Devo Planted Part 9
Judges 6:24-30 (NIV)
24 So Gideon built an altar to the Lord there and called it The Lord Is Peace. To this day it stands in Ophrah of the Abiezrites.
25 That same night the Lord said to him, “Take the second bull from your father’s herd, the one seven years old.[a] Tear down your father’s altar to Baal and cut down the Asherah pole[b] beside it. 26 Then build a proper kind of[c] altar to the Lord your God on the top of this height. Using the wood of the Asherah pole that you cut down, offer the second[d] bull as a burnt offering.”
27 So Gideon took ten of his servants and did as the Lord told him. But because he was afraid of his family and the townspeople, he did it at night rather than in the daytime.
28 In the morning when the people of the town got up, there was Baal’s altar, demolished, with the Asherah pole beside it cut down and the second bull sacrificed on the newly built altar!
29 They asked each other, “Who did this?”
When they carefully investigated, they were told, “Gideon son of Joash did it.”
30 The people of the town demanded of Joash, “Bring out your son. He must die, because he has broken down Baal’s altar and cut down the Asherah pole beside it.”
Gideon builds an altar to God. It is a place to sacrifice, pray, and listen. Most people never build an altar or place of prayer and worship in their life then wonder why has God forsaken them when they have forsaken God. Gideon hears from God and at once he carries out God’s command. Now as you see the people were worshiping the wrong God. They were not appreciative of the fact Gideon was there sent by God to save them. They became part of the problem. They wanted to kill him. Welcome to ministry.
Pastor Jeff Lane
8Devo Planted Part 9
Judges 6:17-23 (NIV)
17 Gideon replied, “If now I have found favor in your eyes, give me a sign that it is really you talking to me. 18 Please do not go away until I come back and bring my offering and set it before you.”
And the Lord said, “I will wait until you return.”
19 Gideon went inside, prepared a young goat, and from an ephah[a] of flour he made bread without yeast. Putting the meat in a basket and its broth in a pot, he brought them out and offered them to him under the oak.
20 The angel of God said to him, “Take the meat and the unleavened bread, place them on this rock, and pour out the broth.” And Gideon did so. 21 Then the angel of the Lord touched the meat and the unleavened bread with the tip of the staff that was in his hand. Fire flared from the rock, consuming the meat and the bread. And the angel of the Lord disappeared. 22 When Gideon realized that it was the angel of the Lord, he exclaimed, “Alas, Sovereign Lord! I have seen the angel of the Lord face to face!”
23 But the Lord said to him, “Peace! Do not be afraid. You are not going to die.”
Gideon brings an offering to the Lord. Keep in mind they are starving. They have little food. So many times people try to make a deal with God. If you bless me I will give you an offering, but Gideon (man of faith) brings God an offering. This Angel receives the offering and only God can do that so we know this is Jesus the I Am.
Pastor Jeff Lane
Devo Planted Part 8
Judges 6:11-16 (NIV)
11 The angel of the Lord came and sat down under the oak in Ophrah that belonged to Joash the Abiezrite, where his son Gideon was threshing wheat in a winepress to keep it from the Midianites. 12 When the angel of the Lord appeared to Gideon, he said, “The Lord is with you, mighty warrior.”
13 “Pardon me, my lord,” Gideon replied, “but if the Lord is with us, why has all this happened to us? Where are all his wonders that our ancestors told us about when they said, ‘Did not the Lord bring us up out of Egypt?’ But now the Lord has abandoned us and given us into the hand of Midian.”
14 The Lord turned to him and said, “Go in the strength you have and save Israel out of Midian’s hand. Am I not sending you?”
15 “Pardon me, my lord,” Gideon replied, “but how can I save Israel? My clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my family.”
16 The Lord answered, “I will be with you, and you will strike down all the Midianites, leaving none alive.”
Gideon planted but now he is trying to save his harvest by threshing wheat at the wine press not the threshing floor. God knows where we’re at and shows up. Gideon is more of a man of faith than it first appears. He says to God “if you’re with us why we are in this mess”? He understands that if we walk with God we should overcome our enemies, but he is still off on how he see things. He says God you have abandoned us, but they abandoned God. God is always there He never leaves us or forsakes us. No. it is us who do the leaving and forsaking. God tells him go and fight and I am sending you. Gideon suffers from what so many do. He looks at himself instead of God. I am the least of the least God and the weakest how can I do this? God simply says I will be with you. God does not choose the strongest, brightest, best, but the obedient.
Pastor Jeff Lane
Devo Planted Part five
Genesis 2:5 (KJV)
5 And every plant of the field before it was in the earth, and every herb of the field before it grew: for the Lord God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and there was not a man to till the ground.
Amos 4:7 (NIV)
7 “I also withheld rain from you
when the harvest was still three months away.
I sent rain on one town,
but withheld it from another.
One field had rain;
another had none and dried up.
Zechariah 10:1 (NIV)
10 Ask the Lord for rain in the springtime;
it is the Lord who sends the thunderstorms.
He gives showers of rain to all people,
and plants of the field to everyone.
Environment has everything to do with potential. You can have good soil and seed but you have to have water. It is God who sends the rain. He releases the potential of the seed. Little rain, little harvest, too much and the plant dies, but just right and the full potential of the seed is released. God determines this part of the equation. Grace, grace, grace. The best soil and the
best seed without God watering it produces nothing. God must bless it. Think about it.
Pastor Jeff Lane
Devo Planted Part four
Matthew 12:34 (KJV)
34 O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.
Before we go on please don’t forget you are soil too. What are you allowing to be planted in your heart? For what’s in a man’s heart comes out. What are you doing to nurture that seed?
Pastor Jeff Lane
Devo Planted Part three
Luke 8:5-8 (NIV)
5 “A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path; it was trampled on, and the birds ate it up. 6 Some fell on rocky ground, and when it came up, the plants withered because they had no moisture. 7 Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up with it and choked the plants. 8 Still other seed fell on good soil. It came up and yielded a crop, a hundred times more than was sown.”
When he said this, he called out, “Whoever has ears to hear, let them hear.”
Does it matter where a seed is planted? You bet it does. I grew up in Illinois and they said the ground there in places could produce anywhere from two hundred to three hundred bushel of wheat. Later I lived in Tennessee and they told me where we were at they could only get forty bushel of wheat. In fact they called me a liar when I told them back home what the ground produced. Same seed, same potential. What made the difference? The ground or the lack of understanding in knowing where to plant? Keep planting in bad soil because you don’t believe there is better soil and you will get the same results. Where do you plant your seed? Listen this is not only true of seed but, money, time, our words, God’s word and yes people too. Where you grow up, go to school. Yes environment unleashes potential.
I had a friend who planted a church in an area that had three towns. He went to the first town and started a church, but it never did much, but because of circumstances he move to the next town and got the same results. He had to move to the third town because of circumstances again, but this time the church took off and grew like crazy. What made the difference he asked? I did all the same things, preached the same messages, and made no changes to those messages. Good soil. Open hearts was the answer. We all have been given good seed. Where will you plant yours?
Pastor Jeff Lane
Devo Planted Part two
John 12:24 (NIV)
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.
As long as the seed remains in the host its potential is never realized. It remains a single seed. All it does is feed, take from its mother so to speak. It takes and never produces anything. It must die to its host fall to the ground. Be humbled in the dirt and die. Yes a seed literally dies. Then something happens that we don’t understand. It begins to grow in the ground with water and sunlight it lives again. It does not live for itself but to give life. It becomes a giver. It produces life. It does this in accordance with where it was planted. Its potential is released, but in accordance with its environment. Think about it.
Pastor Jeff Lane
Devo Planted Part One
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.
It is a basic principle, but many “great minds” have tried to disprove it and yet a child knows it. Kind produces after kind. What potential that is in the seed will only be what that seed produces.
Plant an apple seed get an apple. Plant an orange seed get an orange. The second part is it must be planted to produce. Seeds can have all the potential to become something, but unless planted they produce nothing. It has to leave the plant and fall to the ground before it produces. Just think on that.
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