It Works!

David Brandt Berg

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The conversation with our attractive young travel agent turned into a personal witness after she told us how sick she was, and how she was taking a certain medicine to try to cure what was ailing her.

I told her that I didn’t have much confidence in medicine, but rather had more faith to stay well by keeping God’s rules of good health: proper diet, rest, exercise, and right living. I then related that to keeping God’s laws in general, which He gave for our general happiness and well-being.

Then I said, “After all, if He created us, He knows what is best for us. He’s our Father, and like any good father He wants His children to be healthy and happy. That’s why He has set down the rules to keep us from damaging our bodies.

“Of course, one of the greatest of healing factors is faith,” I added. “Knowing that God loves you and is going to take care of you eliminates two of the greatest causes of ill health—fear and tension. Faith brings peace of mind. Then you can rest in the Lord, knowing He’s going to take care of everything.”

Fear, tension, and hatred all cause psychosomatic illnesses, and often also lead to physiological diseases like heart trouble, arthritis, and stomach ulcers. Many severe cases of arthritis are not the result of any other physical problem, but are rather caused by bitterness or hatred or a negative attitude toward life, all of which result in a buildup of toxins in the body that in turn cause the swelling, stiffness, and pain in the joints.

Eliminating fear through faith gives peace of mind, and that, in turn, gives rest to your stomach, heart, and other vital organs, and cleanses the blood of the toxins that cause illness. In other words, your state of mind can actually poison your body. This science knows and has proven.

This is also why some of the psychological religions like Christian Science, New Age, Scientology, Reiki, Transcendental Meditation, Unity, Taoism, and some forms of Buddhism and Hinduism can sometimes have a positive effect. Peaceful meditation and mental concentration on positive attitudes and thoughts definitely have a good effect on both mind and body through the right spiritual attitude.

The Bible tells us, “Whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things” (Philippians 4:8). The apostle Paul also says to forget the things that are behind—to not worry about the past—and reach forward to the things that are ahead (Philippians 3:13). And Jesus Himself told us not to worry about tomorrow (Matthew 6:34).

The two greatest sources of fear and worry are the past and the future—remorse over the past and fear of the future—and God’s Word forbids worry about either! Then for the present, God promises to keep us in perfect peace as long as we keep our mind fixed on Him (Isaiah 26:3).

The one who truly trusts, truly rests in the Lord. The apostle John wrote, “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment” (1 John 4:18). Paul taught, “God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind” (2 Timothy 1:7). These verses show the relationship of mental illness to fear—and of course there are also fears that are actually inspired by the Devil and the dark side.

Your physical state of health is largely dependent on your mental state of health, and your mental health is largely dependent on your spiritual condition, because both love and faith cast out all fear. Faith in God, trust in God, gives you a feeling of rest of body, peace of mind, contentment of heart, and spiritual well-being, which all tend to greatly improve your whole state of well-being.

Getting back to my witnessing adventure, this was when she said, “I wish I had faith, but I don’t have faith in anything. How can I have faith in God when I don’t even know if there is a God?”

And immediately she asked, “Don’t you believe in evolution?” That shows how people automatically think of the theory of evolution when you talk about God, because the whole purpose of the teaching of evolution is to eliminate faith in God and to foster the false doctrine of devils that the creation created itself, that God had nothing to do with it. If it could have happened without God, there doesn’t need to be a God!

“So you don’t believe we came from apes?” she queried.

“Of course not!” I exclaimed. “I believe it happened just the way it says in the Bible: ‘On the sixth day God created man in His own image.’”

“Well, how do we know what God looks like? Nobody’s ever seen Him.”

I said, “Well, we can’t see God because He’s a Spirit. He’s the power of the universe, He’s everywhere.”

And that’s when she said, “Well, He must have a headquarters somewhere!” People can’t help but come to the right conclusions if they think honestly about it.

Then she said, “What do you think about these stories about men getting the idea of God or gods from former visits to earth by superior intelligences from outer space?”

And I said, “Well, I do believe in so-called UFOs or flying saucers, and I do believe that they are visits of superior intelligences from outer space—the angels—and they are, in a sense, gods to us. The Scriptures speak of the angels as gods—superior beings, more powerful and intelligent than man, and they do travel in circles of power or energy and light because they are light!”

Well, that was about the end of that line of thought. She just smiled in amazement that we should actually believe such things. One minute people wonder why you can’t believe in visiting spaceships, and the next minute they wonder why you can believe in angels. That shows how people’s minds have been conditioned to believe in anything supposedly scientific, but to reject anything “spiritual” or “religious” or according to the Bible. Modern education undermines faith in God and the Bible and encourages faith in man and his wisdom and science instead—the worship of man as opposed to the worship of God.

This is a situation that often comes up in witnessing, and when it does, it becomes a direct controversy as to the existence of God. Once you have declared flat out that you believe in God, angels, the Bible, and Creation, those you’re witnessing to must make a choice: They can accept that what you’re saying is the truth, they can say you’re crazy, or they can give you arguments against the existence of God to try to undermine your faith and justify their own unbelief.

So our travel agent began to ask all the stock questions: “Well, if there is a God, then why did He allow Hitler? Why does He allow pain and suffering? Why doesn’t He put a stop to all that if He’s in control?”

“God isn’t responsible for all this pain and suffering,” I told her. “People are.”

“Then why does He allow it?” she asked.

“If He were to put a stop to the suffering that people inflict on each other,” I explained, “then He’d have to put a stop to free choice, which is an important part of His great design. He put us here to make a choice between good and evil, to choose to do right or wrong, to serve God or ourselves and the Devil.

“He is hoping, of course, that we will learn the benefits of serving Him as we reap happiness and health and pleasure from keeping His loving rules, and that we will thank Him for it all, as grateful children of our heavenly Father. He wants us to believe in Him, to trust Him and His Word, and to obey Him out of love.

“Or we can believe the Devil’s lies, rebel against God, and disobey Him and His Word, go our own way, and suffer the consequences—ill health, misery, pain, suffering, cruelty, war, economic ills, unhappiness, mental anguish, insanity, and finally death and Hell hereafter as punishment for violating God’s rules, which He intended for our health and happiness.”

She was still thinking about Hitler and World War II, apparently, because she said, “Where did we get this good-guy and bad-guy stuff?—Aren’t we supposed to be the good guys and they the bad guys?”

But I said, “No, the Bible says ‘all have sinned and come short of the glory of God. There is none righteous, no, not one! All we like sheep have gone astray. We have turned every one to his own way’ (Romans 3:23,10; Isaiah 53:6). None of us are all good, or even all bad. No side is ever all right and the other all wrong. There is always some good and bad on both sides. Most of us are gray, somewhere in between white and black, partly good and partly bad.

“As much as we dislike Hitler and what he did, he wasn’t entirely to blame. The German people were partly to blame and worldwide conditions—including the world’s general lack of faith in God—were partly to blame. You can’t blame it all on the leaders. People get the kind of leaders they want and deserve—some good, some bad, but usually a bit of both.”

“But how do we know God made the world?” she asked. “Why does there have to be a God at all?”

To this I gave her the classic illustration of the watch. Pointing to my wristwatch, I said, “Just as there had to be a watchmaker behind the making of this watch, so behind the intricate precision and timing of the universe there had to be a great Creator or Designer!”

Then she brought up evolution again. “Couldn’t God have done it by the process of evolution?”

But I said, “If God is God and the Creator, if He could make the universe, why would He have had to make it by the process of evolution? Why couldn’t He have made it in six days just like the Bible says?”

Evolution is a religion which has to be believed by faith! All the discoveries that have been heralded as “missing links” or proof of evolution have been proved to be either fakes or guesses or theories. Evolution is really a religion of unbelief in God. That’s its whole idea—to destroy faith in God.

Evolution is a false belief based on false assumptions, theories, hypotheses, pure guesswork, and lies to try to get people to believe in something which isn’t true,[1] as opposed to the truths of God and His Word—again the Devil trying to destroy faith in God.

Then our pretty travel agent asked, “Don’t you believe that those big animals like dinosaurs existed?” That shows how people relate evolution to the existence of prehistoric animals. People are taught that evolution is based on some of these genuine discoveries regarding the prehistoric animals, but they’re also taught that among these discoveries there have been the remains of prehistoric ape-like men—the so-called missing links—which is not true!

Dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals did exist, and you’ll even find records of them in the Bible—the “behemoth” and “leviathan” of Job chapters 40 and 41. You’ll also find in the Bible the dragons and sea monsters of ancient legends. Later accounts have been embellished considerably by man, but these things did exist.

“Then why aren’t they here now?” she asked.

“Because they became extinct, like many other species are becoming extinct today.”

“Well, if God made them, why did He let them become extinct? Or if they were going to become extinct, why did He make them in the first place?”

“Perhaps it was to illustrate how the largest and most powerful and strongest are not always the fittest to survive—contrary to the doctrine of evolution!”

The most fearsome of beasts are not those that conquered the earth, but “the meek shall inherit the earth” (Matthew 5:5). Weak little vulnerable man with his brains and the blessing of God conquered the earth! In fact, God told him to, saying: “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over every living thing” (Genesis 1:28). And that’s exactly what man did, in spite of the dinosaurs and the behemoths and other terrifying monsters of the past. Man, the seemingly least fit to survive, outlived them all!

Also in answer to her question I asked, “Why did the automobile manufacturers make some of those antique models of cars when they might have known they were going to become extinct as better models were made and manufactured?” Sometimes we learn by trial and error, experiment, and experience what works best. Perhaps God sometimes has done this very thing, just to prove to us what works best.

His design for man was the best and most workable plan and creation. Despite all of the obstacles and prehistoric monsters, man has survived with the blessing of God and equipment God has given him. The weakest and meekest have inherited the earth, which is exactly what is going to happen again in the end, when the most bestial and monstrous of all man’s governments is virtually going to destroy itself by its own size, weight, cumbersomeness, and stupidity, and the seemingly weakest of all groups on earth—the pitiful little bands of persecuted Christians—are going to inherit not only the earth but also the coming Kingdom of God on earth and govern it by love and the power of God!

Their survival will be the true survival of the fittest—not by natural selection, but God’s selection. Not evolutionary adaptations, but God’s creations. Not the cruel, selfish, dog-eat-dog philosophy that gives the world to the strongest, in which might is right, but to those who truly have the right to govern because of what reprobate man considers weaknesses, such as love, meekness, forgiveness, and faith in God and His Word.

These “weakest” and “meekest” will become the most powerful influences on earth, and they will rule the world with both love and a “rod of iron” to compel the nations to submit to the laws of God and to recognize His authority and to obey His rules of life, love, health, and happiness (Revelation 2:26-27; 20:6). Then at last there will be “peace to men of good will” (Luke 2:14 DV).

But there will be retribution for those who rebel when “the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea” (Isaiah 11:9). The Word of the Lord shall come forth from the government of God through His people (Isaiah 2:3), and no man shall need to say, “Know the Lord,” for all shall know Him (Jeremiah 31:34).

This is what the new world will be like—“a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also there was no more sea” (Revelation 21:1). That’s a shocker! “They shall not hurt nor destroy in all My holy mountain [kingdom]” (Isaiah 11:9). There will be no more evil in all God’s kingdom on earth—only a heaven-on-earth rule by the Lord and His people from the heavenly city, New Jerusalem, which will come down from God to rest on the earth!

Getting back to our story, having overruled all of her other questions, we finally came to what is usually the Devil’s last resort: “If there is a God, where did He come from?—Who made Him, and when and where? How long has He been in existence?”

The best answer I could give her to that was, “If you knew the answer to that question, then you’d know as much as God knows, which you don’t need to know. God simply says that He has always been. He is the great ‘I AM’ (Exodus 3:14) who lives in the eternal now.

“We must accept these truths even though we don’t fully understand them, just as many people who don’t understand Einstein’s theories—relativity (E=mc2), for example—accept his theories because they work.”

Most people don’t understand these scientific realities, but still have to accept them because they work and because they can feel the effects of the forces involved in their daily lives. They have been demonstrated by nuclear fission and fusion, which give us both the creative and destructive capabilities of nuclear power.

We use the power of electricity in our everyday lives, even though no one really understands it—not even the scientists! They only know its laws, its effects, and how to channel it to serve many useful purposes. Even so, we must accept the very existence of God even though we don’t know where He came from or who made Him, or how He got here. We simply know He does exist and He is here, ever-present, all-knowing, and all-powerful—omnipresent, omniscient, and omnipotent.

We must recognize His superiority and authority, and thank Him for His power and His creation and His rules by which it is governed.

We must accept and obey these rules, so that we may learn to use His power for our own benefit in everyday living, just as we use electricity even though we don’t understand everything about it. All we know is, it works! We flip the switch and make the connection, and it works! We make contact with the source, and the electricity does the work for us.

Just so, you must learn to make contact, personal contact, with the power of God and learn to let Him do the work of bringing you joy, health, and happiness in everyday living and giving you faith, rest, comfort, and peace instead of fear, restlessness, worry, and war.

You must learn how to contact His power through prayer—a spiritual seeking of contact with His Spirit through obedience to the laws of His Word, and listening to His voice. Just as you flip the switch of your radio and tune in to a certain frequency, so you must learn to let Him speak to you through His Word, both through the Bible and directly in prayer.

Learn His will and what and how to obey in order to let His light and power into the room of your life. Then it will give you light and power and joy in living by doing for you many things that you can’t do for yourself—just as electricity does through a simple flip of a switch or turn of a dial.

We must avail ourselves of God, just as we do the electricity that gives us light and power and heat and communication and transportation and all the other modern marvels that we use in our daily lives, even though most of us don’t understand the laws that govern it—and certainly none of us has ever seen it, only its effects.

Only a few people are electricians who know how to wire houses and bring the power of electricity into our lives, and fewer yet are electrical engineers who know how to design and manufacture new uses, new applications, new electrical gadgets to simplify and make happier and easier our everyday living.

Just so, there are very few men and women of God who are prophets—wise and powerful “engineers” led by God to design new uses and new directions of His power to improve our lot in the present, guide our course for the future, and bring us greater happiness and joy and spiritual awareness of the unlimited usefulness of the power of God in our daily lives.

And only some are God’s “electricians,” who know how His power works and how to wire it into your daily life—to connect you with His power supply so His power can flow through to serve you, make your life happier and easier, restore your energy, regenerate you, and continually replenish what is used up.

God’s engineers are His prophets and leaders, and His electricians are those who pass on this power and teach others how to connect to it and use it safely. These are His witnesses who help to wire you or rewire you so that your connection is correct with the power above.

Be sure you’re not short-circuited by the Devil’s diabolical forces that try to cause the power to shock, kill, burn, and destroy those that come in contact with it!

All of this is happening daily in the spiritual realm: God’s power is there, waiting to make your tasks easier, enlighten the rooms of your heart and mind, cook the nourishment your spirit needs, food for your soul, and warm the hearthstones of your heart.

Meanwhile the Devil is trying to short-circuit you, electrocute you, shock you, burn you, terrify you, and fill you full of his contrary connections and opposing negative flows to upset and irritate you, causing showers of sparks and crackling static to ruin your connection and communication with God, confuse your mind, upset your heart, and burn and destroy your body, the house in which you live!

So you must be sure that you have the right power source and are connected to it properly, receiving the proper voltage at the proper amperage on the correct circuits. You must be insulated by God’s truth against the dangerous shocks of the Devil’s lies, in order that you might safely use such spiritual power for good in your daily life. Otherwise, a connection to the wrong source on the wrong circuits without proper insulation can wreck your health, ruin your life, and destroy your soul!

God exists, you may be sure, just like electricity exists, though you don’t know where either came from or what either of these great forces is composed of. All we know is that they exist, and all we have to do is trust the engineers and the electricians and have faith in the power so we’re willing to make the connection that lets it into our daily lives. Then all we have to do is reach out in faith and flip the switch of decision that starts the flow of power into our lives to light, guide, warm, feed, provide, protect, work for us, and give us pleasure and even entertainment!

It’s just that simple: You don’t have to personally know all the answers—all the whys and wherefores—or be able to explain it. All you have to know is that you can flip the switch and it works! And that’s all you ever really need to know unless you want to be an electrician to help bring this power into the lives of others, or one of those rare engineers who designs, manufactures, and guides the uses of such power. You certainly don’t have to know where it came from or who made it or how it got here or how long it’s existed or what its nature is or be able to explain it in order to use it!

All you have to know is that it’s here—and it’s obvious that it’s here because it works. You can prove that it works by simply deciding to flip the switch that turns it on. You don’t have to take my word for it, or anybody else’s. Try it! You’ll like it! Just flip the switch of decision by your own human will and let the power in!

See how fast it can warm your heart and nourish your soul and make life easier, more pleasant, more entertaining. Discover how it can lift you to heavenly heights of joy, bliss, and the ecstasy of utter sheer unadulterated total happiness by the ecstatic elevators of the energies of His electrifying Spirit such as you have never known before!

God’s power is the mightiest of all, beyond anything you have ever experienced before! Try it! You’ll love it! Just be sure to read the instructions before you plug in your various appliances and flip their switches, so you don’t get any shorted or overloaded circuits! Read His Word and the writings of His engineers so you’ll be sure to have the correct power for each appliance and know how to use it properly.

Begin to enjoy yourself and a life filled with the power of God at every flip of the switch and tuning of the dial to make contact with the Source through prayer!

It’s that simple: You don’t have to understand Him. Just know Him! You don’t have to know where He came from! Just meet Him!

He’s like a lover: You don’t have to know His entire past history and His mental, psychological, physical, and medical records. You don’t have to know His exact height, weight, measurements, metabolism, or chemical constituency. All you know is one look and He turns you on, one touch and you melt, one kiss and you’re gone! You’ve let Him into your life and He really sends you!

All you know is that it works and you like it! In fact, you love it! In fact, you’re crazy about it, wild about it, mad about it! He’s all you want from now on! He really does it for you, and you love Him. That’s all you care about!

What else matters? He brings you love, makes your life, and gives you happiness—all you ever wanted and more! You don’t even need to know His name, but it’s Jesus. And that’s only so you can let the world know who you belong to.

You don’t know why, but just to look at Him turns your key! You can’t explain why His touch electrifies you. You don’t understand His love and why it makes you so happy, you just enjoy it—and Him—and you’re happy! What more could you want than this?

Forget trying to explain it! Quit trying to understand it! Stop trying to diagnose it and take it all apart and analyze it! You’re just making hard work out of all the fun! Just turn it on and enjoy it! Flip out and have a ball with Him! He’s your electricity! He’s what turns you on! He’s what gives you such a charge! You don’t care who He is or what He is or where He came from as long as He keeps loving you like this and makes you so happy and takes such good care of you!

As long as it works, that’s all that matters! As long as He makes you feel so good and stay so happy, that’s what counts. Don’t try to figure Him out—just let Him in! Try Him! You’ll love Him! He works! And that’s all you need to know!

 
 
Footnotes:
As far as any proofs of evolution are concerned, even Charles Darwin himself confessed that “the belief [note the emphasis on belief] in natural selection must at present be grounded entirely on general considerations. …When we descend to details, we can’t prove that any one species has changed …nor can we prove that the supposed changes are beneficial, which is the groundwork of the theory” (Charles Darwin, The Life and Letters of Charles Darwin). Thomas Henry Huxley, also admitted that his opinion in the matter was not grounded on any true scientific facts or evidence, but was more of a “religious” expression: “I beg you once more to recollect that I have no right to call my opinion anything but an act of philosophical faith” (Thomas Henry Huxley, Biogenesis and Abiogenesis).

 

 

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