It’s All a Gift - Episode 36 : Season 8
Week Five Reflection with Hunter
FEBRUARY 5, 2018 It’s All a Gift
Exodus 39 - 40, Psalm 15 and Acts 12
Peter came to his senses. He finally realized he was not in chains anymore. He was free. And he quickly and immediately realized that it was the Lord who broke those chains and set him free. We are also told that the church was praying for him. And we can’t help but draw a line from the people’s prayers to Peter’s dramatic deliverance. For all this, Peter is quick to give God the praise and acknowledge that it is from Him.
This is so unlike what we hear from Herod - when people began to treat him and speak of him as a god, he does nothing to correct them. He readily and gladly accepts their worship. As a result, he is struck with worms and he dies - an absolutely horrendous and inglorious death. What a terrible fate.
When we take the glory that is due only to God, we won’t be freed, we will be consumed from the inside out. It won’t bring life and freedom. It will bring death. God is the only one who brings about good in our life. He’s the only one who can break the chains that we so often find ourselves in. He rescues us. He sets us free. It’s all a work from God, lest any of us should boast.
Let’s make sure we’re like Peter and give God the glory for all the good that’s come into our life. It’s all from him. Any victories that we’ve experienced, growth we’ve known as Christians, any new understanding of God’s love - it’s all a gift from Him. These things are from God, not us.
Live fully aware, in the knowledge that God is the source of all Good. He is the source of the freedom that is yours as a follower of Christ. He is the One what has caused the chains to come off. It’s all because of Him.
May this day be a day that we honor him for what he alone has done.