Acts 14:14-15 Don’t Take What Is God’s

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But when the apostles Barnabas and Paul heard of this, they tore their clothes and rushed out into the crowd, shouting: “Friends, why are you doing this? We too are only human, like you. We are bringing you good news, telling you to turn from these worthless things to the living God, who made the heavens and the earth and the sea and everything in them.” Acts 14:14-15

Paul and Barnabas had been in the town of Lystra. They saw a lame man there and told him to stand up in faith and be healed. The man was healed. The people who saw it started to worship Paul and Barnabas as though they were gods. They told the people that they were human just as they were.

When great things happen with a person, most people love to accept the credit for what happened. This can even occur when what happened was done by someone else. Instead of explaining who made the event happen, people often accept the praise as though they were the ones who did it.

Inside the church, there are times that this has become a known thing to happen. People will talk as though they were the ones who did the miracle or built the church/ministry. In the process of talking about it, many will leave God out of the picture.

The world does not know or accept God, so when they see a miracle, they give credit to the person who ‘did’ it. However, every believer knows that there is a God. And every believer should know that in themselves, they cannot do anything without God.

Since this should be known, every believer should point everything back to God. Give God the credit for miracles. This can be great miracles or healing, or simple miracles of provision. God is the one who does it all or makes a way for it to happen, not the individual.

As God does things in and through you, be sure to give Him credit. Do not allow the world to put you on a pedestal and give you praise that belongs to God. Point the world to God.

God can and will do great and mighty things through you, if you allow Him too and give Him the praise and glory for it. Everything that you do is to be done to lift up Jesus, not yourself.

I pray today that God will use you to do great things; that you will point people to Jesus; that you will always give praise to God for what good happens; and that many will know Jesus because of you.

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Psalm 113:1-2 Praise The Lord

Praise the LORD. Praise the LORD, you his servants; praise the name of the LORD. Let the name of the LORD be praised, both now and forevermore. Psalm 113:1-2

“Praise the Lord” is a phrase that many Christians use often. When something goes really well for a person, this phrase is shouted. In churches around the world, people are encouraged to praise the Lord.

What does it mean when that phrase is stated?

It is giving honor to God. It is letting Him know what He has done is great. Praise is lifting Him up and placing Him on the throne of one’s life. It is letting others know how great God is.

At the time the psalmist had written this psalm, Jesus had not died on the cross for the sins of the people. Jesus had not yet risen from the dead to be able to remove all sins from the life of a person. Yet, the psalmist was still willing to praise the Lord and encourages it to be done forever.

Today people have Jesus to look to for a great reason to praise the Lord. He has redeemed every person who believes in Him from a life of sin and death. This alone can give a person to give God praise at all times.

However, not every believer is constantly giving God praise both now and forevermore. Most people go in streaks in praising God. Every Sunday people fill the church and give God praise, but on Monday they go back to complaining to God about having to go back to work.

People complain to God about many things, rather than give Him praise. They focus on the problem, rather than focus on the God who able to overcome the problem or get them through it.

You are going to have tough times in this life. You could allow yourself to be like the world and complain to God about them. Or you could focus on what Jesus has already done for you and give Him praise.

You could focus on how Jesus is bigger than the problems and give Him praise.

Think about all that God has done already for you and all that He can and will do for you in the future, and you will break out in praise to Him.

Praise the Lord, both now and forevermore!

Give Jesus praise today!

I pray today that you will know what God has done for you; that you will focus your eyes on Jesus; that you will be filled with praise for Jesus; and that you will sing praises to God day and night.

2 Chronicles 6:10 Giving God The Credit

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.