In I Kings 11:1-11, we see the wisest man ever, Solomon, and how he thought he would expand the influence for God by joining with other nations who served false gods. Solomon thought he would remain true to God and influence the other nations to serve the one true God. God says we are to be separate from them but to be a light. Solomon’s ways were not God’s ways. Solomon’s ways eventually led him into paganism and serving false gods. Even the plans devised by the wisest man ever to live are failures when compared to the ways of God.
Archive for July, 2004
1 Kings 6:18 (KJV) And the cedar of the house within was carved with knops and open flowers: all was cedar; there was no stone seen.
When building the house of God, God uses the saved as the stones. But when he saves us and adds us to his building, he doesn’t leave the rough, stony exterior.
Ezekiel 11:19 (KJV) And I will give them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within you; and I will take the stony heart out of their flesh, and will give them an heart of flesh:
We are robed in his righteousness. The stone was covered in cedar. Look at the properties of cedar: resistant to rot & decay, resistant to shrinking & warping, sweet-smelling. He makes us into a sweet-smelling savor.
Philippians 4:18 (KJV) But I have all, and abound: I am full, having received of Epaphroditus the things which were sent from you, an odour of a sweet smell, a sacrifice acceptable, wellpleasing to God.
1 Kings 6:7 (KJV) And the house, when it was in building, was built of stone made ready before it was brought thither: so that there was neither hammer nor axe nor any tool of iron heard in the house, while it was in building.
Believers are the stones being used in building the house of God today.
1 Peter 2:5 (KJV) Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.
These stones should be made ready away from the house of God. It is wonderful if a lost person shows up for services and is saved then, but we should be going out into the streets and winning people away from the house of God and then bring them in.
The church services are for the saved.
Ephesians 4:12 (KJV) For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:
Ephesians 6:17 (KJV) And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:
The word of God is our sword. If you don’t learn to use your sword properly, the devil will use it against you. He used it against Eve (Yea, hath God said) and he tried to use it against the Lord Jesus Christ (Matthew 4:6). Are you skilled in the use of your sword or will Satan be able to use it on you?
2 Samuel 24:24 (KJV) And the king said unto Araunah, Nay; but I will surely buy it of thee at a price: neither will I offer burnt offerings unto the LORD my God of that which doth cost me nothing. So David bought the threshingfloor and the oxen for fifty shekels of silver.
If you serve God, it will cost you. Thankfully, the rewards far exceed the costs. If you think you are serving God but it isn’t costing you anything (not necessarily in terms of money), you probably aren’t serving God.
Since the devil tries to imitate God, he has his own gospel:
Question God’s Word (Yea, hath God said?)
Genesis 3:1 (KJV) Now the serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?
Sin isn’t that bad
Genesis 3:5 (KJV) For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.
You can get away with it
Genesis 3:4 (KJV) And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:
Have you believed the devil’s gospel?
This is an image of the flag used by the colonists during the Revolutionary War. It shows the arm of God reaching out of the clouds holding a sword. The text in the ribbon says Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God. Who says our country did not have a Christian beginning?
I just ran across this. I don’t remember hearing about it in school. Back on December 24, 1968, the astronauts aboard Apollo 8 did a live worldwide broadcast as they viewed earth while orbiting the moon. At the end of the broadcast, they read from Genesis 1. Good thing they didn’t have anyone from the ACLU nearby. Listen to the broadcast.
I recently read a very good definition of the role of government and it is worth passing along:
The role of government is to protect sinners from sinners.
It is as easy as ABC – Abstinence, Being faithful, Condoms and in that order.In the past week, news reports stated that HIV infections are increasing worldwide except for in a few places. Uganda is one of those places. Why is Uganda’s HIV infection rate dropping, from 30 percent to 6 percent? Are they handing out more condoms and getting more people to use condoms? The “experts” will tell you they don’t know why Uganda has been successful. The leaders of Uganda can tell you though. It is as easy as ABC – Abstinence, Being faithful, Condoms and in that order. Abstinence is given the first and highest priority followed by being faithful, monogamous. Condoms are stressed as only a last resort. Maybe others should follow Uganda’s successful lead, which by the way, is endorsed by President Bush. We don’t need to throw money at the symptoms of the problem. We need to alter people’s behaviour which is the problem.