Judges 7:2 Your Strength VS God’s

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The LORD said to Gideon, “You have too many men. I cannot deliver Midian into their hands, or Israel would boast against me, ‘My own strength has saved me.’ Judges 7:2 

When a person does something, he usually automatically thinks that he did it himself, with no other help. People often forget those that had helped them get to where they are at and believe that they did it in their own strength and power.

The Israelites had been under control of the Midianites for a time. After crying out to God, He decided to raise up Gideon to destroy the Midianites. Gideon had brought together a large army, that was large enough to fight back at the Midianites. God immediately said that he had too many men to fight. If they fought and won, the Israelites would think that they did it themselves without the help of God. They would then go back to following false idols rather than God.

Although people forget about other people who have helped them get to where they are, there are very few who remember God’s help in the situation. Since God is unseen, they often do not give Him the credit He deserves.

Ultimately there is nothing that a person can do without the help of God. A person cannot even breath or move without God’s favor. A person cannot even be born without the hand of God in it.

It is easy to think that self did it, when God is unseen, but God is still there. Every believer must keep His focus on God and God’s abilities, not the abilities of self. Everything that a believer can do, is done only because God gave that ability.

He must not allow pride to come in thinking that he did it all by himself.

There will come times when you appear to accomplish some great task. Be careful to give God the credit for what was done, rather than take it on yourself. God is the One who is to be in control of your whole life, not you.

When others honor you with a great work done, turn the honor over to God and tell others that it is by His grace and power you did what you did. Do not allow pride to destroy you or turn you away from trusting God with everything in your life.

Let God be the One in control with the power.

I pray today that you will know the power of God in your life; that you will not try to do things without God; that you will allow God to work through you, using you; and that you will allow God to remove all pride in your life. 

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Joshua 24:23 Yield Your Heart To God

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“Now then,” said Joshua, “throw away the foreign gods that are among you and yield your hearts to the LORD, the God of Israel.” Joshua 24:23 

In this world self is very important. Everything is about self. People are looking at how they can make it for themselves. They want to be pleased and served, before serving others. They want to be taken care of first, above everyone else.

Self is the greatest ‘god’ on this earth. It rises above everything else and any other belief. From birth, most children are to believe in self and are told that they can do anything they want, as long as they try hard. With this training and thinking, people grow up to be doing things for self and not about God or anyone else.

As people focus on self, they cannot yield to others or God. It is all about self and promotion of self.

As Joshua was preparing for his death, he told the people to get rid of all foreign gods and yield their hearts to God.

The Israelites were dealing with physical idols and false gods in their lives. They were to get rid of these idols and gods, so that they could yield their heart to God. They were to stop being about self and follow God with everything that is in them.

Yielding to God is allowing God to take control. He becomes the focus. He is what everything is about. It is no longer about self, but God and His kingdom.

Most people, today, do not physically bow down to idols, but they do worship false gods all the time. They bow to their careers, money, drugs, sex, music, and self. They believe that self is the greatest thing in this world. They don’t have time for God.

There are also many in the church who don’t make time for God.

God wants your whole heart and life. To yield to Him is to give Him absolute control over your heart and life.

Allow God to be the one who makes your heart glad. Allow God to be the one who gives you purpose and meaning in this life.

As you yield your heart to God, you will be able to get rid of the foreign gods in your life, the gods of this world–self, greed, pride, anger, rage, immorality, and more.

Who will you yield to?

Self and this world?

Or God?

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that God will help you turn from all false gods; that you will yield your whole heart and life to God; and that you will serve God with all of your heart.

Exodus 10:3 Refusing To Be Humble

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So Moses and Aaron went to Pharaoh and said to him, “This is what the LORD, the God of the Hebrews, says: ‘How long will you refuse to humble yourself before me? Let my people go, so that they may worship me.’ Exodus 10:3

Humility is putting other people before one’s own self. It is allowing someone else to be above self. The world does not believe in humility. Starting with Satan and going through every person, life has always been about self. Man wants to be in absolute control of every area of his own life. He wants to be the one who sits on the throne of authority.

People want to receive the honor and praise for everything that happens. This even includes many who are in the church. Pride is allowed to be a part of the life of a person, pushing God back or completely out of the picture.

God asked Pharaoh how long he would refuse to humble himself before Him. Pharaoh believed that he was the one in control and even above God, Himself. He refused to let the people go, even though God was proving over and over that He had the true authority and power over Pharaoh and his people.

There are many believers who are also guilty of not humbling themselves before God. They feel as though they are the ones in control. It is all about their ministry, their work, their power, their authority and God is not allowed to be on the throne. In word, they say that God is the King and in control, but in reality, it is all about how they look to others. It is about self.

Humbling yourself means that you will allow God to be the one in control of your life. It means you know that in yourself, you have no control or power. The only control you have is humbling yourself and letting God have the control.

Do not be like Pharaoh and allow the sin of self-pride to rule your life. God had to crush both Pharaoh and all of Egypt to get them to realize that He was in control. As with Pharaoh, it is not about you, but about God and others.

Who are you putting on the throne of your life? Is it God? Or is it yourself?

Humble yourself before God today and let Him be God of your life.

I pray today that you will know the authority God has; that you will humble yourself before God; that you will let God rule your life; and that you will point all people towards God and not towards yourself. 

James 4:10 Get Lifted Up

 

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Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up. James 4:10

Individuals in the world like to think that the world circles around themselves. Many believe that they are the most important person around. Workers in a job often feel as thought they are indispensable to a company, because they are so important. Leaders often act as though they are the greatest thing on the earth.

This type of belief and action is learned as a child. Little children are known for acting as though they deserve everything. And many parents give them everything they want, building up their pride. Schools teach children that they are to be proud of who they are and what they are.

Acting like this is following the ways of the devil. He was proud and was forced out of heaven. He tried to make himself more than who he was before God.

God is not looking for people who are proud. When a person is proud of himself, it is all about himself and what he can do without God or others. There is no love for other people and especially no love for their enemies, because it is not about others.

James tells the people to humble themselves before God. That is to put oneself into God’s hands, knowing that one cannot do it himself. This is not bashing oneself, but trusting in God’s abilities, powers, and ways to live life. It is allowing God to control the life of a person, not the person controlling his own life.

When a believer humbles himself before God, it gives God the ability to do great things in and through that person. It is giving God absolute control because it is not about self anymore. One can begin to really love his enemies and reach out to those in need. It gives the ability to be the witness God wants hi to be.

You may or may not be a proud person who is rude, but take a look at your life. Is there any area of your life where it is all about you?

Focus your life and abilities on God. Lean on Him for everything. Give Him the glory for all the good things in your life. Do not take it for yourself.

As you do this God can work greater things through you in this world. He will lift you up.

I pray today that you will trust God’s abilities and not your own; that you will put God first in your life; that your life will be a mirror of Jesus; that you will be humble before God and others; and that you will see God’s hand lifting you up in His ways.

Luke 18:11 How Do You Pray?

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The Pharisee stood by himself and prayed: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other people–robbers, evildoers, adulterers–or even like this tax collector.’ Luke 18:11

Jesus told a parable of two men going into the temple to pray. One of them, a Pharisee, prayed with great pride. The other, a tax collector, prayed with extreme humility. Jesus commended the tax collector.

Pharisees were considered the holy men and leaders of the temple during the biblical times. They were supposed to be the people closest to God. While tax collectors were considered the scum of the earth. Very few people were considered as less than the hated tax collector.

Although when a person prays to God, there is no hard command on how to pray, there are some things that show up in how a person prays. One of the things that can show up is humility.

One common way some people pray is as though they are God’s gift to this world and to God. They feel as though God owes them everything, because they are such a ‘good’ person. There is very little humility in their lives.

Although the Pharisee may have been correct in that he was not same as some of those others in his outward actions, he was still the same and worse in other ways. Every person has sinned, and in his own being does not deserve a right to stand before God.

The right to stand before God has nothing to do with what a person has or has not done. It has to do with the heart. When a person has repented of his sins and is following Jesus, he, then, has the right to stand before God. At that point he has been made a child of God.

This is unlike the Pharisee, who thought he had the right to stand before God, without Christ.

You, nor anyone else, has a right to stand before God without the forgiveness and righteousness of Jesus Christ.

When you take time to pray, you must ask yourself how you pray.  Do you demand God listen to you? Do you feel you are a better believer than others?

Or do you allow God to be ruler over your life and humble yourself before Him?

During times of prayer, humble yourself before God. Allow God to be the king of your life.

I pray today that you will know who you are in Christ Jesus; that you will know true humility before God; that you will allow God to rule your life; and that God will help you remove all pride in your life.