Devotional How much of the power of God worketh in you Part 5
John 15:4-5 New International Version (NIV)
4 Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.
5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.
Romans 11:17-21 New International Version (NIV)
17 If some of the branches have been broken off, and you, though a wild olive shoot, have been grafted in among the others and now share in the nourishing sap from the olive root, 18 do not consider yourself to be superior to those other branches. If you do, consider this: You do not support the root, but the root supports you. 19 You will say then, “Branches were broken off so that I could be grafted in.” 20 Granted. But they were broken off because of unbelief, and you stand by faith. Do not be arrogant, but tremble. 21 For if God did not spare the natural branches, he will not spare you either.
Gardenias and Jesus. Gardenias are a flowering bush we have in our area but they are not native to here. They have a strong beautiful smell that fills the whole area around them and I wanted one for my yard. I went to the local nursery and as we were looking at them I noticed they all had a big knot at their base. I asked the nursery worker about the knot. He said they could not grow here because the root would get corrupted by the things in our soil and die, so they used a local bush that was incorruptible and grafted the gardenia bush in into it so we could have this sweet smelling flower bush. I wanted to jump and praise God for his words. We have been grafted into Christ, the incorruptible root, so we could once again take on the nature of God and release the aroma of God almighty of whom we were made in the image of. Jesus is the incorruptible root, sickness and disease cannot harm us. Wow! What a picture of what God has done for us. We partake of the nourishing sap of the Holy Spirit.
Pastor Jeff Lane
Devotional How much of the power of God worketh in you Part 3
Genesis 1:24-28 (NIV)
24 And God said, “Let the land produce living creatures according to their kinds: the livestock, the creatures that move along the ground, and the wild animals, each according to its kind.” And it was so. 25 God made the wild animals according to their kinds, the livestock according to their kinds, and all the creatures that move along the ground according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good.
26 Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals,[a] and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”
27 So God created mankind in his own image,
in the image of God he created them;
male and female he created them.
28 God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”
WE keep coming back to this law. Kind produces after kind. We were made in God’s image to rule. We were given His constitution to rule as He ruled. It was sin that corrupted us and we have been dying to that image ever since until Christ. If you break the laws of physics destruction and chaos follow. Look at the atomic bomb. We broke God’s law and destruction and chaos followed. Christ came to fulfill the law in us so that we might be returned to our nature of God’s image again. Born of incorruptible seed. Our DNA was corrupted though sin. The Hebrew says Adam if you eat of the tree and break my laws dying you will dying. Dying spiritually, you will die physically. From generation to generation we become more spiritually corrupted so we become more physically corrupted and more disease is passed along. Through Jesus all things were made John 1:1-5. Hebrews 1:3 says all things are held together by His powerful word, but when that was corrupted chaos followed. Think about that.
Pastor Jeff Lane
Devo Am I a child of God Part 17
1 Peter 2:1-3 (NIV)
2 Therefore, rid yourselves of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind. 2 Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, 3 now that you have tasted that the Lord is good.
As Christians we are called to leave our former way of life and grow up in Christ, being transformed to walk as he walked. Not nursing at the breast but walking on our own two feet. God has given you the tools to leave your life of sin. He stopped sending down manna the day the Israelites entered the promised land and told them to plant. There is a time to plant and do the work of the Father. Too often people call me for prayer wanting God to make them sinless or not to sin again. God said be a man I made you and master sin. Grow up! Master means to lord over something, to be in control not be controlled. God called us to rule not be ruled.
Pastor Jeff Lane
Devo Am I a child of God Part 16
Hebrews 6:1-9 (KJV)
6 Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God, 2 Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment. 3 And this will we do, if God permit. 4 For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, 5 And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come, 6 If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame. 7 For the earth which drinketh in the rain that cometh oft upon it, and bringeth forth herbs meet for them by whom it is dressed, receiveth blessing from God: 8 But that which beareth thorns and briers is rejected, and is nigh unto cursing; whose end is to be burned. 9 But, beloved, we are persuaded better things of you, and things that accompany salvation, though we thus speak.
Can we lose our salvation? Yes! Yes we can, but it is not as easy as just falling into sin. We are told not to lay again the foundation of repentance and or put away the sin that so easily besets us. Read the reason for falling away. We must be “enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, 5 And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come” to fall beyond the blood of Christ. I have met few if any who meet these requirements. Losing our salvation is not as easy as changing our socks. One must decide to push Christ out of their life and live in open sin and rebellion to God, even then it does not mean you can’t come back to Him. For us not be able to come back we must first know Jesus as stated above. Romans tells us to think of ourselves with sober judgement in accordance with the measure of faith God has given us. I have had those who tell me they can’t come back to Christ because of the above verse. All of them were delusional. They were being fooled by satan to think of themselves more highly than they should. They were nowhere near meeting this definition of their walk. Many were brought back to God after falling. David committed adultery, murdered and lied but was brought back. God said he took away his sin after he repented. He fell but was brought back, along with many others, but there is a place of becoming reprobate and we have no way back. We are not predestined to be save, but Christ was predestined to die and raise from the dead to give us a way to the Father.
Pastor Jeff Lane
Devo Am I a child of God Part 15
Hebrews 12:14-17 (NIV) 14 Make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord. 15 See to it that no one falls short of the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many. 16 See that no one is sexually immoral, or is godless like Esau, who for a single meal sold his inheritance rights as the oldest son. 17 Afterward, as you know, when he wanted to inherit this blessing, he was rejected. Even though he sought the blessing with tears, he could not change what he had done.
Hebrews 12:14-18 Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC) 14 Strive to live in peace with everybody and pursue that consecration and holiness without which no one will [ever] see the Lord. 15 Exercise foresight and be on the watch to look [after one another], to see that no one falls back from and fails to secure God’s grace (His unmerited favor and spiritual blessing), in order that no root of resentment (rancor, bitterness, or hatred) shoots forth and causes trouble and bitter torment, and the many become contaminated and defiled by it— 16 That no one may become guilty of sexual vice, or become a profane (godless and sacrilegious) person as Esau did, who sold his own birthright for a single meal. 17 For you understand that later on, when he wanted [to regain title to] his inheritance of the blessing, he was rejected (disqualified and set aside), for he could find no opportunity to repair by repentance [what he had done, no chance to recall the choice he had made], although he sought for it carefully with [bitter] tears.
1 John 5:16-18 (NIV) 16 If you see any brother or sister commit a sin that does not lead to death, you should pray and God will give them life. I refer to those whose sin does not lead to death. There is a sin that leads to death. I am not saying that you should pray about that. 17 All wrongdoing is sin, and there is sin that does not lead to death. 18 We know that anyone born of God does not continue to sin; the One who was born of God keeps them safe, and the evil one cannot harm them.
There are sins that lead to spiritual death. These are blatant, intentional, defiant, and rebellious sin towards God. Sexual immorality can be one and suggested above. I am not talking a moment of passion, but continual living in sin. I am hesitant even to write this because some will take this wrong and think they are beyond help. Do you still have conviction of your sin then God has not abandoned you. On the other hand, it only took a bit of fruit in the garden. It is not the act but the heart, or the kind of sin but what’s going on in your heart. God will be the judge of that. This is what Hebrews means by falling short of grace. Sin can keep you from coming into you position as Esau lost his. As John says all wrongdoing is sin and if we fall short take it to the Father through Jesus Christ our mediator. God disciplines us to rule over sin.
Pastor Jeff Lane
Devo Am I a child of God Part 14
Hebrews 12:12-14 (NIV)
12 Therefore, strengthen your feeble arms and weak knees. 13 “Make level paths for your feet,” so that the lame may not be disabled, but rather healed. 14 Make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord.
As we continue in Hebrews we see God tells us to make level paths not the other way around. He gives us the authority and ability to do this. Look it also says healed. When we keep order it brings healing to us. It leads us into Holiness, so we can see God. Discipline brings us order and peace. Where there is order there is peace. Discipline brings us peace in our lives and holiness. Let’s continue in this chapter.
Pastor Jeff Lane
Devo Am I a child of God Part 13
Hebrews 12:4-11 (NIV)
4 In your struggle against sin, you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood. 5 And have you completely forgotten this word of encouragement that addresses you as a father addresses his son? It says,
“My son, do not make light of the Lord’s discipline,
and do not lose heart when he rebukes you,
6 because the Lord disciplines the one he loves,
and he chastens everyone he accepts as his son.”
7 Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as his children. For what children are not disciplined by their father? 8 If you are not disciplined—and everyone undergoes discipline—then you are not legitimate, not true sons and daughters at all. 9 Moreover, we have all had human fathers who disciplined us and we respected them for it. How much more should we submit to the Father of spirits and live! 10 They disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good, in order that we may share in his holiness. 11 No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.
Hardship, wait a minute pastor I didn’t sign up for hardship. I signed up for that tip toe through the tulips Christian walk. You know where sugar daddy God gives me everything I ever wanted and I just suck it up. God is like well you know my personal genie while I go out and live like the devil. Change, who said anything about change? I thought I get to live like I always have and God, well you know takes all the hardship out of my life. My friends this how most Christians talk to me. Oh, maybe not so blatant, but this is the short of it. Well God brings discipline and order in our lives and teaches us how to master sin, our lives and the devil. He expects us to rule this earth and the keep order. Refer back to the garden of Eden. We are to work it and rule over it and keep order. Then there will be peace in our home, life, family, and around us.
Pastor Jeff Lane
Devo Am I a child of God Part 12
1 Peter 1:15-16 (NIV) 15 But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; 16 for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.”
For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love
But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people.
1 Thessalonians 4:7
For God did not call us to be impure, but to live a holy life.
Make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord.
I think we can clearly see God wants us to be Holy. God does not tell us to be Holy before we come to Him. He takes us as we are, then He cleans us up. He makes us Holy as he is Holy, but we must first submit to His discipline. I find that people often have a strange view of God’s work in their lives. They want abracadabra words spoken over them and poof they quit sinning. Jesus’ blood by grace covers our sin, but then the work of sanctification begins. We should receive the Baptism in the Holy Spirit so this work can be accelerated. The fire of the Holy Spirit is for cleansing. It was given that the Holy Spirit could lead us in God’s discipline. The problem is that if God leads we must follow. People don’t like following. They want to be in control. Well isn’t that why you came to Christ? Because when you were in “control” it wasn’t working out so good.
Pastor Jeff Lane
Pastor Jeff Lane