Archive for the ‘1 Kings’ Category

July 6th, 2015

What the Lord Says

“And the messenger who went to summon Micaiah said to him, ‘Behold, the words of the prophets with one accord are favorable to the king. Let your word be like the word of one of them, and speak favorably.’ 14 But Micaiah said, ‘As the Lord lives, what the Lord says to me, that I will speak.’” 1 Kings 22:13-14 (ESV)

Micaiah exhibited integrity, accuracy, and loyalty to God’s Word. He had to decide whether he would align with what the other prophets had prophesied or to align with what God said to him. Wisely, Micaiah consistently spoke what the Lord had said to him. He simply made known to others what the Lord had said to him.

How many words do you speak each day? How many conversations do you have in a single day? God has saved you and filled you with His Holy Spirit so that you can continue His ministry on the earth. One vital component to doing God’s will on the earth is to know what God says and to make His Word known to others.

  • “As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace: 11 whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies—in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.” 1 Peter 4:10-11 (ESV)

When you speak, choose to speak as one who speaks the Word of God. Allow God’s Word to saturate your life in such a way that when you speak His Word comes forth. Say what the Lord says and do what the Lord demonstrated during His earthly ministry.

Riding HIS Wave,

Stephen Trammell
Lead Pastor
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Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Monday, July 6th, 2015 at 1:00 am
Category 1 Kings, Integrity, Revelation.
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July 5th, 2015

Seed of Greed

“But Jezebel his wife came to him and said to him, ‘Why is your spirit so vexed that you eat no food?’ And he said to her, ‘Because I spoke to Naboth the Jezreelite and said to him, ‘Give me your vineyard for money, or else, if it please you, I will give you another vineyard for it.’ And he answered, ‘I will not give you my vineyard.’ And Jezebel his wife said to him, ‘Do you now govern Israel? Arise and eat bread and let your heart be cheerful; I will give you the vineyard of Naboth the Jezreelite.’” 1 Kings 21:5-7 (ESV)

Have you ever wanted something you could not have? You can easily become obsessed with doing whatever it takes to feed the desire to acquire. Ahab coveted Naboth’s vineyard and watered the seed of greed. When he did not get his way, Ahab pouted and refused to eat. When Ahab’s wife, Jezebel, noticed his dejected state, she took matters into her own hands.

Jezebel watered the seed of greed through deception. She wrote letters in Ahab’s name and used Ahab’s seal and then sent them to the elders and leaders of Naboth’s city. She devised a plan to have a fast proclaimed and to secure two worthless men to sit across from Naboth to bring a false charge against him resulting in punishment by death. The seed of greed became a fatal weed.

Ahab got the vineyard he wanted and Jezebel was willing to take a man’s life for it. That’s what the seed of greed can do! Greed has the power to lead you into making irrational decisions. Greed poisons the fertile ground of God’s will.

Keep the seed of greed from taking root in your life. Practice generosity. Live to bless and benefit others.

Riding HIS Wave,

Stephen Trammell
Lead Pastor
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Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Sunday, July 5th, 2015 at 1:00 am
Category 1 Kings, Ahab, Greed.
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July 4th, 2015

Recapture God’s Perspective

“But he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness and came and sat down under a broom tree. And he asked that he might die, saying, ‘It is enough; now, O Lord, take away my life, for I am no better than my fathers.’” 1 Kings 19:4 (ESV)

Elijah experienced the miracle working, idol defeating, prayer answering display of God’s splendor. A major spiritual victory had been won on Mount Carmel. The 450 prophets of Baal and the 400 prophets of Asherah were slaughtered. The people of Israel responded to the demonstration of God’s power by kneeling and proclaiming, “The Lord, He is God! The Lord, He is God!”

Once Elijah received a threat from Jezebel, he descended from the mountain of public victory to the valley of personal defeat. He ran for his life and entered the wilderness. As he sat under a broom tree, he hit a personal all-time low and wanted God to take away his life. Elijah spiraled down into the depths of depression.

Fear causes you to lose perspective. Fear blurs your focus and exaggerates your circumstances. Recapture God’s perspective on your life and on your circumstances. Remember that you are designed by God and for God’s glory. If God allows you to go through a difficult situation, He will use it for your good and for His glory.

God has the final say. Rest in His sovereignty. God has the power to change both you and your circumstances. Sometimes God removes your obstacles and sometimes God gives you the grace to navigate life in the midst of the obstacles you face.

God provided Elijah with rest, refreshment, revelation, and relationship. Elijah recaptured God’s perspective on life.

Riding HIS Wave,

Stephen Trammell
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Posted Saturday, July 4th, 2015 at 1:00 am
Category 1 Kings, Elijah, Endurance.
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July 2nd, 2015

The Pervasive Effects of Sin

“And as soon as he was king, he killed all the house of Jeroboam. He left to the house of Jeroboam not one that breathed, until he had destroyed it, according to the word of the LORD that he spoke by his servant Ahijah the Shilonite.” 1 Kings 15:29 ESV

Jeroboam’s sin and unfaithfulness before the Lord as King of Israel was met with the Lord’s wrath upon all of his household, as the Lord promised He would do:

  • “therefore behold, I will bring harm upon the house of Jeroboam and will cut off from Jeroboam every male, both bond and free in Israel, and will burn up the house of Jeroboam, as a man burns up dung until it is all gone” (1 Kings 14:10 ESV).

Bashaa, the newly throned ruler of Israel, carried out the decree of the Lord in prophetic power, bringing Jeroboam’s household to ruin, so that no male was left to carry his lineage forward.

In the middle of rebellion before the Lord in our sinfulness, we rarely consider the consequences of our sin. Usually, we excuse our sin by suggesting to ourselves that we are the only ones truly affected by our decisions, when in reality that is generally not the case.  Sin always has greater effects than you think, and it always incites the wrath of God!

The beauty of the gospel, though, for us on this side of Christ’s atoning work is that while certainly we all deserved the same fate as Jeroboam for rejecting the Lord, Jesus took our punishment as His own and allowed us to be restored in right relationship with our worthy God.

Let us not take for granted the sacrifice of Christ by indulging in wrath-inducing sin; rather, let us remember the goodness of the Lord and His gracious provision to us and turn back to Him for our good and the good of those in our physical and spiritual families.

Grace and peace,

Jared Richard
Pastor of Multiplication and Young Adults (Online Devotional Guest Author)
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Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Thursday, July 2nd, 2015 at 1:00 am
Category 1 Kings, Atonement, Wrath.
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June 30th, 2015

Be Careful of the Counsel You Keep

“And he said to him, “I also am a prophet as you are, and an angel spoke to me by the word of the LORD, saying, ‘Bring him back with you into your house that he may eat bread and drink water.’” But he lied to him.” 1 Kings 13:18 ESV

The Kingdom had been divided, and one of the new kings, Jeroboam, had transformed from a figure like Moses, who delivered the people of God from oppression, to one like Aaron,  who fashioned golden calves and led the people of God into idolatry. As Jeroboam was preparing to sacrifice to his golden calves, a prophet of the Lord came to speak over him the Lord’s judgment. The man of God had specific instructions from the Lord: speak your peace and leave immediately without taking food or drink from anyone.  The man of God, of course, did this in the presence of the king but was persuaded by an older prophet on his return home to eat with him when the older prophet lied about receiving a vision from the Lord that made the younger prophet’s partaking of food and drink in his home acceptable to the Lord. The younger prophet, who just called Jeroboam to repentance by speaking the truth of God, lost his life because he allowed a false prophet to alter his course before the Lord.

Beware of false prophets. If the word of someone who claims to know the word of God does not line up with the Lord’s already revealed word, do not listen to them. Trust what God has already spoken, for the Lord does not contradict Himself. Trust in His words and His provision; otherwise, you may encounter a lion on the road who takes your life and guards over you as a reminder. Pray this morning for a discerning heart and a mind filled with God’s truth.

Grace and peace,

Jared Richard
Pastor of Mobilization & Young Adults (Online Devotional Guest Author)
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Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Tuesday, June 30th, 2015 at 1:00 am
Category 1 Kings, Deception, Truth.
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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)
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Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Sunday, June 28th, 2015 at 1:00 am
Category 1 Kings, Allurements, Idolatry.
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June 19th, 2015

Joyful and Glad

“On the eighth day he sent the people away, and they blessed the king and went to their homes joyful and glad of heart for all the goodness that the Lord had shown to David his servant and to Israel his people.” 1 Kings 8:66 (ESV)

The elders of Israel and the priests brought up the ark to the Temple and positioned it in the Most Holy Place. Solomon obeyed God and honored his earthly father, David, by building the Temple and establishing the house of prayer. Solomon prayed a prayer of blessing over the people of Israel. This magnificent moment in the story of God’s redemptive activity was filled with awe, wonder, sacrifice, and worship.

After the sacred seven day celebration, Solomon sent the people away and the people went to their homes filled with joy and gladness for all the goodness that the Lord had shown them. The faithfulness of God to His people had saturated their lives and filled their journey with joy and gladness.

  • “Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit.” Psalm 51:12 (ESV)
  • “Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.” Romans 12:12 (ESV)

Contemplate the goodness of God in your life. Think about all that the Lord has done to see you through seasons of uncertainty and storms of adversity. Ponder the spiritual markers God has strategically placed in your journey with Him. Celebrate the faithfulness of God over each day of your life and each year of your existence. God has brought you out of Egypt and supernaturally enabled you to cross the Red Sea and the Jordan River on dry ground. God has delivered you from the bondage of Egypt and He has brought you safely into the land that flows with milk and honey.

Riding HIS Wave,

Stephen Trammell
Lead Pastor
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Posted Friday, June 19th, 2015 at 1:00 am
Category 1 Kings, Joy, Temple.
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June 18th, 2015

Finish

“Thus all the work that King Solomon did on the house of the Lord was finished. And Solomon brought in the things that David his father had dedicated, the silver, the gold, and the vessels, and stored them in the treasuries of the house of the Lord.” 1 Kings 7:51 (ESV)

God created you to know Him personally and to do His will intentionally. You are designed by God to complete His assignment. God invites you into His redemptive story so that you can join Him in His redemptive activity.

Solomon joined God in His activity. He obeyed God’s directives and finished the house of the Lord. As you read the description of the construction process, you will notice Solomon’s careful attention to details.

  • “Jesus said to them, ‘My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to accomplish his work.’” John 4:34 (ESV)
  • “When Jesus had received the sour wine, he said, ‘It is finished,’ and he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.” John 19:30 (ESV)
  • “But I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.” Acts 20:24 (ESV)

Focus your life on the task the Lord has called you to complete. Do God’s will with passion. If you don’t know God’s will, start obeying the last thing God said to you. As you obey, God will show you the way. Practice instant obedience and enjoy the journey God has for you. Trust Him to illuminate the path He wants you to take. Trust God to build the bridges He wants you to cross and to open the doors He wants you to walk through. Keep your “yes” on the altar!

Riding HIS Wave,

Stephen Trammell
Lead Pastor
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Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Thursday, June 18th, 2015 at 1:00 am
Category 1 Kings, Obedience, Solomon.
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June 17th, 2015

His Name

“But now the Lord my God has given me rest on every side. There is neither adversary nor misfortune. And so I intend to build a house for the name of the Lord my God, as the Lord said to David my father, ‘Your son, whom I will set on your throne in your place, shall build the house for my name.’” 1 Kings 5:4-5 (ESV)

God instructed Moses to build the tabernacle so that He could manifest His presence among the people of Israel. The tabernacle was mobile in order to allow for the children of Israel to follow the pillar of cloud by day and the pillar of fire by night. They would move when God moved.

God later communicated with David the plans for Solomon to build the temple. Solomon followed through with the instructions he had been given and made decisions based on the wisdom God had provided. The temple was ornate and every detail pointed to the majesty of God.

Through Christ, God has made your body to be the temple of the Holy Spirit. God has made you fit for His habitation. You are the walking tabernacle of God’s presence. Your body is the temple that houses the Holy Spirit.

  • “Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.” 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 (ESV)

What will be different about your outlook on life today knowing that you are the temple of the Holy Spirit? Ask the Lord to elevate your soul consciousness as you interact with others. Remember that the Holy Spirit goes with you everywhere you go and He knows everything you feel, think, and experience.

Riding HIS Wave,

Stephen Trammell
Lead Pastor
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Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Wednesday, June 17th, 2015 at 1:00 am
Category 1 Kings, Solomon, Temple.
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June 7th, 2015

Request Wisely

“And God said to him, ‘Because you have asked this, and have not asked for yourself long life or riches or the life of your enemies, but have asked for yourself understanding to discern what is right, behold, I now do according to your word. Behold, I give you a wise and discerning mind, so that none like you has been before you and none like you shall arise after you.’” 1 Kings 3:11-12 (ESV)

The Lord appeared to Solomon and granted him the opportunity to request anything. Solomon acknowledged his own inadequacy and insufficiency for serving as king and chose to ask God for an understanding mind to govern the people and to discern between good and evil. God granted Solomon’s request by infusing him with unusual wisdom. God also gave Solomon what he did not ask for, namely, both riches and honor. In addition, God promised to lengthen Solomon’s days if he would walk in God’s ways and keep His statues and commandments.

  • “And God gave Solomon wisdom and understanding beyond measure, and breadth of mind like the sand on the seashore, so that Solomon’s wisdom surpassed the wisdom of all the people of the east and all the wisdom of Egypt.” 1 Kings 4:29-30 (ESV)

Solomon was placed in a special category among men. God promoted Solomon and elevated him in the eyes of the people.

What is your request? What is your greatest need? Approach the throne of grace and present your requests to God. Pray in faith and claim the promises of God. God wants to lavish you with His love and He wants to empower you to do His will His way.

Request wisely. Ask God to open the eyes of your heart and to illuminate the path He has for you. Practice instant obedience as you join God in His activity.

Riding HIS Wave,

Stephen Trammell
Lead Pastor
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Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Sunday, June 7th, 2015 at 1:00 am
Category 1 Kings, Solomon, Wisdom.
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