Devo Walking in faith Part 6
Hebrews 11:1 (NIV)
11 Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.
Isaiah 40:31 (NIV)
31 but those who hope in the Lord
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint.
Hope is the foundation of faith. It is the beginning of faith. We hear the word and hope takes root. When we have hope our spirits brighten we begin to believe that what seemed impossible could now be possible. A man without hope is just the walking dead. He becomes depressed about the future, because he believes that he is powerless to have change from his bondage he is in. He feels a slave to circumstance. Hope brings us strength. It helps us to hold on, because we begin to see a better outcome. It takes the blinders off, the shackles off so we can walk, then run, and finally fly above the circumstance. Hope in the Lord has substance to it. We hear the word of God and then we hope, wait on Him, because hope gives way to faith in Him. We know that He did it in the past for others. He never changes so we begin to believe He can and will do it again. Finally we believe God will do it for us, but why? Relationship in a word. When you hope or wait on God you build a relationship. Faith in God brings us to relationship.
Devo Walking in faith Part 5
Daniel 12:1-4 (NIV)
12 “At that time Michael, the great prince who protects your people, will arise. There will be a time of distress such as has not happened from the beginning of nations until then. But at that time your people—everyone whose name is found written in the book—will be delivered. 2 Multitudes who sleep in the dust of the earth will awake: some to everlasting life, others to shame and everlasting contempt. 3 Those who are wise will shine like the brightness of the heavens, and those who lead many to righteousness, like the stars for ever and ever. 4 But you, Daniel, roll up and seal the words of the scroll until the time of the end. Many will go here and there to increase knowledge.”
We live in a time where many seek knowledge here and there but do not seek God. Seek Him and he will be found by you. People, knowledge is not the answer. You can have all the knowledge in the world but without understanding what good is it. Wisdom comes from God and that by faith. He who wins souls is wise, but he who tries to save his own life only is a fool. Abraham was saved by faith as well as many others, but they all lead others to righteousness in their walk as did our friends. Faith is so much more than belief. The demons believe and shudder. Faith is a walk of obedience. The times of great distress are upon us. What’s in your heart?
Pastor Jeff Lane
Devo Walk in faith Part 4
Daniel 10:12-14 (NIV)
12 Then he continued, “Do not be afraid, Daniel. Since the first day that you set your mind to gain understanding and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come in response to them. 13 But the prince of the Persian kingdom resisted me twenty-one days. Then Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, because I was detained there with the king of Persia. 14 Now I have come to explain to you what will happen to your people in the future, for the vision concerns a time yet to come.”
Here we see Daniel walking in faith. How you might ask? He set his mind to get understanding and would not let time dissuade him. He did not let time move him, you might say he moved time. He held on until he got his answer. He also humbled himself. Faith shows itself through humility. What is it you need from God? Set your mind to get it, but be humble. How bad do you want it? I see people never receive the promises of God because they let go too soon. We are in a warfare and this is still Satan’s world. He does not want you to receive anything from God and will fight it so you don’t get it. If you stand your ground you will win. Don’t give up. Stand and when you have done all else stand.
Pastor Jeff Lane
Devo Walking in faith Part 3
Daniel 6:12-24 (NIV)
12 So they went to the king and spoke to him about his royal decree: “Did you not publish a decree that during the next thirty days anyone who prays to any god or human being except to you, Your Majesty, would be thrown into the lions’ den?” The king answered, “The decree stands—in accordance with the law of the Medes and Persians, which cannot be repealed.” 13 Then they said to the king, “Daniel, who is one of the exiles from Judah, pays no attention to you, Your Majesty, or to the decree you put in writing. He still prays three times a day.” 14 When the king heard this, he was greatly distressed; he was determined to rescue Daniel and made every effort until sundown to save him. 15 Then the men went as a group to King Darius and said to him, “Remember, Your Majesty, that according to the law of the Medes and Persians no decree or edict that the king issues can be changed.” 16 So the king gave the order, and they brought Daniel and threw him into the lions’ den. The king said to Daniel, “May your God, whom you serve continually, rescue you!” 17 A stone was brought and placed over the mouth of the den, and the king sealed it with his own signet ring and with the rings of his nobles, so that Daniel’s situation might not be changed. 18 Then the king returned to his palace and spent the night without eating and without any entertainment being brought to him. And he could not sleep. 19 At the first light of dawn, the king got up and hurried to the lions’ den. 20 When he came near the den, he called to Daniel in an anguished voice, “Daniel, servant of the living God, has your God, whom you serve continually, been able to rescue you from the lions?” 21 Daniel answered, “May the king live forever! 22 My God sent his angel, and he shut the mouths of the lions. They have not hurt me, because I was found innocent in his sight. Nor have I ever done any wrong before you, Your Majesty.” 23 The king was overjoyed and gave orders to lift Daniel out of the den. And when Daniel was lifted from the den, no wound was found on him, because he had trusted in his God. 24 At the king’s command, the men who had falsely accused Daniel were brought in and thrown into the lions’ den, along with their wives and children. And before they reached the floor of the den, the lions overpowered them and crushed all their bones.
Daniel is in similar trouble as our friends were. He was ordered not to pray to any god but the king. It’s only one month, surely God would understand. I think not our God is a jealous God. He wants all our heart. Daniel obeyed God and would not give up his time with Him. God used this opportunity to destroy Daniel’s enemies. Faith will overcome our enemies. If Daniel had given in his enemies would have won. Instead the king saw God’s intervention and believed. Faith is the victory. Faith is not something we muster it is what we do, live by. We overcome each day by faith.
Pastor Jeff Lane
Devo Walking in faith Part 2
Daniel 3:19-27 (NIV)
19 Then Nebuchadnezzar was furious with Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, and his attitude toward them changed. He ordered the furnace heated seven times hotter than usual 20 and commanded some of the strongest soldiers in his army to tie up Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego and throw them into the blazing furnace. 21 So these men, wearing their robes, trousers, turbans and other clothes, were bound and thrown into the blazing furnace. 22 The king’s command was so urgent and the furnace so hot that the flames of the fire killed the soldiers who took up Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, 23 and these three men, firmly tied, fell into the blazing furnace. 24 Then King Nebuchadnezzar leaped to his feet in amazement and asked his advisers, “Weren’t there three men that we tied up and threw into the fire?” They replied, “Certainly, Your Majesty.” 25 He said, “Look! I see four men walking around in the fire, unbound and unharmed, and the fourth looks like a son of the gods.” 26 Nebuchadnezzar then approached the opening of the blazing furnace and shouted, “Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, servants of the Most High God, come out! Come here!” So Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego came out of the fire, 27 and the satraps, prefects, governors and royal advisers crowded around them. They saw that the fire had not harmed their bodies, nor was a hair of their heads singed; their robes were not scorched, and there was no smell of fire on them.
Here we have our friends again obeying God. It has gotten them in some trouble. All they have to do is bow for a moment and be set free? Jesus taught you have to lose your life to find it. They decide it is better to burn now than later, so they refuse to bow to this world’s system. Oh but it would have been so easy to just bow for a moment. Not only the King but all who were there got to see the fourth man because of obedience. They saw Jesus. They saw who our friends walked with every day. If only the church would stop bowing to this world’s system and let the fourth man shine. Just be obedient. Trust and obey for there’s no better way. Walking in faith.
Pastor Jeff Lane
Pastor Jeff Lane