Devo Only Believe Part 15
Hebrews 4:1-11 New International Version (NIV)
4 Therefore, since the promise of entering his rest still stands, let us be careful that none of you be found to have fallen short of it. 2 For we also have had the good news proclaimed to us, just as they did; but the message they heard was of no value to them, because they did not share the faith of those who obeyed. 3 Now we who have believed enter that rest, just as God has said, “So I declared on oath in my anger, ‘They shall never enter my rest.’’
And yet his works have been finished since the creation of the world.4 For somewhere he has spoken about the seventh day in these words: “On the seventh day God rested from all his works.” 5 And again in the passage above he says, “They shall never enter my rest.” 6 Therefore since it still remains for some to enter that rest, and since those who formerly had the good news proclaimed to them did not go in because of their disobedience, 7 God again set a certain day, calling it “Today.” This he did when a long time later he spoke through David, as in the passage already quoted: “Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts.”
8 For if Joshua had given them rest, God would not have spoken later about another day. 9 There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God; 10 for anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from their works,[e] just as God did from his. 11 Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will perish by following their example of disobedience.
Many want the promises of God but don’t want the responsibility of believing and obeying. I don’t think it’s hard to figure out that if we walk in obedience to God’s word we will have the peace of God and enter His promises. Don’t forget He promises to give us more than we can ask or think. Now notice in the above scripture that the word, or promises of God, were of no value if we do not mix it with faith. I want you to also notice that disobedience and lack of faith are used almost interchangeable in this context. I could put it this way, if you live in sin you have no faith, therefore His word is of no value to you.
Pastor Jeff Lane
Devo Only Believe Part 14
2 Corinthians 1:18-22 New International Version (NIV)
18 But as surely as God is faithful, our message to you is not “Yes” and “No.” 19 For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who was preached among you by us—by me and Silas and Timothy—was not “Yes” and “No,” but in him it has always been “Yes.” 20 For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so, through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God. 21 Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. He anointed us, 22 set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come. 2 Peter 3:9 New International Version (NIV)9 The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.
Isaiah 55:9-11 New International Version (NIV)
9 “As the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are my ways higher than your ways
and my thoughts than your thoughts.
10 As the rain and the snow
come down from heaven,
and do not return to it
without watering the earth
and making it bud and flourish,
so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater,
11 so is my word that goes out from my mouth:
It will not return to me empty,
but will accomplish what I desire
and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.
The promises of Abraham are ours. God declares His word and fulfills His word in due season. Never late but always on time for He is time. He is in our past, present, and future. He knows when to deliver to us the fulfillment of His word for our best, so do not doubt or waver in unbelief. Standing firm in all we do knowing he will see to it His promise (His word) will come to maturity and produce fruit in our lives.
Pastor Jeff Lane
Devo Only Believe Part 13
Genesis 15:1-11 New International Version (NIV)
15 After this, the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision:“Do not be afraid, Abram.
I am your shield,
your very great reward.”
2 But Abram said, “Sovereign Lord, what can you give me since I remain childless and the one who will inherit my estate is Eliezer of Damascus?”
3 And Abram said, “You have given me no children; so a servant in my household will be my heir.”
4 Then the word of the Lord came to him: “This man will not be your heir, but a son who is your own flesh and blood will be your heir.” 5 He took him outside and said, “Look up at the sky and count the stars—if indeed you can count them.” Then he said to him, “So shall your offspring be.”
6 Abram believed the Lord, and he credited it to him as righteousness.
7 He also said to him, “I am the Lord, who brought you out of Ur of the Chaldeans to give you this land to take possession of it.”
8 But Abram said, “Sovereign Lord, how can I know that I will gain possession of it?”
9 So the Lord said to him, “Bring me a heifer, a goat and a ram, each three years old, along with a dove and a young pigeon.”
10 Abram brought all these to him, cut them in two and arranged the halves opposite each other; the birds, however, he did not cut in half. 11 Then birds of prey came down on the carcasses, but Abram drove them away.
God made a promise to Abram to inherit the promise land, but to receive the promise he had to believe God’s word which he did. God credited it to him as righteousness. God had Abram prepare a sacrifice to present to Him so he could receive the promise, but the birds of the air came down to take it. Satan always tries to steal our offerings to God so he can stop the promises of God in our lives. But Abram would not let Satan take what he believed in his heart and fought the birds off. We need to do the same. Fight off those who would steal the promises of God from our hearts and stay steadfast in waiting to come into what God has promised us. Has God given you prophecies over your life? Don’t let Satan or others take them from you. Stand your ground.
Pastor Jeff Lane
Devo Only Believe Part 12
Matthew 21:19-22 King James Version (KJV)
19 And when he saw a fig tree in the way, he came to it, and found nothing thereon, but leaves only, and said unto it, Let no fruit grow on thee henceforward for ever. And presently the fig tree withered away.
20 And when the disciples saw it, they marvelled, saying, How soon is the fig tree withered away!
21 Jesus answered and said unto them, Verily I say unto you, If ye have faith, and doubt not, ye shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree, but also if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; it shall be done.
22 And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.
God confirms His word with signs and wonders, but sometimes they may be simply removing the obstacles in our lives. Notice Jesus did and told us to speak to the problem. If the problem is a fruitless tree taking up the soil tell it to die, or if it is a mountain in your way tell it to throw itself in the sea.
Faith moves mountains. There is power is the tongue when it speaks God’s word. Complaining and excuses for not moving forward will get you the same punishment as those in the way. Don’t become part of the problem by giving to the problem but be the solution by speaking God Word to the problem. Be a mountain mover not a mountain builder. God says every mountain will be laid low.
Pastor Jeff Lane
Devo Only Believe Part 11
Hebrews 3:7-4:2 (NIV) 7 So, as the Holy Spirit says: “Today, if you hear his voice,
8 do not harden your hearts
as you did in the rebellion,
during the time of testing in the wilderness,
9 where your ancestors tested and tried me,
though for forty years they saw what I did.
10 That is why I was angry with that generation;
I said, ‘Their hearts are always going astray,
and they have not known my ways.’
11 So I declared on oath in my anger,
‘They shall never enter my rest.’ ” 12 See to it, brothers and sisters, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God. 13 But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness. 14 We have come to share in Christ, if indeed we hold our original conviction firmly to the very end. 15 As has just been said:
“Today, if you hear his voice,
do not harden your hearts
as you did in the rebellion.”
16 Who were they who heard and rebelled? Were they not all those Moses led out of Egypt? 17 And with whom was he angry for forty years? Was it not with those who sinned, whose bodies perished in the wilderness? 18 And to whom did God swear that they would never enter his rest if not to those who disobeyed? 19 So we see that they were not able to enter, because of their unbelief. 4 Therefore, since the promise of entering his rest still stands, let us be careful that none of you be found to have fallen short of it. 2 For we also have had the good news proclaimed to us, just as they did; but the message they heard was of no value to them, because they did not share the faith of those who obeyed.
I’ll try to keep this short. Faith comes by hearing God’s word, but faith is activated by obedience. You must obey the word of God to enter into the promises of God. The Israelites rebelled so they never entered the promised land. If we obey His word, we have the same opportunity to enter into His promises.
Pastor Jeff Lane
Devo Only Believe Part 10
Romans 10:17-21 New International Version (NIV)
17 Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ. 18 But I ask: Did they not hear? Of course they did:
“Their voice has gone out into all the earth,
their words to the ends of the world.”
19 Again I ask: Did Israel not understand? First, Moses says,
“I will make you envious by those who are not a nation;
I will make you angry by a nation that has no understanding.”
20 And Isaiah boldly says,
“I was found by those who did not seek me;
I revealed myself to those who did not ask for me.”
21 But concerning Israel he says,
“All day long I have held out my hands
to a disobedient and obstinate people.”
Faith comes from hearing the Word or Jesus’ voice. When we have relationship we hear His voice. It’s not just simply reading the word, but hearing the voice of Christ through others speaking by His Spirit. All may hear but all do not accept His voice. He will send His voice into all the word that they may come in, but not all will accept His voice.
Pastor Jeff Lane
Devo Only Believe Part 9
Hebrews 11:1-9 King James Version (KJV)
11 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
2 For by it the elders obtained a good report.
3 Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.
4 By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh.
5 By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God.
6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
7 By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith.
8 By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went.
9 By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise:
For me faith believing is about knowing the Word but please understand me. “The letter of the law killeth the spirit gives life.” “In the beginning was the word, and the word was with God,, and the word was God.” If you know the living Word not the letter of the Word there will be evidence. God confirms His word with signs and wonders. Remember what Jesus said to Philip, “Don’t you know me.” “Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the works themselves.” There will be evidence or substance to your belief, faith or relationship with God. That evidence goes two ways. If you believe there will be action to your faith and by what you do others will see the fourth man in the fire, evidence. The evidence others see in your actions will bring substance to light. Look at Able, Enoch, Noah, Isaac, Jacob, David, Moses, and so many others. We see God through their actions and by their actions it produced substance that can be seen, touched, heard, smelled, and tasted. You get the vision of God through the relationship you have with God. You vision is only the size of your faith or relationship with God. How is your relationship with God Almighty? Is there evidence of your faith that others can touch and see? 2 Timothy 3:5 (NIV)5 having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people. Do you only have a form of Godliness and no relationship? If you have a relationship then there will be power, substance to to your walk, otherwise God tells us to have nothing to do with you. Ouch!
Pastor Jeff Lane
Devo Only Believe Part 7
Romans 4:16-25 New International Version (NIV)
16 Therefore, the promise comes by faith, so that it may be by grace and may be guaranteed to all Abraham’s offspring—not only to those who are of the law but also to those who have the faith of Abraham. He is the father of us all. 17 As it is written: “I have made you a father of many nations.” He is our father in the sight of God, in whom he believed—the God who gives life to the dead and calls into being things that were not.
18 Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed and so became the father of many nations, just as it had been said to him, “So shall your offspring be.” 19 Without weakening in his faith, he faced the fact that his body was as good as dead—since he was about a hundred years old—and that Sarah’s womb was also dead. 20 Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, 21 being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised. 22 This is why “it was credited to him as righteousness.” 23 The words “it was credited to him” were written not for him alone, 24 but also for us, to whom God will credit righteousness—for us who believe in him who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead. 25 He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification.
People of faith face facts but are not moved by them. They are moved by God’s words. Abraham was no dummy, he understood that in the natural he and his wife were incapable of having children, but God said and that was enough for him to go to his wife in faith and expect her to bear a child and she did. Results of faith do not always happen all at once. Sarah was pregnant for nine months. Get pregnant with God’s word. Mary did. Be it unto me as your word has said. Abraham believed God and obeyed Him saved his soul. Unless a seed falls to the ground and dies it can’t live and produce. God speaks, calls to the dead and gives it life. Receive His Word, believe His Word, conceive His Word, and obey His Word. Then see the substance of your faith.
Pastor Jeff Lane
James 2:14-26 New International Version (NIV)
14 What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? 15 Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. 16 If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? 17 In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.
18 But someone will say, “You have faith; I have deeds.”
Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by my deeds. 19 You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that—and shudder.
20 You foolish person, do you want evidence that faith without deeds is useless? 21 Was not our father Abraham considered righteous for what he did when he offered his son Isaac on the altar? 22 You see that his faith and his actions were working together, and his faith was made complete by what he did. 23 And the scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness,” and he was called God’s friend. 24 You see that a person is considered righteous by what they do and not by faith alone.
25 In the same way, was not even Rahab the prostitute considered righteous for what she did when she gave lodging to the spies and sent them off in a different direction? 26 As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead.
You cannot separate faith for salvation from faith for anything else. The same faith that saves you heals you, feeds you, pays you debts and so forth. Abraham, the father of faith, obeyed God and was considered righteous. You could see, touch and hold his faith. Faith is the substance of things hoped for. Faith brings about substance. People will see evidence of your faith if you have any. Rahab’s faith saved the lives of those spies and as a result saved her and her family. I firmly believe our faith can bring our family to being saved. Faith will have action and without that action faith can never be released it is of no value. I am building a studio to produce a prayer meeting and preaching programs. I had nowhere to air programs but internet. God said to do it, so I started it. He sent the money, engineer, and personnel to do it. Now He is opening doors to air it. I could have said I will just wait and see, but then nothing would have happened. Faith is activated when we obey.
Pastor Jeff Lane
Devo Only Believe Part 5
Luke 8:40-48 New International Version (NIV)
40 Now when Jesus returned, a crowd welcomed him, for they were all expecting him. 41 Then a man named Jairus, a synagogue leader, came and fell at Jesus’ feet, pleading with him to come to his house 42 because his only daughter, a girl of about twelve, was dying.
As Jesus was on his way, the crowds almost crushed him. 43 And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years, but no one could heal her. 44 She came up behind him and touched the edge of his cloak, and immediately her bleeding stopped.
45 “Who touched me?” Jesus asked.
When they all denied it, Peter said, “Master, the people are crowding and pressing against you.”
46 But Jesus said, “Someone touched me; I know that power has gone out from me.”
47 Then the woman, seeing that she could not go unnoticed, came trembling and fell at his feet. In the presence of all the people, she told why she had touched him and how she had been instantly healed. 48 Then he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace.”
If you believe you will act upon it. You don’t just sit there and wait, you live in accordance to what you believe. This woman believed and pressed through the crowd to touch Jesus. Many touched Jesus that day but did not get healed because it was incidental not by faith. Faith takes some effort sometimes. Notice Jesus said to her your faith has healed you. I have had God send me to places and tell me not to pray for anyone for healing unless they ask. The ones who did were healed. So many suffer needlessly. If they would only pray, believe, and step out in faith. I was sick in bed and God told me to get up and praise Him. My first thought was I can’t but then I obeyed Him and was healed. What if the that woman had stayed home that day and said to herself, I believe God can heal me but did nothing about it? She would have died with that sickness. Put feet to your faith and obey. It is impossible to separate faith and obedience as we will see.
Pastor Jeff Lane
Pastor Jeff Lane