A Nugget from New Life Network

(by Dr. Larry Ollison)

Scripture for the Day – September 16, 2019

Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace, be still!” And the wind ceased and there was a great calm (Mark 4:39).

Several years ago, the Beatles wrote a song that talks about what to do when we find ourselves in times of trouble – “Just Let It Be”. This may be a good philosophy in the world, but for the Christian, it can be the kiss of death.

As Christians, if we ignore problems and put our heads in the sand, that means we are not using the authority that was given to us by Jesus. Unless we take authority and speak to the problems of life, they will overpower us. We cannot just “let it be.”

The Bible tells about a time Jesus and His disciples were on a boat together. Jesus was asleep and resting when a violent storm came. The boat was being tossed by the wind and waves to the extent that the disciples thought they were going to die. In their panic, they woke up Jesus. He could easily see that they did not have the situation under control. Jesus got up, turned toward the storm, and rebuked it. He said, “Peace, be still” (Mark 4:39). Immediately the storm stopped and there was calm.

When we look at this incident that took place with Jesus and His disciples on the boat, we know, of course, that Jesus did not ignore the situation. He spoke to the problem and the problem went away. But why is it that the disciples were unable to solve the problem? The answer is quite simple. They did nothing. They simply “let it be.”

Yes, the disciples expended a lot of energy. They panicked. They cried out in fear. They summoned Jesus. They were in despair. They did a lot of things, but they didn’t do the right thing. And when you don’t do the right thing, it’s the same as doing nothing. You cannot overcome the problems in life unless you take proper action using the authority given by Jesus.

Years ago, I worked in an office with a person who was always busy. Every moment of their time was spent doing something. However, this person was extremely unproductive and never really accomplished anything. Why? The reason is that he was always doing something irrelevant that was not a part of his job description. He was active, but it didn’t count for anything.

As Christians, we cannot be this way. We must make our actions count. We must act on the Word and we must take authority. We cannot ignore the problems of life, nor can we allow them to put us into panic mode. We must take authority in the name of Jesus and command the storms of life to cease. Only then will there be calm.

 


A Nugget from New Life Network

(by Chris Musgrove of Future Now)

Scripture for the Day – September 13, 2019

Ephesians 4:26-27: Be angry, and sin not: don’t let the sun go down on your wrath 27 Don’t give place to the devil.

If you’re a child of God, the devil really can’t touch you unless you give place to him. How do you give place to the devil? Verse 26 says that one way we give place is by holding on to anger. I believe he’s never actually holding you, but he gets hold of whatever you have hold of, like anger, unforgiveness, or anything that gives the devil a place, an opportunity, room, or a foothold.

The devil grabs on to whatever you’re holding onto and as soon as you let go of it, the devil loses his grip on you. He’ll try to convince you to pick back up whatever it was that he had hold of in your life. Because he knows if you do, he’s got a way in. But you must resist him. That’s why the Bible says in James 4:7, “Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” God’s Word Translation says, “Don’t give the devil any opportunity [to work].” The Weymouth Translation says, “and do not leave room for the devil.” The Amplified Bible says, “Leave no [such] room or foothold for the devil [give no opportunity to him].”

Someone once asked me, “How do you resist the devil?” I told them “By submitting to God!” By resisting the devil, you are submitting to God. Submitting to God is submitting to His Word. The devil can’t stand the Word of God and he will flee from it every time. If you don’t let go of what you’re holding on to, it can become a stronghold.

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

Submitting to God is bringing every action and thought into captivity to the obedience of God and His Word.

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

Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. (Ephesians 6:10-13)

 

 


A Nugget from New Life Network

(by Chris Musgrove of Future Now)

Scripture for the Day – September 12, 2019

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.  (1 Corinthians 2:9-10)

I used to think these verses were talking about heaven and I based that assumption on John 14:2 where Jesus said, “I go to prepare a place for you.”

As I thought about it for a while, I believe the Holy Spirit showed me that we do have an idea of what Heaven is like based on what the scriptures say about Heaven. I also realized that even though eye has not seen or ear heard the things God has prepared for those who love Him, verse 10 says God has revealed them through His Spirit. We can’t see everything God has for us with our physical eyes and ears. They are seen with the eyes of the heart. They are seen spiritually.

Ephesians 1:18 is Paul’s prayer for the church which says, “I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people,” 1 Corinthians 2:14 says, “The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness, and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit.”

In John 16:13 Jesus said, “However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.”

God couldn’t show us everything we were supposed to do all at once because then we would be walking by sight instead of walking by faith (II Corinthians 5:7). But by His Spirit He will lead us and guide us into all truth and will show us things to come.

Ephesians 3:20 says, “Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us,”

Once again that power that works in us is the power of the Holy Spirit that will lead us and guide us through the Word to that “exceedingly, abundantly, above all that we can ask” place.

Thank you, Lord, that by the power of Your Holy Spirit the eyes of our understanding are being opened and enlightened.

 


A Nugget from New Life Network

Scripture for the Day – September 11, 2019

Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee. (Exodus 20:12)

When I was growing up, we were taught to honor our parents, elders, and teachers. When I joined the US Army, I was definitely taught to honor those in command or else. Somewhere down the line it appears that we have lost that foundational teaching. There is currently a constant drumbeat of dishonor for all those in authority. Let’s just take a minute and review some of the writings in the New Testament concerning this matter:

The New Testament Honorees (Honor Roll)

1. God (1 Timothy 6:16)

2. Jesus Christ (Hebrews 2:9)

3. Parents (Mark 7:10)

4. Widows (1 Timothy 5:3)

5. Elders, Governmental Leaders and Employers (1 Timothy 5:1; 6:1, Romans 13:1)

6. Spiritual Leaders (1 Timothy 5:17) (Double Honor)

7. Wives and Husbands (1 Peter 3:7; Ephesians 5:33)

The results of operating in dishonor is not good. Miriam, the sister of Moses, was struck with leprosy for dishonoring her own brother. Jesus could not do any miracles in His own hometown due to the people dishonoring Him. Ham’s lineage was cursed because he dishonored his father. On and on it goes and it’s not good!!!

At some point we have to realize that God is the one that promotes and sets people in authority and when you dishonor them you in fact are dishonoring God. You are questioning His judgment and wisdom and exalting yourself above God. That’s not good!!!

I recently heard a great sermon by Pastor Jentezen Franklin that we all need to hear and heed. It’s a “NOW” message on this very subject. We highly recommend that you click on the link below and take time to listen to this message.

Lift not up your horn on high: speak not with a stiff neck. For promotion cometh neither from the east, nor from the west, nor from the south. But God is the judge: He putteth down one, and setteth up another. (Psalm 75:5-7)

 


A Nugget from New Life Network

(excerpts from Chris Musgrove of Future Now)

Scripture for the Day – September 10, 2019

For I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of him who sent me. (John 6:38)

Many people, including Christians, have a hard time relating to and defining God the Father. They try to look at what’s going on in the world and try to define Him. They read all kinds of books, including the Old Testament, and try to define Him. I understand all of that, but the simplest and most accurate way to really understand the Father is to look at the Son. When you see the Son, you have seen the Father.

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.

If you want to know what God is like and what He wants to be done in the earth, look at the life of Jesus. God anointed Jesus with the Holy Spirit and with power to do good and to heal all who were oppressed of the devil.

John 5:19-20 (The Message Bible): So Jesus explained himself at length, “I’m telling you this straight. The Son can’t independently do a thing, only what he sees the Father doing. What the Father does, the Son does. The Father loves the Son and includes him in everything he is doing.”

John 8:29: And He who sent Me is with Me. The Father has not left Me alone, for I always do those things that please Him.

John 12:49-50: For I did not speak on my own, but the Father who sent me commanded me to say all that I have spoken. 50 I know that his command leads to eternal life. So whatever I say is just what the Father has told me to say.

John 14:10: Don’t you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me? The words I say to you I do not speak on my own authority. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work.

Jesus only said and did the things that pleased the Father, and the Father was with Him and everything that Jesus did was what God wanted.

So, if you want to do what pleases your Heavenly Father, just do what Jesus did!

 


A Nugget from New Life Network

Scripture for the Day – September 9, 2019

But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. (Matthew 12:36)

Many times we just automatically think that we know what an English word like “idle” means. We may hear a sermon where gossip and dirty jokes are referred to as idle words and think those are the type things Jesus is talking about. We never look at the word “idle” in its’ Biblical context or even look at the true English or Greek definitions.

For example, Webster’s New World Dictionary defines the meaning of the word “idle” as worthless, unfounded, to be inactive, to make inactive, or to operate without transmitting any power (like a car in idle). The Greek word used in Matthew 12:36 for idle is “argos” which is defined as idle, unprofitable, or injurious. One interesting side-note is that “Argos” is the name of a Greek mythical giant that is represented as two faced.

Now, let’s look closely at what Jesus said about idle words in Matthew 12:36. When we look at this entire chapter we see several important events that precede this statement. The following is just a short summary of those particular events:

  1. The disciples of Jesus were hungry and plucking grain from the fields on the Sabbath. The Pharisees responded by saying, “Look, Your disciples are doing what is not lawful to do on the Sabbath.” (Matthew 12:1-2)
  2. Jesus went into the synagogue on the Sabbath and healed the man with a withered hand. The Pharisees responded with, “Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath?” And after the man was healed the Pharisees took counsel against Jesus on how they might destroy Him. (Matthew 12:10, 14)
  3. Jesus then healed a blind, mute, and demon possessed man and all the people that saw it were amazed and said, “Could this be the Son of David?” But the Pharisees said, “This fellow does not cast out demons except by Beelzebub, the ruler of demons.”

Jesus introduced to all of us a very important truth at this point. A house divided cannot stand. Satan does not cast out his own demons. Likewise, the true Spirit of God does not come against the works and miracles of the Holy Ghost. The words that the Pharisees were speaking were “IDLE” words. They were disconnected from the power of the Holy Ghost. They were based on the traditions of man which makes the Word of God of no effect. They were words that transmitted no power. They attributed the works of the Holy Ghost to Satan and those are the type of words that are defined as, and that will be judged as idle words, and that is very dangerous.

Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men. And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the world to come. (Matthew 12:31-32)

O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh. A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things. (Matthew 12:34-35)

 


A Nugget from New Life Network

(excerpts from Chris Musgrove of Future Now)

Scripture for the Day – September 6, 2019

​Beloved, while I was very diligent to write to you concerning our common salvation, I found it necessary to write to you exhorting you to contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints. For certain men have crept in unnoticed, who long ago were marked out for this condemnation, ungodly men, who turn the grace of our God into lewdness and deny the only Lord God and our Lord Jesus Christ. (Jude 1:3-4)

Jude was writing to Christians to contend for the faith. That faith is the apostolic teachings given to believers in the earliest days of the church. It is those teachings that are being perverted and for which Christians must contend.

Contend means to assert, maintain, profess, affirm, or fight for. The Amplified Bible says it this way, “Beloved, while I was making every effort to write you about our common salvation, I was compelled to write to you [urgently] appealing that you fight strenuously for [the defense of] the faith which was once for all handed down to the saints [the faith that is the sum of Christian belief that was given verbally to believers]. For certain people have crept in unnoticed [just as if they were sneaking in by a side door]. They are ungodly persons whose condemnation was predicted long ago, for they distort the grace of our God into decadence and immoral freedom [viewing it as an opportunity to do whatever they want], and deny and disown our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ.”

I told someone the other day that I have recently felt like a lawyer in court trying to defend God when I taught about the “Goodness of God”. I’ve literally had to contend for this belief and the fight has mainly been with so-called believers. I can’t imagine talking to the Apostle Peter, Paul or John and having to argue about whether God is good or not. I would imagine they would just look at me in shock that there was ever any question about this and say, “Well of course He is good!!! There should be no question about that!” And yet there are teachings and beliefs in the Church today that say the opposite. It’s shocking to me!

The corruption of our faith is found in our self-centeredness (doing and believing whatever we want), our sensual lifestyles, and our acceptance of doctrines of devils. These corrupters of the faith are pretenders of the faith instead of contenders of the faith.

For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age. (Titus 2:11-12)

Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; (1 Timothy 4:1)

We are to deny anything that is ungodly and recognize and reject any doctrines or beliefs originating from seducing spirits. Gods’ grace and Word teaches us how to do that. Contenders allow God’s grace and His Word to teach them. Pretenders distort the grace of God and the Word of God to agree with what they want to do and believe. You can’t live the life of a pretender and overcome the devil. You have to be a contender.

 

 


A Nugget from New Life Network

(by Dr. Larry Ollison)

Scripture for the Day – September 5, 2019

“Beloved, do not forget this one thing, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day” (2 Peter 3:8).

The scripture above lets us know that God is not restricted by time the way mankind is. With God, one thousand years is as a day and one day is as a thousand years. In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The Bible tells us that creation lasted six days and on the seventh day, God rested (Genesis 1). The six days of creation and the seventh day of rest is the blueprint for the timetable of man.

Four thousand years passed from the time God sent Adam and Eve out of the garden until the time Jesus came to the earth, or we could say four days (Genesis 3:23; Matthew 1:25; 2:1). From the time Jesus resurrected and became the firstborn among many brethren until now is 2,000 years, or two days (Romans 8:29). This is all based on the scripture in 2 Peter 3:8.

According to all Bible prophecy, the return of Jesus is imminent. When He returns at the end of the sixth day, He will set up His kingdom and rule and reign on this earth for 1,000 years (one day), thus completing the seven-day timetable of mankind.

You may or may not be aware that days five and six (which are the 2,000 years between the beginning of the church and the rapture) are called the church age or the age of grace. That has been deemed the time between Jesus’ first appearance on earth and His second coming. Everything that happened in the New Testament after the resurrection and ascension of Jesus took place in the same time framework of the creation timetable that you and I are living in. That means every healing, every miracle, every act of God and the Holy Spirit that has taken place after Jesus ascended can happen today in your life.

There are those who say that the power of God only worked in Bible times. They believe that everything recorded in the Bible is either history or future. This makes a very convenient excuse and a comfortable place for those who do not want the responsibility of God’s power. Yet Jesus made several statements in the New Testament that tell us what we are able to have and do through Him.

He gave authority over all the power of the enemy to those who follow Him (Luke 9:1).

Jesus said that those who believe would have signs following them and that in His name they would cast out demons and that they would speak with new tongues (Mark 16:17).

He went on to say that they would lay hands on the sick and that they would recover (Mark 16:18).

Does it make sense that Jesus would distribute this power to believers and then take it with Him when He ascended? No, of course not! He ascended into heaven and God sent the Holy Spirit to continue the miracle work here on this earth.

In Acts 8, Philip went to Samaria. Much time had passed since Jesus left the earth and ascended to heaven. In Samaria, people were saved, baptized, and many miracles took place. Then later the apostles came from Jerusalem and laid hands on them to receive the Holy Spirit. There was visible evidence when this took place, so much so that Simon the magician tried to buy the power of laying on of hands from the apostles.

Yes, the people of Samaria had the Holy Spirit move inside of them when they got saved just like we do today. But, they had a second experience called receiving the Holy Spirit (v.15). Even though they were saved and had been baptized, which completed the New Testament experience of salvation according to verse 16, the Holy Spirit had not fallen upon any of them.

All of this took place in the Bible time called the last days, the church age, or the age of grace. This is the same time we are living in now. To deny these experiences today or to say that they are not for us is to deny what took place in Acts 8. That chapter is the blueprint for the modern church in these days.

 


A Nugget from New Life Network

(by Dr. Larry Ollison)

Scripture for the Day – September 4, 2019

“For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does” (James 1:23-25).

There are people who use the excuse that they are working at overcoming offense. But that’s not what the Bible instructs us to do. The book of James clearly states that only the doers of the Word will be blessed.

A doer of the Word is not someone who merely listens to what the Word says, but rather applies what he has heard to his life. How do you suppose it would sound if someone said, “I am working at not lying”? If you simply tell the truth, you won’t lie! It’s not those who are working at not lying who are blessed, but those who speak the truth.

God doesn’t accept the idea of “working on it” any more than you would if your spouse said he or she was “working on” being married. Your spouse would get the slack jerked out of him or her very quickly! When someone states that they are “working on it,” what they are actually revealing is that they are not yet willing to obey God. Isn’t that right? It’s a whole lot easier to justify yourself by saying that you are working on something than it is to implement the Word of God or to admit you’re in sin. Many times you can con people with such statements, but you can’t con God because He looks upon the heart.

There is not one sin that the blood of Jesus cannot eradicate. His blood is all-powerful. And as a result, there is no excuse for a Christian to be offended. No one-no matter how heartbreaking, horrific, or desperate the situation – can develop an excuse for being offended that is acceptable to God. You may have convinced yourself that your basis for offense is a worthy one, but you will never persuade God. He gave His Son to die so that all of humanity could be forgiven of their shortcomings. If you have accepted God’s forgiveness, then you must be willing to give it to others.

“For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you” (Matthew 6:14).

There is no permissible excuse for disobeying God. When you stand before Him and He asks you why you didn’t obey His Word, you cannot come up with an excuse that will satisfy God. You may offer an excuse, but He will reply that He empowered you with supernatural ability to do all that was written in His Word. All you had to do was make the decision to obey. And the bottom line will be that you simply made poor choices.

In the same manner, there is no acceptable excuse for harboring unforgiveness because of an offense, although someone may try to defend their reason for being offended by saying, “But you don’t know what they did to me, or how many years I have had to put up with it.”However, the Lord didn’t exclude anyone when He said, “Whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses” (Mark 11:25). So, apparently it doesn’t matter what the offense was, you are still required to forgive.

 

 


A Nugget from New Life Network

Scripture for the Day – September 3, 2019

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

As we sit here today Hurricane Dorian is over the Bahamas and headed toward the Florida coast. We have had calls from evacuees from Florida to Georgia to get away from this huge storm. We are praying for all our friends in the path of Dorian. My sister and her family should be arriving at our home any minute to stay with us for a few days. They
are part of one of the mandatory evacuation orders.

Every time we go through one of these hurricanes I am reminded of the scripture in the Gospels that described the time when Jesus and His disciples were facing a storm on the Sea of Galilee. Let’s look at that story once again to see what we can learn:

And the same day, when the even was come, he saith unto them, Let us pass over unto the other side. And when they had sent away the multitude, they took him even as he was in the ship. And there were also with him other little ships. And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full. And he was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and they awake him, and say unto him, Master, carest thou not that we perish? And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. And he said unto them, Why are ye so fearful? how is it that ye have no faith? And they feared exceedingly, and said one to another, What manner of man is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him? (Mark 4:35-41)

What are some of the main points we can glean from this story?

Jesus did not do anything that the Father did not tell Him to do. When He said “let us pass over unto the other side” that indicated there was something that the Father wanted done on the other side. We learn later that it was the deliverance of the Gadarene demoniac.

Jesus knew that some sort of storm would come to try to stop Him from ministering to this demon possessed person that lived in the tombs. It’s just standard operating procedure for the Satan. Jesus was not worried or afraid because He heard from the Father. It is amazing how much faith is activated when you have heard a word from the Father. Jesus was at peace because of this!!! Out of His inner peace Jesus spoke peace to the storm. The Greek word used here is “siopao” which means to hush, be calm, or be quiet.

He then asked His disciples why they were so afraid and why they had no faith. This indicates to me that we could be walking in this same type of authority and faith. Why aren’t we?

Fear is always a key factor in facing storms and giants. Jesus knew who He was. He had no fear. Do we know who we are in Him? Do we hear the Father so clearly that it builds faith? Is the stream of faith coming into our lives able to overcome the steady stream of fear that is constantly being pumped into us by the news media, the storm forecasters, and the world? Faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the Word of God. If we are not hearing the Word of God then we will be overcome with fear.