1Kings 12-13

16 And when all Israel saw that the king did not listen to them, the people answered the king, “What portion do we have in David? We have no inheritance in the son of Jesse. To your tents, O Israel! Look now to your own house, David.” So Israel went to their tents. 17 But Rehoboam reigned over the people of Israel who lived in the cities of Judah. 18 Then King Rehoboam sent Adoram, who was taskmaster over the forced labor, and all Israel stoned him to death with stones. And King Rehoboam hurried to mount his chariot to flee to Jerusalem. 19 So Israel has been in rebellion against the house of David to this day. 20 And when all Israel heard that Jeroboam had returned, they sent and called him to the assembly and made him king over all Israel. There was none that followed the house of David but the tribe of Judah only.

Usually just after God has done something significant in your life, like Solomon building and dedicating the temple, that’s when the wheels fall off. Just go ahead and expect it. God shows Himself to be real and working in your life, thats when division, distraction, or depression can set in. Stay true to the Lord. Keep following him whether you feel like it or not. Don’t abandon His word or His people. Keep the mission your goal, making more and better disciples in all the earth. He’ll stick with you.

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1Kings 10-11

Now when the queen of Sheba heard of the fame of Solomon concerning the name of the Lord, she came to test him with hard questions.

When people hear that you’re a Christian, or maybe when you decide to get real with your faith, they will seek to test you. It’s not so much a desire on their part to tear you down, they too want something real. They’re testing you because you’re a witness to them. If it’s real for you, perhaps it could be real for them. You are the message.

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1Kings 8-9

O Lord, God of Israel, there is no God like you, in heaven above or on earth beneath, keeping covenant and showing steadfast love to your servants who walk before you with all their heart

Solomon’s prayer is still valid today… God keeps his covenant and shows not simply great love, but steadfast love. God doesn’t change and if you know Him through His Son Jesus Christ then you are His, forever! You are loved!

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1Kings 7

Thus all the work that King Solomon did on the house of the Lord was finished. And Solomon brought in the things that David his father had dedicated, the silver, the gold, and the vessels, and stored them in the treasuries of the house of the Lord.

David started it, Solomon finished. You don’t have to do it all by yourself. Sometimes God’s work through you will take generations. Be patient and work with others. God’s plan is bigger than just you.

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1Kings 5-6

In the four hundred and eightieth year after the people of Israel came out of the land of Egypt, in the fourth year of Solomon’s reign over Israel, in the month of Ziv, which is the second month, he began to build the house of the Lord.

It took 480 years for God to begin to give His people a permanent place to worship, and we sometimes get impatient if we go a week or so without God answering our prayers (the way we want). Trust in the Lord, His time table is different than ours.

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