- Pastor Max Solbrekken, D.D.
THE HOLY SPIRIT CALLS & ANOINTS
By Pastor Max Solbrekken, D.D.
"Now while Paul waited for them at Athens, his spirit was Stirred, when he saw the city wholly given to idolatry. (Acts 17: 16, 22-34). His message was Jesus’ vicarious death and resurrection, warning them to repent: “Because He hath appointed a day, in which He will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom He hath ordained; whereof He hath raised Him from the dead.” (Acts 17: 30, 31)
When in Corinth, “…Paul was pressed in the spirit, and testified to the Jews that Jesus was Christ.” (Acts 18:5).
If there ever was a time Christians need to be Stirred, it is now. Stirred to holy anger, righteous indignation, and missionary zeal! Stirred about the onslaught of the Evil One, in his "urgent campaign" to enslave billions of lost souls across the world!
Stirred about the scary rise of the deceptive New Age Movement and their subtle infiltration of our educational systems, governmental agencies, business corporations and churches! Stirred about the complacency and acquiescence of an increasing number of spineless politicians and clergy who accept and promote weird, unhealthy and antibiblical sexual lifestyles.
Stirred about the sins of child abuse, incest and sexual molestation by authoritarian figures, parents, relatives, or family friends! And about the acceptance by many of suicide as a valid way out of depression, terminal illness, and other unpleasant situations!
STIRRED ABOUT THE TRAGIC BREAK-UP OF MANY HOMES, THE SPIRALLING DIVORCE RATE, HIGH INCIDENCE OF ALCOHOL, GAMBLING, VIOLENCE AMONG THE YOUTH, AND THOUSANDS OF YOUNG PEOPLE DYING FROM FENTYNOL AND CRYSTAL METH!
Stirred by the abortion of millions of unborn babies, world-wide. Sadly, the ‘Order of Canada’ – was bestowed on Dr. Henry Morgantaler, a discriminator of motherhood. The Holy Bible warns of God’s judgment upon those who refuse to repent of their sins and reject His gift of love and mercy through Jesus Christ’s vicarious death and glorious resurrection from the dead!
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Stirred enough to get off the "comfortable pew", to change the spiritual complexion of our communities, our cities, our nation, and our world ... to turn them from darkness to light and from the power of Satan unto God! (Acts 26:22)\
Stirred enough to warn this generation of coming judgment upon a world that has rejected their Saviour and a Church that has become lukewarm, complacent, and uncaring! Oh, that God would burden our hearts to fast, pray and intercede for a lost world that has "gone out of control"!
The Bible states: “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 I will forgive their sins and I will HEAL their land.” (2 Ch.7: 14)
There are four things that we must do if we are to see a ‘mighty revival and an outpouring of the Holy Spirit’: Humble ourselves, pray, seek God’s face, and turn from our wicked ways!
God hates pride and He loves humility. Prayer is communing with our Heavenly Father in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord! The only approach to God is through sincere, honest, determined prayer. To seek God’s face means to get to know our Heavenly Father and to have intimate conversations with Him. Turning from our sins through repentance and faith, leads to a life of holiness and purity!
The Bible says: “Beloved, If our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God. And whatsoever we ask, we receive of Him, because we keep His commandments, and do those things that are pleasing inn His sight.” (1 John 3: 21-22)
St. Paul saw the rampant idolatry in Athens and his heart was stirred within him! He preached the Gospel at the Acropolis - across from the Parthenon! Some scoffed but others said, "We will hear thee again of this matter…However certain men clave to him and believed: among the which was Dionysius the Areopagite, and a woman named Damaris, and others with them.” (Acts 2:17)
We also must become stirred enough to begin reading the Bible seriously, praying fervently and witnessing aggressively, wherever possible for our Blessed Lord Jesus!
Now is the time to decide for Christ. Now is the time to dedicate ourselves totally, without reservation to the task of winning our loved ones, neighbours, and friends to Him, before it is too late!
“Begin in me O’ Lord; forgive and cleanse my spirit, soul, and mind. And heal my body for Thy glory. I give myself to Thee, to be Thy servant and a channel through which Thy great love and power will flow to others bringing strength and life to all.
“Not my will, but Thy will O’ God. Fill us all with unconditional love and holy compassion to reach our communities with the Gospel of Christ.
“Fill us O’ Lord, with holy love, boldness, and compassion. Free us from all fear, timidity and false humility, so that Thy Church may become militant for Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour.” In Jesus’ precious and Holy Name, I pray. Amen.