Friday, July 30, 2021

1 Kings 11 Devotional Thoughts by Stephen Taylor

1 Kings 11:33

For Solomon has abandoned me and worshiped Ashtoreth, the goddess of the Sidonians; Chemosh, the god of Moab; and Molech, the god of the Ammonites. He has not followed my ways and done what is pleasing in my sight. He has not obeyed my decrees and regulations as David, his father, did.


What the Holy Spirit showed me in this verse is the difference between living in sin and committing sin. David sinned but didn’t live in perpetual sin, and when confronted with his sin, he humbled himself and repented. But in Solomon's life, we see this perpetual sin. It starts by taking a wife from Egypt (God commanded the Israelites not to take foreign wives or return to Egypt), so I see that as a two-fold sin that opens the door for more later. It goes on to say later that he took many wives from foreign nations and that they led him astray (1 Kings 11:3).


We don’t see Solomon repent and turn from his sin as his father David did but rather just go deeper down the rabbit hole of idolatry and sexual sin. We have to guard our hearts against these things, as Solomon was the wisest man to ever live, had two personal encounters with the Lord, was highly respected and extremely successful, yet was led astray by the choices he made and the people he let into his life.


I’m not saying to hide yourself from the world, but what I am saying is to be careful who you go to bed with. And I mean this just as much in the sexual realm as I do in the business, friendship, and partnership realms. Who we side with, who or what we stand for, and who we let into our intimate space matters. David committed sin, repented, and fell into the Lord’s mercy, whereas Solomon lived in sin, remained aloof, and fell into the Lord’s judgment.


But take heart because Solomon is still listed in the genealogy of Jesus, so even though we have lived in sin, we can still be forgiven and be brought into the family of Christ because He is more than enough! Thank You, Lord!


1 John 2:2 - He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.


God bless! I love you all! Glory, Honor, and Praise now and forever to Papa God, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit!



1 Kings 11:39

“I will humble David's descendants because of this, but not forever."


It’s like God is calling His shot and then, knocks it out of the stadium!!!! I love when the Lord foretells of Jesus in the Old Testament! The line of David will be humbled because of their sins, but one day, it will be exalted because of His Son’s sacrifice on the Cross! It encourages me because at this point, the Lord is about to turn the kingdom of Israel over to Jeroboam, but He is so faithful and merciful that He leaves a remnant and then promises deliverance through David’s descendants!


The more I spend time with the Lord, and He reveals His heart and His Word to me, the more overwhelmed and awestruck I am of His vast love and forgiveness! It blows my mind sometimes to think that the Creator of everything takes time out of His day to spend with me! What a humble blessing this is, and one too great for words!


I just want to encourage someone today that the Bible isn’t just a book of stories but a blueprint of God’s heart! I believe that one of the reasons it was given to us is so that we may experience Him a little more and a little deeper each day! God had a plan for you before there was even a you, so let Him show you how He can turn beauty from ashes, death to life, sorrow to joy, desperation to hope, and how He humbled Himself to include us in His Kingdom!


Some keys the Lord has revealed to me to help me in my walk and life in Him: Surrender daily, repent faithfully, love boldly, pray continually, worship loudly, give generously, and serve humbly!


I love you all. God bless, and Glory, Honor, and Praise forever to God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit!





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