Read 2 Chronicles 14-16. This will give you the whole story.
Yesterday in church, the sermon was on, What it takes to make a difference for God. Pastor reiterated the life of King Asa of Judah. The first fifteen years of his reign were done with dependence on God-entirely! There was peace and prosperity in the kingdom for the following twenty years. ….But in the thirty-fifth year of his reign, he got angry at the words of the prophet, and decided to do things HIS own way. That was the beginning of his downfall. Instead of calling on God for help during a battle, he called together a counsel and depended on human help.
In 2 Chronicles 16:9, the Bible says this:
For the eyes of the Lord move to and fro throughout the earth that He may strongly support those whose hearts are completely His. You (King Asa) have done a foolish thing, and from now on you will be at war.”
Some of us start out great when we first come to meet the Lord. We do wonderful things…miraculous things in HIS name. But humans tend to forget rather quickly that our success comes from God Almighty. We become arrogant and self reliant. We think we are “self made men” and forget that we are blessed because we relied on God as our strength. That’s when trouble begins. We do it “our way” without consulting God.
We need to ask ourselves…
- Where is my heart? Does it completely belong to God?
- How will I end? Will I still follow God and His lead? Or will I do it “my way”?
- How far have I moved from my starting point with God? Am I going forward? Or have I regressed?
- Do I want peace in my life? Or do I want to constantly be at war?
I want my end to be better and more fruitful than my beginning was. I want to be a difference maker in this world!
Let’s allow the Holy Spirit to place a fire in us! A fire that burns so bright that ALL can see! Let’s be contagious for God and the things of His kingdom!
Now, let’s go out there into the world and be a difference maker!