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Ponder Life Part 3

September 23, 2020

Ponder life 3

I was twenty-five years old and was in an auto accident that changed the course of my life.  First I realized I just might be mortal and who knows how many years I have left?  How can I make the most of what I have?  What would that most look like? Where do I start?  Well we set out with some goals in mind, but when we accomplished them we were left empty.  Notice how many times the word I was used and the top.  They did not have the desired results.  Then we sought God,  did what He said, and it did not always seem to make sense.  God put us on a straight path, but it seemed crooked.  We could not see the end result, and still can’t.  God will lead you through dark places and at times you can only see the next step, but it is the right one.  He knows where you need to go, and you have to follow to get there.  The journey is as important as the destination.  It is part of the destination.  Let go of your worldly thinking and follow Jesus.  That is why it is called faith. 

Pastor Jeff Lane


Ponder Life Part 2

September 22, 2020

Ponder life 2

Ecclesiastes 7:2

New International Version

2 It is better to go to a house of mourning
   than to go to a house of feasting,
for death is the destiny of everyone;
   the living should take this to heart.


In a house of morning we ponder life, but in a house of feasting we live for a moment.  Remember your destiny before making a decision.  There is nothing wrong with enjoying life, but we must remember tomorrow will come and will you be prepared for it?

Pastor Jeff Lane


Ponder Life

September 21, 2020

Ponder life

I talked with an elderly man today as his wife for 67 years was slowly slipping into the next life.  He told me of his love for this woman and how she was the only one left in his life.  He told me of his years in the navy and his secular work briefly, but he could not keep his mind on it because now it was meaningless.  The only thing that filled his mind was this woman and where was she going?  Would they be together again and how soon?  What would life be that has no her in it?  Would it be worth living?  He seemed sorry that they spent very little time in church or thought about tomorrow. 

Ecclesiastes 11:7-12:8

New International Version

7 Light is sweet,
   and it pleases the eyes to see the sun.
8 However many years anyone may live,
   let them enjoy them all.
But let them remember the days of darkness,
   for there will be many.
   Everything to come is meaningless.

9 You who are young, be happy while you are young,
   and let your heart give you joy in the days of your youth.
Follow the ways of your heart
   and whatever your eyes see,
but know that for all these things
   God will bring you into judgment.
10 So then, banish anxiety from your heart
   and cast off the troubles of your body,
   for youth and vigor are meaningless.

12 Remember your Creator
   in the days of your youth,
before the days of trouble come
   and the years approach when you will say,
   “I find no pleasure in them”—
2 before the sun and the light
   and the moon and the stars grow dark,
   and the clouds return after the rain;
3 when the keepers of the house tremble,
   and the strong men stoop,
when the grinders cease because they are few,
   and those looking through the windows grow dim;
4 when the doors to the street are closed
   and the sound of grinding fades;
when people rise up at the sound of birds,
   but all their songs grow faint;
5 when people are afraid of heights
   and of dangers in the streets;
when the almond tree blossoms
   and the grasshopper drags itself along
   and desire no longer is stirred.
Then people go to their eternal home
   and mourners go about the streets.

6 Remember him—before the silver cord is severed,
   and the golden bowl is broken;
before the pitcher is shattered at the spring,
   and the wheel broken at the well,
7 and the dust returns to the ground it came from,
   and the spirit returns to God who gave it.

8 “Meaningless! Meaningless!” says the Teacher.
   “Everything is meaningless!”


Ponder these words.  Don’t wait to the end to think about life and what and who is important.  Our relationship with God and man are priceless and the rest is simply meaningless.

Pastor Jeff Lane


 


Authority Part 3

September 17, 2020

Authority Part 3


Matthew 8:5-10

New International Version

The Faith of the Centurion

5 When Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to him, asking for help. 6 “Lord,” he said, “my servant lies at home paralyzed, suffering terribly.”

7 Jesus said to him, “Shall I come and heal him?”

8 The centurion replied, “Lord, I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. But just say the word, and my servant will be healed. 9 For I myself am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. I tell this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and that one, ‘Come,’ and he comes. I say to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.”

10 When Jesus heard this, he was amazed and said to those following him, “Truly I tell you, I have not found anyone in Israel with such great faith.

To have authority one must have it bestowed on them.  The centurion understood this, and Jesus equated with faith.  One also must know they have authority and to use it.  When you walk by faith you will believe and use that authority.

Pastor Jeff Lane


Authority Part 2

September 16, 2020

Authority Part 2


Acts 19:11-17

New International Version

11 God did extraordinary miracles through Paul, 12 so that even handkerchiefs and aprons that had touched him were taken to the sick, and their illnesses were cured and the evil spirits left them.

13 Some Jews who went around driving out evil spirits tried to invoke the name of the Lord Jesus over those who were demon-possessed. They would say, “In the name of the Jesus whom Paul preaches, I command you to come out.” 14 Seven sons of Sceva, a Jewish chief priest, were doing this. 15 One day the evil spirit answered them, “Jesus I know, and Paul I know about, but who are you?” 16 Then the man who had the evil spirit jumped on them and overpowered them all. He gave them such a beating that they ran out of the house naked and bleeding.

17 When this became known to the Jews and Greeks living in Ephesus, they were all seized with fear, and the name of the Lord Jesus was held in high honor.

You can see the power and authority that was on Paul, but not on the Jews.  They took for granted that they could use the name, but they did not know Jesus.  They evil spirits knew who He was as we so many times seen in the life of Jesus.  They always obeyed Him.  Paul was filled with the Spirit of God, but they were not.  Just as Peter knew God by God’s Spirit so did Paul as a result it brought about respect for the name and souls saved.  Where is the honor due the name today?

Pastor Jeff Lane


Authority Part 1

September 15, 2020

Authority Part 1


Matthew 16:13-19

New International Version

Peter Declares That Jesus Is the Messiah

13 When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?”

14 They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”

15 “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?”

16 Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”

17 Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven. 18 And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it. 19 I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.”

How important it is to know who Jesus is.  Peter knew because the Spirit of God revealed it to him.  This gave him the keys to unlocking the secrets of the kingdom giving him authority to bind and loose.  The seven sons of Sceva had no idea who He was, nor did they know Him as a result they used His name but to no avail.

Pastor Jeff Lane


Love Above All Part 4

September 14, 2020

Love above all part 4

John 3:16-17

Amplified Bible, Classic Edition

16 For God so greatly loved and dearly prized the world that He [even] gave up His only begotten (unique) Son, so that whoever believes in (trusts in, clings to, relies on) Him shall not perish (come to destruction, be lost) but have eternal (everlasting) life.

17 For God did not send the Son into the world in order to judge (to reject, to condemn, to pass sentence on) the world, but that the world might find salvation and be made safe and sound through Him.

God loved us so much that He was and is only interested in reconciling us to Himself.  He gave up that which was most precious to Himself for that which was and is even more precious in His sight.  He literally gave Himself to die on our behalf so we might be reconciled to Him because Jesus was God.  God’s love was and is so great He did not come to judge or condemn you but took your sin upon Himself so that you could be free to walk with Him if you only believe and accept Him.  What love what wondrous love.

Pastor Jeff Lane


Love Above All Part 3

September 14, 2020

Love above all part 3

1 John 4:8

New International Version

8 Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.

God is love and to know Him you must walk in love.  You cannot give away what you do not possess.  If you do not have love you do not know God, then how can you share Him with others?

Pastor Jeff Lane


Love Above All Part 2

September 10, 2020

Love above all part 2

1 John 3:16

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.

People ask me what they need to be prepared for ministry.  The answer is simple.  One’s love for others should make everything else pale.  You should love others over your own pride, dignity, self-preservation, and personal heartache you will endure to save them.  

Pastor Jeff Lane  


Love Above All Part 1

September 10, 2020

Love above all part 1


Ephesians 3:16-19

New International Version

16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

Having the love of God the Father in us surpasses all things.  Many seek knowledge, or power, but love exceeds them all.  Seek God’s love first and the rest will be given to you.

Pastor Jeff Lane

Trustworthy in Small Matters, The Best is Yet to Come

September 8, 2020

Trustworthy in small matters, the best is yet to come


Luke 19:11-27

New International Version

The Parable of the Ten Minas

11 While they were listening to this, he went on to tell them a parable, because he was near Jerusalem and the people thought that the kingdom of God was going to appear at once. 12 He said: “A man of noble birth went to a distant country to have himself appointed king and then to return. 13 So he called ten of his servants and gave them ten minas.[a] ‘Put this money to work,’ he said, ‘until I come back.’

14 “But his subjects hated him and sent a delegation after him to say, ‘We don’t want this man to be our king.’

15 “He was made king, however, and returned home. Then he sent for the servants to whom he had given the money, in order to find out what they had gained with it.

16 “The first one came and said, ‘Sir, your mina has earned ten more.’

17 “‘Well done, my good servant!’ his master replied. ‘Because you have been trustworthy in a very small matter, take charge of ten cities.’

18 “The second came and said, ‘Sir, your mina has earned five more.’

19 “His master answered, ‘You take charge of five cities.’

20 “Then another servant came and said, ‘Sir, here is your mina; I have kept it laid away in a piece of cloth. 21 I was afraid of you, because you are a hard man. You take out what you did not put in and reap what you did not sow.’

22 “His master replied, ‘I will judge you by your own words, you wicked servant! You knew, did you, that I am a hard man, taking out what I did not put in, and reaping what I did not sow? 23 Why then didn’t you put my money on deposit, so that when I came back, I could have collected it with interest?’

24 “Then he said to those standing by, ‘Take his mina away from him and give it to the one who has ten minas.’

25 “‘Sir,’ they said, ‘he already has ten!’

26 “He replied, ‘I tell you that to everyone who has, more will be given, but as for the one who has nothing, even what they have will be taken away. 27 But those enemies of mine who did not want me to be king over them—bring them here and kill them in front of me.’”


We tend to think this life is the most relevant thing there is, but God said it is a small matter.  The best is yet to come.

Pastor Jeff Lane

Not Everyone has the right to use the Name

September 7, 2020

Not everyone has right to use the name


Acts 19:11-20

New International Version

11 God did extraordinary miracles through Paul, 12 so that even handkerchiefs and aprons that had touched him were taken to the sick, and their illnesses were cured and the evil spirits left them.

13 Some Jews who went around driving out evil spirits tried to invoke the name of the Lord Jesus over those who were demon-possessed. They would say, “In the name of the Jesus whom Paul preaches, I command you to come out.” 14 Seven sons of Sceva, a Jewish chief priest, were doing this. 15 One day the evil spirit answered them, “Jesus I know, and Paul I know about, but who are you?” 16 Then the man who had the evil spirit jumped on them and overpowered them all. He gave them such a beating that they ran out of the house naked and bleeding.

17 When this became known to the Jews and Greeks living in Ephesus, they were all seized with fear, and the name of the Lord Jesus was held in high honor. 18 Many of those who believed now came and openly confessed what they had done. 19 A number who had practiced sorcery brought their scrolls together and burned them publicly. When they calculated the value of the scrolls, the total came to fifty thousand drachmas. 20 In this way the word of the Lord spread widely and grew in power.

Even demons know if you have been commissioned to use the name of Jesus.  Not only are some commissioned but the demons know those who are commissioned also.  Strange, many a religious leader not only don’t have a clue who they are, but fight those who God has called.  They didn’t even know Jesus came from God.  

Matthew 12:27 New International Version  27 And if I drive out demons by Beelzebul, by whom do your people drive them out? So then, they will be your judges.


In other words they are not qualified to judge spiritual things.

Pastor Jeff Lane










Departed

September 3, 2020

Departed


Ezekiel 10:18

New International Version

18 Then the glory of the Lord departed from over the threshold of the temple and stopped above the cherubim.

  

First Israel was deported and scattered all over the middle east because they departed from God.  The Judah was deported to Babylon.  Judah and Jerusalem were destroyed and left desolate.  All but a remnant was left and carried to Babylon.  Few were left in Judah.  God Himself departed from His temple because man had defiled it with every kind of sin.  His Glory was gone from the land, but for a few who He followed to Babylon knew Him.  God does not reside in houses made by man, but His glory is to reside with those who trust in Him if they walk by faith, otherwise He will depart from an unclean house.

Pastor Jeff Lane

God Loves You with a Jealous Love

September 3, 2020

God Loves You with a Jealous Love


James 4:4-5

Amplified Bible, Classic Edition

4 You [are like] unfaithful wives [having illicit love affairs with the world and breaking your marriage vow to God]! Do you not know that being the world’s friend is being God’s enemy? So whoever chooses to be a friend of the world takes his stand as an enemy of God.

5 Or do you suppose that the Scripture is speaking to no purpose that says, The Spirit Whom He has caused to dwell in us yearns over us and He yearns for the Spirit [to be welcome] with a jealous love?


It is wonderful to know and brings me great comfort that God is Jealous for me and Jealous for you. He longs to be with us and will not share us with the world or anything in it. God loves you with an undying love. Do not turn your head and even look at the world. He is a jealous God and we do not want to become His enemies like a jealous husband who catches his wife in an affair.

Pastor Jeff Lane

Be Fruitful Part 7

September 1, 2020

Be Fruitful part 7

Luke 13:6-9


New International Version

6 Then he told this parable: “A man had a fig tree growing in his vineyard, and he went to look for fruit on it but did not find any. 7 So he said to the man who took care of the vineyard, ‘For three years now I’ve been coming to look for fruit on this fig tree and haven’t found any. Cut it down! Why should it use up the soil?’

8 “‘Sir,’ the man replied, ‘leave it alone for one more year, and I’ll dig around it and fertilize it. 9 If it bears fruit next year, fine! If not, then cut it down.’”


Our faith must be nurtured to reproduced.  God desires for us to increase in every area of our lived.  We are called to multiply and reproduce what He has done in us.   My friends if we don’t, we fool ourselves and don’t walk as Jesus walked.  If salt looses it saltiness it is not fit for anything and thrown out.  If we cease to be in His image, we are His enemies and will be thrown out where there will be gnashing of teeth.     

Pastor Jeff Lane 


Be Fruitful Part 5

September 1, 2020

Genesis 9:1-7

New International Version  9 Then God blessed Noah and his sons, saying to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the earth. 2 The fear and dread of you will fall on all the beasts of the earth, and on all the birds in the sky, on every creature that moves along the ground, and on all the fish in the sea; they are given into your hands. 3 Everything that lives and moves about will be food for you. Just as I gave you the green plants, I now give you everything.

4 “But you must not eat meat that has its lifeblood still in it. 5 And for your lifeblood I will surely demand an accounting. I will demand an accounting from every animal. And from each human being, too, I will demand an accounting for the life of another human being.

6 “Whoever sheds human blood,
   by humans shall their blood be shed;
for in the image of God
   has God made mankind.

7 As for you, be fruitful and increase in number; multiply on the earth and increase upon it.”

Genesis 17:20, Genesis 28:1-3, Genesis 35:6-11,  Exodus 1:7


God reiterates His command to be fruitful and multiply.  He has never taken this command away.  I gave a few more scriptures for your study.  The world would tell you if you want to be prosperous abort your babies don’t have children, but God said they are a blessing and He will bless us when we obey Him.  Many abort their blessings in the spirit because they think they know better than God.  What we do in the physical we do in the spiritual world.  God would curse women of old because of sin and close their wombs.  They were called desolate woman and yet many today curse themselves by shutting off their wombs because they have stinking thinking like the world.  They having taken on worldly thinking and this carries over to every area of their life.  Couples become cursed and desolate.  They both men and women have closed their spiritual womb so not to birth the blessings of God.  They bind God’s hand and so the church gets smaller.  You must die to self and give of self to find life.  God punishes all who kill another by shedding their blood.  They don’t kill one person but generations by taking a life.  Just think about it.  Generations of blessings.  I hate war because I can’t help but think how many really die or are not born and should have been.  Same goes for abortion.  When we abort the will of God how mane generations of blessing have we destroyed?

Pastor Jeff Lane      

Be Fruitful Part 6

September 1, 2020

Be Fruitful part 6

John 15:1-8 New International Version                     

15 “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. 2 He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. 3 You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. 4 Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.

5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. 6 If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. 7 If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. 8 This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.


God has called us to multiply and increase if we don’t we will be cut off.  Now think about it.  If a family dose not multiply it will be cut off or cease to be.  We have been called to multiply and God will cut off everyone who does not do so.  He will cut off that which takes away from the church or body so that which remains can put its energy to doing His will.  They say 20 percent of the church does 80 percent of the work.  I once had some grape vines pruned by my neighbor.  I thought he had killed them because he cut away 80 percent of the vines and yet they produced multiple times more without that 80 percent.  God in pruning the church.  They have condoned the things of this world and the thinking of this world.  Case in point many of the churches accept homosexuality thinking it will increase their churches.  Yet clearly just the natural order of things tells you there is no increase or multiplication in this lifestyle.  God created an order to things, and this is disorder rendering then useless to reproduce or multiply.  Think about it.  

1 Timothy 1:8-11

New International Version  8 We know that the law is good if one uses it properly. 9 We also know that the law is made not for the righteous but for lawbreakers and rebels, the ungodly and sinful, the unholy and irreligious, for those who kill their fathers or mothers, for murderers, 10 for the sexually immoral, for those practicing homosexuality, for slave traders and liars and perjurers—and for whatever else is contrary to the sound doctrine 11 that conforms to the gospel concerning the glory of the blessed God, which he entrusted to me.

We must remain in God’s love and righteousness to multiply and all areas of our life.  Blessings come from the Father above.

Pastor Jeff Lane 

Be Fruitful Part 4

August 30, 2020

Genesis 1:26-28 New International Version  26 Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”

27 So God created mankind in his own image,
   in the image of God he created them;
   male and female he created them.

28 God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”


God made us in His image to multiply, increase, and create both physically, and spiritually.  We were created like Him to rule, keep order, and bring increase.  On a farm the more order you have the more harvest you get.  My brother in law explained to me how they use satellite to keep track of every square foot of the ground and of the harvest comes forth.  Then they use that information to know how to plant the seed, fertilize and use weed killer to get the maximum out the ground.  Too much or too little seed can affect the outcome.  Too much or too little fertilizer can affect the outcome.  Order is the key, ruling over the ground.  This is good stewardship because it keeps costs down.  We also can listen to the Spirit of God and do the same.  We with God’s help can get the maximum harvest in our life.  God makes us efficient in all we do.  Cain was told to master sin.  He was not told to do what he could not but what God designed him to do.  Jesus mastered sin for us.  He did it in the flesh and set us free from it’s hold and bondage, so once again we could master it not it us.  We is returning us to the image of God.

Pastor Jeff Lane

Be Fruitful part 3

August 28, 2020

Genesis 1:1-25
New International Version
The Beginning


1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 

2 Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.
3 And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. 4 God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness. 5 God called the light “day,” and the darkness he called “night.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the first day.
6 And God said, “Let there be a vault between the waters to separate water from water.” 7 So God made the vault and separated the water under the vault from the water above it. And it was so. 8 God called the vault “sky.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the second day.
9 And God said, “Let the water under the sky be gathered to one place, and let dry ground appear.” And it was so. 10 God called the dry ground “land,” and the gathered waters he called “seas.” And God saw that it was good.
11 Then God said, “Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds.” And it was so. 12 The land produced vegetation: plants bearing seed according to their kinds and trees bearing fruit with seed in it according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good. 13 And there was evening, and there was morning—the third day.
14 And God said, “Let there be lights in the vault of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark sacred times, and days and years, 15 and let them be lights in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth.” And it was so. 16 God made two great lights—the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night. He also made the stars. 17 God set them in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth, 18 to govern the day and the night, and to separate light from darkness. And God saw that it was good. 19 And there was evening, and there was morning—the fourth day.
20 And God said, “Let the water teem with living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the vault of the sky.” 21 So God created the great creatures of the sea and every living thing with which the water teems and that moves about in it, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. 22 God blessed them and said, “Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the water in the seas, and let the birds increase on the earth.” 23 And there was evening, and there was morning—the fifth day.
24 And God said, “Let the land produce living creatures according to their kinds: the livestock, the creatures that move along the ground, and the wild animals, each according to its kind.” And it was so. 25 God made the wild animals according to their kinds, the livestock according to their kinds, and all the creatures that move along the ground according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good.

Everything that God created was used to produce life, to multiple, increase, keep increasing, and replicate itself.  Kind produces after kind.  

- Pastor Jeff Lane

Be Fruitful part 2

August 26, 2020

Hebrews 11:4
New International Version

4 By faith Abel brought God a better offering than Cain did. By faith he was commended as righteous, when God spoke well of his offerings. And by faith Abel still speaks, even though he is dead.

Genesis 4:2-4
New International Version

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,

Kind produces after kind.  Able offered up the best to God and his offering was blessed.  He acted in faith not going by what he could see or knew but by faith.  Cain offered or planted an inferior seed therefore receiving an inferior harvest.  He acted in the flesh.  Able acted out of love but Cain out of selfishness.  

- Pastor Jeff Lane

Be Fruitful part 1

August 25, 2020

Hebrews 11:1-3
New International Version

11 Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. 2 This is what the ancients were commended for.
3 By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.

God spoke and the universe came into being.  Scientists have discovered that the universe in growing and at a speed faster than when it first began.  In the same way when we take things by faith what God speaks through us is ever increasing faith.  Everything God creates continues to create if we submit to God it works in us.  God created us to multiply.

-Pastor Jeff Lane

Resisting Temptation (Part 3)

August 12, 2020

Proverbs 7:6-27

New International Version

6 At the window of my house
   I looked down through the lattice.
7 I saw among the simple,
   I noticed among the young men,
   a youth who had no sense.
8 He was going down the street near her corner,
   walking along in the direction of her house
9 at twilight, as the day was fading,
   as the dark of night set in.

10 Then out came a woman to meet him,
   dressed like a prostitute and with crafty intent.
11 (She is unruly and defiant,
   her feet never stay at home;
12 now in the street, now in the squares,
   at every corner she lurks.)
13 She took hold of him and kissed him
   and with a brazen face she said:

14 “Today I fulfilled my vows,
   and I have food from my fellowship offering at home.
15 So I came out to meet you;
   I looked for you and have found you!
16 I have covered my bed
   with colored linens from Egypt.
17 I have perfumed my bed
   with myrrh, aloes and cinnamon.
18 Come, let’s drink deeply of love till morning;
   let’s enjoy ourselves with love!
19 My husband is not at home;
   he has gone on a long journey.
20 He took his purse filled with money
   and will not be home till full moon.”

21 With persuasive words she led him astray;
   she seduced him with her smooth talk.
22 All at once he followed her
   like an ox going to the slaughter,
like a deer[a] stepping into a noose[b]
23    till an arrow pierces his liver,
like a bird darting into a snare,
   little knowing it will cost him his life.

24 Now then, my sons, listen to me;
   pay attention to what I say.
25 Do not let your heart turn to her ways
   or stray into her paths.
26 Many are the victims she has brought down;
   her slain are a mighty throng.
27 Her house is a highway to the grave,
   leading down to the chambers of death.


Temptation appeals to your senses your flesh not your sense.  She appeals through eyes, ears, nose, touch, and taste.  These are all things God has given us to enjoy life, but satan perverts them. She appeals to your ego, emotions and pride.  People who I have spoken to who went to heaven have always told me that their senses were heighten in heaven but here on earth when used in the wrong way they are weakened.  They lose their sensitivity.  It is called the law of diminishing returns.  Succumbing to temptation it brings a slow death to our bodies.  We need more and more stimulation to reach the same results.  

-Pastor Jeff Lane

Resisting Temptation (Part 2)

August 11, 2020

Proverbs 7:6-27

New International Version

6 At the window of my house
   I looked down through the lattice.
7 I saw among the simple,
   I noticed among the young men,
   a youth who had no sense.
8 He was going down the street near her corner,
   walking along in the direction of her house
9 at twilight, as the day was fading,
   as the dark of night set in.

10 Then out came a woman to meet him,
   dressed like a prostitute and with crafty intent.
11 (She is unruly and defiant,
   her feet never stay at home;
12 now in the street, now in the squares,
   at every corner she lurks.)
13 She took hold of him and kissed him
   and with a brazen face she said:

14 “Today I fulfilled my vows,
   and I have food from my fellowship offering at home.
15 So I came out to meet you;
   I looked for you and have found you!
16 I have covered my bed
   with colored linens from Egypt.
17 I have perfumed my bed
   with myrrh, aloes and cinnamon.
18 Come, let’s drink deeply of love till morning;
   let’s enjoy ourselves with love!
19 My husband is not at home;
   he has gone on a long journey.
20 He took his purse filled with money
   and will not be home till full moon.”

21 With persuasive words she led him astray;
   she seduced him with her smooth talk.
22 All at once he followed her
   like an ox going to the slaughter,
like a deer[a] stepping into a noose[b]
23    till an arrow pierces his liver,
like a bird darting into a snare,
   little knowing it will cost him his life.

24 Now then, my sons, listen to me;
   pay attention to what I say.
25 Do not let your heart turn to her ways
   or stray into her paths.
26 Many are the victims she has brought down;
   her slain are a mighty throng.
27 Her house is a highway to the grave,
   leading down to the chambers of death.


To avoid temptation, understand when you tired, later in the day, or it is growing dark you are weaker and more likely to succumb to temptation.  Stay at home a safe place.  Also do not be alone, but accountable.  Strange how temptation comes out at night more than ever.  Temptation knows when you are the most vulnerable.  She knows when the fish are biting.  

Pastor Jeff Lane

Resisting Temptation (Part 1)

August 11, 2020

Proverbs 7:6-27


New International Version


6 At the window of my house
   I looked down through the lattice.
7 I saw among the simple,
   I noticed among the young men,
   a youth who had no sense.
8 He was going down the street near her corner,
   walking along in the direction of her house
9 at twilight, as the day was fading,
   as the dark of night set in.
10 Then out came a woman to meet him,
   dressed like a prostitute and with crafty intent.
11 (She is unruly and defiant,
   her feet never stay at home;
12 now in the street, now in the squares,
   at every corner she lurks.)
13 She took hold of him and kissed him
   and with a brazen face she said:
14 “Today I fulfilled my vows,
   and I have food from my fellowship offering at home.
15 So I came out to meet you;
   I looked for you and have found you!
16 I have covered my bed
   with colored linens from Egypt.
17 I have perfumed my bed
   with myrrh, aloes and cinnamon.
18 Come, let’s drink deeply of love till morning;
   let’s enjoy ourselves with love!
19 My husband is not at home;
   he has gone on a long journey.
20 He took his purse filled with money
   and will not be home till full moon.”
21 With persuasive words she led him astray;
   she seduced him with her smooth talk.
22 All at once he followed her
   like an ox going to the slaughter,
like a deer[a] stepping into a noose[b]
23    till an arrow pierces his liver,
like a bird darting into a snare,
   little knowing it will cost him his life.
24 Now then, my sons, listen to me;
   pay attention to what I say.
25 Do not let your heart turn to her ways
   or stray into her paths.
26 Many are the victims she has brought down;
   her slain are a mighty throng.
27 Her house is a highway to the grave,
   leading down to the chambers of death.

Resisting temptation does not go near the corner of temptation.  Avoid that part of town or your computer, magazines, person of interest, being alone with temptation.  Change your direction.  If temptation is east, go west.  Do not say to yourself I can handle it.  Your pride will be your downfall.


Pastor Jeff Lane

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