A Nugget from New Life Network

(excerpts from Future Now)

Scripture for the Day (September 18, 2018)​​​​​​​

Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father. And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything in My name, I will do it. (John 14:12-14)

Jesus is speaking to believers in John 14 because He says he who believes in me will do the works that I do and greater works will he do. Believers are the people who believe in Jesus and who have confessed and confess daily that Jesus is Lord. We will do the works of Jesus and greater works. Is that really possible? Now of course Satan will tell you no. He will whisper in your ear, “Who do you think you are?” He will accuse you of pride and arrogance because he is the accuser of the brethren. He will lie to you and say that all the works that Jesus and His apostles did mysteriously disappeared when they died, which is not scriptural at all. It is a lie because he is the father of lies.

So, let’s look at some other scriptures (the truth) that will help us see how these works and greater works (that Jesus said would be) are possible.

In John 14:16-17 Jesus says, “And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever— the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you.”

In John 16:7 Jesus says, “Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you.”

Jesus was leaving and it was going to be to our advantage because he was going to send the Holy Spirit who could live in each and every believer. Jesus could only be in one place at a time but the Holy Spirit could be anywhere and everywhere, living in each believer. That makes way for greater works.

Also in Matthew 16:19 Jesus 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.”

He gave us His name and the authority to use His name so we could do the works He did and even greater works.

And lastly, we can do even greater works than He did because of prayer. He tells us in verses 13 and 14: “Whatsoever YE SHALL ASK in my name, that will I do. . . . If YE SHALL ASK any thing in my name, I will do it.”

We can accomplish the greater works through the power of prayer! Prayer is putting God to work in the earth and nothing is impossible with God. (Luke1:37)

I want to ask you a simple question. Are you expecting greater works? Could it be that we have been lied to and the very freedom and anointing that Jesus paid for with His own blood has been stolen from us? Jesus was either telling us the truth or He was lying. I choose to believe Jesus was telling us the truth and Satan was and is a liar.

It is time to start living and expecting greater works!!!

 


A Nugget from New Life Network

(by Dr. Larry Ollison)

Scripture for the Day (September 17, 2018)

But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. (John 14:26)

We were designed and created by God to walk in all the fruit of the Holy Spirit. God created us to be masters at walking in love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faithfulness, meekness, and self-control. We were not created to handle stress, anxiety, worry, and strife. That’s why these negative emotions and feelings have such damaging effects on our physical bodies.

Medical research is discovering that love, joy, peace, and all the other parts of the fruit of the Spirit actually have beneficial effects on our physical bodies. The Bible says in Proverbs 17:22 that, “A merry heart does good, like medicine, but a broken spirit dries the bones.” Laughter and joy actually have medicinal, healing effects on our bodies.

When Adam fell in the Garden of Eden, the whole human race fell with him. Now that Jesus has redeemed mankind from the curse of sin, we are free to begin exploring and experiencing life as God originally designed us to live it! It was never the will of God for us to live bitter, oppressed, joyless lives. That’s not what we were created for, but mankind has become so used to living that way that most people are experts at it.

Too many people are professionals at walking in unforgiveness and anger. Some are so developed at walking in depression and insecurity that it has become second nature to them. Others are actually artists at dwelling on wounds and hurts from the past. Did you know that it is unnatural for people to live this way? The world wants you to think that it is perfectly normal to be miserable and that there isn’t any other way – but there is!

In John 10:10 Jesus said, “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.” Jesus wants us to live the way God originally designed for us to live (an abundant life). That’s why He died on the cross for you and me.

God wants us to experience this abundant life, and the Holy Spirit is standing by ready to show you what this life is all about. The Holy Spirit wants you to know the difference between life and death. He wants you to be able to discern the difference between what is truth and what is a lie. He wants to show you how to recognize what is good and what is evil (1 John 2:26-28).

If you want to live this type life, you must maintain constant awareness of the Holy Spirit. You must be willing to obey God at all times. If you are willing to obey and honor God in every thought and deed, you will experience a beautiful time of renewal and transformation. Things may not be easy at first, but you will be very pleased with the results. It takes a lot of trust in God to live this way, but living for God is the most beautiful way to live.

 

 


A Nugget from New Life Network

Scripture for the Day (September 14, 2018)

In the same way, I tell you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents [that is, changes his inner self—his old way of thinking, regrets past sins, lives his life in a way that proves repentance; and seeks God’s purpose for his life].” (Luke 15:10, Amplified Bible)

It is just amazing to me how many people spend most of their life running from God. They use every excuse in the book. The church is just filled with hypocrites. I tried going to church and they rejected me. The Pastor ran off with the secretary. All they want is my money. On and on it goes with excuse after excuse. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised because I was the same way for years. I saw and experienced some of the same problems with church folk and was quick to paint the whole Body of Christ with that same broad brush. I wasted 35 years of my life living for me and not for God.

What is really amazing is that God keeps loving us anyway and He is just waiting for us to turn to Him. The story of the prodigal son is a great example of God’s patience and continuing love for us:

And he said, A certain man had two sons: And the younger of them said to his father, Father, give me the portion of goods that falleth to me. And he divided unto them his living. And not many days after the younger son gathered all together, and took his journey into a far country, and there wasted his substance with riotous living. And when he had spent all, there arose a mighty famine in that land; and he began to be in want. And he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country; and he sent him into his fields to feed swine. And he would fain have filled his belly with the husks that the swine did eat: and no man gave unto him. And when he came to himself, he said, How many hired servants of my father’s have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger! I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee, And am no more worthy to be called thy son: make me as one of thy hired servants. And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him. And the son said unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in thy sight, and am no more worthy to be called thy son. But the father said to his servants, Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet: And bring hither the fatted calf, and kill it; and let us eat, and be merry: For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found. And they began to be merry. (Luke 15:11-24)

What we see hear is the age old battle of Satan trying to steal our children. He shows them all the glitter in the world and they think they do not need God. But in the end, it will always end up in some type of destruction because Satan comes to steal, kill, and destroy. Thankfully the prodigal realized that he needed to return to the Father. The Father stilled loved his son and welcomed him back with open arms and a great celebration.

We deal with so many that are in this same boat. They have lost almost everything and yet they are still making excuses of why they cannot turn to God. They are too busy trying to provide for their family. They don’t have a good church to attend. Their mate is not in agreement. We can point them in the right direction, but we cannot make them run towards God. They have to make up their own minds. They have to seek and knock. They have to seek first the Kingdom. But here is the truth. The Father God is always ready to receive them and have a celebration.

Please pray for all the prodigals!!! Open their eyes Lord that they may see and run to you!!!

 

 


A Nugget from New Life Network

(excerpts from Chris Musgrove of Future Now)

Scripture for the Day (September 13, 2018)

And he said unto them, The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath: Therefore the Son of man is Lord also of the sabbath. (Mark 2:27-28)

There was a woman that was bound by Satan with a spirit of infirmity for eighteen long years and Jesus laid His hands on her on the Sabbath and healed her. Now, you know that probably every person in that community knew that woman. I’m sure they had watched her suffer for eighteen long years. So you would think people would have been rejoicing over this miraculous healing but instead they started complaining about it because she was healed on the Sabbath. Let’s take a close look at this event as described in scripture in Luke 13:10-17:

Now He was teaching in one of the synagogues on the Sabbath. And behold, there was a woman who had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years, and was bent over and could in no way raise herself up. But when Jesus saw her, He called her to Him and said to her, “Woman, you are loosed from your infirmity.” And He laid His hands on her, and immediately she was made straight, and glorified God. But the ruler of the synagogue answered with indignation, because Jesus had healed on the Sabbath; and he said to the crowd, “There are six days on which men ought to work; therefore come and be healed on them, and not on the Sabbath day.” The Lord then answered him and said, “Hypocrite! Does not each one of you on the Sabbath loose his ox or donkey from the stall, and lead it away to water it? So ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan has bound—think of it—for eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the Sabbath?” And when He said these things, all His adversaries were put to shame; and all the multitude rejoiced for all the glorious things that were done by Him.

Now, let’s look at Acts 10:38: “How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.” According to Acts 10:38, God was with Jesus when he healed that woman. The God who created the Sabbath was okay with her healing and wanted this woman healed. But the religious ruler felt that it was more important to obey their religious law than for this woman to be loosed on the Sabbath.

Luke 13:16 in the New Living Translation says this, “Isn’t it right that she be released, even on the Sabbath?” As a daughter of Abraham she had a covenant right to be healed. Well, because of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ we have all become children of God. She was under the Old Covenant, but we are under the New Covenant.

Hebrews 8:6 says, “But now He has obtained a more excellent ministry, inasmuch as He is also Mediator of a better covenant, which was established on better promises.”

How much more does God want to see us healed and released? Be healed and released today!!


A Nugget from New Life Network

(excerpts from Dr. Larry Ollison)

Scripture for the Day (September 12, 2018)

(For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; (2 Corinthians 10:4-5)

Words and observations enter through the realm of our soul (mind, will, and emotions). When they enter, we have a choice. We either accept them or cast them down. The words we receive and accept eventually enter the heart and either strengthen fear or strengthen faith. What they strengthen is determined by the source of the words.

Words of doubt and unbelief, if accepted, will eventually develop or strengthen fear. Words of truth, if accepted, will strengthen or develop faith. Every thought you have either complements or contends with faith.

When Jesus was talking to His disciples in John 16:6 about the things that were about to happen He said, “But because I have said these things to you, sorrow has filled your heart.” Your heart can be sad, or your heart can be happy. The decision is actually yours. If you hear and accept words of sadness then the sadness will grow and sadness is a type of fear. The very next statement Jesus made in John 16:7 was a statement of faith that drives out fear.

Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you. (John 16:7)

The Word of God is God’s faith. When you are open to receiving God’s Word, and you hear God’s Word, then faith goes into your heart like a seed. It will grow into a full manifestation. In the same way, Satan’s words are like seed. When you are open to his words, even without realizing it, his lies and deceptions are planted into your heart and will grow into full manifestation unless you cast them down. A great example of that is the story of Ananias and Sapphira. “But Peter said, ‘Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit and keep back part of the price of the land for yourself? While it remained, was it not your own? And after it was sold, was it not in your own control? Why have you conceived this thing in your heart? You have not lied to men but to God.'” (Acts 5:3-4)

So the conclusion is this. Allow your heart to be filled with God’s Word so that faith will abound. Reject and cast down the fear-filled words of the enemy. Only you can make that choice, so choose wisely.

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. (Philippians 4:8)

I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live: (Deuteronomy 30:19)

 

 


A Nugget from New Life Network

(excerpts from Chris Musgrove of Future Now)

Scripture for the Day (September 11, 2018)

He is the sole expression of the glory of God [the Light-being, the out-raying or radiance of the divine], and He is the perfect imprint and very image of [God’s] nature, upholding and maintaining and guiding and propelling the universe by His mighty word of power. When He had by offering Himself accomplished our cleansing of sins and riddance of guilt, He sat down at the right hand of the divine Majesty on high, (Hebrews 1:3, AMPC)

I’ve heard people say when bad things happen to them, or to other people, that they don’t know whether it was God or the devil that did it. This is probably the number one problem that we see with people trying to come to grips with who God is. They get all mixed up with what they think the Old Testament depicts about God versus what the New Testament depicts. Some religious doctrines (notice I did not say religious truths) confuse the picture even more when they attribute every good and every bad/evil thing to God.

It is critical to our faith that we know who God is and know what His intentions and heart desires are toward us. The only way you are going to know that is through His Word which is Jesus and is the truth. Let’s look at some scriptures that will help us define who God the Father really is.

John 14:9-10: Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and yet you have not known Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; so how can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me? The words that I speak to you I do not speak on My own authority; but the Father who dwells in Me does the works.”

Jesus said in verse 9 that “if you’ve seen me you’ve seen the Father.” If you want to know what the Father does, look at Jesus. Then Jesus said in verse 10 that “the Father who dwells in me He does the works.” Jesus never put sickness on anybody, but Jesus did say in John 10:10, “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.”

I also hear people say, “Well what about that hurricane or storm that killed so many people and destroyed so many homes? If God didn’t do it, who did?” In Luke 8:24 Jesus calmed the storm. He didn’t send it. Let me ask you this question. Would Jesus rebuke a storm that His Father sent? Absolutely not!! Storms come to kill and destroy. I wonder who does that?

John 9:4 says, “I must work the works of Him who sent Me while it is day; the night is coming when no one can work.” In verse 6, right after He said that, He healed a blind man. Acts 10:38 says, “How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.” Did God send the sickness or did the devil?

If you want to know what God does, get into the Word of God and see what Jesus did. Jesus is the exact representation of the Father. If you know Jesus, you know the Father. If you have seen Jesus, you have seen the Father.

In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins: Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: (Colossians 1:13-15).

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God (John 1:1).

And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth (John 1:14).

See Jesus, see the Father!

 

 


A Nugget from New Life Network

(by Dr. Larry Ollison)

Scripture for the Day (September 10, 2018)

That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, (Ephesians 1:17-19)

In Second Kings 6, the King of Syria declared war upon Israel. However, when the King of Syria planned his attacks, Israel was forewarned and avoided the battle. This happened so consistently that the King of Syria thought he had a spy within his own camp. But upon investigation, he discovered he did not have a spy in his camp, but instead the prophet Elisha was telling the King of Israel the secret plans of the Syrians. Elisha was prophesying by the direction of the Holy Spirit and telling the King of Israel things he could never have otherwise known.

The King of Syria commanded his troops to find Elisha. They found the prophet in Dothan, so the King sent horses and chariots and a great army there. They traveled secretly by night and as the sun rose, this great army could be seen all around the city. Early that morning, the servant of Elisha was awakened to the sight and sounds of a great army prepared for war, surrounding the city of Dothan. Of course, the servant of the prophet was very upset and exclaimed, “Master, what shall we do?” Elisha answered him and gave him instruction that would seem foolish if he was only looking at the circumstances. He said, “Do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them” (2 Kings 6:16).

To the servant, this must have sounded ridiculous because there were thousands ready for battle all around the city. As far as he could see, there were only two-Elisha and himself-to stand against this great army.

Elisha was not young in faith, but instead was seasoned in the things of God and sensitive to the Spirit of God. He had learned the power of God is not diminished because of the great appearance of the enemy. Instead of reacting by what he saw and stepping into fear, he acted upon the Word of God and stepped into faith. Elisha prayed and said, “Lord, open the eyes of this young man that he may see” (v. 17). The Lord immediately answered the prayer of Elisha and opened the young man’s eyes, so he could see the seen and the unseen. What he saw was the great and full army of the Lord, horses, and chariots of fire surrounding Elisha.

As the story continues, the Syrians were struck with blindness (v. 18) and the story ends with victory. However, the point is this. The great and mighty army of God did not arrive when Elisha prayed. The army of God was already there; it was just invisible. When Elisha prayed, the young man’s eyes were opened, and he was able to see what all along had been there.

Many times in life, we look at the circumstances and see the great army of the enemy stationed in battle array ready to come against us. But we should never underestimate the great and mighty army of God. Although it may not be seen, it is still there, and it has greater strength than the enemy. When we walk by faith and base our actions upon what God says instead of walking in fear with our actions based upon the appearance of the enemy, then the power of God will be manifested, and we will see victory.

Click on and listen to this great song by Michael Ketterer entitled “Spirit Lead Me”.

 

 

 


A Nugget from New Life Network

(by Dr. Larry Ollison)

Scripture for the Day (September 7, 2018)

While we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal (2 Corinthians 4:18).

The world was created temporal by the Word of God as a place for man to exist and have dominion over. This physical world is considered temporary by God, but He considers the unseen world of the Spirit as eternal. He is the Creator who, by His Word, spoke everything we see into existence.

If man could travel at the speed of light, which is 186,282 miles per second, or 670,616,629 miles per hour, it would take billions of years to travel to the galaxies we now see with telescopes in space and observatories. Truly the vastness of the creation we can see is beyond our imagination, but it pales in comparison to what we can’t see.

While the Scriptures clearly tell us that God created everything both visible and invisible (Colossians 1:16), we are also instructed in the Scriptures to walk by faith and not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7). In other words, the things of the Spirit that are unseen are more reliable and true than what you see and sense with your natural senses. One of the great purposes of the Holy Spirit for mankind is to draw, guide, reveal, and seal us so that we can be transformed and delivered from darkness into the kingdom of light, which is spiritual and eternal.

When Paul was writing to the Corinthians, he made a statement that is often quoted. He said, “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him” (1 Corinthians 2:9). While this is an eloquent, much quoted phrase, Paul is actually revealing a deep truth of the Spirit realm. He is saying that your eyes cannot see, and your ears cannot hear, and your heart cannot imagine the things of the Spirit realm. But he goes on to say God has miraculously revealed them to those who are believers through His Spirit and it is the Spirit who searches the deep things of God (1 Corinthians 2:10). He strongly implies that without the Spirit, the senses of man and the heart of man would never be able to detect these things.

Because the deep things of God that are unseen to man in the Spirit world are only revealed by the Holy Spirit, the natural world on this earth is confused and does not understand when the things of the Spirit are explained to them in a natural, intellectual way. In Paul’s letter to the Corinthians, he told them the natural man cannot receive the things of the Spirit of God because they are foolishness to him; there is no way that they can know the things of the Spirit, because they are spiritually discerned (1 Corinthians 2:14).

It is the Spirit of God that brings revelation and without the Spirit, there is no revelation of the Spirit world.

 

 

 


A Nugget from New Life Network

Scripture for the Day (September 6, 2018)

Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him. (James 1:12)

We live in a world that is full of temptations. If you have never been tempted then you live in a different world than me. The critical question is, where do these temptations come from? What is their source?

Some religions attribute everything that happens to God. Let’s take a look at the Word of God and see if that is really true.

Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man: But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death. Do not err, my beloved brethren. Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. (James 1:13-17)

The Amplified Bible says it like this: Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God” [for temptation does not originate from God, but from our own flaws]; for God cannot be tempted by [what is] evil, and He Himself tempts no one. But each one is tempted when he is dragged away, enticed and baited [to commit sin] by his own [worldly] desire (lust, passion). Then when the illicit desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and when sin has run its course, it gives birth to death. Do not be misled, my beloved brothers and sisters. Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above; it comes down from the Father of lights [the Creator and Sustainer of the heavens], in whom there is no variation [no rising or setting] or shadow cast by His turning [for He is perfect and never changes].

Do not err or be misled, my beloved brothers and sisters. That statement by James is very important!!! That means we can attribute actions of the enemy to God and believe me the enemy loves it when we do that. It is vitally important for all of us to know the heart of God and know that it is not God that is playing temptation games with us to see how we will react.

The best way you can know the heart of God is to spend time with Him in prayer, and in reading His Word. When you first met your wife, did you really know her? Absolutely not!! It took time and a lot of personal contact. If someone came up to me now (after 51 years of marriage) and told me that my wife was out getting drunk I would immediately know that was a lie because I know her. If someone comes up to you and tells you that God tempts people, or is putting sickness on people to test them, you need to know Him well enough to know that is a lie from the enemy and immediately reject it.

This is the message we heard from Jesus and now declare to you: God is light, and there is no darkness in him at all. (1 John 1:5, NLT)

 


A Nugget from New Life Network

Scripture for the Day (September 5, 2018)

But I certify you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached of me is not after man. For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ. (Galatians 1:11-12)

Paul had one of the most dramatic encounters ever with Jesus on the road to Damascus (Acts 9). He was radically changed that day and the days following when Ananias prayed for him to be healed and filled with the Holy Spirit (Acts 9:17). However, even though he was changed from walking in the darkness to walking in the light, he still had a lot to learn. He said he did not immediately confer with flesh and blood but waited three years before he went to Jerusalem to meet with Peter (Galatians 1:16-18). That time was obviously spent learning from the Lord what to do and how to do it.

As we look back on the ministry life of Paul there are four distinguishing traits that were very instrumental in the success of his life and ministry. These same traits are still important today for all of us that want to walk with the Lord.

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

Paul knew that he could not afford to harbor bitterness toward God or man. He had plenty of opportunities to do so but he knew that he had to always shake them off. The snake biting him on the Isle of Melita (Acts 28:1-5) was a perfect example. He could have immediately become bitter at God for allowing a poisonous snake to attack him like that but he did not go there. He shook it off!!!

2. I thank my God, I speak with tongues more than ye all: (1 Corinthians 14:18).

Wherefore, brethren, covet to prophesy, and forbid not to speak with tongues. (1 Corinthians 14:39).

Paul understood the importance of communicating with God in his personal prayer language and he was not shy about it.

3. And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness (2 Corinthains 12:9).

Paul’s thorn in the flesh (which was from Satan and not from God per 2 Corinthians 12:7) has been debated for centuries. Bottom-line, we all have a thorn in the flesh. None of us are perfect, but God’s grace is sufficient. If nothing else, it is a constant reminder that we need God to overcome and keep the flesh in subjection to the Spirit. It is also another opportunity to not get offended at God.

4. Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus (Philippians 3:13-14).

Looking back has never been a productive spiritual trait. It did not work for Lot’s wife. Jesus said in Luke 9:62 that no man looking back, after putting his hand to the plow, is fit for the Kingdom. God also told Abraham in Hebrews 11:15 if they were mindful (continuously looking back) on the country they came out of they may have had opportunity to return rather than go to where God was leading.

These four traits served the Apostle Paul very well. They will serve us very well also. We need to make up our minds that we will not be offended or become bitter at God or man regardless of what happens. We need to pray in the Spirit consistently. We need to recognize that God’s grace is sufficient to help us walk through every challenge and obstacle in life. We need to never look back. Looking back, while driving a car or riding a bike, can cause a wreck. It can do the same thing in our spiritual journey. We are to be always moving forward and pressing toward what God has for us and going in the direction He says to go.