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IN TOUCH WITH GOD    by Edward Heppenstall

Power From God APRIL 6


For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Eph. 6:12.

Involvement with the supernatural brings us face to face with two supernatural forces—the powers of light and the powers of darkness. On this crucial point more than on any other, Satan seeks to deceive us. He too seeks to get us involved with the supernatural. How shall we know which encounter with the supernatural is true and which is false?

"The last great delusion is soon to open before us. Antichrist is to perform his marvelous works in our sight. So closely will the counterfeit resemble the true that it will be impossible to distinguish between them except by the Holy Scriptures. By their testimony every statement and every miracle is to be tested."—ELLEN G. WHITE, The Great Controversy, p. 593.

Christ has given us two witnesses to Himself which belong together: the Holy Spirit and the Word of God. They are with us until Christ returns. We must live and test our Christian life, our encounter with God, in relation to both of them. So long as you seek for the fullness of the Spirit to lead you into all truth from God's Word, you will not be found on the wrong side in the controversy between Christ and Satan. There is no possibility of losing your way.

The devil's counterfeit of the Holy Spirit is dangerous in proportion to the skill and subtlety with which it is put forth. It is more likely to pass unnoticed and unchallenged when it is more nearly identical with the true. These counterfeits are becoming more successful in deceiving people. Any type of involvement with the supernatural that bypasses the truth of Scripture is false.

At this point we are not asserting that all the adherents of others' faiths and creeds are not Christian. We pronounce no judgment. But we do insist on testing all claims to truth by the Word of God. A man may be better than his creed, just as he may be worse. But what we believe about the word of God in the Bible will determine the genuineness or falsity of our Christian experience. Every claim to an encounter with some form of the supernatural must be tested by the Word of God.

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