1 KINGS 11
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THE WORLD'S WISEST FOOL
I think that we have all heard of, or met, intelligent fools.
Often, it is the intelligent fool who denies the existence of God, believes in evolution or believes that he can earn his way to Heaven.
An intelligent food is worse than a wise fool. Wisdom is the right use of intelligence. A person who uses his intelligence to learn facts and properly use them is indeed wise. But it is possible to be the wisest man who ever lived and foolishly turn you back on God. Solomon, the wisest man who ever lived (with the exception of Jesus) did.
Solomon has an important lesson to teach Christians. It is very easy for us to become spiritually wise by getting saved and growing in Christ. It is also easy to become foolish by not following through in our faithfulness to Christ.
PROVIDENTIAL AFFECTION - 2 Samuel 12:24-25
Solomon's father was King David. His mother was Bathsheba. 2Samuel 11
David had committed adultery with Bathsheba, had her husband killed, and married her.
Nathan confronted David and he repented. 2 Samuel 12:1-13, Psalm 51
The child who was a result of David and Bathsheba's sin, died. 2 Samuel 12:14-23
David and Bathsheba had another child and God in His graciousness smiled on this child. His name was Solomon. 2 Samuel 12:24-25
Solomon received providential affection. All Christians have also received providential affection.
John , 1 John , Galatians , Ephesians 1:3-7
God appeared to Solomon twice and answered His prayers. 1 Kings 3:2-15, 9:2-9
God gave Solomon great wisdom, wealth, riches and honor. 1 Kings -15
Christians have been given great privileges.
1. Answered prayer - Matthew 7:7-11
2. The Lord's presence - Matthew 28:20b, Hebrews 13:5
3. Power of the Holy Spirit - Acts 1:8, Galatians 5:16,22-23
4. Everything needed for life and Godliness - 2 Peter 1:3
5. The promises of God - 2 Peter 1:4
6. God's unending love - Romans 8:35-39
7. Suffering for Christ - Philippians 1:29
1 Kings 11:1-10 - Solomon turned his back on God.
Christians can also abandon their privileges by:
1. Neglecting to Pray
2. Grieving the Spirit - Ephesians 4:30-31
3. Quenching the Spirit - 1 Thessalonians 5:19
4. Failing to live Godly lives - 1 Peter 1:15-16
5. Following after idols - 1 John 5:21
1 Kings 11:11-13 - Solomon's Kingdom split up.
1 Kings 11:14, 23, 26 - Solomon experienced increased opposition.
What happens when Christians abandon their privileges?
1. There is a lack of fellowship with God - Psalm 66:18
2. There is loving discipline from God - Hebrews 12:5-11
3. There is possible sickness and premature death - 1 Corinthians 11:26-31
4. There is loss of reward. 1 Corinthians 3:11-15