Devo How important is your daily walk
Luke 13:24-30 (NIV)
24 “Make every effort to enter through the narrow door, because many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able to. 25 Once the owner of the house gets up and closes the door, you will stand outside knocking and pleading, ‘Sir, open the door for us.’
“But he will answer, ‘I don’t know you or where you come from.’
26 “Then you will say, ‘We ate and drank with you, and you taught in our streets.’
27 “But he will reply, ‘I don’t know you or where you come from. Away from me, all you evildoers!’
28 “There will be weeping there, and gnashing of teeth, when you see Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God, but you yourselves thrown out. 29 People will come from east and west and north and south, and will take their places at the feast in the kingdom of God. 30 Indeed there are those who are last who will be first, and first who will be last.”
How important is your daily walk? Jesus wasn’t talking to those outside the church, but within. Only eight in all entered the ark. Think about that.
Pastor Jeff Lane
Devo Don’t sweat the small stuff or not
Luke 13:18-21 (NIV)
18 Then Jesus asked, “What is the kingdom of God like? What shall I compare it to? 19 It is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his garden. It grew and became a tree, and the birds perched in its branches.”
20 Again he asked, “What shall I compare the kingdom of God to? 21 It is like yeast that a woman took and mixed into about sixty pounds of flour until it worked all through the dough.”
It is the little decisions and things in life that seem to cause the biggest problems. Like a little acorn that very slowly grows into a might oak, so it is with the little things in our lives. It is the little things we ignore, justify, over look that someday take over. Who would have thought sharing a piece of fruit would one day cause famines, disasters, wars, and so much pain. It was one seemingly insignificant moment of rebellion, sowing of oats, letting our hair down, that led to so much destruction. People tend to blame God or the devil, but it’s our fault. Like an alcoholic who started with only one drink, we can’t seem to say I did this. The above verse is sandwiched between Jesus coming against the synagogue rulers and walking the narrow road to life. A false teaching or a wrong turn can bring down a mighty saint. It takes so little. You see anyone can see the big things in life, but it is the small things that get entangled in every area of our life that can destroy us. I say watch for the small things and the rest will take care of itself. People say you’re being ridiculous, petty, or over reacting, did I mention fruit? Keep the yeast out of the dough. Have you ever wondered why we use unleavened bread for communion?
Pastor Jeff Lane
Devo Who did it
Genesis 3:13 (NIV)
13 Then the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?”
The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”
There was a famous comedian Flip Wilson who won his fame with the line “The devil made me do it.” Now it was so funny, because you and I know the devil didn’t make anyone do it we did it on our own. It is still a common defense. Now in no way am I defending the devil, but he gets a lot of blame for our sins and God gets a lot of blame for the disasters that come as a result of our decisions. (See Adam’s excuse.) I was diagnosed with a kidney stone a few days ago. The pain was rather extreme. Someone said Satan did this to you. Well the doctor said I drink the wrong things and I am continuously dehydrated. You see I hated drinking water, though I have to admit I have a new found love for it. I would go all day and not drink water. I was too busy. I was having other issues also as a result. Now was the devil attacking me? Did he make me not take care of myself, or was it my own fault? Well the devil didn’t make me do it and didn’t give me a kidney stone. I am responsible for my own actions and take the blame. I repented to God for not taking care of myself. It was a wake up call. How many people come to me and say the devil is putting diabetes, high blood pressure, or something else on them when the do it to themselves. A little self-control goes a long ways. How much sugar do you consume, salt, water and so forth? Repent and change your habits. Thank goodness Jesus died and rose for the guilty not the innocent. He will forgive and He will heal, but as with sin we need to repent and start doing the right thing, and that starts with taking responsibility for our actions. By the way that devil made me do it attitude didn’t work for Eve either. I wonder if Adam and Eve would have taken responsibility for their action what would have been the results with such a forgiving God we have. I know and my children knew that if they came clean the repercussions of there actions were not as bad. I would also work with them to make things right. Run to the fire I would tell them not away. In God there is a safe place. Now I ask you who did it?
Pastor Jeff Lane
Devo What will your harvest be Part 6
Ecclesiastes 11:5-6 (NIV)
5 As you do not know the path of the wind,
or how the body is formed in a mother’s womb,
so you cannot understand the work of God,
the Maker of all things.
6 Sow your seed in the morning,
and at evening let your hands not be idle,
for you do not know which will succeed,
whether this or that,
or whether both will do equally well.
A farmer does not know how a seed produces he must take it by faith and act to see the results. We don’t know how we are formed in our mother’s womb and yet we are. You cannot understand the works of God, but if you act in faith you will reap the harvest. The point is faith as James says faith is a matter of action not just belief, because if you believe you will act. Give your heart to Jesus and be born again. Then go and do as he did. His life is still producing to this generation. Will your life produce for generations to come? What will your harvest be?
Pastor Jeff Lane
Devo What will your harvest be Part 5
Ecclesiastes 11:4 (NIV)
4 Whoever watches the wind will not plant;
whoever looks at the clouds will not reap.
There are some who never reap a harvest in life. They don’t give because they are always looking at circumstances and are fearful of losing what they have. Then what they have dies and can’t produce. If a farmer is always looking at the clouds he never plants, he walks in fear of losing what he has and then does so and because of that he does not reap a new harvest. A farmer has to walk in faith because he knows that yesterday, today and tomorrow things work the same way. The sun will come up, the rain will fall, and the harvest will come. Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever. We can trust that if we give this life to Him he will do what he has done for others in the past. The harvest will come.
Pastor Jeff Lane
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