Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Epileptic Seizures Destroyed My  Life until Jesus Healed Me!
     By Louise McCarthy, Parksville, B.C. (2002)
          At two weeks old I had an epileptic seizure that almost ended my life! I had an epileptic seizure and died when I was 2 weeks old on May 23, 1955.  After I turned blue and cold, my mother, who was a registered nurse, managed to revive me and rushed me to the hospital.
           I was in and out of the Vancouver Sick Children's Hospital for the next several years under the caring expertise of Dr. Auciand.
           They found among other things, that I had an intense allergy to milk which would set off epilepsy seizures.  When I was 3 years old, I spent most of the summer in the hospital.
             I remember feeling abandoned and terrified of the many injection needles that seemed necessary to keep me calm.  After this time in the hospital, my parents were extremely careful to keep all anxiety and anticipation out of my life.
                        DON’T GET LOUISE EXCITED!
healing testimony of Louise McCarthy - I was healed of epilepsy, epil        Everyone had to make sure I was kept calm or I would have epileptic seizures. Over and over I heard the words: "Don't get Louise excited."  When it was unavoidable, they would up my dosage of tranquilizing drugs in order to avoid a seizure.  When I was cranky or hostile, I often became violent and my mother would say, "Did you remember to take your pills today?"
            I remember a Saturday when I was 10 years old.  My mother made all of us four children have a bath in the morning.  Then we all had our hair done.  Next we put on our fancy dresses and crinolines.
            I realized that something special was happening.  No one had told me that we were going to a wedding in the afternoon.  My little sister, who was five  had known about the wedding for two weeks, but had been instructed not to tell me, so that I wouldn't get excited.
        As I entered my teenage years, the levels of dosages were "all over the map".  I started drinking (on the sly) from my parent's liquor cabinet when I was 14 years old.  This would mess up the effect of the tranquilizers even more.  I learned that if I skipped my noon time pills, I would have excessive energy for the evening but I wouldn't be able to sleep until I was emotionally and physically drained.  I usually cried myself to sleep and was often violent.
       When I was like this, mom would make sure I took my pills by standing and watching me.  At stressful times I would lose weight which again would play havoc with the drug levels.
        With the games I was playing with tranquilizers and alcohol, I don't know how I survived my teenage years.  By God's grace, I think.
     The doctors DID NOT want me to go through the stress of marriage and pregnancy until I was stabilized - hopefully in my later 20's.  But being quite rebellious, I eloped at 19 years old.
         We bought a house when I was 20 years old, by a lot of scrimping and saving, and I had a baby just before my 21st birthday.  My husband was as violent and unpredictable as I was - twas a stormy, unhappy marriage.
     My baby was born with ADHD & fetal alcohol My baby was colicky, underweight, ADHD (although that was not diagnosed until many years later) as FAS (fetal alcohol syndrome - again not diagnosed until much later).
       Danny never slept more than 2 hours.  I was in a bad physical state and looking for a divorce, when my girlfriend invited me to a Max Solbrekken Crusade.
        I came up to Kelowna, B.C. (from New Westminister) on a bus with my 4 1/2 month old son, thinking that I would go to this meeting to satisfy my girlfriend (from high school days).  I thought I would stay the weekend and then go to a lawyer on Monday to get a divorce.
        Then we went to the crusade tent, everyone was so full of joy.  A man was running around and around the tent praising the Lord with his hands lifted up.  Lillian told me that he had come at the beginning of the week with a very serious heart disease, unable to lift his hands up enough to comb his hair.  I didn't believe her, but I thought this could be interesting to see the trick the evangelists use to make people believe in this stuff.
         I knew God could heal. I just didn't believe He would heal me.  I thought, as a deist, that God created the world, but then just left us to figure out the rest.  He'd be too busy to bother with someone's aches and pains.
      After singing some songs, Pastor Max Solbrekken asked if anyone wanted prayer for healing.   A lady suffering from back pain went forward. He asked her to sit down and put her feet out straight. In the meantime, Lillian had taken my baby and pushed me right to the front, so that I could see.
        I crouched down to look for the trick, so I was about 18 inches away from the lady's feet and from Pastor Solbrekken.  Pastor Solbrekken had hold of her heels and he was showing us that one leg was shorter than the other causing the pain, so I watched Pastor Max to see how he would pull on one leg and I watched to see if the man behind the chair would twist the lady's shoulders giving the impression of lengthening the one leg.
      But as I watched, the man stepped back and raised his hands and started glorifying God, while Max Solbrekken's fingers, under the lady's heels just dropped slowly from her heels as he said, "Thank you Jesus.  Thank you Jesus!  Thank you Lord."
      As he said this, I watched her leg MOVE OUT.  The 'brick wall' of all my unbelief came tumbling down and I was confronted with a God who actually cared. I stood up shaking!
     When Pastor Solbrekken asked who else wanted Jesus to heal them, to give them a miracle, I put up my hand, still shaking uncontrollably.  He said, "Oh, the Holy Ghost is all over this little lady", as he turned to me and asked what I wanted to be healed from.
            I couldn't answer although I was shaking like a leaf, my insides were frozen, the pit of my stomach was a 'tight knot' and my throat was like dry ice.  I started to cry and finally screamed 'EPILEPSY!"
      Pastor Solbrekken put his hands on my shoulder and led me up to the platform.  He announced on the microphone what God was about to do.  That God was going to heal and deliver me from Epilepsy.  He came towards me with his hand upraised.
       As he brought his hand down toward my head, an electric shock went between us and threw us apart a couple of feet.  Then he said: "In the name of Jesus...." and his hand came down on my head.
      A FEELING LIKE WARM OIL went through my entire body! I yelled "JESUS" (that was my salvation prayer), as I fell back into a chair.  Immediately Pastor Solbrekken's hand went on my head and I felt as if it were a bead of warm oil (about the size of a baseball) enter the top of my head and I could feel it moving all around, then stopping, then moving. 
           This warm oil went throughout my entire body.  I could feel it moving up and down each finger and eventually each leg and toe.  This whole process took about 25 minutes as I sat in the chair while the service went on.
        When I went back to the congregation, everyone was worshipping, so I took my baby to hold and joined in the worship with all of my heart - I was so happy - I was so grateful. 
      As the gratitude and thankfulness welled up inside of me, I fell over backwards.  Fortunately, Lillian chose that very second to look over at me and took my baby as I went down under the power of the Spirit.  It was then that I saw the Lord and heard the voice of a waterfall saying, "I love you, Louise.  Never forget that I love you.  I love you more than you can imagine..."  He went on saying this for about 45 minutes.
        When I got up, I started to worship and as I did, I started singing in a language that flowed and flowed, but that I had never heard before.  I was so filled with joy for Jesus, healing me, forgiving me, delivering me and filling me with His Spirit. 
           I asked question after question of my hosts that night and kept them up till 3 a.m.  I slept in peace for the first time in my life and when I woke up, I found that my baby had slept from 11:30 until 8:30 for the first time in his little life.
          Pastor Max told me to keep taking my pills until I was checked by the EEG (I used to have this test every 6 months) to check my brain waves. Well, I threw the pills in the toilet in Kelowna. 
           I KNEW I WAS HEALED and would never need another pill. That was June 26th, 1976.  That night I was set free from unbelief, epilepsy, hatred, including self-hate, hopelessness, alcohol, etc.
          I went to my scheduled EEG on September 20th, 1976. When I went into Dr. Auciand's office after the test, he said: "Well, this is wonderful! We've finally got this under control! Your alpha waves were completely NORMAL!" 
      He was so pleased. Bursting his bubble of medical accomplishment, I said: "Well, Praise the Lord! I haven't had a pill in three months! I'm healed!"
          He said, "WHAT?!" My reply was "Jesus healed me in June and I haven't had any medication since then." He called me crazy and assured me that I would be back in his office with more trouble very soon. That was 26 ½ years ago!
        Soon after I started attending a Holy Ghost filled church where I was loved, nurtured, discipled, taught, trained and shown how to love and serve God, by loving and serving people.
         All three of my children were snatched from death through the power of God at one time or another in their lives.  Danny was in hospital at 2 1/2 years old, the doctors made a bed for me because they said he wouldn't live through the night.  Now he's 26 years old and has married an on-fire for Jesus beautiful young lady.
            I am now married to a man who likes to serve and pray as much as I do. I have assisted in planting a few churches over the years, ministering in the prophetic and intercession and all the practical hands-on work that is needed.
           I think my gifting is my willingness to do anything that will help Jesus be made manifest, from babysitting to washing the washrooms, taking graffiti off walls, turning overheads, leading worship, Bible studies, preaching, giving money to the Lord's work! I just love the Lord.
                   The revival that started in my heart on June 18th, 1976 never wore off. Jesus is the best thing that ever happened to me!  Hallelujah.   
Dr. Max Solbrekken preaches in 
 Assembly of God Crusade at Plaza 
     Brasil, Paulinia S.P. Brazil, 2005     
        FOR TODAY?
               By Pastor Max Solbrekken, D.D.
        “Beloved, earnestly contend for the FAITH once delivered to the saints.” (Jude 3 ); “Teach all nations to observe ALL THNGS whatsoever I have commanded you.” (Matt. 28: 19, 20); “The former treatise have I made, O Theophilus, of ALL that Jesus began both to DO and TEACH…” (Acts 1:1-3)
      What are the all things Jesus commanded His disciples to do? What is the faith’ that was once delivered to the saints? What did Jesus do and teach’? Why did Jude have to write about the spurious doctrines that had already infiltrated the Church?
      What does earnestly contend’ mean? Are we in danger today of losing the blessings of God because we have allowed the world, the flesh and the devil to gain the ascendancy?
      Are we doing and teaching’ the things which Jesus Christ did and taught and which He commanded His disciples to ‘do and teach’? (Mark 16:15-20).
Are we taking seriously the question Jesus asked: “Nevertheless, when the Son of Man cometh, will He find faith on the earth?” (Luke 18: 8)
      Here are the last recorded commands of our Lord to St. John on the Isle of Patmos: “Unto the angel of the church of Ephesus write, Nevertheless, I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love.
      Remember therefore from whence thou hast fallen, and REPENT, and do the first works OR ELSE I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of His place, except thou repent.” (Rev.2: 1, 4,5)
     St. John warned: “For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist…” (2 John 7). Jesus promised: 
     “Verily, verily, I say unto you, he that believeth on Me, the works that I do shall do also and greater works than these shall he do: because I go unto My Father. And whatsoever ye shall ask in My name, that will I do that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask anything in My name, I will do it.” (John 14: 12-15).
     Unfortunately, we have allowed Satan’s emissaries to erode the Gospel of Christ through the debasement of God’s Word by unbelieving theologians who are disciples of self-exalting Higher Criticism.
     Upon the authority of God’s Word, I say with Jesus Christ, “It is written!” We must never concede one inch of truth, but, “Earnestly contend for the Faith once delivered to the saints.”
      It is ‘High Time’ that we command the Devil to keep his hands off Christ’s Body, the Church which is the “Pillar and Ground of the Truth”. (I Tim.3: 15).
     When Simon the son of Jonas tried to dissuade Him from going to the Cross, Jesus turned and said to him; “Get thee behind Me, Satan.” (Matt.16: 23).
      A demon of Pride had gotten into Simon Peter and tried to tell Jesus how He should do His work. He was trying dissuade Him from going to the Cross! It is important that we realize that these very same words were used by our Lord and Saviour against Satan during His wilderness temptation: 
     “And Jesus answered and said unto him; Get thee behind Me, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God and Him only shalt thou serve.” (Luke 4: 8)
      The Bible says: "And He said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature…And these SIGNS shall follow them that believe:
       In My name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues. They shall take up serpents (Paul at Malta); and if they drink any deadly thing (Pentecostal pastors in some Soviet Prisons), it shall not hurt them; they shall lay their hands on the SICK and they shall recover.
      “And they went forth, and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them, and confirming the Word with SIGNS following." (Mark 16: 15-20); “And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.” (Acts 2:4);
       “And with great power gave the apostles witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus: and great grace was upon them.” (Acts 4: 33)
“      And great fear came upon the church, and upon as many as heard these things. And by the hands of the apostles were many SIGNS and WONDERS wrought among the people…And believers were the more added to the Lord, multitudes both of men and women.
       “Insomuch that the brought forth the sick into the streets, and laid them on beds and couches, that at the least the shadow of Peter passing by might overshadow some of them. There came also a multitude out of the cities round about unto Jerusalem, bringing sick folks, and them which were vexed with unclean spirits and they were healed every one.” (Acts 5: 11-16)
      “And Stephen, full of faith and power, did great WONDERS and MIRACLES among the people.” (Acts 6: 8); “Then Philip went down to the city of Samaria, and preached Christ unto them. And the people with one accord gave heed unto those things which       Philip spake, hearing and seeing the MIRACLES which he did.
      “For unclean spirits crying with loud voice came out of many that were possessed with them: and many taken with palsies, and that were lame were healed. And there was great joy in that city.” (Acts 8: 5-8)
      “As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost said, Separate Me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them. And when they had fasted and prayed, and laid their hands on them they sent them away.” (Acts 13: 2)
      “And there sat a certain man at Lystra, impotent in his feet being a cripple from his mother’s womb, who had never walked: The same head Paul speak: who steadfastly beholding him, and perceiving that he had faith to be healed, Said with a loud voice, Stand upright on thy feet. And he leaped and walked.” (Acts 14; 8-10)
      St. Paul stated: “For I will not dare to speak of any of those things which Christ hath not wrought by me, to make the Gentles obedient by word or deed. Through mighty SIGNS and WONDERS, by the power of the Spirit of God; so that from Jerusalem, and round about unto Illericum, I have fully preached the gospel of Christ.” (Rom. 15:18,19)
    If the Forgiveness of Sins is for today, then Eternal Life is for today. If Eternal Life is attainable through faith in the sacrifice Jesus Christ made for us on Calvary, then the Gospel of Christ is a reality!
      If Jesus is real, then the Bible is true. If the Bible is true, then Divine Healing is true and the Blessed Holy Spirit is still working His Miracles today, and we are obligated to believe God’s Word and follow its precepts.
     We cannot cherry pick the portions of God's Word that fit our denominational doctrines and exclude other portions which do not. We do not have the authority to make that distinction based upon our preference or the set-in-stone teachings of biased theologians or Church leaders! The Word of God trumps the teachings that appeal to our sensitivities, upbringing, sentimentality or denominational doctrines!
      We are prohibited by God's Word to change the Holy Scriptures by adding unto or taking away anything from the Holy Bible! Here is the warning:
      “Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the Lord your God which I command you.” (Deut.4: 2)
       “Every Word of God is pure. He is a shield unto them who put their trust in Him. Add thou not unto His Words, lest He reprove thee, and thou be found a liar.” (Prov.30:5,6);
        “For I testify unto every man who hears the prophecy of this book. If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book.
      “And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the Book of Life, and out of the Holy City, and from the things that are written in this book,” (Rev.22: 19)
                                   DON'T PERVERT THE GOSPEL!
       St. Paul warned about the spread of a spurious and perverted gospel: “I marvel that ye are so soon removed from Him who called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel. Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ.
       “But that we, or an ANGEL from HEAVEN, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. As we said before, so say I now again, if any man preach any other gospel unto you than ye have received, let him be accursed.” (Gal.1: 6, 8, 9)
       What was ST. PAUL, the founder of the Gentile Church saying? So fatal was the false doctrine that was being advanced by some, that even if an angel came from Heaven preaching something other than what St. Paul had preached, let that angel be accursed.
       And if Paul himself would return to them with an opposing doctrine than he had taught them, then he should be accursed.
        According to the unadulterated Word of God brought by St. Paul, the demon that came as Moroni bringing a perverted gospel to Joseph Smith and the demon who spoke in the ear of Mohammed during his seizures, would suffer the same censure and anathema!
       St. Paul issued this outstanding WARNING: “If any man love not the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be Anathema Maranatha. (1 Cor.16:22) What does this mean? Here the Word declares that Christ is returning and that Day will be a glad day for some, but for others it will be a very sad Day.
      When Christ returns it will usher in the greatest blessing for those who are ready to meet Him, but for others it will be a day of great sorrow, pain and damnation! The word anathema means ‘censure, a curse, and maranatha means, ‘The Lord comes’.
      When Satan tried to tempt our Lord, Jesus used the Word of God to stop him: “And when the Tempter came to Him, if Thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread. But He answered and said; It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every Word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.” (Matt.4: 3,4)
      Three times Jesus stopped Satan, the Liar, with the Word of God, saying, “It is written.” Since Jesus used the words, ‘It is written’ to defeat the devil, we can also use the words, ‘It is written’ and quote the Holy Scriptures to defeat him as well!
      It  behooves us all to walk softy before our God and keep every word that proceeds out of His mouth by the power of His shed blood and the power of His Holy Spirit which is anchored in His Word!
                                     THE EXPRESS IMAGE OF GOD!
       The Bible states: “God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, hath in these last days spoken unto us by HIS SON, whom He hath appointed heir of all things, by Whom He has also made the worlds;
      “Who being the brightness of His glory, and the EXPRESS IMAGE OF HIS PERSON, and upholding all things by the Word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on High.”
       Jesus said: “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life: no man cometh unto the Father but by Me. If ye had known Me ye should have known My Father also: and from henceforth ye know Him, and have seen Him.
       “Philip sayeth unto Him, Lord, show us the Father and it sufficeth us. Jesus sayeth unto him: Have I been so long time with you and yet hast thou not known Me, Philip? He that hath seen Me, hath seen the Father. Believest thou not that I am in My Father and My Father in Me? The words that I speak unto you, I speak not of Myself; but the Father that dwelleth in Me, He doeth the works.” (John 14: 6-10)
      Therefore, whatever Jesus did was the WILL of the Father, because He never did anything to displease Him. Wherever Jesus of Nazareth taught or preached, miracles of divine healing and deliverance from unclean spirits always occurred!
      The Bible says: “And He spake to His disciples, that a small ship should wait on Him because of the multitude, lest they should throng Him. For He had HEALED many, insomuch that they pressed upon for to touch, as many as had plagues.
       And UNCLEAN SPIRITS, when they saw Him, fell down before Him, and cried, saying, Thou art the Son of God.
        “And He ordained twelve, that they should be with Him, and that He might send them forth to PREACH and to have POWER to HEAL SICKNESSES, and to cast out DEVILS.” (Mark 3: 9-15)
       “And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the Gospel of the Kingdom, and HEALING all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people.
      “And His fame went throughout all Syria: and they brought unto Him all sick people that were taken with divers diseases and torments, and those that were possessed with Devils, and those which were lunatic, and those that has the palsy; and He HEALED them.” (Matt.4: 23, 24)
       St. Paul stated: “How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: Who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with Him.” (Acts 10: 38)
      What is ironic and out of character for many ‘disciples of Jesus’ who should be preaching Christ’s pure Gospel and following in the footsteps of our Lord, are preaching only a part of His teachings and ignoring, and even rejecting much of His Gospel!
       They may profess that they love Jesus and believe the Bible is the Word of God but reject His commands to be filled with the Holy Spirit and bring healing to the sick, suffering and tormented.
        How weird and prideful to tell God by their actions, that He made a mistake in sending the Holy Spirit to lead the Church and that they know better than Jesus Christ! It is no wonder then, that those Preachers who deny the power of the Holy Spirit and His Gifts to operate in their churches, are so powerless and fruitless!
       Writing my weekly column for the Edmonton Sun while preaching in Sao Paulo, Brazil in 1986, I made this comment: “The Ministry of the Holy Spirit is the theme of the First Pentecostal Conference of South America. Recently, Newsweek carried an article called, ‘Latin America: Predominantly Roman Catholic Scarlet, Turning Protestant Black’.
     The article reported that 400 Roman Catholics were converting to Evangelical Protestantism every hour! The ‘Protestant Black’ was referring Protestants going to church carrying Black Bibles. The Roman Catholic Church teaches that the Pope is the Vicar of Jesus Christ. “I’m sorry, John Paul 11, I didn’t know that the Holy Spirit had taken early retirement!”
      I would be derelict in my duty of preaching the unadulterated Word of God, if I capitulated to modern day heretics who add to or take away from the pure doctrines of salvation through the shed blood of Jesus, His virgin birth, glorious resurrection and imminent return!
      I cannot agree with those who preach a diminished Jesus Who no longer answers prayer, saves the lost, heals the sick or baptizes with the Holy Spirit and fire. I reject the false teachers who promulgate that Jesus Christ was just a good man, a prophet or a created god.
       I stand four square against the Roman Catholic Church’s Grand Larceny that exalts Simon the son of Jonas as the Rock upon which Christ’s Church is built, when Prophet David, St. Paul and St. Peter all agree that Jesus Christ is that Rock.
                                        THAT ROCK IS CHRIST!
     St. Paul wrote: “According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise,master builder, I have LAID the Foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every one take heed how he buildeth thereupon. For other FOUNDATION can no man lay, than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.” (1 Cor. 3:10,11)
       In this short paper on the True Gospel of Jesus Christ, once again I bring to your attention the important questions in my earlier statements, and let us all unanimously REJECT the false doctrines that are taught from many pupits today!
      “Beloved, earnestly contend for the FAITH once delivered to the saints.” (Jude 3); “Teach all nations to observe ALL THINGS whatsoever I have commanded you.” (Matt. 28: 19, 20); “The former treatise have I made, O Theophilus, of ALL that Jesus began both to DO and TEACH…” (Acts 1:1-3)
       What are the all things Jesus commanded His disciples to do? What is the faith’ that was once delivered to the saints? What did Jesus do and teach’? Why did Jude have to write about the spurious doctrines that had already infiltrated the Church?
       What does earnestly contend’ mean? Are we in danger today of losing the blessings of God because we have allowed the world, the flesh and the devil to gain the ascendancy?
       Are we doing and teaching’ the things which Jesus Christ did and taught and which He commanded His disciples to ‘do and teach’? (Mark 16:15-20).
        Are we taking seriously the question Jesus asked: “Nevertheless, when the Son of Man cometh, will He find faith on the earth?” (Luke 18: 8). I am afraid that He will find a large amount of watered-down, man-made RELIGION, but not much real Faith such as was delivered to the saints! (Jude 3). How sad!

      Shall we Pray: “Help us all O' Lord, to return to the message of the Cross, the Blood of Jesus and the Baptism of the Blessed Holy Spirit. And to the all powerful name of Jesus Christ, to which every knee shall bow and every tongue shall confess that Jesus Christ is God to the glory of God the Father. Amen.” (Phil.2: 5-11).