Devo Ministry of Reconciliation Part 7
Luke 10:2-3 (NIV)
2 He told them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field. 3 Go! I am sending you out like lambs among wolves.
I remember while hunting as a young boy I was surrounded by wolves. They kept circling me. I had a gun but wondered if they attacked and I fired would I get one or two or would they run. The hunter became the hunted. It was quite scary and yet I knew I was going to be OK. When we go out looking for souls we too become the hunted. Satan will devour us if he can and yet we are to pray for even more to go. Are you praying, are you answering the call? It’s not an easy job but the harvest is great. If the harvest would bring itself in we would not need workers, but harvests don’t bring themselves in.
Pastor Jeff Lane
Devo Ministry of Reconciliation Part 6
2 Corinthians 5:17-21 (NIV)
17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! 18 All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: 19 that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. 20 We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. 21 God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
We have been called to this ministry to reconcile the world to Christ. That ministry is done by God through the Spirit in us. Making us the mouthpiece of God to speak to the lost so they might be saved. We are His ambassadors to the world so need to speak only what He says so others may know Him.
Pastor Jeff Lane
Devo Rebellion and walking with God Part 5
Exodus 34:6-7 (NIV) 6 And he passed in front of Moses, proclaiming, “The Lord, the Lord, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, 7 maintaining love to thousands, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin. Yet he does not leave the guilty unpunished; he punishes the children and their children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation.”
Exodus 23:21-22 (NIV) 21 Pay attention to him and listen to what he says. Do not rebel against him; he will not forgive your rebellion, since my Name is in him. 22 If you listen carefully to what he says and do all that I say, I will be an enemy to your enemies and will oppose those who oppose you.
No rebellion will go unpunished. You may say but pastor that is Old Testament. James chapter two tells us that if we intentionally sin we are a lawbreaker and that we will be judged by the law. So however you look at it rebellion will not go unpunished and will make us an enemy of God. How can I reject God’s word (Jesus) and still stand before God? Now if I obey His word He will lead me to the promise land and destroy my enemies.
Pastor Jeff Lane
Devo Ministry of Reconciliation Part 4
Romans 10:10-17 (NIV)
10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved. 11 As Scripture says, “Anyone who believes in him will never be put to shame.” 12 For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile—the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, 13 for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
14 How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? 15 And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!”
16 But not all the Israelites accepted the good news. For Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed our message?” 17 Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ
There is life and death in the tongue. To be saved we must here the word because faith comes through hearing the message of those who were sent or anointed to preach. The power is in the word of God to save men’s souls. We must be anointed of God by the Holy Spirit and speak the word so men might be saved.
Pastor Jeff Lane
Devo Ministry of Reconciliation Part 3
Acts 2:14-21 (NIV)
14 Then Peter stood up with the Eleven, raised his voice and addressed the crowd: “Fellow Jews and all of you who live in Jerusalem, let me explain this to you; listen carefully to what I say. 15 These people are not drunk, as you suppose. It’s only nine in the morning! 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.
Acts 2:36-41 (NIV)
36 “Therefore let all Israel be assured of this: God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Messiah.” 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.” 40 With many other words he warned them; and he pleaded with them, “Save yourselves from this corrupt generation.” 41 Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day.
Notice Peter immediately began to preach under the anointing of the Holy Spirit. All through the Old Testament when the Spirit came on men they spoke the word of the Lord so men might come to Him. God said in the last days He will pour out His Spirit on all flesh and we know 2000 years later we are closer to the last days. It is for all so all might preach the word of God and save the lost. Peter spoke and the result was salvations. God wanted our tongue to tell His story so men might be saved. This is evidence and purpose of the infilling of the Holy Spirit to be witnesses.
Pastor Jeff Lane
Devo Ministry of Reconciliation Part 2
Acts 1:8 (NIV)
8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
Acts 2:1-8 (NIV)
2 When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. 2 Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3 They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. 4 All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues[a] as the Spirit enabled them.
5 Now there were staying in Jerusalem God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven. 6 When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard their own language being spoken. 7 Utterly amazed, they asked: “Aren’t all these who are speaking Galileans? 8 Then how is it that each of us hears them in our native language?
God has called us to be His witnesses to the resurrection of Christ and His mighty power to save. He gave us His Spirit so that we might see and testify to His glory. He also gave us His Spirit so we may speak the languages of men. That is whether it is literally another language or to speak to their hearts so they may understand the message and respond to the message of Christ. He speaks to the hearts of men through us.
Pastor Jeff Lane
Devo Ministry of Reconciliation
John 4:34-38 (NIV)
34 “My food,” said Jesus, “is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work. 35 Don’t you have a saying, ‘It’s still four months until harvest’? I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest. 36 Even now the one who reaps draws a wage and harvests a crop for eternal life, so that the sower and the reaper may be glad together. 37 Thus the saying ‘One sows and another reaps’ is true. 38 I sent you to reap what you have not worked for. Others have done the hard work, and you have reaped the benefits of their labor.”
Amos 9:13-14 (NIV)
13 “The days are coming,” declares the Lord,
“when the reaper will be overtaken by the plowman
and the planter by the one treading grapes.
New wine will drip from the mountains
and flow from all the hills,
14 and I will bring my people Israel back from exile.
“They will rebuild the ruined cities and live in them.
They will plant vineyards and drink their wine;
they will make gardens and eat their fruit.
People, God has called us to bring in a harvest of souls. The fields are white unto harvest in farming terms it means the wheat is falling into your hands and if not gathered in will rot in the fields. Is your food to do the will of the Father if so get to work. He says in these last days the one who plants will overtake the one who reaps. Some are called to plant and some reap. We must long to do His work more than to eat. The time is short.
Pastor Jeff Lane
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