April 16, 2017

April 16, 2017

1 KINGS 10-11

Focus Verse: For when Solomon was old, his wives turned his heart away after other gods; and his heart was not wholly devoted to the Lord his God, as the heart of David his father had been.
1 Kings 11:4

 

It’s not how you start, it’s how you finish. And unfortunately, Solomon did not finish well. All of that wisdom, the wisdom that God had given him, went to his head and he started chasing after foreign women and then chasing after their gods. For a guy who was world-renowned for his intelligence, that wasn’t a very smart move.

 

That is why we have to be so careful who we let into our sphere of influence. I am NOT advocating that we don’t associate or hang out with unbelievers. That’s not remotely biblical. What I am saying is that we need to be cautious of who we allow to speak truth into our lives. A wife (or wives in Solomon’s case) is someone who you allow to speak truth into your life…at least you should if you desire a healthy, intimate relationship.

 

But let’s be real honest, that wasn’t Solomon’s problem. Solomon’s problem was that he became distant from the Lord well before he married these women. The fact that he went outside of Israel and married these foreign women, something the Lord specifically told the Israelites not to do, was the first indication that there was trouble in paradise.

 

The world CANNOT influence a Spirit filled believer. John tells us this in 1 John 4:4. If the Spirit of God is in us, and we are walking with Him, abiding in Him, then there is no argument, no person who can influence us out of that.

 

So the problem is not the company we keep…it’s the Spirit the keeps us. How surrendered to the Spirit are you?

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