219. Acknowledging the Source of Help

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“When the apostle Paul was making his defense before King Agrippa,” Stan began, “he was not reluctant to declare the source of all of the help he needed.”

“In what way?” I responded.

“Paul was relating to King Agrippa how some of the Jews had tried to kill him, but then Paul went on to acknowledge to the king that he had been helped by God to escape the Jews’ plan.”

Continuing, Stan then said, “Way too often I fail to acknowledge, both to myself and to others, the help God provides for me in every aspect of my life.

“My natural self,” he continued, “tries to worm his way to the front of the line in taking credit, and I tend to think pretty highly of myself, rather than really acknowledging the help God provides.”

“Not only do I do that to myself,” Stan added, “but what is even worse is that way too often I fail to acknowledge to others the help that God provides to me.”

“When I do that,” he continued, I rob another person from seeing my dependence on and acknowledgment of God in my life.  And that may well be a lost opportunity to make a difference in that person’s life and eternal destination.”

“Why do you think you are so reluctant to acknowledge the role of God in your life in those ways?” I asked.

“Failure to deny self,” was Stan’s quick reply.

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“And so, having obtained help from God, I stand this day testifying both to small and great, stating nothing but what the Prophets and Moses said was going to take place.”  Acts of the Apostles 26:22.

Prayer:  Lord, you know how often I tend to want to take credit for what you do in my life.  Please forgive me all of those times.  And please, Lord, lead me in being totally honest and humble in acknowledging your role in every aspect of my life.  Help me to recognize and acknowledge that to myself, and especially to others who may be impacted by my giving all of the credit to you.  May you use me to impact them in their eternal destination and in their life on this side of eternity.  Thank you I can and do bring all of these prayers before you in the name of Jesus.  Amen.

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