Posts Tagged ‘king solomon’

Knowin’ Ain’t Doin’

Apr 03

by Victoria Robinson

Having the knowledge that using the contraction “ain’t” is not correct grammar is of no use if you keep on using it. In the same way having spiritual knowledge without applying it to your life is of no use. In fact, it is shameful. The apostle James warns us that we are deceiving ourselves if we merely listen to the word.

One of the infamous cases of having knowledge and not using it is King Solomon who has been described as the wisest person ever. This mighty king’s downfall came when he did not do what he knew. He knew he was not to marry a foreign woman who would turn his heart towards other gods. Not only did he disobey God in marrying a foreign woman, he married multiple women and had many concubines. He had seven hundred wives and three hundred concubines. Because he did not do what he knew, God told him his kingdom would be torn away from him and given to a subordinate.

Integrity without knowledge is weak and useless, and knowledge without integrity is dangerous and dreadful.” — Samuel Johnson

As King Solomon found, it is easier to attain knowledge than apply it to our lives. Girlfriends, most of us are guilty of knowing more statutes of God than we obey.

Dearest girlfriends, I pray we would take heed of the scriptural fact that “knowin’ ain’t doin'” and therefore put into practice the knowledge He has given us.

Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like a man who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But the man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heard, but doing it—he will be blessed in what he does. ~ James 1:22-25 NIV
 
King Solomon, however, loved many foreign women besides Pharaoh’s daughter—Moabites, Ammonites, Edomites, Sidonians and Hittites. They were from nations about which the LORD had told the Israelites, “You must not intermarry with them, because they will surely turn your hearts after their gods.” Nevertheless, Solomon held fast to them in love. He had seven hundred wives of royal birth and three hundred concubines, and his wives led him astray. As Solomon grew old, his wives turned his heart after other gods, and his heart was not fully devoted to the LORD his God, as the heart of David his father had been. He followed Ashtoreth the goddess of the Sidonians, and Molech the detestable god of the Ammonites. So Solomon did evil in the eyes of the LORD; he did not follow the LORD completely, as David his father had done. On a hill east of Jerusalem, Solomon built a high place for Chemosh the detestable god of Moab, and for Molech the detestable god of the Ammonites. He did the same for all his foreign wives, who burned incense and offered sacrifices to their gods. The LORD became angry with Solomon because his heart had turned away from the LORD, the God of Israel, who had appeared to him twice. Although he had forbidden Solomon to follow other gods, Solomon did not keep the LORD’s command. So the LORD said to Solomon, “Since this is your attitude and you have not kept my covenant and my decrees, which I commanded you, I will most certainly tear the kingdom away from you and give it to one of your subordinates. ~ 1 Kings 11:1-11 NIV
 
Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you. ~ Philippians 4:9 NIV

Letting Go

Mar 19

by Victoria Robinson

As we travel through this life it becomes so easy to hold onto the wrong things. Our priorities can become skewed as we focus only on what surrounds us here on this temporary place called earth. King Solomon imparted these words of wisdom to us when he said, “As a man comes, so he departs, and what does he gain, since he toils for the wind?”

“If we labour in religion, the grace and comfort we get by that labour we may carry away in our hearts, and shall be the better for it to eternity; that is meat that endures. But if we labour only for the world, to fill our hands with that, we cannot take that away with us; we are born with our hands griping, but we die with them extended, letting go what we held fast. So that, upon the whole matter, he may well ask, What profit has he that has laboured for the wind?” — Matthew Henry
The patriarch Abraham let go of the riches and comfort of his homeland and lived in a foreign land in tents because he was focused on a city with foundations, whose architect and builder is God. Girlfriends, are there things in this temporary world you need to let go of? Are you expending all you energy on that which is going to perish? While we need to recognize that our heavenly Father has indeed given us wonderful gifts to enjoy here on earth, we must also fix our eyes on eternity.

Dearest girlfriends, I pray we would let go of that which is temporary and focus on eternity.

Naked a man comes from his mother’s womb, and as he comes, so he departs. He takes nothing from his labor that he can carry in his hand. This too is a grievous evil: As a man comes, so he departs, and what does he gain, since he toils for the wind? ~ Ecclesiastes 5:15-16 NIV

So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. ~ 2 Corinthians 4:18 NIV

By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going. By faith he made his home in the promised land like a stranger in a foreign country; he lived in tents, as did Isaac and Jacob, who were heirs with him of the same promise. For he was looking forward to the city with foundations, whose architect and builder is God. ~ Hebrews 11:8-10 NIV

An Ugly Woman?

Mar 12

by Victoria Robinson

Growing up in the “flower child” era of the sixties there was a popular song that warned of the dangers of marrying a pretty woman. This silly song goes …

If you wanna be happy
For the rest of your life,
Never make a pretty woman your wife,
So from my personal point of view,
Get an ugly girl to marry you.

A pretty woman makes her husband look small
And very often causes his downfall.
As soon as he marries her
Then she starts to do
The things that will break his heart.
But if you make an ugly woman your wife,
You’ll be happy for the rest of your life,
An ugly woman cooks her meals on time,
She’ll always give you peace of mind.

— Jimmy Soul
 
Yet according to the Word of God nothing could be further from the truth. We are all called by our heavenly Father to be beautiful women. Contrast this silly song with the wise poetical writings of King Solomon. Solomon wrote accolades about his mother, a beautiful woman. He said, “Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value. She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life.” He also said, “She gets up while it is still dark; she provides food for her family and portions for her servant girls.”

A wife of noble character who can find?
She is worth far more than rubies.
Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value.
She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life.
She selects wool and flax and works with eager hands.
She is like the merchant ships, bringing her food from afar.
She gets up while it is still dark; she provides food for her family and portions for her servant girls.
She considers a field and buys it; out of her earnings she plants a vineyard.
She sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks.
She sees that her trading is profitable, and her lamp does not go out at night.
In her hand she holds the distaff and grasps the spindle with her fingers.
She opens her arms to the poor and extends her hands to the needy.
When it snows, she has no fear for her household; for all of them are clothed in scarlet. 
She makes coverings for her bed; she is clothed in fine linen and purple.
Her husband is respected at the city gate, where he takes his seat among the elders of the land.
She makes linen garments and sells them, and supplies the merchants with sashes.
She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come.
She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue.
She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness.
Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her:
“Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all.”
Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.
Give her the reward she has earned, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.

~ Proverbs 31:10-31 NIV

Dearest girlfriends, let us honor our heavenly Father  through living godly lives and becoming the pretty women He intends us to be.

Did You Bother to Ask?

Mar 01

by Victoria Robinson

Have you ever jumped into something quickly without bothering to ask the Lord what you should do? Never fails to turn out disastrous when we do not inquire of the Lord concerning our plans. In fact King Solomon said, “Don’t talk before you think or make promises to God without thinking them through.” Unfortunately Joshua and his leaders did not use this principle when they signed a peace treaty with some men they had just met. Turns out these men were deceptive and were actually from Gibeon. Before Joshua led the Israelites into the promised land the Lord had forbidden them to make a treaty with them.

Though the Israelites eventually repented of making a hasty decision, they nonetheless went through needless troubles before everything worked out. They understood that breaking their oath would only be another violation of God’s Word. Herein is another good principle for us to glean from this story. Once we make a hasty decision, it is unwise to violate the Word of God to get out from under it. We must follow God’s principles to find the way to success from our failures.

Dearest girlfriends, let us not be hasty, but ask of the Lord before we make decisions.

Joshua and the other leaders finally believed them. They did not bother to ask the Lord but went ahead and signed a peace treaty. And the leaders of Israel ratified the agreement with a binding oath. Three days later the facts came out—these men were close neighbors. The Israeli army set out at once to investigate and reached their cities in three days. (The names of the cities were Gibeon, Chephirah, Beeroth, and Kiriath-jearim.) But the cities were not harmed because of the vow which the leaders of Israel had made before the Lord God. The people of Israel were angry with their leaders because of the peace treaty. ~ Joshua 9:14-18 TLB
  
When the Lord brings you into the Promised Land, as he soon will, he will destroy the following seven nations, all greater and mightier than you are: the Hittites, the Girgashites, the Amorites, the Canaanites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, the Jebusites. “When the Lord your God delivers them over to you to be destroyed, do a complete job of it—don’t make any treaties or show them mercy; utterly wipe them out. Do not intermarry with them, nor let your sons and daughters marry their sons and daughters. That would surely result in your young people’s beginning to worship their gods. Then the anger of the Lord would be hot against you, and he would surely destroy you. ~ Deuteronomy 7:1-4 NLT
 
Do not swear falsely by my name and so profane the name of your God. I am the LORD. ~ Leviticus 19:12 NIV
 
We humans make plans, but the Lord has the final word. We may think we know what is right, but the Lord is the judge of our motives. Share your plans with the Lord, and you will succeed. ~ Proverbs 16:1-3 CEV
 
Don’t talk before you think or make promises to God without thinking them through. God is in heaven, and you are on earth, so don’t talk too much. ~ Ecclesiastes 5:2 CEV
 
It is not good to have zeal without knowledge, nor to be hasty and miss the way. ~ Proverbs 19:2 NIV

Discretion Is the Better Part of Valor

Feb 23

by Victoria Robinson

Shakespeare wrote, “The better part of valour is discretion; in the which better part I have saved my life.” More importantly, King Solomon wrote, “Discretion will protect you, and understanding will guard you.”

According to the Collins English Dictionary the word discretion means: The quality of behaving or speaking in such a way as to avoid social embarrassment or distress. This describes a godly lady.

Are you a lady of discretion or are you behaving like a pig with a gold ring in your snout? Doesn’t sound very beautiful yet this is how King Solomon describes a lady who does not show discretion.

A lady of discretion …

  • Does not say everything that is on her mind.
  • Does not speak ill of others.
  • Does not spread rumors.
  • Does not boast about her accomplishments.

Dearest girlfriends, let us seek to be beautiful ladies of discretion.

Discretion will protect you, and understanding will guard you. ~ Proverbs 2:11 NIV
 
Like a gold ring in a pig’s snout is a beautiful woman who shows no discretion. ~ Proverbs 11:22 NIV
 
Keep what you know to yourself, and you will be safe; talk too much, and you are done for. ~ Proverbs 13:3 CEV
 
It is foolish to belittle a neighbor; a person with good sense remains silent. ~ Proverbs 11:12 NLT
 
A gossip goes around revealing secrets, but those who are trustworthy can keep a confidence. ~ Proverbs 11:13 NLT
 
As the Scriptures say, “The person who wishes to boast should boast only of what the Lord has done.” When people boast about themselves, it doesn’t count for much. But when the Lord commends someone, that’s different! ~ 2 Corinthians 10:17-18 NLT
 
I, wisdom, dwell together with prudence; I possess knowledge and discretion. ~ Proverbs 8:12 NIV

Sending Best Wishes

Feb 10
by Victoria Robinson
 
There is a famous southern cook who always ends her television show with, “I send y’all love and best dishes …” This is of course a cute spin on the phrase, “Sending best wishes.” Many greeting cards have this same sentiment. In the book of Acts we see the apostle Luke sent his best wishes to the early church.
  
The question is, “Do we really always send our best wishes to others or do we sometimes wish destruction on those we consider our enemies?” Or dare I say, even on those we love but find ourselves jealous of? Ouch! That hurts to think about. But, if we are really honest, there can be times when we do not send our best wishes to foe and friend alike. Maybe they have not taken our advice and in our proud hearts we desire to be right to the point of wishing them proved wrong.

As for wishing our enemies best wishes, quite simply put, it is in our own best interest. King Solomon who is considered one of the wisest men in the Bible told us, “If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat; if he is thirsty, give him water to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head, and the LORD will reward you.” If you are struggling with loving your enemy try praying for God to bless them. Perhaps even taking it a step further and doing something nice for them. This will free you from any bondage Satan has you in.

Dearest girlfriends, let us develop godly hearts that are full of best wishes for friends and foes alike.

… We send our best wishes. ~ Acts 15:29 CEV
 
Timothy, my fellow worker, and Lucius, Jason, and Sosipater, my relatives, send you their good wishes. ~ Romans 16:21 NLT
 
You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? ~ Matthew 5:43-46 NIV
  
If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat; if he is thirsty, give him water to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head, and the LORD will reward you. ~ Proverbs 25:21-22 NIV

Take It to Heart Girlfriends!

Feb 02

by Victoria Robinson

In a prayer for his people, King Solomon prayed they would take it to heart when they sinned. Great admonition for us all. Taking it to heart would be to have a change of heart which would be to repent. There cannot be recovery from sin unless we take to heart the wrongs we have committed. King Solomon asked God to forgive them because they were His people. If you have accepted Jesus Christ into your heart, then you are His and can expect restoration from your sins once you have taken them to heart.

King Solomon’s father, King David had committed some grievous sins during his reign. One as we know was to have an affair with Bathsheba, who by the way was Solomon’s mother. The second sin occurred when David tried to cover up his affair by murdering Uriah, Bathsheba’s husband. At first, David did not acknowledge his sin, but when he did, the painful restoration process began. Yes girlfriends, I did say painful. That is because all sin has repercussions. The mercy of God is a mystery which cannot be totally explained, but He has made it clear He will show mercy on whom He chooses to show mercy. Therefore, we should never presume upon the mercy of our heavenly Father understanding He will always treat us fairly.

Dearest girlfriends, I pray we would take to heart the wrongs we have committed and marvel at the wondrous restoration our heavenly Father will bring about in our lives.

If they have sinned against thee, (for there is no man that sinneth not,) and thou be angry with them, and give them up to the enemy, and they have carried them away captives unto the enemy’s land, far or near; and if they shall take it to heart in the land whither they were carried captive, and repent, and make supplication unto thee in the land of them that carried them captive, saying, We have sinned, and have done iniquity, we have dealt perversely; and if they return unto thee with all their heart and with all their soul, in the land of their enemies who led them away captive, and pray unto thee toward their land which thou gavest unto their fathers, the city that thou hast chosen, and the house that I have built unto thy name; then hear thou in the heavens, the settled place of thy dwelling, their prayer and their supplication, and maintain their right; and forgive thy people their sin against thee, and all their transgressions whereby they have transgressed against thee, and give them to find compassion with those who carried them captive, that they may have compassion on them for they are thy people … ~ 1 Kings 8:46-51 DBY
 
“When they sin against you—for there is no one who does not sin—and you become angry with them and give them over to the enemy, who takes them captive to a land far away or near; and if they have a change of heart in the land where they are held captive, and repent and plead with you in the land of their captivity and say, ‘We have sinned, we have done wrong and acted wickedly’; and if they turn back to you with all their heart and soul in the land of their captivity where they were taken, and pray toward the land you gave their fathers, toward the city you have chosen and toward the temple I have built for your Name; then from heaven, your dwelling place, hear their prayer and their pleas, and uphold their cause. And forgive your people, who have sinned against you. ~ 2 Chronicles 6:36-39 NIV
 
And the LORD said, “I will cause all my goodness to pass in front of you, and I will proclaim my name, the LORD, in your presence. I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion. ~ Exodus 33:19 NIV
 
The sacrifice you want is a broken spirit. A broken and repentant heart, O God, you will not despise. ~ Psalm 51:17 NLT

Embrace Today!

Jan 07

by Victoria Robinson

Girlfriends, fashion experts tell us to dress for the body we have today. Sometimes this is a painful thought as most of us do not feel perfect and would rather wait to embrace the body we imagine having someday, instead of the one we have today. When it comes to our life, we need to be able to embrace our today instead of waiting for the life we imagine having someday. Even with all the imperfections in our lives, our heavenly Father has given us this day to enjoy.

Do you accept your “lot in life” as King Solomon put it? If so, he said you will not need to look back with sorrow on your past. Are you frittering away all your todays waiting on a better life. If so, embrace today by giving your heavenly Father thanks for all He has done for you. Recognize that He is aware of all your circumstances and cares for you.

Dearest girlfriends, whatever today brings, I pray we would embrace the life our heavenly Father has given us.

… I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through him who gives me strength. ~ Philippians 4:11-13 NIV

… To enjoy your work and to accept your lot in life—that is indeed a gift from God. The person who does that will not need to look back with sorrow on his past, for God gives him joy. ~ Ecclesiastes 5:19-20 TLB
 
So I saw that there is nothing better for a man than to enjoy his work, because that is his lot. For who can bring him to see what will happen after him? ~ Ecclesiastes 3:22 NIV
 
Be joyful always; … give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. ~ 1 Thessalonians 5:16,18 NIV
 
However many years a man may live, let him enjoy them all. ~ Ecclesiastes 11:8 NIV

A Hurried Day

Dec 31

by Victoria Robinson

Sometimes it is hard to believe there are only twenty-four hours in a day. In fact King Solomon said, “The sun rises and the sun sets, and hurries back to where it rises.” He makes it sound like our days are just a whirlwind of hurry, hurry, hurry!  So much to do, so little time! Yet He who created our days knows far better than we mere humans how much time is needed in each day to achieve what He desires.

Spending time wisely can make for an interesting day. We are to take care of ourselves and part of that includes sleeping. Yet the Word of God warns us that, “A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest— and poverty will come …” We should also consider spending some time in physical exercise, and yet we are told, “Physical exercise has some value, but spiritual exercise is much more important, for it promises a reward in both this life and the next.” Serving at our church is important, and yet we must not neglect our families in the process.

It seems the key to all this is to seek our heavenly Father’s guidance on what activities we should be involved in. Dearest girlfriends, I pray we would be wise time managers with the days our heavenly Father has given us.

The sun rises and the sun sets, and hurries back to where it rises. ~ Ecclesiastes 1:5 NIV
 
Do not waste time arguing over godless ideas and old wives’ tales. Spend your time and energy in training yourself for spiritual fitness. Physical exercise has some value, but spiritual exercise is much more important, for it promises a reward in both this life and the next. ~ 1 Timothy 4:7-8 NLT
 
There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven … ~ Ecclesiastes 3:1 NIV
 
How long will you lie there, you sluggard? When will you get up from your sleep? A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest— and poverty will come on you like a bandit and scarcity like an armed man. ~ Proverbs 6:9-11 NIV

A Positive Word

Dec 06

by Victoria Robinson

I am by nature a very positive person. I cannot tell you how many times I have had the thought, “I am positive I am going to fail.” Seriously, do you need to develop a habit of speaking positive words to yourself and others?  When the psalmist was grieved, he pleaded with God to give him an encouraging word. All the positive words you will ever need can be found in the Word of God.

Girlfriends, are the words you speak positive or negative? Are you always the “Negative Nellie” amongst your friends. The one who is always saying what could go wrong or what is presently wrong. Being a positive person does not equate with an ostrich sticking their head in the sand. That would just be unrealistic and foolish. It does however, in the darkest of times, require taking out a magnifying glass and searching for a glimmer of hope. I call this looking for “sweet moments”. In every persons life there is even the tiniest bit of sweetness to look at and find encouragement from. King Solomon said, “Anyone who is among the living has hope—even a live dog is better off than a dead lion!”

Sometimes a positive word even needs to be spoken to your adversary. The apostle Paul did just that when the guards in charge of transporting him and the other prisoners did not heed his warning to not set sail. When a storm threatened their lives, Paul said, “But now I beg you to cheer up, because you will be safe.”

A positive word can cheer a friend up and brighten their day. Dearest girlfriends, let us be God’s messengers of good news by speaking positive words to one another. Girlfriends, please allow me to leave you with a positive word written by the apostle Paul. “Now Christ Jesus has come to show us the kindness of God. Christ our Savior defeated death and brought us the good news. It shines like a light and offers life that never ends.”

Good people enjoy the positive results of their words, but those who are treacherous crave violence. ~ Proverbs 13:2 NLT 
  
I weep with grief; encourage me by your word. ~ Psalm 119:28 NLT
 
The godly speak words that are helpful, but the wicked speak only what is corrupt. ~ Proverbs 10:32 NLT
  
Anyone who is among the living has hope—even a live dog is better off than a dead lion! ~ Ecclesiates 9:4 NIV
 
… Paul stood up and told the men: You should have listened to me! If you had stayed on in Crete, you would not have had this damage and loss. But now I beg you to cheer up, because you will be safe. Only the ship will be lost. I belong to God, and I worship him. Last night he sent an angel to tell me, “Paul, don’t be afraid! You will stand trial before the Emperor. And because of you, God will save the lives of everyone on the ship.” Cheer up! I am sure that God will do exactly what he promised. ~ Acts 27:21-25 CEV
 
Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. ~ Ephesians 4:29 NIV 
 
Worry weighs a person down; an encouraging word cheers a person up. ~ Proverbs 12:25 NLT
 
A cheerful look brings joy to the heart, and good news gives health to the bones. ~ Proverbs 15:30 NIV
 
Now Christ Jesus has come to show us the kindness of God. Christ our Savior defeated death and brought us the good news. It shines like a light and offers life that never ends. ~ 2 Timothy 1:10 CEV