“I cannot do it,” Joseph replied to Pharaoh, “but God will give Pharaoh the answer he desires.” Genesis 41:16
People all over the world are constantly looking for answers. Just like children, most adults like to ask the question, “why?”. They want answers as to why things happen as they do.
In the majority of cases, people seek those answers from other people or books that people have read. In that process many will choose the ways of the world to get their answer and will also be given the answer that the world gives.
Those that give the answer, will usually take full credit for that answer. The want to be seen as the person with the wisdom and knowledge. People want to feel as though they are really important and are somebody.
Many believers have fallen into this trap of taking the credit for what they say or do. They feel as though they are the ones who had full power and ability to say or do what was said or done. It was their own wisdom and knowledge.
While Joseph had been in prison, God had given him knowledge of the meaning of some other prisoner’s dreams. Later, when one of those prisoners was released, Pharaoh had a dream also that he wanted interpreted. Joseph was called before Pharaoh.
Pharaoh’s first statement was that he heard that Joseph could interpret dreams. Immediately Joseph stated that he cannot interpret the dreams, but that God can give the answer needed. With the guidance of God, Joseph then interprets the dream.
Joseph could easily have taken credit for interpreting dreams, but he did not. He gave God the full credit.
As a human, it is easy to think that one has the ability to do something, when in reality it is God working in and through that person.
There is absolutely nothing that you cannot do, unless God gives you the ability to do it. This even includes breathing. If you cannot breath without God’s help, how much less can you interpret dreams or do some other ministry or work for Him?
When God uses you to touch someone’s life, such as in prayer, witnessing, helping hand, interpretation, a word, or anything else, give Him the credit for the ability, wisdom and knowledge.
Don’t take the credit that belongs to God. He is the one who did it.
I pray today that you will know God’s power and abilities; that you will give God credit for all works done; that you will point all people to God and not to self; and that God will use you to touch many people.
However, to the one who does not work but trusts God who justifies the ungodly, their faith is credited as righteousness. Romans 4:5
The majority of the people around the world like to earn what they get. They are willing to work in order to get something. Many do not want to just get something for free.
One challenge is that many people want a lot more for what they work for than what they actually deserve. People want a very large paycheck for a small amount of work, yet, they still want to be able to say that they worked for the paycheck.
There are also many who make the statement that a person will treasure what he works for more than what is just given to him. This implies that people must work more for the things that they want.
This type of thinking has also come into the thinking of many people in the church. People work very hard to be a “good” Christian. They will go to church, carry a Bible, quote a few good verses, don’t drink/smoke, and dress very nicely on Sunday. While none of these things are bad in and of themselves, none of them help a person with being righteous.
Righteousness, which is being right and holy before God, is only achieved by faith in God’s grace and mercy. It is faith in what Jesus has done for the person that makes a person righteous before God.
All of the actions that a believer does, should be done out of love for God and thankfulness for what Jesus has done for him. None of these actions need to be done to make a person righteous.
As a believer, you must have faith in the work Jesus has done for you. Having faith in God is putting your trust in Jesus. Trusting that Jesus has forgiven you and will save you.
While having that faith, you must work for God as though your salvation depended upon your own work. The works you do, do not earn your salvation, but prove that you are saved. It shows that you are grateful to God for what He has done for you.
As you are going through your life, stop working to earn your salvation from God. The price has already been paid. The work has already been done for you. Just trust God and live for Him.
I pray today that you will know what Jesus has done for you; that you will have faith in the work of Jesus; that you will know the forgiveness Jesus gives you; and that you no longer work for your salvation.
Daniel replied, “No wise man, enchanter, magician or diviner can explain to the king the mystery he has asked about, but there is a God in heaven who reveals mysteries. He has shown King Nebuchadnezzar what will happen in days to come. Your dream and the visions that pass through your mind as you were lying in bed are these: Daniel 2:27-28
The king had a dream that disturbed him greatly and he wanted to know what it meant. He also refused to tell any what the dream was. When his people could not tell him what the dream meant, he set out to kill of his workers. Daniel stepped in and said that there is a God who can reveal what King Nebuchadnezzar’s dream was about. He then proceeds to tell the king about his dream.
There are a lot of dream “experts” in the world today who claim that they can tell a person what their dreams mean. Alongside of them, are also astrologists, palm-readers, fortune tellers, who claim that they can reveal what a person’s future will hold. In some colleges there are even courses that people can take to be trained for doing these types of works. All these people claim that they can help a person know what is future is.
People all over the world want to know what there is in their future and so they go to these types of people for guidance.
In the church there are also some people who claim to be able to know the future or can see the future of individuals.
The reality is that without God, no person really knows the future. Only God can reveal the future and do the impossible.
As a believer, God may do some great things through you for others. These things could be healings, other miracles, and telling of some future event. When God does this, it is easy to take credit and say that you did it, however, it is God who did it.
When God does some work through you, pull yourself out of the picture and give Him the credit. He is the one who did the work through you, not yourself. In yourself, you really have no power or abilities, only God does.
Are you taking credit for God’s work?
Or, like Daniel, are you giving God all the credit?
I pray today that God will do many things through you; that you will know that God is the one doing all the work through you; that you will be a witness of God’s great power; and that the world will see God through you.
The LORD has kept the promise he made. I have succeeded David my father and now I sit on the throne of Israel, just as the LORD promised, and I have built the temple for the Name of the LORD, the God of Israel.” 2 Chronicles 6:10
God had promised David, through a prophet, that his son Solomon would be the next king and would be the one to build the temple. Solomon did become the next king of Israel and did build the temple. Once the temple was built, Solomon gave God the credit for fulfilling His promises to his father David. He did not take the credit for doing these things on his own.
As people are successful at doing something, they often take the credit for doing it. A person will brag about how he was in the right place at the right time to get it done. Or brag about how much hard work, effort and money he put into finishing the project. Very seldom will God be even mentioned in the process of getting things done.
People are selfish and want to take the credit for themselves. There are some who will give credit to other people who helped make something happen, but God is still not in the picture.
This can happen inside the church also. Some great event happened in the church and was very successful, and the head leader or leaders take all the credit for making it happen. It was those leaders who put in all the hard work to make it successful.
The one often forgotten, is God. God made it possible in many different ways. Without God, you would not even be alive. Without God, you would not be able to breathe. Without God, you would not have a purpose in life. Without God, you would not be able to move.
Everything that you have accomplished, has been done because God allowed it and gave you the ability to do it. As you accomplish something, give God the praise for it happening. Do not hold all the credit to yourself.
Realize that it was God who promised the things to be done and has given you the ability to accomplish them. Do not be selfish or ungrateful. Give all the credit where it really due…to God. He is the One who makes it happen.
I pray today that you will see God’s hand at work in your life; that you will know things are done by God’s strength; that you will give God all the praise for all accomplishments in your life; and that God will be praised by others for your work done.
“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.” Ephesians 3:20-21
Throughout time, men and women have done some incredible things. In the ancient days one can see the great pyramids in Egypt. Later one can see the amazing building of the Great Wall of China. During the 1800s was the invention of the printing press and the various medicines were developed to help people. In the last hundred years, from cars to airplanes to traveling to the moon. The ability to take metal and make it work like the computers and smart phones is amazing feats of men.
People are honored for the things that they have done. People look at inventors and stand in awe of what they are capable of doing.
Yet, with all these things done, the great imaginations of mankind, God can do much more. There is no way to measure how much God can do. Remember that He created everything that there is. He even created the ability for man to invent new things.
It is good that people get honored for what they have done, but have you forgotten about God and what He can do?
In life you may be going through a battle that does not look good for you. The odds appear to be stacked against you. Go to God with it and trust Him. He can do more than you can possibly imagine. If God can created everything you see in this universe and wonderful world, don’t you think He can meet your “small” problems in life?
Knowing this be willing to trust Him and give Him the glory. Realize that it is His power that allowed you to get through a situation in life. It was His doing that provided for all of your needs. Tell everyone you know about what God has done for you, and is doing for you, and will do for you. Give God the credit, not yourself or other people.
What will you ask God for today? What will you trust God for today?
I pray today that you will know the power that God has to help you; that you will trust Him; that you will give God the glory for things done; and that you will tell others of God’s work in your life.
“But when the apostles Barnabas and Paul heard of this, they tore their clothes and rushed out into the crowd, shouting:” Acts 14:14
The apostles Barnabas and Paul were in the city of Lystra. There they met a man who was lame. They prayed for him and he was healed. The people then started giving them gifts thinking that they were gods. Instead of accepting the gifts and taking the credit, Barnabas and Paul tore their clothing and told the people that they were just regular men just like everyone else and that it was God who healed the man, not themselves.
People love to take the credit for doing things. They want praise for when they do something good. Yet, often the credit really belongs to someone else.
In some businesses, when the business does really great, the top management will take all the credit for how it is doing. Usually it will be with one or two of the management personnel. They point out how the business is doing because of what they individually had done for the company. They forget to give credit to the bottom worker. If the bottom worker had not done his job the business would not have succeeded.
In churches, the same type of credit acceptance happens also. The major difference is that often it is not giving the credit upwards to God. God is the one who heals, saves, and changes people. Not people. Taking the credit is personal pride and pride is a sin.
You are only the instrument that God uses to reach people to heal, save and change them. You are His spokesperson, His voice. You are His hands and feet. Without God you are nothing and have nothing.
When a great miracle happens when you prayer, point the credit to God. Do not look at yourself as someone special or with a special ability. Let God have all the credit. Give God all the praise.
Are you giving God all the credit for what He has done in your life? Are you giving God all the credit for what He is doing through you?
I pray today that you will realize all that Jesus is doing in you and through you; that you will give God all the credit; that God will receive all the praise for works done; that Jesus will do mighty works in and through you; and that Jesus will draw many to Himself through you.