A Nugget from New Life Network

(excerpts from Chris Musgrove of Future Now)

Scripture for the Day – August 22, 2019

And Peter answered Him and said, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.” 29 So He said, “Come.” And when Peter had come down out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus. 30 But when he saw that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink he cried out, saying, “Lord, save me!” 31 And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him, and said to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” (Matthew 14:28-31)

When our daily scripture is discussed, most always it is referred to as the story of Peter walking on the water. Although Peter did walk on the water, he got out of the boat in response to Jesus saying “Come”. The Word of the Lord is what got Peter out of the boat. Peter was actually walking on the Word of Jesus. In fact, he didn’t start sinking until he took his eyes off the Word of God (Jesus).

Verse 30 says that when he saw that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid. It is no coincidence that when he got afraid that he started to sink. Fear is the opposite of faith and it will cause you to doubt and sink every time. Jesus knew that and that’s why Jesus asked him in verse 31, “Why did you doubt?”

We have opportunities to step out in faith on God’s Word every day. But if we allow what we see, like circumstances, what others say or think, or even what we think to cause us to get our eyes off the Word of God, we’ll start to sink. Thank God, if we start to sink, He will never leave us nor forsake us and He will save us (Hebrews 13:5). But God’s best for us is to walk above the circumstances.

I like to say it like this. I’m not moved by what I see, think, or feel. I’m only moved by the Word of God!

Incidentally, most people look at Peter sinking as the end result. But Peter cried out to Jesus and Jesus caught him by the hand. And as far as we know Peter walked back to the boat on the water hand in hand with Jesus!

The following is a good confession for all of us to make: “I am not moved by anything but the Word of God. I don’t go by how I feel, but I go by the Word that is real!”

While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal. (2 Corinthians 4:18)

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. For by it the elders obtained a good report. Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear. (Hebrews 11:1-3)

 


A Nugget from New Life Network

(by Dr. Larry Ollison)

Scripture for the Day – August 21, 2019

For the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him. (2 Chronicles 16:9, NIV)

One of our anchor scriptures in Christianity is 2 Corinthians 5:7: “For we walk by faith, not sight.” But let’s analyze this. What does it mean?

Walking by faith means that we base everything we do in life upon what God says because we believe Him. In fact, we believe Him so deeply that everything we say, everywhere we go, every action we take, and every thought in our mind aligns itself with what God says.

A few months ago, I was talking with a lady in my church that was being abused by her boyfriend. She was being abused slightly physically, but she was being severely abused verbally and mentally. The thing that amazed me the most was that even though her boyfriend was abusing her and lying to her regularly, she still continued to believe him and defend him. I remember thinking, why is it that people will submit themselves to an evil person, but the same person will resist believing a God who has never lied and who always tells the truth?

We serve such a God. Walking by faith should be easy. However, it is a struggle for many. From early age, we are trained to believe what we see. In fact, a familiar phrase used by many is this: “I will believe it when I see it.” But for the Christian walking by faith, it’s actually quite the opposite. For us, we’ll see it when we believe it.

A truth we find threaded through God’s Word is that everything a Christian receives, he or she must believe for it first. Before we receive salvation, we must believe for salvation. God searches over the earth looking for those who will believe Him (2 Chronicles 16:9). And when He finds someone who believes Him, then He rewards them because God is a rewarder of those who believe that He is and diligently seek Him (Hebrews 11:6).

So here’s the key to 2 Corinthians 5:7. We must live our lives based on the truth of God’s Word instead of the facts that are found in the world. We act on the promise instead of the problem. We walk in the truth instead of deception and we walk in the light instead of darkness.

That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us: (Hebrews 6:18)

This letter is from Paul, a slave of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ. I have been sent to proclaim faith to those God has chosen and to teach them to know the truth that shows them how to live godly lives. This truth gives them confidence that they have eternal life, which God—who does not lie—promised them before the world began. (Titus 1:1-2, NLT)

 


A Nugget from New Life Network

Scripture for the Day – August 20, 2019

The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. (James 5:16)

The two Amplified Bible versions of James 5:16 read like this. “The heartfelt and persistent prayer of a righteous man (believer) can accomplish much [when put into action and made effective by God—it is dynamic and can have tremendous power].” “The earnest (heartfelt, continued) prayer of a righteous man makes tremendous power available [dynamic in its working].”

I’m not sure the Church as a whole totally understands the real power of prayer. We understand bedtime prayers, mealtime prayers, and memorized prayers like the Lord’s prayer, but do we really understand prayers that are so powerful that they heal the sick, change lives, and alter the course of history.

I gave my life to the Lord and was saved in April 1982. I was baptized in water and in the Spirit later that same year. I have been in the ministry since 1982 (37 years) and have seen and experienced many miracles and many answers to prayer. However, it hasn’t been until recently that I have fully realized the true power of prayer and what it takes to touch God.

We recently had a situation where we were praying for a young person that was in the hospital on life support. This was not a normal prayer time. Maybe that’s the problem! Maybe we have gotten too accustomed to normal prayers! As I prayed for this individual I felt a compassion and love for them that was way beyond normal. I knew this was an attack from the enemy on a young person that was highly anointed of God. I did not directly rebuke the enemy, like I normally would do, but I called on the Lord to rebuke him (Jude 1:9). I called on the goodness of God to intervene in this situation. I basically asked Him for help!!! When I finished praying, and crying a lot, there was a peace that came that indicated to me that everything was going to be alright.

That young person is out of the hospital now and doing well. Now, there were a lot of people praying for this individual and I am not saying my particular prayer changed everything. What I do know is this. That prayer changed me. I knew I had touched Heaven that day and it had a lot to do with the love and compassion I had for this particular individual.

Prayer is more than just something we do as a custom. It is more than just repeating some memorized script. It has to be mixed with genuine heartfelt love and compassion if we want to experience signs and wonders.

And Jesus went forth, and saw a great multitude, and was moved with compassion toward them, and he healed their sick. (Matthew 14:14)

So Jesus had compassion on them, and touched their eyes: and immediately their eyes received sight, and they followed him. (Matthew 20:34)

And Jesus, moved with compassion, put forth his hand, and touched him, and saith unto him, I will; be thou clean. (Mark 1:41)

The Greek word used for compassion in the above scriptures is “splagchnizomai” which means to have the bowels yearn, to feel sympathy, or to have an inward affection. The Hebrew word used in the Old Testament to describe the compassion the Lord has for us is “racham” which means to love.

The bottom-line is this. God tells us in Hebrews 4:12, “but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it.” Prayer is kind of similar in nature. For our prayers to be profitable they need to have the right ingredients. Our prayers need to be mixed with genuine love and compassion if we want to touch Heaven and see signs and wonders.

 


A Nugget from New Life Network

(excerpts from Chris Musgrove of Future Now)

Scripture for the Day – August 19, 2019

If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. (2 Chronicles 7:14)

Did you know that prayer can change a person, city, and nation? Did you know that prayer can heal the sick? Did you know that prayer is the door to meeting all of your needs? Let’s look at just one great example of how prayer changed the course of history. This particular event happened after Peter and John were jailed for healing a lame man at the Gate called Beautiful. It also appears that the healed man was jailed with them (Acts 4:3 and 4:14).

And being let go (from prison), they went to their own companions and reported all that the chief priests and elders had said to them. So when they heard that, they raised their voice to God with one accord and said: “Lord, You are God, who made heaven and earth and the sea, and all that is in them, who by the mouth of Your servant David have said: ‘Why did the nations rage, And the people plot vain things? The kings of the earth took their stand, And the rulers were gathered together Against the LORD and against His Christ (the Anointed).’ “For truly against Your holy Servant Jesus, whom You anointed, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles and the people of Israel, were gathered together to do whatever Your hand and Your purpose determined before to be done. Now, Lord, look on their threats, and grant to Your servants that with all boldness they may speak Your word, by stretching out Your hand to heal, and that signs and wonders may be done through the name of Your holy Servant Jesus.” And when they had prayed, the place where they were assembled together was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke the word of God with boldness. (Acts 4:23-31)

This prayer meeting occurred after Peter, John, and the healed man, were arrested and then let go the next day. Peter and John were told not to speak or teach anymore in the name of Jesus. But instead of crying and complaining about what they were going to do, they prayed. Instead of magnifying the problem, they magnified God. I believe that Saul’s (the Apostle Paul’s) conversion on the road to Damascus in Acts 9 was a direct result of this prayer in Acts 4.

In Acts 4:29-31 they prayed, “Take note of their threats” and “stretch out your hand with signs and wonders. And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together;…”

Acts 9:1 says, “Then Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples”. Then verse 3 says, “A bright light hit him and he fell to the ground.” Then Saul heard the voice of Jesus speaking to him. Folks, that is a sign and a wonder and I truly believe it was the sign and the wonder that they had prayed for back in Acts 4.

We need this type of prayer in our churches, homes, and country today. We need the people of our day that are voicing threats and violence to have a Damascus Road experience like Saul of Tarsus (Paul). It’s going to take signs and wonders to turn the tide for these people, but it will never happen if we don’t pray and believe for it. Start praying for these people! They are lost and don’t even know it!!!

Grant your servants boldness Lord! Let us see signs and wonders once again!!

 


A Nugget from New Life Network

(by Dr. Larry Ollison)

Scripture for the Day – August 16, 2019

Now may He who supplies seed to the sower, and bread for food, supply and multiply the seed you have sown and increase the fruits of your righteousness. (2 Corinthians 9:10)

As Jesus was standing by the Sea of Galilee, there were a great number of people who had been following Him and they gathered together to hear Him speak (Mark 4:1-20). He got into a boat and pushed away from the shore. Facing thousands of people, He began to speak. He told the story of a man who went out to sow seed. Some of the seed fell by the wayside, some fell on stony ground, and some fell among thorns. None of these seeds produced a worthy crop. But other seed that was sown fell on good ground and produced up to a hundredfold. Jesus concluded by saying, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear!” (v.9).

As soon as Jesus got alone with His disciples, they questioned Him about this story concerning the seed, because they obviously didn’t understand what He was talking about. Jesus told them that to the multitudes what He said would just be a parable or a story. He went on to say that those who were on the inside could understand the mystery of the kingdom of God. Then focusing on His disciples, He told them that this parable was the key to all the parables. Then He began to reveal the mystery. He said, “The sower sows the word” (v.14), and He said the soil was the hearts of men. Jesus didn’t say that the sower sowed money, time, or things. Jesus said, “The sower sows the word.”

How do we sow the Word into the hearts of men? Just before Jesus ascended, He gave His followers a command. He told them to go and make disciples and to teach them everything that they had been taught by Him (Matthew 28:19-20). In other words, take the Word to the world and place it in the hearts of men.

Years ago there was a nation who had developed a powerful bomb. However, they were not a threat to any of the surrounding nations because they had no missile or delivery system. In the same way, the seed (the Word) is powerful and can turn a nation upside down. But unless man can deliver the Word to the hearts of men, it is of no effect.

The Word (seed) is supplied in abundance by God. There is no shortage of Word. When you give financially, you are actually sowing into the delivery system. The money you give into ministries is not “the seed.” Remember, the seed is the Word of God. But your money enables churches, ministries, and organizations to deliver the seed to the soil (hearts of people) where it will explode upon impact and change their lives forever.

When you give into ministries, it is extremely important that you give where the finances are converted into Word and taken to the world. Only then is the Word sown into good soil. So the next time you plan your giving, place your financial seed into a ministry that has a heart for teaching the Word to the world. The seed (the Word) is always good, but the harvest (thirty, sixty, hundredfold) depends upon where it is sown. The delivery system is extremely important!

The Word of God is always pure, anointed, full of life, and does not change. The variable is where it is sown, and that is determined by the delivery system.

Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age. (Matthew 28:19-20)

 


A Nugget from New Life Network

Scripture for the Day – August 15, 2019

For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it. (Luke 9:24)

Now, I realize nobody wants to talk about dying but, bear with me for just a little bit. One of the key principles of living in the anointing and blessings of God includes dying to self. If we really want to live a Godly life, we must learn to die to ourselves. It’s part of the DNA of such critical spiritual matters as giving of yourself and your substances, having compassion for others, and not thinking more highly of yourselves than you ought.

Our carnal nature is basically selfish, arrogant, and prideful. We always want to promote ourselves. Our spiritual nature (once we are born-again) should change from self-promotion to promoting Jesus. I heard a song recently entitled “Nobody” by Casting Crowns that went like this, “I’m just a nobody, trying to tell everybody, all about somebody, who saved my soul.” (Click below to hear this great song)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rOooelyA9Ws

Now, I know who I am in Jesus! I know the power and authority that He has given me. I know that I am an overcomer. I know that I have been given the power to tread upon serpents and scorpions and over all the power of the enemy. I know that I am somebody in Him. I will never back off or back down from that. But, I also know that without Him, I can do nothing.

I heard a story years ago about the famous boxer Joe Louis. He was standing in a long line of people waiting to get into this famous restaurant. As he patiently waited, another man and his friends rushed to the front of the line and demanded to be seated ahead of everyone else. This man told the doorkeeper that he obviously did not know who he was because he was very important and famous. In the midst of this confrontation the doorkeeper noticed Joe Louis and his guests standing in line. The doorkeeper immediately recognized Joe Louis, pulled him out of the line, and escorted him to a table. Joe Louis later made this quote about this situation. “If you have to tell people you are, you ain’t.”

We all have to fight this thing called the flesh. I was recently disappointed about how a personal situation turned out. We had another seasoned minister staying with us at the time. As we discussed the situation, she said something that was so true. She said, “It’s a good day to die.” Now, she was talking about dying to my own pride and ego.

As I thought more and more about her statement, I believe it’s a lot deeper than just the present circumstances in this life. If you are a born-again believer, then every day is a good day to die (literally and figuratively). To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord. That is true when we die literally, but it is also true when we die to ourselves. When we die to ourselves, that action invites the presence of the Lord and His presence is worth it all.

I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, Unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains [just one grain; it never becomes more but lives] by itself alone. But if it dies, it produces many others and yields a rich harvest. (John 12:24, Amplified Bible)

And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. (Galatians 5:24)

Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh. For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live. (Romans 8:12-13)

 


A Nugget from New Life Network

(by Rev. Don Kimball, President of World Ministry Fellowship)

Scripture for the Day – August 14, 2019

The Lord shall increase you more and more, you and your children. (Psalm 115:14)

Progress…lose ground…regain ground…progress…lose ground… regain ground… It’s a pattern that seems imprinted upon the very DNA of human history. We speak about it in our sayings, “Four steps forward and two steps back”. It’s employed in most novels, movies and shows, exampled by the common theme of boy gets girl, boy loses girl, boy gets girl back and they live happily ever after.

We are thrilled when we see this pattern played out in our sports arenas, as when a team has the lead, then loses the lead and then comes from behind to win the game. Even in the Bible we read of many examples and lessons reflecting this pattern, such as: Isaac recovering the wells that Abraham dug; Israel recovering the cities their enemies had taken; the return of the Israelites to their homeland and the rebuilding of Jerusalem, the Wall and the Temple; the exhortation to break up the fallow ground; Jesus being sent to the “lost sheep of Israel”; the return of the prodigal son; Jesus’ rebuke to the Ephesian church for having lost their first love. The applications are wide ranging, from personal to corporate, from spiritual to physical, financial, relational and political.

“Reclaiming the Land” is more than just a theme for a ministry convocation. I believe that we are entering into a season when God is emphasizing recovering and restoring what has been lost or lying dormant for those in His kingdom. God wants to restore things in the believer’s life and in our churches and in our society. Reclaiming the land is often
strategic to future advancement.

Yes, this is something to shout about, but also by such we are challenged to make significant behavioral adjustments – from being cavalier and cocky to being sober minded and humble; from being casual and nonchalant to being more attentive, appreciative and reverent; and from being childish and reckless to being mature and responsible.

In order to be in step with God in this season we need to adjust our thinking. First, recognize that the driving force behind this season is not the desperation of our pleading or the exuberance of our praise, but it is God’s jealousy for what is His (His will, His Name, His glory, His Kingdom…). Read Zechariah 1:12-17; 8:1-17.

Let’s work hard to follow Him instead of trying so hard to emotionally move Him. Secondly, sometimes we will need to work harder to reclaim the land than when we originally received it. Though the work be hard, His Spirit will motivate us to set our hands to the task and empower us not to stop until the work is completed. Thirdly, once ground has been regained we must be far more responsible with what God has entrusted to our care. We must be better stewards of His kingdom – not as slaves, but as heirs of the kingdom, which is a much higher calling that requires a closer walk with Him.

Let’s work with God to reclaim the land!

 


A Nugget from New Life Network

(by Dr. Larry Ollison)

Scripture for the Day – August 13, 2019

The Lord shall increase you more and more, you and your children. (Psalm 115:14)

The world is in bad shape. The world is full of bad news. But as Christians, we must live in the world, but we are not of it (John 17:11,14-16). The world may be getting worse, but for the Christian, every day should be better than the day before.

When I was a young boy growing up in the Baptist church, there was a song that had words along these lines: “Every day with Jesus is sweeter than the day before. Every day with Jesus, I love Him more and more; Jesus saves and keeps me, and He’s the One I’m living for. Every day with Jesus is sweeter than the day before.”*

I understand that this old hymn is not necessarily Scripture. However, in principle, it is true. If each day that we live as a Christian is not sweeter than the day before, then we should examine ourselves and find out what’s wrong. If we are living according to God’s plan and being obedient to His Word, then every day can be full of new excitement and new revelation.

God is a God of increase (Psalm 115:14). When I make this statement, usually people immediately think of money. While it is true that God is the God of increase concerning our finances, increase is so much more than that. In Galatians 5:22, the Word tells us, “The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, [and] self-control.” These attributes of the Spirit of God are placed in us when we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior. However, God expects us to grow in these spiritual character traits by the daily washing of our minds with the Word of God and with the conscious decision to be obedient to His Word as it is revealed to us (Ephesians 4:23; 5:26).

Once a man told me that he would love to grow in the things of God, but it was just too difficult. This man’s problem was that he had believed a lie of the enemy. The commands and callings of God are not burdensome. In fact, Jesus said in Matthew 11:28-30, “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”

Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound: (Romans 5:20)

But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord. (2 Corinthians 3:18)

And the Lord make you to increase and abound in love one toward another, and toward all men, even as we do toward you: (1 Thessalonians 3:12)

 


A Nugget from New Life Network

Scripture for the Day – August 12, 2019

Woe (judgment is coming) to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter! Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes, and shrewd in their own sight! (Isaiah 5:20-21, ESV)

We are living in very dangerous and deceptive times! We are experiencing a spiritual attack that is so deceptive that most people don’t even recognize it. The full arsenal of the enemy is being unleashed on this nation which is a nation in a very weak position spiritually. The truth is being swallowed up by deceptive lies. Good is being called evil, and evil is being called good. Honor for all those in authority has been cast by the wayside. Darkness is being seen as light, and light is being seen as darkness. Personal judgment is rampant. Righteous spiritual discernment is being turned on its’ head and replaced with emotional arguments.

Did all this confusion and upheaval catch God off guard? Absolutely not! He wrote about it in His Word and warned us of what was coming. We just need to open our spiritual eyes and see what’s really happening. These events have nothing to do with one man, one political party, or one ideology. This is an all-out war against God and His anointed. But, be of good cheer! Rejoice! Hear the Word of the Lord and rejoice! Pray for all our leaders and pray for this nation that repentance and revival will come and our nation will be healed in the midst of all these trials. A return to God is the real answer!!!

For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly (profane) men, turning the grace (the spiritual blessing and favor) of our God into lasciviousness (unbridled lust, shamelessness, insolence) and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ. (Jude 1:4)

Who (by choice) changed (exchanged) the truth of God into (for) a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen. (Romans 1:25)

Why do the heathen rage (in an uproar, in a confusion of voices, in a turmoil against God), and the people imagine a vain thing? 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 (of restraint) asunder, and cast away their cords (of control) from us. (Psalm 2:1-3)

Why the big noise, nations? Why the mean plots, peoples? Earth-leaders push for position, Demagogues and delegates meet for summit talks, The God-deniers, the Messiah-defiers: “Let’s get free of God! Cast loose from Messiah!” (Psalm 2:1-3. The Message Bible)

The enemy (Satan) never comes with a red suit and a pitch-fork. He comes as an angel of light. He comes to kill, steal, and destroy. He is the father of lies and he uses great confusion to muddy the waters. Underneath all the uproar and confusion is an all-out attack on God, His Word, and His people. You can always recognize it’s him when those things start being attacked. Wake up!! We are under attack!!

 


A Nugget from New Life Network

(by Dr. Larry Ollison)

Scripture for the Day – August 9, 2019

And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. (John 1:14)

After Jesus had been tempted by the devil, He gave this interesting response. “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God'” (Matthew 4:4). Consider this. There are two types of bread. Of course, there is the physical bread that you eat with your physical body. But not only is there physical bread, there is spiritual bread. Jesus told the devil, “Man shall not live by bread alone.” He was referring to physical bread. Then He spoke of spiritual bread: “But by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.”

The first verse in the Bible tells us, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” (Genesis 1:1). We know the way that He did it. He spoke and the heavens and the earth came into existence. We know from John 1:1 that Jesus was there in the beginning also. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” Then it says, [Jesus] “was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it” (John 1:2-5). Jesus was and is the Word.

The word comprehend in the Greek can also be translated “overtake.” The darkness did not overtake the light. So here we see that the Word was in the beginning and Jesus was the Word.

Let’s get a little clearer on this. Revelation 19:13 tells us that there is a name that Jesus will be given and this will be His name that He will have for all eternity. “He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God.” Revelation 12:11 tells us, “They overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and the word of their testimony.” Received by John in two God-given visions on the Isle of Patmos, the book of Revelation tells us that John saw Jesus clothed with a robe dipped in blood and His name is called The Word of God. So, Jesus was in the beginning as the Word.

If I were to say something to someone, that would be the word of Larry. If Larry is speaking, it’s the word of Larry. If God is speaking, it’s the Word of God. It’s God’s Word. God’s Word is Jesus. Jesus is the Word of God. If Jesus is the Word of God, then what did Jesus mean when He said, “It is written, ‘man shall not live by bread [earthly bread]alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.‘” (Matthew 4:4)? Jesus was saying, “You cannot live by earthly bread only, but you need to live by Me because the Word that proceeds from the mouth of God is Me. I am the Word of God. I was in the beginning.” That’s what Jesus was saying in Matthew 4:4. Look at it this way. What if Jesus was quoting John 1 and substituted the word Me (or I) for The Word of God? He might say, “In the beginning was Me. And I was with God. And I was the Word of God. I was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Me and without Me nothing was made that was made. In Me was life and I was the light of men. And I shone in the darkness and the darkness could not overpower Me. I am the Word of God.” Is that powerful or what? Jesus said, “Man shall not live by earthly bread alone, but by spiritual bread. I am the Bread of life. I am the Bread of God. I am the Word of God.”