A Course in
by: Pastor Max Solbrekken, D.D.
EASTER REALLY MEANS:
- We remember Jesus' crucifixion (death on the cross) on Good Friday -
and we celebrate Jesus rising from the dead. The Resurrection of
Jesus Christ on Easter Sunday.
TO NEW EDITION (1998)
little book I wrote in 1980 was called "The Truth Shall Make You
Free!" We printed 10,000 copies of that edition and they
were given out as quickly as we could supply them. Now 18 years
later we are reprinting this fine booklet, but under a different title.
felt "A Course in Basic Theology" was a more appropriate
title. May the Lord bless this book and bring deliverance and
healing to multitudes. - Max Solbrekken, Edmonton
wish to dedicate this book to all serious Bible students who desire
God’s power in their lives with which to bring liberation, divine
healing & deliverance to their fellowman.
to all who are hurting because of Satan’s snares, entrapments and
torments. May each reader appropriate the promises of God found in this
book and be liberated from sin, fear, sickness, disease, poverty &
untimely death. And from demon possession! Amen.
THE TRUTH SHALL MAKE YOU FREE
shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free."
truth liberates the soul, the conscience and the mind of man! The truth
breaks the chains of darkness, superstition and fear. It opens the
prisons of doubt and unbelief! The truth removes mountains of
discouragement, negativism and oppression! The truth defeats giants of
despair, heartbreak and loneliness, and opens within us wells of joy,
rivers of peace and floodtides of love! Jesus said, "Ye shall know
the truth and the truth shall make you free!
from all bondage, sickness & sin
from fears & the troubles within:
from the devil and his evil power
by Jesus in this very hour
prayed: "Thy Word O Lord is Truth." (John 17:17) Our
Lord said, "I am the Way, the Truth and the Life: no man
cometh unto the Father, but by Me." (John 14:6) The Bible teaches
that the Word of God is Spirit and Life, (Philippians 2:16) and that
Jesus also is the Word of God. (Rev. 19:13)
BIBLE & OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST ARE BOTH REFERRED
TO AS THE WORD OF GOD
the Bible and our Lord Jesus Christ are referred to as the Word of God
and only Jesus and the Word has the power to make people free! The Bible
is the written Word of God and Jesus is the Living Word of God! And if
you will believe it my friend, Jesus Christ will come out of the pages of
this book and enter your heart! Our Lord Jesus Christ made the statement,
"Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin. And the servant
abideth not in the house forever, but the son abideth ever. If the Son
therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed." (John
WHO COMMITS SIN IS THE SERVANT OF SIN AND IS NOT FREE
Bible states that anyone who commits sin is the servant of sin and is NOT
FREE, but thanks to God, THE TRUTH WILL LIBERATE THEM! The Apostle John
wrote, "If we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have
fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son
cleanseth us from all sin." (1 John 1:7)
are some very important facts about the TRUTH of GOD.
MUST HEAR THE TRUTH - "So
then faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the Word of God."
MUST BELIEVE THE TRUTH - "How
shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they
hear without a preacher?" (Romans 10:14)
MUST HOLD FAST TO THE TRUTH - "Prove
all things; hold fast that which is good." (1 Thessalonians
5:21) “Take heed unto thyself, and unto doctrine; continue in
them; for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself and them that hear
thee.” (1 Tim. 4:16) "Buy the truth and sell it
not; also wisdom, and instruction and understanding." (Proverbs
MUST TELL THE TRUTH - "For
we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto
you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses
of His Majesty." (2 Peter 1:16)
the word; be instant in season, out of season; rebuke, time will
come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts
shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears." (2
we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and
to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." (1 John 1:9)
MUST OBEY THE TRUTH - "If
ye love Me, keep My commandments.” (John 14:15)
ye abide in Me and My words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and
it shall be done unto you." (John 15:7)
said Jesus to those Jews which believed on Him, If ye continue in My
word, then are ye My disciples indeed." (John 8:31)
ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from
the hope of the gospel, which ye have heard, and which was preached to
every creature which is under heaven; whereof I Paul am a minister;"
then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us:
we pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God." (2
IS A LIAR AND THE TRUTH IS NOT IN HIM
called the devil a liar and a murderer:
"Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye
will do. He was a murderer from the beginning and abode not in the truth,
because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of
his own: for he is a liar and the father of it." (John 8:44)
IS A COLOSSAL DECEIVER AND LIAR AND THERE IS NO TRUTH IN HIM
may tell some truths or half truths in order to deceive and enslave the
human race, but he himself is TOTAL DARKNESS AND THERE IS NO LIGHT OR
LIFE IN HIM.
you receive Jesus Christ as your personal Saviour, you say farewell to
the kingdom of darkness and you are automatically translated into God's
the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now
is made manifest to his saints. Which is Christ in you the hope of
Glory." (Colossians 1:26-27)
ARE PASSED FROM DEATH UNTO LIFE, BECAUSE JESUS CHRIST
IS THE LIGHT OF THE
Bible says, "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with
God and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All
things were made by Him; and without Him was not anything made that was
made. In Him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light
shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not." (1 John
1: 1-5) "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 1:14)
Scriptures declare that sinful men rejected Him because their deeds were
evil! They hated the Light and loved the darkness. (John 3:19) The Bible
says, "In Him (Jesus Christ) was Life and the Life was the Light of
men." (John 1:4) Again the Scripture says, "He that believeth
on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the son shall
not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him." (John 3:36)
THE LIGHT IS SWITCHED ON, THE DARKNESS FLEES AND WHEN JESUS COMES INTO A
LIFE IN HIS GREAT POWER, ALL SIN, FEAR, OPPRESSION, SICKNESS, DISEASE AND
EVIL POWERS LEAVE! PRAISE GOD.
are five glorious truths that I wish to set forth in this lesson, to help
build your faith! As a stone mason lays block upon block, so I present
these truths ‘Scripture upon Scripture’, knowing that the Word
of God creates faith in our hearts and faith gets the job done! Praise
- GOD HAS NOT CHANGED, CANNOT CHANGE AND WILL NEVER CHANGE
am the Lord, I change not." (Malachi 3:6)
the Living God makes one of His most significant statements of fact. He
is changeless, always constant and timeless! Nothing can alter that great
truth! Men are born, live, pass on and are gone like the grass of the
field, but God remains the SAME.
Bible says, “And Thou, Lord, in the beginning hast laid the
foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the works of thine hands:
They shall perish; but Thou remainest; and they all shall wax old as doth
a garment; And as a vesture shalt Thou fold them up, and they shall be
changed: but Thou art the same, and Thy years shall not fail."
MUST OBEY THE TRUTH
are several great truths about God:
GOD IS ETERNAL
is eternal - without beginning or end - everlasting and always God.
Psalmist David wrote: "Lord, Thou has been our dwelling place in all
generations. Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou
hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to
everlasting, thou art God...
a thousand years in Thy sight are but as yesterday when it is past, and
as a watch in the night." (Psalms 90:1-4)
eternal God is thy refuge and underneath are the everlasting
GOD IS OMNIPOTENT
is omnipotent (meaning) - He is all powerful.
am the Lord, and there is none else, there is no God beside Me: I girded
thee, though thou hast not known Me: That they may know from the rising
of the sun, and from the west, that there is none beside Me. I am the
Lord, and there is none else." (Isaiah 45:5-6)
have made the earth, and created man upon it: I, even My hands, have
stretched out the heavens, and all their host have I commanded.”
said: "All power is given unto Me in heaven and in earth."
GOD IS OMNISCIENT
(meaning) - He is all wise & all knowing.
the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto
us which are saved it is the power of God. For it is written, I will
destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the
understanding of the prudent.
is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world?
hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world?
after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it
pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.
For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom:
we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumbling block, and unto the
Greeks foolishness; But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks,
Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God. Because the
foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger
than men." (1 Corinthians 2:18-25)
God only wise, be glory through Jesus Christ forever. Amen." (Rom.
16:27) If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all
men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him."
GOD HAS NOT CHANGED:
eternity to eternity He is God! He was the same in the beginning of
man’s existence, He is the same today and He will be the same
throughout eternity! Praise God.
GOD CANNOT CHANGE:
is impossible for God to be anything but Who and What He is today - kind,
loving, generous, good, holy, just and true.
GOD WILL NOT CHANGE IN THE FUTURE:
Bible says: "I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending,
saith the Lord, which is, and which is to come, the Almighty."
Thou, Lord, in the beginning hast laid the foundation of the earth; and
the heavens are the works of Thine hands: They shall perish; but Thou
remainest; and they all shall wax old as doth a garment; And as a
vesture shalt Thou fold them up, and they shall be changed: but Thou
art the same, and thy years shall not fail.” (Hebrews 1:10-12)
GOD IS IMMUTABLE:
is perfect in all things; totally truthful, and since He never makes a
mistake He doesn't need to apologize for error. There is no error in God.
If He has said it, that settles it. God is God and is changeless and
unalterable. The “immutability of His Word” speaks of the
permanent character of His Word. Since God and His Word are one, He is
permanently error-free, righteous and perfect! Glory to His Name. You can
believe unreservedly on Him with total trust. (Hebrews 6:13-18)
GOD HAS NOT CHANGED
STILL ANSWERS PRAYER
God still answers prayer: “Call unto Me, and I will answer thee, and
show thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.” (Jeremiah
and it shall be given you; seek and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be
opened unto you: For everyone that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh
findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened." (Matthew
STILL FORGIVES THE SINNER
God still forgives the sinner: "And it shall come to pass, that
whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved." (Acts
2:21) "But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have
fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son
cleanseth us from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive
ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is
faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all
unrighteousness." (l John 1:7-9)
STILL BRINGS PEACE TO THE TROUBLED AND REMOVES GUILT
God still brings peace to the troubled and removes guilt: "Let not
your heart be troubled; ye believe in God, believe also in Me. 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 14:1, 27)
being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus
Christ. There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are
in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the
Spirit." (Romans 5:1; 8:1)
God still cares: “And the Lord said, I have surely seen the affliction
of My people which are in Egypt, and have heard their cry by reason of
their taskmasters; for I know their sorrows; And I am come down to
deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians, and to bring them up out
of that land unto a good land and a large, unto a land flowing with milk
and honey; unto the place of the Canaanites, and the Hittites, and the
Amorites, and the Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites.”
all your care upon Him; for He careth for you." (1 Peter 5:7)
STILL MEETS OUR NEEDS
still meets our needs: “Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse,
that there may be meat in mine house. And prove Me herewith, saith the
Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you
out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.
I will rebuke the destroyer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the
fruits of your ground, neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the
time in the field, saith the Lord of hosts.” (Malachi 3:10-11)
my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by
Christ Jesus." (Philippians 4:19)
STILL HEALS THE SICK
still heals the sick: "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 hands on the sick, and they shall
recover." (Mark 16: 17-18)
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 have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him." (James
STILL FILLS BELIEVERS WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT
God still fills believers with the Holy Spirit: "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."
ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how
much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that
ask Him?” (Luke 11:13)
STILL BLESSES AND LOADS US WITH BENEFITS
God still blesses and loads us with benefits: "Bless the Lord, O my
soul: and all that is within me, bless His holy name. Bless the Lord, O
my soul, and forget not all His benefits: Who forgiveth all thine
iniquities; Who healeth all thy diseases." (Psalms 103:1-3)
I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even
as thy soul prospereth.” (3 John 1:2)
STILL PROTECTS US FROM DANGER, EVIL AND SATAN
God still protects us from danger, evil and Satan: "There shall no
evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling. For He
shall give His angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy
ways." (Psalms 91:10-11)
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." (Isa. 41:10) "Who redeemeth
thy life from destruction; Who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and
tender mercies." (Psalms 103:4)
the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils are
subject unto us through Thy name.” (Luke 10:17)
STILL LEADS, GUIDES & DIRECTS US
God still leads, guides & directs us: “For as many as are led by
the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. For ye have not received the
spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of
adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.
Spirit (Himself) beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the
children of God: And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and
joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with Him, that we may be
also glorified together.” (Romans 8:14-17)
- GOD HAS NOT LIED, CANNOT LIE AND WILL NEVER LIE
We know what God will do in the future by what He has done in the past,
because He has not changed. He has always told the truth for He is the
truth and since it is impossible for God to lie, we know we can put our
trust in Him as God.
He is too good to do anything wrong. He is too wise to make a mistake. He
is too powerful to allow Satan to harm His children who call upon His
Name in faith and who trust in His truth.
He is too conscientious and correct to lose our number, forget us or
leave us to aimlessly drift on the sea of life and death without His
divine guidance and direction.
The Scripture emphatically declares: "God is not a man that He
should lie, neither the son of man that he should repent (change his
mind) hath He said, and shall He not do it? Or hath He spoken, and shall
He not make it good? (Numbers 23:19)
the Prophet declared: "And also the Strength of Israel will not lie
or repent: for He is not a man, that He should repent." (1 Samuel
can believe the Word of God because it is ever and always the same. St.
James said, "A double minded man is unstable in all his ways!"
He admonishes us to ask God for our needs, in faith. And He assures us
that our needs will be met, because we are dealing with one Who is always
the same and Who is liberal in His giving.
good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the
Father of lights, with Whom is no variableness, neither shadow of
turning." (James 1:17)
Paul, in writing to Titus made the great declaration that I am now making
- "God cannot lie." (Titus 1:2)
it is impossible for God to lie, His nature is totally against falsehood
and His commandments all demand truth and condemn lying. We can
rest assured that His promises are trustworthy.
Bible says, "I hate every false way." (Psalm 119:104)
lips are abomination to the Lord: but they that deal truly are His
delight." (Proverbs 12:22),
He that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And He
said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful."
Lord Jesus Christ stated, "I am the Way, the Truth and the
Life." (John 14:6)
has never lied, cannot lie and will not lie, for He not only speaks the
Truth but HE IS THE TRUTH.
IS NO TRUTH IN SATAN ! HE IS A LIAR EXTRA ORDINAIRE
Christ's description of the Evil One was an indictment: "He was a
murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is
no truth in him." (John 8:44)
TEACHERS WHO GIVE THEMSELVES OVER TO SATAN, BECOME
BECAUSE HE IS PERVERTED
even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them
over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which we not
convenient." (Romans 1:28)
the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart
from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;
Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot
iron." (1 Timothy 4:1-2)
HOLY SCRIPTURES MAKE IT VERY PLAIN THAT THE BLESSED
HOLY SPIRIT IS THE SPIRIT
when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you, from the Father,
even the Spirit of Truth, which proceedeth from the Father, He shall
testify of Me." (John 15:26)
anointing of God teaches you all things and is truth and is no lie."
(1 John 2:27)
IS A LIAR? HE WHO DENIES CHRIST'S DIVINITY
John declared, "I have not written unto you because ye know not the
truth, but because ye know it, and that no lie is of the truth.
Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is
anti-christ, that denieth the Son, the same hath not the father: but he
that acknowledges the Son hath the Father also." (1 John 2:21-23)
who advocate teachings, ideologies and doctrines which disagree with the
Holy Bible - which is the Divine, Infallible Word of God, were labeled
liars by the Apostle Paul when he wrote:
what is some did not believe? Shall their unbelief make the faith
of God without effect? God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every
man a liar.." (Romans 3:3-4)
matters not what men say about the Word of God - It will stand the test
of both time and eternity; never swerving or changing, but always
constant and firm. Praise God.
IS IMPOSSIBLE FOR GOD TO LIE
writer to the Hebrews (probably St. Paul) wrote about two immutable
things, which he gave as a proof that God can be trusted to be absolutely
steadfast, trustworthy and honourable in all things.
when God made promises to Abraham, because He could swear by no greater,
He swore by Himself, saying, Surely, blessing I will bless thee, and
multiplying I will multiple thee.
so, after he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise. For men
verily swear by the greater: and an oath for confirmation to to them at
end of all strife.
God, willing more abundantly to shew unto the heirs of promise the
immutability of His counsel (the permanent character of His Word)
confirmed it by an oath: That by two immutable things, in which it
was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who
have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us:"
we have as an anchor for the soul, both sure and steadfast and which
entereth into that within the veil; whither the forerunner if for us
entered, even Jesus, made an High Priest for ever after the order of
- GOD IS NO RESPECTER, OF PERSONS, PLACES OR TIMES
He has done for one, He will do for all that believe. WHY IS THIS?
He is no respecter of persons. The only thing that God answers to
is faith and sincerity. If we mean business with God, calling upon
Him in humility and faith, He will answer. Jesus often said to
those whom He saved, healed and delivered, "Thy faith hath saved
thee; go in peace." (Luke 7:50).
go thy way: thy faith hath made thee whole." (Luke 17:19)
"According to your faith, be it unto you." (Matthew 9:29)
thou wouldst believe thou shouldest see the glory of God?" (John
STIRS THE HEART OF GOD AND CAUSES HIM TO WORK ON OUR BEHALF
Scripture says, "Whosoever shall call upon the name of the LORD
shall be saved." (Acts 2:21) "He that believeth on the
Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not
see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him." (John 3:36)
THEM, THE WHOSOEVER, ANY, EVERYONE, YE and ALL PEOPLE."
the Bible says, "He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved,
but he that believeth shall not be damned." (Mark 16:16)
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 hands on the sick and they shall recover." (Mark 16:17-18)
said, "Whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have
eternal life." (John 3:15)
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 have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him."
Peter said, "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."
Angel said, "Fear not; for behold I bring you tidings of great joy,
which shall be to all people." (Luke 2:10) Jesus said, "Blessed
are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall
be filled." (Matthew 5:6)
Scripture says, "He hath filled the hungry with good things; and the
rich he hath sent empty away." (Luke 1:53)
declared, "If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God that giveth
to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given
him." (James 1:5)
NIGH TO GOD, AND HE WILL DRAW NIGH TO YOU
the Word of God declares, "Draw nigh to God, and He will draw nigh
to you." (James 4:8) James further declared, "Submit yourselves
therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you."
ON THE WHOLE ARMOUR OF GOD
weapons of our warfare are for all Christians and are provided for all
who will put them on and use them.
the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the
pulling down of strongholds." (2 Corinthians 10:4) "Put
on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the
wiles of the devil." (Ephesians 6:11)
said, "Go ye therefore and teach all nations, baptizing them in the
name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost." (Matthew
28:19) Again the Bible says, "And this gospel of the Kingdom shall
be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then
shall the end come." (Matthew 24:14)
Paul said, "For there is no difference between the Jew and the
Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon
Him." (Romans 10:12)
GOD IS NO RESPECTER OF PERSONS
on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved." (Acts 16:31)
WHO CALL UPON THE NAME OF THE LORD SHALL BE SAVED
it shall come to pass that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord
shall be saved.: (Acts 2:21) ALL WHO BELIEVE THE GOSPEL, REPENT OF THEIR
SINS AND CONFESS THEM TO CHRIST ARE FORGIVEN.
ANSWERS THE PRAYERS OF ALL WHO ASK IN FAITH
and it shall be given you; seek and ye shall find; knock and it shall be
opened unto you. For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh
findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened." (Matt.7:7-8)
St. Peter said, "Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of
persons." (Acts 10:34)
James wrote that "God gives to all men liberally and
upbraideth not." (James 1:5)
GOD IS NO RESPECTER OF PLACES
God is eternal, omnipotent, omniscient and omnipresent there is no
problem for Him to be everywhere at the same time.
He does not grow old, but remains the same, He can still operate
effectively during the totality of our earth’s history - past, present
because God does not change, He will still perform those same great
miracles which He has performed in the past in any place, any time or for
any one He so chooses! He is God and therefore, has all power, knows all
things and can do all things.
does not deter God! Geographical boundaries give Him no problem, for He
created everything and owns everything. He is not a stranger to any
place, anything or anybody.
He did in Jerusalem He can do in Africa, Canada or Russia.
color of the skin, the language of the people or climatic conditions have
no effect on Him. He is true to His Word, always honours faith, rejects
partiality, responds to worship and praise, delights in the truth and
enjoys showing mercy, compassion and tenderness.
still drives out fears, enjoys liberating the slaves of Satanic bondage
and sin. And He hastens to heal all the sick and diseased, who recognize
Him as Lord and Healer.
GOD IS NO RESPECTER OF PERSONS AND ALL WHO CALL UPON HIM IN FAITH GET A
HEARING AND ARE BLESSED:
of who you are, or where you live, God will hear you if you call upon him
in faith. I repeat, God is no respecter of places, nationalities or
Paul stated, "There is no respecter of persons with God. For as many
as have sinned without the law shall also perish without the law; and as
many as have sinned in the law shall be judged by the law." (Romans
and poor, black and white, red, yellow and brown all stand on even ground
in His sight! (There are certain promises made to Israel that do not
apply to the Gentiles. These are an exception, for Israel has played and
will play a special role in the history of God's dealings with man).
love transcends all borders as St. Peter discovered when he and six of
his Jewish brethren went - by the command of the Lord - to minister to
Cornelius and his household.
Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard
the word. And they of the circumcision which believed were astonished, as
many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was poured out
the gift of the Holy Ghost. For they heard them speak with tongues and
magnify God." (Acts 10:44-46)
MEN HAVE TRIED TO DICTATE TO GOD
cannot lock God in a time capsule or a straight jacket, dictating to Him
when, where and upon whom He can or cannot work His works.
is God and cannot be bound by our finite minds and often "wrong
thinking" in the natural.
have tried to do this repeatedly! Just as they have put a TIMING DEVICE
on HIS ABILITY and PREDESTINED HIS WILL in such matters, He suddenly
breaks forth in sovereign and glorious demonstration and does the
unthinkable in the most unusual places and forbidden (so-called
after revival has broken loose in nation after nation, century after
century, and will continue to do so until Jesus comes and the Church is
Pharisees and Sadducees were disturbed that Jesus broke the Sabbath by
healing the sick on that day. (John 5:10-18)
declared that He had been sent only to the lost sheep of the House of
Israel (Matthew15:20-28), yet He was drawn by human need and went to the
Well of Sychar in Samaria in order to save an adulterous woman, as well
as many of her friends. (John 4:28-30) A great revival was the outcome,
as He stayed for two days ministering to them.
God upset Peter by giving him a vision of unclean animals and telling him
to rise up, kill and eat, thereby sending him to the Gentiles. (Acts
10:9-16). The Apostles and Disciples of our Lord continued to
preach the Gospel and work miracles in Jesus’ Name, even though they
were forbidden to do so by the religious authorities in the face of
imprisonment and death. (Acts 4:16-21)
worked miracles through the ministry of lay people like Stephen and
Philip who were only deacons (Acts 7:5-8) and used the common people to
spread the Gospel during times of great persecution. (Acts 8:1-5).
The Early Church grew and multiplied covering the earth even in times of
poverty, testing and persecution.
PROTESTANT REFORMATION ALTERED THE BALANCE OF POWER -
THE GOSPEL OF
CHRIST BEGAN TO TRIUMPH AGAIN.
Luther shook the Roman Catholic conglomerate when he opposed many of its
corrupt practices, and great revivals broke loose bringing liberty and
Holy Ghost joy to millions, against the objections of a powerful ruling
church and state.
and Charles Wesley, George Whitefield, John Knox, D.L. Moody, Charles
Finney and other great evangelists proved that God was not through
working among men, spearheading revivals that shook the world.
Lake, Charles S. Price, William Freeman, Jack Coe, Gordon Lindsay, Oral
Roberts and other great evangelists led multitudes into the knowledge of
God's healing stream.
this point in time, millions of people from all major denominations upon
the face of the earth are being filled with the Holy Spirit speaking in
tongues in a great charismatic revival.
religious leaders would like to stop the revival if they could, but it
cannot be quenched. It burns on in Holy Ghost flame and fire! Yes, God is
working His miracles today, despite and in spite of the foolishness of
man's narrow and restricted vision and misconceptions - Praise the Living
GOD HAS NEVER FAILED
man has failed in everything he has tried to do, God is perfect and has
never failed. He cannot fail and He will not fail! King Solomon, in his
anointed dedicatory prayer made the statement, "Not one word of all
His good promises has failed." (1 Kings 8:56)
has not failed, He cannot fail and He will not fail! It is impossible for
God to fail.
CANNOT DENY HIMSELF, FOR HE IS FAITHFUL WHO HAS PROMISED
Timothy 2:13) The Scripture says, "The callings of God are without
repentance." (Romans 11:29) When He gives us something,
He does so because He so desires, and He does not ask us to return that
Bible says, "The foundations of God are sure having this seal, the
Lord knoweth them that are His." (2 Timothy 2:19)
CALLED SAMUEL BY NAME AND HE ALSO KNEW JEREMIAH AND JACOB PERSONALLY
He knows us by name, He is able to supply our needs as well as keep us in
His perfect will! He also sees the sparrow fall, knows the number of
hairs on our heads and clothes the lilies of the field.
He has enough grace, goodness, propriety and good sense to look after us!
His wisdom is greater than all and we are His creation, as well as
members of His body and sons and daughters through the new birth.
by adoption, we have become heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ
(Romans 8:17), bone of His bone and flesh of His flesh. (Ephesians 5:30)
is this? We are the body of Christ and members in particular of His body.
(1 Corinthians 12:12) Praise God.
He has become so involved in our lives and invested so much in us,
certainly - in His divine wisdom and understanding - He will not discard
us, as some would have us believe.
SAID, "I WILL NEVER THEE THEE, NOR FORSAKE THEE."
said, "I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee."
(Hebrews13:5) Here, Jesus used a double imperative: "I will never,
no never leave thee. I will never, no never forsake thee." I
will be with thee unto the end of the world. (Matthew 28:20) No wonder
St. Peter declared that we are "...kept by the power of God through
faith..." (1 Peter 1:5)
CANNOT DIVORCE THE PRESENCE OF GOD FROM THE MIRACLE POWER OF
cannot divorce God's presence from His power! Many desire God's
presence with them, but they do not expect Him to effectively use His
power to work a miracle for them.
cannot separate the healing, saving, delivering and keeping power of God
from His ever-abiding presence! You can always depend upon the Lord
because of His faithfulness and dependability.
never fails - Jesus never fails - Heaven and earth shall pass away, but
Jesus never fails!" God has not failed in the past, is faithful now
and cannot and will not fail in the future. What a glorious truth and
what an Almighty God we serve. Hallelujah.
REMAINS FAITHFUL STILL
among us humans there are gross contradictions or seeming contradictions
as situations change, attitudes change and positions change to adapt to
the new realities of life. Not so with God - He is changeless and His
purposes, aims and goals forge ahead unabated.
World War II we certainly saw evidence of how leaders and nations changed
their positions. Stalin fought alongside Hitler until he realized the
West would ultimately win, then the wily communists left their Nazi
bed-partners and joined with the West.
Pope of Rome blessed Benito Mussolini together with his war machine to go
out in murderous raids against Ethiopia to plunder, murder and rape. When
the Roman Catholic church saw that Mussolini would fall, they quickly
changed their minds and swung over to the Allied side.
U.S.A. was going to keep out of the war until the Imperial forces of
Hirohito smashed the U.S. Naval Japan’s base in Honolulu. That changed
their position totally and thrust them into the Second World War,
bringing ultimate victory to the Allied forces.
very recently, US President Bill Clinton labeled Osama bin Laden as the
world’s leading terrorist. During much publicity about his shameful,
gross conduct that led to his impeachment, Clinton suddenly sent US
warplanes to strike at Osama bin Laden’s camps in Afghanistan and
suddenly Bill Clinton is seen leading NATO airplanes against President
Slobodan Milosonic's Ugoslavia. Nato then began a close relationship with
the KLA - formerly labeled as Kosovo’s bloody "terrorists",
suddenly turned freedom fighters.
where have they been getting their financing? Through "drug
running", the mafia & guess who - Osama bin Laden. Clinton &
Osama are friends at long last! What strang bedfellows.
HOWEVER, DOES NOT CHANGE AND CANNOT DENY HIMSELF
Paul declares, "Wherein I suffer trouble, as an evil doer, even unto
bonds; but the word of God is not bound." (2 Timothy 3:10)
cannot destroy, bind or nullify the Word of God. The Bible says,
"The Scripture cannot be broken" (John 10:35) and
"The Word of God is quick and powerful, and sharper than any two
edged sword..." (Hebrews 4:12) Certainly we can trust the Word of
God for time and eternity.
continues: "If we believe not, yet He remaineth faithful; He cannot
deny Himself." (2 Timothy 3:13) Even though we fail Him, His Word is
still true and He will not deny Himself or fail us.
GOD BE TRUE
what if some did not believe? Shall their unbelief make the faith of God
without effect? God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a
liar.." (Romans 3:3-4)
God fail? Can He fail? Will He fail? Certainly not! Is He trustworthy?
Can we depend upon Him? Most certainly we can.
Scripture states that even if some do not believe, that does not nullify
the Word of God! Then St. Paul comes on strong: "GOD FORBID"
yea, let God be true and every man be a liar.
I add that every person who denies the Word of God, opposes the Word of
WHO CHANGES THE WORD OF GOD IS A COLOSSAL LIAR
AND ENEMY OF THE KINGDOM
is the reason God hates the false way of the so-called Christian cults eg.
Mormon, Jehovah Witness, Christian Science, Scientology, Christadelphian,
H.W. Armstrongism, Branhamism, New Age Movement and others, who teach for
the Word of God their own man-made, accursed traditions and teachings.
reason I say accursed is because that is what they are! I am quoting St.
Paul: "I would that ye are so soon removed from Him that called you
into the grace of Christ unto another Gospel; which is not another; but
there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the Gospel of
though we or angel from Heaven, preach any other Gospel unto you than
that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. As we said
before, so say I now again, if any man preach any other Gospel unto you
than that ye have received, let him be accursed." (Galatians 1:6-9)
GIFTS AND CALLINGS OF GOD
Scripture speaks of Israel, who has backslidden and been judged severely,
but who will be saved in the end. We are the bride of Christ (Revelation
21:9) to be married to Christ - the Heavenly Bridegroom - in the Marriage
Supper of the Lamb. (Revelation19:9) Israel however is the wife of God
and He is married to the backslidden Israel. (Isaiah 64:6-7)
because of His faithfulness, she shall be given a final chance and after
He has taken her through much tribulation, in the end, Israel shall be
so all Israel shall be saved...for this is My covenant unto them, when I
shall take away their sins. For the gifts and callings of God are without
repentance." (Romans 11:26, 17, 29)
crucifying His Son on the Cross and after they have embraced the false
christ (the Anti-Christ) during the first 3-1/2 years of the Great
Tribulation, still God will forgive Israel and bring them into the fold
in the End Time, because of His Covenant with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob,
WHICH HE WILL NOT BREAK UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES. Praise the Lord.
a great, good and wonderful God we serve and how thankful we should be
for His grace, mercy and longsuffering towards us.
ALWAYS FULFILLS HIS WORD
we read in the Holy Scriptures the words "...that it might be
fulfilled which was spoken by the prophets.." (Matthew 1:21; 2:17)
can be absolutely certain that whatever the prophets declared would come
to pass, shall come to pass! There is no doubt about the veracity of
you read in the Holy Bible: "Thus saith the Lord..." You
can be absolutely certain that it will happen - it will come to pass.
Again we read often "...and it shall come to pass..."
no mistake about it, when God has declared something, whatever He has
declared will in fact come to pass. Let us look briefly at only a few
verses of Scripture to back up these claims.
- THE BIRTH OF JESUS
a virgin shall conceive, and bear a Son, and shall call His name
Emanuel." (Isaiah 7:14) "...the Holy Ghost shall
come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee:
therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be
called the Son of God." (Luke 1:35)
all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the
Lord by the prophet, saying.." (Matthew 1:22) "But when
the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth His Son..."
- THE DEATH OF JESUS
saith Jesus unto them, All ye shall be offended because of me this night:
for it is written, I will smite the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock
shall be scattered abroad." (Matthew 26:31)
forthwith he came to Jesus, and said, Hail, master; and kissed Him. And
Jesus said unto him, Friend, wherefore art thou come? Then came they, and
laid hands on Jesus, and took Him away." (Matthew 26:
that same hour said Jesus to the multitudes, Are ye come out as against a
thief with swords and staves for to take Me? I sat daily with you
teaching in the temple, and ye laid no hold on Me. But all this was done,
that the scriptures of the prophets might be fulfilled. Then all the
disciples forsook Him, and fled." (Matthew 26:55-56)
know that after two days is the feast of the passover, and the Son of man
is betrayed to be crucified." (Matthew 26:2)
Judas, which had betrayed Him, when he saw that He was condemned,
repented himself, and brought again the thirty pieces of silver to the
chief priests and elders, Saying, I have sinned in that I have betrayed
innocent blood. And they said, What is that to us? see thou to that. And
he cast down the pieces of silver in the temple, and departed, and went
and hanged himself."
the chief priests took the silver pieces, and said, It is not lawful for
to put them into the treasury, because it is the price of blood. And they
took counsel, and bought with them the potter's field, to bury strangers
in. Wherefore that field was called, The field of blood, unto this
was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremy the prophet, saying, And
they took the thirty pieces of silver, the price of Him that was valued,
Whom they of the children of Israel did value; And gave them for the
potter's field, as the Lord appointed me." (Matthew 27:3-10)
- THE RESURRECTION OF JESUS
the end of the Sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the
week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre.
behold there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended
from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat
upon it. His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as
for fear of him the keepers did shake, and became as dead men. And the
angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye
seek Jesus, which was crucified. He is not here: for He is risen, as He
said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. And go quickly, and tell
His disciples that He is risen from the dead, and, behold, He goeth
before you into Galilee; there shall ye see Him: lo, I have told
they departed quickly from the sepulchre with fear and great joy; and did
run to bring His disciples word. And as they went to tell His disciples,
behold, Jesus met them, saying, All hail. And they came and held Him by
the feet, and worshipped Him."
said Jesus unto them, Be not afraid: go tell My brethren that they go
into Galilee, and there shall they see Me." (Matthew 28:1-10)
- THE OUTPOURING OF THE HOLY GHOST
it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out My Spirit upon all
flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men
shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions; And also upon the
servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out My
Spirit." (Joel 2:28-29)
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 your young
men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams: And it shall
come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be
saved." (Acts 2: 16-17 & 21)
these are not drunken, as ye suppose, seeing it is but the third hour of
the day. But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel;"
(Acts 2: 15-16)
Jesus hath God raised up, whereof we all are 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." (Acts 2:32-33)
- SALVATION AND DIVINE HEALING
it shall come to pass that whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord
shall be saved." (Acts 2:17) "And the same day there were added
unto them about 3000 souls." (Acts 2:41)
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. And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying,
Save yourselves from this untoward generation."
they that gladly received his word were baptized; and the same day there
were added unto them about three thousand souls. And they continued
steadfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of
bread, and in prayers."
fear came upon every soul: and many wonders and signs were done by the
apostles. And all that believed were together, and had all things common;
And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as
every man had need."
they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking of
bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and
singleness of heart, Praising God, and having favour with all the people.
And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved."
He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities:
the chastisement of our peace was upon Him; and with His stripes we are
healed." (Isaiah 53:5)
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 bare our
sicknesses." (Matthew 8:16-17)
says in His Word, "Call upon Me in the day of trouble and I will
deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify Me." ( Psalm 50:15)
GOD IS NEVER LATE. HE IS NOT TOO BUSY TO ANSWER US
is never too busy or too tired to answer us. God is not on vacation
or sleeping. God is not on strike, or out of business. God is
waiting for us, ready and willing to hear our prayers and to meet our
can come before Him any time of day or night. Jesus said, "Come unto
Me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you
rest." (Matthew 11:28)
the Word of the Lord to you, my friend: "Let the wicked forsake his
way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the
Lord, and He will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for He will
abundantly pardon." (Isaiah 55:7)
our Lord 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." (Isaiah
Lord's invitation to us all is "Before they call I will answer, and
while they are yet speaking I will hear." (Isaiah 64:24)
our heavenly Father is always on time. He is never late and He does not
go on vacation. Our lord is always there when we need him. He is always
and He never sleeps.
Bible says, "He never slumbers nor sleeps." (Psalms 121:4)
IS NOT ON STRIKE, GOD IS NOT OUT OF SORTS.
GOD IS READY TO SET YOU
is never on strike, nor is He ever out of sorts. Our Blessed LORD
is still very much in the business of setting people free from sin, fear,
sickness, disease and the power of all evil spirits.
Bible says, "Whatsoever ye shall ask in My name, that will I do,
that the Father may be glorified in the Son."
and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall
be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that
seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened."
wish to share one final Scripture before I close this message: Jesus
said, "Whatsoever things ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye
receive them, and ye shall have them." (Mark 11:24)
HAS NOT CHANGED, will not change and cannot change.
HAS NOT LIED, cannot lie, will not lie. You can trust His Word
is no respecter of persons, places or times
HAS NEVER FAILED, cannot fail and will not fail
IS ALWAYS ON TIME, always there when you need Him, always ready to
your prayer and fulfill His Word in
NEVER FORGET, GOD CARE ABOUT YOU! Amen.
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