Judges 7:2 Your Strength VS God’s

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The LORD said to Gideon, “You have too many men. I cannot deliver Midian into their hands, or Israel would boast against me, ‘My own strength has saved me.’ Judges 7:2 

When a person does something, he usually automatically thinks that he did it himself, with no other help. People often forget those that had helped them get to where they are at and believe that they did it in their own strength and power.

The Israelites had been under control of the Midianites for a time. After crying out to God, He decided to raise up Gideon to destroy the Midianites. Gideon had brought together a large army, that was large enough to fight back at the Midianites. God immediately said that he had too many men to fight. If they fought and won, the Israelites would think that they did it themselves without the help of God. They would then go back to following false idols rather than God.

Although people forget about other people who have helped them get to where they are, there are very few who remember God’s help in the situation. Since God is unseen, they often do not give Him the credit He deserves.

Ultimately there is nothing that a person can do without the help of God. A person cannot even breath or move without God’s favor. A person cannot even be born without the hand of God in it.

It is easy to think that self did it, when God is unseen, but God is still there. Every believer must keep His focus on God and God’s abilities, not the abilities of self. Everything that a believer can do, is done only because God gave that ability.

He must not allow pride to come in thinking that he did it all by himself.

There will come times when you appear to accomplish some great task. Be careful to give God the credit for what was done, rather than take it on yourself. God is the One who is to be in control of your whole life, not you.

When others honor you with a great work done, turn the honor over to God and tell others that it is by His grace and power you did what you did. Do not allow pride to destroy you or turn you away from trusting God with everything in your life.

Let God be the One in control with the power.

I pray today that you will know the power of God in your life; that you will not try to do things without God; that you will allow God to work through you, using you; and that you will allow God to remove all pride in your life. 

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Isaiah 16:6 Empty Boasts

We have heard of Moab’s pride–how great is her arrogance!–of her conceit, her pride and her insolence; but her boasts are empty. Isaiah 16:6

As Israel was being punished and crushed under the hand of God, Moab was boasting about their power and abilities. Moab was a powerful nation, even though not the largest or most powerful, and felt that they were among the best. They were very proud of what they had accomplished and let everyone know about it.

However, God said that all their boasting and pride was empty. There was very little truth in what they were boasting about. Later in this chapter, God says that within three years they would be wiped out and destroyed.

Everywhere a person goes, one can hear of boasting. It starts in the kindergarten playground when one boy or girl is boasting to another about something. They may boast about a parent or it may be about winning a game. The boasting continues in life, usually, until they are dead. For many people it is a way of life.

Adults will boast about their great accomplishments in life. Businesses will boast about their product. The boasting usually goes beyond what is actually truth. Just as with the fisherman talking about the fish that got away, and each time it is told the fish is larger, so it is with boasting. The more one boasts, the more it moves away from the truth.

Boasting in one’s own power, abilities or accomplishments is an empty boast. The real truth about everything that you accomplish is that it was God who has given you the strength and ability to accomplish it.

There is nothing that you have done, whether good or evil, that God has not given you the ability to do it.

So all that boasting that you do and pride that you feel about what you have done, needs to be re-directed to God. God is the one who is really in control and has the ability, not you.

As you boast, boast about what God is doing, boast about what others are doing. Do not boast in yourself. Boasting in yourself is an empty, worthless boast. God can change any situation you are in, in one second. You, on your own, cannot really change anything, but your trust in God.

Don’t waste your breath on empty boasting today.

I pray today that you will know God’s power in your life; that you will know it is God who is working in and through you; that you will not boast except in God; and that you will allow God to work in and through you in all situations.