VIDEO There’s One Thing An Atheist Has No Control Over

There’s One Thing An Atheist Has No Control Over

A few weeks ago, as I was driving down the highway, I was enthralled by the beauty of the sky. It had just gotten done raining, and the aftermath of Colorado’s heavens was just jaw-dropping! I noticed that something unusual happened: a powerful playlist of worship songs that I hadn’t heard in years played—each one favoring the one prior. As the music filled my car, God told me something that an atheist has no control over.

I believe that deep worship opens up the heavens revealing and manifesting the glory of God. During these times is when I often hear the Lord speak.

Therefore, as the music played, the Lord said to me, “Did you know that the human body knows Who I am? Did you know that even the body of an atheist knows who I am, even if their mind does not?” Take notice that He didn’t say, “Even if the brain does not”. This is because the brain is a part of the body; therefore, the brain also knows God.

This blew me away! This was nothing I even thought about, yet, the Lord thought it fitting to give me a piece of “a matter of fact.”

After that revelation, my mind couldn’t help but go to one of my favorite scriptures in the Bible pertaining to the arrest of Jesus in the garden:

Jesus therefore, knowing all things that should come upon Him, went forth, and said unto them, Whom seek ye? They answered Him, Jesus of Nazareth. Jesus saith unto them, “I am He”. And Judas also, which betrayed Him, stood with them. As soon then as He had said unto them, I am He, they went backward, and fell to the ground.

John 18:4-6

All Jesus had to do was speak! Their body could not withstand His glory. “I am He” from the mouth of God tends to weaken the knees of the ones He created. The band of men appointed by the Pharisees to arrest Jesus did not know Him, but their bodies, in fact, did!

How about the time when Jesus called Lazarus out of the tomb? We’re talking about the real Superman here! Jesus didn’t even go into the tomb, nor touch Lazarus to resurrect his smelling corpse. He literally stood outside of the tomb and ordered, “Lazarus, come out!” And he did!

What adds icing to the cake, is the fact that when Lazarus came hopping out of the tomb, he was bound with grave clothes, which more than likely made him look like a mummy. Then, Jesus spoke to his clothes, commanding, “Unbind him, and let him go!” And it did. Even clothes obey Him (John 11:38-44).

Grasp this one: When Jesus was sleeping on the ship when a great storm formed on the sea, his disciples were petrified. They woke Him and basically complained about Jesus not doing anything about it. So Jesus walked to the edge of the boat and spoke to the winds and the water, ordering them, “Peace. Be still!” And it was so (Mark 4:39)!

Well, the water obeyed Him. Are humans not made up of 60% water? Do you get where I’m going here? More than half of our physical body is made up of water, and if water obeys Him, our body has no other choice too, as well. This is something not even an atheist has control over.

All of creation was made to worship Him. Jesus even said that if the people were to cease worshipping Him, the rocks would cry out in praise (Luke 19:40).

One day, possibly soon, every knee will bow and tongues confess that Jesus Christ is Lord and there will be no other alternative. Creation is subject to their/its Creator, and the body must surrender. And, this is something not even an atheist has control over.

Whether one believes in the One True God or not—their body does! We become powerless before the All-Powerful.

The Body Knows God

Hope in Grief

We do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope. 1 Thessalonians 4:13

As the cabbie drove us to London’s Heathrow Airport, he told us his story. He had come alone to the United Kingdom at age fifteen, seeking to escape war and deprivation. Now, eleven years later, he has a family of his own and is able to provide for them in ways unavailable in his native land. But he laments that he’s still separated from his parents and siblings. He told us that he’s had a hard journey that won’t be complete until he’s reunited with his family.

Being separated from our loved ones in this life is hard, but losing a loved one in death is much harder and creates a sense of loss that won’t be made right until we’re reunited with them. When the new believers at Thessalonica wondered about such losses, Paul wrote, “Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope” (1 Thessalonians 4:13). He explained that as believers in Jesus, we can live in expectation of a wonderful reunion—together forever in the presence of Christ (v. 17). 

Few experiences mark us as deeply as the separations we endure, but in Jesus we have hope of being reunited. And in the midst of grief and loss we can find the comfort we need in that enduring promise (v. 18).

By:  Bill Crowder

Reflect & Pray

How has loss marked your life? How does Jesus provide the help and hope you need?

Father, there’s nothing on earth that can fill the places in my heart made empty through loss. Draw me to You and comfort me with Your love and grace.

The Kingdom’s Open Door

Matthew 24:1-14

John the Baptist and Jesus Both preached, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand” (Matt. 3:2; Matt. 4:17). And though the nation of Israel rejected Christ as their king, His kingdom was not thwarted.

When an idea recurs in Scripture, we are wise to study it well—and the Bible contains more than 30 references to the “kingdom of heaven.” The term refers to the realm where God reigns in absolute sovereignty. We understand this in a spiritual sense today, but it will become a physical reality in the future when Christ returns to establish His rule on earth. At that point, Satan will be defeated, God’s enemies will be destroyed, and only the righteous will enter the kingdom He sets up here (Matt. 25:31-46).

For those of us who have trusted Christ as our personal Savior, a place in the kingdom is already secured, but what about unbelievers? Today the invitation remains open to all who will repent and receive Christ as Lord.

The kingdom of heaven is still at hand. Nobody knows how long the window of opportunity will stay open. So under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, make the most of every chance to deliver God’s invitation.

The Right Man on Our Side

“Behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat: But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not.” (Luke 22:31-32)

Satan wanted Peter to fall, and fall he would (v. 34), but Christ had prayed for him that victory would come. The second verse of “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God” reflects our vulnerability on our own and our invincibility on His side.

Did we in our own strength confide,
Our striving would be losing;
Were not the right man on our side,
The man of God’s own choosing:
Dost ask who that may be? Christ Jesus it is He,
Lord Sabaoth, His name, From age to age the same,
And He must win the battle.


After revealing many thrilling blessings, Paul asks: “What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31). Furthermore, neither “principalities, nor powers” nor any thing else in all creation is “able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:38-39). With Him, Satan cannot win the battle for our minds or destinies. But on our own, we cannot win.

The term Sabaoth is the Hebrew word for “hosts,” in particular the “host of heaven.” The term Yahweh Sabaoth or “Lord Sabaoth” occurs some 300 times in the Old Testament and constitutes a most majestic name for God. “For thy Maker is thine husband; the LORD of hosts is his name; and thy Redeemer the Holy One of Israel; The God of the whole earth shall he be called” (Isaiah 54:5). This is none other than “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever” (Hebrews 13:8). Creator (Colossians 1:16), Sustainer (v. 17), Redeemer (v. 20)—He must win the battle. JDM

The Blessing of the Unoffended

Luke 7:18-35

JOHN the Baptist, a rugged, outdoor ascetic, found prison life depressing and sent to know whether Jesus really was the Messiah. Great men may know moods of doubt and despondency. Our Lord simply declared that His works proved His mission, then paid John fine tribute. Here, He declared, was no comfortable, fashionable court preacher but a real prophet, and that no greater man had arisen. Yet the humblest believer in the age of grace is greater, in point of privilege, than John who lived under law. The difference is in position, not a matter of moral worth.

Our Lord declared (Matt. 11:12) that the kingdom suffered violence, and the violent took it by force—comparing those who were pressing into the kingdom to soldiers storming a fortress. Verily, the things of God are not for loafers: we must be violently resolute if we are to press into the deeper things; we must be diligent to make our calling and election sure. Then He said John was the Elijah prophesied in Malachi 4:5-6. Meanwhile, the Pharisees were like spoiled children who could not be suited with any kind of preaching, the fasting of John or the feasting of Jesus. But wisdom is vindicated by her children—in the lives of her disciples, in that wise children receive truth in any garb, and in the sense that wisdom is proven by what she does, the results she produces.

A neglected verse in this account (Matt. 11:1-19; Luke 7:18-35) is verse 6 in Matthew and verse 23 in Luke: “And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in Me.” John the Baptist had become offended in the Lord. Jesus was not doing things the way John had expected. He had prophesied a Messiah of flame and fire, and Jesus was merely going about doing good. How wide are the applications of this truth!

Believers often are tempted to pout regarding the Lord like those of Malachi’s day who said: “It is vain to serve God; and what profit is it that we have kept His ordinance and that we have walked mournfully before the Lord of hosts?” So men pray and do not receive, and, like Martha, when our Lord delayed His coming, they grow rebellious. Others are offended at hard doctrine like those in John 6:30ff., or because of persecution as in Matthew 13:21.

Mistaught Christians are grieved today because Christianity is not conquering the world but things are growing worse. But our Lord said it would be so. He is working His wonders still, as He did in John’s day, and is carrying out His plans just as He intended. We have misunderstood His method and mission and message. He will come one day as conquering King, but now the blind see, the deaf hear, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed and the poor have the gospel preached to them. He would have us not to be offended (John 16:1), and if we love His law we shall not be offended (Ps. 119:165). Our Lord is carrying out His program on schedule time. Let us learn the beatitude of the unoffended.

Rejected by God?

Let it be known … that through this man forgiveness of sins is being proclaimed to you, and everyone who believes in Him is justified from everything.—Acts 13:38-39

A feeling that the Devil likes to arouse in an unguarded heart is the feeling that when we have committed a sin, we will be rejected by God and have to forfeit our salvation. The Hebrew name “Satan” means “adversary,” and the Greek name for “devil” means “slanderer.” This gives us a pretty good idea of the nature of the evil one. He is never happier than when he is engaged in pointing the finger of scorn at us whenever we have failed.

It is part of the doctrine of the church that a Christian may sometimes fall into sin. We are saved, but we are still fallible. God forbid that we should fall into sin, but when we do, we must remember that “we have an advocate with the Father—Jesus Christ the Righteous One” (1Jn 2:1).

You can be sure, however, that when you fall into sin, the Devil will come to you and say: “You were forgiven when you became a Christian because you sinned in ignorance, but now that you are a Christian, you have sinned against the light. There can be no forgiveness for you now because of what you have done. You are lost—forever!”

The answer to this, as with all of Satan’s accusations, is to put on the “armor of righteousness.” You must remind him that God’s righteousness not only covers us at our salvation but continues to cover us for time and eternity. Never allow the Devil to use a particular sin to call into question your whole standing before God. This is something that has been settled in heaven, not in the debating chamber of the Devil.

Prayer

My Father and my God, my heart overflows at the revelation of Your full and free forgiveness. Help me not to take it for granted but to take it with gratitude. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

Further Study

Isa 43:25; 55:1-7; Eph 1:7-8; Ac 13:38; 1Jn 1:9

What does God do when He blots out our sin?

How does the Lord respond when we return to Him?

The Perfect Heart

2 Chronicles 16:9

What is the perfect heart? It must be a different kind of heart to hearts in general. All hearts are not perfect toward God, or else His eyes would not have to be running to and fro throughout the earth to find them. They would be plentiful enough if they were the common sort of hearts. And another thing is evident on the face of the text, that these kind of hearts are very precious in the sight of God.

This cannot mean a merely natural heart; it must mean a renewed heart, because there are no perfect hearts by nature. It must mean, then, a heart renewed by the Holy Spirit, put right with God, and then kept right.

A perfect heart is one in its loyalty to God. It means a heart perfect in its obedience. That man or woman who has this kind of a heart ceases to pick and choose among the commandments of God which he shall obey and which not. He ceases to have his own will, though sometimes he may have a struggle with his own will and the way that God may call him to take.

The partial heart, so common, wants to serve God a little. It is willing to go a little way with God, but not all the way. Can it be expected that the Lord should show Himself strong in behalf of such people?

This perfect heart is perfect in its trust, and, perhaps, that ought to have come first, for it is the very root of all.

How beautiful Abraham was in the eyes of God; how God gloried over him. How do I know that Abraham had a perfect heart towards God? Because He trusted Him. I dare say he was compassed with infirmities, had many erroneous views, manward and earthward, but his heart was perfect towards God. Do you think God would have failed in His promise to Abraham? Abraham trusted Him almost to the blood of Isaac, and God showed Himself strong in his behalf, and delivered him, and made him the Father of the Faithful; crowned him with everlasting honor so that his name, from generation to generation, has been a pillar of strength to the Lord’s people, and a crown of glory to his God.

Catherine Booth, Godliness