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Activated October 2009

The Supernatural - October 2009

Can God bend the laws of nature to intervene on our behalf? If so, who qualifies for such help and how? What else does He hope to accomplish? Answers here…

01-10-2009
Divine Intervention
 Divine Intervention

Every so often we read or hear about some happening that defies reason, like this personal account by Activated correspondent Misty Kay in Taiwan:

About thirty concrete steps led down to the parking garage under the apartment complex in Taipei where my husband Andy and I were living with our four small children. I had taught the kids to be very careful when negotiating that stairway, and was especially concerned about Chalsey, who was still a wobbly toddler. A fall down those stairs could be fatal.

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01-10-2009
Flight Tracker
Flight Tracker

“The eyes of the Lord are in every place.”1

This morning my husband Simon left suddenly to the USA, after receiving word that his elderly mother’s health had taken a turn for the worse. We couldn’t afford trans-Atlantic airfare for two, so here I am, home alone and already missing Simon.

I’ve been combating loneliness by keeping busy, and between catching up on housework and checking email, I came across a real-time “flight tracker” on the Internet. Since then I’ve gone back to that screen every couple of hours to follow Simon’s progress as his plane passed over the vast expanse of...

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01-10-2009
The Safety Bubble
The Safety Bubble

Our heavenly fatheroffers us incredible security and peace from the evils of this world. Through His divine care and intervention, we can live in a bubble of protection from the bad things that go on around us and that could also happen to us if He wasn’t constantly keeping them at bay.

God can protect us from anything, but only when we give Him our cooperation. We do that by staying close to Him in spirit—by loving Him and doing our best to live by the principles He’s laid out in His Word—and by taking the necessary physical precautions. When we...

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01-10-2009
Protection and Power
Protection and Power

The safest place in the world for you is close to God and where He wants you to be. No matter where that is or what’s against you, He will keep you. “The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.”1

God has promised to protect His own, but has anything bad ever happened to you since you’ve accepted Him into your heart and life? Has the Lord ever let you suffer in some way through an accident, affliction, or other trouble?

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01-10-2009
Path of Destruction
Path of Destruction

Jakarta, May 13, 1998

Caught in the heart of citywide riots that had been sparked by anti-government student demonstrations, God was our only defense—but He was strong enough! What could have turned into trauma and tragedy for us became instead a thrilling testimony to the power of God.

Our third-story apartment doubled as housing and base of operations for our volunteer work. In the previous few days we had left only for emergencies. “Have you heard the latest?” someone whispered. We kept our voices low, as we didn’t want to upset the children. “Crowds are rioting all across the city!”

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01-10-2009
The Secret Place: A Meditation on Psalm 91
The Secret Place: A Meditation on Psalm 91

Psalm 91:1: He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.

Where is the “secret place of the Most High”? It is found in intimate fellowship with God. The phrase “shadow of the Almighty” symbolizes God’s protection. When you’re in close personal fellowship with God, you’re under His shadow, under His protection.

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01-10-2009
Salvation in a Mineshaft
Salvation in a Mineshaft

Born and raised in a small Ukrainian mining town during the Soviet era, I grew up in an atmosphere of atheism. One day I came across a book titled Not by Bread Alone. Being an avid reader, I read it in a single sitting. The book offered a simple plan of salvation, followed by a prayer to receive Jesus as my personal Savior. The concepts of God, faith, and prayer were all foreign to my thinking, but something about the book captivated me. When I repeated the prayer, I had a feeling that was both marvelous and a bit scary,...

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01-10-2009
Greater Works
Greater Works

“Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father. And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do.”1—Jesus

 

I had gone for a drive with friends one evening, when all of a sudden our car died on the highway. We couldn’t make out what was wrong with it, so two of my friends went for help.

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01-10-2009
A Sound Mind
A Sound Mind

I am by nature something of a worrywart. I’m almost constantly preoccupied with one worry or another. I am also a multitasker. I can do just about anything and worry at the same time. For example, this morning I was trying to take my daily quiet time, reading a few pages of devotional material and reflecting on it (I say “trying,” because at the same time I was worrying about the week’s work ahead of me, ongoing health problems, and an upcoming trip) when this sentence jumped off of the page: “In the Bible, the admonition to ‘fear not’ is used...

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01-10-2009
A Voice in the Night
A Voice in the Night

Pull over at the next gas station!Jesus spoke to my mind very clearly.

“I don’t need gasoline,” I argued. “Besides, the gas will be cheaper in Stuttgart. I’ll be there soon.”

Tankstelle, 3 km.The sign announcing the next highway service station flashed by.

Pull over at the next gas station!

“But Lord, I’m tired and it’s already 3 am. I’ve got to get home. If I stop now, I’ll lose another 15 minutes and ...”

Tankstelle, 1 km.

Like a father speaking to an errant child, Jesus spoke to me more firmly. You must stop!

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01-10-2009
The Will of God
The Will of God

The will of God will never take you

Where the grace of God cannot keep you,

Where the arms of God cannot support you,

Where the riches of God cannot supply your needs,

Where the power of God cannot endow you.

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01-10-2009
Miracles Come Naturally to God
Miracles Come Naturally to God

We usually think of things that are beyond our comprehension as supernatural or miraculous, but those things aren’t supernatural to God because He operates in the spiritual realm where everything is “natural” to Him. There is nothing that’s impossible for God.1 A lot of things God does are beyond our power and grasp of things and what we consider natural, so when they happen we say they are supernatural. But with God nothing is impossible, so nothing is supernatural to Him.

God can do things that are contrary to what we consider His natural laws. When someone is healed of an incurable...

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01-10-2009
Our Best Protection
Our Best Protection

The Bible is full of amazing stories of how God protected His children who looked to Him when things couldn’t have looked worse—stories that can strengthen our faith that God will also protect us. Here are a few that have encouraged millions down through the ages.

 

The great escape

{bible50}Exodus 14{/bible}

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01-10-2009
Hideaway
Hideaway

Everyone is worried about the future these days—and it’s no wonder. The way things are going, everyone has reason to fear what will happen to them, their family, their city, their country, their world. This planet has become a frightening and stressful place to live. Sometimes you wish you could find a hideaway, nail the windows and doors closed, and keep the world out.

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