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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)
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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)

WATCH YOUR STEP


1. Look carefully then how you walk! 2.Live purposefully and worthily and accurately, not as the unwise and witless, but as wise (sensible, intelligent people),  3. Making the very most of the time [buying up each opportunity], because the days are evil. Therefore 4. do not be vague and thoughtless and foolish, but 5.understanding and firmly grasping what the will of the Lord is.

Ephesians 5:15-17 (AMP)

HOW TO WATCH YOUR STEP (The following numbers correlate with the numbers in the verse)

  1. You choose the path you are walking on. Pay attention to the signs.
  2. Live life with purpose. Don’t be stupid!
  3. Don’t waist your time guessing, or doing it “My way”.
  4. Spend time hanging out with God in His word and in prayer.
  5. Pay attention to what He is saying through His Spirit Who lives in you. This is only for those who have received Jesus as their Lord.

 Life is a journey, NOT a walk around the block. You have a purpose.

 

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)

When All Was Lost He Gave All!

Today I am going to share what I read in my email  from Kenneth Copeland Ministries.com today. I hope this blesses you as it did myself.

But God’s free gift is not at all to be compared to the trespass…For if many died through one man’s falling away–his lapse, his offense–much more profusely did God’s grace and the free gift [that comes] through…Jesus Christ, abound and overflow to and for [the benefit of] many.

Romans 5:15

“If you ever need someone to tell you how to turn things around, go to God. He’s an expert on the subject. He’s suffered more losses than anyone who’s ever lived.

Just think about it. He lost Lucifer, His top-ranked, most anointed angel. And He lost at least a third of His other angels as well when Lucifer fell. Then He lost the man and woman He had created; and because He’d given them dominion over the earth, when He lost them, He lost it too. Any way you figure it, that’s a lot of real estate down the drain!

Yet, in spite of all that, God is no loser. He’s the greatest winner of all time. Do you know why? Because He knows how to turn the losses around. He knows how to use the law of giving and receiving to transform losses into gains.

“Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over” (Luke 6:38).

Isn’t that staggering? He had every option that exists to choose from to redeem the things He’d lost. He had all wisdom and all power available to Him. Out of all that, the law of giving is what He chose to use.

He gave the most irreplaceable thing He had: His only Son. Then He backed that gift with His own faith. And when the law of giving and receiving had done its work, the Almighty Father God received not only His first begotten Son, but millions of other sons as well.

Don’t despair over your losses. Redeem them the same way God redeemed His. Give and put the most powerful principle in the universe to work for you.”

By Kenneth Copeland

MUD PIES

Mud Pie

Image by The U.S. National Archives via Flickr

     When I was growing up one of my favorite things to do was to make mud pies! Mom would tell me to go outside and find something to do. Well, I did! The next thing I know I hear my mom yelling my name as the screen door slams behind her. She grabs me by the  hand and takes me to the water hose, and rinses me off. Then we went inside where I had to take a bath, with her scrubbing me with a little brown rubber scrubber! To moms defense, I had come inside for something, and brought the mud with me,  tracking it in the house. There also was mud on everything I touched!  The only way I could get clean without dirtying everything up was to have her do it for me. At the time I was to young to understand why she was so mad. After all, it was just dirt!

This Psalm reminds me of playing in the mud. Because we are born into sin we need someone to clean us up who does not have sin.

I WAITED patiently and expectantly for the Lord; and He inclined to me and heard my cry. 2 He drew me up out of a horrible pit [a pit of tumult and of destruction], out of the miry clay (froth and slime), and set my feet upon a rock, steadying my steps and establishing my goings. 3 And He has put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God. Many shall see and fear (revere and worship) and put their trust and confident reliance in the Lord.

Psalms 40:1-3 (AMP)

We need Jesus to save us.

Let’s take a closer look:

“I WAITED patiently and expectantly for the Lord; and He inclined to me and heard my cry.”

In the first verse we see that the person is waiting  expectantly for a response from God about something they have prayed about. 

When a person asks Jesus into their life as their Lord, He saves them.

And it shall be that whoever shall call upon the name of the Lord [ invoking, adoring, and worshiping the Lord—Christ] shall be saved.

Acts 2:21 (AMP)

“He drew me up out of a horrible pit [a pit of tumult and of destruction], out of the miry clay (froth and slime),”

My life before excepting Jesus as my Lord was a real mess. Now, life still has its moments when it is the “pits” and has  “slippery” situations; it is a mess with hope!

We are separated from God because of the sin in our lives.

Since all have sinned and are falling short of the honor and glory which God bestows and receives.

Romans 3:23 (AMP)

Sin=Death

For the wages which sin pays is death, but the [bountiful] free gift of God is eternal life through (in union with) Jesus Christ our Lord.

Romans 6:23 (AMP)

Jesus=Life

But God shows and clearly proves His [own] love for us by the fact that while we were still sinners, Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One) died for us.

Romans 5:8 (AMP)

Jesus never said that we would have it easy, He did say He would be our source of peace and deliverance when bad situations arise.

 I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have [perfect] peace and confidence. In the world you have tribulation and trials and distress and frustration; but be of good cheer [take courage; be confident, certain, undaunted]! For I have overcome the world. [I have deprived it of power to harm you and have conquered it for you.]

John 16:33 (AMP)

“and set my feet upon a rock, steadying my steps and establishing my goings.”

 For everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord [invoking Him as Lord] will be saved.

Romans 10:13 (AMP)

“And He has put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God.”

Therefore if any person is [in grafted] in Christ (the Messiah) he is a new creation (a new creature altogether); the old [previous moral and spiritual condition] has passed away. Behold, the fresh and new has come!

2 Cor 5:17 (AMP)

“Many shall see and fear (revere and worship) and put their trust and confident reliance in the Lord.”

So we are Christ’s ambassadors, God making His appeal as it were through us. We [as Christ’s personal representatives] beg you for His sake to lay hold of the divine favor [now offered you] and be reconciled to God.

2 Cor 5:19-20 (AMP)

It was God [personally present] in Christ, reconciling and restoring the world to favor with Himself, not counting up and holding against [men] their trespasses [but cancelling them], and committing to us the message of reconciliation (of the restoration to favor).

2 Cor 5:19

When we except Jesus (are born again), we can go and tell others about Him, and help them get out of the mud! ( Matthew 28: 19-20)

WHAT’S THAT SMELL?

Incense

WHAT’S THAT SMELL?

As the sun was setting on the city of Rome the sound of marching soldiers filled the once peaceful sky. The people lined the streets to see the procession as it came through the main gate of the city. With the general in the lead the priest swung the incense burners as they followed close behind, releasing a fragrant scent into the air around them. The officers quickly followed riding high on their horses as they rejoiced in their victory over their enemies to the south. The captives followed with there heads hanging low, being prodded like cattle by the soldiers that followed them. As the fragrance filled the air with smoke it released the aroma of victory, job well done for all the officers and the soldiers in the procession, but to the captives it was the stench of slavery or even death.

Notice that in this story the smoke from the incense burners the priest where carrying  went over everybody in the line. One smoke-two scents! As you live your life in Christ you will give of a fragrance. To those people who are being saved (those looking for salvation, and fellow believers) you are sweet smelling. But to those people who reject (they are not interested in) the plan of salvation you smell bad to  them. So in the world you are sweet smelling or you stink! To God however, you are the fragrance of Christ.

   Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place. 15 For we are to God the fragrance of Christ among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing. 16 To the one we are the aroma of death leading to death, and to the other the aroma of life leading to life.

2 Cor 2:14-16 (NKJV)

Who always leads us in triumph in Christ?___________

What is diffused through us?_____________________

Where is it diffused?____________________________

Who’s fragrance are we to God?___________________

As you live your life in Christ you will give of a fragrance. To those people who are being saved (those looking for salvation, and fellow believers) you have a sweet fragrance. But to those people who reject (they are not interested in) the plan of salvation you smell bad to  them. So in the world you smell good or you stink! To God however, you are the fragrance of Christ.

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