Genesis 41:16 Give God The Credit

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“I cannot do it,” Joseph replied to Pharaoh, “but God will give Pharaoh the answer he desires.” Genesis 41:16

People all over the world are constantly looking for answers. Just like children, most adults like to ask the question, “why?”. They want answers as to why things happen as they do.

In the majority of cases, people seek those answers from other people or books that people have read. In that process many will choose the ways of the world to get their answer and will also be given the answer that the world gives.

Those that give the answer, will usually take full credit for that answer. The want to be seen as the person with the wisdom and knowledge. People want to feel as though they are really important and are somebody.

Many believers have fallen into this trap of taking the credit for what they say or do. They feel as though they are the ones who had full power and ability to say or do what was said or done. It was their own wisdom and knowledge.

While Joseph had been in prison, God had given him knowledge of the meaning of some other prisoner’s dreams. Later, when one of those prisoners was released, Pharaoh had a dream also that he wanted interpreted. Joseph was called before Pharaoh.

Pharaoh’s first statement was that he heard that Joseph could interpret dreams. Immediately Joseph stated that he cannot interpret the dreams, but that God can give the answer needed. With the guidance of God, Joseph then interprets the dream.

Joseph could easily have taken credit for interpreting dreams, but he did not. He gave God the full credit.

As a human, it is easy to think that one has the ability to do something, when in reality it is God working in and through that person.

There is absolutely nothing that you cannot do, unless God gives you the ability to do it. This even includes breathing. If you cannot breath without God’s help, how much less can you interpret dreams or do some other ministry or work for Him?

When God uses you to touch someone’s life, such as in prayer, witnessing, helping hand, interpretation, a word,  or anything else, give Him the credit for the ability, wisdom and knowledge.

Don’t take the credit that belongs to God. He is the one who did it.

I pray today that you will know God’s power and abilities; that you will give God credit for all works done; that you will point all people to God and not to self; and that God will use you to touch many people. 

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Acts 14:14-15 Don’t Take What Is God’s

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But when the apostles Barnabas and Paul heard of this, they tore their clothes and rushed out into the crowd, shouting: “Friends, why are you doing this? We too are only human, like you. We are bringing you good news, telling you to turn from these worthless things to the living God, who made the heavens and the earth and the sea and everything in them.” Acts 14:14-15

Paul and Barnabas had been in the town of Lystra. They saw a lame man there and told him to stand up in faith and be healed. The man was healed. The people who saw it started to worship Paul and Barnabas as though they were gods. They told the people that they were human just as they were.

When great things happen with a person, most people love to accept the credit for what happened. This can even occur when what happened was done by someone else. Instead of explaining who made the event happen, people often accept the praise as though they were the ones who did it.

Inside the church, there are times that this has become a known thing to happen. People will talk as though they were the ones who did the miracle or built the church/ministry. In the process of talking about it, many will leave God out of the picture.

The world does not know or accept God, so when they see a miracle, they give credit to the person who ‘did’ it. However, every believer knows that there is a God. And every believer should know that in themselves, they cannot do anything without God.

Since this should be known, every believer should point everything back to God. Give God the credit for miracles. This can be great miracles or healing, or simple miracles of provision. God is the one who does it all or makes a way for it to happen, not the individual.

As God does things in and through you, be sure to give Him credit. Do not allow the world to put you on a pedestal and give you praise that belongs to God. Point the world to God.

God can and will do great and mighty things through you, if you allow Him too and give Him the praise and glory for it. Everything that you do is to be done to lift up Jesus, not yourself.

I pray today that God will use you to do great things; that you will point people to Jesus; that you will always give praise to God for what good happens; and that many will know Jesus because of you.