“Even some men from your own group will rise up and distort the truth in order to draw a following.”
INSIGHT: As we read Paul admonishing the Elders of the Ephesian church, it may be disconcerting to think that our leaders can be deceived and led astray, but it's also a strange comfort to know even they aren't immune to sin. Thankfully, God has written His truth down for all of us to see, and His spirit provides understanding and confirmation with the truth He wrote on our hearts as He formed our innermost being.
PRAYER: Thank you, Lord for your Word, the truth that sets us free and the light that shines on our path. Thank you for giving us leaders at newhope who are led by your Spirit and lead us with humility and grace. We lift them up to you, Father: for unity in their hearts and minds, discernment through evaluation and awareness; for wisdom in decisions and boldness in declaring your truth through the love of Jesus. May they receive your refreshment and rest, as well as your restoration, as you lead them in the authority of Jesus, Amen.