A Nugget from New Life Network

Scripture for the Day January 16, 2019

How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him. (Acts 10:38)

We live in a world that tends to blame God for everything. The insurance companies call natural disasters “Acts of God”. The vast majority of the “Church” today blames God for premature deaths, and deaths due to sickness, and they label these deaths the “will of God” under the banner of “the sovereignty of God”.

We have counseled with many people over the years that have lost loved ones with this same type of thinking. Inevitably, there is one thing that happens when they eventually learn the truth. They get mad!!! They’re not mad at God. They are mad at the “Church” because they were not taught the truth. They relied on a preacher to tell them the truth and they were misled. They are mad because they could have raised a child that committed suicide different. They could have known how to pray better. They could have realized that they were in a spiritual battle and learned how to fight better.

There is a real life story that I read about many years ago. I recently read this story again and the following is a brief account of how one man came to terms with this matter:

In the 1870s, when Dr. Alexander Dowie was pastoring a Congregational church in a suburb of Sydney, Australia, a terrible plague swept through Western Australia. People died like flies. Dr. Dowie recalled years later how he sat in his study one day, his head on his arms, sobbing his heart out before God and asking such questions as: “God are You the author of sickness and disease? Did you send this terrible plague on this land? Are you going to destroy my whole congregation? Where did this plague come from? Who is the cause of it?

Dr. Dowie had buried forty of his congregation. Four more awaited burial, and he had just returned home from visiting more than thirty parishioners who were sick and dying. “Then the words of the Holy Ghost inspired in Acts 10:38 stood before me all radiant with light, revealing Satan as the Defiler, and Christ as the Healer,” wrote this man of God. “My tears were wiped away,” Dr. Dowie said, “my heart was strong. I saw the way of healing, and the door thereto was opened wide, so I said, “God help me now to preach the Word to all the dying around, and tell them how Satan still defiles, and Jesus still delivers, for “He is just the same today.”

Dr. Dowie did not have long to wait. Within minutes, two young men burst into his study, pleading breathlessly, “Oh, come at once. Mary is dying!” Dr. Dowie ran down the street after them, not even pausing to take his hat. He found the girl in convulsions. As he entered the girl’s room, her medical doctor, having given up on her, was preparing to leave. He turned to Dr. Dowie and remarked, “Sir, are not God’s ways mysterious?” The Word of God was burning in Dr. Dowie’s heart. “God’s way?” No sir, that is the devil’s work!” He challenged the physician, who was a member of his congregation. “Can you pray the prayer of faith that saves the sick?” The doctor replied, “You are much too excited, sir, it is best to say God’s will be done.” And the physician left. (Isn’t that strange? Many do not believe it is opposing God’s will to be kept alive as long as possible by medicine, machines, and every other means, but they believe that praying to stay alive is working against God! And when people do die, they call it God’s will!)

Still furious at Satan’s attack, Dr. Dowie prayed the prayer of faith. The girl’s convulsions ceased immediately, and she fell into a deep sleep. Her mother and the nurse thought she had died. Dr. Dowie assured them she had not died. When the girl awoke she exclaimed , “Mother, I feel so well!” He instructed the nurse to fix Mary a cup of hot chocolate and some bread and butter. Then he went into the next room, where her brother and sister lay sick with the same fever. After prayer, they, too, instantly recovered.

From that day on, Dr. Dowie ministered to his flock on divine healing and prayed for their healing. He never lost another member to the plague.


A Nugget from New Life Network

(by Dr. Larry Ollison)

Scripture for the Day January 15, 2019

But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light; Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy. (1 Peter 2:9-10)

Let me ask you something. How do you see yourself? Do you see yourself as a victorious person, able to conquer the problems of the world? Do you see yourself as an overcomer?

There’s an old hymn that says, “I’m just a poor old sinner, saved by grace.” This song has a nice old melody and the words sound really religious. The only problem is the words are not completely true. A partial truth always sounds good and sometimes even very religious. But only the whole truth sets us free (John 8:32).

Yes, before you were a Christian you were a poor old sinner, and when you accepted Jesus you were saved by grace through faith (Ephesians 2:8), but once you became a Christian you became redeemed. You became victorious and, according to the Bible, you became more than a conqueror “through Him who loved [you]” (Romans 8:37). Jesus became our redeemer. He made a way of escape from poverty, sickness, and spiritual death.

However, some Christians don’t understand that we have been redeemed from the curse of the law (Galatians 3:13). They accept sickness and poverty as part of life. This should not be. We have been set free from the curse of the law. We need to start acting like it. We need to quit speaking the lie and speak the truth. We’re not “just poor old sinners.” We are the righteousness of Christ (2 Corinthians 5:21).

Before we were Christians, we had a debt. Unless this debt was paid, we could never have everlasting life. But the problem was we could not pay the debt. It required a perfect sacrifice. We were not perfect. So, our debt was impossible to pay. But then Jesus came to earth as a man and died in our place. He took stripes on His body for our sicknesses. He redeemed us. He paid the debt we could not pay.

So, when we become a Christian, we receive all the benefits of a paid up account. We have health and prosperity available. Now, I’m not saying that there will never be problems, but what I am saying is this. We don’t have to be diseased and in poverty. The problems can be solved. Remember, Jesus redeemed us from the curse of the law. We are victorious. Jesus has defeated Satan and we, as Christians, are the body of Christ. We are not only on the winning side, we are on the side that has already won.

Unfortunately, there are many good Christians who see themselves as beat down and defeated. Why? It’s because they believe the lies of the devil. Several years ago, my son was on the state championship football team. One thing you can always spot on a championship team is this — they believe that they are winners. A winning team is always filled with the belief that they can come in first. The coach must be an encourager. He must constantly build up the boys and keep them looking toward the goal.

A different coach could take this same team and instead of encouraging them, he could discourage them. How would he do that? He would do it with his words. The only thing required to take a winning team and make it a losing team is to start speaking losing words. The more the words are heard, the more the team will believe. And a team that believes they are losers will be losers.

That’s what Satan tries to do to the believer. He says, “You’re a loser.” He says, “You can’t be healed.” He says, “You can’t be prosperous.” He says, “You’re just a poor old sinner, saved by grace.”

Read the first two chapters of Ephesians and you’ll discover who you are in Christ. You are victorious!



A Nugget from New Life Network

Scripture for the Day January 14, 2019

And David danced before the Lord with all his might; and David was girded with a linen ephod. So David and all the house of Israel brought up the ark of the Lord with shouting, and with the sound of the trumpet. (2 Samuel 6:14:15)

Today’s devotional is going to be about fighting back. It’s about stepping up the pace. This may be a little radical for some of you but it is time we get radical for God. It is time we recognize we have an enemy and that Jesus has given us certain weapons to fight with. One of these weapons includes praise and worship.

The following song was birthed in a life and death struggle for a little boy named Jackson. Listen to this song by clicking on the link below and read the abbreviated lyrics of this great song.

“Raise a Hallelujah”, Bethel Music, Jonathan David Helser and Melissa Helser

I raise a hallelujah, in the presence of my enemies
I raise a hallelujah, louder than the unbelief
I raise a hallelujah, my weapon is a melody
I raise a hallelujah, heaven comes to fight for me
(Chorus) I’m gonna sing, in the middle of the storm
Louder and louder, you’re gonna hear my praises roar
Up from the ashes, hope will arise
Death is defeated, the King is alive!
I raise a hallelujah, with everything inside of me
I raise a hallelujah, I will watch the darkness flee
I raise a hallelujah, in the middle of the mystery
I raise a hallelujah, fear you lost your hold on me!
Sing a little louder (repeated)
I raise a hallelujah (repeated)
Just begin to raise your own hallelujah
I can’t do it for you
There’s a song written on your heart only you can sing
And when you sing enemies flee
When you sing prison walls come falling down
When you sing heaven invades the earth
So just begin to lift up your hallelujah
Raise it like a banner
Raise it like a flag
Raise it in the middle of the storm
Let it rise, let it rise
Like a symphony to the King
Everything needs Jesus
We raise it all up
Sing a little louder!!
I raise a hallelujah (repeated)



A Nugget from New Life Network

Scripture for the Day January 11, 2019

Whose voice then shook the earth: but now he hath promised, saying, Yet once more I shake not the earth only, but also heaven. And this word, Yet once more, signifieth the removing of those things that are shaken, as of things that are made, that those things which cannot be shaken may remain. (Hebrews 12:26-27)

If you haven’t noticed, everything that can be shaken is being shaken. It’s time for all of us Christians to ask ourselves, “Do we really believe what we say we believe?” Jesus told us about these days coming. Unfortunately, some will compromise and fall away. Some will conform to the world’s ways to avoid conflict and rejection. But some will not bow their knee to the world and they will get stronger and stronger in the Lord, even as persecution increases.

Listen to the prophecies of Jesus concerning the last days and see if any of these sound descriptive of the times we see on the horizon and even some that we see already happening:

But these speak evil of those things which they know not: but what they know naturally, as brute beasts, in those things they corrupt themselves. (Jude 1:10)

These are murmurers, complainers, walking after their own lusts; and their mouth speaketh great swelling words, having men’s persons in admiration because of advantage. But, beloved, remember ye the words which were spoken before of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ; How that they told you there should be mockers in the last time, who should walk after their own ungodly lusts. (Jude 1:16-18)

For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be earthquakes in divers places, and there shall be famines and troubles: these are the beginnings of sorrows. But take heed to yourselves: for they shall deliver you up to councils; and in the synagogues ye shall be beaten: and ye shall be brought before rulers and kings for my sake, for a testimony against them. And the gospel must first be published among all nations. But when they shall lead you, and deliver you up, take no thought beforehand what ye shall speak, neither do ye premeditate: but whatsoever shall be given you in that hour, that speak ye: for it is not ye that speak, but the Holy Ghost. Now the brother shall betray the brother to death, and the father the son; and children shall rise up against their parents, and shall cause them to be put to death. And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved. (Mark 13:8-13)

Now, that is pretty heavy stuff but we do not need to be ignorant or afraid. We live in a time where the truth is being defined as hate speech and laws are being drafted to actually ban the truth. Churches and believers are being forced to do things contrary to the Word of God. Political correctness has infiltrated the church to the point that certain sections of the Bible are not even taught because they may offend someone.

What should be our response to all this? Well, I don’t know about you but my wife and I are going to press into God harder than ever. My Bible tells me that where sin abounds grace does much more abound. We haven’t seen anything yet. As the world dives deeper and deeper into sin the anointing of God will increase on His servants like never before. Jesus said we would do greater things than He did. We are here folks, if we don’t shrink back and we stay in the love of God!!

The reality is this:

Remember that I told you, A servant is not greater than his master [is not superior to him]. If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you; if they kept My word and obeyed My teachings, they will also keep and obey yours. (John 15:20, AMPC)

Our response, responsibility, and promise from God is as follows:

Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life. And of some have compassion, making a difference: And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh. (Jude 1:21-23)

And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you. And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty. (2 Corinthians 6:16-18)

Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee. (Isaiah 60:1)



A Nugget from New Life Network

(by Dr. Larry Ollison)

Scripture for the Day January 10, 2019

This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. (1 John 1:5)

“God is light” is a very interesting truth (1 John 1:5).

We know that light travels at the speed of 299,792,458 meters per second or 186,282 miles per second. That’s faster than most people can comprehend. But let me ask you this. How fast does darkness travel? Well, I’ll tell you. Darkness doesn’t move. It has no light. Darkness only exists where there is no light, because light always overpowers

The apostle John talked about light and darkness in John 1.

“In the beginning was the Word [referring to Jesus] and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the Light shines in the darkness and the darkness did not comprehend it” (John 1:1-5).

The Greek word for comprehend (katalambano) could also be translated as overpower. In that case, verse 5 would read like this: “And the light shines in the darkness and the darkness did not overpower it.” Once again, we see that light always overpowers darkness.

With that in mind, remember that Jesus said in Matthew 5:14, “You are the light of the world.” And He said in verse 16, “Let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” Again, in John 8:12 Jesus said, “I am the light of the world. He who follows me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.”

Now, if you have problems in your life and it seems as though they are about to get you down, remember what Jesus said in John 8:31-32. He said if we would abide in His Word, we would be His disciples and we would know the truth and the truth would make, or set, us free. Well, the truth is God is light and in Him is no darkness. If you are a born-again believer, then Jesus is within you and you are light. And the great news is that light always overpowers darkness. Not sometimes, not most of the time, but light always overpowers darkness.

Satan is the prince of darkness. Jesus has already defeated him. The Bible even says that Jesus made a public mockery of him and defeated death (Colossians 2:15; Hebrews 2:14). Jesus took authority over darkness and He has given that authority to all who believe (Luke 10:19).

Remember this today. If you are a Christian and you are being attacked by darkness, just let your light shine. Greater is He who is in you than he that is in the world (1 John 4:4), and “the kingdom of God is within you” (Luke 17:21).

If you are not a Christian and the prince of darkness is attacking you, you only have one hope and that is Jesus. Accept Him as your Lord and Savior and you will have the light of God within you. Then you can walk in the light.

The bottom line is this: God is light. And, according to Jesus, we as Christians are light–and light always overpowers darkness.


A Nugget from New Life Network

Scripture for the Day January 9, 2019

But he that prophesieth speaketh unto men to edification, and exhortation, and comfort. (1 Corinthians 14:3)

Isaiah was one of greatest prophets of all time. Jesus quoted him more than any other prophet. In Isaiah 58 this great prophet dealt with the attitude of our hearts, and especially a preacher’s heart. Preachers are no different than anyone else. They get hurt in this life probably more than anyone and sometimes their heart can become hard and their words can become critical and hard as a result.

As ministers of the Word (which all believers are supposed to be) we must realize that we must guard our hearts so that the words out of our mouth edify, exhort, and comfort. Angry and hate filled words do not edify, exhort, and comfort. Words of love from a pure heart will always edify, exhort, and comfort, even if the message is corrective in nature.

Listen to the words of Isaiah with your Spirit. They remind us that it’s not about us. We can all speak the truth in love, even when there is sinful and hypocritical religious hearts to deal with.

Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and shew my people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins. (Notice that Isaiah is not calling us to be quiet)

Yet they seek me daily, and delight to know my ways, as a nation that did righteousness, and forsook not the ordinance of their God: they ask of me the ordinances of justice; they take delight in approaching to God. Wherefore have we fasted, say they, and thou seest not? wherefore have we afflicted our soul, and thou takest no knowledge? Behold, in the day of your fast ye find pleasure, and exact all your labours. Behold, ye fast for strife and debate, and to smite with the fist of wickedness: ye shall not fast as ye do this day, to make your voice to be heard on high. (Religious hypocrisy mixed with works theology and vanity)

Is it such a fast that I have chosen? a day for a man to afflict his soul? is it to bow down his head as a bulrush, and to spread sackcloth and ashes under him? wilt thou call this a fast, and an acceptable day to the Lord? Is not this the fast that I have chosen? to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke? Is it not to deal thy bread to the hungry, and that thou bring the poor that are cast out to thy house? when thou seest the naked, that thou cover him; and that thou hide not thyself from thine own flesh? (God’s fast is all about the people being set free!!!)

Then shall thy light break forth as the morning, and thine health shall spring forth speedily: and thy righteousness shall go before thee; the glory of the Lord shall be thy reward. Then shalt thou call, and the Lord shall answer; thou shalt cry, and he shall say, Here I am. If thou take away from the midst of thee the yoke, the putting forth of the finger, and speaking vanity; And if thou draw out thy soul to the hungry, and satisfy the afflicted soul; then shall thy light rise in obscurity, and thy darkness be as the noon day: And the Lord shall guide thee continually, and satisfy thy soul in drought, and make fat thy bones: and thou shalt be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not. (God’s promises to all those that carry His message with the right heart!!!)

And they that shall be of thee shall build the old waste places: thou shalt raise up the foundations of many generations; and thou shalt be called, The repairer of the breach, The restorer of paths to dwell in. If thou turn away thy foot from the sabbath, from doing thy pleasure on my holy day; and call the sabbath a delight, the holy of the Lord, honourable; and shalt honour him, not doing thine own ways, nor finding thine own pleasure, nor speaking thine own words: Then shalt thou delight thyself in the Lord; and I will cause thee to ride upon the high places of the earth, and feed thee with the heritage of Jacob thy father: for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it. (His ways work better!!!)


A Nugget from New Life Network

Scripture for the Day January 8, 2019

For if we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord. So then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord’s. (Romans 14:8)

The subject of death is not a subject most people want to talk about or deal with. I don’t personally recall ever hearing a sermon on death (except at funerals) even though we are all going to die at some point. Not only that, we are also going to experience the death of family members, friends and relatives.

This last weekend we ministered at a business function in Orlando, FL. Many people at that event were surprised that we were there after the death of our daughter-in-law. We hope you never have to go through what our family went through over the last few weeks but you need to know how to deal with death from a biblical perspective.

One of the things that I felt God showed us through this tragedy is that how we deal with death will affect how we live. Without Jesus, I don’t see how people can effectively deal with death. Let’s look at a few scriptures related to this subject:

Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage. (Hebrew 2:14-15)

Did you hear that? The fear of death can keep you in bondage and that bondage is from the devil. It’s not from God. God did not give us a spirit of fear. Jesus conquered death and the grave so we would not have to fear death if we believed in Him.

O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Corinthians 15:55-57)

So how are we as believers to handle death? Are we to shrink back or cancel our ministry events? Or, are we to double-down on our efforts? The answer is in the scripture that follows the “death, where is thy sting” scripture. This should be our response:

Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord. (1 Corinthians 15:58)

We have a ministry friend that lost his young daughter to illness several years ago. I will never forget his response to this tragedy. Rather than get mad at God (who had nothing to do with his daughter’s death) he told the enemy that he was going to pay for the death of his daughter. He told the enemy that from now to the end of his life he was going to do everything he could to win a million souls to the Lord. That is the proper response!!!

What we Christians need to always remember is that Jesus defeated death and the grave. When we are absent from the body we are present with the Lord. We never die! My daughter-in-law went from life to life.

Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this? (John 11:25-26)

Do you believe this? You can!!!!


A Nugget from New Life Network

(by Dr. Larry Ollison)

Scripture for the Day January 7, 2019

But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. (Matthew 6:15)

When I was in junior high school in the early sixties, one of the coolest things a guy could have was a white silk scarf to wear with his leather jacket. Well, I was “lookin’ cool” in my new white silk scarf. It was a gift and I was proud of it. I was in 8th grade and I knew all the girls thought I looked good. I was tall and very, very thin. I had lots of hair and big feet. I must have looked like a Q-tip, but I still felt like I looked good. After all, who wouldn’t with a white silk scarf around his neck?

Each day after school I would stand outside waiting for my bus to arrive. I liked standing outside – just me and my scarf. We both looked good.

Then, one day it happened. A 9th grader, who had a black leather jacket but didn’t have a scarf, came up to me and told me how much he liked my scarf. Then he knocked me down and took it. I was mad, but he was big, so I did nothing. For weeks I watched him as he wore my scarf openly at school. He was big and strong and he knew it. I didn’t dare approach him. Deep inside I hated him. Each day the hate grew.

After a while, school was out. He went on to high school and I stayed in junior high. I thought of my scarf from time to time and would think of ways I could hurt him. He humiliated me and took something I loved. He had no right.

Years passed. I went to college, got married, and started growing up. During those early years, I worked as a male nurse at a major hospital in Kansas City. One day one of my patients had a visitor. We stood together in the waiting room. He looked familiar. He looked at me and I looked at him. I could see in his eyes he recognized me. Then I remembered. He was the guy who took my scarf. But something had changed. He was about 5′ 8″ and thin. I was 6′ 4″ and medium build. The tables had turned.

I wanted to hate him, but I couldn’t. I tried to, but the hate just wouldn’t come. The only thing I could do was reach out and shake his hand. He flinched. He must have thought I was going to hit him. I laughed and asked him if he still had the scarf. He was scared to death, but I felt clean. God had removed the hate and love was in its place.

Only God can change hate to love. Only God can remove the darkness inside us and replace it with light. Only God can take a heart that is full of pain and replace it with a heart full of love and peace. Only God can heal the broken heart.

Jesus said in Mark 11:24, “Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.” This verse sounds great and it is true, but we must read God’s Word in context. The next verse says that if we have anything against anyone, we should forgive them, because if we don’t forgive those who have wronged us, we will not be forgiven by God.

Too many people are living their lives under the stress and pressure created by unforgiveness. As a Christian, we have the God-given power to forgive and all it takes is a decision. Even though it looks impossible and even though the hurts may be deep, if we can decide to forgive and step into forgiveness by faith, then God will empower us with His power to do what looks impossible.

If the wounds are deep and the scars are old, don’t believe the lie that you cannot forgive. Believe the truth. Jesus told us in Mark 9:23, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.” Step out in faith and the impossible will happen.


A Nugget from New Life Network

Scripture for the Day January 4, 2019

Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies. The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil. She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life. (Proverbs 31:10-12)

This devotional is a thank you message to all our friends and partners that have contacted us about the tragedy in our family. It is amazing to me what God has done through this horrific event to comfort and give peace to the family. Out daughter-in-law Kari was a true woman of God and she loved Jesus and her family with all her heart. She would be so proud of her family and her community during this time.

We are presently in Orlando, FL and will be delivering the Sunday morning message at the Disney World Hilton. Please pray for us that we will number one hold up during this message and that Kari’s life story will once again result in much fruit.

Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit. (John 12:24)

I know that this scripture is a hard one for people to understand and accept. However, when a woman of God like Kari passes, and you see the fruit that comes from it, this scripture really comes alive.

Kari was mentoring and disciplining numerous young women. During the funeral ten of these women stepped forward and told of how Kari had helped change their lives. What a witness!!!

Keep praying for Danny. The next few weeks are going to be hard but he has a great support system surrounding him and a lot of people praying for him. We believe that all of his needs will be met and his knowledge of knowing where Kari is will give him great peace. He was married to a wonderful Godly woman for 28 years and that is a true blessing.

Thank all of you again. Keep praying!!!


A Nugget from New Life Network

(by Dr. Larry Ollison)

Scripture for the Day January 3, 2019

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)

It’s interesting that when Jesus talked about coming into the kingdom of God, He used the phrase born again (John 3:3). When Paul talked about new Christians, he called them babes and children (1 Corinthians 3:1; Galatians 4:19). In another place, Paul said that we should grow up spiritually and become mature (Ephesians 4:13-15).

I have often thought that the church would be unstoppable on this earth if the church was full of mature adult Christians. It’s sad, but there are adult Christians all over the world who are infants and children in their spiritual walk. I am very pleased that people are being born into the body of Christ. Nothing thrills me more than to see someone receive Jesus as their Lord and Savior. However, we should know more now than what we knew six months ago. And six months from now, we should know more than we know now.

As Christians, we must grow up and mature. Children do things halfway and without understanding. When you tell a child to clean up their room, they may only do it if they get a big reward. Afterwards they don’t understand why it had to be cleaned up in the first place. That’s called immaturity.

A six-month-old child drinking from a bottle and wearing a diaper might be cute, but it would not look cute if you saw a forty-year-old doing it. We shouldn’t expect baby Christians to walk as elder saints. Who would put an army uniform on an infant and ship them off to war? They may look cute, but they wouldn’t survive. A fully grown adult should be able to care for and protect himself and not act as a child.

It is extremely important for newborn Christians to immediately sit under mature Bible-based, Spirit-filled teaching. As a mature Christian, your responsibility is to give proper food, training, and guidance to the younger ones. Together we are a growing family and we can accomplish God’s ministry on this earth.

For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat. For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe. But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil. (Hebrews 5:12-14)