Thursday, November 28, 2013

             Max Solbrekken World Mission

Box 44220 RPO Garside, Edmonton, AB T5V 1N6

[email protected] -  780-460-8444
Dear Friend of Jesus:                                December, 2013             Greetings in the name of  Jesus Christ the Unspeakable Gift and thank you my dear friend for your prayers and generous gifts to this Soul-winning Ministry. Donna and I are so thankful to you and our graious Lord!

He who was RICH became POOR so that we might be liberated from SLAVERY and servitude to the world, the flesh and the Devil and be adopted as Children of the Most High God! (Phil. 2: 5-11; Rom.8: 17)

And He Who knew no SIN became a SIN OFFERING for us by shedding His pure and precious BLOOD for our redemption, thereby meeting the demands of Divine Justice!  (2 Cor.5: 21;  8:9)
Jesus Christ, True God from Eternity and True man because of His virgin birth is our propitiation, meaning that God was satisfied with  His vicarious death for the sins of the world, past, present and future!

God did NOT buy us back from Satan because he has never owned us. We have always belonged to God, but because of sin and rebellion we have been disenfranchised from our Creator and thus became enemies of His Kingdom! (Isa.59: 1,2; Rom.5: 1. 6-12)

                     JESUS OF NAZARETH WAS THAT MAN!

The purchase price of our redemption from the powers of Darkness, was the innocent blood of a PERFECT MAN, who could meet the demands of a Just  and Holy God! (Rom.7: 14-5; 8:1,2; 1 Cor.6: 20; 7: 23)

Satan is God’s Jailor! The old LIAR, undoubtedly loves to torment people and see them squirm but he hates the fact that ONE DAY SOON, he will be bound and cast into the “Lake of Fire” for eternity!  .(Rev. 20: 10)

St. Paul writes: “Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be PARTAKERS of the inheritance of the SAINTS in light: Who 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: 12-14); “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...” (Heb.2: 14,15)

From the cross, Jesus cried out, “It is Finished.” Immediately, Satan was obligated to release all sinners who trusted in Christ’s precious Blood. While the FATHER was judging His Son in our stead, the Blessed Holy Spirit was in Christ reconciling the world, unto Himself. (2 Cor.5:19)
The Holy Spirit protected the Blood of Jesus so that it could NOT die and works in and through His blood. After rising from the dead our Lord carried His HOLY BLOOD into the Holy of Holies, where it now resides in Heaven!

“Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but BY HIS OWN BLOOD He entered in once into the Holy Place, having obtained Eternal Redemption for us!” (Heb. 9: 11-14) Only through the shed blood of the Incarnate Son of God is there Hope, Healing, Peace and Eternal Life!

Your servant for Jesus' sake,
Pastor Max Solbrekken, 2 Corinthians 4: 5

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Judge Robert Bork wrote the book, 'Slouching towards Gomorrah'. We are nearer now and moving more quickly. We are today 'Rushing Towards Sodom'' . Let us all pray for God's mercy through Jesus Christ our Lord.! - Pastor Max Solbrekken

By Pastor Max Solbrekken, D.D.
And the Lord said, Because the cry of Sodom and Gomorrah is great, and because their sin is very grievous; I will go down now, and see whether they have done altogether according to the cry of it, which is come unto Me, and if not I will know. And the men turned their faces from thence, and went toward Sodom; but Abraham stood yet before the Lord.” (Genesis 18: 20-22)

JUDGE ROBERT BORK who was nominated to the US Supreme Court by President Ronald Reagan and rejected by the Liberal Democratic Congress, is considered the most honest, intelligent and conservative Judge in recent times! 
Robert Bork wrote the book 'Slouching Towards Gomorrah' in which he documents the downward escalation of the degenerative, corrupting and perverted morals in America. It is an excellent book and not only catalogues the fallacy of liberalism and the sick liberal mind, but also issues a stern warning of the dire consequences of such perversion!

The Holy Bible records the destruction of SODOM and GOMORRAH because of the wickedness of their sins. So vile were the sins of Sodom and Gomorrah that the cries of those who were wounded and harmed by the perversion, had reached heaven itself. 
PREDATORS had been sexually abusing little boys, causing pain, heartbreak and anger and turned those tormented young men into sexual predators also. It was a known fact that it was lawful to gang rape any newcomer to Sodom. (Gen. 19: 4-9). 
The ancient Jewish Babylonian Talmud states that the horrible, filthy SIN of homosexuality was not only condoned but had become a legal, normal lifestyle, until God's mercy ran out and He decided to wipe those cities off the face of the earth.

                             UNDER THE JUDGMENT OF GOD!

It is a TRAGEDY that in this generation, for the first time since the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, a number of nations have legalized 'man-on-man' same-sex marriage. How sad that this has happened! For the first time in 5,000 years, since God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah, Christian nations actually flaunt and boast about about their corruption by publicly thumbing their noses at Almighty God's laws! 
And even as perverted as Sodom and Gomorrah were, God gave Abraham the privilege to plead for their lives. Almighty God's love, mercy and grace shone through as He patiently listened to Abraham's intercession on their behalf. The Bible states: “And Abraham drew near, and said, Wilt Thou also destroy the righteous with the wicked?” (Gen. 18: 23)

We know that the ANSWER to that QUESTION is NO! Here, we learn the art of INTERCESSION: The Righteous interceding for the Wicked! Abraham started by asking the Almighty if He would spare SODOM if there were FIFTY righteous people in the city. The Lord answered that He would NOT destroy Sodom if there were fifty righteous living there.

ABRAHAM continued interceding and each time he lowered the bar in order to spare the city his request was granted, proving the mercy of God! Here is his final request: “And he said, Oh, let not the Lord be angry, and I will speak yet but this once: Peradventure TEN shall be found there. And He (the Lord) said, I WILL NOT DESTROY IT FOR TEN'S SAKE. And the Lord went His way, as soon as He had left communing with Abraham.” (Gen. 18: 24-33)


The sad truth is that there were not ten righteous people in Sodom. Two angels brought Lot, his wife and two daughters out of the city before the judgment of God destroyed Sodom, Gomorrah and the cities of the plains. The angels warned them not to look back, but Lot's wife turned to look back and became a pillar of salt.

And Lot went out, and spake unto his sons in law, which married his daughters, and said, Up, get you out of this place: for the Lord will destroy this city. But he seemed as one that mocked unto his sons in laws. And when the morning arose, the the angels hastened Lot, saying, Arise, take thy wife and thy two daughters, which are here; lest thou be consumed in the iniquity (punishment) of the city.

And while he lingered, the men (angels) laid hold upon his hand, and upon the hand of his wife, and upon the hand of his two daughters; the Lord BEING MERCIFUL unto him; and they brought him forth and set him without the city. And it came to pass, when they had brought them forth abroad, that he said, Escape for thy life; LOOK NOT BEHIND THEE...

Then the Lord rained upon SODOM and GOMORRAH brimstone and fire from heaven; And He overthrew those cities, and all the plain, and all the inhabitants of the cities, and that which grew upon the ground.

But his WIFE LOOKED BACK and became a pillar of salt.” (Gen.19: 7, 22-29) Her heart was in the city. She had children and other relatives there. She made a fatal mistake by disobeying the Angel of God, by looking back to Sodom. And Jesus Christ warned: “Remember Lot's Wife!” (Luke 17:32) 
What is the lesson for us today? We must not look back or go back into the filthy sins from which we have escaped through the mercy of God and the Gospel of Jesus Christ!
In His condemnation of Jerusalem, God equated their sins with that of Sodom. He stated that Jerusalem's SINS were twice as grievous as those of Samaria. The Holy Bible states:

Behold, this was the iniquity of thy sister SODOM: pride, fulness of bread, and abundance of idleness was in her and in her daughters, neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy. And they were haughty, and committed abomination before Me, therefore I took them away as I saw good.” (Ezekiel 16:49-50)

                             THE FIVE SINS OF SODOM!

God is merciful, good and kind. He doesn't judge sinners immediately, but gives everyone the grace to turn back to Him. They had a haughty spirit, making their own rules. They were not thankful, neither did they give God the honour, worship and praise He is entitled to. Tragically, people often backslide and fall into sin gradually. 
In his powerful letter to the Romans, who had earlier come out of pagan worship to serve the Living God, St. Paul enumerated the steps people often take in this regard;  Here is how many fall away and why God has to judge them so severely:

For the wrath of God is revealed from Heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; Because that which may be KNOWN of God is manifest in them; for God hath showed it unto them. For the invisible things of Him from the creation of the world are clearly seen being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead so that they are without excuse:

Because that, when they KNEW GOD, they glorified Him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise they became FOOLS, and changed the glory of the uncorruptible God itto an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and four-footed beasts, and creeping things.

Wherefore God also GAVE THEM UP to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: Who changed the TRUTH OF GOD INTO A LIE, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen. 
For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections; for even their WOMEN did change the NATURAL USE into that which is against nature: 
And likewise also the MEN, leaving the NATURAL USE OF THE WOMAN, burned in their LUST one toward another, men with men working that which is unseemly (grossly improper), and receiving in themselves that recompense of their ERROR which was meet (due penalty of their error). 

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 appropriate). Here is the downward progression that can take a person to lowest depth of perversion and demon possession: 
No. 1: They Knew God – Almighty God had revealed Himself to them through His creation. He had shown them the truth, but they had rejected the truth and did not glorify Him as God and were not thankful. They became vain (empty) in their imaginations.
No, 2: Their Foolish hearts were darkened – Professing themselves to be wise they became fools. The forsook the light of God's Word and rejected their Creator, believing they knew more than He.
No. 3: They Began worshipping created things -They exchanged the glory of the Living God for an image of created things and began worshipping the creature instead of the Creator. Rather than worship the Creator, they worshipped animals and creeping things, as well as their own bodies!
No. 4: They Became Perverted in their minds – They dishonoured their bodies through unnatural and perverted sex; men on men and women on women, bringing God's judgment upon themselves!

                       THE NUMBER ONE SIN WAS PRIDE! 
They considered themselves so great, powerful and intelligent that they were ABOVE THE LAW. They would make their own laws, which led to perversion! The second sin was fulness of bread! They were so prosperous that they had too much of everything. They had their fun and games and FEASTS with revellings and drunkenness! 
SIN number THREE was an abundance of idleness. They were getting handouts from their perverted leaders to spend more time pursuing PLEASURES! More time to spend at the CASINO, in the bars and bath houses and doing their violence and thuggery!

The FOURTH SIN was a lack of compassion for the poor and needy! No time for anyone but themselves. Selfishness, jealousy, envy, hatred, lying, stealing, killing, gambling and raping. A City given over to deceit and corruption with no thought about those that they hurt and neglected!

Finally, they spiralled out of control and wallowed in the sin of sexual perversion! And God said: “Game is Over. It is time Pay for your sins, Sodom and Gomorrah!” 
JUDGE ROBERT BORK wrote about America, 'Slouching Toward Gomorrah'. If he were alive today, I'm sure he would agree with me that the world is, 'Rushing Towards Sodom'. May God help us to turn our faces to the wall like King Hezekiah and
cry out for Mercy and forgiveness for ourselves, our neighbours and our Nation before it is everlastingly too late! Amen.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Has President Barack Obama lost all respect as a Leader of the Free World? He has been caught in a web of lies in America and naivety abroad. He believed that he could make a speech at the UN and everyone would immediately do his bidding. It is like the peanut farmer President Jimmy Carter saying, "My greatest disappointment was that Premier Leonid Brezhnev (of Russia) lied to me." A five year old Canadian boy at that time could have told him not to trust a Communist, because they are all liars.! How could a Community Oganizer from Chicago know how to deal with the major problems on the World Scene? And if President Obama does'nt have the ablity or will power to force Iran to release an innocent American Pastor from the cruel despotic Islamic nation of Iran, how could he have any affect on the tyrannical Ayatollehs who are hell bent on developing nuclear weapons? Go figure! It is, indeed, a sad day for the former great USA. Christians, please pray, pray and pray some more for Pastor Abedini and the USA.- Pastor Max Solbrekken

Secretary of State

Wife of imprisoned pastor says family devastated after Iran deal fails to secure his release

The wife of imprisoned American pastor Saeed Abedini says 
she and her family are devastated after learning that the 
Obama administration did not try to secure the release of her 
husband as part of the newly signed deal on Iran's nuclear program

Saeed Abedini, an American citizen, has been imprisoned in Iran for more than a year for practicing Christianity. The talks over Iran's nuclear program were seen by his family and those representing them as one of the most promising avenues yet for securing his release. 
But the White House confirmed over the weekend that Abedini's status was not on the table during those talks. 
"It's devastating," the pastor's wife Naghmeh Abedini told Fox News Radio. 
She said her children were praying to have him home for the holidays. "It's unbearable," she said, "to think of another Christmas without him and see my kids not have him home for Christmas."

Sunday, November 24, 2013

We will evaluate this deal not just on the merits of its words, but more importantly by its verifiable implementation and unfettered access of all Iranian nuclear facilities,” Baird

The Canadian government remains “deeply skeptical” of Iran in spite of the newly-brokered nuclear deal and will continue to implement tough economic sanctions on the country, says Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird.
Under the new deal -- reached in Geneva during talks between Iran, the United States, France, Germany, Britain, China and Russia – the country will curb many of its nuclear activities for six months in exchange for relief from crippling economic sanctions.
But Baird said the Canadian government has decided to take a wait-and-see approach-- and will evaluate the new deal based on its successful implementation.
“We will evaluate this deal not just on the merits of its words, but more importantly by its verifiable implementation and unfettered access of all Iranian nuclear facilities,” Baird said at a news conference Sunday.
Until then, Canada will stick to economic sanctions, which “have brought the regime to present a more moderate front and open the door to negotiations,” Baird said.
He added that Canada is skeptical of Iran’s “ability to honour its obligations.”
“We think past actions best predict future actions and Iran has defied the United Nations Security Council, and has defied the International Atomic Energy Agency,” Baird said. “Simply put, Iran has not earned the right to have the benefit of the doubt.”
Canada had severed its diplomatic relations with Iran a little over a year ago, shuttering its embassy in Tehran and expelling the regime's diplomats from Canada.
Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu expressed similar skepticism after the agreement was announced, calling it a “historic mistake.”
“Israel is not bound by the agreement,” Netanyahu said at a news conference. “We cannot and will not allow a regime that calls for the destruction of Israel to obtain the means to achieve this goal.”
Meanwhile, U.S. President Barack Obama hailed the deal’s requirements as key to preventing nuclear proliferation, while U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said the deal will make Israel safer.
A White House statement said the deal limits Iran’s ability to “produce weapons-grade plutonium, and will subject its nuclear program to “increased transparency and intrusive monitoring.”
In exchange, the statement said Iran will face “limited, temporary, targeted, and reversible (sanctions) relief.”
In a statement from Canada’s Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs, the group urged caution over the deal.
David Koschitzky, chair of the group, noted that “Israel and others in the region have pointed to a number of serious deficiencies in this agreement.”
“Canadians have every reason to maintain healthy scepticism regarding this deal, given Iran's track record of manipulating diplomacy and breaching signed agreements,” he said. “Any pause to Iran’s nuclear drive will only be successful if the next six months are used to reach a comprehensive agreement that permanently denies Iran nuclear weapons capability.”

IS America's Pro Abortion, Pro Same Sex Marriage, Pro Left Wing Socialism, Pro Bankrupting America President Helping to Engineer the Destruction of Israel? QUESTION: Is Israel still the 'Apple of His Eye"? Judge Robert Bork wrote the book, 'Slouching Toward Gommorah' .IS JUDGMENT ON IT'S WAY? IS THIS THE FINAL STRAW that breaks the camel's back? Will God allow the the Second Halocaust? Will God Defend Israel? I Believe He will. Christians everywhere must pray for Israel.!!! - Pastor Max Solbrekken

Israel's Netanyahu calls Iran nuclear deal 'a historic mistake'
  • File - In this Sept. 30, 2013, file photo, President Barack Obama meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington. (AP Photo)
  • November 24, 2013: From left, Germany's Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, and French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius greet each other and shake hands at the United Nations Palais in Geneva, Switzerland, at the Iran nuclear talks. (AP Photo)

Israel's prime minister harshly condemned the international community's nuclear deal with Iran on Sunday, calling it a "historic mistake" and saying he was not bound by the agreement.
Speaking to his Cabinet, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the world had become a "more dangerous place" as a result of the deal and reiterated a long-standing threat to use military action against Iran if needed, declaring that Israel "has the right and the duty to defend itself by itself."
Israel believes Iran is trying to develop a nuclear weapon, and in the weeks leading up to Sunday's agreement, Netanyahu had warned the emerging deal was insufficient.
He had called for increased pressure on Iran, and warned that any relief from economic sanctions would make Iran less willing to compromise during a coming, six-month period aimed at reaching a final agreement.
Netanyahu told his Cabinet that Sunday's deal gave Iran much-needed relief from the sanctions, but left most of Iran's nuclear infrastructure intact. In particular, he cited Iran's continued ability to enrich uranium, a key step in making a nuclear bomb.
"What was reached last night in Geneva is not a historic agreement, it is a historic mistake," Netanyahu said. "Today the world became a much more dangerous place because the most dangerous regime in the world made a significant step in obtaining the most dangerous weapons in the world."
Voicing what he called Israel's right to self-defense, he said, "I want to clarify that Israel will not let Iran develop nuclear military capability."
Earlier, Netanyahu's Cabinet minister for intelligence issues, Yuval Steinitz, said the deal was based on "Iranian deception and (international) self-delusion."
Yet he and other officials said Israel would have to turn its focus to the outcome of the final negotiations.
The exact details of Sunday's deal, hammered out in Geneva between six world powers and Iran, were not immediately known. Israel was not a participant in the talks but remained in close touch with the U.S. and other allies during the negotiations.
In a statement, the White House called the nuclear agreement an "initial, six-month step." Over the coming six months, the world powers and Iran will try to reach a final agreement that the White House said would ensure that Iran never develops a nuclear bomb.
The statement said the deal limits Iran's existing stockpiles of enriched uranium, and curbs the number and capabilities of the centrifuges used to enrich and would limit Iran's ability to produce "weapons-grade plutonium" from a reactor in the advanced stages of construction. It also said there would be "intrusive monitoring" of Iran's nuclear program.
The statement also played down the extent of the relief from international sanctions, noting the "key oil, banking and financial sanctions architecture remains in place." It said any relief would be revoked if Iran did not keep its commitments.
Israel had called for far tougher measures, saying that stockpiles of enriched uranium should be removed from the country, all enrichment activity should be halted and the plutonium-producing facility should be dismantled.
Israel considers a nuclear-armed Iran a threat to its very survival, citing Iranian calls for Israel's destruction, its development of long-range missiles capable of striking Israel and Iran's support for hostile militant groups along Israel's borders. It dismisses Iranian claims that the nuclear program is for peaceful purposes.
In recent years, Israel has repeatedly threatened to carry out a military strike against Iran's nuclear facilities if it concludes international diplomacy has failed to curb the Iranian nuclear program.
But if military action was difficult before, it seems all but impossible in the current climate.
"Israel doesn't have legitimacy right now ... to conduct an independent military option against Iranian installations," said Yoel Guzansky, a former Israeli National Security Council staffer who was responsible for monitoring the Iranian nuclear program.
"How can Israel, after the entire international community sat with Iran, shook hands with Iran and signed an agreement, operate independently?" he said. "It will be seen as someone who sabotages 10 years of trying to get Iran to the table and trying to get a deal."

Friday, November 22, 2013

Christmas Banquets in Saskatoon, SK & New Sarepta, AB - Please contact us if are able to attend. - Pastor Max Solbrekken

Christ the Healer Gospel Church
136 Ave F S Saskatoon, SK 306 477-0200
DEC 7 - SAT 5:30 PM
Must have ticket by Dec 1
Limited Seating - Only $10 
Revival Week-End  - Dec 7 & 8
Sat 7:00; SUN 10:30 & 6:30  

House of  Prayer Gospel Church
                     Hiway 623- east of #21- south of New Sarepta
                            INVITES YOU TO
                join us for Christmas Service & Banquet 
                     Sunday 11:00 AM Dec. 15, 2013
                     Limited seating. Respond before Dec. 5
                      [email protected] 780-460-8444 
                                         ~ NO CHARGE ~
               CHRIST the SAVIOUR is BORN!

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

by Pastor Max Solbrekken, D.D 
   "And when they were come to the multitude, there came to Him a certain man, kneeling down to Him, and saying, Lord, have mercy on my son: for he is lunatic, and sore vexed: for often he falls into the fire, and often into the water.
      "And I brought him to Thy disciples, and they could not cure him.  Then Jesus answered and said, O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? Bring him hither to Me. And Jesus rebuked the devil; and he departed out of him: and the child was cured from that very hour.
        "Then came the disciples to Jesus apart, and said: Why could not we cast him out?  And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you. Howbeit this kind goes not out but by prayer and fasting." (Matt. 17:14-21) 
In this concise work we will consider FIVE PRINCIPLES OF FAITH:
     1) Read and Hear God's Word.
      2) Think and Meditate on God's Word.
      3) Believe God's Word.
      4) Speak or articulate God's Word.
      5) Act upon God's Word!

     Thousands have been saved and healed by our Lord Jesus Christ in our crusades listening to the preached WORD and through reading or having someone read these inspired messages to them.
     You can do the same because God is no respecter of persons and what He will do for one, He will do for all who accept His promises and act upon them!
     Although I preached these messages more than a decade ago, they are as valid and important today, as ever! Amen.
Max Solbrekken
Edmonton, 1993

                                    CHAPTER ONE BACK TO BASICS
     "Without faith it is impossible to please God" (Heb. 11:6), but with faith "all things are possible". (Mark 9:23)
     Faith and unbelief are diametrically opposed, because faith comes from God's Word, while unbelief germinates where "there is ignorance" of the Scriptures!
      Faith is born of God but unbelief is the product of satanic invention for faith is a positive power, while unbelief is a negative force!  Faith is a divine gift, but unbelief has its origin in superstition, fear and unrighteousness!
      Faith is rooted in trust, sincerity and truth, while unbelief is anchored in skepticism, resentment and deception!
     Faith touches the heart of God and opens Heaven's store - house to believers.  Unbelief closes the "channels of blessing" and sets the soul on a rebellious course of self-will and transgression!
   Faith works, and so does unbelief.  Both bring forth an abundant harvest; one good and the other bad.  One produces life, the other death - for time and eternity!
    The best example of ‘living faith’ is found in the dynamic life of Jesus Christ.  He did no sin, neither was guile found in His mouth.  He obeyed His Father's will so implicitly that "a voice came from Heaven, saying: This is My Beloved Son, in Whom I am well pleased.  Hear ye Him". (Matt. 17:5)
    No wonder Jesus could heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, cast out demons, multiply the loaves and fishes, walk on the water, commandeer the elements and raise the dead! He always did those things that pleased His Father!
 If we are to see the power of God in our lives, we must follow the example of Jesus in obedience, dedication, consecration and submission to God. We must follow the Master in a life of holiness, humility and single-mindedness of purpose!
      Jesus said, "I seek not Mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent Me." (John 5:30); "For I came down from heaven, not to do Mine own will, but the will of Him that sent Me." (John 6:38); "My meat is to do the will of Him that sent Me, and to finish His work." (John 4:34); "I always do those things that please Him." (John 8:29)
     Our Lord stated, "I must work the works of Him that sent Me, while it is day..." (John 9:4); "Not My will, but Thy will be done." (Luke 22:42) 
    We must do the same, if we want the SAME COMMUNION with "the Father".  If we do not have that fellowship, we cannot do the same works!
      Jesus said, "As My Father hath sent Me, so send I you". (John 20:21)  "The works that I do shall ye do also, and greater works than these shall ye do, because I go unto My Father". (John 14:12)
      The Holy Scripture emphasizes, "And whatsoever we ask, we receive of Him, because we keep His commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in His sight.
      “And this is His commandment; That we should believe on the name of His Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as He gave us commandment.  And he that keeps His commandments dwells in Him, and He in him.  And hereby we know that He abides in us, by the Spirit which He hath given us." (1 John 3:22-24)
   Here are the two essential things the Church of the Living God must possess, to do the works of God: First, believe on the name of the Lord Jesus Christ as Saviour and Redeemer. Second - to have fervent love (Gr. agape) one for another!
                          REFLECTS OUR RELATIONSHIP TO GOD!
      St. John declared, "Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.  No man hath seen God at any time.  If we love one another, God dwells in us, and His love is perfected in us.
      Hereby know we that we dwell in Him, and He in us, because He hath given us of His Spirit.  And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world.
      "Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwells in him, and he in God.  And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us.  GOD IS LOVE; and he that dwells in love dwells in God and God in him. 
       “Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the Day of Judgment: because as He is, so are we in this world." (1 John 4:11-17)
      The Bible says, "And now, little children, abide in Him; that, when He shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before Him at His coming.  If ye know that He is righteous, ye know that every one that doeth righteousness is born of Him." (1 John 2:28-29) 
      There are three hindrances to receiving the power of God!

      The first great hindrance is the sins that we allow in our lives! Sins of carnality and worldliness of the flesh and the mind rob believers of the intimacy necessary to function as the true Body of Christ!
      The Bible says: “For they that after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh, but they that are after the Spirit the things that are after the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.” (Rom.8:5,6)
      Living in continual sin automatically creates GUILT in a Christian’s spirit, straining the sweet fellowship between God and that individual! Sin causes a blockage in the flow of the Holy Spirit, because guilt brings condemnation and fear!
      St. John wrote: "Beloved, if our hearts condemn us not, we have confidence to ask what we will and it shall be done unto us..." (1 John 3:20)
      Guilt also brings DOUBT with it, thus hindering the ability to pray the "prayer of faith". Satan, the originator of sin, fear and doubt, is the winner in that situation. The only way back into fellowship with the Father is through REPENTANCE and TRUST.
      The Scripture says, "...but if our hearts condemn us, then God is greater than our hearts and knows all things". (1 John 3:21) Our Lord knows that sin in our lives will rob us of faith and bring condemnation, but the shed blood of Jesus Christ is the remedy for sin and removes the guilt and condemnation!
      The Bible states, “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 cleanses us from ALL sin.” (1 John 1: 7)
"There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit". (Rom. 8:1)
     St. John stipulated, "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)
  Repentance brings immediate relief through God’s forgiveness. Condemnation leaves and faith rises in our hearts opening the door to God’s miracles in our lives!
      The Bible states: “Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then we have confidence toward God. And whatsoever we ask, we receive of Him, because we keep His commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in His sight.” (1 John4: 21, 22)
     Our hearts rejoice as we meditate upon the great salvation Christ purchased for us on Calvary's Cross!  Jesus is even now seated at our Father's right hand in Heaven, making intercession for us as our High Priest
     And as our Advocate Jesus is pleading our case before the Father: "Wherefore He is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by Him, seeing He ever liveth to make intercession for them." (Heb. 7:25) 
                       SATAN: ACCUSER OF GOD'S PEOPLE!                               The Holy Bible says: "And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the Kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ: for the accuser of our brethen is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.
      "And they (believers) overcame him (Satan) by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony, and they loved not their lives unto the death." (Rev. 12:10-11)
       How to overcome: “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw nigh to God and He will draw nigh to you.” (James 4: 7,8); “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: Whom resist steadfast in the faith…” (1 Peter 5: 8, 9)
      God desires to forgive every sin and bring us into fellowship, so that our prayers may be answered.  The Bible says, "Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered". (1 Peter 3:7)

      Many Christians are not fully committed to Christ and His Gospel. They have very little desire to see His agenda go forward! They have not experienced His saving grace or sanctifying power, therefore, have no real understanding of spiritual things.
     Or, they have - over the years - lost their focus of why Jesus came to earth in the first place. They have forgotten the awful price He paid in order to redeem fallen man! Like the Church at Ephesus, they have “left their first love.” (Rev. 2: 4)
      Following His program is not their Number One priority.  Some have ulterior motives and others are not willing to dedicate themselves sufficiently to the task.  Therefore, the work of Christ has suffered!
      I have noticed in recent years, a lack of real desire and dedication in the lives of God's people to emulate JESUS!  He must be our example and role model!  We must obey Him totally, and put forth effort commensurate with His PERSON and MISSION, which can be nothing less than TOP PRIORITY!
     There is, however, hope for all! Jesus said to the Christians at Ephesus: “Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works: or else I will come unto thee quickly and remove thy candlestick out of His place, except thou repent.” (Rev.2: 5)
     The candlestick or light stand bringing light speaks of the Holy Spirit and the Word of God and the Gospel! Ephesus today lies in ruins and the Church is gone. The Muslim hordes overran the area years ago and the Gospel light went out! How sad!
     The question is: “Will that also happen to our beloved nation, because of the backsliding of our clergy and the worldliness of the Church in general?” I pray fervently, that such a tragedy will not happen. Rather, that God will be merciful and send us a grass-roots-revival that will change our spiritual landscape!
  The word Christian means, "Christ-like ones" and also has the connotation that we are members of "The Family of Jesus"!
      In his letter to Timothy, St. Paul throws light on this problem.  We see shades of FEAR developing in young Timothy, which the apostle seeks to dispel. "For God hath not given us the spirit of fear, but of love and of power and of a sound mind." (1 Tim. 1:7)  Again He speaks of the fact that Onesimus "was not ashamed of my chain." (2 Tim. 1:16)
      Evidently, Timothy was feeling the pressure of St. Paul being in prison, wondering, "Who will be next"?  "Will I also be beaten, striped, imprisoned and martyred for the name of Jesus and because of my fellowship with 'this outspoken man' who always seems to be getting into trouble?"
      Jesus emphazised: "Except a corn of wheat fall to the ground and die, it abides alone: but if it die, it brings forth much fruit". (John 2:24)
      St. Paul taught us ‘How to Become a Man of God’. This was my premier message to 5000 preachers at the ‘Assemblies of God Conference’ in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 1987 and also at the ‘Christ For the Nations Bible Institute’ in Dallas, Texas.
                                    THE KEY IS TO DIE TO SELF!
   The old nature and the ‘old man’ in us, our ego, pride and stubborn will must die, so that God’s life will come to the forefront in our lives! We must be in total submission to the Holy Spirit and the Word of God!
     Like St. Paul, we also must be captive to the Word of God! The great Apostle stated: “…I am ready not be bound only, but also to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.” (Acts 21: 13) “…For the hope of Israel, I am bound with this chain.” (Acts 28: 20); “Woe is unto me if I preach not the Gospel.” (1 Cor.9:16)
     Defending his courageous stand for Christ and His Gospel against the evils of the Roman Church, Dr. Martin Luther stated: “I am captive to the Word of God. Unless I can be instructed and convinced with evidence from the Holy Scriptures or with open, clear, and distinct grounds of reasoning ... then I cannot and will not recant, because it is neither safe nor wise to act against conscience." Then he added, "Here I stand. I can do no other. God help me! Amen."
     WILLIAM TYNDALE was a student in Cambridge when Martin Luther posted   his 95 Thesis on the door of the Wittenberg Church. He was troubled about the problems within the Church. In 1523 taking advantage of the recent invention of the printing press, Tyndale began to cast the Scriptures in the current English. His aims were simple but ambitious, as expressed to an educated man.
       William Tyndale said: “I defy the Pope and his laws; and if God spare my life, ere many years I will cause a boy that driveth the plow shall know within his lifetime more of the Scriptures than thou dost.” 
      He was born in Slymbridge in about 1496. After being educated at Magdalen Hall, Oxford, he became a chaplain. While studying at Oxford he became very interested in the ideas of John Wycliffe and the Lollards. Tyndale became convinced that the church had become corrupt and selfish.
     Like Wycliffe, Tyndale thought it was important that people had the opportunity to read and interpret the Bible for themselves. Tyndale wanted to translate the Bible into English but at that time Henry VIII and the English church were very much against the idea.
     In 1524 Tyndale went to Hamburg where he met Martin Luther and the following year moved to Cologne where he managed to arrange for his translation of the Bible to be printed.
    In 1535 William Tyndale was betrayed by Henry Phillips and arrested in Antwerp and imprisoned in a castle near Brussels. He was found guilty of heresy and on 6th October, 1536, he was strangled and burnt at the stake.
    Tyndale did not die in vain. Two years later Henry VIII gave permission for the publication of the English Bible. However, people were not allowed to read it aloud to another person; nor were people below the rank of gentleman allowed to own a copy of the English Bible.
    St. Paul understood that the Gospel of Christ and fellowship with Jesus is more important than one's own life - which is only temporary!  Eternal life through Christ is much more important!  That is why he wrote, "For me to live is Christ but to die is gain". (Phil. 1:21)
      Many Christians have not learned that, "It costs something to be a man of God".  There is a price to pay - in order to have God's faith and power, operating in our lives!
      And unfortunately many are not willing to pay that price, so they have only the message - without the power!  Preaching faith, but having only presumption.  How sad! This combination produces sensual, fleshly believers, with the "yuppie attitude" - WHAT CAN I GET OUT OF THIS FOR MYSELF? instead of the true Christian spirit of "What can I give?"
     Here is Billy Graham’s prayer: "Lord, do it again!  Do what You did when the apostles were called.  Do what You did following Pentecost! Do what You did with Saul of Tarsus, Augustine, Luther, Calvin, John Wesley, George Whitefield, D.L. Moody and William Booth.  Lord, do it again. And help us to reach the world for Christ.”
      A number of years ago, a survey taken among Christians in the USA revealed that the average Christian spends 3 minutes in prayer daily and the average clergyman gives only 7 minutes to God in daily prayer!
      They feast when they should be fasting and the supper room has taken priority over the Upper Room!  Remember, the Early Church was born in a prayer meeting!
      One hundred and twenty believers were closeted in a place of prayer and supplication - seeking God for an endowment of power - when the Holy Spirit fell upon them!
      In order for "the Church of the 21st Century" to grow, advance and occupy for Christ, an intense desire for prayer and seeking God must pervade the believing saints.  That was the SECRET of the success of the 1st Century Church!
      We must continue until the fire of God falls afresh on the altar of our souls and WE AGAIN BECOME LIVING STONES crying out to a dying world, that Jesus Christ is Lord!
      John Knox prayed: “O God give me Scotland or I die”! And the wicked blood-thirsty ‘Mary Tudor - Queen of Scots’ agonized that she feared the prayers of John Knox, more than the armies of England!
    God heard and answered his prayers, and that is why Scotland is Presbyterian today and NOT PAPIST!
     We must take as our models holy men and women of God who in past centuries, have shaken cities and stirred nations for God through their selflessness, fearlessness, piety and faith in God!
      We must die so that He can live through us!  God has given us His blueprint for Revival and Healing: "If My people, which are called by My name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land". (2 Chron. 7:14)
      There are four things we must do, if we expect God to send a gracious spiritual awakening and healing to this nation.

      One of the five sins of Sodom was pride!  “Behold, this was the iniquity of thy sister Sodom, pride, fullness of bread, and abundance of idleness was in her and in her daughters, neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy.” (Ezek. 16:49)
    Humility is the opposite of pride and God "hates a proud look and a haughty spirit". (Prov.6:16-17)  HUMILITY THEREFORE REQUIRES REPENTANCE AND CONFESSION OF SIN!
   God's Word states, "For thus saith the High and Lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, Whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the heart of the contrite ones". (Isaiah 57:15)
      The Bible says, “But He giveth more grace. Wherefore He saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.  Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He shall lift you up.” (James 4:6,7,10)
      By humbling ourselves we are saying, "God, take control of my life.  I want You to move into my life and set up Your throne in my heart.  From this moment forward, I desire You to take charge of my life".
      Why is this so important?  God delights in making something out of nothing so that “No flesh should glory in His presence”. (1 Cor.1: 29)
     Pride precipitated his tragic, awful fall! The Bible says, “How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!
     “For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:  I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.” (Isaiah 14:12-14)
      “Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness: I will cast thee to the ground, I will lay thee before kings, that they may behold thee.” (Ezek. 28:17)

      There is an old adage: "Prayer Changes Things!"  That's absolutely right.  Prayer changes people and situations, as well! Jesus said, “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.”
      He admonished: “...Pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you”. Again, He said, "Watch ye and pray, lest ye enter into temptation.  The spirit truly is ready, but the flesh is weak". (Mark 14:38)
      IT ALSO CHANGES THOSE WHO PRAY!  When we begin to pray in earnest, God communes with us and speaks to us by His Word and the Blessed Holy Spirit.  And it doesn't take Him long to soften our hearts, penetrate our minds and affect our stubborn wills.
      One of the characteristics of the life of Jesus, was the regularity and fervency of His prayers to His Father, and the consistency with which His requests were granted! And if we hope to affect our families, our communities and our world for God, we must follow the example of Jesus and the admonitions of the apostles.
      St. Paul admonished, "I will therefore that men pray everywhere, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting". (1 Tim. 2:8)  "Pray without ceasing." (1 Thes. 5:17)
      “Be anxious for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.” (Phil. 4:6)
      And St. James stated, "Confess your faults (troubles) one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed.  The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much". (James 5:16)
      To seek someone's face speaks about closeness and nearness!  A
personal experience is necessary. God desires our input - an earnest desire to WALK WITH HIM, so that we may see His face!
      We cannot follow afar off and expect to enjoy God's special favour and smile upon our lives!  He is our Heavenly Father and desires the special Father/Son relationship which was purchased for us through the death of His Son!
      Like a child sitting upon his father's lap touches his heart, so we touch the heart of our Heavenly Father when we draw near to Him. St. James said, "Draw nigh unto God and He will draw nigh to you" (James 4:8)
      Seeking the face of God also implies intense and specific effort in focusing upon God and doing His will! That is why Jesus said, "Strive to enter in", and St. Peter declared, "make your calling and election sure". (2 Peter 1:10)
      God's Word says, "And ye shall seek Me, and find Me, when ye shall search for Me with all your heart." (Jer. 29:13)  The word ‘diligence’ is often used in conjunction with ‘walking with God’!
      St. Peter writes: “Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:” (2 Peter 1:10)
      And St. Paul admonished:  “But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup.” (1 Cor. 11:28)         
   Below are excerpts of a speech made by Billy Graham at the convention of the National Association of Evangelicals in Denver, Col., USA, in the 1960’s.
     His address was called, 'Spiritual Expectancy & Revival'.
   "Here we have a great deal to learn from Pentecostalists and the Assemblies of God.  They have enthusiasm for Christ.  I do not believe in cheap sensational emotions for emotions sake.  But I believe we have gone too far and we don't have the feeling, the emotion, the tears and the compassion we ought to have.
      "Our Lord wept publicly.  He was moved to tears.  And who can forget Gethsemane?  Emotion!  Dr. MacKay says that Naziism had fire, Fascism had fire, Communism has fire - The Church needs to catch fire!
     Grady Wilson and I were in Moscow two years ago.  We saw 50,000 young people in Red Square, stomping their feet, clenching their fists and shouting, ‘We're going to change the world.  We're going to change the world!’  And they looked like they meant it.
    "Where are the young people today - stomping their feet for Christ and saying, ‘We're going to change the world’?  There was feeling in Moscow.  There was electricity there.
      "At Pentecost people thought the 120 were drunk.  People don't think we're drunk anymore - they think we're dead!"

      There is nothing more abhorrent to God our Heavenly Father, than the transgression of His laws.  When we revolt against God's order, we sin against Him, ourselves, our neighbours and also the universe!          This universe was created to accommodate order, precision and truth.  It operates on a tight schedule - planets orbiting in perfect precision, according to the WORD OF GOD.
    In this generation, there has again risen to the surface, the age-old time-worn, damnable doctrine of Gia or Mother Earth worship.  The New Agers say that the earth has a spirit.  This lie has been handed down from time immemorial and practiced by the ancient Hindus, the Vikings and Indians!
    And God hates it.  Hear His Word:  "Thou shalt have no other gods before Me". (Exodus 20:3)  "...and there is no god else beside Me.  Look unto Me and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth; for I am God, and there is none else." (Is. 45:21-22)
      Sin is an aberration and brings disorder; in the spirit, mind & body!  The word SIN, in the Greek means "missing the mark".  So sinning is certainly nothing to be proud of - for it always brings shame, remorse, sorrow, sickness and death!
      In God's books, sinners are categorically classified as Losers!  Sin cannot produce Winners! Since Satan, the eternally lost entity and author of sin and rebellion, is a COSMIC LIAR and perpetual LOSER, why should anyone in his right mind, follow him? That doesn’t make any sense at all!
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