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Read 2 Chronicles 14:1 through 17:19
Under John’s initial church leadership, people became more enthusiastic for promoting the kingdom of God. Involvement in local and worldwide missions grew, and worship became lively and meaningful. As the congregation grew numerically so did John’s arrogance. He believed his talents created growth, and he planned a grandiose building as a testament to his leadership.
When church elders challenged his attitude, John became furious, rejected all godly advice, and resigned. Bitter divisions ensued, and the church went into decline.
“For the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him. You have done a foolish thing, and from now on you will be at war” (2 Chronicles 16:9).
King Asa started his reign doing everything right in the Lord’s eyes, but later accepted bribes. When God confronted him through the seer Hanani, Asa refused to admit his error. He vented his anger on his people.
Stubborn refusal to admit our faults and sins can cause divisions and prevent us from accomplishing plans God has for us.
Prayer for Today: Holy Spirit, give us faithful leaders.
Quicklook: 2 Chronicles 16:7–11
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Prayer is our link with God, an awesome avenue through which we can express praise and adoration to Him for His goodness, love, and mercy; and an avenue through which we can voice our petitions and concerns. God's Word assures us that we can "come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need" (Hebrews 4:16).
Prayer also moves the hand of God on behalf of needs and circumstances in our church, our families, our community, nation, and world. Take time to pray and intercede for these areas as God leads you. Become part of a prayer group and intercede with others in times of corporate prayer. As you seek God's help, expect reports of great victory to follow as God answers prayer.
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