Psalm 78:42 Forgetting God’s Abilities

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Again and again they put God to the test; they vexed the Holy One of Israel. Psalm 78:42 

Those who are in authority often have the power to get things done that others do not have the ability to do. Having the ability to provide finances or other needed resources, they can accomplish larger things than what is normal for others.

The workers at the bottom have very little authority and cannot see how something can be accomplished. All they can see is a large mountain of a problem in front of them and no way around or over it. They begin to fear the challenge in front of them, rather than trusting those in authority.

Asaph looks back at when the Israelites were wandering in the wilderness. The people would constantly complain to God and not trust Him. They had forgotten the power that He had displayed with bringing them out of Egypt.

Every believer has to believe God has some authority just to become a believer. He has to believe that God has the power and ability to remove all sin and to save the person, or else he will not follow Jesus or trust Him.

God works in a person’s life doing great things, removing sin and providing what is needed. Yet, many believers quickly forget what God has already done in their lives or in the lives of others and begin to complain to God about some challenge in their life.

The believer has been redeemed from a life of sin and death. He has been released from the bondages of sin and given a new life. Yet, often one goes back to those chains and puts them back on. He doesn’t trust God to provide for him in every area needed.

If God has the power to remove sin, He also has the power to take care of every need a believer has. This has to be remembered.

Think about the things God has already done in your life. Why did you choose to follow Jesus? What made you believe and trust Him?

Now remember those things and trust that God can meet your current needs that are looming in front of you.

Don’t put God to the test by complaining and fearing what is in front of you. God is greater than anything you may face. Remember what He has done in lives of others already and in your past. Then trust Him.

I pray today that you will see what God has done for you; that you will know you can trust God’s power and abilities; that God will help you remove all fear of situations in your life; and that you seek God for all of your needs. 

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Psalm 60:12 Only With God

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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. 

Psalm 20:6 God Gives Victory

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Now this I know: The Lord gives victory to his anointed. He answers him from his heavenly sanctuary with the victorious power of his right hand. Psalm 20:6 

Everyone wants to have victory in everything that they do or tackle. They want to win in the end. Although everyone wants to win, the majority do not feel as if they are winning. Watching other people causes them to often think that they are losing the battle.

As things go wrong and do not go the way a person thinks they should go, most people think they have lost the victory and are a failure. At this point many will give up and not try any more. This is losing the battle and is failure.

David learned that God gives victory to those who are anointed. God always answers and gives the needed victorious power to overcome.

It is common for believers to struggle with the thought that they have been given victory. They see things happening in their life that does not appear to be victory but defeat. God does not appear to answer their cries for help.

Some will say that this is only about Jesus and not about them. They forget that as a believer they are anointed by God. They are anointed with His Holy Spirit, so they can have victory.

Yet, if they stay focused on trusting God and His direction in their lives, they will begin to see that there is victory all the time. Walking through a difficult situation with joy and head held high is victory. Walking through a difficult situation knowing that God is in control of it is victory. Turning away from any sinful temptation is a victory. Being a witness is a victory.

Faith in God will ultimately result in the perfect victory of eternal life in heaven with God.

God has given you victory. He has won the war for you. All you need to do is trust Him and follow Him daily. Know that God is in control and wants you to win every time.

Ask God to open your eyes to the daily victories in your life, the little steps that move you forward in your journey with God. Do not be discouraged when things don’t go your way or the way you think they should go, God is in control and is doing the best for you. You have victory in Jesus!

I pray today that you will know God is in control; that you will have faith in God; that God will reveal to you His victory in your life; that you will know the strength God has for you; and that you will walk in the victory of Jesus.