1st kings 8:22-26 Then Solomon stood before the altar of the Lord in the presence of all the assembly of Israel, and spread out his hands toward heaven; 23 and he said: “Lord God of Israel, there is no God in heaven above or on earth below like You, who keep Your covenant and mercy with Your servants who walk before You with all their hearts. 24 You have kept what You promised Your servant David my father; You have both spoken with Your mouth and fulfilled it with Your hand, as it is this day. 25 Therefore, Lord God of Israel, now keep what You promised Your servant David my father, saying, ‘You shall not fail to have a man sit before Me on the throne of Israel, only if your sons take heed to their way, that they walk before Me as you have walked before Me.’ 26 And now I pray, O God of Israel, let Your word come true, which You have spoken to Your servant David my father.
Solomon begins his prayer standing, with his hands spread towards heaven, at some point he falls to his knees. This is a perfect example of what happens when we get caught up in worship and prayer. We start off standing in praise and exultation to God and then we wind up falling on our knees. As the spirit moves in our hearts some times we find ourselves on our knees in complete humility. Solomon acknowledges WHO God is, the LORD over Israel, that He is the only God in the universe, there is no recognizing Him as the best and greatest but as the ONLY one. And he is a fulfiller of his promises, the covenant with Abraham and the promise that he gave to David. As we saw when we studied Moses, God does not go back on His word. He is faithful to complete what he has promised, and the bible is full of his promises! He will complete each one!!! And we can recount to God in thankfulness the promises he has fulfilled in our lives and recount them back to Him in prayer.
Let us enter this new year 2020 with the great promise in John 1:50
We all going to see greater things than earlier.
Seeking the will of God
1 Kings 13:1 And, behold, there came a man of God out of Judah by the word of the LORD unto Bethel: and Jeroboam stood by the altar to burn incense.
In the 12th chapter. Rehoboam denied the counsel of the old men and took the advise of the young men as a result the kingdom divided into two kingdoms as the Lord said unto Solomon.
After that Rehoboam was ruling Judah and Jeroboam was ruling Israel. Both the kings did evil and gone astray from God.
On the other side in Israel king jeroboam made idols, offered sacrifices and worshiped them. He tried to burn incense on the altar...
God arranged a man of God to rectify rectify king Jeroboam(key verse)
The man of God prophesied!
He performed a miracle!
But he couldn't keep his consecration. He was cheated by the old and false prophet. He died a miserable death.
Perhaps king Jeroboam might have convicted of his sins because of the wonders performed by the man of God, but because of his lack of self control at the end of the chapter we see that king Jeroboam returned not from his evil ways. He lost his kingdom, his son was also murdered. God wiped off his seed.
Jesus said not, everyone that saith Lord Lord shall enter into the kingdom of God but he that doeth the will of my Father (Matt7:21)
Miracles and wonders are not important. Life is important. Doing the will of God is important.
As an anointed child of God you and me are responsible for the edification of our family, our church and our society.
People are watching at our life. Do not err and go astray from God. Let's not become a stumbling block for others to enter the kingdom of God
Only one life we have on this earth. Let us do the will of God and lead others also into Christ.
1 Kings: 12:13 "And the king answered the people roughly and forsook the old men's counsel that they gave him"
⚡ One of the greatest failures of Solomon's life was his negligence to nurture and train his own son as a suitable, sensible, wise successor to his throne. Solomon immersed himself in the towering issues of the nation. He built magnificient palaces, amassed wealth and increased the number of his wives and concubines to the maximum possible. But he never took serious interest in his own son Rehoboam. He advised parents to train their children (Proverb: 22:6) but neglected his own son.
⚡When Rehoboam started his reign he was 4l years old, which is a matured age. Yet he lacked sound knowledge, sensitivity and
seriousness as a king.
⚡ God gave him an opportunity to take a sensible decision to save the nation from disintegration. But Rehoboam rejected the sound advice of the Elders and accepted the evil advice of his young friends. A wise decision would have
saved Israel from division.
Solomon sought wisdom from the Lord, and Rehoboam sought wisdom from his young friends. His harsh response to the people divided the kingdom and accelerated the spiritual decline of God's people.
In the family, the work place, at Church and in our neighbourhood, we need His wisdom. The source of our wisdom is God. (James:1:5)
The word of God is our guide. (Psalm: 119: 97-104 )
The Holy Spirit is our counselor. (John: 16: I )
Let us not relay on our own understanding.
Dr. Thomas David
1 Kings 15:11 “ Asa did what was right in the eyes of the Lord, as his father David had done.”
Asa was the third king after the nation split in two after the great Solomon’s death. He was the first good king of that era. Asa ruled for 41 years, and 35 years of that reign were almost totally peaceful.
But… something happened in year thirty-five that negatively impacted in his life. In 1 Kings 15:16-22,.. We can see that Asa made some very serious mistakes…..
There was war between Asa and Baasha. At that time Asa was trying to make treaty between him and king of Syria.
Asa trusted in political alliances for defense rather than in God. He become self-reliant instead of God-reliant. So Asa experienced a horrible fate. He was diseased in his feet. A good beginning does not guarantee a good ending.
“TODAY IF YOU HEAR HIS VOICE, DO NOT HARDEN YOUR HEARTS, AS WHEN THEY PROVOKED ME.”
Be wholly devoted, but also be totally committed to God until the end.
Don’t retire early …
Don’t live on our past obedience …
“Today” make an effort to serve God and trust God with everything we have.
Details of this section: 1 Kings 12 to 15