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I will always be with you even until the end of the age.                                                             – Jesus

 

The sky was bursting with color as the sun set over the sea. While on the shore the water gently rolled over the sand as the sandpipers looked for food. The disciples built themselves a fire and sat around it reflecting of the days gone by.

“I can’t believe he’s gone. It only seems like yesterday he was teaching us by the sea and telling us to follow him.” James recalled as he watched the sun set.

“Remember when he overturned the money changer tables at the temple? Or when he raised that man from the dead as they were carrying him to his grave!” said Thomas.

“What about the stories he would tell? Or all the miracles he did?” Matthew added.

“What really caught me was how he loved people, He never turned anyone away when they came to him!” John said as he looked around at the others who in turn nodded in agreement.

“It sure has been good to be with him these last few days. Now I understand why he allowed himself to be crucified. although the night he was arrested was the longest night of my life!” said Peter .

As Philip looked up into the sky he thought about the day Jesus appeared when they were all together at Peter’s house. It was the first time Thomas saw Jesus after he had rose from the dead.

Thomas came and knocked on the door at Peter’s house.

“Who is there?” a voice called out.

“It’s me Thomas, let me in, he responded. Andrew opened the door and let him in, as he looked around for anyone else who might have followed him.

“We have seen Jesus! He has risen from the dead!” Peter exclaimed.

“Yeah right!” Thomas said in unbelief.

“No! It’s true! Jesus is alive! I have seen him too! We all have!” Matthew joined in as he looked around at the others.

“Come on guys! Is this some kind of sick joke?” Thomas said angrily.

John came and put his hands on Thomas’ shoulders and said,

“Thomas, It is true. Just a few days ago, when Mary came and told us she had seen Jesus alive, we did not believe her either and then he appeared in the middle of the room! The door was locked when he just manifested out of the air!  He is alive just as he said he would be!”

Pulling away from John in frustration Thomas said,

“Have you lost your mind! I miss him too, but for you to say he came back from the dead is unbelievable. Don’t you remember what he looked like when we buried him?”

“Thomas, we all saw him! He even showed us the holes in  his hands and feet where the nails went through!”

Thomas shook his head in disbelief.

“Until I see him for myself, and put my finger in the wounds he received from his crucifixion, I will not believe he has come back from the dead!

Eight days later the disciples came together to discuss what to do next.  Thomas joined them even though he still had his doubts about Jesus being alive.

Suddenly the room filled with glorious light and Jesus came and stood  before them.

“Thomas, Jesus said as he stretched out his hands toward him.

“See my hands and feet? Put your fingers in them so you will believe and not doubt.”

“My Lord and my God!” Thomas cried out as he fell to his knees at Jesus’ feet.

“Thomas because you have seen me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet believe.” Jesus said as he helped Thomas back to his feet. Then he opened their understanding so that they could know the reason he came and why he had to suffer.

Sparks went up into the night sky as Peter stirred the logs to keep the fire going.  Matthew watching the sparks fade into the darkness recalled the last thing the Lord said to them.

Jesus met them on a hillside just outside of Bethany and began to instruct them on what they needed to do.

“All authority has been given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

Then Jesus stretched out his hands and blessed them. As he was speaking, he started to ascend into heaven.

“Do not leave Jerusalem until you have received the Promise of the Father which you have heard from me; for John truly baptized you with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.” he said as he faded into the clouds.

As they watched him go up two men dressed in glistening white apparel stood by them and said,

“Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven.”

“What do you suppose Jesus meant when he said, ‘you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit?’ Andrew asked the rest of the group.

They all gazed into the fire as they thought about Andrew’s question.

“We must go Jerusalem and wait as Jesus told us to do.” Peter said as he got up to leave. The others put the fire out and began walking toward Jerusalem, rejoicing and praising God as they went.


There are many other things that Jesus did, which if they were written one by one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that would be written.”                    

– John 21:25


This story is an adaptation of the events recorded in the gospels.
*John 20:24-31, Matthew 28:18-20 (NKJV)

The Longest Night

… “Simon, Simon! Indeed, Satan has asked for you, that he may sift you as wheat. 

Luke 22:31 (NKJV)

 His body numb from the shock of the event that just occurred, Peter dropped his sword to the ground. Keeping their  distance, he and another disciple followed the dimly lit torches flickering against the cold night sky. The feeling of helplessness flooded Peters soul, he had always been in control of things. Knowing what to do in hard circumstances came naturally to him. But now fear gripped his heart and confusing thoughts ran through his mind like wildfire in a dry forest. As he approached the gateway leading into the courtyard, a servant girl recognized him as a follower of Jesus.

“ Are you not one of His disciples?”

“I am not,” Peter replied as he kept walking to avoid any other questions the girl might ask.

As the night went on, the cold began to take hold of him. The darkness that closed in  around them, was kept at bay by the flickering light of the fire burning in the center of the court. The angry words of the soldiers could be heard through out the courtyard as well as the murmuring of the Jews who had brought Jesus there.  Peter looked around as he stretched out his hands toward the fire in front of him, trying to find comfort in its warmth. Across from him, a woman stared intensely at him, through the flickering glow of the fire.

“This man was with Jesus!”

“Woman, I don’t know him!” he exclaimed.

“Certainly you and Jesus are together because you are both Galilean.” A man opposite of him responded.

“I don’t know what you are talking about!” exclaimed Peter.

Instantly the rooster crowed and he remembered what Jesus had told him in the upper room,

“I tell you, Peter, the rooster shall not crow this day before you will deny three times that you know Me.” 

If one listened closely, they could hear the breaking heart of the cold and lonely disciple. The fiery questions ripped away at the man bound in fear.When the soldiers came and took hold of Jesus to bring Him before the priest, he raised his head and looked over at Peter. Unable to stay any longer, he turned and ran into the cold darkness. Guilt and condemnation flooded his heart as the sound of the rooster and the words that Jesus spoke pounded his thoughts.

“No,no,no! What have I done!”Peter cried out as he wept bitterly.

*This story was created from Luke 22:31-34, 54-62

But I have prayed for you, that your faith should not fail; and when you have returned to Me, strengthen your brethren.”

Luke 22:32 (NKJV)

Have you ever felt like  you have failed in your walk with God? Or maybe you  felt like  “sifted wheat”?  Be encouraged! Jesus knows everything about you (Romans 5:8). Your Heavenly Father (God) did not send His Son so you would feel guilty and condemned (John 3:17). He set you free from all that! (Romans 8:1).  If  you find yourself in a situation like Peter was, ask God to forgive you and He will,  (2 Chronicles 7:14,) because He loves you! Later on we read how Peter went on to be one of the leaders of the church. In fact he preached the first message on the day of Pentecost and three thousand people where saved!( Acts 2: 40-41)

Notice Jesus:

  • Warned Peter
  • Interceded for Peter
  • Knew what Peter would do
  • Didn’t get angry with Peter when he denied Him
  • Gave him something to do while HE was away (“strengthen your brethren”)
  • Restored Peter John 21:15-19

      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 created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 8:38-39 (NKJV)

For which is easier: to say, Your sins are forgiven and the penalty remitted, or to say, Get up and walk?

   This is my verse for today. I thought I would share it with you.

He gives power to the faint and weary, and to him who has no might He increases strength [causing it to multiply and making it to abound]. But those who wait for the Lord [who expect, look for, and hope in Him] shall change and renew their strength and power; they shall lift their wings and mount up [close to God] as eagles [mount up to the sun]; they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint or become tired.

Isaiah 40:29,31 (AMP)

It’s not only God’s will to save us from sin. He also healed us. He gave us power and strength… He delivered us from our sin. “But to those that “wait” for the Lord…” He makes us whole…healing is a part of salvation.

LOOK UP THESE VERSES  (You won’t regret it! 🙂 ) – 

  • Psalm 103:1-5
  • Psalm107: 17, 19-21
  • Isaiah 53:4-5
  • Jeremiah 17:14

The word salvation in Greek is- SOZO- meaning nothing broken, nothing missing.(Romans 1:16, Romans 10:10-13 for example) 

  “Your faith cannot operate beyond your knowledge of His Word.” 

– Gloria Copeland

Notice it does not say we will not have times of feeling weak (faint and weary), or feeling worn out/exhausted  (no might). It says that as we expect,trust and rely on God,  look for find out what His word/promises are concerning our situation, and hope in Him, apply stand,receive,take what He says as the Truth. Our strength and power will be renewed.

Two things to always remember:

  • It is Gods will to heal and restore us.
  • Gods Word never fails.

SAY WHAT YOU BELIEVE
        For with the heart a person believes (adheres to, trusts in, and relies on Christ) and so is justified (declared righteous, acceptable to God), and with the mouth he confesses (declares openly and speaks out freely his faith) and confirms [his] salvation.                                                                     

  Romans 10:10 (AMP)

 Declaration/ConfessionSay it out loud and receive it!

*You give power to me when I am faint and weary. In my weakness, You increase strength in me.I wait for You [expect, look for, and hope in You] and You renew my strength and power. I will lift up with wings of strength and rise as an eagle. I shall run and not be weary, I shall walk and not faint or become tired.                                                                                         ( Isaiah 40:29, 13 personified)

  For which is easier: to say, Your sins are forgiven and the penalty remitted, or to say, Get up and walk?
  But in order that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins and remit the penalty, He then said to the paralyzed man, Get up! Pick up your sleeping pad and go to your own house.
 And he got up and went away to his own house.
Matthew 9:5-7 (AMP)

* Gloria Copeland Healing and Wellness Life Line Book Your 10 Day Spiritual Action Plan (page 128 #8)

AND YOU HE MADE ALIVE!!!

AND YOU [He made alive], when you were dead (slain) by [your] trespasses and sins In which at one time you walked [habitually]. You were following the course and fashion of this world [were under the sway of the tendency of this present age], following the prince of the power of the air. [You were obedient to and under the control of] the [demon] spirit that still constantly works in the sons of disobedience [the careless, the rebellious, and the unbelieving, who go against the purposes of God]. Among these we as well as you once lived and conducted ourselves in the passions of our flesh [our behavior governed by our corrupt and sensual nature], obeying the impulses of the flesh and the thoughts of the mind [our cravings dictated by our senses and our dark imaginings]. We were then by nature children of [God’s] wrath and heirs of [His] indignation, like the rest of mankind. But God—so rich is He in His mercy! Because of and in order to satisfy the great and wonderful and intense love with which He loved us, even when we were dead (slain) by [our own] shortcomings and trespasses, He made us alive together in fellowship and in union with Christ; [He gave us the very life of Christ Himself, the same new life with which He quickened Him, for] it is by grace (His favor and mercy which you did not deserve) that you are saved (delivered from judgment and made partakers of Christ’s salvation). And He raised us up together with Him and made us sit down together [giving us joint seating with Him] in the heavenly sphere [by virtue of our being] in Christ Jesus (the Messiah, the Anointed One). He did this that He might clearly demonstrate through the ages to come the immeasurable (limitless, surpassing) riches of His free grace (His unmerited favor) in [His] kindness and goodness of heart toward us in Christ Jesus. For it is by free grace (God’s unmerited favor) that you are saved (delivered from judgment and made partakers of Christ’s salvation) through [your] faith. And this [salvation] is not of yourselves [of your own doing, it came not through your own striving], but it is the gift of God.

Ephesians 2:1-8 (AMP)


For he has rescued us from the kingdom of darkness and transferred us into the Kingdom of his dear Son, who purchased our freedom and forgave our sins. Christ is the visible image of the invisible God. He existed before anything was created and is supreme over all creation, for through him God created everything in the heavenly realms and on earth. He made the things we can see and the things we can’t see— such as thrones, kingdoms, rulers, and authorities in the unseen world. Everything was created through him and for him. He existed before anything else, and he holds all creation together. Christ is also the head of the church, which is his body. He is the beginning, supreme over all who rise from the dead. So he is first in everything. For God in all his fullness was pleased to live in Christ, and through him God reconciled everything to himself. He made peace with everything in heaven and on earth by means of Christ’s blood on the cross.  This includes you who were once far away from God. You were his enemies, separated from him by your evil thoughts and actions. Yet now he has reconciled you to himself through the death of Christ in his physical body. As a result, he has brought you into his own presence, and you are holy and blameless as you stand before him without a single fault. But you must continue to believe this truth and stand firmly in it. Don’t drift away from the assurance you received when you heard the Good News. The Good News has been preached all over the world, and I, Paul, have been appointed as God’s servant to proclaim it.

Colossians 1:13-23 (NLT)

Happy Resurrection day!

Jesus Is LORD!…..He Is Alive And Is Coming…… R U Ready?

ALWAYS

I will always be with you even until the end of the age.                                                             – Jesus

 

The sky was bursting with color as the sun set over the sea. While on the shore the water gently rolled over the sand as the sandpipers looked for food. The disciples built themselves a fire and sat around it reflecting of the days gone by.

“I can’t believe he’s gone. It only seems like yesterday he was teaching us by the sea and telling us to follow him.” James recalled as he watched the sun set.

“Remember when he overturned the money changer tables at the temple? Or when he raised that man from the dead as they were carrying him to his grave!” said Thomas.

“What about the stories he would tell? Or all the miracles he did?” Matthew added.

“What really caught me was how he loved people, He never turned anyone away when they came to him!” John said as he looked around at the others who in turn nodded in agreement.

“It sure has been good to be with him these last few days. Now I understand why he allowed himself to be crucified. although the night he was arrested was the longest night of my life!” said Peter .

As Philip looked up into the sky he thought about the day Jesus appeared when they were all together at Peter’s house. It was the first time Thomas saw Jesus after he had rose from the dead.

Thomas came and knocked on the door at Peter’s house.

“Who is there?” a voice called out.

“It’s me Thomas, let me in, he responded. Andrew opened the door and let him in, as he looked around for anyone else who might have followed him.

“We have seen Jesus! He has risen from the dead!” Peter exclaimed.

“Yeah right!” Thomas said in unbelief.

“No! It’s true! Jesus is alive! I have seen him too! We all have!” Matthew joined in as he looked around at the others.

“Come on guys! Is this some kind of sick joke?” Thomas said angrily.

John came and put his hands on Thomas’ shoulders and said,

“Thomas, It is true. Just a few days ago, when Mary came and told us she had seen Jesus alive, we did not believe her either and then he appeared in the middle of the room! The door was locked when he just manifested out of the air!  He is alive just as he said he would be!”

Pulling away from John in frustration Thomas said,

“Have you lost your mind! I miss him too, but for you to say he came back from the dead is unbelievable. Don’t you remember what he looked like when we buried him?”

“Thomas, we all saw him! He even showed us the holes in  his hands and feet where the nails went through!”

Thomas shook his head in disbelief.

“Until I see him for myself, and put my finger in the wounds he received from his crucifixion, I will not believe he has come back from the dead!

Eight days later the disciples came together to discuss what to do next.  Thomas joined them even though he still had his doubts about Jesus being alive.

Suddenly the room filled with glorious light and Jesus came and stood  before them.

“Thomas, Jesus said as he stretched out his hands toward him.

“See my hands and feet? Put your fingers in them so you will believe and not doubt.”

“My Lord and my God!” Thomas cried out as he fell to his knees at Jesus’ feet.

“Thomas because you have seen me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet believe.” Jesus said as he helped Thomas back to his feet. Then he opened their understanding so that they could know the reason he came and why he had to suffer.

Sparks went up into the night sky as Peter stirred the logs to keep the fire going.  Matthew watching the sparks fade into the darkness recalled the last thing the Lord said to them.

Jesus met them on a hillside just outside of Bethany and began to instruct them on what they needed to do.

“All authority has been given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

Then Jesus stretched out his hands and blessed them. As he was speaking, he started to ascend into heaven.

“Do not leave Jerusalem until you have received the Promise of the Father which you have heard from me; for John truly baptized you with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.” he said as he faded into the clouds.

As they watched him go up two men dressed in glistening white apparel stood by them and said,

“Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven.”

“What do you suppose Jesus meant when he said, ‘you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit?’ Andrew asked the rest of the group.

They all gazed into the fire as they thought about Andrew’s question.

“We must go Jerusalem and wait as Jesus told us to do.” Peter said as he got up to leave. The others put the fire out and began walking toward Jerusalem, rejoicing and praising God as they went.


There are many other things that Jesus did, which if they were written one by one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that would be written.”                    

– John 21:25


This story is an adaptation of the events recorded in the gospels.
*John 20:24-31, Matthew 28:18-20 (NKJV)

The Longest Night

… “Simon, Simon! Indeed, Satan has asked for you, that he may sift you as wheat. 

Luke 22:31 (NKJV)

 His body numb from the shock of the event that just occurred, Peter dropped his sword to the ground. Keeping their  distance, he and another disciple followed the dimly lit torches flickering against the cold night sky. The feeling of helplessness flooded Peters soul, he had always been in control of things. Knowing what to do in hard circumstances came naturally to him. But now fear gripped his heart and confusing thoughts ran through his mind like wildfire in a dry forest. As he approached the gateway leading into the courtyard, a servant girl recognized him as a follower of Jesus.

“ Are you not one of His disciples?”

“I am not,” Peter replied as he kept walking to avoid any other questions the girl might ask.

As the night went on, the cold began to take hold of him. The darkness that closed in  around them, was kept at bay by the flickering light of the fire burning in the center of the court. The angry words of the soldiers could be heard through out the courtyard as well as the murmuring of the Jews who had brought Jesus there.  Peter looked around as he stretched out his hands toward the fire in front of him, trying to find comfort in its warmth. Across from him, a woman stared intensely at him, through the flickering glow of the fire.

“This man was with Jesus!”

“Woman, I don’t know him!” he exclaimed.

“Certainly you and Jesus are together because you are both Galilean.” A man opposite of him responded.

“I don’t know what you are talking about!” exclaimed Peter.

Instantly the rooster crowed and he remembered what Jesus had told him in the upper room,

“I tell you, Peter, the rooster shall not crow this day before you will deny three times that you know Me.” 

If one listened closely, they could hear the breaking heart of the cold and lonely disciple. The fiery questions ripped away at the man bound in fear.When the soldiers came and took hold of Jesus to bring Him before the priest, he raised his head and looked over at Peter. Unable to stay any longer, he turned and ran into the cold darkness. Guilt and condemnation flooded his heart as the sound of the rooster and the words that Jesus spoke pounded his thoughts.

“No,no,no! What have I done!”Peter cried out as he wept bitterly.

*This story was created from Luke 22:31-34, 54-62

But I have prayed for you, that your faith should not fail; and when you have returned to Me, strengthen your brethren.”


Luke 22:32 (NKJV)

Have you ever felt like  you have failed in your walk with God? Or maybe you  felt like  “sifted wheat”?  Be encouraged! Jesus knows everything about you (Romans 5:8). Your Heavenly Father (God) did not send His Son so you would feel guilty and condemned (John 3:17). He set you free from all that! (Romans 8:1).  If  you find yourself in a situation like Peter was, ask God to forgive you and He will,  (2 Chronicles 7:14,) because He loves you! Later on we read how Peter went on to be one of the leaders of the church. In fact he preached the first message on the day of Pentecost and three thousand people where saved!( Acts 2: 40-41)

Notice Jesus:

  • Warned Peter
  • Interceded for Peter
  • Knew what Peter would do
  • Didn’t get angry with Peter when he denied Him
  • Gave him something to do while HE was away (“strengthen your brethren”)
  • Restored Peter John 21:15-19

      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 created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 8:38-39 (NKJV)

FREE!!!!

WE HAVE BEEN REDEEMED FROM THE CURSE OF THE LAW!!!!

 He personally bore our sins in His [own] body on the tree [as on an altar and offered Himself on it], that we might die (cease to exist) to sin and live to righteousness. By His wounds you have been healed.

 1 Peter 2:24 (AMP)


 So if the Son liberates you [makes you free men], then you are really and unquestionably free.

John 8:36 (AMP)