“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.
“Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself in my mind am a slave to God’s law, but in my sinful nature a slave to the law of sin.” Romans 7:25
Paul was just talking about some of the challenges he was facing in his own life. As a believer he wanted to do the good things God wanted him to do. He wanted to live a righteous and holy life. While at the same time, the sinful nature in him rose up and caused him to continue to sin. He would end up doing what he did not want to do.
As a result of this he knew he was in trouble. This is where God’s great love comes in. God sent Jesus Christ to take away this problem. It is through the death and resurrection of Jesus that any believer can have any hope of overcoming the sin in his life.
Now Paul points out that in his mind he is striving to please God, yet his sinful nature is still there to cause him to sin. He is battling between two different masters in his life.
Today many believers have this same challenge. They are wanting to be the holy, righteous believer that Jesus called them to be, yet keep on falling into various sins. They keep running back to Jesus, often in fear that He will give them up as failures.
You may feel the same way right now or at certain times. Jesus will never give up on you. He is always waiting for you to come to Him. You must be willing to trust that He desires to forgive you and help you move on with Him.
The grace and mercy of Jesus allows Him to forgive you. Your heart must be focused on serving God. You must be striving to be like Jesus. Then the sinful nature will be held down more. It will not rise up as powerful. When it does rise up and catch you, you know that you can run back to Jesus again.
God will give you strength to overcome sin more and more as you trust and follow Him more.
Do not allow the sinful nature full control. Stay focused on Jesus today.
I pray today that you will trust in the grace and mercy of Jesus; that you will have a heart towards God; that you will strive to turn from all sin; and that you will not allow yourself to be controlled by your sinful nature.