Psalm 149:4 God Is Excited To Give Victory

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For the Lord takes delight in his people; he crowns the humble with victory. Psalm 149:4 

People love to have victory. They want to win and be the winner. No one goes into something hoping to lose or even take second place, they strive for first place.

The desire to be number one is a selfish desire. It is all about self and how one looks. Being number one and having victory makes a person look great, the best. It becomes pride that drives the person for victory.

In the process of striving to be number one, many will do whatever it takes to get that position. Often it is stepping on others or cutting others down to make one’s self look better or to gain the victory.

God is excited about His people and looks forward to being with them. He wants to give victory, but He gives it to the humble, not just to everyone.

Being humble is realizing one’s position in this life and before God. It is realizing that one is not God and cannot do everything on his own. It is letting go of self and allowing God to lead, guide and help out. It is putting everything into God’s hands.

When a believer is ready to put self to the side and allow God to be the head, God is ready to give victory. The reason God is pleased to give victory is because it is no longer about self, but about Him. It is allowing God to be God.

Victory is not always being lifted up and looking great, but it is doing the right thing at the right time. It is overcoming a sinful temptation. It is being a witness of Jesus. It is showing love to those who are hard to love.

When a person lets go and allows God to work in and through him, God will give victory.

Each day there will be new struggles in your life and battles to fight and overcome. In your own strength you will fail and fall short of winning those battles.

Remember that it is not about you, but about God. Remove self out of the way, being humble and allow God to guide you. Let God give the victory.

Seek God’s help and guidance in every situation in your life. Do not think that you know what is best, you will fail. God loves you and wants to give you victory, let Him.

I pray today that you will know God’s love for you; that you will allow God to rule in your life; that you will be humble before God; and that you will see the victory God is giving you over every situation in your life.

Psalm 60:1 God Does Get Angry

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You have rejected us, God, and burst upon us; you have been angry–now restore us! Psalm 60:1 

Some people appear to never get angry. It seems as though they have perfect patience in every situation and that nothing will ruffle their feathers. Most people enjoy being around someone like this.

Others appear to always be angry. Every time a person just looks at them or says something, they get angry. Nothing can make them happy. These types of people are often avoided at all costs.

People do not like to be rejected or have someone angry with them. Sometimes it cannot be avoided, but most will strive to avoid causing conflict.

David had realized that God had been angry with His people. God had rejected them for a time, but now David was asking God to restore them.

It is common for people to act like God never gets angry, that He is always happy and just full of love. While it is true God is full of love, He does get upset with the choices that people make.

When a person chooses to walk in sinful ways and refuse to repent, God is not happy. When that person does all of this and still claims to believe in and live for God, He begins to get angry.

Although God gets angry, it is a controlled anger. He allows things to happen and consequences of those sins to come into the person’s life. These happen to draw the person back to Him.

God is waiting and ready to forgive and restore, as soon as the person is ready to be restored. He does not get angry quickly and He does not stay angry. As soon as the person turns towards Him, His anger subsides and He begins the restoration process.

If you are living in some sin, purposefully sinning, turn back to God. He is waiting there for you to return so that He can forgive you and restore you. He has a plan for your life and it is not one that He has planned in anger.

As you live in sin, you will not know the joy and peace of God. You will only feel His anger and lose His favor. Yet, God will take you back in an instant and restore you. His anger will go away immediately.

Living for God will bring you God’s great favor and building in your life. Are you allowing Him to restore and build you?

I pray today that you will turn to God from all sin; that you will know the forgiveness God has for you; that you will know the love God has for you; and that you will not live in a way that brings about God’s anger upon you.

Job 42:3 Speaking Without Understanding

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You asked, ‘Who is this that obscures my plans without knowledge?’ Surely I spoke of things I did not understand, things too wonderful for me to know. Job 42:3 

Speaking about something is easy for most people. They have an opinion about something and are willing to share it with anyone who is willing to listen, or not willing to listen. Opinions can be found all over every social media platform about nearly every subject and event that is happening, every where in the world.

There is nothing wrong with having an opinion, however, having that opinion is often wrong, because there is no real understanding of the situation. The knowledge that most people have is skewed or biased with information left out in order to cause thinking to occur a certain way.

While Job was going through the tough times of losing everything, he accused God of being against him and out to destroy him. He felt as if God was doing something wrong and questioned God about it. However, in the end he realized that God was in control and that God was still on his side. Job realized that he spoke without really understanding what was happening.

Believers today still have the same problem that Job had. Often they speak up about things that they really don’t know or understand. They condemn others, when they don’t understand what actually occurred.

It is common to hear of believers bashing other believers over an action done, without knowing why that action was done or knowing the heart behind it. It is also common for believers to get angry with God for allowing certain things to happen in their lives. Some will even walk away from God in anger, because they do not have the full understanding of what God is doing. They forget that God is in control and is doing the best for each individual.

There will be times you will not fully understand what or why God is allowing things in your life. It can be a painful time, but you must remember that God is in control and does really love you. He is only doing what is best for you.

Be careful in what you speak about. You may not fully understand the situation. Give God praise for what is happening and trust Him to bring you through it shining like gold. Don’t try to stop His plans. His plans are the best in the end.

I pray today that you will know God’s will for your life; that you will trust God’s plans for your life; that you will not question God’s actions; and that you will be a witness of God’s power and love. 

Job 41:1-2 What Can YOU Really Do?

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Can you pull in Leviathan with a fishhook or tie down its tongue with a rope? Can you put a cord through its nose or pierce its jaw with a hook? Job 41:1-2 

Being independent and able to do things is what most people want to be able to do. Children are constantly told that they can do whatever their heart wants to do, that they can be whatever they want to be. This can happen with hard work and dedication.

As people grow up being taught this, most people feel as if they do not need anyone else’s help, that they are completely independent of others, able to do it themselves. While being able to do things is true, it is not true that man can do anything and everything. Nor is it true that man is completely independent of anyone else.

As God is speaking to Job, He asks Job about the Leviathan. He wants to know if Job can hold the Leviathan down. Later in this chapter God gives a great description of the power and abilities of the Leviathan and wants to know if Job can control it. It is implied that Job cannot control it, but that God can.

There are limits to what man can do on his own. In reality man cannot do anything without God. It is God who gave the breath of life into each and every person on this earth. It is God who sustains all life on this earth.

Without God’s help, man could not survive at all. This means God is the one in complete control. Knowing this, every believer must release control to God and trust God in any and every situation that occurs in his life. This includes the ‘bad’ situations in life, as well as the good ones.

You may be able to do many things in this life. You may have a successful career and a great family, but there is still a limit to what you can do. And what you have done, has been done with the abilities God has given you.

Just as it takes Jesus to remove sins out of your life, it takes God and His power to do anything in this life. He is the One who had created you and is the One who will sustain you.

Allow God to be in control and trust Him through every situation in your life. He can control the Leviathan in your life.

I pray today that you will know God’s power in your life; that you will give God complete authority over your life; that you will trust God’s work in your life; and that you will not try to be in control of your whole life.

Job 38:4 True Position

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“Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation? Tell me, if you understand. Job 38:4 

Throughout the world there are a lot of people, from all walks of life, who think that they are important. They think that the world revolves around them and that everything should work according to their personal desires.

This type of feeling is seen in the home, in the workplace and everywhere else. It is the feeling that mankind is the most important thing on the earth, and some individuals are the king of it all. Everyone is to serve the individual because he ‘deserves’ it.

Job had been questioning why things were going as they were. He thought that God was unjust and making a mistake. His friends were thinking that what was happening was because of sin in Job’s life. For a time, God had been silent, listening and watching what was happening.

Now God speaks up. One of His first questions to Job and His friends was wanting to know where they were when He created the earth. Of course, none of them were there.

When a person realizes who created everything that there is, it suddenly puts him into the right perspective of who he really is and who God really is. It shows the magnificent power and authority of God.

It is easy to see how complex this beautiful earth is. When that is seen, it begins to reveal how great God has to be in order to create this earth. He has understanding and ability far beyond anything man can say, think or do.

As one keeps this in mind, it helps keep the perspective that God is in control of everything. He puts things into place and allows things to occur that people do not always understand, but it is for the best for everyone involved.

You may not understand why you are going through tough times. You may not fully understand why God removes things from your life. You may not understand why God is blessing others, while you seem to be cursed. Yet, you can trust that God knows what He is doing.

Keep in mind that if God can create this complex universe, He is in control of what occurs in your life. Also keep in mind that His great love for you will only allow things to happen that are for your benefit in the end.

Don’t sit on the throne of your life, but allow God to sit there.

I pray today that you will know God’s power; that you will know God’s abilities; that you will trust God’s work in your life; that you will know that God is in control; and that you will allow God to be in control of your life. 

Exodus 10:3 Refusing To Be Humble

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So Moses and Aaron went to Pharaoh and said to him, “This is what the LORD, the God of the Hebrews, says: ‘How long will you refuse to humble yourself before me? Let my people go, so that they may worship me.’ Exodus 10:3

Humility is putting other people before one’s own self. It is allowing someone else to be above self. The world does not believe in humility. Starting with Satan and going through every person, life has always been about self. Man wants to be in absolute control of every area of his own life. He wants to be the one who sits on the throne of authority.

People want to receive the honor and praise for everything that happens. This even includes many who are in the church. Pride is allowed to be a part of the life of a person, pushing God back or completely out of the picture.

God asked Pharaoh how long he would refuse to humble himself before Him. Pharaoh believed that he was the one in control and even above God, Himself. He refused to let the people go, even though God was proving over and over that He had the true authority and power over Pharaoh and his people.

There are many believers who are also guilty of not humbling themselves before God. They feel as though they are the ones in control. It is all about their ministry, their work, their power, their authority and God is not allowed to be on the throne. In word, they say that God is the King and in control, but in reality, it is all about how they look to others. It is about self.

Humbling yourself means that you will allow God to be the one in control of your life. It means you know that in yourself, you have no control or power. The only control you have is humbling yourself and letting God have the control.

Do not be like Pharaoh and allow the sin of self-pride to rule your life. God had to crush both Pharaoh and all of Egypt to get them to realize that He was in control. As with Pharaoh, it is not about you, but about God and others.

Who are you putting on the throne of your life? Is it God? Or is it yourself?

Humble yourself before God today and let Him be God of your life.

I pray today that you will know the authority God has; that you will humble yourself before God; that you will let God rule your life; and that you will point all people towards God and not towards yourself. 

James 5:9 Don’t Grumble

 

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Don’t grumble against one another, brothers and sisters, or you will be judged. The Judge is standing at the door! James 5:9

People have talked about grumpy old men, but it is something that many people are like. Grumbling appears to be a favorite pastime of many people. They often see the negative in situations or other people and are willing to let others know about it. As they point out faults in others and in situations, they do it in a harsh way, being rough about it.

At times it can be grumpy about what appears as a neutral subject, such as how a football game was played. Later it is grumping about how the service was at the store or bank. They complain about how a friend, co-worker, or someone else acted around them. And then they grump about how work had went. People are grumpy about various politicians and political choices being made in their nation or world. And above it all, people are grumpy with God and what He does or allows or does not do.

Grumping about someone or something is being a judge. It is making oneself as the one in control and knows what is best. James says that a believer must not do that or else he will be judged also.

When a person is trusting in God for everything and believes that God is in absolute control of everything, he will have no reason to be grumpy about something. God sets up every situation in the life of a believer for a reason. No one is to complain about what is happening, because God has there for a reason to build the believer or another believer up into a person like Jesus.

To grumble is to put oneself in the place of God, and then, God will judge the person.

As a believer, put your entire trust in God for every situation you are in or see. When things are not going your way, know that it is going God’s way. Lean on Him for strength through the situation. Seek to know how it can draw you closer to Him and make you more like Jesus, rather than becoming more like the world and grumbling.

Live a life of peace and love towards God and others, rather than demanding your own way and grumbling about everything. Show joy, rather than anger. Find a reason not to grumble today.

I pray today that you will know that God is in control; that you will trust God is in control; that you will not grumble against others or God; that you will find joy in God; and that you will be a witness of God’s love and joy to others.