How Do Good People Go Bad?

How Do Good People Go Bad?

1 Kings 11:1–11

I. Arrogance and Pride
A. Solomon started humble
1. 1 Ki 3:3
2. 1 Ki 3:6–9
3. 1 Ki 3:12–13
B. Solomon Was Rich, Powerful, and Popular
1. 1 Kings 10:14-29
2. V. 14 every year 666 talents of gold
a. 50k lbs x 16 oz = 800k x $1,200/oz = $960mm
b. Today 10lb = $192k (nice house)
C. Had every advantage
1. Prince – son of a king
D. Solomon Was the Smartest Guy In Every Room
1. 1 Ki 4:29–34
E. Solomon Was the Object of Desire
1. 1 Ki 10:23–24
2. 1 Ki 10:6–8
3. 700 princess wives, and 300 non-princess concubines
a. Song of Songs
F. What Solomon didn’t have
1. Smart phone, social media, landline, internet, tv
2. Airplane, car, a/c, electric lights
3. You have way more than he had
G. Easy to think you earned what you have
1. Pr 16:18–19 Pride goes before destruction, And a haughty spirit before stumbling. 19It is better to be humble in spirit with the lowly Than to divide the spoil with the proud.
2. 1 Co 10:12 Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed that he does not fall.
H. Everything You Have Comes From God
1. Jas 1:17 Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow.
2. Lk 12:15–16 Then He said to them, “Beware, and be on your guard against every form of greed; for not even when one has an abundance does his life consist of his possessions.” 16And He told them a parable, saying, “The land of a rich man was very productive.
3. Lk 12:20–21 “But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your soul is required of you; and now who will own what you have prepared?’ 21“So is the man who stores up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.”

II. Faithfulness to God Is All that Matters
A. Rich or poor
1. Powerful or pitiful
2. Beautiful or ugly
3. Healthy or hobbled
B. Danger of influence
1. Solomon built temple – was very religious
2. Seemed like person who could never fall
3. Dt 17:16–17 “Moreover, he shall not multiply horses for himself, nor shall he cause the people to return to Egypt to multiply horses, since the Lord has said to you, ‘You shall never again return that way.’ 17“He shall not multiply wives for himself, or else his heart will turn away; nor shall he greatly increase silver and gold for himself.
C. Influence of people around you
1. Desire to be like everyone else
2. Everyone wanted to be like Solomon – he wants to be like everyone else
3. Maybe he feels fundamentally different – HE IS!!
D. 1 Co 15:33–34 Do not be deceived: “Bad company corrupts good morals.” 34Become sober-minded as you ought, and stop sinning; for some have no knowledge of God. I speak this to your shame.
1. Ro 12:2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.
2. Jas 4:4 You adulteresses, do you not know that friendship with the world is hostility toward God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.

III. Adjust Your Goals
A. Everything you want should fit within your relationship with God
1. Mt 6:33 seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
2. 1 Ki 9:4–7


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