|1 Kings 11:9-10 (ERV)|
|9 So Solomon did not remain faithful to the Lord, the God of Israel, even though God had appeared to him twice. The Lord became angry with him. 10 He had told Solomon that he must not follow other gods, but Solomon did not obey the Lord’s command.|
|In the first half of the story of king Solomon, we read so much about how the king was endowed with wisdom like no other man on earth, and about how successful Solomon was in building an awesome temple for the Ark of God to reside in. It was also the place for the people to worship the Lord God at. The king tried in many ways to honor God, like his father David did, and to carry on his legacy for the Lord, like his father David had demonstrated. However, Solomon started sneaking in a few things that God had ordered him not to do, and this ultimately led to his downfall.
|Most of us, as kids, tried many of the things that our parents warned us to stay away from! Often it was because of friends, or out of thinking that our parents were so archaic that they really didn’t know the good about each thing they warned us to stay away from! Obviously Solomon was one who had to prove things for himself. However, this got him into some deep trouble. God has also warned us throughout His Word about things that we should stay away from, and what do we wind up doing? Take for example a possible warning to protect our bodies, which is the temple of the Holy Ghost, yet we take His temple into all sorts of places, we expose it to all sorts of arguments and bad words not suitable for any man to be exposed to; we gorge on food until we make ourselves sick; we are unkind to folk that Jesus bled and died for; we expose the temple to poisons like alcohol abuse and cigarette smoke that not only do these tend to poison our Savior’s presence, but these are also known to destroy families and key parts of our body. So please don’t look down on Solomon until you have sought the face of Jesus to help you clean up your own acts. Friends, the whole idea of God entering our bodies through His Holy Spirit, is to help us live pure and honest lives that aligns with the Word of God and is pleasing to our Master. Do you suppose that I might be correct in assuming that even after learning these lessons from Solomon, we are still pouring more ‘poison’ into our bodies, than we are doing with praises or things that are pleasing to, and appreciated by God? I believe that very much like Solomon, we too need to have a little talk with Jesus and make things right! Make this your aim today dear friends.
|Lord Jesus, I know that You must often look at mankind and shake Your head in wonderment as to whether we will ever learn from our mistakes and from lessons learned from the mistakes of others. Lord, You created us and You know our weaknesses all too well. I humbly ask today that You may use this lesson today to tender the hearts of all my readers so that we all may learn from Your servant Solomon. He meant well when doing everything that brought praise to You, but in his weakness, he also rebelled against You in doing the very things that You warned him not to do. Lord, I’m afraid that many of us are just the same today. We need your forgiveness and we need even more of Your strength and guidance to be more like You. Please hear our prayer and grant our request as You see fit dear God. AMEN!
|There are two more pages on my blog that will provide you with additional information, one of them being ‘To Know Jesus’. If you have been challenged to make a decision today after reading this devotional, please click on the above page, or speak with a local Bible Teaching Pastor, or contact me at NuggetsFromGodsWord@outlook.com. Please allow someone to pray with you and give you help and/or encouragement as you begin, or continue your walk with Jesus. Words underlined in my blog could indicate a link to a song that came to mind as I wrote the devotional. Feel free to click on the link and listen as you continue to read or pray. If this devotional was forwarded to you and you would like to see more, please go to Nuggets From God’s Word and read more, or you may freely to subscribe for a daily email conveniently containing each day’s devotional. If you are anywhere near the Highlands County, Florida area and do not have a church home, I would be thrilled to welcome you at Bible Fellowship Church, located at 3750 Hammock Rd, Sebring, FL 33872! Click the link to check out service times and/or other special activities. God is at work among us! Please consider coming to worship with us!|
May I encourage you to get your spiritual ‘Nuggets’ to start your day off right? Pretty amazing that our awesome God would consider feeding even us with His Word! May I encourage you to read the whole devotional, and look for a blessing, friend!………
Today’s Bible Reference: Titus 2:11–14
Today’s Bible Text: God’s readiness to give and forgive is now public. Salvation’s available for everyone! We’re being shown how to turn our backs on a godless, indulgent life, and how to take on a God-filled, God-honoring life. This new life is starting right now, and is whetting our appetites for the glorious day when our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, appears. He offered himself as a sacrifice to free us from a dark, rebellious life into this good, pure life, making us a people he can be proud of, energetic in goodness.
The Bible Translation: The Message (MSG)
My Take Away: Ever heard a spouse, or a girlfriend or boyfriend say to their partner “And you did that for me?” You know – they are in shock that someone loves them enough to make a sacrifice on their behalf, just because they love them? It tends to put a whole new level of trust in that person, and a strong belief in your relationship! Suddenly you realize that they must truly love you! In our scripture today, it seems like Paul felt it was important for the ministry of Titus that no matter what he felt the people already knew about Jesus, that he should remind them again that there is no secret about how much God loves them, and about the awesome sacrifice He made at Calvary to prove His love for them. I feel compelled to share with my readers today the same message given to Titus, for it seems like depression in our friends and family is worsening, and impacting even children today. Don’t you realize friend that no matter how underserving you may feel, God is ready to forgive you, and give you eternal life filled with His wonderful love that is beyond human understanding or description? Don’t you know that you can be saved from your life of sin and disregard of God and take on a blessed, God-filled and God-honoring life? Don’t you know that this new life can begin right now, even though it may only be a sampling of the glorious life you will enjoy with Jesus when you leave this world that is so saturated with sin? Don’t you know that in spite of your present tendency to be mean and unforgiving towards others, that God will make you into a person energized in goodness? Friends, the above is not just vain promises that this Brother is offering to entice you into a relationship with God, although I wish there would be such an enticement possible, but I have merely expanded on the actual scripture written by Paul under the leadership and direction of the Holy Spirit. Please consider allowing that same Holy Spirit to guide you in your decisions today friend!
Prayer: Father, You are merciful and so forgiving. For while we were still sinners, You went to the cross of Calvary as a statement of Your love for us, and faced public shame and disgrace by the same folk that You would later forgive them of their sin. Unfortunately we are no better than most of them that tortured You that dark day, because in spite of Your love for us, yet we openly sin and disgrace Your precious name. Please consider once again forgiving us of our sin dear Lord. Please go to the extreme once again to melt our hardened hearts and convince us of our sin and our need for the Savior. Lord, I pray that You would have Your perfect way in our lives today and in the lives of those that we love. May this be the day of salvation for may who will read this devotional today, I pray this in the precious name of Jesus, AMEN!
Footnote: If you have been challenged to make a decision today after reading this devotional, please speak with a local Bible Teaching Pastor, or contact me at NuggetsFromGodsWord@outlook.com. Allow someone to pray with you and give you help and/or encouragement as you begin, or continue your walk with Jesus. Words underlined in my blog could indicate a link to a song that came to mind as I wrote the devotional. Feel free to click on the link and listen as you continue to read or pray. If this devotional was forwarded to you and you would like to see more, please go to www.nuggetsfromgodsword.org and read more, or you may freely to subscribe for a daily email conveniently containing each day’s devotional. If you are anywhere near the Highlands County, Florida area and do not have a church home, I would be thrilled to welcome you at Bible Fellowship Church, located at 3750 Hammock Rd, Sebring, FL 33872! Click the link to check out service times and/or other special activities. God is at work among us! Please consider coming to worship with us!