A Nugget from New Life Network

(by Dr. Larry Ollison)

Scripture for the Day – July 16, 2019

Then great multitudes came to Him, having with them the lame, blind, mute, maimed, and many others; and they laid them down at Jesus’ feet, and He healed them. So the multitude marveled when they saw the mute speaking, the maimed made whole, the lame walking, and the blind seeing; and they glorified the God of Israel (Matthew 15:30-31).

The little Baptist church had invited me to hold meetings. The church was truly seeking God. Even though I was ordained a Southern Baptist minister, most of the churches where I had been asked to speak were non-denominational. Somehow I had found favor with most churches. That’s not always an easy task.

As the morning service was nearing an end, I told the people that if they had a need of any kind that God was greater than that need. About that time, an older woman stood up. Grabbing the arm of a thin old man next to her, she yanked him to his feet. The old man had what looked to be about a half box of tissue wadded up and pressed against his face. The tissue was mostly blood red. With a loud voice, the woman began to speak. “Last night Herman got a nose bleed. He couldn’t stop it. It bled all night and into the morning. As he was getting ready for church this morning, he bled on his church shirt. He had to change, but we came anyway. His nose has been bleeding during Sunday School and church and it is still bleeding now. Can God stop it?”

The sanctuary was quiet. The old man and woman almost looked comical standing up with the big wad of tissue on his face with his head tilted back. I simply stretched my hand toward him and said, “In the name of Jesus, be healed.” The flow of blood immediately stopped.

I slipped out the side door in order to make another appointment that afternoon. Little did I know that all afternoon, the town was buzzing with the news of Herman’s healing. That night when I returned, the church was packed to capacity. Everyone who was at the morning service had returned that evening, bringing with them everyone they could get to come. A deacon in the church told me that he had never seen that many people in the building as far back as he could remember, even on Christmas.

The point is this. Programs, pulpit pressure, guilt, and condemnation will never fill the church. When people are taught the good news and experience the gentle move of God’s Spirit, then our buildings won’t be large enough to handle the crowds.

And again he entered into Capernaum after some days; and it was noised that he was in the house. And straightway many were gathered together, insomuch that there was no room to receive them, no, not so much as about the door: and he preached the word unto them. (Mark 2:1-2)

 


A Nugget from New Life Network

Scripture for the Day – July 15, 2019

Oh (I would to God) that men would praise the Lord for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men! For he satisfieth the longing soul, and filleth the hungry soul with goodness. (Psalm 107:8-9)

In our first devotional on this subject matter I made the statement that I believe that the foundation of our faith, hope, and love is the goodness of God!!!

(The Big Three) And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love. (1 Cor. 13:13)

But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. (Hebrews 11:6) The base Greek word used for rewarder here means “good” so to have faith you must believe that God is good.

(Love) Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. (1 Cor.13:7) To hope all things, one must believe in the goodness of God.

Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. (Matthew 22:37) To love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, soul, and mind, you must believe in the goodness of God.

I was a guest speaker this Sunday morning at one of our local churches. I knew that I was going to teach on the “Goodness of God” but what I did not know was the unusual analogy God was going to give me about His goodness.

Have you ever heard of the Innocence Project? A couple of lawyers founded this project in the 1990s after DNA analysis became so reliable and acceptable in courts. Since their inception they have been able to gain the release of over 300 prison inmates based on DNA evidence that showed they were innocent. The average time spent in prison for these innocent people has been 14 years with some being on death-row.

Now you may be asking, what has this to do with our subject matter? I am glad you asked that and here is what I feel God showed me. Many people have convicted God of crimes He did not have anything to do with. As a result, God has been locked up and cannot help these very individuals that He wants to help. The Book of James tells us that a double-minded person will not receive anything from God. That is not God’s fault! That is our fault because we do not believe 100% in the goodness of God.

The faith, hope, and love of some people has been infected and diluted by doubts and religious doctrines that mixes the DNA of Satan with the DNA of God. That should not be!!!

Unlock the prison doors! Let God out! Let Him be what He is. His DNA is completely GOOD!

God is good all the time, and all the time God is good! The “gooder” you know He is, the “gooder” He will be in your life due to your faith, hope and love!

 

 


A Nugget from New Life Network

(by Dr. Larry Ollison)

Scripture for the Day – July 12, 2019

Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it. (John 8:44)

Have you ever met a con man or con woman? Well, I have. These unique individuals have the ability to make you buy something you don’t want or need. Sometimes you don’t even get it after you pay for it.

When Loretta and I were first married, we didn’t have much money. We were in college and we had a good, late model car we had bought from Loretta’s father. We didn’t drive it though. It sat in our driveway with two flat tires. We couldn’t afford used tires for the car. It’s a little embarrassing to admit this, but once we looked through the couch and found nine cents. We walked two blocks to the grocery store and bought some instant biscuits. We ate biscuits that day. We already had some butter in the refrigerator, but that was all!

Now, I’ve told you this to illustrate how poor Loretta and I were during our early years of marriage. Yet as destitute as we were, a vacuum cleaner salesman still sold us a brand-new vacuum cleaner along with all the attachments — even though we didn’t even have carpet at the time. When that salesman first approached about the vacuum cleaner, my initial reaction was, “We don’t need one.” But after much persistence on his part, I gave in to “just listen” to the pitch. After listening for a while and not being prepared for all his logic, I gave in and agreed to the purchase, partially because I just wanted to get rid of him and get it over with. It may have been a good vacuum, but we didn’t need it and couldn’t afford it. The result was we had even less money and one more obligation we couldn’t meet.

Satan is the salesman of destruction in your life. He peddles his lies and tries to get us to buy them. We know we don’t need his lies. We know we can’t afford his lies, but he is a persistent salesman. He has done this before. He knows that if he can just get us to listen, he has a chance. Listening is the first step in being sold. If we as Christians wouldn’t listen to the lies of Satan, then we would not buy his lies. We need to guard our minds and our ears.

Satan is deceptive and he wants to destroy Christians. He wants us to be ineffective, powerless, and defeated. He knows that one Spirit-filled Christian, walking in faith, has the power to move mountains and deal a severe blow to his kingdom. He knows that faith is the key. He knows his only hope is to destroy faith. And here’s how he does it.

He knocks on the door of our minds with his briefcase full of lies and he tries to get us to buy them. He keeps talking until we listen and then he goes for the close. One of his lies is, “God does not heal today.” Or he’ll tell us his lie, “the gifts of the Holy Spirit passed away with the apostles.” Another lie he tries to sell is, “God has a purpose for you to be sick. He put this sickness on you to teach you something.”

If we buy Satan’s lies, it will destroy our faith. Without faith we will not please God (Hebrews 11:6). Without faith we will be ineffective as Christians and powerless to withstand Satan. So resist the “salesman of lies” with the truths of God’s Word and he will flee (James 4:7). Remember, the Word says that it is our shield of faith that withstands the attacks of Satan (Ephesians 6:16).

 


A Nugget from New Life Network

Scripture for the Day – July 11, 2019

Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. (2 Timothy 2:15)

Where are you receiving the bulk of your spiritual teaching from? Is it from the Pastor of your church? Is it from a Sunday school teacher? Is it from your favorite television preacher? Is it from Bible commentaries? Is it from your seminary professors and college literature? Is it from religious traditions? Where is it exactly coming from?

It is very important that you be able to answer that question. I would hope that you could answer that the bulk of your spiritual and biblical teaching is coming directly from you spending time in the Word of God yourself and relying on the Holy Spirit to teach and guide you through the Word. Sadly, that is not the case for most people.

We live in a society that wants short cuts. We want to pay someone else to do all the work and just tell us what it all means. We want to delegate and not investigate. That my friend is dangerous!!!

It is very interesting to look at how one of the greatest writers and Apostles of all time (Paul) was taught the Word of God. Let’s look at what Paul said himself as he warned the Galatians about being misled:

I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. (Galatians 1:6-8)

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. For ye have heard of my conversation in time past in the Jews’ religion, how that beyond measure I persecuted the church of God, and wasted it: And profited in the Jews’ religion above many my equals in mine own nation, being more exceedingly zealous of the traditions of my fathers. But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother’s womb, and called me by his grace, To reveal his Son in me, that I might preach him among the heathen; immediately I conferred not with flesh and blood: Neither went I up to Jerusalem to them which were apostles before me; but I went into Arabia, and returned again unto Damascus. Then after three years I went up to Jerusalem to see Peter, and abode with him fifteen days. (Galatians 1:11-18)

The Apostle Paul was emphasizing the importance of spending personal time with Jesus and the Word. He didn’t have an Apple computer or a library full of commentaries but he had something much better. He had a personal relationship with the Lord. They actually talked to each other.

Let’s look at it this way. If you found out that a long lost uncle of yours died and left a fortune to all his kinfolks (including you) would you want to read his last will and testament. I bet you wouldn’t miss that for the world. It is no different with the Old and New Testament. The Bible contains everything that belongs to you. It has been paid for by the blood of Jesus Christ. You should want to know every promise and every benefit in it that pertains to you. Why would you want to let some lawyer, or some seminary trained individual, tell you what belongs to you and what does not belong to you?

READ THE WORD!!!! READ THE WORD!!! READ THE WORD!!!

 


A Nugget from New Life Network

Scripture for the Day – July 10, 2019

Oh that men would praise the Lord for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men! For he satisfieth the longing soul, and filleth the hungry soul with goodness. (Psalm 107:8-9)

I was talking with a fellow minister recently and I was sharing with him what I believed about the goodness of God. I made a statement that I believed the “gooder” (I know that is not a real word) we know God is, the “gooder” He is going to be in our life. That statement did not go over very well with my minister friend. He thought I was nuts. So, let me explain what I mean to all out there that may take offense at that type of statement and belief.

I believe that the foundation of all faith, hope, and love, is the goodness of God!!!

And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love. (1 Cor. 13:13)

Many people look at the above scripture as related only to our personal circumstances. For example, we look at our faith to believe for certain situations in our own personal lives. We look at love as our love for other people. There is nothing wrong with that type interpretation because this scripture is dealing with that. However, I believe that the greater meaning, or the foundation for our personal actions, are rooted in our faith, hope and love towards God himself.

But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. (Hebrews 11:6)

Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. (Matthew 22:37)

To love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, soul, and mind, you must believe in the goodness of God. You must know that He is good all the time; that He is a rewarder of those that diligently seek Him; that He is the God that healeth thee; that His thoughts and plans for you are for good and not for evil, to give you hope; that He is your strong tower that you can run to; that He is your provider and protector; that He is your help in the time of trouble; that He wants you to prosper and be in health; that He is your friend that will never leave you nor forsake you; and that He loves you unconditionally. It is the goodness of God that leads men to repentance. It is the goodness of God that is the foundation to all our faith, hope, and love towards God himself.

Maybe I am just too simple minded but I just cannot see how you can fully love a God that would put cancer on your child, kill your loved one in a car wreck, or cause all manner of disasters to teach you a lesson. I reject any definition of my God that includes any type of evil or abuse. Those things belong at the doorstep of the thief and our enemy Satan (John 10:10). Any mixture of evil and good in our beliefs toward our Father God will negatively affect our ability to receive from Him because it makes us double-minded.

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)

God is good all the time, and all the time God is good! The “gooder” you know He is, the “gooder” He will be in your life!

 


A Nugget from New Life Network

(excerpts from Dr. Larry Ollison)

Scripture for the Day – July 9, 2019

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. (John 1:1-4)

Genesis 1:1 tells us, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” John 1:1 talks about the beginning too, saying, “In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God.” Then we are told that everything that was made in the heavens and on the earth was made only by the Word of God (John 1:3).

Jesus was in the beginning and He was the Word. All things were made through Him and in Him was life (John 1:1-4). Genesis 1:3 tells us that light was brought into the universe because God spoke it into existence. He said, “Let there be light’; and there was light.” This is not referring to the light from the sun or the reflected light from the moon because the sun and the moon were not created until the fourth day (vv. 14-17). Before creation could take place, God prepared creation with His glory.

I have an aunt that lived on a farm in a small country town for several years. When the family would get together and somebody would tell a fascinating story, she would lean back and laugh and say, “Well, glory be!”

In Genesis 1:3 when God said, “Let there be light,” a more correct translation of the Hebrew would be, “Light be.” Since God was not referring to the sun or the moon, what light did He move into the earth? Genesis 1:2 says, “The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep.” But when God said, “Light be,” the earth took form and confusion left. That’s what the glory of God did and that’s what His glory can do in our lives.

When your life is full of confusion and it seems as though darkness surrounds you, the only way to have peace and shalom is to be in the presence of His glory. Psalm 16:11 says, “In [God’s] presence is fullness of joy.” The glory of the Lord is the manifestation of His presence.

Now, you may ask, how do you get into His presence? I wish I had a formula for that but I don’t. I can tell you that I have experienced His presence probably more while praying than at any other time. However, I have also felt His presence while ministering in different venues such as churches and prisons. I have felt His presence while praising and worshiping Him in and out of church. I have felt His presence while driving my car. I have sensed His presence while studying His Word. We need to remember that God is omnipresent but there are just sometimes that you will feel His presence more than other times. He is not in a box.

The more you develop a personal relationship, and personal prayer time with Him, the more you will experience His presence. Glory Be!!!

 


A Nugget from New Life Network

Scripture for the Day – July 8, 2019

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)

The Word of God is quick (alive), powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword. In the hands of a sincere believer that has a relationship with Jesus, hears the Holy Spirit, and rightly divides the Word, it can change lives, heal bodies, and deliver those in darkness. In the hands of a religious person that does not have a relationship with Jesus, does not hear the Holy Spirit, and does not rightly divide the Word, it can put people in bondage.

It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life. (John 6:63)

Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life. (2 Corinthians 3:6)

You may ask, how do I distinguish between the two? Good question!!! Here are a few clues or red flags that will alert you to the letter of the law. It will include a lot of rules and regulations. It will be a lot of dos and do nots which boils down to a works theology. Teaching and preaching by the Spirit will center in on a relationship with Jesus and the Holy Spirit. You will not need a rules handbook if you have a close relationship with Jesus. You won’t be told or warned not to do certain things because you will not want to do those things anyway. Your thirsts will change. Your wants and desires will change.

Trying to keep the law is impossible. It will frustrate you and the enemy will use your failures to condemn and accuse you. He will use your defeats to try to convince you that you will never make it as a follower of Jesus. Many people have been defeated by the enemy by trying to follow the letter of the law.

We need to remember that the Bible was written by men of God that were inspired by the Holy Spirit. If that is true (and it is) then who better to teach us the Word than the Holy Spirit.

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. (1 John 2:27)

Jesus is the Word made flesh. He wants to talk to you. There are things He wants you to know that you will never get out of a sermon from a pastor or evangelist. Only Jesus and the Holy Spirit can personalize the Word for you and can bring it alive related to your personal situation. Man cannot do that!!!

Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come. (John 16:13)

 

 


A Nugget from New Life Network

(by Dr. Larry Ollison)

Scripture for the Day – July 5, 2019

Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. (Galatians 6:7-8, ESV)

The worst kind of deception is self-deception. When people have been deceived by someone else and that deception is discovered, most of us deal with it swiftly and decisively. However, self-deception is rarely dealt with because many people feel they are right and will never look inwardly. The Bible describes it like this: “The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but he who heeds counsel is wise” (Proverbs 12:15).

All through God’s Word, we are warned about deception. Deception is the tool that the serpent used against Eve (2 Corinthians 11:3). It’s still a tool of the enemy. Self-deception, however, is a result of flesh and ignorance. The term self-deception denotes that the deception comes from within, rather than from without. The enemy is a deceiver. In the same way God wants us to be holy like He is holy, Satan wants us to be like him and he is the father of deception (John 8:44).

Because of pride, Satan rebelled against God. When pride enters into the heart of man, he is a candidate for self-deception. Obadiah 1:3 says, “The pride of your heart has deceived you.” According to the Word, we have been warned against self-deception. The following are eight basic ways we deceive ourselves.

1) By hearing the Word but not doing it: Be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves (James 1:22).
2) By thinking too highly of ourselves: For if anyone thinks himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself (Galatians 6:3).
3) By not acknowledging sin and repenting: If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us (1 John 1:8-10). For sin, taking occasion by the commandment, deceived me, and by it killed me (Romans 7:11). Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God (1 Corinthians 6:9,10).
4) By placing faith in the world’s wisdom: Let no one deceive himself. If anyone among you seems to be wise in this age, let him become a fool that he may become wise. For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, “He catches the wise in their own craftiness” (1 Corinthians 3:18,19).
5) By not bridling our tongue: If anyone among you thinks he is religious, and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this one’s religion is useless. Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world (James 1:26,27).
6) By not understanding sowing and reaping: Let him who is taught the word share in all good things with him who teaches. Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life (Galatians 6:6-8).
7) By having worldly associations: Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness? (2 Corinthians 6:14). Do not be deceived: “Evil company corrupts good habits” (1 Corinthians 15:33).
8) By not understanding the source of good and evil: Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren. Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning (James 1:16,17). 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 (John 10:10).

The bottom line to avoiding self-deception, or deception by someone else, is this: God’s Word is true. If we walk in the truth of His Word instead of the opinions of worldly people, we will not be deceived.

 

 


A Nugget from New Life Network

Scripture for the Day – July 4, 2019

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)

We live in the greatest and the freest nation in the world (the United States of America). That did not happen without God. It did not happen without inspired leaders. That does not mean any of these leaders were perfect. They weren’t, and you and I aren’t perfect either. However, God can use imperfect people to accomplish His goals and He has done it all through history. King Cyrus did not even know God, but God used him to rebuild the temple. Moses was a murderer, but God used him to lead the nation of Israel out of Egyptian bondage. Paul persecuted all that believed in Jesus, but God used him to reach the Gentiles (that’s you and me) with the Gospel.

I was in a meeting recently where someone voiced their support for our current President. Another person in the room made the remark that they had lived in New York City for years and this President did not believe like this Christian supporter believed. As Christians, here is the bottom-line to that argument. We have to get back to standing on the Word of God and not on what we think is the right person or the right way. God’s ways are higher than our ways. He uses the foolish things of the world to confound the wise. We are either going to be led by the Word or we are going to be led by our feelings, emotions, political affiliations, news media, intellectual arguments, traditions of man, etc. We have to make a choice, and it is really more serious than you think.

Murmuring and complaining in the midst of God’s blessings is not smart. Here are some scriptures you need to consider:

Daniel answered and said, Blessed be the name of God for ever and ever: for wisdom and might are his: And he changeth the times and the seasons: he removeth kings, and setteth up kings: he giveth wisdom unto the wise, and knowledge to them that know understanding: (Daniel 2:20-21)

I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. (1 Timothy 2:1-4)

And they (Korah and his followers) rose up before Moses, with certain of the children of Israel, two hundred and fifty princes of the assembly, famous in the congregation, men of renown: And they gathered themselves together against Moses and against Aaron, and said unto them, Ye take too much upon you, seeing all the congregation are holy, every one of them, and the Lord is among them: wherefore then lift ye up yourselves above the congregation of the Lord? And when Moses heard it, he fell upon his face: (Numbers 16:2-4) Is it a small thing that thou hast brought us up out of a land that floweth with milk and honey, to kill us in the wilderness, except thou make thyself altogether a prince over us? (Number 16:13) And Moses said, Hereby ye shall know that the Lord hath sent me to do all these works; for I have not done them of mine own mind. If these men die the common death of all men, or if they be visited after the visitation of all men; then the Lord hath not sent me. But if the Lord make a new thing, and the earth open her mouth, and swallow them up, with allthat appertain unto them, and they go down quick into the pit; then ye shall understand that these men have provoked the Lord. And it came to pass, as he had made an end of speaking all these words, that the ground clave asunder that was under them: And the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed them up, and their houses, and all the men that appertained unto Korah, and all their goods. (Numbers 16:28-32)

Thank you Lord for the United States of America. Thank you for our freedom. Thank you for our President and all the leaders that you have chosen to lead this nation. Protect them Lord, and give them wisdom to lead and guide this nation in the direction that you want us to go. We pray this in the mighty name of Jesus!!!

 

 


A Nugget from New Life Network

Scripture for the Day – July 3, 2019

For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. (Matthew 24:24)

In August 2018 we posted our first devotional on this same topic. This is a needed repeat of that devotional with some additional supporting scriptures. We are repeating it because it is so important for all believers to know the tactics of the enemy so we can walk in freedom and not be deceived in the days that we live in.

Did you know that Satan is a created being and not a creator? He was an anointed cherub (Ezekiel 28) that was created by God and eventually thrown out of Heaven when he tried to exalt himself above God. He does not have the ability to create anything except chaos. Just because he doesn’t have an original thought in his head does not mean he’s not cunning and smart. So, what does he do to compensate for the lack of his creative ability? He copies the ways of God.

The most powerful structure that God has is the Trinity. The Father, Son, and Holy Ghost are separate and yet one. They represent the fullness of God and all of His attributes. They are always in sync. That boggles the mind of Satan. He lusts after that type of power and therefore he has tried his best to copy that system so he can tear down and attack
the people and plans of God.

By now I should have you completely confused so let’s look at three examples of what I am talking about when I talk about Satan’s fake trinity:

Do you remember when Nehemiah had returned to Jerusalem to help his people build the wall and rebuild the city? There were three men that led the opposition against Nehemiah. Those three men (Sanballat, Tobiah, Geshem – Satan’s fake trinity) did everything they could to stop this project. They were grieved that a man (Nehemiah) would come to help the people; they laughed at them to scorn; they accused Nehemiah of conspiring against the King (which was a lie); they even hired false prophets to spread additional lies against him. That my friend is a picture of Satan’s character. He is the accuser of the brethren and he will do whatever he can to sow discouragement, discord, and fear through lies, misrepresentations, and accusations. That is a fake satanic trinity!!!

Do you remember the story of Job? Satan destroyed his family and all his possessions and then sent three friends (Eliphaz, Bildad, Zophar) to convince him that it was God that killed his kids and cattle and it was all Job’s fault. Notice that Satan is not beyond even using your closest friends. They tried to convince Job that he must have done something wrong to anger God. Even Job started to believe that God was the murderer because he said himself that he was going to keep on trusting God even if He killed him. The fact was that God was not trying to kill him at all but Satan was. The real telling scriptures in this whole story of Job are in Chapter 42:5-7 when Job and his three friends all had to repent for not knowing what they were talking about.

Do you remember the three examples used in the Book of Jude to describe men that had crept in unawares (Jude 1:4). These three men were described as having gone the way of Cain, Balaam, and Korah. Cain murdered his own brother due to jealousy that was led by anger and rage. Balaam was a prophet that was hired by a Moabite king to curse the Israelites. An angel was sent to warn him, and his donkey saw the angel and would not go any further. Balaam pushed ahead anyway for material gain. Korah was the one that led the rebellion against Moses in the wilderness and was swallowed up by the ground. Here again we see Satan’s fake trinity at work through jealousy, anger, greed, and rebellion against authority.

Here is the simple truth. God is good and the devil is bad. Jesus came to destroy the works of Satan. The thief (Satan) comes to kill, steal, and destroy. Jesus comes to give us life and life more abundantly. The God that I serve does not need to use false accusations, sickness, poverty, death, destruction, dirty tricks or sin to manipulate us. He tempts no man and He is not a liar. It is the goodness of God that leads men to repentance, not the tactics of a demonic terrorist. He loves us so much that He gave His only begotten Son to die for us. If you want to really know God’s heart, look at Jesus!!! If you want a perfect theology, look at Jesus!!! That is the plain truth and I am sticking with it!!! Amen and Amen!!!