Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Monday, October 29, 2012
The Peterson Family Gospel Band have joined with us to build a strong Church reaching out to the communities in and around New Sarepta, Hay Lakes, Norway House, Kingman, Joseph Lakes, Camrose, Rolly View and Leduc. We welcome everyone in these and other areas to join us in praising & worshipping the Lord. - Pastor Max Solbrekken
THE HOUSE of PRAYER
on HIWAY 623 south of
on HIWAY 623 south of
New Sarepta, AB - 1/2 mile east of #21
Peterson Family Gospel Band
Vern, Michelle, Chris & James Peterson
Divine Worship Service
Every Sunday 11:00 A.M.
Who are the Petersons? Vern plays the lead guitar, Michelle is Worship Leader and on the keyboad, her husband Chris plays the bass & their son James is on the drums. Vern is a Camrose City Councillor (24 years). Michelle is a Royal Conservative graduate who plays the hymns as well as praise & worship songs. Chris works as a TV Camerman and Editor and James is an excellent drummer and musician. And Vern can sing & preach. Praise Lord!
Note: A pot luck Lunch served. Bring what you like - Donna Solbrekken
Saturday, October 27, 2012
Internationally Known Evangelist & Prison Chaplain Rev. Allan O`Soup and his wife Carol will share their testimonies on Sat 5:30 pm Pot Luck Banquet. Allan will minister Sunday at 10:30 & 6:30 pm. Everyone is welcome. - Pastor Max Solbrekken
MAX & DONNA SOLBREKKEN
INVITE YOU TO THE
NOVEMBER 17th. BANQUET
CHRIST the HEALER GOSPEL CHURCH
136 Ave F South Saskatoon 306-477-0200
Revival & Miracles Week-End
NOV 17: BANQUET SAT 5:30 pm
NOV 18: Worship SUN 10:30 & 6:30
Special Guests: Rev Allan & Carol O`Soup
NOVEMBER 17th. BANQUET
Special Guests: Rev Allan & Carol O`Soup
Friday, October 26, 2012
A Friend of
By Pastor Max Solbrekken, D.D.
Jesus said: “Ye are My friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you. Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of My Father I have made known unto you.” (John 15: 14-15)
The Bible says: “For it became Him, for Whom are all things, and by Whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the CAPTAIN of their salvation perfect through sufferings.”
In order to be the perfect sacrifice for our sins, Jesus had to live a perfect life as a man, even though He was tempted and tested as we are!
“For both He that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified are all of one: for which cause He is not ashamed to call them brethren, Saying, I will declare Thy name unto My brethren…And again, I will put My trust in Him. And again, Behold I and the children which God hath given Me…” (Heb.2: 10-13).
The Scriptures states that He is not ashamed to be our elder brother, since He was made flesh in order to shed His pure and holy blood for the forgiveness of our sins and our Eternal Salvation! (Phil.2: 5-11)
SAVIOUR, MASTER & LORD!
You may ask: “Is Jesus not our Saviour, Master and Lord? How then, can He also be our Friend and Elder Brother?”
Most certainly, He is that and more! He is also our Substitute, the perfect Sacrifice and Propitiation for our sins (satisfying the demands of divine justice; expiation, mercy seat) and our High Priest. Jesus is also our Advocate, pleading our cause before our Heavenly Father to counter the accusations the WICKED ONE brings against us!
The Bible states: “Satan goeth about like a roaring lion seeking who may devour.” (1 Peter 5: 8). If he has no success in tempting, deceiving, scaring us or making an attempt on our life, he lies about us.
When he accuses us before the Father, Jesus – our Advocate - speaks in our behalf, stating that His precious blood shed on Calvary’s cross has purchased our forgiveness and pardon!
The Bible says: “...he (Satan) accuses us before our God day and night.” (Rev. 12: 10). The good news is that we have a Saviour and an Advocate who pleads our case before God the Father: “Little children these things write I unto you that ye sin not.
“If any man sin, we have an advocate, Jesus Christ the Righteous… If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1: 7, 9)
WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?
Jesus is the first begotten Son of God, the first among many brethren and the first fruits of them that slept? (Heb.1: 6; Matt.1:21; Rom.8: 29; Col.1: 15; Heb.12: 23; 1 Cor.15: 23).
Jesus is the first in rank before all others. The term ‘first born’ denotes the fact that Jesus is the FIRST IN RANK, and the first in INHERITANCE.
There is none before Him. He must have the pre-eminence. There is none like Him and there will never be anyone like Him. He ALONE is the Son of God and the ONLY Saviour of the world!
In Jewish households, the eldest or firstborn Son had all the responsibility, as well as the inheritance. When the father died, he automatically assumed all the responsibilities for the family!
The “FIRST FRUITS OF THEM THAT SLEPT” means that Jesus is the first to die and be raised, never to die again! Lazarus, however, who died and was raised from the dead, had to die again! Poor Lazarus had to die twice. He died and then was raised from the dead. Later, he had to die again!
Jesus was the FIRST to die and be resurrected, NEVER to die again. ‘Emmanuel – God is with us’. He is alive now and with us. We have His promise: “I will never leave thee nor forsake thee.” (Heb.13: 5); “Lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.” (Matt.28: 20)
In the above Scripture, Jesus used a double imperative. The original text is even more powerful. He actually said: “I will never, NO NEVER leave thee. I will never, NO NEVER forsake thee…”
While recuperating from a deranged assassin’s bullet, President Ronald Reagan was asked by his pastor, “Mr. President, were you ready to die?” He replied, “Oh no, I have much work left to do!”
The pastor interjected, “No, Mr. President, I meant were you ready to meet God?” Ronald Reagan answered: “Oh, yes!” Again, the pastor asked: “Why, Mr. President?” Immediately, President Ronald Reagan replied, “I have a Saviour!”
DO YOU HAVE A SAVIOUR?
My friend, do you have a Saviour? The Bible says: “There is none other name under Heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” (Acts 4: 12); “For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus.” (1 Tim 2: 5).
Jesus Christ declared: “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life and no man cometh unto the Father but through Me.” (John 14: 6). Don’t allow the false cults or religionists deceive you into following their pernicious ways!
The Holy Scriptures declare that Jesus Christ ALONE is God’s Son Who willingly sacrificed Himself and through His vicarious death and glorious resurrection purchased our freedom for time and eternity! Glory to God!
Thursday, October 25, 2012
JESUS ~ His name is Above all other names; His reign is Above all other rulers; His Lordship is Above all other authorities; His Words are Above all other voices; His truth is Above all other opinions; His love is Above all other affections!
The little book I wrote in 1980 was called The Truth Shall Make You Free! We printed 10,000 copies of that edition, which were given out as quickly as we could supply them. Now, 18 years later we are reprinting this fine booklet, under a different title, since it covers a larger area of theological study.
I felt that A Course in Basic Theology was a more appropriate title. May the Lord bless this book and use it to bring salvation, deliverance and divine healing to multitudes.
~ Max Solbrekken, Edmonton, AB (New Edition 1998)
I wish to dedicate this book to all serious Bible students who desire God’s power in their lives with which to bring liberation, divine healing and deliverance to their fellowman!
My prayers go to God for all who are hurting because of Satan’s snares, entrapments and torments. May each reader appropriate the promises of God found in this book and be liberated from sin, fear, sickness, disease, poverty and untimely death. And from the real or imagined torments of demon oppression, vexation and possession!
May God bless, save, heal and deliver you, my dear friend, who is calling upon the Lord at this very moment for an answer to your prayer! Please agree with me for your miracle as you study this book! Amen.
THE TRUTH SHALL MAKE YOU FREE!
"Ye shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free." (John 8:32)
"Ye shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free." (John 8:32)
The truth liberates the soul, the conscience and the mind of man! The truth breaks the chains of darkness, superstition and fear. The truth opens the prisons of doubt and unbelief! The truth removes mountains of discouragement, negativism and oppression!
The truth defeats giants of despair, heartbreak and loneliness. The truth opens within us wells of joy, rivers of peace and flood tides of love! Jesus said, "Ye shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free!"
Many years ago, God gave me a song about an elderly lady in India, whom I spoke to about Jesus! She had not before heard His name. Here is the chorus of the song: ‘An Old Lady in a Land Far Away’:
‘FREE FROM ALL BONDAGE AND SICKNESS AND SIN
FREE FROM THE FEARS AND THE TROUBLES WITHIN:
FREE FROM THE DEVIL AND HIS EVIL POWER
DELIVERED BY JESUS IN THIS VERY HOUR.’
In His High Priestly prayer, Jesus said: "Thy Word O Lord is Truth." (John 17:17) Our Lord declared: "I am the Way, the Truth and the Life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me." (John 14:6)
The Bible teaches that the Word of God is Spirit and Life, (Phil. 2:16) and that Jesus also is the Word of God. (Rev. 19:13). The Bible and our Lord Jesus Christ are both referred to as the Word of God, and only Jesus and the Word has the power to make people free!
The Bible is the written Word of God and Jesus is the Living Word of God! And if you will believe it my friend, Jesus Christ will come out of the pages of the Bible and enter your heart!
Jesus Christ made the statement, "Whosoever commiteth sin is the servant of sin. And the servant abideth not in the house forever, but the son abideth ever. If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed." (John 8:34-36)
The Bible states that anyone who commits sin is the servant of sin and is NOT FREE, but thanks be to God, the TRUTH will liberate them! The Apostle John wrote, "If we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanseth us from all sin." (1 John 1:7)
SOME FACTS ABOUT THE TRUTH!
1. WE MUST HEAR THE TRUTH - "So then faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the Word of God." (Rom.10:17)
2. WE MUST BELIEVE THE TRUTH - "How shall they believe in Him of Whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher?" (Rom. 10:14)
3. WE MUST HOLD FAST TO THE TRUTH - "Prove all things; hold fast that which is good." (1 Thes. 5:21)
“Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them; for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself and them that hear thee.” (1 Tim. 4:16) "Buy the truth and sell it not; also wisdom, and instruction and understanding." (Prov. 23:23)
4. WE MUST TELL THE TRUTH - "For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of His Majesty." (2 Peter 1:16)
"Preach the Word; be instant in season, out of season; rebuke, reprove, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears." (2 Tim. 4:2-3)
"If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." (1 John 1:9)
5. WE MUST OBEY THE TRUTH - “If ye love Me, keep My
commandments.” (John 14:15); “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)
"Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on Him, If ye continue in My word, then are ye My disciples indeed." (John 8:31)
"If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which ye have heard…" (Col. 1:23)
"Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God." (2 Cor. 5:20)
SATAN IS A LIAR AND THE TRUTH IS NOT IN HIM!
Jesus called the devil a liar and a murderer: "Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: "for he is a liar and the father of it." (John 8:44)
Satan is a colossal liar, counterfeiter and masquerader. He is an experienced LIAR, having done so over the ages! He may tell some truths or half - truths in order to deceive and enslave the human race, but he himself is total darkness and there is no light in him!
When you receive Jesus Christ as your personal Saviour, you say farewell to the ‘Kingdom of Darkness’ and you are automatically translated into God's glorious Kingdom!
“Who (Father God) hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of His dear Son: In Whom we have redemption through His blood, even the forgiveness of sins.” (Col. 1: 13, 14).
Anyone who believes the Gospel and receives Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour immediately passes from death unto life, from darkness to light because Jesus is the light of the world! (John 3: 18-21; 1 John 3: 14; Heb.2: 9)
The Bible says, "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. All things were made by Him; and without Him was not anything made that was made.
“In Him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not." (1 John 1: 1-5)
“And the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us, (and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father), full of grace and truth." (John 1:14)
God’s Word states that sinful men rejected Him because their deeds were evil! They hated the Light and loved darkness. (John 3:19); "In Him (Jesus Christ) was Life and the Life was the Light of men." (John 1:4)
Again the Scripture says, "He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him." (John 3:36)
When the light is switched on, the darkness flees. And when Jesus comes into a life in His great power, all sin, oppression, fear, sickne
There are five glorious truths that I wish to set forth in this lesson, to help build your faith! As a stone - mason lays block upon block, so I present these truths ‘Scripture upon Scripture’, knowing that the Word of God creates faith in our hearts and faith gets the job done! Praise God!
Almighty God states: "I am the Lord, I change not." (Mal. 3:6). Here, the Living God makes one of His most significant statements of fact. He is changeless, always constant and timeless! Nothing can alter that great truth! Men are born, live, pass on and are gone like the grass of the field, but God remains the same!
The Bible says, “And Thou, Lord, in the beginning hast laid the foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the works of Thine hands: They shall perish; but Thou remainest; and they all shall wax old as doth a garment; And as a vesture shalt Thou fold them up, and they shall be changed: but Thou art the same, and Thy years shall not fail." (Heb.1:10-12)
Here are some of God’s attributes!
(1) GOD IS ETERNAL - He is without beginning or end, everlasting and always God! The Psalmist David wrote: "Lord, Thou has been our dwelling place in all generations. Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, Thou art God...
“For a thousand years in Thy sight are but as yesterday when it is past, and as a watch in the night." (Ps. 90:1-4)
"The Eternal God is thy refuge and underneath are the everlasting arms..." (Deut. 33:27); “But unto the Son He saith, Thy throne, O God, is forever and ever …And, Thou, Lord, in the beginning hast laid the foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the works of Thy hands:
Addressing His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, the Father stated: “They shall perish, but Thou remainest; and they all shall wax old as doth a garment; And as a vesture shalt Thou fold them up, and they shall be changed: but Thou art the same, and Thy years shall not fail.” (Heb.1: 8-120
(2) GOD IS OMNIPOTENT - He is all - powerful!
"I am the Lord, and there is none else, there is no God beside Me: I girded thee, though thou hast not known Me: That they may know from the rising of the sun, and from the west, that there is none beside Me. I am the Lord, and there is none else." (Isa. 45:5-6)
"I have made the earth, and created man upon it: I, even My hands, have stretched out the heavens, and all their host have I commanded.” (Isa. 45:12) Jesus said: "All power is given unto Me in heaven and in earth." (Matt.28:18)
(3) GOD IS OMNISCIENT - He is all wise and all knowing!
"For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God. For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent.
“Where is the wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the disputer of this world? Hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world?
“For after that in the wisdom of God, the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe. For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom:
“But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumbling block, and unto the Greeks foolishness; But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God. Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men." (1 Cor. 1:18-25)
"To God only wise, be glory through Jesus Christ forever. Amen." (Rom. 16:27) If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him." (James 1:5)
(4) GOD IS IMMUTABLE – His Word is permanent as is His character. He is perfect in all things; totally truthful, and since He never makes a mistake He doesn't need to apologize for error. There is no error in God. If He has said it, that settles it. God is God and is changeless and unalterable.
The “immutability of His Word” speaks of the permanent character of His Word. Since God and His Word are one, He is permanently error-free, unchanging, righteous and perfect! Glory to His Name! You can believe unreservedly on Him with total trust! (Heb. 6:13-18)
(a) GOD HAS NOT CHANGED: From eternity to eternity, He is God! He was the same in the beginning of man’s existence, He is the same today and He will be the same throughout eternity! Praise God!
(b) GOD CANNOT CHANGE: It is impossible for God to be anything but Who and What He is today – powerful, wise, kind, righteous, loving, generous, good, holy, just and true. He declared: “I am the Lord, I change not.” (Mal 3:6)
(c) GOD WILL NOT CHANGE IN THE FUTURE: The Bible says: "I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty." (Rev.1:8)
“And, Thou, Lord, in the beginning hast laid the foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the works of Thine hands: They shall perish; but Thou remainest; and they all shall wax old as doth a garment;
“And as a vesture shalt Thou fold them up, and they shall be changed: but Thou art the same, and thy years shall not fail.” (Heb. 1:10-12)
BECAUSE HE HAS NOT CHANGED:
1. God still answers prayer: “Call unto Me, and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.” (Jer. 33:3) “Offer unto God thanksgiving; and pay thy vows unto the most High: And call upon Me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify Me.” (Ps. 50:14, 15)
"Ask, and it shall be given you; seek and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For everyone that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.
“Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone? Or if he asks a fish, will he give him a serpent? If ye then being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more shall your Father in heaven give good things to them that ask Him?” (Matt. 7:7-9)
2. God still forgives the sinner:
"And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved." (Acts 2:21); "But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanseth us from all sin.
“If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." (l John 1:7-9)
3. God still brings peace to troubled souls and removes guilt:
"Let not your heart be troubled; ye believe in God, believe also in Me. 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 let it be afraid." (John 14:1, 27)
"Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after
“How much more shall the blood of Christ, Who through the Eternal Spirit, offered Himself without spot, purge your conscience from dead works, to serve the living God.” (Heb. 9:14)
“And having made peace through the blood of His cross, by Him to reconcile all things to Himself; by Him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.” (Col.1:20)
(4) God still cares:
“And the Lord said, I have surely seen the affliction of My people which are in Egypt, and have heard their cry by reason of their taskmasters; for I know their sorrows; And I am come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians, and to bring them up out of that land unto a good land and a large, unto a land flowing with milk and honey.” (Ex. 3:7-8)
"Casting all your care upon Him; for He careth for you." (1 Peter 5:7)
5) God still meets our financial needs:
“Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house. And prove Me herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.
“And I will rebuke the destroyer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground, neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in the field, saith the Lord of hosts.” (Mal. 3:10-11);
"But my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus." (Phil. 4:19)
“Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give unto your bosom. For with the same measure as you meet withal it shall be measured to you again.” (Luke 6:38)
He has promised: “Consider the ravens: for they neither sow nor reap; which neither have storehouse or barn; and God feedeth them: how much more are ye better than the fowls?
“Consider the lilies how they grow: they toil not, they spin not; and yet I say unto you, that Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But rather seek ye the kingdom of God; and all these things shall be added unto you.” (Luke 12:24,27,31)
(6) God still heals the sick:
“…I am the Lord that healeth thee.” (Ex.15: 26); Bless the lord , O my soul, and forget not all His benefits: Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; Who healeth all thy diseases.” (Ps. 103: 2, 3).
"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: 17-18
Please read: Isa. 53: 4, 5; Matt.8: 16, 17; 1 Pet. 2: 24).
IS ANY SICK AMONG YOU?
“Is any sick among you? Let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: and the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him." (James 5:14-15)
(7) God still fills believers with the Holy Spirit:
"Then Peter said unto them, repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
“For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call." (Acts 2:38-39)
"If ye then, being evil, know how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask Him?” (Luke 11:13);
“Jesus Christ, the same yesterday, today and forever.” (Heb. 13:8)
(8) God still blesses and loads us with benefits:
"Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless His holy name. Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits: Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; Who healeth all thy diseases." (Psalm 103:1-3)
“Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.” (3 John 1:2). “Honour the Lord with thy substance, and with the first fruits of all thine increase: So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine.” (Prov.3:9, 10)
(9) God still protects us from danger, evil and Satan:
"There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling. For He shall give His angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways." (Psalm 91:10-11)
Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of My righteousness." (Isa. 41:10); "Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; Who crowneth thee with loving kindness and tender mercies." (Psalm 103:4)
“No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is of Me, saith the Lord.” (Is. 54:17)
“And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through Thy name.” (Luke 10:17)
(10) God still leads, guides and directs us:
“For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.
“The Spirit (Himself) beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with Him, that we may be also glorified together.” (Rom. 8:14-17)
(a) We know what God will do in the future by what He has done in the past, because He has not changed. He has always told the truth, for He is the TRUTH and since it is impossible for God to lie, we know we can put our trust in Him as God.
(b) He is too good to do anything wrong. He is too wise to make a mistake. He is too powerful to allow Satan to harm His children who call upon His Name in faith and who trust in His truth.
(c) He is too conscientious and correct to lose our number, forget us or leave us to aimlessly drift on the sea of life and death without His divine guidance and direction.
(d) The Scripture emphatically declares: "God is not a man that He should lie, neither the son of man that he should repent; (change his mind) hath He said, and shall He not do it? Or hath He spoken, and shall He not make it good? (Numbers 23:19)
Samuel the Prophet declared: "And also the Strength of Israel will not lie or repent: for He is not a man that He should repent." (1 Sam. 15:29)
GOD IS CONSTANT!
You can believe the Word of God because it is ever and always the same. St. James said, "A double minded man is unstable in all his ways!" He admonishes us to ask God for our needs, in faith. And He assures us that our needs will be met, because we are dealing with the One, Who is always the same and is liberal in His giving!
"Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with Whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning." (James 1:17)
St. Paul, in writing to Titus made the great declaration that I am now making: "God cannot lie." (Titus 1:2)
The Word of God states: “God is not a man, that He should lie; neither the son of man, that He should repent; hath He said, and shall He not do it? Or hath he spoken, and shall He not make it good?” (Numbers 23:19
THE BIBLE SAYS: "I hate every false way." (Psalm 119:104) "Lying lips are abomination to the Lord: but they that deal truly are His delight." (Prov. 12:22)
God has not lied, cannot lie and will not lie, for He not only speaks the Truth, but HE IS THE TRUTH! The Holy Record says, "And He that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And He said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful." (Rev. 21:5) Our Lord Jesus Christ stated, "I am the Way, the Truth and the Life." (John 14:6)
THERE IS NO TRUTH IN SATAN:
HE IS A LIAR EXTRA-ORDINAIRE!
Jesus Christ’s description of the Evil One was an indictment:"He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him." (John 8:44)
False teachers who give themselves over to Satan become perverted, because he is perverted! "And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient. (Not proper, not appropriate)" (Rom. 1:28)
"Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron." (1 Tim. 4:1-2)
The Holy Scripture makes it very plain, that the Blessed Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Truth: "But when the Comforter is come, Whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of Truth, which proceedeth from the Father, He shall testify of Me." (John 15:26)
"...the anointing of God teacheth you all things and is truth and is no lie”. (1 John 2:27)
WHO IS A LIAR? HE THAT DENIES CHRIST’S DIVINITY!
St. John declared, "I have not written unto you because ye know not the truth, but because ye know it, and that no lie is of the truth. Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ?
“He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son. Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the father: but he that acknowledgeth the Son hath the Father also." (1 John 2:21-23)
All who advocate teachings, ideologies and doctrines that disagree with the Holy Bible - the Divine Infallible Word of God - were labelled liars, by the Apostle Paul, when he wrote:
“For what if some did not believe? Shall their unbelief make the faith of God without effect? God forbid: Yea, let God be true, but every man a liar...” (Rom. 3:3-4)
It matters not what men say about the Word of God. It will stand the test of both time and eternity; never swerving nor changing, but always constant and firm. Praise God!
IT IS IMPOSSIBLE FOR GOD TO LIE!
The writer to the Hebrews (probably St. Paul) declared without hesitation, citing two proofs that God can be trusted to be absolutely steadfast, trustworthy and honour.
“For when God made promise to Abraham, because He could swear by no greater, He sware by Himself, saying, Surely, blessing I will bless thee, and multiplying I will multiply thee.
“And so, after he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise. For men verily swear by the greater: and an oath for confirmation is to them an end of all strife.
“Wherein God, willing more abundantly to shew unto the heirs of promise the immutability of His counsel (the permanent character of His Word) confirmed it by an oath: That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us:
“Which we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast and which entereth into that within the veil; whither the forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus, made an High Priest forever after the order of Melchisedek." (Heb. 6:13-20)
What He has done for one, He will do for all who believe! WHY IS THIS? He is no respecter of persons. The only thing that God answers to is sincere belief and faith in Him! If we mean business with God, calling upon Him in humility and faith, He will answer.
Jesus often said to those whom He saved, healed and delivered: "Thy faith hath saved thee; go in peace." (Luke 7:50); "Arise, go thy way: thy faith hath made thee whole." (Luke 17:19); “According to thy faith, be it unto thee." (Matt. 9:29) "If thou wouldst believe thou shouldest see the glory of God? (John 11:40)
Faith stirs the heart of God and causes Him to work on our behalf! Yes, indeed, Faith Works Miracles!
The Scripture says, "Whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved." (Acts 2:21) "He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him." (John 3:36)
THEE, THEM, THEY, WHOSOEVER,
ANY, EVERYONE, YE, ALL PEOPLE!
The Bible says, “He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved, but he that believeth not shall be damned”. (Mark 16:16)
“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 16:17-18)
THE HOLY RECORD states: “Whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have eternal life”. (John 3:15) “Is any sick among you? Let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him." (James 5:4)
St. Peter said, "Repent and be baptized every one of you in the Name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. For the promise is unto you and to your children and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call." (Acts 2:38-39)
The Angel said, "Fear not; for behold I bring you tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people." (Luke 2:10) Jesus said, "Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled." (Matt. 5:6)
The Scripture says, "He hath filled the hungry with good things; and the rich he hath sent empty away." (Luke 1:53) James declared, "If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, Who giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him." (James 1:5)
SUBMIT YOURSELF UNTO GOD!
Here is an important key to receiving from our blessed Lord: "Draw nigh to God, and He will draw nigh to you." (James 4:8); "Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you." (James 4:6)
The weapons of our warfare are for ALL Christians and are provided for ALL who will put them on and use them.
"For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds." (2 Cor. 10:4) "Put on the whole armour of God that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil." (Eph. 6:11)
Jesus said, "Go ye therefore and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost." (Matt. 28:19) Again the Bible says, "And this gospel of the Kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come." (Matt. 24:14)
St. Paul said, "For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon Him." (Rom. 10:12)
GOD IS NO RESPECTER OF PERSONS!
"Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved." (Acts 16:31) All who call upon the name of the Lord are saved! "And it shall come to pass that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved." (Acts 2:21)
All who believe the gospel, repent of their sins, and confess them to Christ are forgiven. But, you must call upon His name. NO OTHER NAME WILL DO! Only the name of Jesus Christ can and will save sinners from guilt, fear, torment, sin, sickness, death and the devil!
God answers the prayers of all who ask in faith: "Ask and it shall be given you; seek and ye shall find; knock and it shall be opened unto you. For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened." (Matt.7:7-8)
The Word of God declares: "Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons." (Acts 10:34; "God gives to all men liberally and upbraideth not." (James 1:5)
God is eternal, omnipotent, omniscient and omnipresent, therefore, it is no problem for Him to be everywhere at the same time. Since He does not grow old and remains the same, He can still operate effectively during the totality of our earth’s history - past, present or future!
And because God does not change, He will still perform those same great miracles that He has performed in the past, in any place, any time or for any one He chooses! He is God and therefore, has all power, knows all things and can do all things!
He is the GREAT I AM and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. That is the God Who saves, heals, delivers and gives Eternal Life to those who trust in Him and receive His Son as their personal Saviour and Lord!
I am not speaking of Buddha, the god who never was or Allah, the Arabian god of the desert (possibly the son of Alilah), Shiva, the god of the Hindus, Zeus of the ancient Romans, Baal of the Philistines or Odin of the Vikings, who now has been proven to be nothing more than a king who was deified by his people, or the unknown god of the Mormons, whom Joseph Smith deceptively stated, ‘was once a man who became God’! My question is: “Pray tell, Who made that man who became God”?
A similarity exists between Muslim and Mormon teaching. Muhammed was an uneducated camel driver and warrior. Joseph Smith was a no – account drifter, occult soothsayer and swindler!
He allegedly plagiarized Spalding’s unpublished novel, which suspiciously disappeared after his death. Hand writing experts have verified that parts of his novel about the ‘History of the American Indians’ ended up as part of the Book of Mormon!
Muhammed claimed that Gabriel dictated to him the words of the Quran, even though it contains many serious contradictions, carries many plagiarized portions of the Old and New Testaments and spurious writings from known enemies of the Gospels. It also contains direct passages from known ancient writings of Jewish Talmuds!
The Quran erroneously calls Miryam the sister of Moses, the virgin mother of Jesus! Muhammed was so untaught in the New Testament that that he didn’t know the difference, and so confused Miriam the sister of Moses (who lived 2,000 years earlier) with Miryam (Mary) the virgin mother of Jesus! At first, Muhammed believed that the Christians taught that the Holy Trinity was comprised of God the Father, Mary the Mother and Jesus the Son!
TWO OF THEIR GREATEST ERRORS ARE: They place the 7th century camel driver who conquered and killed by the sword, above Jesus the Christ, Whom they call only a lesser prophet.
And secondly, they claim Jesus’ prophecy of the descent of the Holy Spirit referred to Muhammed, thereby blasphemously declaring that their prophet is the fulfillment of the Blessed Holy Ghost, the sweet Spirit of Almighty God!
I repeat, God is no respecter of places, nationalities or geographic boundaries. St. Paul stated, "There is no respecter of persons with God. For as many as have sinned without the law shall also perish without the law; and as many as have sinned in the law shall be judged by the law." (Rom. 2:11-12)
Rich and poor, black and white, red, yellow and brown all stand on even ground in His sight! (There are certain promises made to Israel that do not apply to the Gentiles. These are an exception, for Israel has played and will play a special role in the history of God's dealings with man)
His love transcends all borders as St. Peter discovered when he and six of his Jewish brethren went - by the command of the Lord - to minister to Cornelius and his household.
"While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word. And they of the circumcision which believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost. For they heard them speak with tongues and magnify God." (Acts 10:44-46)
Foolish men have tried to dictate to God! You cannot lock God in a time capsule or a straight jacket, dictating to Him when, where and upon whom He can or cannot work His works! He is God and cannot be bound by our finite minds and often "wrong thinking", in the natural! Theologians have tried to do this repeatedly!
Just as they have put a TIMING DEVICE on HIS ABILITY and PREDESTINED HIS WILL in such matters, He suddenly breaks forth in sovereign and glorious demonstration and does the unthinkable in the most unusual places and so-called forbidden times!
Revival after revival have broken loose in nation after nation, century after century, and will continue to do so until Jesus comes and the Church is translated to Heaven!
The Pharisees and Sadducees were disturbed that Jesus broke the Sabbath by healing the sick on that day (John 5:10-18). Jesus said that He had been sent only to the lost sheep of the House of Israel (Matt. 15:20-28), yet He was drawn by human need and went to ‘Jacob’s well’ in Sychar, Samaria in order to save an adulterous woman, as well as many of her friends. (John 4:28-30)
A great revival was the outcome, as He stayed for two days ministering to them!
Almighty God upset Peter by giving him a vision of unclean animals and telling him to rise up, kill and eat, thereby sending him to the Gentiles. (Acts 10:9-16) Some theologians believe that the two days Jesus stayed with the Samaritans, is a type of the Gospel Age – two thousand years preaching the Gospel to the Gentiles! (2 Pet. 3:8)
The Apostles and Disciples of our Lord continued to preach the Gospel and work miracles in Jesus’ Name, even though they were forbidden to do so by the religious authorities in the face of imprisonment and death. (Acts 4:16-21)
God worked miracles through the ministry of lay people like Stephen and Philip who were only deacons (Acts 7:5-8) and used the common people to spread the Gospel during times of great persecution. (Acts 8:1-5)
The Early Church grew and multiplied covering the earth, even in times of poverty, severe testing and great persecution!
THE REFORMATION BROUGHT
GOD BACK INTO THE CHURCH!
The Protestant Reformation altered the balance of power in Europe. The Gospel of Christ began to triumph again! Martin Luther shook the Roman Catholic conglomerate, when he opposed many of its corrupt practices! And great revivals broke loose, bringing wonderful liberty and Holy Ghost joy to millions, against the objections of a powerful ruling church and state!
John Knox, Count Zinzendorf, John and Charles Wesley, George Whitefield, D.L. Moody, Charles Finney, Evan Roberts, William Booth, Billy Graham and other great evangelists proved that God was not through working among men, spearheading revivals that shook the world.
John Alexander Dowie, John Lake, Charles S. Price, William Freeman, Jack Coe, Gordon Lindsay, Oral Roberts, T.L.Osborn and other great evangelists led multitudes into the knowledge of God’s healing stream.
At this point in time, millions of people from all major denominations upon the face of the earth are being filled with the Holy Spirit, speaking in tongues in a great charismatic revival!
German Evangelist, Reinhard Bonnke, who has reached multiplied millions of souls for Jesus Christ across the African continent, recently conducted a crusade in Nigeria with outstanding success.
On November 12, 2000, 1,093,475 souls received Jesus Christ as their personal Saviour. And during the six day crusade in which six million people heard the gospel, 3.4 million responded to the invitation to receive Christ!
The June, 2001, ‘Voice of Victory’ magazine reporting on the Lagos, Nigerian crusade, stated: That meeting also marked Reinhard’s return to Nigeria after a nine - year ban following a Muslim riot that killed hundreds of people.
Angry at the devil for hindering God’s plan for Nigeria, Reinhard made a faith demand to receive 900 per cent return in souls for everything the devil stole during those nine years. “At first we averaged 100,000 people coming for salvation each week,” Reinhard said. “Later the weekly average jumped to a million”
Many religious leaders would like to stop the revival if they could, but it cannot be quenched. It burns on in Holy Ghost flame and fire! God is working His miracles today, despite and in spite of the foolishness of man's narrow and restricted vision and misconceptions - Praise the Living Christ!
Although man has failed in everything he has tried to do, God is perfect and has never failed. He cannot fail and He will not fail! King Solomon, in his anointed dedicatory prayer made the statement, “Not one word of all His good promises has failed”. (1 Kings 8:56)
God has not failed, He cannot fail and He will not fail! It is impossible for God to fail!
HE CANNOT DENY HIMSELF, FOR HE IS FAITHFUL WHO HAS PROMISED! (2 Tim. 2:13) The Scripture says: “The callings of God are without repentance”. (Rom. 11:29) When He gives us something, He does so because He so desires and He does not ask us to return that gift.
The Bible says: “The foundations of God are sure having this seal, the Lord knoweth them that are His”. (2 Tim. 2:19) He called SAMUEL by name and he also knew JEREMIAH and JACOB personally! The Living Jesus met SAUL of Tarsus in a blinding light and spoke his name!
Since He knows us by name, He is able to supply our needs as well as keep us in His perfect will! He also sees the sparrow fall, knows the number of hairs on our head, and clothes the lilies of the field.
YOU CAN’T DIVORCE THE PRESENCE
OF GOD FROM HIS MIRACULOUS POWER!
Certainly He has enough grace, goodness, propriety and good sense to look after us! His wisdom is greater than all, and we are His creation, as well as members of His body and sons and daughters through the new birth.
BY ADOPTION, we have become heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, (Rom. 8:17) bone of His bone and flesh of His flesh. (Eph. 5:30) Why is this? We are the body of Christ and members in particular of His body. (1 Cor. 12:12) Praise His holy name!
Since He has become so involved in our lives and invested so much in us, certainly - in His divine wisdom and understanding - He will not discard us, as some would have us believe.
Jesus said, “I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee” (Heb. 13:5). Here, Jesus used a double imperative: “I will never, no never leave thee. I will never, no never forsake thee.”
He stated that He would be with them unto the end of the world. (Matt. 28:20) No wonder St. Peter declared that we are “...kept by the power of God through faith...” (1 Peter 1:5)
You cannot divorce God’s presence from His power! Many desire God’s presence with them, but they do not expect Him to effectively use His power to work a miracle for them.
You cannot separate the healing, saving, delivering and keeping power of God from His ever-abiding presence! You can always depend upon the Lord because of His faithfulness and dependability!
The song writer penned the words: “Jesus never fails - Jesus never fails - Heaven and earth shall pass away, but Jesus never fails!” God has not failed in the past, is faithful now and cannot and will not fail in the future. What a glorious truth and what an Almighty God we serve. Hallelujah!
HE REMAINS FAITHFUL STILL!
Often among we humans there are gross contradictions or seeming contradictions as situations change, attitudes change and positions change to adapt to the new realities of life. Not so with God - He is changeless and His purposes, aims and goals forge ahead unabated!
During World War II we certainly saw evidence of how leaders and nations changed their positions. Joseph Stalin fought alongside Adolf Hitler until he realized the West would ultimately win. Then, the wily communists left their Nazi bed-partners and joined with the West.
The Pope blessed Benito Mussolini together with his war machine to go out in murderous raids against Ethiopia to plunder, murder and rape. When the Roman Catholic Church saw that Mussolini would fall, they quickly changed their minds and swung over to the Allied side.
The U.S.A. was going to keep out of the war until the Imperial forces of Hirohito’s Japan smashed the U.S. Naval base in Honolulu. That changed their position totally and thrust them into the Second World War, bringing ultimate victory to the Allied forces.
GOD, HOWEVER, DOES NOT CHANGE and cannot deny Himself. St. Paul declares, "Wherein I suffer trouble, as an evil doer, even unto bonds; but the word of God is not bound." (2 Tim. 3:10)
You cannot destroy, bind or nullify the Word of God. The Bible says, "The Scripture cannot be broken" (John 10:35); "The Word of God is quick and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword..." (Heb. 4:12) Certainly we can trust the Word of God for time and eternity!
Paul continues: "If we believe not, yet He remaineth faithful; He cannot deny Himself." (2 Tim. 3:13) Even though we fail Him, His Word is still true and He will not deny Himself or fail us!
LET GOD BE TRUE!
"For what if some did not believe? Shall their unbelief make the faith of God without effect? God forbid: Yea, let God be true, but every man a liar..." (Rom. 3:3-4)
Does God fail? Can He fail? Will He fail? Certainly not! Is He trustworthy? Can we depend upon Him? Most certainly we can! The Scripture states that even if some do not believe, that does not nullify the Word of God! Then St. Paul comes on strong: "GOD FORBID": yea, let God be true and every man be a liar!
Anyone who denies the Word of God opposes the Word of God or who changes the Word is a colossal liar and an enemy of the Kingdom of God!
That is the reason God hates the false ways of cults like the Mormons, Jehovah Witnesses, Christian Science, Scientology, Armstrongism, Branhamism, the New Age Movement and others, who have added their own man-made traditions and teachings to the Word of God!
St. Paul stated: "I marvel that ye are so soon removed from Him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another Gospel; which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the Gospel of Christ.
“But though we or angel from Heaven, preach any other Gospel unto you, than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. As we said before, so say I now again, if any man preach any other Gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed!" (Gal. 1:6-9)
That is strong language, indeed. This teaches us how much God is against lies, falsehood and spurious teachings, which conflict with His holy Word!
THE GIFTS AND
CALLINGS OF GOD
"And so all Israel shall be saved...for this is My covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins. For the gifts and callings of God are without repentance." (Rom. 11:26, 17, 29)
This Scripture speaks of Israel, who had backslidden and been judged severely, but who will be saved in the end. We are the bride of Christ (Rev.21:9) to be married to Christ - the Heavenly Bride.
Israel is the wife of God, Who is married to the backslidden Israel. (Isaiah 64:6-7). However, because of His faithfulness, Israel will be given a final opportunity and after He has taken her through much tribulation, she shall be saved.
In spite of being guilty of rejecting His Son, condemning Him to the Cross, and embracing the false Christ (John 5: 43) during the first 3-1/2 years of the Great Tribulation, God will still forgive Israel and bring them into the fold, because of His Covenant with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, which He will not break under any circumstances. Praise the Lord!
What a great, good and wonderful God we serve and how thankful we should be for His grace, mercy and longsuffering towards us!
GOD ALWAYS FULFILLS HIS WORD!
Repeatedly, we read in the Holy Scriptures: "...that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophets." (Matt. 1:21; 2:17) You can be absolutely certain that whatever the prophets declared would come to pass, shall come to pass!
“There is no doubt about the veracity of God's Word. When you read in the Holy Bible: "Thus saith the Lord..." You can be absolutely certain that it will happen - it will come to pass. Again, we read often "...and it shall come to pass..."
Make no mistake about it, whatever God has declared, He will do! Let us look briefly at only a few verses of Scripture to back up these claims.
(I). THE BIRTH OF JESUS
"Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a Son, and shall call His name Emanuel." (Isa. 7:14) "...the Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God." (Luke 1:35)
"Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying…" (Matt. 1:22); "But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth His Son, made of a woman… " (Gal. 4:4)
(II).THE DEATH OF JESUS
"Then saith Jesus unto them, All ye shall be offended because of Me this night: for it is written, I will smite the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock shall be scattered abroad." (Matt. 26:31)
"And forthwith he came to Jesus, and said, Hail, master; and kissed Him. And Jesus said unto him, Friend, wherefore art thou come? Then came they, and laid hands on Jesus, and took Him away." (Matt 26: 49-50)
"In that same hour said Jesus to the multitudes, Are ye come out as against a thief with swords and staves for to take Me? I sat daily with you teaching in the temple, and ye laid no hold on Me. But all this was done, that the scriptures of the prophets might be fulfilled. Then all the disciples forsook Him, and fled." (Matt. 26:55-56)
"Ye know that after two days is the feast of the passover, and the Son of man is betrayed to be crucified." (Matt. 26:2)
"Then Judas, which had betrayed Him, when he saw that He was condemned, repented himself, and brought again the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders, Saying, I have sinned in that I have betrayed innocent blood.
“And they said, What is that to us? see thou to that. And he cast down the pieces of silver in the temple, and departed, and went and hanged himself. And the chief priests took the silver pieces, and said, It is not lawful for to put them into the treasury, because it is the price of blood.
“And they took counsel, and bought with them the potter's field, to bury strangers in. Wherefore that field was called, The field of blood, unto this day.
“Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremy the prophet, saying, And they took the thirty pieces of silver, the price of Him that was valued, Whom they of the children of Israel did value; And gave them for the potter's field, as the Lord appointed me." (Matt 27:3-10)
(III).THE RESURRECTION OF JESUS
“In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre.
"And, behold there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it. His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow: And for fear of him the keepers did shake, and became as dead men.
“And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified. He is not here: for He is risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.
“And go quickly, and tell His disciples that He is risen from the dead, and, behold, He goeth before you into Galilee; there shall ye see Him: lo, I have told you.
“And they departed quickly from the sepulchre with fear and great joy; and did run to bring His disciples word. And as they went to tell His disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, All hail. And they came and held Him by the feet, and worshipped Him.
“Then said Jesus unto them, Be not afraid: go tell My brethren that they go into Galilee, and there shall they see Me.” (Matt. 28:1-10)
(IV). THE OUTPOURING OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
"And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out My Spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions; And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out My Spirit." (Joel 2:28-29)
"But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel; And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of My Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams:
“And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved." (Acts 2: 16-17, 21); "For these are not drunken, as ye suppose, seeing it is but the third hour of the day. But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel…" (Acts 2: 15-16)
“This Jesus hath God raised up, whereof we all are witnesses. Therefore being by the right hand of God exalted, and having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost, He hath shed forth this, which ye now see and hear." (Acts 2:32-33)
(V). SALVATION AND DIVINE HEALING
"And it shall come to pass that whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved." (Acts 2:17); "And the same day there were added unto them about 3000 souls." (Acts 2:41)
"Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost."
"For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call. And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying, Save yourselves from this untoward generation.
“Then they that gladly received his word were baptized; and the same day, there were added unto them about three thousand souls. And they continued steadfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.
“And fear came upon every soul: and many wonders and signs were done by the apostles. And all that believed were together, and had all things common. And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need.
“And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking of bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart, Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.”
"But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon Him; and with His stripes we are healed." (Isa.53:5)
"When the even was come, they brought unto Him many that were possessed with devils: and He cast out the spirits with His word, and healed all that were sick: That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, Himself took our infirmities, and bare our sicknesses." (Matt. 8:16-17)
God says in His Word, "Call upon Me in the day of trouble and I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify Me." ( Ps. 50:15)
God is never late or too busy to answer us. He is not tired, on vacation, or sleeping! God is not on strike or out of business. He is waiting for us, ready and willing to hear our prayers and meet our every need. He is available 24 hours a day. We can come before Him at any hour of the day or night!
Jesus said, "Come unto Me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest." (Matt. 11:28)
Hear the Word of the Lord to you, my friend:
Hear the Word of the Lord to you, my friend:
"Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the Lord, and He will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon." (Isa.55:7)
Our Lord invites, "Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow: though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool." (Isa. 1:18).
Here is the Lord's invitation to us all: "Before they call I will answer, and while they are yet speaking I will hear." (Isa. 64:24). Our Heavenly Father is always is always there when we need Him. He is always near and He never sleeps! And He never dies. He will look after us eternally!
The Bible says: “He never slumbers nor sleeps”. (Ps. 121:4) He is not on strike or out of sorts. Our Lord is very much in the business of setting people free from sin, fear, sickness, disease and the power of the devil!
THE BIBLE SAYS, "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." (John14:13, 14)
"Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened unto him."
I wish to share one final Scripture before I close this message: Jesus said, "Whatsoever things ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them." (Mark 11:24)
THESE GREAT TRUTHS!
1. God has not changed, He cannot change and He will not change because it is impossible for God to change!
2. God has not lied, He cannot lie and He will not lie. You can trust His Word to you because it is impossible for God to lie!
3. God has not failed, He cannot fail and He will not fail because it is impossible for God to fail!
4. God is no respecter of persons, places or times! What He did 2,000 years ago in Galilee, He can do today anywhere in the world for those in need!
5. God is always on time, always there when you need Him, always ready to answer your prayer and fulfill His Word in your life. He is available 24 hours of the day.
DON’T FORGET, GOD CARES ABOUT YOU! Amen.