A Nugget from New Life Network

Scripture of The Day
September 7, 2021

And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. (Galatians 6:9)

By Bob Gass Ministries

Here’s a saying that has proven to be very true: “What doesn’t destroy us makes us stronger.” And here are four sayings that have proved to be very false:

(1) “When you become a Christian all your problems are over.”  Whoever told you that didn’t get it from Scripture. Paul said, “We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed” (2 Corinthians 4:8-9).

(2) “All the problems you’ll ever encounter are addressed in the Bible.”  God tells us many things in His Word, but He still requires us to “walk by faith, not by sight” (2 Corinthians 5:7). That means receiving guidance from His Word, from the promptings of the Holy Spirit, and from the counsel of godly friends.

(3) “If you’re having problems you must be unspiritual.”  The opposite is true. Satan’s attack is proof that you haven’t been conquered, that you represent a threat to the kingdom of darkness, and that you’re doing the will of God. And the greater the attack, the greater the level of blessing that awaits you beyond it, so keep going.

(4) “Being exposed to sound Bible teaching automatically solves every problem.”  It will certainly help you solve your problems, but it won’t solve them for you. You must be a “doer” of the Word and not a “hearer only” (See James 1:23). Paul writes, “Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies [and tricks] of the devil” (Ephesians 6:10-11 NLT).

In other words, you need “Staying Power!” Let me speak especially to my fellow seniors today. The scripture has many examples where God used men and women that were on up in years to do great things. God has invested His treasure in us. We can not grow weary in well doing. Our country desperately needs what we have. We have another run in us so get ready to run!

 


 

Scripture of The Day
September 6, 2021

Now also we beseech you, brethren, get to know those who labor among you [recognize them for what they are, acknowledge and appreciate and respect them all]—your leaders who are over you in the Lord and those who warn and kindly reprove and exhort you. (I Thessalonians 5:12) AMPC

By Cheryl Henderson

Each year, on the first Monday in September, Americans observe a national holiday called Labor Day. Canadians celebrate the holiday on the same day, although the spelling is slightly different, and known as Labour Day. For some, the Labor Day holiday is a long weekend that marks the end of summer, with backyard barbecues, a final summer getaway, or shopping. Federal, state, and local governments close their offices. Banks and post offices also shut down for the day. However, the foundation for observing Labor Day is to pay tribute to working men and women in the U.S. and Canada.

As I know and understand the word labor ( sometimes spelled labour) it means to work or toil. One of my favorite ways the word is implied is in the book of Nehemiah. I love how the Word talks about the rebuilding of the wall around the city. How the families joined together, young and old, to get the job done. The scripture says, in Nehemiah 4:6, that the people had a mind to work. Wow, I wish that were true today! In verse 17 the scripture says, “who were rebuilding the wall. The laborers who carried the loads worked with one hand and held a weapon with the other.” HCSB

As we all labor in the work of the Lord, I want to encourage you to move forward in the things the Lord has called you to do. Let us be a people who have a mind to work. Let’s keep our armor on and be about God’s business. Everything we do for the Kingdom is eternal. In Proverbs 10:16 the scripture says, ” the labour of the righteous (tendeth) to life:….Be about those things
that bring forth life!

I truly honor all those who have labored and helped to build this wonderful country we live in. More importantly I honor all those who are laboring in the harvest. Luke 10:2 says, ” The harvest truly is great, but the labourers are few: pray ye therefore for the Lord of the harvest, that he would send forth labourers into his harvest.  Happy Labor Day!

 


 

Scripture of The Day
September 3, 2021

And Jesus, walking by the sea of Galilee, saw two brethren, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers. And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men. And they straightway left their nets, and followed him. And going on from thence, he saw other two brethren, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in a ship with Zebedee their father, mending their nets: and he called them. And they immediately left the ship and their father, and followed him” (Matthew 4:18-22)

By Ed Henderson (2009)

I started bass fishing with my dad when I was about 10 years old and I’ve learned a lot from fishing that applies to daily life and especially if you are in the people or relational marketing business. An avid bass fisherman always understands that he is just one cast away from catching a lunker bass, regardless of how many non-productive casts have been made in the past several hours. There is a story in John 21 where Jesus appeared to his disciples who had been fishing all night and he asked them if they had caught anything. They answered that they had not caught even one fish. He told them to cast on the other side of the boat and when they did they caught so many fish that they had to get help to haul them all in. These disciples had been fishing all night and were obviously discouraged. What I want you to see here is that they were closer to success than they ever imagined. They were just a few feet and one cast away from a boatload of abundance. In our walk with the Lord there have been times that looked very bleak but we have always maintained that fisherman’s faith that we were just one more cast away from a miracle. We just had to keep on casting.

We started bass fishing today in this new South Georgia lake using a green plastic worm. After an hour of no action I switched to a red worm and the first cast I made with that red worm I caught a big bass. We caught several nice bass after that with that red worm. I have learned over the years that bass are very particular about what they will hit. Sometime the smallest change, a different color, a different presentation, a different type lure, or a different location, is all you need to be successful. It is the same way with fishing for men. If you are not having any success fishing for men try changing your lure, change your presentation, or try a different spot on the lake. Ask the Lord where you should be fishing. Cheryl and I would have never imagined that we would be fishing in Lake Mona-Vie when we entered the ministry 27 years ago, but here we are. Jesus is the best fisherman ever and he knows where you need to be fishing. His desire is for you to have a boatload of fish.
JUST KEEP CASTING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 


 

Scripture of The Day
September 2, 2021

Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of the time. Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person. (Colossians 4:5-6, ESV)

By Ed Henderson (2015)

The enemy attempted to silence the Lamb of God from birth to crucifixion. He has continued that silencing campaign (unsuccessfully I may add) from the Apostles to current-day Christians. Entire nations have attempted to ban the Gospel but it just can’t be done. For the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea. (Habakkuk 2:14). Like a flood, it will come through even the smallest crack around the doors and windows. Consider the following scriptures:

Then Herod, when he saw that he was mocked of the wise men, was exceeding wroth, and sent forth, and slew all the children that were in Bethlehem, and in all the coasts thereof, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had diligently inquired of the wise men. (Matthew 2:16)

And they were the more fierce, saying, He stirreth up the people, teaching throughout all Jewry, beginning from Galilee to this place. (Luke 23:5)

And they called them, and commanded them not to speak at all nor teach in the name of Jesus. But Peter and John answered and said unto them, Whether it be right in the sight of God to hearken unto you more than unto God, judge ye. For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard. (Acts 4:18-20)

Why is this silencing campaign so important to our enemy that he would resort to killing babies, crucifying men and enacting national laws? The simple truth is found in the supernatural power of the scriptures. They can change a man’s/woman’s heart!  So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God. (Romans 10:17)

For the word of God is quick (alive), and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. (Hebrews 4:12)

We live in a time where political correctness is now the current label used to basically disguise the same old silencing campaign. We overcome this campaign the same way we have always overcome, by love. God is love and everything we do and say should come from a heart of love but it may not always sound like that to the hearer. Jesus did not always sound loving when He spoke to the Pharisees, his disciples, or his own family. The truth can be hard to swallow at times, but that doesn’t mean we should stop speaking it.

The following scripture is good for testing our words before they come out of our mouth. “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit” (Romans 8:1). As a Christian, we have a promise of no condemnation so just make sure our words pay that forward with no condemnation to others. This scripture will help check the motive of our heart and help keep the words out of our mouth from being hateful.

 


 

Scripture of The Day
September 1, 2021

Mark 5:25-29: Now a certain woman had a flow of blood for twelve years, and had suffered many things from many physicians. She had spent all that she had and was no better, but rather grew worse. When she heard about Jesus, she came behind Him in the crowd and touched His garment. For she said, “If only I may touch His clothes, I shall be made well.” Immediately the fountain of her blood was dried up, and she felt in her body that she was healed of the affliction.

By Chris Musgrove of Future Now

Besides her healing, what else did the woman with the issue of blood get? She got information or revelation about Jesus. Verse 27 says “she heard about Jesus.” This woman had been bleeding for 12 years, had been to many doctors and had spent all she had, but only grew worse. If she hadn’t heard about Jesus when she did, she would’ve probably died.

Hosea 4:6 says, ”My people perish or are destroyed for a lack of knowledge (information or revelation).” This woman got the information or revelation she needed to cause faith to rise up in her and say, “If only I may touch His clothes, I shall be made well.” Then she went out and acted on what she had said and got exactly what she said.  A lot of people in this woman’s position would have said, “It must not be God’s will to heal me, because I’ve been like this twelve years.” Nowhere in scripture did Jesus ever say it wasn’t His will to heal. In fact, He healed everyone He came in contact with. The only time He didn’t was in His hometown of Nazareth in Mark 6:5-6, where it says, “Now He could do no mighty work there, except that He laid His hands on a few sick people and healed them. And He marveled because of their unbelief. Then He went about the villages in a circuit, teaching.”  Jesus went about teaching, because they needed information or revelation to change their unbelief to faith.

Romans 10:17 says, “So then faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God.”  The woman with the issue of blood had done all she knew to do. When you’ve done all you know to do, you need to know some more. When you’re in a dark place and need direction and/or guidance, look to the Word of God and find scriptures that cover your situation.

We have access to the same information that the woman in Mark 5 had. Psalm 119:130 says, “The teaching of your word gives light, so even the simple can understand.”  When speaking to students during our Future Now assemblies, I sometimes tell the students that information is like fuel. Whoever has the most will go the farthest.

What we all need is more Word; more information (revelation); and more faith.

 


 

Scripture of The Day
August 31, 2021

Wherefore I will not be negligent to put you always in remembrance of these things, though ye know them, and be established in the present truth.
(2 Peter 1:12)

By Ed Henderson (2020)

Sometimes we need to be reminded through God’s Word of who we are, especially during hard times. The following are just a few reminders from the first 9 Chapters of the Book of Psalms of what God promises all of us who walk with Him. Remember, our fight is not against flesh and blood, but against principalities and the powers of darkness. Also remember, our God is the Lord of the Armies of Heaven and He is fighting for us!!!

Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.(Psalm 1:1-3)

The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord, and against his anointed, saying, Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us. He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision. Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure. (Psalm 2:2-5)

Lord, how are they increased that trouble me! many are they that rise up against me. Many there be which say of my soul, There is no help for him in God. Selah. But thou, O Lord, art a shield for me; my glory, and the lifter up of mine head. I cried unto the Lord with my voice, and he heard me out of his holy hill. Selah. I laid me down and slept; I awaked; for the Lord sustained me. (Psalm 3:1-5)

I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, Lord, only makest me dwell in safety. (Psalm 4:8)
But let all those that put their trust in thee rejoice: let them ever shout for joy, because thou defendest them: let them also that love thy name be joyful in thee. For thou, Lord, wilt bless the righteous; with favour wilt thou compass him as with a shield. (Psalm 5:11-12)

The Lord also will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble. And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou, Lord, hast not forsaken them that seek thee. (Psalm 9:9-10)  This is a good start for today. We will continue in devotions to come. We all need to be reminded of the promises God has made to all His people. Remember, God is not a liar!!!!!!

 


 

Scripture of The Day
August 30, 2021

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

By Cheryl and Ed Henderson

Our scripture of the day is one of my favorites. It is amazing to me how God allows us to walk out the Word in our daily lives. We don’t get to just read it, memorize it, or preach it, we get to live it and walk it out in real life!

The Apostle Paul was a very educated and very gifted Apostle but he also had a past that was not the greatest. He had persecuted Christians, mocked the faith, and had consented to Steven being stoned to death Acts 8:1. He knew first hand how important it was to forget those things that were behind. All of us have things in our past that we need to forget and the way to do that is to reach forth and press towards the things God has called each and every one of us to do in 2021.

In 1988 we moved from Memphis, TN to Jacksonville, FL. This was a major move for us and we really prayed about this situation and God gave us some direction from his Word that really helped. He reminded us that he had also required Abraham to move his family (Hebrews 11:8-15) to a place Abraham was not familiar with and a place that was to later become an inheritance for him and his family. There was one caution that God gave to Abraham and that was, don’t look back! Hebrews 11:15 states it like this, “And truly, if they had been mindful (to rehearse it over and over again in their minds) of that country from whence they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned”. Have you ever tried to drive an automobile forward while looking backward? Don’t try it; you will end up in a ditch!

There are a multitude of situations throughout the scriptures that showcase this principle such as the woman at the well (go tell the men); the woman caught in adultery (go and sin no more); the call of the fishermen Peter and Andrew (you will now be fishers of men). All of these situations involved a forgetting of those things behind and pressing toward the high calling.  One very important thing to remember; the enemy (Satan) is the accuser of the brethren. He is the one that will constantly rewind in your internal video recorder all the bad things of your past. God is just the opposite! When you ask for forgiveness, God cast your sins as far as the East is from the West (not measurable). He forgets them! He will never condemn you or beat you over the head with past sins.

It is time for many of you to bury the past and press toward the mark of the high calling. Let’s make 2021 the turning point. The point where we once and for all turn from the past and start sowing seeds for the future. The fields are white for the harvest and the harvest is calling out for laborers. God needs us to be focused and ready to move forward and touch the lives of people all across this nation.

 


 

Scripture of The Day
August 27, 2021

I call Heaven and earth to witness this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse; therefore choose life, that you and your descendants may live:….Deuteronomy 30:19 AMP

By Cheryl Henderson

The above scripture has been an anchor for Ed and I as we have walked with the Lord. Life throws a lot of things at you and we must make many choices every day.  I love going back to the beginning. Genesis is the place of first mention when it comes to choices. God gave Adam one rule, “But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shall surely die.” Genesis 2:17

This is when Adam and Eve had choices. God did not make them robots or a people He could manipulate. He created Adam and Eve to have a free will. And He did not stop them when they chose to disobey His Word. He also did not take away the consequences of their actions.  God’s plan for His kids is to live life to it’s fullest and be blessed, to worship Him and walk in His ways. However He will not make you. You have choices. God wants us to always choose the things that bring forth life in us. He said to choose life so that we and our children and our children’s children will be blessed.

It has not changed since Genesis. God wants us to serve Him and obey His Word because we want to. I encourage you today to think about your choices. Our world is getting tough. We will all have to make serious choices in the days ahead. I pray that God gives you wisdom, discernment, and the power of the Holy Spirit to make choices that bring forth life, that thou and thy seed will prosper.

 


 

Scripture of The Day
August 26, 2021

But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. (Hebrews 11:6)

By Ed Henderson ( 2015 )

You can not do enough works or be smart enough to avoid this truth. Faith is like gravity on earth. You can’t see it, but it’s there. God has secrets that no man or woman will ever be able to figure out intellectually. There are certain things we are going to have to accept by faith if we want to receive everything God has for us. He made it that way on purpose. He is God! We are not!

Do you remember the story of Job and all the wise counsel he was receiving from his supposed friends? God’s personal response to all that religious and intellectual rhetoric in Job 38-41 should be read by each one of us periodically just to remind us of who we are and who God is. The following are just a few excerpts from God in Job 38 (NLT):  Who is this that questions my wisdom with such ignorant words? Brace yourself like a man; because I have some questions for you, and you must answer them. Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth? Tell me, if you know so much. Who determined its dimensions and stretched out the surveying line? What supports its foundations, and who laid its cornerstone as the morning stars sang together and all the angels shouted for joy? Who kept the sea inside its boundaries as it burst from the womb, and as I clothed it with clouds and wrapped it in thick darkness? For I locked it behind barred gates, limiting its shores. I said, This far and no farther will you come. Here your proud waves must stop! Have you ever commanded the morning to appear and caused the dawn to rise in the east? Have you made daylight spread to the ends of the earth, to bring an end to the night’s wickedness?

As the light approaches, the earth takes shape like clay pressed beneath a seal; it is robed in brilliant colors. The light disturbs the wicked and stops the arm that is raised in violence. Have you explored the springs from which the seas come? Have you explored their depths? Do you know where the gates of death are located? Have you seen the gates of utter gloom? Do you realize the extent of the earth? Tell me about it if you know!  This goes on and on for four Chapters. I can just envision Job and his friends sinking lower and lower in their self evaluation seats as God proceeds. It is amazing how quickly intellectual arrogance and religious pride can turn to face-on-the-ground humility when you get into the presence of God. Isaiah said he was undone! Job’s response to God was also very humbling and probably done from a prone position:  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 4:5-6)

The really smart man or woman does not think more highly of themselves than they ought but has learned to walk by faith and not by sight. They have learned that real wisdom comes from God and not from a college degree. They have learned to humble themselves in the presence of the Creator. It would be wise for all of us to learn these things and act accordingly.

 


 

Scripture of The Day
August 25, 2021

And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able to perform. (Romans 4:21

By Cheryl Henderson

I have always loved the story of Abraham and Sarah. He is called the father of faith. His faith was reckoned to him for righteousness. What an amazing man!  I am not saying he did everything right, but he was Gods man. From the beginning when God called Abraham to leave his country, family and all he had ever known, he obeyed. God promised him that He would show him the land he was to go to and that He would make him a great nation and bless him. God even told Abraham that in him would all families of the earth be blessed. (Genesis 12:2)

Abraham just got up and went. He did not stagger, doubt, or complain, he just went, not even knowing where he was going… Not sure I would have done that!  There is a lot to be said of Abraham, but what impresses me most is in Romans 4:18-21. God made a promised to Abraham to give him a son. Even though he and Sarah were way beyond having children. Abraham still believed. The scripture says that against hope he believed in hope, that he might become the father of many nations, according to that which was spoken, so shall your seed be. The scripture says he staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith giving glory to God. And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform.

I want to be like Abraham! I do not want to stagger at the promises of God. I don’t want to reason things away. Verse 23, from the Passion Bible, says, “And this declaration was not just spoken over Abraham, but also over us. For when we believe and embrace the one who brought our Lord Jesus back to life, perfect righteousness will be credited to our account as well…”  Wow! Did you get it! God was not just showing Abraham but us too that our faith is powerful. Especially when we stagger not and when we are fully persuaded!

We know that without faith it is impossible to please God. We know that everyone has been given a measure of faith. It is our responsibility to develop that faith. We do it by reading and knowing God’s Word. By knowing the promises He has given us and by believing God’s Word more than what we see or feel.  Let’s be fully persuaded today!!