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Scripture Union Daily Guide 8 August 2023: Arrogance always brings defeat

Scripture Union Daily Guide 8 August 2023
Scripture Union Daily Guide 8th August 2023

Read Scripture Union Daily Guide 8th August 2023, Tuesday SU Daily Guide Reading

TOPIC: Arrogance always brings defeat

OPENING PRAYER: Dear Lord, may the entrance of your word bring light and life to all I will do today.

SCRIPTURE: 2 Kings 14:1-16

Question(s) for Reflection
• Q 2: Is there any example for me to follow or not to follow?
• Q 3: Is there any command for me to obey?

The account of king Amaziah is a typical story of a good start and a poor finish. His mother most likely had a positive influence on him (v.2). He obeyed God’s laws instead of standard practices of his day, executing the conspirators who murdered his father (2 Kings 12:21) but sparing their children (v.6). What are some of the practices today, whether cultural or traditional rites that can go against God’s word? How can Amaziah’s example be a positive influence in your life?

Amaziah trusts the Lord for victory over Edom without the help of the men of Israel (v.7 cf. 2 Chronicles 25:5-12). Note however that immediately afterwards, he bowed down to the gods of the Edomites and his heart became arrogant. In his pride, he overestimated his military strength, challenged the king of Israel to a fight and would not listen to sound warnings (vs.8-11). Pride led to stubbornness and stubbornness brought disaster to him and his kingdom (vs.12-14). Unfortunately, this sad ending is typical of some countries and individuals today.

PRACTICE/WORD APPLICATION
And so? Learn from Amaziah the consequence of arrogance and pride.

For Further Study
Further study: Read Proverbs 11:2; 16:18; 18:12; James 4:6 and Luke 18:9-14 to learn more on where arrogance and pride can lead us to.

• Any new insight or reinforcement of what you already know?

CLOSING PRAYER
Pray for wisdom to make sensible decisions.

Offer a prayer of faith in line with Lamentations 3:24

ONE YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN
Habakkuk 1‐3.

NATIONAL PRAYER BULLETIN – Tue, 08-Aug-2023

PRAYER FOCUS
BE STILL
The Lord shall fight for you while you keep still. Exodus 14:14

THANK GOD FOR:
►His ability to keep and sustain all who trust in Him
►Being our refuge and Strength, a great Help in times of distress to all His children

PRAY FOR:
►Grace to keep listening to the still voice of god, instead of the noise of our worries.
►The joy of the Lord to continue to strengthen us till the expected result arrives.
►God to open our eyes to see that He that keepeth us had neither slumbered nor slept and has the ability to calm all the storms of life.

PRAY AGAINST:
►Too much noise and movements instead of remaining still, waiting especially when we are undergoing pain and suffering.
►Carrying our worries everywhere instead of putting them in God’s hands.

Scripture Union Daily Guide 8 August 2023. Scripture Union is an international, interdenominational, evangelical Christian organization. It was founded in 1867, and works in partnership with individuals and churches across the world. The organization’s stated aim is to use the Bible to inspire children, young people and adults to know God.

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