Devo God’s plan or ours Part 2
2 Kings 16:10-15 (NIV)
10 Then King Ahaz went to Damascus to meet Tiglath-Pileser king of Assyria. He saw an altar in Damascus and sent to Uriah the priest a sketch of the altar, with detailed plans for its construction. 11 So Uriah the priest built an altar in accordance with all the plans that King Ahaz had sent from Damascus and finished it before King Ahaz returned. 12 When the king came back from Damascus and saw the altar, he approached it and presented offerings[a] on it. 13 He offered up his burnt offering and grain offering, poured out his drink offering, and splashed the blood of his fellowship offerings against the altar. 14 As for the bronze altar that stood before the Lord, he brought it from the front of the temple—from between the new altar and the temple of the Lord—and put it on the north side of the new altar. 15 King Ahaz then gave these orders to Uriah the priest: “On the large new altar, offer the morning burnt offering and the evening grain offering, the king’s burnt offering and his grain offering, and the burnt offering of all the people of the land, and their grain offering and their drink offering. Splash against this altar the blood of all the burnt offerings and sacrifices. But I will use the bronze altar for seeking guidance.”
Matthew 23:15-22 (NIV)
15 “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You travel over land and sea to win a single convert, and when you have succeeded, you make them twice as much a child of hell as you are. 16 “Woe to you, blind guides! You say, ‘If anyone swears by the temple, it means nothing; but anyone who swears by the gold of the temple is bound by that oath.’ 17 You blind fools! Which is greater: the gold, or the temple that makes the gold sacred? 18 You also say, ‘If anyone swears by the altar, it means nothing; but anyone who swears by the gift on the altar is bound by that oath.’ 19 You blind men! Which is greater: the gift, or the altar that makes the gift sacred? 20 Therefore, anyone who swears by the altar swears by it and by everything on it. 21 And anyone who swears by the temple swears by it and by the one who dwells in it. 22 And anyone who swears by heaven swears by God’s throne and by the one who sits on it.
Exodus 20:22-26 (NIV)
22 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Tell the Israelites this: ‘You have seen for yourselves that I have spoken to you from heaven: 23 Do not make any gods to be alongside me; do not make for yourselves gods of silver or gods of gold. 24 “‘Make an altar of earth for me and sacrifice on it your burnt offerings and fellowship offerings, your sheep and goats and your cattle. Wherever I cause my name to be honored, I will come to you and bless you. 25 If you make an altar of stones for me, do not build it with dressed stones, for you will defile it if you use a tool on it. 26 And do not go up to my altar on steps, or your private parts may be exposed.’
I know this is long, but bear with me. When I was young God called me and told me to put my life, on the altar and go into ministry. I decided that altar was Bible college. I would go for four years, become a youth pastor, then an associate pastor, and on to be a senior pastor. Well it didn’t work out quite that way in that order. You see though my intentions were good the altar was wrong. That was a man-made altar and it was pretty. God called me to His alter and it was humble. Jesus’ alter was the cross not the temple. It was the cross, a tree that made His sacrifices holy to God. Humble and God made. It matters where we offer our sacrifices. It is God’s prescribed way not ours. The gift is important of course, but it has to be given God’s way not ours. Jesus had to fulfill many prophecies to be acceptable to God. We must give ourselves God’s way to be an acceptable sacrifice for Him. Otherwise it is just good works and will burn up. No matter how sincere you are it is unacceptable to God if not done His way. Humble yourself and do it God’s way. Don’t expose your humanity to the world.
Pastor Jeff Lane
Devo God’s plan or ours Part 1
Matthew 16:15-23 (NIV)
15 “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?” 16 Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” 17 Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven. 18 And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it. 19 I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” 20 Then he ordered his disciples not to tell anyone that he was the Messiah. 21 From that time on Jesus began to explain to his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things at the hands of the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life. 22 Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. “Never, Lord!” he said. “This shall never happen to you!” 23 Jesus turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns.”
Wow! One moment Jesus is praising Peter for this revelation from God and the next He is calling him Satan. Could it be we do the same? I wish not, but we do. In the Spirit and then in the flesh. We think we have in mind the things of God, but do we? God’s ways are not our ways. There is a wisdom that seems right to man.
Pastor Jeff Lane
Devo Who is in charge of this world
1 John 5:19 (NIV)
19 We know that we are children of God, and that the whole world is under the control of the evil one.
I cringe when I hear someone say God is in charge of this world. As Gideon said
“God if your with us why are we in this mess”? He understood that if God is with you you’re on top. God revealed that there is a battle to win if man is to rule. Man gave the reigns over to Satan in the Garden. God gave rule to man and man to Satan. Not at all to say that God could not be in charge. He left it up to man and he blew it. Jesus came to give us dominion back, but we have to take it and it won’t be fully ours until death in put under His feet. The earth is in pain while it waits for our adoption as sons. In the mean time we fight. We battle until the last battle. (We win, I cheated and read the end of the book.) This is basic and unless we understand that the world is under Satan’s rule for now we will misunderstand the working of God and His scripture.
Pastor Jeff Lane
Devo Got anxiety, pride
1 Peter 5:6-7 (NIV)
6 Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. 7 Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.
It’s that humble part we have a problem with. I don’t want to dip in that muddy river what will people think? Want to come up out of your situation. Dip in God’s waters. Give it to Him. It takes humility to let go. We think we can do this. He will wait until you let go. A lot of people come and ask me to be filled with the Holy Spirit, but ask do I have to speak in tongues? Do I have to dip? Must I be immersed? I will look silly. Humble yourself and be lifted up. Promoted. Filled with God.
Pastor Jeff Lane
Devo You will go out with joy
Isaiah 55:10-12 (NIV)
10 As the rain and the snow
come down from heaven,
and do not return to it
without watering the earth
and making it bud and flourish,
so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater,
11 so is my word that goes out from my mouth:
It will not return to me empty,
but will accomplish what I desire
and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.
12 You will go out in joy
and be led forth in peace; the mountains and hills
will burst into song before you,
and all the trees of the field
will clap their hands.
When God specks things happen. Jesus put that same authority in us. If we speak God’s word and will things will happen. We will release His will on earth and we will go out with joy. There are no maybes here just absolutes. Pastor Jeff Lane
Pastor Jeff Lane