A Nugget from New Life Network

(by Chris Musgrove of Future Now)

Scripture for the Day March 19, 2019

“You serpent’s brood, how can you say anything good out of your evil hearts? For a man’s words depend on what fills his heart. A good man gives out good—from the goodness stored in his heart; a bad man gives out evil—from his store of evil. I tell you that men will have to answer at the day of judgment for every careless word they utter—for it is your words that will acquit you, and your words that will condemn you.” (Matthew 12:34, Phillips New Testament)

Joel 3:10 says: “Let the weak say, ‘I am strong.” Somebody might say, “But I feel really weak, and I don’t feel very strong!” The verse said, let the weak say I’m strong! I can still imagine someone saying, “But I’m so weak.” That’s exactly why God’s Word says you need to say you are strong!

Romans 4:17 says: As it is written, “I have made you a father of many nations” in the presence of Him whom he believed—God, who gives life to the dead and calls those things which do not exist as though they did; Yes, but someone said, “That’s talking about God, He can call those things that be not as though they were, but not us.”

Ephesians 5:1 says, “Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children.” We imitate God in word, (what we say) and deed, (what we do).

Matthew 16:19 says, “And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” How do you bind and loose? With the words out of your mouth!

Proverbs 18:21 (Amplified Bible) says: Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and they who indulge in it shall eat the fruit of it [for death or life].

Proverbs 6:2 (NIV) says: You have been trapped by what you said, ensnared by the words of your mouth.

Mark 11:23 says: For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, “Be removed and be cast into the sea,” and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says. Jesus was speaking here and He said you can have what you say, but most people are just saying what they have. What you say has power to either put you over in life or hold you in bondage. I’m talking about believers, (that’s what we are), believing the Word of God, to the point where we are speaking it.

II Corinthians 4:13 says: It is written: “I believed; therefore I have spoken.” Since we have that same spirit of faith, we also believe and therefore speak. God’s Word spoken from your mouth and conceived in your heart becomes a spiritual force releasing His ability within you.

Joshua 1:8 says: This Book of the Law shall not depart out of your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, that you may observe and do according to all that is written in it. For then you shall make your way prosperous, and then you shall deal wisely and have good success. To not let the Word of God depart out of your mouth means to keep speaking the Word and then you will have good success! If you’re not speaking God’s Word over whatever situation you are facing, then begin today to find scripture that applies to it. Begin to decree and declare those verses today.

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

I say “I’m strong,” according to Joel 3:10 no matter what I feel like! My feelings will change but God’s Word is truth and it will never change! I choose to believe and speak the Word of God.

 


A Nugget from New Life Network

(by Dr. Larry Ollison)

Scripture for the Day March 18, 2019

Those things which proceed out of the mouth come from the heart, and they defile a man. (Matthew 15:18)

Because Bible hope is established in the heart, the heart must be established before Bible hope can be attained. In other words, the heart, which is the field that the Word is sown into (Mark 4:15), must be established in order for the promise contained in the seed (the Word) to grow.

The Greek word for heart is kardia. This word is where we get terms like cardiovascular and cardiac arrest. In other words, kardia simply means the organ in your chest that pumps the blood through your body.

However, in the Bible the heart is many times used metaphorically as the essence of a person. It is the unseen, non-physical place that is either good or evil. The physical heart has valves that meter the flow of life-giving substances. Likewise, the spiritual heart regulates what we say when we speak instinctively without thinking. Of course, we can take time to ponder our thoughts and make a decision on what to say. We can choose to say anything we want to say. However, when we speak instinctively without thought, those words come directly from the heart. That’s what Jesus was referring to when He said, “Out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks” (Luke 6:45). While our calculated words can be chosen by the mind, our heart does not calculate. It simply pours out of itself what it has inside.

I have heard many great men and women of God, whom I respect and honor, teach that the heart and the spirit are the same. While this could be true in some instances, according to biblical doctrine, this cannot be a definitive truth. If the spirit and heart were the same, then a person’s mouth would never instinctively utter anything evil. Why? Because the spirit is without sin (1 John 3:9), cleansed and made righteous by the blood of Jesus (1 John 1:9), and it is possessed by the Spirit of God (Colossians 1:27), who is light and in whom there is no darkness (1 John 1:5). If the spirit and the heart were the same, then a believer would never speak anything other than faith-filled words that align with the Word of God. I have never yet met that Christian!

It is as though your heart is a field between your soul and your spirit. Good or evil seed is sown into it by the decisions made in the soul that allow words of faith from God or words of evil from the enemy through the gates of the mind. What you see and what you hear come into the realm of the soul. Thoughts taken captive and rejected are of no effect, but sights and sounds that are pondered, nurtured, and meditated upon seep into the heart and fill it. Then in times of crisis, without thought, the heart pours out through the lips what is contained in it.

I have known Christians through the years who have had good hearts, and I have also met some who have evil hearts. With both groups, their spirits had been cleansed and made righteous, but their lifestyles reflected the abundance of the Word of God or the lack of the Word of God. This is why Paul urged the church to be mature in the faith and to renew their minds with the Word. After all, the Word is the source of our hope, faith, and victory.

The soul must daily tap into the knowledge and revelation that is given by the spirit. However, it is difficult for the soul to access the wisdom of the spirit when it is drowning in the pollution of the world. This is why the mind, which is a part of the soul, must be constantly cleansed and refreshed with the Word of God, so that the good soil between the soul and the spirit will not be polluted with bad seed or with earthly debris. Although your spirit is sealed by the Holy Spirit and darkness or corruption cannot enter it, the pollution in your heart prevents light, wisdom, understanding, guidance, and revelation (that comes from the spirit) from reaching the soul. This results in decisions that are not Spirit-led.

 


A Nugget from New Life Network

(by Dr. Larry Ollison)

Scripture for the Day March 15, 2019

“But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8).

God is a faith God and He demonstrates His love toward us by faith. This verse says that God demonstrated His love toward us in such a way that He sent His Son, Jesus, to die for us while we were still sinners. Again, God’s love is based on faith. Man’s love is based on performance.

Years ago, while counseling with a young couple, I looked at the husband and I made this statement: “Do you love your wife?” He looked back at me and said, “I would if she would only . . .” What he wanted her to do was irrelevant. The fact is he wanted her to do something in order to earn his love. True love does not have to be earned. True love is given freely without the expectancy of a return action.

Of course, it’s much more pleasant to love someone who loves in return or to love someone who’s pleasant. But God’s love stretches beyond the natural love of man. God’s love loves unconditionally.

What I’m going to say may irritate you, but according to the Word of God, it’s true. God loves the prostitute as much as the preacher. He loves the murderer as much as the victim. Now, He doesn’t love or condone what the prostitute and murderer have done (prostitution and murder), but He does love them. This seems totally contrary to the way we think, but the reason is that people base their love on performance.

Not everyone receives love. There are those who will reject your love and there are those who even reject the love of God. When we reject God’s love, we do not benefit from it. Only those who receive Jesus as their Lord and Savior are saved. Those who reject Him are lost. But nevertheless, the same love was extended to both.

So today, remember this. First, God loves you unconditionally and wants you to accept His love. Secondly, we must be like God. This doesn’t mean that we subject ourselves to abuse, but it does mean that we must be like God and love unconditionally whether it’s received or not.

Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body [a]to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing. Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not [b]puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, [c]thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails. (1 Corinthians 13:1-8, NKJV)

 


A Nugget from New Life Network

(by Dr. Larry Ollison)

Scripture for the Day March 14, 2019

Jeremiah 9:23-24 says, “Thus says the Lord: ‘Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, let not the mighty man glory in his might, nor let the rich man glory in his riches; but let him who glories glory in this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the Lord, exercising lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness in the earth. For in these I delight,’ says the Lord.”

I’d like to take a few minutes to explore the powerful verse of Scripture above with you. Before we take a look at what this verse does say, let’s be clear about what it does not say. God tells the people who are wise, mighty, or wealthy not to glory in wisdom, might, or riches. The Word of God does not say that these things are bad or wrong. It simply says do not glory in them.

Some people think security comes from natural resources. Many spend a great deal of their lives seeking knowledge and education. Others spend hour after hour exercising and watching their diets, seeking to be healthy and strong. Still others exert themselves to extremes, seeking to be wealthy. I’m not only referring to people of the world, but many Christians are doing the same thing. Can you imagine what the body of Christ would be like today if people sought after the things of God the same way they seek after worldly wisdom, might, and wealth?

It is important for us to understand that these things are not wrong. They are not bad. God actually wants us to have wisdom, might, wealth, and more! But what this opening scripture is saying is that we should not glory in these things. We, as Christians, cannot take our security from them. We cannot judge ourselves by our level of earthly wisdom, might, or wealth. The only thing Christians can use to measure themselves is the Word of God.

God tells us that if we are going to glory in anything, then let us glory in our relationship with Him. The main thing that we should be secure in is our knowledge and understanding of God. Things can happen to our wisdom, our might, or wealth. Situations can sometimes change overnight, and all of these temporal things can be lost. But through our relationship with God, He restores us.

God wants you to know Him. Of course, He knows who you are. He knows all about you. But that’s not enough! He also wants you to know Him! He wants to be known by you!

The most important skill that anyone could ever develop is his or her ability to pray. Wisdom, might, and wealth all have their rightful place in our lives, but there is something more important. There are times when our ability to talk to God and our sensitivity to His voice is the only thing that is going to solve our problem. The highest goal any human could ever attain is to know God. Look at Moses and David. Moses talked with God face to face (Exodus 33:11). David was a man after God’s own heart (Acts 13:22). These men were able to accomplish great feats in their lifetime.

The truest measure of a person’s success is their level of intimacy with God. So, take a few moments out of your day today. Get alone with God. He wants to reveal Himself to you.

 


A Nugget from New Life Network

Scripture for the Day March 13, 2019

For justice will return to the [uncompromisingly] righteous, and all the upright in heart will follow it. Who will rise up for me against the evildoers? Who will stand up for me against the workers of iniquity? Unless the Lord had been my help, I would soon have dwelt in [the land where there is] silence. (Psalm 94:15-17, Amplified Bible)

There is an old hymn of the church entitled “Stand Up, Stand Up for Jesus”. The first verse of that hymn goes like this:

Stand up! Stand up for Jesus! Ye soldiers of the cross; Lift high His royal banner, It must not suffer loss: From vict’ry unto vict’ry, His army shall He lead, Till every foe is vanquished, And Christ is Lord indeed.

There is a great account in the Bible where the Apostle Peter came to a point in his life where he had to make a decision on whether to stand up or sit down. You remember Peter. He was the one that said he would never deny Jesus and in the time of extreme persecution he denied Jesus three times. But Jesus gave him another chance! Aren’t you glad that Jesus gives all of us second chances?

Peter lived in a time when people that followed Jesus were being persecuted. They were being crucified and burned to death for their faith. After the Day of Pentecost, Peter had his second chance to stand up. All the circumstances around him indicated he should be quite. We have similar circumstances today. Believers in some foreign countries today are being beheaded because of their faith in Jesus. Believers in this country (the USA) are being labeled as “people that use hate speech”. Anything that even resembles the Christian faith such as prayer, crosses, the Ten Commandments, etc. are being expunged from public places such as schools, court houses and even cemeteries.

What’s this all about? It’s about a lost world telling you and me to sit down and be quiet. Jesus told us these times would come and they are here. Now, we have to make up our minds what we will do. Are we going to sit down, or are we going to Stand Up? Listen to what Peter did in the face of sure death:

But Peter, standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and said unto them, Ye men of Judaea, and all ye that dwell at Jerusalem, be this known unto you, and hearken to my words: (Acts 2:14)

Peter went on and preached Christ to the multitudes that day (Acts 2:14-41) and three thousand souls were saved because Peter and the apostles decided to Stand Up. The real question facing all of us is are we that courageous? Are we going to Stand Up and lift up our voices, or are we going to sit down and be quiet?

Our prayer at New Life Network is that we will all have the courage to Stand Up!!!

The remaining verses of that old hymn go like this:

Stand up! stand up for Jesus! The trumpet call obey; Forth to the mighty conflict, In this His glorious day. Ye that are men, now serve Him, Against unnumbered foes; Let courage rise with danger. And strength to strength oppose. Stand up! stand up for Jesus! Stand in His strength alone; The arm of flesh will fail you; Ye dare not trust your own. Put on the Gospel armor, And, watching unto prayer, Where duty calls, or danger, Be never wanting there. Stand up! stand up for Jesus! The strife will not be long: This day the noise of battle, The next the victor’s song; To him that overcometh, A crown of life shall be; He, with the King of glory, Shall reign eternally.

 


A Nugget from New Life Network

(by Dr. Larry Ollison)

Scripture for the Day March 12, 2019

A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favour rather than silver and gold. (Proverbs 22:1)

“And the Lord said to Moses, ‘I will bring one more plague on Pharaoh and on Egypt. Afterward he will let you go from here. When he lets you go, he will surely drive you out of here altogether. Speak now in the hearing of the people, and let every man ask from his neighbor and every woman from her neighbor, articles of silver and articles of gold.’ And the Lord gave the people favor in the sight of the Egyptians. Moreover the man Moses was very great in the land of Egypt, in the sight of Pharaoh’s servants and in the sight of the people. Then Moses said, ‘Thus says the Lord: “About midnight I will go out into the midst of Egypt; And all the firstborn in the land of Egypt shall die, from the firstborn of Pharaoh who sits on his throne, even to the firstborn of the female servant who is behind the handmill, and all the firstborn of the animals'” (Exodus 11:1-5).

Basically, here’s what happened. God said to Moses, “I want you to have all the men and all the women go to their neighbors and borrow all the articles of silver and of gold that they have.” Because Moses had favor with the people who worked for Pharaoh and the people of Egypt, the people of Israel could go out and get whatever they wanted.

Favor in your life is an important thing. Too often Christians have the idea of “in your face, buddy” and push their Christianity in such a way that they become obnoxious and appear arrogant. Because of this, they shut themselves off from having any influence on the world whatsoever. Moses had character. Because of his character, his reliability, and the honesty of his word, he had favor with the servants of Pharaoh and the people of Egypt. When it came time to tap into that favor to get what God told him to get, they didn’t write him off as a lunatic. So, don’t be deceived. The devil would like nothing more than for you to be considered a lunatic.

Yes, we are peculiar. The people of Egypt probably thought Moses was peculiar because of some of the things he did. You may seem peculiar in the eyes of the world, but still have character and favor. Never ever throw away your character. It is one of your best witnessing tools.

I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called, With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love; Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. (Ephesians 4:1-3)

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. (Galatians 5:22-23)

And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity. (2 Peter 1:5-7)

Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye. And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness. (Colossians 3:12-14)

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

 

 


A Nugget from New Life Network

Scripture for the Day March 11, 2019

I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep. (John 10:11)

There is a modern smart phone term called “selfies” that represents taking pictures of yourself, and maybe someone else with you, but the main emphasis is primarily about you. Selfishness has from the beginning of time been a problem with humans. It causes us to forget about other people and concentrate too much on ourselves. It also causes us to limit and restrict the total picture.

An example of this “selfie” attitude as it relates to scripture is that many of us read the Word of God selfishly. I did it for years until God revealed to me how I was restricting and limiting His Word. The first time this was revealed to me was when I was praying for my young son to be healed. As I prayed, the following verse, which I had previously memorized, came out of my mouth:

My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings. Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart. For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh. (Proverbs 4:20-22)

As I prayed for my son, the Lord reminded me that my son was flesh of my flesh and bone of my bones. So, this scripture was not just limited to me alone. I would bet that most people read this scripture selfishly, just like I did. God is much bigger than we think!!! When He showed me this I knew instantly that my son would be fine. That’s how important this concept is.

We just finished one of the most important set of devotionals that I think we have ever written. They were about the Book of Job and we encourage you to go to our website and read them in our media archive section if you missed them. The main theme of these devotionals is spiritual warfare (not suffering) and how the enemy is trying to steal God’s goodness. That whole series brought this “selfie” topic back up to me again. Let me explain.

One of the most quoted scriptures related to spiritual warfare is John 10:10 which says the following:

The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.

We read John 10:10 like it’s all about the enemy attacking us personally. What if that is only partially true? Are we missing something really big by reading this scripture selfishly? Are we missing the big picture? Well, as I read and studied the Book of Job I came to the conclusion that we are definitely missing a great truth. Satan is not just trying to steal from us but he is trying to steal from God also. He is trying to steal God’s goodness!!!

The value of gold is measured by the number of karats; parts of gold; % of gold; and millesimal fineness. As karats go up, the rest of the measurements go up also. The highest ranking of gold purity is 24K which pushes the millesimal fineness up to the highest level of 999. Value is diminished in direct proportion to the reduction in purity. In other words, if Satan can cause the pure goodness of God to be reduced to a lower percentage of purity then he has stolen some of God’s goodness and thereby reduced the effectiveness (or fineness) of God’s words. He does that by causing us to believe that God may not be good all the time. Satan has won the battle if he can get you to believe that way because you are now double-minded.

Here is my belief. God is pure goodness and pure fineness! He is good all the time! There is no darkness in Him! His thoughts and plans for us are for good and not for evil! Jesus is the shepherd of good and was anointed to do good! Those are my beliefs and I am sticking with them and thanking God every day for His goodness!!!!

I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine. (John 10:14)

 


A Nugget from New Life Network

(by Dr. Larry Ollison)

Scripture for the Day March 8, 2019

“I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in His word I do hope” (Psalm 130:5).

One of the greatest hurts that can ever be experienced is living without hope. Hope is the spiritual force that keeps us moving forward. It fills each day with anticipation, excitement, and joy. With hope there is life, but when hope is stolen and our dreams are crushed, we are left with emptiness. Hopelessness brings the pain of loneliness and despair. The feeling of failure becomes almost unbearable. The Bible says hope deferred makes the heart sick (Proverbs 13:12).

However, there is hope for your life. You can break free from the heaviness and fog that is trying to pull you into darkness. Like sunshine flooding a room when the curtains are pulled back, hope will flood your soul, and you will see the possibilities that the light exposes when you discover the truth that has been hidden from you.

God has a plan for your life, and His plan is glorious. While the forces of darkness want to torment you and pull you down, the truth will illuminate the promises of God. The truth will lift you up and set you free. There is hope for you.

“If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (John 8:31-32).

In the Hebrew language, the word for hope is tikvah. In Strong’s Concordance it is defined as expectation, hope and everything that I long for, but literally as a cord. Hope is different than wishing and desire. Hope expects to obtain what is hoped for. Qavah is the root word in Hebrew that it comes from. Qavah means not only to expect, but to patiently wait and eagerly look for. It also means to collect, bind together. Patient waiting is always a part of hope.

In English, the word hope is more of an abstract thought, but in Hebrew the definition gives a solid visual image of a bound cord, rope, or thread. Not only can the cord be seen, but it is an object we can grasp firmly with our hands. Hebrew Bible hope is not abstract, but something that we can cling to or hold onto.

In the Bible when the two Hebrew spies entered Jericho and encountered Rahab, they swore that if she would tie a cord of scarlet thread in the window that her entire household would be spared from the impending attack. In Joshua 2:21 we are told that as the spies departed, she tied the scarlet cord in the window.

We will be blameless of this oath of yours which you have made us swear, unless, when we come into the land, you bind this line (tikvah) of scarlet cord in the window through which you let us down, and unless you bring your father, your mother, your brothers, and all your father’s household to your own home” (Joshua 2:17-18).

In this story, the Hebrew word tikvah is translated as cord (or line) and it gives us a visual image of how hope should be viewed. Rahab placed her hope in the word of the two spies and more specifically in the scarlet thread. It was the visual covenant that she and her household would be spared when the Israelites conquered Jericho. The cord was visible, but she still had to wait for the actual manifestation of the spies’ promise.

This story of Rahab reveals how Bible hope should be understood. Too often people forget that hope is rooted in waiting. While it is not often easy to wait, hope and patience by their very nature imply that waiting is necessary. For Rahab, the cord in the window represented her hope, and she trusted that she would see what she believed.

But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it. (Romans 8:25)

For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope. (Romans 15:4)

Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost. (Romans 15:13)

 


A Nugget from New Life Network

Scripture for the Day March 7, 2019

Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Show us the Father? (John 14:9)

We just finished a seven part series on the Book of Job. If you did not get a chance to read each devotional you can go to our website and find all these devotionals under “The Book of Job” at the following link:

https://www.newlifenetwork.org/devotionals/  (You will need to scroll down to The Book of Job)

Today’s devotional will be a short summary on what we learned by our study of the Book of Job.The main theme of the Book of Job is spiritual warfare and not suffering. It is a letter from God showing us how the enemy works. The thief (Satan) and all his demonic participants come to kill, steal, and destroy but God (Jesus) comes to give us life and life more abundantly (John 10:10). The Book of Job is a perfect picture of spiritual warfare that transpired several thousand years ago and it is still transpiring today. It is a war between good (God) and evil (Satan) and we are effected by that war.

Satan is a defeated foe. He knows that, but he still has certain powers that we must be aware of. He is a liar and if he can convince you to believe a lie it can lead to destruction and death. For example, if he can convince you that there is nothing wrong with drugs or alcohol then the end result can be drug addiction and alcoholism which can ultimately kill you. Satan is a master at smoke-screens.

My primary take from the Book of Job is that Satan is after God’s goodness. Satan has from the beginning of existence tried to convince us that what he has is good and what God has is bad. He does that by lies and manipulation of the truth. He knows that God is good and he wants to exalt himself to God’s position. So, one of his main tactics is to convince us that God is not good.

The Book of Job is a prime example of how he does that. If he can get Job (or us) to believe that God is the one responsible for the death of Job’s children and all the destruction and theft unleashed on Job’s property then we will quit believing that God is good. If Satan can just get you to even half-way believe that then he has won the war because a double-minded person cannot receive anything from God.

King David was probably the one person in the Bible that was the most adamant about the goodness of God. He had an intimate relationship with God and he knew how important it was to believe in God’s goodness. We need to have that same type of steadfast and immovable belief!!! Listen to David’s heart:

Good and upright is the Lord: therefore will he teach sinners in the way. (Psalm 25:8)

I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. (Psalm 27:13)

Oh how great is thy goodness, which thou hast laid up for them that fear thee; which thou hast wrought for them that trust in thee before the sons of men! (Psalm 31:19)

O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him. (Psalm 34:8)

For thou, Lord, art good, and ready to forgive; and plenteous in mercy unto all them that call upon thee. (Psalm 86:5)

For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations. (Psalm 100:5)

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

Thou art good, and doest good; teach me thy statutes. (Psalm 119:68)

Praise the Lord; for the Lord is good: sing praises unto his name; for it is pleasant. (Psalm 135:3)

They shall abundantly utter the memory of thy great goodness, and shall sing of thy righteousness. (Psalm 145:7)

David was a man after God’s own heart!!!

The following song by Bethel Worship puts into a song what I have been trying to say in words through these seven teachings about Job. Listen and worship as they proclaim the goodness of God:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pomqj7acJc4

 

 


A Nugget from New Life Network

Scripture for the Day March 6, 2019

Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Show us the Father? (John 14:9)

The next two questions (Question 9 and 10) that we posed in our first devotional concerning the Book of Job were as follows:

9. In what Spirit are Job’s three counselling friends operating in?
10. What did God think about all this talk about who He was?

The New Testament tells us several things about Satan’s character and purposes. It tells us that Satan is the accuser of the brethren (Revelation 12:10). It tells us that Satan is a liar and the father of lies (John 8:44). It tells us that Satan is a thief that comes to kill, steal, and destroy (John 10:10). It also tells us that there is no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus who walk after the Spirit and not after the flesh (Romans 8:1). All these scriptures give us a pretty good picture of what our enemy is all about. Job did not have these scriptures. The only thing he had was a relationship with God which convinced him that God was basically good and just and he held onto that through everything.

Now, as we look at Job’s three friends, we see a steady stream of accusations against Job and his children. Job and his children must have done something wrong to bring this catastrophe on themselves. Job must be a wicked sinner. He must be hiding something. His children must be wicked sinners. I ask you. Where does that spirit come from?

Let’s look at a few verses concerning the spirit that Eliphaz (the chief of the three friends) was listening to:

Now a thing was secretly brought to me, and mine ear received a little thereof. In thoughts from the visions of the night, when deep sleep falleth on men, Fear came upon me, and trembling, which made all my bones to shake. Then a spirit passed before my face; the hair of my flesh stood up: It stood still, but I could not discern the form thereof: an image was before mine eyes, there was silence, and I heard a voice, saying, Shall mortal man be more just than God? shall a man be more pure than his maker? Behold, he put no trust in his servants; and his angels he charged with folly: (Job 4:12-18).

This scripture should give you a glimpse of the spirit involved here. This was not the Holy Spirit. This was demonic. It sounds so spiritual and true when the spirit poses the question “shall a man be more pure than his maker”. That question was the impetus to start accusing Job of wrongdoing. Job must have been to blame. He must have done something wrong. He must be wicked. The only problem with that type of thinking is that God didn’t feel that way about Job.

And the Lord said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil? (Job 1:8 and 2:3)

After 37 chapters of bannering back and forth between Job and his friends, God responds to all of them and it was not pretty. God responded to them for the next four chapters and you can literally feel all of the participants in this war of words feeling smaller and smaller in stature the longer God spoke.

God basically asked them where they were when He created everything. He asked them to explain how the earth was made and the oceans formed and on and on. Question after question was based on this one thought from God. Who is this that darkeneth counsel by words without knowledge (Job 38:2)?

In the end, they all had to repent. Job himself said, “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.” (Job 42:5-6)

And what did God think about Job’s friends? 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. Therefore take unto you now seven bullocks and seven rams, and go to my servant Job, and offer up for yourselves a burnt offering; and my servant Job shall pray for you: for him will I accept: lest I deal with you after your folly, in that ye have not spoken of me the thing which is right, like my servant Job. (Job 42:7-8)

Let’s get back to one of our first questions concerning the Book of Job. Is this book about suffering or is about spiritual warfare? I personally think it’s all about spiritual warfare. It is about the tactics of the enemy. It’s about the difference between good and evil. It’s about Satan’s lies and false accusations against God’s man. It’s about Satan trying to depict God as the destroyer rather than himself. It’s about Satan trying to water down the goodness of God. But in the end, God turned what the enemy meant for harm to the good. He turned this entire episode into a teaching lesson for us to see the enemy’s tactics. This book was for our insight and instruction. Are we listening? Do we see it? God is Good, all the time!!!! He’s not 90% good. He is pure Good!!!

All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: (2 Timothy 3:16)

For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope. (Romans 15:4)