Daniel 2:27-28a Not Taking Credit

Standing by a window

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.

Ezekiel 47:8 Flowing Water

Running river

He said to me, “This water flows toward the eastern region and goes down into the Arabah, where it enters the Dead Sea. When it empties into the sea, the salty water there becomes fresh.” Ezekiel 47:8

Water is one of the major necessities of life on this earth. People need it for themselves and it is needed for plants and animals to survive and provide food for humans.

In places where water is not moving or being changed out, it becomes stale and no good. Nothing can live in it and it is not safe for drinking. Without any water things die and cannot survive.

God gives Ezekiel a vision of a river flowing with fresh water. It flows down into the Dead Sea, causing the sea to become fresh water.

Fresh water that is flowing brings about life to where it goes. Rivers always have trees and plants growing alongside of it. Fish are in abundance in flowing, fresh water. There is life in places of fresh water.

Often the Holy Spirit is seen as a liquid that is flowing out. God’s Holy Spirit goes out, flowing among people bringing life. God cleans out the garbage of sin in the hearts and lives of people, bringing about a new and clean life.

The believer who has the Holy Spirit in him will be a part of the flowing river of life that God has placed upon this earth. Wherever he goes, he will be bringing new life to those around him. There will be a growth of peace, joy, forgiveness, love and more on the banks around him, because of the Holy Spirit flowing in and through you.

Just as where the flowing water brings life on its banks, so will the Holy Spirit bring life to the banks of the believer.

Take a look at your life and the lives around you. What is flowing out of you to those around you? Just as it was with Jesus, so it should be with you. Life should be rising up around you. People should be able to see God and the abundant life that He brings to you and is available to them.

This can be seen in the joy, love, mercy, grace and forgiveness that God has shown you and you pour out to others. Allow God’s Holy Spirit to flow through you to others bringing new life, eternal life.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know God’s Holy Spirit in your life; that God will flow His life through you; and that those around you will be touched by God’s Holy Spirit coming from you.

Ezekiel 36:27 God’s Spirit Motivates

Path to a cross

And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws. Ezekiel 36:27 

It is very easy for people to have a desire to do or stop doing something. However, having the inner motivation to actually do or stop doing it is another thing.

People are very quick to start something, but then as soon as trouble or a complication hits, they give up and stop. The same goes for when they are striving to stop something, it often fails as soon as a struggle occurs.

Most often, these actions occur because there is a lack of strong enough inner motivation.

God had a plan to restore Israel after sending them into exile and destroying the nation. His plan was to restore the nation and then put His Holy Spirit into each of the people. The purpose of His Holy Spirit was to motivate them to follow His laws.

The easiest way to get someone to do or not do something is to get to their heart. Once it is in the heart of a person, there is nothing that cannot be done, positively or negatively.

Many believers fight with trying to obey God in doing something or turning away from sin. Most often they fail on a regular basis and will give up after a time of struggle, thinking that it can never happen the way it was supposed to happen.

Just as with the Israelites, God wants to pour out His Holy Spirit into the life of every believer. This fills the believer with an inner motivation and strength to do what needs to be done for God. Jesus sent the Holy Spirit so that believers can be His witness. Being His witness also means living for Him, turning away from sin, while telling others about Him.

You may be just like most believers struggling with being willing to do God’s will in doing His work or in turning from sin. Allow God’s Holy Spirit to enter you and change your heart. Make God’s word an internal part of your heart to motivate you to follow Him with all of your being.

As you rely upon His Holy Spirit for direction and strength, God will do great and mighty things in and through you. This is because you will have a new heart that is an inner motivation. Let God be your new motivation to do what needs to be done.

I pray today that you will know God’s Spirit in your life; that you will allow God to change your heart; that you will obey God’s commands to you; and that you will love God as He loves you. 

Ezekiel 9:4 Marked For Life

Cross on forehead

and said to him, “Go throughout the city of Jerusalem and put a mark on the foreheads of those who grieve and lament over all the detestable things that are done in it.” Ezekiel 9:4 

Having a mark causes a person to stand out as different. There is always a reason for the mark.

People can be marked for many different reasons and in many different ways. Some places will place a mark on the hand to show they can enter a place. Other places put a wristband on for the same reason.

There has also been times when a marking was for a negative reason, such as during the holocaust and times of slavery.

God had given Ezekiel a vision of a man having to go through Jerusalem putting  marks upon certain people. These people were those who were weeping over the sin being done in the city. These people would survive a massacre as God destroyed the rest of the people.

God is still in the process of marking His people. These are the people who weep over their sins and the sins committed around them. They have chosen to turn away from sin and follow Jesus, becoming believers.

Every believer is to be clothed with the righteousness of Jesus showing that they have been cleansed of sin and are no longer returning to sin. God had also sent His Holy Spirit to lead and guide each believer.

Having God’s Holy Spirit inside of oneself causes that person to live and think differently than the rest of the world. The Holy Spirit is also the one that separates the believer from the rest of the world. He is the guarantee of salvation, not marking that person for death.

Without the mark of God’s Spirit in the life of a person, he is marked for death…eternal death.

If you are a believer in Jesus, you have been marked to have life. This mark is a sign that you have turned your back upon sin and the sinful ways of this world.

When  you have done this, your heart should be weeping at the sin you see around you and that you have done in your past. Work to be a witness to more people to turn them from the sentence of death to one of life. Encourage others to receive the mark of Jesus and His Holy Spirit on their lives to allow them to be marked for LIFE.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will have the mark of the Holy Spirit in your life; that people will know that you are marked for God; and that your heart will weep as God does over sin being done.