Thursday, November 12, 2015

By Pastor Max Solbrekken, D.D.
     Satan is a Liar! Jesus said so and I believe it! There is no greater Witness in this universe than our Lord Jesus Christ, Who is the Way, Truth and Life!
      He said: “Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a MURDERER from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a LIE, he speaketh of his own: for he is a LIAR, and the father ot it.” (John 8: 44)
      Jesus Christ, True God from Eternity, together with the Father and the Holy Spirit is Omnipitent because He is all powerul. He is Omniscient, meaning all wise and all knowing, and Omnipresent because He is everywhere at once!
      You can't pull the wool over His eyes! He sees ALL, hears ALL and knows ALL. And He feels ALL, as well! He knows all about us and still loves us in spite of our rebellious attitudes, pride, self sufficiency and unbelief. Ask yourself: “Why did Jesus come to this earth?”
      The Holy Bible says: “Seeing then that we have a great High Priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. For we have not an High Priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.” (Heb. 4: 14,15)
     St. Peter stated: “Casting all your cares upon Him for He careth for you.” (1 Peter 4:7). Jesus Christ is still the compassionate, caring and giving Saviour as He always has been. He is the same yesterday, today and forever. (Heb.13: 8).
     He said: “Lo, I am with you ALWAY, even unto the end of the world (age). (Matt. 28: 20): “For He hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.” (Heb. 13: 5). Jesus used a double imperative here. He actually said: I will never, no never leave thee. I will never, no never forsake thee!”
     Always is a measure of time, while alway is a measure of distance. He will go with us right to the end of life, even until we see Him as He is: “Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when He shall appear, we shall be like Him; for we shall see Him as He is.” (1 John 3: 2)
    Our Saviour wept over Jerusalem. He wept at the grave of Lazarus, when He witnessed the sorrow of Mary and Martha. The Holy Scripture declares:
     “Jesus saith unto her, Thy brother shall rise again. Martha saith unto Him, I know that he shall rise again in the resurrection at the last day. Jesus saith unto her, I AM the RESURRECTION, and the LIFE: he that beliveth in Me in Me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: 
   "And whosoever liveth and believeth in Me shall never die. Believest thou this? She saith unto Him Yea, Lord: I believe that Thou art the Son of God, which should come into this world.” (John 11: 23-27)
    “Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead was laid. And Jesus lifted up His eyes, and said, Father I thank Thee that Thou hast heard Me. And I knew that Thou hearest Me always: but because of the people that stand by, I said it, that they may believe that Thou hast sent Me.
     “And when He thus had spoken, He cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth. And he that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with grave clothes: and His face was bound about with a napkin. Jesus saith unto them, LOOSE HIM, and let him go.” (John 11: 41-44)
    JESUS CHRIST has all power in Heaven, in earth and the regions below! Demons obey Him and angels worship Him, for He is WORTHY to be praised. It is not within our grasp as mere mortals to understand the unsearchable greatness of His Person and awesomeness of His love, mercy, grace and power!
      “And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the beasts and the elders and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands; Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory and blessing.
     “And every creature which is in Heaven, and on the earth and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing and honour, and glory and power, be unto Him that sitteth upon the Throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever.” (Rev.11-13)
     Jesus REJOICED in Spirit and danced for joy, after praying to His Father. (Luke 10:21). He would not tolerate the merchandising of His Father's House and drove them out of the temple. ( Matt.21:12); He looked about in anger at the hard - hearted hypocrites. (Mark 3:5). He knew their thoughts.(Matt.12: 25).
      By a miracle, He multiplied the loaves and the fishes on two occasions. (Matt.14: 15-21; 15: 32-38). He saw the multitudes in their tremendous need and healed them:
      “And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the giospel of the Kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people.    But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd.” (Matt. 9:35-36)
     “Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil...Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God and Him ONLY shalt thou serve. Then the devil leaveth Him, behold, angels came and ministered unto Him.” (Matt. 4: 1-11)
     Jesus commanded the host of demons to leave the insane man of Gadera. The demons begged Jesus to allow them to enter a herd of swine which were nearby, He simply commanded them, “GO!” (Mark 5: 1-15)
      MARTIN LUTHER said: “By God's grace, I know Satan very well. If Satan can turn God's Word upside down and pervert the Scriptures, what will he do with my words or the words of others?”
      If anyone should KNOW Satan's lying tactics it was our Lord, Who had created him as a pure, righteous archangel and saw his treasonous actions and disastrous fall. Pride, arrogance and pure Evil had overtaken him, causing the greatest Rebellion in historical record!
     Lucifer was cast out of Heaven together with one third of God's angelic host! (Isaiah 14: 12-17; Ezek. 28: 12-17; Rev. 12: 7-11). 
   Jesus Christ cast out thousands of demons from sick, suffering and demon possessed people during His earthly Ministry. On the 'Cross of Shame', however Jesus delivered the final death blow to Satan and his Evil kingdom. (John 19:30)
     The Bible says: And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through Thy name. And He said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightening fall from Heaven. 
    "Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and NOTHING shall by any means hurt you.” (Luke 10: 17). Amen.
Note: To be continued shortly. m.s.