A Nugget from New Life Network

(by Brian Sharp of WMF)

Scripture for the Day – July 6, 2020

But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive. (Genesis 50:20)

Who would have ever thought that just a couple months ago we were all living life as normal when suddenly our world is literally turned upside down by something we can’t even see? The coronavirus has shaken us like few things have in history. For sure, there have been other diseases and plagues that have swept across certain nations, but this has taken the whole world by surprise. Make no mistake, it is a serious threat to be sure. People are dying, some of which were healthy before getting it. Many others have become extremely sick but have recovered. Others of us are trying our best to stay healthy by wearing masks, using hand sanitizer by the gallon (if we can find it) and washing our hands until our skin starts falling off…well, sort of.

And if this weren’t enough, the information coming out about the virus and our proper response to it changes daily, even hour by hour, businesses are shutting down, people are out of work, and some grocery store shelves are even bare (Toilet paper, really?) Add all this to the unnecessary fear that much of the media spins out and you have a recipe for confusion, worry, selfishness, even panic.

It’s time for us to reclaim our land, by reclaiming the promises of God. Like I imagine most of you, I have been diligent at reminding people that God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, love and a sound mind (II Tim. 1:7). Yet, He has also exhorted us to obey those who are in authority over us (Rom. 13). Then there’s the verse that plainly says that without faith we cannot please God (Heb. 11:6).

What are we to make of all this? God’s antidote for the current crisis is to combine faith, love and wisdom that all come from God. Faith in God and His love says, “Don’t be afraid, you’re my child, I’ll take care of you”, and wisdom tells us to “Wash your hands, use social-distancing, and stay home as much as you can.”

But there’s something even more important going on here. In “discerning the times” in which we live, I believe God is preparing us in a big way to help usher in a reclamation of our land. How so? You may or may not have heard that spiritual hunger has risen significantly since the rise of COVID-19. Many pastors and other ministers are reporting a surge of people getting serious about their faith and people coming to know the Lord the likes of which hasn’t been seen in a long time. In an interview with Focus on the Family, Greg Laurie, pastor of Harvest Christian Fellowship with campuses in California and Hawaii, reported that since the coronavirus has become such a big force, he has seen a major uptick in people hungry for the Lord and committing their lives to Jesus. He went on to say that we shouldn’t be content with just giving “feel good” messages, but since the field is becoming more and more ripe, we should be deliberately clear in offering Christ.

If we are to take seriously our call to “reap the harvest,” then let’s take advantage of this opportunity that is laying before us where the hunger for God is increasing, not only in certain foreign lands, but right here in America. As people become more and desperate and unnerved by the coronavirus, this just might be our cue to step up our evangelism efforts.

All things considered, reclaiming the land and COVID-19 might be the combination God will use to bring in a major harvest in these last days. Genesis 50:20 has never been more appropriate for a spiritual reclaiming of our land. We all know God didn’t make this virus, but He sure can use it to bring people into His kingdom!

 


A Nugget from New Life Network

(excerpts from Dr. Larry Ollison)

Scripture for the Day – July 3, 2020

“If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him! (Luke 11:13).

The Holy Spirit may seem a mystery to some people, but God’s desire is for His believers to know and understand the deep things of the Spirit. God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God (1 Corinthians 2:10).

Because of ignorance, fear, and tradition, many have chosen to ignore teachings concerning the Holy Spirit.  Remember the final words of Jesus as He ascended into heaven from earth: You shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you (Acts 1:8). Three days after His crucifixion, He was resurrected by the Spirit of God (Acts 10:40) and He placed His blood on the altar in Heaven. When His blood touched the altar, it completed the work of God and put into motion the continuing plan of God for the salvation, cleansing, and deliverance of man. At the moment the sacrificial Lamb of God placed His blood on the altar, all the work had been completed and man could receive Jesus as Lord and Savior by the simple act of confessing with his mouth the Lord Jesus and believing in his heart that God raised Him from the dead.

This may all sound too easy, but that’s because it is. All the work that needs to be done for a person to receive salvation (everlasting life) is to receive the work of the Lord Jesus. God loved us so much that He paid the ultimate price of sacrificing His Son so that all who receive His Son as Lord and Savior will be saved. John 3:16 says that God loved us so much that He sent His Son, so that whoever would simply believe in Him would not perish, but have everlasting life. He did the work and all we have to do is receive His gift.

“For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God” (Ephesians 2:8).

Believing and receiving is the method God has implemented for a Christian to receive everything that God has to offer. Receiving the Baptism of the Holy Spirit is no different. Jesus clearly explained that the heavenly Father would give the Holy Spirit to those all who asked.

If you are a Christian, you have the Holy Spirit living inside of you. Everyone in the upper room on the Day of Pentecost was a Christian and the Holy Spirit was living inside of them. They had already believed that God had raised Jesus from the dead and they had already been confessing it with their mouths, but a second experience occurred in the upper room and they received a power they didn’t have before. You can receive that same power in the same way. Jesus did not lie. He spoke the truth when He said if you ask the Father to give you the Holy Spirit, He will give you His Holy Spirit.

If you are a Christian who desires to be filled with the Holy Spirit, then all that remains is for you to ask and receive. You may ask, “But how do I receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit?” First of all, do not put God in a box and limit Him. In the Bible, the Holy Spirit was received several different ways. When Paul came to Ephesus, he encountered a group of believers that had not even heard of the Holy Spirit. After briefly teaching them, he laid hands on them. Immediately, the Holy Spirit came upon them, and they spoke with tongues and prophesied (Acts 19:1-7). Another time, while Peter was preaching at Cornelius’ household, the Holy Spirit fell upon those listening, and apparently it was totally unexpected (Acts 10:44). On the Day of Pentecost, the 120 in the upper room were waiting and expecting when they were filled with the Holy Spirit (Luke 24:49). While all three of these events were different in nature, everyone received the same Holy Spirit and the same manifestation.

Jesus said if you ask the Father, He will give you the Spirit, and if you ask the Father for the Spirit, then you have received His Spirit. How do we know we have received? Because we have asked and God promised that if we ask, we would receive. When we can rest in His promise that His Word is true, the manifestations will follow.

 


A Nugget from New Life Network

(by Tim McKitrick of WMF)

Scripture for the Day – July 2, 2020

But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. (2 Cor. 12:9)

The nations of the earth are struggling. People around the world, and of course our families and friends here at home, are under incredible pressure, from the pandemic, from famine, from economic stress, from political strife, from social unrest, from earthquakes, floods, storms ….So, what do we do in light of these things?

We know that we may not have all the answers to the world’s many problems, but faith still speaks:
God is good, and He has the answers.
God is faithful, and He has a plan.
“He has given us everything we need for life and godliness… through his great and many promises.” (2 Peter 1:3-4)
His mercy is new every morning (Lam 3:23)
His grace is sufficient. (2 Cor 12:9)
In His presence is peace and joy. (Ps 16:11)

My approach to today’s struggle is very simple. So is my advice to those around me. God is good, and He loves you, Get Closer.
If you can’t see clearly, adjust your position, get closer.
If you can’t hear God, get closer!
If you need healing, get closer.
If you need an answer, get closer!
In His presence is fullness of joy, get closer!

Get in His presence. Press into the things of God and His Kingdom. Take a step deeper. Get closer!!!

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

Get closer! Let your faith speak!

 


A Nugget from New Life Network

Scripture for the Day – July 1, 2020

Beware of dogs, beware of evil workers (angels of light), beware of the concision (legalism). For we are the circumcision, which worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh. (Philippians 3:2-3)

We are living in a time of loud voices and great deception and deceit. If we are not very careful, we will be led astray by dogs, angels of light and legalism. The Apostle Paul warned us about this in Philippians 3 above. What is a dog exactly? When you look this word up in the Greek it is “kuon” which means a hound. It is pronounced as coon and it is obviously where we get our English word for a coon or hound dog.

If you are from the South, coon dogs are what we use to hunt coons with at night. They bark and bark when they hit the trail of a coon until they tree the coon. Other translations of the Bible use the following descriptions to describe dogs (men that behave like dogs; men whose work does only harm; false teachers; evil workers).

The Apostle Paul also spoke about his encounter with these type people in 2 Corinthians: And I will keep on doing what I am doing in order to cut the ground from under those who want an opportunity to be considered equal with us in the things they boast about. For such people are false apostles, deceitful workers, masquerading as apostles of Christ. And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light. It is not surprising, then, if his servants also masquerade as servants of righteousness. Their end will be what their actions deserve. (2 Corinthians 11:1-15, NIV)

Now, let’s consider our current world situation as it relates to dogs and angels of light. We have bad reports coming from every direction. We have media reports that are constantly spewing negative predictions. We also have supposed prophetic messages circulating through social media from Pastors and teachers that are similar in nature. Be careful!!! A true prophetic message in New Testament times (which we live in) will edify, exhort and comfort (1 Corinthians 14:3).

The Apostle Paul gives us direction in Philippians 4 about how to identify the things that will keep us free from anxiety and keep us in the peace of God:

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)

Beware of the barking dogs and angels of light!!!

 

 


A Nugget from New Life Network

(by Dr. Bill Truby)

Scripture for the Day – June 30, 2020

2 Timothy 3:16-17 says: “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.”

I was reading the most recent publication from the Lamb and Lion Ministries. It asked the question: Is the Bible really the inspired Word of God? The article then went on to describe how the World is viewing our Sacred Book, summarizing a Newsweek expose` with this quote: “The Bible is a very human book. It is full of flaws, contradictions, and theological disagreements.”

Not helping this viewpoint is the sense that “good” people and even seminary students are posting that the Bible is man’s search for God, and therefore it is a myth, legend, and superstition. Their claim is: “It’s not God’s revelation to man.”

Here are the key points of the L and L’s article. 1.) Throughout the Bible, from beginning to end, there is a unifying theme of God bringing man back into reconciliation with Him. 2.) Prophecy validates the Bible as the Word of God. 3.) There’s just no book in existence like the Bible. The Hindu Vedas, the Islamic Koran, the Buddhist writings, whatever religion — their holy books clearly are not inspired by God. 4.) We can trust that God’s Word is eternal.

“For all flesh is like grass, and its glory like a flower or grass. The grass withers, and the flower falls off, but the Word of the Lord endures forever.” (I Peter 1:25)

My takeaway from all of this is that as we get closer to Jesus’ return, the activities of Satan are picking up (I Peter 5:8); people are absolutely going bonkers in the natural and spiritual realms (Eph 4:14); and the Truth will be perceived as a lie and lies will be seen as truth (Rom 1:25 and I John 2:21).

In these last days, let us not be counted among those who compromise the Word of God, especially in the face of challenges and even bitterness and aggression against what the Word says. Remember, God said this would be the case in the era in which we live.

2 Tim 3: 1-9 says, “But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power.”

Don’t sacrifice your love for the Lord, and your love for others, for hate, bitterness and the love of self. Stay strong in Him!

Have a Strong Day in the Lord and His Word!!!

 


A Nugget from New Life Network

(by Dr. Larry Ollison)

Scripture for the Day – June 29, 2020

Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. (Ephesians 6:10-11)

Over the years, I have discovered many things about the devil and I have narrowed them down to three main categories. (1) The devil does not give up attacking you. (2) The devil never quits attacking you. (3) The devil always continues to attack you

The reason I am making the point is this. The solution to your problem does not come through changing the character of Satan. In John 8:44 Jesus said that Satan was a murderer and a liar from the beginning and that when he speaks his lies, he speaks from his own resources because he is a liar and the father of lies.

In Hebrews 13:8 the Bible says that Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever. He cannot lie because He is the truth. But likewise, we could say that Satan is the same yesterday, today, and forever. From the moment iniquity was found in him, his character was established. According to the Bible, that character will never change and because his character will never change, he has been judged and has been sentenced to the pit forever.

The Word tells us that our shield of faith will extinguish all of the fiery darts of the enemy (Ephesians 6:16). Some people believe that if they stand in faith that the enemy will quit shooting the fiery darts. But that is not what the Word says. We must understand that our deliverance does not come from stopping the fiery darts from being fired, but from extinguishing them with our shield of faith.

Faith is: (1) Hearing God’s Word. (2) Believing God’s Word. (3) Speaking God’s Word. (4) Doing God’s Word.

Romans 10:17 says that faith comes by hearing the Word of God. In order for faith to develop, you must expose yourself to the Word of God and allow that Word to become alive (rhema) in your heart. When the Word lives in your heart, your words will automatically speak your heart. Jesus said out of the abundance of your heart that your mouth would speak (Luke 6:45). Likewise, your actions will follow your heart. When your lifestyle is such that there is a continuous flow of the Word of God into your heart, there will be a continuous flow of the Word of God out of your mouth and you will be compelled to act on His Word. That lifestyle is called walking by faith. That lifestyle will create a shield that extinguishes the attack of the enemy.

We must understand this. Jesus said that offenses would always come. We know that the enemy is relentless. He always has and he always will attack those who follow God. The question is not, “Will he attack?” The question is, “How do we react to the attack of the enemy?” It doesn’t matter what the weather is outside if you’re inside-protected. To react in faith yields protection. To act in fear secures defeat. Actually, his attack is designed to create fear because fear is the opposite of faith and he knows that one spirit-filled Christian walking in faith can deal a severe blow to his kingdom. That is his fear.

 


A Nugget from New Life Network

Scripture for the Day – June 26, 2020

And when the servant of the man of God was risen early, and gone forth, behold, an host compassed the city both with horses and chariots. And his servant said unto him, Alas, my master! how shall we do? And he answered, Fear not: for they that be with us are more than they that be with them. And Elisha prayed, and said, Lord, I pray thee, open his eyes, that he may see. And the Lord opened the eyes of the young man; and he saw: and, behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha. (2 Kings 6:15-17)

When we lived in the Memphis TN area, we were part of a prayer group that often-had visitors come in and give their testimony. I will never forget one particular night when a a couple came to share. The woman had been completely blind for years. Her husband prayed for her every night for over 10 years. One night, as he prayed for her like he always did, his wife was miraculously healed. She could see!!! It was an exciting night to say the least. When she returned to her doctor for an examination the doctor told her she should still be blind according to his exam, but she could see. A miracle healing had happened!!!

When the couple returned to their church (which did not believe in healing) they were kicked out. Religion is a horrible substitute for a relationship with the Lord.

As I looked into this woman’s eyes, I will never forget what I saw. Her eyes were not normal. The only conclusion I could draw from what I saw was that the Lord had given her Spirit eyes. Elisha’s servant was given the same Spirit eyes to see what Elisha saw. We get so influenced by what we see in the natural and forget that there is a whole other dimension out there that we need to see.

Most of you are aware of the health struggles I have been going through. I recently went through two surgeries that were not successful. Those type of experiences tend to shake your faith a little and cause you to question if you are in the right place with the right doctors. My main oncology doctor scheduled a third procedure at a different hospital. As my wife and I walked into that hospital it was like walking into the 1940s. It was an old hospital and the hospital personnel were not very professional looking. Everything in the natural looked bleak. We almost turned around and walked out.

But then, I met the surgeon and his staff. They still looked like they had been banished to this place, but the surgeon was upbeat and positive. He told me that he knew what I had been through and that I was going to walk out of that hospital that day with everything I needed. He grabbed my hand and told me to stay positive and he would get it done. He did just that and after two failed attempts by other surgeons he got the job done.

What we see in the natural is not always what we need to be looking for. God has a way of sprinkling signs in our path at times of doubt, but we must have eyes to see. We must have Spirit eyes.

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, (Ephesians 1:17-18)

 


A Nugget from New Life Network

(by Chris Musgrove of Future Now)

Scripture for the Day – June 25, 2020

Isaiah 53:5: But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed.

Jesus already paid for our sins and paid for our healing. Forgiveness of sins and wholeness for the body was paid for 2,000 years ago. We can see that from these scriptures.

Matthew 8:16-17 says, “When evening had come, they brought to Him many who were demon-possessed. And He cast out the spirits with a word, and healed all who were sick, 17 that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying: ‘He Himself took our infirmities and bore our sicknesses.’”

I Peter 2:24 says, “Who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness—by whose stripes you were healed.”

The New Living Translation says, “He personally carried our sins in his body on the cross so that we can be dead to sin and live for what is right. By his wounds you are healed.”

Today I want to relate a story that helped me see this. A woman brought her daughter, who was sick and needed surgery, to receive prayer for healing at a church service. Now the daughter only came because the mother asked her to come. She had told her that if she would come to the service, she would give her the money to pay for her surgery. When the minister asked her if she believed she would be healed when he prayed for her, the mother answered for her. The minister asked the mother to let the daughter speak or he would not pray for her. The mother agreed to let the daughter speak. When the minister asked her again if she believed in healing, she said she did not. She said she just came because her mother wanted her to. She said she would loan her the money for the surgery if she would just come. The minister said he did not want to pray for her because he knew she didn’t believe in healing, and it would be a waste of time.

Now, could you pray for someone who was lost and get them saved without them believing in salvation or in Jesus? No, you would be wasting your time until they believed it. It is the same way with healing; in fact, this minister got the daughter in the story to read Matthew 8:17 out loud. She saw that Jesus took our infirmities and bore our sickness. The minister said tears began to well up in her eyes and she said, “I see it, Jesus did take my infirmities and bore my sickness.” She then told the minister to, “Go ahead and lay your hands on me and I’ll be healed”, and he did, and she was. What did it? The Word of God.

Romans 10:17 says, “S0 then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”

By His stripes I am healed!!!

 


A Nugget from New Life Network

(excerpts from Chris Musgrove of Future Now)

Scripture for the Day – June 24, 2020

Mark 9:24: When Jesus saw that a crowd was running to the scene, he rebuked the impure spirit. “You deaf and mute spirit,” He said, “I command you, come out of him and never enter him again.”

If Jesus had to command the demon to never enter the man again, there is reason to believe that the demon would try to return. It is so important to understand the tactics of the enemy and know the Word of God so we can fight the good fight of faith. Some ministers and denominations don’t even believe that demons exist or that the devil has any power on earth. They even go so far as to teach that the devil is God’s devil and God controls all his actions. Do not believe that! The devil is the devil and he and God are not in partnership. That is why you must know the Word of God for yourself!!!

Matthew 12:43-45 says, “When an unclean spirit comes out of a person, it goes through arid places seeking rest and does not find it. Then it says, ‘I will return to the house I left.’ When it arrives, it finds the house unoccupied, swept clean and put in order. Then it goes and takes with it seven other spirits more wicked than itself, and they go in and live there. And the final condition of that person is worse than the first. That is how it will be with this wicked generation.”

When an unclean spirit is cast out of a person, they need to be born again and filled with the Holy Spirit immediately. Then they need to be taught the Word of God that will help them resist that unclean spirit when he tries to return with his friends.

I Corinthians 6:19 says, “Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own;”

In Luke 4 Jesus was being tempted by the devil. Jesus just kept quoting the Word of God until the devil got tired of hearing what God had to say and left. But verse 13 says, “And when the devil had ended all the temptation, he departed from him for aseason.” The New International Version says, “He left him until an opportune time.”

I Peter 5:8-9 says, “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world.”

James 4:7 says, “Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.” You submit to God and resist the devil by doing just what Jesus did. He submitted to the Word of God every time the devil tempted Him. The Word of God is the sword of the spirit that we fight the devil with.

Ephesians 6:17 says, “…and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God.” Overflowing with the Word of God is the very act of resisting the devil.

 


A Nugget from New Life Network

(by Dr. Larry Ollison)

Scripture for the Day – June 23, 2020

“Do not seek what you should eat or what you should drink, nor have an anxious mind” (Luke 12:29).

In the above verse, Jesus gives us a command that, if followed, will change the way we live our lives and will take away stress. In modern vernacular His command is this: Chill out!!! He tells us in His Word that we shouldn’t get stressed or anxious concerning what we eat or drink. And He says that we should not have an anxious mind. Our mind is a part of our soul. As humans, we are three-part beings. We are spirit, soul, and body. When we are born again, it is our spirit man that passes from death unto life. Old things are washed away and all things become new in our spirit man.

The scripture tells us that our spirit is renewed daily by God automatically and we are sealed until the day of redemption.

“Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption” (Ephesians 4:30).

“Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day” (2 Corinthians 4:16).

However, our mind, a part of our soul, must be renewed daily through a conscious effort. The Word of God brought into our thought realm and nurtured by the Holy Spirit brings our mind and our thought life to a higher level of revelation and glory. We have a choice when it comes to our mind. We can either have an anxious mind or a mind that is at peace. The choice is ours. We can develop a peaceful mind by washing our mind daily with the Word of God and by bathing and soaking in the Word and allowing the Word to saturate us. Or, we can develop an anxious mind by simply doing nothing – and that’s what the devil wants for us.

There are two plans for your mind. God has a plan and the devil has a plan. God’s plan will bring peace and freedom. The devil’s plan will bring stress and confusion. God’s plan involves the Word of God. The devil’s plan involves laziness.

Don’t be lazy. Take a bath in the Word.