1 Kings 11:34-43
David was a man whom God was pleased and he was mentioned again and again to be a man whom God chose and observed His commands and heart was turned to God. Hence his faithfulness became a blessing to generations and generations, to the point where Jesus was born and Jesus became an everlasting blessing to all. The result of David’s obedience resulted in so much blessings that lasted far beyond his life on earth.
I want to live a life like David so that generations will blessed through my obedience to Him. That is the biggest inheritance that we can leave for our children and our children’s children. I want to continue to pursue God in all aspects of my life so that’s the reason why I want to go study theology next July so that my life will continue to be transformed to be like Him as I grow in the knowledge of Him.
Even if we build our own kingdom (career, studies, family, friends, etc) strong, we see how it can tear apart if we turn our hearts away from God. God used Jeroboam to punish Solomon in that Jeroboam was used to tear the kingdom apart from inside out. If we rebel against God, our lives will be torn from inside out too cause our sins will take over and cause problems for everything in our lives.
A friendship has been broken before but I am stll not sure who’s sin is it. However, I know that God wants me to arrange to speak to this person to reconcile the relationship of which I have putting it off for some time already.
1 Kings 11:23-25
God raised up people against Solomon because he ignored God’s warning against him. God is patient with us. God warned Solomon personally twice. There might be other instances in which God used people to warn him like how Nathan was to David. However it seemed like Solomon was stubborn and refused to repent even though God warned him twice.
Have I been stubborn when people come to rebuke me? Can I stay humble enough like David?
1 Kings 11:14-22
We need to recognize God’s hand of protection over everything that we have. God is a God that is still working in our lives, pouring our His blessings into all that we are doing. Solomon might have thought that it is his wisdom that brings about the peace all around him, and that he no longer needed God since he refused to listen to God when God appeared to him. If God removes His hand of protection, no matter how wise we are or how well we can manage things, it will eventually end up bad. We need to be sensitive to our God who is in control of everything that we are doing. If it’s going well, give thanks for His hand has been protecting and giving us the results that we see. If it’s not going well, we need to stay faithful to what He has called us to do and God will take care of the results.
Reflecting upon the church and that the spiritual climate is slowly changing is a good sign that we are heading to where God wants us to go. Today as I watched Bishop Rennis preached a sermon about allowing space for God and allowing for His Spirit to flow, I was really touched that God spoke to me in the same way that He wanted me to encourage the youths to be open to the power of the Holy Spirit and hence last PABA I shared about the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Joann who is the student from TTC came to talk to me randomly on Sun as well to discuss about what happened in PABA and she encouraged me in that aspect as well and her husband also told me how they encouraged their leaders to prophesy as well. It seems like God is affirming what I’m doing cause I’m actually quite fearful of what I’m doing. Continue to pray that we learn to build each other up using the gifts God has given us.
1 Kings 11:4-13
v6 really stood out to me a lot during today’s devotion. Solomon did not follow the Lord completely, as David did. But however David did sin, he did fall, he did lust, commit adultery and murder. Yet God called him a man after his heart and a man that followed God completely.
In v9 God said Solomon’s heart had turned away from God and he did not want to obey God’s command even when God appeared to tell him. Twice. In v11 God talked about Solomon’s poor attitude towards God’s laws and decrees and hence ended up in not obeying them.
3 question I asked myself
1. Is my heart turned to God? Do I come to Him with my joys, my struggles, my pain?
2. What is my attitude towards God’s commands? Do I think I can get away using my own wisdom or intelligence or do I value God’s laws above society’s and my own’s?
3. Do I keep God’s commands? Do I seek to obey God in all my ways and honour Him as the Lord of my life?
1 Kings 10:11-22
6 is the number for man, or imperfection and the 1st six of 666 is the false perfected religion of man under Satan’s lead. The 2nd six represents false governments in the world. The 3rd six represents man’s self-centered economy system.
Solomon’s mind was made up on accumulating wealth for himself. It was not mentioned that he shared his wealth with the Israelites. I believed he rules with fairness and justice so the people were contented but he was not generous with sharing his wealth with the people.
Whether it is physical gold or spiritual wealth, we need to learn to not accumulate for ourselves but share it with others.
1 Kings 10:1-10
Thank God for giving me the gift of singing and leading worship and some (thankfully) have come and told me that they are blessed by it. I’m glad God gave me this gift which really drew me closer to Him when I use it for His glory. I’m glad that God is also using my fearful part of myself which is public speaking to also minister to people (like as a speaker in Sat service, Expression and 仁爱营). I think being courageous and stepping out of our comfort zones into the places where God is calling us is really important and crucial. It allows us to really on Him because there is no way we can succeed without Him.