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Chuck Smith :: Sermon Notes for 1 Kings 10:9

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Intro: The visit of the Queen of Sheba - journeyed 1500 miles one way. 75 days. Came to prove him with hard questions. Christ mentioned her coming. Her astonishment of Solomon - wisdom - house that he build - meat of his table...10 fat oxen, 20 oxen from the fields, 100 sheep plus harts, bucks & fallow deer & fatted fowls daily. His servants, ministers & cup bearers, his ascent to the house of the Lord. "No more spirit in her."
A. Solomon a very gifted man. God gave him wisdom.
1. Naturalist, botanist, zoologist.
2. Prolific writer; 1005 songs, 3000 proverbs.
3. Not the least of these gifts was his ability to manifest them in such a way that men glorified in Jehovah the source and not in man, the instrument.
a. Should people say "you are a marvelous teacher" (O God where did I fail?).
b. "God has anointed you to teach." (thank you Father).
c. You're on dangerous ground when people start to tell you how wonderful you are.
1. Danger of believing it.
2. There must be too much of me & not enough of Him coming through.
3. Reporter, "To what do you attribute the success of the church?"
B. Jesus said, "Ye are the light of the world."
1. He established the Christian as a light.
a. A light has one essential purpose: to give forth light.
1. If it fails in its purpose, it is useless.
2. There is nothing quite so useless as that person who has taken the name Christian, but is failing to give forth light.
b. Christ told of difficulty or folly of hiding light.
1. "Men do not light candles & then put them under bushel."
2. "A city set on a hill cannot be hid" why?
3. You as a Christian are bound to be obvious in this dark world.
4. A true conversion experience is bound to show. How is it to show?
C. "Let your light so shine," That when they see your good works...glorify God.
1. There are ways of doing my works that draw attention to me.
a. Jesus warned of manner of giving, praying, & fasting.
b. Human nature in me desires recognition.
c. I like the plaque "He's a real man of prayer" "He walks close to God."
2. We need to take care in relating our experiences.
a. Sometimes my side gets more attention than God's side.
1. "When I laid my hands on them I..."
2. My prayers never healed anything. My witnessing never saved anybody. My preaching never stirred a soul. God is the one who healed... saved... stirred. Use this instrument. Praise His Name.
Sermon Notes for 1 Kings 10:9 ← Prior Section
Sermon Notes for 1 Kings 11:4-6 Next Section →
Sermon Notes for 2 Samuel 3:39 ← Prior Book
Sermon Notes for 2 Kings 2:14 Next Book →

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