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Failure of the Arm of Flesh by Pastor W.F Kumuyi

DAILY MANNA DEVOTIONAL

SATURDAY, MAY 15, 2021

FAILURE OF THE ARM OF FLESH

TEXT: 2 Chronicles 16:1-14

KEY VERSE:
“And at that time Hanani the seer came to Asa king of Judah, and said unto him, Because thou hast relied on the king of Syria, and not relied on the LORD thy God, therefore is the host of the king of Syria escaped out of thine hand.” – (2 Chronicles 16:7)

After World War I, France built a line of concrete fortifications, obstacles and weapon installations named Maginot Line between itself and Germany. This was done to forestall German invasion as World War II approached. The line was thought to be a work of genius and regarded as impregnable. But when the chips were down, the so-called military might of the Maginot Line became useless because Hitler’s men employed a different strategy that enabled them penetrate France from another source.

Asa started as one of the most remarkable reformers that restored the true worship of God in Judah. He purified Jerusalem by sacking those who indulged in idolatry and perversion and did not spare his own idolatrous mother. The Lord, in turn, gave him and his land rest and prosperity.

Unfortunately in his later years, his reliance on and commitment to God waned. This showed in his rash decision to engage the heathen king Benhadad of Syria against Baasha, king of Israel who was building Ramah to prevent his subjects from any dealings with the Jews. This eventually became his undoing. He was rebuked by Hanani, the seer, and instead of repenting of this unholy alliance, he committed the seer into prison. He got “diseased in his feet, until his disease was exceeding great: yet in his disease he sought not to the LORD, but to the physicians”. He died in that state.

If your commitment to the Lord is weak or fickle, understand that this is a dangerous position because He is the source of our strength. If you are enjoying a buoyant relationship with God at the moment, strengthen your grip on your commitment to Him and do not get carried away by attainments or achievements.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:
The path of self-sufficiency is a downhill road.

THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR:
2 Corinthians 5-9

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