through His Word
1 Kings: Stay under God’s leadership.
Ch. 1 Make God the King (the Ruler*) of your heart and life, in preference to other contenders.
(Other contenders such as fear, worry, doubt, pride, selfishness, envy, hypocrisy, prejudice, covetousness, apathy, an unforgiving spirit, and so forth)
v.1-4 Cherish the King by staying close to Him and serving Him. (Doing this warms His heart.)
v.5-10 Don’t involve yourself in those things that establish the wrong king in your heart and life.
a) v.5 Don’t exalt yourself to be your own king.
b) v.6 Don’t grow stronger in self-indulgence.
Application: Don’t build the wrong value system, embrace wrong thinking, or persist in wrong habits of life.
c) v.7 Don’t make alliances with people who will help you do the wrong thing.
d) v.8 Don’t avoid the company, influence, and counsel of those who are loyal to the rightful King.
e) v.9 Don’t entice others to do the wrong thing.
f) v.10 Don’t avoid those who would disagree with what you’re doing, or who have some power to do something about it.
v.11-14 Enlist the most powerful (influential, effective) resources at your disposal to get the proper King crowned.
v.15-21 Do your part to get the right King crowned.
v.22-27 When things are going the wrong way, appeal to the highest Authority to help you.
v.28-31 (Enthrone the King who can redeem your life from every distress.)
v.32-37 Listen to the direction that is given to you and follow it carefully.
v.38-40 Crown the rightful King to have great joy.
v.41-49 Crown the rightful King, and the wrong king will lose his power to rule.
v.50-53 Don’t allow the wrong things that want to rule your life, to succeed.
*ruler – one who influences, guides, governs, directs1
1. Webster’s New World College Dictionary, 4th ed. (Cleveland, Ohio: Wiley Publishing, Inc., 2008), 1254.
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