Devotionals

Check back daily for inspiration from the Word of God

Just Call on Him and He Will Hear You Part 5

June 24, 2022

Just Call on Him and He will Hear you Part 5

Jeremiah 29:11

New International Version

11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

Is this promise just for Israel?  Is it not for all who would call on the name Jesus?  God has a plan for you.  Call on Him while He may be found.  Where there is breath there is hope.

Psalm 139:13-18

New International Version

13 For you created my inmost being;

   you knit me together in my mother’s womb.

14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;

   your works are wonderful,

   I know that full well.

15 My frame was not hidden from you

   when I was made in the secret place,

   when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.

16 Your eyes saw my unformed body;

   all the days ordained for me were written in your book

   before one of them came to be.

17 How precious to me are your thoughts,[a] God!

   How vast is the sum of them!

18 Were I to count them,

   they would outnumber the grains of sand—

   when I awake, I am still with you

Pastor Jeff Lane

Just Call on Him and He will Hear You Part 4

June 24, 2022

Just Call on Him and He will Hear you Part 4

Romans 10:6-13

New International Version

6 But the righteousness that is by faith says: “Do not say in your heart, ‘Who will ascend into heaven?’” (that is, to bring Christ down) 7 “or ‘Who will descend into the deep?’” (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead). 8 But what does it say? “The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart,” that is, the message concerning faith that we proclaim: 9 If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved. 11 As Scripture says, “Anyone who believes in him will never be put to shame.” 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.”

It is not a right because of natural birth or good works but he hears you when you open your month and call on the name Jesus.  Simply by faith that He answers those who call upon Him.  He even puts the word in your month so that you might be saved.  From what you may ask.  Whatever you need, Jesus has provided you salvation from it.

Pastor Jeff Lane

Just Call on Him and He will Hear Y Part 3

June 22, 2022

Just Call on Him and He will Hear you Part 3

Isaiah 55:1-12

New International Version

Invitation to the Thirsty

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

   without 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.

3 Give ear and come to me;

   listen, that you may live.

I will make an everlasting covenant with you,

   my faithful love promised to David.

4 See, I have made him a witness to the peoples,

   a ruler and commander of the peoples.

5 Surely you will summon nations you know not,

   and nations you do not know will come running to you,

because of the Lord your God,

   the Holy One of Israel,

   for he has endowed you with splendor.”

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.

Though we are all sinners and wicket He hears our cries and answers our voice when we call upon Him.  We must but repent and He is there.  Oh, if only we would call upon Him so He could rescue us.  He is watching and waiting, just look to Him and He will lift you up not because you are worthy but because he loves you.

Pastor Jeff Lane

Just Call on Him and He will Hear You Part 2

June 21, 2022

Just Call on Him and He will Hear you Part 2

Genesis 16:6-14

New International Version

6 “Your slave is in your hands,” Abram said. “Do with her whatever you think best.” Then Sarai mistreated Hagar; so she fled from her.

7 The angel of the Lord found Hagar near a spring in the desert; it was the spring that is beside the road to Shur. 8 And he said, “Hagar, slave of Sarai, where have you come from, and where are you going?”

“I’m running away from my mistress Sarai,” she answered.

9 Then the angel of the Lord told her, “Go back to your mistress and submit to her.” 10 The angel added, “I will increase your descendants so much that they will be too numerous to count.”

11 The angel of the Lord also said to her:

“You are now pregnant

   and you will give birth to a son.

You shall name him Ishmael,[a]

   for the Lord has heard of your misery.

12 He will be a wild donkey of a man;

   his hand will be against everyone

   and everyone’s hand against him,

and he will live in hostility

   toward all his brothers.”

13 She gave this name to the Lord who spoke to her: “You are the God who sees me,” for she said, “I have now seen the One who sees me.” 14 That is why the well was called Beer Lahai Roi; it is still there, between Kadesh and Bered.

This story of Hagar should bring great comfort to those of us who are gentiles or non-Jews by birth.  Hagar was Egyptian and a slave.  She was pregnant not by choice but duty as a slave.  She was run out of her home and dying in the desert but God had a plan for her and her son.  He heard her and saw her tears.  God does not play favorites but sees all who call on Him.  He has a plan and a purpose for your life.  Call on Him while He is near.

Pastor Jeff Lane

Just Call on Him and He Will Hear You Part 1

June 20, 2022

Just Call on Him and He will Hear you Part 1

My daughter lay dying in the hospital.  It had been a week since she had been in a horrible auto accident with five others.  She could not walk and was in a wheelchair.   Broken pelvis in seven places, broken collar bone, and we were told she would never have children or walk again. She was only sixteen years old.  The nurse had just told me she had minutes to live because she was bleeding out and if they opened her up, she would instantly die.  They moved her into a room so we could say goodbye.  I was alone in another room and had no strength to tell Becky she would be gone in a few moments.  I collapsed on the floor and cried out to God for help.  He heard me and answered me.  I rose after only a few minutes and knew she would live and be normal again.  I went to Becky, and we walked in the room.  We prayed again when all her vital signs went back to normal.  She stayed five more days without any evidence she had an issue, so they released her and said complications from a previous injury because they did not know what to say.  Within weeks God healed her of everything else and she  not only walked but she went rollerblading then bike riding for miles.  

She told me,  “Dad, God was your God and I always listened as you told of all the miracles He gave you.  Now I know the God who knows you and He is my God and hears me too.  All I could do was cry and praise God through the tears of joy.

Pastor Jeff Lane

I Will Never Leave You Part 5

June 17, 2022

I Will Never Leave You Part 5

Jesus was the water from the rock in the wilderness.  He is manna from heaven.  He is quile in the lonely place.  Ravens brought Him to Elijah in by the stream.  He is oil in the jug and flour in the jar.  Wine at the wedding.  Life to the widows' sons.  Fish and bread to the five thousand and the four thousand.  He was gold coins in the mouth of the fish.  Healing to the waters of Mara, site to the blind and strength to the cripple, skin to the leper, and all in all to us.  Jesus is all you need and the rest is disappointment.  

Pastor Jeff Lane

I Will Never Leave You Part 4

June 16, 2022

I Will Never Leave You Part 4

Matthew 6:24-34

New International Version

24 “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.

Do Not Worry

25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?

28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

We all know something is terribly wrong in the world today.  People are stressed and full of anxiety.  What about the future, where will I live, will I have enough to eat, can I afford gas, will I have a job and the list goes on?  Last night I was putting gas in the car and a man looking very embarrassed asked me; “Please sir could you put a little gas in my can and help me.”  I looked at him and filled his can.  People can’t even afford to drive their cars to work.  God says don’t look at the storm, but at Him.  He will carry you though, but we must seek Him before everything else.  He never changes and He never leaves us if we seek Him first.  God will take care of all these things.

Pastor Jeff Lane

I Will Never Leave You Part 3

June 15, 2022

I Will Never Leave You Part 3

1 Timothy 6:6-12

New International Version

6 But godliness with contentment is great gain. 7 For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. 8 But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. 9 Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. 10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.

11 But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness. 12 Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses.

Pursue Righteousness not money.  The love of money will lead you to sin and destruction.  I was telling some people last night about a man who was very successful in the eyes of the world.  He was a big-time professional athlete, multiple college degrees, and very wealthy, but he was lying in the hospital dying.  Why?  He was depressed, an alcoholic, and tried to commit suicide.  Though it would seem that he had the world by the tail, nothing was fulfilling to him.  Then he met two carpenters.  The first told him about the second.  He gave his life to Jesus and has been happy ever since.  God has returned much of his success as the world would see it, but that makes him no difference.  He loves Jesus now.  In fact, he found himself back in the hospital recently, but this time he wanted to live but was dying.  Jesus healed him and gave him more time.  The doctor’s were amazed.  People, pursue God’s righteousness and take hold of eternal life.  The things of this world, like satan, promise life but only take it.  Jesus came to give life to the full.

Pastor Jeff Lane

I Will Never Leave You Part 2

June 14, 2022

I Will Never Leave You Part 2

Hebrews 13:7-8

New International Version

7 Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith. 8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.

The things of this world always fade away.  You cannot depend on the government because it is not God, as some look at it.  Pharaoh was humbled by God putting His first born to death.  Why?  Because they believed in the physical god.  What was that?  The god of self, mankind.  They believed in secular humanism and that man could overcome every problem, but he cannot overcome the sin problem.  Men come and go but God remains the same.  He cannot leave His children because His character does not change.  As we look at the people who have served Him humbly, we see He always delivered them and even from death for He is the God of the living.  Our God does not change, nor can He lie He will always deliver His people.

Pastor Jeff Lane

I Will Never Leave You Part 1

June 13, 2022

I Will Never Leave You Part 1

Hebrews 13:5

New International Version

5 Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said,

“Never will I leave you;

   never will I forsake you.”

Money is declining in value everyday just as I told you it would.  Love God who is ever increasing glory to us who love and obey Him.  The God of money will disappoint, but the God of righteousness will never fail you.  He will never leave you.  I have found money tends to always find a way to leave us.  Laugh out Loud, but our God cannot forsake us.

Pastor Jeff Lane

Could History Repeat Itself Yet Again? Part 5

June 10, 2022

Could History Repeat Itself Yet Again? Part 5

Genesis 4:1-12

New International Version

Cain and Abel

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.”

8 Now Cain said to his brother Abel, “Let’s go out to the field.”[d] While they were in the field, Cain attacked his brother Abel and killed him.

9 Then the Lord said to Cain, “Where is your brother Abel?”

“I don’t know,” he replied. “Am I my brother’s keeper?”

10 The Lord said, “What have you done? Listen! Your brother’s blood cries out to me from the ground. 11 Now you are under a curse and driven from the ground, which opened its mouth to receive your brother’s blood from your hand. 12 When you work the ground, it will no longer yield its crops for you. You will be a restless wanderer on the earth.”

Matthew 10:21-23

New International Version

21 “Brother will betray brother to death, and a father his child; children will rebel against their parents and have them put to death. 22 You will be hated by everyone because of me, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved. 23 When you are persecuted in one place, flee to another. Truly I tell you, you will not finish going through the towns of Israel before the Son of Man comes.

I see this happening before our eyes.  Sadly, it is church people too. They think they are doing God a favor.

Pastor Jeff Lane

Could History Repeat Itself Yet Again? Part 4

June 9, 2022

Could History Repeat Itself Yet Again? Part 4

Acts 7:51-60

New International Version

51 “You stiff-necked people! Your hearts and ears are still uncircumcised. You are just like your ancestors: You always resist the Holy Spirit! 52 Was there ever a prophet your ancestors did not persecute? They even killed those who predicted the coming of the Righteous One. And now you have betrayed and murdered him— 53 you who have received the law that was given through angels but have not obeyed it.”

The Stoning of Stephen

54 When the members of the Sanhedrin heard this, they were furious and gnashed their teeth at him. 55 But Stephen, full of the Holy Spirit, looked up to heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God. 56 “Look,” he said, “I see heaven open and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God.”

57 At this they covered their ears and, yelling at the top of their voices, they all rushed at him, 58 dragged him out of the city and began to stone him. Meanwhile, the witnesses laid their coats at the feet of a young man named Saul.

59 While they were stoning him, Stephen prayed, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.” 60 Then he fell on his knees and cried out, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them.” When he had said this, he fell asleep.

Yep!  History is repeating itself yet again.  The religious establishment and many people of God are still resisting the Holy Spirit and His work.  The Holy Spirit is God.

Do no harden your heart but instead ask the Holy Spirit to reveal Himself to you and fill you.

Pastor Jeff Lane

Could History Repeat Itself Yet Again? Part 3

June 8, 2022

Could History Repeat Itself Yet Again Part 3

Daniel 11:31-32

New International Version

31 “His armed forces will rise up to desecrate the temple fortress and will abolish the daily sacrifice. Then they will set up the abomination that causes desolation. 32 With flattery he will corrupt those who have violated the covenant, but the people who know their God will firmly resist him.

2 Thessalonians 2:3-4

New International Version

3 Don’t let anyone deceive you in any way, for that day will not come until the rebellion occurs and the man of lawlessness[a] is revealed, the man doomed to destruction. 4 He will oppose and will exalt himself over everything that is called God or is worshiped, so that he sets himself up in God’s temple, proclaiming himself to be God.

Satan’s tactics never change.  He keeps repeating himself over and over.  He will deceive many and proclaim himself God yet again in these last days.  People will follow him to the lake of fire unwilling to repent and be saved.  How could this be and by a false church having a form of godliness and yet deny the power of God.  Just as Seven said they deny the Holy Spirit.

Pastor Jeff Lane

Could History Repeat Itself Yet Again? Part 2

June 7, 2022

Could History Repeat Itself Yet Again? Part 2

John 11:45-53

New International Version

The Plot to Kill Jesus

45 Therefore many of the Jews who had come to visit Mary, and had seen what Jesus did, believed in him. 46 But some of them went to the Pharisees and told them what Jesus had done. 47 Then the chief priests and the Pharisees called a meeting of the Sanhedrin.

“What are we accomplishing?” they asked. “Here is this man performing many signs. 48 If we let him go on like this, everyone will believe in him, and then the Romans will come and take away both our temple and our nation.”

49 Then one of them, named Caiaphas, who was high priest that year, spoke up, “You know nothing at all! 50 You do not realize that it is better for you that one man die for the people than that the whole nation perish.”

51 He did not say this on his own, but as high priest that year he prophesied that Jesus would die for the Jewish nation, 52 and not only for that nation but also for the scattered children of God, to bring them together and make them one. 53 So from that day on they plotted to take his life.

2 Timothy 3:13

New International Version

13 while evildoers and impostors will go from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived.

James 3:16

New International Version

16 For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice.

The Jewish ruling council (Religious leaders) were only concerned about themselves, not God’s people.  They didn’t even ask if this could be God.  They simply deceived themselves and as a result God deceived them.  He prophesied through the high priest that Jesus would need to die for the Jewish nation, but he did not know this was God’s will because Jesus was the Messiah not of Satan.  Their selfish ambition blinded their eyes to the truth.  Could this still be happening?  There is a very popular pastor who preaches against the Baptism in the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in  tongues.  Of course, tongues are the power of God to release His will on earth.  They never attack the baptism, just the tongues saying it is of Satan.  He is loved by the media and many follow him.  I call him an instrument of Satan.  Masquerading as an angel of light.  People if the world loves you are its own.  These so-called preachers of light would not dare say anything positive about tongues because they fear reprisal by their own.  They fear man more than God.  Just keep the tongues buried with the Apostles and you too can be accepted by them.  They pay their followers off with prestige, praise, and positions.  Wake up church.  It will be the traditional church who will be false prophets for the anti-Christ.

Pastor Jeff Lane

Could History Repeat Itself Yet Again? Part 1

June 6, 2022

Could History Repeat Itself Yet Again? Part 1

1 Corinthians 10:1-13

New International Version

Warnings From Israel’s History

10 For I do not want you to be ignorant of the fact, brothers and sisters, that our ancestors were all under the cloud and that they all passed through the sea. 2 They were all baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea. 3 They all ate the same spiritual food 4 and drank the same spiritual drink; for they drank from the spiritual rock that accompanied them, and that rock was Christ. 5 Nevertheless, God was not pleased with most of them; their bodies were scattered in the wilderness.

6 Now these things occurred as examples to keep us from setting our hearts on evil things as they did. 7 Do not be idolaters, as some of them were; as it is written: “The people sat down to eat and drink and got up to indulge in revelry.” 8 We should not commit sexual immorality, as some of them did—and in one day twenty-three thousand of them died. 9 We should not test Christ, as some of them did—and were killed by snakes. 10 And do not grumble, as some of them did—and were killed by the destroying angel.

11 These things happened to them as examples and were written down as warnings for us, on whom the culmination of the ages has come. 12 So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall! 13 No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.

Matthew 28:11-15

New International Version

The Guards’ Report

11 While the women were on their way, some of the guards went into the city and reported to the chief priests everything that had happened. 12 When the chief priests had met with the elders and devised a plan, they gave the soldiers a large sum of money, 13 telling them, “You are to say, ‘His disciples came during the night and stole him away while we were asleep.’ 14 If this report gets to the governor, we will satisfy him and keep you out of trouble.” 15 So the soldiers took the money and did as they were instructed. And this story has been widely circulated among the Jews to this very day.

I have often thought how could these Israelites see and witness all these miracles God had done and yet turn their backs on Him?  Could we do it again and have men covered God’s works so as not to face Him?  I think the answer is obvious.  Yes and yes.  Hosea 4:6 says God’s people perish for a lack of understanding and knowledge.  People like Hitler and Stalin tried to cover or destroy all truth and now a spirit of antiChrist in our world does the same.  Satan acts like he has science and knowledge to back his lies and yet it is a lie itself.  Fake news, false information, and lying politicians repeat history yet again as people eat their lies like comfort food to be a pain killer so they can continue in their sin all the time destroying the lives of the unborn and poor of the world.  Just to have the material things of this world they relish these lies.  Just like Egypt would destroy all evidence of an undesirable moment in their history these people cover the truth though their false propaganda and courts they control.  Know the past or repeat it.  Seek the Lord while He may be found.  You have a Bible, read it.  Know the Lord and know the truth while it may be found.  Swallow the lie and be deceived even more.  God will allow you to be deceived so to bring down on your head His wrath for those who turn their backs on Him.  Look at the guard’s report.  Who came up with that idea?  Was it not the church leaders?  

Pastor Jeff Lane

Will You Deny Him? Part 5

June 2, 2022

Will You Deny Him? Part 5

Zechariah 4:6

New International Version

6 So he said to me, “This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the Lord Almighty.

Acts 2:32-38

New International Version

32 God has raised this Jesus to life, and we are all witnesses of it. 33 Exalted to the right hand of God, he has received from the Father the promised Holy Spirit and has poured out what you now see and hear. 34 For David did not ascend to heaven, and yet he said,

“‘The Lord said to my Lord:

   “Sit at my right hand

35 until I make your enemies

   a footstool for your feet.”’[a]

36 “Therefore let all Israel be assured of this: God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Messiah.”

37 When the people heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the other apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?”

38 Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

Ephesians 1:11-14

New International Version

11 In him we were also chosen,[a] having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will, 12 in order that we, who were the first to put our hope in Christ, might be for the praise of his glory. 13 And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, 14 who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession—to the praise of his glory.

Luke 22:46

New International Version

46 “Why are you sleeping?” he asked them. “Get up and pray so that you will not fall into temptation.”

It is only through prayer inspired by the Holy Spirit that you can survive what is to come.  Only with the Spirit’s help can you keep from denying Him and to deny the Mark.  Lean not on your own understanding.  Our weapons are mighty through Christ Jesus.  Pick up the Sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God.

Pastor Jeff Lane

Will You Deny Him? Part 4

June 2, 2022

Will You Deny Him? Part 4

Luke 22:39-46

New International Version

Jesus Prays on the Mount of Olives

39 Jesus went out as usual to the Mount of Olives, and his disciples followed him. 40 On reaching the place, he said to them, “Pray that you will not fall into temptation.” 41 He withdrew about a stone’s throw beyond them, knelt down and prayed, 42 “Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.” 43 An angel from heaven appeared to him and strengthened him. 44 And being in anguish, he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground.[a]

45 When he rose from prayer and went back to the disciples, he found them asleep, exhausted from sorrow. 46 “Why are you sleeping?” he asked them. “Get up and pray so that you will not fall into temptation.”

If Jesus went through this kind of anguish to do the will of God and drink the cup God prepared for Him, are you ready to say no to the Mark?  Can you survive even a little of the Tribulation should you have to?  What are you going to do to prepare? We need to Pray!

Pastor Jeff Lane

Will You Deny Him? Part 3

June 1, 2022

Will You Deny Him Part 3

Luke 22:31-34

New International Version

31 “Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift all of you as wheat. 32 But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.”

33 But he replied, “Lord, I am ready to go with you to prison and to death.”

34 Jesus answered, “I tell you, Peter, before the rooster crows today, you will deny three times that you know me.”

Luke 22:54-62

New International Version

Peter Disowns Jesus

54 Then seizing him, they led him away and took him into the house of the high priest. Peter followed at a distance. 55 And when some there had kindled a fire in the middle of the courtyard and had sat down together, Peter sat down with them. 56 A servant girl saw him seated there in the firelight. She looked closely at him and said, “This man was with him.”

57 But he denied it. “Woman, I don’t know him,” he said.

58 A little later someone else saw him and said, “You also are one of them.”

“Man, I am not!” Peter replied.

59 About an hour later another asserted, “Certainly this fellow was with him, for he is a Galilean.”

60 Peter replied, “Man, I don’t know what you’re talking about!” Just as he was speaking, the rooster crowed. 61 The Lord turned and looked straight at Peter. Then Peter remembered the word the Lord had spoken to him: “Before the rooster crows today, you will disown me three times.” 62 And he went outside and wept bitterly.

Now if Peter who walked on water with Jesus, healed the sick with His power, listened to His teaching for three years, watched Him raise the dead and saw Moses and Elijah with Him on the mountain gave in and denied Christ what makes you think you will not?  Peter and the others only were martyred after receiving the Holy Spirit and praying as Jesus did.  Then and only then were they able not to deny Him.

Pastor Jeff Lane

Will You Deny Him? Part 2

May 31, 2022

Will You Deny Him? Part 2

1 Corinthians 10:1-13

New International Version

Warnings From Israel’s History

10 For I do not want you to be ignorant of the fact, brothers and sisters, that our ancestors were all under the cloud and that they all passed through the sea. 2 They were all baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea. 3 They all ate the same spiritual food 4 and drank the same spiritual drink; for they drank from the spiritual rock that accompanied them, and that rock was Christ. 5 Nevertheless, God was not pleased with most of them; their bodies were scattered in the wilderness.

6 Now these things occurred as examples to keep us from setting our hearts on evil things as they did. 7 Do not be idolaters, as some of them were; as it is written: “The people sat down to eat and drink and got up to indulge in revelry.”[a] 8 We should not commit sexual immorality, as some of them did—and in one day twenty-three thousand of them died. 9 We should not test Christ,[b] as some of them did—and were killed by snakes. 10 And do not grumble, as some of them did—and were killed by the destroying angel.

11 These things happened to them as examples and were written down as warnings for us, on whom the culmination of the ages has come. 12 So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall! 13 No temptation[c] has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted[d] beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted,[e] he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.

Now I ask you; what makes you think you have more on the ball than these who were freed from slavery, saw God destroy Egypt, drown their armies, ate manna, drank from the rock, walk through the parted sea and still did not believe and entered the promise land that you would not deny Christ?  Most the church today can’t even say not to sin not realizing every time they do they deny Him.  Wake up church and pray you don’t fall into temptation!

Pastor Jeff Lane

Will You Deny Him? Part 1

May 30, 2022

Will You Deny Him Part 1

Revelation 13:5-17

New International Version

5 The beast was given a mouth to utter proud words and blasphemies and to exercise its authority for forty-two months. 6 It opened its mouth to blaspheme God, and to slander his name and his dwelling place and those who live in heaven. 7 It was given power to wage war against God’s holy people and to conquer them. And it was given authority over every tribe, people, language and nation. 8 All inhabitants of the earth will worship the beast—all whose names have not been written in the Lamb’s book of life, the Lamb who was slain from the creation of the world.[a]

9 Whoever has ears, let them hear.

10 “If anyone is to go into captivity,

   into captivity they will go.

If anyone is to be killed[b] with the sword,

   with the sword they will be killed.”[c]

This calls for patient endurance and faithfulness on the part of God’s people.

The Beast out of the Earth

11 Then I saw a second beast, coming out of the earth. It had two horns like a lamb, but it spoke like a dragon. 12 It exercised all the authority of the first beast on its behalf, and made the earth and its inhabitants worship the first beast, whose fatal wound had been healed. 13 And it performed great signs, even causing fire to come down from heaven to the earth in full view of the people. 14 Because of the signs it was given power to perform on behalf of the first beast, it deceived the inhabitants of the earth. It ordered them to set up an image in honor of the beast who was wounded by the sword and yet lived. 15 The second beast was given power to give breath to the image of the first beast, so that the image could speak and cause all who refused to worship the image to be killed. 16 It also forced all people, great and small, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hands or on their foreheads, 17 so that they could not buy or sell unless they had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of its name.

I have unsaved people tell me they will never take the Mark of the Beast if or when it comes.  My answer is if you can’t live for Jesus now when times are still good and you say so arrogantly you could stand up for Christ and take that mark as you, your spouse, and your children are starving or being put to death before your eyes.  Or You are all being beaten while others simply take the Mark and live.  Pardon me but I have my doubts.  You say you will not deny Jesus then, but you can’t live for Him now?  Right.  Tell yourself that if it makes you feel better, but you are self-deceived.  Don't wait until it's too late to serve Him, serve and follow Him now!

Pastor Jeff Lane

Where is the Zeal? Part 5

May 28, 2022

Where is the zeal ? Part 5

Acts 1:4

New International Version

4 On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about.

Why is the church not consumed with zeal to be filled with the fire of God and His Holy Spirit?  Like a government committee they discuss it, talk, debate about it, but do nothing.  A form of Godliness but denying the power.

Pastor Jeff Lane

Where is the Zeal? Part 4

May 26, 2022

Where is the zeal? Part 4

John 2:17

New International Version

17 His disciples remembered that it is written: “Zeal for your house will consume me.”

Matthew 3:11

New International Version

11 “I baptize you with water for repentance. But after me comes one who is more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.

Christ's zeal for the church was to cleanse it so the church would do God’s will.  He was consumed with it.  Where is the cleansing fire for God’s church?

Pastor Jeff Lane

Where is the Zeal? Part 3

May 25, 2022

Where is the zeal Part 3

James 3:5

New International Version

5 Likewise, the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark.

Please consider how little it would take to start a revival.  David was a boy, Mary a child, and John the Apostle a teenager.  Size doesn't matter, but the Spirit of God does.  Where’s the spark?  What is in your heart?

Pastor Jeff Lane

Where is the Zeal? Part 2

May 24, 2022

Where is the zeal Part 2

Revelation 3:14-22

New International Version

To the Church in Laodicea

14 “To the angel of the church in Laodicea write:

These are the words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the ruler of God’s creation. 15 I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! 16 So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth. 17 You say, ‘I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.’ But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked. 18 I counsel you to buy from me gold refined in the fire, so you can become rich; and white clothes to wear, so you can cover your shameful nakedness; and salve to put on your eyes, so you can see.

19 Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest and repent. 20 Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.

21 To the one who is victorious, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne, just as I was victorious and sat down with my Father on his throne. 22 Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”

The church is lukewarm at best.  We bind the hands of God due to our lack of fire.  To overcome lukewarmness is the only place where the church is promised to have the right to sit on the throne with Jesus.  Where’s the fire?

Pastor Jeff Lane

Where is the Zeal? Part 1

May 23, 2022

Where is the zeal? Part 1

2 Kings 13:14-21

New International Version

14 Now Elisha had been suffering from the illness from which he died. Jehoash king of Israel went down to see him and wept over him. “My father! My father!” he cried. “The chariots and horsemen of Israel!”

15 Elisha said, “Get a bow and some arrows,” and he did so. 16 “Take the bow in your hands,” he said to the king of Israel. When he had taken it, Elisha put his hands on the king’s hands.

17 “Open the east window,” he said, and he opened it. “Shoot!” Elisha said, and he shot. “The Lord’s arrow of victory, the arrow of victory over Aram!” Elisha declared. “You will completely destroy the Arameans at Aphek.”

18 Then he said, “Take the arrows,” and the king took them. Elisha told him, “Strike the ground.” He struck it three times and stopped. 19 The man of God was angry with him and said, “You should have struck the ground five or six times; then you would have defeated Aram and completely destroyed it. But now you will defeat it only three times.”

20 Elisha died and was buried.

Now Moabite raiders used to enter the country every spring. 21 Once while some Israelites were burying a man, suddenly they saw a band of raiders; so they threw the man’s body into Elisha’s tomb. When the  touched Elisha’s bones, the man came to life and stood up on his feet.

There was enough fire left in Elisha’s bones to raise the dead.  God’s not dead.  God is the chariots and horses of Israel and yet there was not enough zeal for God to lose or release the power of God to destroy the enemies of Israel.  Think about it.  Where is the zeal for God today?  People don’t have enough zeal for God to get out of bed and go to church.

Pastor Jeff Lane

Stand Firm Part 8

May 23, 2022

Stand Firm Part 8

Judges 6:12-14

New International Version

12 When the angel of the Lord appeared to Gideon, he said, “The Lord is with you, mighty warrior.”

13 “Pardon me, my lord,” Gideon replied, “but if the Lord is with us, why has all this happened to us? Where are all his wonders that our ancestors told us about when they said, ‘Did not the Lord bring us up out of Egypt?’ But now the Lord has abandoned us and given us into the hand of Midian.”

14 The Lord turned to him and said, “Go in the strength you have and save Israel out of Midian’s hand. Am I not sending you?”

This story reminds me of my father because it sounds like something he would say to me.  You do this and don’t doubt because I am sending you in other words “I got your back”.  God got your back so stand firm.  He will go and be with you.

Pastor Jeff Lane

Stand Firm Part 7

May 19, 2022

Stand Firm Part 7

Joshua 1:7-9

New International Version

7 “Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go. 8 Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. 9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

I have always believed that God is no respecter of persons.  One He does for one He will do for another as long as we obey Him and remain faithful.  We are all to be strong and courageous, but in this we will only be successful if we obey Him.  God tells us to stand firm and He will deliver us.  Now then, be very strong and courageous and He will be with you as He was with Moses and Joshua.

Pastor Jeff Lane

Stand Firm Part 6

May 18, 2022

Stand Firm Part 6

Ephesians 6:10-13

New International Version

The Armor of God

10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.

God did not tell us to put on the full armor of His to go on a picnic.  We are to fight and will fight in the Spirit or fall.  Be prepared so you can stand on the day of battle.  Some will tell you that there will be no battle and no need for your armor, but God says put it on so you can stand against Satan's onslaught.  The day of evil will come no matter what some may say.  If you stand you will stand, but if you flee and hide you will not make it through to the end.  When you have done all else, stand and see the salvation of the Lord.

Pastor Jeff Lane

Stand Firm Part 5

May 17, 2022

Stand Firm Part 5

1 Corinthians 15:49-58

New International Version

49 And just as we have borne the image of the earthly man, so shall we[a] bear the image of the heavenly man.

50 I declare to you, brothers and sisters, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. 51 Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed— 52 in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. 53 For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality. 54 When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: “Death has been swallowed up in victory.”[b]

55 “Where, O death, is your victory?

   Where, O death, is your sting?”

56 The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. 57 But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

58 Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.

When Jesus returns we are to be about the Father’s business.  Let nothing move you but do the work God has given us.  The saving of souls.  We are now being made in the image of Jesus and as He died at the hands of men and rose from the dead, so we have nothing to fear.  Even if they should slay us yet shall we live.  So stand firm in your faith and all you do because we will no matter what.

Pastor Jeff Lane

Stand Firm Part 4

May 16, 2022

Stand Firm Part 4

Psalm 20:6-8

New International Version

6 Now this I know:

   The Lord gives victory to his anointed.

He answers him from his heavenly sanctuary

   with the victorious power of his right hand.

7 Some trust in chariots and some in horses,

   but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.

8 They are brought to their knees and fall,

   but we rise up and stand firm.

WE are not to trust in the weapons of this world.  We can only trust in the name of Jesus.  David a young boy came against the giant in the name of the Lord not javelin and sword.  In the times we live in, carnal weapons will be of no use, but the word of God will prevail.  Every knee shall bow at the name of Jesus, but His children can stand firm in their faith against all worldly weapons.

Pastor Jeff Lane

Stand Firm Part 3

May 12, 2022

Stand Firm Part 3

Isaiah 7:9

New International Version

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.’”

When Ahaz was king of Judah a vast army was coming against them, but God points out they are not gods but only human.  God mocks them and tells Ahaz to stand firm in his faith or not at all.. Faith is our fortified city and strength against our enemies.  We can stand firm against all odds.  God is our shield and great reward.  What can man do to me?  

Pastor Jeff Lane

Stand Firm Part 2

May 11, 2022

Stand Firm Part 2

Jeremiah 1:17-19

New International Version

17 “Get yourself ready! Stand up and say to them whatever I command you. Do not be terrified by them, or I will terrify you before them. 18 Today I have made you a fortified city, an iron pillar and a bronze wall to stand against the whole land—against the kings of Judah, its officials, its priests and the people of the land. 19 They will fight against you but will not overcome you, for I am with you and will rescue you,” declares the Lord.

Can you even imagine God saying this to you?  Jeremiah was a young man and yet He stood his ground and spoke the word of God fearlessly.  The more he stood up to his people and the enemies the stronger he became.  Unlike many preachers today he spoke against sin.  If we hold back the word of the Lord, we become an enemy of God.  We will no longer have to worry about the world, the world will be the least of our problems.  Stand firm in the word and hold none of God’s words back.  Whatever you bind on earth you bind in heaven.  It is not a good idea to try to hold God back.

Pastor Jeff Lane

Stand Firm Part 1

May 10, 2022

Stand Firm Part 1

Matthew 24:4-13

New International Version

4 Jesus answered: “Watch out that no one deceives you. 5 For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Messiah,’ and will deceive many. 6 You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. 7 Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. 8 All these are the beginning of birth pains.

9 “Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me. 10 At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, 11 and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. 12 Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, 13 but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved.

God tells us we will go through some hard times, but HE will not forsake us.  We must stand for Him firmly in our faith till it is over.  Being a Christian is not for the faint of heart.  People often see us as weak and just stupid, but God has shown us what is to come and makes us strong.  

Pastor Jeff Lane

Left Behind? No Worries Part 5

May 9, 2022

Left Behind?  No Worries part 5

1 Thessalonians 5:9

New International Version

9 For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Wow!  First Thessalonians 5:9 sums it up.  God will not pour out His wrath on His righteous people who are saved by the blood of Jesus.  What a comfort.  I can not hide from God, fool God or escape His judgment, but He is willing to make me righteous as He is righteous if I will only accept Jesus.  No other way but Jesus.

Pastor Jeff Lane

Left Behind? No Worries Part 4

May 6, 2022

Left Behind?  No Worries part 4

Genesis 9:18-23

New International Version

The Sons of Noah

18 The sons of Noah who came out of the ark were Shem, Ham and Japheth. (Ham was the father of Canaan.) 19 These were the three sons of Noah, and from them came the people who were scattered over the whole earth.

20 Noah, a man of the soil, proceeded to plant a vineyard. 21 When he drank some of its wine, he became drunk and lay uncovered inside his tent. 22 Ham, the father of Canaan, saw his father naked and told his two brothers outside. 23 But Shem and Japheth took a garment and laid it across their shoulders; then they walked in backward and covered their father’s naked body. Their faces were turned the other way so that they would not see their father naked.

Ham committed a homosexual act on his father and God judged him.  He may have made it through the flood, but he did not escape God’s judgment.  Like Lot’s wife his sin was exposed and judged.  God knows the heart and only Jesus can save us.  

Pastor Jeff Lane

Left Behind? No Worries Part 3

May 5, 2022

Left Behind?  No Worries part 3

Genesis 19:23-26

New International Version

23 By the time Lot reached Zoar, the sun had risen over the land. 24 Then the Lord rained down burning sulfur on Sodom and Gomorrah—from the Lord out of the heavens. 25 Thus he overthrew those cities and the entire plain, destroying all those living in the cities—and also the vegetation in the land. 26 But Lot’s wife looked back, and she became a pillar of salt.

1 John 2:15

New International Version

On Not Loving the World

15 Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them.

You can take the person out of the sin but you can’t take the sin out of the person.  Sin has to be out of your heart, but physical location will not save you.  Lot’s wife, like so many, looked back and longed for what she had.  People say the sinner’s prayer but then keep looking back at their life of sin as the good times.  They even brag about it.  We often put them in front of the church to tell of their life of sin as though we gave that up.  No, we gained so much more.  The problem of much of the church is facing the wrong direction to see it.  Living out of the city won’t save your soul or body.  Only the righteousness of God through Christ Jesus can do that.

Pastor Jeff Lane

Left Behind? No Worries Part 2

May 4, 2022

Left Behind?  No Worries part 2

Genesis 19:12-22

New International Version

12 The two men said to Lot, “Do you have anyone else here—sons-in-law, sons or daughters, or anyone else in the city who belongs to you? Get them out of here, 13 because we are going to destroy this place. The outcry to the Lord against its people is so great that he has sent us to destroy it.”

14 So Lot went out and spoke to his sons-in-law, who were pledged to marry his daughters. He said, “Hurry and get out of this place, because the Lord is about to destroy the city!” But his sons-in-law thought he was joking.

15 With the coming of dawn, the angels urged Lot, saying, “Hurry! Take your wife and your two daughters who are here, or you will be swept away when the city is punished.”

16 When he hesitated, the men grasped his hand and the hands of his wife and of his two daughters and led them safely out of the city, for the Lord was merciful to them. 17 As soon as they had brought them out, one of them said, “Flee for your lives! Don’t look back, and don’t stop anywhere in the plain! Flee to the mountains or you will be swept away!”

18 But Lot said to them, “No, my lords, please! 19 Your servant has found favor in your eyes, and you have shown great kindness to me in sparing my life. But I can’t flee to the mountains; this disaster will overtake me, and I’ll die. 20 Look, here is a town near enough to run to, and it is small. Let me flee to it—it is very small, isn’t it? Then my life will be spared.”

21 He said to him, “Very well, I will grant this request too; I will not overthrow the town you speak of. 22 But flee there quickly, because I cannot do anything until you reach it.” (That is why the town was called Zoar.)

God would not let the angel destroy Sodom for the sake of one righteous person.  He would spare the whole earth for the sake of one righteous person.  If only one would stand in the gap.  It is also noteworthy that God still spared the town of Zoar at Lot’s request.  God even gave a chance of life to Lot’s son in law but they laughed at him.  I saw a program lately and they were mocking a lady who believed in the rapture.  They were laughing at her and I could not help but think of Lot’s sons in law.  The world is not ignorant of God’s word for it says the word would be preached in all the earth before Jesus returns and sets up His kingdom.

Pastor Jeff Lane

Left Behind? No Worries Part 1

May 3, 2022

Left Behind?  No Worries

Genesis 18:16-33

New International Version

Abraham Pleads for Sodom

16 When the men got up to leave, they looked down toward Sodom, and Abraham walked along with them to see them on their way. 17 Then the Lord said, “Shall I hide from Abraham what I am about to do? 18 Abraham will surely become a great and powerful nation, and all nations on earth will be blessed through him.[a] 19 For I have chosen him, so that he will direct his children and his household after him to keep the way of the Lord by doing what is right and just, so that the Lord will bring about for Abraham what he has promised him.”

20 Then the Lord said, “The outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah is so great and their sin so grievous 21 that I will go down and see if what they have done is as bad as the outcry that has reached me. If not, I will know.”

22 The men turned away and went toward Sodom, but Abraham remained standing before the Lord.[b] 23 Then Abraham approached him and said: “Will you sweep away the righteous with the wicked? 24 What if there are fifty righteous people in the city? Will you really sweep it away and not spare[c] the place for the sake of the fifty righteous people in it? 25 Far be it from you to do such a thing—to kill the righteous with the wicked, treating the righteous and the wicked alike. Far be it from you! Will not the Judge of all the earth do right?”

26 The Lord said, “If I find fifty righteous people in the city of Sodom, I will spare the whole place for their sake.”

27 Then Abraham spoke up again: “Now that I have been so bold as to speak to the Lord, though I am nothing but dust and ashes, 28 what if the number of the righteous is five less than fifty? Will you destroy the whole city for lack of five people?”

“If I find forty-five there,” he said, “I will not destroy it.”

29 Once again he spoke to him, “What if only forty are found there?”

He said, “For the sake of forty, I will not do it.”

30 Then he said, “May the Lord not be angry, but let me speak. What if only thirty can be found there?”

He answered, “I will not do it if I find thirty there.”

31 Abraham said, “Now that I have been so bold as to speak to the Lord, what if only twenty can be found there?”

He said, “For the sake of twenty, I will not destroy it.”

32 Then he said, “May the Lord not be angry, but let me speak just once more. What if only ten can be found there?”

He answered, “For the sake of ten, I will not destroy it.”

33 When the Lord had finished speaking with Abraham, he left, and Abraham returned home.

Soon God will begin the Tribulation and His wrath on the earth.  He will destroy the works of Satan and all those who follow him, but what about us?  Will any be left behind to suffer God’s wrath?  Well in the case of Sodom Abraham pleads for the righteous and of course with Lot his nephew in mind.  God says for the sake of ten He would not destroy the city and Abraham is consoled thinking surely there will be ten righteous people left in Sodom and Lot’s safety is assured, but he was wrong because there were not ten righteous.  God said that the end times would be like then and there will be few who are righteous, but like then, He will remove the righteous from the wicked.  How many will be left behind?  Well you will have to wait for the next devotional.

Pastor Jeff Lane

Overcoming Sin Part 5

May 2, 2022

Overcoming Sin Part 5

James 2:14-26

New International Version

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.

Faith without Deeds is dead as love without deeds is dead.  You cannot separate faith and love.  They are one as the Godhead is one.

Pastor Jeff Lane

Overcoming Sin Part 4

April 29, 2022

Overcoming Sin Part 4

1 John 3:19-24

New International Version

19 This is how we know that we belong to the truth and how we set our hearts at rest in his presence: 20 If our hearts condemn us, we know that God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything. 21 Dear friends, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence before God 22 and receive from him anything we ask, because we keep his commands and do what pleases him. 23 And this is his command: to believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and to love one another as he commanded us. 24 The one who keeps God’s commands lives in him, and he in them. And this is how we know that he lives in us: We know it by the Spirit he gave us.

There is no condemnation (Romans 8:12) in Christ Jesus.  Our hearts nor anything else in all creation can condemn those who walk in His love.  If we believe in His name we are saved and will walk as He walked love our brothers and sisters as He loves us.  Think of the greatest commandments. Mark 12:29-31 New International Version  29 “The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. 30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ 31 The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”

If we do all this it sums up all the law and the prophets.  We will live!  To do all this is to believe in Jesus.  These are the evidence of righteousness.

Pastor Jeff Lane

Overcoming Sin Part 3

April 28, 2022

Overcoming Sin Part 3

1 John 3:16-18

New International Version

16 This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. 17 If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person? 18 Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.

Love like faith is an action word not a noun.  There is evidence if we walk in love.  We want and do what is best for others just as God does for us.  Where you treasure is your heart is.  Is your treasure in others or your own selfish ambitions?  Remember selfish ambition is where you will find every evil practice.

Pastor Jeff Lane

Overcoming Sin Part 2

April 28, 2022

Overcoming Sin Part 2

1 John 3:11-15

New International Version

More on Love and Hatred

11 For this is the message you heard from the beginning: We should love one another. 12 Do not be like Cain, who belonged to the evil one and murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? Because his own actions were evil and his brother’s were righteous. 13 Do not be surprised, my brothers and sisters, if the world hates you. 14 We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love each other. Anyone who does not love remains in death. 15 Anyone who hates a brother or sister is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life residing in him.

How do I know if I am overcoming sin and the world?  The world will hate you without reason wanting to kill you, but you will love your sister and brother and be willing to die for them.  “No murderer has eternal life residing in him” or in other words they do not have Jesus.  If we harbor hatred for others, we do not have the love of God in us nor do we have eternal life.  Sin resides in our bodies.

Pastor Jeff Lane

Overcoming Sin Part 1

April 25, 2022

Overcoming Sin Part 1

1 John 3:9-10

New International Version

9 No one who is born of God will continue to sin, because God’s seed remains in them; they cannot go on sinning, because they have been born of God. 10 This is how we know who the children of God are and who the children of the devil are: Anyone who does not do what is right is not God’s child, nor is anyone who does not love their brother and sister.

What a place to start a teaching on overcoming sin, but we must.  There are many preachers out there that teach once saved always saved and that it is ok to sin and do whatever you want and you will still go to heaven.  Yet John teaches if you are saved you will stop sinning because you're born of God.  Now it is dangerous to take one or a few scriptures to build a doctrine.  We must use the whole word and all it says to understand what Jesus did for us.  If I am born of this world I will act like this world.  Kind produces after kind.  A simple but profound truth.  If I am born of this world I keep on sinning, but if I am born of God I will stop.  Jesus often said look at the evidence to make a right judgment.  If I am born of God, I will be like Him and If I am born of the devil I will be like him.  We know that if we are born of God we will love our brothers and sisters.  We will die to our own earthly desires and serve each other.  How do we overcome sin?  We must love each other.

Pastor Jeff Lane

It's Always Been God reaching out to Us Part 5

April 22, 2022

It’s always been God reaching out to us Part 5

Genesis 4:5-7

New International Version

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.”

God once again is reaching out to man.  He wants obedience not sacrifice.  Cain refused to listen and killed his brother as though that would fix his own soul.  Man trying to fix himself, but God was always trying to forgive and save us.  Pride of man is his downfall.

Pastor Jeff Lane

It's Always Been God Reaching Out to Us Part 4

April 21, 2022

It’s always been God reaching out to us Part 4

Genesis 22:6-8

New International Version

6 Abraham took the wood for the burnt offering and placed it on his son Isaac, and he himself carried the fire and the knife. As the two of them went on together, 7 Isaac spoke up and said to his father Abraham, “Father?”

“Yes, my son?” Abraham replied.

“The fire and wood are here,” Isaac said, “but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?”

8 Abraham answered, “God himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering, my son.” And the two of them went on together.

God provides the sacrifice for us to return to Him.  We have nothing to offer to Him that would be adequate to cover our sins.  Most everyone just offers excuses.

Pastor Jeff Lane

It's Always Been God reaching Out to Us Part 3

April 20, 2022

It’s always been God reaching out to us Part 3

Genesis 3:21

New International Version

21 The Lord God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife and clothed them.

God made the first blood sacrifice for our sins.  He made a covering of animal skins to cover our shame.  Life is in the blood and so is sin.  Sin must die so there must be a sacrifice in our place to save us and return us to a relationship with Him.

Pastor Jeff Lane

It's Always Been God reaching out to Us Part 2

April 19, 2022

It’s always been God reaching out to us Part 2

Genesis 3:15

New International Version

15 And I will put enmity

   between you and the woman,

   and between your offspring and hers;

he will crush your head,

   and you will strike his heel.”

God referring to Jesus coming makes the promise of a redeemer for us.  Making a way back to Him.

Pastor Jeff Lane

It's always Been God reaching out to Us Part 1

April 19, 2022

It’s always been God reaching out to us Part 1

Genesis 3:8-10

New International Version

8 Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the Lord God among the trees of the garden. 9 But the Lord God called to the man, “Where are you?”

10 He answered, “I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid.”

After Adam and Eve sinned, and God knowing what they had done, He reached out to them.  They hear the sound of His footsteps in the garden which means He must have come to them often.  He calls them, but they hide.  God is not hiding from us but we are Him.  We still try to hide behind our fig leaves from Him and each other.  You can’t hide from God.  Until we remove our fig leaves of self-goodness and excuses, we cannot have a relationship with Him.  He will provide the way home we can’t.

Pastor Jeff Lane

Beautiful Place Part 5

April 15, 2022

Beautiful Place Part 5

Mark 14:32-46

New International Version

Gethsemane

32 They went to a place called Gethsemane, and Jesus said to his disciples, “Sit here while I pray.” 33 He took Peter, James and John along with him, and he began to be deeply distressed and troubled. 34 “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death,” he said to them. “Stay here and keep watch.”

35 Going a little farther, he fell to the ground and prayed that if possible the hour might pass from him. 36 “Abba,[a] Father,” he said, “everything is possible for you. Take this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.”

37 Then he returned to his disciples and found them sleeping. “Simon,” he said to Peter, “are you asleep? Couldn’t you keep watch for one hour? 38 Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”

39 Once more he went away and prayed the same thing. 40 When he came back, he again found them sleeping, because their eyes were heavy. They did not know what to say to him.

41 Returning the third time, he said to them, “Are you still sleeping and resting? Enough! The hour has come. Look, the Son of Man is delivered into the hands of sinners. 42 Rise! Let us go! Here comes my betrayer!”

Jesus Arrested

43 Just as he was speaking, Judas, one of the Twelve, appeared. With him was a crowd armed with swords and clubs, sent from the chief priests, the teachers of the law, and the elders.

44 Now the betrayer had arranged a signal with them: “The one I kiss is the man; arrest him and lead him away under guard.” 45 Going at once to Jesus, Judas said, “Rabbi!” and kissed him. 46 The men seized Jesus and arrested him.

Here we are in another garden, a beautiful place.  Listen to my words, young people.  Be alert and always on your guard.  Be prayed up on all occasions.  Jesus was in a beautiful place and betrayed with a kiss.  Satan never changes.  He used the things of showing love to fool the fool.  Such a beautiful thing, a kiss but used to betray a friend.  It puts you off your guard.  Arrested means to be taken into custody.  You are restrained from everything that is good.  Satan owns you.  Do not be betrayed with a kiss.  You may be hurting and lonely but there is a place that steals your hope of having the things that are beautiful in life.  Stay alert and look for the devil’s schemes.  Only Jesus can restore you to a beautiful place again.  

Pastor Jeff Lane

Beautiful Place Part 4

April 14, 2022

Beautiful Place Part 4

Genesis 3:21-24

New International Version

21 The Lord God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife and clothed them. 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.” 23 So the Lord God banished him from the Garden of Eden to work the ground from which he had been taken. 24 After he drove the man out, he placed on the east side[a] of the Garden of Eden cherubim and a flaming sword flashing back and forth to guard the way to the tree of life.

Love forgives and makes a covering for our sin but is no fool.  Only a repentant heart can receive forgiveness.  It may cover sin, but it will not and cannot let it live in the relationship.  Love is patient and kind but strong.  Sin has no place in the presence of love.  God will not tolerate it and it cannot remain in a covenant.  It must be totally destroyed and the heart made clean for there to be a relationship that can flourish.  Want to live in that beautiful place again?  Get rid of sin.

Pastor Jeff Lane

Beautiful Place Part 3

April 13, 2022

Beautiful Place Part 3

Genesis 3:13-16

New International Version

13 Then the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?”

The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”

14 So the Lord God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this,

“Cursed are you above all livestock

   and all wild animals!

You will crawl on your belly

   and you will eat dust

   all the days of your life.

15 And I will put enmity

   between you and the woman,

   and between your offspring[a] and hers;

he will crush[b] your head,

   and you will strike his heel.”

16 To the woman he said,

“I will make your pains in childbearing very severe;

   with painful labor you will give birth to children.

Your desire will be for your husband,

   and he will rule over you.”

1 Peter 4:8

New International Version

8 Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.

Love provides a bridge of forgiveness to restore a relationship.  It covers or pays the price of a wrong or sin.  Don’t be deceived and miss an opportunity to go back to the one who loves you.  I have seen many married couples break up because of adultery.  The one in sin is so deceived that they miss the opportunity to be forgiven and have the marriage restored.  It usually lasts about a year or so.  Then the one wronged moves on, oftentimes bitter, worn out, and numb to the situation.  Many times, they cease to feel anything for their ex.  Then the one who left realizes what they lost and how stupid they were, but they can bring about no change of mind to the one they hurt.  It’s too late.  They have moved on.  Love is rare and precious; many never find it.  Handle with care and appreciate it with every breath, it may never come your way again. Lust is plentiful and destroys your very being.  It never satisfies and never says enough.  It robs you of all that is good in your life and destroys all those around you like a consuming fire blinding you to the truth.  Know the difference and don’t go down that road that leads to destruction.

Pastor Jeff Lane

Beautiful Place Part 2

April 12, 2022

Beautiful Place Part 2

Genesis 3:8-12

New International Version

8 Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the Lord God among the trees of the garden. 9 But the Lord God called to the man, “Where are you?”

10 He answered, “I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid.”

11 And he said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from?”

12 The man said, “The woman you put here with me—she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it.”

Once again man was in that beautiful place that God created for him and satan perverted.  God calls to His people, but they hide from Him, not only destroying their relationship with Him but each other.  God is love and without love there is only darkness and loneliness.  I hear the term a lot today, love is love, and it is, but sin and betrayal are not love.  Only God is love and the rest is fake like so many things that deceive us today.  Love builds up, grows and multiplies thinking of the good of others.  If it does not multiply and takes others into consideration, it’s not love.  It may taste good in the mouth but turns bitter in the stomach.  Love builds relationships but sin tears them down.  Sin points the finger, love holds the hand.  How could man betray God again in such a beautiful place?  God reaches out to us in our sin, don’t miss the hand that tries to grasp yours.

Pastor Jeff Lane

Beautiful Place Part 1

April 11, 2022

Beautiful Place Part 1

Genesis 3:1-7

New International Version

The Fall

3 Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?”

2 The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, 3 but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.’”

4 “You will not certainly die,” the serpent said to the woman. 5 “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”

6 When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. 7 Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves.

It seems strange that man would betray and leave God in such a serene and beautiful place.  Why is it that man seems to leave God in a peaceful place, but returns in a hard place?  We should take note that this is where our faith tends to fade.  Samson in the lap of Delilah, David walking around on the roof of the palace, or the people before the flood marrying and being given in marriage.  Many a Christian have fallen while dating another Christian.  Letting down their guard.  Oh, but pastor we were in love.  They backslide at peaceful times not realizing they were going to their demise.  Satan’s tactics have not changed.  He looks for an opportune time to entrap us.  His bait is the same.  He comes when we are distracted from God’s presence.  Beware oh sleeper.  Stay alert to the devil’s schemes.  

Pastor Jeff Lane

Condemned or Justified Part 5

April 8, 2022

Condemned or Justified Part 5

Titus 3:9-11

New International Version

9 But avoid foolish controversies and genealogies and arguments and quarrels about the law, because these are unprofitable and useless. 10 Warn a divisive person once, and then warn them a second time. After that, have nothing to do with them. 11 You may be sure that such people are warped and sinful; they are self-condemned.

Christ has fully met the requirements of the law for us so why would we return to those requirements again.  We walk in the Spirit so being set free from the law by living in the righteousness of God through Christ Jesus.  If we return to the law, we must live by the law and so condemning ourselves all over again.  We become self-condemned by returning to that which we cannot live.  

Pastor Jeff Lane

Condemned or Justified Part 4

April 7, 2022

Condemned or Justified Part 4

2 Corinthians 3:7-11

New International Version

The Greater Glory of the New Covenant

7 Now if the ministry that brought death, which was engraved in letters on stone, came with glory, so that the Israelites could not look steadily at the face of Moses because of its glory, transitory though it was, 8 will not the ministry of the Spirit be even more glorious? 9 If the ministry that brought condemnation was glorious, how much more glorious is the ministry that brings righteousness! 10 For what was glorious has no glory now in comparison with the surpassing glory. 11 And if what was transitory came with glory, how much greater is the glory of that which lasts!

We who are in Christ are under God’s Glory that surpasses the glory of the law.  It brought condemnation, but Christ brought us life, free of the condemnation that the law and sin brought.  We have a glory that will never fade but surpasses all other glories.  We have Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, so that we may live with Him forever.

Pastor Jeff Lane

Condemned or Justified Part 3

April 6, 2022

Condemned or Justified Part 3

Romans 8:31-34

New International Version

More Than Conquerors

31 What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? 33 Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. 34 Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us.

The Father is for us.  Jesus died in our place and is still interceding at the Father’s side for you. The Holy Spirit Himself intercedes for us in accordance with God’s will. What more could we ask for?  We have more than peace with God; we have His undying love.  Be at peace with the Father.

Pastor Jeff Lane

Condemned or Justified Part 2

April 6, 2022

Condemned or Justified Part 2

Romans 8:1-4

New International Version

Life Through the Spirit

8 Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, 2 because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you[a] free from the law of sin and death. 3 For what the law was powerless to do because it was weakened by the flesh,[b] God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh to be a sin offering.[c] And so he condemned sin in the flesh, 4 in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.

When we walk in the spirit as Christians there is no condemnation that comes from God.  The condemnation of death does not hang over our heads, for Christ died for us fully meeting the requirement of the law for us, so we don’t have to feel the condemnation for our sin.  We are free to walk and worship God being at peace in our daily walk-through life.

Pastor Jeff Lane

Condemned or Justified Part 1

April 4, 2022

Condemned or Justified Part 1

John 3:16-17

New International Version

16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.

God has never wanted to condemn anyone.  It is self-inflicted.  God sent Jesus to save us.

Pastor Jeff Lane

Do Not Despair Part 5

April 1, 2022

Do Not Despair Part 5

Isaiah 49:23

New International Version

23 Kings will be your foster fathers,

   and their queens your nursing mothers.

They will bow down before you with their faces to the ground;

   they will lick the dust at your feet.

Then you will know that I am the Lord;

   those who hope in me will not be disappointed.”

The Jews were in big trouble at this time, but God delivered them yet again.  Have you ever got to the point that you refuse to put your hope in others?  They always disappointed you.  Those who hope in Jesus will not be disappointed.  They shall rise on the wings of eagles.  Joy comes in the morning.  

Pastor Jeff Lane

Do Not Despair Part 4

March 31, 2022

Do Not Despair Part 4

Hebrews 11:1-3

King James Version

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.

Hope is the foundation of faith.  The men and women of chapter eleven of Hebrews put their hope and confidence in God.  That if He could make all things out of nothing He could and would deliver them from their despair.  God did and gave them more than they could think or imagine.  Put your hope in Jesus.  He is the Word, and faith will come and you will overcome.

Pastor Jeff Lane

Do Not Despair Part 3

March 30, 2022

Do Not Despair Part 3

2 Corinthians 1:8-10

New International Version

8 We do not want you to be uninformed, brothers and sisters, about the troubles we experienced in the province of Asia. We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired of life itself. 9 Indeed, we felt we had received the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead. 10 He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us again. On him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us,

God did not promise that you would not have trials of many kinds, but that He would deliver you through them.  Now this is Paul we're talking about in the above passage.  He was Despairing of living.  He was miserable and yet he was in God’s perfect will at the time.  Now if Paul had to face trials of many kinds so will we, but God will always be there and carry you through them.  Paul set his hope not on man but God and so we must do the same.

Pastor Jeff Lane

Do Not Despair Part 2

March 29, 2022

Do Not Despair Part 2

John 8:58-59

New International Version

58 “Very truly I tell you,” Jesus answered, “before Abraham was born, I am!” 59 At this, they picked up stones to stone him, but Jesus hid himself, slipping away from the temple grounds.

Hebrews 13:7-8

New International Version

7 Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith. 8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.

The Jews were going to stone Jesus because He called Himself the I AM.  He is the one who takes away our misery.  He always did and always will.  Look at those who went before us.  They went through hard times also and He delivered them and He will deliver you.  James tells us Elijah was an ordinary man and yet God noticed Him and delivered Him Just as He will deliver you.

Pastor Jeff Lane

Do Not Despair Part 1

March 28, 2022

Do Not Despair Part 1

Exodus 3:14-17

New International Version

14 God said to Moses, “I am who I am.[a] This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I am has sent me to you.’”

15 God also said to Moses, “Say to the Israelites, ‘The Lord,[b] the God of your fathers—the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob—has sent me to you.’

“This is my name forever,

   the name you shall call me

   from generation to generation.

16 “Go, assemble the elders of Israel and say to them, ‘The Lord, the God of your fathers—the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob—appeared to me and said: I have watched over you and have seen what has been done to you in Egypt. 17 And I have promised to bring you up out of your misery …

I think we all have times when we think God has forgotten us.  Even Jesus cried out; “My God My God Why have you forsaken me”?  God wants you to know He is there, He exists He is the I Am and always will be.  He will deliver you out of your misery.  He is the God who sees you, now open your eyes and heart and see Him.  He is not going to send you another redeemer for He already has.  What you're going through will pass.

Pastor Jeff Lane

Greed Part 10

March 25, 2022

Greed part 10

Matthew 6:28-34

New International Version

28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

If people would give God one tenth of their life to seek Him, they would know true riches and joy.  Instead, they spend their lives going to school, college, and scheming of ways to have wealth and the things of this world and yet never finding true joy.  Worrying about not having what others have or if they will lose what they have.  Unable to enjoy their family, spouse or things.  They are found wanting but never complete.  What a curse greed brings.  

Pastor Jeff Lane

Greed Part 9

March 24, 2022

Greed part 9

Luke 16:11

New International Version

11 So if you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches?

Matthew 25:29

New International Version

29 For whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them.

Do you want the things of God and to know Him better?  Be a good Steward of what God has given you if you desire more of Him.  IT IS SIMPLE AND YET SO HARD FOR SOME.  Do you really want more of Jesus or money?  

Pastor Jeff Lane

greed Part 8

March 23, 2022

Greed Part 8

Matthew 6:24

New International Version

24 “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.

Who do you serve?  Are you in debt?  Do you work for the things of this world? Who’s your master?  Where is the majority of your time, life spent?  You can only have one master.  Who or what is it?  Do you despise and look for ways to get out of reading the Word, going to church, or tithing?  Do you see tithing as a problem or answer to your finances?  Does it make you angry when the pastor talks about tithing?  Now I ask you, who do you despise or love?  Be honest and measure by God’s standards, not yours.

Pastor Jeff Lane

Greed Part 7

March 22, 2022

Greed part 7

Matthew 6:22-23

New International Version

22 “The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are healthy, your whole body will be full of light. 23 But if your eyes are unhealthy, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness!

Matthew 5:28

New International Version

28 But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.

Proverbs 6:32

New International Version

32 But a man who commits adultery has no sense;

   whoever does so destroys himself.

What catches your eye?  The things of this world.  What is it you look at?  Wealth, cars, the opposite sex or power.  All these things are spiritual adultery if you lust after them.  They are darkness and will lead to destruction.  Make a mental note.  What catches your eye?  Do you long for the things of God or the world?

Pastor Jeff Lane

Greed Part 6

March 21, 2022

Greed part 6

Matthew 6:19-21

New International Version

Treasures in Heaven

19 “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

Where is your treasure?  Do you want the things of this world or of the kingdom of God?  There is an ad that says, “What’s in your wallet?”  Well what is in your heart?  Examine yourself and see if there is any greed or selfish ambition.  Don’t cover it up but confront it and find a person you can trust to hold you accountable.  Let the blood of Jesus and the fire of the Holy Ghost purify your heart and motives.

Pastor Jeff Lane

Greed Part 5

March 18, 2022

Greed Part 5

Matthew 6:19-34

New International Version

Treasures in Heaven

19 “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

22 “The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are healthy,[a] your whole body will be full of light. 23 But if your eyes are unhealthy,[b] your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness!

24 “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.  25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life[c]?

28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

Oh how this sums up all I am trying to say.  Do you want to be blessed with true blessings?  Then seek God first and He will take care of the rest.  He will give you what you need to be blessed and stay in that blessing.

Pastor Jeff Lane

Greed Part 4

March 17, 2022

Greed part 4

Jeremiah 8:10

New International Version

10 Therefore I will give their wives to other men

   and their fields to new owners.

From the least to the greatest,

   all are greedy for gain;

prophets and priests alike,

   all practice deceit.

Listen to what the word says.  Those who are greedy for gain will be under a curse.  How many pastors, prophets, or evangelists can you name today whose original wife is now married to another?  They lost what they had because they ran after the wrong things.  Be careful who you follow.

Pastor Jeff Lane

Greed Part 3

March 16, 2022

Greed Part 3

1 Timothy 6:6-10

New International Version

6 But godliness with contentment is great gain. 7 For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. 8 But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. 9 Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. 10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.

Be content with what God has given you for it is of great gain to you.  Greater than the wealth of this world.  Being rich is not what it is cracked up to be.  I have known many wealthy men and have not met a happy one yet.  They have all told me in private they wish they had what I had and yet after sharing how to have it they can’t give up their riches for it.  Like the rich young ruler they go away sad.  Why do the people of God run after something that can lead to evil, ruin and destruction?  It may cause you to leave the faith.  Be careful what you ask for, you may get it and be found wanting.  It is a trap set by satan.  He tried to get Jesus to take the bait but He refused.  Money is not evil but the love for it is.  I find many cannot give to the ministry and why? Because they are afraid that the pastor might get rich and they are envious of him.  They have blocked a blessing with their own evil desires.

 Pastor Jeff Lane

Greed Part 2

March 16, 2022

Greed Part 2

James 4:2-3

New International Version

2 You desire but do not have, so you kill. You covet but you cannot get what you want, so you quarrel and fight. You do not have because you do not ask God. 3 When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.

Greed keeps you from getting your prayers answered.  It leads to fighting with others and will destroy your marriage and family. Do you want peace in your home?  Be content with what you have.

Pastor Jeff Lane

Greed Part 1

March 14, 2022

Greed part1

James 3:14-16

New International Version

14 But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth. 15 Such “wisdom” does not come down from heaven but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic. 16 For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice.

Proverbs 14:30

New International Version

30 A heart at peace gives life to the body,

   but envy rots the bones.

I look around and see so much greed and envy in the world and church today.  People have so bought into the ‘dog eat dog’ mentality.  I went to look at electric cars recently and the dealerships were adding $2,000 to $20,000 to the manufacturer's price.  I asked why and they said “because they can”. I was at a fruit stand that we have gone to for years and the prices were doubling and in some cases many times more than they were.  I asked the owner about it.  Why so high?  His answer was because we can and why not?  I asked are your costs going up?  He said very little.  I see people trying to get rich in the stock market, crypto currency, and so many other things.  They would sell their mother to get rich and in many cases are sacrificing their family time for a buck.  It’s just plain selfish ambition and greed.  They envy the rich and are never satisfied with what they have.  Even pastors preach it from the pulpits and don’t blush.  They teach being rich is a blessing and if you're not you have no faith.  They envy other ministries and fail to minister to their people.  Let’s look into what God’s word says about this in the next few devotionals..  

Pastor Jeff Lane

Where's the Fire Part 10

March 11, 2022

Where’s the Fire Part 10

Jeremiah 20:7-18

New International Version

Jeremiah’s Complaint

7 You deceived[a] me, Lord, and I was deceived[b];

   you overpowered me and prevailed.

I am ridiculed all day long;

   everyone mocks me.

8 Whenever I speak, I cry out

   proclaiming violence and destruction.

So the word of the Lord has brought me

   insult and reproach all day long.

9 But if I say, “I will not mention his word

   or speak anymore in his name,”

his word is in my heart like a fire,

   a fire shut up in my bones.

I am weary of holding it in;

   indeed, I cannot.

10 I hear many whispering,

   “Terror on every side!

   Denounce him! Let’s denounce him!”

All my friends

   are waiting for me to slip, saying,

“Perhaps he will be deceived;

   then we will prevail over him

   and take our revenge on him.”

11 But the Lord is with me like a mighty warrior;

   so my persecutors will stumble and not prevail.

They will fail and be thoroughly disgraced;

   their dishonor will never be forgotten.

12 Lord Almighty, you who examine the righteous

   and probe the heart and mind,

let me see your vengeance on them,

   for to you I have committed my cause.

13 Sing to the Lord!

   Give praise to the Lord!

He rescues the life of the needy

   from the hands of the wicked.

14 Cursed be the day I was born!

   May the day my mother bore me not be blessed!

15 Cursed be the man who brought my father the news,

   who made him very glad, saying,

   “A child is born to you—a son!”

16 May that man be like the towns

   the Lord overthrew without pity.

May he hear wailing in the morning,

   a battle cry at noon.

17 For he did not kill me in the womb,

   with my mother as my grave,

   her womb enlarged forever.

18 Why did I ever come out of the womb

   to see trouble and sorrow

   and to end my days in shame?

There is a price to be paid to walk in the fire.  You must count the cost.  It will consume you and your life will belong to God.  You will go where no man would dare and do what only God can.  It can be terrifying as well as Glorious.  You must not have even a hint of this world left in you.  I have had many soldiers from past wars tell me there is a time in battle where you are just trying to survive.  You are no longer thinking I am American, or fighting for family, but in the chaos you are fighting to survive.  You can’t hear the man or commander beside you, you just fight.  People there will come a time when you will cry out my God why have you forsaken me?  Where are you but He will never leave you or forsake you no matter what you feel.  Jeremiah was not going it alone even though it felt that way for the moment.  Even Jesus felt that way for a moment.

Pastor Jeff Lane

Where's the Fire Part 9

March 10, 2022

Where’s the Fire Part 9

2 Kings 6:15-18

New International Version

15 When the servant of the man of God got up and went out early the next morning, an army with horses and chariots had surrounded the city. “Oh no, my lord! What shall we do?” the servant asked.

16 “Don’t be afraid,” the prophet answered. “Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.”

17 And Elisha prayed, “Open his eyes, Lord, so that he may see.” Then the Lord opened the servant’s eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.

18 As the enemy came down toward him, Elisha prayed to the Lord, “Strike this army with blindness.” So he struck them with blindness, as Elisha had asked.

We see that Elisha was the army of Israel.  Elisha's servant was as blind as the enemy.  The enemy did not understand they had not set a trap but walked into one.  The servant's eyes were opened through the prayer of Elisha.  God, open the eyes of your church that they may see that it’s not by might, nor by power, but by your Spirit.

Pastor Jeff Lane

Where's the Fire Part 8

March 9, 2022

Where’s the Fire Part 8

2 Kings 2:11-12

New International Version

11 As they were walking along and talking together, suddenly a chariot of fire and horses of fire appeared and separated the two of them, and Elijah went up to heaven in a whirlwind. 12 Elisha saw this and cried out, “My father! My father! The chariots and horsemen of Israel!” And Elisha saw him no more. Then he took hold of his garment and tore it in two.

It was at that moment Elisha realized Elijah was the one who was used to release the army of Israel on the enemies of Israel.  He has senses enough to pick up the mantle and wrap himself in the fire of God.  Where is the church and why does the church not do the same?  The captain of the host has sent us His mantle of fire to release the power of His army to defeat the devil.

Pastor Jeff Lane

Where's the Fire Part 7

March 8, 2022

Where’s the Fire Part 7

2 Kings 1:1-15

New International Version

The Lord’s Judgment on Ahaziah

1 After Ahab’s death, Moab rebelled against Israel. 2 Now Ahaziah had fallen through the lattice of his upper room in Samaria and injured himself. So he sent messengers, saying to them, “Go and consult Baal-Zebub, the god of Ekron, to see if I will recover from this injury.”

3 But the angel of the Lord said to Elijah the Tishbite, “Go up and meet the messengers of the king of Samaria and ask them, ‘Is it because there is no God in Israel that you are going off to consult Baal-Zebub, the god of Ekron?’ 4 Therefore this is what the Lord says: ‘You will not leave the bed you are lying on. You will certainly die!’” So Elijah went.

5 When the messengers returned to the king, he asked them, “Why have you come back?”

6 “A man came to meet us,” they replied. “And he said to us, ‘Go back to the king who sent you and tell him, “This is what the Lord says: Is it because there is no God in Israel that you are sending messengers to consult Baal-Zebub, the god of Ekron? Therefore you will not leave the bed you are lying on. You will certainly die!”’”

7 The king asked them, “What kind of man was it who came to meet you and told you this?”

8 They replied, “He had a garment of hair[a] and had a leather belt around his waist.”

The king said, “That was Elijah the Tishbite.”

9 Then he sent to Elijah a captain with his company of fifty men. The captain went up to Elijah, who was sitting on the top of a hill, and said to him, “Man of God, the king says, ‘Come down!’”

10 Elijah answered the captain, “If I am a man of God, may fire come down from heaven and consume you and your fifty men!” Then fire fell from heaven and consumed the captain and his men.

11 At this the king sent to Elijah another captain with his fifty men. The captain said to him, “Man of God, this is what the king says, ‘Come down at once!’”

12 “If I am a man of God,” Elijah replied, “may fire come down from heaven and consume you and your fifty men!” Then the fire of God fell from heaven and consumed him and his fifty men.

13 So the king sent a third captain with his fifty men. This third captain went up and fell on his knees before Elijah. “Man of God,” he begged, “please have respect for my life and the lives of these fifty men, your servants! 14 See, fire has fallen from heaven and consumed the first two captains and all their men. But now have respect for my life!”

15 The angel of the Lord said to Elijah, “Go down with him; do not be afraid of him.” So Elijah got up and went down with him to the king.

This reminds me of the two witnesses in Revelation.  They will call fire down from heaven and anyone who tries to harm them must die in this way.  James tells us Elijah was an ordinary man and yet God used him in this way.  He is still using ordinary men and will in these last days protect them in this way.  The fire of God is not dead but the church acts like it.  Unless you have been consumed with the fire of God it will consumed you.

Leviticus 10:1-3 New International Version 10 Aaron’s sons Nadab and Abihu took their censers, put fire in them and added incense; and they offered unauthorized fire before the Lord, contrary to his command. 2 So fire came out from the presence of the Lord and consumed them, and they died before the Lord. 3 Moses then said to Aaron, “This is what the Lord spoke of when he said:

“‘Among those who approach me

   I will be proved holy;

in the sight of all the people

   I will be honored.’”

Aaron remained silent.

Pastor Jeff Lane

Where's the Fire Part 6

March 7, 2022

Where’s the Fire Part 6

1 Kings 19:1-18

New International Version

Elijah Flees to Horeb

19 Now Ahab told Jezebel everything Elijah had done and how he had killed all the prophets with the sword. 2 So Jezebel sent a messenger to Elijah to say, “May the gods deal with me, be it ever so severely, if by this time tomorrow I do not make your life like that of one of them.”

3 Elijah was afraid[a] and ran for his life. When he came to Beersheba in Judah, he left his servant there, 4 while he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness. He came to a broom bush, sat down under it and prayed that he might die. “I have had enough, Lord,” he said. “Take my life; I am no better than my ancestors.” 5 Then he lay down under the bush and fell asleep.

All at once an angel touched him and said, “Get up and eat.” 6 He looked around, and there by his head was some bread baked over hot coals, and a jar of water. He ate and drank and then lay down again.

7 The angel of the Lord came back a second time and touched him and said, “Get up and eat, for the journey is too much for you.” 8 So he got up and ate and drank. Strengthened by that food, he traveled forty days and forty nights until he reached Horeb, the mountain of God. 9 There he went into a cave and spent the night.

The Lord Appears to Elijah

And the word of the Lord came to him: “What are you doing here, Elijah?”

10 He replied, “I have been very zealous for the Lord God Almighty. The Israelites have rejected your covenant, torn down your altars, and put your prophets to death with the sword. I am the only one left, and now they are trying to kill me too.”

11 The Lord said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.”

Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. 12 After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper. 13 When Elijah heard it, he pulled his cloak over his face and went out and stood at the mouth of the cave.

Then a voice said to him, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”

14 He replied, “I have been very zealous for the Lord God Almighty. The Israelites have rejected your covenant, torn down your altars, and put your prophets to death with the sword. I am the only one left, and now they are trying to kill me too.”

15 The Lord said to him, “Go back the way you came, and go to the Desert of Damascus. When you get there, anoint Hazael king over Aram. 16 Also, anoint Jehu son of Nimshi king over Israel, and anoint Elisha son of Shaphat from Abel Meholah to succeed you as prophet. 17 Jehu will put to death any who escape the sword of Hazael, and Elisha will put to death any who escape the sword of Jehu. 18 Yet I reserve seven thousand in Israel—all whose knees have not bowed down to Baal and whose mouths have not kissed him.”

Sometimes the fire of God comes in a whisper.  When the Azusa Street revival started and a great Pentecostal revival broke out it was not loud or crazy but came in a whisper.  When people entered the sanctuary of the church they were told to be quiet or leave, but it was my understanding none were asked to leave because the Holy presence of God was so strong there was great reverence.  People were filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke in tongues in a whisper not a shout.  When God shows up a whisper is a shout in your soul.  

Pastor Jeff Lane

Where's the Fire Part 5

March 4, 2022

Where’s the Fire Part 5

2 Kings 1:1-15

New International Version

The Lord’s Judgment on Ahaziah

1 After Ahab’s death, Moab rebelled against Israel. 2 Now Ahaziah had fallen through the lattice of his upper room in Samaria and injured himself. So he sent messengers, saying to them, “Go and consult Baal-Zebub, the god of Ekron, to see if I will recover from this injury.”

3 But the angel of the Lord said to Elijah the Tishbite, “Go up and meet the messengers of the king of Samaria and ask them, ‘Is it because there is no God in Israel that you are going off to consult Baal-Zebub, the god of Ekron?’ 4 Therefore this is what the Lord says: ‘You will not leave the bed you are lying on. You will certainly die!’” So Elijah went.

5 When the messengers returned to the king, he asked them, “Why have you come back?”

6 “A man came to meet us,” they replied. “And he said to us, ‘Go back to the king who sent you and tell him, “This is what the Lord says: Is it because there is no God in Israel that you are sending messengers to consult Baal-Zebub, the god of Ekron? Therefore you will not leave the bed you are lying on. You will certainly die!”’”

7 The king asked them, “What kind of man was it who came to meet you and told you this?”

8 They replied, “He had a garment of hair[a] and had a leather belt around his waist.”

The king said, “That was Elijah the Tishbite.”

9 Then he sent to Elijah a captain with his company of fifty men. The captain went up to Elijah, who was sitting on the top of a hill, and said to him, “Man of God, the king says, ‘Come down!’”

10 Elijah answered the captain, “If I am a man of God, may fire come down from heaven and consume you and your fifty men!” Then fire fell from heaven and consumed the captain and his men.

11 At this the king sent to Elijah another captain with his fifty men. The captain said to him, “Man of God, this is what the king says, ‘Come down at once!’”

12 “If I am a man of God,” Elijah replied, “may fire come down from heaven and consume you and your fifty men!” Then the fire of God fell from heaven and consumed him and his fifty men.

13 So the king sent a third captain with his fifty men. This third captain went up and fell on his knees before Elijah. “Man of God,” he begged, “please have respect for my life and the lives of these fifty men, your servants! 14 See, fire has fallen from heaven and consumed the first two captains and all their men. But now have respect for my life!”

15 The angel of the Lord said to Elijah, “Go down with him; do not be afraid of him.” So Elijah got up and went down with him to the king.

God sent Elijah to install Elisha as prophet to the nations.  God confirms Elisha’s calling with fire.  Elisha looked to have accomplished very little because the people's hearts were hard, but God confirmed his calling with fire.

Pastor Jeff Lane

Where's the Fire Part 4

March 3, 2022

Where’s the Fire Part 4

1 Kings 18:18-40

New International Version

18 “I have not made trouble for Israel,” Elijah replied. “But you and your father’s family have. You have abandoned the Lord’s commands and have followed the Baals. 19 Now summon the people from all over Israel to meet me on Mount Carmel. And bring the four hundred and fifty prophets of Baal and the four hundred prophets of Asherah, who eat at Jezebel’s table.”

20 So Ahab sent word throughout all Israel and assembled the prophets on Mount Carmel. 21 Elijah went before the people and said, “How long will you waver between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow him; but if Baal is God, follow him.”

But the people said nothing.

22 Then Elijah said to them, “I am the only one of the Lord’s prophets left, but Baal has four hundred and fifty prophets. 23 Get two bulls for us. Let Baal’s prophets choose one for themselves, and let them cut it into pieces and put it on the wood but not set fire to it. I will prepare the other bull and put it on the wood but not set fire to it. 24 Then you call on the name of your god, and I will call on the name of the Lord. The god who answers by fire—he is God.”

Then all the people said, “What you say is good.”

25 Elijah said to the prophets of Baal, “Choose one of the bulls and prepare it first, since there are so many of you. Call on the name of your god, but do not light the fire.” 26 So they took the bull given them and prepared it.

Then they called on the name of Baal from morning till noon. “Baal, answer us!” they shouted. But there was no response; no one answered. And they danced around the altar they had made.

27 At noon Elijah began to taunt them. “Shout louder!” he said. “Surely he is a god! Perhaps he is deep in thought, or busy, or traveling. Maybe he is sleeping and must be awakened.” 28 So they shouted louder and slashed themselves with swords and spears, as was their custom, until their blood flowed. 29 Midday passed, and they continued their frantic prophesying until the time for the evening sacrifice. But there was no response, no one answered, no one paid attention.

30 Then Elijah said to all the people, “Come here to me.” They came to him, and he repaired the altar of the Lord, which had been torn down. 31 Elijah took twelve stones, one for each of the tribes descended from Jacob, to whom the word of the Lord had come, saying, “Your name shall be Israel.” 32 With the stones he built an altar in the name of the Lord, and he dug a trench around it large enough to hold two seahs[a] of seed. 33 He arranged the wood, cut the bull into pieces and laid it on the wood. Then he said to them, “Fill four large jars with water and pour it on the offering and on the wood.”

34 “Do it again,” he said, and they did it again.

“Do it a third time,” he ordered, and they did it the third time. 35 The water ran down around the altar and even filled the trench.

36 At the time of sacrifice, the prophet Elijah stepped forward and prayed: “Lord, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Israel, let it be known today that you are God in Israel and that I am your servant and have done all these things at your command. 37 Answer me, Lord, answer me, so these people will know that you, Lord, are God, and that you are turning their hearts back again.”

38 Then the fire of the Lord fell and burned up the sacrifice, the wood, the stones and the soil, and also licked up the water in the trench.

39 When all the people saw this, they fell prostrate and cried, “The Lord—he is God! The Lord—he is God!”

40 Then Elijah commanded them, “Seize the prophets of Baal. Don’t let anyone get away!” They seized them, and Elijah had them brought down to the Kishon Valley and slaughtered there.

Though God sent his fire, men still turned back to their sin.  It started a revival that was short lived.  We often look for great signs, but men must turn their hearts to God.  Elisha felt like a failure because he did not get the desired results, he wanted but no man is a failure who does God’s will.  God confirmed His word and Elijah by fire.  The people simply did not want it.

Pastor Jeff Lane

Where's the Fire Part 3

March 2, 2022

Where’s the Fire Part 3

2 Chronicles 7:1-6

New International Version

The Dedication of the Temple

7 When Solomon finished praying, fire came down from heaven and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices, and the glory of the Lord filled the temple. 2 The priests could not enter the temple of the Lord because the glory of the Lord filled it. 3 When all the Israelites saw the fire coming down and the glory of the Lord above the temple, they knelt on the pavement with their faces to the ground, and they worshiped and gave thanks to the Lord, saying,

“He is good;

   his love endures forever.”

4 Then the king and all the people offered sacrifices before the Lord. 5 And King Solomon offered a sacrifice of twenty-two thousand head of cattle and a hundred and twenty thousand sheep and goats. So the king and all the people dedicated the temple of God. 6 The priests took their positions, as did the Levites with the Lord’s musical instruments, which King David had made for praising the Lord and which were used when he gave thanks, saying, “His love endures forever.” Opposite the Levites, the priests blew their trumpets, and all the Israelites were standing.

This temple was built on the same spot where Davis sacrificed to God for His sin of counting the men.  God sanctioned this temple with fire also.  God stopped the curse of the sin of David with fire and He did the same at this temple.  

Pastor Jeff Lane

Where's the Fire Part 2

March 1, 2022

Where’s the Fire Part 2

1 Chronicles 21:1-3/22-29

New International Version

David Counts the Fighting Men

21 Satan rose up against Israel and incited David to take a census of Israel. 2 So David said to Joab and the commanders of the troops, “Go and count the Israelites from Beersheba to Dan. Then report back to me so that I may know how many there are.”

3 But Joab replied, “May the Lord multiply his troops a hundred times over. My lord the king, are they not all my lord’s subjects? Why does my lord want to do this? Why should he bring guilt on Israel?”…………………………………………..

22 David said to him, “Let me have the site of your threshing floor so I can build an altar to the Lord, that the plague on the people may be stopped. Sell it to me at the full price.”

23 Araunah said to David, “Take it! Let my lord the king do whatever pleases him. Look, I will give the oxen for the burnt offerings, the threshing sledges for the wood, and the wheat for the grain offering. I will give all this.”

24 But King David replied to Araunah, “No, I insist on paying the full price. I will not take for the Lord what is yours, or sacrifice a burnt offering that costs me nothing.”

25 So David paid Araunah six hundred shekels[d] of gold for the site. 26 David built an altar to the Lord there and sacrificed burnt offerings and fellowship offerings. He called on the Lord, and the Lord answered him with fire from heaven on the altar of burnt offering.

27 Then the Lord spoke to the angel, and he put his sword back into its sheath. 28 At that time, when David saw that the Lord had answered him on the threshing floor of Araunah the Jebusite, he offered sacrifices there. 29 The tabernacle of the Lord, which Moses had made in the wilderness, and the altar of burnt offering were at that time on the high place at Gibeon. 30 But David could not go before it to inquire of God, because he was afraid of the sword of the angel of the Lord.

David had sinned against God by trusting in numbers instead of God to fight and determine if to fight his battles.  He could not appear before God in the temple because of his sin and the judgment that was to come for it.  He had to go outside the camp so to speak to sacrifice to God to make atonement for those sins.  God answered and cleansed Israel by fire.

Pastor Jeff Lane

Where's the Fire? Part 1

February 28, 2022

Where’s the Fire? Part 1

Leviticus 9:1-7/22-23

New International Version

The Priests Begin Their Ministry

9 On the eighth day Moses summoned Aaron and his sons and the elders of Israel. 2 He said to Aaron, “Take a bull calf for your sin offering and a ram for your burnt offering, both without defect, and present them before the Lord. 3 Then say to the Israelites: ‘Take a male goat for a sin offering, a calf and a lamb—both a year old and without defect—for a burnt offering, 4 and an ox and a ram for a fellowship offering to sacrifice before the Lord, together with a grain offering mixed with olive oil. For today the Lord will appear to you.’”

5 They took the things Moses commanded to the front of the tent of meeting, and the entire assembly came near and stood before the Lord. 6 Then Moses said, “This is what the Lord has commanded you to do, so that the glory of the Lord may appear to you.”

7 Moses said to Aaron, “Come to the altar and sacrifice your sin offering and your burnt offering and make atonement for yourself and the people; sacrifice the offering that is for the people and make atonement for them, as the Lord has commanded.”  …………………………………………………………………………………

22 Then Aaron lifted his hands toward the people and blessed them. And having sacrificed the sin offering, the burnt offering and the fellowship offering, he stepped down.

23 Moses and Aaron then went into the tent of meeting. When they came out, they blessed the people; and the glory of the Lord appeared to all the people. 24 Fire came out from the presence of the Lord and consumed the burnt offering and the fat portions on the altar. And when all the people saw it, they shouted for joy and fell facedown.

It was the fire of God that purified and sanctioned the people and the temple of God.  It is that fire that God shows His glory to us.  We need the fire of God to consume God’s people again.  Purify us and make us fit to preach His word.  Without the fire of God, they are only words we speak.  Words without glory.

Pastor Jeff Lane

Zeal for God Part 5

February 25, 2022

Zeal for God  Part 5

Ephesians 5:26-27

King James Version

26 That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,

27 That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.

God is coming back for a glorious church without sin.

1 Corinthians 6:9-11  New International Version

 9 Or do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men[a] 10 nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. 11 And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.

Hebrews 12:16   New International Version

 16 See that no one is sexually immoral, or is godless like Esau, who for a single meal sold his inheritance rights as the oldest son.

It was one sin that got us thrown out of the garden and God’s presence.  God is looking for a perfect church that puts to death every misdeed of the flesh through the blood of Christ and by the fire of His Holy Spirit.  We are called to be perfect as He is perfect.  No spots or wrinkles.  Remember nothing is impossible with God.

Pastor Jeff Lane

Zeal for Gd Part 4

February 24, 2022

Zeal for God  Part 4

John 2:13-19

New International Version

Jesus Clears the Temple Courts

13 When it was almost time for the Jewish Passover, Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 14 In the temple courts he found people selling cattle, sheep and doves, and others sitting at tables exchanging money. 15 So he made a whip out of cords, and drove all from the temple courts, both sheep and cattle; he scattered the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables. 16 To those who sold doves he said, “Get these out of here! Stop turning my Father’s house into a market!” 17 His disciples remembered that it is written: “Zeal for your house will consume me.”

18 The Jews then responded to him, “What sign can you show us to prove your authority to do all this?”

19 Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and I will raise it again in three days.”

Like I pointed out, Jesus is the same as he has always been.  He very thoughtfully braided those leather strips together and cleared His temple.  Today people would scream abuse.  He knew what he was going to do and it was not just a fit of anger.  He did this more than once.  Jesus cleanses His temple still our bodies.  Sometimes He must use His whip and thank God Almighty He does.  He loves you that much to save you from yourself.  Jesus has a zeal and passion for you His church.  Do you have that same zeal and passion for Him?

Pastor Jeff Lane

Zeal for God Part 3

February 24, 2022

Zeal for God  Part 3

Hebrews 10:26-39

New International Version

26 If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left, 27 but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God. 28 Anyone who rejected the law of Moses died without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. 29 How much more severely do you think someone deserves to be punished who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, who has treated as an unholy thing the blood of the covenant that sanctified them, and who has insulted the Spirit of grace? 30 For we know him who said, “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,”  and again, “The Lord will judge his people.”  31 It is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

32 Remember those earlier days after you had received the light, when you endured in a great conflict full of suffering. 33 Sometimes you were publicly exposed to insult and persecution; at other times you stood side by side with those who were so treated. 34 You suffered along with those in prison and joyfully accepted the confiscation of your property, because you knew that you yourselves had better and lasting possessions. 35 So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded.

36 You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised. 37 For,

“In just a little while,

   he who is coming will come

   and will not delay.”

38 And,

“But my righteous one will live by faith.

   And I take no pleasure

   in the one who shrinks back.”  39 But we do not belong to those who shrink back and are destroyed, but to those who have faith and are saved.

We cannot continue to deliberately keep sinning but must have a zeal to stop sinning and put a spear through it.  We are in a spiritual battle, sin is the power satan has over us, but the righteousness of Christ is our power over sin and satan.  Put on the full armor of God and put sin under your feet.  An army with no zeal cannot stand.

Mark 3:25

New International Version

25 If a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand.  Without faith we cannot stand.  Faith is action zeal.

Pastor Jeff Lane

Zeal for God Part 2

February 22, 2022

Zeal for God  Part 2

Judges 2:1-5

New International Version

The Angel of the Lord at Bokim

2 The angel of the Lord went up from Gilgal to Bokim and said, “I brought you up out of Egypt and led you into the land I swore to give to your ancestors. I said, ‘I will never break my covenant with you, 2 and you shall not make a covenant with the people of this land, but you shall break down their altars.’ Yet you have disobeyed me. Why have you done this? 3 And I have also said, ‘I will not drive them out before you; they will become traps for you, and their gods will become snares to you.’”

4 When the angel of the Lord had spoken these things to all the Israelites, the people wept aloud, 5 and they called that place Bokim.[a] There they offered sacrifices to the Lord.

1 Samuel 15:22

New International Version

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.

Joel 2:12-13

King James Version

12 Therefore also now, saith the Lord, turn ye even to me with all your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning:

13 And rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto the Lord your God: for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repenteth him of the evil.

Repenting is to turn from sin, not just have remorse for it.  Abraham was considered righteous for what he did, not just for what he said.  Giving God a sacrifice in the place of sin does not move Him; we are to stop, hate, and do away with sin.

Pastor Jeff Lane

Zeal for God Part 1

February 21, 2022

Zeal for God  Part 1

Numbers 25

New International Version

Moab Seduces Israel

25 While Israel was staying in Shittim, the men began to indulge in sexual immorality with Moabite women, 2 who invited them to the sacrifices to their gods. The people ate the sacrificial meal and bowed down before these gods. 3 So Israel yoked themselves to the Baal of Peor. And the Lord’s anger burned against them.

4 The Lord said to Moses, “Take all the leaders of these people, kill them and expose them in broad daylight before the Lord, so that the Lord’s fierce anger may turn away from Israel.”

5 So Moses said to Israel’s judges, “Each of you must put to death those of your people who have yoked themselves to the Baal of Peor.”

6 Then an Israelite man brought into the camp a Midianite woman right before the eyes of Moses and the whole assembly of Israel while they were weeping at the entrance to the tent of meeting. 7 When Phinehas son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron, the priest, saw this, he left the assembly, took a spear in his hand 8 and followed the Israelite into the tent. He drove the spear into both of them, right through the Israelite man and into the woman’s stomach. Then the plague against the Israelites was stopped; 9 but those who died in the plague numbered 24,000.

10 The Lord said to Moses, 11 “Phinehas son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron, the priest, has turned my anger away from the Israelites. Since he was as zealous for my honor among them as I am, I did not put an end to them in my zeal. 12 Therefore tell him I am making my covenant of peace with him. 13 He and his descendants will have a covenant of a lasting priesthood, because he was zealous for the honor of his God and made atonement for the Israelites.”

Hebrews 13:8

New International Version

8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.

Like Abraham, God rewarded Phinehas for what he did, not just his tears of remorse.  We are called to be zealous for the Lord.  He is not interested in lip service but a son who hates wickedness and loves righteousness.  Jesus had not changed. He loves the one who honors His name.  The people of God are sick and broken because there is no zeal in the pulpits.  Where is the power of God in the believer’s life?  It’s time the preachers put a spear through sin, not coddle it.  He is coming back for a church without spot or wrinkle, not a self-righteous church.

Pastor Jeff Lane

More Faith Part 9

February 18, 2022

More Faith Part 9

Acts 3:16

New International Version

16 By faith in the name of Jesus, this man whom you see and know was made strong. It is Jesus’ name and the faith that comes through him that has completely healed him, as you can all see.

Philippians 2:9

New International Version

9 Therefore God exalted him to the highest place

   and gave him the name that is above every name,

Ephesians 1:18-23

New International Version

18 I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, 19 and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength 20 he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, 21 far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is invoked, not only in the present age but also in the one to come. 22 And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, 23 which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way.

Our faith is to be in the name of Jesus.  It is the inheritance and the power of the saints.

Pastor Jeff Lane

More Faith Part 8

February 17, 2022

More Faith Part 8

John 12:23-28

New International Version

23 Jesus replied, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. 24 Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds. 25 Anyone who loves their life will lose it, while anyone who hates their life in this world will keep it for eternal life. 26 Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me.

27 “Now my soul is troubled, and what shall I say? ‘Father, save me from this hour’? No, it was for this very reason I came to this hour. 28 Father, glorify your name!”

Then a voice came from heaven, “I have glorified it, and will glorify it again.”

Our faith must be planted, and we die to what we hope for.  We plant it in Jesus.  We must give it over to God. 1 Corinthians 3:7 New International Version 7 So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow.  God will show His glory by multiplying it and make it grow.

Pastor Jeff Lane

More Faith Part 7

February 16, 2022


More Faith Part 7

James 2:14-26

New International Version

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.

Faith that is not put into practice is dead, useless and is of no value to us or God.  It must be lived and exercised in the life of the believer.  Faith when planted will multiply.

Pastor Jeff Lane


More Faith Part 6

February 15, 2022

More Faith Part 6

Hebrews 11:1-4

King James Version

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.

4 By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh.

Faith becomes the substance, something that is tangible, of that which we hope for.  God made everything out of what cannot be seen or touched.  Like Abel ,when we bring our best to God, He makes something out of nothing because what we bring is burned up to us.  Like a pleasing aroma before God, He is moved by our love and multiplies it back to us making it tangible again but increased.  Our faith is also multiplied as we use it and see the results of our exercise in faith.

Pastor Jeff Lane

More Faith Part 5

February 15, 2022

More Faith Part 5

Matthew 17:14-21

King James Version

14 And when they were come to the multitude, there came to him a certain man, kneeling down to him, and saying,  15 Lord, have mercy on my son: for he is lunatick, and sore vexed: for ofttimes he falleth into the fire, and oft into the water.  16 And I brought him to thy disciples, and they could not cure him.  17 Then Jesus answered and said, O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? how long shall I suffer you? bring him hither to me.  18 And Jesus rebuked the devil; and he departed out of him: and the child was cured from that very hour.  19 Then came the disciples to Jesus apart, and said, Why could not we cast him out?  20 And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.    21 Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting.

Faith can be activated and increased through fasting and prayer.  Faith like a seed must have the right things to make it grow.

Pastor Jeff Lane

More Faith Part 4

February 15, 2022

More Faith Part 4

Romans 12:3

King James Version

3 For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.

Matthew 13:31-32

New International Version

31 He told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field. 32 Though it is the smallest of all seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds come and perch in its branches.”

Faith like a seed has great potential.  If you are good ground, it can grow and be a blessing.  God plants His seed of faith in every person.  Every person knows there is a God, but faith undeveloped is useless.  That seed may be small but if allowed to grow others can enjoy it.  It will overflow on all those around.

Pastor Jeff Lane

More Faith Part 3

February 9, 2022

More Faith Part 3

Romans 10:14-17

New International Version

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.

Faith increases through God given anointed preaching.

Pastor Jeff Lane

More Faith Part 2

February 8, 2022

More Faith Part 2

Luke 16:10-13

New International Version

10 “Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much. 11 So if you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches? 12 And if you have not been trustworthy with someone else’s property, who will give you property of your own?

13 “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.”

Faith is a gift from God, and if He can trust you with little faith, He will give you much.  It is when we obey Him with things as simple as tithing and giving, He gives us real Spiritual wealth.  Wealth in God’s eyes is a small thing.  God’s faith is a huge thing.

Pastor Jeff Lane

More Faith Part 1

February 7, 2022

More Faith Part 1


Luke 17:5-10

New International Version

5 The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!”

6 He replied, “If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it will obey you.

7 “Suppose one of you has a servant plowing or looking after the sheep. Will he say to the servant when he comes in from the field, ‘Come along now and sit down to eat’? 8 Won’t he rather say, ‘Prepare my supper, get yourself ready and wait on me while I eat and drink; after that you may eat and drink’? 9 Will he thank the servant because he did what he was told to do? 10 So you also, when you have done everything you were told to do, should say, ‘We are unworthy servants; we have only done our duty.’”

James 2:14-26

New International Version

Faith and Deeds

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.


When we do our duty, or obey God, our faith is at work and the natural consequences is more faith.  

Pastor Jeff


Preaching Repentance Revival Part 13

February 2, 2022

Preaching Repentance Revival Part 13

Proverbs 27:17

New International Version

17 As iron sharpens iron,

   so one person sharpens another.

Genesis 50:20

New International Version

20 You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.

We must forgive others for what they do to us, because God uses men to mold us into a tool fit for service.  They may mean to harm us but God is doing good in your life.  Can the clay say to the potter you have no hands neither can we question God’s means for it is God who does the work and decided beforehand to make us into that tool to do His work.  

2 Timothy 2:20-21

New International Version

20 In a large house there are articles not only of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay; some are for special purposes and some for common use. 21 Those who cleanse themselves from the latter will be instruments for special purposes, made holy, useful to the Master and prepared to do any good work.

Pastor Jeff Lane

Preaching Repentance Revival Part 12

February 2, 2022

Preaching Repentance Revival Part 12

Hebrews 12:25-29

New International Version

25 See to it that you do not refuse him who speaks. If they did not escape when they refused him who warned them on earth, how much less will we, if we turn away from him who warns us from heaven? 26 At that time his voice shook the earth, but now he has promised, “Once more I will shake not only the earth but also the heavens.”[a] 27 The words “once more” indicate the removing of what can be shaken—that is, created things—so that what cannot be shaken may remain.

28 Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, 29 for our “God is a consuming fire.”

Here we see God talking about that great shaking, or revival.  It is to coming, it is here.  The Holy Spirit was always leading men into the wilderness to be purged of sin and overcome it.  Moses, Elijah, Elisha, Jacob, Paul, Jesus and more.  It was the Holy Spirit's leading and He still leads those who will follow.

Pastor Jeff Lane

Preaching Repentance Revival Part 11

February 1, 2022

Preaching Repentance Revival Part 11

Zechariah 4:6-10

New International Version

6 So he said to me, “This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the Lord Almighty.

7 “What are you, mighty mountain? Before Zerubbabel you will become level ground. Then he will bring out the capstone to shouts of ‘God bless it! God bless it!’”

8 Then the word of the Lord came to me: 9 “The hands of Zerubbabel have laid the foundation of this temple; his hands will also complete it. Then you will know that the Lord Almighty has sent me to you.

10 “Who dares despise the day of small things, since the seven eyes of the Lord that range throughout the earth will rejoice when they see the chosen capstone in the hand of Zerubbabel?”

Haggai 2:1-9

New International Version

2 1 on the twenty-first day of the seventh month, the word of the Lord came through the prophet Haggai: 2 “Speak to Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, to Joshua son of Jozadak,[a] the high priest, and to the remnant of the people. Ask them, 3 ‘Who of you is left who saw this house in its former glory? How does it look to you now? Does it not seem to you like nothing? 4 But now be strong, Zerubbabel,’ declares the Lord. ‘Be strong, Joshua son of Jozadak, the high priest. Be strong, all you people of the land,’ declares the Lord, ‘and work. For I am with you,’ declares the Lord Almighty. 5 ‘This is what I covenanted with you when you came out of Egypt. And my Spirit remains among you. Do not fear.’

6 “This is what the Lord Almighty says: ‘In a little while I will once more shake the heavens and the earth, the sea and the dry land. 7 I will shake all nations, and what is desired by all nations will come, and I will fill this house with glory,’ says the Lord Almighty. 8 ‘The silver is mine and the gold is mine,’ declares the Lord Almighty. 9 ‘The glory of this present house will be greater than the glory of the former house,’ says the Lord Almighty. ‘And in this place I will grant peace,’ declares the Lord Almighty.”

One of the biggest mistakes I used to make in understanding the Bible was not seeing that we cannot separate Christianity from the Old Testament, but it is a continuation of it.  We are on this continuum and the Jews lost their way.  They turned away from God like Balaam did in their own way.  Zechariah is talking about the birth of the church and the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on all flesh not just the Jews.  When Peter spoke on this on the day of Pentecost he didn’t even know what God was saying until God revealed it to him when God let down the sheet and he went to Cornelius’ house.  Haggai in reference to this tells us God would send a great revival and shake the Devil out of us, so to speak, and not only return His glory to the people of the earth but increase it dwarfing what He has done in the past.  This is to take place before Jesus’ coming.  As wheat is shaken and gathered in the store house so shall the earth and the chaff burned.

Pastor Jeff Lane

LISTEN TO REBECCA LANE MUSIC
ABOUT our devotional
Pastors Jeff and Becky seek the Lord daily. Even though you see them mostly on TV, they spend much time preparing messages and studying the word. We hope you find their daily devotionals uplifting and inspiring.
Read past devotionals
We're excited to bring a new and comfortable web experience, but we don't want you to miss out on reading our collection of past devotionals.

Sign Up to Receive Our Daily Devotionals by Email

Thank you! Your submission has been received!
Oops! Something went wrong while submitting the form.