Other Gods

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Today's reading: 1 Kings 11:9-43

God blesses Solomon and repeatedly instructs and warns him to live with "integrity of heart and uprightness, doing according to all that I have commanded you, and keeping my statutes and my rules..." (1 Kings 9:4), and to not enter into marriage with women from other nations (1 Kings 11:2). However, Solomon chose to go his own way in his later years. This self-centered thinking and the actions that followed led him astray to the point that he completely turned from God to serve other gods. The consequences of this turning away are dire--not only for Solomon, but for his descendants and the entire nation of Israel.

What are the things that can become "other gods" to you if you're not intentional about your relationship with God? What's one thing that stood out to you from 1 Kings 11 about the consequences of turning away from God? Tami

Disappointing End

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Today's reading: 1 Kings 11:1-8

Solomon was known for his wisdom and for serving God. But as he got older, he allowed his lustful impulses and emotions to take over which caused him to turn away from God.

"For when Solomon was old his wives turned away his heart after other gods, and his heart was not wholly true to the LORD his God, as was the heart of David his father" (vs. 4).

How heartbreaking to read that after years of incredible relationship, as well as incredible protection, provision and blessing from God, Solomon chose to elevate his own desires over the desires of God.

What's one message of warning that you saw or garnered from this account of Solomon's last days? What does this passage reveal about the powerful influence of sexual relationships and lust, and giving in to those things that tempt us? Tami

Servant

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Today's reading: Psalm 119:121-129 (Ayin)

Three times in the eight verses of Ayin the psalmist identifies himself as a "servant" of God.

"Give your servant a portion of good..." (vs. 122)
"Deal with your servant according to your steadfast love..." (vs. 124)
"I am your servant; give me understanding..." (vs. 125)

The Bible is clear that if we've chosen to follow Christ, God wants and expects us to willingly be His servant. And that's precisely what the psalmist's words convey in this stanza.

When you think of being a servant of God, what comes to mind? What does being God's servant mean for you personally? How would you describe being a servant of God to someone who's a new believer or doesn't yet have a relationship with God? Tami

Sustain Me

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Today's reading: Psalm 119:113-120 (Samekh)

In Psalm 119:113-120 (Samekh), the psalmist is under attack and is speaking out against those who are acting sinfully and wrongly toward him. So as he talks with God, he compares himself to this group by repeatedly confirming his love of God and His Word. In verse 114 he claims God as his shield and strength and then calls upon God to "uphold me according to your promise, that I may live" (vs. 116) and to "hold me up, that I may be safe..." (vs. 117).

What's one example of how God's Word has sustained you when you've come under attack, encountered difficulty or experienced loss? How does telling God that you love Him and that you're grateful for His Word benefit and help you? Tami

Blessings

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Today's reading: 1 Kings 10:14-29

Solomon's wealth was massive--so much so that I had a difficult time visualizing and comprehending all that's described in 1 Kings 10. The glimpse we're given of these riches reminded me of movies like National Treasure or Indiana Jones. It's a picture of God's blessing on Solomon for sure.

While most of us will never experience riches like Solomon's, we have and will experience God's blessings, which come in many varieties and forms because God delights in showering us with His love and goodness.

What are one or two specific examples of how God has showered you with His blessings (think back over the past few weeks, months or even years)? When you experience a blessing from God, do you tell others about it? Why is this important and helpful for you and also for the person(s) you're telling about your experience? Tami

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Hi, my name is Tami Weissert, the P4 facilitator and the "voice" behind the blogs. I'm passionate about helping people grow spiritually and actively encourage Bible engagement through conference speaking and writing. I also served as co-host of the Back to the Bible radio program for over 8 years. A little about me. I'm married to Jeff, and we love scuba diving, playing with our 3 dachshunds and going to Husker football games. I also love growing orchids, singing and Diet Pepsi. I hope you'll join in the conversation as we read the Bible and grow together.

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