KEY SCRIPTURE:1Kings 11:3 KJV “And he had seven hundred wives, princesses, and three hundred concubines: and his wives turned away his heart”.
My concern in this study is not to focus on what turned his heart from God, but the fact that his heart was turned away from the Lord. Proverbs 4:23, says
“Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life”. Your heart is the incubation center for the proceeds of this life. The heart must be solely dominated by God and His word. Every good thing is made or created by the word. Any other thing that takes over the heart produces all kinds of dangerous products that would mess up your life. To keep God’s word, is to protect or to guard it. Your failure to do so is your own destruction.
Now the question is, what is drawing your heart away from God? To Solomon it was women. To others it can be lust for riches, or sin in any form would draw your heart away from God. There are even some men of God who get envious of the success of others instead of getting motivated with the success of those who have made it for the Lord. Remember the heart is the center of incubation of the issues of life. Secondly the heart is also the seat for control of the life of an individual. Either God is ruling your heart or something else. Whenever you permit anything to draw you away from God, it controls you.
HOW can one keep his or her heart from being taken over by wrong influences? Solomon erred because he did not take heed to the instructions of scripture. Obedience to the word of God would always preserve you from being led away. Another thing you can do is to keep attention to the word. (Proverbs 4:20.) Keep listening to the word of God. There are messages of very anointed men of God which would keep you focused on course for God. As ministers do not allow your ears to be free of the word. Keep listening over and over again. As you do this you would never be drawn out of course for God, but you would be more and more fruitful in the Lord.
My heart is for the Lord. Nothing controls my heart except the word of God. I give my total attention and focus on the word of God. My actions are always in line with the word of God. My faith is also very alert to stop every attack of the enemy or create whatever I need.
Mark 4:19 KJV ” And the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful.”
Proverbs 4:23-28 KJV “Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.
Put away from thee a froward mouth, and perverse lips put far from thee. Let thine eyes look right on, and let thine eyelids look straight before thee.
Turn not to the right hand nor to the left: remove thy foot from evil.”