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Don’t Lose Your Heavenly Treasures

“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.”

– 1 Kings 11:2

Yesterday I shared that King Solomon asked for wisdom, one of the most valuable heavenly treasures. Because this request was unselfish, not only did God make him the wisest person in the world, but also blessed him with wealth, victory, and the defeat of his enemies. Unfortunately, in his old age, he married the daughters of kings; princesses who were not Jewish. Possibly, he married them to create a huge entourage in order to make alliances, become stronger, and save Israel, but they each had their own religions. As a result, all of these new foreign and pagan gods began to invade Israel’s kingdom. 

To make matters worse, Solomon built altars to these gods and goddesses, and he employed priests to perform their rituals. Solomon defied the instructions of Deuteronomy chapter 17, which instructs kings on what they should and should not do. We see that Solomon breaks every single edict and becomes just like Pharaoh. According to 1 Kings 11:9, “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.” The Lord forbade Solomon to follow other gods, but he ignored Him. 

Friend, keep your heavenly treasure safe! Don’t lose your wisdom! Don’t let your heart turn away from God — do not turn your back on Him. Stay close to the Lord and your mentors, and continue to be a lifelong disciple of the Lord. In addition, to benefit all mankind in the long run, pursue growing in heavenly treasures, and at the same time, increase in sharing your heavenly treasures with others.

Prayer


Father, give me the strength to value and protect my heavenly treasures.

Reflection


Do you have strong mentors who guide you in the Lord’s ways?

If you’re unable to attend your local church or need some additional weekly inspiration, be sure to tune into Hour of Power every Sunday morning at 11:00 a.m. PT on TBN or watch online at hourofpower.org/episode.  

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