Bible Commentary

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

Day 83: Praise => Increase

The Daily Word: Sunday, March 24th, 2019
Deuteronomy 2:1-3:29
Luke 6:12-38
Psalm 67:1-7
Proverbs 11:27
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Let the peoples praise You, O God; Let all the peoples praise You, then the earth shall yield her increase; God, our own God, shall bless us. – Ps 67:5-6

When we praise, the earth “shall yield her increase.” The more we praise God, the more our circumstances conform to God’s will. The more we praise, the more we are prepared to receive the blessings of God. The more we praise, the more God “shall bless us!”

Are you looking for increase? More of God’s presence in your life? More provision in your finances? More peace in your relationships? Praise! As you praise, your life will start looking like the life God wants you to have.

Prayer:

Father, I want to praise You! I know when I praise, my circumstances will yield. I know when I praise, You will bless me! Thank You for my ability to praise You, in Jesus’ name.

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Day 82: New Wine

The Daily Word: Saturday, March 23rd, 2019
Numbers 36:1-Deuteronomy 1:46
Luke 5:29-6:11
Psalm 66:1-20
Proverbs 11:24-26
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order now And no one puts new wine into old wineskins; or else the new wine will burst the wineskins and be spilled, and the wineskins will be ruined. – Lk 5:37

If you want to see God do something you’re never  click here seen before, you have to put yourself somewhere you’ve never  https://mysonginthenight.com/songwriting/ click here been before. Do you want God to do something new in your life? He can’t force new wine into an old wineskin!  You are the wineskin: your routines, the way you worship, and the prayers you pray! So the question is not, “God, why won’t You do it?” The question is, “God, what do I need to change so You can do it through me?”

If you want to see God move, get ready. Position yourself! Cry out to Him like never before! Be more desperate for His presence than ever before! When you make the wineskin ready, God will bring the wine.

Prayer:

Father, if there’s anything You want me to change, let me know! I’m not married to my rituals and routines; I’m married to You! You have full permission to come into my life, and have Your way, in Jesus’ name.

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Day 80: Your Neighbor’s Destiny

The Daily Word: Thursday, March 21st, 2019
Numbers 32:1-33:39
Luke 4:31-5:11
Psalm 64:1-10
Proverbs 11:22
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Then they came near to him and said: “We will build sheepfolds here for our livestock, and cities for our little ones, but we ourselves will be armed, ready to go before the children of Israel until we have brought them to their place; and our little ones will dwell in the fortified cities because of the inhabitants of the land.” – Num 32:16-17

Two and a half tribes out of twelve had found suitable land. Gad, Reuben, and half the tribe of Manasseh had inherited the land they needed to support their families, flocks, and herds. Yet even though they were set, they refused to rest until their brothers and sisters were taken care of, too!

Are you willing to invest in the destiny of the people around you, even at your own expense? Will you put what’s best for you on hold, in favor of what’s best for others? Will you delay your own destiny, so that other people can walk out theirs?

Prayer:

Father, give me an attitude of sacrifice. It’s not enough for me to be walking out my calling: I want the people around me to be walking out their calling too! Help me to remember that the mission of the group is more important than the mission of any one individual, in Jesus’ name!

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Day 79: Filled with the Holy Spirit

The Daily Word: Wednesday, March 20th, 2019
Numbers 30:1-31:54
Luke 4:1-30
Psalm 63:1-11
Proverbs 11:20-21
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Then Jesus, being filled with the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness… – Lk 4:1

Jesus is God. He and the Holy Spirit are One! Yet Scripture says even Jesus was, “filled with the Holy Spirit.” He had an interaction – an encounter – with the presence of God that changed His life forever:

“And the Holy Spirit descended in bodily form like a dove upon Him, and a voice came from heaven which said, ‘You are My beloved Son; in You I am well pleased.’ ” – Lk 3:22

Before He was “filled with the Holy Spirit,” Jesus did not perform a single miracle. Yet after He was “filled,” He healed, delivered, and saved everywhere He went.

My suggestion to you is this: if even Jesus – the very Son of God – had to be “filled with the Holy Spirit” to live the life God destined Him to lead, how much more do you?

Prayer:

Father, fill me with Your Holy Spirit. Cover me with Your presence! I know Your Holy Spirit lives in me; and now I’m asking Him to fill me like never before, in Jesus’ name!

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Day 77: Even In the Wilderness Part II

The Daily Word: Monday, March 18th, 2019
Numbers 26:52-28:15
Luke 3:1-22
Psalm 61:1-8
Proverbs 11:16-17
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…while Annas and Caiaphas were high priests, the word of God came to John the son of Zacharias in the wilderness. – Lk 3:2

On Thursday, 3/14, we saw that God gives His people victory, even in the wilderness (link HERE). The “wilderness” typically describes a season of your life in which things aren’t “clicking:” progress feels more difficult than it should, and perhaps it doesn’t feel like God is moving like you wished He would.

Today, Scripture shows us that God speaks, even in the wilderness! John the Baptist deliberately made his home in the wilderness – away from the noise – and God spoke to him there. Are you going through a wilderness season? God speaks, even when you’re in that place! You will come out of your “wilderness,” more attuned to God’s voice, and closer to His heart, than ever before.

Prayer:

Father, thank You for speaking in the wilderness. I know You are always speaking; and I pray I would never stop listening. Thank You for speaking to me, in Jesus’ name!

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Day 76: Dedication

The Daily Word: Sunday, March 17th, 2019
Numbers 26:1-51
Luke 2:36-52
Psalm 60:1-12
Proverbs 11:15
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Now there was one, Anna, a prophetess, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was of a great age, and had lived with a husband seven years from her virginity; and this woman was a widow of about eighty-four years, who did not depart from the temple, but served God with fastings and prayers night and day. – Lk 2:36-37

Anna got to see Jesus. Why? It wasn’t because she was famous. It wasn’t because she was an elected official. It wasn’t because she was the most educated person in the world! It was because she was the most dedicated.

God showed Anna His plan because she was always in His presence. She, “…did not depart from the temple, but served God with fastings and prayers night and day” (v 37). God doesn’t owe an explanation to someone who thinks they deserve one; but He will reveal His plan to the person who is always around Him!

Prayer:

Father, make me dedicated like Anna. I pray You would reveal Your plans and purposes to me. Help me to make more time for Your presence, in Jesus’ name!

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Day 75: Are You Zealous?

The Daily Word: Saturday, March 16th, 2019
Numbers 24:1-25:18
Luke 2:1-35
Psalm 59:1-17
Proverbs 11:14
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“Therefore say, ‘Behold, I give to him My covenant of peace; and it shall be to him and his descendants after him a covenant of an everlasting priesthood, because he was zealous for his God, and made atonement for the children of Israel.’ ” – Num 25:12-13

God honors zeal. Zeal is, “Great energy or enthusiasm in pursuit of a cause or an objective.”[1] Are you excited about everything God’s word tells us to do? Do you put great energy towards accomplishing His will? Are you enthusiastic about the ways God is moving in your city, and this world?

God loves it when the things that excite Him, excite you. What has God called you to do? Go out and do it with zeal! When you are zealous for the things of God, He will make sure you are blessed!

Prayer:

Father, make me zealous for Your word. I want the things that excite You, to excite me, in Jesus’ name! I thank You for holy zeal, in Jesus’ name.

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Day 74: God Used A Donkey!

The Daily Word: Friday, March 15th, 2019
Numbers 22:21-23:30
Luke 1:57-80
Psalm 58:1-11
Proverbs 11:12-13
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Now the donkey saw the Angel of the Lord standing in the way with His drawn sword in His hand, and the donkey turned aside out of the way and went into the field. So Balaam struck the donkey to turn her back onto the road. – Num 22:23

Balaam was a seasoned prophet. He was used to hearing the voice of God! He was proficient in God’s word, and accustomed to the sound of His voice. But even Balaam was oblivious at times. God was trying to get him a message – to stop him from moving forward – but Balaam had his head down. He was so focused on doing what he wanted to do, that he lost sight of what God wanted to do!

So, God talked to someone else: Balaam’s donkey! The donkey (an animal!) saw what God was doing; but Balaam (the prophet!) completely missed it. The donkey stopped to listen to God; but Balaam was completely oblivious! Isn’t that hilarious?!

Here’s the point: God speaks to whom He wishes. He reveals His plans to those who will look and listen. Don’t ever assume you lack the education or training to see what God wants you to see. If He showed a donkey, He can certainly show you.

Prayer:

Father, thank You for speaking to the least of us. There is no such thing as being unqualified to hear Your voice. Make me attuned to Your word, in Jesus’ name!

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Day 73: Even in the Wilderness

The Daily Word: Thursday, March 14th, 2019
Numbers 21:1-22:20
Luke 1:26-56
Psalm 57:1-11
Proverbs 11:9-11
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
But Sihon would not allow Israel to pass through his territory. So Sihon gathered all his people together and went out against Israel in the wilderness, and he came to Jahaz and fought against Israel. Then Israel defeated him with the edge of the sword, and took possession of his land from the Arnon to the Jabbok, as far as the people of Ammon; for the border of the people of Ammon was fortified. – Num 21:23-24

Israel was in the wilderness. God had brought them up to the edge of Canaan, and sent 12 men in to spy out the Promised Land. But 10 out of 12 of those men gave a bad report, and God’s people got scared. They backed down from the promise of God, instead of seizing it. Their fear cost them: they would end up wandering around the wilderness for the next forty years.

But God have His people victory, even in the wilderness. When King Sihon and all the Amorites gathered together against Israel, God gave them victory! What’s more, He gave them, “…all of [King Sihon’s] land from the Arnon to the Jabbok” (v 24). First God gave His people victory; and then He gave them a possession!

God is the Giver of victory, even in the wilderness. Even if you feel “lost” or “out of touch” with God: He will give you victory over the enemy!

Prayer:

Father, thank You for giving me victory over my enemies, even in the wilderness! I know there is nowhere I can go that is out of reach from Your goodness; and I thank You for it, in Jesus’ name!

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Day 72: Are You Certain?

The Daily Word: Wednesday, March 13th, 2019
Numbers 19:1-20:29
Luke 1:1-25
Psalm 56:1-13
Proverbs 11:8
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:
…it seemed good to me also, having had perfect understanding of all things from the very first, to write to you an orderly account, most excellent Theophilus, that you may know the certainty of those things in which you were instructed. – Lk 1:3-4

Luke was “certain” of the things he wrote. He believed the Gospel with all his heart! He wrote them to Theophilus so that his friend might be convinced of the same.

Are you so convinced Jesus is real that you can’t help but talk to other people about Him? If not: no shame! Certainty comes with experience. God will show you He is real, so He can gain your trust. It’s not your job to try really hard to become certain that the Gospel is true; it’s the Holy Spirit’s role to show You He is real and fill you with certainty!

Prayer:

Father, make me certain that the Gospel is true! I want to tell everyone about Jesus; and I’m asking You to fill me with the confidence I need to boldly proclaim the Truth that Jesus is Lord.

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