May 15, 2020
“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
He was the wisest man in the world, made so by God.
How could this happen? Solomon had one sin that was evident. He “loved foreign women.” God had warned him, but he refused to heed God’s clear warning. The result was that he lost his intimacy with Christ and ultimately lost his kingdom. His sin, seemingly harmless and explainable to him and others I'm sure, affected his sons and all those who followed. A tragic ending to an otherwise well-used, faithful life.
He knew (because God had warned him) that if he "loved many foreign women," his wives would "turn his heart away after their gods."
This is a consistent principle that God speaks to us repeatedly: if you have an affection for something God has forbidden, it will gradually turn your heart to the god behind that affection. You will not be a man after God's own heart, like David was, but a man whose heart is turned away after other gods, like Solomon.
Where is our secret affection? Where is it in my life or yours that we think we are above God’s warnings? Where we think we can cheat the system by holding on to one pet sin with no consequences?
If you want the possibility of losing it all and affecting many generations that follow you, hold tightly to your sin. If you long for an enduring legacy of a faithful life until the end, release the hold on your sin. It cannot substitute for what God can give.
Father, reveal my fault-lines. Search my heart and show me the groundwork there. You see ahead, O Lord, so show me what would take me down and harm others. And then, redeeming Lord, give me the grace to say “Yes” to Your reproof. Forgive my sin, but also purge that sin from my life and let me aggressively cooperate with You in the process.
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December 03, 2020
In scientific equations there are certain elements that cause certain reactions. If those elements are not present, you do not have what you intended. For instance, if you take hydrogen out the equation of H2O, you will not have water, one of the most essential combination of elements in the universe.
... is the essential element for the believer. And faith, in itself, has several parts ...
December 02, 2020
November 24, 2020
All of us appreciate a good accounting system, even if we are not the ones administering it. You are grateful when you go to a store, that they will only charge you what is advertised. In business, you want to know how things will be recorded and have a clear understanding of what will be done, particularly when it’s your money that is involved.
God has an accounting system and Paul, when finally enlightened, realized that it was completely opposite of what he had operated under for years.