Saturday, January 28, 2012

Jesus said: "The thief (Satan) has come only to steal, kill and destroy. I AM come that they might have LIFE and have it more abundantly." (John 10:10)

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By Pastor Max Solbrekken, D.D.

This life is full of problems, trials and heartaches and many have gotten caught in the tide, as the storms of life have almost overtaken them.  They may even feel that life isn’t worth living, as their lot has been nothing but sorrow, grief and woe!

Dear friend, are you such a one?  If you are, then I want to say, ‘I have good news for you. Christ is the Answer, and He answers prayer!’


You don’t know which way to turn! Your friends have forsaken you.  Your loved ones have proven unfaithful and untrue.  You have lost confidence in everyone, including God. Remember dear friend, man may fail you but God will not and cannot fail.  

He says in His Word, “I will never leave thee nor forsake thee:” (Heb. 13:5) Jesus declares to all believers:  “Lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world (age)”. (Matt. 28:20)


You’re scared and fear has gripped your heart.  You’re fearful of the future, your employer, even your friends and relatives! You may be fearful of what you may do.  Possibly you’re afraid that you’ll crack up, go insane or commit suicide.

Dear Friend, listen to the words of our blessed Lord, “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”. (Isaiah 41:10)

That is God speaking to you through His Word. Appropriate His promise for yourself now and claim that promise!

God’s Word says, “Perfect love casteth out fear”. (1 John 4:18);  “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him, should not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)

God loves you, my friend.  If you love Him, that is perfect love and your fears must leave immediately. How is this possible? you may ask. Christ has conquered fear: “Through death He (Jesus) might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; and deliver them that through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage”. (Heb. 2:14-15)


Just remember - Christ is your only hope and the only answer to your every problem!
You may be in real turmoil and things have gone wrong for you, spiritually.  You don’t have the desire you once had to witness and testify for Jesus Christ.

You’ve lost the victory in your life and you’ve grown cold in your love and devotion to God.
Jesus said, “...If any man thirst, let him come unto Me and drink. He that believeth on Me as the Scripture hath said, out of his belly (innermost being) shall flow rivers of living water”. (John 7:37-38)

The Bible states, “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”. (Acts 2:38-39)

Humble yourself, confess your sins to God and rejoice as the joy of the Lord floods your soul.  Hallelujah!


The bills are stacking up and you’re at the end of the rope, financially.  Life seems to have given you a rough time. Have you prayed about it?  Remember, Christ is the answer to every problem!
The Lord is very concerned about you, “For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched by the feeling of our infirmities”. (Heb. 4:15)

Jesus said, “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”. (Matt. 7:7-8)

Our Saviour proclaimed, “If ye shall ask anything in My name, I will do it”. (John 14:14)
The Bible states, “Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper, and be in health, even as thy soul doth prosper”. (3 John 1:2)  Maybe you’ve robbed God! Read Malachi 3:8-12 to see the gravity of that!

Examine your life, repent and pay your vows.  Then you can claim God’s promise: “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)


You can’t seem to break free from them. You are powerless against them.  When it seems you’ve got it beat, you have a compelling urge to have another cigarette or another drink of whiskey!  Or to gamble at Bingo, VLT slot machines or the Casino ‘dens of iniquity’!

YOU MAY BE AN ALCOHOLIC OR DRUG ADDICT!  Listen, my friend, no one else may care, but Jesus cares!  He loves you and wants to deliver you and make you free! Get on your knees, and cry out to God.  He will answer your prayer and you will no longer be a slave to those evil habits.

Don’t be discouraged; help is on the way to you.  God knows all about you and wants to liberate you!


Perhaps you’re deaf or blind.  You may have heart trouble, cancer, diabetes, MS or even AIDS.  The disease is eating away your body; the sickness is slowly taking your life.

You’re crippled or paralyzed and the doctors have done all they can do - all human help is gone.
My friend, don’t despair. Dry your tears, and listen to the Words of Jesus.  “The thief (devil) cometh not, but to steal and to kill, and to destroy; I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” (John 10:10)

The devil has afflicted you and wants to destroy you, but Jesus was manifested to destroy the works of the devil (1 John 3:8).

Jesus Christ overcame death, hell and the grave. He was victorious over Satan, making a show of him openly, triumphing over him. (Col. 2:15)


And you’re not going to continue to be sick.  You’re not going to die of that awful disease, if you’ll reach forth your hand by faith right now and take the nail-scarred hand of Jesus!

Jesus said, “Him that cometh to Me, I will in no wise case out”. (John 6:37)  Again Jesus declared, “If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth”. (Mark 9:23)

Our Lord Jesus came to deliver the captives, open the eyes of the blind, and set at liberty them that are bruised. (Luke 4:18)

You may feel, “My sickness is too great - no one can help me”.  Listen, my friend, Jesus is greater than your sickness! He is greater than blind eyes or deaf ears:  Christ is greater than anxiety, panic attacks, arthritis, goiter, cancer, diabetes or multiple sclerosis!


He said, “I am the Lord that healeth thee”. (Ex. 15:26) Accept Him now as your Healer.  Get ready to act your faith in Jesus Christ.  I will pray for you in a moment.  As you read my prayer, turn your faith loose toward God and take your healing by faith in the finished work of Calvary.

Remember, the Bible says:  “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”. (Isaiah 53:5)


I say to you, Jesus Christ came to seek and to save them that are lost. (Luke 19:10) Are you a backslider?   Has your heart grown cold to the call of God?  Friend, come back to Jesus today, repent of every sin and confess that you cannot save yourself.

Cry out to Him to be merciful to you and He will, for God’s Word declares: “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);
Behold I stand at the door and knock.  If any man hear My voice, and open the door, I will come in to him and will sup (fellowship) with him and he with Me”. (Rev. 3:20)


Now, thank Him for saving you and let your light shine for Him in your daily life! Attend a Church where they believe in and preach the Full Gospel. There, you will find love and fellowship among the saints who have received ‘The Baptism of the Holy Ghost’, according to Acts 2:4.

It should be a Church where they pray for the sick, believe in sanctification and dedication to God, and have a desire to win souls for Jesus!

Obey the command of the Lord and be baptized in water by immersion according to Matt. 28:19, Acts 2:41 and Acts 8:36-39.


And seek God for the ‘Baptism of the Holy Ghost’ (Acts 2:39), and witness continually wherever possible to others, about Jesus Christ.

Remember. Christ is the Answer and wants to deliver you this very moment, as I pray:

“Almighty God, I pray in the Name of Thy Son Jesus Christ that You will bless each one reading these words!  I command every evil spirit, sickness and disease to leave those that are afflicted. O’ Lord, save, heal and deliver each one now in the Name of Jesus.  AMEN!”


“Be of good cheer!  It is I; be not afraid.” (Mark 6:10); “Peace be unto you.” (Luke 24:36); “Be of good comfort.” (Luke 8:48)

·     “Fear not, only believe.” (Mark 5:36); “Have faith in GOD.” (Mark 11:22)
·     “The things which are impossible with men are possible with GOD.” (Luke 18:27); “For with GOD nothing shall be impossible.” (Luke 1:37);
·     “Peace I leave with you.  My peace I give unto you: not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” (John 14:27)
·     “Come unto ME, all ye who labour and are heavy laden and I will give you rest.” (Matt. 11:28)
Empty Religion and philosophy is meaningless.  

Only a relationship with Jesus Christ saves and heals! Beware of false prophets and cult leaders who preach that good works can save you and that by joining their group or 'church' you will be saved. 

Please remember, the first sign of a cult is that they are the ONLY people who preach the Truth and by joining their group you will be saved! That is a lie from Hell. 

Only those who believe that Jesus Christ was True God from Eternity and True Man by His virgin birth and Who took our place on the cross by shedding His pure and perfect blood, was buried and three days later arose from the dead, become God`s children by Grace through Faith in His perfect work on Mount Calvary!

The hymn writer penned the words: 'Nothing in my hands I bring; Simply to Thy cross I cling. Naked, come to Thee for dress; Helpless, come to Thee for grace. Foul, I to Thy fountain fly; wash me, Savior, or I die.'

The Bible states: "If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: 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." (1 John 1; 6, 7).

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