1 Kings 11:4 Bad Influences

As Solomon grew old, his wives turned his heart after other gods, and his heart was not fully devoted to the LORD his God, as the heart of David his father had been. 1 Kings 11:4

Over the years Solomon had married several hundred women, many of whom were from foreign nations. These women were from nations that God had told the Israelites not to marry anyone. These wives brought with them their foreign gods and influenced Solomon into following those gods. He did not have a heart that was fully devoted to God alone.

Nobody likes to be left out of a group. People everywhere like to fit in with those they are with. Being left out gives the feeling that one is different or missing out on something fun.

It is a well-known fact that if a person hangs around another person or group of people enough, that the habits will transfer over. Often it is bad habits that will transfer, rather than the good ones.

Parents will often keep their children from hanging around certain other children, because they see them as a bad influence. They want their children influenced for the good, rather than the bad.

Yet, many adults will spend all their time with those who are not living correctly for God. Often it is around a person claiming to be a believer, but still living directly in a sinful lifestyle on purpose. They become a bad influence on the true believer.

You need to take a look at who you spend the majority of your time with. Are those people lifting you up and pointing you closer to God?

Or are they being a bad influence, pulling you away from God?

The peer pressure of a bad influence does not just affect children, it affects adults also.

As a believer, you need to be the one to influence the world for Jesus, not the other way around.

I pray today that God will give you wisdom on who are good influences around you; that you will be the light of Jesus in this world; that your heart will be focused on God; and that you will not be led astray with bad influences.

1 Kings 8:61 A Committed Heart

“And may your hearts be fully committed to the LORD our God, to live by his decrees and obey his commands, as at this time.” 1 Kings 8:61

Solomon had finished building the temple for God and had it dedicated to God. As he finished the ceremony, he prayed for the people also. His prayer was that the people would know God and His commands, and have hearts that were fully committed to Him at all times.

Being committed to something is very easy while a person is in the high of an exciting moment with many others around who are excited about the same thing. This can be seen in meetings where someone is trying to sell a business venture to some new people with many others who are already in it. The talk is pumped up with many great testimonies of making big money and is very exciting. Most people are very committed at the time to making the business work, but a week later, when things are rough, they stop and are no longer committed to it.

Regretfully, this same thing happens in many churches all the time. There is a revival service or a special speaker. Everyone gets excited about serving God with all of their heart, soul, mind and strength. They are ready to be witnesses to the world. They commit their heart and life to God.

Later that same week, when at work and they are being ridiculed for their beliefs, they back down on talking about God.

Or while at home, they start doing or watching things that should not be done or seen as a believer.

As a Christian, who is following Jesus, you must be fully committed all the time to Him. It is not just a Sunday time to be committed, but full-time.

When you are not in church or around other believers, is your heart still committed to God?

Or does your heart turn back to the world and it’s ways?

I pray today that you will know God personally; that your heart and life will be fully committed to God; that you will live by God’s standards; and that you will be His true witness everyday of your life.

 

1 Kings 8:24 God Did It

You have kept your promise to your servant David my father; with your mouth you have promised and with your hand you have fulfilled it–as it is today. 1 Kings 8:24

David had wanted to build a temple for God, but God prevented him from doing so, stating that his son, Solomon, would be the one to build the temple. Solomon did build the temple and when it was finished he gave God praise for it. Solomon recognized that it was God who made it happen and had fulfilled His promise to David in getting the temple built.

Everywhere a person goes there are people doing something. There is always someone building something, changing something, and starting or stopping something. Most of these people will look at what is being done as the work of their own hands. Very few will recognize others in the process and even fewer will acknowledge the hand of God in the process.

God is the One who is ultimately behind anything that is being done that is good. It is God who gives a person breath and life. It is God who gives a person the ability to do anything. In addition to all these things, for a true believer, it is God who guides and directs in getting something done.

God has made many promises to you and every other believer. Some of these promises are very specific to a very specific person, such as the promise to David that Solomon would build the temple. While other promises are generalized to all believers, such as that Jesus will return one day and bring every believer home to heaven.

The one thing that is common to all the promises of God is that He did fulfill them or will fulfill them someday. It was His hand that fulfilled the promise. Even though Solomon had the temple built, he acknowledged that it was God who built it.

Look at the promises God has given you and fulfilled in your past. It is easy to look at the things you did and take full credit for it, but who gave you that ability and fulfilled those promises to you?

God has never broken a promise to anyone and He will not start with you. He fulfills every promise He makes. He did it for Solomon and He will do it for you also.

I pray today that you will know the promises of God; that you will know God’s plan for your life; that you will trust God’s work in your life; and that you will know it is God’s hand that fulfills every promise in your life.

1 Kings 3:9 What To Ask God For

“So give your servant a discerning heart to govern your people and to distinguish between right and wrong. For who is able to govern this great people of yours?” 1 Kings 3:9

God had been pleased with Solomon and allowed him to ask for anything that he would want from Him and He would grant it. Out of all of the possible things that Solomon could have asked for, he asked for a discerning heart, or wisdom.

Over the years many stories have been told of a genie granting someone three wishes. The person given the chance to make the wishes usually has a very difficult time making a decision as to what he wants, especially when it comes to the last wish. Once the wishes has been made, it is usually shown that there are often some severe consequences that occur because of the wish made. Look at king Midas asking that everything he touches would turn to gold. He dies for lack of food because everything became gold.

Solomon could have asked for fame, or wealth, or a great kingdom, but he chose wisdom. Wisdom comes from God and Solomon knew that. He wanted to be able to make the right decisions every time. He wanted to be able to have the correct understanding of every situation. This ability can only come from God.

Many people rely on their own wisdom and understanding of things. This type of wisdom is short-sighted and faulty. God’s wisdom is perfect and eternal.

Jesus has said that we can ask for anything (in His name and will) and He will give it to us.

If God was to tell you that you could ask for anything and He would give it, what would you ask for?

Wealth?

Fame?

Peace?

Security?

Power?

I pray today that God will fill you with His wisdom; that you will know God; that you will make choices that will please God; and that your heart will follow after God’s heart.

 

1 Kings 3:5 Asking God For Something

At Gibeon the LORD appeared to Solomon during the night in a dream, and God said, “Ask for whatever you want me to give you.” 1 Kings 3:5

Solomon was made king and his kingdom was firmly established. At some point near the beginning of his reign, God came to him in a dream and asked Solomon to ask for whatever he wanted. He was given a free ticket to get whatever he desired from God.

Many people read this about Solomon and wish that God would ask them to ask for whatever they want from Him. They are jealous because they feel that they have never been asked that as Solomon was.

As much as most people feel that God has not given permission to ask of Him for something, it is not true. Jesus had stated in John 14:13-14, that a believer can ask for anything in His name and He (Jesus) would do it. This statement was given to every believer that was ever to believe in Him.

God is there for you, not against you. God is a good Father who wants to give you good things at all times. He is not looking down from heaven and seeing a person who is a sinner and planning to destroy you. He sees you as a child of His that He wants to have a great relationship with. Either you need to start that relationship or you are already in that relationship with Him.

The challenge is in determining what to ask for from God. Most people begin by asking things that are selfish and have nothing to do with building God’s kingdom and being His witness here on this earth. Seek out what God would want you to have and ask for those things.

Take a moment and realize how much God loves you. Be free to go to Him with your desires and concerns in this life. Do not be afraid to ask God for something. Then believe that He has heard you and loves you.

I pray today that you will know God’s will for your life; that you will hear God speaking to you; that you will not be afraid to ask God for anything; and that you will know that God will only give you the things that are best for you.