A Nugget from New Life Network

Scripture for the Day – May 21, 2019

Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices. (2 Corinthians 2:11)

The word ignorant comes from the word ignore. When we ignore something we open ourselves up to ignorance.

Serving as Chaplains for several different corporations for decades has given my wife and me some unusual insights into different religious doctrines and teachings from various churches. One of the things that concern us greatly is how some churches never teach about our enemy Satan. In fact, I was recently told by one church member that Satan was a defeated foe and therefore he had no power over us and we did not have to deal with him anymore. Wow!!! What an open door for the enemy!!!

One of the most important things a nation should always do before going to war with another nation is to never underestimate their enemy. Never be ignorant of their devices. Pride always comes before a fall. Just as soon as you ignore or under estimate your enemy, you open yourself up for defeat. So, let’s look at the truth as it relates to Satan, our enemy:

“From the beginning of history, the evil one has battled in the spiritual realm against the Lord and His people. Satan is the great deceiver, the expert at making rebellion look attractive, the teller of lies, and the maestro of doubt. He deceived Eve in the garden by attacking the very Word of God, and he has been working tirelessly ever since to assault the minds and hearts of humanity. This battle continues today. Paul warned the Corinthian church that “we do not war according to the flesh” (2 Corinthians 10:3). We are engaged in a spiritual battle, and spiritual darkness runs rampant. The leader of the forces of this darkness is none other than Satan himself. From the very beginning, Satan’s demise was predicted. In Genesis 3:15, God prophesied that the serpent (Satan) would bruise the heel of the Seed of the woman, but Jesus—the Seed of the woman—would crush the serpent’s head. The defeat of Satan in one sense has already occurred. The Crucifixion and Resurrection of Christ guaranteed Satan’s doom. Satan awaits the inevitable: he, along with all of the enemies of God, will be thrown into the lake of fire for all eternity.” The devil, who deceived them, was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone where the beast and the false prophet are. And they will be tormented day and night forever and ever. (Revelation 20:10). (Excerpts from www.answersingenesis.org)

We are now living in a time of great deception where the truth becomes a lie and good becomes evil. Many are taught that the enemy (Satan) is either powerless or some sort of fictional character. Where do you think all this comes from? It comes straight from the Father of Lies. If he can get you and me to believe that he has no power or influence then whatever happens (regardless of how evil it may be) is blamed on God. What a sweet deal!

Wake up church!!! Revelation 20:10 has not taken place yet. Satan is not in the lake of fire. He is on planet earth promoting his lies and creating havoc.

The Apostles warned us in the New Testament (after the crucifixion of Christ) that we are still in a war.

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. (Ephesians 6:12) Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: (1 Peter 5:8) Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. (James 4:7) Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. (Ephesians 6:11) And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; (Mark 16:17)

As a born again Christian you should not have any fear of Satan, but you cannnot afford to be ignorant. You must be able to identify the lies (you do that by knowing the Word of God). You must know who you are in Christ (you know that by knowing the Word of God) and you must be clothed with the full armor of God. You must then resist Satan at every turn.

Ignoring your enemy is a sign of ignorance and that my friend is an open door to losing a battle.

 


A Nugget from New Life Network

Scripture for the Day – May 20, 2019

Joseph replied, “Don’t be afraid. Do I act for God? Don’t you see, you planned evil against me but God used those same plans for my good, as you see all around you right now—life for many people. Easy now, you have nothing to fear; I’ll take care of you and your children.” He reassured them, speaking with them heart-to-heart. (Genesis 50:20, The Message Bible)

There has been so much misunderstanding and misuse of the Book of Job. Universal religious doctrines have been created and taught about God that has no resemblance to the truth. If I had to guess I would guess that the book of Job is Satan’s favorite book in the Bible because it’s so easy to manipulate and misunderstand.

We have religious doctrines, teachings, and even contemporary Christian songs that extract and use statements by Job in an attempt to create universal doctrines. Examples of such statements include “shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil?” and “though He slay me I will trust in Him” and “the Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away.” The problem with these three examples was that there is no evil in God; God was not trying to slay him (Satan was); and the gifts of God are without repentance (Romans 11:29).

In the end, Job recognized his errors, repented, and said, “I have heard of you by the hearing of the ear: but now my eye seeth thee (Job 42:5).” Job’s heart was obviously for God and God knew that because He called Job a perfect and upright man that feared God and hated evil (Job 1:8). Was Job perfect in his theology? No! But, he was perfect in his heart towards God and God always looks at the heart versus outward appearances. Job loved God with all his heart, mind, and soul and that means everything to God!!!

Let’s look at a few scattered statements made by Job that reveal his heart and his respect towards God in the face of unimaginable grief, the threat of deadly depression, and the constant condemnations and accusations from his supposed religious friends:

He is wise in heart, and mighty in strength: who hath hardened himself against him, and hath prospered? (Job 9:4)

Shall not his excellency make you afraid? and his dread fall upon you? (Job 13:11)

My friends scorn me: but mine eye poureth out tears unto God. (Job 16:20)

For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth: And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God: (Job 19:25-26)

But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold. (Job 23:10)

There were a lot of words spoken by Job, and by his supposed religious friends. In the end, what was Job’s assessment of his own words? What was God’s assessment of all the words?

I uttered that I understood not; things too wonderful for me, which I knew not. Hear, I beseech thee, and I will speak: I will demand of thee, and declare thou unto me. I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear: but now mine eye seeth thee. Wherefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes. And it was so, that after the Lord had spoken these words unto Job, the Lord said to Eliphaz the Temanite, My wrath is kindled against thee, and against thy two friends: for ye have not spoken of me the thing that is right, as my servant Job hath. (Job 42:3-7)

In the end, God turned the entire situation around and blessed Job with twice as much as he ever had.

Oh that men would praise the Lord for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men! (Psalm
107:8)

 


A Nugget from New Life Network

Scripture for the Day – May 17, 2019

Be strong and of a good courage: for unto this people shalt thou divide for an inheritance the land, which I sware unto their fathers to give them. Only be thou strong and very courageous, that thou mayest observe to do according to all the law, which Moses my servant commanded thee: turn not from it to the right hand or to the left, that thou mayest prosper withersoever thou goest. This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success. Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest. (Joshua 1:6-8)

What is God doing in Joshua 1:6-8? He is encouraging Joshua!!! He is building him up with His words. He is sowing courage into Joshua.

Let’s take a closer look at the power of encouragement. The Webster’s New World Dictionary defines the word encourage as follows: to give courage, hope, confidence, help or support. That is exactly what God was doing with Joshua. He was speaking courage to him. He was speaking hope to him. He was speaking success and prosperity to him.

In my lifetime I have witnessed businesses grow from meager beginnings to billion dollar companies and that growth was mainly due to the encouragement of other people. I have also seen marriages grow and flourish under the same conditions. On the other hand, I have also seen businesses and marriages dissolve and break apart due to strife, anger, harsh words, and discouragement. Death and life are truly in the power of the tongue.

Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof. (Proverbs 18:21)

The Bible to me is a “Book of Encouragement”. It gives us hope in situations that appear hopeless. It tells us we can be overcomers and more than conquerors. It’s like a grand cheer from God that encourages us to never give up. It lets us know that God is for us and not against us. It tells us that he is thinking about us and His thoughts and plans for us are
for good and not for evil, to give us hope.

One of the most defining scriptures of how God wants us to speak to others is in 1 Corinthians 14:3.

But he that prophesieth, speaketh unto men for edification and exhortation and comfort. (KJV)

But [on the other hand] the one who prophesies speaks to people for edification [to promote their spiritual growth] and [speaks words of] encouragement [to uphold and advise them concerning the matters of, God] and [speaks words of] consolation [to compassionately comfort them]. (Amplified Bible)

We all need encouragement. The scripture above shows us the heart of God. It says that when we prophesy (when we speak the inspired Word of God to others) it needs to be for edification, exhortation and comfort. God’s way has worked pretty well over the years and I have seen it work extremely well in marriages and businesses.

It’s His encouragement that led Joshua to success and prosperity. It’s your encouragement of others that will cause people to inherit the land.

 

 


A Nugget from New Life Network

(by Chris Musgrove of Future Now)

Scripture for the Day – May 16, 2019

Luke 5:12-13: And it happened when He was in a certain city, that behold, a man who was full of leprosy saw Jesus; and he fell on his face and implored Him, saying, “Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean.” Then He put out His hand and touched him, saying, “I am willing; be cleansed.” Immediately the leprosy left him

There are many people today that are right where this man with leprosy was. They believe Jesus can heal them, if he is willing. Jesus was not only willing to heal him. He was willing to put His hand on a man that as Luke said, “was full of leprosy”.

With leprosy the appearance of the face would be altered, so that the sufferer would come to resemble a lion. Nodules would grow on the vocal chords so that the leper spoke with a raspy voice. The body was in a state of living decomposition, thus a terrible stench surrounded the leper constantly. Leprosy attacked the nervous system, compromising the body’s ability to feel pain. It acted as an anesthetic, numbing the body. The leper might step on a stone or a thorn and injure his foot and be totally unaware that there was a problem. Infection would set in and eventually, the injured foot might just fall off. The leper might wash his face in scalding water and blind himself. He might reach into a fire to pick up a dropped potato and not realize that he had been badly burned. Rats would often chew on sleeping lepers.

When it was determined that a man had leprosy, they would banish him from the village and it was unlawful for a leper to approach within 50 feet of a clean person. In the Bible, leprosy was far more than a disease. It was also a type of sin. The leper usually died a horrible death.

This information on leprosy helps us see into the mindset of the leper. Now you can see what possibly would’ve caused him to say, “I know you can heal me if you’re willing.” I’m sure he felt so unworthy from the shame of social isolation. But Jesus made a bold display of the love and nature of God when he touched the leper (this was a big no no!) and said, “I am willing, be cleansed!” Jesus wanted people to make no mistake about it. He is willing to heal anyone, even a leper!!!

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. God was the one who was anointing Jesus to heal all. Jesus and God are the same and they haven’t changed.

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

I hear people say all the time that it is not God’s will to heal everybody, but they can provide no scripture to validate that statement. Nowhere in the scriptures does Jesus ever say, “I won’t heal you.”

I John 5:14-15: Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.

This doesn’t mean we pray, “Lord heal brother so and so if it’s Your will.” Nowhere in the Bible did anyone pray that way while praying for someone. Find scriptures that cover your prayer needs and pray in line with the Word of God. God’s Word is God’s will; so pray in line with His Word.

John 15:7: If you abide in me, and my Word abides in you, you shall ask what you will and it shall be done.

 


A Nugget from New Life Network

Scripture for the Day – May 15, 2019

For I know the plans (and thoughts) I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good (peace, prosperity, well-being, security and success) and not for disaster (evil, hurt, suffering or calamity), to give you a (good) future and a hope. (Jeremiah 29:11 NLT, AMP, CEV, EXB, ICB, ISV, NCV, NIRV, NIVUK)

Jeremiah 29:11 is probably one of the most quoted verses in the Bible. It is especially revealing when you look at all the different translations of the Bible. It reveals the thoughts and intents of God’s heart towards us. Thoughts always precede actions!!! You and I do not do anything without it first being a thought. God is the same way because we are made in His image.

Now, let’s take a close look at what God is thinking about. Is he thinking about how He can put sickness on you to teach you a lesson of some sort? Is He thinking about creating some kind of disaster to punish you for something you did or said? Is He thinking about putting road blocks in your way to keep you from prosperity and success? No, No, No!!!!!! His thoughts towards you are always for the good. He wants us to prosper and be in health. He wants us to walk in His ways and have success.

Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth. (3 John 2)

This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success. Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest. (Joshua 1:8-9)

His thoughts towards His children are always loving, redemptive, or restorative in nature. When we are lost, His thoughts are to leave the ninety and nine and find the one that is lost. When we go through tragedy, His thoughts are to restore. When we mess up, His thoughts are always redemptive in nature.

If we [freely] admit that we have sinned and confess our sins, He is faithful and just [true to His own nature and promises], and will forgive our sins and cleanse us continually from all unrighteousness [our wrongdoing, everything not in conformity with His will and purpose]. (1 John 1:9, Amplified Bible)

All you have to do is look at Jesus and He is a perfect reflection of His Father’s thoughts. Jesus was all about loving the unlovely, redeeming the lost, and restoration.

The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. (2 Peter 3:9)

God’s mercies are new every morning and He will always turn the very thing Satan meant for harm to the good. Joseph replied, “Don’t be afraid. Do I act for God? Don’t you see, you planned evil against me but God used those same plans for my good, as you see all around you right now—life for many people. Easy now, you have nothing to fear; I’ll take care of you and your children.” He reassured them, speaking with them heart-to-heart. (Genesis 50:20, The Message Bible)

The bottom-line is this. The thief comes to steal, kill and destroy (John 10:10). God is not a thief. God is good and He is good all the time!!!

 

 


A Nugget from New Life Network

(by Dr. Larry Ollison)

Scripture for the Day – May 14, 2019

But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh. For the flesh sets its desire against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; for these are in opposition to one another, so that you may not do the things that you please. (Galatians 5:16-17)

It’s not enough to know about our heavenly rights. We must know how to exercise them. It is important to take the time to devote to study and prayer, so we can understand for ourselves the things we hear so much about in church.

Some do not understand what it means to walk in the Spirit. Galatians 5:25 says, “If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.” As a young Christian, I thought that living in the Spirit and walking in the Spirit meant the same thing. But if it did mean the same thing, the Bible wouldn’t say, “If you live in the Spirit, THEN ALSO walk in the Spirit.”

In the original language, live and walk are two very different words. The word “live” simply means to have life, to breathe. The word “walk” is a much stronger word. It means arrange in a regular line, march in military rank, to keep step, to conform to virtue and piety, and to walk orderly. The word “walk” is a much stronger word that talks about discipline and conduct. To live in the Spirit is something that you simply are. To walk in the Spirit is something that you have to learn how to do.

Those who just live in the Spirit are the people who have received salvation and are no longer classified as spiritually dead. They are saved, but there is little fruit in their lives. They have not developed spiritually. But those who walk in the Spirit are the people that have actually disciplined themselves to the point of becoming Christ-like. If there are areas of sin in our lives and they are not confronted and dealt with, they will forever serve as weights to keep us from reaching our full potential in Christ.

Can you hear God’s voice? Are you sensitive to the Holy Spirit? The majority of Christians today would probably answer yes to both of these questions. You have probably had experiences that clearly prove that you can hear God. But, how many areas are there in your life where you know you are still walking according to the flesh? How many areas are there in your life where you know that you have not yet renewed your mind according to the Word of God? Some in the Body of Christ, in spite of the fact that they live in the Spirit, have not yet learned to walk in the Spirit.

Galatians 5:25 says walk in the Spirit, and it literally means conduct yourself according to the Spirit. If you want your life to bear the fruit of the Holy Spirit, you must understand that this fruit will not just fall into your life out of the sky one day. You have to make a determined effort that you are going to live for the kingdom of God. The Holy Spirit is here to help you succeed, but you must make the choice to live for God’s kingdom. You must not be willing to settle for anything less. You must be determined in your heart to have God’s perfect will for your life. It is only through concentration, meditation, discipline, and prayer that we can learn to walk in the Spirit.

 


A Nugget from New Life Network

Scripture for the Day – May 13, 2019

Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance? (Romans 2:4)

We have used Romans 2:4 many times in our devotionals to try to show the power and reality of the goodness of God. It is the Father’s good pleasure to give us the Kingdom. Every good and perfect gift comes down from the Father of Lights. Inevitably people will bring up questions about the Father’s goodness. Why did He let that person die? Why is there so much poverty in the world? What about Job? And on and on it goes. None of these questions change the fact that God is good and He is good all the time. They just tend to create a lazy theology which eliminates any responsibility on our part because everything is under God’s control. It eliminates our personal responsibility to put on the armor of God and use our spiritual authority to fight the good fight of faith.

Let’s look a little closer at an example in Luke that shows the power of the goodness of God:

Now it happened that while Jesus was standing by the Lake of Gennesaret (Sea of Galilee), with the people crowding all around Him and listening to the word of God; that He saw two boats lying at the edge of the lake, but the fishermen had gotten out of them and were washing their nets. He got into one of the boats, which was Simon’s, and asked him to put out a little distance from the shore. And He sat down and began teaching the crowds from the boat. When He had finished speaking, He said to Simon [Peter], “Put out into the deep water and lower your nets for a catch [of fish].” Simon replied, “Master, we worked hard all night [to the point of exhaustion] and caught nothing [in our nets], but at Your word I will [do as you say and] lower the nets [again].” When they had done this, they caught a great number of fish, and their nets were [at the point of] breaking; so they signaled to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both of the boats [with fish], so that they began to sink. But when Simon Peter saw this, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, “Go away from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord!” For he and all his companions were completely astounded at the catch of fish which they had taken; and so were James and John, sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon [Peter]. Jesus said to Simon, “Have no fear; from now on you will be catching men!” After they had brought their boats to land, they left everything and [a]followed Him [becoming His disciples, believing and trusting in Him and following His example]. (Luke 5:1-11, Amplified Bible)

What we see here is Peter, James and John getting a glimpse of the goodness of God. What was the result? Peter repented and then they all left their lifetime profession to follow Jesus. That is the power of seeing the goodness of God.

Jesus and the Father have not changed. They are the same yesterday, today and forever. So what has changed? It must be us. At some point we have bought a lie from the enemy that God is not good all the time. Bill Johnson says it like this in his book “God is Good”:

“Whatever you think you know about God that you can’t find in the person of Jesus you have reason to question. Jesus Christ is the fullest and most precise revelation of the Father and His nature that could ever be known. Jesus Christ is perfect theology—He is the will of God personified.”

 

 


A Nugget from New Life Network

(by Dr. Larry Ollison)

Scripture for the Day – May 10, 2019

And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching. (Hebrews 10:24-25)

We are in a time of great prosperity and a great harvest of souls. Our associations affect our prosperity and our ability to harvest. As we grow in the things of God, our Christian and ministry associations will increase. Our connections increase. I have more connections in the ministry now than I had ten years ago, which means I can do more now in the ministry than back then.

The more connections you get, the more you can do. As a result, the devil wants to destroy your connections. He destroys connections and associations through division and strife. You can have all the money in the world, but if you don’t have the right inroads and the right connections, you will be stymied in the things of God and the devil can hold you back.

We know that God’s mathematics is different than our mathematics. The Scripture says in Ecclesiastes 4:12, “Though one may be overpowered by another, two can withstand him. And a threefold cord is not quickly broken.” The key meaning of this is, by myself I might be overpowered, but if I link arms with another believer, we can withstand. When three believers link arms with each other, that threefold cord cannot be broken because we are united. The devil knows that. The devil knows that three of us linked together can conquer a lot of his territory.

If the devil can’t break us apart or stop our prosperity, which supplies goods for the gospel, what is he going to do? The only thing he knows to do is to take one cord of the threefold cord away so two of us are left to withstand. The one left by himself can be overtaken more easily. Then Satan tries to break the remaining bond. When each one is left by himself, he is easily overtaken.

God wants us to work together. This is why we have the concept of the body of Christ. Paul said one person is a hand, one person is a foot, one person is an ear, and so on (1 Corinthians 12). Possibly, one person may be an armpit, but we need the armpits! I don’t want to be sweating like an armpit on my face! We must work together. There is a purpose in the body working together. Everyone is not a hand, everyone is not an eye, but everybody has a function.

Deuteronomy 32:30 tells us how one could chase a thousand, and two could put ten thousand to flight. Do you understand God’s mathematics? It doesn’t say that one can control one thousand demons and two of us together can control two thousand demons, or three of us together can control three thousand demons. That’s not how God’s mathematics works. God’s mathematics is one can control one thousand, but two together can control ten thousand. Do you see how God’s multiplication differs from ours?

The devil is trying to break us down and separate us. One sheep pulled away by itself can be destroyed by the enemy. On the Discovery Channel, you can see herds of animals in Africa. The lions find a herd and go in and try to separate one animal from the herd. If they can separate that one, then they attack and kill it. Separated we are not as strong. Together we can more easily overcome the enemy and destroy his works.

We must lock our arms together and become like a threefold cord. Satan’s desire is to separate you from the body. Don’t give in to the lie. Stay connected.

 


A Nugget from New Life Network

(by Dr. Larry Ollison)

Scripture for the Day – May 9, 2019

But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, the hidden wisdom which God ordained before the ages for our glory (1 Corinthians 2:7).

How do we speak the wisdom of God? How do we speak answers to mysteries?

“For he who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men but to God, for no one understands him; however, in the spirit he speaks mysteries” (1 Corinthians 14:2).

When we speak in an unknown tongue, we are speaking mysteries, we are speaking answers, we are speaking wisdom, and we are speaking the hidden wisdom that God had planned for us, even before the world began, for this day and time. It flows out of us when we get in the presence of God, in the secret place, and we begin to worship Him. When we begin to speak in an unknown tongue, the Spirit of God is speaking through us. He is using our voice. He is using our vocal chords, but He is praying the perfect will of God.

When you pray in the Holy Ghost, it is a mystery to you, but you can pray for an interpretation. When the interpretation comes, you can deposit that in your heart and act on it because now it is in your comprehension. You now know the answer.

But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, the hidden wisdom which God ordained before the ages for our glory, which none of the rulers of this age knew; for had they known, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory (1 Corinthians 2:7-8).

Why didn’t the rulers of this age know? Because it was a mystery to them.

But as it is written: 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. But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God. For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God. These things we also speak, not in words which man’s wisdom teaches but which the Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual. (1 Corinthians 2:9-13)

We have the one living on the inside of us who knows everything that is happening on the outside of us. Doesn’t it make sense for us to get in fellowship with Him, to get in His presence, so we can know those mysteries?

But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned (1 Corinthians 2:14).

Your natural mind will fight you over spiritual things. Your natural mind does not comprehend the things of the Spirit. If something is happening in your life and you don’t have the answer, go into your secret place. Enter into praise and worship and the presence of God. Begin to speak in your unknown tongue and receive the answer in your spirit to the mystery. Take the time to release your faith while you are praying in the Spirit. As you receive the mysteries of God, you will also receive peace and comfort knowing that God has deposited the answer in you.

 


A Nugget from New Life Network

Scripture for the Day – May 8, 2019

In that day the people will proclaim, “This is our God! We trusted in him, and he saved us! This is the Lord, in whom we trusted. Let us rejoice in the salvation he brings!” (Isaiah 25:9, NLT)

When we think about the last days we usually think about wars and rumors of wars and tribulation. But, have we missed one of the greatest signs? Consider the following:

Afterward the sons of Israel will return [in deep repentance] and seek the Lord their God and [seek from the line of] David their king [the King of kings—the Messiah]; and they will come trembling to the Lord and to His goodness and blessing in the last days. (Hosea 3:5, Amplified Bible)

The Hebrew word used for “goodness” in Hosea 3:5 is “towb” which is defined as good in the widest sense; gladness; joy; cheer; go well with. That reminds me of another verse in Psalm 16:11 that says, Thou wilt show me the path of life; in Thy presence is fullness of joy; at Thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.

And it shall be to me a name of joy, a praise and an honour before all the nations of the earth, which shall hear all the good that I do unto them: and they shall fear and tremble for all the goodness and for all the prosperity that I procure unto it (Jeremiah 33:9).

In Bill Johnson’s book “God is Good” he writes the following regarding these two end-time promises:

(Here are two startling promises given by God (Hosea 3:5 and Jeremiah 33:9). I don’t remember ever hearing a preacher who specialized in the last days talking about these passages, nor even the subjects they address. The promise is clear — God’s goodness will be seen upon His people. Consider this: It just might be that the most overlooked evangelistic tool of the Church is the blessing of the Lord upon our lives. We’ve seen blessings abused, materialistic kingdoms built in His name, and other self-centered expressions. But when we react to the errors of others, we are prone to create another error.

The Bible says that others will see His goodness and will in turn fear the Lord. I wonder, how good does that goodness have to be for people to see it and actually tremble? It’s hard to imagine His goodness in a casual or incidental manner bringing about that response. It would have to be so clear, and in my opinion so extreme, so as to be obviously
manifested from God Himself, that people tremble with fear.

Put on your seat belts! We’re about to enter the journey of a lifetime. It’s a time where opposition increases, the need for our help becomes more obvious, and the blessing of God separates us from others. Knowing how to steward such things is paramount to our fulfilling His heart to disciple nations).

In one of our previous devotionals I mentioned how awesome and undefinable I felt the goodness of God was. I still feel that way but I am still trying. Romans 2:4 tells us that it is the “goodness” of God that leads men to repentance. Do you get that? People can be saved by having a revelation of God’s goodness. Personally, I think Bill Johnson is right when he says that he thinks we are possibly missing one of the greatest evangelistic tools ever by ignoring the goodness of God.

We serve a God that is intrinsically good! That means He is good to the core! That means every fiber of His being is good! That means He is good all the time!!! If we can ever grab hold of that truth I believe we will see the goodness of God manifest more and more in our personal lives and in the lives of the people we influence.