Devo Know the Lord Part 3
Genesis 28:10-22 (NIV)
10 Jacob left Beersheba and set out for Harran. 11 When he reached a certain place, he stopped for the night because the sun had set. Taking one of the stones there, he put it under his head and lay down to sleep. 12 He had a dream in which he saw a stairway resting on the earth, with its top reaching to heaven, and the angels of God were ascending and descending on it. 13 There above it[ stood the Lord, and he said: “I am the Lord, the God of your father Abraham and the God of Isaac. I will give you and your descendants the land on which you are lying. 14 Your descendants will be like the dust of the earth, and you will spread out to the west and to the east, to the north and to the south. All peoples on earth will be blessed through you and your offspring. 15 I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go, and I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.” 16 When Jacob awoke from his sleep, he thought, “Surely the Lord is in this place, and I was not aware of it.” 17 He was afraid and said, “How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God; this is the gate of heaven.” 18 Early the next morning Jacob took the stone he had placed under his head and set it up as a pillar and poured oil on top of it. 19 He called that place Bethel, though the city used to be called Luz. 20 Then Jacob made a vow, saying, “If God will be with me and will watch over me on this journey I am taking and will give me food to eat and clothes to wear 21 so that I return safely to my father’s household, then the Lord will be my God 22 and this stone that I have set up as a pillar will be God’s house, and of all that you give me I will give you a tenth.”
God tries to reveal Himself to Jacob, but Jacob just don’t get it. God is telling him that he is going to reveal Himself to the whole world through him and he (Jacob) will be the window for all the world to see God. Jacob is clueless and can’t see beyond his own nose. God spends the next twenty years humbling and changing Jacob’s heart. God never leaves or forsakes Jacob. Jacob starts out getting real religious and starts making a shrine with the stone and a place of man-made worship. God wants to have a relationship with Jacob, but like most children Jacob is too busy. He’s got places to go and things to do. Maybe Jacob should have said “Speak Lord your servant is listening.” I think life would have been easier for him if he would have gotten to know God earlier.
Pastor Jeff Lane
Devo Know the Lord Part 2
Exodus 3:1-12 (NIV)
3 Now Moses was tending the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian, and he led the flock to the far side of the wilderness and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. 2 There the angel of the Lord appeared to him in flames of fire from within a bush. Moses saw that though the bush was on fire it did not burn up. 3 So Moses thought, “I will go over and see this strange sight—why the bush does not burn up.” 4 When the Lord saw that he had gone over to look, God called to him from within the bush, “Moses! Moses!” And Moses said, “Here I am.” 5 “Do not come any closer,” God said. “Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground.” 6 Then he said, “I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob.” At this, Moses hid his face, because he was afraid to look at God. 7 The Lord said, “I have indeed seen the misery of my people in Egypt. I have heard them crying out because of their slave drivers, and I am concerned about their suffering. 8 So I have come down to rescue them from the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them up out of that land into a good and spacious land, a land flowing with milk and honey—the home of the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites. 9 And now the cry of the Israelites has reached me, and I have seen the way the Egyptians are oppressing them. 10 So now, go. I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt.” 11 But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?”
12 And God said, “I will be with you.
Moses has been having a twenty year pity party. He tried to free his people Israel, but he got ahead of God. He knew what God wanted and he knew he was called, but he didn’t know God. Oh he knew about God, he just didn’t know God. God watches him for forty years until Moses in his flesh and spirit became too weak to try to do the job in the natural. Moses’ dream of saving his people had died to him. Now God could use Him. Sometimes God has to let our dream of the call die so we can get out of the way. Moses simply answers God here I am. That’s all he had left. He had nothing to his name, even the sheep were his father in laws. He was empty and now God could fill him with glory from heaven. God tells Moses “I will be with you.” What more do we need. I believe ministers fail because God is not with them because they aren’t with Him. They went out ahead of God and lost their way in their pride. I often say “You can’t give away what you don’t have.” If you don’t know God how can you give him away? Stop and say “Speak Lord your servant is listening.”
Pastor Jeff Lane
Devo Know the Lord Part 1
1 Samuel 3:1-10 (NIV)
3 The boy Samuel ministered before the Lord under Eli. In those days the word of the Lord was rare; there were not many visions. 2 One night Eli, whose eyes were becoming so weak that he could barely see, was lying down in his usual place. 3 The lamp of God had not yet gone out, and Samuel was lying down in the house of the Lord, where the ark of God was. 4 Then the Lord called Samuel. Samuel answered, “Here I am.” 5 And he ran to Eli and said, “Here I am; you called me.” But Eli said, “I did not call; go back and lie down.” So he went and lay down. 6 Again the Lord called, “Samuel!” And Samuel got up and went to Eli and said, “Here I am; you called me.” “My son,” Eli said, “I did not call; go back and lie down.” 7 Now Samuel did not yet know the Lord: The word of the Lord had not yet been revealed to him.
8 A third time the Lord called, “Samuel!” And Samuel got up and went to Eli and said, “Here I am; you called me.” Then Eli realized that the Lord was calling the boy. 9 So Eli told Samuel, “Go and lie down, and if he calls you, say, ‘Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.’” So Samuel went and lay down in his place. 10 The Lord came and stood there, calling as at the other times, “Samuel! Samuel!” Then Samuel said, “Speak, for your servant is listening.”
Samuel did not know the Lord, because God had not yet revealed Himself to Samuel. It would seem to be a strange statement that God had not revealed Himself to someone, but true. We as people don’t reveal ourselves to others and may only reveal ourself to one other person our whole life. I think with us it is a matter of fear and trust, but with God He knows the heart. When people date it is supposed to get to know one another, but some have ulterior motives, which can be dangerous. Today I think too many people jump into a physical relationship right off the bat and all lines of communication stop. They have a form of a relationship. They don’t realize the danger they are in because they have let their guard down and opened the door to their heart. Sad but true. God knows our motives. Why do you want to know Him? You must be honest with yourself, because He already knows. Are you looking for health, fame, riches, importance, standing, power, or what? Why do you want to know Him? Samuel was a boy and innocent. We must become like little children. He had a desire to serve and was willing to listen. People tend to want to tell God what they want, but don’t listen to Him. Think about it, if one does not listen to their spouse, what does that tell them? I would like to say shut up and listen. Get to know Him. A conversation is two ways. It is not up and down but across. You can get to know Him.
Pastor Jeff Lane
Devo You only just begun
Jeremiah 12:5-6 (NIV)
5 “If you have raced with men on foot
and they have worn you out,
how can you compete with horses?
If you stumble[a] in safe country,
how will you manage in the thickets by[b] the Jordan?
6 Your relatives, members of your own family--
even they have betrayed you;
they have raised a loud cry against you.
Do not trust them,
though they speak well of you.
Jeremiah was raising his complaint against the Lord. He could not understand why God had not punished the wicked nor why God was disciplining him so harshly. This was God’s reply. Things are going to get worse not better and I am preparing you for that day. It is because I have compassion for you and love that I discipline the son I love. Jeremiah was being persecuted by the religious establishment and priests. God tells him it will get worse if you can’t race with men how will you compete with horses? Jeremiah do you have what it takes to fulfill the calling? Your own people and family will betray you will you trust me? You will even doubt yourself, so I am tempering you for that day. Trust me and know me, lean on me, because I will judge my church first and turn their hearts back to me, but great will be their judgement. I will turn my back on them for a time. See verse eight in this chapter they will roar at God and he will hate them. Wow and yet His heart will turn back to them and have compassion on them. Trust the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understand and He will lift you up.
Pastor Jeff Lane
Devo It is time to grow up in the Faith Part Nine
1 John 4:17-20 (NIV)
17 This is how love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment: In this world we are like Jesus. 18 There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.
19 We love because he first loved us. 20 Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen.
With the law comes punishment, but with love comes joy. We no longer fear punishment because love fulfills the requirements of the law. Now if we continue to walk in fear then love is not in us. Simply put we are still looking inward not out. If we hate our brothers the love of God is not in us and we still live in fear of punishment. If we hate we have not forgiven and we want punishment for our brothers not love and grace. It we do not forgive we can’t be forgiven. Pastor Jeff Lane
Pastor Jeff Lane