Devo Prosperity Part 18
Job 1:1-3 (NIV)
1 In the land of Uz there lived a man whose name was Job. This man was blameless and upright; he feared God and shunned evil. 2 He had seven sons and three daughters, 3 and he owned seven thousand sheep, three thousand camels, five hundred yoke of oxen and five hundred donkeys, and had a large number of servants. He was the greatest man among all the people of the East.
Job 42:12-17 (NIV)
12 The Lord blessed the latter part of Job’s life more than the former part. He had fourteen thousand sheep, six thousand camels, a thousand yoke of oxen and a thousand donkeys. 13 And he also had seven sons and three daughters. 14 The first daughter he named Jemimah, the second Keziah and the third Keren-Happuch. 15 Nowhere in all the land were there found women as beautiful as Job’s daughters, and their father granted them an inheritance along with their brothers. 16 After this, Job lived a hundred and forty years; he saw his children and their children to the fourth generation. 17 And so Job died, an old man and full of years.
We all know about Job. He went through many trials, but let’s look at his life. He prospered because God blessed him for being obedient and upright. Even after he lost everything he still remained obedient to God. Then God poured out a double blessing on him. The heart is the most important thing in being prosperous.
Pastor Jeff Lane
Devo Prosperity Part 17
1 Samuel 15:17-23 (NIV)
17 Samuel said, “Although you were once small in your own eyes, did you not become the head of the tribes of Israel? The Lord anointed you king over Israel. 18 And he sent you on a mission, saying, ‘Go and completely destroy those wicked people, the Amalekites; wage war against them until you have wiped them out.’ 19 Why did you not obey the Lord? Why did you pounce on the plunder and do evil in the eyes of the Lord?”
20 “But I did obey the Lord,” Saul said. “I went on the mission the Lord assigned me. I completely destroyed the Amalekites and brought back Agag their king. 21 The soldiers took sheep and cattle from the plunder, the best of what was devoted to God, in order to sacrifice them to the Lord your God at Gilgal.”
22 But Samuel replied:
“Does the Lord delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices
as much as in obeying the Lord?
To obey is better than sacrifice,
and to heed is better than the fat of rams.
23 For rebellion is like the sin of divination,
and arrogance like the evil of idolatry.
Because you have rejected the word of the Lord,
he has rejected you as king.”
Many people don’t prosper because they don’t obey and stop sinning. Saul was given a victory over his enemies. All he had to do was show up and fight. God told him go to battle and you will win, but give the plunder (seed) to me. God told Saul you could have had it all. I would had given you the kingdom for you children and descendants. Now I am taking it all away. He should have planted the seed. Can you imagine the blessing he would have had. It would have lasted for generations, instead he lost it all and brought down a curse on his family. All he had to do was obey. Give God back what God had given him. He wanted it to hang on to glory for himself. He listened to his men and did it to secure his kingdom, but lost it. He should have lost his life to save it. He worshiped himself more than God. He even set up a monument in his own honor. Prosperity comes with obedience. He wanted to spend it on himself. Too many people eat their seed.
Pastor Jeff Lane
Devo Prosperity Part 16
Genesis 4:1-7 (NIV)
4 Adam[a] made love to his wife Eve, and she became pregnant and gave birth to Cain.[b] She said, “With the help of the Lord I have brought forth[c] a man.” 2 Later she gave birth to his brother Abel.
Now Abel kept flocks, and Cain worked the soil. 3 In the course of time Cain brought some of the fruits of the soil as an offering to the Lord. 4 And Abel also brought an offering—fat portions from some of the firstborn of his flock. The Lord looked with favor on Abel and his offering, 5 but on Cain and his offering he did not look with favor. So Cain was very angry, and his face was downcast.
6 Then the Lord said to Cain, “Why are you angry? Why is your face downcast? 7 If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must rule over it.”
Here we have both Cain and Abel bring offering to the Lord. One is accepted and one is not. One brother is blessed and one is not. Why? Well let’s start with where did it all come from to begin with? God of course. Abel is accepted because he gives the fat portions which means the best of what he has to God. Cain was not accepted because sin was crouching at his door and he was allowing it to stay. He was not obeying God. I have people getting mad at God for their financial situation or lack all the time. The problem is they don’t want to get rid of sin. They have a spirit of rebellion and idolatry. That is self-worship. They rather spend what they have on themselves than God. James 4:3 (NIV) 3 When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures. Our next lesson coming soon
.Pastor Jeff Lane
Devo Prosperity Part 15
Genesis 22:1-3 (KJV)
22 And it came to pass after these things, that God did tempt Abraham, and said unto him, Abraham: and he said, Behold, here I am.
2 And he said, Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of.
3 And Abraham rose up early in the morning, and saddled his ass, and took two of his young men with him, and Isaac his son, and clave the wood for the burnt offering, and rose up, and went unto the place of which God had told him.
Genesis 22:13-14 (KJV)
13 And Abraham lifted up his eyes, and looked, and behold behind him a ram caught in a thicket by his horns: and Abraham went and took the ram, and offered him up for a burnt offering in the stead of his son.
14 And Abraham called the name of that place Jehovah Jireh: as it is said to this day, in the mount of the Lord it shall be seen.
Once again we see Abraham giving God everything. God asks for his son and Abraham gets up early the next morning. He gets right to it. He does not hesitate, wait, or questions. He just does it. Now we use a verse a lot and it is ‘God gives us the seed and the bread’. God stops Abraham from sacrificing his son, but provides a ram to sacrifice to Him. God give us the seed to plant so we will be blessed. Think about it. He gives us the wood, fire, and altar too. What a God we serve. God gave us Jesus His son. We paid nothing. When you get down to it being blessed is more about obedience than sacrifices. He paid it all. Let’s now look at Cain and Abel in the next lesson.
Pastor Jeff Lane
Devo Prosperity Part 14
Genesis 12:1-3 (KJV)
12 Now the Lord had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, unto a land that I will shew thee:
2 And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing:
3 And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.
Abraham was one of the most blessed men on earth, but why? He obeyed God. Sowing and reaping are important to being blessed, but look at what God told him. First he was told to do something. Leave country, family, and father’s house. Second to go where God told him. Third where it says thou shalt be a blessing God said you be a blessing. We must obey God in everything. Forsaking all others for Him. Then we must first be a blessing to others. We have to obey. If we love God we obey Him. There is no greater place of joy than being where God told us to be. God first.
Pastor Jeff Lane
Devo Prosperity Part 13
Isaiah 55 (NIV)
6 Seek the Lord while he may be found;
call on him while he is near.
7 Let the wicked forsake their ways
and the unrighteous their thoughts.
Let them turn to the Lord, and he will have mercy on them,
and to our God, for he will freely pardon. 8 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
neither are your ways my ways,”
declares the Lord.
9 “As the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are my ways higher than your ways
and my thoughts than your thoughts.
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.
13 Instead of the thornbush will grow the juniper,
and instead of briers the myrtle will grow.
This will be for the Lord’s renown,
for an everlasting sign,
that will endure forever.”
Look, it’s simple. Seek Him and leave your life of sin and enjoy His life of righteousness and He will lift you up. He’s not taking us back to the Garden of Eden, but to so much more. There He visited us, now He lives in us. We are one. Look He declares His blessings on us and sees to it that it is done. It does not say you might go out with joy, but what does it say. ‘YOU WILL GO OUT’.
Pastor Jeff Lane
Devo Prosperity Part 12
55 “Come, all you who are thirsty,
come to the waters;
and you who have no money,
come, buy and eat!
Come, buy wine and milk
ithout money and without cost.
2 Why spend money on what is not bread,
and your labor on what does not satisfy?
Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good,
and you will delight in the richest of fare.
What do you have to offer God? It’s all His. We come empty handed and he accepts us as we are. He is our provider. He gave man this earth and all that is in it, but we handed the keys over to Satan. He took them back for us if only we would receive. I talked to a young girl from a foreign country. She had a hard time accepting God’s love. Why, because it was too simple, it was free. She could not comprehend being loved and not earning that love. How could he love me she asked? I have been so bad. He does not love for what you done, but because who He is. It is just God’s nature. He took our place in punishment and saved us from all we needed saving from. Sin, sickness, poverty, depression everything. What do you need? Ask and He will hear you. He will give you more than you can ask or think. We labor for all we need and want and yet we are still empty. He labored for us and then asks us to enter His rest. There is more than enough for all. You have not because you ask not. Just ask and believe. He may not give you what you ask for, but He will give you more than you can imagine.
Pastor Jeff Lane
Devo Prosperity Part 11
2 Corinthians 9:10 (NIV)
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.
In light of the previous devotion I want you to ponder this scripture. Grace. He takes out sin and shame and then gives us substance. He provides our every need. It is He who gives the seed and bread. He gives you seed to plant so you have a future. The seed is His grace to you, but many never get this. They eat the seed. Listen, when the Israelites were in the wilderness they ate manna. God gave them food every day, but it stopped the day they entered the promised land. They were given land, houses, seed and all they needed. It was time to get off the breast milk so to speak and grow up. Many Christians never grow up. They want to stay on breast milk. We have to be weaned. We have to walk and take care of ourselves. What do I mean? Stop coming to Jesus and walk as he walked. He said follow me. Do as I do. Walk in the Spirit and heal the sick, raise the dead, set people free instead of needing to be set free. Grow up. Sure you will stumble and fall a few times at first, but he is there to pick you up, but in time you will pick others up.
Pastor Jeff Lane
Devo Prosperity Part 10
Revelation 4:10-11 (KJV)
10 The four and twenty elders fall down before him that sat on the throne, and worship him that liveth for ever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying,
11 Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.
We are going to take a little shift here. Be patient with me. Can you imagine Christ placing a crown on your head for all you have done on earth, and because you are heir to the throne? Hard to believe, but that day will come. It will be at that moment we will truly understand grace. I believe we will be saying wait Lord, you gave me life and breath, you gave me food and seed, you took my sin and shame, you gave me joy and peace, and so much more and now you King of Kings and Lord of Lords place this crown on my head. I think not. Then we will cast the crown at his feet saying to you be the glory, honor and praise. All that I am and all that I have done was you and you alone. This is your crown not mine. We will fall and worship and try to comprehend what just took place and who He is. Such love such wondrous love. What I am that you notice me. How could I ever doubted you? How could I ever expected you to do more? And now you crown me. Lord I am truly sorry for all the sin in my life. I love you, but you loved me first. My God. My Lord. My creator. Forever are you to be praised!
Pastor Jeff Lane
Devo Prosperity Part 9
Hebrews 3:16-19 (NIV)
16 Who were they who heard and rebelled? Were they not all those Moses led out of Egypt? 17 And with whom was he angry for forty years? Was it not with those who sinned, whose bodies perished in the wilderness? 18 And to whom did God swear that they would never enter his rest if not to those who disobeyed? 19 So we see that they were not able to enter, because of their unbelief.
How does man fall out of the provision of God. Simply rebellion. God likens it to idolatry and witchcraft. Rebellion is the sin of divination. It is man playing God. Cain choose to live out of the presence of God. That is what rebellion gets you. No rest. The Israelites were living in God’s camp, but never enjoyed God’s rest. Christians live in God’s kingdom, but most never come into His rest. His rest is knowing no matter what comes our way he will take care of it. We are not moved by circumstance, but our faith in Him moves the mountain or circumstance.
Pastor Jeff Lane
Pastor Jeff Lane