May 16, 2018: SOAP #3086: 1Kings 2: 1Chronicles 29; Psalm 95; 2Thessalonians 1 Scripture:  1Kings (NIV) David's charge to his son Solomon: 2:2 “So be strong, show yourself a man, 3 and observe what the LORD your God requires: Walk in his ways, and keep his decrees and commands, his laws and requirements, as […]

May 16, 2018: SOAP #3086: 1Kings 2: 1Chronicles 29; Psalm 95; 2Thessalonians 1

Scripture:  1Kings (NIV) David's charge to his son Solomon: 2:2 “So be strong, show yourself a man, 3 and observe what the LORD your God requires: Walk in his ways, and keep his decrees and commands, his laws and requirements, as written in the Law of Moses, so that you may prosper in all you do and wherever you go, 4   and that the LORD may keep his promise to me: 'If your descendants watch how they live, and if they walk faithfully before me with all their heart and soul, you will never fail to have a man on the throne of Israel.'

Observation:        “show yourself a man,    ” He was not to show himself to be male, but to be a man.   In the specifics attached we get an idea of what is included in being a “man.”

Application:    “So be strong    ” A man is not a weakling.   He is to be able to withstand the storms of life.   He has the strength to stand for right.
”    and observe what the Lord your God requires:    ” A man knows that the Lord is his God.   He knows what his God requires.
”    Walk in his ways    ” He knows what is important to God.  He knows and lives accordingly.
”    and keep his decrees    as written in the Law of Moses.” A man is familiar with God's written Word.
”    so that you may prosper in all you do and wherever you go    ” God's will is that we prosper.   He has made man to be “task” oriented and to gain identification in accomplishments.
”    and that the LORD may keep his promise to me:    ” A man lives in such a way that God wants to keep His promises!     It is not heartache to God to bless a man who lives as described!

Prayer:      Heavenly Father, I want to live in such a way that it is easy for you to keep your promises to me.   May you enjoy blessing me.  Amen

Pastor Leon
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