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I Kings 3 (NKJV)
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And Solomon loved the LORD, walking in the statutes of his father David, except that he sacrificed and burned incense at the high places.

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NOTE: Why is that we, as those who claim to know the Lord and who genuinely want to love Him, often still hang onto something that does not please God?

Another way of saying this is to see that this truly is evidence of what C.S. Lewis says. He mentions how there is a power of darkness in the universe—not equal with God—but thinking it is great enough to oppose God. That “power” is the devil, who was made good but who chose to rebel. He seeks allies in its battle with God. Every inch of the universe is in this battle—either in darkness or in light.

Jesus is Lord. May we not allow anything to remain in our hearts that will separate us from any of Himself or any of His best will for us.

I Kings 3 (NKJV)
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behold, I have done according to your words; see, 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.
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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.
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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.

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NOTE: Truly, God is a wonderful God of grace. Thank God that we can seek Him even when everything is not right in our hearts and we can still offer all of ourselves to Him.

There is abundant grace while on earth. After death, comes the judgment.

Psalm 37 (Amplified)
Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He will give you the desires and secret petitions of your heart.

Acts 6 (NKJV)
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Then the word of God spread, and the number of the disciples multiplied greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the priests were obedient to the faith.

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NOTE: We are all given at least one gifting or “charisma” by the Holy Spirit. Because of that, we are all ministers, and we each have a ministry.

Many will come to know Jesus as we all truly intercede for the lost, for the Body of Christ, and as we encourage one another to be all God wants us to be. Then, as we are unified in the purpose of glorifying Jesus, the world will see Jesus through ALL of us as ONE body.

Jesus has literally given all of us the glory of the Father—so He provides Himself to glorify Jesus!

John 17 (NKJV)
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And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one:
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I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me.

Psalm 126 (NKJV)
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Those who sow in tears shall reap in joy.
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He who continually goes forth weeping, bearing seed for sowing, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.

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NOTE: History shows that God is a God of process—working patiently thousands of years to make sure that the world knows who He is as the true and living God through the people of Israel, through Jesus, and through the Church of Jesus Christ.

Thank God! Process is a good word. Process—as we seek the Lord and press into Him—allows us to be like Jesus. Where are hearts are not right and where we are failing, is where we need to be persistent in planting seeds of righteousness through the Word of God, prayer, fellowship, and obedience.

Then, we can fully—in every aspect of life—become who we already are spiritually in Christ.

Philippians 3 (Amplified)
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I press on toward the goal to win the [supreme and heavenly] prize to which God in Christ Jesus is calling us upward.
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So let those [of us] who are spiritually mature and full-grown have this mind and hold these convictions; and if in any respect you have a different attitude of mind, God will make that clear to you also.
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Only let us hold true to what we have already attained and walk and order our lives by that.

Vance

ROM:11:33: O THE DEPTH OF THE RICHES BOTH OF THE WISDOM AND KNOWLEDGE OF GOD! HOW UNSEARCHABLE ARE HIS JUDGMENTS, AND HIS WAYS PAST FINDING OUT!

1COR:12:8: FOR TO ONE IS GIVEN BY THE SPIRIT THE WORD OF WISDOM; TO ANOTHER THE WORD OF KNOWLEDGE BY THE SAME SPIRIT;

EPH:1:17: THAT THE GOD OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST, THE FATHER OF GLORY, MAY GIVE UNTO YOU THE SPIRIT OF WISDOM AND REVELATION IN THE KNOWLEDGE OF HIM:

COL:1:9: FOR THIS CAUSE WE ALSO, SINCE THE DAY WE HEARD IT, DO NOT CEASE TO PRAY FOR YOU, AND TO DESIRE THAT YE MIGHT BE FILLED WITH THE KNOWLEDGE OF HIS WILL IN ALL WISDOM AND SPIRITUAL UNDERSTANDING;

COL:2:3: (CHRIST) IN WHOM ARE HID ALL THE TREASURES OF WISDOM AND KNOWLEDGE.

JMS:3:13: WHO IS A WISE MAN AND ENDUED WITH KNOWLEDGE AMONG YOU? LET HIM SHEW OUT OF A GOOD CONVERSATION HIS WORKS WITH MEEKNESS OF WISDOM.

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I am trying to imagine how it was for Solomon, growing up in the palace, not the first son of the King (David), nor the second, nor even third.

Were his siblings kind to him?

What kind of teachers/tutors did Solomon have that helped him to understand the value of wisdom and knowledgle?

What bearing did the story of his older sibling's death as a result of David's sin have on Solomon in his household and in his community; those who knew of Uriah's honor and of Bathsheba's infidelity?

It does take a village, doesn't it?

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The book I am reading, "Always Ready, Directions for Defending the Faith" by Greg L. Bahnsen relies heavily on the notion (truth) that ALL WISDOM AND KNOWLEDGE come from God; Solomon is another testimony to that truth.

THESE MEN BEGAN TO ARGUE WITH STEPHEN, 10BUT THEY COULD NOT STAND UP AGAINST HIS WISDOM OR THE SPIRIT BY WHOM HE SPOKE.

Here again, we have that "wisdom" that only comes from the Spirit of God, against which they could only lie, twist the truth, and stir the people up!


15ALL WHO WERE SITTING IN THE SANHEDRIN LOOKED INTENTLY AT STEPHEN, AND THEY SAW THAT HIS FACE WAS LIKE THE FACE OF AN ANGEL.

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Interesting text to ponder.

What does the "face of an angel" look like to you? Is it a cherub?

Is it a beautiful woman like is seen at the top of a Christmas tree?

Is it like the commercials for cream cheese?

Or is it like those angels who were fierce in appearance, who guarded the garden of Eden?

Or was it holy like the men Abraham entertained when they told him of Isaac's birth?

Or like those same men he accompanied partway to Sodom and Gomorrah?

Have you ever seen Scripture depict an angel as child-like or feminine?

What description to you think the "angel" fits for what the Sanhedrin perceived in Stephen's face?

This morning as I read where God asked Solomon what he wanted...I wondered how someone with so much wisdom eventually fell.So I asked God to give me a will after His will and to conform my pleasures to His.
"And if you walk in my ways and obey my statutes and commands as David your father did, I will give you a long life."..........
This verse for some reason kinda shows me God's mercy...yep weird I know but that's what went through my mind as I read it this morning.What's the purpose of having a long life if you're not obeying God?A long life of getting God mad at us...I'd prefer a warning,a chance to repent....and a "get up here before you become satan's" call.Since God knows our hearts and where we're headed...sometimes a short life but one with God is better than a long life that started off with God then ended up on satan's side...
God bless you all

1 Kings 3:3-4:34


Hmmmm, Israel was told by God,

When you come to the land which the Lord your God gives you …and then say, We will set a king over us …You shall surely set as king over you him whom the Lord your God will choose. … you may not set a foreigner, who is not your brother, over you. But he shall not multiply horses to himself or cause the people to return to Egypt in order to multiply horses, since the Lord said to you, You shall never return that way. And he shall not multiply wives to himself, that his [mind and] heart turn not away; neither shall he greatly multiply to himself silver and gold. And when he sits on his royal throne, he shall write for himself a copy of this law in a book, out of what is before the Levitical priests. And he shall keep it with him, and he shall read in it all the days of his life, that he may learn [reverently] to fear the Lord his God, by keeping all the words of this law and these statutes and doing them, That his [mind and] heart may not be lifted up above his brethren and that he may not turn aside from the commandment to the right hand or to the left; so that he may continue long, he and his sons, in his kingdom in Israel. (Deuteronomy 17:14-20 AMP)

Did Solomon really need to forge an alliance with Egypt by marriage? It may have worked in the short term but what price would have to be paid in the future? Solomon was given wisdom because he ask for wisdom in leading God’s people, but having wisdom and properly applying that wisdom in all areas of his life is a different story.
I as a believer have been given the Wisdom of God, Jesus Christ. Have I used the Wisdom that I have effectively and efficiently? In truth I have to say, “NO.”

My goal is to move from having a mental assenting of the knowledge of the Word, to incorporating and infusing the Word I have been given into every fiber of my being.

Grace and peace,
Ramona

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