1 Chronicles 16:8 Tell The World

Telling others

Give praise to the LORD, proclaim his name; make known among the nations what he has done. 1 Chronicles 16:8 

Watching or listening to the news is a very common thing for people to do. They want to know what is happening in their city, state, nation and world. The television and internet is filled with hundreds of different sources for news.

Some news is focused on world news, while others are just local. Yet, even other news can be personal news. Facebook is filled with personal news about what is happening in a person’s life.

People get excited to talk about the good things that are happening in their life. They will also talk about the negative things that are occurring. Either way, people love to talk about what is happening and want to know what is happening in the lives of other people.

As David had the priests set up the ark of the covenant for worship, he told the people to being to give praise to God. In the process of giving that praise, they were also to tell the world what God has done for them. God had established them and made His presence among them.

Every believer has something to talk about. They have a news that is greater than any other news ever given. As soon as one becomes a believer, he has the message that he was a dead man, sentenced to die, but has been forgiven, set free and given eternal life. That is just the minimum of what God has done for the believer.

Each day believers can talk about how God has given them another day, the joy God has given them, the strength He has given, and all other provisions He has given. The world needs to know these things. They want to see what God has done and how it has changed a person.

God has done the same things for you and probably much more. Think about all the things God has done for you in your life. Now you must go and tell the world that news.

If the world can freely share all the bad news around the clock, you can share the best news ever around the clock. Someone out there is waiting to hear what you have to say about Jesus.

Take the time today to proclaim the name of Jesus and tell what He has done and is doing in your life with someone.

I pray today that you will know what God has done for you; that you will tell others what God has done; that you will not be ashamed of Jesus; and that many will believe in Jesus because of your story. 

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Matthew 9:34 False Credit

But the Pharisees said, “It is by the prince of demons that he drives out demons.” Matthew 9:34

Jesus had been going around healing the sick and casting demons out of many people. At one point some Pharisees saw this and claimed that it was by the prince of demons that Jesus was able to cast out the demons.

When people do something very amazing, others will try to explain it away. They try to find reasons why that person was able to do it and how it was done. This is to make themselves look better or to cut the person down. Often they refuse to see the truth is what had happened.

One common way that many people will claim is that a person was lucky in accomplishing something amazing. Individuals will often claim they were lucky when things go their way.

A person gets very sick and sees no end to it. Suddenly they are healed of the sickness. Some will claim the doctor or the medicine healed them, while others claim they just got lucky. God is often taken out of the picture.

This cannot be the work of Satan. Satan does not want to kick himself or his cohorts out. He came to steal, kill and destroy. He will not go around making things better. He wants to occupy every person on this earth and keep them off focus of God and destroy them. 

Today people do not do a whole lot of blaming demonic powers for things happening, but they will deny God in doing things. They will claim a person or something else did it. Many believe in karma, saying that a person got what they had coming.

Regardless of the method of healing, God is always behind the scenes in the healing. God may use doctors or medicine or some other method, but He is the One doing the healing. 

As a believer, you need to keep your focus on God and give Him the credit due to Him and Him alone. When a healing or some other miracle occurs, give God thanks for it. Give God thanks for the method He used to bring about the healing, whether a doctor and medicine or a miracle.

Do not just give credit to the doctor, medicine or just good luck. It was God who brought you meeting your need.

I pray today that you will know the work on God in your life; that you will give God thanks for all He does; that God will heal of sickness and the work of demons in your life; and that you will be a witness to the world of His work in your life. 

Ezra 6:22 Celebrate With Joy

For seven days they celebrated with joy the Festival of Unleavened Bread, because the LORD had filled them with joy by changing the attitude of the king of Assyria so that he assisted them in the work on the house of God, the God of Israel. Ezra 6:22

After receiving some opposition to the building of the temple of God in Jerusalem, the people had received permission to continue building from the king. Once the temple was finished being built, they celebrated for seven days. They were filled with joy because they knew that it was God who had changed the mind of the Assyrian king. Not only did the king allow them to build the temple, he also assisted them by providing many of the supplies needed.

Most people celebrate with joy about difficult things that they have accomplished. Very few people will not celebrate a great accomplishment. The world, however, celebrates it because of what they have done. Self is often looked at as the one who had accomplished everything and deserved to be able to finish it.

Others will often look at it as being very lucky that everything went in their favor.

Believers in Jesus, should be like the Israelites, in knowing that it was God who had given them the ability to finish the project. It was God who had changed the mind of the enemy to give them favor in finishing the building project.

As a believer you must keep yourself to the back. Realize that it is God who is at work in and through you. It is only by God’s power that you can do anything. When a difficult time presents itself in the midst of doing something for God, it is God who provides the way to keep going. Do not be like the world and take the credit.

When you are finished with doing God’s will, celebrate with praise the work that God helped you to do. Celebrate that it was God who cleared all the obstacles in the way to being able to finish. It is God who is in control, not you nor the world.

Who are you celebrating?

God? Or yourself?

God? Or this world?

I pray today that you will see God’s hand at work in your life; that you will know God’s power over this world; that you will see God’s favor in your life; that you will give God praise for His work; and that you will celebrate God’s work, not yours or this world.

2 Samuel 5:12 Knowing God’s Work

Then David knew that the LORD had established him as king over Israel and had exalted his kingdom for the sake of his people Israel. 2 Samuel 5:12

After the death of King Saul, David was made king of Israel. It was not until the king of Tyre sent workers and supplies to David did David realize that God had really made him king of over Israel. At that point he knew that it was God’s hand at work that had made him securely king over Israel and it was for the sake of the people of Israel.

When most people are moved up in a promotion to a higher position, their first thoughts are usually that they deserved that position. They feel that they had worked hard to get there. There is pride in their heart about getting into that new higher position.

Very seldom do people realize that it was because of God working in their lives that put them in that position. Many people do not give God the credit for their position.

At some point in your life you may have been moved up in a position. Yes, it did take a lot of your own personal work to get to that position. However, without God’s hand of favor and work in your life, you would never have attained that position.

Think about it. It is only because of God’s sustaining power that you can breathe, or move, or think, or work. If you can only do these things because of God’s sustaining power, then any move up in position is ultimately the work of God. God has given you the ability to do everything that you do.

The challenge now in your life is to recognize the work of God in your life. Realize what God has given you and allowed you to do. Give God credit for the good place in life you may be.

Do  not allow personal pride to take away what God has done in and for you. Know that it was God who has brought you as far as you have come and will bring you the rest of the way on this journey in this life.

I pray today that you will know God’s work in your life; that you will know it is God who gives you all of your abilities; that you will not allow pride to take the place of God; and that you will be a great asset in God’s kingdom here on this earth.

Deuteronomy 9:4 Not Your Righteousness

After the LORD your God has driven them out before you, do not say to yourself, “The LORD has brought me here to take possession of this land because of my righteousness.” No, it is on account of the wickedness of these nations that the LORD is going to drive them out before you. Deuteronomy 9:4

Moses is giving a warning to the people for when the get into the land of Canaan. As they go in there will be many enemies that have to be driven out. God will work on driving each of those enemies out. Once the enemies are out, the Israelites must not think that they were given that land because of their own righteousness. God drove the enemy out because of their sin, not the Israelites righteousness.

As a human being it is easy to compare yourself to other people. You may look at your life and see how much more like Jesus you are than someone else. Once that happens, it becomes very easy to believe that the blessings you have are because of what you have done.

You must remember that Isaiah said that your righteousness is as filthy rags. Paul said that you are to put on the righteousness of Jesus, not your own.

You are not saved or blessed because of what you have done or how good of a person you are. You are saved by the grace and mercy of God and the righteousness of Jesus.

When things are going good for you and the abundant blessings are flowing in your life, always remember that it is God’s doing because of His love and grace, not what you have done. Do  not allow pride to get in the way. Pride is what took Satan down, and it will take you down also.

Remember that as easy as it is for God to give you the land, He can also take it away. It is not about you, but about God.

Give God all the glory for all the blessings He has given you. Give God praise for the enemies He removes out of your way.

I pray today that you will see the hand of God in all that you have; that you will see the power of God in removing the enemy in your life; that you will know it is not your righteousness, but that of Jesus that did the works; and that you will put on the righteousness of Jesus.

Exodus 15:2 Who Gets Praise When Things Go Right?

“The Lord is my strength and my defense; he has become my salvation. He is my God, and I will praise him, my father’s God, and I will exalt him.” Exodus 15:2

As the Egyptians were coming towards the Israelites to re-capture them, the people were afraid. God had Moses stretch out his staff over the edge of the Red Sea. As he did so, God parted the waters of the Red Sea and created dry ground down through the middle of it. This allowed the people to cross over safely.

As they crossed, the Egyptian army chose to follow also. Once the army was in the middle and all the Israelites safely across, God put the water back in place. The entire Egyptian army was destroyed by God. The Israelites did not have to do anything. Afterwards they gave Him praise.

As you go through life, there are times of great difficulties. You see a wall ahead of you and the enemy behind you, and there seems to be no way out. Suddenly the wall is removed and you move on to safety.

Many people at this point suddenly thank their “lucky stars” for what happened. They got a lucky break in the situation. Yet, luck had nothing to do with it. It is the hand of God.

Others may point that there were some good friends who helped them just in time. Although the friends did the work, it was only done by God’s work. They would not have done anything if God had not been in the center working.

In yourself you cannot do very much. In reality the enemy, the devil, is stronger than you are. Alone you have no authority against the devil. He can and will overpower you.

It is only in Jesus that you have any authority or strength. It is God who brings about salvation. Just as your salvation of your soul is completely God’s doing, so it is with being saved in a bad situation in life.

When something goes right for you suddenly, while in a bad situation, remember that it is God who made it happen. Give Him the praise for the salvation you received. He is your strength and defense in this fallen world.

Who or what will you give praise to for the good things that happen?

I pray today that you will see God’s hand at work in your life; that you will know that God is taking care of you; that you will rely on God’s power and not your own; and that you will give God praise for all the good things in your life.