Devo Workers Part 3
Matthew 10:11-16 (NIV)
11 Whatever town or village you enter, search there for some worthy person and stay at their house until you leave. 12 As you enter the home, give it your greeting. 13 If the home is deserving, let your peace rest on it; if it is not, let your peace return to you. 14 If anyone will not welcome you or listen to your words, leave that home or town and shake the dust off your feet. 15 Truly I tell you, it will be more bearable for Sodom and Gomorrah on the day of judgment than for that town.
16 “I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves.
They were sent to their own and yet Jesus said if they don’t receive you move on and shake the dust off. Too many workers don’t move on, they simply grow tired and bitter. Get about the Father’s business. Get off the bus Gus and get yourself free. Time is short. Get over it, not everyone will accept the Jesus that is in you. God will judge them just move on. They are being used of Satan to keep you from accomplishing anything for the Lord. Remember the wolves are in the church where the sheep are, seeking whom they may devour. Know the difference.
Pastor Jeff Lane
Devo Workers Part 2
Matthew 10:1-10 (NIV) 10 Jesus called his twelve disciples to him and gave them authority to drive out impure spirits and to heal every disease and sickness.
2 These are the names of the twelve apostles: first, Simon (who is called Peter) and his brother Andrew; James son of Zebedee, and his brother John; 3 Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew the tax collector; James son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus; 4 Simon the Zealot and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him.
5 These twelve Jesus sent out with the following instructions: “Do not go among the Gentiles or enter any town of the Samaritans. 6 Go rather to the lost sheep of Israel. 7 As you go, proclaim this message: ‘The kingdom of heaven has come near.’ 8 Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received; freely give.
9 “Do not get any gold or silver or copper to take with you in your belts— 10 no bag for the journey or extra shirt or sandals or a staff, for the worker is worth his keep.
Jesus sends out the disciples to the Jews or you might say the church. These were God’s chosen people to reveal God to the world. They were in a sad state of affairs. Lost, sick, dead, and full of demons. He is not at this time sending them to the world but his own. The church is in a sad state today. Where is the power. There is so little power in the church they question and write whole doctrines on why it’s not for today. Jesus says freely you have received freely give. There’s that word again give. Why do people cringe at the word?
This past weekend Becky and I witnessed an accident. It was raining, and we were traveling down the Highway. A couple cars ahead a lady spins out of control and smashes her car. People just went around her not stopping. Becky immediately says stop and help her which I was trying to do. No one stopped they just drove by her. I made sure she was alright while Becky called for help. I got her out of the car, had her turn off the car, and I got the car off the road asap. We stood in the rain as we waited for help to come. Finally, a federal policeman stopped with his lights on and stayed with her until local authorities would come. Becky, Aleah and I drove away stunned that no one would stop and help. They were even were honking at us as we got the car off the road. It is no different when some ones life is spinning out of control and people, family just drive by. Compassion is action not feeling. If the church won’t or can’t help it’s own how will we save the world? Becky and I were in a rush. I was trying to get to the hospital for work. We stood in the rain comforting this woman for thirty or so minutes. Was it an inconvenience? Sure, it was. Going to the cross was too. If you can do nothing else stand in the rain with somebody who knows tomorrow you may need somebody to stand in the rain with you.
Pastor Jeff Lane
Devo Workers Part 1
Matthew 9:35-38 (NIV)
35 Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness. 36 When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. 37 Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. 38 Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.”
It is my hope that if you start reading this study on workers you will follow it to the end. I want you to understand that it has been a long time of frustration for me as a pastor concerning the lack of help to do God’s work. Even at the station where people are paid they drop off like flies as soon as they see the commitment it takes and how truly hard it is. Jesus had compassion for the people. Jesus’ compassion was not just feeling, but action. He did something about the needs. He gave away what He had. I find most Christians have very little to give away. No power in their life. Luke 16:11 NIV So if you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches? They fail to learn the principle of seedtime and harvest. You can’t give away what you don’t have, and we don’t have because we don’t give away what we do have. You must lose your life to find it. You must plant it in others and God will bless you with more to give away as He sees He can trust you with more. The harvest is great, but where is the compassion for the lost? We must pray God will send workers and then we must do something about it. Remember Jesus said if the miracles that were performed in His hometown were performed in Sodom it would have remained to this day. Giving lead to miracles and miracles lead to repentance, and the church is debating whether miracles are for today. Really, doesn’t the church know Him? He is the same yesterday, today and forever. I have recently heard of preachers preaching we don’t need to repent to be saved. I guess a new debate for the reprobate.
Pastor Jeff Lane
Devo Church wake up
Ephesians 5:8-20 (NIV)
8 For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light 9 (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) 10 and find out what pleases the Lord. 11 Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them. 12 It is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret. 13 But everything exposed by the light becomes visible—and everything that is illuminated becomes a light. 14 This is why it is said:
“Wake up, sleeper,
rise from the dead,
and Christ will shine on you.”
15 Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. 17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. 18 Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit, 19 speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, 20 always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Becky got up in the night and turned on a light and it immediately woke me up. Light has a way of doing that. We were once in darkness, but we have come into the light of Jesus Christ the light of the world. The son is the reflection the light of God. Hebrews 1:3. Let’s wake up the world as a man is waken from his sleep by reflecting the light of Jesus.
Pastor Jeff Lane
Devo For the love of money Part 2
Genesis 4:2-5 (NIV)
2 Later she gave birth to his brother Abel.
Now Abel kept flocks, and Cain worked the soil. 3 In the course of time Cain brought some of the fruits of the soil as an offering to the Lord. 4 And Abel also brought an offering—fat portions from some of the firstborn of his flock. The Lord looked with favor on Abel and his offering, 5 but on Cain and his offering he did not look with favor. So Cain was very angry, and his face was downcast.
Hebrews 11:4 (NIV)
4 By faith Abel brought God a better offering than Cain did. By faith he was commended as righteous, when God spoke well of his offerings. And by faith Abel still speaks, even though he is dead.
We learn tithing from the beginning. Abel trusted god with the best he could give Him. He loved God more than himself. God said he walked in faith and was righteous. Cain on the other hand just wanted more from God. He loved the things of this world more than God. His lack of faith pushed him from living in God’s presence. Are you walking in righteousness, or are you walking alone?
Pastor Jeff Lane
Pastor Jeff Lane