Daily Devotional Acts 14:11-15 – How do you handle glory? – Free online Bible Study – Commentary in easy English – Day 575

When the crowds saw what Paul had done, they raised their voices, saying in the Lycaonian language, “The gods have come down to us in the form of men!” And they started to call Barnabas, Zeus, and Paul, Hermes, because he was the main speaker. Then the priest of Zeus, whose temple was just outside the town, brought oxen and garlands to the gates. He, with the crowds, intended to offer sacrifice. The apostles Barnabas and Paul tore their robes when they heard this and rushed into the crowd, shouting: “Men! Why are you doing these things? We are men also, with the same nature as you, and we are proclaiming good news to you, that you should turn from these worthless things to the living God, who made the heaven, the earth, the sea, and everything in them. (Acts 14:11-15)

Our parents and grandparents used the expression, “Pull yourself up by the bootstraps.” I’m not a fan of the expression. Bootstrapping is a self-starting process that is supposed to grow without external input. (Wikipedia) After hard times, we may be able to pull ourselves out of bed with this method, but we can’t raise ourselves to glory. According to the Oxford English Dictionary, glory is high honor won by notable achievements.

Barnabas was a great encourager. Through the nudging of the Holy Spirit, he encouraged Paul to leave his hometown and minister. When Barnabas and Paul began their ministry, Barnabas was the most popular of the two. But God used Barnabas to elevate Paul. Without Barnabas, Paul may not have left Tarsus to minister and certainly wouldn’t have written the New Testament. Like Paul, we can’t pull ourselves up to high levels without God and the people God puts in our lives.

We’ve read about the hard times Paul and Barnabas went through to help them build character and faith to know that God would bring them out of bad situations into His favor. Paul and Barnabas achieved character worthy of honor and God promoted them to the dream he placed in their hearts, to be his top evangelists. But there was another test. How would they handle the glory given them by those whom they led to Christ? They gave the glory to the living God, who made the heaven, the earth, the sea, and everything in them. God promoted them further. Paul went on to write much of the New Testament.

Look back on your accomplishments. Can you see the coincidences and people God placed in your life to help you? Do you accept praise or give it to God? When we give God’s glory back to Him, he will promote us to levels beyond what we ask or imagine.

Father, I praise you for the coincidences and people you’ve placed in my life to promote me. Remind me to tell others you gave me glory. My accomplishments happened because of your favor, so I return the glory to you. In Jesus’ name, I pray, amen.

Daily Devotional Acts 14:11-15 – How do you handle glory? – Free online Bible Study – Commentary in easy English – Day 575

4 thoughts on “Daily Devotional Acts 14:11-15 – How do you handle glory? – Free online Bible Study – Commentary in easy English – Day 575

  1. With age comes wisdom. When I was younger I accepted the glory that belonged to God, not realizing what I was doing, because my faith had not developed into a stronger faith yet. Now I realize that every wonderful thing that happens is connected to God and He should be given the Glory. It isn’t that I am perfect about this because I am not. When bad things happen you look at things from a different perspective and I realized that I was taking my good health for granted. When I found out I had cancer I realized how important good health is and I give God the glory for getting me through the cancer. I am now 6 years cancer free. Thank you, Heavenly Father, for blessing me and keeping me healthy. When we went through the nightmare of the move and building this house, I certainly thought that it was nots God’s will for us to be here. Now, I can look back and believe that it is God’s will for us to be here. I look around me everyday and I am grateful that I can see the beauty of nature. The beauty that God made. Again, I am so fortunate to live here and I give God the glory for what I have and try not to take one day for granted. I love you Sis, blessings to you and your family!

    1. I love your comment. I also used to think that something within God’s will would be easy. If God wants me to write, why did it take me over ten years to write a novel? I have learned so much in those ten years! I also believe my next novel will be written in less than a year. I also thank God for healing you and am grateful I’ve been cancer free for eleven years. I believe God will take away my back and knee pain also and that I will live a long and healthy life.

  2. Good morning and blessings, Jody! I also pray for your health and that you live a long and healthy life. I am so grateful that God healed your cancer and mine too. We are both so fortunate and God has blessed us. I love you, Sis!!

    1. I love you, too, sis. Sorry I was off the radar as all my wonderful children were here yesterday. Jen is still with me. I am also praying that you have a long and healthy life! God has definitely blessed us! Hope you are having a great holiday weekend.

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