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THE RISE AND FALL OF KING SOLOMON

1Cor.10: 1 – 12,“Lord as I run this race of life,Let me be temperate in all things,Put my body in subjection,That I may not be a cast away”

Introduction: Perhaps no man began with more promise than Solomon. Yet a good beginning does not mean a good finish. Solomon drifted and defected — can it happen to us?Yes, but our prayer as we study tonight is that God will make us end well in Jesus name! Amen.

Let us consider one major factor about King Solomon:In 1Kings.1-10, Solomon was literally the king who could do no wrong. But his fatal disease was sin. What caused this disastrous demise in Solomon’s life? In a word, it was COMPROMISE. All his compromises led to a King with an empty heart and a kingdom torn apart.

COMPROMISE: It is the expedient acceptance of standards that are lower than is desirable.

1Kings. 11:1 – 4Compromise is sin and doubles mindedness (Matthew 6:24; James 4:4, 8).

Truth cannot continue in that environment (Galatians 2:4-5). Compromise causes God’s people to be indecisive and faithless (1 Kings 18:21). When one compromises, the heart is turned away from God and one no longer will stand militantly for the truth. Sin and error cannot be met by a soft approach (2 Corinthians 10:3-5; Ephesians 6:10-17). Solomon compromised his life in two crucial areas, all stemming from one sin.

He Compromised His Conduct

At first Solomon had a close walk with the Lord.He built the temple and dedicated it to God (1 Kings 8:14-21).His prayer of dedication is one of the most beautiful in the Bible (1Kings 8:22-53).God continued to remind him of the importance of a daily walk with Him.God told him what he needed to do to receive His blessing (1 Kings. 9:4-9).Yet His greatest error and compromise was with his marriages. An Israelite was not to marry a foreigner, but Solomon had married many (Deuteronomy 7:1-4).a) He had not found one good woman among 1,000 (Ecclesiastes7:28). His problem was that he was around the wrong kind of women.He Compromised His Worship Solomon did not fully follow the Lord (1 Kings 11:5-8). He even built pagan worship centers — no wonder God was angry (Habakkuk 2:18-20).God alone is to be the sole object of our worship (Matthew 4:10).He will not accept second best. We had better be very certain that we do not fall down to the gods of the 21st century.

Conclusion:

Let us not forget 1Kings.11:4, it did not just happen, but when he was old, which means the devil can take long to accomplish his mission, hence, we need to be cautious according to Deut. 8:11.

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My Spirit, My Responsibility

Guard Your Spirit

Do you realise that your spirit is your responsibility?

Proverbs 25:28 says, “Whoever has no rule over his own spirit is like a city broken down, without walls.”

The Bible likens the person who does not control their own spirit as being like a city with walls that have tumbled down. That makes the city defenseless so it is vulnerable to any attack. In the same way, if we don’t ‘take care’ of or ‘rule’ our own spirit, we are like a city with cracks in our foundations and breaches in our fortifications, open to every kind of attack imaginable.

The reason you must take responsibility for your spirit is that your spirit makes a way for you in life. One of the best pieces of advice I ever received as a young person in Bible College was this ‘Never develop a wounded spirit.’ Your spirit is the key to your future and above all else, Proverbs 4:23 says, we should guard it with “all diligence”, (the Bible translates the word for heart and spirit interchangeably). Poor choices, lack of wisdom, emotional instability, pride, bitterness, a ‘wounded spirit’ and unforgiveness are the kinds of things that weaken us and leave us open and vulnerable to an assault.

Daniel 6:3 says that Daniel had an excellent spirit. It was this quality that changed the way king Nebudchdnezzar looked upon Daniel, and he was favoured and promoted as a result.

Then this Daniel distinguished himself above the governors and satraps, because an excellent spirit was in him; and the king gave thought to setting him over the whole realm.

In the same way as Daniel’s excellent spirit caused the king to look at him differently, if you look after your own spirit, you can rise above any difficult circumstances that you face and find favour with others. However, if you allow other things to take hold of your spirit, they will stop you from entering into all God has planned for you.

It is my prayer that you understand the immense value of your spirit and that you take up the responsibility to guard it faithfully every day. Responsibility for a pure, clean heart and a right spirit is an imperative to walking in a fruitful relationship with Christ.

PRAYER: Lord God, help me to keep my heart and my spirit pure before you. Bring to mind anything which has caused me to live ‘wounded’ and enable me to have a right spirit.

By Brian Houston

Uncage

PROMISE 1

I will be with you.

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
Psalms 23:4 KJV

Recently I read about an incident at the Los Angeles Zoo. An employee named Gary Richmond noticed a cage full of fifteen red-tailed hawks kept in a back room, leftover evidence in a defunct poaching case. They could not be displayed and would likely die in captivity. So, being a rebel at heart, Richmond decided to “accidentally” leave their cage door open and give them a chance to escape back into the wild.

Returning an hour later, he was shocked to see that all of the hawks were still there. So he charged at them like a bear, trying to scare them out. Most of them flew a few feet away but looked back longingly at the cage that had become their home. The hawks got so used to a caged life that they forgot what it meant to be free. Eventually, he gave up and herded them back into their cage.

Each day, we have the opportunity to really trust in God’s true, biblical promises and live in the freedom we have through our relationships with Jesus. We’ve been set free and the cage door is open, but too often we would rather have predictability instead of purpose, boredom instead of bravery, and the empty promise of our cage instead of the unlimited promise of freedom.

God often leads his people into places where they feel overwhelmed. In every case, one promise was given by God himself: I will be with you. Not a promise of comfort, convenience, or construction. He promised to walk with us through overwhelming scenarios.

The promise is spelled out in Isaiah 41:10: “Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.” John Piper noted the prepositions that come from this passage about God’s presence with us:

“I am your God”… God is over you.

“I am with you” … God is by you.

“I will strengthen you” … God is in you.

“I will help you” … God is around you.

“I will hold you up” … God isunderneath you.

Because his presence to help is over, by, inside, around, and underneath you, your temporary fear and discouragement lose their power. Instead, courage and strength flow into you even when it feels like life’s coming off the hinges.

Live free in the promise: I will be with you.

Is Sex Before Marriage Bad?

Sexual intercourse is a “life-uniting act,” as our friend Lewis Smedes calls it. That’s why sex outside of marriage is “sex-to-soon.” It violates the intended purpose of sex. “It is wrong,” according to Smedes, “because unmarried ­ people thereby engage in a life-uniting act without a life-uniting intent…. Intercourse signs and seals—and maybe even delivers—a life-union; and life union means marriage.”

Scripture clearly states that sex is for marriage and marriage is for sex. Jesus quoted from Genesis (1:27, 2:24), when he asked: “Have you not read that He who made them at the beginning ‘made them male and female,’ and said, ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh?'” (Matthew 19:4-5). The writers of Scripture use sexual purity and faithfulness between spouses as an image of our relationship with God (see Song of Solomon and Hosea, as well as the 16th chapter of Ezekiel).

So if you want to reserve sexual intercourse for marriage, the $100 question is how? How do you abstain from sex without shutting off your sexuality?

Granted, it’s not easy, it can be down right excruciating—but it’s possible. We know plenty of happy ­ couples who have saved sex for marriage. In case you are wondering, we abstained from premarital sex ourselves. In seven years of dating we had our share of passionate moments and plenty of tempting situations, but we stayed true to our decision to wait. Looking back over our entire relationship, it remains as one of the best decisions we ever made. We had plenty of time to evolve through the natural stages of physical intimacy as our permanent commitment to each other progressed.

The secret to saving sex for marriage is found in a single word: boundaries. Couples who abstain from sex without shutting off their sexuality have learned to set specific boundaries and stick to them. They have made intentional, deliberate, and conscious choices about how far they will go.

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The Importance of God’s Words

But the Lord said unto me, Say not, I am a child: for thou shalt go to all that I shall send thee, and whatsoever I command thee thou shaltx speak. Then the Lord put forth his hand, and touched my mouth. And the Lord said unto me, Behold, I have put my words in thy mouth. See, I have this day set thee over the nations and over the kingdoms, to root out, and to pull down, and to destroy, and to throw down, to build, and to plant.
Jeremiah 1:7‭, ‬9‭-‬10 KJV

Each and every insight that God provides for you is important. Iij result of the revelation will often kbe determined by your reply and response. If you just think on it for a day or two and then let it go, you will probably miss the full effect of the oil on that word. If you write, record, and then go back to it with prayer and seeking strategy, you will keep pressing that word and extract the oil.

Sometimes you are struggling and need a breakthrough. God will send a word to you that contains bondage-breaking power. It may not be a word that has long-term application but is sent for that very moment. Some words frame times and seasons. There have been times in my life that I keep pondering a word over and over, and each time I got more application. It becomes a mission statement for a season of my supernatural journey.

There are other words that are very specific and hold instruction for a particular assignment. All of these things must be prayed out and discerned. This is why rezcorkdinjghg, writing, and praying over ijjikmi revelations is so critoical. Toh liij anj person who walks in the supernatural, you must learn to place emphasis and value on insight and revelation.

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Abide in God

I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned. If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.
John 15:5‭-‬7 KJV

Many believers have more faith in the ability of the enemy to deceive them than in their own ability to hear from God. We must understand that hearing from heaven is not something that we do but rather a part of who we are.

Picture a satellite receiver. It receives communication from the primary satellite. You do not have to constantly worry about whether or not it will receive communication. It was made to do just that. You simply connect it to your devices and voilà, there it is—broadcast received, data relayed. There is clear communication without disruption because that is what it was created for.

We are called to abide in God. Part of that abiding is becoming aware of His systems of communication and the fact that revelation is our birthright as children of God. The Father has laid out a unique and blessed path for each one of us; it is our privilege to discover every step. Not only that, but His voice creates light upon the path so we clearly see the way and navigate forward. We are to live lives that are in sync with the thoughts and intents of our Father’s heart. We are to be planted fully and deeply in Him without shame or fear.

Discovering Destiny part 2(Kingdom Identity)

Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work.
John 4:34 KJV

In the kingdom, destiny is not about where you’re going, it’s about who you’re going with. Calling has to do with “what” you will do. Destiny has to do with “who” you are called to. What happens when “where” or “what” changes? Nothing if you understand destiny has to do with “who”! Consider this: Ruth got her Boaz because she stayed with Naomi. The disciples walked in their destiny because they stayed with Jesus.

Elisha received the double portion because he refused to leave Elijah’s side. Saul of Tarsus became Paul the apostle because he stayed in relationship with Barnabas and other key figures. Passion, skills, and talents will give you the tools to live out your calling, but relationships will keep you on your destiny track. Always remember, your alignments determine your assignments!