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My Own Power Has Delivered Me

April 5, 2016

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My Own Power  Has Delivered Me

We live  in a culture that glorifies winners  in sports  and every other aspect  of life  —  from education   to business   to popularity contests   or whatever.     Those supposed “winners”  are greatly tempted  to believe  that it is their exceptionalism  that sets them  above everyone else.     So,  they become proud  of “their” special accomplishments  and have no regard  for God’s blessings.

Frankly,  our Creator Redeemer  wants us  to realize  the actual truth.     The book  of Judges, chapters 6-8 tells us  about Gideon’s experience.     The Israelites sinned  —  as punishment,  God allowed the Midianites  to oppress them  —  Israel finally turned  to the LORD  for help  —  God appointed Gideon  to save Israel  from the Midianites.

Gideon gathered an army  of 32,000 Israelites.     But,  God objected  to so many  and said in Judges 7:2,

The people  who are with you  are too many  for Me  to give Midian  into their hands,  for Israel  would become boastful,  saying,  “My own power  has delivered me.”

Gideon’s  “army” was cut down  to 300  to defeat Midian’s  135,000 soldiers.    God knows  the natural hearts  of people.     It doesn’t take much  for us  to become proud  and imagine  our strengths  and talents  are of our own doing  —  instead of being a gift  from God.     So,  it was definitely God  who made Gideon  a great victor  over Midian.

There are many Bible verses  that speak  of mankind’s wrongful boasting  of his own power.     One is Isaiah 10:15,  where God says  to the boastful king  of Assyria,

Is the axe  to boast itself  over the one  who chops  with it?
Is the saw  to exalt itself  over the one  who wields it?
That would be like  a club wielding those  who lift it,
Or like a rod  lifting him  who is not wood.

God uses  these impossible situations  to show silly mankind  how wrong  it is  to imagine  that our abilities  are ours alone.     Whatever “powers”  any person has  are allowances  from God Almighty.     Therefore,  we need  to use our gifts  and talents  with great caution  to God’s glory.     Without God,  we don’t have any “power”.     We can’t even breathe  without God allowing it.     So let us always humbly  glorify  our LORD.

Boasting only  “in the cross  of our Lord Jesus Christ”  ( Galatians 6:14 ),  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord,  thank You  for guiding  our lives  to glorify You rightly.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

Pray for our country.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect, but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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