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WHO CALLS THE


SHOTS?
God’s power-sharing plan

MAKING GREAT
DECISIONS
It’s easier than you think

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WHO CALLS
THE SHOTS?
Adapted from David Brandt Berg

I
was talking to a pretty young travel
agent the other day, and during the
course of our conversation we began
to talk about God.
“I don’t believe in God,” she said, “but if
there is a God, why is there so much suf-
fering in the world today?”
“You can’t blame God for all the suffer-
ing in the world,” I replied. “It’s not God
who causes all these things. A lot of it is
the work of the Devil. He just loves to right and wrong, good and people’s bad choices. There
hurt people and see them suffer. In fact, evil. Of course He wants us is hope though, at least on
that’s one of his main tactics to try to turn to always choose the right a personal level. God is
people away from God—he tries to give thing, the loving and just ready, willing, and able to
God the blame for his own dirty deeds.” thing, or at least something guide our decision-making.
The young lady was quiet for a moment that won’t be harmful to us You and I may not be able
as she thought about that, and then she or others, but even when to solve all the world’s prob-
asked, “Well, if there is a God and He’s all- He sees that we’re about lems, but we can improve
powerful, why doesn’t He stop the Devil? to make a bad choice, He our own lives and make a
Why does God allow so much evil in the doesn’t usually intervene. positive difference in our
world? Why didn’t He stop Hitler?” Why? Because He has corner of the world—and it
“If God had put a stop to Hitler,” I began, given us the power of free all starts with asking God
“He would have to stop everybody from ever choice and has bound to help us learn to make
doing anything bad. We may not be as bad Himself within certain wise and loving choices.”
as Hitler, but we’ve all been guilty of doing limitations in order to not At that point the travel
bad things from time to time.” interfere. agent was called away to
“Then wouldn’t it have been better if God “Unfortunately, everyone help another customer. “I
had made us all to be good?” she asked. makes bad choices from think you made a differ-
“If God had wanted robots, yes, He time to time, and some ence just now,” she said
could have programmed everybody to do people consistently make as she excused herself,
what was right in every situation. But He bad choices. That is the “because I feel different.
made us with a will of our own and gave cause of most of the prob- I think I’m going to give
us free choice so we could choose between lems in the world today— God a try!” •

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BRINGING GOD INTO
THE DECISION-mAKING PROCESS

The wisest and soundest approach to 1. God’s Word. The Scriptures that shed His
decision-making is a three-step process: first place to look for the light on the issue? That’s
First, realize that you don’t have all will of God is in His words what’s known as hearing
the answers and ask the One who does— recorded in the Bible and the voice of God’s Word. Or
God—to help you make the right decision. other inspired writings. He have you ever been read-
Second, determine that you will accept has put the basic answers ing the Bible when all of a
God’s answer, even if it’s contrary to your to nearly every question sudden a verse or passage
own reasoning or desires in the matter. In or problem we will face in spoke directly to you, as
other words, you need to sincerely want life right there, sometimes though it had been written
Him to help you make the decision accord- clearly spelled out and just for you in regard to
ing to what He knows will work out best sometimes in the form of some situation you faced?
for you and everyone else involved. This is spiritual principles that That is also the voice of
often the hardest part because it requires apply. “Your Word is a lamp the Word. God applies His
you to surrender your own will to God in to my feet and a light to my Word to you personally,
favor of His. path” (Psalm 119:105). and you get the answer you
Third, receive His answer. If you are seeking. “The Word of
sincerely ask God to show you what He 2. The voice of God’s God is living and powerful”
knows is best in any given situation, He Word. Have you ever been (Hebrews 4:12).
will. His answer will probably come thinking or praying about
through one or more of the following something when the Lord 3. Direct revela-
means, which are listed in order of brought to mind a certain tion. God also speaks to
importance and reliability. verse or passage from the us through dreams and

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visions, as well as mes- God’s will, He will usually
sages we receive directly open a door of opportunity
from Him when He speaks that makes it possible. “I
to our hearts, which the have set before you an open
Bible calls “prophecy.” “It door, and no one can shut
shall come to pass in the it” (Revelation 3:8).
last days, says God, that
I will pour out of My Spirit 6. Strong impressions
on all flesh; your sons or desires. These are
and your daughters shall sometimes referred to as
prophesy, your young men “the witness of the Spirit”
shall see visions, your old or “burdens.” Feelings can
men shall dream dreams” be deceiving when it’s your
(Acts 2:17). own spirit leading you, but
if God wants you to take
4. Godly counselors. a certain course of action,
If you want to learn to He will sometimes give you
play the piano, ask an a strong desire to do that
accomplished pianist to or an inner conviction that he rose early the next morning and
teach you. If you want it’s the right thing to do. squeezed the fleece together, he wrung
to learn to cook, ask “Delight yourself also in the the dew out of the fleece, a bowlful of
somebody who knows Lord, and He shall give you water. Then Gideon said to God, ‘Do
how to cook, whose meals the desires of your heart” not be angry with me, but let me speak
you’ve enjoyed. If you’re (Psalm 37:4). just once more: Let me test, I pray, just
trying to find God’s will once more with the fleece; let it now be
in a given situation, ask 7. Specific prede- dry only on the fleece, but on all the
others who are established termined signs. These ground let there be dew.’ And God did so
in their faith, have a strong are sometimes referred that night. It was dry on the fleece only,
personal relationship with to as “fleeces.” You can but there was dew on all the ground”
Jesus, and are wise in His sometimes check or (Judges 6:36–40).
ways. “Without counsel, double-check your deci-
plans go awry, but in the sion by asking God to give Above all, believe that God loves
multitude of counselors you a specific sign, like you and will help you make the right
they are established” Gideon did in the Bible’s decision—the one He knows will be
(Proverbs 15:22). book of Judges. Asking for best for you and others in the long run.
such a sign is like making Jesus said, “Ask, and it will be given
5. Circumstances and a contract with God. If you; seek, and you will find; knock and
conditions. Sometimes He fulfills His part of the it will be opened for you” (Matthew 7:7).
obvious circumstances indi- bargain, you need to fulfill That’s a promise!
cate God’s leading. Imagine yours. “Gideon said to God,
a long hallway lined with ‘I shall put a fleece of wool (For a more complete explanation of how to
doors. Which room are you on the threshing floor; if use these means to make wise decisions,
going to enter? You walk there is dew on the fleece write to one of the addresses on page 2 for
down the hallway knock- only, and it is dry on all the God Online, a collection of articles by David
ing on doors and trying ground, then I shall know Brandt Berg that includes “Seven Ways to
the doorknobs. You can that You will save Israel Find God’s Will.” Or for more on the gift of
only go through the door by my hand, as You have prophecy, write for the booklet Hearing from
that opens. If something is said.’ And it was so. When Heaven.) •

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M AKING GREAT
DECISIONS

P
erfect decisions are few
and far between because life
is messy. A great decision is
always possible, however. Great deci-
sions don’t all have fairytale endings,
but they do achieve the best possible
outcome under the circumstances.
The most successful decision-makers
don’t act on impulse, intuition, or even
experience alone; they have a system
that they work through step by step.
Here is one such system:

• Define the issue. A problem well stated Welcome alternatives and • Be open to change if
is a problem half solved. Employ the “who, opposing views. Remind circumstances change.
what, when, why, and how” regimen of the yourself that the goal is not Once you make a decision
journalist, although not necessarily in that to prove yourself right, but and begin to act on it, a
order. Why is the decision necessary? What to make the right decision. better option may open up.
is the objective? How can a great decision This is sometimes referred
change things for the better? Whom will it • Consider your options. to as the “boat-and-rudder
affect? When does it need to be made? Write down the pros and effect.” It’s not until a
cons for each option and boat is in motion that the
• Take a positive approach. Make a see how they stack up rudder can come into play,
conscious effort to see the situation as an against each other. Try to but when it does, it makes
opportunity rather than a problem. determine both best-case greater maneuverability
and worst-case scenarios possible.
• List your options. The more alterna- for each option. See if
tives you consider, the more likely you will there is some way to • Ask Jesus. Last but
be to not overlook the best solution. combine several promising certainly not least, pray
solutions into one potent for guidance at each step
• Gather information about your solution. of the decision-making
options. You will not only make better process. The answers to
decisions if you have investigated thor- • Be true to yourself. Do all your questions and
oughly, but you will also have more peace any of the alternatives com- problems are simple for
of mind as you carry out your decision. promise your values? If so, Jesus, so if you’re smart,
scratch them from the list. you’ll be like the man who
• Be objective. If you already have an said, “I may not know all
opinion on the matter, the natural tendency • Make a decision. When the answers, but I know the
will be to look primarily for evidence to you’re convinced that Answer Man!” Jesus has
confirm that opinion. That works if you you’ve found the best alter- all the answers. He is the
happen to be right, but if you’re not… native, commit to it. answer! •

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whatever is not done in that some course of action
faith is sin (Romans 14:23). is “of the Lord” and that it is
If you’re truly convinced in okay to proceed, if He has
CHOICE your heart and persuaded not confirmed this to you
by God’s Word that a personally. If anyone asks,
By David Brandt Berg certain thing is God’s will, just say that you’re waiting
you should do it, no matter for the Lord to show you
(Written to an individual who was faced with a what anybody else says; if His will. Anything is possi-
life-changing decision—a marriage proposal.) you’re convinced that some- ble, for with God nothing is
thing is not God’s will, you impossible, and “all things

I
t may surprise you shouldn’t do it, no matter are possible to him that
to know that God likes what anybody says; and if believes” (Luke 1:37; Mark
you, His child, to make you’re not sure that a thing 9:23). However you must
your own choices within is God’s will, then the best be personally sure, and not
His will. As long as you thing to do is to wait until merely swayed by others. It
delight yourself in the Lord the Lord reveals His will to must be your own personal
most of all and want to do you one way or the other. decision, what you truly
His will, it is His delight to In the meantime, don’t have faith for, in which case,
also give you the desires of let anybody else tell you if it were in accordance
your heart, because He’s with God’s Word, it would
the One who puts them be “of God.”
there when you’re pleas- When making a major,
ing Him! His Word says, life-changing decision
“Delight yourself also in the such as you are doing, time
Lord, and He shall give you is often the great tester.
the desires of your heart” I’d certainly advise you to
(Psalm 37:4). If you love the wait until you’re sure in
Lord with all your heart, your own mind and heart
your personal desires are of God’s will. As Paul
usually the right ones, says, “Let each be fully
because you want most of convinced in his own mind”
all to please Him. So your (Romans 14:5).
personal desires in the In affairs of the heart,
matter have a great deal I do not believe in acting
to do with God’s will. He merely out of a sense of
gives us what we want and duty. There must be a great
have faith for. deal of genuine love, per-
As my mother used to sonal love as well as love for
say, “When in doubt, don’t.” God. If it’s God’s will, He
The Bible warns us that gives us this kind of love,

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real love. Any relationship Father, He really likes to
that does not have such give us our choice.
love will likely result in If a previous choice
heartache, and some people did not work out well, it
getting hurt—including could be that you made
you! But if it is real love, a mistake at that time,
God’s love, it will survive perhaps because you let
anything. So if I were you, others overly influence
I would wait until I was sure. your choice. Don’t let that
In this matter of mar- happen again. This time,
riage, God may know you make your own choice. God
both need a companion, will give you whatever you
comforter, encourager, want, if it’s good for you,
inspirer, and example—the because He loves you. “No
kind of genuine helpmeet good thing will He with-
that God designs for His hold from those who walk
own. It could be that you uprightly” (Psalm 84:11). If
have both found the will of it is good for you and the
God. others involved, He will
You must make your own be more than glad to give
it even pleases choice. If you truly love it to you. However, if we
this person and this person insist on making what He
the Lord to loves you, and if it is God’s knows will prove to be a
will, nothing short of this bad choice, He often lets
give us our will ever satisfy you. But us suffer the consequences.
the decision is up to you, He may give us the desires
personal choice and you alone. No one else of our heart, but emptiness
can make it for you. to our souls (Psalm 106:15).
between several This is one of the myster- So, contrary to common
ies of His will and His plan: misconception, God does
possibilities, all He has bestowed upon each not usually choose for us!
of us the power to choose. We have to choose for our-
within His will. And strange as it may seem selves and find His will for
to some, it even pleases the ourselves. We have to find
Lord to give us our per- what is best for us through
sonal choice between sev- our knowledge of His Word,
eral possibilities, all within personal experience, and
His will. It is similar to asking Him. This is what
how we sometimes let our He put us here to learn: how
children choose a toy to buy to make the right decisions
or an activity, as long as it’s through our personal con-
safe and good for them, and tact with Jesus, our knowl-
doesn’t harm others. This edge of God’s Word and His
is one thing people don’t will, and our love for Him
seem to understand about and others. We must do
God: As our loving heavenly what we know is right.

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It comes back to the
scripture, “Let each be
fully convinced in his own
mind” (Romans 14:5). Be
sure you’re right, then go FEEDING READING
ahead and do what you
know is right, no matter Choice and
what anybody says. Do it D e c i s i o n-
because you are person- making
ally convinced it’s God’s
will, it’s according to His For the best results,
Word, and you have con- pray for God’s guidance.
firmed it through several Psalm 37:5
other means. Best of all, Proverbs 3:6
pray and ask the Lord. He Proverbs 16:3
likes for you to seek His James 1:5
will and find it, so you will
know without a doubt that Our own thoughts and
it’s right when you do it. reasoning can lead us
Until then, don’t! As astray.
long as you’re doubtful Proverbs 3:5,7a
about a decision, don’t let Proverbs 14:12
anyone else pressure you Proverbs 19:21
to act upon it, one way Isaiah 55:8–9
or the other. He wants to Jeremiah 10:23
give you the desires of
your heart, but they must God always helps us
be the desires of your make the best choice.
heart and not someone Psalm 25:12
else’s—your choice and Psalm 32:8
not another’s. Psalm 84:11
May God bless and keep Jeremiah 29:11
you and continue to make
you a great blessing, and Sound decisions are
may He give you every based on God’s Word.
desire of your heart as you Psalm 119:105
delight yourself in Him Psalm 119:24
and His love. “Do not fear Psalm 119:133a
… for it is your Father’s Matthew 7:24–27
good pleasure to give 2 Timothy 3:16
you the kingdom” (Luke
12:32). Your will be done The final test for
in Him. That’s what He decisions: Is it loving?
wants to know: that you’re Romans 13:10
making your own personal 1 Corinthians 16:14
choice in the matter. •

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Finding
south station

By Joyce Suttin

F
aith permeated my life as a been taught as a child. I smiled and told me that
child. I never doubted the exis- saw my parents and their they were willing to listen,
tence of a loving God who was faith in God and the Bible but that they couldn’t be
concerned about my life, answered prayer, as fallible, and I began a deterred from what they
and helped me on a daily basis. I prayed quick slide from believer to knew to be right.
from the time I could form words. I sang doubter to agnostic. What My spiritual searching
songs about Jesus and loved Him. He was I heard and saw in the coincided with moving
a very real presence in my life. When my world around me no longer from a small town in
great uncles died, it wasn’t a grievous made sense alongside the upstate New York to
occasion but a celebration of their passing simple childlike faith I had Boston, Massachusetts.
on to a better world. been taught. As I emphati- One day I was to take the
But when I was a teenager, I began cally stated my new belief train home for the holi-
to question the principles of faith I had system, my parents just days. I had called ahead

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and reserved my ticket, couldn’t recognize it from point, I had no doubts
and I was confident that my previous perspective. about what I really believed.
I could find my way to Only after I had stepped I thanked them for having
South Station by subway. away and looked up could imparted their faith to me,
I studied the map, found I see that I had been where as well as for their patience
my route, and began my I belonged all along. and understanding. They
trip in plenty of time. Shortly after that experi- had known all along that all
After some time in the ence I began to realize I needed to do was “cross
tunnels of the “T,” as the that I was different from the road and look up.”
Boston subway is known to my nonbeliever friends. I eventually became the
locals, I exited at the South For one thing, I enjoyed mother of eight, and as
Station stop, climbed a long eating my lunch in a lovely my children have grown,
flight of stairs, and was old cemetery on Tremont I have watched some of
blinded by bright sunlight Street, where gravestones them have doubts about
as I arrived at street level. dated from the 1600s. One their faith and step back.
I knew the station had day a friend joined me I have tried to follow
to be there, but I looked there and commented, my parents’ example of
around and couldn’t see it. “Don’t you think it’s a bit understanding by pictur-
I stepped into the shadow strange to come into a ing my children standing
of a huge archway, but still cemetery to relax? Doesn’t under one of the arches of
I couldn’t find the station. it make you think about South Station, searching
I kept checking my watch death, and doesn’t that for it. I pray for them and
and became nervous that frighten you?” know it is there, whether
I would miss my train. I I thought about that as they believe it or not, and
asked a passerby, but he I finished my sandwich. I pray that they will look up
just looked at me oddly and “Actually, I am not afraid and realize where they are
rushed on. at all,” I answered. “I standing.
Then I decided to cross believe that death is only Sometimes we all feel
the street. After the next a passageway from this lost and wonder where God
rush of cars had passed, world to the next, kind of is. We search around for
I looked back across the like a rebirth. I believe faith and meaning in life,
street to where I had that when I die I will find only to find that it is right
been standing. In gigan- myself in a bigger, better in front of us, larger than
tic letters ten feet above world.” What made me life. Like South Station, we
street level were the words different from my friends are standing right in front
“South Station.” There, was that deep down inside, of it and only need to move
right where I had exited I still had faith—I still to a different vantage point
the subway, was the train believed in God and Jesus. to realize that we are right
station entrance—the A few days later I wrote where we belong. •
same huge archway I had my parents about my South
stepped into to let my Station experience and
eyes adjust a few minutes related it to my recent trek Joyce Suttin is a member of
earlier. It was so enormous into agnosticism and back. the Family International in the
and encompassing that I From my new vantage U.S.

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By Abi F. May THE TALE O F A

Joseph Penrose Barnes smiled smugly


to himself. He had just acquired another
share of the market in a hostile takeover.
He lived for moments like this. Dressed

made
immaculately in a tailor-made suit and
looking every inch the tycoon he was, he
reflected on how far he had come from his
humble beginnings.
Barnes settled into his leather chair and
surveyed the inner sanctum of his growing
empire. Plaques on the wall proclaimed his
success as an entrepreneur. Every item in the

man
room was top quality, from his latest hi-tech
gadgets to the rich mahogany paneling and the
plush carpet. Each detail was impressive on its
own, but together they had an overpowering
effect on those Barnes invited there for private
negotiations.
Only the most observant noticed that there
were no pictures of family. In truth, Barnes
stayed remotely in touch with only one relative,
his father. The elder Barnes had been in a
senior’s home ever since Alzheimer’s papered
over reality, leaving him oblivious to his son’s
success. Perhaps that’s why Barnes stayed in
contact. His father was the one person who
didn’t try to sponge off of him.
Barnes kept himself so busy with his
expanding business that he seldom thought
about just how alone he was. Apart from busi-
ness contacts, there was only one person he
spoke to most days, and it wasn’t Magda, the
housekeeper who arrived each morning after
he left for work and finished before he returned,
or the doorman or security guards, whose exis-
tence he barely acknowledged. The one person
he was more or less forced to speak with was
his secretary, Dorothy.

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Dorothy was in her late news on a cable channel, He looked around for something
30s and had worked for puffed halfheartedly at familiar, something to help him get his
him for about four years. a celebratory cigar, and bearings, and quickly realized that he
She was probably the best retired early. was no longer home. Instead, he seemed
assistant he had ever had. The indigestion didn’t to be in motion, traveling through a
She was conscientious, pass however. Before he long, dark tunnel with a light at the end.
thorough, and willing could drop off to sleep, the His mother never left his side and never
to put in the long hours pain worsened to the point stopped smiling. There was sadness
the job demanded. She that he wished he wasn’t in her eyes, though—a sort of gentle
probably could have used alone. His jaw began to reproach for having neglected his broth-
an assistant herself, but ache, then his arm. He ers and sister, for having been put off
Barnes figured that was gasped for breath and by their requests for help, for eventually
unnecessary. That she had realized that the intense becoming oblivious to their struggles,
two school-aged children pain that had now moved for being so wrapped up in himself and
who also needed her hadn’t to his chest was a heart his own plans that he hadn’t given a
crossed his mind since he attack. He reached for the thought to anyone else, really. She didn’t
interviewed her for the job. phone, but before he could speak a word, but he knew exactly what
He had worked on this dial the emergency number, she was thinking.
new acquisition for six the pain overwhelmed him For an instant he seemed to be back
months, and now that the and everything went black. at his desk, scrutinizing the latest bal-
papers were signed his rev- When Barnes opened his ance sheet, and he sensed that someone
enue was about to increase eyes, it seemed as though was looking over his shoulder. Then he
substantially—perhaps as he had just awakened was back in the tunnel and picking up
much as 40% in the next from a long, strange speed, this time in the opposite direc-
year. He smiled that smug dream. His mother was tion. Barnes knew in that moment that
smile again. Now that’s standing in front of him, his life had been given back to him and
growth! He only allowed beaming a smile that that he was being given another chance.
himself to gloat for a few was almost surreal and His balance sheet had been checked, and
minutes, however, and looking somehow younger his accounts weren’t so healthy after all.
was soon fixed once more and slimmer than he Now was the time to put things right and
on his computer monitor, remembered her. Barnes become the man he should have been. •
analyzing the other new was confused. Hadn’t his
developments in the market mother died fifteen years Abi F. May is a member of the Family
and plotting his next move. earlier? International in England.
Nothing was amiss when
Barnes got home that night,
apart from what seemed to The ground of a certain rich man yielded plentifully. And he
be a bad case of indigestion. thought within himself, saying, “What shall I do, since I have no
The feeling had been room to store my crops?” So he said, “I will do this: I will pull down
building all day, but he my barns and build greater, and there I will store all my crops and
had attributed it to the my goods. And I will say to my soul, “Soul, you have many goods
stress of weeklong around- laid up for many years; take your ease; eat, drink, and be merry.”
the-clock negotiations. But God said to him, “Fool! This night your soul will be required
He microwaved the beef of you; then whose will those things be which you have provided?”
casserole that Magda had So is he who lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward
prepared for him, ate it as God.
he watched the financial —Jesus, Luke 12:16–21

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woman
and
the ,
the PRINCE ,
the DRAGON!
By Scott MacGregor

A
mysterious woman, a child The first thing that dragon, tried to do just
destined to be a king, comes to most people’s that. His assassination
and a hideous hydra-headed minds is that she is Mary, attempt was thwarted
dragon. These are the principals in the Jesus’ earthly mother, who and he died a few years
mysterious book of Revelation, chapter gave birth to Him in a later, but not before he
12. It reads like one of those fabulous Bethlehem stable. Mary had shed the blood of
mythological stories from antiquity. But was, as said the angel many innocent children
it is not a myth. It is a true allegory of the who told her she had been in his maniacal quest to
past and the near future. chosen to bear God’s kill the child who was
The apostle John, the author of Son, “highly favored” and foretold to become “King
Revelation, sees a beautiful woman in the “blessed among women” of the Jews” (Matthew
heavens, clothed with the sun, wearing (Luke 1:28). But as we read 2:16–19). Jesus eventually
stars in her hair, and with the moon at her further, it becomes clear did die so that we could
feet. She gives birth to a royal child as a that Mary does not fit the all be saved, but He was
dreadful fiery red dragon lies in wait to description of this woman. resurrected three days
slay and devour. But before he can pounce, This heavenly woman is later and spent another
the child is whisked away into Heaven. someone else. forty days on Earth being
We are soon told that the dragon is The dragon tried to seen by hundreds of people
Satan, the Devil, the notorious serpent kill the child at birth. The before being “caught up
from the Garden of Eden, and it becomes Gospel of Luke tells us into Heaven” (Acts 1:1–9;
clear that the child who ascends into that King Herod, no doubt 1 Corinthians 15:4–7). He
Heaven is Jesus. But who is the woman? inspired by this Devil will return soon, after the

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few remaining Endtime Job, that there is none like do everything in his power to hurt us. He
prophecies are fulfilled, to him on the earth, a blame- knows his time is short, so he does his
rule the world. less and upright man, one damnedest. But he is damned, and just as
As John continues to who fears God and shuns he lost the fight in the heavenlies, he will
describe his vision, he evil?’ So Satan answered also lose the war on Earth. Have no doubt
tells us that he saw a war the Lord and said, ‘Does about that! Good and God will prevail.
in the spirit world. The Job fear God for nothing? So who is the woman? The answer may
great archangel Michael, Have You not made a hedge surprise you! •
who the prophet Daniel around him, around his (Continued in the next issue of Activated)
said would stand up for household, and around all
God’s people in the last that he has on every side?
days (Daniel 12:1), led an You have blessed the work Now a great sign appeared in heaven:
army of angels in war with of his hands, and his pos- a woman clothed with the sun, with the
the Devil dragon. The sessions have increased in moon under her feet, and on her head a
dragon loses, and he and the land. But now, stretch garland of twelve stars. Then being with
his army of fallen angels— out Your hand and touch child, she cried out in labor and in pain to
the “third of the stars” all that he has, and he will give birth. And another sign appeared in
that he had drawn out of surely curse You to Your heaven: behold, a great, fiery red dragon
the heavenly host—are face!’” (Job 1:6–12). having seven heads and ten horns, and
cast down to the earth. The Devil was right in seven diadems on his heads. His tail drew
The Devil has always his assessment of the vast a third of the stars of heaven and threw
been the great accuser. He majority of humankind. them to the earth. And the dragon stood
stands even today before When extreme hardship before the woman who was ready to give
God like a prosecutor hits, many of us have been birth, to devour her Child as soon as it was
before a judge and accuses guilty of waving our fists in born. She bore a male Child who was to rule
humanity, especially those the air and blaming God for all nations with a rod of iron. And her Child
who have accepted Jesus’ our troubles. We are all sin- was caught up to God and His throne. Then
atonement for their sins, of ners, but the Great Judge the woman fled into the wilderness, where
crimes against God. The has already forgiven our she has a place prepared by God, that they
Bible’s ancient book of sins. Still, the Devil hasn’t should feed her there one thousand two
Job confirms that he has given up trying to have us hundred and sixty days.
been doing this since time condemned. However, one And war broke out in heaven: Michael
immemorial. day soon that will end. and his angels fought with the dragon; and
“There was a day when After losing the cosmic the dragon and his angels fought, but they
the sons of God came to battle to the forces of good, did not prevail, nor was a place found for
present themselves before the Devil is cast down them in heaven any longer. So the great
the Lord, and Satan also on the earth and can no dragon was cast out, that serpent of old,
came among them. And the longer accuse us to God. called the Devil and Satan, who deceives
Lord said to Satan, ‘From Heaven rejoices! But it is the whole world; he was cast to the earth,
where do you come?’ So woe to the inhabitants of and his angels were cast out with him. Then
Satan answered the Lord the earth because when I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, “Now
and said, ‘From going to the Devil is cast down he salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of
and fro on the earth, and starts the 1260-day reign our God, and the power of His Christ have
from walking back and of terror that is called the come, for the accuser of our brethren, who
forth on it.’ Then the Lord Great Tribulation. The accused them before our God day and night,
said to Satan, ‘Have you Devil can no longer tell God has been cast down.”
considered My servant to condemn us, but he can —Revelation 12:1–10

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Q
FROM JESUS WITH LOVE

Q uietness of spirit
As you wait on Me in prayer, I am able to fill
you with My strength. What does it mean to wait
on Me? It means to give your thoughts and will
to Me and to accept Mine. Often I do not reveal
My will—what I know will prove best in the long
run—all at once. That is often a step-by-step
process. You surrender your thoughts and
plans to Me, whether they be your plans for the
day, your personal desires, your opinions on a
certain subject, or whatever the case. But even
after that initial yielding, it’s still a step-by-step
process as My plan unfolds. As I reveal more
and more of My will, you must give Me more
and more of yours.
As that process takes place, you are filled
with My strength and My grace for each step. It
is only when you begin to buck against My will
or insist on keeping some of yours that you find
you don’t have the strength to keep up. As long
as you’re yielding and accepting, you’ll receive
all the grace and strength and peace of mind
you need; you’ll never lack. This is the simple
principle of operating in My strength. To do it
right, you must acknowledge Me and listen for
My instructions at every turn.
It’s a three-step process. First, you humbly
give Me your will; second, you ask Me to show
you My will in the matter; and third, you take
action by asking Me for strength, yielding to My
will, and doing it. As you do these things, My
Spirit flows into you, supporting you and giving
you exactly what you need in that situation. It
is a beautiful state—the state of perfect peace
with Me.