By Pastor Max Solbrekken, D.D.
The Biblical Solution to Life’s Temptations: How to Respond To The Call of God!
"Thus saith the Lord, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall rest for your souls. But they said: We will not walk therein." (Jer. 6: 16)
Sinner, Backslider: Stop, Look & Listen! In your fevered pace of seeking pleasure and having so-called fun, stop in your pursuit of love, happiness, gain, position and place - long enough to evaluate what's really going on in your life and the world about you - check out your present behaviour: drugs, booze, friends. Evaluate the long-term benefits or negative results of your actions!
Make an Informed Decision to Return to The Old Path! Return to the old path of righteousness through a return to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! You will then have guaranteed your future for time and eternity, instead of having sold out to Satan, having your future hijacked and your salvation lost!
The Good Way is the Way of God's Goodness and Mercy! His ways bring immediate peace of mind, tranquility of spirit and freedom from guilt and condemnation. The Blood of Christ removes fear and displaces it with PEACE and a good conscience. The unconditional LOVE of God brings forgiveness, consolation and assurance to every sincere repentant sinner.
The Good Way of God brings overflowing, unspeakable Joy!. The Holy Spirit empowers believers in Christ with Spiritual Gifts and power to heal the sick and cast out devils! He leads and guides us in our walk with Jesus Christ. He pours the love of God into our relationship with our families, neighbours and the poor and needy in our midst! When Christ is enthroned within, we are born again by the Holy Spirit and the shed blood of our Saviour, we are baptized with the blessed Holy Spirit and fire. The Gift of God is Eternal Life through Jesus Christ, Who purchased our Salvation through His substitutionary death for us and glorious resurrection!
Jesus Christ is our Redeemer, Liberator, Emancipator and Eternal Life! He said: "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. (John 3: 16)
JESUS said: "And this is Life Eternal that they might know Thee the only True God, and Jesus Christ, whom Thou has sent." (John 17: 3). St. John declared: "He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in Himself: He that believeth not God, hath made Him a liar; because he believed not the record that God gave of His Son.
"And this is the record that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in the Son. He that hath the Son hath life, and he that hath not the Son, hath not life. These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may have eternal life on the name of the Son of God.
"And this is the confidence that we have in Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He heareth us: And if we know that He hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of Him.
"And we KNOW that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know Him that is TRUE, and we are in Him that is TRUE, even in His Son Jesus Christ. This is True God, and Eternal Life." (1 John 5: 10-15, 20)
All Other Roads Lead to Heart Break, Destruction & Hell! Those who reject the Holy Spirit's invitation to receive Christ, knowingly choose to follow Satan the god of this world, on the downward path to destruction!
How sad, that man who was created the image of the Eternal God, with a free will, would turn away from our Loving Heavenly Father to embrace the ways of the Satan, the Cosmic Liar and Deceiver!
Jesus Christ is the WAY, the TRUTH and the LIFE! Our Lord stated: “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life. No man cometh unto the Father but by Me.” (John 14: 6). Jesus Christ, True God (from eternity) and True Man (born of the virgin) was incarnated (God in human flesh) to redeem sinful mankind by the Sacrifice of Himself, as God's Pascal Lamb.
By shedding His pure and sinless BLOOD on the Cross at Calvary, God's only begotten Son purchased our eternal salvation by meeting the demands of Divine Justice as our Substitute, thereby satisfying Almighty God's Law of Redemption for the sins of the world, past, present and future!
The Sovereignty of God Demanded Punishment
for Sin and the Cross Provided the Final Solution!
Through Adam's transgression of High Treason against his Creator and God, the entire world was plunged into sin and rebellion, but Jesus Christ, the spotless Lamb of God, paid the penalty for all our sins by dying in our stead and rising from the dead for our justification.
St. Paul stated: "But when we were yet without strength in due time Christ died for the ungodly. But God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
"Much more then, being now justified by His BLOOD, we shall be SAVED from wrath through Him. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God, by the DEATH of His Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by His Life." (Rom. 5: 6, 8-10)
The Bible declares: "For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God." (Rom.3: 23); "For the wages of Sin is Death: but the Gift of God is Eternal Life through Jesus Christ our Lord." (Rom. 6:23)
Dear Friend, will you receive Him as you own personal Saviour? He calls to you today: "Behold I stand at the Door and Knock. If any man will hear My voice and open the Door, I will come in and will sup with him and he with Me." (Rev.3: 20) Amen.