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FAREWELL
TO AN OLD FRIEND
By Abi F. May

M y elderly mother was on the


phone. “The next time you visit,
would you mind looking in the garage?
heavy carriage to start a new line. I had expended a lot
of effort and had very little to show for it.
How different it is typing on my computer! I press the
Your brother is helping clean it out, and he power button and the computer turns on. A few feather-
came across some of your old things.” light keystrokes and the first words form on the screen.
What childhood leftovers could When I make a mistake, one press of the backspace key
possibly remain? When I arrived, deletes it. When I finish, a few more keystrokes and
there it was: a ponderous manual office spelling mistakes are autocorrected. One more click and
typewriter, as sturdy as ever but a little I save my work. A few more clicks and I can email copies
rusty from three decades of disuse. The to a few friends around the world—no carbon paper,
sight brought back happy memories. envelopes, or stamps needed—and they will get them
My parents had bought it secondhand to almost instantly.
reward me for passing an important exam Our spiritual lives are a bit like that. God is pouring
at age 11. I taught myself to type and out His Spirit in abundance to those who will receive
spent many hours during my teen years it. He is offering us “advanced spiritual technology”
hammering out poems and stories. to use in our daily lives—enhanced prayer power, a
Before I could reconcile with the close personal relationship with Him, and gifts of the
idea that my old friend should finally be Holy Spirit such as wisdom, knowledge, faith, healing,
thrown away, I tried typing again. I had miracles, prophecy, and discernment (1 Corinthians
forgotten how much force was required to chapter 12)—but it’s up to us what we do with it. We can
press a key on an old manual typewriter! choose to try to get by without God’s help or just a bare
Maybe it was the old ribbon, but I could minimum of prayer when we feel we really need it, or we
barely see what I had typed. Oops, I made can avail ourselves of His full power by asking for it and
a mistake! I pushed down on the back- learning to use it in all we do.
space key to delete the mistake, and then Me? I’ve made up my mind. I want to learn new things.
remembered that I was back in the day I’m going to press the “power key” and make as much use
of crumbly typewriter erasers. Hammer- of God’s spiritual technology as I can!
ing painstakingly at the keys, I managed And the old typewriter has gone for recycling.
to type a few words. A bell sounded,
signaling me to pull back the lever that Abi F. May is a member of the Family International
advanced the paper and returned the in England. 

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By Virginia Brandt Berg

IT’S SO
BECAUSE GOD SAID SO
why someone hadn’t told me the truth of so, not because of anything
these things before, but suddenly a deep con- I saw or felt. I suddenly
viction dawned on my soul that God could believed that God had heard
not fail to keep His promises! my prayers and had already
I had considered myself a Christian all answered, that He had
my life, but I had never really believed God’s reached down and had healed
Word, nor had I met Christ personally. It was me, even though my physi-
through a little gospel tract that I had that cal condition appeared to be
glorious experience. Christ came into my life unchanged. It was so simply

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to fully satisfy. Gone was my unbelief and the because God said so. That
accompanying sense of futility and disap- was enough! My heart leaped
pointment in life, and there arose in my heart for joy at that realization, and
an unfamiliar hunger. in that moment there was
I was an invalid at the time, and had been born in my soul something
he Word for the past five years—utterly helpless and a that has never changed from
of the Almighty God hopeless case, according to a number of phy- that day to this: an abiding,
cannot fail; you can sicians. But after I received Christ and my unshakable faith in God’s
depend upon it. When I first faith came to life, I began to look to Him to Word.
learned that, I realized that restore my health. I prayed to be healed and Again and again, lying
through the years the Bible waited for God to let me see some evidence there helpless in bed, I whis-
had never been a living, vital that He had heard my prayer and was going pered over and over, “It is
thing to me, but rather a sort to answer. Like many other people, my faith the Word of God—it cannot
of combination of creeds, was the “seeing is believing” kind. But the fail! It’s God’s Word, and He
doctrines, wise sayings, and Bible teaches just the opposite: Believe and cannot lie!” It was as though
printer’s ink. I hadn’t known you will see. I could see the marvelous
the power in the Word of God brought certain verses from the Bible Word of God marching down
God, that it could bring to my mind to show me that I must believe a the centuries, invincible,
miracles to pass. I don’t know certain thing simply because He said it was infallible, inexhaustible, and

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“ there is
life-giving
power in
what God
says in His
Word

DRAWING POWER
unchangeable. What joy came and they are life” (John
into my heart as I realized I 6:63). When we come into God’s Word is as full of promises as
had such a strong anchor to the realization that there is the heavens are full of stars, and all
hold on to. life-giving power in what of them are payable according to the
I believed the work was God says in His Word, then conditions named. They are made freely
done, for I had met His we have hold of the truth that and they are paid fully. [Nineteenth-
conditions. There was His makes all things possible. century British preacher Charles]
promise, very plain and sure, “God is not a man, that Spurgeon called the book of God’s
that He could not and would He should lie. ... Has He promises “the checkbook of the Bank of
not fail to keep His Word, said, and will He not do? Faith.” We do not have checkbooks for an
and I was not going to doubt Or has He spoken, and ornament or for meditation, but for use!
that promise. will He not make it good?” A promise of God is given to be
Then it happened, exactly (Numbers 23:19). And 1 presented and paid in full. The believer’s
as He had promised it would. Kings 8:56 says, “Not one capital for the King’s business is all
I was completely healed! word has failed of all [God’s] lodged in the Lord’s treasury, and the
How wonderful it was when good promises.” Take that only way to secure it for use is to make
I found out that Jesus Christ to heart! Put your finger on daily drafts upon the unfailing supply.
was “the same yesterday, and a verse, some promise, and God writes no names upon these
today, and forever” (Hebrews say, “It’s so because God says promises, only conditions upon which
13:8). That was many years so!” Whatever the need is in they will be honored. Put your name
ago, and I’m still going your life right now, He will in, fulfill the conditions, and draw
strong. [Editor’s note: Virginia meet it! He will guide your upon God for all He promises. Some
Brandt Berg was 29 years old life daily, faith will spring promises are payable upon demand,
at the time of her healing and invincible, and you too will while others are dated further on. But a
lived another 54 years, to the shout triumphantly, “It’s so long-term promise of God is as sure of
age of 83.] because God said so! What payment as one payable on demand!
Jesus said, “The words He has promised He is able —Mrs. Charles E. Cowman (1870–1960),
that I speak to you are spirit, also to perform!”  Mountain Trailways 

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POWER-PACKED E . N . , Ve n e z u e l a
Clara’s mother was in bed,
PROMISES immobilized by severe back
pains, and she was planning
The Bible is full of to have surgery to try to cor-
promises that God has rect the underlying problem.
made—promises laden We prayed for her complete

POWER KEYS
with spiritual power that healing without her having
He wants us to apply to undergo the operation,
practically. Some of His As social and international problems claiming the promise Jesus
promises are universal, worsen year by year, many people are losing gave about the keys of the
like: “Whoever calls on faith in their leaders and even in God to ever Kingdom for her.
the name of the Lord shall bring about real and lasting solutions, and Within a week she started
be saved” (Acts 2:21). cynicism and egocentricity are becoming the to be able to move more easily
Others were originally made norm. This is happening just as Jesus said and without as much pain.
to certain individuals or it would in the time preceding His return: Day by day she got so much
groups, like “If you ask “Because lawlessness will abound, the love of better that she cancelled her
anything in My name, I many will grow cold” (Matthew 24:12). scheduled operation.
will do it” (John 14:14)—a A time of greater darkness needs greater One week after we had
promise that Jesus first light; a time of greater testing needs greater prayed, we happened to meet
made to His 12 disciples. strength. God promises, “As your days, so her on the street. She seemed
But God’s promises were shall your strength be” (Deuteronomy 33:25). like a completely different
not given solely for the sake As our need for spiritual power becomes woman from the bedridden
of the original hearers. greater, so God provides that power. one we had prayed for. We
They are for anyone who Jesus gave us some extraordinary walked and chatted, and she
has faith enough to believe promises regarding that, which we can claim kept pace with us, not feeling
that God will be true to His specifically for the situations we face today: a bit of pain in her back. This
word—including you! God “I will give you the keys of the Kingdom of is the power of the keys of the
means exactly what He has Heaven, and whatever you bind on Earth will Kingdom in action!
promised, and He will fulfill be bound in Heaven, and whatever you loose
His promises to the very on Earth will be loosed in Heaven” (Matthew A.M., India
letter if you will reach out 16:19). “Whatever you bind on Earth will be Some time ago, one of
with the hand of faith and bound in Heaven, and whatever you loose on our friends told us about
claim them in a definite Earth will be loosed in Heaven” (Matthew the many problems and
manner. 18:18). “According to your faith let it be to pressures that she and her
As you become more you” (Matthew 9:29). husband faced as he battled
familiar with God’s Word, What exactly are those “keys of the both cancer and serious heart
you will learn to recognize Kingdom”? A key unlocks a door; it gains problems. They had strong
His promises and claim us entrance to or possession of something faith in God, but this was
them as your own. When otherwise unattainable. The keys Jesus spoke still a lot for them to cope
you do that, it shows you of represent the spiritual power that can be with at one time.
have faith. It’s a positive ours through faith—power that has always
declaration of your faith been available to believers who claimed the
and knowledge of the Word, many promises in God’s Word in their times
which pleases God and of need, but which is now even greater to
sets His power in motion to meet today’s greater challenges.
answer your prayers. Believers around the world are discovering
the power of these keys.

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When we asked if we could J. R . , T h a i l a n d hit from a storm that strong
pray with her for her husband’s For six years or so, I would probably mean weeks
healing, she jumped at the had been getting migraine without power and water,
chance. We asked Jesus for a headaches regularly, and we prayed desperately and
complete healing for this man each one would completely claimed the power promised
through the power He prom- incapacitate me for about 24 us in the verse about the keys
ised would be ours through hours. It got to the point that of the Kingdom. The very
the keys of the Kingdom, and I was having these about once next day the storm turned
we claimed some other Scrip- every 12 days. In prayer, I away from Guam. Even the
ture promises as well. We also claimed deliverance through gusty winds and torrential
prayed specifically for him to the promises associated with rains that usually accompany
receive that healing within the the keys of the Kingdom, and typhoons did not affect us. I
month, and we continued to for over a year and a half now was reminded of the disciples’
pray for him daily. I haven’t had one migraine! I astonishment when Jesus
About a month later his wasn’t delivered right away, calmed the Sea of Galilee
wife phoned us. She excitedly but as I continued to hang on after their small boat was
explained that she had taken to the Lord’s promises, He about to sink. “What manner
her husband for a checkup, did it! of man is this,” they marveled,
and the doctor said that there “that even the winds and
were no traces of cancer and no J. M . , G u a m sea obey Him?” (Matthew
indications of heart problems. A super typhoon with 8:26–27 KJV). 
“I can’t explain it,” the doctor sustained winds of over 150
said, “but I know that I didn’t mph (240 kph) and gusts
heal him!” of up to 200 mph (320 kph)
What a wonderful answer was bearing down on Guam,
to prayer—not only healed, but where we live. Knowing
within the month, exactly as we from experience that a direct
had asked!

D. L . , C a n a d a
My friend had been
struggling for years to stop
smoking. In desperation
he asked God to help him,
through the power of Jesus’
Matthew 16:19 “keys” promise,
and he has not smoked since!

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Miracles come
naturally to God
David Brandt Berg

We usually think of things that are


beyond our comprehension as super­
natural or miraculous, but those things FEEDING READING
aren’t supernatural to God because He
operates in the spiritual realm where Power from God
everything is “natural” to Him. It’s like
saying there is nothing impossible with God is infinitely more We must learn to draw
God (Luke 1:37). A lot of things God powerful than we are. on God’s strength.
does are beyond our power and grasp of Psalm 8:3–4 Psalm 20:7–8
things and what we consider natural, so Isaiah 40:15,17,22 Psalm 84:5
when they happen we say they are “super­ Daniel 4:35 Psalm 105:4
natural.” But with God nothing is impos- 1 Corinthians 1:25 Isaiah 26:4
sible, so nothing is supernatural to Him! 2 Corinthians 3:4–5
God can do things that are contrary to God can do what we Ephesians 6:10
what we consider His natural laws. When can’t do. Philippians 3:3
someone gets healed of an incurable Psalm 60:11
disease, for example, we call it a miracle Psalm 127:1 How to receive God’s
because we’re seeing the evidence or mani­ Zechariah 4:6 power:
festation of some of God’s laws that link John 15:5 Joshua 1:5–9
the spiritual and the physical realms— 2 Chronicles 16:9
laws that we know little about. To God, on God is able to do Nehemiah 8:10
the other hand, it’s simple! He knows how absolutely anything. Psalm 138:3
to undo whatever damage the disease may Job 42:2 Isaiah 30:15
have done and thereby creates what to us Jeremiah 32:27 Isaiah 40:31
is a miracle—a supernatural act that is Matthew 19:26 Acts 1:8
beyond our capabilities. Matthew 28:18
God is always ready, willing, and able
to work miracles on our behalf—miracles Prayer for the day
of healing, supply, protection, or whatever Dear Jesus, thank You for always working everything
else we may need when we ask Him to out for our good, because we love You and You love us,
in faith and claim the promises from His and because You promised to. Help us to see Your hand
Word. We can’t work miracles; we can only in everything, and help us to hold tight to Your hand
pray for Him to do it and marvel at His through everything, knowing that You know best and
power when He does.  want only the best for us. Amen.

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ANSWERS
TO YOUR
QUESTIONS

}
hEaRiNg God’S VOICe
Q: A lot of people say God speaks. I have been praying
earnestly for God to speak to me, but I have never heard
Him. Does His speaking come as a thought, or is it in an
audible voice that I should hear with my physical ears?
A: If you have established a personal connection with
God by accepting Jesus as your Savior, and if you have
asked God to speak to you, He will. Jesus promised, “Ask
and it will be given you” (Matthew 7:7). In fact, God has
probably already been speaking to you; you just need to
TURN ON AND learn to recognize His voice.
God speaks in a number of ways. As you read the
TUNE IN Bible, He will often cause a particular passage to stand
out to you and show you how it applies to your situation
Q u o te s by D a v i d B ra n d t B e r g or how it answers a question you may have. He may speak
to you through vivid dreams or visions. He may speak
God is like a broadcasting station, through godly counselors, people who are strong in faith
broadcasting all the time. Just like and knowledge of God’s Word and ways, who He inspires
the radio waves that are unseen with advice that He knows will benefit you.
in the air all around you this very God is also able to speak to you directly. Under
minute, God’s Spirit is ever present, special circumstances, some people hear God speak
waiting for you to make contact. in an audible voice, like the child prophet Samuel did
And much the same as a simple (1 Samuel chapter 3) and as appears to have been the
little radio, you have been designed case when He spoke to the prophet Elijah through a
by your Creator to receive those “gentle whisper” when Elijah was desperate for God’s
signals. God’s power is always on. guidance (1 Kings 19:11–12). Usually, however, He
The message is always there. But in speaks in our minds at those times when we get quiet,
order to receive it, you must turn on clear our minds of other busy thoughts, ask Him to
your spiritual receiver and tune in to speak, and then wait for an answer. Sometimes He may
God’s frequency! not even use words; He may just give you an impression
or inner conviction, a sort of intuitive knowledge about a
You're going to have to get quiet by particular situation.
yourself—somewhere, somehow, David Brandt Berg explained hearing from Heaven
sometime—if you’re going to hear this way: “It’s easy to hear from the Lord. When you ask
from the Lord. You can't solve your the Lord for an answer to a question or problem, expect an
problems on your own. You've got to answer and take the first thing that comes. If you want the
be desperate for God's solutions, Lord to answer and believe that He can and will, you won’t
and then you’ve got to stop every- be disappointed. What you see or hear with the eyes or
thing else and listen.  ears of your spirit, that’s the Lord answering.” 

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P lanting seeds and watching them grow
can be a wonderful, gratifying experience. Of
course, planting a few seeds in a flower pot and farming
are two different things. I once thought farming would
be easy and attempted to plant corn in an abandoned
field that my family owned. I rented a tiller and dug up
the ground, bought some seed corn and planted it, and
hauled water to help the seeds germinate, but I had
planted too late in the year and frost killed the shoots
when they were still tender. Next I tried to grow spinach,
but the bugs had a feast and I got their leftovers. After
those experiences I was thankful that I didn’t have to
make my living by farming. They did, however, give me a
greater appreciation for farmers. I will never again take a

Life
single ear of corn or leaf of spinach for granted!
A seed is the beginning of something much bigger. The
seed of the globe turnip, for example, is less than 1 mm
(one-twentieth of an inch) in diameter, but within a few
months it can grow into a mature turnip that weighs 27
million times its original weight. If conditions are right, it
will increase its own weight by 1500% in one minute.
You might think that it would take a large seed to

IS IN THE
produce a large plant. Not so. The giant redwood tree,
the largest tree in the world, grows from a seed only 1.6
mm (1/16 of an inch) long. Nor is a large seed required

Seed
for beauty. One of the most stunning flowers, the
orchid, comes from one of the tiniest seeds and grows
solely on moisture and nutrients it draws from the air,
no soil required. A million orchid seeds weigh 29 grams
(about 1 ounce).
It takes the proper conditions for seeds to germinate
and the plant to grow and mature, but if conditions aren’t
right, some seeds are able to wait it out. Beneath thick
ice, in a frozen lemming burrow, scientists found seeds of
the arctic tundra lupine which they calculated to be 5,000
years old. The seeds germinated in 48 hours when put in
warm, fertile soil.
So if you feel inconsequential, too small, too young,
or too old, take heart! Perhaps there is latent greatness
in you, just waiting to be brought to life by the power of
God. Let the warm sunshine of His love and the water of
His Word work their miracle.

Curtis Peter Van Gorder is a member of the


By Curtis Peter Van Gorder
Family International in the Middle East. 

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Spiritual Power Points to ponder
GOD ENGINEERS
EVERYTHING
Power from God makes God knows each David Brandt Berg
possible things that are beyond our person’s heart and innermost
human capabilities. This power needs, feelings, and fears, and it’s God has the whole
can manifest itself in many ways: a in His power to give each person world to think about,
miraculous healing from physical exactly what he or she needs. yet somehow He man-
aff liction; an easing of stress and ages to keep everything
emotional pressure; a change in The secret of spiri- under perfect control
circumstances that couldn’t be tual power and victory and and ultimately going
brought about through human overcoming and fruitfulness the direction He wants
effort; insight that transcends and fire and life and light—the it to go. Everything is
earthly wisdom, knowledge, and secret to everything good—is planned; everything is
experience; the capacity to love found in God’s Word! ordered in “decency and
sacrificially and unconditionally, in order” (1 Corinthians
as God loves us. From simple God has unlimited 14:40), and nothing can
solutions to outright miracles, power, but to tap in to that happen without His will.
all come from a force outside power you need a conduit, a Whatever happens is
of us. It is the power of God. line. Faith is like a cord that what ought to happen
carries God’s power from the or what God allows to
There is tremendous source to the appliance. happen for a reason.
power in God’s love. It forgives Everything is in His
sins, changes hearts, renews We’ve all seen super- hands and nothing hap-
spirits, restores health, gives hope hero movies like Superman pens without His will,
to the despairing and strength to where people had supernatural especially to His children
the weary, and brings sunshine powers. Though they lived in whom He loves and to
where there is darkness. the physical world, they had whom He wants to be
powers that enabled them to defy good.
God is all-powerful, its limitations and to do things God engineers every
and all things are possible for that were impossible for mere situation and has a good
those who tap into His power humans. That’s how it is in the purpose for everything—
through faith and prayer. With spirit. God’s Spirit in you gives even our troubles. “We
faith no bigger than a mustard you power to break out of the know that all things
seed, anyone can cast mountains problems and despair of life by work together for good
into the sea (Matthew 21:21), bringing you happiness, hope, to those who love God”
heal the sick, raise the dead, courage, and new strength that is (Romans 8:28). So the
and give new life to the desper- unquenchable and unstoppable. next time you find your-
ate and needy (Matthew 10:8). self in a situation that
Including God in doesn’t look so good to
Do you think millions everything adds a whole new you, take another look. It
of people throughout the ages dimension to life. It's like step- may not be immediately
would have believed in prayer if it ping into a new world where even apparent, but sooner or
didn’t work? Discover the power of things that used to be mundane later God will turn your
prayer for yourself. It’s no secret. can become extraordinary.  “bad” to good! 

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endtime insights ust the thought of living through
the traumatic era referred to in the
Bible as the Great Tribulation, the
“time of trouble, such as never was since
there was a nation, even to that time”
(Daniel 12:1), is enough to make most of
us uneasy, to say the least. And if we didn’t
have God on our side, it would be a most
frightening prospect. But the fact of the
matter is that if you are a believer, then
you do have God on your side. Knowing
that you have the biggest guy on the block
on your team is comforting, even when
the other side that is lined up against

NATURAL you looks nearly invincible. The book of


Revelation calls the Antichrist “the Beast”
and explains, “All the world marveled and
followed the Beast, saying, ‘Who is like

POWERS By Scott MacGregor


the Beast? Who is able to make war with
him?’” (Revelation 13:3–4).
But looks can be deceiving, and in this
case we are dealing with the arch-deceiver
himself, Satan, the power behind and
IN THE GREAT TRIBULATION ultimately in the Antichrist. Both Satan
and the Antichrist, fortunately for us,
have Achilles heels. Their doom is already
sealed and they are the ultimate losers—a
destiny they cannot escape, no matter
how much they pretend otherwise. “The
Beast was captured, and … cast alive into
the lake of fire burning with brimstone”
(Revelation 19:20). The Devil will be
similarly disposed of, first for a thousand
years and then permanently (Revelation
20:2–3,10). We can definitely take comfort
in knowing that they will lose in the end
and we will win.
There are some dark days ahead for
believers in Jesus and for the world in
general, but even in those trying times
we will not be left to fend for ourselves.

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The Bible makes it clear that we will be Lord was crucified. Then those
given a great deal of protection and that from the peoples, tribes, tongues,
even the horrible plagues and monsters and nations will see their dead
described in the book of Revelation will bodies three-and-a-half days, and
actually be directed against and torment not allow their dead bodies to be
the Antichrist and his followers, not those put into graves. And those who
who love and serve God. Jesus’ Endtime dwell on the earth will rejoice over
followers will be divinely protected them, make merry, and send gifts
(Revelation 7:2–3; 9:4). to one another, because these two
Revelation chapter 11 talks about the prophets tormented those who dwell
exploits of two prophets of God who live in on the earth.
this Endtime period. An angel tells John, Now after the three-and-a-half days
who wrote down the book of Revelation: the breath of life from God entered
“I will give power to my two witnesses, them, and they stood on their feet,
and they will prophesy one thousand and great fear fell on those who saw
two hundred and sixty days, clothed in them. And they heard a loud voice
sackcloth” (Revelation 11:3). from heaven saying to them, “Come
And John continues: up here.” And they ascended to
heaven in a cloud, and their enemies
These are the two olive trees and saw them. (Revelation 11:4–12)
the two lampstands standing before
the God of the earth. And if anyone The angel is initially clearing up some
wants to harm them, fire proceeds of the mystery that surrounded a passage
from their mouth and devours their in the Bible that was written some 500
enemies. And if anyone wants to years earlier by the prophet Zechariah:
harm them, he must be killed in
this manner. These have power to I answered and said to [the
shut heaven, so that no rain falls angel], “What are these two olive
in the days of their prophecy; and trees—at the right of the lamp-
they have power over waters to turn stand and at its left?” … Then he
them to blood, and to strike the answered me and said, “Do you not
earth with all plagues, as often as know what these are?” And I said,
they desire. “No, my lord.” So he said, “These
Now when they finish their are the two anointed ones, who
testimony, the beast that ascends stand beside the Lord of the whole
out of the bottomless pit will make earth.” (Zechariah 4:11,13–14)
war against them, overcome them,
and kill them. And their dead Ironically, John’s mother had once
bodies will lie in the street of the asked Jesus if her sons James and John
great city which spiritually is called could have the honor of sitting on either
Sodom and Egypt, where also our side of Him in His kingdom:

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Then the mother of Zebedee’s plagues until Pharaoh relented and let the
sons came to Him with her sons Israelites leave Egypt (Exodus chapters
[James and John], kneeling down 7–12). Elijah called down fire from heaven
and asking something from Him. to consume the sacrifice on the altar
And He said to her, “What do you on Mount Carmel (1 Kings 18:17–39),
wish?” She said to Him, “Grant and again, in an example of heavenly
that these two sons of mine may protection, to slay two companies of
sit, one on Your right hand and the soldiers that had been sent by the wicked
other on the left, in Your kingdom.” King Ahaziah to arrest him (2 Kings
But Jesus answered and said, “You chapter 1). And when the King of Syria
do not know what you ask. Are sent an army to capture Elisha, God sent a
you able to drink the cup that I am heavenly army in fiery chariots to protect
about to drink, and be baptized him and to temporarily blind every man
with the baptism that I am baptized in the enemy army (2 Kings 6:8–23).
with?” They said to Him, “We are These demonstrations of power from
able.” So He said to them, “You on high weren’t solely for the sakes
will indeed drink My cup, and be of Moses and his fellow Hebrews in
baptized with the baptism that I am Egypt, or Elijah, or Elisha, or the others
baptized with; but to sit on My right involved, we are told. “Now all these
hand and on My left is not Mine to things happened to them as examples,
give, but it is for those for whom it and they were written for our admoni-
is prepared by My Father.” (Matthew tion, on whom the ends of the ages
20:20–23) have come” (1 Corinthians 10:11).
If God has done it before, why
So John was finally learning from wouldn’t He do the same again to
this angel who the two people would protect those who love and serve Him
be on either side of Jesus’ throne in His in the treacherous time of the Great
kingdom. But what is more important Tribulation ahead? It seems He will,
to note, especially for those of us who because clearly there are going to be a
could be alive during the time of these lot of us still here when Jesus returns to
two prophets, is the supernatural powers take us home to Heaven in the Rapture,
they will manifest. These two defiantly at the time of His Second Coming.
stand up against the Antichrist and his There is also a promise that is
forces, and the prophets’ enemies will specifically made to Christians in the
not be able to harm them until their Tribulation period: “The people who
mission is accomplished—and their know their God shall be strong, and
very public mission will take place carry out great exploits” (Daniel 11:32).
right in Jerusalem, the apparent capital Jesus has a vested interest in each of us
city of the Antichrist government. because He loves us, and He and all the
Will these powers be limited to these forces of Heaven will be fighting for us.
two prophets, or will Christians in general Even though they will for the most part
be able to avail themselves of similar if not be unseen, they will not let us down. The
identical powers when they need them? apostle Paul wrote, “For [Jesus] Himself
There are biblical precedents for has said, ‘I will never leave you nor forsake
people having special powers when they you.’ So we may boldly say: ‘The Lord
needed them. God backed up Moses’ is my helper; I will not fear. What can
warnings to the Egyptians by sending man do to me?’” (Hebrews 13:5–6). 

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YOU CAN TOO!
What God has done for
others, He can do for you!
By David Brandt Berg

Jesus left His followers with an


amazing promise of supernatural
power. “Anyone believing in Me shall do
the same miracles I have done, and even
greater ones, because I am going to be
with the Father” (John 14:12 TLB).
That promise has stood for two

DO WHAT WORKS thousand years, and multitudes of


Christians have done those “greater
things.” God empowered otherwise
ordinary people like you and me to work
We all accept the exis- You don’t have to take His miracles, and that same power can
tence of electricity, anyone else’s word for it. work miracles through us today if we will
even though no one has Put God to the test! Flip simply believe and act on God’s Word.
ever seen it or fully under- the switch of decision to The trouble is, most people put God’s
stands it, not even the connect with Him through promises of power in either the past or the
scientists. We only know His Son, Jesus. Once you future. The past was wonderful, glorious,
its laws, its effects, and have experienced God for and supernatural, with all those heroes
how to channel it to serve yourself, there won’t be of the faith working miracles and angels
many useful purposes. any doubt in your mind intervening on behalf of God’s people.
Even so, we must accept that He is who He says And the future is going to be marvelous
the existence of God even He is—our ever-present, and “miraculous” in Heaven. But they
though we don’t know all-powerful, all-knowing, don’t believe that any of those things
where He came from or all-loving Creator. could happen in the present. They say,
who made Him or how He If you haven’t yet “Of course you couldn’t expect anything
got here. We simply know connected with the power like that now.” But that’s not what the
that He does exist and that of God, you can right now Bible says!
the universe in which we by inviting His Son, Jesus, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday,
live is governed by laws He into your life. Simply pray today, and forever” (Hebrews 13:8). God is
established. this short prayer: still the God of miracles. What He’s done
Electricity makes all Dear Jesus, thank You before, He can do again—and not only
sorts of things possible, for coming to Earth and later, but right now if you need it and have
but it won’t do you any dying for me so I can be faith for it. If ordinary believers in the past
good until you flip the reconnected to God. I open have already done miracles by the scores
switch that connects you to the door of my heart and and scores, in both the Old and New
the source. Just so, God’s invite You in. Amen.  Testaments, as well as throughout the past
power is there, waiting to two thousand years, then Christians today
make your life easier. can do them too! 

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FROM JESUS WITH LOVE

i i
Stay ng n Touch
Talk to Me and I will talk to you. It’s that
simple. I’m here. I’m always with you. If you
want to talk to Me, I’m available anytime and
anywhere. I don’t have office hours or office
fees. I don’t even have an office. I am available
for you whenever you need Me. If you will stop,
acknowledge Me, speak to Me, and wait, I
will answer. I will never leave you comfortless
(John 14:8 KJV). I will never leave you without
an answer. I will never walk away from you. I
am here for you.
You can ask Me anything, and I will give
you an answer. In fact‚ if you want to make a
difference in this world, ask Me everything! Ask
Me about everything and you will find that it
is a key to progress, a key to happiness, a key
that will set your spirit free.
So if you want to reach a place where you can
make a difference, where there is joy in place
of sorrow, sunshine instead of shadows, love
that casts out fear, and beauty for ashes—then
come to Me (Isaiah 61:3). I will not turn you
away. I can’t wait to talk to you. I love you!

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