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ONLY IF

1 Kings 6:11-13 “11 Now the word of the Lord came to Solomon saying, 12 ‘Concerning this house which you are building, if you will walk in My statutes and execute My ordinances and keep all My commandments by walking in them, then I will carry out My word with you which I spoke to David your father. 13 I will dwell among the sons of Israel, and will not forsake My people Israel.’”

 THEN I WILL

 God was pleased with Solomon for building His house, the temple.  He was being diligent about it.  He was making sure it was worthy of the God of Israel. So, God gave him a promise based on three things.  IF Solomon would do these three things, He would dwell there and never forsake them.

God expected Solomon to walk in God’s statutes, execute His ordinances and keep all His commandments.  God’s blessings on the people was tied directly to Solomon’s obedience.  And he started off great.  Then sin entered the camp. He began to ignore God, even to the point of building pagan temples for his wives.  The result?  God judged his people.

TEACING MOMENT

Our disobedience as parents can directly affect our children and family.  God will hold us accountable for our sin, but our sins can affect our children.  Therefore, we need to live in such a way that God will be pleased.  We should teach our children this biblical truth, too.  They need to know their actions have consequences, not just for themselves.

I am not saying God is just waiting to abandon us.  As believers, He will never do that.  But our children need to realize that God will not bless us if we are choosing to live in such a way that dishonors Him.  Too many people today think they can live any way they choose and then just holler for God when things get bad and He comes running.  Our children need to see that God does expect us to love and obey Him.

Are you living in obedience right now?  Are you walking in God’s statutes, executing His ordinances and keeping all His commandments?  Your salvation does not depend on works.  Hear me clearly.  However, our holy God expects us to live holy, sanctified lives that point to Him.

Father, I cannot live holy without Your Holy Spirit living it through me.  My flesh is strong.  But through yielding to You daily, I can live a life which draws others, including my family, to You.  Thank You, Lord.

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