But I have prayed for thee that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted,
strengthen thy brethren. Luke 22:32
Jesus was approaching the final hours of his life.
He said to his disciples…
All ye shall be offended because of me this night: for it is written…
I will smite the shepherd, and the sheep shall be scattered.
But after that I am risen, I will go before you into Galilee.
The disciples, who had been his trusted friends, would all desert him
soon. This was not a shock to him, for in Isaiah 53:2-10, Daniel 9:26,
Zechariah 13:7, God spoke through the prophets of the Old Testament,
about the events that would take place, hundreds of years later.
Jesus said to Peter…
Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat:
But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted,
strengthen thy brethren. Luke 22:31-32
Peter thought his faith was invincible….but he still had many valuable
lessons to learn. He still had a kind of yo-yo faith. One minute he
could walk on water, and the next minute he had doubts and sank.
He boldly confess that Jesus was the Son of God, and yet the next minute was
rebuking him for choosing to obey His Father’s will and go to the cross.
He boldly said to Jesus…
Lord, I am ready to go with thee, both into prison, and to death.
But Jesus told him… before the cock crows twice, you will deny me, three times.
Jesus loved Peter and his disciples so much…even when he was about to be
deserted by them all, he prayed that God would not allow their faith to fail.
He wanted them to remember, when they failed, they would be forgiven.
After their tests, he wanted them to strengthen their brothers and sisters, who also would
fall at times. Jesus understood that no one on earth is perfect. We can only live the
Christian life, through the power of the Holy Spirit, working in us.
We each will fail, at times daily… but when we do, God often lovingly
corrects us and sends someone who has gone through
a similar trial or struggle, to share their testimony and faith….
To encourage and help us back up. This is why it is important
to be around a family of believers. God said in Genesis…
It is not good for man to be alone.
It such a waste, when Christians try to put on a church
face all the time, and never share their failures with others.
What we learn in the darkest times of our life, can help another
to see light at the end of the tunnel.
Jesus continued with words of encouragement to his disciples and us…
Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.
In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so I would have told you.
I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will
come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.
God sent Jesus to save you and I from our sins. We must grieve as
we remember each unkind word, each impure thought… each person
we could have helped…but chose not to. Each act of selfishness and rebellion,
brought one more pain to his body. He has gone through hell for you
and I. He suffered the torment we deserved… Yet, he lovingly prayed for us,
and left us words of comfort….
I’ve risen and gone to be with my Father in heaven. Remember that
I am in heaven preparing a place for you. I will come back to take
you home with me one day.
I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh
unto the Father, but by me. John 14:6
There are some religions and lately talk show hosts who say they believe in God, but don’t
believe that Jesus is the only way to get to heaven…but Jesus said…NO MAN comes to the
Father but by me.
Philip asked Jesus to show him and the disciples the Father…
and Jesus replied…
…he that hath seen me hath seen the Father. John 14:9
I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me,
he does the works. John 14:10
Verily, verily I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I
do shall he do also and greater works than these shall he do; because I go
unto my Father. And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that
the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask any thing in my name,
I will do it. If ye love me, keep my commandments. And I will pray the Father,
and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;
Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him
not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall
be in You. I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.
Even though death was facing him, he wanted the disciples and
us to know, he would always be praying for us…
and would send the Holy Spirit to live inside of us. When we
accept Jesus as our Savior, the Holy Spirit guides and directs us.
We begin to see truth in the word of God.
The world cannot see this truth, because they have not asked
Jesus to show it to them. God promises to give wisdom to all
who ask and believe in His Son as their Savior.
Yet a little while, and the world seeth me no more; but ye see me:
because I live, ye shall live also. At that day ye shall know that I am in
my Father, and ye in me, and I in you. John 14:19-20
Judas, another disciple of Jesus, not Iscariot, asked Jesus how
he would manifest himself to them and not to the world…
Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and
my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.
But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name,
he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever
I have said unto you. John 14:26
When the Holy Ghost lives inside us, our bodies become a temple for the
living God. This makes the Christian faith different from other religions.
We become one with God. We can have a relationship with him.
He teaches us through his words in the Bible…
and gives us the ability to recall the scriptures that will help
us… when each temptation or trial comes against us.
If a man comes, claiming to be sent by God, to kill innocent people,
we are able to see this as a lie from the devil…the anti-christ.
Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is anti-christ,
that denieth the Father and the Son. Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not
the Father: but he that acknowledgeth the Son hath the Father also.
1 John 2:22-23
Whenever we are confused about truth, we only need to pray and ask
the Father for wisdom, in the name of Jesus. He will loving supply all
the guidance needed, to go through each day victorious.
We do not need to live our lives as victims, but victors through
Jesus’ death and resurrection.
He prepared the disciples ahead of time for all things that
would take place…. So they would not be discouraged or despair.
God left the messages in scripture to prepare us
for what lies ahead…so we too, will not become afraid…
Jesus left us these beautiful words to remember…
Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I
unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
We become clean, through the blood, Jesus shed for us. The
word of God purifies, corrects, instructs, and drives fear
and doubts from our hearts.
Jesus is waiting for You to ask Him into your heart.
Let Him bring you His peace and power!
Will you take up your cross and follow wherever he leads?
Billions of people will die and go to hell, unless you help
us reach them….
Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is
baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.
And these signs shall follow them that believe: In my name shall they cast out devils;
they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any
deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands of the sick, and they shall recover.
Holy is Your name…
Thank You for the gift of this beautiful new day. Thank You for
leaving us the precious scriptures to teach us and guide us…
and for joining us, as a family of God, in study and prayer.
We love You and praise You! Forgive me for often running
away from Your safe shelter. Thank You for lovingly receiving
me back home and for sending Jesus to die for my sins.
I choose to turn from my life of sin. Help me, by the power of
the Holy Spirit, to live a life that is pleasing in Your sight.
Transform me into a living vessel of light to share the Gospel
with others. I trust You to provide the words, the open doors,
and the power to accomplish the vision you have put in my heart.
You are my hope, peace, and shelter in the storm. Fill me
with wisdom and knowledge to know and do Your will.
Turn my eyes and heart from worthless things and activities.
Help me to bear fruit for the kingdom and bring others to You for
help and deliverance.
LORD, in Your mercy, hear our prayers.
We lift up prayers to You for all who are suffering with illness or adversity…
Father, You have told us to pray in faith, believing in You to forgive, and heal all things.
There is nothing too hard for You. We ask for mercy for Your servants. Heal them O LORD,
and they shall be healed, Save them, and they shall be saved. We offer to You the sacrifice of praise.
Thank You for sending Jesus to bear our sickness and diseases.
Father, we ask you to keep us from temptation, and deliver us from evil.
Open our eyes to recognize any areas of our life that need change, which may be blocking our
breakthroughs. We realize blessings and adversity are allowed by You, for a specific purpose to
conform us… to the likeness of Jesus.
Help us to learn and grow in wisdom. Teach us from Your Word,
for it reveals truth and light in the darkness.
Father we thank you for bringing Ann Hume home safely from Haiti for a brief visit
with her family. Give her strength, good health, bless her with safe travel when she returns
April 8 to spend the summer in Haiti. We ask you to send funds to help her feed, clothe,
and teach the people of Haiti the word of God. We also ask for funds for Kesmy’s college
education, so he can be a faithful pastor and teacher for his people. He will be coming to
the U.S. in August and hopes to attend Alpena Community College and Moody Bible Institute.
Bless Ann’s son, Eric Hume who is continuing his education in the armed services.
Strengthen this brave young man and help him to be a faithful and obedient man to
serve you all the days of his life. Keep him and all our soldiers safe from harm and danger.
Bring peace to our world and unite us in love so we will not be overcome with evil,
but will overcome evil with good.
We commit all to Your care, trusting in You to deliver, protect, and provide
for all our needs. You are our help in times of trouble. Thank You for
never leaving us helpless or forsaking us. You are the God of hope.
The God of Love. The God of all comfort. We call upon You in our
struggles on earth, and wait expectantly for Your deliverance.
Thank You for allowing us the privilege to worship You and sing praises to
Help us each to reflect upon the great sacrifice, Jesus made for us on the
cross. May we reach into our hearts and offer a sacrifice of thanksgiving and joy
back to You. Help us to willingly spread the Gospel, so no one will have
to go to hell, because of our selfishness or neglect.
LORD, in Your mercy, hear our prayers.
In Jesus’ name we pray…
If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.
Your sister and servant of the LORD,