Dethroning a Greedy Heart [Podcast]

1 Kings 21

Ironically, receiving what we’ve envied only increases our desire for more . . . and it blinds us to blessings we already have. King Ahab “sold himself to do evil” — he compromised to gain what he couldn’t get otherwise.

So, how can we dethrone a greedy heart?

When Trusting God is All You Have [Podcast]

2 Chronicles 14-16

We learn from King Asa that our trust in the Lord is most reflected not in prosperity but in affliction, and what we trust most God may remove that we learn to trust Him alone.

Crowning Convenience [Podcast]

1 Kings 12:25-33

We need to examine our lives for any substitutes we’ve allowed to replace the Lord, and we should make our daily pilgrimage without regard to personal convenience. Jeroboam worried he would lose the kingdom if Israel worshiped the Lord in Jerusalem, so he offered a series of substitutes: alternate gods, an alternate capital, alternate temples, alternate priests, and alternate feasts.

He accommodated the people’s need for worship by appealing to convenience as a justification for compromise. Bad idea.

Avoiding a Royally Wrong Response [Podcast]

1 Kings 12:1-20

When we allow our own desires and the advice of friends to overshadow wise counsel, we learn the hard way the difference between serving men and serving God.

When faced with potential hostility, Rehoboam chose to intimidate others rather than serve them. This resulted — with no surprise — in the splitting of the nation and civil war.