The Story of Kings and Prophets #4: Overcoming Depression – #Sermon

THE STORY OF KINGS AND PROPHETS #4: GOD’S MESSENGERS: OVERCOMING DEPRESSION

(Pastor Chris Jordan – Beausejour Church)

overcoming depression

INTRO TO TOPIC: Discuss the role of God’s Messengers (Prophets) during this time period.

OPENING TEXT:

“The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and wonderful results. Elijah was as human as we are, and yet when he prayed earnestly that no rain would fall, none fell for the next three and a half years! Then he prayed for rain, and down it poured. The grass turned green, and the crops began to grow again.” (James 5:16b-18, NLT).

  • The Bible tells us two things here about Elijah. First of all, he was man who prayed powerful prayers. But secondly, he was as human as we are. That’s encouraging!
  • I like the fact that the heroes of the Bible had weaknesses and flaws that we can relate to.
  • As powerful and mighty a man of God that Elijah was, he struggled with discouragement.
  • The world’s answer to depression is medication. God had another answer for Elijah.

BACKGROUND TO THE STORY OF ELIJAH:

  • 1 Kings 17:1 – Elijah told the wicked King Ahab that there would be no rain.
  • – this drought was God’s judgment on him for leading the nation into immorality
  • v.2-6 – the Lord provided for Elijah with food from ravens and water from a brook.
  • v.7-24 – the Lord had a widow provide for Elijah, and he raised her son from the dead.
  • 18:16-20 – Elijah had Ahab called the 450 Baal and 400 Asherah prophets to Mount Carmel
  • v.21 – Elijah’s bold challenge: “How long will you falter between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow Him; but if Baal, follow him!”
  • 2.22-40 – God sent fire from Heaven on Elijah’s sacrifice, and they slew the false prophets
  • – this was a major victory in his life!

KEY TEXT:

“And Ahab told Jezebel all that Elijah had done, also how he had executed all the prophets with the sword. Then Jezebel sent a messenger to Elijah, saying, “So let the gods do to me, and more also, if I do not make your life as the life of one of them by tomorrow about this time.” And when he saw that, he arose and ran for his life, and went to Beersheba, which belongs to Judah, and left his servant there. But he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a broom tree. And he prayed that he might die, and said, “It is enough! Now, Lord, take my life, for I am no better than my fathers!” (1 Kings 19:1-4).

  • Look at what happened to this mighty man of God, right after his major victory:
    • Fear: “Elijah arose and ran for his life.”
    • Depression and Discouragement: “Lord, take my life.”
    • Loneliness: “He himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness.”
  • Just because we struggle with these things doesn’t mean we’re doing something wrong.

COMIC STRIP ILLUSTRATION: Calvin & Hobbes “Miller Time!”

Calvin & Hobbes - Miller Time

  • What do you do when you’re discouraged? Many people turn to drugs or alcohol

THE BIG IDEA: The story of Elijah gives us keys to overcoming fear, discouragement, depression and loneliness in our lives.

1. REST AND BE REFRESHED:

“Then as he lay and slept under a broom tree, suddenly an angel touched him, and said to him, “Arise and eat.” Then he looked, and there by his head was a cake baked on coals, and a jar of water. So he ate and drank, and lay down again. And the angel of the Lord came back the second time, and touched him, and said, “Arise and eat, because the journey is too great for you. So he arose, and ate and drank.” (1 Kings 19:5-8a).

  • The first thing the Lord addressed with Elijah is his physical well-being.
  • One of the best things we can do when we’re going through a challenging season is to make sure we get enough rest and take care of our physical bodies.
  • TESTIMONY: For the past few months, working 70-80 hours a week, overwhelmed and stressed out. When I took a day off, I experienced amazing serenity and refreshing!
  • “Jesus said to them, “Come aside by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while.” For there were many coming and going, and they did not even have time to eat.” (Mark 6:31).
  • Sometimes our being overwhelmed and stressed out is just because we need a day off.

APPLICATION: HOW TO BE REFRESHED:

  • Make sure you maintain a Sabbath – a regular day of rest. I know I need this!
  • Get enough sleep and eat properly.
  • QUOTE: “Each of us has an internal emotional reservoir. On the topside there’s an input, and on the bottom, a drain. Certain activities will drain you more than fill you, and others will fill you more than drain you. Some tasks will contribute to you and others will take from you. When I speak and teach, it fills my tank. When I counsel, it drains my tank.” (Wayne Cordeiro, Leading on Empty).
    • Things that refresh me: Reading, alone time, family time, music, preaching
    • Activities that drain me: Excessive counselling, big crowds

2. RECONNECT WITH THE LORD:

“and he went in the strength of that food forty days and forty nights as far as Horeb, the mountain of God. 9 And there he went into a cave, and spent the night in that place; and behold, the word of the Lord came to him, and He said to him, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” 10 So he said, “I have been very zealous for the Lord God of hosts; for the children of Israel have forsaken Your covenant, torn down Your altars, and killed Your prophets with the sword. I alone am left; and they seek to take my life.” 11 Then He said, “Go out, and stand on the mountain before the Lord.” And behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind tore into the mountains and broke the rocks in pieces before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake; 12 and after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire a still small voice.” (1 Kings 19:8b-12).

  • When Elijah was struggling, the Lord called him back to the secret place with God.
  • When you’re going through a challenging season, draw near to Jesus.
  • This is one of the best things you can do when you’re having a bad day!

Practically speaking, HOW do we reconnect with the Lord?

a. SPEND TIME WITH JESUS IN PRAYER.

  • “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28).

b. READ THE BIBLE.

  • “These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full.” (John 15:11).

c. CONFESS YOUR SINS.

  • “Oh, what joy for those whose rebellion is forgiven, whose sin is put out of sight! Yes, what joy for those whose record the LORD has cleared of sin, whose lives are lived in complete honesty!” (Psalm 32:1-2, NLT).

3.  RELATIONSHIPS:

“So he departed from there, and found Elisha the son of Shaphat, who was plowing with twelve yoke of oxen before him, and he was with the twelfth. Then Elijah passed by him and threw his mantle on him… Then he arose and followed Elijah…” (1 Kings 19:19,21b, NKJV).

  • Everybody needs a buddy. There’s a joy in fellowship with other believers.
  • Relationships are God’s answer to those who are going through a challenging season.
  • God said: “It is not good for man to be alone.” (Genesis 2:18, NKJV).
  • “Two are better than one, Because they have a good reward for their labor. For if they fall, one will lift up his companion. But woe to him who is alone when he falls, For he has no one to help him up.” (Ecclesiastes 4:9-10, NKJV).
  • That’s why God has given us the church – to be a family to support one another!
    • “I was glad when they said, “Let us go into the house of the Lord.” (Ps. 122:1).

APPLICATION: HOW DO WE FOCUS ON RELATIONSHIPS?

  • Make relationship time a priority in your life.
  • Get involved in small groups in the church where you can pray, care and share.

CLOSING: Do you struggle with discouragement, depression or loneliness?

  • God’s Word gives us three keys to defeating those things:
  • Rest and be Refreshed, Reconnect with the Lord, and Focus on Relationships.

PRAYER: For those who are afraid, discouraged, depressed or lonely.

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The Weekend Funnies – It’s Miller Time!

What do you do when life gets hard? When you have a bad day? When you get afraid, depressed, discouraged or lonely? Some people turn to… beer. Getting drunk. Doing drugs. Getting high. This is the Calvin and Hobbes comic strip I referenced during my message at church today. What time is it??

Calvin & Hobbes - Miller Time

Calvin & Hobbes (c) 2016 Bill Waterson.

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Connect – The Importance of Face-to-Face Relationships – #Sermon of the Week

CONNECT: THE IMPORTANCE OF FACE TO FACE FRIENDSHIPS

(Jan. 2016 – Pastor Chris Jordan – Beausejour Church)

To listen to or download the audio MP3, click HERE.

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OPENING VIDEO: Disconnect to Connect

INTRO TO TOPIC:  We are living in a social networking generation.

  1. How many of you are on Facebook? Instagram? Snapchat? Twitter? Pinterest?
  2. As of Jan. 2014, 74% of online adults use social networking sites. (pewinternet.org).
  3. New depression today – no new friends to want to be friends with on Facebook.
  4. People start living in a fantasy world thinking that if they have 200 friends on Facebook they are loved. That’s a lie! When you’re sick, they won’t come visit you!
  5. We can never allow Facebook to become a substitute for Face to Face Friendships.
  6. People aren’t just looking for friendly churches; they’re coming to churches looking for friends. Everybody wants to be CONNECTED!
  7. In the world today, we are used to throwing away things that are broken – even friendships. On Facebook, if a friend does something you don’t like, you can just unfriend them. We must learn to become good at repairing relationships.
  8. Don’t love people like cows: “If you give me milk, I will love you. If you don’t, I will butcher you!” That’s okay for cows, but not people!

OPENING TEXT:

“So the Lord spoke to Moses face to face, as a man speaks to his friend.” (Exodus 33:11).

  • God didn’t sent Moses a tweet on twitter, or a friend request on Facebook!

THE BIG IDEA: One of the most important and basic components of connecting in healthy, intimate relationships is speaking face to face.

QUOTE: “Although uncommonly rich in material goods, we in the western world often suffer from poverty in the area of quality relationships. Hectic schedules, broken families, social pressure and frequent mobility rob us of many of the inner richest God intends for His people. If social science researchers are correct, the downward spiral of unhealthy, indifferent and unhealthy relationships is nearing a crisis point in our society.” (Dr. Gary Sweeten, Listening for Heaven’s Sake).

  • OUR VISION: Loving God and Loving People!

“Then one of them asked Him a question, testing Him, and saying, “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?” Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.” (Matt. 22:35-40).

  • OUR MISSION STATEMENT:
    • “We exist to REACH people with the love of God                           – Evangelism
    • to CONNECT them in loving relationships with other Christians     – Fellowship
    • to help them to GROW in their faith through God’s Word               – Discipleship
    • to challenge them to DISCOVER their gifts                                      – Ministry
    • and to GLORIFY God with their lives.”                                             – Worship

1. LOVING GOD:

“We love Him because He first loved us.” (1 John 4:19).

  • We can’t love God until we know and believe the love that He has for us, first.
  • “In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.” (1 John 4:9-10).
  • Meditate on the love of God revealed to us in the Cross!
  • When we know that God loves us, we will have boldness to approach Him face to face.
  • If you want to be a better friend (more loving), work on your relationship with Jesus.
  • This is our highest calling as Christians, to love God and be loved by Him.

2. LOVING OURSELVES:

  • Jesus said, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
  • You can’t love others if you don’t love yourself, first!
  • We can love ourselves when we know we are created in God’s image and loved by Him.

3. LOVING OTHER PEOPLE:

“We know what real love is because Christ gave up his life for us. And so we also ought to give up our lives for our Christian brothers and sisters. But if anyone has enough money to live well and sees a brother or sister in need and refuses to help — how can God’s love be in that person? Dear children, let us stop just saying we love each other; let us really show it by our actions.” (1 John 3:16-18).

  • QUOTES: from “Love, Acceptance and Forgiveness” by Jerry Cook:
  • “We began to understand that the church was people – real people – changed by the power of Christ, filled with the spirit of Christ, touching the hurting, dying and cynical modern man with the life of Jesus Himself.”
  • “When love, acceptance and forgiveness prevail, the church becomes what Jesus was in the world: a center of love, designed for the healing of broken people, and a force for God.”
  • Quote John 13:34-35: “A new commandment I give you, that you love one another, as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
  • Jesus also said, “Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.” (John 15:13).
  • This is the sign of a true disciple of Jesus! We need to learn to love like this! PREACH!

THREE KEYS TO LOVING RELATIONSHIPS:

  • “A friend loves at all times, And a brother is born for adversity.” (Prov. 17:17).
  • Love at all times – even when your friend isn’t being very loving or friendly.
  • “A friend is always loyal, and a brother is born to help in time of need.” (Prov. 17:17, NLT).
  • Help your friends when they’re going through difficult times.
  • “A man who has friends must himself be friendly, But there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.” (Prov. 18:24).
  • Be friendly! Take time to work on developing your relationships. Disconnect!

CALVIN & HOBBES COMIC STRIP:C&H Bad Mood Friendship Need

Calvin & Hobbes (c) 2016 Bill Waterson.

CLOSING TEXT:

“Two are better than one, Because they have a good reward for their labor. For if they fall, one will lift up his companion. But woe to him who is alone when he falls, For he has no one to help him up…Though one may be overpowered by another, two can withstand him. And a threefold cord is not quickly broken.” (Ecclesiastes 4:9-12).

CLOSING CHALLENGE:

  • Pray for God to help us disconnect from social media and connect more face to face!
  • It’s time to stand up and connect with one another in deep and meaningful relationships.
  • It’s time to get involved in one another’s lives enough so we can help each other.
  • It’s time to stop being so selfish and start loving, serving and giving to others!

 

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The Weekend Funnies – When You’re in a Bad Mood

Have you ever had a bad day?

Of course you have.

We all have bad days!

And it’s on those days we need the love, acceptance, forgiveness, care and support of good friends. So – remember the golden rule that Jesus taught us: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” And the next time you see someone being a grump, remember, they need your love then more than ever!

C&H Bad Mood Friendship Need

Calvin & Hobbes - bad mood 2

Calvin & Hobbes (c) 2016 Bill Waterson.

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The Story of Kings and Prophets #3: United We Stand, Divided We Fall – #Sermon

THE STORY OF KINGS AND PROPHETS #3: UNITED WE STAND: DIVIDED WE FALL

(Pastor Chris Jordan – Beausejour Church)

To listen to or download the audio MP3, click HERE.

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INTRODUCTION: Vision 2016: “Seek God First.”

  • “Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good; Blessed is the man who trusts in Him!” (Psalm 34:8, NKJV).
  • My hope is that this year you will catch a glimpse of the awesomeness of Jesus, and Seek God First in every area of your life! He is GOOD! Preach…
  • TESTIMONY: Youth on Friday night – 7 students made first time decisions for Jesus!
  • “So now we can rejoice in our wonderful new relationship with God because our Lord Jesus Christ has made us friends of God.” (Romans 5:11, NLT).

OPENING TEXT: “If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. If a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand.” (Mark 3:24-25, NKJV).

THE BIG IDEA: The only way we can stand strong in our families, churches and communities is when we walk in unity and guard against division and strife.

BACKGROUND TO THE STORY:

  • For the past three weeks, we have been studying the story of kings and prophets in Israel.
  • The first three kings in a unified Israel were Saul, David and Solomon.
  • As we come into First Kings Chapter 12, King Solomon has just died.

1. REHOBOAM’S CORONATION DAY:

“1 Rehoboam went to Shechem, where all Israel had gathered to make him king. 2 When Jeroboam son of Nebat heard of this, he returned from Egypt, for he had fled to Egypt to escape from King Solomon. 3 The leaders of Israel summoned him, and Jeroboam and the whole assembly of Israel went to speak with Rehoboam. 4 “Your father was a hard master,” they said. “Lighten the harsh labor demands and heavy taxes that your father imposed on us. Then we will be your loyal subjects.” 5 Rehoboam replied, “Give me three days to think this over. Then come back for my answer.” So the people went away.” (1 Kings 12:1-5, NLT).

  • Solomon began ruling unwisely by overtaxing the people, forcing them into hard labor.
  • His son Rehoboam is being crowned king, and the people ask him to lighten up.

2. REHOBOAM SEEKS ADVICE FROM WISE OLDER MEN:

“6 Then King Rehoboam discussed the matter with the older men who had counseled his father, Solomon. “What is your advice?” he asked. “How should I answer these people?” 7 The older counselors replied, “If you are willing to be a servant to these people today and give them a favorable answer, they will always be your loyal subjects.” 8 But Rehoboam rejected the advice of the older men…” (1 Kings 12:6-8a, NLT).

  • Here was some great advice from some wise men, but Rehoboam rejected it!
  • This was good advice: Jesus taught the concept of servant leadership too:
  • “But among you it will be different. Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant.” (Mark 10:43, NKJV).
  • Rehoboam’s dad Solomon had written: “Where there is no counsel, the people fall; But in the multitude of counselors there is safety.” (Proverbs 11:14, NKJV).

3. REHOBOAM SEEKS ADVICE FROM HIS YOUNG FRIENDS:

“8 But Rehoboam rejected the advice of the older men and instead asked the opinion of the young men who had grown up with him and were now his advisers. 9 “What is your advice?” he asked them. “How should I answer these people who want me to lighten the burdens imposed by my father?” 10 The young men replied, “This is what you should tell those complainers who want a lighter burden: ‘My little finger is thicker than my father’s waist! 11 Yes, my father laid heavy burdens on you, but I’m going to make them even heavier! My father beat you with whips, but I will beat you with scorpions!’” 12 Three days later Jeroboam and all the people returned to hear Rehoboam’s decision, just as the king had ordered. 13 But Rehoboam spoke harshly to the people, for he rejected the advice of the older counselors 14 and followed the counsel of his younger advisers.” (1 Kings 12:8-14a, NLT).

4. THE CONSEQUENCES OF REHOBOAM’S DECISION:

“15 So the king paid no attention to the people. This turn of events was the will of the LORD, for it fulfilled the LORD ’s message to Jeroboam son of Nebat through the prophet Ahijah from Shiloh.” (1 Kings 12:15, NLT).

  • Note – this does not mean that God’s perfect will was for the nation to divide! It was an unfortunate consequence of some bad decisions on the people’s part. His perfect will would have been for them to stay together in unity.

“16 When all Israel realized that the king had refused to listen to them, they responded, “Down with the dynasty of David! We have no interest in the son of Jesse. Back to your homes, O Israel! Look out for your own house, O David!” So the people of Israel returned home. 17 But Rehoboam continued to rule over the Israelites who lived in the towns of Judah. 18 King Rehoboam sent Adoniram, who was in charge of forced labor, to restore order, but the people of Israel stoned him to death. When this news reached King Rehoboam, he quickly jumped into his chariot and fled to Jerusalem. 19 And to this day the northern tribes of Israel have refused to be ruled by a descendant of David. 20 When the people of Israel learned of Jeroboam’s return from Egypt, they called an assembly and made him king over all Israel. So only the tribe of Judah remained loyal to the family of David.” (1 Kings 12:15-20, NLT).

  • The consequences of the divided kingdom? Chaos, murder, almost civil war!
  • Look at the list of the 40 kings who ruled the divided kingdoms of Judah and Israel:
  • Only 8 out of 20 kings in Judah were good, and none of the kings in Israel were good.

APPLICATION: THE IMPORTANCE OF UNITY:

  • Unity is so important to the health and success of the church – and all our relationships:
  • “Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! It is like the precious anointing oil…For there the Lord commanded the blessing.” (Ps. 133).
  • If we want God’s blessing, power and presence, we need to walk in unity:
    • In our homes: Husbands and wives, parents and children.
    • In our churches, workplaces, schools and communities.
    • Don’t give a place to strife or division, it lets the devil in!

SOLOMON’S KEYS TO HEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS:

“A troublemaker plants seeds of strife; gossip separates the best of friends.” (Pr. 16:28).

“A gossip tells secrets, so don’t hang around with someone who talks too much.” (Pr. 20:19).

“Fire goes out for lack of fuel, and quarrels disappear when gossip stops.” (Pr. 26:20).

  • Gossips are troublemakers who destroy friendships. Strife brings division!
  • God COMMANDS us: DO NOT hang around with people who gossip!
  • NOTE: “If someone will gossip TO you, they will also gossip ABOUT you.”
  • Make a commitment to never say something negative about someone again.
  • If we want healthy families, churches and communities, we must walk in unity.

KEYS TO DEAL WITH OFFENSES:

  1. Talk to God about it first in prayer.  Pray that God would heal your brokenness.
  2. Choose to forgive them! “Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” (Eph. 4:32).
  3. If you feel you need to talk to that person about it, Jesus tells us how to do that: “Moreover if your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault between you and him alone. If he hears you, you have gained your brother.” (Matthew 18:15).
  4. DO NOT talk to someone else about it!

Another key = always “T.H.I.N.K.” before sharing something with another person:

  • T          Is it True?
  • H         Is it Helpful?
  • I           Is it Inspiring?
  • N         Is it Necessary?
  • K         Is it Kind?

CLOSING CHALLENGE:

Remember! Jesus said: “United we stand, divided we fall.” Let’s choose unity today!

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The Weekend Funnies – another look at TV and the media

Happy Friday! Here is your weekly Calvin and Hobbes comic strip to kick-start your weekend for you. Do you have a TV in YOUR room??

Calvin & Hobbes - TV in room

Calvin & Hobbes (c) 2016 Bill Waterson.

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The Story of Kings and Prophets #2: Solomon – #Sermon of the Week

THE STORY OF KINGS AND PROPHETS #2: SOLOMON: A DIVIDED HEART

(Pastor Chris Jordan – Beausejour Church)

To listen to or download the audio MP3 or printable notes, click HERE.

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INTRO TO SPEAKER: Share the story of taking Caleb to PLBC in Surrey, BC to attend their music program. The tearful goodbye, the hope we’ve taught and trained him well. Prayer.

INTRO TO TOPIC: We recently started the middle part of The Story: Of Kings and Prophets.

  • We looked at King Saul who was a bad king, and then David who was a good king.
  • David didn’t always do things right and he even made several parenting mistakes.

KING DAVID’S REBELLIOUS SON ADONIJAH:

“King David was now very old, and no matter how many blankets covered him, he could not keep warm… About that time David’s son Adonijah, whose mother was Haggith, began boasting, “I will make myself king.” So he provided himself with chariots and charioteers and recruited fifty men to run in front of him. Now his father, King David, had never disciplined him at any time, even by asking, “Why are you doing that?”” (1 Kings 1:1,5-6a, NLT).

  • You’ll read about David’s challenges with Adonijah in your reading this week.
  • The challenge to us as parents: Discipline your children! Teach them right from wrong!
  • But this morning, we’re going to look at another one of David’s sons: Solomon.

KING DAVID’S SON SOLOMON:

“1 As the time of King David’s death approached, he gave this charge to his son Solomon: 2 “I am going where everyone on earth must someday go. Take courage and be a man. 3 Observe the requirements of the LORD your God, and follow all his ways. Keep the decrees, commands, regulations, and laws written in the Law of Moses so that you will be successful in all you do and wherever you go.” (1 Kings 2:1-3, NLT).

  • Parents: Let’s encourage our children to be strong in the Lord and to serve Him!
  • So after David’s death, Solomon becomes the third king of the nation of Israel.

THE BIG IDEA: Solomon’s life is an example for us, including both positive examples for us to follow, and one negative example for us to avoid.

1. SOLOMON ASKS FOR WISDOM:

 

“Solomon loved the LORD and followed all the decrees of his father, David, except that Solomon, too, offered sacrifices and burned incense at the local places of worship.” (1 Kings 3:3).

  • Notice here that Solomon loved God, and there is only one small record of compromise in Solomon’s life. He had a divided heart. We will come back to that again later.

“4 The most important of these places of worship was at Gibeon, so the king went there and sacrificed 1,000 burnt offerings. 5 That night the LORD appeared to Solomon in a dream, and God said, “What do you want? Ask, and I will give it to you!” (1 Kings 3:4-5).

  • If God told you He would give you anything you asked for, what would you want?

“9 Give me an understanding heart so that I can govern your people well and know the difference between right and wrong. For who by himself is able to govern this great people of yours?” 10 The Lord was pleased that Solomon had asked for wisdom. 11 So God replied, “Because you have asked for wisdom in governing my people with justice and have not asked for a long life or wealth or the death of your enemies— 12 I will give you what you asked for! I will give you a wise and understanding heart such as no one else has had or ever will have! 13 And I will also give you what you did not ask for—riches and fame! No other king in all the world will be compared to you for the rest of your life! 14 And if you follow me and obey my decrees and my commands as your father, David, did, I will give you a long life.” (1 Kings 3:9-14).

  • Solomon asked God for wisdom, and He gave it to Him! This is a great prayer to pray.
  • “He composed some 3,000 proverbs and wrote 1,005 songs.” (1 Kings 4:32).
  • THE EXAMPLE OF TWO WOMEN AND THE BABY: Paraphrase 1 Kings 3:16-28

2.  SOLOMON BUILDS THE TEMPLE:

 

“It was in midspring, in the month of Ziv, during the fourth year of Solomon’s reign, that he began to construct the Temple of the LORD.” (1 Kings 6:1).

  • It took him seven years to build this temple for the Lord.

“Solomon then summoned to Jerusalem the elders of Israel and all the heads of the tribes—the leaders of the ancestral families of the Israelites. They were to bring the Ark of the LORD’s Covenant to the Temple from its location in the City of David, also known as Zion.” (1 Kings 8:1).

  • A couple of weeks ago in a message on “Getting Ready for Revival” we read this:
  • “When Solomon had finished praying, fire came down from heaven and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices; and the glory of the Lord filled the temple.” (2 Chronicles 7:1, NKJV).
  • “if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” (1 Chronicles 7:14, NKJV).

3.  SOLOMON COMPROMISES GOD’S WORD:

 

“1 Now King Solomon loved many foreign women. Besides Pharaoh’s daughter, he married women from Moab, Ammon, Edom, Sidon, and from among the Hittites. 2 The LORD had clearly instructed the people of Israel, “You must not marry them, because they will turn your hearts to their gods.” Yet Solomon insisted on loving them anyway. 3 He had 700 wives of royal birth and 300 concubines. And in fact, they did turn his heart away from the LORD. 4 In Solomon’s old age, they turned his heart to worship other gods instead of being completely faithful to the LORD his God, as his father, David, had been.” (1 Kings 11:1-4, NLT).

  • Remember Solomon’s little compromise at the beginning of his life?
  • He was a great king who did many awesome things for the Lord. But in the end?
  • Some of the lessons we learn here:
    • Don’t date or marry non-Christians as they will turn your heart away from God.
    • “Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness?” (2 Cor. 6:14, NKJV).
    • Don’t allow any compromise – no matter how small – into your life

“9 The LORD was very angry with Solomon, for his heart had turned away from the LORD, the God of Israel, who had appeared to him twice. 10 He had warned Solomon specifically about worshiping other gods, but Solomon did not listen to the LORD’s command. 11 So now the LORD said to him, “Since you have not kept my covenant and have disobeyed my decrees, I will surely tear the kingdom away from you and give it to one of your servants. 12 But for the sake of your father, David, I will not do this while you are still alive. I will take the kingdom away from your son.” (1 Kings 11:9-12, NLT).

  • What a sad ending to his life! May his life serve as a warning to us today

APPLICATION:

1. WE NEED GOD’S WISDOM:

  1. Ask God to give you wisdom: “So we have not stopped praying for you since we first heard about you. We ask God to give you complete knowledge of his will and to give you spiritual wisdom and understanding. Then the way you live will always honor and please the Lord, and your lives will produce every kind of good fruit. All the while, you will grow as you learn to know God better and better.” (Col. 1:9-10, NLT).
  2. Get into God’s Word every day: “1 These are the proverbs of Solomon, David’s son, king of Israel. 2 Their purpose is to teach people wisdom and discipline, to help them understand the insights of the wise. 3 Their purpose is to teach people to live disciplined and successful lives, to help them do what is right, just, and fair.” (Prov. 1:1-3, NLT).
  3. Hang around with wise Christians: “He who walks with wise men will be wise, But the companion of fools will be destroyed.” (Prov. 13:20, NKJV).
  4. *Visit the Proverbial Thought Blog where there is daily wisdom from God’s Word!*

2.  WE ARE GOD’S TEMPLE:

“Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own?” (1 Cor. 6:19, NKJV)

  • VISION 2016: God is calling us this year to SEEK HIM FIRST.
  • Jesus said, “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you” (Matt. 6:33, NKJV).
  • A Psalm of David when he was in the wilderness of Judah. O God, You are my God; Early will I seek You; My soul thirsts for You; My flesh longs for You In a dry and thirsty land Where there is no water. 2 So I have looked for You in the sanctuary, To see Your power and Your glory.” (Psalm 63:1-2, NKJV).

3.  WE MUST NOT COMPROMISE:

“15 I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot. 16 So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth. 19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten. Therefore be zealous and repent. 20 Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.” (Rev. 3:15-16,19-20, NKJV).

  • Let’s SEEK GOD FIRST this year, and see Him do great things in and through us!

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