AFTER NEXT YEAR'S ELECTION WILL JUSTIN TRUDEAU STILL BE KNOWN AS KING OF WEED?IN 20 YEARS, WILL HE BE REMEMBERED AS THE MAN WHO GAMBLED WITH OUR CHILDREN'S LIVES? - Pastor Max Solbrekken
Tuesday, October 16, 2018
Two Questions: Since cannabis is a psychotrophic substance and users experience a drop in IQ of 6 to 8 points, are any of our elected representatives cannabis users and how long have they been using? - Pastor Max Solbrekken
WHY DO WE CARE?
I have heard some people say that "legal pot" is a "done deal" and that there's no point in arguing the fact. I have even heard some otherwise conservative folks say that people should be free to choose pot if they wish.
The problem is twofold.
For one, cannabis is a psychotropic substance. It actually alters your thinking and your brain chemistry. Users experience a drop in IQ of 6 to 8 points. For youth up to age 25, it has been proven to cause brain damage. It impairs people's ability to drive, to complete complex tasks, or to operate machinery. Plus, it is addictive and can lead to harder drug use for avid users.
Do we really want to unleash this new vice on our youth and communities? Do we really want to make it legally available, accessible, and "normal"?
Secondly, Canada is a part of a far bigger, wide-reaching global strategy to combat illicit drugs. Since signing the Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs in 1961, along with its associated pacts in 1972 and 1988, Canada has made a long-term commitment to fight drugs (including cannabis) through criminal sanctions, fines, and restrictions. We have agreed that the production, sale, and distribution of non-medical marijuana will be kept illegal, with strict penalties for violators. As recently as 2016, Canada re-affirmed its commitment to the Single Convention. In fact, just last month, Canada signed a non-binding agreement to again affirm its previous anti-drug commitments. (See CBC report.) Do we really want to throw out our long-term strategy and be a turncoat to our international partners? Wouldn't it be better to work with our treaty partners to draft a new strategy - if such a strategy is truly warranted?
This is why we care.
We care about our youth. We care about our communities. We care about our country and its reputation on the world scene. We believe God has given us this burden.
We think it is both irresponsible and reprehensible what Mr. Trudeau has done by speedily pushing through the Cannabis Act (C-45) - especially with so many concerns expressed by such a diversity of Canadians - MPs, Senators, healthcare professionals, community groups and associations, native groups, etc.
-- David Cooke and the Entire CitizenGO Team
-- David Cooke and the Entire CitizenGO Team
Friday, October 12, 2018
INVITATION TO PRAYER!
By Pastor Max Solbrekken, D.D.
“And whatsoever ye shall ask in My name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask anything in My name I will do it.” (John 14: 13, 14)
By God’s grace, I will prove definitively and conclusively in this brief treatise, that God not only answers the prayers of His trusting children, but that He delights in doing so!
The Bible says: “Now unto Him Who is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us. Unto Him be glory in the church by Jesus Christ throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.” (Eph.3: 20,21)
FOUR THINGS NOTED HERE!
First: God has the ability to meet every need presented to Him in sincere prayer. Our Sovereign Lord is omnipotent, meaning all powerful. Nothing is difficult for Him. He spoke the worlds into being and upholds all things by the Word of His power. (Heb.1:3)
Jesus demonstrated His awesome power when He raised Lazarus from the dead. Before healing the paralytic, our Lord emphasized that He could just as easily forgive sins as heal the sick. He didn’t say, “Which is harder?
Second: Our greatest needs are miniscule compared to the greatness of His ability to answer. Third: He performs miracles in direct proportion to the Holy Spirit’s power that resides within us. Fourth: We will glorify Him forever by Jesus Christ!
Jesus said: “Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in Me. I am the Vine, ye are the branches: He that abides in Me, and I in Him, the same brings forth much fruit, for without Me ye can do nothing.” (John 15: 4,5)
The Key to answered prayer is to “ABIDE IN CHRIST”. We know that God is more willing to give than we are to ask. When you consider how much He has already given us, then it is not difficult to believe that He desires to continue giving and meeting our needs! Consider these Scriptures:
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son…” (John 3: 16); “Hereby perceive we the love of God, because He laid down His life for us…” (1 John 3: 16); “I am the Good Shepherd: the good shepherd lays his life down for the sheep.” (John 10: 11)
“Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” (John 15:13); “But God commends His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” (Rom.5:8)
JESUS GAVE US THIS ANALOGY!
Jesus invited: “Ask and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asks receives; and he that seeks finds; and to him that knocks it shall be opened.” (Matt.7: 7,8)
Our Lord stated, no father would deny his son’s request for bread by giving him a stone (something useless) or instead of a fish, give him a serpent (something dangerous) to eat.
He concluded: “If ye then, being evil (carnal), know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in Heaven GIVE GOOD THINGS to them that ask Him?” (Matt.7: 11)
Only an ignorant or belligerent person would deny the willingness of God to meet the needs of those who cry unto Him in desperation! In the following parable, Jesus clearly made a case for determined and consistent prayer:
“And He spoke a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not faint (cave in); Saying, There was in a city a judge, which feared not God, neither regarded man.
“And there was a widow in that city; and she came unto Him, saying, Avenge me of mine adversary. And he would not for a while: but afterward he said within himself, though I fear not God, nor regard man;
“Yet because this widow troubles me, I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me. And the Lord said, Hear what the unjust judge says,
“And shall not God avenge His own elect, which cry day and night unto Him, though He bear long with them? I tell you that He will avenge them speedily!” (Luke 18:1 – 8)
JESUS CHRIST: THE
EXPRESS IMAGE OF GOD!
It makes you wonder if any of today’s evolutionists, politicians or modernist theologians even have a clue of Who Jesus Christ really is!
St. Paul made it clear that they just “don't get it.” Here are the anointed words of that great theologian who brought the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the Gentile world:
“That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God. Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect (mature): yet not the wisdom of this world nor of the princes of this world, that come to naught:
“But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory: Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, They would NOT have crucified the Lord of Glory.” (1 Cor.2: 5-8)
The One who made all these staggering statements about our Heavenly Father was Jesus Christ, the very Son of God, Redeemer of Israel and Saviour of the World!
The Bible says: “God…hath in these last days spoken unto us by His Son, Whom He hath appointed HEIR of all things, by Whom also He made the worlds; Who being the brightness of His glory, and the express image of His Person, and upholding all things by the Word of His Power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on High.” (Heb.1: 1-4)
That Scripture make these things are very clear:
1. God had spoken to the world previously through His holy prophets, but He sent His Own Son to speak to us.
2. Jesus Christ is heir of ‘all things’.
3. Jesus Christ is the Divine Architect and Creator of the worlds.
4. Jesus Christ came to earth to reveal the Father to us.
5. The cosmos, solar system, planets, stars and universes are kept in their orbits and proper functions by Christ’s power.
6. Jesus Christ doesn’t need any help to save us. He alone shed His precious blood to purge us from our sins.
7. Jesus Christ is NOW seated on the right hand of the Majesty on High!
INVITES US TO PRAYER!
We can trust His Word completely because He is the Way, the Truth and the Life…” (John 14: 6), Jesus Christ cannot change, fail or lie, because He is Holy, Righteous, Eternal, Omnipotent, Omniscient, Omnipresent, and His Word is Immutable!
He ALONE could say: “…I do nothing of Myself; but as My Father hath taught Me, I speak these things. And He that hath sent Me is with Me: the Father hath not left Me alone, for I do always those things that please Him.” (John 8: 28, 29)
Seven times in John's Gospel chapters 14, 15 and 16 our precious Lord Jesus Christ invites us to bring our requests to God in prayer. He would not invite us to pray if He were not prepared to answer!
There are hundreds of Scriptures that promise answers to our sincere, faith-filled prayers, as we call upon the name of the Lord in Jesus’ holy name.
I have chosen three chapters from St. John’s Gospel where Jesus specifically invites us to pray, because He declares that we will receive an answer to our prayers!
SEVEN INVITATIONS TO PRAYER!
Here are the seven invitations our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ personally initiated, together with the conditions necessary for their implementation!
NUMBER 1. “And whatsoever ye shall ask in My name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.” (John 14: 13). The language that Jesus chose to use in issuing this promise is easy to understand. There is nothing duplicitous about it. He had nothing to hide and He had no problem expressing Himself.
Our blessed Saviour is TRUTH personified and His words were straight forward and to the point! He uses the word ‘whatsoever’ which means exactly what it says. There are no limitations. It covers whatever our needs are!
He specifies, however, that we must ask in HIS NAME. Herein, lies the key to receiving from Him answers to our prayers. We must understand the value of His NAME; the authority and power that is inherent in His Name!
NUMBER 2. “If ye shall ask anything in My name, I will do it.” (John 14: 14). Here, Jesus repeats almost word for word what He had said earlier. He stresses that nothing is too hard for Him. We can bring Him the most difficult problems we have and He is able and willing to help us solve them.
It staggers the imagination that the Creator, Life Giver and Great physician promised: “If ye shall ask anything in My name, I Will do it.”
St. Paul quoted Isaiah: But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things that God hath prepared for them that love Him.
GOD HATH REVEALED THEM!
“But God hath revealed them to us by His Spirit: for the Spirit searches all things, yea, the deep things of God. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit which is of God, that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.” (1 Cor.2: 9,10)
The nation of ISRAEL was terribly back-slid and Prophet Isaiah called upon the Lord for mercy. In Chapter 63, he rehearses how the Lord had delivered them through Moses and asks for God’s deliverance again.
“Oh that Thou would rend the heavens, that Thou would come down…to make Thy name known…that the nations may tremble at Thy presence.”
Then, Isaiah stated: “For since the beginning of the world men have not heard nor perceived by the ear, neither hath the eye seen, O God beside Thee, what He hath prepared for him that waiteth for Him.” (Is.64: 4)
The great Baptist preacher, DR. VANCE HAVNER, writes: “Paul quoted that in 1 Corinthians 2: 9, and he had in mind not only heaven but the riches of God’s grace for us here and now. It is impossible to imagine, eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, what God can do to us and Through us and For us when He can find a man who really cares enough to be His instrument. That is indicated in verse 5: “Thou meetest him that rejoiceth and worketh righteousness, those that remember thee in Thy ways. God will meet any man more than halfway if that man is in dead earnest and means business with heaven.”
Here is the Big Question?
Who among us will be that man whom God can use to bring His people back into fellowship with Him? To bring the Church of our Lord Jesus Christ into repentance and faith, in order to see His power in revival fire with forgiveness, divine healing and deliverance in His Church again?
Again, our Lord teaches us the value and power that is inherent in His Name! Here is the reason the incomparable name of our Saviour Jesus Christ is so influential, so powerful and life giving!
JESUS’ NAME IS ALL POWERFUL!
St. Paul declared: “Christ Jesus…Who being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God (He is God the Son): But made Himself of no reputation, and took upon Him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:
“And being found in fashion as a man, He humbled Himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore, God also hath highly exalted Him, and given Him a name which is above every name:
“That at the NAME OF JESUS every knee should bow, of things in Heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” (Phil.2: 5-11)
In the Great Commission, Jesus gave His Church AUTHORITY and POWER in HIS NAME to speak in new tongues, preach the gospel, cast out evil spirits, heal the sick and be protected from the devil and his cohorts!
He said: “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel unto every creature…And these SIGNS shall follow them that believe; In My name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick and they shall recover.” (Mark 16: 15-18)
Some unbelieving theologians, using some lately discovered older manuscripts with a few missing verses from St. Mark’s Gospel chapter 16. The same manuscripts have missing verses and entire chapters from other parts of the Bible yet that information has been withheld from the population at large!
In his powerful book, ‘Bodily Healing & The atonement’, DR. T.J. McCROSSAN wrote: “A few scholars have denied the authenticity of the verses in Mark 16, but IRANAEUS quotes these verses as a part of Mark’s Gospel, and remember he was a pupil of John the Apostle. This is positive proof that these words are genuine.”
NUMBER 3: “If ye abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.” (John 15: 7).
Jesus makes it plain that there only two things necessary to get an answer to our prayers, namely, abiding in Christ and His Word abiding in us. Every born again believer is abiding in Christ, if he has genuinely repented and received Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour!
That means believing God’s Word and inviting Him to live in us. And secondly, we must allow His Word to find a lodging place in our hearts, which then creates faith to receive Christ’s miracle.
The BIBLE states: “If any man be in Christ Jesus, he is a New Creature: old things are passed away; behold all things are become new.” (2 Cor. 5: 17); “For ye are dead and your life is hid with Christ in God.” (Col.3: 3)
NUMBER 4: “Ye have not chosen Me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bare forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in MY Name, He may give it you.” (John 15: 16)
Here the Master makes it plain that we have not chosen Him, but that He has chosen us, therefore we should bear fruit for Him and His Kingdom. And then, we should expect Him to answer our prayers.
NUMBER 5: “And in that day ye shall ask me nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in My name, He will give it you.” (John 16: 23)
Here, Jesus is specifically speaking of the coming of the Holy Spirit after His resurrection. He introduces us to the truth of the Holy Spirit’s power in the Church after His departure to Heaven and the great power inherent in His Name!
They must rely on the Great Power His Name has when asking the Father for something. And the great authority it has with the Father as He will answer our prayers when it is tied to the Name of Jesus!
NUMBER 6: “Hitherto have ye asked nothing in My name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.” (John 16: 24)
Believers had asked Him personally for miracles of healing and He had responded in a gracious manners. Great multitudes had felt His touch and been healed and blest. Now He was leaving them and He would send the Holy Spirit to lead them.
He had, however, told them of His kind and loving Heavenly Father whom they could approach using His name. Jesus wants us to ask our Father for all our needs using His exalted Name so that He may answer and our joy be full.
NUMBER 7: “At that day ye shall ask in My name: and I say not unto you that I will pray the Father for you: For the Father Himself loveth you, because ye have loved Me, and have believed that I came out from God.” (John 16: 26-27)
Herein lies a great truth. There is so much love between the Father and His Son that if we love Jesus, the Father automatically loves us! All we must do to get the Father to love us is to believe that Jesus was sent to this earth by His Father to redeem us through His vicarious death and glorious resurrection! We are then invited to ask for whatever we need in His Name and we will receive.
May God's blessings rest upon you, my friend. Amen.
Sunday, October 7, 2018
Saturday, October 6, 2018
GOD'S LOVE & MERCY
CAPTURED MY HEART
CAPTURED MY HEART
By Pastor Max Solbrekken, D.D.
God is gracious and long suffering. He is righteous, holy and merciful to all who call upon His Name in sincerity, repentance and faith! He rewards such penitents who prostrate themselves in submission and the fear of the Lord.
He is not a God who is far off but is nigh unto them who have a broken heart and a contrite spirit. His peace fills the whole world and those who love Him and obey His Word of Truth. Without faith it is impossible to please God (Heb. 11:6), but with faith in the shed blood of Jesus Christ and His glorious resurrection, all things are possible. (Mark 9: 3; 10:27).
Our Lord said: “No man can come to Me except the Father which hath sent Me, draw him; and I will raise him up at the last day. Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on Me hath everlasting life.” (John 6: 44, 47,48). “Him that cometh unto Me, I will in no wise cast out.” (John 6: 37);
“Come unto Me all ye who labour and are heavy laden and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you, and learn of Me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For My yoke easy and My burden is light.” (Matt. 11: 28-30)
JESUS CHRIST ABSOLUTE TRUTH!
Jesus Christ is the only way to God the Father. He declared: “I am the way, the truth and the life: No man cometh unto the Father but by Me.” (John 14: 6).
“For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour, Who will have all men to be saved, and to come to the knowledge of the truth
“Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under Heaven, given among men, whereby we must be saved. (Acts 4: 12)
God's great love captured my heart. His generosity made me His love slave (gr. doulos). His compassion touched my spirit and His amazing grace made me His child for time and eternity! Through Jesus Christ's great Redemption, I was adopted into the family of God as a son and heir. (Rom.8: 16, 17).
I am a messenger for Jesus and an ambassador for Christ's Kingdom! (Eph. 5:11; 6:20)
The Holy Bible says: “Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the Lord Jehovah is my strength and my song; He also has become my salvation. Therefore with joy shall we draw water from the wells of salvation.” (Is. 12: 2,3); “Now the God of Hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power .” (Rom.15: 13)
Jesus stated: “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither it be afraid.” (John 14:27);
“O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments, and His ways past finding out! For of Him, and through Him and to Him, are all things: to whom be glory forever.” (Rom.11: 33, 36)
JESUS SAVES! JESUS SAVES!
This great Gospel hymn was written by Priscilla Owens, 1882.
We have heard the joyful sound,
Jesus saves, Jesus saves;
Spread the tidings all around,
Jesus saves, Jesus saves;
Bear the news to every land,
Climb the steeps and cross the waves,
Onward, 'tis our Lord's command,
Jesus saves, Jesus saves.
Tell to sinners, far and wide,
Jesus saves, Jesus saves;
Sing, ye islands of the sea.
Echo back, ye ocean caves,
Earth shall keep her jubilee,
Jesus saves, Jesus saves.
Sing above the battle's strife,
Jesus saves, Jesus saves;
By His death and endless life,
Jesus saves, Jesus saves;
Sing it softly through the gloom,
When the heart for mercy craves,
Sing in triumph o'er the tomb,
Jesus saves, Jesus saves.
Give the winds a mighty voice,
Jesus saves, Jesus saves;
Let the nations now rejoice,
Jesus saves, Jesus saves;
Shout salvation full and free,
Highest hills and deepest caves,
This our song of victory,
Jesus saves, Jesus saves!
The Bible says: “...God's goodness leadeth me to repentance.” (Rom. 2: 4); “O give thanks unto the Lord; for He is good for His mercy endureth forever.” (Ps. 136: 1-3);
“God is not a man that He should lie, neither the son of a man that He should repent (change). Hath He said and shall He not do it? Or hath He spoken, and shall He not make it good? (Nu. 23:19). He states: “I have sworn by Myself, the Word is gone out of My mouth in righteousness and shall not return....” (Is. 45:23)
GOD'S PATIENCE OVERWHELMS ME!
His patience overwhelms me and His grace is sufficient to meet my needs! David stated: “As far as the east is from the west, so far hath He removed our transgressions from us. Like as a father pitieth his children, so the Lord pitieth them that fear Him. For He knoweth our frame; He remembereth that we are dust.” (Ps. 11-14). God's wisdom is above all understanding and too great for human knowledge!
To compare a mountain towering above the earth to a pebble on the beach is beyond the scope of our ability. Comparing that huge mountain to the North Star, however, is an impossibility. Now try to compare sinful mortal man to the infinitely holy God, and human love to Him and His eternal love to us, and we have a snapshot of who we are and Who God is!
Martin Luther was found lying on the floor beneath a statue of Christ, sobbing uncontrollably, saying: “fur mich, mien Gott, fur mich.!” The revelation that Jesus Christ died for Him personally had suddenly reached his inner man and it broke Him. It is one thing to declare that Jesus died for the entire world, but it is quite something else to fully understand that He died for you personally! That is when the heart breaks and the tears flow!
“Who is a God like unto Thee, that pardoneth iniquity, and passeth by the transgression of the remnant of His heritage? He retaineth not His anger forever, because He delighteth in mercy. He will turn again, He will have compassion upon us; He will subdue our iniquities, and Thou wilt cast all their SINS into the depths of the sea.” (Micah 7: 18, 19)
What an amazing description prophet Micah gives of Almighty God. In very few words he allows us to get a glimpse of the eternal, omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent Creator and God. We see His most holy, compassionate and good character. Micah asks: “Has anyone ever heard of anyone like the God of Israel?”
He pardons us and forgives our sins. He overlooks the transgressions of His people and doesn't hold grudges, because He is merciful. He will return to us and give us another opportunity and have compassion upon us. He will give us victory over our sins and failings. And He will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea, never to remember them any more!
GOD SO LOVED THE WORLD!
GOD SO LOVED THE WORLD!
The Holy Bible says: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” (John 3: 16); “Hereby perceive we the love of God, because He laid down His life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.” (1 John 3: 16)
“But God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” (Rom.5: 8); “I am the Good Shepherd; the good shepherd lays down His life for the sheep.” (John 10: 11); “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down His life for his friends.” (John 15: 3)
“Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because the world knew Him not. Beloved now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when He shall appear, we shall be like Him for we shall see Him as He is.” (1 John 3: 1,2)
The Bible states: “I am crucified with Christ nevertheless I live, yet not I, but Christ liveth in Me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, Who loved me and gave Himself for me.” (Gal 2:20);
“Set your affection on things Above, not on things on the earth. For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with Him in glory.” (Col..3: 3)
St. John declared: “He that committeth sin is of the devil: for the devil sinneth from he beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested that He might destroy the works of the devil.” (1 John 3: 8)
HOW AMAZING IS GOD'S GRACE!
You may ask: “Why did Jesus come to this world? He came to defeat the devil and destroy his works. He came to seek and to save those who were lost. He came to redeem mankind and He came to establish His Church, the body of Christ. Finally, He came to be our Justification, Wisdom, Sanctification and Redemption! (1 Cor.1: 30)
How amazing is the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ? There is nothing that could ever compare with the mercy and grace of God the Father sending His Son to earth to liberate us all from the kingdom of darkness and translate us into the Kingdom of God's dear Son! (Phil. 2: 5-11)
By taking our place on the cross, Jesus of Nazareth atoned for the sins of the entire world, past, present and future. He fulfilled Isaiah's prophecy of the Messiah who would take upon Himself the sins of mankind in order to free us all from the power of the world, flesh and the devil!
The incarnated Christ met the righteous demands of Divine Justice in the Courts of Heaven and through His sacrificial death for us all, paid for our freedom and liberty. His pure and holy blood purchased forgiveness, healing, peace and eternal Life for all sinners who receive the crucified and resurrected Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour!
Taking away my sins and condemnation, the Lord Jesus made me a new creation. My sins were washed away through His atoning blood and inscribed my name in the Lamb's Book of Life in Heaven. His resurrection from the dead guarantees my justification. Praise the Lord!
The Bible says: “He (Abraham) staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God: And being fully persuaded that, what He had promised, He was able also to perform. And therefore it was imputed to him for righteousness.
“Now it was not written for his sake alone that it was imputed to him; but for us also to whom it shall be imputed, if we believe on Him that raised up Jesus from the dead; Who was delivered for our offences, and raised again for our justification.”
Therefore being justified by Faith, we have PEACE with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: By whom we also we have access by faith into this Grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in Hope of the glory of God. And hope maketh not ashamed, because the Love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.
“For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die, yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. But God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by His BLOOD, we shall be saved from wrath though Him.
“For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of His Son, much more, being reconciled we shall be saved by His life.” (Rom.5: 1, 2, 5-10)
A NEW CREATURE IN CHRIST!
The Bible states: “Therefore, if any man be in Christ Jesus, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” (2 Cor.5: 17); “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God: Being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus; Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in His blood, to declare His righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God.” (Rom. 3:23-25)
William Cowper tried to commit suicide several times. He was about to drink a glass of hemlock but his hand trembled and he dropped the glass. He tried to shoot himself but was unable to do so. Cowper sought to throw himself into the Thames River but was “strangely restrained.” The next morning, he fell on a sharp knife and broke the blade. He tried to hang himself, but was found and taken down unconscious.
William Cowper was brought to St. Anselms Asylum. One day, he picked up a Bible lying on a bench. He read: “Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in His blood, to declare His righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God.”
He was born again as the Spirit of God fell upon him and instantly liberated by the Word of God and the Holy Spirit. He wrote the hymn, 'There is a fountain filled with Blood', and many other great hymns for the glory of God. John Newton, who had been a Captain on slave ships and an ungodly man, was converted and became Cowper's pastor and helped him greatly. Together they authored a number of Hymns. John Newton wrote the hymn, 'Amazing Grace'.
JESUS' MIRACLE MINISTRY!
Jesus' ministry was miraculous and Spirit-filled. He believed the Word of God because He Himself is the Living Word and the Bible is the written Word. The Holy Bible states: “In the Beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God.
“The same was in the beginning with God. And the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.” (John 1: 1,2,14)
St. John stated: “He that committeth sin is of the devil: for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil.” (1 John 3: 8);
“Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, He also Himself likewise took part of the same; that through death He might destroy him that had the power of death, that is the Devil: and deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.” (Heb. 2 14, 15).
Through His vicarious death, Jesus Christ destroyed the Devil, to deliver us! Christ's Victory was Satan's Defeat and our Liberty!
The Bible declared: “And Jesus returned in the Power of the Holy Spirit into Galilee: and there went out a fame of Him through all the region round about, And He taught in their synagogues, being glorified of them all. And there was delivered unto Him the Book of the Prophet Esaias. And when He had opened the book, He found the place where it was written,
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon because He hath anointed Me to preach the Gospel to the poor. He hath sent Me to Heal the brokenhearted, to preach Deliverance to the Captives, and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised.” (Luke 4:14, 15, 17,18)
“How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: Who went about doing good, and Healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with Him.” (Acts 10:38)
In His final remarks before ascending to His Father's Throne, Jesus Christ promised to send the Holy Spirit upon His followers, whom He commissioned to preach His Gospel of deliverance and power to the ends of the earth, with the guarantee that He would be with them to the end of the world!
“And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto Me in Heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Ghost: teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and lo, I am with you alway, even to the end of the world. Amen. (Matt. 28: 18-20)
The word always is a measure of time while alway, is a measure of distance! He was saying, I will be with you all the way, the total distance until the end of your journey!
GO YE INTO ALL THE WORLD!
The BIBLE says: “And He said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the Gospel unto very creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved. He that believeth not shall be damned.
“And these SIGNS shall follow them that believe; In My name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with other tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay their hands on the sick and they shall recover.” (Mark 16:15-18)
JESUS said: “Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father in Me: or else believe Me for the very work's sake. Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth in Me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do, because I go unto My Father.
“And whatsoever ye shall ask in My name, I will do it. If ye love Me, keep My commandments. And I will pray the Father and He shall give you another Comforter, that He may abide with you forever; even the Spirit of truth; Whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth Him not neither knoweth Him; but ye know Him; for He dwelleth with you and shall be in you.” (John 14: 13-17)
“If abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.” (John 15: 7)
THAT THEY MAY KNOW!
THAT THEY MAY KNOW!
When Jesus healed the sick, multitudes followed Him to be near Him, to listen to Him, and to worship Him! His miracles drew people to Him and often caused them to believe in Him. And naturally, they were to relieve the suffering of a needy people who had been oppressed by the devil. Here is a case which proves that great truth:
“And straightway many were gathered together, insomuch that there was no room to receive them, not so much as about the door: and He preached the Word unto them. And they come unto Him, bringing one sick of the palsy, which was borne of four. And when they could not come nigh unto Him for the press, they uncovered the roof where He was: and when they had broken it up, they let down the bed wherein the sick of the palsy lay.
“When Jesus saw their faith, He said unto the sick of the palsy, Son, thy sins be forgiven thee. But there were certain of the scribes sitting there, and reasoning in their heart, Why does this man speak blasphemies? Who can forgive sins but God only? And immediately when Jesus perceived in His spirit that they so reasoned within themselves, He said unto them, Why reason ye these things in your hearts?
“Whether is it easier to say to the sick of the palsy, Thy sin be forgiven thee, or to say, Arise, and take up thy bed, and walk? But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, He sayeth to the sick of the palsy, I say unto thee, Arise, and take up thy bed and go thy way into thine house.
“And immediately he arose, took up the bed, and went forth before them all; insomuch as they were amazed, and glorified God, saying, We never saw it on this fashion.” (Mark 2: -12)
WHY WE PRAY FOR THE SICK!
“That ye may KNOW that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, He sayeth...Arise, take up thy bed, and go thy way into thine house. He used the miracle to declare Himself the Messiah with power to forgive and SAVE sinners! The reason we also pray for the sick is to point them to Jesus, who came to save people from their sins.
In 1963, I was preaching at the Langley Pentecostal Church. JOHN ERHART was a fiery Pentecostal pastor. Many were coming each evening to be born again, filled with the Holy Spirit and healed of their sicknesses. The revival continued for several weeks. My radio broadcasts on Radio KARI were touching hearts for Jesus and some came from the Mission / Haney area and were filled with the blessed Holy Spirit.
Marge Hill, a Nazarene, was the first to receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit. She was fired up for God and some of her friends received the Holy Spirit. Marge was concerned about her loving husband Joe who was unsaved. He was an engineer on the railroad and away a lot. Joe was glad that she was happy going to church but he had no desire to do so. She prayed earnestly that he would also be saved.
On Sunday morning in the third week, I noticed that he was sitting beside her. I preached a strong salvation message and invited the lost to come forward to receive Christ. Then, I made a second call and invited all who desired to rededicate their lives to Christ or who needed divine healing to also come forward.
Joe and Marge came with quite a few others. I made my way to them. Marge introduced me to her husband. I asked if he wanted to be saved. He shook his head. They were on their way to the hospital but he desired prayer for healing as he was having terrible pains in his stomach area. He was scheduled for surgery later but the attack might require immediate surgery.
I laid my hands upon him in the name of Jesus and called upon the Lord to undertake. All of a sudden, Joe cried out: “The pains are gone. The pains are gone. I am well.” I threw my arms around that big man as the tears were flowing down his cheeks and mine.
I said: “Joe, lift your hands and say, 'Thank you, Jesus! He lifted hands, and said: 'Thank you, Jesus!' I said: “Joe, say: 'Jesus, come into my heart.' He did, and then he said: 'That feels wonderful. The pains are all gone and I can breathe well.' I said: 'Joe, You just got saved!'
And the whole church erupted in praise and glory to God. Joe Hill became a solid Christian and their home a Christian home. It was God's miracle that opened the door for his conversion! Hallelujah and Amen!
Monday, September 24, 2018
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