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June 28th, 2015

Guard Your Affection for the Lord

“And so he did for all his foreign wives, who made offerings and sacrificed to their gods.” 1 Kings 11:8 ESV

Every one of us has something in our lives that competes for our worship and affection. For some, our job has the ability to steal our devotion and cheat the Lord of the worship He deserves. For others, our children have become our priority and our happiness is dependent upon their happiness rather than obedience to the command of God. For Solomon, his weakness was his women. He allowed his  love for his foreign wives to take precedence over his love of the Lord. The man who built the temple of God Almighty began building temples for false foreign deities in order to appease women he had no business marrying in the first place.

When you and I begin to value the approval of men or satisfaction in this life over the approval of God and ultimate satisfaction in Him, we will begin to cheat Him of the worship He deserves and give our devotion to another. This is idolatry and we must be careful to avoid it. Solomon did not and all of Israel suffered for it. As long as he proved devoted to the commands of God, Israel was guaranteed favor and peace, but as soon as Solomon kindled the anger of the Lord, adversaries were raised to remind Solomon and his people of their great need for the Lord.

What are some sensitive areas in your life that compete for your affections? Is it an addiction? Is it a relationship? Is it an occupation? Be careful to guard your affections for the Lord. Otherwise, He may send a reminder of your great need for Him. Repent and return to a God who is alone worthy of our praise.

Grace and peace,

Jared Richard
Pastor of Mobilization & Young Adults(Online Devotional Guest Author)
Follow me on twitter at: http://twitter.com/jaredrichard

Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Sunday, June 28th, 2015 at 1:00 am
Category 1 Kings, Allurements, Idolatry.
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June 28th, 2012

Guard Your Affection for the Lord

“And so he did for all his foreign wives, who made offerings and sacrificed to their gods.” 1 Kings 11:8 ESV

Every one of us has something in our lives that competes for our worship and affection. For some, our job has the ability to steal our devotion and cheat the Lord of the worship He deserves. For others, our children have become our priority and our happiness is dependent upon their happiness rather than obedience to the command of God. For Solomon, his weakness was his women. He allowed his  love for his foreign wives to take precedence over his love of the Lord. The man who built the temple of God Almighty began building temples for false foreign deities in order to appease women he had no business marrying in the first place.

When you and I begin to value the approval of men or satisfaction in this life over the approval of God and ultimate satisfaction in Him, we will begin to cheat Him of the worship He deserves and give our devotion to another. This is idolatry and we must be careful to avoid it. Solomon did not and all of Israel suffered for it. As long as he proved devoted to the commands of God, Israel was guaranteed favor and peace, but as soon as Solomon kindled the anger of the Lord, adversaries were raised to remind Solomon and his people of their great need for the Lord.

What are some sensitive areas in your life that compete for your affections? Is it an addiction? Is it a relationship? Is it an occupation? Be careful to guard your affections for the Lord. Otherwise, He may send a reminder of your great need for Him. Repent and return to a God who is alone worthy of our praise.

 

Chronological Bible Reading Plan: (Day 172:  1 Kings 10-11; 2 Chronicles 9)

Grace and peace,

Jared Richard
Associate Pastor (Online Devotional Guest Author)
Follow me on twitter at: http://twitter.com/jaredrichard

Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Thursday, June 28th, 2012 at 1:00 am
Category 1 Kings, Allurements, Idolatry.
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March 31st, 2008

The Frustrated Life (1)

Have you been there, done that, and left frustrated?

Life is filled with unlimited options and unimaginable opportunities. We are bombarded with advertisements which are positioned to convince us that we need the product being promoted. Our landscape is littered with attractions and allurements which compete for our attention. It seems that the more we acquire, the more we desire. The more we attain, the more we strain to attain even more. Yet, at the end of the day after the varied pursuits, we are left empty.

We meet a woman in the Gospel of John who has been there, and done that. In fact, she has had five husbands and the one she is with now is not her husband. She has been looking for love in all the wrong places. She has been trying to make sense out of life through relationships with men. Each relationship has not delivered what it promised. This Samaritan woman meets a man, unexpectedly, who will transform her life.

  • “Now he had to go through Samaria. So he came to a town in Samaria called Sychar, near the plot of ground Jacob had given to his son Joseph. Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus, tired as he was from the journey, sat down by the well. It was about the sixth hour.” John 4:4-6 (NIV)

Jesus is always at the right place at the right time. Jesus is always seizing opportunities to build bridges to broken people. The Samaritan woman encountered a divine appointment.

  • “When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, Will you give me a drink?’” John 4:7 (NIV)

Jesus initiated the relationship that would ultimately change the Samaritan woman’s life. Jesus was willing to associate with a woman who was both a Samaritan and an adulteress.

Are you frustrated with your life? Have you sought to fill the void in your life with good things at the expense of the best God has for you? Maybe it is time for you to meet Jesus at the well. Maybe it is time to give up on your personal journey to fulfillment and embrace the way of Jesus.

Pursuing God,

Stephen Trammell
Executive Pastor

Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Monday, March 31st, 2008 at 1:00 am
Category Allurements, Divine Appointment, Frustration, Fulfillment, Life, Love.
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