Gifts of the Spirit
& WHAT TO DO
by: Pastor Max Solbrekken
the children of Issachar, which were men who had understanding
of the times, to know what Israel ought to do; the heads of
them were two hundred; and all their brethren were at their
commandment." (1 Chronicles 12:32)
ARE THE MEN AMONG US TODAY?
are the men among us today who understand the times and who know
what we ought to do? The ability to understand 'the
times', is undoubtedly a rare ability. And to know
how to be proactive or reactive in each situation is equally
important. There is a natural ability which comes
from genetic inheritance, experience or observation!
HAS GIVEN TO HIS BODY, WHICH IS THE CHURCH, NINE SUPERNATURAL
is also the spiritual gifting which comes
directly from the Holy Spirit! God has given to His body,
the Church, nine supernatural spiritual gifts which include the
unique 'Gift of the word of knowledge' and the 'Gift of the word
to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the
word of knowledge by the same Spirit." (1 Corinthians
12:8) The 'gift of the word of knowledge' is the
supernatural ability to know things that are not naturally known
and the 'gift of the word of wisdom' is the
supernatural ability to know how to act or react to that
has so equipped His Church with these safeguards and tools to not
only protect it but to thrust it forward in its task of building
His Kingdom! Whether the ability to "understand the
times" and to "know what to do" come to
us through natural ability or supernatural gifts is immaterial.
The important thing is that we are apprised of the situation, our
eyes are wide open and our minds are alert to know, see and do the
pray for each one reading these lines that our dear Lord will
grant unto all the ability to "know Him who to know is
life eternal" and the desire to walk with Him in truth,
sincerity and humility, trusting only in His merits for time and
that we may understand the times and know what to do in order to
keep our families safe from the filth and gutter slime so
prevalent in our disintegrating society. To keep our
children safe from this corrupt, wicked and perverted world?
(2 John 1:1-9)
THOU THAT SLEEPEST!
Bible admonishes: "Wherefore He saith, Awake thou that
sleepest and arise from the dead and Christ shall give thee light.
See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise;
the time, because the days are evil. Wherefore be ye not
unwise, but UNDERSTANDING what the will of God
is. And be not drunk with wine wherein in excess, but be
filled with the Spirit." (Ephesians 5:14-18)
may ask: "Where are the Men?" We have
a real problem because we live in a society where many younger men
have had no role model due to broken homes and absent Dads! The
rage these young men have developed, because of the ache in their
hearts for a father, often surfaces against their wives and
it is even worse in common-law arrangements, hopping from one
relationship to another, leaving behind bruised and
hurting women and children, as well as heart broken
numbers of families are hurting because of stubborn
foolish pride, self-centeredness, and demons of lust let
loose through immoral movies, alcohol, drug abuse and pornography!
BLAME THE DEVIL!
blame the Devil who has blinded the eyes of religious leaders
who have been asleep at the switch and didn't see the approaching
train filled with worldly pleasure, compromise and lethargy!
Some blame must also go to parents who have allowed their children
to change the rules and call the shots!
Paul stated: "But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them
that are lost. In whom the god of this world
hath blinded the minds of them which believed not, lest the
light of the glorious gospel of Christ, Who is the image of God,
should shine unto them." (2 Corinthians 4:3,4)
blame our Politicians who have listened to the voices of the crowd
crying: "Give us the Murdered Barabbas"
and "Crucify Jesus the Christ: We won't have Him to
rule over us." (Matthew 27:20-26)
politicians are often allowed to pass laws that are unhealthy,
immoral and ungodly and believe that they can go scot-free, that
there are no further consequences!
good example of this is the 'same-sex marriage' or as it has been
aptly called 'man-on-man' marriage, which our former corrupt
Government pushed through against the wishes of the majority of
Canadians. Do they think that they had the last word on
that? Do they think that they can get away with it?
they won't! It will come back to bite them in this life and
the next! One day every lawmaker, politician and judge
that has contributed to the breakdown of society, destruction of
marriages through perverted laws, knowingly releasing pedophiles
and murderers into society to molest rape and kill, will stand
before the greatest Judge of all to hear His verdict.
Word states: "For the wrath of God is revealed from Heaven
against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold
the truth in unrighteousness." (Romans 1:18)
DOES THAT MEAN?
means to suppress the truth and hide it from the people, to cover
it up or water it down. It means to lie about the truth and
promote the very opposite. It means to substitute another
agenda that is carnal, fleshly and untruthful.
Paul warned: "Because that when they knew God, they glorified
Him not as God....but became vain in their imaginations, and
their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves
to be wise, they became fools. Wherefore GOD
GAVE THEM UP to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts,
to dishonour their own bodies between themselves.
Who changed the truth of God into a lie...
this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their
women did change the natural use into that which is against
nature. And likewise also the men, leaving the natural
use of the woman, burned in their lust, one toward another...
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 are
not convenient." (Romans 1:21-28)
WARNING: "Marriage is honourable in
all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God
will judge." (Hebrews 13:4)
Bible warns perverts: And Jesus called a little
child unto Him and set him in the midst of them.
And said, "Verily I say unto you, except ye be converted and
become as little children, ye shall not enter into the Kingdom of
whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in Me,
it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck
and he were drowned in the depth of the sea." (Matthew
18:2, 3, 6)
GREAT DAY OF JUDGMENT!
philosopher, theologian and preacher who suppresses the
truth and perverts the teachings of Jesus Christ will have to
stand before the Eternal Judge on the 'Day of Judgment'.
Unbelievers will appear at the Great White Throne presided over
by our Lord Jesus Christ:
I saw a great white throne, and Him that sat on it, from whose
face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no
place for them.
I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the book
were opened; and another book was opened, which is the book of
life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were
written in the books, according to their works.
the sea gave up the dead that were in it; and death and hell
delivered up the dead which were in them; and they were judged
every man according to their works. And death and Hell were
cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.
And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast
into the lake of fire." (Revelation 20:11-15)
AT THE BEMA SEAT JUDGMENT
in Christ will all appear at the Bema Seat Judgment.
It is where followers of Jesus Christ will be judged for rewards
or lack thereof depending on their works: Here are the words of
Holy Scripture on this matter:
we labour, that, whether present or absent, we may be accepted of
Him. For we must all appear before the
judgment seat of Christ, that every one may receive the things
done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be
good of bad." (2 Corinthians 5:10)
Bible commands believers to turn from sins that war against the
soul and flee from the wrath to come, by abiding in Christ the
sure rock of our salvation! St. Paul admonishes the church
thus: "If so be that ye have heard Him, and have been taught
by Him, as the TRUTH is in Jesus:
ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which
is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; And be renewed in the
spirit of your mind; and that ye put on the new man which after
God is created in righteousness and true holiness."
putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour: for
ye are members one of another. Neither give place to the
devil." (Ephesians 4:21-27)
HEED TO GOD'S WORD!
beseech ye therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that
ye present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy acceptable unto
God, which is your reasonable service;. And be not conformed
to this world, but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind,
that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable and perfect
will of God." (Romans 12:1, 2)
seeing we also are compassed with so great a cloud of witnesses,
let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which both so easily
beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before
us. Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our
for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising
the shame, and is set down at the right hand at the throne of
God." (Hebrews 12:1,2)
are three things we must do: Consider Jesus: "Wherefore,
holy brethren, partakers of thrb heavenly calling, consider the
Apostle and High Priest (Hebrews 3:1): There is no-one like
Him; Saviour, Redeemer, Healer, Friend, God! Look
unto Jesus: "Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher
of our faith; who for the joy that was set before Him endured the
Cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of
God (Hebrews 12:2): Don't just look at Him
but look unto Him for forgiveness, counsel, comfort and healing.
Go to Him with your needs and watch Him work in your life.
MUST FOLLOW JESUS!
must Follow Jesus: "Let us go forth therefore unto Him
without the camp, bearing His reproach.."(Hebrews 13:13).
Take uyour cross and become His Disciple. Serve
Him and Live for Him. Look for His
return! (Matthew 11:28) You will them become like the Sons
of Issachar who understood the times and knew what Israel had to
God richly bless you as you draw near unto Him, for He has
promised to draw near unto you! (James 4:8) He will accept
you when you call upon His name in sincerity and faith. (John 6:7)
COMMUNING WITH GOD
by: Pastor Max
the Evangelical Lutheran Church we sang all the wonderful hymns of
praise to our Lord and heard sermons extolling God, but to hear
individual believers voice their praise to the Almighty in thanks
for His miraculous intervention in their lives was foreign to me.
was like reliving the Book of Acts to hear testimonies of
conversions from alcohol and drug addiction, gambling and false
religious cults. Add to that, miraculous healings from
tumors, cancers, blindness, deafness, arthritis, ulcers and other
diseases was mind boggling.
knew that God had healed my Mother in 1920 under the ministry of
Evangelists Storm and Monson in Norway. Other gifts of the
Holy Spirit like prophesying and speaking in tongues, however,
were totally foreign to me.
DAD WAS INSTANTLY HEALED
my Dad was instantly healed of serious gallbladder problems and
heart disease in March 1956 through Oral Roberts' radio
Ministry, the Holy Bible became alive to me!
is quite possible that if I had not seen the reality of the Gospel
working in my Father's miraculous healing and transformation
through the Baptism of the Holy Spirit, I would not be in the
the Holy Spirit strove mightily with me during Revival Meetings in
1951 with Pastor Sylvan Johnson at S.L.B.I. (now Lutheran
Collegiate Bible Institute) Outlook, Saskatchewan, I did not have
the courage to totally follow Christ!
1957, following my Father's amazing experience of the Baptism
of the Holy Spirit, I was again drawn by God's love and
mercy to the Cross of Calvary in total repentance and
submission to His will, and call on my life! For the next
six years I devoured God's Word and prayed much for the Holy
Spirit's guidance as I worked in the secular world, while
preparing for the Ministry of Deliverance into which He was
divinely leading me!
SPOKE IN TONGUES AND MAGNIFIED GOD!
believe in speaking in tongues like St. Paul, D.L. Moody,
Charles Finney and Oral Roberts. And I believe in
Divine Healing through faith in Jesus Christ and His finished work
on Calvary's Cross and that, "By His stripes we are
healed." (Isaiah 53:4,5; Matthew 8:16, 17; 1 Peter
was such a blessing to have received the gift of prophesy
(1 Corinthians 12:10) in order to exhort, edity and comfort God's
people. Praising and magnifying God, however, is an
absolute essential in the Christian life in order to keep up a
vital contact with our Heavenly Father!
lives are like a body of water. If water flows in but has
not outlet it becomes stagnant, and all life there ceases to
exist. Then death takes over. The Dead Sea is a
good example of that!
movement of water into and out of a body of water creates an
atmosphere conductive to life. The constant intake and
outflow causes a cleansing action, making the water fresh.
analogy shows us that receiving from God without praising Him and
sharing His goodness with others makes us stagnant, and spiritual
Bible says, "He that offereth praise glorifieth Me."
(Psalms 50:23); "God inhabits the praises of His
people..." (Psalms 22:3)
scriptures are filled with praises to God. Repeatedly David
declared, "O that men would praise the Lord for His
wonderful works to the children of men." (Psalms 107:8)
David was a man after God's own heart and knew how to praise and
bless the Lord! He even encouraged himself to praise God:
"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..." (Psalms 103:1)
GOD IS ESSENTIAL FOR COMMUNION WITH GOD!
ye the Lord. Praise God in His sanctuary; praise Him in the
firmament of His power. Praise Him for His might acts:
praise Him according to His excellent greatness."
"...Let every thing that hath breath praise the Lord.
Praise ye the Lord." (Psalms
is incumbent upon us to thank and praise God for His gifts to us,
as well as testify to others of His great goodness, mercy, love
and power. The Bible says, "Forbid not to speak
with tongues." (1 Corinthians 14:39) And St. Paul
declared emphatically, "I speak with tongues more than
ye all." (1 Corinthians 14:18)
Paul prayed in the Spirit, speaking and singing in unknown tongues
on a daily basis: "What is it then? I will pray
with the Spirit and I will pray with the understanding also.
I will sing with the Spirit, and I will sing with the
understanding also." (1 Corinthians 14:15)
can't imagine many of today's Evangelical preachers meeting the
old 'Apostle to the Gentiles' and spending a few hours a
day with him! They would have to ask him to leave, put
him in a basement room and shut the door and stop preaching from
the Epistles he wrote. Or they would have to repent of
their ignorance, stupidity, hardness of heart and be filled with
the Holy Ghost themselves.
Paul would certainly have to rebuke them and set them straight!
It would be a very interesting meeting indeed!
having them meet Ignatius, Tertullion, St. Augustine, Martin
Luther, D.L. Moody or R.A. Torrey would change their theology
about the Baptism of the Holy Ghost and fire! (Luke 3:16; Acts
BELIEVE IN THE HOLY GHOST!
Church Fathers who formulated the Apostles Creed certainly
believed in the Holy Ghost and in every instance in the Bible
where believers received the Baptism of the Holy Ghost they spoke
in tongues and magnified God!
believe in God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth.
And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord, who was conceived
by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary; suffered under
Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried. he
descended into hell. The third day he rose again from the
dead; He ascended into heaven And sitteth on the right hand of God
the Father Almighty; From thence He shall come to judge the quick
and dead. I BELIEVE IN THE HOLY GHOST, the Holy
Christian Church, the Communion of Saints, the Forgiveness of
sins, the Resurrection of the Body, and the Life everlasting.
Paul declared, "He that speaketh in an unknown tongue
speaketh not unto men but unto God; for no man understandeth him;
howbeit, in the Spirit he speaketh mysteries." (1
the Bible says, "He that speaketh in an unknown tongue
edifieth himself...." (1 Corinthians 14:4) Certainly we
need to edify and build up ourselves in Christ, more now than
ever, as we approach the end!
Word of God states emphatically: "But ye, building up
yourselves in your most holy faith, praying in the Holy
Ghost." (praying in tongues is devotion to God)
who do not pray in the Spirit (unknown tongues) are said to
be sensual, having not the Spirit (Holy Spirit). And, they will
ridicule you and separate you from their company. (Jude 19)
WARNED: "Verily I say unto you: All sins shall be
forgiven unto the sons of men, and blasphemies wherewith soever
they shall blaspheme: But he that shall blaspheme against the Holy
Ghost hath never forgiveness, but is in danger of eternal
damnation: Because they said, He hath an unclean spirit."
WHO RIDICULE THE GIFT OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
ARE ON DANGEROUS GROUND!
Pharisees accused our Saviour of healing the sick and casting out
devils by the power of Satan. Since He was doing these works
"by the Spirit of God" they essentially called the Holy
Spirit a devil!
is my advice: If you cannot understand some of the things
God is doing, don't fight against Him. Don't make the
mistake the Pharisees made! Thank God for the many preachers
of the Gospel today who declare with St. Paul: "Forbid not to
speak with tongues." (1 Corinthians 14:39) "Quench
not the spirit. Despise not prophesyings." (1
remember, the 'gift of tongues' in concerrt with the 'gift
of interpretation' is equal to prophecy!
would that ye all spake with tongues, but rather that ye
prophesied; for greater is he that prophesieth than he that
speaketh with tongues, EXCEPT he interpret, that the chuch may
receive edifying." (1 Corinthians 14:5)
one of America's foremost Baptist Evangelists, DR. HYMAN APPELMAN
conducted a glorious revival crusade in our church (1972), I asked
him: "Have you been filled with the Holy Ghost? Do you speak
in tongues Brother Appelman?"
answered in the affirmative: "Yes, I have been filled with
the Holy Ghost. Yes, I speak with other tongues!"
I asked, "How is it that you - the preacher that most Baptist
and Evangelical preachers greatly respect - speak in tongues, when
they put so little stock in the Baptism of the Holy Spirit?"
good Jewish friend, Dr. Hyman Appelman replied, "The Holy
Ghost got to me before the Baptists did," No wonder
BILLY GRAHAM stated: "Dr. Hyman Appelman is one of the most
powerful preachers I have ever heard!"
that mighty man of God, DR. RICHARD WURMBRAND spoke at our church
in Edmonton in the 1970s, I asked him a very personal question.
I said: "Brother Wurmbrand, I was raised in the Lutheran
Church but I have been filled with the Holy Ghost and I speak with
other tongues. You are a Lutheran Pastor who has been
tortured and suffered terribly for Jesus Christ. Have you
been filled with the blessed Holy Ghost and spoken in other
said: "As you know the Communists brainwashed, tortured and
beat me constantly. After some time, I could not remember
the Lord's Prayer, the Twenty-third Psalm or John 3:16. All
I could do was say: "Jesus I love you. You know
that I love you. Please show me your love."
had beaten me so severely that the blood ran down my legs unto the
ground. Suddenly the power of God came upon me and I began
to sing in a language I did not know and I danced in the Spirit
for four hours and felt no pain. My blood spattered onto the
walls of that dungeon as I danced and sang and spoke in unknown
WORK OF A BELIEVER: Telling others about Jesus!
of the first Gospel tracts I published in 1958 was titled "Victorious
Christian Living." In it I outlined three
very important and imperative steps to follow in order to live a
consistent, victorious Christian life.
are as follows:
Read the Bible regularly.
2. Pray often with praise and thanksgiving.
3. Witness at every available opportunity with wisdom and
thing that has set 'spirit-filled, full gospel people' apart from
other Christians is the fact of a POWERFUL PERSONAL WITNESS to
their fellowmen, of the crucified and risen Christ who is the same
yesterday, today and forever!
angel of God spoke to the women at Christ's empty tomb on that
great resurrection morning thusly: "...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 you."
AND SEE: GO QUICKLY AND TELL!
Bible records that they went with great haste to bring His
disciples word of the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.
They went with great haste because they had an urgent
message to tell!
a message we have to tell the world. Our wonderful Lord and
Saviour Jesus Christ died for our sins and rose again for our
justification, and is even now alive, interceding for us at the
Father's right hand. Hallelujah!
is no secret, hidden agenda in God's Word. Everything is
open and above board with our Lord.
is plenty of proof for sincere truth seekers. The angel
said, "Come and see. Go and tell." I say to
skeptics: "There is plenty of viable evidence to prove the
existence of God and the validity of the Holy Bible. And as
far as God's love for mankind, Calvary proved that!"
message is clear. Once we have heard the truth and
experienced the blessings of Christ's salvation, we are duty bound
to go and tell someone else the Good News!
Bible states that they returned to Jerusalem and were constantly
in the temple praising and blessing God. They also went from
house to house with great joy and gladness - breaking bread
and fellowshipping around God's Word.
DOES MAGNIFYING GOD MEAN?
Scripture says they were continually magnifying God. To
MAGNIFY GOD means to not only glorify Him, but to lift Him up so
high that He appears larger in the eyes and ears of the hearers
than He had seemed to them earlier.
Christians make God look very small. We are to magnify Him
so that everyone may begin to understand how marvelous and
wonderful or Lord really is. Oh, how GREAT IS THE LORD
spirit-filled people really and truly praise and magnify God with
all their hearts! Only those who have been "born of the
Spirit" and filled with God's presence feel at home in His
listening to the dry, dead, monotone sounds of the average
fundamentalist preacher, you certainly wouldn't be convinced that
God is alive, real and moving by His mighty power in this
of the theology that is expounded has to do with the past and
future, with a glaring omission of today! This is especially
noticeable in regards to the present day ability of the
Omniscient, Omnipresent and Eternal God to work miracles among His
people on earth in the 21st century.
is the same old story as that of Mary and Martha.
FAITH OF MARY & MARTHA
the death of her brother, Martha said, "I know if you had
been here (4 days ago), my brother would not have died."
said, "Your brother shall rise again!" She
answered, "I know that he shall rise again in the
resurrection of the last day." (future) (John 11:24)
Jesus answered her, "I am the resurrection and the
life." (NOW) (John 11:25)
Martha was upset that Jesus had not been there before her brother
died and she expressed faith for his future resurrection, she
nevertheless kept the door open for a present day miracle:
I know that even now, whatsoever Thou wilt ask of God, God will
give it Thee." (John 11:22)
years Herbert W. Armstrong called his radio and TV show 'The World
Tomorrow'! Others religions, such as the Jehovah's Witnesses
speak constantly about the coming New World or Kingdom Age!
we are thrilled about the Millennial Reign of Jesus Christ and
Live Everlasting with Christ, we have something to offer people
who accept His Gospel here and now! The God is the God of
WE BE LIKE THE FIRST FOLLOWERS OF JESUS: NOT LIKE THE
SUBSTITUTES OF TODAY!
heart's desire is that God will raise up an army of people who
will say, like St. Paul, "...I believe God." (Acts
the face of persecution, temptation, sickness or death, let us
hold onto our confession of faith and belief in Christ Jesus our
Lord! Let us constantly practice what the Bible teaches,
glorifying and magnifying God!
doubters, skeptics and unbelievers scorn us for believing in and
proclaiming a Risen Saviour, Who still forgives sinners, brings
peace to the troubled and healing to the sick, as well as baptizes
with the Holy Ghost and power, let us tell them, "YOUR GOD IS
the 1960's as a commercial traveler, I met a variety of people in
my travels and when they heard that I was "religious" we
often had animated discussions about the Bible.
fundamentalist preacher who was rabidly anti-Pentecostal made this
fervent statement: "Divine healing is not for me and the
Baptism of the Holy Ghost is not for me." I replied:
"You are right Sir, these things are not for you, but they
are for me because I believe. Since you do not believe and
desire these gifts, God will not force them upon you."
a desperate attempt to prove his point he made this ridiculous
statement: "We don't need any miracles today because
everybody knows that Jesus rose from the dead!"
THERE WAS A TIME WE NEEDED GOD'S MIRACULOUS WONDERS IT IS TODAY!
replied, "Sir, all of the statements you have made, that is
the most ignorant. We live in a world where anti-God
Communism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, Animism, Pagan Religions,
false cults and secular humanism are covering much of the earth
and you say that everyone knows that Jesus Christ rose from the
serve a great, big, wonderful God. A God Who keeps His Word.
And since Jesus Christ died and rose again for our total
salvation, we are recipients of His goodness, mercy and love!
is nothing impossible with Him Who is the Alpha and Omega, the
First and the Last, the King of Kings and the Lord of lords and
the only Saviour of the world.
TO THE SINNER
me unequivocally say: God is able, ready and willing to save you!
The Bible says, "For the
Son of man is come to seek and save that which was lost."
(Luke 19:10) Also, "Come unto Me, all ye who labour and
are heavy laden, and I will give you rest." (Matthew 11:28)
TO THE DISCOURAGED AND WEAK
- let me say without fear of
contradiction, God will fill you with the Holy Ghost!
Jesus said, "Ye shall receive power after that the Holy Ghost
is come upon you and ye shall be witnesses..." (Acts 1:8)
St. Peter declared, "Repent and be baptized every one of you
in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye
shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. For the promise is
unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even
as many as the Lord our God shall call." (Acts 2:38-39)
TO THOSE WHO ARE SICK & DISEASED
- I say emphatically, Jesus Christ 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) "That it might be
fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, Himself
took our infirmities, and bore our sicknesses." (Matthew
Bible says, "Is any sick among you? let him call for the
elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him
with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith
shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he
have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him." (James
TO THOSE WHO ARE EXPERIENCING
FINANCIAL DIFFICULTIES - Always remember that God is
more than enough (El Shaddai) to meet your needs!
"But my God shall supply all your need according to His
riches in glory by Christ Jesus." (Philippians 4:19)
and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and
shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom.
For with the same measure that ye mete withal, it shall be
measured to you again." (Luke
Paul said, "But this I say, He which soweth sparingly
shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall
reap also bountifully." (2 Corinthians 9:6-8)
ALL WHO NEED FORGIVENESS, DELIVERANCE & ENCOURAGEMENT -
Jesus Christ stands ready to help you. Without hesitation, I
invite you to call upon the Name of the Lord and be saved.
Paul declared, "Whosoever shall call on the Name of the
Lord shall be saved." (Acts 2:21); "Casting al
your cares upon Him; for He careth for you." (1 Peter
has the power to make you free! Jesus said, "And ye
shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free."
is absolutely nothing that God is unable to do. He can do
all things He wills to do because He is all powerful (omnipotent),
all knowing and all wise (omniscient) and everywhere present at
all times (omnipresent).
said, "If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him
that believeth." (Mark 9:23); "With men this is
impossible but not with God. For with God all things are
possible." (Mark 10:27)
BAPTISM OF THE HOLY SPIRIT GIVES
YOU A NEW IMPETUS
answered, saying unto them all, I indeed baptize you with water,
but One mightier than I cometh, the latchet of Whose shows I am
not worthy to unloose: He shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost
and fire." (Luke 3:16)
said: "But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost
is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto Me.. and unto the
uttermost part of the earth."
He appeared unto the eleven as they sat at meat and upbraided them
with their belief and hardness of heart, because they believed not
them which had seen Him after He was risen."
He said unto them, Go ye into all the world and preach the Gospel
to every creature. 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 down
their hands on the sick and they shall recover."
then after the Lord had spoken to 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. Amen."
instructed His followers to be generous to God and fellowman and
His blessings will follow. Here are two of His promises for
us all: "Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure,
pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men
give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete
withal it shall be measured to you again." (Luke 6:38)
seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all
these things shall be added unto you." (Matthew 6:33)
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VICTORY - SATAN'S DEFEAT
by: Pastor Max Solbrekken,
shouted VICTORY from the Cross! He was speaking in Greek. The word
tetelestai comes from the Greek verb teleo, which
has three essential meanings: 'To finish something, to bring
something to an end; to fulfill something; to pay that which is
had FINISHED His work of Redemption. The fountain was now open for
sin and uncleanness! Christ's cleansing and healing blood was
available for lost, sick, suffering and perishing souls. He had
completed His Mission of Mercy and would return to His Father, and
pour out the Gift of the Holy Spirit upon His followers!
Bible states: "But Christ being come an High Priest of good
things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made
with hands, that is to say, not of this building; neither by the
blood of bulls and goats, but by His own BLOOD He entered in once into the Holy Place, having obtained Eternal
Redemption, for us."
(Hebrews 9: 11,12)
GREAT DAY OF ATONEMENT
a year on the Great Day of Atonement, only the High Priest could
enter the Holy of Holies in the Temple to make an atonement for
Israel's sins, by sprinkling the blood of the sacrificial goat on
the Mercy Seat.
the High Priest was allowed into the Holy of Holies where GOD the
Supreme Judge dealt with the sins of the nation of Israel. Sin had
to be paid for to satisfy the Laws of Divine Justice in the Courts
law said; "The soul that sinneth, it shall surely die",
(Ezekiel), but another law stated: "It
is the Blood that maketh atonement for the soul."
(Leviticus 17: 11). A sinless Substitute could
shoulder the blame and die for the sinner. Innocent animals, who
had no eternal souls and no knowledge of sin could take the place
of the offender.
on the Great Day of
Atonement, all of Israel would gather outside the Temple,
waiting to hear if God had forgiven their sins for another year.
The High Priest had to follow a very strict protocol in fulfilling
his personal life, ministry and duties before and during his
were attached to his robe so the waiting Israelites could hear
that he were still alive. If the High Priest failed to execute his
duty perfectly, he would immediately die, therefore he wore a rope
around his left ankle, so he could be retrieved from that holy
place if necessary.
was NO SEAT in the Holy of Holies and the High Priest stood
continually until he had finished his course of duty. He
spoke to no-one until his work was finished. He then, changed his
attire and went home.
our Heavenly High Priest, Jesus carried His Own Blood into the
Holy of Holies in Heaven! You will notice that on the third day
after His crucifixion, He appeared unto Mary, saying: "Touch
Me not, for I am not yet ascended to My Father: but go to My
brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto My Father, and your
Father; and to My God, and your God." (John
thereafter, He appeared unto the disciples: "Then the same
day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors
were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews,
came Jesus and stood in the midst." (John 20: 19, 20)
His extreme agony on the 'cursed tree' Jesus prayed for those who
had crucified Him: "Father, forgive them for they know not
what they do..." (Luke 23: 34). As the rulers with the people
and the soldiers derided and mocked Him, one of the malefactors
prayed: "Lord remember me when Thou comest into Thy Kingdom.
And Jesus said unto him, Verily, I say unto thee, TODAY
shalt thou be with Me in Paradise." (Luke 23: 42, 43)
Bible says: "By the which will we are Sanctified through the
offering of the body of the Lord Jesus once for all. And every
priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same
sacrifices, which can never take away sin:
WENT TO PARADISE!
this Man after He had
offered one sacrifice for sins forever, SAT
DOWN on the right hand of God... For by one sacrifice he
had perfected forever them that that are sanctified."
(Hebrews 10: 10-14)
is a FALSE teaching that says that Jesus was tormented in Hell for
three days to pay for our sins.
The truth is that He went directly to Paradise,
called Abraham's Bosom. (Luke 16: 19-31).
One Sacrifice was the perfect, pure and sanctified body of our
Lord Jesus Christ!"
if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer
sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh;
How much more shall the blood of Christ, Who through the Eternal
Spirit, offered Himself without spot to God, PURGE your conscience from dead works to serve the Living God?
Christ hath not entered into the Holy Places made with hands,
which are the figures of the True; but into Heaven itself, now to
appear in the presence of God for us....
NOW once in the end of the world hath He appeared to put away SIN, by the
sacrifice of Himself."
(Hebrews 9: 13, 14, 24, 26)
ENDED SATAN'S DOMINATION!
Christ stripped the devil of all his usurped power and influence
over a rebellious race whom he had deceived by his twisted,
outright lies and false promises!
of Nazareth not only destroyed his power but also effectively
DESTROYED SATAN himself: "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 (Satan) that
had the power of death that is, the DEVIL and DELIVER them who
through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to
bondage." (Hebrews 2:14)
praying during His water baptism, Jesus of Nazareth was filled
with the Holy Spirit. The Bible states:
"The Heaven was opened. And the Holy Ghost descended
in a bodily shape like a dove upon Him, and a voice came from
Heaven, which said, Thou art My beloved Son; in Thy I am well
the strategic moment of the Holy Spirit entering Jesus of
Nazareth, His FATHER audibly and forcefully identifies with His
incarnated (God in human flesh) SON, stating hat the Lord
Jesus is His Son with Whom He was well pleased!
Immediately after His baptism, Jesus of
Nazareth was driven by the Holy Spirit into the wilderness to be
tempted of the devil. During His forty day fast, our Saviour was
continually tempted by the Evil One but was victorious each time.
of Nazareth filled with the Holy Spirit, commanded: "Get thee
hence, Satan, for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy
God and Him only shalt Thou serve." (Matthew
4: 11). The devil had to obey the Son of God and angels came and
ministered unto Him.
His great victory over the devil, Jesus returned in the power of
the Holy Spirit and great miracles, signs and wonders occurred
everywhere He went!
Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and
preaching the Gospel of the Kingdom, and HEALING
all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people.
And His fame went throughout all Syria: and they brought unto Him
all SICK PEOPLE that were taken with diverse diseases and torments
and those which were possessed with devils, and those that were
lunatic and those which had the palsy; and He healed them."
(Matthew 4: 23, 24)
FULFILLED THE SCRIPTURES!
are 332 Old Testament Scriptures that deal with the coming Jewish
Messiah. Jesus of Nazareth fulfilled them all. Included in the 332
Old Testament prophecies about the Messiah, there are 61 major
prophecies. Dr. Peter Stoner states: According to the Scientific
Law of Probabilities, for anyone but Jesus to have fulfilled only
8 of the major prophecies, he would have only 1 chance out of 10
to the 17th power.
us to begin to understand that humungous number, Dr. Stoner gave
this explanation: Cover the entire State of Texas two feet deep,
with American silver dollars. Mark one silver dollar with an X.
Stir it into the mix. Blindfold a man, give him a cane and send
him out to search for that marked coin. He can take as long as he
wants, walk as far as he likes, dig as much as he likes. The first
coin he chooses, must have the mark on it!
HAS PAID FOR OUR SALVATION!
old song says:
"Iowed a Debt I
could not pay; He paid a Debt He did not owe, When Jesus died in
my place and took my all sins away."
Bible says: "For all have sinned and come short of the glory
of God; Being justified freely by His GRACE
through the Redemption that is in Christ Jesus;
God hath set forth to be a propitiation (satisfaction, covering, expiation) through faith in His Blood, to
declare His righteousness for the remission of sins, that are
passed, through the forbearance of God." (Romans 3: 23-26)
being justified by FAITH
we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: By Whom also
we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, that
rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
HOPE maketh not ashamed;
because the LOVE of God is
shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto
us. "For when we were yet without strength, in due time
Christ died for the ungodly.
commendeth His love toward us, in that, while 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." (Romans
the wages of SIN is death but the gift of God is Eternal Life
through Jesus Christ our Lord." (Romans 6:23)
AM BOUGHT WITH A PRICE!
Paul declared: "What, know ye not that your body is the
temple of the Holy Ghost which s in you, which ye have of God, and
ye are not your own.
ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body,
and in your spirit, which are God's." (1
Corinthians 6:19, 20); "Ye are bought with a
price; be not ye servants of men." (1 Corinthians 7:
this is good and acceptable in the sight of God, our Saviour; Who
will have all men to be saved, and to come into the knowledge of
the truth. For this is one God, and one mediator between God and
men, the man Christ Jesus; Who
gave Himself a RANSOM
for all, to be testified in due time."
Christ gave Himself to redeem us all from Sin, Sickness, Hell and
Satan�s power. He purchased my soul with the blood of His
God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that
whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have Everlasting
by: Pastor Max Solbrekken,
ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old Paths wherein is the
good way and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls.
But they said, we will not walk therein." (Jeremiah 6:16)
prophet Jeremiah had a
solution for the restlessness and fears that has beset the human
family ever since the fall of Adam and Eve in Garden of Eden!
He had the answer to the turmoil, upheaval and injustice that
has afflicted multitudes across the globe. Jeremiah has
a message from Almighty God for the great problems facing the
masses of sinful, guilty and hurting mankind!
are Biblical Solutions to Life's Difficult Situations! There
are answers to the life-long problems caused by disobedience to
the law of loving God with the whole heart, soul and spirit, and
our neighbour as ourselves!
HAVE A SIN PROBLEM!
real problem facing humanity is man is propensity to disobey, hate,
demean, and harm our fellowman. The real problem is not the
neighbour you dislike, the corruption in government, or the thief
who has ransacked your home. The truth is plain and simple:
"We have a sin problem."
Holy Bible states, "For all have sinned, and come short of
the glory of God." (Romans 3:23); "But now being
made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit
unto holiness, and the end everlasting life. For the wages of sin
is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ
our Lord." (Romans 6: 22, 23)
is disobedience against God and His Word. It is breaking
God's Laws or Commandments. From the original Greek and
Hebrew Scriptures, the Bible has several words for sin, one being
'transgression' and another is 'iniquity.' Sin is "Transgression of
is also defined as 'missing the mark' of the standard our Lord has
set for us. We are all sinners by birth, by nature
and by choice! Jesus Christ is perfect and He is the
standard by which we must measure ourselves. Sin comes from
the inner man, which was depraved from birth.
said, "But those things which proceed out of the mouth
come forth from the heart, and they defile the man. For out
of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries,
fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies. These are
the things which defile a man but to eat with unwashen hands
defileth not a man." (Matthew 15:19)
separates man from God. The Bible states: "But your
iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins
have hid his face from you, that He will not hear." (Isaiah
is unbelief, which rejects and denies God's Word: "He
that believeth on Him is not condemned: but he that believeth not
is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of
the only begotten Son of God." (John 3:18)
ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old Paths wherein is the
good way and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls.
But they said, we will not walk therein." (Jeremiah 6: 16)
down to the crossroads and see where each road leads. Don't
get on a road that takes you to nowhere or to dangerous places.
Don't try something new just because someone has hyped it to you.
They may have a sinister motive, like getting you hooked on drugs
or lead you into a life of gambling. Getting on the wrong
road could destroy your future and eventually lead to a lost
old Paths speaks of a true and tested lifestyle of love, caring,
family, honesty, righteousness and compassion. Yet, as the
prophet declared, "But they said, we will not walk therein."
true that is, even today! People can hear the message of
God's love and compassion repeatedly and even believe it, but
allow themselves to be drawn into a worldly and a dangerous
: STOP, LOOK & LISTEN!
backslider: Stop, look and listen. There may be real
trouble coming down the tracks heading toward you! In your
fevered pace of seeking pleasure, having so-called fun, stop in
your pursuit of love, happiness, gain, position and place.
Stop long enough to evaluate what is going on in your life and the
world about you. Check out the consequences of the long term
benefits or negative results!
an informed decision to return to the Old Path of Righteousness
through a determined serious return to God through Jesus Christ
our Lord. You will then have guaranteed your future for time
and eternity instead of having sold out to Satan only to have your
future hijacked and your salvation despoiled!
end results gained from walking on the old Path are enormous.
It pays in "rest for our souls." It pays in peace, joy,
love, forgiveness, guidance, spiritual power, divine healing,
eternal life and Heaven forever!
"Seven times a day do I praise Thee because of Thy righteous
judgments. Great peace have they which love Thy law: and nothing
shall offend them." (Psalms 119: 164, 165)
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).
Paul stated: "And the peace of God, which passeth all
understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ
Jesus." (Philippians 4: 7)
"For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son,
that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have
everlasting life. For God sent not His Son into the world to
condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be
saved." (John 3: 16, 17)
John declares: "Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of
God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. He
that loveth not knoweth not God, for God is love." (1 John
"If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us
our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." (1 John
1: 8): "In Whom we have redemption through
His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His
grace." (Eph. 1:7)
Ghost Baptism: "John answered, saying unto them all,
I indeed baptize you with water, but One mightier than I cometh,
the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to unloose: He shall
baptize you with the Holy Ghost and with fire." (Luke 3:16);
Jesus said: "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)
by Holy Spirit: "Howbeit when He, the Spirit of
Truth, is come, He will guide you into all truth: for He shall not
speak of Himself; but whatsoever He shall hear, that shall He
speak: and He will show you things to come. He shall glorify Me:
for He shall receive of Mine, and shall shown it unto you. All
things that the Father hath are Mine: therefore said I, that ye
shall take of Mine, and shall show it unto you." (John 16:
Healing: "And He said
unto them, Go ye into all the world and preach the gospel unto
every creature, He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved;
but he that believeth not shall be damned, And these signs shall
follow them that believe; In My name shall they cast out devils;
they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents and
if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall
lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover." (Mark 16: 14-18)
in Christ: "That which we have we have seen and heard
declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and
truly our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus
Christ. 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." (1 John 1:3,7)
what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? For ye are the
temple of the Living God, as God hath said, I will dwell in them,
and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be My
people. Wherefore come ye out from among them, and be ye separate,
saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will
receive you. And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my
sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty." (2 Corinthians 6:16-18)
Life: "And this is eternal Life, that they may know
Thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom Thou hast sent."
(John 17: 3); "My sheep hear My voice, and I know them and they
follow Me: And I give unto the eternal life; and they shall never
perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of My Father's
hand." (John 10: 27, 28)
this is the record that God hath given to us eternal life, and
this life is in His Son. He that hath the Son hath life; and he
that hath not the Son hath life. These things have I written unto
you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that they may know
that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of
the Son of God." (1 John 5: 11-13)
other roads lead to Hell and destruction; heartbreak, torment,
sorrows, prison, dead-end! The Bible says: "There is a way that
seemeth right to a man but the end thereof are the ways of
death." (Proverbs 14:25);
faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the
son of Pharaoh's daughter; choosing rather to suffer affliction
with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a
season." (Hebrews 11:24,256:23)
Paul wrote about the awesome responsibility preachers have to
declare the whole truth and not weaken the Gospel through
compromise. He warned about the deadly sin of backsliding and how
to come back to the Heavenly Father through Jesus Christ. Like the
Prodigal Son, it takes repentance and a willingness to turn back
to God, forsaking sin and evil!
though I preach the Gospel, I have nothing to glory of: for
necessity is laid upon me: yea, woe is me, if I preach not the
Gospel. But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection:
lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself
should be a castaway."
(1 Corinthians 9: 16,27)
God calls us back to Him, if any are guilty of straying from His
Word; "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."
calls us all: "Come unto ME, all ye that labour and
are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you,
and learn of Me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall
find rest unto your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is
light." (Matt.hew 11: 28-30)
that the Father giveth Me shall come to Me; and him that cometh to
Me, I will in no wise cast out." (John 6: 37); "Behold, I
stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear My voice, and open
the door, I will come in to him, and he will with Me."
PLEAD THE BLOOD OF JESUS!
stood in a courtroom filled to capacity with every race and nation
all staring right at me. The judge walked in, took His seat and my
crimes began to read. I raised my head as I looked at Him, when He
said, "How do you plead?" I said, "I Plead the Blood!"
plead the Blood of Jesus, against the crimes you have read. I
plead the blood of Jesus, they are covered as He said. For His
death on Calvary, assured me I am FREE. There is now, no
condemnation. Tis Jesus BLOOD I plead."
He read out all my crimes. Listed them one by one. And I was so
ashamed of the awful things I had done. Then He looked again at
me, This awesome fearful Judge. He said, How do you plead? I said,
“I Plead the Blood!"
plead the Blood of Jesus, against the crimes you have read. I
plead the blood of Jesus, they are covered as He said. For His
death on Calvary, assured me I am FREE. There is now, no
condemnation. Tis Jesus BLOOD I plead." AMEN.
by: Pastor Max Solbrekken
is the Father of the 'Divide and Conquer' doctrine
which has been used effectively by totalitarian nations like the
Nazis, Communists and Muslims and others in the centuries past.
Of course, He has used it in democratic countries, as well as
others for centuries.
it should not be a surprise that he has employed that disastrous
tactic in almost all forms of government, academia, business,
society, the home and even in the church!
was LUCIFER who initiated the 'divide and conquer'
strategy. He alone is responsible for the divisiveness that
is so prevalent in the world today, pitting nation against nation,
race against race, gender against gender, brother against brother
and man against God! It was he was rose up in rebellion
against his Creator. It was Lucifer, the trusted archangel,
who influenced one third of the holy angels of God to follow him
in an unholy insurrection against the Almighty!
Bible states: "And there was a was in Heaven: Michael and
his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and
his angels, and prevailed not, Neither was their place found any
more in Heaven. And the great Dragon was cast out, that old
serpent called the Devil, and Satan, which deceived the whole
world; he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast
out with him."
I heard a loud voice saying in Heaven; Now is come salvation, and
strength, and the Kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ;
for the accuser of the Brethren is cast down which accused them
before our God day and night. And they overcame him by the
BLOOD of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they
loved not their lives unto the end."
rejoice, ye Heavens and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the
inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! For the devil is
come down unto you, having great wrath because he knoweth that he
hath but a short time." (Revelation
TURNED MAN AGAINST GOD
is a cleaver manipulator, divider, destroyer and destabilizer!
He destroys individuals, marriages, homes, churches, communities,
nations and civilization itself. In the beginning he
destroyed the beautiful relationship that our Heavenly Father had
with ADAM and EVE, which has had a catastrophic effect on the
human race ever since!
a consequence, man was banished from the Garden of Eden, lost the
beautiful Father/son intimacy with their Creator and God, Man's
innocence and right to eternal life was snatched away as sin, fear
and death loomed large before them, causing fear, guilt and a
terror filled leap into an unknown future!
immediately, the 'divide and conquer spirit' brought
discord between the sons of Adam and Eve. Satan injected
jealousy into the heart of Cain again Abel, causing
the first murder on planet earth. It is not a natural
impulse for a man to murder his brother, but Cain fell for Satan's
lies and took his brother's life. Murder has been duplicated
millions of times over the centuries!
ENTICED JUDAS WITH GREED!
is almost unbelievable that our Lord would choose twelve disciples
and spend three years training and teaching them all about the
Kingdom of God, righteousness, holiness, mercy, truth, Heaven and
Hell, and one of them betrayed Him. Jesus had nurtured the
twelve Apostles, shared the deep mysteries of His incarnation,
role as God's Paschal Lamb, His death, resurrection and coming
Glory and yet His secretary Treasurer, JUDAS, stole from the Bag
and eventually sold Him for 30 pieces of silver.
Bible says: "And the chief priests and scribes sought how
they might kill Him, for they feared Him. Then ENTERED SATAN
into Judas surnamed Iscariot, being one of the twelve. And he went
his way, and communed with the chief priests and captains, how he
might betray Him unto them. And they were glad, and covenanted to
give him money. And he promised and sought opportunity to betray
Him unto them in the absence of the multitude." (Luke 22:
betrayal of Jesus for money is a stark lesson to us of the
sinister and evil mind set of Satan in his war against the Gospel
and Christ's Body, His Church! Ever since
then, the Devil has on numberless occasions found dishonest,
jealous and greedy workers in God's Kingdom who take advantage
of gullible, unsuspecting believers to support them economically
and psychologically, often to their own hurt and that of the
Church. Anyone who hurts the Church to gain his own ends is
that Satan DIVIDES but Jesus UNITES. Satan divided man from God,
but Jesus brought man back to God through His sacrificial death on
NATIONS HATE ONE ANOTHER!
forward to our time and see the rage, hate, dishonesty, pillage,
mayhem and murder, happening now between Muslim nations, as they
reach for the golden ring of power over their brethren. Although
they hate each other, they hate Jews and Christians more and
according to their teaching will one day rule the world through a
Muslim Caliphate, led by the Grand Mahdi or the 12th Imam!
believe that horrific 'Murderer in Chief'' could
very well be the Antichrist who will be cast into the Lake of Fire
together with the False Prophet and Satan himself. Here are
Jesus' Words on the subject: "And the Devil that
deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where
the Beast (antichrist) and the false prophet are, and shall be
tormented day and night forever and ever." (Revelation
Sharia Law gives them the right to kill every Jew and Christian to
set up a world Caliphate of Sharia Law. How Satan must exult in
his evilness as he sees the raping, beheadings, torture and
murders happening now in the Middle East, Africa and other nations
by al-Qaeda, ISIS, Boko Haram, Taliban and the Muslim Brotherhood!
ENEMY HATH DONE THIS
parable put He forth unto them, saying, The Kingdom of Heaven is
likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field: But while
men slept his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went
his way. But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth
fruit, then appeared the tares."
has been busy sowing tares among the wheat. He has infiltrated
many churches with the promotion of his soft sell Gospel, greasy
grace, easy believism, same-sex marriage, abortion, Chrislam and
other damning doctrines!
Bible warns: "These six things both the Lord Hate: yea, seven
are an abomination unto Him...he that soweth DISCORD among
brethren." (Proverbs 6:16-19)
I beseech you, brethren, Mark them which cause DIVISIONS and
offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned: and avoid
them." (Romans 16:17)
Paul says: "Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit
yourselves; for they watch for your souls, as they that must give
account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for
that is unprofitable for you.
the God of peace that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus,
that great Shepherd of the sheep, make you perfect, 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 Whom be glory forever and
ever. Amen." (Hebrews 13:17, 20, 21) PRAISE
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to fight the Devil
to conquer the devil
to have power over the devil, demons & evil spirits
Peter 5:8 "Be sober, be vigilant, because your adversary
the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may
DEVIL IS REAL, HE IS YOUR ENEMY. THE DEVIL WANT TO DESTROY
through DEATH He might DESTROY him that had the power of death,
that is the DEVIL: And DELIVER them who through fear of death
were all their lifetime subject to
bondage." (Hebrews 2:14-15)
40 years, I have had the privilege of counseling people
who have written, telephoned or approached me privately
regarding family and personal problems or other crisis, in
which they were deeply involved.
often call, muttering on the other end of line, "Why
did I do it? What makes me drink? I've got to pull myself
together. I'm losing my mind."
often end up by saying, "I hadn't planned to do it,
Pastor. What went wrong"? Or they might
say, "The devil made me do it, the devil made me do
few years ago a Hollywood comedian got a lot of laughs out
of his supposedly funny quip, "The Devil Made Me Do
It." That doesn't seem funny anymore, after the
movies that have stirred millions, like Rosemary's Baby,
The Exorcist and The Omen.
Son of Sam, the Hillside Strangler, Charles Manson and the
Sharon Tate killings, together with ritualistic killings
by the occultists and devil worshippers have proved that.
Homosexual murdered like John W. Gacey, who sexually
violated little boys and then murdered them, have
left a solemn imprint on us all, regarding the devil's
ability to make people do his bidding.
Bible states that some people are led by the devil, to do
evil things. Those, however, who are taken captive
by him - at his will - are able to extricate themselves
from his evil grasp by calling upon Jesus Christ and
trusting in His shed blood for the redemption of their
souls! "And that they may recover themselves
out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by
him at his will." (2 Timothy 2:26)
time ago a Protestant denomination spent in excess of one
million dollars to investigate and research the topic of
demons and other related matters. After a year of
studies they came up with the conclusion that there is no
is their reasoning: "If they would preach that there
is a personal devil, people might become disturbed
emotionally, so it's better to do away with the doctrine
that there is a personal devil." HOW
ARROGANT, IGNORANT, UNCONSCIONABLE, DISHONEST &
you can rely on God's Word and the truth is that there is
indeed a very alive, real, personal devil that is the
enemy of God and the enemy of man. This however,
does not disturb the children of God, because the Bible
is He that is in you, that he that is in the world." (1
Scripture offers great comfort to multiplied millions of
Christians. Our faith in Jesus puts the devil on
notice, that we are off limit to his insidious attacks and
that we have the authority to disrupt his plans and
OUR FAITH IS IN JESUS CHRIST - SATAN HAS NO POWER OVER US
devil has absolutely no power over us when our faith is in
Christ, for Jesus said: "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."
Scripture offers great comfort to multiplied millions of
Christians! Our faith in Jesus puts the devil on notice,
that we are off-limit to his insidious attacks and that we
have the authority to disrupt his plans and purposes.
has absolutely no power over us when our faith is in
Christ, for Jesus said: "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 Bible says "Submit
yourselves therefore unto God. Resist the devil, and
he will flee from you."
the demons were afraid of Jesus and fled when He commanded
them to go, they must also obey us when we speak with
faith and authority in the name of Jesus.
demons screamed out, "Let us
alone, what have we to do with thee, thou Jesus of
Nazareth? Art thou come to destroy us? I know thee
who thou art the Holy One of God. Art thou come
hither to torment us before our time"?
may say: "But that was Jesus"! True!
How about a Spirit-filled deacon by the name of Philip who
went down to Samaria and preached Christ to them?
had such a great revival that the entire city came to hear
him preach and multitudes received the Lord Jesus: "For
unclean spirits, crying with loud voice, came out of many
that were possessed with them: and many taken with
palsies, and that were lame, were healed."
Holy Record reports that the devil's power was broken and
evil spirits had to surrender to the commands of a
Spirit-filled servant of God. No wonder Philip had
such power of the devil. Jesus had promised: "And
these signs shall follow them that believe; In My name
shall they cast out devils." (Mark 16:17)
CAST OUT THE SPIRIT OF DIVINATION
fortune-teller troubled Paul and Silas in the city of
Philippi for several days. After the spirit of
divination was discerned and cast out of her by St. Paul,
she was unable to continue 'telling fortunes'. Paul
and Silas were jailed and bound in a dungeon, but God sent
an earthquake to set them free. And the jailer was
converted through this great miracle.
it came to pass, as we went to prayer, a certain damsel
possessed with a spirit of divination met us, which
brought her masters much gain by soothsaying: The same
followed Paul and us, and cried, saying, These men are the
servants of the most High God, which shows unto us the way
of salvation. And this did she many days. But
Paul, being grieved, turned and said to the spirit, I
command thee in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of
her. And he came out the same hour." (Acts
Scripture says: "And God
wrought special miracles by the hands of Paul. So
that from this body were brought unto the sick,
handkerchiefs and aprons, and the diseases departed from
them, and the evil spirits went out of them."
the exorcists heard of St. Paul's success in casting of
demons in Jesus' name, seven sons of a certain religious
man tried unsuccessfully to duplicate that miracle.
certain of the vagabond Jews, Exorcists, took upon them to
call over them which had evil spirits the name of the Lord
Jesus saying, We adjure you by Jesus Whom Paul preacheth.
And there were seven sons of one Sceva, a Jew, and chief
of the priests, which did so. And the evil spirit
answered and said, Jesus I know, and Paul I know: but who
the man in whom the evil spirit was leaped on them, and
overcame them, and prevailed against them, so that they
fled out of that house naked and wounded. And this
was known to all the Jews and Greeks also dwelling at
Ephesus; and fear fell on them all, and the name of the
Lord Jesus was magnified." (Acts 19:13-17)
evil spirit within this possessed man cried out to the
seven sons of Sceva. "Jesus I know, and Paul I
know; but who are ye"? The original Greek
actually reads: "Jesus I know, and Paul I am
beginning to know". Words had sprung through
the devil's kingdom, and demons everywhere were talking
about Paul's revivals. They knew Jesus and they were
beginning to know Paul, but who were these seven sons of
Sceva? They had no faith in God; they had no
standing of righteousness, and the devil would not obey
Bible records: "And when He (Jesus) had called unto
Him His twelve disciples, He gave them power against
unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner
of sickness and all manner of diseases." (Matthew
10:1) The Scripture declares that no only do we have
power against unclean spirits, but we also have power over
them. "And he called
unto him the twelve, and began to send them forth by two
and two; and gave them power over unclean spirits;"
Lord Jesus gave the apostles power to cast out devils: "As
ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand.
Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast
out devils: freely ye have received, freely
give." (Matthew 10:7-8) The Holy
Record states: "And they
cast out devils, and anointed with oil many that were
sick, and healed them." (Mark 6:13)
GAVE THE 70 HIS POWER TO CAST OUT DEVILS
these things the Lord appointed another seventy also, and
sent them two and two before His face into every city and
place, whither He Himself would come."
(Luke 10:1) The Bible says that they returned with
great joy, and said: "Lord,
even the devils are subject unto us through Thy
name." (Luke 10:17) To this Jesus
answered: "I beheld Satan as
lightning fall from heaven." (Luke 10:18)
Jesus was saying - I was there when the devil was
defeated; I saw him cast out of heaven - I saw him fall as
lightning to the earth. I saw his power broken and
his works destroyed.
ALSO HAVE POWER OVER THE DEVIL, DEMONS & EVIL SPIRITS
we also have power over the devil. We have POWER
OVER THE DEVIL and POWER AGAINST THE DEVIL. The
Bible says, "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."
had to obey when Jesus spoke to him! Demons screamed
out in terror when Jesus came near. The devils
trembled and feared and obeyed the command of the Master.
The devil, demons and evil spirits must also obey us, when
we use the name of Jesus in faith.
CAME TO DESTROY SATAN'S WORK
Bible says: "As
He is, so are we in this world."
(1 John 4:17) NOW - TODAY. We have His power
today! "Now are
we the sons of God."
(1 John 3:2) We are children of God, heirs of God
and joint heirs with Jesus Christ. "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."
SAID: "HE THAT BELIEVETH ON ME, THE WORKS THAT I DO
SHALL HE DO ALSO"
wonder Jesus said: "He
that believeth on Me, the works that I do shall he do
also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I
go unto My Father."
(John 14:12) Yes, my beloved friend, you and I as
Christians have power over the devil, we have power
against the devil to bind him, to cast him out and to
destroy the works of the devil.
Bible says: "How
God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and
with power; who went about doing good, and healing all
that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with Him."
(Acts 10:38) Jesus said: "The
thief (the 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) No wonder St. John said: "For
this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might
destroy the works of the devil."
(1 John 3:8)
only did Jesus come to this earth to destroy the works of
the devil, but to destroy Satan himself. The write
to the Hebrews (probably St. Paul) states unequivocally: "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 of death,
that is the DEVIL; And to DELIVER them who through fear of
death were all their lifetime subject to bondage."
(Hebrews 2:14, 15)
- THE DEVIL IS THE HATED ENEMY OF GOD & MAN
is the hated enemy of God and man, but our Lord has given
His children power over him.
shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come
nigh unto thy dwelling".
Jesus declared: "Nothing shall be any means hurt
you". "That wicked one cometh and
hath nothing in Me." St. Paul said, "Sin
shall not have dominion over you."
DEVIL - SATAN HAS NO POWER OVER US
our Lord stated, "I give unto you power over all the
power of the enemy." Jesus has given us power
against all unclean spirits, to cast them out. SATAN
IS POWERLESS OVER US.
Bible does not say that Satan has power over us; to put
disease upon us, to make us fearful, to hurt us or to
injure us. A THOUSAND TIMES NO.
Bible says: "Submit
yourself therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he
will flee from you." (James
devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he
may devour. Whom resist steadfast in the
Peter 5:8, 9)
IS TRUE - YOU AND I AS CHRISTIANS HAVE POWER OVER THE
have overcome the world."
(John 16:33) St. Paul declared: "Nay,
in all things we are more than conquerors through Him that
(Romans 8:37) The
Apostle to the Gentiles cried out: "I
can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth
Word of God says: "Who
shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall
tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or
nakedness, or peril, or sword? Nay, in all these
things we are more than conquerors through Him that loved
us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor
life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor
things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth,
nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from
the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord."
Bible speaks of Satan's total defeat: "At
the name of Jesus, every knee should bow, of things in
heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;
And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is
Lord, to the glory of God the Father."
(Philippians 2:10-11) Praise God.
called the devil Satan, which means the ADVERSARY, and
Satan is the adversary of God and the devil Satan is the
adversary of man. HE IS OUR GREATEST ENEMY!
The devil is responsible for sin, sickness, disease, fear,
depression, torment and death. Satan (the devil)
conspired against God. The devil led a revolt
against the Almighty. Satan (the devil) is indeed
the adversary. St. Peter said: "Be
sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a
roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may
(1 Peter 5:8)
Scripture tells us about a man who planted good seed in a
field and in the morning, tares had sprung up among the
wheat. The husbandman said: "An
enemy hath done this."
- THE DEVIL IS YOUR WORST ENEMY
my beloved friend, the devil is your enemy! The
devil works through the flesh, through the world through
his evil emissaries, the demons. Satan (the devil)
is highly organized; the devil is out to defeat the
purposes of God even though he knows he has NO chance of
succeeding, for he has been defeated.
Calvary's cross Jesus cried, "It is finished."
(John 19:30) The Greek word that Jesus used here is
tetelastai. Tetelestai means that the work of Christ
to redeem lost mankind has been completed.
cried out "Tetelestai", bowed His head
and gave up the ghost. At that moment the veil in
the temple in Jerusalem was torn from its top to the
bottom, opening the way to God through His Son's vicarious
death on the cross. The word 'tetelstai' comes from
a Greek verb teleo, which has three essential
to fulfill something
to pay what is owed
Christ had just completed the plan of the ages, the
salvation of the human race. He had fulfilled every
Old Testament Scriptures that the prophets had written
about the coming Messiah, and He had paid our sin debt in
full so that we could be saved.
days and three nights later, God raised Jesus Christ from
the dead for our justification, and forever sealed the
doom of the devil in the lake of fire. (Acts 2:31-34;
Acts 3:14-15; Acts 4:1, 10; Romans 1:4)
WARFARE - THE BATTLE WE ARE FIGHTING IS A SPIRITUAL BATTLE
Bible reveals that the battle we are fighting is NOT
CARNAL. It is not a natural, ordinary battle, but is
of a spiritual nature. We have God's weapons and we
have power with God over the devil. "For the
weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through
God to the pulling down of strongholds; Casting down
imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itseldf
against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity
every thought to the obedience of Christ." (2
have power over the devil (Luke 10:19) for we are
ambassadors of the kingdom of God. (2 Corinthians 5:20)
We are servants of the living God; (Romans 6:22) sons and
daughters of God; (2 Corinthians 6:18) heirs and
joint-heirs with Christ. (Romans 8:17)
are bone of Jesus' bone and flesh of His flesh; (Ephesians
5:30) our bodies are the temples of the Holy Ghost, (1
Corinthians 6:19) and we are members of the body of
Christ. (1 Corinthians 12:27)
does not have dominion over us. (Romans 6:14) Satan
(the devil) does not have power over us. We have
power over the flesh, the world and the devil, because we
are God's people. We are God's children. (Galatians
3:26) As He is, so are we in this world! (1 John
4:17) The Bible states that the 'Old Man' is dead
and that we are "hid with Christ in God"!
Scriptures reveal that there are demons who work against
God's children and against God's will:
"Then said he unto me, Fear not, Daniel: for from the
first day that thou didst set thine heart to understand,
and to chasten thyself before thy God, thy words were
heard, and I am come for thy words."
the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me one and
twenty days: but, lo, Michael, one of the chief princes
came to help me; and I remained there with the kings of
believe that Satan is highly organized and has some
powerful generals, captains, lieutenants and others in his
diabolical army, whose duty is to harass, tempt, condemn,
seduce, deceive, destroy, steal, kill and murder God's
children and try to thwart the purposes of God and do harm
to His kingdom.
"Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ
2:5) We can have the mind of Christ. "Let
the word of God dwell in you richly." (Colossians
3:16) Jesus is the Living Word and the Bible is the
written word. When we read the Bible and allow God's
Word free course, Christ dwells within us. Upon
receiving Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour, Christ is
formed within us and we are born again. The Bible
any man have not met the Spirit of Christ, he is none of
we receive the baptism of the Holy Ghost, however, the
Holy Spirit fills us and takes up permanent residence
within us. Jesus said:
"He is with you and He shall be in you."
The Bible says: "And
they were all filled with the Holy Ghost..."
though the devil is highly organized and seeks to destroy
us, and even though he is constantly try to afflict,
depress and torment, we can drive him out: "Draw
nigh to God and He will draw nigh to you."
When you draw nigh to God and God draws nigh to you, you
receive power over the devil. The Bible says: "If
our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward
God. And whatsoever we ask, we receive of
Scripture says: "There
is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in
Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the
8:1) Sin is what destroys the confidence we have in
God. Sin is a faith destroyer. Sin destroys
our confidence in God and in ourselves and allows the
devil to slip in with his evil, devious, wicked and
sinister devices to harass us, stop us, or destroy us.
have power over him, however, for the Bible says: "They
overcame him (the devil) by the blood of the Lamb and by
the word of their testimony."
(Revelation 12:11) We can stop the devil, for the
Bible says: "When
the enemy, (the devil) shall come in like a flood, the
Spirit of God shall lift up a standard against him." (Isaiah
59:19) The standard that the Holy Spirit lifts up
stops the devil and he can proceed only so far; he can go
devil complained to God: "You
have put a hedge around Job. You are protecting
that's true, God has placed a hedge around His people, and
I believe that when the devil comes in like a flood to
destroy, kill and murder, the Spirit of God raises up a
standard to stop him. We are surrounded by the power of
are covered with His blood and filled with His Spirit.
The Word of God is within our hearts. We have the
name of Jesus on our lips, the angels protect us and we
have brothers and sisters in Christ who pray for us and
stand with us. These are some of the agencies God
used for our benefit.
indeed, when the enemy - the devil - shall come in like a
flood to devastate and destroy, the Spirit of God will
lift up a standard against him and stop him! The devil is
like a dog on a leash, with only limited capabilities.
CAN ONLY GO SO FAR
God hadn't allowed the devil to attack Job, Satan couldn't
have touched him. God
gave the devil permission to touch Job's cattle, and his
body, but not his life. (Job 2:6) Satan had to leave
the presence of God to smite Job with sore boils.
The Bible instructs us to remember the patience of Job and
the end of the Lord.
Job was sick for approximately six months to a
year, and then God healed him. He lived for another 140
years and never had another boil, as far as the Scriptures
gave Job twice as much as he had before the devil
afflicted him. Many people laughingly speak about
Job's boils and say that Christians have to suffer
similarly, but the Bible records the "patience of
Job" and it also speaks about "the end of the
Lord". (James 5:11) The end of the Lord was
blessing, prosperity, healing, health, joy, peace and
power over the devil.
Paul wrote to Timothy: "God
hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of
love, and of a sound mind."
(2 Timothy 1:7) Evidently, Timothy was afraid and
St. Paul writing to his son in the faith saying: "You
don't have to be afraid, Timothy. God hasn't given
us a spirit of fear." Fear is a spirit and fear
hath torment. The Scripture says: "Perfect love casts
out fear." (1 John
is an evil spirit. God
has not given us any evil spirits; He has given us power
over evil spirits.
has not given us a spirit of fear, but God has given us a
spirit of power: Power over fear: power of
sin: power over the devil: power over
sickness: power over disease and even power over
death, which is the last enemy.
seems that Timothy had gotten cold in his soul, because
St. Paul wrote: "...that
thou stir up the gift of God, which is in thee by the
putting on of my hands...Be not thou therefore ashamed of
the testimony of our Lord, nor of me His prisoner:
but be thou partaker of the afflictions of the gospel
according to the power of God."
(2 Timothy 1:6,8)
Timothy had become ashamed of St. Paul and he was afraid
of persecution; afraid that he would also be persecuted.
Paul said: "You don't
need to be afraid; God didn't give you that; the devil put
that on you. God has given you power, love and a
PREPARED FOR BATTLE - - PUT ON THE WHOLE ARMOUR OF GOD
to the Ephesians, 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."
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;"
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 he word of God; Praying always with
al prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and
thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all
is organized and has power, but God has all power.
God is omnipotent. The devil has wisdom, but God has
all wisdom. He is omniscient. The Wicked One,
Satan is strong, but God has all strength. The
Adversary (Satan) has many demons working for him, but God
has more angels than Satan has evil spirits. Satan
has many lost souls in his camp, but God has hundreds of
millions of believers across the world, that are equipped
with His mighty power. And one man with God's power
is a majority.
GAVE US POWER OVER ALL THE POWER OF THE ENEMY (THE DEVIL,
SATAN, DEMONS, EVIL SPIRITS)
Christ said, "Behold,
I give unto you power over all the power of the enemy, and
nothing shall by any means hurt you."
The Scripture says that 'one day' an angel will come from
heaven and bind Satan, casting him into the bottomless pit
for a thousand years. It won't take ten thousand
angels; it won't take a hundred angels' it will take one
angel to bind the devil and cast him into the pits of hell
forever. (Revelation 20:1-3) Hallelujah!
and the Final
Pastor Max Solbrekken, D.D.
the almost apocalyptic beheading of twenty-one Egyptian Christians
by hate filled, demon possessed Islamic terrorists - following in
the steps of their genocidal seventh-century leader - almost makes
any normal person sick.
are not human; worse than beasts", you say! Yet, the
Bible says that God loves them and Jesus died
for their sins, as evil as they are. By looking into their eyes
you see what happens when the devil takes control of a soul! Pray
for their salvation!
that Saul of Tarsus was a Jewish Terrorist who killed
believers in Yeshua Ha Maschiach (Jesus the Messiah) and
how Jesus changed him! He changed his name to Paul and
under the anointing of the Holy Spirit, wrote nearly one-half of
the New Testament! Can these evil men change? Yes! With God all
things are possible! (Mark 9: 23; 10:27)
said that, "Would you want these inflamed criminals, who have
innocent blood on their hands living in your neighbourhood? To be
free to molest, rape and brainwash your children and take over the
country?" I think not!
barbarians are taught from early childhood to hate, rape and
murder defenseless people who do not bow their heads to the ground
in worship to their 'moon god'. They are slaves to a
politically dangerous system of cruelty and inhumanity!
as children of God and believers in our Lord Jesus Christ, we are
commanded to love them, pray for them and to win them for Christ
and His Kingdom.
CAME TO SAVE SINNERS
Good News is that Jesus Christ came into the world to "seek
and to save that which was lost." (Luke 19:10) He didn't
come for the righteous, but He came for sinners. The Holy Bible
states: "All have sinned and fallen short of the Kingdom
of God." (Romans 3:23) That includes us all, no
Scriptures declare: "God hath concluded all under
sin", so that we are all guilty and without excuse:.
every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty
before God." (Romans 3: 19). Again, St Paul writes:
"The wages of sin is death but the gift of God is eternal
life through Jesus Christ our Lord." (Romans 6: 23)
are saved by Grace alone, through Faith alone,
and in Christ alone! It is not by works of
righteousness, but by His grace that we are saved. (Ephesians 2:
8, 9). Christ alone suffered, bled and died for our sins to
bring us to God.
Bible says: "Being justified freely by His grace
through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: Whom God hath set
forth to be a propitiation (satisfaction,) through
faith in His BLOOD, to declare His righteousness for
the remission of sins that are passed, through the forbearance of
declare, I say at this time His righteousness: that He might be
just, and the justifier of Him which believeth in Jesus."
(Rom. 3: 24-26). The Sovereignty of God demanded punishment for
SIN and the CROSS provided the FINAL SOLUTION.
four thousand years, God, in His great mercy and kindness allowed
the sacrifice of innocent lambs, goats and bullocks
(occasionally a red heifer) to suffice.
the 'fullness of time' had come, Almighty God gave Himself in
His SON, to be the propitiation for our sins. The word
propitiation means the covering, satisfaction and
expiation. The only RIGHTEOUS ONE, Jesus Christ of Nazareth,
had to die to cover our sins and satisfy the demands of Divine
righteous, just and merciful God had to bring judgment upon
all sinners through the VICARIOUS death of a righteous man. No man
could qualify for all are born in sin, therefore He had to pay the
sin debt Himself.
INCARNATION of His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, settled the
sin question for time and eternity, through His sacrificial death
WAS BORN TO DIE IN OUR PLACE
is why Jesus of Nazareth had to be crucified. He was born to die;
to be crucified in order to pay the sin debt for all unrighteous
humanity, to meet the demands of Divine Justice for our awful sins
against the Almighty.
is possibly the Bible's greatest verse: "He that
spared not His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall
He not with Him also freely give us all things?" (Romans
1978, I was preaching in Ghana, Africa in a large
Gospel Crusade. I became very homesick. I could not eat their
food. The netting around my bed was broken and since I had
forgotten to take my anti-malaria pills, I didn't get much sleep.
was very unhappy even though we were seeing many souls come to
Christ and powerful miracles were taking place. I was studying
Romans when suddenly it jumped out at me with such force that I
was shocked. Our Heavenly Father let me know what it cost Him to
provide the Great Salvation that I was proclaiming so freely!
WAS SMITTEN OF GOD
had read that verse many times but never fully understood it. I
was torn to pieces as I saw how the Father had 'TURNED
OVER' His only begotten Son to murderers who would mock Him,
spit in His face, scourge Him and nail Him to the Cross of shame
wondered how He could do that, as I personally would never allow
anyone to harm my wife or children. Only over my dead body, would
anyone molest, rape or kill my family!
He took me to Isaiah: "Surely He hath borne our
sicknesses (heb.makob ) and carried our
pains (heb.nasa): yet we did esteem Him stricken,
SMITTEN OF GOD and afflicted.
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.]
we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his
own way; and the Lord hath LAID
UPON HIM the iniquity of us all. Yet it pleased to BRUISE
HIM; He hath put HIM TO GRIEF..." (Isaiah 53:
the Father laid our sins, sicknesses and pains on His Son. It was
God the Father Who smote His Son for us, and
what really tore me up was that God was pleased
when Jesus suffered, bled and died for us! I prayed and
wept for several days after God had spoken to me!
after that crusade, God opened the door to ARGENTINA. No
crusades were held there because of the Military Rule,
but God opened the door for Omar Cabrera and me
to reach Cordova for Christ.
Miracles happened every evening and the crowd grew to 48,000 on
May 15, 1978. Omar Cabrera then continued the Crusades and his
Cordova Church grew from zero to 8,000 in 9 months and within 18
months, Vision de Futuro had 150 churches with 450 pastors.
Carlos Anacandia got saved and began to preach and the rest is
history as he and others have reached several millions.
SPOKE TO THE MILITARY
when Omar contacted me his heart was to go to Paraguay, but that
wasn't working out. The Holy Spirit put Argentina on my heart.
Omar had been forced to leave his country when his name was found
on a Rebel hit list. He said he was finished with Argentina and
would never return, but I was adamant that we should hold the
crusade there. Finally Omar said: "Okay, we'll try
started with 6,000 in attendance the first night. By the
fourth night we had 10,000 and the Chief of Police finally
came back to town and signed the permit. The Roman Catholic Church
which had opposed the Crusade, lost control over their people.
Nuns and priests attended openly rejoicing in the great things
which God did and carrying their tape recorders to get the
messages I brought.
had requested a meeting with the Military Junta and
demanded that they stop their persecution of the Evangelicals and
Pentecostals to which they agreed. From that day onward the
persecution stopped and the Revival steam rolled ahead.
preaching to the four Colonels
for 20 minutes about God and
the Devil, Heaven and Hell, the Cross and the Blood
of Christ, the leading COLONEL said loudly, "What do
you want from us?" I
said: "Stop persecuting the Evangelicals and the
Pentecostals!" He said: "O.K. What else do
answered: "Get down on your knees and give your
hearts to the Lord." They were shocked. Omar
let out a big laugh, I smiled and they relaxed. I
said: "I would like to pray for you and
Immediately, he said: "Yes, please do."
After prayer, thy all shook my hand and told me about the good
things they had heard about the crusade.
is how the official persecution stopped and how the REVIVAL
started in Argentina in May, 1978. Praise the Lord.
INTO ALL THE WORLD, AND PREACH THE GOSPEL TO EVERY CREATURE
Gospel is for ALL people of ALL the world including
the Muslim World! Jesus Christ commanded: "Go ye
into all the world, and preach the Gospel to every creature.
He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved ...."
(Mark 16: 15-20)
David prophesied: "The kings of the earth set themselves, and
the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord,
and against His ANOINTED, saying, Let us break the
bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us. (Psalms 2: 2, 3)
Apostles prayed, quoting David: "For a truth
against Thy Holy Child Jesus, whom Thou hast anointed, both Herod,
and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles, and the
people of Israel, were gathered together, for to do
whatsoever Thy hand and Thy counsel determined before to be
done." (Acts 4:25-28)
whole world was involved in carrying out the will of God in
the sacrificial death of Christ for us all. King Herod, Pontius
Pilate, the Gentiles and Israel is a representation of the
Entire World that stands guilty in the SIN of crucifying the Son
the entire world is invited to receive God's forgiveness,
peace, healing, blessing and deliverance which has been purchased
for us all through the shed BLOOD of Jesus Christ our Lord
and His glorious resurrection from the dead.
Bible says: "Looking for that blessed HOPE and the
glorious appearance of the Great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ
Who GAVE HIMSELF for us, that He might redeem us from all
iniquity and purify unto Himself a peculiar people, zealous of
good works." (Titus 2:13, 14)
after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man
appeared, not by works of righteousness which we have done, but
according to His mercy He saved us, by the washing of
regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;
He shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour; that
being justified by His GRACE, we should be made heirs
according to the hope of eternal life." (Titus 3: 4-7) All
glory to God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen.
God able to save and fill with His Holy Spirit, the tough, evil,
perverted Muslim terrorists? Read Acts chapters 9, 22 and 28. If
He can reach a Jewish terrorist He can reach a Muslim terrorist!
Nothing is too hard for our God.
TO BE SAVED?
said, "Come unto Me all ye that labour and are heavy laden,
and I will give you rest." (Matthew 11:28)
my dear friend, God is still in the business of setting men and
women free from their sins, sorrows, heartbreaks, fears and
troubles. In this age of frustrations, nervous tensions and
mental collapses, Jesus Christ is still granting peace to the
troubled, joy to the discouraged, strength to the weary and
healing to the sick!
- YOU MUST ADMIT THAT YOU ARE A SINNER
Bible says, "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of
God." (Rom. 3:23) "All we like sheep have gone astray; we have
turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on Him the
iniquity of us all." (Isaiah 53:6)
- YOU MUST BELIEVE THAT JESUS CHRIST IS THE SON OF GOD
MUST believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, that Jesus died
on the cross, was buried and rose again from the dead.
whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have eternal
life. He that believeth on Him is not condemned: but he that
believeth not is condemned already." (John 3:15,18) "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)
MUST REPENT OF YOUR SINS
Bible says: "Except ye repent, ye shall all likewise
perish." (Lu.13:3) "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)
- YOU MUST RECEIVE JESUS CHRIST AS YOUR SAVIOUR
Bible says: "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only
begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish,
but have everlasting life." (John 3:16)
I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear My voice, and open
the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he
with Me." (Rev. 3:20) "He that hath the Son hath life: and he
that hath not the Son of God hath not life." (1 John 5:12)
- YOU MUST CONFESS JESUS CHRIST AS YOUR LORD
Bible says: "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the
Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him
from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man
believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is
made unto salvation." (Romans 10:9-10)
shall confess Me before men, him shall the Son of man confess
before the angels of God: But he that denieth Me before men shall
be denied before the angels of God." (Luke 12:8, 9)
DO I INVITE
JESUS CHRIST INTO MY LIFE?
to God, a prayer - from your heart.
Tell Him that you
are a sinner and that you need forgiveness. Tell him that
you believe Jesus Christ died for your sins. Tell him that
you are willing to change, to turn away from sin. Ask Jesus
Christ to come into your heart and life and be your personal
as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons
of God, even to them that believe on his name." (John 1:12)
if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are
passed away; behold, all things are become new." (2
you prayed and ask Jesus Christ into your heart - YOU HAVE NOW
RECEIVED THE GIFT OF SALVATION - YOU HAVE BECOME A CHILD OF GOD.
God Bless You.
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Scriptures verses about
Holy Spirit (The Holy Ghost)
Receiving the Holy Spirit & Water Baptism by Immersion
(King James Version -KJV)
2:38 - (kjv) - 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
(kjv) - For John truly baptized with water, but ye shall be
baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence.
(kjv) - Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death
that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of
the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.
8:9-11 - (kjv)
- But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that
the Spirit of God dwells in you. Now if any man have not the
Spirit of Christ, he is none of his...
- (kjv) - The like figure whereunto [even] baptism doth also now
save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the
answer of a good conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of
2:1-47 - (kjv) - And when the day of Pentecost was fully
come, they were all with one accord in one place...
3:11 - (kjv)
- I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that
cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to
bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and [with] fire:
- (kjv) - For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ
have put on Christ.
Corinthians 14:5 -
(kjv) - I would that ye all spake with tongues, but rather that ye
prophesied: for greater [is] he that prophesieth than he that
speaketh with tongues, except he interpret, that the church may
Corinthians 12:13 -
(kjv) - For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body,
whether [we be] Jews or Gentiles, whether [we be] bond or free;
and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.
(kjv) - Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into
Jesus Christ were baptized unto his death?
Corinthians 1:17 - (kjv) - For Christ sent me not to
baptize, but to preach the gospel not with wisdom of words, lest
the cross of Christ should be made of none effect.
4:31 - (kjv)
- And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were
assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost,
and they spake the word of God with boldness.
(kjv) - Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but
according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of
regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost.
2:41 - (kjv)
- Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the
same day there were added [unto them] about three thousand souls.
3:14 - (kjv)
- That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through
Jesus Christ, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit
19:6 - (kjv) - And when Paul had laid [his] hands upon them,
the Holy Ghost came on them, and they spake with tongues, and
- (kjv) - Can any man forbid water, that these should not be
baptized, which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we? ....
- (kjv) - After these things came Jesus and his disciples into the
land of Judaea, and there he tarried with them and baptized.
2:4 - (kjv)
- And they were filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak
with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
3:5 - (kjv)
- Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be
born of water and [of] the Spirit, he cannot enter into the
kingdom of God.
- Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to Jordan unto John, to be
baptized of him....
- Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the
name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.
16:15 - (kjv) - And he said unto them, Go ye into all the
world, and preach the gospel to every creature.
- (kjv) - For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just
for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death
in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit: ..
(kjv) - One Lord, one faith, one baptism,
Timothy 1:6 -
(kjv) - Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the
gift of God, which is in thee by the putting on of my hands.
22:16 - (kjv)
- And now why tarriest thou? arise, and be baptized, and wash away
thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord.
- And they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost
said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have
- And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord.
Then prayed they him to tarry certain days.
8:38 - (kjv)
- And he commanded the chariot to stand still: and they went down
into the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized them.
- (kjv) - And immediately there fell from his eyes as it had been
scales: and he received sight forthwith, and arose, and was
(kjv) - Then Peter, filled with the Holy Ghost, said unto them, Ye
rulers of the people, and elders of Israel.
8:36-39 - (kjv)
- And as they went on [their] way, they came unto a certain water:
and the eunuch said, See [here is] water, what doth hinder me to
22:16 - (kjv)
- And now why tarriest thou? arise, and be baptized, and wash away
thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord.
- And they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost
said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have
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
And when he had said this, he breathed on [them], and saith unto
them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost:
God [is] a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship [him] in
spirit and in truth.
4:2 - (Though Jesus himself baptized not, but his
When therefore the Lord knew how the Pharisees had heard that
Jesus made and baptized more disciples than John,
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son,
that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have
If 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?
Now when all the people were baptized, it came to pass, that Jesus
also being baptized, and praying, the heaven was opened
John answered, saying unto [them] all, I indeed baptize you with
water; but one mightier than I cometh, the latchet of whose shoes
I am not worthy to unloose: he shall baptize you with the Holy
Ghost and with fire:
He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that
believeth not shall be damned.
And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the
water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the
Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him:
Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of
resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment.
And have put on the new [man], which is renewed in knowledge after
the image of him that created him:
Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with [him]
through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him
from the dead.
And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with
That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man,
which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts;
Corinthians 15:29 -
Else what shall they do which are baptized for the dead, if the
dead rise not at all? why are they then baptized for the dead?
Corinthians 10:2 -
And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea;
[There is] therefore now no condemnation to them which are in
Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
And Crispus, the chief ruler of the synagogue, believed on the
Lord with all his house; and many of the Corinthians hearing
believed, and were baptized.
And as I began to speak, the Holy Ghost fell on them, as on us at
Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, which
have received the Holy Ghost as well as we?
While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them
which heard the word.
And Ananias went his way, and entered into the house; and putting
his hands on him said, Brother Saul, the Lord, [even] Jesus, that
appeared unto thee in the way as thou camest, hath sent me, that
thou mightest receive thy sight, and be filled with the Holy
And as they went on [their] way, they came unto a certain water:
and the eunuch said, See, [here is] water; what doth hinder me to
8:36 - And as they went on [their] way, they came
unto a certain water: and the eunuch said, See, [here is] water;
what doth hinder me to be baptized?
But when they believed Philip preaching the things concerning the
kingdom of God, and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized,
both men and women.
And he took them the same hour of the night, and washed [their]
stripes; and was baptized, he and all his, straightway.
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