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.
But Joshua said to the tribes of Joseph–to Ephraim and Manasseh–“You are numerous and very powerful. You will have not only one allotment but the forested hill country as well. Clear it, and its furthest limits will be yours; though the Canaanites have chariots fitted with iron and though they are strong, you can drive them out. Joshua 17:17-18
The tribes of Joseph had wanted more land than what they had been given because of their number of people. Joshua stated that they can get some more land from the Canaanites. He did not deny that the Canaanites were very large and powerful, but told the tribes they could still drive them out.
As with the Israelites taking over the land of Canaan, believers today still have many enemies and have to take over land. It is rarely a physical land, but a spiritual one that believers must take over. This spiritual land is in their own hearts and lives and in the lives of others around them.
God does not have believers going around now to physically kill the enemy, but there is a spiritual enemy that needs to be defeated. The number of the enemy is extremely high in number, in fact there are more of the enemy on this earth with Satan, than with God. Yet, God has more strength and ability than the enemy ever had or will have.
When Jesus died and rose again from the dead, He defeated the greatest enemy of God–death and sin. All this power He has given to every believer to overcome this world.
Every believer needs to take a stand to drive out the spiritual enemies in their lives. Some of those enemies are: jealousy, anger, immoral thoughts, greed, pride, fear, lying, cheating, and many more. These are all areas of the heart–the land–that need to be taken for God.
God can show you areas of your heart that have allowed the enemy in to take control. He can also give you the strength to push the enemy out and give God the land that is His. God can also help you drive out the spiritual enemies in your city, workplace or wherever you set your feet.
Do not be afraid of how strong the enemy is. God is stronger. In the end you will win the battle with God on your side. God never loses.
Go and drive out the enemy today.
I pray today that you will know the power of God in your life; that you will not fear the strength and number of the enemy; that God will help you drive out the enemies in your life and the lives of others; and that you will see victory in Jesus.
“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
Finding strength is something that a lot of people are searching for. They want the strength to make it through a difficult time. Many will look to things or methods to build up their physical strength. Energy drinks are commonly drank to help keep a person running for extreme amounts of time. Others will find strength in the encouragement given by friends and family, or in the hope of some promotion or recognition. While these may boost the strength for a moment, they are temporary and often will fail in the end.
Along with searching for strength, people will look for a defense. They want to be defended for their actions. The want to be protected because of their actions. People want to feel as though all of their actions were correct and be protected from the enemy by their own power.
As the Israelites were traveling out of Egypt, they were trapped between Pharaoh’s armies and the Red Sea. God in His power and strength parted the waters of the sea and allowed them to cross on dry ground. After the crossing, He put the waters back and destroyed the armies of Pharaoh.
Once they crossed the people started praising God and recognizing that He was their strength and defense. God was the one who had saved them. It was not by their own powers or abilities.
There are many in the church who are looking for strength and a defense. Often they are like the world and seeking people or things to help them. They choose not to look to God who is the only one who can truly be their strength and defense.
You may be stuck between the enemy and a sea. It looks like an impossible situation. Look to God for the strength to keep moving forward. God brought you to that spot and He will bring you out of or through that situation. He has the strength that you need to overcome the enemy and situation.
Jesus is there to defend you against the lies and attacks of the enemy. He stands before God interceding for you daily.
Give God praise for being you strength and defense. He will provide the salvation you need. You or no one or anything else can do it for you.
I pray today that you will know the strength of God; that you will see God’s defense for you; that you will trust in God’s abilities to save you; and that you will give God all the praise for what He does for you.