A Nugget from New Life Network

Scripture for the Day (August 21, 2017)

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. (1 Corinthians 13:4-8, NIV)

Let me ask you a question. If you were a betting person and had to bet on whether the United States was on the brink of revival or ruin, which way would you bet? If you had to bet on civil war or unity, which way would you bet? If you had to bet on global nuclear war or global peace, which way would you bet?

If you listen to the news media and all the educated talking heads you would put your bet on ruin, civil war and global nuclear war. But thanks be to God we don’t have to put our trust in them! Thank God we have a secret weapon that most of these talking heads know nothing about and have never met. His ways are higher than their ways and His love and concern for His people is far above anything they can even imagine.

There is no question that if you look at things in the natural, you could get concerned. However, we walk by faith and not by sight. We have not been given a spirit of fear but of power, love, and a sound mind. Whatever ditches and traps that are laid for us and our leaders will turn out to be ditches that the ditch diggers and trap builders fall into themselves. The snares that are laid will snare the very ones that are laying the snares (Psalms 7:15-16; 9:15-16; 10:2).

Do you not know that it is darkest just before the dawn? Do you not know that where sin abounds, grace does much more abound? Do you not know that the enemy was partying down when Jesus was crucified on the cross? The enemy thought he had won, but Sunday was coming!!! What looked like a victory for our enemy turned into a humiliating and eternal defeat.

This nation was built on the Word of God! Have we done everything right? No, but who has? We have all sinned and come short of the glory of the Lord. Judging our ancestors is a very slippery slope. There is no one that can produce an ancestral lineage free of sin, not even Jesus. Some of the greatest men and women of the Bible were murderers and harlots. We all need to be careful about judging other people and other generations because that judgment will turn around and bite us.

We would all be better off to take heed to the wisdom supplied by our Creator and some of our own leaders of the past:

Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets. (Matthew 22:37-40)

Judge not, that ye be not judged. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. (Matthew 7:1-2)

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” (Martin Luther King, Jr.)

It’s not too late people of God! Pray for revival! Pray for our nation! Pray for our elected leaders! Don’t get distracted! Just do the Word! God will hear our cries and He will heal our land!!!

 


A Nugget from New Life Network

Scripture for the Day (August 18, 2017)

Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest. (John 4:35)

Everything we are hearing from the Holy Spirit, from the Word of God, and from other ministers of the Gospel is that it’s time for the Church of Jesus Christ to wake up and stand up. It is time to GO into the highways and byways. It is time to carry water to the dry and barren places. It is time for revival and a new awakening. It is harvest time and the fields are white for harvest but the laborers are few.

We are living in a time where darkness and gross darkness covers the earth. Christians are getting their heads cut off in foreign lands due to their belief in Jesus. Our own society is being torn apart by hatred and violence. The respect for authority and the rule of law is deteriorating in front of very our own eyes.

What’s the answer? The answer is JESUS! We have the answer, but we have for the most part succumbed to fear and have been silenced by the enemy. One of our top Generals recently reported that we were losing the battle in Afghanistan. Well, guess what. We are also losing a bigger battle than that. We are losing the battle for the heart and soul of the United States of America.

My wife and I have committed ourselves and this ministry to encouraging the Church of Jesus Christ to wake up. It only takes a small spark to start a fire. We believe that we are on the verge of a great revival. It is time to pray and repent for this nation as Nehemiah did for his nation.

Let thine ear now be attentive, and thine eyes open, that thou mayest hear the prayer of thy servant, which I pray before thee now, day and night, for the children of Israel thy servants, and confess the sins of the children of Israel, which we have sinned against thee: both I and my father’s house have sinned. (Nehemiah 1:6)

If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. (2 Chronicles 7:14)

Where sin abounds, grace and mercy does much more abound. I don’t recall a time when God has spoken to us so plainly and put so much Word in us. We are full to the brim with His fire and glory. It is not a question anymore on whether or not we pour it out. The only question is where and when.

We recently mailed ministry packets to many churches in our general area introducing ourselves. Most of our ministry has been in other states so they don’t know us. We just know we cannot keep all that God has given us bottled up inside. We have to GO and give out! It’s like a fire shut up in our bones and we will give it out somewhere. You need to do the same thing. It may not be preaching to a church. It may be a neighbor, a friend, a business acquaintance, a stranger on the street or in the grocery store. We have this treasure in earthen vessels for one reason and that reason is to give it away.

It’s time to GO Church! Today is the day of salvation! Now is the time! Your country, and the lost souls that are out there searching for an answer are calling you. If you are a born-again believer you have been equipped to enter the battle. You have been drafted by God into His Army of Believers. Just remember, love never fails. Sticks and stones are not the answer. Jesus is the answer. He is the way, the truth and the life. We just have a lot of people out there that don’t know Him. That’s our job. That’s our battle, and at the present time we are losing that battle. It is time to WAKE UP, STAND UP, and GO!!!!!!!

 


A Nugget from New Life Network

Scripture for the Day (August 17, 2017)

Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee. For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the Lord shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee. (Isaiah 60:1-2)

If you haven’t noticed lately, the world is in a mess! Hate and violence are rampant. Wonder where that comes from? People are running to and fro and they are mad about everything. Even the most intelligent can’t agree on an answer.

Guess what, we have the answer! The answer is contained in us. It is in earthen vessels. The answer is Jesus!

For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us. (2 Corinthians 4:6-7)

There are things happening in the spiritual that are going unnoticed by the world. God is on the move in the midst of all the chaos. The following link is just one example of a recent meeting held by Marilyn Hickey in Pakistan where over one million Muslims attended. That’s right, over one million Muslims!!

http://www1.cbn.com/cbnnews/cwn/2017/august/why-a-million-muslims-filled-the-streets-to-hear-about-jesus-right-in-the-heart-of-radical-islam

Marilyn Hickey is an 85 year old Bible teaching grandmother from Denver, CO and the Muslims in Pakistan call her “Mom” and the “Mother of Pakistan”. Talk about God’s favor!!!

But where sin increased, grace increased all the more, (Romans 5:20, NIV)

There is an increasing hunger and thirst out there for God but Satan is trying his best to keep it under wraps with his displays of hate and violence! We need to ask ourselves, what are we doing to shine?

Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life. (John 8:12)

Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. (Matthew 5:14-16)

Do all things without murmurings and disputings: That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world; Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither laboured in vain. (Philippians 2:14-16)

It’s time to shine!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 


A Nugget from New Life Network

(by Dr. Larry Ollison)

Scripture for the Day (August 16, 2017)

For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. (2 Timothy 1:7)

I would like to ask you a question. What motivates you – fear or faith?

There are two groups of people in the church today. Those who are accomplishing what God has for them to do and those who are not. Sadly, this ministry receives mail regularly from people who are distressed because they don’t feel they have accomplished the calling God has placed on their lives. Well, I have this answer. Just do it! If God has actually told you to do something, then just do it!

It sounds simple doesn’t it? Just do what God said to do, and all the guilt and self-imposed condemnation will go away. All we have to do to be set free is just listen to God’s Word, see what He has for us to do, and just do it!

Once I counseled with a man who felt God had called him to be a teacher in the church. For years he had done nothing and had even avoided any situation that might bring up an opportunity to teach. He had natural abilities and really loved Jesus, but he had a fear of teaching. He was so afraid to teach that every time he even thought he would be asked, he would break out into a sweat. He let this fear keep him from doing what God wanted him to do.

What’s the answer for someone like this? It’s simple. Just do it in the face of fear. Fear is not an entity that is bigger and stronger than the Holy Spirit in you. Even if you have to stand up in the face of fear and tell the fear that you and the Spirit of God inside of you are in charge, do it. Tell fear to get out of your way. You will see what looked like an impenetrable wall crumble right before you and you’ll be able to just step through the rubble into the place God told you to go.

Fear is not of God. The only reason you would be fearful of doing something that God wants you to do is because Satan doesn’t want you doing God’s will. Fear is not a natural response for the Christian. Satan is the master of creating fear. He knows that fear is a spirit that stops the work of God in the lives of many Christians. He knows he cannot stop God, but he attempts to stop God’s work through believers any way he can. His greatest weapon is fear. When God calls a Christian to do a work for Him, Satan immediately uses fear to try to stop it.

If God has called you to do something for Him, don’t let fear stop you. Don’t try to figure everything out. Don’t fear what people may say or what your friends may think. Don’t worry about finances or fret about what you see. Just remember when God gives you a task to do, He also provides the tools to accomplish it.

God does not want us being held back because of fear. He wants us to do what He has called us to do. You may say, “I’m sorry, I just can’t seem to get rid of the fear of failure.” Well, let me say this once again. If you know God has given you something to do and it burns deep in your heart and you know this beyond any doubt, then just do it in the face of fear. Where did we ever get this idea that we can’t do something if we are in fear? From Satan! Do what God wants you to do in spite of fear. Fear is just an illusion! Act in faith and fear will leave.

Remember what the apostle Paul said in 2 Timothy 1:7, “God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound
mind.”

Faith is of God. Fear is of Satan. Walk in faith.” Just Do It Afraid!!!

 


A Nugget from New Life Network

Scripture for the Day (August 15, 2017)

Then he said unto them, Go your way, eat the fat, and drink the sweet, and send portions unto them for whom nothing is prepared: for this day is holy unto our Lord: neither be ye sorry; for the joy of the Lord is your strength. (Nehemiah 8:10)

As we look back on the steps my wife and I have taken since dedicating our lives to the Lord we can clearly see major turning points on our journey. One such turning point was when I ministered in a county jail in Mississippi. I had a friend in Memphis that went into jails and prisons on a regular basis and he asked me one day if I wanted to go. I said sure, not knowing what to expect.

When we arrived at this particular county jail in North Mississippi they immediately searched us and took us behind a big steel door that the guard slammed and locked behind us. In my mind, I thought we were probably going to be both led to a chapel so we could preach to the men while the guards protected us. Well, that didn’t happen.

What they did was separate my friend and me and put us in separate bullpens (no chapel). The bullpen they put me in consisted of one big room with bunk beds stacked around each wall three bunks high. This bullpen had about 20-30 inmates. The jailer escorted me into the bullpen and said, “have at it”, locked me in the room with 20-30 inmates, and turned around and left. It was just me, the Lord and the inmates.

This is where you get to find out if you really know God or you’re just playing a religious game. Prisoners can recognize a phony in about two seconds. I am happy to tell you that I survived and the men were ministered to. It might not have been eloquent, but it was really real.

When I left that county jail that day something happened to me that is very hard to explain. When I walked outside and looked up into the open sky I literally felt God smile. This is one of those things that you have to experience to understand because I never recall (at that point in my walk with the Lord) reading anything in my Bible about God smiling, but the following scripture took on a whole new meaning after that experience:

for the joy of the Lord is your strength” (Nehemiah 8:10)

This is one of those scriptures that we usually read very selfishly and thus miss a much deeper meaning. We usually interpret this scripture to mean that we are the ones that are joyous and not the Lord. Believe me, when God smiles at you, His joy will infuse you with strength. This is why it is so important to do the Word because when you do the Word the scriptures come alive and take on unselfish meanings we would have never thought about. It will change how you relate to, and how you love God.

“Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fullness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore”. (Psalm 16:11)

“May the Lord smile on you and be gracious to you”. (Numbers 6:25 (NLT))

“Let your face smile on me with favor. Teach me your orders”. (Psalm 119:135 (NIRV))

“Warm me, your servant with a smile: save me because you love me”. (Psalm 31:16 (MSG))

We went on after that first jail visit to minister in many jails and prisons in several different states. God taught us so much while we ministered to the men and women that were incarcerated. As you and I are willing to go, God will reveal things to us in His Word that you never would have even thought about.

 


A Nugget from New Life Network

Scripture for the Day (August 14, 2017)

And an highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be called The way of holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it; but it shall be for those: the wayfaring men, though fools, shall not err therein. (Isaiah 35:8)

Did you know that there is a Highway of Holiness that you and I can be travelling on? This is a spiritual highway, not a natural highway. This is a raised way, or a High-way, because God said:

For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. (Isaiah 55:9)

You can’t just stumble onto this High-way by mistake. Only certain people can travel on this High-way. The redeemed of the Lord can travel this way. The rescued of the Lord can travel this way. But the unclean cannot travel there and evil and demonic forces are not allowed on this particular road.

No lion shall be there, nor any ravenous beast shall go up thereon, it shall not be found there; but the redeemed shall walk there: (Isaiah 35:9)

This road is reserved for the wayfarers (the ones walking in the way) that take water to the dry and barren places. This road is reserved for those that are speaking hope and healing to those that are lame and lost.

Strengthen ye the weak hands, and confirm the feeble (weak/trembling/tottering) knees. Say to them that are of a fearful heart, Be strong, fear not: behold, your God will come with vengeance (passion), even God with a recompence (reward); he will come and save (free/deliver/rescue) you. Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped. Then shall the lame man leap as an hart, and the tongue of the dumb sing: for in the wilderness shall waters break out, and streams in the desert. And the parched ground shall become a pool, and the thirsty land springs of water: in the habitation of dragons, where each lay, shall be grass with reeds and rushes. (Isaiah 35:3-7)

And the ransomed of the Lord shall return, and come to Zion with songs and everlasting joy upon their heads: they shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away. (Isaiah 35:10)

We are not talking about the natural Zion here. We are talking about the spiritual City of God (Psalm 87:1-3).

For ye are not come unto the mount that might be touched, and that burned with fire, nor unto blackness, and darkness, and tempest, And the sound of a trumpet, and the voice of words; which voice they that heard intreated that the word should not be spoken to them any more: (For they could not endure that which was commanded, And if so much as a beast touch the mountain, it shall be stoned, or thrust through with a dart: And so terrible was the sight, that Moses said, I exceedingly fear and quake:) But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels, To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect, And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel. (Hebrews 12:18-24)

What highway are you on???

 


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(by the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association)

Scripture for the Day (August 11, 2017)

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. (John 3:16-17)

We watched this special on TBN Network today and it was so powerful that we wanted to put it out to all our readers. Please take the time to watch this special video presentation with Franklin Graham. You will be blessed!!!

https://billygraham.org/video/value-of-a-soul/

The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. (2 Peter 3:9)

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.
(Jeremiah 29:11)

But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach; That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. (Romans 10:8-12)

 


A Nugget from New Life Network

(by Dr. Larry Ollison)

Scripture for the Day (August 10, 2017)

These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world. (John 16:33)

A few years ago, I wanted to watch a Kansas City Royals baseball game on television. I am not a big sports fan, but I have always loved baseball. Growing up in the suburbs of Kansas City, I naturally am a Royals fan.

The game I wanted to watch was on during the day. That particular day I had several meetings, so I came up with a good idea. I would set my DVD recorder and watch it later. I would not let anyone tell me about the game – especially the score. Even though the game was over and the outcome had already been decided, to me it would seem like I was watching it as it was actually happening.

Well, even the best plans sometimes fail. While I was on my way home to see the game, I turned on the radio. An easy listening station was on and I felt safe that they would not say anything about the ball game. I was wrong. The announcer evidently was a baseball fan also, and he couldn’t wait to tell about the unusual game that had taken place that day. The Royals were behind by six runs in the bottom of the ninth and came back after two men were out to win the game.

When I got home, I decided to watch the game anyway. As soon as I sat down, the doorbell rang. I left the DVD playing and answered the door. It was a friend, so I invited him in. He asked what I was doing and I told him I had just started watching a ball game. He got excited and sat down to watch it with me. He didn’t know the game we were watching was recorded. He thought it was live.

The Royals were playing poorly. Every inning they got further behind. My friend became depressed. He asked me how I could sit so calmly and enjoy this game. He almost left before the end of the game, but when the game was over, he was very happy and excited at how it had turned out. Then I told him it was a recording of a game played earlier that day.

It was at that point God spoke to my heart with a great truth. I was calm during the game because I knew beyond any shadow of doubt the Royals were going to win. As Christians, we know how things will turn out because God has told us in His Word. In the end, we win. The outcome has already been decided. It was easy to have faith in the Royals when I knew they were going to win on the DVD because they had already played the game and won.

It should be the same way with us as Christians. Jesus has already fought the fight and won. If we can grasp that truth and act on it in faith, we can live a stress-free, worry-free life. It is easy to have faith when we know and actually believe the truth.

The truth is this. Satan has been defeated. Jesus has already paid the price for our salvation and healing. The game is over and He (Jesus) has won. As Christians, we are the body of Christ and He is the head. We are a part of the winning team. The victory is ours.

When we know that the game is won, it doesn’t matter how things look in the second, the eighth, or even in the bottom of the ninth inning with two outs. The truth is Jesus has won, and as Christians, we are on the winning side. That truth is a faith building truth.

 


A Nugget from New Life Network

(by Dr. Larry Ollison)

Scripture for the Day (August 9, 2017)

I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live: (Deuteronomy 30:19)

I recently watched a documentary about a nationally known serial killer. This man had systematically planned the rape, torture, and death of many women. In fact, they believe there are still many unresolved murders that he committed. In this documentary, the investigators probed into his life as a young boy in order to discover and try to bring some understanding as to why this good-looking, intelligent adult man had committed so many heinous crimes. Here is what they found.

As a young boy, this mass murderer had experienced much abuse. He had been locked in closets, had food withheld, and was systematically beaten for a period of years. By the time he had become old enough to live on his own, he had experienced horrors that would be unimaginable to most people. After his capture, he was put on trial for these murders, convicted, and later executed. But now in retrospect, the investigative reporters were asking this question. What drove this man to do these horrible crimes?

The more layers of his life they rolled back, the more reasons they found for his acts. But regardless of how many reasons they discovered, when it came time for his trial, the judge and jury decided that the reasons did not equal an excuse. He was not excused from the punishment because of the reasons.

There are reasons why people do what they do, but reasons do not give you an excuse. A person may say hurtful things and the reason may be that they don’t feel well. A person may speed through a school zone because they are late for work. Someone may steal money because they have a past due bill. Someone may steal food because they are hungry. All of these are reasons why people do something unlawful, but the reasons do not excuse them from the penalty if they are caught.

Some use reasons as an attempt to excuse a lack of moral standards. A man may have an adulterous affair because he feels his wife doesn’t fulfill his needs. The reason he became an adulterer does not give him an excuse to commit adultery. God’s Word does not say, “Thou shalt not commit adultery unless you have a reason.”

In the documentary, some of the people interviewed had the tendency to blame the parents and relatives of the serial killer for all of the crimes. But in the end, the family was never brought to trial. Although they contributed to the background of events, the serial killer stood alone before the judge with a handful of reasons, but no excuse, and he paid the ultimate price for his actions.

In today’s society, it has become politically correct and acceptable to blame someone else or to not be accountable for their own actions. This is called victim mentality. People blame banks because they are in debt when in reality they did a victory dance on the day they got the loan. They blame the government because they don’t have a job. They blame their parents because they don’t have an education and they blame their friends because they don’t have a life.

I know of two brothers who were born in the same hospital, raised by the same parents, went to the same school, and given all the same opportunities. Although their skill levels seemed equal, one had a great personality and became a success, while the other lived a life of bitterness and failure. While environment is a contributing factor in everyone’s life, some of the greatest men and women in history have risen from poverty and broken homes to achieve great fulfillment in life.

The Bible says that God has placed before us life and death and then He urges us to choose life. He has a good plan for our life but we have to choose it. We urge all of you to choose life!!! Choose JESUS!!!

Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. (2 Corinthians 5:17)

 


A Nugget from New Life Network

Scripture for the Day (August 8, 2017)

Verily I say unto you, Among them that are born of women there hath not risen a greater than John the Baptist: (Matthew 11:11)

Jesus said that John the Baptist was a great man. What made him so great? Was it his preaching in the wilderness? Was it his baptizing? Was it his unique clothes (a garment of camel hair)? Was it what he ate (locusts and honey)? Personally, I don’t think it was any of those things that made him great.

John the Baptist was the hottest preaching machine going at the time. He had his own following. You might say he had his own growing congregation. Now, when Jesus showed up on the scene and started healing the sick and casting out demons His reputation began to spread quickly and many people started to flock to Him. I bet some of John’s own followers were part of that crowd flocking to Jesus. Ministers don’t usually take kindly to losing their people to other ministries.

John had a decision to make. He could be offended at Jesus, or he could find out more about who Jesus really was. Sometimes, the church can become closed and over protective. Don’t get me wrong, with my background in federal law enforcement and ministry, I am fully aware of the need to protect the flock. That is the Pastor’s responsibility. We just have to use great discernment when carrying out those tasks.

So John, rather than getting offended, sent a group of his followers to check this Jesus guy out. Listen to an account of this meeting from the Gospel of Luke:

When the men were come unto him, they said, John Baptist hath sent us unto thee, saying, Art thou he that should come? or look we for another? And in that same hour he cured many of their infirmities and plagues, and of evil spirits; and unto many that were blind he gave sight. Then Jesus answering said unto them, Go your way, and tell John what things ye have seen and heard; how that the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, to the poor the gospel is preached. And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me. (Luke 7:19-23)

I want you to notice two important things here. The first thing is that Jesus did not back down from who He was. He did not try to humble or downplay his calling just so He could fit in with John’s disciples. He kept on doing what He was called to do. The second thing is a major key to John’s greatness. Jesus said blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me. John could have easily been offended or let his people get offended. He could have succumbed to that religious mentality of thinking that I was here first; I have worked hard and suffered much; I have spent all this time in the wilderness. Those are some of the very same carnal thoughts that the Pharisees succumbed to, which resulted in the Jewish people missing the Messiah.

One of the reasons John the Baptist was great was because he did not bow to those thoughts. John knew his calling and was comfortable with it. He did not get offended. He recognized Jesus for who He was and was thankful for His presence and ministry. A sample of his responses to his followers were; Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world (John 1:29); I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire (Matthew 3:11); He must increase, but I must decrease (John 4:30).This should be a good lesson for all our church leaders today. Don’t get offended if God sends you another anointed minister to be a part of your congregation. It just could be that God is trying to bless you and get you ready for something really big! If you get offended, you will miss what God wants to do, and thus miss His blessing.