LIFE SQUEEZES US:
TO HANDLE PRESSURE!
Pastor Max Solbrekken, D.D.
things have I spoken unto you, that in Me ye might have PEACE.
In the world ye shall have TRIBULATION:
but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” (John 16: 33)
is the Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9: 6). He said: “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
(John 14: 27)
Lord stated: “Blessed are ye when men shall hate you, and when they
shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you and
cast out your name as evil, for the Son of Man's sake. Rejoice
ye in that day, and leap for joy:
for, behold, your reward is great in Heaven: for in like manner did
their fathers unto the prophets.” (Luke 6:22,23)
Paul wrote about the horrific persecution he endured for the Gospel's
sake: “For we
would not, brethren, have you ignorant of our trouble which came to
us in Asia, that we were pressed out of measure, above strength,
insomuch that we despaired even of life:
we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust
in ourselves, but in God that raiseth the dead. Who delivered us from
so great a death, and doth deliver, in Whom we trust that He will yet
(2 Cor.1: 8-10)
are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but
not in despair; persecuted, but not destroyed; Always bearing about
in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus
might be made manifest in our body. For we which live are always
delivered unto death for Jesus' sake, that the life also of Jesus
might be made manifest in our mortal flesh.”
(2 Cor.4: 8-11)
MUST PUT OUR TRUST IN JESUS!
life squeezes us, and
it certainly does squeeze us all at times, it is imperative that we
who are believers in Jesus Christ, put our trust in the Blessed Holy
Spirit, Who has been given to us as the Divine Helper! Jesus called
the Holy Spirit the 'Paraklitos’ (Divine
Helper; the One sent along to help).
I will pray the Father, and He shall give you another Comforter, that
He may abide with you for ever; Even the Spirit of Truth; Whom the
world cannot receive, because it seeth Him not neither knoweth Him;
for He dwelleth with you and shall be in you. I will not leave you
comfortless: I will come to you.” (John
is incumbent upon born-again, Spirit-filled Believers, that we face
any and all problems, crises or tragedies with faith rather than
doubt, with hope rather than despair, and with courage rather than
must be role models to those who have no hope and have no faith, by
modelling for them, through our vibrant and buoyant lifestyle, to
bring them out of the wilderness of unbelief, worry and hopelessness!
celebrated Swedish author, made this powerful statement before his
said, I ascribe all my misfortune to this one fact, that I have been
godless! An individual that has broken contact with God, cannot
receive any blessings. All this talk about ‘being your own man and
making your own happiness’ is chaff.”
LIFE IS OFTEN A RAT-RACE!
economic opportunities have opened to an expanding segment of the
world’s population and with greater technological breakthroughs
producing more and better consumer products, a lot of people have
been sucked into the credit card debt trap, with its devastating
affects on millions of families!
spending and uncontrolled GREED among many entrepreneurs have brought
devastation to millions of families who got caught in the reckless
gambling spirit of investing in stocks and bonds, as large
corporations like Worldcom, Environ, Implone and others was the
answer to their utopian dreams of riches and wealth!
are squeezed into a financial corner because of sickness, lay-offs,
down turns in the economy and poor business transactions! The
break-up of the family through separation, divorce or the death of a
spouse has left countless adults and children in an economic
And with that albatross hanging around their necks,
countless millions are wallowing in the murky waters of despondency,
bitterness and resentment!
as the Canadian Government, as well as other governments, have given
in to the demon spirits of GREED,
they have opened the hellish flood gates of gambling upon millions of
unsuspecting, lazy and ignorant people who spend quality time at
Video Arcades feeding the VLTs, crowd into Bingo Halls teeming with
welfare Moms (their children often unattended), and Casinos – Big
Time Enemy of the Family
– play hosts to deceived patrons who pay homage to the 'god
of Stupidity and Chance’!
what of the many drug-addicted, greed-driven, Satan-inspired,
foul-mouthed and suicide-prone so-called 'Rock & Roll and Rap
stars' who fill the stadiums and airwaves with pornographic,
perverted, rebellious, anti-God music, and singing
that often sounds like a pack of yelping dogs,
similar to that heard on the streets of any Third World country after
wonder so many of our young people get hooked on drugs, alcohol,
gambling and perverted sex, after listening to such 'first-class'
filth and immoral garbage! Into that awful mix, throw in a plethora
of pornographic movies, nightclubs, bars, drug pushers, pimps and
prostitutes, and the parasitic scum-bags who charge
mafia-like-interest money lenders who live off the hand-to-mouth
labourer and the foolish welfare recipient!
dear and precious friend, it is high time to get off that ruinous,
never-ending roller coaster! Please listen to me! My heart bleeds for
you and your family I want to help you!
CHRIST IS THE ANSWER
TO THE DILEMMAS OF LIFE!
can show them the way out of their dilemma! Christ is the answer to
the 'pressures of life' that try to squeeze the life out of us all!
St. Paul was beset with many and varied problems and crises that
sought to impede his advance with the Gospel as well as harm his own
life! He did not grumble, complain or blame anyone, but rather
through prayer, faith and fasting, overcame the enemy and obstacle
which were arrayed against him!
is what he wrote: “We
are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but
not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not
destroyed; Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord
Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our
body.” (2 Cor.4:
Paul was not 'a quitter'. He didn’t throw in the sponge. He didn't
give up! Here are some of his last words: “For
I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at
hand. I have fought a good fight, I have kept the faith:
there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the
righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but
unto all them also that love His appearing.”
(2 Tim.4: 6-8)
can get tough, but it is still worthwhile! Life can even be brutal,
but we can make it a great adventure with large goals and rewards!
Life can even squeeze us to the place where it seems impossible to go
on, but that is not true. Life can and must go on and like the hymn
writer stated: 'With Jesus in the vessel, we can smile at the storm."
SMILE AT THE STORM!
don’t forget that most situations can change very suddenly and very
dramatically for many people, and this fact has been recorded down
Bible character Job proved that to be true. In his worst moment,
having lost everything except his own life, he cried out: “Though
He slay me, yet will I trust in Him: but I will maintain mine own
ways before Him.”
(Job 13: 15)
Satan had finished with him, he had lost his children, his home, his
wealth, his health and all of his friends except three miserable
comforters who spent between six months to one year in criticizing
his spirituality! Even his wife counselled him to "curse God and
die.” (Job 2: 9)
WAS THE OUTCOME?
the Lord turned the captivity of Job, when he prayed for his friends:
also the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before. So the Lord
blessed the latter end of Job more than his beginning: for he had
fourteen thousand sheep, and six thousand camels, and a thousand yoke
of oxen, and a thousand she asses.” (Job 42: 10, 12)
your family squeezing you because of trouble between relatives? Are
you having problems with your neighbours because of your wayward and
troublesome children or theirs? Are your children or those of your
relatives or friends addicted to alcohol, drugs or pornography? Are
you wearing out the carpet in your home, walking back and forth in
anxious night sweats and agony because of family break-ups and
you being persecuted because of your stand for Jesus Christ? Do they
call you narrow minded? Do they cut you out of their fellowship
because you believe the Full Gospel and believe in the miracles of
Christ for this generation? Don’t let that bother you. Do not
became anxious or filled with stress because of tribulation, peril or
persecution because of your faith in Jesus Christ as your personal
HATED JESUS: THEY WILL HATE US!
said: “If the world hate you, ye know that it hated Me before it
hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love his own:
but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the
world, therefore the world hateth you.” (John 15: 18,19)
Lord instructed His disciples: “Blessed are ye, when men shall hate
you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall
reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man’s
sake. Rejoice ye in
that day, and leap for joy: for,
behold, your reward is great in heaven: for in the like manner did
their fathers unto the prophets.” (Luke 6: 22-25)
Bible says: “How that they told you there should be mockers in the
last time, who should walk after their own ungodly lusts. These be
they who separate themselves, sensual, having not the Spirit. But ye,
beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in
the Holy Ghost (in tongues - in the Spirit).
said: “Enter ye in at the strait gate; for wide is the gate, and
broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be
which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the
way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.”
CALL US 'NARROW - MINDED'!
they are right! Born-again, Spirit-filled Christians are
narrow-minded, because we believe that we were created by a wise,
intelligent and kind Heavenly Father, instead of by happenstance and
an ignorant and unproven, unscientific and ludicrous 'monkey
believe that God has given us the ability and common sense to think
for ourselves, rather to follow the crowd who have been brain-washed
by the herd mentality of nazism, fascism, communism, secular
humanism, islamism or intellectual
elitism dressed up as political correctness!
believe that Almighty God created our first parents in His own image
and likeness. Since He is triune: Father, Son and Holy Spirit, we are
spirit, mind and body with an ability to choose between good and
evil, right and wrong, because we were created as free moral agents!
believe that through the tragic fall of Adam and Eve in the Garden of
Eden, the entire world was plunged into a cesspool of rebellion, sin
and destruction ending in physical death and eternal damnation!
however, is not the end of the story. There is much, much more! The
Gracious God of Creation is also the God of Love, Mercy,
Righteousness and Order!
Bible records: “For God so loved the world that He gave His Only
Begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in 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 might be saved.”
(John 3: 16,17)
DEMANDS OF DIVINE JUSTICE!
Jesus Christ died on Calvary’s cross for the sins of the world
nearly 2000 years ago, He met the demands of Divine Justice and
purchased our eternal salvation, defeating Satan, death, hell and the
Holy Scripture declares: “For
as much then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, He
also Himself 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 through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to
believe that there is ONLY ONE WAY to Heaven, and that is through
Jesus Christ, God’s Son, Who was begotten by the Holy Spirit and
born of the virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was
crucified, dead and buried. He arose again on the third day, ascended
into Heaven, poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost upon His Church on
the Day of Pentecost in circa A.D 33, in Jerusalem!
believe that there is ONLY ONE BOOK, the Holy Bible that has been
given from God to man. The Holy Record states: “We have also a more
sure Word of prophecy; where unto ye do well that ye take heed, as
unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and
the day star arise in your hearts:
this first, that no prophecy of the Scripture is of any private
interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of
man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.”
(2 Peter 1: 19,20)
continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been
assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them; And that from a
child thou hast known the HOLY SCRIPTURES which are able to make thee
wise unto salvation through the faith which is in Christ Jesus.
Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for
doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in
believe that there is 'Only One Saving Name', and that name is JESUS
the Christ of God! The Holy Bible is the written Word of God and
Jesus Christ is the living Word of God! The Bible emphasizes: “In
the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word
same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by Him
(Jesus): and without Him was not anything made that was made. In Him
was life; and the life was the light of men. That was the true Light,
which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.
was in the world, and the world was made by Him and the world knew
Him not. He came unto His own, and His own received him not. But as
many as received Him, to them gave He the power to become the sons of
God, even to them that believe on His name:
WHERE WILL YOU SPEND ETERNITY?
Exciting Times are here again! When people truly begin thinking about their souls' salvation and that of their family and neighbours, the Church gets a new impetus. Now is time to open your Bible and get alone with God. He will meet your needs, my friend!
St. Paul and Silas answered the enquiring Jailor's question: "What must I do to BE SAVED?" with this answer: "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved and thy house." (Acts 16: 30, 31) Amen.