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
Devo What will your harvest be Part 4
2 Corinthians 9:6-11 (NIV)
6 Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. 7 Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. 8 And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. 9 As it is written:
“They have freely scattered their gifts to the poor;
their righteousness endures forever.”
10 Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness. 11 You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.
God gave you this life and if you sow it in abundance he will increase your harvest. He will enrich you in every good way. He will make you a blessing. He will make you generous. People will be thankful you are.
Pastor Jeff Lane
Devo What will your harvest be Part 3
John 12:23-28 (NIV)
23 Jesus replied, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. 24 Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds. 25 Anyone who loves their life will lose it, while anyone who hates their life in this world will keep it for eternal life. 26 Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me. 27 “Now my soul is troubled, and what shall I say? ‘Father, save me from this hour’? No, it was for this very reason I came to this hour. 28 Father, glorify your name!” Then a voice came from heaven, “I have glorified it, and will glorify it again.”
I have sat with many people as they died. It is not always the most pleasant experience as they fight with all they have to stay alive. Then there are some who are very at peace and die gracefully. I hate to break it to you, but we all are going to die it is just when. Some die early in life and they find life. They die to the things of this world. The things of this world have no hold on them and when that last breath comes they are at peace. They look forward to their eternal reward and meeting Jesus. All is well. Then there are the rest. I have watched them scream as they say they are falling into the pit. A seed has to leave the stalk and stop being a taker and fall to thee ground and be a giver of life. If it never falls to the ground it will be eaten, rot or die in the stalk never to produce and give life. I see many parents never learn this lesson. They think they are acting in love and don’t push the baby from the nest. That my friend is hate and self-love of the worse kind. We will save that for another day. Jesus was born to die and produce life and so were you. He went to the cross willingly. Are we to save ourselves or our children from being glorified? Kind produces after kind. You were born again in the image of God. Now fall to the ground and produce and see an abundant harvest of righteousness. Follow in His footsteps. If you die to yourself God will take care of the rest. It is a natural spiritual process.
Pastor Jeff Lane
Devo What will be your harvest Part 2
2 Corinthians 9:6 (NIV) 6 Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously.
You have heard it said you reap what you sow. Of course this is true, but you also reap in direct proportion to how much you sow. Someone once said to me that there are two kinds of people in this world. Ones who see a world of lack and limits, and ones who see an abundance and no bounds. A lot of truth to that statement. How do you see the world God has made? Those who plant their seed never see lack, but abundance. Those who hoard their livers have little. The hoarders have a small world and can’t see beyond themselves while the planters have an abundance of God, friends and everything else.
Pastor Jeff Lane
Devo What will your harvest be Part 1
Genesis 1:11-12 (NIV)
11 Then God said, “Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds.” And it was so. 12 The land produced vegetation: plants bearing seed according to their kinds and trees bearing fruit with seed in it according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good.
Let’s suppose you were given only one seed to plant and it could be anything you wanted, but you only get one seed. What would you want to be the harvest? Kind produces after kind. So what’s it going to be? Well you have been given only one seed and it is you. So what will be the harvest of your life, or will you even plant it and will there be a harvest? Seeds are funny things they have to be buried and die to produce, but if they aren’t buried they die and can’t produce. How and where are you going to plant your seed and what have you decided to plant. Plant a good seed reap a good harvest, plant a bad seed reap a bad harvest, don’t plant and there will be no harvest. Plant in the wrong place and it produces little, but plant in the right place and there is an abundance. What a choice you have. What power you have been given. Remember you are planting for generations to come, not just one harvest. So what’s it going to be? Will God see that it is good?
Pastor Jeff Lane
Devo Why am I on this merry go round?
Galatians 6:7 (NIV)
7 Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.
I remember when I was a child hearing an adult seeming to brag how poor they were when they were young. They went on and on about clothes, only one pair of shoes and how they carried them to school so not to wear them out. Then they made a statement that struck me as strange. They said: “Well at least we never went hungry. We had beans. Beans for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. We may have had nothing else, but we had beans to eat, but some had nothing. I got tired of beans, but it was better than going hungry.” I could not have been more than six and I stood there in bewilderment. They lived on a hundred acre farm. I thought well why didn’t you plant something else. It may have been better than going hungry, but why so many beans. Now, I was a child and I wasn’t trying to be smart. I just couldn’t comprehend why you would plant nothing but beans. Well that’s the way we always did it. That’s just what we planted. They said. Albert Einstein would say: “The definition of insanity is to do the same thing over again and expect a different result.” Looking back I can see that same mentality was carried over to every area of their life. That is why they were poor. They just kept planting the same thing over and over again expecting to have a different result. A rich man once told me: “If you want to be rich hang out with the rich and do what they do.” Good advice if you want to be rich, but what if you want more?
Well if you want to be like Jesus then fill your heart with His word. Hang out with Him, and His friends. I wanted to be like Smith Wiglesworth, John G. Lake or the Apostles. I want to be like Jesus, so I spend time with Him. I study God’s word, went to Bible college, hang out with believing Christians. My wife and I have planted churches and I worked a business on the side to pay the bills. Businesses would not always go so well, but we saw healing and salvations. I didn’t go to business college. I didn’t want to be a business man so that’s not what I planted. Some say you are what you eat. I agree. You reap what you sow. Do you want change in your life? Then change what you plant, be patient, and it will grow in due season. Then it will produce, but don’t complain if you keep planting the same crop. Now whose fault is that? God’s or yours. God expects us to grow up. People call me to pray their life changes. I need money, healing, a better marriage, and so forth, but they keep doing what they always have done. I see God deliver them, only to have them return to their vomit. Change what you plant and be careful to nurture it.
Mark 4:26-29 (NIV) 26 He also said, “This is what the kingdom of God is like. A man scatters seed on the ground. 27 Night and day, whether he sleeps or gets up, the seed sprouts and grows, though he does not know how. 28 All by itself the soil produces grain—first the stalk, then the head, then the full kernel in the head. 29 As soon as the grain is ripe, he puts the sickle to it, because the harvest has come.”
Want a new harvest in your life? Stop planting the old seed and plant what you want to harvest.
Pastor Jeff Lane
Devo Planting and harvesting
Proverbs 18:20-21 (K) 20 A man's belly shall be satisfied with the fruit of his mouth; and with the increase of his lips shall he be filled.21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.
Genesis 1:27 (KJV) 27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
Words like seed must be planted or spoken to grow. Man was made in God’s image, and look how God works from the beginning God said and it was so. We can speak life or death as God did. We speak it into our children, work, and our own hearts. It will produce and we will reap the harvest. Bad or good. Our words go down in us and grow. God compares them to fruit. Make a tree good and it produces good fruit make a tree bad and it produces bad fruit. It’s not just planting, but when, how, and where you plant. Proverbs 20:4 King James Version (KJV) 4 The sluggard will not plow by reason of the cold; therefore shall he beg in harvest, and have nothing. A bad harvest is easy throw your seed down and do nothing. A good harvest takes work. One must till the ground, pull weeds, keep animals and parasites out, protect, water, sunshine, and do it all in season. God tells us to rule and take care of the garden. It takes work. Are you getting the harvest you desire or are you getting what you put in? Pastor Jeff Lane
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