Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Today's Favorite Verse: 1 Kings 12:26-28

Today's Favorite Verse: 1 Kings 12:26-28
"And Jeroboam said in his heart, Now shall the kingdom return to the house of David:
If this people go up to do sacrifice in the house of the Lord at Jerusalem, then shall the heart of this people turn again unto their lord, even unto Rehoboam king of Judah, and they shall kill me, and go again to Rehoboam king of Judah.
Whereupon the king took counsel, and made two calves of gold, and said unto them, It is too much for you to go up to Jerusalem: behold thy gods, O Israel, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt."

Jeroboam was only looking to himself and his gain. He is a classic story of someone setting up a priestcraft. He didn't want the people to go up to Jerusalem to worship in the house of the Lord, because he was afraid of losing them. Then he sets up his own version of things to worship. Even down to feasts. It's all an imitation of what God offers, mingled with what is pleasing to man. I pondered on how the people could even accept what he offered.

He offered them two golden calves to worship. Don't they know the story of Moses receiving the ten commandments and the the children of Israel having Aaron make the golden calf? Then I thought maybe they didn't. Maybe it has been so long since it happened that they no longer tell the stories to their children. Maybe they are not reading the scriptures as they should. I pondered on the danger the saints today can have too in not doing this. How important it is to read the scriptures daily. To know these stories and apply them in my life every day. There are so many lessons to learn from each story that I can never tire of studying the scriptures and pondering them in my heart. From this story I can see how easy it can be to be lead astray by false doctrine when I do not have the scriptures written upon my heart.

Day 878

Monday, August 21, 2017

Today's Favorite Verse: 1 Kings 11:2, 4

Today's Favorite Verse: 1 Kings 11:2, 4
"Of the natinos concerning which the Lord said unto the children of Israel, Ye shall not go in to them, neither shall they come in unto you: for surely they will turn away your heart after their gods: Solomon clave unto these in love.
For it came to pass, when Solomon was old, that his wives turned away this heart after other gods: and his heart was not perfect with the Lord his God, as was the heart of David his father."

I thought it very interesting that the gift the Lord gave Solomon was a wise and understanding heart. It is this very heart that turned from God. In this he showed an incredible lack of wisdom. The very thing the Lord blessed him with lead to his downfall. I guess as the Lord can make weak things strong, Satan can turn around and take our strengths and make them our weaknesses. For Solomon's heart was turned from God in the name of love. Interesting how love can sound so beautiful but can become so twisted. For his love of these strange women did he seek to study and understand their gods? He must have thought himself wise enough to not be in danger of being lead astray. God warned Israel of this very thing.

"Take heed to thyself that thou be not snared by following them, after that they be destroyed from before thee, and that thou inquire not after their gods, saying, How did these nations serve their gods? even so will I do likewise." (Deuteronomy 12:30)

If Solomon, the wisest man that ever lived could be lead away, then how much easier could it be for me, if I studied false gods too? This is something I have felt the warning about over and over again. The most recent was watching the docuseries "Scientology and the Aftermath". I was a couple episodes into it when I had this very strong warning come into my mind to leave it alone. Don't watch and learn any more about their practices, even if it is presented in a way that exposes it in a bad light. I do not need my mind dwelling on such things. I had the impression that one lie can even be twisted in another lie. In the exposing of one lie your mind will think that whatever the person next presents as truth is true, even if that is also a lie. I saw a very cunning plan of the adversary laid out in front of me. I wish I knew how to describe the impression and warning that I had. All I know is I just had to turn it off and walk away, even when I found it very interesting. I may not be as smart as Solomon, but the spirit can give me all the wisdom I need to protect me from what I do not understand. The greatest protection to me is obedience.

Day 877

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Today's Favorite Verse: 1 Kings 10:9

Today's Favorite Verse: 1 Kings 10:9
"Blessed be the Lord thy God, which delighted in thee, to set thee on the throne of Israel: because the Lord loved Israel for ever, therefore made he thee king, to do judgment and justice."

The queen of Sheba came to test Solomon with hard questions. When she had seen all of Solomon's wisdom and the house that he built, his acts and prosperity, and the happiness of all his men and servants these were the words that she spoke. I think they are the highest compliment anyone could ever give.

Day 876

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Today's Favorite Verse: 1 Kings 9:8-9

Today's Favorite Verse: 1 Kings 9:8-9
"And at this house, which is high, every one that passeth by it shall be astonished, and shall hiss; and they shall say, Why hath the Lord done thus unto this land, and to this house?
And they shall answer, Because they forsook the Lord their God, who brought forth their fathers out of the land of Egypt, and have  taken hold upon other gods, and have worshipped them, and served them: therefore hath the Lord brought upon them all this evil."

I could not help but think of the pilgrims coming to America for religious liberty. For generations America has served the God of this land. Now as its people grow in darkness the God that they serve is themselves. It is Lucifer that teaches man such a thing. So they grow without any consideration or feeling for others, and war among themselves. I feel so incredibly distant from it all. I am so grateful to my Lord for his protection and the peace that surrounds me. I know even if destruction comes there is a purpose if only to open the eyes of those that are headed into forbidden paths. I feel it is a time to wait upon the Lord until I am needed.

Day 875