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. 

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1 Kings 8:6 The Most Holy Place

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The priests then brought the ark of the LORD’s covenant to its place in the inner sanctuary of the temple, the Most Holy Place, and put it beneath the wings of the cherubim. 1 Kings 8:6 

Shortly after becoming king of Israel, Solomon chose to begin building the temple to God that his father, David, had wanted to build, but was not allowed to. After a lot of work of building the building, the priests brought the ark of the covenant into the building and placed it in the Most Holy Place.

At the time the ark of the covenant represented God’s presence and His agreement with the Israelites. It was an agreement that if the people followed His commands, He would be their God and take care of them. In it there was a copy of the ten commandments, a jar of manna, and the budding branch. This represented what the people had to do, God’s provision and God’s leadership.

This ark was placed in the Most Holy Place. It was the place that God would directly dwell when among the people. It was behind a huge curtain and was a place of no sin and only the high priest was allowed in once a year. It was God’s place.

A thousand years later, Jesus had died upon the cross, ripping the curtain in two and open and making a way for every person to go into the Most Holy Place where God is. The new location for God’s place to dwell was no longer in a temple, but in the heart of a person.

When one seeks forgiveness and believes in Jesus, his heart is made pure and holy–the Most Holy Place. It becomes the dwelling place of God. There is now a covenant–an agreement–between God and the person placed in the heart. There is also a sign of the provision for forgiveness and eternal life placed in the heart.

Believe in the work that Jesus did for you to remove your sins and give you eternal life. Accept His work in your life and become a believer. Do not allow the covenant of sin of this world to take a place in your heart.

As a believer, you now have God’s covenant placed in your heart. Your heart has become the Most Holy Place–the dwelling place of God. God is with you and will not leave you.

Believe in Jesus and allow God’s presence to be in your life daily.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will allow God to rule in your life; that you will allow God’s presence to fill your life; and that your heart will be the Most Holy Place unto God. 

1 King 3:5 A Free Ticket To Ask

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

One of the wishes of many people would be able to ask someone or something for anything that they want and that they will get it. Many stories of have been written over the years of people finding a magic lamp with a genie in it. The genie comes out and offers three wishes to the owner of the lamp.

Some of the owners struggle as to what to ask for, wanting only to get the best thing possible, not wanting to waste a wish. In the process of asking, sometimes the owner likes what he has been given and other times regrets what he was given. The genie gives the request whether it is really a good one or not.

Although genies are not real, God is. Once Solomon had become king of Israel, God came to him one night and allowed him to ask for whatever he wants, and God would give it to him. With some thought, Solomon chose to ask for God’s wisdom in his life.

Over the years since that time, many people have desired God to ask them that same question. They want God to give them the same proposal to ask whatever they want of Him. Most are forgetting that Jesus had said the same thing. He had stated that those who believe in Him could ask of anything according to His will and they would get it.

That request to ask for anything has never been changed or rescinded. God still loves to give His people what they ask for. However, the question is what will people ask for?

Often people ask for wealth or things to benefit themselves. It is all about self, rather than God and His kingdom.

Believers are to be focused on God and building His kingdom first and foremost. The things that they need to ask for should be to that effort.

You have the opportunity to ask God for whatever you want. What is your heart’s desire to have?

Solomon chose wisdom. It was about serving God and the kingdom God had given him. What will your choice be?

Will it be like the majority of the world, something for self?

Or will it be something to honor God and build His kingdom?

Ask God today. He is waiting.

I pray today that you will know God’s heart; that you will know what God wants of you; that you will seek God’s desires for your life; and that you will believe God only gives what is best for you and His kingdom.