Devo Blessings of Abraham can be ours Part 8
Hebrews 7:1-10 New International Version (NIV)
7 This Melchizedek was king of Salem and priest of God Most High. He met Abraham returning from the defeat of the kings and blessed him, 2 and Abraham gave him a tenth of everything. First, the name Melchizedek means “king of righteousness”; then also, “king of Salem” means “king of peace.” 3 Without father or mother, without genealogy, without beginning of days or end of life, resembling the Son of God, he remains a priest forever.
4 Just think how great he was: Even the patriarch Abraham gave him a tenth of the plunder! 5 Now the law requires the descendants of Levi who become priests to collect a tenth from the people—that is, from their fellow Israelites—even though they also are descended from Abraham. 6 This man, however, did not trace his descent from Levi, yet he collected a tenth from Abraham and blessed him who had the promises. 7 And without doubt the lesser is blessed by the greater. 8 In the one case, the tenth is collected by people who die; but in the other case, by him who is declared to be living. 9 One might even say that Levi, who collects the tenth, paid the tenth through Abraham, 10 because when Melchizedek met Abraham, Levi was still in the body of his ancestor.
Just one quick example of Abrahams obedience. Tithing came before the law not after. Abraham tithed by faith not obligation and therefore received the blessing that comes through tithing. He graciously and cheerfully gave His tithe to Melchizedek and by doing so to God. Read the blessing of the tithe:
Malachi 3:6-12 New International Version (NIV)
6 “I the Lord do not change. So you, the descendants of Jacob, are not destroyed. 7 Ever since the time of your ancestors you have turned away from my decrees and have not kept them. Return to me, and I will return to you,” says the Lord Almighty.
“But you ask, ‘How are we to return?’
8 “Will a mere mortal rob God? Yet you rob me.
“But you ask, ‘How are we robbing you?’
“In tithes and offerings. 9 You are under a curse—your whole nation—because you are robbing me. 10 Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the Lord Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it. 11 I will prevent pests from devouring your crops, and the vines in your fields will not drop their fruit before it is ripe,” says the Lord Almighty. 12 “Then all the nations will call you blessed, for yours will be a delightful land,” says the Lord Almighty.
Once again, we can also see the curse of the lack of obedience.
Pastor Jeff Lane
Devo Blessings of Abraham can be ours Part 7
Romans 4 New International Version (NIV)
4 What then shall we say that Abraham, our forefather according to the flesh, discovered in this matter? 2 If, in fact, Abraham was justified by works, he had something to boast about—but not before God. 3 What does Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.”[a]
4 Now to the one who works, wages are not credited as a gift but as an obligation. 5 However, to the one who does not work but trusts God who justifies the ungodly, their faith is credited as righteousness. 6 David says the same thing when he speaks of the blessedness of the one to whom God credits righteousness apart from works:
7 “Blessed are those
whose transgressions are forgiven,
whose sins are covered.
8 Blessed is the one
whose sin the Lord will never count against them.”[b]
9 Is this blessedness only for the circumcised, or also for the uncircumcised? We have been saying that Abraham’s faith was credited to him as righteousness. 10 Under what circumstances was it credited? Was it after he was circumcised, or before? It was not after, but before! 11 And he received circumcision as a sign, a seal of the righteousness that he had by faith while he was still uncircumcised. So then, he is the father of all who believe but have not been circumcised, in order that righteousness might be credited to them. 12 And he is then also the father of the circumcised who not only are circumcised but who also follow in the footsteps of the faith that our father Abraham had before he was circumcised.
13 It was not through the law that Abraham and his offspring received the promise that he would be heir of the world, but through the righteousness that comes by faith. 14 For if those who depend on the law are heirs, faith means nothing and the promise is worthless, 15 because the law brings wrath. And where there is no law there is no transgression.
16 Therefore, the promise comes by faith, so that it may be by grace and may be guaranteed to all Abraham’s offspring—not only to those who are of the law but also to those who have the faith of Abraham. He is the father of us all. 17 As it is written: “I have made you a father of many nations.”[c] He is our father in the sight of God, in whom he believed—the God who gives life to the dead and calls into being things that were not.
18 Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed and so became the father of many nations, just as it had been said to him, “So shall your offspring be.”[d] 19 Without weakening in his faith, he faced the fact that his body was as good as dead—since he was about a hundred years old—and that Sarah’s womb was also dead. 20 Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, 21 being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised. 22 This is why “it was credited to him as righteousness.” 23 The words “it was credited to him” were written not for him alone, 24 but also for us, to whom God will credit righteousness—for us who believe in him who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead. 25 He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification.
James 2:20-24 New International Version (NIV)
20 You foolish person, do you want evidence that faith without deeds is useless? 21 Was not our father Abraham considered righteous for what he did when he offered his son Isaac on the altar? 22 You see that his faith and his actions were working together, and his faith was made complete by what he did. 23 And the scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness,” and he was called God’s friend. 24 You see that a person is considered righteous by what they do and not by faith alone.
Sorry for all the reading but how else could I show you what God has done for us. When we started we understood that the blessing only came through obedience and so it still does, but not in the same way. Under the law it was an obligation, but under grace it is an act of love. If we love God we will obey Him and some Abraham did by faith. Abraham was not a perfect man, but a man of faith and so God blessed Him. We have been given the Spirit of God His very person so we can see His love for us and fall in love with Him and knowing His heart and mind we obey Him. Those who walk by faith obey Him and therefore come under the blessing of Abraham.
Just one quick example Tithing came before the law not after. Abraham tithed by faith not obligation and therefore received the blessing that comes through tithing. He graciously and cheerfully gave His tithe to.
Pastor Jeff Lane
The Blessings of Abraham can be ours Part 6
Genesis 12:2-3 New International Version (NIV)
2 “I will make you into a great nation,
and I will bless you;
I will make your name great,
and you will be a blessing.[a]
3 I will bless those who bless you,
and whoever curses you I will curse;
and all peoples on earth
will be blessed through you.”
Romans 9:8 New International Version (NIV)
8 In other words, it is not the children by physical descent who are God’s children, but it is the children of the promise who are regarded as Abraham’s offspring.
Galatians 3:7 New International Version (NIV)
7 Understand, then, that those who have faith are children of Abraham.
God said He would bless the world through Abraham. This is not just to save us from sin but also to save us for God’s blessings. Those who walk by faith are the children of Abraham, not just physical children.
Pastor Jeff Lane
Devo Blessings of Abraham can be ours Part 5
Romans 3:21-26 New International Version (NIV)
21 But now apart from the law the righteousness of God has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. 22 This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile, 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. 25 God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of his blood—to be received by faith. He did this to demonstrate his righteousness, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished— 26 he did it to demonstrate his righteousness at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus. What a God we serve. The Israelites were not allowed to eat the blood of an animal because the life of the animal is in the blood. The punishment for sin was death and the sin is in the blood they had a constant reminder of their sin, but Jesus became sin and the curse for us and His blood was shed and drained for us. He is now flesh and bone not flesh and blood. Luke 24:39 Look at my hands and my feet. It is I myself! Touch me and see; a ghost does not have flesh and bones, as you see I have.” Genesis 2:23The 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.” Interestingly enough even Adam calls Eve flesh of his flesh and bone of his bone before the fall not Flesh and blood. Sin live in the blood with life of the man. This is why Adam and Eve could not reach out their hand and eat of the tree of life and live forever because sin would live forever, and we would have no hope. Genesis 3:22 New International Version (NIV) 22 And the Lord God said, “The man has now become like one of us, knowing good and evil. He must not be allowed to reach out his hand and take also from the tree of life and eat and live forever.” Through the love and grace of God He sent His son in the flesh and blood so He could be the atoning sacrifice for us. His blood became sin for us and yet He rose from the dead so we could have all the blessings of Abraham. Abraham in a similar way put his son on the altar as a sacrifice for us, but God did not let Him but provided a sacrifice instead. We must accept this sacrifice for it to be of any value, but we must also accept all that comes with it for it to be of any value. Many receive the forgiveness but fail to understand and receive the blessing it brought.
Pastor Jeff Lane
The Blessings of Abraham can be ours Part 4
Acts 3:24-26 New International Version (NIV)24 “Indeed, beginning with Samuel, all the prophets who have spoken have foretold these days. 25 And you are heirs of the prophets and of the covenant God made with your fathers. He said to Abraham, ‘Through your offspring all peoples on earth will be blessed.’ 26 When God raised up his servant, he sent him first to you to bless you by turning each of you from your wicked ways.”
God said that through Abraham all the people on earth would be blessed and so through Jesus we come into Abraham's blessing, because through Abraham’s seed we were also set free from the curse. It was through Abraham’s offspring Jesus came. It is through Jesus we are turned from our wicked ways.
Pastor Jeff Lane
The Blessings of Abraham can be ours Part 3
Galatians 3:10-14 New International Version (NIV)
10 For all who rely on the works of the law are under a curse, as it is written: “Cursed is everyone who does not continue to do everything written in the Book of the Law.” 11 Clearly no one who relies on the law is justified before God, because “the righteous will live by faith.” 12 The law is not based on faith; on the contrary, it says, “The person who does these things will live by them.” 13 Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written: “Cursed is everyone who is hung on a pole.” 14 He redeemed us in order that the blessing given to Abraham might come to the Gentiles through Christ Jesus, so that by faith we might receive the promise of the Spirit.
I am under a curse as long as I rely on the law and it’s works. I can’t live by them because sin is living in me. Praise be to God the Almighty He sent Jesus who became what I deserved the curse. He took on the curse and died on that tree so I could have the opportunity to enjoy the blessing of God. I have been redeemed from the curse, so I might enjoy the blessing. Most of the redeemed do not enjoy the fullness of what God did for them. They believe they are saved from the curse, but fail to realize there is so much more He did for us. We were saved from the curse to live under God’s blessing through the promise of the Holy Spirit. It’s not by might nor by power but the Holy Spirit. The Fire of the Holy Spirit was given to burn sin out of me that I might stop sinning and fall in love with the Lord of Glory. I like Abraham walk by faith and therefore obey God because He first loved me and gave Himself up for me.
Pastor Jeff Lane
Devo Blessings of Abraham can be ours Part 2
Romans 3:23 New International Version (NIV)
23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
Deuteronomy 28:15-68 New International Version (NIV)
15 However, if you do not obey the Lord your God and do not carefully follow all his commands and decrees I am giving you today, all these curses will come on you and overtake you:
16 You will be cursed in the city and cursed in the country.
17 Your basket and your kneading trough will be cursed.
18 The fruit of your womb will be cursed, and the crops of your land, and the calves of your herds and the lambs of your flocks.
19 You will be cursed when you come in and cursed when you go out.
20 The Lord will send on you curses, confusion and rebuke in everything you put your hand to, until you are destroyed and come to sudden ruin because of the evil you have done in forsaking him.[a] 21 The Lord will plague you with diseases until he has destroyed you from the land you are entering to possess. 22 The Lord will strike you with wasting disease, with fever and inflammation, with scorching heat and drought, with blight and mildew, which will plague you until you perish. 23 The sky over your head will be bronze, the ground beneath you iron. 24 The Lord will turn the rain of your country into dust and powder; it will come down from the skies until you are destroyed.
25 The Lord will cause you to be defeated before your enemies. You will come at them from one direction but flee from them in seven, and you will become a thing of horror to all the kingdoms on earth. 26 Your carcasses will be food for all the birds and the wild animals, and there will be no one to frighten them away. 27 The Lord will afflict you with the boils of Egypt and with tumors, festering sores and the itch, from which you cannot be cured. 28 The Lord will afflict you with madness, blindness and confusion of mind. 29 At midday you will grope about like a blind person in the dark. You will be unsuccessful in everything you do; day after day you will be oppressed and robbed, with no one to rescue you.
30 You will be pledged to be married to a woman, but another will take her and rape her. You will build a house, but you will not live in it. You will plant a vineyard, but you will not even begin to enjoy its fruit. 31 Your ox will be slaughtered before your eyes, but you will eat none of it. Your donkey will be forcibly taken from you and will not be returned. Your sheep will be given to your enemies, and no one will rescue them. 32 Your sons and daughters will be given to another nation, and you will wear out your eyes watching for them day after day, powerless to lift a hand. 33 A people that you do not know will eat what your land and labor produce, and you will have nothing but cruel oppression all your days. 34 The sights you see will drive you mad. 35 The Lord will afflict your knees and legs with painful boils that cannot be cured, spreading from the soles of your feet to the top of your head.
36 The Lord will drive you and the king you set over you to a nation unknown to you or your ancestors. There you will worship other gods, gods of wood and stone. 37 You will become a thing of horror, a byword and an object of ridicule among all the peoples where the Lord will drive you.
38 You will sow much seed in the field but you will harvest little, because locusts will devour it. 39 You will plant vineyards and cultivate them but you will not drink the wine or gather the grapes, because worms will eat them. 40 You will have olive trees throughout your country but you will not use the oil, because the olives will drop off. 41 You will have sons and daughters but you will not keep them, because they will go into captivity. 42 Swarms of locusts will take over all your trees and the crops of your land.
43 The foreigners who reside among you will rise above you higher and higher, but you will sink lower and lower. 44 They will lend to you, but you will not lend to them. They will be the head, but you will be the tail.
45 All these curses will come on you. They will pursue you and overtake you until you are destroyed, because you did not obey the Lord your God and observe the commands and decrees he gave you. 46 They will be a sign and a wonder to you and your descendants forever. 47 Because you did not serve the Lord your God joyfully and gladly in the time of prosperity, 48 therefore in hunger and thirst, in nakedness and dire poverty, you will serve the enemies the Lord sends against you. He will put an iron yoke on your neck until he has destroyed you.
49 The Lord will bring a nation against you from far away, from the ends of the earth, like an eagle swooping down, a nation whose language you will not understand, 50 a fierce-looking nation without respect for the old or pity for the young. 51 They will devour the young of your livestock and the crops of your land until you are destroyed. They will leave you no grain, new wine or olive oil, nor any calves of your herds or lambs of your flocks until you are ruined. 52 They will lay siege to all the cities throughout your land until the high fortified walls in which you trust fall down. They will besiege all the cities throughout the land the Lord your God is giving you.
53 Because of the suffering your enemy will inflict on you during the siege, you will eat the fruit of the womb, the flesh of the sons and daughters the Lord your God has given you. 54 Even the most gentle and sensitive man among you will have no compassion on his own brother or the wife he loves or his surviving children, 55 and he will not give to one of them any of the flesh of his children that he is eating. It will be all he has left because of the suffering your enemy will inflict on you during the siege of all your cities. 56 The most gentle and sensitive woman among you—so sensitive and gentle that she would not venture to touch the ground with the sole of her foot—will begrudge the husband she loves and her own son or daughter 57 the afterbirth from her womb and the children she bears. For in her dire need she intends to eat them secretly because of the suffering your enemy will inflict on you during the siege of your cities.
58 If you do not carefully follow all the words of this law, which are written in this book, and do not revere this glorious and awesome name—the Lord your God— 59 the Lord will send fearful plagues on you and your descendants, harsh and prolonged disasters, and severe and lingering illnesses. 60 He will bring on you all the diseases of Egypt that you dreaded, and they will cling to you. 61 The Lord will also bring on you every kind of sickness and disaster not recorded in this Book of the Law, until you are destroyed. 62 You who were as numerous as the stars in the sky will be left but few in number, because you did not obey the Lord your God. 63 Just as it pleased the Lord to make you prosper and increase in number, so it will please him to ruin and destroy you. You will be uprooted from the land you are entering to possess.
64 Then the Lord will scatter you among all nations, from one end of the earth to the other. There you will worship other gods—gods of wood and stone, which neither you nor your ancestors have known. 65 Among those nations you will find no repose, no resting place for the sole of your foot. There the Lord will give you an anxious mind, eyes weary with longing, and a despairing heart. 66 You will live in constant suspense, filled with dread both night and day, never sure of your life. 67 In the morning you will say, “If only it were evening!” and in the evening, “If only it were morning!”—because of the terror that will fill your hearts and the sights that your eyes will see. 68 The Lord will send you back in ships to Egypt on a journey I said you should never make again. There you will offer yourselves for sale to your enemies as male and female slaves, but no one will buy you.
I can’t hardly imagine anything much worse than being a slave to my enemy, but my enemy notto have me as a slave and my family and I starve. Just plain and simple, not fit for satan. We are all sinners and God will hand us over to sin when we turn our back on Him. There is a consequence for sin and God will only tolerate it for so long. This is what we deserve and anything else is God’s grace. Many who fall into the curse are fools and curse God because of their own doing. He gave us everything and owes us nothing. We owe Him everything even the air we breathe is a gift from God. What a wretched man I am. Hopeless would seem my lot. What am I to do?
Pastor Jeff Lane
Devo Blessings of Abraham can be ours Part 1
Deuteronomy 28:1-14 New International Version (NIV)
28 If you fully obey the Lord your God and carefully follow all his commands I give you today, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations on earth. 2 All these blessings will come on you and accompany you if you obey the Lord your God:
3 You will be blessed in the city and blessed in the country.
4 The fruit of your womb will be blessed, and the crops of your land and the young of your livestock—the calves of your herds and the lambs of your flocks.
5 Your basket and your kneading trough will be blessed.
6 You will be blessed when you come in and blessed when you go out.
7 The Lord will grant that the enemies who rise up against you will be defeated before you. They will come at you from one direction but flee from you in seven.
8 The Lord will send a blessing on your barns and on everything you put your hand to. The Lord your God will bless you in the land he is giving you.
9 The Lord will establish you as his holy people, as he promised you on oath, if you keep the commands of the Lord your God and walk in obedience to him. 10 Then all the peoples on earth will see that you are called by the name of the Lord, and they will fear you. 11 The Lord will grant you abundant prosperity—in the fruit of your womb, the young of your livestock and the crops of your ground—in the land he swore to your ancestors to give you.12 The Lord will open the heavens, the storehouse of his bounty, to send rain on your land in season and to bless all the work of your hands. You will lend to many nations but will borrow from none. 13 The Lord will make you the head, not the tail. If you pay attention to the commands of the Lord your God that I give you this day and carefully follow them, you will always be at the top, never at the bottom. 14 Do not turn aside from any of the commands I give you today, to the right or to the left, following other gods and serving them.
These are the blessings that come under the law if we obey it. They are also the same blessings that were on Abraham’s life. These blessings on Abraham came before the law was given and they came because Abraham walked by faith. Abraham obeyed God not out of obligation, but because he loved God, and as we know if you love God you will obey Him. We can’t obtain righteousness by the law because we are all law breakers, therefore we can’t receive the blessings of God. What am I to do? Well listen to the whole series on this subject.
Pastor Jeff Lane
Devo Love part 5
Hosea 3:1 New International Version (NIV)
3 The Lord said to me, “Go, show your love to your wife again, though she is loved by another man and is an adulteress. Love her as the Lord loves the Israelites, though they turn to other gods and love the sacred raisin cakes.”
Believe it or not Hosea is one of the men of the Bible I admire the most. He truly was a man of God who lived the love of God. He took back his wife of multiple adulteries and love her children of these affairs. Where is that kind of love today.
Hosea 4:1 New International Version (NIV)
4 Hear the word of the Lord, you Israelites,
because the Lord has a charge to bring
against you who live in the land:
“There is no faithfulness, no love,
no acknowledgment of God in the land.
Oh, that we would return to God and repent. We must love one another starting with the wife of our youth. Where is the love for the children who were our own? What has happened to the church? They cast aside their own flesh and blood for a moment of lust. Yet I see the very ones who do such things idolized by the church because they want to justify their own sin. They say they love God but hate their own flesh and blood. Fools! Listen men, God puts the guardianship of your marriage on you. Take up your position and be men of God. Protect your wife, children and the church. You can’t change your wife like a garment and say you love God. The love of God is not in you. You are deceived and need to repent. Where are the Hosea’s of today?
Pastor Jeff Lane
Devo Love part 4
1 John 4:19-21 New International Version (NIV)19 We love because he first loved us. 20 Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen. 21 And he has given us this command: Anyone who loves God must also love their brother and sister.
This is not just talking about a blood relative, but the human race. If God is in us and we walk in His love we will love one another. If we have no love for our brother, sister or spouse we do not know or love God. I see many say they stopped loving their spouse and use this for justification for divorce and remain in ministries saying they love God. This does not fit with scripture. Beware of their teaching.
1 John 2:5 New International Version (NIV)5 But if anyone obeys his word, love for God is truly made complete in them. This is how we know we are in him:
Malachi 2:16 New International Version (NIV)16 “The man who hates and divorces his wife,” says the Lord, the God of Israel, “does violence to the one he should protect,” says the Lord Almighty.
So be on your guard, and do not be unfaithful.
I agree, God forgives but to commit a blatant premeditated sin and say they still love God concerns me. He will forgive and there are times for divorce, but to say we just fell out of love. God have mercy. They fell into sin and divorced God too. Repent and step back until healing comes. Besides if they love God why would they want to do something God hates?
Pastor Jeff Lane
Pastor Jeff Lane