Thursday, January 12, 2023

                     THE GOD CONNECTION                                                  by Pastor Max Solbrekken, D.D.

 Jesus Christ stated: “Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in Heaven: and whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in Heaven. Again, I say unto you, that if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of My Father which is in Heaven. For where two or three are gathered together in My Name, there am I in the midst of them.” (Matt. 18:18-20)

There is great power in PRAYER when we ask in faith, expecting God to answer! When we pray for the sick, we bind the sickness in Jesus’ Name. Our prayer is heard in Heaven and when we command the sickness or disease to leave, the miracle occurs for His Name’s sake. There is great power in prayer when we unite with one or more people. And the awesome PRESENCE of Jesus Christ brings answers to our prayers!

St. Paul declared: “Grace be to you and Peace from God the Father, and from our Lord Jesus Christ, Who gave Himself for our sins, that He might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God the Father: To whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen. (Gal. 1:4,4)

JESUS BECAME A CURSE FOR US!

“I am crucified with Christ, nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in 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. Christ hath Redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is everyone that hangeth on a Tree: That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.” (Gal.2:20; 3: 13,14)

“But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth His Son, made of a woman, made under the law, to REDEEM them that were under the law, that we might receive the ADOPTION of sons. And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying, Abba Father. Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an HEIR of God, through Christ.” (Gal.4: 4-7)

JESUS said: “Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me? The words that I speak unto you I speak not of Myself: but the Father that dwelleth in Me, He doeth the works. Believe Me that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me; or else believe Me 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 that these shall ye 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. 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…At that day ye shall know that I am in My Father, and ye in Me, and I in you.” (John 14: 10-17)

The Holy Spirit raised Jesus of Nazareth from the dead! When He descended upon 120 believers in the Upper Room, the Church was born with supernatural signs and wonders! There is no power on earth that can stand against the Holy Spirit. He has given the Church power in Jesus’ Name, to heal the sick and cast out devils! Jesus and His Father are one and we are one with Jesus and the Father through the Holy Spirit. (John 17:21)

The Bible says, “Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our Life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with Him in Glory.” (Col. 3:2-4); “Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome the: because GREATER is He that is in you, than he that is in the world.” (1 John 4: 4-6)

THE PROMISE OF THE FATHER!

JESUS stated, “Ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost has 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 when the Day of Pentecost was fully come, they were 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 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)

St. Peter declared: “But this is that which was spoken by the Prophet Joel: And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of My Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy…And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved. 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: Him, being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, ye have taken, and by wicked hands have Crucified and SLAIN: Whom God hath raised from up, having loosed the pains of death: because it was possible that He should be holden of it.

“He seeing this before spake of the Resurrection of Christ, that His soul was not left in Hades, neither His flesh did see corruption. This Jesus hath God raised up, whereof we are all witnesses. Therefore, being by the right hand of God Exalted, and having received of the Father the Promise of the Holy Ghost, He hath shed forth this, which ye now see and hear…

Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made that same JESUS, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ.” (Acts 2:16-36)

THIS IS FOR US TODAY!

“Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.” (Acts 2:38,39).

I am including a letter written to Donna and me from my mother Anne, sharing how my father Ingvar Solbrekken was healed and filled with the Holy Spirit! We were Lutherans and unfamiliar that. God reached my father in a marvellous show of power and love. I was always a believer in Christ, but the Baptism of the Holy Spirit was unknown to me! I give all the glory and praise to Almighty God for His great mercy and grace toward my family!

March 29, 1956:  Dear Max and Donna,

Thank you so much for the phone call; it was so nice to hear your voices.  I must tell you a little about the wonderful things which have happened to us here on the farm in Saskatchewan. It began with Dad receiving a marvellous spiritual experience.  He sat in the big chair and listened to Oral Roberts Sunday morning and was expecting to receive healing from the Lord.  This was the third Sunday morning he had risen early to hear this broadcast.

Oral Roberts said we should ask God to show us that He is God!  Dad told us later, that he had done just that.  The first I heard was when Dad began to groan and it sounded as though he couldn’t breathe properly, and then he began to cry.  I jumped out of bed and ran to the front room thinking that Dad was dying or had become terribly sick.

You have probably never seen Dad cry.  In more than 31 years of marriage, I had never seen him cry.  I asked him if he was sick and he barely managed to answer, “This is God’s power”.  When I heard this, I let him alone thinking if it is God’s power then there is nothing to worry about.  I fell to my knees and prayed.

Dad seemed to be completely overtaken with this wonderful power of God which was upon him.  He had just sat down in his big chair when this great power came all over him again and seemed to take complete control of him.

It all began as Dad sat praying, and there appeared something like a pillar of fine rain or mist above his head and enveloped him - he just breathed in the wonderful presence of God, and he was so thrilled with the nearness of the Lord and the beauty of this great spiritual experience.  Then this great power seemed to fill his body, soul, and mind!

Naturally, I became very surprised at all this and many thoughts crossed my mind - perhaps Dad was going to die - I could not really understand what this was!  Such a change came over Dad and it caused me to really wonder about it all.  He was completely taken up with spiritual things and wanted to talk about God and the Bible, and also pray a great deal.  In other words, HE HAD BECOME A NEW PERSON!  He only wanted to do that which was right in all matters, and he had such a burden for all those who were not saved.

I was overjoyed at the change in him.  A short time later, however, (perhaps one week) Dad had lain down to rest on the bed, when he suddenly began to speak in a foreign language, clearly and distinctly and for a long time! I became so surprised that I began to cry as I had never heard or seen anything like this before.  Dad continued to speak in these foreign tongues several times a day and continued praising and magnifying God.

All this greatly surprised me as I could not understand it, but I knew it was the working of God, since I had observed the great spiritual change in Dad for the better!  YOU KNOW, HE HAD NEVER BEEN A CHURCH MAN!  So Dad rejoiced and spoke in tongues daily and worshipped God.  I had always been afraid of those things thinking it was just nonsense, but now when I saw it, I realized it was a great power from God.  I certainly could see that from Dad’s experience!

Then I began to consider the possibility of receiving the Gift of the Holy Ghost also, but I was afraid - to pray for this mighty gift and afraid to ask the Blessed Holy Spirit to come and dwell within me.  Since I had these fears within me the devil didn’t waste any time in trying to rob me of this great gift from God.  Finally, however, God gave me grace to pray for the Blessed Holy Ghost to come and take His abode within me.

For three nights I prayed earnestly to be filled with the Holy Ghost but became rather discouraged because nothing happened.  The presence of God, however, was so real in our home that many times I would tremble and shake as I sensed God’s power all over me - it seemed I could just breathe God’s goodness and power.

Then one morning I woke up with strange heavenly words on my tongue which I spoke fluently.  I thanked God as I felt a deep peace and tranquility fill my chest!! The next day I lay down for an afternoon nap, as I was tired.  Suddenly I felt a trembling in my hands and a quivering in my mouth as my tongue began to move.  The Blessed Holy Spirit had taken possession of my tongue and I heard myself speaking out loud in distinct and clear words - PRAISES UNTO GOD IN OTHER TONGUES! 

After this had passed, I became so overjoyed that God had visited me that I began to cry.  Dad came running into my room, praising, and magnifying God because I had also been filled with the Holy Ghost.  It still thrills me to think that the Holy Ghost would touch the lives of sinful humanity.  It is all the grace of God through faith.  Seek God and receive the Holy Ghost, Max and Donna.  It is a great blessing!

Love, Mama

HISTORY OF DAD’S MIRACLE!

My father had been suffering with his gall bladder for several years but being a hard-working farmer, he kept putting off an operation. He finally went to hospital to have the operation. He was taking a lot of medicine and his heart was also affected. There were several other men in a large room, when he heard a voice in Norwegian, saying, “Go home and listen to Oral Roberts.” He looked around to see who spoke to him. He was the only Norwegian in the room. He prayed, “Is this You, Lord?”  The voice came again, “Go home and listen to Oral Roberts.”

Immediately, he asked the nurse for his clothes and after signing himself out of the hospital, he headed to the bus station. He was in much pain and his heart pounding.  Fortunately, a taxi came by and took him to the bus station, and he was able get to Norquay. My mother was surprised to see him at the door. He said, “God spoke to me.” She said, “That’s good. I’ve been waiting for thirty years for that to happen.”

After his miracle, his gall bladder and heart were normal. Dr. Duncan was so amazed and stated, “Mr. Solbrekken, You are the luckiest man in Norquay.” And he gladly allowed Dad to pray for him! Many years later Dad was struck by a vehicle causing concussion of the brain. The Physician attending him, said, “Your Dad’s heart is so strong. It doesn’t want to let him die.” I answered, “Dr. that is good news. God healed my Dad’s heart about thirty years ago.”

OUR FAITH IS IN GOD’S WORD!

When we are asked to minister to the sick and afflicted, the Word of God is the basis for our prayer and supplication. In His victorious wilderness temptation, Jesus Christ used God’s Own Word to defeat Satan. Three times Jesus stated, ‘It is Written!’ And the devil was defeated by the Word of God alone! (Luke 4:1-13)

The Holy Bible declares: “For the Word of God is quick (alive) and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” (Heb. 4:12)

This Scripture declare that the Word of God not only ministers to our spirit and soul, but also to our body. What is the Word of God doing in our bones and the marrow of our bones? There is no sin there, but there could be serious diseases like arthritis or cancer there, and the Word of God heals them! Why is this?

Jesus is the Word of God: “In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. And the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.” (John 1: 1, 14). Jesus is the Living Word of God, and the Bible is the Written Word of God!

 WE ARE COMMANDED TO HEAL THE SICK!

“He hath sent His Word and healed them and delivered them from their destructions. Oh, that men would praise the Lord, for His goodness, and for His wonderful works to the children of men.” (Ps. 107: 20, 21). God has given us His Word to use as a weapon against Satan and his evil works!

The Holy Scripture says, “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 …. Whom they slew and hanged on a tree: Him God raised up the third day, and showed Him openly…” (Acts 10: 38, 40)

“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 bear our sicknesses.” (Matt. 8: 16,17)

FOR THIS PURPOSE:     

“He that committeth sin is of the devil: for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil.” (1 John 3:8); “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. And we are witnesses of all these things He did in Jerusalem, whom they slew and hanged on the tree: Him God raised up the third day, and shewed Him openly.” (Acts 10: 38-40)

Jesus said: “The Thief (Satan) cometh not, but for to Steal, and to Kill, and to Destroy: I am come that they have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. I am the Good Shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep. As the Father knoweth Me, even so know I the Father: and I lay down My Life for the sheep.” (John 10: 10,11, 15)

The Bible states: “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to His abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in Heaven for you, who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.” (1 Peter 1: 3-5)

THE PRAYER OF FAITH!

The Bible says: “Is any sick among you? Let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: And the Prayer of Faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he hath committed Sins, they shall be forgiven him.” (James 5: 14, 15)

“And the seventy returned with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils are subject to us in Thy Name. And He 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 hurt you.” (Luke 10:17-19)

“And He said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the Gospel unto 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 upon the sick, and they shall recover.” (Mark 16: 15-18)

SATAN EXPOSED & DEFEATED!

Satan is the Accuser of the brethren. He accuses us before God, day and night. (1 Tim. 4:13). His name is also the Devil which means Liar. (1 Tim. 5:15). The Wicked One is the Opposer and Enemy of God and His children! How busy he is in his work of lying, stealing, killing, accusing, oppressing, and slandering people! He himself is condemned to the Lake of Fire forever! (Rev.20:10)

Satan deals in death. Jesus deals in life. The Evil One was cast out of Heaven and is called, “The prince of the power of the air.” He still wields destructive power but can be stopped by the Word of God, the power of the Holy Spirit, the Blood of Jesus Christ, and the name of Jesus Christ the King of kings and Lord of lords!

All praise, honour and glory be unto our dear Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ who conquered Satan when He gave His life, as our substitute to purchase our eternal redemption. When He cried, “It is Finished”, that was Satan’s total defeat: “When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, He said, It is Finished: and He bowed His head and gave up the ghost.” (John 19: 30)

Jesus spoke in Greek. The word He used was ‘Tetelestai’ from the Greek verb ‘teleo’ which has three essential meanings: to finish something and make an end of something; to fulfill something; to pay for that which is owed.” He had finished His work of Redemption and put an end to Satan’s power over mankind. He had fulfilled every Old Testament scripture about Himself. He had paid for our sins, sicknesses, and diseases! Hallelujah and Amen.

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