Daniella Whyte

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Don’t Be Afraid (365 Days of Daring Faith — DAY 358)

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Luke 2:10 (NLT)
But the angel reassured them. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people.”

Throughout the Christmas story, four individuals had two things in common with each other. Joseph, Mary, Zechariah and the shepherds all were afraid or troubled and each time an angel came to them and told them not to be afraid. To the shepherds, the angel told them not to be afraid because of the promise of a Savior. To Mary, the angel told her not to be afraid because she was in God’s favor. To Joseph, the angel told him not to be afraid and instead to follow God’s divine plan for the Christ child’s birth. To Zechariah, the angel told him not to be afraid because his prayers for a child had been answered. Read more…

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A Cave Made for a King (365 Days of Daring Faith — DAY 357)

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Isaiah 9:6 (NLT)
For a child is born to us, a son is given to us. The government will rest on his shoulders. And he will be called: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Over the years, I have seen some very beautiful Nativity scenes in front of houses, churches, and other public places. When I was a kid, it evoked a sense of wonder and to a degree, it still does. But there are, of course, some inaccuracies as a result of people’s imagination. For one, Jesus did not have blond hair or blue eyes as many ethnic-European photos describe him. Most accurate historians and scholars agree that Jesus was ethnically Middle Eastern. Read more…

Light Poured In and Shining (365 Days of Daring Faith — DAY 356)

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John 1:10-11 (NLT)
He came into the very world he created, but the world didn’t recognize him. He came to his own people, and even they rejected him.

If this were a world of pure goodness, we probably would need the expectation of going to heaven. If this were a world of light, it would be fairly easy to recognize the truth of Jesus amidst the fiction. But this is a world that is neither good or filled with light. And we have contributed to that condition. This is a world wrought with evil and darkness into which Jesus came to be the true light. Read more…

Thoroughly Confident (365 Days of Daring Faith — DAY 355)

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1 John 5:14 (NLT)
And we are confident that he hears us whenever we ask for anything that pleases him.

It is comforting to know that we can talk to God at any time about anything and be confident that He is always there to listen. We can ask God for anything that we want in life and He has promised that He will give us those things that are in His will for us to have. God is like a good parent. He doesn’t give us all the things we want. He gives us the good things He knows are best for us. Read more…

We Knows He Hears Us and He Answers (365 Days of Daring Faith — DAY 354)

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1 John 5:15 (NLT)
And since we know he hears us when we make our requests, we also know that he will give us what we ask for.

One of the most frustrating things in the world is to ask for something and never get it. God knows that his children want to receive an answer to their requests. Scripture tells us that since we know God hears us, we can also be assured that he will answer us and give us what we ask.

The enemy of our souls will try to make us think prayer is a waste of time. You’re praying about something and the devil comes alongside to whisper in your ear, ‘Prayer doesn’t really work. What do you think you’re doing. God is not going to listen to you. Get up and go to work. Find something better to do with your time than on your knees.’

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Just Ask (365 Days of Daring Faith — DAY 353)

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Matthew 7:11 (NLT)
So if you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give good gifts to those who ask him.

God is the source of every good and perfect gift in the world. All the things you see and even the things you can’t see are a result of God’s goodness and grace in the universe. God said in Genesis that what he created was good. He gave it to us as a gift of his divine providence. If we as mere humans love to give gifts to the people we love, God loves to give gifts a million times more than that. Read more…

Happy and Grateful (Live. Pray. Hustle. 12/17/16)

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Happy and Grateful (Live. Pray. Hustle. 12/17/16)
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Be happy. Be grateful.

LIVE. PRAY. HUSTLE.

Life On the Line For You (365 Days of Daring Faith — DAY 352)

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John 10:11 (NLT)
I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd sacrifices his life for the sheep.

It is the job description of every good shepherd to be willing to put his life on the line to protect the sheep. This means that when trouble is approaching the sheep, the shepherd does not think about himself first. He does not run away and leave the sheep behind. He moves the sheep ahead of himself in order to get them out of harm’s way. Think of David who killed a lion and a bear in order to protect his folk. This is the length to which a good shepherd is willing to go. Read more…

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