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Vol. 11 / Issue 21 / June 25 2009

Contents of this issue

Editorial
Witchcraft can Destroy your Life but Jesus can Restore your Life
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Through the Valley of Death & other Books
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Editorial

By Sherly Isaac

The first Church had different types of ministries ordained by God Himself. We read in 1Cor 12:28, "And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues." And also in Eph 4:11, "And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers."

We can see that these ministries were active in the Church: 1. Apostles 2. Prophets, 3. Teachers, 4. miracles, 5. Gifts of healings, 6. Helps, 7. Governments, 8. diversities of tongues. Why these ministries are given to Church? Eph 4:12-13 says, "For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ."

The main purpose of these different ministries is to equip, sanctify and prepare the Church to become perfect and to reach to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ. Jesus said in, Mat 5:48, "therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect." Bible also tells us that without holiness we cannot see God.

God not only commanded, but also appointed different ministries so that the body of Christ could be perfect. The first Church was led by the Holy Spirit. The above said ministries could not operate without the mighty work of the Holy Spirit.

1. Apostles: Careful study of the Bible tells us that Apostles were the mighty men and women of God who played the great and important role in the first Church in equipping the saints, perfecting the body of Christ and edifying them. We could see some of those mighty acts done through the disciples of Jesus Christ. Jesus often called them twelve Apostles. We can learn so many things from their lives and get a clue of who the apostles were and what they did. Apostle Paul's life is also an example for us.

Act 2:42-43, And they continued steadfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers. Then fear came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were done through the apostles.
Act 4:33, And with great power the apostles gave witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And great grace was upon them all.


God used the apostles mightily with many signs and wonders and with great power. Many assume that the days of mighty wonders and mighty power are over. But it is not true. Bible is very clear that, "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever" (Hbr 13:8). If He did miracles in the past, He can do the same even today. If He did mighty wonders and showed mighty signs, He can show the same today also. His mighty powers are not diminished but He is the same as He was in the past, He will be the same and He will never change. As long as He is on the throne mighty miracles will take place and people will experience His goodness and power in their lives.

So these were the apostles in whose lives all the gifts of the Holy Spirit was working. What about our Churches today? Do we have apostles in our Churches, today? If not, we need to give serious thought on this subject that when God ordained apostles in Church then why they are not in our Churches?

Witchcraft can Destroy your Life but Jesus can Restore your Life

By Sherly Isaac

There are demonic powers that could destroy your life. Witchcraft is done by the help of demons and by the power of devil. In India what people do, if they have some sickness or some problem? They would either go to a witchdoctor and ask, "what should I do to get rid of it?" or they would do witchcraft by themselves. The witchdoctor gives them thread or things like that, putting demonic powers in it so that the problem may be transferred to some other person. Sometimes they throw fruits, raw rice etc in the middle of the road and if a person crosses over it, the person will get that sickness or problem... They would place curses on people through witchcraft. They would give something to eat and it would cripple their lives, their businesses and affect their lives greatly.

When I was in a small class, I studied about ants. What the ants do? If they find any sweet thing, they would sit over it and suck the sweetness out of it or suck the nectar out of it. The thing would look the same in appearance and in color but not the same as before. Sweetness is gone. I can say that witchcraft does the same thing to people. It would suck goodness and blessings out of their lives and would make them terribly miserable.

Once a pastor came from one of the cities of Punjab, India to preach in a meeting. He told his story why his mother could not get any children. Even after many years since their marriage she and her husband did not have any kids. And it bothered them badly. The reason for her barrenness was that one of their neighboring women who had no kids went to a witchdoctor and asked what she should do? The witchdoctor gave her some kind of powder after putting demonic power in that and said, "Mix it in water and throw that water over a newly wed woman and it will solve your problem." She came back home, mixed the powder in water and waited for the mother of the preacher who was newly wed at that time. As she came out of her home and as she was walking down, the woman threw the water over her. That was it, after that she never had kids for many years. But one day they heard the Good News of Jesus Christ and about His mighty power. They prayed to Jesus and Jesus healed her. That's how the above said preacher was born.

My friend, witchcraft can destroy your lives but the awesome power of Jesus can restore your lives.
Once a person brought his epileptic son who suffered severely. But when Jesus rebuked the demon and when it left him, he was cured. We read in, Mat 17:14-19, And when they had come to the multitude, a man came to Him, kneeling down to Him and saying, Lord, have mercy on my son, for he is an epileptic and suffers severely; for he often falls into the fire and often into the water. So I brought him to Your disciples, but they could not cure him., Then Jesus answered and said, "O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? How long shall I bear with you? Bring him here to Me." And Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of him; and the child was cured from that very hour. Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, "Why could we not cast it out?"

When Jesus was in this world He healed the sick, drove away the demon out of those who were oppressed by the devil and restored them, rebuked the devourer, raised the dead, wiped away the tears of people, removed curses from the lives of people and brought blessings in the lives of people. Yes, if witchcraft can bring curse and misery in your life, Jesus can bring blessings, peace and joy in your life. Jesus' name is so powerful that every demonic power has to bow down before Him. No evil power could ever stand before His mighty name. No curse could ever stand before His awesome power.

Are you suffering today? Are you seeing curses in your life? Do you think that your life has been crippled because of curse placed in your life through witchcraft? Today I am going to break those curses from your lives in the mighty name of Jesus and you will experience deliverance through Jesus.

Dear Lord Jesus, I know that many are suffering today because of curses placed in their lives or because they inherited them from their forefathers. I come against every demonic power, every witchcraft done against them, every curse whether placed in their lives through witchcraft or inherited from generation after generation, I break it in the name of Jesus. Father God, I pray that no evil should ever touch these people. Mark them with your precious blood and protect them. Let them see blessings from now on. Let them be free from every demonic power. Fill them with your Holy Presence so that no demonic power could come near them. Thank you Jesus for making them free and helping them to be blessed. We give you all the glory and honor. We pray in Jesus name, Amen.

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