SINS WILL BE PUNISHED
does the Bible say?
by: Pastor Max Solbrekken, D.D..
John 3:4 -Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for
sin is the transgression of the law."
BIBLE SAYS YOU REAP WHAT YOU SOW
ancient Jew, Saul of Tarsas gave us some good advice in the New
Testmament: "Be not deceived, God is not mocked: whatsoever a
man soweth, that shall re reap." (Galatians 6:7)"For
the wages of sin (is) death: but the gift of God is eternal life
through Jesus Christ our Lord." (Romans 6:23)
BYRON'S WORDS OF WARNING - You reap what you sow - your sins will
thorns of the tree that I have planted, have reaped me: and I have
bled. I should have known that such fruit would have sprung,
from such a seed. - Lord Byron
is always better than foresight, and the pride of experience is
often very costly. Lord Byron must have written out of
personal experience, in order to drive home such a powerful
message in so few words. Lord Byron realized that he was
reaping what he sowed.
people is both lament, a sign of regret and a confession of a
reckless, foolish and willful act.
Byron's poem is more than that. It is an admonition and
warning to others who might make the same mistakes, watch what you
do, be careful what you reap in life, because you will show it in
makes a lot of sense. Too bad he could not have got through
to Sigmund Freud before the he put together his harmful 'psycho
analysis' package and before he hooked on the merits of cocaine
use among professionals and others.
BLAME OTHER PEOPLE
Byron could have gotten his message of 'you reap what you sow'
across to Sigmund Freud, we possibly wouldn't today have an
entire generation blaming other people for their problems, which
in many cases are self inflicted. These people are reaping
what they sowed. They are reaping the rewards of a negative
life style. They are reaping the rewards of bad decisions
and a destructive lifestyle.
EASY TO BLAME OTHERS FOR YOUR PROBLEMS
not deceived, God is not mocked; whatsoever a man soweth, that
shall he reap.'
so easy to blame it on George or Mary, when in fact, 'it's not my
brother or my sister, but it's me, O Lord, that's standing in the
need of prayer.'
HENRY TRUMAN SAID 'the buck stops here'.
Byron's choice in words is so notable: 'The thorns of the tree
that I have planted, have reaped me!'.
Byron takes full responsibility for his own actions. And the
thorns reap him, he does not reap the thorns, although he often
say, 'You'll reap what you sow'.
brings home even more powerfully - 'The results of your wrong
doing will follow you, track you down and punish you. Your
sins will be punished. You will reap what you sow.'
is an old saying, 'You've made your bed; now you must sleep in
you don't believe that promiscuity brings punishment, ask the
homosexual who frequented gay bars and is now dying with AIDS.
If you don't believe that you 'reap what you sow', ask the
promiscuous swinger who "slept around" and now has
genital herpes or the teenager who has to sell her body to satisfy
the craving in her veins and the demands of an "evil
Evans celebrated his 109th birthday in 1986, receiving hundreds of
congratulatory greetings - among those one signed Elizabeth R.
interviewed on BBC Television as to the secret of his longevity,
the Welshman stated. "I never drank alcohol or smoked and I
don't swear." His mind was clear as a well, his speech
impeccable and his manner polite.
I tried to analyze the weight of his words, I suddenly realized
the greatness of his philosophy. Its not smart to smoke, its not
smart to drink alcohol and its not smart to swear.
NOT SMART TO SMOKE
I was a teenager, it was smart to SMOKE; teachers, doctors,
liberal clergymen, politicians and farmers smoked. Only
prudes and religious evangelicals didn'T smoke. Many
athletes smoked. I must confess that when I won the
Saskatchewan title for the half mile, I had cigarettes in my
have certainly changed in the past 5 decades. Now, if you
are a smoker, people shun you. You're considered an air
polluter, a safety hazard and a poor insurance risk.
if you continue smoking, the odds are good that the local
undertaker will have your name on his files before long.
DO REAP WHAT YOU SOW
sad, but Byron warned us - didn't he? "I should have known
that such fruit would have sprung from such a seed."
is a scourge in our land. Even though it still seems popular to
drink socially, the cost to our society is enormous.
Thousands of highway deaths through alcohol related accidents,
millions of dollars spent on welfare due to broken marriages, as
well as the poor job performance of the "half
DO PEOPLE SWEAR?
took me a while to figure out that one. Why do people swear?
Some people swear because they have a poor vocabulary and use
oaths as a fill in. Others think they are macho or wit it
when they swear, and it gives them a sense of authority.
people, however, swear because they are frustrated, any, jealous
or bitter. And all these contribute to ulcers, heart trouble,
insomnia, high blood pressure and death.
we forgotten the 3rd commandment that states: "Thou shalt not
take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not
hold him guiltless that taketh His name in vain." (Exodus
DOES IT MEAN TO TAKE THE LORD'S NAME IN VAIN?
you use the name of God, the Lord or Jesus Christ in any way as a
negative such as in swearing, cursing and damning people, you are
take the Lord's name in vain. The Lord's name is Holy and is
to be used only in prayer, praise or speaking of the Lord.
LORD WILL NOT FIND YOU GUILTLESS FOR TAKING HIS NAME IN VAIN
you use the Lord's name in vain you are breaking this commandment.
(Exodus 20:7) No wonder so many people struggle through life
with a host of problems, setbacks, tragedies and turmoil, when
they constantly curse and swear. If you break this
commandment you will reap what you sow.
that ancient Jew, Saul of Tarsus gave us some good advice in the
New Testament. "Be not deceived. God is not
mocked: whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he reap".
Bible says, "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory
of God." (Romans 3:23) The truth of the matter is that
we have all sinned. "For the wages of sin (is) death;
but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our
Lord." (Romans 6:23)
are all guilt and we have all sinned, but there is good news.
Jesus Christ died for the ungodly. He took our place and
paid our penalty. YOUR SINS CAN BE FORGIVEN. Jesus
Christ is willing to forgive your sins and set you free. You
will no longer continue to live a life of sin.
when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the
ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet
peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. But
God 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 5:6-9)
seems to me that Evans, Byron and St. Paul must have got their
good advice from the same source.
MUST I DO TO BE SAVED?
may say, "That well and good for them, but WHAT ABOUT ME?
What should I do to change my unhappy and sinful lifestyle?
What do I need to do in order to get some meaning in my
Jesus Christ has the power to transform any life, including yours,
my friend. The good news is that you can change the course
of your life, you can reap good things, so that you sow good
things. You can change the patterns of your life and in
doing so, what you reap will be positive, good things - instead of
bad, negative results.
approach God our Heavenly Father in prayer in the Name of His Son,
Jesus Christ and He will forgive you and give you Eternal Life and
something to live for.
Bible says, "If any man (person) be in Christ Jesus he is a
new creation. Old things are passed away, all things become
new." (2 Corinthians 5:17)
remember that God loves you and desires to give you fulfillment,
peace, joy and happiness.
SPIRIT, SOUL & BODY
Pastor Max Solbrekken, D.D.
Greek word SOZO means to 'protect, deliver, heal, preserve, save
and make well.' In reality it means the 'Salvation of God'.
Seven hundred years before Jesus' birth in Bethlehem, the Prophet
Isaiah declared, "Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a
sign, Behold a VIRGIN shall conceive, and bear a Son, and shall
call His name Emmanuel." (Isaiah 7:14)
Angel Gabriel appeared to Joseph saying, "....Fear not to
take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her
is of the Holy Ghost. And she shall bring forth a Son, and
thou shalt call His name JESUS for He shall save His people from
all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of
the Lord by the prophet saying, Behold a 'virgin' shall be with
child, and shalt bring forth a Son, and they shall call His name
Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, GOD WITH US."
name of 'Jesus' in Hebrew is 'Yeshua' which means 'the Salvation
of God'. God's salvation for mankind is 'forgiveness,
healing, protection, wellness and deliverance' from the power of
the Devil and His evil work.
name of 'JESUS' means: 'Saviour, the salvation of God; the God who
saves, heals, protects, delivers and makes well."
our Lord went, he preached the Gospel and confirmed His message by
healing the sick and casting out evil spirits from those who were
bound: "For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that
He might destroy the works of the devil." (1 John 3:8)
Bible states: "How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the
Holy Ghost and power who went about doing good and healing all who
were oppressed of the devil, for God was with Him." (Acts
of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by miracles and
wonders and signs, which God did by Him in the midst of you, as ye
yourselves also know." (Acts 2:22)
shall we escape if we neglect so great salvation, which at the
first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by
them that heard him; God also bearing them witness, both with
signs and wonders, and with divers miracles, and gifts of the Holy
Ghost, according to His own will." (Hebrews 2:3,4)
WORD 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 5:14,15)
word SOZO used here means to heal the sick and make them well, is
used interchangeably for forgiveness and healing for body or soul
in the following Scriptures: Mark 5:23, Mark 5:34, Mark
6:56, Mark 16:16, Luke 8:36, Luke 17:19, Luke 18:42, Acts 2:21,
Acts 14:9, Acts 4:12 and Ephesians 2:8.
HOLY RECORD states: "Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget
not all His benefits: Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; Who
healeth all thy diseases." (Psalms 103:2,3); "He was
wounded for our transgressions. He was bruised for our
iniquities, the chastisement of our peace was upon Him and with
his stripes we are healed." (Isaiah 53:4,5)
when the even was come, they brought unto Him (JESUS) 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);
"Who His own self bare our sins in His own body on the tree,
that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness, by
Whose stripes ye were healed." (1 Peter 2:24)
BIBLE says, "He hath sent His Word and healed them and
delivered them from their destructions." (Psalms 107:20);
"He brought them forth with silver and with gold' and there
was not one feeble person among their tribes." (Psalms
am the Lord, the God of all flesh. Is there anything to hard
for Me?" (Jeremiah 32:27); "And ye shall serve the Lord
your God, and He shall bless thy bread and thy water, and I will
take sickness away from the midst of thee." (Exodus 23:24,25)
HEALING COVENANT WITH ISRAEL
His great love and concern for His people, Israel, Almighty God
made a 'Healing covenant with Moses' on their behalf. Here
thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the Lord thy God and
wilt do that which is right in His sight, and wilt give ear to His
commandments, and keep all His statutes, I will put none of these
diseases upon thee, which i have brought upon the Egyptians, for I
am the Lord that healeth thee." (Exodus 15:26)
ten plagues which Jehovah the Covenant God of Israel released upon
the Egyptians that finally forced Pharaoh to allow the Hebrew
slaves leave their bondage did not adversely affect God's people.
promise of divine healing and health was reserved for the Hebrews
and by extension to all who trust in Christ our Great physician
Who fulfilled all the types of the coming Messiah.
brought them forth also with silver and gold: and there was not
one feeble person among their tribes." (Psalms 105:37)
"Then they cried unto the lord God in their trouble, and He
saveth them out of their distresses. He sent His Word and
healed them, and delivered them from their destructions."
is a very present help in time of trouble." (Psalms 46:1);
"The Lord is my light and my salvation, whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the strength of my life: of whom shall I be
afraid?" (Psalms 27:1)
good thing will God withhold from them who walk uprightly."
(Psalms 84:11); "There shall no evil befall thee, neither
shall any plague come nigh unto thy dwelling." (Psalms
91:10); "Delight thyself in the Lord, and He shall give thee
the desires of thine heart." (Psalms 37:4); "Unto you
that fear My name shall the Son of righteousness arise with
healing in His wings." (Malachi 4:2)
weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue
that shall rise against thee shalt thou condemn. This is the
heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is
of Me sayeth the Lord." (Isaiah 54:17)
Healing is promised for those who fast and pray and seek the Lord:
"Is not the fast that I have chosen? To lose the bands of
wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go
free, and that ye break every yoke?"
it not to deal thy bread to the hungry, and that thou bring the
poor that are cast out to thy house? When thou seest the
naked, that thou cover him, and that thou hide not thyself from
thine own flesh?
shall thy light break forth as the morning, and thy health shall
spring forth speedily: and thy righteousness shall go before thee,
the glory of the Lord shall be thy rear guard. Then shalt
thou call and the Lord shall answer: thou shall cry, and He shall
say, Here am I..." (Isaiah 58:6-8)
IS THE REASON JESUS CAME
this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy
the works of the enemy." (1 John 3:8); "The thief
(Satan) cometh not but for to steal, kill and destroy. I am
come that you might have life and more abundantly." (John
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 3:20); "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."
these signs shall follow them that believe; In My name shall they
cast out devils...they shall lay their hands on the sick, and they
shall recover." (Mark 16:15-20)
said: "Come unto Me all ye who labour and are heavy laden and
I will give you rest." (Matthew 11:28); "All 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)
invites us to fellowship with Him through prayer, praise and
meditation. He said, "Ask and it shall be given you;
seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.
For everyone that asketh receiveth; he that seeketh findeth; and
to him that knocketh it shall be opened." (Matthew 7:7,8)
He shared this great analogy: "And what man is there of you,
whom if his son asks bread, will he give him a stone?" Something
useless! "Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a
serpent?" Something dangerous!
ye then, being evil, know to give god gifts unto your children,
HOW MUCH MORE shall your Father in Heaven give good things to them
that ask Him? (Matthew 7:9-11) He stated: "I will never
leave thee nor forsake thee. I will be with thee unto the
end of the world." (Matthew 28:20; Hebrews 13:5)
this PROMISE our precious Lord Jesus used a 'double imperative' to
drive home a very important truth. He actually said: I will
never, NO NEVER leave thee. I will never, NO NEVER forsake
thee, I will be with thee until the end of the world.
all the promises our Lord gave us, I think this is the most
touching. Jesus was so concerned that we know the truth of
His presence and nearness to us at all times!
promises of God in Christ Jesus is Yea and Amen." The Bible
states: "If God be FOR US, who then can be against us?"
(Romans 8:31) "Greater is He that in IN US that he that is in
the world." (1 John 4:4) His promises are 'YES'...and
hath delivered us from the power of DARKNESS, and hath translated
us into the Kingdom of His dear Son, in Whom we have REDEMPTION
through HIS BLOOD." (Colossians 1:13, 14)
Satan's power was defeated in our lives and we were translated
into Christ's KINGDOM, Satan's power to harass us was finished.
We can tell him to remove his sickness and disease from us for we
are God's PROPERTY.
have been purchased by His blood: "Ye are BOUGHT WITH A
PRICE: therefore glorify God in your BODY, and in your SPIRIT,
which are GOD'S." (2 Corinthians 6:20)
Friend: In the NAME of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, and upon the
authority of God's Word and by the BLOOD of the everlasting
covenant, I command the pain to LEAVE YOUR BODY and the power of
Satan to be broken off your entire being.
can legally say: "SATAN: IT'S OVER! YOU HAVE LOST
and WE HAVE WON through JESUS CHRIST OUR LORD! Amen.
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