Saturday, July 14, 2012

Showers of Blessing!

“Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers” 2 Corinthians 6:14. 

Apart from King David’s instruction in 1 Kings 2:3- 4 to Solomon the Lord appeared twice to King Solomon and He said, “I have given you a wise and understanding heart, so that there has not been anyone like you before you, nor shall any like you arise after you.  And I have also given you what you have not asked: both riches and honor, so that there shall not be anyone like you among the kings all your days.  So if you walk in My ways, to keep My statutes and My commandments, as your father David walked, then I will lengthen your days”  1 Kings 3:12 – 14.

We read in 1 Kings 3:3 that “Solomon loved the LORD” and in return “God gave Solomon wisdom and exceedingly great understanding and largeness of heart like the sand on the seashore” 1 Kings 4:29.  He spoke three thousand proverbs, and his songs were one thousand and five 1 Kings 4:32.

King Solomon drifted away from the Lord because of his love of foreign women of whom the Lord had said to the children of Israel, “You shall not intermarry with them nor they with you. Surely they will turn away your hearts after their gods” 1Kings 11:2. 

The Word says, “Solomon clung to these women in love” (1Kings 11:2) and his wives turned away his heart (1Kings 11:3) from the Lord. 

We read how King Solomon went after other goddess and did evil in the sight of the Lord.  This made the Lord angry with Solomon who had appeared to him twice (1Kings 11:9).

Jesus Christ has great plans for you.  Do not hinder His plans by entering into relationships which the Lord does not approve.  Be careful with whom you associate with.  Stand firm in the Lord so that nothing can persuade you and take you away from the Lord. 

2 Corinthians 6:16 says, “And what agreement has the temple of God with idols?  For you are the temple of the living God.

Be Blessed!



Thursday, July 5, 2012

Showers of Blessing!

“Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers” 2 Corinthians 6:14. 

Jehoshaphat, King of Judah was a God fearing king and he held high the Prophets of the Lord.  He did what was right in the eyes of the LORD (1 Kings 22:43).  We read in 2 Chronicles 17:3, “Now the LORD was with Jehoshaphat, because he walked in the former ways of his father David; he did not seek the Baals, but sought the God of his father and walked in His commandments and not according to the acts of Israel.”  Whenever he faced a problem he depended on the Lord as we see in 1 Kings 22:5 and in 2 Chronicles 20:12. He was a lover of peace and made peace with Ahab, the King of Israel

On the other hand, the Lord condemned Ahab because of his wickedness.  However, King Jehoshapat was a close friend of King Ahab which displeased the Lord.  The Lord had warned him to stay away from the wicked King Ahab as we see in 2 Chronicles 19:2, “Should you help the wicked and love those who hate the LORD?  Therefore the wrath of the LORD is upon you.” 

On a second occasion, the Lord again warned King Jehoshapat because he allied himself with Ahaziah king of Israel, who acted very wickedly.  2 Chronicles 20:37 says, “Because you have allied yourself with Ahaziah, the LORD has destroyed your works.” 

In our daily lives, this is something which we need to remember.  Stay away from wicked people and those who hate the Lord. I have seen God’s children doing business with such people and you know what the outcome is.  This is applicable when it comes to marriages too. Naturally the question arises, why?  This is because “you are the temple of the living God” 2 Corinthians 6:16

“For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness? 2 Corinthians 6:14.

Or what part has a believer with an unbeliever?  2 Corinthians 6:15.

Be blessed!