From Kings to the KING
"From A Silver Spoon To A Bitter Pill"
February 18, 2018. Pastor Joe Hellerman continues our series in Kings with a message from 1 Kings 11. (Also extensively referenced: Deuteronomy chapters 6, 7, and 17.)
After a glowing history up to this point, Solomon's heart is turned away from the LORD. 1 Kings chapter 11 traces the downward spiral of Solomon's reign. His many marriage alliances eventually lead him to worship the gods of his wives. And 1 Kings tells us "his heart was not wholly true to the LORD his God."
Our take-away from today's message: 1) Spiritual unfaithfulness is a gradual process. We must pursue God to finish strong! 2) The compromises that lead to spiritual unfaithfulness are the "norms" for the culture around us. 3) No one is exempt from spiritual unfaithfulness. 4) The best safeguard against spiritual unfaithfulness is constant exposure to the Word of God. And 5) God will remain faithful to His word -- with us or without us.