Devo Obey or Rebel
Ecclesiastes 8:2-6 New International Version (NIV)
Obey the King
2 Obey the king’s command, I say, because you took an oath before God. 3 Do not be in a hurry to leave the king’s presence. Do not stand up for a bad cause, for he will do whatever he pleases. 4 Since a king’s word is supreme, who can say to him, “What are you doing?”
5 Whoever obeys his command will come to no harm,
and the wise heart will know the proper time and procedure.
6 For there is a proper time and procedure for every matter,
though a person may be weighed down by misery.
1 Samuel 15:23
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.”
In the last devotional I talked about God instituting governments for our good and that we are to obey them. To rebel against them is rebellion toward God. A wise man knows there is a proper time and procedure in when dealing with those in charge. Rebellion is not wise and will cost you. It is the same as divination and that was punishable by death. Rebellion is a sin that leads to death. To obey may cause misery but joy will come in the morning. These governing bodies are to protect us and keep order. In the garden we were commanded to keep order. There is a way that seems right to man but, in the end, there is destruction.
Pastor Jeff Lane
Devo Are we to obey the Governing Authority?
Romans 13:1-5 New International Version (NIV)
13 Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. 2 Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. 3 For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and you will be commended. 4 For the one in authority is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for rulers do not bear the sword for no reason. They are God’s servants, agents of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer. 5 Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also as a matter of conscience.
The Bible makes it very clear we are to obey governing authorities, because God has established them. They are there for our protection. If we do what is right, we have nothing to fear. It reminds me when I was a kid my father would tell us if we got in trouble at school there was more to come when we got home. If we disobey governing authorities, we are rebelling against God and we will have to answer to Him.
Pastor Jeff Lane
Why Plead the Blood?
Exodus 12:12-13 (Berean study Bible)
…12On that night I will pass through the land of Egypt and strike down every firstborn male, both man and beast, and I will execute judgment against all the gods of Egypt. I am the LORD. 13The blood on the houses where you are staying will distinguish them; when I see the blood, I will pass over you. No plague will fall on you to destroy you when I strike the land of Egypt.
Hebrews 10 (NIV)
10 The law is only a shadow of the good things that are coming—not the realities themselves. For this reason it can never, by the same sacrifices repeated endlessly year after year, make perfect those who draw near to worship. 2 Otherwise, would they not have stopped being offered? For the worshipers would have been cleansed once for all, and would no longer have felt guilty for their sins. 3 But those sacrifices are an annual reminder of sins. 4 It is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins.
5 Therefore, when Christ came into the world, he said:
“Sacrifice and offering you did not desire,
but a body you prepared for me;
6 with burnt offerings and sin offerings
you were not pleased.
7 Then I said, ‘Here I am—it is written about me in the scroll--
I have come to do your will, my God.’”[a]
8 First he said, “Sacrifices and offerings, burnt offerings and sin offerings you did not desire, nor were you pleased with them”—though they were offered in accordance with the law. 9 Then he said, “Here I am, I have come to do your will.” He sets aside the first to establish the second. 10 And by that will, we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.
11 Day after day every priest stands and performs his religious duties; again and again he offers the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. 12 But when this priest had offered for all time one sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God, 13 and since that time he waits for his enemies to be made his footstool. 14 For by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy.
15 The Holy Spirit also testifies to us about this. First he says:
16 “This is the covenant I will make with them
after that time, says the Lord.
I will put my laws in their hearts,
and I will write them on their minds.”[b]
17 Then he adds:
“Their sins and lawless acts
I will remember no more.”[c]
18 And where these have been forgiven, sacrifice for sin is no longer necessary.
God made a covenant with His people Israel, and through Christ’s shedding of His blood we have that same promise and protection, only better! Not one of sacrificed animals but of the supreme sacrifice for humanity, Jesus Christ our Lord. This is why you often hear people say “ I Plead the Blood”. So take the authority Christ has given us as his heirs and “Plead the Blood” over your yourselves and your households, especially in times like these.
Pastor Becky Lane
Day of decision
Jeremiah 6:16 New International Version (NIV)
16 This is what the Lord says:
“Stand at the crossroads and look;
ask for the ancient paths,
ask where the good way is, and walk in it,
and you will find rest for your souls.
But you said, ‘We will not walk in it.’
God brings us to a crossroad in our lives and asks us to make a decision. What will you do? Trust in His word because it is the same yesterday, today and forever. He will never leave you or fail you. Follow in His steps and He will lift you up. The ancient path is the narrow road the one less traveled, but don’t refuse Him.
Pastor Jeff Lane
Psalm 91 New International Version (NIV)
1 Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.[a]
2 I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
my God, in whom I trust.”
3 Surely he will save you
from the fowler’s snare
and from the deadly pestilence.
4 He will cover you with his feathers,
and under his wings you will find refuge;
his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
5 You will not fear the terror of night,
nor the arrow that flies by day,
6 nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness,
nor the plague that destroys at midday.
7 A thousand may fall at your side,
ten thousand at your right hand,
but it will not come near you.
8 You will only observe with your eyes
and see the punishment of the wicked.
9 If you say, “The Lord is my refuge,”
and you make the Most High your dwelling,
10 no harm will overtake you,
no disaster will come near your tent.
11 For he will command his angels concerning you
to guard you in all your ways;
12 they will lift you up in their hands,
so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.
13 You will tread on the lion and the cobra;
you will trample the great lion and the serpent.
14 “Because he[b] loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him;
I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.
15 He will call on me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble,
I will deliver him and honor him.
16 With long life I will satisfy him
and show him my salvation.
I feel this is an appropriate Scripture at this time and I don’t feel I need to say anymore. Dwell in His Presence!
Pastor Jeff Lane
Devo Where’s the faith Part 7
Isaiah 7:9 New International Version (NIV)
9 The head of Ephraim is Samaria,
and the head of Samaria is only Remaliah’s son.
If you do not stand firm in your faith,
you will not stand at all.’”
1 Peter 5:6-11 New International Version (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.
8 Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. 9 Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings.
10 And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. 11 To him be the power for ever and ever. Amen.
We must stand firm in our faith that God has given us. This says: “you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings.” It does not say you won’t undergo suffering. We will all undergo suffering who are in Christ for if the teacher did so will the student. It is in this suffering we must stand firm in our faith and it will carry us through the trial we are undergoing. These trials are common to God’s people so to build the body up not tear it down. It is in the valley we find the Lord who is right there with us. Meshach, Shadrack, and Abednego were thrown in the fire to be destroyed, but God was there with them not looking in as others were but in the fire. You want to see God you got to go into the fire. Stand in your faith or don’t stand at all but be where that faith carries you. I would rather have been in the fire than looking in. I would rather be in the wilderness with Elijah than looking across the waters. I would rather be in the lion’s den with Daniel and Jesus than standing outside in anguish wonder if God saved him. A lady who knew Becky and I and all we had gone through and had watched from a distance and once said to me “I would like to see and experience the miracles you two have”. I looked at her and said “would you really”? She asked “what do you mean”? I asked her if she was willing to say “God your will be done” and then go where He leads you knowing that Satan will be waiting to destroy you and yours? Are you willing to put your children on the altar knowing what they will have to endure? To have your daughter left crippled and dying, and being told she has a few minutes to live and they refuse to give her blood because they say it is a waste, so say your goodbyes and be done with it. You have two choices: say goodbye or fight and stand. The anguish I felt was unbearable, but we stood in our faith and God healed her. How about being mocked, called a liar, because God healed you. And all this by the church after being healed of blindness or having your skinned burned off and restored. Don’t get me wrong I would go through it a thousand times over. But if you want to see God you must walk by faith, stand your ground in every battle, submit yourself to Him, and then you will see Him and so will those around you. This is supernatural faith that only comes through obeying Him in the everyday, mundane things of life. People can say “oh that is so exciting” without always realizing we go from glory to glory. Supernatural faith comes from faithfulness in everyday life, if you can’t obey in your everyday faith you will not in times of trouble. You will fall!
Pastor Jeff Lane
Devo Where’s the faith Part 6
Romans 10:12-21 New International Version (NIV)
12 For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile—the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, 13 for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
14 How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? 15 And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!”
16 But not all the Israelites accepted the good news. For Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed our message?” 17 Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ. 18 But I ask: Did they not hear? Of course they did:
“Their voice has gone out into all the earth,
their words to the ends of the world.” 19 Again I ask: Did Israel not understand? First, Moses says, “I will make you envious by those who are not a nation;
I will make you angry by a nation that has no understanding.” 20 And Isaiah boldly says, “I was found by those who did not seek me;
I revealed myself to those who did not ask for me.” 21 But concerning Israel he says, “All day long I have held out my hands
to a disobedient and obstinate people.”
James 1:19-22 New International Version (NIV)
19 My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, 20 because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires. 21 Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you.
22 Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.
Faith comes by hearing but there are other qualifiers. It must be delivered by somebody who is sent by God or commissioned by God. It takes action, you must obey it for it to work. You cannot be rebellious or disobedient to God’s word. Opposite of rebellion is obedience. You must do what it says. It is not faith to do as you please but to do what pleases God.
Pastor Jeff Lane
Devo Where’s the faith Part 5
1 John 5:1-5 New International Version (NIV)
5 Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves the father loves his child as well. 2 This is how we know that we love the children of God: by loving God and carrying out his commands. 3 In fact, this is love for God: to keep his commands. And his commands are not burdensome, 4 for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith. 5 Who is it that overcomes the world? Only the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.
Those who walk by faith overcome the world, sin and worldliness. If we walk by faith, we obey Him both by not sinning and doing what He asks of us. I realized that I was not the most qualified to do His work, so I once asked God why he had me doing many of the things He did. He said because you will. You will obey me. Many people never do anything for God because they can’t hear Him because they continue to live in sin and a life of worldliness. They are constantly arguing for a life of worldliness instead of seeing how close they can live for God. The white noise of this world keeps them from hearing His voice, therefore they are a bunch of do nothings. They argue with God about tithing, drinking, entertainment, giving, going to bars, music, abortion, pot, horoscopes, course joking, living together, homosexuality, and so on. They are more interested in meeting their “needs” than doing His will. They call those who abstain from such things, prudes and goody two shoes. They are more interested in seeing how far they can live from God than to live close to Him. They never know the joy of His presence therefore they don’t walk by faith. Of them the saying is true they return to their wallowing in mud.
Pastor Jeff Lane
Devo Where’s the faith Part 4
Hebrews 6:11-12 New International Version (NIV)
11 We want each of you to show this same diligence to the very end, so that what you hope for may be fully realized. 12 We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised.
James 2:14-26 New International Version (NIV)
14 What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? 15 Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. 16 If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? 17 In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.
18 But someone will say, “You have faith; I have deeds.”
Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by my deeds. 19 You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that—and shudder.
20 You foolish person, do you want evidence that faith without deeds is useless[a]? 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,”[b] 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.
25 In the same way, was not even Rahab the prostitute considered righteous for what she did when she gave lodging to the spies and sent them off in a different direction? 26 As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead.
Slothful, lazy, and idol faith doesn’t cut it. Faith is what we do. If we have faith we act on it. We live by it. We move forward because of it. Lazy faith is of no value. Many people say they have faith but there is no action, so we don’t see any substance to their faith. They start with nothing and end there. Their faith is dead on arrival. It has no value. Faith that is living is overcoming faith.
Pastor Jeff Lane
Devo Where’s the Faith? Part 3
Hebrews 11:1-3 King James Version (KJV)
11 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
2 For by it the elders obtained a good report.
3 Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.
Do you have faith? Where’s the beef? Where's the substance of your faith? There is evidence in your life when you walk by faith. People can see and experience your faith. Faith is substance. It is tangible. It is something that becomes visible from the invisible or humanly impossible. We see the men and women of the Bible who walked by faith and know them for the evidence of their faith. Everything we see, experience, and that is tangible comes into being from nothing. You see and experience the evidence of faith. Faith is not just believing, it is action. You act upon what you believe. Will people, one day after you are gone, say they were a person of faith? Look at the things they did and God did because they lived.
Pastor Jeff Lane
Pastor Jeff Lane