my weakest. I am weak, but You are strong in me.

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Day 190: Time to Move On

The Daily Word: Monday, July 9th, 2018
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:
Then Ephraim their father mourned many days, and his brethren came to comfort him. And when he went in to his wife, she conceived and bore a son; and he called his name Beriah… – 1 Chron 7:22-23

Ephraim was heartbroken. The men of Gath killed his sons because they wanted to “take away their cattle” (v 21). This was a tragic loss of life for a petty material reason. So what did Ephraim do?

First, he mourned. Mourning is healthy. Mourning is good! As we mourn, we celebrate the impact someone has had on our life, after they are no longer with us. We thank God for the time we got to spend with them. We grapple with life’s big questions. Mourning is necessary for healing to take place.

But then, he moved on. Mourning that lasts too long turns into unhealthy grief. Whereas healthy mourning empowers us to move forward, unhealthy grief paralyzes us looking backwards. Ephraim went in to his wife, and they had another son. They recognized that, after they had taken time to mourn, it was important to move on.

Where have you experienced loss in your life? Did you give yourself time to mourn? And did you give yourself permission to move on?

Prayer:

Father, help me to grieve in healthy ways. Tell me when it’s time to mourn, and tell me when it’s time to move on! I want to move forward, stronger than ever, in Jesus’ name.

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Day 189: Respect Is the Foundation

The Daily Word: Sunday, July 8th, 2018
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:
Now as he thus made his defense, Festus said with a loud voice, “Paul, you are beside yourself! Much learning is driving you mad!” But he said, “I am not mad, most noble Festus, but speak the words of truth and reason.” – Acts 26:24-25

In the middle of Paul’s trial, Festus – the governor – called Paul crazy! But look how Paul responds. He doesn’t retaliate by calling Festus a name in return. He doesn’t get angry and refuse to share the Gospel anymore. He calls Festus noble: he issues a compliment in the face of the insult he has just received!

Respect is the foundation of any Gospel presentation. People don’t care how much you know, until they know how much you care. We are Jesus’ hands and feet. Our role is to meet people where they are, and respect them – and their right to make their own decisions – in that place.

Will you show people respect, so they want to hear what you have to say?

Prayer:

Father, help me to respect the men and women You put in my life. I know that respect is the foundation of any Gospel presentation. Help me to prize respect, in Jesus’ name!

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