Wednesday, May 18, 2022

                          OBEYING CHRIST’S LAST WORDS
                                                           By Pastor Max Solbrekken, D.D
    Jesus Christ was the ultimate Soul Winner when He walked among men. He continues that Ministry through the blessed Holy Spirit and His life-giving Word! He taught His twelve disciples and others through His dedication to His Father and the Holy Scriptures, and by his times of strong intercession and prayers.
    His amazing miracles, signs and wonders drew the multitudes to hear Him! 
 He said, “The harvest truly is plentiful, but the labourers are few; Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that He will send forth labourers into His harvest.” (Matt. 9: 37, 38). This is an urgent call for Prayer from the Lord of the Harvest. 
   Jesus Christ, the greatest Missionary ever to walk on this ‘Terra firma’ saw the multitudes as sheep having no shepherd. He had compassion toward them and preached the Gospel. And He healed all the sick and diseased among them! (Matt. 9: 35, 36)
                                               JESUS HEALED THEM ALL!

    Our Saviour went to the cities and villages. He didn’t only go where there were large crowds. He declared the Good News of the Kingdom of God. He brought peace, forgiveness, divine healing and new life to them. 
    The Lord was moved with Compassion when He saw the great needs among the multitudes of hurting people. He recognized the need for pastors who would love the people and minister to them as He did. He stressed the importance of gathering in the harvest of precious souls for His Kingdom! 
    THE HARVEST IS HUGE! There is much work yet undone but the labourers are few. It is sad that so few have a burden to help their fellowman with such a “great salvation”. (Heb.2: 3). There are many job opportunities. Jesus Christ is hiring, and the wages are good! (John 4:36) 
  The greatest need is for determined, sincere and fervent prayer. He calls for intercessors. If we pray, He will call labourers and send them into His Harvest. We have Jesus’ promise and His Word is true and cannot fail! He declared: “Heaven and earth shall pass away; but My words shall not pass away.” (Mark 13: 31)

                                          JESUS RETURNING FOR HIS INHERITANCE! 

 Here is a most significant promise made by our Heavenly Father to Messiah Jesus: “Yet have I set My King upon My holy hill of Zion. I will declare the decree: the Lord said unto Me, Thou art My Son; this day have I begotten Thee. Ask of Me and I shall give Thee the heathen for Thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for Thy possession.” (Psalms 2: 6- 8) 
  Almighty God promised to give His Son the heathen for His inheritance. To fulfill that promise, Jesus Christ was incarnated and took upon Himself human flesh suffer, bleed and die for the redemption of the human race and to rise again in power and great glory! 
  After 3 ½ years of preaching and healing the sick, casting out demons and bringing deliverance and salvation to multitudes, He was crucified on a “the cross of shame” to satisfy the demands of divine justice. On the third day, Jesus Christ rose from the dead, thereby defeating sin, death, hell and Satan! 
  Before He ascended to Heaven to sit on His Father’s right hand, our Risen and Glorified Lord gave the Church, the ‘Great Commission’ to reach lost souls for His Kingdom, whereby He will receive the heathen a His inheritance. What an awesome responsibility. We hold the Key to that prayer being answered! 
 Jesus said: “Go ye into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved. He that believeth not shall be damned. And these signs shall follow them that believe… they shall lay hands on the sick and they shall recover.” (Mark 16: 15-20; Matt.28:18-20) 
                                      THE CHURCH IS RESPONSIBLE! 

 Jesus confirmed the importance of His Ministry, which we have been called to continue. He commands us to receive the Holy Spirit and to take His never-changing Word, His supernatural Power and His incomparable, life-giving Name throughout the entire world spreading love, joy, peace and divine healing! 
 He stated: “Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? Behold I say unto you, Lift up your eyes and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest. And he that reaps receives wages, and gathers fruit unto life eternal: that both he that sows and he that reaps may rejoice together.” (John 4:35, 36) 
 We Must: 1. Pray for labourers; 2. Ask God to give us love for all believers; 3. Open our eyes to see the whitened harvest fields; 4. Receive the Blessed Holy Spirit and His leading in our lives; 5. Carry Christ’s glorious gospel everywhere possible and in the power of His Name deliver lost humanity! By God’s grace we will do it for His honour and glory!

                                                   PRAY FOR LABOURERS!  

  We all need to pray intensely that we will see the need for workers to join us in this great ministry. Our heart must become burdened for lost and perishing souls before we can persuade others to join us in this great Ministry! Until we have prayed for the same burden for the lost that Jesus had, we will not be successful in winning souls or encouraging others to do so! 
  When we understand the reality of the place called Hell and the Lake of Fire, it will not be difficult to enlist others to help you in a soul winning plan to win their precious loved ones, friends and neighbours to our Saviour! ASK GOD TO GIVE YOU A LOVE FOR ALL BELIEVERS! By ourselves we can pray and work for Jesus, but together we can reach and help many more souls for our Saviour! Together we are stronger! Jesus said, “Again, I say unto you, if two of you shall agree on earth as touching anything that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of My Father which is in Heaven. For where two or three are gathered in My Name there am I in the midst of them.” (Matt. 18:19,20) “And when the Day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from Heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance.” (Acts 2:1-4) “And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the Word of God with boldness. And the multitude of them that believed were of one heart and one soul…” (Acts 4: 31,32)
                                   LOOK AT THE WHITENED HARVEST FIELDS!

  “Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to finish His work. Say not ye, There are not yet four months, and then cometh Harvest? Behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest. 
  “And he that reapeth receiveth wages, and gathereth fruit unto life eternal; that both he that soweth and he that reapeth may rejoice together.” (John 4: 34-36). “I must work the works of Him that sent Me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work.” (John 9:4)
  “And He said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the Gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.” (Mark 16: 15,16)
  “And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified. He is not here; for He is risen as He said. Come see the place where the Lord lay. And GO quickly and tell His disciples that He is risen from the dead; and behold, He goeth before you into Galilee; there shall ye see Him; lo, I have told you. 
 “And they departed quickly from the sepulchre with fear and great joy and did run to bring His disciples word.” (Matt. 28: 5.8) 

                                              RECEIVE THE BLESSED HOLY SPIRIT! 

 Jesus stated: “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. If ye love Me, keep My commandments. 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. But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in My name, He shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. 
  “Peace I leave unto you, My peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” (John 14: 13-18, 26,27). “But when the Comforter, whom I will send unto from the Father, even the Spirit of Truth, which proceedeth from the Father, He shall testify of Me: And ye also shall bear witness, because ye have been with Me from the beginning.” (John 25:26,27)
  “Nevertheless I tell you the truth; it is expedient that I go away: for of 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.
  “I have many things to say unto you, but ye cannot hear them now. Howbeit when He, the Spirit of Truth, is come, He will guide you into all Truth: for He shall not speak of Himself, but whatsoever He shall hear, that shall He speak: and He will show you things to come. He shall glorify Me, for He shall receive of Mine, and show it unto you. All things that the Father hath are Mine. Therefore said I, that He shall take of Mine, and show it unto you.” (John 16: 7-15)
   Immediately before His ascension to Heaven the risen Lord Jesus Christ stated, “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 all Judaea, and in all Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.” (Act 1:8)  
                                             TAKE CHRIST’S GOSPEL EVERYWHERE!

  “And He said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the Gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. 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; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay their hands on the sick, and they shall recover. 
  “So then after the Lord had spoken to them, He was received up into Heaven, and sat on the right hand of God. And they went forth and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the Word with SIGNS following.” (Mark 16: 15-20)

 Dear Friend in Christ: Please pray daily for a genuine revival to strike the hearts and lives of those who know Him as Lord and Saviour and then to touch the lives of those who know Him not! Write me with your promise to pray and seek God for His blessings upon us as we labour for Him in this End-Time Hour! Amen.