ALL PRAISE AND HONOUR TO JESUS!
Pastor Max Solbrekken with Norsk Flag in Background
DAY OF MIRACLES NOT PAST
By Pastor Max Solbrekken, D.D.
"These signs shall follow them that believe. In my name...they shall lay hands on the sick and they shall recover." (Mark 16:17-18) – Jesus Christ
On June 24, 1995, the 'Telemark Avise' in Norway, carried a two-page report on our ministry. The large headline shouted: 'THE DAY OF MIRACLES IS STILL NOT PAST!' The byline read, 'Max Solbrekken Heals Through Prayer and Laying on Of Hands'.
Journalist Dan Hagen was so moved by the reality of God's presence in the meeting that he also requested prayer! His report was so positive, I could not have written it more accurately myself. Here are his closing lines: "Inspired by what I was seeing and hearing, I asked Solbrekken to lay his hands on me also. The preacher said, 'You must believe'. I answered, 'Yes'. I had to pray for forgiveness, asking Jesus to come into my heart and to renounce the devil.
"I couldn't fully let myself go, because I had to analyze what was taking place and write about it, so I didn't quite reach Nirvana. I am convinced however, that if I had a painful case of strained muscles and I had to make a choice between seeing a busy general medical practitioner or a Norwegian/Canadian hell-fire preacher with power in his hands, I don't have any doubts..."
HEALED DIVINELY BY PRAYER!
Two weeks earlier, Dan had written a full-page piece for 'Telemark Avise' with the headline: 'HEALED BY PRAYER'. He focused on 6 people he had interviewed, who had been miraculously healed through our ministry! Eighty-year-old John Lofstad's picture is prominently displayed, walking briskly across the street. John testified that for two years he could barely navigate - due to a brain aneurysm - but was healed by Jesus Christ in the crusade.
May-Britt Ramberg (22) who had suffered for five years with scoliosis, told the reporter: "The preacher prayed for me in Jesus' Name, and I felt a surge of warm power stream down my crooked back. I heard it crack, then it straightened out and all the pains were gone"!
Sverre Reiertsen (32) who had suffered ten years, with a damaged liver due to hepatitis, felt a surge of warmth in his liver area. All the pains were gone, and he made an appointment to see his doctor!
Mona Ronningbakken (23) was born with deformities in her knee and back, suffering constant pains! Her gait was uneven, and it was difficult to stand for any length of time, without something to support her. By God's power, she "straightened out", and demonstrated to the reporter her new posture! And best of all, the pains were all gone!
Fred Berntsen was healed in our crusade, about 8 years ago. His testimony had been carried by Skien's largest newspaper 'VARDEN', in a full-page story. The reporters had accompanied Fred to the hospital to see his medical records before writing the account of his outstanding miracle healing.
HEART DISEASE, ASTHMA & DIABETES HEALED
Journalist Edvard Selbaag of 'VARDEN' wrote in 1987: "Fred Berntsen was a physical 'wreck'...he was afflicted with nearly all 'Job's plagues'...25 years with serious angina pectoris...15 years of asthma...7 years a diabetic; daily insulin shots...chemical collision in his body.
"Berntsen says that when the Evangelist's hands were placed on his chest and back, he felt 'something' happen. It was like that 'something' went up and out of his chest and disappeared! Physically, I felt that I was cured of my asthma. There was no more bronchial wheezing when I took a breath, and the rattling was gone.
"Actually, something had happened throughout my entire body. All my diseases had been blown away in one wonderful moment. I ran up and down the aisles as the Evangelist requested, without any heart pains or shortness of breath! I felt like a young person again."
According to Journalist Edvard, two days later, Fred Berntsen and Gospel Singer Svein Johnsen were visiting a family who lived on the 11th floor of an apartment. Rather than wait for the elevator - which was temporarily out of order - they walked up the eleven flights of stairs! And Fred is still perfectly healthy and strong today, eight years later!
Henning Breivik is a Pentecostal Evangelist who travels across Norway. In 1968 he attended the 'SARONS DAL' Camp meeting, where I was preaching, He had continuous infection in his inner ears causing equilibrium problems. He had to keep water out of his ears, for that aggravated the situation. As I prayed in Jesus' Name, he was healed. After the service all the young people went swimming. Henning went with them and took his first dive, in many years. He's been swimming and diving ever since!
THEY WANTED TO AMPUTATE HER LEGS!
Ragnhild Holsten lives in Oslo, Norway. She is 90 years of age and in great health. Whenever I preach there, she attends and comes to the meeting all by herself. Several weeks ago when I was in Oslo, some friends asked if they could drive her home because the hour was late. Smilingly she answered, "Thank you, but I have a free pass on the Metro and enjoy using it."
For a number of years, Ragnhild had been in terrible pain. The circulation of blood to her legs was almost nil. Her arteries were clogged and there was nothing the doctors could do. Several times she had been brought to the hospital, but the surgeons felt she was too old to attempt any kind of surgery. The only recourse left was to amputate both her legs!
While thinking about this terrible alternative, Ragnhild read an advertisement in the newspaper about our crusade service. She attended and when prayer was offered in Jesus' name, she received Jesus Christ as her Saviour and was instantly healed. And she is still well today!
Turid Tolefsen had been given up by medical doctors. She was told that her case was incurable - Psoriasis of the joints! She had suffered excruciating pains for nearly twelve years due to crippling arthritis! Her troubles began in 1974, when she was 18 years of age, while working for a husband-and-wife medical team.
"No one could find the exact cause of my disease and I finally became addicted to drugs as my medication was constantly increased. I finally stopped seeing medical doctors and turned to chiropractors and physiotherapists for help. After dozens of treatments, I was no better", says Turid.
"After taking cortisone treatments in my hips 5 times - becoming unconscious from the pain - and having hip surgery, I came to the conclusion that I was incurable. The doctors then told me that I was suffering from 'psoriasis of the joints' and there was nothing more that they could do, except increasing the strength of the pills!" Then she met Gunnar Enok Nilsen, a spirit-filled Christian who took her to our 'Miracle Gospel Crusade' in Oslo.
Turid still well after 10 years!I spoke with Turid Tolefsen, Drammen, Norway - on June 15, 1995 - who has worked as a secretary for 'Enoch Hus' since 1985. Here are her words: "Enoch Nilsen took my husband Kjell and myself to Max Solbrekken's meeting. When he prayed, a warm feeling came into my hips!
Almost twelve years of pain were gone in a moment. My left leg moved out 2 cm. All the nights of pain - without sleeping pill taking, seeing medical doctors...is all in the past! I hardly even remember it because I am so well!" Hallelujah! The testimonies from our recent Norway Crusades would not be complete without the dramatic story of Arne Antveit from Skaanevik.
Twelve years ago, Arne was a healthy, well-to-do, 60-year-old farmer. He also led a musical orchestra which played in various Evangelical Churches. Then trouble came. First, his wife passed away and secondly, through government interference, he was refused permission to sell his land for a particular project and lost about $250,000. In the bitterness that followed, he blamed the Town Council's leading official - a high profile church member - and ultimately the Church!
Arne left the church and for twelve lonely years, he railed against all preachers and churches, as their most bitter opponent! He also developed rheumatoid arthritis in his joints and especially in his right wrist! No longer could he play the large man-sized accordion, which was so much a part of his life!
Arne is a big man, but when I preached the Gospel, he wept through the entire service. He answered the altar call and was gloriously restored. And when I prayed to our Heavenly Father in Jesus' Name, he was healed. He had brought his accordion in faith and played throughout the crusade. His pastor called me recently saying, "Arne is completely well and testifies to everyone about the goodness of God".
There is one more thing. In his terrible depression, just a few weeks before our crusade there, he had shown the pastor the suite where he lives alone with his old dog.
Pointing to his shotgun he said: "I only have two shells. If things get any worse for me, I'll use those shells on myself and the dog. I just want you to know in case something happens". Thank God for His grace to all who reach out in faith and embrace His love! And thank God for His astounding miracles of healing and deliverance for those who appropriate His promises for themselves, by faith!
GREAT CHURCH LEADERS ON FAITH & MIRACLES!
Martin Luther, the great reformer said: "How often has it happened, and still does, that devils have been driven out in the name of Christ; also, by calling on His name and prayer, that the sick have been healed".
John Wesley, founder of the Methodist Church stated: "I believe that God can open the eyes of the blind, cause the lame to walk, and the deaf to hear, if a man will have faith in God, and pray according to the faith that God has given them. God will do the things He said He would because He is a never-changing God".
Jesus Christ said: "If you can believe, all things are possible to him that believeth…" (Mark 9:23). Please agree with me for a miracle in your life! The Bible says: “Believe Me that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me: or else believe Me for the very works’ 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.
The Bible states: “And this is the confidence that we have in Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He heareth us: And if we know that He hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of Him.” (1 John 5: 14,15). May God bless you as you call upon His Name in faith believing! Amen.