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My First Love
Has Helped
Me to Endure

IT WAS early summer in 1970. I lay in my hospi- Soon after I reported for duty at a surgical hos-
tal bed at the Valley Forge General Hospital, pital in the Mekong Delta, in Dong Tam, numer-
Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, in the United States. ous helicopters lled with casualties arrived. I
A male nurse was taking my blood pressure was very patriotic and loved to work, so I want-
every half hour. I was a 20-year-old soldier suer- ed to get involved right away. The wounded
ing from a serious infectious illness. The nurse, were prepared and then rushed to the small air-
who was a few years older than I was, looked conditioned metal containers that served as op-
troubled. As my blood pressure continued to erating rooms. There a surgeon, an anesthetist,
drop, I said, Youve never seen anybody die be- a scrub nurse, and a circulating nurse were
fore, have you? The color left his face, and he an- crammed into the tiny space, doing their best to
swered, No, I havent. save lives. I noticed that some cargo in large,
At that time, my future looked bleak. But how black bags was not unloaded from the helicop-
did I end up in the hospital? Well, let me tell you ters. I was told that those bags contained the
some of my life story. body parts of soldiers who had been blown apart
in battle. That was my introduction to war.
I became ill while serving as an operating MY SEARCH FOR GOD
room technician during the war in Vietnam. I en- As a young person, I had some exposure to the
joyed helping the sick and injured and had the truth taught by Jehovahs Witnesses. My dear
goal of becoming a surgeon. I landed in Vietnam mother studied the Bible with the Witnesses, but
in July 1969. Like all new arrivals, I was allowed she did not progress toward baptism. I thorough-
one week of orientation so that I could adapt to ly enjoyed sitting in on my mothers studies.
the dierent time zone and the intense heat. About that same time, I went by a Kingdom Hall

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with my stepfather. I asked him, What is that?
He answered, Dont ever go near those people! My love for Jehovah has
Because I loved and trusted my stepfather, I took
his advice. Thus, I lost contact with Jehovahs helped me to deal with
Witnesses. painful wartime memories
After returning from Vietnam, I felt a need for and many other trials
God in my life. Painful memories had numbed
me emotionally. It seemed that no one really un-
derstood what was going on in Vietnam. I re-
member demonstrations where protesters called
the U.S. soldiers baby killers because of reports to locate scriptures. That really impressed me! I
that innocent children were being slaughtered in quietly listened and observed. As I was leaving
the war. the Kingdom Hall, a dear brother who was about
To satisfy my spiritual hunger, I began attend- 80 years old approached me. His name was Jim
ing services at dierent churches. I had always Gardner. He held out a book entitled The Truth
had a love for God but was not impressed with That Leads to Eternal Life and asked, Would you
what I experienced in the churches. Finally, I please accept this? We set up an appointment
ended up going to a Kingdom Hall of Jehovahs for Thursday morning to have our rst Bible
Witnesses in Delray Beach, Florida. It was on a study.
Sunday in February 1971. That Sunday night I had to work. I was em-
When I entered, the public talk was about to ployed at a private hospital in Boca Raton, Flori-
end, so I stayed for the study of The Watchtower da, where I worked in the emergency room. My
that followed. I do not remember the subject be- shift was from 11:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. Since it
ing discussed, but I still remember the small chil- was a quiet night, I was able to read the Truth
dren who were turning the pages of their Bibles book. A senior nurse approached me, grabbed
the book out of my hands, looked at the cover
and yelled, Youre not going to be one of them,
are you? I grabbed my Truth book back and said,
Im only halfway through the book, but it sure
looks like it! She left me alone, and I nished
reading the book that night.
I began my rst Bible study with Brother Gard-
As a young ner by asking, So, what are we going to study?
person, I had He answered, The book that I gave you. I said,
some exposure Ive already read it. Brother Gardner kindly re-
to the truth plied, Well, lets just consider this rst chapter.
I was amazed at how much I had missed. He had
me look up many scriptures in my red-letter edi-
tion of the King James Version of the Bible. I was
nally learning about the true God, Jehovah.
Brother Gardner, whom I aectionately called
Jim, studied three chapters of the Truth book
with me that morning. Every Thursday morning

thereafter, we studied three chapters. I thorough-
ly enjoyed those studies. What a privilege it was
for me to be taught by that anointed brother who
had personally known Charles T. Russell!
After a few weeks, I was approved to be a pub-
lisher of the good news. Jim helped me with my
many concerns, including the challenge of the
house-to-house ministry. (Acts 20:20) As Jim
worked along with me, I came to enjoy the
preaching work. I still regard the ministry as my
greatest privilege. How delightful it is to be
Gods fellow worker!1 Cor. 3:9.
Now let me tell you about a very personal mat-
termy rst love for Jehovah. (Rev. 2:4) That love
My Bible teacher was Jim Gardner, an anointed
for Jehovah has helped me to deal with painful brother who had known Charles Taze Russell
wartime memories and many other trials.Isa.
I recall a special day in the spring of 1971. I had
recently been evicted from the condominium
where my parents had allowed me to live. My
stepfather was not going to have one of Jehovahs
Witnesses on his property! I did not have much
money at that time. The hospital where I worked
paid me every two weeks, and I had just spent
most of my check on dress clothes so that I could
engage in the ministry and properly represent Je-
hovah. I had some money saved, but it was in a
bank in Michigan, the state I grew up in. So I
needed to live out of my car for a few days. I
would shave and clean up at gas-station rest-
One day during the time I was living in my car,
I arrived at the Kingdom Hall a couple of hours

I was baptized in July 1971

during the Divine Name District
Assembly at Yankee Stadium

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but also by the blood of the Lamb. The second is
I have done my best, Galatians 2:20. From that verse, I know that
Christ Jesus died for me. Jehovah looks at me
especially when going through the blood of Jesus, and He has forgiven
through trials and me for what I have done. Knowing that fact has
enabled me to have a cleansed conscience and
diculties, never to lose has motivated me to do all I can to help others
my rst love for Jehovah come to know the truth about our merciful God,
Jehovah!Heb. 9:14.
As I look back on my life, I deeply appreciate
before the group met for eld service. I had just that Jehovah has always taken care of me. For ex-
nished my shift at the hospital. As I sat behind ample, the very day Jim found out that I was liv-
the Kingdom Hall where no one could see me, ing out of my car, he put me in contact with a sis-
the memories of Vietnamthe smell of burned ter who owned a boarding house. I truly believe
human esh and the sight of blood and gorebe- that Jehovah used Jim and that dear sister to pro-
gan to overwhelm me. In my mind, I could hear vide a nice place for me to stay. Jehovah is so
and vividly see young men begging me, Am I kind! He takes care of his faithful worshippers.
going to make it? Am I going to make it? I knew
they would die, but I tried to comfort them the
best I could while keeping my eyes from reveal- In May 1971, it became necessary for me to go
ing the truth. As I sat there, I was ooded with to Michigan to care for some business. Before
emotion. leaving the Delray Beach Congregation in Flori-
I prayed as a torrent of tears poured down my da, I lled the trunk of my car with literature, and
cheeks. (Ps. 56:8) I began to think deeply about then I headed north on Interstate 75. The trunk
the resurrection hope. Then it hit me: By means was empty before I left the adjoining state of
of the resurrection, Jehovah God will undo all the Georgia. I zealously preached the good news of
carnage I had seen and the emotional pain I and the Kingdom in all sorts of places. I stopped at
others had experienced. God will bring those prisons and even placed tracts with men in the
young men back to life, and they will have the op- restrooms of the rest areas. To this day, I wonder
portunity to learn the truth about him. (Acts 24: if any of those seeds that were planted ever
15) At that point, my heart overowed with love sprouted.1 Cor. 3:6, 7.
for Jehovah that touched the deepest part of my I must confess, however, that when I rst
soul. That day remains special to me. Since then, learned the truth, I was not very tactful, especial-
I have done my best, especially when going ly when I talked to my immediate family. Because
through trials and diculties, never to lose my my rst love for Jehovah burned so strongly with-
rst love for Jehovah. in me, I boldly but bluntly preached to them. I
dearly love my brothers, John and Ron, and force-
JEHOVAH HAS BEEN GOOD TO ME fully shared the truth with them. I later had to
In war, people do terrible things. I was no ex- apologize for my insensitive manner. However, I
ception. But I have been helped by meditating on never cease praying that they will accept the
two of my favorite scriptures. The rst is Revela- truth. Since then, Jehovah has educated me, and
tion 12:10, 11, which says that the Devil is con- I have become more tactful when I preach and
quered not only by the word of our witnessing teach.Col. 4:6.

With my wife, Susan,
and our sons, Paul and Jesse

We enjoyed preaching in OTHER LOVES IN MY LIFE

seldom-worked territory as a family
While I certainly remember my love for Jeho-
vah, I do not forget the other loves in my life. My
next love is my precious wife, Susan. I knew that
I wanted a partner who would assist me in car-
rying out the Kingdom work. Susan is a strong,
spiritual woman. I vividly remember visiting her
one day when we were dating. Susan was sitting
on the front porch of her parents home in Cran-
ston, Rhode Island. She was reading The Watch-
tower along with her Bible. What impressed me
was that she was reading one of the secondary
articles and looking up the scriptures. I thought,
This is a spiritual woman! We got married in
Conducting a meeting for eld service December 1971, and I am grateful that ever
while in the traveling work since, she has stayed by my side and supported
me. What I really appreciate about her is that
while she loves me, she loves Jehovah more.
Susan and I were blessed with two sons, Jesse
and Paul. As they grew up, Jehovah was with
them. (1 Sam. 3:19) Because they made the truth
their own, they make Susan and me look good.
They have continued to serve Jehovah because
they have remembered their own rst love for
him. Each of them has been in full-time service
for over 20 years. Also, I am proud of my
two beautiful daughters-in-law, Stephanie and

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Racquel, whom I view as my own daughters. family in the United States. I worked in the Ser-
Both of my sons married spiritual women who vice Department, and Susan in the laundry. She
love Jehovah God with all their heart and soul. loved working there! Then, in August 2005, I was
Eph. 6:6. given the privilege of serving as a member of the
After my baptism, I served for 16 years in Governing Body. I felt humbled by the assign-
Rhode Island, where I developed precious ment. My dear wife was overwhelmed by the
friendships. I have many wonderful memories of thought of the responsibility, the work, and the
outstanding elders with whom I served. In addi- travel involved. Susan has never been comfort-
tion, I am grateful for traveling overseers, too nu- able with ying, but we do a lot of ying! Susan
merous to mention, who had a good inuence on says that comments from other wives of Govern-
me. What a great privilege to work along with ing Body members, given in a loving way, have
men who have maintained their rst love for Je- helped her to be determined to support me as
hovah! In 1987 we moved to North Carolina to much as possible. She certainly has done that,
serve where the need was greater, and there we and I love her for it.
developed additional precious relationships.1 In my oce I am surrounded by many pictures
In August 2002, Susan and I accepted the in- that mean so much to me! They remind me of
vitation to become a part of the Patterson Bethel what a great life I have enjoyed. I have already re-
1 Details concerning Brother Morris full-time service can be
ceived many wonderful rewards for doing my
found on page 26 of The Watchtower of March 15, 2006. best to remember my rst love for Jehovah!

Spending time with my family brings me great joy

Be Watchful
Satan Wants to Devour You!
Be watchful! Your adversary, the Devil, walks about like
a roaring lion, seeking to devour someone.1 PET. 5:8.

AT ONE TIME, he enjoyed a ne standing with Jehovah. At HOW HAS SATAN

some point, however, this spirit creature began to desire the SHOWN THAT HE IS . . .
worship of humans. Rather than dismiss that improper de- ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

sire, he nurtured it and let it grow until it gave birth to sin. powerful?
(Jas. 1:14, 15) We know that creature as Satan, who did not
stand fast in the truth. He rebelled against Jehovah and be-
came the father of the lie.John 8:44.
2 Since his rebellion, Satan has proved to be Jehovahs

greatest enemy, and he certainly has not been a friend of ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

mankind. The titles given to Satan reveal the depth of his cor- vicious?
ruption. Satan means Resister, indicating that this wicked
spirit creature does not support Gods sovereignty; rather, he
hates it and aggressively ghts it. More than anything else,
Satan wants to see the end of Jehovahs sovereignty.
3 As noted at Revelation 12:9, Satan is called Devil, mean- ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

ing Slanderer. This reminds us that Satan has defamed Je- deceptive?
hovah by calling him a liar. The words the original serpent
1. Explain how a spirit creature became Satan.
2, 3. What do the terms Satan, Devil, serpent, and dragon re-
veal about Jehovahs greatest enemy?

bring to mind that tragic day in Eden 6 Whereas faithful spirit creatures use
when Satan used a snake to deceive their power for good, Satan uses his
Eve. The expression the great dragon power for evil. And what power and in-
brings to mind thoughts of a terrifying uence he has! The Scriptures refer to
monster and aptly ts Satans savage him as the ruler of this world and the
craving to obstruct Jehovahs purpose god of this system of things. (John 12:
and destroy His people. 31; 2 Cor. 4:4) Satan the Devil even has
4 Clearly, Satan poses the greatest the means to cause death. (Heb. 2:14)
threat to our integrity. For good reason, This does not mean that he kills all peo-
the Bible admonishes us: Keep your ple directly. However, his murderous
senses, be watchful! Your adversary, the spirit has permeated this world. More-
Devil, walks about like a roaring lion, over, because Eve believed Satans lie
seeking to devour someone. (1 Pet. and Adam disobeyed God, sin and death
5:8) In view of that warning, this arti- spread to all mankind. (Rom. 5:12) In
cle will consider three characteristics that sense, the Devil has had the means
of Satan that underscore the need to to cause death. He is what Jesus called
guard against this unscrupulous enemy hima murderer. (John 8:44) What a
of Jehovah and His people. powerful enemy we have in Satan!
7 When we oppose Satan, we align
ourselves against not only him but all
5 Spirit creatures called angels are those who side with him in the is-
mighty in power. (Ps. 103:20) They are sue of universal sovereignty. That num-
superior to humans and thus have great- ber includes a sizable group of other
er intellect and strength. Of course, spirit rebels, or demons. (Rev. 12:3, 4)
faithful angels use their power for good. Time and again, the demons have dem-
For example, on one occasion an angel onstrated their superhuman strength,
of Jehovah struck down 185,000 ene- causing great misery to those whom
my Assyrian soldiersa feat that would they have tormented. (Matt. 8:28-32;
have been impossible for one human Mark 5:1-5) Never underestimate the
and dicult even for an entire army. power of such wicked angels or that of
(2 Ki. 19:35) On another occasion an an- the ruler of the demons. (Matt. 9:34)
gel used his superhuman power and in- Without help from Jehovah, we could
genuity to release Jesus apostles from never win our ght against Satan.
jail. That spirit creature eluded security
measures, unlocked the doors, let out SATAN IS VICIOUS
the apostles, and then locked the doors 8 The apostle Peter likened Satan to a
behind themall of that while guards roaring lion. According to one refer-
were stationed nearby!Acts 5:18-23. ence work, the Greek word translated
4. What will be discussed in this article? 7. How have the demons shown themselves to
5, 6. (a) Give examples showing that spirit be powerful?
creatures are mighty in power. (b) In what 8. (a) What is Satans goal? (See opening im-
sense does Satan have the means to cause age.) (b) From your own observation, how does
death? this world reect Satans vicious spirit?

Satan rejoices when one of
Jehovahs servants commits a sin
(See paragraph 10)

roaring denotes the howl of a beast sion before the kill and experiences no
in erce hunger. How well that de- remorse afterward. In a similar way, Sa-
scribes Satans vicious disposition! Al- tan has shown no pity for those whom
though the whole world already lies in he tries to devour. For example, think
his power, Satan is hungry for more vic- about how often Satan the Devil must
tims. (1 John 5:19) To him, the world have been lurking somewhere when the
might be a mere appetizer. In eect, Israelites succumbed to such sins as sex-
Satan has turned his attention to the ual immorality and greed. When you
main coursethe anointed remnant, read about the tragic consequences that
who are accompanied by their compan- befell immoral Zimri and greedy Gehazi,
ions, the other sheep. (John 10:16; Rev. for instance, can you see the roaring
12:17) Satan is intent on devouring Jeho- lion reveling in his conquest?Num. 25:
vahs people. The waves of persecution 6-8, 14, 15; 2 Ki. 5:20-27.
he has unleashed against Jesus follow- 10 Satan had special reason to focus
ers from the rst century until now give his attention on ancient Israel. After all,
evidence of his vicious spirit. that nation was to produce the Messiah
9 In his attempts to hinder Gods pur-
the very one who would crush Sa-
pose, Satan shows himself to be vicious tan and vindicate Jehovahs sovereignty.
in yet another way. A famished lion feels (Gen. 3:15) Satan did not want the Isra-
no pity for its prey. It feels no compas- elites to thrive, and he was vicious in his
9, 10. (a) How did Satan try to hinder Gods
eorts to contaminate them with sin. Do
purpose with regard to the nation of Israel? not imagine that Satan felt sorry for
(Give examples.) (b) Why did Satan have spe- David when he committed adultery or
cial reason to focus his attention on ancient Is- had any sympathy for Moses when that
rael? (c) How do you think the Devil feels when
one of Jehovahs servants commits a serious sin prophet was no longer qualied to enter
today? the Promised Land. On the contrary,

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Satan no doubt rejoices when one of thought that this infant was beauti-
Gods servants becomes stained with se- ful, cuddly, or precious. No, for Satan
rious sin. In fact, such victories may be knew that this newborn child would
among the things the Devil uses to taunt grow up to become the promised Messi-
Jehovah.Prov. 27:11. ah. Indeed, Jesus was the primary part
11 Satan had particular animosity for of Abrahams ospring, the one who
the family line that would produce the would later break up the works of the
Messiah. For example, consider what Devil. (1 John 3:8) Would Satan reason
happened shortly after Abraham was that taking the life of a baby was going
told that he would become a great na- too far? Satan has no noble code of eth-
tion. (Gen. 12:1-3) While Abraham and ics. And with regard to the child Jesus,
Sarah were in Egypt, Pharaoh had Sa- Satan did not hesitate to act. How?
rah brought to his homeevidently so 13 King Herod was greatly upset
that she could become his wife. How- when astrologers inquired about the
ever, Jehovah intervened and saved Sa- one born king of the Jews, and he was
rah from this moral predicament. (Read determined to kill him. (Matt. 2:1-3, 13)
Genesis 12:14-20.) Shortly before the To make sure that the job was done, he
birth of Isaac, a similar incident oc- ordered the execution of all boys two
curred in Gerar. (Gen. 20:1-7) Was Sa- years of age and younger who were
tan behind the scenes on those occa- living in Bethlehem and its districts.
sions? Did he hope that Sarah, who left (Read Matthew 2:13-18.) Jesus escaped
prosperous Ur to dwell in tents, would death in that unimaginable slaughter,
be seduced by the luxurious palaces but what does this tell us about our ene-
of Pharaoh and Abimelech? Was Sa- my Satan? It is evident that the Devil
tan thinking that Sarah would betray places no value on human life. He cer-
her husbandand Jehovahand enter tainly does not have a soft spot for chil-
an adulterous marriage? The Bible does
dren. Satan truly is a roaring lion.
not say, but we have good reason to be-
Never underestimate his vicious dispo-
lieve that the Devil would have been de-
lighted to render Sarah unt to bear
the promised ospring. Satan would SATAN IS DECEPTIVE
have suered no pangs of guilt that 14 Only by being deceptive can Sa-
a good womans marriage, reputation, tan turn people against the loving God,
and standing with Jehovah would have Jehovah. (1 John 4:8) Through decep-
been marred. How vicious Satan is! tion, Satan keeps people from becom-
12 Jesus was born centuries after
ing conscious of their spiritual need.
Abraham. Do not imagine that Satan (Matt. 5:3) He has thus blinded the
11. What interest might Satan have had in tar-
minds of the unbelievers, so that the
geting Sarah? illumination of the glorious good news
12, 13. (a) How did Satan show his vicious about the Christ, who is the image of
disposition after the birth of Jesus? (b) How do
you think Satan feels about young ones who 14, 15. How has Satan blinded the minds of
love Jehovah and strive to serve Him today? the unbelievers?

God, might not shine through.2 Cor. times. Satan wants us to relax our guard,
4:4. to be kind to ourselves by carving out
15 One of Satans greatest means of a niche in this world, thus losing our
deception is false religion. How pleased sense of urgency. Do not let that happen
he must be to see people worship their to you! Instead, keep on the watch.
ancestors, or nature, or animalsanyone (Matt. 24:42) Never believe Satans de-
or anything other than Jehovah, who re- ceptive propaganda that the end is far
quires exclusive devotion! (Ex. 20:5) oor that it is not coming at all.
Even many who think that they are wor- 18 Satan tries to deceive us in yet an-

shipping God properly are shackled to other way. He would have us believe
false beliefs and useless rituals. They are that from Gods standpoint we are un-
in a pitiable state, much like that of lovable and our sins are unforgivable.
those whom Jehovah implored: Why do That is all part of Satans deceptive pro-
you keep paying out money for what is paganda. After all, who is particularly
not bread, and why spend your earnings and really unlovable in Jehovahs eyes? It
for what brings no satisfaction? Listen is Satan. Who is really unforgivable?
intently to me, and eat what is good, and Again, it is Satan. But the Bible assures
you will nd great delight in what is tru- us: God is not unrighteous so as to for-
ly rich.Isa. 55:2. get your work and the love you showed
16 Satan can fool even zealous ser- for his name. (Heb. 6:10) Jehovah ap-
vants of Jehovah. For example, consider preciates our eorts to please him, and
what happened when Jesus told his dis- our service is not in vain. (Read 1 Corin-
ciples that he was about to be killed. No thians 15:58.) So let us not be fooled by
doubt with good motive, the apostle Pe- Satans deceptive propaganda.
ter took him aside and said: Be kind to 19 As we have seen, Satan is powerful,
yourself, Lord; you will not have this vicious, and deceptive. How can we win
happen to you at all. Jesus reply to Pe- our battle against such a daunting ene-
ter was rm: Get behind me, Satan! my? Jehovah does not leave us defense-
(Matt. 16:22, 23) Why did Jesus call Pe- less. His Word educates us about Sa-
ter Satan? Because Jesus understood tans methods, and we are not ignorant
what was about to happen. The hour ap- of his designs. (2 Cor. 2:11) When we
proached when he would die as a ran- understand Satans tactics, we are better
som sacrice and prove the Devil a liar. able to keep our senses and remain
At that critical juncture in human histo- watchful. But just knowing Satans de-
ry, it was not a time for Jesus to be signs is not enough. The Bible says: Op-
kind to himself. Relaxing his guard pose the Devil, and he will ee from
would have been precisely what Satan you. (Jas. 4:7) The following article will
wanted him to do. discuss three areas in which we can ght
17 As we near the end of this system
Satan and win.
of things, we too are living in critical
18, 19. (a) How might Satan try to deceive us
16, 17. (a) Why did Jesus tell Peter: Get be- with regard to the way we think about our-
hind me, Satan? (b) How might Satan deceive selves? (b) How does Jehovah help us to keep
us regarding the matter of urgency? our senses and to remain watchful?

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You Can Fight Satan
and Win!
Take your stand against [Satan], firm in the faith.
1 PET. 5:9.

HOW CAN WE TAKE SATAN is at war with the anointed remnant and the other
OUR STAND AGAINST sheep. (John 10:16) The Devils goal is to devour as many of
SATAN AND . . . Jehovahs servants as he can in the short time that he has left.
________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ (Read Revelation 12:9, 12.) Can we win our ght against Sa-
shun pride? tan? Yes! The Bible says: Oppose the Devil, and he will ee
from you.Jas. 4:7.
2 Many sco at the idea that Satan even exists. To them,

Satan and the demons are ctional characters of novels, hor-

ror movies, and video games. Such people feel that no intel-
ligent person believes in wicked spirits. Now, do you think
avoid materialism? that it bothers Satan that he and his invisible cohorts have
been relegated to the world of folklore? That is not likely! Af-
ter all, it is easy for Satan to blind the minds of those who
doubt that he exists. (2 Cor. 4:4) Promoting the idea that spir-
its do not exist is one of the many ways that Satan uses to mis-
lead people.
resist sexual immorality?
1. (a) Why is our ght against Satan especially important now?
(b) How do we know that it is possible for us to win the battle against
2, 3. (a) How does the idea that Satan does not exist actually further
the Devils objectives? (b) How do you know that Satan is real?

3 As servants of Jehovah, we are not because of your endurance and faith in
among those who are misled. We know all your persecutions and the hardships
that the Devil is real, for it was Satan that you are suering. (2 Thess. 1:4) So
who spoke to Eve through a serpent. feeling good about the works of others
(Gen. 3:1-5) Satan taunted Jehovah re- and even having a degree of pride in
garding Job. (Job 1:9-12) It was Satan ourselves can be healthy. We are not ex-
who tried to tempt Jesus. (Matt. 4:1-10) pected to be ashamed of our family, cul-
And after the birth of Gods Kingdom in ture, or the region where we grew up.
1914, it was Satan who began to wage Acts 21:39.
war with the remnant of anointed ones. 6 On the other hand, there is a kind of

(Rev. 12:17) That war still rages as Satan pride that can eat away at relationships
seeks to destroy the faith of the remnant and damage our friendship with Jeho-
of the 144,000 and the other sheep. To vah. Such pride can cause us to resent
win the battle, we must take our stand and reject needed counsel rather than
against Satan and remain rm in the humbly accept it. (Ps. 141:5) This type
faith. This article discusses three ways of pride is dened as inordinate self-
to do so. esteem or a haughty attitude shown by
people who believe, often unjustiably,
SHUN PRIDE that they are better than others. Jeho-
4 Satan is anything but humble. In vah hates arrogant pride. (Ezek. 33:28;
fact, for a spirit creature to have the au- Amos 6:8) But Satan must delight to see
dacity to challenge Jehovahs sovereign- humans display boastful pride, for it
ty and set himself up as a rival god is echoes his own arrogance. How Satan
the epitome of pride and presumptu- must have reveled in the boasting of
ousness. Therefore, one way that we such men as Nimrod, Pharaoh, and Ab-
can take a stand against Satan is by salomall of whom fell victim to im-
shunning pride and cultivating humili- proper pride! (Gen. 10:8, 9; Ex. 5:1, 2;
ty. (Read 1 Peter 5:5.) But what is pride? 2 Sam. 15:4-6) Pride also played a role in
Is it always bad? the downfall of Cain. He was counseled
5 One dictionary denes pride as a by God himself but was too proud to
sense of dignity and self-respect and accept the correction. He stubbornly ig-
a feeling of satisfaction which you have nored Jehovahs admonition and rushed
because you or people close to you have headlong into disaster.Gen. 4:6-8.
7 Today, people manifest pride in
done something good or possess some-
thing good. There is nothing wrong a number of destructive ways. Pride
with that. The apostle Paul told the sometimes goes hand in hand with rac-
Thessalonians: We ourselves take pride ism. One dictionary denes racism as
in you among the congregations of God prejudice or animosity against people
who belong to other races and the be-
4. How has Satan shown himself to be full of lief that people of dierent races have
5, 6. (a) Is pride always bad? Explain. 7, 8. (a) What is racism, and how can it be a
(b) What kind of pride is dangerous, and what form of pride? (b) Explain how pride could dis-
Scriptural examples illustrate this? rupt a congregations peace.

MAY 15, 2015 15

dierent qualities and abilities, and that AVOID MATERIALISM
some races are inherently superior or AND LOVE FOR THE WORLD
inferior. Racial pride has led to riots, 10 Satan is the ruler of this world,
wars, and even mass murder. and it is lying in his power. (John 12:31;
8 Of course, such things should not 1 John 5:19) Therefore, much of what
take place in the Christian congrega- this world promotes runs counter to
tion. Nevertheless, disputes between the standards set forth in the Bible. Of
fellow believers, which sometimes start course, not everything the world oers
with pride, can spiral out of con- is evil. However, we should expect that
trol. Evidently, that was true of some Satan would use his world to exploit our
rst-century Christians to whom James desires and try to induce us to sin or to
wrote this penetrating question: What develop love for the world and neglect
is the source of the wars and ghts our worship of Jehovah.Read 1 John 2:
among you? (Jas. 4:1) Yes, deep-seated 15, 16.
11 Evidently, love for the world aect-
feelings of animosity and superiority
can aect our speech and actions, caus- ed some rst-century Christians. For ex-
ing untold pain to others. (Prov. 12:18) ample, Paul wrote: Demas has forsaken
Clearly, pride can disrupt the peace of a me because he loved the present sys-
congregation. tem of things. (2 Tim. 4:10) The Bi-
9 If we personally have a tendency to ble does not specically say what as-
feel superior to others, we need to re- pect of the world Demas loved, causing
him to abandon Paul. It could be that
member that everyone proud in heart
Demas began to love material things
is detestable to Jehovah. (Prov. 16:5)
more than spiritual pursuits. If that was
We would also do well to examine our
the case, Demas missed out on thrill-
view of those who belong to another
ing spiritual privilegesand for what?
race, nationality, or culture. If we harbor
Could the world possibly oer Demas
feelings of racial or national pride, we
anything that would surpass the bless-
ignore the fact that God made out of ings Jehovah could give him as an asso-
one man every nation of men. (Acts 17: ciate of Paul?Prov. 10:22.
26) In that sense, there is just one 12 Something similar can happen to
race because all mankind has a com- us. As Christians, we have a normal de-
mon ancestor, Adam. Therefore, how sire to provide materially for ourselves
absurd it is to believe that some races and our family. (1 Tim. 5:8) Jehovah
are inherently superior or inferior. Such wants us to live comfortablya fact that
thinking would suit Satans scheme to becomes clear when we consider the
disrupt our Christian love and unity. beautiful surroundings that he provid-
(John 13:35) To ght Satan and win, we ed for Adam and Eve. (Gen. 2:9) But Sa-
must resist all forms of improper pride.
Prov. 16:18. 10, 11. (a) Why might it be easy to develop
love for the world? (b) How might Demas have
9. How does the Bible help us combat racism displayed love for the world?
and other forms of improper pride? (See open- 12. In what ways could we fall victim to the
ing image.) deceptive power of riches?

tan can exploit our desires with the de- 14 Whether married or single, we
ceptive power of riches. (Matt. 13:22) must strenuously resist all forms of sex-
Many think that money will make them ual immorality. Is the ght easy? By no
happy or that material possessions are means! If you are a young person, for in-
the key to success. Such thinking is stance, you might hear your school-
pure deception, and it can cause us mates boast about having casual sex or
to lose the most valuable possession about sexting, a practice that in some
we haveour friendship with Jehovah. places is viewed as being tantamount
Jesus warned his followers: No one can to distributing child pornography. The
slave for two masters; for either he will Bible says: Whoever practices sexual
hate the one and love the other, or he immorality is sinning against his own
will stick to the one and despise the oth- body. (1 Cor. 6:18) Both suering and
er. You cannot slave for God and for death have resulted from the spread of
Riches. (Matt. 6:24) If we slave exclu- sexually transmitted diseases. And the
sively for Riches, we have stopped serv- majority of unmarried youths who lose
ing Jehovah, and that is precisely what their virginity say that they regret what
Satan wants us to do! May we never let they did. The reality of immoral sex is
money or the things it can buy eclipse far dierent from what is portrayed by
our friendship with Jehovah. To ght the entertainment media, which would
Satan, we must maintain a balanced have us believe that breaking Gods
view of material things.Read 1 Timo- laws has no consequences. Such think-
thy 6:6-10. ing makes people fall victim to the de-
RESIST SEXUAL IMMORALITY ceptive power of sin.Heb. 3:13.
15 If you struggle with temptation to
13 Another trap of Satans world is
sexual immorality. Today, many peo- engage in sexual immorality, what can
ple view marital faithfulnessand even you do? Acknowledge your weakness.
marriage itselfas restrictive and old- (Rom. 7:22, 23) Pray to God for strength.
fashioned. For example, one famous ac- (Phil. 4:6, 7, 13) Avoid situations that
tress stated: Monogamy is impossible could lead to immorality. (Prov. 22:3)
for both sexes. I dont know anyone And when a temptation arises, reject it
whos faithful or wants to be. An actor without delay.Gen. 39:12.
said: Im not sure if it really is in our na- 16 Jesus set a powerful example for us

ture to be with someone for the rest of in resisting temptations. He was not
our lives. Satan must be pleased when fooled by Satans promises, nor did he
inuential people malign Gods gift of have to take time to weigh the pros and
marriage. The Devil certainly has no in- cons. Rather, he immediately responded
terest in endorsing that arrangement or with the words: It is written. (Read
seeing it succeed. To ght Satan and Matthew 4:4-10.) Jesus knew Gods
win, therefore, we must uphold Gods
marital arrangement. 14, 15. How can we resist sexual immorality?
16. How did Jesus respond to Satans tempta-
13. How has this world promoted a distorted tions, and what can we learn from that exam-
view of marriage and sex? ple?

MAY 15, 2015 17

Word, and that made it possible for him 18 How can we ght Satan and win?
to act quickly and quote scriptures in the Jesus told his disciples: By your endur-
face of temptation. To ght Satan and ance you will preserve your lives. (Luke
win, we must not allow ourselves to be 21:19) Nothing that any human can do
tempted to engage in sexual immorality. will cause us permanent harm. Nobody
1 Cor. 6:9, 10. can take away our precious friendship
WIN THE FIGHT BY ENDURING with God unless we allow that to hap-
pen. (Rom. 8:38, 39) Even the death of
17Pride, materialism, and sexual im-
Jehovahs servants does not score a vic-
morality are just three weapons at Sa-
tory for Satan, for Jehovah will see to it
tans disposal. There are many more. For
that they are resurrected! (John 5:28, 29)
example, some Christians face oppo-
sition from family members, ridicule On the other hand, Satans prospects
from schoolmates, or even restrictions are bleak indeed. After the destruction
on their preaching work from govern- of his ungodly system, Satan will be
mental authorities. Such hardships do abyssed for 1,000 years. (Rev. 20:1-3) At
not surprise us, for Jesus warned his fol- the end of Jesus Thousand Year Reign,
lowers: You will be hated by all people Satan will be released from his prison
on account of my name, but the one who for a short time to make a nal attempt
has endured to the end will be saved. to mislead perfect mankind. After that,
Matt. 10:22. the Devil will be destroyed. (Rev. 20:7-
10) Satan faces certain doom, but that is
17, 18. (a) What other weapons are in Satans not true of you! Take your stand against
arsenal, and why should this not surprise us?
(b) What is in store for Satan, and how does Satan, rm in the faith. You can ght Sa-
that encourage you to endure? tan and win!

Satan faces total annihilation

(See paragraph 18)
They Saw
the Things Promised
They did not receive the fulfillment of the promises;
but they saw them from a distance.HEB. 11:13.

OUR ability to form mental pictures of things we have not CAN YOU EXPLAIN?
seen is a gift from God. It allows us to make wise plans and ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

to look forward to good things. Jehovah can foresee future What God-given ability
events, and in the Scriptures he often tells us ahead of time makes faith possible?
what will happen. We may be able to form mental pictures
of what will occur. In fact, our ability to conceive of unseen
things helps us to exercise faith.2 Cor. 4:18.
2 A mental picture of something we have never seen may ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

not always be based on reality. For example, if a little girl pic- How do we know that faithful
tures herself riding on a buttery, that is mere fantasy. But men and women in the Bible
when Hannah spent time thinking about what it would be were able to imagine their re-
like when she took her son Samuel to serve at the taberna- ward?
cle, she had a basis for her mental picture. It was based on
what she had resolved to do, and this helped her to focus on
her objective. (1 Sam. 1:22) If we visualize what God has
promised to do, we are thinking about something that will
Why does discussing our
denitely happen.2 Pet. 1:19-21.
hope benet us?
1. How can we benet from our ability to visualize things we have not
seen? (See opening image.)
2, 3. (a) Why is the basis for what we visualize important? (b) What
questions will we consider in this study?

3 No doubt, many faithful people of ly concerning all their ungodly deeds
Bible times formed mental pictures of that they did in an ungodly way, and
things God had promised. How did concerning all the shocking things that
such individuals benet by visualizing ungodly sinners spoke against him.
future blessings? And how may we nd (Jude 14, 15) As a man who exercised
it benecial to think about the wonder- faith, Enoch could have formed a men-
ful things God has foretold for obedient tal picture of a world free of ungodli-
mankind? ness.Read Hebrews 11:5, 6.
6 Noah survived the Deluge because
BY SEEING THEIR HOPE of his faith. (Heb. 11:7) After the Flood,
he was moved by faith to oer ani-
4 Did Abel, the rst faithful human,
mal sacrices. (Gen. 8:20) Like Abel,
see anything that Jehovah had prom- he undoubtedly had faith that man-
ised? It cannot be said that Abel had kind would eventually be released from
foreknowledge of the eventual outwork- bondage to sin and death. As he entered
ing of the promise contained in Gods the dark post-Flood era during which
words to the serpent: I will put enmity Nimrod acted in opposition to Jehovah,
between you and the woman and be- Noah still had faith and hope. (Gen. 10:
tween your ospring and her ospring. 8-12) Very likely, he would have been
He will crush your head, and you will heartened to think about mankind as
strike him in the heel. (Gen. 3:14, being set free from oppressive rule, in-
15) However, Abel likely gave much herited sin, and death. We too can see
thought to that promise and realized such a wonderful timeand it is near in-
that someone would be struck in the deed!Rom. 6:23.
heel so that mankind could be lift-
ed to perfection such as that enjoyed SEEING THE PROMISES FULFILLED
by Adam and Eve before they sinned. 7 Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob could
Whatever Abel may have visualized re- have visualized a grand future because
garding the future, he had faith based God had promised that by means of
on Gods promise, and Jehovah there- their ospring, all nations of the earth
fore accepted his sacrice.Read Gene- would obtain a blessing. (Gen. 22:18;
sis 4:3-5; Hebrews 11:4. 26:4; 28:14) The descendants of those
5 Faithful Enoch exercised faith, even patriarchs would become numerous and
though he faced ungodly people who would reside in the God-given Promised
spoke shocking things against God. Land. (Gen. 15:5-7) By faith those God-
Enoch was divinely inspired to proph- fearing men could see their progeny in
esy that Jehovah would come with possession of that land. For that mat-
his holy myriads to execute judgment ter, ever since human creation lost per-
against all, and to convict all the ungod- fection, Jehovah has assured his loyal
4. What basis did Abel have for forming a men- 6. What could Noah continue to keep in mind
tal picture of the future? after the Flood?
5. Why would a mental picture of the future 7. What future could Abraham, Isaac, and Ja-
have encouraged Enoch? cob have seen?

servants that the blessings forfeited by When she was 90 years old and child-
Adam were not gone forever. less, her positive view of the future en-
8 It is likely that Abrahams ability to abled her to act with faith. In eect, she
form a mental picture of what God had saw her ospring enjoying blessings
promised enabled him to perform out- that Jehovah had promised. (Heb. 11:11,
standing acts of faith. The Scriptures 12) What gave her such expectation?
point out that although Abraham and Jehovah had told her husband: I will
other loyal servants of God did not bless her and also give you a son by her;
receive the fulllment of the promis- I will bless her and she will become na-
es in their lifetime, they saw them tions; kings of peoples will come from
from a distance and welcomed them. her. (Gen. 17:16) After Sarah gave birth
(Read Hebrews 11:8-13.) Abraham had to Isaac, she had good reason to envis-
so much evidence to demonstrate the age the fulllment of the rest of Gods
reality of what he hoped for that it was promise to Abraham. What a gift we too
as if he could see what he had not actu- have of being able to form wholesome
ally beheld! mental pictures of things that are prom-
9 Abrahams faith in Gods promises
ised by God and are sure to happen!
strengthened his resolve to do the di-
vine will. Acting in faith, he left the city LOOKING INTENTLY AT THE REWARD
of Ur and refused to take up permanent 11 Moses is another person who exer-
residence in any of the cities of Canaan. cised faith in Jehovah, cultivating deep
Like Ur, they had shaky foundations be- love for him. While Moses was a young
cause of their ungodly governments. man living as part of the Egyptian royal
(Josh. 24:2) For the rest of his long life, household, he could easily have devel-
Abraham was awaiting the city hav- oped a love for power and riches. From
ing real foundations, whose designer his natural parents, however, Moses ev-
and builder is God. (Heb. 11:10) Abra- idently learned about Jehovah and His
ham saw himself living in a perma- purpose to free the Hebrews from slav-
nent place governed by Jehovah. Abel, ery and give them the Promised Land.
Enoch, Noah, Abraham, and others like (Gen. 13:14, 15; Ex. 2:5-10) If Moses of-
them believed in the resurrection of the ten thought about the blessings ahead
dead and looked forward to life on for Gods people, what do you think
earth under Gods Kingdom, the city would grow in his heartlove of promi-
having real foundations. Reecting on nence or love for Jehovah?
such blessings bolstered their faith in 12 The Scriptures tell us: By faith
Jehovah.Read Hebrews 11:15, 16.
10 Consider Abrahams wife, Sarah.
Moses, when grown up, refused to
be called the son of Pharaohs daugh-
8. What helped Abraham to demonstrate out- ter, choosing to be mistreated with the
standing faith? people of God rather than to have the
9. How did having faith in Gods promises temporary enjoyment of sin, because
benet Abraham?
10. How may Sarahs view of the future have 11, 12. How did Moses cultivate love for Jeho-
beneted her? vah?

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he considered the reproach of the 15-17) Such hopes of those who ignore
Christ to be riches greater than the trea- Jehovahs purpose for the future are
sures of Egypt, for he looked intently mere fantasies.
toward the payment of the reward. 15 On the other hand, as Christians

Heb. 11:24-26. we are encouraged by visualizing our

13 As Moses thought deeply about hope, whether it is heavenly or earthly.
what Jehovah had promised to do for Can you see yourself enjoying the things
the Israelites, his faith and his love for that God has promised? Contemplat-
God grew. Like other God-fearing hu- ing what you may do as God fullls
mans, he could likely conceive of the his promises undoubtedly brings joy to
time when Jehovah would set mankind your heart. Perhaps you see yourself
free from death. (Job 14:14, 15; Heb. living on earth forever. Think about co-
11:17-19) It is no wonder that Moses was operating with others in making this
moved to love the God who felt compas- globe into a paradise. Your neighbors
sion for the Hebrews and for all man- love Jehovah, even as you do. You are
kind. Faith and love motivated Moses healthy, energetic, and have a bright
throughout his life. (Deut. 6:4, 5) Even outlook. Those supervising the work of
when Pharaoh threatened Moses with restoration make life a pleasure because
death, his faith, love for God, and like- they genuinely care about you. And you
ly a mental picture of a bright future are happy using your talents and skills
strengthened him to face the threat cou- because everything you do is beneting
rageously.Ex. 10:28, 29. others and honoring God. For example,
you are helping newly resurrected ones
VISUALIZING KINGDOM REALITIES to come to know Jehovah. (John 17:3;
14Many people today have unrealis- Acts 24:15) No, this is not a dream-
tic mental pictures of the future. Al- world. This appealing mental picture is
though they have little in a material way, based on Scriptural truths about the
for instance, they dream of becoming future.Isa. 11:9; 25:8; 33:24; 35:5-7;
fabulously rich and of being complete- 65:22.
ly secure, although human life now is WHY TALK ABOUT OUR HOPE?
lled with trouble and sorrow. (Ps.
90:10) They imagine themselves living
16 When we talk to other Christians
about what we would like to do as Jeho-
without anxiety under a human govern-
vah continues to fulll his promises, our
ment, whereas the Bible points to Gods
mental picture of the future becomes
Kingdom as mankinds only true hope.
more vivid. Even though none of us can
(Dan. 2:44) Many people feel that God
be sure of exactly what our individual
will not destroy this wicked system of
circumstances will be in the new world,
things, but the Bible paints an entirely
dierent picture. (Zeph. 1:18; 1 John 2: 15. (a) How do Christians benet from visual-
izing their hope? (b) Mention something you
13. How did Moses benet by thinking deeply look forward to as God fullls his promises.
about what God had promised? 16, 17. How do we benet from talking about
14. What type of thinking is really fantasy? our hope?

when we talk about the possibilities, we
encourage one another and express our
faith in the reality of what God has
promised. When the apostle Paul visit-
ed his brothers in Rome, they sure-
ly appreciated the interchange of en-
couragement, and so do we in these
troubled times.Rom. 1:11, 12.
17 Visualizing the future can also help

us to control negative thoughts about

present diculties. The apostle Peter
may have had such concerns when he
said to Jesus: Look! We have left all
things and followed you; what, then,
will there be for us? Helping Peter and
name will receive a hundred times as
the others present to imagine the fu-
much and will inherit everlasting life.
ture, Jesus responded: Truly I say to
(Matt. 19:27-29) Peter and the other dis-
you, in the re-creation, when the Son of
ciples could thus contemplate their role
man sits down on his glorious throne,
in the government that would rule over
you who have followed me will sit on 12
the earth and bring grand blessings to
thrones, judging the 12 tribes of Israel.
obedient mankind.
And everyone who has left houses or 18 Jehovahs earthly servants have al-
brothers or sisters or father or mother or
ways beneted from thinking about
children or lands for the sake of my
the fulllment of divine promises. Abel
knew enough about Gods purposes to
envision a better future, exercise faith,
and embrace a reliable hope. Abra-
hams outstanding acts of faith were
possible because he saw something
Can you imagine yourself about the fulllment of Gods prophecy
in the new world?
(See paragraph 15) concerning the promised ospring.
(Gen. 3:15) Moses looked intently to-
ward the payment of the reward, acting
in faith and growing in love for Jehovah.
(Heb. 11:26) Our own faith in God and
love for him may well increase as we use
our ability to envision the fulllment of
what Jehovah has promised. How we
can best use this gift from God will be
discussed in the next article.
18. How does thinking about the fulllment of
Gods promises benet us today?

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Imitate the One Who
Promises Everlasting Life
Become imitators of God, as beloved children.
EPH. 5:1.

CAN YOU EXPLAIN? JEHOVAH has given us the ability to put ourselves in the
________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ place of others. To some extent, we can conceive of a situa-
In what ways did Jesus reect tion that we have not experienced. (Read Ephesians 5:1, 2.)
Jehovahs qualities? How can we use this God-given gift wisely? What should we
do to prevent it from harming us?
2 Undoubtedly, we rejoice that God has promised immor-

tality in heaven to faithful anointed ones and everlasting life

on earth to Jesus loyal other sheep. (John 10:16; 17:3;
How can we imitate Gods
1 Cor. 15:53) Of course, neither immortal life in heaven nor
qualities, such as his love?
eternal life on earth will be plagued by the suering common
today. Jehovah is aware of the pain we experience, even as
he knew how the Israelites suered as slaves in Egypt. In-
deed, during all their distress it was distressing to him.
Why must we strive to control (Isa. 63:9) Centuries later, the Jews were afraid because of
our thinking? enemy opposition to the rebuilding of the temple, but God
said: Whoever touches you touches the pupil of my eye.
1. What ability can help us to imitate Gods qualities?
2. How does our distress aect Jehovah?

(Zech. 2:8) Just as a mother has tender Suppose a Christian youth, whom we
feelings for her baby, Jehovah is moved will call Alan, is thinking about an
to act lovingly in behalf of his people. elderly brother whose poor eyesight
(Isa. 49:15) In a sense, Jehovah can put makes it hard for him to read. He also
himself in the place of others, and he nds it dicult to walk from house to
has given us that ability.Ps. 103:13, 14. house in the ministry. Alan remem-
bers Jesus words: Just as you want
men to do to you, do the same way to
3 Jesus sensed the pain of others,
them. (Luke 6:31) So Alan asks him-
even those whose exact circumstances self, What do I want men to do to me?
he had never experienced. For instance, His frank answer is, I want them to
the common people lived in fear of the play ball with me! But the aging broth-
religious leaders, who deceived them er will not be able to play ball, will he?
and burdened them with many man- Jesus statement implies that we must
made rules. (Matt. 23:4; Mark 7:1-5; ask ourselves, What would I want my
John 7:13) Jesus was never frightened or neighbor to do to me if I were in his cir-
deceived, but he could understand situ- cumstances?
ations that he had not lived through. 6 Alan is not elderly, but he has the
Therefore, on seeing the crowds, he ability to conceive of experiences he has
felt pity for them, because they were
not had. He observes the elderly broth-
skinned and thrown about like sheep
er and listens to him with concern.
without a shepherd. (Matt. 9:36) Like
Gradually, Alan understands what it is
his Father, Jesus was loving and com-
like to be an older person who nds it
passionate.Ps. 103:8.
hard to read the Bible or walk from
4 When Jesus saw people suering,
house to house. When Alan feels the ag-
he was moved to show them love. Thus, ing brothers distress, he sees what help
he perfectly reected the love of his is needed, and he wants to be help-
Father. After one extensive preaching ful. We can do the same. To imitate
tour, Jesus and his apostles were about Gods love, we must put ourselves in
to go to an isolated place to get some our brothers shoes, so to speak.1 Cor.
rest. Because he felt pity for the crowd 12:26.
awaiting him, however, Jesus took time 7 It is not always easy to understand
to teach them many things.Mark 6:
the pain that others are experiencing.
30, 31, 34.
Many people face diculties that we
HOW WE CAN IMITATE JEHOVAHS LOVE have never known. Some are challenged
5We can imitate Gods love by the physically because of injury, disease, or
way we treat our neighbor. To illustrate: aging. Others are coping with emotion-
al trials because of depression, panic at-
3. What shows that Jesus was compassionate? tacks, or the aftereects of abuse. Still
4. How did seeing the suering of others aect others are part of a religiously divided
5, 6. To imitate Gods love, how must we treat 7. How can we come to know others well
our neighbor? Illustrate. (See opening image.) enough to feel their pain?

MAY 15, 2015 25

family or a single-parent household. of others. Think about how we can
Everyone faces some problem, and of- be kind in the following situations: At
ten it is one we ourselves have not expe- work, our supervisor is not doing his
rienced. In such a case, how can we im- job well. How will we react? A brother
itate Gods love? By listening intently comes to a meeting for the rst time in
until we understand the other persons months. What will we say to him? In the
feelings, at least to some extent. This ministry, a householder says, Im too
will move us to imitate Jehovahs love by busy to talk right now. Will we be con-
acting according to the need. The need siderate? At home, our spouse asks,
is dierent with each individual, but we Why didnt you tell me what you had
may be able to provide spiritual encour- planned for Saturday? Will we respond
agement and some other practical help. in a kind way? By putting ourselves in
Read Romans 12:15; 1 Peter 3:8. the place of others and trying to antici-
pate how our words might aect them,
we can discern how to speak and act in
8 Gods Son said: The Most High ways that imitate Jehovahs kindness.
. . . is kind toward the unthankful and Read Proverbs 15:28.
wicked. (Luke 6:35) In fact, Jesus imi-
tated Gods kindness. What helped Je- IMITATE GODS WISDOM
sus to do so? He treated people in a kind 10 Our being able to conceive of
manner by anticipating how his words events that we have not lived through
and actions might aect another indi- can also help us to imitate Jehovahs
viduals feelings. For example, a woman wisdom and foresee the probable re-
known to be a sinner approached him, sults of our actions. Wisdom is one of
weeping and wetting his feet with her Jehovahs principal attributes, and if he
tears. Jesus discerned that she was re- chooses to do so, he can foresee in de-
pentant, and he knew how heartbroken tail the results of certain actions. We do
she would be if he dismissed her un- not have that degree of foresight, but we
kindly. Instead, he commended and for- do well to think about what could hap-
gave her. When a Pharisee disapproved pen as a result of what we are about to
of what had happened, Jesus spoke to do. The Israelites failed to consider the
him kindly too.Luke 7:36-48. possible consequences of their disobe-
9 How can we imitate Gods kind- dience to God. Despite all that God had
ness? The apostle Paul wrote: A slave of done for them, Moses knew that they
the Lord does not need to ght, but would do what was bad in Jehovahs
needs to be gentle [or, tactful, ftn.] to- eyes. In the hearing of the entire congre-
ward all. (2 Tim. 2:24) Tactful people gation of Israel, he recited a song con-
discern how to deal with delicate situa- taining these words: They are a nation
tions so as to avoid hurting the feelings devoid of sense, and there is no un-
derstanding among them. If only they
8. What helped Jesus to show kindness?
9. What can help us to imitate Gods kindness? 10, 11. What can help us to imitate Gods wis-
Give an example. dom? Give an example.

were wise! They would ponder over
this. They would think about their out-
come.Deut. 31:29, 30; 32:28, 29.
11 To imitate Gods wisdom, we

would do well to think about or even vi-

sualize the likely consequences of our
actions. If we are courting, for example,
we need to recognize the power of sex-
ual attraction. Never would we make
plans or do anything that could endan-
ger our precious relationship with Jeho-
vah! Instead, let us act in harmony
with these inspired words: The shrewd
one sees the danger and conceals him-
self, but the inexperienced keep right
on going and suer the consequences.
Prov. 22:3.
Imitate Jehovah by showing love
12 A shrewd person realizes that con- (See paragraph 7)
templation can be like a re. If re is
handled properly, it can be useful, such
as when it cooks our food. But re
is deadly when it is uncontrolled and not die. For God knows that in the very
burns down a house and kills its occu- day you eat from it, your eyes will be
pants. Similarly, contemplation is use- opened and you will be like God, know-
ful when it helps us to imitate Jehovah. ing good and bad. Eve saw that the
However, it can be harmful when it tree was good for food and that it was
feeds immoral desires. For example, if something desirable to the eyes. What
we make it a practice to think about sin- was the result? She began taking of its
ful actions, this could lead to our acting fruit and eating it. Afterward, she also
out such fantasies. Indeed, indulging in gave some to her husband when he
immoral reverie can be spiritually dead- was with her, and he began eating it.
ly!Read James 1:14, 15. (Gen. 3:1-6) To Eve, there was apparent-
13 Consider how the rst woman,
ly something attractive in the idea that
Eve, developed a desire to eat the for- Satan presented to her. Instead of being
bidden fruit of the tree of the knowl- told what was good and bad, she would
edge of good and bad. (Gen. 2:16, 17) decide this for herself. How harmful
The serpent told her: You certainly will such musing proved to be! Through
12. How could contemplation harm us? Eves sinful husband, Adam, sin en-
13. What way of life did Eve possibly picture in tered into the world and death through
her mind? sin.Rom. 5:12.

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14 Eves sin in the garden of Eden money or not, some people constantly
did not involve sexual immorality. How- imagine all the bad things that can pos-
ever, Jesus warned against entertaining sibly happen. However, uncontrolled
mental images of immoral conduct. He anxious thoughts can cause us physical
said: Everyone who keeps on looking and spiritual harm. Let us trust in Jeho-
at a woman so as to have a passion vah and remember that anxiety in a
for her has already committed adultery mans heart weighs it down, but a good
with her in his heart. (Matt. 5:28) More- word cheers it up. (Prov. 12:25) Good
over, Paul warned: Do not be plan- words of encouragement from someone
ning ahead for the desires of the esh. who understands us can make our heart
Rom. 13:14. rejoice. Conding in our parents, our
15 Another dangerous fantasy is to spouse, or a trusted friend who views
imagine oneself becoming very wealthy things from Gods standpoint may help
while paying little attention to God. Ac- to relieve our anxiety.
17 No one understands our anxiety
tually, the wealth of a rich person is
like a protective wall in his imagination. better than Jehovah does. Do not be
(Prov. 18:11) Jesus related a story to il- anxious over anything, wrote Paul,
lustrate the sad state of a person who but in everything by prayer and suppli-
stores up treasure for himself but is cation along with thanksgiving, let your
not rich toward God. (Luke 12:16-21) petitions be made known to God; and
Jehovah rejoices when we do things that the peace of God that surpasses all
please him. (Prov. 27:11) How happy we understanding will guard your hearts
are when we have his approval because and your mental powers by means of
we have stored up treasures in heav- Christ Jesus. (Phil. 4:6, 7) Think about
en! (Matt. 6:20) And a good relation- those who are helping to protect us
ship with Jehovah is unquestionably the from spiritual harmfellow believers,
most valuable treasure we can have. elders, the faithful slave, angels, Jesus,
and Jehovah himself.
CONTROLLING ANXIOUS THOUGHTS 18 As we have seen, contemplation
16Imagine the extent of our anxiety if can help us to imitate Gods qualities,
we were consumed by eorts to store such as love. (1 Tim. 1:11; 1 John 4:8) We
up treasures on the earth. (Matt. 6:19) will be happy if we display genuine love,
Jesus used an illustration to show that consider the consequences of our ac-
the anxiety of this system of things tions, and avoid anxiety that would rob
and the deceptive power of riches can us of joy. Let us therefore make good
choke the word of the Kingdom. (Matt. use of our God-given ability to imagine
13:18, 19, 22) Whether worrying about the hope ahead and imitate Jehovahs
love, kindness, wisdom, and happiness.
14. How does the Bible help us to avoid mis- Rom. 12:12.
15. What kind of treasures should we store up, 17. How does Jehovah help us to cope with
and why? anxiety?
16. What is one way to control anxiety? 18. How can contemplation help us?


Who is Gog of Magog mentioned

in the book of Ezekiel?
For a number of years, our publications have We are told that at the end of the 1,000 years,
explained that Gog of Magog is the name given Satan will be released from the abyss, and he
to Satan the Devil after his ouster from heaven. will go out to mislead those nations in the four
This explanation was based on the fact that the corners of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather
book of Revelation identies Satan the Devil as them together for the war. (Rev. 20:8) But how
the leader of the worldwide attack on Gods peo- can Satan mislead Gog if he himself is Gog?
ple. (Rev. 12:1-17) So it was thought that Gog Therefore, Gog does not refer to Satan in either
must be another prophetic name for Satan. Ezekiels prophecy or the book of Revelation.
However, that explanation raised some impor- Who, then, is Gog of Magog? To answer that
tant questions. Why so? Consider this: When re- question, we need to search the Scriptures to nd
ferring to the time that Gog is defeated, Jehovah out who attacks Gods people. The Bible speaks
says regarding Gog: I will give you as food to all not only of the attack by Gog of Magog but also
kinds of birds of prey and the wild beasts of the of the attack by the king of the north and of the
eld. (Ezek. 39:4) Then Jehovah adds: On that attack by the kings of the earth. (Ezek. 38:2, 10-
day I will give Gog a burial place there in Israel 13; Dan. 11:40, 44, 45; Rev. 17:14; 19:19) Do these
. . . That is where they will bury Gog and all his represent separate attacks? Not likely. The Bible
hordes. (Ezek. 39:11) But how could a spirit is no doubt referring to the same attack under
creature be eaten by birds of prey and the wild dierent names. Why can we draw that conclu-
beasts of the eld? How could Satan be given a sion? Because the Scriptures tell us that all the
burial place on earth? The Bible clearly shows nations of the earth will be involved in this nal
that Satan will be abyssed for 1,000 years, not attack that prompts the war of Armageddon.
eaten or buried.Rev. 20:1, 2. Rev. 16:14, 16.


(EZEK. 38:2, 10-13)


GREAT A coalition of nations that Jesus rides to protect THE BEGINNING
TRIBULATION will attempt to annihilate Gods people OF CHRISTS
BEGINS Gods people Gog of Magog destroyed MILLENNIAL REIGN
(Rev. 16:14, 16)
Satan and the demons
abyssed (Rev. 20:1-3)
When we compare all these Scriptural refer- half of your people. And there will occur a time
ences about the nal attack on Gods people, it of distress [the great tribulation] such as has not
becomes evident that the name Gog of Magog occurred since there came to be a nation until
refers, not to Satan, but to a coalition of nations. that time. And during that time your people will
Will this coalition be led by the gurative king escape, everyone who is found written down in
of the north? We cannot say with any certainty. the book. (Dan. 12:1) This action on the part of
But this thought does seem to be in harmony Gods representative Jesus is also described at
with what Jehovah says about Gog: You will Revelation 19:11-21.
come from your place, from the remotest parts of But who is referred to as Gog and Magog
the north, you and many peoples with you, all of at Revelation 20:8? During the nal test at
them riding on horses, a great assembly, a vast the end of the 1,000 years, those who rebel
army.Ezek. 38:6, 15. against Jehovah will manifest the same murder-
ous attitude as Gog of Magog, those nations
Similarly, the prophet Daniel, who was a con-
that attack Gods people at the end of the great
temporary of Ezekiel, says of the king of the
tribulation. And the outcome for both groups
north: Reports out of the east and out of the
will be exactly the sameeverlasting death! (Rev.
north will disturb him, and he will go out in a 19:20, 21; 20:9) It seems tting, then, that all
great rage to annihilate and to devote many to those rebels at the end of the Millennium be
destruction. And he will plant his royal tents be- called Gog and Magog.
tween the grand sea and the holy mountain of As keen students of Gods Word, we wait with
Decoration; and he will come all the way to his eager anticipation to see who in the near future
end, and there will be no helper for him. (Dan. will assume the role of the king of the north.
11:44, 45) This clearly parallels what the book of But no matter who may take the lead in this co-
Ezekiel says about Gogs activities.Ezek. 38:8- alition of nations, we are certain of two things:
12, 16. (1) Gog of Magog and his armies will be defeat-
What occurs next as a result of this nal at- ed and destroyed; and (2) our reigning King,
tack? Daniel tells us: During that time Michael Jesus Christ, will save Gods people and usher
[Jesus Christ] will stand up [at Armageddon], the them into a new world of peace and true securi-
great prince who is standing [since 1914] in be- ty.Rev. 7:14-17.


(REV. 20:8, 9)

1,000 YEARS
SATAN With murderous intent, rebellious humans will THE END OF WICKEDNESS:
RELEASED encircle righteous mankind Fire from heaven destroys
Incites some to rebel Gog and Magog (Rev. 20:9)
against Jehovah Satan and the demons
and his people thrown into lake of fire
(Rev. 20:10)

He Saw That Love
Ran the Cafeteria
FEASTING together at Jehovahs table has al- in the cafeteria at a 1937 convention. I met peo-
ways been a theocratic highlight. When Gods ple from other places, she related, and heard
people assemble for a spiritual banquet, the shar- how they were overcoming their problems. It was
ing of material food often adds to their joy. then that I rst began to have the hope of becom-
In September 1919, the Bible Students held ing a pioneer.
an eight-day convention at Cedar Point, Ohio, Conventioner Beulah Covey said: The dedica-
U.S.A. Hotels were to provide rooming and tion of the workers makes the whole thing run
meals for the delegates, but thousands more ar- like clockwork. The work, though, had its chal-
rived than were expected. Overwhelmed by the lenges. Only upon arriving at Dodger Stadium in
throngs, waiters and waitresses quit en masse. Los Angeles, California, in 1969 did Angelo
The desperate cafeteria manager asked if any Manera learn that he had been appointed cafete-
young delegates could help, and many willingly ria servant. He admitted, I received one of the
responded. Sadie Green was one of them. It was greatest shocks of my life! Preparations for
my rst experience as a waitress, she recalled, that convention included digging a quarter-mile
but we had a good time. (0.4 km) trench to run a gas line to the kitchen!
In the years that followed, convention cafete- In Sierra Leone in 1982, industrious volunteers
ria arrangements enabled countless happy vol- rst had to clear elds and then build the cafete-
unteers to serve their brothers and sisters. Work- ria using the materials on hand. In Frankfurt,
ing with fellow believers also helped many young Germany, in 1951, resourceful brothers rented a
ones to set spiritual goals. Gladys Bolton served locomotive that provided steam for 40 cooking

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Frankfurt, Germany, 1951 Seoul, Korea, 1963 Sierra Leone, 1982

kettles. Servers dished out 30,000 meals an hour. specting our cafeteria at Yankee Stadium in New
To lighten the load for the 576 workers in the York City, United States Army personnel urged
dishwashing department, conventioners brought Major Faulkner of the British War Department to
their own knives and forks. In Yangon, Myanmar, make a similar examination. Therefore, he and
thoughtful cooks used fewer ery chilies than his wife came to the 1955 Triumphant King-
usual in dishes served to international delegates. dom Assembly in Twickenham, England. He
said he could see that love ran the cafeteria there.
THEY EAT STANDING UP For decades, willing workers lovingly served
Standing in the hot sun in a long cafeteria line nutritious, inexpensive meals for the benet of
at a convention in the United States in 1950 convention attendees. But this enormous task of-
brought Annie Poggensee a blessing. She said: I ten required that large numbers of volunteers
became completely engrossed in a heartwarming work long hours and even miss some or all of the
conversation between two sisters who had come program. Convention food arrangements were
over from Europe by boat. Each described how simplied in many places in the late 1970s.
Jehovah had helped her to attend. There was no Then, beginning in 1995, delegates were asked to
one there any happier than those two sisters, bring their own food to conventions. This en-
stated Annie. Time waiting in lineand the abled those who had prepared and served food to
heatmeant nothing to them. enjoy the spiritual program and Christian fellow-
At many of the large conventions, huge cafete- ship.1
ria tents housed rows of standing-height tables How Jehovah must cherish those who worked
that encouraged diners to nish eating quickly so hard to serve their fellow believers! Some may
and make room for others. How else could thou- feel wistful about those joyful days of working in
sands be fed during the lunch period? One per- the cafeteria. But one thing is certain: Love is still
son who was not a Witness remarked: That is a the main ingredient at our conventions.John 13:
strange religion. They eat standing up. 34, 35.
Military and civil authorities marveled at the 1 Of course, many opportunities remain for volunteers to as-
eciency and organization they saw. After in- sist other convention departments.

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