A Nugget from New Life Network

(excerpts from Chris Musgrove of Future Now)

Scripture for the Day (June 21, 2017)

​​Acts 10:38 says, “How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.”

One of the most controversial doctrines of the Christian church involves healing. Most Christians believe that God can heal, and did heal, but the doubt comes in when you start discussing the current healing practices of the Church. Some believe God can still heal but they don’t lay hands on the sick or anoint the sick with oil as the Bible instructs. You will never hear a sermon on healing in most churches even though we know that faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the Word of God. It’s almost like we have delegated all those type actions to our doctors and hospitals. Now, don’t get me wrong. I thank God for our physicians and hospital personnel but they don’t know everything.

Let’s take a look at just one Biblical example of healing.

Luke 13:10-17: Now He was teaching in one of the synagogues on the Sabbath. And behold, there was a woman who had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years, and was bent over and could in no way raise herself up. But when Jesus saw her, He called her to Him and said to her, “Woman, you are loosed from your infirmity.” And He laid His hands on her, and immediately she was made straight, and glorified God. But the ruler of the synagogue answered with indignation, because Jesus had healed on the Sabbath; and he said to the crowd, “There are six days on which men ought to work; therefore come and be healed on them, and not on the Sabbath day.” The Lord then answered him and said, “Hypocrite! Does not each one of you on the Sabbath loose his ox or donkey from the stall, and lead it away to water it? So ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan has bound—think of it—for eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the Sabbath?” And when He said these things, all His adversaries were put to shame; and all the multitude rejoiced for all the glorious things that were done by Him.

This woman was bound by Satan with a spirit of infirmity for eighteen long years and Jesus laid His hands on her and healed her. Now you know every person in that community knew that woman. I’m sure they had watched her suffer for eighteen long years. So you would think people would have been rejoicing instead of complaining about her getting healed on the Sabbath.

According to Acts 10:38 God was with Jesus when he healed that woman. God who created the Sabbath was okay with her healing and wanted this woman healed. But the religious people felt that it was more important to obey their law than for this woman to be loosed on the Sabbath. Luke 13:16 in the New Living Translation says, “Isn’t it right that she be released, even on the Sabbath?”

As a daughter of Abraham she had a covenant right to be healed. Well, because of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ we have all become children of God. She was under the Old Covenant, but we are under the New Covenant. Hebrews 8:6 says, “But now He has obtained a more excellent ministry, inasmuch as He is also Mediator of a better covenant, which was established on better promises.”

How much more does God want to see us healed and released?

 


A Nugget from New Life Network

Scripture for the Day (June 20, 2017)​​

But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a consecrated nation, a [special] people for God’s own possession, so that you may proclaim the excellencies [the wonderful deeds and virtues and perfections] of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light. (1 Peter 2:9)

I think we need to be reminded periodically of who we really are in Christ Jesus. There is just so much negative stuff out there that constantly wants to brand believers with all kinds of nasty names. We are what the Word of God says we are, not what anybody else says we are, and you need to always remember that.

The following are just a few reminders from the Word of God that defines who we are as believers:

I am a child of God.

But to all who have received –those who believe in his name–he has given the right to become God’s children … (John 1:12).

I am a new creature in Christ.

So then, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; what is old has passed away–look, what is new has come….. (2 Corinthians 5:17)!

I was formerly darkness, but now I am light in the Lord.…

For you were at one time darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of the light (Ephesians 5:8).

I am a friend of Jesus.

I no longer call you slaves, because the slave does not understand what his master is doing. But I have called you friends, because I have revealed to you everything I heard from my Father (John 15:15).

As a child of God, I am a fellow heir with Christ.

And if children, then heirs (namely, heirs of God and also fellow heirs with Christ)–if indeed we suffer with him so we may also be glorified with him (Romans 8:17).

God supplies all my needs.

And my God will supply your every need according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:19).

The peace of God guards my heart and mind.

And the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:7).

One of the best chapters in the Bible to read about who we are is Romans 8. Take time to read and meditate on the words of that chapter that describe us as “more than conquerors”. Regardless of what we go through in this crazy life, nothing (no thing) can separate us from the Love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Take the time to remind yourself who you are and also take the time to remind Satan who you are when he tries to brand you with all his negative stuff.

 


A Nugget from New Life Network

Scripture for the Day (June 19, 2017)​​

He must increase, but I must decrease. (John 3:30)

We were invited Sunday by Dr. Davis Kinney to teach his Sunday School class at Porterfield Methodist Church in Albany, GA. That was a great honor for us and we had a great time with that group of hometown folks. As we were preparing for that teaching I heard a song by the group “Mercy Me” entitled “Word of God Speak”.

I am at a place in my life where recognition and the acceptance of man are no longer important to me. What is important is that the Word of God speaks, and not Ed or Cheryl Henderson. I have to be honest, I have not always been completely there. But, I think this is a key to seeing people’s lives changed. The power resides in the Word of God and we need to let it speak.

The following is a link to the music video. We pray that this song blesses you like it blessed us:

Word of God Speak (lyrics sung by Mercy Me)

I’m finding myself at a loss for words

And the funny thing is it’s okay

The last thing I need is to be heard

But to hear what You would say

Word of God speak

Would you pour down like rain

Washing my eyes to see

Your majesty

To be still and know

That you’re in this place

Please let me stay and rest

In your holiness

Word of God speak

I’m finding myself in the midst of You

Beyond the music, beyond the noise

All that I need is to be with You

And in the quiet hear Your voice

I’m finding myself at a loss for words

And the funny thing is it’s okay

I’m finding myself at a loss for words

And the funny thing is it’s okay

(Songwriters: BART MILLARD, PETE KIPLEY, PETER C. KIPLEY © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.)

 

 


A Nugget from New Life Network

(by Chris Musgrove of Future Now)

Scripture for the Day (June 16, 2017)​​

John 16:13 says,” However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.”

Some people, when they need direction or guidance, seek it through fortune tellers, fortune cookies, the horoscope or even the stars. But here in John 16:13 it says the Spirit of truth will guide you into all truth. Proverbs 3:5-6 says, “Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.” Direction comes from trusting and delighting in the Lord with all your heart, and in all your ways.

Psalm 37:23 says, “The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD, And He delights in his way.” As I was pondering this verse one day I heard this. If the steps of a righteous or good man are ordered of the Lord, then the steps of an unrighteous or bad man aren’t. The New International Version says, “The LORD makes firm the steps of the one who delights in him.”

James 1:5 says, “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.” God’s Word Translation says, “If any of you needs wisdom to know what you should do, you should ask God, and he will give it to you. God is generous to everyone and doesn’t find fault with them.”

Proverbs 1:7 says, “The fear of God is the beginning of wisdom“. Psalms 119:96-100 in the Living Bible says, “Nothing is perfect except your words. Oh, how I think about them all day long. They make me wiser than my enemies, because they are my constant guide. They make me even wiser than the aged.”

You are being led by the Spirit, and you are trusting the Lord, when you look to His Word. It is the truth, and it is the light, that will guide you and make you wise. Remember, the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Truth.

 


A Nugget from New Life Network

Scripture for the Day (June 15, 2017)​​

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. (James 3:5, NIV)

We have covered this subject on multiple occasions but it seems that with every passing day the rhetoric in our country gets worse and worse. There appears to be nothing sacred or off base anymore. Comedians, talk show hosts, political leaders and Broadway shows (just to name a few) have no ethical boundaries. It’s no wonder we woke up this morning to the shooting of Congressmen at a ball field. You cannot keep spewing out this venom and not expect it to result in tragedy. Words really do matter!!!

Consider the following scriptures about our words and actions:

Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it and indulge it will eat its fruit and bear the consequences of their words. (Proverbs 18:21, Amplified Bible)

A soft and gentle and thoughtful answer turns away wrath, But harsh and painful and careless words stir up anger. (Proverbs 15:1, Amplified Bible)

Knowledge flows like spring water from the wise; fools are leaky faucets, dripping nonsense. (Proverbs 15:2, The Message Bible)

The one who has knowledge uses words with restraint, and whoever has understanding is even-tempered. (Proverbs 17:27, NIV)

For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned. (Matthew 12:37)

But now rid yourselves [completely] of all these things: anger, rage, malice, slander, and obscene (abusive, filthy, vulgar) language from your mouth. (Colossians 3:8, Amplified Bible)

Behold, we put bits in the horses’ mouths, that they may obey us; and we turn about their whole body. Behold also the ships, which though they be so great, and are driven of fierce winds, yet are they turned about with a very small helm, whithersoever the governor listeth. Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth! And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell. (James 3:3-6)

Words really do matter!!!

 


A Nugget from New Life Network

(excerpts from Bob Gass Ministries)

Scripture for the Day (June 14, 2017)​​​​​​​

For I know the plans and thoughts that I have for you,’ says the Lord, ‘plans for peace and well-being and not for disaster to give you a future and a hope. (Jeremiah 29:11, Amplified Bible)

​​​​​​​The people of Israel ended up living as slaves in Babylon because they disobeyed God and decided to do their own thing. And they paid a high price for it. They lost their homes, their jobs, their freedom, and their self-respect. Has that ever happened to you? Well, there’s good news. God says:

The plans I have for you…are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. In those days when you pray, I will listen. If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me…I will end your captivity and restore your fortunes” (Jeremiah 29:11-14, NLT).

That means God still has a plan for your life. And if you seek Him “wholeheartedly,” He will reveal it to you. You ask, “How do you know God still has a plan for me?” Because you’re still breathing! He has a plan for every single person He ever created, and it never goes out of date. Unlike the milk in your supermarket that has an expiration date after which it can’t be used, God’s plans don’t have expiration dates.

For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable [for He does not withdraw what He has given, nor does He change His mind about those to whom He gives His grace or to whom He sends His call]. (Romans 11:29)

Our God is not one that gives and then takes away. There is a Christian song that was recently on the radio that included the lyrics that “God giveth and God taketh away”. My wife immediately turned it off and said that is not my God. Now you may say, but I remember that scripture in the Bible. Yes, it’s in Job and there is more bad theology that comes out of Job than probably any other book in the Bible. If you read Job carefully you will find out that Satan was the one that was taking things away and not God. You will also find at the end of the book Job and his friends all had to repent for saying things about God that were not true.

Even if you’ve gone astray and missed God’s plan for years, that plan can still swing into operation the moment you turn your life over to Him and fall in line with His will. Now the plan may be somewhat modified from what it would have been twenty years ago if you’d paid attention, but that doesn’t stop God. He can adapt to fit anything that comes up in any life that’s ever lived, including yours.

Just remember, Moses and Abraham were both on up there in years when God used them in miraculous ways. It’s not over yet, regardless of how old you are. God has a plan!

 


A Nugget from New Life Network

Scripture for the Day (June 13, 2017)​​​​​​​

But now, O Lord, thou art our father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we all are the work of thy hand. (Isaiah 64:8)

Father’s Day is coming up soon on Sunday, June 18. It is very important that we recognize and celebrate our natural fathers. However, it is even more important to recognize and celebrate God, our Spiritual Father. It seems that all too often we tend to project the actions of our earthly fathers onto our Heavenly Father which is a big mistake. That kind of thinking can adversely affect our lives for years until we recognize that the actions of our natural fathers do not necessarily reflect the heart of our Heavenly Father. We also need to be aware that there are two spiritual fathers that we need to understand and deal with.

In John 8 we see a lengthy discussion between Jesus and the Pharisees that were constantly trying to delegitimize Jesus and question his authority. The following is a brief response from Jesus:

Jesus said unto them, If God were your Father, ye would love me: for I proceeded forth and came from God; neither came I of myself, but he sent me. Why do ye not understand my speech? even because ye cannot hear my word. Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketah a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it. And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not. (John 8:42-45)

It is very important for us to know the differences between these two fathers (God and the Devil). I hope the following list of character comparisons will assist you in identifying those differences:

1. Life vs. death (John 3:16)

2. Giver vs. taking (thief) (John 10:10)

3. Light vs. darkness (John 8:12, Psalm 119:05)

4. Forgiving vs. accusing (Psalm 103:12, Rev. 12:10)

5. Truth vs. lies (John 14:6)

6. Building up (edifier) vs. tearing down (destruction) (2 Corinthians 10:8)

7. Faith vs. fear (2 Timothy 1:7)

We live in a time where the advances in social media have made it easier and easier to promote outright lies and distortions of the truth. That is why being able to discern the Spirit behind these things becomes more and more critical. Do they promote life or death? Do they create harmony or confusion? Do they bring about unity or discord? Do they honor or dishonor? Do they edify or destroy? Do they create fear or faith? You are the one that has to answer these crucial questions.

Just remember this. The Bible tells us that the deception will be so strong in the end-times that even the elect could be led astray. However, if you know God, know His Word, and know His heart, you will not be led astray!

 


A Nugget from New Life Network

(by Dr. Larry Ollison)

Scripture for the Day (June 12, 2017)

For God did not give us a spirit of timidity or cowardice or fear, but [He has given us a spirit] of power and of love and of sound judgment and personal discipline [abilities that result in a calm, well-balanced mind and self-control]. (2 Timothy 1:7)

Fear is negative. Faith is positive. Fear is associated with hate, greed, stress, worrying, sadness, depression, and so on. Faith is associated with love, generosity, peace, power, rest and relaxation (not laziness), joy, and laughter.

Jehovah God is a God of faith and it takes faith to please Him (Hebrews 11:6). Satan is the author of fear and uses fear in an attempt to destroy faith. Everything that pleases God, Satan hates – and faith pleases God.

In order to remove fear, we must develop faith. Here are five basic steps to completely remove fear from your life.

1) Listen to the Word of God and quit listening to the words of the devil: “But whoever listens to me will dwell safely, and will be secure, without fear of evil” (Proverbs 1:33).

2) Speak the Word of God and quit speaking the words of the devil: “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit” (Proverbs 18:21).

3) Believe the Word of God and quit believing the words of the devil: “Jesus said to him, ‘If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes’” (Mark 9:23).

4) Act on the Word of God and quit acting on the words of the devil: “For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also” (James 2:26).

5) Let all your speech and actions be motivated by love and reject all pride and hate from your life: “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love” (1 John 4:18).

I understand that a man-made formula to remove fear may not be the answer; but when the above steps become a lifestyle, then faith will grow and faith and love always removes fear.

 


A Nugget from New Life Network

(by Chris Musgrove of Future Now)

Scripture for the Day (June 9, 2017)

John 15:7 says, ”If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.”

Jesus is speaking about prayer in John 15:7. If he had only said, “If you abide in me you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you”, every Christian would have it made. That’s because the minute you become a child of God you are abiding in Christ. But Jesus added “…and My words abide in you“. To be effective in prayer we must be in Christ and His Word must abide (be present, dwell) in us.

I like to ask people what scripture they are standing on anytime they request prayer. I heard a preacher say once that in his services, when people came down to the altar for prayer, he would ask them what scripture they were standing on. He said that eight out of ten times (and he kept a record of it for years) they looked at him with a blank expression and said, “Well, none in particular.” He told them, “That’s what you’ll get then (nothing in particular) because you have no foundation for faith. Faith is based on what God said.”

Isaiah 43:25-26 says, “I, even I, am he that blotteth out thy transgressions for mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins. Put me in remembrance: let us plead together: declare thou, that thou mayest be justified.”

God through the prophet Isaiah is saying, “I will blot out your transgressions and I will not remember your sins.” Then in verse 26 He is saying, ”Put me in remembrance” or in other words, “remind me”. We are to remind Him of all His promises in the Word of God that have to do with whatever we are praying about.

Jeremiah 1:12 says, “Then said the LORD unto me, Thou hast well seen: for I will hasten my word to perform it.”

The New American Standard Bible says, “Then the LORD said to me, “You have seen well, for I am watching over My word to perform it.”

We must give God something to watch over. God’s Word is God’s will and if it is abiding, dwelling, and has become an active part of our lives, then we can ask confidently. I John 5:14-15 says, “Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.”

Thank God for His Word that can abide in us!

 


A Nugget from New Life Network

​​​​​​​(by Tim McKitrick of World Ministry Fellowship)

Scripture for the Day (June 8, 2017)

It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness. The Lord is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him. (Lamentations 3:2-24)

Expectations are powerful things. They affect how we think, how we act, and how we interact with the world around us. Expectations affect every aspect of our lives, and flow naturally from what we believe about our current reality. These beliefs come from what we have come to understand about how things work, and are greatly influenced by our past experiences.

Sometimes, when presented with new information, our expectations change. The first time I ever experienced the manifest presence of God it changed me forever. That experience presented me with new information, greatly adjusted my perception of God’s reality, and my expectations changed accordingly.When talking about Biblical or spiritual issues, it is important to be open to new information – a fresh revelation of what God intends for us to receive through Christ. Just because we have not experienced something, does not mean it is not available to us.

Listen to the heart of the Apostle Paul in Ephesians 1:17-19 (Amplified Bible).

[I always pray] that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may grant you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation [that gives you a deep and personal and intimate insight] into the true knowledge of Him [for we know the Father through the Son]. And [I pray] that the eyes of your heart [the very center and core of your being] may be enlightened [flooded with light by the Holy Spirit], so that you will know and cherish the hope [the divine guarantee, the confident expectation] to which He has called you, the riches of His glorious inheritance in the saints (God’s people), and [so that you will begin to know] what the immeasurable and unlimited and surpassing greatness of His [active, spiritual] power is in us who believe. These are in accordance with the working of His mighty strength.

What is your hope? What are you expecting from God’s incomparably great power today? Personally, I am looking to God for fresh revelation, newly updated information about what God would like to do in our midst – fresh bread from God’s bountiful table made just for us.

Let us all inspect our expectations. I want to make sure I am ready to hear and receive from God daily because His compassion and mercies are new every morning. When we spend time with God in prayer, or reading His Word, or when we go to church, what are we expecting? We should be expecting to hear God! We should be expecting to see a move of God! We should be expecting to see people saved, healed and delivered!

Are you expecting???