Psalm 44:8 Good Boasting

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In God we make our boast all day long, and we will praise your name forever. Psalm 44:8 

Boasting is something that many people do. The majority boast it their own abilities or accomplishments. They are extremely proud of what they have done and want everyone around them to know it.

Sometimes this boasting of self is found in boasting in other family members, such as children, or boasting in employees. While this can look like it is not boasting about self, it is often pride of what one did in training a child or the worker. It is boasting that one did a great job himself, more than what the other person did.

The psalmist states that he boasts in God. His focus for boasting is in what God does, giving Him praise.

Realizing who one really is helps realize what one can really do or cannot do. While man is made in God’s image, he is limited in what he can do. The reality is that man cannot do anything without God’s help in doing it.

It is God who gives man life, breath, strength and abilities. If God did not give any of those things, man would be unable to do anything at all.

If he cannot do anything at all, then he has no reason to boast in self or his abilities.

This brings his focus back to God. The believer realizes that it is God who gives the abilities and strength to do things. It is God who is able to accomplish anything, not self.

Boasting in God is a good thing to do. It gives Him all the credit for everything that is done, rather than trying to put it upon self. One cannot come to end of talking about all the good things that God has done and is doing in one’s own life, much less in the rest of the world.

Instead of looking at self, try looking at God. Think about all the good things that God has done in your life. Now give Him praise for it and boast about it to everyone you meet.

Boast about who God is. Boast about God’s great love, forgiveness and mercy. This is being the witness that Jesus has told you to be. It is not about you, but it is all about God and what He has done and is doing. This is where there is good boasting being done.

Who will you boast about today?

I pray today that you will know what God has done for you; that you will know who God is; that you will tell people what God has done for you; and that you will focus your words and life upon God and His word. 

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2 Chronicles 32:25 Danger Of Pride

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But Hezekiah’s heart was proud and he did not respond to the kindness shown him; therefore the LORD’s wrath was on him and on Judah and Jerusalem. 2 Chronicles 32:25 

Pride is thinking highly of one’s self or one’s own accomplishments. It is a highly prized feeling in this world. Children are trained to be proud of themselves  and what they can do. Pride says, ‘I can do it’, or ‘I am so good.’ It is all about self.

All over the world, people are struggling with themselves and who they are. They struggle with their own self value in this world. Counselors are always telling people that they have high value and must be proud of themselves.

Hezekiah had done a great job at following the commands of God in removing false idols and serving Him alone. Yet, at some point he began to allow pride in himself, turning his heart away from God. Since he had pride in his heart, God began to bring His wrath upon him and the nation.

The danger in pride is that it is all about self. It is saying that you ca do it without anyone else’s help. It ignores others or God and removes them from the picture.

Pride in self is what led to the downfall of Satan. Pride removes God from the picture. Many believers have allow pride to enter their hearts and minds. As they do that, they are slowly pushing God of the throne of their heart and putting themselves on that throne that is supposed to be God’s throne.

The only pride a believer should have is in what Jesus had done for them and others, and pride in what others are doing and who they are. Self pride brings about God’s wrath, because it takes the focus off of Him and places it on self.

You may have some self pride in your heart. Seek God for strength and realize who He is and who you really area in the grand scheme of eternal life and this universe.

In yourself you are nothing. You cannot do anything on your own. In fact, you messed everything up by allowing sin into your life.

Turn from self pride and realize who you are. As a believer you are God’s servant doing God’s work for God’s purpose to honor Him. Know what Jesus has done for you and be proud of Him, not self.

Give God all the credit and take pride in Him.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know what He has done for you; that you will take pride in God’s work; that you will turn from self pride to God; and that you will allow God to get all the credit in your life.

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. 

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.