A Nugget from New Life Network

(by Dr. Larry Ollison)

Scripture for the Day – June 7, 2019

First Timothy 6:12 says, “Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, to which you were also called and have confessed the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.”

Fighting the good fight of faith is not always an easy fight. Why? It takes courage and boldness to fight the good fight of faith. All through the Bible, those in faith were few. When the Hebrews sent twelve spies into the Promised Land, for instance, the majority returned with a negative report that had no faith in it. Ten of the spies said, “We can’t enter into that land. It’s full of giants. We are like grasshoppers to them. If we go in, we will die.” (Numbers 13:33.)

But Joshua and Caleb, two of the twelve, a clear minority, said, “Yes, we can make it. If we go into the Promised Land we can occupy it, in spite of the giants. God said He would fight our battles for us and we believe Him.” (Numbers 13:30; 14:6-9.)

Unfortunately, the people believed and acted on the anti-faith report of the majority and were ready to stone Joshua and Caleb to death, when God intervened and told Moses that the Israelites would not be allowed to enter into the Promised Land because of their lack of faith. Instead, they would have to wander in the desert for forty years — one year for each day the twelve spies had explored the Promised Land (Numbers 14:5-34). After those forty years, the Israelites who were still alive went into the Promised Land, just as God had told Moses.

Now, interestingly, the giants were still there. Even after delaying for four decades, the battle still had to be fought. But God was with them, because this time they had faith. When you have faith, God is with you and you always win.

When you believe what God says and you believe it enough to act on His Word in spite of how things look around you, that’s faith and faith pleases God. God is always on the side of those with faith.

In God’s Word and all through history, God has looked for men and women with faith. Hebrews 11, known as the faith chapter, tells about a man who did not die. His name was Enoch. Verse 5 says he was taken away and did not see death. It tells why he did not see death and was instead taken into heaven: “By faith Enoch was taken away so that he did not see death, and was not found, because God had taken him; for before he was taken he had this testimony, that he pleased God.”

Then verse 6 goes on to say that it is faith that pleases God and more precisely, “Without faith it is impossible to please Him.”

Notice that Enoch had a good testimony. He gave a good report. He spoke the Word of God and whatever God said, he believed it. Not only did he believe God’s words, he acted on them. We know this because the Bible says he had faith, and that is what faith is. Faith is believing that God has done everything He said He would do and believing it so completely that you place everything you say and everything you do in line with His Word.

So, I guess it all boils down to this: Do we please God by having faith, or do we go with the majority who speak doubt and unbelief? Going with the doubters does not please God and could leave us wandering in the desert. Being in faith pleases God and the miracles that can happen in our lives are unlimited.

Who do we please, God or man? The choice is ours (Luke 16:13).

 


A Nugget from New Life Network

Scripture for the Day – June 6, 2019

And now, O Lord, hear their threats, and give us, your servants, great boldness in preaching your word. (Acts 4:29)

I heard a television preacher make a questionable statement the other day that is very indicative of where many people are today in their thinking. He said that a prideful leader always punches back at verbal attacks but a true leader would always turn the other cheek and just walk away. Really??? I want us to explore that way of thinking in light of the scriptures. Is punching back, or responding to criticisms and attacks, always a no-no for leaders? Are we always to turn the other cheek and walk away or is there a time when we must stand up and punch back (respond)? Let’s take a look at a couple of examples in the Bible.

Do you remember the story of David and Goliath and how the Israelites would not punch back against this Philistine giant named Goliath? David was the only one that was not afraid to punch back and he was the one that was chosen by God to be King.

Goliath walked out toward David with his shield bearer ahead of him, sneering in contempt at this ruddy-faced boy. “Am I a dog,” he roared at David, “that you come at me with a stick?” And he cursed David by the names of his gods. “Come over here, and I’ll give your flesh to the birds and wild animals!” Goliath yelled. David replied to the Philistine, “You come to me with sword, spear, and javelin, but I come to you in the name of the Lord of Heaven’s Armies—the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. Today the Lord will conquer you, and I will kill you and cut off your head. And then I will give the dead bodies of your men to the birds and wild animals, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel! (1 Samuel 17: 41-46, NLT)

Do you remember the stories where Jesus (the King of Kings) punched back against the religious leaders of the day?

You blind Pharisee! First wash the inside of the cup and the dish, and then the outside will become clean, too. “What sorrow awaits you teachers of religious law and you Pharisees. Hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs—beautiful on the outside but filled on the inside with dead people’s bones and all sorts of impurity. Outwardly you look like righteous people, but inwardly your hearts are filled with hypocrisy and lawlessness. (Matthew 23:26-28, NLT)

Jesus entered the Temple and began to drive out all the people buying and selling animals for sacrifice. He knocked over the tables of the money changers and the chairs of those selling doves. He said to them, “The Scriptures declare, ‘My Temple will be called a house of prayer,’ but you have turned it into a den of thieves!” (Matthew 21:12-13,
NLT)

Personally, I like leaders that will stand up for what is right. I like leaders with a backbone that will punch back against all the lies, gossip, and trash that is thrown at them.

Think about this. Any minister of the Gospel that has been in the presence of a demon possessed person will tell you that you can’t be all sweet and nice to a demon. You have to take authority over that demon and tell them to come out of that person. Being quiet, praying, or asking in a nice pleasant voice, will not work with demons because they will immediately recognize that you have no authority. The outcome of that confrontation will not be good. True leadership, with true authority, punches back when necessary!!! They stand up to the enemy!!!

It’s punch back time!!!

 


A Nugget from New Life Network

(by Dr. Larry Ollison)

Scripture for the Day – June 5, 2019

This gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come (Matthew 24:14).

I appreciate churches. I like big churches and little churches. I like churches that are built with a traditional look and I like contemporary structures. Some churches have pews, some have chairs. It doesn’t matter to me. I just love churches. One thing every church should have in common is this – it should grow.

In Matthew 25 Jesus told a parable of the talents. He said the master gave five talents to one, two talents to another, and to the third man he gave one talent. These talents were distributed according to the ability of the one receiving them. But what ability was Jesus talking about? He was talking about their ability to multiply what they had received.

When the master returned, the man who had been given five talents had traded wisely and multiplied them to ten talents. The man who received two talents multiplied them into four. But the man who had one talent hid it and when the master returned, he gave him back exactly what he had received – one talent (vv. 14-25). The master called this man a wicked and lazy servant (v. 26).

The point is, what God has freely given us, He expects us to share and multiply. Christians have been given the greatest gift in the universe. For those who receive Jesus as their Savior, they have been given eternal life and the availability of prosperity and health (3 John 2). In James 1:17, we’re told that God is a good God who pours out good gifts freely to all who will receive. Ephesians 5:1 tells us that we are to be imitators of God. God wants us to share the gift we have been given. When we do this, it can cause souls to be saved and lives to be changed.

If every Christian would live the life of victory that God has for us and share that victory with their friends, families, and co-workers, and if each Christian would only change the life of one person in a year, then our churches would double in size in twelve months. A church of ten would be twenty. A church of 100 would be 200. A church of 500 would be
1,000, and so on.

There is nothing wrong with a church with five members. But at some point in time, it should grow to ten. There is nothing wrong with a church of 50 people, but if the people in that church would share the good news of Jesus, then there is no reason why that church shouldn’t double in size in just one year.

Now don’t take me wrong. I’m not saying that every person has to act like a pastor or an evangelist or that you become bizarre in such way as to turn people off. I am saying that if each Christian would live their life according to God’s Word and lead one person to Jesus this year, then one year from today most Christian churches in the world would need an auditorium twice the size of what they have. Let’s begin this day to implement the principle of one and wrap this thing up so we can go home!

 


A Nugget from New Life Network

Scripture for the Day – June 4, 2019

He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad. Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost (speaking evil of; scurrilous; railing; vilifying; defaming; reviling) shall not be forgiven unto men. And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the world to come. (Matthew 12:30-32)

I have heard thousands of songs that honor God and/or honor Jesus but very few that honor the Holy Ghost. Jesus was pretty plain in the statements He made about the Holy Ghost. We were to listen to Him, be taught by Him, be led by Him, and most importantly, Honor Him.

We were in Charlotte, NC this weekend for our grandson’s high school graduation. On the trip home we were listening to “The Message” radio station and we heard a song for the first time entitled “Spirit of the Living God” by Meredith Andrews. I told my wife after listening to it that this song honors the Holy Ghost like no other song I have ever heard. I also told her that it hurts my heart that many people in the church today have never experienced what this song is talking about.

The following are the key words in this song but you need to listen to the entire song to get the full message. The YouTube link is:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ogGOlGswStA.
Listen and be blessed!!!

Lyrics to “Spirit of the Living God”

Spirit of the living God, Spirit of the living God, We only want to hear Your voice, We’re hanging on every word, Spirit of the living God, Spirit of the living God, We want to know You more and more, We’re hanging on every word (x2)

CHORUS: ‘Cause when You speak, when You move, When You do what only You can do, It changes us, It changes what we see and what we seek, When You come in the room, When You do what only You can do, It changes us, It changes what we see and what we seek, You’re changing everything

Spirit of the living God, Spirit of the living God, We’re leaning into all You are, Everything else can wait, Spirit of the living God, Spirit of the living God, Come now and breathe upon our hearts, Come now and have Your way

CHORUS

When You move, You move all our fears, When You move, You move us to tears, When You move, You move all our fears, When You move, You move us to tears, When You fall, we fall on our knees, When You fall, we fall at Your feet, When You fall, we fall on our knees, When You fall, we fall at Your feet

CHORUS

Spirit of the living God, Spirit of the living God, We only want to hear Your voice, We’re hanging on every word

 

 


A Nugget from New Life Network

(by Dr. Larry Ollison)

Scripture for the Day – June 3, 2019

For the promise [of the Holy Spirit] is for you and your children and for all who are far away [including the Gentiles], as many as the Lord our God calls to Himself.” (Acts 2:39, Amplified Bible)

This week a minister asked me a question. He said, “In the Bible, were people filled with the Holy Spirit when they became a Christian or did it happen later?” Well, let’s look at a typical case in the Bible.

After the church was established, there was great persecution and the believers were scattered abroad. It was during this time that Philip went down to the city of Samaria and preached Christ to the Samaritans. The Bible says in Acts, chapter eight, that when Philip preached, the multitudes listened and obeyed the things he preached. Also, they were in unity and great miracles took place. Demons were cast out and many who were paralyzed were healed. Because of this great revival, there was great joy in the city. Then the Bible says these people believed all that Philip preached concerning the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ. Men and women alike were baptized.

Now, you must remember this. In the New Testament church, only those who had become saved and accepted Jesus as their Lord and Savior were baptized. By all the standards of the New Testament church, the people of Samaria were Christians.

Now listen to this. “Now when the apostles who were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent Peter and John to them, who, when they had come down, prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit. For as yet He (the Holy Spirit) had fallen upon none of them. They had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus” (Acts 8:14-16).

Much time had passed between the time Philip went to Samaria and the arrival of the apostles. They didn’t have telephones or email. News traveled slowly. This experience of receiving the Holy Spirit was definitely a second experience.

Many years later, Paul was traveling through the upper regions and came to Ephesus. There he found some disciples and he asked them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?” (Acts 19:1-2). These disciples didn’t know anything about the Holy Spirit. Paul taught them and then laid hands on them. Then they received the Holy Spirit. It was definitely a second experience. Evidently these disciples had been followers of Jesus for some time. But, not until they met Paul did the Holy Spirit come upon them.

In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, (Ephesians 1:13, KJV)

Several years ago, I was the pastor of a denominational church that did not believe that receiving the Holy Spirit was a second experience. As pastor, I taught that you received the Holy Spirit when you were saved and that was it. But, if that is true, then what do we do with all the biblical examples to the contrary? What do we do with the Book of Acts? As Christians we have a decision to make. Do we believe the Word of God unconditionally or do we blindly follow our denominational doctrines?

Now, don’t take me wrong. All doctrines and traditions are not wrong. In fact, most church doctrines are right on. However, as a believer, it is our responsibility to check everything out with the Word of God, the Holy Bible. If a doctrine lines up with the Word, keep it. If it doesn’t, then get rid of it.

Jesus said, “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).

 


A Nugget from New Life Network

Scripture for the Day – May 31, 2019

But the Comforter (Counselor, Helper, Intercessor, Advocate, Strengthener, Standby), the Holy Spirit, Whom the Father will send in My name [in My place, to represent Me and act on My behalf], He will teach you all things. And He will cause you to recall (will remind you of, bring to your remembrance) everything I have told you. (John 14:26, Amplified Bible)

Who is your teacher? Who do you rely on for spiritual truth and guidance? Do you have a favorite evangelist, Pastor, author, or spiritual teacher that you like to follow? Do you depend on a particular denomination to provide you with the truth? If you do any of these things you may want to rethink your position and consider the scriptures outlined in this devotional.

For the time will come when people will not tolerate sound doctrine and accurate instruction [that challenges them with God’s truth]; but wanting to have their ears tickled [with something pleasing], they will accumulate for themselves [many] teachers [one after another, chosen] to satisfy their own desires and to support the errors they hold, (2 Timothy 4:3, Amplified Bible)

It is so vitally important that each one of us have a personal relationship with Jesus, the Holy Spirit, and the Word of God. There is nothing wrong with having a favorite teacher, preacher, etc. as long as you know that all of these people are human and they make mistakes. They can misguide you. It may not be intentional but the results are the same, you are misguided.

The Holy Spirit does not make mistakes. He will not misguide you. He will bring to your remembrance whatever you have need of. Now, what is our responsibility in this relationship? We have to read the Word of God for ourselves and that means all of it and often. We have to hide that Word in our heart. We have to develop a prayer life where we cannot only tell the Lord our requests but be constantly listening for the leadership of the Holy Spirit. We have to have ears to hear and that doesn’t mean ears just to hear our favorite spiritual leaders. We need to hear His voice!!!

The sheep that are My own hear and are listening to My voice; and I know them, and they follow Me. (John 10:27, Amplified Bible)

As for you, the anointing [the special gift, the preparation] which you received from Him remains [permanently] in you, and you have no need for anyone to teach you. But just as His anointing teaches you [giving you insight through the presence of the Holy Spirit] about all things, and is true and is not a lie, and just as His anointing has taught you, you must remain in Him [being rooted in Him, knit to Him]. (1 John 2:27, Amplified Bible)

It is amazing to us as ministers how many times we have had some tough situations where it appeared we would have to confront people. However, before we confronted them we would pray and the Holy Spirit would confront them. Prayer is a marvelous thing!!! The Holy Spirit is our helper and when He confronts people in love they respond a lot better than when we as humans confront them. This is a lesson for someone out there. Before you jump down someone’s throat about their behavior, make sure you talk to the Lord and give the Holy Spirit a chance to work in their life. Your prayers, your patience, and the help of the Holy Spirit, may save your relationship with this person. I can promise you this. It will change you also in the process when you see the Holy Spirit at work in another person’s life.

 


A Nugget from New Life Network

(excerpts from Chris Musgrove of Future Now)

Scripture for the Day – May 30, 2019

See thou a man diligent in his business? He shall stand before kings. (Proverbs 22:29)

The definition of “diligent” is to be constant in effort to accomplish something; attentive and persistent in doing anything. The scripture says that the soul of a diligent person shall be made rich. The opposite of being diligent is to be lazy: The soul of a lazy man desires, and has nothing; But the soul of the diligent shall be made rich. (Proverbs 13:4)

God wants to reward His kids. He wants His kids to prosper and be in health, but without faith that is impossible. But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. (Hebrews 11:6)

Now, let’s read Hebrews 11:6 with the word diligent defined, But without faith it is impossible to please God, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that is a rewarder of those who are constant in effort, attentive, and are persistently seeking Him.

David was diligent in I Samuel 16:21 which says, “David came to King Saul and entered his service. King Saul liked him very much, and David became one of his armor-bearers.” David had been diligent to watch His father’s sheep and diligent in his worship to God and it brought him before a King (Saul). David’s life was a fulfillment of Proverbs 22:29.

Daniel was another prime example when he was the only one that could interpret the King’s dream.

Therefore Daniel went in unto Arioch, whom the king had ordained to destroy the wise men of Babylon: he went and said thus unto him; Destroy not the wise men of Babylon: bring me in before the king, and I will shew unto the king the interpretation. Then Arioch brought in Daniel before the king in haste, and said thus unto him, I have found a man of thecapti ves of Judah, that will make known unto the king the interpretation. The king answered and said to Daniel, whose name was Belteshazzar, Art thou able to make known unto me the dream which I have seen, and the interpretation thereof? Daniel answered in the presence of the king, and said, The secret which the king hath demanded cannot the wise men, the astrologers, the magicians, the soothsayers, shew unto the king; But there is a God in heaven that revealeth secrets, and maketh known to the king Nebuchadnezzar what shall be in the latter days. Thy dream, and the visions of thy head upon thy bed, are these; (Daniel 2:24-28)

Diligence to seek and obey God is the fruit of your faith or believing. An orange tree doesn’t have to work to grow oranges. It is a natural process or action that comes from being an orange tree. The diligent actions that come from being a Christian are the fruit of a changed life. You will know them by their fruit. (Matthew 7:16) Diligence should come naturally (or should I say supernaturally) if you’re a true believer.

 


A Nugget from New Life Network

Scripture for the Day – May 29, 2019

So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God. And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen. (Mark 16:19-20)

I was thinking today about the devotional we sent out yesterday on seeing miracles and how those miracles so profoundly affected people’s lives in the Bible, as well as people in today’s culture. The people in the Bible were astonished and awestruck at the miracles Jesus and His disciples did. The following are just a few examples of how people were affected by the power of God. Be reminded, Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever. He is still doing miracles!!! They have not passed away!!!

Then Nebuchadnezzar the king was astonished, and rose up in haste, and spake, and said unto his counsellors, Did not we cast three men bound into the midst of the fire? They answered and said unto the king, True, O king. (Daniel 3:24)

And straightway the damsel arose, and walked; for she was of the age of twelve years. And they were astonished with a great astonishment. (Mark 5:4)

And were beyond measure astonished, saying, He hath done all things well: he maketh both the deaf to hear, and the dumb to speak. (Mark 7:37)

And they were astonished at his doctrine: for his word was with power. (Luke 4:32)

And he trembling and astonished said, Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do. (Acts 9:6)

And they of the circumcision which believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost. (Acts 10:45)

I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet, Saying, I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last: and, What thou seest, write in a book, and send it unto the seven churches which are in Asia; unto Ephesus, and unto Smyrna, and unto Pergamos, and unto Thyatira, and unto Sardis, and unto Philadelphia, and unto Laodicea. And I turned to see the voice that spake with me. And being turned, I saw seven golden candlesticks; And in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle. His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire; And his feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace; and his voice as the sound of many waters. And he had in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth went a sharp twoedged sword: and his countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength. And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last: I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death. (Revelation 1:10-18)

Get ready to be astonished because where sin abounds grace does much more abound and we are living in a world that is going slap crazy. But we serve an amazing, awesome, and astonishing God!!! He has not been caught off-guard


A Nugget from New Life Network

Scripture for the Day – May 28, 2019

And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power: (1 Corinthians 2:4)

We live in a period of time where we have some great orators in some very large Churches but very little demonstration of the Spirit and power. Why is that? The Apostle Paul called it enticing words of man’s wisdom. Enticing in the Greek (peithos) means convincing, persuasive, or to make a friend.

I remember a time that I call an “Oh my God it’s real time” that changed my life forever. As I read the scriptures I see those type of situations happening over and over again to people that were not even expecting it.

Simon (Peter) experienced a miraculous catch of fish. The Apostle Paul was going to Damascus to persecute Christians when Jesus knocked him to the ground and he was blinded for three days which was the beginning of Paul’s conversion. The beggar at the gate called “Beautiful” was unexpectedly healed by Peter and John. We could go on and on about miracles that changed people’s lives forever.

Now, we can try to explain all those type miracles not happening today by using religious doctrines but maybe that is the very reason we do not see those type miracles anymore. I was one of those skeptics at one time. I saw too many phony Christians that went to church on Sunday and lived like hell the rest of the week. But, when I saw the real power and anointing of God displayed, things changed for me. I had that “Oh my God it’s real time” and I have never turned back. It’s just something about seeing a person saved, or healed, or filled with the Holy Spirit, or delivered from demons, that solidifies the miraculous in your very being.

We are not talking about something that is unusual, abnormal, or something that happens only with certain Christians. We are talking about something that should be a regular occurrence with ministers of the Gospel.

And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen. (Mark 16:20)

Do you see that? Jesus confirmed His Word with signs following. That is how the Lord says to us that this is real. We need to see more of that in the Church! We need to expect it! It’s like God’s validation stamp and I am not talking about pumping people up into an excited frenzy. I am talking about the real power and anointing of God that will put you on your face in awe and worship. I am talking about the glory and goodness of the Lord that carries with it healing and deliverance.

Lord, we need your power back in our Churches and in every meeting where we are allowed to speak your Word. We need your presence and anointing. I pray for your visitation on all your ministers Lord that when they preach and teach your Word it will be with power and demonstration. We need your healing Lord!!! We need your anointing!!! We need your presence and power Lord!!!

 


A Nugget from New Life Network

(excerpts from Dr. Larry Ollison)

Scripture for the Day – May 27, 2019

The LORD is good to all, And His mercies are over all His works. (Psalm 145:9)

Before you were even born, God conceived a plan for your life. While you were in your mother’s womb, He knew you, loved you, and desired the best for you. In the same way that earthly parents want the best for their children, God has hopes and desires for you.

You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven together in the dark of the womb. You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed (Psalm 139:15-16) NLT).

God is a good father. You are His creation, and He loves you. He loved you so much that He sent His Son to die so that you would never die, but instead spend all eternity with Him (John 3:16). You must understand this reality. He died for you personally. He created you, He knows your name, and He loves you! God’s plan for your future is good, and He wants prosperity, health, abundance, peace, love, and life for you.

As a Christian, He lives inside of you (Colossians 1:27) and rejoices in your daily victories. Abundant life is a life full of hope, knowing that the goodness God has promised is just around the corner! This is good news! Jesus specifically stated this good life was for now, in this present age. Over the years I have heard many preachers preach about heaven and the goodness of eternity. While it is true that we who are Christians have rewards and joy waiting for us in the eternal kingdom, we cannot ignore the Gospel (the Good News) when it says this goodness does not start in the future, but starts now.

For I know the thoughts and plans that I have for you, says the Lord, thoughts and plans for welfare and peace and not for evil, to give you hope in your final outcome. (Jeremiah 29:11, AMPC)

I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows). (John 10:10, AMPC)

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. (James 1:17)

That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, (Ephesians 1:17-19)

OH, give thanks to the Lord for He is good! (Psalm 107)