“And praise be to God Most High, who delivered your enemies into your hand.” Then Abram gave him a tenth of everything. Genesis 14:20
People have victory in situations in their lives every so often. They are able to win a battle, get promoted, overcome a sickness, or some other struggle in their life. As the victory occurs, most people look to themselves as having accomplished the feat.
They look back on all the hard work that they had done to gain the victory over their situation. The larger the battle, the greater the victory. There is often a lot of pride in one’s self for gaining that victory. Many will also claim that they got lucky or had good karma in order to have that victory.
Abram had been told that the King of Sodom and several other kings had invaded the land of his nephew Lot. He went in to rescue Lot and his people from the other kings. Abram had won the battle.
Melchizedek blessed Abram, but also stated that God had given Abram the victory. He praised God for delivering the enemies over to Abram. Abram also gave God the praise for the victory, instead of taking the praise himself.
Most people will take the praise and credit for the victory themselves. They will be quick to point out what they did in accomplishing that victory, without recognizing where that victory came from.
Believers are also known to take this praise from God for themselves. While it is true that a person did some of the work, they are not acknowledging that God gave the victory. Without God’s strength, provision, and favor, no person can win any battle.
A person does not have any power or abilities in and of himself, it is only by the power of God that a person even lives at all. God sustains all life, and is the One who gives victory over every situation.
There may be battles in your life that you have found victory. Give God the praise for giving you the victory over that enemy, whether it is a person or some other enemy in your life.
God still delivers His people from the hands of the enemy. That enemy may be a person, a thing, or a sickness. Ultimately the real enemy is the spiritual forces in this life, yet, God can deliver all enemies.
Give God praise for victory today.
I pray today that you will see God’s work in your life; that you will give God praise for all victories in your life; that you will know it is by God’s power you have victory; and that God will deliver your enemies over to you.