A Nugget from New Life Network

(by Dr. Larry Olliosn)

Scripture for the Day – November 14, 2019

And herein do I exercise myself, to have always a conscience void to offence toward God, and toward men. (Acts 24:16)

One of the most destructive, yet prevalent, issues that plagues the Christian community today is the vast number of people who are hurt and offended. As Christians, we must realize that offense is a very serious business. Make no mistake about it, the devil wants you to become hurt and offended in order to make you ineffective as a Christian-whether the offense you hold is against your spouse, your children, your neighbor, your family, or even against God.

Have you ever wondered why the devil is so determined to destroy God’s people? Ezekiel 28:14 tells us that Lucifer (the devil) was at one time the anointed cherub-one who stood before God, leading heaven’s hosts in worship. But after he tried to exercise his will over the Most High God, he was banished from heaven and was stripped of the anointing that he once possessed (Isaiah 14:12). Satan knows firsthand just how powerful the anointing is. And the fact that he no longer has access to the most powerful force in the universe-the burden-removing, yoke-destroying power of God-has made him hate God’s people (Isaiah 10:27).

If that isn’t enough, the anointing that Lucifer once possessed now dwells in the body of Christ. First John 2:27 says, “The anointing which you have received from Him [Jesus] abides in you.” As a result of the anointing dwelling within Christians, the devil’s mission to steal, kill, and destroy is focused against every born-again believer-including you and me! (John 10:10).

Not only does the anointing abide in us, but we also have the Holy Spirit available to move in and through us. When Christians are filled with the Holy Spirit, it means the Spirit of God sets up residence in our spirit, giving us the ability to walk in the anointing of the Spirit. Because we are God’s creation (His handiwork), the devil will do anything possible to cause us to be ineffective in our Christian lives.

Remember, Satan has no new strategies-he uses the same old tactics to prevent Christians from producing fruit. And because offense prevents God from moving freely in our lives, it has become one of Satan’s most effective strategies. Whether you realize it or not, hurt and offenses are designed specifically to prevent the Holy Spirit from bringing God’s blessing to your life.

Jesus expressed the benefit of remaining unaffected by offense to His cousin, John the Baptist. While John was in prison, he sent his disciples to ask Jesus if He was the “Coming One” or if they should look for another (Matthew 11:3). Jesus clarified the matter with the response He sent to John the Baptist. “Go and tell John the things which you hear and see: The blind see and the lame walk; the lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear; the dead are raised up and the poor have the gospel preached to them. And blessed is he who is not offended because of Me” (Matthew 11:4-6).

Some theologians actually believe by the way this passage is worded in the Greek that John the Baptist was offended at Jesus. Notice the serious admonition that Jesus sent to John and his followers: “Blessed is he who is not offended because of Me.” Jesus stressed that if John and his disciples would not become offended, the blessings of God would continue to flow to them. On the other hand, if they did become offended, then the blessings would be hindered.

You can be certain that the devil will send the opportunity to become offended your way, using any person or circumstance available. The critical question is: How will you react when offensive situations come? While one reaction will bring the anointing, the blessing, and the goodness of God, the other will bring a curse. Although Galatians 3:13 says that Christ has redeemed us from the curse, you can make choices that will leave you vulnerable and defenseless to it. Through disobedience to God’s Word, you can open a door to the devil that will allow him to take advantage of you.

For example, when you allow offense to consume your heart, it will begin to fester like a cancerous disease that will soon destroy you. Remember, even though the Word of God says offense will come, you can respond in the same manner in which Jesus did toward Peter and refuse to take hold of it! (Matthew 16:22-23).

 

 


A Nugget from New Life Network

Scripture for the Day – November 14, 2019

And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. (Mark 16:15)

My wife and I are on our way to Dallas TX to serve as Chaplains for one of the businesses that we work with. The Soucineks have been friends of ours for some thirty years and they are leaders in this business and have been faithful to always have a Christian presence at their meetings and have a voluntary church service on Sunday mornings.

New Life Network is a “Ministry to the Marketplace”. We did not plan, or even envision, this type of ministry, but here we are, and we love it.

But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. (1 Corinthians 2:9)

As we drive down the highway to our next assignment my wife and I are listening to praise music together and reading the scriptures to each other. It’s almost like a vacation away from all the hustle and bustle of the work and office back home. It’s really a time of refreshing for us.

I told our Church class, that we teach once a week, that two-thirds of God’s name is GO. We have always been willing to go wherever God opened a door for us to share the Gospel and God has blessed us for that. We have witnessed thousands of people come to the Lord over the last 37 years of ministry and it wasn’t due to our great anointing or our great speaking ability. Many times, we did not even speak. We were just there to help orchestrate, manage, and support the other leaders and speakers.

We have met a lot of great people over these last 37 years and we thank God for it. You just never know who God will put in your path to minister to if you are just willing to step out and go. For example, last week we received an email from a Muslim girl in Pakistan that wanted help becoming a Christian. We were able to assist her with a free Bible in her Urdu language and steer her to some resources on our website that will help her in her thirst for the truth. We are in Albany, GA receiving an email from someone in Pakistan. How crazy and great is that!!! The last email we received from this young lady said, “Thank you for your help. You will be my friend that will help me become a Christian.” How sweet is that!!!

You guys please pray for us this weekend. There are a lot of lost and hurting people that come to these business meetings. The Sunday service is a voluntary affair, but many will come because they respect the leaders. That is where they will hear the Gospel, some for the very first time. Some will give their lives to the Lord at that service and some will do it later. We just need to be obedient to do what we can to sow the seeds.

Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers by whom ye believed, even as the Lord gave to every man? I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase. So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase. (1 Corinthians 3:5-7)

 

 


A Nugget from New Life Network

(by Chris Musgrove of Future Now)

Scripture for the Day – November 13, 2019

Luke 6:26: Woe to you when all men speak well of you, for so did their fathers to the false prophets.

I remember a minister who once said, “Be on the lookout for people that always tell you how great you are. He said people like that are preacher killers.” They kill preachers because the Bible says in Proverbs 18:12: “Before his downfall a man’s heart is proud, but humility comes before honor.”

Proverbs 27:21: As the refining pot for silver and the furnace for gold, so is a man tried by praise.
The Amplified Bible says, The refining pot is for silver and the furnace for gold [to separate the impurities of the metal], And each is tested by the praise given to him [and his response to it, whether humble or proud].

Proverbs 16:18 says, “Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.”

Proverbs 29:23 says, “A man’s pride brings him low, but a man of lowly spirit gains honor.”

Proverbs 28:23 says, “He who rebukes a man will in the end gain more favor than he who has a flattering tongue.”

Several years ago, I was at the funeral of a friend. I first met this man after hearing him teach an adult Sunday School Class at my church. I told my wife that I wanted to get to know him because he was an incredibly anointed teacher. We became friends and he was someone who spoke into my life many times. But at his funeral I learned that he had spoken things into many other people’s lives. Some said that things he shared actually bothered them because they were things they didn’t want to hear. But later on, they realized he was right and that he really was their friend and was trying to help them.

As I was thinking about my friend, Proverbs 27:6 came to mind:

“Faithful are the wounds of a friend, but deceitful are the kisses of an enemy.”

Be a true friend and always speak the truth in love.

 


A Nugget from New Life Network

Scripture for the Day – November 12, 2019

Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee, and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations. (Jeremiah 1:5)

You Know Me Better (by Stars Go Dim)
Listen to the following music video and be encouraged today. God knows you better than you do!!!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fejhEz-WFSI

Can’t wrap my mind around it the way You see me like gold
You stand in my mess, and call out the best in me
When my mind gets crowded with the lies that I’m told
You tell me the truth, and show me that You believe in me, You believe in me
You know me as honest, You know me as good, You know me the way that I wish I could
You know me worthy, You know me loved, You know me better
When I don’t know where to find me, Show me where to start, show me who You are
So I know who I am, ‘Cause You know who I am
You know me as honest, You know me as good, You know me the way that I wish I could
You know me worthy, You know me loved, You know me better
You know me completely, You know me true, You know me as someone who looks like You
You know me perfect, You know me strong, You know me better
I am who You say I am, I am who You say I am
Your word will never change, I am who You say I am
I am who You say I am, I am who You say I am
Your word will never change, I am who You say I am
You know me as honest, You know me as good (I am who You say I am)
You know me the way that I wish I could (I am who You say I am)
You know me worthy, You know me loved (Your word will never change)
You know me better (I am who You say I am)
Oh, You know, You know, You know me completely, You know me true (I am who You say I am)
You know me as someone who looks like You (I am who You say I am)
You know me perfect, You know me strong (Your word will never change)
You know me better (I am who You say I am)
I am who You say I am, I am who You say I am
Your word will never change, I am who You say I am

 


A Nugget from New Life Network

(by Chris Musgrove of Future Now)

Scripture for the Day – November 11, 2019

Acts 1:7-8 says, “And Jesus said to them, ‘It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has put in His own authority. 8 But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.’”

We recently looked at Acts 4:13-17 which says, “Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated and untrained men, they marveled and they realized that they had been with Jesus. 14 And seeing the man who had been healed standing with them, they could say nothing against it. 15 But when they had commanded them to go aside out of the council, they conferred among themselves, 16 saying, ‘What shall we do to these men? For, indeed, that a notable miracle has been done through them is evident to all who dwell in Jerusalem, and we cannot deny it. 17 But so that it spreads no further among the people, let us severely threaten them, that from now on they speak to no man in this name.'”

What made these untrained, uneducated men, become confident, passionate ministers of the gospel?

Acts 2:1-4 says, “When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. 2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3 Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. 4 And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.”

In Matthew 26:69-70, Peter denies that he even knows Jesus when questioned by a young girl. But after he receives the Holy Spirit in Acts 2, he preaches the first gospel message to thousands.

Acts 2:14 says, “But Peter, standing up with the eleven, raised his voice and said to them, ‘Men of Judea and all who dwell in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and heed my words.’”

The results of Peter’s Spirit-empowered preaching are seen in verse 41 which says, “Then those who gladly received his word were baptized; and that day about three thousand souls were added to them.” Peter went from backing down from a young girl, to preaching the gospel to thousands. This was because of the empowering that Jesus had promised them they would receive after He departed.

I believe that empowering was the reason why the Jewish leaders recognized Peter and John as having been with Jesus. It was the anointing of God on their lives as a result of the Holy Spirit baptism.

Empowered to be a witness!!!

 


A Nugget from New Life Network

(by Dr. Larry Ollison)

Scripture for the Day – November 8, 2019

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. (James 1:5)

Over the years, our ministry has received thousands of prayer requests. We believe in the power of the prayer of faith. However, there is one thing that has been consistent. People want to know what God wants them to do. They want to know God’s will for their lives.

Recently a man wrote and asked us to pray that God would show him what job to take. A lady also wrote and asked us to pray that God would show her if she should marry the man she was seeing or not. Well, there is a way you can know what to do in your daily life – in your business dealings, in your family, in your ministry, and in all your everyday decisions. There is a way to know right from wrong. The way is this: we must be led by the Spirit of God.

How can we be led by the Spirit? How can we know what God wants us to do? First of all, we must listen to God and not to man. (We’ll see how to hear from Him in a moment.) Now, don’t take me wrong. It’s not wrong to get good godly counsel, but ultimately you must hear from God himself and do what He wants you to do.

God will never be confused. His answers will always be clear. Once I went to a revival where a different minister spoke each night. The ministers only attended the night they spoke. The first night, the minister’s theme to his message was to “hold on.” Whatever you do, “hold on.” The next night, the other minister’s theme was “let go.” Whatever you’re holding on to, “let it go.” Some people got confused. When the meetings were over, they didn’t know whether to “hold on” or “let go.”

The Bible tells us, “God is not the author of confusion, but of peace” (1 Corinthians 14:33). When we are led by the Spirit, we will not be confused. Instead, we will have direction and move forward in peace.

First of all, to be led by the Spirit of God, we must be born again. Romans 8:14 says, “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are the sons of God.” Secondly, we must spend time with God and His Word. We cannot expect to hear from God if we never allow Him to talk. (He can speak to us through His Word and in our hearts.)

Also, something often overlooked is this: Man is a three-part being. Man is a spirit that has a soul and lives in a body. “Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Thessalonians 5:23). Here, in this scripture, we clearly see that the Bible makes a distinction between the spirit and the soul and the body. The point is this: We contact the physical realm with our body. We contact our soul realm with our intellect. And we contact the spirit realm with our spirit. We cannot be led by the Spirit of God if we never enter into the spiritual realm because the things of the Spirit cannot be understood by the natural man.

So, when you have a decision to make and you are seeking God for wisdom, remember this – you can be led by the Spirit. You can have the mind of Christ and know the will of God for your life. You don’t have to be in the dark concerning your destiny (1 Corinthians 2:16).

 

 


A Nugget from New Life Network

(by Chris Musgrove of Future Now)

Scripture for the Day – November 7, 2019

Ephesians 1:18: The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints.

According to the American Dictionary of the English Language the word “inheritance” is “an estate which the law casts on a child or other person, as the representative of the deceased ancestor.” We are the children of God and Christ’s representatives in the earth.

Colossians 1:12 says: Giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light.

Ephesians 1:5-6 says, “He predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will— 6 to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves.”

The Greek word for adoption to sonship is a legal term referring to the full legal standing of an adopted male heir in Roman culture.

Hebrews 9:16-17 says, “For where there is a [last] will and testament involved, the death of the one who made it must be established, 17 For a will and testament is valid and takes effect only at death, since it has no force or legal power as long as the one who made it is alive.”

In other words, when Jesus died, the glorious inheritance became ours as the children of God. To obtain your inheritance, you must study the Will and claim your inheritance and not allow the accuser of the brethren (Satan) to try to steal what legally belongs to you.

The very reason Satan hates the Word of God is that it is the Will of God. If it is read by the children of God, it will empower them to have faith because they see what belongs to them!

Romans 8:17 says, “The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, 17 and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and joint heirs with Jesus Christ.”

When people begin to read God’s Will, His Last Will and Testament (The Word of God), they will find out what belongs to them. Then they will know the truth, and the truth will make them free. (John 8:32)

In the United States alone there is over $30 billion dollars worth of unclaimed funds in state accounts, wills, estates, insurance settlements, stocks, dividends and bonds, etc. – All waiting to be claimed by the rightful owners or inheritors. How did this amount of unclaimed money get to be so large and why hasn’t it been claimed? There’s only one reason it hasn’t been claimed: the inheritors don’t know about it. The only thing that will keep people from receiving their inheritance is no knowledge of it; not knowing what belongs to them.

Hosea 4:6 says, “My people are destroyed for a lack of knowledge.”

Read the Will of God (the Bible) and find out what belongs to you!!!

The Amplified Bible says it like this, “By having the eyes of your heart flooded with light, so that you can know and understand the hope to which He has called you, and how rich is His glorious inheritance in the saints (His set-apart ones). (Ephesians 1:18)

 


A Nugget from New Life Network

(by Chris Musgrove of Future Now)

Scripture for the Day – November 6, 2019

Psalm 37:23: The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD, and He delights in his way.

When a man of God steps out in faith, God will then establish his steps.

The New International Version says, “The Lord makes firm the steps of the one who delights in him.”

Psalm 1:1-2 says, “Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful; 2 But his delight is in the law of the Lord.”

When you are delighting in the Lord and delighting in His law, the Lord makes your steps firm and your walk is blessed.

Romans 1:17 says, “The just shall live by faith.”

II Corinthians 5:7 says, “We walk by faith, and not by sight.”

Hebrews 11:6 says, “But without faith you cannot please God.”

When we step out in faith, not being moved by what we see around us, it pleases God and He establishes our steps. I believe that’s why God calls him a good man in Psalm 37:23; because he is stepping out in faith and that pleases God.

In Genesis 12, God told Abraham to leave his country, his relatives, and his father’s house and go to a land that He would show him.

Hebrews 11:8 says, “By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going.”

Abraham heard from God, got the order and acted on it. Like Abraham, as you step out in faith when called to step, your steps will be ordered. If you got your orders from the Lord, you’re not waiting on God, He’s waiting on you.

James 2:17 in the Amplified Bible says, “So also faith, if it does not have works (deeds and actions of obedience to back it up), by itself is destitute of power (inoperative, dead).”

So take action, and start stepping!!!

 

 


A Nugget from New Life Network

Scripture for the Day – November 5, 2019

Wilt Thou not revive us again, that Thy people may rejoice in Thee? (Psalm 85:6)

There is a fire coming!!! My wife and I have sensed it for several years now. There are things happening around the globe that point to a new awakening being on our doorstep.

We see revivals in several foreign countries and continents like Nigeria and South America where multitudes are coming to know Jesus. We see a rustling in the music world in this country like we have never seen before.

We started a Tuesday morning class in our church several weeks ago entitled “Conversations” (The Book of Acts). We are studying the importance of what happened in the Upper Room at Pentecost. However, we haven’t really started the Book of Acts yet because we are still talking about preparing for a revival. That is what Jesus was doing with His disciples before, and even after, His crucifixion. He was preparing them for the birth of the Church (His Bride). He is doing it again. He is preparing us for something great.

I can’t say this strong enough. It is time to get serious with God!!! It is time to lay down all our prejudices. It is time to forgive all that we hold unforgiveness for. It is time to get rid of all our bitterness. It is time to lay down all our addictions and sins at the feet of Jesus. It is time to lay it all down!!!

Revival is coming and it is coming in a way that we least expect it. God will use the foolish things of the world to confound the wise. Jesus told us in the parable of the landowner that the last will be first, and the first will be last. It would not surprise us at all if God doesn’t bring revival from a least likely source. It will probably not come from one of our big religious institutions or churches. It will probably come from an unsuspecting direction which will require all of us to check all our religious credentials at the door.

If you have any prejudices against certain groups of people like Jews, African Americans, politicians, etc., you need to lay all those down at the feet of Jesus. If you don’t, you will miss this revival, just like the religious people in the days of Jesus missed their Messiah.

The Holy Ghost is about to show up in a mighty way. If you have any misconceptions about the Holy Ghost, you need to repent now! If you don’t, you will miss this revival. If you are in any kind of ungodly relationship, you need to get out of it and repent now!

This is what we are telling you. Lay it ALL down!!! Lay it ALL down at the feet of Jesus and do it now!!! Time is getting short!!!

The following is a YouTube link to “Lay It All Down” by Will Reagan and United Pursuit. Listen to the lyrics and, lay it all down.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HT5JrK1J6OU

 

 


A Nugget from New Life Network

(by Chris Musgrove of Future Now)

Scripture for the Day – November 4, 2019

Luke 5:18-25: Some men came carrying a paralyzed man on a mat and tried to take him into the house to lay him before Jesus. 19 When they could not find a way to do this because of the crowd, they went up on the roof and lowered him on his mat through the tiles into the middle of the crowd, right in front of Jesus. 20 When Jesus saw their faith, he said, “Friend, your sins are forgiven.” 21 The Pharisees and the teachers of the law began thinking to themselves, “Who is this fellow who speaks blasphemy? Who can forgive sins but God alone?” 22 Jesus knew what they were thinking and asked, “Why are you thinking these things in your hearts? 23 Which is easier: to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up and walk’? 24 But I want you to know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins.” So he said to the paralyzed man, “I tell you, get up, take your mat and go home.” 25 Immediately he stood up in front of them, took what he had been lying on and went home praising God.

I want you to notice in verse 20 of Luke 15 when Jesus saw their faith. Well, what did Jesus see? He saw some men tear off part of the roof to be able to lower their paralyzed friend down in front of Him. That’s what Jesus saw, people acting on their faith.

James 2:17 says, “In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.”

I don’t know about you but that’s the kind of friends I want hanging around me. Someone who will get me to Jesus no matter what it takes. People who put action to their faith.

Can you imagine that happening at your church? Some guys show up with their sick friend on a stretcher. There is a healing service going on and the church is so filled with people they can’t get their sick friend in the door for prayer. So they find a ladder outside the church and carry their sick friend to the roof. They begin tearing off just enough of the roof to get their friend in the healing service. In these modern times we would call those crazy friends. But remember, it was their faith that Jesus saw. Jesus said many times in the Word of God that your faith has made you whole or be it done to you according to your faith. If you want to go home healed and praising God like it says in verse 25, you may need some crazy faith friends too.

Let’s get some crazy faith friends. Even more importantly, let’s be one of those crazy friends!