January 17, 2020 Memory Verse

Micah 7-18

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 147:5 Limitless Understanding

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Great is our Lord and mighty in power; his understanding has no limit. Psalm 147:5 

Desiring to be understood is the desire of most people. Every one has something to say and want to be understood in what they are saying, but often are not. This crosses all nations and every person on this earth.

Young children get frustrated because they cannot say what they are thinking. Teen-agers feel as though their parents do not understand them and their struggles. Parents feel as though their children do not understand why they want what they want. Workers feel as though the bosses don’t understand their struggles. And the list goes on of misunderstanding.

With misunderstanding, there has been many fights and wars. Loss of friendship and relationships occur over not understanding.

The author of this psalm realizes how great and powerful God is. With this great power, God also has limitless understanding.

It is easy for a believer to think that God does not understand his struggles. God is God and is perfect and Jesus never sinned, so how could He really understand?

Even though Jesus was perfect, He walked on this earth like every other person–as a human being that could fall, yet He did not. Jesus was tempted just like every person, yet, He chose not to sin. He felt hunger, pain, suffering, ridicule, rejection, hate, violence, temptation and everything else that a person can feel and experience. His understanding is without limit.

God understands what every person is going through, but He also knows the path to take to get through every situation. He is all powerful and can work all things out for the good of those who love and follow Him. There is nothing so difficult that God cannot bring a person through it.

You, just like Jesus and every other person, will have to go through tough times. These tough times can be just simple temptation to great difficulties in life. You are not alone in this.

The best part about it is that God is with you and understands what you are feeling and going through. Lean on Him for strength and guidance to keep moving forward.

If God has the understanding to create this world and sustain every living molecule perfectly in order, then He can understand what you are going through. Tell Him what you are feeling. He already has a plan for your life, trust Him in understanding you and follow that plan.

I pray today that you will know God’s great power in your life; that you will tell God all that is on your heart; that you will know God understands you perfectly; and that God will remove all fear of misunderstanding. 

Psalm 146:3 Don’t Trust

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Do not put your trust in princes, in human beings, who cannot save. Psalm 146:3 

Trust in people is a common thing, especially in some leaders. Leaders are often expected to be able to do their job and lead well. They are expected to lead the people in the correct way and never make a mistake.

Over time there have been some leaders who have been very great leaders. They appeared to always do what was best for those under them.

People look to their leader to do a great job. They put all of their trust in the leaders.

The author of this psalm tells the people to not put all their trust in human beings. The main reason for this is that they cannot save at all.

Every person can probably think of someone who is a great person. They appear to always do the right thing every time. Many will choose to trust and follow that person, because of what he appears to be.

Many believers in the church often fall into this same problem of trusting people. They trust some speaker or preacher with blind trust. They put that person above God’s word or His Holy Spirit.

However, no matter how good a person is, there will come a time that the person will fail, he will fall short. Humans can do a lot of good things. They can overcome some major problems in the life of someone else. They can provide a lot of help, but they cannot meet every need that a person has.

The greatest need a person has is to be saved from all sin, from the wrath of God that is to come. No person can save anyone from that, other than Jesus. All real trust must be in God, alone. God is the only One who is perfect and will never fail.

Think about where you put your greatest trust. Are you following some leader, in or out of the church? Be careful on putting trust in any person. Refocus and put all of your real trust in God. As God leads you, you can trust people.

People will fail you and it will hurt. However, God will never fail you or hurt you. Only Jesus can help you with your greatest need, to forgive you of your sins and help you live like He does, righteous before God. Put your real trust in Jesus, the real Savior of your life.

I pray today that God will open your eyes to what people are like; that you will know that you can trust God; that you will put all of your trust in Jesus; and that you will know the salvation Jesus provides. 

Psalm 124:8 The Real Help

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Our help is in the name of the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. Psalm 124:8 

There are some people who think that they can do everything on their own and do not need help from anyone. However, at some point in their lives every person needs some help from someone or something. No one is able to completely do everything without the help of someone else.

Often this help is looked for in money, position, or other people. The people in this help can be individuals, groups, organizations, businesses, or even governments.

While people, governments and organizations can help some, often they fail at being able to really help. The amount that they can help is limited or temporary and often falls short of what is really needed.

The psalmist points to God for his help. He realizes that without God’s help, they would not have made it or survived.

God is the only one who is in full control of every situation that a person can go through. He is the only one who has all the power and strength needed to for a person to get through a tough situation in life.

The ultimate need for help for every person is removal of sins in order to provide eternal life. This is only done through the work of Jesus Christ upon the cross. In order to access this removal of sins, one must believe in what Jesus did for him. If He created the heavens and the earth and if He can provide the removal of sins, there is nothing that Jesus cannot do for a believer.

The world and people will fail and fall short in helping someone. Only Jesus remains forever and through every situation. He is faithful to provide what is needed in helping a person.

As a believer, when you are going through a tough situation, the first thing you must do is look to God for your help. Do not start with looking to people or organizations for help. These will fail you, but God will not.

God is waiting on you to call upon Him in your time of need. Trust that He knows what He is doing and will provide what you need when you need it. God is the only one who will remain by your side day and night, through thick and thin. He is your ultimate helper. Give Him a chance to help today.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you find the help you in need in God; that you will trust in God’s help; and that you will be a witness of God’s helping power in your life. 

Psalm 115:1 Not About You

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Not to us, Lord, not to us but to your name be the glory, because of your love and faithfulness. Psalm 115:1 

All over the world people are talking about their own accomplishments. Everyone wants to be recognized for what he did. People want the credit and glory for things done.

Receiving the glory for something accomplished is the crowning achievement for many people. Many will quit or get angry when they do not receive the honor for something done. It is even common to see lawsuits drawn up against others because of lack of proper recognition.

This type of attitude is selfishness. It is all about self and no one else. This is even when the action being done is to help other people. People want all the glory for the work being done.

The psalmist tells God that it is not to them but to Him that all the glory is to be given. The reason for God to receive all the glory is because of His great love and faithfulness.

Some believers can easily get caught up in thinking the same way as the world does. They want to receive all the glory and credit for what they have done or accomplished.

The believer who has the correct focus will realize that it is not about him, but about God. It is God who gave him the ability to accomplish something. It is often God who made things possible.

God loves every person with a perfect love and He remains perfectly faithful all the time. With this great love and faithfulness, He will accomplish many great things in and through the individual believer.

Giving God the praise and glory for what is done should be the first focus of every believer. God created everything, including the abilities of the believer, so God should receive all the glory.

Think about the things that God has done in your own life. What things has God accomplished in and through you?

Notice then that it is not about you, but what He has done in and through you. Be careful not to take the glory and praise for what has been accomplished. Point everyone and all the praise and glory to God, the one who did it all.

Selfishness is pride that goes against God. It takes away His glory. Give it all to God, who deserves it all. Show the world who really did the work and allow God to have the glory.

I pray today that you will see what God has done in and through you; that you will know that it is by God’s love and faithfulness that you can do anything; that you will give God the credit for all accomplishments; and that you will be a witness of God’s love to the world.