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Vol. 15 / Issue 18 / October 17 2013

Contents of this issue

Editorial
How to Recognize Real and Counterfeit Miracles?
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Through the Valley of Death & other Books
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Editorial

By Sherly Isaac

In Psalms 1st chapter we read, "Blessed is the man Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, Nor stands in the path of sinners, Nor sits in the seat of the scornful; But his delight is in the law of the LORD, And in His law he meditates day and night. He shall be like a tree Planted by the rivers of water, That brings forth its fruit in its season, Whose leaf also shall not wither; And whatever he does shall prosper. The ungodly are not so, But are like the chaff which the wind drives away. Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, Nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous. For the LORD knows the way of the righteous, But the way of the ungodly shall perish"(Psalms 1:1-6).

Here we read about two categories of people; one righteous and the other unrighteous, that is, one sinner and the other having their sins forgiven. Usually when we categorize people, we categorize them by their nationality, religion, gender, color etc. but God puts people only in two categories.

The 1st Psalms tells us that a righteous man is a blessed person and that God's blessings rest upon him. But God is not pleased with ungodly persons. Bible also tells us that every person has sinned and has come short of the glory of God. Then how can a person achieve the status of a righteous person?

When God created the first human beings in this world, He created them perfect but they sinned against God and were separated from God. Ever since they lost their status as righteous persons but God made a way for their atonement, as well He provided a way for our atonement so that our sins could be forgiven that we could again come at His holy presence. God sent His only son to die for us. Jesus came in this world and shed His precious blood on the cruel cross for you and for me. Today we can receive forgiveness of our sins through the shed blood of Jesus.

People go around the world to search how to get rid of their sins. They go on pilgrimages after pilgrimages, they do so many rituals but at the end they come back empty handed. Because there is no salvation through any other except through Jesus Christ as written in Acts 4:10-12, "let it be known to you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead, by Him this man stands here before you whole. This is the 'stone which was rejected by you builders, which has become the chief cornerstone.' Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved."

It is easy to just come to Jesus and repent of your sins. He is ready to forgive and forget all your sins.

How to Recognize Real and Counterfeit Miracles?

By Sherly Isaac

Often people think that miracles do not happen now a days. Many think that if miracles happen, it must be by the devil and that the person through whom miracles happen must be a false prophet. But it is a sad thinking. Bible teaches us the opposite of it. Because God is everlasting, His qualities do not change. He is the same yesterday, today and forever. If He did miracles yesterday, He will do today also and tomorrow also.

But of course there are false prophets, false miracle workers and how can we know who is right and who is wrong?

When Moses stood before Pharaoh and when Aaron cast down his rod before Pharaoh and before his servants it became a serpent. Then Pharaoh called the sorcerers; and the magicians of Egypt and they also did in like manner with their enchantments. We also read further in Exodus 7:12, "For every man threw down his rod, and they became serpents. But Aaron's rod swallowed up their rods."

Then again Moses went to the river and stretched his rod over the water and water turned to blood. Again the magicians of Egypt did so with their enchantments as we read in Exodus 7:22.

Then again as God said to Moses, "Aaron stretched out his hand over the waters of Egypt, and the frogs came up and covered the land of Egypt. And the magicians did so with their enchantments, and brought up frogs on the land of Egypt.(Exo 8:6-7)"

But you can see the difference. Every time the magicians or witch doctors could copy what God did but they had no solution for those problems. They could not remove those problems from their land and every time Pharaoh had to call Moses to remove those problems from his land.

And the 4th time when Aaron stretched out his hand with his rod and struck the dust of the earth, and it became lice on man and beast. All the dust of the land became lice throughout all the land of Egypt. But the magicians so worked with their enchantments to bring forth lice, but they could not. Then the magicians said to Pharaoh, "This is the finger of God" (Exodus 8:18-19)

At 4th time those witch doctors could not copy what God did and they realized that Moses and Aaron are doing by the mighty power of God. Yes, devil is not all powerful; he can do some of the miracles but cannot do everything. But God can do anything and everything. If you are calling someone God but he/she could not bring about a solution for your sin and problems then he is not God.

Jesus is the only God who provided a way of salvation for our souls. Our good works, our endless effort to get forgiveness of sin is futile and when God saw that we cannot receive forgiveness of our sins by our own effort He Himself came down in this world to die for us and He provided salvation through His precious shed blood on the cruel cross. Today we can get forgiveness of our sins as well as physical and emotional healing. Jesus has every solution for any of your problem. Just come to Him.

Second thing we read in Gallatin 1:8, "But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed."

It means that everything should line up according to the Bible. If a person is speaking what is not in the Bible and miracles are happening then he could be a false teacher and those miracles might be happening through the devil.

We read in 1 John 4:1-3, "Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world. By this you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God, and every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God. And this is the spirit of the Antichrist, which you have heard was coming, and is now already in the world."

According to the above verses, a person who denies the Godhood of Jesus is not of God but he/she is antichrist. Today we see many who do not believe that Jesus is God. They would tell that, "Jesus was a good teacher, He did mighty miracles, and He did well to people but as for as being God... no He is not God." In Islam also it was stated that, "Jesus was not God". Quran denies the Godhood of Jesus therefore the message of Quran cannot be from the God of the Bible.

The more we read from the Bible; we can understand which one is from God and which one is not from God. So be very careful when you speak anything against a person before doing your research. Because Jesus never said that He will stop doing miracles or stop sending prophets but He said that false and true prophets will come, but you have to test every spirit and find out which one is true and which one is false.

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Through the Valley of Death & other Books

As many of you know that in the year 2005, our dad was very sick even unto death. God miraculously healed him. We have compiled it in a book form. I sure believe that it will inspire you and encourage you greatly.

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Also read these two books by Sherly Isaac "Allah and Elohim - Are they the same God" Available at JasmineCorp Store, and "Is Jesus God?" Available at JasmineCorp Store,

Both books compares the Bible and the Quran and read eye opening facts about Jesus, God of the Bible, Allah and Islamic faith. I am sure that you want to read this.

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