Saturday, October 6, 2012

To God & Country: We praise, worship and thank Him and He pours His blessings upon us. "God be merciful unto us, and bless us; and cause His face to shine upon us. Selah (pause, think of that) That Thy way may be known upon earth, Thy saving health among all nations. Let the people praise Thee O God; Let all the people praise Thee . Then shall the earth yield her increase; and God, even our own God, shall bless us." (Psalm 67:1-3,6) - Pastor Max Solbrekken


OCTOBER 8 is a very special day for Donna and me because 57 years ago (1955) on that date we were joined together in Holy Matrimony, and because it is the day that has been set aside in Canada for thankful reflection.

First of all our thanks should be to our Heavenly Father the benevolent Creator God and has given us Life and all good things. Secondly, we should thank God for all who are and have been helpful, generous and kind! We have so much to be thankful for.

Sadly, we live in a generation that has fulfilled the prophecy of the Holy Bible that points out ‘unthankfulness’ as one of the sins, among many others, that will be prevalent in the ‘Last Days’. (2 Tim.3: 1-5)

How thankful we should be for the Gospel of Jesus Christ and freedom from the power of evil and darkness that He gives every one of His blood-washed children. The whole world was lost in sin, fear, sickness and death and then God the Son, ‘Christ the Righteous One’, was incarnated (God in human flesh), came from Heaven to save us all.

More than 700 years before the birth of Christ, Isaiah stated: “Therefore the Lord Himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a SON, and shall call His name Immanuel.” (Isa.7:14) Again he prophesied: “For unto us a child is born, unto us a Son is given: and the government shall be upon His shoulder: and His Name shall be called Wonderful Counsellor, The Mighty God, The Everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” (Isa. 9: 6)

Micah, a younger contemporary of Isaiah pin-pointed the very town where Jesus would be born: "But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be Ruler in Israel; Whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.” (Micah 5: 2)

The Bible says: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believeth on Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him should be saved.” (John 3: 16, 17). 

“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)

In his amazing Epistle to the Romans, St. Paul outlines the glorious  salvation that was in the heart of God before the foundations of the earth were laid. God the Son would wrap Himself in human flesh, suffer, bleed and die for the sins of the human race. 

His resurrection from the dead on the third day gave Him complete victory over death, hell and the grave and paid the sin debt that had been laid upon us by Adam’s tragic fall!

“For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man some 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.” (Romans 5: 6-8)

We have so much to be thankful for in Canada, a land of freedom, ample natural resources and rare opportunities. It is also a land with a great history, democratic principles and strong Christian faith and morals. 

And after more than a long decade of the corrupting influence of a decadent government we have become the envy of the world again with a stable, sane and level-headed government and a Prime Minister who is looked upon as the moral and economic leader of the free world.

May God bless Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his family, and all those who serve in the Canadian Government. May God bless HRH Queen Elizabeth 11 and His blessings also rest upon each one reading these lines! Amen.