Thursday, April 15, 2021

                                         JESUS HAS MADE ME FREE!             

                 
                                              Louise McCarthy Testifying for Jesus
       
                                                Louise and David McCarthy

                                 - Miracle Testimony -

                         EPILEPSY SEIZURES DESTOYED                            MY LIFE UNTIL JESUS HEALED ME

By Louise McCarthy, Vernon, B.C. 

    The Bible says: "He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities, the chastisement of our peace was upon Him and with His stripes we are healed." (Isaiah 53:5)

            AT 2 WEEKS OLD, I HAD AN EPILEPTIC SEIZURE AND DIED.

      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.

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 4 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 2 weeks, but had been instructed not to tell me, so that I wouldn't get excited.

 I STARTED SNEAKING ALCOHOL FROM MY PARENTS!

     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 found 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.

I WAS REBELLIOUS AND ELOPED AT 19 YEARS OLD!

     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 - it was a stormy, unhappy marriage.

 MY BABY WAS BORN WITH ADHD & FETAL ALCOHOL SYNDROME

      My baby was colicky, underweight, ADHD (although that was not diagnosed until many years later) and 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.

 I WENT TO THE MAX SOLBREKKEN TENT CRUSADE!

     When 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 case, 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.

PASTOR MAX SOLBREKKEN BEGAN PRAYING FOR THE SICK

     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.

     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 STARTED TO CRY AND SCREAMED 'EPILEPSY’!

I couldn't answer although I was shaking like a leaf, my insides were frozen, the pit of my stomach was a 'tight knot', 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.

JESUS APPEARED TO ME:  HE KEPT TELLING ME HOW MUCH HE LOVED ME

      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.

 I WAS HEALED OF EPILEPSY AND I AM STILL HEALED 26 YEARS LATER.

Pastor Max told me to keep taking my pills until I was checked by the E.E.G. (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 E.E.G. 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 1/2 years ago.



JESUS IS THE BEST THING THAT EVER HAPPENED TO ME

     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 God 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 26th, 1976 never wore off. Jesus is the best thing that ever happened to me!  Hallelujah.

      The Bible says:  “And said, If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the LORD thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which i have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the LORD that healeth thee.” (Exodus 15:26). Amen.

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

 

DON'T THINK THAT


GOD IS ANGRY AT YOU!


By Pastor Max Solbrekken, D.D.

"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." (John 3:16)

This message was born in my heart after I received a telephone call from a young lady in Norway. She was very upset because she felt God was "mad at her"!

She was a young married woman in her early twenties, with a good job, but was very unhappy. Her involvement in an automobile accident had left her with a back injury, and her nerves were frayed!

The young lady felt that the accident was God's revenge on her, because as a teenager she had "drifted from Him"! Several things happened which made her believe that He was "angry at her" and had "washed His hands of her."

In her loneliness, depression and constant pain, she became suicidal! In that condition, she attended our gospel crusade and heard me preach God's Word!

She was completely delivered - physically, spiritually and psychologically! Her miracle recovery still holds true today, 25 years later!


                            GOD IS LOVING, MERCIFUL & GRACIOUS!

Many people believe God is angry at them...that 'He has their number' and is waiting to bring them to justice! They see God as a stern old man who has been roused from his afternoon nap by noisy young people.

Nothing could be further from the truth. God is kind, merciful and fair! And He is available 24 hours a day!

John 3:16 is the central verse of the New Testament and inspiration for fundamental spiritual change. Martin Luther called it the "Bible in Miniature"!

Jerome Harper is an anointed gospel singer and preacher. Some years ago I was a speaker during a convention of Full Gospel Churches in Dauphin River, Manitoba. Jerome stirred my soul with a song written by James Payne. The song is called 'John 3:16' and is James Payne's personal testimony. Here are the lyrics:

                                               John 3:16

"I remember the night, at the end of my rope,
In a motel in Nashville, searching for hope...
In my hand a Bible, I had read as a child,
On the table was a bottle, that was driving me wild!

Well, I poured the whiskey into the glass,
and prayed it would help me forget my past.
Then I read how Jesus died on the tree,
I poured out the whiskey, and fell down on my knees.

That night old Jack Daniels met John 3:16,
God's word broke the hold that he had over me.
I traded Tennessee whiskey for Calvary's tree
That night old Jack Daniels met John 3:16.

Now, when I see those old friends that I used to know,
Down at the old place where I used to go,
They tell me I'm different than I used to be,
And I love to tell them what happened to me."

Even though James Payne had a history of alcoholism, drug abuse and wild living, God reached down to him in mercy and forgiveness.  And by faith he received the gift of salvation through Jesus Christ!  Since that time he has written more than 2,000 songs and was recently featured on the Trinity Broadcasting Network (T.B.N.), which is seen around the world!

Jerome Harper has a similar testimony.  After he had wasted many years in heavy drinking and debauchery, the Lord Jesus Christ gladly received him, when he called upon His Name!

                       ANOTHER ALCOHOLIC IS MADE FREE!

The same could be said about Randy Huisman of Telkwa, BC.  Although Randy was raised in the Christian Reformed Church, he did not experience the redeeming power of the 'Gospel of Christ'.  

At an early age he left the church and went deeper and deeper into a life of drunkenness.  His wake-up call came at the age of 34 when his doctor said, "Randy, you have sclerosis of the liver.  If you continue drinking you will be dead within 4 to 6 months."

Not wanting to quit drinking and to prove the doctor wrong, Randy drank even more excessively.  Eight months later, he was still alive but very sick, with dry heaves and vomiting!

Standing at the well, he thought of committing suicide to end it all, but remembered the terrible time a neighbor girl went through when her father killed himself.  He also remembered God's word, about murderers going to Hell.

He knelt by the old well and prayed, "Lord, if you are real, show me the way and let me know that the blood of Jesus Christ cleanses away all my sins. Randy declares: "At that moment (Dec 26, 1984) a glimmer of hope came into my heart and I haven't had a drink since!"

A couple of months later, Ted Huntington went over to fix Randy's pump and invited him to attend a Spirit-filled Men's Advance.  He was filled with the Holy Spirit and is full of God's great compassion, love and power, to win lost souls for Christ!

Years later, I was invited to share my testimony at a Full Gospel Business Men's meeting in Smithers, B.C.  During the altar service, Randy's brother Theo answered the alter call and wept his way into the kingdom of God!



  JESUS CAME TO EARTH TO SAVE SINNERS! 


Jesus Christ came into the world to save us – Not to condemn us! The Bible says, “God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through him might be saved.” (John 3:17)

A number of years ago, Thomas Allen was hopelessly lost in a life of alcohol, gambling, the occult and broken dreams.  At 25 years of age he had graduated from being a juvenile delinquent kicked out of school and home, to prison with a broken marriage and shattered hopes!

He was hooked by sin and degradation.  At the end of his rope, he heard the voice of God call his name.  On two occasions the voice said, "Go to church."  The third time, God spoke with a firm command: "Tom, go to church!"

He picked up the Winnipeg City Directory and dropped it on the floor, not knowing where to look.  Miraculously it opened at the W's and 'Waves of Glory' jumped out at him.  He began to attend church but was still bound by horrible nightmares, which haunted him from the past!

A year later, I preached in Winnipeg.  Tom came forward for prayer.  As I began to pray, the evil spirits threw him off the platform.  He foamed at the mouth and screamed horribly as we exorcised the demons from him in Jesus' Name!

Since that time, there hasn’t been any more nightmares or epilepsy.  His testimony is that God has given him a new life with peace and joy!  And he began studying under Pastor Edwin Wiebe.  His heart’s desire is to become a minister of the gospel!


            HE’S THE GOD OF THE SECOND CHANCE!

Some people believe God is portrayed as wrathful and uncaring in the Old Testament and loving and kind in the New Testament, but that isn’t true!

The mercy of God is seen in His dealings with mankind from the beginning.  He gave Adam and Eve a second chance, when He drove them out of the Garden of Eden after their rebellion, so that they would not eat of the ‘Tree of Life’ and live forever in their sins.  He killed an innocent animal as an atonement.  Its skin covered their naked bodies and the blood covered their sins!

Then God instituted the sacrificial system, which pointed to Jesus the Messiah, Who fulfilled the type and died on the cross for the sins of the whole world, as the lambs had died on the alters of Jerusalem to atone for the sins of Israel!

God's justice can also be seen in His dealings with Satan, who was once a trusted archangel called Lucifer.  God could have destroyed Satan, but let him remain free until the final judgment, when he will be cast into the Lake of Fire! (Rev. 20: 10)

God loves us all and allows the sun to shine and rain to fall on the just and the unjust.  His laws of gravity, seed time and harvest, life, death and salvation apply to everyone.  The words of prophet Isaiah are relevant today:

"Come now, and let us reason together saith the Lord.  Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow.  Though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool." (Isaiah 1:18)

The love of God is constantly being revealed to us!  Each new baby that is born is a miracle of co-creation with the Creator.  And what a gift that newborn baby is to its parents, siblings, grandparents and close friends!

In the various stages of life, development and maturing - from youth to adulthood and on to the golden years of retirement - God's blessings are new and exciting every day as we walk with the Lord!

Answered prayer, peace that passes all understanding, 'joy unspeakable and full of glory' is only a small part of the "pay-back" we receive from our fellowship with our Heavenly Father, through Jesus Christ our Lord!


                  JESUS APPEARED TO SUNDAR SINGH!


 Sadhu Sundar Singh was known across India as 'The Apostle with the Bleeding Feet' because he chose to go barefoot, in appreciation of the horrible sufferings Jesus endured for him.  Sundar Singh - sadhu means holy man - travelled the length and breadth of India as a preacher of righteousness for many years!

Every year he would climb the rugged mountain ranges to the forbidden land of Tibet.  The jagged rocks often cut his feet, leaving little trickles of blood in his footprints.  Upon arriving in that dark foreboding land, he would regularly receive hostile and violent treatment from the hands of the Buddhist authorities, because of his preaching!

Sundar Singh was born into a pagan religion but had lost faith in all religions, so when a Christian missionary gave him a Bible, he threw it into the fire.

After this act of defiance, however, he was unable to sleep.  He felt guilty as well as frustrated over his life.  Feeling hopelessly lost, with nothing to live for, he decided to end it all!


He would take his own life the very next morning, by lying down on the railroad track in front of the fast moving express train!


His plans were foiled, however, by the appearance of Jesus Christ in the middle of the night.  A bright light filled the room and the 'glorified Saviour of the world' stood before him with His nail-pierced hands outstretched in welcome.

Instead of being rebuked and judged for burning His Holy Book - as the young man expected - Jesus simply looked at him in love and compassion, and he melted at His feet.  All superstition, fear, unbelief, hatred and torments vanished in a moment of time and Sundar Singh gave his entire life to Jesus Christ. 

The story is told of how Sundar Singh was persecuted on numerous occasions by the Buddhists as he penetrated the "forbidden land of Tibet" again and again!

On one occasion he was condemned to death for preaching the gospel there.  He was lowered into a dry 60 foot well and left to die of hunger and thirst sitting among the filth of human skulls and bones, rats, snakes and scorpions.

The noise of the heavy cement cover being placed on the well's top, cutting off the beam of light signaled 'the end'!  Sitting there in terrible pain from the severe beatings he had received from the hands of his captors, Sundar Singh prayed: "O Lord get me out of here.  Do not allow me to die here.  Let me preach the gospel one more time."

Very early in the morning, a shaft of light appeared showing a rope being lowered towards him. He tied the rope to his midsection.  Strong arms rapidly pulled him upwards.  He stood to his feet and when he turned o say "thank you" to his liberator, there was no one there!


                  THE HAND OF GOD BROUGHT HIM OUT!


Overjoyed he prayed, "What shall I do?"  The Holy Spirit whispered, "Go and stand in front of the pagoda and preach the Gospel!"

The Buddhist monks and authorities were so amazed at his rescue and because his "death sentence" had been executed - no one had ever escaped before - they could not try him again.  Of course, he was beaten and chased away repeatedly, but he kept returning to present the claims of Christ to the pagan.

One day, his footprints (with the trickel of blood) came to an abrupt halt on the mountainous terrain on the way to Tibet.  The 'Apostle with the bleeding feet' had undoubtedly slipped and fallen and his frozen body is waiting for the "great getting-up-morning" when Christ shall come to rapture His Church!  Hallelujah!

St. John writes: "If the princes of this world would have known who Jesus is, they would not have crucified the Lord of Glory." (1 Corinthians 2:8)

How sad, that all too few leaders of nations, corporations, educational, medical and financial institutions do not really know Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour.  And even clergymen, who should know better do not worship Him as God!


          GOD PERFORMS STAGGERING MIRACLES!


In 1980, five year old Julio Diaz was brought by his mother to our crusade in Santa Fe, Argentina.  He was born without urethras.  He was also afflicted with a number of other abnormalities.

He had suffered through 6 operations and spent 3 years in the Children's Hospital there.  Because Julio was being used as a "guinea pig", nurses attending him spoke confidentially to his parents warning against another exploratory surgical operation.

There were thousands of people in the stadium that cold, blustery evening when my faith touched God for Julio!  And God performed a miracle for us! As the huge throng was led in the healing prayer, Julio's mother believed. 

The next morning his parents awakened to find the plastic tubes pushed out of his sides and their little boy urinating on the floor.  They rushed him to the hospital; the x-rays showed 2 urethras!  God had done His wonderful work and created 2 urethras for Julio.

His parents called Omar & Marfa Cabrera with the good news.  They informed me that the media wanted to interview us regarding this great miracle!  The miracle was so great the the Roman Catholic Radio Station - as well as their weekly magazine - reported the news nation-wide, and the gospel of Christ was heard far and near across Argentina!


God's mercy came to the Diaz family in such a beautiful way and He loves us all just as much as He does them!!


                    SPINAL BIFIDA HEALED BY JESUS!


In 1981 Larry & Donna Pascal of Pikangikum, Ontario had taken their 8 month old baby Savillia for extensive tests in a hospital at Sioux Lookout.  She was diagnosed with Spinal Bifida.  The specialists told her parents that Savillia would never walk and as she grew older, she would need a wheelchair!

Naturally, Larry & Donna were down-hearted but believed in their hearts that God would do a miracle.  A short time later I flew to the isolated village of Pikangikum for a gospel meeting. 

They brought little Savillia to me and I prayed in Jesus' Name for a miracle. Several days later the large opening (hole) in her lower spine began to fill in and she was miraculously healed.  Today she is a happy, healthy teenager who can run, skip and jump like anyone else!  And she is a talented gospel singer as well.

                      GOD'S MERCY ENDURETH FOREVER!

By His grace a little baby doomed to be a cripple all her life is perfectly well today, radiating God's grave and love!  No wonder the prophet wrote: "But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon Him; and with His stripes we are healed." (Isaiah 53:5)

                                GOD HEALED A DEAF & MUTE BABY!

Some time ago, while preaching in Meadow Lake, SK, Doris Goulet from LaRonge stood up to testify.  I had not seen her for years.

She told about her daughter Angel Mahoney, whom she and her husband Phillip had brought to our crusade in Prince Albert in 1974.  Neither Doris nor Phillip were born again Christians at the time but their friend Louisa - who was a Christian - had told them of our crusade.

Phillip brought little Angel (less than 1 year old) for prayer.  This was their last hope - as there was nothing medical science could do for her.  Angel was totally deaf and mute.  She also had severe ear infections and was allergic to milk and wheat.

As I was praying for the hundreds who came for a miracle, Phillip had to wait quite awhile in the prayer line.  Doris declares that when I came to Phillip and Angel, I did not ask what their need was.  I simply snapped my fingers behind her back in Jesus' Name!

Angel was instantly healed and turned her head abruptly toward me!  From that moment, she could hear perfectly and began to speak.  With the help of some speech therapy, Angel speaks perfectly today!  All her allergies and infections left instantly and she is well today.  Praise God!

For more than 55 years I have traveled the world bringing salvation and healing to hurting people through the gospel of Jesus Christ.  What a blessing to serve such a wonderful Saviour!


              OWNER OF CLUB 7 WAS PUSHING DRUGS !


Hundreds of people were attending the services and God was saving and healing the people, but I was concerned about the loud music coming from an auditorium below us!

I asked someone what was going on and that is when I learned of Club 7 and Jerry Eppinga, the man who ran the club.

Jerry had a tainted reputation and was banned from every bar and drinking places in Prince Rupert because he was an alcoholic and it was rumored that he peddled dope to the patrons who frequented the bars.

Immediately I saw the problem as an opportunity for God to show His great Power.  “Let' close that Hell-Hole down” I declared! The next evening Jerry came up to the service, was deeply convicted and answered the altar call to receive Jesus Christ as his personal Saviour.

During the altar service, I asked everyone to repeat the sinner's prayer and renounce the devil publicly in Jesus' Name.  When the prayer and confession of faith was made, Satan threw Jerry Eppinga into the air and he screamed at the top of his lungs as the demons came out of him!

Since that time, Jerry closed down the nightclub- the next day - got married (he had been living common-law), was restored back to health, prospered in business, went to Bible College and spent several years as a missionary to the Heida Indians in the Queen Charlotte Islands!  Today, his ministry is centered in British Columbia's lower mainland and reaches even into his native Holland.

God forgave him, healed him and filled him with the Blessed Holy Spirit.  God was not angry with him but "showed Himself alive" toward him as a loving Heavenly Father full of compassion and mercy!


                       WHAT A GREAT GOD WE SERVE!


God is not angry at us.  He loves us so greatly that nothing will stand in His way to help us all in our special need!  Praise the Lord! It still thrills my soul and warms my heart to be able to help people who are struggling with lusts, fears, torments, bitterness, pain, disease and grief.

St. James answers the age-old question about the "whys and wherefores" of WAR and its aftermath: "From whence come wars and fighting among you?  Come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members?" (James 4:1)

It's not fair to blame God for the wars, storms, natural disasters or diseases that plague mankind.  People foolishly blame God for famines, poverty, earthquakes, killings, disease and almost everything else. 

Most of our problems are self-inflicted because of greed, hatred, lust and disobedience. People lie, steal, rape, murder, cheat and then wonder why God's blessings have lifted off their lives.

In my opinion, it should be clear to anyone that when a nation forsakes God and decides to "go it on their own", they will get in trouble.  To compound the situation, how can we expect God to bless nations and individuals who have not only forsaken Him "the fountain of living water and hewed themselves out cisterns, broken cisterns that can hold no water" but who turn to the pagan gods of the New Age Movement, Eastern (Hindu) Mysticism and blatant Spiritism, Occultism and Satanism?


            GOD IS AGAINST DEMON SPIRITS!


God's wrath is against the evil spirits and demons involved in witchcraft and idolatry! Dear friend, unless such individuals and nations REPENT of those most evil, obnoxious and wicked sins, they can expect nothing but the fruit of their unrighteousness!

St.  Paul declared, "To be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.  Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.  So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God. 

"But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you.  Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of His." (Romans 8:6-9)

When we get rid of the sin in our lives, by God's grace through faith in Jesus Christ's finished work on Golgotha, our problems disappear.  And His peace floods our souls! And remember my dear friend; God is not angry at you.  Amen.

Friday, April 9, 2021

                                      LIFE IN JESUS' BLOOD                                                                By Pastor Max Solbrekken, D.D.

    “And still the Cry of the Synagogue comes to us through the many centuries of past unbelief and ignorance: Let One who is Innocent come and make atonement for the guilty!” to which no other response can ever be made than that of the apostle: 

 Such an high priest became us, Who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the Heavens.” - Alfred Edersheim, 'The Temple, in Ministry & Service'


   On the Day of Atonement, a cry was made from Jewish Synagogues confessing their need of a sinless One who would be able to atone for them. Year after year, the Cry from the Synagogue was made, but there was no Messiah to answer their call.


     Then, John the Baptist announced: “I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but He that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am unworthy to bear. He shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost and fire.” (Matt.3:11); 

  “Behold the Lamb of God which taketh away the sins of the world.” (John 1:29); Prophets like David, Isaiah and Malachi prophesied His coming. When He arrived, the leaders of Israel's  rejected Him.


 St. John wrote of Jesus:

      “He came unto His own and His own received Him not. But as many as received Him, to them He gave power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name.” (John 1: 11, 12)

    St. Paul wrote: “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” (Rom.10: 9,10)


    Gospel Songs shout out His Love and Power: 

There is power, power, wonder working power in the blood of the Lamb. There is power, power, wonder working power in the precious blood of the Lamb.”; “On Christ the Solid Rock I stand, all other ground is sinking sand.”; “I have decided to follow Jesus. I have decided to follow Jesus. No turning back. No turning back.”


     Jesus Christ said: “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on Me hath everlasting life. I am the Bread of Life. I am the Living Bread which came down from Heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live forever: and the bread that I will give is My FLESH which I will give for the life of the world.

     “...Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink His Blood, ye have no life in you. Whoso eateth My flesh and drinketh My Blood, hath Eternal Life. And I will raise him up at the last day.” (John 6: 47-58, 63)

     Jesus did not offer up His spirit. That remained untouchable, holy, pure and without blemish. He gave His flesh and His blood to redeem us. 

    His blood was poured out and His body beaten, scourged and crucified. He had the mind of God and His spirit was God-filled and inspired! Nothing could touch His spirit. It was immune to sin, fear or spiritual death!

    A spurious doctrine argues that Jesus suffered as a sinner in Hell for three days, overcame Satan and was born again in Hell. That teaching is in direct opposition of the Holy scriptures and diminishes the power of Almighty God, and plays into Satan's hands of deception!


JESUS DIED AS GOD'S PASCHAL LAMB!


    Jesus died as God's Paschal Lamb upon 'the cross of shame' on Golgotha as a sin offering. All our sins were laid upon Him. He bore our sins like the paschal lamb. He was identified with our sins, sicknesses and diseases, in order to destroy them. There were no sins within Him. His spirit was pure, holy and without spot!

     If there had been any sin in Him, He would not have been able to rise from the dead. Death would have held Him fast until the judgment Day

    The Bible says: “Behold...the soul that sinneth it shall die.” (Ezek. 18:4); “For the wages of sin is death...” (Rom. 6: 23)

   Jesus' spirit did not go to Hell. He went to Hades in 'Abraham's Bosom' where He stayed for three days, until He arose together with the righteous dead. (John 20:14; Matt.27:52,53). 

     His pure and holy blood did not die and is alive today in the Holy Place in Heaven, pleading for us. Christ's sinless Blood raised Him from the dead:

    “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.... How much more shall the Blood of Christ, who through the Eternal spirit offered Himself without spot to God purge your conscience from dead works to serve the Living God.” (Heb. 9: 12-14)

    ANDREW MURRAY states: “This does not mean merely that the Holy Spirit was in Jesus (the Lord) and bestowed on His Person and His blood a Divine worth. It is much more than that – it indicates that the shedding of His Blood was brought about by the Holy Spirit and that the SPIRIT lived and worked in that BLOOD, so that when it was was shed, it could not DECAY as a dead thing, but as a Living Reality it could be taken up to Heaven to exercise its Divine Power from thence.”    

    Although God the Father had to judge His Son for our sins, the Holy Spirit did not leave JESUS while He hung on the cross. St. Paul clearly states that God was in Christ at that very time, reconciling the world to Himself: 

“That is, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto Himself not imputing their trespasses unto them...” (2 Cor. 5: 19).

God the Father judged His Son for the sins of humanity at the very time that God the Holy Spirit was within Jesus reconciling the world to Him.


  GOD WAS IN CHRIST!

      When did God reconcile the world to Himself? That Great Transaction happened while our Saviour was hanging on the Cross suffering for and paying for our sins.


      I believe the Holy Spirit remained with the body of Jesus protecting it and His blood     from decay, as Andrew Murray declared. When Jesus arose from the dead, the Holy Spirit was there to receive our Saviour into His glorified body. Jesus, then carried His own BLOOD into the Holy Place in Heaven where it now resides, alive and powerful to save, cleanse, heal and protect us!


     The Bible says: “For Christ is not entered into the Holy Place made with hands, which are the figure of the true, but into Heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us: So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many...By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the BODY of Jesus Christ once for all.” (Heb.9: 24, 28; 10:10)

    St. Paul expounds: “And He is before all things and by Him all things consist. And He is the Head of the Church: Who is the beginning, the first born from the dead; that in all things He might have the preeminence. For it pleased the Father that in Him should all fullness dwell.” (Col.1: 17, 18)

    Jesus was with the Father before time began. He CREATED all things. (John 1: 1-3). He is the first to rise from the dead, never to die again. (Heb. 9:28). 

     “And, having made PEACE through the death of His Cross, by Him to reconcile all things unto Himself...yet now hath He reconciled in the BODY of His Flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unrepoveable in His sight...” (Col. 1:20-23)

     Jesus stated: “Therefore doth My Father love Me, because I lay down My life, that I may take it to again. No man taketh it from Me, but I lay it down of Myself. I have power to lay it down and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I of My Father.” (John 8: 17, 18)

    Another proof that God did not leave His Son are His own words: 

    "Behold, the hour cometh, yea, and is now come, that ye shall be scattered, every man to his own, and shall leave Me alone: and yet I am NOT alone, because the Father is with Me.” (John 17:32).

      “Then Jesus said unto them, When ye have lifted up the Son of man, then shall ye know that I am He, and that I do nothing of Myself, but as My Father taught Me, I speak these things. And that sent Me is with Me, the Father hath not left me alone, for I do always those things that please Him.” (John 6: 28,29)


 WHAT ABOUT PSALM 22?


   Only parts of that psalm refer to the Messiah. Most of it is David's thoughts and prayers: “My God, my God, why hast Thou forsaken me? Why art Thou so far from helping me, and from the words of my roaring? O my God, I cry in the daytime, but Thou hearest not, and in the night season, and am not silent.”

     First, Jesus was not on the cross at Night. He was taken down from the cross between 3:00 and 6:00 pm. Second, if Jesus cried those words, they would have been the only negative words that He spoke from the cross. Third, Standing around the cross were people who understood Hebrew, Greek, Roman and Aramaic and yet, “Some of them that stood there, when they heard that, said, He calleth for Elias.” (Matt. 27:47)

    Some theologians believe that Jesus may have spoken, in that moment, in a unique dialect of Aramaic distinct to an area near to Nazareth where Jesus grew up.

  The Lamsa Bible may have the answer. The Ancient Eastern Manuscripts, derived from the Syriac Peshitta used by the Assyrian Church of the East, believes that the first N.T. was written in Assyrian, instead of Greek.

    Here is the translation of Matt.27:47 in that Bible: “And about the ninth hour, Jesus cried with a loud voice and said, Eli, Eli, lemana shabakthani, for this purpose I was spared.

   That translation says: “This is the purpose for My coming here. You spared Me when Herod tried to kill Me and the Jews sought to destroy Me.” If this is the true translation, then Jesus was rejoicing in the fact that He had made it to the cross, where He would finalize the plan of Redemption.

    He had come to this earth to die as God's Paschal Lamb for us. The Bible says: “And it came to pass, when the time was was come that He should be received up, He steadfastly set His face to go to Jerusalem.” He would NOT allow anything to prevent His vicarious death on the cross!

     Jesus Christ used similar verbiage to His disciples and to Pontius Pilate: “Now is My soul troubled; and what shall I say? Father, save Me from this hour: but for this cause came I unto this hour.” (John 12: 27); “Pilate saith unto Him, Art Thou a king then? Jesus answered, Thou sayest I am a king, To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into this world...” (John 18: 37)

                                              

 GOD DOESN'T OWE SATAN ANYTHING!


   Hades was divided in two parts. The wicked dead went to the place consigned for the unrighteous and the righteous dead went to Abraham's Bosom. The story told by Jesus about the 'Rich man and Lazarus' confirms that: 

    “And it came to pass, that the beggar died and was carried by the angels into Abraham's Bosom; and the rich man died and was buried; and in HADES, he lifted up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom...” (Luke 16: 22,23)

    Thirdly, Satan has never been in Hell. He will go there when God sends him there! 

    Unfortunately, the King James Bible has used the word Hell in a number of texts, where the original is the word Hades.

    SATAN is: “...the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience.” (Eph. 2: 2); “...the god of this world (who) hath blinded the eyes of them who believe not...” (2 Cor. 4:4); “...your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.” (1 Peter 5: 8)

      JESUS said: “Now is the judgment of this world: Now shall the prince of this world be CAST out. And I, if I be lifted up from the earth will draw all men unto Me.” (John 12: 31, 32)


   The worst part of that erroneous teaching is that it elevates Satan's power and ability and diminishes God's Wisdom and Authority. To say that Almighty God had to make a deal with the devil to free humanity from his grasp through Christ's death, is preposterous. At best, Satan is God's jailer who captures those who continue rebelling against the Lord. The moment a sinner cries out to Jesus Christ, he is freed from the devil's grasp!


    God doesn't owe Satan anything but JUSTICE, a place in Hell and the Lake of Fire for eternity. Lucifer was a deceiver, murderer and traitor! Almighty God is in charge and Satan has nothing to say about that. When it is his time to be cast into Hell, it will take only one angel to do it!

    “And I saw an angel come down from Heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. And he laid hold on the Dragon, that old Serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years and cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season.” (Rev. 20: 1-3)


LUCIFER COMMITTED REBELLION!


     Jesus called Satan by three names: Satan, the enemy, the opposer; Devil, the liar, the slanderer, the traducer; Beelzebub, the god of flies. Lucifer had been an archangel in Heaven, but PRIDE entered his heart and a rebellious spirit had overtaken him. He lost fellowship with Almighty God, his creator and was cast out of Heaven.

    The Bible records: “And He (Jesus) said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning 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 harm you. Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you: but rather rejoice, because your names are written in Heaven.” (Luke 10: 18-20)  


    JESUS' BLOOD PAID THE RANSOM!


Adam had committed the sin of High Treason against the Almighty! The Cross liberated Adam's fallen race through the vicarious death of Jesus Christ the Son of God, Who was incarnated in order to suffer, bleed and die to satisfy the righteous demands of Divine Justice in the Courts of Heaven!    

   The Blood of Jesus Christ was shed to pay the ransom price for mankind's sins. The Bible says: “My little children, these things I write unto you, that you sin not. And if any man sin, we have an Advocate with the Father Jesus Christ the Righteous: and He is the Propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.” (1 John 2: 1.2)

     “In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us, and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.” (1 John 4:9,10)

     The word propitiation means 'mercy seat, satisfaction, expiation'. God sent His Son to die in our place to meet the demands of Divine Justice; to appease and satisfy the Righteousness of Almighty God! The Cross speaks of God's Righteousness that had been violated because of the sins of the world.


PROPITIATION MEANS SATISFACTION!


 St. Paul declares: “For all have sinned, and come short of the Glory of God; being justified freely by His Grace through the Redemption that is in Christ Jesus.

      “Whom God had set forth to be a propitiation through Faith in His Blood, to declare His Righteousness for the remission of sins that are past through the forbearance of God; To declare, I say at this time His Righteousness that He might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.” (Rom.3: 23-26)

    Instead of glorifying the Lord through a righteous lifestyle and obedience to His commands, we have all fallen short of God's Glory. By our rebellion against His righteousness and pursuing our own gratification, we have sinned against our Creator.

   The Cross of Jesus was Almighty God's way of showing forth His righteousness against sin. The amazing truth is that God set forth Jesus to die as His Paschal Lamb, for the sins of the entire world (past, present and future) in order to demonstrate His Righteous Justice. He could not forgive sins without the shedding of innocent blood!

   “And at the times of this ignorance God winked at it; but NOW commandeth all men everywhere to REPENT; because He has appointed a day in the which He will judge the world in righteousness by that man Whom He hath ordained; whereof He hath given assurance unto all men, in that He hath raised Him from the dead.” (Acts 17: 28-31)

   When King David committed adultery with Bathsheba and had Uriah killed, he sinned against the Almighty! He had despised God's laws but in His great mercy, our Heavenly Father was gracious unto him. The prophet Nathan, said:

    “Wherefore hast thou despised the commandment of the Lord to do evil in His sight? And David said unto Nathan, I have sinned against the Lord. And Nathan said unto David. The Lord also hath put away thy sin; thou shalt not die. Howbeit, because of thy deed thou hast given great occasion to the enemies of the Lord to blaspheme .” (2 Sam.12: -10)

    We learn three truths here: Committing sin is despising God and sinning against Him. We see God's great Grace and Mercy. Our sins harm God more than the people we may have sinned against.      David cried out for MERCY: 

    “Have mercy upon me O God, according to Thy loving kindness. Wash me thoroughly from my sin...For I acknowledge my transgressions...Against Thee and Thee Only, have I sinned, and done this evil in Thy sight: that Thou mayest be justified when Thou speakest, and be clear when Thou judgest....


“Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean, and I shall be whiter than snow... Hide Thy face from my sins, and blot out all my iniquities...Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from Thy presence; and take not Thy Holy Spirit from me. Restore unto me the joy of my Salvation; and  uphold me with Thy free Spirit.” (Ps. 51: 12)    

            

THE CROSS SPEAKS OF RIGHTEOUSNESS!


    Christ's Cross speaks of God's Righteousness: “To declare, I say at this time His Righteousness that He might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.” (Rom.3: 23-26). In order to justify the unjust, God has to be Just! The Blood of Jesus, therefore, was shed to pay for all the sins of the entire world, past, present and future!

     Not only was the Cross of Christ necessary to cover all whose sins God had winked at (overlooked), but also for those who had died under the First Testament:

    St. Paul expounds: “And for this cause He is the mediator of the New Testament, that by means of death, for the Redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of Eternal Inheritance.” (Heb. 9: 15).

    If Jesus Christ had not died on Calvary's Cross for the sins of mankind and risen from the dead, there would be No Eternal Life for anyone, including Old Testament prophets and others. When this truth was revealed to me, I wept and trembled in reverence at the Holiness and Righteousness of God and His amazing Mercy and Grace toward us all!

     A Ransom is something that is paid for the release of someone who is kept in captivity. We were all captives of sin and darkness, born with a sinful nature and a rebellious will that was selfish, proud and uncaring.

   By His great mercy and grace, God has ransomed us from sin, condemnation, death and Hell through the vicarious death of His Son Jesus Christ. And we are justified by His resurrection from the dead. We stand in His presence as though we had never sinned; without condemnation!

     The Bible states: For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God my Saviour Who will have all men to be SAVED, and to come to the knowledge of the truth. For there is One God, and One Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus: Who Gave Himself a RANSOM for all, to be testified in due time.” (1 Tim. 2: 3-6)

     “And the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ was exceeding abundant with faith and love which is in Christ Jesus. This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all expectation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to SAVE sinners; of whom I am chief. Now unto the King Eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honour and glory for ever and ever.” (1 Tim. 1, 14, 15, 17)               

                                            

JESUS HIMSELF IS ETERNAL LIFE!


   “These words spake Jesus, and lifted up His eyes to Heaven and said, Father the hour is come; glorify Thy Son, that Thy Son also may glorify Thee: As Thou hast given Him power over all flesh, that He should give Eternal Life to as many as Thou hast given Him.

     “And this is the Eternal Life, that they might know Thee the only TRUE God, and Jesus Christ Whom Thou hast sent. I have glorified Thee on the earth: I have finished the work which Thou gavest Me to do. And now, Father, glorify Thou Me with Thine own Self with the Glory which I had with Thee before the world was.” (John 17: 1-5)

 St. John stated: “He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in Himself: he that believeth not hath made Him a Liar; because he believeth 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 His Son. He that hath the Son hath eternal 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 believe on the name of the Son of God. And we know that we are of God; and the whole world lieth in wickedness.

    “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 the True God, and Eternal Life.” (1 John 5: 1-13; 19,20)


THE SIN OF UNBELIEF!


    The greatest SIN of all, is rejecting God's gift of Eternal Life through the sacrificial death of His Son Jesus Christ. Rejecting the Record that He gave of His Son, is in fact, calling Almighty God a Liar!      

   The Holy Bible states: “If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater; for this is the witness of God, which He hath testified of His Son. 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 His 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 believe on the name of the Son of God.” (1 John 5: 9-13)

      I urge all my Muslim, Mormon and Jehovah Witness friends to read and re-read the above Holy Scriptures that you may also have Eternal Life!

     In defining the work of the Holy Spirit, Jesus said: “Nevertheless I tell you the truth; it is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send Him unto you. And when He is come, He will reprove the world of Sin and of Righteousness, and of Judgment:

     Of Sin because they believe not on Me; of Righteousness because I go to My Father, and ye see Me no more; of Judgment because the prince of this world is Judged.” (John 16: 77-11)

   The Holy Spirit has come to convict the world of Unbelief in rejecting Christ, God's unspeakable gift. Only through Christ's Righteousness are we able to approach God the Father. The Holy Spirit was sent to demonstrate Christ's Victory over the Devil!


FAITH IN THE BLOOD OF JESUS!


     The Blood of Jesus Christ that was shed for the sins of the world - past, present and future - on

Calvary's Cross nearly 2,000 years ago saves only those who receive Him. Faith in the Blood of Jesus Christ opens the door of Heaven to us by bringing instant forgiveness for our sins, purity of heart and a freedom from guilt, condemnation and shame!

     Faith in the shed Blood of Jesus Christ God's Pascal Lamb, breaks the bonds of Sin, opens the

Prison doors and liberates the captives held by Satan. Faith in the blood of Jesus Christ causes the Devil to flee in terror, destroys the shackles of servitude, opens the heart to sing, rejoice and receive the Baptism of the Holy Spirit with power.

     Faith in the Blood of Jesus destroys evil habits of lust, greed and pride. It breaks the bondage of lying, stealing, gambling, fornicating and carousing!   It liberates the spirit from guilt and fear of the past, present and future. It prepares the spirit for fellowship with God and entrance into the our eternal

Home!

    St. Paul says: “For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the Gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ would be made of none effect. For the preaching of the Cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved, it is the power of God.” (1 Cor. 1: 17, 18)

In the book, 'The Cruciality of the Cross', Dr. Henry C. Mabie writes: The Greek word used by Paul in 1 Corinthians 1: 18 is Logos... “not preaching but the subject matter of preaching; with the very essence of that which was to be preached with that Logos of the Cross, which constituted a rationale, its divine reason which.., he declares to be the wisdom of God. 

 This 'Logos of the Cross' is conceived by Paul to be the key which unlocks the riddle of the universe, solves all mysteries and reconciles all things.”

    The One who was nailed to that cross, was the One who created all things. He unlocks the riddle of the universe because He made the universe. He solves all mysteries like; Who are we? Why were we born? Where do we go from here? He is eternal and knows all things.

  Because He was incarnated and lived among men, He understands us. He bridged the chasm between God and man through His substitutionary death for us, thereby removing the enmity! He reconciles us with God, and by making us new men in Christ, believers are able to make reconciliation with each other!


THE GOSPEL IS THE GOOD NEWS!


    “The Gospel is the joyous proclamation of God's Activity in Christ on behalf of man.” - Evangelical Dictionary of Theology

     The Gospel is good news for fallen man. It is the glad tidings of the great mercy, grace and love of

God projected toward a sinful and rebellious Race! It's main Object is Jesus Christ Who was incarnated (God in human flesh) and gave His life to save lost humanity from sin and the penalty of sin which is eternal damnation! Jesus Christ Himself is the revelation of the will of God regarding all things.    


    The Gospel of Christ is the Good News, the glad tidings that Light is come into a world of Darkness; that Peace has come into a world of Turmoil; that Healing has come into a world of Sickness; that Love has come into a world of Hate; that Forgiveness has come into a world of Sin; that Life has come into a world of Death; that Freedom has come into a world of Bondage; that Slaves are made into Free Men and Women through Jesus Christ the Liberator of the Human Race!


    As believers in Christ, we are wrapped up in Him and consumed with His Gospel! We are one with Him. He lives in us. We are hidden with Christ in God. Christ is our Life. Christ is our Peace. Christ is our Hope and Joy. He is our food and drink. By faith we eat His body and drink His blood. He is our spiritual food. His Word feeds us. His Blood cleanses, purges, heals and protects us. His Holy Spirit leads us and in His Name we have received power over sin, fear, sickness, disease and evil spirits! 

    

We Died With Christ:

When we received Christ as our personal Saviour, we died to ourselves. St. Paul stated: “I am crucified with Christ, nevertheless I live; yet not I but Christ liveth within me; and the life which I now live in the flesh, I live by the faith of the Son of God, Who loved me and gave Himself for me.” (Gal.2:20);

      “Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth, we should not serve sin. Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him.” (Rom. 6:6, 8; Col. 2:20)

      “For in that He died, He died to sin once; but in that He liveth, He liveth unto God. Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.”(Rom. 6:10-12)


    We Were Buried With Christ: 

After we received Jesus Christ as our personal Saviour, we were buried with Him through Water Baptism. We identified with His death through repentance and being born again. And through water baptism by immersion, we identify with His burial!

    “Know ye not, that as many of us were baptized into Jesus Christ (1 Cor.12: 13) we were baptized into His death? Therefore we are buried with Him by baptism into death; that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in the newness of life.” (Rom. 6:3, 4)


We Arose With Christ: 

We identify with Christ in His Death and Burial. We also identify with His Resurrection. He arose with great power and when we come out of the waters of baptism, we are candidates for the Baptism of the Holy Ghost and power.

      “Buried with Him in baptism, wherein ye also are risen with Him through the faith of the Son of God, Who hath raised Him from the dead.” (Col.2: 12); Jesus promised: “All power is given unto Me in Heaven and earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the

Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.” (Matt. 28: 18,19);

   “But ye shall receive power after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto Me both in Jerusalem, and in Judaea and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.” (Acts 1: 8): “And these signs shall follow them that believe. In My name shall they cast out devils. They shall speak with new tongues...They shall lay their hands on the sick and they shall recover.” (Mark 16: 15-20)


We Live With Christ

Jesus said: “And I will pray the Father, and He shall give you another Comforter, that He may abide with you forever; even the Spirit of Truth; Whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth Him not, neither knoweth Him; but ye know Him; for He dwelleth with you and shall be in you.

     “I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you. Yet a little while, and the world seeth Me no more, but ye see Me: because I live, ye shall live also.” (John 14: 16-19). “It is a faithful saying, “For if we be dead with Him, we shall also live with Him.” (2 Tim. 2:11)


 We Are Seated With Christ in Heavenly Places: 

“But God Who is rich in Mercy, for His great love wherewith He loved us, even when we were dead in sin, has quickened us together with Christ, by grace are ye saved; and hath raised us up together, and made us to SIT together in Heavenly places in Christ.” (Eph. 2:6)


We Will Reign with Christ for Eternity: 

“It is a faithful saying: For if we be dead with Him, we shall also live with Him. If we suffer, we shall also REIGN with Him: if we deny Him, He will also deny us. If we believe not, yet He abideth faithful: He cannot deny Himself.” (2 Tim 2: 11, 12); “And I saw thrones, and they that sat on them, and judgment was given unto then: and I saw the souls of men that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus and for the Word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.” (Rev.20: 4)          

                                          

GOD'S WORD IS STEADFAST!


   God's Word cannot return unto Him void. It must accomplish that for which it was sent. (Is.55:11). It is impossible for Him to fail and since He has placed His Word above His name (Ps.138:2), it is impossible for God's Word to fail!

   The Scripture says: “He hath sent His word and healed them and delivered them from all their destructions.” (Ps. 107: 20); The Holy Bible states: God is not a man that He should lie or the son of a man that He should repent (change). Hath He said it and shall He not do it or hath He spoken and shall He not make it good? (Numbers 23: 19)

    God's great heart of Mercy and Grace desires to bless and heal all who are hurting and suffering today! I do Not believe that it is God's Will for any of His children to suffer the pain, agony and torment which Jesus suffered for us on the whipping Post and on the Cross.

    All sickness, disease and pain were conquored by our Saviour Jesus Christ, Who took upon Himself our sicknesses and pains: “For He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities. The chastisement of our Peace was upon Him and by His stripes we are healed.” (Is. 53: 4, 5)

    “When the even was come, they brought unto Him many that were possessed with devils: and He cast out the spirits with His Word, and HEALED all that were sick. That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, Himself took our infirmities, and bare our sicknesses.” (Matt. 8: 16, 17)

 “Who His own Self bare our sins in His own BODY on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by Whose stripes we are healed.” (1 Peter 2: 24)

    My deepest conviction and my personal belief is identical to the Holy Scriptures. I concur with the Word of God. Hallelujah! God is good and His mercy endureth forever! We thank the Lord, for giving us the 'Gift of Faith'; the same faith that Jesus had when He healed the sick and afflicted, cast out devils and raised the dead! (John 14: 12)

    The Word of God is the will of God! Since Jesus Christ always did what His Father asked Him to and on several occasions complimenting and exalting His Son, why should we then not accept His Word regarding divine healing and deliverance?

    The Holy Spirit spoke through St. Peter in a forceful way shortly after the Day of Pentecost: “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)

     “Ye men of Israel, hear these words, Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by Miracles and Wonders and Signs, which God did by Him in the midst of you, as ye yourselves also know.” (Acts 2: 22); “... For this purpose the Son of God was manifested that He might Destroy the works of the devil.” (1 John 3:8)

     “How are shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard Him; God also bearing them witness, both with signs and Wonders and with diverse Miracles and Gifts of the Holy Ghost, according to His own will.” (Heb. 2: 3,4)


THE FIRE OF GOD IS NEEDED!


    VANCE HAVNER, the powerful Baptist preacher, wrote: “Many years ago in Scotland in a certain community, the fires had all gone out! They searched everywhere to see if anyone had fire. Finally, they found a humble house where the hart stone glowed with a cheery flame. Soon they were carrying coals here and there to replenish their own blackened fireplaces.

    “Today, there are weary hearts, discouraged souls, needy churches looking for a soul with fire, someone kept aglow in spite of the world, flesh and the Devil.”

   According to the Babylonian Talmud (Book of the Rabbis) interpretation of the Scriptures (1,000 B.C.): The only time in history that homosexual marriage was practiced was during the Days of Noah, “when men were given in marriage to men and women were given in marriage to women”.

  That was just before God sent the FLOOD which destroyed everyone with the exception of Noah and his family.     

    Should we not be concerned about history repeating itself and judgment falling on a corrupt and perverted world in this generation? One thousand years before Christ, the Babylonian Talmud wrote about the sexual perversion during the 'Days of Noah'. That reflects where are now and should be a matter of urgent prayer for a spiritual Awakening among Christians across the world today!

    BILLY GRAHAM recently stated: "Yet, the more this world spirals out of control, my heart aches for America and its deceived people. Ultimately, we don't have a CRIME problem or a GUN problem. What we have is a SIN problem. And since we ordered God out of our schools and communities, the

Military and public conversations, you know we shouldn't act surprised when all hell breaks loose."

   When his great crusades were stirring Los Angeles in 1947, another Evangelical preacher criticized him saying that Billy Graham was trying, "to set religion back 100 years", to which the 'Man of God' replied, 

     "I did indeed want to set religion back not just 100 years, but 1900 years, to the Book of Acts, when First Century followers of Christ were accused of turning the world upside down."


 WE NEED A MASSIVE REVIVAL!


     MARTIN LUTHER stated: “The Bible is like a lion; it does not need to be defended; just let it loose and it will defend itself. If it is in the Bible believe it. You my not understand it, but it is true.”

    ARMIN GESSWEIN, a Lutheran Pastor and great Advocate of Prayer, stated: “Revival is Christians returning to normal.” 

      In his testimony, he states that he learned how to pray from a

Methodist blacksmith, who took him up to the hayloft on his farm where he knelt between two piles of hay on which were placed two Bibles. He was one of Billy Graham's Prayer warriors and led prayer Conferences in various countries until his death!

    ROBERT McHEYNE said: “Men return again and again to the few who have mastered the spiritual secret, whose life has been hid with Christ in God. These are of the Old Time Religion, hung to the nails of the cross”.

    LEONARD RAVENHILL stated: “The greatest tragedy is a sick Church in a dying world.”      

    I believe that God is giving us a Season of Healing, Miracles and Gifts of the Holy Spirit to reawaken the Church in these End-Times.      We must seek His face by Fasting and Prayer, asking Him to Rend the Heavens once more and come down in our midst in Holy Ghost Power! We anticipate His manifestations among us as we wait for His imminent return!

    The BIBLE says: “But without faith it is impossible to please Him. For that cometh to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him.” (Heb. 11: 6)

     Faith is three things: Coming to God with our needs. Believing that He is Whom He claims to be; the Way, the Truth and the Life and that He keeps His Word. Faith is expecting an answer when we pray to our Heavenly Father in the Name of Jesus!

     Our Lord promised: “Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father in Me: or else believe for the very work's sake. Verily, verily, I say unto you, he that believeth on Me, the works that I do shall he 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. And I will pray the Father and He shall give you another Comforter, that He may abide with you forever” (John 14: 11-14,16)   

     

SIN IS AN EVIL FORCE!


   SIN is an evil force and the brain child of the Devil! “Sin is a power that may be likened to Mathematics. It adds to your troubles, subtracts from your energy, multiplies your torments, fears and pains. It divides your mind, takes interest away from your work. It discounts your chances of success and squares your conscience.” - anon

    Sin blinds your spiritual eyes. Sin binds with chains of lust, greed and hatred. Sin deafens your spiritual ears. Sin deadens your conscience and kills you spiritually and physically. 

    “The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Rom. 6:23);

     “For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man some would even dare to die, But God commendeth His love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” (Rom. 5: 6-8)

     “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.

    “He that believeth on Him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already because he hath not believed in the Name of the only begotten Son of God. He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not shall not see life: but the wrath of God abideth on him.” (John 3: 16-18, 36)


THE KEY TO REVIVAL!


    The Key to Revival: “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 forgive their sins and HEAL their land.” (2 Chron. 7:14)

      “Come Now, and let us Reason together, saith the Lord; though your sins be as scarlet they shall be as white as snow, though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.” (Is. 1: 18-20)

     Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the Lord, and He will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon.” - Is.55:11


   

“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)


    Jesus Christ invites: “Come unto Me all ye that labour and are heavy laden and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn of Me: for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” (Matt. 11:28-30).

     The Master said: “All that the Father giveth Me shall come unto Me and him that cometh to Me, I will in no wise cast out.” (John 6:37): “No man can come to Me except the Father which sent Me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day. Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on Me hath everlasting life.” (John 6: 44, 47)

    “All things are delivered unto Me of My Father: and no man knoweth the Son but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the SON, will reveal Him.” (Matt.11:27)


 CONFESSION OF FAITH!

    The Triune God: The Father is made of none, neither created or begotten. The Son is of the Father alone, not made nor created but begotten. The Holy Spirit is of the Father and of the Son, neither made nor created nor begotten, but proceeding. - Athanasas Creed


    “But to us there is but One God, the Father, of Whom are all things, and we in Him; and One Lord Jesus Christ, by Whom are all things, and we by Him.” (1 Cor 8: 6)

    There is ONE True God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit: In the Divine Economy of God, there is no room for counterfeits or manufactured, man-made gods! 

    The very first of the Ten Commandments that Almighty God wrote with His own finger in two tables of stone, says: “Thou shalt have none other gods before Me.” (Deut. 5:7)

    “Now the God of Peace that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that Great Shepherd of the sheep, through the BLOOD of the Everlasting Covenant make you perfect in every good work to do His will, working in you that which is well pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ; to Whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.” (Hebrews 13:20, 21)


    “Now unto Him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us. Unto Him be glory in the Church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.” (Ephesians 3: 20, 21)

    Clearly stated, there is but One God and Father and One Lord Jesus Christ, Who is both Creator and Sustainer of the world and sole Saviour and Redeemer of the Human Race, and One blessed Holy Spirit of God Who draws all men to Christ. 

   All other so-called gods, goddesses and deities are mere counterfeits, imitators and pretenders. It is Christ and Christ Alone Who saves, heals and delivers from sin, fear, sickness, disease and all the powers of Darkness and Satan! All praise, honour and glory be unto God our Father in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


THE HARVEST CALL!


    Everywhere Jesus went, great miracles followed His Ministry as He proclaimed the Word of God. He healed the sick, cast out evil spirits and brought deliverance to those who were bound by Satan. Multitudes followed Him to hear His teaching and be healed by Him of their sicknesses and diseases!      

     “And He called unto Him the Twelve, and began to send them forth by two and two: and gave them power against unclean spirits: And they went out, and preached that men should repent. And they cast out many devils, and anointed with oil many that were sick, and HEALED them.” (Mark 6: 7, 12,13)   

   

 Then He called Seventy disciples to help Him gather in the Harvest of souls for His Kingdom: “Therefore said He unto them, The HARVEST truly is great, but the labourers are few: Pray ye therefore the Lord of the Harvest, that He would send forth labourers into His Harvest...

     “And HEAL the sick that are therein, and say unto them, the Kingdom of God is come Nigh unto you. And the seventy returned again with JOY saying, Lord, even the devils are subject unto us in Thy Name. And He said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning FALL from Heaven.

     “Behold, I give 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: 1,2,8,9,17-20). Jesus was so overjoyed when He heard their report that He spun around (agaliao, gr.), thanking His Heavenly Father: 

    He prayed: “I thank Thee, O Father, Lord of Heaven and earth, that Thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes: even so Father, for so it seemed good in Thy sight.” ( Luke 10:21)


GOD DELIGHTS IN USING US ALL!


   He uses the weak and unlearned to confound the strong and prestigious, that no flesh is able to glory in His presence. (1 Cor 1: 29,30). Here is a beautiful Gospel song: 


Without Him I can do Nothing. Without Him I'd surely Fail. Without Him I would be drifting like a ship without a sail. So I've asked Him to be my Pilot; His Word my compass and guide. Till I've anchored safely in Glory; For without Him I'd drift with the tide!”


      Jesus said: “Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the Vine: no more can ye, except ye abide in Me. I am the Vine, ye are the branches: he that abideth in Me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without Me ye can do Nothing.

     “If a man abide not in Me, he is cast forth as a branch and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned. If ye ABIDE in Me, and My Words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.” (John 15: 1-7)

     If it is our goal to please the Lord, He is pleased to answer our prayers! He said: “All things are possible to him that believeth. With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” ( Mark 9: 23; 10: 27): “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” (Phil.4:13)


 St. Paul's admonishes: 


    “For we must all appear before the Judgment Seat of Christ; that everyone may receive the things done in the body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad. Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men; but we are made manifest unto God; and I trust also are made manifest in your consciences.” (2 Cor. 5:10,11).

    God's Word states: “Therefore, if any man be in Christ, he is a New creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become New. And all things are of God, Who has reconciled us to Himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;

    “That is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the Ministry of Reconciliation. Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God.     

     “For He hath made Him to be sin for us, Who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him.” (2 Cor. 5: 17-21). Amen.