The King | Week 4: The Excellent King

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We’ve been in a character study on a king who lived 3,000 years ago named Solomon. If you want to read the accounts of Solomon take a look at 1 Kings chapters 1-11.

Our theme verse for this series of posts is 1 Kings 10:23-24.

“King Solomon was greater in riches and wisdom than all the other kings of the earth. The whole world sought audience with Solomon to hear the wisdom God had put in his heart.”  1 Kings 10:23-24

Let’s look at the verses leading up to this statement. The word has spread about this great king. He was excellent and wise, has the favor of God and built an amazing kingdom and neighboring nations have started to hear about it and begin to take notice and see for themselves.

One person in particular, the Queen of Sheba is one who wasn’t convinced and wanted to see for herself. She puts some questions together to ask the king to see if he’s that wise. He moves from untested and soft to wise and strong.

“When the queen of Sheba heard about the fame of Solomon and his relationship to the Lord, she came to test Solomon with hard questions. Arriving at Jerusalem with a very great caravan—with camels carrying spices, large quantities of gold, and precious stones—she came to Solomon and talked with him about all that she had on her mind. Solomon answered all her questions; nothing was too hard for the king to explain to her. When the queen of Sheba saw all the wisdom of Solomon and the palace he had built, the food on his table, the seating of his officials, the attending servants in their robes, his cupbearers, and the burnt offerings he made at the temple of the Lord, she was overwhelmed.”  1 Kings 10:1-5

The word “overwhelmed” was translated from the Hebrew word Ruah, which means breath, wind or spirit. What that tells us about this moment as she has spent some time with him all these things have left her breathless. Breathtaking. She had trouble breathing because it was so overwhelming.

“She said to the king, ‘The report I heard in my own country about your achievements and your wisdom is true. But I did not believe these things until I came and saw with my own eyes. Indeed, not even half was told me; in wisdom and wealth you have far exceeded the report I heard. How happy your people must be! How happy your officials, who continually stand before you and hear your wisdom! Praise be to the Lord your God, who has delighted in you and placed you on the throne of Israel. Because of the Lord’s eternal love for Israel, he has made you king to maintain justice and righteousness.’”  1 Kings 10:6-9

She saw the excellence that surrounded King Solomon and therefore she saw God. What’s happening here is what Jesus challenges us to do.

Jesus: “…let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”  Matthew 5:16

If we live our lives a certain way, people will see God in our lives. Not that it’s about how great we are, but it wouldn’t happen without God in us. So what does this mean for us today?

We look at Solomon and think that’s great for Solomon, he had all those riches and a platform to do amazing things. Or we can look at him and think, “How could someone who saw God twice and had all this wisdom go and marry multiple women and dishonor God like that?” or “How could Solomon build the temple go and build temples to other gods?”


Today, as we leave this series, let’s look at some questions to reflect on and challenge us to see the Solomon in us. To see the platforms we have to point people to God and the sins in our life we need to uproot.

The Queen lists several different things she sees leading up to being overwhelmed. The first thing she points out is his wisdom.

“When the queen of Sheba saw all the wisdom of Solomon…”

We can all agree that Solomon made the right choice when he asked for wisdom. We can have the wisdom of God, but never actually ask God for wisdom in the circumstances of our life.

1. Am I making wise choices?

We can ask God, what we should do with a relationship, how to parent our children or handle finances.

It’s easy for us to see the wisdom or foolishness in Solomon or in the people around us, but does that also cause us to ask for ourselves this question.

The next thing the Queen points out is:

“…the palace he had built, the food on his table…”

The palace she’s talking about here, this is not the temple, this is his dwelling place, his home. Solomon was managing all of what God had given him.

2. Am I managing what God has given me well?

Again, this is about pointing people to Christ, giving God glory. She saw these things in Solomon and it caused her to give glory to God. The better we steward our time, talents and treasure to glorify God, the more those things are used to bring people to him.

The next thing she notices:

“…the seating of his officials, the attending servants in their robes, his cupbearers…”

These are the people he sees every day and is doing life with. He’s in relationship with these people. The officials are the cabinet that have a lot of responsibility and are making big decisions. Even the servants are well dressed and well taken care of.

3. Am I treating people well?

Do you trust those around you? Giving to them and being generous with your wisdom. Do you want what’s best for them?

The last thing she noticed was,

“…the burnt offerings he made at the temple of the LORD…”

This is before Christ where they are making sacrifices to God for their sin and for worship to God. He was going the extra mile and doing it over the top. That’s great but the reflection question for us is,

4. Am I worshipping sacrificially?

When it talks about sacrifice in the Bible, it’s referring to something the person wanted or needed. A first fruit, a first crop or livestock that were needed.

These things were given to the Lord to put him first, to make a sacrifice and see how he would provide. It’s hard to submit that way.

In week one of this series we said: “Submission isn’t submission until you have to submit.” 

Sacrifice isn’t sacrifice until we sacrifice something we don’t want to sacrifice.

It’s easy to give income that doesn’t have a name on it already, give our spare time or spare gifts.

Giving our time and energy is big because there is a war going on for our worship. Do you realize that? Not to be over the top or embellish this to make a point, but there is.

There is spiritual warfare happening over your worship.

To understand this better, take a look at another person in scripture who lived years before Solomon, his name is Job.


The War For Your Worship

“In the land of Uz there lived a man whose name was Job. This man was blameless and upright; he feared God and shunned evil. He had seven sons and three daughters, and he owned seven thousand sheep, three thousand camels, five hundred yoke of oxen and five hundred donkeys, and had a large number of servants. He was the greatest man among all the people of the East.”  Job 1:1-3

If you keep reading Job chapter 1, you see the enemy challenges God by saying that the only reason Job worshiped God was because his life was great. That if it wasn’t great, Job would curse God. The enemy said the reason Job loved God was because he lived protected and in luxury.

God replied saying that Job really did love him and allowed the enemy to touch him but not kill him. So Job lost it all. His livestock were attacked and stolen, his servants killed, a house collapsed on his children. You can shuffle that theological deck however you want wondering why God would allow that, but He did.

God’s glory was on the line and there was a war going on over Job’s worship. Could you consider this possibility today?

It’s possible that when you are having a very bad week, that there’s a war going on.  It’s just possible that a challenge went up to God, “Oh, they’re a Christian? Really? As soon as that person has a tough moment they’re going to drop you like a lead weight!” And God responds, “Well, let’s just find out.”

And we don’t have to like it, but in the midst of it we remember that God has not forsaken us, and he’s exalted when we say, that He is God and we belong to Him.

Now Solomon wrote a book in the Bible called Ecclesiastes. In this book, we get a glimpse into what life is like for a person who has literally everything. If you think about it, Job and Solomon had the same thing happen to them but with different implications.

Job had everything taken away from him while he was the richest person in all the land. Children, land, livestock, servants, money, houses, it was all taken away. His loss was unimaginable.

Solomon had the opposite happen in that his gain was unimaginable. He started off with little and ended up with wisdom, property, parties, gardens, servants, money, sex. All to an extreme that is hard to even imagine.

“I denied myself nothing my eyes desired; I refused my heart no pleasure. My heart took delight in all my labor, and this was the reward for all my toil. Yet when I surveyed all that my hands had done and what I had toiled to achieve, everything was meaningless, a chasing after the wind; nothing was gained under the sun.”  Ecclesiastes 2:10-11

Here’s what he did. He said, “Do you think possessions satisfy? Let’s find out. Do you think sex, a hobby or fun satisfies? Let’s find out.” He went out to settle this once and for all.

He did all of that and came back to say he was still not satisfied and nothing was really gained. At the end of the day, both Solomon with everything, and Job with nothing find themselves recognizing and worshiping the Most High God.

“Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the duty of all mankind.”  Ecclesiastes 12:13

At the end of the day, sitting there with all his stuff, Solomon realizes it’s all meaningless except worshipping God and doing what he says.

The Bible says that when the messengers came to tell Job about all the losses in his life. Sitting there in the ashes,

“Job fell to the ground in worship and said: ‘Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will depart. The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be praised.’”  Job 1:21

This is why Solomon says in Proverbs:

“Give me neither poverty nor riches! Give me just enough to satisfy my needs. For if I grow rich, I may deny you and say, ‘Who is the Lord?’ And if I am too poor, I may do something to insult God’s holy name.”  

At the core of every gain or loss in your life, you’ll find the war over your worship. Within every compliment and every criticism. Where respect is gained or respect is taken away. Within every pay cut and pay raise, in every subtraction and every addition, you’ll find the war over your worship. Every new life. Every death.

In every good thing, and every bad thing, at its core is the question, “Now what? Who’s God now? Who do you love now?”

And somewhere in Heaven there is an, “I told you. It’s not because of what they have or don’t have, it’s because of who I am. It’s because I am worthy.”

It makes you wonder if the war over your worship has ever been the centerpiece of a conversation in Heaven. Now don’t give the devil too much credit here. Many of us are just bending whichever way the world blows, we just respond to however we feel and whatever our flesh wants that the enemy doesn’t even have to bother with us.

The point is, that there are serious heaven-sized ramifications to your decision as to who or what you are going to worship. So guard your worship. Do not let anybody rob you of your worship. Don’t let any idol, guy, girl, job, sex, money, possession, sports team rob you of your worship.

Don’t let any failure or any accomplishment rob from you your opportunity to give God your worship.

Don’t let it rob you of the thing you were made to do! Don’t let it rob God of the praise that is His alone. If God is worthy and there was a revolt that happened in Heaven, and now for this short time on earth, we decide whether we worship the God who delivered us out of slavery and death, or we will worship the idols of this world…in that choosing moment what would primary objective of the enemy be but to strike blows at the worthiness of God and turn the whole world to an idol.

Do you really believe that it’s just coincidence that two thirds of the world are bowing down before bronze, concrete, and wood? No, it’s no coincidence that right now that people all over Asia are paying somebody a couple of bucks for some flower stems to lay in front of a golden idol.

It’s no coincidence that there are people kneeling on the streets of Bangkok right now saying their prayers to a big brass idol.

It’s no coincidence that people all over the India and the world make their pilgrimage to a river they think will save their soul.

It’s no coincidence that our nation, the richest people group the world has ever known still have to borrow to satisfy their materialism.

It’s no coincidence that we’ve decided that we’ll only believe what our human mind can understand and only what we see in our reality.

Satan is attacking the worth of God and directing the world to little idols so we’ll ignore the Creator of the world.

And into this scene, into this war steps Jesus Christ. When he hung on a cross, it was the first domino that fell in putting worship back in order. He paid a heavy blow to deliver us from meaningless lives into the family of God. He paid a price to offer us the love and grace of God and a future with God. 


Check Back

Check back on your discussion from last week, “The Relational King” Any more observations or thoughts on that message or your discussion?

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The Big Idea

Read: 1 Kings 10

The Queen of Sheba noticed a few things about Solomon’s kingdom. Solomon’s legacy gives us four questions we can ask ourselves to help determine if our lives are honoring God.

1. Am I making wise choices?

“When the queen of Sheba saw all the wisdom of Solomon…”

2. Am I managing what God has given me well?

“…the palace he had built, the food on his table…”

3. Am I treating people well?

“…the seating of his officials, the attending servants in their robes, his cupbearers…”

4. Am I worshipping sacrificially?

“…the burnt offerings he made at the temple of the LORD…”

Discussion & Application

1. What stood out to you in this message or scripture reading?

2. Which of the four questions do you need to reflect on most? Why? If you don’t know, get wisdom from the group. Ask them which one on which you should reflect.

3. First, help me never to tell a lie. Second, give me neither poverty nor riches! Give me just enough to satisfy my needs. For if I grow rich, I may deny you and say, “Who is the Lord?” And if I am too poor, I may steal and thus insult God’s holy name. — Proverbs 30:8-9

Why do you think it is many turn from God in moments of abundance or loss?

4. Does your life look a little more like Job’s or Solomon’s right now? Are you seeking God in the midst of abundance or seeking God in a loss? Could it be both?

Prayer Focus

Ask the group for how you can pray for and support one another this week.

Next Steps

What is a next step you can take from this series? Is there something from one of these messages that could stick with you months from now?

 

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The King | Week 3: The Relational King

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Solomon’s father, David, introduced Solomon to the nation of Israel as an inexperienced king. But David thought Solomon had potential and wanted both Israel and God to give him a chance.  As a young king, Solomon asked God to give him wisdom to lead the nation. God granted the request and blessed Solomon with remarkable wisdom and every other blessing as well.

Over the years, Solomon built the Temple of the God Almighty and he ruled and reigned effectively for many years. He built an extraordinary kingdom and lived an extraordinary life.

But, unfortunately, Solomon’s story is one of those classic rise and fall stories. In his old age Solomon did extremely foolish things that destroyed his legacy. And most of those foolish things happened within his relationships.

Solomon embraced his relationship with God in his youth and enjoyed the benefits of God’s wisdom but in his later years Solomon turned his heart away from God and foolishly began to worship other false gods.

In his early years, Solomon accomplished the main task that God had given him to do which was the building of the Temple in Jerusalem. And Solomon accomplished all of that through his relationships because…

The relationships you MAINTAIN will determine the legacy you RETAIN.

The people you surround yourself with are shaping your life. The quality of your life will be determined by your five closest friends.

In Solomon’s life there was one relationship that really accelerated his life as a young, untested king and helped him become the man that God wanted him to be. But there were also relationships that Solomon had in his later years that ended up destroying his kingdom and ruining his legacy.


The Right Relationships

The right relationship that Solomon had was started by his father David. We’ll pick the story up in 2 Samuel chapter 5.

“Then King Hiram of Tyre sent messengers to David, along with cedar timber and carpenters and stonemasons, and they built David a palace. And David realized that the Lord had confirmed him as king over Israel and had blessed his kingdom for the sake of his people Israel.” 2 Samuel 5:11-12 NLT

When David was a young king taking over the kingdom from King Saul, he was a little insecure about his leadership. He was unsure whether or not people looked at him as the king. So God used Hiram, the King of Tyre, to confirm to David and the people of Israel that David really was the king.

Through David’s relationship with Hiram and the successful completion of this palace building project David came to know that God really did want him to be king and that the kingdom was more secure and stable than David had actually realized.

The first thing that your friends should do is:

  • Affirm your CALLING.

 The people that you surround yourself with should see the greatness that God has placed in your life. Reality is that the people around us are either pushing us toward our destiny or they are keeping us from it. There’s not much middle ground.

As you evaluate your relationships ask yourself, are these people driving me to be better…? Are they affirming the call that God has on my life…?

Too many of us have surrounded ourselves with critics who tell us all the things we can’t do and all the reasons why we can’t do them. God wants us to surround ourselves with people who are constantly pulling greatness out of us.

One of Satan’s favorite tools is self doubt. He gets you to doubt whether or not God has really called you. So you need people in your life who affirm your call because lives will be changed on the other side of your obedience.

God doesn’t want us to go through life alone. He wants his church to work together, encouraging one another and building each other up.

The second things friends do for us is they:

  • Assist your VISION.

Once you get God’s call on your life, then you get a vision for how that’s going to unfold. Solomon had a vision of building the Temple and Hiram is going to play a role in that vision.

“Solomon decided to build a Temple to honor the name of the Lord, and also a royal palace for himself. Solomon also sent this message to King Hiram at Tyre: ‘Send me cedar logs as you did for my father, David, when he was building his palace. I am about to build a Temple to honor the name of the Lord my God. So send me a master craftsman. Also send me cedar, cypress, and red sandalwood logs from Lebanon, for I know that your men are without equal at cutting timber in Lebanon. I will send my men to help them. In payment for your woodcutters, I will send 100,000 bushels of crushed wheat, 100,000 bushels of barley, 110,000 gallons of wine, and 110,000 gallons of olive oil.’ King Hiram sent this letter of reply to Solomon: ‘It is because the Lord loves his people that he has made you their king! I am sending you a master craftsman named Huramabi, who is extremely talented. He is skillful at making things from gold, silver, bronze, and iron, and he also works with stone and wood. He can work with purple, blue, and scarlet cloth and fine linen. He is also an engraver and can follow any design given to him. He will work with your craftsmen and those appointed by my lord David, your father. We will cut whatever timber you need from the Lebanon mountains and will float the logs in rafts down the coast of the Mediterranean Sea to Joppa. From there you can transport the logs up to Jerusalem.’”  2 Chronicles 2:1-16 NLT

It is fascinating that we call it Solomon’s Temple. We say that Solomon built the Temple. But really, David got the vision for it, drew up all the blueprints and raised all the money. Hiram supplied all the timber and craftsmen. But,  Solomon got all the credit. It’s called Solomon’s Temple.

When God gives you a dream, something He wants you to accomplish with your life, it’s always bigger than what you can do on your own. So you have to look for those strategic that make you bigger and better than you are yourself.

The third things friends do is:

  • Address your SHORTCOMINGS.

“It took Solomon twenty years to build the Lord’s Temple and his own royal palace. At the end of that time, he gave twenty towns in the land of Galilee to King Hiram of Tyre. But when Hiram came from Tyre to see the towns Solomon had given him, he was not at all pleased with them. ‘What kind of towns are these, my brother?’ he asked. So Hiram called that area Cabul (which means ‘worthless’), as it is still known today.” 1 Kings 9:10-13 NLT

Hiram calls Solomon out for being a bad gift giver. Sometimes we don’t see the things that we are bad at. So you need people in your life who will point out areas where you need improvement.

We usually react to this defensively, but after the pain fades a little bit we can be thankful for people who will call us out and speak truth.

Solomon said, The wounds of a friend can be trusted. It’s only an enemy that multiplies kisses.

Next thing your friends do is:

  • Alter your POTENTIAL.

Your relationships are shaping how much you will be able to accomplish with your life. Some of us live well below the lid of what God had for us because we don’t have friends pushing us to excel. Others of us live far beyond our own capacity because of what our friends help us to accomplish.

That’s what happened with Solomon because of his relationship with Hiram.

“King Solomon also built a fleet of ships at Ezion-geber, a port near Elath in the land of Edom, along the shore of the Red Sea. Hiram sent experienced crews of sailors to sail the ships with Solomon’s men. They sailed to Ophir and brought back to Solomon some sixteen tons of gold.” 1 Kings 9:26-28 NLT

The people of Israel were shepherds by nature. That’s the trade, the lifestyle, that has been passed down to them from all the way back to Abraham. But then when God gave them the Promised Land they became farmers and city dwellers.

They had never sailed before. They were not an ocean going people. There was a lid on what they could accomplish. But in this relationship between Solomon and Hiram, Hiram was by nature a trader. He sailed ships and exchanged goods with foreign countries all over the Mediterranean Sea. He knew how to work trade deals with other countries.

Once again, Hiram had the knowledge. And as a result of his relationship with Hiram we see Solomon diversifying his portfolio. He’s becoming an entrepreneur in a new market. But you don’t successfully do that without someone leading the way.

You have to know how to sail the ship, to chart your course, to know what goods you possess that would be good for trading over seas. That’s what Hiram did for Solomon. The Bible tells us that these ships returned with sixteen tons of gold.  In today’s money that is over 456 million dollars, and they did it every three years.

That’s a very good rate of return on investment. In fact, that’s why in our theme verse it says,

“King Solomon was greater in riches and wisdom than all the other kings of the earth.” 1 Kings 10:23 NIV

Solomon is at the pinnacle of success and things are going great for him and Israel. But lurking in the background of Israel’s history is this foreboding prophecy in Deuteronomy 31:20. God says…

“When I have brought them into the land flowing with milk and honey, the land I promised on oath to their forefathers, and when they eat their fill and thrive, they will turn to other     gods and worship them, rejecting me and breaking my covenant.” Deuteronomy 31:20 NIV

In other words, God saw this coming. What would make Solomon and the nation of Israel turn their back on God at the height of their success?

The answer is… their relationships.


The Wrong Relationships

“Now King Solomon loved many foreign women. Besides Pharaoh’s daughter, he married women from Moab, Ammon, Edom, Sidon, and from among the Hittites.” 1 Kings 11:1 NLT

The word there for loved means to affectionately desire. It speaks in a sexual sense. The first thing the wrong relationships do when they creep into your life is…

  • Prey on your PASSION.

All of us have unhealthy desires that we must overcome, contain and bring in line with what God says we are to do in His Word. You don’t want to surround yourself with people who pull you in the direction of those unhealthy desires.

Some of us have people in our lives who are not helping us win the battle. Instead, you have people in your life who are telling you its no big deal and everyone does it.

“The Lord had clearly instructed the people of Israel, ‘You must not marry them, because they will turn your hearts to their gods.’ Yet Solomon insisted on loving them anyway. 1 Kings 11:2 NLT

It matters who you love. It matters to God and it matters to you. There are consequences to these life choices. Here’s the pattern of sin when it comes into our lives: I want it. I deserve it. I can handle it. 

Solomon wanted these unbelieving foreign women even though God told him to stay away from them. He felt he deserved it based on the good things he had done for God and others. And he thought he could handle it because he was strong enough.

Unfortunately, Solomon couldn’t handle it.

“He had 700 wives of royal birth and 300 concubines. And in fact, they did turn his heart away from the Lord. In Solomon’s old age, they turned his heart to worship other gods instead of being completely faithful to the Lord his God, as his father, David, had been. 1 Kings 11:3-4 NLT

You are never too old to be immune from Satan’s attacks. Satan wants to destroy your faith and he doesn’t care how long it takes.

  • Wrong relationships… Pull you from your PURPOSE.

Solomon’s purpose was to build the Temple, the first permanent place on the planet where the Creator of Heaven and Earth could be worshiped. Now in Solomon’s heart and mind he probably thought he was fine because he continued to make sacrifices in the Temple. He just also offered sacrifices in these other temples to other gods.

“Do not worship any other god, for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God.” Exodus 34:14 NIV

God doesn’t want us worshipping other gods. He doesn’t want to share our affection with other gods. He doesn’t want half-hearted worship. He wants us to worship Him with all our heart, all our soul, all our mind and all our strength.

What other things, maybe even good things, are vying for our passion, our love, our worship?

 “Solomon worshiped Ashtoreth, the goddess of the Sidonians, and Molech, the detestable god of the Ammonites.” 1 Kings 11:5 NLT

  • Bad relationships… Pollute your PERSPECTIVE.

The worship of Ashtoreth and Molech was very, very detestable. First, because it involved temple prostitution. They were fertility gods so there was perverse sexual activity in their worship. Which we already see was a problem in Solomon’s life because he had a thousand wives and concubines. He’s got an issue that he’s not dealing with properly.

Also, if you worshipped Molech you would take your first born child and sacrifice it on that altar in the belief that Molech would then bless your family with prosperity and more children.

God had very specifically told the nation of Israel not to allow that kind of worship to be practiced in their nation. And not only did Solomon allow it to be practiced but because of his relationship with these pagan women he is participating in it and building the temples where it is taking place.

His perspective has shifted. In the modern day church how many of us have allowed relationships to come into our lives that are shifting our perspective away from God’s word?

We’re waking up today in a modern day culture where sin is no longer considered sin and the Church is condoning things that the Bible clearly calls sin. That kind of cultural drift is costly. It cost Solomon dearly and it will cost our culture, our churches, and our lives dearly as well.

“The Lord was very angry with Solomon, for his heart had turned away from the Lord, the God of Israel, who had appeared to him twice.” 1 Kings 11:9 NLT

“So now the Lord said to him, ‘Since you have not kept my covenant and have disobeyed my decrees, I will surely tear the kingdom away from you and give it to one of your servants.’” 1 Kings 11:11 NLT

Solomon’s bad relationships cost him his legacy. Your relationships are going to accelerate your life and help you fulfill your call, vision, purpose and potential. Or your relationships are going to prey on your passions, pull you from your purpose, and pollute your perspective.

It is a very significant choice we have to make and it is not an easy one because the wisest man who ever lived messed it up. Who are you going to allow to have a voice in your life?


Check Back

Quickly check back on your discussion from last week: “The Wise King.” God gives us wisdom (continuously) and generously (enough for everyone) to all (each one individually) without finding fault (He’s happy to give every time you ask).

How has God given you wisdom this past week?

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Big Idea

The relationships you maintain will determine the legacy you retain. Solomon had both right and wrong relationships. Both kinds of relationships had significant impact on his life and legacy. The same thing is true for you.

Hear the Word

Right Relationships – Read 1 Kings 9:10-13;26-28 – Affirm your calling, assist your vision, address your shortcomings, alter your potential

Wrong Relationships Read 1 Kings 11:1-11 – Prey on your passion, pull you from your purpose, pollute your perspective

Application

Solomon’s rise came as a result of pursuing his relationship with God and pursuing right relationships with positive influences like Hiram. His fall came when he began to turn his heart away from God and toward his pagan wives and their gods.

What positive influences have made inroads in your life due to healthy relationships?

What negative influences may be making inroads in your life due to unhealthy relationships?

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The King | Week 2: The Wise King

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King Solomon’s Wisdom: The Rise

Today we are looking at the Rise and Fall of King Solomon. Ancient literature usually only includes kings’ great deeds and daring exploits, lists victories and skips over defeats. But the Bible is more honest about its heroes than that, it gives us both the rise and the fall of King Solomon. 

Solomon had a pretty meteoric rise.

King Solomon was greater in riches and wisdom than all the other kings of the earth. The whole world sought audience with Solomon to hear the wisdom God had put in his heart. 1 Kings 10:23-24 NIV

As a young 20 something king, Solomon quickly secured his throne and his power. Which was pretty amazing because even his father David referred to him as soft and inexperienced. David said, “This is my son. He doesn’t know what he’s doing. He doesn’t have a clue how to fulfill the call God has placed on him.” But in spite of that glowing recommendation, David wanted the people to give Solomon a chance at being king.

Recognizing that he truly is untested and inexperienced and soft, Solomon himself, prays this prays a desperate prayer:

Solomon went up to the bronze altar before the Lord in the tent of meeting and offered a thousand burnt offerings on it. 2 Chronicles 1:6 NIV

And then…

That night God appeared to Solomon and said to him, “Ask for whatever you want me to give you.” 2 Chronicles 1:7 NIV

And Solomon made a very interesting request from God. He made a request that most of us would not have made if given the opportunity to ask God for ANYTHING.

Give me wisdom and knowledge, that I may lead this people… 2 Chronicles 1:6-10 NIV

Solomon admitted he was untested, naïve, and unready to be king, so he asked God for wisdom.  

Solomon’s asking God for wisdom showed that he was already wise. And God answered Solomon’s prayer and granted him extraordinary wisdom that became the catalyst, the foundation, for Solomon to build an extraordinary kingdom and live an extraordinary life.  

Because God said, “Since you didn’t ask for all the things that most people would have asked for: money, power, and pleasure, I’m going to go ahead and give you all those things as well as wisdom.”

This is what led Solomon to write, 

Getting wisdom is the most important thing you can do! Proverbs 4:7 NLT 

Solomon became famous very quickly because of his wisdom. One of his jobs as king was to rule over the people and to make decisions when no one else knew what to do. It was part of his job to settle disputes that no one else had been able to settle. Solomon was able to take complex issues and make them simple. That’s what wisdom does.  

We all have moments in life where we ask God for wisdom. Moments where we need God to help us cut through the clutter of the complex and come up with a simple course of action that makes sense.

Get wisdom. Though it cost all you have… Proverbs 4:7 NIV

The idea here is that wisdom is the most valuable thing you can get. The word “get” there is actually a financial term. Wisdom is worth whatever it costs you to acquire it, because it is foundational to every aspect of your life.

Do you want a great marriage, great kids, or a great career? Get wisdom. Do you want great friendships and great finances? Get wisdom. Everything you want in life is built on the foundation of great wisdom.

Cherish her (wisdom), and she will exalt you; embrace her, and she will honor you. Proverbs 4:8 NIV

Wisdom will give you a life a significance, a life of honor.

Listen, my son, accept what I say, and the years of your life will be many. Proverbs 4:10 NIV

Wisdom will give you a rich and prosperous life.

When you walk, your steps will not be hampered; when you run, you will not stumble. Proverbs 4:12 NIV

People often make bad decisions that lead to setbacks, but if you seek wisdom, you can forge ahead and you don’t have to be afraid of being hampered or held back, you don’t have to be afraid of stumbling.

Do not set foot on the path of the wicked or walk in the way of evildoers. Avoid it, do not travel on it; turn from it and go on your way. Proverbs 4:14-15 NIV

Solomon says that one of the keys to success in life is making good relationships. Stay away from the wicked and the evil doers. One of the hallmarks of Solomon’s life was his ability to make good treaties, to make good contracts, to make good agreements with good people who were able to help him reach his goals and accomplish his agenda. Wisdom helps you to make healthy, productive relationships that are beneficial to both parties and avoid foolish and evil people who will drag you down and destroy your life.

Now, the pursuit of wisdom does not mean that you won’t face problems. Trials and tribulations and trouble will come into your life. But the wise person knows how to deal with trouble so that it doesn’t destroy their life. The wise person isn’t overcome or defeated by trouble. Seek wisdom and your marriage will become better, your children will become more obedient, your job will become more fulfilling, your finances will become stronger, and your friendships will become healthier.

If you get wisdom that means that someday your lows will be higher than your highs used to be because God is raising up your life through wisdom. But how do you get wisdom?


Three Keys to Getting Wisdom

If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.  James 1:5 NIV

This verse lists three keys that will help you to become a pursuer of wisdom.

  1. Recognize that WE NEED WISDOM. 

The first step to getting wisdom is to realize that you don’t have it and that you need it. None of us have all of the answers to the problems in life. That’s why Solomon tells us:

Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and shun evil.  Proverbs 3:7 NIV

That’s the folly of youth. When we are young we think we have it all figured out, we are wise in our own eyes. There is a lot to be said for the zeal and energy and enthusiasm of youth, but there is also something to be said for the wisdom of our elders.  

Solomon, in his youth, had the wisdom to say…

“Now, Lord my God, you have made your servant king in place of my father David. But I am only a little child and do not know how to carry out my duties. 1 Kings 3:7 NIV

Solomon had the wisdom, the humility, and the authenticity to say, “I don’t know what I am doing.” He recognized that he needed wisdom and you and I need to do the same.

There is a difference between humility and humiliation. Humility is voluntarily recognizing my limitations, lack of knowledge, and lack of wisdom. Humiliation is involuntarily feeling reduced or shamed for my lack of wisdom and foolishness. The person who thinks they know it all and fails is laughed at and humiliated. The person who admits they don’t know it all is admired for their wisdom.

  1. Recognize where WE GET WISDOM. 

Since we don’t have wisdom, where do we get it? James tells us that if we lack wisdom we should ask God, which is exactly what Solomon did. Solomon recognized that God is the source of wisdom. In Proverbs, he said:

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. Proverbs 9:10 NIV

The word fear in the Hebrew is the word for respect, awe, and reverence. We recognize that we do not have wisdom but God does. You can’t get wisdom in your life until you dethrone yourself and recognize that God is God and you are not. Once we do that, then it becomes possible for us to pursue God for wisdom.

  1. Recognize how GOD GIVES US WISDOM. 

So how does God give us wisdom? Let’s break down James 1:5 (“gives generously to all without finding fault”) and see how God gives us wisdom.

Gives: the word there means to give CONTINUOUSLY.  God knows that we need wisdom more than once, over and over again. It’s not like God gives us a “box of wisdom” and when that’s gone we’re out. It’s not like He dumps the whole load on us all at once and suddenly we have all the wisdom we will ever need. No, He gives us a steady supply of wisdom as we need it.

Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.  Matthew 6:34 NIV

Jesus said that every day is going to come with a dose of trouble and everyday God promises to give us a corresponding dose of wisdom. Everyday, in every way, we need wisdom. And everyday God promises to give it to us. His wisdom is never late and it’s never early. As we trust Him moment by moment God’s wisdom arrives right on time.

Generously: that word means to spread out or to make wide. No matter how many people are asking for wisdom, God doesn’t run out. God doesn’t have decision fatigue, God is a never ending supply of wisdom

All: All does not mean to everybody, but to everybody individually. God doesn’t give everybody the same dose of wisdom. When God gives wisdom it is not one size fits all. No, God gives you the wisdom that you need for your specific, individual situation. God gives you wisdom to navigate the exact issue that you are facing. 

Without Fault: God is never upset because you have to ask. Even when you ask again and again and again. God gives wisdom happily. He’s glad to do it. You ask God for wisdom and God says, “I’m glad you asked.” Free from condemnation. Free from guilt and shame. You don’t have to worry that you don’t know the answer. God is happy to answer every time you ask.

This is what makes THE FALL of Solomon so tragic.


King Solomon’s Wisdom: The Fall

On a hill east of Jerusalem, Solomon built a high place for Chemosh the detestable god of Moab, and for Molek the detestable god of the Ammonites. He did the same for all his foreign wives, who burned incense and offered sacrifices to their gods.

The Lord became angry with Solomon because his heart had turned away from the Lord, the God of Israel, who had appeared to him twice. Although he had forbidden Solomon to follow other gods, Solomon did not keep the Lord’s command. 1 Kings 11: 7-10 NIV 

What happened to wisest man in the history of the world, to make him do such a tragically, dumb, stupid, foolish thing as this? As a young, naïve, inexperienced king, Solomon built the Temple for the Lord God of heaven and earth. And then as a “wise” old man he turns around and builds temples for these despicable, false Gods.

How did that happen? Because he stopped asking God for wisdom. Because once he had accomplished so much, he became wise in his own eyes. Because he thought wisdom was a thing that God gives you.

But, that’s not how God works. God doesn’t give us stuff. God gives us Himself. This is not about improving the quality of your decisions, this is about improving the quality of your relationship with God. The quality of your relationship with Christ. The quality of your walk with the Spirit.

Because the closer you get to God, to Christ, to the Spirit, the more you open your life to them, the wiser you get. That’s why the Apostle Paul says,

…in whom (Christ) are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and understanding.  Colossians 2:3 NIV

If you’re facing difficult, complex decisions, draw close to God. You want to get wisdom, get close to Jesus Christ.


Check Back

Quickly check back on your discussion from last week, “The Untested King.” God uses four qualities to redeem our weakness: Clarity, Teachability, Tenacity, and Purity. How has God used those qualities in your life to strengthen you this past week?

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Hear the Word

When Solomon became king he quickly asked God for wisdom in 2 Chronicles 1:6-10. God answered his request. King Solomon was greater in riches and wisdom than all the other kings of the earth. The whole world sought audience with Solomon to hear the wisdom God had put in his heart. 1 Kings 10:23-24 NIV

Application

If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. James 1:5 NIV 

  1. Recognize that we need wisdom. If any of you lacks wisdom… James 1:5 

Why do you think it is difficult for us to admit that we are not wise? What is the danger in that? 

  1. Recognize where we get wisdom. …he should ask God… James 1:5 

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. Proverbs 9:10 NIV

Where do we often turn for wisdom other than God? Where did Solomon start to turn for wisdom later in life? Read 1 Kings 11:1-3 NIV.

  1. Recognize how God gives us wisdom. …who gives generously to all without finding fault… James 1:5

God gives (continuously) and generously (enough for everyone) to all (each one individually) without finding fault (He’s happy to give every time you ask). If this is true, why not ask God for wisdom for a difficult situation you are facing right now? 

The Rise and Fall of King Solomon: Solomon’s rise came as a result of pursuing his relationship with God. His fall came when he began to trust in his own devices and when he began to forsake God and pursue idols. Read 1 Kings 11:1-13. What were the poor choices that led to Solomon’s fall? What poor choices are we at risk of making? 

Tell Someone Else

Ask for prayer requests from the group and pray for one another. Pray specifically for God to grant each person the wisdom that they need for the situations they face this week and beyond.

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The King | Week 1: The Untested King

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King Solomon was one of the wisest, wealthiest and weirdest people to ever live. This verse in 1 Kings sums it up, and this will be our theme verse for this series of posts.

“King Solomon was greater in riches and wisdom than all the other kings of the earth. 24 The whole world sought audience with Solomon to hear the wisdom God had put in his heart. 1 Kings 10:23-24 NIV

This man was an incredible figure in history and in the nation of Israel. First, let’s go through some basic facts about Solomon.

Solomon was the third king over Israel. His father, David, was an incredible king and man. David is most known now for writing most of the book of Psalms. Solomon’s mother was Bathsheba with whom David had an adulterous affair. There was a baby produced from that affair that ended up passing away. To cover up the affair, David had Bathsheba’s husband killed. There was lots of major problems and dysfunction in Solomon’s family and much controversy surrounding who he was because of who his mom was.

Solomon was about 20 years old when he took over the kingdom. He was immediately saddled with one of the largest construction projects in human history, building the first temple in Jerusalem. In today’s money, it would have cost somewhere around 150 billion dollars. Solomon also built a palace in Jerusalem, fortified the city walls and changed the landscape of the nation of Israel.

Solomon established a variety of trade relations and treaties. He had a shipping fleet and brought incredible wealth to the nation of Israel. He established a formal taxation process with 12 different provinces that would each provide for the palace. He put systems and structures in place that the nation had never seen.

Finally, he was filled with wisdom. He wrote three books of the Bible found in the Old Testament: Proverbs, Ecclesiastes and Song of Solomon.

The Bible also depicts his failures, like marrying 700 different women and on top of that having 300 concubines. These divisions in his heart eventually led his life into a place of idolatry that left behind a broken kingdom. At his height, he was wise. But he didn’t start that way.

Today we’re going to study 1 Chronicles 22. This is David passing the kingdom to Solomon and here is his introduction.

David: “My son Solomon is young and inexperienced, and the house to be built for the Lord should be of great magnificence and fame and splendor in the sight of all the nations.” 1 Chronicles 22:5 NIV

Now, this introduction to the nation was quite a statement telling people that their next leader is young and inexperienced. The word “young” here meant he was untested, never been in any leadership role. While the word “inexperienced” would have been used to reference the type of cattle you would kill if you wanted a really good steak, soft, tender and weak.

So David is saying to the nation of Israel, here’s your next leader, he’s about 20, untested, never had to make a difficult decision, never been in leadership and he’s soft.

David is announcing him as untested, yet there’s a reason because he is supposed to build God’s temple of great magnificence. We can learn from this because God has a plan for us yet, many of us identify with Solomon’s weakness.

Out of our weakness, God builds greatness.

We recognize that none of us are kings over a nation and tasked with building the temple in Jerusalem, but God does have a calling on our life. He has given us people with whom we have influence. He’s given us opportunities. Even in our weakness God can be strong and be glorified.

The Christian is not one who says, “I’m growing to be more competent and strong every day.”

The Christian is one who says, “I’m becoming increasingly aware of how weak and incompetent I really am and how strong and competent Jesus was, and continues to be for me through His spirit.”

There are things that God has called us to grow in and called us to do, but this is a life-time journey of seeing God’s grace be sufficient for us in the midst of our weakness.

So let’s take a look at some of the principles that helped Solomon in the midst of his weakness as David is imparting to him the building of the temple and leading the nation of Israel.

1. CLARITY

You have to have clarity about what it is you are called to do. David is delivering this clarity, this vision to Solomon.

“‘…the house to be built for the Lord should be of great magnificence and fame and splendor in the sight of all the nations. Therefore I will make preparations for it.’ So David made extensive preparations before his death. 6 Then he called for his son Solomon and charged him to build a house for the Lord, the God of Israel. 7 David said to Solomon: ‘My son, I had it in my heart to build a house for the Name of the Lord my God. 8 But this word of the Lord came to me: You have shed much blood and have fought many wars. You are not to build a house for my Name, because you have shed much blood on the earth in my sight. 9 But you will have a son who will be a man of peace and rest, his name will be Solomon 10 He is the one who will build a house for my Name.'” 1 Chronicles 22:5-10 NIV

Solomon is learning about a prophecy David had before Solomon was even born. He’s giving Solomon this incredible clarity and vision. Solomon understood the need for clarity.

“Where there is no vision, the people perish…”  Proverbs 29:18 KJV

Most people who are physically fit have a lot of clarity in how that happened. Parents of well behaved kids have a lot of clarity about how that happened. People who are debt free have a lot of clarity about how that happened. People who quit smoking or drinking have a lot of clarity about how it happened. Meaning, most of them will not tell you, “I don’t know, it just happened.”

They had a clear vision, they worked a plan. For many of us, we have these ideas, but no clarity. But it takes clarity, it takes vision to have a strong marriage, to be closer to God. It take clarity to be kinder, to respond well, to excel at our jobs or have a great family. But clarity begins even earlier than that.

“‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.'” Jeremiah 29:11 NIV

If you’re hurting or suffering or in your darkest moments, God has a great plan for your life. Plans to give you a hope and future.

The problem is that often times we interpret messages like this through the lens of Hollywood. We have been led to believe this principle, but removed the God aspect. When we hear about a vision for our life, our natural tendency is to ask, “What do I want to do?” Because the world has told us, deep within our heart lies our purpose.

That’s not what this verse says. It’s not about my plans, but God’s plans. We cannot remove the God part of this.

We are not using God to accomplish our planGod is using us to accomplish His plan.

Many of us really see ourselves as the main character of our own story. We’ve fallen prey to a false gospel that says God exists to make my dreams come true. You may even falsely hear, if I press into God he’ll do good things for me. He’s obligated to keep me from all trouble and adversity. That’s not the gospel. You’ll end up drifting away from the Lord but that’s not what the Lord said.

“Then Jesus said to his disciples, ‘Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.’”  Matthew 16:24 NIV

Don’t embrace yourself, die to yourself. If you want to have clarity in life, don’t look within yourself, look to your Creator. Let’s submit to Him and follow Him.

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; 6 in all your ways SUBMIT to him, and he will make your paths straight.”  Proverbs 3:5-6 NIV

There are many times you’ll be confused in life. Do you want clarity for life? You’ll have to get to the place where you settle in your heart that God has the right to be God. We can’t accomplish much at this church until you and I say, “God’s word is right and true. The same yesterday, today and forever.”

When God has an opinion, we will submit to his opinion. If you really want God’s plan for your life, in all your ways submit to him.

Submission isn’t submission until you have to submit.

Until God says something we don’t like, we’re just hanging out. Then he asks us to do something hard and all of the sudden it’s submission, it’s trust, it’s obedience, it’s a relationship, because we need to do something in hopes of a straight path.

Solomon is receiving clarity from his father. Solomon could have chosen a better plan. He would not be the man God called him to be. Solomon submits to the clarity. He teaches us in all our ways submit to him.

2. TEACHABILITY

Not only do we have to have clarity for the race we’ve been called to run, we have to be teachable in the process.

“May the Lord give you discretion and understanding when he puts you in command over Israel, so that you may keep the law of the Lord your God.” 1 Chronicles 22:12 NIV

At this point, David has told him what to do. To which Solomon may have been tempted to rewrite his own plan now that he’s in charge.

There’s a lot of that in our day, isn’t there? In the information age, we have more and more information at younger and younger ages but it’s just that, information.

We can know all the information, but it’s not wisdom until the information has been tested.

Solomon chose to be teachable. He understood he could learn a lot from his dad’s failings and the wisdom his dad had gained through a repentant, teachable heart. The thing about teachability, you’re never going to have a perfect teacher, because we’re all broken. If you never humble yourself to learn from a broken person, you’ll never learn because we’re all imperfect.

“Solomon went up to the bronze altar before the Lord in the tent of meeting and offered a thousand burnt offerings on it. 7 That night God appeared to Solomon and said to him, ‘Ask for whatever you want me to give you.’ 8 Solomon answered God, ‘You have shown great kindness to David my father and have made me king in his place.10 Give me wisdom and knowledge, that I may lead this people, for who is able to govern this great people of yours?’”  2 Chronicles 1:6-8, 10 NIV

We know Solomon is teachable because the moment he has the opportunity to receive something from God, he asks for the very thing his father told him he needed, wisdom.

We need the principle of humility, teachability.

Teachability is the ability to learn what you think you already know.

So often we think we have it all figured out. If you’re going to make it in the journey God has for you, you have to be teachable.

3. TENACITY

Solomon has a lot of reasons to be afraid and discouraged. He’s young, he’s never led anyone and he has a big project on his hands. All of these things are being put on him.

Do you have things put upon you that you didn’t ask for?

Family dynamics, a financial situation, marital problems? You don’t ask for many of the problems you face. You need a source and well of encouragement deeper than you.

“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or discouraged.”  1 Chronicles 22:13 NIV

For 22 years Solomon was in construction. There was a lot to be afraid of and David told him be strong and courageous. Strong is the idea of urgency. Courageous is the idea of bold. Have a sense of urgency and take some risks. If you ever submit to God and then follow him, there will be resistance. There will be times when you want to give up and cash in. If it were easy, everybody would do it.

Very few do because very few have a tenacious spirit that can be strong in the face of resistance. The fact is, it’s very likely you won’t reach 100% of your goal the first time out. There will be critics and opportunities for discouragement. Sometimes those voices are loudest on the inside, especially when dealing with a weakness.

But be strong and courageous. Don’t be afraid or discouraged.

It doesn’t matter how many times you failit matters how many times you try.

People who have overcome addictions have a saying, “Just keep quitting.” Just because it’s not working right now doesn’t mean God hasn’t called you to it. Just because you’re facing resistance doesn’t mean it’s not the path God has for you.

“…for though the righteous fall seven times, they rise again…”  Proverbs 24:16 NIV

You will have what the world calls failures, setbacks or adversity. It turns out – that was the plan. If we keep getting up, God’s plans and purposes will prevail.

4. PURITY

“Now devote your heart and soul to seeking the Lord your God. Begin to build the sanctuary of the Lord God…” 1 Chronicles 22:19 NIV

You’d think with a project this size, Solomon would say, “Give you’re heart and soul to building the temple.” What he says instead was, as they pursue God’s plan for their lives, while they are in the business of building the sanctuary, that business, family, calling, or ministry.

Am I devoted to the sanctuary or the Savior?

Because it’s easy to get a vision from God and to have a teachable spirit and become very passionate and go out trying to live for God instead of doing life with God.

That’s not what the Lord intended. He wants to be in relationship with us. He wants to walk with us. At the end of the day it’s important that we know Him.

The vision, the weakness becoming great is a byproduct of living with Him. From that flows clarity, the teachability, the tenacity and purity.


Check Back

Quickly check back on your discussion from last week, “Why The Bible Can Be Trusted.” How has that message and conversation helped you to appreciate the trustworthiness of the Bible? Were there any action steps or questions that need to be revisited?

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Big Idea

This weekend we began a 4 week series covering the life of Solomon, including his rise to kingship over Israel, his accumulation of wealth and wisdom, and his horrible demise. While Solomon began his kingship full of God’s great blessings, the king’s disobedient choices eventually revealed that God is true to his word to punish those who serve idols. King Solomon had it all and failed in so many ways, but he found restoration in the arms of God.

“King Solomon was greater in riches and wisdom than all the other kings of the earth. The whole world sought audience with Solomon to hear the wisdom God had put in his heart.”  1 Kings 10:23-24

Discussion & Application

Read: 1 Chronicles 22

Solomon had great weaknesses, but God wanted to redeem those and use them for his own purpose. Four qualities that God uses to redeem our weakness:

  1. Clarity — Solomon was given a clear vision to build the temple. Have you ever felt a clear vision regarding a project in your life? Maybe it had to do with your time, work, a degree, finances, a relationship. Why is clarity so important? What does the enemy do to distort and cloud our clarity?
  2. Teachability — When Solomon asked God for wisdom, Solomon was showing he was teachable as he took his father’s advice. How have you seen teachability be the difference between success and failure? What makes you want to listen to someone’s advice? What makes you want to disregard someone’s advice?
  3. Tenacity — “It doesn’t matter how many times you fail, it matters how many times you try.” The fact is, we often give up too soon. How have tenacity served you well in your life? Where do you need to remember to be strong and courageous? Proverbs 24:16, “for though the righteous fall seven times, they rise again…” Where have you fallen that, by God’s Spirit, you can rise again?
  4. Purity — “Now devote your heart and soul to seeking the Lord your God. Begin to build the sanctuary of the Lord God…” How can a goal help us stay devoted to the savior? Would you say you’re more devoted to the “sanctuary” or the “savior?”

Prayer Focus

If you haven’t already, ask for prayer requests from the group and pray for one another. Pray specifically for the four character qualities from the message.

Next Steps

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