1 Kings 15:3 Not Fully Devoted

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He committed all the sins his father had done before him; his heart was not full devoted to the LORD his God, as the heart of David his forefather had been. 1 Kings 15:3 

Being devoted to someone or something is to show a very high level of love for and loyalty to that someone or something. Some people are very highly devoted to some things, while not fully devoted to other things.

There are people who are so devoted to a football team, or some other sport, that they will never miss watching a game, will purchase as much as they can of their stuff and talk about them all the time. Spending money to see the team play is easy for them to do. Putting aside work, family and God is a common thing to do, in order to watch the game.

Others are devoted to their jobs, or some other hobby, or something else. Whatever they are devoted to, they put it ahead of everything else.

While many people are devoted to something, there are also a lot of things that people are not devoted to. They do their work, but are not fully devoted to it, because they will cut corners and cheat the system.

Abijah had become king of Judah and followed all the sins of his father. His heart was not fully devoted to God. He knew of God and claimed to follow God, but would not do all that God had said to do.

Not being fully devoted to God is a common problem for many believers. They love God on Sundays or when they need God’s help, but the rest of the time they live for themselves. Some may not live in horrible sinful ways, but they are still not following God. They are not sold out on obeying God in every area of their lives.

As a believer you have committed your life to God. This means you need to be fully devoted to God and His ways. Everything you do should be focused on God and His kingdom.

Do not allow yourself to turn towards sin and this world. Keep your focus on God. As your heart is fully devoted to God, you will not turn towards sin or this world. You will flee sinful acts and the evil ways of this world.

What is your heart devoted to today? Is it the temporary things of this world or God?

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that your whole heart and life will be devoted to God; that you will be faithful to God; and that you will live to serve God and build His kingdom. 

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1 Kings 13:21 Completely Follow God

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He cried out to the man of God who had come from Judah, “This is what the LORD says: ‘You have defied the word of the LORD and have not kept the command the LORD your God gave you.'” 1 Kings 13:21 

Obeying the rules is something that a lot of people claim that they do. However, many of those same people do not always follow the rules. There are times that they break the rules, sometimes on accident, but often on purpose. They choose not to obey for personal, selfish reasons.

At times when they choose to not follow the rules, they will give excuses as to why they didn’t follow them. Or they ignore the truth of what they did.

There was a man of God from Judah who had received a message from God to give to King Jeroboam. He was to deliver the message and  immediately return home and not stop anywhere else. He did give the message and began to head home. As he was going home, another prophet came to him, telling him a lie that God said to come eat with him. The man from Judah goes.

Immediately upon eating, the prophet tells him that he did not obey God, but did what he was told not to do. The man from Judah was led astray from God by a false prophet.

Many believers are told by God as to what they need to do. As they are in the process, other believers or false believers, will encourage them to change directions. Then some believers will choose to stop doing what they were told by God to do, in order to follow another believer or false believer. As with the man from Judah, many believers defy the word of God.

When God tells you something that you need to do, you must do it. Keep your focus on what God has told you. God does not change His mind or change directions like many in the world will do.

Not everyone will understand what God has told you to do, but you must keep doing it. There will be some believers who will attempt to change your path or direction, even in the name of God. Do not allow other believers to lead you astray from doing what God has told you to do.

God will speak and guide you directly Himself, if you allow Him too. Don’t change the course God has you on. Keep following Him.

I pray today that you will know what God wants you to do; that you will stay focused on what God tells you to do; that God will open your eyes to false prophets; and that God will strengthen you to make the right choices. 

1 Kings 12:28 Changing The Truth

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After seeking advice, the king made two golden calves. He said to the people, “It is too much for you to go up to Jerusalem. Here are your gods, Israel, who brought you up out of Egypt.” 1 Kings 12:28 

Attempting to change the truth is a common practice. People do not want to believe something that had occurred and attempt to change the truth for a lie. They want to change things to make it look better or different, usually for personal gain.

When Rehoboam, son of Solomon, had become king, the people of Judah rebelled against him. Under the leadership of Jeroboam, the broke away. Jeroboam chose to set up some idols of golden calves to keep the people from going to Rehoboam. As he set them up, he told the people that it was the golden calves that had brought them up out of Egypt. He changed the history to gain the people and their trust.

People like to deny the real truth, because it often is a painful truth or requires a change. It is common for people to try and deny that Jesus rose from the dead, or even that He had really existed at all. If they believe that He did exist or that He did raise from the dead, it means that they must change their ways.

It is also common that after God does a big miracle in the life of someone, later they state that they were lucky or some other thing helped them, not God. They deny that it was God’s hand at work in their life and look towards something else. They set up an idol to worship what had helped them, refusing to believe it was God.

Believers sometimes fall into this trap and put God on the side, denying His real power and abilities. They set up the idol of a church, ministry, a person or something else did the work, and not God’s hand.

You must always keep God at the center of your focus. Know that it was God who brought about a miracle in your life, not other people, doctors, medicines, work, or anything else. Know that God is always working in your life for your benefit.

When something great happens, know that God is the one who is orchestrating it, not this world. Never forget what He did and change that to luck or something else. Don’t forget the true history in your life.

I pray today that you will see God’s hand at work in your life; that you will give God credit for the good in your life; that you will remember all that God has done for you;  and that you will never deny Jesus in your life. 

1 Kings 11:9 Making God Angry

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The LORD became angry with Solomon because his heart had turned away from the LORD, the God of Israel, who had appeared to him twice. 1 Kings 11:9 

Starting out great is something that is easy to do, but finishing at the same level or better is difficult. To finish well, one must stay focused the entire time. There must be a goal kept in the center of the mind and it must be aimed for, or else one will falter and fail.

There has been a lot of people who have started out doing great, always making the right choices, being successful, but in the end they lose focus and walk away from the good choices.

Solomon had started out serving God faithfully. God had even chosen to appear directly to him, an unusual thing to occur. God had blessed Solomon with more wealth, wisdom and fame than another other man has ever known before or since his time. Yet, near the end of his life, Solomon let his wives lead him astray to follow false gods and walk away from God.

Living like this, God had become very angry with him and chose to remove the kingdom from him. God had mercy, in that He allowed to keep the kingdom in his lifetime, but would pull it from his sons.

There are believers today who have done the same thing. They start off their life following God with a whole heart, then along the way, they allow someone to lead them away from God. They begin to choose to follow after the ways of this world, rather than follow and obey God.

Some completely leave the church, while others just live with one foot in the world and one foot in the church. They are no longer serving God with their whole heart. This will always upset God. He has given everything for the believer.

The world will tempt you to turn away from God, to lose your focus on God. They want you to choose to leave God and follow them.

Keep your focus on God. You began the walk with Him, don’t give it up for some temporary pleasure. Do not allow others to guide you down a wrong path.

Jesus gave His life up for you, don’t make it a waste for Him. Live your entire life focused on serving and obeying God with all of your heart. Don’t make God angry.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will obey God in every area of your life; that you will have a heart after God’s; and that God will strengthen you to keep focused on Him.