Saturday, June 22, 2024

                       BEHOLD I GIVE YOU POWER OVER                                           ALL THE POWER OF THE ENEMY                                                              - JESUS CHRIST THE LORD!

        

                         JESUS SAID, "Behold I saw Satan as lightning fall out of Heaven.'

                                                  DIVINE DELIVERANCE

                                                                by Pastor Max Solbrekken D.D.

"When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord shall lift up a  standard against him." (Isa. 59:19); 

"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 our Father." (Gal.1:3-4)

"The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished." (2 Pet. 2:9)

The PROMISES OF GOD are available for all that trust in the finished work of His Son on the Cross. In this end-time generation, Satan has arrayed every weapon he has against the Church!  The Scriptures state, "...for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time." (Rev. 12:12)

Satan is working day and night to do all the evil he can to satisfy his evil lusts. He realizes that his time is short, so he is working over-time to tear down the Work of God on earth. The Bible states: “The devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour,” (1 Peter 5:8)

Sin with a capital "S" has made inroads everywhere as corrupt men and seducers wax worse and worse, (2 Tim. 3:13) deceiving and being deceived. The world glitters with the pleasures, lusts and greeds of a fallen and lost race!

This generation has produced more pitfalls and snares than any other, with which to capture people's minds and ruin their bodies and souls! We are not ignorant of the devil's devices however, and stand against him in the power of the Holy Spirit in the Name of Jesus Christ our Redeemer! (2 Cor. 2: 11)

FALSE PROPHETS SHALL ARISE

Apostates, False Teachers and so-called Modernists (their teaching is actually as old as the devil) have in many cases made havoc of the Church and have torn away the moral guide lines and foundation stones of truth, righteousness and purity from the minds of thousands, in this generation.

L.S.D., S.T.P., marijuana and other hallucinary drugs have gained a strong foothold in the lives of careless, rebellious and uninformed young people, while King Alcohol has enslaved millions of unsuspecting souls in his demonic grasp. And presently Fentynol has eclipsed all others in killing thousands of young people yearly!

Jesus prophesied of this generation when He spoke of false prophets arising to deceive! (Matt. 24:24-26)  No doubt He was speaking about the false cults and strange religious and psychic groups we see at work today, deceiving and brainwashing both young and old!  And of the world-wide conspiracy of the devious, diabological and dangerous New Age Movement!

They asked Christ, "What shall be the sign of thy coming and of the end of the world?"  He prophesied many signs which would point to His eminent return. Signs such as wars, rumors of wars, earthquakes, famines, epidemics of disease, gross immorality, perversion (look at the divorce rate as well as the homosexual revolution).

 Jesus declared that there would be a state of fear, bringing death (men's hearts failing them for fear - heart attacks).  He also spoke of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit as a valid sign of His Coming and of the End of Time! (Rev. 3:19-21)

 IT IS NO WONDER THE DEVIL IS MAD!

It is no wonder he is going all out to persuade young people to turn against their parents, get hooked on drugs or freak-out. Satan is "making hay while the sun shines". 

He is a clever deceiver and liar and would like nothing better than to break up marriages, cause people to commit murder, become homosexual, sadistic or go violently insane!  His main aim is to damn souls to Hell forever!

Satan is working against the Church in this midnight hour with everything he has, but of course he has been defeated and his time is limited. Soon it will be "Game Over" for him.  Hallelujah!

Satan is marching against TIME; every time the clock on the wall says  another hour has gone, the devil has one hour less to enslave, destroy and bring into bondage the members of the human race. One day he will be bound and cast into the bottomless pit; forever banished from those who love Christ!

Satan was defeated on Calvary’s Cross when Jesus Christ died victoriously, shedding His Precious BLOOD for the remission of sins and the salvation for our souls, and rising from the dead, triumphant over Death, Hell  and the Grave!

Since that time Satan has gone about usurping illegal power, scaring people into submission, deceiving and lying to draw them into his snare, and using his "glittering lights" tactics and "rebel and revolt" method of turning people away from God and righteousness.

We know his tactics however, and St.Paul said it perfectly in 2 Cor. 2:11, We are not ignorant of the devil's devices."

 WE HAVE NO FEAR

 Since we know his strategy and realize his desperation in this late hour, and because we have the power of God to overcome him, we do not fear him!

Many people perish because of fear, but God's Word states, "For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind". (2 Tim. 1:7): "Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God; I will strengthen thee; yea I will help thee: yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of My righteousness." (Isaiah 41:10)

 The Bible says, "Perfect love casteth out fear". (1 John 4:18). Jesus Christ gave us the assurance of His nearness when He said, "I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee" (Heb 13:5), and "Lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world" (Matt. 28:20).

Our blessed Lord declared, "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 10:19)

The Old Testament confirms this in Ps. 91:10 where it says: " There shall NO EVIL thee, neither shall any PLAGUE come nign thy dwelling.”  PRAISE GOD!

 WE HAVE THE WEAPONS

The Bible, which is God's Divine, Infallible Word to mankind, has the answers to the most complex questions and problems. It reveals our rights and privileges together with our responsibilities; we learn of our God-given weapons, our abilities and the power available to us from our Blessed Lord Jesus Christ, when we fully yield to Him.

“The weapons of our warefare are not carnal,but mighty through God to the PULLING down of strongholds; CASTING down of imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.” (2 Cor.10: 4.5)

St. Paul stated, "Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of His might.  Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

"Wherefore, take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all to stand. 

"Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; and your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith, ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. 

"And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God. Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverence and supplication for all saints." (Eph. 6:10-18)

The Apostle Paul also said, "Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses." (1 Tim.6:12)

 YOUR ADVERSARY - THE DEVIL

The Bible pin-points the source of all trouble: "Be sober, be vigilent, because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour." (1 Pet. 5:8). Satan is our Adversary, but St. James states: “Submit yourselves therefore to God. RESIST the devil, and he will flee (in terror) from you.”

We RESIST him in the Faith of Jesus Christ! By ourselves we are weak and defenseless. We cannot do it by our selves! Our faith must be grounded in the shed blood of Jesus Christ. We resist the Evil One in Jesus’ Name and he must flee. Our faith is in the shed Blood of Jesus Christ, alone!  

USE YOUR FAITH IN THE WORD OF GOD; USE THE POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT WITHIN YOU AND THE MIGHTY NAME OF JESUS TO RESIST THE DEVIL. AND USE YOUR GODLY LIFE, YOUR PRAYERS, YOUR WITNESSING AND YOUR HONEST REPORT TO R­ESIST THE DEVIL.  RESIST HIM IN THE FAITH!

The Bible says, "Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you." (James 4:7)  Halleujah! The literal gr. states that Satan will flee "in terror" from us!

St. Paul states that in the Christian life "there are many adversaries" (1 Cor.16:9) and, "All that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution." (2 Tim. 3:12)

But for those who live in sin there is, "A certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries." (Heb. 10:27)

A note of courage and victory continues in Phil. 1:27-28, "That ye stand  fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel; and in nothing terrified by your adversaries: which is to them an evident token of perdition, but to you of salvation, and that of God."

Again Paul prays, "And that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men: for all men have not faith." (2 Th. 3:2). Paul's admonition to Timothy to fight the good fight of faith came from a determined, disciplined and totally surrendered life to God's will.

"And now, behold, I go bound in the spirit unto Jerusalem, not knowing the things that shall befall me there; save that the Holy Ghost witnesseth in every city, saying that bonds and afflictions abide me.

"But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and in the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God." Praise God! (Acts 20:24)

Paul died a martyr’s death!

His final declaration of the "Fight of Faith" thrills my heart.  It is found in 2 Tim. 4:6-8.  Earlier he declared that he was not only willing to be bound for the Name of Jesus but that he was also willing to die for the Name of Jesus Christ.  He received that privilege!

"For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing."

THERE IS DIVINE DELIVERANCE!

Thank God, there is Divine help for every situation and circumstance. We can pray to our Heavenly Father in the Wonderful Name of Jesus Christ, and get an answe. Thanks be unto God!

There is complete deliverance from all the powers of the devil; forgiveness for your sins; divine healing for your sick body; liberation from your fears and frustrations, and total freedom from evil spirits and demon powers.

All this and more from the hand of God, in Jesus' Wonderful Name. Satan cannot harass you if you are a child of God. 

HE HAS NO LEGAL RIGHT TO DOMINATE YOU SINCE YOU ARE GOD'S PROPERTY, AND COVERED WITH THE BLOOD OF JESUS. WHEN HE UNDERSTANDS THAT YOU KNOW THE TRUTH,  SATAN'S POWER OVER YOU WILL BE COMPLETELY BROKEN.  HALLELUJAH!

There is total healing for the complete man.  God will heal your spirit, soul, and your body.

  "But He (Jesus) was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities (healing for our spirit), the chastisement of our peace was upon Him (healing of our mind) and with His stripes we are healed. (healing for our body) (Isa. 53:5)

The Gospel of Jesus Christ is a Gospel of Deliverance. It is a Gospel of power, reality and action; a Gospel of Deliverance! My dear friend, turn to Christ now.  Repent of your sins, renounce the devil, and he will flee from you! Amen.

 GOD’S MINISTERS MUST BORN AGAIN!

Unfortunately, some ministers are only servants of a denomination or religious order and puppets of a system with a set of dead creeds, dogmas and rituals; with no vision or contact with God and no real deliverance for the multitudes in need!

When such a man is approached by sin-sick souls trying to find forgiveness for their sins and peace of mind, they are not taken to the throne of mercy in prayer, but rather referred to a psychiatrist who, with his human advice (which usually excludes the Word of God), begins the drawn out procedure of probing the mind and quieting the conscience.

 People are often told: "There is nothing wrong with pre-marital sex, it is quite normal to be a homosexual; there is nothing wrong with having extra marital relations". And alcoholics are informed that they are not sinners, but have a disease!

A hopeless alcoholic approached a minister for help.  He was offered a cigarette to calm his nerves and referred to "Alcoholics Anonymous." Incidentally that was his final attempt in obtaining help. He felt that if a man of God could not help him there was no hope; his drunkenness earned him a jail sentence.

His wife and family suffered, his name was disgraced by his many sinful acts and he lost all confidence in himself. The cigarette smoking preacher could have helped him, but didn't even suggest prayer.

In prison, he began rehabilitation and was made a trustee, and therefore allowed to leave the prison on certain errands in behalf of the penal system.

While eating his lunch at a nearby cafe, the Gospel of Jesus Christ was presented to him; not by a man of the cloth but by a waitress who had experienced the Grace of God in her own life; the contact was made and the Gospel presented to this man - first in tract form and later by word of mouth.

The prisoner was gloriously converted to Christ, later released from prison on good behaviour and returned to his wife and children.  He got a good job, paid his bills and became a living testimony to other alcoholics and convicts of the saving grace of our Blessed Lord!! Praise God.

 GUILT AND CONDEMNATION

 Guilt and condemnation cannot be reasoned away or removed through shock treatment, drugs or even drunkenness. The senses can be dulled and the conscience deadened but the knowledge of sinfulness, quilt, remorse, failure and shame can only be removed through the Gospel of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ and His atoning work on Calvary's cross.

 Only the shed BLOOD of Jesus Christ has the power to wash away sin and guilt from the human heart, break all exiating evil habilts and retore the individual to a healthy state  of mind and full communion with God!

When the guilt and condemnation is removed through confession of sins to God and acceptance of the Lord Jesus Christ as personal Saviour, a great peace floods the soul and a tranquility invades the entire being that dispels all worry, frustration, fear, unbelief and sadness.

The Scripture says, "... Christ having made peace through the Blood of His Cross, by Him to reconcile all things unto Himself ..." (Col. 1:20). Jesus said, "Peace I leave with 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 14:27)

Only Christ, who is the Prince of Peace, is able to bring peace to troubled hearts and lives. Listen to the blessed words of help and deliverance found in Phil. 4:6-7, "...but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.  And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus."

The invitation goes out to everyone.  "Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden and I will give you rest." (Matt. 11:28)  And in Isa. 1:18 the Bible says, "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."

 THEREFORE BEING JUSTIFIED BY FAITH

When the sin is gone and the Lord Jesus Christ has entered into the heart by faith, a person experiences a newness of life.  "Therefore if any man be in Christ he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new." (2 Cor. 5:17)

The condemnation is gone and with it guilt, remorse and discouragement.  Words of life and assurance come to us from the Holy Bible, "There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit." (Rom. 8:1)

The reason we have peace and "no condemnation" is because we have received God's gift of Eternal Life, which is offered to the human race and made possible by the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Here the Scriptures deal with Justification, or being made just, righteous, forgiven, exonerated and pardoned by our faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and His shed blood.

"Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ." (Rom. 5:1). “For by grace are ye saved through fait; and that not of yourselves: It is the gift of God: not of works, lest any man should boast.”  (Eph. 2:8-9)

The Scripture says, "And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. They answered Him, We be Abraham's seed, and were never in bondage to any man: how sayest Thou. Ye shall be made free? 

Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin. And the servant abideth not in the house for ever: but the Son abideth ever. If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed. (John 8:32-36)

There is nothing to compare with the peace, joy, happiness and blessing that comes to us through the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ! There is absolutely nothing that God cannot do and, "No good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly." (Ps. 84:11)

The Scripture says that, "GOD HATH DELIVERED US FROM THE POWER OF DARKNESS, AND HATH TRANSLATED US INTO THE KINGDOM OF HIS DEAR SON." (Col. 1:13)

When Jesus Christ came into our lives, the power of evil was broken, the chains burst asunder and the shackles that had us bound were gone forever. We were made free! Free from sin, evil habits, evil motives and evil desires.

Instead of being afraid we were full of confidence; instead of  hatred, love ruled in our hearts and instead of being tormented, our very testimony caused the devil to flee, and the peace of God flooded our souls.  Not only was this the experience when we were first converted, but this is our testimony today!

The experience of conversion and the new birth does not become stale or out of date; it is ever a refreshing experience to walk by faith and serve God with a clean and pure heart.

We have been delivered by Almighty God and our citizenship has been changed. The power of darkness, sin and evil held sway in our lives, but then JESUS came near and broke the Chains!

 We are now in the Kingdom of Christ, happy and free; sin's shackles that bound us are broken forever, as we serve our Blessed Lord Jesus with joy and enthusiasm.  The Scripture says, "Whom the Son sets free is free indeed." (John 8:32) Hallelujah!

 (I)  WE RECEIVE DELIVERANCE FROM FEAR, THROUGH CHRIST!

Fear is one of the greatest enemies of mankind.  Nothing can cripple a human being like the Spirit of Fear. When it grips a victim in its ugly tentacles the results are terrifying and devastating; it breeds worry, anxiety, frustration, perplexities and torment.

 The Bible says, "Fear hath torment". (1 John 4:18)  Again the Holy Scriptures say, "For God hath not given us the Spirit of Fear." (2 Tim. 1:7) Here fear is catalogued as a spirit and since there is only one Holy Spirit and since fear is opposite to faith, and "Without faith it is impossible to please God," (Heb. 11:6) we therefore conclude that fear is not a good spirit, but an evil one!

The Scriptures state that God has not given us the Spirit of Fear, but God has given us power, love and a sound mind. Again, since fear brings torment we can be assured that it is a product of satanic bondage, because God is good and brings peace, love and joy to those who trust in Him, and the devil is the author of confusion, torment and unrest.

 Jesus said, "The thief (devil) cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly." (John 10:10)  We have complete freedom from fear as we let God's love flood our souls. Remember, "Perfect love casteth out fear" (1 John 4:18).

 (II)  WE RECEIVE DELIVERANCE FROM SIN, THROUGH CHRIST!

Satan's power over our lives ended when we accepted Christ as our personal Saviour.  Unbelief had to give way to faith, insecurity vanished as confidence rushed in, sorrow retreated in the face of joy, and defeat was no opponent for victory!

The melancholy spirit of despair disappeared when hope came shouting down the road and peace filled our troubled mind, spirit and body as torment fled. Pride was ashamed when humility entered, lust moved aside to let purity in, while greed and covetousness gave way to unselfishness.  Darkness was no match for light, sickness was overcome by health and death had to give up when life made its gigantic appearance. Hallelujah!

The Scripture says, "Whom the Son sets free is free indeed." (John 8:36) The Bible says, "For sin shall not have dominion over you" (Rom. 6:14) and, "If any man be in Christ he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new." (2 Cor. 5:17)

God's Word states, "Verily, verily, I say unto you, he that heareth My word, and believeth on Him that sent Me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life." (John 5:24) Hallelujah!

(III)  WE RECEIVE DELIVERANCE FROM SICKNESS, DISEASE & DEMONS FROM CHRIST!

 Jesus died and rose again to purchase our complete slavation. The Bible teaches that Jesus wants to be Saviour of our entire being, which includes spirit, soul, mind and body.

When Jesus walked upon earth He not only forgave the sinner but healed the sick, suffering and diseased. The Scriptures abound with instances where Jesus brought healing to the sick and suffering and where He alleviated pain and cast out evil and tormenting spirits from those oppressed by them.

 The Holy Bible records, "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)

HERE THE SCRIPTURES CLASSIFY SICKNESS AS THE OPPRESSION OF THE DEVIL AND HEALING AS DOING GOOD!

 Remember, that Jesus came to do His Father's will (John 4:34) and to destroy the works of the devil.  "For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil." (1 John 3:8)

Two thirds of His earthly ministry was spent in healing the sick and casting out devils, while one third of His time was used in teaching and preaching.

On one occasion Jesus called sickness a plague!  "And He said unto her, daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace and be whole of thy plague." (Mark 5:34)

On another occasion Jesus said that Satan had bound a woman with a spirit of infirmity and that He felt it only right that she be loosed from Satan's grasp on the Sabbath day, seeing she was a daughter of Abraham (a child of faith).

She no doubt was afflicted with arthritis of the back and hips.

"And behold, there was a woman which had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years, and bowed together, and could in no wise lift up herself.  And when Jesus saw her, He called her to Him, and said unto her, woman, thou art loosed from thine infirmity. And He laid his hands on her: and immediately she was made straight, and glorified God." (Luke 13:11)

 BY THE SPIRIT OF GOD

When healing the epileptic, blind, deaf and dumb and mentally deranged, often Jesus attributed these diseases to evil spirits, which He then cast out. (Mark 9:18-27; 2: 10-11; 5:8)  However, not all epilepsy, blindness, deafness or other diseases are caused by evil spirits; some are caused by brain damage, accidents or other illness.

Just to set the record straight as by whose power the sick are healed and demons cast out, our Lord Jesus Christ proved without a shadow of a doubt that Divine Healing and deliverance from evil spirits is done by the finger of God, (Luke 11:20) which is the Spirit of God, (Matt. 12:28) the Blessed Holy Ghost. (Luke 4:14)

"The scribes which came from Jerusalem said, He hath Beelzebub, and by the prince of the devils casteth He out devils. And He called them unto Him, and said unto them in parables, How can Satan cast out Satan? And if a kingdom be divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand." (Mark 3:22-30). 

Again Jesus proved that Satan who is totally evil and who brings sin, fear, sickness, pain and torment upon people, can not do anything that is good, since a good tree only brings forth good fruit and a corrupt tree corrupt fruit. Jesus said, "By their fruits ye shall know them." (Matt. 7:15-20)

Jesus said to the man sick of the palsy, "Son be of good cheer; thy sins be forgiven thee." (Matt. 9:2) When the skeptics criticized Him, He asked the question, "Whether is easier, to say thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, arise, and walk? But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, then saith He to the  sick of the palsy, arise, take up thy bed, and go unto thine house." (Matt. 9:5-6)

The Scripture says he was healed and went home glorifying GodJesus set the Record straight on Divine Healing: IT IS NO HARDER FOR HIM TO FORGIVE THE SINNER THAN TO HEAL THE SICK AND NO MORE DIFFICULT FOR HIM TO HEAL THE SICK THAN FOR HIM TO FORGIVE THE SINNER.  HE CAN AND DOES BOTH QUITE EASILY.  

As a matter of fact, He didn't even use the word "hard".  He asked,"Which is easier?"  Not "which is harder?"  Nothing is too hard for God!

YES, IT IS GOD'S WILL!

Many ask the question, "Is it God's will to heal me?" A man once asked the Master Himself this same question.  Here is the account of it, "And behold, there came a leper and worshipped Him, saying, Lord, if Thou wilt, Thou canst make me clean.  And Jesus put forth His hand, and touched him, saying I will; be thou clean, and immediately his leprosy was cleansed." (Matt. 8:2-3)

This is the only account of anyone asking the question regarding God's will to heal.  Jesus said to the leper (an incurable case), "I will; be thou clean."  Hallelujah!

There is only one account in the New Testament where Jesus failed to heal a great number of people and that was because of the people's unbelief.  He only healed those who believed and because only a few believed in Him, He only healed a few.  Jesus does not push Himself on people who refuse to believe.  "And he did not many mighty works there because of their unbelief." (Mark 6:5-6)

"And when Jesus was entered into Capernaum, there came unto Him a centurian, beseeching Him, and saying, Lord, my servant lieth at home sick of the palsy, grievously tormented.  And Jesus saith unto him, I will come and heal him.

"The centurion answered and said, Lord, I am not worthy that Thou shouldest come under my roof; but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed.  For I am a man under authority, having soldiers under me; and I say to this man, go and he goeth; and to another come and he cometh; and to my servant, do this, and he doeth it.

"When Jesus heard it, He marvelled, and said to them that followed, verily I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel." (Matt.8:5-10). Here is a beautiful account of the willingness of our Lord Jesus Christ to heal the sick!

The centurion told the Master about his sick servant. Immediately the Lord Jesus spoke up and said, "I will come and heal him!" The centurion stopped the Master by saying, "Just a moment please, I'm not worthy that You should come under my roof - all You have to do is speak the Word and my servant shall be healed."

THEN JESUS SAID, "VERILY I SAY UNTO YOU, I HAVE NOT FOUND SO GREAT FAITH, NO NOT IN ISRAEL!  THE BIBLE SAYS THAT JESUS ACTUALLY MARVELLED WHEN HE SAW THE FAITH OF THIS ROMAN (HEATHEN) CENTURION.

 Only twice in the New Testament do we find that Jesus marvelled. This was one of the occasions - the other was when He witnessed the unbelief of the religious people in Nazareth.  "And He could there do no mighty work, save that He laid His hand upon a few sick folk, and healed them. And He marvelled because of their unbelief." (Mark 6:5-6)

 UNBELIEF IS A GRIEVOUS SIN

 Jesus said, "That many shall come from the east and west, and shall sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven. But the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness; there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth" (Matt. 8:11-12)

THERE IS NO SIN AS GREAT AS THE SIN OF UNBELIEF.  MANY TODAY SAY THEY BELIEVE THE BIBLE, BUT DENY CERTAIN PORTIONS OF IT TO FIT THEIR MAN-MADE DOCTRINES.

 The scripture gives warning regarding this in 2 Tim. 2:1-5: "This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away."

JESUS' WORST CRITICS WERE THOSE WHO REFUSED TO BELIEVE IN THE HEALING MINISTRY AND THE CASTING OUT OF DEVILS; THEY EVEN CALLED JESUS A DEVIL AND SAID HE WAS HEALING THE SICK AND CASTING OUT DEVILS BY BEELZEBUB, THE PRINCE OF THE DEVILS!

OUR GOD IS ABLE TO DELIVER US

The three Hebrew children would not bow to the heathen idol and were cast into a burning fiery furnace. This punishment meant sure death since the furnace was heated seven times hotter than usual, because of the fury of the King against Shadrach, Meshach  and Abednego.

 The heat was so intense that even the guards that threw them into the furnace were scorched to death. The Lord Jesus Christ Himself came on the scene and delivered them from the fire!

 The King looking into the furnace cried in amazement, "Did we not cast three men bound into the midst of the fire?... Lo, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt; and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God." (Daniel 3:24-25)

 "What a miracle" you say - True, it was a great miracle but let me tell you why God performed this great miracle.

When they were given the ultimatum by the King they answered, "...O Nebuchadnezzar, we are not careful to answer thee in this matter. If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king. But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up." (Daniel 3:16-18)

OH, HALLELUJAH!  OUR GOD IS A GREAT DELIVERER AND HE WILL DELIVER YOU FROM THE POWERS OF EVIL, THE DESTROYING FORCE OF DISEASE, THE CRIPPLING WORKS OF FEAR, THE DEMONS OF POVERTY AND THE STRANGE POWER OF ACCIDENTS AND CALAMITY. (Luke 4:18; Isa. 61:1)

 I thank God for Divine Deliveranec.

CHAPTER 2

 THE GREAT DAY OF ATONEMENT & THE YEAR OF JUBILEE!

 "And there was delivered unto Him the book of the prophet Isaias.  And when He had opened the book, He found the place where it was written,

 The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because He hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; He hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, TO PREACH DELIVERANCE TO THE CAPTIVES, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised.

    

Thursday, June 20, 2024


                 

                          FAITH OF JESUS:                              With Signs Following

by: Pastor Max Solbrekken, D.D.

"What then, shall we sin because we are not under the law, but under grace.  Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether to sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness? (Romans 6:15,16)

For we have not an high Priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.  Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need." (Hebrews 4:15,16)

CHRIST CRUCIFIED, RISEN & COMING

Our agenda is to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ to as many as possible, as quickly as possible and in every way possible.  We believe that Christ is not only the Hope of the world, but His Gospel is the remedy for the many problems, fears, addictions and diseases that are plaguing mankind!  And we know that we have a limited time to get the job done, because surely our LORD will soon return!

It is therefore essential that we utilize every possible means available to make Christ's name known, loved and trusted, while we have the opportunity.  By means of the internet we can reach behind the communist walls, iron curtains, Islamic torture regimes and capitalist nations!

Some of my television and radio messages, book and tracts are are Youtube.  By the grace of God I wrote 300 columns for the Edmonton Sunday Sun from 1984-1990.  The are on an E-Book on 'comehometojesus'.  They are also on a computer disc, which you may receive for a small donation by writing to us.  They are also on a computer disk, which you may receive for a small donation by writing to us!

In the April 2002 issue of the "Cry of His Coming" magazine, page 16, now on the internet, is the wonderful testimony of Healing and Deliverance in the life of Svein Erik Aasmul of Lyngdal, Norway:

"When I was about 15 or 16 years of age, I got hooked on heroin and for 10 long years, I was in and out of institutions and prisons because of my addiction to drugs.  Nothing helped and my addition grew worse and I would use any drug I could get my hands on - heroin, amphetamine as well as alcohol.

MAX SOLBEKKEN CRUSADE!

One day in March 1998 I heard about a Max Solbrekken Crusade in Bergen, Norway, and somehow in my stupor of drugs and alcohol I got to this meeting.  A group of Canadian Indians called the 'Resurrection Band' led by Len Laboucan, were singing and playing their instruments.

Pastor Max preached about Jesus Christ and His power to save, heal and deliver.  He told in graphic detail how Jesus had suffered for our sins.  I went forward to receive Jesus as my Saviour, and to be healed of my terrible addictions!  After the meeting I went outside to take a fix, but the needle didn't work.  Then, I realized that I was free from all drug addiction.

Later, I checked myself into the Evangelistic Rehab Centre.  After a year there, I loved to Tonsberg and began to work, something I had hadly ever done in my life.  There I met a lovely young lady named Gunhild and we got married.  We are now living in Lyndal and are awaiting the arrival of a baby this summer.

I have been drug and alcohol free since march 1998 (4 1/2 years) and all the glory and honour goes to Jesus!  And I have a good job as a welder.  It's good to have a new foundation in life, one that you can trust in all situations.  All honour and glory to Jesus!

GOD ANOINTED JESUS OF NAZARETH

The Bible says: "How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth who went about doing good and healing all that were oppressed of devil; for God was with Him.  And we are witnesses of all things which He did both in the land of the Jews, and in Jerusalem; whom they slew and hanged on a tree:

:Him God raised up the third day and showed Him openly; not to all the people, but unto witnesses chosen before of God, even to us, who did eat and drink with Him after He rose from the dead.  And He commanded us to preach unto the people, and to testify that it is He which was ordained of God to be the Judge of quick and dead."

"To Him give all the prophets witness, that through His Name whosoever believeth in Him shall receive remission of sins." (Acts 10: 38-43)

St. Peter declared: "Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers:  But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish or spot:

"Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you, Who by Him do believe in God, that raised Him up from the dead, and gave Him glory: that your faith and hope & might be in God." (1 Peter 1:18-21)

St. Paul unveiled for us, that in the council of Heaven, before the world was created, the Triune God (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) made the "Blood of the Everlasting Covenant" for the Redemption of Mankind!

He declared: "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 Him be glory for ever and ever." (Hebrew 13: 20, 21)

In His great wisdom to redeem Adam's fallen race, Almighty God entered human history through incarnation of His only begotten Son Jesus Christ.  His death for the sins of the entire world, past, present and future!

FOR THIS PURPOSE!

St. John declared: “He that committeth sin is of 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)\The very purpose of His Incarnation was to save us all from spiritual death and deliver us from the Wicked One. Our Saviour said: “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill and to destroy: I am come that they may have LIFE, and that they may have it more abundantly.†(John 10:10)

Jesus Christ, God the Son was manifested to destroy Satan and his works of sin, fear, disease, death, poverty, and demon possession.

St. Paul declared: "Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, He also Himself likewise took part of the same; that through DEATH He might DESTROY him that had the power over death, that is the Devil.  And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage." (Hebrews 2:14-15)

JESUS not only preached repentance and healed the sick and cast out devils, but He commanded His disciples, apostles, and followers to do the same.  He is His Great Commission: "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 (like Paul in Malta); and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover." (Mark 16:15-18)

"And being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which sayeth He ye have heard of Me.  For John truly baptized with water, but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence.

"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 Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth." (Acts 1:8)

"So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, He was received up into Heaven, and sat on the right hand of God."

And they went forth, and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them, and confirming the Word with signs following." (Mark 16:19-20)

GOD SHOWED UP IN POWER

Did JESUS keep His word?  The answer is a resounding 'YES'!  He kept His Word to them, and He still fulfills His Word today.  He cannot make a mistake.  He cannot fail.  He cannot lie.  "Jesus Christ the same, yesterday, today and forever." (Hebrews 13:8)  He said, "I am the Way, the Truth and the Life.  No man cometh unto the Father, but by Me." (John 14:6);

The Bible says: "And when the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all of one accord in one place.  And suddenly there came a sound from Heaven 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 tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.  And they were all amazed and marveled, saying one to another, Behold, are al lthese Galileans in our own tongues, wherein we were born?...we do hear them speak the wonderful work of God...?

Three thousand souls believed and were  born again after hearing St. Peter's great Pentecostal Message, on Jesus of Nazareth's scrificial death and glorious resurrection from the dead 3 days later, according to the Holy Scriptures!

Then peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized everyone of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.  Then they that gladly received His words were baptized and the same day they were added unto them about three thousand souls." (Acts 1:4-8; 2:1-44)

WITH SIGNS FOLLOWING

"Now Peter and John went up together into the temple at the hour of prayer,  being the ninth hour.  And a certain man lame from his mother's womb was carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful, to ask alms of them that entered in the temple; Who seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple asked an alms:

"And Peter, fastening his eyes upon him with John, said, Look on us.  And he gave heed unto them, expecting to receive something from them.  Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee; In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk."

"And he took him by the right hand and lifted him up: and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength.  And he leaping up stood, and walked, and entered with them into the temple, walking, and leaping and praising God: And all the people saw walking and leaping, and praising God."

"And they  knew that it was he which sat for alms at the Beautiful gate of the temple: and they were filled with wonder and amazement at that which had happened unto him.  And as the lame man which was healed held Peter and John, all the people ran together unto them in the porch called Solomon's, greatly wondering.

GOD HATH GLORIFIED HIS SON

"And when Peter saw it, he answered unto the people.  Ye men of Israel, why marvel ye at this? or why look ye so earnestly on us, as though by our own power or holiness we had made this man to walk?

"The God of Abraham, and of Isaac, and of Jacob, the God of our father, hath glorified His Son Jesus: whom ye delivered up, and denied Him in the presence of Pilate, when he was determined to let Him go."

"But ye denied the Holy One and the Just and desired a murdered to be granted unto you.  And killed the Prince of Life, whom God hath raised from the dead; whereof we are witnesses, And His Name through faith in His Name hath made this man strong, whom ye see and know: yea, the faith which is by Him hath given Him this perfect soundness in the presence of you all." (Acts 3:1-16)

WHAT HAD HAPPENED THERE?

The Church which Jesus Christ established when He poured out the Holy Spirit was functioning as it was designed to do!  The birth of the Church of the Day of Pentecost had set a great revival in motion!  It was functioning in perfect harmony with the promise Jesus Christ.

He said: "REPENT ye therefore, and be ye converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord; and He shall send Jesus Christ which before was preached unto you: Whom the Heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all His holy prophets since the world began.

"Unto the first God, having raised up His Son Jesus, sent Him to bless you, in turning away every one of you from his iniquities." (Acts 3:19-21,26)

JUSTIFIED BY JESUS' BLOOD!

The Bible states: "But God commendeth His love toward us, in that, which we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.  Much more then, being now justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him.  For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of His Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be reconciled by His life." (Romans 5:8-10)

We are forgiven, pardoned, cleansed, liberated, delivered, and born again through the shed blood of Jesus Christ.  He graciously bestows upon us total freedom and liberty in the Holy Spirit, and through His stripes were are divinely healed from all sickness and diseases!

"He (Abraham) staggered not at the Promise of God through unbelief: but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; And being fully persuaded that what He had promised, He was able also to perform.  And therefore, it was imputed to him for righteousness."

"Now it was not written for his sake along, that it was imputed to him; But for us also, to whom it shall be imputed, if we believe on Him that raised up Jesus Christ from the dead: Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification." (Romans 4:20-25)

DO WE BELIEVE JESUS CHRIST WAS GOD WHO WAS INCARNATED?

Herein lies the key!  Do we totally believe that Jesus Christ was fully God was was incarnated (God in human flesh) and became fully man so that He could suffer,  bleed and die to redeem us by meeting the righteous demands of divine justice to satisfy the wrath of God against the sins of Adam and the human race?

If we by God's grace and through divine faith reach that threshold of fellowship with the Father through His Son, the Holy Spirit will lead un into a place  where the impossible becomes possible.  I believe that is when the faith of Jesus supplants our imperfect faith!

I DIDN'T HAVE THE FAITH

During our crusades in Eastern Europe in the early 1990's, a Ukrainian team and I were ministering in several towns and villages.  The Norwegian Pentecostals had donated a large tour bus to a group of young preached in Truskevets which we used on several occasions while ministering across Ukraine.  The authorities were very helpful as we were able to set up our PA equipment and conduct services in desirable locations.

Man people happily made decisions to follow Jesus Christ and there were some notable answers to prayer among the sick and suffering. On one occasion we experienced an amazing miracle.  The town had a population of 2,000 and a large crowd attended, seated on the grass or on chairs they brought with them.  During my message, a young lady jumped to her feet and rushed forward with her 3 year old son in her arms, followed by her husband and about 16 other people.  She blurted out, "My son has just died."

I asked my interpreter if he knew those people, and he replied, "Yes, they are the only Protestants here and their church has 22 members and is called 'The Believers'.

The parents had attended several of our crusades, begging us to have a service in their town because their little son was incurably sick.  He was born with a congenital heart disease and they have been told by the doctors to stop rushing him into the hospital, because he is beyond hope!  They would say, "He will die tomorrow.  Don't bother us!"

I asked the mother if everyone there knew them, and she replied that they did.  Then I asked the large congregation if they knew that couple, and they shouted back that they knew them.  I asked, "Do you believe the boy is dead and did they believe that God would bring him back to life?"

They said that little boy should have died before and that they believed God would raise him up.  They stated that the parents told them that their son would be healed and that is why they came to the meeting!

I asked everyone to stand to their feet, lift their hands toward God and pray after me.  We prayed a lengthy prayer asking God for forgiveness and inviting Christ to come into their hearts.  We prayed the Lord's Prayer.  After that, we made the Confession of Faith and the Prayer of thanksgiving!

Then I prayed for mercy and grace and for faith to believe that God would grant a miracle.  I was overwhelmed by the great challenge as I had never been in such a situation before.  THEY HAD COME TO SEE GOD HEAL THE BOY and now it was too late!  Up to this point, I DID NOT have the faith to command the little boy to come back to life.

In desperation, I began to praise God for His faithfulness while confessing my weakness and lack of power. Suddenly something happened to me and I felt God's power moving in me.  I reached over and touched the little boy, commanding the spirit of death to leave and his spirit to come back into him. I ASKED GOD FOR A MIRACLE of healing in his body, in Jesus' mighty name.

At that moment, his left leg moved out and so did his right arm.  I asked for a cup of water and in the name of Jesus Christ I threw it into his face.  His eyes opened and almost immediately he was on the floor walking about.

The whole crowd came alive and were excitedly rejoicing and worshipping God. Jesus had performed a mighty miracle and proved to them that He is Alive!  TO GOD BE ALL THE HONOR, POWER AND GLORY! Amen.

                                      ----------- to be continued -----------------

FAITH OF JESUS:
With Signs Following
by: Pastor Max Solbrekken, D.D.

"What then, shall we sin because we are not under the law, but under grace.  Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether to sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness? (Romans 6:15,16)

For we have not an high Priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.  Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need." (Hebrews 4:15,16)

CHRIST CRUCIFIED, RISEN & COMING

Our agenda is to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ to as many as possible, as quickly as possible and in every way possible.  We believe that Christ is not only the Hope of the world, but His Gospel is the remedy for the many problems, fears, addictions and diseases that are plaguing mankind!  And we know that we have a limited time to get the job done, because surely our LORD will soon return!

It is therefore essential that we utilize every possible means available to make Christ's name known, loved and trusted, while we have the opportunity.  By means of the internet we can reach behind the communist walls, iron curtains, Islamic torture regimes and capitalist nations!

Some of my television and radio messages, book and tracts are are Youtube.  By the grace of God I wrote 300 columns for the Edmonton Sunday Sun from 1984-1990.  The are on an E-Book on 'comehometojesus'.  They are also on a computer disc, which you may receive for a small donation by writing to us.  They are also on a computer disk, which you may receive for a small donation by writing to us!

In the April 2002 issue of the "Cry of His Coming" magazine, page 16, now on the internet, is the wonderful testimony of Healing and Deliverance in the life of Svein Erik Aasmul of Lyngdal, Norway:

"When I was about 15 or 16 years of age, I got hooked on heroin and for 10 long years, I was in and out of institutions and prisons because of my addiction to drugs.  Nothing helped and my addition grew worse and I would use any drug I could get my hands on - heroin, amphetamine as well as alcohol.

MAX SOLBEKKEN CRUSADE!

One day in March 1998 I heard about a Max Solbrekken Crusade in Bergen, Norway, and somehow in my stupor of drugs and alcohol I got to this meeting.  A group of Canadian Indians called the 'Resurrection Band' led by Len Laboucan, were singing and playing their instruments.

Pastor Max preached about Jesus Christ and His power to save, heal and deliver.  He told in graphic detail how Jesus had suffered for our sins.  I went forward to receive Jesus as my Saviour, and to be healed of my terrible addictions!  After the meeting I went outside to take a fix, but the needle didn't work.  Then, I realized that I was free from all drug addiction.

Later, I checked myself into the Evangelistic Rehab Centre.  After a year there, I loved to Tonsberg and began to work, something I had hadly ever done in my life.  There I met a lovely young lady named Gunhild and we got married.  We are now living in Lyndal and are awaiting the arrival of a baby this summer.

I have been drug and alcohol free since march 1998 (4 1/2 years) and all the glory and honour goes to Jesus!  And I have a good job as a welder.  It's good to have a new foundation in life, one that you can trust in all situations.  All honour and glory to Jesus!

GOD ANOINTED JESUS OF NAZARETH

The Bible says: "How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth who went about doing good and healing all that were oppressed of devil; for God was with Him.  And we are witnesses of all things which He did both in the land of the Jews, and in Jerusalem; whom they slew and hanged on a tree:

:Him God raised up the third day and showed Him openly; not to all the people, but unto witnesses chosen before of God, even to us, who did eat and drink with Him after He rose from the dead.  And He commanded us to preach unto the people, and to testify that it is He which was ordained of God to be the Judge of quick and dead."

"To Him give all the prophets witness, that through His Name whosoever believeth in Him shall receive remission of sins." (Acts 10: 38-43)

St. Peter declared: "Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers:  But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish or spot:

"Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you, Who by Him do believe in God, that raised Him up from the dead, and gave Him glory: that your faith and hope & might be in God." (1 Peter 1:18-21)

St. Paul unveiled for us, that in the council of Heaven, before the world was created, the Triune God (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) made the "Blood of the Everlasting Covenant" for the Redemption of Mankind!

He declared: "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 Him be glory for ever and ever." (Hebrew 13: 20, 21)

In His great wisdom to redeem Adam's fallen race, Almighty God entered human history through incarnation of His only begotten Son Jesus Christ.  His death for the sins of the entire world, past, present and future!

FOR THIS PURPOSE!

St. John declared: “He that committeth sin is of 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)\The very purpose of His Incarnation was to save us all from spiritual death and deliver us from the Wicked One. Our Saviour said: “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill and to destroy: I am come that they may have LIFE, and that they may have it more abundantly.†(John 10:10)

Jesus Christ, God the Son was manifested to destroy Satan and his works of sin, fear, disease, death, poverty, and demon possession.

St. Paul declared: "Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, He also Himself likewise took part of the same; that through DEATH He might DESTROY him that had the power over death, that is the Devil.  And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage." (Hebrews 2:14-15)

JESUS not only preached repentance and healed the sick and cast out devils, but He commanded His disciples, apostles, and followers to do the same.  He is His Great Commission: "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 (like Paul in Malta); and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover." (Mark 16:15-18)

"And being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which sayeth He ye have heard of Me.  For John truly baptized with water, but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence.

"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 Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth." (Acts 1:8)

"So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, He was received up into Heaven, and sat on the right hand of God."

And they went forth, and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them, and confirming the Word with signs following." (Mark 16:19-20)

GOD SHOWED UP IN POWER

Did JESUS keep His word?  The answer is a resounding 'YES'!  He kept His Word to them, and He still fulfills His Word today.  He cannot make a mistake.  He cannot fail.  He cannot lie.  "Jesus Christ the same, yesterday, today and forever." (Hebrews 13:8)  He said, "I am the Way, the Truth and the Life.  No man cometh unto the Father, but by Me." (John 14:6);

The Bible says: "And when the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all of one accord in one place.  And suddenly there came a sound from Heaven 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 tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.  And they were all amazed and marveled, saying one to another, Behold, are al lthese Galileans in our own tongues, wherein we were born?...we do hear them speak the wonderful work of God...?

Three thousand souls believed and were  born again after hearing St. Peter's great Pentecostal Message, on Jesus of Nazareth's scrificial death and glorious resurrection from the dead 3 days later, according to the Holy Scriptures!

Then peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized everyone of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.  Then they that gladly received His words were baptized and the same day they were added unto them about three thousand souls." (Acts 1:4-8; 2:1-44)

WITH SIGNS FOLLOWING

"Now Peter and John went up together into the temple at the hour of prayer,  being the ninth hour.  And a certain man lame from his mother's womb was carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful, to ask alms of them that entered in the temple; Who seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple asked an alms:

"And Peter, fastening his eyes upon him with John, said, Look on us.  And he gave heed unto them, expecting to receive something from them.  Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee; In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk."

"And he took him by the right hand and lifted him up: and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength.  And he leaping up stood, and walked, and entered with them into the temple, walking, and leaping and praising God: And all the people saw walking and leaping, and praising God."

"And they  knew that it was he which sat for alms at the Beautiful gate of the temple: and they were filled with wonder and amazement at that which had happened unto him.  And as the lame man which was healed held Peter and John, all the people ran together unto them in the porch called Solomon's, greatly wondering.

GOD HATH GLORIFIED HIS SON

"And when Peter saw it, he answered unto the people.  Ye men of Israel, why marvel ye at this? or why look ye so earnestly on us, as though by our own power or holiness we had made this man to walk?

"The God of Abraham, and of Isaac, and of Jacob, the God of our father, hath glorified His Son Jesus: whom ye delivered up, and denied Him in the presence of Pilate, when he was determined to let Him go."

"But ye denied the Holy One and the Just and desired a murdered to be granted unto you.  And killed the Prince of Life, whom God hath raised from the dead; whereof we are witnesses, And His Name through faith in His Name hath made this man strong, whom ye see and know: yea, the faith which is by Him hath given Him this perfect soundness in the presence of you all." (Acts 3:1-16)

WHAT HAD HAPPENED THERE?

The Church which Jesus Christ established when He poured out the Holy Spirit was functioning as it was designed to do!  The birth of the Church of the Day of Pentecost had set a great revival in motion!  It was functioning in perfect harmony with the promise Jesus Christ.

He said: "REPENT ye therefore, and be ye converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord; and He shall send Jesus Christ which before was preached unto you: Whom the Heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all His holy prophets since the world began.

"Unto the first God, having raised up His Son Jesus, sent Him to bless you, in turning away every one of you from his iniquities." (Acts 3:19-21,26)

JUSTIFIED BY JESUS' BLOOD!

The Bible states: "But God commendeth His love toward us, in that, which we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.  Much more then, being now justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him.  For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of His Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be reconciled by His life." (Romans 5:8-10)

We are forgiven, pardoned, cleansed, liberated, delivered, and born again through the shed blood of Jesus Christ.  He graciously bestows upon us total freedom and liberty in the Holy Spirit, and through His stripes were are divinely healed from all sickness and diseases!

"He (Abraham) staggered not at the Promise of God through unbelief: but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; And being fully persuaded that what He had promised, He was able also to perform.  And therefore, it was imputed to him for righteousness."

"Now it was not written for his sake along, that it was imputed to him; But for us also, to whom it shall be imputed, if we believe on Him that raised up Jesus Christ from the dead: Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification." (Romans 4:20-25)

DO WE BELIEVE JESUS CHRIST WAS GOD WHO WAS INCARNATED?

Herein lies the key!  Do we totally believe that Jesus Christ was fully God was was incarnated (God in human flesh) and became fully man so that He could suffer,  bleed and die to redeem us by meeting the righteous demands of divine justice to satisfy the wrath of God against the sins of Adam and the human race?

If we by God's grace and through divine faith reach that threshold of fellowship with the Father through His Son, the Holy Spirit will lead un into a place  where the impossible becomes possible.  I believe that is when the faith of Jesus supplants our imperfect faith!

I DIDN'T HAVE THE FAITH

During our crusades in Eastern Europe in the early 1990's, a Ukrainian team and I were ministering in several towns and villages.  The Norwegian Pentecostals had donated a large tour bus to a group of young preached in Truskevets which we used on several occasions while ministering across Ukraine.  The authorities were very helpful as we were able to set up our PA equipment and conduct services in desirable locations.

Man people happily made decisions to follow Jesus Christ and there were some notable answers to prayer among the sick and suffering. On one occasion we experienced an amazing miracle.  The town had a population of 2,000 and a large crowd attended, seated on the grass or on chairs they brought with them.  During my message, a young lady jumped to her feet and rushed forward with her 3 year old son in her arms, followed by her husband and about 16 other people.  She blurted out, "My son has just died."

I asked my interpreter if he knew those people, and he replied, "Yes, they are the only Protestants here and their church has 22 members and is called 'The Believers'.

The parents had attended several of our crusades, begging us to have a service in their town because their little son was incurably sick.  He was born with a congenital heart disease and they have been told by the doctors to stop rushing him into the hospital, because he is beyond hope!  They would say, "He will die tomorrow.  Don't bother us!"

I asked the mother if everyone there knew them, and she replied that they did.  Then I asked the large congregation if they knew that couple, and they shouted back that they knew them.  I asked, "Do you believe the boy is dead and did they believe that God would bring him back to life?"

They said that little boy should have died before and that they believed God would raise him up.  They stated that the parents told them that their son would be healed and that is why they came to the meeting!

I asked everyone to stand to their feet, lift their hands toward God and pray after me.  We prayed a lengthy prayer asking God for forgiveness and inviting Christ to come into their hearts.  We prayed the Lord's Prayer.  After that, we made the Confession of Faith and the Prayer of thanksgiving!

Then I prayed for mercy and grace and for faith to believe that God would grant a miracle.  I was overwhelmed by the great challenge as I had never been in such a situation before.  THEY HAD COME TO SEE GOD HEAL THE BOY and now it was too late!  Up to this point, I DID NOT have the faith to command the little boy to come back to life.

In desperation, I began to praise God for His faithfulness while confessing my weakness and lack of power. Suddenly something happened to me and I felt God's power moving in me.  I reached over and touched the little boy, commanding the spirit of death to leave and his spirit to come back into him. I ASKED GOD FOR A MIRACLE of healing in his body, in Jesus' mighty name.

At that moment, his left leg moved out and so did his right arm.  I asked for a cup of water and in the name of Jesus Christ I threw it into his face.  His eyes opened and almost immediately he was on the floor walking about.

The whole crowd came alive and were excitedly rejoicing and worshipping God. Jesus had performed a mighty miracle and proved to them that He is Alive!  TO GOD BE ALL THE HONOR, POWER AND GLORY! Amen.

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