A Nugget from New Life Network
(by Dr. Larry Ollison)
Scripture for the Day – May 10, 2019
And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching. (Hebrews 10:24-25)
We are in a time of great prosperity and a great harvest of souls. Our associations affect our prosperity and our ability to harvest. As we grow in the things of God, our Christian and ministry associations will increase. Our connections increase. I have more connections in the ministry now than I had ten years ago, which means I can do more now in the ministry than back then.
The more connections you get, the more you can do. As a result, the devil wants to destroy your connections. He destroys connections and associations through division and strife. You can have all the money in the world, but if you don’t have the right inroads and the right connections, you will be stymied in the things of God and the devil can hold you back.
We know that God’s mathematics is different than our mathematics. The Scripture says in Ecclesiastes 4:12, “Though one may be overpowered by another, two can withstand him. And a threefold cord is not quickly broken.” The key meaning of this is, by myself I might be overpowered, but if I link arms with another believer, we can withstand. When three believers link arms with each other, that threefold cord cannot be broken because we are united. The devil knows that. The devil knows that three of us linked together can conquer a lot of his territory.
If the devil can’t break us apart or stop our prosperity, which supplies goods for the gospel, what is he going to do? The only thing he knows to do is to take one cord of the threefold cord away so two of us are left to withstand. The one left by himself can be overtaken more easily. Then Satan tries to break the remaining bond. When each one is left by himself, he is easily overtaken.
God wants us to work together. This is why we have the concept of the body of Christ. Paul said one person is a hand, one person is a foot, one person is an ear, and so on (1 Corinthians 12). Possibly, one person may be an armpit, but we need the armpits! I don’t want to be sweating like an armpit on my face! We must work together. There is a purpose in the body working together. Everyone is not a hand, everyone is not an eye, but everybody has a function.
Deuteronomy 32:30 tells us how one could chase a thousand, and two could put ten thousand to flight. Do you understand God’s mathematics? It doesn’t say that one can control one thousand demons and two of us together can control two thousand demons, or three of us together can control three thousand demons. That’s not how God’s mathematics works. God’s mathematics is one can control one thousand, but two together can control ten thousand. Do you see how God’s multiplication differs from ours?
The devil is trying to break us down and separate us. One sheep pulled away by itself can be destroyed by the enemy. On the Discovery Channel, you can see herds of animals in Africa. The lions find a herd and go in and try to separate one animal from the herd. If they can separate that one, then they attack and kill it. Separated we are not as strong. Together we can more easily overcome the enemy and destroy his works.
We must lock our arms together and become like a threefold cord. Satan’s desire is to separate you from the body. Don’t give in to the lie. Stay connected.