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. Daniel 2:27-28a
The desire to have the right answer or have the ability to meet the need for others is great in most people. They want to be able to say that they can give what is needed out of their own abilities and strength.
Very few people like to admit that they do not have the right answer or lack the ability to do something. It makes them look weak and incompetent, so they will often make up something to try to meet the need, whether it is right or wrong.
The king had had a dream and wanted someone to tell him what the dream was and what it was about. If no one could do that, he would kill everyone. He was told about Daniel being able to do that. Daniel tells him that only God can give that answer.
In themselves, no believer really has the ability to do anything. Their power, strength and wisdom come from God.
The world will have questions to problems that they do not know how to answer or deal with. They are seeking answers, that only God can give. Some believers will give the answers in their own abilities or give the answer God has, and will take the credit for it, rather than give God the credit.
God has given His Holy Spirit to guide believers and give them wisdom. When a believer speaks, it should be with the wisdom and words of God, and then he needs to let the world know it is God’s word, not his own.
There will be times when someone needs help or guidance. At these times seek God’s direction for that situation. God will guide you in what to say or do to help that person out. As you do this, do not take the credit for yourself. Give the credit to God for what He has allowed you to do.
Doing this points people towards God and takes the focus off of you. God is the only one who can give the perfect answer each and ever time. Allow God to work through you, but also give Him the credit. Without Him, you can do nothing.
I pray today that you will be filled with God’s Holy Spirit; that you will be guided by God’s Spirit; that you will give God credit for what He does trough you; and that you will allow God to use you to help others.
With God we will gain the victory, and he will trample down our enemies. Psalm 60:12
All around the world there are physical battles occurring. People are fighting other people. There are enemies that are out to destroy and conquer other people or groups.
Each one has their own purpose for going into battle. Some are small individuals, completely on their own, while other battles are grand scale, whole nations or larger.
Those who are being attacked will often rise up to fight. They will seek help from others to raise enough power to stop the enemy.
However, there are also many who will just cower and not seek victory against the enemy. They have no one to help them and the enemy is too powerful or big. They just cower in fear.
David had been battling against the nation of Aram. This nation was a very powerful nation and made it difficult to win the battle. David looks to God for strength. He knew that just human power was not enough. With God, he knew that they would gain victory.
Believers no longer have to physically fight an enemy, as David did, but they do have enemies that they must battle on a daily basis. There is the enemy of temptation. This enemy takes on many different forms–lying, cheating, stealing, cursing, being drunk, hatred, violence and more.
These are just the inside battles. Then there are physical battles of sickness, poverty, food, and more in provision, or others physically battling.
In himself, the believer does not have the strength to win the battle. The enemy is too large, too smart, too powerful to win. But with God he can gain the victory. Jesus overcame the greatest power on this earth–death. If He can beat death, then nothing is impossible.
Just like David, you will have battles with the enemy on a regular basis. Some of these enemies will be small and easy to overcome. However, many will be large, formidable enemies with a lot of power.
You do not have to cower in fear, but can seek God for His strength and help. Do not look to man, but to God for your help. He will be there each and every time. He will provide a way out to defeat the enemy.
If you want victory, know that God is right there ready to provide it. You just have to accept His ways of gaining that victory over the enemy.
I pray today that you will know God’s power in your life; that you will seek God’s help first; that you will rely upon God’s power; and that you will see the victory God can give you.
With your help I can advance against a troop; with my God I can scale a wall. Psalm 18:29
Going through life, everyone faces some walls in their lives. Some of these walls are self built, while others are built by other people or situations.
These walls can be relational, physical, emotional or some other wall. Walls that are emotional are very common. People are angry with someone or has someone angry at them and it breaks the relationship.
Inventors and dreamers run into walls all the time. They want to accomplish something, but hit a wall preventing them or slowing them down.
When a person hits a wall there is three things that he can do. Stop and change directions. God around the wall. Or scale and go over the wall. Most people stop and change directions, giving up what they wanted to do.
David knew that with God’s help, there was nothing he could not do. He could go against a whole troop of enemy or he could scale a wall that was in front of him.
Even in the life of a believer, one will come across walls in his life. Going up against a wall is a common thing. It is not a one time event, but occurs on a regular basis. Some walls are small, while others are massive great walls, like the Great Wall Of China. These walls become a problem for the person to overcome.
However, unlike the world, the believer has God to give him assistance. God is there to help him get over the wall and keep moving forward in His plan.
God has strength and abilities that go beyond anything any person could ever have or even dream about. Sometimes God will move the wall, as He did with Joshua, but often He will help the person scale it and get over the top.
You may have some walls in your life that are trying to slow you down or stop you. You have a choice as to what you will do, give up or keep moving forward. In yourself, you may not be able to ever climb that wall and get to the other side, but with God it is possible.
God can guide your steps to get over that wall. He can give you strength to be able to pull yourself up as you climb that wall.
Trust in God for your strength and guidance. You can get over that wall in front of you, not by yourself, but with His help.
I pray today that you will know God’s power in your life; that you will rely upon God’s strength; that God will guide you over a wall in your life; and that God will guide you on your journey through this life.