Lord, You’re calling us to leave behind the unfruitful life – and to choose the life of fruitful service.

1 Kings 7:13-8:13 Lord, You’re calling us to choose the life of fruitful service – “gold, silver, precious stones”. You’re calling us to leave behind the unfruitful life – “wood, hay, straw” (1 Corinthians 3:12-15). Help us to hear and answer Your call: “Rise up, O Church of God. Have done with lesser things. Give …

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Life is full of ups and downs.

1 Kings 18:17-19:21 Life is full of ups and downs. There are high-points – “The fire of the Lord fell” and “all the people said, ‘The Lord, He is God’” ( 1 Kings 18:37-39), and there are low-points – ”O Lord, take away my life” (1 Kings 19:4). Lord, we are so changeable. Sometimes, we’re …

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Lord, help us to rise to the challenge to live as Your people – people who love You and serve You.

1 Kings 16:29-18:16 We read about Elijah: “The Word of the Lord came to Elijah”; “You are a man of God and the Word of the Lord in your mouth is the truth” (1 Kings 18:1; 1 Kings 17:24). You’re challenging us to be all that You’re calling us to be – people who love …

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Taking a look at the Old Testament: 1 and 2 Kings

Learning From God's Word

“Who is able to govern this great people of yours?” (1 Kings 3:9).

The king was called to be more than a political leader. He was called to be a spiritual leader.

To be a spiritual leader, he needed to remember that the people of Israel were God’s people.

Sometimes people say, “Everything is politics.” Here, we’re reminded that politics isn’t everything.

We need to remember the Lord.

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Dark days for God’s people; a better future, planned by God

1 Kings 12:25-13:34  -  These were dark days for God’s people. They were deeply divided. There was the northern kingdom (Israel). Jeroboam was their ‘big man’. There was the southern kingdom (Judah). Rehoboam was the ‘voice’ of the south. What a shambles it all was! Each side seemed intent on outdoing the other - ungodliness. …

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Lord, we rejoice in Your Word of forgiveness and eternal life (Praying Through God’s Word: 1 Kings 21:1-22:14).

Lord, we rejoice in Your Word of forgiveness and eternal life (1 John 1:9; 1 John 5:11-12). When our hearts grow cold and we start taking Your love and Your blessing for granted, help us to pay careful attention to the Gospel warning: “How shall we escape if we neglect such a great salvation?” (Hebrews …

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Help us, Lord, to be like Jesus – walking in the ways of our Heavenly Father (Praying Through God’s Word: 1 Kings 22:15-53).

We read, Lord, about Ahaziah – “He …provoked the Lord, the God of Israel, to anger in every way that his father (Ahab) had done” (1 Kings 22:51-53). We read about Jesus– “I do as the Father commanded Me” (John 14:31). Help us, Lord, not to be like Ahaziah – he walked in the ways …

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In all the changes of life, we must learn to say, ‘Blessed be the Lord.’

1 Kings 1:1-53  -  David’s reign was coming to an end. He would be replaced by Solomon (30). No one goes on forever. Every day takes us one day closer to the day of stepping down and handing over to someone else. We must pray that the future will be ‘greater’ than the past (37,47). …

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