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Dear Partner,

We all know that the devil is a fallen angel. Jesus said that Satan only comes to steal, kill and destroy.

John 10:10   The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.

We know from the prophet Ezekiel that before Lucifer fell, He was an angel of the cherubim class. Angels are mighty creations of God. If Satan is an angel of the mighty Cherubim class, why doesn't he just use that power to kill all of the believers on earth? We find the answer in the book of beginnings, Genesis:

Gen 3:14   And the LORD God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life:

The devil has been reduced to the dust of the earth. He does not have the power of an arc-angel or cherubim like before. In the Old Testament, one angel killed 187 thousand men in a single attack. The devil cannot just kill you like that. He has to use things "of the dust" or "of the earth." Flaws in the fallen genetic code cause birth defects which are not caused by the sin of the person or their parents. Such things are the result of the fall of man. It is the devil, but indirectly. It is flawed, fallen flesh producing the results of sin. Notice in the following passage that Jesus said plainly it was neither the child nor the parents' sin that caused the man to be born blind.

Joh 9:1-7   And as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from his birth. (2) And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind? (3) Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him. (4) I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work. (5) As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world. (6) When he had thus spoken, he spat on the ground, and made clay of the spittle, and he anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay, (7) And said unto him, Go, wash in the pool of Siloam, (which is by interpretation, Sent.) He went his way therefore, and washed, and came seeing.

Children are born into a fallen world to a fallen race of humanity. This world is not as God originally created it. It has been corrupted by sin and we all reap the results such as birth defects, sickness, and disease. But notice also that Jesus said He was working "the works of Him that sent me," meaning God the Father. What was the works of the Father God? To undo the work of the fall to restore the man's sight! That means ... birth defects are not incurable. It was God's will to restore the man's sight, even though he was "born blind." Hallelujah!

This is the pattern I see all through the New Testament. Jesus doing the will of the Father by saving, healing, and restoring people back to the way God originally intended for man to be. This was done by the anointing of the Holy Ghost and the power God had bestowed upon His Son.

Act 10:38   How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.

As I watch Jesus walking through the pages of the four gospels I never see Him doing anything but good to the people. He blesses. He heals. He provides for their lack. He forgives. And He says if you want to know what God the Father is like "look at Me!"

John 14:9a   Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father.

Hallelujah! God blesses. God heals. God provides for our needs. God forgives our iniquities. God is GOOD! False religion is always telling lies about God. If I were to believe half of what the TV preachers say, I would think God was a lot like the Godfather portrayed in the movies. That is, He will only protect you and provide for you if you give money to Him first. Read the four gospels again. You don't find Jesus requiring an offering from anybody before they get healed. Here is one of my favorite verses:

Heb 4:16   Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.

God is full of mercy for you and He is waiting for you to come to Him in order to receive not only His mercy but His GRACE TO HELP in your time of need. The devil is a fallen foe. We have authority over anything he can do. Trust God!

Sue and I love you and appreciate you.   We thank God for your generous and giving heart.   God bless you!

Your friend and co-laborer,

Gary Carpenter


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