Devo Give God the praise due Him
1 Kings 12:27-30 (KJV)
27 If this people go up to do sacrifice in the house of the Lord at Jerusalem, then shall the heart of this people turn again unto their lord, even unto Rehoboam king of Judah, and they shall kill me, and go again to Rehoboam king of Judah.
28 Whereupon the king took counsel, and made two calves of gold, and said unto them, It is too much for you to go up to Jerusalem: behold thy gods, O Israel, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt.
29 And he set the one in Bethel, and the other put he in Dan.
30 And this thing became a sin: for the people went to worship before the one, even unto Dan.
God of course was the one who brought the Israelites out of Egypt and set them free from their Giving slavery. Now King Rehoboam was trying to save his own skin because he feared the people more than God. The people gave glory to false gods from what God did for them. God does not share His glory. I see people giving Glory to others for what God has done. Be careful to give God all the glory for all he has done in your life. Fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. glory to others for God’s work is a sin. Many will not give Him the glory for healing them and so insight His anger against them. Jesus healed people and said go and sin no more.
Pastor Jeff Lane
Devo Talking against God and His anointed
Numbers 21:4-9 (KJV)
4 And they journeyed from mount Hor by the way of the Red sea, to compass the land of Edom: and the soul of the people was much discouraged because of the way.
5 And the people spake against God, and against Moses, Wherefore have ye brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? for there is no bread, neither is there any water; and our soul loatheth this light bread.
6 And the Lord sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people; and much people of Israel died.
7 Therefore the people came to Moses, and said, We have sinned, for we have spoken against the Lord, and against thee; pray unto the Lord, that he take away the serpents from us. And Moses prayed for the people.
8 And the Lord said unto Moses, Make thee a fiery serpent, and set it upon a pole: and it shall come to pass, that every one that is bitten, when he looketh upon it, shall live.
9 And Moses made a serpent of brass, and put it upon a pole, and it came to pass, that if a serpent had bitten any man, when he beheld the serpent of brass, he lived.
The people began talking against God and His anointed man. They had become discouraged in their journey. We become discouraged as we travel through life. Sometimes some of us think it would have been better to have never been born, but then we would not have known Him. Life can be hard and unpleasant at times, but as we trust Him we can see Him. Without faith it is impossible to see God. They complained about God’s provision for them. God hates complaining so be careful and be content with what you have. When we complain against the man of God we complain against God’s Spirit. He is just the messenger. They asked God to take the snakes away, but He didn’t. He provided a way out. God does not always take away the circumstances, but He will provide a way out through faith in Him. Lift up your eyes to Him. Asking God to take away the snakes was the wrong request, instead they should have stopped sinning. Jesus came to take away the sin of the world not the circumstance until we go to be with Him. If the sin is gone so will be the consequence. Remember Paul was bitten by the snake with no effect. God does not take us out of the world but helps us to overcome it. I think if God would have removed the snakes the complaining would have continued.
Pastor Jeff Lane
Devo Know the Lord Part 10
1 Corinthians 2:9-16 (NIV)
9 However, as it is written:
“What no eye has seen,
what no ear has heard,
and what no human mind has conceived”[a]--
the things God has prepared for those who love him--
10 these are the things God has revealed to us by his Spirit.
The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. 11 For who knows a person’s thoughts except their own spirit within them? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. 12 What we have received is not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may understand what God has freely given us. 13 This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, explaining spiritual realities with Spirit-taught words. 14 The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness, and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit. 15 The person with the Spirit makes judgments about all things, but such a person is not subject to merely human judgments, 16 for,
“Who has known the mind of the Lord
so as to instruct him?”
But we have the mind of Christ.
It is because of sin our spirits began dying, but in Christ we are being renewed in our spirits so we might know Him. Christ gives us the Spirit so we might know Him and be taught by Him. If we have His Spirit we know His thoughts, so we know Him. This is not done in the flesh but the spirit. He takes us to His realm not this earthly realm. His kingdom is not of this world. He came to take us there. Too many people are caught up in the things of this world. They can’t seem to get beyond the flesh. Those that walk by faith are not looking for a city in this realm but wait on Him patiently for Him to take them to His.
Pastor Jeff Lane
Devo Know the Lord Part 9
Acts 2:37-39 (NIV)
37 When the people heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the other apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?”
38 Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39 The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off—for all whom the Lord our God will call.”
To know Him you must repent. John the Baptist’s message was to prepare the way for the Lord’s coming and he preached repentance, we must repent. Repentance is to stop doing what you’re doing and turn around and walk toward God not away. It is to clean house. It is to drive the sin from our lives. Sweep the house clean for your new guest Jesus. Then it is to receive the Holy Spirit. We will address this next.
Pastor Jeff Lane
Devo Know the Lord Part 8
Acts 2:16-21 (NIV)
16 No, this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel:
17 “‘In the last days, God says,
I will pour out my Spirit on all people.
Your sons and daughters will prophesy,
your young men will see visions,
your old men will dream dreams.
18 Even on my servants, both men and women,
I will pour out my Spirit in those days,
and they will prophesy.
19 I will show wonders in the heavens above
and signs on the earth below,
blood and fire and billows of smoke.
20 The sun will be turned to darkness
and the moon to blood
before the coming of the great and glorious day of the Lord.
21 And everyone who calls
on the name of the Lord will be saved.’
Call on God and He will save you. Cry out to God and he will hear and answer you.
Pastor Jeff Lane
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