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The danger of victory

July 13, 2010

"…That all this assembly may know that the LORD saves not with sword and spear. For the battle is the LORD's, and he will give you into our hand."

--1 Samuel 17:47

One of the most serious dangers that you and I face after a victory is failing to give God glory. In fact, this is the easiest and surest way to lose your next victory.

For example, the young shepherd David easily could have taken credit for killing Goliath, couldn't he? After all, both the Philistine and Israelite armies witnessed the event.

But David didn't take the credit because he had his priorities right. He said, "The battle is the LORD'S." And let me tell you, if you've given the battle to God, then the victory is also his!

In contrast, let's think about when the children of Israel did battle with Jericho. They marched around the city's walls and when they shouted, the walls came tumbling down. Now, the Scripture says God specifically told them not to take any spoils from the victory.

Well, that didn't stop a man named Achan. He took some of the spoils and hid it under his tent. As a result, in their next battle with a little place called Ai, the Israelites were horribly defeated.

You see, when we take the credit or the spoils of battle for ourselves, we set ourselves up for defeat! 

Always give God the glory. The battle, the victory, and the spoils belong to him!


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