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Sunday, December 11, 2011


A dear friend is at the hospital with her husband.  He had a bleeding stroke Friday night.  They've already drained off the blood and he is in a coma for five days.  I can't imagine what she must feel. I pray that she is surrounded with God's peace and resting in Him. I wonder how I would hold up, but have no desire to find out.

Lord, thank you that you are there with them and ministering to them.  I wish I could be there, but there is nothing I could do. But you are our Healer and Comforter and I leave them in Your capable hands. Thank you for them and what you are going to do in their lives. Keep a hedge of protection around this family. Minister to the children as well and give them peace.  Let him fully recover and have no loss of skills. In Jesus' name.

John 20:17
  Mary Magdalene Sees the Risen Lord
          Jesus said to her, “Do not cling to Me, for I have not yet ascended to My Father; but go to My brethren and say to them, ‘I am ascending to My Father and your Father, and to My God and your God.’”
The Apostles Commissioned
   19 Then, the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled,[c] for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in the midst, and said to them, “Peace be with you.20 When He had said this, He showed them His hands and His side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord.
21 So Jesus said to them again, “Peace to you! As the Father has sent Me, I also send you.22 And when He had said this, He breathed on them, and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23 If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.
 I recall no record where they You to forgive them of their sins. They believed and were saved ( plus they saw You too) and then you sent them out as Father sent You.  

Lord, I've chewed over this verse (23) off and on for quite some time and in the way we are to pray by looking at your examples:
John 5:6-9  When Jesus saw him lying there, and knew that he already had been in that condition a long time, He said to him, “Do you want to be made well?
7 The sick man answered Him, “Sir, I have no man to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up; but while I am coming, another steps down before me.”
8 Jesus said to him, Rise, take up your bed and walk.9 And immediately the man was made well, took up his bed, and walked.

 For this reason the Jews persecuted Jesus, and sought to kill Him, because He had done these things on the Sabbath. 17 But Jesus answered them, “My Father has been working until now, and I have been working.
18 Therefore the Jews sought all the more to kill Him, because He not only broke the Sabbath, but also said that God was His Father, making Himself equal with God. 19 Then Jesus answered and said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He sees the Father do; for whatever He does, the Son also does in like manner. 20 For the Father loves the Son, and shows Him all things that He Himself does; and He will show Him greater works than these, that you may marvel. 21 For as the Father raises the dead and gives life to them, even so the Son gives life to whom He will. 22 For the Father judges no one, but has committed all judgment to the Son, 23 that all should honor the Son just as they honor the Father. He who does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent Him.
24Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life. 25 Most assuredly, I say to you, the hour is coming, and now is, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God; and those who hear will live. 26 For as the Father has life in Himself, so He has granted the Son to have life in Himself, 27 and has given Him authority to execute judgment also, because He is the Son of Man. 28 Do not marvel at this; for the hour is coming in which all who are in the graves will hear His voice 29 and come forth—those who have done good, to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil, to the resurrection of condemnation. 30 I can of Myself do nothing. As I hear, I judge; and My judgment is righteous, because I do not seek My own will but the will of the Father who sent Me."

Earlier this year when I read John 10:34,  I was reminded, "You shall have no other gods before Me ."
Jesus answered them, “Is it not written in your law, ‘I said, “You are gods”’?[c] 35 If He called them gods, to whom the word of God came (and the Scripture cannot be broken),

Jesus didn't ask for healing, He commanded healing. Peter did the same thing in Acts 3:8 ( “Silver and gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk.”). I've experienced You answering my prayers as well in the smaller things in my life. Some instant and some, like the fig tree, didn't happen immediately. Father, I want to glorify You and Jesus. I want more of You, to walk closer to You, and to be used by You!

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