Story of Solomon

Written by Michael Bradley

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In other words - seeking afterrepparttar knowledge of God has to be a major priority in a believer's life. We cannot spiritually grow and develop inrepparttar 148284 Lord unless we have His knowledge worked into us that will cause this spiritual growth to occur inrepparttar 148285 first place. And you can't get this knowledge worked into you unless you are first seeking after it!

Seek and then you will find. Butrepparttar 148286 reverse is also true - don't seek, and you will not find. And if you don't findrepparttar 148287 knowledge of God for your life - thenrepparttar 148288 Holy Spirit will not have anything to work with to startrepparttar 148289 transformation and sanctification process within you.

Grab a hold of these two verses andrepparttar 148290 statements that God is making to Solomon - all because he got this ball rolling by simply asking God for His knowledge to help rule his people.

  1. "Therefore give to your servant an understanding heart to judge your people, that I may discern between good and evil. For who is able to judge this great people of Yours?"

    Andrepparttar 148291 speech pleasedrepparttar 148292 Lord that Solomon had asked for this thing.

    Then God said to him: "Because you have asked this thing, and have not asked long life for yourself, nor have asked riches for yourself, nor have askedrepparttar 148293 life of your enemies, but have asked for yourself understanding to discern justice, behold, I have done according to your words; see, I have given you a wise and understanding heart, so that there has not been anyone like you before you, nor shall any like you arise after you.

    And I have also given you what you have not asked: both riches and honor, so that there shall not be anyone like you amongrepparttar 148294 kings all your days. So if you walk in My ways, to keep My statutes and My commandments, as your father David walked, then I will lengthen your days." (1 Kings 3:9-14)

  2. "So King Solomon surpassed allrepparttar 148295 kings ofrepparttar 148296 earth in riches and wisdom. And allrepparttar 148297 earth soughtrepparttar 148298 presence of Solomon to hear his wisdom, which God had put in his heart." (1 Kings 10:23)
If King Solomon was able to receive this kind of knowledge and wisdom from God - simply because he asked and really pressed in for it - then what can God do for you in this realm if you are willing to expendrepparttar 148299 time and energy to seek after it?

Article written by Michael Bradley of Bible Knowledge Ministries. Their website is a resource of Bible Knowledge.

The article was an excerpt from Michael's E-book titled, Seeking After the Knowledge of God 2005 by Michael Bradley. All Rights Reserved.

The Wisdom of this World is Foolishness with God

Written by Michael Bradley

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  • Let no one deceive you. If anyone among you seems to be wise in this age, let him become a fool that he may become wise. FOR THE WISDOM OF THIS WORLD IS FOOLISHNESS WITH GOD. For it is written, "He catchesrepparttar wise in their own craftiness," and again, "The Lord knowsrepparttar 148283 thoughts ofrepparttar 148284 wise, that they are futile." Therefore let no one glory in men." (1 Corinthians 3:18)
  • "But if you have bitter envy and self-seeking in your hearts, do not boast and lie againstrepparttar 148285 truth. This wisdom does not descend from above, but is earthly, sensual, demonic. For where envy and self-seeking exist, confusion and every evil thing will be there. Butrepparttar 148286 wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy." (James 3:14)
The second verse perfectly describes what goes on inrepparttar 148287 dog eat dog business world. Many are self-seeking, jealous and envious of one another - with everyone trying to run over everyone else to move higher up onrepparttar 148288 food chain.

Notice that God calls this kind of wisdom earthy, sensual and demonic - and that it is not from Him. That is why God says inrepparttar 148289 first verse thatrepparttar 148290 wisdom of this world is foolishness in His eyes. In others words - it is a joke! All of these people who are choosing to live their lives in this kind of dog eat dog environment are heading downrepparttar 148291 wrong road.

Once God starts to really work with you and starts transmitting His knowledge to you on a lot different areas of your life - you will really be able to start to seerepparttar 148292 truth on a lot of different things - not only in your own personal life, but also withrepparttar 148293 world in general. Once that knowledge has been released to you and you have full understanding of it - God will expect you to believe in it and act on it when you are faced withrepparttar 148294 temptation to go withrepparttar 148295 wisdom ofrepparttar 148296 world rather than withrepparttar 148297 wisdom of God. Always remember who you serve. You serve and follow God and His ways for your life - notrepparttar 148298 ways and wisdom of this world.

Article written by Michael Bradley of Bible Knowledge Ministries. Their website is a resource of Bible commentary and teaching.

The article was an excerpt from Michael's E-book titled, Seeking After the Knowledge of God 2005 by Michael Bradley. All Rights Reserved.

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