A Nugget from New Life Network

Scripture for the Day (July 16, 2018)

Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints. (Jude 1:3)

The author of the Book of Jude tells us that we should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints (which includes us). The Greek word used for contend implies that this is a struggle for control with an adversary. That adversary is identified in the Book of Jude as men that have crept in unawares that have by their doctrines turned the grace of God into lasciviousness and thereby deny Jesus Christ. That denial is not in direct words that deny Jesus but in carnal actions that try to take advantage of the grace of God and thereby deny the truth (Jesus).

Let’s take a close look at this important warning and compare it to what we see happening in our present day culture and even in some of our present day churches. The Greek word used for lasciviousness in Jude is aselgeia and it means outrageous conduct, conduct shocking to public decency, wanton violence, lewdness, or sexual immorality. It rejects any kind of restraint (spiritual or governmental) and indulges in lawless insolence. It denies Jesus Christ by its own actions.

The Apostle Peter, when talking about this same subject, described these same adversaries like this: And many shall follow their pernicious (destructive/ruinous) ways; by reason of whom the way of truth (Jesus) shall be evil spoken of (2 Peter 2:2).

Now, let’s deal with the spiritual implications here. The author of Jude says these men, with their man-made doctrines, have turned the grace of God into lasciviousness. How do they do that? They do that by teaching doctrines that eliminate any eternal consequences for our behavior. In other words, once you are saved, there are no more eternal consequences for your behavior. Grace is expanded to cover every sin which in essence has removed or severely diminished the fear of God. The problem with this teaching is that it’s not true.

The author of Jude used three examples to make his point against this teaching. He used the Jewish people that were saved out of Egypt and later destroyed by God for their unbelief. He used the rebelling angels that God placed in eternal chains who had left their own habitation or place of safety. He also used the people of Sodom and Gomorrah whom God destroyed because of their sexual sins.

Now, here is the main theological argument against those examples used in Jude. “Those examples are all Old Testament. We are in the New Testament and we are living under grace and not under the law.” Well, the author of Jude did not see it that way. He basically prophesied in verses 17-25 that these same type doctrines that expanded grace to cover all types of behavior of the saints would come upon the present day church also. Jude warned us in the following verses that we could fall also if we thought we could take advantage of this great grace by doing anything and everything our flesh wanted to do:

But, beloved, remember ye the words which were spoken before of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ; How that they told you there should be mockers in the last time, who should walk after their own ungodly lusts. These be they who separate themselves, sensual, having not the Spirit. But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost, Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life. And of some have compassion, making a difference: And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh. Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.

The Book of Romans says it like this:

Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God. For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace. What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid. Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness? (Romans 6:13-16)

The three main things spoken about in Jude that caused falling were unbelief, leaving our place of safety, and sexual perversions. The way the author of Jude said we were to fight these things were to build ourselves up (strengthen ourselves) by praying in the Holy Ghost, staying in the love of God, and looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ. We need to be doing all these things!!!

 

 


A Nugget from New Life Network

(by Dr. Larry Ollison)

Scripture for the Day (July 13, 2018)

How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him. (Acts 10:38)

Last week a man wrote and asked this question. He said, “Why did Jesus come to earth? What was He really trying to do?” Here’s the answer.

First John 3:8 says, “He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil.”

Here we are clearly told why Jesus came to earth. He came to destroy the works of the devil. But, what are the works of the devil? To get this answer let’s look at what Jesus did.

In every town and village Jesus entered, He preached the gospel, the good news, He healed the sick, and He set free those who were in bondage. So, if Jesus came to destroy the works of the devil, then the works of the devil must be sickness, bondage, and bad news. Jesus has not changed. Hebrews 13:8 says, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” But, neither has the devil. In John 8:44 Jesus was talking to the religious leaders of the day. He said, “You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it.”

Satan still tries to put us in bondage and Jesus still wants to set us free. In John 8:31-32, Jesus said, “If you abide in My Word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”

So, here’s the point. If you have something that binds you, you must remember this. Jesus came to set you free.

Unfortunately, many people are confused about who does what to whom. In order to be set free, we must know the truth. And here’s the truth. All good comes from God the Father. He sent His Son to preach the gospel, the good news. He didn’t send Him to bring bad news. When Jesus went into a town or village, He spoke words that brought hope to the hopeless. He spoke health to the sick. He spoke liberty to those in bondage. He also came to heal the brokenhearted.

I receive many letters. When I read these letters, one thing is evident. There are many people in bondage and there are many people with broken hearts. If your heart is hurting, then today let me propose this. Recognize that it is not Jesus who hurts you to teach you something. It’s Jesus who loves you and wants to heal your broken heart. God loved you enough to send His Son. Jesus loved you enough to die for you. Satan has never loved you and his desire is to destroy you. In order to be set free, in order to have your broken heart mended, you must know the truth.

Remember what Jesus said in John 10:10. “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” But also remember this, “How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him” (Acts 10:38).

 

 


A Nugget from New Life Network

(by Dr. Larry Ollison)

Scripture for the Day (July 12, 2018)

Servants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh; not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but in singleness of heart, fearing God; And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ. (Colossians 3:22-24)

In the year 605 BC, a young man (actually a teenager) named Daniel was deported to Babylon. Daniel was not alone. Thousands of captives had been taken from Judah to Babylon. The treasures of Solomon’s palace and the temple were also transported. The Babylonians had subdued all the provinces ruled by Assyria and had consolidated their empire into an area that covered much of the Middle East.

In order to govern this mass kingdom, slaves who had been educated or who possessed exceptional skills were used by the Babylonian government. Only the sharpest minds, only those with wisdom and understanding were placed in leadership roles. Daniel was one of those men. He was selected along with three of his friends for the leadership training program. “Then this Daniel distinguished himself above the governors and satraps, because an excellent spirit was in him; and the king gave thought to setting him over the whole realm” (Daniel 6:3).

Here we are told that Daniel impressed the king of Babylon so much that the king even considered putting Daniel as the governor over the entire kingdom. Isn’t that amazing? Remember, Daniel was a slave. Daniel was a captive from a conquered kingdom. But, even though he was a captive and the normal way of thinking would be that he couldn’t be trusted, in Daniel’s case, it was just the opposite. Daniel was extremely trusted.

What was it about Daniel that made him different from the other captives? What was it that gave him more favor with the king than all the other governors of Babylon?

The answer is in the verse we just read. The Bible says that Daniel distinguished himself above the governors “because an excellent spirit was in him.” Daniel had an excellent spirit. What does this mean? Well, let me give you an example.

Because Daniel was favored over the other governors, they became jealous and devised a plan to trick the king into executing Daniel. King Darius fell for the plan and Daniel was scheduled for execution. Now, the method of execution
prescribed in this plan was for the convicted person to be thrown into a den full of lions. You can imagine this is not a pretty sight.

When the execution time came, the king gave the command for Daniel to be cast into the lions’ den. A stone was placed at the mouth of the den and the king himself sealed it with his own signet ring and with the signet rings of the other governors. The next day, the king went to the den of lions and he cried out with a loud voice to Daniel. He asked Daniel how he was doing. Keep in mind that the king had spent the night in the palace and Daniel had spent the night in a pit full of hungry lions. We would expect Daniel to curse the king, but he didn’t. Daniel 6:21 says, “Then Daniel said to the king, ‘O king, live forever!‘” Can you believe that? Even after all that he had gone through, Daniel still had an excellent spirit. He had a good attitude. He was not affected by the things around him.

That’s the way we are to be. We must have an excellent spirit. As Christians, we must have a positive attitude. Once a man asked me, “Do you believe in positive thinking?” Well, I definitely don’t believe in negative thinking! Positive thinking is better than negative thinking. However, positive believing is even better.

Remember, Daniel was distinguished above everyone in the kingdom because an excellent spirit was in him. Distinguish yourself today.

 

 


A Nugget from New Life Network

Scripture for the Day (July 11, 2018)

For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ. But I certify you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached of me is not after man. For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ. (Galatians 1:10-12)

The Apostle Paul made it clear to the Galatians that the Gospel he preached was not from the teachings of man but was straight from the Holy Spirit. There are several scriptures in the Bible that refer to the importance of being Spirit taught versus being man taught. One of the key scriptures regarding this subject is in 1 John 2:27 which says the following:

But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him.

Now, at first blush, this scripture appears to fly in the face of everything we practice in our current churches. Our dependence is more on a pastor or a teacher to teach us than for the Spirit to teach us. We define scriptures like Romans 10:17 (So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God) as strictly referring to hearing the Word of God preached and taught by men and women versus actually hearing God’s voice.

Jesus taught us the exact opposite in Matthew 4:4 (But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God). God is not limited by the Bible. He did not quit talking after the Bible was published. Jesus said my sheep hear my voice. He is the Shepherd, and we are His sheep, so we should be able to hear His voice through the Holy Spirit.

Here is what I have learned after many years of ministry. Unless the Spirit of God brings the scripture alive to you in your heart, and makes it yours, you will be weak in your faith and subject to being misled by man. If you just have a surface knowledge of the Word, it will usually lean towards legalism. The Word, without the Spirit, tends to end up a list of rules and regulations with no grace and no mercy.

You can not live, preach, or teach on someone else’s anointing. You have to have a personal relationship with the Holy Spirit and a personal revelation of the truth if you want to walk in true freedom and liberty. Jesus knew this and that is why He said it would be better if He went away because He could then send us a helper (The Holy Spirit) that would
be our teacher and guide.

I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever; (John 14:16, NASB)

But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you. (John 14:26, NASB)

“When the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, that is the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify about Me, (John 15:6, NASB)

But I tell you the truth, it is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I go, I will send Him to you. (John 16:7, NASB)

We encourage all of our readers to personally search the Word and ask the Holy Spirit to teach you and help you understand what Jesus is trying to tell you. Just remember this. All real truth is expressed in the person of Jesus. The real truth will always be displayed in the actions of Jesus Christ. ​​​​​​​

 


A Nugget from New Life Network

Scripture for the Day (July 10, 2018)

Above all, have fervent and unfailing love for one another, because love covers a multitude of sins [it overlooks unkindness and unselfishly seeks the best for others]. (1 Peter 4:8, Amplified Bible)

When God created us He created us with emotions and feelings. Some of those emotions and feelings are good, and some are not so good. It’s our choice as to which ones we let control us. The fruits of the Spirit include love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and temperance. These are the ones that should control us and the scripture tells us that the greatest and most powerful of all these fruits is love.

For just a minute, I want you to imagine yourself in the role of Satan. You are the ruler of darkness and your job is to kill, steal, and destroy. You are the father of lies and you want to come against anything God uses to bring harmony, goodness, healing, and liberty into this earth. You are all about confusion and discord and you realize that the best way to initiate confusion and discord is to start sowing seeds of hatred.

Hate is the opposite of love. It is the perfect way to turn light into darkness. It is the perfect way to hide God’s purpose and destiny for a person or a nation. It is the perfect way to separate us from God and thus separate us from our power source. It is the perfect way to start wars. Listen to what John the Apostle said about love compared to hate:

Love keeps us from stumblingHe that saith he is in the light, and hateth his brother, is in darkness even until now. He that loveth his brother abideth in the light, and there is none occasion of stumbling in him. (1 John 2:9-10)

Hate blinds us and gets us off courseBut he that hateth his brother is in darkness, and walketh in darkness, and knoweth not whither he goeth, because that darkness hath blinded his eyes. (1 John 2:11)

Love identifies those who know God and hate identifies those that do not know GodBeloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love. (1 John 4:7-8)

What we all need to see is that hate is a prime tactic of the enemy. Just like it can lead individuals astray, it can also lead entire nations astray. Look around you. We have too much hate being spewed out in this nation from many different directions. It’s not the answer, and it’s not of God!!! We need to understand that the worldly do not have the answer for peace and prosperity. Jesus is our only answer and we need an awakening to the truth of the Word of God.

Love will keep us from stumbling. Love will keep us on course. Love will help us identify the truth from a lie. Love will show us the followers of God versus the followers of Satan. We need to be supporting those people and institutions that exhibit love and not hate because hate only divides us and a house divided will not stand.

The Book of Jude talks at length about all the challenges we will have in the last days with ungodly people. The following is Jude’s advice on how the godly should behave in these last days:

Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life. And of some have compassion, making a difference: And others save with fear, pullingf them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh. Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen. (Jude 1:21-25)

Love never fails [never fades out or becomes obsolete or comes to an end]. (1 Corinthians 13:8, AMPC Bible)​​​​​​​

 


A Nugget from New Life Network

Scripture for the Day (July 9, 2018)

But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8)​​

Have you ever thought or wondered about how much love it took for Jesus to do what He did at the cross? It is so indescribable that I personally have never been able to explain that type of love in words. The closest I have ever heard it articulated was in a song written by Don Potter entitled “How Much Love”. My wife and I had the privilege of working with Don Potter for a couple of years and he is one of the most anointed musicians and singers we have ever met. I recently pulled out one of Don’s old recordings and listened to this particular song again. It really ministered to me and I pray it will touch your heart like it did mine.

The following are the lyrics and also a YouTube link to listen to Don sing this great song about our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ:

How graceful is your grace? How much loving kindness is forever? How much mercy is there when it comes new every morning? How much love is there when blood is the only cure? How much fire of desire must be in my Lord? How much anger is the wrath on injustice? How much fear will come on the wicked man? How much shouting will be done when a white horse comes through the clouds in splendor? How much love does it take to save a man?

It takes it all, takes it all, takes it all, every bit it takes it all, nothing held back, nothing kept in reserve, nothing kept for another day, nothing spent on something else that we don’t know about, it’s all been spent, and it was spent in a day, oh it’s all been done, it’s all been said, and it’s all been spent, and it’s all been done, and it’s finished, yes it’s finished, in a day.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fup_c74-Ss0

 

 


A Nugget from New Life Network

(by Dr. Larry Ollison)

Scripture for the Day (July 6, 2018)​​​​​​​

But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. (Isaiah 40:31)

When you feel depressed and discouraged and the pressures make you feel like giving up, take the following medicine daily and you will recover.

1) Return to God’s camp. (I didn’t say religion.) Get into the Word. Get into fellowship. Get into worship (corporate and private). Get into sowing. Hang around with Godly people. This problem will require time to heal, so you must not find a “fast-food” church. You must find one that will give you a five-course meal.

2) You must recognize where the attack is coming from. Your enemy is not your relative or friend. It’s not your neighbor, boss, or co-workers. It’s the devil.

3) Speak the promise instead of the problem. Find out what God’s Word says about your situation. Cause the words to come out of your mouth to agree with God’s promise. When you agree with God and speak His Word, fear will flee and faith will flare up.

4) Act on what you speak. If you confess with your mouth and do not believe in your heart, it will profit you nothing immediately. But you must continue to confess anyway. Meditate on His Word and act on it.

5) Take authority. Not only must you speak to the situation, but also you must speak to things in your own life. Command unforgiveness to go. Command hatred to go. Remember, you are more than a conqueror (Romans 8:37), so get up, take command, and move in authority and obedience.

6) Thank God in advance. You must thank God for having received your solution before you see it. According to the Word, faith believes without seeing. By believing without seeing, we see the manifestation (Hebrews 11:1).

7) Decide to move forward and to not look back. As you break free from the bondage of depression, make a conscious decision to stay free. Keep your godly associations. Stay in the Word. Keep your confessions right and be determined that nothing whatsoever will distract you from pressing toward your goal of freedom.

8) Choose to soar above the darkness. Thunderstorms, wind, and darkness are below the clouds. Choose to soar above the problems of life and not allow yourself to descend into the darkness and be destroyed by the storm.

Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (John 8:31-32).

 


A Nugget from New Life Network

Scripture for the Day (July 5, 2018)

But I tell you the truth, it is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I go, I will send Him to you. (John 16:7, NASB)

Have you ever thought that Jesus may have had some doubts about the twelve guys He chose to mentor and train? Have you ever thought that these guys may have presented Jesus with a dilemma?

I know, we look at Jesus as the Son of God that has perfect faith with no doubting but just remember this. Jesus was also the Son of Man who was tempted in all ways just like us. He had to go through the same range of emotions, doubts, and temptations as we do but do it without sin so He could become a perfect sacrifice for all of us.

Now, just think about this. If you were Jesus, how would you feel about this group of guys you chose to be your disciples? Judas turned out to be a traitor. James and John wanted preferential treatment to sit at the right and left hand of Jesus in Heaven. Some wanted to call down fire on a Samaritan group that did not worship and accept Jeusu the way they did. Every time they got into a storm they lost their faith and started accusing Jesus of not caring. Peter denied Jesus three times. Most of them were nowhere to be found when they crucified Jesus. They did not even believe Mary Magdalene when she came and told them Jesus had risen from the grave. Jesus had to later rebuke them for that unbelief when He appeared to them just before He gave them the Great Commission.

I ask you. If you were Jesus, what would you be thinking about this group? In the natural, I would be thinking that this group will never make it without some major help. They just do not possess enough power within themselves to walk this thing out. This group is going to need a miracle if they are going to be the ones who will turn the world upside down for the Gospel!

Of course, we’re not Jesus. We probably would have thrown our hands up and given up on these guys, but Jesus had the solution. He knew that none of His disciples had enough power to overcome all that they would face in this world. He knew they needed help, and He knows we need help. It had already been heralded and preached by John the Baptist that he (John) would baptize in water but Jesus would baptize His disciples in the Holy Ghost and fire. They just did not understand when and how this was going to take place. Many today still don’t understand. This was the solution and still is the solution today. This was the help that they needed to overcome the world.

And, being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me. For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence. When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel? And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power. But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth. (Acts 1:4-8)

This was the miracle that they needed. This was the power that they needed and it’s still the miracle and power we need today. These same disciples that doubted, questioned, denied, and hid in fear, walked out of that Upper Room different men. Peter was not the same person. He now had a helper and the first time he opened his mouth over three thousand men got saved (Acts 2:41). He now had some help!!! That same help is available to all of us today!!!

I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever; (John 14:16, NASB)

 

 


A Nugget from New Life Network

Scripture for the Day (July 4, 2018)

Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty [emancipation from bondage, true freedom]. (2 Corinthians 3:17, Amplified Bible)

We are truly blessed to be citizens of the United States of America, the home of the free and the brave. We should never forget that the freedom we enjoy was not free. It was paid for with the blood of many American soldiers and patriots. We are also truly blessed to be citizens of a heavenly kingdom where true liberty and true freedom resides eternally. That freedom was also not free. It was paid for by the sacrificial blood of Jesus Christ.

One of the things that effected my youngest son the most was when he went on a missions trip to a country that is not as blessed and free as we are. When he returned and exited the plane in the United States he literally kissed the ground. He was so happy to be back in this country. I wish every American could experience that.

The following link is to a teaching on liberty by Retired Lt. Colonel Allen West that was made at Dr. Michael Youssef’s church (The Church of the Apostles) in Atlanta GA. It is well worth listening to. It is frank and to the point about liberty and our great nation. This message will be our devotional for today on this July 4, 2018 Independence Day.

https://www.ltw.org/watch/teaching/true-liberty

 


A Nugget from New Life Network

Scripture for the Day (July 3, 2018)

Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. (Proverbs 4:23, NIV)

There are numerous scriptures in the Bible that refer to hard hearts. In some cases it is referring to a person that is cruel and fierce like Pharaoh. In other cases it is talking about a very different condition all together.

In the New Testament a hard heart is referred to many times by Jesus. He referred to the Pharisees as having a hard heart because they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God. He hath blinded their eyes, and hardened their heart; that they should not see with their eyes, nor understand with their heart, and be converted, and I should heal them. These things said Esaias, when he saw his glory, and spake of him. Nevertheless among the chief rulers also many believed on him; but because of the Pharisees they did not confess him, lest they should be put out of the
synagogue: For they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God. (John 1:40-43)

Did you hear that? A hard heart can keep you from getting healed. You could also get you kicked out of the church if you chose to discard that hard heart and start believing in Jesus and His Word.

Consider the man with the withered hand: And he saith unto them, Is it lawful to do good on the sabbath days, or to do evil? to save life, or to kill? But they (the Pharisees) held their peace. And when he had looked round about on them with anger, being grieved for the hardness of their hearts, he saith unto the man, Stretch forth thine hand. And he stretched it out: and his hand was restored whole as the other. And the Pharisees went forth, and straightway took counsel with the Herodians against him, how they might destroy him. (Mark 3:4-6)

He also referred to his own disciples as having a hard heart when they would not believe. Afterward he appeared unto the eleven as they sat at meat, and upbraided them with their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they believed not them which had seen him after he was risen. (Mark 16:14)

There is one thing that always accompanies a hard heart and that is unbelief. You will see it over and over again in the scriptures. There are several different words used in the Hebrew and the Greek to depict a hard heart but they all have similar meanings. Some of those definitions include being obstinate, callous, stubborn, blind, and destitute of perception. The most revealing definition to me is to behave “self valiantly”. You see that most often in a religious person that is convinced they are protecting the truth by holding onto a religious tradition because they have been convinced it is the truth, regardless of what the Bible says contrary to that. They see themselves as valiantly protecting their religious tradition.

We need to all ask the Lord to reveal to us anything in our heart that He defines as hard-heartedness. We don’t need anything in our heart that would block the miracles and healing power of God from freely flowing to and through us. We don’t need anything in our heart that would cause unbelief!!!

And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied. And all the men were about twelve. And he went into the synagogue, and spake boldly for the space of three months, disputing and persuading the things concerning the kingdom of God. But when divers were hardened, and believed not, but spake evil of that way before the multitude, he departed from them, and separated the disciples, disputing daily in the school of one Tyrannus. And this continued by the space of two years; so that all they which dwelt in Asia heard the word of the Lord Jesus, both Jews and Greeks. And God wrought special miracles by the hands of Paul: (Acts 19:6-11)