Devo Are matches made in heaven Part 4
Genesis 2:18-24 (NIV)
18 The Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.”
19 Now the Lord God had formed out of the ground all the wild animals and all the birds in the sky. He brought them to the man to see what he would name them; and whatever the man called each living creature, that was its name. 20 So the man gave names to all the livestock, the birds in the sky and all the wild animals.
But for Adam no suitable helper was found. 21 So the Lord God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep; and while he was sleeping, he took one of the man’s ribs and then closed up the place with flesh. 22 Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man.
23 The man said,
“This is now bone of my bones
and flesh of my flesh;
she shall be called ‘woman,’
for she was taken out of man.”
24 That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh.
Does God want you to be alone? He sees your loneliness and has a plan. Don’t get ahead of His plan. First develop your relationship with Him. You’re going to need it if you plan on being married. There are no mind reading courses that work. lol. He created us, He knows what’s right for you. He wants us to be one flesh, and one in heart. What’s good for you is good for them and what’s good for them is good for you. Why is it so hard for a couple to grasp this? Take care of her men and she will take care of you. After all she is a gift from God. Disrespect her and you disrespect the gift giver. Hurt her, hurt yourself. Bless her, bless yourself. You too women. Men you are to protect and provide for the marriage. You are to keep it together. Why do I talk to men first, because you were made first.
Pastor Jeff Lane
Devo Are matches made in heaven Part 3
2 Samuel 11:1-5 (NIV)
11 In the spring, at the time when kings go off to war, David sent Joab out with the king’s men and the whole Israelite army. They destroyed the Ammonites and besieged Rabbah. But David remained in Jerusalem.
2 One evening David got up from his bed and walked around on the roof of the palace. From the roof he saw a woman bathing. The woman was very beautiful, 3 and David sent someone to find out about her. The man said, “She is Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam and the wife of Uriah the Hittite.” 4 Then David sent messengers to get her. She came to him, and he slept with her. (Now she was purifying herself from her monthly uncleanness.) Then she went back home. 5 The woman conceived and sent word to David, saying, “I am pregnant.”
Pornography, why don’t we see people or the government try to stop it or talk about it?
David was not where he was supposed to be. He was to supposed to be at the head of his army protecting Israel. Instead he stayed home and became bored. It was at this moment that Satan struck. Just one look. Don’t tell me one look can’t do any harm. That’s the problem people believe that just one bite won’t hurt. Really! Well let’s see. One look led to adultery. One look led to an unwanted pregnancy. One look led to lying, murder, and the death of a baby. It led to loss of respect, brought shame, and rebuke. One look destroyed many lives and eventually led to a civil war and death of many more. So I ask you can one look matter? Can God turn it around? I don’t think David intended to have any more to do with Bathsheba than a one night stand, but he finally acted in integrity and owned up to his sin. He married Bathsheba and God blessed them with a son of righteousness. He became a gift to his father and mother and to the nation not to mention us to this day. Did this (Solomon) son struggle with the sin of his father and mother? Yes and in a big way, but he also came back to the integrity of his father and mother. Think about it.
How does one overcome a pornography addiction? Repent and own up to it. Find a person who can be trusted and make yourself accountable to them. Give them access to your phone, computer, and every area of your life. Not someone of the opposite sex unless it is your mate, but I still recommend it be someone outside your marriage. Someone who will be straight with you. Be where you are supposed to be. Leave doors open. Don’t be alone. Spend as much time with your mate and family as possible. If alone or bored seek God, pray, fast, praise, but find God or call your mate. Don’t trust yourself, get new friends if need be. Turn off TV, computer, stay away from the prostitute’s corner so to speak.
Consider what pornography does to one’s life. It can take integrity, bring shame, take your job, marriage, family, sexual enjoyment, make you alone instead of giving intimacy, and so much more. It promises you much but reduces you to a loaf of bread. It’s not worth one look. Be content with what God has given you and you will be blessed. Become a person of integrity and God will lift you up. Start NOW!
Pastor Jeff Lane
Devo Are matches made in heaven? Part 2
Genesis 6:1-3 (NIV)
6 When men began to increase in number on the earth and daughters were born to them, 2 the sons of God saw that the daughters of humans were beautiful, and they married any of them they chose. 3 Then the Lord said, “My Spirit will not contend with humans forever, for they are mortal; their days will be a hundred and twenty years.”
Is the choice of who you marry up to you? No and yes. No because we should leave that up to God. Yes because like eating of the forbidden fruit it can lead to destruction of our life, our offspring’s lives, society, the nation, and the world. People seem to think: Oh Mr. or Mrs. right will magically appear.” No but lust does. Much prayer and thought should go into who God’s has chosen for us. I remember a man telling my dad once concerning a relative’s answer for getting married. “Sure he’s in love so was I and a half a dozen times after I got married too.” He had no idea what Love was. It not a feeling, but feelings come with it. It is a decision of the mind. It tells the heart what to do. It is an act of character. It is integrity. Feeling can come and go, but integrity can last a lifetime. Love grows and bring life but lust brings death and destruction. Consider what pornography does to one’s life. It can take integrity, bring shame, take your job, marriage, family, sexual enjoyment, make you alone instead of intimacy, and so much more. It a silent killer. What you do in the privacy of your life does affect others. So I ask you should we make that choice or let God?
Pastor Jeff Lane
Devo Are matches made in heaven?
Genesis 24:64-67 (NIV)
64 Rebekah also looked up and saw Isaac. She got down from her camel 65 and asked the servant, “Who is that man in the field coming to meet us?”
“He is my master,” the servant answered. So she took her veil and covered herself.
66 Then the servant told Isaac all he had done. 67 Isaac brought her into the tent of his mother Sarah, and he married Rebekah. So she became his wife, and he loved her; and Isaac was comforted after his mother’s death.
Abraham sends his servant on an errand to get his son Isaac a wife. I know today we don’t do things this way, but nevertheless this was how they went about it. The servant prays when he reaches the destination and asks God to give him success and God leads Rebekah and the servant to each other. It is because of Rebekah’s and the servant’s integrity that they both have success in this most important matter. Integrity and character are the most important ingredients for marriage. I often will have people pray that they find a godly mate, but you have to be one to find one. Anyway God hears the servant’s prayer and he takes Rebecca home to Isaac. It was love at first sight. God knows what and whom we need and there will be love. God cares who we marry. I guess I am partial to this love story because of Rebekah’s name.
Pastor Jeff Lane
Pastor Jeff Lane