Sunday, May 27, 2018
No Compromise, Part 1
1 Kings 11:1–11
But King Solomon loved many foreign women, as well as the daughter of Pharaoh: women of the Moabites, Ammonites, Edomites, Sidonians, and Hittites— from the nations of whom the Lord had said to the children of Israel, “You shall not intermarry with them, nor they with you. Surely they will turn away your hearts after their gods.” Solomon clung to these in love. And he had seven hundred wives, princesses, and three hundred concubines; and his wives turned away his heart. For it was so, when Solomon was old, that his wives turned his heart after other gods; and his heart was not loyal to the Lord his God, as was the heart of his father David. For Solomon went after Ashtoreth the goddess of the Sidonians, and after Milcom the abomination of the Ammonites. Solomon did evil in the sight of the Lord and did not fully follow the Lord, as did his father David. Then Solomon built a high place for Chemosh the abomination of Moab, on the hill that is east of Jerusalem, and for Molech the abomination of the people of Ammon. And he did likewise for all his foreign wives, who burned incense and sacrificed to their gods.
So the Lord became angry with Solomon, because his heart had turned from the Lord God of Israel, who had appeared to him twice, and had commanded him concerning this thing, that he should not go after other gods; but he did not keep what the Lord had commanded. Therefore the Lord said to Solomon, “Because you have done this, and have not kept My covenant and My statutes, which I have commanded you, I will surely tear the kingdom away from you and give it to your servant.
Take Away / Application
A life of compromise leads to your demise.
- Guard your heart
- Repent and return to the Lord
Don’t be afraid to add to this list, skip questions that don’t work for your group or branch off with additional questions as the discussion unfolds. Conversation is key! This is the time to work through the application of scripture and have group members figure things out together.
- Share about a time when your parents gave you good instruction, but you compromised those instructions, and things didn’t turn out well. Have you had a moment or season where you’ve done the same with God? Share.
- Read 1 Kings 3:5–14. What would your one “ask” be?
- What makes it hard to see the small compromises in our lives? How can small compromises move us far away from God?
- What competes for your heart and pulls it in a different direction from God? (Money, Popularity, Laziness, Kid’s Schedules, Friends, etc.)
- How have you seen the truth of “Compromise will lead to your demise” play out in your own life?
- Why is it so important to guard your heart? Why is it important that we address any issues at the source rather than downstream?
- Read Matthew 22:37–38: What is the first and greatest commandment concerning the heart?
- According to Luke 6:45, how does our heart affect our actions?
- Read Luke 21:34 and Deuteronomy 11:16: What are at least two dangers concerning our hearts?
- Read Proverbs 4:23. What can you do to guard your heart against ungodly influences?