A Nugget from New Life Network

Scripture for the Day (November 16, 2018)​​​​​​​

And the child Samuel grew on, and was in favour both with the Lord, and also with men. (1 Samuel 2:6)

This devotional is going to be very different than anything we have ever written before. The scripture tells us that we have not because we ask not. I truly believe that there are a lot of things God wants to give us, and wants to tell us, but we don’t have them because we never ask for them.

You do not have, because you do not ask. (James 4:2)

Today we are going to ask all our devotional readers for something. It’s not for us personally, but for our grandson Samuel (Sammy) Henderson. He is a senior at Charlotte Christian High School in Charlotte, NC. One of the things this school is famous for is producing some great athletes such as Seth Curry. Their current quarterback, that was kept upright these last two seasons by Sammy, has signed with Mississippi State. Charlotte Christian has mostly former pro ball players as football coaches and they have a strong winning culture. They were state champions this year for the second year in a row with an unbeaten record.

Sammy has been the starting left offensive tackle on this team for the last two years and was recently named to the All-Conference and All-State teams. He is 6’5.5” (295 lbs.) and still growing. He has one Division 1 full-ride scholarship offer but he has not committed to any school yet. If anyone out there knows a coach at a Division 1 school that needs a great offensive tackle I would highly recommend they look at Sammy. Besides being a great football player, he is a fine young man, a hard worker, and he would be a great asset to any team.

Sammy’s hudl.com link (profile) is listed below where you can see highlights of his play. You can reach his Head Coach (Jason Estep) at 704-366-1205 or through the school website at www.charlottechristian.com.

https://www.hudl.com/profile/4344216/Sammy-Henderson

Thank you for any help or assistance you can give Sammy. You will never regret it. He will make you proud, just like he has made us proud.

 


A Nugget from New Life Network

Scripture for the Day (November 15, 2018)​​​​​​​

And when the Pharisees saw it, they said unto his disciples, Why eateth your Master with publicans and sinners? But when Jesus heard that, he said unto them, They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick. But go ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance. (Matthew 9:11-13, KJV)

I woke up this morning with Matthew 9:11 in my head. I have learned over the years not to discount that type of thing because God may be trying to get my attention about something He wants to say to me or say to others. So, I went to my office and started digging into this particular verse.

Of course, the first thing I thought about was the “911” connection to our present danger alert system. Could God be trying to alert us to a dangerous situation? Let’s take a close look at this particular verse.

The three main characters portrayed in Matthew 9:1-13 are Jesus, the tax collectors and sinners, and the Pharisees. Jesus went to the home of a tax collector named Matthew. Many other tax collectors and sinners joined Jesus and Matthew at this home. When the Pharisees saw this they were not happy and asked the disciples of Jesus why their teacher would associate with these sinners and tax collectors. When Jesus heard this He responded that He did not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance. In other words, He was not interested in the Pharisee (Holy) types that considered themselves righteous and thought they had no need of a savior.

The Message Bible describes it like this:

Later when Jesus was eating supper at Matthew’s house with his close followers, a lot of disreputable characters came and joined them. When the Pharisees saw him keeping this kind of company, they had a fit, and lit into Jesus’ followers. “What kind of example is this from your Teacher, acting cozy with crooks and riffraff?” Jesus, overhearing, shot back, “Who needs a doctor: the healthy or the sick? Go figure out what this Scripture means: ‘I’m after mercy, not religion.’ I’m here to invite outsiders, not coddle insiders.” (Matthew 9:11-13, The Message Bible)

The “911” warning I see here is that it is real easy for us Christians to become self-righteous. It is real easy to become too comfortable in the four walls of our church and lose the hunger to reach the lost. Don’t get me wrong, I love the church but we cannot let our church become a religious country club. It has to be a filling-station where we go to receive the fuel we need to go out and take the Gospel to the world.

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

I guess I’m just very sensitive to this subject because this is what our ministry has done for years. Our ministry is to the marketplace where there are a lot of people that do not know Jesus. Ministry to these people is totally different than preaching in a church. Honestly, it is hard for me to fit into most church environments for any length of time (thank the Lord we have found a good church to go out from).

I just think we tend to lose some of our sensitivity and fire for one-on-one evangelism when most of our time is spent with people that are already saved. If Jesus felt comfortable fellowshipping with sinners, then we should also. I just want to encourage you today to follow the example Jesus set for us and not be afraid to share the Gospel wherever you are.

Sinners need you!!!

 


A Nugget from New Life Network

Scripture for the Day (November 14, 2018)

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. (Matthew 4:4)

We recently did a live radio program on “God Stories Radio” that was hosted by Fritz and Tina Amrhein. The following is a link to that live program.

http://directory.libsyn.com/episode/index/id/7496045/tdest_id/149596?fbclid=IwAR2Nxg6JAPwHYfcRj7zTQos4-8BXmFg7DCeNB4b8CSLR0h1bsx1wUC3se9c

There was one question that Tina asked me that I want to expand on in this devotion. The question was “How do you hear God”? I hesitated on that question and passed it off to my wife Cheryl and she handled it wonderfully. I didn’t pass it off because I didn’t have an answer but I passed it off because this is not a simple question to answer for me. Hearing God is a very personal thing for me and not easy to explain. After walking with the Lord, and hearing His voice for 38 years, it is not something that I think about in a step 1-3 format. I can’t just push a button and hear God. He speaks when He wants to speak and He speaks to each one of us differently. You just have to know that He still speaks and be in a position to hear Him.

Saying all that, I thought I dodged the question in the interview so here are several pointers that could help you get into a position to hear God:

Believe that God still speaks – God is not dead!!! He did not quit speaking after the Bible was written. My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: (John 10:27) Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me. (Revelation 3:20) He that hath ears to hear, let him hear. (Matthew 11:15)

Ask Him to speak to you – I am convinced that there are a lot of things we could know that we don’t know because we just don’t ask. Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not. (James 4:2) Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. (Philippians 4:6)

Spend time with God and Honor Him in prayer and worship – To know someone intimately you need to spend time with them. God is no different. Until you know Him personally, and know His heart, you will never be able to hear Him clearly or fully understand the Word of God. The Greek word in the New Testament for honour (or honor) is pronounced “tee-may” but it is spelled “time”. Isn’t that interesting? Spending time with God is how you honor Him.

Spend time in the Word of God – Jesus was the Word of God made flesh (John 1:14). You and I are flesh to be made the Word. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. (Romans 12:2) For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. (Hebrew 4:12)

The bottom line is that you and I have to build a relationship with God. There is not a step 1-3 formula that automatically triggers God speaking to you. You have to fall in love with God and seek His face and believe He wants to talk to you. Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. (Matthew 7:7-8)

 


A Nugget from New Life Network

(excerpts from Dr. Larry Ollison)

Scripture for the Day (November 13, 2018)

Now these are the gifts Christ gave to the church: the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers. Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ. This will continue until we all come to such unity in our faith and knowledge of God’s Son that we will be mature in the Lord, measuring up to the full and complete standard of Christ. (Ephesians 4:11-13, NLT)

There should be no division within the church. As Christians, we should gather together and worship God in the house of God with purity and oneness of heart. Regardless of financial standing, vocation, race, or age, the church must be united in our faith.

Satan’s goal is to divide the house of God. He will use any method he can. He will try to divide the rich from the poor, the men from the women, the youth from the adults, and people from different racial and cultural backgrounds. As Christians, we must take a stand. We must not allow the enemy to divide the church.

For example, in the Bible, there were three social age groups — babies, children, and adults. The young boys did not become teenagers when they turned 13, they became men. Many of the disciples of Jesus were in their teens when Jesus called them. Timothy was the pastor of the church in Jerusalem at the age of 17. Although he was young, he was a man and he was mature. He was no longer a baby, nor was he a child, but stood as a man of God and as an overseer of God’s house.

The apostle Paul said it this way: “When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things” (1 Corinthians 13:11).

Paul didn’t say he became a teenager, he didn’t say he became a youth. He became a man.

I regularly speak at ministers’ conferences and it seems that one question keeps coming to the surface: “Why is it so difficult to get younger people involved in the church?” Or pastors ask, “How can we change our services to make them attractive to young people?”Actually, we are dealing with two issues here. The first issue is what I call “socialized immaturity.” Our modern society has made it socially acceptable to be immature for as long as you can get away with it. Remember, in the Bible there are babies, children, and adults. In modern society, however, we have created a fourth group. We now have babies, children, youth, and adults.

The second issue is that today’s church is desperately trying to appeal to this new group called youth. The youth feel that they must be entertained, tantalized, and mesmerized by high tech visually enticing services. The church is trying to compete with the world for the souls of our young people. But the more the church tries to compete with and be like the world, the more irrelevant the church becomes.

The world is not looking for what it already has. The world is looking for a way of escape from the bondage of sin. Deep in their hearts they are hoping that the church is the answer. However, when they come to the church and find the church trying to imitate the world, they lose hope. All the while, the church tries to become more extreme. It is a vicious cycle of one-upmanship. This is a battle the church can’t win because they are using the tools of the world instead of the Word.

​​​​​​​Some churches and denominations have gone to the other extreme and have become so liturgical and solemn that they actually exclude and intimidate and make Christianity seem like a form of elitism. There is a ditch on each side of this road. One ditch excludes everyone and makes the rules so stringent that it’s almost impossible to enter in. The other ditch is so oversensitive that almost everything is accepted in order to not offend anyone.

There must be balance in the church and that balance is the Word of God being taught by anointed ministers of God in a reverent house where the Holy Spirit is drawing people. In that atmosphere, souls will be saved, lives will be changed, bodies will be healed, marriages restored, and families of all ages will enjoy worshiping God together.

The role of ministers should not be to take the problems of the people to God. Instead, their duty is to spend time seeking God and then taking His Word to the people.

As the new church was being formed, the apostle Peter said there was a big decision that needed to be made: are we going to be pleasers of men, or are we going to be pleasers of God? (Galatians 1:10). Don’t take me wrong. I am not against contemporary worship services, but remember this — flashing lights, smoke machines, and 125 decibel music can get people excited for the moment, but only a manifestation of the glory of God and a move of the Holy Spirit will change people permanently.

 


A Nugget from New Life Network

Scripture for the Day (November 12, 2018)

To him the doorkeeper openeth, and the sheep hear his voice; and he calleth his own sheep by name and leadeth them out. (John 10:3)

Did you know that God knows your name? And did you know that God knows the names of believers and non-believers? Let’s look at some scriptures that prove both these points.

In Genesis God addressed Adam directly after Adam and Eve hid themselves: And the Lord God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou? (Genesis 3:9)

And the Lord said unto Moses, I will do this thing also that thou hast spoken: for thou hast found grace in my sight, and I know thee by name. (Exodus 33:17)​​​​​​​

In Acts Jesus addressed Saul directly on the road to Damascus: And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks. (Acts 9:4-5)

You and I are not a bunch of unknowns in the Spirit world. God knows us by name! He is thinking about each one of us and wants to be our friend.

For I know the plans and thoughts that I have for you,’ says the Lord, ‘plans for peace and well-being and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. (Jeremiah 29:11, Amplified Bible)

And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God. (James 2:23)

Friends know the names of their close friends.

The following are some partial lyrics from a song entitled “You Know My Name” sung by Tasha Cobb. You need to listen to this great song. Just click on the link provided below the lyrics and be blessed. He knows your name!!!

You Know My Name (by Tasha Cobb)

You know my name, And oh, how You comfort me, And oh, how You counsel me, Yet it still amazes me, That I am Your friend

You know my name, And oh, how You walk with me, Oh, how You talk with me, Oh, how You tell me, That I am Your own

No fire can burn me, No battle can turn me, No mountain can stop me, ‘Cause You hold my hand, Now I’m walking in Your victory, ‘Cause Your power is within me, No giant can defeat me, ‘Cause You hold my hand

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JpYzwASoEV0

 


A Nugget from New Life Network

(by Chris Musgrove of Future Now)

Scriptures for the Day (November 9, 2018)

Hebrews 13:8: Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.

James 1:17: Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.​​​​​

For years my wife Terri and I struggled financially, and though there are always financial challenges, finances aren’t near the struggle for us as they were before. What changed that made the difference? God didn’t change because He remains the same. We changed! Over the years we have discovered the biblical principle of seed time and harvest. We changed the way we did things and started basing what we did on the Word of God.

God is not a respecter of persons but he is a respecter of faith. God wants you to trust Him with your finances, to have faith in Him and His Word.

Hebrews 11:6 says, “But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.”

It doesn’t say without prayer or without reading your Bible or without giving it is impossible to please God. It says without faith it’s impossible to please God. With faith and trust in God you will pray and you will read your Bible and you will give. God has laid out the ways for us to receive the things He has for us, and it’s up to us to plug into them.

Luke 6:38 says, “Give and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.”

Matthew 16:19 says, “And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.”

It’s your job to use your faith (the keys) to give, and to bind and to loose.

Proverbs 3:5-6 says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.”

Have faith and trust in God and His Word and don’t lean to what you or anybody else thinks. Acknowledge God alone, and He will direct your paths. Jesus said, “It is finished”. The plan of redemption is waiting on you.

Pick up the keys and get busy!

 


A Nugget from New Life Network

Scripture for the Day (November 8, 2018)

​​​​​​​A virtuous woman is a crown to her husband: but she that maketh ashamed is as rottenness in his bones. (Proverbs 12:4)

We recently published a devotional entitled “Man to Man (about women)” which dealt mainly with how men, and especially husbands, should be treating their wives. I would encourage each of you to read that devotional. It does challenge some of the old teachings of the church, and I realize that, but maybe they need to be challenged. I was reminded during this current election cycle that women have only had the right to vote since 1920. It took a long time to break down that way of thinking.

Now, what we promote at New Life Network for husbands and wives is unity with God and unity and respect for each other. We think that is God’s plan for marriage and for years certain scriptures have been taken out of context which have weakened what God intended to be a powerful one-flesh relationship.

Today, we want to flip the coin and look at how women are to treat and speak to their husbands. Marriage is a two-way street and we both have responsibilities in this union. My wife and I have taught many marriage seminars and our scripture for the day is just one of the scriptures we have used to address healthy relationships. Many scriptures are written in such a manner that you can read them with your intellect and carnal mind and get one meaning, but if you read them in the Spirit you will get an entirely different meaning. Let’s look at this Proverbs 12:4 scripture very closely.

When you read that a virtuous woman is to be a crown to her husband, what do you hear? If you read it from a male dominant, religious, or intellectual perspective, you will probably interpret this to mean that the woman should look good and make the man look good. In other words, she is a mere ornament on display. But, if you read this same scripture from a Spirit, one-flesh, unity, team approach perspective, you get an entirely different meaning. Let me explain.

One of man’s deepest needs is to be encouraged and built up, regardless of how macho he might seem. The man is continually being assaulted by the enemy with thoughts that he is not good enough. He is not a good enough father. He is not a good enough provider. He is not a good enough lover. And the list goes on and on. A woman that is operating in the Spirit will recognize this need for her husband and will constantly be looking for ways to encourage and build up her husband’s self-esteem.

Now, let’s look at this same scripture from the perspective of encouraging and building up. When it says a virtuous woman is to be a crown to her husband, what do you hear now? What I hear is that one of the roles of a wife is to make her husband feel like a king. Her job is not to agree with the enemy and make him feel ashamed. That is the difference of reading this scripture in the Spirit and reading it in the flesh.

If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies, Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. (Philippians 2:1-3)

 


A Nugget from New Life Network

(by Dr. Larry Ollison)

Scripture for the Day (November 7, 2018)

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

Fear will paralyze you and keep you from the victory that God has planned for you. Fear is a spirit and the spirit of fear is not from God (2 Timothy 1:7).Peace is a show of confidence. Peace is the outward manifestation of an internal confidence and confidence is the manifestation of pure faith. Mature faith running at full power will destroy all of the plans and purposes of the enemy while delivering joy to the warrior of God. You can actually be swinging the sword of truth in what looks like the battle of your life with a smile on your face, peace in your heart, and victory on your lips.

Because you know the Word and because the Word says, “Greater is He that is in you than he that is in the world,”(1 John 4:4 KJV), you do not fear. Because you know God is on your side and because you believe Him, you stand in faith knowing that no weapon formed against you can ever prosper (Isaiah 54:17). You are victorious and you know it, and because you know it, you have peace.

Quit begging God to give you peace. He already has. Romans 5:1 says that as believers, “having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” Jesus is the King of peace and in Ephesians we are told that He Himself is our peace (Ephesians 2:14). Not only that, but the Spirit of Christ, the Holy Spirit, God Himself lives inside of you. You are a three-part being. You are spirit, soul, and body (1 Thessalonians 5:23). When you became a believer, the very Spirit of God, the Holy Spirit, moved inside of your spirit. As a Christian, you are literally Spirit-possessed. Your spirit is you, my spirit is me, and the Spirit of God is God. Because you are indwelt with the Spirit of God, you have the peace of God inside of you and regardless of what’s on the outside, you have the fruit of the Spirit on the inside (Galatians 5:22). As a Christian, He who is in you (the Holy Spirit) is greater than what is outside of you (1 John 4:4).

The peace of God should be flowing out of you into the world instead of the stress and pressures of the world getting into you. You have at your disposal the greatest power in the universe. Nothing can overpower the love of God and according to 1 John 4:7-8, God is love. Perfect love casts out fear (v.18).Worry and stress are by-products of fear. Rest and peace are by-products of faith. To eradicate the fear, all we must do is walk in perfect love, be led by the Spirit, and then the peace of God will flow from us and minister to a world that is living in darkness.

Jesus said you are the light of the world (Matthew 5:15). You have a responsibility to let the light shine from you into the darkness. Your testimony of peace will encourage and minister to others and you will discover through walking in the peace and rest of God that you will bring glory to God: “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven” (v.16).Walking in faith will make you a warrior. Walking in fear will make you a worrier. Warriors overcome the enemy and enjoy peace and rest even during times of battle. Worriers
live in a world of tension and stress, continually in fear at what might happen. What world are you living in?​​​​​​​

 


A Nugget from New Life Network

(by Dr. Larry Ollison)

Scripture for the Day (November 6, 2018)

“There were giants on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of men and they bore children to them. Those were the mighty men who were of old, men of renown” (Genesis 6:4).

Because of the sin of man, giants were on the earth. The giants were large and intimidating. Not only were they intimidating to the sight, but their mouths were intimidating also. There was a giant named Goliath, who intimidated the Hebrews with his size and with his mouth. He shouted words of defeat to the army under Saul, the king. And Saul and all his men stood at a distance in fear.

It was only when David, a young shepherd boy who had no fear, stepped before the giant that the people of God had the possibility of victory. When fear reigns, there is no faith. In fear, there is no possibility of victory because fear is the assurance of defeat. However, when faith steps forward, victory is not only a possibility, but victory is assured.

First Samuel 17:49-51 describes David’s victory: “Then David put his hand in his bag and took out a stone; and he slung it and struck the Philistine in his forehead, so that the stone sank into his forehead, and he fell on his face to the earth. So David prevailed over the Philistine with a sling and a stone, and struck the Philistine and killed him.”But there was no sword in the hand of David. Therefore David ran and stood over the Philistine, took his sword and drew it out of its sheath and killed him, and cut off his head with it. And when the Philistines saw that their champion was dead, they fled.”

Two things overpowered the giant – the rock and the sword. Today the same two things will overpower the giant in your life: Jesus is the cornerstone and His Word is the sword. Second Corinthians 10:3-5 says, “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.”

The world has discovered that you cannot negotiate with terrorists. Likewise, you cannot negotiate with demonic spirits. So when that giant of financial problems, sickness and disease, or anything else that comes against you stands in your path, remember that the giant is only a physical representation of a spiritual source. Use the weapons supplied by the Father through His Son (Ephesians 6:10-18).

Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;

 


A Nugget from New Life Network

Scripture for the Day (November 5, 2018)

A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies. (Proverbs 31:10)

I recently had a young man ask me to expound on what I thought about 1 Timothy 2:8-12. These particular scriptures are referring to men and women in the church. These particular issues, plus similar marriage issues, have been debated for centuries and will probably never be completely understood until we get to Heaven. However, I will share with you my personal feelings on this subject based on my study of the Word and fifty-one years of marriage.

In studying the Book of Acts and the Epistles you need to realize that there was a constant battle going on in that time between the “letter of the law” and “grace”. It is still going on today. The Apostles Paul and Peter actually got into a real argument over this matter because Peter was capitulating to some of the Jewish customs and wanted the Gentiles to follow his example. Paul was a strong believer in faith and grace and did not want these same requirements to be forced on the Gentiles. Paul’s argument was that we are saved by faith and not by works, which is very true. We can never be good enough, do enough works, or follow enough rules to qualify for salvation. If that could be true then there was no reason for Jesus to come and sacrifice his life for us. Our salvation was a gift of God that was paid for on the cross.

Now, when it comes to the man and woman issue, there are a lot of conflicting arguments that are on the surface backed by certain scriptures like the letter to Timothy. Some of them I can defend and explain and some I can’t. Some theologians think that the Apostles were addressing issues in particular groups and not referring to overall doctrine. I can’t prove that so therefore I have come to the conclusion that I will stick with what I see Jesus do (for He is my example) and I will also stick with some key foundational scriptures that I think describe the heart of God. The following are some of those key scriptures.

And the Lord God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him. (Genesis 2:18) The Hebrew word for help meet is “ezer” which means to aid, help, surround, and protect. In other words, the woman is very important. She is not just a maid or a baby sitter.

Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered. (1 Peter 3:7) In other words, God doesn’t like it when you don’t honor His daughters.

Whoso findeth a wife findeth a good thing, and obtaineth favour of the Lord. (Proverbs 18:22) Are you lacking favor? You may want to examine how you are treating your wife.

There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. (Galatians 3:8) Marriage is referred to as a one-flesh relationship in the Bible. You may also not know that it was not uncommon in biblical times for women to be shepherds. Rachel was a prime example.

But the Lord said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but he Lord looketh on the heart. (1 Samuel 16:7) God always looks at the heart.

Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. (2 Corinthians 3:17)

When I look at all these scriptures, I see what God intended woman to be. She is man’s other self. She completes man. She was not meant to be a doormat or stuck back in a corner and told to be quiet. And when I look at how Jesus treated women it paints a picture for me on how men are to treat women. Jesus never looked down on women, or treated them as second-class citizens. In fact, He revealed things to women that He did not reveal to men (Mary Magdalene was a prime example). He may very well reveal to your wife (or a woman in your church) the very answer you have been looking and praying for. Will you be open to that?

Let me ask you this. Does a bunch of rules, regulations, and restrictions (like dress, jewelry, and hair restrictions) promote freedom? No, it is the goodness of God that leads men and women to repentance, not rules and regulations. You cannot make people do right with a list of do’s and don’ts. They have to want to do right and when they fall in love with Jesus they will want to do right.

Did Jesus ever have women go tell the men? Yes He did! Mary Magdalene and the Samaritan woman were prime examples.

One of the most powerful forces on this earth is a husband and wife that are in unity with each other and in unity with God. That does not come by making each other follow a bunch of rules and regulations. It comes by giving each other the liberty to be what God has called them to be and supporting each other. The enemy knows that, and that is the reason he fights marriages so hard.

Now, some people will point to certain scriptures to prove that women should stay in their place and be silent. Those people will never experience the true freedom and power that God has for the ones that will step away from the bondage’s of customs and religion and step into the true freedom of the Holy Spirit. Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty!!!

This is my personal opinion and I’m sticking with it!!!