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CHANGE YOUR LIFE. CHANGE YOUR WORLD.

THE
BATTLE OF
THE MIND
Who controls your thoughts?

THE FOUR
HORSEMEN OF
THE APOCALYPSE
Who they are and where
they’re taking us

ATTACK YOUR
FEARS
What to do when fear
strikes

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“Use your
greatest skill to THE LEGEND
paint a mask OF THE MAGIC
that looks kind
and pleasant
MASK
THERE WAS ONCE A KING of a vast domain. He was shrewd and
and handsome.”
powerful and feared by all, but no one loved him. Each year, as he
became more severe, he became lonelier. His face reflected the bitter-
ness in his soul. There were deep, ugly lines around his mouth, and
deep, permanent furrows on his forehead.
But it so happened that in his realm there lived a beautiful girl
whom everyone seemed to love. The king wanted to make her his wife,
and finally he decided to speak to her of this love. He dressed in his
finest robes, but when he looked in the mirror, he saw a cruel, hard face,
even when he tried to smile.
Then a thought came to him. He sent for his magician. “Use your
greatest skill to paint a mask that looks kind and pleasant and hand-
some. I will pay any price you ask.”
“This I can do,” said the magician, “on one condition. You must keep
your own face in the same lines that I paint. One angry frown, and the
mask will be ruined forever and I cannot replace it. You must think only
kindly thoughts and do kindly deeds. You must be gracious to all men.”
So the magic mask was made, and it looked so natural that no one
guessed it was not the true face of the king. Months passed, the beauti-
ful lady became his bride, and the king fought hard to keep the mask
from breaking. His subjects attributed the miraculous change in the
king to his lovely wife, who, they said, had made him like herself.
Eventually the king regretted having deceived his beautiful wife and
summoned his magician. “Take away this deceiving mask!” he cried. “It
is not my true self!”
“If I do,” said the magician, “I can never make another. You will have
to wear your own face as long as you live.”
“Better so,” said the king, “than to continue to deceive one whose
love and trust I have won dishonorably. Take it off, I say!”
The magician did as he was commanded.
In anguish, the king turned to see his reflection in his mirror. Sud-
denly his eyes brightened and his lips curved into a radiant smile. The
ugly lines were gone. His face was the exact likeness of the mask he had
worn so long. When he returned to his beloved wife, she saw only the
familiar features of the man she loved.
Yes, this is only a legend, but it teaches a truth: A man’s face portrays
what is inside, what he thinks and feels. The wise and true Scripture tells
us, “As [a man] thinks in his heart, so is he” (Proverbs 23:7).
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THE

OF THE
BATTLEFIELD MIND

The mind is the great battle-


field where relentless spiritual
war is waged—the war for the
control of people’s thoughts
and, through their thoughts,
their actions.

MOST OF THE THINGS THAT world, but be transformed by the


BRING PEOPLE DOWN start in the renewing of your mind, that you
mind: pride, jealousy, selfishness, may prove what is that good and
hatred, covetousness, bitterness, acceptable and perfect will of God”
worldliness, self-righteousness, (Romans 12:2).
unbelief, etc. They begin in the • “To be carnally minded is death,
mind, take root in the mind, and but to be spiritually minded is life
fester in the mind—all through put- and peace” (Romans 8:6).
ting on the mind of man and the • “Whatever things are true,
mind of the world instead of the whatever things are noble, whatever
mind of God. things are just, whatever things are
The Bible has much to say about pure, whatever things are lovely,
the need to guard our thoughts, whatever things are of good report,
about finding and putting God’s will if there is any virtue and if there is
above our own will, and about put- anything praiseworthy—meditate on
ting on the mind of Christ: these things” (Philippians 4:8).
• “Let this mind be in you which It is through the mind that Satan
was also in Christ Jesus” (Philippians gains entrance, through the mind
2:5). that he tries to influence people,
• “Set your mind on things above, through the mind that he works to
not on things on the earth” (Colos- recruit the lost of the world to his
sians 3:2). side, and it is through the mind that
• “Do not be conformed to this he controls and manipulates his own.
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And the Devil doesn’t stop with putting off the mind of man, the
his own, of course. He also attacks mind of the world, the thoughts of
God’s children, trying to hinder Satan, the propaganda of Satan, the
their happiness and well-being and vanity of the carnal mind.
usefulness to God by interjecting his We must “gird up the loins of our
negative thoughts into their own. minds” (1 Peter 1:13). That means
But when they choose the Lord’s to put up barricades to shield us
light over the Devil’s darkness, when from the Devil’s attacks through our
they allow Jesus to control them thoughts. It means to allow Jesus full
by asking Him to give them His control. When we do, He is able to
thoughts, anything good is possible. live in us and work through us like
How close we stay to the Lord never before! ■
and how much He is able to bless
us as a result is determined in our
mind, because this is where our will
is set. This is where we choose Him HUDDERSFIELD
and His ways, where we choose to
believe His word above the Devil’s, THERE WAS ONCE A RICH LAND-
where we are able to put on the OWNER who decided to buy the
mind of Christ. entire village of Huddersfield, and
“Pray without ceasing” (1 Thes- over time he bought every piece
salonians 5:17), the Bible tells us, of land in the area—every piece,
and one of the best prayers we could that is, except one little plot. One
It is through continually pray is for the Lord to stubborn old farmer refused to sell
direct our thoughts and rid our his tiny piece of land, and nothing
the mind minds of the Devil’s input, because would change his mind. The land-
for the Lord to bless and use us as owner even offered the farmer much
that Satan
much as He would like, He needs more money than his property was
gains full control. actually worth, but the farmer was
His thoughts cannot coexist so fond of his land that he abso-
entrance. with our natural minds, which are lutely refused to sell. When the land-
at odds with His mind. “The carnal owner finally gave up, he tried to
mind is enmity against God; for it encourage himself by saying, “What
is not subject to the law of God, nor difference does just one little plot of
indeed can be” (Romans 8:7). Our land make? I’ve bought everything
natural minds are easy prey for the else, so Huddersfield is mine. It
Devil’s doubts and lies and propa- belongs to me!”
ganda, and can stifle the Lord’s But the stubborn old farmer
Spirit. overheard him and said, “Oh, no
This is the crux of the matter: If it doesn’t! We own Huddersfield. It
we’re going to be the kind of Chris- belongs to you and me!”
tians the Lord wants us to be, we Don’t let the Devil be able to say
must be wholly His, and in order to that of you to God! “Aha! Look, God!
be wholly His, we must put on His Even though he belongs mostly to
mind; we must more fully think His You, a little bit still belongs to me!”
thoughts. How do we do this?—By >> DAVID BRANDT BERG (D.B.B.)
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>> BY CLAIRE NICHOLS

JAM
TO REMEMBER
PARENTING FROM THE HEART

I USED TO STRUGGLE MORE OFTEN than I though that were a great accomplishment.
wanted to admit to really enjoy my children. “You sure did!” I tried my best to sound
Sure, many little unexpected happenings positive, while thinking, There goes my
turned to happy thoughts later—the sorts of afternoon. I guess I really won’t be getting
things that fond memories are made of—but anything done today. I looked at my watch.
just as often I seemed to spoil the fun for my “Two more hours till Daddy’s home,” I said
children before it had a chance to become out loud. “Let’s go and get you a snack.”
a fond memory. But then something hap- Evan stood on a kitchen chair and leaned
pened to help change that. against the counter as he helped pour milk
It started one Monday morning. No into his cup. I would have rather done it
sooner had my husband gone to work, leav- without his help, but remembered some-
ing me home with our two young children, thing my mother had recently said. “At this
than I found myself counting the hours age he wants to do everything himself.”
till he would come home. By then it would “But that’s so frustrating for me,” I had
almost be the kids’ bedtime and things complained to her. “Even simple things get
would be easier two-on-two. complicated and take so much longer.”
Morning inched past, and finally it was “It’s for the best,” Mom had told me.
afternoon. I had hoped to get some work “Just think of it as education—all the things
done while the kids took their afternoon you go through with the kids that are part of
naps, but that hope vanished when my daily life, like brushing teeth, washing hands,
youngest, Ella, stayed awake, eager for atten- dressing, making snacks—it’s all brand new
tion and lively play. to them, something new to learn and experi-
When she finally fell asleep, I plopped ence. Those little things teach them self-suf-
myself in a nearby chair, but not a moment ficiency, character, and style. Remember,
had passed before my two-and-a-half-year- you’re the teacher and your kids are eager
old son bounced out of bed and up into my young pupils in the school of life.”
lap. So I had let Evan help me pour the milk.
“I woke up, Mommy!” he announced as “There you are,” I said as we finished.

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Claire Nichols with
her son, Evan

“And I’d like some bread, please—with and Evan held the dustpan ready, I explained
jam on it.” He knew I couldn’t refuse when to my little pupil the dynamics of glass: how
he asked so politely and cheerfully. easily it shatters, and the best way to clean it
I started toward the fridge, but Evan had up when it does.
beaten me there and was already pulling the Mom’s advice was wise. By treating the
jam from the fridge shelf. mishap as a new learning experience for my
I hope that jar doesn’t slip through his little one, I felt calm and controlled. Instead
little fingers and break, I thought, just as it of scolding my son and promising myself I’d
did! never make the mistake of letting him get
The jam managed to stay in a fairly neat something from the fridge by himself again,
red splatter on the floor, but the broken glass I had taught him how to deal with accidents
was a different story. It was everywhere, in a in a positive way.
hundred pieces. I covered my mouth with We got another jar of jam from the
my hands to keep the tiredness and frustra- cupboard, and went on to butter bread and
tion from spilling out. spread jam together, make coffee for mom,
“Never do that again!” Evan offered in a and set it all out neatly on the table to enjoy
sorry and slightly worried tone. together. That’s when I caught myself actu-
I forced my thoughts into a short prayer. ally enjoying the moment!
Jesus, help! I don’t want to lose my patience. I “You’re such a good cook, Evan!” His little
know it wasn’t his fault. eyes shone. “Mommy is so proud of you!”
Suddenly Mom’s words rushed back into “Evan is so proud of you, Mommy!” he
my mind—“something new to learn and replied without hesitation. I smiled. Come to
experience.” think of it, I was proud of myself too.
I swooped up Evan to the safety of my “I think I’ll buy another jar of jam and
arms. “First we had better get some shoes on make it a permanent fixture on the kitchen
your bare feet, then I’m going to show you counter,” I told Evan, “because enjoying
how to clean up a broken jar of jam.” you at this moment is something I want to
Moments later, as I swept up the mess always remember!” ■

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THE FOUR
HORSEMEN
OF THE BY JOSEPH CANDEL

APOCALYPSE Endtime Bible Prophecy

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The four HAVE YOU EVER WONDERED WHY WE HAVE rected Jesus was going forth to “con-
WAR, or why there is such a disparity of quer” the world with the Gospel through
horsemen wealth—why some people and whole His apostles and the early Christians—
of the nations are rich and overfed while others and they would eventually conquer the
are starving and deprived of other basic mighty Roman Empire. Jesus’ message of
Apocalypse necessities? Why do governments spend the love and forgiveness of God would
set the stage billions on wars that kill and maim while prove more powerful than all the legions
the poor continue to suffer? of Rome! Jesus is this mighty Conqueror
for what is I used to wonder why the world is on the white horse.
soon to come. the way it is, why there couldn’t be more We find another picture of a white
love and peace and cooperation among horse in Revelation chapter 19: “And
people and nations to make the world a behold a white horse; and He that sat
better place. I found the answer to that upon him was called Faithful and True.
in the Bible, beginning with Revelation ... His name is called The Word of God”
chapter 6, about the four horsemen of (Revelation 19:11,13 KJV).
the Apocalypse. We know from John 1:14 that
“The Word of God” is Jesus: “The Word
In Revelation chapter 6, Jesus opens became flesh and dwelt among us, and
the book of the future, the book of we beheld His glory, the glory as of the
prophecy, which is sealed with seven only begotten of the Father, full of grace
seals, and shows the apostle John the and truth.”
future of the world from that time And following Jesus are the armies
(about 90 AD) to the last days (the time in of Heaven, the resurrected saints who
which we are now living) and beyond. are also riding white horses as they
Another name for the book of Rev- come down from Heaven to defeat the
elation is the Apocalypse, which means forces of the Antichrist and take over
“a revelation concerning the future.” the world at the Battle of Armageddon
The four horsemen of the Apocalypse (Revelation 19:14).
reveal the truth about religion, war, and
economics, and set the stage for what is The second seal
soon to come. And when He had opened the second
seal, I heard the second beast say, “Come
The first seal and see.” And there went out another
And I saw when the Lamb [Jesus] horse that was red: and power was given
opened one of the seals, and I heard, as it to him that sat thereon to take peace from
were the noise of thunder, one of the four the earth, and that they should kill one
beasts saying, “Come and see.” And I saw, another: and there was given unto him a
and behold, a white horse: and He that sat great sword. (Revelation 6:3–4 KJV.)
on him had a bow; and a crown was given What takes “peace from the
unto Him: and He went forth conquering, earth”?—War! This red horse symbolizes
and to conquer. (Revelation 6:1–2 KJV.) war, the military and their war machines.
The first horseman, who wears a The horse’s color, red, is appropriate
crown and goes forth to conquer, is because it represents all the blood shed
obviously Jesus. What was happening in man’s hellish wars—wars for which
at this time in world history, in about 90 God is not responsible, but which come
AD?—From the spiritual realm, the resur- from the pride, prejudices, and avarice of
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man’s heart. “From whence come wars throughout the Scriptures, symbolize
and fightings among you? Come they abundance or luxury. The fact that the
not hence, even of your lusts that war in oil and wine were “hurt not” indicates a
your members?” (James 4:1 KJV). situation where wealth and luxury exist
The “great sword” given to the rider alongside famine and poverty—and
of the red horse seems to suggest the the gulf between rich and poor is only
great “improvements” in weapons of growing.
war and the vastly greater devastation
bought on by war since this prophecy The fourth seal
was given in John’s day. And when He had opened the fourth
seal, I heard the voice of the fourth beast
The third seal say, “Come and see.” And I looked, and
And when He had opened the third behold, a pale horse. And his name that sat
seal, I heard the third beast say, “Come and on him was Death, and Hell followed with
see.” And I beheld, and lo a black horse; him. And power was given unto them over
and he that sat on him had a pair of bal- the fourth part of the earth, to kill with the
ances in his hand. And I heard a voice in sword, and with hunger, and with death,
the midst of the four beasts say, “A mea- and with the beasts of the earth. (Revela-
sure of wheat for a penny; and three mea- tion 6:7–8 KJV.)
sures of barley for a penny; and see thou The fourth and final horseman of
hurt not the oil and the wine.” (Revelation the Apocalypse is death itself—death
6:5–6 KJV.) not only from war, but also from beasts
This black horse’s rider with the and plagues and famine and death in
pair of balances in his hand symbolizes every other conceivable form.
the rich capitalists that have a major Death has always been with us, of
impact on world conditions through course, but death by famine, natural
their manipulation of national econo- disasters, new plagues such as AIDS, and
mies. Only one other verse in the Bible new pestilences such as the Ebola virus
pictures a man with balances, or scales: have reached unprecedented levels, just
“The merchant uses dishonest scales; he like Jesus said they would immediately
loves to defraud” (Hosea 12:7 NIV). prior to His return: “Nation will rise
Another prophet, Amos, also said against nation, and kingdom against
that the merchants—the wealthy kingdom. And there will be famines,
capitalists of his day who were robbing pestilences, and earthquakes in various
the poor instead of helping them—“set places” (Matthew 24:7).
forth wheat, making the ephah [unit of
measure] small, and the shekel [price] The fifth seal
great, and falsifying the balances by And when He had opened the fifth
deceit ... that swallow up the needy, even seal, I saw under the altar the souls of
to make the poor of the land to fail” them that were slain for the Word of God,
(Amos 8:4–6 KJV). and for the testimony which they held: And
The black horse, then, represents they cried with a loud voice, saying, “How
famine and poverty perpetrated by the long, O Lord, holy and true, dost Thou not
rich who refuse to share with those in judge and avenge our blood on them that
need. This horse is largely responsible for dwell on the earth?” And white robes were
today’s economic situation. Oil and wine, given unto every one of them; and it was

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said unto them, that they should rest yet when He returns to punish the evildoers,
for a little season, until their brethren, that take over the world, and set up His right-
should be killed as they were, should be eous rule (Matthew 24:29–30; Isaiah 9:7;
fulfilled. (Revelation 6:9–11 KJV.) Jeremiah 23:5; Revelation 19:11–21).
First comes the white horse, the Only within the last 50 or 60 years
proclamation of its rider’s message, has the human race developed the
and the “conquest” of many souls. Then potential to destroy itself. The military
comes the open rejection of that mes- (red horse) now have their nuclear
sage by the unbelievers, those in league bombs, intercontinental missiles, chemi-
with the other three horsemen on the cal and biological weapons, and other
red, black, and pale horses, which crystal- lethal technologies.
lizes into persecution and the martyr- The rich, on their black horse, were
dom of “them that were slain for the complicit in the last century’s great wars,
Word of God.” This is the way it’s been and their hoarding and misuse of their
all throughout history. These martyrs, riches is threatening another one. The
One day though, are actually the exception. Most rich also, in their relentless pursuit of
of Jesus’ followers have usually escaped greater wealth, are finally succeeding in
man would martyrdom and lived on to help carry on polluting the entire earth—a byproduct
reach such His work. of modern technology.
And following the others comes the
an impasse War, greed, and death—the charac- fourth horseman, on the pale horse—
ters that were revealed when the second, death in every form.
that if
third, and fourth seals were opened—are So there you have the four horse-
God were almost as old as the world itself, but the men of the Apocalypse. They will
Biblical picture both here and elsewhere continue to ride until the End, when
to let him
is that each of these forces has taken Jesus returns to take us to heavenly
continue on greater power since the time of this places with Him, before pouring out His
revelation. judgments on the perpetrators of the
unchecked,
Again, Jesus predicted this in His hell on earth below. Then He will come
he would famous Endtime discourse, Matthew back once more—He and all the saints
chapter 24, and said that it would culmi- of God—to wipe out the Antichrist and
annihilate
nate in “great tribulation, such as has not all of his forces at the Battle of Armaged-
himself. been since the beginning of the world don. God will then cleanse and purify the
until this time, no, nor ever shall be. And earth and set up His eternal kingdom,
unless those days were shortened, no ruled by Jesus Christ.
flesh would be saved; but for the elect’s ✱
sake those days will be shortened” (Mat- Which horse are you putting your
thew 24:7, 21–22). money on? Bet on the sure winner—
In other words, Jesus was saying, one receive Jesus now! Then you will be sure
day man would reach such an impasse to follow Him on a white horse of your
that if God were to let him continue own one day when He returns to right all
unchecked, he would annihilate himself. wrongs. Jesus is “the way, the truth, and
However, when man finally reaches that the life” (John 14:6). Follow Him, and “you
suicidal point, Jesus said that God would shall know the truth, and the truth shall
step in and stop man. And the way God make you free” (John 8:32). ■
will stop him is by Jesus’ Second Coming,

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ATTACK YOUR
FEARS!
what to do when fear strikes

>> BY DAVID BRANDT BERG

FEAR!—WE DON’T REALIZE HOW An incident from my childhood


MUCH OF IT IS SUBCONSCIOUS until illustrates this principle: As a boy, I
we analyze it and try to put it into delivered papers and handbills door
words, yet we’re often afraid to talk to door, and I frequently encoun-
about our fears or even confess to tered big dogs that would chase me
ourselves that we’re afraid because and nip at my heels. Occasionally
that would expose our innermost they actually bit me, but most of
selves. the time their bark was worse than
The fear of failure is probably their bite. I soon discovered that if I
one of the greatest fears people turned my back on them and tried
have—the fear of failure in life, love, to run from them, they were more
labor, and—for Christians—failing apt to bite me than if I faced them.
the Lord. For the Christian, the fear Once when I was about 12 years
of failing God is perhaps second old, I had gone into a certain yard
only to the fear of failing others, to deliver a handbill, when out from He was
because we know that God will for- the back yard came a huge Great
give us, but others sometimes find it Dane, barking and growling furi- coming
hard to forgive. The fear of hurting ously. He was coming at me full at me full
others because of our failure, the speed, leaping and bounding, and
fear of letting them down, disap- I thought, This is it! I knew I didn’t speed, leap-
pointing them, disillusioning them, dare turn my back on him or he
ing and
discouraging them—the fear that would bite me for sure! Thank God
because of our failure, others will I remembered to pray for the Lord’s bound-
also fail—this is hardest to bear. help. I suddenly jutted out my hand
But whatever your fears are, it toward him and yelled, “I rebuke ing, and I
pays to face them and to draw a line you in Jesus’ name!”—And did he thought,
of distinction between the truth put on the brakes! He skidded to a
and the lie, between reality and the stop and looked absolutely startled, This is it!
imaginary, between fact and fear. turned tail, and ran!

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It not only pays to face your the real and the unreal, the truth
fears, acknowledge and confess and the lie, and then to go to the
You have to them, but to take a positive stand attack to dispel the vaporous fiction
against them, especially in the of the fairytale and to drive away the
differentiate
power and Spirit of the Lord, claim- genuine reality of real threat!
between ing the promises from His Word. Fear is the exact opposite of
It wouldn’t have done me a bit of faith. Just as “the fear of the Lord
reality good to try to take the “positive is the beginning of wisdom” (Prov-
and the thinking” approach and say, “Big erbs 9:10), fear of Satan is really the
old dog, you just don’t exist, so I’m beginning of death. The Hebrew
imaginary, going to ignore you!” He would have word translated as “fear” in this
promptly finished me off to prove verse is yirah, which means “rever-
the truth
that he did exist! ence.” So to fear God is to give Him
and the lie. You have to differentiate the respect He deserves. It’s a form
between reality and the imaginary, of worshipping God. Therefore, to
the truth and the lie. It doesn’t do fear Satan and his devices is to give
any good to just shut your eyes and him just the kind of worship that he
hope the problem will go away, or wants. God’s Word says about other
hope that when you open your eyes kinds of fear that “fear involves
again you’ll find out it didn’t exist, torment” (1 John 4:18). Fear of the
that it was just your imagination. Devil will wear you down and wear
That big dog existed, and he was you out. It is damaging and disas-
coming right for me, and it wouldn’t trous to your spirit if you harbor it.
have done a bit of good to shut my So you must rebuke that kind of
eyes and hope he would go away, fear just as Jesus did when the Devil
or to tell myself that he was just a tried to get Him to worship him on
figment of my imagination. He was the mount of temptation. Jesus put
there, as real as you or me, and he the Devil in his place: “Get behind
was headed for me! In that situation, Me, Satan! For it is written, ‘You
the best thing I could have done shall worship the Lord your God,
was to face him and take action to and Him only shall you serve’” (Luke
eliminate the danger, and I did so 4:8).
by launching a counterattack by the The Lord promises “perfect
power of the Spirit. At first he was peace” to those whose minds are
on the offensive and I was on the fixed on Him, to those who trust
defensive, but the Lord helped me in Him (Isaiah 26:3). So if you are
turn the tables. Suddenly he was put troubled by a spirit of fear, put your
on the defensive, and that’s when he trust in the Lord. Just tell Satan,
turned and ran. “Be gone Devil! Get out of here! I’m
As any military strategist knows, putting my trust in God, in Jesus!”
it’s impossible to win a war as long The Bible says that if you submit
as you stay on the defensive. Defen- yourself to God and resist the Devil,
sive warfare is doomed to defeat. he will flee from you (James 4:7). ■
To win a war you have to launch an (The above was excerpted from
attack; you have to take the initia- David Brandt Berg’s article by the
tive! same title. For the full version and six
So it pays to face your fears, rec- other articles by David Brandt Berg,
order Greater Victories from one of the
ognize they’re there, decide between
addresses on page 2 of this magazine.)
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ANSWERS TO YOUR QUESTIONS

Q: I’VE PRAYED AND EVEN ASKED OTHERS TO PRAY THAT I WOULD OVER-
COME A CERTAIN PERSONAL WEAKNESS, BUT I NEVER SEEM TO BE ABLE
TO CHANGE. WHY DOESN’T JESUS ANSWER MY PRAYERS AND CHANGE ME?

A: WHENEVER ANY thians 5:17; 2 Peter 1:4). The a false victory. The Lord must
OF US RECOGNIZE A PER- cocoon has been opened and not have answered, because
SONAL PROBLEM and pray the new person has come I’m still the same old mess I
for the needed change, we forth, ready to grow in the was,” then you’re surrender-
are changed. “This is the spirit. This is the first step— ing the victory. As long as
confidence that we have in believing in the change. you hold on to it by faith and
Him, that if we ask anything The Word tells us that keep thanking the Lord for it,
according to His will, He faith is the victory: “This is the it’s yours.
hears us. And if we know that victory that has overcome the That’s the key to the vic-
He hears us, whatever we ask, world”—and all our prob- tory: believing that you have
we know that we have the lems—“even our faith” (1 John it because He promised it to
petitions that we have asked 5:4). The Lord has given you you—and then acting like
of Him” (1 John 5:14–15). the victory. You just have to you believe it. Your feelings
So if you’ve prayed for a accept it by faith and work to don’t have anything to do
change, you have the vic- strengthen the “new you.” with it! The victory is yours
tory. By the miracle-work- You get the victory the by faith, even when you don’t
ing power of the Holy Spirit instant you confess you need feel like you have it. So keep
and through the promises of the Lord’s help, claim His praising and thanking the
God’s Word, you become the promises in His Word, and Lord for it, and soon you’ll
new person you’ve asked the ask for it in prayer. But if you see concrete results.
Lord to make you (2 Corin- later say, “It must have been For the Lord to help you

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If you haven’t yet FEEDING READING
To your health! met the Man who has The cure for negative
There is a saying about the power to change thinking
health: “You are what you eat,” any life, forgive any
physically. That’s just as true wrong, heal any heart- For the Lord to help you form
of our spirits. We are what our ache, and give heavenly more positive thought patterns,
minds take in, spiritually. We happiness here and now you must be willing to change.
cannot fill our minds and hearts and in Heaven to come, Psalm 51:2,7,10
with worldly wisdom and the you can right now by Romans 12:2
foolishness of man without it praying the following: Ephesians 4:22–24
affecting our spirits, any more
than we can wade through the Dear Jesus, I open Stop yourself at the first nega-
garbage and the gutter without my life and heart to You tive thought.
getting besmirched. So be sure now, and accept You as 2 Corinthians 10:3–5
you’re getting the right spiritual my Savior. Please forgive Ephesians 4:27
food—the good, wholesome, me for all the wrongs James 4:7
nourishing, faith-building, I’ve done, give me a fresh
uplifting, encouraging, inspiring start, and help me get to Fill your heart and mind with
truth of the Word of God! know You and Your love. God’s Word.
>> D.B.B. Amen. Joshua 1:8
Psalm 1:2
1 Timothy 4:13–16

change the way you react in important to read, study, and Take a positive approach to
certain situations, He has to even memorize the Word. tests and trials by seeing the
change your thought pat- Then once you are full Lord’s hand in them.
terns. So when you asked the of the Word, you must take Psalm 119:71
Lord to change you, in effect the stand of faith by claim-
Romans 8:28
you asked Him to rewire you. ing the Lord’s promises and
1 Thessalonians 5:18
That nearly always takes time refusing to believe the Devil’s
James 1:2–4
and some effort on your part. doubts—and you must do
1 Peter 4:12–13
The Lord does most of it, this over and over and over,
of course, but your part is to every time you catch your-
put into practice what you self slipping into your old Cultivate positive attitudes
know you need to do to form thought patterns or old ways. towards others.
the right habits. That starts The more times you do Romans 12:10
with resisting your past ways this, the stronger your new Ephesians 4:32
of thinking, and the best way thought and behavioral pat- Colossians 3:12–14
to do that is with the Word. terns will become, the more 1 Peter 4:8
The Word is what bridges you will be “transformed by
the gap and makes the con- the renewing of your mind” Promises and prayers to help
nection with the new set of (Romans 12:2), and the more overcome negative thinking:
thought patterns the Lord evident it will be that the Isaiah 55:7
has for you. That’s why it’s so Lord has changed you! ■ Psalm 19:14
Psalm 139:23–24
Proverbs 16:3
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>> FROM JESUS WITH LOVE

Meet Me
in the morning
You do well to take time with Me first thing in the morn-
ing, for you are powerless without the strength you draw from
Me, you are foolish without the wisdom you learn from Me,
and you have no love to share with others unless you first get
it from Me. Without Me, you would continue on in your own
little world and be limited to your own meager resources.
Your human strength would run out before the day had
scarcely started, your own thoughts would get in the way, and
you wouldn’t go far on yesterday’s store of love. But when you
come to Me, I open the boundless world of My Spirit to you. I
am wisdom, I am strength, and I am love.
Haven’t I said in My Word that you must labor in order
to enter into My rest? It seems easier to carry on in your
own energy than to labor to enter into the realm of My Spirit
where I would carry you along, but that’s not so; you really
make it harder for yourself, because you make it harder for
Me to help you. So take a little time each morning to hear
from Me and enter into My rest. Remind yourself that until
you have heard from Me, you don’t have the strength or
wisdom or love you need to face another day.
Practice makes perfect. As you practice reaching out to
Me, it will become easier. Keep taking this time with Me each
morning, and I will always be here for you.

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