Monday, March 4, 2013

What I Do I No One's Business! Part 1

What we do affects not just ourselves, but many others as well. Solomon, the wisest man who ever lived, blew it! He turned away from God in his old age and set up idols and worship centers for his 1,000 wives and concubines, turning his heart away from the one true God. You can read about him in I Kings 11:1-8. God tells His children that He is a jealous God (see the first commandment in Exodus chapter 20) and will tolerate worship of false gods. Who can save us and forgive our sins but the one true God? Who alone is able to deliver us from our enemies, heal our diseases, give us peace and joy, comfort us in sorrow? Only the one true God. He created us and has every right to demand our sole worship and our soul worship.

1Ki 11:9  And the LORD was angry with Solomon, because his heart was turned from the LORD God of Israel, which had appeared unto him twice,
1Ki 11:10  And had commanded him concerning this thing, that he should not go after other gods: but he kept not that which the LORD commanded.
1Ki 11:11  Wherefore the LORD said unto Solomon, Forasmuch as this is done of thee, and thou hast not kept my covenant and my statutes, which I have commanded thee, I will surely rend the kingdom from thee, and will give it to thy servant.
1Ki 11:12  Notwithstanding in thy days I will not do it for David thy father's sake: but I will rend it out of the hand of thy son.
1Ki 11:13  Howbeit I will not rend away all the kingdom; but will give one tribe to thy son for David my servant's sake, and for Jerusalem's sake which I have chosen.
1Ki 11:14  And the LORD stirred up an adversary unto Solomon, Hadad the Edomite: he was of the king's seed in Edom.

      Not only did Solomon's rebellion against God cause trouble in his son's life, but God would hold Solomon accountable for not teaching his wives to love the one true God. All 1,000 of them ended up in hell because of Solomon's faithlessness. He had been the wealthiest man on earth. God had truly blessed him far beyond anyone who had ever lived and he turned his back on the One who gave him everything.

If you are not a Christian (someone who has acknowledged before God that you are a sinner, have asked God to forgive you of your sins, thanked Him for taking your punishment on the cross and rising from the dead so He could give you eternal life, and asking Him to be Lord of your life), please give your heart and life to Him. You won't be sorry. Yes, you will still have problems, but now you will have a Heavenly Father and Savior who will help you through those problems. He'll be on your side. Things may not always turn out the way you think they should, but they will always work out for your best. See Romans 8:28. Verses for salvation: John 3:3-16; Romans 3:10, 23; Romans 6:23; Romans 10:9, 10; Ephesians 2:8, 9. It is not a prayer that saves you, but the shed blood of Christ and His resurrection. Hebrews 9:22.

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