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Scripture for the Day
(November 3, 2020)

If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.
(James 1:5-8)

I heard a very popular young television preacher say something yesterday on his program that stirred me up, and not in a good sense. He said that regardless of what happened to him he was okay with it because he knew it had to go through the hands of God first. That kind of theological thinking is prevalent in the Church today and it is the very reason we do not see more miracles and breakthroughs.

In the psychiatric arena there are two mental health conditions that are very serious and somewhat similar in nature. One is bipolar disorder and the second is schizophrenia. Dictionary.com defines bipolar as being characterized by opposite extremes or having two opposite poles. Schizophrenia is defined as a behavior that appears to be motivated by contradictory or conflicting principles. You could make an excellent case in court that some of the Church falls into one of these categories in their religious thinking. Let’s think about this for a minute. If you believe that everything goes through the hands of God for His approval then you are going to have to believe that the millions of Jews that were gassed by Hitler and the millions of babies that have been aborted were both approved by God. You are going to have to believe that every murder by a serial killer was approved by God. You are going to have to believe that every plane crash, every disease, every war, etc., etc., were all approved by God. Are you serious? That is not the God I know!!! Now, we have the Book of First John that says God is love (one pole). We have the Gospels that show us the Father through His Son Jesus that went around doing good and healing all that were oppressed by the devil (the opposite pole). So, what we see is two opposite poles that are warring against each other. We have good and we have evil. We have angels and we have demons. We have God and we have Satan, and they are not the same!!!

The Bible has its’ own name for the mental condition that attributes good to Satan and evil to God. It’s called being double-minded. In fact, the scriptures tell us that if we are double-minded we are unstable in all our ways and will receive nothing from God (James 1:6-8).If we want to receive from God you need to know without a doubt that God is love. You need to know without a doubt that He is light and there is no darkness in Him. You need to know without a doubt that He tempts no man. You need to know without a doubt that His desire is for you to prosper and be in health. He wants to give you good gifts. He is not setting traps for you so He can punish you when to get snared. He is your Heavenly Father. He is not a mafia Godfather that is working in concert with the devil to kill, steal and destroy. We have to get this straight in our minds if we ever want to live a victorious life. We are all in a spiritual battle and you have to know who the enemy is and it’s not God. We wrote a book several years ago entitled “For the Love of God”. A large part of that book was dedicated to this very subject.

Jesus told us that the most important commandment was to love God with all our heart, all our soul, and all our mind. Double-minded thinking is a trick of the enemy to limit that love by never coming to a settled place in your heart and mind of who God is. We cannot vacillate like that. We have to know His heart and know who He is. You know that by looking at Jesus! You know that by reading His Word. You know that by developing a personal relationship with Him. When you know Him heart to heart you will know that He is love!!!

 


A Nugget from New Life Network

Scripture of the day
November 2,2020
One who moves too hurriedly misses the way” Proverbs 19:2 NRS
This devotional is from Ultimate Success God’s Way by New Life Network.

As I read the following devotional this morning, I must say it got me. I am a “get it done” girl and I have a lot of Martha in me. Remember her? She was busy with many things when Jesus came to her house. Too busy for Jesus!

As you read this Devotional I pray it hits you like it did me. I do not want to out run God. I do not want to miss anything He has for me. Today I surrender this day to Him and wait on Him.

John Ortberg writes: “When I first moved to Chicago I called a friend-the wisest spiritual man I know-and asked him, what do I need to do to be healthy spiritually?” He said, “You must ruthlessly eliminate hurry from your life.” There was a long pause, and I finally said “okay.” I wrote that one down. “Now what else do you have to tell me, because I don’t have much time and I want to get a lot of wisdom out of this conversation. He replied “There is nothing else. Hurry is the great enemy of spiritual life. You can hardly do anything the way Jesus did it if you’re in a hurry. Jesus was often busy, but never hurried. Hurry is an inward condition in which you are so frantic and preoccupied that you’re unable to receive love from the Father, unable to be present with other people, or to give love to them.”
Understand this: things will not just “settle down.” If you wait to get around to what really matters, you’ll never do what God’s called you to do! Your soul will wither. You must ruthlessly eliminate hurry from your life. Furthermore, no one else can do this for you-not your boss, your pastor, your spouse, your kids, or your best friend. You must do this for yourself.

Take a moment and ponder these two scriptures: (1) “The fear of the Lord leads to life: Then one rests content, untouched by trouble.” (Prov 19:23 NIV)

(2) “Desire without knowledge is not good, and the one who moves too hurriedly misses the way” (Prov 19:2 NRS)

 


A Nugget from New Life Network

Scripture for the Day – April 20, 2020

“The…Lord has given me his words of wisdom…that I know how to comfort the weary. Morning by morning he wakens me and opens my understanding to his will. The…Lord has spoken to me, and I…listened. I have not rebelled or turned away” (Isaiah 50:4-5, NLT).

I have learned over the years to pay attention to God when I first wake up every morning. I don’t know exactly what it is about mornings. Maybe it’s because we are fresh. Maybe it’s because it’s a brand new day. Or maybe it’s because our mind has not been all cluttered up with daily chores and distractions. Whatever the reason, God loves to speak to His kids early in the morning. Are you listening?

Here is a wonderful promise from God’s Word:

Isaiah said God woke him up every morning and told him what he was supposed to do that day, and what he was to say to others! This wasn’t a “one of a kind” occurrence: It happened “morning by morning.” Can you imagine how differently your day would go if you took the time to hear from God every morning?

Notice the word “understanding.” God can give you understanding about what you should say and do before you get into a given situation. He said, “I am the Lord…who teaches you what is best for you, who directs you in the way you should go” (Isaiah 48:17, NIV).

Talk about having a plus in life and an edge on the competition! And here’s the best part: Even if you’re not listening, or you’re not in the right place spiritually, or you don’t have much experience in this realm, God will work with you “morning by morning” until you learn to recognize and respond to His voice.

Are you surprised? You shouldn’t be! After all, that’s what good parents do with their children when they want them to grow up, mature, and enjoy life’s best.

Cause me to hear Thy lovingkindness in the morning, for in Thee do I trust. Cause me to know the way wherein I should walk, for I lift up my soul unto Thee. (Psalm 143:8)

 

 


A Nugget from New Life Network

By Dr Larry Ollison

Scripture for the Day (October 29 2020)

​​​​​​​​​​​Joshua the son of Nun was full of the spirit of wisdom, for Moses had laid his hands on him” (Deuteronomy 34:9).​​​​​​​

Throughout my life I have met many people who were full of wisdom and I have met some who were lacking wisdom. Wisdom is an attribute of God. In the same way that light, love, peace, hope, and goodness are qualities that come from God, wisdom is a God-quality.

Some people seem to feel that wisdom is attained when you become a Christian. However, that is not true. If you were a “dummy” before you got saved, then when you accepted Jesus, you became a “saved dummy.” Righteousness is imparted at the time of salvation. When we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior, we are made righteous. However, we are not made wise. Wisdom is attained.

The Bible says that if any of us lack wisdom (and this is speaking to Christians, so it must be possible for a Christian to not be wise), then all we have to do is ask God in faith and He will give us wisdom liberally (James 1:5). As a Christian, we have the ability to receive wisdom from God and to think with the mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2:16). However, it is a choice. As a Christian, we can walk in wisdom or we can walk without it. It is available and all it takes is asking in faith and receiving. But we must ask.

Also in James, the Word tells us that sometimes we don’t have what we desire because we don’t ask. If you desire wisdom, then ask God in faith and with the right motives and, according to His Word, you will receive that wisdom.

When the decisions of life seem perplexing, we have no reason to be confused. Wisdom is available. Ask God for it and if you will receive it, then you will have it.

Joshua was full of the spirit of wisdom because he knew God, and Moses laid hands on him. Associate with God and associate with wise people and wisdom will be close to you.

“He who walks with wise men will be wise, but the companion of fools will be destroyed” (Proverbs 13:20).

 


A Nugget from New Life Network

Scripture for the Day October 28, 2020

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him. (Romans 15:13, NIV)

Trusting God is so much simpler than not trusting Him. When you doubt God, His Word, and His promises, you’re left to your own devices and reasoning when it comes to working things out. And as a result, you get all stressed out.
Take a moment and read the following three verses, then think carefully about what they mean:

“But the message they heard was of no value to them, because those who heard did not combine it with faith. Now we who have believed enter that rest” (Hebrews 4:2-3, NIV).

“He who has once entered [God’s] rest…has ceased from [the weariness and pain] of human labors” (Hebrews 4:10, AMP).

“Come to Me, all you who labor and are…overburdened, and I will cause you to rest. [I will ease and relieve and refresh your souls.]” (Matthew 11:28, AMP).

How are we supposed to approach God? In faith! The Bible says: “Without faith it is impossible to please and be satisfactory to Him. For whoever would come near to God must [necessarily] believe that… He is the rewarder of those who earnestly and diligently seek Him [out]” (Hebrews 11:6, AMP). That means when you come to God, but you must do the believing. And when you do, you’ll receive His joy and peace. These two things are God’s will for you; they were bought and paid for at the cross.

Christ’s work is already finished, and the only thing that remains to be accomplished is for you to believe. When you do that, God will respond and bless you every time! Let me ask you a question. Who in this world do you know that you can trust and rely on to always provide you with joy and peace? Think about that. There is no one except God! No human is perfect and we will all disappoint each other at times, regardless of how close we are or how much we love each other. We all miss the mark! God never misses the mark and He will never disappoint us if we just believe.

“Victory is not in the fight, but in the surrender”

Therefore, since we are justified (acquitted, declared righteous, and given a right standing with God) through faith, let us [grasp the fact that we] have [the peace of reconciliation to hold and to enjoy] peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One). Through Him also we have [our] access (entrance, introduction) by faith into this grace (state of God’s favor) in which we [firmly and safely] stand. And let us rejoice and exult in our hope of experiencing and enjoying the glory of God. Moreover [let us also be full of joy now!] let us exult and triumph in our troubles and rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that pressure and affliction and hardship produce patient and unswerving endurance. And endurance (fortitude) develops maturity of character (approved faith and tried integrity). And character [of this sort] produces [the habit of] joyful and confident hope of eternal salvation. Such hope never disappoints or deludes or shames us, for God’s love has been poured out in our hearts through the Holy Spirit Who has been given to us. (Romans 5:1-5, AMPC)

 


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Scripture of the Day, October 27. 2020

But the counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. (John 14:26)

Back in the late eighties, about a year after Ed and I got saved and called into the ministry, I was asked to speak at a local women’s event. They asked me to give my testimony. I never thought that my testimony was very exciting or earth shattering. But I love to minister to women. So I gladly accepted. There is something wonderful about sisterhood. We girls are all a lot alike in many ways and we experience a lot of the same things.

I will confess I was very nervous and a bit afraid. I didn’t feel very educated or trained in the field of ministry. I wasn’t sure they would like me or like what I had to say. I just knew what Jesus had done for me and how He saved the man I loved. I knew how He changed my family and our entire lives. So I just concentrated on what I knew.

I guess I never thought about how powerful a testimony is. The Bible says, “And they overcame him, (the devil) by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony.” Rev. 12:11

When the day came and I was introduced I stepped up to the microphone and all of a sudden the fear left me, the insecurity left me, and I spoke like I have never spoken before. I realized that our testimonies are important, Holy, and a weapon. They bring Hope to othersa nd help them to believe that if God did it for me He will do it for them.

As I spoke, the scripture from John 14:26 came alive right there! Things came out of my mouth that I did not know I knew! Scripture was flowing out of my lips that I knew but I didn’t remember I knew it! I know this sounds crazy, but the Holy Spirit was working big time in me that day and I knew it! God’s anointing was so strong on me I could hardly stand!

Telling others what God has done for you and in you cannot be messed up. Just speak those things you have seen and heard in your life. No one can take that away from you, you don’t even have to have a degree to share it. The Holy Spirit honors your testimony!!

I encourage you today when the opportunity comes about for you to tell what Jesus has done for you, just tell it!!

Lesson….Read God’s Word! Get it down on the inside of you. When the day comes, and it will, that you need it the Holy Spirit will bring it to your remembrance. He will anoint you to do whatever He calls you to do.

 


A Nugget from New Life Network

Scripture for the Day (October 26, 2020)

I (Jesus) am come to send fire on the earth; and what will I, if it be already kindled? But I have a baptism to be baptized with; and how am I straitened (constrained, hindered, held back) till it be accomplished! (Luke 12:49-50)

As you read through the scriptures you will find numerous referrals to fire being associated with God. God spoke to Moses through a burning bush; He led His people out of Egypt with a pillar of fire by night; He was often referred to as a refiner’s fire and an all-consuming fire; Elijah challenged the false prophets with as sacrifice where God’s fire came down from Heaven and consumed the sacrifice, the altar, and the water; Elijah went to Heaven on a chariot of fire; Elisha’s servant’s eyes were opened to see a mountain full of horses and chariots of fire; the baptism of the Holy Ghost is described by John the Baptist as a baptism in fire; John described in Revelation the eyes of Jesus as a flame of fire; and these are just a few examples.

You and I must be able to discern the times that we live in and understand the wiles of our enemy. Satan has never created anything. He is a thief. He will even try to steal from God because he wants to be God. Therefore, it is not startling that he would try to use fake fire. Remember, Satan is a liar and the father of lies. He is a deceiver and everything he does is with the intent to kill, steal and destroy.

Take a close look at our nation today. Fake fires are being lit all around us. It’s no longer wrong to lie about authority figures if you don’t like them, riot in the streets, destroy property, burn businesses or police cars. It’s all justified by our so-called freedom of expression. This is not God’s fire. This is a fake fire with the intent of burning down anyone and anything you do not agree with. That is straight from the pit of Hell. God’s fire is an empowering fire. It’s meant to refine us and burn out the sin in our lives. It’s meant to guide us by night. It’s meant to give us discernment. It’s meant to give us the power and authority to defeat our enemies. It’s meant to give us the power to serve and pray. The weapons of our warfare are not carnal.

Elijah did not call down fire from Heaven using some magician’s trick. You and I need the fire of God in our lives. Just because you are saved and have a passion for Christ does not mean you are ready to cast out demons. Unless you have been baptized with the Holy Ghost and fire you should not be hanging out a shingle to be a deliverance minister. We are talking about spiritual warfare here. You cannot fight a demon with a degree in psychology. You need God’s fire!!!

It is time to wake up church! It is time to turn aside and see what is happening as Moses did with the burning bush. We need everything that God has for us. We need on-fire churches that are full of on-fire believers that are ready to do spiritual warfare. We need some ministers of fire! It’s time to fight fire with
fire!

And of the angels he saith, Who maketh his angels spirits, and his ministers a flame of fire. (Hebrews 1:7)

 


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by Chris Musgrove of Future Now

Scripture of the Day October 23, 2020

I Corinthians 13:4-8: Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; 5 does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; 6 does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; 7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 8 Love never fails.

I like this verse about love in the Amplified Bible:

Love endures long and is patient and kind; love never is envious nor boils over with jealousy, is not boastful or vainglorious, does not display itself haughtily. 5 It is not conceited (arrogant and inflated with pride); it is not rude (unmannerly) and does not act unbecomingly. Love (God’s love in us) does not insist on its own rights or its own way, for it is not self-seeking; it is not touchy or fretful or resentful; it takes no account of the evil done to it [it pays no attention to a suffered wrong]. 6 It does not rejoice at injustice and unrighteousness, but rejoices when right and truth prevail. 7 Love bears up under anything and everything that comes, is ever ready to believe the best of every person, its hopes are fadeless under all circumstances, and it endures everything [without weakening]. 8 Love never fails [never fades out or becomes obsolete or comes to an end].

You don’t hope to receive back. That’s how you get your spiritual credit score up!

 


A Nugget from New Life Network

(by Chris Musgrove of Future Now)

Scripture of the Day October 22, 2020

And the apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith”. 6 So the Lord said, “If you have faith as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be pulled up by the roots and be planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you.” (Luke 17:5-6)

I like to say it like this: If you have faith as a seed you’ll be saying….Saying what? Saying whatever you are believing for.

Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God according to Romans 10:17.

You get faith by hearing the Word of God, and you release your faith by speaking the Word of God.

Luke 8:11: The seed is the Word of God.

I Peter 1:23: For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring Word of God.

II Corinthians 4:13: And since we have the same spirit of faith, according to what is written, “I believed and therefore I spoke, we also believe and therefore speak,”

Romans 10:8: But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith which we preach):

Mark 11:22-24: So Jesus answered and said to them, “Have faith in God. 23 For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea, and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says. 24 Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.”

Jesus said you can have what you say, but most people are just saying what they have.

 


A Nugget from New Life Network

(by Dr. Larry Ollison)

Scripture of the Day October 21, 2020

For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will come to pass, he will have whatever he says” (Mark 11:23).

The other day I was watching an old western movie on TV. In one scene, the general store in town had just burned to the ground and the lady who owned it had lost everything she owned. She was standing in the middle of the burned-out shell of a building when one of the townspeople walked by to give her a word of encouragement.

He said, “I knew a lady in Topeka, Kansas, who had the same thing happen to her. Her store burned down and she lost everything. She never recovered. Eventually, she went to the poor house and later killed herself. She just couldn’t take it anymore. Well, we’ll be praying’ for ya.”

Needless to say, the encouraging words of the passerby did not help the lady in distress. Obviously, the encouraging words were not really encouraging. They were, in fact, filled with fear, doubt, and unbelief.

Even though this was just a movie, there’s a point to be made. We as Christians need to keep our words full of faith and the promises of God. When a friend has a disaster happen in his or her life, we must speak the promises of God and not keep confessing the problem.

God is a faith God and He releases His faith in words. In the beginning, God spoke and the universes were formed. In Genesis 1:3, He spoke, “Let there be light,” and there was light. And throughout the creation until now, God has spoken and whatever He spoke came to pass. Much later, Jesus spoke about the power of our words:

When Jesus was here on the earth, the Bible tells us that He spoke to the winds and sea and they obeyed Him (Mark 4:39).

He didn’t act fearful. He didn’t panic. He simply spoke to the wind and sea and said, “Be still!” He believed what He said would come to pass. He knew His authority and He spoke in faith. And what He said – happened.

We’re told in Ephesians 5:1 to be imitators of God as little children imitate their parents. Let’s make Jesus our example. We are to live as He lived. He walked in faith and we are to walk in faith.

Proverbs 18:21 tells us that death and life are in the power of the tongue. What does that mean anyway? Well, it’s this way. Words (our words) are containers. They can contain faith or they can contain doubt. What we say today can affect the world for years to come. Our words are important.

As Christians, we are to make our words reflect what God said in His Word instead of what we see with our natural eyes. When we see disaster, when there is a problem in our life or in the life of a friend, we should do as the Scripture says. We must speak encouraging words of faith instead of doubt and despair. In other words, see things as they should be.

Proverbs 6:2 says, “We are snared by the words of our mouth and we are taken by the words of our mouth.” So remember, as a Christian, our words must reflect the words of God, our Father. When God speaks, it is always faith. Doubt and unbelief are not in His vocabulary. They shouldn’t be in ours either.