Being Steadfast and Unmovable
1Kings 11:1 But king Solomon loved many strange
women, together with the daughter of Pharaoh, women of the Moabites,
Ammonites, Edomites, Zidonians, and Hittites;
1Ki 11:2 Of the nations concerning which the LORD said unto the
children of Israel, Ye shall not go in to them, neither shall they
come in unto you: for surely they will turn away your heart after
their gods: Solomon cleaved unto these in love.
1Ki 11:3 And he had seven hundred wives, princesses, and three
hundred concubines: and his wives turned away his heart.
1Ki 11:4 For it came to pass, when Solomon was old, that his wives
turned away his heart after other gods: and his heart was not
perfect with the LORD his God, as was the heart of David his father.
1Ki 11:5 For Solomon went after Ashtoreth the goddess of the
Zidonians, and after Milcom the abomination of the Ammonites.
1Ki 11:6 And Solomon did evil in the sight of the LORD, and went not
fully after the LORD, as did David his father.
1Ki 11:7 Then did Solomon build a high place for Chemosh, the
abomination of Moab, in the hill that is before Jerusalem, and for
Molech, the abomination of the children of Ammon.
1Ki 11:8 And likewise did he for all his strange wives, which burnt
incense and sacrificed unto their gods.
1Ki 11:9 And the LORD was angry with Solomon, because his heart was
turned from the LORD God of Israel, which had appeared unto him
1Ki 11:10 And had commanded him concerning this thing, that he
should not go after other gods: but he kept not that which the LORD
1Ki 11:11 Wherefore the LORD said unto Solomon, Forasmuch as this is
done of thee, and thou hast not kept my covenant and my statutes,
which I have commanded thee, I will surely rend the kingdom from
thee, and will give it to thy servant.
Here we read about a very sad story. Solomon is known as the wisest
man of all ages yet in the end he seemed to be the stupidest man and
all that wisdom he had gained was for nothing.
When Solomon first became king, God spoke to him in a dream recorded
in 1 Kings Chapter 3. In that chapter God asked Solomon what he
wished to have. Solomon asked for wisdom to rule rather than ask for
material things. God not only granted him that wisdom but also gave
him the riches and greatness that no one before him had. God put an
ďifĒ though on this saying that if he would walk in His ways, keep
His statues and commandments, he would also have length of days.
He started out good. He had Godís favor and blessing.
This though is no guarantee that we are always in Godís favor. Once
we find favor with God through faith in Jesus Christ, we must
maintain that faith by having constant fellowship with the Lord. If
we do not, we can fall away.
1Co 15:1 Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I
preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye
stand; 1Co 15:2 By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory
what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.
It happened to the wisest man ever to live on earth besides Jesus
Christ and that was King Solomon.
Deuteronomy 17:14 When thou art come unto the land which
the LORD thy God giveth thee, and shalt possess it, and shalt dwell
therein, and shalt say, I will set a king over me, like as all the
nations that are about me; Deu 17:15 Thou shalt in any wise set him
king over thee, whom the LORD thy God shall choose: one from among
thy brethren shalt thou set king over thee: thou mayest not set a
stranger over thee, which is not thy brother. Deu 17:16 But he shall
not multiply horses to himself, nor cause the people to return to
Egypt, to the end that he should multiply horses: forasmuch as the
LORD hath said unto you, Ye shall henceforth return no more that
way. Deu 17:17 Neither shall he multiply wives to himself, that his
heart turn not away: neither shall he greatly multiply to himself
silver and gold. Deu 17:18 And it shall be, when he sitteth upon the
throne of his kingdom, that he shall write him a copy of this law in
a book out of that which is before the priests the Levites: Deu
17:19 And it shall be with him, and he shall read therein all the
days of his life: that he may learn to fear the LORD his God, to
keep all the words of this law and these statutes, to do them: Deu
17:20 That his heart be not lifted up above his brethren, and that
he turn not aside from the commandment, to the right hand, or to the
left: to the end that he may prolong his days in his kingdom, he,
and his children, in the midst of Israel.
In the law it was written that a king must not multiply wives unto
himself. Solomon let his wives turn his heart away from God. As a
result he lost his kingdom and died without being in fellowship with
What could Solomon have done to avoid this? We see from Deuteronomy
17:18 that he should have constantly kept the law of God before him
and read it all the days of his life.
In our day, we have the written word we call the bible. It should be
read and studied constantly so we will have it written upon our
hearts continually. If we read and study this word, we are less
likely to sin against God. Remember the Psalm which says, ďThy word
have I hid in my heart that I might not sin against thee.
Gathering together to worship is very important. We are commanded in
the book of Hebrews not to forsake the gathering together to
worship. This strengthens us and makes us more likely not to fall
back into the ways of the world. When we worship we need to
communicate with God in praise and song. If we limit ourselves to
just watching someone else worship and not worship ourselves, we are
missing our own much needed communication with God. Every time we
walk through those church doors we are giving our testimony that we
believe in Jesus Christ. Every time our neighbors see us leaving for
church we are saying to them, Iím a believer in Jesus Christ. We are
saved by faith in the shed blood of Jesus Christ. Jesus alone is our
salvation. No we are not saved by attending church but it does show
by example to the kids and to those we worship with that we believe
and are faithful in what we believe.
Special singing and gospel sings are great but that cannot replace
singing or praising God from our own hearts. Praise and worship is
greatly needed but even that can be overdone if the word itself is
neglected. It is the word and the study of the word that is needed
to keep the heart from returning to sin. Solomon allowed his wives
to have all his attention. They eventually got him to start allowing
them to worship their own gods. Later he eventually started to
worship the other gods himself even though he knew better.
We see from this that who we spend our time the most with is who we
will most likely be influenced by.
If we spend time with God and in the word of God, that will cause us
to walk in the spirit and be closer to God. If we spend more time
with our friends, our hobbies and other things than we do with God,
we will be more likely to be influenced by whoever or whatever we
spend our time doing.
Friendship is good but it must come second to our time spent with
Paul the apostle once told of someone who started out good but ended
up forsaken him because of his love for the world.
2Timothy 4:10 For Demas hath forsaken me, having loved this present
world, and is departed unto Thessalonica; Crescens to Galatia,
One cannot love God and love the mammon of
unrighteousness at the same time.
1John 2:15 Love not the world, neither the things that
are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father
is not in him. 1Jn 2:16 For all that is in the world, the lust of
the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not
of the Father, but is of the world. 1Jn 2:17 And the world passeth
away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God
The modern doctrine going about that teaches that to gain
is a sign of godliness is false. The more we have in this life, the
less we are going to be dependent upon God. Riches are not a sign of
Godís blessing as many suppose. There are evil men who are rich and
there are evil men who are poor. Not all can handle being rich for
it would take their hearts far away from God.
There is a story about the rich man and Lazarus. There is also a
story about the rich man who went away from Jesus without salvation
because he loved his riches more than his salvation. He was willing
to be religious, do all the commandments and even fast but he wasnít
willing to give away his riches to the poor. We must not accumulate
so many things that we could not give them up if we were required to
Some of us may be richer than others and those riches may or may not
separate us from God but the whether we are richer than someone else
or not doesnít mean God favors us more than a poor brother.
Our time spent listening to tapes and videos about the word should
never replace our own private time spent with the Lord and His word.
Why? They can be repeating what someone else says and they could be
repeating what they heard and they could be preaching either
something new or tradition of men.
Letís be a hearer and a doer of the word ourselves depending more on
God than on anyone else. It is vital that we do that.
Can we fall away from our first love and from the truth? Yes, we
Martin Luther did a great service to mankind when he broke away from
error and led people back to the bible. So did many others before
him but he is the one who got away with what the others were killed
for. Yet even Luther at the end of his life wrote an article
condemning the Jews and advocating the burning or their synagogues.
Hitler later used Martin Lutherís ramblings to justify the
What caused Martin to do that? He first had compassion on the Jews
but when the Jews of his day rejected his message, he turned against
them. He couldnít handle rejection. This caused an anger to build up
in him until he wrote in anger that which later was used to justify
In Solomonís case it was the weakness of the flesh and the beauty of
his wives that turned his heart. In Lutherís case it was not being
able to handle rejection. Whatever our particular weakness is, that
can be used to bring us down if we get away from following the Lord
on a daily basis. We need His constant fellowship in the word, in
prayer and in the fellowship of other believers.
Hebrews 3:12 Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of
you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God. Heb
3:13 But exhort one another daily, while it is called Today; lest
any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.
Unbelief can enter in and cause us to lose our fellowship with God.
Studying Godís word is the biggest guard against unbelief. That is
why God instructed kings to read the law of God back in Deuteronomy.
Exhorting one another in the faith by coming together to pray and
study as a body also guards against unbelief.
So we see being unequally yoked with unbelievers as in
the case of Solomon. We see allowing a root of bitterness in the
case of Martin Luther, and we the love of the world in the case of
There are scriptures in the New Testament that warns
against all those things that caused those three to fail. Love of
money tempted Judas to betray Jesus. We can see clearly that the
devil uses different things to bring down different types of people.
Boasting and then fear of men was Peterís weakness and caused him to
deny Jesus although Peter later got back into fellowship with the
What made Peter fail that one time? Remember earlier in
the garden that Jesus warned Peter to watch and pray that they would
not enter into temptation. The spirit is willing but the flesh is
Knowing that we are weak and in need of Godís help is a
good thing to have. If we know we canít make it on our own, we will
constantly be seeking God for help. None of us can make it on our
own. In order to get help we have to realize that we need help. To
be saved from sin, we need to acknowledge that we have sinned and
need to be saved. Then we have to understand the way to get rid of
sin and be saved is by believing in the name of Jesus Christ to save
us from sin. That opens the door. We have to see that we need God
before God can help us.
We canít be filled with the Holy Spirit if we do not
think we need the Holy Spirit. We canít receive anything from God if
we donít acknowledge that we need anything from God.
I need God. I need His help. I need His salvation, I need His
spirit, I need understanding. I need His presence. I need God.
Ask and it shall be given, seek and ye shall find, knock and it
shall be opened. If you being evil know how to give good gifts to
your children how much more shall the heavenly father give the Holy
Spirit to them that ask him? We are always asking God for material
things and for things in this life but if we begin to seek God for
the things of the spirit rather than the things of the flesh, He
will supply all other necessary things. We do not even have to worry
about them. Seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness
and all these things shall be added unto you. First God wants all to
be saved from sin and inherit eternal life. Then God wants us to
walk in the spirit and always be filled with the spirit. This is not
a one time thing. Being filled with the spirit is constant.
John 7:37 In the last day, that great day of the feast,
Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto
me, and drink. Joh 7:38 He that believeth on me, as the Scripture
hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.
Rev 22:17 And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let
him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And
whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.
Joh 4:10 Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou
knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me
to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given
thee living water.
We are never to stop seeking and think we have arrived, have plenty
of money and need nothing. We always need Godís presence and His
Remember Jesus warned the church at Laodicea that they thought they
had all they needed but they were lacking the things of the spirit.
Remember the story of the 5 virgins who were foolish because they
were depending upon the spiritual power of their friends instead of
seeking the Lord themselves. They were found lacking when the Lord
came and no time to buy oil for their own lamps. Now is the time to
seek God and get back into His fellowship and grace.
God freely gives but to receive from God we must seek Him and seek
His presence. Are we too busy to seek the Lord? Are we following
afar off? Are we depending upon someone else for our spiritual need
and not seeking the Lord ourselves? Are we being so unequally yoked
with unbelievers that they are pulling us away from God instead of
us sharing the gospel with them? Yes, we need to share the gospel
with unbelievers but we need to balance our time with them with time
alone with God and also time spent with fellow believers. That is
what church is for.
Sometimes we beat ourselves up because we do not see many souls
being saved at our church services. That is something we need to
seek and desire to see but church is actually a place for believers
to be strengthened so they can share the gospel with those they work
with, go to school with and live near. It is like a gas station. We
go to the gas station when our car starts to become low on gas. What
happens if we neglect to get gas? We run out and are stuck somewhere
This is what happens when we neglect to meet and worship with other
believers, seek the Lord or study His word. My main point of this
message is that we need the constant fellowship of the Lord and the
constant study of His word in order to keep from falling back into
the sin Jesus saved us from. It is really a simple message. Just
keep seeking Him. Like we need gas for our cars and food for our
stomach. When we get low we seek a refill. Some of us see our gas
tank drop just a little and we get more gas others wait until it
gets almost empty. In the things of the spirit, we need to take even
more guard against our soul so that we stay full of His spirit and
are ready to fight against any temptation or trial that may upset
us. Always recognize that we need God. We need each other and we
need His direction constantly.
I want to end this message though on a positive note. God does not
want us to fail and mess up. He is for us, not against us. Paul
wrote these words:
2Timothy 1:12 For the which cause I also suffer these
things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have
believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have
committed unto him against that day. 2Ti 1:13 Hold fast the form of
sound words, which thou hast heard of me, in faith and love which is
in Christ Jesus. 2Ti 1:14 That good thing which was committed unto
thee keep by the Holy Ghost which dwelleth in us.
Revelation 22:14 Blessed are they that do his
commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may
enter in through the gates into the city.
John 3:16 For God so Loved the world that whosoever
believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
Luke 12:29 And seek not ye what ye shall eat, or what ye
shall drink, neither be ye of doubtful mind. Luk 12:30 For all these
things do the nations of the world seek after: and your Father
knoweth that ye have need of these things. Luk 12:31 But rather seek
ye the kingdom of God; and all these things shall be added unto you.
Luk 12:32 Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father's good
pleasure to give you the kingdom.
God is for us, not against us. Amen