FAITH IN GOD
will not abandon His People !
by: Pastor Max Solbrekken, D.D.
it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call upon the name of the
Lord shall be saved." (Acts 2:21)
can believe, all things are possible to him who believes." (Mark
9:23) - JESUS CHRIST
there cried a certain woman of the wives of the sons of the prophets unto
Elisha, saying, Thy servant my husband is dead; and thou knowest that thy
servant did fear the Lord: and the creditor is come to take unto him my
two sons to be bondmen.
Elisha said unto her, What shall I do for thee? tell me, what hast thou in
the house? And she said, Thine handmaid hath not any thing in the house,
save a pot of oil.
He said, go, borrow thee vessels abroad of all thy neighbours, even empty
vessels; borrow not a few.
when thou art come in, thou shalt shut the door upon thee and upon thy
sons, and shalt pour out into all those vessels, and thou shalt set aside
that which is full.
she went from him, and shut the door upon her and upon her sons, who
brought the vessels to her; and she poured out.
it came to pass, when the vessels were full, that she said unto her son,
Bring me yet a vessel. And he said unto her, There is not a vessel more.
And the oil stayed.
she came and told the man of God. And he said, Go, sell the oil, and pay
thy debt, and live thou and thy children of the rest." (2 Kings
GOD KEEPS THE BOOKS - GOD KNOWS WHAT YOU DO - GOD WILL NOT
ABANDON HIS PEOPLE
account found in our text proves, without a shadow of a doubt, that God
keeps the books. God is interested in His people and does not forget
the good that His servants do.
IS NOT A GAMBLER - GOD DOES NOT BELIEVE IN CHANCE - GOD IS WELL ORGANIZED
& GOD KNOWS WHAT HE IS DOING - GOD KEEPS THE BOOKS
someone asked the famous scientist Albert Einstein, "Is there life on
the other planets?" he reportedly replied, “God does not throw
dice”! In other words God is not a gambler. God does not believe in
CHANCE, God is well organized and knows what He is doing.
GOD KEEPS BOOKS AND GOD KEEPS HIS PROMISES - GOD WILL NEVER LEAVE YOU OR
FORSAKE YOU IF YOU ARE FAITHFUL TO HIM
Scripture says, "Nevertheless the
foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them
that are His..." (2
Timothy 2:19) He knows us all and sees the sparrow fall to the ground.
The very hairs of our heads are numbered and He clothes the lilies of the
field and looks after His own! (Matthew
the angels of God who came to the garden tomb to roll away the stone from
the Sepulcher declared to the followers of Christ: "I know that ye
seek Jesus of Nazareth ...He is not here: for He is risen." (Mark
IS NO MAN'S DEBTOR
the widow of the man of God was in trouble; without money to pay her debt
and her two sons were about to be sold as slaves, GOD WORKED A MIRACLE FOR
HER. God was keeping the books.
husband had labored long and hard for God's kingdom and now his widow was
in a financial situation of severe magnitude.
she cried out for help by going to the prophet Elisha, an answer began
unfolding for her. God is no man's debtor and will not be held accountable
to anyone. He will make His Word good. God is the ultimate and fair
Bible says, "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."
David made a statement that has stood the test of time and eternity: "The
steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and He delighteth in his way.
Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the Lord upholdeth
him with His hand. I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen
the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread. He is ever merciful,
and lendeth; and his seed is blessed." (Psalms
PERSON HAS SOMETHING HE CAN USE AS A KEY TO RECEIVE A BLESSING - HAVE
FAITH IN GOD AND YOU WILL FIND THE ANSWERS
one is so poor or insignificant that God will bypass them. Certainly, each
individual is unique and has qualifications and usefulness that others may
not have. God spoke to Moses on the backside of the desert: "What is
in thine hand?" He answered, "A shepherd's stick." God
said, "Throw it upon the ground." He did and it became a
Moses was commanded to pick it up by the tail and it became a rod in his
hand again. God then spoke to Moses telling him to take the rod in his
hand and to go to Pharaoh, King of Egypt, demanding the release of Jewish
Scripture says that Moses embarked on his journey, "with the rod of
God in his hand." (Exodus
had been only a shepherd's rod but under God's Divine leadership it
automatically became "The Rod of God." Little becomes much when
God is in it! God requires that you have faith in Him and He will never
leave or forsake you.
KEEPS THE BOOKS - THE WIDOW'S HUSBAND HAD BEEN A MAN OF GOD AND THE WIDOW
WAS REWARDED FOR THIS
widow woman told her problem to the prophet Elisha. Her husband who had
been a faithful man of God had passed away leaving behind a stack of
bills. She had no money to settle the account, and now the creditors were
threatening to take her two sons as payment! The prophet asked her,
"What hast thou in the house?" She answered, "Thine
handmaid hath not anything in the house, SAVE A POT OF OIL." (2 Kings
was like many today who say: "I have nothing to offer; I am nothing;
what I have doesn't amount to anything!"
pot of oil was going to be the KEY TO THE WIDOW'S DELIVERANCE. It
was something the prophet could use. It was a starting point in her
recovery out of debt. God say that the widow woman had faith and God
rewarded her for her faith and dedication.
the ‘Tabernacle in
the Wilderness’, God instructed Moses to command everyone to
bring something as an offering to God. The rich could bring a bullock from
the herd, the middle class - a lamb or a goat from the flocks and the poor
- two turtle doves or pidgeons. The very poor could bring an offering of
flour and salt.
ONE WAS TOO POOR TO GIVE TO GOD
Paul expected every believer to bring an offering to God's work on a
regular basis in accordance with His blessings upon them!
"Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I have given order
to the churches of Galatia, even so do ye. Upon the first day of the week
let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him, that
there be no gatherings when I come."
(1 Corinthians 16:1-2)
WANTS YOU TO USE YOUR BRAINS - THE BIBLE SAYS "BE NOT SLOTHFUL IN
prophet said, "Go to your neighbours and borrow all the empty vessels
you are able."
made the statement, "...the children of this world are in their
generation wiser than the children of light.” (Luke 16:8)
definitely God wants us to use our brains! St. Paul stated, "Be
not slothful in business..." (Romans
IS NOT A GAMBLER - GOD DOES NOT OPERATE A LOSING BUSINESS
wants us to be profitable for Him. He does not operate a losing business.
IN THE END WE ALL WIN! But we must not hide our talent in the earth (Matthew
25:25), but use our faith and ability.
wants us to be innovative, inventive and original. HE WANTS US TO FOLLOW
HIM, BUT HE IS LOOKING FOR LEADERS!\
of us have neighbours or relatives we can speak to about Christ. Some of
them owe us favours. We have been good to them; they may be close to us
and we can use our relationship or friendship to ask of them a
favor...LIKE COMING WITH US TO CHURCH!
can invite them to our home, so that we may show them kindness and be able
to introduce them to the ‘Living Jesus’!
A WAY OUT FOR US ..as there was for the Widow.
prophet of God instructed her to borrow from her neighbors all the empty
vessels (to be returned at a later date).
has instructed me to humble myself and ask largely. Possibly some of our
friends are able to send a gift for MISSIONS! God has promised to
reward those who give willingly, gladly and in faith!
little boy who shared his few fishes and bread with Jesus was instrumental
in providing sustenance for thousands, when the Master's blessings were on
boat gave Jesus a place from which to preach. Later, God blessed both him
and his partners with a shipload of fish each. (Luke
us use our heads and invest in God's Kingdom. God is keeping the
books. Have faith in God and you will prosper and be rewarded.
Jesus said, "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."
BIGGER IN YOUR OUTLOOK AND SPIRITUAL PERSPECTIVE
of us think too small. We look through a narrow angle lens. We can't even
see the forest for the tree.
US USE A WIDE ANGLE LENS in our outlook and spiritual perspective. WE MUST
BEGIN TO THINK BIG!! And we must use our faith. The prophet said,
‘BORROW NOT A FEW’!
King's business requires haste. The most important work in the world is
the gathering together of finances, people and programs to assault the
Kingdom of Satan, and to take the battle to the very “gates of hell”
in order to rescue precious souls for God's Kingdom!
Supreme task of the Church of the Living God in this generation is to win
precious souls to Christ, both at home and abroad!’
mammoth overseas crusades reach literally multitudes for Jesus and help to
shape the thinking of great numbers of people; turning them toward God.
numbers are healed by God's grace and power - Thank the Lord! Therefore,
we should put Our Best into the work of the Kingdom and think big!
of the trademarks of being filled with the Holy Spirit is that we magnify
God! In each case where the Early Church believers were baptized with the
Blessed Holy Ghost, we find that two things always happened:
They spoke in other tongues. They magnified God.
they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God."
DOES IT MEAN TO MAGNIFY GOD?
is impossible to make God bigger than what He already is. He is so big
that the heavens can't contain Him, and the earth is His footstool! To
magnify God means to believe what He says about Himself, to glorify Him
and articulate His greatness & goodness among the people!
problem with us all, is we have been brainwashed by secular humanists,
evolutionists, and unbelieving, modernistic preachers, to picture God as
distant, irrelevant, unconcerned and small. But we have begun believing
in a very big devil!
us change that, by glorifying God and praising Him by telling people
everywhere how great, powerful and gracious He really is. May we magnify
God by our witness and testimony of His saving grace and healing power to
David - a man after God's own heart - was always magnifying God! (Psalms
34:3) About forty (40) years ago, Rev. Jack Coe related a revelation the
Lord had given him.
was seeking God for answers to the questions of life. And about future
revivals and how they would affect humanity.
Lord showed him the little dipper and the big dipper in the Northern
Hemisphere. "Do you see how small the little dipper is in comparison
to the big dipper? asked the Lord.
revivals of the past are like the little dipper in comparison to the great
revivals that are going to come. The mighty outpouring of God's Holy
Spirit in the future will dwarf the manifestations of His power in the
who are doing the WORK OF GOD need to begin to think in a big way about
God's plans of reaping the harvest, and we must remember that God is
keeping books and God does not forgot the good we do.
ALONE WITH GOD & IN FAITH HE WILL ANSWER YOUR PRAYERS AND SUPPLY YOUR
prophet told the widow to close the door, in order to give her and her
sons privacy as they exercised their faith in God.
beginning to pour the oil into the empty vessels, she needed to be alone
order for us to be effective in helping people in a spiritual,
psychological & economical way - through prayer, ministry and
financial assistance - we need to get ALONE with God..
said, "Watch and pray lest ye enter
into temptation." (Matthew 26:41) "But
thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut
the door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which
seeth in secret shall reward thee openly." (Matthew
put out all the unbelievers from the home of Jarius before raising the
little girl from the dead. (Luke 8:51)
Peter went alone to meet God in the "housetop experience" of
prayer, as well as when he raised Dorcas from the dead! (Acts 10:9; 9:40)And
Abraham stood alone with the Lord to intercede for Sodom, Jacob wrestled
alone with the "Angel of the Lord" and Joshua encountered the
"Captain of the Host of the Lord" alone! (Genesis 18:22; 32:24;
definitely, there are times we need to get alone with God - as well as
with other true believers - in order to see God's gifts operate in our
must separate ourselves from unbelief, worldliness and from negative
people, as we seek God in fasting and prayer.
OUT & TAKE THE MARCH OF FAITH
her two sons present - and the door shut - she started pouring the oil
from her pot into the empty vessels.
And praise God, the miracle happened! So long as she poured and as long as
there were empty vessels, the creative works of God continued operating!
Her faith and obedience was getting the job done!
must get our ideas off the drawing board!! In other words, "FAITH IS
is a fact, but it is also an act of obedience. She was obedient and poured
out what she possessed, into the empty vessels.
MARCH OF FAITH
are several lessons here: First - If you pour yourself into
others by helping them you will always have enough left for yourself.
- If you obey God's instructions - regardless of how ridiculous it seems -
you will get results!
the widow poured, the oil continued to flow - It was a miracle of
provision. When all her empty vessels were full, she asked her sons to
bring more but they informed her that they had used them all.
doubt, she felt badly that they had not borrowed more! The prophet had
stated, “Borrow not a few” - In other words, she should take advantage
of God’s blessings - to the maximum - because the oil would flow and
meet every need, as well as give her an abundance of supply for her family
WIDOW HAD FAITH - SHE SOLD THE OIL & PAID HER OVERDUE BILLS
widow returned to the prophet with a praise report. She had done
everything he had instructed her to do and God had performed the miracle!
Then he instructed her to sell the oil and pay her bills. And he assured
her that there would be enough left over to look after her family!
is so important to return to the ‘Man of God’ and report what God has
done! When Jesus healed ten lepers, only one returned to give glory to
God. Jesus exclaimed, “Were there not
ten cleansed? but where are the nine? there are not found that returned to
give glory to God, save (except) this stranger”.
it is imperative that WE KEEP FOCUSED on the objective, the goals we had
before the miracle happened.
God has blessed us, let us use the blessing to pay our bills in order to
secure freedom for those who are lost. The two sons are a picture of those
who are targeted for slavery by Satan, to be used for his enjoyment and
we have looked after our own obligations, provided for our families and
wisely invested for the future, let us not forget the work of God. Let us
reach the lost for Christ. May we stay focused, so that we not only live
for today but provide for the future by investing in God's Kingdom!
said, "But seek ye first the kingdom
of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto
you". (Matthew 6:33)
Bible says, "Honour the Lord with thy
substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase: So shall thy
barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new
wine". (Proverbs 3:9-10)
God richly bless us all!
TO MEET THY GOD
by: Pastor Max
to meet thy God! This
was the admonition that Prophet Amos thundered out in his day. God’s
people had backslidden, corrupted themselves and forsaken the true and
had gone after the strange gods of the heathen, and were worshipping at
the altars of pagan idols. They had forgotten how gracious the Lord is and
turned their backs on Him.
HAD A FEARLESS PROPHET THAT HE COULD USE: A MAN WHO HADN'T SOLD OUT!
God had a man He could use! Amos was a prophet who had not corrupted
himself as others had done. God had a vessel He could use - a mouthpiece
with which to warn and admonish His people of coming judgment for sin and
forgiveness for those who would repent!
message to the people then is the same as now: “Prepare to Meet Thy
God”! One day every living soul will stand before God and give an
account of his or her life.
BOOK OF LIFE WILL BE OPENED & THE DEAD WILL BE JUDGED
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. And
I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books 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 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.”
Bible says, “And as it is appointed unto
men once to die, but after this the judgment:” (Hebrews
9:27) THE MESSAGE OF THE PROPHETS was always the same - they were
two-fold - People must repent to receive mercy and forgiveness or reject
God’s Way and be judged. It was a message of mercy and judgment!
is the same today. God has not changed, but many of ‘today’s
preachers’ have compromised and are not preaching ALL THE TRUTH because
of FEAR. They lack the boldness, courage and faith to stand up and tell
founder of the Methodist
Church - whose Ministry is accredited with turning England back to God
and saving it from the same fate as that which befell France in the
ungodly, brutal and bloody French Revolution, stated: "I must preach
law before I preach grace."
did he mean? Simply this, that in order for people to realize that they
need God's FORGIVENESS, they must be convicted of their sins! And how does
that take place? In several ways: God can arbitrarily speak to people by
His Holy Spirit in answer to the fervent prayers of relatives or other
concerned spiritual prayer warriors!
however, sinners are convicted through the anointed preaching of God's
Word. Millions of believers are saved today because of the powerful
preaching of anointed Spirit-filled men and women of God, who have refused
to compromise their message!
1970, Edmonton Transit bus driver, Eric Dykstra and his entire family,
were converted to Christ in our Church because of the dozens of Bus
Seat benches which carried our advertising with the clear-cut message:
"Get Right With God!"
a letter to me, dated May 8, 2002, about five weeks before his death, Eric
wrote: "It has been 32 years almost to the day that I accepted the
Lord's saving message as preached by you that Wednesday evening at the
Edmonton Revival Centre. That was May 6, 1970.
you laid your hands on me and my family, the roof of the old theatre
didn't split open for angels to descend, but I received a depth of peace
in my inner being I had never before experienced. Without realizing it, we
stood at the jump-off point of an exciting brand new phase of our lives.
kids all believe in their Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ. (One is even an
M. Div and has been a pastor for five years). Our grandchildren are taught
the Word and the ways of the Lord Creator, at home and at their respective
churches. Your faithfulness to God and perseverance in your Ministry has
brought wonderful blessings to countless families around the globe!
have at times speculated what would have happened if in the late 60s all
these messages, 'Get Right With God!' hadn't been scattered throughout the
city by way of bus stop benches. Driving my routes and spotting those ads
gave me repeatedly opportunity to meditate on their meaning!"
Dr. Oswald Smith's book, 'The Fire Of God' (1948), the man that Billy
Graham called, "one of the world's greatest Missionary
Statesmen" wrote: "In my study of revival and evangelism I
have discovered that those most mightily used of God always majored on
five subjects. These five subjects inevitably produced conviction. First,
sin and salvation, then heaven and hell, finally judgment. You see, a
great many messages must necessarily be given on SIN for sin to be exposed
if there is to be genuine conviction!"
Smith states: "When I was converted in the year 1906 in the great
Torrey-Alexander campaigns which was held in Massey Hall, Toronto, I
noticed, as I walked along the streets or through the stores,
or rode in the street cars, thousands of little white cards, one inch wide
and six inches long. On both sides these four words were printed in bright
red type, "Get Right With God."
made no difference
which way the card fell, the message was always there. As a result,
convicted. So many tens of thousands of these little white cards had been
distributed that it was impossible to get away from them. Everybody saw
them. They were lying about on every side and those four little words
preached a sermon that could never be forgotten."
remember hearing Oral
Roberts - while in his prime - speaking on the sin of
compromising the truth. In his anointed message, the man who won ten
million souls to God and brought the healing power of God to
our generation, thundered out these words: "I hate
TO MEET THY GOD
was the same during the time of MICAH THE PROPHET. Micah prophesied
against the backsliding preachers, who had been bought off and corrupted
by worldly minded and sinful people around them, which caused them to
prophesy only what the people wanted to hear. He declared, “But
truly I am full of power by the Spirit of the Lord and of judgment and
might, to declare unto Jacob his transgression and to Israel his sin”.
is very merciful and will forgive all who come to Him in humility,
desiring forgiveness and salvation (John 6:37; 3:16), but He also is a God
of judgment and justice!
Bible says, “I the Lord thy God am a
jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto
the third and fourth generation of them that hate Me; and showing mercy
unto thousands of them that love Me, and keep My commandments”.
my friend, you reap what you sow (Galatians 6:7-8), and be sure your sin
will find you out (Jonah 1:7). And don’t forget “It is a fearful thing
to fall into the hands of the living God” (Hebrews 10:31). SIN MUST
BE PAID FOR IF IT ISN’T REPENTED OF, and “The wages of sin is
death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our
Lord”. (Romans 6:23)
are living in a day when preachers have given in to 'political
correctness' with their 'seeker sensitive' philosophy, so that there
is no longer conviction of sin! It's easy to get swayed by great crowds
who applaud a "God loves you", with no strings attached
preaching, but the Bible says: "Therefore if any man be in Christ, he
is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold all things become
my crusades around the world, I have noticed how everyone wants to say the
sinner's prayer and be healed physically, but many in reality do not
desire to make Jesus their Lord and forsake their idols and leave their
pagan beliefs. If a preacher, therefore, isn't clear on God's hatred
for sin and idolatry, he leaves them in a very precarious position!
WARNED PREACHERS THAT WE MUST PREPARE TO MEET GOD
Lord Jesus Christ emphasized: "Woe
unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye compass sea and land
to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the
child of hell than yourselves."
(Matthew 23:15) He said: "All that
the Father giveth Me shall come to Me: and him that cometh to Me I will in
wise cast out." (John 6: 37).
He also stated: "... but except ye
repent, ye shall all likewise perish."
(Luke 3: 13)
Paul warned: "And that, knowing the
time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our
salvation nearer than when we believed. The night is far spent, the day is
at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put
on the armour of light. Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in
rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife
and envying. But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for
the flesh, to fulfill the lusts thereof."
(Romans 13: 11-14)
we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that everyone may
receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done,
whether it be good or bad. Knowing therefore the terror (wrath) of
God, we persuade men..."
(2 Corinthians 5:10-11)
great Apostle admonished: "I charge
thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, Who shall judge the
quick (living) and dead at His appearing and His kingdom. Preach the WORD;
be instant in season , out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all
longsuffering and doctrine." (2
Timothy 4: 1-2)
may be able to fool your husband, wife, friends or even the preacher, but
you cannot fool God. He knows all about you, and if you reject Him as your
Saviour, He will be your Judge on that day.
the Son of man shall come in His glory, and all the Holy Angels with Him,
then shall He sit upon the throne of His glory, and before Him shall be
gathered all nations and He shall separate them one from another, as a
shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats - and these shall go away into
everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal”.
to the words of invitation given by our blessed Lord and Redeemer, Jesus
Christ: “Come unto Me all ye that labour
and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest”.
NOT TURN A DEAF EAR TO THIS GREAT OFFER OF SALVATION AND BLESSING, BUT
BELIEVE ON THE LORD JESUS CHRIST TODAY!
Him into your heart by faith, repent and turn away from your sins, and you
will receive the gift of Eternal Life. DON’T DELAY, BUT CALL OUT TO THE
LORD FOR MERCY TODAY!
God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever
believeth in Him shall not perish, but have everlasting life.”
(John 3:16) Amen!
Message From Ingvar Solbrekken (Max’s Father) Written in 1959.
said, “But seek ye first the kingdom of
God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto
you.” (Matthew 6:33)
Church’ is not enough! One should make every effort to find a church
where there are signs, wonders and miracles - where God’s power is
else can you prove it is ‘the Church’? St. Paul stated that God “has
placed miracles” in the Church. (1 Corinthians 12:28) He commanded that
we turn away from those who have “a form of godliness and deny the power
of God”. (1 Timothy 3:5-7)
Jesus Christ will return for the same glorious Church (Ephesians 5:27)
which He had in New Testament times! Will you, my friend, be a part of His
glorious Church or a cold, lukewarm or dead church? The Bible says, “Be
ye holy, for I am holy, saith the Lord”. (1
Peter 1:16) Amen.
WAS JESUS CHRIST BORN?
By Pastor Max
of Nazareth, True God and True Man, was born to salvage a lost world of
sinning men, to destroy the works of the devil and to build His
Church. He came to this sin curses world to introduce us all to His
Heavenly Father, to redeem mankind through His sacrificial death on the
Cross and His glorious resurrection from the dead. He came to heal
us and to fill us with His Blessed Holy Spirit!
was in the world because Satan was in the world. The devil, who is
the father of sin and death, had been cast out of Heaven and is called the
'Prince of the power of the air', as well as the 'god of this
world'. (Ephesians 2:2; 2 Corinthians 4:4)
devil had caused previous disruption and chaos. (Genesis 1:2; Ezekiel
28:-13-19); Isaiah 14:12-17)
of Satan's rebellion and hatred for God, he had cunningly planned his
strategy by tempting Eve, with the 'Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil' in
the Garden of Eden. (Genesis 3:1-6; Job 1:8-22; Job 2:1-8)
CALLED - "ADAM WHERE ART THOU?"
great transgression had been made by Adam and Eve. Now, for the
moment of truth..... How would Adam and Eve feel? Would they
CALLED: “ADAM WHERE ART THOU?”
great transgression had been made by Adam and Eve. Now, for the
moment of truth. How would Adam and Eve feel? Would they now
be wise as God, as Satan had promised them? Was the rebellion and
disobedience towards God worth it? No - A thousand times NO.
and Eve's eyes were opened. But, what did they see? Adam and
Eve saw their own vulnerability, stupidity, weaknesses, sin and nakedness.
Fear stalked them and filled their spirits. They had not felt fear
before sin entered their lives. They realized they were naked,
vulnerable and inadequate. Now, they understood they must face the
music, and meet God alone.
where was Satan? Where was the Evil One who had been their wise
counsellor such a short time before?
devil was gone to gloat over his victory. I'm sure that the devil,
the liar and deceiver was not far away, probably hiding behind a tree,
excitedly waiting to see the outcome of their sin. The inevitable
outcome was the separation, dis-fellowshipping of God and His special
DEVIL REJOICED OVER ADAM & EVE'S FEAR AND TERROR
satisfaction must have filled the devil's mind as he observed Adam and
Eve's plight, their complete confusion, perplexity, fear and terror.
and Eve heard the voice of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool
of the day. God said, "Adam, where art thou? ADAM, WHERE
God called Adam that day, He is still calling you and me. "John,
where are you? Mary, where are you?"
answered, "We are hiding; we are naked; we are afraid"!
God questioned, "Who told you that you were naked? You were
clothed with My glory. Have you eaten of the fruit that I forbad
gave a typical answer from a typical sinner! He said, "The
woman you gave me, she gave me of the fruit. It is Eve's fault, she
gave me the forbidden fruit and it's really Your fault, Lord, because You
gave me the woman".
LIKES TO PASS THE BLAME TO SOMEONE ELSE
seems normal for people to justify themselves. It's much easier to
pass the buck or to blame someone else rather than take the blame, saying,
"I made a mistake, I am wrong, please forgive me."
similar to the Minister who enjoyed portraying women in a negative way.
One Sunday morning as he was preaching on 'The Fall of Man', he vigorously
attacked Eve. If Eve, the weaker vessel, hadn't fallen, the world
wouldn't be in the mess it's now in. The preacher nailed Jezebel and
Delilah: "Women are the ruination of many good men", he shouted.
the close of the service, the Minister stood at the door shaking hands.
Some complimented him on a wonderful sermon, while others were glad to get
out the door.
tall lady shook his hand and she wasn't smiling. She squeezed his
hand until he said, "Lady, you are hurting me". She looked
him square in the eye and asked, "Pastor, what is the telephone
number of the Garden of Eden"?
answered, "I don't know what you are talking about". She
squeezed his hand again until he said, "Ouch". She spoke
again, "Pastor, do you know the telephone number of the Garden of
Eden"? He answered, "Woman, I do not and by the way you
are hurting me." She said, "Well, I know the telephone
number of the Garden of Eden. It's Adam 8-1-2", and she let go
of his hand and left.
ate one too! Eve wasn't the only one to blame. Adam also
disobeyed God, but really the blame goes into further - straight to the
evil one, the Devil.
DEVIL IS TO BLAME
didn't argue with Adam. He turned to Eve and said, "Woman,
what is this that thou hast done?" Eve made more sense
than her husband. She put the blame where it belong: "The
serpent beguiled me and I did eat."
agree with Eve. Satan is the culprit. The devil is to blame
for all the sin, fear, heartbreak, divorce, alcoholism, drug addiction and
juvenile delinquency. He is the architect of all that is evil,
wicked and destructive. Riots, anarchy, thievery, murder, sickness,
disease and war are the outcroppings and results of his plans, goals,
purposes and seduction.
IS TO BLAME. Shout it loud and clear - the devil is the
CALLED THE DEVIL A LIAR & MURDERER
called him a liar, deceiver, murderer and thief. (John 8:44; John
10:10) Our Lord said, "The
thief cometh not for to steal, kill and destroy. I am come that they
might have life and more abundantly." (John 10:10)
- THE DEVIL IS TO BLAME FOR ALL SIN
said, "THE SEED OF THE WOMAN SHALL BRUISE THE SERPENT'S HEAD."
God called out: "Because
thou hast done this, cursed art thou among all the beasts of the field.
Upon thy belly shalt thou go all the days of thy life..." (Genesis
is noteworthy that some scientists believe that at one time serpents and
snakes walked upright and didn't crawl on their bellies as today.
I will put enmity between thee and the woman and between thy seed (the
wicked) and her seed (the righteous). It (Jesus, the seed of the
woman) shall bruise thy head..."
DEFEATED THE DEVIL WITH HIS DEATH ON THE CROSS
Golgotha's Hill, Jesus defeated the devil. When Jesus paid the
supreme sacrifice for the sins of the world, and rose again from the dead.
He had delivered the death blow to Satan.
Jesus cried, "It is finished", He had defeated Satan and since
that very hour the blood of Jesus Christ washes away all the sins of the
repentant sinner, and His stripes bring healing to the believing, sick
Bible says, "He (Jesus)
was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities, the
chastisement of our peace was upon Him; and by His stripes we are
healed." (Isaiah 53:5)
DID JESUS COME INTO THE WORLD?
Bible says, "For God so
loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever
believeth on 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)
Bible says: "Neither is
there salvation through any other, for there is none other name under
Heaven given among men whereby you may be saved, but by the Name of
Jesus"! (Acts 4:12) "There
is one mediator between God and man, the man Christ Jesus." (1
CAME THAT WE MIGHT HAVE LIFE
said, "I am come that they
might have life and have it more abundantly." (John 10:10) And
St. John stated: "For this
purpose was the Son of God manifested that He might destroy the works of
the devil". (1 John 3:8) The Scripture says, "When
the even was come, they brought unto him many that were possessed with
devils: and He cast out the spirits with His word, and healed all that
were sick: That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the
prophet, saying, Himself took our infirmities, and bare our
sicknesses." (Matthew 8:16-17)
DID ISAIAH PROPHESY?
it and hear it well: "But He was wounded for our transgressions, He
was bruised for our iniquities. The chastisement of our peace was
upon Him (Jesus) and by His stripes we are healed."! (Isaiah 53:5)
Bible says, "Who His own
self (Jesus) bare our sins in His own body on the tree (cross) that we,
being dead to sins should live unto righteousness, by Whose stripes ye
were healed"! (1
Peter 2:24) "He that
believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the
Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him." (John
IS ONLY ONE WAY - JESUS CHRIST IS THE WAY, THE TRUTH & THE LIFE
said, "I am the way, the
truth and the life and no man cometh unto the Father but by Me." (John
14:6); "I am the door, by
Me if any man enter in, he shall be saved..." (John 10:9)
Again He said, "Come unto
Me all ye that labour and are heavy laden and I will give you rest." (Matthew
DID JESUS HAVE TO DIE?
Bible says, "Without the
shedding of blood there is no remission for sins." (Hebrews
9:22) "It is the
blood that maketh atonement for the soul." (Leviticus 17:11)
Again, "The soul that
sinneth it shall surely die." (Ezekiel 18:20)
Old Testament times, an animal - without spot or blemish - would be
sacrificed, spilling his blood. (Atonement means "covering")
AS THE LAMB DIED ON THE ALTER IN THE TEMPLE, JESUS THE LAMB OF GOD, DIED
ON THE CROSS TO PAY FOR THE SINS OF THE WORLD.
Scripture says, "If we
walk in the light as He is in the light we have fellowship one with the
other, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanseth us from all
sin." (John 1:7)
is the Lamb of God, Who was slain for our sins: "One
of the elders saith unto me, weep not: behold the Lion of the tribe of
Judah, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose
the seven seals thereof. And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the
throne...stood a lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and
seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God, sent forth into all the
He came and took the book out of the right hand of him that sat upon the
throne. And when He had taken the book, the four beasts and four and
twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps
and golden vials full of odors, which are the prayers of saints."
they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to
open the seals thereof: for thou was slain, and hast redeemed us to God by
thy blood of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation;....Worthy
is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and
strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing."
every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth,
and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying,
Blessing, and honour, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne,
and unto the Lamb for ever and ever." (Revelation
SPOILED SATAN'S KINGDOM
Bible says, "And you,
being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath He
quickened together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses; Blotting
out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary
to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to His cross, and having
spoiled principalities and powers, He made a shew of them openly,
triumphing over them in it."(Colossians 2:12-15) Oh, Praise God.
serve a risen Saviour, He's in the world today. I know that
He is living, whatever men may say...
I see His hand of mercy....I hear His voice of cheer....And just
the time I need Him....He's always near.
lives....He lives...Christ Jesus lives today.
He walks with me and talks with me, along life's narrow way.
lives...He lives....Salvation to impart....
You ask me how I know He lives....He lives...within my heart.
power! What might! What strength, and what great ability Jesus
St. Paul brings it out so graphically in his epistles. Drink in
these truth and be set free and filled with all knowledge, joy and Holy
WORD of God declares: "The
eyes of your understanding being enlightened, that ye may know what is the
hope of His calling, and what the riches of glory of His inheritance in
the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of His power to us-ward
who believe, according to the working of His mighty power, which He
wrought in Christ, when he raised Him from the dead, and set Him at His
own right hand in the heavenly places, far above all principality, and
power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in
this world, but also in that which is to come. And hath put all
things under His feet, and gave Him to be the head over all things to the
church." (Ephesians 1:18-22)
unto Him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or
think, according to the power that worketh in us." (Ephesians
Paul writes, "Who (God)
hath delivered us from the power of darkness (Satan) and hath translated
us into the Kingdom of His dear Son (Jesus Christ) IN WHOM WE HAVE
REDEMPTION THROUGH HIS BLOOD, even the forgiveness of sins." (Colossians
referring to Jesus, John the Baptist made the startling statement, "Behold
the Lamb of God which taketh away from the sins of the world." (John
1:29) To this agree the angel's words to Joseph, "Ye
shall call His name Jesus (Salvation) for He shall save (salvage) His
people from their sins." (Matthew 1:21)
this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the
form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: but made himself
of no reputation, and took upon Him the form of a servant, and was made in
the likeness of men: and being found in fashion as a man, He humbled
Himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.
God also hath highly exalted Him, and given Him a name is above every
name: that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven
and 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
DAY IS THE SCRIPTURE FULFILLED
book of Isaiah is called the "Gospel of the Old
Testament". The 53rd chapter prophecies the death of
Messiah Who would bring forgiveness and healing to His people.
Isaiah 7:14 speaks of His virgin birth; Isaiah 9:6 speaks of
His Kingship and the fact that He is very God;
Isaiah 28:11-12 foretells the gift of the Holy Spirit and
the end-time phenomena of glossalalia, or "speaking with other
tongues" as a gift of God to bring stability, rest and
peaceful strength to the Church in times of pressure and tension.
Isaiah 61:1-3 prophecies the Gospel Age of His salvation with
forgiveness, healing, deliverance and joy!
he came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up: and, as His custom was,
He went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and stood up for to read.
And there was delivered unto Him the book of the prophet Esaias. And
when He had opened the book, He found the place where it was written,
Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because he hath anointed Me to preach the
gospel to the poor; He hath sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach
deliverance to the captives, the recovering of sight to the blind, to set
at liberty them that are bruised, to preach the acceptable year of the
He closed the book, and He gave it again to the minister and sat down.
And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on Him.
And He began to say unto them, This day is this Scripture fulfilled in
your ears." (Luke
entered the synagogue in Nazareth and read from Isaiah the Prophet.
He ended the reading by saying, "This day is
this scripture fulfilled in your ears". He declared Himself the Son of God and Jewish Messiah by those
year of Jubilee could not begin until first the Great Day of Atonement had
taken place. He would die on the cross like the lambs died on the
alters of Jerusalem because He is the Lamb of God which taketh away the
sins of the world."
would fulfill the Old Testament 'Great Day of Atonement' when the
high priest entered into the Holy of holies with the blood of the
sacrificial animal. Jesus was not only the Sacrifice but also
the High Priest Who carried His own blood into the Holy of holies
in Heaven itself. (Hebrews 9:11-14)
scapegoat (Leviticus 16:7-21) is also a type of Jesus carrying
away our sins He is our substitute! Every 50th year Israel
celebrated the 'Year of Jubilee' when all the prisoners and slaves were
freed and debts were forgiven. This is a picture of the Gospel Age
when everyone is set free by the blood of Christ and His everlasting
dear friend, Let me admonish you to receive him into your heart and life
as your Lord, Saviour, Redeemer, Healer, Baptizer and King.
CAME TO SEEK & SAVE THE LOST
said, "I am come
to seek and save that which was lost." (Luke
19:10) You are included in that number, for "All
have sinned and come short of the glory of God". (Romans
3:23) You say, 'I cannot live a Christian life in my own strength'!
are absolutely right. You can't do it in your own power, but He will
change you and give you the power to live for Him.
Bible say: "He
came unto His own, and His own received Him not. But 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
shall receive power after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you...."
(Acts 1:8) Finally Jesus said, "I will never leave thee nor
forsake thee." (Hebrews
13:5)"...and lo I am with you always, even unto the end of the
28:20) Receive Him today, as your
Lord and Saviour! Amen