January 12, 2023 Give Thanks

1 Kings 21:20 Have You Sold Yourself Out?

Ahab said to Elijah, “So you have found me, my enemy!” “I have found you,” he answered, “because you have sold yourself to do evil in the eyes of the Lord.” 1 Kings 21:20

As a person is going through life there are times in which there is something that he wants to have or do so much that he is willing to do whatever it takes to fulfill that desire. The world believes that one can go for anything that he wants, as long as it does not harm another and pleases self. Many will sell off anything to make something happen.

After King Ahab had Naboth killed to gain his property, Elijah found him. Elijah told Ahab that he found him because he had sold himself to do evil before God.

The world believes that a person deserves to get anything that he desires. It is up to the individual to run after his desires with everything in him. Nothing is to be forbidden to gain personal self-pleasure. In the process of chasing after desires, all morality, self-control and character are often thrown out or cast aside.

Believers in the church will sometimes get caught up in the same manner of thinking as the world. Some will take their eyes off of God and seek after the things of this world.

When they cannot get it, some will begin to sin against God in order to get it. Lying, cheating and stealing begin to occur in order to get what they want. Their soul is sold off to sin and the devil to get what they want.

Instead of selling their souls to sin, believers are to be sold out to God. He is to have complete ownership of their lives. True believers will trust God for what they receive or do not receive and will not sell out to get what God does not want to give them.

You will have times in which there is something that you desire greatly but are not allowed to receive. In those times you have a choice to make. You can trust God with not getting that desired item, or you can sell out your soul to fight against God and get it anyway.

Do not give into greed and selfish desires to sin against God to get those desires, but trust God. Sell your life to God and His desires, not to self and the fallen world of sin.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will accept what God gives or does not give you; that God will give you strength to resist temptation to doing evil for gain; and that you will live your life to serve and honor God.

1 Kings 3:5 What Would You Ask For?

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

Over the centuries hundreds of stories have been told in many different ways in which a person finds a magic lamp and a genie grants the person three wishes. While most people know it is not real, most people desire to have their wishes granted.

People are constantly talking about what they desire to have or be able to do some day. Often those desires come out of personal greed.

Soon after Solomon was made king, God came to him in a dream and told him to ask Him whatever he wanted Him to give him.

As the world dreams about being asked what they want by a genie, God does ask that question of believers on a regular basis.

Most believers go to God on a regular basis with a long list of desires of wants and needs. Those desires can be both for others and for themselves. Some of those desires can be selfish in the making, while others are made out of true concern for others or even self.

While Solomon was granted his request of God, many believers find that their requests are denied. This often occurs because the desire was selfish and not what God desires.

The true believer will be seeking the will of God, not his own personal desires when he asks God for something. His focus will be upon eternity, not the here and now pleasure of the day. Just as Jesus was focused upon building God’s kingdom, true believers will have that same desire and ask God for whatever is needed to make that happen.

Every believer needs to ask for things that will help him to accomplish God’s goal for his life.

You most likely have a long listed of desired things, both needed and just wants. Take time to go through that list and seek things that will line up with the goal of God in your life here on this planet. Which of those desires will make you more like Jesus and which will build His kingdom here on this earth?

Do not be afraid to ask God for your desires but be willing to ask according to His will as Jesus had said to do and see God do mighty works in and through your life.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will know what God’s will is for your life; that you will ask God for things that fulfill His purpose in your life; and that you will have a desire to build God’s kingdom as Jesus did.