DO YOU KNOW HOW THE APOSTLES DIED?
Matthew suffered martyrdom in Ethiopia , killed by a sword wound.
Mark died in Alexandria , Egypt , after being dragged by horses
through the streets until he was dead .
Luke was hanged in Greece as a result of his tremendous preaching to the lost.
John faced martyrdom when he was boiled in huge basin of boiling oil
during a wave of persecution in Rome . However, he was miraculously
delivered from death. John was then sentenced to the mines on the
prison island of Patmos . He wrote his prophetic Book of Revelation on
Patmos . The apostle John was later freed and returned to serve as
Bishop of Edessa in modern Turkey . He died as an old man, the only
apostle to die peacefully.
Peter was crucified upside down on an x-shaped cross. According to
church tradition it was because he told his tormentors that he
felt unworthy to die in the same way that Jesus Christ had died.
James the Just, the leader of the church in Jerusalem , was thrown
over a hundred feet down from the southeast pinnacle of the Temple
when he refused to deny his faith in Christ. When they discovered that
he survived the fall, his enemies beat James to death with a fuller's
club.* This was the same pinnacle where Satan had taken Jesus during
James the Great, son of Zebedee, was a fisherman by trade when Jesus
called him to a lifetime of ministry. As a strong leader of the
church, James was ultimately beheaded at Jerusalem . The Roman officer
who guarded James watched amazed as James defended his faith at his
trial. Later, the officer walked beside James to the place of
execution. Overcome by conviction, he declared his new faith to the
judge and knelt beside James to accept beheading as a Christian.
Bartholomew also known as Nathaniel Was a missionary to Asia. He
witnessed for our Lord in present day Turkey . Bartholomew was
martyred for his preaching in Armenia where he was flayed to death by
Andrew was crucified on an x-shaped cross in Patras , Greece . After
being whipped severely by seven soldiers they tied his body to
the cross with cords to prolong his agony. His followers reported
that, when he was led toward the cross, Andrew saluted it in these
words: "I have long desired and expected this happy hour. The cross
has been consecrated by the body of Christ hanging on it." He
continued to preach to his tormentors for two days until he expired.
Thomas was stabbed with a spear in India during one of his missionary
trips to establish the church in the sub-continent.
Jude was killed with arrows when he refused to deny his faith in Christ.
Matthias, the apostle chosen to replace the traitor Judas Iscariot,
was stoned and then beheaded.
Barnabas, one of the group of seventy disciples, wrote the Epistle of
Barnabas. He preached throughout Italy and Cyprus . Barnabas was
stoned to death at Salonica.
Paul was tortured and then beheaded by the evil Emperor Nero at Rome
in A.D. 67. Paul endured a lengthy imprisonment which allowed him to
write his many epistles to the churches he had formed throughout the
Roman Empire . These letters, which taught many of the foundational
doctrines of Christianity, form a large portion of the New Testament.
Perhaps this is a reminder to us that our sufferings here are indeed
minor compared to the intense persecution and cold cruelty faced by
the apostles disciples during their times for the sake of the Faith.
And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake: But he that
endureth to the end shall be saved. Matthew 10:22.
Pray This Prayer...
When you are DOWN to nothing ..God is UP to something"
Father, in the Name of Jesus, bless me even while I'm reading this prayer in a special way.
Open supernatural doors in our lives today.
Save and set free! Give us a double portion of your Spirit as we take back everything that the Devil has stolen:
Emotional Health, Physical Health, Finances,
Relationships, Children, Jobs, Homes, Marriages.
every plot, plan and scheme the enemy has devised against us in the MATCHLESS NAME OF JESUS.
And I declare:
NO WEAPON FORMED AGAINST US WILL PROSPER.
LIFE into every dead situation. And, I thank you that nothing is over until YOU say it's over! I speak prophetically into our lives and to our situations:
Our households are blessed;
Our health is blessed;
Our marriages are blessed;
Our finances are blessed;
Our businesses are blessed,
Our jobs are blessed;
Our children are blessed;
Our grandchildren are blessed;
Our parents are blessed;
Our siblings are blessed;
Our Leaders of the Country are blessed;
Our Leaders of the Church are blessed;
and, Our decisions are blessed.
Husbands are on the way; Wives are on the way;
Mortgages are paid and debts canceled;
Our hearts' desires are on the way; according to
YOUR perfect will and plan for our lives.
Praying for those who living apart to come together
IN JESUS NAME! AMEN!
HANDY LITTLE CHART
God has a positive answer:
You say: "It's impossible"
God says: All things are possible
You say: "I'm too tired"
God says: I will give you rest
You say: "Nobody really loves me"
God says: I love you
(John 3:1 6 & John 3:34 )
You say: "I can't go on"
God says: My grace is sufficient
(II Corinthians 12:9 & Psalm 91:15)
You say: "I can't figure things out"
God says: I will direct your steps
(Proverbs 3:5- 6)
You say: "I can't do it"
God says: You can do all things
You say: "I'm not able"
God says: I am able
(II Corinthians 9:8)
You say: "It's not worth it"
God says: It will be worth it
(Roman 8:28 )
You say: "I can't forgive myself"
God says: I Forgive you
(I John 1:9 & Romans 8:1)
You say: "I can't manage"
God says: I will supply all your needs
You say: "I'm afraid"
God says: I have not given you a spirit of fear
(II Timothy 1:7)
You say: "I'm always worried and frustrated"
God says: Cast all your cares on ME
(I Peter 5:7)
You say: "I'm not smart enough"
God says: I give you wisdom
(I Corinthians 1:30)
You say: "I feel all alone"
God says: I will never leave you or forsake you
The four blessed looks:
1 - Look back and thank God.
2 - Look forward and trust God.
3 - Look around and serve God.
4 - Look within and find God!"
How to get the best out of life?
God said, 'Face your past without regrets. Handle your present with confidence. And prepare for the future without fear!'"
"Without God, our week is: Mournday, Tearsday, Wasteday, Thirstday, Fightday, Shatterday and Sinday. So, allow Him to be with you every day!"
Life is short, so forgive quickly. Believe slowly. Love truly.
Laugh uncontrollably. Never regret anything that makes you happy
Scriptures to go to when you feel...
Psalm 34:4; Matthew 10:28; II Timothy 1:7; Hebrews 13: 5-6.
Psalm 46; Matthew 6:19-34; Philippians 4:6; I Peter 5:6, 7; Isaiah 26:3.
Psalm 51; I John 1:4-9.
Matthew 5:4; II Corinthians 1:3-4.
Bitter or Critical:
I Corinthians 13.
Aware of Sin:
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Disaster Seems Close:
Psalms 91; Psalm 118:5-6; Luke 8:22-25.
Psalm 23; Psalm 42:6-11; Psalm 55:22; Matthew 5:11-12; II Corinthians 4:8-18; Philippians 4:4-7.
Matthew 8:26; Hebrews 11.
Psalm 121; Matthew 6:25-34; Hebrews 4:16.
Psalm 42:5; Hebrews 11
Psalm 41:9-13; Luke 17:3, 4; Romans 12:14, 17, 19, 21; II Timothy 4:16-18.
Psalm 121; Matthew 10:16-20.
Psalm 23, Hebrews 13:5,6.
Needing God's Protection:
Psalm 27:1-6; Psalm 91; Philippians 4:19.
Psalm 32:8; Proverbs 3:5, 6.
John 14:1-4; John 16:33; Romans 5:1-5; Philippians 4:6,7.
Needing Rules for Living:
Psalm 6; Romans 8:31-39; I John 1:4-9.
Psalm 4; Psalm 42; Luke 11:1-13; John 17; I John 5:14, 15.
Psalm 18:1-3; Psalm 34:7.
Sick or in Pain:
Psalm 38; James 5: 14-15; Romans 8:28, 38-39; II Cor 12:9-10; I Peter 4:12, 13, 19.
Psalm 51; Matthew 5:4; John 14; II Cor 1:3-4, I Thessalonians 4:13-18.
Psalm 1; Psalm 139:23,24; Matthew 26:41; I Corinthians 10:12-14; Philippians 4:8; James 4:7; II Peter 2:9; II Peter 3:17.
Psalm 100; I Thessalonians 5:18; Hebrews 13:15.
Psalm 16; Psalm 31; John 14:1-4; Hebrews 7:25.
Psalm 90; Matthew 11:28-30; I Cor 15:58; Galatians 6:9, 10.
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