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“My Power Has Gained Me This Wealth” | Taking Credit for What God Has Done

Pride.

She sneaks in easily. She looks humble on the outside, but a decaying corpse on the inside.

Pride.

Often described with terms like ego, feeling superior, indulging in how superior we feel, and hasty behavior.

Today’s scripture that ministered to me is found in Deuteronomy. After having read scripture, I was sitting at my kitchen table. While I looked around, I thought about the creativeness of God’s mind. I thought about all the provision around me. Something as simple as a variety pack of k-cups for my coffee, God thought about that. He not only came up with the coffee bean or tea leaves, but He even came up with an assortment of flavors.

Sometimes we read scripture and then continue on in our day. But what a blessing when the Holy Spirit ministers to us by reminding us of His holy word and warning through God’s word, not to take Him for granted, for anything in our life, whether it’s big or small.

Deuteronomy 8:11-18 warns us not to take credit for what the Lord has given us, but we need a little backtracking to understand the context.

What was the Point of Being in the Desert for 40 Years?

Pride is what caused the Israelites to stay in the desert for 40 years. They did not put their trust in God, but in other gods they wanted to worship. They did not trust that God would do what He promised to do when He told them to first go into the Promise Land. Pride tells us we know better than God. Pride tells us to focus on ourselves instead of God. The Israelites sinned and were in the desert because of their sin.

In fact, in Deuteronomy 8:02, we learn that God led the people in the desert to test their hearts, to humble them. He wanted to see if they would follow His commandments, which they failed to do because they trusted their thoughts over God’s. In verse 3 of Deuteronomy 8, we see the appearance of a scripture Jesus used when He was tempted.

Matthew 4:03-04 – And the tempter came and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread.” But he answered, “It is written, “‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”

How is Jesus Our Example?

Jesus, as the God-Man, was completely submissive to the will of the Father. Though Christ had the power to make bread appear for Himself, He did not. We see a picture of humility from Christ. Instead of serving His desires, Christ desired to serve the will of the Father. (Philippians 2:05-11)

In the wilderness, the Israelites relied on the manna that God gave them. God was trying to teach them the importance of relying solely on Him for what they needed. The only way to fulfill the commandments of the Lord is to fully rely on Him and trust Him.

Deuteronomy 8:03 – And he humbled you and let you hunger and fed you with manna, which you did not know, nor did your fathers know, that he might make you know that man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by every word that comes from the mouth of the LORD.

Jesus is the only One to fulfill all the commandments of the Lord. Jesus is the only One to serve the Lord perfectly and selflessly. Christ is our example. Christ gives us faith. He gives us what we need to rely on the Lord. Himself.

Christ, the Living Bread & Word of God

In fact, Jesus is referred to as the Word of God and our Living Bread. The manna that came down from heaven is a type and shadow of the Messiah Who came down from Heaven; adding on a second nature to Himself (humanity) to become the God-Man. (Philippians 2:05-11)

Man on his own is not perfect or good. We are all tainted because of sin. Our “good works” are like filthy rags. Our eyes must be opened to the truth of God, which is the Gospel that is found in scripture, also known as God’s word. We live by the word of God, and since Christ is referred to as God’s word, we also find life in Christ. You see, the Gospel is all about Jesus, the Living Bread, and the Word of God. The Gospel gives us life. The word of God explains to us where to find life and where to find God. (Isaiah 64:06, John 14:06, Romans 10:17, Hebrews 12:02)

John 1:01 – In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

John 6:51 – “I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. And the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.” Note: Christ is speaking.

Question: Was Christ saying we need to physically eat His flesh?

  • AnswerNo, Christ is speaking symbolically here, as His meaning of the flesh is not literal, but symbolic and spiritual. (See: John 6:63)

Life Application

Colossians 1:15-17 tells us all things were created through Christ and for Christ. We also learn that Jesus was before all things (so He was not created) and in Him all things were created. (See also: 5 Scriptures To Meditate On This Month | Jesus is God)

We are not in the desert and we are not the Israelites. However, there are some truths we can gain. We are to rely solely on the Lord, and we do this through relying on Jesus Christ Who lived a perfect and sinless life. He died on the cross, taking the wrath of God in the place of the sinner, for all who put their faith in Him. He resurrected in three days conquering the bondage of sin. Jesus is God and Jesus is the only way to follow God. Through Christ we receive eternal life.

As a Christian, it is important we never forget, not for a moment, what Jesus has done and what He has conquered. In the same way God brought the Israelites out of the bondage in Egypt, Christ brings us out of the bondage of sin. In fact, the Passover is another type and shadow of Christ, but that’s for another post. God made a covenant with the Israelites and Christ made a new covenant with those who put their faith in Him. The Israelites are told to remember what God had done for them, and we should remember what Christ has done for us. (Luke 22:20, 2 Corinthians 3:04-06, Hebrews Ch. 01-Ch. 08)

Christ’s example of humility and submission to the Lord is exactly what we are commanded to follow. We are only counted blameless and righteous through the grace shown to us of Christ’s righteousness on cross, paying off our debt of sin, and by putting faith in Jesus. (Ephesians 2:08)

Any good thing we experience or have – it all comes from God’s goodness, not our own effort. Anything good, including something small like coffee flavors, were all created through Christ. It is extremely important we give the glory to God because He deserves the glory. We do not have the right to glory in ourselves. Rather, we should glory in our Creator Who is also our Redeemer. There are so many things we can give thanks for, if we just look around our surroundings and those who have been placed in our lives. Everything is an opportunity to give thanks to God and to grow in Christ.

The Scripture That Ministered to Me

Deuteronomy 8:11-18 – “Take care lest you forget the LORD your God by not keeping his commandments and his rules and his statutes, which I command you today, lest, when you have eaten and are full and have built good houses and live in them, and when your herds and flocks multiply and your silver and gold is multiplied and all that you have is multiplied, then your heart be lifted up, and you forget the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery, who led you through the great and terrifying wilderness, with its fiery serpents and scorpions and thirsty ground where there was no water, who brought you water out of the flinty rock, who fed you in the wilderness with manna that your fathers did not know, that he might humble you and test you, to do you good in the end. Beware lest you say in your heart, ‘My power and the might of my hand have gotten me this wealth.’ You shall remember the LORD your God, for it is he who gives you power to get wealth, that he may confirm his covenant that he swore to your fathers, as it is this day.”

Oh, by the way, thirsty ground? Yeah, Christ is also known as the Living Water. Just so you know. 😉 John 4:10.

*Unless noted, all scripture is from ESV

The Gospel Message: With the Good News means there’s bad news. We all are sinners and condemned. We all deserve the just punishment of God’s wrath. Christianity is unlike any other religion because we cannot earn our way into Heaven. God saw the weakness of man and his utter depravity. Yet, He showed us grace. Jesus, God, One Person of the Trinity, became God in the flesh, the God-Man. He was always perfect and sinless. And His humanity was perfected on the cross, living the full sinless life. He became our atonement sacrifice. Dying in our place, taking on the wrath of God upon Himself. He died on the cross, and He was resurrected because death could not hold Him. Jesus is the answer. We, as guilty sinners, need His blood to pay off our debt of sin. For all who put their faith in Him – meaning eyes are opened to the Gospel, we see ourselves as a sinner, we see the need for Christ, we desire our Savior, and we see the ugliness of our sin. Putting our faith in Jesus, we seek HIs forgiveness and repent from our sins, we turn away from our old way of life. We, through the work of the Holy Spirit, continue to become convicted of sin daily. Our eyes will never be the same again. We see things in a different light, and the truth of Christ affects how we live and serve Him. Christ tells us to count the cost. Salvation is a serious topic, it is not to be taken lightly. For a breakdown of this powerful message, understanding how Christ could be God and Man, why God required sacrifices, and more -please see: Why Did A Loving God Kill His Son? (Does God Hate?)

If you think you know the Gospel, check out these questions and see how prepared you are for the day someone might ask you why you believe: The Gospel Challenge (30 Question Quiz) – Are You Ready To Defend Your Faith?

Scripture To Meditate On – (ESV) Colossians 1:15-16, “He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him.

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